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The 20 minute rule

Friday, April 11, 2008

I'm going to try to make Fridays a day to post healthy eating tips. Lord knows, after 20 years or so of trying to eat healthy, I've got quite a few.

So, are you feeling a craving? Employ the 20 minute rule. Do something else for 20 minutes -- a really good idea is to drink some water. Sometimes we think we're hungry when what we really are is thirsty.

If after 20 minutes the craving hasn't gone away, give in to it. BUT . . . take only a single serving, put whatever it is away somewhere hard to get at, and sit down and eat it at the table on a plate. Let me repeat that: sit down and eat it at the table on a plate.

Savor every bite. Put your fork or spoon down between bites. Smell it. Use all of your senses to enjoy your food to the fullest.

And then walk away (maybe literally -- go for a walk).

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KEYWEST3 4/12/2008 8:08PM

    ty for the tip:)

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SKINNYNANNY 4/11/2008 8:54PM

    good ideas, thanks for sharing!

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The beauty within

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Why do you want to lose weight? I have a whole list of reasons, and none of them say "to look pretty". Yes, one of them is to be happy when I look in the mirror.

But this morning I was having deep philosphical thoughts. Well, a little deep, anyway.

You can't read a book by its cover. Beauty is as beauty does. The truth is that what makes us beautiful comes from within, not from our looks. Looks fade. People who base their self-worth on their looks are in for a really hard time as they age.

Still, we all want to look our best. It's human nature, I think. I don't really think there's anything wrong with looking your best, either. The trick, the one that I struggle so much with, is accepting yourself as you are now. Not pining for the past when you were thin. Not waiting to live your life when you get thin.

Because now is all we have. The past is gone. Pining for it is just wasted time. The future is the future. I can't wait for the future to live my life.

And what about comparing ourselves to others? I *really* struggle with that one. I do it all the time. But why? The person I'm comparing myself to might be binging and purging. They might be desperately unhappy with their life. They might be physically or mentally abused. Or they might be happy. Who knows? Who cares? It doesn't matter. Because I only have myself.

I have got to learn to accept myself as I am. Right now. Not yesterday. Not tomorrow. I am a work in progress. And I am beautiful. Right now.

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    We are each different and that is what makes us special. It is when we recognise the soul from within that we connect and really see one another. The outer is just a shell that carries the real of us all. Enjoy life and soak it in. We are all awakening to the truth, totally free of blinders. Enjoy your journey. Pam emoticon to bad we can't see inside of what reflects in the mirror.

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TOBEGREAT 4/11/2008 10:08AM

    Wonderful blog. I make myself look in the mirror everyday and some days want to see better but then I remember I am thankful for what I am.
Got to love yourself!

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AHHHME 4/11/2008 1:12AM

    Yes you are - definitely beautiful! :)

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GRAMMYSKIDS58 4/10/2008 4:17PM

    I love your blog. It is so funny how it is so hard to say certain things to ourselves. How we yearn for what use to be instead of cherishing all the wonderful things we are now. We are all getting stronger physically and mentally. We are feeding ourselves a healthier lifestyle. We are all beautiful and courageous for taking on this life challenge. We have all made some wonderful caring friends who are there for us when we need them. We all need to look at the positives in ourselves and remind ourselves daily that we are beautiful and we deserve to be happy. Thanks for reminding me to appreciate myself today!!

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JUSTDUCKY1405 4/10/2008 3:10PM

    This was a great blog. I think we all deal with this. That always wanting more or better. I was actually looking at myself in the mirror today, and I pretty much said to myself, you have looked better than this... that better was only 4 days ago. I am just tired today, so it shows. But it's obvious how much our outer appearance affects our inner beauty. It's an all encompassing circle.

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VAL503 4/10/2008 3:04PM

    Wow, I was just struggling with this comparison thing today too! I even wrote about it in my blog... Thank you for sharing your blog with all of us, I find it so helpful to have a group of people who are all focusing on finding balance and purpose in the now. And thank you for the uplifting comment on my blog about our sick greyhound, it was really helpful! Have a great day

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KITS4CHANGE 4/10/2008 11:41AM

    It's so funny that I came upon your blog this morning because earlier this morning I was thinking the exact same thing! I was going to blog about it myself but you beat me to it! lol I just want to end the struggle....know what I mean? And be happy and at peace with myself right now in this moment.

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You gotta know when to hold em . . .

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

. . . and know when to fold em. Cravings, that is.

I've been having sweet cravings lately. Not terrible, but more than normal. I thought my period was a week away, but turns out it's going to start a bit sooner. The joys of being in your mid-40s. I never quite know when I'll get one. Sometimes it's the normal interval, sometimes it's every 3 weeks (which means occasionally I'll get two in one month).

Anyway, yesterday after dinner I was still hungry. Physically hungry, not just psychologically hungry. And I hadn't had that many fruits & veggies. I was going to have a greens smoothie, but that wasn't what my craving was for.

So I sat down, AGAIN, and really thought about what I wanted. A cookie might have been good, but the cookies I had had gone hard. I finally settled on some soy ice cream. And it was good, and it really hit the spot.

