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Focus jeans & a NSV (or 2)

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

You know you have them: those jeans that are just a little too tight. Oh, not too tight so that they're really indecent to wear out in public (not that that seems to stop some young girls), but jsut a little too tight to really be comfortable, tight enough to make you feel very aware that you're wearing them.

That's my skinny jeans. The ones I tried on a few weeks ago and they made me feel fat, because they felt even tighter. The ones that I tried on last week, and I thought I'd lost weight because they felt looser, altho in reality I'd gained a small amount of weight.

I wore them yesterday. I call them my focus jeans. When I'm wearing something that fitted, I can't help but focus on what I'm eating to some degree. Which is actually a good thing. As long as I keep my focus this week, I'm quite sure I'll see a loss. I'm not sure it will be enough to move my ticker (fingers are crossed, tho), but a loss would help boost my self esteem even so.

Sometimes it's a good thing to have focus jeans, especially when you're going out to eat. If you wear something loose, it's like giving yourself permission to overindulge. If you wear something tight, overindulging will make you darned uncomfortable. No, people who maintain a healthy weight effortlessly don't think this way -- but we're not people who maintain a healhy weight, are we?

One of my NSVs was my red velvet dress. It's incredibly fitted. And it fits. Oh, it's a focus dress, too, I suppose, but I think I could wear it in public on the right occasiion. Like maybe my birthday dinner. There is a bit of dirt on the skirt, but it's a very long skirt (really ought to shorten the dress) and probably no one but me would notice.

I've worn the dress once, I think. And hung onto it for 20 years. What surprises me is that I know I weigh more than I did the one time I wore it, but I think it probably fits about the same. I mean, I probably weigh at the very least 10 lbs more, if not 15 lbs more. Lots of exercise will do that for you, I suppose! I really wish I knew what my body fat percentage is.

Anyway, it would serve very well as a focus dress. Unfortunately it's not like I can wear it often, it's very dressy, and there aren't very many dressy occasions anymore.

Then I took my measurements this morning and it looks like maybe I've lost a bit more off my hips. Funny how stubborn my waist is about releasing the weight, but the hips move easier.

No matter what the scale says, I've had a really good week. It even included pizza. And a few BLTs (bites, licks, and tastes -- I once had a spark buddy concerned that I was eating a lot of bacon, lettuce, & tomato sandwiches), but less than the previous weeks to be sure.

Oh, and to share last night kitchen's frustration: I was making a pasta dish with edamame. I had the devil of a time finding frozen edamame. Only I did read the package closely; I thought it was shelled edamame, and it wasn't. So there I was, planning to just open a bag and dump it into a pot, when the reality was I had to stand there for about 5 minutes or so popping out the edamame.

And the kitchen is still coming along despite our waiting for the cabinets. The pantry, which is so much better, is almost restocked. My husband put in a new kitchen faucet for me -- the old one was driving me crazy because the water filter would pop off if you looked cross eyed at it, or so it seemed. This one has a nice tall spout, with one of those detachable sprayers. And a separate dispenser for filtered water. I really wanted to just find an under the sink filtered water dispenser, so when I turned on the tap filtered water came out, but apparently they don't make that.

So, do you have focus clothes? How often do you try them on? Do you wear them if they're still a bit too tight? What sort of clothing do you wear when you eat out?

Remember, those NSVs are more important than the scale! The scale is just a number, but NSVs really effect your life.

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IXCHEL23 2/3/2010 2:35PM

    Yes, I have a pair of focus jeans, they're still a bit too snug and I have a little muffin top but at least they zipper up! I know about wearing tighter jeans or pulling my belt a little more when eating out it helps to eat less!

I don't know what a NSV is? Congrats on your measurements getting smaller!

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 2/3/2010 2:16PM

    how is the kitchen coming? cant wait to see pictures. i am a big believer in nsv.
they are the best kinds of motivation. red velvet dress? go out for valentines day in it! take a picture and post it!

you are doing great!
:) Jeanne

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JUSTDUCKY1405 2/2/2010 3:27PM

    My sister introduced me to the idea of Skinny Jeans many years ago! Hasn't helped much with my progress... I have fluctuated in weight many times since then! But... it really does make me think of all that you are saying above about them! And infact allowed me to give myself the permission to buy a dress that was 2 sizes smaller. It fits, except for my dang boobs... they are still too big! And, by the time my boobs fit, I will probably have to have it taken in! Still haven't worn it! I have daydreams on occasion of what it would be like to be wearing that dress, and the sun on my skin, and the smile on my husbands face! I think we are on a cruise! Who knows... we will see!

