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Most days I'm happy. Warning: rambling & whining ahead. Again.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

It's true. Most days I am happy. I'm happy with how I look. I'm happy with how my clothes fit. I'm happy that I have more energy. This is not one of those days.

It started when it started to snow before I got the dogs out for their walk. I knew light snow was in the forecast, but I'd hoped it would hold off it a bit. And it covered up the icy patches on the road -- I slipped quite a few times, but thankfully didn't fall.

Lola was not listening to me, I was in a rush -- altho not really, since I got us out a bit early -- but Thursdays are always a bit of a time crunch and I got angry at her. She was eating stuff off the ground. I got angry enough so that she refused to walk -- not my most shining moment. I actually yanked on the leash at one point and the poor girl slid on the ice. And then she never did anything the entire walk, probably because of my mood, and that of course made me even angrier. Because I knew I'd be out for several hours.

Went to my meeting, gained a very small amount of weight -- typical for me since TOM is sometime within the next week. But it didn't help my mood.

Went food shopping. Had to go to 2 stores because one of the things I really needed, that the store I went to first used to carry, they apparently no longer carry. Which made me miss Austin and its wonderful grocery stores. Where I could usually get my food shopping done without having to go to 3 different stores.

I stopped at Marshalls, hoping to find a sweater for DH for Valentine's Day, but there's nothing left. I began to fill the need for a treat. I came close to buying some stuff for myself, but in the end decided I really didn't need it and left it there. Next month I'm starting a spending diet. I tracked my spending this month, and hope to cut it by 10% next month.

I have bought a lot of boots & clothes in the past several months. I'd tried to prepare for our move, but after actually being here, I found I needed more fleeces, sweaters, boots, socks, even some long underwear. I probably have mre than I need now, but there was a real need. Remember, I lived in TX for 17 years. So that has skewed my spending somewhat. Still, I know I need to cut back.

I've been having a bit of mental pity party. I had planned to go to a movie last week. There's quite a few I'd like to see. I'd planned to go to one by myself, and then we'd planned to go out on the weekend. I couldn't get out because of the contractors, and we ended up not going out because we were both tired. This week I've been too busy playing catchup with all the chores I couldn't do while the contractors were here.

There are several recipes I've been wanting to try/and/or make, but haven't had the time as I've caught up with my chores. So I'm resenting that I've been prisoner in my own home, when I've already reaped the reward of a much larger, more usable pantry -- how silly is that?

I am such a lucky person. While I worked for a long time, I haven't for the last 4 years. And I am content not working, if not with not bringing in some money of my own. I am so lucky to be married to someone who can support me. While we have certainly economized over the last year, we can still afford to eat out (even tho we've cut back on that, too), we can afford to travel occasionally, we can afford many of the things we want as opposed to the things we need.

I bought myself a dark chocolate peanut butter filled bar. I've been eyeing this in the store for several months now. I haven't eaten it yet. So far I've eaten pretty well today. I brought an apple & peanut butter to my meeting as a snack, along with a Clif bar just in case. I was hungry, so I ate the Clif bar.

I figured I'd come and do a little blogging therapy before deciding whether or not I really want that bar. I think I might. I came really close to just tasting it in the car, but I know that I have a tendency to not record those sorts of tastes, and I decided if I truly wanted it, I would sit down and enjoy it without distractions.

Most of the time I'm satisfied, but lately I've just been disatisfied with life for no real reason. Maybe it's just PMS, but unfortuantely it can trigger some old eating habits.

I know my buddy Ducky is writing her food out the day before. I may have to give that a try. I'm so close to breaking thru, I just know it. It may only take hanging on thru this next week til the hungries die away again.

What do you do when you know you're eating more than you should, but you're really hungry? When you've tried all the usual avoidance tactics and nothing is working?

You know, there should be a little SOS button here somewhere. Press it, and all you lovely SP people spring into action to save me from myself. Only I suppose when it comes down to it, only I can save me from myself.

