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I can't believe I finally did it!

Thursday, July 05, 2012

A moment 20 yrs in the making . . . I wnt on a 10 day vacation & came home lighter than I left! Almost 1/2 lb lighter! Yes, I'm giddy! Because I always gain on vacation. ALWAYS. And I track, I exercise, I never go hog-wild. AND it's a week before TOM when often I gain no matter how good I am.

I think traveling by car, having a refrigerator & bringing my own food really helped. I always travel with food, but it's hard to bring things like cherries & carrots & celery when you can't use ice packs & you don't have a fridge.

Yes, there was some retail therapy today. I had a $50 Marshalls gift card, after all. 2 dresses, a top & shoes. I did not buy shoes when I went to the outlets at Williamsburg - I looked, but didn't find anything. And they had one of my favorite brands, too: Nine West. But my real reward will be to buy a cookbook I've wanted a while on my kindle.

Some recent GSFs (grocery store finds): PB Crave - flavored PBs. My PB habit is almost as bad as my protein bar habit. You could live for months on the nut butters in this house. 2 thumbs up to the cookie dough flavor.

And today I found Kashi soft baked squares. A healthy brownie or snack cake . . . haven't tried it yet but I do like most Kashi products. Today is a no dessert day, tho, so tbey'll have to wait.

I have a wedding to go to in a month to keep me motivated. After that, as I start to get up there in mileage, things might get tougher. My goal right now is to stay in tbe 130s, which won't be easy because I'm just barely in them. But I have clothes that start to get uncomfortable when I creep into the 140s.

Nothing worthwhile is easy. I want this. I want this enough to forgo sweets a few times a week. I want this enough to be stricter with carbs a few days a week. I want to stay giddy!

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    Way to go! What an accomplishment! I love the way you rewarded yourself.

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JULIE2719 7/9/2012 2:20PM

    Awesome! You did great. You deserve to shop and celebrate. I like Kashi products too - just recently bought some frozen pasta meals that you nuke in the bag - very tasty! Perfect to take to work for lunch.

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KARBIE18 7/6/2012 11:55AM

    Woohoo! Way to go! You always make such thoughtful choices, and I'm glad your body was kind enough to reward you this time!

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XFITSTRONG 7/6/2012 5:30AM

    That is awesome!!!! So inspirational! Way to go! emoticon

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OVERHAULING-ME 7/5/2012 9:28PM

That's a huge accomplishment! Coming home lighter after a vacation...WOW!

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KANSASROSE67 7/5/2012 4:11PM

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SKFEREBEE 7/5/2012 3:53PM

    Sounds like you may have been in my neck of the woods. I've been meaning to hit those outlets around Christmas time but have yet to make the trek. Congrats on the vacation weight loss!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/5/2012 2:06PM

    It must have been the olive, lol.

I'm giddy right along with you - ya did good.

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TERRYT55 7/5/2012 1:50PM

    Good for you! It's tough to go on vacation and not gain..........and you lost 1/2 a pound!


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Habit or hunger?

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

I noticed while I was away that I have successfully replaced a sweet with fruit after lunch. My only problem was when I didn't have fruit available to me I was craving sweets! I can also remember blogging a long time ago about not feeling satisfied with fruit instead of sweets . . . boy, that's changed! No doubt partially due to the fact that fruit is "free" (within reason) now on the plan.

It really is amazing to me how much of what we do is simply habit. That's why change requires a lot of thought!

And trust me on this one: you don't want to go into a candy store with lots of samples before a meal when you're really, really hungry. I did try to track what I sampled, at least. And yes, I really enjoyed what I sampled, too. Boy, I'm salivating just thinking about it!

I am still quite hopeful about this WI . . . I even wore jeans yesterday because it's much too easy to feel comfortable in a dress or shorts. Comfortable in shorts - who would've thunk?

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NATPLUMMER 7/3/2012 2:47PM

    I trust you on the candy store.
Comfortable in shorts is great!!

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SKFEREBEE 7/3/2012 2:44PM

    I know a lot of what and when I eat is out of habit. I usually don't think about it until I get very busy on a random day and don't have much time to eat leisurely but am only able to eat until I don't feel hunger pangs anymore. I have been trying lately to wait just 15 minutes before I eat something sweet and sometimes I change my mind in that amount of time. It is a shame our bodies are programmed to like sweets so darn much!

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TEMPEST272002 7/3/2012 2:27PM

    It's hard to change these habits. For me a meal doesn't feel complete until it ends in a sweet... and I'm not sure how much of that is simply habit. Good luck on the weigh in.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/3/2012 10:15AM

    I usually crave something sweet after meals, and fruit has been the answer 90% of the time.
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The other 10% well, we won't go there..... emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/3/2012 9:50AM

    Most of what I eat is the result of habit. I'm working to change that, but it's slow progress.

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JWOURMS 7/3/2012 6:52AM

    I know what your talking about. I can now have plain yogurt and a sweet fruit like raspberries. I used to NEED (so to speak) a tablespoon or glug of maple sryup too. Not so much. I'm going to make a picture of iced tea now...think I'll add a few leaves of stevia instead of sugar.
Thanks for reminding me or this success.

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XFITSTRONG 7/3/2012 6:32AM

    Great JOB! Great habit to form!

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BESSHAILE 7/3/2012 6:28AM

    Good for you dear heart - I am noticing subtle changes too, now that fruit is free on WW. Of course, at first I sort of binged on fruit but now I think I'm getting it under control. My WI is today - really curious about what I'll see. emoticon

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Through sand & ocean . . .

Monday, July 02, 2012

. . . over cobblestone, through college . . . but thankfully not thru horse poop! That sums up my running on this vacation.

