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why do I keep eating when nothing tastes good?

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Bess's theory of mindless eating:

There are two types of people - those who stop eating if nothing tastes good = emoticon

and those who can't believe NOTHING tastes good and keep on eating ANYTHING in a quest for SOMETHING that does.

guess which one she is?

I remember one time I bought some Girl Scout Thin Mints and somehow the bakery had left out the mint my particular batch. Same crisp chocolate cookie. Same chocolate coating - but NO mint flavor. I always buy cookies from little salesgirls who are brave enough to come to me at the library and ask so I got these at work. Driving home I dug into the box - you know I was only going to have one - just to get that chocolatey minty taste. Only there was no mint. so I tried another. Still no mint. I tried another. What? No mint flavor in Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies?!?

I continued to eat those cookies till I'd eaten an entire sleeve of them! And I was never satisfied, even if I was sick!! I had a cookie hangover!!

Alas. I can resist temptation if I know it's coming - but I am often unable to resist following a path I think should be safe when it turns out it isn't.

So here I am, resisting the Biker Eclaire Guy -

And here I am waking up on the side of the road with the Apache Dancing Thin Mint Guy promising to still respect me

So. all this is just to remind me that ... if it doesn't taste good (like when you are home with a sore throat ...??) DON'T EAT IT!

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    Great advice! The trick is in the following of it.

You are going to make this happen! One box of cookies, mint or no mint, isn't going to ruin you. Just get back on track.

You can do this!

**edit: to answer your question, because you are human and we need food to survive. sometimes we don't differentiate between good and not-so-good foods.
emoticon that's why it is called an addiction.

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SLENDERELLA61 12/2/2009 8:05AM

    Very astute observation. Thanks for sharing your experience and wisdom.

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SHYBABE5700 12/2/2009 7:48AM

    wow, you eat a whole box,,,lol I use to eat even though I was not tasting what I was eating. but it had to do with cancer drugs I was taking at the taste is coming back slowly. but you learn something...take care emoticon

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JLITT62 12/2/2009 7:47AM

    We have (well, most of us, anyway) all been there, done that. We're all a work in progress!

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BREN4376 12/2/2009 7:43AM

    You are so right! That's funny!

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Month 3 dawns and I am a different woman

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

December 1 begins the serious holiday season around here and I love it! Of course - I managed to pick up my annual holiday sore throat from one of my many Thanksgiving guests (That's my story and I'm sticking to it! emoticon)

But that is a little thing. I have 2 gallons of pine needle tea (our sovereign Powhatan Indian remedy for sore throats et. al.) and a sick leave day to spend napping in bed. I will lick this thing today. And while my foot is still tender, it's healing well. A day in bed ought to set it back in perfect condition.

Speaking of exercise I am proud to say I've passed the 1000 fitness minutes milestone. I hadn't ever thought about totalling my exercise minutes before but now that I've seen it as a lump sum I am thinking about totals and goals and progress. 1000 minutes over 8 weeks is only a little over 2 hours a week. Now - a week or so ago I scheduled daily exercise in my DayTimer and those sessions total up to about 4 hours a week. I think that's great progress over time but eventually I'd like my weeks to include 6 hours of scheduled exercise. I think that would be the perfect steady state to live in. So - in the new year that's going to be one of my goals.

In the mean time, though I'd scheduled mostly walking, I'm going to swap out some of those for stationary biking. Though it's not one of my favorite forms of exercise (yet) it has several benefits that I don't want to pass on - 1. it gives my tender foot beneficial stretching and protects it from injury 2. it uses muscles in my thighs in ways that no other workout uses and they need that different sort of workout

It's so EASY to do the same thing over and over again - be it eating the same meals because you "know" their nutritional make-up or doing the same exercises because you "know" their calorie consumption. And though all sorts of experts advise you to mix it up and though any healthy eating or exercise is better than none - I am ready to move up to the next level - I'm ready to make my healthy steps creatively instead of by rote.

Oh - My goodness! I hadn't realized it but I truly AM at a different place than I was 2 months ago. Then I was desperate to try ANYTHING! Then I was miserable in my body and feeling sluggish and flabby. Well. I was sluggish and flabby. Then I was looking for the magic that would make me, as my darling son used to say "All Fixed".

But we all know we have to make our own magic. We know that healthy living has to be interesting, fun, challenging, exciting and ... most importantly ... it has to be OUR OWN if we're going to stick with it and one of the first signs that we've taken ownership of our healthy lives is fine tune it - tailor it - to suit our own special situations. And that is what I realize I have done - without even knowing it at the time.

