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PAWZ7717
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1/9/13 11:19 A

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DAISYCRAZY1
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1/9/13 11:18 A

Awesome! You go girl!



PAWZ7717
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1/9/13 11:16 A

Update: I didn't gain!!! I stayed the same weight.



PAWZ7717
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1/8/13 10:10 P

First of all, daisy emoticon emoticon and then I have to say I did kind of bad with my food choices today, high in fats, hopefully I won't gain from it. But if I do tomorrow is a new day and I will do better.



PARKSCANADA
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1/8/13 8:03 P

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DAISYCRAZY1
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1/8/13 8:01 P

My tiny victory of the day: Today my eating was going really well and I did a yoga class with my mom. I was feeling on top of the world---and then...DUN DUN DUN....I had to go to this class from 4:30-6:30 and I get there and they provided us with TABLES of snacks, candy, chocolate etc. Normally, I would have blown my great day but I sat through the whole 2 hour class with all of the goodies right on my table and only had one mini three muscateers and then stopped. It sounds like such a small thing but I am so proud of myself for stopping at one. I normally would not do that.

Anyone else have any small victories (or big) for the day or anything they want to share? Hope you are all having a great day!



PAWZ7717
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1/8/13 12:23 P

Daisy has it just right. We can't look to the past and dwell on our mistakes, review them and no matter how many times you make the same mistake, tell yourself everyday "I matter, and my health is important to me, tomorrow I will be better for myself"



DAISYCRAZY1
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1/8/13 11:50 A

JASI27 i agree. it is heartbreaking trying SO hard every single day and then in minutes, undoing all your hard work but we can do it!!! We are here for you to give tips and offer support.

Laurie, oh my goodness. You had a really tough day yesterday. I can only imagine how stressed out you were and I can TOTALLY relate to your binge. I know it feels like you can't stop and for that moment, the bread was relieving the stress. This happens to me often but I can remember one particular time where I was really stressed out and took a huge loaf of bread out of my freezer, nuked it in the microwave (it wasn't even completely thawed yet) and I got a huge butcher knife and ate the entire thing. It wasnt even that good. It was cold and parts were still a little frozen but for some reason I felt like it was helping.

It's great that you put yesterday behind you and I hope you are thriving today with this clean slate. I had my ice cream binge yesterday and you had your bread binge. We will both have AWESOME days today!!!

So far, I had cereal for breakfast, went for a run and did some yoga and then made a whole wheat wrap with salmon, cucumber, hummus and tomato. I was craving icecream (by now you know this is my kryptonite) afterwards so i had some. But instead of eating massive amounts out of the carton, I put half a serving, 1/4 cup into a bowl and added 1/2 teaspoon of peanut butter and enjoyed it as a mini treat. It was a completely different experience than shoveling spoonful after spoonful out of the carton into my mouth.

Here's to a new day! New chances to make ourselves SO proud!

An PAWZ, I think keeping a diary is an excellent idea. I do something kind of similar on my computer and it definitely helps. Keep up the good work!



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1/8/13 7:08 A

When I get stressed, overwhelmed, or just bored I try to find something to do besides eat. I know that's pretty obvious, but in those situations I usually don't even realize I'm eating. You are an inspiration in realizing what you are doing. I blindly eat things and don't even realize until the number on my scale goes up. With today's technology we have access to the internet everywhere we go. I like to blog or just talk to people in general. I also keep a diary, although that sounds pretty childish it helps me vent so I'm not as stressed about certain situations. Life is crazy and is going to throw some tough things your way, but its completely up to you how you handle it. emoticon emoticon



