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Step Away From The Buffet......NOT!!!

Monday, October 08, 2012

I ate Chinese buffet this weekend, whoohoo! I ate a lot of Chinese buffet this weekend and ate until I was stuffed.......And you know what? I didn't ruin my healthy eating plan.

Doesn't eating out sound like a great idea, no cooking, no cleanup.....just good food and great conversation. Someone says....."hey, let's do chinese buffet." and everyone else likes that idea.....except you. But you don't want to ruin everybody elses good time so you groan inwardly, put on a big ol' smile and say..."Yeah, that sounds great."

On the way there, you mentally go over what a typical Chinese buffet looks like. Fried rice, fried wantons, sweet and sour chicken.....oh, things look bleak and you just know you're going to absolutely kill your diet today. All that fat and sodium, just thinking about it makes you feel bloated.

As you enter the restaurant, all the scents of stir fried foods hit your nostrils. You begin to sweat....well you could always eat just steamed rice and drink water with lemon and hot tea....Yes, that would work! (Groan)

Suddenly you see a Chinese chef at a large flat top grill. And surrounding this grill are tons of fresh veggies and lean meats. As your hostess seats you and your friends at a table you order lemon water and hot far so good.

As the rest of your table heads for the buffet of fried rice and sweet and sour pork, you meander toward the grill. You look over the sea of veggies and fresh meats and seafood. The chef sees uncertainty in your eyes, but allows you a moment longer to survey the situation. "What would you like today?" He finally asks. "I'm not sure how to do this." You humbly reply. Then you proceed to tell him that you are trying to eat healthier and could these veggies and meats be cooked with minimal oil. You chef just smiles and says. " What would you like for lunch today.

You choose several of your favorite veggies and paper thin sliced chicken, and of course to make it authentic chinese you add some bean sprouts and water chestnuts. The chef ask you if you would like spicy oil, garlic oil or plain oil. You choose spicy.

Now with the utmost care and faster than you can say fried rice, the chef whips up a stir fry that will be the envy of all your friends. Beautifully prepared, wonderfully seasoned, and a plate that is so full, there isn't room for steamed rice.....which you really didn't want anyhow. You tip the chef and return the smile he sends your way as he hands you your lunch. You return to your table with your head held high.

As you sit back down at your table, your friends just stare in amazement. "Are you going to eat ALL that." They inquire. "Aren't you on a diet?" They say almost in unison. "Absolutely, and absolutely." Is your answer as you put the first fork full of this wonderful low fat, high fiber, within your calorie range, stir fry into your mouth... and just smile as you savor each bite.

It is possible to eat Chinese buffet.....or any buffet for that matter if you just make healthy choices. Most Chinese buffets have a chef who will cook your food to order and help you make your healthy choices. Many steak house buffets now have a very nice salad bar. Our local steak house has one of the most awesome salad bars I've ever seen. It's full of mixed baby greens and dozens of fresh veggies from tomatoes to peas. It also has sunflower seeds and other nuts to top your salad with. I always use the large plate for my salads when we go there, because this will be my meal. I don't even look at the hot bar because it's mostly oily, high fat processed foods. Oh, and the price for this steak house buffet for lunch with a big glass of lemon water....$5.49 plus tax. How much is a value meal with a burger, french fries and a drink at a local fast food chain?

See with a little homework it is possible to eat at a buffet and not destroy your diet. Just make sensible choices and yes, sometimes you need to step away from the HOT, TRADITIONAL buffet in order to do that.

Me, step away from the buffet.....Never.

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LINDAKAY228 10/10/2012 11:33AM

    That's awesome! Our local Chinese buffet doesn't have a chef like that. Wish it did. Sounds so delicious. I usually try to avoid buffets because I do tend to go so far overboard. I'll have to wait till I'm out of town and find a buffet like that one!

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STRINGI719 10/10/2012 11:19AM

    I'll have to keep that in mind when we go to our Women's Conference on the 20th. We are going to a buffet afterwards for an early dinner and I was DREADING it!!!

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EATVEGAN 10/8/2012 8:23PM

    Thanks for this great blog reminding us we can eat smarter even at a buffet. Good work! emoticon

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JAKESOMA 10/8/2012 3:54PM

    I love Chinese ans have been avoiding it because i always pig out on all the buffet items. I am going to look and see if there is a chef in the local Chinese and I will follow your lead.
Great blog!

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ANGRITTER 10/8/2012 12:53PM

    Wow! you did really great. I am hoping to be in that siuation soon so I can try out my "control" issues! Easy does it...