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HEALTH4LYFE 1/28/2010 11:28PM

    Here's hoping tomorrow is a day which you are happy! With yourself, your food choices, how you look and that you are not beating yourself up. Everyone is allowed ( and inclined) to have a pity party every now and then. Seems as if you have had an increased amount of stress in your life lately, and your blogging about it can provide some much needed therapy as well as a good example to others on making better choices/decisions.
Take care. Get a good night's sleep and when you blog tomorrow for therapy, I suspect your mood will have taken a 180 degree turnaround! emoticon

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KEAKMAN 1/28/2010 10:30PM

    I want that SOS button!

But you are right, we must save ourselves from ourselves all by ourselves. All I can do for you, and vice versa, is cheer, counsel, and pass the cyber tissues.

I hope tomorrow goes better. And I hope you forgive you as fast as Lola forgave you. We need to treat ourselves like our dogs treat us....love, love, love. (but no slobber please!)

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JUSTDUCKY1405 1/28/2010 6:07PM

    I hope you are feeling better now that you have had your blogging therapy... emoticon I love that terminology, and so true!

Perhaps, just perhaps, you are focusing too much on what you are eating as opposed to what you aren't eating! One of my new SP friends started a community journal that says track what you didn't eat today! It has really helped to put a positive spin on reflection of my day, and makes me think twice before putting something in my mouth!


Pretty sure you will have to copy and paste that, if you are interested of course!

I noticed you mentioned my planning the night before, and I honestly can't stress this enough! I resisted so much, and am so happy I am no longer resisting! Before my daily allowance was always give or take. Now, I am meeting my targets each day, almost bang on, and sometimes, not even needing what I am allowed, because I am comfortably full!

One day at a time! And watch the momentum grow!

I know, I am not in your shoes... but I can feel it too! You are going to bust out of this plateau! Our moods have a lot to do with weightloss! It was very evident to me when I was having that stressful week not that long ago with barely any sleep! This kitchen renovation IS A BIG DEAL! And we don't all handle stresses or upheavels in our life as well as others! I am one that handles changes in my routines poorly!

Don't give up! And tell that PMS to go pee in someone else's cornflakes!

Maybe you just need to slow down for a little bit? Refuel the jets, change the tires and come out brand spanking new and ready to fly!


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BESSHAILE 1/28/2010 4:14PM

    Oh I hope you only ate that bar when you were hungry for it. And then I hope you enjoyed every single bite!

It is a constant quest to find the delayed gratification that trumps the instant indulgence. First off, that indulgence is a moving object - it could be nutritious ... sort of good, or empty calories ... not good at all.

My last resort to resist overindulging is

Go To Bed. :D

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CTONDREAU 1/28/2010 1:44PM

  I'm dying to know - did you have the candy bar or did you choose to have something else?

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CRAVE_FREE 1/28/2010 1:42PM

    I liked the first line of your blog and I'm immediately in awe of you. I look forward to a time where I am happy with the way I look and the way my clothes fit. That would be amazing.

I don't really think that you whined all that much either!

As for eating that dark chocolate peanut butter bar (which I am very curious about as those are two of my favorites), I LOVE that you have held off this long and did not eat it in the car. It is so essential to sit down and eat WITHOUT distractions, especially if it is something to satisfy a craving. If you can do that, you might find that you can thoroughly enjoy one bite or one portion of that bar and save the rest for another time. Imagine how great you would feel about yourself if you made that one bar stretch over several days?!

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I am free & whining over (maybe)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

They are done for now. They're not real communicative -- they just disappeared yesterday without saying anything. They were going in & out, taking their equipment out, when suddenly I realized no one had come in for about 10 minutes or so. And when I went to look, sure enough they were gone. Without a word.

