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My passion for carbs.....why are you soooo yummy?

Monday, June 10, 2013

Before I went to sub a class this morning at the Y, I stepped on the scale there,...big mistake. My scale at home has been broken and TTOM is looming, so you can guess my reaction...YIKES.
I LIVE for carbs...they are my comfort, my go to, my now "frienimy" Being in the fitness field for 20 years, I can spew nutrition til I'm blue in the face...and my main spew to anyone is ' ANY diet that eliminates and entire food group is not healthy". That said....I can live off carbs. Protein?? What's that?? I could go for days without "quality" protein touching my lips. So, I am a hypocrite because I am doing what I tell others NOT to do....I am eliminating many food groups not just protien.
My stategy now??? I know I cannot live without carbs, that would be silly. However, I CAN control WHEN I eat them. Breakfast is my most fav meal and I can eat it anytime. Cereal is lethal to me--even stale stuff works in a pinch. I can get my carb "fix" in the morning by eating oatmeal (steel cut, of course), add some fruit, a dab of peanut butter and a little protein powder, combine that with a hard boiled egg, Easy peasy....now for the rest of the day....here is where I crash and burn. Carbs are easy, pick up a chip or cracker and your good. You can drive eating carbs, but it's harder to drive eating a chicken leg,..lol. Lunch, especially at work will be a challenge..but I can overcome that by planning in a fruit and protein snack in between breakfast (I should mention breakfast is usually 5:45 am) and my lunch (which can be anywhere between 10-12:30). I know I should follow the 3 hr rule, but in my profession, that can be difficult, but worth trying, Drive home from work is 3:15, so another fruit/protein combo is fine....then I am home and all my good intentions go down the drain. This is where my passion for carbs comes alive....ahhhh...chips and dip...where have you been all day? Little Debbie's snack cake...you taste divine....I know, I know, don;t have them in the house and you won't eat them...that's fine if you are the only one who lives there. Not in my world.
Blogging this right now has really helped me see why I love carbs,,,,my constant craving of them is telling me I am missing all the other food groups, and if I would put the carn down and pick up a protein, my brain will be happy!

  
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JANEGSN 10/15/2013 12:34AM

    Bobbie, I agree with Karen, you might be getting enough protein as you do mostly cardio workouts so you don't need lots. I went to look at your sparkpeople tracker to check but you don't track there so I could not see what you get.

Now if you eat cereal all day long, I doubt you are getting enough protein, but I am hoping you are eating more than that and chips/cupcakes at night.

What helps is grab and go protein (and fats). We always have hard boiled eggs on hand. Chicken cubed you can eat as easily as crackers - you just need a wet nap available to wipe your hand afterwards. If you don't have time to cook there are some chicken breasts already cooked you could easily cut into bite sized pieces. We use nuts for protein/fat as they are very portable.

I agree with Karen also about no junk food in the house is a great example for your kids. They don't need it anymore than you do so the rule can be small amounts eaten outside of the house only so nobody gets tempted. I grew up without junk food in the house and it didn't stunt my growth at all - lol.

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HOPEWELLNESS 9/25/2013 6:46PM

    I think a lot of us women are carbaholics! I could totally live on veggies, bread, pasta, rice and potatoes!! I have been working in the field as a health educator for many years. I have studied Nutrition, but don't have a formal degree, only a certification as a Holistic Nutritionist. A couple of things stand out as I read this...

1. We don't need as much protein as we have been lead to believe. By your description of foods you eat, you are getting a fair amount.

2. Yes, fats and proteins help to satiate you more than carbs. SO, making your snacks maybe have a little of each, such as apple and peanut butter, or nuts and seeds, may help with your cravings.

3. But most important is that the more unprocessed carbs (sugar, white flours, etc) we eat, the more we crave. Those cravings CAN be reduced. But this is an addiction. It requires weaning yourself from the "Great White Hazards" slowly over time. It is much easier that way.

We can do this. I am still working on it myself. My cravings are less than they were, but they are not eliminated. Much more controllable though! Keep at it!

Also, even though you have teenagers in the house, and a husband, they shouldn't be eating all that junk either, right? No one needs it, and we probably shouldn't be supporting the food manufacturer's that supply us with our drug! And we shouldn't be letting our kids get so addicted either! I realize it's easier said than done. Believe me, I do. But, you could approach it as something you really need help with and you really want to have the house free of temptations for you. Also, it helps you to be a good role model for your kids.

Sorry I get really passionate about this stuff! Be CAMO strong! We can do this!

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JUNEBUG0511 6/18/2013 6:58PM

    You have a good plan going! emoticon I was just like you with the carbs, then I did the Whole 30 last fall, and totally kicked the whole thing! I still like carbs, but I do not have the insatiable cravings that I used to have, and I eat a much more balanced diet these days.

