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RUTHBLACK3 SparkPoints: (4,466)
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8/15/13 9:15 A

Though my head loves carbs, my body doesn't. Any time I have lost weight, I have significantly decreased carbs. This time during Lent, I fasted on bread, pizza and pastry - all things I love and have stayed off them ever since Feb. I find I don't miss them and have been successful in losing 30#. I do allow myself a cheat food occasionally - after all I am no saint! emoticon

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8/15/13 8:08 A

morning!! checked weight. down couple pounds this week the start of my new life and food plan. today, yogurt, blueberries, vitamins breakfast. that's as far as I've gotten so far. God bless all and have a wonderful day.

KAJERO Posts: 267
8/14/13 6:41 P

I was fired from my job. I've cut out anything I don't need simply to save money. It's incredible how many non-nutritional and expensive foods I thought I needed to survive, but haven't missed. There is always a substitute for everything, although I will never buy some of the generics again because they are just plain awful.

We still have some junk food in the house. I've tried to give that up, but wasn't successful. Once it is gone, though, I won't buy more.

Edited by: KAJERO at: 8/14/2013 (18:43)
ONESWIFTZOOEY SparkPoints: (21)
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8/14/13 5:30 P

I gained 12 lbs. in six months and nothing fits and I feel lousy!

LITTLEBRUNO SparkPoints: (3,974)
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8/14/13 1:36 P

I didn't need it, food that isn't nutritional isn't worth it.

DEB62BIE62 Posts: 2,888
8/14/13 1:23 P

I was diagnosed with diabetes 2 in May, and I am doing whatever I can to lower my glucose, and to be more healthy.

JERRILYNN7 Posts: 244
8/14/13 11:44 A

I have so much more energy and life is more fun when Im active!

COCOBUCKMAN Posts: 39
8/14/13 11:08 A

Caloric content and my body cant handle much greasy foods so I eat them rarely

JAGG32 SparkPoints: (18,834)
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8/13/13 11:33 P

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BMORGAN1972 SparkPoints: (5,114)
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8/13/13 1:10 P

The drug store carries a self-A1C test. If the A1C test is over 6, you are considered diabetic.

BMORGAN1972 SparkPoints: (5,114)
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8/13/13 12:54 P

As I sat in the doctor's office for my 3 month check up, I was excited to hear my A1C results because although I was not eating any healthier, I was taking massive doses of insulin to decrease my A1C, which 3 months prior had been 9. However, instead of going down, it went up! Much to my surprise and disbelief. All i could do is cry (in front of the doctor no less). He assured me I could do better and encouraged me to get a lap band. At first, I was offended thinking I may be fat, but I'm not THAT fat. I promised him I would lose 30 pounds before my next visit, to which he smiled and said he would give me a big hug if I did!

That's when I realized the only way to get control of this is to do it myself. It dawned on me that I didn't just need to do this for my health for MY benefit, but my family's benefit. How could I continue to destroy my body with the chance I leave this world too early, leaving them alone? It's not fair to them for me to be lazy and eat whatever I want with the assumption that all I have to do is "take more insulin".

I decided to set a goal of losing the remainder of my weight. (I previously lost 50 pounds, then gained some back after breaking my ankle). I have about 50 more pounds to lose. Starting a month ago, I only eat 1500 calories or less a day and exercise somehow 2-3 times a week for about 30 minutes. I plan to kick that up some too. Not only have I brought my glucose levels less than 200 for most readings, I feel better about myself knowing I am doing the right thing for myself and my family. I've lost 12 pounds in a month.

Now, I look forward to going for my check up because I know that I know that I know my A1C will come down. My goal is a 7, which is hard to do, but I know I can do it!!

TKELS78 Posts: 22
8/13/13 12:11 P

When my pants started getting uncomfortably tight.

LAWNOVICE1 Posts: 5
8/12/13 7:24 P

One day, I realized that I had been over 200 pounds for most of the past 10 years. Occasionally, I would drop down to 199 or even 198 (woo-hoo), but that was usually after a bout with my Crohn's disease. As soon as I had a "normal" meal, I would bounce back up to 203-208. Recently, I sat for the California Bar Exam. Between the morning and afternoon session, a friend and I walked up the stairs to use, in her words, "the good bathrooms". I was winded and sweaty. I looked down at myself and then looked in the mirrors. Something had to change. My jeans were too tight, my shirt was hugging every fat roll, and I had no energy.

