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For every excuse there's a solution

Saturday, November 06, 2010

What happens when you let yourself get distracted by life? Well, someti
es you drive into the car in front of you. That's what happened to me, anyway.

But we all have distractions in our lives, and after my accident (no one was hurt, "minor" damage to the cars -- altho nothing is minor these days), I got to thinking about what I was supposed to learn from it.

I'm still not really sure, but I do know we let the distractions of day life derail us from a healthy lifestyle. Only most of us call them excuses. I hear them from DH a Loy, and I know I've made quite a few of my own.

Only I've found that for every excuse, there is a solution. Sometimes it's simple, sometimes you have to search long & hard, & sometimes you have to ask for help.

What excuses have you been using?

What solution can you think of?

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DDHEART 11/7/2010 11:59AM

    Sorry to hear of your fender bender but at least you weren't hurt and when any kind of accident happens it serves as a good reminder to stay focused.

My excuses evolve and vary but you are right...there is always a possible solution when we recognise that we are making an excuse!

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DRJJ2004 11/6/2010 12:28PM

    Well, that just stinks! Glad to hear that you're OK! What a fitting blog! I've had all sorts of excuses lately. My excercise is fine, but I just can't seem to control my eating...and that is just an excuse. Thanks my friend!


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SLIMMERJESSE 11/6/2010 11:04AM

    Glad you're okay. Distractions can be useful when needing a break for life's stress, but not while driving. I have gotten rid of many of my daily distractions, but they were helpful during this grieving time.

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SKFEREBEE 11/6/2010 10:22AM

    Glad you are OK!

My usual excuse is I'm too tired and I don't have time.

Lately I'm just trying to ignore my excuses and convince myself that I'm more tired of being overweight and I don't want to waste another year being out of shape and unhealthy.

It's a daily struggle, but so far, I'm winning the battle this month! emoticon

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DAYHIKER 11/6/2010 9:49AM

    Uh oh! Glad it was minor!

My excuses are currently my broken toe slowing me down and my hubby's hunger for "old fashioned" cooking (fried chicken, mashed potatoes...you get the idea). His 70th birthday is Monday and he's been kind of milking it this week!!

Have a great weekend!!

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KEAKMAN 11/6/2010 9:36AM

    Oh dear! I hope you still find you are okay as the day progresses today. Car accidents, of any kind, are scary things to me.

Excuses? I guess my biggest one is "I don't have time" Solution? I have time. I just waste it. So better organization and a reality check.

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NATPLUMMER 11/6/2010 9:09AM

    I'm sorry to hear about your accident. At least it wasn't bad.
I was using my lower back pain as an excuse to not do weight training but then I just decided to go ahead and do it anyway. It hasn't made it worse and it may be better. I was afraid to injure it even more.

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SLIMTHICK2 11/6/2010 7:21AM

    Sometimes I use my aches and pains to excuse me from exercising but I know better so I end up doing what I have to most of the time. emoticonfor giving me that gentle reminder. All the best. emoticon

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SHEILA1505 11/6/2010 6:04AM

    So sorry about the fender-bender - it happens so quickly and causes so much inconvenience all around - delighted no-one was hurt

My excuses? Hmmmm - laziness, lack of commitment???
Solution - change the program - be accountable - create really exciting goals - the S.M.A.R.T. ones are so boring - go for the FairyGodmother's idea of Wildly Impossible Goals

Oh dear - I've just given myself a lightbulb moment

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ROX525 11/6/2010 5:55AM

    Thank you for the "pay attention" blog. Sometimes life hits us smack in the face when we least expect it. I am awake now! Take care - be careful....

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SASKATIA 11/6/2010 5:44AM

  My excuse is depression, but I can't currently think of a solution.

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Friday, November 05, 2010

I got to thinking yesterday, about how my buddy Donna will bring our buddy Kate on her runs sometimes, and how our buddy Kate will sometimes bring a whole gaggle of spark buddies on her runs with her.

