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I fell off the wagon...

Monday, February 21, 2011

I totally fell off the healthy wagon this weekend when I went to spend the weekend with my mom-but it wasn't exactly a surprise. I knew that on Friday i would probably eat fast food after driving 6 hours to Virginia. I knew I as going to have tasty Lucky Oyster fried shrimp on Saturday night, a big 'ol basket of butter popcorn at the movies on Sunday and a Hardee's breakfast this morning before I got on the road to come back to Philly. My friend's mom delivered a box of chocolate covered strawberries that I just HAD to sample (you don't want to know how many I ate)
Even though I planned to go off track-I made myself log every single thing I ate this weekend so that I was honest with myself about how much calories I was consuming and also how much extra I would have to work out this week to make up for it.
Still...it was pretty shocking to actually put those calories down. I averaged around 2200 calories each of those days. Almost immediately I felt like the food had an effect on me. I felt tired and bloated and didn't want to do anything but watch Lifetime movies. I forced myself to go for a 4 mile run on Sunday evening because I didn't want to go back home feeling like a fast food bum. I'm telling you...it was REALLY hard to get myself off the couch. I'm glad I went though...it felt great and mentally I think I'm ready to get back to business this week.

  
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SHAWNEDA 2/22/2011 4:03PM

    You're doing great, you were honest with yourself and exercised while there. It could've been a lot worse.

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REDEYEMOM 2/21/2011 10:04PM

    Don't beat yourself over it. We're all human and we're all going to have days like this. You've fallen? Great! Get up, wipe your tush, and off you go!

When I'm in a similar situation, and I know that I'm going to be bad, I try to have some damage control. For example, a lot of places have their nutritional information online so I look ahead of time and pick what I will eat before I get there. If I'm stuck in a bind, as can happen when traveling, I get the kids meal. If I'm totally off the wagon, I forgive myself and get right back on it.

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DRAGONFLYBETH 2/21/2011 10:02PM

    It's wonderful that you were honest with yourself. I think that is awesome and really helps keep the optimism kicking. We all have our days, and yes, sometimes our weekends. Doesn't mean we can't pick it right back up though. Continued success to you!

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PARODY15 2/21/2011 10:01PM

    Don't worry about this weekend. It is over and you gotta just move forward. Keep working and stay focused! emoticon

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So thats how much sugar is in a can of soda...

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

As part of the office wide "Biggest Loser" campaign a nutritionist from Jefferson University gave a great presentation on healthy eating.
Although a lot of what she said I was already familiar with (SparkPeople articles!) she used examples that were easy to relate to and had props that illustrated what a proper portion size should be as well as how much sugar and fat is in common snacks that we all indulge in from time to time. There are nearly 2 test tubes of sugar in a can of soda. I tell you one thing-I was never a big soda drinker but after seeing how much sugar a regular can of coke has I'm not likely to have one for a long, long time!
It was also helpful when she showed us how much salt the recommended daily intake of 2200 mg really looks like. I was really surprised-my salt intake is WAY more than I though it was even after I have cut it down. I need to find another way to flavor my food...
It was an hour well spent and I'm glad that the office sponsored it!

  
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SHAWNEDA 2/16/2011 1:53PM

    That was uber cool of your office to bring in someone and sponsor a weightloss challenge. Garlic power, onion powder, and the Mrs. Dash and other saltless seasonings are awesome. I can't use salt so I use these exclusively.

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COCOPUFF_79 2/15/2011 9:53PM

    Thanks for the tip! I definitely need to explore the world of seasonings that exists beyond salt and pepper!

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MARELNAT 2/15/2011 9:10PM

    Mrs. Dash has a great array of no-salt seasonings, and you can never go wrong with garlic or onion powder! I try to stock up on any salt free seasonings that I find in health food stores or the regular grocery store. It is really an eye opener when we find out how much salt is in our processed and canned foods!

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Killin' the quinoa...

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Ugh...again I have managed to burn up some of my quinoa in the rice cooker. Less than last time-but I don't want to waste any! I have been using a combination of chicken broth and water (it was really bland when I used only water)...perhaps I'm not using enough water.
I suppose that next time I will try cooking it over the stove-even though the risk of killing my dinner is even greater. In any case what I could salvage was tasty with my beef round stir fry with corn and black beans-yum!

