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Old 06-25-2013, 12:13 AM   #196
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All I remember is Wax On Wax Off when he was waxing the cars...
But the moves that he did! That's what I was doing all week, Circular motion on all the freakin windows!

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I absolutely hate cleaning windows! It is probably my least favorite chore, but good for you for getting out there and doing it!

I hope the planning meeting goes well and that the home addition is approved! Hopefully the neighbor will back down on her promise to "fight all the way" but some people just have nothing better to do!
Thanks! I've actually become pretty skilled at cleaning windows. Not that I want to do it often, but they look pretty good and make the apartments "pop" when you can see through the glass and think there are almost no windows there!

I hope they realize she is crazy, she promised that she has family in "there" and I hope she realizes that it is illegal to use that to your gain!

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You've been busy! I understand! Take your time, there is not a lot more I can report on other than daily plans since ADRs are set and we have everything pretty much nailed down. Mostly I'll have meet ups with other DISers covered here!
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I'm finally back from my weekend road trip. Hope you get the apartments done soon and rented out even sooner!

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Ok Alison.... Wax on, then Wax off, those windows, and be quick about it...



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Oh man! We're flying in on Sunday October 6 and will probably be at the world after 5! And the DIS meet is on Saturday?! I told DH about your plans and we're going to see what we can do as far as possibly flying into MCO on Saturday.

That queso dip looks insane!

This whole thread has turned into a cooking thread and I WILL not be checking this thread until I have eaten. I'm starving and i'm going to eat a stupid salad right now
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I need to get cracking on the website so that people can see pictures of the rooms from online. Maybe today after I go shopping for the curtains to go on the front doors.

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Oh man! We're flying in on Sunday October 6 and will probably be at the world after 5! And the DIS meet is on Saturday?! I told DH about your plans and we're going to see what we can do as far as possibly flying into MCO on Saturday.

That queso dip looks insane!

This whole thread has turned into a cooking thread and I WILL not be checking this thread until I have eaten. I'm starving and i'm going to eat a stupid salad right now
That would be great if you could come in a day earlier! Where are you staying? We're thinking of getting started around 5PM that day.

The queso dip is really good and really easy! I can't wait to make it again. All I need is a little time on my hands to relax and enjoy eating it!

I don't have much more to report about other than the food, although in my next couple day to day reports I will put more about the parks in. We do plan on hitting some of those! I do have another update that I need to write up that has nothing to do with my trip, but I think folks will enjoy it!
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Ok girl, I don't recall which thread we were talking about eating healthier in so I'm just going to post here

The germ killers add the calories for sure but even worse, I get the munchies when I drink. I also get buzzed which makes me care less about what I eat. If I'd just stick to the 2 cocktails, I'd be fine but add the hummus and pita and cheese whatever and guacamole and I'm toast.

Limiting any food intake about 3-4 hours before bed is key for me. Not fun and always feasible I know but I'm used to it now. I swear I went to bed at 8:00 sometimes to prevent from eating.

Also, I tey to eat smaller portions of food I enjoy. I didn't and don't do diet food. I'd rather have a small McDonald's burger and kids fries for 350 calories than 3 apples and a cup of dry Raisin Bran but that's me. I know, fat blah blah blah. Calories do count though. I get plenty of fruits and veggies. Plenty. Especially veggies. The McDonalds example is just to point out that it doesn't have to be bland or anything and that I'm not eating dry chicken breast and cups of raw veggies.

You see what Michael cooks on FB, that's what I eat. I just don't eat lots of it.....most of the time- lol!

If I feel deprived, I'll feel deprived. It won't work for me if I don't work it.

I'm less strict on the weekends. And on vacation. I find even a few bites of something good is plenty.

I didn't always eat this way but 7 years after having Joshua, when I woke up and found myself heavier than when I was 9 months pregnant with Gabby, I knew I had to do something. That was about 4 years ago and I went from about a size 12 to a size 1-2. I'm just over 5 ft. I have an album entitled Lav Vegas from like 2007 on FB.

Carbs kill me and they have to be be damn good for me to eat them or have them be the majority of what's on my plate.

I still eat a ton of beef and lamb. I don't love all fish. I like chicken. No pork but pork is leaner than some beef.

I started not eating after dinner and playing on the Wii Fit. I incorporated new habits when I was ready. Slowly. It took me a year to lose just under 40 lb.

