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7/3/08 12:07 P

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Learned not to eat in front of the TV. When not watching TV you actually pay more attention to what you are putting in your mouth.

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7/3/08 12:27 A

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I stopped eating fast food so much. Now I may eat out 1 day a week. I've learned to eat more Veggies. And I have really cut back/out the starch. No fries, potatoes, and very little rice. My snacks are yogurt or fruit.

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6/29/08 9:09 P

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I am focusing on eating a balanced diet (basically the exchange diet or AHA diet) instead of just focusing on calories alone. It's actually more simple using these guidelines!

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6/27/08 5:46 A

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I use the six week body make over program.. It has taught me how to eat healthy, while enjoying a healthy lifestyle...
I avoid all fats, sugars, processed foods, and salts..a tall order but I have lost -76lbs since the end of Feb.

In addition, I lift weights x2 a week, and run on the treadmill at least x3 a week.

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"Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure."
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JIPWHIP's Photo JIPWHIP Posts: 881
6/25/08 1:09 P

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One way that works for me is to break down snacks and other food into 1 serving size amounts. I will break them down then put them in a big tote. Then when I want a snack I'll grab one. my husband likes this too, because he then can grab one for his work lunches. When they are broke down to 1 serving size you don't eat as much because you are seeing how much you eat instead of fishing out of a big bag.

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6/25/08 12:45 P

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I stopped buying oven chips and now make baked potato chunks all the time. It's now at the point that I don't feel the need to steal a few chips of my friends plates when we meet for lunch. It's not a big thing, but it's great for my motivation.

Being a good role model for my kids.


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ETHNE28's Photo ETHNE28 Posts: 520
4/28/08 2:14 P

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bike/walk to work
no more drinking on the weekends with friends
I've quit smoking now 6 months

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4/24/08 12:34 P

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Several lifestyle chamges are working for me...

The walking every day and weight lifting is really doing their job. I feel invigorated and peaceful. The posting calories, fat, and fiber intake helps me to add or subtract foods from my program.

Seeing the weight loss on the scale, and feeling it when I put on my clothes also motivates to keep me on track.

Pamela aka Scottieluvr

" When I wake up in the morning, I have to decide to either be an example or an excuse."
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" As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way."
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" I have yet to find a man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism."
Charles Schwab

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4/24/08 11:12 A

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I am making sure to walk everyday at lunch. I get an hour & 15 min break, so I walk for about 40-45 min, then eat a healthy lunch after. It really amps up my energy for the rest of the day and it is nice to get the heck out of the office.
I am also going to the gym 5-6days a week. This is the hard one since I seem to get busy with other things on the weekends, but it really makes a difference in my attitude for the day knowing I got a great work out in!
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4/21/08 9:09 P

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I'm focusing on drinking my water. That keeps me away from the wine and just helps overall. It takes a lot of focus for me for some reason.

...Mitzi

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4/21/08 1:20 P

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I'm trying really hard to eat breakfast in the morning. I never do and it is really tough to get something healthy in the morning while getting the kiddos up and out the door. I've taken to measuring out a serving of Kashi cereal into a ziploc bag so that I can just grab it and go. So far, it has been working well.



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LOVEJOY444's Photo LOVEJOY444 Posts: 149
4/20/08 10:44 P

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You're so welcome. I think Slim-Fast is the coolest thing since sliced bread. LOL I've found the Protein shakes keep hunger at bay longer than the Optima, but they're a tad more expensive. Just fyi. =)

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Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
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4/20/08 10:24 P

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I like the idea of Slimfast in the morning. Breakfast is a hard meal for me because I'm on the run getting the kids ready for school and dropping them off. I actually used to drink Slimfast a lot while I was pregnant because it was one of the few things I could keep down. Thanks for the reminder and the tip. :D

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4/20/08 5:55 P

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You're so welcome! That's what I want this thread to be about. We're here to learn from each other as much as to vent to each other, right? I'm so glad you found my suggestions helpful. =)

Now let's keep those tips coming SPs!!!

