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Saturday, July 05, 2008

For some of us, yesterday was the main chance to overeat. For others, the eating challenges continue all weekend. We didn't do anything special yesterday, other than walking the dogs together for both their morning & afternoon walks. Normally, when my husband is home, I do morning, and he does evening, which is why the dogs get their long walk in the morning (well, that and the heat).

We had a mostly untypical Fouth meal. We grilled lamb chops, because I had those in the freezer already -- after moving to TX, we quickly learned that what we do is grilling, not barbecue. They take their barbecue seriously here.

I made brown rice for myself, elbows for my husband, and rounded out the meal with roasted asparagus (I eat it almost every day -- I love asparagus!). And we finished off the meal with some decadent, vegan (yes, I said vegan) whoopie pies (recipe from "My Sweet Vegan", for those interested -- excellent, but loads of sugar).

We have a choice when it comes to holidays. Several, in fact. We can treat it like any other day, because the truth is that there is always an excuse to celebrate and overeat.

We can say the heck with it and just eat anything we want. There's actually nothing wrong with that -- IF it's a conscious decision, and IF you truly eat mindfully and enjoy what you eat, and IF you don't stuff yourself. But if you just throw caution to the winds on the spur of the moment, I guarantee you'll regret it.

Or we can plan for an indulgence, as I did. I made sure to eat very healthfully for several days beforehand. Even forgoing a luna bar for dessert in favor of a banana with plain yogurt, home made granola, and a little agave nectar (no, actually, I am not a vegan, I just eat like one sometimes).

I made sure to keep up with my exercise. In fact, yesterday, in addition to our two walks, I also did the 40 minute cardio party from turbo jam.

I know that I cannot make this a life style if I don't indulge occasionally. I find ways for small indulgences every day, but once in a while I'll have something truly decadent, like my whoopie pie or a shared piece of chocolate cake at a restaurant. I just don't do it daily, or even weekly.

We also had hot dogs for lunch. Hot dogs, I can hear you thinking now, are not healthy. Well, they can be. They were even beef hot dogs. From Applegate, with no nitrates or fillers, and relatively low in calories & fat. We use whole wheat hot dog buns, and put 2 hot dogs per bun (see, I'm obviously not a vegan). And I just had baby carrots with them. And cherries. Yes, even hot dogs can be part of a healthy eating plan.

Actually, I will admit that I never eat hot dogs when my husband isn't here. It's not something I crave. But he enjoys them, and I know that a couple once in a while won't hurt.

Eating well is mostly balance, with a lot of mindfullness thrown in.

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STARTSPARKING 7/6/2008 11:27PM

    I agree that if we cannot make it a lifestyle, we simply can't stick with it. Sooner or later, we'll feel so deprived that we'll just throw in the towel. That's why diets don't work. I also try to eat sensibly most of the time and have calculated small indulgences. Nothing is off limits as long as I watch my portions and don't indulge too often.

You have the right attitude, and you are doing well. Keep it up!

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MAXIJOHN 7/5/2008 12:41PM

    I like your attitude! You are so right about the occasional indulgences. They are fine as long as they are "occasional!"

Your post makes me miss TX. We moved here from Austin 6 years ago and I miss "home" dearly. You are right, we take the word "BBQ" seriously! lol!

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MTER67 7/5/2008 9:00AM

    Sounds like you celebrated a little--but stayed within your plan. We had a relaxing day, too. I took the kids to the pool and then we "grilled" outside with our neighbors in the evening. My next door neighbor is moving on Monday, so we have been trying to spend as much time with them as we can. I tried a little bit of everything to eat, but still had lots of white space left on my plate. I saved a lot of room for dessert, but I planned it that way--as you said it has to be a conscious decision! I also really love asparagus. My kids all like it, too, so if I can get it fresh and not too woody, I will buy it a lot.

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Thindependence day pledge

Friday, July 04, 2008

I know, I know, a holiday& 3 posts. How sad is that? But we're relaxing today. And I just wanted to share this, which our WW leader shared with us at the meeting yesterday:

I pledge allegiance to myself
In quest of my weight goal.
And to the healthiness for which it stands
One body...
Under control...
With confidence in new clothes for fall

If you haven't already started in on your holiday eating, keep this in mind!

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MAXIJOHN 7/5/2008 12:42PM

    I love that!! lol!

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MTER67 7/4/2008 7:28PM

    How cute! Thanks!

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    I had lunch with my brother's family. While everyone enjoyed hot dogs, I am proud that I ate a bowl of cold cereal with fat-free milk... and a BITE of hot dog and a few potato chips... Still not bad, right? emoticon

Thank you for sharing the WW Thindependence Day pledge. I LOVE it!

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A visual record

Friday, July 04, 2008

I will admit it: when one of the challenges of the Swimsuit Bootcamp was to post a before & after photo of yourself, I really didn't want to do it. I am so unhappy with photos of myself. That was part of my wake-up call (altho I was never really in denial), the way I looked in photos.

And I can't say as I saw a big change. But when I opened up today's photos vs. a month ago . . . I could actually see a difference in my stomach immediately. And there's just the hint of collarbones, always one of my visual markers -- hard to see in the smaller size I posted on this site. Just a hint, mind you.

