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Surprise Habit

Saturday, August 20, 2011

I have been reflecting on how weight gain or loss is all about habits. Same true for marriage. The individuals develop bad emotional habits, but I read that in a book somewhere and I do not know how people can go about changing things like that!! But I know what they mean. He does X, and you have a habit and react Y. Y is not the only way to react. Then Y makes him react with Z. Spirals downward.

I digress. Good news. I found myself developing a habit without conscious thought!!! Wow. Since getting serious with Spark, I have been trying really hard to measure, sometimes I remember, sometimes I don't. But the other night, I found myself using a measuring cup instead of a large spoon to put pasta on the plate of both myself and my fiance. (Up to this point, I did not let him know what I was doing for fear of seeming obsessive compulsive) I did not do it on purpose, but I measured out exactly one cup, which is 2 ounces, which is 200 calories (correct me if I am wrong)

Then this morning I put sugar in my coffee and I realized I could replace the little spoon in the sugar bowl with a teaspoon, and thus be sure I only got the 15 calories (not sure if this is correct)

Now I know it really does not matter if the spoon is 17 calories worth or 12 calories worth, but the act of measuring it, well, it is a reminder of setting limits on how much I eat or drink.

By the way, my fiance needs to lose some poundage also.

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KAYYVAUGHN 8/21/2011 5:56AM

    That makes so much sense. I'll have to try it.

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 8/20/2011 6:49PM

    I replied to your blog hours ago and my computer "crashed" and I lost it.

What I said then is that I also use measuring cups & spoons to eat out of(when there's just the 2 of us). I just have to be careful of my bad habit of heaping, which can turn a 1/2 cup in to 3/4 cup, easily.

Another trick I do is flip the amount of pasta and the veggies, in a recipe where there's more pasta. So it ends up with a higher ratio of veggies than pasta.

With your fiancÚ, would he notice if you started giving him 1 tablespoon less of pasta every few weeks? This would work with anything you really don't think he should be eating, until he gets accustomed to the smaller portion. I won't tell on you! emoticon

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ZEEDRA 8/20/2011 6:14PM

    Hi Carol,
Good habit! Some time ago I bought very large measuring spoons from Weight Watchers (I'm not a member now). One measures 1/2 cup and the other a whole cup. They come in very handy (when I think of it) to use for servings.
Let's work toward where Vista is: doing it for a year so our eyes are well-trained.

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VINGRAM 8/20/2011 3:31PM

    Cool! That's a GOOD habit to have - measuring - I am at the "guessing" stage now. After measuring the same bowl of cereal for a year - I think I've got it down and don't need to measure any more! Other stuff - I should measure more! emoticon vista

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True Confessions

Friday, August 19, 2011

I developed a new habit: eating in bed, after brushing teeth, while I watch a video on my laptop. The moment of truth came yesterday at the dentist. How many ways do we lie to ourselves? Let me count them...
1. I told myself I was having yogurt, getting calcium.
2. I told myself I was good because it was not chips or candy
3. I told myself the sweetening in it would not hurt anything.
4. I told myself that it was okay not to brush teeth again because I was sleepy and yogurt does not really stick to teeth like caramels.

Now lets analyze it: how did this habit develop? Well, I am not eating enough for dinner, then I am hungry in bed. Also, if I see people eating the video, it makes me want to eat. I was watching reruns of Everybody Loves Raymond and they are always eating chips by the bagful.

Plan: have a planned healthy snack at 9 pm before I brush my teeth.
Read, instead of watching videos. Hard to turn pages with a spoon in your hand!!!

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CHARLOTTE1947 8/20/2011 8:40AM

    Watching TV after supper is my downfall too. (I love Raymond reruns). Too many food commercials.

We went out to eat last night. Mexican. A zillion calories that undid the whole day. Then dessert.

Ashes, ashes, we all fall down! Just get up and start all over again.

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KAYYVAUGHN 8/20/2011 7:03AM

    You have it figured it out.
I usually have a LF graham cracker as an evening snack. We eat an early dinner, so I'm always hungry in the evening.

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VINGRAM 8/19/2011 1:09PM

    OH, so guilty! My bedtime snack is a weight watcher's fudge bar.

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BERGBA7 8/19/2011 1:06PM

    I rewarded myself for a while for a "slim-day" with a snack in bed while watching TV... yes, we all find excuses!


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Timed Report

Thursday, August 18, 2011

8:20 - Went for walk, ate healthy breakfast, did bicep and tricep exercise

Plans for Day
1. Take mom to music class
2. Dentist 2pm
3. Audubon nest photography lecture
4. Work on sewing cushions project
5. Clean up computer room
6. Call to check up on Benise tickets?

Check in 4pm - did #1,2,4 - at dentist, I found out I have bad "pockets" in teeth; must switch to electric toothbrush, oh, no--one more habit to try to integrate and I just got started on strength training.

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CHARLOTTE1947 8/18/2011 5:16PM

    Sounds like you might be retired too! Every day is Saturday! Yea!

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DUTCHDAVE 8/18/2011 11:28AM

    not a bad day

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Habits Helpful

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Had a big day yesterday, started a complicated sewing project in the morning, took my mom to the doctor, then my brother and I did a family outing with her, taking my mom to Tiburon to sit in the sun and watch the boats in the water, but I still got a 30 minute walk in the morning. Did not want to go out, it was cold and foggy, but I am trying really hard to make exercise a habit. I was going to skip entering items in the food tracker for yesterday, because we ate dinner out, and I was in a hurry and did not measure things for lunch, blah, blah, blah.... However, now this tracking is a firm habit, and when I sat down to the computer this morning , I felt I HAD to enter the items I ate yesterday even thought I was only guessing so the calories could be as much as 500 off one way or the other (probably the other) Did I overestimate or underestimate? Who knows, but it is good I tried. Now I am sitting here at the computer all comfy in my big bathrobe, sipping hazelnut coffee, working up the courage to face another cold, foggy walk. Once I am out there, I know it will be okay.

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 8/18/2011 6:13PM

    You sure are an inspiration and a great role model! Keep up the good work!

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WINDANCER99 8/18/2011 1:54PM

    You're doing great! Even though you didn't track yesterday, you felt compelled to make up for it today. I know you've heard it many time before, but I keep it close in my mind..."progress not perfection." ~Pat

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VINGRAM 8/18/2011 11:10AM

    I still am struggling with getting back on track - both with my food and the food tracker!

Sounds like u are having a ball......good for you!!!!!!!! vista emoticon

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JEANNE229 8/18/2011 10:45AM

    Wonderful habits you are developing! I need lessons from you.

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KAYYVAUGHN 8/18/2011 9:53AM

    I would come walk with you in your cold weather. It's still hot here.
You are doing great; just keep it up.

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NELLJONES 8/18/2011 9:45AM

    Consistency is important and you did it! Even with an estimate, you were able to see what you ate.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

6 am ---Only got 4-5 hours sleep, but I feel okay this morning.

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KAYYVAUGHN 8/18/2011 6:38AM

    Maybe you can take a nap today.

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CHARLOTTE1947 8/17/2011 8:18PM

    Was something in the air? I woke up 3X last night. Finally got up at 5:30 and read and sipped a cup of chicken bouillon broth. Fell asleep again in the reading chair until my DH woke me up at 7:00.

Here's betting we sleep through the night tonight.

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JEANNE229 8/17/2011 10:52AM

    I was up at 3 a.m. We should have chatted!

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