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An unexpectedly bad day - WHY?

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Iím having a bad day today - foodwise - which I canít really understand. Iíve been doing OK with food and exercise and was thinking yesterday that itís getting easier to be judicious about what I put in my mouth. (See my last blog about having willpower - HUH!!)

I am committed to continuing this effort until I reach my goal and I guess we all hit bumps. Last night I woke up feeling ravenous Ė but also too sleepy to resist the call for food. I was in the kitchen before I knew it and made 2 ricecakes plus low-fat cream cheese with cucumber + Juice. Not bad in itself but I canít remember the last time I had what my partner calls Ďa midnight feastí.

This morning I thought two things: Firstly - where do I enter those extra calories? If I set up an extra meal category ĎMidnight Feastí Iíll be setting a precedent I donít want to establish. So Iíll have to find somewhere. My second thought was: I must put it behind me and get on with a normal day. So Ė smallish but adequate breakfast Ė 1 egg spinach omelette(no fat in the pan - no cheese) and coffee. By mid-morning I was eating toast and marmite (3 slices I blush to admit) Ė and coffees (two). How does this happen when Iíve got so many well-moderated days behind me? STILL I have not established better habits properly. Scary! I know I can balance the calories out for the week but eating less doesn't seem to be an option right now.
Hey ho! Am now going for a walk in the sunshine by the sea Ė a long long walk and hoping to come back in better balance. I already feel better for letting it all out.

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CATLADY52 9/28/2012 3:32PM

    You can enter an extra meal on the nurition tracker and just not include it on days when you don't use it. It's what I have done on my tracking page.

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MEDDYPEDDY 9/14/2012 3:36AM

    I enter those things as snack. Yesterday I was in my health-group where there is this woman who has lost many kilos and keeps them off - by stopping eating white flour and sugar. She says that the same day she changed menu her cravings at night disappear - otherwise she would go down to a lat-open store and buy two doughnuts and a chocolate bar. And not having to do that anymore still makes her stick to har menu although she said it had started to become very boring.

She had really tried to exclude triggers from her mealplan - and her triggers were not only te usual - she could not have soft bread (in Sweden we have a broad range of hard bread "crisp" maybe), she could not have cottage cheese she could not have bananas... she had joined FAA and that had helped her initially with the cravings - but then she had to go on and find out for herself what she could eat without beeing tempted. Interesting.

Keep me posted, I think your journey is inspiring!

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NEW-CAZ 9/9/2012 5:07AM

    Call it a snack Sonia, and hey one snack does not a habit make- at least it was a healthy one emoticon

I used to snack just before bedtime on naughties and now have a full main dinner that keeps me full. But if I need to munch I keep it healthy, no harm done.
Finding an eating pattern that suits can take time, the important thing is you're not getting garbage and you're moving.

Doing good girlfriend!

Nice to be home and catching up with everyone, have a great Sunday hun emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 9/4/2012 8:33PM

    I would just enter it as a snack .. and stop worrying!!, to me that was a good snack

Just eat as healthy as you can, track what you eat, and you will see a pattern emerge .
From this, you can work out when you need to eat to stay within your calorie range ..
Don't forget the calorie range is just a guide, and with the amount of walking you do, it should all be fine ..
Really, it is just a matter of common sense.
Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon

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    Don't worry about it. You are doing gr8. What you ate is not that bad so don't give yourself a hard time.

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STONECOT 9/4/2012 9:13AM

    Just enter it as a snack, you don't have to say what time it was! Maybe you need both to listen to your body and to think like a thin person. Thin people eat when they're hungry, just like you did, and it wasn't trifle and ice cream was it? If you're going through a hungry phase then feed yourself. Try eating really slowly when you do eat, give that 'full' trigger in your head a chance to operate. Eat one slice, wait five minutes before eating the next if you're still hungry etc. Enjoy your day, self control is one thing, but moderate it with good sense. emoticon emoticon

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PINKANGEL73 9/4/2012 8:47AM

    We are only human and will always have good and bad days. Different things work for different people and we all have to find our own best way forward.

