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Making a list, checking it twice

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Shopping lists aren't only for Christmas. Thanksgiving is one week away. Do you have your menu planned? I do:

Turkey legs
DH's mom's stuffing (which he makes)
Brussel sprouts
Home made cranberry relish
Chocolate pumpkin pie in a cookie crust

I have most of what I need already. I do not like shopping with the crowds, so I plan on doing my food shopping on Monday.

Next, I need to start thinking about a timeline for when I need to make when. I already have a list with what I'm making and where those recipes come from. You'd think I was having 20 people over, but nope, it's just the 2 of us. But whether you're 20 or 2, things go smoother with a plan.

I was going to make a pecan pie also. For my husband. But quite frankly, I don't feel like it, then I'll be stuck with it because he's certainly not going to finish it in one week, and he doesn't need it anyway. I still have birthday cupcakes for him, and if he's lucky, I'll make some coconut cupcakes (he loves coconut).

Unfortunately, in my rush to be organized, I bought a couple of pie shells, only to discover I already have a couple. There is just no way I'm going to use 4 pie shells before we move. I guess I'll have to give them to someone, so they can languish in someone else's freezer. I have been known to make my own pie crust, but not this year. Although I did buy yeast this week with the intention of finally making that pizza dough myself. Baby steps.

What's on your Thanksgiving menu? Any tips for healthifying Thanksgiving?

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MTER67 11/20/2008 7:59AM

    Your Thanksgiving menu sounds yummy. Turkey legs are a great idea. We got duped into eating dinner at a neighbor's house. I know the holiday is all about being together with family and being thankful, but I think I would have preferred something simpler, just at home with my kids--or gasp, horror, at a restaurant. But the neighbors just wanted to be nice and even though I intended to say no, they went out and bought an outrageously huge turkey, so now we can't decline.

Do you ever use pie crusts for chicken pot pies? I usually use the roll out kind and put it overtop of the veggies and chicken and bake, but I have used the shells in the past and put a little shredded cheese on top. Yum.

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Who suffers for beauty?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A long time ago, I wrote a blog about how I won't suffer to be thin. I won't give up my favorite things, I won't wear clothes that make me uncomfortable -- no matter if they hide flaws or make me feel thinner.

Today, in "Oprah Magazine", I was reading about a new collagen injection that lasts longer, called Evolence. I don't care how good something will make me look, I won't ever voluntarily step up for anything that involves shots. I can handle them if I have to, but I won't inflict pain on myself needlessly. Just like I would never have a nose job, unlike my sister (who did).

Evolence, apparently, is made from pig tendons, although you won't find that information on their Website -- unless it's buried somewhere. I was looking for it, and couldn't find it. I don't care if that comes from pigs that have been slaughtered for food, but to use animal parts to soothe my vanity is just wrong, in my humble opinion. Which makes me wonder where the collagen in other types of shots comes from.

Just like I won't use gelatin. Also comes from animals -- specifically from boiling the hooves. There are non-animal alternatives to gelatin, although they can be a little tricky to work with, but they're there.

I do believe it's okay to eat animals, as long as they've been humanely raised -- and that's not so easy to find. Which is why I don't eat a whole lot of animal products. Using them to simply look better? That just seems wrong to me.

I know this doesn't seem to have much to do about weight loss, but in a roundabout way I think it does. What is so wrong with aging anyway? We earn our wrinkles -- if you never laugh and enjoy life, you won't have nearly as many laugh lines, after all. There's nothing wrong in trying to look the best you can, but that doesn't mean you can't accept your body as it changes, either.

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MTER67 11/19/2008 5:37PM

    I started to comment on your blog yesterday, but my internet crashed and now I forgot what I was going to say! So, I'll just visit *this* entry instead! I totally agree with what your blog says, but in my life, I am living the opposite opinion. I have not paid money to anybody other than "Oil of Olay" in any attempt to turn back the clock, but I am not sure that I can honestly say that I never, ever, will.

Why? I don't have that answer. I read with great attention an ad for "Strivectin," some cream that purports to reduce the wrinkly appearance of neck skin. I read the ad and read the price, $90 for a small jar. I contemplated it. Then, I was ashamed of myself--in this uncertain economy am I actually willing to fork out $90 for something that might (or might not) make my neck less turkey-like? Am I really so vain? Well, yes, I probably am, but I didn't order the stuff.

