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6/4/10 1:54 P

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I dont think thats wierd at all. I think its a good idea because that way you know exacly what you are eating. Im going to try and start planning this week. I just need to get over this feeling of failure that I have right now. I just need to keep telling myself that I can and will do this.

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6/3/10 9:29 P

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Experiment with different healthy foods to find what you really like. Also try to find quick options if time is what is causing you to go for the fast food. Definitely plan your meals. This might seem weird, but I am known to get a burger from a fast food restaurant and take it home to eat with my own healthy sides instead of fries.

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6/3/10 5:27 P

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I know that my habits are really going to get in the way I just need to start. Thats the first hurdle I have to cross. Preparing my meals ahead of time and keep my portion control to where it should be rather than what it has been. Fast food is something that is easy for me. So Im going to have to plan more and learn to keep on top of things.

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6/3/10 4:32 P

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Your going to have phases of motovation and phases when you are ready to throw in the towel. When you have a weak moment and do give in (we all do). Dont beat yourself up. Make a better choice going forward. If you find that its over and over, figure out the root of the problem, since the food wont fix it anyway.

Food fixes hunger... and most of us have never really be that hungry :)

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6/2/10 4:28 P

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Thank you all for all the input I really needed all the suggestions that you guys have given me. I just really want to lose this weight and Im going to need all the help that I can get. So Im really looking forward to this journey to becoming healthy..

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6/2/10 8:23 A

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I fell of the bandwagon around the holidays, then moving and things just started piling up and became total chaos for a while. Which also meant quick fast food meals fell into the mix again.

In order to get back on the path, I set aside a day to totally revamp. Cleaned out the kitchen cabinets. fridge and all. Anything that tempts me to the "dark side" was out. Chips, candies, pretty much anything with sugar, white breads and pastas, juices, pizzas etc... all went out.

I went shopping and totally restocked. Lots of fresh veggies and fruit, great for a quick snack. Replaced pastas and breads with whole grain versions. Bought healthy choice (and similar brand) tv dinners for quick meals. I also always keep salad fixings on hand.

After the restock, I make sure to set aside a little bit of time before I go grocery shopping. I make sure everything on my list is something that fits my schedule and that I'll actually make and eat. (I have a lot of friends who tried to diet making stuff they didn't like then wondered why they can't stay on the diet. Never works.)

Having stuff like that on hand makes it easier to avoid the fast food temptations and I prevent buying negative-impact items like pop and junk food, so it's never in the house to tempt me.

With proper planning you can often make quick and easy replacements of your favorite fast foods that are healthier for you. That doesn't mean you can't treat yourself once in a while, as long as you remember moderation.

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5/28/10 1:08 P

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Fast food used to be a huge weakness of mine, I didn't know how I was going to get through the work week without it!

I started packing lunches and planning productive errands that needed running instead.

It got easier and easier and after a while I didn't even think about it. And on the rare occassions that I've had it since it was gross and made me feel yucky and my stomach upset for DAYS.

You'll really notice a difference in your digestion if you switch to healthier foods for a while. Just realizing how you're supposed to feel compared to how junk food makes you feel can be pretty motivating!!

"... failing to look inscruitible to any but the habitually dismissive."

-Thomas Pynchon


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5/27/10 11:25 A

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I totally understand where you're coming from. I'm just coming back to it myself. I did GREAT at first on SP and lost 30 lbs ,but now I've gained it and more back.

I'd say one thing to do is not deny yourself. Let's be real--fast food is delicious and easy. So, have something. But, know its calorie count/fat content beforehand. Don't get a value meal, get just the sandwich. Don't stress if you're a little higher than you'd like to be. Soon, the progress you're making in your diet and healthier eating will help you forget about your fast food love.

Another thing I'd suggest is taking a weekend day, or other day when you have more time, to make some food. Make some healthy chili, or a pizza you've made at home, etc., and freeze them. Then, when you're pressed for time and just need something fast, just heat one up. It's better for you and delicious.

