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Will it pass the husband taste test?

Thursday, April 07, 2011

So I already tried out a couple of the recipes from the ecookbook in yesterday's article - very disappointing. I suspect I'll be asking for my money back, but I'll give it a couple of weeks. Which is the nice thing about these offers - they really will refund your money.

I gave one of them, chocolate peanut butter protein muffins, to DH for breakfast this morning. I don't think he'll like it - it's not that they're terrible, they're just not great; and I want my food to be great cause I'm a foodie. I figured you never know.

Now, on to the question of whether or not it should be that complicated? Frankly, it's not the first time I've read to eat carb-heavy earlier in the day & less carbs as the day goes on.

I'm fascinated by nutrition, & I'm wiling to try new things as long as they're not severely restricting calories & cutting out whole food groups. And if what you're doing isn't working, you've got to change it. So far what I'm doing isn't working - it's allowing me to maintain, but not to shed those last few pounds.

Do I really need to shed those last few pounds? In a worse, yes. 130 is not an unreasonable weight for a 5'1" woman even if she is pushing 50. Plus, I'm caught in a catch-22: I need my WW meetings, but until I get to my GW (which is 132 for WW, the highest it can be!), I have to pay for those meetings. I've tried going it on my own - with SP- doesn't work. I need that weekly shot of motivation, but I have much better uses for $40 a month.

Now I will say, using just a couple if the recipes & some of the principles yesterday did leave me feeling fuller than I have in weeks - despite breaking the rukes & having healthy pasta for dinner.

I'll keep you informed!

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LIBBYFITZ 4/8/2011 12:53AM

    I wake up at 4am hungry! It is really frustrating me!

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EOSTAR_45 4/7/2011 3:04PM

    I've read that too. It is the same concept in the "Eat like a king for breakfast, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper." saying.

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FREELADY 4/7/2011 11:32AM

    I applaud the ongoing quest for understanding and better application. Not to mention how it benefits me, since I get to listen in!!!

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TEMPEST272002 4/7/2011 10:58AM

    I'm a foodie too... I know that if I'm going to stick with healthy eating, it has to taste GOOD! And it does!

Those last few pounds are reportedly the hardest - I don't know cause I'm not there yet - but certainly the last 35lbs are hard for me to shed! Anyhow... my point, you know what's best for you and if you think you need to tweak your nutrition to lose those last few pounds, you are likely right. I'm really interested to hear how it goes with eating carbs at different times. My worse times are evenings & that's also when I tend to eat carb heavy... likely a connection there.

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NATPLUMMER 4/7/2011 10:26AM

    I'm sorry the cookbook isn't working out. Chocolate peanut butter protein muffins sound so good. It's bad that they aren't
I've also read about decreasing carbs as the day progresses. It may work. I guess it's worth a try.

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DDOORN 4/7/2011 8:28AM

    Less carbs as the day progresses...hmm...that sorta makes sense to me.


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SKINNYPOWELL1 4/7/2011 8:06AM

    Sorry to hear you are disappointed with your new cookbook, I'd definitely send it back. emoticon

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FRECKS96 4/7/2011 7:59AM

    I totally know what you mean about food having to pass the Husband Taste test. We're the same way, if food isn't good, we won't eat it. And he is much more fussy than I am.

Good Luck!

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BICKEY11 4/7/2011 7:57AM

    The key to being a good foodie is knowledge. Some recipes you can tell just by reading arent' going to be great, or may need to be altered. If you see a savory recipe that doesn't call for ANY salt, and has no foods in it that are naturally salty, you KNOW you'll need to add salt.

I've learned to alter my own unhealthy recipes into healthy ones instead of relying on somebody else to do it for me. I like what I like, and some things I'm not willing to substitute for.

Sometimes its good to look up a recipe for a low fat version of your own, and see what kind of substitutions are made and make a few changes, but still stick to your basic recipes. Sometimes it may mean 10-20 more calories per serving and a couple extra grams of fat, but lets face it, if its not spectacular, it'll likely goto waste.

Please do keep us posted, I'll be watching!

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A different take on food combining

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

I didn't plan yesterday's blog. I didn't really know what the heck I was going to blog about. But the more I think about it, it really just makes so much sense. Yes, of course, I wish I'd pushed thru this plateau a long time ago. OTOH, this is probably the longest I've maintained my weight in my adult life - and that actually gives me hope that eventually I WILL find the right balance.

