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Time to pull myself up by those boot straps!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Well, I just learned that I am not as good at handling a stressful week as I thought I was. This week at work, I was given the task of training two new employees. Not a particularly daunting task, but one that interrupted my normal routine just the same. I did well with my usual eating routine with the exception of breakfast. As the week went on. I was putting off eating my breakfast longer and longer. I usually eat at 9 a.m.
This week, it got later and later, until on Friday I skipped it altogether. It all went down-hill from there. For lunch, I decided to get a turkey wrap from D'Angelo's. Since I hadn't had breakfast, I thought I could have cheese on it. Well, I was in such a rush, I didn't check the nutritional value until AFTER I ate it.
560 calories and 20 fat grams!!!! emoticon
Of course, since I hadn't had breakfast, I also added a side salad with light honey mustard dressing,
Later, for a snack, I had a cream of chicken Cup-a-Soup. emoticon
Well, I figured I had blown it, so for supper, we sent to our favorite Chinese restaurant. Who knew that veggies with chicken and scallops could pack so many calories and fat grams! Ugh!
On top of that, My In-laws took us out for lunch today (Saturday) to a Chinese buffet!
So, here it is, 4 p.m. and I've already gone over my calorie count for the day (again). Well, clearly, I won't make it through the night without something, so here's the plan:
emoticonA two to three mile walk with Leslie Sansone. I really like her videos, and I don't have to go farther than my living room!
emoticonSalad for supper. No dressing, but maybe a little plain tuna.
emoticonLOTS of water!

. . . . I'll let you know how I make out. emoticon emoticon

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DEANA1003 5/1/2012 3:38PM

    It was a while ago, but somehow I keep finding myself down there needing to pull myself back up! emoticon

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EJENKINSB 5/1/2012 9:09AM

    I know this was a while ago, but I hope it worked out! May will be a better month for you! emoticon

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Motivation: What it means to me.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

I'm 50 years old. There, I said it. I have been "dieting" since I was 12.
Do you know how they say that you get wiser as you get older? Well, it's true.
When I was younger, in my teens, I was trying to lose weight to be "cool" or be able to wear the latest fashion trends. At that point in life, dieting was a chore. I didn't really care about nutrition, I just wanted to be cool and look good.
Then, in my twenties, well, let's just say I was trying to be someone my spouse thought I should be. I had my two daughters and never thought I was thin enough. Back then, the acid wash jeans were in style, and I actually was able to fit into a pair that looked good. More on that later.
I was divorced in my late twenties, and remarried at 30 to a wonderful guy who thought I was beautiful. (Me?!?) I had my son at 33 and the love handles slowly spread, along with my husband's.
For the next ten years, we dieted on and off, trying several different methods, where I was always the primary food prep person. My husband's mind set was "Tell me what to eat and I'll eat it." That left me with all the food prep during those times, and quite a bit of resentment, since all I did was deal with food. Not an easy task when trying to LOSE weight!
That's when, at 180 pounds, I decided to stop dieting. I would always be fat, and that was all there was to it. I didn't pay attention to my weight for about four years, even when my daughter got married. I made my dress for her wedding because I couldn't find anything in the bridal shops that fit properly.
In January of 2012, Shape Up Rhode Island was gearing up for their Spring session. Twelve weeks where you wear a pedometer and choose which categories to compete in: Daily steps, weight Loss, exercise minutes and number of fruits and veggies eaten per day. This year, A local hospital is also performing a research study on weight loss and maintenance that lasts 12 months. My doctor has been suggesting that I lose weight for health reasons, and I decided to do the screening to see if I qualified. I did. Their method of weight loss was counting calories and fat grams. That's all. I never tried that one! I always thought that counting calories would be too tedious, but I've found that it is the easiest, least restricting way to diet. Go figure.
During one of those sessions is where I learned about SparkPeople. I decided that, since motivation was always a problem for me, I needed to find ways around those bumps in the road. SparkPeople is that 'way' for me. I am here every day, and when I find myself losing steam, I turn to the motivational pages and it boosts me right back up! I no longer worry about what my husband is eating, because I can't control him, I can only control what I do. (Epiphany #1) While I do plan out meals, I no longer spend every waking moment worrying about food like I used to (Epiphany #2).
So, thirteen pounds in the first month and I'm still on that motivated high. I will be healthier and happier in my later years!
Oh, and by the way, those acid washed jeans from the 80's? When my oldest daughter was twelve, she put them on and could just about zip them up. I couldn't believe that when I was wearing them at twenty-seven, I still thought I was fat! I threw them out the next day. emoticon emoticon


