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Celebrating successes -- TMD

Saturday, October 16, 2010

You asked for it -- here are the crappy cell phone photos! Really crappy, cause it doesn't have a zoom or a flash. I'm able to photoshop the heck out of them (not retouching my body, just lightening a LOT & putting them together) cause back when I had a business, I was a graphic designer.

Actually, thank you, this helped me make some decisions. You're not going to see one of the dresses cause a) it was too dark to see the detail on the dress, and that's what makes the dress and b) I realized that it's probably too heavy a material for Hawaii.



This is the size 2. Ralph Lauren. Gotta love Marshalls! I've already worn it. Just wish it had a v-neck. I don't sew, but for those that do, how hard would that be to do? I could take it to a tailor, of course.



I think this one is darn near perfect -- right weight, flattering, sort of a tropical feel. This one is a size 4, btw. You can't really see that it's got a nice flattering cowl neck from the picture.



Yeah, I think I definitely have to pack this baby. This is the one I've never worn, which, btw, is a size 6 from about 15 years ago. The back zipper bunches just a tad, which means it's still a little tight round the stomach, but I'm ok with that. It really is a great dress. We'll just have to go on a nice romantic dinner once DH's conference is over (the hotel has a restaurant that's apparently pretty much right on the beach, and supposed to be good).

Probably won't take those shoes, even tho they do go great. The little red shoes are smaller and will go with everything. Plus I wanna pack hiking shoes, and then there's running shoes . . . we don't check baggage, except sometimes on the way back. We'll be there 10 days, but hey, last year I spent 2 weeks in Europe without checking bags -- I know I'm up for the challenge. The Kindle will help!

So my third week Halloween Challenge blog challenge was to celebrate our successes.

One thing I'm liking about these photos? Crappy as they are, I am finally beginning to see some of the definition in my arms. And I have another 3 weeks to work on this body!

I'd still like to see a flatter stomach, and I've been doing core work every day for about a month now -- before you get your gander up, I do something different every day. Often it's only 5-10 minutes. Sometimes it's doing some crunches in the pool at the end of my swim.

I'm working on my core, besides my vanity, cause that extra belly fat actually bothered me in my last race. The simple answer is all the core work in the world really won't help, gotta lose these pounds. But the core work will pay off once the pounds are gone.

I finished my first day on the Ultrasimple Diet yesterday. And I've learned that I actually can eat dinner with almost no dessert at all -- and be satisfied. It truly is a mental thing and a bad habit. I say almost no dessert because I did decide not to give up my calcium supplement, which is a small chocolate.

Yes, I modified the program just slightly to my needs.

I also learned that a short yoga session first thing in the morning really does help warm up my body -- and I can face a fruit smoothie for breakfast even half an hour later, even tho it's not too far from freezing outside.

For those that missed it, TMD = too many dresses. I have some other dresses that I might just take with me if there's room, but I think these 2 will definitely be coming.

What have you learned about yourself lately?

  
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KASHMIR 10/18/2010 3:16PM

    LOVE THEM! I can't decide if I like #2 or #3 better, but they are both HOT!

I've been told by a couple trainers that it's okay to do core workouts every day, as long as you aren't sore, because our core should be engaged at all times.

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GEODAWG 10/16/2010 8:29PM

    Love, love, love all the dresses! Love those shoes! You can just send them to me! They are size 7, right?
You are my hero. Going to Europe with just a carry on? I am not worthy. That is magnificent!
Just take all the dresses! You look great!

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TEMPEST272002 10/16/2010 3:50PM

    Judy girl, you are looking smokin' hot! You've got curves in all the right places. All that working out & eating right is paying off! All the dresses look great, but #2 is my favourite.

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HALFFAST 10/16/2010 11:37AM

    Omg Judy- I can't believe you don't think of yourself as attractive! Holy smokes! You look fantastic! My favorite is definitely the 3rd and you HAVE to take those shoes too!

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DEE797 10/16/2010 11:30AM

    I think you look emoticon I like all the dresses, would have a hard time choosing. You still have time to flatten that zipper...Wishing you continued success on your journey! emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/16/2010 10:21AM

    YAY for you, my friend. Fab photos and, yes, I love Marshalls (and also Ross nearby). Thanks for posting the pics. Have a great weekend.

