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Death by Peanut Butter

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Jif....creamy, sweet, savory, peanut buttery Jif.

It's my downfall

I don't know who decided it would be a good idea to crush peanuts and blend them up into a creamy concoction you pump into a jar, but it was sheer genius I tell you. They should also be locked up for crimes against humanity.

I love peanut butter with honey, I love it on toast, I love it with bananas, and I love it with that deadliest of inventions, marshmallow fluff (better known as a fluffernutter for anyone from Boston)

But this can't go on. I witnessed myself going back to that jar of Jif numerous times these past 3 weeks, and whereas before I was always careful to measure out and stay within a 2-4 tblspn range, in my 3 week sleep-walking mode (where I didn't log what I ate) it was so very easy to sit there with a jar and scoop and scoop and scoop...then wash it down with a glass of cold milk

What made me crash through my daily calorie limit today was a "small snack" I allowed myself after work....a banana with a few tablespoons of PB....a 315 calorie bill for the day.

But that's where logging keeps me honest. Without facing those numbers, I could just as easily go grab the jar again after dinner and kid myself into thinking that the calories are negligible.

Yeah right!

Every calorie counts...and they all add up....I am recommitted to staying within my range every day!

Bring it Jif!

Good night Spark friends.

  
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HEALTHIERKEN 8/24/2011 10:48AM

    I go for Adam's pb: ONLY peanuts, no sugar, no salt, no extra oil. It's messy as the oil floats to the top of the jar, it's not quite as delicious as some other pb's, but it does give me the good fat that all pb's contain. I spread a tbspoon on a Quaker rice cake for a 100-calorie or so snack. And get this: my wife eats pb with baloney and lettuce in a sandwich . . . . I'm not there yet!!!!!!

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REBECCATKD 8/23/2011 10:03PM

    Mmmmm...love that creamy goodness, too. That's why I sometimes get to have a peanut butter sandwich for a snack: when I save up enough calories and fat to indulge (and not binge -- learned that lesson, I did!)

Keep on tracking!

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BOBF15 8/23/2011 9:55PM

    I so agree, at times, I wondered if life was worth living without p'nut butter.

It has sustained me all through college, bachelorhood, and ahhhh, there is a definite love affair with peanut butter.

My best solution is no, no, no not eliminate it, but manage and limit it.

It is a pretty good food, especially if it is natural, and not the adulterated HFCS additives in it kind.

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FANGFACEKITTY 8/23/2011 9:44PM

    So I probably should not tell you about The Peanut Butter Company's line up of the most awesome divinely inspired peanut butter concoctions ever envisioned by man?

My personal favorite is the white chocolate peanut butter. My daughter likes The Bee's Knees.

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WHITEANGEL4 8/23/2011 9:40PM

    I am with you peanut butter had to be one of the foods of the Gods. I love it. I have learned to use it in moderation. I have found the little bagel things in the bread isle. I will take a half of one of these and toast it and while hot spread with about about a teaspoon of peanut butter. I have this with my breakfast in place of toast. Try it. You get all the wonderful flavor but without the guilt and you can stay within your calarie range

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CHOCOLATECHILD 8/23/2011 9:29PM

    Eek. Ya, that's tough. I would get the peanut butter out of the house - if you know you're going to crave it, try and get those little ones that restaurants have - small portions and I don't think they're Jif - you'll be less likely to eat it, but you'll still have some PB on hand if you're overwhelmed with the desire :)

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OMG, I've been asleep for 3 weeks!

Monday, August 22, 2011

So here's my danger zone; it's not that I can get too busy for Spark People....oh no....I enter the danger zone when I have too much free time and give myself permission to take it easy.

Here's the story of how I, by taking a week's vacation, and giving myself permission to "not log food this trip" spiraled into 3 weeks of "I'll get back to logging calories tomorrow"

Yeah, so we went to Santa Fe the beginning of Aug and had a great time on vacation. New Mexican cuisine was excellent, and so I said, "Hmm, a little too hard to track the red & green chile sauces and the recipes for these enchiladas are too inexact, so I'll ease up this week and end a 202 DAY FOOD LOGGING STREAK!

Bad move.

7 days on va-ca turned into 3 weeks of, "oh well, no biggie, I'll start up again tomorrow."

Then, the inevitable happened....the scale, quite on it's own you understand, started to creep up, one insidious pound at a time.