I haven't lost huge amounts of weight. About 9 pounds in 3 months. I've gone down almost 2 pants sizes though; my photo today is in the smaller size of my "skinny" jeans. I don't have any skinny jeans anymore, though; they were my smallest size. Although I still have a few clothes that are too small.

I went shopping yesterday, but couldn't find jeans that flattered me at Marshalls. I did buy a pair of shorts that are just a tad too small. I hope to fit into them by the end of the month. There are so many clothes I bought over the years, too small, figuring I'd lose the weight -- only to eventually donate them unworn because not only did I not lose the weight, I gained more. Now I'm comfortable knowing I will lose the weight eventually.

My July goals:

1. Still chasing the 30" waist. Weird, now my weight goes down but my tape measure is stuck. Actually, I think my goal for July is to get to 29".

2. Be below 155 by the end of July. That's a biggie for me. That's about a 6 lb weight loss. I'm going to work my darndest to make it happen.

3. Fit into the shorts I bought yesterday -- comfortably.

I think having this visual reminder of how far I've come each month has actually turned out to be very motivating for me. It's not something I could easily do the first time I lost weight, since there were no digital cameras the. I need to print this out & put it somewhere I see every day -- maybe along with a photo of a cruise ship in Alaska!

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MAXIJOHN 7/5/2008 12:45PM

    Oh yeah, there is definitely a big difference!!
Keep up the good work!

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UNSURE 7/4/2008 9:33PM

    Very positive share. Keep it up . emoticon emoticon

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    Oh, yes... There is DEFINITELY a noticeable difference in your tummy. You are doing so well! The smaller numbers on the scale are nice, but a picture really is worth a thousand words.

Keep up your great work. I look forward to reading the blog post when you declare you fit into that pair of shorts comfortably! Good luck with all your July goals.

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Friday Fit Tip: 80/20 rule

Friday, July 04, 2008

This is a good day for the 80/20 rule, for those of us in the US. For most people, temptations abound today. If you eat healthy food for 80% of your daily intake, you should be able to indulge for the other 20%. This can apply to every day, not just holidays.

You can work this any way you want: just sort of eyeball it, or get really serious and figure out what 20% of your daily caloric intake is, and know that you can have something decadent that falls within that amount. If you're eating 1600 calories a day, for instance, that means you could have a treat that's about 320 calories. Share a piece of cake or pie with your significant other or a friend.

Don't forget that today isn't all about the food, either. Remember to have a good time with your family & friends. If you're chatting with your loved ones, you won't be thinking about food so much -- and you'll be really connecting!

Have a great, safe, healthy holiday, everyone.

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    That is a great tip to keep in mind so we don't feel deprived. It's better to budget and plan for treats instead of just succumbing to temptations uncontrollably. My trick is to take just a bite of someone's hot dog or dessert, and that is usually enough to satisfy me.

Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!

Comment edited on: 7/4/2008 5:29:43 PM

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MTER67 7/4/2008 10:06AM

    This is odd, because in the shower this morning, I was contemplating how much fat was in these 2 really good cookies I ate last night. I wondered how many fat calories should be in a 1600 calorie/day diet, and did those cookies fall in that range? By your calculations, they did. Funny, how you answered my question w/out my even asking! Thanks! Happy 4th of July!

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Bittersweet non-scale victories

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Usually I celebrate any non-scale victories, but the most recent ones, while good, are also sad.

I have a favorite belt. It's black, with this sparkly ribbon on it. It's also on its very last notch, now, and it's not the sort of belt where it's easy to add new notches. I love this belt. I bought it several years ago, so I can't buy a new one. It will not fit much longer.

I was hoping that I could hold off on buying new jeans until before the cruise. I don't think I can; I really need some new ones now. I have two pairs that fit, but they're my good, "skinny" jeans, so I don't want to wear them all the time. My regular jeans are too loose, unless I wear a belt (they're still too loose then, but at least they stay up). I don't want to wear a belt all the time.

I've still got a long way to go on my journey, but if you never stop to look at the view, the journey isn't rewarding.

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ASTARB1 7/3/2008 6:39PM

    I hear you.

Maybe you can use your belt in some sort of crafty way to make yourself a momento to remind your self of how far you've come?

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KSTARS 7/3/2008 4:58PM

    Great blog, Judy. Sorry about the belt!

Maybe you will find a new skinny one on the cruise!


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SHINPI 7/3/2008 9:35AM

    I bought a new jean about 2 weeks ago. The size smaller was just too tight and now i have to hitch them up every 5 steps. I'm not complaining but it does cost quite a penny to keep updating your closet to the current state of affairs. Luckily it's winter here so baggy isn't too much of a problem right now.
Well done on the victories!!!

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KARBIE18 7/3/2008 9:16AM

    I can relate! The shorts I bought a few weeks ago before my trip to my daughter's are getting too big. Is that a good thing? Absolutely. But they are really cute, and they're the only shorts I own. Bummer.

I know what you mean about the jeans. I'm thinking about going on Ebay and looking for a pair in my current size, and a couple a size smaller. We are working too hard at this to feel frumpy. Big, baggy, falling-down pants are NOT flattering.

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