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DAYHIKER 10/16/2010 9:28AM

    Very nice! And I love that come hither pose in dress #3! With three weeks to go and your determination I suspect you will have the bunching zipper conquered! What an awesome trip you have coming up! emoticon Um, you gonna be able to Spark while you're gone? You will be sorely missed if not!! emoticon

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FRECKS96 10/16/2010 9:21AM

    I love them all! And, those strappy shoes are to die for!!! (I'm a shoe girl, I once bought an entire outfit to match a pair of shoes that I HAD to have! emoticon )

Can't wait to hear all about your trip!

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SLIMTHICK2 10/16/2010 9:18AM

    You look absolutely fabulous. I learned that losing too much weight all at once doesn't work for me. I'm left a bit disoriented at the end of the week. So slow is what works best for me. All the best for this weekend. emoticon

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KEAKMAN 10/16/2010 8:51AM

    These look AWESOME! And #3 is definitely incredibly flattering on you - wow! Your DH is going to be so proud to walk into the restaurant with you on his arm..... emoticon emoticon emoticon

Runners are supposed to really work on their cores - the stronger our core, the easier it is to remain fully upright throughout the race so that we can BREATHE! I think, as always, you are going about it in a very sensible way - work on the muscles and lose those last few pounds.

Have a great trip Judy!

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I am a slow person

Friday, October 15, 2010

I like to take things slowly. I run slow, I swim slow, I walk slow. It's just my nature. I have to constantly fight against my nature.

Let's take yesterday. For many, it would probably seem like a normal day. For me, it was a marathon:

Get up
Spark
Eat breakfast, read
Feed animals
Walk dogs
Go to WW meeting
Go to 2 grocery stores
Go to library to drop off/pick up books
Go to vitamin shoppe to refill supplements
Go to pet store to get pet food
Eat lunch
Rake leaves
Make broth for my new eating plan
Prep dinner & put in fridge
Walk dogs
Make dinner
Relax about 20 minutes -- finally!
Go swimming
Hop in shower to rinse off chlorine
Read, go to sleep

Most of my days aren't quite so full, thankfully. And I like it that way. And I often wonder how all you people with jobs do it. I know I used to have a job and I used to do it too . . . but how do you actually live your life after 8 hours or more of working? And spark? Not to mention exercise! My hat is off to you!

Today will be a much slower day. It's supposed to be cold & rainy all day long. I plan to do my long run on the treadmill inside. Make my black bean soup for dinner. And probably chill out with the dogs (and most likely Simba too) on the couch & watch Private Practice & Gray's Anatomy & the news. Already did my morning yoga.

So for all you normal, busy people out there . . . what can you delegate to someone else in your life? Ask for the help you need, because you're worth it.

And finally . . . do you guys want pictures of those dresses? I always kind of feel like it's a form of bragging to post those kinds of pictures, but if you want it, I can get you crappy cell phone pics.

  
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FRECKS96 10/15/2010 5:45PM

    Yes to the dresses! As for the work thing, my DH is pretty good about doing his share of the house work. For me, I have lots of lists and schedules.

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KASHMIR 10/15/2010 4:24PM

    Dresses YES!!!!

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JKDUBS 10/15/2010 11:30AM

    I totally understand the "how do people with jobs do it" question. I am home with my boys, and I can't imagine how the working moms accomplish all they do AND work an ENTIRE day somewhere else! And exercise! I can barely keep the laundry done and the dishes clean as it is.

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SKFEREBEE 10/15/2010 11:18AM

    I say if you got it, flaunt it! Yes, we want pics!

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HALFFAST 10/15/2010 11:02AM

    Definitely yes on the pictures!

And I have kind of a weird response on the "busy" day thing: As you know I'm getting ready to move, so I have been "unemployed" for a couple weeks now. For me, I actually feel like I got more accomplished when I was working. I would get up at 5 and do my morning computer routine (Spark, Facebook), get ready for work, on my way to/from work I could get about 2 hours (audiobook) reading in because I had such a long drive. I had an hour lunch to shop, walk, whatever. And then when I got home it would be dinner, workout, computer routine, bed.

Now I always have the feeling- "Well, I've got all day..." and I tend to get much less actually accomplished :(

I really can't wait to get moved and settled in so I can get back to a normal routine. I HATE all this "hurry up and wait" stuff...

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DAYHIKER 10/15/2010 10:41AM

    Yes on the dress pictures!

