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I need help!!!!!

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Seriously I have got to let go of eating out and I really need help and motivation from my spark family for this. I am the queen of setting goals and not sticking with them but enough is enough! I have to change, I need to change I am so tired of coming on here and getting a spark of motivation only to have it go away a week later. I am so tried of joining challenges and being the exact same weight, if not bigger, by the end of it. One of my biggest challenges is eating out. I don't cook and I am always eating out for every single meal and it has to stop. Not only is it bad health wise but it is extremely expensive and as a struggling college student how I manage to waste so much money on food is mind boggling to me. It is hindering my weight loss and hurting my pockets and I got to stop, however this will not be easy for me. I have had this habit for the past 6 years of my life and it wont be easy to break so I need my spark family for motivation. Just check on me, you know, maybe give some good recipes, or even advice on how to do it all. I juggle school and work so thats another reason why I am often quick to call in a food order, but what do you guys do? Any little help counts and I am just trying to do better because I know I can be better!
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  • no profile photo CD8932233
    So I have the exact same problem. I recently realized that the amount of money I'm spending on eating out in a month could probably support 1 or 2 families in a non-developed country for a YEAR emoticon Its also been costing me health wise but the numbers really put it into perspective for me. Here's the thing though, I'm a medical student and right now cooking daily or even weekly is not probable (not impossible-I cook every now and then!). What is possible however is shopping smart. I can buy an entire day's worth of food that's in my calorie range for the same amount of money I was spending on a single meal. I buy ready made salads, frozen entrees, soups and all sorts of snacks to get me thru the day. I plan out what I'm going to eat during the week during my trip to the grocery store. Hope this helps!
    ~Faye
    3342 days ago
  • VALKYRIA-
    I know how it is.. believe me, I do. I am in college too, and have struggled with school and work and trying to lose weight... it CAN be done... just takes some balancing.

    First of all, you can't expect to change overnight. Old habits die hard.. the best idea is to try to start slow, and then build off of your successes. You can get takeout, delivery, and lunches on campus that are healthy.... it just might take a little pre-planning and a little willpower. For instance, when you go out for dinner, get steamed veggies for a side dish instead of potatoes or rice... get things grilled, and ask for "no butter" (because restaurants put butter on like freaking everything from steaks to fish to broccoli). Try to order salsa instead of cheese dip, etc... and if at all possible, try to research the calories of your favorite dishes BEFORE you go out to eat, so you know whether you should eat the whole thing, or whether you should eat half and put the other half in a doggie bag for later.

    You should start off slowly cooking too.... maybe start by packing your lunch and eating breakfast at home (this is usually pretty easy... you can use sandwiches on whole grain bread, fruits, veggies, protein bars, or even leftovers from last night for lunches). Maybe aim tp cook 1 or 2 dinners each week and freeze leftovers, that way, you can defrost the leftovers later in the week when you are not feeling like cooking! Crock pot meals are great for this, and can even cook while you are away from home. If you like salsa I recommend this salsa chicken recipe: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/reci
    pe-detail.asp?recipe=672711


    Remember YOU are in control of your life, not the other way around. You will have setbacks that will make you want to give up, but you just have to keep trying.

    Have you tried tracking your meals in the nutrition tracker ? I know this tool helps me immensely when I THINK i am making healthy choices eating out and then realize that I am actually not, lol.

    Good luck, You can do this!!! emoticon Baby steps!!
    3343 days ago
  • KALIYAH21
    Again thank you guys so much please know I am reading all of these and taking them to heart, I love all of these suggestions. I am so confident I can do this now and I have no excuses!
    3344 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6805483
    Check out the different "tv dinners"...there are SOME that really are healthy and taste great. Eating Right and Healthy choice are my favs. They are cheap, (cheaper than fast food at least) easy and way healthier than anything you'll get from a drive thru. Just pair them with a side salad, hard boiled egg or piece of fruit and you're good to go!

    also, snacking on healthy stuff (low fat yogurt, fruit, veggies, fiber bars, hard boiled eggs, trail mix, etc.) between meals really helps me from getting super hungry and over eating at meals. The 100 calorie snack packs are a good place to start if you don't have time/energy to figure out portions by hand.

    Hope this helps!!
    3344 days ago
  • KALIYAH21
    Thank you guys so much for the comments!
    3344 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8919339
    Oh, and sometimes when I'm cooking, I pretend I have a cooking show, and I explain all of the steps and stuff. I'm a dork. Lol. But it's fun.
    3344 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8919339
    I struggle with the exact same thing. I've found that watching the food network has gotten me really interested in cooking. I fancy myself an amateur chef sometimes. If you don't have cable, some of the shows are on hulu. It could work for you too. Here are some other tips I've found work for me:

    1. Like Brenda, I do best when I make a meal plan on the weekends when I have time to think about food. Then I make sure I have everything you need to make everything on my meal plan for the next week. I'm very easily defeated if I have to go to the store to get stuff for dinner. If you live alone, you can also decrease your food costs doing this because you can see when you'll use a half package of meat or something and be sure to use the leftovers on the next day.

    2. Make freezable meals over the weekend or whenever you have time; soups are especially good for this. I have a whiteboard on my fridge that, when all goes according to plan, has every day of the week on it and what I'm supposed to pull out to thaw for the next day. This may seem like organization overkill, but I've been a fast food eater for SOOO long that I really need to keep myself reminded when to do things.

