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Confession: Broke the Food Tracker w/Big Mac & fries

Sunday, December 18, 2011

I really don't think they want to sabotage my efforts, but they're doing a good job anyway. My "kids" took the grand kids to an appointment yesterday, and didn't want me to feel left out (sigh), so they brought me back a sandwich and LARGE fries. After my great weigh-in (dropping .3 of a lb), after running for 45 minutes, walking for 60 minutes, doing yoga for 15 and abs, etc. for 15, I thanked them and put the sandwich in the fridge but couldn't resist nibbling on the fries. It's probably been 2 years since I tasted McD's fries--they're still as good as ever.

And yes, later, for dinner, I heated the sandwich and polished it off with the rest of the fries. 540 calories for the sandwich and 500 for the fries, sodium off the charts. They were not THAT good! I'm not suffering pangs of regret; I ate it; I'll exercise it off. But really, how stupid. It was NOT THAT good!

Better choices coming up in 2012. And if I only do something that stupid every 2 years...Oh well!

  
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EJOY-EVELYN 12/22/2011 11:40PM

    While I'm not crazy about dining fast food, I do not believe in denial. Ordering a kid's meal (regular hamburger [300 calories] and small fries) will not set you back all that much (other than the sodium). I enjoy a McD's cone (150 cal) quite often and occasionally will meet friends there at breakfast time for a yogurt parfait (150 cal) or Egg McMuffin (300 cal) and senior coffee. I am in maintenance mode and probably have french fries once a month. No biggy -- at least it almost always fits within my calorie range. I probably get onion rings (when shared with 2-4 people) six times a year. Considering what I used to do, I'm making great improvements on the quality of food that goes through these lips. When you live in denial, it only makes the temptation to go back to your old habits that much easier.

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VETTRANGER 12/19/2011 11:03PM

    I know what you mean. My favorite fast food hamburger was the Jack in the Box Ultimate Cheeseburger ... 800 calories. I haven't seen one of those since last spring, and I plan to keep it that way. LOL

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LUVPOETESS 12/19/2011 3:50PM

    Ok, I'm eating one serving of Nilla Wafers as I'm writing this. I'm only sorry you didn't enjoy the meal. I happen to like BIg Mac's, and although I haven't eaten one in a while (I've been on donuts and cake since my friend became ill... emotional eating), by no means does it mean that once in a while I might not treat myself to one at some point.

You're entitled, and to read that it's your first in two years.... TWO YEARS??? You've GOT to be kidding me. What need is there for a confession?

But okay. Since you feel badly about it, there's no question you're not gonna do that again for a while. I wish I felt as badly as you about the cake & donuts. (I'm only eating them at Charmaine's house because that's what they've had.)

As far as the grands are concerned, you might tell them next time that you developed an allergic reaction to those foods. You wouldn't be lying. Eating too much fat and sodium makes you sick... mentally. You don't have to explain all that to them. We'll just keep that between you and us here on SP.

I'll bet you no one can look at you and see that you've eaten a Big Mac & fries. You didn't develop a BM & FF belly or anything like that. **smile**

Learn from the experience and just keep on movin' (with exercise of course). Your scale will go back to normal in no time at all. Mine has despite the cake & donuts.





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YIWEN39 12/18/2011 8:16PM

    Well, I suppose ONCE every TWO years isn't all that bad, really? Ok, so maybe the timing isn't great... or maybe it is? since you're doing the challenge, you are exactly in the right frame of mind to work it all off emoticon But I know what you mean... the stuff isn't even THAT good ;-)
Take care :-)
Eve

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COLUMBINE2 12/18/2011 6:48PM

    Hey..it turns out you're human, too, as you once reminded me. The only thing I hate about the story is that you exercised soooo darn hard...whew, you are a dynamo! But thank goodness you did because this meal won't hurt you so much.

2 strategies come to mind...but they take quick, decisive action.
1) Put the food down the disposal ASAP and grind it up. The longer you wait to do it, the stronger their pull on you.

2) Dunk it into soapy water...then it doesn't even look appetizing. Yuck!

But #3 is good, too, which you did. You learned they really were NOT that good. I've learned this with Hershey's kisses...they really aren't as good as I remembered--especially considering their heavy toll on the nutrition tracker. So I can walk away.

Good choice...you're NOT beating yourself up. But an important lesson was learned! Go for it, babe! emoticon

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PEPPERCHILD 12/18/2011 5:37PM

    Ha - its good to be bad sometimes. You can't live by the tracker every day of your life. I haven't had Micky D's in a while but reading your description of the fries is sure making me want some. I can't eat the Big Mac it's give me tummy problems but the filet o fish is my downfall.

You exercised after Armegedeon so as long as you have a deficit you're good.