As soon as I got home from the exam, I decided to make a change. In the first week, I lost 5 pounds. I started recording everything I ate in my nutrition tracker. I watched calories, monitored fat, and measured my food portions. I went to the grocery store and stocked up on healthy quick meals and lots of fruits and veggies. I started planning my meals. As I did so, I asked myself, is this the best choice? Can I make do with less of that? How much oil do I really need to pan fry a piece of Cod or chicken breast? Once I started doing that, I realized that I needed a lot less oil, butter, or cooking spray. Sometimes, I used a dry non-stick pan and had awesome results (nice crispy outside, juicy inside). As I added more fruits and healthy snacks, the less I wanted the high calorie, empty nutrition stuff. It has been less than 2 weeks since I restarted my diet plan, but my energy is already up, I feel healthier, and some of my clothes are fitting better.

HAZELIDGRAMMA Posts: 3
8/12/13 4:28 P

Last Wednesday I was invited to a Bar-BQ at a neighbors house. I was sitting by my great granddaughter when I turned to reposition her in her chair and broke the neighbors chair. I have an extremely bad back and when I hit the floor I lost control of my bladder. My one year old great grand baby started screaming and could not be consoled. I went home a cried about how I have let myself get to this shape. I know better. Last night my grand daughter took a picture of the baby singing to Barney on the TV, she happened to get me in the video, posted it on Facebook and I could not believe that was me. More tears, more determination today to get healthy.
I have had multiple surgeries and fusions from my neck to my tail bone, causing a huge amount of weight to pile on. I need to lose 130 lbs. I have been trying to track this all myself, I get so frustrated. I got out and walked this morning with my Nordic Poles. The only way I can walk very far. I made a mile. I am the only one who can change me. I am the only one who can make me healthy. I want off blood pressure medicine, I do not want to be a cripple and not be able to enjoy my family. I want this and it is going to happen!!!
I have a long road a head of me, but my eyes are on the rest of my life and living it as a healthy individual.

TIG123GER SparkPoints: (76,906)
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8/12/13 10:53 A

High blood sugar and cholestorel getting up there and not wanting to be on meds.

LOISLANE33 SparkPoints: (3,883)
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8/12/13 9:49 A

I noticed the difference in how I felt when I consumed things that were healthy and things that were not so healthy. The healthy things made me feel more alert and energetic. The not-so-great things left me feeling sluggish and fatigued so it really was a natural process of elimination. I want to feel alive.

FIFIFRIZZLE Posts: 1,355
8/12/13 4:09 A

I had a health scare, and since then, I seem to have have cut out habitual overeating. Somehow my eating and drinking has become moderate, since I went on a VLC diet. I am in the middle of rearranging my eating habits, but now I very rarely drink alcohol, and if I do it is no more than two glasses. And I limit my refined carbs, otherwise I go astray.

AKDENIZ89 Posts: 89
8/12/13 1:02 A

A new relationship

CAPTINSPOND Posts: 5
8/11/13 10:20 P

I gained 20 lbs since I quit smoking (Dec 2011). I have COPD and the extra weight is making me feel the effects more. I had eating disorders before they were fashionable (1972) so the weight gain is emotionally very bad. Poor eating habits all my life. At 55 it is time to take control for a healthier me.

DIANNEBAUER SparkPoints: (1,465)
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8/11/13 6:41 P

Your motivation was the same as mine. I have two grandkid's(the only ones I will ever have) a girl 14 and boy 12. I joined Sparkspeople 3 weeks ago and have lost 7 pds. This may not seem like a lot but to me it's a start. One day I just decided I wanted to live long enough to see my grandkid's graduate high school and get married and at the rate I was going that surely would not happen. The grandkid's don't have either granpa- they both passed away 12 yrs ago and their other grandma lives in Montana so I'm all they have. And I don't want them to remember me as that Fat Grandma. You inspire me to keep going til I reach my goal weight. Thank You

WATERONE SparkPoints: (73,662)
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8/11/13 6:10 P

Feeling stiff and sluggish. Having trouble getting down to the floor and back. These are the reasons I decided to work on changing my eating and exercise habits.

AUNTCAT Posts: 143
8/11/13 10:03 A

The need to concentrate on getting/staying healthy. After my kidney surgery, I felt even more of a need to concentrate more on healthy eating. I've pretty much totally cut out soda. I quit diet coke first. So much evidence that aspartame is bad for you. I can't believe I drank so much of it while working even though I knew it was bad news.

Aspartame , high fructose corn syrup, caramel coloring, artificial dyes and preservatives are what I'm doing my best to avoid. My kids have started hated my reading of labels. Most often if I read the label I "need" to leave it at the store. I've started only buying vanilla ice cream because the kind I buy has no artificial stuff in it.

