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Binging and Technology?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Here's a thought I had today that I wanted to share and which I will certainly try on myself next time.....

I had a moderate binge yesterday. Reasons I am still not so sure, I am coming off a health scare that seems to be resolving itself positively, not enough sleep, etc., no excuses. I have owned it, tracked it, and moved on.

Here's the technology part. I got myself an iPhone on my first year 's anniversary of maintenance. Of course I have the SP app loaded on it, to use in tracking when I am not near a computer.

I do track my binges, honesty pays I find. But I usually do it the next day (because I tend to binge at night) and sometimes have forgotten something I ate....sigh....

So, here is what I am going to do the next time I binge, and yes, there will be a next time.....

I am going to:
1. get my iPhone
2. turn if on (if it is turned off)
3. open to the SP app
4. track the binge as I consume the food

This way, I will be tracking accurately. And, as a big maybe, I will binge less as I see the calories and fat add up.

I'll let you know what happens!



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DDOORN 1/20/2012 11:17AM

    Now THERE'S a tough strategy...! Looking forward to hearing of your SUCCESS with it!

Don

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PUDLECRAZY 1/20/2012 7:10AM

    I hope your plan works, Bonita. It sounds like a good one; immediate feedback during the snack attack.

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KANOE10 1/19/2012 5:00PM

    That sounds like a very good idea. For me bingeing becomes mindless..just grabbing anything., If yuo make yourself track it as you do it, it might help you pay attention to what you are eating. Good luck with that.

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QUIKSYLVER 1/19/2012 3:23PM

    That's sounds like a great plan! I wish I had an iPhone. emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 1/19/2012 1:14PM

    Good plan Bonita. I hope it helps you.

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Women ARE from Venus....

Thursday, January 12, 2012

I am having some medical problems right now, but this blog isn't directly about them.

It is about priorities and a haircut.

It appears that I may be needing to have some surgery.

So, I started to think about what I need to do.

Check out my will and my living will, hey, you never know.
Pay off my credit card bill.
Get a haircut.....wait a minute, GET A HAIRCUT?

Now, I did need one, and I was planning to go in a couple of weeks, but then it got bumped nearly to the top of the list. I needed that haircut IMMEDIATELY.

So I went for a haircut yeaterday, and told my hairdresser about my problems, and asked her if I was insane by wanting to make sure I had a haircut.

She said Certainly not." Not so much with haircuts, but with hair coloring when roots are showing. I don't color, but boy is it important...

So she has had women in her chair in the beginning stages of labor getting their roots done.

And she has had women who have lost a loved one make sure to get their roots done before the funeral....

So it seems, if women are about to experience hard times, we want to look our best!

Remarkable.




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HAPPYSOUL91 1/13/2012 9:47AM

    How true, how true...it is important to feel good about yourself and hair is important

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THE_HERMIT 1/13/2012 2:43AM

    some men from mars are thinning on top and don't need regular haricuts/ having said that i was going to watch legally blonde the movie for a bit of light humor tonight

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DDOORN 1/12/2012 9:33PM

    Sorry to hear about your surgery, but heck YES Women are from Venus...! Would we EVER have it any other way?!?! :-)

Hair: I let mine go around the winter time. I hate wearing hats so I grow one instead...lol! Big, bushy hair that I whack into submission every morning with the help of Infusium leave-in treatment. By the end of the day you'd barely know I even used it!

Don

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ROCKMAN6797 1/12/2012 6:54PM

    This was very funny!
I hope this surgery does not severely impact your health. Let us know if we can be of any help.

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Five Years from Now.....

Monday, January 09, 2012

Here is an exercise I did yesterday that came from my "getting better bit(e) by bit(e)" book. It was an eye opener, not too hard if you give it some thought (and like to write) and I thought I would share it.

So, you vision five years into the future. You write two (pretend) letters to a friend you are going to see soon after a long absence. You can make up the friend too. You say you wanted to clue your friend in on what to expect when she/he sees you.

