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Beyond the weight: Fifty Pounds and FABULOUS!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

I finally crossed the 50 pound loss mark this week! I have had plenty of ups and downs in my weight over the past year, but the overall trend has been downward. This week I was hell-bent on hitting the 50 pound loss mark, and I surpassed that and am also out of the 250s! My little kickboxer avatar is now kicking the astronaut right in the face on my tracker; I have been patiently watching her creep closer and closer over the past year. I "only" have 45 pounds to lose before I am in Onederland, and 45 pounds seems like a manageable amount to me.

To my shock, I stepped on my scale to see I had lost 8 pounds this week. Because I have had large losses consistently over the past several weeks (I lost 9 pounds in February), I am going to try eating a little more. My appetite has been much more regulated since cutting out wheat and I am eating plenty, but I am going to try adding some extra food after my workouts to see if that slows down the losses a little bit. I definitely don't want to defeat the purpose of my workouts by gobbling up my lean muscle mass for fuel.


Although the focus of this journey has not really been on the scale, I was still happy to cross over the 50 pound loss mark this week. Some of the things I have done that have helped me lose 55 pounds:

emoticon emoticon emoticon Having friends in the right places. My SparkFriends have been an invaluable source of love and support. MUSICALLYMINDED has been my daily source of inspiration, humor, and honesty. I am also fortunate to have supportive, yet non-judgmental, family members and friends.

emoticon Focusing on clean eating and eating mostly whole, fresh, and homemade foods.

emoticon Cutting out wheat to find out if I am sensitive to it. Yeah, the bloating went away and I dropped almost 20 pounds within weeks. I would recommend at least cutting out wheat products on a trial basis to see if that helps if the scale has been stagnant--the signs of wheat sensitivity can be subtle.

emoticon Building up activity gradually--very gradually. Yes, I can now work out for 2-3 hours at a time and it isn't a big deal. It took me well over a year to get to this point, working hard when it's okay and resting when I needed it. Had I tried to do 2 hour martial arts workouts, lifting super heavy weights, and doing high-impact activities like running all at once, my body never would have tolerated it. Listening to my body has been key--when it wanted rest, I gave it rest, and when it wants to go super hard, I bring it.

emoticon emoticon Working out like a bad-ass martial artist. The guys at my gym are my ultimate fitspiration, and they treat me like an athlete. I go to the gym for Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai classes 3-5 days per week and lift weights and/or do a kettlebell workout 3 days a week. I have also started running again.

emoticon Lifting very heavy weights. Powerlifting has made a major difference in my physique and has helped build fat-gobbling muscle. Lifting heavy weights stimulates growth hormone, which I believe is an important hormone involved in healthy weight loss (that's another Nerdrageous Blog! topic).

emoticon Blogging. I am so glad I have been keeping a journal of this journey. It is gratifying to look back on successes as well as setbacks that I have overcome.

emoticon Daring to try new things--even if it means being uncomfortable. I took up the saxophone again and have gotten a lot out of my lessons with my cool teacher Jeff. I also started doing Jiu Jitsu, even though I was terrified at first of being physically able to do it as well as being touched during grappling. Now, needless to say, I'm a little obsessed with Jiu Jitsu and am actually getting good at it.

emoticon emoticon Channeling creative energy. Writing and playing music have helped me take creative approaches to changing my mindset and solving problems.

emoticon Getting organized. I have organized my home and finances and although neither are perfect, being more organized feeds into being healthier.

emoticon Getting enough rest. I have focused on getting more sleep as well as taking a break from exercise when I'm exhausted.

emoticon Meditation. I have not been doing meditation daily, but am making an effort to do more. Meditation has helped increase my body-mind awareness as well as serving as a tool to avoid binges.

emoticon Yoga. I do yoga several times a week, which has been very helpful in increasing my range of motion and decreasing arthritis pain.

emoticon Having a sense of humor. Learning to lighten up about the scale, food, and frustrations has helped me become more patient about weight loss.

emoticon Eat a treat every day. Yep, I eat chocolate every day. I'm not talking about that diet crap, I have a real treat every day, usually a hunk of dark chocolate.

emoticon Drinking water and green tea. I love water, so I have no problem chugging it. I also have 2-4 cups of green tea almost every day.

emoticon Reducing food stress. This is probably #1. I knew I had to majorly change my relationship with food or else I would never keep the weight off even if I were able to lose it. Changing my relationship with food through reflection (writing and meditation) has helped reduce my stress level overall. Food held me captive and was intertwined with every area of my life. Now I have a much more reasonable relationship with food, allowing me to eat healthfully and plentifully without stress.

