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5% Winter Challenge LTGL Blogging: consistency and managing my night time snacking

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Sometimes I blog, sometimes I don't! It isn't something I like to do all that much, which is why I only do it every few months or so. However, for the 5% Winter Challenge, it is important that I choose something to work on changing or improving in my journey to better health. emoticon

I've been somewhat successful over that last nearly 2 years at taking off some of the pounds that need shedding, but I get sidetracked along the way. For me, consitency is a huge issue...I can go along quite well for a few weeks or even months, but somehow it comes to a screeching halt and I'll go for many more weeks and months with no progress. I know that a lot of the issue has to do with maintaining consistency and my evening eating--I hesitate to call it snacking, as it usualy turns into outright eating as opposed to a little snack and before I know it, I'm well over my daily limit of calories. emoticon

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INTHEGAP 3/3/2013 12:40PM

    I'm with you there, Jeannie. EVERY single time I overeat, its in the evening. I've started to drink a protein shake in the evening, which is helping. But, some nights, once I start, there seems to be no stopping ~ until I hate myself. Consistency IS the key, no doubt about it. Are you still doing Spark Coach? I'm in the Consistency and Motivation program and it helps. Not perfect yet, but a lot better than I was. Hugs. emoticon emoticon

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JILL313 3/3/2013 12:34PM

    You hit my key problem always as I'm hit and miss at being consistent and focused on what it takes to get the pounds off. Like others I'm good as gold until dinner time and then Holy Moly some evenings my cravings get the best of me. I don't always have the healthy low cal veggies and fruits to snack on so I'm now vowing to make sure I have them available 24/7 otherwise I will get into my son's treats for sure. I wish I didn't like sweets and salt but like most I do too much. I'm rooting for your success as well as mine. I also love your honest look at yourself.

Hugs & Love,


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JAOTAO 3/3/2013 11:38AM

    Amen to that - Consistency is the key .... when I get sidetracked, I have weeks of no or very little loss. My consistency has to do with both - choosing healthier foods and moving more every day. Look forward to hear about your victories! Love, Jackie

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JOANNEHOLL1 3/3/2013 8:21AM


I too will be watching for the next blog post on consistency. If I found a good answer to that I think I would be sparking right along. I tell myself I'm on this journey for my lifeline so I'm looking for a good Spark to attach to. . . . . any help will be appreciated!


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NANCYPAT1 3/3/2013 6:37AM

    Will be watching for the next chapter - consistency is hard to train in but once it is trained in, it can be a valuable tool for lot of success.

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POLYANNA2 3/2/2013 10:22PM

    Consistency is definitely key. I too can be consistent, when it's summer time, but during the winter I am worse than non-consistent. We will work on this one together and go for the steak of our lives. emoticon
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    That is a great focus area = I call it mindless munching, for me! emoticon

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SLFGOLF 3/2/2013 7:32PM

    Consistency is a huge issue for many of us. I enjoy my evening snacks also. I've learned to plan a snack in my daily calories. I allow myself one snack in the evenings, and leave enough calories available to have it and still stay within my allowed amount. I would be lost if I couldn't have my evening sweet.

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RDGISME 3/2/2013 7:03PM

    What an inspirational honesty of a much needed change! Seems a lot of us have that good ol' evening snacking(I tend to call it grazing) problem! I wish you the best in your change of that habit and look forward to seeing you on the plane, NOT eating after dinner!

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MARIANNMC 3/2/2013 6:00PM

    I really like your honesty! Evening "snacking" is a HUGE downfall for me. It's so easy to eat a healthy, balanced breakfast...and even lunch. But come dinner time and after dinner. Whoa, Sally! Take care and good luck as you continue on the Challenge.

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1FARMER 3/2/2013 5:22PM

    You are saying it out loud and owning the behaviors so I am cheering you on!
I am having problems staying motivated. I have so many excuses but that is just what they are excuses. You have inspired me to make changes now before I keep
going in the wrong direction. Great blog!
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KANDOLAKER 3/2/2013 5:10PM

    Wishing you the best on your goal of being consistent!!

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RUFFIT 3/2/2013 4:51PM

    Great blog!! Awareness is key. Hugs moni. emoticon

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ESILBO 3/2/2013 4:08PM

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

I have been on this path to better health and weight loss for a long time now. I know what works and I know how to make it all work for me…good and healthy food choices; weighing, measuring and tracking; exercise that helps develop muscle strength and gets my heart pumping; and, planning ahead for meals and unexpected events. There are lots of other little tricks I’ve learned along the way, too, including controlling evening eating by closing the kitchen and getting out of there, and not buying snacks and treats or bringing them into the house. These things are all good techniques and as I said, they really do work for me…when I put them into practice.