These are a few things that work for me - just in case they work for you too.

1. Never go to bed hungry - sugar dips in the night mean poor sleep and a bad start to the next morning. I find a low fat instant Horlicks drink often does the trick.

2. Always eat a really satisfying breakfast with carbs and protein. If I don't I end up snacking mid morning and seem to feel hungry all day. Often I eat a bigger breakfast (around 400 cals) and need less at lunch.

3. If I want a snack I make it a pear or banana. Both seem to satisfy the pangs more than other fruits.

4. Accept that feeling a bit hungry is okay. But never let yourself get really starving hungry or you end up eating more than you should when the time comes. Better to have a little snack if you need one so you don't devour everything in sight at the next meal.

You may have already discovered those for yourself or others even better - if so please share. Anything that makes this bumpy journey easier is welcome! Keep on keeping on x

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MADDE3333 9/4/2012 7:25AM

    Hi! Give yourself a pat on the back, and don't let very small slip ups take you off the path. You are doing great! emoticon

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FINALLY . . . I find I DO have (some) willpower

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Had intended to be blogging every day for a while to keep myself from the slippage I could feel coming on after a pretty good couple of months Ė but things go awry donít they? My partner wanted to take some friends (whom I donít even get on with particularly) down to my little cottage in the country and much as I didnít wish for any of it we all do things we donít want to for our partners donít we? Thatís the nature of being with someone. I actually wanted to scream Ė ĎDonít you realise how much harder itíll be to stick in my calorie range with all that food Iíll have to cook and serve Ė worse, sit at the table looking at it Ė and all that wine flowing that will be so hard to resist?í So Ė Iíve been struggling this week but it could have been worse

There was no time to Spark much Ė apart from tracking Ė but I just thought: ĎOK - Iíll have to be big and brave and get on with it on my own without support from SPfriends.í Actually my food and wine consumption have been better than they might have been. Lesson learned about determination Ė if I REALLY want it to work then itís up to ME Ė and no one else Ė get on with it.

I managed to resist most of those bright signs beckoning me to the cheeseboard and wine bottle in the knowledge that I would then avoid the disappointment that would otherwise await me on the scales later. I exercised when I could make the time and walked a lot Ė tho not as much as Iíd hoped. However Ė good enough - and although I am saying this in a tentative whisper Ė I really think I may have learned some more good Spark lessons Ė FINALLY!

Now I'm home and have a week ahead with no temptations so I can apply myself with renewed vigour. Hereís hoping . . .

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MOSTMOM1 9/3/2012 8:21AM

    Oh, good for you!

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    emoticon. So glad you managed to cope with it all. And you are doing so well. xx

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PINKANGEL73 9/2/2012 10:27AM

    Huge pat on the back from me! These are the real big lessons we have to learn - dealing with everyday life without totally giving in to the many temptations. How to have treats and enjoy ourselves without going completely off the rails. Otherwise we are back to the yo-yo diets of the past - lose some, gain more back in my case.

I'd say that you have just taken a massive leap into a brighter future

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TSEWARD 9/2/2012 9:28AM

    You did so wonderful! I too have felt the pressure of cooking and being 'on' for company. It would be so much easier to stick to our food plans if we had no intrusions like company and vast quantities of food! But you kept your goals firmly in mind and acted accordingly. Thank you so much for your encouraging comments! You have really helped me to look at things in a more positive way. It is so easy to get in a negativity rut. Sending you lots of love and warm fuzzies! emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 9/1/2012 6:48PM

    Way to go my Friend !! .
I think the Spark is finally lit within you !!
Enjoy being home again and back to normal!
Love you ..Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATLADY52 9/1/2012 6:41PM

    I would say you probably will do it without thinking. emoticon

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And on the upside. . .

