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 Post subject: Re: I'm ready! Let's do this!
PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2008 11:53 pm 
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That is SO awesome your eventual goal is to be raw!!
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It's the most profound, life changing thing imaginable!
Being positive and full of LIFE is the natural state of the human being. :)

Congratulations on your goals and achievements thus far,
it can sometimes seem like a long road.. but take it one day at a time,
one step in front of the other, and you can climb any mountain :wink:

Also, I do just wanted to offer advice in the realm of GREENS consumption.
I find that not consuming enough greens(salads, green smoothies, etc.) really
contributes to giving into cravings and sweets. I have found.. for my body,
it comes down to mineralization.
So, maybe add a green smoothie to your diet in the mornings to
help energize you, hydrate you, and mineralize you :D

Also, I don't know if you know of Angela Stokes but she is an astonishing creature:
http://www.rawreform.com


Thanks! *blushes and feels more confident* :D

Yeah, I was thinking that I need something to give me a lift in the morning. I seem to be tired for the first few hours in the morning, and slightly less tired throughout the day. We'll see what we can get, though. My husband and I are talking over it, about what our plan of action is for the month when we go shopping on the 16th, so we can make sure to eat more healthy, and more raw, and not go over our budget.

Nope, I never heard of Angela Stokes until now. I just checked out that website, and it looks like she's had an amazing transformation, though! Wow! :o I hope I can be just as successful with losing weight! I am definitely getting more and more confident about doing this and losing weight, though! Rawr! :boxer: lol. I feel more determined now than I ever was to change my life around for the better! :D

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 Post subject: Re: I'm ready! Let's do this!
PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2008 11:56 pm 
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Breakfast: peanut butter and jelly bread
Lunch: cooked whole wheat pasta and pasta sauce
Dinner: peanut butter and jelly bread
Snack: 1 orange

I'm still feeling about the same, and didn't do any exercise today.

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 Post subject: Re: I'm ready! Let's do this!
PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 12:07 am 
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aww...that is so great you feel motivated! It is such a powerful force.
The trick is... developing endurance driven motivation :wink:

Keeping with a habit long enough, so you can reap the benefits of health
thru consistency.


& , wow, well I am glad you know of Angela Stokes now!
She is a sweetie pie and I love her outlook on life. She's gone thru
many of the obstacles you probably have experienced with weight gain & loss..
as have yet to experience, so I think her wisdom in the matter will help you immensely!
:D




Also, GIRL you need more fruits and veggies!! hah
Don't focus on purely eating comfort foods all day.. it will leave you feeling
worn out very quickly, and unmotivated.
Definitely look into Green Smoothies to start your day!
Also, try and consume about 1-2 litres of water within the first few hours after
you awake.. it will help you through out the day, more than you can imagine!
If you can just focus on your water consumption then, then you don't
have to worry about it the rest of the day! :)


Also, I find what helps me with grocery shopping (aside from
trying to shop at a CO-OP, natural foods store all of the time..) is
always start in the produce section.
Try and plan nearly all of your meals, or foods you like, around that section!
That will help immensely. Not only to increase raw food consumption,
but to decrease processed food consumption!


You have all of my best wishes.. you can do this! :wohoo:

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 Post subject: Re: I'm ready! Let's do this!
PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 4:58 am 
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andesuma wrote:
aww...that is so great you feel motivated! It is such a powerful force.
The trick is... developing endurance driven motivation :wink:

Keeping with a habit long enough, so you can reap the benefits of health
thru consistency.

& , wow, well I am glad you know of Angela Stokes now!
She is a sweetie pie and I love her outlook on life. She's gone thru
many of the obstacles you probably have experienced with weight gain & loss..
as have yet to experience, so I think her wisdom in the matter will help you immensely!
:D

Also, GIRL you need more fruits and veggies!! hah
Don't focus on purely eating comfort foods all day.. it will leave you feeling
worn out very quickly, and unmotivated.
Definitely look into Green Smoothies to start your day!
Also, try and consume about 1-2 litres of water within the first few hours after
you awake.. it will help you through out the day, more than you can imagine!
If you can just focus on your water consumption then, then you don't
have to worry about it the rest of the day! :)

Also, I find what helps me with grocery shopping (aside from
trying to shop at a CO-OP, natural foods store all of the time..) is
always start in the produce section.
Try and plan nearly all of your meals, or foods you like, around that section!
That will help immensely. Not only to increase raw food consumption,
but to decrease processed food consumption!

