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Day 4 of Nutrient Dense Food

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Feeling so much better now that I have eaten real food for the last 4 days. I even passed up on a croissant without feeling I was missing out on something.

If I want a treat I have 2 madjool dates with a few nuts. I am using the crowding out method. Eating more food that is full of nutrients.

Had great smoothies for breakfast, lunch, beans and veg, supper roasted veg and salads. Fruit incorporated into all my
. Some days I eat a lot of fruit and more nuts than I planned but most days I'm doing good.

Aiming for 95% nutrient dense and I think I'm getting there. Giving myself a reward for sticking to my plan for 4 days.

The weekends are always a big issue for me as we have huge family meals and I bake for teens. It's easy for me to forgo the ice-cream as I make it dairy for them and I prefer a homemade vitamix ice-cream..

I plan to have up to two slices of bread a meal at the weekend and 1 dessert. Will report on sunday.


Once an emotional eater...

Monday, June 03, 2013

My Dad was taken to hospital due to high blood pressure. He usually has low blood pressure so after telling him about healthy eating I found myself eating food I usually pass on..

I was out with hubby who also wants to lose weight did great on our main course but then after passing up dessert we changed our mind and had a Belgian waffle. I got mouth sores and a tummy ache and he just didn't feel that great...It's so not worth it. Of course having had the Belgian waffle, once I came home I had a binge and felt even worse.

I don't know why we get dragged back to old habits...it's just silly.

Committing to eating nutrient dense food 95% of this month. I'm sure there will be slip ups but I don't want to end up in hospital.

I'm also going to change my ticker and make sure I start to see the damage I am doing to myself...

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MOONSHADOW145 6/6/2013 12:57PM

    In some ways i agree withe "once an emotional eater..." Thing, nut i see lots of change and progess here. Yes, you had a binge night. But you came here and wrote about it. You thought about what the trigger was. you've made a plan to move forward, and you are already back on track! n other words, you are not letting one slip pull you down... And that is true success, what with this whole imperfect human thing we all are.


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TXPATRIOT 6/3/2013 12:58AM

    Hope your dad gets better soon!

I can relate to your blog. I have struggled with that for years. I really have to watch myself when I get stressed or down. It is a slippery slope for me. But I have to remember that we are all works in progress. It's progress, not perfection. You got to just pick yourself up and keep going!

Best wishes on your 95% goal. emoticon

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EDENFELL 6/3/2013 12:58AM

    Hope your dad is feeling better. The emotional eating thing is such an easy coping mechanism so I know what you mean about coming back to it again and again. Great goal for the rest of this month. Hang in there! emoticon

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BJPENNY70 6/3/2013 12:56AM

    It takes time to get into the groove of eating healthy. It is a daily thing to encourage yourself and be conscience of your eating. You two will get it. My husband and I went through it. Your tummy starts to adjust to it as you stick with it. You will notice you fill up faster and are satisfied.

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Creating a habit

Thursday, May 16, 2013

I really think that I needed SparkPeople just to ensure I build good habits. I find that logging food stresses me out so I dont. I joined a Facebook challenge of eating more fruit and veg and then I just report the amount of fruit and veg I have. It makes me want to build my meals around the fruit and veg.

I'm exactly the opposite with my exercise. I plan my exercise and check that I am way ahead of what I set as my goal in the tracker. I also discovered that whilst I enjoyed the fact that I could do a modified insanity for almost two rounds (120 days) I much prefer dancing and weights as part of my workout. I have joined a free you tube program which is called BeFitIn90 and I'm on day 37. It's 35 minutes a day 5 days a week. On my days off I do rockin body with Shawn T. I also try to add either a Shawn T workout or a playout (paying bootcamp workouts) for an additonal 20-30 minutes.

I'm on auto pilot before I start exercising and I rarely skip it. Even when I know I will be doing some walking later in the day I don't count that as my exercise just as an added bonus.

I call exercise my Prozac..

Another major breakthrough with food is that although I still overeat I am able to stop mid-binge and put whatever I'm eating down or pass it to some other family member. I'm from the clean the plate club so this is huge for me and makes me really happy.