Man. I am so excited at this discovery I could dance. Ha! Dance myself back to bed with a big tumbler of tea.

So. May your own Day 1 of the Holiday Month dawn with a healthy mental breakthrough and may every day that follows lift you up.

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LILYPUTIN 12/3/2009 9:42AM

    I'm going to feel better about stationary biking now. We had our first snow today and usually I would change from outside walking to mall walking, but mall walking has lots of obstacles in December! I'll slip in some stationary biking and hope the snow melts off the sidewalks for a few more weeks of outside walking. Hurray for mental health breakthroughs!!!

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HARPERLADY 12/1/2009 9:09AM

    you are doing fantastic! great goal for your workouts I'm not a big fan of the sationary bike either but when I get on it I notice a diffence in the muscles I feel when I am using it. emoticon emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 12/1/2009 8:03AM

    Pine needle tea? OK, I can't even begin to fathom this.
But I love the new spirit that pervades you, and applaud your plans for the month. Well done! emoticon

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Listen to your body - Reward your soul.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

It's officially Holiday Vacation Time for me - I'm off till Monday, I have guests (including dogs) coming both Thursday and Saturday and the holiday meal is at my house - which means the level of cleanliness has to ratchet up a bit. So last night, knowing I still had to shop at 2 stores, knowing I had my own hungry dogs waiting at home and knowing I had to bring in a small load of firewood (in the dark) if I wanted to have a warm house in the morning.

So I thought maybe I'd just skip the gym. I still don't really like the stationary bike and my foot, though better, is still tender. And after all, it's holiday. And I want to go home. And it's dark. And there are Things To Do.

and and and

as I drove past the gym my body suddenly surged with the desire for a workout! It craved the release that exercise would give it. And my hands, much smarter than my brain sometimes, just turned that steering wheel to the left and pointed the car into the parking lot. I surrendered to the desire of my body and did a nice 25 minute routine on the bike. It was hard. For some reason, this form of exercise is more difficult than any other cardio I've ever done. Coupled with that, I find it boring - though I think that is partly because it's hard. But I stayed with it, completed the routine, took a little cool down stroll - quite slow to protect the foot - and simply flew out of the gym, filled with triumphant energy.

I breezed through the grocery store with mounting hunger and thought about picking up take-home for dinner - mentally casting about over my options - fast food? frozen food? deli food? when my body spoke again and begged me to please feed it with better quality food I knew I had at home. "You won't have nearly the control, nor feel as satisfied, with something already prepared. " my body urged.

And I listened. And then it hit me - I'd made two really good choices in a short space of time. Two choices for me - for health. For energy and strength and happiness - and by golly - I ought to stop and savor the feeling of pride that gave me. I realized that often, when I do something good I reject the feeling of pride and accomplishment with a dismissive attitude of "Well Bess, you were supposed to do that".

So instead of turning on the radio for the drive home I just thought about how wonderful I feel - how good life is - when I listen to what my body really wants. And that felt like a true reward.

Hope you have a rewarding day too. emoticon

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MSLZZY 11/25/2009 10:06AM

    Always compliment yourself for making the right choices! Make yourself a poster that says
"I did great today" and add stickers each time you make a good choice. It sounds a little childish but it can be a good motivational tool. Maybe remodel a page from a calendar and give yourself a non-food reward! You are doing a great job! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 11/25/2009 9:07AM

    You should be so proud of yourself!
Keep telling yourself that you deserve those feelings of pride and accomplishment. You had the control to make good choices when they were not necessarily what you wanted to do. Wow... I'm impressed and motivated.
I was going to skip walking this morning. I just feel blah and it is raining so I had pretty much decided not to go.
Then I read this - if you have the power, so do I! I'm putting in a walking tape and getting my steps in.

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Is Spark People psychic?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Because several times - twice for sure - I've needed information and they've sent it to me unasked. Today was a perfect example. I've been very dedicated about exercise the past 8 weeks only to be laid low with an attack of plantar fasciitis. Boy was I feeling sorry for myself and secretly worrying that my slow but steady progress was about to be derailed right at the beginning of the holiday season. There was even the temptation to try to plow on through pain in the (I know it was stupid) belief that the rest of my body would benefit even if the foot hurt.

duh. stoopid.

So today's best of spark people's first article was "Is your work out doing more damage than good?"

