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It's sitting on the table, staring at me.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

My husband bought some snacks for the girls and me the other day. Fudge rounds, an old favorite of mine. I didn't ask him to, but it was sweet, and I accepted.

It's about 2.36 ounces of fudgy goodness. Can't be that bad, right? 9 months ago, I wouldn't even have blinked. I'd have hugged him, and noshed on a fudge round, washing it down with an ice-cold coca cola.

WRONG. That puppy is 300 calories! That's over 28 grams of sugar! If I'd followed my old habits, and had a coke. 450 calories, right there.

So it's been sitting on my desk, because that night, I didn't have the room in my calorie range.

Each day, I looked at it, and just found it... unappetizing. Such a little thing, for those 300 calories. Would it have been good? Indubitably. But was it worth it?

That was four days ago.

Just now, I cut it in half, and gave it to my kids.

I wasn't even slightly tempted.

I think I'll go have some cheese instead. I have some yummy sweet basil formaggio cheese in the fridge, calling my name.

  
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DESERTJULZ 7/24/2012 1:00PM

    Woo Hoo! Love that you resisted, and not only resisted, did not want it!

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RABBLERRABBIT 7/23/2012 8:54PM

    Are we talking about the Little Debbie Snack cakes? I can't even walk down that aisle in the grocery store anymore -- too tempting. And this week I'm weaker than usual! How's giving up soda going?

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MARGO_U 7/23/2012 8:16PM

    I felt the same way when I noticed the calorie count on a Nutty Bar for the first time. YIKES!! As good as they are, they just aren't worth it. Congrats on surviving the temptation! emoticon

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HEALTHYKIM101 7/23/2012 7:23AM

    Good for you! You Go Girl!! emoticon

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BUBBLEJ1 7/23/2012 3:06AM

    Awesome stuff! Maybe if you want it next time you could cut it into 3rds!

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NEWMOM20121 7/22/2012 9:47PM

    Good for you. You could have had it, but you made the choice not to. I hate it when people ask if I can eat this or that on my diet. I tell them I can eat anything I want, I choose not to eat somethings. This is a lifestyle change not a change UNTIL.

Way to go.

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DRAGONCHILDE 7/22/2012 9:27PM

    Normally that's what I do, but honestly? Something so super-sweet and calorie dense just didn't appeal to me. I'd rather have my usual piece of dark chocolate.

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JADOMB 7/22/2012 9:21PM

    You could have cut it into forths and ate one a day for four days. That's how I've been doing it when I got something like that I want to eat. But, good on you for resisting just woofing it down and chasing it with coke.

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HONBAD 7/22/2012 9:08PM

    Good for you!! I think that is the genius of tracking. It teaches you what foods are "worth it" - it likes having a budget. There are so many things that I like but I don't bother with now because I know how many calories they will set me back and there are other things that will leave me just as satisfied but leave me room to eat more. I'm impressed with your self control!!!!

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NANCYHOME247 7/22/2012 8:18PM

    Your words sounds like you're grinning as you write. Totally satisfied with yourself, and well you should be! Just like the cat who ate the lowfat canary!

I've found my way around this type of temptation. I chop up my Lindt Truffles candy bars into small dice, and add them to a homemade trail mix. Every time I get a little taste of that chocolate now, it's like enjoying the whole candy bar. Isn't that a smart compromise?

Can you see a little yellow feather sticking out the corner of my mouth, too?

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1MIN17SECB412PM 7/22/2012 7:49PM

    emoticon You survived the decadent emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon torture of it all and came through waving VICTORY, this time, my friend, opting for the emoticon healthier choice after FOUR L___O___N___G___ days of denial!! You sooo ROCK!! emoticon I don't know how you did it- - - I mean- - - I can *see* someone having just enough will power to cut it in half the 1st day- - - just to get it OUT of their sight right away, but YOU- - - YOU showed us stamina that truly does *rock*our*world* girlfriend!! emoticon

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The dragon returns: Eating out!

Friday, July 20, 2012

A new dragon has replaced the snack dragon. I have definitely identified my biggest eating problem.

Eating out!

Yesterday, I seriously bombed out in the food department. It's eating out that does it! You see, the last few weeks have been very tight... we've been eating at home almost exclusively, because we've been broke and can't afford to eat out.

