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How good a time did you have?

Thursday, September 06, 2012

One of my buddies at my WW meetings is like me -- has basically stayed the same the last 3 yrs. Except that she's very overweight. Apparently she ate too much last week & gained a fair amount -- and commented before looking "let's see how good a time I had last week".

I'd never thought about it that way. Which made me think about my own week -- I had a tiny gain, which isn't unusual for me this time of the month. And yes, I had a good time last week, too. No binges, not too many BLTs, but lots of good food.

So do I want to have as good a time this week? No, not really. I only have 2 WIs before my HM & I'd like to at least maintain. Not easy at this time of the month but I know it can be done. And that means paying close attention to the little extras.

Some people got my blog yesterday; some didn't. It will always be hard for me. It will always be harder for some of us than others. But it's worth it; that's really the point that I was trying to get across -- it's harder for some of us than others for whatever reason, but it's worth it.

It all comes back to choosing your hard: being fat is hard; losing weight is hard: choose your hard.

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SKFEREBEE 9/8/2012 12:19PM

    I always have 3 or 4 unspectacular food days at the same time every month. I have learned not to feel guilty about it, just go with it and not be stupid about the food consumption, and then be extra good the following week. The 3 or 4 days doesn't seem to impact my overall weight loss. Now, if I let 3-4 days end up being 7-10 days, there would definitely be a problem. It is just not a good idea to step on the scale until post TOM or it would psychologically derail me.

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LJCANNON 9/7/2012 10:30AM

    emoticon Well Said!! It really is all about CHOICES.

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BESSHAILE 9/7/2012 6:56AM

    Yep. Yep.

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BARBARASDIET 9/6/2012 2:56PM

    Your last comment gets the whole thing in a nutshell!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/6/2012 2:40PM

    Endless Shrimp promotion at Red Lobster last weekend, and I put away more than any human can comprehend. Seafood is one
of my loves of life. (smiling) Not going to
do that all the time, but will be back again.
I love this stuff too much to even contem-
plate moderation. No apologies either.

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NWLIFESRC 9/6/2012 2:19PM

    Your right

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So that's why it's so friggin' hard

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

I knew this info already, but somehow the article in Fitness magazine about why it's harder for some people to lose than others drove it home: it's all that yo-yo dieting. Essentially, i've hard wired my body to hold onto its fat.

That's why people come to WIs talking about how "bad" they were, but are pleasantly surprised by a loss. Not me. Never me. Even when I'm good I sometimes don't lose or even gain.

And that's why SP can be a double edged sword, too: I've read plenty of blogs of buddies who eat so much worse than me, but still lose.

Does this all sound bitter? Maybe so. But here's another truth I've learned: I am not doomed to stay fat. It may be harder, it may take longer & I may have to eat way cleaner than the next person . . . but I CAN lose weight. I have lost weight. And I will continue to lose weight & meet my goal.

My husband joked it's the autumn of Lloyd (because the fall of Lloyd didn't sound so good), because of all the good stuff we have coming up.

I said no, it's the year of Judy. Because in many ways I've been celebrating my 50 th all year long. Make it your year, too. Your future is in your hands.

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BARBARASDIET 9/6/2012 2:57PM


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NATPLUMMER 9/5/2012 1:18PM

    I'm in the same boat.

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/5/2012 8:52AM

    I'm sure that's a big reason,but I've never dieted in my life and still have a h of a time getting rid of the blubber.

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JUDYAMK 9/5/2012 8:32AM

    Every night at the same time I eat something I should not I am a night eater, I am not even hungry , my mind is triggered for that time. After reading your blog here. Tonight I am going to try something different I am going to do some work outs. I have worked out before late at night & it always put me to sleep after. I just lazy & stopped. That is my biggest weight gain all the time is that wretched night eating.Thanks for posting

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SH9719 9/5/2012 8:25AM

    You cannot compare yourself to others. Everybody burns food differently. When you figure out what works best for you it will be easier for you. Keep trying until you body gets in line with your brain and you both want the same thing.

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Green day

Monday, September 03, 2012

I remembered I actually do have one more goal: drink green smoothies as an afternoon snack. Not every day, but I need to come up with how many times I'm shooting for per week so I can measure it.

Green day refers to yesterday cause I sure got my green on! In fact, my veggies were only green, but I got blue in for my fruits. Hardly a rainbow, but packed with antioxidants.

Because it was a recovery day, I'd already planned on a lower carb day. I actually felt perfectly normal yesterday after my 10 miler the day before -- seems amazing to me that you can run 10 miles & feel normal the next day!