Leaving me with questions like were they actually done, even tho they'd said they would be? Would my doorbell be ringing unexpectedly again this morning? How long did the pantry need to dry before I could stock it? Were they planning to put anything on the bare shelves, or was that our job?

DH called them later in the evening and got most of the answers (except for the important one of when I could restock the pantry. Men.).

And don't forget that it was only 9 months ago that we moved, and we were living out of boxes, so it was sort of deja vu-ish.

The ceiling looks great. You'd never know walls were removed. There's a couple of small funky things, as to be expected, but nothing major. DH has pointed out a time or two that in the scheme of things, this is a very small rennovation. And I know that that's true. But I pointed out back to him that no one in our family -- with the exception of his sister -- has ever done anything approaching this. My parents have only owned 2 homes their entire lives (this is our 3rd already, which I know for some of you is nothing); my sister now owns her home, which is also her second.

Anyway. Now just have to wait for the cabinets & hope they do a good job with that. And hope they don't come in while my husband is in CA on his business trip, but they probably will.

It all wouldn't have been so bad if I'd just known what was going to happen when.

On the eating front, I'm finding that 1/3 cup of oatmeal instead of 1/2 seems to work just fine. I've been loosely following the flat belly diet, as I have for some time, and it calls for 4 400-calorie meals a day. Only I usually try to make one of my snacks a bit less, because I'm finding I just need something after dinner.

Plus I'm finding I seem to get hungry around 4 pm no matter what I eat. It's probably psychological. I mean yesterday I had a huge salad of romaine, beets, clementines, walnuts, and a little goat cheese with home made salad dressing. At 2:30 pm because I really wasn't hungry for it before. Yet by 4 pm I was hungry. That may just have to do something with pre-TOM tho. It seems I was just blogging about that, but here it is again.

I have been steadily making small changes and shaving points off slowly, but I still find myself going over my points (I'm down to 18) each week. I'm getting closer to staying within them, but I'm not there yet. It's amazing the difference between 19 pts a day and 18. And I use all my WPs, and my APs, so most days I'm eating at least 27 points in reality. I envy those who have points left at the end of the day to use up. I don't know how you do it.

I'm eating a ton of frutis & veggies, lean protein -- well, or fatty protein with the good fats (like peanut butter, which I always measure), whole grains, and yes, still the occasional treat. I'm eating really well. My problem is still just volume, I guess. Something I've always struggled with.

What do you struggle with? What sort of fixes have you come up for in your trouble areas? Sharing helps! You just never know when soemthing you write will really help someone else out.

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JUSTDUCKY1405 1/27/2010 4:01PM

    I am not sure if you plan your meals the night before or not, but I am finding this to be the biggest, I mean HUGEST help in my reaching my daily allowance goals. I sooo resisted this, but now find it's becoming easier, and I am more apt to try new things now, because I am making time to plan the night before! Takes a lot of stress out of my now too when I know what I want to eat and when!

Glas they are out!!! Getting so much closer!

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DAYHIKER 1/27/2010 1:15PM

    Whew! Thanks, Judy, for setting my mind at ease. I was pretty sure you were watching not to go too low but I freaked out over 18 Points! emoticon emoticon

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HEYRED221 1/27/2010 12:16PM

    Glad to hear things are going good with the remodel! Have a great day!!!


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DAYHIKER 1/27/2010 9:57AM

    The workers coming and going without notice would drive me nuts. How do you plan anything that way? I think it's pretty common with the breed though. emoticon

Goodness, Judy, 18 Points is only about 990 calories! Now I know that your veggies and a few other things are *free* so that might bring you up to 1200 but you might want to make sure. You are probably savvy enough to be eating your activity points, but if not, please do. You probably know all this but I get nervous when anyone drops below 1200 calories! You can take the girl out of leading WW but you can't take the WW leader out of the girl! emoticon

You do know your SparkFriends are planning a field trip to see your renovated kitchen and have one of your famous salads, right? emoticon emoticon

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MOMJMGR 1/27/2010 9:45AM

    Glad to hear your kitchen is coming together. I don't understand people who do that, if they were having construction done would they not want to know when someone was coming back or if they were done with the project..etc??? That so irritates me!!

