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4/24/18 11:25 A

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I tend to take my veggies with other stuff like with eggs (omelette) etc. and usually there is some cooked for dinner or lunch most days of the week. I usually take these veggie meals with wheat/flour (half and half) roti (flatbred).
i don't eat fruit everyday though. I think i should work on my fruit intake.

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4/24/18 6:09 A



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MIALEE2017,

One simple goal that would really help you would be to set a goal to eat more servings of fresh fruit and veggies. How many servings do you eat per day now ?

Most Americans don't eat their veggies. So, if you were to increase the number of servings you ate each day, that would help you decrease any cravings for junk.

One simple goal would be to eat 2-3 servings of fresh fruit and veggies every day for one week. Once you feel comfortable eating 2-3 servings a day, then you set a goal to eat 3-4 servings each day for one week. This will help you increase the number of servings you eat until you are at 6-9 each and every day.

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4/24/18 4:48 A

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You are right! It's the "all or nothing" mentality which has been pushing me back for a long time now. I'll try to keep this in mind.
Also, setting simpler goals sounds doable. For now, I think the simplest of my goals would be to squeeze in 10 minutes of indoor running for a week and having a couple of cheat meals instead of couple of cheat days a week.
Thank you for your help!

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4/23/18 11:03 P

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MIALEE2017,
... yes welcome to SparkPeople.

Don't have "cheat days". Plain and simple. Cheating really implies an unfair advantage, and winning. In the world of food nobody has an unfair advantage, nobody gets away with doing something and not being noticed.

You simple have to find a healthy way to eat and stick with it.

James


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4/23/18 7:02 P



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MIALEE2017,

Welcome to Spark People !

I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.

When people decide they want to lose weight, they are almost always in a panic. All they want to know is that is the fastest way to take off the weight ? Why cutting my calories and getting lots of exercise ! Is that how a person loses ? If losing weight were really that simple, there wouldn't be an obesity problem in America.

So, what does a person do ? start with some simple changes first. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up failing. When a person is in a panic, they do too much too soon for their body to handle. That's why so many people quit. the goals they set aren't realistic. Which is why Spark recommends starting with some simple goals first.

Example, if you're not eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. if you're not drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. If you're not exercising, don't start with an hour a day, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieve these goals, you do them again or set new goals.

Setting simple goals is how you slowly ease into a healthier set of habits. If you go on a "diet" trying to lose weight fast, you will fail. If you want to succeed, you start slowly. The truth is this. If it took you years to pack on the weight, it's NOT coming off in a few short weeks or months. It could take years to take off the weight depending on how much you need to lose.

As for ramadan, I have friends who are Muslim. It's not easy to fast from sun up to sun down. But, it also doesn't mean you should eat like a crazy person when you can eat. You have to learn to portion control all the treats. And yes, I know that there are going to be lots of yummy foods. What to do ? Try to eat plenty of the healthy feast foods. Think lots of fresh fruit and veggies. Watch your portion sizes when it comes to the treats.

I go through the same thing at Thanksgiving and Christmas. So much wonderful food. What happens if I eat too much ? I get fat. Like everyone else, I too need to watch my portion sizes.

These are things you learn with time. And losing weight does take time. That's why SP recommends starting with some simple goals.

What are some simple goals you can do for one week ?


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4/23/18 3:56 P

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hello spark world! I have been on diet and off diet at the same time for so long that I don't know if i'll ever be able to lose these 4-5 pounds. I go on diet then i fall off the wagon because of my wacky work routine or something, feel stressed, eat more, feel more stressed, will myself to start again and the cycle repeats itself.

I don't "really" mind these few extra pounds BUT I have a big fat Punjabi wedding coming up in a couple of months and I would like a baby elephant ( cox short and fat *sighs*) if i don't lose these extra pounds (I have nothing against elephants though)

Also, Ramadan is starting in 3 weeks (yayy) and I don't know how much exercise i'll be able to do in Ramadan because fasting isn't easy people (but it's the best). Moreover, I feel like I am regressing as a person *facepalm* a couple of years ago I used to be so determined once my goal was set but now I can't get a hold off myself. I find myself mindlessly nibling on food even after a meal. I am constantly drawn to junk food like serious day dreaming about sugar, spice and everything wild, I would exercise for a couple of days then after my cheat day i find myself making excuses for skipping workout. I talk myself into eating junk saying that it's okay if i stay within my calorie limit *double facepalm* when i know, all calories are not equal. I am knowingly doing all this. (OH GOD WHY!? :'( )

How do I make myself listen to the little voice inside me :'(
Help Puhleasee!!

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