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WI madness & Dec. Healthy Habits Challenge

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Do you have WIM (weigh-in madness)? A few symptoms might be:

1. Eating a really big meal after WI just because you don't have to WI for another week.

2. Eating a lighter meal before WI so that you'll weigh less.

3. Skipping meals altogether so you'll weigh less.

I have battled with this for 20 years. I've come a long ways, but I still have a ways to go. I can remember the days when I'd suck down a whole sleeve of rice cakes after WIs because I was so hungry (back then, I weighed in at night, and you truly do weigh more as the day goes on). Now I don't eat rice cakes at all because they really don't satisfy me -- not in taste nor in satiety.

But I still have a tendency to save my higher fat desserts or meals for WI days -- after I've weighed in, of course. Because then I have a whole week to work it off. Oh, of course I've accounted for it, tracked it, and it's within my points . . . but do it before a WI? I have, occasionally, but more often than not I'll save the good stuff for after WI.

It's not a healthy attitude, and it's one I continue to work on. So I'll incorporate it into my healthy habits challenge this month.

Last month's healthy habits challenge went great! I feel like I accomplished a lot, even if my weight didn't reflect it. So here is my new challenge for the month of December:

As a reward for November's challenge, I've ordered "Eat to Live" And "Eat for Health" by Joel Furhman from the library. Read 2 chapters a week. Until then, continue on with reading Louise Hay's "You Can Heal Your Life".

Continue with some extra ST at least 2 x week. In November I did arms; this month I'm going to concentrate on my middle. Angle at www.ohsheglows.com has a whittle my middle challenge going on. But I'll have to find my stability ball & inflate it (I think DH knows where it is, oddly enough). Which would be a good thing -- I could use it as a chair in here & we could both be on the computer at the same time.

Listen to my guided meditations at least 3 x week. I've already been doing it sporadically, but I want to step it up and make it a habit again. I've even toyed with the idea of having DH listen with me. At least once a week. He'll think it's silly, of course, but he'll be better for it. We'll see.

Treat WI day like any other day. Eat a full breakfast instead of a lighter one. Not save the "good" desserts for after WI. Drink my usual 4 glasses of water before WI. Usually I cut back to 3 on WI days -- it will mean I will almost certainly see a gain this week -- you'd be surprised what an extra 8 ounce glass of water will do to your weight in the short term -- but in the long term, I know that it is worth it.

I'll have to remember to write all this down on my calendar, too. And come up with new rewards.

Maybe it's even time to talk to DH about a healthy challenge for him. Just one thing. He seems a bit more relaxed, sort of, now that we're home and not looking at another trip (that we know of) for a while. Altho he's already thinking about when we ought to go back to Seattle to help out with his Dad again. He even brought me roses the other day, something he hasn't done in a long, long time -- his non-verbal way of apologizing for being so difficult to live with recently.

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DDHEART 12/1/2009 9:12PM

    Well, you made me smile with this one.........when I was WW I was a real WI nut.....I wore the same clothing even when the change of seasons meant it was so inappropriate! and the whole eating (or not) and drinkin water....oh man a glass of water puts weight on right away...oh and the line to the bathroom at our WW meeting was always long before WI....what a hoot! I admit I haven't totally freed myself of some of the scales power to freak me out but I don't play the game big time any more. I'll keep my fingers crossed for your DH and and healthy habit you can challenge him to....another smile thinking about that!

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 12/1/2009 8:58PM

    What a great plan - looks good. I too know what you mean by the WIM - lol.

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KEAKMAN 12/1/2009 1:09PM

    I am sure last week was trying and stressing and painful for you both. I am proud of you for being there to help out, and for doing the best you could food and exercise-wise....it is hard to eat well and exercise properly when caring for someone. Hugs to you and your sweetie. emoticon

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SEKSUNSHINE 12/1/2009 12:04PM

    Sounds like a great self challenge! I agree roses are usually spawned from guilty feelings, but that's OK, they are still enjoyed! You are doing an awesome job, keep it up!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 12/1/2009 11:41AM

    What a great plan. And I know exactly what you mean about lighter eating on WI day!
Good for DH - and good for you. emoticon

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What does a mountain lion & weight loss have in common?