You have all of my best wishes.. you can do this! :wohoo:


Yeah, good idea about the water! I told my husband to make sure to start reminding me to drink enough water soon as I wake up! :wink: :lol:

Oh, we always start in the produce section...just that we keep feeling that we can't afford much fresh stuff due to such high costs...and $150 doesn't go very far for a month. But hopefully it will help if we get more raw foods and just ration out our portions (eating a bit less than before) and filling up on water! We'll see when we go shopping on the 16th. :D

Woohoo! YES I CAN! *does a cheery Spongebob Squarepants voice*...I'm ready, I'm ready, I'm ready...I'M READY!!! :wohoo: lol. :boxer:

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 Post subject: Re: I'm ready! Let's do this!
PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 5:03 am 
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Breakfast: jelly bread (no more peanut butter, so only bread topped with jelly for now)
Lunch: lentil and vegetable soup
Dinner: lentil and vegetable soup
Snack: 1 orange

I'm still feeling about the same, and didn't do any exercise today. I'll probably start a bit of small exercise tomorrow after I weight myself. :)

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 Post subject: Re: I'm ready! Let's do this!
PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 3:00 pm 
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Hey TigreBella, just wanted to wish you luck. I find that if you fill up a gallon jug of water, lug it around with you AND place it within eye shot. You'll be more likely to take a gulp here and there. I go thru about a gallon and a half a day. I've even got a little "shake it up" routine that I go through when I clean the jug out. It makes me feel like I'm doing a little workout. You fill the jug with water about a quarter of the way full, toss on the cap/lid and start shaking it with one hand. As hard as you can. It's rather fun.

Anyway, good luck!

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 Post subject: Re: I'm ready! Let's do this!
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 1:56 am 
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Hey TigreBella, just wanted to wish you luck. I find that if you fill up a gallon jug of water, lug it around with you AND place it within eye shot. You'll be more likely to take a gulp here and there. I go thru about a gallon and a half a day. I've even got a little "shake it up" routine that I go through when I clean the jug out. It makes me feel like I'm doing a little workout. You fill the jug with water about a quarter of the way full, toss on the cap/lid and start shaking it with one hand. As hard as you can. It's rather fun.

Anyway, good luck!


Thanks! :D

Yeah, my only problem with that is that I hate hot/warm water...unless it's tea or soup! But plain water, I can only stand drinking big quantities of it if it's cold, or at least slightly cool. Though my husband and I each keep a gallon of RO water (we use a Reverse Osmosis water filter) in the fridge, so we each have one to gauge how much we drink. And we each have a water bottle that we refill from the gallons as we empty them. And we each keep our water bottle in plain sight (I even bring mines with me when we go shopping). We're trying to get me in the habit of drinking more, though, by my husband reminding me to drink a good bit in the morning. That way, if I don't drink much throughout the day, at least we can assure I'll get somewhat of a decent amount. :D

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 Post subject: Re: I'm ready! Let's do this!
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 2:01 am 
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Breakfast: jelly bread
Lunch: split pea and vegetable soup
Dinner: split pea and vegetable soup
Snack: 1 mango

I'll also have a laxative tea before bed, as I feel I'm needing it. >.<

I'm still feeling about the same, and didn't make time to exercise today. Grrr.

This week's weight: 238 pounds (-2 pounds) :wohoo: (I know, it's best not to get excited right away, expecially since with my luck it's probably just water weight.) :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: I'm ready! Let's do this!
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 3:02 am 
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Congratulations on the good start! :D

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 Post subject: Re: I'm ready! Let's do this!
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 9:49 am 
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You are tired because you aren't taking in enough calories and I there is very little protein or fat in your plan.

** Try to eat 3 small meals and two snacks every three hours.

** Is the jelly sugar free? Anyway, you could switch breakast to a slice of Ezekiel toast with 1 tablespoon peanut butter and a glass of low sugar soymilk for breakfast instead. That would be a better breakfast.

** Drink tons of water. At least 90 oz if your serious about fat loss.

** Do a 20 minute walk every day to start. Everything else is extra but cardio should be your first goal to lose some of the fat,then a proper weight training program can come later.

:-)

Good luck. Hope some of these tips help. On the good side, you are very young so your metabolism is fast! So if you do follow a proper program, you should see things happen quickly. But you definitely aren't taking in enough calories and too many refined carbs and simple sugars. Start with the breakfast I suggested and add one snack and the walking. Baby steps :)

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 Post subject: Re: I'm ready! Let's do this!
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offense74 wrote:
Congratulations on the good start! :D


Thanks! :D

veggieprincess wrote:
You are tired because you aren't taking in enough calories and I there is very little protein or fat in your plan.

** Try to eat 3 small meals and two snacks every three hours.

** Is the jelly sugar free? Anyway, you could switch breakast to a slice of Ezekiel toast with 1 tablespoon peanut butter and a glass of low sugar soymilk for breakfast instead. That would be a better breakfast.

** Drink tons of water. At least 90 oz if your serious about fat loss.

** Do a 20 minute walk every day to start. Everything else is extra but cardio should be your first goal to lose some of the fat,then a proper weight training program can come later.

