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6/17/12 11:54 P

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I learned a great deal with this challenge, I'm glad I did it!!! I am cooking two to three new recipes in a week. I always keep a running shopping list and I never go grocery shopping hungry. I am packing lunches in advance for work and I use my crockpot more. Thank you for a great challenge, what I have learned here is now a great habit!!!!

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I've decided to redo week #4. I was on vacation for a few days and I don't feel like I accomplished enough to earn my trophy yet. But better late than never! Looking forward to trying some new recipes.

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5/26/12 7:30 A

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Yaaaaaay! I've completed the challenge!! This has been a great challenge to get me back in the kitchen. I learned new tips and substitutes, tried new recipes, picked up better planning skills, have cooked more frequently, batch cooked, and I've set my long term goals. I'll stick to them this time. I still need to work on my shopping lists, sticking to the list, and planning for a whole week. My weakest area is not using my inventory prior to buying new and not planning meals around what I have available. This will take practice, especially when finding a new and different recipe.

Dear Lord, set my sights on You and Your great attributes. Help me to live in Your presence, dependent on Your guidance each day. In Jesus� name, Amen.




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5/21/12 12:06 P

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I'm just beginning week 4, but I have a strong plan for the week, and through the Holiday weekend. Although I don't "cook" every night, I have healthy meals nightly, which sometimes is just a salad with a lot of veggie toppings, or frozen home-made dishes, soups, or grilled chicken breasts from my batch cooking. Or maybe even store-bought roasted chicken and veggies. I don't enjoy spending a lot of time in the kitchen, but I've come to love batch cooking. It really saves me a lot of time in the kitchen, and in the grocery store as well. I'm not running to the store every couple of days.

I still need to work on better planning and utilization of the groceries I do buy. This has been a great challenge for me.



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5/18/12 10:50 A

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This is actually the first time I am planning my meals for the week ahead of time in stead of on the same day. I find it so much easier to stick to eating right when I do plan ahead.
who would of thought it is just that simple. Like they say you learn something new everyday!

Choice is a gift given to everyone. It is a powerful gift that can change your life. I choose to eat healthy.


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This week is tough. It is mostly sandwiches and eating on the fly because of a busy and hectic schedule. New recipes planned for next week, and the rest of the month will be 1000 times better.

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5/1/12 4:11 A

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I feel less overwhelmed now that I plan my meals ahead one week at a time. When I start planning my weekly menu, I set down with a pencil and paper and plan what to eat each day. As I finish planning each meal I write down the grocery list for each meal. If an item is used more than one time I place a check mark by the item. After I finish my meal planning for the entire week, I check the pantry, spice rack, refrigerator for each item. If I have the item on hand then I cross it off my list. This has saved me many times from having to make an extra trip to the store for something that I thought I had but didn't. I used to keep a running list in my head and always forgot something. Now that I keep a written list I know exactly what I need.

I also cook extra meals at the same time that require the same or similar cooking methods that way I can cut down on how long I will have to spend in the kitchen. One is to eat and one to put in the frig or freezer and some of each in containers for lunch. If a certain food is to be eaten more than once during the week, such as brown rice, I'll prepare the amount for the week and store the rest until needed. Saves on prep time. I am spending so much less time in the kitchen now.

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it is going great .

to belive in yourself...be true to yourself..to belive in god and his son...to be true to god and his son..to havd faith in god and all he does for us...
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sister supporting sister through life,survivors of divorce,christian single parents,good eats,walking for Jesus,first place 4 heath new and old families with new babies.we all are here to be healthier so lets work together to help each other with that.to support each other when we ne


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Week 4 is going great

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4/17/12 8:15 A

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I have learned a lot. I love the articles. I am still struggling with meal planning. I don't know how to pick recipes that go together so my shopping list is not too long. Most of the time it is just me eating the meals. Meal planning and "a" shopping list is a hard task for me. Please keep those articles coming in. They do help!


