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Old 11-14-2012, 08:26 AM   #11
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I have lost (and not found!!!!) about 70 pounds in the last 2 years.

Here is my plan for the holidays--check out what is on the table before you start filling your plate. Pick one or two indulgences. Take small portions.

MOST IMPORTANTLY--Savor those choices. Small bites, be fully conscious of the flavors and textures. Enjoy them, and DO NOT REGRET THEM.

Keep up with your exercise, add a little if you can.

It really does feel better to leave the table without stuffing yourself like the turkey!!
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:53 PM   #12
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Here's what I do...

I walk whenever I need to go somewhere close by. It's started out being everything under 10 miles now I walk about 40 miles a day.

When I drive I park in the furthest parking bay I can find.
I always choose the stairs over the lifts in malls.
I drink at least 8 glasses of water each day or green tea, cayenne tea and oolong tea when it's cold.
I eat slowly, always have.
I use smaller plates than most people, makes you think you are eating more.
I snack on raw fruit and veg while I cook. By the time dinner is ready I can only manage small portions.
When I eat away from home I always dish more veggies than meat or starch.
I order salad, veggies or baked potato as a side when eating out.
I steam veg, grill instead of frying when it comes to meats.
I use loads of fresh herbs to add flavour to food.
I use mainly wholegrain starches.
I choose dark chocolate over milk chocolate.
I buy cocoa intead of instant hot chocolate mixes.
I drink vodka with soda and fruit juice instead of wine and beer or creamy drinks.
When we drink socially I drink a glass of water after each drink then I drink less.
I never deprive myself if I'm in the mood for something nice, I just have a smaller portion instead of over doing it when I ignore my craving for too long.
Geepers, I need to think about this. Most of these are second nature to me.
I've always enjoyed healthy food more.
The best rule to stick to when cooking your own meals is using fresh ingredients over processed and instant meals.

On weekends and holidays I also go for a walk with the kids before meals. We pick flowers, chat and catch up. It's fun and it's good exercise.
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:37 PM   #13
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That is very good Snip

We too buy dark chocolate, not milk. I take stairs instead of lifts also

I only have one glass of wine now when we have celebrations, just healthier that way

I drink lots of water too
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:58 PM   #14
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I have lost (and not found!!!!) about 70 pounds in the last 2 years.

Here is my plan for the holidays--check out what is on the table before you start filling your plate. Pick one or two indulgences. Take small portions.

MOST IMPORTANTLY--Savor those choices. Small bites, be fully conscious of the flavors and textures. Enjoy them, and DO NOT REGRET THEM.

Keep up with your exercise, add a little if you can.

It really does feel better to leave the table without stuffing yourself like the turkey!!
I was going to say that I found it, but I didn't find that much. Just a few pounds. Someone else must have found the rest.

I just read the other day that if you snack using your non-dominant hand it will slow you down enough so you eat less. I must try that when at holiday parties.
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:04 PM   #15
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I was going to say that I found it, but I didn't find that much. Just a few pounds. Someone else must have found the rest.

I just read the other day that if you snack using your non-dominant hand it will slow you down enough so you eat less. I must try that when at holiday parties.
Good idea, but if I used my non-dominant hand to feed myself most of the food would end up in my nose. Which ironically is right where my father used to threaten to put it if we didn't eat it. haha

I agree with the others that you should eat more veges and take a bit less of the more fattening tempting items.
Start with salad & veges.
Don't deprive yourself of enjoying your meal.
Exercise a bit more when possible.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone :>)
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:30 PM   #16
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I was going to say that I found it, but I didn't find that much. Just a few pounds. Someone else must have found the rest.

I just read the other day that if you snack using your non-dominant hand it will slow you down enough so you eat less. I must try that when at holiday parties.
The only thing that I'm ambidextrous at is eating, the only way to slow me down is require me to use my feet, but I bet I could get good at it fairly quickly....
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The only thing that I'm ambidextrous at is eating, the only way to slow me down is require me to use my feet, but I bet I could get good at it fairly quickly....
Now there's an idea.......
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