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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Once again SP has tossed up just exactly the reminder and suggestion I need at just exactly this moment. I suppose it's natural that this time of year I'd be thinking about New Year's resolutions ... or New Year's Resolutions I might say because they are an important part of my healthy psyche ... I love 'em and always feel blessed to think that there is Room For Improvement (classic ENFP again).

And I'm at that place on the Road to Good Health where I have made a little progress and am in danger of becoming smug - or worse - sloppy - or even worse - slothful. It just so happens it's also at NYR time so I can re-energize my comittment to my goals and not only make it through the sugar plum holiday but also, maybe, see some progress.

Item #2 in Mike Kramer's article Top 10 Strategies for Success (waiting in my mailbox this morning) hit a chord - no - it hit a GONG!

2. Get It On Paper
Whether setting your first goals, tracking daily progress, or sharing your deepest thoughts with a journal, writing things down crystallizes your ideas, exposes underlying fears, and paints an accurate picture of real life.

yes. It's time. I need to make one of my beloved Lists of Things To Do. I call them TTD lists and if the goal is important, if it has a deadline, if it really matters to me, they are essential. But they are also fun - fun to make and fun to use. They really do chrystalize my ideas and ideals, they really do expose my vulnerabilities. Yup. Time to write it down.

Happily, I have a real holiday this year at Christmas time - I'm taking the whole week off between 12/25 and 1/1. I've got a lot planned for that time, but I am going to plan one day when all I have to do is ponder and think and write it down so that, when the new year comes, I'll know exactly where I want to be .... and where I'm going.

Thanks SP. thanks for melding your collective mind with mine.

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HARPERLADY 12/16/2009 2:25PM

    glad you enjoyed the article,those list help keep things in perspective, best of luck to you, I have off 12/18-1/4. thats theb time I can most of my energy and get the new year off to a good start emoticon

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MSLZZY 12/16/2009 10:39AM

    I do that, too. Make a list and add things to the bottome just to cross them off. What fun!
I'll have to get on my list when the busyness quiets down! emoticon
No week off for me!

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TRICIASHELL 12/16/2009 10:11AM

    I like your to-do list idea...I'll have to steal it! I usually make some kind of resolution, but this year, I like the idea of writing a list...I'll put it on the fridge (I like marking things off...truth be told, I've actually added things I've done to lists just so I can cross them off!!) Great blog! Thanks!

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Saved by a kitchen disaster

Monday, December 14, 2009

I just had to share this with my SP buddies - it's so goofy.

I came home tired after a long day that started with a crack-0-dawn doctor's appointment and lasted non stop till 6 o'clock. My equally tired husband met me with a hug and as we sat in the living room catching up on our day I suddenly had such a yen for egg nog - the strong kind - even though I know it's hundreds of empty calories.

"A half a cup can be fit into the nutrition tracker if I am sparing with everything else I eat this evening" I told myself, though even then there was a twinge of discomfort about it - this really would be 200 empty calories.

But I chose and mixed up a small half cup glass. And then began my planned low fat tuna casserole with whole wheat noodles and LOTS of mushrooms. the recipe has you mix up flour, mustard and skim milk as a thickener and I stirred that up in another 1 cup glass - identical to the egg nog glass.

Darting about the kitchen I realized I really was tired but this is an easy stir up recipe. The veggies were all nicely wilted and it was time to dump in the flour mixture along with 3/4 cup of evaporated milk. And so - I grabbed the glass.... you know - the one with the creamy stuff in it?

Do you see where this is going?

Egg Nog tuna noodle casserole ... uh. no thank you - though both DH and I laughingly tried it - it's really as bad as you imagine - especially with the bourbon mixed into it. YUCK!

Thank goodness I had more peppers, mushrooms and onions and celery in the fridge. and I completely lost my desire for any egg nog. I'll settle for half a glass of nice reisling with my dinner - which should be done just about now!

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MSLZZY 12/16/2009 7:07AM

    How funny is that! Sounds like something I would do! emoticon

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JLITT62 12/15/2009 2:34PM

    Sorry, it must not have been too funny at the time with you being so tired, but yeah, it got me laughing -- and I needed that right now!

