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Old 04-10-2014, 10:32 AM   #136
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QOTD: I am not trying to develop any other areas of my health at the moment. I really want to focus on the food this time. Every other time I have tried to lose weight, I have concentrated my efforts on working out and that system hasn't paid off AT ALL! I am working through my food issues with the help of WW right now and I am making steady progress.

My husband and I are both trying to get a better handle on our money. We are both teachers and it seems like we never get ahead of the curve. I don't want to spend my life living paycheck to paycheck. Between the healthy eating and the budget, and my two beautiful boys, I think that is about all the energy I have right now!
We have a few teachers on here don't we? My hubby isn't a teacher, but I totally support what you are saying. We would like to visit disney every year, but the flight is so expensive now that after we go this summer I am not sure when we will be able to go next. Like you, we want to focus, plan for future expense, such as tuition fees etc.
similarly, I can manage the food side of things, but I am just going to focus on that really. I did my Cher step excise this morning. Trouble is, now I am really hungry
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QOTD: When you're in a hurry and tired, what is one of your healthy go-to meals that you prepare? Or, maybe, you can't prepare, what are the good to go snacks that you rely on? :
Whey protein, mix it up with water, good to go for a while...
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Old 04-10-2014, 10:36 AM   #138
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Whey protein, mix it up with water, good to go for a while...
My daughter recently wrote that ' mummy doesn't really cook, but mainly it is the oven, it burns things', whilst there is a grain of truth in this
I am clueless. Is whey protein a dry powder and do I get it from the health shop?
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Old 04-10-2014, 10:42 AM   #139
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I get it at Walmart, about $16 for a can... 22 servings, which is one scoop and has 25 grams of protein, think 240 calories.. Mix it with milk or water, I use water..
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QOTD: When you're in a hurry and tired, what is one of your healthy go-to meals that you prepare? Or, maybe, you can't prepare, what are the good to go snacks that you rely on?

I can whip together a pretty fast sandwich!! In a DIRE emergency I will spread natural peanut butter on a piece of low carb bread (roll, pita, tortilla....whatever), and grab an apple. I also keep a small supply of organic vegetarian burritos in the freezer. They are higher in carbs that I would normally want, but tasty and fast and easy to keep on hand. Yogurt with berries is another quick go-to meal.... sometimes with a bit of high fiber/no sugar cereal on top for crunch.

We are taking a short family break to Cardiff, Wales. I have to attend a residential course teaching English as an Additional Language (advanced). Then there is a literary festival to visit and we have tickets to see the Harlem Globetrotters, who I dreamed of seeing since I was very young. ( so a life goal). Staying in a hotel and trying to plan food...

Any ideas welcome
Hotel food ideas. Welll...... will you have a fridge? Microwave? Are you flying or driving or train travel?

If you bring along a cooler or have a fridge, I would definitely bring along low fat cheese snacks (Laughing Cow or Baby Belle or string cheese), carrot and celery sticks, yogurt, hummus. Also (no fridge needed here).... apples, oranges, bananas, nuts, high fiber granola/snack bars, pretzels.

Are you thinking of whole meals or just snacks or breakfast in the room?

I'll help you come up with a plan if you give me a few more specifics!

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Have nothing really to add other than I also do a lot of sub teaching, really enjoy it...

What grades do you do? I'm available to do K-12, but I stick primarily to the elementary school (preschool-4th). I REFUSE to do the middle school.... they are OBNOXIOUS at that age, and the high school doesn't call me much, which I'm sure makes my DS very happy!

Got up late today, didn't work out, hoping to do it today.. if not can walk now that the weather is warmer..
Maybe you could squeeze in a walk later??

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We have a few teachers on here don't we? My hubby isn't a teacher, but I totally support what you are saying. We would like to visit disney every year, but the flight is so expensive now that after we go this summer I am not sure when we will be able to go next. Like you, we want to focus, plan for future expense, such as tuition fees etc.
similarly, I can manage the food side of things, but I am just going to focus on that really. I did my Cher step excise this morning. Trouble is, now I am really hungry
Sometimes we just need to pick a few priorities to work on..... or even just one thing at a time!! Life can be so crazy!

Sorry you were so hungry! Hope you found a good meal!

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Okay friends! Math is nearly over, they are off to specials and I have a short break to eat my carrots, drink my seltzer, and have a bathroom break!

