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I'm bummed

Monday, May 05, 2008

So here I even went to the lengths of posting an unflattering before photo for the Swimsuit Bootcamp. Even though I knew I'd be gone for a week during it, I'll have access to a computer some days.

But I woke up this morning feeling totally lousy. I've had about 3 glasses of water & 1 cup of tea so far today . . . and that's it. I can't even face the thought of food.

Worst of all is I still have so much to do before I leave . . . pack, print out addresses for pet sitter/dog boarder, finish getting food ready for the dogs & cats. These things must be done, and all I want to do is lay on the couch -- or better yet in bed -- all day & sleep.

Thank God my husband is home. He took the dogs out this morning & even took them on a short walk before he left. It's a rainy day, so that was really important for them (they hate the rain, but they'll usually do their business on a walk). But he leaves again tomorrow.

I probably wouldn't even have turned my computer on if I didn't need to do some of my vacation prep on it.

Well, hopefully I'll feel better soon.

"We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee."
Marian Wright Edelman

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MTER67 5/5/2008 7:37PM

    I hope that you feel better soon. Please take it easy and rest up, so that you will be well again for your trip. Sending *virtual chicken soup* for you, enjoy!

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VAL503 5/5/2008 6:56PM

    I hope you feel better soon! When you are ready to get back in to it, the exercise videos are only 10 minutes long, and they haven't been difficult, you could probably do 2 or 3 in a row when you are up to it..
Take good care of yourself, and don't give up. Have a good trip.

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AFERRARI 5/5/2008 1:23PM

    get better - your health is the most important. Once you feel better you can get back on track with the bootcamp. And you know the videos will probably be there from now on so start your challenge a week or month late. This is for you. You can do this.

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LSFBOOK 5/5/2008 11:50AM

    I hope you feel better soon and get everything done that you need to complete.

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The good, the bad, the ugly

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Well, maybe not ugly. So I joined the Swimsuit Bootcamp team, teams.sparkpeople.com/Bootcamp , where you'll be given challenges each day & the chance to win prizes; there's a $1000 grand prize.

And part of today's challenge (it's the first day; plenty of time to jump on in) was to post a "before" photo of yourself in your blog.

What can I say? I look at this photo, and know I've already lost weight, and still just wonder who this person is and how she got that way. These are one of my skinny jeans, btw. They're beginning to fit again, although a little tight.

They also suggest you post your measurements. Which haven't seemed to change for me, despite the fact that my pants are much, much looser.

Waist: 32
Hips: 42

It's very odd, I know my clothes are fitting better (photo nonwithstanding). Yet the measurements aren't budging.

So the good is my skinny jeans fit better. The bad is I still don't like what I see from a camera. Weird, because I'm usually okay when I look in a mirror, but then when I see photos of myself . . . I am not happy. And I haven't lost more inches.

The ugly is . . . well, we won't go there.

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VAL503 5/5/2008 6:48PM

    Good luck on the bootcamp.. I am doing it too :-) The part I am most excited about is the different workout every day. Even after a month of exercising every day, I probably still won't be ready for a swimsuit, but I will be feeling better!
Have a great time, have fun with it :-)

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MTER67 5/5/2008 8:58AM

    Good luck in your bootcamp and if you win the $1,000, just think of all the skinny jeans you can buy to keep that other pair company in your closet! The "measurements vs. clothes fit" thing is a mystery. I have felt clothes get looser before, only to measure myself and find that my measurements have gone up. All I could think was maybe one time I really squeezed the measuring tape tight and the next time I didn't...No matter what, the fit of clothes is such a great gauge of progress. Congratulations on all you have achieved so far and best of luck on this latest challenge.

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DRAKE83 5/4/2008 3:16PM

    AWESOME!!!!! Good luck and go get em!

Let me know if I can help in meeting your goals!!!

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Making it a lifestyle

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Not too long ago, I came across a thread on the message boards. Someone was going to the ball park, and she wanted to have nachos. She'd looked up the nutritional info, and 2 servings were about 600 - 700 calories. She'd only eaten about 400 calories that day. She wanted to know if that was a good plan.

To my shock, everyone said yes. That you've got to indulge sometimes.

I do agree; it's okay to indulge sometimes, but I suggested she eat a healthy snack before going, and then only have 1 serving. I don't know what the poster ended up doing. But if she stuck to her original plan, that isn't a lifestyle change; it's a slippery slope.