However, there seems to be this other side of me that I just can’t reconcile or plan around. I don’t know exactly what to call it except what it seems to be: an addiction to everything that is all wrong for me!! Earlier this week, we took a little sight-seeing trip with another couple. We had a great time exploring SE Arizona. Lots of things to see and do, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We always had the breakfast at the motel (and I had no trouble making healthy choices for breakfast) and then ate out for the other two meals. I took along fresh fruit and plenty of water to drink.

Here’s the sad part…at every point where I had an opportunity to make good or at least decent choices…I did not! When I could have had a fresh salad, I chose a chicken and cheese quesadilla. In the evening, we ate at Wendy’s and I had a small sandwich and shared some fries with Richard, but then bought a frosty. I had chocolate covered pecans that we bought at the pecan farm. The next day I chose broccoli, potato and cheese soup for lunch and then added chocolate cream pie at the last minute. I won’t bore you with the rest of the list, as it does go on. On the way home yesterday, we stopped at a Costco to pick up a few things we needed and then added some snacks to the cart “just in case we have friends stop by” or if we decide to go to happy hour and bring something along, as most people do.

What on earth is wrong with me? I know I can’t do things this way and not pay the price! I know I can’t have junk in the house or inevitably I am seeking it for a treat and then the cycle begins…hand to mouth over and over again. One bite and I'm sunk!! Somehow and some way I must learn how to live with these challenges! Isn’t that what we hear over and over again here on SP: that whatever you choose to do, you need to figure out a way to make it work for the rest of your life! So how, then, if I can’t even make it through the challenges of weight loss, do I expect to be able to do it for the rest of my life??? When I get to goal weight, I know I won’t be able to magically handle (pun intended) snacky type junk food—certainly not if I can’t do it now.

This blog is long and I haven’t written one for a while, I guess because I’m disappointed and concerned (and no, I am NOT beating myself up, but rather, I’m trying to analyze what it is that goes wrong for me). I’m hoping someone will have some ideas for me. Is it a lack of commitment? It just seems as though every time I get outside my comfort zone of home and my planned meals, I totally fall into this deep hole that I have to try to climb out of…again! What do you think? Surely, I’m not the only person who has experienced this…or am I? I'd surely love to hear from you if you have met this monster head on and whipped him!!!
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CRYSALLIS1 12/30/2012 11:25PM

    For me I get greedy. I want what I want. I guess I think I deserve it because I'm tired, I'm on vacation, I'm celebrating etc. But when I get in the habit of healthful choices I find that I actually like them too. So what works for me is visualizing making healthful choices ahead of time. When I allow myself to "kick the habit" and make healthy rehearsed choices I'm actually happier and just as satisfied.(Perhaps more so.) I have been most successful when I utilize repeated planning and use visual practice. If your like me I know what I need to do but old habits are my guide t0o often. I have revaluated my plans and I'm going to put more effort into daily planning and visualization.

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SMOKINGUN 12/23/2012 11:48PM

    Sounds like your only human to me. I agree, you aren't beating yourself up to badly, just a little. all of us on Spark can not understand how we can choose incorrectly so often. I was already rewarded with good tasting food which was not good for me. Did not know it at the time so I learned a bad habit. As you know it takes a lot longer to form a new habit (choosing correctly) then to revert to the warm fuzzy feeling we get from making familiar choices which may not be good for us. I agree with others who responded to your blog. You know what you did wasn't right. Perhaps you bent under Peer pressure. Whatever the cause you have a choice each time you eat, simply try to choose the most appropriate item available at the time. Ex: salad at wendys versus bacon cheese burger. If no healthy choices order and when the food arrives cut it in half and only eat that half.
I have tons of weight to lose and like you I know what I need to do but sometimes I need helpful hints. Looks like you have made amazing progress. Way to go! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JILL313 12/21/2012 11:28PM

