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Monday, March 01, 2010

Because we don't have enough acronyms in our lives. GSF = grocery store find.

This falls into the slightly processed side, but it's hard to live your life without any processed foods at all. And maybe you already knew about these, but I didn't even know they were on the horizon: Thomas' bagel thins.

You know sandwich thins, right? Well these are the same things, only in a bagel. I'm excited! I bought myself some smoked salmon at the same time, and I'm planning on some bagel & lox tomorrow! Only now I don't have to use half my points to have it.

I'm sure DH will turn his nose up at them, but because I make him breakfast most days, he'll just have to deal.

I also found some vegan dark chocolate covered peanut butter mallomar type cookies. I spent a long time looking at them longingly, but in the end I didn't leave the store with them. At 150 calories for one little, bitty cookie, they just weren't worth it. Well, maybe if I could buy just one or two to taste, but not a whole box just sitting there calling my name.

And speaking of calling my name . . . right now some dark chocolate Hershey's kisses are screaming at me. I've decided that once I've had a glass of water and done my run, which I really don't want to do, if I still want a couple I'll have them. I'm just tired -- I had a very satisfying lunch just 2 hours ago, so I'm not really hungry. And now that I've blogged about it, I'll probably go straight from running to dinner. That's the great thing about blogging! Better on the Net than on my hips. Doesn't rhyme, but you get the idea.

DH wanted to know what kind of Girl Scout cookies I wanted -- our niece is selling them. I told him get whatever he wants and just keep them away from me.

Found anything new at the grocery store lately? What do you do when something is calling your name?

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SWEETLEXIE520 3/2/2010 3:54PM

    I LOVE GSFs!!

I was very excited about Greek yogurt the other day, fell in love with Yoplait's Vanilla Honey flavor. No fat, lots of protein and lots of calcium. 130 cals, though, so not an everyday treat. :)

Keep those GSFs comin'!

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KUNGFOOD 3/2/2010 7:47AM

    There's nothing as satisfying as a GSF that fits your foodplan. That is one of the little rewards that can carry me for days.

For me, it's been seaweed snack. Called Laver, it's my latest creativist replacement for the potato chips I'm learning to live without.

I'd never have guessed that I'd like something like that, and that I'd like it soooo much.

Comment edited on: 3/2/2010 7:48:46 AM

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DDHEART 3/1/2010 8:06PM

    I have been trying to spark when I'm being called since I don't type and eat at the same time...often by the time I finish, I don't need it so much anymore.

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 3/1/2010 7:36PM

    My latest GSF is Tribe Hummus with roasted garlic - yummers! It's great to dip baby carrots or celery sticks into. :D

If I have something calling my name, I usually try to make a healthier alternative. If it's chips - I'll make popcorn. If it's chocolate - I'll have a light hot chocolate. If it's something crunchy and savoury - I'll have veggies with hummus.

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FREELADY 3/1/2010 3:52PM

    I want to hear about each GSF, every detail!

So glad to learn about bagel thins. My family is tired of my leaving half a bagel in the top of the bag!

I was excited to find savory almonds, like Blue Diamond Wasabi & Soy or Bold Habanero BBQ flavors.

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Exercise outside to beat the blues & raw food finds

Sunday, February 28, 2010

I've been feeling kind of blah this weekend. Bored. Not wanting to do much. I'm sure the weather -- the snow, the grayness -- has something to do with it. I'm even more sure that I've been missing my walks outside.

One of the things I've always hated about the NE is the grayness. I found that it wasn't bothering me as much as I remembered -- and I attributed that to taking a Vitamin D supplement. But I think walking outside almost every day has a lot to do with it.

I love my treadmill, but I haven't been able to get outside for walks as much as usual this week due to the weather. I really felt my mood begin to turn around after walking the dogs today.

Some of it, too, is just plain ole tiredness. I don't get as much sleep with DH away for a variety of reasons. Stay up later so the dogs don't have to hold it so long, the dogs occasionally waking me up in the middle of the night because Chester takes his job as my protector very seriously, etc. etc.

