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Why not me?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I stole this subject directly from today's skinnyinthecity.com/ newsletter.

The advice comes from Bob Harper, of "The Biggest Loser" fame (and no, I don't watch the show).

So simple, isn't it? It's about taking all your goals and asking yourself why not me? Turning off that negative talk in our heads.

In fact, even before I read the newsletter this morning, I had already practiced why not me? We are going away this weekend. Not really a pleasure trip, we're going to look at my inlaws house on the Cape, make sure the painting was done well, and probably do some tidying up.

DH even wants to stay in the house. Which is empty. And we're not even sure the water is on. I am resistant to this idea. It's going to be a long trip, not a terribly fun one, and frankly, I know we won't be sleeping real well on an air mattress there. Not to mention we'll have to haul bedding with us, etc. etc.

Ok, the above was just me venting.

Where did why not me? come in.

I've been thinking about what sort of food to bring with me. What can keep my on tracck. And I found myself thinking "you always gain when you go away, so maybe your goal ought to be to just accept a small gain".

And then I was like whoa! Did I really just think that? No, I won't go with that attitude. It's a challenge, to be sure, because I'm not sure I'll have access to a fridge or even ice, so things that have to be refrigerated are out.

But I can bring some Ezekiel english muffins, some almond butter, some apples -- there's a healthy breakfast. I can bring a lunch to eat on the way down. And hopefully I can find someplace with healthy salads for lunch -- and then indulge a bit at dinner. I was thinking about bringing a slice from the vegan chocolate chip cookie pie, but I think something a bit lighter is called for when I'm going to be eating out for most of the weekend.

So, remember New Years? Remember those goals? Why not you?

On cookbook maven:

Wondering what your go-to foods for travel are.


My adapted-from-Thrive recovery smoothie/pudding


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BESSHAILE 4/21/2010 11:41AM

    yes. Why not you? The success. The thin woman whose habits are healthy? yeah. Why not?

Hope there is some fun in this weekend too.

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GEODAWG 4/20/2010 6:06PM

    It is good to have a plan for traveling. I just go and think later about what I need to do for nutrition. Good to realize a little planning would be good.

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USARUNNERGIRL 4/20/2010 8:48AM

    I love it that you do a self Q and A to get your answers. More of us need to do that.

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FREELADY 4/20/2010 8:04AM

    Boy, I love these blogs---chock-full of anti-sabotage thinking and practical details that I can implement!

Your focus and courageous living-in-reality is going to take you to your GOAL! Hooray!

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When I get tired of it all . . .

Monday, April 19, 2010

. . . I remind myself of how I felt when I was 29 pounds heavier.

I do my share of whining:

It's too hard.

Why can't I eat what I want to?

Why can't I eat how MUCH I want to?

How come I lose weight so slowly?

How come I'm not losing weight anymore?

The list goes on and on.

But then I remind myself of how I feel now:

I can buy cute clothes now. Might be shallow, but it works!

I have more energy now.

I can easily cross my legs now!

I found my collarbones again.

My blood pressure is oodles lower.

I have more confidence now.

This list goes on & on, too. And when I focus on this list, the hard work gets easier.

What do your lists look like?

What do you do when your lack of progress (or slowness, or backsliding -- whatever!) starts getting you down?

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HEYRED221 4/19/2010 7:57PM

    yes and yes, so true!!!

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FREELADY 4/19/2010 5:07PM

    Love your thoughtful insights!

I can climb bleachers without mortification.
I can sidle by someone in the library stacks.
I can find clothes at second-hand sales.
I sleep much better.
My hips don't keep me awake aching.
My mind has space for many wonderful thoughts besides food.

Great blog!

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GEODAWG 4/19/2010 3:59PM

    Buying cute clothes is not shallow. It means that you like yourself and you like to look your best! Congrats!

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IILAAD65 4/19/2010 2:58PM

    I feel like I have accomplished something for ME!!

Good blog!!

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JUSTDUCKY1405 4/19/2010 1:22PM

    I smile more!

I laugh more!

I live more!

I feel more a live!

I feel more happy!

I feel more confident and content!


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SLIMMERJESSE 4/19/2010 11:37AM

    I could have written this list verbatim! Thanks for the reminders. Have a wonderful day.

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Beauty from the inside out

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Well, yes, of course our beauty comes from the inside.

But I'm talking more about our foundations here. Not content with just brighter clothes, I wanted some brighter foundation garmets, too (sorry if it's TMI, menfolk!).

So I stopped off at Target the other day & stocked up. I have to admit that I really like Target bras. They fit well and they're the right price. I even snagged a couple of clearance ones for $4 and $5 -- pretty astounding since my size (pretty small) tends to sell out quickly.

I walked out with fuschia, with purple, with red. And I must admit it made me feel prettier to know I had them on.

Because I'm so small, I must also admit that I do have a tendency to go braless fairly often -- since mostly I'm hanging out at home, and especially during the winter.

But this was actually how I felt that I knew I'd lost some weight this week -- my bras felt more comfortable.

So if you want to feel pretty from the inside out and don't have a whole lot of money to spend, I highly recommend Target! And don't forget the clearance rack!

Over on cookbook maven:

Check out what I ate at the party last night.


What I ate so I wouldn't eat everything in sight at the party:


And the blogs that spoke to me this week


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GEODAWG 4/17/2010 8:19PM

    I love Target. Go there all the time. Now I will have to check out the bras there! Thanks!

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JETTSTAR999 4/17/2010 9:25AM

  Awesome! Wish there was Target in Canada!

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Getting to know you . . .

Friday, April 16, 2010

. . . or my body is talking to me (which was what I originally was going to title this blog, but then "getting to know you" from "The King & I" got stuck in my head -- odd trivia about me: I actually got to see "The King & I" with Yul Brynner many, many years ago. Awesome).