    Hi Jeannie, Unfortunately I can relate a little too well with your blog. It seems when I go out to a Restaurant or out of my comfort zone I don't always make the healthiest choices either. It might be because I actually don't eat out very often so figure it's fine for that special time to go off track, but that isn't a real healthy way to look at it. Like you said, if we can't make healthy choices and overeat now it's sure not going to be any easier when we're trying to maintain our happy weight. But, reading about your food choices it didn't seem as bad as I think you thought it was. It's like your on a perpetual vacation in AZ for over 4 months. It must have been hard last year for you also, or was it? Lots of people have already given you some good ideas. You just have to bite the bullet and not buy any unhealthy snacks or if you do put a serving in a baggie and only allow yourself one or two a day that will fit in and not make you go over your calorie range. It sounds like with the evening drinks with your friends of coarse you feel you want to bring something tasty to share with others. I'll bet some of your friends would enjoy some cut up veggies with a low cal dip that you can buy or make yourself. Or even some cut up fruit once in awhile with a yogurt dip on a warm night would be healthy and good for you as well as Richard and others. Frankly, I don't know it's ever going to be easy as pie as we both love food so much especially the salty and sweet stuff. Remember what great progress you've made this year and no one can take that away from you but yourself. Have you taken the time to write some doable goals for 2013 yet? I'm working on my list and going to make it detailed and post if up in several places in my house where I'll see it. Maybe you should post your list or even a quote that hits home and read it when you're tempted to buy or eat something unhealthy look at it on your sun visor. Or, maybe even post up a few before pictures of yourself as a reminder of what you looked like before you lost your weight and wasn't eating very healthy. I hate almost every picture taken of me the last 15 years and it's mainly because I can't believe how fat I've let myself become. I do know people that instead of eating something snackie they eat seedless sunflower and pumpkin seeds and it keeps their hands and mouths busy. That's a lot better than most snacks are. I'm not a gum chewer but I've read that when a craving strikes some people deal with it by popping a stick of gum in their mouth. I can't do that as I get too carried away and chew and pop my gum doesn't sound or look too nice. Believe me we're in this together dear friend. You've done so wonderful so far and it's best to cut down now before you make unhealthy eating/snacking a habit again. I know you can do this. . .I know how much that all means to you to feel healthy and happier with yourself. Re-commit to stronger healthy food choices again.

Love You,


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BELDONDOG1 12/21/2012 4:56PM

    My dear Jeannie, you have been my hero and even though you have gone a little off track, you're still my hero! I do think it's the change of your life style "comfort zone", and also the holidays. It's a time of joy, happiness and celebration. Everyone can enjoy what they want--why can't I? My words a lot, these last few weeks. No one is perfect, honey, and we all do make mistakes. You are smart enough to know what your mistakes are and you will be right back on track as soon as your mind understands this 100%. I know for me that most of this, if not all, will be over at the end of this month. I have a whole list of do's and dont's and hopefully will be able to stick to this list. Knowing you, you will back on track way before I am. You are a very strong woman and I know you will have a heart to heart talk with yourself and you will be fine. Love you!

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CHERIRIDDELL 12/21/2012 12:59AM

    You made a few small concessions Jeannie you did not eat a h=whole box of macadamia nuts or half a chocolate cream pie.Just adjust gradually for the rest of the week and get back on track.You made it sound like you went on a horrendous binge but when I read what you had eaten I thought you had just stepped out of the boudaries a little .There is no shame in a few treats on occasion.

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JAMER123 12/20/2012 11:50PM

    Well, I think that everyone that has written here are on the same page as you are, Jeanne. That includes me. They have a multitude of potential helps which are great but if we can't resist, build it into your calorie range for the day. It may not be a food considered healthy but the calories are still there and when counted, you will kn ow where you are in your base.

We are back home right now for 2 wks., celebrating Christmas with family. We cleaned the house out of ALL food to travel with and we are going to the store every day or so just to fix meals so you can imagine we are off base right now as well. We got a lean ham when we got home along with potatoes, frozen veggie and milk. Of course we needed butter, bread and something for breakfast. I believe we have had ham different ways every day since Sun. Thank heavens the ham will be gone after tomorrow noon. We did buy one meal of beef steaks. Neither one of us like to eat away from home for the reasons you stated and have at least 2 days on the road to return to TX. and to our home cooked meals in the camper.

Hang in there and you will find your base. It takes time and be good to yourself by not beating yourself too bad:):) Merry Christmas!!
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TXGRANDMA 12/20/2012 9:00PM

    I think all of us have been here, Jeanne! When you are out and about it is normal to want to eat what all our friends and family are eating. I think if you want to have one thing a day that is off, maybe it wouldn't be too bad. Just plan what you are going to run across and plan in advance where you will "cheat"! That is what I try to do, because I know that I can't ALWAYS make the healthiest choice! Good Luck, my friend! emoticon

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INTHEGAP 12/20/2012 8:43PM

    Jeanie, wish I had some words of wisdom but you know I haven't been at this very long. I do know that if I want something, I have SOME of it. The weekend that we were away, we ate out every day, but I cut the meal in half. I still had some awesome things to eat. And, I LOST weight.
The biggest thing for me, is do NOT tell yourself that since you've been 'off' schedule, you might as well 'Fugetaboutit' and start over 'sometime'. And, for me that would be really easy to do at this time of year. I could just tell myself that I will try again, after Christmas. That's what I've done in the past. Don't be as dumb as I was. LOL
Bottom line is ~ we ALL know you can do this. And, I believe, deep down so do you. Be good to yourself, my friend. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TUBLADY 12/20/2012 5:57PM

