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7/8/08 10:47 A

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I'm really doing well now, with only the occasional blip on my radar :-) I love the ranges SP gives on the nutrition log pages and working and experimenting with them and various nutrients (my current favorite is fiber and trying to get more than 20 a day) teaches me so much and is entertaining for me. I'm creative and imaginative and do a lot of wondering so it is easy for me to stay motivated; I just think up a new harebrained idea when an older one gets stale :-)


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6/19/08 1:51 P

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I can see that on the plan you used it probably gave you a lower total calories for the day by just eating one large meal. But for health reasons it is said that rather than doing that, you should strive to eat maybe six tiny meals. And evidently their view of "tiny" could be something as little as an apple. And while I think it is probably true, and I do see the logic behind it, eating six meals has never been something I can do. First of all, you would be eating when you aren't even hungry; and that has always been a hard thing for me to do.

You and your husband are brave souls to take your sons dogs while they are overseas; on the other hand what else could you possibly do? You can't very well turn them over to the animal shelter. They are your son's babies! I did the same thing one time and it happened that my son's dog was a giant-sized Doberman. The Doberman was not comfortable taking orders from anyone but ME! That, of course, caused other problems. Gee, the things we parents do for our kids, huh?

Happy to see you posting, it is so interesting to hear of what's going on with other people, and how they handle it.

Hugs, Eve

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6/19/08 12:42 P

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My husband and I traveled to California by plane and came back by pick-up truck. We were picking up my son's dogs, because he and his wife were being deployed to Iraq.

While traveling, I found that I really only needed one large meal a day. My husband likes to eat a lot,
so if he was extra hungry, we would just stop at a grocery store and buy something to fill him up.

Breakfast was something easy, like a fruit bar or a piece of fruit. Lunch, we would usually stop at a restaurant and for dinner, we would just eat snack food, that we had in the truck.

It took us 4 days to get back to Pennsylvania. When we got back, I found that I did not gain any weight.

I found that if we ate more than that one full meal,
while traveling I felt horrible.

I know everyone is different when it comes to how hungry you are, but it helped me control over-eating,
by eating this way.

Edited by: GRANNYOF05 at: 6/19/2008 (12:40)
Gayle

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6/7/08 2:42 P

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I know that travelling can be especially hard. If your camper has a refrigerator I would opt to get a head of romaine lettuce (the stuff used in most of the "family" restaurants is iceberg which is not good. And buy a jar of fat free dressing. It's the dressing that is usually your downfall. Put a few raisins or dried cranberries on your salad, and some feta cheese (one of the few "healthy" cheeses). Do continue to eat the fresh fruit, and maybe have some celery and the mini carrots to munch on, or raw cucumber. Also, as most of us have a sweet tooth, have you thought of sugar-free jello and the fat free sugar free puddings?

Continue drinking Lots and LOTS of water. Sometimes you are not as hungry as you think, you're thirsty!

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MARGOMCP's Photo MARGOMCP Posts: 8,670
6/7/08 7:50 A

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I'm having a bit of trouble out here travelling. DH likes Waffle House to stop at for breakfast or lunch. I avoided the eggs and searched the menu for information about the oils/fats they used but not a peep. Guess I should look at the web site. I ended up the first day ordering the hash browns (we love their breakfasts haven't ever had their lunch/dinners, LOL) with all the vegetables they had to put in them but then had too many slices of pizza for dinnner. But the next day I had their regular salad (which was already "fixed") and OJ for my meal and that worked out okay; had a banana in the camper and some of my good trail mix I brought along (from the health food store, no salt) and got an apple from the gas station next to the Waffle House and when we got to our new campsite, fixed some popcorn in the microwave :-) We'll see what today brings. I'm kind of anxious though since I brought all clothes that were the next size smaller so if I gain instead of keep on losing, I'm a goner, LOLOL


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5/23/08 9:55 P

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Hey Starr! My scale just budged a couple more ounces, so now you and I are neck and neck.
You = 153
Me = 153.2 Yipee!

Let's be a team, OK? emoticon

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5/23/08 1:28 P

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Congradulations on your weight loss You go girl you can do this

God helps those who help themselfs. God Bless Starr


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5/20/08 9:18 P

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Oh, Graypenny, you have just made my day! I'm so happy to see someone else posting on this site. And your advice was fantastic "do one thing a day." I like that.

Now that summer has hit us here in the Phoenix area I can only handle "one thing per day," so I'm going to implement it immediately. I wouldn't mind if I lost 5 or 6 pounds per month as for about 3 months I not only didn't lose any weight, I actually gained a bit. Medications and other problems, you can relate to that!

