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The crisscross effect

Sunday, January 17, 2010

In "The Spark", sparkguy talks about the crisscross effect: how making just a small change, and making it a habit, can spill over into other areas of your life and snowball even greater changes.

I've been seeing a little bit of the crisscross effect in my own life lately.

One of my goals for this year was to clean out and set up "my" room. I've made great progress in that area, and I hope to have it at least cleaned out by the end of the month.

In my cleaning, I came across a journal I used to keep when we first got the boys (our cats). I'd write about their antics, and occasionally I'd sketch them. I've been keeping visual journals on & off for years. This one has been off for a long time -- 8 years!

I'm not sure I'll get my painting in this week, but I have been sketching again. Now I have 4 furry subjects! And sketching is actually integral to painting. It definitely helps to draw, especially if you're creating original artwork. And drawing muscles get rusty when they're not used. So even if I don't get around to painting, I do feel I fulfilled that goal this week simply by taking up sketching again.

My husband took the dogs for an afternoon walk yesterday. All by himself. The first time I haven't gone with him in many, many months (my hair was wet). And he actually ran a little on the way home.

He said that Chester was walking quickly on the way home, as he always does, so he picked up his pace. And Chester picked up his pace. And so on until they were jogging home. I can't help but think that my running has been just a teeny, tiny inspiration to him.

Of course, he made great noises of protest about taking them, but I guess asking for quiet compliance is a bit too much. He promised he'd walk them that afternoon if I walked them in the morning (I wanted him to come on our morning walk), and then acted like it was the end of the world when I called him on it.

So after my blog about self indulgence I indulged. Oh, not a whole lot, but I found myself hungry in the afternoon and didn't reach for soup. So ok, I reviewed my day. And the only thing I can figure out is that I had a bowl of fruit (a big bowl -- a banana and a kiwi) with some raw sunflower seed mix on top for breakfast. Even though it was healthy and satisfying, apparently it's just not really what I need in the mornings.

So today it was back to oatmeal.

And this morning I realized that DH was a bit pissy yesterday, too. Perhaps my frustration at his attitude coupled with some real hunger caused me to make some not so good choices.

But just spending that little bit of time -- reviewing my day -- helped me to at least think these things through, and experiment some more.

Have you really thought about your food? What satisfies you, what tastes good but leaves you hungry, what external factors cause you to reach for comfort foods? Do you take some time each day to review your choices?

Today is a new day with new choices. Learn from yesterday. Make today even better. Goal weight in 2010 (my new mantra -- I even have a password for one site that helps remind me of that).

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SEKSUNSHINE 1/18/2010 7:13AM

    Looking back, reviewing, and journaling all are great ways to stay on track. I think you are doing a wonderful job.

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KARBIE18 1/17/2010 9:28PM

    Yep, definitely crossing over for me. When I first considered getting a guitar, I wondered if I had the self-discipline (or time) to practice, but I decided I could do it the way I approached exercise - 20 minutes at a time. Being consistent with SP and my habits has given me that confidence.

Thanks for the great blog! So glad you're getting back into your art.

And yes, this is the year we both reach our goal weights. I'm sure of it!

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KEAKMAN 1/17/2010 11:34AM

    I am so excited that you have rediscovered sketching! Doing things creative is important - and I always have imagined you with your sketch book and your 4 furry babies.

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JUSTDUCKY1405 1/17/2010 10:20AM

    I too have been experiencing the crisscross effect. Interesting analogy SparkGuy has there. That is awesome about your hubby working his way up to a jog with the dog! It was meant for him to go on that walk for himself, he may not have pounced on that oppurtunity if you were beside him. And of course you had an influence on his spontaneous jog! GO BOTH OF YOU!

I can relate to bad food choices affecting my entire day! Or, not getting to my food in time, thus not being the nicest me I can be. Infact, there are often times, and this is how I have always been, where the first 5 minutes at the supper table are quite time, because MOM just needs to EAT!!! Once that hunger edge lowers, I can than enjoy a happy, somewhat talkative meal! I have never been a big talker while eating though! I know lots of families don't stop talking! To each there own... lol!

