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Affording the food for a healthier
I'm not familiar with food stamps, so I really have no idea what you can spend a week. Unhealthy food is troublingly vague. Based on my experience, however, I would recommend stocking up on veggies. Carrots are inexpensive and can be enjoyed so many different ways including tasty 'chips' that kids usually enjoy. I don't have children so my next suggestions may seem laughable and/or offensive to you, I apologize in advance but I'm giving them anyway. Since you're the one shopping and cooking it's your menu to create. If your kids are anything like my dog (again, apologies for this comparison) then they won't let themselves starve. Fruit snacks, puddings, sugary cereals, pop, fruit drinks are all processed things most kids love but they're also expensive and unhealthy options. Again, I have no idea what you or your family are eating that is so expensive but making your kids drink water instead of juice will save you a few bucks. As will replacing processed snack foods with apples and other cheap veggies.
by amandawl (submitted 2 years ago)
Scale moves slow
I do a workout! No, seriously, I get up and listen to my favorite song and dance to it like a fool. For me, I have to physically snap myself out of negative trains of thought. It's easier to laugh at myself than it is to feel sorry for myself and I had a bad habit of eating my sadness. When I first started exercising - before it became a refuge and habit - there were days where I was weepy when I started my workout. I would actually cry when I couldn't nail a burpee or complete a pushup. I stuck out the sads and found that by the end it I felt sweaty but great, like I had accomplished something. I guess my point is that just doing things that make me healthier is enough to make me happy IF I stop and appreciate that I'm doing the best that I can. If that dancing isn't your thing there are plenty of great motivational fitness quotes and pictures floating around the web. Having a folder of those that rotate as my desktop backgrounds helps keep me in the right mindset. Also, when the scale isn't showing me what I want to see I will stay off it for a few days. The pitfall there is that necessitates being completely honest with your calorie counting and exercise tracking.
by amandawl (submitted 2 years ago)
Fell "Off the wagon" over the holidays, but now back with the program!
Eight pounds in one week?! That is incredible, I don't have the discipline to increase my caloric deficit to lose more than 1-2 lbs a week so I'm a little envious. It's wonderful that you have such a positive focus and are back on the wagon. :)
by amandawl (submitted 2 years ago)
Insanity, P90X, Zumba, or Turbo Fire Which is the best???
Slim in 6 is one of the older series from Beachbody but its worth checking out as it is a great starting place. TurboFire is fun if you like to jump and bounce around your living room. I find Chalene really upbeat and fun to workout with. Women's Health has some great DVDs with Amy Dixon if you want to stray from the Beachbody lineup. Theres also a fun HIIT DVD called look better naked that is good for some variety. If space, not cost is the concern the Bowflex SelectTech weights are fantastic, I really enjoy how compact they are. Plus they let me incorporate LeanExtreme into my workouts and more recently the Body Beast series. Personally, I found Tony and Shaun T obnoxious so those workouts were a waste but my pervy side enables me to appreciate the Body Beast series for the eyecandy and the humor.
by amandawl (submitted 2 years ago)
Bowflex SelectTech Weights Easy to use? Worth it?
Awesome indeed! I've been using them for over a month now and I absolutely love them. Makes my workout area look so much tidier. :)
by amandawl (submitted 2 years ago)
low carbs for 2 weeks
Those are some crazy calorie deficits, I can see why you're frustrated. Don't give up though, you're on the right track! All that exercise has to be changing your body even if the scale isn't showing a big change in numbers.
by amandawl (submitted 2 years ago)
Bowflex SelectTech Weights Easy to use? Worth it?
I'm really loving working out with weights and am considering purchasing the SelectTech weights as a gift to myself. Buying pairs of weights is starting to get silly as they take up so much space. I'm wondering if anyone knows if these are worth the splurge or if they are hard to use. The reviews on the site are really positive but I'm skeptical of reviews on their own site.
by amandawl (submitted 2 years ago)
blown day
It was just one day! Don't let it bring you down. It's probably that insane amount of sodium making you feel ill. It should be criminal to put that much sodium into food.
by amandawl (submitted 2 years ago)
husband left me married 9yrs and 4 can i stay on track while i am do depressed???
*hugs* If getting angry helps you through then more power to you. Personally, it was only after letting go of resentment and anger towards my toxic ex that I was able to make some positive changes in my own life. You're blessed with four children. I hope you can let them inspire you to try to be the best version of yourself each day. I recommend you put down the food & pick up the babies. Spend some quality time as a smaller, more awesome family doing happy dances in your living room celebrating the positive things each day. Therapy is great! If it isn't in the budget though you always have us. :)
by amandawl (submitted 2 years ago)
Food Problem
I understand this completely. I tend to get fixated on one specific food in my cupboard that I can't make my mind stop wandering to. My self restraint isn't at the level where I'm able to resist my binge cravings so I have had to stop purchasing things that I really like. At home, I find it easier to not think of food if all I have is boring veggies and healthy foods. I still have slips where I will eat 5 rice cakes instead of 1 but gradually changing my habits seems to make it easier than changing all my bad habits at once. When I'm at a coffee shop eating a donut with my eyes I find reciting this mantra helps, but only if I say it at least 10 times. "Don't reward yourself with food, you're not a dog!" I know how hard it is to change your lifestyle and I hope it gets easier for you.
by amandawl (submitted 2 years ago)
Childhood favorites
Excellent news! One less thing to tempt me when I'm having a craving for something fattening. :P
by amandawl (submitted 2 years ago)
I find that keeping track of every single thing that goes into my mouth helps. It makes me feel accountable to myself. Last night I binged on some pretzel goldfish and felt really guilty about it to the point where I was almost too ashamed to get on the scale this morning. I forced myself to though and it turns out it wasn't the end of the world and today is a fresh start. I am also trying to replace snacks with water or something healthy. I guess I'm just saying try to stay positive, forgive yourself if you slip up and drink water as if you like it. If you want to stop binging you can! I wish you well. :)
by amandawl (submitted 2 years ago)
Just Started Today - Can't wait to see the results!
Good luck! I hope this works for you. I've never heard of this detox but from my quick browse it sounds absolutely awful. Is it really just a liquid diet where you pop a ton of supplements? I want to lose weight but I think I would rather stick to solid healthy foods that I can recognize.
by amandawl (submitted 2 years ago)

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