I have a crazy snacking problem in the afternoons too. Even if it is healthy snacks...I want to eat 3-4 of them. I know I only need one and I am not SOOO hungry that I need more than one, it is purely habit and cravings that I need to get ahold of. If I have a sweet snack, I feel like I need a savory one with it or vice versa. It is such a crazy cycle.

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KEAKMAN 1/27/2010 9:16AM

    I am so glad to hear that you kitchen is (sorta) finished. And I am with you - I can handle anything, just tell me what is going to happen. It's the not knowing and the constant state of suspension that drives me bonkers.

My trouble area is eating all evening. I used to not have so much trouble with it, but now it seems that I have re-trained myself to NEEEEEED it. Even if I eat a healthy, protein-rich breakfast and lunch, with snacks, I still find myself mindlessly eating half the night. I am a work in progress.

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KATELJM 1/27/2010 7:51AM

    My biggest struggle is mindless snacking. So for work, I supply myself with an array of healthy snacks to eat throughout the day. Currently I microwave a 16-oz bag of veggies in late afternoon.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/27/2010 7:04AM

    I lived that struggle for years with WW points. When I decided to switch to the SP plan, I found it easier to eat more every day. My battle with points had to do with hoarding for the weekend, and then not even using them. I was always hungry. With the focus on feeding myself adequately daily here, and maybe going to the upper end on the weekend if needed, I found it much easier. Didn't lose much until I added a lot of exercise (relatively speaking).

It's puzzling - I think we each have to figure out what works for us. WW did for me for years, but it took SP to give me the tools to lose those last 5-10 lbs.

Enjoy the house! emoticon

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SEKSUNSHINE 1/27/2010 6:55AM

    I really don't like when workers do that. The guys that did our roof last year would leave, not say anything and never show up for 2 days. They did a great job, but the lack of communication was deplorably!

I know portion control can be really hard for some people. I guess I'm so used to serving little portions due to all the little people around here, it hasn't been hard to do that for myself, just some retraining when it came to fixing my plate.

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BESSHAILE 1/27/2010 6:10AM

    Portion Portion Portion - my bugbear.

and really - how silly can that be? I must own 3 or 4 sets of measuring cups and 3 sets of measuring spoons.

so really

I struggle with Auto-pilot, multitasking, itsonlyataste-ism.

In my case, it is mind over mouth.

Glad you'll have your house to yourself today.

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I'm stuck

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

And it has nothing to do with my weight. If you don't want to read some whining, go on to someone else's blog.

Yesterday the contractor was only here for a couple of hours. He told me he'd only be here a few hours today, too, and that he wouldn't come until 8:30 because he needed to get his workers started on another job.

7 am and the doorbell rings. I'm not yet dressed -- altho I was just about to get dressed and take the dogs out. DH isn't even up yet. And he refuses to get up! I mean really, it's ok for me to throw a bathrobe on, but he can't?

Apparently he forgot that he told me he wasn't coming til 8:30. But they went away to work an hour at someone else's house, which gave me just enough time to walk the dogs. Since we didn't think they'd be here long today (that's what we were told), I had plans to go grocery shopping and maybe even cook something. Maybe even get to the library. I gotta bust out of here soon!

Last week I went to my meeting a day early, and this whole project was only supposed to take a week & a half tops -- by tomorrow we'll already be at a week & the cabinets won't come for another few weeks at the earliest. So I'm hoping that maybe tomorrow will be it for now. Because I need to get to the food store & to my meeting on Thursday.

Luckily I made a large salad on Sunday, when I thought they'd be here all day Monday, and since they weren't, I ate something else yesterday, so I can grab that today. Unfortunately it has clementines in it, and I've already had a couple, but I guess I'll get my vitamin C in for today.

