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Was It A Healthy Day?

Monday, March 04, 2013

Well my friends - I'm hoping I'll get lots of responses because I'd like a consensus about this one. Yesterday I had to bake lots of cookies. 200, I thought at first but then realized that I actually had to make about double that. These are for an event so they are not my labor intensive, butter rich cookies, but slice and bake Nestle toll house cookies. Just a lot of them.

I had a slightly higher calorie breakfast ... mostly because I craved it, but it was a healthy one = Kashi go lean with lite almond milk - coming in at 450 calories or so.

Just before lunch I began the baking - and since the package shrieks "DO NOT EAT RAW DOUGH" and since I haven't any idea how long those rolls of cookie dough were lying about in some warehouse before they were trucked to another warehouse and then lay in the bin at the grocery store .... you get the picture ... I had no trouble not eating the dough.

but I did eat some of the cookies. maybe 250 calories worth of them - because I had 2 at the end of the day too.

Lunch was a tiny sliver of left over homemade pizza - so I do know what's baked into this. But only a slim slice ... maybe 100 calories worth - and a lovely fresh and huge apple.

A nice 3 mile walk with husband and dogs was all the exercise I did yesterday. I had intended to get in either 15 minutes of step or another mile of strolling in the a.m. but I didn't. But remember - that extra walking is not a chore for me - it's easy - I just sort of didn't do it and sort of forgot to do it.

There was a late afternoon snack of half a cup of cherry tomatoes and a banana .. not at the same time, of course. This was boredom eating because I was not hungry - but they were also intentional eating because I also figured I needed those nutrients.

Dinner was some curried tofu which I made from scratch - again - good ingredients - lots of veggies. @ 200 calories.

Movie time included 200 calories worth of oil popped pop corn. I know, but Himself makes it and that's the only way he will make it. I never crave pop corn but when it's in the house, hot and salty, I will eat some. Two cereal bowls full = about 200 calories.

At the end of the day I had a weight watcher light ice cream bar that comes in at 150 calories. This is my End Of The Day Chocolate that puts a period to the day's eating. It would be wonderful if I'd thought of that before the movie time popcorn - but there it is.

counting the calories in the bananas and tomatoes the day probably held 1,550 calories.

Now - most of what I ate yesterday was not just healthy but was the right portion size. What I'm questioning is how many 'treats' there were in that day. The chocolate ice cream at the end of the day, the oil popped pop corn in the middle, and those cookies - all added up to 600 calories. Yikes. more than 1/3 of the calories I ate were 'treat' foods. I think this needs to be addressed. Maybe limit the % of calories I can devote to treats. I wonder.

So. Was it a healthy day? I'm claiming it as one - but would you?

  
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MSLZZY 3/8/2013 10:08AM

    A gentleman at the coffee table today noted that different
foods have different calories. Okay. But I understood his
point when he said you could either drink that can of cola
or eat this huge pile of broccoli. The same amount of
calories. Hmmm! Made more sense when you look at
it that way. So I will be eatinb broccoli and leave the
soda for someone else.

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JLITT62 3/5/2013 5:42AM

    I will disagree with the other posters. No, it's not a bad day by any means, but I wouldn't call it a healthy one, either. I think if you'd skipped the ice cream it would have qualified. That is simply habit & therefore oh so hard to break, of course.

Now I'll soften the blow by saying I think you did incredibly well!

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PAMDAQTPI 3/4/2013 10:29AM

    Healthy is all in the eye of the beholder. Without knowing what caloric intake your body needs I'd say your calorie count wasn't that bad. You did exercise. Period. That's more than a lot of people do and that was healthy. I can see why you're looking for opinions because it wasn't an uber-healthy day, but it really wasn't a 'bad' day either. I say go ahead and claim just, just aim for slightly more healthy the next day.

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CELIAMINER 3/4/2013 8:01AM

    I'd absolutely claim it! I'm amazed you didn't have more cookies. Or more popcorn. But those are trigger foods for me, so I try not to have them around. And you DID exercise. Three miles of walking, even if it's "easy," is nothing to sneeze at, and if you enjoyed it, that doesn't make it less of an exercise. In the face of all that temptation, I'd say you did GREAT!
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Putting It Out Into The Universe

Saturday, March 02, 2013

This month I will reach my goal. This month is the last month I will pay to go to a Weight Watchers meeting. This isn't something I want. This is something I am going to do. Just like I am going to send in my taxes, pay the electric bill, vacuum the living room rugs, I am going to lose these last 4 pounds I've been playing with for 6 months. And I'm putting it out into the universe and claiming this fact. It's not a wish. It's not a want. It's a 'going to do it'. That's why I'm telling you all here.

