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  1. Update: Definitely tried the roasted sweet potatoes last night, and definitely did something wrong. I cut up one small sweet potato, and brushed it with oil and seasonings, and then baked it for about 30 min at 400 degrees. they smelled awesome but tasted like mush. My next question would be - are they always that mushy? I really have an issue with that texture, is there any way to make them soft but not mushy?
  2. That actually helps quite a bit, I may have to edit my challenge to be some type of mantra. I just have not read one that 100% gets me going, but that idea makes it a lot easier to accomplish. Thanks for the advice!
  3. Thanks! I think I'm going to try the diced tomatoes recipe, that sounds amazing! I will definitely be trying to experiment with adding different options for sweet potatoes as well. I suppose this is one that I just have to dive into and see what happens.
  4. That really helps a lot and makes a lot of sense. I'm still kind of new at all of this and living the information I've gathered has proven to be so much different than just reading about it. I suppose I am still learning about how my body deals with itself. Thanks!
  5. I ashamedly have to admit that I don't watch Archer. Everyone I know has told me that it's something I'd like, so I need to watch it. However, I do love a good pun... And that was awesome!
  6. That actually sounds really good, and considering it's Friday, and I go grocery shopping tomorrow, I can get all my ingredients.
  7. So here's my issue - My husband started this journey with me and has only agreed to eat a select few veggies (broccoli, lettuce, and cucumbers) - to be honest, I think that there are a lot of options that he is missing out on because of this unwillingness to try something new. I want to add more flavorful veggies to our diet, but I don't want to make more than one meal to accommodate what I feel like is someone being stubborn. It was kind of funny, the first day we started this, he sent me a picture of his salad he had for lunch that was half eaten to prove he did, in fact, eat a vegetable. I know that he's trying to change, and I know that it is and will be slow going, but I feel like I'm missing out on positive experiences that we could have with foods that are healthy, and I want to experiment with. We've agreed on a few things but it's been kinda difficult when it comes to healthy food. Our definitions of healthy are vastly different, and can cause a clash when it comes to dinner. He's someone who grew up with unhealthy choices in the home (I did too, but mine was interspersed with the occasional healthy food) and it definitely bled over into his adult eating habits. If he could he'd completely live on fried chicken, hamburger helper, pizza, mac and cheese and soda - and never have to look at a vegetable. Which I can't do, because I have always known to add veggies to my diet and honestly feel a slight twinge of guilt each time I actively choose not to add them, but I just never took the time to make it a point to have them at every meal, and it got easier and easier to eat like crap. It would be nice to be able to hide veggies in the foods that we do eat, but I can't even be seen preparing them for dinner or there'll be an argument over me making him try something he doesn't want to. So, for now, I feel like I'm stuck, and I'm a little worried that all this work that I've put into this will fail because I am going to get frustrated and give up. TL:DR - If anyone has a way to make veggies not so scary to my picky husband, I'd be grateful.
  8. Right now I'm focusing on eating veggies that I can get my husband to eat - mostly broccoli, lettuce, cucumbers, and a small variety of fruits. I like raw carrots, and try to have a sandwich bag of those made for me to snack on while I'm at work. I'm slowly trying to update our options, and try to get my husband to try new things as well (he's the picky eater of the family), as there are a lot of foods that I want to experiment with, but can't see buying them and then wasting them because I'd only be the one to eat them. My biggest personal challenge will be to try to eat a sweet potato - and actually like it. I've decided that I can't say I don't like something if I had it one way when I was a child and haven't tried it any other way simply because of a bad experience. I'm like that with squash too. I could use any advice anyone has had on different ways to prepare healthy veggies and keep them from tasting bland.