I've never been a huge exerciser (as you'll notice in my conversations with Cynthia). I like to walk and do yoga, Neither are too strenuous and can be done at my own pace. I've tried running and go through phases. I want to love it but I don't.

Getting rid of my all or nothing mentality was paramount. Grey areas are ok. If I have a high calorie breakfast, I don't stuff myself all day thinking: what the hell. I use to though.

Anyway, those are my tips. It's so hard sometimes but I figure if I can get it right 80%/20%, I'm doing ok. Moderation.

Some of this may work for you and parts of it will be garbage. It's about finding what works for each of us.
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Ok girl, I don't recall which thread we were talking about eating healthier in so I'm just going to post here .
Thanks for the thoughts! Unfortunately from what you say, until we make some lifestyle changes, I am doomed.

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The germ killers add the calories for sure but even worse, I get the munchies when I drink. I also get buzzed which makes me care less about what I eat. If I'd just stick to the 2 cocktails, I'd be fine but add the hummus and pita and cheese whatever and guacamole and I'm toast. .
My problem is the germ killers, they have a lot of calories and need to cut down on those. Otherwise I don't think I eat too much during the day. I just don't eat enough veggies and fruits. I don't get the munchies from them, I just need to eat at certain points of the day. I'm not a snacker, I don't have problems with things like sitting down with a bag of chips or a thing of ice cream. No appeal to me. However, I do like a few chips if I eat a sandwich at lunch (and I only like sandwiches for lunch, to me they really aren't appropriate dinner food unless you are in a real pinch.).

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Limiting any food intake about 3-4 hours before bed is key for me. Not fun and always feasible I know but I'm used to it now. I swear I went to bed at 8:00 sometimes to prevent from eating. .
If I did this I would either not be having dinner or going to bed after midnight every night. You see Fran gets her second wind around 4-5PM, just when Darcy and I are ready to throw in the towel. She works us for another hour or two once we're about ready to be done. I have to take Darcy home to North Long Beach (LB Blvd and Del Amo) and by the time I get home it's 7:30 and THEN I start cooking dinner. If I'm lucky I have devised something that cooks while I'm gone, but most of the time we're figuring out what to eat at 7:30 so dinner isn't until 9:00. If I waited to go to sleep until midnight or 1:00 (which I often do) well you know how that is. The other thing I heard is that it doesn't matter about eating before you go to sleep, it is more based on the number of calories you consume in a 24 hour period. I can understand the reduced metabolism when you are asleep, but since I have a pretty reduced metabolism, it probably doesn't matter that much!

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Also, I tey to eat smaller portions of food I enjoy. I didn't and don't do diet food. I'd rather have a small McDonald's burger and kids fries for 350 calories than 3 apples and a cup of dry Raisin Bran but that's me. I know, fat blah blah blah. Calories do count though. I get plenty of fruits and veggies. Plenty. Especially veggies. The McDonalds example is just to point out that it doesn't have to be bland or anything and that I'm not eating dry chicken breast and cups of raw veggies.
I don't get plenty of fruits and veggies. I have been trying to drink V8 as a substitute for that because I'm just not a big fruit and veggies person. I try, but I can't seem to do it! I bought grapes this last week and have been trying to eat them when it can. But when we go to McDonald's and such, I always get the small thing or a salad or yogurt parfait. I never get the big sandwiches and if I do, I only eat about half to 2/3rd and give the rest to Fran. Yeah, I'm helping her out!

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You see what Michael cooks on FB, that's what I eat. I just don't eat lots of it.....most of the time- lol!

If I feel deprived, I'll feel deprived. It won't work for me if I don't work it.

I'm less strict on the weekends. And on vacation. I find even a few bites of something good is plenty.
I haven't seen a lot of Michael's cooking on FB, but I know he's a great cook. I don't eat much of what I cook at home, just small portions which is why I like to cook, but we've been so busy lately, I can't plan and cook at home. I come home too tired from the apartments and just want to crawl on the floor and die! I totally understand you on the feeling deprived, so I try not to do that.

I need to be a little stricter on vacations. We need to not vacation for food!

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I didn't always eat this way but 7 years after having Joshua, when I woke up and found myself heavier than when I was 9 months pregnant with Gabby, I knew I had to do something. That was about 4 years ago and I went from about a size 12 to a size 1-2. I'm just over 5 ft. I have an album entitled Lav Vegas from like 2007 on FB.

Carbs kill me and they have to be be damn good for me to eat them or have them be the majority of what's on my plate.

