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The not-so-skinny on salads

Thursday, March 05, 2009

The Today Show this morning ran a segment on salads at some popular restaurants -- some of them had as much calories as I eat in a day! That really shouldn't be so shocking to me, because I have heard this before, but somehow it still is.

Not that there aren't good salads out there, because there are -- and they were supposed to put some info on their site about them. Only the article crashed my browser, so you'll have to go look it up yourself if you're interested.

I don't think I've ever had any of those particular salads, thank goodness. It's pretty mind-boggling how restaurants can take something that ought to be so healthy and make it so fattening. Now wonder it's so easy to gain weight when you travel!

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OLIVIA1111 3/7/2009 8:07AM

    This doesn't surprise me either. Have you ever gone to a Mexican restaurant and ordered a taco or fajita salad. It is loaded with cheese , cheese and more cheese, beans (not the good ones either) and ground beef.

I think the restaurants do this to make us feel like we are eating better when in reality we might as well order the burrito or super sized taco.

And not to mention the salads are enormous. Applebees has a fried chicken salad. It tastes great but how many calories are in that?? Yikes

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    I'm not surprised about the calorie-laden salads. Customers want to eat healthfully, but they also want tasty food. By offering salads with bacon bits, meats, heavy dressing, etc., restaurants are able to satisfy customers' tastebuds and their desire for "healthy" food. Of course, we Sparkers know better. Oh, the same goes for beverages such as the big creamy coffee drinks and giant super-sweet smoothies. Often people don't think about the ridiculous amount of calories in those monstrosities. We have to be informed customers by finding out the nutritional information BEFORE consuming these things! emoticon

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 3/5/2009 8:04PM

    I hear ya. It's shocking and one has to be so very careful when ordering. I went to a restaurant once and I looked up the points for 1 serving of garlic mashed potatoes before I got there and it was 10 points! 10! Can you imagine what they would have to put into the mashed potatoes to make it 10 points?!? Others had it, and it was about half a cup serving - I'm still in shock over it.

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The importance of NSV

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

If you haven't figured it out yet, NSV stand for non-scale victories.

According to the scale, I haven't lost much weight in the last couple of months. While not exactly a plateau, it's close.

Yet I must be doing something right, because my jeans are definitely fitting better. Way better. Some of them were a little bit tight when I bought them a couple of months ago, to the point of creating a slight muffin top.

Now they're all either comfortable on beginning to get loose. Maybe I'm putting on more muscle, which would account for a non-moving scale and better fitting jeans. I hope so, anyway.

I tried on my favorite belt -- the one I bemoaned wouldn't fit much longer months & months ago. I figured the jeans I am wearing today happen to have a lower waist, and since the belt is sitting more on my hips, maybe it would still fit. No go. I have another belt that I like that I was able to wear -- but it's on the last notch, although this belt could potentially have another notch put in it.

As I was going to -- and from -- food shopping, there was a commercial on for Simply Weight Loss. The woman talked about how she'd lost 30 lbs and gone from a size 16 to a size 10. I've lost 20 -23, depending on the week, and I've gone from a size 16 to a size 8. So I guess not all pounds lost are created equal -- or maybe it has to do with how short I am. I'll be proud that I've lost less pounds but more pant sizes, though, thank you very much.

Not quite sure what got into me today, either -- I wore my curvy boot cut jeans, I put on a nice belt, I put on earrings, and a bracelet! And it's amazing how much more confident you feel when you dress nicely. I mean, I'm still in jeans and a tshirt,but they're nice jeans and a nice tshirt and I just feel good about myself -- and I think that shows.

I also thought about what I brought home from the grocery store. Very little processed food. A couple of Kashi bars; a loaf of Women's Bread; some tortillas. Then the closest I got to processed foods were silken tofu. The rest was yogurt, veggies, & fruit. And yes, I did buy sushi. Since I don't eat out very often since I hate to eat out by myself, that's my treat every week -- Whole Foods makes awesome sushi.

As our move grows closer, my pantry and my freezer and even my refrigerator are getting barer. Hardly bare yet, and in fact, I've got to work on that more. It's getting closer all the time, and there still seems to be a ton of food in the house -- yet I can't seem to stop myself from making myself fresh food. I'm just too used to it now, I suppose, and I know that the minute I start buying prepared foods my weight goes up or stays the same. And I'll be okay with stays the same as we get closer to the move, but I've still got about 6 weeks. Although we're supposed to close next Tuesday.

So a lot of rambling thoughts, but really, pay attention to those non-scale victories.

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JLITT62 3/5/2009 7:49AM

    Here's the really odd thing: as I said, I haven't lost that much weight, and I measured myself this morning -- I only do waist & hips -- and that really hasn't changed, either.