I'm learning to keep fresh fruits and veggies ready to munch on. If they are available for snacking it is easier to make healthy choices. I can't buy chips or I need to eat way too many and then keep at it until they are gone.

If I have veggies ready to go it is easier to have a salad or a quick stir fry. If it is easy I can eat what I want to be healthy and feed the family something else. When they get less junk food choices they are more likely to join me in healthy snacking.

I am addicted to cheese. It is my snack of choice if veggies don't fill me up. Losing weight slowly. I like that.

Edited by: AUNTCAT at: 8/11/2013 (10:08)
MI-ELLKAYBEE SparkPoints: (154,119)
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8/10/13 11:26 P

The intense NEED to look better, and the realization that absolutely nothing tastes as good as being thin feels. When I could not bear to see my own body, I cut out everything not essential for living, with the help of an awesome trainer.

LKENNICOTT SparkPoints: (7,351)
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8/10/13 10:23 P

Tipping the scales at 312 lbs...I am 5'2"
Finding out I was diabetic
Having breast cancer

Made a lot of changes. Don't eat white stuff, sugar, flour, pasta, etc. Gave up Diet Coke...it just doesn't satisfy like a plain old glass of ice water. Sugar had to go because of the diabetes . My weakness is Ruffled Potato Chips with chip dip. Do not let me in a room with them if you want any of them....seriously.

Started counting calories and being very aware of eating healthy. I have lost 112 lbs. Gained back 30 of it when I quit being careful about what I put in my mouth. Have lost that 30 and am on my down to my goal.

Stick to your guns when you figure out what you 'can't have' if you want to be healthy and lose weight. We can do it.....,


82719541 SparkPoints: (44,873)
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8/10/13 9:54 A

When I found I had no control over certain foods. Mine is brownies I do not make or buy them, if there offered to me I tell people I am addicted to them so I will pass, they seem to understand. Since I have been on SparkPeople I only made one pan of brownies and the results were the same constant consumption. I even cut them in small pieces and froze them the results were the same. So what works for me is out of sight out of mind.

TBOURLON SparkPoints: (10,248)
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8/9/13 10:17 A

Frenchifal, I know how you feel - I have that problem with chocolate & stress. I woke up this morning and found that heavy rains (or something) cause my patio awning to collapse. So I picked up a chocolate donut on the way to work. Yeah I slipped, screwed up a bit. I'm hoping that I can nip a heavy binge in the bud, though, stop at just this one donut & "eat right" for the rest of the day. emoticon

FRENCHIFAL SparkPoints: (96,075)
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8/9/13 10:12 A

The way I felt. There were a couple of foods that made me feel out of control - I actually felt panicked because I would try to stop eating them once I'd had just one serving, but I couldn't. And then afterward, in addition to the physical discomfort of overeating, I felt guilty and ashamed. I decided that I'm better off without those foods in my life!

INDYTRACKMOM Posts: 839
8/9/13 9:47 A

could not loose weight, need to eating less meat more protein from other sources, need more veggies

TCANNO SparkPoints: (106,201)
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8/9/13 9:18 A

I cut down on cake pies and such as they were too high in calories and I kept going over.



MAWMAW101 SparkPoints: (74,301)
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8/8/13 8:02 P

It was getting a copy of a picture with friends at a Christmas party. I had planned very carefully what to wear and couldn't believe how I looked.
I could pass by the scales and not get on so I didn't really know and I could wear clothes with elastic but that picture (which I still have handy) was the moment.
I joined Sparkpeople before New Years!


LUCKYNURSEE SparkPoints: (3,894)
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8/8/13 7:35 P

I got on the scale and to me...it was too much...hypertensive...asthmatic...sleep apnea...and it may further complicate any pregnancies. I started 4 days ago and I am not looking back.

BROADBRUSH Posts: 1,806
8/8/13 4:24 P

carbs - processed and simple

ARLENEGOBERT SparkPoints: (3,800)
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8/8/13 12:11 P

I cut out potatoes, bread, rice and pasta from my diet because I have diabetes. I eat a breakfast sandwhich 3 times a week. I eat sweets occasionally. I have been able to reduce my medications because I stop eating so many carbohydrates.

