SparkPeople The Simple Diet Team Messageboard The Simple Diet by James W. Anderson, M.D. and Nancy J. Gustafson No Rigid Rules, No Strict Menus, No measuring, counting or expensive meal plans SparkPeople The Simple Diet Team Messageboard Announcement to Team Members I recently started up again with The Simple Diet. I checked on this team and noticed that there had been no recent activity. So.....I decided to apply to be the team leader. I guess Spark contacts the current team leader and if there is not reply from them, I am automatically made a team co-leader! That's what has happened. Sat, 3 Oct 2020 09:56:03 EST Current Resources It seems like there is not much out there that is current for the Simple Diet. <BR> I looked at the author's website and the diet's facebook page as well as generally googling it. <BR> The last entry on facebook is at least a year old and the website for the author has not been touched for a long time. However, it seems that Dr. Anderson is still part of the HMR Program staff. HMR is a diet program with special food. They have a website and current entries on facebook. The program is basica... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 07:46:52 EST Calories Is anyone actively doing this diet right now? The posts seem old other than chatterbox. So I wasn't sure. But my question is how many calories are people eating? Bc mine seem high (1300-1400) and my weight loss is sloooooooow. So I'm wondering if that's why. Tia! Sat, 9 Jan 2016 08:46:37 EST New on Team Hi, I am a long-time Spark member - too long - years and years <em>24</em> This morning I decided to start tracking my food intake again because I'd slacked off several months ago. The 5 lbs. I gained were like a wake-up call. To be honest, I'd quit my teams because I didn't see anyone focusing on why we were all there: to eat right and lose weight. I didn't want another social media page, I wanted a team that was focusing on health and weight loss goals. Today I started looking at teams a... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 17:44:30 EST New member hi,my name is doreen. i live in oregon and i write children's books. i am so glad to have found you! i need motivation to stay on a good food program and your posts are so encouraging. i bought the book 2yrs.ago but i'm re-reading it again. yesterday i went and bought several entrees so i am commited !! Mon, 28 Sep 2015 13:24:02 EST is this where I post on chatterbox? hi my name is doreen... i am starting the diet today! i would love to hear from others! are there other sub teams such as lovely lime? Sun, 27 Sep 2015 13:16:43 EST New member starting today hi I am starting the diet today would like to join your chatterbox and get some motivation! what are these different teams like lucky lime? are they a sub team on the simple diet or what? Sun, 27 Sep 2015 12:46:41 EST ? hi my name is Doreen and I am brand-new starting the simple diet today I read on here that there are different teams such as the lime team can you tell me how I go about joining one of the teams thank you Sun, 27 Sep 2015 12:26:49 EST What are your favorite salad dressings? What salad dressings do you like that fit The Simple Diet 15 calories per serving requirement? <BR> <BR> Thanks, Joan Sun, 6 Sep 2015 10:10:31 EST Does anyone have a weekly log sheet? Hello, <BR> Does anyone have a weekly log sheet for The Simple Diet that I can have a copy of? I always do better when I track my food and exercise. I'll be restarting TSD on September 11th in conjunction with the start of the Fall Biggest Loser challenge. <BR> Thanks! Joan Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:43:33 EST The Simple Diet and working Having a hard time doing this plan while working. Figured I could drink my shakes at work, but that was bringing too much liquid to work. So I drank one shake while I was cleaning up the kitchen this moring and making coffee. Then brought another shake with me to drink at work. That worked out well. Don't know how to fit in the other shake. Lunch is in the cafeteria at work. I concentrate on veggies and if there is an entree that isn't pasta. There was sweet n sour chicken, so I had t... Wed, 6 May 2015 22:58:10 EST Maintenance I am working on a maintenance plan for myself using the Simple Diet as a basis. <BR> Is anyone else in maintenance now? If so, what is working for you? <BR> <BR> I tried to transition to the maintenance plan as explained in the book, but it didn't work for me. <BR> It included foods that I didn't want to eat and avoided what either what I liked or satisfied me. <BR> Plus, it seemed like I got to eat more food when I was on the diet rather than on maintenance. <BR> <BR> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:31:33 EST shake brands Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to this (SparkPeople) and am going to start the Simple Diet on Sunday since I need to go shopping to prep tomorrow. I was wondering what everyones favorite shake brand is? Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:39:44 EST Back & doing it right this time THIS time I actually *read* the book. :-) Since the end of May, I've lost 13 pounds. My clothes are fitting again, and it looks like I may need to go a size lower pretty soon. <BR> <BR> I made 3 big changes from last time, and a few small ones. <BR> <BR> The biggest change I made - besides actually reading the book and not just skimming the diet part - was to switch to GNC brand from Slimfast & Special K. A bit pricey, yes, but less sugar (which always does me in) and mixes with water inst... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:19:48 EST Hi! Today is my First Day! (May 1st!!) Hi Fellow 'Losers' :) <BR> <BR> I am new to this diet... today is my First day. I have read up on the Simple Diet a bit... so I am hoping for some good results. :) <BR> <BR> I am starting the day with a Designer Whey High-Protein Shake (Chocolate) and fresh strawberries ... the shake is not amazing, but it's palatable. Any other High Protein suggestions? <BR> <BR> Question, I made some fresh spinach last night for dinner, I made it with about a tsp of minced garlic only (the jarred kind ... Thu, 1 May 2014 09:07:38 EST Interesting Read about motivation Triangle woman who is a friend on here shared this story and its a wonderful read about thinking yourself " happy " and " reaching your goals " <BR> <BR> <BR> check it out.... a bit long but worth it ! <BR> <BR> <em>345</em... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:12:33 EST Started the diet yesterday Hello everyone. My name is Anna and I started the diet yesterday. This time I will do it for as long as it takes. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:34:15 EST What are your favorite entrees ? <BR> <BR> I thought it might help others to know which entrees you have tried and liked <BR> <BR> <BR> Here are my top Favorites <BR> <BR> Jimmy Deans Deelights breakfast sandwiches <BR> <BR> Smart ones Chicken carbonara <BR> <BR> Michelina's lean gourmet Beef & Peppers <BR> <BR> Michelina's macaroni & cheese <BR> <BR> lean cuisines spaghetti and meatballs <BR> <BR> Lean cuisine baked Chicken with mashed potatoes and stuffing <BR> <BR> Smart ones mini cheeseburgers ( like slider... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 19:43:22 EST Protein Chips? I know that we can have a bar instead of one of the shakes, but does anybody eat protein chips as an option? <BR> <BR> I got hooked on the medifast chips as a quick lunch/snack (I'm lazy and don't like to warm stuff up sometimes - lol!), and when I stopped medifast the first thing I did was look for protein chips. I particularly like bariwise dill pickle chips, and with 130 calories, 3 grams of fat, and 12 grams of protein they fit in the "bar" category. Some of the bariwise chips have a... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 14:01:37 EST Boredom Hi Everyone. I have been on the SD for a few weeks. I think I am getting discouraged because I am not seeing any weight loss. I think I may be getting bored with the eating, something I wouldn't mind if I was seeing results. I am not exercising, but other than that I have been sticking to the plan. TG was a bust day for sure, but shouldn't I be seeing the scale move some? I would love to hear your experience, successes, struggles or advice. I started doing the rebounder but must admit I flopp... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 20:42:46 EST Here's a Sweet Treat Saw this recommendation on The Simple Diet Facebook page... recommended by Dr. Jim himself. <BR> - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - <BR> <BR> Libby's Skinny Fruits Tropical Fruit with no added sugar (15 oz can) <BR> <BR> If you rinse this it will have about 25 calories per half cup. Try snacking on this rather than bananas for your sweet tooth. You can add Splenda to further sweeten. This fruit choice has less than a third of the calories of one banana... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 10:06:54 EST I'm Baaack Hi Everyone, <BR> I was part of this group way back when and had great success however I became really really tired of packaged food and decided it was time for a change. Now after several months of what I am calling practice maintenance I'm ready to loose the second half of my excess weight. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Hi Christine! Sat, 30 Nov 2013 15:57:28 EST Your reward system I thought I'd pass along the info, in case you are interested in taking advantage of the extra motivation that rewards can provide: <BR> <BR> As you journey along your personal weight loss path, day after day, week after week, and month after month, sustaining motivation can mean the difference between reaching your goal or losing hope and eventually giving up. Setting up the right kind of reward system, can help you maintain your motivation. A reward system that really works is one that rew... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 11:06:59 EST Holiday Choices: On Plan/Off Plan=Semi- n/Semi-off Okay... <BR> So I've been thinking about the upcoming holidays. I do have a few thoughts, but have not decided on anything concrete yet. <BR> <BR> These are just random musings---and I have no idea about how credible some of these ideas are or not... (Please offer your input!) <BR> <BR> Our choices: <BR> <BR> =1st: <BR> Stay strong and 100% compliant from now through January 1st. <BR> <BR> =2nd: <BR> Try the EODD (the Every Other Day Diet using the Simple Diet) <BR> Day 1: 100% complia... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:52:31 EST Spark Nutrition Tracker: Updated Did anyone notice the changes on the nutrition page that happened today? <BR> <BR> Here's what Spark Coach Tanya had to say about it: <BR> <BR> "This morning we launched a slightly redesigned version of the nutrition tracker. The changes entail: <BR> <BR> 1) An overall visual redesign. We simplified the colors, and a few other things. The goal was to better match the redesigns recently launched on pages like our homepage and Start page. <BR> <BR> 2) As part of the redesign, we moved a few... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 18:54:29 EST Equate Anyone tried these shakes? Noticed they are cheaper. Thanks so much. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 17:23:49 EST New (again) Hello! I'm new (again) to SP. After trying Medifast, I was looking for a cheaper alternative and found the Simple Diet, and that's what I follow now. <em>41</em> My shake of choice is Chocorite shakes (especially peanut butter! Yum! <link><BR>ree-protein-shake-mix-chocoriteshakemi<BR>x-peanutbutter.html </link> ) It's the first time I've found a shake that I can't seem to get tired of, so maybe I can make a go of pushing forward in my weight lo... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:56:02 EST Want FASTER Results?! - Dr. Anderson Shares How... Hey all! I belong to Dr. Anderson's Facebook page and he just posted how a follower of The Simple Diet can get faster results! <BR> <BR> Here's the link to his Facebook page: <BR> <link><BR>plediet </link> <BR> <BR> Here's the link to his exact post: (You may need to be a member of his page first?) <BR> <link><BR>plediet/posts/511742175600639 </link> <BR> <BR> And here's a copy of the post itself: <BR> <BR> Fa... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 23:57:33 EST Spark page I set up my spark page but it didn't save the information. Anyone know what I am doing wrong? Wed, 13 Nov 2013 20:27:01 EST Tips I am new to TSD. I was hoping some of you could share how you spread your food throughout the day. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:59:01 EST New Member Welcome Guide: IT'S MOTIVATING! Just this morning as I went to my START page, a new button appeared! <BR> <BR> It's called "NEW MEMBER WELCOME GUIDE." And you complete it in sections--each time earning additional spark points (up to a total of 500). <BR> <BR> Even though I've been with Spark since 2006, I thought I'd go through the guide to renew my motivation, plus learn any points that I've somehow missed (or forgotten) over the years. <BR> <BR> One neat piece of information in the 1st article said this: <BR> "For exa... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 11:24:41 EST Spark page Someone suggested a spark page. Can anyone tell me how to do that? or where to go to get the information? Thanks. Been out of town for 5 days but stayed on the diet!!!! Mon, 11 Nov 2013 18:12:02 EST CHALLENGE: What's Highlighted in Your TSD Book?! Hey team! <BR> <BR> I was just sharing some highlights from my copy of TSD book with a girlfriend last night. And I got to thinking: <BR> <BR> I wonder what others have highlighted as important to them in their copy of TSD book??? <BR> <BR> So I'm challenging you to grab your copy and share at least ONE thing from your book! (It can be short and quick!) <BR> <BR> And maybe list the page number, if possible? (If you want to...) <BR> <BR> . . . s u s y . . . Sun, 10 Nov 2013 11:50:36 EST Starting Over!!! My name is Elizabeth, but i'm Betty to everyone.I have been on the simple diet a few times and ended up going back to my old habits and putting on what I lost plus some. I want to lose atleast 50 lbs if not more. I am 62 and really need to get healthier than I am. Hope being on the team will help .I and another friend is joining a gym this coming Tuesday. I'm prepared for this diet and am starting tomorrow. Hope to hear from all of you. <BR> Always Betty Sun, 10 Nov 2013 10:29:39 EST Exercise Hi Everyone. Happy to be here. I am starting SD tomorrow. I got all my stuff today and ordered the book. I know this is simple but can anyone give me tips on how you spread your food out during the day? My problem is night hunger and wanting something sweet. Oh, since I am just beginning how do I do 30 minutes a day of exercise starting out. I think I would keel over. :-) Mon, 4 Nov 2013 16:27:10 EST Newbie Hi. I just ordered the book. I am going to give this a go and see if pre counted food helps me stay on track. I need easy or I get bogged down in the details. Mon, 4 Nov 2013 16:02:37 EST Your NEW Spark Start Page! It's simply WONDERFUL! <BR> <BR> How so? <BR> <BR> = It's more personalized! <BR> = It's more simple! <BR> = It's got the information right there that I want to see! <BR> <BR> NOTE: <BR> You -will- need to take the time to set it up the way you want it. (And you can easily change it as needed.) <BR> <BR> If you are pressed for time, just set it up in segments. (There are three segments; do one today, another tomorrow, and then the third one---and you're done!) <BR> <BR> I am even MORE ... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:32:06 EST Do You Use Coupons for the Entrees/Shakes? So far I've not used any coupons to purchase the entrees... but I have bought a number of them when they're on sale. (I'll buy my favorites even when they're not on sale since they're my favorite!) LOL <BR> <BR> But I just lifted the top off of a Michelina's Lean Gourmet and printed on the underside of the lid is a coupon for "Buy 5, Get $1.00 Off." <BR> <BR> That pretty much equals Pay for 4 and Get One Free! <BR> <BR> I was just wondering if others are using coupons and where do you get ... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 15:31:58 EST Don't WAIT For Motivation... Get Started! I just came across this article (listed below) on How to Stay Motivated. And let me tell you, I will read ANYTHING on motivation: How to Get It; Create It; Keep It Going... because let's face it, without enough motivation our healthy habits whimper to a stop. <BR> <BR> And then... <BR> there goes any progress and hope of reaching our goals. <BR> <BR> Since I have this new-found DEEP DESIRE to attain my goals, I am really digging deep into how-to articles promising me help to help myself. ... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:01:25 EST Social Support While Following TSD I finally received my copy of The Simple Diet and have just begun to read it! <BR> <BR> One thing that has caught my attention... among so many things... is the encouragement for people to build their social support while following TSD. <BR> <BR> Who is your social support? <BR> <BR> Personally, I thought I'd use this group! I've actually found (through one of the other topics on this team) several members who are TERRIFIC! <BR> <BR> I know we'd sure like to have more join in! <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 23:28:36 EST simple diet here i come! <em>4</em> hi everyone...i am 68 years young and need to lose 50 pounds. the "simple diet" is what i am in the mood for as i too am sick of counting , weighing, ect.. i plan on using slimfast for the shakes and smart ones for i understand it, three shakes, two entrees, and at least 5 fruits and vegetables. thats the first phase...havent got the book as yet so dont know what the other phases are...anyway am starting as soon as i collect all the stuff... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 19:39:40 EST 30 New Emoticons! Have you seen the new emoticons?! How fun! Which ones will become your new favorites?! <BR> <BR> <em>527</em> <em>521</em> <em>525</em> <em>526</em> <em>523</em> <em>524</em> <em>550</em> <em>551</em> <em>548</em> <em>549</em> <em>530</em> <em>531</em> <em>532</em> <em>533</em> <em>534</em> <em>535</em> <em>536</em> <em>537</em> <em>538</em> <em>539</em> <em>540</em> <em>541</em> <em>542</em> <em>528</em> <em>529</em> ... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 08:51:14 EST Just Ordered the Book; Waiting to Start! <em>213</em> Hi... I'm Susy <BR> <BR> I've heard several people mention The Simple Diet, and it piqued my interest. <BR> <BR> Because I was on the road traveling in my RV for the past two months, I felt that I couldn't give the proper attention to any diet. <BR> <BR> But we just arrived back to our home RV park late yesterday afternoon, and I promptly ordered the book! (It's also a challenge to receive mail while on the road traveling constantly.) <BR> <BR> So... with any luck, I'll hav... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 11:32:23 EST Simplest Challenge Ever: Just Huddle! <em>8</em> <em>465</em> <em>8</em> <em>465</em> <em>8</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> = = OCTOBER CHALLENGE = = <BR> <BR> Yes, just come huddle with us on The Simple Diet Team! <BR> <BR> No thinking required! <BR> Just pick one of the 10 pre-chosen messages. <BR> <BR> C'mon! Let's see some new faces on our Huddle Wall this month! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>uddle.asp?gID=54586 </link> <BR> <BR> . . . s u s y . . . <BR> <em>8</em> <em>4... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 11:16:50 EST homemade yogurt that fits "shake" guidelines Homemade Yogurt that fits "shake" guidelines <BR> <BR> <BR> 14 cups 1% or skim milk <BR> <BR> 1/4 cup plain yogurt with live cultures (I like using Fage, Chobani, or Oikos brand greek yogurt) <BR> <BR> 120g of unflavored, easily dissolving whey protein isolate (such as Syntrax medical) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Make yogurt by whichever method you prefer ( I use the crockpot yogurt method I learned on youtube), except that you will add the whey powder along with the yogurt starter. To make s... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 14:43:33 EST gluten and the simple diet Has anyone tried going gluten free in conjunction with the simple diet <em>38</em> Sat, 7 Sep 2013 17:36:38 EST Day 3 Hello All ~ <BR> <BR> Starting Day 3 today. Day 1 & 2 were good. Got in my shakes, f/v, entrees, and exercise. My pants feel better today than they did on Friday... <em>224</em> . I'm feeling really good. Tue, 3 Sep 2013 09:01:45 EST Active Group? Hi, <BR> <BR> Just wondering if this is an active group. I'm starting The Simple Diet on Sept. 1st. and was hoping others were doing it as well. <BR> <BR> Ann Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:16:37 EST August 2013 Team Page Challenge Hello, <BR> I thought I'd start a page to have a fun challenge for those who'd like to participate. I love challenges! <BR> <BR> If you'd like to join in, copy and paste the template below: <BR> <BR> Name~ <BR> Weight on August 1st~ <BR> Weight loss goal for August (# of pounds you'd like to lose)~ <BR> Weekly exercise minutes goal for August~ <BR> Your favorite type of exercise~ <BR> Your favorite entree~ <BR> Personal goal for August~ <BR> A hobby you enjoy~ Thu, 1 Aug 2013 23:26:14 EST Hi everyone I received a message about the inactivity on this board so I wanted to help by posting a few things. First of all. I really like everything about the Simple Diet except for all of the prepacked food. I have a hard time justifying the cost of the meals and I just don't like all of the chemicals. I follow somewhat of the Simple Diet but not the way I shoudl. I love protein shakes and have found some that are very high in protein, use stevia and have many vitamins and minerals. There is so ... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 10:34:34 EST accountability Good morning today: I will follow diet outline. <BR> I will walk two miles. <BR> I will talk about my feels. (this one isn't easy for me. <BR> I will write them down. ( other one that's not easy.) <BR> Old parent tapes say: Don't complain no one cares any way. <BR> I have started out on a journey. Never to late to start living differently. To answer my own questions how am... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 12:44:25 EST Reboot I've had a fair bit of success with the simple diet, I have lost 30 pounds in total since starting it in Feb 2012. It has not been a straight path and I am still only halfway to my goal so I am rereading the book and tweaking all the little things that I've become slack on. Just had a thought that I should go back in my food log and repeat the days that I had a lot of success on. <BR> We used to have a really active forum here and I hoping to bring a little of that back too. So hoping to hear... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 16:17:32 EST New Member/Day 1 Simple Diet Hello everyone,I am new to the Simple Diet and this forum,today was my first day on this eating lifestyle,I will be visiting here for daily inspiration and support,very happy to be here :) <BR> <BR> Julie from NH Tue, 12 Mar 2013 01:10:35 EST Just Chitchat !! <BR> hello simple dieters....... <BR> <BR> I am Christine and no one seems to come to this page very often so I am going to post on here to see if anyone wants to just chat. <BR> <BR> Its raining outside today and I am so ready for some warmer weather. I will exercise indoors today and try to get some house/cleaning/organizing done also. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a great on program day !! Tue, 5 Mar 2013 10:28:25 EST Constipation - is it just me? Ok, I'm going to ask. Anyone suffering from constipation on this plan? I have to constantly eat raisins or drink prune juice or something. I've been using Atkins shakes because it does not upset my stomach and I like the way they taste but I'm always constipated. I drink 64oz of water everyday. I'm bloated too. What else can I do or take? Mon, 4 Mar 2013 22:20:43 EST Kelloggs FiberPlus Protein chewy bars ! If you have not seen these then..... LOOK !! <BR> They came in two flavors, mixed nut , and peanut. <BR> CAN I SAY AWESOME !!! <BR> <BR> they have 170 calories <BR> 8g fat <BR> 10g protein <BR> 9g sugar <BR> 7g fiber <BR> <BR> WOW WOW WOW is all I can say Sat, 16 Feb 2013 10:13:06 EST Unjury Protein Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Has anyone ever tried these protein shakes or the chicken soup? Sounds pretty good to me. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Valentines Day!!! <BR> Gwen Thu, 14 Feb 2013 14:14:11 EST Protein Shakes I have a friend who wants to try the Simple Diet but she's lactose intolerant. Can someone suggests some shakes they've tried that lack milk (and are tasty!) Thu, 17 Jan 2013 14:09:24 EST Protein Shakes I have a friend who wants to try the Simple Diet but she's lactose intolerant. Can someone suggests some shakes they've tried that lack milk (and are tasty!) Thu, 17 Jan 2013 14:09:10 EST newbie Hi! I would like to join your group to try this diet (sigh) plan. <BR> Someone I know tried it and she is losing weight so go her! <BR> I don't have the book yet so I'm not sure about the details but I thought I would at least join this in the mean time. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 17:06:00 EST Today's Goals Today my goals are <BR> 1) walk the dog <BR> 2) Start the run your butt off program <BR> 3) Stay on the Simple eating plan <BR> 4) Track it all! <BR> <em>334</em> <em>313</em> <em>311</em> <em>444</em> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 08:54:25 EST Feeling Hopeful and Upbeat! Hello Everybody! I'm so happy to be joining all of you today. I made up my mind to commit to TSD back in early December, but knew it would be better to wait until January to begin. I've been really looking forward to it, and I've just finished weighing in (ugh), measuring myself (double ugh) and drinking my first shake (yum!). This really looks like a great program! I am certain that today I am at my all-time high weight, and that I will never be at this weight again.Period. Beginning in May ... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 11:26:52 EST Results! Share your weightloss! If you weigh in weekly, monthly or daily we'd love to know how you're doing. Mon, 3 Dec 2012 09:46:41 EST Lean Cuisine Salad Additions Have any of you tried the new Salad Additions entree from Lean Cuisine? I had the Bistro Chicken for dinner tonight and it was delicious! There are a few other varieties, so I think I'll try them too! It's always nice to be able to add a new entree into our Simple Diet plan. Sun, 2 Dec 2012 22:47:34 EST Weekly Weigh In (Nov. 21) I am at a loss for words to describe how thrilled I am that I found this diet nearly a year ago! Another loss of 2.2 pounds puts me SO close to my goal! Thank you to all of you for providing a forum that has been very encouraging and has helped to keep me motivated these last 47 weeks! <BR> <em>252</em> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 07:28:29 EST VitaPizza I tried the Cheese & Tomato VitaPizza today! Can you say yum!!! Its 190 calories with 3 g fat and 19 g protein. I've been looking for a pizza that would fit in the Simple Diet yet be tasty. Unfortunately, I've only seen this at Wegmans. However you can buy them online<BR>.html. Mon, 5 Nov 2012 12:07:12 EST Fit Bit Is anyone using Fit Bit? I just broke my pedometer and wanted to get feedback before I invest the money... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 14:08:18 EST Day 1 Back On Track So far so good today if I can control myself the next hour or so before bed I will have a good day...a few cheats but within my calories. <BR> <BR> 3 shakes (2 of them greek yogurt) <BR> 2 entrees (so nice to be able to have a pizza without guilt) <BR> 6 veggies/fruit <BR> 88 oz of green tea/sf lemonade <BR> <BR> 60 minutes of exercise (wahoo...pushed it hard today, might be a mistake but I did it) Mon, 22 Oct 2012 20:26:17 EST Aargh I have been good for 90% of the week. I lost 7lbs last week and with daily WI was on track to lose 2lbs this week. I weighed this morning and have lost only 1lb. That means in 2days I put on 2lbs from my weight on Wednesday....if that makes sense. Anyway, I am really annoyed and fed up. On top of that I can not afford any frozen entrees this week as we are broke til next Friday and the family need to eat! Can anyone offer any advice please? Fri, 28 Sep 2012 10:57:12 EST Smart Ones Thai Style White Meat Chicken - Ew Ew ew ew. <BR> <BR> Not even edible, the whole thing is in the trash. And I am not particularly picky. <BR> <BR> Not recommended if you want your food to look good, smell good, or have a good texture. Full disclosure: not a big rice noodle fan, and I knew that, but a good peanut sauce covers a multitude of sins. Not sure that microwaved rice noodles is one of them, but the sauce was so nasty, I'll never know. Even the chicken chunks (the sort of thing I'd usually pick out and eat) were ... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 12:30:19 EST First Week Hi, I am a 44yr old mum and started the Simple Diet last week. I have lost 7 lbs so far and this week only lost 2lbs. Feeling down. Maybe being on here will give me a boost and help me realize that any loss is a good loss! Nice to "meet" everyone. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 22:21:42 EST jjoining? Would like to join your group and be accountable as I start the simple diet ? Thanks <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 17:25:19 EST medifast shakes and soups ok? Are these OK to use? They have the same nutrition values Mon, 24 Sep 2012 17:07:28 EST medifast substitutions ok? I have lots of medifast shakes,etc. They are all interchangeable, and meet the nutrition requirements. OK to use? Mon, 24 Sep 2012 16:49:12 EST subway substitute for an entree? Is a Subway good to substitute for an entree, if the calories, protein, etc. are the same? Mon, 24 Sep 2012 14:53:46 EST Special K Flatbread Breakfast Sandwiches Just tried the Ham, Egg & Pepper Jack cheese sandwich for breakfast. Can you say yummy? While the slice of ham was small, the pepper jack cheese really added some ump to it. I added some slice tomatoes too. <BR> Calories 200; Fat 8g; Protein 12 g, <BR> They also have a sausage sandwich and an egg/vegetable sandwich which I found at Walmart! Thu, 13 Sep 2012 07:04:45 EST CHARTS Anyone know where I can get copies of the charts in the book? <BR> <BR> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 10:51:44 EST Weekly Weigh In This week I'm down 2.4 pounds which puts me still up 7 pounds from my pre summer weight but down a total of 23 pounds. