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My Healthy Approach To The Holidays

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Originally, I was going to wait until January to start the Whole30, but I have slowly been adding about a pound a week and I can't wait until the first of the year. So here is my plan for the holidays:

I printed the Whole30 shopping list and took it to the store with me. Once inside the store, I realized that I had never just shopped from the perimeter. I have read articles about this being the way to shop because the fresh produce, eggs, frozen foods and fresh meat is usually on the edges, but I always headed for the processed, unhealthy sections first. Not any more! I have ten pounds to lose to reach my health and weight goals and I have vowed to do it by the end of this year. I always plan my meals in advance, so this was nothing new, but this time, 12-grain bread, dairy, and anything processed was out. There are a few things I will really miss, but it is worth it to give them up for thirty days and see if some of my health issues can be remedied. I have a feeling that I am going to continue eating this way for a long time. I would love to get rid of my sugar craving, once and for all. I have high hopes for this plan and I am going to follow it to the letter. Holidays don't have to be celebrated with unhealthy eating.

Vince and I both can benefit from Whole30 and he has agreed to do it with me. So, I am optimistic. If I can make interesting meals and set a good example, he will stay on it. So, that is a little challenge to myself. I want him healthy and I know we can do this. Happy Holidays!

  
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APONI_KB 12/6/2014 9:02AM

    It's a great idea not to wait. This time of year is tough. I have 3 different work parties that I can't escape and a work lunch just yesterday. I just try to do what I can and try to maintain. So far 5 pounds in the wrong direction and it's still early. ugh

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AJDOVER1 11/28/2014 11:55AM

    Best wishes to you! I've been gradually reducing processed foods from my diet for years and I was surprised (and pleased) to see how close my regular diet is to the Whole 30 ideal. It may be difficult to do all at once, but keep in mind this isn't a race.
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FITAT50 11/27/2014 9:27AM

    I'm very excited for you and Vince to start the Whole 30 program!!! The weight has crept up on me this year too and I'm starting the Sugar Impact diet next week. It's basically the same, cutting out all processed foods, shopping from the perimeter of the store, etc. I've already started with changing up a few things in my diet and have lost a couple pounds.

emoticon Let's start the New Year NOT having to make the same old resolution of Starting a diet!!

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WATOGA17 11/27/2014 7:55AM

    Go, Cynthia, Go! You can do this! I hope you and Vince love it as much as I do. I am about to sit down to my first Thanksgiving meal ever where I have no desire for most of what I know will be on the table. I have a hard time thinking that it will be any challenge at all for me to stick to my new way of eating. That old stuff has just lost its appeal for me.

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BUTTERFLY-1976 11/26/2014 10:31PM

    You go go!! Good for you for starting now instead of waiting till January :) Think about how GREAT you'll feel come January

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NATPLUMMER 11/26/2014 7:10PM

    Good luck!

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PORTIAWILLIS 11/26/2014 5:27PM

    You go girl. Wish I had that kind of will power. Guess I just don't it want enough.

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Payback Can Be A Bear!

Sunday, November 02, 2014


Sometimes you can be bad and eat whatever you feel like and there are no repercussions, or so you think. emoticon

Last weekend, we went out and ate and drank like there was no tomorrow. I just cast my fate to the wind. I thought I would just workout harder and stay on track this week and it would be fine. Especially since, I weighed on my normal day last week and didn't gain anything. I thought I had it made and had pulled one over on my body.

Let me tell you, I was sorely mistaken! This week, I ate tons of veggies, stayed on my plan and even ate under my calories, hauled water on two different days, did ST and walked every day. I really was expecting to at least lose a pound. Just like on "The Biggest Loser", I didn't lose any weight, in fact,
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I have read article after article about how bad splurging is for you. If you want something not normally on your plan, you should eat it in moderation. I am like an alcoholic in that respect. There is no moderation. There are certain foods (like brownies) that I can't even take one bite because it unleashes the power of the devil and all hades breaks loose.

