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That heavy feeling

Friday, April 09, 2010

Don't you just hate the heavy feeling of having eaten too much food?

Boy, today I am just exhausted and i don't know why. I've been sleeping okay. Getting in my exercise.

Granted, my husband is suffering horribly with his allergies, but thankfully, I don't much suffer with seasonal allergies (every once in a while I'll have a brief, semi-severe allergic reaction to something).

I'm thinking it may just be too much food. I don't feel like I've been eating huge amounts lately, but digesting food can definitely make you sleepy. And I know that I was totally satisfied and full after dinner last night, but still felt the need for "a little something" and had a Luna bar.

So today I'm doing my best to eat cleanly. So far, so good, even including a green smoothie, but I'm still tired.

And speaking of things that make you go "hum?", I bought a pair of jeans yesterday. I took a lot of time with it (despite the fact it was at Old Navy & not terribly expensive), trying on 3 different sizes, sitting down, etc. etc.

Still, I swear they felt tighter this morning when I pulled them on. I'm dubbing it the new jeans phenomenon, because it always seems to happen.

On cookbook maven today:

Well, of course you can check out what I ate yesterday. And then you can check out the blog posts that spoke to me this week:


Enter a recipe challenge featuring beets.

Info on food combining & stress.

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STARTSPARKING 4/10/2010 8:15PM

    Good for you for paying close attention to how you feel, then adjusting your food intake accordingly the next day. It's wonderful that you are listening to your body. I hope your husband's allergies will ease up soon. Enjoy your new jeans!

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KARBIE18 4/10/2010 9:54AM

    I've been waking up REALLY tired every day for a couple weeks. Usually my mantra in the morning is, "This is going to be a good and productive day", but lately it's been, "I do NOT want to wake up!" I don't know if it's because it's spring, and I'm spending so much time in the yard. Anyway, I've never been refreshed upon waking up (especially on work days), despite the fact that I faithfully get plenty exercise and plenty of sleep. I think it's a myth!! Anyway, I've been especially sleepy in the afternoons, too, and I know it has nothing to do with overeating. In fact, I'm trying to include more protein earlier in the day because I don't think I'm getting enough to eat. It's such a balancing act, isn't it?

I hope those jeans are comfortable soon. Strange how they can seem tighter just a day later. But, as you know, that TOM can make you feel heavier overnight.

I have seasonal allergies, but, thankfully, they haven't been too bad for the last couple of years. Bad days here and there, but not for months at a time like when I was young.

Never had a green smoothie before. DH has been into making smoothies lately, but they're pretty fruity. I'm not complaining, though. They're delish, and I don't have to make them. LOL

Hope you're clean eating carries over into today. Have a wonderful weekend.


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BESSHAILE 4/10/2010 6:37AM

    I went years without wearing jeans because they just felt too stiff around my middle. fortuantely, they've added spandex to most jeans now so there's some give to the heavy cotton.

boy do I relate to the sleepy heavy feeling - but I wouldn't rule out pollen as a contributor to your sleepiness. I am positive that's the stuff that blew up out of the poppies when Dorothy was almost to the emerald city. emoticon

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GEODAWG 4/9/2010 3:47PM

    Ladies, It is called Spring Fever! And you might have ingested more sodium than you know thus the "full" feeling. Just guessing though.

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    I know how you feel. I kinda think a tiredness bug is going around because I have not been this tired every day in a row for a long while. Grr.

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SLIMMERJESSE 4/9/2010 11:46AM

    Yes, I have recently felt the effects of overeating and "yuck, this feels terrible" thinking. But the bright side is that this used to be the norm, and now it's very rare. As far as clothing, it's amazing how sizes can vary in the fit and cut. I have to take time now to see what fits as items are made very differently. Hope you have a wonderful day, and fun weekend.

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Ever hopeful

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Yup, that's me in a nutshell. Hope springs eternal, as they say, and spring has sprung here (even if we are going back into the 50s in a day).

I'm not quite sure what I'm hopeful for at this week's WI. Hopeful that I haven't gained anymore weight, altho I'm not sure. I've vacillated on the feeling that I've gained and lost all week long. I used to be able to tell, but not so much lately.

I know darn well I won't be breaking my plateau.

I am hopeful that I can continue to eat in a manner that is healthy and satisfying to me. It's been such a struggle the last month or so. Oddly enough, lately I've been satisfied more often than not. Perhaps all that brown rice is actually helping.

I am hopeful that I've lost something.

Hopeful that I can find the book I want to peruse at the bookstore. I hit one already, but they didn't have it. I have an Amazon coupon coming, and this cookbook comes highly recommended, but I do like to leaf thru them when I can.

I sort of get sick about writing about the ups and downs of my weight, week after week, altho you'd clearly never know that from all the blogs I churn out. But I hate repetition, and there's been a whole lot of repetition this year -- up, down, up, down, up, up, stayed the same . . .

One thing has remained a constant: despite the fact that I'm far from perfect (both in body, and in mind and spirit), despite the fact that I'm still oh so far from GW, I am still enjoying my "new" old body. I am appreciative of what I have, and that is why I continue to struggle so hard. I do not want to go backwards. I'm happy where I am, and looking forward to where I'm going at the same time.