I haven't been doing jumping jacks every hour like I did on Friday because a) I thought they'd be gone by now and b) it's easier to keep the dogs down here if I'm sitting with them. They're getting as bored as I am.

I know that in the scheme of things, all this whining must seem very petty. I mean, most people have trouble getting their contractors to show up, now getting rid of them!

The biggest problem has been squeezing in my exercise (managing, so far, but it's harder when I've no idea of what the plan is) and that stir crazy feeling.

I had quite a few leftovers lined up for this week, and that's working out well, too, but after tonight I'm pretty much out of them.

This too shall pass. Where there's a will there's a way. Pick your saying of choice.

What's it like out in the real world? What does it feel like to be able to come and go as you please? How do you handle it when your routine is shaken up, and no one tells you ahead of time?

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KEAKMAN 1/26/2010 9:07PM

    Oh honey, you need to practice your whining! Your "whines" barely registered as a whine to me! They all sounded like legitimate troubles.....workmen showing up early, staying long, taking too much time, messed up life, MESSED UP KITCHEN! You sound positively serene to me!

Keep on doing what you call whining.....I'll gladly listen, sympathize, and wish you well and a great new kitchen soon!

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DDHEART 1/26/2010 8:31PM

    Seems as though you deserve an occasional whine and I understand your frustration.......I know it's driving you crazy, but for me catching up on the day to day of your project is like watching a soap.....makes my little frustrations feel just that! I can't wait till this is done and you are sharing all the wonderful culinary adventures you will be having in your new kitchen!

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SUZY6281 1/26/2010 6:25PM

    Hopefully, they will be done soon and you can enjoy your new kitchen. Like you said, most folks have the problem that they just don't show up. Yours is the opposite. Hopefully they do a great job so that all this inconvenience is well worth it.


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EOSTAR_45 1/26/2010 6:20PM

    Ugh! I hear you. I like my space and routine, and really hate when they are disrupted. You end up feeling trapped in your own home. It will be over soon--Keep envisioning that new kitchen.

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/26/2010 4:03PM

    I don't think of this as whining but rather, real life. As much as I understand the value of positive thoughts, attitude, etc., being realistic is just what we have to be daily. Platitudes on this site are great, but there are times when actual life takes place outside the LA LA Land bubble of let's pretend we're always happy. I guess what I am trying to say that it's always refreshing to read about real life and real challenges. As you know, the repair will be over soon and you'll be back to normal in no time.

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JUSTDUCKY1405 1/26/2010 1:12PM

    You will get through this! You are determined! And it will all be worth it in the end! Happy thoughts! Happy thoughts! Happy thoughts, coming your way!

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DAYHIKER 1/26/2010 12:40PM

    It is hard to know how to work out your day when you don't know when people are coming or going! I have been stuck on our hilltop most of the winter since we've been hit with so much snow! I am very blessed to not get cabin fever quickly but it's been a little trying this winter. I have been out cleaning snow off our long hilly driveway for my cardio so I guess it's not all bad. emoticon I hope that you will soon be able to get out and about!

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I'm a bar addict

Monday, January 25, 2010

I don't actually eat protein bars all that often, but boy, I swear, I must've tried every single one out there. Long before this weight loss journey of mine started, I've always had some kind of protein bar around.

What I've deemed to eat has really changed over the years. It used to be highly processed bars like Balance Bars. You know, the ones that taste like candy? I used to really think that my life would be complete if only I could eat a Snickers bar every week. While I still love the taste of a Snickers bar (if not the ingredients), I no longer crave them. Mostly these days I crave real food -- it might be sweets, but it's usually some of my home made goodies or some real chocolate.

And now the bars I eat on a regular basis are much less processed. Much less sweet. And so much more satisfying. Larabars. Pure bars. Clif Nectar bars.

