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1/12/11 11:28 A

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That's what I do: I look through recipes (I like Healthy Cooking magazine and Vegetarian Times--they're quick, easy and healthy!) make a meal plan and shop for the week. You HAVE to (who has the time to go to the grocery store and cook on a weeknight? If you can do that, I'm super impressed!).

Recently, my friend and I have been cheating. There's a business here called Dinner Thyme Solution. Every month, they have a menu of about 15 items, you pre-order 8 or 12 meals (each makes 4-6 servings), and then you go in and assemble your meals. You come home, put them in the freezer, and thaw them the night before. Everything's measured and portioned out so you can just pop 'em in the oven or cook them on the stove in about 15 minutes. It's been a LIFESAVER. It's super easy, tasty, and since they have the nutritional information online, it's easy to keep track of how much you're eating of what.

We also stock up on healthy snacks about once a month at Costco (fruit, Triscuits, Laughing Cow wedges, string cheese almonds, pistacios, hummus...) so we have healthy things to snack on.

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1/12/11 1:23 A

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I love the idea of pre-planning the food for the week. I definitely don't mind leftovers either. My goal for this weekend is to make a week long meal plan and get all the grocercies I need and not go back to the store - which sometimes leads to bad choices.

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1/11/11 9:07 P

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Thank you RUBIEAGLE!

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1/11/11 8:45 P

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Welcome! I like your screen name!

RUBIEAGLE.

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Pride Is Forever.

I'm too blessed to be stressed and too anointed to be disappointed.


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1/11/11 8:37 P

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I agree that consistency is WAY better than perfection. We do what we can and beating ourselves up doesn't do one bit of good. Sure....I would LOVE to be able to exercise like I did 20 years ago and to be able to put a different healthy meal on the table every night. But that's not my life! The hardest part for me is to appreciate what I have and what I CAN do. But I'm learning!

"A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for." -- William Shedd


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1/11/11 10:07 A

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Yep! Since it's jus my husband and I, I make 2-3 healthy meals on the weekend, and then we just heat 'em up for dinner throughout the week. It makes it easy to plan out what I'm eating, because 2-3 days are the exact same thing. I know that might be boring, but 1) we're both ok with leftovers, 2) it saves SOOO much time and hassle during the week, and 3) it makes it super easy to track food!

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1/11/11 12:57 A

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Thanks for the support guys! One success I have been noticing is that I pretty much know when I am going over on my calories. I don't always stop myself but I haven't binged since I've been on the diet so that's a good start! Starting off slow but at least I've started!

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1/9/11 12:21 P

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JAQUIE2000--It's not about perfection, it's about consistency. If you can consistently eat healthy more often than you eat unhealthy, you're going to lose or maintain your weight. I've been reading a LOT on Spark this week, and though I can't remember where I read it, an article I read talked about the 80/20 rule: if you eat healthy 80 percent of the time, it's okay to indulge the other 20 percent!

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1/9/11 11:53 A

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Hang in there Jacquie! May have been a bad weekend, but here you are facing all of us and talking about it. THAT is a SUCCESS. It takes time to change these habits we've learned and a huge part of that is learning to face them in the daylight instead of hiding them away!

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1/8/11 11:33 P

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I would have to agree with you there. Although Wii will not be enough to cover your fitness needs, it is better than sitting on the couch. It's true that it is easy to gain the weight back, unfortunately! I've had a bad 24 hours of eating but hopefully I can start to get my weekends in check. It won't help to beat myself up!

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1/8/11 2:08 P

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HAPPYHOLBROOK -

Awww... thank you emoticon emoticon

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1/8/11 1:57 P

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Walkingwithgrace and Nomorebreaks--you're both absolutely right: some movement is better than no movement, and it's better to stat small and stick with it than hit it hard, burn out, and give up. You both should be super proud of the fact that you're actually doing something good for yourself. Small steps add up! :0)

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1/8/11 1:34 P

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HAPPYHOLBROOK and NOMOREBREAKS -

Thank you so much for your feedback. The Wii is new to our family and I'm just getting my feet wet. After researching the Wii Fit, EA Active, and My Personal Trainer, I think that I have come to the conclusion that I would like to start with the Wii Fit Plus (or Bundle Pack). I am 100+ lbs overweight and out of shape, not to mention a knee injury that I'm still dealing with from a fall last July. For me I think that the Wii Fit is a good starting place and if I feel that it doesn't challenge me enough I can always upgrade to something else. I think that I would rather start simple and work my way up rather than start out too ambitious and end up giving up. I really appreciate all of your input. I took a lot of time looking at all three "games" and the reviews that went along with them. Hopefully I will be happy with my conclusion. emoticon

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1/8/11 12:51 P

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In regards to the Wii Fit Plus (the basic "game" the board comes with currently).