BASICGIFTS Posts: 4
8/8/13 11:54 A

I was reading Sherri Shepherd's book Plan D and there was a part where she talked about imagining her son growing up without her. She said this is cruel but what if? I began to think about my 1 year old granddaughter who is the apple of my eye and I just cannot have her graduating from high school, and college without being a part of that. I also can't imagine her not getting a hug from YiaYia every day. So each day I practice cutting out! I'm so proud that yesterday someone offered me doughnuts at work and I actually said no thank you. I thought about my granddaughter.

ENGINEERMOM Posts: 159
8/8/13 12:19 A

I don't eat/drink artificial sweetener. The research that has been done just points to "don't do it". Even with the supposed "safe" ones, your body goes looking for the "missing" calories, and I would end up craving sweet stuff anyway. I'd rather eat a small amount of real sugar and just incorporate the calories into my usual total.

We drink only organic milk, and I'm trying to move towards all organic dairy products, since I have a young daughter and the research on the correlation between early puberty in girls and non-organic dairy is convincing enough for me.

We also aim to buy the "dirty dozen" as organic produce (basically, anything with a thin skin that you eat, plus celery and lettuce), since I'd rather keep my pesticide consumption to a minimum. However, if my choice is between affording a variety of conventional produce and not affording produce at all, I'll still buy conventional to avoid blowing out my budget. Yes, I know to buy in season and some things frozen.

I've cooked from scratch my whole life, just the lifestyle in which I grew up, so I would say I avoid eating processed food, but that's been true since I was a kid! I keep Annie's mac and cheese and frozen chicken nuggets on hand for "desperation dinners" for the kids, and we do eat Barilla Plus Pasta and buy some bread from the stores (I make what the kids and I eat, but my husband prefers a particular brand of whole wheat bread for his lunch sandwiches). Other than that, my pantry and fridge are pretty "close to the source".

OPERATOR1300 SparkPoints: (4,696)
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8/7/13 11:52 P

When I got on the scale and it was over 250 that was my turning point. That was the rnost I ever weighed. My knees started hurting and nothing seemed to fit. My fear of developing diabetes and heart disease was also one of my main reasons.










NECDOO SparkPoints: (9,634)
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8/7/13 9:08 A

My biggest turning point was adding fruit. I used to avoid fruit because it was high in calories and suger. When I started SP it recommended fruit. Once I did that, I just did not want to eat as much. It seemed to help curve my appetite some. I really like to eat. I didn't eat because I am hungry. I eat for the motion or something.

I like my sugary treats. To limit them, I locked up all but a serving a day. I get to eat that serving and I plan for it. At first this was very hard. I could still go unlock the food so I made the key something I had to go accross the room to get.

Now, I don't even have to lock the food up. It took about 6 weeks. It drives my husband crazy that I can eat one serving of a sweet and be happy. Most days, I don't even have a sweet now. He avoids the sweets by telling himself that they are mine and if he eats them he messes up my budget.

the short of things is that it was easy to cut things out one at a time by adding something else that was healthy and enjoyable first.

IRISHEI Posts: 5,858
8/7/13 8:04 A

I love to eat all the healthy food.....but, I started a unhealthy bad habit.)-: I would have snacks (unhealthy) almost everyday.------Decision was to change that behavior.

Light bulb went ON emoticon -----I then realized even if I cooked and ate 3 meals plus snacks that were healthy-------I defeated myself by eating the
"Junk Food" too.
If it is not in the house and I do not "buy" the junk, I stick to losing and that really is a motivator.
My behavior had to Change. Now, moving toward Goal and feeling happy and healthy effects
too. emoticon Losing more each week and amazed how I had to do this for me and
I Can do it!
Irish Ei

SANDICANE Posts: 2,061
8/7/13 7:15 A

When I couldn't stop eating!

LEANJEAN6 Posts: 8,986
8/7/13 6:48 A

the ol' knees hurt-too much weight! emoticon

SUGEO1 Posts: 239
8/6/13 11:22 P

I cut out artificial sweeteners after hearing that they are linked to Alzheimers in lab rats. I already have the amalgam fillings so I don't need to increase the odds.

I cut out 99% of carbonated beverages for two reasons. The first was because of my weight loss and fitness goals. The second reason is because of the cost. I've been ordering water with my meals when I eat out, and it saves a considerable amount of money over the course of a month. Since we end up eating out several meals,

IRISHEI Posts: 5,858
8/6/13 9:14 P

Good for you, what a great feeling.(-: I have read that Wheat is Slowly killing us (mentioned in a web site- and I did a blog). I don't drink diet pop or crystal lite anymore either. I use Stevia or Truvia in my coffee and eat Greek yogurt. Somehow eating more veggies helps me eliminate the Breads + White pastas, I used to eat. Also reading a good book about losing and what foods we should be eaten daily. emoticon
Irish Ei

HANG0NSLOOPY Posts: 17
8/6/13 8:04 P

I eliminated artificial sweeteners 7 years ago after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. When I look back it is crazy how many chemicals I was ingesting - diet pop, crystal light, Splenda, and light yogurt were all mainstays of my diet. Now I use Stevia for coffee and otherwise just drink plain water or unsweetened iced tea. I eat regular yogurt flavors without guilt. For me the fake stuff seems to be a definite trigger for a flare-up.

