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Today It Was Brownies

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Today it was brownies!

I thought to myself… the brownie would taste good, but the sensation will be short lived. I will be hungry again. I might even experience a crash after having the sugar.

I ate my yogurt parfait instead. It also tasted very good!

I’m learning the difference between Wants and Needs.

I wanted the brownie.
I needed something nutritious.

I want to eat anything and everything.
I need to plan ahead to avoid mindless / emotional eating.

I want the support of my friends.
I need to believe in myself.

I want to be thin.
I need to be healthy, strong in body and mind.

I want to be liked.
I need to be loved (including loving myself).

  
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THEATERCHICK18 2/25/2010 10:06PM

    nice realizations! you are on your way. I feel the same way a lot of times, hit highs and lows, soon enough the highs take over and you feel so much better ( even in low times) I am currently creeping upwards from a downward emotional time- but thanks to exercise and healthy eating its so much easier to handle. keep up the great work and you will surely see your successes, goals reached and so much more!!

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JFROGDIVA 2/25/2010 9:25PM

    WOW!!!! What insight.............definitely an AHA moment!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!
Hugzz ~ Froggie emoticon

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MOV4WARD 2/25/2010 4:27PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonNow you're talking! Woot!

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P316LEIA 2/25/2010 10:26AM

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my yesterday was a peanut butter cup....really wanted one, but the cafe didn't have any......then someone left me a mini one on my desk. It was enough to take away that craving without going overboard during my frustration.

Thanks for sharing this blog....and giving me more willpower to get over this plateau I'm on.

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Love, Kimi

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POSITIVELY_EB 2/25/2010 9:42AM

    You DID it! emoticon

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COUNTRYLADY26 2/25/2010 8:44AM

    i understand too. with the food its truly a matter of will power

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NEEDSHELP4EVER 2/25/2010 7:15AM

    Love this blog Dee, I can certainly understand what you are saying

Well done on winning today emoticon emoticon

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Cake vs. Yogurt

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

I packed a healthy snack this morning and a good lunch. When I got to work, a co-worker had brought in cake to celebrate finding out she's having a baby girl.

I ate a small piece of cake. I think we can all agree... I shouldn't have eaten the cake. I did though and I'm not going to beat myself up over it.


Here's my question...
Do I still eat my healthy snack as planned or does the cake take the place of my snack?

My healthy snack was an 80 calorie Pineapple and Coconut Yogurt (new flavor) which I turned into a parfait by adding blueberries, walnuts, and granola. It came to about 200 calories.


What did I do?
Ate them both. I think it was the right decision (for me anyways).
1. Blueberries and walnuts are brain food. My mother has Alzheimer's and I want to do all I can to avoid the same fate.
2. The cake gave me no energy. After eating the yogurt parfait, I felt wonderful.
3. Yogurt is a good source of calcium.

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MOV4WARD 2/24/2010 10:07PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonworks for me too... it's ok to have treats, it's ok to vary calorie ranges... ultimately, you can't do too much or you gain... there's a point you have to find that works for you :)

for me personally, i have to anchor carbs with protein/healthy fats for blood sugar reasons, so i've been having nuts or peanut butter with my cakes ;) thinking yogurt works fine too :)

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NEEDSHELP4EVER 2/24/2010 3:48AM

    Dee, Beverly is right, it is what you think

What I want to know is when did this trend for taking cakes in for every little thing? Anyone you speak to doesn't really want the temptation so why not break the trend when it is your turn and take a fruit basket in? Trouble is that is a lot more expensive BUT not in terms of your health...I bet they would all love that and you may start a new trend

See you in the park at lunch-time and we will walk it off

hugs
sue

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MIRANDADENISE 2/24/2010 1:57AM

    I have been reading that eating the "sugar" can give you cravings for all the wrong foods. Personally, once I have something with sugar or wheat, I can't seem to stop, so I try not to have it.

I liked what NoExcuses had to say about it though. She is right, it isn't what we think, but what you think. You know best of all about you and your body!

