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Okay Okay....enough is enough!

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Wow, I got on the scale this morning and gained 14 pounds in the last 3 weeks.....that's just insane....the old me has creeped back in. I'm going to change my weight tracker and my trophy so I won't stay in denial and do something about this disaster!
Tracking my food is hard for me but it's also the only thing that works for me....so I'm going to have to suck up and just do it.
3 weeks ago I was put on abilify so I guess that's not helping but I'm doing the calorie loading so it's time to take some responsibility.
All help and encouragement is most welcome.

Peace, Kate
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ILSAWING 7/2/2011 4:57PM

    I totally understand the bit about tracking. I'm being almost militant with my tracking of food and exercise, because when I don't track I gain. You're right that you'll have to just do it. And I know you can do it! One of the best things about the Spark community is the support and encouragement. You're definitely in the right place.


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JENNY712 7/2/2011 11:41AM

    I have had the same kind of battle! Something that is helping me is that I have posted on my refrigerator, my front, side and back profile. It is a appetite depressant. Its working! I was so worry about people seeing it on the refrigerator until my daughter gave me her little bit of wisdom. Mom, every one else know how you look on all sides. emoticonJenny emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PARKERB2 7/2/2011 8:33AM

    I'm also on medication and I will gain and lose the same 5 or so lbs. But I've go to get tough too and lose some by September when I go to the beach. I would like to be at least 10 lbs lighter. We can do it.

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Winter Fat starts in the Fall

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I've been thinking a lot about the term Winter Fat. I can feel it starting to creep into my life. It's different then Holiday Fat.
For me, especially since I've lost a lot of fat this year, my body has been cold now that summer is gone. Also, the desire for cold salads is no longer with me. I've been craving stews and soups (thick of course).
There are a number of reasons why winter weight happens one of the largest factors is genetic. We have a tendency to begin storing fat as winter draws near; this is something common to most animals and is meant to help us survive the winter. Unfortunately this was okay for our physically laborious ancestors, but the computer generations have a problem. Our bodies are programmed to crave more food as the temperatures drop. We also tend to crave heavier foods as the winter comes.
Hormonal fluctuations are also a factor in winter weight gain. Hormones and other neurotransmitters have an effect on our appetites. In fact, overweight people often have a deficiency of certain neurotransmitters and hormonal imbalances. Depression brought about by seasonal affective disorder can also influence eating. I've always self medicated against this condition with food, especially high carbohydrate choices. This seasonal depression can lead to overeating, which leads to a self-sustaining cycle of overeating and winter weight gain which can be difficult to overcome.

There are physiological and cultural reasons why we tend to consume higher quantities of high carb, high fat foods in the winter. These foods are a big part of winter weight gain. The best way to counteract this winter weight gain is to eat the high carb foods we crave, but being careful to choose low fat ones, such as fresh fruit, brown rice and wholegrain bread.
And not to minimize Holiday fat.....In a short 12 week period we have at least 3 huge eating Holidays and parties and the sugar and white flour are are in a race as to who can outsell the other...oh and don't forget the butter! Yikes

So, I am going to commit today to take control and make healthy choices and go back to tracking what I eat on Spark. I want this to be the second year in a row that I don't have a winter weight gain...Anyone care to join me?

Love to all,
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INTERSTATEVERSE 10/23/2010 9:07AM

    I'm with you all the way! I totally can relate to what you're saying, as I sit here in my winter coat in my house, because I refuse to turn the heat on before November. I've also been craving warm comfort food, and it has got to stop! Here's to continued healthy eating through the winter!

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PSMITH3841 10/22/2010 12:30AM

    I never thought about it, your right... heavier foods+less activity= Winter Weight Gain...we should make this a Winter Weight Slimdown! Great idea!

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HIPPICHICK1 10/21/2010 9:53AM

    I haven't dropped any weight since Sept 1 so yeah...
My goal is to drop 2 lbs each month as per my doctor's request. I'm a little behind schedule. I'd like to drop 8 lbs by year's end!

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LUVDOGZ 10/21/2010 8:50AM

    Very interesting and makes sense! I'm right there with you as well! Let's rock this fall/winter!