    3. Yogurt, yogurt, yogurt. I always have yogurt in my fridge. It's a great little snack when I THINK I'm hungry.

    4. Whole wheat pasta and spaghetti sauce. Another staple, and it's super cheap. Putting water on to boil and making pasta is super easy. I get the Ragu sauce that has more than 2 servings of veggies in each 1/2 cup. This meal takes seriously 15 minutes of my time, and even a beginner "chef" can do it. That's about as long as it would take for me to get out, go to the drive-thru, and come home.

    5. Commit to spending only $X on eating out each month. (I've come to realization that it's completely unrealistic for me to eliminate eating out completely; a lot of my social interactions are at restaurants.) Go to the ATM and get that amount in cash. When your cash is gone, you can't eat out anymore, plain and simple. This has worked really well for me in the past, and I need to get back into it.

    In the end, of course, it all comes down to will power, but we can certainly make it easier on ourselves by preparing our kitchens!
    3344 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/6/2011 12:09:01 PM
  • WALDWESEN
    Do you have a crockpot? When I still lived alone in college I LOVED crockpot cooking. It was so nice coming home to a hot meal even though there was no one to cook for me. It also combated the "OH MY GOD I AM SO HUNGRY I COULD EAT EVERYTHING" feeling I would have coming home from classes if I hadn't thought ahead, and it cut down on my eating out because I knew there was food waiting for me, either in terms of a fresh crockpot full of goodness or leftovers.

    Crockpot meals also tend to be fairly healthy. I don't know why, I guess it's just the sort of things one tends to cook in them. I have a whole lot of crockpot recipes so if you are interested stop by my sparkpage and let me know and I'll message you with some.

    My second piece of advice is to get a journal and write your recipes down by hand. I have gotten SO much better at planning meals since I started doing this. If I come up empty handed, I don't have to think back "Now what do I know how to cook...?" All I have to do is flip it open and it's all meals that I've made before, I know I like, etc.

    As a final note, another thing you should do is spend some time researching the menus at restaurants where you tend to eat out. You aren't going to be 100% perfect about eating out from the get go, so a good thing to do would be to find ways to minimize the damage so you don't go home feeling like you failed if you wind up eating out. It's possible to eat out and still come under calorie levels, and some restaurants have very healthy choices. My girlfriend and I ate at Noodles & Co a lot in my early weightloss days. They have lots of good choices.
    3344 days ago
  • AIMEESINGS
    I feel like no matter how hard I try to eat healthier when I eat out... I still feel like I ruined my nutrition for the week by eating out. Just remember when you make a plan how it feels right here right now. After you get home, how does eating out make you feel? Obviously you don't really enjoy it because it makes you feel bad. Start with something easy to get you to eat at home more often... and work in baby steps from there. After you form a habit it will become easier! Cheering for you! You can do it!
    3344 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10378117
    There are a lot of great recipes on here that are quick and easy. Since you go to school AND work, I think it would help to plan out your meals ahead of time. I've recently started planning each meal, including snacks, a day in advance. But I know some people who plan an entire week in advance. Try it out for a week. Sit down and write out a menu for yourself and see if you can stick to it. It doesn't need to be overly complicated. Oatmeal in the morning is a healthy option or an egg white omelett. A chicken salad is an easy option for lunch and you can cook the chicken in advance and cut it up so it's ready to mix in with some salad mix. I'll link some easy recipes for dinner that I like to make. I hope this helps you out. You can do it!!

    Broiled Tilapia Parm (cooks in just minutes)
    http://recipes.sparkpeo
    ple.com/recipe-detail.asp?recip
    e=75983

    Breaded Chicken:
    http://recipes.sparkpeo
    ple.com/recipe-detail.asp?recip
    e=10972

    Crunchy Oven Fried Tilapia (I just tried this one Monday and it was delicious)
    http://recipes.sparkp
    eople.com/recipe-detail.asp?rec
    ipe=66909

    Browse the recipes on here, there are some really great ones that are easy to make.

    3344 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10378117
    There are a lot of great recipes on here that are quick and easy. Since you go to school AND work, I think it would help to plan out your meals ahead of time. I've recently started planning each meal, including snacks, a day in advance. But I know some people who plan an entire week in advance. Try it out for a week. Sit down and write out a menu for yourself and see if you can stick to it. It doesn't need to be overly complicated. Oatmeal in the morning is a healthy option or an egg white omelett. A chicken salad is an easy option for lunch and you can cook the chicken in advance and cut it up so it's ready to mix in with some salad mix. I'll link some easy recipes for dinner that I like to make. I hope this helps you out. You can do it!!

    Broiled Tilapia Parm (cooks in just minutes)
    http://recipes.sparkpeo
    ple.com/recipe-detail.asp?recip
    e=75983

    Breaded Chicken:
    http://recipes.sparkpeo
    ple.com/recipe-detail.asp?recip
    e=10972

    Crunchy Oven Fried Tilapia (I just tried this one Monday and it was delicious)
    http://recipes.sparkp
    eople.com/recipe-detail.asp?rec
    ipe=66909

    Browse the recipes on here, there are some really great ones that are easy to make.

    3344 days ago
  • MSB4L1
    I live alone and to get myself back on track and used to eating proper proportions I bought a whole bunch of Lean Cuisines including pizza and sandwiches. I also bought the Green Giant single serve veggies. I have cereal or egg substitute for breakfast with a fuit, then a Lean Cuisine with a veggie for lunch & dinner and snack on fruit, nuts, yogurt, raw carrots, celery etc. I know in the long run the packaged food is not the best but until I get used to eating smaller amounts this works for me. It might work for you too, you can often find them on sale 4 or 5 for $10 and you can cook one in less time than it takes to make that phone call. Best of Luck this is not an easy journey!
    emoticon
    3344 days ago
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