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SAILOR64 10/8/2012 12:26PM

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Great job eating out at a chinese buffet. That's what I call eating smarter. Keep up the good work.

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While I was away.....

Friday, October 05, 2012

Well, the past year has been a total disaster. I gained 40 pounds, lost all ambition to succeed and really gave up on myself. I fell into a state of depression, knew it and just didn't care. A few months ago that all changed.

In July of this year I tried out for The Biggest Loser in Philadelphia. I didn't make the show, but found a wonderful group of women who I now call my friends. We all keep in touch online and are planning a reunion next July back in Philly. I had a really busy summer and didn't get the chance to start a new healthy eating plan, I was in Iowa with family and at their mercy for food......but I did the best that I could and after being there for five weeks I didn't lose any weight, but I didn't gain any either.

Now, back to the rest of my story. Just a few weeks ago I started a blog and you can visit if you like. I began a journey that will take me over 2200 miles in the next year. I'm going to walk the entire length of the Appalachian Trail, which is just under 2200 miles but I will be training for the next 9 months in which I will log hundreds of miles. You can watch my progress here in my fitness journal.

Along with the fitness I need to improve my nutrition too. I need to lose about 150 pounds all together, but hope to be down to at least 180 pounds by next June 1. I can leave Mt. Katahdin in Maine on June 1...if the weather cooperates. If not it could be later, but according to what I've read, no sooner. The mountain is closed from October 1 to June 1 due to the weather.

Now, I know that I can lose 100 pounds in 9 months, that's only 11 pounds a month. It's not excessive, the average is 10 pounds or 2.5 pounds a week. It does mean a tremendous amount of commitment. And I can't quit this time. Last year I was working my butt off and not losing weight and I still don't know why. This time if I seem to be struggling I will figure out what is going on and make it work. Nobody said this would be easy.

I will make my BL reunion. Philly isn't too far from the trail and I should be close enough for someone to come pick me up for our first reunion. I should be pretty fit by then, if I leave Maine on June 1, I will have been hiking for about 6 weeks before the reunion. I'm guessing I should be in half way decent shape by then....and a few more pounds lighter.

I know this sounds like a lofty goal, but I have to achieve see, there are others who are planning on hiking with me. I instigated this trip so therefore, I have to be able to make it. It's not just about me, it's about other people too who have set this as a goal for themselves too. So I'm hoping to get support from all of you here too. I know that SP is a great place for support and I know that with all the support from all of my friends and family I can do this.

I'll keep you posted on my progress, and you can follow my blog, which I post on Mondays. Until next time have a wonderful and blessed day.

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DEBBIEG8S 10/7/2012 10:50PM

    Thanks everyone for the kind words and thoughts. emoticon

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JOYCE12356 10/7/2012 7:01PM

    Debbie - Congratulations on setting such an awesome goal. If there is anything I can do to help you here locally...need a push, want someone to hike with on a local trail, just need someone to talk (or vent) to...please let me know! I'm so happy for you. It's wonderful that you made a lot of friends at the BL tryout and that you keep in touch. Have an awesome time on Mt. Katahdin. We were there last June and hiked trails in both the North and South ends of the park. It is absolutely beautiful up there. Just remember to take bug spray! The black flies in June are miserable.

You can do this...and what an inspiration for all of us!
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TXMEMAW6 10/6/2012 7:22PM

    What an awesome goal. I can't imagine walking 2200 miles, but I'm sure you will be able to do it. Good luck to you, and God bless your endeavors!

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STRINGI719 10/5/2012 2:49PM

    You can do this, I know you can!
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ABBEH23 10/5/2012 2:36PM

    Debbie!! I was so happy to see a post from you! It's been a long time!

This weight loss thing is absolutely a struggle. I had a tough summer as well and gained back close to 20 pounds of my 65 lost as well and was extremely disappointed in myself. I'm slowly, but surely getting back on track and working out and making good food choices and tracking everything.

We can do this!! I know we can. Because we're worth it...and we've got a lot of living to do. I know that you can reach your goals. So can I. Let's PROMISE to not give up and to keep moving forward every day.

I'm here for you if you need to talk or need anything. I've made some AWESOME friends on here that give me so much support, I couldn't do it without if you need anything, I'll be there.

WE CAN REACH OUR GOALS! I believe in you! :)

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What's Wrong With Big Business?

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

This blog has absolutely nothing to do with diet, exercise or fitness. It has to do with corporate greed, and I think I may have actually made a difference least I hope I did.

