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4/20/11 8:16 A

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I forgot about breadless sandwiches -- thanks for reminding me!




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4/19/11 1:24 P

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I have found that is so much easier to do. Making food groups out of the meals you eat regularly. It's so much easier than searching for each food item. I eat cereal almost every day with either fruit or nuts added. So I just add that food group to each day and if I have the fruit I just delete the nuts off or vice-versa. I have also started making recipes of the soups and salads I usually eat so when I eat one of them I just go to my recipes and add it for that day, so much faster. The more I research food nutrition the easier it is to put foods together and group as meals. I don't use a lot of butter or oils. I add Herbs, seasonings, peppers or hot sauce for taste. Makes the food healthier and tastes really good. I don't eat a lot of bread but if I do I use the 35 calorie bread but to make a sandwich I like to wrap the meat and cheese inside leaf lettuce for less calories. I even add a slice of tomato or two, mustard, oregano, a couple slices of pickles and jalapenos. It's really good and I've gotten so use to it I don't feel as thou I need more to eat. Sometimes I wrap a stick of string cheese inside a slice of turkey as a snack. I started doing it as my breakfast with a cup of coffee and a bottle of water. I know that's not much as a meal but that's how I started making myself get use to eating less. I thought I would be starving but I truly wasn't I guess it was because of the protein not sure but it worked for me.

"With God anything is possible".
I'm not going this alone, God is right beside me!
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3/7/11 12:12 A

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Two ways to enter home prepared foods:

There are two options:

One, you can enter it as a recipe. To do this, visit the recipe calculator: recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calcu
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I do this for actual recipes like sauces, casseroles, etc. (This can also be found under the "healthy lifestyles" tab - it's called sparkrecipes.com

Secondly, for foods I typically eat in a certain combination like 1/2 c oatmeal, 1/2 milk, 2 Tbsp raisins, whatever, I use "food grouping."

Once you enter two or more foods into your tracker for a certain meal, you will see a "button" appear over your meal that says "create a food group." The advantage to this is that if is a food you usually eat in a certain way (like my oatmeal above) you can enter it as a group. Then when you eat a similar food again you can select that group and when it appears on your meal, you can delete or adjust each part separately, or even add something. Play with it a little.

TIP: To play with the tracker, go back to a day you did not track all your meals, and just enter it there. That way you can see the effects. You can delete the whole mess at the end if you wish to but at least you are not messing up any future meals you have planned in your tracker.





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2/27/11 9:14 P

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I have a calendar on my refrigerator, which I use to track my exercise. I place a sticker on my calendar for each day I exercise. Last month I had 18 stickers. This month I have 20 stickers and counting. Its a colorful reminder that I am making the time to improve my health and well being! It is also I helping me to look ahead each week and plan my exercise activities.

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2/19/11 11:27 A

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good tip - I've taken to grating apples into pancake batter too



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2/9/11 10:25 A

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Sneak veggies into most of your cooked foods. Your kids will not mind them and you can boost your fiber and veggie intake dramatically.

Here are some of my favorites:
Corn is great in Mexican food and chicken dishes
Finely diced carrots in Spaghetti sauce, black beans and chili, chicken noodle soup
Bell peppers in Spaghetti sauce, Mexican food and black beans
Peas in Chinese food
Finely diced celery and/or apples in chicken salad, tuna salad and Chinese food,
Chopped kale or spinach in any kind of Italian soup
Blueberries, bananas, apples or peaches in oatmeal

(PS - this tip can also help your color wheel project!)


Edited by: DREENAMT at: 2/9/2011 (14:26)

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2/7/11 8:23 P

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I love pickles! Thank you Did not think about it

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2/7/11 12:35 P

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Okay...this might sound goofy but it is working. I found myself grabbing a mini snickers or something every now and then so over the past few days I've been grabbing bread & butter pickle chips instead. 3 chips is only 25 cals. I did this in the evening and the sweetness really satisfied my craving!

5/24/11 goal reached - lost 10% of body weight


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2/6/11 2:25 P

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That's what I'm doing also,sticking with smaller plates.

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2/6/11 9:48 A

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I don't mind eating a good salad, but I always had trouble with salad dressing! The only one I liked was Ranch, and we all know how many calories are in that. I have always liked green olives and they have such a strong taste. I found that if I added about 10 green olives (2 servings) I had enough taste that I could skip the salad dressing. I was even able to switch to spinach instead of iceberg and get a lot more nutrients that way! I just have to be careful to stay with 2 servings because of the sodium count in my olives.

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2/5/11 10:24 P

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That tip has really worked for me, too, Bookworm!

For those of you who take vitamins and minerals:

Spark has a great nutrition tracker, so if you track your vitamins like food, you can see how you do (overall) on all the nutrients that interest you!



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2/3/11 9:33 P

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I started using smaller plates and utensils - it's a mind trick to help with portions.



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2/1/11 11:00 A

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Tip for those not using Spark's meal plans:

There is research that shows being in a "food rut" is good for weight loss -- so I eat similar things all the time. For instance, I like oatmeal so I eat it every single morning. The reason for this is that it takes out the guesswork and ensures you will eat in range. Also, for some reason, we crave what we eat. So if you start eating green beans (or whatever) every single day for lunch, within in a few days, you will CRAVE those green beans. Cool huh?

Hope that helps. Just turn off the meal plans and create your own. Put them in your tracker to check the calorie counts. Spark has a feature that lets you copy any meal to another day, so if you eat the same thing over and over, it makes tracking easy!



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1/30/11 8:23 P

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Those are great tips - I'm working on finding pictures of clothes that I want to be able to wear and posting them in places I will see them daily to remind me of where I want to get to



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1/20/11 11:05 P

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In the beginning of your workout routine, break your workout into 10-minute segments to ease your way into it! Especially if you haven't exercised in months or years! The important thing is to start slowly! Start on day 1 with one 10-minute segment, and move on to day 2 with two 10-minute segments until you can consistently exercise 30 minutes a day!

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1/20/11 10:39 P

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Use this space to post your tips the little tricks that help you on your journey.

Here's one to get you started:

I have a free calendar I got from church. Every day if I have stuck to my eating plan, I put a big ole' dot in the square using a bingo marker. It's SO satisfying.




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