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Ok, I'm stretching this one. Yes, I think I saw a mountain lion while we were in Seattle (actually, not right in the city, obviously, but in the suburbs where my MIL & SIL live. The day before we'd taken my FIL to a nearby park to walk, and as he so often does, he chose a steep uphill path. Only problem was he got tired about halfway down the path, and we didn't know how long it was.

Anyway, we went back to the park the next day, with my MIL in tow, but since she doesn't like to work too hard we didn't take the same path. I needed to walk some more, so when they left, I started back up the hill. As I was walking, all of the sudden I saw what I thought was a fawn.

Only I realized it wasn't the shape of a fawn, and there were no other deer around. I thought maybe it was a bobcat, but it was too big for that, and I thought I saw a tail. I suspect that it was a young cougar (aka mountain lion), altho I never really got close enough to tell.

DH gave me a hard time -- I had my cell phone with me, so why didn't I take a picture? Besides the fact that it would probably have been a mountain lion speck, I explained to him that when you see a potentially dangerous animal and you're by yourself, you don't stop to take pictures. You turn and walk (not run) the other way. Of course, you shouldn't turn your back on it, either, but I only thought that once I'd already done it.

I stopped again to look at it when I was a little further down. It was still watching me. Obviously, since I'm here, it never actually decided to check me out, but I must admit it was a bit scary. They actually call that hill cougar mountain, with good cause, obviously, and my SIL said a cougar had been sighted there that summer. Well, yeah!

So what does it have to do with weight loss? Not much, only I suppose we can take a lesson from it. When we're faced with food we know we shouldn't eat and we're all alone, better not to stop and contemplate it. Better to turn and walk away -- literally! Often a walk will cure a craving.

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KEAKMAN 12/1/2009 1:06PM

    COOL! I believe that is exactly what you saw - they are still out here in the PNW and I see coyotes numerous times in the 'burbs. So why not a cougar? They come down from the mountains off an on, especially in the winter.

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DUHKEE 11/30/2009 11:22PM

    I have lived IN or near the foothills in Colorado nearly my whole life, and although Mountain Lions have been spotted 2 blocks from my house, I personally have never seen one (except at the zoo or pictures). I'm jealous in that way, but not jealous in that I hope I never see one in my run around the neighborhood, or even on a casual walk such as yours! I'd rather see one from the comfort of my car, windows closed, doors locked, and in someone else's neighborhood. emoticon

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STARTSPARKING 11/30/2009 4:03AM

    Wow! What a close encounter! I'm glad you're safe, and I like your analogy. I'll think of your story the next time I see with food temptation.

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PEPCEA 11/29/2009 1:41PM

    Great blog! I'll keep that in mind!

Alex emoticon

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 11/29/2009 12:46PM

    Good analogy. That would have been a bit nerve wracking, that's for sure.

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BZYBOYSMOM 11/29/2009 11:28AM

    Point taken! Yikes!!

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SANDRAFIVE 11/29/2009 9:32AM

    Now I have a good excuse not to go walking. LOL. That was a very good blog. Sandra

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 11/29/2009 9:00AM

    I love the analogy at the end. I will keep that in mind!
I think it is similiar to, "If you eat it when no one else is in the room, it still has calories!"
I went for a hike this fall with out my walking companion, Joey. And that whole walk I had my camera out taking pictures and sending them to my kids. And I was a little afraid. We have bears and coyotes in this area and that thought did cross my mind!
I am glad it did not eat you. Maybe it contemplated and thought that you were a food that it should not eat ;)
:) Jeanne

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/29/2009 8:57AM

    Good point! Exciting adventure!

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SEKSUNSHINE 11/29/2009 8:42AM

    It wasn't hungry or it would have checked you out closer. Very good comparison!

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ME2448 11/29/2009 8:40AM

    Scary but cool. BTW- I believe you.

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DOLLBABE56 11/29/2009 8:33AM

    OMG! I'm so happy you walked away when you did! Bet that got the old heart rate up! lol I enjoyed your blog alot. Just be safe!!!
Have a great day!