I am very glad I have been taking progress pictures. Although the scale isn't everything, weight loss is a tangible sign of improvement in my mental health. Here are my first set of progress pictures and some from today (all nice and sweaty from Jiu Jitsu!).



February 2011, at about 295 pounds



March 2012, at 243 pounds (55 pounds down)



February 2011



March 2012



February 2011



March 2012




Thanks for all of your love and support, SparkFriends!





"...ultimately, above all else, I want to be healthy and happy and take exquisite care of myself. A scale can't measure that."
-Tara (1HAPPYWOMAN)

  
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ALLISON145 3/13/2012 10:55PM

    I had the same experience - I dropped 10 pounds in 3 weeks when I gave up gluten, and the de-bloat was amazing. 10 pounds is a ton for me since I'm so close to goal. Good stuff!

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SMILINGTREE 3/13/2012 6:40PM

    I love your list. It brings into focus that there is so much more involved in becoming healthy than "just" nutrition and exercise. Your changes touch on mental health, your physical surroundings, spiritual health (for lack of a better word to describe the meditation/creative endeavors), and stress reduction. Change happens in so many areas when we undertake this journey. Congratulations on your progress so far, and I hope we get to continue sharing in your journey.

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SKYWATCHERRS 3/13/2012 5:01PM

    wooohoooo! work it, girl!

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KKINNEA 3/12/2012 1:12PM

    Woohoo congrats!! Looking fit!

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SEATTLE58 3/12/2012 11:21AM

    I saw that one of my friends had commented on another one of your blogs, so I had to check you out because of the chocolate and peanut butter blog! Mmmm, one of my favorites and yes, we can have it a little at a time! Yay! You did so awesome with your PB & chocolate chunk cookies! It's all about control and I'm 53 years old and still trying to learn about it! I'm going to add you as my friend because we sound so much alike! I have to admit it, I love to eat and it's hard for me to exercise too at times with my Rheumatoid Arthritis. I stop when I hurt as my dr. advised, but I'm getting stronger! You are doing sooo good and what a change in your pictures! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRACYZABELLE 3/12/2012 3:27AM

    You are looking good lady!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 3/10/2012 10:33PM

    CONGRATULATIONS, YOU BAD ASS....JUST AN AMAZING JOB AND THE PICTURES SHOW IT. LOVE THE HAIR CUT. YOU SHOULD BE SO PROUD OF YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS...YOUR SPARKFRIENDS (ME) SURE ARE!
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HIPPICHICK1 3/10/2012 6:02PM

    Congratulations! You've worked hard and you look fabulous!! WooHoo!

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BUBBLEJ1 3/10/2012 5:15PM

    You are awesome! Looking great!

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MAPLECANDY3 3/10/2012 5:14PM

    You look great!!!

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CHAOSTHEORY635 3/10/2012 5:01PM

    I'm not surprised you're seeing such awesome results--your program looks totally solid. And, yeah, wheat is pretty much evil. I dropped it and then realized I DIDN'T have asthma like I thought I did...

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RUNNER12COM 3/10/2012 4:58PM

    Excellent! Love seeing you hit one goal after another!

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SUNFLOWERSAVAGE 3/10/2012 4:54PM

    Erin you are just so awesome! You are looking so strong! emoticon

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APED7969 3/10/2012 4:30PM

    Awesome job! Great to see all the progress you've made mentally and physically :)

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SYZYGY922 3/10/2012 4:16PM

    Wow, great progress! You look stronger and leaner! Congratulations!

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SARAHSTARTSOVER 3/10/2012 2:49PM

    Congraulations!!!!!!!

