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Thread: January 2014 Weight loss Adventure with a PRIZE!!!!

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    I went grocery shopping yesterday and am ready to get started. I am also looking forward to coming here and talking with others and learning new skills for weight lose.
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    Healthy Eating Easy Tips for Planning a Healthy Diet & Sticking to It

    Healthy eating tip 1: Set yourself up for success

    To set yourself up for success, think about planning a healthy diet as a number of small, manageable steps rather than one big drastic change. If you approach the changes gradually and with commitment, you will have a healthy diet sooner than you think.

    • Simplify. Instead of being overly concerned with counting calories or measuring portion sizes, think of your diet in terms of color, variety, and freshness. This way it should be easier to make healthy choices. Focus on finding foods you love and easy recipes that incorporate a few fresh ingredients. Gradually, your diet will become healthier and more delicious.
    • Start slow and make changes to your eating habits over time. Trying to make your diet healthy overnight isn’t realistic or smart. Changing everything at once usually leads to cheating or giving up on your new eating plan. Make small steps, like adding a salad (full of different color vegetables) to your diet once a day or switching from butter to olive oil when cooking. As your small changes become habit, you can continue to add more healthy choices to your diet.
    • Every change you make to improve your diet matters. You don’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to completely eliminate foods you enjoy to have a healthy diet. The long term goal is to feel good, have more energy, and reduce the risk of cancer and disease. Don’t let your missteps derail you—every healthy food choice you make counts.




    Think of water and exercise as food groups in your diet.

    Water. Water helps flush our systems of waste products and toxins, yet many people go through life dehydrated—causing tiredness, low energy, and headaches. It’s common to mistake thirst for hunger, so staying well hydrated will also help you make healthier food choices.


    Exercise. Find something active that you like to do and add it to your day, just like you would add healthy greens, blueberries, or salmon. The benefits of lifelong exercise are abundant and regular exercise may even motivate you to make healthy food choices a habit.



    http://helpguide.org/life/healthy_eating_diet.htm
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    I am going to look for some tips to share each day. I found this article, there are 8 steps for healthy eating tips, I will post a tip a day and then find something else. I have included the link for the complete article if you want to look at it.

    Remember your weight and my weight didn't come on over night so it won't come off over night.

    Good Luck everyone.
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    The key to successful, healthy weight loss

    Your weight is a balancing act, but the equation is simple: If you eat more calories than you burn, you gain weight. And if you eat fewer calories than you burn, you lose weight.
    Since 3,500 calories equals about one pound of fat, if you cut 500 calories from your typical diet each day, you'll lose approximately one pound a week (500 calories x 7 days = 3,500 calories). Simple, right? Then why is weight loss so hard?
    All too often, we make weight loss much more difficult than it needs to be with extreme diets that leave us cranky and starving, unhealthy lifestyle choices that undermine our dieting efforts, and emotional eating habits that stop us before we get started. But there’s a better way! You can lose weight without feeling miserable. By making smart choices every day, you can develop new eating habits and preferences that will leave you feeling satisfied—and winning the battle of the bulge.


    Getting started with healthy weight loss

    While there is no “one size fits all” solution to permanent healthy weight loss, the following guidelines are a great place to start:

    • Think lifestyle change, not short-term diet. Permanent weight loss is not something that a “quick-fix” diet can achieve. Instead, think about weight loss as a permanent lifestyle change—a commitment to your health for life. Various popular diets can help jumpstart your weight loss, but permanent changes in your lifestyle and food choices are what will work in the long run.
    • Find a cheering section. Social support means a lot. Programs like Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers use group support to impact weight loss and lifelong healthy eating. Seek out support—whether in the form of family, friends, or a support group—to get the encouragement you need.
    • Slow and steady wins the race. Aim to lose one to two pounds a week to ensure healthy weight loss. Losing weight too fast can take a toll on your mind and body, making you feel sluggish, drained, and sick. When you drop a lot of weight quickly, you’re actually losing mostly water and muscle, rather than fat.
    • Set goals to keep you motivated. Short-term goals, like wanting to fit into a bikini for the summer, usually don’t work as well as wanting to feel more confident or become healthier for your children’s sakes. When frustration and temptation strike, concentrate on the many benefits you will reap from being healthier and leaner.
    • Use tools that help you track your progress. Keep a food journal and weigh yourself regularly, keeping track of each pound and inch you lose. By keeping track of your weight loss efforts, you’ll see the results in black and white, which will help you stay motivated.

    Keep in mind it may take some experimenting to find the right diet for your individual body. It’s important that you feel satisfied so that you can stick with it on a long-term basis. If one diet plan doesn’t work, then try another one. There are many ways to lose weight. The key is to find what works for you.
    Where you carry your fat matters

    The health risks are greater if you tend to carry your weight around your abdomen, as opposed to your hips and thighs. A lot of belly fat is stored deep below the skin surrounding the abdominal organs and liver, and is closely linked to insulin resistance and diabetes. Calories obtained from fructose (found in sugary beverages such as soda and processed foods like doughnuts, muffins, and candy) are more likely to add to this dangerous fat around your belly. Cutting back on sugary foods can mean a slimmer waistline and lower risk of disease.

    http://helpguide.org/life/healthy_weight_loss.htm
    Cindy R in Dallas, TX

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    I am in! After going thru all the emails from WW, and deleting them, knowing I had to start again anyway and download the new app, I thought, I am going to look over QB before I do that and here y'all are! Yeah! Motivation and support I need. I am looking forward to joining y'all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toverly View Post
    I am in! After going thru all the emails from WW, and deleting them, knowing I had to start again anyway and download the new app, I thought, I am going to look over QB before I do that and here y'all are! Yeah! Motivation and support I need. I am looking forward to joining y'all.
    Welcome aboard. This is a fun group, we share everything here from ups downs, quilting and whatever else may be going on in our life.

    We all need the support and encouragment.
    Cindy R in Dallas, TX

    "My day is not complete until I play with fabric in some manner......whether be sewing, cutting or just fondling for a new project."

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    I am in again. I must do better this year!!!!


    My newest Grandson, Caleb Austin, was born May 29th. I am now Grandma to 4 precious babies. I am so blessed!!!!

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    I am in again. I have got to get back with it to start this year off right. I am like others during the holidays, because it was so hard not eating goodies that I shouldn't have with Christmas, my husband's birthday right on that day, and my son's birthday the 21st, and one more birthday to go for my daughter in law on Jan 2. I will be keeping on track on that day if I can at all. I feel over flowing too with to many sweets. I have me some good food now, and for a sweet, I bought some sweet potatoes which are healthier. I love sweet potatoes. I am going to say a prayer today for all of us to be and get healthy if we are not already. I have lupus, sjogren's, diabetes, fibromyalgia etc. so I have plenty of reasons to be doing better for myself, and my family. I know others also have health issues, and I understand how hard it is to do the right things. At least we keep on keeping on. Welcome to the new people who have come to join us.

    Happy New Year!!!
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    JuneBillie - In memory of my dear mother June, and my dear mother in law Billie.
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    I'm in too!!

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    I'm in again. I sent you a pm. I'll get my FQ's together and get them sent. I joined my weight loss program last year on Jan. 1st. I lost 45 lbs. but over Christmas have gained about 5lbs. back. Time to get serious again. Looking forward to cheering everyone on. We can do this. Yay team!!!

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