It may never be easy, but it will be worth it.

So here's an article for ya - www.romanfitnesssystems.com/blog/Mac

The gist of it is that meals shouldn't contain both a lot of carbs & fat. Which is interesting, considering that the standard advice is to have some protein, fat, & carbs at each meal.

I vacillate between soaking up this stuff & then thinking eating shouldn't be this complicated. And, as I've blogged before, always willing to try this stuff. Three guesses on whether or not I bought the cookbook mentioned (before I read this article,i got pre-launch emails).

I thought the point about how it forces you to really think about what you're putting in your body very interesting.

Well, I'm off to bake some snack bars.

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LIBBYFITZ 4/6/2011 9:49PM

    I like the bit where it said you don't need insulin to store fat!

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HALFFAST 4/6/2011 4:32PM

    I don't know about complicated, but I have never obsessed about food like I do nowadays. But I guess since it's healthy (other than today) food, there are worse things I could obsess over ;)

Oh, and I just KNOW you bought that book!

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NATPLUMMER 4/6/2011 11:15AM

    I'm really with the "eating shouldn't be this complicated" group.
My guess is, yes you purchased the cookbook.
Snack bars....yum! Do they have chocolate and nuts?

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JLITT62 4/6/2011 11:00AM

    Just wanted to say that the first recipe I tried . . . not so great. I do wanted to like it & I'll try it again & see if it was just the wong pan or undercooked . . .

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DAYHIKER 4/6/2011 10:25AM

    Maintaining can get to be a real not so merry-go-round--thanks for the link. I'm with Don on the keeping it simple and do most of our cooking from scratch including our bread. It is time consuming but neither of us take daily pills at 70 and 61 so it's worth it! emoticon


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DDOORN 4/6/2011 9:01AM

    Yep, I'm definitely in the "eating shouldn't be that complicated" camp. The Michael Pollan, keep-it-simple-and-real camp. Avoid buying things in boxes...lol!


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SNIKWAD 4/6/2011 8:46AM

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SKINNYPOWELL1 4/6/2011 8:27AM

    Thanks for the link, will read it later on today. Good job on maintaining the weight, you've found your balance, not an easy task, kudos to you.

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Plateau - finding a sustainable diet?

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

I have gained weight this week - I can feel it in my clothes. As always, it's frustrating, because while I know I haven't eaten as well as I could have, I also know that supposedly it takes 3500 extra calories to gain 1 pound. The weeks I eat more than I should ire ally feel I ought to be maintaining, not gaining.

I have some more stuff I was going to whine about, but this isn't meant to be a whining blog.

No, instead the thought came to me this morning - a plateau is all about finding a sustainable "diet" - a way you can eat for the rest of your life. I don't think I've ever really looked at it that way before. Not truly.

I know I'd like this to be the last time I lose weight, but even that probably isn't the reality. Life is all about checks and balances, as I so often smugly tell my husband - it isn't about stasis. If we're not growing (hopefully not literally), we might as well be dead already.

I know I can give up things that will help me to lose more weight - but the real question is can I give up those things for the rest of my life? If the answer is no, than I'm not on the path to a sustainable diet.

The hard part is figuring out what you can give up, change, or swap out for the rest of your life. It's easy at first, but eventually we all come to a place where it's hard. REALLY hard. And for some of us, it takes a REALLY long time.

No matter how frustrating that might be, it's still ok. If it was easy, everyone would do it. And after all, we have the rest of our lives to figure out OUR sustainable diet. The only shame is in giving up.

So next time you're frustrated by a plateau, realize that it's actually an opportunity to learn what works for you.

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CATYDID514 6/15/2011 9:14AM

  I can relate to this too. I have hit the plateau and been there for a while. Keep losing and gaining back the same 2 pounds and can't move past it! Still have about 35 to lose. Soo frustrating! I have lost about 45 but it has taken me 3 -4 years to do it. I keep telling myself "but i'm not gaining it back". I find myself "cheating when stressed out at work and not wanting to log in that cookie or 2 I snatched when feeling stressed so I do sabatoge myself and them beat myself up later. So we do need to figure out what will work for us not only now but in the future because this is going to be out future. This will not be a quick fix diet for most of us but a lifestyle we need to figure out how to live by and be healthy with

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HEYRED221 4/5/2011 10:33PM

    Great blog. Definitely something to think about. Thank you.