Well, I got paid yesterday, and after two meals yesterday and one out today, I can tell this is where my problem is. I gave in to my husband's begging and ordered pizza for lunch... and BLAM, 1,000 calorie lunch.

Good thing I slept in and missed breakfast.

So this is my next dragon to fight; the snack dragon is still there, but that one's cowering under the table after the beating I've been giving it this week.

Overall, I'm feeling pretty good; a little sodium-bloated, but otherwise okay. I'm sore from yesterday's workout; I picked up a Yoga DVD at Target, and figure I'll give that a try this afternoon and see if it helps with some of that soreness. Yoga's only offered twice a week at the gym, I'd like to start doing it more because it makes me feel so good!

  
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PRAIRIECROCUS 7/21/2012 3:34PM

    Good for you !
Keep up the good work !

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JADOMB 7/21/2012 2:41PM

    Sweetie, you know your weaknesses, now act on them. If you allow yourself to keep having these issues you'll be like that truck that is stuck in the mud and in high gear trying to get out. Just filling the tank with gas and gunning it some more won't get you out. Keep the faith.

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GOLFLADY11 7/21/2012 12:38AM

    Well, recognizing the problem is half the battle, right? I took y grandson and ordered a coffee and a nice chicken salad with garlic bread. It was really good and totally filling. I only ate half the garlic bread. I passed on the calamari that I really wanted or fish and chips. Every little battle won adds up to winning the war! emoticon emoticon

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RABBLERRABBIT 7/20/2012 8:40PM

    I sympathize - I just try to avoid eating out altogether... I keep repeating something I read on SparkPeople: "You can't exercise your way out of a bad diet." I tried. I don't have the stamina to work off ribs or burgers (can't remember the last time I indulged... how I miss them). Last time I went out to eat I had fish tacos. The fish was grilled. You may think that was a reasonable choice (no). Best advice I ever got: order what you will, but have the waitperson give you a box to put half of it away IMMEDIATELY.

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NELLJONES 7/20/2012 5:19PM

    Eating out is a problem for me, too. I am traveling right now so have little choice, but when I am home I HATE to eat out because I hate the uncertainty of what I am eating. When I was a kid back in the 50s, we never went to restaurants. We might eat at a friend or relative's house, or have people over, or go to a church potluck, but restaurants were a treat a couple of times a year. People were thinner then, too. I try to live like that now. Blast from the past that makes it a lot easier to manage weight.

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WENDYSPARKS 7/20/2012 4:54PM

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BUBBLEJ1 7/20/2012 4:52PM

    Ah, I love eating out, but I hate the calories! And the cost... It is cheaper to eat at home.

I try and limit myself to once a week. Once a week we might have Indian for dinner (last night), or my my boyfriend and I will go out for lunch (last week), or I'll grab McDonalds for breakfast on my way to work (the week before last). I find that having a cap on how often I can eat out helps to keep me in check. And, once a week won't hurt, but once a day could

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NANCYHOME247 7/20/2012 4:14PM

    Whaaaat? Restaurant food counts on the Food Tracker, too??? I rather believe, "if I don't have to fix it, I don't have to count it."

Best neuter those dragons before they breed any more.

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X5X52000 7/20/2012 4:09PM

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FUN2BAROUND 7/20/2012 3:22PM

    Eating out is so hard for me, too. I start with great intentions, then before I know it I've gone off the deep end!
Knowing the problem is the first step in SLAYING the DRAGON. Know you're well on your way!
Take care!!
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(This is what I ate after my HEALTHY lunch....there's something about ice cream....)

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1MIN17SECB412PM 7/20/2012 2:44PM

    ::winces, waving new friend's discovery off, since this is one a' those *pet* dragons:: emoticon

DANG, girl, you just HAD to catch this *nasty* one, didn't ya?!! I am sooo BAD when it comes to take out. I bet I'd be at my goal if it wasn't for pettin' on this like it's Annie's best friend!! Sheesh.
emoticon Epiphany.

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Battling the Unholy Snack Dragon

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Generally speaking, I'm a pretty together chick. Recent travails aside, I do pretty well with self control. I avoid binges, for the most part, I make healthier and healthier choices as time goes by (seriously, today I got Baked Lays as a craving, not because it was healthier) and I really, really love to exercise, and am always looking for new ways to incorporate it into my life.