    You might think I have all the answers since I have made the change and remained in normal weight for a year and half. But I still have an occasional treat or maybe the forbidden food. That might be the word occasional.
If I am on vacation I know we like to relax and live as normal as everyone else. But who's to say the people who eat everything they want are the normal ones?? I think more that I am the one who is eating healthy and normal.
As far as the goodies go. pick one meal of time of day and when the next meal comes up, tell yourself you have already had your treat, that's it.
Announce to your friends, hubby that you are trying to eat a certain way and need all the encouragement you can get. I announce that I am not indulging in certain foods. Or If I am it's only a couple of bites. My sweetie will order and we share. He eats the ,most, he is 6"3" and can handle the extra.
I'm sure right after you ate something you regretted it . And that few minutes of pleasure from that food is not enoughfor you to sabotage you good choices.
If traveling, take snacks with you so when others stop for high calorie treats, you are covered. Or stop, think long and hard before you order , look for something that won't eat away at your calories for the day.
This is going to be a lifetime challenge and if you don't get it right now, you will continue to struggle. And life is too short for that.
I like to think is it my being healthy, or the food that is most important to me. I have made the choice healthy 98% of the time. Will I get to 100%, I don't know but I'm doing pretty good.
I have a blog coming out about having my cake and eating it too.
Take care, this is a tough time of the year to stay on track 100% of the time.
Do the best you can.
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SPEEDY143 12/20/2012 5:55PM

    I can't have "IT" in the house... and every-ones "IT" is different emoticon My DH is so slim, works in construction, so I don't like to deprive him, although his eating habits have changed drastically for the better since I joined SP emoticon I buy him stuff that I CAN leave alone or eat a serving of occasionally. That way everyone is happy emoticon

Eating out I only order water with lemon to drink, and IF I feel like dessert we share. I'm finding that a couple bites satisfies me emoticon I know... I can't believe it either emoticon These new habits have taken a long time to kick in but every time I follow through with good choices it makes the next time easier emoticon

So consider having treats for pop-in guests that you don't like and when going to others homes there's nothing sweeter than a bunch of cuties/pears/apples/grapes/nuts etc. all good for you and still reflects the holidays emoticon

emoticonSpeaking of the holidays... it's a mind set we have to turn off from years of equating food with love and celebration emoticon

Don't worry about future maintenance... today is all we really have and feeling good is so worth the effort. One day at a time my dear friend emoticon


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MARILYNS66 12/20/2012 5:17PM

    I do think a lot of us have been or are still in the same place as you. I am one that knows the answers of what I need to do but end up doing the opposite and often wonder as you do why I am doing it.

But I do believe we can overcome this - we need to take small steps set something into motion for when we fall into these temptations. One think I did in 2012 was I gave up pop and chocolate - and am feeling the benefits of this great change. This time of year there are a lot of chocolates going around but I just don't have the craving for them and as for pop I can't imagine now drinking any.

So maybe take a few days now and think of one or two things you can change starting in January that will help you get through next Christmas.

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MASTERPIECE8 12/20/2012 4:53PM

    Well, Jeannie, I think you said what happens: You're out of your home comfort zone. I definitely do not think it's a lack of commitment.

Add to that the holidays, the more social life you're living while you're in AZ (which, unfortunately, seems to include snacks/treats). You are adjusting to your new 'lifestyle' for the winter months, but unfortunately for you it's including unhealthy eating.

To be honest, I think we've all been there.

Do your AZ friends know that you are working on a healthier lifestyle? One that is filled with more healthy foods and activities/exercise? I think you've been getting in some exercise by using the pool. I realize it isn't up to them to be the Food Police, but it might help you and them too. Even if they are 'normal weight' healthier foods will be just that for them too - healthier.

Bottom line. I know you can do this. We already know it isn't easy and won't be easy when you reach goal. I think not bringing in snacks that aren't healthy 'in case someone tops by or you have a social event' is one place to start. Then when you do take your little trips you can work by cutting portions in half of anything that isn't really within your calorie range. You can possibly make up those calories with exercise.

Good luck to you, Jeannie. You've done great and I have faith in you.

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JAOTAO 12/20/2012 4:53PM

    Ah, Jeannie - like others have said -- I've been there too, and like Gayle says - it is a 24/7 thing. That being said, I know for me it is a lifetime of self-indulgence, habits, and falling into the ego trap of 'just this one time it won't hurt' to overcome. What has helped me is to remember the pain of weighing more and the realization, that constant self-sabotage won't help me achieve my goals.