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APED7969 6/10/2013 5:51PM

    I can definitely sympathise with you on the carbs! I don't try to cut them out, I just aim for healthy ones like you are. They don't have the same effect as the unhealthy ones on me. Thankfully I can keep them out of the house where I live. Not sure what to suggest if you can't, except I made the rule that if it isn't good for me it isn't good for my husband so he's not eating it. And if he really wants crackers or muesli bars they have to be a type I don't like so I won't be as tempted. He might not like it but it works for me :-)

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LIZ324_NYC 6/10/2013 2:08PM

    I can totally relate......being a carboholic myself!
What is working for me right now is having all my carbs at breakfast and lunch. No bread pasta or rice (my devil) at dinner. This way I don't feel deprived.
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I will NOT let myself down.

Friday, June 07, 2013

Lately I have been having the feeling that I want to walk away from my life for a few days...let someone else be me and deal with my woea while I get to be carefree and problem free for a few days....wouldn't that be lovely?? Then I realize that everyone has their own problems. so I should try to figure out how to deal with mine.
One of my "problems" is that I LOVE food (who doesn't?)--especially carbs. I am also a stress eater, and this has come forefront in the last 9 months. How do I know that?? My spouse was working in Virginia until September, then he was fired (again) and moved back to Pittsburgh to find a job and live in the house where I live with my 2 kids, 2 dogs and 2 cats. It's weird how stress eating/weight gain/depression plays with your psyche. When I stress, I want the feeling of creamy yumminess in my mouth...french onion dip (chips are optional--not joking), nachos, mashed pototoes, Big Macs, ice cream. Do these foods make me feel better?? For about 30 seconds..then my mind snaps me into reality and I beat myself up for what I am doing,,,but CONTINUE to eat!! UGH
This was worse while on break from BLC...it was like my mind totally went on vacation and told my body that we will deal with the consequenses when BLC 22 started, which was this week, I am thankful for all these lovely ladies--and our newest member Matt for the support they have given me in the past, but I need to learn how to deal with this NOW.
My goals for this BLC is to post all my meals on my Sparkpage for all the word to see, Maybe I won;t eat it if I'm too embarressed to post it? I will blog everyday about my day and how I was able to overcome my stress eating by finding a diversion to the situation. BTW--I am very aware of the stressful thing in my life...notice it is a singular thing. I am in the process of getting rid of this,..just hitting some roadblocks. I am also going to incorperate more strength to my workouts and will add pilates, yoga and piyo to my routine. I am an Advocare distributor, so I see a 24 day challenge in my future, This will kick start my weight loss journey by incorperating a cleanse and 24 days of clean eating. I am also going to kick my running up as I am planning on participating in a 13.1 in Sept.
As for my "stressor".....I will get as far away from thism and when the cravings for creamy hit, I will reach for veggies and hummus (which I will measure out) instead of dip, listen to soothing music, or play a mindless game of pinball on my kindle. I will also reach out to my team for a quick hug,,,they are soooo good at that!
I can only count on myself for this journey, and I will not let myself down anymore emoticon

  
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JDUBLANKO 6/11/2013 10:05PM

    Always behind you...great goals... emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/10/2013 12:28PM

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ZMONEY 6/10/2013 12:09PM

    We got your back Bobbie!

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A*L*P* 6/8/2013 8:39AM

    We're all here for you. Lean on us when you need something! You're strong and amazing!!

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STEVEN2GO2 6/8/2013 4:12AM

    Well from what I just read you have not given up! You know what brought you down and are ready to face the future strong. Great luck as you resume your healthy lifestyle and I hope you can find support from inside yourself and those that you trust that are willing to stand by your side and help!

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HILLRUNNER 6/8/2013 2:49AM

    Cheering you on Bobvie,,, I know youcando this and Witt the plans you have and the support network around you....this too shall pass!

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Running away from running

Monday, March 11, 2013

I hate to run.. This is no new revolation to me. However, if I plan on finishing the Pittsburgh Marathon, I'd better kick my non-running butt into gear. What's holding me back??? Simple answer---my knees. After 20 years of teaching higher impact aerobics (10+ on a concrete floor covered by linoleium), my knees feel as though they are 90. They swell and I have decreased range of motion. I personally can see and feel this....but do I stop torturing my knees? NOOOOO.....I love teaching too much (still doing plyometrics and higher impact at 44). I will successfully finish the marathon (thank goodness for Jeff Galloway and his training principles), then I will run away from running emoticon

  
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HILLRUNNER 3/17/2013 4:56AM

    You do what you gotta do....and the Galloway Methodist a good way to lessen the impact on your knees!!
I'm cheering you on!!! Always!!