P.S. Way to go on picking up on your sketching! That is awesome! Babysteps Baby!!! Soon your canvases will be full of your beautiful original paintings! (That's a dream/goal I haven't taken the time to learn yet... I will... I know I will!)

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HEYRED221 1/17/2010 10:09AM

    That's the best part though, just being able to look back with some perspective and learn something or get that ah ha moment. Self awareness is a good thing . I hope you have a great day today! Take care and enjoy the furry creatures. emoticon

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Self indulgence vs. being satisfied

Saturday, January 16, 2010

It would seem that if you're self indulgent, you'd be satisfied, right? Only I'm not moving in the right direction, and that doesn't satisfy me.

It's not that I indulge my every whim. But I got to thinking about it, and I think that maybe I've been indulging more than I ought to. As I said, I thought about what I get out of maintaining my weight instead of continuing to lose, and the only thing I came up with is that I get to continue to eat the way I've been eating. Which clearly isn't working for me at the moment.

I absolutely believe in having a healthy lifestyle -- which means that you can't "diet" your way out of a plateau. Because as soon as you go back to the way you were eating, you'll find maintenance difficult again. Been there, done that, could write the book.

So the key is to find a way of eating that I can live with the rest of mylife.

I also realized that it's ok to be a little stricter for a while to break through a plateau. Which doesn't mean that I don't indulge in treats, but I have to be even more careful about how I indulge. If that indulgence leaves me feeling hungry, it isn't worth it. If it totally satisfies me, it's totally worth it.

So it's time to buckle down even more. Really look at what I'm eating, and whether or not it's both fueling my body and satisfying my soul.

I'm happy to report that yesterday was the first day in a long, long time that I felt I ate really well AND was totally satisfied. Not getting at all hungry between meals. I did find I began craving food before I was actually physically hungry again, which makes me wonder just how much I've been eating to satisfy cravings rather than real hunger.

The bad part is that I used up more points than I really wanted to again. Following the flat belly diet again, mostly. I think part of where I got into trouble with it before is trying not to have a midmorning snack. Clearly I need it even if I don't really feel hungry.

Right now I'm trying to meld raw foods, the flat belly diet, and WW together. It isn't always easy.

The bottom line is that you can be too self indulgent even when you eat healthy. But that you have to balance that with a way of eating you can maintain forever. It isn't easy, but of course if it was easy everyone would be thin.

So how are you doing? Can you indulge, be satisfied, AND lose weight? Do you follow someone else's plan, or do you make up your own? How often do you eat because you're truly hungry vs because it's "time" to eat?

I review my food log at the end of every day now. I also review the entire week's log (fitness, too) at the end of the week. Trying to see what needs tweaking. It isn't always easy to squeeze that in, but as I blogged, you gotta spend time to lose weight.

Oh, and Target has a pretty good sale on house organizing stuff. I picked up some baskets and a small dry erase board for my fridge. I put one goal on it each day -- which I also put on my calendar downstairs. Can't have your motivation in too many places!

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 1/16/2010 2:16PM

    I don't think I could blend multiple weight loss plans together - I tried it with SP and WW, got frustrated and stuck with WW. I like it simple. I found it too confusing when there was more than one plan to follow and my body sure didn't like it. I needed it simple so I went back to strictly WW for the food plan and tracking activity points. It worked for me - I had less frustration and my weight loss picked up again. I could not imagine what I would be like if I tried to merge and learn 3 plans.

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JUSTDUCKY1405 1/16/2010 10:43AM