I laughed outloud about your faucet having a mind of it's own! TOO FUNNY!

Loving the blogs.... had no idea I was so behind... lol!

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SHEILA1505 2/2/2010 3:17PM

    Oh YES I have a pair of Focus linen pants - they were just about wearable in July if I didn't breathe too deeply, and I wore them yesterday to go to a meeting with my Energy Buddy - who commented that they looked as if they were falling off.
My white jeans are probably going to take their place as my Focus Clothes now. I dare not bend or try to sit in those!


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KEAKMAN 2/2/2010 8:30AM

    While I don't have any focus jeans, I think this is a great idea. I do usually wear something a little snug when going out to eat, to remind me that there are such things as doggy bags!

Glad the kitchen is shaping up for you - with you being such a dedicated cook and kitchen creator, it must be killing you to have things in such a state of flux!

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SEKSUNSHINE 2/2/2010 7:25AM

    I have a couple dresses that were that way for me. They fit great now, but they are evening gowns so they won't go anywhere. Don't have the need for them.

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KARBIE18 2/2/2010 7:16AM

    I do have a pair of focus jeans, and I tried them on this weekend and they fit beautifully!

I bought a wool, Sunnie-colored pea coat on line a couple of years ago, shortly after I started Sparking. It was a little snug, but I kept it anyway for just that reason - as a focus piece. It has taken me all this time, but I am wearing it this year! It really did keep me moving forward. (Plus the dog hairs match perfectly, and are not at all noticeable! Smartest thing I ever did!)

I know what you mean about the body fat percentage. I wish I knew mine, too. I'm sure it would have made all this plateauing easier to handle, because I have no doubt we both have much less fat than we did.

Good luck on your weigh-in this week. I know I'm ready to chuck that darn scale out the window once and for all!

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BESSHAILE 2/2/2010 6:36AM

    Ain't it the truth about those NSVs. It's really the reason we're on this weight loss journey. I just tend to forget it now and then.

yes. I do have what I used to call skinny clothes but will now call Focus Clothes - what a GREAT word to use. those Khaki pants were focus pants. There are two very flattering knit tops that I would call focus tops. They are quite elastic and follow my body contours exactly ... so ... I can stretch them over bumps and lumps and highlight them - or I can let them skim over smooth surfaces if I have them ... which I plan to soon.

Thanks for the good word.

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ME2448 2/2/2010 6:28AM

    Yes I have a pair of Focus jeans!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 2/2/2010 6:24AM

    Yes, I have a pair of jeans my daughter brought me from Israel. They fit very snuggly, but just six months ago I couldn't get them over my hips. Major progress! GRIN

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Losing ourselves -- or losing control?

Monday, February 01, 2010

I recently finished a book called "The Daily Coyote". It's about a woman in Wyoming who adopts a coyote orphan, and raises him. She starts out sharing daily photos with friends and family, then sets up a blog -- www.dailycoyote.net/ .

A particular line towards the end of the book really caught my attention:

"This seems like such a common female thing, to lose oneself completely when trying to take care of others, but really, it is just another form of control, one that grants no faith in the other person and denies that they have the power and ability to help themselves."

Boy, that really caught my attention! Despite never having had kids, I have this tendency with my animals. Maybe with my husband. Most people lose weight when they get a dog; that's when I started to really gain weight again!

I have had to "force" my husband to come on walks with the dogs again. I think it's mostly because it's so cold, altho he claims it's because it takes too long. He's totally abanadoned walking them during the week, altho now that the days are getting longer, there's really no reason he couldn't start walking them in the afternoons again.

I'd even be willing to go for a short walk with him & the dogs before he leaves for work (which means he'd have to wake up earlier), and I personally think it would just do him a world of good. Give him a little energy to start his day.

I know many of us are like this -- do everything for others, nothing for ourselves. That isn't really true of me; I'm pretty good at taking care of myself, too. But there are times I get lost in caretaking. And yes, there are times where it probably doesn't need to be as much as I think it does.

Do you lose yourself in taking care of others? Do you think that it's a control issue? How do you learn to let go a bit?

