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Progress Report: consistency and night time eating

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Today our assignment for the 5% challenge is to provide a progress report on our daily challenges and habit building. This should be short: my progress is okay...not great, not horrible! I'm feeling somewhat positive about the fact that I'm not eating myself out of house and home in the evenings.

I've had microwave popcorn two evenings, which is not one of my trigger foods, so I'm okay with that. Haven't had anything else that would get me into trouble. My days have been satisfactory, although a stop at the DQ this afternoon put me over the top on calories for today. The thing I'm feeling most positive about at this point is that I'm not discouraged and I'm not in a "so what" kind of mood. I have had good meals with plenty of freggies and protein. I feel healthy and will keep moving forward. My mind set is now such that I don't care how long this journey takes--I'm in it for the long haul anyway and my arrival date has never been guaranteed (although, truth be told...a birthday that starts with a 7 and ends in a 0 is in November and I'd sure like to be at my happy weight by then)!!!

I hope all of my teammates and SparkFriends are having a great week and that you are moving forward, too! Sending you all lots of positive energy, healthy vibes, and harmony in your daily lives!
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INTHEGAP 3/9/2013 1:23PM

    What's this 5% challenge about? It sounds like its sure got you on your toes. emoticon It, also, sounds like you've been doing a LOT of right things, lately ~ so good to hear. I'm in it for the 'long haul', too ~ but sure hope it doesn't take 'forever'. This will be our year. emoticon emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 3/6/2013 9:44AM

    Have a wonderful and healthy day.

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RDEE22 3/6/2013 1:45AM

    November for the big 70 sounds like an achievable goal .......Go Jeannie! emoticon

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GOODGETNBETR 3/6/2013 1:10AM

    You've got most of 2013 to really get after it and make your dream real. Bdays should be about celebrating multiple triumphs. emoticon

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GOODGETNBETR 3/6/2013 1:10AM

    You've got most of 2013 to really get after it and make your dream real. Bdays should be about celebrating multiple triumphs. emoticon

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JAOTAO 3/6/2013 12:26AM

    That's great Jeannie - sounds as if you are really focusing on the different tweaks/changes you need to make for your program. I know you can do this! Sending that great positive energy right back at ya! Love, Jackie

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/6/2013 12:09AM

    Jeannie I think you are doing great it is one day at a time and a lifestyle change not a diet.

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JILL313 3/6/2013 12:03AM

    Like you even though I'm not always losing weight like I feel I should be I still feel I'm doing okay as have made a lot of healthy changes and feel good about the progress I've made and know more will come. I'm not in any race, obviously, to get there as I'm enjoying the ride too much. I do hope by the end of the year to be down another significant amount. You've become such a prolific writer and I am so behind reading everyone's blogs. Sorry it's taken me so long to catch up with you.

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JAMER123 3/5/2013 11:50PM

    Hi Jeannie! Glad it is going well for you! Sounds like you are on the right path! Keep going one day at a time and you are going to make your goal!!
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BELDONDOG1 3/5/2013 11:38PM

    Jeannie, you will succeed! You are very good at doing what you say you're going to when you stay determined and focused! You're my hero, you know that!

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IRISHGAL46 3/5/2013 11:33PM

    You have the right approach emoticon

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GRANNYSUE9 3/5/2013 11:23PM

    One day at a time is the best way to do it. Each day we are successful makes the next day a little easier. Keep up the great attitude and you will go far.

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AEROBISAURUS 3/5/2013 11:00PM

    Good positive attitude! You're gonna be fit and fab in no time!! emoticon

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TUBLADY 3/5/2013 10:49PM

    Jeanie, It's one day at a time.
I never think of DQ in the winter. It has to be summer before I even think of ice cream. Oh, that's right you are in a warm climate , not like the rest of us sloshing around in the rain and snow. Smile!!!
I keep a picture of my at 335 lbs on my visor, I look at it when tempted to drive through a fast food place. It does the trick.
When I started out ,my goal was to be a healthy weight and more fit by my 70 birthday. I had 2 years to do it. My doctor said work at it but you might not be at your final goal weightin that amount of time. . But I was determined, I was at a goal weight with months to spare.
Now I work at keeping myself as healthy and fit as I can. Since prior to losing the weight my prognosis of living passed 70 wasn't very good. Just marked off 71 and hope to continue that for the next 20 years or so. Smile!!
Take care Jeannie, you can do it.
Be strong, stay positive.
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POLYANNA2 3/5/2013 10:47PM

    Jeannie, I don't know what birthday you're talking about. That's got numbers in it that are foreign to me. I too am 55 and if I'm not mistaken next year I'll be 54.
I love where you are in your head - enjoying life and enjoying the journey. That's what it's all about. You'll get there. You've got that winning attitude!!!
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ESILBO 3/5/2013 10:11PM

    emoticon YOU ARE DOING GREAT JEANNIE. ONE DAY AT THE TIME IS HOW WE CAN MAKE IT. I HAD A GOOD DAY TOO. EVEN WENT TO A MOVIE AND RESTO AND STILL ON TRACK. NO EXERCISE THO, I WAS SHOPPING FOR A CAR ALL DAY, ON LINE SO NO WALKING THERE...LOL
WHAT DO YOU MEAN 7...0, I THOUGHT WE WERE THE SAME AGE, 55.

GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD DREAMS
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Day 3 5% Challenge: encouraging myself

Monday, March 04, 2013

Wow...tough one for me! I like to encourage others. I love being a co-leader on a team of awesomely supportive and helpful teammates. We encourage one another and are concerned for our welfare and progress. But, encourage myself? emoticon

Here is what I'll work on:
1. I will keep Sparking. It is my lifeline to paying attention and being accountable to myself (tracking, chatting, challenges, etc.)
2. I will reach out for help when I am down instead of waiting until I've dug a real hole for myself.
3. I will remember that no matter how long it takes me, I am working on making positive changes in my life. There is more to this journey than just taking off pounds.
4. I will work on my gratefulness...grateful for friendships, a supportive and loving husband, and too many other things to list here.
5. I will remember that no matter what has happened in the past, only good things lie ahead for me!
6. I will have fun on this journey!!!!
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INTHEGAP 3/9/2013 1:16PM

    Those are great goals. I especially like the 'have fun' with it ~ when we stop having fun, that's when we need to worry. Are you still on Spark Coach?
Something must be wrong with my email, I'm not getting near the notifications that I used to get to tell me what my 'friends' are doing. I've missed a bunch of your blogs. Its nice to see you blogging, again. Something I have to get back into doing. emoticon

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JILL313 3/5/2013 11:48PM

    Hi Jeannie, You've listed lots of good things to encourage yourself and others to stay alive on our Journey to Better Health and Fitness. Losing weight is wonderful but it's only a slice of the pie. I've learned so much with lots more to come. I think we're both what they call "Lifers" and will never quit on our dream to reach Goals we work at and dream about.

Hugs & Love,

Jill

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GLOMER 3/5/2013 6:37PM

    We can do this. emoticon

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MARIANNMC 3/5/2013 12:41PM

    So many good goals! I especially like "reach out for help when I am down instead of waiting until I've dug a real hole for myself" and "have fun." Thanks for inspiring me!

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EATVEGAN 3/5/2013 1:37AM

    Way to go, Jeannie, those are great goals.

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DIANEDOESSMILES 3/5/2013 1:00AM

    YEAH Jeannie !! N(O Reason hon, to FALL into that HOLE !! its SO DARK and HOLLOW down there,,,and HARD to CLIMB OUT of once down there,,,, often it feels like "something SWEET TO EAT" will HELP for "the moment" , but it doESN"T !! Remember hon,, A SECOND on the LIPS, FOREVER on the HIPS " !

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JAMER123 3/5/2013 12:46AM

    Absolutely a emoticon emoticon emoticon
You do very well with blogging!!! Keep it going!

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GOODGETNBETR 3/4/2013 11:44PM

    emoticon Greatt list of reasons to keep on keepin' on.

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GRANNYSUE9 3/4/2013 10:26PM

    Great ideas!! Go for it and you will achieve it!!

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ESILBO 3/4/2013 10:21PM

    emoticon JEANNIE, GREAT PLAN. I WILL FOLLOW YOU AND MAKE SURE I STAY ON TRACK.
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5% Challenge: plan for developing my new habit

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Thanks, everyone, for your comments on my first blog. Several of you mentioned being interested in the next chapter. Truthfully, I am, too! LOL! As I understand our assignment for the 5% challenge, I'm to describe how I will develop my new habits and manage my ongoing challenges of problems with consistency and night time eating (my identified problem areas). Hopefully, by the time I'm finished writing here, I'll have a workable plan in place.

I've had a big problem with maintaining consistency in my healthy behaviors. "On" on day...off the next! Have you ever looked up the definition of consistency? According to one dictionary, it is the "harmony of conduct or practice..." Isn't that interesting? Thinking about my consistency (or lack of) as being in harmony (or not) is an interesting concept and one I need to consider.

My plan for managing inconsistency...or in other terms, maintaining harmony...will include the following:
1. Planning my meals, grocery lists and eating out. I will not let unplanned restaurant meals be an excuse for making poor choices. I will follow through on my plans by becoming familiar with the lighter and healthier restaurant choices and sticking with them.
2. I will plan for our upcoming travel by having appropriate food with us and will maintain some level of exercise.
3. When I get frustrated or tired or discouraged, I will turn to SP and to my friends here for support.
4. I will continue to look for ideas for managing those times when I begin my mindless munching...no amount of planned snacks or eating typically helps at that point. THIS IS WHERE I NEED IDEAS FROM ALL OF YOU.

