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Stress?? Hormones?? What's going on here???

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Don't know what's going on with me this week...I have been so hungry & I have been craving junk food. Have been sick all week after a beautiful trip to Cancun the week before & could not wait for Friday so that I could "stay in bed all weekend" & get better. Of course , I knew that I could not do that as it would drive me crazy...ummm....crazier. So after work I made a last stop at the store for a couple of last minute items before the upcoming blizzard that we were expecting. Decided to stop at Subway to pick up a sandwich so that I would not have to cook dinner...pretty healthy choice I thought. But then...wanted potato chips to go with it & a candy bar(which I have not had in a long time) for "dessert" later. Now I have a ton of food in my home & all of it healthy but I didn't want that...I wanted good old junk food this week & I had to have it. Was it that I have not had this stuff in a long time? That I could not taste food because I was sick? The upcoming snow storm? Hormones gone wild? Not sure but hope it gets over with soon before I gain back the weight that I have lost...I have been doing so well up to this point....lost 40 lbs. & just got out of the 200's! Has anyone else had any similar situations? And if so...HELP!! emoticon

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CANDICANE32 2/10/2010 8:28AM

    Oh I am sooo there with you! I ate so much junk food last night all I could do was crash. I ate healthy all day then around 5pm, I wanted to tear the house down to find some junk food. So I ate about 20 cookies (huge cookies)! I could not even work out. Must be my hormones or maybe because I've added some additional carbs into my diet and it has triggered my appetite. I know that some of it is bordem. Don't know what to tell you at this point. We both need a good kick in the pants so that we can get back on track. I wish you much success!

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Excellent Advice

Monday, January 18, 2010

I was reading an article this morning on a new book by author Michael Pollan called Food Rules: An Eater's Manual . Two tips really caught my attention & I wanted to share them with everyone. They are as follows:


There is nothing wrong with eating sweets, fried foods, pastries, even drinking soda every now and then, but food manufacturers have made eating these formerly expensive and hard-to-make treats so cheap and easy that we're eating them every day. The french fry did not become America's most popular vegetable until industry took over the jobs of washing, peeling, cutting, and frying the potatoes -- and cleaning up the mess. If you made all the french fries you ate, you would eat them much less often, if only because they're so much work. The same holds true for fried chicken, chips, cakes, pies, and ice cream. Enjoy these treats as often as you're willing to prepare them -- chances are good it won't be every day.


For many of us, eating has surprisingly little to do with hunger. We eat out of boredom, for entertainment, to comfort or reward ourselves. Try to be aware of why you're eating, and ask yourself if you're really hungry-before you eat and then again along the way. (One old wive's test: IF YOU'RE NOT HUNGRY ENOUGH TO EAT AN APPLE, THEN YOU'RE NOT HUNGRY.) Food is a costly antidepressant.

I thought this was excellent advice & very good guidelines that we can all remember easily....hope you enjoy it also.


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CAMPINLADY 1/23/2010 7:30AM

    It is good advice, although I would probably bake a whole cake and eat the whole cake. I love Michael Pollan's books. His whole point is to eat from nature as much as possible and stay away from the processed foods. Those store bought cakes (and everything else) are loaded with junk (preservatives, chemicals, additives) that we would never put into our bodies if we were living our true nature.

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JLITT62 1/18/2010 10:54AM

    Well, the first one wouldn't work for me because I like to cook & bake . . . it's part of why I have a weight problem! Yes, you can definitely eat too much junk, even when you make it yourself, even when it's "healthy" junk (like vegan cookies or date & fruit cookies, for example).

The other one is definitely true!

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TCLARK319 1/18/2010 8:16AM

    This is very good advice! Keep it positive ~ Happy Sparking!

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HOPE2BE 1/18/2010 8:00AM

    I remember making all those things by hand. In fact I had a pan of hot grease fall on my foot because I was making french fries by standing on a chair. But that wasn't my fault. I made my own chicken and still do. I made my own spagetti sauce and only make 1 serving for the day and the rest is frozen for 1 day servings.. They fill me up and I don't starve or overeat.

