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Hopefully we're always evolving

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

If you've ever lived with animals, you know they love their routines. They want to eat, play & exercise at the same times every day. We humans are the same way. That's why it can be so difficult to create a healthy lifestyle - we have to change & we don't like change.

I got to thinking about this because of some buddies' recent blogs. One of my buddies wondered after the recent west coast blackout just what she'd be eating if there was a real natural disaster that left her without power for a long time.

I know what I'd be eating: nut butters! I really stocked up when one of my favorite brands was on sale a while back. Of course greens would be a problem . . . oh, all those protein bars probably would come in handy, too.

There was a day I simply couldn't keep any nut butters in the house cause I'd simply eat with a spoon right out of the jar. Thankfully those days are mostly behind me & nut butters are part of my daily eating plan.

Another buddy was asking how you keep from worrying. That's a tough one. TOM was a few days late this month. I never quite know when it will arrive anymore, despite an app I use to track it, because sometimes it's early, sometimes it's late, and sometimes it's totally punctual.

If it's late next month, it will arrive during our vacation. But if it's on time the next few months, it will be going on during my HM which will totally piss me off, especially since I have low energy & a lot of trouble sleeping the week before TOM.

But there's nothing I can do about it - it will arrive when it arrives - so any worrying is simply a waste of time. All I CAN do is visualize what I want to have happen & leave the rest in God's hands (along with my worry).

Reinventing yourself isn't easy on you or those around you. There will be victories, setbacks, and long stretches of nothing much at all. But it's much, much easier if you're willing to bend & stretch - a LOT.

  
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SLIMMERJESSE 9/13/2011 10:24AM

    I, for one, love change. Unfortunately, not the type of changes I've had to go through recently - loss of loved ones and similar other losses. But I do thrive on change, which is unlike most. I know reinventing is not in the least bit easy, and something that is needed to make a good transition to healthy eating.

Fortunately, I don't know what nut butters are! Good thing because it would be one more thing to resist or battle. (smiling)

Thanks for all your great blogs. Always helpful

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REDEMILY 9/13/2011 10:21AM

    Mmmm.... nut butters. I get that!

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NATPLUMMER 9/13/2011 10:16AM

    Yes, nut butters are fabulous (and I still sometimes eat with a spoon from the jar but I do track it). They have to be refrigerated after they are open, though. PB2 on the other doesn't so I guess I'd use it as long as I have water.
TOM can be a pain, that's for sure. I hope it doesn't plague the HM.

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TEMPEST272002 9/13/2011 9:37AM

    I used to worry a lot. Then I realized that the things I worried about rarely came to pass... and the things that really knocked me off my feet, I didn't see coming. So why worry? I do what I can & then I let it go.

I've been thinking a lot of about change lately & what it takes. I think I'd gotten a bit too comfortable lately - and comfortable = maintenance. I'm not ready for that stage yet, so I guess I better get used to uncomfortable, eh?

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KISSFAN1 9/13/2011 8:04AM

    First off, thank you so much for all your wonderful comments on my blogs the last few months, they are much appreciated!

I, like you, love my nut butters and I also used to just eat spoonfuls of it out of the jar. I incorporate it at least once a day and in fact yesterday I had it for breakfast and dinner, LOL.

I'd be in trouble if I couldn't have refrigerated or frozen foods, but I'd make due to whole wheat breads, nut butters, fruit (things that didn't have to be refrigerated like apples, plums, etc.) and nuts.

The time of the month issue can be difficult for sure, especially when it's not predictable. As you know, I had surgery last week because of some female issues and I don't know how my first time of the month will be after surgery, but I'm really hoping that it doesn't happen when we go to a water park that I bought tickets too last month. My luck it will happen and like you, I don't sleep well or have much energy before or during.

I guess it's the burden we have to endure as women.

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The snowball effect

Monday, September 12, 2011

A funny thing happens when you start to baby step your way into a new habit: the snowball effect sometimes takes over. Think of a snowball rolling down a hill, growing larger & larger as it picks up more snow.

A while back I started a new lower-sugar regimen. I'm proud of that because a) it was my own idea and b) sugar is definitely a weakness.

I haven't cut it out altogether, but I try to reserve it for just one treat a night for the majority of the week. And a couple of night's a week I don't have a sweet treat - usually I have popcorn.

The funny thing is that while I still really enjoy my treats, I've found that my cravings have greatly diminished and I'm more accepting of less sweetness.

For instance, back in the day I sweetened my tea with 8 drops of stevia. Over time I reduced that to 4 drops. Lately I've noticed that 4 drops seems too sweet, so I reduced it to 3 drops recently.

Yesterday we went out to kohls & then out to dinner. I checked out Jlo's new line of clothing - some of it cute, some not, most of it a bit overpriced, I thought. I tried on some stuff I'd been looking at online & decided I didn't like those items. I did go home & order a few things (not available in the store) with my 20% off coupon.