And then it came to me. If I'm struggling while away, I just have to think WWMSBD? aka what would my spark buddies do?

Here's what I think some of you would tell me, in no particular order:

KARBIE18 would tell me to just be really present in the moment (which could be a blog for tomorrow, if I get a chance, talking about my accident).

DDHEART would tell me just go for that run, have fun, and I know how awesome I'll feel afterwards.

KEAKMAN would remind me what an awesome, inspiring person I am.

GEODAWG would remind me that laughing burns calories, too.

DAYHIKER would remind me I already know what to do, so just do it!

TEMPEST272002 would remind me that you have to live each moment to the fullest, cause you never know when God is going to throw a huge detour into the road (her husband is doing much better -- thanks everyone for their prayers).

SKINNYPOWELL1 would tell me I'm rockin' those swimsuits so step away from the sugar!

THERUNAWAYBRIDE would give me some of her boundless energy (actually, I really do believe her spark name ought to be energizer buddy).

DEIRDREJ1TX would remind that it may feel hard while I'm doing it, but I'll feel so good when I'm done, so just do it already.

SHEILA1505 would remind me how much better I feel when I'm eating whole foods -- and a whole lot less sugar.

And if I missed you, it definitely wasn't on purpose. This blog could be miles long!

So I'm taking you all on vacation with me. No, I'm not Oprah, tho I wish I had just a smidgen of her money so that I really could take you all with me. How awesome would that be? Spark girl night's out -- in paradise!

But I'm taking you all with me in my head. I decided it was time to peak at my weight. No, I don't get to move my ticker -- but it is actually accurate again. 4 lbs in 3 weeks, which is awesome for me. And it's just amazing how much better I feel with those 4 lbs off. You can see everyone of those pounds on my face. I have to hold onto that feeling.

I'm not actually nearly as stressed about it all as I sound, this is just where I get it all out. Sure, there's a little stress -- I really don't want to go back up. I want to move forward.

Right now I am thanking my lucky stars that I don't drink anymore. Cause I know good intentions have a way of flying out the window when you drink.

So, when you feel yourself floundering, just ask yourself:


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HALFFAST 11/9/2010 9:07AM

    Wow, I am so flattered! But I wish you would have taken me along on your vacation too because MOVING SUCKS! N ever again! I will beg, borrow, and steal to pay professional movers if I have to do this again. Blah!

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DEE797 11/6/2010 2:11PM

    emoticonin the 4 lbs! Like your taking your SPB's on vaca with you. Good Idea.

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DDHEART 11/5/2010 5:55PM

    Thank you for taking me along....better go see if I have a suit that fits! LOL
Actually, it's funny you wrote this today as my post today has a very similar theme. It never ceases to amaze me how psychically in sync some of us are! emoticon

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SKFEREBEE 11/5/2010 11:59AM

    Love it! That is something motivational to always keep in mind. emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/5/2010 10:43AM

    You are going to rock that vacation! emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 11/5/2010 10:00AM

    OOOOH girlie I just loved your blog today, WWMSBD.... We will all be with you on vacation, keeping you on track, no worries, we've got your back. Congrats on the weight loss and sorry to hear about your accident, glad you are ok. Have fun in paradise, i will be there in spirit - Think of me every time you wear that swimsuit. Here's a few silly mantra's for the moments when you wear it, repeat often to yourself ....

Girl - You Own that Swimsuit
Looking mighty fine
I am totally rocking this
Look out Bo Derek, JLITT62 is rocking the swim suit
I've worked hard for this body - time to show it off

Have fun lady. remember to accessorize that swimsuit with a big ole Skinnypowell1 grin


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SHEILA1505 11/5/2010 9:55AM

    Go and have lots of fun - take us all with you - I've never been to the US (hint, hint!)

Don't forget to drink oceans of water to counteract the retention from flights - also moisturise, moisturise and moisturise!