As you know I do songs to keep me focused ... with apologies to Tom Petty & Jeff Lynne - I rewrote this to inspire me when I'm faltering:

Well I won't back down, no I won't back down
You could stand me up at the Snacks of hell
But I won't back down

Gonna stand my ground, won't be turned around
And I'll keep this Weight from draggin' me down
Gonna stand my ground and I won't back down

Hey Jackie, there ain't no easy way out
Hey I will stand my ground
And I won't back down

You know better than anyone else what works for you and I know that you will figure out what you need to do to help you with this. I support you all the way...

You are brave and honest for acknowledging these thoughts ... thank you for sharing.

Love, Jackie O

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OFFICIALOLDY 12/20/2012 4:07PM

    I really think that this time of the year has a lot to do with it. We are programed (at least I believe that I am) to equate "festive" with rich, fatty, "special" foods. I think being away from home is the same thought process. You poor thing - no wonder you had it rough - a double whammy! Look at it this way - you made a lot of good choices; you didn't completely go off the deep end. You were still evaluating. The next time you are out with friends or on vacation, try to remember the good decisions you made and see if you can cut the number of poorer choices in half. I really don't think it's wise to say a complete NO to food that you want. But a baby Frosty or just have 1/2 of a small one - in that case it's not wasting food, it's saving yourself and your calorie range. I know I can't put off a food that I want indefinitely and the sooner I negotiate a serving with myself, the sooner I can move forward. And it's all about moving forward! "One step backwards, two steps forward", Spark Coach says! You and I are doing the best we can and we are going to make this work!

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KADYSMOM11 12/20/2012 3:42PM

    Jeannie....That is always what happens to me! When I lost 125 lbs. 30 years ago, I just went back to my old habits and gained it all back plus another 120lbs emoticon
I guess we have to be aware 24/7 and not let our addictions run our lives!
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PICKIE98 12/20/2012 3:31PM

    Wanna join the mutual disgust club??? read my last two blogs.. I could have written yours today.. The only one I need to whip is ME.. pa-shing!

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Wandering Thoughts: How do you measure a banana?

Sunday, October 07, 2012

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Just curious about something...we went grocery shopping yesterday, which happens about once a week at this house. I always tell Richard to get the smallest bananas he can find (not those itty bitty 2-3 inch kind, but small). Then I got to thinking about measuring bananas and I wonder how you all measure them? I usually "eyeball" them and decide if it looks like a small vs. a medium vs. a large, but when bananas are tracked, it is according to inches. So, for example, an extra small banana is less than 6 inches.

But, where do you measure them and how? With a flexible tape measure along the outside bigger curve? Along the inside smaller curve? From the top to the bottom in a straight line? And, does anyone care? Maybe I'm the only one who eats them! LOL!!

Just curious about how you do it! I never noticed until today that there is an entry on the tracker for grams of banana. Maybe I'll weigh one and see how much it weighs just for kicks!

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CHERIRIDDELL 11/20/2012 11:57PM

    I only use them in things so half a cup of smashed banana is half a cup LOL!

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BIGSKYCHERIE 11/10/2012 7:38AM

    We never get the small ones, and I just eyeball whether it's large or medium. Usually they only carry large ones in the store where we shop. I don't get them often and only buy 3 or 4 at a time, as my DH doesn't eat them and they do go soft so quickly. But I enjoy bananas and like to get them every couple of weeks. But even a large banana is a lot better than a Snickers, which used to be my favorite snack, so I don't obsess over it.

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QUIETUDEAGAIN1 10/21/2012 4:14AM

  Now why on earth would you measure a banana when you know you're just going to use it as a dipper for the hot chocolate!

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GOODGETNBETR 10/10/2012 2:22AM

    I've been weighing foods like bananas long enough that I'm a pretty good guesser.

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EATVEGAN 10/10/2012 1:33AM

    I eat them every day in my smoothie. I eyeball them and try to buy medium ones, when possible. But then on my plan, I don't count calories. I do use the tracker, but just use the calories to give me an idea of where I am. emoticon

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JUDYAASH 10/9/2012 12:52PM

    Does it really matter? I'm with you, I just eyeball them. At least when you eat a banana you are not eating all those really fattening foods out there. Enjoy! emoticon

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BELDONDOG1 10/8/2012 11:30PM

    Okay Jeannie, now you have me worried!

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MENNOLY 10/8/2012 6:43PM

    I used my nutrition scale and coded in a banana. If you use a ruler from end to end it comes pretty close to what the nutrition scale reads, so just measure with a straight ruler or use your gram measure on a peeled banana

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SANDYW1945 10/8/2012 3:06PM

    OK, Jeannie... emoticon .. emoticon ah, seriously? Or not?

But when you think about it, how do you measure....and here's a thought. Say you use the grams...

With or without peel? Ha!