Hope you are all well and happy and healthy today! Our sunshine is deceiving today.... it looks nice (like yesterday), but it is actually pretty cold, down below freezing last night even! Today's workout will be inside. I am NOT going out for a walk outside again until I can go without gloves!

Off to chat with my Budget Board friends!.............P
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Old 04-10-2014, 11:27 AM   #141
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I mostly do high school, but also a little K-8, big kids are easier for me to deal with..
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Old 04-10-2014, 02:21 PM   #142
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Hotel food ideas. Welll...... will you have a fridge? Microwave? Are you flying or driving or train travel?

If you bring along a cooler or have a fridge, I would definitely bring along low fat cheese snacks (Laughing Cow or Baby Belle or string cheese), carrot and celery sticks, yogurt, hummus. Also (no fridge needed here).... apples, oranges, bananas, nuts, high fiber granola/snack bars, pretzels.

Are you thinking of whole meals or just snacks or breakfast in the room?

I'll help you come up with a plan if you give me a few more

Sorry you were so hungry! Hope you found a good meal!
Some great ideas for me on here already. The snacks are organised around the ideas you have suggested. The main meals are a worry. Breakfast is at the hotel, so I can have the usual porridge. Lunch is a granola type bar which is part of the diet plan. So... Evening meal? We will eat out - I am a really fussy eater and only really like stuff that is bad for me.
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Driving without microwave

I forgot to mention that we are driving but we won't have a microwave. We have a fridge in the room.
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Old 04-10-2014, 03:36 PM   #144
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Some great ideas for me on here already. The snacks are organised around the ideas you have suggested. The main meals are a worry. Breakfast is at the hotel, so I can have the usual porridge. Lunch is a granola type bar which is part of the diet plan. So... Evening meal? We will eat out - I am a really fussy eater and only really like stuff that is bad for me.
not really sure what you like - but a few thing I have done when I go to the cafeteria at work for lunch and have to work with what they offer there:

if there is a fired/baked fish (I am thinking fish and chips like): don't eat the batter, but just the fish inside. I know, difficult as the batter is the best thing! But you do get some very niche healthy fish inside the batter! And if you just have peas, no fries with it, it is quite a healthy meal.

Same goes with chicken - if there is a breaded chicken breast on the menu, you can just eat the chicken inside, not the crust.

Pasta: spaghettis with a plain tomato sauce are not too bad. Just watch your portion size on this and stay away from bread that they might serve with it. Maybe order a mixed salad as a starter.

Thai: I love Thai food and often get a green or red vegetable curry. It does have a lot of fat thanks to the coconut in it, but if you watch your amount of rice and don't take all the sauce they serve you, this can work as a fairly health meal as well.

Pizza: order a pizza with ham and/or vegetables without cheese. Might sound odd, but tastes better than you would think. Also: consider to share a pizza and a nice salad.

General tips: avoid anything that is ground meat (usually very fatty), try to get lean fish or chicken breasts and vegetable sides. I often find that plain rice is the easiest starchy side to get in a healthy form as most potato dishes come with lots of fat (like fries, scalloped potatoes etc.). If ordering a salad, ask for the dressing on the side. The best version is if they give you a bottle of oil and vinegar for you to pour over your salad as then you can just drizzle on a teaspoon of olive oil and some vinegar. Stay away from deserts (that should be obvious!), but if you can't resist, look out for ones that are made with lots of fruit. For example (think of English puddings now - which I love!) an apple crumble is preferable to a sticky toffee pudding. And in general: consider sharing!!

Hope this helps!
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Not the best day today. Did not make the wisest food choices.

But it had its great moments. I am so happy with my decision to not step on the scale anymore. It makes me look at my body more and the amazing thing is: it seems to be changing on nearly a daily basis!!

Also I really did not want to do my exercise today. I am getting to the point where I just feel plain exhausted. I wonder how that is going to work when I move on to the next level, which will be more difficult, on Sunday! But even though I did not want to, I put on my workout clothes and gave it the best I could. It is so strange that there are some exercises which killed me when I first tried them and now feel quite confident about. But then there are others where I seemingly did not make any progress. The worst thing is when you have to go from plank with straight arms to plan with your underarm on the floor and then up again. I can only push myself up with the left arm, not the right arm. It just does not work! Anyway - the positive was that I constantly kept giving it that little extra effort, trying to get out of my comfort zone to that point where the magic happens!

