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Food Fight

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Do you ever feel like you're fighting food, day and night? All day, I've had this insatiable urge to eat, eat, eat. I think it's connected to some anxiety issues I'm going through right now and I will talk to my therapist when I see her next week. At the solid age of 67, I know that no one has a magic answer for me. It is not easy to deal with compulsive overeating. At least I overeat healthy foods like apples, not boxes of cookies like in the old days. I think it really comes from wanting to hurt myself and that often happens when I feel trapped in life. I watched the movie "Catch Me If You Can" tonight and it made me very sad. I know it's based on a real life story with two great actors playing the lead parts. The "con" artist is such a damaged young man. I suspect a lot of people would say, "Oh, grow up!" Nonetheless, I've always felt even when I was quite young that until you walk in someone else's shoes, you can't really condemn that person's behavior. Fate gives us all a journey to travel and that journey constitutes our life. Or so I believe. Life can be very painful at times and thinking pretty thoughts definitely does not help. I know because I've tried it many times. For those of us who were severely damaged as children, life presents some real difficulties along the way. I detest it when people call them "challenges." The latter means something else entirely. emoticon

  
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TREATL 8/25/2012 11:00AM

    Regarding your real-life struggles with food, I think there may be other solutions for you, but I need to think about the subject a little more. The thing I can say right now is that weight loss(and fitness) solutions need to be individualized depending on the person's abilities to exercise, potential food allergies, BMR, medications one takes, and overall lifestyle. Be sure to re-check your body mass index(BMI) to be sure you actually need to shed more pounds. You may already be in the healthy range.

It's tempting to do, but don't expect instant results on the scale. You're already making healthy strides by eating fruits and veggies instead of cookies. You may be gaining muscle mass if you're doing strength training, so weight loss (fat loss) will not show on the scale. Use your body measurements to show that you are losing fat.

Above all, don't be unhappy with yourself. You are perfect just as you are. Really. I'm certain that your partner thinks so. As Spark Coach Nicole says:

"Respect your body: Say good things about it. Eat right. Exercise for health. Rest and relieve stress." And "Love Yourself"

Warm regards,
Lynne


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Frustrated!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

It all started yesterday after lunch. I was so exhausted. I couldn't force myself to go to the Y to workout so I went home and took a nap. Since then, I haven't used Nutrition Tracker. My partner has been quite ill and we're having to share one car for the next few days. I don't cope with change very well. I hope I will get up early enough to make it to the gym tomorrow and get home early enough for my SO to make it to her doctor's appointment. I also hope I get up early enough to have a healthy breakfast and put it in to the tracker before I leave for the gym. I just feel rather crummy. I feel cranky and the air quality is supposed to be lousy tomorrow. I really have a wonderful, abundant life but I just don't feel so hot right now. "This too shall pass" the sooner, the better. Yuck! emoticon

  
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HESTEROONIE 8/24/2012 3:31AM

    Thanks for all the kind support and comments. I know my living conditions are more supportive and helpful than most. Life is just not perfect, darn it! emoticon

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TREATL 8/24/2012 12:04AM

    I can resonate with the cranky feelings you describe. For me, it begins with waking up feeling tired, not having rested well the night before. Then all it takes is one or two words from my spouse that I interpret in the wrong way. Then I just start off on a "pity party" with myself--unless my spouse is able to derail this negativity before it takes hold. I'm working on learning to abort emotional outbursts before they get started---easier said than done.

Anyhow, I think you're doing a great job, given the challenges you are facing.

Warm regards,
Lynne

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SILLYLILME 8/23/2012 11:38PM

  I too hate it when my routine is interrupted. It throws me off and puts me in a "mood". Remember this too shall pass. Hope things get better soon and remember tomorrow is a brand new day. emoticon

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SUNSHINE99999 8/23/2012 11:36PM

  I hope your tomorrow is much better!

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Goodbye Spark Coach

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

I think it's sad that the Spark Coach function requires payment and, even worse, is what's called an "automatic" renewal in the wonderful world of marketing. In other words, they set up an EFT using your credit card and then keep renewing automatically. I would actually go beyond the trial period if I could purchase one month or even three months without automatic renewal. Personally, I think not having this function available on a pay as you go basis is somewhat sleazy. I know many gym memberships function this way and then they make it very difficult to cancel. It sets a very bad tone for a very wonderful website. We know this requires money and it's obvious that advertising revenue is one income stream. I am way too old to authorize automatic renewal on anything and I think it should be offered as one way to pay not the ONLY way to pay.

  
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AZURE-SKY 1/18/2013 4:04PM

  I'm glad you posted comments on Spark Coach. I was thinking of subscribing, but if what they offer is not much better than the free features, it's certainly not woth paying for.