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DOODIE59 3/10/2012 2:24PM

    Congratulations! And a big thanks for sharing your observations and lessons learned:)
Deirdre

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BEFEARLESSNOW 3/10/2012 1:51PM

    That is so great! You've made amazing strides and should be so proud of yourself!! Keep up the great work! Have a great weekend

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 3/10/2012 12:58PM

    You're doing so great! So proud of you! I love your blog saying all the things you're doing to accomplish your goals! I clicked the "I like this blog" because you do deserve a Most Popular Blog Award. :) I am only 48 lbs away from One-derland, too, and I"m down 53 lbs from my highest of 300 lbs. Hurray! Today I hit the 25 lbs down from the summer when I restarted my Spark journey!

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FANGFACEKITTY 3/10/2012 12:49PM

    emoticon And the number on (or not on) the scale is just the merest smallest part of what you have achieved.

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JILLYBEAN25 3/10/2012 12:46PM

    Woohoo!!! That is major awesome stuff right there! Congrats on the milestone loss and I'll still be cheering the next losses right along with you!

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DARKTHOR 3/10/2012 12:40PM

    Fantastic job!!! Keep putting the same thought and effort into this and the results will keep coming. The scale tells one story, how you feel and what you can do tells another. Keep feeling great!

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SPOONGIRLDEB 3/10/2012 12:00PM

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That is so great! I am sure you will be in ONEderland in no time :-).


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JSALERNO 3/10/2012 11:28AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonYOU'RE DOING FABULOUS. GREAT JOB! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

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The (Belated) Week (and Month) in Review: I haven't been eating my Wheaties...

Thursday, March 08, 2012

...and I feel great. My experiment with cutting out wheat (or at least significantly reducing my consumption of it) seems to be paying off. I feel so much better and have not been bloated and nauseated. I also came across an article that discussed how some people who are sensitive to wheat feel hungry all of the time when eating wheat, and that was certainly the case with me. I always felt ravenous, so no wonder I was having a hard time losing weight.

February was a pretty good month overall. I lost about 9 pounds, most of it within the 2 weeks following cutting out wheat. I will not say that I think wheat itself causes weight gain or that cutting it out is some magic bullet for weight loss, but I am glad that I pinpointed that I am sensitive to it. I was eating healthy foods (whole grain breads like Ezekiel bread, whole wheat pasta, etc.), so it wasn't an issue of eating refined foods. Now my diet is mostly flour-free and brown rice, beans, lentils, oatmeal, raw fruits and veggies, and healthy fats make up the bulk of my diet. I feel satisfied and have had few cravings for junk. Cutting out wheat products seems to have regulated my appetite a bit.

I was pleased with February overall. I worked out a lot, although I didn't follow my wrkout plan exactly. It is good that I have learned to be more flexible with myself. Jiu Jitsu is going well and I feel I am learning new things and improving almost every day. I haven't been doing as much kickboxing, mainly because there aren't many suitable workout partners at my gym now. I have a goal to start doing more kickboxing anyways and just make sure my coach gives me a good workout.

I have been more consistent about strength training and have been following a fairly casual plan of doing a kettlebell workout, and hypertrophy (muscle growth) and/or endurance workout, and Olympic lifts each week. I have been writing the workouts as I go along or doing a suitable DVD. I can see a definite difference in muscle tone over the past month, and I am very pleased with that.

I have started running again and it is going well. I am doing the Jeff Galloway method and will probably follow it permanently. Jeff Galloway advocates running with walk breaks, which is easier on the muscles and joints. So far my knee has tolerated the running.I have been doing 15-30 second running intervals with 1-2 minutes of walking for 15-30 minutes, and I will build up from there. Eventually I will run for 4-5 minutes and walk 30-60 seconds for up to an hour at a time. Jeff Galloway's website is here:

www.jeffgalloway.com/

My goal for March is to follow my workout plan a bit more closely, that is, to get to martial arts classes 3-4 days a week, do my 3 strength/conditioning workouts a week, and run 3 days a week. I should also be better about tracking my food, however, I feel like I have been eating well intuitively, as I was pretty bad about tracking during February yet still lost 9 lbs. I feel like my eating has gotten a lot more reasonable and I stress a lot less about food and wanting to overeat.

Here's to an awesome March!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/9/2012 3:18PM

    I could have written the wheat part. I have wheat belly too and feel so much better when I avoid it.

Congrats on the weight loss!! Good luck with the March goals.

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JENJESS48 3/9/2012 8:55AM

    emoticon Congrats on a great February!

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DDOORN 3/9/2012 8:28AM

    Sounds like you're doing super!