I am also starting to come up with exercise strategy for while I am on vacation. I am counting on going for regular runs, but I think I need to do some additional exercise on a daily or at least every other day basis to keep at least some of that conditioning that I built up over the six weeks before the cruise. Hm, I wonder how silly I will feel if I do crunches, planks, lunges (I do hat those!!) etc. in a hotel gym. But I guess I will just have to live with that...
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Old 04-10-2014, 05:20 PM   #146
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Excellent advice - thank you

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not really sure what you like - but a few thing I have done when I go to the cafeteria at work for lunch and have to work with what they offer there:

if there is a fired/baked fish (I am thinking fish and chips like): don't eat the batter, but just the fish inside. I know, difficult as the batter is the best thing! But you do get some very niche healthy fish inside the batter! And if you just have peas, no fries with it, it is quite a healthy meal.

Same goes with chicken - if there is a breaded chicken breast on the menu, you can just eat the chicken inside, not the crust.

Pasta: spaghettis with a plain tomato sauce are not too bad. Just watch your portion size on this and stay away from bread that they might serve with it. Maybe order a mixed salad as a starter.

Thai: I love Thai food and often get a green or red vegetable curry. It does have a lot of fat thanks to the coconut in it, but if you watch your amount of rice and don't take all the sauce they serve you, this can work as a fairly health meal as well.

Pizza: order a pizza with ham and/or vegetables without cheese. Might sound odd, but tastes better than you would think. Also: consider to share a pizza and a nice salad.

General tips: avoid anything that is ground meat (usually very fatty), try to get lean fish or chicken breasts and vegetable sides. I often find that plain rice is the easiest starchy side to get in a healthy form as most potato dishes come with lots of fat (like fries, scalloped potatoes etc.). If ordering a salad, ask for the dressing on the side. The best version is if they give you a bottle of oil and vinegar for you to pour over your salad as then you can just drizzle on a teaspoon of olive oil and some vinegar. Stay away from deserts (that should be obvious!), but if you can't resist, look out for ones that are made with lots of fruit. For example (think of English puddings now - which I love!) an apple crumble is preferable to a sticky toffee pudding. And in general: consider sharing!!

Hope this helps!
Thank you for all this advice. There is a lot here that I feel I can achieve now, I was worried I would be really off the wagon. I will need a large spoonful of willpower too.
I am confident that I can do this. We have a swimming pool and gym, so a good plan will be to utilise these too.

I had a good look into the Jillian Michaels revolution pack. It is so much cheaper in USA, I will try and get it when we visit this summer. Hats off to you for keeping going with it so far. 6 days is a tough programme to follow. You have done so well. When you are ready, just focus on your new look and your healthy approach. Your body will be strong and you will feel great if you can make the next step. You can do it!
Thank you for this great advice.
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Old 04-10-2014, 05:28 PM   #147
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Not the best day today. Did not make the wisest food choices.

But it had its great moments. I am so happy with my decision to not step on the scale anymore. It makes me look at my body more and the amazing thing is: it seems to be changing on nearly a daily basis!!

Also I really did not want to do my exercise today. I am getting to the point where I just feel plain exhausted. I wonder how that is going to work when I move on to the next level, which will be more difficult, on Sunday! But even though I did not want to, I put on my workout clothes and gave it the best I could. It is so strange that there are some exercises which killed me when I first tried them and now feel quite confident about. But then there are others where I seemingly did not make any progress. The worst thing is when you have to go from plank with straight arms to plan with your underarm on the floor and then up again. I can only push myself up with the left arm, not the right arm. It just does not work! Anyway - the positive was that I constantly kept giving it that little extra effort, trying to get out of my comfort zone to that point where the magic happens!

I am also starting to come up with exercise strategy for while I am on vacation. I am counting on going for regular runs, but I think I need to do some additional exercise on a daily or at least every other day basis to keep at least some of that conditioning that I built up over the six weeks before the cruise. Hm, I wonder how silly I will feel if I do crunches, planks, lunges (I do hat those!!) etc. in a hotel gym. But I guess I will just have to live with that...
How about putting a few motivational songs/ tunes on your iPod or phone etc have either a portable speaker or your headphones and do them in the hotel room? Not sure if that would work, but sooooooo want you to succeed as you have worked so hard

I don't really know what plank is, I may know the move etc but not the term, I have real trouble holding my weight on one hand, there is a yoga move that does this and it puts real strain on my arm and wrist. You can't quite adapt it, I have tried but it seems an all or nothing move. I think as your whole body tones, it will be achieved but in time. Keep going - to help get over those hurdles.
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perfect question today....

