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Friday, July 15, 2011

Know thyself! We are all in different stages of our journeys, and our personal stages change, too. There was a day I couldn't have a jar of PB in the house brpecause I'd just stand up & eat it by the spoonful. Which is very ironic because now I probably have at least 5 - different nut butters & flavors - and always measure out my portions (and don't go back for seconds).

Eating sweets doesn't cause me to go into search-and-destroy mode. NOT eating the occasional treat causes me to eat all around what I actually want. Some things - like ice cream, for instance, I don't keep in the house & only go out for.

I will probably never fall into the food-as-fuel camp - not completely, that is. I do view it as fuel, but I also view it as treats sometimes, too.

But I think I do have to take a good, long, cold, hard look at my treats. I'm thinking of actually making up lists. Rating them. Assigning them points plus values. Thinking about and writing down what swaps I can make - for when I'm feeling strong & much more importantly when I'm feeling weak.

Too much work, you say? Eating shouldn't be so complicated?

I like my cute clothes. I like that I can wear my wedding ring without worrying about getting it back off. I like liking what i see in the mirror & more importantly how i feel on the inside. I like people thinking I'm at my GW even tho I'm not (NOT! That one actually drives me nuts). You get the picture.

This is going to take some time, but I'm worth it & so is my goal.

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DDOORN 7/18/2011 10:25AM

    Can certainly relate to your PB & sweets "search-and-destroy mode!"

Not there yet, re: having the self-control to allow these things around in moderation...!


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DISPATCHER04 7/15/2011 8:01PM

    Different things work for different bodies. :)

I don't do well in the food-as-fuel area either. ;)

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SKFEREBEE 7/15/2011 11:36AM

    Definitely can relate to the wedding ring thing!

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NATPLUMMER 7/15/2011 11:04AM

    You are worth it!!
I don't think I'll ever fall into the food as fuel camp, either.

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/15/2011 10:05AM

    Great idea! (BTW, I've recently gone back for acupuncture myself. Hope it helps your cats as well.)

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MRSLEENY 7/15/2011 8:49AM

    Love the control you have! You are doing so well. I'm still on shaky ground with certain foods. I used to buy Nutella. That can NO longer be in my house. All I'd need is a spoon and off I'd go. One day, hopefully my brain will switch. I know what you mean about the wedding rings! emoticon

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RATFINKROB 7/15/2011 8:43AM

    Five different nut butters! Yum, can I come over and raid the cabinet :)

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 7/15/2011 8:03AM

    You are soooo worth it! And yo are in control now and that's the goal!


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Just what is a food treat, anyway?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

That question is probably one of my biggest struggles, & most likely part of what holds me in a holding pattern.

The first week on the wendie plan (pts cycling) I lost a pound; the next I gained 2! yikes! And I wouldn't be at all surprised if I've gained this week, too - totally feeling those extra pounds.

I get one day a week to eat more than normal, altho I'm not stuffing myself by any means. But I'm sometimes eating things I consider "treat" rather than "cheat" foods - frozen yogurt or ice cream, veggie stromboli, a brownie, etc.

But sometimes those treats creep into the rest of the week, too. Like today I'm having half a veggie Stromboli - planned for. But today isn't actually my big point day. Am I cheating myself or treating myself? The $64,000,000 question!

But what if I don't treat myself? Will I go off the deep end & consume an entire pan of brownies?

How many treats are too many? Are treats even necessary? Can I redefine what constitutes a treat?

I try to. Some high point days I eat healthy foods, just more of them than I'd normally eat. The volume thing.

Some people eat really clean. All the time. And it shows.

I eat clean. A lot. But obviously not all the time. And it shows.

Obviously I don't yet have the answers, or i'd be at my GW already. I do promise to keep questioning & searching for the answers & to share what I come up with.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/15/2011 2:37PM

    Wine, cheese, chocolate - those are treats for me.

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BARBIETEC 7/14/2011 5:38PM

    Treats are love and hate relationship, you love it when you are eating it, but as soon as it is over you hate it heheheh :)

I feel grate when I have had a lot's of "treatless" days, but it always comes a point when my body just starts to scream EAT TREATS EAT THEM! and I do it and it takes me many days to stop eating it again!.

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TEMPEST272002 7/14/2011 2:26PM

    Great question! When I was calorie cycling, I discovered that foods I'd longed for - like bacon & fried chicken - I didn't actually like anymore. I thought they were going to be treats... but they just sat heavy in the gut. The treats I really like now are the healthy ones. I can see why you'd choose to go for healthy volume over calorie-dense goodies.

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KJDOESLIFE 7/14/2011 12:00PM

    I think if you're planning for something you consider a "treat" but it will take you over your points/calories for the day, you are cheating yourself. If you can have the treat and stay within your daily intake goal, then it's just a treat. Good luck.