Yet I'm always on the lookout for new ones, still. I love Angela's Glo Bar -- you can get to her online store from her blog, www.ohsheglows.com . She has an amazing new smores flavor. Yes, I've already ordered them, taste unknown. I'm sure they won't disappoint.

Bars are convenient. They keep well (altho some of them are so full of preservatives -- that's why the keep so well). They're great to stash in your purse (I always have a couple in there) and they're great when you travel and never know what you might get.

I make my own Larabars, too. And sometimes my own granola bars. Yet, I'm always looking for that next great bar. Kind of like a heroin addict. I suppose it's a somewhat healthy addiction as long as I only eat them occasionally. Unlike an alcoholic, you really can have only one bar, and not even one every day.

Never forget that even the most healthy bar won't replace say an apple and some peanut butter. Carrots and some hummus. These things will most likely keep you feeling fuller, longer -- which is why it's a good idea to limit your bar consumption.

How about you? Do you use protein bars? Have a favorite? Never touch the stuff? Do you have a bar that isn't very processed with few ingredients that I just have to know about?

On the contractor front, as I said, they're only supposed to be here a couple of hours today and the next couple of days, altho they do tend to underestimate. The rewiring has been down, the pantry has been built but still needs shelves. They've got to sand the ceiling patch and repaint it, finish the door to the pantry, and put in the shelves.

The actual cabinets won't be here for about a month, unfortunately right around the time that DH will be on a long business trip (to CA, no less -- I'm hoping we don't have our monster snow storms then).

I'll be happy when I have the pantry back and I'm not living out of bags & boxes anymore. It makes making anything take double the time because I have to hunt down the ingredients.

I'm especially happy they won't be here full days, as it allows me to get some stuff done, and the cats don't have to be confined for hours. They'd already busted thru the modification DH made to the bifold door late on Friday. That's part of why I'm so stuck -- I try to keep an eye out that they haven't gotten loose, and if I hadn't been there Friday, they would have. The contractors had left, but I had the doors to the deck open to air out the place. DH has made a new modification that will hopefully work better.

We're going to keep the dogs at home, and see how that goes.

It's moving along, and it's going to be great!

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KATELJM 1/27/2010 7:55AM

    I am also addicted to protein/fiber bars. For 2010, I want to wean myself from them, and let them be an occasional treat. Haven't forced myself to do that yet; I have on hand: South Beach Living bars, Kashi protein/fiber bars, Luna bars, FiberOne bars.

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BESSHAILE 1/26/2010 9:32AM

    Well, you know I am trying to stay away from bars these days, and like you - I really don't want them to be the substitute for food they so easily become. but you have given me "food" for thought about some of the more nutritious bars out there.


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JLITT62 1/26/2010 5:11AM

    Just wanted to clarify one thing: I don't actually eat bars all that often. A lot of weeks, the only bar I might have is at my WW meetings, because I run errands afterwards and often have a late lunch -- and yes, don't really want a snack before I WI.

At most I might have 2-3. And I only eat one at a time, but they're usually substantial bars, around 200 calories or so. But yes, I'm still obssessed with bars.

Veggies & fruits are definitely better for you, but everyone's gotta have a vice, I guess. Oh wait, chocolate's my vice. No, cookies.

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HARRINGTON5 1/25/2010 11:12PM

    I like the Fiber One bars and I don't eat them very often, but they are great to take to a race and they are quick and easy to eat before I start to run.

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LASHARINK 1/25/2010 10:42PM

    I try to stay away from the bars because I can't stop at one. I justify eating it in the first place because it's only 100 calories, then I look at what I've eaten for the day and will say I'm good I can have another. My willpower isn't where it should be yet, so it's better for me if I just keep fruit and veggies around to snack on.

How do you make your Larabars and granola bars? Do you have a recipe you would like to share?

Wish you the best with your kitchen - I'm still in the thinking phase of what I want to do with mine.