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4/5/12 3:04 P

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Week 4 is going real well. I am learning to incorporate all the tips I learned these last few weeks into daily healthy habits.

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3/30/12 7:59 P

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I just got stated on week four. i am learning a lot about how i should cook for myself and my family.

to belive in yourself...be true to yourself..to belive in god and his son...to be true to god and his son..to havd faith in god and all he does for us...
the leader of people living for Christ..co-leader of
sister supporting sister through life,survivors of divorce,christian single parents,good eats,walking for Jesus,first place 4 heath new and old families with new babies.we all are here to be healthier so lets work together to help each other with that.to support each other when we ne


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3/28/12 11:29 A

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So I have become obsessed with all of the Apps on my phone that have to do with healthy recipes! The sparkrecipe app, allrecipes Dinner Spinner and Dinner on the table are three of my favs. I use my time on the train to find new recipes to try and I have been using my weekend down time to experiment as well as batch cook my new recipes. This has come to save me time and money during the week!! Before this challenge, I was killing myself at the gym and by the time I got home at night, I was STARVING! Now since I have been batch cooking, I come home and pop a dinner in the microwave without worrying that I am eating processed, high sodium food. It has made a huge difference and helped with the snacking problem. My goal is to try a new recipe 1-2 times per month so I will have an abundant rotation of delicious meals for me and my husband that are also nutritious.

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3/26/12 9:09 A

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I now search for healthy recipes and print them out on Friday. I look for recipes that will incorporate any vegetables that are still sitting in the crisper. I take the recipes to the store with me that afternoon. Saturday is my cooking day. The slow cooker has really gotten a workout! All vegetables and fruits are prepped for the coming week. I leave reminders on my phone to take meat, fish or poultry out of the freezer the day before I will need it that week.
This challenge has trained me to always be prepared, which is great...."noshing" has always been my downfall.

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3/6/12 5:53 P

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I'm doing much better on my meal plans - at least I stick to the plan now. It seems to be easier to look at my plan and just do it. If my DH says, "what's for dinner?" I hand him the list. We have been doing the shopping well and eating the proper foods, so I am healthy in those directions. I am currently working on portion control. I have to weigh and measure, I can't eyeball it and maybe I have to accept that I will have to do that the rest of my life in order to stay healthy.

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3/4/12 9:04 A

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Love all these ideas and feedback!

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2/20/12 12:45 P

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I remembered the Notes on my iPhone, and have a grocery list in there now that is always with me when I'm at the stores, even if I'm not planning to stop-don't have to worry about "where's my list"?
I don't always try a recipe on SP just b/c of it's star rating, I do them if it's something to what I think I will like.
Been saving recipes from Cooking Light Magazine too, so that is helpful-and quite often I tweak them to be lower in fat, sodium and calories whenever possible.

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2/18/12 11:15 A

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Making and keeping an on going list sure cuts down on unnecessary groceries less waste and less stress. Having trouble with new recipes what some people rate as four or five star not always so. so appreciate all I have learned Thank you Sparks.

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1/16/12 4:21 A

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During this challenge, I learned some good substitution ideas, and learned the value of having meals planned out for the week. I've been making up a week's work of menus at a time, so shopping is easy, and not as often. I don't always make the meals in the planned order, becuase things come up, but at least I have all the ingredients on hand and don't have to try to think of what to cook tonight.
We are also having more vegetarian meals, without really thinking of them that way.
Right now, my husband is away for work, so it's just me and my daughter. Most recipes are for 4 or 6 servings, so I just freeze the half we don't eat, and have a ready-made meal for later. Or if it's something that can be tweaked a bit for leftovers later in the week, or for lunch at work, I'll do that.

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12/27/11 12:39 P

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That sounds good and different from how we always have our Tacos. I think my family will love them. So thanks! and what about the veggie chips do you really feel that they are better?

