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To Fat Or Not To Fat- That Is The Question!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

I just finished reading Jen Mueller's blog, "Is Eating Red Meat Bad For Your Health? " What a great blog! It made me think about the kind of protein/meat I eat and I'm happy to say that for years I've gotten something right! I am what my husband refers to as a chicken addict. I could eat lean chicken every day of the week. I also love egg whites - the low fat answer to my protein needs. I usually eat 4 egg whites for breakfast every morning and have done so for at least the past 12 years. I fill my plate with veggies at meal time too. Yes, I enjoy an occasional meal with steak or pork, fish and seafood. It's nice to have a little variety at times. Then why am I seventy five pounds overweight? Portion control is the first thing that jumps into my mind, followed by snacking on sugar loaded low fat foods. Since joining Spark People last year, using the food tracker has made me very aware of what I'm putting into my body. Believe it or not, I've had trouble meeting the daily minimums for fats and carbohydrates. Why? I think I went through a phase in the 1990's where I bought a lot of fat free food because I thought it would be better for me. Of course I also felt that I could eat more because it was fat free! Bad idea! I became obsessed with eliminating fat from my diet. Then one day I attended a seminar with my daughter, at a local hospital. She would get extra credit for her college health class if she recruited someone to go with her (me of course!). What an eye opener! The topic was "Fat In Your Diet". It addressed the problem of cutting out too much of the good fats from our diets in our rush to lower the overall fat intake. I felt like I should go home and search for hidden video cameras in my house because the speaker must be talking directly to me! Along with eliminating the bad fats, it seems that I had eliminated almost all fat including the fat that my body needs. Oh no! I was in panic mode and my anti fat campaign was already a habit that I had been practicing for years! It was during this time that I gained weight too! I didn't know what to do so I contacted a dietitian to help me. The first thing she said was that I wasn't taking in enough of the right kinds of calories. Me? The chicken addict who eats veggies was doing it all wrong??? EEEK!! Help! Actually that part of my diet was fine except that I needed portion control. What a relief! What the dietitian encouraged me to do is throw out all of the sugar laden non fat snacks and eat fruit, dairy and whole grains instead. She also encouraged me to start eating nuts, olive oil and some butter or margarine. I increased the frequency of eating to 6 meals a day. I lost 20 pounds just by doing this. It wasn't much of a struggle either and I wasn't hungry!. Then I became disabled, we moved from a place I'd lived for 40 years and I lived with my husband's family while our new house was being built. Their eating habits were terrible! I was very unhappy and I ate my way through it - gaining back the 20 I had lost plus an additional 27 pounds. I stopped eating 6 times a day (it was very inconvenient for them and they frowned upon this - even though I was buying the food) and did very little exercise. I hated me and had given control of my eating to someone else. I needed to get back that control and get myself on track. Then we moved and when my husband went to the doctor, he was shocked at his blood test results! He actually asked me if we could go back to eating the way we used to - chicken and all! I was only too glad to oblige! Since that time, I've lost over 40 pounds. There are plenty of bumps in my road but with Spark People I've learned to navigate through them. I still have issues to this day with fats and carbohydrates. Old habits die hard! It was recently suggested to me that I should increase my starchy veggies and eat more nuts to help with that issue. Guess what? It helps! My lifestyle has become much healthier too. It's an eating plan that should last a lifetime if I want to remain healthy and..... I do!

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SPARKLESSENCE 5/5/2009 10:10PM

    You've learned so much over time! Isn't it amazing what we've picked up along the way? Sounds like you've developed a good, satisfying, and balanced way of eating! - Sara emoticon

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FLAGIRL32 5/5/2009 10:06PM

    What a great blog, I love the way you were so able to pinpoint your strengths. You are doing such an awesome job.


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7REBACCA7 5/5/2009 3:30PM


very enlightening commits it is amazingly hard to try to learn all we need to,very hard and confusing to figure what is right and what is wrong but a few things do not seem to change ie fruit vegetables chicken nuts milk products (fat free) potatoes etc just watch fat like you do now seems very good for you emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 5/5/2009 2:07PM

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Be Kind to Yourself Buddy of the Week!

Monday, May 04, 2009

I logged onto Spark People this morning and noticed that I had my usual mail. I was in the process of replying to the Be Kind to Yourself mail when, at first glance, I thought that I had erroneously been listed as having a birthday. Surprise! I was the Buddy of the Week! Wow! This really made my day since I've been sick in bed for the past few days! It made me feel so great.

Thank you to everyone for your kind wishes and comments. I love you all!


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    Hope you are feeling better. Again, Congratulations on being Kind Buddy of the Week. Hope you did something special for yourself because you deserve it.


