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Sleepy Sunday

Sunday, March 14, 2010

I don't normally like daylight savings time. I prefer the snuggle of dark closing my day and telling me I don't have to do any more - it's time to rest. Besides, I'm a morning person so I would rather have it light at 5 a.m. than 8 p.m. Usually.

This year, the winter and it's darkness didn't seem as cosy as in years past and the many days of snow that shut me in, following my unexpected brain thang episode made the winter feel confining instead of comforting.

So, for the first time in maybe my whole life, I'm glad to see DST come in. Of course, it may be that Mother Nature took pity on me and made it a nice grey rainy day so I can spend it all cosily indoors anyway - with no excuses about not going out and Doing Something. I don't even plan to do any housework, beyond cleaning up the kitchen after meals and sucking up the dog hair from the living room rugs - so I can do my yoga routine.

But this brighter, lighter, slightly warmer time of year also reminds me that I want to be wearing fewer clothes and feeling freer as I move through the world. I don't want to carry around all the folds that make me hot in the summer - I would really like to feel confident about wearing less. And I also want to feel more of that freshness inside that comes from eating maximum nutrition - minimum empty calories.

I have an image of me walking along the beach, kicking the waves and skipping through the tide - because I have the strength and stamina to really enjoy an ocean beach. And that image is not wearing some sort of hide the fat cover-up either. She's wearing a pretty swimsuit and she has her arms uplifted to the salt spray.

Yeah. That's what I'm thinking about on this sleepy Sunday morning at ..good gracious! 9:41!! Well. I'm glad I'm feeling so charitable towards DST because otherwise I would be resenting how it just robbed me of an hour of play on the Internets. Happy Sunday to you and may your summertime image blossom in your imagination and may you get there in 2010.

  
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MSLZZY 3/14/2010 11:29PM

    Sounds like a beach scene out of a movie. What a wonderful image! I may come join you!
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SHEILA1505 3/14/2010 4:42PM

    I like your daydream - it could so easily be an early sleepy morning on a beach in Cape Town with mountains close by and vineyards misting up in the Spring or Autumn



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IPATRICIA 3/14/2010 3:37PM

    We are not changing our clocks until 28th March. I love your vision of the beach. emoticon

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JLITT62 3/14/2010 3:12PM

    Every night as I fall asleep, I try try to envision what my ideal life would realy look like. What would I be doing? How would I look?

I don't particularly like DST, but for different reasons. Even tho I'm a morning person, too, I really love it when it's lighter out longer. I feel energized and get more done. But DST just feels wrong -- it's not nice to fool mother nature, after all, right?

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HARPERLADY 3/14/2010 1:48PM

    great outlook, keep it up emoticon

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JKTENTATIVE 3/14/2010 11:24AM

    Just keep on heading in the right direction and you will achieve your health and weight loss goals. Somehow, knowing that I am eating healthier and starting to lose weight makes me happy and also more comfortable in my clothes. also, I am just starting to see a difference in the mirror...and that also helps.
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SANDRAFIVE 3/14/2010 10:49AM

    You got me thinking differently about the warm weather. Thanks.

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BRYNSHIPE 3/14/2010 9:46AM

    A couple things in your blog sounded just like me - I ALWAYS have to vaccuum up the dog hair to do my exercises and I spend way too much time on the internet :) I, too am looking forward to the warmer springtime temps. Exercise is finally not so much of a chore and it could be really nice to do more outdoor walking, etc.

Keep up the positive attitude and imagery - you'll get to that swimsuit girl!

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JUHOEG 3/14/2010 9:45AM

  With the change in time it is an adjustment

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More Math and a correction - Hey, I'm a right brained ENFP - that's why I'm a librarian!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Do you do the spark people trivia game here? I do - I love it and I never cheat by looking up the answer first in another window so I can have a perfect score. Turns out I'm a 75% person most of the time (although right now I'm in the high 60's) I know an average amount of information about health, fitness, nutrition, etc.