I think it all boils down to confidence. Confidence with who you are at this precise moment in time. And I guess a lot of my confidence comes from who I was, or what I looked like, years ago. Nobody wants to believe that their best days are behind them and in a culture so fixated on appearance, that translates into paying huge sums of money to "recapture" our youth.

Very thought provoking, thanks!

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SQUIRTZIE 11/19/2008 3:18PM

    Great blog. I think it is terrible what people spend to look younger and be more beautiful. Nothing beats the natural.

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MINI-ME-2B 11/19/2008 9:25AM

    Great blog! Totally agreed!!

I would never do plastic surgery... well, a boob lift would be nice. And, while I joke about lipo, I'm proof that its too easy for weight to go up and down, I don't think I'd ever do that. Maybe it's just easier for me to say since I know I could never afford it anyway. LOL

I have a girlfriend who was ready to run to the doctor over crow's feet. She's a tv reporter, and while I don't see it, she does. Well, that changed when they told her how many times she'd have to come back, and how much the total treatment was. She's my age, and I told her to go get some cucumbers & vitamin E, oil of olay, whatever. I don't make my living on tv either. LOL

I've always been the laid back type of person. It is what it is. Accept what you can't change, and change what you can. And, that's what I'm doing. I can control my weight and what I eat. I can accept, but can't control, aging and gravity. Or how how they affects things quite yuckily. But, love it? Heh, I haven't evolved that far yet. LOL

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The snowball effect

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

It's funny how when you feel better, you do more; when you do more, you're more active without thinking about it; and suddenly the weight comes off. Which makes you feel better, so you do more . . . and so on.

Of course, the opposite is also true: when you're depressed, you don't want to do anything; when you don't do anything, you gain; when you gain, you feel even more depressed.

That's the snowball effect. It works for both good and evil (well, maybe not truly evil, but it's certainly not good).

Those giant snowballs start out as little, tiny snowflakes, too. That's why baby steps work. Take one little step, and before you know it, 5 pounds are gone. Because one step leads to another and another.

Just a few weeks ago I felt stuck. Unmotivated. Tired. Somehow, in the last couple of weeks, despite the stress in my life kicking up a notch, I just feel better. I wish I could tell you why, so I could spread it around. We all need some of that at this time of year!

What I can tell you is to keep the faith. Even when times are tough, believe in yourself and what you're doing. Keep taking those tiny steps, and before you know it, your efforts will pay off.

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SQUIRTZIE 11/19/2008 2:42AM

    How true!

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Objects may appear smaller in mirror

Monday, November 17, 2008

October on the left, November on the right. The intersting thing is that I was essentially plateaued from about mid-October to mid-November. I even had small gains the next couple of weeks after these photos were taken. But I can see more definition in my November photo -- you can actually see my collarbones again, even in these tiny photos!

I am not immune to unrealistic expectations:

1. Somehow I still think I will lose weight every week, as long as I follow my program. Unfortunately it just doesn't work that way, but I still believe it in my heart. I just don't let it get me down when it doesn't work that way -- and I hold onto those NSV (non-scale victories, like the emerging collarbones).

2. Somehow I expect to look at the photos and see a thin person. It doesn't matter that I see a thinner person, I expect a thin person. Like somehow the fat is going to go poof! overnight. Once again, my head knows this won't happen; but somehow the heart is a very dumb creature and expects what it wishes will be so. When I look in the mirror, I still see thinner person than when I look at photos. But the image is slowly catching up.

3. I claim that I wasn't in denial, and that is true in some ways and untrue in others. I knew I was fat (still am). I even had a pretty good idea of what I weighed without weighing myself. I told myself I didn't need to weigh myself, since I knew what I weighed. But somehow seeing that number on a scale really was the slap in the head I needed.

And talk about denial . . . I had some gym shorts. They were too tight. I told myself they shrunk. Sound familiar? After all, I'd been wearing the same jeans for years no problem, but the shorts were too tight, so they must have shrunk, right? Only they fit now. The jeans had spandex, the shorts didn't.

I don't have a photo record of myself losing weight the first time. I really do find it very motivating. Even when I don't see changes, I use that as motivation to stay on track. But sometimes I do see changes even when the scale isn't moving, like last month.

We all have unrealistic expectations at times. We're all human. The trick is not to let those expcetations get in the way of our journey. Accept what is, and then work your butt off to change it.