No one eats the peel but how are they measuring? You never know. I'm told that one medium banana weighs 126 grams on the Chiquita website. I'm guessing it's without the peel but.... emoticon

Glad I don't eat bananas...too much to think about. emoticon

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MASTERPIECE8 10/8/2012 12:58PM

    I am definitely an eye baller. Lov this blog!! emoticon emoticon I also love bananas.


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    LOL Jeannie,,,,,I did what ANYONE in this TIME WOULD DO !! HAHAHAHA I went to YOUTUBE !!! Here's the ANSWER !! WOOOHOOO

You lay it as FLAT as you can,,,,and mesure it !! Or Imagine it CUT IN HALF ! DUH !!! Why didn't "*I*" THINK OF THAT???? SIMPLE !!! MAN OH MAN !!!!

OH DEARAH !! OH ME !! OH MY !!!!!


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TXGRANDMA 10/8/2012 9:49AM

    Be sure to weigh it without the peel! No, seriously, I just estimate the length of the banana. I don't buy them regularly because DH doesn't like them if they start to get the least bit soft, and I am stuck with the remainder of them!

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OKBACK2ME 10/8/2012 12:13AM

    I spread my hand and use the space from the tip of my thumb to the tip of my baby finger to decide! Silly huh.

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JAMER123 10/8/2012 12:04AM

    LOL!! Are you the only one? NO!! Let's see if I can come up with a way.........uum, how about pealing and then laying the fruit on the counter or a plate if you wish and straightening it. Now you can measure it with a ruler :)D :)D.
I don't know. Guess I am one that guesses or eyeballs the length. I eat one or two a day as I love them. I think by the end of the week, I should have the correct amount eaten!! Thanks for the fun!!
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JILL313 10/7/2012 11:43PM

    OMG Jeannie are you really serious or just "pulling our leg" on this $64,000 question?? I go by the inches personally but just by eyeballing them and like Lise if it's small I use the medium one to track as I'd rather not underestimate which I tend to do on some other fruit. I love bananas and I think they've gotten a bum rap. . .Being diabetic I'm almost afraid to eat them and have cut down and don't have them nearly as often but love them and they are full of potassium which we all need. I can hardly believe it but I have friends and family that don't even like them--imagine that--LOL!

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SPEEDY143 10/7/2012 9:02PM

    I've always been told a "good sized" (now that's a very personal observation) banana counts as 2 fruits. So if I eat a large one, straight up, from the peal, I enter it as 2 fruits on my tracker. If I share one, in a fruit salad, with the hubby, that's one fruit. But I think weighing it and checking the grams is a very good idea and I too, would love to know your results emoticon emoticonI love my food scale emoticon

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SHERRYGAYL 10/7/2012 8:17PM

    Ha! Good question!

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She Slogs No More

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Some of you will remember that I recently blogged about my slogging (well, that rhymes, too—LOL). This was a new form of exercise for me started because I’m easily bored and need to find something new to do fairly frequently. Well…I tried jogging, only it was verrry slooow and resembled a stumbling bumble more than anything else. I kind of liked it and even signed up for the SP 5K Beginning Runners challenge. It was great the first couple weeks. My Team and I decided “slogging” was an appropriate term. emoticon

The down side of all this is that I’ve had both hips replaced several years ago and one of the contraindications for activity after is no running. I justified what I was doing by saying that I was now carrying around 25% less of me and I wasn’t really running…just sort of slogging along. However, after asking the orthopedist again and doing plenty of reading, I have decided to hang up my slogging shoes. I wasn’t having and pain or other issues, but the bottom line is that this kind of activity could very well lead to more rapid deterioration of the joints and a need for another replacement earlier than the typical lifespan of 15 to 20 years. Obviously, I don’t want to put myself in that group any sooner than necessary, so…

I slog no more! I am trying something else, though. The interval type training of the SP 5K Beginning Runner’s challenge was great and I plan to incorporate that into my walking routine. I will do my usual walking and insert minutes of much more rapid walking followed by my normal pace. In fact, I did it this morning and found that I covered the same amount of ground in the same time as when I was slogging, and I could feel the extra energy it was taking to accomplish this. I’ve decided that common sense must prevail. Obviously, we all make our own decisions for what is right for us, but this is what I’m choosing to do for now. I’m going to be looking for other ideas for exercise, though—I don’t want to lose what muscle mass I do have!!
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BJAVIER1 10/6/2012 5:48PM

  I admire you for trusting your own instincts. Hope you find a program that works for least your feet are moving! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CJMOK1121 10/5/2012 9:02PM

    Jeanie: So sorry you had to quit sloging, but I know you made the right choice, Hip replacements are not fun as you know well. I know you will find what right for you.


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SUZRAI 9/29/2012 12:09AM

    Many people would avoid looking into details if it was something they wanted to do so I commend you for doing further investigation!