And today I got one of the questions ... correct ... but realized I've been carrying around the WRONG information in my head for a long time. This is both good and bad - and since I like to get bad things over with first - The bad side of thinking a pound of fat requires you to burn 3,500 calories (not 2,500 as I posted in my March 3 post "The Mathematics of Failure" is that you have to actually burn those 3,500 calories! But the good is that you must consume THREE thousand 500 calories more than you burn, not TWO. So eating 800 calories over your consumption each week would put only 11.8 pounds on your delicate frame - not 16.5.

what I know is 11.8 pounds heavier means I have to go up a dress size. At my height and the way I distribute poundage I change sizes about every 10 lbs. And for some More Math - 800 extra calories a week is 114 a day so think about it. What little thing of only 114 calories would cause you to top the limit? 9 jelly beans? That was a sad discovery - I really love the black jelly beans and they're coming into the stores now. But you don't get the full blossoming of licorice aroma goodness if you dont chew at least 3 or 4 of them at once! Two moments of joy? Once a day? Up a dress size?

Hmmm. I don't think so.

This year the Peeps folks have come up with another (aproximately) 100 calorie yummy - Chocolate Covered Peeps!!! I don't normally like chocolate covered marshmallows but I really like these.
www.marshmallowpeeps.com/

Obviously I've been wandering down the WRONG aisles in the drug store this week.

And just in case you TOO are a Peeps fan here's one of my favorite sites. Some of the links are dead because the site is a bit old - but it's still good for a laugh:

www.geekbabe.com/peeps/

Well. At least it's Friday. Stay out of the candy aisle!

  
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2BFREE2LIVE 3/12/2010 11:15PM

    Peeps are not a favorite of mine, but dark chocolate is. I eat sugar free everything and still enjoy dark chocolate in its sugar free form. I also like the black jelly beans---licorice is my favorite candy and yes they make sugar free licorice as well. So I still enjoy my candy without fail. Great Blog. Sandy

PS I was a librarian at one point in my career life.

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IPATRICIA 3/12/2010 1:05PM

    Fantastic Blog.....Love it! emoticon

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SANDYJAS 3/12/2010 10:07AM

    Oh dear lord, they added chocolate to peeps?! Sheesh, I will have to stay out of the stores this Easter!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 3/12/2010 8:12AM

    Peeps just don't do it for me. Give me a Godiva truffle, dark with hazelnut cream......
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SHEILA1505 3/12/2010 7:50AM

    I used to do the Trivia game when I was point-hunting (which I quit as it was eating into my day severely - and my expensive bandwidth internet account) but I find it very frustrating as I'd be on a roll for days and then they'd throw in highly US-slanted questions about which icecream brand is the healthiest, and US statistics which either entailed total guesswork or crash out of it and start again.

I've got 2 celebrations this w/e - allowing space for a couple of glasses of bubbly for each - 1yr anniversary of dance lessons with my teacher, and DS's birthday at a Rock concert. I think if I leave out a piece of cheese and a portion of yogurt each day, I'll be OK!

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JLITT62 3/12/2010 7:45AM

    Thankfully, being Jewish, I don't much have to worry about the Easter candy. I could do a lot of damage with those reese's PB eggs! Used to love Cadbury eggs, too, but they don't call to me so much anymore.

I could easily cut at least 100 calories out of my day by giving up treats. No treats = smaller dress size ought to = happy, but I don't think it really would. Gotta get a handle on just what will make me happy, both in the food department AND in life.

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BESSHAILE 3/12/2010 7:37AM

    Wise, MsLzzy - because those PEEPle have made a Dark Chocolate one just to fool us into thinking we are eating healthy candy.

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MSLZZY 3/12/2010 7:33AM

    My daughters loved Peeps but the sons didn't. I haven't bought any for a few years but chocolate covered? I will avoid the candy aisle!

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Snack Food Satisfaction vs. Junk Food Joy

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I'm thinking about junk food today because though I stayed within my calorie range yesterday I also had a bag of my bete noire, cheetos. Prompted by THEMINT2's blog post about healthy habits, ( www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2981056
) it seemed I ought to think a bit about what it is I'm looking for when I eat them - and other types of junk food.