I think the level of exercise depends on the user's level of weight and fitness. I agree that sometimes some of the yoga moves seem weird to me. I've done years worth of yoga and rate as a champion in all of them, but the poses seem out of balance to me. I don't know though...maybe it's because the hands or feet being on the board make it an un-level surface and I'm not used to that.

However, I am morbidly obese. And I'm way out of shape right now. And after 20 minutes of aerobic games (NOT balance games, note that many of the games are balance, not aerobic...Only ones like the hula hoop, running, walking, step, and so on are actually aerobic) I am covered in sweat and labouring for breath. As a matter of fact I feel the same after that 20 minutes as I do after 20 minutes of the Biggest Loser boot camp DVD!

And also, ANY movement is better than none. Even if it's just standing and twitching your hips for 3 minutes. And there are also lunges and squats and plank push-ups on the Wii Fit Plus game, they are in their own section for strength training. They are almost too hard for me. There's only a few I can do right now.

For anyone who is seriously overweight and not very active I definitely recommend it as a starting point. Once you're feeling they are more games than workout, then it's time to change up your workout to a more challenging one (the EA active looks good to me too, but we don't have that much room to move so I'm not sure it will work for us).

I don't use the Wii Fit Plus as my main scheduled exercise. I weigh in and do some stretches with it once a week, and the kids and I like to play games together on it, but I do use it as an alternative workout....ie, if it's really raining and freezing out then I can exchange my daily walk for a Wii Fit workout. Because something is better than nothing. And I do think it has improved my posture and balance, which is what it said.

It has several issues they need to work on though. Like if you don't use it every you can't enter in your other workouts (miss a day and there's no way to go back and tell it you've done other workouts), and no good way to track foods. Also when it asks my children their weight I get angry. It should ask anyone under age 13 their weight! It basically put down my 12 year old (who is perfectly normal) for gaining weight when we grew up! I've written Nintendo several feedback emails and send them all in.

(dreaming of a DS connected to her Wii uploading her steps walked and food tracked)

And finally, I actually prefer the cardio workouts *with* the balance board rather than without. I've done the walking and running ones where you don't use the board and can watch the news or whatever while you workout in place, and the BL game where it doesn't require the board, and using it really steps up the workout for me. Something about being 2 inches higher makes me tighten up my core and works better for me. I usually skip the ones that don't use the board unless the boys ask me to play one.

(And a footnote...skateboarding and golfing does nothing for me, but 9 minute of pedaling or step class in that game is like an elephant kicking me in the gut!)

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1/7/11 1:31 P

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Just personal opinion--the Wii Fit provides activity, but I don't really feel it's exercise. We went to a friend's house to play it, and I felt like we were barely moving. It does have a yoga game, but I used to do yoga religiously when I was younger and thinner, so I KNOW how the poses should feel and look, and the Wii Fit kept saying I was doing them wrong. Just to apease the game, I did what they said, and the contorted pose was not even close to what it should be. The EA Active (they just had a new version come out with a heart rate monitor, but I have the old version) has REAL exercises (squats, lunges, plyometrics, and upper body exercises with the included exercise band) plus a combo of cardio exercises. You can pick easy, medium, or hard, and it's quick, easy, and fun. If you want to legitimately get in a workout at home, I think it's a better product, but that's just my opinion. Bonus: you don't need to Wii Balance Board to play it, though you do need a nunchuck.

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1/7/11 12:16 P

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HAPPYHOLBROOK - Yes, I hate it when the weight we've lost finds us and then brings along some friends! lol

You gave me a great idea though. My birthday is at the end of this month and my mother has been asking me what I would like for a gift. I just called her and asked for a Wii Fit! I gave my kids the 25th Anniversary Red Wii for Christmas, the Wii Fit would be perfect! Thanks!

