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Move more, eat less works -- who knew?

Friday, July 02, 2010

LOL, of course I knew it, but sometimes you just have to live it.

I've blogged about watching my naturally thin SIL eat, and how she moves more & eats less. I blogged about how I'm eating half an individual frozen pizza instead of the whole thing -- how it wasn't easy but it was doable.

I started Insanity (well named -- more on that next week) Monday.

My WW app on my Ipod Touch has educated me that even using the activity and points calculator isn't quite the same as using etools.

And lo & behold I am down 2 pounds in one week.

So yeah, besides the BLTs, portion size is crucial for me. Yeah, I guess I was still just eating too much. I will admit that sometimes I was hungry this week, but most of the time I wasn't, and I still had some treats.

Or maybe it was a fluke or just my time. No matter what, yes, of course it made me happy.

This week will be challenging. We are having 4 people over on the 4th. Altho DH will be grilling steaks, pretty much the rest is up to me (one person is bringing an unknown appetizer). Although I'm making a healthy meal, there will be indulgences too. I'm making a couple of dips (veggie, of course). I making a vegan fudge pecan pie for dessert and the recipe for a vanilla pretzel peanut butter cup dessert from June's Real Simple.

I'm going to try to eat wisely all week, with some small indulgences, but allow myself what I want on Sunday. Which doesn't mean I'll go hog wild. I will try to eat mindfully and ask myself what I really want. We'll see how it goes. Oh, and did I mention that TOM is almost knocking on my door?

I will continue Insanity, which is a kick-butt workout for sure. I will try to get out for easy runs a couple of times a week. While Insanity is intense, the workouts aren't actually all that long the first month so an easy run is doable.

In fact, I did just that last night. I wanted to take the dogs to the park. It was very cool, and looked like rain, and of course DH never wants to go to the park in the first place. But I'd somehow forgotten to bring my library book when I'd donated 2 boxes of books earlier in the day, and it was due that day, and the library just happens to be near the park.

So we packed up the dogs, DH walked them, I had my easy run, it didn't rain on us, and I didn't have to pay a late fee. I like it when the universe just seems to align itself for you (although it would have been even better had I remembered the darn book the first time around).

Have you got a plan for this weekend? Next week? Spill it! You never know who you might help.

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TEMPEST272002 7/2/2010 7:43PM

    I was just saying to my naturally thin friend today "eat less, move more - it's simple to know, but complex to carry out" Glad to hear your finding your way & that the scale is moving again.

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LEONALIONESS 7/2/2010 11:14AM

    I've got my second half marathon race on the fourth. No other plans as of yet. I tend to do okay at social events since there are very rarely vegan things unless I bring them. So I eat a lot of raw fruit/veg... though the fact that most plain chips are vegan is a burden. I'm really REALLY bad at saying no to salty stuff. LOL. Especially since TOM is also knocking at my door and salty crunchies are so my PMS craving.

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/2/2010 9:49AM

    Congrats on your loss! Way to go!

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JIBBIE49 7/2/2010 9:36AM

I'm reading the BECK DIET SOLUTION, which isn't a "diet" but she teaches how to THINK like a THIN person. (Got a copy from the library.) I recommend it to everyone. (We have a support team here at Sparks.)

Walking for five minutes is better than walking for zero minutes. Exercise is essential even if I don't do very much at first. I can build up the amount that I do over time, but I have to start somewhere.
-------------------R>Hunger is never an emergency. It is only mildly uncomfortable. I can tolerate it. It will come and go.
I really do deserve credit for breaking old habits and it is essential for building my confidence. Once my confidence grows everything will become so much easier.
If I want to lose weight permanently, I can't make exceptions. I'd rather be thinner. I can't overeat on week-ends or any other time.
----------------------->I have to develop the habit of eating every bite slowly, while sitting down, so I can fully enjoy it. It is worth developing this habit, so that I can have a lifetime of being thinner.
I'm not going to let any minor setback ruin everything I've accomplished. One mistake doesn't ruin my diet, but falling back into old habits will.
I will recommit to my diet right here, right now!
Exercise is not negotiable for good health. It needs to be a daily lifetime habit and I need to make it so. The hardest part is getting started. I'll feel so much better when I'm done. So get started!
OH WELL! I'm going to ignore this craving. I'm going to do something and let it subside. I'm turning my attention to something else, like exercise.

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BZYBOYSMOM 7/2/2010 9:33AM

    What a grand productive week you had! Me not so much!:( Enjoy your 4th with friends. We will be spendi8ng the day with friends, food, fun and fireworks also! emoticon

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KEAKMAN 7/2/2010 9:30AM

    You've already seen my plan.....I am so active at these events that I KNOW I lose weight as long as I keep my eating in check. It's weird, but I always seem to retain water. I drink plenty, but my feet and ankles swell like crazy. Oh well, this isn't the place to blog about it!

