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Pride Comes Before a Fall

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I am reminded of the old Proverb about pride coming before a fall when I recognize the tendency in myself and others who reach mini goals and become so proud of what they have accomplished that they lose sight of their ultimate goals.

This is something we have to be very careful about. Even if we have met our ultimate goals, we must remember the statistics about how few that lose the pounds actually keep them off in the long run. If we don't want to become one of those statistics we have to work just as hard once we have reached our goal to remain there. This also holds true of mini goals reached. It is so easy to backtrack if we let the pride take over what we do.

There has to be a balance between the delight or satisfaction we feel in what we have achieved and the determination we need to reach the ultimate goal. We can't rest in our accomplishments alone, but instead must continue on the journey.

I think the most dangerous time in the life of a "Sparker" is when they feel that sense of accomplishment. It is so easy to get lost in that wonderful feeling, but this is not a time to take a break, but instead a time to regroup toward reaching the next goal or maintaining what you have achieved.

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KITKATSGRACE 3/10/2010 8:16PM

    This is so true!

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MOOKBALL 3/10/2010 5:59PM

    Weel put.

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Oodles of delicious recipes under 200 calories at this site

Monday, March 08, 2010

This morning I've been on a search for recipes with healthy ingredients and found a recipe site blog that looks very promising. The blog states that "This blog’s purpose is to gather as many tasty recipes under 200 calories as possible. Dieting doesn’t have to be boring!" A quick glance at the recipes shows that to be true.

The site is very easy to use with recipe categories listed on the right hand side of the page. There are monthly archives on the left hand side of the page. All of the recipes appear to have inviting pictures.

The monthly archives seem to end in December 2009, but the recipes that are there are exceptional. An example is the Crock Pot Vegetable Soup recipe - 79 calories shown above that I plan to make later this week.

Check out this site. I think you will be glad you did. I believe it will become a primary source of healthy recipes for me.

Does anyone else have favorite diet recipe sites besides Spark People that they would like to share?

The link to Diet Recipes Under 200 Calories is below.

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DHALYIA 3/11/2010 10:30PM

    Thanks...I'll look for new ideas.

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    Thanks will take a look

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CUTIEDOOTS 3/8/2010 4:48PM

    Thanks for the website. I'll have to check it out in more depth later. Saw some interesting recipes to try.

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IPATRICIA 3/8/2010 2:49PM

    Thank you very much Jenny, very, very interesting, I went into the site and have saved it out my 'favourites' for further consultation when I have a little time to spare.
Keep up the good work, your blogs are fantastic. I enjoy reading them. I went in to look at the coconut offerings in the 'Health Store' this evening there were a few interesting products on offer. I'll look more closely on Wednesday which is my day for town. emoticon

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RAJASHREE108 3/8/2010 2:41PM

    Thanks, looks delicious. emoticon

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 3/8/2010 1:25PM

Thank you for sharing. I am always looking for healthy recipes to add to my collection. I will try and find the site.

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BIANCAGRACE 3/8/2010 1:09PM

    Thanks. I'll check it out.

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CAROLWARD99 3/8/2010 12:24PM

    Thanks, looks good.

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Today I took my first step towards coconut oil

Sunday, March 07, 2010

I have been reading about the benefits of coconut oil now for a couple of weeks but still had not made it to the natural foods store in town to get my extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil. Today I made the purchase.

I am looking at something I have not used before. It is exciting, and at the same time a little scary. Will I like it? Do I know how to use it?

All of these questions caused me to google coconut oil recipes. I found one page

which had many recipes that looked like they should be tried. I chose one recipe off the site for Roasted Winter Squash Soup Coconut Oil Recipe which I plan to try this week as I also bought Butternut Squash while shopping. When I try it later in the week I will let everyone know how it tastes.

I also found a link to a free ebook on coconut oil. Previously you had to purchase it but it is now free. If you are interested go to

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VITCHY-VICKI 3/9/2010 3:06PM

    Coconut Oil
Just read it in one of my books and now I am looking for that book then I seen your blog so thought I stop by and see what you had to say about it. I am going to check out the link next.
Thanks for this info I will keep watching how it is working for you before I do it.

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PWVEGAS 3/8/2010 12:53PM

    Loved the link to The free e-book has accurate and invaluable information on dietary fats. It is time for the “low fat” dietary establishment guidelines that has driven our country into a national health crisis to be ended. These guidelines reflect the priorities of the food industry that reap greater profits using liquid and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils rather that the more expensive animal fats and tropical oils. Many of our nation’s disease conditions would right themselves simply by redressing the kind and balance of fats in our diets.

Thank you Jenny for your great research on Coconut Oil.

I've added the link to the "Eat Fat, Lose Fat" Sparks team page.