I think I got more done when I was working but part of my problem now is a retired husband who despises anything resembling routine which makes it more challenging to actually get things done and keep them done for more than a short time. I have often said that having a retired husband is not unlike having a toddler... emoticon

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GEODAWG 10/15/2010 8:43AM

    I am with you, Judy! Now that I am retired I have slowed down so much! I remember those hectic days with no love at all! The to-do lists, the stress, the rush! Do not miss any of it. But I still have that A-type personality! What I do has to be perfect. I need to get over that as it prevents me from finishing many things. Like sewing, and dieting!

PS YES! Pictures of dresses!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/15/2010 8:37AM

    Absolutely I want pictures of the dresses!
I'm an energizer bunny, but I don't get it all done. I don't often have time to live life, whatever that is. But I make time for what's important to me; and that changes with some regularity.


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KEAKMAN 10/15/2010 8:02AM

    You know me, it's all about the routine. If I can get into a routine I am fine and accomplish a lot each day. But if my routine gets messed up (read "DH does something unexpected") then everything goes out the window.

I have also found that being a morning person, I can get incredible amounts of things done in the morning. But by late afternoon I am done for. I piddle around from about 3pm on. And there is almost no getting me out of the house after 6 (unless it's to go out to dinner)

YES!!! to the pictures of the dresses! I love seeing how great you look and how happy you look looking great. (did that make any sense at all?)

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SEKSUNSHINE 10/15/2010 6:24AM

    You know when you work you learn how to manage your time to get it all done.

I don't know about anyone else but I love to see pics. Post them girl!

It's funny that you posted this, because this morning I was thinking along these lines. I was wondering how I got it all done when I worked away from home. I just finished up with 3 days of fall cleaning. I used to do it, and it must have really been a scramble to get it all done, but because it was something I did all the time, didn't seem like it.

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EDWINA172 10/15/2010 6:02AM

    I've read that things expand to fill up time. Its called Parkinson's Law. It seems to be true with me. The more free time I have, the more my chores expand to fill up that time. I work 12 hours a day most days. So, I squeeze whatever I can do into any free time I have. It is not what I'd like to be doing. I'd like to have more down time one day, but I'd probably just find some activity to fill it up.
Yes, please show pics of your dresses. Even if they are "crappy cell phone pics." LOL! Have a great weekend.

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WIT & TMD

Thursday, October 14, 2010

WIT = Whatever it takes

No, I did not come up with that by myself. I heard an instructor say that during one of my workouts. And it stuck with me.

That's exactly what we've got to do. WIT. Run that maze. Turn the corners. Go back sometimes. Cause there's an a-maze-ing prize at the end.

Which leads me to my next acronym: TMD = too many dresses. That one I DID come up with on my own.

One of the nicest things about losing the weight is shopping for clothes. Clothes fit! They're flattering!

But sometimes you run into TMD. I bought a couple of dresses at Marshalls recently. I figured they'd be perfect for our upcoming trip. Fitted & sexy, but not so much that I couldn't wear them to the business dinners we'll be attending.

One of them was a size 2. I am not kidding! Now, we all know about the wacky world of sizing nowadays. I am not a size 2, I assure you. And it was all stretchy. But yes, of course it made me feel good. Heck, it made me feel good to just try it on!

But then I got home, peaked in my closet, and realized I'd already bought a dress that was perfect. Then I tried on my little silver dress. The one I've never worn but have been holding onto for about 15 years. I think it just might be ready for its debut on this trip. It is our anniversary trip, too, after all.

But then that's at least 3 dresses I have to pack! They will all pack down small and not wrinkle, thankfully.

I'm not trying to brag here. I'm trying to encourage. To inspire.

Because if you do WIT, you too could end up with TMD.

Are you willing to be WITty?

Yes, yes, I know it's a run on bad puns this week.

  
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GEODAWG 10/14/2010 4:44PM

    Congrats on the size 2! Revel in it and enjoy! It is funny that you are talking sizes today. I put on a size 12 pants and realized I could not wear them as I needed to breathe. I pulled out another size 12's and they are almost too big! Go figure!!!

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HALFFAST 10/14/2010 4:44PM

    LOL! Cute blog ;) And FWIW I also have TMD (and just clothes in general).

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/14/2010 3:28PM

    Glad you have TMD, I went shopping on my lunch hour today, I came back empty handed, bagless, and with money in my wallet. Nothing new, seems like when I'm looking for something, I never find it, and then on the other hand I find the perfect thing and I'm too broke to buy it. I can't win either way. Glad you are having fun finding great things to wear, it gives me hope that I might find something too. Can't wait to see your pics in your TMD's. emoticon

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MEG810 10/14/2010 2:23PM

    You'll have to post a picture of yourself in that silver dress!