MiRanda

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POSITIVELY_EB 2/23/2010 11:46PM

    It doesn't make any difference what WE think! It's what you think and do! If you are happy with the results of your choices - that's all that matters!
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KELLYC_14FAN 2/23/2010 6:51PM

    For me personally, I think it was okay that you ate the cake....Every person is different though. The way I am losing weight is to let myself have treats in moderation. I don't go crazy with things, but I have small pieces of cake at parties, a few bites of chocolate or a small scoop of ice cream sometimes.

However I am not saying that is the way it should be, I know a lot of people who have to completely stay away from that stuff. Like I can't have chips in the house or I will eat the whole bag, lol.

I am so wordy, lol. Basically what I am trying to say is good for you for not beating yourself up over it!

Your healthy snack sounded delicious!

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JAMIEK927 2/23/2010 6:16PM

    OK you are right you should have forgone the cake....so keep moving forward.

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Changing My Ways

Monday, February 22, 2010

I am a blame shifter.

If I’m off of SP for a few days, it usually means that I’m off my program too. When I come back on SP, if there are no messages that anyone missed me….
a. No one cared – my feelings are hurt. (eat again)
b. I didn’t miss any challenges (eating didn’t hurt anyone else)

The responsibility has to be my own. I cannot do this for anyone else’s approval or benefit.


Mom needs entertainment so I took her out to eat.
My widowed aunt (no children of her own) called and asked me to go out to eat.
My sister who is a single-mother called me. We went out to eat.

Blame shifting!! I can find other ways to entertain my family. I allowed myself to put their needs before my own. I can make healthy choices when we do go out to eat.



I didn’t fix a low-cal meal because I needed to fix supper for my DH.
The break room is too crowded and it doesn’t feel like a break if I take my lunch with my co-workers so I go out to a fast food restaurant.
No one cleans the microwave in the break room. I don’t like to wait my turn to use it and a cold lunch won’t satisfy me so I go out for fast food.

Blame shifting!! Healthy food is filling. My DH will eat anything I fix.
I can take a walk first and then the microwave will be available. I can take my lunch at a later time and the break room will be empty. I can clean the microwave myself.
I can plan ahead and make a healthy selection at the fast food restaurant.


Some inspirational person said “No More Excuses.” My sign will read “No More Blame Shifting!”


A little tidbit… I accidently turned the faucet to cold this morning. I’m waiting for the water to warm up so I could wash my face. Doing the wrong thing and expecting the right results. Sound familiar?






  
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SHEALUNA 2/23/2010 4:19AM

    Ooooohhhh... you got that one pegged! I think we are all guilty of that in some way at one time or another. emoticon

I have a similar problem with my closest friend. We go out to eat... a lot. Because that's her way of socializing. I have suggested staying in and having a girls night... cooking our own food and watching DVDs. We always have fun, but to her that's not "doing something" because it doesn't involve paying someone else to do the work. So we end up going out. Don't get me wrong, I love eating out, but it makes eating healthy a bigger challenge. I usually end up eating far too much and that's MY problem, not hers.

Here's to owning up, taking responsibility and making changes! We can do it! Screw that... we ARE doing it!!!!!! emoticon

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NEEDSHELP4EVER 2/23/2010 3:43AM

    Let us know how it goes Dee..still waiting for my A-HA moment..lol

Great idea about walking first and having lunch later, start that today, meet you in the park emoticon

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JFROGDIVA 2/22/2010 7:43PM

    Skirt Girl..........NOW you're talkin'!!!! You had your "AHA" moment!!!! Good for you!!!! Now if I could just have mine!!!! Maybe then I would stop yo-yoing!!!! This month is going pretty good till this weekend when my puter died!!!! Yesterday was a horrible day!!!! Very out of control!!!! BUT, back in control today!!!! I think I was panicing about losing contact with y'all!!!! I can't do it without your support!!!! I need y'all!!!! LOL LOL!!!! WHOA, wait, I am NOT blaming anyone or anything else for MY failures............I did that all by myself!!!! I just want you to know how much you all mean to me!!!! LOL LOL!!!!
Hugzz ~ Froggie emoticon

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MOV4WARD 2/22/2010 6:49PM

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i like where this is going! Here's to no blame shifting!