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

. . . the friends that are staying with me in my little holiday cottage said - the minute they arrived - 'Good Heavens (well more or less that!)- 'you've lost a lot of weight'
YAY! That's what we all want to hear emoticon

Did well yesterday - 15 minutes chair exercise (thanks SusieXXX) due to my temporarily impaired state - two 20 minute walks (no time for a real hike) and altho we ate out - always a problem! - I had fresh crab and salad plus some steamed green veggies and 2 glasses of wine. When we got home I was totally knackered from driving down/shopping for them all/bed changing etc etc so I went to bed and left them to nibbles and wine. emoticon
So - well down near the bottom of my calorie range and feeling very saintly this morning emoticon emoticon

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OTEN36 8/31/2012 5:24PM

    Getting noticed is always the best.
And your dinner sounds so good.
Great Job!!!

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CATLADY52 8/29/2012 5:18PM

    Keep doing what you're doing! emoticon

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    Yeah!! emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 8/29/2012 6:56AM

    Hi Sonia !! Glad you enjoyed your day!!.
Well done on the exercise ..
Just a few minutes each day soon adds up, and in no time at all, you will be feeling great!!
Love you my friend Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PINKANGEL73 8/29/2012 6:20AM

    Fabulous! Lovely reward for your hard work - very pleased for you. emoticon

Well done too for the healthy eating and just two glasses of wine with friends emoticon

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STONECOT 8/29/2012 5:18AM

    That's all good isn't it. It's lovely when other people start noticing, I can never see any change for myself. And what a lovely dinner, I'm quite envious.

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1954MARG 8/29/2012 5:17AM

  Have a lovely time with your friends, and well done with the weight loss. It is really good when you meet someone that you haven't seen for a while and they notice the difference.

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NEW-CAZ 8/29/2012 5:15AM

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Motivation and planning - and ditching excuses

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Iím hoping to blog most days this month Ė I need to renew my motivation and accountability and I guess this is the way.

Coincidentally a good friend of mine here is resolved to blog and post motivational pictures all this month Ė so Iíll be looking at those with interest.

Had a good eating day yesterday which is great but I moved very little. I can blame my cracked rib Ė and the fact that on top of that my sciatica returned yesterday. What I know about sciatica and me is that gentle exercise and stretches for my legs and hips generally alleviate the worst of the pain which is motivation in itself. So with no viable excuse for doing absolutely nothing, I spent some time yesterday looking into chair exercises and I tried some of them this morning combined with leg exercises to see how they suit my currently sore state. Went OK so Iíll continue with that for a while. And another coincidence: another SPfriend posted a blog about chair exercises and the fact that with those in mind there really isnít any 'excuse for excuses' Ė so to speak. She had already made this point to me and I was glad to have it re-inforced at a moment when I was looking for motivation. Thereís always something or someone somewhere on Spark that provides encouragement. emoticon

Other than that Iím hoping for a good food week Ė I have planned for one on paper but wonít be easy cos Iím away in my little cottage in the country and have visitors Ė Iím never good at coping with that in respect of food and wine but Iíll just have to try and remind myself to be disciplined at all points and also balance my heavier food days against my lighter ones. The trouble with loving good food and wine is that all my friends tend to have the same lifestyle but Iím hoping theyíll respect what Iím trying to do and not drag me from my path. Question is: - will I drag myself?!! emoticon emoticon
The upside, however, is that two of them are great walkers and there are really beautiful walks around my place so I can walk with them emoticon emoticon emoticon
Others can stay at home and drink the wine emoticon emoticon
So that's the plan - in theory anyway. Will I stick with it? Watch this space. emoticon

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CATLADY52 8/28/2012 5:07PM

    Sounds as if it might work. emoticon

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    emoticon I believe in you. So sorry you are suffering sciatica. I've had that in the past. Nasty. The chair exercises sound good. xx

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SUSIEPH1 8/28/2012 6:47AM

    Have a wondeful time my friend .. I have sent you a link and some ideas for exercise ..
Much Love Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 8/28/2012 5:03AM