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BECKYI39 11/29/2009 8:30AM

    Scary! Great analogy about weight loss. I'll have to remember then when I have cravings. I have been having lots of them lately. Thanks for posting!!

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Will walk for chocolate

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Yup, that's me. We connected via the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport both ways -- a new one for me, and a very nice airport. With a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. On the way out, we had a huge walk between gates, and walked right past it. Then I walked back to it to get my one Chocolate Peanut Butter finger.

On the way back, I got a peanut butter bucket. That was sort of a mistake, as I ate the whole thing last night. Note to self: the peanut butter finger was actually more satisfying than the peanut butter bucket. More isn't necessarily better.

I did get lots of walking in. FIL (who has Alzheimers) can't sit still. Ever. Of course, he also sometimes tires out easily. But we had him out for short walks -- and some longer ones -- several times a day. Except for travel days and the day it rained all day, I got lots of steps in. I also went out for walks on my own several days when we weren't watching him.

Watching him is exhausting. I don't know how my MIL does it. My SIL comes once, sometimes twice a day to take him out, but even so, he is constantly hovering over you, anxious, wanting to go out, wanting to know what we're going to do next. Nothing other than going out soothes him. He really can't do much of anything anymore -- or doesn't want to. Except eat. He sure likes to eat. You have to put food right away or he'll eat it all, and he'll try to eat yours, too.

So I got my exercise in. I used the yoga downloads several times. I ate well, except for the extra cookie on Thanksgiving -- and, of course, that peanut butter bucket. I really didn't need that.

Thanksgiving itself was rather boring and frustrating. Helped with FIL again while MIL tried to get a turkey ready (don't ask me why she wanted to do it, as neither I nor DH are terribly fond of it, but she wanted to, so she did. We had to leave our hotel around 4 am the next morning, but they wanted to go to my SIL's for dessert, only they didn't even sit down to eat til about 7 pm. I could not convince my husband to just go over earlier to say goodbye, so we went to bed way later than I wanted to -- after a rather boring, frustrating day -- which is probably why I ate that chocolate chip cookie they give you when you check in (at least it was a really good chocolate chip cookie).

Bored + tired = poor food choices on my part most of the time.

Oh, and I forgot to mention one of the cats getting sick literally an hour before we had to leave, and not wanting to eat off & on while we were gone. But he seems ok, the dogs are back & they seem ok, now I have to convince DH to go for a walk with the dogs, and I know that suggestion will be met with anger. Too bad.

It wasn't a great Thanksgiving for us, but I am glad that we could give MIL & SIL a break -- they dearly needed it. And we have lots of time now to relax. Hope everyone had a wonderful, healthy Thanksgiving, and I'll be catching up with you over the next few days. I was totally offline this week.

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STARTSPARKING 11/29/2009 4:10AM

    More isn't necessarily better... That is great advice that I really need to remember. Bored + tired = poor food choices... That's another one that is so true for me.

Sorry your Thanksgiving wasn't ideal, but bless you and your husband for giving your MIL and SIL a break from taking care of your FIL. I hope you are able to get some extra rest this weekend.

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FITKAT2010 11/28/2009 8:34PM

    You also know why you ate the peanut butter bucket. You need another choice for your frutstrations. Ignoring them only suppreses them.

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 11/28/2009 6:13PM

    LOL Glad you made it home safely :) Sounds like a very heart-warming Thanksgiving though. It was nice of you to help out your MIL and your husband got to see his parents again - that's great. :) Welcome back.

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LEONALIONESS 11/28/2009 5:47PM


You were in my neck of the woods, there!
MSP is a nice airport. They even have a French Meadow restaurant with vegan food. Unheard of in most airports! I'll have to eyeball the chocolate shop when I'm there next.

*Nevermind: a quick look at their website shows they are one of those "gourmet" shops that put dairy in every bit of chocolate, even the so-called "dark" varieties. (Godiva, I'm looking at you!) Chocolate should NOT have dairy, IMO, if we're calling it dark. Boo. Oh well. Saves me from myself! Ha.*

Sorry your day was so stressful. :/
I hope you can get some relaxing, me-time now that you are home.

