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Raising the bar & downsizing

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Those who've read my blog for a while may have realized my weakness for nutrition bars: it's notthst I actually eat a lot of them - maybe 2-3 a week, maybe less some weeks - but I feel compelled to try them all! The ones I consider at least semi- healthy & that have at least some chocolate - preferably chocolate & PB.

Sorry, I just don't get you people who eat those fruit or just nut type nutrition bars. I realize that when all is said & done, they're a treat. And treats generally = chocolate in my world.

And I tried a new one I'm giving 2 thumbs up this week: Nugo. I'd never heard of them, but picked one up at the Vitamin Shoppe. Tasty & a nice size, too - plus I think 10g protein. I will definitely be buying these again. And I want to try out some of their other products, too!

A while back I took advantage of an offer & got some Earnest Eats bars. Another one I'd never heard of before: I got chocolate & chocolate PB. The chocolate PB was fantastic - in fact, I just saw them in one of my magazines as best nutrition bars. Sadly, the chocolate tasted like cardboard.

My run today was good, but all tbe slow runners (except me) were AWOL & I ran with the fast group for a little while . . . and then by myself. Again. Beautiful day, tho - gonna be a nice weekend.

Got hone and dithered between my marathon bar (a mini bar) & trying yet another larger bar. Just like last night I was still a little hungry after dinner & wanted something. Both times I downsized - stuck with the mini bar today (only ran 3 miles, after all) & settled for some chocolate flavored tea after dinner last night.

I've been on a roll . . . I think downsizing my portions, within reason, has something to do with it. I've got quite a few months til my next HM, but it would be wonderful to be at my lowest weight so far for it. Not to mention being able to wear those turquoise skinny jeans before it gets too hot!

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BESSHAILE 5/22/2012 7:32AM


Turquoise skinny jeans - now THAT's a goal worth running after.


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TEMPEST272002 5/19/2012 2:38PM

    Nooooo.... I had never ever noticed your affection for protien bars. Nope. emoticon

It would be great if the slower runners showed up every week so you could have the companionship on the run. I've noticed, though, that any time I compete with someone better than me, it drives me to work a little harder than I would otherwise. So maybe being with this group will help you improve your speed. Have you thought of ways you can monitor improvement week to week - like maybe time how long you stay with the faster group and aim to improve that time a little bit each week.

Great job on the down sizing portions!

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/19/2012 10:58AM

    I have a feeling you will do it. And am happy to be along to share in your success.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 5/19/2012 10:52AM

    Chocolate anything sounds good but especially with peanut butter. Not sure if I would want to try chocolate tea all the same. Is it a hot tea or an iced tea?

I think we all could do with downsizing our portions so good job on realizing that.

Also, good job on the run. I am so glad your weather is nice this weekend as well. It is really sunny here but the wind is terrible. I think it is 18 degrees out but feels much colder. Oh well, it is great to see the clear skies.

Have a wonderful weekend

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CMCBRIDE37 5/19/2012 10:51AM

    Good luck!

I love the idea of having a nutrition bar that meets my requirements (gluten free, dark chocolate) and actually tastes good without a ton of sugar...I like the idea of having 2 in my purse for emergency hunger when I am away from hom. But the reality is the ones I like are garbage nutritionally and are really just fancy candy bars (and if that is true then I would rather just have an ounce of dark chocolate plain, or two or three ounces) and I just can't keep bars around. Either I eat them or the kids eat them and they are never there when a true emergency arises. I just put them in the category of I can't keep them around.

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NATPLUMMER 5/19/2012 10:47AM

    Chocolate + peanut butter = AWESOME!! :-)
Yay for a good run!!
Good job on the downsizing. It can only help you get into those turquoise skinny jeans.

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ELRIDDICK 5/19/2012 10:44AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Practicing gratitude & another great book

Friday, May 18, 2012

So this morning I decided to practice the STOP method, but I added in my own little twist: I stopped every 3 bites & thought about something I was grateful for. I must say I felt pretty full by the end!

I got The Joy Fit Club out of the library & it is a wonderful book - I highly recommend it & I'm planning to buy it - something I don't do all that often anymore, as I tend to funnel my money into fashion & fitness these days (and make very good use of our library!).