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12/24/11 11:09 A

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Meal planning has helped. I find I am using everything, I even began a compost, as I want to have a garden in the spring, so for now until I get more familiar with the how too's, I have covered bowls of refuse from the food in my frig. lol Will soon be in a covered container with holes in it to let air circulate.

We had chicken tacos, they were delicious, shredded cooked chicken breast, added taco seasoning and water and heated, also heated black beans, and had salsa and sharp shredded cheese & sour cream waiting to be used, I had mine with veggie chips. Very good! First time having veggie chips.

Left overs are helping while involved with holiday goodie making. I grab some chicken instead, so far.......

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12/24/11 2:04 A

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My husband doesn't like frozen left overs, so that doesn't work for me as to cooking in bulk. but as for week 4 substitutions he will go for that so that has been easy all along this 4 week challenge have been doing this along with introducing new recipes. emoticon

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12/13/11 12:04 P

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Much better than week three for me. I'm applying more and more as I go.

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12/4/11 7:01 P

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DOING GREAT




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12/2/11 8:52 A

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Having bought the SP cookbook about a month ago, my goals were to try out new healthy recipes and to cook in bulk, so this challenge aligned nicely with what I was already trying to do.

This week I cooked two different dinners on each of two nights, leaving us leftovers for the rest of the week. The extras were roasted chicken and round roast, which are pretty straightforward--just throw them in the oven and set a timer. For some reason, that works better than a double recipe, which either gets eaten on the first night or left in the frig and uneaten because no one is interested. I also made some soup on the weekend, but my teenage kids dispatched it pretty quickly, so I didn't have leftovers for the week.

My new goals are to try some more healthy substitutions in regular recipes but I have my limits (personally, I think low-fat cheese is an abomination) so may have to rely on portion control or occasional splurge.

I need to work on packing my lunches--making this convenient enough that I'll do it.

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11/26/11 1:14 A

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I rounded out my healthy cooking challenge on Thanksgiving week. My mother and I planned a meal that had less of the traditional sides. We also made a beautiful fruit salad with only fruit and no dressing, saving on calories. It was so flavorful and delicious, I think that it was my mother's favorite fruit salad ever. I enjoyed smaller portions, and although I did splurge, I came away from the table feeling less stuffed, and enjoying the meal more. We also have fewer leftovers to deal with this week. Overall, we were very happy with the results of our lightened-up Thanksgiving feast.

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Hi everyone I am on an anti-inflammatory meal plan, because I am also a celiac and a vegetarian it makes it a bit difficult so I have an 80/20 day, I count the ratings on 80% of the foods I eat in a day, and 20% I don't as I cook from scratch and the flour mixes I use I cannot work out the ratings, but I try.
But I have found this challenge has helped my to organize things better.
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9/10/11 5:54 P

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I've been keeping a mix of sauteed celery, onions, and carrots on hand. Mire Poix (?)
I find this is easy to heat up and toss fish onto for dinner. The fact they're already cooked means the flavors have seeped together and they reheat very quickly.

Also it's easy to toss some into a scrambled egg.



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9/1/11 3:18 P

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Week four is going good. I am on a high protein, low carb, fat and calorie diet. Things are working out. Although, it is hard to find recipes that meet this criteria, I am finding them. Eat a lot of fish and chicken (with all fat stripped off) and once in awhile red meat. Found some tofu recipes that are really good, even the family likes them, when they scoffed at first. emoticon Been lots of fun trying new recipes and doing things with my son!! He is really supportive for a 14 year old!!

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8/30/11 7:53 A

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I've been a bit slower at moving through the stages, I think it has taken me more than a week at each stage to feel ready to move on. However, yesterday, I roasted a chicken and used spray oil for the roast potatoes. To my amazement, they tasted really good and very crispy. Took the skin off the chicken before eating, and added lots of fresh green vegetables, and I was amazed at how few calories there were whilst really filling me up.
Just looking of healty chicken leftover recipes now!

