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No eating out = eating more?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Getting the cats to the vet yesterday was a breeze; Simba isn't a problem & since it was a dreary, rainy day, Gizmo was napping in the carrier already & all I had to do was shut the door.

Unfortunately Simba, who was doing so well, seems to have relapsed with vomiting & diarrhea. Oh joy. This is my 3rd HM & the 2nd with one of my animals quite sick beforehand. There are definitely days when having 4 animals seems like a bad, bad idea.

Oh, & my husband lost his house keys last night. Plus Lola is having one of her gagging attacks so I spent the wee hrs on the couch so I could get some sleep.

Moving on.

I haven't eaten out in a couple of weeks; DH had been on a long business trip. Altho we did have a potluck this weekend: I had veggie chili with a little cheese & avocado; maybe 1/8 slice of the almond butter pie I made, 1/8 slice of a fruit pizza & 1/2 piece of the brownies I made. 1 chip (yes, quit literally) & a smidgen of dip.

And I found myself in the odd position of having to add in food lately. Sometimes when I wasn't particularly hungry, even. I've made a real effort to make healthy choices & stay away from processed junk - adding in healthy food.

So can I eat more if I eat out less? I don't usually eat out a whole lot as it is. But it's food for thought.

TOM is *supposed* to start today & I REALLY wish it would be on time for once but I suspect it ain't happening.

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NATPLUMMER 9/19/2012 1:49PM

    Poor Simba. I hope he gets better soon.
I haven't had a span of not eating out for more than a few days. I know, I'm bad.
Fingers crossed TOM comes.

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NELLJONES 9/19/2012 10:20AM

    I only eat out a few times a year, which makes it a LOT easier to be in control of what I eat. Even if we can eyeball portion sizes in a restaurant, we can have no idea of how many teaspoons of oil a cook puts into his pan. When I am the cook, I know.

I hope your pets recover. I have three cats and I can't imagine them all having medical problems at the same time.

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/19/2012 9:05AM

    Hope Simba is okay. Wonder what's up. Glad vet voyage went smoothly.

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DDHEART 9/19/2012 8:24AM

    Interesting question...when I started my no baked desserts or sweets streak, (I do allow a one day per week special) I discovered that I was frequently having to add food later in the day as I had been consuming far more calories when I was allowing myself chocolate every day or sharing desserts with Steve. I don't misss them since I am also eating my rainbow and that means I do have desserts when I want them they are just composed of fruits. I had gotten into that blinder zone were knowing I was within my daily allowances I didn't see how much I was skewing my nutrition...following the rules but losing the game? Guess we're changing big time.

Good luck with the cats, and good luck with the half!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/19/2012 8:06AM

    It's a real challenge calculating foods when we eat out, so much simpler to eat at home so we know exactly what we are getting, and yes that means you can eat more. What is the date of your half? I know you told me, but I forgot (it's a blonde thing). Hope your fur baby gets better, you've had quite a time with him lately.

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Are you a food addict?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


I found the above article in More Magazine very interesting. Yes, I took the quiz; no, I'm not a food addict. Or m I a food addict in recovery? Because once an addict always an addict, right? And many years ago I definitely would have qualified as one.

In case you don't want to read the article, here's the recipe for recovery:

1. Eat foods containing dopamine:

Lean beef
Dark green leafy veggies
Reduced fat dairy

One wonders how much? And no matter how much tuna or tofu I eat, I'd still give it up for the s'mores brownies I took to the potluck this weekend - O.M.G. They weren't even incredibly unhealthy, with no pudge brownie mix, marshmallows, graham crackers & dark chocolate.

But I'll bet you're now craving something sweet. Gonna have tofu instead? I think not!

2. Remove added sugar

3. Meditate

4. Get regular physical activity

5. Chew gum

This can be addictive; I did that yrs & yrs ago & man, I chewed a whole lotta gum! But ultimately it did help & I haven't chewed gum in years.

6. Food shop online

Good advice, really, but not gonna happen: one of my great joys is discovering new stuff at the grocery store. Probably one of my great downfalls, too.

7. Stay vigilant

I think it's all great advice, but it's missing probably the most important key: delving into the mental reasons you overeat. I guess if you believe it's simply addictive behavior you wouldn't need to, but trust me, there's always a mental component.

Are you a food addict? Any tips for overcoming your addiction?

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LEONALIONESS 9/19/2012 10:14PM

    Wow. Those food suggestions are basically totally and completely useless to me. Way to go, magazine article. Vegans and veggies exist, yo. ;)

Though, I do eat loads of dark leafy greens (kale!) and tofu.

And yes, I AM having tofu instead of something sweet. Well, more like AS something sweet. Tofu pudding, FTW!

Comment edited on: 9/19/2012 10:15:11 PM

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TERRYT55 9/18/2012 11:35AM

    I AM a food food addict.......it's like this article was written with me in mind. Thanks for the link. It gives me hope.

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NATPLUMMER 9/18/2012 11:02AM

    Yay...I'm not.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/18/2012 10:12AM

    I agree with NellJones comment - Great info in that article, thanks for sharing and I'm NOT a food addict according to the quiz, but there are trigger foods that can start me on a downward spiral, so I try to stay away from them.

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NELLJONES 9/18/2012 9:59AM

    Once an addict always an addict is a reminder that even if we overcome our addiction, re-addiction is just a mouthful away. That's why I do not eat Cheetos or Reeses. Ever.