And it is about Resting -especially if injured - and I KNOW that's what I need to do. And the rest can be a switch, not a stop. And the stationary bike is waiting for me at the gym.

btw - I gave it a whirl yesterday and though it wasn't exactly fun - steady cycling uses muscles in my legs in a new and difficult way - but I was able to actually keep moving steadily for 20 minutes. I have to remember that, just like "down is down" when it comes to the scale, "movement is movement" when it comes to exercise.

the completely unexpected benefit of the stationary bike is that it keeps my foot flexed - the way it would if i were wearing a PF Splint! It flexes the achilles tendon too and stretches the calf muscles. In short - it made my foot feel BETTER!!!

so - lessen the calorie consumption but quicken the foot healing. That's a trade off I can live with.

The other psychic sort of article that came in today was the one about massage being good for you and possibly even helping you loose belly fat. The theory is Stress = stored cortisol = higher insulin production = stored belly fat & sugary snack cravings. in short Stress = fat and fatty habits. SO maybe if you relieve stress you diminish the fat storage and the snack habit.

Well. Hmm. and there's a therapeutic masseuse at our gym. and I can schedule a massage right here in town (gotta understand I live a minimum of 50 miles from ANYWHERE!!) I think I need to make a phone call.

Today is so much better than yesterday - because I not only feel better but feel excited about what lies ahead. Who knows what mystery SP will send me tomorrow! Happy Tuesday to you all.

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LETSEXERCISE 11/29/2009 10:27AM

    I started a food plan last week and wrote down everything I consumed, sort of. I still have to figure out to list calories on foods that I choose for myself.
I tried to exercise on my treadmill last week and was so tired I stopped after 5 minutes.
Your blog has encouraged me to get on my treadmill now before I take my shower. I'm going to walk more slowly to work my way to better health.

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MSLZZY 11/25/2009 7:35AM

    emoticon You found a way to exercise that worked! SP must be psychic! emoticon

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HARPERLADY 11/24/2009 1:13PM

    that is fantastic, I am so glad you are getting what you need, your posting are a great help also and so you are giving back

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ANNROBERTS54 11/24/2009 8:16AM

    It just goes to prove how beneficial this website really is. It is all things to all people all the time. Well, at least it comes close!!

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Felled by my feet

Monday, November 23, 2009

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Or at least, by one foot - which has suddenly come down with Plantar Fasciitis - the inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, which runs across the bottom of your foot connecting your heel bone to your toes. (MayoClinic -
A common ailment among runners it also strikes the middle aged, the overweight, and those who make their living standing a lot. A long stand-up outdoor funeral and an even longer stand up gathering afterwards (several hours on my feet) yesterday blew what had been a little twinge of pain into the full blown throb of true plantar faciitis.

I had a bout with this 2 summers ago and it laid me low for almost a year. There are steroid treatments for this condition but the best home remedies for it are ibuprofen, ice and staying off it. NOT a great condition at any time of the year, it's particularly cruel now when I'm working hard to drop the lbs., strengthen the muscles, and live an otherwise healthy life.

To say I'm bummed is ... well ... pretty accurate. But to say I am defeated is an exaggeration. I am nothing if not flexible and there ARE exercise options for someone suffering with this. I will switch from my beloved elliptical and step classes to the stationary bike. I have never liked that form of exercise, preferring, if I'm going to be on a bike, to take back country roads through the lush Virginia countryside. emoticon

But that doesn't mean I can't learn to use the tool and come to enjoy it as well.

So. today, instead of taking the dogs for a brisk walk - I will spend my lunch hour at the gym, getting comfortable on the bike. And I will flex my foot and do those toe scrunching exercises and take ibuprofen and keep a cold can in the freezer to roll beneath my sock covered foot....and see if I can lick this meanie.

And I will remember my mother's advice: When you come to a wall, walk along it till you come to a window, a door, or a corner. And while you're at it, look around to see if there are any flowers blossoming at its base emoticon

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MSLZZY 11/23/2009 3:22PM

    Positive attitude! Keep on moving and keep on Sparking! emoticon

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HARPERLADY 11/23/2009 10:45AM

    so sorry to hear that I understand it can be very painful, glad your not giving up and finding ways to work around it , that is SUCCESS. you motivate the rest of us not to let our excuses be our anchor, way to go!

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MYFEETHURT 11/23/2009 8:22AM

  Gosh...I'm so sorry to hear this. My name might be My Feet Hurt...but it's really you. It took me over a year to finally find some relief from this problem. And I still have to baby it at times. If your doctor didn't offer you the exercises that help stretch the muscle...go on line and you can find them. Try rolling your foot on a frozen bottle of water. Sounds funny...but that was one exercise that seemed to help the most. You can also use a rolling pin. Good luck and hope it gets to feeling better soon.

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