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NATPLUMMER 7/14/2011 11:23AM

    I think a food treat is different for everybody. I definitely associate treats with sweets. Even though I do eat things that aren't always so great for me (fries, hash browns, pizza) sometimes, I don't think of them as treats. Maybe I should and that would help me limit them...there's an idea.

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SKFEREBEE 7/14/2011 11:18AM

    I've been struggling with the food thing since my "free" food day on July 4th. It lets some of the old temptations sneak back in and boy, are they hard to get rid of. Think I'm going to have to go low-carb and extra clean for 3 or 4 days to get my cravings back in sync. And treats aren't really treats if they aren't getting you closer to your goal because THAT would be the biggest and best treat of all! emoticon

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DISPATCHER04 7/14/2011 10:42AM

    I do better to avoid treats altogether. The more I eat of sweet/sugary things, the more I crave them. Once I get on the healthy eating wagon, one variation can derail me completely.

I know lots of people who do better with occasional treats. I'm just not really one of them. But we all have different bodies that work differently. There is no one way.

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/14/2011 10:36AM

    Just the other day, a recurring thought popped into my mind to ponder. Why is it that I celebrate by doing things that cause more damage? Food treats lead to feeling terrible. Spending money leads to a temporary high and items that I don't need. And I get to pay the bill at the end of the month. Whatta treat! Of course, I've eliminated a lot of shopping this year, and doing very well with that. But on yesterday's blog, I wrote about my struggle with sugar - a food treat that makes me feel awful. Some reward!

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RATFINKROB 7/14/2011 9:45AM

    If I eat sweets it just makes me eat more so I just skip all of them. After being off sweets for a while fruits and low cal cereals all taste very sweet to me. I still eat chocolate, but buy the 70% dark chocolate and limit myself to one square.

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 7/14/2011 8:14AM

    For me, I've eliminated food treats. It sets me up for failure. I've learned to eat when I'm hungry, not when I'm not. This is relatively new and it's working. Why would I eat if I'm not hungry? Habit is the answer. A sweet treat makes me crave more. My treat is now seeing positive results in how my clothes are getting looser. Yay!

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XFITSTRONG 7/14/2011 7:40AM

    I think a lot of us struggle with that. In my case, when I eat a treat it makes me crave treats even more. Yet when I go without, it makes me feel deprived. It's all about balance, I guess. Have a great day!

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Must share breakfast & the many faces of hunger

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Ok, breakfast was just so yummy I have to share it. Especially good for those volume eaters like me out there.

I call this a pancrepe, because it's not quite a pancake & not quite a crepe:

6 egg whites
1/2 cup oatmeal (uncooked)
1 tsp cinnamon
Dash vanilla
Pinch salt
1/4 tsp baking soda

Blend all together. It's a thin batter, so I always end up with one huge one. Cook like a pancake. If you're not a volume eater like me, this might be 2-3 servings; yup, I eat the whole thing.

Then I made some raw jam- blend together 1 cup berries & 3/4 cup dates.

Spread your pancrepe with 1 tbsp chocolate peanut butter if you're evil like me, raw almond butter if you're virtuous & some raw berry jam. Words cannot describe. Course, now I want raw blueberry jam on everything . . .

So let's talk about hunger. There are so many different kinds:

Real hunger - few of us ever actually allow ourselves to experience this. How privileged we are not to have to.

Hunger cause we've worked out hard - could be real, could be IDI (I deserve it syndrome)

Emotional hunger - most of us have experienced this one; often, that's a huge part of why we're here

Tiredness hunger - I separate this one out from emotional hunger, because while it IS feeling, it's not really an emotion to my mind

Hormonal hunger - don't know if guys experience it, but w girls sure do

Weather hunger - cold can amp it up, hot can suppress it, gray skies can trigger it & so on

Last night all 3 of those last ones struck. Talk about a trifecta!

TOM was supposed to arrive almost a week ago. I think it's getting closer, as the cramps are more pronounced. Imagine having those hungry feelings drag on an extra week.

It was a miserable walk yesterday morning - hot, humid, & buggy. I was not a happy camper. I did my ST later that afternoon, but boy did I have to push myself through it. I shouldn't complain, since I haven't forgotten what summers in TX were like & I know what you folks are going thru - it was just a couple of days for us.

And tied into all that was the crushing fatigue that accompanies the above.

Well, I caved to the devil last night. I'm already up more than I want to be, at the topmost of the range I can't seem to get out of. Taking the bag of PB2 crackers & eating straight out of it was not the answer but I did it anyway.

