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Saturday, January 19, 2013

So in the last 2 weeks I've had 6 Business dinners - one (my company party) I blew my calories (5K+) but the rest I managed to eat under. I influenced the restaurant choice, avoided alcohol and was able to stay underneath.

My rules for doing this is so far when travelling on business:

1) Always eat a low calories breakfast (oatmeal) because you have no idea where you'll be eating for lunch or dinner
2) Suggest restaurants with a healthy option menu - if not head for the chains which are more likely to have nutrition information etc than the boutique places
3) Before leaving your car do a web search on your smart phone for nutrition for that restaurant. If available the Eat this/not that app really helps.
4) Avoid the bread - better to order and appertizer you know the calories of than munch on the snacks...

On one meal I made a game with the group of guessing the calories - they were shocked and it helped the healthier eating.

I struggled in one meeting and munched on Chocolate chip cookies but avoided candy in another 5 all-day meetings.

I think I'm going to have to pack snacks for the business meetings.

Anyway I'll see how I cope in the next week.

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SHERYLP461 1/19/2013 6:12PM

    At least you have a plan, good luck

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RAPUNZEL53 1/19/2013 1:57PM

  Good Luck!

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Eating when the wife eats.... does your relationship sabotage your snacking?

Friday, June 25, 2010

I know this is my problem, not my wife's but its something I'm struggling with so I'm venting. Please accept this is a vent.....

My wife has a chronic pain condition, has had a gastro intestinal bypass, multiple follow up surgeries and as a result is disabled. As a result she eats very haphazardly, as she only consumes 40% of what she eats (she's still not a small woman - its medical), she has to eat frequently and often. Due to issues in her past she has a tendency to hoard (she'll buy a ton of food and it sits in the pantry) because if its in the house she doesn't stress.

My point of resistance is that I normally can resist bad things at point of purchase.... however if it is in the house I'll eat it. Often though only if I'm reminded of it - its not necessarily even consciously thinking - one minute its in the kitchen, the next its in the mouth.

Why this background? Well she loves to bake and she has to eat frequently. I'll come home and she'll have baked a dozen cupcakes and before I know it I'll be eating a cupcake. Her snacking is significantly contributing to my snacking. I go hmm I'm hungry I'll eat.... when if she's not eating (away) or something I don't. It means that I eat more at night and on the weekends than I should do. She'll also order chinese etc so I end up eating chinese etc.

I know the issue is mine, and she's comfortable with her weight however sometimes I get frustrated with it - I know I need to find a way to deal with it - however sometimes it is difficult when the smell of cupcakes fills the house.....

Oh well everyday I have to make a choice not to pick up a cupcake.....

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KASEYCOFF 7/1/2010 3:55AM

    Can I ever identify with you! Hubby is 6'3" and weighs maybe 158, soaking wet. No real health issues, and eats like a horse. Me? Let's just say they could use us for an illustration of Jack Sprat and his wife, lol...

If you have a heart-to-heart with her and she is willing to try using healthier foods for her eating issues, that would help you AND her. If she is willing to stock up on diet-type foods, and order in healthy meals, that would also help. But for the moment, let's just go with 'You can't change other people, so you have to try to change your approach.'

1) When she orders Chinese, or pizza, or whatever, would she be willing to order only enough for herself (so YOU won't be able to have some) while YOU make a convenience meal for yourself? They're not necessarily ideal, I know, but if you have a Healthy Choice French Bread Pizza while she has Pizza Hut, maybe it will work better for you while not depriving her of food she can have. You could still order salad for the two of you, as long as it's 'dressing on the side' - and be sure to stay away from the garlic bread or wings, lol...

2) Baking: if she loves to bake, what if she 'creates' recipes? She could focus on creating a really healthy fruit-and-nut bar... fiber-filled muffins... Splenda-based cookies... things like that. Or bake the goodies and freeze a few for herself then give the rest away - soup kitchens, senior citizens' homes, local school bake sale, etc. If they're gone by the time you come home, it won't matter what she baked.

