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Monday, May 24, 2010

So had a wonderful week in NYC, did most of the things I went there to do -- altho I really could've used another week to shop (but maybe my bank account is glad I didn't have it), but came do with a mild flu that had me on the couch all last week. I didn't eat any veggies for days and days, which is totally unlike me, but boy this weekend, when I was finally feeling better, I started craving sweets big time.

The good news is I didn't go food shopping at all last week! I ate a lot of oatmeal and whole wheat shells with "cheese" (tofu + veganaise) -- I always go for comfort food when I don't feel well.

My husband actually left on a business trip on Tuesday, came back late Wednesday night, took a class on Thursday, and then went to a shooting match on Saturday. So he was basically gone almost all week. Which had its pros and cons. I didn't have to feed him. But I sure would've liked a break from walking the dogs by Saturday. I did walk them every day, so I did get a tiny bit of exercise in.

I missed 2 WIs. I never miss a WI when I'm home, so that definitely tells you something.

I've done all my NYC photos already, but need to nab a few from DH (like the one of me about to attack a pastrami sandwich -- and the lit up Empire State buidling we could see from our hotel).

My 5k is a week from Saturday, which puts me in a bit of a dilemma. Normally I only run 3 weeks a month. I find I come back better when I take a week off from running. And this month it worked out perfectly: it would be the week before my race. Only I couldn't run last week at all. So now I have to decide whether or not I run next week.

Oh, and did I mention my SIL happens to be coming on the day of my race? And that I don't even know when she's coming yet? I'm assuming that she won't arrive til well after the race is done, but the timing on that one could've been better.

We did our 5k charity walk with the dogs yesterday. Only we cut it a bit short because the dogs were really dragging. It's not that they can't walk 5k, they can & they have, it's only that they're not used to walking with so few pit & snif stops. It took us just a tad over an hour.

At least we weren't actually last (and we did start last), altho it was close.

Which is why I could get my exercise in so much quicker without them, but it's nice to have the companionship.

So, no real points here, just a shout out that I'm back and I'll be slowly catching up with everyone.

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KEAKMAN 5/25/2010 9:05AM

    Welcome back! I missed you!

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FREELADY 5/24/2010 10:27PM

    I love hearing all your experiences!

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Why do good WIs give me permission to eat?

Friday, May 07, 2010

Actually, I'm not really sure there was a cause and effect there. I think it really had a lot more to do with pre-TOM hungries. I get really hungry a week or two before, and usually my appetite plummets when it actually arrives (during vacation, boo hoo).

I know, *I* get bored sometimes with all my musings about what's up, but sometimes it helps me or someone else so here goes.

I was up 2 lbs after going to the Cape for just a couple of days. I was careful! I walked! I even brought quite a bit of food so the only meals out I ate were 2 dinners & 1 lunch. 2 friggin' lbs from basically 2 days. And that was weighing in 3 days later!

So I did finally realize that I always gain weight when I'm away, no matter how careful I am, most likely because of all the sodium in restaurant meals. I don't eat out a lot, and I don't eat a lot of processed foods, so I'm not usually eating a whole butt load of sodium.

Sure enough, this week I lost almost those 2 lbs again.

So then why did I find myself eating my way thru my kitchen last night?

Yes, I was hungry. Truly hungry. Only some of the things I chose to eat after dinner weren't the best choices: crackers (healthy ones, but still not a nutritional powerhouse), chocolate graham crackers (again, healthy ones, but really, no nutritional value at all to speak of there), and some chocolate.

I have a feeling if I'd just sat down and eaten an apple -- maybe with some PB or nuts -- I would have felt a whole lot more satisfied and it would have saved me a whole lot of calories.

I was truly physcially hungry, but there was something psychological going on, too. My pants were really loose. I've blogged about it before, but I swear loose pants somehow give me the idea I can eat more. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Well, live and learn, as they say. There are times I wish I weren't a perpetual student!

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STARTSPARKING 5/13/2010 4:43AM

    Sodium can REALLY affect your system, especially if you don't usually eat much processed food. Congrats on losing those two pesky pounds so quickly.