Thankfully there were only a couple of servings left, which only equals 200 calories, but I should know better - things like that are my Achilles' heel cause they're not filling & I eat too much (back to the volume eater thing). I bought them because I thought they'd be good on a long run - still think that, but I ate the entire bag over a week's time & not a single piece was while running.

And I chased that with a prograde craver cause naturally I was still hungry - at least that stemmed the tide.

Since this is already a novella, I think I'll muse some on treating ourselves tomorrow. Enjoy those PB&j pancrepes!

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5MONTHADVENTURE 7/14/2011 8:26AM

    Sounds great!

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KANSASROSE67 7/13/2011 9:10PM

    I am SO going to try the pancrepes and the raw berry jam...yummo!

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TEMPEST272002 7/13/2011 5:55PM

    Now I know what I'm having for tomorrow's breakfast - pancrepes! I'll let you know how they turn out. Laughed at the PB2 crackers - for running you say... yeah, we know how that works. lol

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DISPATCHER04 7/13/2011 3:19PM

    I work nights, and really struggle with the tiredness hunger. I basically find myself eating to stay awake. I was reading an article once which stated that when your body is tired it tries to find an energy source. What it really needs is just recharging. When you deny your body enough sleep, sometimes it will send false hunger signals, when all you really need is sleep.

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TERP_TERP 7/13/2011 11:01AM

    sounds good! I will have to try these emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 7/13/2011 10:18AM

    That does sound yummy!! It would have to be a weekend breakfast for me, though. And I probably would eat the whole thing.
I just ordered some of the PB2 crackers with my PB2 order. I'm sorry to hear they're not filling.
Quite the trifecta!! And no wonder with cramps. BOO!
I hope TOM starts today!!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/13/2011 9:58AM

    Hope to try this receipe - sounds great! Thanks!

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DLDROST 7/13/2011 9:53AM

  Pancrepes YUM thanks for sharing

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Vegas & an oldie but goodie (lots of photos - long)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I was finally able to raid my husband's computer for the photos from Vegas that I wanted (the ones of me). I didn't even take a camera with me, so all the photos I took were with my cell phone. Vegas isn't really all that photogenic unless it's your first time (which it wasn't for me).

We stayed at the JW Marriot which is out in the middle of the desert, far from the strip, because that's where my husband's conference was. It had this enormous jacuzzi built for 2 - yes, I used it almost every night and I had to brace my legs against the sides so I didn't float!

We drove out to Red Rock Canyon.

So named for the veins of red rock (not sure you'll be able to see them in these photos.

We had been here our very first trip to Vegas, somewhere around 15 yrs ago, and remembered being disappointed. We weren't this time. And even tho it was a relatively hot day there was a lovely breeze.

If you squint you just might be able to see me standing on the trail.

The first time we came, we also went to Valley of Fire -- couldn't cajole DH into a trip this time, but we liked that park even better. It's a bit further out, but not as crowded, either.

Looking out over the desert; cropped for my new profile photo.

We moved to the Venetian for the last couple of nights. This was just one of their many pools, as seen from our 24th floor hotel window.

Yes, this is actually me swimming in my bikini -- thankfully you can't really see it cause it's in the middle of the breaststroke and almost borders on pornographic.

I am still kind of undecided about yesterday's dress. Which I suppose says a lot. I took some photos of myself in a dress I've had for about 15 yrs -- I did actually wear it once. Not a whole lot of call for long dresses.

Front view.

I know, I know, bad cell phone photos. The dress is chocolate brown. Side view.

I feel pretty much the same way about this one as I do about yesterday's . . . almost there.

What I like about this one:

Shows off my shoulders
The cut
It's form fitting without being skin tight

What I don't like:

Doesn't show off my legs. I never in a million years thought I'd write that sentence. But with the right dress, my legs are actually pretty shapely. They're totally hidden in this one. It does, of course, show off my ass-ets tho.

And, of course, it's already bought and paid for. I just feel it doesn't show off the whole body I've worked so hard to get -- only parts of it.

What I like about yesterday's dress:

The v-neck
It hugs my curves
The color

What I don't like about yesterday's dress:

In the photo I think I look a bit frumpy. Not sure why? The hair? Definitely a mess. Summer isn't kind to it. Maybe a bit overwhelming for my frame? But the ruching is part of what hides all those lumps & bumps!

You would think I was really close to this cousin or would know lots of people at the wedding . . . you'd be wrong!

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RATFINKROB 7/13/2011 8:42AM

    I love your hat. I wonder if I could get away with wearing one like it?

I love the desert, reminds me of my childhood in Arizona.

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DISPATCHER04 7/12/2011 10:00PM

    Oooh, I love the dress! :) Classy, but summery.

