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I Decide if the Process is Hard or Easy

Friday, December 11, 2009

This is from TubbyHubby blog and I put it here so I see it everyday.


Starting Over---on the next ten pounds

Friday, December 11, 2009

My nutrition feedback report is a jagged mess. I have not exercised consistently.

The only thing I have been consistent about is tracking. Now isn’t that what I told myself would be my main goal as I start this process?

I am learning a lot. There are many new things that I am doing right. I wish I could be doing it well all at once but I know that is not realistic. I need to focus on small goals and not let the whole task overwhelm me. I do not want to be fat. I want more energy. I want to be more active and engaged with the people in my life whom I love. I got into this mess by focusing on everyone around me who needed nurtured. But by doing that, I lost myself. I don’t have enough to give. I must focus on myself to rebuild and make myself better than I was.

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CNEWME2009 12/11/2009 9:00AM

  Good for you and good advice.

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REVJVH 12/11/2009 8:57AM

    For me tracking nutrition is over half the battle. I know that exercise matters a whole lot and I need to get better at doing it consistently. But my biggest learning curve is going to be around portion size and what's "normal." I've been eating beyond the outer limits of normal almost all my life. Retraining is going to take time. So keep tracking. The rest will come.

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VEUVEGIRL 12/11/2009 8:43AM

    I think that is a great idea, one day at a time, take small steps and you will get your goal!

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I Need to Manage Cravings

Thursday, December 10, 2009

My cravings are carb cravings. Here's my strategy:
1. I do not have trigger foods in the house.--This week, I drove to the store to buy what I craved. I have to re-train my system so I do not crave.
2. I exercise to control the cravings. I did not exercise as much this week and maybe this influenced my cravings.
3. I will increase protein to higher range of SP recommendation and see if it helps.
4. I will try glutamine capsule between meals per Julia Ross recommendation. I disagree with her idea of not eating below 2300--that's hogwash. But the glutamine capsule won't hurt and might help the sweet craving.

I am skeptical of this lady, Julia Ross. She’s an author of books for lay-people and a clinic entreprenuer. She hired nutritionists on her staff. She herself has a master’s degree in clinical psychology and a marriage and family therapy license. She claims expertise in too many areas it seems to me--endocrine, “food allergy”, yeast infection and neurochemistry-- that would not normally be covered by her earned degree.

I recall feeling pretty good on a lower-carb and higher protein diet in the past. I will tweak my nutrition, keeping my protein at the high end of the balanced carb-protein-fat that Spark People recommends, and see if that helps diminish cravings.

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SHRINKINGALAN 12/10/2009 3:24PM

    I'm making the push toward higher protein as well, and so far, it's been pretty good.

As for removing trigger foods, one thing I did was acknowledge that there were certain trigger foods that I couldn't live without. For instance, I like chips. So I looked for a crunchy food that I could replace chips with. I decided on baby carrots, and I ALWAYS ALWAYS have at least half a bag in my house. Even if I eat an entire bag in one sitting (which I've yet to do), it's only about 150 calories.

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GOZEKIGRL 12/10/2009 10:11AM

    i've recently added more protein to my diet, because i wasn't getting enough before, and ever since i've found my cravings have been diminishing. also, i feel fuller longer! i eat a lot of veggies & a lot of protein, so its pretty awesome!

Good luck! you can do it!

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I'm a Sinner and a Saint

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Spark People tools are helpful. I can't deny overeating when I write everything down. I see my binges (embarrassment). No wonder I've packed on weight!

At ten years of marriage, I bought a kitchenaid mixer and made homemade cookies and breads for my family. It was my bowl full of "love". Boy, did I get in bad habits.

On the other hand, I love workouts. I was once athletic and have always loved music. The kids put music on my new ipod and I've been smiling and sweating ever since.

I learned the calories of the workouts do not make up for my binges so I have to gain control.


Finding a Spark Home

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I was late in putting up a Spark Page. I finally got around to it. I spent a good deal of time today checking out teams (there are thousands!!) and joined a few that make sense to me as a grouping. With the new teams, I covered Structure, Process and Outcome goals like this:

Structure: Infrastructure Habits for my lifetime weight management. Basically, this is the tracking of nutrition, fitness, weight and water that I must do from here on out.

Process: This is HOW I do the above. Outsmarting Temptation is going to help me with my personal weakness in craving/binging food. I have a couple of process groups for exercise--one for my Cardio at the gym called Treadmill, Elliptical, Runners... and one that throws in daily strengthening challenges that can be done at home called Quickfire Challenge. There were many process groups for nutrition. However, I'm doing all I can handle with the new shopping and cooking while keeping other family members who do not have a weight problem happy. I'm using Spark Recipes at my own pace. That's good enough.

Outcome: I joined a small group that will make me accountable to an intermediate outcome goal. I have a weigh-in February 20 in the Biggest Loser Small Group friendly competition. This will be great! My long-term goal will take one year. It will be good to see where I'm at in 3 months.

This year is going to be interesting.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MEGS4148 11/24/2009 10:00AM

    Sounds like you have a great game plan set up. I'm also in the Biggest Loser small group and I think accountability helps out a lot. Good luck on your journey!

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REVJVH 11/24/2009 7:33AM

    Nice post. Great way to find the support you'll want and need to get the most out of this experience.

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