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MAGGIEMURPHY4 SparkPoints: (13,865)
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7/24/12 5:05 P

What did you eat before? Aside from the pizza? I do a lot of grilling in the summer...cut up veggies like onions, peppers, mushrooms, baby carrots and some kind of lean meat or fish and I marinade them in a low fat marinade sometime Italian or rosemary and thyme with lemon and a couple Tble spoons of olive oil. I add water to cut down the oils. If you do this the night before then you can throw them on the grill the next night when you get home.

Other things I do is Crock pot meals...I throw it all in the pot and leave it on low while I was at work. Once a month I make a big pot of tomato sauce for pasta or chicken and I freeze it into containers...same thing with soup esp in the winter.

I still make the same things I always made...except I cook them with less fat and I control my portions.

EMMANYC Posts: 1,702
7/24/12 12:43 P

I don't have as many commitments to juggle in my life as you do, but I do tend to work 60 hours 6 days a week.

The overall approach in the SparkDiet, which is to start with some small steps toward a healthier life and gradually make bigger changes, should work well for someone like you who has a lot happening in her life. Have you read the SparkDiet pages yet and, in particular, the section on Fast Break?

Since there is a lot happening in your life, I could suggest that you focus on a couple of small steps like the following for a few weeks:

1) Track what you're currently eating, without necessarily trying to make major changes in your diet. It's helpful to know what you eat when you're NOT trying to follow a healthier lifestye. Then you can get a better idea of where you want to make changes. It might seem frustrating to not jump in right away with major diet changes, but holding off for a bit can make the transition easier.

2) Try to find time for 10 minutes of exercise a day, even if it's just a walk around the block (or around your house) or 10 minutes of dancing to your favourite music with the baby in your arms. Talk to your husband about how the two of you will work together to make time for you to get regular exercise. Next week, try to increase those exercise periods from 10-15 minutes, at least on some days of the week. And so on from week to week.

3) Increase the amount of water you drink. If you currently drink 2 glasses per day, increase it to 3 this week and 4 next week. If you drink sweetened drinks right now (soda, juice, sweet tea), try substituting a glass of water for at least one of those sweet drinks per day. And next week, substitute for 2 sweet drinks, etc.

4) Do a little bit of research and planning on how to adjust some of the less healthy foods that you eat regularly, to convert them into healthier meals. For example, I used to either skip breakfast or eat cereal that didn't have a lot of nutritional value. One of the first changes I made was to swap my "no breakfast/sweet breakfast" for a high-protein/high-fiber cereal with skim milk in the mornings. It was an easy change to make that also made my life easier because I just bought the cereal in bulk and didn't have to think about breakfast anymore.

The next change I made was to deal with my late afternoon munchies. I had a habit of not eating in the afternoon, and then I'd get super-hungry and when I got home from work, I'd just fall head first into a bag of tortilla chips. So, instead, I started to bring a healthy tasty snack to work (some fruit, plus some yogurt that was so tasty it was as good as ice cream) and started to have that as my late afternoon snack. Doing that helped me resist junk food when I got home.

You might pick different things to change, but the key idea is to find something to change that is likely to be fairly easy to introduce and that will have a fairly big impact on your diet (e.g., something that you're like to eat every day or at least several days per week). Maybe for you it will be stocking up on some healthy frozen dinners and bagged salad, so that when you get home you can put a healthy meal on the table in less than 5 minutes. Or it might be keeping some fruit and some healthy meal replacement bars in your car, so that when you are hungry at school, you have some healthier to choose from.

KFWOHLFORD SparkPoints: (2,949)
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7/24/12 12:17 P

It sounds like your first step in losing weight is going to be making time for YOU to eat better and exercise.

You could start by switching to healthier convenience foods, such as 1 slice of lowfat frozen pizza with fresh veggies and hummus, or a side salad with lowfat dressing.

Another option is cooking a big batch of a healthy meal (such as a lean meat or tofu stir fry with veggies, brown rice, garlic, onions, etc, 1 tbsp vegetable oil, etc. Cook it on the weekend or when you have time, and keep 6-8 servings of it in the fridge and eat it for dinner throughout the week.

And cutting out sugary drinks, like juice, soda, etc.

CTKING2008 SparkPoints: (56)
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7/24/12 10:07 A

Wow it seems that since I had my son,I just keep getting bigger! I work 1.5 away from home and by them time I get home the only thing I want to do is sit on the couch with a pizza.yesterday I prepared my mill by cooking fish the previous night so the only thing I had to fix when I got home was veggies.I then went out for a walk.Anyone else have a life so busy that they have to plan to eat right and w/o.

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