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But it's nice to be home

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Even if I was forced to eat sweet potato chips.

Somehow my intentions to blog fell by the wayside . . . not that we were really doing all that much most of the time, more like the Wifi would bog down at night and be really slow.

Thankfully my intentions to exercise and eat well mostly remained intact.

It wasn't quite as restful a vacation as it could have been. On Wednesday we drove out to Cape Cod, which is about a 2 1/2 hour drive, basically to talk to my MIL's realtor and get lobster sandwiches at The Four Seas.

For those who've never heard of it, The Four Seas is famous for its ice cream. It's a little hole in the wall near my inlaws' house that my husband is obsessed with -- clearly, since he drove so far just to have their lobster sandwich (and ice cream). It was definitely a tiring day.

I ran 3 times, I did yoga 3 times, and I swam 3 times. Plus some walking. I'll talk more about the swimming in tomorrow's post I think.

Because we had a kitchenette, I had breakfast and lunch in most days -- all that stuff that was in those 3 insulated bags. Only I came back with FOUR stuffed insulated bags.

How could that happen, you might ask? Well, first there was the 2 trips to the small natural foods store in Mystic, which was better stocked than most of the natural foods store here in Albany despite being smaller. Actually better stocked than our co-op which is larger! I finally scored the new flavors of Larabars that I've been searching for forever.

And then we stopped at Whole Foods in Hartford on the way home.

I didn't spend a whole lot of money on this vacation other than on food! You know you're a foodie when you come back from vacation with more food than you left with. Tomorrow I get to hit up the brand-spankin'-new Fresh Market here and see what they have to offer. We missed the grand opening, but apparently people camped out in lawn chairs for it.

There was a huge accident in Mystic on our second stop at the natural foods store. Tied up the drawbridge and no tour boats could get out. In fact, I had to pay in cash because they lost power.

Then getting home yesterday took much longer than normal because there was an airshow that backed up the Mass turnpike for hours and we luckily saw it and bypassed it, but had to take the long way home. Literally.

My parents come for the night on Monday, we're having company next weekend . . . but today I'll mostly rest up before starting the next round of chores.

Oh yeah, almost forgot the sweet potato chips. Sorry to leave you hanging! I'd bought a hummus wrap at the natural foods store in Mystic for lunch yesterday. Ate it in the car after shopping at Whole Foods, where I picked up 2 bags of Terra crinkle cut sweet potato chips (we are entertaining next weekend, after all).

Almost 4 hours later, even tho we were close to home, I was starving when we made a pitstop for the dogs. I really wanted an apple, which I knew would hit the spot, but frankly would be too messy to eat (I was wearing a skirt I happen to like). Because I have a bonded front tooth I have to cut my apples up.

So I broke into the sweet potato chips instead. They're pretty good. Unlike regular potato chips, they actually have some fiber in there. So yesterday wasn't great, but it wasn't terrible, just a testament to never let yourself get too hungry because you'll make poor choices (altho I did have that apple for dessert last night and it really hit the spot).

  
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HEALTHY4JEANNE 8/25/2010 8:23AM

    OK, I live in MA and have only been to the cape 3 times in the past 20 years.
I have a new place to put on my list for a lobsta roll. :)

Sounds like a nice trip.
:) Jeanne

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FRECKS96 8/22/2010 9:07PM

    Welcome home! Sounds like you had a fun trip even with the issues getting home.

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TEMPEST272002 8/22/2010 6:40PM

    That's funny - coming home with more food than you left with! I am totally in love with sweet potatoes, I'll have to keep my eye out for those.

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KEAKMAN 8/22/2010 3:51PM

    Welcome home!

And I am glad that you had a good time, even with the power outages and etc.

And I am glad that Chester was well enough to vacation!

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HEYRED221 8/22/2010 1:47PM

    Sounds like you had a nice time and you still got some exercise in - that's great! We are leaving for Cancun in another week or so, I plan on lots of walking and swimming.

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DRJJ2004 8/22/2010 8:07AM

    Glad you had a good time! Also glad to know that I'm not the only one who ends up brining home food from vacation! :O)

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SHEILA1505 8/22/2010 6:30AM

    Glad you had a good trip - lots of interesting things happening too

Like you - I returned with food from my trip! I had cashew nuts with different seasonings - chilli, coriander (cilantro), Lemon and a pile of dates :) As well as a recipe from the chef of the Doha hotel

Hugs

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We have arrived

Monday, August 16, 2010

Can I say how much I love my Ipod? Since we have free wireless in the room, I can actually blog.

Last week was a real whirlwind. I don't think I've blogged so little since I joined. I got my exercise in, ate fairly well, altho the sleep thing wasn't as good as usual and I'm pretty beat. I did go for an early run this morning despite sleeping late.

Had a nice brief visit with my brother & nephew, & they took us out for a yummy sushi dinner & thank God changed their train so I didn't have to get up at the crack of dawn.

Hauled 3 large insulated bags of food with us -- already had a large salad for lunch -- some of that is the dog stuff, too.

Might be able to share some photos at some point since I downloaded an app to transfer photos via wifi.

