Weight Loss Support - And That One Thing Today Is .......




EZMONEY
07-29-2008, 09:04 PM
Reflecting today on my past year of better choices I got to thinking of some of the things I learned here at 3FC. So many people losing weight and getting fit in different ways. Many of you have lost in ways that just would not work for me, just as my way wouldn't work for you :)

I have been thinking of starting this for a while, to see if it would "sell"

A thread where each day, if we have time, we post just one thing that helped us today or in the past, to make our journey a bit easier. Just a quick helpful tip that may help someone else.

ONE EXCHANGE ~ Instead of this I had that

ONE RECIPE

ONE BIT OF ADVICE

ONE COMPLIMENT

ONE ARTICLE WE READ

ONE SCRIPTURE VERSE or QUOTE

Anything that might help someone else.

REPEAT is good too! ~ I don't know how many times I was told in various ways that smoking was not good for me...it was always in my head....it just took a long time to get through ;) but it did!


EZMONEY
07-29-2008, 09:07 PM
Today my tip is ~

Just because that second large :jeno: pizza :jeno: is half price, doesn't mean :no: it's a good deal to buy!

Somehow we will pay....we will pay!

BlueToBlue
07-29-2008, 09:19 PM
My one thing that helped today is a recipe: Spicy Green Beans and Sausage (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showpost.php?p=2285599&postcount=46). We're having it for dinner and I already know it's delish because tonight's dinner is leftover from Sunday. I've been looking forward to it since Sunday, when we ate the first half of it.

So this recipe has helped me in two ways:

Since dinner is already prepared, I can go to the late yoga class at my gym (and for me, it's late yoga or no yoga). With the yoga class in addition to my regular workout, that's 2 1/2 hours that I'll be at the gym, which is 2 1/2 hours that I won't be eating. And I have an awesome dinner waiting for me when I finish my workout.
Having go-to, low calorie recipes that I :love: love love love makes staying in my calorie range a lot easier. There is nothing about this recipe that tastes low calorie and the servings are generous, but it comes in at only around 300 calories per serving. That leaves so much room for snacks during the day; the whole day is a lot easier to get through when I don't have to save a lot of calories for dinner.


EZMONEY
07-29-2008, 09:28 PM
Thanks BARBARA! I have already printed out the recipe!

Tomato
07-29-2008, 10:35 PM
Thanks from me, too, Barbara. I think I spotted the recipe in the Food section but I forgot to copy it. I have green beans sitting in the fridge so this comes in very handy.

My tip: use tofu as much as you can. It is easy to "hide" in other stuff, it is low cal and has a good amount of protein.

get fit in ky
07-29-2008, 10:47 PM
My ONE THING I've learned since joining 3FC's is I'm not looking for motivation, I'm making a commitment. I can make a commitment...I've never been able to stay motivated...

Sweetcaroline
07-29-2008, 10:58 PM
ONE BIT OF ADVICE - Trying something new and realizing it doesn't work for you is not failure, it is progress and growth

Apple Cheeks
07-29-2008, 11:28 PM
I've learned that counting calories really works. Who knew? :lol:

Iconised Ghost
07-30-2008, 05:56 AM
my two pence for the day: YES exercise is HARD. But YES it is WORTH IT. Just do it

midwife
07-30-2008, 10:20 AM
My one bit of advice: If you go off plan, get back on immediately. I was starving yesterday afternoon and I ate a brownie and two marshmallows and immediately wanted more. I dug in my heels and ate some cottage cheese with walnuts and blueberries. It took care of my hunger and my cravings and I took back control.

My other piece of advice: Don't let yourself get to the starving point! :lol:

MBN
07-30-2008, 11:01 AM
My advice: set small, measureable, achievable goals for yourself. Sometimes when our goal is too big, it seems unattainable and we give up in despair. So set small goals -- I want to walk 30 minutes, 3 times this week. Or, I will write down every single thing I eat and drink today. And it's important to acknowledge and celebrate the little milestones! Once you achieve the small goals, set more ... and the small steps will build into big ones.

txsqlchick
07-30-2008, 11:08 AM
My one bit of advice: If you go off plan, get back on immediately. I was starving yesterday afternoon and I ate a brownie and two marshmallows and immediately wanted more. I dug in my heels and ate some cottage cheese with walnuts and blueberries. It took care of my hunger and my cravings and I took back control.