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MINI-ME-2B 11/17/2008 10:51AM

    Very true. I usually say that every time I've gained or lost, I knew it would happen. And, then there was that one time... I had no clue. Its rough to KNOW you're going to see a loss, and just maintain, or gain a little. Even if you know why you maintained/gained, you still get that little *sob* in your mind. "Oh dang". Not that it upsets my whole day, its still a let down. We just have to find other ways to check our progress. Heh, I'd been wanting to write bout my jeans... I argued about my son shrinking them!

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What's a good reward?

Sunday, November 16, 2008

I struggle with this a bit, because I do just buy most things I want. Don't get me wrong, we aren't rich, and we're watching money even more these days like everyone else -- and will probably have to pinch even more when we live in NY, where everything is more expensive.

So what makes a good reward?

1. Something tangible (for me). For instance, a massage would be a great reward for me . . . except once it's done, it's done. I want something that reminds me of what I've achieved.

2. The reward should fit the job. So getting a diamond bracelet for losing 5 pounds, for instance, wouldn't make a whole lot of sense to me. The reward for losing 20 pounds should be more than losing 10 pounds, for instance.

3. A non-food reward! Absolutely. Don't go out and celebrate with a dinner at a great restaurant. Rewarding ourselves with food is part of what got us into this mess in the first place.

4. Something you don't routinely buy. If you buy CDs all the time, for instance, it's not special; to my mind, it's not a reward. I only occasionally buy CDs, so it is a good reward for me.

These are just my rules, of course. Yours can be different.

My reward for losing 10 lbs: a whirley pop popcorn maker. I'm reminded every time I use it (a couple of times a week) of how far I've come.

My reward for losing 10% of my body weight: a pedometer. Actually, this breaks rule #2, because it cost about the same as my popcorn popper.

My reward for losing 20 lbs was going to be a Wii, but I think that one will have to be pushed back a bit. Like I said, we're watching our spending. Maybe it will be a set of harmony knitting needles from www.knitpicks.com ; I really like their needles. Knitting with beautiful needles just really soothes me.

How have you rewarded yourself? What's the best reward you've earned?

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MTER67 11/16/2008 4:27PM

    I love this blog and reading about your rewards--these are great ideas! I have apedometer that my son fished out of the Frosted Flakes box! It has Toni the Tiger on it and works SO MUCH better than the one I paid good money for (that registers about 12 steps, just trying to get my pants off to go to the bathroom!) But, I think a popcorn popper and pedometer are both excellent ways to celebrate your progress! I am considering the Wii for a big Christmas gift for the family. No one has asked for it, but I think it is the only game system that I would consider playing with the kids. It would definitely be a gift for them that is really for me!

I know what you mean about the knitting needles. I have a few pairs that are walnut with carved tops; most of the rest are bamboo--but I agree that the feel of the needles in your hands is very important--I cannot knit with aluminum at all. I hate how cold the metal feels and have a heck of a time keeping the stitches from slipping off.

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JIBBIE49 11/16/2008 3:14PM

    Oh, I'm using my son, Neal's Wii System, which he got for xmas from his darling gf, Christina last year. My son, Nick, told me he'll have to send me my OWN system at some point. SO, I understand about the money issue. As Gilda Radner would say "It's always something!"

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RENA1965 11/16/2008 1:40PM

    When I maintenance 1 year I think it was my computer.. My 4 years anniversary this week was something non food, a weeks holiday from work with no family at home. Did what I wanted, went to the gym as crazy as I liked without stressing home to make dinner..
Went window shopping, eat a salad in town and vaccum clean the second handshops for training gear.. I now have a huge collection of training gear for next to no money.. Other goals was a weight training belt, weight training gloves and really neat nike bag..
Other goals have been clothing and much needed shoes as changed my wardrobe out 6 times, so always a real excuse to purchase new stuff from secondhand shops. Alot of people buy impulsive purchases and are embrassed to return them, so dump them at charity shops.. My best find was a pair of Gucci Jeans..

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JIBBIE49 11/16/2008 1:05PM

    Love to go get my eyebrows waxed and dyed! When I look in the mirror each day, I love seeing them "look nice."

Hey, get that WII FIT! It is an investment in GOOD HEALTH. I just got mine the other day and I love it already. So much fun!

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