  9. Someone may have asked this already, but I could use some advice (I apologize in advance for the length of this one). My first week that I transitioned to eating better, I dropped about 8 lbs - mostly from dropping sodas and eating fruits and veggies instead of cheese puffs and chips at work. Within the last week and a half, I've gained about 5 of that back. I did start working out recently, and I know that building muscle can gain weight - but I don't think that it would be that much. For my workouts I have been doing a modified bodyweight workout which is: 5 min walk/jog on treadmill as a warm up 20 body weight squats 20 walking lunges 15 Jumping Jacks 10 dumbbell rows Dumbbell Bench Press - 3 Sets 8 Reps Incline Dumbbell Bench Press - 3 Sets 8 Reps Alternate Dumbbell Curls – 3 Sets 12 Reps Dumbbell Pullover – 3 Sets 12 Reps I add in as many situps as I can to strengthen my back muscles. Stretch out post workout I changed a few items and am working on adding in adding more of the original workout back in as I am able to do more with that. The first week that I was eating better, I'd have a greek yogurt with granola and coffee for breakfast, a piece of chicken, one serving of white rice, and about one and a half servings of broccoli for lunch. I'd have about 3.5 cups of a fruit salad - consisting of peaches, mandarin oranges, pineapple, red grapes, and cantaloupe. I also would have water flavored with an off brand liquid water enhancer, and sometimes about a serving of animal crackers. All of these changes were made during my work day, and I'd have a well-balanced meal at night. I have been eating more of a variety of foods that I used to eat: fried chicken, burgers, fries, macaroni and cheese, cereal, etc. but I have been limiting the portion size on these items and have been adding veggies to my meals as well. (However I can count the meals on one hand that have been "unhealthy" in the last two weeks and even on those days my calorie intake is significantly less than before I started changing things.) I also have added in a 10 oz juice to my breakfast and adding carrot sticks and salads as many days as I can - lunch tends to be leftovers. I guess my question is whether or not this change in my diet can cause the change or is this because I have been working out more? Does anyone have any advice on striking a balance for weight loss?
  10. I haven't seen anyone list as being in the Lexington/Metro area and thought I'd make a thread. On another note, if anyone from the area is planning to go to LCTC this year, does anyone want to meet up as a NF group? Tickets don't go on sale until October, so we have some time to make a decision, and I think it would be a really fun way to meet others from the area.
  11. I am completely new at this part of the rebellion. I have been working on simple things but have never really had the motivation or the willpower to keep my journey somewhere. I have been a member here for a while and I fell off the bandwagon pretty bad and had a lot of ground to cover. I will succeed where I failed before. So to begin, I'm listing my challenge goals (modified from the suggested list - because I have no clue what I'm doing) and I will endeavor to keep a log of my progress. For my 4 week challenge, I will complete the following goals: Nutrition Goals Eat a vegetable with one meal every day Take one processed snack you have each day and replace it with a healthy protein, fruit, or vegetable Fitness Goal Complete the modified bodyweight workout at least 3x a week Personal Goal Say one positive thing to yourself each day (this one is a tough one for me. I have really low self-esteem and I put myself down a lot.) I've kind of been doing some of this already, but I feel that it is important to keep a public log of my accomplishments. (Utilizing the power of positive peer pressure! ) I will post each week if I was able to complete the goals for the week, and I will not give up if I mess up - I will come back stronger.
  12. I was never so happy to read this thread. Through changing my diet (mostly not drinking soda and eating junk food at work) I lost 8 lbs. I cried a little inside when I stepped on the scale the day before my period and I had gained half of that back. I also was thinking if the one bad meal I ate recently made me gain 4 lbs - I was starting to wonder if maybe I was going to fail at this again. I haven't weighed myself since then, but I feel better knowing that I should see a decline soon.
  13. I'm looking to lose about 180. Currently, I'm 5' 7" and about 319 lbs. I started really making an effort about 2 weeks ago, and I dropped from my original weigh in at 328 - which to be honest, really surprised me because I thought I was heavier than what the scale was telling me. (Thankfully physics doesn't lie.) I want to be in a "normal" BMI range, I'm currently fitting into a size 24-26 pant and I really want to be in a size 10. It's a really long way to go, but I've fallen off the bandwagon so many times i just want to be able to say that I accomplished a big goal. Right now I'm currently working on trying to set tiny goals. This week it was to eat 80% healthy meals at home. I can honestly say that I was able to do that - and I'm really proud about that. I still have the urge to eat junk food (mostly when I'm bored or upset) but I have noticed that my "need" to eat is less prominent, and I definitely feel better about the choices I make day to day than I have in a long time.
  14. Thanks for the reply! That makes sense, and I definitely will keep that in mind as I move forward. And thanks for the suggestion! I was interested in trying Tai Chi when I was in college, but I never made the jump. I'm going to have to make a challenge to myself to see what kind of options there are in my area.
  15. So mu husband and I have successfully completed a week of healthy eating and are feeling pretty comfortable with doing that - my recent schedule change has made this so much easier, and we're really starting to see some positive results with this too. (Yass!) We are now looking to add an exercise routine and am needing some help with the planning of this. I'm thinking that Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday we'd do the beginner bodyweight workout, and Monday, Wendsday, and Friday we'd look into strength training and flexibility. (Not gonna lie, being more flexible is a huge deal for me - I hate that I feel stiff all the time. I know this is partly due to weight, but I'm definitely looking to battle the stiffness that being a desk jockey can create.) Sunday would be a rest day. So my real question is - is this good plan for a health noob? What recommendations does anyone have on starting strength training and flexibility? I really appreciate all the help and any advice you guys can offer!
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