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Making changes ~

Monday, November 19, 2012



It's time to tweak SP to suit my individual needs. I need to plan 'time' because doing things the 'normal' way is not working for me.

I wake up each day around 9-9:30 and don't go to sleep until about 12-1 am. emoticon I like it this way and don't plan to change it. So, having the normal eating schedule doesn't work. I spend way to much time at night hungry. And, if it doesn't work, chances are I won't stay with it for long. emoticon

So ~ I am not going to force myself to eat breakfast. I have never been a breakfast person. But, being that I am border-line diabetic (which I plan to get rid of) I do need to eat 'something'. Something I can live with. SO ~ I will go back to having a cappuccino every morning. Hey, that is 1 serving of milk. emoticon Besides, I meditate emoticon and you are not supposed to get too full before meditation. IF I can, and feel like it, I will add a small fruit. This is not a problem right now because I LOVE Christmas oranges.

Around 1-1:30 (only 4 hours) I will have lunch. I am hungry by then, but not too hungry so I don't want too much ~ something medium sized. Like a salad with protein or a sandwich with protein or eggs and toast. emoticon And something else small. Pudding, fruit, cookies. I am lucky because I am not fussy for the first 2 meals of the day ~ if I like something, I can pretty much have the same thing, over and over.

About 4-5, I do get the mid-afternoon low blood sugar 'thing'. A little bit later in the afternoon than most but it's there. Something within reason ~ fruit doesn't do it for me at this time, however. Yogurt, graham crackers with peanut butter, a cheese string. It looks like I've written things with protein, so protein it is. emoticon

Supper (I will NEVER get used to calling it 'dinner' lol) Between 6-7. Well, that's when I AM hungry and need to eat. So, I have to make something good and nutritious that still tastes like a small piece of heaven. emoticon (so sad that they never add more emots. This should be an angel.) I have some trusty stand-by, never fail recipes but I need to find more. I have a VERY hard time finding recipes that I like on SP so the search is on.

MUST add a meal ~ not a snack, an actual small meal at around 10-11. emoticon One of the SP coaches said on today's video that a snack is between 100-150 calories. I've tried snacking and I just end up having 3-5 snacks emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon so that is not the way to go. I need something to actually fill the HUGE gap I feel around this time ~ I have to have some protein etc. I am still working on the details but I need to have this addition. For me, its essential.

So, I am going to implement this, starting today. I think it will work a whole lot better for me. We shall see . . . emoticon emoticon

  
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CSAGIRL 11/20/2012 7:37AM

    Sounds like a really smart plan that should work for you!

Good thinking, Inthegap!

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CELIAMINER 11/20/2012 7:35AM

    I really love the diversity in SP, and when people find what works for them, I'm happy for them. Good for you for listening to your body and honoring your instinct! Anything else is artificial (and probably yet another "diet" waiting to be abandoned).

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1STATEOFDENIAL 11/20/2012 2:32AM

    Sometimes we have to listen to our bodies and use what we've learned to make a plan that works for us.

Instead of having a big meal or just cappuchino for breakfast, how about a granola bar or a piece of fruit? Just a thought I had. If it's something simple, easy, and small it may be enough to help boost your metabolism without being heavy?

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JMARIES51 11/19/2012 10:11PM

    This sounds like a good plan. I always have a snack before bed, even though I have read it isn't a good idea. Most nights I have pecans, but sometimes I have a whole wheat cracker with hummus, sometimes cheese. It has to be something that helps me not feel hungry if I wake up in the middle of the night.

Good luck with these changes and just know you have to find what works for you until it doesn't work anymore and then change it up. emoticon

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Mindful Moment ~

Sunday, November 18, 2012


A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. ~ Mark Twain

  
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JMARIES51 11/18/2012 11:32PM

    All of your mindful moments are so true.

I live in Washington State now. It is where I grew up. I loved Vancouver, though. It has been many years since I lived there. In the meantime we lived in Israel also for 10 years and I have been back in the states since 1989.