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NATPLUMMER 11/5/2010 9:50AM

    4 pounds in 3 weeks is awesome!!
Have a fabulous time!!!

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FRECKS96 11/5/2010 9:11AM

    I'm sure you'll have an amazing vacation! I love the acronym, something to remember when things get frustrating.

Also, I wanted to thank you for all of your comments on my page and in my blogs, I'll certainly miss you while you're gone. You always seem to have such wisdom.

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DAYHIKER 11/5/2010 8:51AM

    You don't really sound stressed, just thoughtful which is great! Having a plan and mentally rehearsing that plan helps us to follow through WITH the plan when the time comes. (Note to self: YEAH--SO DO IT!)

4 down is emoticon

Are you ready for the new WW plan?

I am glad to know that Tempest's hubby is doing better as I was wondering this morning if I had missed an update since I've been scarce on the computer this week.

I'll miss you while you're gone!

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Everything in moderation, except . . . ???

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Yesterday's blog got some people thinking, which is always a good thing.

I got a lot of responses along the lines of "you can have everything in moderation." It's something I've often said myself. And I still do believe that.

However, come talk to me again when you've been very close to your GW -- and then stuck on a plateau for a year. And not because you're stuffing your face or slacking on exercise. And I think I've heard pretty much all the plateau-busting advice as well. And tried the vast majority of it.

So you may get to a point where you're willing to give up a little more than you thought you would -- at least temporarily. And it's funny how sometimes temporary can become at least semi-permanent. Which was sort of the point of my ramble yesterday, at least partially, but of course even I didn't know that.

So here I am, about to leave on a vacation in a few days, having worked really, really hard and seen progress. Often I've worked so hard and seen no progress, so I am very happy that my hard work has paid off.

Which leaves me with a bit of a dilemma, even tho it's actually a good dilemma.

How do I eat while away? What sort of choices do I make?

I said to one SP buddy that I almost hate to take this body that's looking pretty good on vacation where surely it will get bloated from what I'm eating, no matter how careful I am. I've worked so hard!

This is where goals come in. What do I want out of this vacation? Ah, there's the rub; I'm not sure. Is it ok to gain a couple of pounds? Do I strive to maintain? Do I continue to avoid sugar as much as possible? Will that even be possible?

The first few days will be eating from DH's conference -- we've paid so that I can go to breakfast & dinners with him (we're on our own for lunches -- oddly enough, he will have a break in the middle of the day). Conference food can be very good (sometimes too good) or very bad.

I don't think I'll be finding a whole lot of brown rice (altho I'm sure white rice wouldn't be hard to come by). Fresh fruits should be abundant. I'll bring some cereal/granola with me.

I have been avoiding dairy for the last 3 weeks too. No cheese. I love cheese. Still, cheese doesn't figure in that much to Hawaiian cuisine, so I may be safe there.

I plan to leave my pedometer at home, but I will run, swim, and do yoga. And maybe some weights -- I have a nice short routine on my Ipod. I hope that we get to do some hiking.

It has been a long time since I've had a truly relaxing vacation. In fact, I think the last time was the last time we were in Hawaii, which was 5 years ago. Not that I'm really complaining, as I've had some pretty awesome vacations between then & now. Just that I love a vacation where I can swim and relax at a pool, and it's been way too long since I've done that.

And yes, this is all veeeeeeeeeery narcissistic. Yes, I get this way before vacations.

The bottom line is that I intend to enjoy myself, but not to throw all my hard work away. Accept that I won't be perfect, and most likely will see a gain when I get back.

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KIMPOSSIBLE82 11/4/2010 9:06PM

    I'm sure you'll find your balance while away. You'll also rock that bathing suit!

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JUSTDUCKY1405 11/4/2010 8:36PM

    LOL... you are funny! All these questions and concerns, but ultimately, you know the answers!

GO... have fun! Relax! Do what the mood strikes and ENJOY your holiday!

You are going to have a blast, healthy or not!


