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« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2011 02:36:10 PM »

I also meant to add that when I crave fast food.... I order the kid's meal. Smaller portion and I get my "fix"!! Smiley
« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2011 05:55:29 PM »

I just lost 40 pounds about a year ago so my goal now it to keep it off! I chose to make a lifestyle change and not go on a diet. (Notice the first 3 letter of diet are die ??  yeah, better to make a lifestyle change!)

My biggest trick was to make a small change, get used to that change, then make the next change. Don't do it all at once.

I have cut way back on the amount of sugar I use. Honestly if you cut back gradually you will be surprised how sweet things taste after a while. I stopped packing sweets for my lunch - yes I pack a lunch. I do pack some granola bars (some great recipes for homemade ones here and else where on the internet).

We have a half-hour lunch break where I work which really helps curb the "lets go for lunch" since its way to rushed to go anywhere. I pack lots of fruits for my lunch, a big veggie salad every day with a vineagrette (sp?) based dressing instead of a creamy one.

Also I buy low fat foods - not no fat since our bodies do need some fats.

Another thing to watch is the salt intake. Salt makes you feel bloated and also dehydrates you. Again, our bodies need salt to function so some salt is ok just not too much.

For recipes try this site: www.skinnytaste.com she has amazing recipes!

« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2011 01:13:25 PM »

My weakness was always store-bought cookies. I'd buy them, since they were cheap and sounded yummy, then go home and devour half the package. That and ice cream bars and popsicles. They're so easy! So now I make all the cookies I want (which isn't that many because baking cookies makes lots of dirty dishes and I hate doing dishes), and I only buy ice cream in the tubs, which is apparently just enough extra work that a half-gallon tub of ice cream lasts me at least two months, more if the hubby isn't eating it too.

I was trying to do low-fat, low-cal breakfasts, too, since that seems to be when I'm most in control of myself, but then I'd be starving an hour later and gorge on whatever was most convenient. Then I started eating a couple eggs, fried in butter, with a glass of milk. All the low-fat people are cringing now! But it's tons of protein and vitamins from the eggs, good fats from the milk, and arse-loads of flavor from the butter, and I'm full until lunchtime! Overall it's saved me loads of calories throughout the day.

Anyway, that's all I've done to move myself toward a healthier lifestyle, besides going for a walk every day (less than 1 mile, since I'm towing two little kiddos along), but I have been loosing weight, and I've noticed myself having more energy. I'll admit I'm only losing 3-4 pounds a month, at best, but it's pretty steady, so I'm happy.
« Reply #13 on: May 23, 2011 09:44:34 AM »

Moojoo, I so agree with you on having loads of protein in the morning. For the longest time I could not figure out why I was always hungry in the morning and then I started buying Kashi bars (full of nuts... lots of protein) instead of the cheaper granola bars and that certainly made a difference. A few of my co-workers take hard boiled eggs to work and have that on a 12-grain bread for breakfast (we start at 6 am so most of us take our breakfast to eat at work) which is a great idea (now to have the time in the morning to boil the eggs.... LOL)

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« Reply #14 on: May 26, 2011 01:26:47 PM »

My hubster lost 30lbs without trying because our lifestyle changed. The first thing we did was subscribe to a CSA program which in our area provides us with a big box of farm fresh veggies and fruits every week, year round. Because we had this big box of produce that we had to eat before it went bad, we started cooking from scratch a lot more. And our meals changed from meat centered meals to veggie-centric meals. We also began menu planning every week which cut way back on impulsively eating out. This worked well for us because we have both always liked fruits and veggies. There are some that we didn't enjoy and have since learned to prepare them in ways that we like. For example, I'm not a big winter squash fan, but I love it pureed and baked into muffins.

The second big change that we made was we got a dog. An energetic dog who needs to be exercised every single day. By no means do I recommend getting a pet simply to hep you lose weight, but a walking/running/swimming/gym buddy is invaluable. Whether it be of the two legged or four legged variety!

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