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Leaving the Comfort Zone

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I am getting ready to leave for vacation. The hubby and I have loaded up the camper, and soon we'll be on our way to Michigan for a Nascar weekend. I love going to the races, and camping out near the track with other race fans. I'm looking forward to jamming with the other musicians at the campground, and rehearsing with my hubby for our upcoming acoustic gigs. It's a great time and place to work out new material.


When we left for Michigan last year at this time, I was 139 lbs. I'd lost 10 lbs. in 4 months with Spark People. I was using the nutrition tracker and had taken my first steps towards the healthy lifestyle.

Long story short, that's when I fell off the wagon the first time. I've learned a lot since then. I have a much better awareness of portion size. I will take my measuring cups with me. I have a dedicated notebook for logging food. I have learned to say no to trigger foods when the hubby waves them in front of my face and says, "Are you sure you don't want some of this?"

I weighed myself on my daughters new scale last week. I weigh 5 pounds less than I did a year ago. Last year I was wearing my slightly baggy size 12 jeans. Now the 10's are baggy.

Due to the demands of the day job, the gig schedule and preparing everything for vacation, I'm short on sleep and behind in my fitness goals. BUT - I can take long walks to catch up on the cardio. I'm taking my weights along. Knowledge is power, and I know I can do better than I did last year!!!

Wish me luck...

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    You can do it!!!

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EDWINA172 8/10/2010 11:34AM

    I wish you luck, but you don't need luck. You have all of the knowledge to succeed. Use your measuring cups and notebook. Keep your eye on the prize. Remember that you're worth it. When I'm tempted, I say to myself, "is it worth wearing for the next 2 weeks?" If it is, then eat it. Most of the time, its not worth it. Have fun. Keep us posted.

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JEMSTAR 8/12/2009 2:57PM

    Good luck! You can do it... and hm, I'm not home to slip any guests into the camper.

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THATWEIRDGIRL 8/12/2009 1:58PM

  My scale is broken already! Oh noes!

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I had a nice dinner at a nice restaurant, ate the whole thing, and I don't feel guilty!!!

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Since starting back on the pathway to a healthy lifestyle back in January, one of the hardest challenges I've had to face is my husband's eating habits. He likes to cook, but the things he cooks are seldom compatible with my new lifestyle. He likes to snack as well, and I've had to learn to stick to my guns and "just say no" to the trigger foods he offers me. I have tried to do this without hurting his feelings, but he gets exasperated from time to time.
We used to go out for dinner frequently when neither of us felt like cooking after a long day at work, but these days I prefer to prepare my own food so I can control what I'm putting into my body. Recently a friend gave us a gift certificate to a restaurant that's a bit more upscale than one we'd choose on our own. So I reluctantly agreed to go out to dinner tonight. Even though I had a light lunch in anticipation, I still figured I'd be over my calorie limit at the end of the day.
When the waitress brought the menu, I asked her if they had any nutritional information available. Of course, the answer was no. I selected what looked to be a healthy option - grilled tilapia, spinach and rice pilaf. It came with a cup of soup, italian bread and a dessert.
The portions were not oversized - I ate slowly, and took my dessert to go. After approximating my meal with the nutrition tracker, I had enough room left to eat the dessert without going over my nutritional quota. I thoroughly enjoyed it!!!
My husband has said that he doesn't know what to cook for me anymore because of my "crazy diet." I've explained that it's not a diet, just healthy choices and portion control. I think he's finally getting it.
Thank you, Spark People!!!

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MJLUVSANIMALS 9/7/2009 12:22PM

    The question I have to ask, is, does your husband have a weight problem? Mine did not, we would go to dinner, he could eat whatever he wanted, I ate whatever I wanted, and it attacked my hips, stomach, wherever it could. And of course I got too fat and unattractive to him, and he divorced me. Great guy huh? Well hopefully your husband will come around and realize you just may not have the same ideals as he, when it comes to food choices. Yours, are insuring you have a healthy future, and you care about how you look, and feel. Stay Sparkly! MJ

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EMER1023 8/7/2009 10:43AM

    It is fantastic to hear that you were able to eat out and maintain your calorie intake. I am also glad that you have been able to say no to your husband, I know that must be difficult at times, you have my respect for that. I've had times where I've tried to convince people that it's not a diet, it's havnig a healthy lifestyle. Good luck!

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CRIMSCOUT 8/7/2009 8:51AM

    Super job! You showed great restraint in portion control and management. The key is using the fitness tracker, and knowing the key words on the menu, such as grilled, broiled, etc. Ever so often we need to treat ourselves to a night out, as long as we use our heads. Like your husband, I also cook, and I sometimes have to think since I'm cooking for two (or more if my daughter is here) how to cook for them too. Be sure to share with him your needs in leading a healthy lifestyle, and maybe he'll follow. My wife is following with me! Good luck and Two 'Thumbs Up!

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  emoticon I loved the title of your blog - by listening to yourself you still enjoyed a wonderful meal and stayed under your calories. What an achievement! emoticon

I battle the same issues with my husband (we both love going out to eat) and I try to plan those meals so I do not do too much damage - but sometimes I just listen to my body and eat and enjoy. And even then, I don't do so bad.

Continue to Enjoy!

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LIS193 8/7/2009 12:04AM

    You did great!
It's so hard to have the rest of the family understand our new way of eating. it takes while to sink in... Once your husband understand this is a new "way of life" rather than a temporary fix he can start cooking different things for you. Maybe you can cook together at the weekends so he has a better idea.
Good luck!

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Staring at the Mountain

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Life is good. I am blessed to have a wonderful family, work that I love, relatively good health, etc. and so on.

Today I am paralyzed. I feel like a deer in the headlights. I am procrastinating, because I have so many things to do, and not enough time to get them done. I need to prioritize, but feel myself being pulled in multiple directions at once.

I promised myself that I'd clean house and get rid of barnacles (stuff that has been in the house forever that no one needs or uses anymore) as I am drowning in clutter.

We just put a new band together, and I need to practice and work out my parts as we have several gigs coming up.

To climb a mountain, it takes one step at a time.

I have to write and track the music for the puppets to sing in next season's safety programs for the day job.

Then there's the little stuff like laundry and other household chores.

Looking at this on the computer screen makes it seem so much simpler; Less overwhelming!

So, I think I'll start by putting in a load of laundry and do at least 30 minutes of cardio. After I hang the laundry, I'll do some strength training. Then I'm going to take a big box, fill it with stuff to take to the thrift store and stick it in my vehicle. After dinner, I'll go downstairs to the studio and lay out a click track and start putting down tracks for the safety show.

I was invited to a birthday party tonight for a musician that I used to work with. He's not someone that I care to spend time with and I don't want to go, but I am getting lots of pressure from some good friends to at least make an appearance (sigh). So I'll see what time it is when I'm done recording and then perhaps, if there's time, pop in for a half hour or so. But if I can't make it, I won't feel guilty!

To climb a mountain, it takes one foothold at a time!