Keep enjoying life that what it's all about and you gotta love the Kids. emoticon

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BRAVERUDE 12/18/2011 5:26PM

    Oh, my... Portion control and use your trackers (and stay within your range!!!). You can always just load up on veggies after a meal like that. Whatever you decide, just keep it to a minimum and stop feeling bad. They could have brought you a smaller portion or different selection... hang in there!

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BBONET 12/18/2011 3:43PM

    emoticonYou should not beat yourself up so much, you know you will work it off soon enough. So just let it go and think of what to do to work it off, and that you know. Jazz, every now and then I think one of these is not bad once you continue on your regular routine.
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Take care friend and continue to have fun!! emoticon

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NEWMAC2011 12/18/2011 3:36PM

    After watching the documentary "Food Inc" I won't eat fast food. But there are plenty of other foods that I eat too much of. It's great that you aren't beating yourself up about it. We all slip up but what's important is getting back on track which you obviously do!

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ALEXBRAVE 12/18/2011 2:55PM

    Don't worry Jazze! It happens to the best of us. McDonald's has the best fries, they're even my mom's weakness! (Shh don't tell her I told you) ;)

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MAYTE1975 12/18/2011 12:50PM

    I think those slip ups are necessary too. Iīve been dieting all my life , always very estrict diets and when I ate something I couldnīt I wasnīt able to go on with the diet. Yesterday I went out with friends and for the fist time in my life I ate dessert (frozen yogurt with fruit) knowing that the next day I would keep dieting.
and who can resist the Mcfries?

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/18/2011 11:41AM

    A couple months ago I was reading something (a blog probably) where it talked about stopping if you are eating something and it's not that good. I've been trying that - sort of like, "Why would I waste calories by eating this?" So maybe next time - eat it hot as a decision and don't beat yourself up, or don't eat it after it has turned yucky in the fridge.

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THISTIMEMYWAY 12/18/2011 8:35AM

    In 2 years? Wow. The fact that you haven't eaten them in 2 years is great.

So one time is ok as long as you don't start craving them... It seems these foods are very addictive. Did you ever watch Supersize Me? It was about a guy who ate McDonald's for a month and saw his health deteriorate as fast.
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Hopefully, they won't be bringing that again! :)

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2012 Goals

Saturday, December 17, 2011

My Fit and Organized team asks us to set goals for the coming year. Mine are to:

Reach and retain maintenance mode. I hear retaining is the hardest ever--a fine challenge.

Throw out or recycle to a thrift shop at least 5 things a day. If I haven't used it in the last 3 years, or if I don't love it, out it goes.

Remodel 2 bathrooms.

Make up my mind to retire by trying out retirement--living on the income I'll have in retirement.

Boy, oh boy--that's big plans!

  
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EJOY-EVELYN 12/22/2011 11:25PM

    Great goals! Today, I begin Week 23 of Maintenance Mode. I love it! I also continue to track online here and enjoy the 5% challenges here. Several Teddy Bears are in a healthy BMI or in maintenance mode, and while it is often said that this is the most difficult time . . . I believe every aspect of the journey we're on present enough challenges of their own, that it's all work that requires due diligence on our part. There are few disadvantages. For example, we might have a friend or loved one who may sabotage our fine work (possibly a case of envy) and you will have fewer people commenting on a regular basis "how great you look." If your mindset is truly set on healthy habits to go with your new healthier BMI, you'll have half the battle won in staying a lifelong learner while incorporating healthy habits into your life.

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BBONET 12/19/2011 2:20PM

    Love your goals! Hope you can accomplish the retiring part, that sounds so great to retire so young. The other goals are also great!!! You go girl!!! emoticon

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MAYTE1975 12/18/2011 12:41PM

    These plans are great , especially the one about recycling and the others too. I have to work a lot of hours these days and didnīt even have time to think about my own goals.
Iīm sure youīll met all your goals.
Happy holidays
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MRS.PRINCIPAL 12/17/2011 9:05PM

    Way to get your goals established early! These are great! Good luck as you tackle them in 2012.

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YIWEN39 12/17/2011 7:13PM

    Great great goals :-) Good luck! And keep us posted :-) emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/17/2011 8:58AM

    Definitely big plans...and exciting!

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BRAVERUDE 12/17/2011 8:07AM

    I love your goals!! This is smart, and so worth doing... you have inspired me (once again!!).
Thank you for the chocolate!! The heating pad has been a big help, though I slowed down a bit as well - its all helpful.
What about a travel goal? We should get a group together somewhere warm - I'd go!!


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VETTRANGER 12/17/2011 1:32AM

    Those are big plans. I think maintenance can be the easiest. Most of the people I've read who had trouble with maintenance stopped tracking calories. As far as I know, I may track them as long as I eat. Its certainly become a daily requirement for me over the last six months.