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JIJJI1313 1/18/2010 7:56AM

    Thanks! Great Post! :)

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Missed it by thiiiiiiiis much!!!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

I can't believe it! After gaining almost 7 lbs. over the holidays & working my butt off (literally) to lose it again, it was within reach to be able to be out of the 200's by my birthday this Tuesday. Sunday mornings are my "official" weigh in time & whatever it says on Sunday morning is what I add to my tracker. I have been so excited to be going on vacation next week, laying on a nice sunny beach in January & being almost 40 lbs. lighter. I was even more excited when I stepped on the scale a few times during this week & I was under 200 lbs....I was going to do it....I was going to be out of the 200's for my birthday!!! But it was not Sunday morning yet....and it had to be "official". This morning I woke up eagerly looking forward (for a change) to step on the scale & "officially" be out of the 200's. I stepped on the scale & it read 200.0...WHAT???? I couldn't believe it!!! I stepped on again (in case it was off a little bit...haha) & it read 200.0. I only needed ONE ounce to put me under 200....ONE OUNCE!!! I had to do it...I had to enter 200.0 lbs. on my tracker. Don't get me wrong....I am grateful for the 1.8 lbs. & the inches that I lost this week but now I am going to have to be really, REALLY good while I am on vacation & I don't think that I am THAT disciplined...especially when you are surrounded by people catering to your every whim. I will do my best to have fun AND make smart choices but I think that ounce would have motivated me more...wish me luck!!! emoticon emoticon

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TEDDYTEDDY 1/17/2010 11:22AM

    I understand the frustration of trying to get under 200. It was almost as if my body was fighting against it when I was there. I actually was down to 180 or so for awhile. Whatever you do, do not give up. It is only a number. Remember it's how you feel that is more important. My diet coach ofen reminded me that when I was stuck at a certain weight it was probably because my fat was converting to muscle and how your clothes feel (looser with more muscle and less fat) is more important than the number on the scale.

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Another fork in the road

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Did my weekly weigh in this morning & for the first time since joining SP I gained a pound. I really can't say that I was surprised....between being on vacation this week & having cold, rainy, lousy weather all made it easy to relax & talk myself out of going for my walks. Towards the end of the week I realized that I couldn't let those things stand in the way of me achieving my goal & went out & bought a rain poncho so that I could walk outside even when it rains. Hey, Fall is here & Winter is approaching....I can't put off walking until Springtime as having lower back problems makes walking one of my main means of exercise. Yes, I did gain a pound but I also have lost 25 pounds so instead of dwelling on the gain, it motivated me to get moving even more. I have already tied up my walking shoes, stretched & ready to get myself off of this computer & go outside for a walk, so have a great morning everyone!


Curb Your Enthusiasm?

Saturday, November 28, 2009

OK....I have never, EVER done a blog before & have no idea what I am doing but here goes. I have been doing great at losing weight since joining SP & am very proud of myself & my accomplishments but I wonder if it gets to be too much for others to be around me at times. I know that sounds a little weird but I am feeling so much energy & enthusiasm since starting this journey that at times I feel that it is all that I talk about. It IS becoming a lifestyle & that is a good thing but I wonder if when I go out to eat with friends & I really study the menu to make good choices if it gets old for them. Don't get me wrong, my friends are very proud of me & support my efforts but seem to be getting bored at times with dealing with it. Yes, it may take me a little longer to look at the menu & dissect it to try to make it work for me but if I don't do that then I will be right back where I started from which is NOT where I want to be. I was wondering if others have had this thought & does the enthusiasm mellow down eventually & become a more " normal" part of your life? LOL

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PEDR001 11/28/2009 1:00PM

    I can certainly relate to what you're saying and who could knock such a positive approach? - we just need to be careful not to confuse a change of lifestyle with an obsession which is how it can look if we try to force it on to others. What do you think?

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JIMBOUCHIE 11/28/2009 12:49PM

    You need to do what is right for you. Keep up the hard work. You're right, if we always do what we've always done, then we'll always get what we always got.

Good luck.

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