PARKSCANADA
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1/8/13 12:40 A

Great start, bad finish! My 22 year son took my truck to take my 15 year old to tutoring so I could make a nice dinner before he went back to university tomorrow morning. Anyways, they're gone about 15 minutes and my youngest calls and says oh, we hit the guys jeep from across the street. So....I go across the street to assess the damage - quite a bit, ask them what damage has been done to the truck and get home.....Leave a note for the neighbours...and grab a loaf of banana bread from the freezer and scarf it down. The boys get home, we phone the insurance company, try and get a hold of the neighbours, assess the truck - minimal damage - the boys are fine - I keep eating. Call my husband, he's mad, and when he gets home he tears a strip off the kid, I eat more. My 15 year old and I are off to Phoenix on Thurs for a lacrosse college recruiting camp; my husband starts to coach the kid and he tears a strip off of him as well. I eat. I send emails to his lacrosse coach - he's mad that Bryan is going to miss a week of his program - I eat. At least the volleyball coach is supportive, but I still eat. The 18 year old started school today, he wasn't able to find parking - I eat. Now I feel bloated, sick, disappointed in myself - and worse, still stressed. Can't wait to hit the sack, get a good night's rest, and start tomorrow fresh! Good night Jan 7th! I'm done, you're done!



JASI27
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1/7/13 10:09 P

I am also the exact same way. It's annoying, to say the least, and heartbreaking at the other end. I had so many big plans at bed time and when my hum drum day started, all those goals and ideas were forgotten on the pillow only to show themselves when I laid down again to sleep. They haunted me until one day, I just got up and made it happen. It is empowering to follow through with something you have been planning, dreaming about, and longing for. Just getting started is the hardest part, but usually once I get the ball rolling it keeps rolling with a little nudge here and there.



DAISYCRAZY1
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1/7/13 5:32 P

I know just how you feel. We are all here for you though. There's slways time to turn things around...starting NOW!



PAWZ7717
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1/7/13 5:12 P

I feel the same way, I wake up so pumped and ready to take the day and by the time I go to sleep I wonder where that fire was all day when I was making bad decisions.



PARKSCANADA
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1/7/13 5:04 P

Have fun at crossfit!! I have tried some really neat classes since I started my weight loss/healthy lifestyle journey. I've done hula hooping, burlesquersize, kick boxing, rebounding, snow shoeing, sea kayaking - but crossfit kinda scarers me. I am a huge klutz and I can't imagine having the gumptio to even try it. So I am soooo impressed with your courage. ENJOY! emoticon



DAISYCRAZY1
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1/7/13 4:20 P

Thank you. It really helps that you guys are here and understand my struggles. I have tried miracle noodles and do like them, but it is not the same as real pasta to me so when I see real pasta, I go into fiend mode haha. I like the idea of figuring out the trigger beyond my binges. I have never really reflected on that. I just always think "i was weak so it happened." Now that I think about it, I think my trigger is really just out of boredom. When I am home, I don't have a job and i'm not in class so i find myself with the whole day open. I fill the beginning of the day with exercise usually and then after that I dont know what to do with myself so that's usually when I slip up. I'm going to try and stay busier and out of the kitchen.

Thanks so much for the support. It means a lot! Now I'm off to get ready for my first Crossfit session. Here goes nothing!



PARKSCANADA
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1/7/13 3:55 P

Daisy know that we are here with you cheering you on in your successes and supporting you in your missteps and learning opportunities. Shake off your pasta and ice cream and get back on track now. You can do it; I have confidence in your ability to move forward! I too am a pasta fiend. Now I use a product called miracle noodle. Not everyone likes it, but I really like it as I like my pasta kinda chewy and it has very few calories or carbs - I find it very filling. I haven't been able to find it at a market or store where I live so I buy it online. The address is www.miraclenoodle.com. For now, reflect on what happened - the trigger, the feelings, your level of hunger, the taste, texture - and journal it and once you've done that, it's past and you can move forward. NO regrets. Cheers



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1/7/13 3:27 P

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DAISYCRAZY1
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1/7/13 2:54 P

Hey guys. I'm a little down in the dumps due to my icecream and pasta binge I just had. I was doing great all day and was really excited for my new workout tonight but I went downstairs to get water and found leftover pasta in the fridge (haven't had pasta in so long) and a full tub of icecream in the freezer. I ate the pasta right out of the tupperware---cups upon cups upon cups with parmesean cheese and all. Then i was pissed i did that so i went to the freezer for icecream mixed with peanut butter.