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Laurie

Success [is achieved by] going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
--Winston Churchill

Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
---Nathaniel Hawthorne


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DRROBERTS2013's Photo DRROBERTS2013 Posts: 53
4/20/08 5:48 P

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Wow! Lovejoy - your techniques are really great! I think I will try and implement some of them in the coming weeks. I've really gotten out of practice with counting calories so I feel like I have to learn new tricks. Boosting up on fibre, the cheese and crackers, the anchovies, and the shakes could really help me make some adjustments! COOL! Thanks! Carolyn

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LOVEJOY444's Photo LOVEJOY444 Posts: 149
4/20/08 5:26 P

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Hi ladiesnowflake. Thanks for your thoughts on the eating earlier idea. I'm about halfway through a book called "The 3 PM Secret," and the author also notes that not eating at night helps you sleep better. Although she practices what she preaches, it's nice to have that sort of thing confirmed by others. =)

(Incidentally, the author also addresses modifying the 3 PM lifestyle plan for shift workers, graveyard workers, etc. I just started a new Spark team called "The 3 PM Secret." Give us a look if you like. It's in its infancy... just two of us so far, but I hope it grows to be a source of support for people cutting back on their nighttime eating, etc.)

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Laurie

Success [is achieved by] going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
--Winston Churchill

Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
---Nathaniel Hawthorne


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4/20/08 5:20 P

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The whole eating earlier in the day is good thing. I used to work second shift and never found time to eat at work, so by the time I got home (sometimes 11pm) I was starved. I'm on first shift now, so it's become easier to not to eat so late. It's been a couple of months since I've eaten dinner past 0700 and it's not only made a difference in how I sleep, but I seem to make better choices. I just found this site recently and I'm hoping this will help also.

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4/20/08 4:38 P

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Hi guys! Thought I'd like to start a discussion specifically for techniques and new habits that seem to be working for us. No gripes (that's a different thread, LOL), just "Hey, I do this and it really seems to help me!"

I hate cooking, so I love the simplicity of popping open a Slim-Fast shake for my first couple meals of the day. (Bless those Slim-Fast people!)

Some other things that are working for me are:

Eating bang-for-my-buck foods that have fiber, protein, and some fat. Foods with those ingredients stick with me longer and help keep hunger at bay. I love All-Bran crackers. If you've ever tried All-Bran cereal (you know, the little twigs?!), forget about that experience. LOL The crackers are really good. A serving of them is 18 crackers, and you get 5 grams of fiber. Eighteen of them are 130 calories, which is close enough for your 120-calorie snack. Sometimes I'll only have 9 crackers and divide a slice of cheese into 9 portions, and enjoy cheese-and-crackers as my 120 calorie snack. That way, I get 2 1/2 g. of fiber as well as a little fat, which helps with the hunger. Another snack I like is those cottage cheese things from Breakstone (I think) that have c. cheese in one part, and some jam-like stuff in the other section. But they cost a small fortune! I make my own JUST AS TASTY with 1/2 cup store brand light or fat-free c. cheese topped with about 2 T. (I think that's the amount) of sugar-free strawberry preserves. The whole thing's like 120 calories and is really yummy. I also like anchovies, which I know will have some of you running to the bathroom retching about now. LOL But a whole can of anchovies is about 100 - 120 calories. I actually space them throughout the day to get my salt fix. =) A bonus? Anchovies are rich in Omega - 3 fatty acids, which are recommended for health as well as weight loss. (If salt intake is a problem for you, you can soak them in water for about half an hour and that gets a lot of it out.)

Another thing I'm trying is scaling back the time of day that I eat. I know this is nothing revolutionary, but actually DOING it is new for me. Although I have my shakes early in the day, and they're not a ton of calories, I try to have my last food of the day by 8 PM. I'm also trying to scale back the 8 PM thing a little earlier each week. I am a horrendous nighttime eater, and I get a horrendous amount of calories during the second half of the day. I'm trying to cut back on mindless munching while I watch tv, get on the computer, etc. You burn off fewer calories in the evenings when you're less active, so it doesn't make much sense to eat a lot of food then when it's all gonna go to your butt while you sleep!

I'd love to hear what's working for other teamies!

Edited by: LOVEJOY444 at: 4/20/2008 (16:38)
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Success [is achieved by] going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
--Winston Churchill

Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
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