I'm so glad that I have my DVDs and my treadmill, but I need my daily dose of sun (or non-sun, as the case may be). It really makes a difference. Next time you're feeling down in the dumps, try getting outside to walk if you can!

I did treat myself this week: I ordered some food from puremarketexpress.com . Yes, it's pricey, and the shipping is horrendous, but it was really worth it to me this week -- especially with all the extra hours I had to put in shoveling. It's raw food, btw.

Some of it was ok, some of it was good, and some of it was to die for. Eggplant bacon -- who knew? And I have a recipe for it in one of my cookbooks. I'm getting me some eggplant this week (and also making some eggplant masala with it) and trying it out. I can only hope it comes out as good. No, of course it doesn't taste exactly like bacon, but I thought is was delicious.

There was also a raw lasagna, and I have a lot of recipes for that, too; that was really good, too. And a raw pepperoni pizza. I don't actually like real pepperoni pizza (not anymore, anyway) but this was pretty good. I've found a recipe on a blog that I'm going to give a try -- mine won't be truly raw since I don't have a dehydrator and will have to try my oven on its lowest setting. But if it would actually appeal to DH . . .

The weather looks like it should be getting a bit better, so with a good night's sleep and another walk outside with the dogs tomorrow, I'm hoping I'm feeling more energetic. Cause I've got some housecleaning to do & I just haven't been feeling it lately!

Have you ever noticed how differently you feel when you exercise outside? How do you keep your spirits up when you can't get outside? Does it effect your appetite?

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LEONALIONESS 3/1/2010 1:30AM

    Ooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh... that food place you ordered from is in my neck of the woods! Thanks for the link!!!

I think Chaska, MN is totally a doable drive for nummy raw food.

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HEYRED221 2/28/2010 11:50PM

    Yes, definitely! I feel better when the sun is shining, even if its cold. I start to feel trapped if I can't get out to exercise.

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/28/2010 10:29PM

    Yes, outside living makes all the difference in the world in defining my quality of life. And I wholeheartedly agreed with one of your last blogs regarding rigidity. That's my huge challenge in doing this system. I haven't been blogging much, but I definitely agree with so many of your thoughts. Wishing you a great Monday.

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 2/28/2010 10:05PM

    that is why i love snow shoeing...cross country skiing. Biking...Anything that gets me outside.

:) Jeanne

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HEALTH4LYFE 2/28/2010 7:54PM

    Getting outside and exercising is key for me in terms of my mood. Sometimes, I will just park my car further from where I work so I can be outside a little longer and take a few extra steps.
I am going to have to check out the website you listed because I LOVE eggplant.
Take care. emoticon

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 2/28/2010 4:59PM

    I get the same way when the weather is dreary. And there is too much winter outside here so I'm so glad that my elliptical was moved to my sunroom - it's a joy to use it on those sunny days.

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BESSHAILE 2/28/2010 4:26PM

    yes! A walk with the dogs is worth three walks around the track at the gym!

raw lasagna? Raw pizza? this i have to check out. thanks for the link

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CRAVE_FREE 2/28/2010 4:02PM

    I notice a BIG difference in my mood when I exercise regularly. The days I don't get to work out are sometimes super grumpy days for me. I love to walk out in the sunshine; which is impossible right now with the junky icy roads in our neighborhood. Spring-Summer-Fall are great though because exercise+sunshine keep me right where I need to be almost all the time!

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An end of meal ritual

Saturday, February 27, 2010

I read somewhere about having a ritual that signifies the end of your meal. So I've been trying that out -- becoming my parents, always having a cup of tea at the end of my meal.

I often did have a cup of tea after a meal, but not always. It depended on whether or not I had a dessert and what sort of dessert I had. Cookie? Tea, definitely. Pudding? Fruit? No tea. Chocolate? No tea.