Last week I found a substantial amount of money at a local business which is also a national retailer. I really could have used this money, but I did the right thing and gave it to one of the cashiers along with my name and phone number, just in case someone didn't claim it.

I contacted the store this morning and was told that the money hadn't been claimed yet. So I asked what the company policy was concerning this money and how long would I need to wait before I could claim it if nobody else did. I was told in so many words that the money now belonged to the company and I would never get it back, even if no one claimed it. I almost fell off my chair.

This company, a very large company, was going to put this money into their own pocket if no one stepped forward to claim it. I figure by now, who ever lost it doesn't care or really doesn't know the lost it. Any how, needless to say I was livid.

After several phone calls and emails I was contacted by phone by one of the higher ups in the company. He told me that this had always been company policy, but the company was currently reviewing the policy and changing it, due in part to my persistence in pursuing this matter. I had told one of the people who I was talking to earlier today that I had friends in high places and would go to the media concerning their lost and found policy. I don't know if that's what shook them to change the policy or not but I really hope they make things right.

I must say that everyone who I spoke with on the phone was very professional and polite, even when I was getting VERY frustrated. One young man and I went around and around in circles over ethics and company policy, but couldn't resolve the issue.

I was finally given a reasonable date in which I could claim the money, if no one else has claimed it. And I really hope to meet the people I talked with on the phone. I am grateful that there will be a policy change concerning money that has been found and turned in. It might help someone in the future.

It's nice to know that with some persistence and a little knowledge little people like me can make a difference. If I hadn't pushed this issue and worked up the "food chain" nothing would have happened and the policy would have stayed the way it always was, even if it was wrong.

If you believe that you have been wronged, just take a deep breath, keep calm and stay persistent. This isn't the first time I've taken on bigger fish. I took on the State of Iowa once, and a major utility company. I didn't hire a lawyer and I wasn't looking for monetary gain. All I wanted to do was get some things changed, which were wrong....and I did it. Never back down if you think you're right, just make sure you do your home work and keep track of names, dates, times and emails.

Okay, I done with my rant and I feel better. I hope each and every one of you who read this always remembers that if you don't stand up for what's right, the world will only become more corrupt. And not doing anything is worse than trying and failing.

Hugs to all of you,

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JOYCE12356 11/8/2011 4:26PM

    Good for you!

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DEELIN1960 11/4/2011 1:10AM

    Good for you Debbie!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 11/3/2011 3:24PM

    emoticon That is awesome Debbie! More people should stand up for what is right. emoticon

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TDWANDD2MYK9 11/3/2011 6:15AM

    GOOD FOR YOU! I have a fight on my hands at the moment, but it pains me that so many people give in because of the length of time it takes! and to some extent costs!! emoticon

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HONBAD 11/2/2011 11:10PM

    Good for you for doing the right thing!

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Toddlers and Mountains

Friday, October 21, 2011

Okay, I've been in a slump for almost a week now. Once I injured my knee and couldn't work out the way I wanted I just got depressed and sort of got the attitude of... is it really worth it.

I did change my caloric intake to reflect my lack of exercise, so something inside of me wanted to keep on track, although I'm not sure where it came from. Most of the time I have just been in this depressed, who cares, I don't want to do this anymore.....SLUMP!! And I hate it.

By nature I am a happy go lucky person who usually lets the chips fall where they may and then deals with it. But this time it hit me like a ton of bricks and it has taken all the strength I have to crawl out from under them.

I logged into SP everyday, except for a few days when we were having problems with the phone line and I couldn't get online. I logged in and logged my food and that was about it. I didn't want everyone to know that I had least in my eyes I had failed.

I think one of the reasons that I felt like I had failed was because I kept setting these goals, like, 90 minutes a day of exercise or 2700 minutes a month. Last month I got the flu and didn't make my goal....this month I blew my knee out and wont make the goal. I also signed up for the SP virtual 5k at the end of this month, I won't be reaching that goal either. Now don't get me wrong, setting goals is a great thing and I encourage people to set goals for themselves, but I have now missed EVERY goal I have set and that bothers me....a lot.

Lose 2 pounds a week...Check.....Missed
SP Bootcamp...Check.....Missed (fat people with bad knees can't do them.)
90 minutes exercise a day for 30 days......Check.....Missed
Virtual 5k.....Check.....Missed

And I could probably remember more, but you get the point. The hardest thing to remember is, missing the marks on each of these goals was through no fault of my own, but circumstances and life showed up and I just missed them.

I feel like the kid who never hit the ball when he swings, so now he really doesn't try,

when I should feel like the toddler who just keeps getting up every time he falls on his butt.

