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What to do with a hungry day

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Every once in a while, no matter what you do, you just have a hungry day. The usual suspects don't seem to be the cause - nor do the usual suspects fill you up. Yesterday was that kind of day for me

In my case, I knew this particular one was hormonally driven- that knowledge doesn't make me any less hungry. It was all compounded by the fact that we were going out to dinner, but DH couldn't make up his mind about where so I couldn't plan for it. The best I could do was try to leave enough space for dinner.

I stuck to my plan, breakfast, lunch & a snack. But because I was so hungry I ate something almost every 2 hrs - sometimes just sn hour after I'd eaten. But all those unplanned snacks were either fruits or veggies: a banana, some celery, a cup of grapes. It really seemed to work for me. I tried to pick things that were filling, not empty calories like cookies, chips or pretzels.

Dinner was actually quite interesting. We went to a Chinese restaurant that has a lot of unusual items on their menu. I'm not a real big fan of Chinese, but I enjoy this restaurant. I got a vegetarian duck appetizer. It was sort of like tofu phyllo wrapped around mushrooms & bamboo shoots, marinated in some sort of sauce. It didn't exactly taste like duck, but was reminiscent of it.

DH got cold salted duck (not my cup of tea) & soup dumplings, which are, indeed, dumplings with soup inside. We got the honey fried shrimp & walnuts with mayo sauce to share - obviously not low fat but I only had 2 (large) shrimp, so not so bad. And I rounded it out with a large dish of garlic broccoli. I took half of mine home.

This is a strategy I'll have to remember to try again next month - eat more often, but only freggies.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 3/28/2012 3:16PM

    Good tips on fending off the hunger that often occurs to many of us. I am intrigued by the soup dumplings....wow.

The garlic broccoli sounds more like my speed and taste.....now you have me craving steamed broccoli...which I know could be worse!


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HEALTHY4JEANNE 3/27/2012 2:41PM

    hungry days are so frustrating. I find that sometimes mine our kicked off by eating carbs. carbs make me hungrier. if i eat protein when i am going cuckoo with the hungry horrors it helps. I will incorperate your freggie idea too!

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BESSHAILE 3/26/2012 6:21AM

    freggies - I love it! And I'm going to try your suggestion on my next hungry day too. Thanks emoticon

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CALAMITYJANE53 3/25/2012 11:36AM

    Great idea! Freggies! Good job watching those dine out calories, too!

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NATPLUMMER 3/25/2012 10:51AM

    Great strategy!!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/25/2012 10:02AM

    I've been trying to do that as well and veggies really fill me up. Have a good day.

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GAILRUU 3/25/2012 9:56AM

    Sometimes I make a huge bowl of air popped popcorn without any salt or butter on it and when I have the munchies it helps the urge to be chewing on something crunchy without doing too much damage.

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AUNTB63 3/25/2012 8:04AM

    emoticon it's never easy planning your foods for the day when you are going out for dinner....but YOU did a great job. When this happens to me I pretty much do what you did, but I add a salad with some tuna in there....keeps me fuller longer. emoticon

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RIDLEYRIDER 3/25/2012 7:38AM

  Wow, good for you! Many people would have not made the good choices you did! I like the 'freggies' tip, thanks! emoticon

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A battle royale

Friday, March 23, 2012

Am I the only that does this?

Normally I plan out my meals the day before. Nothing is ever written in stone, tho, and I often change my mind - sometimes multiple times - but having a plan gives me a good guideline.

So I had my plan last night, which included a protein smoothie after dinner for dessert. Because it wad going to be warm. But then the devil whispered to me and said why not open that chocolate peanut butter coconut ice cream you got yourself? Because, after all, it's warm enough for ice cream, you just weighed in & lost, it won't be warm enough for ice cream next week & it actually isn't much more calories.

Now, I won't eat the whole pint at once. And I really don't crave ice cream when it's cooler. But it's also preTOM week, and sometimes once it's opened it calls to me. I think one of the reasons I was successful last week was because I made darn sure I wasn't running out of points after the weekend. This week could be very challenging; most likely I'll have a few really hungry days.

Here's the real kicker: I wasn't even hungry. I don't know what happened yesterday, but after lunch - which was large & late, but not humongous - I almost completely lost my appetite. No afternoon snack. Almost had to force myself to eat dinner. Which was actually another reason to break out the ice cream, because I'm less likely to overindulge if I'm not hungry.

And so the battle began: Smoothie. Ice cream. Raw truffle. Smoothie. Ice cream. Raw truffle. And on & on, my decision ping ponging all over the place.

When the smoke cleared, I settled on the raw truffle. It's very small, very tasty, and actually good for you bring mostly nuts. But fairly high in calories/points for something so small. It was the right decision. But I don't always make the right decision. This battle rages on often.

Is your home a battlefield?

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 3/28/2012 3:35PM

    My home is a battlefield IF I succumb to my cravings in the grocery store. I am in total agreement with DAYHIKER....if you can have that delicious sounding ice cream around you and not eat it you are my kind of hero!

