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Comfort Food Does not Comfort

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Yesterday I had the laser eye procedure done in my left eye. Next week, the doctor does my right eye. Then the week after that, she can safely dilate my eyes. She will "see how much damage has been done". Scary Stuff!!!

Because of this, I decided to treat myself before the doctor visit with a visit to Noah's Bagels. Here was my lunch:
1. Asiago cheese bagel dog---- has to be that specific one, cannot be any other!!!
2. Potato chips ----has to be old fashioned regular chips, no jalapeņos or anything else.
Aside: They have the nerve to call potato chips a "side"!!!
3. Coca cola --regular, not diet

This whole thing came to about 1000 calories. (I tracked it) And really after I ate half of it, I had had enough. But because I had it in my mind I was treating myself, I continued to finish it off, as if it were my "last meal" before the gallows.

The whole lunch event was rather unsatisfying.

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KSNANA2 3/8/2012 8:51PM

    I sure hope you get good news about the eye problems. You have a major stress happening so it is understandable you'd want to give yourself a treat. Perhaps you can treat yourself to something that would make you happier than food next time. Good luck!

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MEME102 3/7/2012 9:24PM

    oh my you make me smile!!! Before the gallows, hmmm??? Well treats are a good thingonce in awhile. And, if you watched yourself the rest of the day....well within reason. (well almost) Tomorrow is a new day -- and aren't we glad about that?

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Good News, Bad News

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Good News: Wow, just by putting my attention on it, I ended up with 32 grams of fiber yesterday.

Bad News: I also ended up with 2000 calories.

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VINGRAM 3/6/2012 6:40PM, too! That much fiber, Carol.......may just give you some intestinal distress!

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KAYYVAUGHN 3/6/2012 4:14PM

    Don't worry. The fiber is good for you. I have been indulging too much lately with mashed potatoes, etc.

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JEANNE229 3/6/2012 10:49AM

    Not SO bad. I've been known to consume 2000 calories at one meal. It takes diligence.

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Seven grams of fiber

Monday, March 05, 2012

I had a healthy breakfast: yogurt, muesli, and maple syrup - 423 calories. Seems like too many c.'s for what I ate. Yet it had 7 grams of fiber, pretty good and it is only 9 am!!!

If I had had cheerios (much less fiber than the muesli) the calories would be less.

It is almost impossible to get those 25 grams of fiber in one day with less than 2000 calories. Let's try a food experiment and see if it can be done!!!

Editing this at 3:30 pm, have had 19 grams of fiber. About 900 calories, though. I have to admit, it is the mayo in the tuna salad that added all those calories!!!

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MEME102 3/5/2012 1:46PM

    My dr. has told me to use a tbspn of metamucil per day (with water) to get more fiber...and esp now since I have precancerous it gives me 5 without even trying!! I was glad to see Charlotte's post of some more items (which the dr gave me as well but I haven't read it yet!!) I'm going to try sweet potatoes more than baked -- I think they have more.Will have to check that out....I can't get into beans yet...other than green beans and kidney beans

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VINGRAM 3/5/2012 12:57PM

    At least you are tracking........better than me! emoticon vista

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-POOKIE- 3/5/2012 12:12PM

    *laughs* I regulary get way more fibre than that on 1200 calories a day!

vegetables are your friend!

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CHARLOTTE1947 3/5/2012 12:04PM

    I almost always get 25 grams of fiber. Read up on foods with fiber on SP and shop for those at the market. Surprisingly, lettuce, always my mother's insurance for roughage, has very little.

Here are some of my staples: beans of all sorts, Kashi cereals, granola bars, baked potatoes with the skin, sweet potatoes, whole grain pastas and breads, apples and, when all else fails, Metamucil.

The problem with fiber is, um. . . gas. I take a dose of Gas-X after a meal with a lot of fiber.

With a little research, you can reach your goal. It is said that fiber keeps you full. That's true only if you eat a lot of it. On a diet I'm ALWAYS hungry. LOL! Good luck!

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The Spark Way!!!

Saturday, March 03, 2012

The Spark Way, so to speak, is an ongoing process. What I mean by "the spark way" is the process of becoming aware of what we eat, the calories, the fiber, the calcium, the salt...... And being conscious of the importance of movement. It is not a 6 week plan. It is a process--an ongoing process where you are always learning new things.

For example, I never realized my absolute favorite yogurt was 170 calories and you only get a little bit, really, it is a doll-sized carton, practically!!! Then, I knew those Haagan-Dazs ice cream bars were terrifically caloric, so I deprived myself. Then the other day, I noticed they looked smaller. Sure enough, that is what the company did (probably charge the same price!!!) but smaller is good, because the calories are much less, and really, I never wanted to eat the whole huge bar anyway. The last bites are NEVER as good as the first bite!!!

I really hate all artificial sweeteners so I cannot use the low calorie yogurt. Also, I really like high fat middle eastern yogurt, ha ha, so I just have half a cup instead of a whole cup. I think if you eat what you really love and do not eat mindlessly, you will be okay. Taste is strange. The pina colada is the only Yoplait that I really like!!! Who knows why.....

The Spark Way is an awareness process. For example, do I really "love" potato chips? Or is it the salt that makes me crave more and more? Being aware of this keeps me from even buying that first little bag.

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KAYYVAUGHN 3/3/2012 2:06PM

    I agree with Jeanne. Your insight into foods are unique. They certainly struck home.

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VINGRAM 3/3/2012 10:38AM the "Rhythm method of girth control"........never heard that before.

Carol.....great blog.....hopefully from your words on the page to my heart!

emoticon vista

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JEANNE229 3/3/2012 10:34AM

    Amazing insights and food (pardon the pun) for thought!

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MTPOETNH 3/3/2012 9:55AM

    Totally agree!! After years of the "rhythm method of girth control" I am so glad I have discovered "the Spark way!" emoticon
The food journal is great for letting you know if you are eating a balanced diet and the Fitness tracker is such a great way to monitor activity. emoticon

I have decided to make the "spark way" a life long journey. I know that it is my key to maintaining my weight loss. emoticon Peggy

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Math Problem

Friday, March 02, 2012

If yoplait pina colada yogurt is 170 calories, and Haagan-Dazs chocolate covered toffee ice cream bar is 190 calories, which should you choose???

Sounds like a math problem. You have to factor in the pleasure principle Now I really love pina colada yogurt, the one from yoplait. But do I love it as much as the Haagan-Dazs bar, which makes me feel like I have had a tremendous treat? And only 20 calories more?

Of course, the solution is neither.

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MTPOETNH 3/3/2012 12:05PM

    Icecream always wins for me although I do love fruit Chobani greek yogurt that I have most every day - depends on the flavor but anywhere from 140 to 160 calories. Yum!! Peg

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SCOTMAMA 3/2/2012 8:45PM

    If I wanted a treat I'd choose the ice cream for sure for only 20 calories more. However, I'd never consider buying a yogurt that was 170 calories -- not when they have delicious options for only 70 calories!

But.... each person makes their own choices.

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CHARLOTTE1947 3/2/2012 7:40PM

    Have one today and one tomorrow. Problem solved!


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KSNANA2 3/2/2012 6:25PM

    I didn't know these two items were so close in calories! And I buy yogurt all the time. May have to try the ice cream bars. I never eat more than one yogurt, but the ice cream I might. Have to think about that.

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VINGRAM 3/2/2012 11:21AM

    If you can stop with just one....I'd go for the ice cream, for sure! emoticon

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