It's unhealthy to eat so little during the day (only 400 calories). That sets you up for eating way more than 2 servings of nachos because by the time you get to the nachos, you're probably starving. And I'm betting she didn't get in her veggies & fruits, at least not all of them.

The key to indulgences, at least to my mind, is to make sure it's in moderation (and 2 servings of a fatty, sodium laden food is not moderation, to my mind), and to make it a part of a normal day of eating.

It's okay to save up some calories over a few days if you're going to go to party or out to eat and you know you'll be eating more than normal. But starve yourself so you can eat something that's fattening? That's the sort of behavior that gets most of us in this sort of position in the first place.

What would your advice have been? Do you think it would be different now?

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MTER67 5/3/2008 9:13AM

    See, this would be tough for me b/c I would never bank all those calories for something as vile as ball park nachos--greasy chips with obscenely yellow cheese "product!" Yeeeuuch! Now, a hotdog maybe! I think you were right to suggest she eat something healthy first, and take the edge off her starvation before she hit the snack bar. She may have ended up with the 2 servings of nachos AND ice cream, etc., if she was truly famished. I will give her a little credit though for at least ADMITTING to herself that she was going to indulge and worrying about it, but I wonder if eating so few calories all day in anticipation of a nacho feast doesn't smack a little of binge-eating? Again, being healthy isn't about deprivation and starving, it is really about retraining your brain to crave healthier things, so that nachos don't hold any appeal. Interesting. I really do wonder what she chose to do.

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KARBIE18 5/3/2008 8:12AM

    Honestly, I agree with you on most points. I don't think she should have only eaten 400 calories earlier in the day. I agree that she'd be starving by the time she sat down to the nachos, and would likely eat more than one serving of nachos, and possibly end up going back for something else. Your advice to eat something healthy beforehand was right on. However, since this is a forever plan (for me anyway), if she wants to eat 2 servings of fatty, sodium laden food on a rare occasion, as long as it truly is a rare occasion, I don't think she should worry about it. One indulgence, even one with so much fat, sodium, and calories is nothing over a lifetime. The key, in my opinion, is to be able to stop at the nachos, and not just keep eating junk. If I want to have something "questionable", I always try to balance it out with something healthy, and to eat healthfully and drink my water for the rest of the day (rather than telling myself I'll get back on track TOMORROW). If I'm doing really well, I'll exercise harder as well. That's what makes it a lifestyle change for me. Then again, I lose less than a pound a week, so what do I know????

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Friday Fit Tip: 3 less bites

Friday, May 02, 2008

Don't want to count calories? How about counting bites? And you only have to count to 3!

So here's the deal: at each meal, try to leave just 3 bites over. Just a little bit. You'll be amazed at how a little can add up to a lot.

I tried this the other day. I wanted a dessert, and even though it would put me over my calories for the day, I decided to have it. It was a very conscious decision.

First, I tried drinking a glass of water to see if I was thirsty rather than hungry. Nope, I was hungry. And I wasn't hungry for something healthy; I wanted chocolate.

Next, I journaled about it.

And finally I had my one piece of chocolate pie (pie I made, and it's been here for a couple of weeks already, so it hasn't been a problem). But I left that last little bit on the plate.

I'll admit it: it wasn't easy. But I did it, and I'm glad that I did. You can do it, too.

A few quotes to inspire:

"It's not what you are, but what you don't become that hurts," Oscar Levant

"Great minds have purposes; little minds have wishes," Washington Irving.

I particularly like the Washington Irving quote. How true is that. We can wish ourself thin all we want, but if we don't do something about it, change something, it won't happen.

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JLITT62 5/2/2008 9:41PM

    Hey all, I tried this again tonight. I had half a cookie (large cookie) after dinner (planned -- okay, actually I was going to make some vegan brownies, but I already had the vegan cookies so decided to go with that instead).

Anyway, I left the last few bites on the plate. Offered them to my husband (who had the other half), but he didn't want it so I threw it away. Yup, I threw food away. Sorry, all the starving children in Africa.

That's not easy for me, but I must admit I was already full. My eyes weren't, but my stomach was.