The first letter is what your life will be like if you continue binging (or throwing up, or not being fit, or staying a too large a weight, you pick it).

The second letter is what your life will be like if you stop binging (or stop throwing up, or become fit, or get to a better weight, you pick it).

You then read each letter carefully, and ask yourself the simple question: what DO you want to be in five years?

I have to say, I embraced and enjoyed this! My first letter, continuing binging, had me quite the mess, gained all the weight back, multiple health problems, barely able to move so not exercising, etc.

My second letter had me as a rocking 68 year old, white haired and moving to the beat, doing volunteer work and...well, all those goals I have on my SparkPage.

It was pretty easy to answer the question, where do I want to be in five years?

I do want to say this is not for everybody and I think it would have scared me if I tried it when I was first losing weight. I think I will now finally have the courage to tackle a vision collage. I will buy "oak tag" (or "bristol board" as they call it in Canada) and go to my old magazines with scissors and glue stick in hand.


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OOLALA53 4/3/2012 9:54AM

    I think I did this mentally when I had my turnaround a little over two years ago. I realized I had been fighting this for nearly 40 years and things had only gotten worse. I saw things had to change, mainly I had to get better at saying NO to eating when it was hard to do, not just keep waiting for the few weeks or months at a time it might get easy. I expect to have my struggles for another three years and even a few beyond that, but I'm walking the road in the right direction, not too far off from the version of the woman I would have written that letter to. emoticon

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DDOORN 1/10/2012 5:40PM

    That's a cool exercise I often use (variations of...) with my clients. If you can see it you can make it happen...YES!

Don

ps.
..thx for the SparkGoodie! :-)

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DDOORN 1/10/2012 5:25PM

    excuse the double post hiccup!

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PUDLECRAZY 1/9/2012 7:06PM

    Yes, you WILL be the rockin' 68 year old!

That was an intense exercise; now have fun with your vision collage.

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ROSEWAND 1/9/2012 5:53PM

    This is a great idea. We can be assured that the
time will pass whether we make the changes we
want or not. This can keep us focused on the
future we want to create. Thanks for this blog.

Enjoy creating your vision board.

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ROCKMAN6797 1/9/2012 1:26PM

    What a wonderful exercise! That first letter must have been so difficult to write given the fact that you have been there. The memories that were drudged up were probably very somber. The second letter probably was extremely uplifting. Singing your praise and being proud of what you have accomplished is good for the soul.
Have fun with your collage Bonita!

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Me....and the Scale

Friday, January 06, 2012

These blogs could become a series.

Me and the Weather. Me and the Scale. Me and the Guitar. Me and the Binge?

Okay, no more kidding, this one is serious.

I have decided to take a a pretty scary step and start weighing myself once a week rather than every day. Actually, if you think that weighing yourself every day makes no sense, I used to weigh myself five and six times a day when I was losing my weight. My goodness.....

I started daily weigh ins when I started with Weight Watchers back in May 2009.

Aside from travelling, or camping, I have weighed myself every day. And if there was a scale in the hotel's "fitness room," I weighed myself on that.

I know I do not have a healthy relationship with the scale, putting way too much importance on the weight (outcome) and not what activities I am doing (healthy life style). I figure if I take care of the healthy lifestyle, the weight will take care of itself. And it may be a disincentive to binge, as I cannot measure the results of binge so closely and get myself really worked up.

I have been considering this for a while. But, I read that the 5% tend to weigh themselves every day. Then I saw the SP article about whether SP experts weight themselves every day. heck, some of them don't weigh themselves at all.

So I took the plunge.

And, when I went on the treadmill this morning, and was cued to input my weight, I said oh my gosh what should I do? I just put in the last measured weight I have.

And, when I logged into to fitbit this morning, I saw that the nice line graph it produces skips a space if you don't enter a daily weight. Big deal.