I feel chastised and I am back on track today. I'm not beating myself up, I'm just chalking it up to bad judgment and moving on. I have learned my lesson and realize that, on my body at least, bad eating doesn't always show the bad results right away. I'm actually glad it happened now, in time for me to decide on how I am going to handle the holidays.

HAVE A HAPPY AND HEALTHY HOLIDAY!

  
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APONI_KB 12/6/2014 9:00AM

    Oh I think we've all been there. I completely know that feeling of thinking whew I got away with it only to have it catch up with me a few days later. I don't understand that at all, but it isn't just you.

I hear ya on the trigger food thing too

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SPEEDYDOG 12/6/2014 8:45AM

    Hi Cynthia,

I think there may be such a thing as "trigger foods". Brownies are nearly a universal trigger food that unleashes the eating beast.

We may be programmed to "splurge". Our ancient ancestors had lean times when there was very little to eat. Crops failed and starvation was a real possibility. Maybe they waited for animal migrations so they could kill a buffalo.

Thanks to modern agriculture and transportation systems, we live continually in a time of plenty. So when we try to lose weight, our primitive bodies think we are starving. We try exercise in place the hard physical labor our ancestors did to gather food.

Our brains are telling us, "eat, eat, eat". The ability to store energy in the form of body fat was crucial to survival. I worked with native Americas a few years back and their standard of female beauty was obese women. They were attracted to women that could bear children through the lean times.

You two pound weight gain may be just temporary having to do with your increase in activity and some water retention.

There is also the notion of a "set point". Sometimes we call this set point a "plateau". As my weight has fluctuated, I find that I hit the same plateau when I gain weight, or lose weight. I found my body has these set points at 240, 220, 200 and 180. I can lose 20 pounds pretty easily. Trying to bust trough a plateau while trying to lose weight is hard. On the other hand, if I eat too much and bust through a plateau, it seems like I gain 20 pounds over night!

I think you are doing well. You are aware of behavior that hurts you efforts to remain healthy.

Good Luck, Bruce

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PORTIAWILLIS 11/15/2014 11:39PM

    Those are words to live by. I have spent the last 6 months wondering why I can't lose any weight and I think you might have opened my eyes to the culprit. About 75 percent of the time I eat well and exercise most days but this summer I slacked off and even when on track I tend to think "just one time" won't hurt and boy do I love those margarita's from Chuey's Restaurant. Oh for the will power to just say NO!!!! emoticon

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IRON_RESOLVE 11/4/2014 10:27AM

    That could have been written by any number of us. The last sentence is the best.

"I'm actually glad it happened now, in time for me to decide on how I am going to handle the holidays".

That's how I feel about having become so worn down after a family wedding this summer. Then getting off track, and gaining weight.

I am going to be planning out my meal in advance for the holidays, esp since the entire family is exercising, and watching their food choices.
Thank you for this blog

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FITAT50 11/3/2014 8:45AM

    I think our bodies are very similar, just when I think I've gotten away with eating bad for a day or two, it none the less still catches up with me when I don't expect it. Oh, and I'm a brownie fanatic too!!

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WATOGA17 11/3/2014 7:26AM

    As you said, "lesson learned". We are still learning and thank heaven it is sinking in (maybe slowly, but sinking in none-the-less). You can and will do this, Cynthia! Thanks for the lesson. I'll try to take it to heart, too.

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MEADSBAY 11/2/2014 7:54PM

    Hahahahahaha...why do we all think we can pull one over on our bodies?
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S3XYDIVASMOM 11/2/2014 3:55PM

    I wonder why moderation is such an elusive goal? emoticon

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CHRISTINEBWD 11/2/2014 3:42PM

    Oh dear! The same thing happens to me! Let's be careful during the holidays! emoticon

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MM11113 11/2/2014 12:58PM

    Just do another week like last one! We'd all be skinny if that was so easy! Right?



