Advice wanted!!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

OK, I am starting week 3. I am planning enough time for "Spark" time really learning from Spark People. I am getting my work outs BUT I have stated before I can follow my nutrition plan 75% of the time. It has been helpful write and see what I am really eating, but I am so challenged to not stray from what I plan ahead of time. I have only lost 1.5 pounds in 2 weeks and I have 30 to go! I do not want this to be an excuse but I did quit smoking on May 31st. I am working hard to not letting snacking replace that, I chew gum for the first time when I had braces 30 years ago. I hope that I am not alone and those that have found success may have some advice. Have a happy healthy day!
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    Hello Friend!! Congrats on stopping smoking, that is my next goal. I don't follow the SP meal plans. I look at what calories etc they suggest for me and work very hard to stay within the range. I found for the first couple of days I was all over the place..then..all of a sudden, I started being in range on 9 out of 10 things most of the time! I make sure to drink a ton of water...remember, if you drink 4 Nestle brand (from Walmart) bottles of water you have met your goals for water. I sometimes add flavoring, but try to only do that once a day. I still drink a glass of southern sweet tea at dinner..it helps with my carbs lol. I have been doing SP for right at 2 weeks, and lost 6 pounds. Well, actually Sunday is my weigh in day officially. I have often heard if we take it slow it has a better chance of lasting. I removed ALL unhealthy foods from my house. I mean..I was a white-bread-aholic...went to McDonalds EVERY morning..had chips, candy, pudding and the such around all the time. I cleaned out. I replaced the white bread with whole-grain (after five days I was ok lol), replaced eggs with Egg Beaters (only like omlettes) and eat a balance of fruit and veggies. Anything I can do to support you just holler. We are in this thing TOGETHER!! Lisa emoticon
    2509 days ago
    Congratulations on the quitting smoking! I know how hard that is. I quit 7 years ago July 4th and every so often I still like the smell emoticon My best advice would be to focus on the not smoking and get through that first.

    The lbs will come off, and slow is the best way. I too use the trackers, but eat my own foods. I try to stay within my calorie range, and do well. As others have said, drinking the water will really help. Just try to keep moving when you have a bad craving for either food or cigarettes. I find that distracting myself really works. emoticon
    2510 days ago
    Congrats on quitting smoking! You can do this!
    2510 days ago
    I find things that work for me during the time that I have the worst trouble, and build room for it into my eating plan. For example, you can eat a good amount of air-popped popcorn that isn't too high in calories if you are a snacker or want the crunch. Cut up veggies in a bowl in the fridge are super accessible and easy to grab, so are grapes or strawberries. Having that little bit of something around is great. I buy Hershey's kisses so I have a tiny bit of chocolate without wanting a whole candy bar.

    Also, it takes a bit of time for weight loss to really kick in sometimes, your body is trying to figure out what you are doing! Make sure you are getting lots and lots of water. I use MiO in my water to keep me drinking, because I don't really like it plain. You'll start to figure out what works for you and what doesn't, the key is just sticking with it and learning as much as you can. You are doing great!

    Hopefully we will get some pretty weather here, too, huh?!
    2510 days ago
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    Hi there. First I would like to say Congrats on qutting smoking. I am sure that was pretty hard. A Second congrats on the 1.5 loss, it may not seem like much but trust me it will add up. I don't really follow the meal plan given by SP, I do however try to stay within the calorie range that SP gives me 1200-1500. Chewing gum is an excellent tactic, I do the same I chew the sugar free extra and it works really good plus it helps to curve my sweet tooth. Are your drinking around 8 eight oz cups of water each day? Believe it or not that really helps as well. What kind of workouts are you doing? I know you can do this...please feel free to stop by my page with any questions.
    2510 days ago
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