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JENNY888 3/8/2010 1:20AM

    I tried a little of the oil this afternoon on a spoon. It was like a light butter flavor with a light coconut taste. I can tell I would really like it as a spread on fresh whole wheat toast. It is solid - much the texture of shortening or soft butter. You do not need to refrigerate it. I'm looking forward to having some more tomorrow morning on toast or on oatmeal.

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SWIM_2_SLIM 3/7/2010 10:36PM

    Great blog! Thanks for the info on the e-book too. I copied it to my desktop to check out later. Looking forward to hearing how you like it. Thank you!!!

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PAULA3420 3/7/2010 9:09PM

    Fantastic Margi. I'm excited to hear about the soup. I've got a Butternut Squash I've been trying to decide what I want to do with it. This sounds like a good idea. I usually like the same recipes you like. The "Squash Custard" is still one of our favorites. I always think of you when we have it.

Looking forward to checking out the links you have provided for us. Thanks for your research. I am learning so much.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 3/7/2010 9:04PM

    Good luck - it's great that you are trying something new!

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MIGHTYMUSSO 3/7/2010 8:26PM

  I liked putting it on oatmeal (not much oil) and tea. Added a nice coconut flavor without being too greasy. emoticon

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JEMPOWER 3/7/2010 7:43PM

    Good Luck on the coconut oil pursuit. Is it solid? Because isn't coconut oil supposed to be like olive oil without animal fat but a solid oil? I'm curious.


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Could longer exercise sessions be the key to losing weight?

Saturday, March 06, 2010

I was presented with a question on my Trivia Quiz yesterday asking what type of exercise was the best at reducing cholesterol levels. The answer was longer sessions rather than more intense. That got me to reflecting on the effect of longer sessions on my weight loss history.

On the days that I had continued on after the initial 30 minute period on my treadmill I tended to lose weight the next day. The exercise I did after the intense 30 minute period was very low intensity. Generally I just walk on my treadmill for another 60 minutes at a slow speed while I watch my television. When I compare my fitness tracer to my weight loss I find that there is a direct correlation between how much I lose and the length of my exercise.

Calories alone don't explain this. Usually I only burn around 200-300 more calories and this would not explain a 1.5-2 weight loss the next day. Possibly other factors might be what is causing this loss. If you can lower cholesterol more with lengthier session rather than intense ones, perhaps this is true of lowering weight.

I do remember reading once somewhere that cardio was much more effective after the first 20 minutes. This could explain the weight loss after longer sessions. I look forward to trying longer sessions a few days a week this month to see what the effect is.

Does anyone else have anything to add on this subject in either knowledge or experience?

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SVELTINGTON 3/9/2010 10:24PM

    I read
" that cardio was much more effective after the first 20 minutes"
in the book "Outsmarting the Female Fat Cell" by Debra Waterhouse.

I agree. I just began my weight-loss 2/1 for the last time. In 1996 I lost an average of 3 lbs per week only after I did 45 minutes of cardio a day. I presently am working my way up to that amount.

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BDMCLAUGHLIN 3/8/2010 6:52AM

    I find thatshorter workouts more often also makes the scale move for me, but the shorter sessions have to be cardio and weight circuits, not just cardio!
But then, we are all different... :)

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SPUNKYDUCKY 3/7/2010 9:15PM

    Complete opposite opinion: I rarely lose weight unless I exercise and there is a direct correlation between how much I exercise and how much I lose. I also agree that longer sessions seem to correlate with more on the scale..

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PWVEGAS 3/6/2010 6:00PM

    There is a theory out there that exercise doesn’t help with weight loss, it just makes you hungry, and I agree. Exercise is not part of my weight loss program. I do work out, but not to lose weight. There are many health experts who are aligned with this philosophy, the first I heard of it was from Gary Taubes in his book “Good Calories, Bad Calories” he cites scientific studies that support this theory. Works for Me! I no longer do drudgery cardio work outs, but I do workouts that I truly enjoy. If you don’t feel like working out you probably shouldn’t, it is your body telling you what it needs. I think it is important to listen to your body. The key is to give your body the nutrition it needs so you want to work out.
Here is a link to a Time magazine article “Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin” you might find interesting: (cut and paste)

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CARRAND 3/6/2010 4:35PM

    That's an interesting observation. I normally walk 30 to 45 minutes on my treadmill, but when I do more than 45, I do seem to lose more weight, even though an extra 15 minutes doesn't burn many calories. When I walk after work, I just can't do much more than 30 minutes because I get home late and my husband is waiting for supper. That's why I like to walk on a Saturday or Sunday when I can do longer sessions. Every bit helps.

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Emotional eating -- How easy it can be to blow it!

Friday, March 05, 2010

I find many who suffer from emotional eating here on Spark. I am making progress in the area but am certainly not perfect yet.