Putting it out there isn't just some airy fairy juju MagicSpeak.

At least it's not if you don't happen to like airy fairy juju MagicSpeak.

So what IS putting it out there?

It's the last statement in a plan. It's the destination I'm going to. If exercise, carefully tracking what I eat, drinking lots of water, asking myself if what I'm about to do is a healthy action are the baby (or even big girl) steps I'm taking - putting that last statement out there tells the world ... but more importantly tells ME where those steps are taking me - to a goal weight - with money at the end. emoticon emoticon

I realize that I haven't believed I was actually going anywhere for a long time. You see - I'm pretty durn happy where I am. I love it that my smallest clothes are loose on me. I love it that I can shop in any department now when I look for new clothes. I love it that I'm stronger on my legs and can pick up heavier objects. I really love it that I go to the gym 4 days out of almost every week.

I'm proud of what I see in the mirror - even excited. I'm proud of the fact I went to the gym every week in December - several times every week - for the first time since I joined that gym in 1998! I like the compliments people give me. I like almost everything about where I am.

But I know I haven't gotten 'there' and this week I realized ... I really want to go there.

There are practical reasons - like - the cost for a personal trainer went up this month and I'd like to use that WW money to help pay for it.

And there are ephemeral reasons - like - I want to be one of the Lifetime-At-Goal women who come to the meetings and inspire me.

So here I am - with 2 pounds to get to free meetings and 4 to get to goal. Where I will be in March. I'm putting it out there for the universe to see so it won't be surprised when I ignore its other distractions. I'm putting it out there for you to see so you can check up on me. I'm putting it out there - out loud - so I can remember that I'm not just wandering in the desert - I've stopped and smelled a zillion roses - now it's time to get where I'm going.

This month.

  
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KANSASROSE67 3/4/2013 4:20PM

    I'm loving your positive vibes!!!

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CELIAMINER 3/3/2013 10:23AM

    I believe in the power of the Universe. May the Universe bolster your resolve and bless you with the power to make these wonderful things happen in your life!

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JLITT62 3/2/2013 4:11PM

    Good luck! I have the same amt of weight to lose, but I KNOW it will take me longer. It just does. But I'll get there, too!

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SHEILA1505 3/2/2013 10:14AM

    Great!
big hugs, Bess xx

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Did he say"Wow"?

Thursday, February 28, 2013

For over a year, on my SparkPage, under My Goals, I had a goal to be the person who's doctor says WOW at my next physical. When I updated my page a few days ago I deleted that goal because, truth is, my very nice doctor is utterly deadpan about pretty much everything. His voice is soft. His eyes don't twinkle. He's a Science Guy. He actually tried to tell me a funny story once and it WAS a funny story and ... yet ... it wasn't funny when he told it. He just doesn't do "Wow".

But he came as close to it as it's possible for him, when I had my 6 month check-up yesterday. My blood work really is good. I haven't had to visit him for any of my usual winter respiratory troubles. He was really pleased with all the signs of improvement on my chart.

No. He still didn't take me off of Lipitor - and at this point I'm still willing to be convinced by his arguments for taking it. It's a tiny dose and my body seems to metabolize it very well.

But he said "I really don't think you have to come back in 6 months. Let's try 9. We may even go to once a year at some point"

And from this Science Guy Doc - that's about as close to a "Wow" as you can get. I'd call this another Non Scale Victory.

  
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3016DEBRA 2/28/2013 1:29PM

  WOW! That's GREAT!!! emoticon

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LOTUSBURGER 2/28/2013 11:39AM

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PAMDAQTPI 2/28/2013 11:15AM

    I've never thought about having that as a goal, how creative and awesome. I think you're right, that's as close to 'wow' as he'll give but you really do deserve a "WOW". Keep it up.

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BRADIA 2/28/2013 11:03AM

    A natural remedy for cholesterol control:

Once a day:

With your noon meal, one tablespoon of sunflower seeds (peeled of course)

At night, one tablespoon of flaxseed meal (you can add it to your dinner, drink it with milk coffee or plain water

Every night, in half a glass of water, pour one teaspoon of chia seed and leave it overnight and drink it when you get up in the morning. It will have become a very light jelly drink that you can swallow without any problems.

My family has used those three seeds as a Cholesterol control remedy for ages. My sister in LA has controlled hers for the last three years and her doctor does say WOW every appointment to see that it has never gone up again.

God bless you.


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PIXIE-LICIOUS 2/28/2013 8:02AM

    WOW for you!!!
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JLITT62 2/28/2013 7:52AM

    Most definitely another NSV!