For dinner we tried out a nearby sports bar. Not really my kind of place, but I figured I'd find so something & indulge DH. I ended up with a chicken Caesar salad with dressing on the side, hold the bacon & croutons. Never be afraid to get it your way! I avoided where the parmesan was heaviest. I snuck a few of DH's fries - and tracked them! Which left me with enough room for another slice of my fudge pie at home (my parents are coming up this week & if we don't finish it off then I'll have DH take the rest into work).

Speaking of treats, I've decided to get something sweet from the farmer's market next week for a treat after my long run. I haven't done that all summer & the market ends soon. :( There is this booth with these awesome looking brownies . . . I'd do it the following week, which is the last week, but my run will be shorter that week.

Have you noticed any snowball effects in your journey to a healthy lifestyle?

  
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TEMPEST272002 9/12/2011 7:16PM

    I notice the snowball effect works both ways. The more good choices I make, the easier it is to make the next choice a good one & visa versa. Glad to hear your sweet cravings are diminishing.

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NELLJONES 9/12/2011 10:21AM

    I agree on the snowball effect. BUT for me it has to be absolute. Just like an alcoholic can go years without a drink, one drink will put them back to minute 1, as if no time had passed at all. I cannot eat even one Reeses, or I will be back to the misery of craving every minute, and it will take longer for the snowball effect to start.

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NATPLUMMER 9/12/2011 10:04AM

    Yay for less sweetness being satisfying. That is progress.
20% off is always good.
Great job on dinner :-)
I like the brownie/long run plan.

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SHEILA1505 9/12/2011 9:35AM

    Well done with the sugar
Yes - I wanted to walk up to the Design Centre Studios near my house but decided to go the long way around, take the bag of recycling to the bins at the school at the end of the road and so I managed to log another 2 miles towards my 2nd Marathon walking distance for the month. In the old days, I would have gone by car - so I also saved petrol, wear and tear, and carbon footprint - tho I did burn some shoe rubber

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I remember . . .

Sunday, September 11, 2011

10 years ago on this day, I remember . . .

Being in my home office with the TV off & my husband with me, because he had a meeting at a different facility later that morning. My trainer, with whom I had an appointment later, called & asked if I'd seen what was going on.

I remember the eerie silence of the next few days - we lived close to the airport.

I remember having the tv on in every room for quite some time - and I hate having the tv just for background noise.

I remember the music from Good Will Hunting NBC used to segue to commercials. It still brings chills to me whenever I hear it today

I remember the thousands of innocents who lost a spouse, a partner, a parent.

Most of all, I remember the thousands who simply went to work or got on a plane (like my husband does so frequently) as if it was an ordinary day, when it was anything but.

Rest in peace.

  
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TEMPEST272002 9/11/2011 4:21PM

    Remembering with you.

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NATPLUMMER 9/11/2011 11:07AM

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Maybe there really are

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Well, no, not really. I mean, there are healthy & unhealthy foods & there are foods that lay somewhere in between.

We were going to do a charity walk for animals this morning. We got there . . . we walked around the vendors more than once (DH got to meet our holistic vet) . . . we waited . . . we waited . .

The website had never said just when the walk started. After an hour, we finally left. The dogs had gotten plenty of good socialization & a good cause had gotten our morning (oops, meant to type money. Freudian?). Turns out the walk supposedly started not long after we left.

We headed over to the farmer's market. Despite a bagel & lox for breakfast & a snack of pretzels I was STARVING. I didn't think we'd actually go, since DH has been feeling iffy, so I was fueling for my long run (which I still have to do).

I chowed down at the peanut butter booth. Which brings me to the kinds of food I label . . .

. . . "good food:" peanut butter with roasted peanuts, hemp seeds & chia seeds with nothing else, not even salt. Raw nut butters are even better, but I still eat regular PB & AB, too.

. . . "bad food": peanut butter with roasted peanuts, banana chips, cocoa butter & sugar. I've seen banana peanut butter before, but I never thought I'd like it - boy, was I wrong! It only has 4 gm of sugar per serving, which isn't that bad, but I'm still limiting my sugar except for my treat at night.

I'm not sure when I'll open the banana PB . . maybe I'll save it for a reward when I reach GW. Just another incentive to buckle down & get er done. I would hsve felt bad not buying anything since i tasted about 6 different flavors and it was soooo good. Altho I don't think I've eaten as clean as I need to lately.

Some foods seem healthy, like nut butters, but when you get into the flavored kinds - which I love - you're usually getting into the added sugar too. It's almost like drinking; it just erodes your will power without you even being aware of it.

And speaking of semi-healthy indulgence foods . . . Just be warned that if you're a chocolate lover you may want to check this out . . . or maybe you don't: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/09/0
6/the-ultimate-chocolate-fudge-pie/

  
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LEONALIONESS 9/12/2011 12:52PM

    Just make Katie's banana butter!
She has a recipe where you blend PB or AB with banana and use that as a spread. NO added sugar and super darn tasty. :) I like my PB and AB with some salt flavor, so when I make it in my vita I use raw nonpareil almonds and add some sea salt. Maybe 1 tsp to two cups of almonds? Still way less than commercially produced stuff adds, I bet.