Thanks for the note.
Hugs, Eve

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MARGOMCP's Photo MARGOMCP Posts: 8,670
5/20/08 9:28 A

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Hey, Graypenny! That's neat advice, only do one thing a day; I don't care for to-do lists that much but I have learned not to make them (on rare occasions when I make one) longer than 4-5 items. Nowadays I'm just making "master" lists for a month at a time or for a particular project or to a significant cut-off date but slowly and surely getting items done, like you say.

I'm going away the 4th of June so have a couple lists I'm working on now, keepingtabs.psychcentral.net/categor
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but mostly to get stuff out of my head so it quits going round and round there, LOL emoticon


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5/19/08 10:38 P

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Hi All You lovely retirees!
I have discovered that if I do one thing a day and get it done, I am really accomplishing jobs. I was at loose ends when I retired, and after being so disciplined at work, I found that I was competely undisciplined in every way.

I have decided to do just one task a day -- start it and get it finished that day. I am also doing my weight loss in the same way. I decided that I would not go for the big picture, but only 5-6 pounds a month. With the guidance of a registered dietitian, I am learning that small steps really do work. The dietitian did not tell me to count calories, count points, go to meetings or even weigh in if I do not want to. She did not tell me to give up any kind of food I liked, but worked out for me a couple of things I should not eat, because they interfere with medicine I must take. With just a few changes in my eating habits, I have been able to do this. At first I was not pleased with the slow pace, but the idea was to adapt new lifestyles and establishing a sustainable diet.

Like everyone who has ever been morbidly obese like me, I have tried everything to lose weight and then some. This is the first time the changes I have made seem to be working. The main point being, I am not deprived, not under some pressure -- either self-imposed or group imposed. The funny thing is that being an Ontarian and a Canadian, this is a completely free service. When I think of all the money I have spent on schemes, diet groups, diet therapists, I shudder.

So keep up the consistent progress which seems to be working for you. One of my ways is to plan ahead, and have food on hand. I live alone (divorced), and hate cooking every day. I have quite large freezer, and I never cook for one. I cook for 4, 6, or 8 when I feel like cooking. Then I freeze the portions and have a nice stock of meals. I make my salad in 2 portion quantities, and when I feel like salad I will often just add sliced chicken, hard boiled eggs, salmon and I have a good meal.



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5/19/08 4:01 P

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Good idea on the salad - fresh from the garden. Do you by any chance have any mint. It is surprisingly good in salads. Wish I had some. You know quite some time ago (2001 to be exact) I lost 16 pounds by substituting a salad for my evening meal. That was it, just the salad and that's all. And I didn't starve by any means. Most of us don't have to stuff ourselves like we are used to doing.

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5/19/08 3:14 P

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I'm trying to think up 1 or 2 simple, "new" imaginative ways to understand things and make them work for me, like I said, one or two a day.

Today I realized I could simplify things by just equating a minute of housework with a single calorie burned. So, working doing dishes, laundry, going up and down stairs to fetch things, etc., all the miscellany one does in a day/morning, would be 30 minutes/30 calories. It's probably more but I'll let that be the "bonus" I don't know about.

Another little thing I thought of today as a challenge for myself in another team was, I'm a gardener and happen to be growing lettuce! So, I thought, why not have the goal of making a salad a day for myself from my garden lettuce? I have 6-8 plants, I just go out and pick 1-2 outside leaves from a few, walk to my sink and rinse them well, pat them dry and I have salad! I cut up a few baby carrots, radishes and a bit of vidalia onion and maybe even get a sprig of my parsley or an oregano leaf or two and it's delicious. It's supposedly "head" lettuce but why do I need to wait until it forms a head? I'm going out of town in 2-1/2 weeks so I might as well use it now as it will all be bolted or whatever by the time I get back.


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Congratulations Margo! Way to go!

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5/19/08 10:22 A

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I've lost another pound which is so exciting to me. I just joined the "Leaving 250" team yesterday. But the best thing about today is that my asthma appears to be under control and I got sleep! I feel much better and am so glad my old asthma med that I reluctantly picked up a refill of on Saturday and decided to use the way it's supposed to be used has apparently done the trick and kicked in.

But my hopefullness has just soared and I'm even more motivated than ever. I decided on a jeans-burning :-) event for when I lose the .6 pound as I have a pair that are close to literally falling off me. I've never in my life been in a situation where I've had clothes that have been too big?

So, I'm in uncharted territory for me and hope I can keep chugging along, working hard at consistency and slowly but surely losing the weight and getting fit. But it's hard to rein myself in when things are going so well?

Edited by: MARGOMCP at: 5/19/2008 (10:21)

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