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Magic Formula (Fiber=FULL)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

When I was talking w/ my fiance tonight about the fact that when I entered my most recent weight loss (a total of 15.6 lbs- WooHoo!), the nutrition tracker reset my daily caloric intake range to 1250-1600. Before that, I was eating around 1650 & concerned about feeling full.

However, today I ate 1,571 calories and have felt completely satisfied. My fiance asked me if I had increased my fiber intake. Interesting! In fact, that is exactly what happened (albiet accidently).

I added 2 tsp. of ground flax seed to my cottage cheese this morning, when I had already added 1/2 of a Flax Oatbran Muffin & did not mean to add more fiber. Plus, throughout the day I had a couple of multigrain tortillas & two flax & multigrain crackers.

Because the flax seed is so low in calories (about 10 per tsp), I think I'll just plan to add that to my meals throughout the day - it feels like a magic formula!

  
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JILL313 5/16/2011 12:19PM

    You are so right about fiber as I also have found when I eat a lot of fiber it really helps me feel satisfied so I don't overeat and do loose weight. Thanks to your reminder, I'm going to up my fiber and get some flax seeds. Enjoy your week!

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GRANDMABABA 5/15/2011 1:38AM

    gotta love that fiber!

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Royal Wedding & Patting Myself on the Back!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Knowing that I was going to head to bed @ 8:30 p.m. last night in order to wake up @ 1:50 a.m. to watch the Royal wedding until 6 a.m., I logged in evening snack calories for a cucumber sandwich & a cup of tea last night. I also took my thyroid medication when I got up & waited an hour before eating my "wedding snack" @ 3 a.m. Am really proud of myself for planning ahead & sticking to it!

Additionally, I committed myself to doing 3 seated versions of Leslie Sansone's "2 Mile Walk" 3x a week (in addition to my stretching/cardio/strength Chair Workouts on the other 3 days) & I've just completed mile #6 for this week - Ta DA!

All systems are working! YIPEE!!! emoticon

  
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CHELLEBO1 4/29/2011 8:20PM

    I love the Sansone walking tapes! I got two new ones for my birthday. My hubby and I walk to them almost every day.
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Venturing out of the cave (mi cueva) - Oh NO!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Am on my way to California Pizza Kitchen to join a group of my former classmates from a year-long leadership course that I took in 2009. We're having a reunion luncheon. What is terrifying me most?- the FOOD!

Here's what I've done: I checked the CFP's Nutrition guide and figured out that I am going to order a cup of their Tuscan White Bean Minestrone - PERIOD! That's 157 calories.

My plan is to eat a snack of asparagus and turkey before I leave and take one of my peanut butter granola bars with me to have after the soup if I think I'm still hungry.

Calories are not the only thing on my mind with this decision. I also needed to be aware of cost. The cup of soup is $4. and as it is the end of the month, that seems like a reasonable amount to me to spend for lunch.

Its really interesting to see how afraid I am of food. The first week on the Spark Plan, when I saw how full my refrigerator was, I went into meltdown with tears. Its also highlighting the fact that I don't remotely trust myself around food.

But, bit-by-bit, I'm realizing that I have not eaten everything in sight & have stayed on track - WooHoo!

Onward...friends await!

  
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CARPEDIEM369 4/28/2011 12:43AM

    As it turned out, I did go over my calorie range for the day by 11 calories, part of which I think was due to feeling like I was depriving myself from pizza @ CPK.

I ended up making my own version of pizza for dinner (1.5 whole grain tortillas, topped w/ marinara sauce, cheese, garlic, onions, mushrooms,chicken & spinach). I didn't really "need" that extra 1/2 a personal pizza. Granted, my version was infinitely healthier than what I would have eaten @ CPK, so all-in-all, 11 xtra calories isn't too bad.

I also did a 2 Mile (seated) Walk, so hopefully, that compensated for the overage.

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Alternate Universe!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Something completely WEIRD happened this morning! For breakfast, I was making steel-cut oatmeal w/ cinnamon, a whole chopped apple, & a tablespoon of dried berries, which was all going to be topped w/ 2 tbsp of vanilla yogurt & 1 tbsp of sliced almonds. However, as I started to put the cooked "1 serving" (as stated on the box) of oatmeal into my bowl, I realized that it was actually going to be too much for me to eat.

I had eaten the same entire recipe a few weeks ago & was definitely overly full afterwards. So, this morning, I decided that even if it was supposed to be one serving, I could choose to eat half of the oatmeal/apple/raisin mixture w/ the full amount of yogurt & almonds for breakfast & if I felt like eating the rest as a snack or for another day, I could. A true epiphany for me!

Am sure this seems all too obvious to most people, but realizing that I can choose to eat smaller amounts of some things is really freeing for me! It means that I can use those calories for other times of the day - Hallelujah!

  
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DIANE7786 4/26/2011 2:19PM

    It's not so obvious to most people. The first time I read that a serving of pasta is 1/2 cup and a serving of meat is 3 oz, I was sure it was a misprint. It never occured to me that portion sizes on packages and in cookbooks are often way over the nutritional recommendations. So are restaurant meals. Knowledge is power! I feel physically better eating recommended portions. The added benefit was the food bill was cut nearly in half.

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Calm...I can do this!

Monday, April 25, 2011

After checking on "Calorie Control.org," www.caloriecontrol.org/healthy-weigh
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I discovered that to maintain a weight of 150 lbs @ 5'5", I can eat 1,640 calories a day, even with a sedentary lifestyle (at the moment I'm exercising).

Because I currently weigh 299 lbs & am eating between 1,640 - 1,740 calories, I am now calming down, feeling like I can totally do this! What a HUGE relief.

I was envisioning having to get down to 1,200 calories and couldn't imagine how on earth that was ever going to happen, as I feel hungry if I try to eat 1,600 calories.

If I am understanding this correctly, I can eat the number of calories I'm currently consuming & will eventually even out to 150 lbs. Then, if I wanted to lose more weight @ that point, theoretically, I could increase the amount of exercise that I'm doing.

Having spent decades terrified of food, I am finally starting to feel peaceful about all of this. WHEW!
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