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goodbye fast food, i don't even miss you!

Thursday, July 01, 2010

my big new year's resolution was to cut out fast food. so far i have been successful! i didn't think this was going to be as difficult as last year's goal of no soda (which i was also successful at), but did think it would give me some tough moments.

with soda the trouble was it was always accessible. i would just have to focus, use some creativity and look outside the box. fast food restraunts were the toughest. meals come with a drink, not all restraunts offer non-soda varieties in their fountain options. but i got through it, just as i knew i could get through the fast food temptations.

i didn't eat out a lot growning up. i worked at taco bell in high school and that's when i started eating fast food. i can count on my hands how many times my parents took us to mcdonald's growing up. for awhile my consumption was practically daily. when i quit the bell i lost a lot of weigh real quick. scary. from this i limited my intake to a few times a month. plus after looking at that nastiness daily the last thing you want is to actually eat it.

my trips through the drive thru were steady, but mostly an act of laziness or late night munchies. i decided this year i would give it up completely. i worked fast food, i've read fast food nation, seen super size me, all that fun stuff! so i know, first hand, how awful the fast food industry is. there is stuff in the food that makes you addicted and crave it. i notice in myself that when i do eat fast food, i want more and more. this is not unusual, they hire scientists to put crap in there that causes this. my friend likes to say mcdonald's fries are breaded in crack. i'm sure that isn't far from the truth.

i'm not going to say i've become immune to the smell of a fast food restraunt when i drive by, or when i'm with people who are eating it. but i have become very strong to the desire to not eat it. when i gave up soda i noticed changes in my body, i haven't done this with fast food. i just didn't eat it often enough. i can imagine when i do finally eat something (after 2010 ends, of course) my insides will want to explode. i can still remember the feeling brought on by eating a greasy meal from jack in the box. i'm sure it will be worse since my body has rid itself of all the ickiness. that gives me some strength to not want it.

i know there will be some struggles in the next 6 months. i have given myself a subway option. traveling is a very difficult time to not eat fast food. so i will get myself to subway if there is no other option. i really don't see how subway is different than getting one of those premade sandwiches at a grocery store deli. at least at subway i can control what goes on it. also, where i live (eastern washington state) doesn't offer many non-fast food restraunts aside from places you sit and order. there aren't many deli's or quick places to grab a healthy option. so sad.

tune in 6 months from now to find out if i survived the summer and the holidays!

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DONNA_VT 7/1/2010 8:13PM

    Fast food was more of a problem for me when I was working. Now days when we travel we pack a lunch and skip the fast food altogether. Good luck with your challenge.

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NEELIXNKES 7/1/2010 7:46PM

    That's awesome. I am doing a similar challenge by avoiding drive thrus. I had a good streak going but have been faltering lately. Thanks for sharing your progress! emoticon

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ANGELLYBELLY 7/1/2010 7:18PM

    Since I eat Kosher all my life I have never been to a McDonalds, Jack in the Box, Taco Bell or anything like that. In college when we were reading Fast Food Nation people couldn't believe I had NEVER been to a "fast food joint".
Kosher has it's equivalent though with restaurants that serve burgers, but it's not as processed (it's made from scratch).
However.. this year I have completely cut even Kosher "fast food" from my diet (it's too expensive to eat out at Kosher restaurants.. a burger is $6!!).
I don't miss it one bit!

So go you! This is a huge step in the healthy-lifestyle-journey!

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TALK2010 7/1/2010 12:10PM

  That is such an admirable goal! I'm sure it will feel great when you've accomplished your resolution in December!

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SKYWATCHERRS 7/1/2010 11:59AM

    What great progress you've made! I can relate with the title of your blogpost - I very rarely crave fast food anymore. Every once in a long while I will indulge in Taco Bell or Whataburger/WEndy's, but I really don't even miss it. And you know what? When I DO have fast food, I am often disappointed because it no longer tastes as good as I remember! LOL....

KEep up the great work, you are doing SO WELL!!

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super sizzling summer!

Friday, June 25, 2010

as i blogged earlier this week i'm going to make some goals to focus on this summer and really get my mind, body and spirit into shape. here are my goals (so far):

*go to bed by 10 everynight. now, i know this won't be possible everynight, but i can certainly work towards it when nothing major is going on.

*no soda

*alcohol only on friday or saturday. as many of you may know, i have some alcohol issues i'm working through right now. i'm hoping that giving myself one day a week will keep me in line so i won't cave to a six pack on tuesday night. i can do this!

*exercise is some way at least 20 minutes a day

*8 glass of water minimum.

