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Training, training

Thursday, August 16, 2012

I am re-training myself right now, as regards sugar items. Whenever I have a desire for candy or something sugary, I say to myself, "training, training". I am training myself to not respond to these cues. I am not eliminating sugar entirely. It is okay if it is in a cornmeal muffin that I am having with a chile dinner. I had a chai latte with sugar for breakfast this morning; that is okay. I think it is when a person gets extreme and tries to go off sugar entirely, that there is a backlash in the psyche. But the heavy duty candy, cookies, cakes, pies are off the radar screen right now. However, I have frozen apricot pie filling that I plan to use. But I am going to do it as a reward after I have re-trained myself for a month. We will see if this works.

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MARYELLEN301 8/18/2012 9:12PM

    RE: Kineps remark...I often why it is that her comment is so true, but it only takes about 2 days to throw the good habit out the window?! Not fair at all!

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KARENNK8 8/17/2012 4:11PM

    Programming yourself to stop and make an intelligent decision about whether to eat something that's not good for you... that seems like a good way to do it. It's all about learning how to stop before mindlessly eating stuff you don't really want to be eating. Except of course, we do in a very short term sort of way. Stopping yourself allows you to refocus on the longer term. Good job!

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FISHINGLADY66 8/17/2012 8:41AM

    Take it One Day at a Time, one step at a time. You can do it Carol. Best wishes to you.

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KINEPS 8/16/2012 11:05PM

    Good luck Carol. Remember, it takes 21 days to break habit. Take it one day at a time!!

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Two Good Days

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I have had two good days since my vacation blow-out. Not only did I walk two miles, but I ate moderately. I tried something new: lemon juice as dressing on salad. Will try to make this a habit.

Plan: M,W,F - do strength training
Tu, Thur -- do walking
Sat, Sun ---do exercise ball

Hmm. wonder if this will work....sounds too rigid......

Food plan: no extra sugar/lemon juice as dressing/yogurt and blueberries for snack
try to get into the minimal salad dressing habit

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KARENNK8 8/15/2012 9:49AM

    Good job, Carol. I think it's not so much consistency and perfection that get's you there, but persistence. In other words, getting back up and carrying on when you "blow it" a little.

I don't know why, but I just do not like lemon juice on salads. I read about using orange juice instead, just squeezing a half an orange over the salad, and digging out some of the pulp and adding that, too. Very good, with or without a little olive oil.

Love the yogurt and blueberry dessert dessert! Yummy.

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TWNOMWE 8/15/2012 9:49AM

    Great recovery strategy, emoticon.

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FUTUREHOPE49 8/15/2012 9:32AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonWell done Carol, you are on your way to a more healthy diet. Try mixing the lemon juice with a teaspoon of Extra Virgin olive Oil for even more health benefits and add some garlic or herbs. The lemon tastes salty so you don't need salt and the herbs are little power houses that contain vitamins, minerals and Amino acids in small quantities. Very beneficial. Chives taste good too. Just cut some with scissors and add to the salad.
keep up the good work! emoticon

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BELTONWALKER67 8/15/2012 9:15AM

    Congratulations on your 2 days of success! Each day is a new opportunity to learn new ways to become more healthy. You have great ideas. emoticon

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Hog Wild

Monday, August 13, 2012

Just got back from a wonderful trip to Oregon, but it was as if a voice inside me said,
"you are on vacation, so you can just go hog wild". Not only do I feel mad at myself for eating three cookies instead of just one at the bed and breakfast place 3 days in a row, for buying 3 big slabs of chocolate at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory instead of one, having a dessert every night that I didn't even enjoy that much. To top it off, I also over-did it on spending money and left quite a bit in cute little shops in Oregon.

What bothers me is being so out of control both with eating and spending money. I think there is a connection.

Now it is Monday Morning and I can start over. I think I will set a goal just for today and come back to this blog to see how I am doing.

There are many different ways to set goals. I wonder if some are more effective than others.

For example:

Goal: Just for today, do not spend over $20 in grocery store.
Just for today, only sugar item to consume is one Tablespoon of jam in yogurt.

Another way to set a goal: Leave credit cards at home and put $20 in purse and make it impossible to spend more than that at the store. (This is scary.)

For the food limits, I could throw out the cookies that I know are in the cupboard. Another waste of money. Very expensive gourmet cookies (so I hate to toss them), bought at a cute little shop.

I will get back to this blog today.