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Actual Reward and a NSV

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I bought my reward shoes yesterday. I didn't get the absolutely funky cute ones I found on Zapos because they didn't come in a size 9.5 wide. They had some nice shoes in that size but I figured if I couldn't get the confetti colored shoes I might as well check out our local stores first and see what they had. They actually had some mighty cute confetti colored shoes but not in my size. And then - my narrow heel/wide toe foot really complains if the last doesn't center the arch support just so. Usually I have to try on dozens of pairs of shoes but these Nikes fit absolutely perfectly - they're as light as a feather - even Callie thinks they're cute shoes and aren't we going out for a walk soon?



We are, but not in the new shoes. Whenever I get new workout shoes I try hard to wear them only at the gym. Eventually a day will come when they're the only dry shoes or the only ones i can find or some other only-ness and I wear them outside the gym - but not when they're still New Shoes.

And speaking of walks - I did decide to add a walk to my morning - just a little 15 minute thing with the dogs - and it starts my day off in the sweetest way. It also pushes my active link counter into the end zone where I want it to end up every day.

Now for the non-scale victory.

I am from the fat line of my Dad's family. I always hated to have my photograph taken at family gatherings because everybody else was so slim. I would always stand at the back or pull some child in front of me so that my bigness wouldn't show. This side of my family tree scattered after my grandmother died 35+ years ago and I lost touch with a big chunk of them. Last week at a family funeral we somehow managed to gather together and for the very first time ever I never gave it a thought when photographs were being taken. I just stood there smack dab in the center and let the camera snap away. I even handed my camera to someone to make my copies of this gathering.

And while I know that some of my ease was because I'm older. Some of it was because there are way more important things in life than how big my tummy is. But a substantial portion of my ease and poise had to do with knowing I'm looking fit and healthy. In fact - I stood front and center and never gave my tummy a thought.

  
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JLITT62 2/27/2013 11:23AM

    There is just nothing better than those NSVs!

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DAYHIKER 2/27/2013 9:11AM

    Love the picture! You look wonderful! The shoes are cute too! I'm also hard to fit and when I find a pair of shoes that work for me I am very sparing of them for a good while!! I had to cough up for Brooks last time and that hurt.
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DAVIS_6311 2/27/2013 9:10AM

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SHEILA1505 2/27/2013 8:33AM

    Lovely, Bess!

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DMEYER4 2/27/2013 7:09AM

  love the shoes. You look really great and you deserve to be front and center. Great job. keep up the good work.

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Reward Time

Monday, February 25, 2013

I was caught at a goal today without a reward lined up. I've been using my Activelink activity monitor I bought from Weight Watchers. It's a little slab of plastic I can clip to my bra strap when I get up. The next day I plug it into the USB port in the back of my computer and it syncs all my activity with my WW trackers. It seamlessly translates it all into WW points which is my preferred method of calorie counting.

When I plugged it in this morning I got a page that said Congratulations you've reached your goal. That goal was to get 5 "activity points" per day and unknown to me, I hit it. In my case, I reached the goal because I had racked up some big "points" early on. I have not really been able to achieve 5 activity points - which is probably 75 minutes of exercise - every day. But wearing this monitor has helped me get up out of my chair and get moving. Since this is the activity first monitor I've ever had that actually worked for 12 weeks I am going to stick with it but if you're not a Weight Watcher member and you want to try something like this here's an article from the NYT about them.

www.nytimes.com/2012/12/27/garden/de
vices-to-monitor-physical-activity-and
-food-intake.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0


anyway - I've reached a 12 week goal of being More Active and I'm going to spend another few weeks solidifying my gains - trying to make those 5 points every day feel normal. But I think I need a reward for this and it's going to be New Shoes.

I need 2 pair of new shoes - a pair of low heeled office pumps and a pair of good gym shoes. I'll check the bank balance today and if there's enough I'll get both. If not - it's workout shoes that I need the most - and I'm thinking I'd like these:

  
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BRADIA 2/25/2013 10:55AM

    Congratulations on reaching your activity goals

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BESSHAILE 2/25/2013 9:11AM

    Thanks Cherylhurt. And LOL Cindy - I wear a 9.5 wide, though which these do not come in. :( only medium. So I'll have to look for something else. emoticon

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DAYHIKER 2/25/2013 9:00AM

    emoticon emoticon Good job on achieving your Activity Goal!!!!

Now those are some snazzy gym shoes!!!! emoticon (You obviously do NOT wear a size 11 as I do!! emoticon emoticon )

Cindy

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CHERYLHURT 2/25/2013 7:54AM

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