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My plan worked!

Saturday, January 08, 2011

I had 2 slices whole wheat French toast with butter, syrup, walnuts and 1/2 banana for breakfast: plan food you love!

I ate at an ice cream/cafe for lunch: according to plan: 1/2 of a toasted, not grilled, chicken sandwich. Loved it. No ice cream, ate until I was just satisfied! Coffee and half and half.

Chose a light dinner and entered it right after lunch with the only calories I had left: hard boiled egg, yogurt, 1/2apple and 1/2 banana. 1/2 cup milk with tea. Plan for my desired calorie level and eat enough protein.
Plan: exercise daily. Two short walks!
If I can keep this plan going, I will " DO" not 'try'.
My biggest obstacle of too much dinner is about to be solved. I'm doing a bit of exercise daily. This is a thrill of success. Today was 100%.

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CJWORDPLAY 1/9/2011 8:16PM

    I agree with you. This was 100% emoticon

I also plan my meals and exercise ahead. It's too easy for me to lose it when I'm "free-wheeling". The odd part is that I actually feel much more free and relaxed once I've planned. I don't have to worry I'll mess up.

emoticonYou're on a roll! emoticon

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MCGS62 1/9/2011 12:34PM

    I love it when a plan comes togather! I'll have to put you on my "A" team emoticon emoticon

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SAINTURSULA 1/9/2011 10:12AM

    Way to do it!

I like to enter dinner as early as I can, too, so I can see what I realistically have to work with for snacks and the like.

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Cravings are a good thing!

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

I crave veggie/garden burgers. Today I deliberately went to the store to buy some frozen ones that I can have on-hand. It was delicious on a half french bun, yes with cheese and sauerkraut (I just learned about putting that on a burger). It was totally to die for and totally within my calorie allowance for lunch. Who Knew?
I added a half banana and I'm all set for this afternoon.

The last week or so! I have been out of range, so I'm trying to get flavorful foods that pack fewer calories and keep me on track and satisfied.

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GOLIGHTLY344 1/5/2011 11:30PM

    I rinse the sauerkraut, because it's too salty otherwise. And I add pickles (and mustard too) cause I like it a bit sweet.

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MCGS62 1/5/2011 10:24PM

    OOO! I like trying new foods particularly if the are in the calorie range. Never thought about putting sauerkraut on one I'll try that next time.

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MOONCHILD17 1/5/2011 10:10PM

    I never heard of sauerkraut on a veggie burger, but I love both of them, so...why not? Thanks for a new lunch idea!

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BEYOURBEST1 1/5/2011 9:31PM

    Sounds delicious...

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Compulsive eating, not hunger.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Two things get in my way: compulsive eating when I'm not hungry and not enough activity. I'm soon going to solve the last one, but the first one still gets me.
Sometimes, I can be hungry for quite a while before eating and I'll feel great, comfortable with being hungry! Those are the times I really enjoy.

Other times, I want to eat (not feeling truly empty yet) and I keep thinking about food until I eat. At those times, I am confused as to why I need food. I'm beginning to think that it's because I need protein, but not necessarily a full meal. I'm going to test that idea by eating a handful of walnuts or almonds if I'm not at a truly empty place.

I know I crave pastries or sweets sometimes, but my sweet tooth is satisfied by gum many times. When I was with my daughter and grandsons recently for a total of 4 days, I had a chocolate eclair, a pastry, egg frittata, enchilada, wonderful restaurant breakfast: you get the idea! When I went home and weighed myself, I had still lost weight. I didn't overeat and I did enjoy the food we ate.
That tells me that an occasional sweet or a bit of fat is not the sabotage of my weight loss. The sabotage is compulsive eating. Tonight I allowed spaghetti sauce and pasta, salad dressing on my salad and an oatmeal scone, but stayed within my calorie range. The reason I did that is because otherwise I couldn't eat with restraint tomorrow. I have to have pleasure and enjoyment in my food or I can't change my lifestyle to correct portions.

