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5/4/08 2:41 P

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I hear what you are saying MVMEME but pasta isn't as bad as I thought it would be.........it's all of the 'good stuff' like cheese that we have to be really careful of

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5/4/08 1:22 P

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thanks...i thought so, wasnt sure but it sure looked like a lot of pasta...more like what i had been eating before!

The longer it takes it to come off the longer it will stay off!

The longer you keep it off the harder it is to put it back on!


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5/4/08 7:01 A

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You measure pasta by weighing it UNCOOKED. For example if the nutritional information on the package says that one serving is 2oz - you simply weight out 2oz of the uncooked pasta and you're good to go. I hope this helps.

Good luck!!

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5/3/08 5:15 P

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how does one measure pasta?

label say 2oz serving size, 7 per box or 14oz in box

well i measured out 4oz cooked it and then measured the cooked amount and that was almost 1 lb.

so then i wasn't sure do i eat half of the cooked pasta which would be 8oz...seemed like a lot...or do i weigh out the 2oz cooked and eat that...i did #2 but it seemed like a lot of calories 180 for 41g carbs and 7g protein i opted for ronzoni's health harvest all natural whole wheat blend pasta.

what do you suggest???



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5/3/08 7:46 A

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You ladies are all amazing. Your planning skills and inspirational - Well done!!

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5/2/08 9:31 P

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Christine, I don't know where you live but in Los Angeles we can't hardly walk in to a store for $80, let alone feed a family of 5!! I went the other day and the bill for a week for 2 was $200, of course it is costing me more to eat healthy instead of filling up on Mac & Cheese!
I also envy your organizatioanl skills!

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5/2/08 2:51 P

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No eye rolls from me either. I don't have kids or a job, my challenge is a husband that wants to eat out full time. Since I made a plan, which he helped with, we haven't eaten out in two weeks (a new record for us..) I too, shop once per week and because of my plan I have everything on hand. It's great, certainly a time and money saver. It took me about two hours to plan 10 days. Sounds excessive, but I also went thought the cupboards, freezer and fridge, throwing out garbage. Next time it will take 10-15 minutes. Planning ahead is the way to go.

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Jane

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5/2/08 12:47 P

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It has definitely saved me money. I know I can feed my family of 5 for about $80/week. With gas creeping up in price, I need to save where I can. And, fewer trips to the store saves gas & time!

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5/2/08 12:17 P

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You won't get any eye rolls from me. I wish I were that organized. It probably saves you money as well as time. Your not buying extra things just in case you need them. I'm happy if I remember to take the meat out of the freezer in the morning. Looks like it's working for you. Your doing great. Keep up the fantastic work.

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5/2/08 11:49 A

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I know I'll get some eye rolls at this, but I have three teen/pre-teen daughters, so I can handle it. :) I am a busy mom working full-time and then some. In order to keep my sanity, I make a menu for our family each week. Friday or Saturday, I sit down & plan meals for the next week. Then go grocery shopping based on this menu. I end up hitting the store ONCE each week, eliminating the needs for extra stops. I often prep food for the next day the night before. When I get home, there is no "what's for dinner" worries. I pop dinner in the oven, on the grill , or whatever & get a 30-minute work out in while it cooks. I also love my crock pot & will have it ready to go, so in the morning I just plug it in & walk away. I didn't use to be this organized, but with a little practice, it gets easy. And you won't believe how much your stress level is reduced! Christine

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5/2/08 8:14 A

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I LOVE my crockpot. Its so easy to make something healthy for dinner, you skip the I'm so hungry I could eat the fridge stage when you walk in the door LOL.

I have a ton of recipies for it that is healthy, email me if you need ideas :)

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5/1/08 5:47 P

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See, without your help I would have just gone and bought the cheapest crockpot available. Must remember, removable ceramic. You're a lifesaver MVMEME--I'll post and let you know how my first crocked meal comes out. emoticon

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5/1/08 5:43 P

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if your going to buy one...

get the one where the ceramic pulls out. it may be a bit more expensive but it will save you years of clean up time since you can put in the sink to soak and then whip it into the dishwasher...the others are cheaper but harder to clean since your not supposed to let anything get weton the outside.