It's full of the story of people who've lost a significant amount of wight the good ole fashioned way: thru healthy eating & exercise. Very inspiring; many stories moved me to tears! Some people share recipes. There's a 3 week eating plan, but no desserts, so I'd have to modify that!

I was interested reading one woman's story: she's an inch shorter than me, 10 yrs older, & at her heaviest about 80 lbs more than my heaviest. She said she was never teased, tho, & felt people in the 50s & 60s weren't so mean.

Well, I was definitely teased just a decade later. I wasn't even very heavy when I was teased, in grade school, but I've always been bootylicious & of course that was before the word was invented - and in an era that wasn't desirable!

Read any inspiring books lately that you care to share?

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KANSASROSE67 5/21/2012 12:42PM

    Lately I've read and loved Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, and Why We Make Mistakes, which is also interesting. I read tons of fiction too but I haven't let myself for the last couple of weeks, because I have too much to do and can't get lost in a book! I've been saving a bunch for our vacation.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 5/19/2012 10:57AM

    Thanks for pointing this book out and I am so glad you use the library! I have been reading a lot lately but mostly fiction so I'm not sure if that is what you want to hear about.

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NATPLUMMER 5/18/2012 2:20PM

    Good for you using the STOP :-)
I shall check out the book.
I was teased, too. Kids in the 70s were very mean.

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TEMPEST272002 5/18/2012 12:59PM

    I went and checked out the auther & her website. Lots of great info on there. Thanks for the review.

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/18/2012 9:01AM

    The two I read last week were Cut the Crap and 6 Weeks to OMG. I read them for curiosity - they weren't inspirational. One book that was memorable - not food related - was Overlay (the story of the girl growing up in Las Vegas). It was on the free Kindle book list. I enjoyed it so much that I wrote to the author. She wrote back and said another book will be out in July.

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IRISHEI 5/18/2012 8:51AM

    Thanks for sharing about the book you are reading. I am going to see if the library has it since I love to read. I also read Kim Benson's book, about getting fit, excellent book that I ended up buying. I will look it up and get back to you if you want the name. I moved and am still unpacking boxes. ...lol....Also, The Spark book is very motivational. Have a wonderful day and keep up the good work. We can do it! emoticon emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/18/2012 8:18AM

    Bootylicious, lol - you crack me up. I just ordered BORN TO RUN, figured I needed some inspiration since the miles are seeming so long these days. I love to read, just haven't had much time for it, but I am a magazine fanatic... Runner's World, Health, Fitness, Womans Day. Happy reading.

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Slow down, you chew too fast!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

I am not a fast eater; I'm a fairly mindful eater . . . and yet . . . yeah, I find myself shoveling in food sometimes.

The kindle top 100 free books are a treasure trove of weight loss info . . . if you keep looking. The latest book I'm going thru 21 days of eating mindfully. It asks a lot of thought provoking questions.

Seriously, you can never eat too mindfully.

And just why would we want to rush thru eating anyway? It *should* be pleasurable.

This little book got me thinking beyond simple things like putting down your fork, no distractions, waiting until you've swallowed the current bite before forking up the next one . . . that last one is a bad habit of mine. No one stole my food growing up; I've no idea why I feel the need to be so protective of my food!

But it asked you to think about what you really want to eat before you eat . . . whether or not you're even hungry . . . whether the temp of your food is right. How many times have I burned my tongue eating food that was too hot . . . and gone right on eating?

And here's a new acronym for you: STOP.

Select - choose what you really want to eat

Taste - covered that one

Observe - the food, you thoughts & feelings

Pause - pause during bites. Do you really need more?

I definitely recommend this book.

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KEL_BEL_FX3 5/18/2012 8:52AM

    I really need to check out that book. I know I eat too fast!

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FLY0NTHEWAL1 5/17/2012 10:39PM

    I definitely stopped in to read this because the title is so much a play on Simon & Garfunkel's 59th Street Bridge song (Feelin' Groovy), but you are 100% correct about the mindful eating thing.

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FRECKS96 5/17/2012 10:05PM

    I should check that book out. I know eating too fast is a huge issue for me. Left over habit from high school I think.