Now, whether I have dessert or not, I chase it with a cup of tea.

The idea is that whatever your ritual is (could be brushing your teeth, for instance, that definitely works to end eating for me), it works as a signal to you that your eating is over.

I think I like it.

I am not much troubled by nightime eating most of the time. I suspect most people that are are either a)bored or b)not eating or drinking enough during the day.

Do you have any sort of ritual that signals to you that the meal is over? Does the idea appeal to you? Any other rituals when it comes to eating?

On a totally different subject, I was quite surprised when I told DH about signing up for the 5k (I'd mentioned before that I was planning to) he immediately offered to drive me there. I'm sure it helps that it's not an early start time. Now, if I can just get him to walk the dogs for me that day . . .

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IFDEEVARUNS2 3/1/2010 10:07AM

    I like the idea of a ritual - I'm going to try the tea thing.
Nice of DH to offer to drive you!

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HEYRED221 2/28/2010 12:57AM

    I really don't have any type of ritual, except for doing all the dishes right after I was done eating. Nothing to see, nothing to nibble on!


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JUSTDUCKY1405 2/27/2010 10:05PM

    I tried to reply to this before, but the silly thing wouldn't load your comment window!

Anywho... cool blog!

I liked you sense of humor in it... and I am going to ponder how I end my meals for my brain.

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CRAVE_FREE 2/27/2010 5:12PM

    Great idea. I've heard toothbrushing before, but that didn't work for me. I think tea would be a wonderful idea. Growing up for us, it was dessert, but that's not really an option now!

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KARBIE18 2/27/2010 8:45AM

    Becoming your parents - LOL!

I think an end of eating signal is a great idea. I am not sure what I'm going to use yet, as I want to figure out something that will satisfy me, but I will be thinking about it for sure.

Great blog!

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CELEST 2/27/2010 8:13AM

    I loved your blog. Don't think I have a "kitchens closed" ritual. Will have to give it some thought and come up with something.

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SHEILA1505 2/27/2010 7:18AM

    It never occurred to me that coffee was the Kitchen Closed ritual in my parents' home. My brother & I would help clear the table, do the dishes by hand, and put everything away while coffee was brewing and then carry the tray of coffee, cups, milk and sugar in quietly so that we did not interrupt the News.
If we still had homework to complete we had to disappear to the dining room and get it finished before bedtime and could only watch TV if there was still time.

Now I just graze until my "pie chart" on the nutrition tracker is balanced (or not)!

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BESSHAILE 2/27/2010 6:03AM

    I discovered an unexpected ritual once when I gave up chocolate for lent. I like chocolate, you understand, but I'm no chocoholic. what I found, though, was that at that time a bite of chocolate after dinner was my signal that eating was done for the day. without my chocolate period I ate all evening long, looking for that taste signal.

I broke that particular habit but I am sure I have other rituals in place. I'll have to think about it because it IS nice to know when The Kitchen Is Closed.

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TIDEFAN911 2/27/2010 5:32AM

    REALLY like this!! Thanks!

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"Normal" eating

Friday, February 26, 2010

Just what is normal eating, anyway?

My husband doesn't much think about his next meal. Oh, he wants to know what's for dinner, but he certainly doesn't count points, worry about how many fruits & veggies he's consumed, or how much water (if any) he's consumed.

And he most definitely doesn't worry about going out to a party or a restaurant from a food point-of-view. Is the food good? That's really all he's interested in.

Me, I have to get online. To at least give myself some options. To know the good, the bad, the ugly. I'm planning my meals the day before. I track points, fruits & veggies, and water.

And it's hard to be spontaneous.

But sometimes being to rigid can be a real drag. Life isn't rigid. It ebbs and flows with good days and bad days, even good moments and bad moments.

Today I decided I wanted to try to get to the movies. I had 2 choices of times: 11:20 or 2:20. I was originally leaning towards 2:20, but that worked out well from an eating standpoint.

