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I am a low income person. I live in a multi-racial urban neighborhood that is what is often referred to as a "food desert." One of the biggest obstacles for me to have a certainty of healthy eating on a regular basis is the uncertainty that comes with being a low income person. Sometimes there is not a paycheck. Sometimes my car needs repairs. Sometimes my dog needs to go to the vet. People that are closest to me always want to help. This is wonderful. So sometimes they invite me to a home-cooked meal, or want to treat me to a meal in a restaurant. Or they give me food. For many years my instinct has been to not only to accept all these gifts but also to consume them so that they do not go to waste-- so that I don't miss the opportunity to eat something nice-- because I never can be sure if there will be enough food tomorrow and because it could spoil if I try to save it (even when the refrigerator works). Also, I have used inexpensive foods as the bulk of my meals like ramen noodles, rice, etc. to keep myself fed on a regular basis-- or big bowls of popcorn popped in oil as a regular treat-- without giving a thought to or realizing how high in calories they are. Not to mention that until Aldi grocery stores recently revamped their inventory to offer much healthier alternatives the food I could afford was food that was just plain bad for me. Have you ever been one of the people who receives food from a church food pantry? I have, and was grateful to have what they gave me. But it was a selection of high-sodium, highly processed, high fat food items. I thank God for it and for the people who were so kind to me to allow me to benefit from their program, but it kept me at the same "dress size" or more instead of making me "healthier" in any way. I can't always get fresh food, but the tools here on Sparkpeople are allowing me to be strategic about shelf-stable food options when money is more scarce than usual.

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    I create my own exercises all the time on the Fitness tracker. I also use this website which has THOUSANDS of exercises on it to calculate my calories burned (it has things like aerobics, skiing etc but also chopping wood, climbing stairs etc)


    It also has a phone app. Hope it's helpful. If not, that's okay to, you go!

    1196 days ago
    Are you interested in a Challenge?

    The Biggest Loser goes for 10 weeks. It consists of 10 teams participating in weekly Fitness and Nutrition challenges. The Spring challenge will be getting started the beginning of March. It consists of fitness and nutrition challenges that are often in a form of a game. If for some reason you cannot do a challenge then they are modified to meet your needs. Often we do the challenge in a game form, we have BINGO and TIC TAC TOE or seasonally themed. For Winter we had Help Santa Fill His Sleigh, Run Rudolf Run and Super Bowl. If you decide this might be for you you can leave your name on the waitlist for the Spring challenge. To get to the Challenge go to my page and click on the Blue Biggest Loser Icon, copy and paste the link below, or let me know and I can send you an invite. Join the Team then sign up on the waitlist. It’s the thread right below the Frosted Fitness Fun Chit Thread.


    1238 days ago
    Thank you for the prayers.
    1329 days ago
    Nice to see you back on the feed.
    1350 days ago
    Hey Gal!

    I've missed chatting with you. I've fallen off the wagon as well. I'm going to try to dust myself off and get back out there. How are you? Any new fun recipes? I recently made crack slaw. So yummy. Its a keto recipe but it was quite delicious. Hug that puppers for me. He still doing good?

    1351 days ago
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