Earlier this summer, I was struggling with a flare and decided I had nothing to lose by doing a wheat-free trial. In 3 weeks I dropped 5 pounds (which may not sound like a lot, but I have always been that person who struggles to lose 1-2 pounds a month if I am impeccable with my diet). I thought it would be incredibly difficult, but I still eat rice, potatoes, oats, quinoa, etc. and barely miss the breads/pasta. My stomach has really flattened out and I don't look pregnant anymore. I even eat treats like ice cream and tortilla chips and am still losing/maintaining weight. I think it's still too early for me to judge the effect on my UC symptoms, but either way I don't think I will be making wheat a regular part of my diet again.

I see a lot of people here who have had success treating various ailments by giving up dairy. I think that would be very difficult for me because I love it so much, but I would consider doing a trial elimination in the future if my symptoms warrant it. It is crazy to read through everyone's posts and see how different foods affect us all! And mainstream medicine and the media continue to tell us there is no reason to eliminate foods and that it's all placebo effect. Obviously I disagree, but even if I'm wrong, I'll take a placebo over steroids any day :)


BIGBADBETTY Posts: 726
8/6/13 1:35 P

I gave up diet soda when the price went up. I was drinking at least 6 cans a day. It has been about 2 months. The first two weeks were hard because of the caffeine withdrawal. I slowly got off caffeine with the help of caffeine pills. I don't feel any better because of quitting.

I haven't completely cut out anything. I have reduced the dairy, eggs and processed food for about a week and half. I did that because I am fat. I have lost about 5 lbs doing that.

RUTHDEN1 SparkPoints: (109,388)
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8/6/13 12:53 P

After I cut out pop I felt so much better. Now I try not to drink my calories. It has made a big difference. Everything else in moderation!

ABBYGAL Posts: 970
8/6/13 12:12 P

It's always a work in progress, but I cut out really bad food choices, like ice cream and cookies.

When I began to think of what I could have as an alternative to what I was craving. Craved for a strawberry shake so bad the other day. I passed by the frozen yogurt place (obvious bad choice for me), passed by the grocery store (too many choices for me) and ended up at the drug store and purchased a strawberry milk. It had 8 grams of protein and although little too much sugar, it stopped my craving). When I have a cake or cookie craving, I'll have a piece of toast with a smidgen of fat free cream cheese and cinnamon.

TBOURLON SparkPoints: (10,248)
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8/6/13 9:28 A

Well I'm still working on it emoticon , but most of the junk food I've been overconsuming lately. I don't know exactly WHAT made me decide this, but I seem to have a new resolve for accepting reality (you're NOT going to lose weight if you keep eating this crap!) and actually doing something about it. So far I'm down about 4 lbs. Trying to get back to the Runner's Diet & start running again this week - yeah, that's the ticket! emoticon

LENELLA Posts: 424
8/5/13 10:33 P

I came to realize that for me losing weight was a complete lifestyle change. So I began by eliminating things that definitely not good for me such as fried foods, heavy whipping cream, heavy thick and creamy desserts, almond milk in exchange for milk, nonfat yogurt instead of mayonnaise or sandwich spread. Stopped eating out long ago, have never drank a lot of soda, that was easy to go. And big portions, that was one of the hardest things to do. I have learned how to control my portions. I now enjoy more variety of food and it now tastes better. Also, yeast seems to have an adverse affect on my body, so I don't eat things with yeast in it, especially bread.

Edited by: LENELLA at: 8/5/2013 (22:34)
KEELIEFRA3 SparkPoints: (697)
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8/5/13 9:23 P

A wake-up call from my doctor- he said I would hit the 300 lb. mark if I continued to do things the way I was. I wanted to stop this runaway train and cut out junk food, to start.