Living on retirement income should be enlightening. We probably should have tried that before my wife retired! LOL Luckily I have a new software product that my partner in the sales end of the business seems to be doing well in pushing!

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MPLONDKE 12/17/2011 12:29AM

  I'm a big fan of simplifying by donating to good causes. It feels so much better to get rid of excess clutter. Your retirement goal is a huge step, but what a great way to secure your financial picture.

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5% Challenge, A Good First Week

Friday, December 09, 2011

I'm posting today because I will be traveling to visit family tomorrow and may only have time for my weigh-in post.

I stuck to my exercise plan (to do a minimum of 60 min. per day), actually averaging around 100 min a day.

I sinned seriously with some fried chicken, but I stayed under 1500 calories each day--it's called rob Peter to pay Paul.

I stayed off the scale except for panicking after the fried chicken (it was deli prepared)--sure enough the sodium had kicked my weight up a lb. I just doubled up on the water and added some exercise. Those are supposed to rush the salt on through your body.

I watched the Dr. Oz show almost every day, picking up sound nutrition advice.

Plan for tomorrow--a day I will spend as much time at an airport lay-over as I will in the air. Pack in the vitamin C today to try to help keep bad germs away; I often catch a cold after flying. Walk that airport walkway rolling my carry-on bag behind me for most of the layover time instead of sitting, watching other people eat. Take my snacks with me to avoid the temptation of the smell of the awful food those vendors sell.

Now, for the month I will be visiting my kids and grand-kids, I have no specific strategy-- I just know generally that I will exercise every day, politely attempt to avoid high-calorie foods offered to me, and continue to track it all.

That won't be easy. Pray for me.

  
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BBONET 12/11/2011 6:51PM

    Enjoy the time with your grandkids and have lots of fun!! You will know what to do, because you are on the right track.
Take care friend!! emoticon emoticon

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VETTRANGER 12/11/2011 2:42AM

    You are getting pretty detailed here in knowing what's going on with temporary weight movements. I remember when you used to worry about those a lot. Now you know exactly what's up and are comfortable with it. Hope you had a good trip today. Enjoy the visit!

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BRAVERUDE 12/10/2011 8:59AM

    And you're leaving a pound out of the luggage!!! Congratulations!!

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THISTIMEMYWAY 12/10/2011 6:11AM

    Have fun with your family! Hopefully you won't be away from SP for too long!! (for my sake ;p). You do have plans! You just stated them ;P emoticon

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NEWMAC2011 12/10/2011 12:05AM

    You're starting so strong! I hope you'll have a great time with your family and have some healthy foods available too. We can only do our best in any given situation. Have you ever tried Airborne? It's especially to keep colds away when flying; it's worked for us. Have a safe trip.

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BRAVERUDE 12/9/2011 10:25PM

    You with no strategy?? I will be thinking of you and sending positive energy your way!! Have a great visit and don't forget us! emoticon

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YIWEN39 12/9/2011 7:43PM

    Have a great trip :-) Keep up the good work, you are doing emoticon
Best wishes to you :-)
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CROOKEDLETTER 12/9/2011 2:53PM

    Enjoy your travels- hoping that germs and not so good food stay far away as you go from point A to point B.

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/9/2011 2:21PM

    You will do great! You are in control!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/9/2011 1:11PM

    Great save! I love Dr Oz too. Between the informative Spark articles and shows like Dr Oz, we're armed with the ability to incorporate even healthier habits in our lives. Enjoy your weekend!

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SLIMMERANG 12/9/2011 12:44PM

    Enjoy your trip! Your doing great and you have a plan. Thats important. I hope you have a good weigh in tomorrow!

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PEPPERCHILD 12/9/2011 8:50AM

    Chicken is my crytonyt I can't pass it up especially if it's a wing. emoticon

Sounds like a great plan - I travel a lot and always bring my own snacks. Walking the airport is also a good way to get your steps in if you're counting. I hear you in the germs planes are the worst because theyre basically cycling air and that's not a good situation.

Enjoy your time with the family and keep on Sparking.

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READYRACHEL 12/9/2011 8:17AM

    Have fun visiting your family and be strong!

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MAYTE1975 12/9/2011 8:12AM

    Are you going to spend the holidays with the family? Thatīs great. Hope your waiting time between flights is not too much , that always gives me a headache.
Enjoy the holidays and donīt forget us.
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MICHIGANLORI 12/9/2011 7:52AM

    Wishing you a enjoyable stress-free time with your family this weekend. emoticon



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Winter Challenge--First Day--Woohoo!

Saturday, December 03, 2011

I think I've gotten hooked on exercise the way I used to be when I was about 25 years younger. I couldn't wait to get out this morning in the cold, and I hate the cold. My walking partner was late calling, so after having my cereal, I warmed up and did some yoga while waiting, then couldn't take it any longer and just forwarded my calls to my cell phone and got in 2 1/2 miles running before we began our 3 mile walk.