But I still have a dragon to fight: Snacking. Specifically, the nighttime snack dragon.



The battle has been long, and there was a time, earlier this year, it nearly slew ME! But I'm determined to defeat it. I tend to stay up late, and get snacky out of habit. Many a great day of counting calories has been undone by an ill-time pre-bed snack.

Yesterday, though, I made my very first attempt to fight it. And I am beating it! I went all day without snacking... and I actually found that I was under my calories for the day because of it! I inadvertently ate so l lightly that I had to have a few snacks before bed just to get CLOSE to my minimum! Seriously, I was under 1,000 calories! I ate a little bit, and still ended up just shy of the minimum.

So far today, I've been eating light again. I'm planning healthy between-meal snacks today, like salads with full-fat dressing, so I don't undereat again.

I think that if I can battle this dragon into quiescence, I will start making much quicker progress... so much of my progress has been slowed by days where I was great all day, and ended up 100 or 200 calories over my max.

No more, night dragon. I will beat you!

  
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DRAGON-CHICK 7/20/2012 2:47PM

    Please only slay the BAD dragons. :)
(My favorite movie!! Bring on the sequel!)

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JADOMB 7/19/2012 4:52PM

    Hey, we all got our snack dragons to slay. It's just that some of us have learned to use different weapons to slay it with. Vegetables are the sword of choice for me. I love those baby cucumbers, and sweet peppers. I can snack up a storm with no problems. You can do it too. Keep the faith.

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AWESOMEKATY 7/19/2012 2:38PM

    I think thatís the same kind of dragon that used to visit me! Seriously, every night I would get back from someoneís house around 11 or 12, plop on the couch, and would get this hunger that couldnít be controlled. I ate everything in site until my stomach would start to hurt and still would be craving more. This was one of my major causes for constantly falling off the wagon.

Then I started reading a couple articles and blogs on SP and think I found the sword to slay the beast. You eat when youíre tired. Bam! That was the reason I couldnít control my eating at night, I was sleepy. Since learning this Iíve been careful to do other things at night instead of eat. Iíll relax with a book or simply go to bed! And miraculously I donít eat but I donít die of starvation from not eating! If I try to watch TV at night I will end up snacking mindlessly, but I have also been getting on SP which relaxes me and also keeps me out of the kitchen.

Good luck with your dragon and keep on rockiní!


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SUNONMAPLES 7/19/2012 10:27AM

  I know that if I am getting tired, my will power is at its very lowest. Like you I tend to stay up late, and that's when I will "remember" I have something sweet in the cupboards! For me though, eating a good healthy breakfast, and eating appropriate snacks between meals seems important. Oh, and chocolate frozen yogurt is my absolute savior -- when I eat mindfully all day, usually I can have a cup of that as a treat and it's actually a HELP to me in meeting my daily protein need. For me, that's almost heaven! Congratulations on slaying this dragon!

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JOYCECAIN 7/19/2012 10:03AM

    I think everyeone does this. If they admit to it or not. EVERYONE.

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PRAIRIECROCUS 7/19/2012 2:08AM

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FUN2BAROUND 7/18/2012 7:12PM

    Funny how that works. I also do better with NO snacks than I do when I open the snack pandora's box for the first time.
Hang in there - you will get this one, too - I have every confidence!

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LKISINSATIABLE 7/18/2012 4:43PM

    emoticon Good job! That's amazing willpower. Lol, I always end up HIGHER if I don't snack - I end up eating more at mealtimes. I just graze all day on fresh fruit and I'm typically not that hungry at mealtime and end up under. But if I forget to eat any of my snacks before lunch, I make stupid decisions later... Like today when I forgot to eat my yogurt this morning and ended up choosing a chili burger over a chicken bowl at lunch. I'll still be within my goals today, but still...

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1MIN17SECB412PM 7/18/2012 3:44PM

    hahaha!! Oh, girl, you've FOUND the *key* that sooo many of us have been searching for!! Instead of taking another spoonful of medicine that rules or restricts our tendency to need that late night snacking, YOU'VE shown us how... (all pun intended) we can have our cake AND eat it too!! This is FANTASTIC!! I'm gonna' see what a few of my buds think about THIS one, that's fer' sher' n' fer' certain!! ::hugs:: emoticon

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 7/18/2012 3:30PM

    Nighttime is my worst time. Good luck battling the dragon!