Please understand, I am talking about cookies, candy bars, chips, cheese curls and cheese crackers. Not celery sticks with peanut butter on them or Fuji apples. I don't usually buy junk food to keep around the house. I almost only ever buy it when I'm driving around somewhere and stop at a convenience store (which means I am with my DH who is also a snacker), waiting in a check-out line somewhere or if I have a sudden craving at 3 o'clock in the afternoon and there's nothing healthy in the lunchroom at work. Or, as I found out yesterday - if I change my routine unexpectedly. Evidently I don't handle even the slightest change in routine without a little junk food craving. MissSerendipity I am obviously NOT.


so. What am I looking for when I eat junk food? I am sure those food processors put cocaine on their stuff because honestly it is irresistible at first taste. Yum. and Hmmm sweet. and Ooooo Salty cheesy goodness. But... have YOU ever just taken one potatochip and slowly nibbled it's potato saltiness one tiny bite at a time?

No.

Me neither.

Junk food tends to get stuffed, bite after bite, into my mouth. There's often even some guilt involved, as if, now that I am eating the stuff I have to gobble it up fast before the Fat Fairies notice and come pile on some more pounds. (they do that anyway)

And then there's the tiny pinch of shame that I've gobbled something ... which ANY southern gal knows is Bad Ton because Ladies just don't gobble. (thanks, mom)

And the aftermath is also fairly crummy. I feel bloated - but I will probably go ahead and fix dinner and EAT it, because I live in a family situation and part of my job is meals and there is MORE to dinner than food! So then I feel really bloated.

And frustrated because eating junk food can push me over my calorie limit and if it doesn't, I know I probably didn't get enough healthy stuff in my body that day.

So what is the joy I'm expecting? Hmmm. Instant pleasure. well. I have to say. it does give me instant pleasure. but Lasting Joy?

No. Yesterday's cheetoes bloated me before dinner, cost me 300 calories, (blush. yes. I ate the whole bag ) made me feel ashamed of myself and gave pleasure to my tongue at the expense of the whole rest of my body. Doesn't seem fair, now, does it?

So. I know I need emergency snacks tucked somewhere because obviously, even something as mildly stressful as changing my daily routine just a teensy weensy bit can trigger munchie madness. This means in my purse, too, because, I live in the country. If I keep food in the car - mice will get in there and make a nest in the wiring. (Ask me about it)

I think a zip lock bag of smoked almonds might do the trick. 14 of them only equals 100 calories. They are both salty and sweet. I can buy them and bag them at home and just slip one or two or, even three of them in my purse. If I'd eaten 300 calories of almonds yesterday I would be feeling a lot better about myself than I am now after eating 300 calories worth of cheetos.

But you know ... in heaven I bet the cheetos ARE healthy snacks, don't you?

Happy snacking.

  
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SANDYJAS 3/10/2010 8:34PM

    Ahh, I totally understand why you ate the whole bag. Hide the evidence! My sisters and I are all bingers, and I remember when my sister was first married at the tender age of 22, she went to the store to buy a new cake, and cut two slices out of it so her husband wouldn't know that she devoured the first cake all by her Size 5 self. When I had my binge last week, I really wanted to finish the whole container of ice cream, but I finally did get bored with it and threw it out. I knew if I kept it in the house I would be obligated to finish it.

I have done well with keeping almonds in the house. Plain, raw, almonds.

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ALEXTHEHUNN 3/10/2010 8:53AM

    What great insights! I need these reminders, thanks.

Alex

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JKTENTATIVE 3/10/2010 8:43AM

    Great Blog!! You have pin-pointed for me the mind-body disconnect. I believe that your efforts to analyze your actions and your thinking are taking you in the direction of making that stronger connection for yourself. (It is certainly helping me to confront it - thanks). Instead of expecting yourself not to snack, I believe you are on the right track if you expect to snack, and then plan for it. There are many healthy options that can be satisfying to the tongue without the guilt and bloat. Yes - go in that direction! -- Also - I think your sense of humor is terrific! Thanks for sharing this.

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THEMINT2 3/10/2010 8:21AM

    Awesome example of playing a tape all the way through! - Thanks!
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JLITT62 3/10/2010 8:21AM

    I love the insight of instant pleasure vs lasting joy. I might have to write that down somewhere.

