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My other new weapon in my fight against weight gain and Diabetes is shirataki tofu noodles. These are *incredible* and only 20 calories and 3 g of carbs for a 4 oz serving! They only take 2 mins to prepare and are excellent not only for Italian dishes but soups, casseroles, stirfry, etc.
I plan my meals usually the night before. I tweek where needed. Then with an unbiased look, I am able to see where my plan can be made healthier. Maybe I need more protein, or there is too much sodium. Further tweeking may be necessary.
I love pasta, and make it frequently as it's a favorite in my household. The best part about my pasta however is my homemade sauce (and all the ooey gooey cheese!). I swap out the pasta with roasted eggplant or shirataki tofu noodles and have a very indulgent dinner for about 300 calories!
I found that replacing soda pop with water was possible when I purchased a one quart size stainless steel container. I endeavor to drink 3 full bottles a day. I take it everywhere I go. I've developed a thirst for water!
There is a book called "The Heart Rate Monitor Book For Cyclists" by Sally Reed and Sally Edwards. i swear by it. I would go nuts trying to stay on the bike for more than 20 minutes. This way the time flies
I have developed the habit of making a comment when I read a blog or review my Friend Feed. I've found that by my focusing on what others write and responding to it I have stayed positive or regained a positive attitude if I'm losing some passion for my Spark journey.
What you focus on expands, so when we are focused on what we've done wrong, we create more of "what we did wrong." Even on your very worse day you did something RIGHT. Focus on that, expand on that, expand on what you did right today.
Expectation-I expect that I will hit some plateaus along the way. I know that might sound weird, but if I expect to be perfect or to lose weight consistently for months on end, I will be really disappointed. So, I expect that plateaus will come, but, they are bumps in the road, not road blocks!