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1/7/11 11:59 A

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WALKINGINGRACE--I know all too well what it feels like to lose a ton of weight and gain it all back and then some. I lost 28 pounds for my wedding in 2009, and now I have the 28 pounds I lost plus another seven pounds that I gained. Why DO we allow ourselves to gain back what we worked so hard to lose the first time?!?!

You sound like you have your hands full. Have you though about doing active things with your kids outside (sledding, snow shoeing, cross country skiing?). Or maybe play on the Wii with them. I'm doing the EA Active for Wii 30-Day Challenge, and I LOVE it! You can play with a partner, but each workout is about 20-35 minutes, it's fun, it shows you how many calories you're torching, and it's actually a workout (I can't believe how much I sweat!). The activities like dancing, tennis, baseball, basketball, and inline skating would be fun for kids, and you'd also be getting in some exercise. It sounds like you're making good decisions that make a difference, like walking and taking the stairs--that's a step in the right direction!

My new year's resolution is to become a morning exerciser. So far, I've only gotten up early once this week, but next week, my goal is to get up early twice. I have a whole year to get there, and a lifestyle change doesn't happen overnight. I find that after a long day at work (I have three jobs), the last thing I want to do when I get home is exercise. If it's going to get done, it's gotta happen in the morning!

Anyway, happy new years, ladies, and keep up the GREAT work! :0)


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1/7/11 9:00 A

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Hi JACQUIE00,

I am a single mother with 3 kids, the 2 youngest, 8 & 6 are still at home. I also provide child care for two other very young children. So, needless to say, working out is definitely a challenge for me as well - especially during the winter months here in Maine. Since there really isn't a lot that I can do to change that I have chosen to limit my calorie intake more than someone who is active and try to incorporate little extras throughout my day. You know, little things like doing more chores, taking the stairs, parking further away, that kind of stuff. It really adds up after awhile. I'm also back to drinking 8-10 cups of water a day. That was something I was faithful with the first time around and got left by the wayside when I started gaining weight again.

The most challenging time of the day for me is evenings. It has always been my downfall. After a long, often busy, noisy, and stressful day I tend to stay up too late just to enjoy the peace and quiet. Unfortunately for me that is also the time that I become aware of being lonely, or tired, or bored - sometimes all three. This time around I am trying to remember something I learned in Weight Watchers way back in 2000 , it is the acronym H.A.L.T. I ask myself, "Am I Hungry, Angry, Tired, or Lonely". You would be amazed at how few times "Hungry" is the answer. If the answer is hungry then I eat, but when it's not I look at what's going on and try to redirect my energy, or simply go to bed. So far, so good. I know that there will be times that I will cave, but hopefully less often than not and with better food choices.

So anyway, that's my story for the moment. Hopefully we can work through these things together and support one another along the way.

Blessings,
Shari


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1/6/11 11:30 P

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What are you finding to be the biggest struggle so far in this attempt? I work in an office with plenty of snacks so I try to bring healthy lunches/snacks I can eat throughout the day. Pair that with the lack of energy after work and not wanting to work out, and I don't feel like much has been changing. I used to be a waitress when I was in school which was a lot of moving around while at work, so the last 6 months (since I got this job) has been a big change for me. Finally I am working out my brain (not to mention my degree!) but not so much my body... Any tips??

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1/6/11 12:40 A

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I'm also trying to lose again, so I know the feeling. I'm trying to look at it from the point of view, "I know it's something I *can* do." Working together will make it easier for us all...

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1/5/11 10:02 P

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Good luck Hun! Together we can all succeed and do it for good this time!

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1/5/11 10:20 A

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Hi Everyone!

I actually started SP last September 4, 2009. At that time I lost 45lbs over the course of a few months. I began to have a set-back over the holidays and then some personal issues really put me into a weight gaining spiral. I have since gained ALL 45 pounds back and about 24 more. It has been so frustrating and depressing to lose that much and then be set back this far.

I have decided that I'm going to try again. I know that it won't be easy, but I remember the support that I had, (and still have), from my SP friends. So anyway, I am going to remain on my Class of August 3-September 5, 2009 Team, but I would really love to be a part of this team as well. I feel like this is a new beginning for me and I would like to approach it in that way.

I hope that together we can support and encourage one another to make good choices and have a healthy lifestyle!

Blessings,
Shari

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