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5/13/14 9:49 A


Welcome to Spark People !

As others have noted, when it comes to losing weight, what matters most is what we eat. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit. In short, you can't outrun a bad diet with exercise. If you want to lose weight, you have to do your best to eat right and watch your portions.

A person can eat healthy on a budget. If you don't like bananas, what kinds of fruits do you like to eat ? How about oranges ? strawberries, kiwi fruit, apples, pears, etc... to save money, buy fruits and veggies that are on sale. Don't be afraid to try something new. You might be pleasantly surprised.

If your family doesn't have enough money to buy fresh veggies, then buy frozen veggies. Most stores have house brand frozen veggies. I can find broccoli, cauliflower, peas, spinach, kale and corn. When you eat dinner, why eat one serving of veggies, when you can have two ? Potatoes are OKAY !!!!

Baked potatoes or boiled potatoes are fine. What makes potatoes fattening is when people turn them into French fries or load a baked potato with heaps of butter and sour cream. Potatoes (especially sweet potatoes) can be very nutritious as well as filling.

Beans, eat more bean. they are considered a super food. You can put beans in salads, red beans and rice, beans and pasta, beans in your soup. Beans are high in protein and very good for you. So, how about asking your parents to add some more frozen veggies to dinner ? have an extra serving of spinach or broccoli with that baked potato and lean meat.

As far as exercise, you've been doing fine. Walking is wonderful cardiovascular exercise. There are members who will tell you how they lost 100+ pounds just by walking and watching what they ate. In fact, I'm going to encourage you to "friend" member INDYGIRL. at her highest weight, she weighed over 460+ pounds. Two years later and she's lost half that weight.

Also, how about making a nice salad ? If you're sick of turkey, add some grilled chicken, canned tuna, beans (like chick peas), slices of onion, tomato, etc... there are lots of great ways to make a salad. You don't have to eat salad all day.

But I will say this, if you want to help your family save money, tell them to buy a head of romaine lettuce instead of the bagged stuff. I bought a head of romaine lettuce at my local supermarket. It cost me $1.50. that head made 4-5 salads for me. A bag of pre-clean romaine costs around $3.50 and only makes a couple of salads.

It takes time to change eating habits, so don't beat yourself up if you're not perfect. You don't have to be perfect to be healthy. BUT, you do have to be mindful of your portion sizes. Most Americans really don't realize how much they're eating. Most times, they are eating too much.

So, take things slowly, you will learn with time. And there really is a lot to learn.

Here's an article you will also find helpful. It's ways to eat healthy on a budget.

MLAN613 Posts: 19,255
5/13/14 7:53 A

Well, weight loss is 80% nutrition, 20% exercise. In other words, you can't out eat a crappy diet. The biggest thing nutritionally is staying within your calorie range but you also need to make wise choices in choosing foods that benefit your body to help it run well. Some wise choices include lean meats, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

It sounds like you are maybe living at home. I am not sure if you are an adult but it sounds like your parents buy a lot of the food you consume. Perhaps you can discuss with them your gals and perhaps they can bring food you like.

You don't care for plain bananas. How about other fruits like apples, grapes, oranges, etc? They have salad supplies in the house. Does the salad get consumed or thrown because it sits in the fridge until it rots? Tired of turkey sub innards? How about make a salad with some turkey or chicken? And why do you leave the bread? Is it because you don't like it or think it's unhealthy? Bread is fine in moderation.

As for exercises, SparkPeople has a great fitness sections. There are videos, a strength exercise generator, and articles. Check it out.

Edited by: MLAN613 at: 5/13/2014 (07:56)
PJJJSAGE Posts: 104
5/13/14 12:23 A

You don't need weights. There are plenty of bodyweight exercises you can do.

For new/different vids, there's always youtube or your local library. You don't need fancy or expensive dvds/gadgets to lose weight. However, it is the start of rummage sale season. Depending on where you live you might be able to find some really good bargains.

Edited by: PJJJSAGE at: 5/13/2014 (00:26)
HAWKTHREE SparkPoints: (67,623)
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5/12/14 9:39 P

I think if you start using the nutrition tracker, you'll find yourself exploring how many calories things have and notice that some very cheaply priced foods are low in calories -- beans and rice, for instance.

Also there are very reasonably priced weights and things at places like Marshalls or thrift stores. I've also acquired quite a few exercise videos from thrift stores.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (202,187)
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5/12/14 8:40 P

so what DO you eat? besides the innards of turkey subs.

KRISTENCOYLE95 SparkPoints: (29)
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5/12/14 8:06 P

What exercises are good?
Right now I've been doing some exercise videos. Walking, kickboxing, and arms/abs/thigh type exercises, etc. I'm very limited also... I don't really have money for weights or gym memberships. :(

My goal is to lose 115-125 pounds in 16 months or less.

Also, I'm limited as far as things that I can eat.
My parents buy me turkey subs quite often (I don't care for them. I usually only eat the turkey, lettuce, & tomato and I leave the bread/mayo.)
When my parents cook dinner and that usually consists of chicken (frozen), rice, some veggies, and sometimes potatoes. We always have bagged salad's in the house and carrots and canned veggies. We never really have much fruit and if we do it's things that I don't really care for on their own such as bananas. We rarely have cereal or milk or any type of breakfast foods. And as far as lunch goes we don't have very much. Just like grilled cheese and things like that. And snack foods... none haha. So if anyone has any suggestions for what to eat on a limited menu and budget that would be very helpful and great! Thanks!

Edited by: KRISTENCOYLE95 at: 5/12/2014 (20:09)
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