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TXMEMAW6 9/28/2012 3:58PM

    What a wise decision. No use taking chances and having to pay for it later. At least you're still able to walk and it seems you're doing plenty of that. Way to go!!! So proud of you and your accomplishments. Keep up the great work!!

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MASTERPIECE8 9/28/2012 1:10PM

    Great decision. It's wonderful that you found another outlet for your fast moving feet.


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AMARILYNH 9/28/2012 11:15AM

    Smart decision!! I think pretty much all the research will support your decision - but I also can pretty well imagine that this wasn't an easy decision!! emoticon

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JAOTAO 9/28/2012 10:12AM

    Sounds very wise, Jeannie. As you know i had 2 hips replaced as well, and that would be my concern as well that they would deteriorate faster. Anyway, walking lets you enjoy the scenery more, right!?! Have fun in your 'new' exercise program!

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RUFFIT 9/28/2012 10:05AM

    Good for you!! I walk every day too. I even walk hills backwards to work the outer thighs. I also change-it-up often to not get bored. Meaning I take a different route often. Have fun!! Hugs, Moni emoticon emoticon

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VTMAID 9/28/2012 9:05AM

    Jeannie--that sounds like a very smart decision on your part. I am glad you did the research and checked with your doctor. You have probably saved yourself some pain and surgery in the future.
I am so proud of you, though, for finding an alternative to slogging right away! Good for you!
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SANDYW1945 9/28/2012 8:40AM

    Jeannie, best not to "slog" then. If you injured yourself, you wouldn't be able to exercise at all. You are doing what is best.



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BELDONDOG1 9/28/2012 12:35AM

    Jeannie, smart choice! You have done so well, you don't need to hurt yourself and not be able to do anything. So, now you are going to walk and walk faster, right. I think we should call "Woggling". Hey, makes sense to me, but just remember who I am. lol
The best of luck my dear friend! Noel
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CHERIRIDDELL 9/27/2012 11:48PM

    I feel your pain Jeannie I have just had cortisone shot into my hips and jogging slogging anything but walking is on my forbidden list too.I tried pushing the envelope and doing things I wasn't supposed to and telling the specialist "But I did it and didn't fall on my face" and he said "Young lady ,I can call you that because you are 20 years younger than the average patient we see with hips so badly damaged ,you can go ahead and end up crippled or you can listen and we will be able to replace the hips and make you walk until you are 75 instead of retiring you to a chair at 65 " So I listened .

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EATVEGAN 9/27/2012 11:25PM

    Very wise choices. I've heard fast walking uses more muscles, as well. I don't know if you belong to a gym, but I wonder if running on an elliptical machine would be allowed as they are supposed to be easier on joints. I haven't tried one. AND I'm not ready for running, yet. emoticon

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GRANPATTIE 9/27/2012 10:39PM

    What a smart lady you are, Jeannie! What you're doing is perfect exercise. Walking is much more gentle on your body and when you speed up/slow down at different times, you surprise your body. It's supposed to work well. I'm glad you looking into the "slogging" and found out you were heading for trouble. Like you said, you don't want to get there any sooner than necessary.

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ADRIENALINE 9/27/2012 7:12PM

    Sounds great. Walking works!!

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KADYSMOM11 9/27/2012 5:52PM

    well Miss ex slogger....good luck with the 5K but be safe! emoticon

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GINGER_BEAR 9/27/2012 4:54PM

    Always a wise idea to evaluate . Your walking program sound good. You are doing GREAT!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KIMPY225 9/27/2012 3:59PM

    I am glad you decided not to continue with this - if we push too hard, we won't be able to do Anything!

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JILL313 9/27/2012 3:57PM

    I think you are wise and using preventive type medicine to stop Slogging now. You've proved you can do it and I'm very proud of You. In the second South Beach Lifestyle book the Cardiologist author wrote quite a few chapters on how great interval training is. You get more bang for your buck this way and you're ahead of just doing regular exercise. I need to incorporate that into my exercise plan. I should re-read those chapters but it did leave a good impression on me and plan to start doing it that way myself. Keep up the good moving more emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon . Enjoy your day. I'm so glad your Life has settled down for you as well as your Sis & Mom.

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TXGRANDMA 9/27/2012 3:52PM

    That is great Jeanne! Of course the slogging is not worth breaking down and quickly wearing out your hip joints, so you are doing the smart thing!

The fast walking interspersed with your normal pace sounds interesting! I may try that too. Good that you did some research on the hip replacements and found that info out, before any damage was done...........