Time to relax!

  
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TEMPEST272002 8/17/2010 10:17AM

    Yum, sushi! My fav! Hope your having a fun, relaxing day!

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KEAKMAN 8/16/2010 5:13PM

    HOORAY FOR TECHNOLOGY! looking forward to your updates!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/16/2010 3:24PM

    Where are you vacationing - hope it's great !!!!

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Trusting my body

Thursday, August 12, 2010

It's a really, really hard thing to do. Sometimes I'm really in tune with my body, and sometimes we seem to be at odds. I kind of feel like I've been at odds with it again.

Today I decided to WI but not look at the number. Sometimes they tell you -- used to be a no-no -- but thankfully they didn't (altho usually when they say nothing it means you gained). I really felt I ate very well this week, and definitely got plenty of exercise in.

At the moment my plan is to concentrate more on what *I*'m doing rather than what the scale SAYS I'm doing. My basic thought is that if I don't know what the scale says, I can't let it rule my thoughts and feelings, and I can get down to the business of just trying to eat in a healthy manner.

This could blow up big time for me, but it's a risk I'm willing to try at the moment. Even with going on vacation next week. Always a difficult time for me, no matter how much exercise I get or how good I believe I've eaten, I always seem to gain a little on vacation.

Speaking of vacation, I could use some good vibes again. We're taking the dogs and right now the forecast totally sucks -- rain pretty much ever day. Not the best forecast for a beach vacation, and definitely not the best forecast when your dogs are convinced they're made of sugar and will melt in the rain and you intended to get a lot of your exercise done via running.

Getting back to the trusting my body thing . . . my brother & nephew will be here for one night this weekend, and next weekend we're having some people over for dinner. Sandwiched in between a vacation. Just what was I thinking?

Oh, and then about a week later DH goes on a long business trip, comes home for a couple of weeks, then off on the business trip to Japan . . . which all might just be good for me because I get to eat the way I really want to when he's not here.

So it's scary, but I'm going to work on trusting my body again and fueling it right without knowing what the scale says. I may not be willing to change my food and exercise right now, but there are always other things to change. So much of living healthy is mental! I'm not talking about how it makes us mental, but rather so much of it -- of anything in life we have to work for -- has to come from within first. We lose track of that sometimes when we get caught up in the details.

Wish me luck!

  
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HEALTHY4JEANNE 8/16/2010 7:12AM

    Hey, are you going to Cape Cod?
I hope that the weather is better than anticipated.
You inspire me my friend.
Jeanne

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BARBIETEC 8/15/2010 5:55AM

    GOOD LUCK!!! and have a lovely vacation!!!!

Just send the rain over to me and I will keep it for you.. but you have to have it on Saturday when my race day is hehehe :)

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DRJJ2004 8/12/2010 6:14PM

    Good Luck my friend!! Let me know how that works for you. I cannot get on the scale and not look..I just can't do it yet. Maybe once I start losing more consistently. We'll see. :O)
Anyway..have a great vacation!!

Hugs!

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FRECKS96 8/12/2010 5:47PM

    Good Luck! It is important to listen to and TRUST our bodies. A reminder that we could all use a little more often. Enjoy your vacation and try not to worry.

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TEMPEST272002 8/12/2010 4:52PM

    Good for you for challenging yourself & moving out of what is comfortable. I still see my body as a mystery, but I learn more and more all of the time. Have fun on vacation. Hope the sugar-dogs don't melt!

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KEAKMAN 8/12/2010 2:44PM

    Paying attention to your body, really being in tune with it, will be a valuable gift you give yourself. I like this idea, and I hope that you stick with it for a long time - give yourself time to recognize when your body is telling you something and learning to hear what it is saying. Sadly, we often speak a difference language than our bodies!

Best wishes, and keep us informed! I think this sounds WONDERFUL!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/12/2010 1:42PM

    Wish you all the best with keeping fit and healthy on your vacation, I'm sure you won't have any trouble. As for the scale, toss it out the window. I grew so tired of it ruining my moods, gonna weigh in on Monday though for an offical 2 week total. Have a great vacation and I'm sending sunshine your way, wouldn't want your dogs to melt, hee hee.
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Where am I?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

My spark buddy Kate wrote an interesting blog today about the things she's learning on her road to health. Check it out -- www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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It made me think a bit about what I've learned. I'm not going to bore you with a long list. What I've learned right now is that I don't really want to change the way I eat. Or the way I exercise. And that probably means that those last 10 lbs just aren't going anywhere. You'd think I'd have cottoned on to that fact after almost 10 months, right?

My spark buddy Karen decided she needed to give up some treats, and that allowed her to move the scale after almost as long as me. But the truth is I'm not willing to give up my treats. I don't want it that badly. Maybe someday.

So where does that leave me? A bit frustrated that my happy weight doesn't really seem to be what I consider to be a healthy weight. Really unhappy that I have to keep paying for WW, and can't actually work for them, either.

Frustrated. Unhappy. Not good things.