I know i just need to get back on the horse and do better the rest of the day but im so frustrated at myself.I feel like i've tried everything to stop binging and once in awhile I just crack and while i'm doing it I feel like i have absolutely no control whatsoever.

anyway, i just needed to vent. emoticon hope everyone else is having a good day. You guys all rock.



PARKSCANADA
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1/7/13 11:59 A

With sooo much determination, we will succeed!! I had a wonderful day yesterday, looking forward to today. Nothing much on the agenda, but I continue to try and get in at least 10,000 steps a day, eat mindfully, and stay strong in the face of all the temptations. Cheers!



DAISYCRAZY1
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1/7/13 8:48 A

What a great revelation Extended Trot!! So glad you have had a couple of healthy days in a row! My healthy days are usually more sporadic but better some than none. You're right though. It really is all about discipline and how badly you want to succeed. Just saying "I want it so bad" and then not acting on it does nothing for us so our actions are what matter. TODAY IS ABOUT ACTION. Walk the walk (or run if you can), don't just talk the talk!

Today I am trying CROSSFIT for the first time. I dont know if you guys know what that is but its a really really intense military-style workout. I'm terrified haha but i'm excited to try something new. If anyone has done it or know anyone that has done it, i'd love to hear about it! I'll report back after the class if i'm still alive.

Have a happy, healthy, ACTION-PACKED day!!



EXTENDEDTROT
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1/7/13 7:17 A

I'm off to a good start. I did a lot of thinking after riding my horse on Saturday. He's a western pleasure show horse and I'm a grandma just learning to ride for the showring. I've had Morgan horse for 35+ years but this riding RIGHT thing is new to me. AND he's been going thru some arthritis issues that the vet and I are trying to work out with meds. So I rode just briefly to see if he's better. He's tons better and more comfortable...which leads me to my point. He went around with me pretty willy nilly...not dangerous but not listening either. It was a little frustrating because sometimes he can be perfect...with no work from me.

Aha...that's it...I want everything to be no work from me. Just find the right stuff and it will happen all by itself, right??? The right horse, the right combination of food, the silver bullet. I have been leaving DISCIPLINE out of the equation. I have to tell my horse "no, not like; like this" even if it's over and over again. Can't just sit up there like a grocery store pony...put your dime in a go for a ride. At least not if I want to show and do well.

Well, my diet and fitness isn't going to just fall into my lap either. I have to have self-discipline so that when I want to go all willy-nilly, I don't! I've had two great days since that revelation. Stayed within my calorie range, got some things done around the house. I have a new determination that instead of thinking about something that needs doing, I will actually get up and DO IT!!!

And, when I ride my horse next, I will remind him, kindly and fairly, that we walk NICE, not all wiggly all over everywhere!

I know how to do this! Now I need TO DO this!



PARKSCANADA
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1/6/13 3:08 P

I'm so glad you didn't let the rocky start influence the rest of your day!! Awesome! I haven't got too many steps in yet - taking down the Xmas tree. As we have a free evening at home, I am looking forward to getting on the treadmill and watching the first episode of "Lost Girl" tonight. Keep up the good work. emoticon



DAISYCRAZY1
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1/6/13 1:55 P

Great job! Xmas parties are not the most conducive place to healthy eating so you should be very proud!! My day started off kinda rocky with my eating but I had a great cycle workout so I'm feelin good about the rest of my day! Hope everyone else is having a successful Sunday!



PARKSCANADA
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1/6/13 12:25 P

Good Morning Everyone! Hope your days went well yesterday. I got in 14000 steps. We had my husband's staff Xmas party last night and I did well. Drank water all night, ordered off menu and had salmon and fresh strawberries for dessert. Today is a sunny, bright day and I am looking forward to moving forward today! Cheers



DAISYCRAZY1
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1/5/13 2:39 P

Glad you're feeling a little better! A fresh new haircut always makes me feel great so that will probably help too :) I posted earlier that my dinner got moved from Red Robin to Panera so it was easy to make a healthy choice. Dodged that bullet!

Have fun at your husbands holiday party tonight. If you look over the menu and need any suggestions let us know!



