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4/18/11 11:29 A

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I agree with some of the other posters, the recipe part of this site is AMAZING!!!!!

One thing I decided when I started my journey was that I will not fix different food for me and my family! If it's not healthy for me to eat, then it's not healthy for them either. So why would I feed them something that I won't eat myself?

Also, this is a lifestyle change...don't try and commit to doing anything that you can't live with for the rest of your life. I don't know about you, but I cannot go the rest of my life without pizza...or mexican food...or birthday cake...etc. So I am not swearing off any type of food for good. I just eat less of it than I used to. Instead of eating 4 pieces of pizza, I eat one with a nice big salad and water (instead of sweet tea). Instead of eating an entire basket of chips and salsa, once I month I go to lunch with friends and eat may ten chips with salsa and chose a lower fat selection from the menu...and I amp up the cardio for that day. IT'S A LIFESTYLE CHANGE...NOT A YO-YO DIET! Keep that in mind!!!

You are awesome and you are doing something good for yourself!!!!! be proud of that!!! emoticon

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4/15/11 8:21 A

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While I'm not actually doing the SP plan (I track calories on another site, but really like the community here) I have found that there are two strategies for dealing with temptation.

First, I allow myself a "re-feed" day every two weeks or so. This doesn't mean that I go crazy and eat everything in site, but it does mean that I take a day off from counting calories and worrying if something fits into my plan. Usually this day coincides with some kind of special event that I know is coming up. This could be birthdays, holidays, etc. For example, when I went to a football playoff game in January I didn't worry about how bad the tailgate/stadium food was, but I didn't get the super duper cheese fries either. I see it as a chance to rev up my metabolism before getting back on track the next day. Just don't start counting *everything* as a special occasion. There is no reason to celebrate your cat's birthday with cake. Some people disagree with this theory as they never get back on track once they slip. You know yourself better than anyone else, so you'll know if this works for you.

Secondly, as someone else suggested, I find healthier versions of favorite dishes. Check out the Spark Recipes. You can also check out Hungry Girl. Most of her recipes are common sense and things that I've been doing for awhile, but every once in a while she has really good tips. For something like pizza there are several options that give you the pizza taste without all the calories. One of my favorite things to do is a pizza omelette. I make an omelette with 3 egg whites and 1 whole egg and fill it with turkey pepperoni (even my picky little brother can't tell the difference), onions, bell peppers, tomato sauce, and part-skim mozzarella cheese. Or make a pizza using low-fat tortillas for the crust. It's like a super thin crust personal pizza. There's even a recipe for cauliflower pizza crust floating around the Internet.

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4/4/11 7:41 P

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Thank you all for the encouragement. I know I can do this I just have to have support from people who know what I am going through. My family tries but they are all the size of toothpicks and it really does not help. I did not know that about the recipes on spark. I have seen them but did not know I could type in a meal and get other substitutions. Thank you for that info. I will pass this on to you all. Today I found a cookbook called Fresh fast food weeknight meals. It is a Cooking light cookbook and it has over 280 recipes that are all under 400 calories and they use foods like spark people suggest we eat. Tonight I made a cheese and tomato omelet and mandarin oranges with kiwifruit and grapes. These were both very delicious recipes and I did not even eat over 300 calories. My daughter tried it and begged for one. LOL. I saw someone put that this site is addictive it is just like facebook addictive. I love it and am glad to be able to have people help me in this healthy journey. Thank you all and good luck. I deserve to be healthy and want to be able to come off of all of my medicine.

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4/4/11 1:50 A

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If you want a slice of pizza go head and have one its not gonna hurt you,you see when i have a craving for something i go ahead & get it cause if you dont you will eat everything until you get what your craving i know this happens to me,then after i eat what i want i go walking..