We all fail. We all miss the mark sometimes, some of us more than others.

I need to teach myself to be more like a toddler, even if I get hurt sometimes, I need to just get back up and try again. We were all toddlers once. Can you imagine what the world would be like if we never learned to walk simply because we gave up after the first few tries.

I have tried to lose weight several times, but only made a half hearted attempt or chose a diet plan that was impossible to stick to. This time I will succeed, no matter how long it takes or what setbacks hit me in the face. I have friends here who support and care about me, as I hope I do with them. I have a husband who is supportive and a kitten who loves to help me type these blogs.

I have a lot of good things going for me and need to focus on them, not on the negative. The negative will only drag me deeper into this black hole, and that is not where I want to be. I want to be on the top of the mountain seeing all the world in its beauty and wonder ,

not in the valley looking up wondering what the weather is like up there and believing that I will never know.

Today I choose to restart my journey back up the mountain, I sat down and took a short break, but now it's time to move on. I will never see the wonder of it all if I never reach the top. I can set all the little goals I want, and if I miss them that's long as I keep my eye on the ultimate prize.

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DZFIT4LIFE 10/24/2011 8:30PM

    You are so inspiring!!! Love your outlook and determination. Here's to us both not letting unfavorable circumstances make us ungrateful and bitter! (today I wanted to show the latter let me tell ya!)

Like you said, we need to focus on the positive to help us. Ugh!! lol

Anyway, I do love this blog!! You're AWESOME!!! :)

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JOYCE12356 10/23/2011 12:10PM

    I have the same problem with goals. I'm trying to figure out how to change my mindset from one of failure to one of success. Such as OK, you didn't make the entire goal, but how many things did you do successfully to get as far as you did? Reset the goal and let go of the past. Build on the accomplishments you did make.

All things easier said than done. This is why I treasure all my friends who understand what I am going through and are there for me at these times.

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DONNACFIT 10/23/2011 12:26AM

    Hi..thanks for adding me as a friend..I added you right back :) Glad you enjoyed my blogs...this weight loss journey is like 2 steps forward and one step back for most of the moment I'm waiting to get back down to 195 cuz I don't want to raise my tracker up :( Happens to us all.

I liked what I read on one blog about losing weight being like mowing grass..when it's really tall and you have to go back and forth :) sometime a couple times to get it all mowed :)

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 10/21/2011 5:37PM

    emoticon Hang in there. emoticon

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STRINGI719 10/21/2011 5:18PM

    I know that everyone is different, and what works for one person may not work for another, but I have never worked out 90 minutes every day.... I don't work out for 90 minutes, and I don't work out every day. I usually get 20-60 minutes, about 4-5 days of the week. That may not be enough for other people, but it works for me. I think some people get burnt out trying to do too much, and I think some people actually overtrain and it hurts their weight loss efforts. This has to be something I can incorporate into my daily life and continue to do FOREVER, so I just can't commit to long sessions or to getting it done every single day. Life has a tendency to get in the way! :)
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Catering Success

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Well, the catering job was a huge success. The food was absolutely wonderful and the people were fabulous too. So far we have booked 2 more jobs and are hoping to get more in the near future.

I can honestly say that I am not used to standing for hours at a time anymore, and when I fell into bed that night I just hurt all over. We spent hours chopping veggies and fresh herbs for the dishes that we prepared. Then stood at the event to serve the poor feet were so sore.

The good news is, I didn't gain any weight during this whole affair, I didn't lose any weight, but I didn't gain any either, even after sampling the pie and cake. (I had to do a quality check on the product! emoticon)

I am learning a lot about using fresh herbs from my friend, he uses herbs in ways and mixtures that I never would have thought of. And the presentation of the food was absolutely beautiful with all the colors from the herbs.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day and an even better tomorrow.


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1CRAZYDOG 10/15/2011 10:19AM

    Wow! Job well done!! Do you need a freelance quality control tester?? LOL Bet you'd get a lot of bites on that (no pun intended). emoticon

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DZFIT4LIFE 10/15/2011 9:59AM

    emoticon congrats on a job well done! emoticon

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MYRUN4THEROSES 10/15/2011 9:26AM

    Wow! That sounds wonderful! I'm going to have to start slowing down when I cook and take the time to chop and mince fresh produce. I've never enjoyed cooking to much so I'm always in a hurry to get it done. Sounds like you might be embarking on a new career as your friends culinary side kick!!! Awesome! And the standing and walking and all that ......great for your body!

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