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POSITIVELY_EB 2/22/2010 6:04PM

    emoticon A-HA! Might that be your moment??? What are you going to do about it??

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How Sad Is This?

Friday, February 19, 2010

I just saw my original goal. This is what I set as my goal when I joined SP on 08/09/2008...

Go From 258 to 150 by 2/25/2010

One year later, I had gone from 258 to 189 pounds (August 2009).

Here it is February 2010... I'm not at 150 pounds. I'm not at 189 pounds. I weigh 220 pounds. How sad it that?

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I've been reading a lot of SP members' blogs. I like the ones about visualizing and setting specific goals.



I will never be as young as this woman, but I could look good in a sundress again. This is my new inspiration image.

My knee is killing me so exercising is difficult. Explanation or Excuse? I will move at least 15 minutes every day. I read the functional exercise article and I can do these simple stretching exercises.

I joined the FSC Olympics. I'm going for Gold on Friday (7 servings of fruits/vegetables). After that, I will set some specific goals for changing my eating habits.

Logging my meals and staying within my calorie range worked in the past. I don't know why I stopped doing it. I lost the weight because I wanted to look good at my son's graduation. When graduation was over, I stopped doing all the right things. Time to make the commitment to do it for me.

  
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JFROGDIVA 2/19/2010 8:45PM

    Come on, Skirt Girl............YOU can do this!!!! Where is that spunk I know so well???????? Let's DO this!!!! I am with you!!!! I have been here 2 years & am still within 4# of my original start weight!! I FEEL your pain!!!! We can do this!!!!
Hugzz ~ Jae emoticon

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MOV4WARD 2/19/2010 6:33PM

    emoticonoh hey! U R in such good company :)

Ok, let's start with the Olympics & add in stuff that works for us! I'm with ya! Woot!

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POSITIVELY_EB 2/19/2010 10:42AM

    emoticon OK! Coach Beverly, here! Let's make that plan work!

You can do it!

HUGS!!!

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KELLYC_14FAN 2/19/2010 9:22AM

    I have been there. It seems like it is so easy to fall back into old habits!!! I think your commitment is great and that you are doing the right thing by setting goals!!! It can work for you again!!

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_RANDY_ 2/19/2010 8:41AM

    Keep on logging and planning and working at it -- you (and I will realize our goals).

I know just like Susan, that comment earlier -- I got lazy -- I was sick and I quit doing the things that worked.

But I'm back and slowly adding back into my life those things that WORK -- and I know -- that I'll realize my goals -- let's do it together.

"Together we can do what we could never do alone".

Randy:)

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SPARKER59 2/19/2010 7:18AM

    I honestly thought it was only me! The first year on Spark I was down by almost 70 pounds. Here it is going on 2 years and I have only lost another 7. I think you are on the right track here. Logging and planning have to be big parts of my day again. I admit it, I got lazy! Lazy is so much easier than disciplined. We can do this together of that there is no doubt.

Good luck to us !!

Susan emoticon

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SHEALUNA 2/19/2010 5:32AM

    I'm in exactly the same boat! 2004 I weighed 225! Got down to 175 in a year and then down another 10 pounds a year later. Now in 2010 I'm back up to 212! I sit here and think... How did I let myself go this far? Why did I undo all the good I did? I'm right back to knees and ankles that hurt almost constantly, absolutely no energy, and self esteem in the toilet! ARRRRGH!

But you know something, we did it once, we can do it again! Only this time we're more aware of where we are headed and what it feels like to lose that. We can do it. You can do it!!!!!!!!!

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NEEDSHELP4EVER 2/19/2010 4:41AM

    Dee, I know just what you mean. We do all the right things and it WORKS and then we stop doing them..and are surprised when it doesn't work...DUH..lol
We will just start again from the start and keep tracking and doing it, and it will work again and it WILL come off

hugs
sue

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I Want Confetti

Sunday, February 14, 2010

I watched a Hallmark movie last night. At the happy ending, colorful confetti rained down on the couple.

I want confetti. I want to go after something and when I'm successful...
I want confetti!


I feel like Pinocchio. I keep posting these great ideas and saying I'm going to do this or that... and then I don't do it. Well, I keep trying.