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DDHEART 1/25/2010 6:59PM

    What timing with your blog!
I just got home from Sam's Club with a new find. They had individually pkg 100 calorie bite size energy bars in a container of about 26. Ingred list as follows: Rolled oats,whole grain wheat flour, whole sustagrain barley flour, cranberries,raisins,dried apples, apricots, almonds, walnuts, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, cashews, sesame seeds, shredded coconut, non-hydrogenated canola oil, unsalted butter, brown sugar, honey, salt, baking soda, natural flavor, cinnamon. 1 bar is 100 cal, 6g total fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 0 trans, cholesterol 5mg, sodium 30mg, total carb 12g, dietary fiber2g, sugars 6g, protein 2g, iron 4%, 450 mg omega 3 As you can imagine they taste like an oatmeal cookie kind of, pretty satisfying , and since they are indiv wrapped nice for purse, pocket or glove box......(I have to have stuff in the cars so I can eat something before I find a Culvers if I get hungry) These are made by Best Express Foods, Inc in CA

I picked these up today because the label didn't look too bad for something that is an easy thing....had one in the car on the way home and I have to say it was pretty tasty and gave me just what I needed. A nice surprise.

Nice to hear how your project is proceeding....hope you get back to normal soon, I hate living in a jumble.

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HEYRED221 1/25/2010 3:05PM

    Hi! I use the high fiber bars - Fiber One and Fiber+; they have great chocolate flavors - so I get my fix that way as well. On WW they are only 1-2 points. So, I use on a regular basis.

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VBCLOWN 1/25/2010 10:38AM

    Hi. It's not a "protein" bar (mainly low-GI carbs), but check out http://www.carmansfinefoods.com.au/
. No preservatives, food from kitchen not from chemist, etc... My favorite is the Classic Fruit Mueisli Bars. Whole foods carry them, in the breakfast section.

I keep one in my laptop bag, car, and hiking pack as my "in-case of emergency break glass" snack.

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GLAMOURGIRL-9 1/25/2010 8:49AM

    I would love a recommended bar low in processing and high in protien! Know of any?

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KEAKMAN 1/25/2010 8:20AM

    Love Larabars and will eat them like candy. So while I am not running I am not buying any. I have to tell myself "these are running fuel only, and since you aren't running, you don't need them" But I waaaaaant one! emoticon

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DAYHIKER 1/25/2010 8:13AM

    I do keep Kashi Trail Mix bars in the little blue WW cooler that goes with me when I go farther than the mail box. I also keep the little 100 calorie packs of natural almonds in there and a pouch of salmon "just in case." I have not heard of Lara Bars and probably can't get them in my small town but will look. I think I have seen the Clif bars.

You will be like a kid at Christmas when your kitchen is finished! Cats are very clever at getting out when they want to! emoticon

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Reviewing my food

Sunday, January 24, 2010

I have been taking a serious look at my food logs, trying to figure out where I can cut out some food. Because that's what I believe I need to do: as you get smaller, you really do have to eat less.

Plateaus often happen because we get sort of stuck in a rut and lax with our eating (and/or exercise). That may have started my plateau, but in the last few weeks I've been doing my best to really be aware of what I'm eating. Sure, there are a few lapses here and there, but overall, I've made sure that I'm getting in good nutrition.

So after reviewing my food log, I came up with just a couple of ideas:

1. Lower my carbs just a bit. To that end, yesterday's oatmeal was 1/3 cup, not 1/2 cup. When I have an ezekiel muffin with peanut butter, I'll only use half the muffin. I was only going to use half a bun for my raw veggie burger, but that just really didn't work.

2. Try to stick to lower calorie fruits. I love bananas, but for now, I'll eat less (notice I won't cut them out altogether) of them. Stick more with kiwis, clementines, apples. Things that really fill me up.

Those are my tweaks for now. I'll give it several weeks to see what happens, because I'm also in pre-TOM territory so it's anyone's guess what is really happening.