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DEBADEAU 5/17/2012 8:48PM

    It's weird because I find that by eating healthier food it takes me longer to chew than regular food so by default I'm eating slower.

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/17/2012 7:00PM

    I downloaded it a week or two ago and have it on my list to read. One that I did read messed with my mind - "6 Weeks to OMG!" I'll be blogging about it one of these days. He says to jumpstart quick weight loss - skip breakfast followed by a cold bath and then coffee (nothing added). After working so hard to give up caffeine, I've been tempted ever since to start again.

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KANSASROSE67 5/17/2012 12:50PM

    Great ideas. I'm going to check into getting that book. I tend to break most of those rules regularly.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/17/2012 11:19AM

    Great blog today, great info. I love the acronym emoticon, gonna try to remember that when I sit down at the table.

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NATPLUMMER 5/17/2012 11:16AM

    My Dad used to steal food off my plate...I'm pretty sure that's why I eat so fast now. I really do need to slow down. I will give it a try.

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RIDLEYRIDER 5/17/2012 7:58AM

  I think we can all work on our mindful eating habits. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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NICHOLE_4 5/17/2012 7:36AM

    I try and keep this in mind, but I find it so hard with my kids around LOL. I feel rushed to eat, and slowing down is the key.

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Optical illusion

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

There is a side benefit to reducing tbe size of my oatmeal serving: it makes the serving size of tbe dark chocolate chips (1 tbsp) seem much larger, as well as the PB serving (2 tsp). Of course I'd like the full 1/2 cup serving, but since it's allowing me to feel as tho I'm getting more of the "good" stuff, I'm good with it.

I feel I've done a really good job with eating & exercise this week. I fully realize the scale may not reflect that, altho I'm forever hopeful, but I'm putting it out there simply to remind myself of all the good choices I've made this week: smaller serving sizes, more freggies, sticking to my plan on mother's day, running 4 x plus going the full 3 miles sat instead of the optional 2 miles on the schedule - and last but certainly not least, limiting my tastes to a couple of licks off the spatula instead of licking the bowl clean when baking.

What are you celebrating this week?

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TEMPEST272002 5/16/2012 10:25AM

    Just tried dark choc chips in my oatmeal this morning - mmmmmmm!!!!! This week I'm celebrating standing up for myself & I'm doing that by making healthy choices today.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/16/2012 10:17AM

    You've had a stellar week. I do hope the scale reflects your hard work, but we all know what a monster it can be. And you are so right to look at the amazing things you've done right this week. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 5/16/2012 9:57AM

    Great things to celebrate!!
I've got my fingers crossed for a good weigh in for you, though.

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Writer's block

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Don't really have a whole lot to say today . . . kind of like the trouble I'm having motivating this afternoon. All sorts of things to do, yet nothing getting done.

It's been pouring most of the day; got my run in on tbe treadmill this morning (thank god for treadmills!). This training program calls for running 4 x week & I'm used to 3 x week . . . always seems hard to do it 2 days in a row . . . I'm interested to see of my time improves (eventually). But it feels good when it's done! And it feels good to have the energy for exercise again.

I'm sure the rain is contributing to my ennui. Good thing I got dinner together earlier, too - all I have to do is pop it in tbe oven now. The achy pre-TOM probably isn't helping much, either.

Because this is a week when I often (but not always) gain, I keep trying to think of pep talks for myself in case happens. I'm always amazed how just 2-3 lbs can make a HUGE difference in how I look & feel - in either direction.

Wee, I warned you I didn't have much to say!

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 5/19/2012 10:54AM

    It is funny how a lot of us women tend to gain around that time of the month. I know I do and I have an incredible craving for salt which really doesn't help matters at all.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/15/2012 3:34PM

    Hey, kudos to you for preparing dinner ahead of time, that's says alot, woo hoo. And good job on getting the run done, especially on the dread-mill, lol.

P.S. If you're anything like me, hide the chocolate and nail anything edible down. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 5/15/2012 3:11PM

    Yay for a run done!!
No, I'm sure the rain and the achy pre-TOM aren't helping at all.

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