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I think I've talked myself out of it

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

It's unfortunate timing . . . my parents are coming up today & we plan to go out to eat tonight. Tomorrow is WI. If only they were coming up tomorrow . . . but they're not.

So the restaurant we're planning to go to is sort of diner-like. I've had a really good week of eating & I have lots of wiggle room. My original plan was to have a Caesar salad & a decadent dessert because their desserts look SO awesome . . . but I've never had them.

But now I'm thinking maybe an omelet or even a sandwich & fries if something looks particularly tasty. Save the decadent desserts for vacation.

I've eaten out before WI before - sometimes even pretty decadent meals - & it's always a mixed bag results-wise. Usually I try to avoid it, but life happens. My sleep has been really terrible this week, so that doesn't help. And my dad needs the tv blaring at levels that are just unbearable to me - even with earplugs - so it doesn't look to get better anytime soon.

Very tired & a lot to do this morning. I actually slept well last night; but woke up too early & went to bed too late because it can be hard to unwind from an evening run. Got some hip-loosening yoga in this morning, but would like to work in some core work, but have to walk the dogs & shower before my folks get here. And definitely vacuum the couches!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/6/2012 8:11PM

    I'd pack up the dessert and put it in the freezer for after WI.

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NATPLUMMER 6/6/2012 11:30AM

    Have a good dinner tonight, whatever you decide to have. Sorry the sleep hasn't been good. How long are the folks staying? Maybe you'll be able to get some good sleep after their visit.

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/6/2012 9:29AM

    You are a master planner. Have a wonderful visit. I DO miss those diner-like places with delish food.

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NELLJONES 6/6/2012 8:01AM

    I'm married to an old guy and have the same problem. It IS unbearable. It causes that constant agitation that causes.....munching.

Good luck with the eating out. I have to avoid it like the plague because restaurants have to cater to their customer base, and most customers love high fat food in large quantities. It's a tough one.

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EMMANYC 6/6/2012 7:44AM

    Caesar salad is tasty but pretty high calorie if they serve it dressed and you eat the croutons. But if you ask for the dressing on the side, you can control how much of it you eat. You could always share a dessert for the table (or for 2-3 people) and just have a spoonful or two.

An omelette also can have a lot of calories lurking in it if they fry it in oil or butter and use lots of cheese ...

My dad and stepmother are starting to have trouble with their hearing and they have these nifty wireless headphones that they wear when they watch TV. The TV actually makes no sound in the room - they just listen through their headphones. But I imagine it can work with the TV on at normal levels and some people just getting enhanced sound through the headphones. I think the system they use is called "TV Ears". See

I think the system is semi-portable, so they could bring their receiver and ears to your house when the stay. Might make a nice gift.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/6/2012 7:03AM

    I'd go for the omelete emoticon and skip the dessert, if you've got some wiggle room don't fill it up, that's more calories saved, that would be great for your WI, you can do it, you'll be glad you did. Caesar salad sounds yummy too.

Earplugs? haha I know how you feel - have you tried the wax kind, they work wonders, the drown out the certain someone who snores like a hibernating grizzly bear - can't hear a thing.

Enjoy your parents visit.

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Numbers DO matter

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

I have a number that I feel comfortable at. My face looks good. My rolls aren't so bothersome. My clothes fit, are comfortable & flattering.

It's not my GW.

It's not even a "healthy" BMI.

But it's my happy number - so far, anyway. It constantly amazes me how unhappy I can feel just a coupe of pounds over this number - because of the way I feel, not because of the number on the scale.

Why, then, can't I at very least stay at this number?

I wish I knew. I keep trying to figure it out. I keep trying because I know I will only feel unhappier if I don't.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/5/2012 11:46AM

    I know I usually fluctate around the "happy number" too, and can't for the life of me figure out why it just can't stay that number. When I find the magic I'll let ya know, in the mean time - be happy, you've accomplished so much.
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NATPLUMMER 6/5/2012 9:52AM

    Hopefully this is the time that you do stay at this number.

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A grain free day

Monday, June 04, 2012

Every once in a while I shoot for a low-grain or no-grain day. Notice I didn't say low-carb - we need carbs for fuel - the good carbs, like apples & sweet potatoes.

So here's my menu from yesterday:

Home made pumpkin protein pancake
With 2 tsp almond butter& 2 tsp honey

I was so full I never did have my morning snack

Big salad with 1 can tuna in oil
1 1/2 tbsp vegenaise
1 tbsp walnuts

With no grains, there's more room for good fats (the vegenaise is a treat, but nuts & olive oil are good fats

Nope, didn't need an afternoon snack either

2 eggs
3 oz baked sweet potato fries
Asparagus roasted with 1/2 tsp olive oil
1 cup cherries

There you have it. I made some protein-packed muffins that are mostly bananas & nut butter & almost had that with dinner, but I've been trying to limit sweets every few days. Not that I go crazy the other days, I just see if I can get thru the day without a sweet treat every once in a while, too.

Nothing is off the table, so to speak, but I do think it's a good idea to play around with your food & see what happens - keeps your body guessing!

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DDOORN 6/7/2012 2:38PM

    I like this idea...just for a day to really tourniquet the carbs down to just a healthy few.


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FRECKS96 6/5/2012 9:50AM

    Sounds great! I've been trying to focus on eating less grains too. It's a challenge, but I feel better when I'm successful.

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BESSHAILE 6/5/2012 6:30AM

    sounds like a delicious day - and I like the idea of swapping grains for healthy fats. I'm going to sneak a day like that into my life. Thanks for the idea?