I don't plan to do this at every meal. Most of my meals are pretty balanced & healthy. Still, even if you eat just a tad less healthy stuff, it's probably not such a bad thing. But I will definitely be mindful of trying this when I'm eating something more indulgent.

And I found that since I knew I wasn't going to eat the whole thing, I was really mindful of eating it, and enjoyed it thoroughly.

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VAL503 5/2/2008 8:10PM

    Great job! Isn't it wonderful what we can do when we eat mindfully? I loved the part in one of the webcasts where they talked to a lady about eating french fries.. Just listening to Eckhart talking about eating the french fry made me smile..
So.. be one with the pie.. after a few bites, the satisfaction is there!
Way to go :-)

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LSFBOOK 5/2/2008 6:27PM

    What a great idea! I'm going to try it.

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XHASTEDMOMOF2 5/2/2008 12:05PM

    What a great strategy!! I love it!! (and you know I'll have to try it now!!) Your blog reminded me of one I read a while back where the lady wrote that the first bite tastes as good as the last so why keep devouring food?

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MUM2FIVE 5/2/2008 11:53AM

    I had heard this on another persons page, that she always leaves a few bites on her plate.
I am an unproud member of the CLEAN PLATE club...
I don't know what it is. I would rather cut a smaller pc. and eat it all than leave a few bites. I even take less on my own plate if I anticipate I will HAVE to clean my kids plate (okey just the little ones... not all FIVE lol) Sad I know, but it is something I have came to live with. I count all my plate cleaning. At restaurants I have no problems eating half and taking the rest to go, but if I get almost done, I finish it!
Leaving food is one thing I just can't do!

I thought I was coming over for dinner! lol
For real let's go walk right now! You name the place and the time I have to be home by 2:30!

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MTER67 5/2/2008 8:48AM

    It's psychological, too, don't you think? I feel a lot better about having enjoyed a decadent dessert if I also had the will power to stop before I devoured it all. If I gobble it all up and feel overstuffed, then I feel like the dessert won. If I leave some on the plate--I am still in control! I hope you enjoyed your chocolate pie! I understand how sometimes nothing but chocolate will do! emoticon

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LBLACKI 5/2/2008 8:48AM

  I love this idea. I find myself a girl who likes to go back for seconds, so this idea let's me take a little more but leave 3 bites. Love it! emoticon

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My dirty little secret

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Got your attention, didn't I? Well, I do have a dirty little secret: it's my pantry. Or rather my whole house now, but it started with the pantry.

I must have bought some flour or something at some point that had bugs in it. I'm not sure what these bugs are; not weevils. They're small, they're black; maybe about the size of an ant, altho a bit wider. And they multiply like rabbits.

Now, when I did notice them, I didn't do the obvious: clean out my pantry. Take everything out, throw out what was infested, clean it all up, and put everything back. I would vacuum up the ones I could find, kill the ones I caught, but pretty much just left it up to nature.

Only nature laughed at me. I played the victim, too, oh woe is me, I can't bring in someone, because anything they'd spray would be toxic to the animals.

They have slowly spread to our entire home. You probably wouldn't even notice them if you came (although you might), unless you took a good look in my pantry.

And this is why I have some boxes of food on my counters; I can't put them in my pantry, because they'd just get infested.

I have been on a big decluttering kick, though. We might move at some point. This seems to change daily, but it's still a probability. I have 14 years of clutter to wade through.

So I have been going through everything, and the last few weeks, I've been concentrating on my kitchen. I've cleared out some cabinets (and put in some non-toxic diatamaceous earth that might kill the bugs, but not the animals).

And you know what? There seems to be a tad less bugs. Although for some odd reason they're now taking over our bathroom. I can't figure that one out; there's no food in there!

And now I am going through my pantry. Throwing away stuff that has been in there literally years. Finding stuff I didn't even know I had. Slowly, a little bit at a time.

Anyone notice a parallel with weight loss? I knew I was gaining weight. I even tried to do something about it a few times, but it just didn't seem to work anymore, and so I played the victim. I had a million reasons I just couldn't lose weight. But the joke's on me, because I have managed to lose some weight in the last few months. Obviously, it can be done.

But it needs to be done a little at a time. Small steps. If you try to make huge changes in your habits, you get overwhelmed and you give up. But if you just change one small thing at a time, before you know it, your jeans fit.

