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Those darned pants.

Friday, August 30, 2013

So, I have had some success so far in losing pounds, but in the end it's size that matters. Heh. I have dropped 18 pounds, and once upon a time I would have dropped a pants size along with that. Now in this post-40yr old metabolism, no change in pants size. They are a tiny bit looser... it's not such an acrobatic effort to get on jeans straight from the dryer. But, I had hoped to be in a smaller size by this point. Spark Coach tells me that I have to focus on other indicators of getting healthy than pounds lost, but maybe I also have to be patient about changes in clothing. Bah! Patience is not my middle name.

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HEADRENEE 9/2/2013 8:42PM

    I feel you!! I ended up losing about 30 pounds earlier this year (only to put it all back on because I quit smoking) but I never went down a pants size either. I was just about in the next size down but I still had to jump off my dresser to get in them. Don't get discouraged over sizes though because one brand's size 10 is another brand's size 8 ... keep going!!! emoticon

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WEARINGTHIN 8/30/2013 4:11AM

    Hey, Congratulations of the 18 pound loss. Sounds like your going in the right direction! Glenn

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My list of quick meals

Monday, August 12, 2013

Ok, SparkCoach, here is my list of fast go-to meals:

Option 1: 1 Tbsp low salt/sugar peanut butter/toast/fruit
Option 2: Oatmeal/1Tbsp peanut butter/fruit
Option 3: 1 egg, sauteed veggies, fruit

Lunch or Dinner:
Option 1: 3 oz tuna/tomato slices/grapes/bread
Option 2: 2 oz whole wheat pasta/1 oz cheese/3 oz tuna or chicken/green salad
Option 3: 3 oz grilled salmon or halibut/grilled veggies/green salad

Fruit and 8 pita chips
1 low sugar/fat pudding cup
almonds and fruit

I'm going to need to be very organized and proactive once school starts again. Not eating a healthy lunch due to lack of time turns into ravenous after work and stopping at fast food... NO MORE. Meal plans are the key and this summer I've taught myself that I CAN and DO enjoy cooking healthy meals at home. I just have to do it.


Don't Eat Your Misery

Friday, August 09, 2013

I don't know if the title to this post is a quote from a diet guru somewhere, but a friend sent it to me in a text today at exactly the right time. After a stressful morning, I was sitting in a restaurant trying to figure out what to eat and slowly giving way to thoughts of "Ok, I'll just have a pastrami sandwich. Sodium and fat and cholesterol be damned." But, there was an option for half sandwiches and a salad and right after I told the waitress I'd have half a roast beef (I know...still red meat) with no mayo and a green salad, my friend sent the text. It made me feel so much better about my choice that I was able to focus on being happy with my choice rather than fixating on what I wanted (FRIES! PASTRAMI! PIE!) and I finished lunch feeling rather full and happy.

Writing that one down to put on the fridge tho... "Don't eat your misery."

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TIKITAMI 8/9/2013 11:40AM

Way to go on making a good choice. It's amazing how much that empowers us to move forward!


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SUSANBEAMON 8/9/2013 12:40AM

  there is a place in our diets for red meat.

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A mad love affair with cantaloupe.

Saturday, August 03, 2013

I admit it, I've never been a fruit person. I'd choke down a few pieces here and there, usually to satisfy my mother as a kid or out of obligation at a dinner. But this summer...whooooo... I am loving fruit. I've had a torrid affair with cantaloupe and blueberries so far. I've even enjoyed a few plums.

Now, if only I could feel the same love for vegetables. I'm working on that. I went to the farmer's market today and loaded up on things for healthy meals. I've never used leeks before, but I brought some home! And chard... well... I had some in a frittata this morning and I can't say that I'm won over, but I'll give it another chance in another recipe.

Cheers to everyone!

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KITTYROXX 8/3/2013 9:49PM

    Oh cantaloupes - I love them too!

Have you tried roasting vegetables? Many take on a sweeter taste when baked in the oven for some time. My favorites are carrots, red bell peppers, and butternut squash. Another great veggie is spaghetti squash: cut it in half, then roast until tender. Pull apart the strings and you've got yourself a vegetable that sort of tastes like pasta noodles! (I'm addicted to that stuff)

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EMMACORY 8/3/2013 4:27PM

    Cantaloupe is my favorite fruit. Each summer when I went home for vacation my Dad always had some waiting for me. I think of him when I eat it now. I use leeks in a potato leek soup. Glad you are getting adventurous about veggies! emoticon

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Na Na Na... That sneaky sodium!

Saturday, August 03, 2013

In my ever continuing quest to analyze every fraction of a pound gained or lost (probably not the most mentally healthy thing to do...) I decided I have to track sodium. What a beast sodium can be! I was so proud of myself for researching what a healthy option at a local restaurant would be in terms of calories. It tasted fabulous, but I knew that it tasted saltier than anything I've been fixing at home. And waddya know? Up in weight the next day... I immediately fell into the trap of "Well, great...now counting calories isn't even working! Why bother??" but then I remembered those salty veggies... Yup, my healthy calorie choice was loaded with sodium once I set my tracker to watch it. So now I am gleefully checking my sodium in the tracker. I say gleefully until I look at all of the fancy salts that are in my cupboard. :(

Ah well...moderation in all things!

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SISSYP63 8/3/2013 11:38PM

    I don't salt anything when I cook or add it on food. If tracked it, probably be in for a shocker.

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CHANGE4FIT 8/3/2013 11:00AM

    I track sodium, too-amazing all the places it can hide!

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ALICIA214 8/3/2013 1:06AM


I was staggered when I found all the places that sodium hides under it is
everywhere. I don't use salt when I cook at home so I really notice it when I eat out. Here's wishing us both luck keeping sodium at bay.


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FLOATNRN 8/3/2013 12:48AM

    I'm working on lowering my salt intake too. It's amazing how much it is in everything. Keep up the good work tracking emoticon

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