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NATPLUMMER 3/23/2012 4:57PM

    A battlefield...why yes!! I'm going to be doing battle with some cookie dough very soon.

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/23/2012 9:53AM

    Yes, this is a familiar scenario. But I make sure to enjoy whatever I eat and not regret it.

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DAYHIKER 3/23/2012 7:36AM

    I have long been inspired by you but knowing you can keep chocolate peanut butter coconut ice cream in your freezer without scarfing it all down has raised your stock even higher!! Good choice too! emoticon


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Flaming fuschia & Target finds

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Since I couldn't get in yesterday to edit my blog, I just figured I'd start a new one today. Turns out there are enough photos to justify it.

These are the fuschia jeans. You can see the muffin top fairly clearly.

Here they are with another new top -- this conceals the muffin top better. I bought these really cute bright pink flats at Target today.

This top I bought in Anthropologie, on sale, while in Austin. There's little mirrors with tiny pink, yellow & tangerine beads on the chest. How did I know I was going to end up with tangerine (the newest "it" color) pants?

These flats are also from Target, but I think they're too small & I'm going to have to exchange them. Target had some REALLY cute brightly colored shoes at very reasonable prices -- and very comfortable.

This brown beaded top was bought at the same time as all the other most recent tops. The bag I bought today. I saw it in tan when I was out Monday, but it's pricey (altho over 50% off), so I didn't buy it right away. When I decided I wanted it, I went back today and they had it in this coral, plus white.

These are the same fuschia jeans in a regular size I tried on in the store. No muffin top there, but clearly too long. I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to exchange these for a larger size, especially after seeing how much better the ones in the store fit (just not quite right since they're not petites). I'm wearing them today to see if they really stretch like everyone said, but I doubt they would stretch THAT much.

I bought some of those pads you put in your heels so your heel doesn't keep slipping out at Target. They never really seem to work for me, tho: the shoes I was wearing no longer slipped, but then they were just a tiny bit tighter up front and I ended up with small blisters on my pinkie toes.

And I have a new love in the sushi department: the sweet potato sushi rolls at Pricechopper. I've had them in various restaurants, but they just started making these & they are the best sushi sweet potato rolls I've ever had -- they have cucumber & avocado in them too, and a little bit of the spicy mayo sauce & are just pure heaven. I think I like them even better than regular sushi!

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 3/28/2012 3:30PM

    I so want to go shopping with you!!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/22/2012 3:41PM

    Cute stuff!

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GRANDMAPATTYV 3/22/2012 3:07PM

    I've decided orange (and any variation of it) is my accent color this year.... I couldn't find anything at the beginning of the season, but now I've got running shoes and exercise outfits along with regular clothes in tangerine, coral, sunset..... it's fun to be able to wear trendy clothes (never have before!) - patty emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 3/22/2012 2:53PM

    Love the fuschia. Sometimes petite clothes have the same measurements for everything except rise and length and sometimes the are totally different, I've noticed.
The tops, bag and shoes are all cute :-)

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KKINNEA 3/22/2012 2:29PM

    I love that you have a great spring trend color - makes me want to go out and shop!

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MYLADY4 3/22/2012 2:20PM

    Love the botton 2 tops. They are so cute and all look really great on you.

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Tangerine dreams (lots of photos!)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Been a while since I did a photo shoot. So, I got it into my head that I needed some of those brightly colored jeans. And I searched high & low:

Old Navy

I ended up with this pair from H&M. Imagine my delight when the size 6 fit better than the size of 8. Of course, they should be hemmed, but I hate spending almost as much to hem them as the jeans themselves cost!

I am unsure of the top. As always, I apologize for the crappy cell phone photos. Well, the top is a lovely color, but I don't think I was wearing a bra (I'm very small on top) when I tried it on & I think the bra strap will show . . . and it's really sheer so you definitely have to wear a bra with it. I left the tags on so I could return it if I decided against it.

I bought this top at H&M, too. The drapey neck is very in this season -- I now own a bunch of tops in that style -- which is nice because it's really flattery. It's a glittery silver, but I discovered the day I wore the top at home that I'll need a camisole underneath (after watching DH stare at my chest during dinner).

Turquoise and tangerine go so nicely together; I bought those shoes at Target last year. But I only have one turquoise top . . .

This top is ready for the premiere of The Hunger Games.

I didn't think I had anything to wear with these jeans (ok, they're cotton, but not actually jeans) when I bought them. Then found the previous top & the top below. Problem solved. The sparkly brown loafers were a deal from American Eagle Outfitters.

Another dilemma . . . much to my surprise, the skinny jeans at Gap were the real winners. Unfortunately the most expensive pair I tried on. But they only carry petite online, not in the stores, so I was left guessing which size would work. I gambled on a size 6 and they are a bit too tight. Definite muffin top. And no, I wouldn't wear this top with these jeans, just showing the top.

Many reviewers said they really stretched out tho. I've left the tags on & will have to try wearing them at some point to see if that's true. But I really love the cut & now I want them in every color. Which is a definite want, not a need. I know Stacy & Clinton always say dress the body you have now, not the one you're hoping you'll have . . . some day. But it's a pain, since I can't exchange it at the store.