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L*I*T*A* 5/4/2009 7:27PM

    CONGRATULATIONS............... well deserved....way to go.................blessings and hugs..............lita

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SPARKLESSENCE 5/4/2009 12:48PM

    emoticon And a wonderful, well-chosen Buddy of the Week you are, too! You're on our pedestal for the rest of the week (and probably longer emoticon) - Sara emoticon

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Sunday, May 03, 2009

Well, here I am up at 2:30 a.m. because my nose is too stuffy for me to be able to sleep. Instead of eating, I decided to log onto SP and do something constructive. It amazes me that I opened the pantry door, looked inside and chose to make hot tea and munch on a few saltine crackers instead of pigging out on sweets - oh that's right, we don't have any sweets! lol I still wouldn't have because I feel very conscious of what I'm putting into my mouth! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I've been working very hard this week on conscious eating and it's making a big difference. By taking care of my body's nutritional needs, drinking water, eating 5+ fruits/veggies, sleeping (just not tonight) and not letting myself get too hungry, I am in control of food; it isn't controlling me. It's a non scale way of measuring my success and.....I'm being successful!!! emoticon

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    emoticon, Cyndi, for making a wise choice and not eating unhealthy stuff - not even having it in the house, for that matter! - when those allergies (I'm guessing it is...?) keep you up at night! Hot tea is soooo soothing, isn't it? And with a couple saltines - perfect! Your conscious eating is fantastic, too! I've got to work on that water... emoticon...Sara emoticon

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DECOLORES28 5/3/2009 2:45PM

    WOO HOO on making the right choice when opening the pantry door - especially at that time of the night. I have learned over the years that dieting is 99% mental. If you have the right mindset, you can do anything, including refusing to put things into your mouth that are not healthy for you, at least not at this time. Keep it up.


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L*I*T*A* 5/3/2009 11:56AM

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JSP32605 5/3/2009 9:31AM

    Excellent choice of late night snack! And, way to go on the success of being in control. emoticon

Sorry you're not feeling well. I do know the feeling, though. Had that same problem last weekend. This weekend, just the chest congestion...not sure which part is worse, really... I've been drinking Crystal Light Immunity in my first bottle of water every day this week, and it really does seem to be helping. Hope you feel better soon!

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May Day - A New Month!

Friday, May 01, 2009

May - a new month, time to re-commit myself to health. My goals for the month of May are:

l.) Continue to eat 5+ fruits/veggies daily
2.) Continue to drink 64+ oz. water daily
3.) Buy a new bed that will get rid of pressure points on my body
4.) Clear up my skin problem with treatment and get back into the water
5.) Do a stretching program for my Achilles tendon daily
6.) Be more consistent with my weight training at home/gym
7.) Look for a new gym with pool
8.) Continue to set reasonable boundaries for self and others
9.) Stay in my calorie range more consistently
10.) Get treatment for current back problem when my doctor gets back from vacation (so I can continue my exercise program)

I need to remember that there are 3 components to health - mind, body and spirit. Sometimes I get so caught up in weight loss that I forget this. Granted, if I don't feel good that ends up being my focus for the day and I need to take care of it. However, if I work on the health of mind and spirit a bit more, it will make everything else a lot easier - especially that pesky emotional eating!!!

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XHASTEDMOMOF2 5/2/2009 12:53PM

    What a great blog!!! Thanks for the reminders of what we need to focus on!!


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SPARKLESSENCE 5/1/2009 10:48PM

    Cyndi, I love your idea of taking a broader, more inclusive approach to include mind, body, and spirit in your goals. What a great idea! Something for me to think about, too. I love that you're as proactive about your health as you are your eating habits, and I think that's going to help you get rid of some of that pain, too. Congratulations!! - Sara emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 5/1/2009 9:14PM

    your blog reminded me of a poem i had just read...............

Today is a brand new day
Every step I take is anew
Every sight I see is bright
Every sound I hear is musical
Every morsel I taste is a delight
At the end of this day I will slumber peacefully
And look forward to a repeat of this day


What a glorious day to be alive!
Everything I experience today will be new and fresh...Nothing can get me down because I won't let it!

I'm in control and nothing can change that!
This is a great day to be free!
I'm on the road to true happiness and I'm loving it!

you are on this wonderful road and wishing you the success you desire.......l...........
ngs and hugs................lita

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Staying In My Range This Week

Thursday, April 30, 2009

I've been doing pretty well with staying in my range this week and eating healthy food. I still need to watch my sodium more closely though. I've also been drinking plenty of water. Eating with a purpose of nourishing my body is getting easier and my sugar cravings have subsided a lot. Now if all my physical problems would go away and I could exercise the way I'd like, the scale would be moving a little faster in the right direction! lol I'm hoping that my dogs will take me for a walk later when it cools off. They are napping right now and storing up energy to pull me along! :) Hubby usually goes with me and we have a good time.

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L*I*T*A* 4/30/2009 2:46PM

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KARIANN0613 4/30/2009 2:33PM

  It's always a nice feeling when you are able to stay in your range. I'm still struggling with going over at night. I do GREAT all day long and then I get home from work at like 10pm and then eat like a mad woman!! Sodium is hard to watch because it seems like it's in EVERYTHING! My best advice is to eat less prepared/packaged food and stick with fresh!!

I had to laugh about your dogs taking you for a walk. I have 3 large breed talks and taking them for walks into being dragged into running! Have fun on your walk later!! Keep up the GREAT work!

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