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MZSLYDE01 11/4/2010 12:47PM

    I know exactly what your saying - just getting back from vacation - The problem with it is you have no control what goes into the food. It can sound healthy on the menu but what is really in it. I packed a bunch of my own food for the hotel and ate alot of that. My husband and mom were all for it so that it saved money but I was doing it so I knew exactly what I was eating. I think it worked out very well. I didn't gain when I was away and I even pre-planned workouts and stuff like that. It was a little stressful pre-planning everything but it was worth it. I was glad I did it. So I KNOW THAT YOUR GOING TO DO VERY WELL. You have the mindset and awareness you need to go into it.
I hope you have a great time in Hawaii. I am jealous. I have always wanted to go there. Maybe someday the hubs and me and get over.
Have a great day.

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SKFEREBEE 11/4/2010 11:17AM

    You know what choices you need to make when it comes to food, and of course you'll have a couple of splurges while you are away and that shouldn't be a big deal. Focus more on relaxation and what physical activity you want to fit in. Don't weigh yourself when you first get back. Wait a week, or even two. That will give you plenty of time to flush the extra sodium out of your system and you'll have a more realistic picture of where you truly stand.

Just go with the flow and have a good time!

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DAYHIKER 11/4/2010 9:39AM

    I hear ya. I go through this when I go to my younger son's in Chicago. They are young and active and eat a lot of pasta. My dil is an excellent cook and uses real ingredients, no low fat stuff. But, it's a vacation...enjoy it and don't stress too much about the eating. I really don't see you going "hog wild!" emoticon


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NATPLUMMER 11/4/2010 9:25AM

    I think you'll do just fine on your vacation. Have a good time and relax. That just may be the thing that pushes you out of the plateau.
Can't wait to read some stories and see some pictures.
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SKINNYPOWELL1 11/4/2010 8:22AM

    I can feel your anxiety, I get this way when I'm going to my in-laws, they like to eat and I've grown accustomed to the way I eat which is totally not in harmony with theirs. I know you will be just fine, try not to stress over it too much. Just relax and enjoy your vacation, you will do better than you think with maintaining and not gaining. You are a SPARKER thru and thru, you'll come out on top. Pack some 100-calorie snacks in your purse, they will always do in a pinch when fresh fruit and veggies aren't available. Can't wait to hear all about your vacation. ENJOY, you've earned it with all your hard work. emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/4/2010 8:19AM

    I'm predicting that you will be fine. You've strengthened those good habits, you're clear about your goals, you've worked hard. I think you know how to balance things.
Go, have a great time, and take lots of pictures!!!!

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Control issues & some before & after pics

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Did anyone see the Oprah with Portia de Rossi? It really got me thinking. She discussed her anorexia and bulimia. She talked about how it was a very slippery slope into madness, basically, that started out with just the wish to be professional (fit into her clothes for her work).

Thankfully, I have never had an eating disorder, only disordered eating. I'd like to say I have the disordered eating under control, but that wouldn't be the truth. Some days it would be true; other days it absolutely wouldn't be.

My husband will tell you I have control issues (is that ever the pot calling the kettle black!). I don't deny that there is some truth to it. As some of you know, I did something called the Ultrasimple Diet (you can google it if you're interested), and have mostly been following the plan 3 weeks later with some minor additions.

You eat real food, and plenty of it, and the biggest thing for me was restricting sugar -- almost getting rid of it altogether. That was an eye opener. I lost a lot of weight the week I followed it almost to a T, gained a small amount the next (but not because I suddenly started binging on sugar) -- haven't WI this week yet, but no matter what the scale says, I'm still really feeling good about where my body is at.

There have been a few cravings -- but not much and not very intense. I have been hungrier than normal the last few days, which is normal for me at this point in my cycle, but yesterday I was ready to almost gnaw my own arm off.

The sort of hunger where I start eating out of packages standing up in the kitchen. Which is something I try very hard not to do. Which got me thinking about Portia and her story again.