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YELLOWDAHLIA 11/28/2009 5:44PM

    Ah yes, I know all about the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. There's one right across from me at the mall.

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  Will walk for chocolate too! Have a great holiday season!

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Designated worry

Saturday, November 21, 2009

I thought Martha Beck's column in "O Magazine" this month was brilliant. www.oprah.com/article/omagazine/2009
if you missed it.

Basically, we pick something to worry about so that you don't focus on all the other things going wrong in our lives. For many of us, myself included, that's our weight. I guess my husband was correct when he told me I'm obsessed with the fat lady (quote from "Independence Day").

She goes on to give you a way to deal with your real problems, and also gives you permission to continue to worry about your designated worry -- just not to make it the endall and beall of your existence. It's definitely worth reading thru to the end, IMHO.

We don't leave til late this afternoon, which is why I'm on here blogging. Still have a bunch of stuff to do, and I'm sure it will take me longer than I expect -- it always does -- but I'm in pretty good shape. Speaking of being in good shape, I've been giving my abs a bit more work this week and I can feel it. Which is a good thing! I was already planning to make them a focus of my body challenge next month; I'm just getting a head start. Thanksgiving and family can do that to you!

Oddly enough, we've been upgraded to first class again on the way out. We're flying on frequent flyer tickets, and they supposedly don't do it when you are, but I'll take it! Changes my food plan. I'd planned to bring the other half of the veggie sandwich I bought for dinner; now I'll have it for lunch. I already made up a wrap for lunch, but I'll freeze it. Not sure they freeze well, but the worst that happens is I throw it out, the best that happens is I already have on lunch ready for when I come back. Because now that we're in first class, we should get real food!

I'll have to be careful with my snacks -- they'll most likely serve warm nuts (and who knows, maybe a cookie, too). I've got a leftover green monster for this afternoon; hopefully that will hold me a while.

I'll shoot out some Thanksgiving greetings now. If you don't hear from me, have a fabulous Thanksgiving! Remember it isn't really all about the food; it's about good friends and family and making good memories.


Yesterday started with oatmeal. I slept very late for me (6 am), so that's pretty much the quickest thing I make.

Lunch was another avocado wrap, and a raw chocolate chip cookie.

A post-run green monster. Only it's blue because of blueberries. 1 frozen banana, 1 tbsp + 1 tsp wheat germ, some agave nectar, 3 cups kale, 1 cup blueberries. I'll have the other half today. So it's really a blue monster.

This was the same dinner as Thursday, only with chicken instead of salmon. Sides are roasted brussel sprouts & cauliflower (really, cauliflower roasted is so yummy!), and a potato smasher. An adora for dessert.

I made the fudge from the most recent issue of Clean Eating Magazine to bring as a gift for my SIL's family. I licked the bowl, but I didn't eat any. I waited to make it so that I wouldn't be tempted by it. The problem with that is you don't know if it's any good! I wasn't sure that it was all that great form licking the bowl, so I gave a piece to DH. He thought it was definitely good enough to bring.

And now after this afternoon, into the great food unknown . . .

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SUZY6281 11/25/2009 11:40AM

    I like the idea of a designated worry. I tend to worry about everything. I'll have to check it out.

Have a great trip!! Happy Thanksgiving!!


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MTER67 11/23/2009 6:56AM

    Yay--first class! It makes such a huuugge difference, doesn't it? The food is actually, as you say, "REAL" food! Hope you have a fabulous trip and a great Thanksgiving!


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MOMMA_GRIZZ 11/21/2009 10:39AM

    Have a great time and a Happy Thanksgiving! First class - you lucky girl :)

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KEAKMAN 11/21/2009 9:44AM

    By now you are out in the great PNW - hope you found your MIL well and your FIL not too changed. My thoughts are with you this week. Wish I had an excuse to drive north....but my thoughts are heading that way.

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TORNADO40 11/21/2009 8:03AM

    Thanks for the link to the article. It was really interesting and something that I had never really thought about before.