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/18/2012 8:40AM

    I'll have to think about this. I know we are clothes/shoes (and speaking for myself - jewelry) addicts. (smiling)

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LMATTHEWS12111 9/18/2012 7:50AM

    Thanks for sharing, currently I chew gum myself but I almost chew a pack a day, Im not crazy about that but I know its better than eating everytime hoping in the future it will get easier and I will not need gum anymore

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Seems like I've been making a lot of lemonade lately

Monday, September 17, 2012

I truly believe things happen for a reason. So when I called to let the holistic vet know what supplements I need & they wanted to know when I would pick them up and I was supposed to have an appointment today . . .

The good thing is that I have an appt for both of them with a new regular vet tomorrow. So now it will be easier to wrangle gizmo into his carrier. I've been training them at the time we need to go for a while now, but his guard would've been up after I took simba to the vet today. Since I don't have to, Giz will most likely go right in.

Simba is almost never a problem (the car ride is a totally different story). But it takes Giz a while to relax his guard after a trip to the vet (he'll run away & not want to get in the carrier).

Unfortunately it's supposed to pour tomorrow. Fortunately I rode out to find where this vet is - a part of town I'm totally unfamiliar with) yesterday, because it took me a good 20 minutes of driving back & forth pat the building to finally find it.

Unfortunately I already got my easy run in, since I couldn't squeeze in a swim & the vet visit . . . had I known, I could've swum like I wanted to originally & not run.

Fortunately, I called the tailor who is hemming my pants & I can pick them up today instead of Thursday so that's one less errand Thursday, which is my husband's birthday.

Do you see a pattern yet? Nothing is all good or all bad, just like food isn't all good or bad.

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TRI_BABE 9/17/2012 11:46PM

    My dog used to come to work with me as a photojournalist. Was funny because he was known to all the TV and other news crews as well. So, he was car sick when I first adopted him - but quickly got over that...

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/17/2012 12:52PM

    I usually take the carrier out the day before the vet appt. Fortunately, my boys love to play on, around and inside it. Then, on the
day, I'm a big meanie and trick them.
Picking up new meds for Harry this
afternoon. Take care.

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You've got to focus

Sunday, September 16, 2012

As I finished my short long run yesterday, I thought about the difference between that run & my first run of that training season: coming off of 3 weeks sick, a month off of running, a simple 2 mile run felt so HARD. How would I ever run 13.1again?

Yesterday's 4 mile run at a faster pace felt easier. It always feels easier when I'm running with someone, but that wasn't the whole story. I had focused, for months, on my training. And it paid off.

I often hear at my WW meetings things like: when will it stop being so hard? When will I not have to think about it so much?

Well, it will always be hard. I like to say that it will never be easy, but it will get easier.

And if it's not at the top of your thoughts . . . well, you know what will happen.

Stay focused, my friends.

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NATPLUMMER 9/16/2012 10:12AM

    Wise words, my friend.

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XFITSTRONG 9/16/2012 9:39AM

    Wise words!

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/16/2012 9:28AM

    It really is all about the focus. But I do get tired of thinking of self all the time in this regard. Have a good day. (new meds for
Harry's eyeball will be picked up on Monday
afternoon. Hope this works this time.
Glad Simba is better.)

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Dig deep & what I'm reading

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Well yesterday was frustrating. The kitchen light, which has been dying, finally gave up the ghost. It's a fluorescent, so not something I can fix by myself. Sat down to write my blog - had something to say! - servers weren't working & I never got enough time later in the day. Never even got time for the yoga I'd planned, either. A rest day is supposed to be restful, right?

Last "long" run done & done. Thankfully the downpours had ended, leaving us with great running weather. 4 1/4 miles. With the exception of last week's run, the last few have actually been faster thsn my anticipated race pace, just a little. The race looks to be hilly, I run better in a group; it will be what it will be. I definitely feel prepared, if not rested, unfortunately.

A while back I read Chrissie Wellington's autobiography. She is an ironman champion several times over & didn't really start out life as an athlete.

Currently I'm reading Scott jurek's Eat & Run. He's a vegan ultra marathoner (I think he was at my Austin HM) who also started out without much atheletic ability - and a steak & potatoes guy from the midwest who fished & hunted.

I recommend both, but I'm really enjoying Scott's book.

Altho I'm thinking *i* need to write a book -- for all those people who weren't athletic as kids - or grown ups! I will not be winning ironmans or ultra marathons. Heck, I don't ever expect to be winning anything when it comes to running. The upside to that is it takes a lot of the pressure off of you!

Almost forgot the other part of my title. I was cleaning up the floor of my closet yesterday & came across a pair of jeans that must've been there at least a year. I must've missed my hamper & I just never even noticed they were missing! They're a little loose, but not too bad - & sometimes you really do need a loose pair of jeans. It's surprising what you might find when you dig deep!

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KIMPOSSIBLE82 9/16/2012 2:34PM

    Happy find with the jeans. You would write a great book. I'd read it.

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XFITSTRONG 9/15/2012 9:16PM

    Oh you should write a book! THere are so many of us out there. It would be fun to read about our stories.

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NATPLUMMER 9/15/2012 12:27PM

    Some times rest days just don't work out...been there.
Yay for being prepared!! Hopefully you get some rest in this week.
Don't worry....I won't be winning anything when it comes to running either. All that matters is enjoyment.
Loose jeans are useful sometimes...for cleaning and painting and that sort of stuff. I did some yoga in my jeans the other day...stretch fabrics can certainly be nice :-)

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NELLJONES 9/15/2012 10:34AM

    A surprise in your closet: the jeans and the fact that they are loose!! A real time capsule.

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/15/2012 9:44AM

    Woohoo with your fastness. Have a good day. I'm headed back to the vet in a couple of hours for Harry's eyeball - again. This is a
royal pain. (get it? I'm taking Prince Harry
and it's a royal pain?)

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