3) The hoarding of food can be a real problem, and I can understand how she feels. You can try hoarding 'healthy' foods, but fresh salad greens and fruit just don't keep all that long, and a lot of the healthiest things are either freezer foods (not necessarily all that healthy) or canned goods (again, often high in sodium / fat). Can you persuade her to slowly make the switch over to healthier items in the cupboard for long-term storage (the hoarding): canned fruit without sugar; some whole-grain cereals; multi-grain bread in the freezer; HC- or WW-type frozen foods; frozen veggie combinations? If her issue is a fear of running out of food, at least she can know that if there wasn't anything 'fresh' on hand, or she didn't feel like cooking / baking, there's something palatable in the house. At the same time, if she wants 'unhealthier' food, that can be the short-term storage (like the baked goods) so there won't be much, if any, of it around when YOU are home.

If she feels the need to have a big variety of foods on hand so she can accommodate what she's in the mood to eat, and she wants a range of things to choose from, that becomes more difficult, of course.

No question, tho, FW, this is a toughie. I had smoked for years, then quit when I had kids. But my then-husband was also a smoker - who quit when I did - but as soon as he started again, I couldn't stand it. Went right back to it. It's one thing to give up a bad habit when you are on your own or are with someone who also wants to join you in a healthier lifestyle. It's something else when you are with someone who doesn't have to (or doesn't choose to) go the healthier route. Best wishes, fella, to you both!

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GRYFFINSONG 6/25/2010 9:50PM

    What shapechanger said, if your wife is open to it.

I really hear you on this issue. It is NOT easy to eat healthy when others have other foods around. I just got back from vacation, which included two gatherings with friends. I brought hummus and pita. The others brought candy and chips. I finally caved and ate some M&Ms. It's HARD to resist yummy things when others present them. Things that I'd never eat if they weren't right in front of me.

Hugs and good luck!!!


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SHAPECHANGER 6/25/2010 9:25PM

    I don't know what advice I can give on not eating along with your wife, but maybe what you eat could change. Since she likes to bake, maybe you can find some healthier versions of recipes here on SparkPeople for your wife to try and bake. If you can do some shopping, and she likes to have things stocked up, maybe you can stock up on healthier foods. I don't know what you would normally order when ordering Chinese, but maybe make sure there are steamed vegetables in the order. Good luck to you!

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    My husband and I call this the "woody-kelly effect" from the tv show Cheers. When they were together they ate together, though it was a mutual problem rather than one sided.

Wish I had some advice, but I don't - I just enjoyed your vent! Good luck though :)

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Feeling like a slacker and calorie difficulties

Sunday, June 13, 2010

I haven't managed to get off the couch to go running this week (catching up from jetlag)- not that I haven't excercised. I do an hour in the Gym everyday but with a 10K in July a little concerned about my progress.

I've got to the stage where if I don't excercise or don't do an hour a day I feel like a slacker - know part of this is because I'm type A but at the end of the day excercise lets me deal with my stress.

On the calorie front I'm almost always under on weekdays - I'm forcing myself to eat more to make my calories up and then on the weekend I eat more than I should.... frustrating.

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JAYMURZ 6/14/2010 8:38AM

    It's amazing how much just an hour of exercise menas to both your body and your mood! And you will even out the eating as well, give yourself time and space to be less than perfect, you can do it!

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GRYFFINSONG 6/13/2010 3:09PM

    It can be hard to find the right balance. Perhaps if you looked at the week as a whole, instead of getting exact balance everyday? My theory is that it averages out, so if I'm low one day, but high another, the average is still ok. If you're forcing yourself to eat, I'm not sure that's healthy for your body or your mind.

I have a fair number of days when I'm low on calories since giving up meat, and if I'm even the slightest bit hungry I might have a small handful of raw walnuts or something. But as long as I feel good, I'm not worried about it.