I can't really figure it out, but there's a huge change in how my jeans fit. So much so that I'm going to try on the next size down. I know they'll be too tight, but I also know that I know where to get them cheaper here, so I'll probably buy some before I leave whether they're too tight now or not.

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    All pounds lost are definitely NOT equal. Congratulations on your NSV! I'm so glad that you are feeling more confident and paying more attention to yourself. Lately, I've been slacking off in that area, and it's something I need to work on. I guess regaining some weight in the past few months really made me not care so much about how I dress. Thanks for the reminder that this can be a vicious cycle.

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 3/4/2009 10:22PM

    You are doing fantastic! Those NSV's are important, or more important than what the scale reports. Good for you!

6 weeks, that's coming up quick...you must be extremely excited! I'm very happy for you. Yeah!

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LFLFLPLP 3/4/2009 1:23PM

    A 16 to an 8!!! That's impressive and definitely something to be proud of. I remember the days when I didn't even have a scale. I only based it on how I looked in the mirror. So why is it now that I feel I have to see that number move on the scale to have a sense of accomplishment?

Congratulations to you on your wonderful progress!

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Getting back on track

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Not with my eating or my exercising, but with my cleaning! Although maybe in a small way with my eating, too.

Cleaning is a challenge for me. I enjoy a clean home, but I hate the work it takes to get there. There are just so many other things I'd rather be doing, plus you just have to do the same things all over again the next day or next week.

Still, at the beginning of the year, I set a goal for myself to wipe down my kitchen 3 times a week and my bathrooms 2 times a week (sorry if you're grossed out -- I know the normal person wipes down their kitchen after using it, but hey, I've never poisoned anyone . . . yet). And I've been on a streak . . . until last week. So tired. TOM plus being woken up in the middle of the night one night. The kitchen got done only twice last week.

But I started out this week with a wipe-down just like I should. It's okay to take a break once in a while from anything -- as long as you get right back on the horse.

I'm also doing well with more savory breakfasts. I did have to throw Simba off my lap because he just couldn't stay away from my frittata, but I've been able to eat my oatmeal with him there; he's interested, but he really wanted that frittata. Plus I think I've come up with a solution for my protein with my oatmeal: nuts. I don't put them in my oatmeal -- I'm weird, and I really enjoy plain oatmeal. But I just eat a few nuts on the side.

These breakfast are working well for me because they're lower in points (aka calories), but still filling -- and as I go down, I need to find a way to eat less. Once I'm out of the 140s, I sacrifice one more point from my daily tally -- and that's the bottom, no matter how much weight I lose after that.

My inbox is at it again. The perfect quote for today's blog came today:

"Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it."
William C. Durant

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OLIVIA1111 3/7/2009 8:10AM

    I recently noticed a correlation between my house and how I behave with food.

When my house/car is cluttered with mess I tend to sway towards eating more unhealthy. I am not saying my house is spotless (with 4 cats, 1 dog and a teenager) it is virtually impossible to keep it clean all the time.

I now set aside Friday nights (if we dont have plans) and clean up and vacuum, this frees the rest of my weekend up. I also have incorporated doing a quick cleanup Wednesday night (mid-week).

If my house isnt cluttered, neither is my mind...

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 3/3/2009 8:09PM

    I love that quote - thanks for sharing.

Housework - argh - we all have different priorities, and that's ok. I have two older sisters - one, you could eat off her floor (always could), the other is the exact opposite. Me, I'm in the middle. I like a tidy house but my house always looks 'lived in' - it's never as clean as anyone else's I know. (it's not really messy but then we are own worst critics, eh). It's funny, because all three of us sisters know exactly where everything is - no matter how disorganized and messy it looks to others.

Housework is like shovelling snow in a snowstorm....... So I 'putz' at it. I make to do lists too and if I get it all done, I get it done - although I do like to claim victory over the mountain of laundry that appears on the weekends (lol). Might as well have fun with it, eh?

Have a great evening JLITT62! Kudos to you for getting back on track.

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STARTSPARKING 3/3/2009 12:01PM

    Oh, I'm the such a terrible housekeeper. That's one of the things I need to work on also. Your breakfasts sound so delicious. No wonder Simba can't stay away. I'm glad you thought of nuts as a healthy way to add protein to your breakfast. emoticon

As for your quote, it's one of my favorites. In fact, it is my SP signature. What is the website that you subscribe to for these wonderful daily quotes? I love quotes... such wonderful food for thought. emoticon

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Losing weight is like walking the dogs

Monday, March 02, 2009

Some days all the stars align and you just have the perfect walk. There's little traffic on the way down to the hike & bike trail and you just breeze on through. The temperature is perfect. The dogs are into it, and you're not dragging them with you; plus, they don't stop quite so often and you're able to go at a faster pace. Today was like that. We had a wonderful, "long" (about 4 miles) walk today.