So yeah, I could've eaten healthier yesterday. But that was what I really wanted. It didn't cause me to go out and polish off the rest of the pint, either. In fact, I started out really healthy today, with oatmeal for breakfast and the plan of having a greens smoothie to fuel my walk with the dogs . . . only I got a call from the woman I board the dogs with, and she'd found a newborn kitten.

So my day got kind of derailed (she did find it a home). I did finally get out food shopping, but I hadn't eaten anything since that single serving of oatmeal. Still, I bought what I'd planned to buy, came home, found out the kitten got a home, started my lunch heating, and called everyone I'd called in the morning back to let them know the kitten had found a home.

And then I sat down (without the tv on) and ate my healthy lunch. I was pretty hungry by this point, but I managed not to derail myself.

Would I lose weight faster if I hadn't given in to my craving? Maybe. Maybe not. I might have ended up just eating around what I really wanted, piling on the calories in search of satisfaction.

So you've got to know when just a little bit of something just a little decadent will do the job -- and when it will lead to a lost weekend of eating. In other words, you've got to really think (sometimes) before you eat.

I did blow one thing: I just entered stage 2, and I should've measured my ice cream. My bad. I know my serving was probably a tad over 1 serving, but c'est la vie.

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KARBIE18 4/10/2008 8:02AM

    I totally agree with LadyDunn. You did well, and should be proud. These are the habits that are going to help you lose the weight and keep it off in the long run. Lifestyle changes.

Keep it up,

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LIVELOVELAUGH- 4/10/2008 12:50AM

    You probably saved yourself from a binge. I think it's better to have it (in moderation) then to deprive yourself and end up craving it more. I would definitely call that a victory! That is purposeful eating! Good job!

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What would you sacrifice to be thin?

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Supposedly there was a poll on Ivillage, and the 20 somethings said they'd rather be thin & stupid, whereas the older people said they'd rather be smart & heavy.

How sad is that?

What would you sacrifice to be thin?

Your eyes? Absolutely not for me; I'm very visual. I paint & draw. While I'm sure I could adjust to being blind, I certainly wouldn't do it just to lose weight.

Would you give up an arm?

Nope; no way. Sure, you can learn to do things with one arm, but it definitely makes life more difficult.

Would you give up a leg?

No, absolutely not. Once again, you can adapt, but even though my legs may be my worst body part and they rub together, which is a pain, I still want the both of them.

Would you give up money to be thin?

I know that money doesn't make you happy. Still, life is easier when you have the money to at least keep a roof over your head and food on your plate. And if you can travel and buy most of what you want, that ain't bad either.

Would you be willing to die earlier if you could die thin?

No thank you. As long as I'm healthy, I plan to be around for a long time. Life is short enough as it is!

So what would I sacrifice? Not body parts. Not my health.

What I will sacrifice is the time it takes to get thin, but it's a sacrifice well worth doing. As the saying goes, nothing tastes as good as thin feels (although some days a good cookie comes close).

And of course, the correct answer is I want to be smart *and* a healthy weight.

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MTER67 4/8/2008 7:50PM

    I read a survey (I think it was in " Woman's Day," but I am not positive) that showed a surprising number of women would be willing to shorten their lives by a few years, if it meant they could be thin. I don't remember the age groups involved, but I believe once you hit 40, you cling to every year you have left. It is very sad that young women have role models like Paris Hilton, women who don't seem to stand for anything other than airheadedness and excess. So, what do we do to change things? American culture conspires against healthy living--our diet is high in fats and sugar; our easy lifestyle encourages us to be sedentary; fast food is omnipresent and restaurant portions are huge. Then, despite all that, the media bombards us with unrealistic images of what it thinks we "should" look like, without acknowledging its role in making us fat in the first place. It is enough to make every woman believe she is doomed to failure. At least we are all HERE sharing our battles. Losing weight doesn't guarantee a person a perfect life like those poll-takers think it will. But it goes a long way toward making us stronger, healthier and better able to face the challenges life throws as us. Sorry to blog on your blog--but you raise such an interesting question!!! Take care and stay in touch!

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SUNFLOWER66 4/8/2008 6:28PM

    isn't it nice not to be 20 something anymore??? (no offense to you youngn's). i'm with you, i'd rather be on the road to better health and be older than give up anything. i gave up a lot in my youth in terms of poor decisions due to nothing else but lack of experience. i'm still growing up, and always learning! i like this post as it gave me something to think about!
thanks, kate :)

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Diet books don't work

Monday, April 07, 2008

Well, that's not exactly true.

But I just find it amusing that it seems every diet book I've ever bought (yes, there are a fair amount I've tried) says oh, diets don't work because yadda yadda yadda, but follow MY plan & you'll lose weight.

I think the truth is that you take a little bit from every book you read. You might not follow everything, but you'll get something that works for you or motivates you or whatever.

The real truth is that if it were easy, we'd all be thin (and what a boring place the world would be, eh?). So go ahead and remember just how special you are today because you're tackling your weight.


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