I still eat a ton of beef and lamb. I don't love all fish. I like chicken. No pork but pork is leaner than some beef.
I was skinny all my life until just after I hit 40 then the pounds started rolling on. Even in HS I was a 13-14 because of my swimming I was so muscular, so I've never been a small girl. Even though I'm just over 5ft too I will always be in the bigger sizes, I guess it's just my swimming bones or something. I'd just like to get back in the teens and out of the 20s!

I try to avoid wheat unless it's really calling my name, today it was!!!! I do like beef, but chicken is good too. I love seafood, but unless we go to a good (expensive) place I have to make it. There are just too many places that don't clean or prepare it properly for me to eat it out. Pork is fine for me, but I don't like the leaner cuts, so I should stay away from it. I prefer the fattier cuts and not the tenderloins and such.

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I started not eating after dinner and playing on the Wii Fit. I incorporated new habits when I was ready. Slowly. It took me a year to lose just under 40 lb.
I don't eat after dinner, it's just dinner is always so late! We don't have room in our house to have a Wii. I was thinking of joining Curves, there is one around the block that I belonged to 10 years ago, but I'm not sure I would have the time to walk over there and do the half an hour workout! We're just that freakin behind and busy. It sucks!

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I've never been a huge exerciser (as you'll notice in my conversations with Cynthia). I like to walk and do yoga, Neither are too strenuous and can be done at my own pace. I've tried running and go through phases. I want to love it but I don't.
Yeah, I need to do something. Maybe I will push myself once the apartments are rented and join the Curves.

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Getting rid of my all or nothing mentality was paramount. Grey areas are ok. If I have a high calorie breakfast, I don't stuff myself all day thinking: what the hell. I use to though.

Anyway, those are my tips. It's so hard sometimes but I figure if I can get it right 80%/20%, I'm doing ok. Moderation.
I keep telling myself I'm doing moderation, but somehow, I'm not convinced of that.

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Some of this may work for you and parts of it will be garbage. It's about finding what works for each of us.
We'll see. I appreciate the suggestions. They are mostly common sense and I'm not sure that collectively Fran and I have much in the way of losing weight. We both have been trying for years. Unfortunately the most successful one for her was being hospitalized and on a feeding tube for weeks. Not the best method, but it was effective.

I think we both need to hunker down, find a gym and just get at it and combine it with healthy eating. There's not really much of another way!
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You are not doomed.




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If I did this I would either not be having dinner or going to bed after midnight every night. You see Fran gets her second wind around 4-5PM, just when Darcy and I are ready to throw in the towel. She works us for another hour or two once we're about ready to be done. I have to take Darcy home to North Long Beach (LB Blvd and Del Amo) and by the time I get home it's 7:30 and THEN I start cooking dinner. If I'm lucky I have devised something that cooks while I'm gone, but most of the time we're figuring out what to eat at 7:30 so dinner isn't until 9:00. If I waited to go to sleep until midnight or 1:00 (which I often do) well you know how that is. The other thing I heard is that it doesn't matter about eating before you go to sleep, it is more based on the number of calories you consume in a 24 hour period. I can understand the reduced metabolism when you are asleep, but since I have a pretty reduced metabolism, it probably doesn't matter that much!

Michael and I definetly had to make some little to moderate lifestyle changes and I couldn't have done, or continue to do it, without his support. Our schedules are nuts with 3 kids, 2 jobs, a side business, etc etc...We started eating dinner earlier, I just had to. He also started to eat his bowl of ice cream after I went to bed. Its all about choices. The pain was worth the gain. I guess thats all of life really. Payoff vs what we put in. I want a mgic pill!!!!

It matters for me if I go to bed full but all bodies are different. If I've got 3-4 hours before bed, I'm still burning a few calories by doing laundry, puttering outside, running kids around etc....



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I don't get plenty of fruits and veggies. I have been trying to drink V8 as a substitute for that because I'm just not a big fruit and veggies person. I try, but I can't seem to do it! I bought grapes this last week and have been trying to eat them when it can. But when we go to McDonald's and such, I always get the small thing or a salad or yogurt parfait. I never get the big sandwiches and if I do, I only eat about half to 2/3rd and give the rest to Fran. Yeah, I'm helping her out!
I'm sure she appreciates the help. I can't drink my calories, I never feel satisfied. Protein shakes and the like never work for me.