JIMARICO Posts: 214
8/5/13 7:28 P

I went to a nutritionist and had BASE allergy testing done. It came back that I am sensitive/intolerant to wheat, corn, dairy (whey), and garlic. I have tried to cut out wheat as much as possible (I'll have some every now and then), I eat goat cheese but not cow cheese, no corn (or corn products), and I try to stay away from too much garlic. I find that since I have cut those things out, the weight has started coming off and I feel way better. I used to have excruciating pains in my stomach from these things and now I have no stomach pains. My stomach pains also used to go into my back so those are gone too. I feel SO much better!

SAKS20111 SparkPoints: (13,401)
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8/5/13 5:35 P

Satiety

1.alcohol makes me overeat salty greasy food. so, i try to reduce the alcoholic beverages.

2. refined flours/rice (i understand why i overeat the bread.)

3. i think my afternoon coffee triggers hungry signal, so, now, i am working on reduce my coffee intake, just to see if i feel any different...



BRUNETTESF SparkPoints: (7,881)
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8/5/13 3:53 P

I was a big time snacker but none of what I was eating was making me full just hungrier so candy and chips were out the door when it came to everyday snack. I try to eat things that will make me feel satisfied so I now eat PB on saltine crackers and Greek Yogurt.

Also, I would go months without drinking water and would only drink diet soda. That went on for over 10 years. It was not until this year that a doctor told me the dangerous side effects of aspartame. So gone are my 4 cans of soda a day and I have replaced that with water. I do drink diet soda when I go to a restaurant

LOGANRS SparkPoints: (19,324)
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8/5/13 3:09 P

I make a great tasting, satisfying pizza from a small whole wheat tortilla, small amount of pizza sauce, lots of italian seasoning and part skim mozzarella (only 1 ounce) and the whole thing is only 170 calories and takes about 10 minutes in the oven. Adding kale under the cheese adds only a few calories and tastes great! Can also make a mexican pizza using fat-free refried beans topped with chili powder, reduced fat cheddar cheese and lots of lettuce, salsa and tomato.

Edited by: LOGANRS at: 8/5/2013 (15:14)
SPIFF37 SparkPoints: (30,760)
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8/5/13 2:27 P

Pizza - because I simply cannot control myself around it! There's a good recipe on here for pita pizza but lately I have not craved it. I'm free!

The rest of my food decisions haven't been about "cutting things out" but figuring out how to get the biggest bang for my calorie buck (staying fuller longer, etc.)

ASHR87 Posts: 2
8/5/13 1:39 P

I gained 30 pounds in 1 year so I saw a nutritionist this morning and she recommended this site. Today is day 1 for me, but I'm ready to commit and see results.

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,290
8/5/13 1:39 P

Usually because it was causing some problem for me.

I pretty much stopped drinking things with caffeine about 13 years ago. I was finding I had to pee way too frequently to be functional. If I don't have caffeine then I don't have to spend all day running to the bathroom.

I try to avoid artificial sweeteners because I've noticed that artificial sweeteners trigger migraines for me. I try to eat naturally low sugar and less packaged foods.

I stopped eating pineapple after a painful allergic reaction a few years ago. It wasn't something I ate frequently so it isn't a big hardship to give it up.

SANDRALOU65 SparkPoints: (4,198)
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8/5/13 10:39 A

When I went to the doctor and was 257 lbs. He then told me I was diabetic. I started to search the web for how extremely obese people had lost their weight. It was there I found Sparkpeople. It is a God sent for me. I can track my weight, glucose, and calories. Plus the encouragement is here 24 hours a day. emoticon

CIRANDELLA SparkPoints: (59,534)
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8/5/13 9:12 A

The desperate need for girth control...when the scale just read "TILT."

KANOE10 Posts: 4,571
8/5/13 8:21 A

I learned that sugar and starches..refined white starches caused me to get cravings and gain weight.

EWL978 Posts: 2,021
8/5/13 4:52 A

I guess I did cut things out....mostly breads, and fast foods. I'm cooking more and having fun doing so. Also, found myself collecting recipes again.

Keep on keeping on...........

WATERDIAMONDS Posts: 14,777
8/5/13 2:55 A

Research on addiction made me aware. The inability to lose weight as long as I included certain foods in my life led to the decision. Having lost so much weight as a result confirmed the choice.