In the end, knowing the weather, I chose to go to the early show. Because sometimes it's now or never. And that meant I had to pack lunch, or just snacks, with me. Because the movie would just be getting out about the time I usually eat lunch, and right now I just don't want to be at the mercy of mall food.

So I packed my little protein bars and some raw corn chips (actually, these aren't raw, they're dehydrated, and I thought they were really good altho I'm sure they're not for everyone).

Yes, most "normal" people would just go, and probably have some popcorn at the movies and maybe stop at the food court.

Good thing I didn't plan to stop for food. The snow was coming down pretty hard by the time the movie got out. It wasn't sticking yet, so I decided to just head on home. I'd wanted to wander around the mall and do some window shopping, but in the end I'm probably better off having just come home -- I know my wallet is certainly better off.

I also know that if I hadn't taken some snacks along with me, I'd probably be into something I don't necessarily want to be into when I got home, simply because I'd be hungry and ready to grab whatever.

So you've got to both live your life AND be prepared. Be spontaneous and a girl scout.

How do you deal with unexpected detours from your plans? Do you just say the heck with it, or do you come up with a plan B? Do you sometimes feel like you'll really start to live your life once you get to your goal weight? Or are you able to both be spontaneous and maintain a healthy lifestyle?

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JLITT62 2/26/2010 5:05PM

    Great ideas everyone! Keep 'em coming.

Sometimes I'll take carrots with me, sometimes fruit -- but I knew I'd be getting in plenty of fruits & veggies today, so decided to go with a protein bar & the raw corn chips instead.

And I always carry some nuts with me . . . just in case. Altho I've discovered I really prefer nut butters to nuts. Which is sort of nuts, it's more processed, but you gotta go with what you love -- in moderation!

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DDHEART 2/26/2010 4:50PM

    I'm like you....research and try to continue to live with a little bit of adventure, after all this isn't a diet this is my life. We have a party coming up, the invitation says everyone is to bring a hearty appetizer, they will provide dessert and it is always byob....the whole thing has been on my mind ever since we got the invite....cocktails, appetizers and dessert.....really hard to do and have it be a healthy meal. Usually I would be thinking about bringing veggies and...so I could at least eat the veggies but since they are looking for this to be a meal substitute, I am trying to come up with something that would met my needs along with others....I have a lot of good drink substitutes and I'm not crazy about a lot of desserts so will likely be fine just taking a taste....whatever I take will likely be a dual kind of thing so I can be assured of something.....talk about taking the fun out of a party invite!

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SHEILA1505 2/26/2010 4:23PM

    I took packets of cashew nuts and almonds to the rugby match this evening - my DB couldn't go as SIL wasn't well, so I took the Colombian student and he enjoyed himself at his first live game and was happy enough with his packet of nuts. No way was I going to be lured into the burgers, farmer's sausage, or chips!

I always take nuts, a gym bottle of water, and fruit when I go to the Beauty School in case they run late and usually have a book with me too.

Being prepared is far less stressful than beating myself up over poor selections and having to work off their repercussions!

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SAMOACOOKIE 2/26/2010 3:51PM

    Good thinking!! I've brought cut up apple & a low-cal protein drink to my son's basketball games - being out from 5-8pm without dinner is dangerous when they have a candy snack bar & soft pretzels. If you eat right 95% of the time it takes care of those times when you have no options. You'd only be cheating yourself if you used the movies or the mall as an excuse - it's not like those are unusual circumstances - lol.

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CRAVE_FREE 2/26/2010 2:26PM

    "So you've got to both live your life AND be prepared. Be spontaneous and a girl scout. "

Wonderful sentiment. I think this will be my mantra for awhile. I am like you in my planning ahead, and my husband also doesn't worry at all about what he eats or drinks. I plan for spontaneity. I leave so much room in my plan for things like eating out or movies. Wiggle room, as the Jello commercial says!

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Giving myself permission

Thursday, February 25, 2010

It's funny how sometimes when we give ourselves permission to do something, it actually makes our lives easier.