There's a fine line between disordered eating and an eating disorder. She said part of her recovery was realizing she could have anything she wanted, and that got rid of some of the power food had over her.

And of course my first thought was yeah, right, you are a naturally thin woman with obviously a good metabolism. If I eat whatever I want, in the portions I want, even if 80% of it is healthy, I gain weight.

I'd like to not think about food so much. I'd like to not weigh and measure my food so often. I'd like to be more like my husband, who just eats what he wants (but is overweight, tired all the time, and has little energy -- um, maybe I don't really want that after all).

A spark buddy recently blogged about how life is too short to live it without birthday cake. Sometimes I agree with that -- I am still having some desserts, but not with sugar (made chocolate mousse out of avocado, coconut oil, cacao, and date paste, for instance) -- but sometimes I am willing to pass it by, too.

Because I am calmer with less sugar, I have discovered. I never thought about it -- we know how it effects kids, but yeah, it effects us, too. And that's a nice way to be.

But where does just not having a slice of cake or white rice stop being just about being healthy and become an obsession?

I'm not really sure where I'm going with all this. It's still gelling in my mind.

So for now, I'll leave you with some photos.

My rockstar leggings. Not a real good photo, best I could do, sorry. I want more tho! They're sooooo comfortable, even if they're probably not really the best look for me.

My before & after swimsuit photos. The before is on the left (and darker).

Can't see a whole lot of difference here (not that I expecting much, it was only a 6 week challenge), and of course I didn't have the same pose either:

I do see some small differences in this one. I don't look quite so pregnant (altho facing the other way I still did), and my butt doesn't stick out quite so much, but I think I was also just standing taller.

I think I see a bit less flab in this one, too, but it's hard to tell.

Have you got any thoughts on disordered eating vs eating disorders? About when it's okay to restrict what we eat, and when it becomes a control issue? Struggled with this one yourself?

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MARIE625 11/6/2010 6:30PM

    Definitely less "pregnant" and look at your thighs! Huge difference there too. Good job!!!

I have NO control issues. Just because I completely rearrange the dishwasher after someone else loads it or I have to rearrange the pantry after every single time my husband opens the door... that does not mean I have control issues. They just have organizational issues. It's them, not me!!!
As for food, disorders and control issues.... I frequently wonder about myself. There is a LOT of alcoholism in my family. While I have drunk like a fish at times in my life, I've always made sure it was under control. I NEVER drink when I feel like I "need" one and back in the wild days, I'd take a week or more off from alcohol every now and then just to make sure I could easily do it. So no, I don't think I have an alcohol problem. I do have a few addictions though. It is actually painful for me to leave a book or craft store without buying something. I can't begin to describe how many craft items I've bought knowing that I'd never ever use them, but I had to have them. And I still have them, because one day..... Same with books. I still have the kids' kindergarden curriculum books because I can't bare to get rid of them. Actually, that's not true. this past summer, I took 3 car loads of books to a used bookstore to sell them. After I left them in the store, I went out to the car and cried. Sheesh.

And my addiction to food.... sure does remind me of Dad and alcohol. He could go for years without drinking, but if he had one sip, he was gone. He'd drink himself silly and 9 times out of 10, the cops would find him unconscious somewhere. Once he had that first sip, he couldn't stop. I'm that way with food sometimes. Even when I feel sick and miserable, I keep eating. And over the last year or so, I've learned that it's way easier to avoid certain foods than to try to eat them in moderation. There simply isn't "moderation" for some things.

As for anorexia, ok fine. Simply don't eat. But bulimia??? That's one I'll never have to worry about because I'd rather scrub public toilets with my toothbrush than throw up. Ick. Or do I have them backwards? I can never remember.

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JUSTDUCKY1405 11/4/2010 8:33PM

    I think you definitely look more toned in the after pictures! Great job!