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LEONALIONESS 10/14/2010 10:54AM

    I don't think vanity sizing is as big an issue as people think, honestly. I wear a 27 in European sized jeans (a 4, basically) which are usually thought to be more accurate and can do 2 or 4 in US sizes, depending on cut. I think it's more cut than anything else, really. I guess the standard in the US, the most accurate, is Banana Republic? I tried on my mum's BR 2s and they fit so I'm somewhere around there. I can tell with 99% accuracy if I'll fit a pair of pants now. Unless they are cut SUPER weird like those low low rise ones for preteen girls.

The dress thing might be this, you could very well be a two on top and slightly more on bottom due to your body composition. I know some gals who are very slim waisted but who have to wear 8-10s for their hips. The fit into much smaller sized dresses because their torsos are small and the dresses aren't tight around their lower bodies. I know you're more a pear so that could be true for you, too! So congrats!

I'm more appleish (though now I'd say I'm a rectangle/athletic build) and dresses always were a pain. I'm Native American in part and my back, rib cage and shoulders are broad while my hips are narrow. Dresses always fit everywhere but my back. :/ So I had the opposite issue of needing a bigger dress size, usually.

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PAMINHALF 10/14/2010 9:59AM

  I love WIT and will add that one to my hand as a reminder for my half this weekend. I have to share that having TMD would be awesome. That is one of my goals to own my first emoticon as an adult. Great blog!

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KEAKMAN 10/14/2010 9:36AM

    Girl you OUGHT to brag - what a wonderful thing you have done - you have gotten yourself healthy (mind and body) to the point that you can find LOTS of gorgeous, sexy, flattering clothes - dresses, bathing suits, shorts, whatever! WAY TO GO! I am so happy for you and looking forward to the day that my WIT means I have TMD!

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FRECKS96 10/14/2010 9:13AM

    LOL! I love dresses, too. Congrats on the size 2, gotta love vanity sizing!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/14/2010 9:10AM

    Great problem to have! TMD..... emoticon

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PALMTREEGIRL1 10/14/2010 9:06AM

    I have TMC! Too many clothes - period!

Have a really good time on your trip - I LOVE Hawaii - I spent 4 weeks there alone just after my divorce - what a great place to get your head together!

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KARBIE18 10/14/2010 7:17AM

    I wondered what they stood for! Go you, in a size 2!! I know it's not "real", but who cares? You wouldn't have been able to do wear it before, right?

Yes, I'm willing to do WIT, within reason. Now that I've reached my goal range, I've relaxed my standards a bit, and have even upped my range. But I will definitely do WIT to never have to lose the weight again.

Great blog!

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DEE797 10/14/2010 6:41AM

    Love the WIT..and your are so right...Whatever It Takes to get where we want to be. GREAT BLOG! Love that you have TMD to handle. emoticon

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DAYHIKER 10/14/2010 6:21AM

    Ah, you are very punny this week! (I like that!) emoticon Congratulations on finding flattering new smaller dresses and maybe even more on fitting into the one that is special enough for you to have held on to!! emoticon

~Cindy

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ROX525 10/14/2010 5:43AM

    Yes - WIT - Whatever...It Takes. BTW - I have a size 6 pair of jeans, they are very tight, but I had to get them because they zipped and snapped! Congrats on your success!

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Weight loss is like a maze & a runner's tip

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A buddy commented on yesterday's blog that I have turned a corner. And I replied that I must be stuck in a maze, cause I've turned many corners in this journey.

Yes, weight loss is like a maze:

You never quite know if you're moving in the right direction

You have to turn a lot of corners

Sometimes you have to double back

You have to be willing to change directions

But the payoff can be oh-so-amazing! (sorry for that bad pun!).

I am surprised by just how many of you love black bean soup.

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Do you know that I have been on SP about 2 1/2 years and it just dawned on me the other day that there is more than one page of emoticons?

While I do feel in a zone, that doesn't mean I've been perfect, either. I realized I've been eating more than I realized this week. Staying with my limits, but just at the higher end more often than in the last few weeks. Yes, TOM is coming and that explains it, but somehow these last couple of weeks have seemed really busy and things just seem to have gotten away from me slightly. Still making really good food choices more often than not, and I'm very proud of that. Feels good, too.

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This is for the runners out there. It's a free week of videos from Stu Mittleman, ultramarathoner and author of "The Slow Burn". I did NOT put in my cell phone #, but it still worked for me. Yes, he'll try to sell you stuff at the end, I'm sure. No, I don't earn anything from passing this along, just thought some of you might be interested.