On the good news front, my shoulder is almost back to normal. My thoughts is I was doing a lot of yoga and very little weight training with real weights. And I know if you're arms aren't strong enough, it's easy to overuse your shoulders. So I'm going to make sure I get some real ST in along with my beloved yoga.

The irony is that they say you shouldn't do kettlebells unless you take a class first -- that poor form can lead to injury. I haven't taken any classes, and it hasn't bothered me. Only in the last month or so, I stopped kettlebells in favor in yoga. Go figure.

And when my husband asked for a wish list for my birthday, one of things on it was simply going to a nice restaurant. Since my birthday happens to fall on a holiday, I told him he'd have to make reservations (something he hates to do). I was astounded to find out he has actually done it already. I don't know if it's at the restaurant I requested or not, but I suspect it must be. And I have every intention of having a decadent meal. Well, within reason.

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EOSTAR_45 2/2/2010 4:45PM

    Sure do. I feel like I have totally lost myself in taking care of my siblings and my mom who had a stroke 10 years ago. But in the process, I seem to have lost sight of the things that I wanted and needed like starting a family of my own. I am just surfacing from the cave which is a slow process in itself because its so easy to go back to the familiar role of caretaker. That is a very insightful quote too, there's that measure of control thinking you are the only one who can do something.

Glad your shoulder is feeling better.

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JUSTDUCKY1405 2/2/2010 3:19PM

    Great insight! I lost myself too... for 6 years! I am grateful I am finally c oming out and making ME a priority! Some suffer much longer, if not forever! It truly is trickling into the overall happiness of my family and friends! As one friend recently blogged about... if Momma ain't happy... ain't nobody happy!

You may not be a Mom, but sure you still fall under the category where it's important to make you #1 in your life! The rest just follows!

Happy Making You #1 Judy!

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 2/1/2010 9:35PM

    I did lose myself while I was taking care of others and it took me 25 years to realize it - that's when I started on this journey. ME time was a new concept for me and very hard to learn.

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DDHEART 2/1/2010 9:10PM

    Very interesting quote/observation I know that many times a person feels the need to be the one who takes care of everything because no one else can do it as well....this is mostly not a problem for me (anymore) but in the kitchen sometimes I find it hard to let go...since we're in the middle of our role as adult children caring for aging parents, my SIL, BIL. DH and I have had many conversations about caretaking and the need to let go and allow some things to be done by others...it's hard sometimes. I am definitely going to be sharing this quote with my SIL. Thanks!

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CRAVE_FREE 2/1/2010 1:41PM

    I never considered my taking care of others to be a control issue. But I do LOVE to control things and enjoy caring for others, so I think you are definitely on to something!

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HONEYDEW;] 2/1/2010 8:59AM

    Do you lose yourself in taking care of others ? ~~~~Hmmmmmm
Yes I do ~~~ I try to hard to please everyone around me and tend to forget about myself.
I'll have to check out your book "The Daily Coyote".
Good for you !!! What a accomplishment .
I like to sew ~If I didn't have that I'd go nuts . Heeee heeee


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KEAKMAN 2/1/2010 8:11AM

    I think that is a very astute observation. And true for me. It took me years to realize that letting go of my kids was best for them AND me. Now I have two adult sons who know that they can count on me, who call me for advice, but who happily live their own lives. And I know that I have ZERO control over them and what they do. Parenting adults is a great learning experience! As for controlling my hubby - not a chance in the world. I don't even try on that front. Maybe it's good that we have no pets!

Glad your shoulder is feeling better. Funny about the kettle ball - my guess is that you are a very practical woman, and very good at reading and understanding directions (or did you use a Spark video to "learn how"?) and so you were doing it properly. Hope you can get back to yoga - I love it and how it makes me feel!

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SEKSUNSHINE 2/1/2010 7:09AM

    So easy to get lost and so hard to find your way back. It's doable but hard.

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FITKAT2010 2/1/2010 7:02AM

    This journey to a better self is actually along the same lines. We must be willing to relinquish control. We must be willing to let go of the heavy weight of our old selves.

We cannot control others. We cannot save them. At best we can only be the guide to a better way. We need to have faith that they will follow their way in their time.

Our #1 responsibility is to be that light.

