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Survival Mode

Sunday, June 13, 2010

This past 30 days has been a blur (our son's high school graduation, daughter's wedding, house guests for three weeks, traveling, camping, farming)

and as a result I have completely dropped off of Sparkpeople. Thank goodness that the things I have learned have helped me stay on track. No weight gained amid all the chaos, thank goodness. I did not accomplish my goal of weighing in at 129 for our daughter's wedding

but I am happy to report that I have not gained weight either even though life has been too crazy to log in these past days. Here is what I have been trying to do while traveling and enjoying all the parties and the food:)

• Eat while sitting down at the table and not allowing myself to read, watch TV, or drive while I am eating. This is a huge thing for me as I have spent most of my life eating wile reading, watching TV, or driving and it made me fat. Carving out new neural pathways is hard and takes time for people like me but it can be done. I hope…

• Focus on the food and really enjoy it when I am eating. This is easier to do now that I am not distracted by a book, the TV, or cars on the road.

• Eat slow. This is also hard for me as those who know me will attest that I live life in the fast lane. I always figured I could slow down when I am dead but perhaps there is some value to it in the here and now.

• Stop eating when I am satisfied. Eating slow helps in this area as my brain has time to check in with the empty/full register in my stomach.

• Exercise 5 times a week. Since we moved I have had a difficult time with this. The gym is 25 minutes away. It is kind of dangerous to run on the country roads near my house. I will find a solution to this somehow. I have to run. It clears my head and pumps me with endorphins. I just won’t give it up.

Now that things are somewhat "normal" at home I hope to lose the remaining 6 pounds before our trip to Hawaii where I will again be tested and tried to maintain the goal.

My sister-in-law, Pauline,

is a great role model. When she arrived from Hawaii and I saw her I was shocked at how skinney she still was after all these years (she's 51 and will kill me for posting this). We spent 3 weeks together and you can bet I was taking notes every time she ate. She dropped a few pounds below her normal range before her vacation in anticipation of all the fun and food. She eats what she wants but is not fat. She enjoys her food. She doesn't eat if she is not hungry. Someday maybe that will come easy for me.

In the mean time, I need Sparkpeople, support, books, emails, and motivators to eat right. Thanks everyone for all your posts and encouragement. I will try my best to log in every day until the next trip.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SPARKENISTA 6/13/2010 8:28PM

    You look absolutely gorgeous in that picture! You have great taste and it looks like a very distinguished husband, as well.

emoticon back! I missed you. And emoticon on the graduation and the wedding! I honestly don't know how you took a care of guests for three weeks with everything else you have to do.

Clearly, you have been giving a great deal of thought to your eating habits and have converted them into actions. Maintaining your weight during all that chaos cannot have been easy. I know you won't have any trouble losing the last few pounds.

Hawaii is so beautiful! My favorite island is Kuai, the Garden Isle. Take lots of pix and share!

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P. S.--The alpaca is pretty cute, too!

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CATHYCOUNTS 6/13/2010 6:30PM

    You may not have met your goal of 129 but may I say you look beautiful just the same. Great Job.

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Dr. Daniel Amen MP3

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Dr. Daniel Amen recently wrote a book on weight loss and is interviewed by Jennifer McClean. Click on the link here if you want to listen to the interview. This will only be available for a short time so listen now! Dr. Amen talks about the brain and the 5 types of overeating that is brain related. Very interesting...

Enjoy and let me know what you think.

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SPRKBUGG 7/3/2010 4:41PM

    The book is available at Barnes and Noble as an audiobook or from I-Tunes. I'm in the car a-lot so I do most of my reading this way. The book was Very good.
It's a good book and I learned a lot. He has "prescriptions" if you fall into a specific type of overeating. After careful consideration I decided that I wasn't really truly any of the 5 but I did have characteristics of a couple so I think some of the "prescriptions" could still be helpful.

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FIT-129 3/28/2010 4:30PM

    I'm so glad you liked it! I want to find this book and take the brain quiz to find out what type I am. Maybe all of them emoticon. Hope it stays up for a while so more people can hear it but it will probably disappear soon. Thanks for listening!

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SPARKENISTA 3/28/2010 3:52PM

    emoticonI just listened to the entire interview. This is amazing b/c interviews rarely hold my attention for more than a few moments. I have seen his book in the book store, but did not buy it. I probably will buy it the next time I have the opportunity.

I took notes on the interview and will transcribe them to keep them in my synopsis library. I think he makes a great deal of sense. I have stopped taking as much fish oil as I did but I will resume. Do you know how much is recommended? I also take a very high Vit. D supplement prescribed by my doctor, but I have to see whether it is D3. I also appreciate the list of foods he recommends, although there are no surprises there. Thank you so much for this recommendation. I appreciate it!