Breakfast: big bowl of protein packed Kashi cereal

Morning snack: picky bar (similar to larabars)

Lunch: tuna Waldorf salad

Afternoon smack: green smoothie with spinach & blueberries

Dinner: half a grilled chicken caesar salad

Now, that wasn't what I'd planned for for dinner, but DH suddenly got a bee in his bonnet that we must go out to dinner, despite the fact we went out the night before. Caesar salad is one of my go-to restaurant meals when I want to eat healthy - it seems to work for me & it helped me vacation in VA without gaining weight. I was momentarily tempted by the pasta primavera, but knew how easy it is to overeat pasta.

After dinner snack: 3 cups skinny pop popcorn

I was craving some carbs after all those greens, and I'm running today.

Flexible, but healthy. Plus I wanted the dessert I'd planned for tonight!

Hope your holiday can be enjoyable, but healthy, too, if you're celebrating. If you're not celebrating a holiday, make today healthy & enjoyable!

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TRI_BABE 9/4/2012 8:02PM

    I want to do green smoothies too! I am thinking about buying a Ninja blender for better smoothies. My blender isn't so good at chopping ice. But my friend said there's an iPhone app for green smoothie recipes. She made one with spinach and watermelon and it was great!

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NATPLUMMER 9/4/2012 11:07AM

    Excellent day!

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KIMPOSSIBLE82 9/3/2012 5:19PM

    10 miles and a normal life the next day? You are fantastic!

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HAWAIIANMAMMA 9/3/2012 10:17AM

    That looks like a pretty healthy day! Good on ya!

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XFITSTRONG 9/3/2012 9:17AM

    Gonna be a healthy day here today for me too. I like your title "Green Day"..... that is funny. Your spinach and blueberry smoothie sounds strangely yummy!

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September goals

Sunday, September 02, 2012

It's been a long, long time since I've set concrete goals. Too long.

1. Be more positive.

Yesterday's blog got me thinking about this. I'm a glass half full gal, but DH is a glass half empty guy & that can rub off. When I'm eating, I pause to check fullness; I'm using those pauses for positive self talk. Unfortunately, this isn't a measurable goal.

2. PR in my HM

I know they can't all be PRs & I'm ok if I don't - but I have done my work & we'll see what happens.

3. Go into this HM lighter than my last HM

I'm on track to do that. Weight goals tend to be hard for me, but it's still a good goal.

And that's all folks.

Except I realized I have #4: spend less money on clothes! This will be a toughie for me, but less money on clothes now = more money to spend on vacation.

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BESSHAILE 9/4/2012 7:25AM

    LOL - oh boy - that last goal - it's a toughie for me too. emoticon

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TRI_BABE 9/2/2012 11:47PM

    Great Goals!

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DDHEART 9/2/2012 10:46AM

    Go For It!!!

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XFITSTRONG 9/2/2012 9:53AM

    Sounds like great goals! I am also trying to go into my HM lighter. The way it's going right now it looks like I will be able to match my last HM. In CrossFit sometimes we will run carrying a 10 lb slamball and it really drives home the point how that will slow you down.... So I am really hitting it hard trying to get as low as possible before October 7th. I love reading your blogs!

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Accentuate the positive

Saturday, September 01, 2012

I found myself thinking this morning "if only I can just keep this up", but doubting myself, too. And then I thought to myself "you're doing awesome" -- much more positive. So easy to slip into negative self talk.

I am back down to my lowest weight . . . I am hoping I can break thru to a new low, but even if I do I know most likely soon i'll see a hormonal uptick. Which is ok, because what goes up must come down.

HM training has been going really well. Most of my long runs have actually been at a pace faster than my last HM, because I have a running buddy & running faster just seems so much easier with other people.

I was thinking yesterday that maybe I should try to raise some money in my goal to run HMs in all 50 states, for cancer research. Not quite sure how I'd go about it but I guess I'd have to join the younguns & get myself a Facebook page, something I've resisted for so long!

We're gonna have us a nice dinner out somewhere tonight, either sushi or Italian; haven't decided which yet. Then not much going on this holiday weekend really.

Make sure you accentuate the positive today!

Oh, & Chester says birthday wishes are good, but birthday treats are even better!

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KIMPOSSIBLE82 9/1/2012 5:05PM

    Way to go on the run! You are rocking it, lady!

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NICHOLE_4 9/1/2012 10:03AM

    I wish that it wasn't so easy to believe the negative and so hard to believe the positive

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