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First Blog Back

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

So, I've been dutifully ignoring this place, it's message and the goals I set a year ago ever since my 'goal' date passed and I found myself a failure. Again.

This, of course, isn't news to anyone. Everyone on this page has probably failed multiple times just like me. That crushing, sinking feeling of what your brain tells you is a fulfilled prophecy - once again, my choices are wrong and I am doomed to be fat forever.

Well, I'm not going to listen to my brain - I don't listen to anybody else.

So, I'm back on the Spark again. I've been keeping up for about a week. I had a 'bad' day on Sunday filled with family party snacks and fried chicken (I don't need to put it on my tracker to know I probably ate about 3000 empty calories that day); but I'm back on the horse. Again. Sunday wasn't a failure, after all I spent the whole day climing stairs as I showed off my parent's new home.

I think what it boils down to for me is that I need somebody to actually care. Someone just needs to take a vague, general interest in the fact that I'm trying. Just one person to say "Hey, I see you're not doing your usual muffin/bagel breakfast and eating a fruit cup - what's up?" I don't know when I didn't become enough - but I'm sitting here realizing that I'm not enough. It's not enough just to do this for me.

Those are profound words. I mean, people say all the time "I want to lose weight because I want to feel better. I want to be healthy. I want to be more active." People do things because they'll get good things from it - and I'm just having a hard time figuring out what my good things will be.

Well, now that I've been Debbie-Downer for the day, it's time to do my good-bad-ugly for the day.

Good - Well, I didn't snooze this morning
Bad - It's raining, I need to figure out how to get my lunch walk in without coming back to work and looking like I tried to drown myself in the river.
Ugly - Feeling low.

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WALKZWDOGZ 5/8/2012 10:45PM

    This is a long journey. Overall, a day or a month or even year out doesn't mean a fail, just an interuption. I read somewhere that airline pilots are off-course more than they're on; they just make many small corrections to end up at the right destination. It only "looks" like a straight line.

You deserve to do this for you. I kind of know the feeling. I'd lost 45 pounds, then a bunch of family problems hit, some depression, & voila! The 45 pounds are back, & I think they brought a few friends. emoticon Try to be kind to yourself. We CAN do this. Just take baby steps & pat yourself on the back for each one. emoticon

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The Problem of Protein

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Every day it seems like I have the same report - my little pie chart looks out of whack and my bar graph complains. Nope, not enough protein. Again.

It's frustrating. I don't like beef, generally. Chicken I eat on occasion, and fish is generally my preferred mode of lean, meat. I have no idea how to get more protein into my diet outside of protein shakes, and is that really the best way to get what my body needs?

Don't mention tofu or soy. Ew.

Too bad there isn't a miracle veggie or fruit.

Could someone hurry up and engineer the proto-fruit... loaded with protein and vitamins? I'll buy a boatload!

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FRECKS96 6/18/2011 8:31AM

    Greek Yogurt and Low-fat string cheese are staples in my house for protein. Depending on what you eat for breakfast, the Kashi cereals are good sources too.

I know you said no tofu, but if you mix just a little of the silken variety into a smoothie, you won't even taste it. Greek yogurt works great for that too.

For lean meats, I really enjoy turkey breasts in place of chicken for some variety. Also, I know you said beef is a no-go, but have you ever tried Bison? It's leaner and I actually prefer it to beef, though it is a little pricier. Lean pork, like tenderloin, is also good.

ETA: I was just looking at your tracker and noticed a couple swaps you could make...
For your morning oatmeal, try Quakers Weight Loss Oatmeal, same taste, more protein. Or, make Steel cut oats in the crockpot overnight.

Also, you could have a glass of LF milk with/instead of your OJ.

Swap out your Yoplait for Greek yogurt

Add in some hummus with your fresh veggies

A lot of your meat choices (with the exception of the fish) seem to be high fat/high sodium, just something to be aware of, it could be throwing your percentages out of whack.

Good Luck!

Comment edited on: 6/18/2011 8:39:04 AM

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BAM-MA 6/18/2011 7:12AM

    I cook up big batches of beans and freeze them. Then I just kind of add them to anything I can as I think about it. Garbanzo's in salads, black beans added to broccoli with cheese (fat free cheddar), and I have found that I absolutely LOVE quinoa.

I use some protein powder on occasion (Spirutein Organic Vanilla) that I add to oatmeal, or make a smoothie with a skim milk and fruit. I usually add a little oatmeal or wheat germ and flax seed. Makes a nutritious smoothie for breakfast that is really filling too.

I usually am able to get protein, sometimes fat is a problem (believe it or not) cause we usually get a lot of our fat from meat. I have taken to avocados and olive oil, and the quinoa helps with that some too. I think I finally have that down.

You will get there. Just keep experimenting!

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FRACKTHATNOISE 6/14/2011 12:19PM

    Beans! Why hadn't I thought of BEANS?!