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RIDLEYRIDER 10/21/2010 8:24AM

  I'm there with you! The colder it gets, and the shorter the days get here in northern New England, the more I want to curl up, stay warm, and eat!
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Learning to eat healthy after all these years....

Monday, August 23, 2010

By cruising around the internet this morning, I found this great site by The Harvard School of Public Health:

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsou
rce/index.html

They also have recipes and I thought the one below sounded really good.

Spicy Chicken Kebabs
This chicken kebab recipe mixes common pantry spices with citrus to develop a zesty marinade. Skewering grapes with the chicken is another way to build flavor without adding salt. One kebab makes a great appetizer, or serve two kebabs on a green salad for a delicious, healthful meal.

* 2 garlic cloves, sliced
* Pinch of salt
* Black pepper, to taste
* 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
* teaspoon paprika
* teaspoon cumin seed
* teaspoon dried thyme
* teaspoon crushed red pepper
* 1 teaspoon curry powder
* 3 tablespoons canola oil
* 1 tablespoon lemon juice
* 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
* teaspoon salt
* 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
* 30 flame seedless grapes

In a mortar, pound the garlic with a pinch of salt to make a paste.

In a dry skillet, heat the coriander seeds, paprika, cumin seeds, thyme, crushed red pepper, and curry powder until hot and aromatic, 30 seconds. Remove from pan and put the mixture into a spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Grind to make a fine powder.

In a bowl, combine the garlic, spices, canola oil, lemon juice, parsley, teaspoon salt, pepper, and chicken cubes. Toss well to coat completely and let marinate several hours, mixing occasionally.

Skewer the chicken and grapes and grill until chicken is cooked through.

Nutrition analysis for 1 skewer:

Calories: 90⁄ Protein: 9 g ⁄ Carbohydrate: 3 g ⁄ Fiber: 0 g ⁄ Sodium: 180 mg
Saturated fat: 1 g ⁄ Polyunsaturated fat: 1 g ⁄ Monounsaturated fat: 2 g
Trans fat: 0 g ⁄ Cholesterol: 25 mg

I hope everyone has a happy healthy eating week!

Love, Kate
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BONNIEELLEN571 8/24/2010 8:58AM

    Super yummy! I'll definitely try them. emoticon

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PSMITH3841 8/23/2010 2:25PM

    Sounds yummy, Thanks! emoticon

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SUZIEGREY 8/23/2010 5:23AM

    That sounds great. I'm a veggie so will try with tofu or quorn. Thanks for sharing this.

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45ANDFIT1 8/23/2010 5:01AM

    The kebabs sound great!

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Sleep and Weight Loss

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I never knew this....lack of sleep can actually sabotage weight loss...where did I learn this? A Spark People article , of course!
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http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/well
ness_articles.asp?id=129

The reason I was cruising for this is because lately I have been sleeping lousy and I actually am hungry all the time. So it seems it's not all "in my head"
So, my goal for this week is to actually figure out why I am waking up at 3 or 4 every morning.

I'm open to any and all suggestions. Isn't Spark People an amazing site. I'm so grateful to everyone here.

Here's to a good nights sleep.

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NORASPAT 8/17/2010 2:32PM

    I have slept poorly for years but i am rarely very tired. I used to have about 5-6 hours sleep on a good night. It never bothered me till i read that Spark article. I looked up many things and remembered I had heard my grand daughter needs to take melatonin to help her sleep.
I went out and bought it and I am sleeping so much better. I stop watching TV or computing by 10pm and then i have my -go to- bedtime snack 1 ounce of Aged Cheddar Cheese and a cup of warm milk and I usually sleep right through till 7am.

8 hours of sleep. If I do wake up I take my blood sugar and then go back to bed.The protein snack helps keep my BS down

I did ask my physician if he would recommend this he said it was worth a try and checked for med interactions. With his go ahead I have been sleeping well for quite a few months now.Pat in Maine.