  
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COCOPUFF_79 2/14/2011 12:55PM

    I'm using the 2 to 1 ratio...I think it might be the rice cooker-I think it may be cooking too long. I've had it forever-its probably time to get a new one anyway!

Shawneda-I can't live without my rice cooker! It takes all the guesswork out of over or undercooking the rice.

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RHOADAN 2/14/2011 2:38AM

    What kind of ratio of liquid to quinoa are you using? I've been pretty successful with two to one.

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SHAWNEDA 2/13/2011 11:39PM

    Sounds yummy, I'm still trying to muster up the nerve to do rice in the slow cooker. You're doing great. emoticon

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The scale went down today!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

So late this afternoon I creeped down to the office gym (Club Fed) to do my weekly weigh-in. Usually the number doesn't move up or down (damn Slow Loser!) and I leave disappointed.
Today the scale was down almost over 4 pounds! I have been cranking up the intensity of my workouts (Thanks Enell!) and working harder to lessen my sugar intake. Maybe its working...I'll find out next week in my secret weigh in to see if the weight loss is real or the scale is being mean to me.

  
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SHAWNEDA 2/11/2011 5:18PM

    Amazing great job. emoticon

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ASHLEYVWEST 2/11/2011 8:59AM

  Awesome! Just take the loss and run with it. I've had weeks like that too. Sometimes it takes our bodies a while to figure out what we're doing, and sometimes it responds quickly to drastic change. On the other hand, we should all be changing up our workouts every 6 weeks or so.

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GEOCACHEAZ 2/10/2011 10:50PM

    Good job!! how exciting! I too am trying to cut back on sugar intake. I am at 26 days with no cookies, cake or candy...it is making a difference in my energy levels! emoticon

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MOEE45 2/10/2011 10:32PM

    That is great!!! emoticon

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MTV's "I Used to be Fat"

Monday, February 07, 2011

So I'm watching the latest episode of MTV's "I Used To Be Fat" and this really bothers me. For those who don't know, each episode features an overweight high school senior who spends the summer before college exercising and dieting so they can be skinny(er) when they go off to school. These kids are attempting to lose an obscene amount of weight-like 100 pounds in 80 days!
We know from the dialogue that the kids are working out between 4 to 8(!) hours a day but what they are actually eating during this period is not so clear.
One of the reasons I don't like this show is that it kind of implies to teens that you can undo years of unhealthy habits in 3 months. clearly they can't keep up the kind of exercising and dieting they did to lose the weight and its unclear if they were instructed on developing realistic eating and fitness routines. Hopefully they don't walk away from the show thinking that if they gain the weight back they can just take another 3 month break from real life and lose the weight again. I know from personal experience that the weight never comes off as easily as it did the first time!
I was surprised at how unsupported some of the parents were of their kids efforts to lose the weight-some even going so far as to indirectly sabotage their efforts! I guess if the show does show anything its how important it is for the family as a whole to be healthy and fit.

Ugh...of course I'm going to keep watching the show. I don't really like the 'message' but I have to admit that the kids to look great at the end and I'm really rooting for the kids to keep the weight off and stay committed to being healthy.

  
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COCOPUFF_79 2/10/2011 10:32PM

    Its funny...back in the day people used to complain about the negative influence of the music that MTV played and now I'm sure the television content (Sweet Sixteen, Sixteen and Pregnant, etc) is way more influential than any of those 80's music videos.

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SHAWNEDA 2/8/2011 11:12AM

    Wow, this is an unfortunate thing. I hope someone follows up with them or intervenes but the likelihood of that happening is zero to none. emoticon

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ASHLEYVWEST 2/8/2011 10:09AM

  I've not seen this show, but then again I don't have cable. I lost weight after high school, but it also took me 2 years to loose 20 pounds. Would it really be that hard for MTV to feature teens that are making healthy lifestyle changes to get in shape?

I mean...we've all said it before...What happened to the music video's on MTV? MTV probably still reaches out to more teens than any other age group, so why not take advantage of that to sneak in some legitiamate health advice? When I was "that age" they always did a huge ad campaign to get young voters to VOTE! Why not get them to exercise and learn healthy eating habits?

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