Motivation
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I just got back from a nutritionist today, which I was not expecting having an RD, nutritionist and doctor sit in all at the same time during this appointment. Tell you what, I was nervous. I came in to discuss if I'm 'doing things right' in regard to my meal planning for my family with emphasis on my CIC diagnosis and my husband's high triglyceride issue that runs in his family.

After presenting what I prepare on weekends, what we eat daily (I printed weeks of food log from CC to make it easier), and proving how much I/we all enjoy clean, healthy, low sodium, preservative-free home cooking - they were all speechless. I was told that I'm doing such an excellent job in meal preparation, choosing the right food and taking care of my family's nutritional needs.

The best part was they asked if I can be invited to the hospital's weight management group to share my story and help motivate individuals and families who are dealing with weight and eating crisis.

... And I was thinking that there might be something else I need to do to make things better. :)

Thanks, CC and thanks to all of you, CC folks, who has and is continuously helping me on this lifelong journey. I invite all of you to spread the word, use your knowledge and help those who are in need.

 

EDIT (03/20/12):

We had my husband's cholesterol checked on Sunday. It's done quarterly. The doctor took him off of his cholesterol pills. Yey! (I was all teary-eyed LOL) Calorie count is such a blessing.

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Oh wow! That's great!

It must have felt amazing!!!!!!

Congrats!

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Wow, congratulations! Good for you.

Thank you! The feeling itself of being recognized, appreciated and patted on the back is a huge reward for me, evenmore when I start helping people who are in need of healthier lifestyle. :)

*C*O*N*G*R*A*T*S*

Really awesome! Just want learn from you! I am the same high as you, reach the same weight lose goal two years ago, but still struggling with carbs addiction, ravenous appetite, binge and and yo-yo dieting.

Congratulations! You have come such a long way and I am sure you'll continue to inspire more people to be healthy! :D 

That is amazing! Honestly, I am inspired, too- inspired to make good, healthy choices for my family and make it a regular part of what we do.  I try, but it doesn't always happen.  Just a quick question- do you plan your meals a week in advance, and/or how do you plan your meals? I would really appreciate the help- that is what I have problems with! THANK YOU SO MUCH! And keep up the great work!

PS as a nurse, I know it takes a lot to make docs speechless- good job Laughing

How wonderful to be recognized for what you have learned and how you've incorporated that into you & your family's lives.  I work closely with our medical center's RD, Diabetes educator, physicians & nurses to help inspire some of these lifestyle changes in our patients' lives.  The most powerful educator to patients facing a needed change, whether it be diet or activity changes, is a PATIENT.  You've been where the other patients are at...and you DID IT.  I'm thrilled that they asked you to speak, your influence on others vastly out-weighs that of your physician, RD, or nutritionist.  They need your help, to help others.  That is absolutely fantastic!!!  Congrats on your changes, and I know you'll inspire others to try too!

Ang

Original Post by corkerea:

That is amazing! Honestly, I am inspired, too- inspired to make good, healthy choices for my family and make it a regular part of what we do.  I try, but it doesn't always happen.  Just a quick question- do you plan your meals a week in advance, and/or how do you plan your meals? I would really appreciate the help- that is what I have problems with! THANK YOU SO MUCH! And keep up the great work!

PS as a nurse, I know it takes a lot to make docs speechless- good job 

It takes continuous trying and a never ending introduction of new food to the entire household! I have a 2 year old, 3 stepchildren (6, 8, 14) and a husband to please so there's a lot to work with to make everyone happy!

From Monday through Thursday, I think of what I can cook for the weekend. I work 8 to 10 hours a day so I pretty much do meal planning during my breaks. By Thursday evening, I will have a complete list of 'what to cook' on Saturday/Sunday - usually it ranges from 4 to 6 different dishes, about 4 to 8 servings each. Since time is very important, I do my grocery shopping on Friday at my lunch hours. This way I avoid rush hour grocery shopping. I cook for several hours either on Saturday or Sunday. Of course I take breaks in between because I have kids to play with. :)

I pack what I cook in Glad containers and leave it in the fridge for the following week. I make sure we have enough to eat, including baked desserts and treats. That prevents my sugar-addicted husband from going to the store and buying junk food and candies.  