*track food. I'm horrible at this!

every week i'm going to choose a goal to focus on. whether it's one i'm struggling with above or something entirely different. I need to focus on myself and i do believe summer will be a great time span to do this. i didn't choose a 'lose 10 lbs' type of goal because i just want to see where a healthy, in control lifestyle can lead me. i need to focus on myself as a whole instead of just the scale, or just the calories. it all needs to come together so i can get a handle on my out of control unhealthy lifestyle.

i psuedo started this yesterday and this weekend i'll kick it into high gear with the food tracking and working out.

in the spark it talks about setting short, mid and long term goals. fitting those three goals into this summer goes as follows:

short: i need to feel comfortable in a pair of shorts right now!

mid: hubbie's 30th birthday party is august 21 and i want to look freaking adorable in a cute sundress

long: sis in law's wedding is sept 17 (24?) and i have this adorable dress picked out. i want to wear it and i want to make a 'grand entrance' to family i haven't seen in a long time. not that i want to upstage the bride or anything! ;)

i'll be blogging about my success, failures, etc to keep me on track. i would love to hear some awesome sp feedback! you all are great and i love reading your words or wisdom and encouragement. thanks!

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MOMFAN 6/25/2010 11:47PM


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SUGIRL06 6/25/2010 2:48PM

    I love your goals here! Can you make up some sort of visual to help remind you? That always works for me. You can do this!

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DONNA_VT 6/25/2010 1:57PM

    Your goals sound reasonable. I have a wedding to attend for my nephew in October that I already bought the dress for . . . too small. It is giving me something to work towards. Good luck this weekend!

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already 6 months?!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

well, it's almost july and i have come to the conclusion that my dreams, goals and ambitions for 2010 have fallen way, way short. i need to do something about this. i was inspired yesterday by a buffalo tom song and i have decided that i'm going to make this summer a fit and healthy one. my main focus will be me and my health. granted, this is going to be difficult and i'm going to have to remind myself everyday that i'm #1. not that hot dog at yet another bbq.
i realize it's the 3rd day of summer and time is already slipping by. i realize that my rib/back is still giving me fits every other day, but i'm going to figure some way around the pain and accomplish something! i'm going to come up with a game plan tonight and hopefully have some details to post for all of you in the next couple days.

here's to summer 2010!

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RAINBOWFALLS 6/25/2010 10:16AM

    This is the perfect time to get those goals under way! Best of luck to you. emoticon

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DONNA_VT 6/23/2010 8:39PM

    I will be waiting to hear your plans. Maybe I can use some of your ideas to help me stay on track better. Good Luck to us all

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DIANEKAREN 6/23/2010 4:07PM

    I started tracking my food again today...and realized where I left off was about a year ago!!! So here we go again, trying again is better than not, right? emoticon

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TRIGFROST 6/23/2010 2:16PM

    It's been 7- months for me and I am 17 pounds short today...
Today was my due date...and I blew it off...now am starting to feel bad about it myself...

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ALLICATT 6/23/2010 1:05PM

    I hear you! I recently realized it's been 6 months for me on Sparkpeople and I'm 10 lbs. short of my goal. As long as we keep tracking foods we should continue going in the right direction instead of letting the weight come back. As far as the hot dogs - I quickly realized that they may taste good but they are not even very filling as so many calories!!

Good luck!

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SUGIRL06 6/23/2010 12:52PM

    There will always be another hot dog. LoL! You can do this!

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YOMAMA128 6/23/2010 12:01PM

    Yeah -- it's a great time for us to take stock and renew our commitment to #1 - ourselves!

We are worth it -- worth far more than the habits we need to leave behind.



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GOAL_WORTHY 6/23/2010 11:48AM

    I'm with you!

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feeling hopelessly hopeless

Thursday, June 17, 2010

I've been mia and i'm really letting my teams down so i feel i should at least explain why i've disappeared the last week.

i've disapeared from the internet completely, so it's not just here (facebook, twitter, etc, also). i can't deal with hearing about everyone else's problems, successes, awesome life's, etc. so i've been avoiding everyone and everything and just trying to figure out my life.

i missed a day and a half of work last week. not by choice, my boss sent us home cause there wasn't enough money to cover payroll. so adding to my stress is a smaller paycheck and not knowing how often that is going to happen or when i'm going to be out of a job completely. i have about $70 to last me the next 2 weeks for groceries and everything else. i see a lot of mac and cheese and hot dogs in my future. and no "toy story 3"!