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Some odd photos & ramblings

Friday, November 20, 2009

No really theme or purpose to this blog. Maybe I'll come up with one as I go; sometimes I do.

First, thanks to all concerned about my health. Believe me, I'm trying to get a little rest in there. I've done some knitting this week -- not as much as I'd like, but I've done some. I went to the library yesterday and spent about 45 minutes browsing, picking out books for this trip. Got a couple I'd looked at in the bookstore & put on a wish list! I've listened to my meditations a couple of times this week, too (once while dog walking).

This was my oatmeal the other day. Looked sort of like a mushroom cap. Weird, huh? Altho I don't know if you can really see it in this photo. Today, for instance, I had every intention of having a piece of pumpkin kugel for breakfast, but slept late, and went with oatmeal instead.

Notice I've gone back to a large bowl. The oatmeal just cooks better in a larger bowl, I found. Gotta go with what works for you.

My latest go-to avocado wrap. These are the lavash. I know it looks like a lot of bread, but there's about 200 calories overall between the 2 pieces, and like 30 gm of fiber! Or so the package says. One just isn't enough. I'm out of them now, so it's back to Ezekiel wraps.

Here's the unwrapped wrap: spinach, red onion, mushrooms, avocado & cheddar cheese. Yummy. Really satisfying. I tend to eat them day after day so my avocado doesn't go to waste -- I only use 1/4 avocado at a time.

Here's the broccoli white pizza from the other night. Now I ask you, why are they so skimpy with the broccoli? I mean really, do I have to ask for double broccoli? It's not like it costs them a lot of money!

Finished off the chocolate pumpkin pie yesterday. Boy, is that stuff filling. That and my wrap kept me full for hours. If I find the time, I'm going to write out the recipe to bring with me. Just in case. You never know.

I really, really wish I'd taken a photo of last night's dinner, but the camera was still down here because I'd forgotten to bring it back up. I made salmon (cod for DH who doesn't like salmon) in foil packets with spinach and red peppers. You were supposed to put some pesto on it, but I skipped it and it was still really good. Some potato smashers. And I roasted a head of cauliflower and some pre-cut up butternet squash.

Seriously, roasted cauliflower is just delicious. I love broccoli, too, but it doesn't roast well to my mind. Cauliflower does, though. The dinner was so satisfying, and I was still so full from my pie, there was no dessert. Sacrilege, I know!

This is our now deserted deck (except for the grill, obviously). We took all the furniture down the other day and put it in the shed. There was a hard frost on that morning -- it was in the 20s! Lot of back & forth weather here, thankfully the days we've had rain it obviously wasn't cold or we'd have had sleet or snow already.

My healthy habits challenge is going great. So far I'm meeting (or exceeding) all my goals. I did go ahead and download 2 yoga files from www.yogadownload.com so that I could take them with me on this trip. I can do yoga in front of other people (I think). Don't look quite such a dork doing yoga, plus they don't have to hear the sometimes embarrassing teacher chatter. I downloaded on for strength, one for core (both of them free).

And here's my modified challenge for next week:

Mind: read "You can heal your life) 3 x
Body: walk at least 3 x, for 60 minutes
Spirit: listen to guided meditations 2 x
Food: get in at least 2 veggies & 1 fruit each day

The food thing could be challenging, but I hope not. I'll bring larabars & dried fruit, and either will be a fruit serving. I'm hoping to bring some chocolate covered figs, too, but we'll see how much room there is. The veggies are harder. I hope to bring some baby carrots with me. I hope that we'll be able to go out to a food store so I can pick up some other stuff if they don't have something I can use. Again, we'll see.

Well, no great epiphanies here. I owe several people comments . . . and thanks for goodies . . . if I don't actually get around to it, thank you for commenting & thanks for the goodies. Much appreciated!

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 11/20/2009 9:05PM

    What a beautiful deck and the green trees look great! Sounds like you will be well prepared for your trip - kudos to you! Have a great evening :)

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/20/2009 10:59AM

    Have a good day and wonderful weekend.

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