    I so love your blogs! They always give me so much to think about! And this couldn't be more true, "So the key is to find a way of eating that I can live with the rest of mylife." I know that my 'diet' is somewhat restrictive, but I can't discount what I have learnt since starting it. I admit, it creeps up in my mind, will I be able to maintain once I get done with the active weightloss phase??? But, I can't worry about that right now, because that isn't where I am! I do believe that I have learnt enough, and have made enough changes that will stick forever! Not to mention that I am finally gaining some good momentum, which only creates more enthusiasm to keep going. I know I won't always eat the way I am right now, and look forward to the times that I am able to indulge again on more of a regular basis... but now, I feel I know what it takes to get the weight off! And if I believe that, then I will keep on pushing forward in the right direction. Christmas and New Year's was a prime example of my fear! I ate what I wanted when I wanted, didn't journal and gained 6 lbs to boot! But, they were choices I knew I wouldn't be faced with through out the rest of the year either. And it didn't take long to get that weight off once I put my mind to it! It took 7 months to get 20 lbs off, because of life, and I resisted, and wasn't completely faithful to my 'diet', but, atleast I was able to do that! But, I also learnt so much in that 7 months, of what my eating patterns were, what my weaknesses were, and what sabotaged any of my progress! My momentum is strong right now, because I am being accountable, and I have SP and my friends to encourage, cheer me on, and maybe open my eyes to a different way of thinking! But, that doesn't mean that tomorrow I may be weak again!

Thanks again, for another great blog!

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KEAKMAN 1/16/2010 9:35AM

    I have discovered that being strict works great, as long as there is a little indulgence in my day. Otherwise the 12 year old takes over. But if I am super careful and weigh and measure and "behave", all the while knowing that I can have a SMALL bowl of l/f ice cream at the end of the day, I am good. I need my treat.

I am still recovering from my most recent pigout fest and cutting back on food every day, waiting for the blissful moment when I actually feel hungry again. THAT is when I know I am on track.

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/16/2010 9:31AM

    That's exactly what I've begun to do - "buckle down a little more." I am determined to end this forever plateau. Have a wonderful day.

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KARBIE18 1/16/2010 9:15AM

    The perfect example of this for me is dark chocolate. As you know, I eat pretty well, and rarely choose foods with empty calories. So since it's been found that dark chocolate is good for you, I've been indulging. The problem is, what started out as two or three small squares, turned into a half a bar. I stopped eating it for a while after the day I mindlessly ate the whole thing. But I missed it, and have since gone back to buying a small bar, and eating only a quarter of it every now and then. I try to make sure the rest of my food is satisfying enough that the small treat is enough. But there are times when I just get the hungries. And I think it's just because we've been doing this so long. I think the key is enough variety and novelty to prevent boredom.

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FITKAT2010 1/16/2010 8:28AM

    I am hypoglycemic and am very physically active. I eat every 2 hours and about 2100 cals a day. All my food is whole food. Most is self-prepared.

Calculating what my cals are with my BMR + my activity cals I am right where I should be.

I'm at the beginning stage of training to walk a very tough 1/2 marathon in April. The more I exercise, the more I need to eat.

Self indulgence? No! A sane and healthy way of eating and living.

Great blog!

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AGGIE56 1/16/2010 8:26AM

    Your blog is especially poignant today because yesterday was such a "bad food" day for me. I joined friends for lunch at Pizza Hut and thought I was doing pretty well, but let myself indulge on their cinnamon sticks. I only had 2, but that and the two pieces of pizza took care of my calorie needs for almost the entire day. Anyway, I tried to rein it in for the rest of the day, but the PizzaHut meal blew everything up. I'm not going to beat myself up for it, but chalk it up to discovery of what's good and bad for my weight reduction efforts. I'm going to focus today, and really work hard on my exercise and good nutrition!
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DAYHIKER 1/16/2010 7:14AM

    What a great blog, Judy, and Bess adds nicely to it! Good food for thought and I think I will save it. My self indulgence seems to lead to more and then becomes the norm for awhile if I am not on top of it quickly. I think that's why so many of us have trouble getting back on track over the holidays.

Thanks for posting this!


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BESSHAILE 1/16/2010 6:55AM

    I so understand where you are. So totally.

a cursory search of the definition of indulgence pops up 3 that are worth examining:

1. an inability to resist the gratification of whims and desires ----Well, who likes being unable to do or not do anything? Makes you feel weak and vulnerable doesn't it?

2. a disposition to yield to the wishes of someone; "too much indulgence spoils a child" ----And I am probably that child, hmmm?

3. folly: foolish or senseless behavior ---That's probably what's nagging at me, that the particular indulgece or collection of 'em is foolish and/or senseless.