And the pool pics look sooooo inviting! :)

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DDOORN 7/12/2011 11:37AM

    LOVED climbing out on the Red Rocks when I was in Las Vegas last year.

I'm not one for the glitz and glam...Red Rocks beat anything downtown Vegas had to offer in my opinion...lol!


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LINDAJ0621 7/12/2011 10:58AM

    Nice pics!
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NATPLUMMER 7/12/2011 10:15AM

    Nice tub!!! I would be using it, too since it has the jets.
Beautiful pics of Red Rock Canyon.
That is quite the pool. Haven't been to any of the fancy hotels (and I won't be in December either ;-).
I like that dress, too. You look great especially with your hair up.
I can understand you wanting show off those rockin' legs. You've got time for more searching...you know you'll do it.

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4ANEWME2DAY 7/12/2011 10:09AM

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/12/2011 10:03AM

    I love the drive there, more than the city. (smiling) When I go, I usually do non-typical things that I discover by just being out and about off the regular path.

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Yup, another fashion shoot

Monday, July 11, 2011

I took advantage of DH being home to spend some time at the mall without feeling like I had to rush right home. Usually I'm combining it with other errands and the dogs can only go about 5 hrs, so the truth is I often feel rushed. Which may explain why I buy stuff then decide later it wasn't right.

First stop was H&M to buy a blouse I didn't buy the other day when I was there. Just a casual blouse I can wear with my pencil skirts or just around the house that the animals won't destroy.

The one I'd bought previously in the week, same deal (except too casual for skirts). Simple, but feminine shaping & I like it more than I expected to.

Yes, I actually have a skirt in the exact same material that I shared with you not long ago. What can I say? I love what this dress does for me. Will be good for Miami in Oct, hopefully.

Side view (this isn't the dress for the wedding, btw).

THIS, hopefully, will be the wedding dress. I was walking by Burlington Coat Factory, & decided to go in since I had time for once. I so rarely go in there. You've got to hunt for it, but they do have some good stuff. This dress was actually in the window, and yes, it took some hunting to find it.

Love the color. Even tho it's a November wedding -- could be snow! or Indian summer! - it's a heavier material so it may work. I like the cut a lot, but it's a size 6 and the truth is even tho I can't zip it by myself because the zipper's really hard, it's probably just a hair big for me - like the shoulders stand up just a tad.

I tried on a size 4, which probably was the right size, but it was ripped. Opinions appreciated. I'm a bit afraid I'll find another dress I'll love even more later, but I like this dress a lot. Did I mention how much I love the color?

Side view.

Not sure what color shoes are best with it; it's a very bright color. Sort of like the red pumps, but maybe purple, or silver . . .

Actually feeling a bit fluffy & looking it in those photos. So little definition in those arms! But I hadn't been doing as much ST as usual til last week -- and it shows, to me, anyway. And still waiting on TOM which is a few days late. But there's plenty of time between now & Oct & Nov . . . now it's time to do some intervals on the treadmill.

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XFITSTRONG 7/14/2011 7:46AM

    OMG I LOVE that blue dress!!!! We don't have BCF here or an H&M but they sound like stores I need to check out. I love your style of clothes!

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JENN03275 7/13/2011 9:28PM

    Love the blue dress, looks great on you!!

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KANSASROSE67 7/13/2011 9:15PM

    I really like the blue dress on you. The color and style are very flattering!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/12/2011 10:12AM

    I love the color too!

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DISPATCHER04 7/12/2011 8:49AM

    Love the tops! :)

I prefer the 1st dress. To me, it's more flattering to your figure. I think you may be right about the blue dress being too big.

IMO, not the red pumps at all. Maybe silver?

Just my thoughts . . . ;)

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JUST_TRI_IT 7/12/2011 7:35AM

    VERY nice!
You are looking FINE :)

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 7/11/2011 6:05PM

    Tops are nice but the bright dress really rocks! I would go with whatever shoe is the most comfortable but maybe silver would really compliment the colour the best.

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STIPER23 7/11/2011 10:38AM

    I love Burlington and Ross! You're right though, you have to have time to dig around in there. Amazing that you found the dress in the window and then found it in the store! The tops are cute, I really like the pinkish dress with the belt. Do you have another BCF in the area where you could look for a size 4 that isn't torn? Or maybe there was one hanging in the fitting room waiting to be put back onto the salesfloor. There really is no telling in that store. lol

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NATPLUMMER 7/11/2011 10:11AM

    The tops are cute and I love both dresses!!
I like the red pumps but purple or silver would work well, too.

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JENNJO322 7/11/2011 10:00AM

  I love the tops!! So cute. I think maybe you should go for a different color on the shoes for the dress. Maybe silver.

You look fabulous, keep up the good work!!!

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