Your loose pants theory reminds me about the concept of dinner plate size. I've heard that over time the average dinner plate size has gotten bigger, and we are eating more. To get the illusion of eating a full plate without overeating, we are supposed to use smaller plates. I guess that's why buffet restaurants use small dinner plates, so patrons won't pile on as much and waste food.

Thank you for reminding me the importance of smaller plates and more fitting pants!

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LOPEYP 5/12/2010 6:27PM

    I know the feeling. My night to eat out is weigh in day. I don't go crazy but do have more than I would have if I cooked at home. Maybe the tighter pants is the answer.
Give yourself a break and don't beat yourself up about it.

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USARUNNERGIRL 5/12/2010 1:57PM

    I can sooooo totally relate. I am feeling very munchy munchy today and I am eating a piece of chocolate as I type this. At least it is a little mini bar of chocolate. Ugh.

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DDHEART 5/9/2010 4:45PM

    I'm smilng since I'm thinking of a possible solution but I know you won't want to do it..........we need to get ourselves some of those painted on skin tight pants to wear...not only would we avoid the pants are loose temtation (yes I did say we) but passing a mirror would make us Yikes pass up the goodies! LOL

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TEMPEST272002 5/8/2010 7:38PM

    Yup. Me too. On my calendar, I have a reminder "bake low-cal goodies for PMS week". I know it's going to happen, so might as well prepare for it. . emoticon Two of my favs from sparkrecipes.com are the Mango Salsa & the Frozen Peanut Butter Cups.

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HEALTH4LYFE 5/7/2010 3:46PM

    I read a blog recently by Jeanlecuy and she used the term detours when referring to behavior which takes us from the path of our goal. Instead of hitting the "reset" button, hopefully we will learn from our choices, both good and bad, and use that information to bring us closer to our goals.
Looks like we are all meant to be students for the rest of our lives. I know I still have much to learn. emoticon

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HEYRED221 5/7/2010 2:47PM

    I can relate. I do the same thing!

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SHEILA1505 5/7/2010 9:28AM

    So get a belt with an extra hole on it and tighten that and then you won't fool yourself into giving yourself permission to graze too much


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CRAVE_FREE 5/7/2010 9:24AM

    I am starting to think we are on the same cycle. I wanted to eat through my kitchen on Wednesday. I hope your traveling this weekend is fun and you continue to forgive yourself for the travel gain. You seem to be very efficient at losing it upon your return!

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FREELADY 5/7/2010 9:23AM

    Oh yes, I have done this. Did it recently. Now I have a thinking project . . . what will help me sustain helpful choices after a victory or progress spurt? Why am I so vulnerable after some positive outcome?

You are strong and resilient. You are already snapping back into healthy form!

The learning experience is so valuable. But I'd like to "re-take the class" a bit fewer times!
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ANDREWMOM 5/7/2010 8:03AM

    Don't do that to yourself.... Just call it a setback, forget about it and move on.... I am the queen of setbacks - you are doing MUCH better tham I am. Keep it up and DO NOT get discouraged!!!!!

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Energy thru the roof

Thursday, May 06, 2010

I swear, people are always saying this, and I always feel like there's never quite enough energy. Til yesterday. Finally, I could say that I had energy thru the roof!

I had a long to-do list, and I crossed off all the items except for one -- and then did a few that weren't on the list! I didn't get to cleaning the kitchen, but I did clean and refill both litterboxes.

I mapped out -- and ran -- a 4.1 mile loop around my neighborhood. Because I'm pretty sure I'm going to sign up for a running tour, despite not finding a whole lot of info on the company, and anyway my 5k is coming up and it's a good idea if you're comfortable with running more than 5k (makes it seem easier on race day, don'tcha know?).

I almost wimped out and did a shorter, more intense run on the treadmill inside, but it was just too lovely a day. I figured I'd save the shorter run til Friday, when the push really comes to shove.

I think I did 15 min miles, which is really, really slow, but that's ok. I did it, that's the most important thing.

After dinner I had my husband feed the animals so I could run to the mall to get some guides to NYC (also not on my list, I was going to do it today, but I still had energy, so why not get it out of the way?).