I use to have a bit of a disorder, it was called ignorance! But, now that I understand what I am eating, and what portions are... it seems to be a lot less complicated! It's simply becoming what I do! Sure... I have my moments... but then my System Reboot mentality kicks in and I get over it and let it go and start fresh!

Great Blog!

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KIMPOSSIBLE82 11/4/2010 5:02PM

    Great blog. It seems to sometime be a fine line between eating disorder and disordered eating. When things start becoming an obsession, that's when it's scary. Seems like you've got a good handle on the difference -- and I notice a difference in your photos. Thanks for sharing. I'm going to be researching that diet plan.

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MZSLYDE01 11/4/2010 12:54PM

    You look great - and I love the bathing suite.

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EOSTAR_45 11/4/2010 10:30AM

    I didn't watch the entire episode with Portia but I did catch that part and it made me pause and wonder what the message was there.

Just returning from home where I really didn't have to think about what I ate or if I exercised, I kinda sorta hear her. It was great not to have to think about what I ate, count calories, portion control etc. But at the same time, the food was so different--lean meat, whole foods, lots of veggies. Hardly any chicken--I ate chicken twice! in 7 months. And it so lean, it was unbelievable. Oh and no snacks. And the portions were just naturally small.

Almost everything is opposite here and I do have to think about what I eat. I do struggle with that because I do not like to feel like I am obsessing about food but I know that without paying attention, it is way too easy for me to regain.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/4/2010 8:12AM

    Love, love, love that bathing suit! And it looks great on you.
One of the things I keep reminding myself when I start to get disordered in my eating is that I'm worth saving myself for the really good stuff. Why binge on junk when I deserve the richest darkest chocolate or the juiciest steak? Somehow knowing that I can treat myself to something really good helps to calm cravings for junk.

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DDHEART 11/3/2010 5:18PM

    Kiddo, I am also a person who has never had an eating disorder yet definitely has struggled with disordered eating....you addressed this so well. I chuckle when I think about why I think we have connected here. Now, comments about the pics...yes it's hard to make comparisons when camera angle and pose are not identical but I see change....I love the leggings and my goodness, you look leggy & thin in that pic (magic leggings) what I noticed the most in the swimsuit shots is that I think your legs are looking nice and runner defined....the caboose and torso are trimmer, I'm sure of it. You look great!

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MILMOM2000NEW 11/3/2010 3:48PM

    Totally give you so much credit for going out there and posting pics in a bathing suit. Gosh, one day I will do that for sure!

I totally believe that you CAN eat anything you want. I've struggled with it for years as a kid. I would "diet" and restrict certain things but truly, it is about moderation! There is nothing wrong with eating something not so good for you once in a while, just not every day and massive servings of it! Like cake or chocolate for example!

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LUREAH21 11/3/2010 2:57PM

    I too see a difference, don't sell yourself short, you worked hard and got results. Relish in it!

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LADYGWEN25 11/3/2010 12:06PM

    i agree with everyone... you are definately looking more toned... And you're right.. there IS a fine line between eating disorders Vs disordered eating.. As a person who has lived with being bulemic and anorexic since my teens.. I can say it is a 100% control issue.. Most the time brought on by some sort of Trauma... mine was the death of my brother at age 14 and watching my mother that summer subsequently give up on life and being thrust in her role to help my father and my younger sister. She eventually got help at my father's insistance.. And i did to.. Much later.. at my sister's insistence... even now she checks in on me when she know's i'm stressed.. It's something that never really goes away.... but can be managed... and keeping a food log keeps me accountable... i log everything.. if i want that i cake..i weigh it and log it in.. i don't have very many cravings for sugar and salt anymore... but when i do have an urge i recognize it.. give it some attention.. Otherwise it can spin out of control...Having a good support system.. one that doesn't judge but is willing to be there is more than 1/2 the battle.

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NATPLUMMER 11/3/2010 11:56AM

    I do see a difference. emoticon
I do have days where I definitely eat from the box and that is bad. It generally happens in the week before my period so I kind of expect it and try to combat it, but that is hard.
Yes, if I ate everything I wanted in the portions I wanted I'd be very fat and have been in the past. I have to have some restriction to be a healthy weight.