:-)

Good luck. Hope some of these tips help. On the good side, you are very young so your metabolism is fast! So if you do follow a proper program, you should see things happen quickly. But you definitely aren't taking in enough calories and too many refined carbs and simple sugars. Start with the breakfast I suggested and add one snack and the walking. Baby steps :)


Thanks for the advice. :)

My tiredness might be due to not enough calories, but I tend to think that laziness also has some part in it. (I was mostly lazy and inactive all my life.) I think if I can get out more in the morning, before I start to want to be lazy, then maybe I might have energy to get through the day. :D

The jelly isn't sugar free, because only sugar free onces I seem to find have that nasty harmful aspartame stuff in it, and I don't go for artificial stuff. The jelly we have is Full Circle brand, Organic. :?

I saw that Ezekiel bread in the store, but it is too expensive for our budget. We've been making our own whole wheat bread to help save money. Oh, and we try to avoid soy. (I know, we're picky, so I guess it's kind of hard for us to get a good meal plan going.) We're going to start cutting back on bread soon, once we can go shopping on the 16th, and maybe try replacing it with a green veggie juice or smoothie/shake in the morning, like andesuma had suggested. I'm sure that can be affordable on us. :) Though could it work out to also if I have a fruit or veggie for breakfast? Would that help? Like if I only eat a fruit or veggie? Maybe alternate between veggie drinks and raw fruits/veggies for breakfast on different days? :?:

I'm slowly getting a higher water intake (though on soup days, I have so much soup that I must be getting in a gallon of liquids just from the soup, lol). I think I'm doing very good so far, just gotta keep reminding myself, or have my husband remind me. :lol:

Yeah, that's a good idea...I should start getting walks daily, and perhaps early when I wake up! It might help me get pumped and ready to start the day! :boxer:

Again, thanks for your advice! I like hearing other people's thoughts on how I can improve. :D

We're trying to make everything last until the 16th, then we'll work on trying to buy a better inventory of food items for the month, lol. As long as we don't go over $150 for the month (from the 16th of this month to the 16th of next month, as that's how my husband's foodstamps go), we should be ok. :)

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 Post subject: Re: I'm ready! Let's do this!
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Breakfast: jelly bread
Lunch: split pea and vegetable soup
Dinner: split pea and vegetable soup
Snack: 1 mango

Another laxative tea again tonight!

I'm a bit more active today. I did some packing (for when we move), so I tossed around a few boxes and did a little exercise there. :)

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 Post subject: Re: I'm ready! Let's do this!
PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 3:25 am 
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Great job! It can be tedious at first.. but, I would definitely keep up with Angela Stokes
she's gotten a lot of this stuff completely figured out.


Also, to make this seem even more doable, achievable, & matter-of-fact
Focus on Abundance

Focus on what you do have, not what you don't.
Focus on what you can do, not what you "can't".
Focus on doing everything 'within your budget', and doing it well.
:D


The key to your success.. is realizing everything you want to be...
everything you want to achieve, is already inside of you.
You just need to finish the molding process :wink:


Gaia ...and your body, love you. They only know how to be healthy.
Your body only knows how to create HEALTH.
(it is our society and conditioned habits/addictions that are the interference)
The more fresh foods you add to your diet.. the better and more motivated you
will feel. :)


Everything is within your budget, because everything is abundant!
Do not focus on scarcity, focus on abundance.
(just keep that thought in mind, regardless if it's "reality" or not... )



You are doing it. You are changing your world.
And it is such a blessing that you have a loving husband
to be on the journey with... :wink:
:heart:

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 Post subject: Re: I'm ready! Let's do this!
PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 2:02 am 
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andesuma wrote:
Great job! It can be tedious at first.. but, I would definitely keep up with Angela Stokes
she's gotten a lot of this stuff completely figured out.

Also, to make this seem even more doable, achievable, & matter-of-fact
Focus on Abundance

Focus on what you do have, not what you don't.
Focus on what you can do, not what you "can't".
Focus on doing everything 'within your budget', and doing it well.
:D

The key to your success.. is realizing everything you want to be...
everything you want to achieve, is already inside of you.
You just need to finish the molding process :wink:

Gaia ...and your body, love you. They only know how to be healthy.
Your body only knows how to create HEALTH.
(it is our society and conditioned habits/addictions that are the interference)
The more fresh foods you add to your diet.. the better and more motivated you
will feel. :)

Everything is within your budget, because everything is abundant!
Do not focus on scarcity, focus on abundance.
(just keep that thought in mind, regardless if it's "reality" or not... )

You are doing it. You are changing your world.
And it is such a blessing that you have a loving husband
to be on the journey with... :wink:
:heart:


Why is it that everytime you talk, I feel motivated? :wink: lol. You definitely have a great way with words! So inspirational! Bravo! :D

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Breakfast: jelly bread
Lunch: baked sweet potato cubes and brown rice
Dinner: baked sweet potato cubes and brown rice
Snack: 1 mango

I did more packing today, so got a little workout there. :D

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