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HOLLYM48 11/2/2014 12:39PM

    Just remember it is only a number and it goes up and it goes down! Just keep up the great work!

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Triplets!

Monday, September 29, 2014

It is really rare that I have three Giant Swallowtails emerge all at the same time. I just wanted to share them with you.





  
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IRON_RESOLVE 11/4/2014 10:15AM

    wow, so pretty!

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DOOBRIE 10/5/2014 4:00AM

    Congratulations! Love your triplets.

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MEADSBAY 10/1/2014 6:52PM

    How beautiful!
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CHRISTINEBWD 9/29/2014 6:06PM

    Wow, that is way cool!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 9/29/2014 4:42PM

    So pretty!!!

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NATPLUMMER 9/29/2014 2:29PM

    Wow!

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AJDOVER1 9/29/2014 2:03PM

    how amazing!
Thanks for sharing this beauty!

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ALICEART2010 9/29/2014 12:45PM

    pretty!

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PUPPYWHISPERS 9/29/2014 12:41PM

    This makes me smile. Thanks for sharing!

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JUDITH316 9/29/2014 12:40PM

    emoticon they are beautiful, emoticon for sharing

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ALICIA214 9/29/2014 12:22PM

 



There is nothing more Awesome than nature,a beautiful gift from God..

Thank you for sharing these beauties..

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I've Got A Tiger!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

This beautiful Eastern Tiger Swallowtail just emerged today. It is a real magnificent specimen, measuring more than five inches across. The last picture is of all my baby Giant Swallowtails that hatched from those eggs I just gathered a few days ago.



  
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AJDOVER1 9/5/2014 6:07PM

    Spectacular!
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BUTTERFLY-1976 9/5/2014 12:41PM

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CHRISTINEBWD 9/4/2014 11:31PM

    emoticon That is a beauty!!!! Wow!!

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HOLLYM48 9/4/2014 7:11PM

    wow, it is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing it with us!

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NATPLUMMER 9/4/2014 5:20PM

    WOW!!!

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FITAT50 9/4/2014 5:14PM

    Wow, she's a beauty!!!

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RICKHANN 9/4/2014 5:07PM

    Very majestic looking. Thanks for sharing.

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MJRVIC2000 9/4/2014 5:00PM

    Faith makes everything possible; Hope makes everything work; and Love makes everything beautiful! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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MEADSBAY 9/4/2014 4:55PM

    Que Bella!
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I Don't Just Love The Butterflies, I Love The Caterpillars Too!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


The Exotic Flower on the Dutchman's Pipevine


The Giant Swallowtail Caterpillar getting ready to form a chrysalis


The Polydamas Swallowtail - One of my fist butterflies


The Gulf Fritillary Caterpillar


The Zebra Longwing Caterpillar


My Newest Caterpillar - The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

When we moved here, I started buying "Host" plants to entice the butterflies to lay eggs. That way, I was able to introduce all of these new butterflies to our neighborhood.

  
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FANNYMANSON 8/27/2014 12:14PM

    WOW COOL! I am also into butterflies, but I wouldn't know one caterpillar from the next. Thanks for sharing!!
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DOOBRIE 8/25/2014 5:57AM

    Beautiful pics, as always.

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AJDOVER1 8/13/2014 10:58AM

    wow! great pictures! It makes me appreciate the beauty of the caterpillars as well as the butterflies. What a miracle they are

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CHRISTINEBWD 8/12/2014 8:21PM

    I pay lots more attention to Butterflies now! :)

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FITAT50 8/12/2014 1:43PM

    I can't ever see a butterfly without thinking of you emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 8/12/2014 12:19PM

    Very cool!

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MEADSBAY 8/12/2014 11:56AM

    I love fat caterpillars, too...unless they are chowing down on something I don't want them to!
Great pics, Cyn.
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