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The good, the sad and the snuggly

Friday, March 12, 2010

This weekend will be all of the three.
The good:
Getting my hair done (new cut and color always does wonders for my attitude!)
I will be doing the Shamrock Stride on Sunday. Portland's annual great run/walk fundraiser for the local children's hospital. I'm doing the 3k walk (next year... maybe the 5k run.) with several friends

The sad:
A very dear friend of mine passed away last month. Russian/Ukrainian cultures have a memorial 40 days after a persons death. This will be a tough day. In addition to the purpose of being there, there will be much food and toasting with vodka. I will have to bring some healthy food to counteract the traditional stuff.

The snuggly:
At some point, I will go over to my best friend's house and snuggle with her two little girls (6 and 3 yrs old). There will also be much playing and cavorting. They love their Auntie Gretchen almost as much as she loves them.

I may not track my food so well this weekend, but I will use good judgment in all that I eat and drink. I will also make sure that I take time to work out on all days and burn maybe a little extra calories from Saturday's feasting.

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GOLFCHICK2-0 3/15/2010 11:59AM

    Rats! I didn't get my snugglies in... kids were sick. The rest of the weekend was pretty good even with a wee bit too much Russian food and a little vodka on Saturday.

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CHRYS13 3/12/2010 7:17PM

    It's a jam-packed weekend for you! You've planned ahead, so you'll do well!
Thinking of you as you remember your dear friend.

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CELESTIALAXIS 3/12/2010 1:01PM

    Good luck and have fun with the little snugglers! I'm gonna be hogging some babies at Kaya's b-day party this weekend. ;-)


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Girl Scout Cookies are EEeeevill!!

Saturday, March 06, 2010

I finished my 1 hour walk at a local market where they have a stir-fry bar. As I am sitting in the cafe eating my yummy, healthy lunch, I'm watching out the window at the little girls selling their girl scout cookies. 9 out of 10 people who stopped and purchased the evil disks of fat and sugar were very obviously over-weight.

I just want to scream NNNOOOOO!!! I know I can walk past with no problem. "Thin" Mints, my left (and right) cheek!!

Does anyone have a connection at Girl Scouts HQ? Can we convince them to make protein bars in stead of the evil little cookies?? 'Cuz you can't stop at just one!!

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GOLFCHICK2-0 3/7/2010 12:41AM

    VICD, I wish I had the will power. Or is it won't power? If I open a tube of not-so-thin mints, I eat the whole thing.

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MANDABEAR11 3/6/2010 11:10PM

    hehehe evil discs of fat...LOVE IT! Luckily they seem to have forgotten my house exists on their sellings. Phew! emoticon

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VICD25 3/6/2010 9:24PM

    OK, must I be the voice of reason? (heaven help us if I am!) A cookie here and there is healthy. Please tell me you aren't going to give up all of the little devil discs?

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    This year, I just made a financial contribution and let the girls choose cookies for themselves or someone else. Then, I didn't feel guilty because I had (Technically!) bought something from them, but at the same time I was a healthier, sexier me. Plus, since the guilt was gone, so was the emotional eating!

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    Very bad example for the little girls. Sell magazine subscriptions or candles or something. =P

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PAMNANGEL 3/6/2010 7:07PM

    My weakness are the Samoas. Luckily I'm turned off by those green-clad munchkins rushing at me, "Wanna buy some cookies? Wanna buy some cookies?" I make a point of using whichever door they're not laying in wait by or else come after they've left.

I feel kind of bad, but seriously they've got a table full of cookie boxes, signs, they're wearing their uniforms. We know they're there and what they're selling. Rushing people just isn't cool.

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MEHOPEFUL2 3/6/2010 6:45PM

    I am not one of those ladies stopping for the Girl Scout cookies. I used to skulk bye, but now I have Spark Friends and walk bye with my head up high. Your right someone needs to tell, GS headquarter they need a healthier alternative to cookies. This would also be a good example for their girls in this over weight society they are encouraging!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DISP715 3/6/2010 6:41PM

    OMG!! I feel the same way, also call them the devil's cookies. I even wrote a blog about it "I hate thin mints". GS cookies are one of my triggers and I avoid them like the plaque!! Good for you for walking right pass!! (Oreos are kind of evil too!).

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Beware the word "SALAD"

Saturday, March 06, 2010

And here it is, Saturday. you say to yourself:

"Self, I've been good all week, marked everything down in my Nutrition tracker, stayed in range, drank upteen million glasses of water and logged in my Fitness tracker. So tonight, I can go out to dinner. But I'll still be smart and order a salad"

duh duh duhhhhhh (those are the sounds of impending doooom...)

NOT all salads are created equal my SparkFriends. Note this fine article on Yahoo...

Don't forget, read the ingredients, croutons-OUT, taco shell- OUT, fried chicken-OUT, dressing ON THE SIDE, cheese-Only if it works in your range.

Good luck and Better Health!!

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COATWOOD 3/6/2010 6:47PM

    I agree.... I love avacado ranch dressing and Ruby Tuesday croutons... so incredibly evil... LOL!

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    This is so true! Even side salads made at home can become very high in calories if you aren't paying attention to how much "good" stuff you are putting in it. This is where the nutrition tracker comes in handy. Knowledge is key!