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ESILBO 9/27/2012 3:10PM

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Company's Coming

Friday, September 07, 2012

This afternoon I went grocery shopping. That's not unusual, I know, but we're getting company Sunday evening. DH's cousins (2 couples) are coming from Kansas City and will be staying until Tuesday morning. I can't even remember all the things I bought that I haven't had in my grocery cart for such a long time: ice cream, crackers, summer sausage, chips and dip, a lot of cheese, etc. I also bought plenty of fresh fruit and veggies, but the problem isn't over-eating those's all the other stuff I know is in the cupboard, fridge and freezer!

Right now at this very moment it doesn't seem to be a big issue, but by tomorrow I'll be thinking about those blasted crackers and chips and dips. I expect I'll be busy enough for at least part of the day to not get into trouble with them, but as the day winds down...hmm...that might be another story.

This is a test, SparkFriends! We will see what I'm made of, as my plan has always been to not bring it into the house in the first place. If it's not here, I can't eat it. I do have to feed these people yummy stuff, though...they're awfully nice! So, I'll do my best and make sure that I don't get overly hungry, stay on my plan as much as possible and just enjoy their company! I've come too far to give in or give up at this point!!!

Note to self: Suck it up, Jeannie, and just deal with it! Nobody ever told you it would be easy.

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CTUPTON 9/26/2012 1:39PM

    Do you have cut up veggies ready, too. Chris

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TXMEMAW6 9/9/2012 10:40AM

    Hope the visit goes well for you. Remember, Jeannie, only you can do it. No one can do it for you (but I would if I Enjoy your time with family. Have a great time of catching up. Believe in yourself and you will make it through with flying colors.

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THESLIMMERME1 9/8/2012 5:36PM

    It's a challenge when you have guest - a couple of things I have done when entertaining - is send people home with 'goodie bags' so I don't have a lot of left overs to worry about - if they are seniors they may enjoy having something different to eat - I also, prepare healthy things - fruit salad, brocolli salad, as more people are trying to eat healthy than you may realize and they will appreciate it too. Leave 'a note like ' emoticon in a space /fridge that only you know what it means! Remember it is a 'healthy lifestyle you are creating for yourself not a 'diet'... emoticon and enjoy your visit emoticon

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BELDONDOG1 9/8/2012 4:11PM

    Jeannie, I don't think this will be a big deal for you. I know that you are not perfect, as none of us are, but if anyone can pass this test, it's you! Like Lise says, is a chip worth onederland? ((hugs)) noel

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JAOTAO 9/8/2012 1:35PM

    Hi Jeannie ...sounds like fun. But I hear you with the crackers & Chips. Sometimes hard for me to resist as well. The veggies and low fat dip sound like a good option to have on hand. I agree - the extra fat may make your system sick. I had a wet burrito yesterday and am I paying for it today.... Have fun!

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JILL313 9/8/2012 7:54AM

    Hi Jeannie, Just make sure you have some healthy cut up veggies and a low fat dip for you and maybe the others may be watching their weight and enjoy some also. Are they sleeping at your house or a local hotel? It is wonderful to have people come and visit and you have a beautiful home to have them there. Have fun playing catch-up!!

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SANDYW1945 9/8/2012 6:29AM

    Jeannie, you can do this! Let them all eat that stuff, but not you. Anyway, think of how you may react to it. It might make you sick. They don't call it junk food for nothing.

My dear hubby eats this stuff all the time. It's always in the house. But eating it makes me sick and I wouldn't eat it anymore than I would eat road kill.

The fun part...enjoy the company. Nice to see people you haven't seen for awhile and nice to see people who are seeing a thinner you!

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JAMER123 9/7/2012 10:31PM

    I understand just what you are going through!! I have had too many of those things in the house having granddaughters that only eat foods that aren't on my eating list. I don't think I am looking at it as a pass/fail test but a test I grade myself on...Let try a C. I am kind of average. I have a feeling you are going to go for the A, Jeannie!! I am going to cheer you on,
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TXGRANDMA 9/7/2012 9:35PM

    I know you can do it, Jeanne! You may not want those things as much as you think you will! They may even make you sick if you eat them, due to all the fat in them! Your system is not the same anymore! It is healthier and will demand healthier food! I know, my body does! Good Luck! emoticon emoticon

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Jeannie. Not having the food in the house does help alot but it might be unrealistic as you are finding out. This is about learning to live a lifestyle were you can actually eat anything as long as you only have alittle and track it. If it fits into your calorie range you can have it. If not, well you are a big girl, you decide. Now comes the tough stuff, my friend. I wish you success and I know you can moderate your portions and say no to what is not good for you,


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SPEEDY143 9/7/2012 8:17PM

    It's all about portion control. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how much your eating habits have changed and once your sweet company is gone get rid of the left over goodies and you'll be back on track emoticon Enjoy Jeannie.. it's about the people not the food. emoticon

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