The trouble with indulgences is that if they come along too often we are not indulgent. They loose their specialness, their delightfulness, like too much perfume. Maybe the next time the urge to indulge comes along, it would be good to visualize ourselves smelling like too much perfume instead of feeling like too much good food.

I really really really love food though and I really hate empty calories and most of the time even a small indulgence sucks up too many calories or points for the day and then I can't eat all the good food I want.

sorry for such a long reply but, once again, you really sparked some thoughts in me. emoticon

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Our body image

Friday, January 15, 2010

There was a show with Carson Dailey a while ago -- I can make you beautiful or something like that. It got a bit boring, because it was always the same, but it was about making women feel beautiful and comfortable in their own skin.

One of the things he did was show them a lineup of women wearing only their underwear, and then they had to put themselves into the lineup next to the person they thought most closely matched their body. Invariably they put themselves somewhere at least a couple of inches too big.

Here's a post from a blog I recently started to follow -- www.healthytippingpoint.com/2010/01/
. Now, this girl is way younger than me, most likely quite a bit taller than me, and has 19% body fat. I don't know my body fat percentage, but I can assure you it ain't 19%.

Still, I was kind of blown away. Because my hips are 36" and my waist goes back and forth between 26 & 27" (taken at the smallest point -- if you go at the belly button, it's a good 2" wider). So I was like dang! My hips & waist aren't that much bigger than this girls! And she looks damn good.

Oh sure, because I have more than 19% body fat, my body still looks different, but we're focusing on the positive here, folks.

When was the last time you really looked at yourself? Do you have body parts that you admire? For me, it's my strong shoulders, my small waist, my eyes. Do you ever compare yourself to others positively? What does the voice inside your head tell you?

Stop today and be grateful for what you DO like about yourself. It's one small step toward loving yourself. And that's one of the keys to losing weight.

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JUSTDUCKY1405 1/15/2010 4:27PM

    I like my head... my arms are okay, but need work! My boobs are shrinking, so I am liking them more, my junk around my waiste is dissappearing, so I am liking that more, but if you want to talk about my butt and legs... that's a whole other story!!! But, I am suppose to be talking about what I like... lol! Oh... and I like my hands and feet!

Thank you for making me take the time to think about what I do like!

Thank you for another thought provoking blog!!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/15/2010 10:03AM

    Far from perfect, but I've always been comfortable in my body. Not as much when I gained weight, but still not overly critical. I routinely thank my organs and body for its great job each day. Sounds silly, but I have a lot of gratitude. Have a wonderful day.

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RSWIFE 1/15/2010 8:57AM

    I'm always critical of my body. I am just happy I have only one chin again. Thanks to this awesome website and its great members!

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KARBIE18 1/15/2010 7:18AM

    My body image is improving, but I think it could be better. When I am dressed, I am fairly content. When I am not dressed and I look in the mirror, I still tend to focus on what I don't like. So....here's what I like - I'm beginning to see definition in my abs, I like my tiny wrists and ankles, I'm beginning to see my collar bones, love my blue eyes, and I am just starting to notice cheekbones I've never seen before. Thanks! I needed that!

A waist of 26 - 27?? That's great!! I think you must have a heavy brain or something, because I don't know where your weight comes from!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/15/2010 7:07AM

    I'm quite sure we have no idea what we really look like. I just looked at pics of me taken last night and noted some positives and negatives - my body shape has definitely changed in some areas, I'm starting to actually look like I might have a waist. But the arms are still disappointing, in spite of all the work.

That said, I'm sure I will view these photos differently in a few years - I'll be more detached and more objective. I'll be able to appreciate the changes and focus on the positives.

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DAYHIKER 1/15/2010 6:58AM

    Good blog, Judy, and something to consider. I'd guess most of us here have body image woes! emoticon

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HEALTH4LYFE 1/15/2010 6:47AM

    One of my running friends keeps telling me that I am smaller than I think I am. Not sure if I believe her because I have just recently entered the healthy, rather than overweight BMI, I know what I look like naked, and because of the different sizes of clothes I have in my closet which fit me.
But, when anyone loses an incredible amount of weight, and it's all subjective in terms of what is incredible, your mental image of yourself does need to catch up to the physical image in the mirror. Many times I will catch myself thinking, "Is that really me?"
Just like losing weight, losing our less than healthy image may take a while.
Thanks for sharing.