Calories:
Big Mac 550
Premium Bacon Ranch Salad with Crispy Chicken 390 before dressing, with ranch 640
Fruit and Yogurt Parfait 150

You're actually better off with the Big Mac vs the salad unless you leave off the dressing which I could never do. Salad tastes like dirt without dressing. Nuts huh?!


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I haven't seen a lot of Michael's cooking on FB, but I know he's a great cook. I don't eat much of what I cook at home, just small portions which is why I like to cook, but we've been so busy lately, I can't plan and cook at home. I come home too tired from the apartments and just want to crawl on the floor and die! I totally understand you on the feeling deprived, so I try not to do that.
I know, it's so hard. If I feel deprived it doesn't work. I just can't live on dry meats and plain rice. Talk about a bad mood. LOL!

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I need to be a little stricter on vacations. We need to not vacation for food!

Thats tough for me too, for all of us I think. Food is so social and fun. Its part of the experience. I mean, who can go on a cruise and skip all the goodies? No way!



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I was skinny all my life until just after I hit 40 then the pounds started rolling on. Even in HS I was a 13-14 because of my swimming I was so muscular, so I've never been a small girl. Even though I'm just over 5ft too I will always be in the bigger sizes, I guess it's just my swimming bones or something. I'd just like to get back in the teens and out of the 20s!

We're all built different. Thats why my 11 y/o son looks 8. I come from a petite people. Can't change our bone structure. Unless we're Cher and then we can have ribs removed.

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I try to avoid wheat unless it's really calling my name, today it was!!!! I do like beef, but chicken is good too. I love seafood, but unless we go to a good (expensive) place I have to make it. There are just too many places that don't clean or prepare it properly for me to eat it out. Pork is fine for me, but I don't like the leaner cuts, so I should stay away from it. I prefer the fattier cuts and not the tenderloins and such.

I like the fattier cuts of most meats like ribeyes etc too...and that's what I order. I just eat 4 oz instead of the 12 served. *sigh* Its not easy at times that's for sure. You guys share a lot which is awesome!



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I don't eat after dinner, it's just dinner is always so late! We don't have room in our house to have a Wii. I was thinking of joining Curves, there is one around the block that I belonged to 10 years ago, but I'm not sure I would have the time to walk over there and do the half an hour workout! We're just that freakin behind and busy. It sucks!

It sounds sucky. It might require some lifestyle changes which feel impossible thats for sure. Been there, done that, still in the thick of it.


My friend belongs to Curves and really likes it.



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We'll see. I appreciate the suggestions. They are mostly common sense and I'm not sure that collectively Fran and I have much in the way of losing weight. We both have been trying for years. Unfortunately the most successful one for her was being hospitalized and on a feeding tube for weeks. Not the best method, but it was effective.

I think we both need to hunker down, find a gym and just get at it and combine it with healthy eating. There's not really much of another way!

Weight loss by feeding tube is no fun. Glad the health issues are mending well though. I like your idea of doing it together.

I'll stop here so I don't kill your thread.
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So as not to turn this thread into "how Alison is going to try and lose weight" discussion, I'm going to only reply to a couple points, and then hopefully move on with a post tonight. Not trip related, but I'm sure folks will enjoy hearing about it. I know PIO will!

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Calories:
Big Mac 550
Premium Bacon Ranch Salad with Crispy Chicken 390 before dressing, with ranch 640
Fruit and Yogurt Parfait 150

You're actually better off with the Big Mac vs the salad unless you leave off the dressing which I could never do. Salad tastes like dirt without dressing. Nuts huh?!
BUT! If you get the Fat Free Balsamic Vinaigrette INSTEAD of the Ranch the Calorie count is only 425!

I'm not a fan of Ranch Dressing, so I prefer the Balsamic, nice and tangy. This is my go to if we have to eat at Micky D's.


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My friend belongs to Curves and really likes it.
I belonged to it around 2003 when one opened right around the corner from my house. It was easy to walk to it and do my little 30 minute circuit and come home. The only problem is that Fran feels left out and I hate to do that to her.


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Weight loss by feeding tube is no fun. Glad the health issues are mending well though. I like your idea of doing it together.

I'll stop here so I don't kill your thread.
What we need to do is get air in the tires of our bicycles, but all our compressors are either broken or lost in the clutter of our garage. I tried last night with no luck.





