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opendestinyWill always be a work in progress

I don’t know if this is something that can ever be “done”. I think it will always be a work in progress, and something that there will always be more to learn about.

Now that the holidays are over (and most of the holiday baking is out of my freezer!) I can focus more on eating better. Baking aside, I think I did better this year than previously; I tried to fill my plate with veggies instead of potatoes, and only filled my plate once at each meal. We haven’t even opened any of the boxes of chocolates that we got, and I plan on sharing them with my coworkers and office buddies. 23 months ago

Nimrod RobertChange for a better life :-)

I always eat not in right time and eat by not following food pyramid. The effects to my body was so bad. My skin suffer with pimple on my face, chest and back. Yeah!! hoping I can reach my goal and let it be….:-) 2 years ago

CharlyeNeed to become stricter.

The last few weeks have allowed me to see what I can do and I still remain quite impressed as to how I handled the diet changes and how I got to stick to it.

Getting closer and closer to summer and to the first wedding I need to attend this season, I have to look at this closer and go one step further to reach my goal.

Need to switch my digestive caramel for something healthier (shame they don’t do “Petit beurre” in this country!) and drink more water as well.

Also need to look at a healthy snacks for cravings…

I have been good so far, so it shouldn’t be a issue. I am proud of myself on this o far, so I can push the challenge higher. 2 years ago

CharlyePortions control

Another thing I realised I was doing was filling up my plate with loads of food over lunch.

I am lucky to have a canteen at work that gives a free meal to all employees. So, obviously, after a few months of under-eating with my past job, it came as a treat. A treat that helped pilling a few lbs on my hips = get the control back in the game.

Reducing my portions was easier than I though it would be. Selecting the right food to eat as well is of good use, so I do not feel hungry too shortly after lunch.

And for little craving, a cup of camomille tea does the trick.

So for now it’s all good! 2 years ago

CharlyeBreakfast changes

First things first, the first food intake of the day is breakfast, so let see what can be changed.

A good breakfast is what is due to set you up for the day ahead, so it is important to get it right.

I am a Starbucks addict, as some of you already discovered. I am also French, which doesn’t help. So with my Venti (largest) Soy Chai Tea Latte I had to have a pain au chocolat (Yummy!). I also appear to be hungry before lunch as well… Tummy not happy!!!
Traditions changes so I brought changes to it.

- I still keep the Soy Chai Tea Latte, as soy contains protein, but reduced the size of it to a Grande (Medium). Less is more + protein intake at breakfast!
- I left the pain au chocolat in it’s display cabinet and switch for some porridge that now comes in individual portions, ready to receive its hot water = Super duper carbs!
- I also added what was long overdue: 2 of my 5 a day. And the great things is that it comes in a small bottle! It’s called a smoothie, and smoothie = fruits.

I have been doing this for just a week. No changes to see so far as the metabolism can take up to 6 weeks to manifest changes. So I shall carry on and see the outcome.

That is one step closer to being healthy again! 2 years ago

CharlyeGetting rid of the few kilos on my waistline.

Got a few events to attend over the summer, and looking at dresses was a painful experience. I have been experiencing several things that shows that I have put on weight. The canteen at work doesn’t help.

So I am stripping my diet back to basic with fruits and veg, protein, a little carbs here and there and loads of liquids.
The canteen at work has soup every day so it has to become my lunch, with a sandwich and that’s it!

I has to say goodbye for now to the morning Pain au chocolat, which has been replaced by instant porridge.
Got a smoothie every morning, as I do not eat fruits just like that, and get my vitamin intake with vitamin supplements.

I hope to get back on track for the summer events.
Next up, I need to go back to exercise! 2 years ago

LakeWhitneychanging one bite at a time

I guess this year I will try to change my diet in a set of steps, minigoals toward the main goal of clean food (and not too much).

1. Stop with the junk food (Doritos).
2. Allow occasional indulgences as a reward (cupcakes).
3. Limit dairy to twice a week. 2 years ago


This is not going so well. I want to eat healthy, but its difficult when I am not the one cooking. Patrick’s grandmother puts so much butter/cream/oil in when she cooks anything… and if I don’t eat enough she puts more on my plate (and then Patrick’s mom gets mad at her… bless Barb!)

I think traveling will help – I’m cheap and go the grocery store route, buying basic fruits and veggies that don’t need cooking, some cheese, some sausage, and some crackers. When I get back I’m starting a serious house hunt for my own place, and then I’ll be firmly back in control of all of the parts of my life. 3 years ago

gramzaait worked once

not long time before i did it i mean i changed my eating habits to something much better and i felt so much happy about and i even lost some weight 4 years ago


I snack a lot. I know this. Unfortunately, due to certain factors currently beyond my control, its been very hard to stop. But, once I move back to Canada (end of the week!) I resolve to no longer purchase conventional snack foods and sweets, ie. chips, cookies, crackers, etc. If I want a snack, it’ll have to be something better for me – a piece of fruit or some veggies, maybe a rice cake. This should also be easier once I switch back to my original birth control pills – they were a hormone gradient which I could not get an equivelency for in England, and my English BCP definitely contributes to my desire for snackage. 4 years ago

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