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  1. I have 50+ lbs of fat to lose ASAP before I can even begin to dream of body building. I know that this isn't going to happen overnight (which seems unfair, considering the last 20 lbs seriously did pile on pretty much overnight) but I want to find the absolute best foods I can eat to be healthy and happy and not always hungry so that I will see the fastest results possible. I keep a bowl of fruit such as plums and apples in my mini fridge along with bottles of water to try to encourage the healthiest snacking possible, and I love foods like brown rice and lentils, but I know I need to make some improvements. I definitely don't eat enough greens. For a while I was doing well with green smoothies, but not having my own kitchen right now makes those almost an impossibility. I also tend to be overwhelmed by recipes with more than 4 or 5 ingredients. For lentils I dump some into my rice cooker with some vegetable broth and spices and set it on 2 hour slow cook. I love asparagus sautéed in a bit of olive oil then sprinkled with salt and pepper. Raw carrots, apples, plums, bananas, etc. are all favorites. You get the idea... My favorite green foods are edamame and peas... both great, but not the cruciferous veggies I need to be eating in quantity! My first short term goal is to make at least a little progress in time for my friend's wedding in just under 3 weeks. Nothing miraculous, maybe just a dress size. Miracles are certainly welcome, though! And to be able to fit into something cute for Halloween the next week is an added bonus. After that is Thanksgiving, when family and friends will start to come to town to visit. Then Christmas, and so on... Taking it a month at a time, with a short term goal every month or so, seems like a good way to do it. Has anyone been through this? Do you have any advice to help me get started and keep going? (Oh and that Target commercial for mild cheddar cheese? I could have been that kid. Despise broccoli with every fiber of my being, so please don't recommend it! )
  2. Hello everyone! I'm so relieved to have discovered this website and forum. I am a long time vegetarian with preference for vegan foods, trying to convert completely. I also need to start training. I am in the fattest, most miserable shape of my life, and I can't put this off any longer. I have no support (in fact a lot of negativity around my whole lifestyle) where I am living currently, but I do have a friend with a weight set in her basement who has expressed an interest not only in being workout buddies, but also in cutting back her own consumption of meat. So I guess that's one very good thing in my favor. I have a long way to go, with some short-term goals along the way, so any help I find here will be most appreciated!
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