PARKSCANADA
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1/5/13 1:29 P

Morning All! Didn't do much yesterday but sleep, but feeling a little better today - haven't taken any pain killers yet, so my face is tender but not painful. Looking forward to today. I am getting my hair cut - change for a new outlook and attitude! Daisy how did dinner go with your folks? Tobeme, also hope your day continued well. Just want to put out there that no matter how the day starts - or finishes for that matter - it is in our control to change the direction for the better. We have my husbands staff Xmas party tonight, so I am going to check the restaurant website and plan what I want for dinner so I can make the right choices for today! Cheers!



TOBEME
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1/5/13 8:21 A

Thanks for the response Daisy. I'm glad a couple more people jumped into the conversation as I know this must be a topic that many many people struggle with. Prior to joining in on this forum, I had not posted much on sparkpeople message boards...but am enjoying reading other people's thoughts and concerns. I like the tip on posting the food you plan on eating to really know where you are at. When I lost the 90 lbs, that is how I did it - and it was a good reminder that I need to keep on being honest with the food tracker.

Well, I am posting in the morning today while my intentions are Good - I just had my coffee and am on my way to the gym....so starting off the right way emoticon



DAISYCRAZY1
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1/5/13 8:15 A

Welcome Extended Trot! Trust me---i know exactly how you feel about that little whisper voice. In fact, i just woke up 5 minutes ago (its 8 in the morning) and since I did tell yesterday with my eating, felt entitled to a reward so before I even had my coffee i dug my big spoon into the ice cream carton! That little voice was saying "why are you doing that? start off on the right foot today!" but I ignored it and dug on into sweet TEMPORARY bliss.

I only had a few spoon fulls and counted it toward my total calories though so with some extra exercise today it'll be okay.

ANYWAY, I digress. We WILL get you back on that healthy horse! Just hang with us and report back about progress.If i may suggest keeping chips and chocolate out of hte house even if just for a few days until you get back on track. Sometimes, for me, all it takes is one day to show myself i can have a totally healthy day and after that I have so much confidence that I can handle being around more tempting items (like chips and chocolate).

Also, I know how it feels to want to skimp on a meal to make up for binging and previous unhealthy days but I've done the same thing as you---eating just carrots and soup for dinner and I always end up starving and make unhealthy choices. Next time, maybe try something with more protein to keep you full in the long run and more satisfied, even if it means a few extra calories now.

I am a BIG fan of Morningstar Burgers and Boca Burgers (I'm a vegetarian). THey come in all different flavors, have all different flavors and they are packed with protein. When I have a bad eating day, I usually have one of them without the bun and add some barbeque sauce, and tomato and have a salad on the side. It is still a very low-cal meal but it keeps me full and satisfied making me less likely to make up for its "lightness" with junk!

You HAVE the will power inside of you to have a fantastic eating day. We all do. Now it's time to start tuning into that voice. Next time i hear my healthy voice trying to tell me something I am going to stop, think, and turn up that voice a little louder in my head! That little voice is a smart little bugger. Why not listen to what she has to say? She's just trying to help! emoticon

Also, I thought i'd share this with you guys. It's a little system I made up to keep myself motivated with rewards other than food. I keep track of my points on a calendar on my computer. Feel free to use it if you need some extra incentive! Obviously, you can switch up the rewards and points as you see fit. Also, When it says "in the green" I'm referring to my Fitness Pal calorie tracker and when i say "under goal" it means i stayed under my calorie goal pre-set in my tracker so you guys can change that as you need to to meet your needs.
Have a great day!!!


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EXTENDEDTROT
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1/5/13 7:34 A

This is really a timely conversation for me. Hope you don't mind if I join in! I'm the same way...it's like I'm two different people in one day. The one who wakes up all energetic and enthused about how great my new body will feel and how exciting it will be to get there. Then somewhere around 4 until bedtime, the eating machine takes over.

I plan out snacks, fill in my food tracker...in other words, do everything I can think of to make it easy to stay on the course I want to stay on. I go off anyway. I reached right past my healty supper and have something else. Last night I tried carrots and dip (thinking some fiber and fat ahead of time would help) and a cup of chicken boullion would help (being warm and salty). THEN I ate way too much and finished off with chips, chocolate and something else I don't even remember. To me THAT'S a binge...when I can't remember everything I ate.