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Stressful Eating

Friday, March 12, 2010

I just gained two pounds and I am not happy about it... My son moved back into our house temporarily and brought a mountain of laundry with him. Messes make me want to eat. I have some pretty big work deadlines coming up. Looming responsibilities make me want to eat. I need to turn this thing around before it gets out of hand. Something another sparkperson wrote helps. She said the journey of a thousand miles starts with one step. So, today I will plan out my menu and go to my pilates class and do what works just for today. Hopefully those two pounds will go away soon, ouch.

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SPRKBUGG 7/3/2010 4:46PM

    LOL... "messes make me want to eat", too!!
It's so easy to see that now that you've said it...

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SPARKENISTA 3/12/2010 10:27AM

    Hi! Welcome to the club. I have been looking at the other bloggers' comments and there's not more to say except: HANG IN THERE!!! It happens to everyone. This is one of the most disheartening things that can happen.

It happened to me two weeks ago and last week I lost 2.2 pounds. This is how we all got into this predicament and learning to reverse it is a long-term project. You are on your way, eating healthier, exercising and doing all the right things. Just keep going...
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SASSTRESS 3/12/2010 9:21AM

    Hang in there! I think many of us can relate to your situation with the stress eating. For me eating food can be a comfort, celebration, something to do when I'm bored, etc. Being mindful about what/when I eat is a daily challenge.

You've got the right mindset - one day at a time, one meal at a time, you WILL succeed!

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UMTONDO 3/12/2010 6:51AM

    Stress even without eating can also lead to putting on weight.
When you stressed go out for a walk and admire Gods handiwork then when you come back go to the nearest tree and hang your troubles on it so that you got nothing when you go inside. When you come out again I guarantee that you won't be able to find half of what you left there. So keep on smiling it brings out the dimples and hides the wrinkles. Have a nice day. God bless. emoticon

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MITECU 3/12/2010 6:12AM

    I hear you. I pig out during times of stress, too. Many times, I overcome those urges with exercise or doing something that will keep me away from food.
Those two pounds will be history if you just take it one day at a time.

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Fast Food

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Yesterday my son wanted to eat at Long John Silvers for lunch. Needless to say I was not very interested or amused. Fast food is becoming a thing of the past for me and since starting sparkpeople I really would rather prepare my own healthy food than eat at a "greasy spoon" establishment. But my husband and son were laying on the guilt so I went. Next year my youngest will be away at college and when a teen actually wants to spend time with his parents you kind of need to go... Anyway you can imagine my surprise when I saw a baked Alaskan Salmon entree for 350 calories on the menu! I substituted the rice for cole slaw and who knows, maybe it was less than 350. I ordered a side of steamed vegetables and ordered water to drink and was totally satisfied.

Now sitting at the table and looking at my meal compared to the fried food on my husband and son's plate was truly amazing. I felt really good about my choice for a change and didn't feel guilty about going out to get fast food.

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SPARKENISTA 3/9/2010 11:35AM

    Good for you, indeed! I find that more and more restaurants are offering healthy choices. Chains like Olive Garden, California Pizza Kitchen, Cosi and Appleby's all offer healthy alternatives. Now the trick is to order them!
I know what you mean about your growing children. I am lucky that my 21-year-old son still likes to spend time with me. I'm enjoying it while it lasts!

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  Good for you!!! Wish we had a Long John Silvers near us. I have seen those dinners advertised on TV, and they look good. All fast food places need to follow their lead!

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SCGOLFER 3/7/2010 7:27AM

    Great idea! I didn't realize they had something so low calorie on the menu...thanks for sharing!

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USED2BFATCHICK 3/7/2010 7:24AM

  Thanks for the idea. I think I 'll try that next time!

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Going Down to the Farm

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

We've been moving and it's been a chore to stay on top of things. My science lab business is taking off again and that is exciting. This month we have simple machines, reptiles and amphibians in April, and birds in May. All this plus my day job, plus moving would normally have completely WIPED ME OUT. All I can say is that exercising on top of all of this has given me the stamina and endurance to juggle all the balls. Since joining sparkpeople in December I have lost 17 pounds and now I eat healthier and exercise more than I ever have in my entire life. I feel more fit at 52 than I did in my 40's. All this to say don't give up. I have had a lot of setbacks and hit the wall a few times but for the most part it is working very well for me. I tried to transfer my blog post but it didn't work so click below to see all what we've been up to. Thanks everybody for all your advice and encouragement. I will try to post more now that I can see the floor in my house. www.exploresciencebeyondtheclassroom

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SPARKENISTA 3/8/2010 12:36PM

    I thought of looking at your blog posts after I sent the last post on your page. I LOVE the link you included. You certainly have an exciting life with a lot of action. I can't wait until your alpaca has her cria.

You have done amazingly well so far--well beyond what I have done on Spark. You are truly an inspiration.

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VRCATON 3/3/2010 11:37PM

    I'm definitely going to check out your science lab, since I homeschool my kids.

Great job shedding 17 lbs! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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