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My first question is How did Valerie Bertinelli not end up with stretch marks?swim suit Nutrisystem? Thanks for any answer or 2. Second question of mine... Summers here and my goal of staying under 200 pounds for life have strayed..

Lots of good times are upon us. The 3Fs (family friends and food) have born a problem. I love them all and Im struggling. We like to entertain and enjoy the water, outdoors etc..

I do great during the function as the support is there. Its after everyone leaves and the left overs stair me in the face. I have a hard time tossing food so I try to eat normal and use it up prior to going bad. It doesnt work, at least for me. Theres not enough there to take to a neighbor, but too much to toss (you know those starving kids in Asia). Little by little the left overs mold, rot and die.

As a retired engineer, Ive analyzed my behavior and noted (with my wifes assistance) that even just one drink causes me to eat more and lose control. Also the sizes of portions, substitutions of carbohydrates, chips, dips, nuts and whatever you can imagine just being there is too easy to grab a handful or two..

Im using you guys as a sounding board. Im only talking a 5-8 pound up tick and Im currently at 201.6 pounds, (see Im rationalizing only a few). Ive been here before and DO NOT WANT TO REGAIN THE WEIGHT..

Thanks for allowing me to pontificate. This is a lifelong fight and Im going to win. I hope...

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I would like to know the answer too. Anyone here know what is the right answer. I'll do some poking around and get back to you if I got an good answer. You should email the people at Nutrisystem as they probably could give you an answer..

Comment #1

Life long battles require life long solutions. The key here is finding one that doesn't interfere with your enjoyment of the 3F's..

I absolutely understand the compulsion to not throw away food. This has been totally burned into the very core of my being. Somehow, if I don't eat it, some starving child is going to continue to suffer..

My daughter has an interesting approach to "extra" food when we eat out. She usually doesn't take it home for a variety of reasons. So, she eats as much as she knows she should and then, immediately, smashes her napkin into what's left over! The first time I saw her do this I was appalled. But, it works for her (I'm sure the wait staff isn't pleased with the napkin bit). She has even ordered a dessert, taken a bite, shared with whoever would like a taste and then, summarily destroyed the remaining. She's right in her thinking that if the food remains edible and available it will be consumed.

This behavior has taught me one thing, I have to do what's best for me. I consider the money invested in the food was intended for the event. I send left overs home with the party participants if I can. If not, into the garbage. I have reduced the amount of food items that don't fit my eating plan in an effort to run out during the event to avoid leftovers in the first place. I have reduced the amount of food items that don't fit my eating plan that I provide, thinking that if it's not good for me it's not good for the people I care about either..

So, maybe you could devise some plan here that would help in your situation. Remember, you don't have to change everything all at once. Just incremental steps will help you achieve your goals..

This doesn't address the compelling issue of the starving children but maybe that's an area we could all work on together...

Comment #2

The wife does a similar thing, she pours sweet and low, ketchup and/or whatever is available to wreck the food till it's removed from the table...

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As you all know, I was cafe man for many years so I completely understand not wasting food. My first idea would be to cut back on amount food that's being prepared to start with, thus less leftovers..

Other than that I say have fun. FFF is way more important than BMI. Party hearty, then back on plan..

Also there is a stupid little thing I have been doing lately is picking out a motivational weight-loss quote, recite it.


A couple of times a day, in front of the mirror. You pass one every time you wash your hands after you piss. I know this sounds corny and I admit the first couple of times I did it I felt extremely awkward, but this goes away. Here's my favorite site for quotes right now....

"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another." ~ Walter Elliott..

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Youre right; youre too smart for politics..

Maybe you should compete with Dr Phil...

Comment #5

Why don't you try taking the extra foods, put them in a container & take them to a homeless person maybe in your area?.

There's a few in my city.. (okay more than just a few) but I do know of a few who are actually stranded, and don't just want money for drugs. I sometimes buy them food.. maybe try that? then you know it wont go to waste?..

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