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Finally back on track.

Monday, July 16, 2012

I'm very pleased with the last couple of weeks. We went on vacation two weeks ago, and a trip to the beach was not kind to me... I overindulged, and bloated two whopping pounds (I know, I know. ;) Not bad.) I wasn't too worried, though; vacation's vacation, and we never get them.

So I buckled down, and though I haven't been exercising like I want, I have been maintaining my nutrition (I don't diet.) As of my official weigh in, I've lost the two pounds I'd gained over vacation (meaning it was probably water weight) PLUS two more! So I'm actually down from my pre-vacation weight of 188.6 to 186.2!

That feels GOOD. I haven't weight this little since before I had my last child!

This brings my total weight loss from since September 2011 to 25 lbs! I also started back exercising Saturday and felt like I was starting over. I missed this morning because I stayed up till 4 AM playing Reckoning. Ah well. Will get in a walk tonight, weather permitting. I'm still pretty sore from Saturday, though...

I'm also well on track with my calories for the day. I was feeling snacky, and made myself a quick half-strength protein shake, and my calories are still only halfway through the day, so I'm making really good progress to maintain this momentum. Next week, I want to see 185 in my weigh in!

I do want to thank you guys for all your support over the last two weeks... it has been instrumental in this little victory. Without your kind words and support, I don't know that I would have been as motivated to DO this.

  
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PRAIRIECROCUS 7/17/2012 11:51PM

    Good for you !
Keep up the good work !

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HONBAD 7/17/2012 7:50PM

    Getting restarted after an interruption is so important and I always think it is an indication of a true lifestyle change! Good for you!

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AMSPARKER 7/17/2012 3:49AM

    Great job!!! It's wonderful when those pounds start flying, isnt it?? And on top of a vacation, too! Great news! Keep it up!

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BUBBLEJ1 7/17/2012 3:35AM

    emoticon You are too awesome :) 25 pounds down, what a milestone!

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APPLETARTZZ 7/16/2012 10:55PM

    That's AWESOME!!!

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NANCYHOME247 7/16/2012 5:00PM

    Your elation and pride in accomplishment shines through your words today!

Can you feel my virtual pat on your back?

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You have the kind of FOCUS I need!! What a tremendous WIN!!

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JADOMB 7/16/2012 4:30PM

    I'm proud of you sweetie, keep it up. I know it is hard when having a family to take care of, but make sure you take care of yourself. As Coach Nancy blogged, be sure to put the oxygen mask on yourself before you put it on your children or other loved ones. It is so true. If you don't take care of yourself, you will burn out by the time your kids are all grown up and on their own. Then WHAT GOOD ARE YOU? LOL Stay on plan and keep the faith. Your grandkids will love you for it.

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NEWMOM20121 7/16/2012 3:55PM

    Good for you. Vacations are nice, but it sure is nice to get back to regular exercise. Hope you had a great time.

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The aftermath: My butt is the victim

Sunday, July 15, 2012

I am SO stiff and sore today, in spite of the fact I was unable to finish the full workout yesterday. I'm definitely paying the price of my laziness. My butt feels like it's been beaten by a baseball bat, my shoulders are screaming, my thighs... let's not talk about my thighs.

Today is recovery, and tomorrow, I'm going to boot camp again. Just an hour, though... I know better. ;)

It feels good to feel bad again.

In other news: Pray for my youngest. She's got an infected lymph node, and is doing her best chipmunk impression. With a fever.

  
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AMSPARKER 7/22/2012 3:54AM

    she's adorable...hope she gets better fast. WayToGo on the workout!

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BUBBLEJ1 7/22/2012 1:40AM

    Naw, what a cutiepie! Hope she is feeling better!

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DESERTJULZ 7/16/2012 5:54PM

    She is beautiful, chipmunk or not. ;)

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JADOMB 7/15/2012 2:25PM

    My prayers are with both of you.

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1MIN17SECB412PM 7/15/2012 1:53PM

    emoticon emoticon OUCH!! emoticon I can sooo hear you on that one!! Are you doing the Boot Camp team challenges? Oh girl, you truly ARE brave!! Sending prayers!! emoticon

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