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TEMPEST272002 6/4/2012 8:22PM

    Sounds like a great food day. I love broiled asparagus. I used to eat bread at every meal, but now I only have it once or twice a week. Good distinction between low-grain and low-carb. I'm also curious for the pancake recipe. Sounds really good.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/4/2012 11:13AM

    Oh now I'm hungry after reading this. Definitely good to keep the body guessing, unfortunately I have to shake it up with some Mexican food tonight for a my dd bday dinner, I love Mexican but we know what kinda damage that can do, so I'm saving some major calories to eat a handful of chips and a guacamole salad, gonna skip the rice, beans and chimichanga. Enjoy your day.

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NATPLUMMER 6/4/2012 11:04AM

    It all sounds very yummy to me.
I was craving breakfast for dinner last night so we ended up at Denny's. They have some peanut butter chocolate pancakes...I thought of you immediately ;-)

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SHEILA1505 6/4/2012 10:50AM

    What did you use for the pancakes and muffins instead of flour?

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I needed that!

Saturday, June 02, 2012

A long, slow run that was actually slow, that is. My fellow transplanted Texan was back today & my other faster buddy is doing a local 5k today. Ms Texan is slower thsn me & needs to walk a lot due to her asthma.

She actually did end up finishing ahead of me, because a some point we were slow enough to catch up with the slowest person & I chose to stick with her because I just needed a really slow run. I could definitely have run faster & still been relaxed, but I just enjoy running with other people.

Next week my faster buddy should be back - maybe I'll be ready. Maybe.

Tried out my new lightweight jacket since it was cool & raining. It didn't bother me to run in - but didn't keep me completely dry, either. I didn't realize I was slightly wet until I got home, tho.

I think I have solved my bagel dilemma: I cannot usually bring myself to eat just half a bagel, but this week I had a bialy (which is sort of a cross between a bagel & a roll - but much thinner). Remember, it's all psychological - being able to have a whole bialyi instead of half a bagel just makes me feel like I'm getting more. Still a treat, tho.

Will run for bialyi & lox!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/4/2012 8:15AM

    The bialies here are fairly large. I too struggle with just half a bagel. SIGH.

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TEMPEST272002 6/2/2012 7:01PM

    I loooooove lox. Alone is fine. With cream cheese and capers is better. Yummy. Sounds like a good decision to take the slow run option today. Nice that you had someone to run with too.

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HALFFAST 6/2/2012 10:17AM

    Oh, Bialy! I haven't had a good bialy since I left Long Island many years ago :(

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NATPLUMMER 6/2/2012 10:05AM

    A long, slow run is good for you. It's the mileage not the speed for those runs.
Sorry the jacket didn't keep you dry.
Ooooohhh..bialy...good idea :-) It is hard to just eat half a bagel. Totally psychological.

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The good news about smaller portion sizes

Friday, June 01, 2012

Is that you become used to them.

Look, I'd love to be able to eat however much of healthy food I wanted & lose weight. Or eat more of the right stuff and lose weight. Doesn't work for me.

Every time I have to downsize my portions I am not a happy camper. I like food. Really, really like food. Lots & lots of food.

But you know what happens after a week or so? I realize that I am not hungry for more. Seriously, it will happen. Then you just have to fight the mental wars: your stomach will tell you you're content but your eyes might cry no way!

Then it's time to bring on the smaller plates & bowls. So much of this is in our heads. All of it, really.

I've gone back to buying frozen sweet potato fries instead of making my own. Mostly because I honestly think they taste better. At first I was buying the thicker crinkle cut, but one week I couldn't find them so I bought the slimmer julienned cut. I felt like I was getting more - it LOOKED like I was getting more - but the serving size was exactly the same: 3 ounces.

If you're not happy about smaller portion sizes - just do it. You'll get used to it. It will become the new norm. And your body will thank you for it.

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TEMPEST272002 6/1/2012 3:32PM

    My mind & my stomache are definitely on different pages when it comes to portion size. Using smaller plates does help & I agree that the body adjusts. Also, I like to have "free" foods - like sliced cucumbers in vinegar with black pepper - that I can munch on anytime without feeling guilty. lol

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NATPLUMMER 6/1/2012 12:56PM

    Lots and lots of food....I love it, too!! Unfortunately we can't do it.
I do try to eat off of smaller plates...it does help.
Ooohhhh...now I'm craving some sweet potato fries....Alexia makes great ones :-)

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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/1/2012 10:20AM

    Right on point. You body gets used to eating more, and if you fill a small plate with a lot of food - your mind tricks you. It's working for me. Sweet potato fries - oooh that gives me an idea, I haven't had to those in a while. emoticon

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NELLJONES 6/1/2012 9:22AM

    You DO get used to it! Those of us who are of a certain age remember when all portion sizes were a lot smaller, and we little by little got used to them getting bigger. We can adjust to them getting smaller the same way, one portion at a time.

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JURORI 6/1/2012 8:44AM

    It just takes time to get used to the smaller portions, for your body (especially your stomach!) to adjust. I definitely agree with the idea of using smaller plates, smaller bowls, etc. I even do that for desserts; if I have a small cup of ice cream I use a teeny tiny spoon to work away so that it lasts longer, even if I heap on ice cream on the spoon, LOL!

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LJCANNON 6/1/2012 8:42AM

    This same thought just occured to me last night!! We ate at a local restaurant, and I thought about how 'Small' my food looked, and then I realized that it really was plenty of food and that by eating slowly and savoring it, I was completely satisfied with the "Smaller" portion.
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NICHOLE_4 6/1/2012 8:26AM

    I love my small portions!

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