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4/4/10 3:58 P

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lots & lots

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
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10/18/09 1:42 P

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1) If I eat carbs in the morning, I'm STARVING a couple hours later and the rest of the day turns into a disaster! I'm going to try hard boiled eggs and yogurt... I need a grab-n-go breakfast. Otherwise if I only have coffee I can keep my eating under control... I know I need to eat breakfast, so I'm trying different things to find what I can work with.

2) What I thought were little "meaningless" munching here and there can sometimes add up to more calories and fat then my actual meals... ouch

3) Drinking 8 cups of water per day really isn't that hard once I made not drinking pop a goal.

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10/15/09 4:34 P

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Nik --

I had not tried the recommended strength exercises yet. (I had my own routine from the book "Getting Stronger" by Bill Pearl.) What did you think of the ones that the site provided? I was considering trying some out.

Thanks to everyone who has responded with your revelations. It has been really fun seeing what others have learned so far.

I do like Nik's idea of posting three new things learned each week. That sounds like an awesome goal.

Hilary

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10/15/09 4:01 P

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I have spent a ton of time exploring the site this week, and I have learned A LOT! My top three for this week are:

1.) I'm an all or nothing eater... I either eat way too little or way too much. I need to find a balance in order to reach my goals.

2.) I'm not nearly in as good of shape as I thought I was. The recommended strength exercises really wear me out!

3.) Establishing healthy routines in eating and exercising can help me cope with my depression and anxiety.

I love this topic! I'm going to add learning three new things each week to my goals list!

Nik

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10/15/09 7:38 A

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Hi.

My bowl of cereal in the mornings was bigger than I thought.

The calories for a plate of spaghetti and a blob of mashed potatoes make me suspicious. The mashed potatoes seem very low, given they have butter and milk. Brownies too.

My overall diet is a little high on the fat side, and my protein is a touch lower than I thought--but only when I measure my food. If I'm not measuring, I eat larger portions of protein.

I need to get more veggies and fruits. I was doing sorta OK over the summer with the garden and the CSA, but right now we're kinda in the desert between summer and winter veg. Of course, I say that with a bin full of apples, a big sack of green beans, a few bell peppers, and some cooking greens sitting in the fridge right now. I need to sprout some motivation today and cook them. Maybe vegetable soup tonight.

shris

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Was at 175 in September 2009.

171 when I joined SP in October 2009.

Did mostly nothing in 2011..

Now my insurance is going to make me pay more if I can't get down to 'normal' range.


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LISACAT99 Posts: 4
10/15/09 1:55 A

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nutrition tracker was a big eye opener. I'm not getting enough protein, calcium, fiber, etc. Apparently with Weight Watchers I was within my points (fancy way of sayin calories) but totally off on important nutritional goals. *sigh*

Oh well.. better now that never!

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10/14/09 11:54 P

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Tammy --

Yeah, I have been having trouble getting enough protein too. I'm a lactose-intolerant vegetarian, and many of the vegetarian foods that are protein-packed seem to come with too much fat. Beans are the exception to this, but there are only so many beans I can eat in a day...

For breakfast foods, one thing you might want to try is an eggwhite omelet made with baby spinach and your favorite veggies and a tiny amount of a lower fat goat cheese. Or skip the cheese entirely.

If you can handle drinking straight cow's milk (I can't, alas) you could also drink some non-fat milk to get more protein. Or sneak some non-fat dried milk into other recipes to boost their protein and calcium.

I also love scrambled tofu as part of breakfasts, but I realize that tofu is an acquired taste. Not everyone likes it as much as I do.

Hmm

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10/14/09 10:13 P

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Wow! I have learned from the nutrition tracker that I am eating WAY too many calories, but not getting enough protein. This is probably why I'm hungry all the time!

Any tips on healthy, high-protein, morning foods?

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10/14/09 12:29 P

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Hey Redcatcher! Congratulations on those sore muscles! If you are doing strength training, soon you will feel the awesome buzz of your muscles that makes you feel good all day.

(I also know what you mean about nuts... Man, they are caloric and fatty. But a little bit is good too. I will sometimes sprinkle ten or fifteen on a salad when I know I am having an otherwise low fat day.)

Thanks for sharing!

Hilary

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10/14/09 11:38 A

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I have learned through the nutrition tracker that my beloved oatmeal with dried cranberries and walnuts contains more calories than I ever thought. Through my fitness tracker I have some sore body parts from trying some of the exercises.

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10/14/09 11:30 A

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Here's what I learned this week:

1) From the nutrition tracker:

I was not getting enough calories or protein. I needed to up both to start losing weight again.

2) From the fitness tracker:

My walk to work is 1.8 miles, and burns 138 calories. I just need a little extra walk at lunch time to get my cardio for the day.

What have you learned? Had any revelations lately?

Hilary

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