The one thing I'm really struggling with at the moment is still wanting a treat after dinner. And not really having the points/calories for it. Other than that, I've made my little tweaks, I've really been pushing both fruit and veggies -- with the upside of feeling much more satisfied than I have in a while. And I will continue to review my food log.

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JUSTDUCKY1405 1/25/2010 12:38AM

    I wish you the best!

Your determination, along with really keeping track and on top of your eating patterns is sure to get you through this plateau of yours by becoming aware of what will work for now, that maybe hasn't in the past, and vice versa! You are definitely doing it!

Keep up the hard work!

As they say:

Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail!

You are planning, evaluating, and re-evaluating!

Soon you will have this all figured out!

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KEAKMAN 1/24/2010 9:41AM

    I have been struggling with this too. Entirely different reason (I am so not near my weight loss goal!), but I still need to pare down my daily intake to a reasonable level that is still nutritious. I have found that if left to myself I will rarely eat veggies, instead filling up on carbs, then proteins, then fruits and fats and if I have the calories left over, veggies. So it's back to the drawing board for me! But it is a comfort to see that everyone has to tweak and adjust to find the right balance...

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LISANANCY 1/24/2010 9:32AM

    I think it is wonderful that you know how to make those "little" changes to get "big" results. Those small changes however can be the biggest challenge since the start of your journey. Just do what needs to be done. You are fantastic emoticon emoticon

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KARBIE18 1/24/2010 8:48AM

    Sounds like you're on to something. Hope those little changes are enough to get the scale moving again. I'm with you - not going to cut something as good and healthy as bananas out of my diet completely, but I can see where cutting back might help. I LOVE clementines too, but usually only see them around here at holiday time. I did find some at Sam's the other day, but couldn't let myself spend $8.00 for the same size bag I paid $3.50 for just a few weeks ago. Then again, $3.50, was an amazing deal. I cut my oatmeal back, too, but, according to the package, cut it from the heart healthy serving size to the smaller size without benefits. Such a balancing act, isn't it?

Anyway, I'm sure, with all the reflecting you do, the scale will be cooperating soon. I'll be rooting for you!

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FITKAT2010 1/24/2010 8:42AM

    Actually you need to eat WHOLE foods only. And, find out what your actual BMR is. Either up your cals or increase your exercise or a combination of both. It is more important though to concern yourself with type of food instead of cals. All cals are not the same.

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BESSHAILE 1/24/2010 8:12AM

    It's often the small thing that triggers a breakthrough - like you are making - and once through you're sailing smoothly. And we'll be here to cheer you on to victory!

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WALNUT5612 1/24/2010 7:51AM

    I think 'tweaking' is an on-going thing when trying to lose and maintain weight.

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 1/24/2010 6:59AM

    Just wondering, what have you been doing for exercise? Walking the dogs outside when you can and the treadmill. Have you thought about a different exercise?
I agree, I love bananas, but when I look at the sugar and carbs in them, they pack a punch. Clementines I love.
Good luck with this! this plateau will end!!!
Jeanne emoticon

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DAYHIKER 1/24/2010 6:24AM

    Good thinking, Judy! Those last few pounds can be real boogers to budge because, as someone put it, they've been friends with our bodies longer! emoticon I have plateaued in the low 160's and am eager to get out of them! I'm 5'8 1/2, and at a healthy BMI but want to lose a bit more. Did you ever know a woman who didn't want to lose "just 5 more pounds??" emoticon

How's the kitchen coming along? How soon before it will be finished? You must be so eager!

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EVILKLOWN 1/24/2010 6:05AM

    Yes, you're right. I lost weight easily for the first few months and then it slowed to a crawl. Around Thanksgiving I started to cut the calories to get off a plateau and it worked a little ... not much but got me started. Finally, I broke down and (gasp) started exercising. I'm hoping that gets the scale moving a little faster again (fingers crossed.)

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