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BLUEANGELLK 12/15/2009 12:21PM

    That's one way to get over a craving.... :) Thanks for the laugh!

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RITAROSE 12/15/2009 6:58AM

  I've done that kind of thing way too often! What a blessing that you didn't end up drinking the egg nog.

I thought it was interesting to find out that a craving only lasts 15 mins. I had such a weird day yesterday I think I should have done push ups or sit ups every time I started to get cravings. I would have a 6 pack today. (not really!!)

Love the happy ending! emoticon

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DAYHIKER 12/14/2009 8:52PM

    Too funny!! Thanks for sharing the laugh! I'm always thankful to learn I am not the only one who does goofy things like this! emoticon

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BUSSMOM 12/14/2009 8:20PM

  Get ready....your family is going to be reminding you of this for years to come.....great memories come from some of the silliest things we do.

Hope you enjoyed your second

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BENDER7 12/14/2009 7:32PM

    Thanks for sharing--I can imagine the taste & why you no longer craved the eggnog. emoticon

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MYFEETHURT 12/14/2009 7:15PM

  LOL Well, let's see...was that a disaster or a blessing? LOL

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JEMPOWER 12/14/2009 7:08PM

    Sounds like your subconscious intervened for you tonight. Good for you! Have a great evening!

Jem emoticon

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Thinkin' 'bout those goals

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Well actually I'm thinking about how to reach those goals. I'm still inspired by the SP articles I've been reading about reaching goals and still a little doubtful about reaching mine or else about staying there once I reach them.

I understand that reaching a goal is just like reaching a new floor via elevator - you still have to step off and do whatever you were going to do once you reached that floor and I'll have to do that with the new body I get once I reach that goal.

I've often heard that it's harder to maintain than it is to loose - but there you have it - there are always things that "They Say". I guess I'll just have to do some more thinking about what I want to do, where I want to be, and what I have to do to get there.

In the mean time I have discovered that .... my favorite Sunday morning breakfast is 522 calories. Not outside the healthy range but way up at the very top. That's because of the 210 calorie piece of simply delicious sausage. Now, since one slice of bacon is only 45 calories - for a total of 347 calories. I think I'll be making a switch. emoticon

Understand - this is a sort of holiday breakfast, not my regular monday through saturday breakfast - it's for when the sweet day lies ahead with nothing to do but fill it thankfulness and love.

May your Sunday be filled with thankfulness and love too! emoticon

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JLITT62 12/13/2009 5:24PM

    It IS a lot harder to maintain. I've been struggling for the last 20 years to maintain my initial loss with WW! Hard to realize that right now as I'm also struggling to break thru a plateau. Goals are so important once you reach your GW -- because you no longer have the weight goals, and it's all too easy to slide back into bad habits.

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HARPERLADY 12/13/2009 12:40PM

    great that you are looking into ways to simply reduce your caloire intake , sometimes the simple things really add up and you can create the new better for you things into a habit to the point you really dont realize or think about it, keep at it

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More thoughts on thoughtful eating

Saturday, December 12, 2009

I didn't sleep last night for thinking about pecan butter ball cookies.

Now. I have never eaten a cookie called a pecan butter ball - I just heard it in an audio book I was listening to this past week and I began to imagine what a pecan butter ball cookie would taste like. Shortbread full of nuts shaped like a ball? Something more chewy like a brownie, full of pecans? Whatever they are - they danced through my head like Clement Moore's proverbial Christmas sugar plums.

It's no wonder I'm thinking about sugared flakes of buttery flour saturated with pecans - Not only is every scrap of media flooding the world with holiday treats but also my own memories, of childhood and more vividly of my young married life when Christmas involved the magic of a child's anticipation of surprises. They are good memories. I cherish them and pull them out like little gems from the jewellery box of my mind.


do you hear?

that "BUT" hanging in the air?