Have you heard of the book "Wheat Belly"...?

http://www.amazon
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alth/dp/1609611543/

Don

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1HAPPYWOMAN 3/9/2012 1:33AM

    Yay! Congratulations on being so balanced. It sounds like you have a great mixture of being focused while being relaxed.... In other words, you're in the zone, my friend.

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CANNIE50 3/8/2012 11:02PM

    Oh, Erin - so much good news here. Yay that you are back to running. Jeff Galloway is such a sensible guy and has really extended so many people's running lives. I gave up "sweets and wheat" for Lent, so I am two weeks in as of yesterday. I am so happy you have such a wonderful return from steering clear of wheat. I have not seen nearly the relief I (and my doctor) had hoped I would. So, after this 40 days, I will venture into the next experiment where I walk away from artifical sweeteners altogether (though I am not eating a lot of them now, but I think I am overly sensitive to them) and cut back on sodium. I find when I go cold turkey on something, even if I do reintroduce it at a later date, I tend to be more aware of it and thus eat less of it. Anyway, enough about me, I am impressed by how well you are doing and I think your plan is very good.

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 3/8/2012 7:09PM

    Just excellent, Erin! I hope March brings you the same success! Sounds like wheat was not a friend! Keep it up... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
P.S. Thanks so much for your valued friendship! emoticon

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JSALERNO 3/8/2012 4:30PM

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EMFRAPPIER 3/8/2012 3:11PM

    emoticon You're doing great!!

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GIANTPANDA 3/8/2012 2:58PM

    emoticon emoticonI like that method of running, too. It sounds like you have a great plan. I'm actually going to take a break from kickboxing soon to run more but will return to it later. I'll also keep up with the types of workouts that I need to keep fit for kickboxing. It is great that you have found a martial arts center that allows you such a range.

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LIOCORO 3/8/2012 2:56PM

    I always admire you people who can get the cut-out-wheats thing to work for them. I tried it for two weeks, it did nothing to me. So yay from my side, I*m glad it works so fine for you :) Feeling better in such a significant way is a nice extra, too :)

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RUNDARCYRUN 3/8/2012 2:26PM

    I can SOOOOOO relate about the wheat/grain products!!! I do NOT do well eating them. They make me feel more hungry, and weightloss gets REALLY heard. Great job working on cutting them out. I know it is hard, but you sound like you are doing great!

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SMILINGTREE 3/8/2012 2:26PM

    Less stress about food = fantastic It seems crazy to me to stress out about food, yet I do it all the time. It's such an odd thing.

Congratulations on your loss. It's nice to read that you are feeling good about where you are with this whole process.

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KKINNEA 3/8/2012 2:24PM

    Nice work!

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Ladies, the trick to staying safe...

Monday, February 27, 2012

I'm such a sucker doing hours of martial arts every week. Turns out that staying safe is much less physically exhausting than I thought!




Image from http://pleated-jeans.com/



Stay safe, ladies!

(Sorry it's kind of hard to read the small print, this was the best picture I could find.)

  
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GEMINIAN1 2/29/2012 1:58PM

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JITZUROE 2/29/2012 12:49PM

    Oooooh thanks!!!

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ALISHAB3 2/28/2012 10:16AM

    Bwa ha ha ha emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/28/2012 9:54AM

    ROFLMBO!!! that'll do it.

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DDOORN 2/28/2012 8:45AM

    Good chuckle, even for us guys! Thx for sharing! :-)

Don

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COLUMBIANQUEEN 2/28/2012 7:46AM

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That might just work!

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COLUMBIANQUEEN 2/28/2012 7:46AM

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That might just work!

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JSALERNO 2/28/2012 5:04AM

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FANGFACEKITTY 2/27/2012 9:37PM

    Not quite as emotionally gratifying as kicking butt and taking names but it'll do. emoticon

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 2/27/2012 8:25PM

    Man! Ain't that the truth!
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SYZYGY922 2/27/2012 8:17PM

    I should use this line with every dude who tries to talk to me at a bus stop.

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CANNIE50 2/27/2012 8:10PM

    yup, that oughta do it emoticon

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NEWBIEBAIT 2/27/2012 8:08PM

    ahah! That's awesome!

