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Counting my bleassings

Sunday, September 23, 2012

It is so easy to be negative. I find that as soon as I start thinking good thoughts there's this annoying voice saying yeh but you can't do ....

When I was in teacher training I was taught that when you praise a child never say but...and give a negative because they will never hear the positive.

In the Beck diet solution she recommends giving yourself credit for your achievements. I managed to pass on bread till the main course as opposed to beating yourself up for eating the bread in the end.

I want to count my blessings for my ability to get stronger day by day. Be more positive and forgiving. Allowing myself to let go of things that used to really annoy and upset me. Most important I'm learning to accept that I'm not perfect and will never be perfect but I can strive to be the best that I can be.

Last night I went to a zumba class with a friend. Unfortunately she really didn't like it and doesn't want to go again. I had a great time and enjoyed the fact that I could keep up with the teens and that I was the most flexible person there...

I am committing to the following exercises for the next 120 days.
Day 1 of round 2. Plyometric circuit today. I plan to take 120 days this time.
Week 1: Insanity week 1
Week 2: Billy blanks (bootcamp, tae bo extreme, aerobics X 2 + 1 day rest)
Week 3: Insanity week 2
Week 4: Billy blanks
etc till I get till the end of Insanity.

I thought it would be so much easier than the first round but I'm still struggling with the push ups and the ins and outs.

Now if I could just get my eating under control.

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IGOSSELS 10/12/2012 10:05AM

    Week 1: Insanity
Week 2+ 3: were Billy blanks as I was a bit under the weather and wasn't up to doing Insanity.

I can't wait for Sunday to start Insanity again.

Working on the eating now.

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IGOSSELS 10/12/2012 10:05AM

    Week 1: Insanity
Week 2+ 3: were Billy blanks as I was a bit under the weather and wasn't up to doing Insanity.

I can't wait for Sunday to start Insanity again.

Working on the eating now.

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CANDOSUE52 9/24/2012 8:36AM


You have a great plan, wishing you the very best!!

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ZRIE014 9/23/2012 2:27AM

  you need to be thankful for what you have, not what you do not. you should always take care of your health and body. emoticon

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You are stronger than you think

Friday, September 21, 2012

I have gone through a lot of emotional issues + a major Jewish Holiday and I didn't binge. I wanted to and I was tempted to for about 5 minutes every so often but I didn't. However, I did overeat and gained all the 4 pounds I had taken 2 weeks to lose. That would automatically send me on a major binge. The what the hell (WTH) syndrome would kick in and I would start doubting ever being able to lose weight.

Well guess what I did not binge. I did not beat myself up. I enjoyed my food during the holidays and went back to regular eating after it. It is not all about weight. I know food does not solve my issues it just postpones dealing with them. That's not something I want to do. I want to meet them head on.

I wake up early every day and get my workout in. Sometimes I feel like staying in bed but I have to get up and get my boys out of the house anyway. On days that I don't I pretend I need to. I enjoy my workouts and that is key. I used to go to the gym because everyone does but I found the equipment boring and for the exercises I did enjoy I used free weights...so I bought them for my home. I would like a bosu at some later stage. Right now I have a band, yoga mattress and weights

I want to go to a zumba class on Sat night and now I found a friend who also wants to go. This is great because I know she will only go if I go so I might as well go. Everyone talks about not being able to exercise because they can't join the gym but the truth is you can do anything. Walk, clean, dance in your living room. Even commercial exercise is good enough. Yes your supposed to do 30 minutes but 10 is better than nothing. Do you really not have 10 minutes in a day to exercise?

Challenge yourself and get out of your comfort zone you will see that you can do something you thought you never could.

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ME_B4_INSANITY 9/21/2012 12:30PM

    Great motivation to move one day at a time, one minute at a time.

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JUDI_CUTIE 9/21/2012 1:39AM

    Shana Tova. Let's have a healthy year ahead!

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Shopping in an open market and completing Insanity

Friday, September 14, 2012

My CSA box arrives on Wed afternoon. I get to chose the additions to the box but not the main veg. I can only say if I don't want a veg because of allergies etc. So I don't always get what I need. It has taught me to be careful with what I have and to use it up. No more throwing moldy veg from the fridge after a week or even two. My kids love the taste of fresh green beans etc.

This week we got purple okra, carrots, pumpkin, butternut squash, spinach (used on Rosh Hashana), arugula, leeks, cucumbers, spring onions, cilantro, parsley, eggplant, apples, avocado, mango, and of course pomegranates.

I journeyed to Jerusalem to meet my Mum and we went to Mahane Yehuda. It is not a farmers market it is a market. With all the hustle and bustle of a market. The prodcue is all fresh but guess what the tomatoes were also crazy prices, hubby bought chopped organic tomatoes and organic passata and we will make do without them.