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4/3/11 11:30 P

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Never think you are doing it all for nothing. You can do this! We have all had those moments, most of us still have them. I know I do. There are times when I wonder why this is so important. When I start thinking like that, I make myself sit down and write down why I want better health. There are many reasons and they far outweigh any benefit at all of eating the junk. Yes, I struggle. I've been struggling a lot lately, but I am not giving up. I'll never give up.
You are in the right place...Spark has great tools. Just hang in there and keep going. It's worth it. YOU are worth it!!

"Perseverance is not a long race, it is many short races one after another." Walter Elliot

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4/3/11 11:14 P

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Listen up! You are doing great. The great thing about Spark people is there are no foods off limits. Get a small portion of your favorites or step up the exercise a bit so you don't feel like you are missing out on things you love. here are two things that helped me greatly:
1. I go to Recipes on Spark people and type in what we are having; in this case you would enter Jambalaya. there will be several recipes where they have substituted some lower fat or lower calorie options for your original recipe. They are usually fantastic and your family will benefit from healthier eating also.
2. I substitute on my own Turkey sausage for regular sausage. I think Louis Rich is the one I found that tastes just like the old one I used to use. Substituting takes some trial and error until you find a taste you like as well.

Keep making the right choices and soon when you see results you will be so proud of your efforts. The health benefits far outweigh the challenges.
You can do it.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your srength and all your might. Love your neighbor as yourself.

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4/3/11 10:01 P

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Spark People is really a great place because it is realistic. We are all human. The thing is to adjust our habits and thinking to lead to a healthier lifesyle. That means we have to accept that we will decide to do things at some times that are not the "most healthy" decisions. So be it.

Accept that you are not perfect. Accept that you have habits that are hard to overcome, that you may never completely lose.

One decision to eat lots of sausage is not going to make you a "bad" person or mean you can't work toward your weight loss or healthy lifestyle goal.

You are just startint out. Identify small goals. At this point just tracking what you eat is a goal.

You can do this. The big thing is to be aware of your decisions. Accept them and move on.


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4/3/11 9:41 P

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I absolutely know what you mean. I get sick and tired of doing without everything that I
have always eaten, whether it is sausage(my husband makes great Jambalaya) or whatever.
I don't even eat butter on my toast, when I allow myself to have toast.......I put the dosage of pnut butter on it that is allowed and go on.

I don't know how old you are, but I can tell you this. I have worked all my life, since I was
a child actually. You thik you should be able to have things you want to eat, even in moderation, but let me ask you this..............How much is YOUR LIFE worth to you? your

I have Arthritis in all major joints, a lump on my thyroid, high blood pressure, and now I
find, quite by accident that I have kidney disease. Now, the only thing I can really do to help
my kidneys??? is lose weight and get off the high blood pressure meds.

Bingo, you would think this would be an easy choice, right. No, it is/has been the biggest
battle I ever fought. So I truly understand where you are coming from.

So, before you get upset and say this is not worth it, the battle may never be over, but you
get in there and WIN now, so you are not hit with all this crud somewhere down the road.

You can do it. Your life is worth it.

If I can help, let me know.........I know for myself, I will NEVER give up, I will not let my
food choices kill me. I have too much to do............FIGHT to win.


If you always do what you've always done,
You'll always be who you've always been!!!!!!

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage
is the quiet voice at the
end of the day saying "I
will try again tomorrow!"

Mary Anne Radmacher


A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.

- Irish Proverb

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4/3/11 9:08 P

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I have been in the sparkpeople community for two weeks. I have stayed strong and worked on my diet true, true. Today was the hardest day I have had. I have not ben hungry any of these two weeks. Today all I could think about is a slice of that new pizza in a crust pizza that they keep showing on commercials for Pizza Hut. Then, cooking dinner for the rest of the family. I made jambalaya, one of my favorite meals. I mean I can eat a pound of sausage just by myself. It was really hard not eating the sausage as I cut or cooked it. I really broke down. I lost it. I wanted so bad to just say to heck with this I earned one bad day. I don't know why it has to be so hard to lose these pounds I so easily put on this body of mine. Please give me some insight, I need some encouragement (from people that know where I am coming from).

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