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MOMGABE 4/5/2011 4:18PM

    Great blog! I have been asking myself these same questions lately since I have been stuck at a plateau for at least 3 months. Since I have been incorporating more fruits, vegetables and whole foods in my food plan since the first of the year, I have not attempted to track all my food. The good news is I haven't gained any weight by not tracking. The bad news is I haven't lost any weight either.
So that leaves me with several questions - how hard do I want to work to lose the last 10-15 pounds? Will I be able to maintain that weight/life style when I get there? Anyway, something to ponder and journal about.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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KANSASROSE67 4/5/2011 1:15PM

    Good blog! You're right that we all have to decide what we're willing to give up or do that we can sustain forever.

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TEMPEST272002 4/5/2011 12:07PM

    I could really relate to your blog today. You're right about those things we swap out becoming more and more difficult. As I get closer to goal weight & the pounds come off more slowly, I find myself thinking about the same kinds of things.

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PATTYCAKE17 4/5/2011 10:47AM

    YOU ARE SO RIGHT ON WITH YOUR EVALUATION OF FINDING YOUR LIVEABLE, WORKABLE, SUSTAINABLE DIET PLAN. Whoops! the only thing is that we keep changing and the plan needs to be flexible to change with us. But that's okay, because we know where to go in the plan to adapt to our personal growth and evolution. Keep on keeping on the right path; it will lead to success. emoticon emoticon
Nice blog, by the way!!

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LIBBYFITZ 4/5/2011 10:22AM

    Mmmm now that I have been on a plateau for 8 months I would like my body to give up some more FAT! I know my measurements have changed for the better, but I still have an elevated fasting blood sugar! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 4/5/2011 10:07AM

    I'm still figuring it out. It would be nice for that to be done sooner rather than later.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 4/5/2011 8:12AM

    Great blog and you've certainly raised some good points. I really liked that part about ensuring we come up with an eating plan that is sustainable in the long run. Right now I am concentrating on learning how to incorporate my love of junk food into a healthy eating plan. I know junk food is always going to be a temptation for me (despite my pleas otherwise)so I'm learning how to accommodate those empty calories a little bit at a time. emoticon

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FRECKS96 4/5/2011 8:05AM

    Good thought and a valuable lesson for the people in or moving towards maintenance. It's definitely not a free-for-all once you reach your goal weight.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 4/5/2011 8:03AM

    Great blog today, never thought of being on a plateau quite like that, but you are right. I've been stuck for a while and I am learning how to maintain, the things to eat or not eat to maintain for the rest of my life. I'm viewing it as a learning opportunity, thanks again for the insight.

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April showers with a vengeance

Monday, April 04, 2011

It's going to be one of my rambling blogs - you've been warned!

It was a really nice weekend, weather-wise & otherwise. Yes, it was chilly & VERY windy, but it was also sunny & not snowing, so that was good! Even warm enough to just sit outside & soak up some sunshine - as long as you had a coat on.

Saturday we went out to lunch at a cafe I've wanted to try & used up my group on to the vegan bakery. I had a veggie panini - which didn't have much cheese, which is probably a good thing cause I got a great big honking piece of vegan chocolate peanut butter cake. That, an apple, a few almonds & some popcorn was dinner.

I gave DH a sliver of the cake. I thoroughly enjoyed every bite, but I swear I felt like my thighs, of all things, had expanded 5" the next day. Must've been the sodium, not to mention the fat & sugar.

Yesterday I ate great. My throat has been bothering me for a few days, so I have been taking it easy. Just a long walk with the dogs & DH yesterday.

Today was swimming & the forecast was for sleet & snow but thankfully it didn't get that cold so it's just rain. I had to get up in the middle of the night & my throat was worse, but not so bad when I got up so I went for my swim.

Glad I did, too, cause it was a great swim - unlike the last one, I got fast songs & slow songs in almost perfect order. And since it was just drizzling when I got home I was able to coax the dogs out again - good thing cause now it's raining pretty good.

DH has a business dinner tonight & I'm really looking forward to my pasta with white beans & garlic again. In fact, it's a day of leftovers & I plan to mostly take it easy since I did just sign up for the 5 mile race this Sunday. The cookbook that recipe came from is now waiting for me at the library.

So for now I'm just chilling with my little doggy blanket on my lap, and since I've already had first & second breakfasts I'm gonna go catch up with what's going on in the world. Here's to a great Monday, even if it is raining. Spark on!