I did buy lettuce, lemons (a trick with lemons is to keep them in the freezer ...they really freeze well), a pineapple, a fruit called Pimento in Hebrew, yellow dates (for Rosh Hashana), olives (4 types, including spicey ones), cabbage and starfruits.

Before we went into the market to shop. I have a coffee and spice place which is at the entrance to the market. It's a tiny little shop with lots of goodies. I buy my coffee beans there. I bought coffee beans, cinnamon sticks and my Mum bought some chamomile (the real stuff not teabags).

usually we have cold coffee there. They know we don't take sugar and make it frothy with just a little bit of milk. I had cold green tea with ginseng and it was very refreshing.

The staff there is so nice. They remember us even though we get to go there once every few weeks. They even remember what we like and give ideas for recipes.

I love Mahane Yehuda because it shows you the hustle and bustle of life. It has trendy market stores, and plain old stalls. You get the shouting of prices out loud and free tastes. I bought my hubby some Halva and asked my Mum to taste instead of me because I didn't want to taste it and she didn't mind. It was expensive enough so it better be good ;-).

I am now certified as Insane as you can get.
I am so excited that I completed 62 days of Insanity. I only have the fit test left.
If you expect to lose weight just by doing insanity don't. I screwed up big time with my eating and the only thing that kept me from being too hard on myself was the fact that I did insanity every day including vacations. Rest days count as insanity too ;-). I actually gained weight but I'm much more flexible than I ever was in my life. I can even almost do a man's push up. I'm going for round two next week.

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IGOSSELS 9/14/2012 9:34AM

    Slenderellasue - I'm sure it would work with lime as well. We don't see many limes...maaybe once a year I will have a nice surprise in my CSA box.
Lilac_Lane - Your more than invited if you ever get here...

By the way you and I know it's not muscle it's what I eat..but a year from now we will laugh at how we used to live our lives controlled by food.

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CANDOSUE52 9/14/2012 7:58AM


What a wonderful blog! And thanks for the tip about lemons, I would never think to freeze them. I guess a lime would do equally as well in the freezer?

Have you ever tried a frozen grape? They are totally yummy.

Enjoy the holidays...

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LILAC_LANE 9/14/2012 7:04AM

    Your commitment to exercising is really inspiring to me.
Muscle does weigh more than fat, so I doubt what you are eating could make you gain weight as hard as you are working out. I've gained a few pounds since I started weight lifting. It will all even out eventually :)

Wow, my husband and I have always wanted to travel to Israel.
It's the #1 place we would go if we were able to leave our 2 special kids
for more than a night :)

Wishing you a joyous celebration with your family!

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You got to eat to be Jewish

Sunday, September 09, 2012

I am an observant Jew. This means a lot of food at weekends (our Sabbath) and Jewish holiday
s. Next weekend is the weekend before our high-holidays hit us.
Rosh Hashana - the Jewish new year. This consists of 48 hours of food.
Rosh Hashana is marked with sweet foods to wish ourselves a happy sweet new year.
Before we eat our
dinner we have pomegranate (yum), bread (sweet challa) dipped in honey, carrots in honey or date syrup, apple dipped in honey and a few other foods. Such as spinach and leeks.
Then we start a meat meal. Chicken soup, salads, meat and dessert followed by honey cake/carrot cake. Cookies, ice cream, nuts and chocolates.

We have guests over to celebrate together and drink a lot of wine to go with the meal.

The following morning is cookies/cake with coffee before we go to the synagogue for several hours. When we get home it's ice-cream, cake etc followed by lunch.
Lots of salad choices, meat/chicken, rice/couscous, dessert (fruit salad/ice cream or cakes) coffee/tea and cake, dried fruits and nuts.
Repeat those meals again....

I used to start worrying about it round about a week before. What will I eat. How will I eat etc. This year I decided I will serve healthy options of everything. I will make plenty of veg and just enjoy the food and the talk.

Eye opener - no one really looks to see what and how much you are eating. You can get away with as little or as much as you want to eat...

Yom Kippur - Fast day (10 days after Rosh Hashana). A big meal before and after 24 hours of no food
Succoth (15 days after Rosh Hashana)- Challa and honey, same type of meal as Rosh Hashana without the prelude
Simchat Torah/Shmini Atzeret (8 days after the start of Succoth)- Same as succoth

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EDELWEISS33 9/9/2012 6:31PM

    very interesting.

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LILAC_LANE 9/9/2012 5:11PM

    The food sounds wonderful, and you have the right idea about "enjoying" the food and the talk. I need to try and enjoy the holidays I will be celebrating instead of freaking out over them.