With regard to night time eating/grazing/snacking/stuffing/gorging/w
hatever you want to call it, my plan is to:
1. Keep trigger foods out of the house (already out, but a few sometimes find their way back).
2. Popcorn seems to be the only "snack" that I can manage and I will keep 100 cal. bags of microwave popcorn on hand.
3. Close the kitchen after dinner dishes are finished and the kitchen is cleaned. I do not NEED food in the evening. I will NOT starve between dinner and breakfast! LOL! (I have no medical reasons to have evening food or snacks.)
4. Remove myself from the kitchen and find other things to occupy my time: reading, Sparking, watching the occasional TV program, possibly exercising, although I like to do it earlier in the day.
5. Maintain a reasonable schedule during the day, as it seems to set me up for a better evening.
6. Avoid high fat/high sugar carbs and snacks early in the day...also seem to set me up for more.

Any other ideas? I'm open to suggestions from everyone, please. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas with me. It's so much easier to have friends traveling with us when we're on a long journey like this one!! Have a wonderful week!!
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JILL313 3/5/2013 11:57PM

    Being consistent is also a problem area for me. Just like you I'm on and off lots of days. . .and if I do have any junk food whether it be sweet or salty all it does is make me want more and more and that's when I get completely derailed sometimes for a day or two. You are so right it's best not to have those tempting foods in the house. Sometimes that's hard as I will buy some for my sons and end up eating just as much as they do. I'm learning more all the time. . .this Journey is quite interesting and challenging too. I guess it comes from me being addicted to food, more than I think I am. You've written some wonderful blogs with usable and good ideas for all of us. Like I said in the chat if I was in AZ surrounded by food and good friends I just know I'd gain most of my weight back. I am so proud of you for not letting being there de-rail you. Enjoy the little time left there you have.

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WALKINGBYFAITH2 3/4/2013 9:06AM

    I was really able to identify with the struggles of consistency and nightime snacking....sounds like I could have written this blog... You have some great plans for attempting to make some healthier choices. In another challenge I was trying to deal with these struggles and a fellow Sparker suggested having a lowfat yogurt when the nighttime munchies could not be curbed. For some reason it does seem to help me stop the madness of constant returns to the kitchen for one more snack. Keep up the great work!

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JAOTAO 3/4/2013 1:04AM

    What wonderful ideas and plan you have, Jeannie! You have really given this a lot of thought. I know you blogged about this - I would also cut/paste this blog and print out to attach to my refrigerator. Sometimes I make plans, and then forget all about my strategy. This way you can look at it when you need to be reminded of it. In fact, I'm going to go do that with mine. Good for you! emoticon emoticon

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JAMER123 3/4/2013 12:57AM

    Jeannie, you have a great plan for your travels home. We have the camper and stop in rest stops for our lunches rather than eating out. It is always a sandwich & fruit stop. We keep drinks in the truck as we travel. One thing we have found for an energy snack in the afternoon is a small bottle of chocolate milk. Wakes us up as we continue. We both need evening snacks and have lots of fresh fruits in a bowl on our counter. We go for that. Yes, the carbs are higher but healthy. Good luck and safe, happy travels!!

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POLYANNA2 3/3/2013 11:55PM

    You have obviously given this a lot of thought and have come up with a great plan. My only suggestion, from experience, is to keep that water bottle right beside you in the evenings. I can't tell you how many times I would get the "twinge," my brain immediately thinks "food," I take a sip of water and all is well in my world again. In fact, I don't go anywhere without my water.
I hope that will help you during those hours after the kitchen's closed.

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LINOVER 3/3/2013 9:27PM

    Great plan, Jeannie!

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MNABOY 3/3/2013 9:16PM

    May I use your ideas? You have the perfect plan for accomplishing your goal.

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NICELYSIMPLE 3/3/2013 7:42PM

    You sound like you have a reasonable plan. My only addition would be to drink water or chew gum when you feel like munching.

At one point I resorted to doing 5-min of push-ups or sit-ups before opening the fridge. The embarrassment alone made me snack less.......

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ESILBO 3/3/2013 7:11PM

    DEAR JEANNIE,
YOU MAKE IT LOOK LIKE ITS A LIGHT (NO PUN WANTED..LOL)MATTER, BUT I KNOW HOW SERIOUS IT IS FOR US.
FOR MYSELF, I THINK THE ONLY THING THAT WOULD WORK, ITS TO BE CHAINED TO MY CHAIR. THAT'S THE ONLY WAY I WOULD NOT FIND MY WAY TO THE KITCHEN, AT NIGHT.
I JUST DID GROCERY TODAY AND ALL I HAVE TO EAT IS FRUIT AND VEGGIE.
I KNOW SOME PEOPLE CAN HELP YOU BETTER THAN I DO.

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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,

Jill

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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

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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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GOULDSGRANITE 3/2/2013 7:47PM

    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

    I HEAR YOU SISTER, SAME HERE.
JEANNIE WE ARE HERE FOR THE LONG JOURNEY AND WE CAN SOOOOOOOOOOOO DO IT. I GOT GOOD SUPPORT TODAY AND I AM READY TO GO AGAIN. JOIN ME, HERE IS MY HAND. emoticon
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WHAT ON EARTH IS WRONG WITH ME?

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.
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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,

Jill



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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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