I am working thru the photos, so a real blog on our trip will have to wait a bit. Meeting SKINNYPOWELL1 & running with her was definitely one of tbe highlights. We're pretty well matched running-wise& I just wish we lived closer together! Oh well.

Another highlight was going out to lunch with my besties from HS - it's been 12 yrs! - even if getting out of the DC area was a nightmare. OTOH, we managed to miss that killer storm.

I feel as if I did really well eating-wise; I'll get my report card on Thursday (altho that will be 1 week pre-TOM; kind of snuck up on me). Having a fridge in the room except for the very last night really helped. So did bringing my own breakfasts.

I think this is the longest I've ever gone without blogging! I was either running, swimming, doing yoga, reading tbe 50 Shades of Grey trilogy, or busy being a tourist.

All in all a great trip.

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LJCANNON 7/3/2012 12:59AM

    emoticonSounds like a Great Time, glad that you are back to Blogging, too!!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/2/2012 3:39PM

    That trilogy is a waste of my time and money - although I still read it to the end. I have this thing about finishing what I've started, LOL.

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KANSASROSE67 7/2/2012 2:47PM

    Glad you had fun!

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XFITSTRONG 7/2/2012 2:10PM

    Good for you! Have missed your blogs!

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NATPLUMMER 7/2/2012 12:43PM

    Avoiding horse poop is definitely a bonus ;-)
It sounds like you had a great vacation.
Welcome home :-)

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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/2/2012 11:35AM

    I enjoyed your visit and really do wish we lived closer. So what you think of the trilogy - I read them all.

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HALFFAST 7/2/2012 11:30AM

    What fun! Can't wait to see pics! What's your opinion on the Shades of Grey trilogy? I'm almost done with the current series I'm reading and looking for something new.

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/2/2012 9:23AM

    What fun! Have a wonderful day.

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ELRIDDICK 7/2/2012 9:19AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Breaking out of my green rut

Monday, June 18, 2012

I've been eating lots of veggies lately, but they're all green: asparagus, zucchini, baby bok choy, romaine. Today I finally saved the baby bell peppers that wre almost too far gone, cut them up & had them with lunch. Sooooo good.

So why don't I have bell peppers more often, since I really love them & they're so good for you?

Of course there's the pain of having to cut them up. Asparagus is so easy: snap the ends off & you're done.

But you'll never guess the real reason: I have to put up with the obnoxious meowing from simba. Yes, he's a strange cat. I have the same problem with him & baby carrots & don't eat those as often as I should because he's so annoying.

What strange but true excuses do you have for not getting enough veggies?

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DDHEART 6/25/2012 8:46PM

    Hardly ever have trouble getting enough greens but as you know, I have been trying to eat a rainbow and I do find that I tend to eat color ruts....sometimes it'll be mostly red other times another color. I could blame this on seasonal changes but it also is what I desire at a given time. Right now, every chance I get, I would eat cherries and even skip my dark chocolate...I just love those cherries! Oh well.

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MZSLYDE01 6/21/2012 8:52AM

    Ha Ha Ha - My cat get's annoying with greens. When I come home from the store he is right there just bugging me and trying to get at them. He loves anything green.
Cat's are so funny - they crack me up. At least they know what's good for you..LOL
I love it.

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DDOORN 6/20/2012 1:54PM

    It's a rare day when I don't have a red bell pepper...yum!


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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/18/2012 1:49PM

    LOL, blame it on the cat emoticon. I'm just plain lazy some times to cut things up, but it beats the alternative of overeating. Way to keep it real, I just love ya.

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Target finds

Sunday, June 17, 2012

So I picked up a couple of interesting products at target yesterday. Luna has come out with fiber bars - almost no protein, but plenty of fiber. Yup, gotta try that. I lime most things by Luna, altho I'm not a big fan of their newer protein bars - the ones completely covered in chocolate. Shocking, right?

The other product has nothing to do with food. I'd recently heard about Willa skin are products - willaskincare.com/ & there it was. I bought a few things including the tinted SPF body lotion, which I tried this morning. Love it!

This line is targeting young girls but I don't care! I love anything with shimmer & this will make it easy to want to put on sunscreen every day. In fact, I'm planning to send DH back for a second bottle (pretty sure I'll need more than one on tbe upcoming vacation). He said don't you think they have targets there? I replied that they wouldn't necessarily carry tbe same products & sure enough this line is only in selected stores & not where we're going.

I was using burt's bees sunscreen but really didn't like the consistency.

Found any cool new products you love recently?

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LJCANNON 6/25/2012 8:21PM

    I've been using Eucerin Sunscreen and I like it Ok, but the shimmery kind would be even BETTER!! I Love anything with Glitter or Sparkle
Try the Colgate Toothpaste with Purple Breath Strips in it! It looks like you are brushing your teeth with Purple Glitter!! emoticon(I know, I know, immature!!)

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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/18/2012 12:34PM

    Target is dangerous - I always spend more than I intended!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/18/2012 7:06AM

    I emoticonTarget.

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BARBARASDIET 6/17/2012 4:56PM

    I tend to stick with the same things. Glad you are having fun with new products!

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NATPLUMMER 6/17/2012 10:07AM

    Definitely shocking!!
I'll have to check out the Willa stuff next time I'm there...if they have it here.
Sorry, nothing new to share.

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KISSFAN1 6/17/2012 10:04AM

    Glad you found some things you like and at Target too since they are not as pricey (on most things anyway) as a department store.

I can't think of anything new I have bought lately other than things that are off-brand at Mighty Dollar. I just bought a SPF-15 face moisturizer that is like Oil of Olay, but haven't tried it yet.

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