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Managing the Holidays

Friday, March 09, 2012

Yesterday, I stayed within my calorie range. You might ask, pray tell, why is this such a big deal? Yesterday was a major Jewish holiday called Purim. Without getting into too many details, Purim is a holiday where we celebrate the fact that someone (Persian Empire) tried to kill us (Jews), but they didn't (hooray!) and now we celebrate (eat a ton of food).

Did I mention that this 'they tried to kill us, they didn't, let's eat' theme is basically the undercurrent behind almost every Jewish holiday? Well, it is. Which means we have a lot of fun holidays, and a lot of opportunities to go way over our calorie range.

But.. I didn't! I ate a ton of salad, some chicken, eggs... and yes, half a hamentashen (triangle shaped cookie with yummy jam filling in the middle). Which I am pretty sure I forgot to log... whoops. I'll go ahead and do that now. Anyway, let's see if I can get through this weekend.

Did I mentioned that every weekend, on Shabbos (Hebrew for Sabbath) we make enough food equivalent for to Thanksgiving meal? Do you guys feel sorry for me yet??

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SMILINGTREE 3/13/2012 4:27PM

    This post explained so much! I had a Facebook friend who posted something like "I puked. It was a good Purim," and it had me really wondering what kind of holiday could possibly be good if it made you puke! You've provided me with the answer, although, I'm with you....it would feel better to have salad and eggs and not get so full you overflow. :)

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PHEBESS 3/9/2012 9:55PM

    Go ahead and nosh that Hamantashen!

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Guess what? It's Normal to Kvetch

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

To begin: A rant.

One of the things I HATE being told is, "Lose weight until you think you look good." That is probably the absolute DUMBEST thing to tell a woman in her mid-twenties. Does anyone here really, truly love everything about their body, and has zero complaints? Are there any women out there who think their body is, well, perfect?!

Give me a break people. To tell a woman to lose weight until she completely happy with the way she looks is nothing short of moronic. We all have things with our body, a pinch of fat here or there, yada yada. Some things we can control, some things we can't. Some of us, who are young and want to have more children some day, require a higher body fat percentage than others.

The point is, it is normal not to be absolutely in love with your bod. It is OK to say, "Grr, why do I have this adipose (fat) on my belly?" We shouldn't obsess, but that doesn't mean we can't kvetch once in a while.

So to all my ladies out there, holla!!

PS. Kvetch is a yiddish word. It means complain. Try it in a sentence today!

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GENEVIE5 3/11/2012 8:50AM

    It sure is normal!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 3/7/2012 1:32PM

    I kvetch too much already. Oy!

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ROCKYCPA 3/6/2012 2:57PM

    You are absolutely right. There is nothing wrong with complaining once in awhile and your body is yours to complain about.

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SONICB 3/6/2012 12:56PM

    You can look good but still not have the "perfect" body. But you're right, there are very few women out there who are completely happy with everything about their body.

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I Did It!

Monday, March 05, 2012

Probably a lot of you are clicking on this blog because of its alluring subject. "What did she do?" you're thinking. Was it lose 100 lbs? Reach her goal? Hike Mt. Vesuvius (sp?)?

No! It was going to my in laws for the weekend and ending up with a calorie deficit! After 4 days, I have a deficit of around 600 calories!

How did I do it? Well, one day, I did in fact go over my calorie range by 400. But the thing I keep in mind, and that we all can keep in mind when we are about to freak out, is the BMR - or basal metabolic rate. Let me explain.

The calorie range spark people set for me is 1200-1550. Those numbers were established because my BMR is 1740, and in order for me to lose weight, I have to eat a couple hundred calories under my BMR. Now, this is the important thing to remember. If I exceed my SP calorie range, that does not necessarily mean I will GAIN weight, it just means I will not LOSE weight. As long as I eat around my BMR, which in my case is 1740, I will not gain any weight. Even if I eat 2000 calories, I only have a calorie gain of 250, which is relatively insignificant in the long run.

Now, back to our example: I stayed in my SP calorie range of 1200-1550, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. Saturday I ate around 1950 calories. When I add up all of those numbers, I still have an overall calorie deficit of 600 calories.

Make sense? If it does, awesome! If it doesn't, go to SP nutrition page, and there is an article that helps you calculate your BMR step by step.

Have a great week!

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DSHRUBS3 3/5/2012 10:12AM

    That is great!! So proud of you for having such a successful eating weekend!

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Almost Over

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Well,the weekend is almost over. I guess, like many other things in life, I could have done better and Icould have done worse. Thursday and Friday I held up and stayed in my calories range. Yesterday on the other hand.... alas. Today I am off to a pretty bad start, but it's not over yet!

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AHUVAK1 3/4/2012 4:38PM

    You are absolutely right about that. This weekend I was in for an extra challenge, as I was visiting my father in law in NYC. So much good food up here!

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KAI_ZEN 3/4/2012 4:04PM

You can finish well! I think making this work with your life and schedule is a big part of long-term success. Perhaps you could plan your calorie range over a whole week, rather than over a day, planning for more calories over the weekend and fewer during the week, but staying within a calorie range over a week's worth of time. I don't know if what I said makes sense, but I guess it's finding a way to make your weekends work without feeling like you're messing up or falling short.

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I lost Weight!!

Thursday, March 01, 2012


OK: I have two things to say right now.

I can't believe I didn't realize this earlier in my spark history, but I am totally obsessed with Spark Reports. More specifically, I am obsessed with the daily calorie differential report. It shows you exactly how many calories you burned that day. I love adding up those numbers. Even though my weight loss was definitively exciting, I can't call it a surprise. I knew I had burned about that many calories!

Second thing: I am going to my in laws this weekend, who are the biggest saboteurs of my healthy eating! Ah! OK: The thing is I asked them specifically not to buy too much junk, and I can only pray they listened. If not, I am telling myself that I can go to a store and load up on fruits and veggies, so that at least I have a choice. I am going to blog, log food, try to use their tread mill (I packed sneakers, don't worry) and try to enjoy some things in moderation.

Cheer me on, sparkers!

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ROCKYCPA 3/2/2012 11:20AM

    good for you - you can do it!!!

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NOMIS1 3/1/2012 11:26AM

    Hurray for you!

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CHESSBESS 3/1/2012 10:39AM

    Good work! It's always a good idea to go prepared. Best of luck! :-)

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