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Restaurant Non Blues!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Last night I went out with a friend to eat at a middle eastern restaurant. Usually when I go out with this friend, she has a glass of wine, so I do, too. This time we did not. (we were going to a book talk afterwards and she was worried she would fall asleep.) Usually when I go out with my fiancee, he always wants soup first, so I have soup too. This time, we just had water and the entree. It was a very enjoyable dinner, and cost much less without the soup and the wine, and I feel good Spark-wise.

Here is the conundrum: when I eat out, I always go along with what the other person is doing, if it is a glass of wine, if it is extra soup, if it is dessert. That is part of being social.
(also I like wine, soup, and dessert!!!)

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JEANNE229 6/15/2011 11:02AM

    I actually read (on spark) that eating soup before a meal helps you consume many fewer calories, so I don't say no to that one at least! The wine...not so sure.

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Doctor Results

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The lab results of my checkup were really good for cholesterol, but vitamin D was low, and there is some bone loss. So, the doctor told me to lose ten pounds and to do weight bearing exercise. Also blood sugar a bit high and I need to stop all the candy eating. She wants me to come back in a year. So, my goal is to go back weighing 140 and we will see how my lab results look then. I feel motivated!!

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 6/14/2011 7:52PM

    Today is first day of the rest of your life and I have no doubt that your plan is to make the BEST of it, starting right now!
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Restaurant Blues

Monday, June 13, 2011

My fiancee always wants to eat out. I would prefer to eat in, but I always give in. Last night, even though I did not want to eat out, I suggested our favorite Italian restaurant. It was fun and delicious, but afterwards I could not sleep from too much wine, and had terrible gas from the rich food. It just seems sad. I really enjoyed myself, but then the calorie toll was tremendous and I did not feel good physically afterwards. Am I getting too old to eat out?

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CAROLEE1945 6/14/2011 5:13PM

    Thanks for the suggestions. One thing I could do is not eat the bread and butter. But really it is unrealistic to sit somewhere, hungry, and not be able to eat the food!!! It is like you are trapped. One thing I could do is eat much more slowly so that half is left. Also, eating is a fun social thing. What a downer when someone sits there not eating. The entire issue is tricky. I would rather just not go out to eat at all.

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 6/13/2011 8:30PM

    I have the same problem! Our kids keep giving us gift cards for restaurants and I never want to eat out because of the unnecessary calories. We had almost $300.00 worth of cards to Olive Garden! When we DO go there I usually get the Apricot Chicken(500 cals). But then there's the garlic bread(150) and the salad(?). Then I get a takeout of Eggplant Parm, which is like 800- 900 calories! I split that into 2 days.

I've even "regifted" some our gift cards, just to get rid of them!

When you go out, can you ask for a "takeout" container and put half of your meal in it, before you even start to eat?

OR, Just have appetizers, which is what I did last time we went out to eat, which was in mid April, in FL.

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Do Not Tell!!!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

I went to the doctor for a checkup and she said my weight was fine. I am on the edge of the BMI chart of normal. She said people with a bit higher BMIs lived longer.

Then a good friend of mine also said my weight was fine. She has a BMI that says she is underweight! When she sits in the passenger seat of my car, the light goes on to show the weight is not heavy enough to activate the airbags!!!

I weighed 125 my whole life. When I hit 40, I put on a pound a year. Now at age 66, I am 150. Yes, I do not look that bad, but my knees are killing me. I know for a fact that the less weight the knees have to carry, the better off they are. (my friend springs like a gazelle up the steep incline of her backyard)

I realize now that it is a terrible terrible mistake to tell ANYONE that you want to lose weight. I do not think I have been obsessive or anything talking about it. I know that is irritating no matter what the topic.

Now my motivation is low because of these comments. Yet, deep down, I know I would feel much better at even 140. 135 would be better. And I have a deep fear of disability. I mean, your knees are everything.

Comments anyone?

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TANYAP71 6/12/2011 11:18AM

    Perhaps you are telling the wrong people.

There is a difference between 'your weight is fine' and 'you should NOT lose more weight'. One is 'polite' and one warrants further discussion. When my doctor told me (at the very edge of 'obese') that my 'weight is fine but [I] should really make an effort to exercise regularly' I pushed her to explain herself. Healthwise (perfect labs, etc) she had no reason to *tell* me to lose weight. My weight was 'fine'.... but she very much agreed that it would be better for my joints to weigh less. You are definitely in the right frame of mind there. Hopefully your SPARK buddies are good support!

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Thursday 6/9/11 Strength!!!

Thursday, June 09, 2011

I feel good about finally starting strength training again. It is vitally important to do at this age!!! Vital. I am now adding the fitness journal to my routine.

I also feel good because I have done the food journal consistently for 5 days now.

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 6/11/2011 5:35PM

    I'm so far behind in reading blogs that I have 10 from as far back as June 4!

You sound like you're really on a roll now! I've been strength training for over 30 years and I can tell you it really makes a difference. Cardio and Diet are important, but strength training is like the frosting on the cake.

If your cals are still up over 2000, try backing off by 100 cals a day for a while. The usual food culprits are carbs and fats.

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