Egad...I SO need to power thru this. I think it's going to take good old fashioned will power so that I get up and do something else. Take a warm shower, pick up my needlework projects, an easy walk on the treadmill. I HAVE TO DO SOMETHING!!!

I DO hear that voice in my head, the one that roared with optimism in the morning but by evening its a whisper "You really shouldn't do that, ya know"...a suggestion rather than a directive. I ignore it, almost subconsciously, maybe out of habit. But that voice is there; I just don't listen to it.

Edited by: EXTENDEDTROT at: 1/5/2013 (07:37)


DAISYCRAZY1
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1/4/13 7:39 P

Those are great tips! I too, track my calories and setting a limit each day helps me stay on track. It's great that your partner is learning that bring you treats isn't helping you reach your goals even if his intentions are good. Welcome to the team! Tomorrow is a new day and were here for ya!



ZENRYAKU
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1/4/13 7:35 P

Congratulations on setting your goals for mindful eating.

I have and still work on emotional eating. These are some of the things that I do that you might want to try.

I have found putting the food into the nutrition tracker ahead of time, helps me keep on track. If I am within my calorie range, and I want to have a glass of wine, icecream, lollies, etc. I put them into the tracker to see if I can still be in my range. Usually this activity puts me off eating anything more, and I also get drawn into spending time on the SparkPeople site and I forget about eating emoticon

The other thing I do is to have snacks already portioned into about 100 calories.

And, I have weaned myself from eating anywhere. Even if it for a snack, I sit at the dining table at home or go to the staff lunch room. So I don't associate reading with eating, being on the computer with eating, and so on.

Although my partner is supportive of my goal to be stronger and fitter, he still brings home food 'treats'. I am slowly getting him to think of other presents that are not related to eating.



DAISYCRAZY1
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1/4/13 7:29 P

TOBEMEI'm soo sorry to hear about your mom and the loss in your family! You had a really rough day so don't beat yourself up about Xmas cookies. Just start fresh tomorrow! And thank you for your advice! Fortunately we got to red robin and the line was too long so we ended up going to panera where I got a salad with salmon and a whole grain baguette. Mm mm mm.

Hope your day is brighter tomorrow and hope you're feeling better Laurie!!



TOBEME
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1/4/13 7:09 P

Daisy - I'm not too good on suggestions (guess I'm not too good as a supporter). I know it is later than your lunch at this time, but hope maybe you just let your mom get her fries and snacked on hers instead of getting your own and munching on hers too. Laurie - I just can't believe you have mumps! (I really believe you, but mean it is hard to believe you've gone all this time and are now just getting them).

As far as me, I did not do as well as I should have for just being day 4 of the new year. I did good for most of the day -- but the leftover Christmas cookies that I did not throw out - got the best of me. Had a bad day....which is NO Excuse what so ever, but I used it as one. My mom got diagnosed with breast cancer, my sister-n-laws brother died unexpectedly....and my mother and I 'had words' on top of everything else. Calling it a day -- and this is just what this TOPIC is all about -- starting out with good intentions.



DAISYCRAZY1
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1/4/13 2:25 P

Oh no! Get better soon! You rock for still getting in as many steps as you can even though you're sick. I'm going to Red Robin tonight with my parents. AHHH I usually get a veggie burger on a whole wheat bun which isn't too bad but when you add the fries it comes out to be 822 calories. I cant decide if it's worth the splurge or not.

I was thinking of subbing a house salad instead but even the dressings are pretty high cal, unless I bring my own (which my parents will most definitely mock me for). I also considered the Avo-cobbo salad without the chicken (i'm a pescatarian...i only eat fish) or the cheese but i know i'll be tempted by my parents fries (my mom NEVER eats all of her fries and i always end up eating whatever i have PLUS hers. THey just smell so good! Any suggestions??