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7/11/11 7:32 P

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This is just too coincidental because I did this three weeks ago and I have a column for myself and one for my mother since I do alot of her food items as well. I keep it on my desktop, where it is easily accessible and I can add to it in a second.

I have different stores I shop at, with two columns each... one for grocery the other for miscellaneous stores - like the hardware store when I was buying paint and the supplies I would need, different discount stores for specific items carried like Ocean State Job Lot for Agave Nectar - it is organic and much cheaper than the grocery store!

Each week I remove what I don't need and add what I do need to purchase. This works better for me than keeping a list of staples that you don't buy every week. I have too many things to put on my list to keep that type of item running.

I have blank spaces to categorize what stops to make when... to save drive time and gas, so they are listed in numberical order by what ever route I need to use. It is a real timesaver for me, and I don't forget to do something I need to do.



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7/5/11 2:34 P

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I think one of my favorite things I have learned here is the Master Grocery List that someone suggested. You type up a list of the things you normally buy all the time and put it on the fridge (or some place it will be seen). Then, when you start to run out of something, you mark it with a highlighter (or circle it with pen or pencil). Throughout the week, anyone in the family can mark whatever they need. It's very easy and very handy when you shop. I have a file saved to my computer, so I can print one off any time.



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I have completed all four weeks. I have learned alot. Not so much on the food itself but more so on how I handled the food, what I did with it and how I prepared it. Although my four weeks are completed, I am staying with this team. The tools here are tools to use a life time and not just for 4 weeks.

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Yesterday, my daughter wanted authentic home made carrot cake. As a former chef in training (took several courses), I love cooking and especially baking. My carrot cake was a "to die for" in more then one way. Tons of flavor, a reminder of the Sourth, hippy in California, you name it. Also the highest calorie count and fat count. But the best tasting. So moist it melts in your mouth. Well, I made it for my family. I have to admit as I was chopping those pecans, I began a slow death. I revived myself by spooning out 1 tablespoon, set them aside, logged it in my Nutrition Tracker and with my iced water, started munching 1 by 1 of my tablespoon. It was good.
Later when the cake was done, I sliced myself a tiny tiny piece and after a few bites, I found that I was richly satisfied, I could not finish. I also logged this in my nutrition tracker.
YAY, I am so proud of myself.
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Being a part of this team has taught me quite a bit So much of what I learned here, I use it on my entire family. By sharing with them at the dinner table the things I have learned, they are eager to support me and give me lots of compliments on the new ways I fix our meals.

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Kinda in a ho-hum mood today. Gotta get myself fired up.

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6/29/11 7:19 A

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I have to thank Jenn for starting this team!
It is the first team I joined that I was REALLY excited about!
I have learned a whole new way of shopping,cooking and eating.
It made me feel I could do it and stick to it.
Because of eating better I have more energy and started walking/running every other telephone post in my neighborhood. And I have worked my way up to 10 posts so far and walk the rest of the way home. The walk/run lasts 20 mins and I see great results already.
Not only the shape of my body but my whole attitude towards my daily living.
Thanks for this awesome team!


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Hey everybody, I got the following from one of my other teams. Another tool to help keep in check:

Last week LIVESTRONG.COM launched Text-2-Eat - the mobile application that offers the secret to smarter eating in the palm of your hand.

Text a food item to 35242 and get the stats regarding that food in a return text msg.

For example, I texted "raspberries" and was sent:
Rasberry, Serving 10 Raspberries, Cals 10, Fat 0.1g, Prot 0.2g
More:
bit.ly/iDuGcC

That link takes you to more detailed info about Raspberries if interested.

While it's not giving us all the information we need, it is a quick way to get the standard information most people seek when out and about.

