Mommaxeli - I've been a lurker here for a long time and I think that is some of the best advice I've read here. It is practical and reasonable and best of all do-able. I think goal-setting is under-rated when it comes to weight loss - and setting *reasonable* goals are the real trick to finding success IMHO.View Thread
sr08 - don't despair. It is really tough being the parent of young children, and I think the first year of each of my children's lives was the toughest. I was exhausted all the time. I think If you could even start walking every day you would find it helps a lot. Set simple goals for yourself and take it slow. If you can find a sit and stand stroller (I bought mine on Craigslist for a steal) then maybe you can put both kids in it and take them for walks with you every day. Buy a simple pedometer and set step goals for yourself, when you've met them for three days in a row, increase the number...anything you can do.
I totally get the desire to reward yourself during your down time with a yummy snack. Maybe someone else here has advice about how to get around that...personally, I try to eat an apple first and if I still want them a much smaller portion of the cookies than I would have had originally. But that may not work for everybody. I also try to see my workout time as my "me" time and my reward. No one else deserves it like I do, and no one else can demand it for me but me...maybe a nice evening walk can replace the tv and cookies. GL and let us know how you are doing!View Thread
I used to get up at 4:30 to get to the gym by 5:00am. I learned the name of the guy at the gym who checked me in every morning, (and he knew mine), and when I left I would say "see ya tomorrow!" and then when I laid in bed the next morning thinking I wouldn't go, I'd remind myself that Jerry was waiting for me. It was all in my head but it got me motivated, not letting a total stranger down lol. I also visualized every night before I went to bed - I'll wake up, get dressed in workout clothes (laid them out), make a cup of coffee for the drive there, etc...all the way into the gym and through my workout. THen I'd visualize it again when I woke up, and the whole thing became a habit after awhile. HTH DebView Thread
Honestly, I'm 41 and I knew even at 25 that it was not likely that I would ever see a single social security payment, unless I became disabled long before I retired. I don't think anyone under the age of 40 should expect to collect on social security. It's just a donation, at this point.View Thread
mbrower, you could throw in some ground flaxseed and add some Omega-3s to that without noticing any difference in taste. Or put the yogurt over the berries in a bowl with some fibre cereal on top, and it eat at your desk, if you are so inclined.View Thread
There are plenty of private and public (non-governmental) entities out there that can and do educate and inform about healthy lifestyles. (Right, WebMD?)
Frankly, I am in the camp that believes that if I want to eat myself to death, or ride my bike without a helmut, or park 3 RVs on my front lawn, then I have the right to do so and government should butt out. This is where Stossel is coming from. But he does like to simplify and sensationalize to get the viewers hooked in.
That being said, government agencies with a responsibility to care for individuals - like schools providing meals to children - should lead the field in providing healthy food and set the good example. The kitchen table is the best place to learn about health and nutrition - the cafeteria table is an extension of that IMO.View Thread
I am not having trouble exercising but I am not interested in cooking at all in this heat. Even inside in the AC, it heats up the house so much I just don't want to do it. I've used the grill so much this summer we are totally burnt out on grilled chicken and corn - so I broke out the crockpot the other day. Otherwise I have been serving cereal, fruit, and sandwiches for dinner..not exactly earth-shattering or especially healthy, but at least I don't have to cook any of it! It's too hot!View Thread
Good for you for examining what you consume and why! My daughter is allergic to milk and recently outgrew both egg and wheat allergies. Being a young child, she was not much interested in many meats either, so we have lived the diet you are considering and still do to some degree. You can get protein from lots of sources other than meat and dairy. Soy and quinoa are great sources and quinoa is wheat-free. Beans if course, if you can eat them with the nut allergy. A varied plant-based diet will have the nutrients you need. I also found a good link here for further info on protein :