PARKSCANADA
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1/4/13 2:15 P

Hi Everyone! Food-wise, a little bump yesterday, exercise 12,000+ steps. I've been having some pain in my right cheek, jaw and ear that really took a turn for the worse yesterday evening. Turns out I have mumps - at 51!! What the heck?? Anyways, feeling alot of pain and really tired, but otherwise not as sick as I could be. It's making it really painful to eat and chew so I kinda went a little crazy on fresh bread. Good grief I was so hungry and it hurt to eat and there was that soft, fresh bread.....Such is life. I'm just hoping that I can continue logging the steps today. Seems if I load up on the tylenol and the pain goes away, I'm not too bad. Just hope I don't share this bug with anyone else - I'm hoping all my lacrosse boys (I manage a JrA box lacrosse team and we've been having try-outs this past two weeks) are up on their immunizations. Anyways, trying to decide what to have for lunch - thinking soup will be the way to go. And maybe some tea - my kids got me David's tea for Xmas - it's a Canadian company and to die for - the most awesome teas. There are teas with names like read my lips, oh canada, life long oolong, sleigh ride and my favourite creme caramel rooibus. Have a great day and remember good food choices and savour each and every bite! Off to brew up a cuppa tea, heat up some soup, take some drugs and have a nap. Cheers!



DAISYCRAZY1
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1/3/13 8:36 P

Hey guys! Just wanted to check in and see how everyone's day was. I took a much-needed rest day after 3 weeks without one. After work, I just vegged out and took it easy. My muscles are very grateful! As for my eating, I went about 100 calories over my goal for today, but since I didn't work out to give myself those extra calories to eat, i kind of expected that I would so I'm okay with it.

Also, i resisted the very tempting plate of christmas cookies at the car repair shop I went to today (i usually cave to them since i'm waiting there forever and they are just so...pretty and sugary looking)...so that was my little victory of the day!

How did everyone elses' day go? Any tiny victories or setbacks we can work on?



TOBEME
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1/3/13 6:17 P

I am enjoying the shared thoughts and accomplishments. A 'good apple' is always satisfying. Love it when they are in season and not mushy. I stayed on track with posting my calories - was at the HIGH end of the calorie allowed spectrum, but made good choices again today. The day got away from me without exercising... and I know I still have time tonight, but it isn't going to happen. Some good advice and I looked forward to seeing how everyone was doing.



DAISYCRAZY1
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1/3/13 1:42 P

YAYYY Laurie! So glad my advice helped! It is a serious accomplishment to do something different than you are used to. You should be really proud! I am still working on that after late nights out but my day yesterday went really well! For the first time in WEEKS i stayed within my calorie goal and I even made a little reward system for myself. I can share it with you guys if you are interested. I set different mini goals and award myself with points which i can use to get a massage, get a new workout shirt, etc. I'm excited about it!

Hope today was as successful as yesterday!! emoticon



PARKSCANADA
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1/3/13 11:26 A

Good Morning! How did everyone else do yesterday? I'm off to a great start this morning and feel very good about last night. I took some of DaisyCrazy1's advice - logged into Spark People right away. It's impossible to avoid the kitchen as it is the heart of my home - and where my computer is, but I headed upstairs after my SparkPeople visit, had a bath and put on my pj's. The boys were having their post-practice snacks; me, I grabbed an apple, chatted a bit with them and headed upstairs to avoid noshing on their food. Yay!! Hope everything went well for the rest of you. I have a busy day today with a couple of visits to the vet, some banking, lunch plans with my boys, and a little shopping for some new shoes for my kid. Here's to mindful eating, savouring each and every bite, and getting stronger and healthier. Cheers!



DAISYCRAZY1
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1/2/13 7:41 P

Congrats on your great day! Also, its awesome that you savored every bite of that banana bread. That's something I am trying to work on. I eat SO FAST and I feel like i dont really appreciate my food cus it's gone before I have the chance to haha so kudos on that!