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OOLALA53 5/19/2013 9:10AM

    Nice job on passing that extra food on. It IS huge.

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LEANNAW4 5/17/2013 10:48PM

    Good for you! I'm the same way with my tracking food and exercise (i.e. I don't track food but I'm religious with my exercise). It's great what you discovered about dance and weights. Honor that and enjoy it! Our lives were meant to be enjoyed!

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SPARKLISE 5/17/2013 7:28AM

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JIBBIE49 5/17/2013 7:24AM

    My adult children do the P90X and P90X2 and have had great results. There is Booty Ballet for those who like to dance.

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Decisions that have nothing to do with exercise or weight

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Nothing to do with exercise or weight but it's to do with negative voice. I'm freelancing in a company where my boss was my colleague in another company. He's good to work for and I work as a tech. writer. In my previous company I was a trainer and I miss training...In the company I'm working at the position of trainer has opened and I'm torn between being made to feel ungrateful to my boss and applying for the position (which if I go for is mine 99%) and staying where I am and regretting not trying out.

Cons of applying: The % that I won't get it and will lose my current position as my boss will assume I'm always going to be looking for something else.

I lost my job in my previous company because I started out as a freelance tech. writer was taken in-house as a tech. writer and trainer (split 3,2 days). Was promoted to full time trainer only to be criticized and told by the tech. writing boss that I was ungrateful as she bought me in house. My now boss used to work in the tech. writing team I left...When he heard I left that company he offered me to come here as a freelancer.

Another con is that travel is involved

The pros of going for it if I get it...I love training and developing training materials and find tech writing is very rigid.

The Support manager that offered me this position will want an answer soon and I'm so scared of losing this position for chasing a dream...

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OOLALA53 5/9/2013 9:20PM

    Yikes, I wish I knew what to tell you. I feel the dilemma. The only thing I will say is whatever happens, I think you can handle it.

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JUDI_CUTIE 5/7/2013 3:03PM

    I agree that it would be good to try for the training job. You might be able to have a discussion with your current boss and explain that you really love training and you want to see if you can get it. But if you don't, you would like to keep doing the tech writing because that is also a job you really like. (Or only have that conversation if you don't get the new job.)

Good luck!

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CAMAEL100 5/7/2013 2:15PM

    I think maybe I am on the side of chasing your dream. Enjoying your work is such a huge thing in life! Life is too short for regrets. That is just my opinion for what it is worth!

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OMG level 10 when did that happen

Monday, April 15, 2013

I'm so focused on gaining 30 pounds in a year that I forgot about all the other things I have learnt in the last year. The level 10 brings me back down to earth.

I subscribe to NEWO (No excuses workout out newsletter) and it really has kept me exercising for the last two years and I love it. I don't see it as a chore. I couldn't afford the gym so I got some DVDs together and I did intense exercising on some days. I have a couple of weights, a resistance band, a yoga mattress and I'm set. I keep them visible all our friends know I exercise so they are in the corner of my living room and each morning I get up wash my face, brush my teeth get my gym clothes and shoes and I'm good to go. I first empty the dishwasher and make sure my boys are up and eating breakfast (they are teens) and then I start my exercises. I do a 35-50 min session every morning. If I skip a day it doesn't turn into a week of skipping. I just say oh well my body needs to recover.

I recently found BeFIt a free 90 day program on YouTube it gives you 35 minutes of exercising a day (circuit training). It's tough but I'm already on day 12 so I'm pleased about that. I also discovered Billy Blanks Jr. He is great when you want some sassy dancing workouts and my main man Shawn Ts Rockin body is a great mood buster.

I now have enough money to join the gym but I'm not sure I need to do that right now. I'm enjoying what I'm doing and although it has no impact on losing weight I love it.

I am now taking the same approach as NEWO to food and have stopped gaining weight. I hope to start getting rid of the extra pounds I gained by being mindful of what I eat but not obsessive.

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PAPA-T 4/17/2013 10:36PM

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ADAPTOR 4/15/2013 1:16AM

    Sounds like down to earth good ideas to succeed. emoticon

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