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JUSTYNA7 1/5/2011 4:10PM

    I love that you are blogging about this. It's not black and white but there are clues. SP says hunger may be thirst. I also found eating dark chocolate in small amounts helped with my sugar cravings... but sometimes I also think it is OK to be hungry. I used to be a compulsive eater and didn't even know what hunger was. If I felt that "pain" I felt panic! But then I learned that many people experience hunger regularly between meals. Go figure. I also was told "hunger won't kill you" and in fact it will pass. That was another mind blower back then. I wouldn't die? I learned that my body was used to eating at certain times and I could retrain it. That was when I was a grazer and ate constantly. It all seems like a long time ago. Keep writing. Keep paying attention. And sometimes, just ignore it and see what happens. A friend told me she would go and sleep when she was hungry if it was not a meal time. I think there are many ways to deal with it. Like a small child who can't see the big picture. If you know you are getting the right amount to eat and you know you are eating good and nutritious foods then I think you will be OK! emoticon

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DEBIGENE 1/3/2011 10:44PM

    Oh I so agree with that 100%. When I tell my friends what I STILL eat and lose weight they just don't believe me. They just don't realize that I now have a different relationship with food and can get total enjoyment out of 6-8 BAKED until very crispy seasoned chicken wings, dosen't have to be a plate piled high after being deep fried. Heck who needs to dip them in anything, but I could if I wanted to but just 1-2 TBSP not a whole bowl. I'm loving my new way of enjoying food and don't feel like I'm missing a thing..... while I'm losing weight and getting healthy.

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BEYOURBEST1 1/3/2011 8:32PM

    You are doing a great job. As you said, the main thing is finding the right balance, this is a health improvement goal and not a diet.

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MCGS62 1/3/2011 7:53PM

    Nuts are health but calorie dense. I hope that system works for you I can't resist eating the whole bag of nuts once I start.
The fact is I eat constantly all day over two pounds of fruits and veggies today so far. Not sure if I am this hungry or that compulsive so I am in favor of anything that helps control appetite or compulsion.

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2011 plan

Sunday, January 02, 2011

This year I must view my current weight as my starting weight that I cannot see on the scale ever again. It's a mind game, too. I had a weight in mind before I started SparkPeople that I never wanted to go past. It got dangerously close and that's how I must feel about this new starting weight. I never want to see me gain back up again.

My plan for this month is to add protein to my breakfast and lunch, while reducing my carbs intake. I'm thinking that my high calorie levels over the past week or so has been due to not enough protein early in the day. My body has told me it was not satisfied and that leads to more eating later in the day.

My weight goal for the year is 25 pounds. My exercise goal for January is walking every day. By February I want to be walking the trail 3 times a week, Saturday-Tuesday-Thursday. I'm adding a Wednesday exercise class at 2:30.

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DEBIGENE 1/2/2011 11:40PM

    Great goals for the new year. Definately doable. You'll have all of your SP friends cheering you along the way.

HAPPY 2011

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BEYOURBEST1 1/2/2011 3:42PM

    Your plan is good and reasonable.
You can do it.
Have a happy 2011.

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  I'll be watching my fat intake this year ... I like my butter :) I'm also going to attempt to eliminate artificial sweeteners from my diet and drink more water.

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SBARKER56 1/2/2011 3:09PM

  Due to family health issues (mother was diabetic) I too try to avoid carbs and eat protein. I haven't been able to find much information on the Spark Meal plan for lowering the carbs. So I just basically do a modified Atkins with fresh fruit and vegetables, lean cuts of meat. Any other suggestions!

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MTULLY 1/2/2011 2:18PM

    I have been thinking the same thing in terms of needing to increase protein and decrease carbs. I will be working on this along with you. I also like your "mind game". I will follow your lead on that one as well! You are full of good ideas this morning!

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MCGS62 1/2/2011 2:16PM

    Sounds like a plan ! Let me know How it is working.

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From this side of the mountain (holidays)

Saturday, January 01, 2011

January is wet and cold, but I did get in a short walk this morning. I want to keep that going daily this month, no matter how short the walk might be.
I've done well figuring out a good breakfast and I know I need to eat 2/3 of my calories by mid-afternoon. But I'm thinking about my dinner meals. I need to find a good choice for my evening protein, not beef and low in fat. I need something Interesting!!
I've been able to stop eating night-time snacks. I don't eat more than three chips when my DH has them, if any at all. I serve meal portions in the kitchen area, not at the table. I'm drinking more water and aware of the need, particularly when I have too much sodium!

But the exercise portion is the key to my losing more weight. With some exercise I will reach my goals, without it I won't. Bigger than that, if I don't exercise and stretch, I will lose strength, stamina and energy! I can't let that happen. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MCGS62 1/1/2011 8:44PM

    emoticon Go For It in 2011 !

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CJWORDPLAY 1/1/2011 6:19PM

    You've done a good job identifying what works for you. emoticon
Now it looks like you are ready to move ahead. Isn't it nice that the New Year just happens to come along at just the same time?

I know what you mean about evening proteins. What have you tried? What are your shopping options? Just some possible ideas: I've found some good choices at Trader Joe, if there is one near you. I've tried adding different spices to familiar recipes, like putting pumpkin pie spice in chili. Maybe we could share ideas.



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