How bout you? Are you happy where you are, wherever you are?

If not, what are you going to change?

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STARTSPARKING 4/10/2010 8:18PM

    I haven't been blogging regularly for months because I am tired of writing about the same lack of progress. You are an inspiration because you continue to work hard and are diligent. I haven't been very motivated, and I know my lack of progress is due to my lack of efforts. I have a lot of work cut out for me...

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BESSHAILE 4/10/2010 6:41AM

    Last January I wrote in my daytimer, Under April 1, "Are you still happy with your workout?"

It was fun to discover that I am - but of course - that was written before Yoga.

I am afraid I'm a little too happy with my body. It's so much smaller than it was 14 years ago that I tend to lose motivation for going that last mile.

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FREELADY 4/9/2010 11:14AM

    I love it that you are enjoying your body . . . also that you have been satisfied so often this month!

Hope you find that cookbook, and hope it's a GREAT one!

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GEODAWG 4/8/2010 8:06PM

    I am happy where I am except when I see those handles! And I know what you mean about repeating things. I am tired, tired, tired of losing and gaining the same three pounds over and over again! But we will make it one day!

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HEYRED221 4/8/2010 11:29AM

    I'm not exactly happy about where I am right now, but I know I will be ok and get there eventually. It takes time :-)

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SLIMMERJESSE 4/8/2010 10:45AM

    I responded to this blog, but I never know if it'll come through eventually and then post twice.

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USARUNNERGIRL 4/8/2010 10:30AM

    I wouldn't say I am 100% happy, but I am content. I look better, feel better, and can do far more now than what I could 54 pounds ago. I can't say that I am unsatisfied by any means. I mean heck I just ran and completed a half marathon. Woohoo. What is there not to be proud of? I would still like to lose about another 20-30 pounds, but am not in the hurry to get there like I used to be. I will get there when I get there.

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Are you living the life you ought to be living?

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

I just finished "Possum Living", which was apparently a cult classic back in the 70s, about living frugally, essentially. One of the last paragraphs really spoke to me:

Ask yourself what you aim to be and what you should be doing. Are you livng the life you ought to be living? If yes, then good luck to you. If not, then start taking control of your life. It CAN be done. It SHOULD be done. Do it. You don't have forever.

Wiser words never spoken, eh?

Of course it applies to so much more than weight loss.

So short & sweet today. Are you living the life you ought to be livng, and if not, why (see my first 5 weight loss questions blog a few blog posts ago).

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TODAYSAGIFT 4/8/2010 2:14PM

    Powerful thoughts in that paragraph. Thanks!!!

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    Written back in the 70's, but those wise words still ring true forty years later. Thanks for sharing.

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GEODAWG 4/7/2010 3:47PM

    Live each day as if it were the last!

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SLIMMERJESSE 4/7/2010 3:15PM

    Especially after Sunday's 7.2 earth-shaking reminder, I know that I have to get on the stick to make changes. Thanks for the additional reminder.

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    Wow what a great end to a book. Might have to look up that one once I get a chance to really read again.

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DOOBIE893 4/7/2010 1:07PM

    Thank you. You have given me a lot to think about. emoticon

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Why is it so hard to give yourself permission to eat what you want?

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Seriously. If you plan for it, almost ANYTHING can be part of a healthy diet.

Tonight I'd planned to make a "healthy" chocolate pudding cake. Healthy in that it doesn't have any dairy or refined sweetners or refined flour, but it still falls far from a health food.

Yet I found myself staring at my plan this morning, thinking maybe I ought to make chocolate dipped strawberries instead. Still an indulgence, but one minus the flour altogether and including healthy fruit, to boot.

I've put the pudding cake back on the menu, though. I've planned for it. I should be able to eat it. The only reason I might not make it is that I also plan to make a new recipe for both lunch & dinner, and I might just lose some steam by the time dessert rolls around.

I think one of the biggest things I've continued to struggle with lately is not always feeling satisfied. It seemed so easy those first (almost) 30 pounds, yet lately it's so elusive.

I do find myself hungry sometimes. You're not supposed to be hungry when you're leading a healthy lifestyle, right? So what gives? And no, I haven't actually been craving sweets lately, just hungry. Sometimes. So yes, I've been eating more rabbit food as it's so lovingly referred to. Because yes, if you want to live a healthy lifestyle, at some point you're going to have to start eating SOME rabbit food.

Do you find it hard to give yourself permission to eat the foods you truly crave?

Do you struggle with having to eat "rabbit" food? (Hey, I actually enjoy a lot of rabbit food. Problem is I still enjoy sweets, too. Not so much craving them, but still enjoy them).

When do you become too virtuous? That's something I've been thinking a lot about lately. Every day we're bombarded by all the things we shouldn't eat -- all that crap that goes into junk food -- but isn't just a little crap ok sometimes?

On cookbook maven today:


My review of Tofutti pan pizza (hint: it wasn't 2 thumbs up). The search for a good non-dairy frozen pizza. And food rituals revolving around religious holidays. You know you want to share . . .