ALLYCROC SparkPoints: (37,395)
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8/4/13 10:01 P

I had to cut out pasta and any type of sweet breads, muffins, pastries. I simply cannot control myself around them. If I make a pot of delish pasta, I may very well eat half the pot. Same goes for the muffins or pastries or cookies and even crackers. I don't bring them in as they bring on a binge and I want to eat them all up to just get rid of them because I am out of control. I had to switch muesli out because I loved it so much, I couldn't stop at one large bowl...probably 4 servings! I've switched to whole oat groats in the morning. Instead of pasta, I will cook up mushrooms, bell peppers and mix in an egg and top that with parmesan..fabulous...the mushrooms are chewy like pasta and I still get the parmesan. Eggs with parmesan cheese is amazing by the way. I do so much better without these trigger foods around. Building control takes time...I certainly can use all the help I can get!

LAMARY9 Posts: 1,675
8/4/13 5:37 P

Stopped buying and having easy access to foods that set off binging. Away from home I purchased a single serving and when it was gone it was done. I chew minty flavored sugarless gum and drink cold water. That little trick gets me through my crazy periods.

EGRAMMY Posts: 12,931
8/4/13 10:33 A

We didn't buy and have in house so were forced into decision to cut out some junk

BADARMLADY SparkPoints: (1,731)
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8/4/13 5:55 A

I decided to cut back on my food as I was getting rather large around the waist an hips.
This was not caused by my laziness, but due to an accident on the Motorway (Freeway) over 3 1/2 years ago which nearly lost me my left arm and since then I have not had an easy time in keeping fit.
Since I joined this programme - I am finding it easier to watch what I eat I do some simple exercises to help me in my goal to lose the weight and the inches

Edited by: BADARMLADY at: 8/4/2013 (05:56)
LADYPAMM SparkPoints: (422)
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8/3/13 5:00 P

I decided to cut things out because my health screening came back with a double than average Triglyceride reading! 8.1 :-( I have never struggled with high cholesterol ever. I am learning everything I can about it and changing the way I eat immediately--plus exercising for at least 10 minutes a day. I have done more--but I have small steps and measurable goals instead of setting huge goals that I cannot attain.

Edited by: LADYPAMM at: 8/3/2013 (17:01)
TERACT10 SparkPoints: (25,963)
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8/3/13 1:17 P

Waistline starting to grow as menopause 'era' started and did not want to be another statistic of health problems after menopause...at least not without a fight. My research on the topic found that metabolism does change as we age...so who says I have to gain weight?...what it says is that I need to make food changes. So I pack on protein and veggies at every meal and add grains (and sometimes those 'cheat' foods) at only one meal a day in much smaller amounts. Now I am feeling better, and trimmed up too!

LBARMORE13 SparkPoints: (1,479)
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8/3/13 10:10 A

I decided to lose weight because I do not want high blood pressure, diabeties, and also I would like to fit into my clothes that I havent been able to wear.

IRISHEI Posts: 5,858
8/3/13 8:23 A

Clothing getting snug in mid-rift and looking in mirror I was not thrilled. emoticon

Exercising is wonderful, but Cutting Salt + sugar (way down) with those snacks helps immensely. I am working on this daily and try to go for healthier snacks now. GOAL will happen sooner if I can keep fighting those "cravings" emoticon

GOODLANDGAL3 Posts: 7,942
8/2/13 10:18 P

When my clothes were no longer fitting comfortably.

DAVINAJM SparkPoints: (4,377)
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8/2/13 1:07 P

When I'd go a day without drinking any pop I'd get headaches and major cravings. I decided to cut out soda pop back in May 2009 when I realized I was dependent on it.

IMANAVSFAN Posts: 5
8/2/13 12:48 P

My doctor told me I would be diabetic in 5 years.

49ADAMS Posts: 396
8/2/13 11:06 A

i have 2 reasons to cut things our one is: when people ask me when is my baby due , the 2nd is cause I have started having gall bladder attacks during the night.

49ADAMS Posts: 396
8/2/13 11:02 A

when my favorite pants wouldn't fit


SOOTHINGGLOW SparkPoints: (23,855)
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8/2/13 9:37 A

I've seriously cut back on most processed type foods due to the overwhelming evidence (and subsequent complete denial by the government, industrial food complex, big pharma, and medical doctors in general) of the dangers/ toxicity of these "frankenfoods" to our bodies. What more proof do we need but to look at our declining health as a nation since the shift towards processed and refined foods began and the food industry figured out they could make more money by lining our elected leader's pockets?

Support your LOCAL farmers!

LAMARY9 Posts: 1,675
8/2/13 8:03 A

No health insurance so decided to eat healthier and exercise. The benefit has been feeling better and losing a bit of weight that stays off.

AMELOVE SparkPoints: (742)
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8/1/13 8:10 P

i decided to change my eating habits and cut out certain foods just recently because of my 7 month old daughter. I want her to grow up making good choices in life when it comes to what she puts in her body. I can't encourage her to live a healthy lifestyle if I'm not doing the same so I need to start now while she's young.