Yesterday at school I started to feel ill. I hadn't felt up to par for a couple of days but pushed on anyway. I barely made it through my last class and came home ready to get some much needed rest.

I looked to food for comfort. Not big "blows it" but little things. There was a handful of nuts (OK in itself) but that was followed by a couple more. A cup of fresh green grapes turned into two. I munched on a little whole grain cereal. I had a couple of slices of low fat cheese and a couple of slices of low fat turkey breast.

All were healthy choices in themselves, but I didn't log them as I had them and didn't consider how they would hinder my progress. The thought that it might not be wise did cross my mind, but I ignored it. I am at least glad I thought about it at all because that is progress, but not the solution.

For dinner I just had some homemade chicken soup, a little spinach, and a couple of pieces of chocolate for dessert. I haven't logged it all in yet (I was just too tired to do it last night and I had classes to teach all morning) but don't think I had a disaster day--just not the one I would have had if I had thought about it more before eating. I will be logging it all in today.

At school yesterday I did my normal 1 mile walk between classes across the large campus and spent a great deal more time walking from desk to desk helping students for hours. Because I felt so awful I decided to skip my additional time on the treadmill when I came home. I didn't neglect exercise for the day though as I had already had it. I just did a little less than usual.

I went to bed early after having a little zipfizz immune support drink (only 10 calories here). This morning I woke up feeling much better, that is until I got on the scale. I had gained back 2.5 lbs. It made me realize how much a small change from great habits can result in a large gain. I didn't eat enough calories to result in this much of a gain and I still had exercise. My body immediately responded with this gain though as it generally does if I do that.

I need to realize that this can happen and avoid it, especially at times I am not feeling good. Food did not fix the problem ultimately. If I was at my target weight this would not be so bad. I would just work especially hard to reverse the gain in the next week.

For those of us not at maintenance, though, this can cause more trouble. It is so frustrating to see the scale rise that emotional eating can continue because of it. These slips really slow down the overall progress.

I like to say that I have learned my lesson. I will not know if I have until the next time the challenge presents itself again. I am not going to get down on myself, though, but just work to take steps to reverse these steps back and get back into the positive.

How will I not let this happen again? I will think before I eat, realize what can happen, and if I choose to eat anything, write it down even if I don't have time or feel well enough to log it immediately in the computer. Just the writing it down helps. It is hard to remember what you really had afterwords.

We all need contingency plans for whatever may happen. When we don't feel good it is not the best time to be making plans. emoticon

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SASSIECAS 3/6/2010 2:02PM

    Thank you for your blog!

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MACH27 3/6/2010 4:19AM

    i hear ya @ frustration. i'm glad to see you have the willpower and discipline though to overcome it.

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SCOTMAMA 3/5/2010 9:50PM

    You are right about a nibble here and there and how it adds up. Most of your choices were good though, just too many of them.

The other night I watched "The Bachelor" and didn't like the choices he was making, so I was gobbling chocolate covered raisins. Then last night I was upset about something personal in my life and ate two of the chocolate/macadamia nut clusters before I realized it. My heart is in direct communication with the elbow bending to feed my mouth evidently.

Haven't GAINED in the last few days, but am not losing either. It is difficult to keep willpower, even when you realize as you are doing the eating that it's not the right thing.

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SUEB0357 3/5/2010 7:06PM

    I see similar things as Tracie. I am mentalpausal, as I call it. I still have the same PMS symptoms that I had before. The bloating, crabbiness, etc. I am good for 2-3 lbs right around the time I would have had a period.

I have also found after a strenuous workout, I will show a 1-2 lb increase for a day or two.

I think you'll be surprised to see those lbs will disappear quickly. At least when you did overeat, you stuck with healthier choices. That is a big accomplishment in itself. It's a big improvement from choosing high-fat or high sugar garbage food! I bet that would have made you feel worse!

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IPATRICIA 3/5/2010 6:45PM

    I think you've hit the nail on the head, Jenny. Plan B and have it ready! Very interesting because it happens to us all. Anyway, your feeling better now and that's what counts and most importantly, you've learnt from it and shared your experience so that we can all learn from it. emoticon

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TRACIEO3 3/5/2010 6:05PM

    It might not be that, the eating. Maybe you did some kind of different exercise within the last couple of days, which will result in muscle swelling( actually water weight to protect microscopic muscle tears). Could it be that time of the month, or are you ovulating? I always get an increased appetite and water weight when I am ovulating, I don't have a time of the month because I had a hysterectomy. But I still have ovaries and ovulate. AND, even though I had a hysterectomy, I still get PMS and experience all the yucks of menstruation, right down to having my lightest day of the month on what would normally be my 4th day of menstruation. Weird, huh? Sometimes our body when getting ill will also react with a little inflammation. I bet within the next couple of days that 2.5 pounds will magically disappear again. Ahhh, the joys of the weight yoyo.

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