I do have good news, someone has an appointment tomorrow to turn in an application for one of the apartments. I have been talking to her for over a month as she expressed interest in the place before it was finished being renovated. I know her "issues" (ex-husband dragged her through the credit wringer and current boyfriend doesn't have a huge income), however, hopefully her job is good enough to make up for him, and I am empathetic on the whole ex-husband situation. Been there done that.

I'm not counting on anything until the check for the first month's rent and security are deposited in the bank, but it sounds promising! Keep your fingers crossed!
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Old 06-27-2013, 04:51 PM   #205
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First of all, fingers crossed on the apartments!

I just want to echo that you aren't doomed. No one is. It is overwhelming and hard and not fun but doomed, absolutely not! Every little bit helps. Parking farther away at the store, an extra trip up the stairs, portion size, ingredients, so many little things really really add up. What dooms so many is trying to go drastic at once. A strict diet, a major exercise plan that cuts things too far too fast to be sustainable, and then the fall out after can be worse.

I don't know if you've ever tried it but myfitnesspal is an amazing app that will really let you track exactly what your eating as well as what you are burning, even doing things like housework and gardening.

We eat late too. Always have, always will, it just works with our life. It isn't the best habit for sure. But knowing my overall intake and what I am burning helps me balance that out. It also really helped me figure out snacks I could have and keep the total intake good, without feeling deprived as heaven knows when I do, I will go for comfort food for sure! Unfortunately age does change things, it all slows down and calories I didn't use to count or worry about burning, I do now. I think the key is that as Jenny said, blowing it at one meal, or even one day doesn't mean you toss out the rest of the day or the week. It's cumulative and stepping back and thinking about it that way really helps me. I am not a huge exerciser either, even 20 minutes a day helps anyone, even if that 20 minutes is spent scrubbing toilets. Actually housework burns quite a lot of calories. Sadly it doesn't show immediate results, it's an over time thing but it really does burn them. I'm only running now as I've run (literally) out of other options and lord knows I'm not running fast!

I would say though, some small changes to your grocery list would help. Don't do it on vacation maybe but think about it for everyday life. It is hard, it is a lifestyle change. It isn't about eating organic to me but it is about making smaller, different, choices that combined can make a huge difference. Change a few things, a little at a time, get used to it. Then change a few more. Change it all at once and you'll hate the taste and not want to try. You don't have to give up flavor, or even fat but you may need to get a little creative. We've done this over the years for various health reasons (high cholesterol etc) and done slowly, it really isn't so bad. The more though you can make at home versus eating out or McD's, as you already know, the better. And if you have the better options around the house, versus the non, well it does help force the issue. Jeff has the most ridiculous sweet tooth. He cannot, and should not, eat it like he does. I don't buy it. I don't keep it in the house. He will, and I kid you not, go open a bag of chocolate chips to have a fix so I can't keep pantry items like that around. He has to work to get it, even if that means he drives himself to the store but as a result he buys less, and eats less. He complains about his love handles but well, if you eat half a jar of chocolate sauce intended to be a topping for ice cream because it's all you can find...what do you expect? I swear he won't try myfitness pal as he knows full well he's doing it to himself with his late night sweet tooth and doesn't want to see it proven. I get it, I really do but...it does work. And it's free. Me, I'd polish of an entire bag of Sun Chips at a sitting. If it was in the house. I rarely buy them. I can't be trusted.

Substitution ideas
  • 8 oz Farmer John sausage links - substitute Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage
  • Velveeta 12 oz block - you can sub cheddar but other than it not being processed and having more calcium it just doesn't save much.
  • Cream Cheese - substitute light cream cheese or Neufchâtel.
  • Small bottle Canola oil - substitute light olive oil
  • 1 lb bacon - substitute turkey bacon or chicken or turkey sausage. If you really get the turkey bacon crisp, it isn't so bad. Or, just have 1 piece instead of 2 or 3.
  • 1 loaf white bread - Sub for a whole grain
  • Small jar of mayonnaise - sub for a reduced fat or light
  • 1 lb ground beef - use lean, or better sub turkey or chicken. Boar and Bison are actually quite lean and delicious
  • Onion hamburger buns - use the sandwich slims instead, multi grain
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese - sub 1/2 jack cheese instead of all cheddar
  • Tater Tots - make a diced roasted potato instead
  • ½ dozen eggs
  • Pack of sliced Ham - substitute turkey or chicken, get it from the deli instead of the pre-packaged stuff...tastes better and less preservatives. I'm a huge fan of Turkey Pastrami from the butcher
  • 6 Yoplait Light Yogurt (3 Strawberry, 1 Peach, 2 Raspberry) - substitute 0% fat greek yogurt and add fresh fruit. So much healthier and yummier!
  • V8 Juice - get the low sodium kind. there is so much sodium in everything it's crazy and one glass of v8 is 20% and that's assuming a normal sodium diet
  • 2 Individual Serving Cereal Bowls (Honey Nut Cheerios) - Substitute regular cherrios or the multigrain, both of which have less sugar.
  • Milk - 1% or skim
There are studies that say the body recognizes the lack of real sweetener in diet soda and compensates for it by craving (and then consuming) more food to compensate. I don't know if that is remotely true or not but whether or not it says zero calories or not...there are healthier options.