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FUTUREHOPE49 8/15/2012 9:27AM

    You have to have a spree now and then! I am sure the trip did you good and recharged your batteries! You CAN have special things when on vacation! Just make sure you get back on track when you get home. It sounds like you are doing the right things with making some new goals! emoticon
Leaving the credit cards at home is a good idea and also having a budget to spend.
I have been doing that for several years now and it really works. You get used to it after a while and we no longer use credit cards. We don't miss them either. Its something you have to do when you are retired! LOL!

emoticonfor making the goals! Now stick to them! emoticon

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BELTONWALKER67 8/13/2012 3:13PM

    Been there, Done that! What's so great that this is a journey with many detours...and many opportunities to get back on track. Just keep on pushing forward. Glad you enjoyed your vacation!

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JACK714 8/13/2012 3:07PM

    Sounds like a blog most of us could write.

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VINGRAM 8/13/2012 9:55AM

    I am sorry, but I totally understand! emoticon

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Tracking habit

Friday, August 03, 2012

This is funny. I was going to take some time off tracking, and I found I couldn't do it!!! Even though I slacked off on measuring, I still felt compelled to track my foods, even though I know it is not really accurate. So, I know I will get back to measuring again. I am eating way too much now. I bought some Italian hazelnut chocolate chips that were "on sale" at a gourmet grocery store. I do not think I need to explain what is happening with those little gems.

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FUTUREHOPE49 8/15/2012 9:43AM

    Sometimes you have to use guesswork if eating out or away from home! That IS ok! When I do it, I think I ususally over estimate what I had to eat and the scales usually go down! Ha Ha!
Tracking is very important. There are some things that can save time, like if you know you are having the same meal as before, you can copy from a previous day and delete anything you din't have. I have put my breakfast in a group which makes it easier. Just add it to your day and then click on the individual item on your day tracker if you need to change the amount you had. You can do it with dinners and other meals if you have the same thing often! it does save some time.
I put my weight and strength training exercises and ball as a workout and then just add it to the day. If there are exercises on the day I didn't do I just delete them from the fitness tracker for that day. I hope you get what I mean! Any problems, just mail me and I will try and explain better.
emoticon emoticonYou are doing great Carol! emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 8/4/2012 10:23AM

    Tracking and measuring is so hard but so important. Get back on track and you will be fine. It doesn't hurt to eat "bad" foods but you need to track it.

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JOANNS4 8/4/2012 10:12AM

    I do best when I am tracking my nutrition and exercise. emoticon

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READYBETTY 8/4/2012 9:16AM

    Don't stop tracking. The accountability really makes a difference.

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VINGRAM 8/3/2012 10:15AM

    Do not stop! Once you do, it is hard to go back. Trust me! emoticon

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JEANNE229 8/3/2012 10:14AM

    Even those "good" habits become habits and are an asset to your weight loss efforts. At least you have the "little gems" tracked to see why things went in a different direction.

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KARENNK8 8/3/2012 9:30AM

    Probably the same thing that happened to the cheese puffs I bought yesterday. I keep going back and forth between calories and WW points. I guess it doesn't matter, so long as I keep tracking. I do find the WW system faster. But good on you for keeping tracking. It's when I stop tracking and stop weighing every day that the weight piles back on.

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Lost Blog/Spark Friends

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

I just wrote a blog and pressed a button and presto it was gone.

I actually was going to close down the computer and forgot I want to do the blog every day. Then I saw an email that someone had commented on my blog. So, click, that reminded me. So, yes, thank you spark friends, it is true, that you cannot do any of this alone. Amazing how much other people do help.

Plan: Mon/Wed/Fri upper body workout exercise bands - 10 minutes 3x a day
Thur/Fri -- lower body - exercise ball -- same timing

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SCOTMAMA 8/2/2012 1:32PM

    Computers are temperamental little guys! But it is fun to get comments on the blogs so it's a good idea to write them.

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JEANNE229 8/2/2012 9:39AM

    Grrrrrr....I hate it when I lose my genius thoughts! Glad you came back and gave us your thoughts anyway.

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KARENNK8 8/2/2012 7:28AM

    That's annoying! I remember that happening on old dialup connections, but it's not as common now that we all have high speed internet. Your workout plans look good! emoticon

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FUTUREHOPE49 8/1/2012 12:33PM

    That used to happen to me a lot till my DH suggested writing it in notebook so that at least I don't lose my words and can copy and paste them. I never new which button I had hid that erased it! Sometimes I think its just a problem we get with spark. Maybe when they are working on the system.
Its good you are exercising. emoticon emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 8/1/2012 11:45AM

    That has happened to me also. I'm glad you got to do your blog.
Wishing you a special August...may it be awesome!
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