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ME2448 1/15/2010 5:57AM

    I have an image problem too.

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I have the rest of my life

Thursday, January 14, 2010

I read this in an article somewhere on weight loss, about how we have the rest of our lives to figure out what works for us. We want it all right now, but it's true -- we DO have the rest of our lives to figure it out. As frustrating as that may be some times.

Another buddy commented to me that it's a lifestyle change because it takes a lifetime to figure it all out! Also so true, and I love it.

I did lose a little bit of weight again this week, which is a miracle, frankly, considering the way I ate. I didn't binge, I wasn't eating because of emotions, I was just HUNGRY with all caps obviously.

With WW, we get a certain amount of points for everyday, 35 extra points we can spread throughout the week (or not use at all), and we can earn even more extra points for activity. to give you an idea of my eating, I used all my 35 weekly points (as usual), and as of yesterday had used 37 activity points, too . . . only I won't even earn 37 activity points and I still have one more eating day left in the week!

Some weeks are just like that, I guess. Many times when I was still hungry, I made damn sure that I chose something healthy to eat. Like an apple and some nuts, or half an ezekiel muffin with some hummus. Something that at least had a hope of filling the hole.

Now, for those of you thinking that this simply means I'm not eating enough on a regular basis -- I've taken weeks like this as an excuse before to think that, and continued to eat more -- only to gain. I don't think that's the answer for me.

For those who thought I may be at my ideal weight for MY body -- I really don't think so. 140 (or a bit less this week) for a 5'1" woman who is small boned isn't really healthy. It's getting there, but not quite there.

On the good news front, I've really watched my blood pressure plummet. We have a monitor at home because my husband has high blood pressure. It runs in both our families. Mine has never been high, but I've watched it go from a normal 120/80 to 99/70. I think running has a lot to do with that. Maybe diet too.

Today's WW meeting was just perfect for me -- all about how to make better food choices. I often don't agree with my leader's advice when it comes to food, but it still gave me a lot of food for thought, just at a time that I really needed it. She challenged us not only to make more choices from the filling foods list (basically whole foods), and to make a note of it in our trackers, shooting for 75% filling foods each day.

I couldn't find smiley faces or gold stars at Target -- seriously? -- but I did find sparkly green paw print stickers. I'm gonna use them to track the filling foods I'm eating. Because I sure need some fullness right now!

What do you do when the foods you're eating don't fill you up? Do you have some kind of favorite go-to food that is healthy, not processed, low in calories AND filling?

I'm thinking I'm going to make me some soup next week. Maybe try the crockpot veggie soup that was in the WW newsletter last week. Or if I can find some bean soup that's pretty low in points . . . I don't think I've ever tried soup as a snack, but it might just be the ticket. At least in winter!

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 1/15/2010 12:50PM

    you have a lot of smart friends.
Soup. I have been cooking soup. Which helps a lot. And when I need more, I add chicken. And if I am really hungry I like the deboles organic spinach pasta. I will add some of that to the soup. I get great veggies, protein and filling healthy pasta. Usually the chicken works.
I drink water. Every time I get that hungry. i make myself drink a couple of glasses of water before the feeding sets in.
sometimes the best filling food for me when I am craving is a pb and banana sandwich. Those are filling. 1 point sandwich thin. 1 tbsp pb and a banana. 4 points and a full belly!
:) Jeanne

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 1/14/2010 10:10PM

    I eat home-made oatmeal every morning - very filling and so good for you. Another thing I like to have on hand (frozen) is the no point soup and if I'm a little hungrier I will add some chicken breast in it.

Kudos to you for losing this week - yeah! :D

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KEAKMAN 1/14/2010 10:08PM

    I am so not the person to ask....I just eat when I get like you described. And no soup or oatmeal will fill me.