But you see, it wasn't a constant, linear upwards movement....oh no! It went up a lb or 2, then back down a pound. It stayed steady a couple of days, then bumped up 2 lbs after a Chinese buffet.

And explain it all away I did. "Oh it's the sodium....must have drank a lot of water. I didn't workout yesterday, or it would have been lower. What's wrong with this damn scale, I might need a new one"

Never underestimate the power of the human brain to think up all sorts of wrong answers to the simplest of evidence....I stopped paying attention and underestimated how much I was eating.

So once Mr Scale flashed 193 back at me today, I broke through the walls of denial and said, "Basta! This path leads to sweatpants and belts that dig into my waistband!"

I guess I have a shark's soul....as long as I'm moving, things are good....but slow down or stop and....WHAM! Death spiral down to the murky depths of Davy Jones' locker!

Because it was only a short mental jump from not logging calories to not updating workouts, to not updating my status, hell to not logging in at all....and all the while the fat cells in my body are giving each other high-5s and singing sweet siren's songs telling me it's alright, I can get back on track tomorrow.

Well, it's not alright, and tomorrow never comes....the only easy day was yesterday!

So I'm back with a vengeance my Spark friends....wide awake and ready to do today what cannot be put off till tomorrow!

It's good to be home!

  
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HIKESHAPPY 8/23/2011 11:40AM

    I think you've done a fantastic job "waking up" after three weeks - much better than since 1/1 like me:-) Isn't it just amazing how we can justify anything to ourselves, and how quickly we slide from one thing to another?

But you're back now, aware and in control! You can do this! Woo hoo!

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RAGAMUFFINKEL 8/23/2011 8:59AM

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KATJAMN 8/23/2011 8:39AM

    At least you caught yourself at 3 weeks.. good for you!!
Get back on track and keep yourself moving!!
"just keep swimming, just keep swimming"


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REBECCATKD 8/22/2011 10:57PM

    What's that noise? Ah, the wake-up call. Good timing, I might add, for I needed one of my own.

Let the fat-burning begin!

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FANGFACEKITTY 8/22/2011 10:01PM

    Glad to have you back. Yep, the scale gremlins are quick to take advantage of us when our attention wavers and are experts at misdirection and plausible deniability. Go stomp a few and run over them with your bike for good measure.

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TEXAS_GRL 8/22/2011 9:01PM

    Glad to see you around. It is amazing how fast we slip back into our old patterns! Denial is a terrible disease! Welcome back!

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SPOOKYTHECAT 8/22/2011 6:14PM

    Whoo hoo, kick B*** & take names!!!

& track calories~works, too! emoticon emoticon

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ONESILLYME 8/22/2011 4:49PM

    Love the "shark's soul" idea. I slacked after my hip surgery. Figure I had a pretty darned good excuse the first 2-3 weeks, but after that I've just been lazy. Better go put my swim fins and Jaws hat on!

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BRADOS 8/22/2011 4:37PM

    as my buddy SAFARIBABE used to say "been there, have pictures"

yep, scary how fast it can happen - as I mentioned in my blog last night I am still trying to get my logging of food back under control after having slacked off most of the summer

time for both of us to get back onto that horse (or bike, or court, etc)

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LADYJ6942 8/22/2011 4:18PM

    Welcome back, glad to have you, lol. Yes it is easy to spin out of control but taking control again once having been in control is relatively easy.

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KAIZEN7 8/22/2011 4:00PM

    I've been MIA too - back today - you are inspiring me to be "be back with a vengeance!"

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The Joy of Routines

Monday, August 08, 2011

Ahh routines....home, work, gym....life is good!

We had an awesome family vacation....memories that we'll be talking about for years. But we're all glad to be back home too.

We found just the right balance between rest, adventure, tourism, and culture....but we're glad to be be back home! (didn't I just say that?)

I took an extra day off from work today to take care of stuff around the house, run some errands, and to hit the gym to lift some weights after doing nothing but cardio (albeit, 7 straight days of cardio at 7,000 ft above sea level) recently.

And I started tracking food again....how easy it is too slip out of these good habits!

It's all about the routine

For 7 straight days, we were unplugged from our home-style habits. I made a conscious decision to not track food. We played, we walked, we hiked, we swam, we ate, I biked, and we all took naps whenever we felt like it. We broke our routines. We VACATIONED!

