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Triggers . . . More confessions of a food addict!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

When the 5% Summer Challenge invited us to write about our trigger foods, all the normally loves came to mind. After reading a few other people talk about their trigger foods, a revelation came to me: Letís face it, I see food and I begin to salivate. I can so relate to the classical conditioning theory that Ivan Pavlov showcased through dogs salivating when he rang the bell.

When it came time to lose weight, I would teasingly say I wanted to do the seafood diet, only it should have been spelled the way it was meant to be: Seefood Diet.



Here I am at a Sri Lankan buffet. I am so in my element with a good buffet! Asian cooking offers so many better food options than the typical comfort foods most Americans enjoy. Other than a higher salt content, I really do fare rather well at buffets and often stay within my calorie range. Just writing this sounds weird. Weight Watchers and the new food pyramid/plate have taught me well about core foods that leave us feeling the most satisfied . . . and naturally, I love them all! How else do you think I can average more than 20 servings of freggies daily over a two-week period when two of my challenges concentrated on eating fruits and vegetables?

I have a reality to face up to. I know I can master food, but it wonít be without its trials. Iím nearly at goal (97 lbs gone). Iíve learned how to eat much healthier, but I still love my food and am very aware that if I donít keep this in check, it could get out of hand all too easily. If getting a few extra bags or wrinkles is the side effect of losing this much weight later in life, then I guess thatís a small price to pay for this one very happy and blessed child of God. I pray that I can continue to make improvements and can now begin to concentrate on other areas of my life while working to stay fit and healthy.

May you know your weaknesses and find effective ways to change course when needed.

  
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BOOKWORM27S 7/18/2011 11:09AM

    Great blog!
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LOTUSBURGER 7/14/2011 5:46PM

    "May you know your weaknesses and find effective ways to change course when needed."

I think thats the battle!! I needed that... find the courses
to move beyond!!!

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4MRSDAND123 7/14/2011 11:20AM

    Words of wisdom here in this blog. Not only will you reach your goal, I think you will also be able to maintain it. What you've learned along the journey about your relationship with food will insure your continued success. The knowledge that you share and your success on the scale inspire.

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SPBETTERWAY 7/14/2011 8:06AM

    Wow! A Sri Lankan buffet. We have the usual Chinese at which I choose carefully because everything is in sauce. How did that 20 servings of freggies work for you?

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Trigger Foods . . . Confessions of an addict!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Pre-challenge #4 for our Summer 5% Challenge asks us to define our trigger foods. Successfully making the best of these situations has meant a relatively long learning curve, and will likely remain part of a life-time of learning in how to deal with these and new triggers.

My weaknesses happen to be:

1) Ice cream. Iím now a convert to frozen yogurt or low-fat ice cream or McDonaldís like custard soft serve . . . and I no longer need an ice cream treat every night! I've come a long way, as I may have only enjoyed two or three frozen treats this week. This is major success! You see enough pictures of me, so here's one of my partner in crime (snicker, snicker) while I was touring India last summer and visiting McDonald's for a cone.



2) Fresh Bread. Publix makes the best Italian bread. When I do buy it, I pick up the super-thin sliced bakery breads to make light BLTs, light French toast or grilled cheeses. I also now enjoy more whole grain English Muffins, Arnold's sandwich thins, and lower calorie tortillas.

3) Salt. Love salty snacks (over sugary ones): crackers, nuts, popcorn, cheese and Chinese! For the most part, I have to pass by the Better Cheddars, Triscuits, and the like quickly and not even let them into the house. All too often, a 7-9 serving box would only last an hour or two, or perhaps a day or two (under due diligence), if I was lucky. I primarily buy unsalted almonds for their flavor and healthy properties and unsalted cashews (a little less often) for one of my favorite curries. However, more recently, Iíve picked up the Planterís deluxe mixed nuts at Samís Club. Iím began keeping the serving sizes reasonable and within my calorie and salt ranges, then I had a couple instances where I just couldnít keep my mitts off opening this tasty jar of treats! . . . This has become my newest ďtrigger foodĒ! I've been hot-air popping my popcorn for more than ten years. Donít even want that fat-laden movie popcorn any more. I've also learned how to eat healthier at the buffet, but the sodium there will likely always put me over the top . . . these are times I drink more water to flush my system. Apparently, what I'm doing works, because my sodium intake is currently on the low end of normal.