TJDIEMER SparkPoints: (813)
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8/1/13 12:14 P

Perimenopause... enough said.

CHIPPERI SparkPoints: (1,257)
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8/1/13 9:18 A

I have a meter my wife got free years ago, Using strips that expired in 2009 I got a fasting reading of 268, but I have been told that expired strips will give you a wild reading.My job got exported to China so I am a full time college student right now with no insurance. Going to Wal-Mart later to get some good strips and see what they say.

GREBJACK Posts: 3,636
8/1/13 9:07 A

Oh, CHIPPERI, that's scary. I hope there's a public health fair or something soon. Can you borrow a friend's glucometer to test your blood sugar just once, or you wouldn't be able to go to the doctor even if it were 400?

CHIPPERI SparkPoints: (1,257)
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8/1/13 5:49 A

Scared I may have Diabetes. painful feet, frequent urination, no health insurance to find out for certain.That I am just tired of being this big 6'1" 335lbs. Time for a change,

144AUTUMN SparkPoints: (71,353)
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8/1/13 12:28 A

Great job!!

PEACEFULONE SparkPoints: (72,824)
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7/31/13 11:48 P

I've cut out sugar, processed foods and wheat because I think they are making me ill and keeping me from losing the extra pounds.

I cut out sodas years ago and it was very difficult, but worth it. Now I have about 2 a year when I am thirsty and nothing else is available. They taste way too sweet.

SIMPLYME80 Posts: 406
7/31/13 8:01 P

I cut out high fructose corn syrup, non plant based sweeteners- sugar is from a plant, all overprocessed plant juices given a cows milk appearence, and sugar and fat free items and feeling so much better, even lost some weight!

FATALLYCUTE SparkPoints: (6,343)
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7/31/13 3:14 P

I decided to cut out certain foods, mostly that are high in sugar and high fructose corn syrup, and packaged processed foods. I made the decision after realizing through a documentary that our bodies become addicted to a lot of bad ingredients. It scared me straight that's for sure, but I feel so healthy and full of energy.

ZOMBIEREADY SparkPoints: (3,429)
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7/31/13 3:06 P

Every year I make a sacrifice for the high holiday of Lughnasadh (I'm a Druidic Pagan). Usually, my sacrifice just kind of "comes to me." This year, it did just that. Except for on the high holidays where dairy-based dishes are traditional, I'll be dairy free from August 1 (Lughnasadh) of 2013 to Lughnasadh 2014.

That means no emoticon , no emoticon , no emoticon , or emoticon , or even emoticon . I gave up chocolate one year, and it wasn't as bad as I had feared. I hope this one works out the same.

THEWWWAY SparkPoints: (6,901)
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7/31/13 1:13 P

I try not to cut anything out, just limit certain foods.

55IN2013 Posts: 18
7/31/13 11:52 A

I have cut out "white" foods, bread, refined sugar, white rice, pasta, etc... I only have whole grain, wheat, etc... options of these items.
Also, I have cut out all unhelpful fats (margerine, trans fats, etc...) and replaced them with olive oils, fish oil, avacado and nuts etc...

I did both of these things so that I can eat the foods that I enjoy, but that they are better for me and my family.

MONOGRAMMA SparkPoints: (20,214)
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7/31/13 11:06 A

I didn't like my body and I wasn't feeling good with myself when I was eating a lot of food or sweets..

BAPSANN Posts: 1,448
7/31/13 10:42 A

Weight gain

PATTISWIMMER Posts: 4,763
7/31/13 8:13 A

breast cancer and being overweight is a big factor

LEANJEAN6 Posts: 8,986
7/31/13 7:19 A

Health problems! emoticon

VIGILANTONE SparkPoints: (21,663)
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7/30/13 7:59 P

I think with me it wasn't so much cutting something out as it was adding something in! Moving my body, exercising was what I was so lacking! And along with that came the portion control and tracking. Those 3 things got me moving in the right direction.
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49ADAMS Posts: 396
7/30/13 11:09 A

was in the drs office once, some one asked if I was pregant No i said.
I am over 50 years old I have 5 grandchldren. ages 10 years the youngest is 9 months from my 2 children. that is when I said I am going to do something to get this out of my way. my stomach, lose the weight, and get back in shape . Ihave lost 13 pounds so far.

BAPSANN Posts: 1,448
7/30/13 9:26 A

Your comment is just so real!
Thanks

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