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S: 17st3lb C: 16st10lb G: 15st0lb BMI: 31.7 Loss: 0st7lb(2.9%)
I know that doing RTM is the best way to complete the LL journey but I am going to struggle with the cost of things soon as i am noe a newly single mother! What i'm interested in is how much CBT you have during this time? I understand that you start off very slowly starting with 3 food packs but is there any other way of slowly introducing food? I am fully aware of the benefits of completeing the whole plan and in an ideal world i definately would, however i'm not sure if this is going to be possible and don't want to undo all my hard work by not doing things properly. Any advice?
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S: 18st7lb C: 11st1lb G: 9st4lb BMI: 26.6 Loss: 7st6lb(40.15%)
If you have no other options: do still try to obtain a RTM booklet from your LLC for general tips and information about the different food groups and what they do.

RTM in itself is a concept. It doesn't NEED to involve the foodpacks; but it helps us MENTALLY to have them there. It's about a slow and gradual learning to have control over your own eating habits. It's about learning to take responsibility and almost re-learning how to do it by yourself for the long-term.

If you must substitute your foodpacks; make sure it's a well balanced light meal. Counting your calories will also help. Each meal should not exceed about 150-200 calories. And for the first 2-4 weeks day totals should be about 800. Weeks 5-8: 1000-1200. 8-12: 1200-1700.

Ummm, for light meal ideas have a poke around the Lighter Life Lite forum: we had to pretty much "substitute" a foodpack for food, so it may be helpful to look for ideas there.

For the first 8 weeks or so of your own RTM I would suggest staying away from heavy carbs such as rice/pasta/bread/potatoes and have a look at substituting them with other alternatives.

If you'd like some meal ideas or any other sort of questions about well.. food - please do post within the RTM forum since we're not really supposed to mention food here! :D

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