Sounds like a way to get windows clean… but lo and behold, it’s a way to get healthy !
I was reading a random article about weight loss (again) and stumbled across Sparkle.com. It’s a site devoted to healthy weight and eating, with menu plans (that can be adjusted to taste), medical issues (like diabetes and cancer, among many others), and tracking tools, so I don’t have to keep writing everything down all the time. I’m stoked. There are also communities and message boards for support. The lady in the article lost over 200 pounds!
This could be used for anybody with eating issues- and is based on height, weight, and goals. I like that it’s based on healthy eating- not some quick diet and be done. It’s about lifestyle change, and incorporates limitations (i.e. my exercise goal for now is stretching, not running a marathon). There is some sort of point system, that I’m not all that familiar with since I’ve been doing this for about 45 minutes 😀 But I have gotten points already. I just have no clue what they’re good for.
I’m thinking this could be something really good, and it’s FREE (first criteria for any weight loss support on my disability income). When I get myself more organized (shouldn’t take long, as I’m doing my grocery list now) I’ll be able to get the right things at the supermarket, and not just throw healthy stuff into the cart, and hope a meal shows up out of the mess. I do buy healthy stuff; I’m just not good at making meals. But with this, it’s showing me options, and letting me make exchanges within the proper food groups to keep all things balanced. The options include meal plans for the culinarily challenged. I can cook, and do a decent job of it, but it’s just gotten too painful. This will allow me to still follow a healthy meal plan with minimal prep required.
For the undereaters out there, this is a very concrete way to see what is ‘enough’ or ‘too much’. It’s based on health- not emotions 🙂 There are snacks incorporated, even for weight loss, so the snacks aren’t just for those needing to get back UP to a healthy weight… I don’t like snacks either, and I’ve got a weight loss goal (ultimately) of 60 pounds. One pound at a time. No matter which way any of us needs to move. (And for you bingers, you know that the best way to avoid bingeing is to not starve…. really, you know!).
I’ll be eager to see how this all works out. Instead of having to dream up some sort of meal, I can fire up the laptop and see what is on the list for whatever particular meal- and make substitutions as needed (but not mess up the nutritional values), and get after it. Then I just check off the boxes, and at the end of the day, it tells me how I did. You can add stuff if you do go off the deep end, but honesty is the big part, so just add it in, and do better the next day 🙂
This could be a very good thing !
EDIT: There is a community on Sparkle.com for those with all ranges of eating disorders- and ways to get support with weight gain or loss. 🙂