I gave myself permission to eat BLTs and not record points -- as long as I eat them mindfully and ALWAYs write them down. I think it's working for me. Most of the time I decide well, you're eating it, you may as well count it. Every once in a while it's small enough that I truly feel it's not a big deal -- but I still write it down, even if I don't attempt to count the points.

Plus I'm going over my week with a fine tooth comb -- how many BLTs did I have? How many times did I have chocolate for dessert? How often did I have a "real" dessert? How many granola bars?

I'm not trying to eliminate any of the above. It started when I started to review weeks I lost weight. What was different about them? And that's when I got the idea to start totaling all that sort of stuff up. I already eat a ton of veggies & fruit most days, so I'm not particularly concerned about that.

But what makes a good week a good week? Why do I lose weight some weeks, but not others?

I guess it's part of the control freak side of my nature, but if it works for me, so be it.

Now, y'all are smart people, you know that if you're giving yourself permission to eat an entire chocolate cake in one sitting, then that's not working for you.

Do you give yourself permission to eat what you truly want? Have you researched what makes a good week? Any other tricks of the trade you care to share?

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CRAVE_FREE 2/25/2010 8:06PM

    I tell myself I am allowed to eat whatever I want. When I had "forbidden foods" I binged on them. But I do limit the foods that used to belong on that forbidden food list. I give myself permission to eat something when I pick something that isn't the healthiest and put it in my plan for the day. I'm allowed to eat it and enjoy it, but I'm accountable for it! I love the idea of taking a look at weeks I lost weight to find what worked (I'm worried though, what if I duplicate a great week and it doesn't work that time?)

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JUSTDUCKY1405 2/25/2010 4:16PM

    I don't have anything new then what I have already shared with you!

BUT... I so agree with what you are saying! You took the pefectionist tendancies out of it... way to go!

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JLITT62 2/25/2010 11:35AM

    Ok, I just have to share that I'm getting a chuckle out of how many people responded by saying they don't deny themselves anything. Neither do I! If you read my blogs on a regular basis, it will become evident really quickly that I like to eat.

And I usually eat mindfully, too.

Except sometimes thost BLTs (bites, licks & tastes). And those suckers can really add up much quicker than you'd think. So the shift for me is telling myself it's ok to have a BLT, but it isn't ok to not write it down. You can get away with that for a while, but trust me, when you get down to those last 10 lbs, you can't. Or at least I can't.

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HEYRED221 2/25/2010 11:26AM

    I do allow myself to eat whatever I want. Like you, I try to be mindful of what I am putting into my mouth. But saying that I absolutely cannot have something will drive me nuts and make me want it even more - I will obsess over it - so, just having it, but in small amounts and mindfully is the way to go!

Carolyn emoticon

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TRACIWRIGHT79 2/25/2010 8:14AM

    I fully believe that denying yourself things you love is bad business. You can have anything you want, you just can't have everything you want! I would go crazy without my symphony bar in the freezer, but I am sure to record the calories to make sure I stay in my range, I don't record the single peanut, or the sample bite of what I am cooking, but I try to remain aware of what I am putting in my body! emoticon

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SEKSUNSHINE 2/25/2010 6:48AM

    I never tell myself not to eat something, that is just bad joo-joo! I too think some portions are too small to record, how in the world do you count 1 peanut? LOL!!

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BESSHAILE 2/25/2010 6:29AM

    Yes Yes Yes oh Spark Twin! That is exactly what I'm working towards = working towards finding that right balance. That was what I was trying to say when I wrote my blog about not liking nutrition bars. It's as if I still can't give myself permission to eat a cookie so I have to disguise it as a nutrition cookie. But - I don't like the nutrition cookie - it's not what I wanted I haven't been satisfied so I still crave the cookie and have actually been known to eat both! and then I don't enjoy either one because the first one wasn't what I wanted an the second one made me feel guilty.

This post just set all my inner chords humming!

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