Haven't watched the first video yet myself, but am very interested to see what he has to say!

  
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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/13/2010 4:20PM

    emoticon Couldnt find a "rat or mouse" emoticon, but a gopher will do, you know a gopher runs into stuff underground in his underground tunneling, just saying. Hope you are having an A-Maz-ing day (I couldn't resist either) emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/13/2010 1:20PM

    The thing about rats is that they really are smart, they eventually find their way out of that maze! (My daughter keeps rats, and they've won me over.)
If you're going in a direction and not getting where you want to be, you must turn a corner, even if it isn't the right one the first time. That's what those smart rats do.
I happen to think you took the right corner this time.....

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HALFFAST 10/13/2010 11:30AM

    Just to add onto what everyone else said- I think you are a-maze-ing!

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/13/2010 10:17AM

    Yes, you've been an "a-maze-ing" spark friend. Have a great day.

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PALMTREEGIRL1 10/13/2010 9:28AM

    That was an a-maze-ing blog (sorry, I had to do it)!

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GEODAWG 10/13/2010 9:01AM

    Good analogy about the maze. That is what I feel like these days only I know when I make poor choices and over eat. Then I feel like a pig in one of those closed pig farms. Just stand and eat!

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MARIE625 10/13/2010 8:13AM

    Uh-oh. If Kate's the smart rat, where does that leave me? :) I frequently feel like the dumb rat - wandering lost in the maze. But, as long as I keep searching for the exit (or the prize in the center) I'll eventually reach my goal. Great analogy by the way.

Ooh! Count me in as a black bean soup lover. Yum-O!!

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KEAKMAN 10/13/2010 8:03AM

    But if I am a rat in a maze, I hope I am a smart one. You know, the ones who, once they get to the prize at the end remember how to get there again and again. (and I love puns!)

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DEE797 10/13/2010 6:49AM

    I like your visual of this journey being a maze with lots of corners and back tracking. Good analogy. Thanks for the link will have to check it out as well.

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DAYHIKER 10/13/2010 6:34AM

    It is so easy to let things get in the way and get us off track slightly which can turn into not so slightly. I can relate very well to the hamster on a wheel analogy, too. Thanks for the video tips!

Some days I think of Erma Bombeck's comment that after all the dieting she had done she should be so small that she could be hanging on a charm bracelet!

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JOYJOY319 10/13/2010 5:41AM

    Sounds like things are going well over there. Keep it up! And I'll have to look at those emoticons. =p

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EDWINA172 10/13/2010 5:31AM

    You're right about the maze. Sometimes, I feel as though I'm a hamster on a wheel. When will life slow down?!
Thanks for sharing the link, I will check it out. Have a great week.

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Who flipped the switch?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I don't know whether it's the weather, the challenges I've joined, the eating program I'm preparing to attempt next week, or it's simply my time, but I feel like someone flipped the switch. Like suddenly making better food choices have become easy -- at least the majority of the time.

I know for sure I've lost some weight in the last few weeks -- no idea how much, but my jeans are definitely fitting better. I still have my stomach rolls, and I guess I'm going to have to make peace with them, cause I have a sneaking suspicion that I will always have stomach rolls.

I am still not looking at the results of my WIs. I'm in a bit of a dilemma about when I should. Should I look before vacation? After? Or just keep not looking and concentrate more on better choices.

As to the eating program I'll be starting, it's called the Ultrasimple Diet and I got it from the library. Basically, it's a very clean way of eating. No gluten, no dairy, no sugar, no peanuts -- which means no PB! -- (trying to remember what else is on the no-no list).

When I read the book, it sounded very boring -- but doable -- but then I downloaded the companion guide and there is some yummy-sounding recipes in there.

But . . . no dessert? For a week? And actually the author recommends you stay on it for 3 weeks, even tho the book is written for one week. Basically it eliminates all those things that are common allergens in our diet -- but that means no oatmeal for me, too, and that's a toughie! I love my oatmeal.

I love to eat, y'all know that. I am not one of those people who whines they can't get all their food in, quite the opposite. And I love my sweet treats. So we'll see how it goes. I actually do have a plan for some sweet treats that will fall within the guidelines if I really can't hack it: some of the energy/recovery puddings from "Thrive", which are basically enhanced fruit puddings that I already enjoy. And if I get really desperate, I might sneak in some brown rice sushi.