Then when I came home, I filled up about 6 kongs for the dogs (which was on the list, and I wasn't sure I'd get to it, but I still had energy).

The last few days have been very busy, and the next couple will probably be busier still. But things are going along pretty good (other than the rain this morning that caused the dogs to not want to go out and means I probably won't get my walk in before my WW meeting). Yet instead of feeling frazzled and frantic, I feel like I'm getting done what I need to get done and feel pretty calm about it all. So far!

And did I mention I came in just shy of 20k steps yesterday, too?

THIS is what weight loss is all about. The energy to not all get the things done you have to do, but to feel good doing them and enjoy them.

May you be blessed the same way.

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KEAKMAN 5/6/2010 8:34PM

    I know you didn't do this first thing in the morning, but I'm going to pretend that you did.....see? when you start your day with a run, everything is so much easier and more fun!

Seriously! Congrats on getting so much done. Aren't you glad that you are a healthier version of yourself than you were last year? And isn't it FUN?! emoticon

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HEYRED221 5/6/2010 11:48AM

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FREELADY 5/6/2010 11:42AM

    So happy to hear all your positive elements! I myself find it easier to eat sanely when I am busy and focused on activity.

The running is inspiring. I have let pressing tasks keep me from getting out to run. I will change that this week.

Looking forward to hearing your NYC developments!

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MONTY68 5/6/2010 10:23AM

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energy builds on energy ,you had as fantastic day

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CRAVE_FREE 5/6/2010 8:59AM

    I feel energized just reading about this! I'm so glad you got so much accomplished and feeling so great! I hope today is just as wonderful for you!-

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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/6/2010 8:01AM

    I need to read about this food tour.......
And your running rocks! You can surely leave me in the dust.

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What about a food tour?

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

This one goes almost directly in the opposite direction from yesteday's blog.

I think I've given up on the shopping tour. Sounds like fun, but I can print out maps from TLC's What Not to Wear (which unfortunately I've become addicted to) and wander around on my own for free. Plus I'll probably pick up a small pocket guide of some sort. I used to know the city pretty well, but I've only been 3 times in our 25 years of marriage, and the last time was 8 years ago -- when I requested a trip to NYC for my 40th.

I think I've decided to attempt a running tour.

Then while looking up other walking tours in NYC, I came across a food walking tour. Then I looked at the price. Yikes! Let's just say they better be serving me gold for that price, no matter how good the tour (and it got great reviews).

But I figure there must be other food tours. I never really thought of a food tour. But how cool is that? Probably not so cool for my waistline, but . . . but . . . I'm a foodie!

I've found another one that is MUCH more reasonable and is getting good reviews -- and regularly sells out.

I must say, my intention has always been to eat and shop my way thru NYC. Sensibly. If such an adverb can be applied to eating and shopping. And walk a lot. And run some.

But there's a little bit of fear -- one of those tours has seated tastings at 4 different restaurants -- plus a few outdoor tastings!

Ok, are my buddies my angels or my devils?

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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/6/2010 8:03AM

    Go for it! It sounds wonderful.

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BESSHAILE 5/6/2010 7:28AM

    Do it!

For all the reasons everyone has given.

And because you deserve it.

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MONTY68 5/4/2010 2:54PM

A very interesting blog. I know what I would do. I lost 84 pounds because I was obese. I learned how to eat healthy and joined Spark to stay motivated and maintain. I also learned that part of a healthy lifestyle was to enjoy life and have fun. If I had the opportunity to go on a food tour I would jump on it. It doesn't seem like a sitdown dinner, but more like sampling a variety of foods. Would I gain weight from it? no, and I really don't think you would. 3500 extra calories for a pound. That could be a lot of good sampling. I assume you would be walking between stops and actually burning some of those calories.
So , I suggest that you enjoy the day, enjoy the food and have a fun time.

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HEYRED221 5/4/2010 1:40PM

    I think you should doing the walking or running tour, that way you can eat, but get your exercise in at the same time emoticon

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CRAVE_FREE 5/4/2010 12:39PM

    I agree that it's a tasting/sampling and a one-time deal. I think you should go for it!

