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Chrissy
Hi all,
I wanted to check in since it's Monday and all and tell everyone I've lost a a half a stone.  I'm British, so we weigh ourselves in stones and not pounds. One stone is 14lbs. So i've lost 7 pounds.  Not bad for two weeks work. I'm quite chuffed at myself.  
I have been staying with the plan and also exercising more than I ever have. I do get a bit impatient now and then and want all the weight to melt away in one day. But alas, I know that's a bit unrealistic and I have to be patient.  Oh, how I want to be skinny by summer to wear a bikini again. I'm going on my holidays in July. It's a cruise and I want to be lovely and skinny by that time.
Wish me luck!
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Karen899
Hi guys, 
I just wanted to tell you all that I tried the Dole Shakers and I didn't have any juice to mix with them, so I just added skimmed milk instead and it was wonderful. By adding the milk they're only about 190 calories and they taste great. They're really easy to take with you on the go and the best thing to drink after a work out has been proven to be milk, as far as bouncing back and re-hydrating your body. 
They would also count as a protein and a carb, so you can have it for breakfast, lunch or even dinner. I'm glad Admin mentioned these earlier. 
You can find them in the frozen foods section.
Good luck to all and I hope everyone is doing well. I've lost 6lbs so far and although it's slow going, I just feel better since I started this program and began eating properly and working out. I'm definitely in it for the long haul and feel really blessed to have found this program and all the support I receive here. 
I know I don't post as often as I should, but I check back often and I love this forum. 
Thanks for all the great help and advice, I really appreciate it
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onlyanurse

Happy Tuesday nurses!  

Here's the thought for the day.
"Some say motivation doesn't last, neither does bathing...which is why it's recommended daily"

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Very true and inspirational! 
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Hello again nurses,
I wanted to share this sweet potato fries recipe with you all. I made them last night and the whole family loved them. they would count as a starch (carbs) so just don't go crazy with them, but they are yummy. [tongue]

Ingredients
Olive Oil, for tossing
5 sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch long slices, then 1/4-wide inch strips, using a crinkle cut knife
1 tablespoon House Seasoning (recipe follows)
1/2 teaspoon paprika
House Seasoning:
1 cup salt
1/4 cup black pepper
1/4 cup garlic powder
Directions
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Line a sheet tray with parchment. In a large bowl toss sweet potatoes with just enough oil to coat. Sprinkle with House Seasoning and paprika. Spread sweet potatoes in single layer on prepared baking sheet, being sure not to overcrowd. Bake until sweet potatoes are tender and golden brown, turning occasionally, about 20 minutes. Let cool 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Per Serving (based on 3 servings): Calories: 273; Fat: 9.5g (Saturated Fat: 1g); Protein: 4g; Carbohydrates: 44g; Sugar: 9g; Fiber 7g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 1,670mg

For the House Seasoning:
Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/baked-sweet-potato-fries-recipe.html?oc=linkback
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onlyanurse
Hello nurses, 
I hope you're all having a great day. It's been rather  quiet around here the last couple of days, so I hope it the "No news is good news" kinda thing. 
How is your weight loss going.  Please chirp in if you have questions or comment about anything.  There are some really great nurses here to help you in your weight loss goals. 

Remember that to achieve anything in life you have to work at it and weight loss is no different. Don't get discouraged if it isn't coming off quick enough, or someone else has lost more weight than you. Weight loss has a lot of variables to it, such as, how much you currently weigh, activity level, caloric intake, metabolic rate, BMI, muscle mass...etc. So be kind to yourself and just keep at it. 

If you haven't tried the Steve Ross yoga yet, you owe it to yourself to give it a try.  it's the best thing since sliced bread for relieving stress and weight loss. You ca find the links as you scroll through the threads.

Try your best to eat every two hours even if you don't feel like it.  You need to keep your blood sugar level so you don't get crazy hungry. If you have been eating small portions every two hours and you've been with us since January 1st, you should be adjusting pretty well to eating this often and your body will have adapted to the portions sizes. If you do try to eat more, you will feel pretty bloated.

Also remember the importance of getting fiber in your diet, like Citrucel or Metamucil. It will not only help you be regular, but it will help you to feel full and assist you in making your weight loss goals.

Have a wonderful rest of the day!
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streem26
Hello to all weight lose people.
I've learned a great deal whilst losing 24kg. What I did Walk two miles every day. The initial outings felt like an eternity—my legs ached so badly, and I could barely catch my breath—but once I made it part of my to-do list, I started shedding major pounds. The other: Clean up my diet. I opted for lean protein, such as salmon, and substituted heavy sides, like mashed potatoes, for a mixed-greens salad with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. In six months, I was down another 20 pounds.When my progress stalled, I amped up my routine from walking two miles to running. By the following summer, I was at my lowest weight. To firm up, I incorporated strength training at home http://jonsguide.org/best-top-home-gym-equipment-reviews/. This helped me get the body I had always wanted[angel]
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