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Humbled, Finished, Proud

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Today was my first 10k and I finished it in 75 minutes (that looks better than 1hr 15 min). I honestly think everyone should participate in some type of event they "think" they can do, but as the event is going on, you are thinking "WHAT AM I DOING??"
The race itself started at 9:45, but I arrived at 7:45 so I could get a decent place to park, dd in tow, If I ever fail to mention, it was a balmy 22 degrees at this point. Since I am already registered and have my number, I pop into the mail building to say hi to the gal running the event. She and I worked together at the Y. I always admired Samra--she is one tough cookie, but if your are her fried, she is a friend to the end. Sorry, I digressed. DD and I got a few samples from the sponsors (100 calorie "bite"bars, and I ate 2 in 30 seconds..lol).
Believe it or not. the race did start at 9:45. I lined up with all the other runners, heard the course route, then off we go. It figures the race starts UPHILL...ugh. I am running at this point, and I am watching people pass me (no worries yet, these are the people who are running freaks). Then I notice the other people passing me.....a lot of them were not as fit as me, per se, and there THEY go. Then the people in their 60's plus are passing me---what the heck? This is where I get frustrated....I should be able to beat them, right?? Nope. wrong answer--there they go. I started walking--running hurt and I can walk faster than I can run. I am watching these people who I should be beating or at least keeping up with move farther away from me. This is when I'm thinking, this was a big mistake, I can't do this. If I can't keep up here, how can I even think I can finish the Pittsburgh Marathon in May?? I catch up with an older woman, and she told me her trick,,,walk 2 minutes, run 2 minutes. HMMMM...I can do that! I ask her if I can run with her (as she was my pacer as I followed her) and she gladly accepted, The 2 min walk arrived, and my body said "No way" to running, I told her to go on, and I kept walking, Shallow statement alert...I am beating myself up thinking how can these overweight people keep running and I cant? I then think--they may be able to out rum me, but I KNOW I can out spin them, beat them in 1 minutes drills, etc. This is their THING,, their passion. Running is not my passion. It never will be. I change the music on my ipod to a playlist that will pull me through; TurboSport 1...my favorite TurboKick class ever, and keep chugging along.
I come up upon a huge clearing in the course along the lake and think "if I knew how thik the ice was, I would gladly cut across just to be out of the cold as I am walking into a headwind. Nope--keep on chugging along.
Although I was one of the last to finish, I did it. I was humbled by the fact that there were people who I would never in a million years were runners beating me, but this is what puts me in my place. It reminds me I am not a runner and never will be. Running is not my passion and never will be. But I can complete anything I put my mind to, proud and humbled.

  
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ITSYBITSYMAMA 2/10/2013 10:49AM

    Well done, for giving it a go AND finishing! Great achievement!

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HILLRUNNER 2/10/2013 8:58AM

    ON race day you were a runner!! I am so darn proud of you!!! Never underestimate yourself. Give yourself the credit of finishing your very first 10K!!! emoticon emoticon

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EMERALDIVER 2/9/2013 11:35PM

    I admire you for finishing! It's a gold star for the day!!! emoticon

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KMM1123 2/9/2013 11:26PM

    Wag to go! That's awesome!! I'm not a runner either so I completely understand.

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NURSEPIRT 2/9/2013 9:19PM

    Congrats on finishing emoticon emoticon

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Thankful for BLC friends

Friday, February 01, 2013


Even though I have "been" a SparkPerson, it wasn't until Round 21 (current) that I realized what this group of wonderful women mean to me.
Let me explain....Round 19 I was (and at times ) a "newbie" to BLC and did not know what to expect. When I looked at the teams, I, of course being the overachiever that I am, picked one of the more challenging teams to be on, and they accepted me. I was on a different weight loss sites bootcamp challenge before this, so I was comparing the two in my head and trying to figure out if I made a HUGE mistake by joining my team (CAMO). What if I failed? What did CAMO expect from ME? And then there were the weekend challenges...oyi! I made it through round 19 with a couple battle wounds but felt happy with my results. Then came round 20..now I was taking 2 college classes while working 1 full time job, one part time job and taking care of my family. I thought for sure I was going to fail, and many times I wanted to quit--mainly because I felt I wasn't able to fully give myself to this group of ladies, I kept asking myself "HOW in the WOLD do the post EVERY DAY???? WITH PERSONSALS to boot?? Surely I am failing them.
These lovely ladies did not see me this way---they saw me as a team mate who was busy and accepted my drive by posts.. They sent me goodies and reminders that I am worth being happy and successful, and they were there to support me.
Now we are in Round 21, and I made a commitment to myself to post everyday and read the posts of my fellow teammates. In the past two weeks (and longer), I realized these wonderful women are just like ME--we are women struggling with weight loss. kids, jobs, family, eating, stress, self doubt and self loathing. We are sisters We are friends, We are teammates who leaves no one behind. Today I realized how much these women mean to me--they inspire me, they motivate me, and they accept me for who I am...a CAMO.

  
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MAGA99 2/2/2013 3:08PM

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HILLRUNNER 2/2/2013 10:45AM

    It's in our blood isn't is!!! C.A.M.O. forever!!!
Love ya all! emoticon

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CARBJUNKIE83 2/2/2013 1:40AM

    What a sweet post! I know exactly how you feel. The BLC really is a family! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and being so open and honest. And you are so right, we are all the same in some way or of fashion and everyone who I have met is so down to earth, caring and just as busy as I am. CAMO was going to be my choice for round 21 because DIVALICIOUS, Mary, is a dear friend of mine! So glad you have found your spot and now have a true spark family!! emoticon

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JANICEMC 2/2/2013 1:22AM

    Once a CAMO always a CAMO! Beautiful blog.

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ACYCLINGMIND 2/1/2013 8:52PM

    That's both wonderful and motivating. I hope they continue to inspire you during the rest of your stay at spark! :D

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LJOYCE55 2/1/2013 8:47PM

  Good luck on your path.


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