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LUNADRAGON 8/17/2010 1:53PM

    Hmm, I wake in pain in the middle of the night, or I wake needing fuel (a few wheat crackers with peanut butter, and a small glass of milk do it - I add it to my breakfast when I log), or have to go to the bathroom.
Sleep is my big problem right now too.
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JMAGEE8871 8/17/2010 12:35PM

    Sorry, I don't have the answer to help you sleep, but I hope you find it soon. I know I always feel better after a full night's sleep.

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PSMITH3841 8/17/2010 11:38AM

    I really don't have much problem getting to sleep and I usually sleep well, but I do have a problem with waking during the night to run to the bathroom....I do believe that's because I'm drinking much more water now...I'm getting pretty good at not drinking anything after 9 (this reminds me of potty training the kids) and that will get me to about 5-5:30...I don't have any trouble getting back to sleep, but sleep interrupted makes for a tougher wake-up when the alarm goes off! emoticon

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INTERSTATEVERSE 8/17/2010 5:48AM

    You're right Kate. I also have trouble sleeping often. You need rest to be able to function well and lose weight. I'll check out the article, thanks for posting. Hope you're doing well otherwise.

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100 pounds

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Sorry I haven't been Sparking, but I was back in the Hospital....My back surgery was only somewhat successful...Aw well, I know I have to learn to live with the pain. However, today is 100 pounds lost. I'm so happy and realistically my ankles and knees are now pain free, so that's great.

I wish everyone the best!

Kate

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LUNADRAGON 8/17/2010 1:55PM

    Awesome 100 lbs gone!!!!!! Woo hoo! Keep on healing that back of yours! You are wonderful!
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NETINETI 8/10/2010 2:20PM

    AWESOME ACCOMPLISHMENT! 100 LBS GONE! YOUR PAIN IS LESS AND IT WILL GO AWAY EVENTUALLY TOO!
WELL DONE!
SERA
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INTERSTATEVERSE 8/9/2010 4:16PM

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MSILVER94 8/9/2010 12:54PM

    WOW!!!!!! CONGRATS!!!! Thanks for the blog!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CLARISSA1980 8/8/2010 1:03PM

    Congratulations on losing 100Lbs....Way To Goooooo!!!
Also....MANY "Get Well Wishes" for you as you recover from having back surgery..!!!!
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SEYMOORE 8/8/2010 9:45AM

    WOW, congratulations on 100 pounds lost!!! You go girl!!
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HEALTHYASHLEY 8/8/2010 9:34AM

    That is awesome! Congratulations!

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EVLOBOS310 8/8/2010 9:28AM

    I hope your back heals quickly! emoticon
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MSHUFFNPUFFN 8/8/2010 5:13AM

    Yay!! Congratulation!! Great Job!! Hope the back pain eases for you soon. Blessings to you!!

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ANDIEJZ 8/7/2010 11:34PM

  Yay! 100 lbs gone! Wishing you a quick recovery on your back surgery! You'll be in my prayers!

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KARLYNCANDOIT 8/7/2010 11:06PM

    emoticon Great job!! You have a lot to be happy about!!

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TEENY_BIKINI 8/7/2010 11:04PM

    THAT IS AMAZINGNESS. YOU ROCK!!

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PSMITH3841 8/5/2010 9:30PM

   
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PERFECTVELVET 8/5/2010 3:56PM

    Sorry for the back issues -- but sooo happy for you on the 100 pounds lost! That is fantastic and you earned it!

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CAZZY518 8/5/2010 2:57PM

    That is truly awesome!

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SCORPIO1026 8/5/2010 2:47PM

    Wow, your accomplishment is absolutely incredible!!! You should be so proud of yourself! Thank you for sharing and be sure to do something special for yourself!!

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PRETTYGIRL315 8/5/2010 2:39PM

    Congrats on 100 pounds GONE! Such an inspiration!
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LIVINGONAPRAYER 8/5/2010 2:28PM

  Congratulations on your well deserved success. 5 Turkeys, I'm glad you are not carrying those around anymore! Awesome!

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SLIMKATIE 8/5/2010 2:27PM

    That's FANTASTIC (about the 100 mark, not your back)!! You should feel SO proud!

I'm so sorry that your surgery wasn't as successful as you'd hoped. I hope your back feels better very soon!

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