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This is my year

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

I can do this. I have done so many fitness minutes in 2012 I'm in shock that it all adds up. Time to get serious about eating what is good for my body and crowding out what isn't.

I love Flylady because it teaches you that anything can be achieved slowly and that perfection is a word not to be used. No one is perfect and looking back at the could have, should have etc really drains you.

I want to be energetic and fun to be with and not worried about what impression I give.

New year new goals:
Lose 10% body weight by next year. No more gaining.
Have a holiday in NY in March that is healthy (Last time we went we really watched what we ate and had a treat several times but not every day and we didn't overeat).
Go to the synagogue at least two Saturdays a month.

Continue with what is working:
Exercise 5-7 times a week
Drink my water
Blog and participate in teams and streaks.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

RUN-GIRL71 1/1/2013 2:03PM

    Love your blog! I, too love exercise but struggle with my love for food....2013 is time to make good choices.


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DEE1221 1/1/2013 11:35AM

    You sound very positive. Good Luck in 2013. You can do it!!

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Finally seeing the light

Thursday, December 27, 2012

No I haven't started losing weight again but I have been working on getting my mind in the right place.

I am reading so many self help books it's unreal but I am focusing on what I want. I want to kick my negative voice so far away that I won't be able to hear her shouting at me that I am never going to succeed.

Yes I want to be healthy but as Shaun T says I want to look and feel good. Eating in excess food that is not good for my body does not make me feel good. Exercise does.

I realized that for the past year I have been chopping and changing so many times that I am not giving myself a chance to succeed. My all or nothing mentality has no more place in my life.

Yes some days will be better than others.
Yes it's a long long process
No regrets, can't change what's done whether it's the immediate past or the distant past.

I am committing to starting to look after myself.

I am continuing to exercise 5-7 days a week.
I am going to eat smaller meals more frequently and include anything I feel like having but in moderation.

No more cycles of depriving and binging.

My focus is to stop depriving but at the same time stop giving myself excuses to eat when I am not hungry.

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    I'm so happy to see you are still here--still fighting.

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IMREITE 12/28/2012 12:31AM

    Good plan. It is a long process and it involves starting again if you get back on track, but exercise and portion control are 2 major keys of success.

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OOLALA53 12/27/2012 11:52AM

    Getting over throwing in the towel at one failure is cited as the basic difference between making it and not making it at changing eating habits permanently by long term change maintainers. It makes such sense I can't believe it took me so long to accept it. Quit quitting! Keep the detours short and get back on the road. It's a nice road! emoticon

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Try to get back on track for a year and give up

Thursday, December 06, 2012

I'm not telling you to give up...but for the last year I have really nailed my workouts and I am giving myself credit for waking up early and getting them out of the way. I love my workouts and I chop and change so that I don't get bored.

I'm not the type of girl who can have/do the same thing day in and day out. Part of my trouble with food is that I have tried so many diets including with a dietitian but then get upset about nothing in particular and undo all my good work. It has gotten really bad over the past 6 months and it's making me ill.

Here are the diets I tried in the last year

Back to Atkins - got bad acid reflux and didn't enjoy it
Paleo - missed my dairy yogurts and be real I can't eat that way. Most of the time I eat home made foods but too strict.
Primal - Love Mark Sisson and his forums and he is amazing and I like the 80% and 20% rule. It didn't work for me prob. because I was doing 80% off primal... and not 20%.
Dr. Ian Smith - Fat Smash, 50 something challenge, and his latest shredders diet. I love that he is willing to share all his knowledge freely. It was a very good plan but it involved counting calories and it's too much work for someone who eats mostly home made goods...
Damy - bikini plan. So when I was up only 10 pounds for the second time this year I decided to try this one. Very sensible plan but it restricted my veg and fruit and encouraged protein powder etc...well I'm dead against meal replacements. Also I just couldn't get my head round eating so many meals and snacks.
Eat to live - too restrictive and just made me crave all the foods I couldn't have. I am semi vegan (I guess being Paleoish for a while put me right off meat products.). I eat anything outside the house that is wholesome etc but don't want a host to go out of her/his way to cater for my idiosyncrasies. Same in a cafe etc. I haven't touched meat, chicken for the past two months more or less. I did have dairy. That's also my cheats cereal with milk etc.
Super Immunity - A much more relaxed Eat to live way of life. I love it but again find it hard to limit myself.
Zone diet - tried this after Atkins and couldn't get my head round having carbs. As soon as I had carbs I felt like I cheated and went back for seconds.
Sparkspeople menus - Not one of sparks strong point. The suggestions are limited and are for vegetarinas not vegans.
A dietitian from my health fund - went to her when I was still low-carbing and lets say we didn't hit it off and although I managed to lose 10 pounds in 4 weeks they all came back a moth after.
Non diet diet - No go...it's the worst thing I tried to do.
Weigh once a week or every other week. Well that packed on the pounds.

