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How to Start 
 
Jan. 31, 2010 12:58 pm 
Updated: Feb. 1, 2010 5:09 am
In the last few months we have really started buckling down on making our eating choices healthier.

Boy does that suck sometimes, LOL.  As can be seen by my picture we are both overweight. 

We have two main problems.  What we're eating and how much. 


 Right now we are focusing on what-starting with the carbs.  Pasta, potatoes and bread.  Although

we have found Dreamfields pasta (seems to work well for my diabetic husband).  I am so used to

having to have a starch with my meal.



As for portion control-we run into the stomach is full but my mouth still wants to have some flavor.

We are trying to keep more fruit and nuts around for when we know we are going to eat something

no matter what.  I also like having hard candies.  The biggest thing is not buying it, one of my biggest

downfalls is M&M's.  If they are around I will eat them without thinking.



I guess this is a good start.


 
Comments
Jan. 31, 2010 1:24 pm
Welcome to the BLOG! :D It sounds as though you are well on the way. You know what to watch for. I love celery and carrot sticks -- still. I am sure you will enjoy the blogging experience. I tend to ramble, and have discovered that I love to blog. All the best on your new beginning! Keep us posted!
 
Jan. 31, 2010 2:45 pm
Hi And welcome! I applaud your decision to get healthy in your eating habits. I once weighed 200 pounds myself. I am 5'7" and now down to a maintainable 140 lbs. If I totally kisk my a** by going back to running 5 miles a day, working out an hour on the tread mill and bowflex I can get down to 130. Um... I am 45 and no longer want to work that hard. Loosing weight is a journey and I strongly suggest you join a support group. I chose Weight Watchers. They help you eat your own food while understanding portion and caloric content. YOU do the thinking not Jenny Craig or one of the others oushing their food. You much be able to gauge food for yourself and it eventually becomes 2nd nature to you. After having my 5th child the weight just wouldnt go away and I was miserable. Having support was wonderful, informative and life changing. I lost 60 pounds in about 7 months. One of my tricks is to brush my teeth after I eat and pop a mint lifesaver if the goin' gets tough. I also bought one outrageously expensive tube of lipstick ,I would put on after brushing, ensuring that I wouldnt eat and mess it up! Please consider getting informative support and I KNOW you will meet with success! All the best!
 
boonie 
Jan. 31, 2010 10:16 pm
Thanks for the welcome! It felt a little weird to write my first blog but I think it will be a great place to track our journey.
 
deb48 
Feb. 1, 2010 5:09 am
If you want a good support group try Sparkpeople.com It is a free site that has many tools to help you along your journey. You can track all your food with every nutrient you would need to watch. It is well worth a look. Good luck
 
 
 
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I am 38 years old. I love looking at cookbooks and searching for new recipes to try. Luckily my husband likes more stuff than I do so I know if I would probably like it so will he. After his cancer diagnosis we are trying harder to make the things we eat a little better for us.
My favorite things to cook
My mothers veggie soup. I get requests for my lemon bars and macadamia nut cookies.
My favorite family cooking traditions
When my mother was alive we would come up with any reason whatsoever for a potluck.
My cooking triumphs
When I went to make my husband my mothers bread stuffing and he was EXTREMELY skeptical of it. I stuffed a 15lb turkey and filled a 6qt crockpot and there were no leftovers. Now we make a turkey so we can have stuffing.
My cooking tragedies
Hands down--EGGPLANT PARMESAN. The recipe called for the eggplant to be grilled on a standard grill pan until pliant. Seemed simple enough but we did not notice the smoke filling the kitchen,kitchen eating area,tv room and den(it is a very large open area). All of a sudden the fire alarm went off and the alarm company was calling to see what was going on. His quote to the operator "my girlfriend is just cooking." I could have just died--thankfully the fire trucks didn't come all the way to the house. What was really a bummer is the smell of grilled eggplant took forever to go away and the dish was definitly not to our taste. It's a couple years since I first found this site and the Eggplant Parmesan is still my biggest disaster....and one of our biggest laughs.
 
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