I am glad that you lost hose two pounds - Insanity sounds pretty tough, and you deserve some positive feedback after working so hard all week!

Enjoy your weekend!

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Where did they go?

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

In the biopic "Temple Grandin", every time Grandin sees a dead being (animal or human) she asks but where did they go? They were here, and now they're gone?

While I have never seen a dead human, I was with both my first cats when they had to be put to sleep. And nothing makes it more obvious that we are not our bodies. Because when their spirit, their life force, whatever you call it, has left their bodies, all you are left with is an empty shell.

We are not our bodies. We are not our careers or job titles, and being a mommy doesn't define you either.

So lose weight for all the right reasons:

To get healthy
To get off meds
To have more energy

And most of all, do it with love. Positve reinforcement works; negative reinforcement doesn't. Realize that your body doesn't define who you are, and you've taken the first step to loving your body for what it does for you, not for how it looks. And that's what's important.

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LEONALIONESS 7/2/2010 11:18AM

    Man, I needed to read this.

I'm "at goal" and "thin" but having trouble since I'm not *perfect*. I have this idea in my head of how I NEED to look to finally accept myself. Being a size 2/4 isn't enough, apparently. Being able to run 14-15 miles and not die isn't enough (while running, it IS - it's when I stop that I get down on myself again). Since my stomach doesn't look like a model's I feel like a failure.

What the hell is that?
I'm fit, I'm strong - these things I know.
My blood chemistry numbers were amazing, my resting HR is in the high 40s and my BMI is in the low end of healthy. I should be happy and in a nice routine of maintaining my weight... but I'm stressed and a bit depressed - and often obsessive or nuts about food/calories/exercise.

I need to really REALLY work on my brain and getting a healthy body image now to go with my healthy body.

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BZYBOYSMOM 7/1/2010 10:21AM

    Very powerful blog. Thanks!

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KARBIE18 6/30/2010 10:18AM

    Great blog! Couldn't agree with you more. Thanks for reinforcing the idea, though.

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/30/2010 9:48AM

    Very nice blog. Thank you.

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SEKSUNSHINE 6/30/2010 8:09AM

    You are correct, but we do have to look at it, so why not make it look as good as possible?

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KEAKMAN 6/30/2010 8:01AM

    On my bathroom scale I have posted the following "I am not my weight. My weight is merely a number that is a tool to help me become more healthy."

Thank you for your insight and for the reminder that we are all so much more than a pants size or a weight or any other thing that merely describes, not defines, us.

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SLIMTHICK2 6/30/2010 6:02AM

    Good reasons for losing weight.

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AAKROYD 6/30/2010 5:51AM

    Interesting blog!

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What would make you happy NOW?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Wow! Thanks for all the comments yesterday, guys. Apparently all you have to do if you want loads of comments is have KEAKMAN mention your blog. As I told Kate, yesterday's blog came about because I actually did it while we were out (thought to myself "I am beautiful" while walking around) and noticed the difference that made in my whole body language.

Funny how sometimes I can go weeks without any deep thoughts, and then all of a sudden I have some many good ideas I have to write them down so I won't forget them. I guess that's sort of what they call latent learning.

Anyway, on to today's subject. I am never satisfied with the way my arms look in photos. Ever. It is always disappointing. They look as tho they have no muscles at all, and yet when I look at them, I can see the muscles. Someday I'd like to be able to see those muscles in a photo, too.

But the really burning question is what would make me happy NOW? Muscles aren't going to start popping out in my photos in the next 5 minutes.

So here are a few things that would make me happy NOW:

*Feeling in control of my eating. I always feel happier when I'm not mindlessly eating food standing up in the kitchen.

*Taking some deep breaths. It always calms you down.

*Moving my body. My body wants to be active. I just don't feel right when I'm not active. My active may not be your active -- you've got to find your own active.

*Holding a warm mug of tea and slowly sipping it. Ok, not so much right now, but I really enjoy that in the morning. Even in the summer (thank God for AC).

*Knitting something. It's been way too long.

*Decluttering. Funny how I really hate to do it, but it really makes me happy in the end.

*Playing, petting, brushing, training one of the animals. They put a smile on my face -- most of the time.

So how about you? There are all sorts of things you can't control. Thing you may want that won't happen as fast as you want. What would make you happy NOW?

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LEONALIONESS 6/29/2010 11:31AM

    Getting my work done early and being allowed to zip out when I'm done.