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VICD25 3/6/2010 1:25PM

    Amen Sister! Some of my favorite indulgences are blue cheese dressing, cheese and fatty meats (salami) on my salad.

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Note to self... STEP AWAY FROM THE SCALE!!

Thursday, March 04, 2010

My usual weigh in day is Monday. This morning, for some unforeseen reason, I decided to step on the scale. The evil hunk of metal told me I had gained 1.5 lbs. Nope, no way! Darn it, the Wii agreed... + 1.5 I still refuse to believe it. I have worked out more, kept to the low end of my calorie range and have posted EVERY bite I have eaten.

The scale lies! I feel great. My clothes fit better. I have more energy.

**Take a deep breath Gretchen**

I WILL NOT let this get to me. I will not weigh in till Monday.

I WILL keep eating healthy. Keep working out. Keep drinking water.
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Spark On!!

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DTSOBEL 3/6/2010 3:11AM

    All I have to say is BTDT! I had the same issues a few weeks back. My solution, put it in my other goals page. Now I get points for not weighing in on non weigh in days. I also won't do the Wii Fit body test. Keep up the great attitude and we will beat this beast (and the hunk-o-metal too)......

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SWEETZMIX 3/5/2010 9:09AM

    SPARK ON!! The scale does lie, b/c we fluctuate on a day to day basis. Keep working hard and keep feeling great. The scale should not dictate your mood! You are awesome!

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CATE195 3/5/2010 9:04AM

    I have encountered the same situation. It is challenging to keep your motivation up when you're doing everything right but the scale says otherwise. So concentrate on those other signs
I feel great. My clothes fit better. I have more energy.

You can do it!

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CHRYS13 3/4/2010 8:03PM

    Oh, I hate that "evil hunk of metal". I've been a slave to it for much too much of my life. I love your idea of covering it with a box and writing notes on it. I can think of all kinds of notes I'd like to leave it! LOL!!!

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GOLFCHICK2-0 3/4/2010 7:04PM

    I have decided that the evil hunk-o-metal will be covered by a cardboard box. I will then write all sorts of warnings and reminders NOT to pick up the box until Monday... or even next Monday.

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NAYBRENNER 3/4/2010 6:08PM

    Stepping on the scale too often is probably my biggest downfall right now. I say every week that I'm just going to get on on Fri. and every week I fail. Keep getting stronger!!!

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LABOSOXGIRL 3/4/2010 5:27PM

    I almost stepped on the scale this morning but I forced myself to let it go until my normal weigh in day.

My favorite line of your blog "The evil hunk of metal" LOL

That 'evil hunk of metal' probably pointed out that since you have been working so hard you have gained some muscle.

Keep up the hard work and stay positive your doing great!

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NCESTONE 3/4/2010 5:00PM

    I have always heard that muscle weights more than fat.....with that said, you are doing a great job. As long as you are doing all the things that matter the weight is just an object of our obsession. I am guilty of stepping on the scale too much. I know it is not good to do so but I have a hard time not. I also moved my weigh date from Monday to Tuesday. I like Tuesday far better than Mondays. Keep up the positive attidude. We can all do this. We are strong women/men! Do you take measurements? That is anther way to see jut how you are doing that the scale misses.

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I *heart* Peanut Butter!!

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

I thought that I would never be able to eat peanut butter again. There are loads of foods that I can have a small amount of, but not go overboard. Peanut butter is not one of them. So I was curious when I saw Better'n Peanut Butter at Trader Joes. Yes, it is peanut butter! tastes like it, spreads like it, but it has 85% less fat and 45% less calories.

Spread on raisin english muffin with banana slices... Now I have a reason to eat breakfast again! Woo Hoo!

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STRIVE4BALANCE1 3/6/2010 8:57PM

    As if I needed another reason to go to Trader Joes!

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REDHEAD582 3/6/2010 5:38PM


Thanks for the tip, next time I am in the US I will pick some up from Trader Joe's. I too love PB on toast in the mornings.

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GOLFCHICK2-0 3/3/2010 4:02PM

    Sarah, I love it!! It is nice and thick, but still melty. slightly mellower than some in PB flavour and not too sweet. I split the serving size to 1 tbsp and it's still plenty for both halves of an english muffin. I also like that they cut the fat and calories, but kept the protein.

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    Is it good? Simon saw it and wondered. It's also like twice as expensive, but it may be worth it as we're ADDICTED to PB, lol.

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PIR8CHIK 3/3/2010 2:14PM

    Ohhhhhh I LOVE emoticon Peanut Butter too!
I have it almost every day! I use Jif reduced fat creamy.
It's really good and I even saw it in a crunchy version in the store yesterday. I never eat more then 1 1/2 TB at a time. That much is usually when I'm having it with celery or apples. Other times it's just about a tsp.

I'll have to check that stuff out!

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K4FRED 3/3/2010 2:06PM

    You CAN eat peanutbutter, in moderation. It's good for your heart AND your weight loss. It's listed as one of the best sparks to losing weight. The key is to eat it sparingly. I too adore peanutbutter. I add honey to it (also sparingly) and spread it on a slice of whole grain bread. YUM!!! emoticon

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