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Eating in the moment.

Friday, January 07, 2011

My goal today is to live in the moment. To complete my goal I want to find enjoyment in it. Enjoy those endorphin after my workout, Have a good time with my Grandkids when we tend them today. Enjoy every bite of the healthy foods that I eat and the good satisfied feeling I get after eating. Not that bloated awful feeling I get after a big heavy meal.

Yesterday I was listening to a talk tape on weight lose and the man said chewing your food slowly will help you lose weight. He said experts recommend you should chew each bite 23 times. Thats about 15 to 20 seconds for each bite ( there is a timer you can buy that will go off every time you should take a bite). That way you enjoy your food more. It's mixed with more saliva and is easier for the GI tract to digest and you will eat less. Sounds like good advice.

So yesterday and today I tried eating slower. Chewing each bite 23 or more times. Instead of wolfing my oatmeal down in 2 or 3 min. It took me 14 min with the counting. I didn't just count I really tasted the food as I ate it. I was eating in the moment. Enjoying every bite. The texture of the oatmeal (I have a hand roller and roll my own oat groats). The sweetness of the raisins and the soy milk.

After eating I felt satisfied and enjoyed my breakfast. Felt I'd had a good meal. A big difference compared to wolfing down meals or mindless eating a meal while watching tv and then wonder what did I just eat. Or worse, sit with a bag of chips in front of the tv and not realize how many I have eaten.

I hope I can cultivate this new habit. I'm sure it will be a good tool to help me lose weight. Even if it sound I'm sure there will be time it won't be possible.

I'm getting tired of counting does anyone know where I can buy on of those timers?

This is day 5 of 120 day 115 days to go. I'm still on tract. Thanks for all your encouragement and great comments.

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HALLALUYAH 3/19/2011 12:23PM

    Whatever work you ole pirate. Love ya
Love Luyah emoticon

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    Great goal. Another example of how simple changes can make a HUGE difference!

If you have a cell phone with a timer feature, you can use that. I have seen digital timers at the dollar store too, so you don't need to spend much to get one.

In my college studies, I'm currently taking a course called "The Science of Nutrition" (a cop out to meet my science requirement because I didn't feel like messing with Chemistry or Physics, lol.) Anyway, about three weeks ago we covered the functions of the digestive system and how many more nutrients are absorbed when food is chewed thoroughly. It is insane how much your body loses out on when you gulp a meal. To me, I'm making the effort to put healthy foods into my body, so I might as well get all of the nutritional "bang for my buck" that I can!

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DOCDUTTON 1/7/2011 2:07PM

    check on the internet for special education supplies. These kind of timers are used for tracking reinforcements for students.

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A sad statistic

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Only 5% of people who start a diet reach their goal weight and fewer than that keep the weight off.

I would hope that percentage is higher with SP. Wish there was some way to get statistic on how well this site is working. I have read lots of great success stories on SP. They all give me great hope. I have also seen many folks come and go. Many who talk the the talk but Yo Yo up and down on the scales (me being one of them).

I have been a member of of SP for 2 years. At the start I had 40lbs to lose. So far I have lost 14lbs. At one time I had lost 32lbs. I have definitely not become one of the 5% to reach my weight lose goal. I'm wondering why haven't I been able to lose. Many people have lost 100 to 200lbs in that length of time. SP provides all the tools needed to get it done. i should be DONE!

Well I just read that the most important part of reach a goal is Positive Self-Expectancy. So somewhere along the road I have lost my focus, lost sight of my goal, stop believing I can have what I desire and lost that fire.

I know in my heart of hearts I can do this. I like the word expectancy. We usually get what we expect. I have great expectations for this year. To make it happen I have to see myself thin healthy and energetic. Picture it in my mind's eye everyday. Believe in my mind and my mind will make it happen. I need to be optimistic. Start to see problems as opportunity for growth. Use positive self-talk. Be fired up everyday. Network with other positive people. And never never give up.

i like this old Proverb: "That which you fear or expect most will likely come to pass. The body manifests what the mind harbors."

Thank You all for the positive influences you have been in the last two years. If you expect me to reach my goals I will expect the same from you.

Day four and still feeling the fire.

Lets see if we can have more than a 5% success rate. We should with all the great tools SP gives us. Go SparkPeople!

I don't know why I have this big space.


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MEADSBAY 2/7/2011 8:43PM

    I hate that statistic.
It's so discouraging.
I would hope that we are learning all new healthy ways to live here at SP.
I am like you, though- been here two years- but I'm only half way to my goal weight.I have kept it off, although I'm up a few pounds lately.
Go read my book review blogs from last week- you would like the Venuto book. I got mine from the library.
Also, the 'Perfect Recipe' book intro (how/why she lost 40 pounds) is very inspiring.

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    Thanks for writing this blog. I think that this is part of my problem too. Lately, I have spent so much time being afraid that I WON'T reach my goals that I sort of forgot to reach for them. I've lacked the confidence in myself that I CAN do this.