More positively, I gained a few precious minutes in the morning (I get up at 4:30-5 AM to get my workout in before I trundle off to work) and I am more relaxed.

So, now that I have taken the first step, I intend to weigh in every week, like SP recommends, and see how it goes. Always looking for new ideas and how to cope.

Whew.


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DDOORN 1/9/2012 9:32AM

    My first thought, tongue-in-cheek of course, was: which scale? Mixolydian? Pentatonic? Minor thirds? :-)

Yeah...BIG transition, backing off from the scale. From what the scientific reasearch in "The Fat Trap" indicates folks like us will ALWAYS need the scale, which is something I've resisted until reading that. Now I've come to accept that this has just got to become a necessary part of truly living my LIFE!

Don

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PUDLECRAZY 1/6/2012 6:34PM

    Oh, and I can't wait for "Me and My Guitar"!

Video blog?

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PUDLECRAZY 1/6/2012 6:33PM

    LOL! Like Raul, I think daily weigh ins are pointless. But.... I do it. There is the scale, so my feet just make their way there.... next thing I know, I'm looking at my weight. And the fluctuation is amazing. It really does make more sense to weigh in weekly. One thing I have decided is that having a target weight that is one number is silly as we never stay that one number, even hourly. There is no way that I can see to put a weight target range on Spark, but in my own mind I have a target range instead of a number.

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ROCKMAN6797 1/6/2012 2:12PM

    Great news. I must admit though I subscribe to the weekly weigh-in I step on the scale each morning. I think I do so to marvel at the fluctuation in my weight on a daily basis. (And, it does fluctuate, anywhere from 2-6 pounds on a daily basis!)Fortunately I do not place any importance on the number the scale provides me rather I use this number to provide me with feedback of my previous day's meals, i.e., too much salt, too many carbs, etc.

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ROSEWAND 1/6/2012 2:03PM

    Good for you! emoticon on reducing scaling
dependancy. I did not weigh for nearly two years as
I lost weight and was in early maintenance.

I only decided to weigh when I began to be concerned
that I might be losing too much weight.

Now I do weigh once a week. It is so much less
stressful that the everyday way I used to go.
Hope it works for you too.

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Me....and the Weather

Thursday, January 05, 2012

this entry will be breathtakingly brief and is written with tongue firmly in cheek.

You see I comment a lot about the weather....

I want you to know that for a Canadian, THIS IS NORMAL!

As a Canadian, I am entitled to, allowed to, expected to, encouraged to, wanted to, and frankly, forced to comment about the weather.

Doesn't matter about the season. For a Canadian, it is never really good. Spring is officially a day or two maybe in late April or early May, Summer is a humid morass, Fall is lovely with the leaf color but leads to a dull and sere and depressingly dark (sun sets at 4:30 some days) November, and Winter is, well, Winter.

There, I have done my Canadian duty and commented about our seasons.

Joke: Have you heard there are two seasons in Toronto?
Oh, what are they?
Winter and construction.

No kidding, except when they continue construction during the winter.....

And I am finished (for now) commenting on the weather.


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DDOORN 1/6/2012 9:38AM

    Weather carries a big punch for me too...makes a tremendous difference to my disposition!

Don

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SAC-6582 1/5/2012 10:28PM

    LOL! Now I feel bad about complaining about our weather. As cold blooded as I have become I don't think I would make it long there.

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COBBYCAT 1/5/2012 9:27PM

    HA HA HA....and I thought living here in Cleveland, OH was bad!! The standing joke here is you only have to wait a minute before the weather changes!

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TYGRLILY 1/5/2012 8:48PM

    LMAO - you definitely have some of the most entertaining blogs i have read!! thanks for the smile!!

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ROCKMAN6797 1/5/2012 1:48PM

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Honestly, don't know how you can function in such cold weather, I would literally die! Thank you for the "educational" blog!

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