Yeah - I thought so. That but means ... where does eating a pecan butter ball cookie fit into the plans made with such hope in October? Not? A little? Look out here it comes? I just googled pecan butter ball and recipe and got something that logs in at 188 calories for 2 cookies. whew! 1/7 of my day's calories in 2 bites?

Mike Kramer's two articles in today's Best of SP really have me thinking about those goals and how important they are to me. I've never been good at achieving goals except in the most oblique way - a classic ENFP, I don't really feel rewarded by completion - rather I feel abandoned. Since the journey is so important to me I am usually going in several directions at once and completion happens almost unnoticed. ( I do actually complete things, understand - just ... not with triumphant flair but with surprised recognition)

But knowing what my natural preference is doesn't mean I am tied to it, nor am I unable, like the famed old dog, to learn new tricks. I am going to spend the next few days getting all ISTJ detailed and math-like about these goals and see if I can map out a happy, satisfying, but healthy and successful pathway through the next few sugared weeks.

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URBANLOTUS 12/12/2009 6:33AM

    You sound like you have a great plan, and are really tapping into your self-awareness about Christmasses past.

It's great to see!

I wish you every success L)

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You better slo-ow that vehicle down - a theme song for portion control

Friday, December 11, 2009

Okay darlings
If you are of a certain age you will remember Sammy Johns' song "Chevy Van" which was enormously popular in the mid-1970's.

And last night it became my theme song - at least, that single line did - as I became the vehicle - the eating vehicle, that is.

Back story: My husband asked me to cook a family favorite last night - spaghetti with clam sauce. He's been hunched over all week, assembling bicycles for the Salvation Army (his annual Christmas project - I like to brag on him) and I knew he was tired and had earned some extra pampering.

But that recipe!! It's all butter and olive oil with a little garlic thrown in! At least it always seems like that to me. How will I cope!?!

Well - first thing I did was load up the recipe in the nutrition tracker. It's not really my recipe, it came from the Fanny Farmer cookbook though I do cut the butter waaaaay back. (hers uses a stick of butter, I use 2 tbs.) And what do you know - the whole thing only comes to about 800 calories - and it's SUPPOSED to serve 4. And that's when it hit me.

1/4 of 800 calories is only 200 and one cup of spaghetti is about 170 - so one portion of this rich, savory, garlic infused seafood delight is well within my nutritional budget! I can enjoy this fabulous dish with nary a twinge of discomfort - certainly not a pinch of guilt! I just have to milk the pleasure to the max. I took small bites. I set the fork down and chewed every mouthful till the pleasure melted away on my tongue. I took a delicate sip of a crisp white wine and then gave myself a moment to just anticipate the next heady bite. I slo ooowed my eating down and by the time that little teensy tiny pile of clam slick noodles was gone I was completely filled.

I wasn't stuffed. I didn't feel bloated or winded or packed. I was marvelously heavenly energetically filled with perfect spaghetti and clam sauce and crisp white wine. What a joy. What a treat. What fun to know that there really is nothing I can't enjoy ... if I just take lots of time to enjoy it - and stop when I'm done.

"and that's alright with me" emoticon

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HARPERLADY 12/11/2009 12:08PM

    that is fantasic! and what a great idea, it can be so hard to slow down, I have a theme song as well but I adopted it 9 years ago when I quit smoking, great blog

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CLAIRESML 12/11/2009 10:17AM

    I liked this blog topic... portion control is how I am eating these days. very effective. If I had limited foods that I would have had to avoid, I would be gone and done already. But, I have managed to use portion control for six months and lose weight and feel happy.
and I love linguine with white clam sauce. Yum!

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MYFEETHURT 12/11/2009 8:50AM

  Two great points...savor the moment...and know when your portion is satisfied and happy. And by the way...what a great thing your DH is doing. He is helping to make so many kiddos be happy. emoticon

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RITAROSE 12/11/2009 8:38AM

  Excellent!! I love to hear about triumphs like yours, they encourage me in my own choices! Keep up the great work! emoticon

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BKWHITE3 12/11/2009 8:00AM

    I like this. You gave me a new and different way about eating. Thank you.

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