I've joined a wellness challenge at work. It lasts six weeks long and is meant to encourage healthy habits. Here's what I've committed to:
1. Be physically active at least 15 minutes daily.
2. Eat 1 cup of fruit and/or vegetables daily.
3. Do not skip meals -- breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
4. Limit sweets to one serving or less daily.
5. Limit alcohol to one serving or less daily.

#4 will be the hardest for me! I hardly ever drink alcohol so I'm changing #5 to limit my diet soda to one serving daily.



I'm also dusting off my pedometer! I've joined our Wellness Committee's 10,000 step challenge too. There's a whole group of us who will be wearing our pedometers at work. I'm hoping doing it with a group will motivate me!!


The Wellness Committee is offering a chance to win prizes. Of course, feeling better and looking better will be the real reward.

I want to order the SP Smart Portion Prep Kit. I don't want to order it and then not use it. (It would join a whole collection of health products I own and do not use.) If I stick with both of these commitments for 4 weeks, I will order myself the prep kit as a reward.

  
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KO1215 2/15/2010 2:08PM

    Great goals! I would love to sprinkle confetti on you!!! emoticon

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P316LEIA 2/15/2010 9:43AM

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Great daily goals ~ relatively easy to reach and an awesome idea to change the alcohol to soda! emoticon and I shall start making confetti for the parade too!
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JULINC 2/15/2010 9:28AM

    Great goals!!! :)Confetti is in your future! You go girl!

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ANNIESADVENTURE 2/15/2010 9:02AM

    Your wellness challenge has such wonderful, very do-able goals. Six weeks is long enough to get some momentum going and create some great habits.
I'm with you on posting what I'm going to do. I decided this year I was going to post after I did it or while it was in progress. Anyone can talk the good talk, but doing is something else. I really, really meant to do the things I posted. I always started them, but geez, it's hard to break old habits.
Your blog title reminded me of a book I saw a long time ago, titled YOU BRING THE CONFETTI. I think it was about celebrating life.
Annie

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 2/15/2010 7:48AM

    I think that a confetti parade for your successes would be a very motivating reward. Huge smile maker! And your goals are VERY doable because you have the motivation and your eye on the prize for your efforts!!!!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 2/15/2010 7:21AM

    emoticoni wish some of the jobs i had over the year had a wellness comittee then maybe i wouldn´t have got to this size in the first place.the most things where i worked that they did as a team had to do with eating and drinking emoticon

like jae say´s the plan seems doable and if any one can do it then you.hope it rains confetti for you at the end of the challange.maybe you can suggest that as one of the prizes to the wellness comitteee or bring your own and ask some one to throw at ti.

and no i don´t think you look any bit like pinocchio.

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NEEDSHELP4EVER 2/15/2010 4:45AM

    Great goals Dee and emoticon
I will start on the confetti right now you shall have some emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon...see I made it into shapes... emoticon

hugs
sue

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POSITIVELY_EB 2/14/2010 9:27PM

    That's wonderful, Dee! And it will be great to have a group of people at work to work on this with! Keep us posted as to how it goes!

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MOV4WARD 2/14/2010 5:44PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonOk!!!

i'm gonna sit right here & start tearing the confetti!

emoticon emoticon emoticonsounds like an awesome challenge! Go 4 it!!! :)

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_RANDY_ 2/14/2010 5:25PM

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And you deserve confetti!!!

Have a wonderful week!

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PEGGO45 2/14/2010 5:20PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon confetti is a great idea!!! let it rain down on ya!!

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JFROGDIVA 2/14/2010 5:00PM

    emoticon Prep kit????? For an xray or something????? LOL LOL!!!!

Skirt Girl, I am VERY PROUD of you!!!! I KNOW that you can do this!!!! I would join in your steps, but my pedometer is not working right & I paid quite a bit for it....had it 2 years tho, so not under warrentee!!!! I think that your plan is very doable!!!!
Hugzz ~ Jae

PS ~ I think they should add a skirt girl, princess emoticon, don't you??!! LOL!! Thanks so much for the valentine & kind words!!!!

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