Finally, I bought this dress at H&M too. I don't really need a lot of dressy winter dresses, but hey, it was $7, it was purple, it was an XS -- too much for me to pass up on.

Just because something fits doesn't always mean you should buy it. The colored jeans I tried on at Target fit but they sure weren't flattering. I was so surprised the size 6s almost fit . . . but to bring me back to reality the size 10s at Old Navy wouldn't even button. So it isn't you, it's the clothes. No rhyme or reason at all.

Speaking of fit, my jeans are feeling more comfortable today. Hopefully they haven't just stretched out. I'm hoping to at least maintained . . . maybe lost.

Had a really nice group run last night. A group of 19 people! Our first day of spring was really spring-like and groups expanded rapidly. I lost the first group fairly quickly (found out later they were doing like 8:30 mm!), but then hooked up with a girl I'd actually noticed at the race sat. She pushed me (funny, since I did come in before her at the race).

Then we stopped to hook up with one of my regular buddies -- she was going way too slow, which was hardly shocking since she'd just run a HM that sunday & personally I thought she shouldn't be running at all. So on the average it was almost perfect!

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 3/28/2012 3:28PM

    I love looking at your "fashion photos" as things are a bit behind fashionwise here. I see that coloured jeans are really popular this season but have yet to see a pair in the stores around here. Which is just as well, as I am still basically at my starting weight and have plenty to wear right now.

I love the drape neck tops as well and I agree with you that they are quite flattering. I laughed out loud when you mentioned one top was a bit sheer and your husband kept staring at your chest. emoticon

I cannot believe that you bought that dress for $7!!!! Wow! I have never heard of such low prices for anything and it is so flattering on you!

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KANSASROSE67 3/22/2012 3:46PM

    You know your style...which is a great thing! Enjoy your new clothes.

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NATPLUMMER 3/21/2012 7:21PM

    Great stuff!! I have never found anything at H&M. That dress is fab!!
You're right...it's the clothes...not you.
Wow 19 people...that is quite the group.

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XFITSTRONG 3/21/2012 7:19PM

    You look great! As always, I love your style of clothes! I love the draped neck shirts.... I too own several. Haven't jumped on the colored jeans wagon, yet.... I think they look adorable on everyone else.... Just can't seem to like them on me. Thanks for sharing!!!!

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WW4GOOD 3/21/2012 6:42PM

    You look great! Love the colors!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 3/21/2012 3:09PM

    I should go shopping with you.....I need to brighten up my wardrobe. Looking good!!!!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/21/2012 3:08PM

    Great new outfits, love them all and I just love the colored pants, I was thinking about getting a pair but just haven't found the right fit yet. Good job on the group run, the runners are coming out of the woodwork since it's soooo nice outside.

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KKINNEA 3/21/2012 2:36PM

    Lovely outfits all! My mOm always had the cutting room floor theory - even things in the same size at the same store didn't always fit the same.

Sometimes group running is deceptive - I think I'm running at a decent pace but I'm actually running "faster" than I expect.

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/21/2012 11:52AM

    Great pics. Lookin' good.

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Are you hypersensitive?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Most of us don't really get here because we eat too much (altho obviously we do). We get here because we put ourselves at the bottom of our to-do list.

I think back to myself slowly gaining those 30 lbs . . . As my weight & pants ballooned I know I must have been aware of it . . . so why didn't I do something about it earlier? Why did I turn a blind eye to ever increasing clothes sizes?

After a couple of weeks of small gains I'm totally aware that my jeans are not so comfy anymore. Aware enough to at least try to make some changes, which this week include: just fruit after lunch (most days, anyway); saving my chocolate supplements for after dinner. Getting out of my breakfast oatmeal rut - oatmeal is great for you, but our bodies really need variety. That's how we get our minerals & vitamins in.

I no longer turn a blind eye to weight creep, even when sometimes it seems I'm helpless to turn the tide. For instance, by yesterday I felt I'd gained even more weight & I've had a really good week eating-wise. Today seems a bit better maybe . . . I sure hope I at least maintain this week!

But a the very least, I won't go down without a fight. If it's to be, it's up to me!

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 3/28/2012 3:20PM

    Funny how we all seem to be guilty of of it and I am just starting my weigh loss journey. I somehow conveniently blamed my pants feeling a little snug on our new dryer shrinking them a bit but the reality is I have gained more weight!!! Thanks for sharing so I know I am not alone!

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KKINNEA 3/20/2012 12:48PM

    Agree! I need to do more of this myself.

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NATPLUMMER 3/20/2012 12:14PM

    Fingers crossed for maintain!!

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DDOORN 3/20/2012 10:08AM

    Yep, ditto...kicking butt here too!


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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/20/2012 9:54AM

    I feel a trend here, must be something in the air. I too am suffering the same thing, turning a blind eye. Well no more. We are both taking the bull by the horns and gonna put up one heck of a fight.

WE GOT THIS emoticon

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