Now we're back home. My brain is re-engaging all those things I have done so well since joining Sparkpeople...and it still feels good. It's 9:00 PM and I'm at 1600 calories for the day. I hit the gym with trainer guy and worked my chest & shoulders for a good 2 hours (I actually felt super-human in the gym today....after struggling up those Santa Fe hills at 7,000 ft, I think I produced an abundance of red blood cells. I pumped that iron like there was no tomorrow...I'll pay for it dearly tomorrow, but today, it feels good)

So tomorrow back to work, back to that routine. Thursday I fly to Las Vegas for a few days....back to that routine too.

But I sincerely believe I can only have done so well on vacation, at work, and on the road through the good habits and routines I've developed through my friends at Sparkpeople.

Good night Spark friends!

  
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MOM23JS 8/14/2011 12:05PM

    Great job allowing yourself to live and enjoy your vacation and then getting back to the tools that you learned!!

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FANGFACEKITTY 8/9/2011 9:14AM

    There truly is no place like home. Sometimes we need a break from ALL of our routines, both the good & the bad, to shake things up a bit. My sensei says that sometimes we make better progress by taking a few steps back and concentrating on something else for awhile. Then when we come back to whatever it was we were working on we may find that we are "suddenly" better / faster / stronger / whatever.

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BRADOS 8/8/2011 11:20PM

    I agree - and I liked your comment on my blog about how weight loss is 75% food - 25% exercise - I believe you ....I have done my best when watching my intake is more of a focus

Nice job on your vacation and getting back into the routine
way to go

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REBECCATKD 8/8/2011 10:55PM

    Kudos to you for building up months of good habits!

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Biking and Flamenco!

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Well our Santa Fe adventure continues to be a blast (I leaned over to SWMBO during one of our walks and asked if she might consider moving here when/if I ever retire....quizzical, non-committal look and a grunt)

We're digging the cool, dry mornings (60s, barely a drop of humidity) and have spent them walking around the Central Plaza, up to the artist retreat on Canyon Rd (some pretty amazing stuff along a mile long stretch of adobe houses), and continuing to enjoy our New Mexican Food adventures. We drove about 5 miles out of town to a little joint called Bobcat Bite ( bobcatbite.com/ ), a dinky little dive that is apparently world renowned for some amazing burgers...and the world is right! I had this amazing green chile cheeseburger to die for.

Of course that meant an extra 30 minutes biking around on Red Olmo


So far it's been a blast taking this red steel speed machine around town! The roads here are very well marked...specific and very large bike lanes....but they are in a terrible state of repair. I got a flat on today's ride, changed out the tube and rode over to the place I rented it from and got a new tube and CO2 cartridge....there is an advantage to renting....if I had been any closer, I'd have walked it there and had them change it.
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But renting Olmo was a pretty smart vacation decision. SWMBO gets tuckered out around 2:00 and likes to rest up for evening activities, so having the bike around gets me outdoors. I can already tell that if I had not dished out some hard coin on renting the bike, I could have just as easily said, "screw it. I'll just hang out"

But our routine has worked out just fine. We pack our touristy things into the AM (tomorrow we go for an early AM desert tour in some Land Rovers), get a nice lunch, back to the hotel around 2:00, siesta time (it has been surprisingly easy for me to take naps...we're at 7,000 ft and I can tell I get winded a little easier), get up, take Olmo for a long, easy ride (with some serious speed action down these long hills!), change into swimsuit & splash around the pool with #2 son, then out for dinner or evening activity.

Tonight we go see the Juan Siddi Flamenco Co. ( juansiddiflamenco.com/ )


SWMBO and I have been looking forward to this for a while...we've heard great things about the show....and yes, there is the very real possibility that we two may soon sign up for some ballroom dancing lessons....more to follow on that (she's got a birthday coming up this month, and I'm stumped for gifts....couples dance lessons ladies? good idea?)

Well that's all the news that's fit to print. Keep eating well and working out Spark friends!

  
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FANGFACEKITTY 8/3/2011 8:55PM

    Dance lessons could be good, score you some major good guy credit. Stay away from offering pole dancing though, that will probably backfire on you lol! Sounds like you are having a great time.

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Ballooning, Biking, Backrubs.....and the toughest decision I've had to make at Sparkpeople!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Well Spark friends, our first full day in Santa Fe was a blast!

