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2/10/12 10:46 P

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Hello and welcome to the team! emoticon

It sounds like you've set out some good goals. I found the SparkStreaks were really helpful in learning new habits (10oz water and walking every day). Knowing that I want to keep up the streak is a very powerful motivator for me.


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2/9/12 11:11 A

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You've come to the right place, lots of great information, support, and encouragement here!



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2/9/12 6:46 A

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Hi and welcome!

I'm pretty new to the team, too, this is my first week.

I don't like to cook much but I have a family so need to do it. I have tons of healthy cookbooks. I hope being involved here will give me momentum to cook new healthy recipes a little more often, and not rely so much on the easy staples of spaghetti, meatloaf, etc.

I'm with you, I cant have pie around and leave it alone. Or homemade cookies. So I don't have those things on hand, period. My family does fine with other treats that I don't find so tempting, so I stock them up on that stuff and leave my worst temptations at the store. Why bring them home and battle the battle of willpower? It makes no sense.

I don't eat out much but I do overeat a little, particularly in the evenings, when I'm stressed or bored and such. Even then I don't "binge" but I do graze away on an extra three or four hundred calories, which is all it takes to ruin my program for the day. I've put on fifteen pounds in four years this way. I'm here to put a stop to that.

Good luck with your plan, it sounds like a fantastic start. I fall back on Slimfast once in a while or Amy's frozen meals when I'm in a hurry--never tried Nutrisystem. Whatever works for you is what matters. Good luck and see you on the boards!

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2/7/12 1:36 P

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Someone answered a post and said they thought I might enjoy this team, so here I am. I have been on a diet roller coaster, it seems, for the past 20 years. I have lost the same 20 pounds over and over and over.........I need to lose 40, but always seem to only lose 20, then I give up and gain it back. This time around I am determined to reach my goal. I have a class reunion coming up in July and would really like to reach my goal weight by then. I have a cruise coming up in a couple of months, and would like to look and feel better by then, and I have a part in a play that is coming up in March, and I have to wear a dress that makes me look big as a cow----I think that is what really got me motivated----putting on that polka dot dress and looking in the mirror. UGH!! HA!! Regardless, I do not want to have another "fat" summer. I am tired of jumping in the back when pictures are being taken, wearing a cover-up over my swimsuit all the time, etc. etc. You know the story. I purchased a George Foreman grill right after Christmas, and my husband and I have really cut down on eating out. I have only been out one time since then to a restaurant, and that was this past Saturday. We were eating out just about all the time-- going to a Mexican Restaurant at least twice a week, going out for breakfast, and I would sometimes go through a drive-thru just to get an order of french fries and a coke. Horrible eating habits. I ordered a 28 day Nutrisystem program just to get me started and just to have on hand when my hubby was at work. It has really helped, but I think I can do the same thing on my own without the prepackaged meals. I have not been eating Nutrisystem everyday, just when I am in a hurry and need something to keep me on my plan. That has always been one of my downfalls----needing something to eat, not having the proper food available, and ending up grabbing some kind of junk food and then saying "well, I blew it so I might as well blow it the rest of the day." Then that day turns into two, and before you know it a week of blowing it has gone by leading to never getting back on my healthy eating plan. I am now working out 2 to 3 times a week with a personal trainer and a work out buddy, getting in some kind of cardio daily, eating at home, logging everything I eat into Sparkpeople, setting goals for myself, and I am already seeing results. I feel this team will help me learn how to stock my kitchen with healthy foods and not have to turn to prepackaged things. I feel like I really don't know how to cook a variety of healthy meals-----I always seem to make the same thing over and over. So I am looking forward to seeing new recipes, new tips on grocery shopping, and what the team members are doing to make their journey a successful one. I still don't trust myself with portion size. It is hard for me to make a pie and just have one slice. Out of sight out of mind works better for me at this point. I know I do have to learn how to do this, because I cannot stay away from food forever, but right now I don't want anything tempting around. If I were trying to stop smoking, I would not keep a pack of cigrettes on the table beside my chair, if I were trying to stop drinking alcohol, I would not keep a bottle of booze in the cabinet-----I am trying to stay away from food that is fattening, so I can't have chocolate, sweets, potato chips (my worst weakness), etc. in the house. Any word of encouragement and advice will be appreciated, and I look forward to being a part of this team. Now I am going for a walk and get in my cardio for the day.

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