Best of luck to you. Many of us are in this boat with you, so don't lose heart!



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5/26/10 3:57 P

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I, too had fallen off my path to get healthy. I got into a relationship with a wonderful man who also wants to live a healthy life, but we found ourselves going out to eat ALL THE TIME! We were not always making the best choices either. Here are some things that have helped me..
Healthy Choice steamers are AMAZING! They are filling and they are delicious. Also, Lean Cuisine pizzas hit the spot if you want a pizza night. Make sure to get your fruits & vegetables in because they are so filling. Between meals snack on water based fruits/veggies like watermelon, cucumber, honey dew, etc. It will keep you fuller longer. I'm following the Weight Watchers points as well as logging what I eat on Sparkpeople, and it seems to be working beautifully for me!
Don't tell yourself you can't have fast food or junk food ever again because you'll be more likely to crave it more. Eventually, you'll get to a point where you believe it won't be worth the extra calories or when you do splurge, you won't go overboard. I have the Eat This Not That book for fast food and restaurants, and it's awesome! It'll come in handy if you're on vacation or traveling to make a better decision at McDonald's or Burger King. Wow..I wrote a lot. Hope this helps with the eating!

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5/26/10 11:18 A

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I'm taking small baby steps myself. I had fallen off because of some drastic life changes and now I have gotten my stuff in order, I'll need help getting g started again. I know that I have to start off small and hen work my way up. I will definitely need help.....

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5/25/10 9:57 P

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When I started out, I just made healthier choices. I didn't "diet" or count calories. I ate as much as I wanted of stuff that was healthier. Baby steps, just do what you can. And then when that gets comfortable, cut down some more, and rinse and repeat.

Zenthae


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5/25/10 8:29 P

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I just started again about a month ago! I don't have the same problem with fast food but I have a big problem with junk food. My tactic has been to have small healthy snack choices around instead of the junk food so I go grab a healthy crunchy snack instead of the ones I would have gone for otherwise.

I think the same thing could help out with fast food. Depending on what kind of fast foods you like you can make yourself burgers using lean beef and low fat cheese and whole wheat buns, or (I love these) boneless buffalo wings instead do chicken breast cut into small pieces with the buffalo sauce. They aren't they same exact thing as fast food but they're a close enough approximation that it might trick your cravings into giving in. And the longer you go without the less and less you'll have those cravings (from my experience).

I hope this gave you some ideas!

Rachael

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5/25/10 4:07 P

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no food is off limits in moderation. but if you can't moderate, then go with the fresca choices or low fat choices with no bun and condiments. If cooking isn't your thing (it isn't mine) get some lean cuisines, they make some really delicious ones. Some steamer veggies those are quick and easy. I am the first one to admit that I am totally lazy. I am not going to be the one who cooks all her meals and then freezes it to be eaten later. That is just a waste of time to me.
So to avoid getting unhealthier stuff, I just choose healthier options and I make sure there is plenty of things in the house that are 'easy' but nutritious also.
Good luck!

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5/25/10 3:54 P

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I used to have a hard time with fast food too, it's easy, fast, and we have convinced ourselves it tastes good! The way I stopped eating it was to not give myself the opportunity to eat it. I set aside one day of the weekend to cook and get everything I possibly can done for the week so when I get home and am ready to gnaw my arm off, I can't use the excuse of I don't want to cook to go get the bad stuff--because I don't have to! Plus, home-made foods taste better than the stuff you get at the drive through. I recently had a craving for some of that stuff a couple days ago and gave in, and you know what? If you don't eat it all the time, you won't even want it.

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5/25/10 2:31 P

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Im having a hard time getting started again. I need some advice on what I can do to get myself back on track. Can someone give me some ideas on what you did to get started back on the plan. I would really appreciate it. My one thing that is the worst part of my diet is fast food. How do you keep yourself from going. Im sorry this is just kind of going all over the place. If anyone can give me some good tips on how to avoid all the food you are not suppose to eat.

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