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SHEILA1505 11/3/2010 10:55AM

    I don't think Portia meant that she can eat everything she wants at any one time - just that whatever she wants to eat is there and she can have some of it some of the time.

As far as sugar (and salt too) is concerned, I simply don't eat any - I never add it; the only sugar in my life is in fruit and the occasional dark chocolate that I sneak from time to time.

There's been a lot of chat on SP lately about an American issue of Marie Claire - I noticed the front cover of the South African one asked the question "Is healthy eating the new eating disorder?" or something close to that. As it was plastic-wrapped, I could not have a quick read and I will not buy the magazine - but interesting that you should ask a similar question about obsession

Definitely looking smaller - you can see your spine in the last pic :))


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DIDMIS 11/3/2010 10:52AM

    Thanks. You are looking good. emoticon

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FRECKS96 11/3/2010 10:37AM

    I think we all have some kind of disordered eating. One of the facets of mine is that I need to have some kind of dessert, even a hershey kiss, after dinner. I know I don't actually NEED it, but that's my pattern.

It is a very fine line between disordered eating and an eating disorder. I think it becomes a disorder when it begins harming other areas of your life-your health, emotions, interaction, whatever. It's very easy to become obsessive, but awareness is much of the battle.

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TURTLE_MOM 11/3/2010 10:17AM

    I see a difference - in the thighs very much so!

Congrats on your success!

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KISSFAN1 11/3/2010 8:39AM

    I definitely see a difference, especially in the area below your cheeks (sorry, for lack of a better word).

I saw part of the show and I know that anorexia is mostly a control issue because you are not in control of certain things in your life and at least you can control the food you eat.

I don't think I could ever be anorexic, but I struggle with control issues sometimes too. I didn't eat cake on my birthday last month, but honestly didn't really want it. I try to tell myself it is okay to eat it, but there is a part of me that is afraid if I eat something unhealthy it will cause me to do that every day. It's a hard line to cross sometimes.

Keep up the great work!

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HOKIEJEN13 11/3/2010 8:15AM

    Sometimes it takes us (the person working on ourselves) a while to see the changes we want to see in our bodies. But we (the outsiders), can see the changes physically already! Congrats and great work!

But what I noticed in your blog is that you've noticed the change in your mind set. That's 99% of the battle! Keep up the fabulous work and soon enough you'll walk past a mirror and think 'Who is that person looking back at me?'

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SKINNYPOWELL1 11/3/2010 8:09AM

    Your before and after pics - I can see a difference - you look more toned in the swimsuit pics. You look FANTASTIC. Keep up the good work, you're doing great and pics don't lie - you are definitely looking good lady. emoticon

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Are you boxed in?

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

I had other plans for the blog today, but I guess they'll have to wait. How's that for a tease?

Anyway, this month is going to be very challenging for me. First, 10 days in paradise. I know, I know, poor, poor me -- but it IS a challenge.

Then Thanksgiving is a week after we get back. Still not sure what we're doing. If my mom or sister does it, I'll probably go. If it's my cousin, who's about 3 hours away, I'll try to talk my folks into a family dinner that weekend. DH has been traveling a lot, we'd have to board the dogs cause they can't stay home all day long, it would just be pain all around -- even tho I'd love to see my cousin. No matter what, it's a challenge, but it's only 1 day (or maybe 2 if we do the family dinner later).

Then a week after that we go to visit the inlaws. I swear my MIL wouldn't know a vegetable if it bit her -- that's not quite fair, but it seems that way. She's not a great cook, either. Last year I had to persuade her not to dress the entire salad so that one could choose to dress it themselves. She actually did agree, I must say.

And it's a very stressful visit all around: my FIL has Alzheimers, but it's not the kind where he just sits all day. No, he's anxious, he hovers over you while you prepare food -- his one great joy still -- and he constantly wants to be in motion. Constantly. It's exhausting.