My other piece of advice: Don't let yourself get to the starving point! :lol:

I agree with that; I splurge sometimes and I refuse to feel guilty for it. Eating a sour cream chicken enchilada dinner with refried beans and mexican rice is *not* going to kill me as long as I keep it down to 1-2 times a month MAX.

MBN
07-30-2008, 11:29 AM
My advice: set small, measureable, achievable goals for yourself. Sometimes when our goal is too big, it seems unattainable and we give up in despair. So set small goals -- I want to walk 30 minutes, 3 times this week. Or, I will write down every single thing I eat and drink today. And it's important to acknowledge and celebrate the little milestones! Once you achieve the small goals, set more ... and the small steps will build into big ones.

Oh, and to add on to my own advice ... ;)

It's helpful to set goals around what we can control -- we CAN control our behaviors such as what and when we eat, and how we manage our physical activity. We CAN'T always control what the scale reads, and it's only one measure of our success anyway. So, if we work on improving our behaviors (diet / exercise) then eventually the scale will show that. Don't live and die by the scale, it is just one tool.

McKenziesmomma
07-30-2008, 11:45 AM
One of my biggest things was social eating. My family and I have alot of get togethers for birthdays and holidays so these are the things that helped me with social get togethers:

1. Try to have a say so in the menu. When the menu is being planned suggest lean pork loin chops or grilled chicken and for sides you can have corn on the cob or other grilled veggies...kabobs also work nice. or a lean cut of steak. My family was in the rut of fatty burgers and hot dogs and ribs...baked beans, potato salad, etc. Sometimes we still have burgers but I buy extra lean ground beef and get whole wheat buns....or turkey dogs!

2. If you can't have a say so in the menu or the menu is already planned....bring a huge healthy salad! You are contributing to the party and get to eat healthy food....Have a salad and maybe a small portion of the food being served....or none of it at all..its up to you!

3. BIRTHDAY CAKE!!!! YUM! I bring a 100 calorie pack of those yummy chocolate cupcakes with the cream filling and chocolate icing! They are soooo good! When everyone else has their cake...I do to...but without all the extra calories!

4. My family also gets together A TON during football season! Lots of appitizers and food....I bring a veggie tray with dip and a fruit tray.....that way everyone including me can have some healthy options...I try to stay away from the chips and rotel dip, the mozz. cheese sticks, and hot wings! :(

5. Thanksgiving and Christmas - Well first of all Turkey is good for you! Dressing on the other hand isn't...LOL! BUT we only have it these two times a year so I do plan on having a small serving along with turkey...but the rest will be green beans, corn, and other good stuff! But I will work out a little extra in preperation for these meals on those weeks!!!

6. When eating out, I decide what I'm going to eat before I get there and I don't look at the menu...I just order! If I look at the menu it is harder to resist those deep fried chicken strips and french fries...or cheeseburgers!!!

snapless
07-30-2008, 11:53 AM
I've learned to not feel guilty to care enough about my own body to turn down food I do not want to place in it.

mountain mama
07-30-2008, 11:57 AM
I agree with that; I splurge sometimes and I refuse to feel guilty for it. Eating a sour cream chicken enchilada dinner with refried beans and mexican rice is *not* going to kill me as long as I keep it down to 1-2 times a month MAX.

I have a healthy chicken enchilada recipe! I will post it for you!! It was in my GI diet recipe book and it's my fave recipe in there!! Now, I dont know what plan you are on or what works for you.. but it's all healthy ingredients and in moderation and still DARN YUMMMMMMYYYY! and filling !

My recipe of the day!!


Chicken Enchiladas

2 tbsp canola oil
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp salt and pepper
4 skinless boneless chicken breatulars cut into small bitesize strips
2 onions sliced
1 red and green pepper thinly sliced
1 jalapeno pepper minced
1 cup drained and diced tomatoes
1/2 cup shredded light cheddar or monterey jack cheese
8 large whole wheet tortillas

Toppings
1/2 cup shredded light cheddar or jack cheese
1/2 sour cream

in a bowl combine 1tbsp canola oil, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper. add chicken and coat with the mixture. ( i find letting it marinate for overnight or the day makes it extra yummy!)

Heat 1 tbsp of canola oil in pan and cook chicken.

reduce heat to medium and cook onions, red, green peppers and jalapenos until tender.. 10 minutes-ish.

Put the cooked veggies in a big bowl, add in chicken, cheese and tomatoes and mix up.