OTOH, I am happy that I am now a runner. I have conquered (sort of) something I really didn't think I could do (hmm, like those last 10 lbs?), and that's a good feeling.

Mostly I am happy when I look in the mirror. Sure, I still have my fat days -- actually, today is one, I'm feeling bloated again -- but overall most of the time I'm satisfied with what I see.

Happy. Satisfied. Good things.

So we seem to be at a status quo. And I am not sure what to do about that.

On the good news front, while still far from certain, it looks like our trip to Kauai may be a go. DH's boss told him he ought to attend. Nothing is ever written in stone when it comes to DH's work & work trips, and they could still decide there isn't money in the budget for it just a few weeks before or the higher ups could decide that it's really a boondogle. But I am visualizing us walking along the beach . . .

It does mean that we will be apart on our actual anniversary, since he'll be in Japan. Gotta take the good with the bad, right?

  
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KEAKMAN 8/12/2010 7:51AM

    I don't think we are ever truly 100% satisfied with our lives. I think that is the human condition. But can you be content with where you are RIGHT NOW? That is the important part. You know what to do to lose those 10 pounds and you know that you can do it. So if and when it becomes important or necessary for contentment you can and will do it.

Perhaps the Rolling Stones were onto something...."I can't get no satisfaction" lol

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/11/2010 11:24AM

    Almost every time I read your blogs, it is like you have read my mind. We share many similar thoughts, and this one is bingo! Just this morning, I had a huge inner dialogue about this plateau and how I'm really sick of thinking about it or changing up this and that. However, I have more than 10 lbs remaining (more like 20), and would be healthier if I go for the gold. But I'll have to decide - but not today. There are so many things on my plate right now. Have a wonderful day.

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TEMPEST272002 8/11/2010 11:09AM

    You know one of my favourite quotes is Katherine Mansfield, who says "Act for yourself. Face the truth." Sounds like that's where your at. You've said it quite plainly - you would rather keep your treats & not up the exercise rather than lose that extra 10lbs, stop paying for WW, and becoming a WW leader. This is your life & if this is the truth for you, then relax and enjoy your Happy Weight! You earned it. You deserve it! Yeah Happy Weight!!!


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BUCKHOLDT 8/11/2010 9:43AM

    You appear to have reasonable control of your life, be proud.

I'm going to see what Kate had to say.

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MJRVIC2000 8/11/2010 9:33AM

    Hold on to a door with one hand and then try to reach for something that is out of your reach with the other hand. What would you have to do to get what you want? You have to let go of the door in order to move in the direction of what you are reaching for. May God Bless You With Understanding Today, Vic, Team Leader of "God's Family".

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Talk about portion distortion!

Monday, August 09, 2010

We went out to dinner Saturday at an Italian restaurant DH had a coupon to. There's gotta be a coupon. Sometimes it makes me want to scream.

It's a local place, so no nutritional info. There are a lot of local Italian places; there's a large Italian population here. And even tho I love Italian food, I've yet to find a restaurant that meets my standards.

Anyway, bread comes -- not warm. Always one of my first signals of a good restaurant; the warm bread. So since I ordered pasta, I didn't have any bread.

The salad wasn't terribly exciting either. Not off to a great start here.

And then the entree comes. OMG. We joked with the waitress about whether or not the chef has heard about the obesity epidemic in this country. This humongous bowl of pasta was easily 4 servings.

Thankfully I chose a fairly healthy pasta -- chicken, spinach, and marinara sauce. Originally I thought I might get dessert, so I figured I'd stick with something a bit healthier.

I most definitely didn't finish it -- even DH who almost always finishes his didn't -- it should hopefully be at least 2 more dinners for me, 3 if I'm being really good. It was also veeeeeeeeeeery salty. I happen to like my pasta salty, but I didn't have to add any salt at all -- and that's not a good thing.

In the end I didn't order dessert because I only get dessert if the meal was really good. I don't want to waste money -- or calories -- on a mediocre dessert.

The biggest problem with these types of meals is that people think they're getting such a good deal. But it's not such a great deal if it's taking 10 years off of your life!

  
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MYRTLEBEACHWINS 8/12/2010 12:46PM

    Great observations and it even seems that you would of preferred to cook at home and be in charge of your meal. Yet, another great sign of a new frame of mind. You will not only get to your healthiest point you will stay there with that attitude.

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DRJJ2004 8/9/2010 5:06PM

    Way to go chick!!! Proud of you for being aware of your portion sizes. Sometimes it's really hard, when the food looks so good. Should I say...luckily? your's wasn't and you did great!! I'm patting you on the back, my friend! :O)

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TEMPEST272002 8/9/2010 4:24PM

    I remember being so shocked when I actually started measuring portions and realizing that I was eating at least 2-3 portions at every sitting. I had no idea!

I generally avoid going out to restaurants. If I'm going to pay money for someone to cook for me, I want it to be better than I can make at home... and I'm a pretty good cook.

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KEAKMAN 8/9/2010 3:15PM

    I agree - we are obsessed with MORE and don't mind if we get lots with little or no quality. Give me a small portion of excellently prepared food and call me a happy camper!

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