We sleep at my SIL's, on a futon on the floor -- it's very uncomfortable. I always feel bad about our futon for guests, but at least it's on a bed!

So I'm thinking about the upcoming challenges and know I have to come up with a plan.

And I'm at the grocery store yesterday, watching the elderly couple behind me put box after box of lean cuisine on the conveyor. And I realized that part of my plan has to be to limit the amount of food that comes out of a box.

Normally I eat very little processed food, but it's harder when you're traveling for basically half the month and you don't have a whole lot of control over your food choices.

I am still working on my plan -- need to hurry up considering we leave in just a few days -- but part of it will be to try not to eat out of boxes as much as possible.

How many boxes do you eat out of?

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SHEILA1505 11/3/2010 11:02AM

    I bought my first boxed meal in several years last weekend - I have been off-colour and my student fancied lasagne, I fancied fish and he won't eat any - so I bought a frozen lasgne and it actually hurt me to do so!

Wasn't it on one of your family visits that Chester got into difficulties?

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DDOORN 11/3/2010 1:12AM

    Re: "amount of food that comes out of a box."

Sounds like something Michael Pollan would say! I can hear the Food Rule now:

"Eat as few things as possible that are bought in a box!" :-)

i.e. if it doesn't come in a box, how does it become edible as food? Home prepared and cooked, etc. Which inherently makes it healthier for us, of course!

Good point to keep in mind!


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MARIE625 11/2/2010 3:37PM

    You know, the difference in our trash before the "getting healthy" journey started and today is amazing! We have a trash service that comes twice a week. Before the journey, we'd fill up our 2 huge, gigantic trash cans and occasionally have extra bags for the trash guy to pick up. Now, we frequently don't have any trash in our cans at all on collection day.

I also used to think it was SO expensive to eat fresh or whole foods but that was because I'd buy the healthy stuff and the junk food. We'd eat the junk and throw the healthy stuff away after it rotted. Sheesh. Hubby was recently complaining about me buying the more expensive whole grain pasta instead of the cheap white flour pasta. I had to remind him that not only is the whole grain healthier but it fills us up more and we only eat a half a box instead of a whole so it's actually much cheaper per meal. I bet our grocery bill has been cut in half since we started eating healthier.

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NATPLUMMER 11/2/2010 9:17AM

    Before I was married, I ate Lean Cuisine all the time. Now I cook most of the time. I do often bring an Amy's Organic Low Sodium Bean Burrito for lunch, though. Mostly because we don't usually have too many leftovers and if we do, my husband brings them for lunch.
I do buy a lot of frozen vegetables because I'm too lazy to cut them up and they don't spoil like the fresh when I forget them in the fridge ;-)
Have a good time on your vacation!!

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HALFFAST 11/2/2010 9:17AM

    I lived on Lean Cuisine's for a while but I'm proud to say it has been several months since I had one (and I still have quite a few of them in the freezer). I'm really trying to cut out as many processed foods as possible and eat as natural as I can.

I'm so excited for you for your vacation! I hope you have a fabulous time and take lots of pics! Especially in your cute outfits! And I will definitely miss you around here!!!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 11/2/2010 7:35AM

    I used to be a Lean Cuisine-aholic, but that was when i was just plain lazy to cook a meal, now I cook everything and very little comes out of a box. About the only thing we eat out of a box is pasta noodles and cereal. Box dinners are loaded with sodium and lots of preservatives, so I cut those out of my life for good, and definitely feel much better for it.

I will miss you when you are gone, are you gonna be able to SPARK while you are away?

Don't forget to pack the leopard dress and the hot new bathing suit. I'm so envious.

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FRECKS96 11/2/2010 6:40AM

    This is a huge challenge for me, but one we're working on. It's much quicker to cook up some betty crocker potatoes than it is to do them from scratch, especially with a little one underfoot. But, we're trying.

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