It felt great! And I am so proud of the effort all my team members put in. It's so much more fun to pull together to reach a goal. Our lbs. are going to start melting away. They have no choice!

  
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THISTIMEMYWAY 12/5/2011 2:27AM

    Wow! I hope to be able to run right away in the morning! I can walk but running early morning and outside...not yet...

High five, fellow Teddy!

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BRAVERUDE 12/4/2011 11:34AM

    You are so good!!! Ok, I'm headed to the gym right now... I will not be out-done!! Ha - would love to be your walking-buddy...we'd probably never stop!!!!!

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/4/2011 9:40AM

    That is so great!!!

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CROOKEDLETTER 12/4/2011 8:46AM

    Glad you had a great run and walk!

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NOW4ME2011 12/4/2011 6:50AM

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ZIPCONTROL 12/4/2011 6:48AM

  Love your enthusiasm ! hope its infectious ! emoticon

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YIWEN39 12/4/2011 5:40AM

    emoticon You sure are one energetic Teddy :-) emoticon emoticon

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MAYTE1975 12/4/2011 4:27AM

    Itīs true the challenge is a big motivation , today was my rest day but Iīm going to exercice , if we donīt arrive first to Ezeiza itīs not going to be because of me emoticon

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NEWMAC2011 12/4/2011 1:59AM

    You're certainly off to a great start! Way to go!

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Let's Psych-up for the Winter 5% Challenge

Friday, December 02, 2011

Today is "Ready, set..." day. We have all done this before. How will this time be different? I woke up thinking about this today.

It's going to be different because in planning and tracking my meals--monitoring myself better, noticing how I feel after I overindulge, have just enough, or eat too little, I know better how to handle myself even during a holiday season.

It's going to be different because having seen that I just plateau when I do my normal exercise routine, I know I have to add some minutes most days--and take NO days off, but certainly have less strenuous days.

That last one was the biggest surprise revelation for me. Since Thanksgiving Day during the lull between challenges, my goal has been just to maintain. At first I was so into the "attack the fat" mode and so scared that the extra dressing & mac & cheese would usurp my progress, I was still exercising like mad, and managed to lose almost another lb. Then I fell into an "I'm good, I got this" frame of mind, and ate a bit more--still tracking but coming in at the upper limits--and even had some days off from the exercise. I would go hard one day and then be so sore I'd just say,"Got to rest up" the next day. Well, guess what happened, those few extra 100 calories or so and those "rest up" days got together and put that lb back on. I waited to see if it would go away, and lowered the calorie intake a bit, but still skipped some exercise days--Nope my weight is in maintenance mode; that regained lb is just content hanging in there.

So that's fine for now and for the experience, but beginning tomorrow, it won't be fine--IT'S ON! And I know what to do. And so do you. Lower those calories, increase the exercise, and hide the scale until weigh-in day. Nothing to it but to do it! LET'S DO IT!

  
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BBONET 12/3/2011 12:12PM

    Hey Jonnie-- you should be so proud of all you have accomplished. You are alwyas so motivated and do so much, I wish I had your energy. Keep it up my friend. I am going to do the 5% - I am a Beautiful Butterfly -- sorry I couldn't make your team but I will still cheer you on!! emoticon

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NEWMAC2011 12/3/2011 12:24AM

    So great to have such an enthusiastic Teddy Bear! We're ready to see lots of progress this Challenge.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 12/3/2011 12:15AM

    Love your determination!!

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BRAVERUDE 12/2/2011 11:20AM

    Your determination is FABULOUS!! I believe we should be "active" every single day - that's not necessarily working out in the gym every day, so the trick is in figuring out the best activity formula for these bodies, at this age! You are amazing and I am so happy to have you as my fitness-buddy!
(P.S. The wind knocked out my internet and cable this morning, so I posted my weight early, just in case... never a dull moment!!).

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CROOKEDLETTER 12/2/2011 11:06AM

    Go, go, go!

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MAYTE1975 12/2/2011 7:56AM

    Hi Jonnie , glad to see my favorite teddy bear so motivated emoticon

No offense but... that would be perfectly fine if it was me who was writting it. I have a lot of weight to lose and I can not afford even to maintain my weight , I have to lose it like it was no tomorrow. emoticon
But you are so fine , please donīt punish your body with so much exercice. , rest days are necessary , even Jillian Michaels with her killer programs recomends to rest one day a week.
Another important thing is that if you eat less than you should during a period of time your body enters the starvation mode and saves every calorie you consume. Iīm following a 1500 calories diet but my GP told me thatīs better to fluctuate between 1400 and 1600 to prevent plateaus.


emoticon Sorry for the tirade , I admire so much your determination my dear SP teddy bear friend.

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