SP is not the only online diet site to have automatic renewal. Weight Watchers online does the same thing. You can sign up for a 3-month period at one price, then it automatically renews if you don't cancel it on time.

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SPUDNIK8 12/13/2012 4:58AM

    Being a freelancer, my financial situation can change from month to month. I agree with you that automatic renewal should not be the only way to subscribe to Spark Coach, buying blocks of time would be better for some of us.

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JERZRN 11/8/2012 8:53AM

    How much does the Spark Coach program cost. They don't provide any info on cost in the introduction.

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HESTEROONIE 8/23/2012 1:04PM

    Thanks for the response! I just think Spark should offer the "convenience" of automatic renewal or "pay as you go." I did marketing for many years before I retired and I was very very good at it. Those who make these decisions might want to take my idea under consideration. They will find they increase the participation way more than any additional "bookkeeping" cost. The latter, by the way, is like "shipping and delivery" charges which we used to pull out of thin air for extra profit.

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TREATL 8/23/2012 12:27AM

    I know why Spark did it this way--to make it more efficient for their book keeping. With over 7,000,000 members worldwide, they don't have enough staff members to deal with individual situations. All the same, it irks me. What if I don't find that program helpful? I ran into the same issue with the Spark "Live" program, which also requires automatic withdrawals. I have a real problem with that. It seems so "un-Spark-like."

Lynne

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DIANE7786 8/22/2012 11:54PM

    Me too!

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NANCYRUBIO 8/22/2012 11:49PM

    I thought I was the only member to state my feelings about Spark Coach. Thanks for joining me, I feel a lot less lonesome.

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Nutrition Tracker Key for me

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Although it takes a but of time, I still think this tracker is the best motivation tool for me. Of course, I won't really know until my next monthly weigh-in. The scale doesn't lie. I know some people don't even weigh but "some" people are not me. I am just relearning the right way for me to eat at age 67 with a thyroid condition and a carbohydrate sensitive system. The nice thing is that info is so readily available on-line. Remember the "old days" when we had a little (well, not so little) book of calorie content for food, many of which I never ate.

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CAROLJEAN64 8/16/2012 9:41PM

    Yes, I do remember those days. I love the nutrition tracker and also being able to put a recipe in the calculator.

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MELLIE1030 8/16/2012 9:37PM

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TREATL 8/16/2012 9:31PM

    I agree totally about the nutrition tracker---not only for tracking calories, protein, carbohydrates, and fats, but also for tracking micronutrients such as vitamins, fiber, calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium. It helps me determine what supplements I need to take--if any. What a great resource!

Lynne

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Trigger Foods

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Although some folks advise moderation as the key to success, I've always been an "all or nothing at all" kind of person. At age 66, this is not likely to change. Therefore, there are certain foods I avoid entirely. I call it my "no" list. Since I've recently gained a few pounds, I thought it would be helpful to revisit my "no" list and add some I will no doubt have forgotten as I focus again on healthy living one day at a time. NO sugary desserts of any kind, no muffins, no bagels, no pizza, no bacon, no fried food (makes me sick, anyway). No high calorie bread, no real whipped cream or real half & half, no granulated sugar, no grapes, no dried fruit except raisins or craisins counted out as portions, no sugary sodas, no candy bars or pretzels.

Having named all these foods, I'll close by saying this leaves literally thousands of foods that I CAN eat. I often eat the same things daily because it's just easier to track my nutrition and I'm definitely a creature of habit. Nonetheless, just think of all the fruits I can eat: apples, peaches, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, etc.

I hope someone somewhere will appreciate my list. And no, it doesn't make me want to run right out and eat "forbidden fruit." My biggest problem is portion control. I own a food scale and I always read the nutritional labels on food. It's up to me to eat less to return to my goal weight and at my age, it may take a while. I've got time.

Best wishes to all. emoticon

  
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CHRIS3874 8/2/2012 9:35PM

    I applaud the self discipline you have to do this - you deserve nothing but success for doing so . emoticon

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JIBBIE49 8/2/2012 8:37PM

    I'm following several people now who have failed on other diets and have resorted to having Lap Band surgery, so it is interesting to see how they are losing on about 500 calories a day with no problem. One woman told me she can only have 1/2 cup of food at a time, otherwise she "brings it back up again." From what I've seen on YouTube, the food over that amount gets stuck in the esophagus, so it causes pain, which is a deterrent to overeating.
So, I like your NO list. Good idea.
These people all have an issue with craving food especially when around others who are eating and they can't. It is almost like they feel they are being punished. Interesting.

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BUBBLICIOUS6 8/2/2012 8:32PM

    I love this list and good for you! You are determined and you will succeed!
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