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The buffet didn't win!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

I have tried 3 times to post this blog...
Going to keep it simple this time...
I won the battle of the buffet! I had a nice meal, and I didn't over eat. I ate what I wanted in sensible portions.
I am proud of me! I went over my calorie range a bit, but that is ok. I planned and I conquered.

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BACKUPAGAIN 11/25/2011 2:05AM

    You deserve to be very proud of yourself! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
I know only too well how much I dreaded having to face a social occasion which involved eating foods I hadn't cooked myself and so had no control over what was available. That feeling of victory is wonderful, isn't it?
Best part is, now you've done it once, it will be easier next time, and the next, and the next.

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SLIMLILA 11/25/2011 1:37AM

    emoticonI posted a blog a few weeks back where I had conquered the buffet as well. What a great feeling... must mean we are starting to eat to live, instead of live to eat!!! emoticon

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YOITLE 11/24/2011 7:18PM

    You used your strongest weapon, your brain! Great planning. Have a happy weekend.

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SABLENESS 11/24/2011 5:54PM

    Congrats! Great job! emoticon

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Thanksgiving Eve

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

There are so many things to be thankful for! My life is very blessed, and I am grateful to be alive.
Thank you, to my SparkFriends, for your support and encouragement!
Thank you to my Dear Hubby, who loves me no matter what...
Thank You to God... for EVERYTHING!
Life is worth living. If I think it isn't, I'm listening to a lie...


Only nine days left in November.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving won't be a problem for me. DH and I are going to eat at a nearby buffet for our main meal. I have a game plan. Going to make use of the SparkApp and the camera on my Droid. That will keep me accountable.
Tomorrow and Wednesday are also already planned. Being the FLYin' SHE I am, I've had the routine of meal planning down pat for awhile. Following the plan was a different story this past year. Now I am on track again, thanks to SP, and have good meal plans to rotate so I won't get bored. The recipe calculator has been a great tool.
The weeks leading up to Christmas will be interesting. Clients at the salon show their love by bringing food. Luckily, my clients are aware that I am trying to make wise decisions, and will not give me food as a gift. I can avoid the kitchen area(where all gifts end up, if they are edible) of the salon if I feel tempted. The point is for me to go THROUGH the season in charge of my life and my eating. I am responsible for my own happiness. I will just "BE". I will understand not everyone shares my perspective, and will be tolerant of others.
By the first of December, I should have my goals for the month written down and strategy in place to accomplish them.
This holiday season I want to enjoy the "reason for the season"!
It t'ain't all about the food!

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YOITLE 11/21/2011 8:14PM

    You really sound thoroughly on top of things. You have obviously given this a lot of thought, and that is the key, isn't it? I think if I were in your situation at the salon with that parade of goodies going by, I might keep a stash of exotic edibles that fit with my nutrition tracker. Right now, I carry around a pack of dried BIng cherries with only two servings in it, and tiny packs of almonds for when I am hungry and want to treat myself extra well. It's all programed into my nutrition plan, so I don't blow it.

Why settle for bread and water when you can have toast and tea?
(Courtesy of a box of Celestial Seasonings tea...)

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Every day I learn something new!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Each day as I explore SP, I find new information, I find more support, and I feel more challenged.
Today I found out there is a SparkClass that corresponds to when you join SP... how I missed it I don't know, except that perhaps I didn't need it at the time I joined?
I have really enjoyed looking around the SP site, but it has been a bit jumbled for me. I've been sort of feeling my way around with no spot to have as a center to return to. A homebase, I guess you'd call it.
I have found wonderful SparkTeams that have similar interests. The members all have diferent "time frames" as to when they became part of SP. This allows lots of different perspectives. It creates a beautiful tapestry of success and comraderie... not to mention a vast supply of wisdom, encouragment, and support. The SparkClass is narrowed to people who joined within the same "time frame", so we are all on similar paths in our journey. It gives me a place to touch base that will be consistant. I can see how others are making progress over the same amount of time as I am. I have someplace to be accountable to every day, whether I get to cover a lot of SP ground or not that day.
I think it will give me a sense of stability, too. I am on a journey that is going to take a lifetime...
And I am going to finish it well!
Also today, I walked 2 miles!!! I completed one Leslie Sansone's 2 mile walks. emoticon emoticon I learned I CAN DO IT! I CAN aim for a goal and take babysteps and reach it emoticon
Knowledge is power!

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SLIMLILA 11/20/2011 11:25PM

    Hey, me and Leslie walked 2 miles today too.. It's been quite a while, I forgot how much I liked those walked... I know I didn't find the team for when I joined till quite awhile after I joined either.. there's so much here to find.... always something new and encouraging... emoticon

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Not my usual "Garden" experience ;)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

My BIL was in town visiting his daughters and wanted to see DH and I. His favorite restaurant is Olive Garden. We agreed to meet them all for supper tonight. This could have been a minefield for me, but it wasn't! emoticon
I had saved an SP article about eating out, and OG was mentioned. I re-read the article, and chose what I wanted to eat. I tracked it all before I left the house...
I arrived at the restaurant prepared.
There were 12 of us, and BIL, DH and I had our own waitress. Guess this was because we were the oldest people at the table...LOL! She was very pleasant, and I asked for my small plain salad with low fat Italian dressing on the side. A bowl of pasta fazoli soup was my next course. My entree was the linguini alla marinara, of which I ate half. The breadsticks didn't even appeal to me. Because I knew what I wanted to start with, I knew I could have a glass of blush wine with my entree. I also had a full glass of water. I ate slowly, enjoyed my meal, and fully enjoyed the company! Not a soul made a remark about my food! I left with a full heart and a satisfied stomach...LOL! What a nice experience emoticon
Six months ago I'd have had the whole enchilada... full salad, breadsticks(with a side of alfredo to dip with), whatever alfredo entree struck my fancy, and a killer dessert. I'd have waddled out to the car...
NOT TONIGHT! emoticon
I made wise choices! I was NOT deprived in the least bit! I still enjoyed my meal, but I focused on my family, not the food.
Tonight I give thanks for one small step in the right direction and for one giant leap of Faith that I can continue to be mindful of my eating and my surroundings.

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IMNENA23 11/20/2011 2:46PM

    Isn't SparkPeople wonderful! You are to be commended for re-reading the article and sticking to your plan! Isn't it wonderful to have the tools to make good choices! I'm so proud of you!!!!

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IMREITE 11/19/2011 9:26PM

    a healthy lifestyle involves not feeling deprived and not having to waddle to your car. afterward. that ids what i love about practicing mindful eating- i eat what i enjoy in controlled portions so i don't feel sick afterward.

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