Like you, I'm going to visualize all that I WILL accomplish. And I plan to use the support from my sparkbuddies to get there. I like how you said, "If you expect me to reach my goals I will expect the same from you." Ok, Matey, I KNOW you can do this - let's knock this out of the park!

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HALLALUYAH 1/6/2011 11:59AM

    Last years statistics claimed that 67% of Americans are overweight and 37% of us are obese. That's not good Matey......your post is correct.

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Today is the most important day of my journey.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Day three of 120 days. Day three is usual the hardest day to to keep going. Day three is just one day. I can do anything for one day. Today is the present. Today is the only day I can work on my goals. Living in the present day is the only way I'm going to reach my goal weight. I can't go back in time and I can't live in the future. So everyday I wake up is the most important day of the journey. It's is the only time I have to do what needs to be done.

I have made up my mind I'm going to Rock day three. After today everyday will be a piece of cake. 117 days to go.

My Mantra One Day At A Time.

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HALLALUYAH 1/6/2011 11:55AM


"Be good to your body, treat it well and clean it out!!!!
after all, it is where you live"



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HOLLYROSE333 1/6/2011 9:13AM

    AWESOME! That's what I put into effect, starting last Monday........ONE DAY AT A TIME!! It really helps looking at life that way! emoticon emoticon

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I can do anything for one day.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Yesterday was my first day of my 120 day quest to lose that last 20 lbs, I workout for 2 hours, recorded my food intake and stayed in my calorie range. Ya! nice day. Today is my second day. I woke up earlier and ready to rock and roll. Thought to myself I can repeat what I did yesterday because it felt so good. I'm taking this one day at a time.

Seven days of one day at a time turns into one week. It takes two to three weeks to over come physical cravings. Four weeks to from a new habit. In 17 weeks I will reach my goal. But along the way I will overcome craving, break unhealthy habits and from healthy habits. Wow I can do this but I have to do it just one day at a time.

Tell yourself you can do anything for one day and then complete a string of them till you reach your goal. Lets help each live a endless string of one day at a time.

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HALLALUYAH 1/6/2011 11:50AM

    Because of you Matey...."The rest of my life, will be the best of my life, one day at a time"
Love,LuyahR> emoticon

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SAILSCALL 1/4/2011 11:04AM

    My cravings did take about 2-3 weeks to subside. I would drink another glass of water or eat a 90 cal Special K bar. I still have (1) of the original (6) Special K bars I bought in July 2010 in my desk. Keep up the good work.

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HOLLYROSE333 1/4/2011 11:01AM

    GREAT JOB!! I'm back ! Needed to stop by to say hi!
I still to this day have a struggle with food... ugg.... But since I started spark have lost over 30 pounds... never thought I could do it! YOU KEEP UP THE AWESOME JOB!! emoticon

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    I LOVE this idea!!! I am going to "borrow" it to reach my 2011 goals. Thanks for sharing!

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JMERLAU 1/4/2011 10:53AM

    AMEN BRO!!

You can do ANYTHING for one day turns into a streak....a streak turns into a HABIT!!!

ROCK ON...keep it up

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Today is the first day of a 17 week journey.

Monday, January 03, 2011

I will turn 64 on May 3rd. That is 17 weeks and 1 day from today. My goal is to lose 20 pounds. That last pesky 20 pounds. That area that I keep yoyo-ing up and down and am never able to keep myself at my normal weight. My old mind set is that once I get my weight down with exercise and diet I can start eating what I want as long as i keep up the exercising. Wrong, then all my bad eating habits return and the weight slowly starts to creep back on.

This is my 2 year sparks-versety. I have learn so much and been inspired by so many of you. Now I will start this new year with a more enlightened knowledge base that will help set goals that will get me to that area of my journey where I start to maintain.

My goals for the next 17 weeks.

1. I will do cardio and strength training 2 hours 6 days a week. (remember I'm retired)

2. Drink 8 glasses of water daily.

3. The bulk of my diet will be whole grains, lentils, beans, fresh fruit and vegetables.

4. Eat regular meals starting with breakfast.

5. Eat meat sparingly.

6. Eat foods in their natural state whenever possible.

7. Avoid refined Carbohydrates, concentrated sugars and fat fried or processed foods.

8. Eat until I am 80% full. (That give the stomach time to send the message to the brain it is

Wow there are 7 nutrition goals and only 1 fitness goal. That's because nutrition has been my down fall and is the most important part of the equation. I need to learn that just because I am working out doesn't mean I can eat like a teenager. Nutrition is a very important part of good health. Optimal health if my final goal. I want to enjoy the twilight years of my life. So far I have avoided any major illnesses. I do not take any prescription drugs. The way the health care system is going I feel I need to to stay healthy. This will save me and the Government a ton of money.

I promise I will blog through this 17 week and keep myself motivated and on tract. I wish everyone else well that has set goals for this New Year. Let Get "R" Done!


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