So what now?
Did I mention the health/fitness/self-help book I'm reading
Shrink yourself, the Beck diet, Be fit and eat well, Stumbling upon happiness, tapping for thinness.

Has all this been a waste of time?
NO, NO, NO. It's a problem that will be solved slowly and surely. It took me two years and a gym membership to realize that I really don't like my gym (loved the instructors they were so caring). I like to work at home to Insanity, Tae bo, Jillian's workouts, Playouts (dancing in between intervals or more intense cardio), No excuses workouts and having fun and smiling that I have started my day by making my body move. I think back to a year ago when I was 20 pounds less I could not have done an insanity program. I was working out but I was not strong enough to do this program.

What next?

I need to continue reading these books and go back to parts I've read. I learnt about EFT and I find it awesome. I would love to learn it and pass it on once I solve my eating issues.

Focus on the positive. and try and get rid of the all or nothing mentality.

I had a task today to think about the three things that are holding me back
1. binging
2. Not being able to determine if I should eat 3 meals or 6 mini meals or 3 meals + 2 snacks. What to eat in my meals. I eat mostly home made stuff or natural fruits and veg
3. How to stop my meal. Sometimes I am excellent during the day and I feel I am doing great and then after supper i just can't be bothered and eat everything in sight.

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OOLALA53 12/6/2012 9:11PM

    You have certainly given yourself lots of data. I consider a lot of the food plans I tried extremely useful, though the calorie focus was not. I have found a relatively flexible combination that can usually be accommodated for most eating situations I find myself in, though I make most of my own meals-- not all from scratch. I love my meals! I fear few foods! The only problem was that it took decades. I think you are closer than I was at your age.

And I greatly envy you regarding the consistent exercise. In terms of long-term health, it's much more important. Overweight exercisers have better health overall than thin sedentary people, not to mention overweight non-exercisers..

I think this is going to be your year!

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Smoothies for every mood

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Here are two off my smoothies.

I have a green smoothie most mornings. Someone mentioned they can't stand green food. To me green is life it's the leaves outside and the trees etc. I make a huge smoothie and then I eat it slowly with the smallest and longest teaspoon I can find.

My green smoothie

I put in a bunch of greens (spinach, leaves from all sorts of veg, cilantro, parsley, lemon verbana whatever I have in my CSA box). I add my fruit which changes depending on CSA box and what I have in. My favorites are pineapple, apple, frozen banana, guava ok just about any fruit.
I add 1/2 cup of almond milk or juice, 1/2 cup of water, 2 ice cubes, 1 tbs of chia seeds and occasionally 1 tbs of nut butter.

I usually blend it and once it's done I put a tbs of dried cranberries/goji berries and 1 tsp cocoa nibs or 1 tbs desiccated unsweetened coconut. This keeps me full till lunch.

Sometimes I prefer purple smoothies so I use frozen berries instead of other fruit and it looks like this

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CAGMUAHFO2 11/8/2012 10:01AM

    Oh that looks so good. I LOVE smoothies!! emoticon

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NYARAMULA 11/8/2012 1:27AM

    Looks yummy, I've got to try these. Thanks for sharing.

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Recovering from a binge

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

In the past (not so long ago). A binge would last for hours/days/weeks. Now a binge is about the duration of a meal and after that I know why it happened and try to get back on the horse asap.

I have been struggling with weight loss/gain for the past year and it's time to really focus on my eating patterns. Most of the time I eat non-processed foods and I love it. I'm not the type that hates fruit, veg etc. I actually can't have enough of them.

The foods I od on are:
Nuts - even when I portion it out
Ice cream - home made and only at the weekend
Granola - Which I save for the weekend
Cakes and cookies - home made with clean ingredients but having a whole tray of cookies does not help.

I can't kick these foods out of the house. It's taken me 3 years to get the kids to prefer non-processed and home made ice cream, cookies and cak e. I'm not going back to the shop bought stuff.

The granola is so that hubby eats a decent breakfast instead of shop bought cereal.

I know that I need to deal with emotional eating asap as without that I will just keep gaining weight.

I am giving myself credit for:
1,500 + minutes of exercise this month!
Being honest with my family. As soon as I had the binge I reported it to hubby and when my kids came home I said I finished the ice-cream because it was still in the freezer. I did toy with the idea of throwing it away but didn't.

The rest of today is back to normal eating. Eventually I won't to be so over this emotional food business that I will be able to help others. Maybe I needed this break in my streak (69 days binge free) to remind me that I am able to get knocked down and get right up again.


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