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ME2448 2/1/2010 7:00AM

    I do. I have a husband and 3 boys and have totally lost myself

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Making a list, checking it twice, again!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

So thanks to one of my spark buddies, I've started to plan out what I'll eat each day in advance. I've always done this loosely, and I once was really obssessive about it -- planning out every meal & snack 2 weeks in advance, then only food shopping every couple of weeks (no longer works for me anyway, with the amount of fresh produce that I eat).

I always spend the weekends planning out my week. Choosing which recipes I'll try. Writing a list of what we'll have each night. It's always liquid; things come up, I change my mind, I'm not in the mood for what I planned or I'm too tired. But at least I have a starting point.

But I hadn't gone further than that. I'd just go with the flow for breakfast, lunch, and snacks. I'd have a loose idea in my head, but I didn't sit down and look at how that broke out into points. And that worked for me for a long time.

Until now. Now in the last 10 pounds, it wasn't working for me. So I tried it -- and it isn't easy. And I still often change my mind about what I want. But by planning it all in advance, if I do change my mind about what I want, I know what I have to play with.

And I'm doing much better staying within my points for the first time in weeks.

Do you plan out what you eat each day? What do you plan it on? Do you use pencil, or pen? How to you handle changes?

It's not only my meals. I'd always had a loose idea of what I wanted to do with exercise, too, but when I got my new fitbook with it's calendars to plan out a month, a week, a day at a time, I started to use those, too. There's definitely a relief in having a plan. Knowing ahead of time what to do. Which doesn't mean I'm not flexible, but it's one less thing I need to think about.

And we all need less to think about!

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JUSTDUCKY1405 2/2/2010 3:13PM

    THAT'S THE KEY RIGHT THERE! You know what you have to play with, and I loved having that realization myself!

And couldn't agree more, we all need less to think about!

I just got off the phone with my husband, and he is going on and on about... I have to do this, I have to do that, and I don't know when I am going to be able to do this, and I think I have a meeting this afternoon at 2... or is it 2:30! LOL! No wonder we get confused and miss appointments and are late, or hey... eat more then we thought! I kindly suggested he utilize a daily planner, as I am seeing huge benefits in my life and way of doing things... he wasn't too receptive, but I will keep planting the seeds... lol!


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KEAKMAN 1/31/2010 11:36PM

    I work best if my meals are planned out in advance all day. Some days I do it the night before, others it's the first thing I do after I get up. Hope this is what it takes to push you over the top to your goal!!!

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HEYRED221 1/31/2010 1:12PM

    I pretty much plan out my weekdays and I always am stocked at worked with snacks, lunch items, drinks, etc.

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SEKSUNSHINE 1/31/2010 10:21AM

    You are doing great and the last is always the hardest to get rid of. I am so used to planning menus with day care, it wasn't hard to do mine. It becomes second nature in no time.

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DAYHIKER 1/31/2010 6:47AM

    I plan in the mornings because I generally have the same breakfast of something oatmeal. My retired hubby isn't always around for the noon meal which is usually our largest meal of the day so when he decides I plan.

I'm looking up your fitbook...thanks for the tip!

Have a great Sunday! emoticon

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BESSHAILE 1/31/2010 6:05AM

    I'm finding exactly the same thing you found - it's more work than I would naturally exert but the rewards are in direct proportion. Somehow if I already know I usually stick with it and I almost always stay within my nutritional limits.

I guess it's just that ... I have to want to be slim more than I want to be sloppy. LOL


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LOVEXLIFE 1/31/2010 6:00AM

    What I always used to do was plan out all my meals the night before, but I'd almost never feel like eating it the next day. It was ridiculous.

Now I loosely just plan my meals in the morning for breakfast and lunch, eating what I feel like for breakfast (usually bran cereal, eggs, cottage cheese, or oatmeal). And then I record what I'll pack for lunch, just making sure it balances out breakfast well enough.. since I can't change my mind once it's packed and I'm at school! No "I don't feel like it" excuse there. :)

In the evening for dinner, I write down everything I am going to eat before I even start cooking it, making sure to get lots of veggies somehow and balancing it all out according to what I had previously that day. This way, it's a bit more inconvenient, but I can eat what I feel like without blindly indulging!

I plan this all in a journal in pen.. makes it more final. I actually hardly ever use the nutrition tracker on Spark People just because I don't always have time to get on!