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WALKZWDOGZ 6/13/2011 9:03PM

    I've been vegetarian off & on for ...oh, ...35 years! I've really grown to love Quinoa. A little sesame oil, garlic, maybe stir fry veggies=yum! It's even okay w/ cinnamon & brown sugar like oatmeal. It's a complete protein (all amino acids), & Costco gets it cheaper than about anyone.

Egg whites? Greek yogurt? Seitan (wheat gluten)? Nuts or nut butters? Hummus?

Is tofu in a smoothie out? Find a Deborah Madison or Lorna Sass cookbook before giving up on tofu. They do amazing things with the stuff, not "health food" versions. emoticon Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian has lentil recipes that are yummy & not "health food" like either. emoticon

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WORDLYSMITH 6/12/2011 4:12PM

  Hi there,

I have been meat-free at about 70 days and often have the same problem.

Here's what I recommend:

Add beans to your homemade meals - there are some great recipes on this site, I try new ones all the time.

Add bulgur wheat, or qionoa to your diet. Both are fairly high in protein.

Try the protein supplement in powder form, you can then add it to almost anything, my fav add-on foods here are breakfast hot cerea, oatmeal and smoothies. A scoop of poweder here and there really helps.

Do some reseatch on protein rich veggie soups - you'll be pleasantly surprised athow much protein they add.

Spark Recipe suggestions: Quinoa, corn, bean & pumpkin seeds.

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CHEETARA79 6/12/2011 10:32AM

    Do you like beans? They have protein. So does dairy, especially greek yogurt. How about some eggs?

Don't go down the protein shake route unless you absolutely have to. It's better to get your nutrition from real food, not processed stuff like protein shakes.

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Job interview tomorrow

Thursday, March 24, 2011

So, tomorrow I interview for a job I've decided I likely don't want.

They'll probably make an offer and if it's good I'll consider it. However, the job doesn't offer travel or field experience (my favorite parts of my current job) and it's heavy on finances and reporting (which bore me to tears.) Still, it pays more.. lots more. It has perks like a casual office environment and flex time.

Yet, it doesn't have the same opportunities.

Maybe I should call and cancel?

Best thing of today:

Back on the stairs!

Biggest challenge:

My foe, the snooze button.

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    That's a tough position to be in. I agree, weigh all the pros and cons of the job before deciding. Also, I feel your pain with the snooze button! Today was the first day this week that it didn't win! Hang in there!

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TECAVINESS 3/24/2011 10:55PM

    In these economic times, it's hard not to turn down a good paying job even if you don't like what you're doing. Weigh the pros and cons. Happy with what you do everyday or more money. It's a hard choice. Hang in there.

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First blog back

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Well, after ten days away from the Spark and Work I'm back to both today.

I'm still grieving a little, but I know with time it'll get easier.

The trip to London and Wales was fantastic. Saw some amazing sights and met up with friends I see only once a year. I truly feel blessed.

I weighed in this morning at 220.5. Which is a pound increase from when I left. I'm going to hold off on a new weigh in until next week. I need to get back into the swing of things again.

Frankly, I didn't do well today staying on track. I got a fantastic new project at work and I celebrated with lunch at my favorite restaurant (Mexico City) and two cupcakes. I need to find a better way to celebrate than food...

So, it's a good time to refocus on goals now that it's getting warmer.

- Couch to 5K is still on the RADAR.
- Healthy eating is still possible, and it's going to be such a bigger part of my life again now that the fryups are across the pond!
- Activity, activity, activity. I need to get back to the STAIRS!

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IRONGRANNIE 3/24/2011 6:22PM

    Having just lost my beloved and only sister I know what you are dealing with. Don't be hard on yourself , you are still on track and doing well.

How to reward yourself? I use clothes now. Clothes, clothes and more clothes. And chucking out the too big ones is very rewarding too!

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WALKZWDOGZ 3/24/2011 1:06AM

    Glad you're back! You've had a lot to deal with with 2 losses so close together. Be kind to yourself & ease into Sparking. It'll come. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAZINMICH 3/23/2011 10:55PM

    Only up one pound - not bad at all!! Be easy on yourself. It sounds like you had an awesome time. :)

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Today was a beauty

Saturday, March 12, 2011

It was a beautiful day here in Southwestern PA.

Another bittersweet one.

Today my grandfather, Richard passed away. He'd had a long fight with cancer. I hope he's at peace and surrounded by those he loves. I pray my cousin Patrick was there to greet him at the gates.

I can't speak to my diet/fitness right now because it hasn't been at the top of my list. However, I'm hoping to get back in the game this week.

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KAZINMICH 3/14/2011 11:05AM

    So Sorry about your Grandfather!!!

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CHUBBY_MOM 3/13/2011 1:19AM

    Sorry to read about your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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DEBBIEOLMOS57 3/12/2011 10:23PM

    good luck

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