memorial day weekend i injured my ribs in a drunken dancing hoopla. they were getting so much better. barely any pain at all. then saturday i was driving and hurt them again. i don't have powersteering and i was trying to make a sharp turn into a parking stall. i tugged the wheel to the right (that's the injured side) and just felt this weird pop and had a dull pain in my ribs for a couple hours. then i had to help my husband lay sod in the backyard. lots of hard work there. i took some ibuprofen and felt better sunday. went out on the boat sunday and didn't feel too much pain. but omg, monday! i stretched or something at work and just pain! then tuesday i stretched across the car trying to get my dog and more pain. yesterday was ok. the more i move and have to lift stuff the worse they are. so no working out. i can't even take a walk around the neighborhood as i learned monday.

monday i stepped on the scale actually thinking i'd have a loss since the weigh in the week before had tom weight gain. no, i gained 1.5 lbs! putting me back at 230 where i swore i'd never be again! and putting me 2.5 lbs away from my starting weight from a year ago!

needless to say i'm very frustrated. i can't eat healthy and i can't work out. i feel like the biggest failure and i'm going to be fat forever. so, though i love to come to sparkpeople and read about everyone's awesome success stories and moments of acheivement and i love to give hope and advice when others struggle, i just haven't been able to deal with it when i'm standing in front of this HUGE brick wall.

hopefully i get past this feeling very quickly and in a couple weeks i will have a good pay check and be able to afford fruit and veggies again.

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SUNRIZING 6/23/2010 2:46PM

    Tonya_Jo had some gud ideas and I was thinking too that bananas arn't too too expensive also soup is a pretty filling low cal and nuroshing food. hang in there!

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BGMUNCHKIN 6/18/2010 11:52AM

    Wow! You are having a bad time of it! Her si hoping you will find a way to turn it all around.

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RAINBOWFALLS 6/18/2010 9:28AM

    It sounds like you need to take care of yourself and set some small goals again. When life becomes overwhelming we need to take a step back and reevaluate. Decide what is important to you. Best of luck.

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NTKNLS2 6/18/2010 9:02AM

    Yesterday was the past you can't change it. Today is a new day a new start and move forward one step at a time. I hope your injuries clear up ((hugs))

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TONYA_JO 6/17/2010 10:44PM


Try to find a positive in all the gloom. It helps the outlook.

Take some time to figure out some healthier alternatives to not having much cash for groceries. Peanut butter and jelly sandwhiches, eggs, canned fruits and veggies. Tuna and pasta. T hat's all I can think of right now.

Hang in there!

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TRIGFROST 6/17/2010 12:12PM

    I can feel your pain Lady...
I broke a rib, and years later If I beathe in deep - sometimes I still feel it...not fun...
I will Pray right now for your future to be Brighter in your life...
Read the book { the Metabolism Miracle} By Diane Kress...
Maybe this will help you....
Don't give up on yourself..Keep pressing forward...
at lease take the "Mindset"...You will lose the weight you gained by not overeating each day..When you have to cut back on the food situation...

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SUNMOONSTAR9 6/17/2010 11:50AM

  If you can't afford the fruits and veggies just limit the amount of bad foods you take in. smaller portions than you would normally eat. You can lose weight just cutting cals.

I hope your ribs heal soon. I broke 2 of mine a few years ago when I fell down the stairs and that was one of the worst pains ever. Just breathing hurt sometimes so I can understand the not being able to workout or even walk around the neighborhood.

I don't really know what to say about your job. jobs are so hard to come by now but maybe looking for another job might be a good solution to the money worries. be a step ahead in case you get let go.

emoticon things will get better.

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TAILORSMOM 6/17/2010 11:16AM

    i KNOW you will get past this...if you are anything like me..i bet you already feel a lil bit better just by talking about it....

hope and pray everything works out for you and your family.. emoticon

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DDHEART 6/17/2010 11:08AM

    I hope you can get past this frustration too but it's important to take some time to yourself too so give yourself the support you would offer to others...take some time to look at where you've been and where you're going...you have a bigger challenge right now, not being able to work out but maybe you can find some things that you can do without pain...start with baby steps and build back up. Remember that the scale is fickle....a lot of things influence the number we see...don't let it rule your life and emotions...you have lost before you'll lose again. Back in the old days, what we did for people with ribcage injuries was to put a rib belt on them...this was an elastic band that helped to stabilize the area...maybe you can do this? Just a thought. Take care, hope you've seen a dr or will see one if this keeps up. Hang in there.

