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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Ultimate in sacrificial slash good-dieting behavior: I managed to avoid the HOT Krispy Kremes that I BROUGHT IN MYSELF (for our European guests who'd never had them) this morning.

Doughuts, zero! El-E-E, one!

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BLITZEN40 3/1/2013 12:19AM

    You brought in Krispy Kremes and didn't even have one? Wow! That's some iron clad will power. emoticon

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MZIMIGA 2/27/2013 3:14PM

    Way to resist the temptation! THAT WOULD BE HARD! (Especially Krispy Kreme's, cuz MMMM, YUMMY!!!!!) :) Good job! :) emoticon

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Update and goals

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

I weighed in today a pound down, at 144.4. Surprised me! But I'LL TAKE IT!

I really do think time of the month had to do with my [blog] outburst last week. Because yesterday I had around 1250 calories, and still on the lower end of my protein range (even though I thought I was really trying to add protein), and i wasn't ravenous like the week before. Noted for next month!

Or maybe it's just a full-on crapshoot and you can't predict anything. You just keep on keeping on.

So, I was thinking about Goals last week and read one of the SP articles about Long-term, short-term, and even "medium-term" goals. I didn't think I had any medium term goals, LOL, so I wrote a few down. I wanted to sit with them a few days and make sure I really believe them before I posted them here.

Short-term goals (Feb-Mar):
1. Up my protein intake.
2. Finish the 10-min-a-day exercise challenge.
3. Establish the habit of working out consistently again.
4. Hike the mountain at least once. :)

Short-term goals (Mar-Apr.)
1. Reach 140 lbs.
2. Make quinoa. (I'm curious.)
3. Have 3 consecutive 12- or 1300-calorie days.

Medium-term goals:
1. Lose 13-15 pounds.
2. Feel better in clothes.

Long-term goals:
1. Run a 5k.
2. Maintain a healthy BMI.
3. Enjoy life! Including food! Within reason!

My favorite is that last one.

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BLITZEN40 2/26/2013 12:00PM

    My 1-4 short term goals are identical to yours! Though the mountain I'll be hiking is relatively small :) Great list! Good luck and enjoy the journey. emoticon

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NEW-PAMELA-BERG 2/26/2013 11:01AM

    We recently tried quinoa, I enjoyed it, hubby liked it, daughter just picked at it. Doesn't taste like anything I ever had before, but I thought it was good. There are a lot of spark recipes to give it a shot, if one doesn't taste good be sure to try another before writing it off.

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Ffffrrrrhhgghgh. Fail. (advice wanted)

Friday, February 22, 2013

Yesterday I knew I needed to keep to the low end of my SP range (1200) because I'd had a couple of days where I went over by 100-200 calories. I just want to even out the average for the week, you know, not go way under or anything drastic.

But OMAHGAH, 1200 calories is SO LITTLE!! I thought I portioned things out okay with plenty of protein (and my other totals show that), but by the end of the day I was starving. And then my schedule got screwy and it turned out I couldn't eat dinner with my family at 6, so I made stupid choices (handful of cheeze-its and some cookies) on my way out the door. emoticon

And when I got home from choir rehearsal I was STILL starving so I ate my allotted pizza, plus some.

Waaaaaaa! I want to do this right, but I just CAN'T do 1200 calories.

Does it have something to do with time-of-the-month, that those 1200 just don't feel like enough?? (Please say yes. Otherwise I fear I'll NEVER be able to stay at that number and therefore never lose a pound.)


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MZIMIGA 2/22/2013 2:37PM

    I feel your pain. All these years I'd never figured out how to stick to 1200. I was ALWAYS hungry. But this time I'm doing it! The main thing was i actually started paying attention to the protein content when bringing food into my house or when packing my lunch bag to take to work! I specifically went on the hunt for high protein items. Kellogg's makes a great high fiber high protein granola bar and they are very good (they have chocolate on them!!). My other trick that has worked for me is that I eat ALL DAY LONG. I wake up and have my Kashi protein cereal with skim milk. Work out, shower, get dressed, go to work...and then let the snacking begin! But I ONLY pack good stuff in my lunch box and I know I'm allowed to eat it all! I pack EAS protein shakes, I pack hard boiled eggs (I just eat the whites), I eat those granola bars, sometimes I bring fresh fruit and sometimes it's yogurt, and I bring plain shaved deli turkey....plus I have a bottle of unsweetened ice tea that I refill constantly....I'm seriously never hungry and I do very good at sticking to the low end of my 1200-1500 range (except the last two days...I've added SODA back in...AHHHHH, but my 12 pack is empty so I'm refusing to buy any more so I won't be tempted) Then for dinner I try and cook something healthy, or on pizza nights I have maybe ONE slice of the kids' pizza and then I cook a Lean Cuisine meal for myself (cuz I LOVE those)! And popcorn for after dinner snacks. But I really think the key is to up the protein and snack healthy all day long instead of planning 3 meals a day. This is the FIRST time in my life I've been able to stick to that range and not be starved all day and give up in a week. YOU CAN DO IT!! emoticon

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EL-E-E 2/22/2013 1:52PM

    Thanks to everyone, so much, for the help. I really appreciate it. I feel like I KNOW to eat more/better protein, and thought I did yesterday, but guess what? I went back and checked: my range is 60-136 or something like that. I'd only had 71g! I thought since I was "in range" that was good enough but clearly NO. So I'll work on it. Protein without many calories, though, that's the hard part. (I don't like yogurt, whiiiiine!) I'll have to figure it out.