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FRECKS96 5/4/2010 11:18AM

    That sounds awesome! I love NYC-we've driven 3 hours there just for dinner sometimes. Enjoy, whatever you decide to do!

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USARUNNERGIRL 5/4/2010 11:13AM

    Yummmy sounds good to me. I hate to say I am a foodie too. I love food. The smell, the texture, the tastes. Yum, Yum.

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SHEILA1505 5/4/2010 8:53AM

    In London, there's an organisation called the Original London Walks and these are very reasonably priced - used to be about 4pounds - probably 6 by now
Anyway - they are all about 2 hours long, are themed, e.g. Jack the Ripper, Bloomsbury Writers, Dickens London etc, and stop off at pubs along the way a couple of times. They are led by out-of-work actors, artists, writers, people with interesting backgrounds and a passion for their extra work.

I wonder if you can find something like this in NYC?
Or can you google all the Deli's in an area of NYC etc

As I said on your Friend Feed - can I come? Can I come?

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LEONALIONESS 5/4/2010 8:16AM

    Well, since I'm planning on eating my way across Portland (vegan food mecca!) I say go for it! It's a tasting, not huge meals. If you just try a nibble of everything you want to taste (and call it lunch, if necessary) you ought to be fine.

It's not like you do this everyday.
I say have the experience and work around it for your intake/exercise to balance it out.

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Putting aside the fear

Monday, May 03, 2010

As I was putting together the tempeh salad for lunch today, I realized that I alawys somewhat fear vacations, no matter how much I also look forward to them.

And it occurred to me that that is absolutely the wrong way to approach it. It's the wrong way to approach weight loss, too: that fear that we can't do it, or we can't maintain it.

A vacation is an incredible gift. I know many people don't have the travel opportunities I've been blessed to have. It's not enough to enjoy it while we're in the midst of it, I think we have to enjoy our anticipation of vacations, too.

That's the way I'm going to look at it now. I will have so many incredible opportunities and adventures -- food might be a big part of it -- for me -- but it's definitely not all about the food.

It's about being able to relax a bit in the mornings, rather than having to get up early to feed the cats and to let the dogs out. It's about exploring new places -- and rediscovering some old favorites (growing up in Poughkeepsie with parents who grew up in the Bronx, I've been to NYC many, many times -- even if it's been a long time). It's about people watching (I LOVE to people watch, to see what everyone is wearing).

So I am trying to put aside my fears of gaining weight in favor of anticipation of the adventures to come.

Not too long ago my WW leader said that until you can view this journey as a gift to yourself, rather than a chore, you're not in a healthy lifestyle mindset (or words to that effect). So true! So difficult sometimes!

Perhaps we need to anticipate the many adventures weight loss can lead us on. To saying hello to another runner outside on my morning run. To my continuing discovery of just what healthy eating really is -- I guess I should say my never-ending journey! To anticipating running my first 5k in about a month. To liking the way I look (most days) even if I'm not even at the top end of my goal weight range weight.

What can you anticipate about your healthy lifestyle journey?

What has fear done to your healthy lifestyle journey?

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BESSHAILE 5/6/2010 7:26AM

    Oh girlfriend I needed this.

I have NOT been having fun lately with my weight journey - and I haven't been going anywhere with it either. I needed the reminder that I'm not doing this to punish myself for being bad. I'm doing this so I can have More Fun.

Love you for this! THANKS

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TOPAZ-GAL 5/3/2010 5:39PM

  I feel the ability to travel is such a gift and I always look at it as learning experience. You can learn and acquire so much knowledge when you travel. Maybe that's just for me but when I travel (it is very rare) I always do some "research" about what the area has to offer historically and tourist wise) After the return and I get the photos it makes for very pleasant memories that I want to hold on to and for my 2 girls to look back at as they get older and say "remember when we went to....".
Well now I want to go and make some travel plans. Have a good evening. Anyone ready for get-away, roadtrip, charter bus trip.....let's go.....are we there yet?

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/3/2010 5:20PM

    Having travelled worldwide, I can smilingly say that there's no place on earth like NYC. Have a wonderful time.

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