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LIBBYFITZ 4/5/2011 6:53AM

    Seems to be that time of the year in both hemispheres for allergic symptoms ! Glad you got your swim in!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 4/4/2011 2:52PM

    emoticon attitude on a rainy Monday, your dinner sounds absolutely delish. Happy Monday !!!!

P.S. I am soooo excited for your race this weekend.

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DDOORN 4/4/2011 2:44PM

    Love it when those tunes roll out in simpatico with the workout...!

I just enjoyed the HECK out of the wonderful weather we had this weekend. Rain on a Monday sorta seems appropo...took it indoors to the fitness center. Ran too late to swim tho, drat!


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FRECKS96 4/4/2011 2:13PM

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend and a great plan for this week. Hope you feel 100% soon and good luck with your race this weekend!

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NATPLUMMER 4/4/2011 10:17AM

    It sounds like a very nice weekend. Ooooooh, chocolate peanut butter cake. Yummmmmm.
My throat has been bothering me as well. Allergies are bad right now.
YAY for a swim and getting the dogs out.
Pasta with white beans and garlic sounds very tasty.
Have a great, if rainy, day!

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RATFINKROB 4/4/2011 9:42AM

    It is raining here as well.

Thanks for the blog!

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Practice what you preach - rest!

Saturday, April 02, 2011

I like to take a week off from running every month. I feel it actually helps me come back fresher. I still exercise, I just don't run. I usually go much lighter on weight training on the weeks I don't run, too.

The idea is that you shouldn't always be working harder - if you do, you're not giving yourself enough time to recover. No recovery will lower your immune system and leave you vulnerable to injury. If you find yourself more tired than usual and not recharged by exercise like you usually are, you might be overtraining.

So this week I haven't run at all, but I have swum. I did longer, more intense yoga sessions.

Unfortunately, I plan to run a race next Sunday - potentially my longest race to date. When it's race week, I usually do lighter ST sessions too. So that means 2 weeks of little ST in a row. But it's about balance over time, not how any one week goes.

It's ok to do light exercise on a rest day - I almost always am walking the dogs, even on rest days. We are meant to move! Have you ever felt more tired after a weekend spent on the couch? I know I have.

What do you do on your rest days? Do you take rest days? Do you find you start getting tired if you don't take rest days?

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 4/5/2011 8:20AM

    No, I don't take any rest days because the only walking I do basically is with my dogs off leash. They sort of need to get out everyday. That being said, however, I can see why you would need a day/week off from your training. You are such an inspiration!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 4/4/2011 8:42AM

    How far is your race next Sunday? Glad you take the time to rest, I'm guessing I will be resting for at least two weeks after my surgery on Thursday emoticonbut looking forward to getting back into running.

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DAYHIKER 4/4/2011 6:50AM

    You are doing so great!! emoticon

At 10 plus years older than you I am finding that I need more recovery days than I would like and not getting them leads to old fashioned crash and burn. Sigh. emoticon


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HALFFAST 4/3/2011 10:22AM

    Hi Judy! I take 2 rest days per week. I STILL haven't been doing any ST. I keep telling myself that one of the 3 days per week I'm at the gym I will start ST - my plan is 1 day run (besides the 2-3 outside runs per week), 1 day elliptical, and 1 day ST - but so far something has happened that I haven't made the 3rd day to the gym. Have fun on your race next weekend!

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LIBBYFITZ 4/3/2011 3:47AM

    Yes I still walk the dogs on rest days. If i am tired I will have a snooze in the afternoon.

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HEYRED221 4/2/2011 4:33PM

    I do take rest days - usually Sunday and one week day.

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NATPLUMMER 4/2/2011 8:57AM

    I usually dance around or walk or both on my rest days.

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NANCYRUBIO 4/2/2011 8:47AM

    Excellent post. Your advice is sound.

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FRECKS96 4/2/2011 7:58AM

    As always, a great reminder that our mental health is important to our physical health. I generally do something light, even on my rest day. I am totally more tired after a day of sloth than I ever am after a day of go, go, go.

I am definitely planning on taking on day/week as a total rest day while I train for my half marathon. I know I'll be getting plenty of exercise in on the other days and I'm pretty sure my body will need it. A nice afternoon walk to the playground and some extra stretching will be it on those days.

Don't stress about the ST, it takes longer than 2 weeks to lose muscle tone. You'll do great!

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