Just like someday, hopefully, I'll have a bug-free pantry. And house. Well, except for the spiders, ants, and lizards, but I do live in Texas, after all. Bet you want to run right over here & eat now, don't cha?

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    Thanks for your comment it is good to be heard/read!!! I like your analogy and I especially, like that you lost weight in spite of yourself. For me, It's as if Intellectually I know I can and am loosing weight but emotionally I never believe it even when the clothing size gets smaller. That is part of the reason I can't focus on the size of my clothing.

I can also relate to trying to get rid of clutter it seems to be a daily effort for me, but as you said when it's years of clutter collecting it takes time to undo it. The clutter like the bugs are sort of like the weight. Look forward to bogging with you.

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VAL503 5/2/2008 8:15PM

    I can relate to your pantry pain!! Sometimes we get problems with sugar ants, so anything in the pantry that they would like, I keep in the refrigerator.. People give me weird looks when they come over and ask where the sugar, syrup, cereal, pancake mix, etc. is, and I tell them in the refrigerator :-) Haven't had a problem with them in several months (keeping fingers crossed and pantry inspected daily)
Hope you get your bugs all wrangled up soon :-)

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MTER67 5/2/2008 8:40AM

    Oh, this blog brought back memories! I will never forget one night as a kid: my mom made chili or stew or something and one of the ingredients she used had those tiny beetles in it. She didn't discover that fact until the meal was cooked and served to everyone and the bugs floated up to the top of our bowls. Today she says she doesn't recall the meal, but I remember it like it was yesterday--her trying to convince us all just to scoop the bugs out and eat the stew anyway...My brother, sister, and I were suddenly not hungry!

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LSFBOOK 5/1/2008 1:35PM

    Love your story about the bugs. They are pesky aren't they. I think we've all had some kind of bug at one time or another. I did the same thing you did--at first I kind of ignored them. After a while you can't ignore them. So I went to the store and bought something safe to kill them (bad for them but ok for us). I emptied all the cabinets and threw so much stuff away. I left all the food I didn't throw away in big rubbermaid containers in my living room for about a month--until I was sure the bugs were gone from the cabinet.

We still have spiders and earwigs. But we live in Connecticut so there are no lizards. At least I've never seen one. Ha Ha.

Keep up the good work on your weight loss!

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JLITT62 5/1/2008 10:44AM

    KYRRDIS, I think your husband is on to something! It's hard to tell from that site, because most of those bugs are so blown up, and these things are really small.

The flour is actually now stored in the freezer. I had some in some airtight containers in cabinets, but apparently they weren't airtight enough & they were still getting into it.

The odd thing is that the flour was never in the pantry, but other stuff was. Obviously they came in with something else. But I was just too lazy to really dig through the pantry. It's most definitely my own fault.

The odd thing about them in the bathroom is that we've had them for years now, and it's just recently that they're taking a hold there. Maybe because I'm slowly getting rid of their food sources in the kitchen.

Thankfully, they aren't in the drawers (much) so our silverware is safe. It's very odd the things they like & the things they don't. I threw out some corn flake crumbs yesterday, and they weren't in them. But they like paprika!

It's going to be really big job to empty out that pantry, but I'm getting at it slowly. One step at a time.

Oh, and I did forget to mention the palmetto bugs. We don't get too many of them, but I did see my first one this morning. Now, they really like water. Sometimes you just see atennas sticking out of the bottom of your sink!

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MUM2FIVE 5/1/2008 10:08AM

    So what's for dinner?

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KGATOR 5/1/2008 9:39AM

    Nice comparison between your bugs and weight loss. Your mind is definitely in the right place for your journey (against both!) so keep it up!

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KYRRDIS 5/1/2008 9:22AM

    My spouse thinks you have pantry beetles.

Here's a site with PICTURES of several pantry pests. You may be able to ID your bug.


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KYRRDIS 5/1/2008 9:18AM

    Something that might help: put flour, etc. in Rubbermaid/plastic tubs that seal so the bugs can't get in. Seal everything up. If you can find a way to seal up your silverware, it might be good, too. I had friends that kept their silverware in the fridge when their apartment building was having a serious roach invasion.

The bugs are probably drawn to the moisture in the bathroom. If you have exposed pipes in an area the animals don't get into, you might want to spray it.

I understand that sometimes orange oil helps with bugs, although not all bugs. It won't hurt the animals, at least.

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