I had been thinking about this very topic all day. I have been pretty faithful to healthy eating and WW since I retuned from WDW. I have been doing well with my food choices. What I am happiest with is the fact that when I do slip up, it is a BRIEF slip up now - I used to thow in the towel for the whole day or even the WHOLE WEEK in the past! Now, if I am really craving something, I just have it and move on. I have also noticed that I don't mindlessly eat anymore. I can remember, not too long ago, standing in my kitchen with a mouthful of peanut butter - and having no recollection of eating it AT ALL!

My dilema is ..... I can feel myself starting to get bored with my food choices. I really try to avoid the refined carbs because I just can't seem to stop at a reasonable portion. The cut veggies and apple or pear are starting to get old. Any other suggestions for that late afternoon or evening craving?
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QOTD: What other healthy habits have you developed (or are you trying to develop) along with losing weight and exercising? Are you trying to quit smoking? Eliminate artificial sweeteners? Reduce caffeine? Reduce stress?
I'm trying to be more organized. I'm usually such a planner with my life but recently with so much I've been such a mess. I usually plan my meals out for everything. I really haven't which is probably the explanation of my non-loss

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QOTD: When you're in a hurry and tired, what is one of your healthy go-to meals that you prepare? Or, maybe, you can't prepare, what are the good to go snacks that you rely on?

We are taking a short family break to Cardiff, Wales. I have to attend a residential course teaching English as an Additional Language (advanced). Then there is a literary festival to visit and we have tickets to see the Harlem Globetrotters, who I dreamed of seeing since I was very young. ( so a life goal). Staying in a hotel and trying to plan food...

Any ideas welcome
I keep clementines in my purse and always portion out snacks of tortilla chips and 100 cal packs of guacamole. I also have kept usually make some of my chicken nuggets to grab in a last minute when I haven't really made enough for lunch!

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Like I said I have a mystery no-loss. And I think it's from not planning out my meals or doing anything with that. I also went to my parents and have been keeping up with my grandmother the past few days. She isn't really mobile, but she doesn't listen or understand that fact so it's an adventure and tiring to keep up with her!

I did have my dress fitting for the wedding! While I might only be down a few lbs since I bought it, it looked so much better than when I purchased it. So I think my next move it to stop being so dependent on the number and be better at just looking at clothes feel, how I feel because I have way more energy and can do so much more than even a month ago.
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I had been thinking about this very topic all day. I have been pretty faithful to healthy eating and WW since I retuned from WDW. I have been doing well with my food choices. What I am happiest with is the fact that when I do slip up, it is a BRIEF slip up now - I used to thow in the towel for the whole day or even the WHOLE WEEK in the past! Now, if I am really craving something, I just have it and move on. I have also noticed that I don't mindlessly eat anymore. I can remember, not too long ago, standing in my kitchen with a mouthful of peanut butter - and having no recollection of eating it AT ALL!

My dilema is ..... I can feel myself starting to get bored with my food choices. I really try to avoid the refined carbs because I just can't seem to stop at a reasonable portion. The cut veggies and apple or pear are starting to get old. Any other suggestions for that late afternoon or evening craving?
We have so much in common! Getting bored...This was one of the reasons I bought in a diet plan (I did initially regret the expense) but it provides calorie controlled portions and the food is different to my usual choices. I am going to be honest and say I don't eat healthy snacks per se. I eat snacks that are calorie controlled, but they are potatoe chips and cookies ( crisps and biscuits as we call them). So mentally perhaps I am kidding myself that I am not on a diet. If I was more healthy ( like the veggies and fruit that you eat) I may lose more, but I would not be able to stick to it - I am a really fussy eater and I don't like veg or fruit, I make myself eat it, but like a big kid I have to tell myself it is something else (in order to physically eat it). There we are, I have said it, I am a rubbish dieter.
A lot of great suggestions on here Jenne and I hope other people can give you some good ideas. The ideas I was given for my trip this weekend are great.

I don't know what the weather is like with you, but making up a soup is kind on the purse strings, quick to access if you are busy with children and research has shown it keeps you feeling fuller for longer, as well as calorie controlled.
Keep going.
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