Wishing you and your family a very blessed and joyous Rosh Hashana next week!

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CANDOSUE52 9/9/2012 12:09PM


Enjoy the holidays!!

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EWL978 9/9/2012 12:31AM

    L'shannah Tovah!

Enjoy your company and the days....to me it is a wonderful time of year, full of memories of my mother's kitchen.


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Mind over matter - To eat or not to eat the cake/chocolate/nuts/cookies

Friday, September 07, 2012

You really want to eat that piece of cake, chocolate etc. Guess what you deliberate about it and then you cave. Beck calls this weakening your resistance muscle. To me it's what happens afterwards that makes all the difference.

When I think life is black and white (most of my life I have thought that way) I tend to stay away from the food mentioned above for weeks on end. Usually, at a social setting (not work) I get tempted and once I start I can't stop. Or I don't start at the social gathering because everyone knows I'm the health freak...as soon as I come home I start searching for junk food and end up eating my kids treats etc because I was good at the social event. Again without being able to stop.

For someone who has never been their I may sound like I'm not really all there ;-). Seriously, it's a really childish attitude to think oh oh I caved so I might as well finish the whole box and some. Worse thought is well I didn't have this stuff for months so now I need to have it more and more because it tastes so good.

First approach was to try and limit to the weekend. Guess what that didn't work either because the thought is still I'm so good during the week why should I not have it all. The other day I was thinking about a dress shop (I guess not fitting into any of my clothes is getting to me). When I go in, there are about 12-15 outfits I like. I then narrow it down to 1-3 before I leave the shop. If I had money I could buy all 12 but I don't. This is the same way I should treat my body. There is not enough "money" to eat all I see. The body has capacity only for some of it. I should be choosy of my treats.

Last night we ate out I had a great salad and took sips of milkshakes from my kids. I didn't feel deprived and I had an adult drink (cappuccino). I don't need to eat a full portion of anything and everything.

I have made healthy nuttella from three ingredients. Roasted hazelnuts, 100% cocoa and almond milk. That way if I feel an urge for something sweet I can have it , and not feel deprived. I also have jam for pbj which I like to have on apples/rice crackers.

I think it's important to remember to breath and realize that the world won't collapse if we eat some food that's on our "naughty" list. It's what we do afterwards that causes us to go into a spiral of guilt and giving up.

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EAGLES_WINGS 9/8/2012 9:25PM

    I had snacks tonight. I have been recovering from a surgery for the last few days. I felt that I needed something of a treat nature. I did eat all but I think it is OK. I had the serotonin boost from it and I can feel I had that now and get back on the wagon tomorrow. I don't want to beat myself up for it.

I think you are weighing things out for yourself and finding your balance.

Keep up the good work...One day at a Time! emoticon

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OOLALA53 9/8/2012 11:31AM

    It's really not a childish attitude; it's TYPICAL of people who diet or restrict foods for a long time, but it's also following the thought, "I might as well go all out." Psychologists call it the what-the-hell syndrome, and it's often not just with food.

Beck helps with that. (NO CHOICE beforehand; Oh, well, if you crack. Notice she never recommends berating oneself afterwards.)

I had (and still sometimes have) trouble with overeating on the weekends, even through my weight loss and maintenance over 32 months. I don't think it's fair to judge what happens with that in just a few weeks. It takes longer and the truth is there is likely not much that will make it go more quickly; maybe something will look like it's working, but it's often temporary, too. But the fact that you saw you could have sips and have that be fun and enough is big, too. It will likely go and come, but recognizing that it really is more fun to have just enough-- even if it takes 100 times-- is going to make the difference, IMHO. I know my weekends are getting better and better. I've been able to determine that about two (or less) extra fists of dense food on weekends is enough. Sometimes eating a lot less starch and having dessert is good, too.

Anyway, you are working this out! Individual failures are not a sign of overall failure.

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CANDOSUE52 9/8/2012 11:14AM

I really like what you mentioned about a childish attitude. As a binge eater of a lifetime, that encompasses my attitude of "I want to eat anything I want and as much as I want".
Obviously that's not the way adults think. They have loving limits on themselves.

Thanks for your blog!

blessings, Sue

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LILAC_LANE 9/7/2012 7:36AM

    I can soooooooo relate to the "I've caved" attitude.
You really hit the nail on the head with the last line of your blog.
"It's what we do afterwards" that can make us or break us.
I love reading your blog. It always makes me "Think" :)
Have a wonderful weekend with your family !

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KIMPOSSIBLE82 9/7/2012 6:36AM

    Excellent outlook! I LOLed about the resisting treats at social gatherings because people see you as the "health freak." I've had that situation at work a lot ... then I stop for a milkshake on the way home from work. Great blog!

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