I also have been known to make choco pb at home. Roasted salted nuts with chocolate chips in the vita. Omnomnom. I usually keep a little and give the rest to a friend of mine. Much to Aaron's dismay. LOL.

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TEMPEST272002 9/10/2011 8:43PM

    Banana peanut butter? Good grief. How are you supposed to resist that? lol

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CHRISTINA791 9/10/2011 7:24PM

    I normally love my plain nut butters with one ingredient on the label, but there's a stall at our farmer's market that sells all kinds of nut products. We picked up some honey peanut butter last time, and it was deadly. Completely awesome, but I think I could have sat down in front of the TV and eaten it with a spoon. I really want to try their chocolate peanut butter, but I'm afraid of what will happen if I get my hands on a jar.

Oooh... maybe I could pick up a tub of that and the regular, and just mix in a little of the flavoured stuff at a time. See, now you've got me cluttering up your comments section as I brainstorm.

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NATPLUMMER 9/10/2011 6:18PM

    Freudian...probably.
I certainly wouldn't have been able to resist the peanut butter booth myself. Oh yum!!! I have had some banana peanut butter and it was fabulous. I got it from Wolvermann's when I ordered some english muffins.
That chocolate pie does look good. I'd make it crustless because I'm not a fan of crust.

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HEALTH4LYFE 9/10/2011 2:35PM

    Like you, I know there are no such things as good and bad food and when we label it such, the taboo food can become more attractive. There are however, foods which I am better off doing without, sometimes for a short time, and sometimes longer. Food is my drug of choice. Detox is sometimes the best way for me to go. Wishing you continued success as you head toward your GW. emoticon

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Is it hunger . . . or is it habit?

Friday, September 09, 2011

It's really amazing how much of hunger is psychological.

Once a week I delay my breakfast by a few hours. Supposedly it's a good rest for your digestive system. It's certainly a test of my will power.

I've always said I'm really hungry when I get up & normally I eat about an hour after I get up like you're supposed to. I don't want to delay that breakfast, but the truth is it isn't really that hard after all (altho each week I still resist it).

This week I got involved in some stuff & ate even later . . . which sort of came back to bite me, because that's the day I got the munchies & didn't make the wisest food choices for most of the day. Not terrible, mind you, just not as healthy as usual.

Speaking of healthy, healthy eating is mostly a habit. It has been for a while. Portion control - this is where I still struggle. For instance, when I make oatmeal I use a half cup dry. Topped with a tbsp almond butter & 1 1/2 tbsp dark chocolate chips.

Only lately I've noticed that I feel really full afterwards . . . like I could eat less. So this morning it was 1/3 cup dry oatmeal, topped with the same amount of almond butter & only 1 tbsp dark chocolate chips. Physically it was totally satisfying. Mentally I struggled some with it. So much of this game is "mental"!

I've decided that going forward that will be my portion on a regular day - I might go with the larger portion on long run day if I'm having oatmeal (which I probably won't - I usually splurge a little on long run day).

Once I get to goal, I can experiment with a larger portion.

Have you noticed how much your mind effects your weight loss efforts?

  
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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 9/10/2011 12:17PM

    I agree! Portion control was my biggest battle.

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/10/2011 8:27AM

    For the past year, since the passing of my dear cousin, I have had several stark realizations. While doing so much emotional eating, I realized how much of a habit most of my food intake is. The only reason I haven't blimped up is that I've done a lot of exercise. My scale has been exiled for about eight months now, and I fear getting on it again. I'm still in the same size clothing, but feel that bodily nudge that tells me to halt the over-eating or else next size up is in my future. Which I definitely DO NOT want. I've gotta get a grip.

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DISPATCHER04 9/9/2011 4:26PM

    Definitely! :)

If I leave my body to it's natural response, I don't get hungry till 10am (if I'm not asleep from working the night before).

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NATPLUMMER 9/9/2011 3:58PM

    Yes, I think you're right about it being psychological for the most part.
That's my portion size for oatmeal and it works well for me.

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JUSTCHELLE75 9/9/2011 2:12PM

    yes it definitely does.

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TEMPEST272002 9/9/2011 10:13AM

    Absolutely the mental part of the process is the biggest. As I change my thinking, I change my choices & that improves my health. You inspire me with how you continue to evaluate your choices to see where you can make improvements. Just that little bit less doesn't seem like doing much... but it will add up fast.

Just doing the quick & dirty math... scratch that, I had to be more accurate... according to the nutrition tracker, you are reducing your calorie intake by 85 calories each bowl. If you have oatmeal 5x/wk like me, that adds up to 20,400 calories in a year... 20,400/3500= 5.8 lbs.

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Shopping here you come!

Do you put flaxseed in your oatmeal? I've found I'm satisfied much longer when I do. This morning my oatmeal mix was flaxseed, walnuts, diced apple & 1 measured tbsp of maple syrup.

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NUTRON3 9/9/2011 7:56AM

    Yes , I have.

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