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The more you eat healthy, the more you WANT to eat healthy

Saturday, January 30, 2010

It's true; trust me. If you're finding your New Year's motivation waning already -- altho my motivation hasn't, that "it's a new year and all things are possible" feeling is fading a bit along with the diving temps -- know that you really can turn things around.

I had a lot of thoughts swirling around in my head after I got up to use the bathroom this morning. I don't know why I bother going back to bed; I know I won't be able to get back to sleep. I guess it's because the bed is so warm and the house is so cold. Anyway.

TOM did arrive a tad early. Which is explains why I was so hungry the last few days. I never quite know when it will arrive -- that time of life, altho I'm ready to skip a few already! -- so I never know whether the hunger is "true" hormonal hunger or psychological or what.

I have begun to plan out my eating for the day in advance (thanks, Ducky). I even did it the night before last night. Oh, I've already changed my mind about breakfast, but that's fine. It still allows me to look at my day and see where I can make substitutions.

And because I've been taking a cold, hard look at what I've been eating and whether or not it's truly fueling and filling me, it's making choices easier sometimes.

For instance, a few days ago I had chocolate mousse for breakfast. Seriously. Only it was a healthy chocolate mousse of tofu, yogurt, and chocolate. With 2 clementines. But I found while I enjoyed it, it didn't hold me over long enough. So no more chocolate mousse for breakfast for me.

Speaking of clementines and who are you & what did you do with my husband moments, last night I was peeling a couple for dessert. I'd planned on a vitabrownie, but knew that wouldn't satisfy me and went for the clementines instead. And as I was peeling them, DH asked if he could have a slice. He was quite surprised when I said no, go peel yourself one. I was hungry and I needed all my clementines!

I was just surprised he actually asked for some of my fruit! I've been making him breakfast to bring to work a few times a week now, which assures that he gets something other than a banana every single day, assuming he actually remembers to even eat the banana.

But getting back to the title. That's the point: when you eat stuff that fuels and fills your body, you begin to want more of it. Sure, the processed stuff and the fast food is easy. And it tastes good (well, sort of, fast food really doesn't do it for me, but there was a time I enjoyed it more). It's highly addictive, too.

The less high sodium, high fructose corn syrup stuff you eat, the less you crave that stuff. And you know what? You'll find that you actually feel fuller and have more energy when you make the effort to make yourself real food. And you really have to watch out for the HFCS: it hides in all sorts of things, like condiments, fiber one stuff (which is why I don't eat that stuff, even tho it looks so good), 100 calorie snack packs.

For just a little bit more than 100 calories, you could have an apple with 1 tbsp of peanut butter. Or popcorn (I pop my own; if you're using microwave, you've got to read the ingredients again). A couple of clementines with some nuts. Some yogurt (you've got to read the ingredients again on that one).

Do you find that you're beginning to crave more healthy foods? How do you feel when you eat something you used to love? Does it make you physically sick now? Do you pay attention to how you feel a few hours after eating?

I'm not saying everything you eat has to be healthy. I have my treats; I won't give up my treats, either. Without my treats, this way of eating wouldn't be sustainable for me. I'm just saying concentrate of adding more healthy food that you enjoy, and then really notice how it makes you feel.

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HEYRED221 1/31/2010 12:10AM

    I definitely have my treats - but I try not to overdo it.

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LEONALIONESS 1/30/2010 7:04PM

    I've started really liking raw food. I feel so much more NOURISHED when I eat it. I'm super hooked on our local completely vegan, totally organic raw food place. It's $$$ but as a once a week treat (instead of eating out at places like Noodles, Chipotle, etc. a couple times a week) it's doable.

My nightly treat now is a young coconut shake. I crack a young coconut open, pour the clear water into my Ninja, add the soft flesh and blend like a madwomen until it's creamy dreamy awesomeness. For only 140 calories, 3 grams fat I get a delicious filling 16+ oz. that's full of potassium/nutrients and has fiber, protein and 17% of my calcium for the day! I love it. I haven't really been eating my usual ice cream due to drinking my coconut instead.

It's super awesome with my usual salty snack of air popped popcorn, nutritional yeast and Bragg's. YUM!

Also, dates are my new BFF. So sweet and delicious. Like candy but healthy and good for me!

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 1/30/2010 2:14PM

    So true. I am finding that I like the taste of non-processed foods much much better. My body just doesn't tolerate what I use to love eating and the taste if not there so much.