4) Cheesy Pizza with the works! I no longer want to even waste my Weight Watcher (WW) points with commercial pizza anymore because I can make it so much tastier, healthier, and lower in calorie. Before the new WW PointsPlus, I regularly enjoyed making ďOne PointĒ pizza slice using whole grain (light) English Muffins . . . making the six-point slices in most pizza pies a whole lot less appealing. Today, with the onset of a terrific variety of flatbreads, super thin crusts, and high-fiber tortillas, the pizza market is doing a much better job in bringing us lighter options. This has made eating out and shopping for new ingredients much more enjoyable. I've come to enjoy the veggie pizzas even more than the heavy meat and cheese laden ones. I find that the flavorful cheese serves quite nicely when used as ďgarnishĒ (vs the fat-laden entrťes of old). I can now even eat within my calorie range at Cici's Pizza! Their thin crust pizza is only 190 for two slices! WooHoo!



5) Fried clams, onion rings, and French fries. I've learned that denial is not the answer, but eating in moderation and with a lot less frequently seems to do the trick in satisfying my appetite for these foods. I only order onion rings where three or more onion ring lovers are gathered Ė this strategy has served me well. I also can share the seafood platter at Perkins quite nicely. Iím still waiting to give my Hungry Girl onion ring recipe a try.

Iím looking forward to reading how you handle your trigger foods?

  
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IMIN2GENES 7/13/2011 11:29AM

    Thanks for sharing! I'm not sure I really have a trigger food. I'm more of a distracted eater than an emotional one. Too busy to pay attention to what goes in... LOL! If anything is a trigger for me, I'd have to say it's chocolate - dark chocolate!
Chris

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JUGE300000 7/12/2011 4:38PM

    I too like some of the same things...salty foods WITH ice cream. Sweet and salty just seem to go together soooooo well. Great article.

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 7/12/2011 12:10PM

    I think you are doing great! Salty snacks are my biggest downfall! So I don't buy them, then I taught myself how to make potato chips in the microwave. So now I don't make them very often, just when I have tuna salad, I use them as a mini wafer then.

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WELLNESSME09 7/11/2011 5:50PM

    Great information, thanks for sharing!!! emoticon

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JANETELIZABETH1 7/11/2011 4:37PM

    Thanks Evelyn, I've been looking my trigger food too...sweets & chocolate!! Personally I found by cutting out all grains (probably not what people would do. but none of them are my friends!) = no sweet tooth!! Who would have thought it? Not me!! But that works for me.
Glad you are making lots of informed choices on your journey to better health.
Hugs
Janet

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FREES1 7/11/2011 1:18PM

    you hit a lot of mine!!! Have you tried the veggie pizzas from Sam's club? We enjoy them once in a while. I've swapped fried scallops, clams, etc for sauteed (most times - although when I get to a good place that is oceanside all limits are off!). Nuts etc. i take the serving in a snack bag

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SPBETTERWAY 7/11/2011 1:14PM

    You hit 4 big ones for me too. I'm enjoying a Clausen dill pickle right now. Nothing like that slightly salty taste. We've been passing up pizza. I'll have to try making the English muffin version. Thanks!

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BUFFALOKAY 7/11/2011 12:44PM

    Thanks for sharing the info. You brought up some great strategies!
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BUFFALOKAY 7/11/2011 12:44PM

    Thanks for sharing the info. You brought up some great strategies!
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BUFFALOKAY 7/11/2011 12:43PM

    Thanks for sharing the info. You brought up some great strategies!
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DISP715 7/11/2011 12:34PM

    Trigger foods, know them well. You sound like you are developing some great strategies. Good for you. I am happy to say I haven't binged in almost a year. A big part of that has been SP. A place where I find tons of support and motivation. I can't say I won't have my moments, but, things are definitely better. My triggers are Girl Scout Thin Mints, wheat thins and coconut cake. I avoid them, since I still believe that I cannot eat them in moderation. The longer I go without them, the less they appeal to me. Oh.....and peanut M + M's. When my third son was born (had 3 in 3 years!) all I ate were peanut M + M's for 3 months!! Seriously, the big bags from Costcos!! Anyway, strategies are good, your plan is good and you are doing great. HUGS!!