And I will probably have to let in a very small amount of natural sugar to fuel my runs.

It is not a starvation diet. There's plenty of protein, fruit smoothies, brown rice, and veggies.

So I'm not normally into deprivation diets. We all know where they get you. But I'm willing to try to eat very clean for a week and see where that gets me -- especially since DH will be away on a business trip, which makes my food choices so much easier.

But here's the funny thing: in preparation for this newer way of eating, I've found myself recently making even better food choices. Doing the frozen banana trick for dessert or even just a big bowl of fruit with 1 tbsp of chopped walnuts for dessert (or a snack) several times this week. I discovered yesterday that an apple & a cup of grapes was a very satisfying combination.

I've been on a kick with chocolate nut butters lately. I bought several -- that aren't available locally -- when we were on vacation back in August. So you can see they've lasted a long time! But I've found myself choosing plain almond butter instead (which is actually allowed on the program, since almonds aren't the common allergen peanuts are).

There are recipes for things like black bean soup, curried chickpeas & veggies, curried veggies with coconut milk . . . doesn't really sound like a diet, does it? And you're supposed to journal every day, do yoga -- I like the mind-body connection.

So I'll let you know how it goes, naturally.

But for the moment, I feel like I'm in a zone. It's a really nice feeling!

  
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GEODAWG 10/12/2010 7:01PM

    Black bean soup! Now I will have to fix some!

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FRECKS96 10/12/2010 10:50AM

    Sounds like you have a great plan. I can't wait to hear about it!

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HALFFAST 10/12/2010 10:49AM

    emoticon Sounds like a good plan. Does almond butter taste the same as peanut butter? I've never tried it personally (and the last time I looked it was like 3x the price of pb!).

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MARIE625 10/12/2010 9:57AM

    Yum - curried chickpeas. Sounds delicious! Good luck! This would never work for me, specially while my hubby was out of town. As much as he drives me nuts with his need for full-fat foods and desert, when he's out of town, my eating immediately tanks. When he's gone, I consider myself "on vacation" and live on nothing but large bags of chips with containers of store bought chip dip and store bought cake. I'm simply too lazy to cook when he's gone and I end up eating all the stuff I don't want anyone to see me eating. I'm a bad, bad girl! LOL

Good luck. Hope it goes well. Keep us posted.
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TEMPEST272002 10/12/2010 9:49AM

    Glad the switch has flipped and you're feeling renewed energy for your health! It will be interesting to see how you feel on the diet - do you suspect that you might have food allergies? I'd be like you - the PB & sweet treats would be the hardest for me to give up. Can't wait to hear how it goes!

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KEAKMAN 10/12/2010 9:34AM

    I like that you are able to do this for a week without worrying about feeding your DH. Love these guys, but sometimes they make our lives difficult - cook for him, cook for me ('cause he won't eat it if he thinks it is "health" food or "diet" anything)

The mind-body connection is great - take care of both the mind and body (and spirit) Sort of a mini-spa week for you. Maybe you should throw in a massage and a mani/pedi (if you are into those) to make it seem like a total spa week!

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DAYHIKER 10/12/2010 9:28AM

    That sounds like a good plan and it's a perfect time to test it out while your hubby is out of town! We'll be waiting for the results! Now I am hungry for black bean soup... emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/12/2010 8:28AM

    Black bean soup? A real treat!
Can't wait to hear the results. And no, don't peek - just stick with the program.

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PALMTREEGIRL1 10/12/2010 8:25AM

    I'm vegan and those recipe names sound like things I already make! I would miss the grains (Oats, wheat, etc.) Are all sweeteners out (Agave, date sugar, honey, etc?). Good luck with 'clean eating'. You're lucky you have a week alone to get started! I make a curried butternut squash/red lentil soup with coconut milk - YUM!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/12/2010 8:02AM

    You've got the SPARK, so glad you are on a healthy choice kick. I'm coming to stay at your house while DH is on his trip, sounds like you have some healthy foods on the menu, I could help you eat them. emoticon You're on a roll, keep up the good work.

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SHEILA1505 10/12/2010 6:47AM

    Go well with this - this is basically how I live except that I do have FF yogurt and I eat butter as I refuse to eat margarine or spreads

I am sure you will get used to this way of eating and see some great results

Hugs

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DEE797 10/12/2010 6:43AM

    It really doesn't sound like a diet. GOOD LUCK with it. Wishing you continued success on your journey! emoticon

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