HOORAY for the lowered BP - I am SURE running (okay, along with all that clean eating you do) is the reason for it!

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DDHEART 1/14/2010 7:01PM

    I used to make a big pot of zero point soup and would have some of that but honestly when I get in one of those zones where I'm really hungry hungry hungry...nothing works real well and I can't blame TOM I don't know what it is sometimes....chemical?! maybe. Today I got totally wiped out tired shortly after lunch and before I fell asleep, I did some eating which I know was an effort to fight the fatigue....stupid I know but I'm not a good napper, only nap when I'm ill usually so it doesn't come as the first defense....I'm not sick, I don't know what this was about....oh well I didn't do any major damage and tomorrow is another day.

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EOSTAR_45 1/14/2010 4:27PM

    It sure is lifestyle change and for me that is the only way to look at this journey. When I stray and begin to look for quick fix results--I quickly regain that weight as soon as I go back to old habits. And that's what I am learning and re-learning and re-learning!

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HEYRED221 1/14/2010 2:47PM

    I like oatmeal, apples, oranges, to fill me up. Really any type of fruits and veggies, plus yogurt and Fiber 1 products are good too.

I think you are doing great - just keep up the positive things. We have a lot to be grateful for. Take care,


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SLIMMERJESSE 1/14/2010 2:11PM

    Soup has been working very well for me. And I've also added carrots and celery with hummus as snacks, and that has been serving me well. Have a wonderful day.

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JUSTDUCKY1405 1/14/2010 1:37PM

    I couldn't find gold stars or happy faces at Walmart EITHER! I thought for sure they would be there. So strange! I am going to try Staples soon!

Thank you for explaining WW, I was curious as to how there program worked!!!

All in all, we are all trying to learn! And... we are learning together! I too like your spark buddies concept... we are ever learning and evolving!!!

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BESSHAILE 1/14/2010 1:36PM

    OH I know that feeling. healty eating all your points, fat reserves and still hungry.

Sometimes I drink more water. Sometimes that works.

sometimes I take an entire bag of frozen veggies, steam them and sprinkle them with 4 TBS parmesean cheese or melt 2 little wedges of Laughing Cow cheese over them - and eat the whole 1 lb bag. Done before dinner it really helps with portion control.

Sometimes the thought of that makes me sick. :(

sometimes I need protein - and then it's either peanut butter or meat and ....sometimes I have lean meat in the house when I need extra protein.

Sometimes It's a bag of cheetos.

Yeah. I know. It hasn't been a bag of cheetos since Christmas, thank goodness. but I know they're out there - those curly little fried devils of temptation.

Part of this year's Little Things Mean a Lot changes, every time I say or thing "Boy! I'm hungry!" That's my cue to say "What nutrition do I need right now?"

More often than not it comes to me - like your good chioces above. I have to believe that good choices are good in and of themselves and Mr.Scale and his friends are only good when used properly. :D

Happy Good choices to you

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The two step

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

One step forward, two steps back, or is it two steps forward and one step back? Whatever. I feel a bit stuck in it.

I feel more focused and energized, more full of optimism. And yet at the same time I still feel stuck.

I've been making sure to know my real points, but I've still ended up so hungry all week long that I've eaten more than I planned to. Not because of emotions, but simply because I'm hungry.

I've made it a point to review my food log at the end of the day. Oodles of veggies & fruits most days, plenty of water, plenty of protein. Not going too long without eating. Pretty much the same level of exercise.

So what gives? I'm not expecting much from tomorrow's WI. My clothes don't feel looser or tighter. Maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised. I was so sure this would be the week I would blast through my plateau, but maybe it won't be.

I've been asking myself what I get from maintaining my current weight, and the only one thing that comes to mind: maintaining my current level of eating. I can't seem to figure out how to eat just a little less and still be satisfied. I know I WILL eventually figure it out, but in the meantime, it's sort of frustrating.

I read an interesting article a while back about how people don't lose weight because deep down they really don't think that they can. And that was sure me for the longest time. But I truly believe, deep down in my soul, that this time is different, and that I will get down to my GW.