Here's a link to the Livestrong.com article:

www.livestrong.com/blog/blog/text-your-w
ay-better-health/?utm_source=junenewsl
etter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=110628



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One of the things I have done is visit more ethnic grocery stores. These are the very small stores that you see at strip malls. They are usually Mexican, Asian, Morrocan and/or Indian. They are fantastic for fruits and vegetables that you won't find anywhere else. Because I love salads, this is a great way for me to add variety. Also, my family loves the variety too.
Don't be afraid to visit these small stores. It may feel uncomfortable at first, but the owners of these small stores are terrifically friendly. They need to make business and they will help you make selections as well as give you recipes.
I also have substituted out ground beef and brought in the veggie crumble from LightLife. It is totally fat free and tastes great!
I make sure when I go grocery shopping that I have already eaten and I also take a snack with me and a bottle of water.
Lastly, I adhere to the "If it isn't in the house, I probably won't want to eat it".


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Well I finished this challenge last Saturday and thanks Coach Jen for everything. I have learned a lot from this challenge and just wanted to thank you all so very much.
I am leaving this team to focus on my other teams that I have neglected.

Please call me SANDRA

email me at: knittables@shaw.ca
check out my web site at:
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Or on Ravelry:
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Week 4 has been a good chance to reflect. The 3, actually 4, tips & subs, that are now part of our cooking are:
1. Have an organized running shopping list (the SP one is a good guide);
2. Never shop hungry &always on "off hours";
3. Continue to batch cook - I even do this for our exotic birds meals now! emoticon ;
4. Refer to the substitution list frequently.
Very good lessons learned & implemented emoticon

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5/31/11 1:49 P

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I'm thinking more about long-term cooking goals, how I can overhaul some of my favorite recipes, how I can deal with the unhealthy approach to cooking my other half has, and looking forward to cooking for my mom for a week. I've definitely enjoyed the challenge!

Optimism is the foundation of courage.
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It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.
--Charles Darwin

Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.
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5/26/11 11:23 P

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I took me a little longer to get through last week and this week due to "LIFE" getting in the way. I have enjoyed this challenge. Loved trying new recipes and I learned a lot by reading the posts by others in the challenge. Sparks offers so much good information...and it is all but a mouse click away. I think this challenge really helped me get organized and set on a good path....Have a joy filled day, Karen

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5/19/11 3:28 P

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and NOTHING is better than my mom's fried chicken!

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5/19/11 1:37 A

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Good luck getting back on track. It is hard when we have someone else cooking for us. Mom's love to nurture us with food too!


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5/18/11 10:59 A

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Mom & Dad have been staying with me for the past month or so, so the food plan is off kilter. They are not very healthy eaters. I do make suggestions (strongly) to add more vegetables. Since I work, Mom has been doing much of the cooking. They're leaving soon, so back on track. . .

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I am muchmore mindful about planning.


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So far so good. Found I did better on the diet or change of eating when I first started. I like making the grocery list it keeps costs down and I dont forget things anymore. I like using greek yogurt instead of sour cream and I always enjoy cooking healthy at home and now I can even go to restaurants and say no salt please and veggies instead of fries. I am going to start eating the way I did at the beginning because that was the way I got my cholestrol to be the best it ever has been and I was losing weight. Thanks for all the great cooking tips and recipes. I will continue to read things in this site because it is very helpful.

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So far Week 4 is off to a good start. I am eager to read as much as possible from other team members for tips and tricks!

RCAUDILL11 way to go with your success in a time of extreme stress. Whew! It probably helped you to have that structure help you through the rest of the events.


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Hi All, Week 4 has been a series of ups and downs. Lots of worry with my child on Senior Trip right after the death of Bin Laden, loads and loads of worry, but all went well and she saw the ocean and cruised on it for the first time! She's was absolutely smitten with it. Kept to my diet and still maintained control which was in fact a Wowwee! for me. Usually worry triggers all kinds of emotional, nervous eating, but I beat that with lots of prayer and staying focused on my planned meals. I now have to face taking daughter to get wisdom teeth out tomorrow. Don't look for it to be much easier than the other stressful situation, but I know I handled the other food wise just fine. I am encouraged with the results and still managed to control calories and even lost a pound. Keep us in your prayers. Reda

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