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The Week in Review: The Tax Man Cometh

Sunday, February 26, 2012


Well, at least I drank my water this week (picture my friend took yesterday, and then we doctored it up on her iPad).




This week had it's ups and downs. My eating was so-so. I overate greasy food yesterday, but the rest of the week my eating was decent. I just wasn't the best about tracking. Overall it was just a "meh" week--not great, not bad. I sacrificed some exercise time to hang out with friends, but it was worth it to catch up with them.

I found out today that I will owe about $1,000 between my state and federal taxes. It is my fault--I had credit card debt forgiven last year. The $1,000 is still better than the fees and interest that would have continued to accrue on the credit card debt, and I'm in a better position now to deal with the tax money.

After I found out that I was going to have yet another expense that I can't really afford, I wanted comfort food. I scourged my fridge and cupboard and made a very large pot of homemade soup. I added wild rice, lentils, potatoes, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, zucchini, vegetable bouillon, oregano, sage, red pepper, and rosemary. It's kind of hard to mess up soup anyways, but it is very good. Something was very soothing about the very act of making it. I am now convinced that there is nothing that can't be made better by eating a bowl of hot homemade veggie soup.

In any case, I'm happy that my first thought when it came to comfort food was to make something healthy and genuinely satisfying. I couldn't tell you the last time I craved chips and a pound of chocolate candy (a very typical binge for me) when I was stressed. I've noticed that the shift in my overeating has gone from being emotional to being social. I used to binge in private when I was stressed and/or sad. Now I am more prone to overeating in the company of others. Yesterday I went to 2 bars and had too much greasy food. Although that is rare for me, I would still like to avoid overeating a lot of junk. I prefer that I desire to overeat when I am with others and having fun rather than trying to stuff some void, but my skills at restaurants could often stand to improve.

This week my plan is to get back to tracking honestly. I will also be getting in more gym time. But again, just like social eating is more acceptable to me than secret binge eating, there's nothing wrong with ditching the gym to get in some time with friends (although we still went for walks together, so still getting in activity). I never feel guilty about taking time to be around great people.

  
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GEMINIAN1 2/29/2012 1:58PM

    emoticon ... to the soup!
I love lentils.
I had Brown ones today, as a matter of fact.
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I hope that you're having a great week.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/27/2012 3:42PM

    I think time with friends is important too.. And I also love homemade soup. I wish I would eat better than I do but I'm working on it and exercise. Trying to be more consistent.

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KKINNEA 2/27/2012 11:05AM

    Agree on the time with friends. I need to get back to tracking myself - Friday through Sunday was a food blur to me!

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SMILINGTREE 2/27/2012 10:13AM

    Friends and a happy social life make for a mentally healthy person, so yes, skipping a workout to hang out with awesome people (who know how to do very cool things with photos on an iPad) is a good thing.

Your observation about eating at home alone vs. in a group is interesting. I never really thought about it. I tend to overeat in both cases - at home just because, and with friends because it's easier.

Sorry about the taxes, but it's cool that you feel like you are in a better place to handle a financial bump in the road. Have a good week, Erin!

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DDOORN 2/27/2012 9:31AM

    Sounds like yummy soup! I oughta get around to putting some together soon!

Don

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WILSON425 2/27/2012 8:52AM

    Soup is good food. Good for you!

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JSALERNO 2/27/2012 5:02AM

    YEAH YOU WOULD HAVE PAID ALOT MORE IN INTEREST TO CREDIT CARDS.

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 2/27/2012 12:03AM

    Hi Erin!
Wow, a veggie soup comfort food...good for you! Now that is a real lifestyle change...and one that gave me a craving for it, too! Yum! Glad to hear you are out with friends enjoying yourself! You can afford a break from exercise with all you do, especially since this is important, too! And allowing some moderational (did i invent a new word?) indulgence in greasy food is reasonable!
I am wondering if you might like what I now use to track food. I had a crash of my tracker after 3 months and lost everything. I got the "diet minder personal food & fitness journal". It is spiral bound and you put the dates in. It is for an entire year from whatever date you start! You get two pages a day and there is room for all meals and 3 snacks. There is a column for all counts, and areas for vitamins, exercise and notes. You can check it out on Amazon.com. You could even do this one and later enter it in SP when you have time.
Have a great week!
Mary

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SUNFLOWERSAVAGE 2/26/2012 11:41PM

    You need to have some fun too to make this lifestyle work!
I know how you feel about the soup.