What I do know is that I didn't think I ate that much during the day either, nor do I snack, and once I started counting it all up it was mind boggling. Fruits and veggies can be tough. I have a hard time with sugar and the sugar in fruit will put me over the edge. Juice has a crazy amount of calories in much of it too so it's hard to find that right balance. For us, spinach salad is a staple and combined with yummy low fat/low sodium/low calorie dressings (yes they exist they just aren't easy to find) really helps.

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I prefer the fattier cuts and not the tenderloins and such.
Me too but tenderloin can be tasty if you get creative. Plus it's usually cheap!

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I don't eat after dinner, it's just dinner is always so late! We don't have room in our house to have a Wii. I was thinking of joining Curves, there is one around the block that I belonged to 10 years ago, but I'm not sure I would have the time to walk over there and do the half an hour workout! We're just that freakin behind and busy. It sucks!
Start by walking there and back, that's free and you can stop any time. Then once you have that time built into your schedule, actually join and add the extra half an hour. I think this is the hardest part. Not the exercise, not the groceries but deciding to make the time and make it fit into your schedule. I talked myself out of it for years. or told myself I'd do it after this happened, or that happened, or this other thing was over. Or that they didn't have the classes I wanted at times that worked, or that I had my period, or gosh the list goes on. It isn't easy and easing into it can help the adjustment. But..will you really be "less" behind and less busy if you do this? It can be such an outlet and stress reliever that you ultimately are more productive as a result.

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I keep telling myself I'm doing moderation, but somehow, I'm not convinced of that.
That is what I was doing and ultimately I had to re-calibrate what moderation meant, for me. It's still moderation, just a healthier version. I'm not going to give up wine, or margaritas, or chips and salsa (Salsa is SO good for you and one of the best cooking ingredients around...low cal and chock full of vitamins) or even beef. But I can spread my (now light) PB a little bit thinner, put less granola on my yogurt and maybe choose a healthier side dish than my beloved risotto or have a smaller portion. I can also fit in more exercise time if I really want to. And honestly I have reached that point. If I want wine with dinner (and I do, 4 nights a week lol), then I need to be working out that many times to burn off those extra calories. Is it a twisted kind of reward or even the right reasons to work out? No, probably not (and no, not the only reason I do it) but it does let me enjoy the wine without over thinking it.

I don't think anyone should truly count calories on vacation. It is vacation. But small changes at home can make recovering from vacation a little bit easier. And amazingly, long term, it can help make better choices while on vacation as your palette has ever so slightly...adapted.
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It was easy to walk to it and do my little 30 minute circuit and come home. The only problem is that Fran feels left out and I hate to do that to her.

Alison!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stop that.

Yes, I realize I might just get myself thrown off your TR. Please let me stay. I can't find the dam@ flowers icon.

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Cynthia,
Great ideas, I wish they would work!

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Yeah I know, she has been postponed to Saturday. I have learned, until the check clears, don't count on anything!

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Alison!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stop that.

Yes, I realize I might just get myself thrown off your TR. Please let me stay. I can't find the dam@ flowers icon.

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Also, I'm the same as Jenny. Eat what I love but smaller amounts. I actually have one rule "can I keep this up for life?" - well two - "do I really LOVE this food?". So yes changes are necessary but I never implement ones that I can't keep up. I hate NA in some ways. The way we talk and talk and talk about food a la dissecting it's this or that content and demonize food at times. Meanwhile other countries LOVE their food, don't analyze the crap out of it, and are healthy.
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Alison, I hope that woman turns out to be the renter.
I may have to try that app. But I actually don't eat that much, in fact I might suffer from the problem that I don't eat enough and my body goes into starvation mode.
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