I think many of my problems stem from wanting that instant gratification, and I'm not just talking about food, either. Seems us Americans just feel we should be able to have anything we want whenever we want it.

I always carry food in my purse. Always. There's always some plain almonds in there (altho these days I'm much more into nut butters than nuts -- of course, nuts are healthier but there you go). There's usually a protein bar or granola bar in there too. I actually am satisfied with those things.

But just today I read on a blog about some vegan candy bars -- not protein or granola bars -- candy bars. And I want one. Now. There's even a store (and I even know where it is) that sells them here. Thankfully not really close to us. But somewhere I go to occasionally. I'm gonna have to budget for it, I suppose.

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Balancing Act - another yoga breakthrough plus an epiphany

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Woo woo.

I've been swapping out a little Other Exercise with my yoga lately but today I did an early morning practice. Since I am always a little stiff on the ankles when I first sit on my heels, I thought I'd just do the standing quadricep stretch before I tried to put any weight on them. sportsmedicine.about.com/od/flexibil
ityandstretching/qt/Quad-Stretch.htm


And that's when the break through hit me! whoa! I can do that stretch without holding on to something to keep my balance. Instead, I feel all the grounding in the four corners of my foot! Whoopee!

that lack of balance has bothered me no end, as I've gotten older and creakier. But regular yoga practice is helping me center myself, balance myself, and strengthen my legs to hold me up better!!

and that's when the epiphany came - because ... I hadn't FELT that balance - or at least hadn't noticed it - because I was doing yoga every day. Taking a break for a day or two made it possible for me to see my progress. Now, I will not be the first person to mention to you today that swapping things up and switching things out a bit is good for you - but I bet I'm the most delighted person to do so.

May you end up as thrilled as I am today on your quest for a healthier YOU! emoticon

  
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MSLZZY 3/9/2010 10:10PM

    emoticon That's the best news I've heard today! Good for you!

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IPATRICIA 3/9/2010 5:37PM

    I just love those Ahha moments! emoticon YOGA...I wish

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CRAVE_FREE 3/9/2010 1:02PM

    YAY for balance, center and switching things up! emoticon

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JLITT62 3/9/2010 12:57PM

    What a great insight!

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TRACIWRIGHT79 3/9/2010 10:35AM

    WHOOOOOOT WHOOOOOOOOT! emoticon

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JKTENTATIVE 3/9/2010 9:31AM

    Woo Hoo! Keep up this terrific progress...and it really is time for me to find a yoga class and get started. Thanks for the inspiration.

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Pollo Mole recipe from Weight Watcher's Cookbook

Monday, March 08, 2010

The first slip from the Surprise Jar was to go through my cookbooks and pick a new recipe to try. In Weight Watchers Cook it Quick! I found a recipe for Turkeky Mole that made my mouth water. Now I didn't have any turkey breasts but I don't really like breast meat anyway - I used bonless skinless chicken thighs cut into bitesized pieces. I also added a LOT more water to the sauce - it calls for 1 cup which you cook down for 20 minutes. I used 2 cups and sort of stewed my chicken pieces in the sauce after I'd pureed it in the blender.

The WW recipe comes in at 229 calories but I figured it at about 50 calories more since I used fattier meat. but I have enough sauce left over to make this meal all over again! Yippee.

Served over rice with steamed broccoli on the side. Yum. It WAS a little sweet, which I can only surmise comes from the raisins and cinnamon. You might want to add a touch more salt. I added hot pepper flakes to it for a little more zip.

this is the 2002 edition of WWs book and I see on Amazon that there are Other Editions. So - here's a link to bookfinder dot com's listings:
www.bookfinder.com/search/?ac=sl&st=
sl&qi=TrNNcl8NUnNtlvhjkj0VzNbp3E4_6317
200153_1:102:900&bq=author%3Dweight%25
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TRACIWRIGHT79 3/9/2010 10:36AM

    Yummy! emoticon

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MSLZZY 3/8/2010 10:38PM

    Sounds deliciou-thanks for sharing! I still need to make my Surprise jar!

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JLITT62 3/8/2010 2:26PM

    I'm not sure if I have the same edition, but I do have that cookbook -- and like it a lot.

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