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BESSHAILE 1/30/2010 1:10PM

    yes! I am finding that. and more often now when I am going to eat something because I really am hungry I find myself doing an assessment of my body - asking it what it's hungry for - fruit? sweet light juicy vitamins? or solid protein buildling blocks? or rich whole wheat carbs?

I love it when I can do that successfully.

Food for thought - your post was that.

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KATELJM 1/30/2010 12:00PM

    You are right. Last night DH announced that he had bought some chocolate Entenman (sp?) doughnuts, and I would have until Sunday noon to partake. I replied, "Your doughnuts are safe. They are NOT what I crave."

That reminds me, I have a Harveys Grove Isle of Merritt ruby red grapefruit calling my name... BRB.

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JUSTDUCKY1405 1/30/2010 11:32AM

    I couldn't agree more! And I am happy that you are feeling better and know why the cravings were there!

You are welcome! That makes me so happy to hear the positive changes you are seeing already!

I know that the 100 calorie snacks aren't the greatest food choice to make, but I prefer them to the alternative... eating half a bag of cookies, or half a bag of pretzels, etc. And, it allows me to feel satisfied in all aspects of food... sometimes. I think I am fighting what you were fighting! Which really, saying fighting is setting myself up for a battle! I suppose I should just try and accept that this happens every month. And although mine is quite regular still, I still find it surprising when I really don't seem to have the control to not put that extra 'treat' in my mouth. Sweet and Salty! That's all I want! Finding it hard to keep my will power under control... lol! But, that's okay! I am determined to come out lighter on the other end of my TOM!

Anywho... great blog!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/30/2010 10:37AM

    Yes, I know I've really changed a lot since I started craving broccoli!! (smiling) No kidding, stuff like that as a craving makes others laugh out loud. Have a wonderful day.

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KARBIE18 1/30/2010 7:35AM

    You are so right! (As if there was any doubt!) I've been eating this way for years, but there was a time when I bought into the very low fat thing - I thought that, as long as I avoided fat, I would lose weight. Never mind that I didn't get near enough protein, and got way too many of my carbs from white bread and hot chocolate mixes. Of course, all I did was gain.

Anyway, when we first started going to the boat races, my food options were limited. I'd eat hot dogs, brats, and polish sausages for lunch and dinner each day, and come home after the weekend feeling like crap. Now, I plan for it, but man did I crave healthy food after those first couple of races.

By the way, I used to love Twinkies and Ho Hos. Now they just taste gross to me.

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FITKAT2010 1/30/2010 7:17AM

    I am a food nazi. I teach WHOLE FOODS only to everyone who wants to lose weight and feel great.

We get more nutrition from the packaging of the processed food stuffs than what's inside. Truly.

1400 calories of junk/processed foods is only partially utilized by the body and the balance stored in fat cells. The same cal count in Whole foods is utilized far more effectively, partially stored, and then the remains are "tossed out", LOL.

Imagine trying to race a Ferrari with watered down unleaded regular gasoline. Imagine that same race car with premium gas. Same difference.

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AAKROYD 1/30/2010 5:47AM

    Ain't that the truth!

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Those darn BLTs (bites, licks & tastes)

Friday, January 29, 2010

They are probably my biggest downfall. I mean really, what's one small square of dark chocolate eaten while making dinner? It's healthy, right? And the problem really isn't one small square. The problem is one small square every night, or maybe it's really a couple of squares, or maybe it's a square and a raw fudge baby.

I did not, btw, eat the chocolate bar yesterday. I came here, got it out in a blog, read a bunch of other people's blogs, drank a couple of glasses of water, walked the dogs (in the snow again, which stopped again the moment we got inside), and did my ST. And realized I didn't want it.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with some chocolate, for me, anyway. I eat it on a regular basis. The problem with that particular chocolate bar is that I wanted to eat it for all the wrong reasons, and in a way that wouldn't have satisfied me.

It joined the bag of peanut butter M&Ms that have been sitting in the pantry for several months. I'm going to have to stop buying peanut butter M&Ms; I really don't like the ingredients, and I can now make my own reese's cups -- it's really not all that difficult. It's not like I eat them all that often, either, maybe once a year. They no longer call to me.

I didn't preplan my meals last night, but I did sit down and write them out this morning. I'm a morning person anyway. It's really too bad DH is a night owl, because it frustrates me that he barely moves before noon, and he gets angry that I'm ready for bed at 9 pm and cannot be called on to help do something in the evening -- or watch a movie if we don't get started by 7 pm at the very latest.