Divide amoung tortillas and roll up ( i find closing the ends of the tortillas is good to do). Place them tightly into a greased 9x13 baking dish. cover with foil and cook at 400 for about 15 minutes.
remove foil, sprinkle with topping cheese and bake for 10 more minutes or until cheese is bubbly and tortillas are crisp.
Serve with sour cream.

EZMONEY
07-31-2008, 07:30 PM
Thanks FAUXTINI I may make those this week-end.

ONE THING that works for me on getting my miles in, whether it be on the treadmill or dog walks, is to go just as soon as I get home from work. I find if I wait around that many times "something" comes up...like my LAY-Z tired body!

Pandora123a
07-31-2008, 11:53 PM
Eat breakfast. Greek yogurt is delicious. Eat breakfast. Who knew (or anyway I didn't believe) that if I ate a little more at the right times (and of course the right foods) it would result in weight loss.

Eat breakfast.

Ufi
07-31-2008, 11:57 PM
I wanted a grande frozen whopper drink, but instead I went clothes shopping and bought myself some fancy tea, the kind that tastes good enough to not need sugar.

mountain mama
08-01-2008, 12:00 AM
Think about each food before you eat it. Will it benefit your body? Your health? If not... no need to eat it!! 3 minutes of a yummy food in your mouth isn't half as worth it as a lifetime of energy and vigor! :)

vixjean
08-01-2008, 12:03 AM
I learned that I just have to order the salad for lunch, I don't have to like it, I don't have to want it, but just ORDERING IT... then eating it, will help save my life!

CountingDown
08-01-2008, 12:10 AM
Enjoy each and every day that God has given you. Don't put off things until you lose weight. Do them now. Savor the moment and the people around you. Each day is precious. YOU are precious - NOW. Don't wait, enjoy the journey :D

walking2lose
08-01-2008, 12:17 AM
A little bit of hunger is not a bad thing.

A lot of hunger is DANGEROUS.

Plan meals and snacks and eat regularly, so you don't get overly hungry and make bad choices.

Sweetcaroline
08-01-2008, 12:24 AM
If I perform one random act of kindness every day, it helps me stay positive, and positivity breeds willingness to stay OP.

EZMONEY
08-01-2008, 11:34 PM
I have realized I can live without cheese on every sandwich!

get fit in ky
08-01-2008, 11:48 PM
yeah...who knew?! I thought I had to have cheese all the time....


My suggestion today is: Stock your fridge with lots of veggies....you'll feel terrible wasting all that money if they go bad so you'll be forced to find new and creative ways to eat them up! Had a great omelet loaded with veggies tonight!

JulieJ08
08-01-2008, 11:52 PM
OK, not the most important thing, but a thing: weighing every day - if it's higher/same, I'm motivated to live well; if it's down, I'm motivated to keep living well :D

beautifulone
08-02-2008, 12:12 AM
Enjoy each and every day that God has given you. Don't put off things until you lose weight. Do them now. Savor the moment and the people around you. Each day is precious. YOU are precious - NOW. Don't wait, enjoy the journey :D

Thank you CountingDown :hug: I needed this so much.

Thanks Gary for getting the thread rolling, I'm loving it :D

A couple bits of advice:

Find fulfilling ways to cope with your feelings that don't include food

Finish chewing then swallow, before you put more food on your fork/spoon

EZMONEY
08-02-2008, 12:46 AM
You are welcome beautifulone

JULIE weighing every day maybe isn't the most important thing ...but to people like me it is VERY important...it really helps me too....others disagree and that's OK!

That's why I started this thread different things help different people! The obvious to us may not have even been thought about by the next person!

EZMONEY
08-03-2008, 11:07 PM
Tip of the day ~

Just because dinner is good for you ~ like my salmon, green beans and rice I had tonight, doesn't mean you can eat like there is no tomorrow...almost forgot that! I remembered 1/2 through my "you've had enough" plate ;)

Sweetcaroline
08-03-2008, 11:12 PM
Well, I was just looking for this thread and wa-lah... it popped up 'new'..

~ You weren't created just to eat, breathe, and take up space...
You were created to add life to the earth ~

EZMONEY
08-03-2008, 11:18 PM
it was on page 2 SWEET-C...

I had to "dig" for it!

Sweetcaroline
08-03-2008, 11:50 PM
it was on page 2 SWEET-C...

I had to "dig" for it!

Your threads never hit the back page do they ? :D You already know I kill threads, so be careful ;)
Love the new pic of doggies...