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5% Challenge: Why do you want to lose weight?

Sunday, July 10, 2011

In responding to a 5% Summer Challenge, our assignment was to write about why we want to lose weight. This list is not prioritized.

1) Because I can. So many people proclaimed from the rooftops that, ďAfter you turn 50, losing this much weight just isn't either feasible or possible.Ē Sounds like a good challenge to me! I know I can do this, but I chose to do it s-l-o-w in an attempt to help me KEEP it off. I do believe this was a wise strategy.

2) With early retirement around the corner, I want to be able to travel to some of the countries so many of my friends, former classmates, and school colleagues call home: Japan, Peru, and China (loves that began when I attended campus in the 70ís), Taiwan, Sri Lanka, India, and Nepal (most recent university graduates, many of whom are working in this country or attending graduate school).

3) One of my biggest motivators was this mentality: The last thing I want to hear overseas are these words, ďLook at that fat American, over there!Ē Letís face it, America has become the face of obesity. I always dreamed I might perform Tai Chi in a public park in China. May 31, 2006 was the time that I took a stand to change this cycle of weight gain and I just recently celebrated my five-year anniversary with a healthy BMI.

4) I want to improve my health. In the past five years, Iíve put the 3-pronged cane back in the closet, disconnected the sleep apnea machine, lessened the acid blocker prescribe me (in half), and lowered my heart meds to a half minimum dose. Big WooHoo!

5) Take personal responsibility for a body which I ultimately believe belongs to the God of my living faith. This body is the foundation for sharing my worship, praise, and thanksgiving. I cannot do this very well as a morbidly obese person. Now is the time to be able to do, with much more ease, that which God has planned for me to do.

Now that Iím within three pounds of losing one hundred pounds, Iím excited to use this challenge to grow a level of fitness that Iíve been missing all my life, grow my intimate relationship with God, and eat much more nutritionally sound meals.

Hereís my sometimes secret confession, I donít recognize myself as either of the before and after people that have become my personal testimony. All too often, I consider myself fat. I really need to change this mind set. This challenge and following the example of some wonderful long-time SparkFriends like Maartjebol and Northwoodsmom8 and some newer folks Iím meeting in a maintenance SparkTeam (Momfan, Janetelizabeth1, ReynJanet, etc), will help me put my mind set in perspective.

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Iíve pretty much been fat or obese all my life with the exception of a brief time in the mid 70ís. Itís time for a reality check and Iím hoping this 5% challenge and monthly fitness minutes done in primarily maintenance mode is just what the doctor ordered!

How are you doing in meeting your goals? Care to share a secret to your success?

  
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SWEETLIPS 8/12/2011 8:46PM

    I am so encouraged by this blog as being led here from J.M. team. Woman, you have blessed me and shown me a way to go. Futher, you look fabulous. I am loving Weight Watchers - mostly because I was so ready. emoticon

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LOTUSBURGER 7/13/2011 2:50PM

    WOW how beautiful you are!! Before and After!
That GREAT smile!!
Are you on the Teddybear team again?

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CCCARTER3 7/11/2011 1:11PM

    Way to go,you have came a long way.Not far from the 100 lbs,so proud of you.Thanks for sharing.
Love the pics too

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4MRSDAND123 7/11/2011 8:17AM

    Excellent list. You have a winner's attitude and determination to succeed! It's inspiring!

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SPBETTERWAY 7/10/2011 4:25PM

    What an inspirational blog! Your retirement dreams are wonderful.
Summer is helping me because I'm outside a lot. I hope to make some good habits that will see me through the winter this year. Shirley

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JUGE300000 7/10/2011 9:46AM

    Good for you. Whether you recognize yourself as the "before" or the "after" the after shot looks great. You have really been successful, and I hope you will continue to be.

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SHELLEBELLE130 7/10/2011 8:34AM

    What a great list Evelyn!! You CAN do it.....you leave no doubt about it! :) So happy and very excited for you!!

~hugs~

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/10/2011 6:46AM

    So glad you will be a Teddy Bear again this summer challenge! You are such a motivation and wonderful supporter to the team! These are wonderful reasons to STAY fit and healthy, and to reach those last few pounds to an AWESOME accomplishment! I have no doubt this will be a great 5% challenge for you, and that you will reach these goals.