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 09:40:18 EST Walk with Walgreens If you're a walker go on line and register. You can receive coupons and rewards!! <em>311</em> <BR> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 21:10:49 EST New Co-Leader Please join me in thanking MrsVk11 as a co-leader of this group. Fri, 7 Sep 2012 06:50:53 EST Weigh In for August 31 So thrilled to report another loss of 1.4 lbs. this week. That's a total loss of 71 pounds! "Only" about 40 more pounds to reach the initial goal I set back in January. <BR> <em>9</em> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 08:33:58 EST great supper tonight ! <BR> <BR> well most of you may have seen these but I had somehow missed them. Lean pockets ! I had tried a really nasty turkey one months ago and styed clear for awhile. Tonight I had the lean pockets Whole grain Ham & Cheddar and it was DEELISH !! I loved it.... it helped with my cravings for a sandwich and pizza also. the ooey gooey cheese satisfied the fast food craving. I paired it with fresh carrots and some cooked cabbage for veggies ! Yum ! I will <BR> definitely eat again ! Tue, 28 Aug 2012 20:33:20 EST Daily Just feel like I need daily accountability, so will use this thread for that. <BR> If anyone else needs it, the door is open. <BR> <BR> I have been good for 3 days, except not 100% yesterday because I ate a banana. <BR> You may laugh at that, but they really do mess with my blood sugar too much. <BR> I will wait until Thursday to weigh in and see if what I am doing is working or not. <BR> I have not been moving much. I did bounce on the rebounder some this morning, but it <BR> was only to sa... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 17:41:10 EST Hormel's Sandwich Makers I just found these at Target this week! Previously, I only found them at Walmart. Sun, 26 Aug 2012 20:14:43 EST Anybody else have a clue? Hey all! <BR> <BR> I'm having an issue I'd like your feedback on. <BR> <BR> I'm sure you all know that we're all losing a ton of weight just by running to the bathroom everyone 20 minutes or so because of the amount of water we're drinking... <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Today started week 21 for me and I noticed a few days ago that I'm not going to the bathroom nearly as often as I have been. <BR> <BR> Nothing has changed. I'm not eating more or less. I'm not drinking less...... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 02:35:17 EST A Nice moment ! <BR> Last night while getting ready for worship services, I went to my closet to find a top to put on. I found one that I hadn't worn in about 6 weeks or more. When I put it on the bottom or hem of it hung loose and didn't even touch my hips !! WOO HOO !!! It hung straight from my shoulders and breasts !! I couldn't believe it !! flopped around even !! I was in shock and then I got several compliments about it while at services. I think your clothes actually look a bit better when loose !! H... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 09:54:13 EST thursday Aug the 9th weigh in yippee.... I weighed in and lost 2.2 pounds this week. It seems like I have a good loss on every other week lately. Has anyone else noticed that ? I think my weight loss is more steady now that I'm in menapause and don't deal with water weight gain so much ! <em>224</em> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 12:45:13 EST Shelf stable entrees ???? Hey y'all <BR> I just found these at the store and maybe you've tried them but I have not ? Does anyone like them and are they good ? Most of them were Hormel brand and several had too many calories and fat for the program but the two I bought were <BR> <BR> Hormel compleats Grilled chicken & pasta <BR> calories, 260 fat-8g and protein- 18g <BR> <BR> Hormel compleats Chicken & Dumplings <BR> calories 230 FAT- 6 g and Protein - 13 g <BR> <BR> <BR> I'll let you know when I eat one what I ... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 11:21:07 EST 2 mile walk outside ! I may do more later ! Tue, 7 Aug 2012 13:04:30 EST new to posting ! Hi everyone <BR> I'm in Ky and I too found the simple diet in the WW 's magazine and started the end of february ! I've been on sparkpeople the whole time but have a very hard time figuring <BR> out this message board stuff !! I may never find you all again ! <BR> I've lost 35 pounds in 5 months and feel hopeful for the first time that I "might " actually <BR> lose the 130 pounds that I need to lose ! <BR> I have bad knees and am walking 2 miles a day on 5 days a week! This is a great <BR>... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 11:24:16 EST I'm Back Hello everyone sorry I was AWOL was a crazy last few weeks. As happens I drifted off course and am back for round 2.0 on TSD. <BR> <BR> While off course for nearly 4 weeks I slipped backwards to the tune of nearly 13 pounds...Ugh not happy with myself but that is the past. Today I am back on track and will be back to where I was and past that before I know it. <BR> <BR> It will take me a few days to catch up as I have not been on the site at all in the last 3 weeks. <BR> <BR> Hope y... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 13:58:48 EST Fitness minutes a daily check in Hey team! <BR> In The Simple Diet Dr A askes the question: How much exercise does the trick? and answers "The more exercise, the better." he also advocates 30 to 45 minutes per day 6 days a week. So I thought we could have a quick daily check in and let the others on the team know what we were up to. <BR> <em>237</em> <em>319</em> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <em>135</em> <em>332</em> <em>313</em> <em>361</em> Fri, 3 Aug 2012 12:06:35 EST New member today! Just joined spark people! I am going on my second week of "The simple diet" and my 3rd week of zumba at leat 3 times per week. I lost 10 LBS as of last Friday can't wait for my weigh in tomorrow. Loving the simple diet! Thu, 26 Jul 2012 17:06:38 EST Going on Vacation for One Week Hi all! I have recently decided to get back on "The Simple Diet." I am getting ready to go on a vacation for one week, and I will be staying with a friend and her family. Does anyone have any suggestions how to handle this? Should I buy some protein bars to take with me? I don't want to impose on my friend to do anything special for me. Any advice would be much appreciated! <BR> <BR> Thanks! :) Sun, 22 Jul 2012 12:28:53 EST Zone bars Hey everybody, <BR> <BR> I was in Walgreen's today and found the Zone bars are on sale 5 for $5! I don't shop there often so I don't know what days their sales run. Hurry in and get cheap, yummy bars!!! <BR> <BR> I tried the cashew pretzel. I loved it! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 20:00:47 EST NEWBIE to this team I have been a Sparkpeople member for along time. I have been maintaining a loss for a long time, but need to stop playing around and drop my last 20 to 28 lbs. I am not sure this will be the answer, but thought I would give it a try. Bought the book when the "diet" was profiled in woman's world, only have just found it in my drawer! Oh well, time to get serious! Wed, 11 Jul 2012 17:19:31 EST Sad... Hello Ladies, <BR> <BR> My visit to the doctor today did not go as planned. I am not sure if I am going to blog about it but before I decide to, you all deserve to know my sad news first! <BR> <BR> I will be leaving the Simple Diet - in a nutshell! <BR> <BR> My doctor knows that I am on the SD. She has recommended that I get rid of eating processed foods. I have to stop eating grain (rice, bread & pasta) carbs and switch them for complex carbs (fruits & veggies) and lean meats for 30 days... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 16:22:24 EST Slow loss While the pounds seem to take forever to come off I had another encouraging sign. My work pants that used to be tight can now be pull up when still zipped up!! Might not sound like much... but to me it's a milestone! :) Mon, 9 Jul 2012 14:13:08 EST Short Review: Body Fortress Strawberry Hello Ladies, <BR> <BR> You all know about the problems I had with Designer Whey Protein then trying to find a Whey Protein in strawberry. I bought this brand and flavor. <BR> <BR> It is not bad or good tasting. It does not taste like strawberry but more like a syrup or something. It was affordable and I'd buy it again not so much for taste but something different & "if" it remains to be good to my stomach...NO gas lol Sun, 8 Jul 2012 13:00:29 EST Critics I like many here am much harder on myself than anyone else. We so want to progress on this journey that we tend to forget about just how well we are doing. <BR> <BR> I think it helps to make a list of all the NSV (non scale victories) that we have had. Such as cloths too loose or fitting better. Seeing our feet.... <BR> <BR> After you complete the list take time to appreciate just how well you are doing and give yourself credit. <BR> <BR> We did not gain weight overnight thus we will ... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 16:26:12 EST Knees Saw the Dr yesterday about my knees. Good news is that it is not arthritis rather he believes it is soft tissue injury. He has me starting physical therapy next week but if that does not work he will be ordering an MRI of my left knee. <BR> <BR> He is very pleased with my weight loss and wants to help be get back to being at the gym 5x a week for continued success. Wed, 4 Jul 2012 12:05:53 EST @ Wal-Mart Items vary depending on the Wal-Mart and location but I just had to share the deal I got today! <BR> <BR> I went over to the exercise section of Wal-Mart to look for a new workout DVD. I had the Spark Boot camp in mind but I think Target only sells it and not Wal-Mart. I noticed that a few people here use the Biggest Loser Workouts and I have never used them before. I actually did not know that they made DVDs so I thought to grab one. On average a DVD costs $9-$10 at Wal-Mart...wait for it..... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 14:48:50 EST sunday weigh in July 1 I was up 1.8 pounds for a total of 179.2 I seem to be bouncing up and down a lot, up to 2 pounds a day. I'm not sure what that's all about but I HATE IT go down and stay down damn it I seem to be working on the same few pounds for weeks at a time. <BR> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> Mon, 2 Jul 2012 09:07:21 EST Zone Perfect Contest Zone Perfect is having a contest to win a year's supply of ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars. Contest ends 7/23. When you register, they also send coupons to your email address. <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Jul 2012 10:50:50 EST Anyone Else???? I am extremely gassy and have been for a while now, at minimum, 3 weeks. The only switched I've made is going back to the shakes from Greek yogurt. At first it was the constipation and now I am extremely gassy. I could say it's dairy (i.e. cheese) but majority of the entrees I eat does not include cheese and if so, the amount is not big enough to have me extremely gassy. <BR> <BR> Any thoughts, comments, advice or what ever will be appreciated! Sat, 30 Jun 2012 19:07:35 EST Crunch crunch CRUNCH Hey I found these great crunchy treats at Target!! Check it out -- Archer Farms Freeze dried Apple slices and Bananas. They also have strawberries and mango and corn! I bought the apples and the bananas. ( Trader Joe's has strawberries, mango and bananas too) They are a bit pricey but something great I stash in my work desk and in the car. I am using these as fruitsince there are no added sugars. <BR> <BR> The apple slices whole bag of apples is only 90 Calories!! A few pieces are ... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 17:17:55 EST Weigh-in after vacation After one week away for a vacation, I weighed myself. My weight remained the same after one week. I did not stay in plan, but I would say that certain eating habits stuck with me over the week to help. One thing that helped is that we were staying in a camper and there were limited other food opportunities around. We had to conserve food so we didn't run out since there were no grocery stores and few restaurants. <BR> <BR> Daily breakfast was Fiber One and 2 % milk. Usually had a piece of... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 08:15:02 EST I Need Help Ladies, <BR> <BR> Today, I jogged for 45mins, walked for 35 then went to Bikram (hot) Yoga tonight for an hour. Boy did I miss Bikram Yoga. Anyway, my concern is that I am hungry. I have burned a lot of calories today. <BR> <BR> After yoga was over, I ate a banana and drank a cup of water. I have 25 calories left and I want an entree. I know that this is okay but I am beginning to feel guilt and bad if I were to eat an entree. What do I do? What do you do after a great day of calorie burni... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 19:59:57 EST How many calories are being burned? After reading a member's blog, I went in search of a way to get a really good, accurate count of calories being burned doing certain exercises. <BR> <BR> I know Spark has them on here, but it's not as accurate as putting in your own height, weight, age, etc and getting a better count and knowing where you are with your personal exercise routines. <BR> <BR> After looking at a bunch of them, I find this one to be my personal favorite. Ease of use and having so many different exercises to... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 03:09:37 EST Sunday weigh in...on Monday This week was a good one I lost 1.8 pounds which puts me at 29.8... I really would have liked .2 more to give me a nice round 30 pound loss...oh well next week. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 16:28:11 EST coupons and such? Does anyone have any idea where I can find coupons for meals and shakes? The only site I've had any luck with is the Smart Ones Eat Your Best site. Just wondering! Thanks all :) Sun, 24 Jun 2012 19:40:15 EST WTF? Out of Whey Protein powder, went to Wal-mart and decided to try Body Fortress, strawberry flavor. How about no strawberry? So, I decided to at least buy the Equate strawberry shakes. How about no strawberry? I could not find strawberry flavor in no powder or shakes. <BR> <BR> I went to the grocery store and the same thing. At the damn time I decide to try strawberry, no one has any or in stock. I am going to try Target tomorrow since I had to settle on 6 cans of Equate French Vanilla. I ref... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 20:22:29 EST 2 Yummy sandwiches that fit plan At the walmart supercenter I found 2 flatbread sandwiches by Weight Watchers that meet the plan and are actually filling and tasty. Savory Steak & Ranch Grilled Flatbread and Chicken Marinara with Mozzarella Flatbread. Most of the paninis and pizzas by lean cuisine and Wt. watchers are too high in calories but these work! You could probably even squeeze in a few extra veggies if you like. <BR> <BR> Just thought I'd share in case youre looking for something else to try. Sat, 23 Jun 2012 13:31:46 EST Hobbies anyone?? Just wondering what some of you all do to keep yourself busy outside of the diet. <BR> <BR> I do some knitting or crocheting and when I'm off and the weather is good my yard and garden keep me busy. I have a small dog who loves to go for walks in the park or on the bike trail. Tue, 19 Jun 2012 18:23:19 EST Need a reminder I. FEEL. GOOD!!! <BR> <BR> Please, next time I tell any of you that I need a day off from exercising, remind me how good I feel today!!! lol <BR> <BR> Anyone else get that "I can TOTALLY conquer the world today" feeling after a good workout? Mon, 18 Jun 2012 23:06:35 EST Maintaining the Simple Diet - Dr A's Blog I know that recently I had to get back on track with the simple diet and so I went to Dr Anderson's blog for a refresher from the man himself! Check out the link below for his June 14th posting. I know it came at the right time for me. <BR> <BR><BR>aintaining-simple-diet/ Mon, 18 Jun 2012 18:21:20 EST Critics I was wondering if anyone else is getting the chemical and/or sodium comments? People ask about the diet and then say things like "Oooo processed food has so much sodium and so many preservatives it can't be healthy. My answer to that is, being too fat is not healthy I did not get fat eating healthful unprocessed low sodium foods. I now eat more fruits and veg then ever and when I tracked my food on, which gives you your sodium counts I did not come near RDA of 2300mg of sodium per... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 22:06:14 EST Sunday Weigh In This week I lost 3.8 pounds for a total of 28 pounds lost altogether and I'm pretty happy about that! And for the bonus points I slipped into the 170's not very far in but I made <BR> <em>334</em> Sun, 17 Jun 2012 12:37:10 EST First weed Weigh In Well, one week down and I am thrilled. Lost 4.8 lbs and it wasn't that hard. I was never hungry and ate almost 100% on plan. I don't have the book yet (Its is ordered) and have been going by the threads here and on Dr. Andersons site. So happy for the many topics here they have helped tremendously. Thank you!!! Fri, 15 Jun 2012 15:16:14 EST Back Again Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Just wanted to pop in and let you all know that I am again going back the Simple Diet. I tried it for about a month and lost weight and then my crazy ADD thinking got me to try another program that promised no exercise and a huge amount of weight loss with injections of a hormone and 500 calories. This was very hard for me to do. I totally allowed myself to forget why I came to the SD program to begin with. SD is healthy and SAFE and is a life long program that I ca... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 15:06:33 EST Wednesday Weigh In (6/13): Frustrated After weeks of losing something each week, even if it was as little as .3 lbs, I have finally hit the dreaded plateau. Today's weigh in showed a loss of 0 lbs. I am happy that I did not gain, but at the same time I feel a bit frustrated with myself. I really worked out strong this past week, but I know I have eaten fewer calories than normal, even though I have not eaten off plan (not good) and I haven't been getting much sleep (daily routine has been thrown off due to my vacation). I gue... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 14:33:14 EST Crazy Busy Well the last few weeks have been crazy busy so I have not been able to check in here very often. Hopefully things will slow down a little after this weekend. <BR> <BR> Today after work I am headed for a long weekend vacation with my hubby and a bunch of friends. We will be celebrating our 18th anniversary (it is on Monday) camping & tubing. I will not be 100% on plan but have already planned a 2 mile walk for each day with the exception of Sunday when we will pack up which is a workout i... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 13:59:54 EST Magic Bullet I just wanted to share how happy I am that I invested in The Magic Bullet. I have seen it on TV and thought that I don't need any more junk in my tiny kitchen. I have found myself getting bored with the Simple Diet since I do not cook and have a hard time getting creative with vegetables. I bought this little thing from Target for about $60.00 which is not bad considering how much money I have been saving with The Simple Diet (seriously, I only spend about $60.00 a week on food.) This little ... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 15:44:24 EST Referred by a friend My friend Sara referred me here. She's been doing awesome on this diet and encouraged me to try it out. I'm ready to start - yay! Tue, 12 Jun 2012 00:42:37 EST Lean Cuisine Sale @ Target They are 4 for $10 Mon, 11 Jun 2012 18:14:23 EST Sunday Weigh in After a couple of weeks of nonstop eat, drink and be merry I'm up 2.2 pounds...Time to get back at it!. Sun, 10 Jun 2012 12:57:42 EST First post -New member - Day 4 Hi, <BR> Problems with my knee have finally forced me to deal with my weight. The pain from this bursitis is excruciating at times and I know the extra weight isn't helping. <BR> Aside from that, I'm tired of being just a "pretty face." Time to work on the body. I could blame a lot of things for my weight gain, but what's the point? I think this plan is going to work for me. I've pretty much enjoyed my share of Starbucks and Taco Bell. I want to wear shorts again and I'm sick of crying when ... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 14:38:06 EST I fell off.....the planet Just a quick note to let you all know I'm still alive. <BR> <BR> Had a fire last week that took out the internet. Not my house. The station that controls ALL local internet. This week, someone cut a fiber optic line. No internet, no cable. It's hard to do this stuff on my phone, so I haven't been doing much more than entering my food for the day and a few comments here and there. <BR> <BR> Sorry I'm not around much. As soon as things are back to normal, I'll be here! Wed, 6 Jun 2012 20:32:56 EST Day 1 Sample Menu- is this okay?? Hi all, <BR> <BR> I've been lurking for a couple of weeks now trying to gather tips about the plan while I waited for my copy of the book to arrive. It came yesterday and I read pretty much all of it, and decided to start the diet tomorrow (Wednesday). After a trip to the grocery store this evening to stock up on shakes, entrees and freggies, I planned my menu for tomorrow. I'd just like some feedback to make sure I have the gist of things and am not going overboard with my freggies! <BR> <... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 20:32:58 EST Review on Marie Callender's Honey Roasted Chicken Okay Simple Dieters remember to check the nutritional information on entrees when going through the frozen aisle. You never know when they will reformulate a meal so it either works with the plan or no longer works with the plan. <BR> <BR> I happened upon Marie Callender's Honey Roasted Chicken this weekend while shopping. At only 300 calories (down from 340) 8 grams of fat and 19 grams of protein it is perfect for TSD. <BR> <BR> The portions are larger with Marie Callender's then with mo... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 14:04:54 EST Water water everywhere! May was a slow month for me... for a number of reasons -- graduation celebration, memorial weekend company, not getting in as much activity as i needed to... But through it all I am still down and still determined to keep going. And one thing I also realized was that maybe I wasn't getting as much water as I needed. So one day when I was at Walmart I found this great 24 oz insulated cup with straw ($4.99) . I bought two, figuring one for home one for work. <BR> WOW! This cup has been great... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 21:23:04 EST Getting ready for day 3 Hi there, my name is Tami. I've been toying with the SD for awhile, had a false start or two, but really need to get down to business! I've got an event at the end of June, end of July, then a family trip in September. Want to "wow" folks in June and July, and make the trip easier/more fun in September. I figure if I stick to it, I can be at least 30 down by our trip. Maybe even a little more :-) <BR> <BR> I'll be 43 in July and have spent my whole life fat. I get sad at times when I think o... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 06:30:52 EST Hi From Georgia! Hi everyone! Yes, like most of you I found this diet in the Women's World Magazine! I haven't started it yet. I'm waiting on my book to arrive from Amazon. I'm really looking forward to this Simple Diet and losing 110 lbs. I'm very happy to have found SparkPeople! I found it while reading the reviews on the book at Amazon. Do any of you have any good ideas regarding the shakes? I hear that you should only mix water with them. Any good blender ideas? Sat, 2 Jun 2012 14:19:12 EST SALE - Target Hey All, <BR> <BR> We're having some bad weather in the DC metro area (VA/DC/MD) where rain and tornado's have done some damage. But before the storm, I went to Target and they are having a sale on Smart One's for $1.89 and Lean Michealina (misspelled) dinners for $1. I did not know that Michealina made "lean" entrees. I'm glad because they are only 180 calories while her regular dinners can go well over 300 calories. <BR> <BR> Please note* sales on entrees may depend on Target location an... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 21:24:39 EST Supersized Sodas So what do you think about the proposed ban on “supersize” sodas in New York City? Do you think a law can prevent obesity? Fri, 1 Jun 2012 14:16:38 EST Wednesday Weigh-In (5/30) Twenty-one weeks into The Simple Diet, and I'm down another 2.6 pounds for a total loss of 53 pounds! I've gone down 5 pant sizes and 3 shirt sizes and feel healthier than I have in a long time! I still have so far to go to reach my goal weight, but I am amazed at how truly simple this process has been. I am proud of myself for making important changes that have put me on the path to a healthier me and I thank all of you for sharing your journey. Your stories, comments, and questions have... Wed, 30 May 2012 07:46:05 EST Tuesday Progress See my blog titled "Reassessment" for update on focus/goals. <BR> Progress: <BR> May 29: Weight: same (even though I am allowing myself some "flexibility" in food choices. <BR> Trying to develop a plan that is "my" plan that works for me and includes <BR> small - moderate amounts of foods that I had previously tried to exclude). <BR> <BR> Waist: Lost 1/2 inch in waist since last week. (Lost 1 1/2 inches in waist to... Tue, 29 May 2012 07:00:00 EST Report on Marie Callender's Beef Pepper Steak I just ate this and went online to review this dish. It's 290,5,16. Here's my review: <BR> <BR> "Tasty Asian Dish for One <BR> This is an amazing dinner! Lots of flavor and a little heat to stoke your metabolism. Goes with The Simple Diet...under 300 calories. Veggies, rice, beef and an Asian inspired sauce to die for. (And hey! I don't work for them) Very satisfying!" <BR> <BR> I'm going to check out their other Fresh Flavor Steamers and see if they are as TSD compatible. Worth the ext... Sat, 26 May 2012 21:31:04 EST Thursday 5/24 Weigh-In Last week, I had a .2 gain. I had a couple of issues that I was dealing with, as many of you know. I weighed myself again Sunday and had lost 3.4 lbs. The rest of this week has been great! Today's weigh-in was no exception! My total loss for the week is 4.8 lbs! WOO HOO! <BR> <BR> I'm .2 lbs. from losing 25 lbs. Next week will be another good weigh-in! <em>211</em> Fri, 25 May 2012 00:40:49 EST How tired is too tired?? Yesterday in the afternoon (Wednesday) when I was doing laundry at the laundromat (septic acting up) and carrying the loads of clothes in and out, I could hardly take it. My arms felt very weak (I had added extra effort to strength training on Sunday --delayed onset fatigue is more delayed as you get older, I think) and I could hardly finish the job. I had felt so tired at work (desk job) earlier yesterday that I could hardly focus. The evening before I had line danced for 2 hours and got ... Thu, 24 May 2012 07:21:18 EST Is the SD getting to be like a full-time job? People out there.......please assist me. By the time I make sure I exercise to the max, <BR> stick on the food plan, post, read posts, research, comment on posts, process and "fix" my negative thinking and attitudes, make ammends in relationships where I have erred , pray, meditate, get exhausted from all the extra exercise/activity (in addition to my usual stuff) and have to take special recovery/rest time, do all the other righteous stuff that I am supposed to do implementi... Thu, 24 May 2012 07:07:12 EST Exercise ~ making it a habit Okay after being told by my doctor that I could no longer use my exercise bike I have joined the local fitness center along with a friend. She will go with me every M-W-F but I will be exercising additional days as well as my goal is 45 minutes 5x a week. <BR> <BR> In my blog I mentioned a seated elliptical that I found at the gym it is the Octane Fitness xr6000 (or something like that) and it is so easy on the knees. I did 23 minutes on it this morning but will be bumping that up to 30 ... Tue, 22 May 2012 07:31:18 EST Stumbling but not falling Okay over the last few weeks I have been less than faithful with following TSD. I told myself as I strayed off plan that it would not hurt my progress. <BR> <BR> Well I was lying to myself I have not been having big losses even though I should still be losing at a fairly quick rate with the amount of weight I have left to lose. <BR> <BR> Today begins my total re-commitment to TSD. I am not only following the plan I am exercising at least 5x a week at the fitness center. With my added... Mon, 21 May 2012 22:03:31 EST Sunday 5/20 Weigh In I'm down 3 pounds this week for a total of 25Ibs finally busted through my month long plateau. Yippee!!! <BR> <em>185</em> <em>334</em> Sun, 20 May 2012 20:32:11 EST Importance of Stretching Just wanted to share some thoughts about stretching........ <BR> Dr. A includes stretching as part of the SD exercise plan. Since many of us are increasing our fitness efforts in a variety of ways, I just wanted to mention this. Stretching is beneficial for a variety of reasons and I'm not sure how many are including this. I have always loved to stretch but got away from it. A few days ago I found myself sore in every muscle of my body from line dance and yard work. I decided to purchas... Sat, 19 May 2012 07:41:48 EST How Was Your Week? Hello All, <BR> <BR> We're almost at 160 members, cool! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I just wanted to check in on EVERYONE. I know we all are busy doing our thing in the Spring/Summer to come so the forum may go by the wayside soon or often for many of us with vacations coming up. <BR> <BR> I had an awesome week with getting back my stride. I feel better and things seem to be going smooth. I do not know what next week will bring besides my mom. She's visiting from Miami next week so that is going t... Fri, 18 May 2012 20:00:59 EST Wednesday Weigh-In (5/16) Today's weigh in showed a loss of 1.6 pounds. Even more exciting is that I'm now down a total of 48 pounds and for the first time in years, below 200 pounds!! One goal met, now time to set a new one! I feel fantastic! <BR> <em>248</em> Wed, 16 May 2012 08:36:10 EST Dr. A's Facebook Post This is Dr. A's most recent Facebook post (copied and pasted) <BR> "The Simple Lifetime Diet is more than a diet. It is a life-long plan for loving yourself with all your heart, soul, mind and body. Our research shows that wellness and health result from four simple practices: nutritious eating (which accounts for more than 50% of good health results), physical fitness (about 20%), positive thinking and planning (about 15%), and meditation (about 15%). <BR> Nutritious... eating means eating a... Mon, 14 May 2012 06:20:14 EST Sunday Weigh In 05/13 I'm down .2 Pounds sloooowwwly creeping However I did have company for 5 days and although we followed the Simple diet most of the time there was a wedding shower lunch, a couple of restaurant lunches and my exercise was way less intense and a lot fewer minutes so tomorrow ,back to basics. Mon, 14 May 2012 00:14:50 EST Happy Mother's Day!! Happy Mother's Day to all the simple dieters who are moms!! Enjoy the day ! I imagine a shake in bed wouldn't be such a bad way to start the day. and less risk of messing the sheets. <em>125</em> Sun, 13 May 2012 10:43:03 EST Confession Time I began TSD a month ago......the first week I was down 7 lbs and I was doing the Happy Dance. The life got in the way and I went off plan...not totally but enough to make a difference. I got back on plan.....but still haven't stepped on the scale (scales intimidate me!) Good news is.....I'm in a size smaller pants...time to do the Happy Dance again!! Fri, 11 May 2012 15:46:58 EST Thursday weigh-in 5/10 Hi members, today I achieved a 0.8 loss, as well as obviously kept off the 4 lbs. from last week. It's working!! :) Thu, 10 May 2012 23:39:09 EST Walden Farms Walden Farm products can be purchased online. I love the cole slaw dressing but have difficulty finding it in stores. They have a new chipotle ranch dressing I can't wait to try. <BR> <BR> Thu, 10 May 2012 22:15:30 EST Walgreen's Any of you who use these products, they're on sale at Walgreen's this week. Buy one, get one 50% off. <BR> <BR> Atkins ~ bars and shakes <BR> Slim Fast ~ bars and shakes <BR> <BR> Through May 12th (Saturday) Thu, 10 May 2012 00:00:59 EST Your goal weight, from Dr. A Through the magic of Facebook, I had asked Dr. A how to determine the best healthy weight. He does talk about BMI in the book. However, I was still trying to hone in on my best healthy weight and wanted to know if there should be any adjustment for age or consideration of menopause. <BR> <BR> His answer also included information about fat percentage. This, I believe, is not in the book. There are many sites on line to make an estimate calculation of your fat percentage (basically a rati... Wed, 9 May 2012 06:39:34 EST Positive Self-Talk from Dr. A This is what Dr. A posted on The Simple Diet, Facebook page (I copied and pasted it): <BR> <BR> <BR> "Positive self-talk is like having your favorite dessert. Both stimulate satisfaction centers in the brain. Research from Harvard released yesterday used sophisticated brain imaging to document that saying good things about yourself gives you a good feeling. As outlined in the Simple Diet, saying, "I am in charge of my health and choose healthy foods", give you a positive buzz. Saying, "I ea... Wed, 9 May 2012 06:18:07 EST Constipation Sorry for the TMI post.... but Is anyone having this issue besides me?? Despite the fresh fruit and veggies and drinking a lot of fluid and getting in a lot of walking I have been constipated lately. I'm going to make sure I get 64 oz of pure water aside from other non caloric beverages. Tue, 8 May 2012 08:29:06 EST Sunday Weigh in 5/06 (late) Hi all, I am down 1 pound this week. Things have slowed to a crawl for me even though I have upped my mileage. I'm doing things right so I just have to wait for my body to figure it Mon, 7 May 2012 16:44:18 EST The Simple Diet on Facebook This info may appear elsewhere on this team page. The Simple Diet is on facebook. <BR> This is an opportunity to get info from others that have questions/comments and also to read Dr. A's posts. I have both messaged questions to him and posted questions on the SD page <BR> and received responses directly from him. This was so exciting! He is such a nice guy and so sincere in his efforts. It is fun to be part of the beginning of a movement. Mon, 7 May 2012 08:29:10 EST Monday Weigh-In (5/7) Down 1.6 pounds for a total of 50.4 pounds gone forever in 17 weeks. Mon, 7 May 2012 07:18:49 EST If you absolutely must fix your own entrees... If you resent having to purchase frozen entrees, here's a way to cook your own under 300 calories: from Hungry Girl <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 6 May 2012 02:01:27 EST NEW ENTREES COMING OUT I found these suggestions on my Hungry Girl emails: <BR> <BR> MUSHROOM MESSALUNA RAVIOLI Lean Cuisine 290/9/14 <BR> <BR> Kashi All Natural Sesame Chicken Steam Meal 300/9/17 <BR> <BR> Healthy Choice Top Chef Café Steamers Chicken Fresca with Chardonnay 240/6/16 <BR> <BR> Amy's Light & Lean Roasted Polenta with Swiss Chard 140/4/6 (what, eat 2 of them?) <BR> <BR> Kashi All Natural Spinach and Artichoke Pasta Steam Meal 280/9/13 <BR> <BR> Lean Cuisine Culinary Collection Chef's Pi... Sun, 6 May 2012 01:56:11 EST Hi! I just about cried when I found this diet. I just downloaded the book onto my iPhone and I am going to start it this week. From what I read it is, but I really am hoping this is going to work for me. I have two toddlers (almost 3 and 1!) and I really need something easy. I have tried WW and I found myself spending hours a day planning meals, counting points and cooking that I had no time or energy for anything else. <BR> <BR> Can't wait to get started! Any quick tips for this beginner... Fri, 4 May 2012 05:47:42 EST Thursday weigh-in (5/3) Ok ladies and gents, it's now been a month. <BR> <BR> Today's weigh-in went VERY well! <BR> <BR> I lost 5.6 pounds this week!!!!!!! I'm amazed, flabbergasted, excited, happy, many emotions. lol <BR> <BR> For the month, I'm down 18 pounds. YAY!! I was hoping for 15 pounds my first month because you always lose more the first week. I can't believe that I lost almost as much the 4th week as I did my first week! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 3 May 2012 22:04:43 EST A Happy Moment Yesterday I had my hair cut and grays hidden. It's been 6 weeks since my last appointment. I used to hate sitting there in front of the full mirror while the color processed having to face myself.... BUT.... yesterday sitting there I felt better. I could see a difference in my reflection and I am starting to see my real face and I liked it! The robe even fit around me better!! This simple moment just boosted my spirit and my motivation to keep going! <BR> <BR> I wish you all happy moment... Wed, 2 May 2012 08:54:33 EST Nancy - Simple Diet Dietitian Please keep Nancy and her entire family in your thoughts and prayers. Nancy's husband was killed a farm accident earlier this week in a farming accident. <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 May 2012 15:58:49 EST Hi, new Hi , my name is Janet and I am just about to start the Simple Diet this week. I have been a member of Spark people for a while but haven't been on the site for a while, thus why I need to start the diet. I have Regained weight I had lose previously. I need a simple plan to get back on track. Looking forward to hearing about everyone's trick and solutions to staying on track on this diet. Tue, 1 May 2012 05:18:44 EST Hi, new Hi , my name is Janet and I am just about to start the Simple Diet this week. I have been a member of Spark people for a while but haven't been on the site for a while, thus why I need to start the diet. I have Regained weight I had lose previously. I need a simple plan to get back on track. Looking forward to hearing about everyone's trick and solutions to staying on track on this diet. Tue, 1 May 2012 05:17:50 EST Motivation Just saw something on facebook I thought you all would appreciate. <BR> <BR> I had a bit of trouble finding motivation to do any exercise yesterday. I think this little quote puts things into perspective a bit. <BR> <BR> "No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch." <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 15:49:44 EST Suggestions: Designer Whey Protein As I shared earlier, I bought the designer whey protein. <BR> <BR> It is horrible. I tried it with water and assumed I used too much water. For the 2nd shake, I used soy milk instead. It's palatable but not by much. See, I ran out of Greek Yogurt. <BR> <BR> I am sad because I have a tub of this powder and it is flat tasting unlike Pure Protein! <BR> <BR> Any suggestions on how to make this sweeter? Mon, 30 Apr 2012 12:35:14 EST Monday Weigh-in (4-30) Today I weighed in at 273.8, which is another 3.6 lbs down, and makes 9.2 lbs loss in 14 days. I'm really happy with these results. <em>9</em> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 11:03:40 EST Spark Friend, Where are You? Hello All, <BR> <BR> I am not sure if a thread for this has been created. I did not see one so I thought to start one. <BR> <BR> Where is everyone located? Maybe, if some of us are in close distance to another SDieter, we could meet up for exercise instead of food and drinks! Okay, we could eat an entree together lol <BR> <BR> Seriously, I thought maybe we could get together and away from behind the computer screen by showing some support in person as well! <BR> <BR> So...I'll start! I'm ... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 10:33:39 EST Lean Cuisine Are you all signed up for the rewards program with Lean Cuisine? I just got my free lunch bag ( no longer offered) in the mail. I'm still saving up points for some other free goodies! <BR> <BR> One more thing their website has a tool to tell you where you can buy any of their entrees. I know I will be checking out a different market to get some new variety in the freezer! Sun, 29 Apr 2012 22:48:59 EST Sunday 4/29 Well not the best week I've had, actually it's the worst I'm up 1.6 pounds. I had a really difficult beginning of the week but I'm back on track the last half and hope to banish those pounds this week. <BR> <em>334</em> Sun, 29 Apr 2012 12:59:30 EST Inner Child Good morning ladies (and also gents) <BR> <BR> I was just thinking I have not brought up listening to your inner child. I firmly believe we all have a mini me inside us that needs to be acknowledged & nourished. <BR> <BR> If you ignore mini me he/she will respond like an angry teenager and cause you to be self destructive. <BR> <BR> Take the time to listen and find ways to incorporate mini me into your plan instead of putting him/her in exile. Sat, 28 Apr 2012 11:15:31 EST The Many Uses of Salsa I add salsa to most Mexican entrées. I especially like adding it to Michelina’s Macaroni & Cheese. For a “crunch” snack, I dip with celery sticks. And I add it to my salad. <BR> <BR> Salsa Recipe: <BR> 3 tomatoes, chopped <BR> 1/2 cup finely diced onion <BR> 2 hot chile peppers, jalapeño or serrano chiles, finely chopped <BR> 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro <BR> 1 teaspoon salt <BR> 2 teaspoons lime juice <BR> <BR> Mix and refrigerate at least 1 hour. <BR> <BR> I look forward to being... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 23:51:01 EST What are your fruit or veggie treats?? I have found myself splurging for fresh raspberries ( which I eat plain or toss in a greek yogurt) and fresh pineapple! Best prices on raspberries I have found at Target. Thu, 26 Apr 2012 22:19:20 EST Thursday (4/26) weigh-in Hi all! <BR> <BR> Was a bit worried about my weigh-in this morning. I worked so many hours this past week that I have nothing but zeros down for calories burned exercising this week. I don't count the walking I do at work, which this week has been a LOT! Kinda wish I had been able to keep track of how many steps I've made this week. <BR> <BR> I was so exhausted by Monday (day 9 of 13 straight) that I let my parents take me out to dinner... to a buffet. I ate. I admit it. I did eat m... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 20:46:42 EST Crunchy snacks and shake replacement? Okay, i just started this week, but already experienced problems with lactose and certain shakes. Which means I may not be able to tolerate many shakes. What else can i use in place of them? (that won't have much lactose, ive become somewhat intolerant since gastric bypass) Can i use the bars and meals instead of the shakes? <BR> Another issue i find is that i have a great need to 'snack' on something crunchy (used to eat popcorn or chips in the evenings). I am now eating raw vegies like carr... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 16:26:20 EST My first official weigh in :) I started at 283. 7 solid days on Simple Diet. This morning I weighed in 277.4!! So I'm down 5.6 lbs!! I am pretty stoked with a kick start like this. :) Thanks for all of your support and encouragement - it has me so excited about doing this. <em>41</em> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 13:57:29 EST Monday Weigh In (4/23) I was away this weekend celebrating my birthday and after 3 days off I gained 1 pound for the week. It would have been easy to just skip popping in here but I wanted to make sure I stayed accountable and just carry on. I'm still down 6 pounds for 3 weeks which is two pounds a week... that still makes me very happy. I know I have some eating situations this week which might be tough (some belated birthday get-togethers) but I know I can make smart choices if I choose to stay focused. Mon, 23 Apr 2012 11:36:38 EST Back on the Simple Track Two weeks ago I gave in to the Easter Holiday temptation - not the candy but a wonderful breakfast with homemade croissants and a fabulous dinner. Naturally the next day the scale showed a 4 lb gain!! But the next day I was home again and my fridge had only plan foods and my own determination to make this the year I lose the weight. I went right back on plan. Last week I was down 4 lbs. And this week I am down another 3 for a total weight loss of 21 lbs! My determination is stronger than ... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 09:46:51 EST Sunday weigh in 4/22 Today I'm down 3.4pounds for a total of 22.4. Last week I was up .2 and then experienced the "woosh effect"which I had never heard of, so if your loss is not what you expected keep on keeping it simple it may show up the next week. <em>334</em> Sun, 22 Apr 2012 12:49:02 EST GREEK YOGURT Does anyone else find Greek Yogurt yucky? I tried it at Costco, and though it had some fruit added to it by the demonstrator, it wasn't a good taste. How much fruit would one have to put in it to hide that taste? Sun, 22 Apr 2012 01:26:57 EST Designer Whey Protein So every other week, it seems I make a Wal-Mart or Target trip (lol) <BR> <BR> Friday was a Target trip and I did not want to buy my Pure Protein there because it costs more than at Wal-Mart. Target has Designer Whey Protein for cheap and a huge tub like I prefer so I bought it. <BR> <BR> Although I have the Greek Yogurt too, I still try to keep the powder on deck. Thus far, I have not tried it yet and like the fact it is 100cal. It is lower on the protein side versus Pure Protein but PP h... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 15:11:52 EST More Shake ideas from Dr. A Dr. A posted on additional ideas for shakes on Facebook a couple days ago: <BR> One is a link to the HMR website:<BR>s/ShakesFruitSmoothies <BR> Also, he has some on his blog @ nutdoc/ <BR> <BR> New idea to me was to add 1 T of sugar-free pudding for flavoring.......think of the possibilities there with that idea (pistachio, cheesecake) ! <BR> Also a reminder that you could heat it up for hot cocoa. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 21 Apr 2012 06:46:42 EST Something we all need to remember A couple of things I'd like to remind everyone about. <BR> <BR> I know it's been covered a lot in blogs and posts, but I don't think it can be said enough. If you are hungry, EAT something! Have an entree or a shake or a bar if you haven't had one yet that day! As we start moving our bodies more, our metabolisms speed up. This makes us very hungry, and your body is screaming for you to EAT! This is not something we should feel guilty about! It's even covered in the book! As long as ... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 01:09:09 EST Weightloss weirdness Weight loss might simple math, burn less than you eat, but your body can do weird things too. This week at my weekly weigh(Sun) in I was up .2 pounds not a big deal because I was on track with my food and exercise and and although my sodium levels were normal I was pretty sure that for some unknown reason that I was retaining fluids as my rings were tight. Monday I stayed on plan and I could feel my body release the fluid (maybe TMI but I peed all day) I actually weighed less at the end of t... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 00:43:45 EST Canned Fruit Hello, <BR> <BR> When you substitute your shake for the Greek yogurt, are you using canned fruit? <BR> <BR> I am and find it high in calories. Do you use the half of cup suggested on the can or do you go with Dr. A and use a cup? <BR> <BR> Also, how much should your caloric count be with a Greek yogurt and cup of fruit? <BR> <BR> Thanks Ladies! Wed, 18 Apr 2012 11:23:40 EST I'm curious... How many calories are you eating daily and how many minutes of exercise are you getting? Wed, 18 Apr 2012 09:21:14 EST Sabotage - Maybe I have increased my exercise to 44 - 50 mins. Yesterday, the first day doing this, my metabolism shot through the roof. I felt so hungry all day. I ate when and what I was suppose to. Afterwards, I was still hungry so I kept drinking water but by dinner, for my last entree, I ate but could not hold off the hunger so I ate another entree. <BR> <BR> I felt SO SO bad and kinda went to bed sad behind it. Am I sabotaging my weight loss by eating another entree when I'm hungry? I know Nancy said i... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 13:59:26 EST Circuit Training Hello Ladies, <BR> <BR> For those of you who Circuit Train, I use JM 30 day Shred, how do you log this? <BR> <BR> For instance, in Spark there are 3 Circuit Training options so which 1 do you select when tracking JM workouts? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! Tue, 17 Apr 2012 13:54:05 EST Need suggestions Hi all, <BR> <BR> I need some suggestions, if you have them.... <BR> <BR> When I'm at work, I get a 15-20 minute break to eat. I head to the salad bar and build myself a salad and put the dressing in a cup on the side and dip my fork in. Sometimes I get fresh fruit also. By the time I get my break, I'm starving and then about an hour later, I'm starving again. <BR> <BR> Any ideas on what I could add to my salad and fruit "lunch" to get a little protein in me so I'm not so hungry so so... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 01:30:35 EST Sale at Walmart The walmart sale flyer by me this week shows Slimfast ready to drink shakes 8 pack on sale for $8.98 and Atkins ready to drink shakes are $5.78 for a bonus pack of 6 shakes instead of the typical 4. Sale prices good thru 4/21 Mon, 16 Apr 2012 22:47:29 EST Monday Weigh In (4/16) Very excited that I was down another 3.5 for the end of week two, which gives me a 7lb loss! So happy with that! I'm also at my lowest weight for 2012... a little victory! Mon, 16 Apr 2012 10:03:27 EST An Important Five Pound Loss After about 3 weeks on the Simple Diet, I have lost 5 pounds. It was not a perfectly executed 3 weeks, but it was what I would call "decent." Now this may not seem like a lot of weight to lose..... but I see it as reason to celebrate. <BR> Here's why: <BR> I only had about 15 pounds to lose as an ultimate goal. <BR> It took my BMI from "overweight" back into the normal range. <BR> The waist of my pants no longer feels uncomfortable. <BR> I feel lighter and freer when I move. <BR> I am eating... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 08:28:10 EST What are we allowed to mix our own shakes with? Hi guys, sorry I haven't been around more lately, it's been a bit of a struggle, but I'm back. :) Anyways, I own the actual book for this diet, and I can't remember ever being told in there to NOT use milk for adding protein to the powdered shake mixes as the liquid. <BR> <BR> It seems it would make sense TO use the milk, because I certainly do remember reading a cautionary thing where almond mylk would potentially not have enough protein, so milk would seem to be what was being talked a... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 22:32:29 EST Tweets from Nancy For those who are not on twitter I will start posting tweets from Nancy (dietitian) @SimpleDietNancy <BR> <BR> I love all the tools that Dr A & Nancy have made available to us. Sat, 14 Apr 2012 11:27:16 EST Is it true about greek yogurt? I have watched my husband lose 35 pounds in 3 months, and have decided to join him on the Simple Diet. I hesitated, because I have never liked meal replacement shakes. I just read on this website that I can eat one greek yogurt instead - is it true? All of my problems have been solved! Fri, 13 Apr 2012 10:57:09 EST Dr, Anderson's Facebook re/ number of shakes This is what Dr. Anderson posted on Facebook. I copied and pasted the entire post, so it is his words exactly. I think it is very informative and also quite definite about the importance of shakes. Here is the post: <BR> <BR> "Beth asks a good question. I will repeat my answer in this post. Many people, including family members, ask if it is important to get in 3 shakes when you are not getting hungry with only 2 shakes in a day. Based on my research and experience in treating over 5000 ... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 06:23:13 EST TSD Reminder Just a reminder for those who are following this plan. If you have not discussed this plan with your Dr you may want to at least speak with his/her nurse. Sometimes underlying medical conditions can be affected by our Diet. If you are on any medications the dose could be affected by your weight. <BR> <BR> Also if at any point you become lethargic and are not hungry and it happens for no reason you should contact your Dr. If you are tired and not eating your body will not want to give up ... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 12:49:13 EST yummy entree and veggie combinations I thought it might be nice if people could share their winning meal combos... it might give others some inspiration. <BR> Yesterday I had two really tasty meals so I thought I'd pass them along. <BR> Lunch was Lean Cuisine Chicken Enchilada Suiza with steamed cauliflower and spinach that I chopped up and mixed with the rice (the entree comes divided) then served the enchilada on top. It was sooo good! The veggies blended nicely with the rice making it appear to be a pretty big serving. <BR> ... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 11:37:56 EST Instead of eating I'm going to.... I thought we could share some of out favorite strategies to combat the emotional eating monster that sometimes attacks. <BR> My fail safe is to have a long bubble bath with a book and a huge bottle of crystal light flavoured water, or if it's not too early I just go to bed. <BR> <em>334</em> Thu, 12 Apr 2012 10:43:16 EST Anyone Feel Weak First Few Days? Hi All! <BR> <BR> I am on day 3 of the Simple Diet. I've really enjoyed how easy it is and really like the food, too! I don't have the book yet, but I'm wondering about fruits and vegetables? I was wondering for watermelon, strawberries, grapes, etc.. is it just one-half cup? <BR> I have felt pretty hungry and weak especially in the evening times. I'm wondering if maybe I'm not eating enough fruit/veggies. It also might be because I've been eating very badly for a long time now, an... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 21:10:44 EST Exercise Hello, <BR> <BR> I just joined our Exercise SD Team Goal for 30mins a day of fitness. I'm a bit confused on the note for the goal, are we to exercise 30mins one day then add 30mins the next day? Or is the goal to just exercise 30mins per day then increase the minutes gradually and if so, what point do we increase the minutes? <BR> <BR> Thanks :) Wed, 11 Apr 2012 20:41:50 EST No appetite and very sleep??? I have to force myself to eat or else I would go all day without eating I have NO appetite! When I do eat I'm ok for about an hour then I have to lay down and nap because I can't hold my head up. This only happends when I eat lunch, dinner I'm ok I eat them go walk 4 miles! This happen to anyone else? Wed, 11 Apr 2012 15:51:22 EST Feeding the Family How are you handling creating a separate dinner for your family. I haven't been doing too well regarding this and I feel guilty. I'd like any ideas on this. I was thinking of creating all their meals for the week on the weekend and then just cook/warm them up as needed. Any other thoughts? Wed, 11 Apr 2012 08:52:40 EST Using yogurts and bars I have read the book and I am eager to get started, I just want to make sure that I understand everything correctly before I begin. I've noticed some of you mention using yogurt and protein bars. Could someone please explain to me how they are used? <BR> <BR> From reading the book, I gather that the protein bars are to be used in case of emergency. Is this correct? Also, could someone please recommend protein bars that DO NOT contain chocolate. I absolutely hate <BR> <BR> As for ... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 15:41:50 EST New to the Diet/Forum Hi, I just started my 2nd week on TSD and so far so good. I'd lost 40lbs about 5 years ago doing strict LC but have slowly gained back almost all of it. I'm turning 40 in about a week and I'd noticed that the LC wasn't really working for me anymore (and truthfully... I wasn't working it too well either). I found this in a bookstore and although I'm not keen to eat so much processed food... the simplicity of it spoke to me. Bottom line... follow the plan..and lose weight. I need to stop over t... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 12:07:55 EST Not Enough Fat Okay so I already posted about not being hungry and Winnie shared a great tip by eating yogurt and not drink a shake. <BR> <BR> Now, I'm having problems meeting my fat count via Spark. I average about 15-20lbs a day. Sometimes and rarely am I meeting the goal of 27 that was set by Spark. Is this a problem? <BR> <BR> Also, I am getting the alerts from Spark because I seem to go over my exercise goals for the week and my caloric count is low. I set my exercise goal at 30mins per day. Sometim... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 23:00:02 EST Sorry been MIA Hello everyone...Sorry I was MIA...I celebrated my daughters 16th birthday on Thursday last week then headed to my parents on Friday for the weekend. Tonight I will be playing catch up here on the team so if I missed any questions I will try to answer them tonight. <BR> <BR> Mon, 9 Apr 2012 14:30:36 EST Monday Weigh-in Well Monday hit and I got on the scales to see I was down another 2 pounds. Was a little nervous as I did go out to eat with my hubby but I tried and ate within limits so that I would not go up on the scales insted of down. Must have worked lol. Proud of the 2 and will keep on working the plan. Good luck to evryone this week. Mon, 9 Apr 2012 09:41:15 EST Starting Tomorrow! :) Hi all! I was thrilled to find out there was a forum for "The Simple Diet." I read the article about it in the WD magazine. I will be purchasing the book soon, too. I had RNY gastric bypass back in 2005, and lost a great deal of weight, but have gained a lot back, too. I've been very discouraged about my weight gain, and have felt so out-of-control. I'm thinking this diet will be easy for me to follow! Mon, 9 Apr 2012 00:44:35 EST Weight loss tip Saw this and had to share....also had to post on my facebook status. LOL <BR> <BR> <BR> Weight Loss Tip - Running to the refrigerator is not considered exercise. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Sun, 8 Apr 2012 19:40:19 EST Sunday Weigh-In Well I had another good week I'm down 3.2 pounds for a grand total of 19.2. When I hit 20 pounds my husband is treating me to a spa day...I jumped the gun and booked it for the 21st of April I'm pretty confident I can lose .8 pounds in almost 2 A massage, a facial and a pampering pedicure three hours of bliss. Plus a weekend in Kelowna. <BR> <em>334</em> Sun, 8 Apr 2012 11:31:01 EST Protein Powder-not for weight reduction? Does it matter what type of protein powder we use as long as it meets the guidelines for shakes? I bought some Pure Protein powder and noticed when I got home that it says not for weight reduction. One scoop has 140 calories, 2.5 g fat, and 25g protein. I guess it's meant for muscle building. Please advise. <em>40</em> Sun, 8 Apr 2012 07:59:34 EST Not Hungry - HELP What do you do when you are not hungry and can't eat the last shake/entree plus you haven't reached 1,200 calories? <BR> <BR> Do or have any of you been so full from the shakes, entree and water that when it came time for that last one, you just couldn't do it? <BR> <BR> If so, do you force yourself or leave it alone and start again tomorrow? <BR> <BR> Thanks Ladies!!! Fri, 6 Apr 2012 21:03:43 EST Am I not getting enough exercise? I used my exercise bike for exercise today. I did a 20 minute workout (pre-programmed). It took me on a fun 4.33 mile journey but it said at the end that I had only burned 93 calories. REALLY???? I also need to note that I was going 12 mph for the entire 20 minutes. <BR> <BR> I was feeling great afterwards. I immediately went to get my entree cooking and got 2 servings of veggies ready for my meal. Then I drank my 2nd shake for the day. By then, my meal was done cooking and have fo... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 00:05:37 EST Jillian Michaels DVDs - Get Ripped in 30 Hello SD Team, <BR> <BR> I was in Wal-Mart and was considering buying JM Get Ripped in 30. <BR> <BR> Do any of you use her DVDs? I use WATP and they are great but Leslie annoys me. I hear that JM yells often but I think it might be welcomed over Leslie's constant corny jokes and talking. <BR> <BR> Also, if you do use any of JM DVDs, do you track them in Spark as cardio or strength? <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Wed, 4 Apr 2012 14:21:53 EST Ice Cream Saw this today on the Uses for Protein Powder spark blog: <BR> Ice cream: Mix one 6-ounce container vanilla Greek yogurt with 1-2 scoops protein powder. Mix to combine, then freeze, stirring every 20 minutes until it reaches the consistency you desire (about an hour). <BR> Wed, 4 Apr 2012 14:14:21 EST Easter How is everyone planning to handle the upcoming holiday? Please share any tips you may have. <BR> <BR> I will post mine later. Tue, 3 Apr 2012 14:02:12 EST 14 Day Green Smoothie Challenge Hi! <BR> <BR> I am thinking of giving The Simple Diet a try. I have ordered the book and am anxiously anticipating its arrival. In the meantime, I ran across a challenge that I am interested in trying but I wanted some feedback. <BR> <BR> I ran across the 14 Green Smoothie Challenge that requires you to drink 4 green smoothies per day. It is recommended that the green smoothies not contain any protein powders, soy/almond milk, and/or fruit juices. Just veggies and fruits. Could I do this c... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 19:46:09 EST Monday Weigh-In Hi Team Mates, well another week has passed and I was down another 1.5 pounds. For me that is so great as being on the lower end I am not losing as fast.My new motto is going to be "Slow and Easy" LOL. I am hoping the that will also mean once I get to maintenance it will not return at least not quickly. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great week. I am off to make some hair bows for some orders that I have taken in. If anyone need any that is my hobby at the present, hairbows, braided headban... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 12:03:35 EST How Do You Handle... that time of the month on the diet. <BR> <BR> I always get bloated a week prior to my monthly. During my monthly, the bloating is worse so I've decided to not weight myself. The bloating is messing with me mentally and I am starting to feel like I am not losing weight. I am still on plan and exercising 6 days a week so this could possibly be false, it's just that bloating how do you handle this time of the month? <BR> <BR> Sorry for the touchy topic but I thought I'd ask since ... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 22:54:55 EST Slim-Fast sale (thru 3/30) The low-carb shakes (20 g protein) are on sale at Jewel thru 3/30. <BR> They are $4.99 for the 4-shake pack and if you get 10 packs you get another 50 cent off the pack. <BR> <BR> Not sure if this is just in my area or nationwide. I know they are higher calorie than some shakes and costlier than the poweder, but they do have more protein, less carb, are grab and go and taste great! Thu, 29 Mar 2012 06:07:00 EST Tip for those in the midwest For those of you who live in the midwest and have a Hy-Vee grocery store in your area: <BR> <BR> This Friday and Saturday (March 30-31st) the Michelina's Zap Em's will be on sale for 69 cents each!! <BR> <BR> There are a few of those meals that are ok on the plan! You can see them here:<BR>aspx <BR> <BR> The nutrition info is there for each meal. Wed, 28 Mar 2012 23:35:30 EST Trouble after exercise Does anybody else have trouble staying awake after they exercise? I drink a shake within 15 minutes after I exercise, or as close to it as I can get and it's not doing much to help. I get sooooo sleepy that I've literally had to lay down and have a nap to make it through the rest of the day. This happens MOST when I swim, but has happened after other exercise too. <BR> <BR> It's getting to the point where I don't want to exercise because I don't have time for naps!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 23:30:57 EST Need help with powder Hi everybody! <BR> <BR> I need a bit of help with some powder I bought. I got it at the store I work. It looked absolutely delicious. It's Vanilla Caramel. <BR> <BR> I tried it and it is good, but the caramel flavor is just too much. I need suggestions on how to cut that caramel flavor so I can still use the powder cuz I really hate to waste that much money. Please keep in mind that I'm allergic to chocolate and strawberries. Anything else is pretty much a go. I just don't know what ... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 23:27:36 EST Endomondo I have just discovered Endomondo I tried it out last night and LOVE IT!!! It is a free download for your smart phone, choose your workout and it tracks your distance, speed, calorie burn(weight adjusted) and more. The $4.18 app also has a heart rate monitor and a few more options. So for any of you that get your cardio workouts outdoors you might want to check it out. <BR> <em>312</em> <em>332</em> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 17:25:01 EST Everyday I'm STRUGGLING! I've lost 3.2 lbs since Monday March 19th this is MUCH slower than previous attempt @ The Simple Diet. I'm having a hard time getting all my food in I get the entrees and veggies in but lack with the fruit and shakes...need to space them out and eat on a schedule I guess. Wed, 28 Mar 2012 08:27:43 EST Easy Steaming! Have any of you tried the Ziploc Zip n Steam bags?? They are great! you just toss in fresh veggies and toss in the microwave. The bag even tells you how long to steam the veggies for depending what you are cooking. I add a little Mrs Dash in the bag for flavor and within a couple mins my veggies are cooked without anything to wash. <BR> <BR> I've used some of the frozen steamer bags of veggies from Green Giant but I'm by myself and sometimes its more than I want to eat. Tue, 27 Mar 2012 19:09:29 EST Chocolate in the News If i have to hear one more time about how healthy dark chocolate is today I am going to scream! I know I will never divorce myself completely from chocolate but for now we are separated other than by shake flavor ( but we all know its just not the same!) I can't let this news about dark chocolate being good for me fool me into reconciling with chocolate right now. Anyone know where I can get an order of protection????? :) Tue, 27 Mar 2012 18:55:49 EST Stressing out about numbers! Please help I have a's a little clip that tells how many steps you take a day how many flights of stairs you have taken, how many calories you have burnt and how many miles you have walked. Well my issue is some days it says I have burnt close to 3,000 sometimes more a day and I eat close to 1,200 to 1,300 a day it all depends, that would put me in a deficit of 1,800 to 1,900 calories a day how can I lose weight like this? Tue, 27 Mar 2012 09:35:53 EST Pinterest I have started a board on Pinterest called The Simple Diet. I am going to start pinning items that I am eating. Currently going through Lean Cuisines site to find the meals I have tried so far. I will also be adding my favorite veggies & protein shakes. <BR> <BR> Here is a link to my pinterest page if you wish to add me <link> </link> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 19:13:28 EST "Nutritionally Void Art Projects" A couple days ago I was flipping through some Sparkpeople community pages in preparation for making it through yesterday's full day of social events. I came across one entry which referred to some of the food that you get at special events as "nutritionally void art projects." <BR> At the time, I thought that this really seemed to describe most birthday cakes. Then I went to a birthday party for a one year old yesterday........well, there it was before me, a birthday cake that totally was j... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 17:25:36 EST Monday Weigh In (3/26) I lost two pounds this week which is pretty exciting after some 1 pound weeks. After 7 weeks on the SD, I've lost 18 pounds. Mon, 26 Mar 2012 12:45:39 EST first day of Simple diet Today I'm going to try to regain my life. I'm excited about the Simple Diet . I think I can do this. I need to lose 100 pounds. Mon, 26 Mar 2012 09:07:47 EST weight in Down 2.8, didn't expect it but I'll take it! Mon, 26 Mar 2012 07:50:10 EST Yummy entree ~ salad combination Okay I love salads and have really been missing when I use to have a salad with meat & sunflower seeds. So tonight I tried something different to see if it would work and it turned out great. <BR> <BR> Shredded lettuce (this is low calorie so have as much as you like) I used 4 cups <BR> Lean Cusine Chicken with Almonds entree (cook per package instructions) <BR> Waldens Farms Raspberry vinaigrette <BR> Black pepper - to taste <BR> <BR> While your entree is cooking get your lettuce in a med... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 20:19:10 EST Need motivation to keep going? If you're having difficulty, here's a nice quote for you to consider: <BR> <BR> Don't trade what you want most, for what you want at the moment. <BR> <BR> Keep up your great work everyone!! We can do this! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Sat, 24 Mar 2012 23:50:59 EST Plateaus I was reading the blog about the fitness trainer who spent 6 months eating unhealthy with no exercise and putting on 70 pounds who is now spending the next 6 months taking it off. One of his blogs had to do with plateaus, and I found some of the information quite interesting; thought I would share: <BR> <BR> <BR> Myth #3: A fitness or nutritional change starts from the outside and works in… <BR> <BR> Another thing to consider is that we don’t know what’s going on inside o... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 09:56:13 EST Weekends Hello again, <BR> <BR> I have another question. How do you stay on plan on weekends when you are running errands and not near a microwave to nuke your lunch? I've done well staying on plan during the work week, but I'm usually running the roads on weekends and not home for lunch. How do I stay on plan? Sat, 24 Mar 2012 09:53:11 EST Adjusting Diabetes Meds Hello All, <BR> <BR> I've been on the plan for 7 days and am having trouble adjusting my diabetes meds. I take metformin 3x per day and lantus at night. I cut the lantus units in half and that seems to work fairly well but sometimes i go too low so then I think ok, maybe i'll skip the lantus, but then my sugar is up the next morning. I had a really bad sinking spell yesterday at work so i drank a shake. An hour later when I got home my sugar was 90 which it hasn't been in years. So last nigh... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 09:49:38 EST Keeping the Simple Diet SIMPLE! I found one of my downfalls in the past in dieting and other areas of life has been overthinking the simple things! As soon as I read this plan I knew this had great potential... but it could only work if I work at it. I lost 11 lbs in the first 2 weeks... then hit an obstacle and was so off plan and gained back 3 lbs. But I am so determined to lose weight this year that I just won't let any setback knock me out of the game. I just got back to basics as soon as possible and started losing ag... Fri, 23 Mar 2012 13:57:14 EST Splenda? Just got The Simple Diet book in the mail and have begun to read. I notice that there seems to be no limit to the use of Splenda or other artificial sweeteners. <BR> I have read things elsewhere that seem to indicate that Splenda, etc. just stimulates a sweet tooth and even does other things with body chemistry....that it is best to avoid it. <BR> Any thoughts from anyone on this? Fri, 23 Mar 2012 06:14:54 EST Share Some of Your Favorite Entrees Hi everyone, I would like for all to share some of their favorite entrees so that we could try them. Will be like sharing your fav family recipe. I am hoping for some good entrees that are not all pasta related. Don't get me wrong I love a lot of the pasta entrees just hoping for something different. The Michelina's ones are my favorite in that entree. Have not found any that I did not like. <BR> Tonight I had the lean cuisine chicken stir fry. It was really good and I added some extra ... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 22:19:25 EST Having a hard time losing this time. I ended up off the diet and gained weight because I had family in town and really lost control but I have a firm grip on it again but in 3 days I have only lost .4 lbs. Do we need to adjust our caloric intake depending on how much exercise you do? I average walking 5-6 miles most day and only take 1200-1500 calories when I am burning up to 3116 some days. Getting frustrated because I feel like I am wasting my EAS STD shakes and my container of Jay Robb Egg White Protein...drinking them and... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 08:09:03 EST Measurements Well I did it ... I finally took my measurements ... had not done that in nearly a year. As expected they are up from then but not as bad as they were 2 years ago. I will now check my measurements at least once a month but may do it more often if the scale is being a liar. <BR> <BR> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 22:07:25 EST Wednesday weigh in I'm down 2 1/2 lbs this week! YaY For a total of 12 1/4 since starting this program on Feb 8th, and 20 1/4 since Jan 6th. Slowly but surely scale is down every week. Had a NSV this weekend and wore a blouse I haven't been able to wear in years, no gaping buttonholes!! Awesome. Haven't been able to exercise as my knees are really hurting. My appt with ortho isn't until next Wed for shots in my knees, so just babying them until then. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 21:15:16 EST Bars Excuse if this question has been asked before. <BR> <BR> If I have a bar, do I have to have a shake with it? <BR> <BR> If I have it alone, does it take the place of an entree? <BR> <BR> How do you eat your bars, when you eat them? <BR> <BR> Thank in advance Wed, 21 Mar 2012 18:13:45 EST What are you doing for exercise? I hike (hills+dirt=hike and flat+paved=walk) with my dog for a minimum of 30 minutes and up to 2 hours a day, it really depends on the weather, I hate being cold and or plus I recumbent bike, the goal on the bike being if I watch TV I pedal, having mixed success with that. I also do a 20 minute yoga stretch. Exercise has never really been a problem for me if it's outside it's more lack of food control. <BR> <BR> I'm curious about everyone's exercise successes and challenges. <BR> ... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 15:11:49 EST Need Your Opinion about a shake. Hello All, <BR> <BR> I have found a ready to drink shake that I really love almost like having a dessert drink as it is very sweet. My concern is that the calories is 220, fat is 9 and protein is 32 grams. Ok, I know that this is over the plan but the shake is 14ounces. What I wonder is if I only drink half at a time and cut everything in half or could I drink it all and count it as 2 shakes? <BR> <BR> What do my fellow friends think? It would not be a everyday thing just ever so often as... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 22:06:35 EST Healthy Choice I was at Target this morning. I saw that Healthy Choice has a 4 pack of entrees for $9.09. I don't recall what kinds they had, but they were all the same entrees in the 4 pack. I'm not sure if they have any combos. <BR> <BR> Also there are printable coupons on the Healthy Choice website for $1 off of any 3 complete meals and another for $1 off of 2 100% Natural Entrees. <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Here's the link: <link> </link> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 11:42:34 EST Tuesday weigh-in Up 0.4 from 2 weeks ago -- just before I gained back 4 lb (oh yes, it can be done in a free-for-all weekend..). Happy to see 202 on the scale again, even with that .4 after it. Total lost in 8 weeks of the diet , 6.6 lb. I'll take it. :) Tue, 20 Mar 2012 06:37:50 EST Smart Ones Entrees on Sale Weight Watchers Smart Ones Entrees are on sale this week at Target for $1.89. <em>244</em> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 03:27:10 EST Your 1st Weigh-In Hello SD Team, <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is my 1st weigh in and I am extremely nervous. I would have liked to have lost 2lbs and would be crushed had I not - to be honest. I would usually shut down and get in a funk after working so hard on a diet but I really don't want to be that way tomorrow if the scale does not tip my way - ugh! I am going to remain positive and hope for the best! <BR> <BR> Have any of you NOT lost on your VERY 1st weigh in? Mon, 19 Mar 2012 22:49:42 EST Greek Yogurt - As a Shake Replacement Well I tried Greek Yogurt tonight. Wow it is great. I had the Chobani Apple Cinnamon. Was a nice change of pace from the shakes. Mon, 19 Mar 2012 22:31:52 EST Monday Weigh In Hello all, <BR> <BR> Today was weigh in day for me and I got to add another pound to my total. Slowly but surely it will come off. I wish it had been more but at this point I will take every ounce I can get. I have been following the plan as best I can but have had a couple days when I was hungry and added an extra shake. I know that should not matter but makes me wonder if it was to much for me. <BR> Anyway, I am please with the 1 pound and even if I only lose 1 a week I will get ther... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 09:51:53 EST HELP I have fallen off but I can get up! I have totally fallen off the diet ...I had family in town but it was my choice and my choice alone to eat off the diet. I am sad because I could have done it and cheated the 2 times we went out to lunch in 9 days that family was in town and still have lost weight. My husband and I are planning a vacation alone at the end of May so I want to look and feel better. Here's to almost back to square one! Mon, 19 Mar 2012 07:41:02 EST Breakfast Entree's Hello SD Team, <BR> <BR> I bought some of the Weight Watcher's breakfast entree's and I wanted to know if I ate one in the morning, do I count that as one of my entree's? <BR> <BR> Thanks :) Sun, 18 Mar 2012 18:16:01 EST What's Your Favorite... Entree? <BR> <BR> OMG...OmG....oMg! <BR> <BR> I absolutely love the garlic chicken spring rolls by Lean Cuisine. FYI - I am not a fan of their entrees at all but I saw these and said I'd try them before I write off their food entirely. They are so freakin' good! Man, who would have thought, they are 200 calories for 3 but you get 6 in a box - how cool is that! <BR> <BR> Try them out if you can find them :) Sun, 18 Mar 2012 15:06:15 EST Sunday Weigh In Hi All <BR> I hope you're having a good weekend! I weigh myself daily and after a crazy pinball week weight wise I settled on a loss of 1.4 pounds which makes my total weight loss 12.6 pounds. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <em>334</em> Sun, 18 Mar 2012 09:29:21 EST Confused about salad I'm confused about how much lettuce to count as a serving for a salad. I usually get the bags of lettuce that have the red cabbage, carrots and stuff already in it, but I'll be adding things like cucumbers and cherry tomatoes. Or does it even matter if I have at least one cup of the entire "salad" mixture? Sun, 18 Mar 2012 01:50:04 EST Friday Weigh-in This was my first week on the diet. I tracked everything and was on plan 5 of the 7 days. <BR> <BR> I lost 5.8 pounds. I'm really happy with that number. I know a lot is probably water weight, but it's a great feeling to see the scale move. Fri, 16 Mar 2012 12:34:16 EST Has anyone been hungry on this diet? I am just very curious. I would like to know how long have been on it and if you have followed it to the T. I am starting on Sunday and I can't wait! I have the feeling that this is it! Fri, 16 Mar 2012 12:09:06 EST Wise Words from The Simple Diet book You are not stuck with weight decisions made by your genes; you have choices. Thu, 15 Mar 2012 22:37:35 EST THURSDAY WEIGH-IN I am restarting the plan today and my weight is 232.8lbs. <BR> <BR> My short term goal is to lose 13lbs. I want to break 220lbs. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>192</em> <em>7</em> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 12:40:54 EST Something to help us along the way... Hey all, <BR> <BR> I ran across something today. I love looking up quotes and using them to help keep me positive. I found one today that I think every single one of us should put on a post-it note and repeat to ourselves every day. <BR> <BR> "I'm not losing weight. I'm getting rid of it! I have no intention of finding it again!!" <BR> <BR> Have a great day tomorrow!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 23:16:30 EST Sale on WW entree's at Kroger Hi all, <BR> <BR> Just a note to say that if you have a Kroger near by they have their WW Smart Ones on sale for $1.99 and some are $1.69 when you purchase 10. I also found some of the entree's had a $3.00 off coupon with the purchase of 10 so my final cost on some of them were less that 1.25. I love getting things on sale to save from something big. <BR> <BR> I love the breakfast entree's they have. Scrambled egg,cheese and ham then the egg omelet with hash browns is good. I got the eng... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 22:58:27 EST Kale chips??? Has anyone tried making kale chips with the non-stick fake butter spray? Wed, 14 Mar 2012 18:45:51 EST Calories Hello All, <BR> <BR> Okay so I made it threw day 1. I tracked everything in Spark that I ate today. My total caloric intake was 1720. Is this normal? How high/low should your daily calories be? <BR> <BR> Thanks :) Tue, 13 Mar 2012 20:29:48 EST A List of Frozen Entree's I have compiled Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> As I had posted last week, I compiled a list of all the frozen entree's from the manufacture's different web sites. I hope this works as here is the link that will get you to it. If not send me a message and I will see that you can get it. <BR> <BR> The listings are from off web sites so I do hope that the info is current. I have it in and have it where they can be edited or if I have missed one you can add it. <BR> <BR> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 17:52:14 EST Entree w/ Veggies Hello SD Team, <BR> <BR> I am proud to announce that I started today :) <BR> <BR> I did not weight myself because I forgot. Other than that, 1 shake, 2 cups of water and 2 servings of fruit and veggies in already. I'm about to do a WATP real quick as I have other things to do. <BR> <BR> Question: If my entree has veggies (peas & potatoes) with it, can I count this as my serving of veggies or do I have to add it? <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 11:49:09 EST Healthy Choice coupons I'm all about saving money at the grocery store. <BR> <BR> Looking around online tonight to see if I could find coupons for meals I'm planning on purchasing and found these coupons on the healthy choice website. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 02:59:28 EST Newbie!! Hi team!! My name is Leanne and I'm starting up The Simple Diet next week. I'm finishing up the book and doing my prepping now. I'm the kind of person who has to plan, plan, plan!! So any tips for someone just starting out? Mon, 12 Mar 2012 21:52:47 EST 1 Cup of Fruit Hello SD Team, <BR> <BR> Whew, I am coming out of a crazy last week. Let's say "March Madness" exist and I ain't talking about basketball. I didn't write a blog about any of it because I want to be able to inspire people and not bring anyone down with my drama. That said, I've made a vow to only write positive blogs! <BR> <BR> Anyway, so today, I was able to get out there and hit Wal-Mart! I am pouring with excitement to start. I have everything I need except Soy Milk. It's on sale at my lo... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 16:34:49 EST Monday Weigh-ins Okay here is a Monday Weigh in thread Mon, 12 Mar 2012 13:19:50 EST Sunday Weigh in I think this is where this is supposed to go. Survived the in law visitation and lost 2.8 pounds this week for a total of 11.2 pounds Yippee!!! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <em>334</em> Sun, 11 Mar 2012 19:22:00 EST Where is everyone from? Hello! <BR> <BR> So, I was wondering where everyone was from? <BR> <BR> I'm from Pittsburgh, PA. I was curious to see if maybe there was anyone following this plan who lives in my area. Or maybe there is someone who lives in your neighborhood. I am interested to see our demographic. Sat, 10 Mar 2012 14:50:31 EST Dr. Andersons Blog I think this link to Dr A's blog will be helpful for all <link><BR>le-diet-challenges/ </link> Sat, 10 Mar 2012 13:10:14 EST Tip Hey everybody, <BR> <BR> Just wanted to share this little tip with everyone. <BR> <BR> I have been a bit worried about the cost of this diet. I know what it says in the book about it costing less and all. But I'm a worrier by nature. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I have fallen so in love with the taste of the EAS AdvantEdge shakes and powder that I went on a search for coupons to try to save a bit o' dough. None, of course were found. <BR> <BR> So I did the next best thing. I went to their websi... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 02:07:05 EST Is this ok to eat? Green Giant Healthy Colors. I need some advice. Just want to make sure that it is ok to eat the Green Giant Steamers. I love the one called Healthy Colors Nature's Blend and Farmers Blend. I know they are in a small sauce but would that prevent them from being ok to eat. I usually cook a bag then cook my entree and combine a serving of the vegetable in the entree. Thu, 8 Mar 2012 14:59:24 EST Tracking Physical Activity Hello All, <BR> <BR> Could some one please help me out with how to track physical activity and how much to do? <BR> <BR> For instance, looking at the examples in the book, let's say 2,800 of physical activity, is that 280 minutes of activity (over 6 days) since Dr. A says 10mins equals a mile. <BR> <BR> I use WATP videos as my cardio activity and would like to know how to track it using the provided chart in the book. <BR> <BR> Dr. A also recommends only walking 2mi, 6 days a week then i... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 19:09:18 EST Changed forum I thought it would be a good idea to change this from Light & Fluffy to a Weigh In forum. <BR> <BR> This way we can share our progress. <BR> <BR> Wed, 7 Mar 2012 13:23:51 EST Instant soups that sub for shakes These 3 from Dr McDougall's Right Foods fit the numbers to substitute as a shake meal, and I liked them all. They were in the natural foods section of a large local grocery store, but you can order them online as well. <BR> <BR> Vegan Tortilla Soup With Baked Chips (double the nutrition data on the label for this one, as it claims "2 servings" per cup. Doubled, it comes to 200 cal, 10 g protein, very little fat.) I would eat this one every day, but the sodium content (once you double the ... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 09:13:31 EST Wednesday weigh in I'm down 2 1/4 lbs this week, for a total since starting this program on Feb 8th of 8 3/4 lbs. Not a huge loss, but it's down and that's the important thing. I had a slow start with the exercising, but I'm getting better at doing more now. Total down since Jan 6th is 17 1/4 lbs. And best of all, I don't have to cook anything but vegetables!!! yay Wed, 7 Mar 2012 07:38:44 EST A listing of Entrees Allowed on Diet Ladies and Gents(if there are any), <BR> <BR> I would like to know if there are any interested in having a list of the entrees mainly the frozen one if I compile it, I have been working on getting one together and would like to see if there is an interest in it. I am getting the nutrional info from the makers website or from ConAgra and another site I found that list what we need per item. <BR> I will be a lengthy page so not sure I could share it on here. I already have found around 400 ... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 19:22:01 EST Anybody ever see a dinner with pork in it? I've been on this diet for 4 weeks, been in 3 different grocery stores and have yet to see a dinner that has pork in it. Tons of chicken, beef, shrimp, a few fish, but no pork. Why's that? Anybody know? Tue, 6 Mar 2012 19:09:25 EST Be Careful Entering Food from Nutritional Tracker Hello all, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to say I just finished my dinner and went in to enter it on my tracker. I pulled up the Michelina dinner I had and checked the nutritional data and it was off compared to the box. This is the 3rd time that I have had this happen so you might want to double check items before using what they have down. They were off by 20 on the calories and 3 on the protein. <BR> I did report it as there is a note where to do that. Tue, 6 Mar 2012 18:52:24 EST Hello from yet another new member I first read about this diet in a daily paper in the city where I work and was filled with relief at the thought of losing weight but not having to obsess over calories and points. I purchased the book and have spent a few weeks reading over it and reading the posts and blogs on SparkPeople. Today is my second day and I am really so excited to be a part of this. I did not feel hungry yesterday and had leaps of energy when I got home from work. I am so encouraged by the posts and blogs tha... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 09:19:23 EST HELP - I'm having a meltdown *moment* I went through leaps and bounds to get my Simple Diet book from the post office. Now that I got it, I feel so dumb. Is the plan so simple that it is going over my head? I feel lost. I keep reading over and over again but don't get it. <BR> <BR> I am so excited and anxious to start but feel so lost on how to begin. I figure step 1 would be to go to the store and get the shakes, fruits and veggies. <BR> <BR> Which is cheaper - GNC powder mix or already made shakes from the grocery store? Th... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 17:29:08 EST Monday Weigh-In for Me Ok, today was my weigh in day and I was down another 1.2 lbs for a total now of 8.8 since I started Feb. 8. Not great but then not bad as the chart in the book shows. I am one of those that is on the lower end as I want to lose 30 to 40 lbs. I have been on a low card diet before switching to this and it is totally different to me. I love the simplicity of this as compared to the other just still have concerns with the carb amount. I am always within the limits set on the nutritional guide... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 11:23:47 EST "THE SIMPLE DIET" website I finally found the website: <link> </link> Sun, 4 Mar 2012 16:54:48 EST Aughh! Plateau! 10 pounds in, and - after buying a new scale - confirmed that I've already hit the first of the dreaded plateaus. And from all I've read, that's not unusual, but I'm also already at a point where I don't need to add more workouts (according to the Fitness Tracker, anyway). <BR> <BR> So I read the chapter "If Your Weight Loss Slows" (twice), and here's my plan. Up to now, I've followed the 5 shakes/entrees, 5 fruits/veggies formula. Now I'm adding an additional breakfast entree and 1 shake e... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 16:05:58 EST newbe Hello everyone, I have not started yet as I have to wait for my monthly check to get here. I'm excited to get started. Although I'm thinking right now I will be doing good just to get in thirty minutes of walking every day. I was happy to find you guys on here.It sure helps when we are doing it <BR> <BR> Sun, 4 Mar 2012 13:03:08 EST Sunday Weigh in I'm down 1.8 pounds for a total of 8.4. I'm loving this diet, Simple says it all no cooking, no prep and hardly any dishes. Oh and I can't forget to mention...ONEDERLAND! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>224</em> Sun, 4 Mar 2012 08:16:43 EST