Feeling slightly better after a walk to lunch and a salad bar. Still frustrated, but better.


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GOODWITCH333 2/22/2013 11:34AM

    1200 IS hard.
I would suggest going for volume. Whole apples instead of apple sauce, 0% yogurt, oranges and strawberries should all satisfy the TOM sweet tooth. Also go for high fiber grains and vegetable soup. I always have a veg soup frozen into 1C servings. If I get hungry I can just nuke thaw and serve for very few cals. With a whole grain bun and soup, I'm full.

You might also want to increase your activity levels so you can eat a bit extra.

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HPSANDDOLLAR 2/22/2013 11:09AM

  Substitute protein for carbs.

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BRERRABBIT1 2/22/2013 10:58AM

    Hi EL-E-E,
:) Just a suggestion:

Start with a big bowl. Add:
apple-cider vinegar
olive oil
ground pepper
Mix in bite-size sliced orange segments OR sliced grapes OR apple.. enough to sweeten the dressing.
Add quality home-cooked protein (salmon OR Chicken OR hard-boiled egg, etc)
Add: chopped pickle, bell pepper, peas, corn, olives, beans, whatever cooked or raw vegs appeal to you
Add: chopped walnuts OR pecans OR other nuts OR seeds
Add: greens, as spinach, kale, lettuce, etc

This will be a huge meal. Eat it at leisure. Write down the time. Repeat after two and a half hours. You will never be hungry.


**Biology grows on you.**

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SISSIE21 2/22/2013 10:35AM

    I try to stick to around 1200 (+/- 100-200 cal) calories because even though I have a lot of weight to lose, I wasn't losing at the higher caloric ranges.
What I did was make a list of foods that I like that don't have a lot of calories and then go to them when I get hungry. Another thing I noticed was that protein gives me more feelings of being full than other foods, I use a lot of vegetarian protein.
Don't know how long you've been on 1200 calories, but I started out at more and then gradually brought it down to that range. That helped me to get accustomed to it instead of drastically asking my body to get used to less calories.
One more tip: I alternate my days so that one or two days are on the higher range and then one or two on the lower. It seems to work, I have more energy and lose weight well that way.
Don't know if any of this will help. But if you are constantly hungry, perhaps you really need to increase your range. Maybe you body is telling you that?
It's a puzzle figuring out what works and what is sustainable. Good luck!
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BEVENH 2/22/2013 10:29AM

    Are you drinking enough water. Often that helps me overcome the need to eat more. Just think about your water intake, and good luck to you, hang in there.

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So far this week

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

...It's going pretty well! I'm loving all the fruits and veggies still at my house (Thanks, Dad!). Last night I had a big field greens salad, with chicken, tomatoes, cilantro, a little lo-fat cheese, and this great dressing I've made up: mix Pace Chipotle Salsa (I grabbed it by mistake at the grocery store but I love it), about 3 TBSP, with 1 TBSP Ranch dressing. YUM.

And I've managed to fit in around 30 minutes workout each day, in 10-minute bursts. Last week I was just getting in the swing of things with 10 minutes a day, and this week I'm bumping it up. I'm glad. Wish I could have nice, long 45-minute workouts at a gym, but that is just not to be for me (not on weekdays, anyway) at this stage in my life.

I'm feeling sore today. Did something I hadn't done in a LONG time yesterday - windmill toe-touches, old school! - and my back is feeling it.

We'll probably eat lunch out today so I hope I can make good choices.

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BLITZEN40 2/22/2013 2:06AM

    Windmill toe touches...I'd forgotten all about those! Way to go getting your exercise in!

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MZIMIGA 2/21/2013 9:36AM

    Oh wow....windmills I FORGOT about those...our PE teacher used to have us do those :) I did burpees yesterday for the first time in forever...totally brought me back to PE days too....that was courtesy of a Jillian Michael's DVD. Good luck on making good choices at lunch....I took my 13 year old daughter out on a date on Monday night to Bonanza of all places and oh dear did I overindulge!! I worked it all off though, and you will too! :) Have a good day and keep up the good work! :)

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ALWAYSROSY 2/20/2013 8:20AM

    Sounds like you had a GREAT week!


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BLOCKHEAD23 2/20/2013 8:20AM

    Keep it up! emoticon

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Monday morning

Monday, February 18, 2013

We had a fun weekend with my parents and my little girlie's birthday friends.

We tried -- my parents are on WW -- to not go crazy overboard on points/calories, but it was hard. Excuses, excuses. It's okay. I'm planning a low-end-of-my-range day today, and plenty of water, and hopefully the damage will be undetectable. It was fun comparing the WW iPhone apps to the Sparkpeople. (They're very similar!)

And it helps to have everyone being conscious of calories together! Dad went to the grocery store and bought all kinds of fruits and veggies for us (zero points!), and left them at my house, so I'm set for the week to eat well!

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Have a good Monday, everyone!

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BLITZEN40 2/19/2013 10:20AM

    So nice when all your guests are on the same eating plan! emoticon

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