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CANNIE50 2/26/2012 11:21PM

    Your comfort food is light years more mature, nutritionally speaking, than my idea of comfort food - though I have certainly come a long ways. I realized that today when my 8 y.o. requested a trip to a bagel shop. I used to go there frequently and would order a bagel with feta cream cheese, a chocolate chip cookie the size of my face, and a hot chocolate. Today? I ordered a mushroom/spinach omelet and brought most of it home. What a difference a year makes. I really like your point about eating in full view of others, rather than in a fevered frenzy while alone. You are indeed in a much healthier place. As far as exercise, I just don't think you need to worry about skipping a workout once in a while because that is all it is - once in a while. You are devoted to fitness and you deserve a break to socialize, for sure.

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Peanut Butter Protein Balls recipe (look if you dare!)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

From Oxygen Magazine. These are almost a little TOO good...in any case, I made them tonight and they were great--ya know, the half a batch I ate. In any case, my plan is have these as pre- or post-workout snacks, so maybe I'll try making them again when I'm not having moontime cravings.


Tiffani Bachus’ Peanut Butter Protein Balls
Ready in 5 minutes • Makes 14 servings

Ingredients:

1/3 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder (I used 2 Tbsp. brown rice protein powder)
3 tbsp ground flaxseed
3 tbsp dark chocolate chips

Instructions:

Mix together all ingredients. Should be the consistency of Play-Doh. Roll into 14 small balls. Refrigerate to firm them up, overnight for best results. Enjoy!

Nutrients per serving (1 ball):
Calories: 84, Total Fats: 5 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Trans Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 3 mg, Sodium: 28 mg, Total Carbohydrates: 8 g, Dietary Fiber: 1 g, Sugars: 6 g, Protein: 4 g, Iron: 0 mg

  
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GEMINIAN1 2/29/2012 1:38PM

    I love all of those ingredients!
Yes, I 100% agree, dangerous around that time.
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DDOORN 2/26/2012 10:19AM

    If it's got peanut butter it's GUARANTEED to be a trigger food for me and most likely uncontrollable to have around...lol!

Don

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LIVINHEALTHY9 2/25/2012 8:28PM

    These sound good! I don't think I would be able to stop eating them either. Yum!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/25/2012 8:22PM

    Sounds tasty.

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PONYFARMER 2/25/2012 8:11PM

    I am sort of afraid to make these, but love the idea. Maybe I will make them once and give it a try.

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 2/25/2012 7:18PM

    Sounds yummy,but I am afraid emoticonI would not be able to stop! emoticonBut emoticon

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CANNIE50 2/25/2012 7:14PM

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JESSICA2140 2/25/2012 2:03PM

    Looks good! Thanks for sharing!

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SCHWINNER! 2/25/2012 1:32PM

    Oooh, I saw these when that issue came out, and I've been wanting to try it! What I just realized is that I recently made something really similar - the only difference was instead of protein powder, the recipe called for shredded coconut. Ohhhh they were heavenly! I'm sure these taste just as good!!!

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EMRANA 2/25/2012 11:37AM

  You only ate half the batch? Good girl! I think I'd have just kept right on going.... *teehee*

Thank goodness I'm allergic to chocolate, 'cause I'd be whipping up some of those. emoticon

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NANCYBOAT 2/25/2012 8:14AM

    OH YUM....

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JSALERNO 2/25/2012 6:45AM

    SOUNDS WONDERFUL

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FITANDFIFTY2 2/25/2012 3:29AM

    Oh those sound awesome! Thank you for sharing the recipe with us! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Spark Friend! emoticon

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SYZYGY922 2/25/2012 3:18AM

    Oooh, I actually have all of these ingredients on hand except the chocolate chips. It actually seems like it would be good without the chocolate chips! Yum!

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APED7969 2/25/2012 3:00AM

    yum! those sound great!

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BEFIT014 2/25/2012 2:49AM

    Hmm..I'll have to try these. I saw the recipe in the mag.

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SUNFLOWERSAVAGE 2/25/2012 2:12AM

    Mmmmm....sound so yummy...I would have a hard time not eating them all too. I am going to try them though!

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