So yeah, my body definitely talks to me. Um, no, you don't have to call the people with the rubber rooms yet.

Despite my blog yesterday, I was pretty sure I'd lost weight this week. How could I tell? My collarbones and my cheekbones seemed more prominent again. My skin was looking better.

Lately I find I can't seem to tell my weight from my clothes alone. One pair of jeans felt looser. One felt tighter -- seriously, so tight that I ended up switching into the looser jeans later on in the day. Maybe because I've just been pushing liquids so much because of not feeling well. I might actually have to break down & go to the doctor, exept I don't actually have a doctor . . . anyway.

And then I went and took my measurements and they were up. I know I retain fluids around TOM time, which ought to be arriving any moment now. So I seriously just didn't know where I was.

Apparently I should listen to my body more. Because sure enough, even with my mini-binge two nights ago, I was down a good amount this week. Not enough to break the plateau, oh no, that would be asking too much. But it did make me feel better.

Tonight we have our party. I wanted my healthy "Thrive" pancakes this morning (even they just taste so-so), but decided to go with apple oats instead. Not only do I not have control over the food tonight, dinner will be much later than we're used to eating. So I need to make sure to tank up on good food beforehand.

Does your body talk to you?

Do you listen?

What does it tell you?

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GEODAWG 4/16/2010 8:31PM

    Yes my body talks to me. Today it said good job because I actually got into my new swimsuit and it looked good if I do say so myself!

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USARUNNERGIRL 4/16/2010 3:57PM

    I am learning to listen more to what my body says because it tends to be right. Hang in there.

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4DOGNIGHT 4/16/2010 8:39AM

    Knowing what our bodies are trying to tell us is so important on our journey. All those bubbles and groans, squeaks and creaks! Have a great day!

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DDHEART 4/16/2010 8:33AM

    Not only does my body talk to me.....I talk back! emoticon

I woke up this morning thinking about my body's inherent nature and how we need to learn not only how to live with that but how to use it to our advantage...then I saw your blog title and thought....there she goes again, reading my mind! Have a good party tonight....you'll make good choices or at least you'll minimize the less stellar choices...it's life, live it!

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Why am I different?

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Over the years, I must have read hundreds of books about diets and -- and certainly many hundreds of cookbooks about healthy cooking.

And I swear to God, if I pick up another one that writes something along the lines of "I just started to eat this way and the pounds melted off, and I never have to count anything ever again" I'm going to run screaming in the other direction -- I might even strip first (who am I kidding?).

Bully for you. You found the "secret".

No matter how hard I try, I never quite seem to find the "secret". I delve into my psyche, I try different ways of eating, I exercise more, I exercise less, and I remain stuck.

I felt so good this week, until I measured and my measurements were up and yesterday my jeans were so tight that I actually began to think I was getting a UTI (which doesn't explain why my other jeans seem much looser). Yes, TOM should be hitting any second here.

So what is the point of all this? Well, maybe I am different. Maybe it is harder for me to lose weight than your normal person, for whatever reasons.

Does it matter? NO!!!

I can only fail if I quit. I'm not quitting.

It is a problem to be solved, that is all.

Do the people who claim you should get to a point where you never have to count points, calories, or fat grams again just make you want to throttle them?

Have you found YOUR "secret"? (Because it IS different for everyone). Share it -- just cause it may not work for me, doesn't mean it won't help someone else who is reading this blog.

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GEODAWG 4/15/2010 7:21PM

    The person who says that the pounds just melted off is the same one who plays the slot machine and says she always wins! Self-delusion is a wonderful thing especially when you can't read! LOL

PS I am feeling your pain cause I am in the same boat!

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DDHEART 4/15/2010 5:11PM

    I loved this...I have often felt like throwing the book at those "effortless" losers! My secret? Well, I had to learn that I can't diet....there is no begining and end....every day in every way I need to be aware of what I eat, drink and how I move or don't move....I LIKE food....well you knew that, we've had the conversation before about noisily really enjoying food...and I like to cook, I like to read and I am cat like in my tendency to want to curl up in a nice cozy quilt during the winter months....so I will always need to work at it...that's ok, now that I understand this about myself it is more acceptable...just the way I am.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 4/15/2010 10:34AM

    My secret: eternal vigilence! No, seriously, I listen to my body and experiment with different foods. Everything in moderation. Kick up the exercise, but find something you love doing. In other words, all the advice you get here, and that's no secret.
The only time the pounds melted off was when I was going through a divorce; you don't want to do that.

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KARENBL 4/15/2010 9:35AM

    I'm with you too! 3 months of WW and exercising at least 5 hours a week vigorously and still less than 20 pounds lost. Losing weight is hard work!!
But, I'm sure the end results are worth it.

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4DOGNIGHT 4/15/2010 8:35AM

    My weight is so stubborn, it clings to me like glue! At 62, nothing is going to melt away from me. I can't even blame it on TOM! It just stays. emoticon

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SARAHFANCY 4/15/2010 8:20AM

    Oh yes, pounds melting off! Never been me, either, no matter which Secret of the Month I am currently trying. I have read in other books that I need to get over being angry at other people, moaning "Why can't I eat anything I want? Why am I the one who has to watch every morsel that goes into my mouth or I gain 10 pounds instantly?" I guess we are all different. And maybe that one person who experienced the pounds melting off nirvana was one in 10,000. Who knows....And melting is a slow process, isn't it? At least of most of the time.

Anyway, great blog. I get it!

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KARBIE18 4/15/2010 8:03AM

    I'm right there with you - no secret here. Just wanted remind you that you are not alone!

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