Just thinking out loud, in case it works for you.


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Are the ticks going to eat me?

Monday, May 31, 2010

So I got up and went running in a nature park in Columbus, Ohio this morning (shrock lake). So its thundering away and raining down quite nicely - and here am I running in a park I know nothing about when I pass a sign which says 'No Children or pets on Nature Trail', with a warning underneath it 'Warning Tick season' with a picture of a tick about the size of my hand.

About 3 minutes of panting later it dawns on me - oh crap... here I am running in shorts, in an area I don't know (I'm already lost), in the woods - in an area where the sign could read - these ticks are so big they could carry off children and pets? I mean do they attack in packs - should I run in the middle of the path - should I not run - does movement attract them? What do I do if I do get a tick? is it leeches and hot cigarettes? I mean the run was okay (though I did walk a bit - only 14 minutes in my target heart rate) - after I realised I was on a different path and did an extra 1.14 mile I was a bit lazy - however the tick thing has me concerned. My wife's response was - no they carry disease - so what they eat me and infect me.... hmmm... maybe I should rethink about running in the forest.... I can sense a google search coming.

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JAYMURZ 6/1/2010 10:25AM

    If you wore some type of running pants, you would be fine probably! Up here in Northern MI we get ticks too... well actually the dog does, we don't! Keep on rocking!

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PODUNKPAUL 6/1/2010 9:45AM

    Ardel! get in the boat!

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MAWRTIAN 5/31/2010 10:39PM

    Last fall after a wooded hike I found a deer tick crawling on me and it totally freaked me out!!!

Ticks often hang out in trees. They can sense the CO2 we produce and will jump down to get us so I'd think running would make you a harder target! They also need some time to latch on so wear light colored cloths and do a tick check as soon as you are out of the woods and you should be able to just flick them off. If they are attached using pointed tweezers to carefully remove them is the way to go, don't believe the old wives tale about "smothering" them with vaseline or polish. For more info (and a picture on how to remove them) check out

Happy running!!! emoticon

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NANALD 5/31/2010 10:21PM

    Bad news, at least in Eastern VA they are really bad this year. I have learned that they are usually picked up when you walk through grasses. So...check yourself carefully if you are going to run in the woods. By the way, they hate garlic so if you want to ward of the ticks and vampires at the same time.....have extra garlic! Good luck!

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Beginning Run club!!!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Okay so started the beginning run club at work today - the company has a gym and a bunch of clubs. The beginning run club is setup to help us get to the London 10K in 8 weeks. Even though I run in the mornings I'm aware my pace isn't hmmm great? And so I've looked forward to running with a group as it'll push me a bit more - lets just say it did - I was so tired at my desk this afternoon. I've discovered that there are several stages of running:

1. This is okay
2. Oh I want to stop
3. Oh I want to die
4. Please kill me
5. Kill me now
6. Oh I want to die
7. The end is in site
8. Oh god thank you
9. I will never do that again
10. I feel pretty good
11. I'm going to do that again

It was fun overall - looking forward to next week - I don't know if I ran faster because of pushing or the desire not to shame myself in public.

However my new size 13 running shoes arrived at the running store today!!! yay!!!! These are meant to give me proper support and stop some of my 'rolling' - which I hope will help. As my shins hurt a little I'm debating taking tomorrow morning off but doubt I will - want to test the new shoes!!!

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JAYMURZ 5/20/2010 9:39AM

    What about the Oh Holy Crap I'm Going To Kill whoever Thought Of This stage? Good luck, and keep on rocking!

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JBILITY 5/19/2010 3:38PM

    I love the running summary! Just you have to make sure you make it to stage 10 every time. Lol

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READY2RUMBLE 5/19/2010 2:49PM

  I love the 11 steps. I always think the same thing!

Have a great time! emoticon

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SUPERGIRL1000 5/19/2010 2:42PM

    Good Luck with the London 10k! emoticon

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