I hope this helps!

 

Original Post by frklja:

*C*O*N*G*R*A*T*S*

Really awesome! Just want learn from you! I am the same high as you, reach the same weight lose goal two years ago, but still struggling with carbs addiction, ravenous appetite, binge and and yo-yo dieting.

I love carbs too and I eat a lot (2000 to 3500 calories)! I suffered from binge issues earlier this year and I realized that what's triggering this is I restricted myself from eating treats. I have to have my treats and if I go on days without it, I would make up for it during the weekend.

What I started doing last month is allowing myself a certain percentage for carbs/treats - usually 8% to 14% of my daily calorie intake. No guilt, no weight gain. It has worked for me so far. I love the freedom of eating what I want, everyday, in moderation. Good luck!

Original Post by girlabsolut:

Congratulations! You have come such a long way and I am sure you'll continue to inspire more people to be healthy! :D 


Thanks! I owe it to CC and from my fellow, helpful CCers like you!

Kudos to you.  If you can track your meals that with work and your young family, anyone can.  I agree that CC is a wonderful resource and it's a great way to continually improve your daily diet.

Original Post by anginwi:

Congrats on your changes, and I know you'll inspire others to try too!

Ang

Thanks, Ang! I just want to share with you that I have 4 of my co-workers counting calories and 2 of my neighbors as well just because of the change that they've seen in me and my husband. It takes some effort, honesty and patience to do this but it does pay off big time. The feeling of being strong and healthy is far more rewarding!

Original Post by brackish_kitty:

Original Post by anginwi:

Congrats on your changes, and I know you'll inspire others to try too!

Ang

Thanks, Ang! I just want to share with you that I have 4 of my co-workers counting calories and 2 of my neighbors as well just because of the change that they've seen in me and my husband. It takes some effort, honesty and patience to do this but it does pay off big time. The feeling of being strong and healthy is far more rewarding!

WOW!!! That rocks!  You're a trend setter! :)

Woohooo!  That's awesome!

I'm awed by you !

This kind of success is what I need to keep me on track.

Thanks for sharing

woohoo indeed!  nice job!!

Thank you for the advice. I tried it - but I am not able to take just a little. It's allways like  to pull the trigger ... Just when I eat an apple that I love so much - I am not abble to stop eating and searching or more. Now I am trying to eat till 150g carbs per day and to take more proteins - I stopped to be hungry all the time. Hop it will working for me ...

Original Post by frklja:

Thank you for the advice. I tried it - but I am not able to take just a little. It's allways like  to pull the trigger ... Just when I eat an apple that I love so much - I am not abble to stop eating and searching or more. Now I am trying to eat till 150g carbs per day and to take more proteins - I stopped to be hungry all the time. Hop it will working for me ...

I found that I have to just stay away from the sugar/grains.  I am following the paleo lifestyle.  At first it's hard to not eat it but if you stick to it, it gets much better.  Now I am not really tempted at all.  I get my sweets from berries and some dark chocolate here and there.

http://www.stumptuous.com/how-to-go-primal-wi thout-really-trying

http://www.stumptuous.com/how-to-dump-sugar

I had a terrible sweet tooth and one was never enough, it just lead to me wanting/eating more :(  I eat more protein and healthy fats now, try to keep carbs below 100 but max of 150.  I deal with hunger much better, stay full longer, don't have the "snackies" nearly like I did.  It is sooo much easier to stick to healthy foods and my cal range now.  I hope you can find something that works for you!

Thank you! That is right what I experience right now. The carbs are the key of being  hungry all the time. Also the cars in fruit and grains. proteins and healthy fats are the solutions.

AWESOME! Especially about your husbands cholesterol.  Keep up the great work.

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