Not sure that'll happen but it'd make me happy!
Also, getting my (new to me) bike rehauled so I can start biking to work again. :)

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TEMPEST272002 6/29/2010 10:53AM

    Good question - cause I sneaked another peek at the scale and am seriously UNHAPPY this morning.

So what would make me happy now?

1. Reconnecting with hubby after tension this weekend. Maybe I'll make a special dinner for him tonight... followed by dessert of a non-food kind emoticon

2. Getting out for my W6D1 run. Not only will I be happier if I stay on my training schedule, but hopefully the exercise will help me work out some of my anger at the scale.

3. Finishing a house project I started that has been niggling at me to finish ever since.

I love reading your blogs. You always give me something to think about and help me refocus.

You're a great emoticon

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KEAKMAN 6/29/2010 9:59AM

    I think standing on the front porch soaking up some sunshine would make me happy right now - so I shall go out and do it! emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/29/2010 9:56AM

    I've been on a decluttering campaign for quite awhile. It makes me feel good to lighten my load. We have many things in common - like shoes and shopping. I could easily have opened a small boutique. Instead, I'm giving things to charity as I don't have the patience to do a garage sale. Have a wonderful day.

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I am beautiful.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Say it to yourself. Better yet, get up and say it to yourself while you're walking around. Notice the difference in your body when you say "I am beautiful". I know, I know, totally corny, but indulge me.

So get up and walk around and say "I am beautiful". Do you walk a little taller? Do you make eye contact with people (or animals, if that's all that's around)? Does it put a smile on your face? A swing in your hips?

Now see what happens when you think about all the body parts you loathe. You probably walk a little slower; you slouch down; there definitely isn't a smile on your face.

Sometimes it's the simple things that make the biggest difference. Our thoughts not only effect how we walk and feel, they even effect our physiology -- they can lower or heighten our blood pressure, they can cause little chemicals to be released throughout our body -- in short, our thoughts are really, really powerful.

So how hard was that? Keep telling yourself that you are beautiful, because you are, no matter what you weigh. Hopefully, over time, you will come to believe it.

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HEALTH4LYFE 6/28/2010 9:59PM

    I have asked some of my friends who have put themselves down from time to time if they would treat their friends that way. Of course the response is no. So when I ask them why they treat themselves like that, there is usually an eye opening gesture and a recognition of how negatively we are willing to treat ourselves.
Thank you for pointing out how we need to change the negative self talk into positive self talk. You are a beautiful person for taking the time to remind us of how we all do have our own beauty~ no matter what our size.

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GERPAT 6/28/2010 8:10PM

    You are so right, thoughts can be powerful either way so choose to let the negitive ones fall away and let your true reflection shine through.....thanks for the uplifting idea!!

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BRAVEONE92 6/28/2010 3:15PM

    What a beautiful, inspiring Blog! It is so true that what we think in our minds, affects our bodies, attitude, how we feel and even what we think of ourselves. I need to practice saying that I am beautiful and hopefully, it will make my whole body feel better.

As for me, what I think about me, is more important and healthier than what other people think or say about me.

By the way, you are BEAUTIFUL!

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HEYRED221 6/28/2010 2:16PM

    Great advice. Thank you!

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CAROLYN1213 6/28/2010 1:16PM

    You are beautiful!!! And so am I! It does make a difference! Thanks for sharing the beauty of your heart!

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USARUNNERGIRL 6/28/2010 1:12PM

    AMEN! You are so right on! And yes you are beautiful inside and out!!!!

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ZORAHGAIL 6/28/2010 12:36PM

    Great reminder of the power of the mind!

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GERBALMAMMA 6/28/2010 11:29AM

    I'm gonna give this a try, but maybe after I shower, after a run I think mostly " you stink". :) Thanks for
the blog.

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CAROLYNINJOY1 6/28/2010 11:21AM

    A simple change in self talk makes a world of difference.

Thanks for a great reminder to use a tool that works.
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TEMPEST272002 6/28/2010 10:43AM

    You are absolutely right! When we say mean things to ourselves, we are self-sabatoging. When we say positive things to ourself, we take another step towards health. Thanks for the reminder.

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SOUTHIE2010 6/28/2010 10:12AM

    Thanks for sharing!!! Great idea to start the week off right! emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/28/2010 9:50AM

    Such a great reminder. I have always been comfortable in my body. And even after gaining weight, I didn't reject it. Yet, I've never felt the "I am beautiful" thing. It's a great exercise to do, no doubt. Such a shame that marketing and media drive an image of what is beautiful into society's collective brain.

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KASHMIR 6/28/2010 9:31AM

    Yes, we are beautiful! Thank you for reminding us all to keep that in our minds today.