BLTs are definitely my demon. Yup, I have a tendency not to record those BLTs, as if they don't matter. They are most likely what causes my small weight gains before my period most of the time. Sometimes it may be due to water retention, but I'm guessing it's more often due to those little tastes I don't record. So now I have a goal for this week: plan my meals out in the morning, and record those BLTs.

Wish me luck. And thank you so much to everyone that reached out to me -- you really helped, more than you can know.

What is your little unhealthy habit that you don't want to fess up to? What will it take to tackle that habit? How much do you think it's been tripping you up?

Remember, a minute on the lips really IS a lifetime on the hips! And I don't know about you, but I've already got enough hips.

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KEAKMAN 1/29/2010 9:10AM

    "I'm a morning person anyway. It's really too bad DH is a night owl, because it frustrates me that he barely moves before noon, and he gets angry that I'm ready for bed at 9 pm and cannot be called on to help do something in the evening -- or watch a movie if we don't get started by 7 pm at the very latest." Do you live in my house???? Are you me??!!?? This sounds EXACTLY like Scott and I. Here's the even funner part - since I am the morning person, it is my task to waken Scott at the appropriate hour. So I have to remember to ask every night "What time do you want up?" It all depends on how many papers he has to grade. So this morning I had the joy of waking a night owl at 5:30. Wasn't THAT fun?!?!

As to your actual blog.....(I am so easily distracted!) Usually I do okay with the BLTs. There is a bit of tasting that goes on while I cook. But usually I just sit down with a big old box/bag/plate of whatever and scarf it down. Or else I follow my plan to the letter. No middle ground for me!

Now back to other stuff.....I saw your older twin on campus yesterday! I swear, she looked just like you, only about 15 years older. She had the same lovely, delicate bone structure, looked to be a similar height, slender, but hair totally grey and pulled back in a casual but elegant pony tail. I thought "Holy cow! That's Future Judy!" You don't have any older cousins who live in the Portland area, do you?

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KARBIE18 1/29/2010 8:00AM

    I've heard you mention trying to avoid those BLTs before but tracking is a great idea. They may be just enough to prevent you from losing.

DH and I are the same way. I'm a morning person, and he's a night owl. Fortunately, I have him trained not to ask me to work on anything in the evening. LOL

Here's hoping you have a much better day today,

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SEKSUNSHINE 1/29/2010 7:12AM

    I've found myself doing the same thing this week. It's crazy and I'm sure that's the reason my scale didn't move. I'm going to slap myself today if I start tasting! emoticon I guess I'll have to settle for kicking myself, we don't have a slap icon. LOL!!

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DAYHIKER 1/29/2010 6:20AM

    BLTs are soooo sneaky, too. I have to periodically make them a cause and do 10 push ups when I catch myself. Sadly, I have to periodically retrain because I am slightly AD...ooooo, look a squirrel!!

I'm with you and Bess on the morning thing and my retired hubby is, after years of being up at 4:30, a night owl. However it gives me the only peaceful quiet of my entire day so I'm okay with it. He's up early once he can get outside and work in the spring.

Happy Friday! emoticon

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BESSHAILE 1/29/2010 6:08AM

    Okay, my twin-ness of morning person perfection - sing my song again. Those BLT's are also what I tend to dismiss (and regret on weigh in day) And I came to the same solution you did this week. Though I don't really like actually planning my meals out for the whole day ... after all, who knows if a girlfriend might pop in and say "let's go to lunch" ... but the day before yesterday, when I was able to talk myself out of a pointless indulgence - I had preplanned the whole day and already checked it off. Yesterday - otoh - when I tried to be smart and do my weekly shopping two evenings before the promised snowstorm, and found everyone else in the county was in the grocery store too, and it was so darn late when I got home, and then there was all the putting away to do, and then... and then ... and then ...

went over my calorie limit with unplanned food.

Yup. preplanning looks like the plan to me.

Happy twinning! emoticon

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FITKAT2010 1/29/2010 6:03AM

    Having mild unresolved issues with your spouse is reasons enough to want to emotionally eat. It's best to have a chat with him and resolve your differences or accept them. If he doesn't want to be at peace about your differences, accept him 100%. It will release you too. Then, you won't want to eat those treats mindlessly.

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