Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Weigh In Wednesday

Another week has come and gone, and again I didn't lose any weight. I didn't gain any either though, so that's a good thing. I definitely think that I've hit a plateau. I have been slacking on the exercise thing, so I've really got to step things up! Although I've already lost 29 pounds, and I feel pretty happy with my weight now, I'd still like to at least lose 1 more pound so that I can say that I lost 30 pounds! LOL! If you missed my other posts on weigh in Wed. or you are just getting started, please go here, to read my other posts. This week I'm going to give you some tips about eating healthier & shopping, which are good tips for anyone, not just for us people trying to lose weight.

Tip #1

When you are grocery shopping, using coupons, and getting the best deals, also make sure to read those labels. Sometimes a label can be very deceiving. Try to select foods that aren't filled with fat and calories. Also, sometimes on the front of a package, it might say it's a 100 calorie snack, but once you read the label, you'll notice that it is actually filled with fat!


One key to successful weight loss is to have a planned approach to eating. You are less likely to have a slip up if you have a menu plan, and know what you can eat. So, once a week I'd write a menu plan, including 3 meals a day, plus a few low fat snacks, and I'd try incorporating whole wheats, vegetables, and fruits, low-fat dairy products, and I even like the frozen meals like Smart Ones, or Lean Cuisines, whichever kind is on sale, and or I have a coupon for!

Tip #3

After I write my menu plan, I start on my grocery shopping list, scanning the ads, and gathering my coupons. Then I'll head to the store.

Tip #4

When at the grocery store, Stick to your list. This will help you to save money & Don't be distracted by high fat specials that you know you won't be able to resist. I, myself have been able to have extreme will power. I still can purchase cheep cookies or ice cream for my kids, and know that I'm not going to give in and eat them. But, If your just starting out, remember that if you don't buy it, you won't be tempted to eat it!

Tip #5

Though fresh fruits & produce are very expensive these days, I still try to fit these products into my budget every week. I've learned that this week grapes are 88 cents a pound at Meijer's which is a very good deal. I am also usually able to get bagged salads very inexpensive at Meijers when it's on sale, and I've even gotten coupons for these as well. We also have a small garden this year, so we're growing peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, strawberry's and more, which is a nice thing to have!

Tip #6

Buy low-fat or fat free versions as often as possible. I've learned that a lot of fat free, or low fat foods, still taste yummy, and my family can't even taste the difference!

One more thought....

When I'm tempted to eat something that's full of fat, I ask myself: Will this look as good on me, as it does on the shelf?

Good luck & don't forget to leave a comment to share how your doing, or if you have any tips to add! I'd love to hear from you!!!

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