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CASSIOEPIA 6/28/2010 9:26AM

    Kate (KEAKMAN) brought me to your blog! Such a simple idea, but something we can do and nobody needs to know what we are thinking. Love the idea.

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MOMOF6BOYS 6/28/2010 9:22AM

    emoticonYou are right on!!!! I am glad I hopped on over here to read this....I need to do this more often...like several times a day!

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KEAKMAN 6/28/2010 8:26AM

    Simple, easy to do, and extremely effective. Yet so few of us do it. Thank you for the reminder!

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SHEILA1505 6/28/2010 7:39AM

    When I saw the title - I wanted to say "Yes you are!"

It certainly does work too - and often attracts compliments :))


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HEALTHY4JEANNE 6/28/2010 7:01AM

    Thank you for the reminder!
:) BTW, you are beautiful!!! Stand tall my friend.
:) Jeanne

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MSWANDACHAN 6/28/2010 6:50AM

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    What an awesome blog! Thanks so much for sharing!

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SEKSUNSHINE 6/28/2010 5:47AM

    You are so right, the power of the mind is unbelievable.

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WENCHMAID 6/28/2010 5:44AM

    I am beautiful, and so are you!

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ROX525 6/28/2010 5:42AM

    How true. I will try it today! Have a great summer!!

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Let the Insanity commence!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Yes, it did arrive yesterday, thank goodness. As long as the DVDs play, it sure looks exactly like what I ordered (bid on). And they shipped it extremely fast, too. Ebay shouldn't get me all worried like that.

Actually, I don't think the insanity will start til tomorrow. I'll take a stab at actually following the program. I'm not real good at following other people's program, but I'll at least try.

Still pondering how to fit the running in, too. Yes, Kate, I considered saving it til winter but that's half a year away and I feel I need a shake up now. Besides, that's part of why I have a treadmill.

I might just continue to run but make them "easy" runs. We'll see. I have a tendency to overdo things even tho I don't feel as if I am, and I'm just finally feeling normal again after almost a month of sickness so I don't want to go back there. Even shoveled some mulch again this morning.

Chester has just about made it thru a week. Which doesn't mean he's out of the woods yet. That's the nerve-wracking part. They don't normally show much in the way of symptoms, and it can take 2 weeks or more before something actually happens. But I still have faith he will be fine.

A little research on the Web this morning turned up that as rats/mice become more and more poison-resistant, the poison companies have made it more potent -- and more palatable by coating it with molasses or peanut butter. Well, no wonder he thought it was so tasty!

My mother has been calling to check up on him. She also told me that she thinks I look the best I've looked in years -- not necessarily because of my weight, which has been the same for almost a year and was actually up just a bit that weekend -- just overall. I don't think I look so different from last fall, but whatever, it was nice to hear. Maybe all those greens & grains are paying off after all.

I've continued to try to make healthy choices. We went out to dinner last night at our local fish market, which also obviously sells food. I had a seared tuna panini. Seared tuna, whole wheat, avocado & cheddar cheese. With a side order of sweet potato fries. Which were really fried, not baked, but that's ok. I almost never eat fries. Don't really much care for them anymore unless they're really good and they rarely are really good.

I didn't eat all of anything, and I didn't have any.dessert.at.all. For me, that's major. Not every fruit!

BTW, I thoroughly enjoyed Ironman 2. DH wasn't as enthusiastic, but I think it was a great summer movie. But then I do love Robert Downey Jr. But it was just enjoyable overall. Right mixture of humor and action and a little romanticism thrown in there.

Hope your weekend is going well & you are enjoying whatever it is you're doing.

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CAROLYNINJOY1 6/28/2010 11:23AM

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TEMPEST272002 6/27/2010 1:45PM

    What a nice thing for your Mum to say! I thik the eating healthy & exercising probably shows in your skin, eyes, and attitude! You are BEAUTIFUL!

You'll have to give us a review once you've tried out the DVD. Glad it came in!

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SHEILA1505 6/27/2010 1:18PM

    That's a nice compliment from your Mum - eating healthy foods has such a great impact on complexion and shiny hair as well as a spring to the step /twinkle in the eyes!


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KEAKMAN 6/27/2010 11:45AM

    You'll have to give us an update on the fun once you get started with the DVDs.

And, take it from me, mixing it up with running, walking, biking, whatever, is good for all of you, and keeps you from getting injuries!

Maybe run 2 days per week? and the DVDs the other 2 days, with ST/yoga on the 3 remaining? (I think I remember you do yoga....)

Why is it some of us MUST have a sweet after dinner? I NEED my sweet but Scott could care less about one. Same with his whole family. So now I stock pile skinny cow sandwiches - makes me feel all summery!

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