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Sometimes we just have to walk on the wild side!

Saturday, July 09, 2011

A little walk on the wild side brings a little excitement to any day of mine. Sometimes my walk on the wild side has a little more wildlife than I expected. One such weekend was during our family reunion, one fox was preening the other in the back yard.



A doe and her fawn frolicked in the yard of my brotherís place in the Milwaukee area.



Are you noticing a little wildlife in your area?

  
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JUGE300000 7/13/2011 12:16PM

    I agree! Since leaving on vacation in the Smokies and Boone, NC, my wife and I have taken a number of nature walks. We have spotted lots of wildlife, and it is most enjoyable. You have this one pegged.

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NH_MOM 7/11/2011 10:51PM

    I think I pretty much live in it. We currently have red & gray squirrels, chipmunks, all kinds of birds, woodchucks and a black bear. Last year we had a moose go through our backyard. There's a field just down the road and we see deer and lots of wild turkeys. I even stopped to help a turtle get out of the road. Once I got near it I saw it was a snapping turtle. It was only a little one but it would've bit my hand off if I wasn't careful. When I go for walks on my own I tend to look for "nature". You never know what you might see.

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KATHYKIM 7/10/2011 2:03PM

    I so love all of God's creatures! It makes my day when we spot wildlife. I am looking forward to the six weeks in our RV - we often stay in areas where wildlife is abundant.


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REJ7777 7/10/2011 9:41AM

    Beautiful! emoticon

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NOEL_76 7/9/2011 4:31PM

    cool! I saw a butterfly the other day when I was down at the pool.. it was yellow and black.. a butterflys flight is so graceful like they don't have a care in the world. :)

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COOP9002 7/9/2011 11:07AM

    There's just something good about being out in the middle of nature.

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ELEGANTFLOWERS 7/9/2011 9:42AM

    Just last Saturday when my friend and I was going for a hike their was a deer at the beginning of the trail. Yesterday I saw 2 rabbits. It's always fun seeing wild life.

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KMICHA 7/9/2011 9:39AM

    It's a good thing to notice the beauty of God's creature creation! Love the early mornings when the wild life tends to be out a bit more!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/9/2011 7:59AM

    We came face to face with a beautiful deer last week on our walk. She popped out in the clearing about 3 feet from us, was Awesome! We also saw coyote a few weeks back when we walked our 1/2 marathon. Great photos!

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ANELAKANOA 7/9/2011 7:50AM

  I live right by a trail so I love seeing the animals on my walks, it just feels so nice being outside and seeing nature. If that makes any sense. lol emoticon

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INFLATED 7/9/2011 3:00AM

    Yes, I have seen many groundhogs this year, many deer (most had been hit by traffic and were along the roadside), toads, a turtle, squirrels and rabbits, a great horned owl. It seemed a good year for wild things.

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Beauty as seen through Nature!

Friday, July 08, 2011

We all have our unique places where we find our joy. I find it through my relationship with God, family, and friends. A little walk through nature brings just such joy to my day. A walk around the Glensheen Mansion grounds did just the trick, while enjoying the big-band sounds with majestic Lake Superior as their awesome backdrop:











My official Weight Watcher weigh-in brought me some spectacular news: Down nearly another pound (.8 lbs). Iím amazed because I honestly expected these last 20 pounds to be a little slower than molasses. This just goes to show you that moving more, as encouraged by the 5% seasonal challenges really does work when combined with healthy eating.

I hope youíre meeting your goals today, as well as finding a little beauty and joy!

  
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KERLIN26 7/8/2011 12:23PM

  You look awesome! You're soooo close!

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4MRSDAND123 7/8/2011 10:25AM

    What magnificent lakeside property. And you are looking fabulous!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/8/2011 6:48AM

    Such beautiful photos! I can see why you are so motivated to walk for so long! Beauty to look at, and you can tell your walks are working! Keep it up!

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REJ7777 7/8/2011 6:35AM

    What a lovely place to go for a walk!

Who is that gorgeous woman sitting on that stone wall? WOW! You look great! emoticon emoticon

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