I have a fairly big family that lives near Rimbley, Alberta. My great Grandmother lived to be 103 - so I think that the Canadian life was good for her!

Isn't it strange how you can meet someone online and have so much in common? Joann

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CAROL- 11/18/2012 5:06PM

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Mindful Moment ~

Saturday, November 17, 2012

  
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JMARIES51 11/18/2012 12:58PM

    emoticon This would have been my main diet food in the past!

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CELIAMINER 11/17/2012 9:10PM

    Works for me!

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GRATEFUL_BEING 11/17/2012 8:03PM

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Hungrier now than when I wasn't eating ~

Friday, November 16, 2012



Before I started SP, I had a funny eating schedule. I had a cappuccino for breakfast emoticon because that is all I wanted to eat. Then, even though I was not at all hungry at lunch, I might eat a small 'something' like a sandwich emoticon I would, maybe, be hungry around dinner and would eat a 'normal' meal emoticon emoticon emoticon That would hold me until I got into bed and started watching TV at night. Then, I would want to nibble on something emoticon because that's my history. I always watch tv and eat something. The only difference is that now I nibble on something healthy. emoticon

SO it wasn't about how MUCH I ate emoticon but WHAT I ate emoticon emoticon The problem NOW is that I am hungry all the time. Since I have started eating breakfast and a bigger lunch emoticon emoticon emoticon it seems I want to eat a lot more often. I do NOT understand this and it's really bothering me emoticon I would like to figure it out so that I am not hungry at all hours and can better stay on this food plan. emoticon

  
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JMARIES51 11/18/2012 1:16PM

    I think that there could be several reasons why you are experiencing the feeling of hunger. What I learned over the years is that "feeling hungry" is what I would think I was feeling but it was really --
1. Feeling empty, like loney, sad, depressed, which comfort food made me feel temporarily uplifted
2. Feeling acid indigestion, which always was relieved by eating
3. Feeling angry, which food could always soothe
4. Feeling bored, which preparing food filled that void
5. Or feeling thirsty, which I also mistook as hunger

Once you establish that you are really feeling hungry, it could be that your body had shut down from not eating enough and thought it was in starvation mode. - This happens when people don't eat enough calories. And now that you are eating more, your digestion is starting to work more, create more digestive juices to process the food you are sending to your stomach, and in turn it will send off signals that might make you feel like you are hungry. Give it some time and your body will adjust and you will probably find that once you are exercising and eating - you will be able to eat a lot more calories during the day.

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ITSMATT 11/17/2012 2:22PM

    Interesting.

So I think much of "feeling hungry" is learned responses rather than stomach-gnawing hunger. I've had much the opposite experience - I could convince myself that I "needed" to stop at the Wawa (a convenience store) on the way home and eat something - usually 500-600 calories worth - before I got home for dinner. That's just some "brain program" - a conditioned response to stimuli that I had developed. We all do this.

I've found that eating breakfast (not just coffee), morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, and an evening snack spreads things out. I end up eating every 2.5 hours I'd guess. This helps. And having a schedule helps.

If you're not eating snacks (I'll eat some grapes or almonds or some baby carrots maybe) between your meals, try that. I find my actual meals are a bit smaller than before.

Anyway, just a suggestion.

Make it a great day!
Matt

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QUOOTIE 11/16/2012 6:45PM

    For how long has this been happening? If it has just been a short time you may be experiencing a period of adjustment. Are you thinking about food a lot? Planning meals and preparing and what not? If food is on your mind all the time then you may be responding to that? Try a hot beverage or broth based veg soup, hot things are sometimes more satisfying, and can be low in calories. I hope things get better for you. I often have times when all I am is hungry, I know how frustrating this can be. Good luck

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Mindful Moment ~

Thursday, November 15, 2012



Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

  
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JMARIES51 11/18/2012 1:16PM

    So true!

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CAROL- 11/15/2012 6:29PM

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