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SCRAPPYDOO9 SparkPoints: (4,763)
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5/25/13 9:55 P

I think its great...also after not eating out for awhile, you will lose your taste for restaurant food. At least that is what happened to me years ago when I stopped eating out so much. I came to a point where it couldnt compete with a really good home-cooked meal. Luckily my husband is an amazing cook ;)

SUSANSEARCY SparkPoints: (13,697)
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5/24/13 5:51 P

I think it's awesome that you and your husband are doing this together. My husband and I were addicted to eating out too. Though he's as thin as a rail, he's joining me in my pursuit of healthier eating. We do still go out once or maybe twice a week, but we make healthy choices. It's great that you guys have a system that will help you be healthier and have more fun with your hobbies. Keep it up!

ACHIEVE2012 SparkPoints: (5,176)
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5/24/13 2:35 P

Sounds Great! Instead of saying I want to lose 20 pounds, you are saying, lets stop eating out. Save the money and put it into purusing some hobbies.
You both are working towards a healthier and happier lifestyle and that will serve you much better in the long run.
Weight loss will follow if you follow a good healthy eating pattern and physical exercise but the hobbies will also provide a much calmer mind that in itself will give you more energy to cook at home, do your exercise. Your plan will work on many levels, not to mention the money you will save by not eating outside that much. Besides, a few times that you may eat outside will be truly special. emoticon

TDEMAIO2 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/24/13 8:13 A

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MCFHARPIST SparkPoints: (64,300)
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5/24/13 12:12 A

Saving money and saving pounds. Sounds like you're going to be rich in many ways!

Spark On!

LOVEXAVIE SparkPoints: (42,867)
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5/23/13 11:06 P

Sounds good!
I've found that when you clean up one area of your life it spills over into other areas.
You will save a lot of money, and when you do decide to go out for a meal, it will be all the more special and I bet you'll enjoy it more.
Great job!

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5/23/13 6:32 P

I'm celebrating a spark of brilliance that hit me in the face like a lightening bolt - the new rewards system my husband and I designed to help us stick to our eating plans. This reward system revolves around 3 different categories: days in a row we haven't eaten out, days in a row that we tracked calories and stuck within the range recommended on Spark, and exercise points for different types of exercise.

Basically we discovered after a lengthy conversation we were addicted to eating out. Not in the snarky sarcastic sense, but actually addicted like a smoker or an alcoholic. We've both gone through withdrawals before. Silly isn't it? Anyway I finally sat down and crunched the numbers and discovered we had enough money to eat out or for our hobbies, BUT NOT BOTH. Basically with the rewards system we took the negative reinforcement of beating ourselves up for screwing up and replaced it with the positive nonfood reward system. Basically we're working towards nonfood stuff we like rather than some hazy off in the distance numbers based goal. Weight loss this way is more of a bonus than anything. I feel like this might be the best way to get both our finances and our bodies in shape. What do you all think spark? So far it's worked a lot better for me killing cravings. Woohoo!

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