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The longer you keep it off the harder it is to put it back on!


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5/1/08 5:40 P

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Thanks for the tip MVMEME. I don't have a crock pot but will scurry over to Target and pick one up pronto. I think I even have an old crockpot cookbook somewhere...

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5/1/08 5:36 P

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do you have a crock pot?

I put in a turkey breast salt it and forget it...had it on low about 12 hrs

a pot roast, can of beer, and can of tomatoe sauce and a small bag of carrots some seasonings...put it on at breakfast and dinner's ready

Note: vegtables go on the bottom, with the turkey breast i dont add any liquid...bagged 3oz of turkey in the fridge for easy pull out lunch...may want to remove skin before you put in will make it leaner...i forgot to do that this last time

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5/1/08 5:29 P

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My problem is trying to find time to cook the foods that are most appropriate for my family and I. I have two teenagers who eat constantly and their food goals are sometimes diametrically opposed to my own. I'm divorced and typically work 12 hour days--i'm having a hard time when I get in at 8 o'clock doing anything but crashing. I certainly don't have any Rachel Ray perkiness and never feel like whipping up a batch of some low-calorie yummies. Any ideas?

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5/1/08 3:34 P

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My "Problem" time for snacking is at night in front of the TV or computer. What has been working for me since I've joined SP is drinking a bottle of water and/or snacking on some carrots. If I have some spare calories for the day I'll use a couple of tablespoons of my favorite lo cal salad dressing as a dip for the carrots

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5/1/08 10:38 A

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thanks already have the scale so may try that! looks like you have been doing well on the program too!

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The longer you keep it off the harder it is to put it back on!


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5/1/08 9:24 A

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I agree with lifefter45. I am also an emotional eater especially after dinner when I'm anxious or depressed and I've found that I can't just have 1 little snack. Right now I'm still trying to lose that last 5 - 10 lb. Some tricks i've used are distracting myself with the computer (My hands are busy.) or I brush my teeth and go to my room. Sometimes really early. If I go to sleep early, i probably needed the extra rest and its much better then bingeing. Good luck you can do it!

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5/1/08 8:24 A

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4lbs in 16 days is GREAT! Don't get discouraged. I am an emotional eater myself, so I know how it feels when you just feel that if you just have that bag of chips (for you it would be bag of something sweet)everything will be better. All it does is make you feel worse. I have a little trick (I don't know if it would really be a trick) that I do to help me control my junk food intake. I record everything that I eat. If I have room in my calories, carbs, protein & fat at the end of the day I will have a junk food snack. I bought a small food scale (under $7) and I measure out 1 serving and that's all I eat. THis way I know how many calories and fat grams I am consuming. This satisfies my craving. Sometimes I don't even want it because I see how many wasted calories are in there.
I find too, that just going into SP and either reading other people's posts or writing your own post does wonders.
Hang in there. You are worth it. All the best on Tuesday.

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4/30/08 11:30 P

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ok i've been in 16 days and have lost 4lbs...i track daily, weight and fitness and try to have a goal of 50pts/day if I can...tonight i want something really sweet...but really sweet makes me hungrier...i've had some bad lab results so in the process of figuring it out with some more tests wont know till tues...and i'm a comfort eater and having a hard time distracting my self from the kitchen tonight...i'm in about the middle range on my food tracking since i started so i'm looking for suggestions...up to now it's been reasonably easy but not sure how to get over this and dont want to fall off the wagon...didnt exercise today except for a brief walk in the morning...was going to walk after work asit had been soo pretty all week today we had 40mile/hr winds hot and dusty...guess i should have a back up plan...had my bathing suit in the car but didnt think about it until after dinner ..well writing has made me feel slightly better as i hadnt realized how much the lab stuff and my wanting to coimfort myself with food were integrated...i do know that i am a comfort and emotional eater so as the song says..."help me make it thru the night" i need to get to tuesday i guess so any suggestions greatly appreciated. thanks for reading...

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