And this just in! I just took a good look at some of the ingredients in my beloved vitatops. I think you'll find it very interesting reading.


It was an interesting article to research!

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HEYRED221 4/7/2010 11:57AM

    I give myself permission - but I make myself wait for the weekend. If I really want it, I have it. But sometimes by then, the craving is gone :-)

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    I have days that I have issues, but most days if I want something I try not to deny completely because otherwise I run the risk of overdoing it. I try to do things in moderation instead of deny.

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SLIMMERJESSE 4/6/2010 11:41AM

    Unfortunately, I have not experienced becoming too virtuous. And again, unfortunately, my permission factor has been way too high and my internal child has begun taking advantage of it. Time for tough love. Have a wonderful day.

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GEODAWG 4/6/2010 10:38AM

    As you know I do give myself permission to eat not so healthy food. As someone said, I can resist everything but temptation! I find if I want something and deny myself, the next time I see that food I lay down and waller in it! Waller--a good ole southern expression for acting like a pig in mud.
Have a great day!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/6/2010 8:35AM

    Yes, sometimes it is a struggle to give myself permission to eat what I know I shouldn't once in awhile. But I found out that I am less hungry, less crabby if I give myself permission to just have a TASTE once in awhile.

I went to my parents for Easter. We always have a glass of wine with our supper there. Well, that is empty calories for me, BUT I allowed myself 2 sips . . . that's it. And I did it! Felt good and I didn't feel deprived.

Don't know if that works for you, but I do find it helps me.

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Focus on what you CAN have

Monday, April 05, 2010

So, conventional wisdom says you should focus on what you can add not your diet, not on what you can't have.

Lately I've been focusing on adding whole grains and greens, and doing pretty well with it, too. Only one problem: I continue to be really hungry. It's not that what I'm eating is unsatisfying, much of it is really, really good -- it's just not filling me up enough.

Many say just trust your body and give it what it wants. While that works for me sometimes, it's not working for me lately. If I give it what it wants, instead of filling up my body is filling out. And I don't really want to fill out more than I am right now.

Of course my diet isn't perfect. I don't strive for perfection. In fact, I loosely follow the 80/20 rule -- eat healthy 80% of the time, and indulge a bit 20% of the time. Have some fun foods.

I will continue to plan, to plot, to scheme, and to try and trust in something higher than myself guiding myself. And pray that that guidance kicks in real soon!

Do you feel you have to eat perfectly to lose weight?

What sort of fun foods do you still eat?

I will get back to the second half of my 10 questions blog, just didn't want to think that deeply today (plus a bit crunched for time).

On Cookbook Maven recently:

What are your favorite raw veggies to snack on? Could definitely use some comments on that one -- looking for some new ideas.


Check out my heart sushi (really cool looking!), some cute animal photos, I shared my recipe for Vegan Mazo Brei (really simple), and some interesting food blogs this week -- how to know if your diet is right for you; whether or not photoshopping is wrong.

Happy reading!

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BESSHAILE 4/8/2010 7:08AM

    I go for the MUFAs when I can't fill up. Mono Unsaturated FAts - and especially the nut butters and avocados. Even Nutella - which I actually classify as candy. It has protein, dark chocolate, and a mufa and it's got the right chocolate texture and flavor I'm looking for. 1 tablespoon of Nutella can be nursed a long long time - for 100 calories

It's all green smoothies for me to get the dark leafy veggies in.

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GEODAWG 4/5/2010 5:17PM

    I like to eat Greek yogurt when I am still hungry. It satisfies me somehow, for quite a time. I'm going for one now!

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JLITT62 4/5/2010 4:00PM

    I happen to love bell peppers -- and baby carrots -- used to eat so many my skin did turn a tad orange.

But when I eat them I have to contend with 3 animals staring at me, willing me to share some with them . . . and sometimes I just don't want to contend with that! And sometimes I do.

Yes, one of my cats has some very odd tastes.

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SHEILA1505 4/5/2010 3:26PM

    I agree with the bell peppers - filled with hummus or FF cottage cheese - sprinkle seeds too or slivered almonds :))
Also a chunk of cauliflower

Have to focus on what I can eat - so many things on my "don't touch" list that I'd be miserable if I thought of those. There's plenty of options that I can eat

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CRAVE_FREE 4/5/2010 2:53PM

    I like to eat bell pepper slices; sometimes they satisfy both sweet and crunchy cravings.

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HEYRED221 4/5/2010 11:21AM

    I really strive for the whole grains/high fiber foods as well. They keep me full longer! And I do indulge too - a little dark chocolate every day!

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    I used to try to be perfect at everything, but have come to realize no human is perfect. Seriously. So I just do the best I can everyday and accept my failures as being human.

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RHORNUNG 4/5/2010 7:59AM

  Nothing is perfect so why expect yourself to be? I think it is OK to eat pretty much anything but in moderation so your 80/20 rule sounds about right to me. I find water and foods high in fiber keep me pretty satisfied. As far as snacks I like to take baby carrots, raw almonds and dried fruit (blueberries, raisins, apricots etc.) but make sure you measure them out. Stick with it!

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