Planning is the key!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

emoticon Up until now, I have been doing great all week, then the weekend comes. I find it very easy to follow my menu plan all week, but on the weekends, I have been keeping my planner blank, because i don't know what we might be doing. This has been my stumbling block. I have decided to plan my menu for the weekend as well, and if I am not home, I will try to eat as closely as I can to my plan. I'll try this for a couple of weeks and see how that works out. In the meantime, I would love to hear from you about how you handle this kind of situation.
Until next time! emoticon

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JANIE171 4/5/2012 10:24AM

  Hi Dee,

I think you have the situation assessed perfectly. Planning is the key to successful calorie counting. Otherwise, as was mentioned in last night's class, too many additional, unrecorded calories can creep up and alter the daily goal. Remember that you are human, that your weight loss to date has been steady and impressive, and that the human body, even without 'bad' days, exhibits fluctuations on the scale. Your dedication and commitment to yourself has been wholly an inspiration to me and I'd like to see you being gentle with yourself.

Have a wonderful week and I wish you a very Happy Easter!!!


Jane emoticon

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It's all in the choices!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Yesterday, we celebrated my son's birthday. He wanted to go to a movie and then to a sushi restaurant. I was nervous about the meal. Turns out, I have more self control than I thought!
My husband bought the popcorn, as usual at the theater. I got a diet soda. When the movie started, I decided to have a few kernels of popcorn. This is what I did: I took ONE kernel. I really tested it after I put it in my mouth, chewed it slowly and enjoyed it. All together, I think I had about a cup of popcorn throughout the show.
When we got to the restaurant, I picked a chicken stir fry on fresh raw vegetables and stir-fried bok choy. I did go for the fried rice instead of the steamed rice I planned to get. emoticon
I had about a half cup of the rice. I was very surprised when I felt full!
I brought home most of the chicken, rice and bok choy. When I entered it into my nutrition tracker, even with the angel food cake, strawberries and cool whip for the birthday boy, I still didn't go over my daily allowances of calories or fat grams! emoticon

Bottom line: I am better than I give myself credit for!! emoticon

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DEANA1003 2/20/2012 5:16PM

    Thanks, Joe! It's also nice to realize that being "present" for those two bites of cake makes all the difference in the world!

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FLORIDAJOE1 2/20/2012 10:54AM

    Way to go! AND way to prove that SparkPeople don't have to give up everything all the time - just some things some of the time. I had a similar experience yesterday at lunch with friends over. My wife made her favorite 900 cal/slice chocolate cake. I ate two bites and stopped. It was good and satisfying. (My son - the human landfill - finished off the piece for me).
Keep up the good work and God bless you on your journey to healthy living.

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MOLLYSARAN 2/20/2012 10:51AM

    emoticon we don't have to give up everything we just have to make smart choices ! keep it up & you will be achieving all you goals soon ! emoticon

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Week One:

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Hello, everyone. Week one was good. I realized that I could "diet" and have foods I enjoy also. Last night, my husband and I went to Panera Bread for supper. I had the Pick Two with a cup of lowfat chicken noodle soup ( good for the cold I have) and half of my FAVORITE sandwich, the Bacon Turkey Bravo. All for 480 calories and 15 grams of fat. I chose the apple as my side item, and added only 55 calories. Yummy and satisfying! The program that I'm on has me weighing myself every morning. Since Monday morning, I am down 5.1 lbs. That's a great start, but I know it won't always come off that fast. I'm still feeling good about this eating program, and I am keeping my motivation high!


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