As for tonight, I know its really hard to not snack after getting home from somewhere when its part of your routine. That's how I feel when I come back from my night class or from the bar. I am so used to mindlessly snacking that it is SO hard to break that habit. Here are some suggestions for you (let me know if any work!!):

1) Change your routine. After Lacrosse, come up with something new that you will ALWAYS do when you get home. For example, going on Spark people right away, brushing your teeth, having a cup of tea (away from the kitchen),etc. It will take some getting used to but after a couple times of doing your routine, hopefully it will become second nature.

2) STEER CLEAR OF THE KITCHEN: If you are used to going straight to the kitchen with your kids right when you get home, make it a habit to sprint up the stairs to get in PJS and doing other getting ready for bed stuff. Assuming your kids are old enough to make a snack for themselves, there is no need for your to be tempted by late night treats. Stay away from the kitchen and have your kids come to you when they are done with their snacking.

3) Pick one set snack for you to have when you get back: This requires some self control which is why it doesn't work too well for me but if you think you can do it, go for it! Have ONE set snack that you will have when you get home--something healthy but satisfying so you arent tempted to eat your snack AND your kids' snacks! (we've all been there)

4) Keep only healthy snacks in the house: I know this one is hard but if you can get your husband and kids on board, slowly start switching out junk food for healthier versions. For example, instead of keeping doritos in the house, keep Pop chips. This way, if you do grab a few here and there, they wont add up as quickly.


Anyway, that's all I got for now. Let me know what works for you!! YOU CAN DO IT!!! emoticon



PARKSCANADA
Posts: 1,786
1/2/13 7:24 P

Hello Everyone! I have done very well today. Had a slice of banana bread - can't go cold turkey lol, but otherwise made very good food choices - and ate the banana bread savouring every bite! I am off to box lacrosse - I manage a Junior A team - with my boys. So, there will be no temptations for the next 4 hours, but at about 9:30PM when we get home the boys will start cooking, pulling out the frozen baking, the treats in the pantry - which I can resist, that whole outta sight outta mind thing - and I will succumb :( So fellow mindful eaters, please, please help me to not eat when I get home cause I won't really be hungry and I really don't need it and I still do want to be a part of the family talk in the kitchen.....Good luck to everyone else tonight and let's stay strong together!



DAISYCRAZY1
Posts: 64
1/2/13 6:55 P

I understand that perfectly! Picking at little bits here and there is easy to do and it adds up fast. Good for your for getting back on track today!! I've had a good day too so far now that I'm back at my apartment living by myself, instead of at home with my family surrounded by sugary morsels calling my name. It's must easier to resist temptation when there is none!

I hope you'll join our challenge and post about your ups and downs and little victories! Little victories add up to big successes. Keep up the good work!!! emoticon



TOBEME
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1/2/13 6:47 P

I've also had that same type of situation going on with doing good all day and then with all the Christmas cookies still sitting on the table, have been making myself a plate of 1 of these, 1 of these, 1 of these....filling the plate. Today is my first day in a long time to get back to tracking and exercising. I noticed tonight that even when I was making up my plate for dinner, I wanted to pick at the food before I even finished putting the 'measured' amount on my plate., I have done GOOD today -- There is still time to fail tonight, but have a good chance to succeed today. Hope you all did too!



DAISYCRAZY1
Posts: 64
1/2/13 1:39 P

That's a great motto! Welcome to the team!! Keep us updated on your progress to help you if you'd like! I will be posting each night to report on my day's choices. I encourage you to do the same. WE CAN DO IT!



DAISYCRAZY1
Posts: 64
1/2/13 12:32 P

That's a great motto! Welcome to the team!! Keep us updated on your progress to help you if you'd like! I will be posting each night to report on my day's choices. I encourage you to do the same. WE CAN DO IT!



PARKSCANADA
Posts: 1,786
1/2/13 12:32 P

I'm glad to see you have started today out so positively - I too am feeling the same way. I got a fitbit for Xmas and after some frustrating computerese finally got it connected, so I have that strapped to my jeans pocket now. I'm hoping that will also help me stop the mindless evening chowing - it's an in your face glance at how much work I've done through-out the day. I am up for posting each night and updating progress - I like to have a mindful eating buddy to gripe to, to share succes and failure with..... Very cool!! So here's to a new day, started with determination to succeed - hey we're half way there. Cheers!