    Sonia I'm so glad you've found some exercises that won't (hopefully) aggrevaite your injury and even help with the sciatica- a painful condition I know (John suffers terribly with it).
Sounds like you'll balance your love of food and grape juice with walking it off- *imitates Punch puppet's voice*that's the way to do it emoticon

I'd bet you'll stick to this- you've been losing consistantly for a while...why put all that hard work to waste emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STONECOT 8/28/2012 3:21AM

    Socialising is my downfall too. Try to look at it long term again not short term. You're already tracking your calories on a weekly basis, lengthen it to a fortnight or even a month! Yes, I know that's subversive! I feel that the relaxation and good endorphins you will get from being and walking with your friends, far outweighs the calorie count. Do the basics and track all you can honestly, but remember you need to add 3500 calories to your usual 2000, to put on 1lb. So don't panic, or let yourself feel bad, relax and enjoy the break. You don't do this every week after all. emoticon

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Definitely better than nothing

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Four pounds gone this month. Iíd have liked it to be more but my monthly weigh-ins are bearing fruit with less scale obsession and no getting discouraged when loss in one week is not much and I donít bother to try. Iíve been trying the advice of a Sparkfriend by counting calories by the week. That is to say that I track every day but balance indulgent days against a lower intake on other days. Seems to work for me. Thanks STONECOT emoticon
So although Iíve had a difficult month cooking for a lot of visitors where I should have done well because I was in charge of the food (and wine!) I fell down a bit because Iím so easily tempted emoticon emoticon
I also had a very minor car accident which resulted in a cracked rib and impeded my workouts Ė any excuse Iím afraid! Need to perk up my resolve this coming month and just get on with it. Must give myself lots of these emoticon and you're all welcome join in!
On the upside, I am back wearing the jeans that I use as a yardstick of progress even when the numbers on the scale arenít what Iíd wish. emoticon

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PINKANGEL73 8/27/2012 8:45AM

    I am also trying to follow Stonecot's advice to cut back on the weigh-ins and view my calorie intake by the week instead of the day. Less opportunity for disappointment followed by excuses and "why bother" has got to help keep us on track. She is a very sensible lady emoticon

Careful with your exercise - try to do activities that don't strain your ribs too much. Take care.

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SUSIEPH1 8/26/2012 4:58PM

    Ohh Sonia , I hope your poor ribs are better soon.
Did you think of binding them with a stretch bandage ?.
It really helps to keep them firm and safe!!
Glad you are losing weight and choosing to eat well .
Tracking is so important ..
Much love my friend !!
Susie emoticon emoticon

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CATLADY52 8/26/2012 4:06PM

    If you are wearing yardstick jeans, you are doing well. But take care off the ribs. If you want to go a little lighter I think we would understand. Better to be safe for a while. emoticon Just get better. emoticon

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    Oh. Poor you. I do hope that it doesn't take too long to heal. Go careful.
Congratulations on the weight loss. I was pleased that I didn't put on while in NI as I ate out quite a few times and had deserts!! Cheesecake!! Yummy. So it shows I can still have some treats without putting on - obviously not regularly tho!!

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STONECOT 8/26/2012 10:41AM

    Just goes to show that inches do not always equal pounds! Glad it's working for you, and I hope to join your four pounds now if I can get back on track.

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NEW-CAZ 8/26/2012 7:58AM

    emoticon on the four pounds Sonia, doing well my friend and that is indeed good advice. If I indulge I balance it out over the week or next few days rather than panic and have a knee jerk reaction!

As for getting back it to, well hun, hate to tell you, but ribs take a LONG time to heal so don't chance anything that might impead your recovery.

Once again thanks for the listening ear earlier I, at least, now have a smile on my face emoticon emoticon

Laters emoticon

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TRYINGHARD54 8/26/2012 7:50AM

    give your body time to heal and don't rush it.. why are we so hard on ourselves ? We do have our downfalls from time to time, if we didnt we'd be PERFECT ! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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