Have you gotten thru a long plateau? Do you truly believe in yourself? What do you do when you seem to be stuck? How do you handle the frustration?

One thing I know for sure: only one thing comes from giving up, and it isn't pretty. Never surrender; never give up!

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 1/13/2010 9:23PM

    I have no advice for you but I agree with you - never ever give up. We'll get there! emoticon

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KEAKMAN 1/13/2010 8:07PM

    Thank you for this blog. Today has been difficult on multiple levels and my eating shows it. But no giving up. And no "starting over" tomorrow. I start over RIGHT NOW!

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JUSTDUCKY1405 1/13/2010 1:14PM

    I didn't have time to reply to this this morning, but I don't think I can offer any more advice than what has been said! They are all really good replies. Maybe you are right where you need to be? And, maybe you do really need to change things up a bit, perhaps even your diet. How much water are you drinking? Maybe try adding 2 more glasses in a day! And maybe one extra cardio a week!

You spirit shows, and truly, that is the most important part of this whole process!!!

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HEYRED221 1/13/2010 11:11AM

    It is frustrating - I've been there. Maybe shaking up your workout might help? The other positive is - you may be staying at the same weight, but you are NOT gaining!!!! Our bodies are strange entities and need time to adjust to changes, so just keep it up and it will come off. emoticon


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TCLARK319 1/13/2010 8:14AM

    Sooo frustrating. A couple of things I did was to start looking at how much fiber I was getting. While I was hitting my calories, my fiber was low. I've been on a plateau too. I am trying to switch up and change my excercise. I have a tendency to do the same thing over and over. When I increase the intensity or do something different it seems to help. Mind over matter! Keep it positive ~ Happy Sparking! Teri

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KARBIE18 1/13/2010 7:57AM

    I can totally relate to what you are going through - I could have written this (although not as well)! I haven't lost a pound in AGES, yet I eat well, move more, and show up here everyday. I think your friends are right - we need to keep the faith and do whatever we can to shake things up. If you find the another answer, please let me know!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/13/2010 6:53AM

    What it took for me to lose was exercise. That got me to my goal weight. And then the quest was fitness, and miraculously more weight dropped off. Because like you I was eating properly and there was no way I could (nor should) reduce the amount that I was eating.

And as has been said by others, trust the process. Just keep doing the right thing, and you'll get the right results. We just don't get to dictate how LONG it takes. Sigh......


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HEALTH4LYFE 1/13/2010 6:47AM

    It can be frustrating when you do all you can, or are expected to do to drop more weight, and it doesn't come off. The other day I read a series of three articles about finding your perfect weight by Dean Anderson. You may want to check them out, because you may already be at ideal body weight. You may not be, but this helps put it into an emotional perspective as well.
With regards to doing the same amount of cardio, have you thought about increasing the intensity? Sometimes the body can plateau because it becomes more efficient and then doesn't have to work as hard as it did in the beginning of your venture into exercise. SP has a few suggestions there about changing up your workouts and increasing intensity.
The other thing I found is just changing the exercises sometimes with ST can be body confusing and result producing.
Hope something listed helps. Keep me posted.

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BESSHAILE 1/13/2010 5:51AM

    I've been enjoying reading your recent blogs - all of them have given me "food" for thought.

In a way I've been on a plateau for about 4 years - since I slid off my Weight Watcher's goal and gained back about half of the original weight loss. And here I have stayed, frittering around with the same 5 lbs. Since much of that time I wasn't activly doing anything about it I can barely call this a plateau but just because I wasn't doing anything didn't mean I wasn't dissatisfied and thinking about my sitaution ... or running away from it.

In your case, since you know you are following the system, and since it really is a good system - you're not just getting your points in fat free chocolate brownies but with real nutrition - I think the best thing is to trust it, stick with it, and perhaps weigh in less often.

I know that for me belief is a big thing - then desire, and then fun is has to be a component in any health program.

I sometimes thing they say "It's a lifestyle" because you spend your whole life figuring out who you are and what you want as time, life, and experience bring you different opportunities and situations.

Thanks for a cluster of really stimulating posts. emoticon

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