GRACEANAQAH
Posts: 753
1/2/13 12:30 P

I am the same exact way and it is a habit that I am trying hard to break! As long as it isn't in the house I do good. I, too, will try to wait 5 minutes before snacking. I am on WW and one of the questions we are supposed to ask ourselves is, "Is it really worth the points?"

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DAISYCRAZY1
Posts: 64
1/2/13 12:18 P

Wow. It is so nice to feel like I'm not the only one!! It makes such a difference knowing I'm not crazy haha and other people struggle with the things I do. Yesterday after my icecream and cake binge I drank lots of water and then felt back in control. HOWEVER, I had the hardest time falling asleep. It was 11, then 12 and then 1, and after 2 hours of laying there I caved and hit up the kitchen for more of the sugary stuff that kept me up in the first place. Ger!!

Today has been good so far and I hope it is for you too! I totally get where you are coming from with throwing away stuff and your husband getting mad. Whenever there's something in my house I don't want laying around, I throw it out and my dad gets mad that I'm "wasting perfectly good food." I just wish I had the self control to have stuff laying around and not eat it like the rest of my family.

Anyway, today is a new day and i'm excited you are taking this challenge with me! Want to post each night and update each other on progress? Usually right before bed I am on the computer so that is probably when I will post. Feel free to post and ask for help anytime you are feeling like making an unhealthy choice too and ill be your "mindful eating buddy"!!

New day, new chance to shine. You go girl!



PARKSCANADA
Posts: 1,786
1/1/13 9:48 P

You sound just like me!! I'm a stay-at-home Mom with 5 kids - 2 still living at home. My kids are all athletes - so yes, they can eat alot, especially as the youngest two (15 & 18) are still growing. My husband is about 80 pounds overweight - he's a bit like your Dad always bringing home treats - and not supportive at all with my weight loss/healthy life style journey. Right now on my kitchen table sits fresh bread, chocolate, candies, popcorn and like you, even though I am not hungry, I eat it. I try all the strategies - a cup of tea, wait 5 minutes, leave the room....but the kitchen is the heart of our home, so it's hard not to have the food right there. I have even thrown stuff away, but I have to hide it because if my husband sees that I threw the stuff away he gets real pissed off. And like you, I am good through the day - it's kinda like I have to reward myself for being good and then I eat sooo mindlessly. I'm even allergic to chocolate ad a diabetic so it makes me soooo sick, but that doesn't seem to stop me. It's like I go into a coma and I only wake when everything is done. Anyways, I just wanted to say to you, to keep soldiering on because it's obviously within you if you can do it for most of the day. Maybe both of us need to ask our loved ones to not bring home the goodies we love until we have better control. I take this challenge with you - no more impulsive choices, no more eating because, no more mindless eating. Mindful eating for 2013! Eating to nourish our bodies, eating to keep our bodies strong and healthy! emoticon



DAISYCRAZY1
Posts: 64
1/1/13 7:56 P

Today I woke up so excited to have a clean eating day after all of the holiday indulgences and wine drinking/late night binge after new years eve. All day I made healthy choices and felt great! Then....I was left alone. I ate wayyyy too much icecream and then my dad came home with homemade Tandy Cakes (the cakes with the layers of peanut butter and chocolate) from a party he was at. I wasn't even in the mood for them after all that ice cream, but I gave in to temptation anyway---just because IT WAS THERE. This, I think is my biggest problem. If food is in front of me, I can't help myself. Even if I don't really want it, I need to try it. Once, I try it, I want more and more until I am sickly full. Needless to say, my excited, determined attitude I woke up with this morning, is no more.

Since I have been home from school I have not met my calorie goal once and I am starting to get discouraged.

My new years resolution (who says new years resolutions can't start the day AFTER new years day??) is to wait 5 minutes before making a food decision and drink a full bottle of water. Maybe if my decisions are not so impulsive, I will make smarter choices.

I would love someone, or many (the more the merrier!!) to take this challenge with me. No more impulsive choices. MINDFUL EATING FOR 2013!!



 
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