EZMONEY
08-04-2008, 12:19 AM
Your threads never hit the back page do they ? :D You already know I kill threads, so be careful ;)
Love the new pic of doggies...

Thanks SWEET-C they are in my truck, I was trying to get them both with their heads out the window, we have another picture from a few years back like that, wanted to compare.

And I believe I hold the record for busted threads and being a thread killer!

I've "bumped" myself so many times I'm up for self- abuse! :D

SunshineCA
08-04-2008, 02:14 AM
ONE COMPLIMENT:

"Hey Mom! That skirt looks really good on ya! You should wear mini-skirts more often." ~ Earlier today from my 15 year old daughter on a skirt my husband purchased for me last week. :D

EZMONEY
08-05-2008, 10:47 PM
SWEET! SUNSHINE!

One thing today ~ I walked the dogs 1.5 miles easy....one dog has a tired leg right now....came back home to finish getting my 3 miles done on the treadmill...had nowhere to go so I did 4 on the treadmill for 5.5 today. PUSH IT a little harder when you can!

grneyedmustang
08-05-2008, 10:52 PM
What I've learned: Truly research a diet before you dismiss it as being a fad. I totally thought that South Beach was one of those "eat oranges and drink water" all day fad diets, and I've discovered that is further than the truth. Truth is, so far I'm loving South Beach. And it's working!

jenguin
08-05-2008, 11:39 PM
One piece of advice - It's never too late to put the fork (or spoon, or cookie, or handful of chips) down!

One tip - if you like crunch on your salad, you don't have to use croutons. There is a product called Just Veggies that can boost your veggie intake (it's just dehydrated vegetables) AND add crunch to your salad! I found it in the health food section of my local supermarket.

WebRover
08-05-2008, 11:44 PM
If you're in a restricted environment (work), have more food and snacks available than you plan to eat so you never are "out" of healthy food.

You really have to get your head out of the diet/restriction/can't have/denial/race-to-the-finish mentality and into a life change/healthy eating/healthy snacking/in-it-for-the-long-run (life) mindset.

Sweetcaroline
08-05-2008, 11:56 PM
I'm learning to balance what I love to do, with what I need to do...

murphmitch
08-06-2008, 11:09 AM
Plan, plan, plan! Take snacks with you in your purse. Take your own salad dressing in a small container. Call ahead or check out a restaurant's menu online. You won't get tripped up as much if you plan ahead.

disney834
08-06-2008, 05:55 PM
I will chew my food slowly, enjoying the taste, and slowing down the ending of the meal. I did that today with my hamburger. Because I know that I can't eat hamburgers all the time and lose weight.

cornellchick
08-06-2008, 06:11 PM
I will not feel guilty when I indulge in something "extra." It is possible to eat anything you like, as long as you don't eat too much of it too often. Everything in moderation!

E.g. - I'll be getting deep dish pizza with a friend this Friday. I have done well on plan so far this week and I plan to keep going, but I give myself permission to enjoy my pizza night and not feel one ounce of guilt about it. :D

FlabbyHarry
08-06-2008, 06:25 PM
ONE EXCHANGE: Swap chicken burgers for quorn burgers in chicken style (im not a vegetarian but these taste just as nice , have less fat and cals yay! and go well with jacket patatoes ,, or a bun with some veg or salad :D

ONE COMPLIMENT: :D yesterday, i tried on my bikini for my hols in oct, n i sed to my mother, do i look fat in this? n she replied, no you dont , and if you carry on with this diet you will have the best bod on the beach, its already starting to show :D she beleived in me yay!

ONE ( 4 actually haha :))QUOTE: "People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas." ~Author Unknown

"Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork." ~English Proverb

"If hunger is not the problem, then eating is not the solution." ~Author Unknown

"I'm allergic to food. Every time I eat it breaks out into fat." ~Jennifer Greene Duncan

yerrh well thats mine :) hehe

mountain mama
08-06-2008, 07:39 PM
even if you dont feel like working out.. force yourself to do it. It will re-energize you, help your health and make you feel darn proud of yourself for doin it!!

EZMONEY
08-06-2008, 07:43 PM
Cooking an extra piece of turkey bacon at breakfast to spilit with my dogs is fine :)

Eating half of their piece is cheating! :o

mountain mama
08-14-2008, 11:15 AM
the feeling you get in the morning when youhavn't binged at nite is a better feeling than actually eating that bedtime snack!