MERRYLOW

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Reason to be optimistic.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

After a week of hard work, pay off, I am down 11 lbs. Now lets see if I can stay motivated. I am terrified of needing to go back on prednisone because my asthma is not settling down. I am on 4 times a day ventolin which makes me extremely jittery and then twice a day inhaled steroids. I am bored of my work lunches already I have been having the same thing every day but lots of reading I have read says staying consistant is an easy way not to go astray but it is boring. I really want this to be the last time I return here and that I can be one of those amazing success stories. I can do it if I choose!
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  • MEDDYPEDDY
    Yes! You can do this! (As can I....)
    3124 days ago
  • QUILTINGBEAJ
    YES You can!

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    3148 days ago
  • ONEREALLYBIGDOG
    emoticon on your weight loss and keep up your emoticon efforts!
    3149 days ago
  • SEREPTAJANE
    Congratulations on such a great loss! I hope they get your asthma under control without the prednisone. I'm a simple eater but that doesn't mean I get bored with my food. I'm not big on recipes that call for lots of ingredients. I worry I get too many extra calories sneaked in from butters and sauces that way. I switch around on meats and proteins. Most of the time I'll have a sandwich for lunch but I switch which meat I have and what bread I have. Have you tried sandwich thins or bagel thins? They make for a nice variety other than plain bread all the time. I stick to lower glycemic vegetables and try to avoid the starchy ones. I'll combine different vegetables for different tastes. Some times cooked veggies but more often I'll have fresh, either as crudites or a salad. My salads are rarely just lettuce. I switch out green, red or yellow pepper strips or diced, cucumbers, shredded or sliced carrots, radishes, sliced or diced onions or chopped green onions, sliced mushrooms, chopped tomatoes or cherry tomatoes, etc. You have to be careful with salad dressings and read their nutrition labels. Unfortunately I have a preference for the creamy dressings which are usually higher in calories. I stick to ones with less than 40 calories per serving and measure carefully. I picked up a new sugar free raspberry vinaigrette last night that only has 5 calories per 2 TBSP serving and I'm anxious to try it. Fruit is also good on a lettuce salad. Sometimes I'll have cottage cheese and fruit for lunch rather than a sandwich. Soups, carefully chosen of course, are also a good lunch. I like to cook a small package of frozen mixed vegetables along with some diced onion and sometimes some sliced celery and/or diced turnip (it's my lower calorie potato substitute in a dish like this), then pour tomato or vegetable juice over it and heat it. Makes a warm, comforting soup without being high in calories and gets your veggies into your diet. The best start to a good lunch, in my opinion, is a good breakfast. Oatmeal gets me off to a great start. I don't eat it every day but I do most days. I buy it in the canisters rather than the instant packets. It's cheaper and lower in calories. I add fruit and lots of times a tablespoon of peanut butter for some protein. An oatmeal breakfast really sticks with me and carries me through to lunch without being hungry. If I'm not starving when it's time for lunch, lunch goes so much better. I hope these ideas help. Just remember that no matter how good you do on your diet there are going to be those times when your body declares it's not going to give up that weight for a bit. Just keep to your eating and exercising plan and it will kick in again. Hope you and I are both success stories here one day. Truth be known, we're here, we're making the effort, we're doing the right thing...so we already ARE success stories!
    3151 days ago
  • BUFFYSMOM2
    Woo Hoo! Darn that prednisone holds water! Never give up! emoticon
    3151 days ago
  • no profile photo THIAGRAM
    You can do this! I know it won't be easy, but you can do it! Don't know how to get over the boring part, but try some new recipes or something like that. I'm bad at figuring out what to eat. But there are tons of recipes on here to help out. I could eat the same thing every day and I would be happy with that. But I'm kinda weird that way! Sure nice to see you here!

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    3151 days ago
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