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Progress report on a no alcohol june

Thursday, June 10, 2010

so far so good! i've been lucky enough to be able to avoid most of my alcohol temptation social events and have kept it out of the house so that temptation is gone. for now. every weekend poses a challenge.
this weekend i got two invitations. one was to a bar and the other a bbq. i was going to do the bbq. but i will be bowing out of that as well. it's tomorrow night and with that and everything going on saturday i just don't have time to go to a bbq. saved once again! now i just have to keep it out of the house...
my big challeng will be saturday night. my bff's cousin is turning 21. all the cousins are taking him out. i grew up with these kids and feel i need to make an appearance. i have a very busy day saturday so i know i'll be exhausted by the time the night rolls around. i'll play the role of dd and not drink. plus i know when i'm that tired and start drinking i just want to go to bed. lol! plus. i still have my allergy issues going on. so plenty of reasons/excuses to keep my sober this weekend.

a few days ago i wrote a blog about some of the causes for my excessive drinking. the past few days i've been thinking about why i drink in the first place. i have a few ideas:

*i'm bored.
*i'm trying to recapture that first time. you know, like a person addicted to crack.
*i'm trying to get back to a better time in my life. this is complicated, i have these memories of being 19 - 23 just having a blast. i want that again. somehow i think alcohol will do that. i know it won't, but it just takes one thought of those times and how things are now and i'll grab a drink.
*everyone else is doing it.
*it makes people feel awkward when they are drinking and not everyone else is. i've give up alcohol for lent and other random things before. everytime i've been in a social situation and others are drinking they constantly ask why i'm not. it makes them uncomfortable. i have to put my own comfort first. i've also learned to never ask anyone why they aren't drinking.
*did i mention i'm bored?

So, i need to find a hobby and i need to take control for social situations. that will be a good start!

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AMYNUNLEY 6/14/2010 12:43AM

  First of all, great job on an alcohol free june! what i dont understand about people these days is the need to be "apologetic" for not drinking alcohol. Would you have to apologize if you were allergic to milk and everyone around you was drinking it? treat alcohol like an allergy. also, eliminate the last two of your reasons for drinking. I havent had a drop to drink in 7 years and I have fun and go out all the time. I am a non-drinker and everyone knows it, anytime someone tries to make me feel like i am ruining their fun, I just say "so should I throw it all away for you?" Most people admire someone who can give up alcohol, and even be around it. Any friend who would pressure you to drink is NO friend. you need to be up front and proud of the fact that you don't drink. you'll be suprised how supportive people can be!
congratulations and great job!

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-AIRYN- 6/10/2010 10:33PM

    That is awesome!! I wish that I could give it but but I really do enjoy it. If your friends are good friends then they won't ask! Mine don't but they do enjoy it b/c then I do play the role of DD!! Good luck :)

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KSW1963 6/10/2010 10:30PM

    I'm so proud of you for making it 10 days without anything to drink. That is awesome! You are 1/3 of the way to making your first goal. emoticon Keep it up!

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ROGDOG 6/10/2010 9:03PM

    Liked your blog, mostly because I can identify with most things in it. My favorite reason for drinking comes from the AA Big Book .' Men and women drink essentially because they like the effect produced by alcohol.' Keeps it simple for me, and I need simple or I lose track! emoticon

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BAKER1009 6/10/2010 7:08PM

    Good job on your progress. Remember to always just take it one day at a time, to keep it from being to stressful on you. You have a lot of great ideas and you're doing some great things! Keep up the good work!

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_MRSFISH_ 6/10/2010 2:31PM

    Good for you! It sounds like you are making good progress on identifying issues and situations that may pose a challenge, and you working through those things to your benefit! You're doing great!!

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DONNA_VT 6/10/2010 2:07PM

    So glad to hear that you are doing ok so far. Please also post if we can be of help . . . just chatting it through sometimes helps. Good Luck this weekend.

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MAGA99 6/10/2010 1:34PM

    it's great that u r figuring out the y's
for me it relieves stress especially when I'm having my panic attackes

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TEACHEROF4TH 6/10/2010 12:28PM

    You're really evaluating your motives and reasons behind your alcohol consumption, so that is definitely a good thing. Your plan is well thought out, so another great choice... good for you! Keep it going and have a fun weekend!

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CH0COTIGGER 6/10/2010 11:53AM

    Wow! You are really awesome to be able to do this. Just a suggestion-plan ahead what you may say or do if you are offered a drink at the party so you are prepared.
Write a blog after the party and let us know how it went for you. We are here for you.
What are some things that interest you? Have you started a streak on spark people to see how long you can go without alcohol.
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SMALLONEDAY 6/10/2010 11:52AM

    you can do it your making the right steps so far great job on how far you have come already

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