We're a little tired, but we're making an early night of it so we can do some no-kidding sight-seeing tomorrow.

We started off by getting up at 4:00 AM so we could do our early morning hot-air balloon ride. It was a first class blast!

Johnny the balloon guy picked us up at at our hotel at 5:15. He was a character!

www.santafeballoons.com/index.php

We drove about 45 minutes outside of Santa Fe, past the Indian lands to a big open stretch of federal land chock full of cliffs, arroyos etc. We watched the crew assemble the balloon and the rigging, inflate the fabric with fans, then turn on the flame throwers to get it lifted up.

I thought we were going to just cruise up to 1000 ft and float. No way! Johnny was an excellent pilot....7000 hrs of balloon time. We rose and fell into the canyons, swept treetop level over the mesas, floated down to chase a coyote....wow!

Of course I couldn't resist, so I asked him to give me some quick lessons, then took control of the burners and glided our gondola over the ravines for about 15 minutes.....I felt like Red Buttons from "5 Weeks in a Balloon"

(BTW, I photoshopped me and SWMBO into the far left)

We got back to the hotel around 10:00, and by then the family was cackling for breakfast, so I took them to the Southside Plaza Cafe, one of the recommended spots for a good breakfast....and it was. I've never had huevos rancheros like that before!

We got back to the hotel around 1130 and then I had a tough choice to make. SWMBO and I had massage appointments at 2:00PM. I was pretty tired, and eating lots of salsa makes me want to take a siesta. But man if I slept now, I knew I wouldn't work out after the spa. So I donned riding gear and took Red Olmo out for a 45 min spin.

That was the right thing to do, because 10 minutes into it, I perked right back up. Came back, showered, shaved, grabbed SWMBO and drove out to the Encantado resort ( www.encantadoresort.com/spa/ ). That was just what the doctor ordered! I got the deep tissue sports massage which was perfect. I pretty much smelled like a eucalyptus tree sprouting cypress leaves by the time I was done, but my neck, shoulders, and back felt like I had just reset a breaker in my spine. SWMBO was just as happy, her eyes sparkled with relaxation and relief after our traveling adventures.

We came back to the hotel, picked up number 2 son and went over to Whole Foods to pick up some cooked veggies and salsa free food for dinner back at the room. We all agreed that we're in danger of overdosing on chiles, so we have to balance it out.


Now I have a confession to make Spark friends; it is too damn hard for me to track food on this trip.

When I travel on my own, I can make due pretty well. But just these last 2 days with family in tow and odd little spots & snacks has made my brain hurt. So I'm taking a va-ca from logging this week.

That was a tough decision. I have a 202 day streak going....haven't missed logging anything I've eaten since I joined Sparkpeople on 9 Jan this year.

But I'm here to have fun, and while it's not impossible to do, I feel a little more relaxed not worrying about it. I'm using my good eating skills to eat well and not overeat. I'm still torn that I might be using food as a reward (I did grab a key lime bar from Whole Foods to help wash down the broccoli, red pepper, and roasted garlic medley and Orzo with arugula & plum tomatoes), but I'm also resolved to live with whatever Mr Scale has to say when we get back home and live with my decision.

Anyway, that's all for now....goodnight Spark friends!

  
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PTESORO 9/18/2011 11:46PM

    Thanks for the link to this blog. Sounds like your trip was great!

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FANGFACEKITTY 8/2/2011 10:16PM

    Enjoy your vacation, it is well earned! And don't sweat the not tracking, the broken streak will give you a new goal to shoot for, to surpass your previous 202 days.

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JUNEBUG1944 8/1/2011 4:17PM

    Hmmm, just love the photoshopped photo of you and SWAMBO...yeah, right! Sounds like you are having a great time. Logging that food takes time, and you never know what you are eating at some restaurants so that can be downright impossible! Keep having loads of fun! You're exercising so how bad can it be? When I was in NH a couple of years ago, I had fried clams or lobster dinner (even, dare I say, fried lobster one night!) and I did't gain an ounce...I swam laps every morning for an hour before we headed out! Enjoy!

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BRADOS 7/31/2011 10:11PM

    Enjoy this vacation - well deserved!!!

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REBECCATKD 7/31/2011 8:34PM

    Hey, don't worry about not tracking. You've built up good decision-making habits for 202 days, and you can hold your own. When the vacation's over, the tracker will still be here. Enjoy your time with family!

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