I must remember to bring my camera with me the next time, although I'm already so loaded down with poop bags, dog treats, a human treat, water for the dogs, keys, cell phone . . . it feels like it takes a village to walk a dog!

Other days you get stuck in traffic on the way to the trail. The dogs are dragging, for whatever reason. Or they want to stop every 5 minutes. A dog decides it just must poop after you've thrown out a poop bag. You're tired, and you just want to finish the darn walk already.

Losing weight is full of days like that, too: days when you just don't care if what you're eating is good for you or not; you can't summon up the energy to make dinner, much less exercise. On other days, you make yourself a nutritious breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You eat all your fruits and veggies and get in your milk, too. You take the dogs for a brisk 4 mile walk.

The trick, I guess, is to recognize that it's not about perfection. If it's a lifestyle -- and it really has to be -- you have to accept that some days will be great, some days will be lousy, but most days will be just okay.

BTW, the human treat I brought with me was a Kashi Crunchy Bar. That was the first time I've had one, and I really liked it. A whole lot of sugar -- more, I think, than a Luna bar -- but more fiber & protein, as well, and it doesn't taste as sweet as a Luna bar. I think they can both have their place, but I really liked it and I wasn't sure that I would. Now that I know I like them, I'll have to try different flavors. And maybe turn my husband on to them.

This quote, which landed in my inbox today, just seemed perfect:

"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference."
Virginia Satir

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    We can't control the circumstances, but we can control our attitude. Thanks for sharing that great quote. I'm glad you had a great walk with the dogs. What a wonderful start of a new week! emoticon

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JUDITH1654 3/2/2009 9:27PM

    Hmm, interesting. I guess I don't take my dogs on a long enough walk cause all I take with me are my house keys - cell phone goes in my pocket. The male does his bit to mark a bush now and then but I refuse to pick up any leavings, which is good for the yard anyway.
On the other hand, I don't have little kids playing in my yard so I don't really think about it. It's not a law here yet...I don't think...LOL. They've just never had the need. (Make mental note - not walking dogs for long enough period of time. Make corrections.) emoticon

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KEAKMAN 3/2/2009 8:05PM

    You are so right - this is a lifestyle (or as I like to think of it, a journey to fitness). We all had/have/will have bumps along the way, but those perfect days, like yours today, are wonderful. I'm glad you noticed it and even more glad that you shared it with us.

Thanks for the smile!


PS - would your dogs wear those saddlebag things to carry their own water/treats/whatever? Are they big enough to do so? My friend has two big ol' dogs who carry their own stuff when they go hiking. Just a thought....

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 3/2/2009 8:03PM

    Glad you had a great walk. I really like that quote - thank you for sharing.

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Sunday, March 01, 2009

Have you heard about SMART goals? They're:


It's certainly timely to be considering them, considering it's the start of a new month. But what I really want to talk about is measurable goals: because they work!

For instance, saying you want to lose weight isn't a SMART goal, since it's not specific. How much weight do you want to lose?

Except I'm not even talking about losing weight. I'm talking about the measurable portion of the equation. I talked about using the stopwatch function of my HRM to measure how much jogging I do when I do my jog/walks. I used that to push myself harder on my next walk -- and jogged for 14 minutes out of a 40 minute walk -- almost 1/3 of the walk!

I'm not sure the dogs were really pleased, but it was a cool day & windy as well, and those are the days they seem to truly enjoy running. I started off the interval portion of my walk with a 3 minute jog. I know I could have done more, but since the dogs hadn't done their business yet, I did want to give them the chance.

Knowing what portion of my walk I was actually jogging allowed me to push myself harder and expand on it.

I don't consider most weight goals all that SMART, really, because so much of it is out of our control; even if we do everything perfectly, there are still plateaus and weight gains -- it's just a fact of life when it comes to losing weight. So what will you do when you set a weight loss goal and you hit a plateau?

It's not that I don't have weight loss goals; of course I do, and I do try my hardest to meet them. I realize, though, that there are too many elements out of my control to beat myself up if I come up short on my weight loss goals. But how long I exercise? How frequently? I have complete control over that, most of the time.

I'm a competitive person, but a lousy athlete, so it's good to compete against myself.

What are some of your SMART goals?

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    I just joined an old SP friend's challenge because I desperately needed SMART goals. I know sometimes it's not a good idea to set a specific time frame for weight loss because we should do it slowly and safely. It's just that I needed SOMETHING to get out of the rut and pattern of sabotaging myself. My current challenge is to lose one pound per week for four months. I can't actually CONTROL how much weight my body will shed, but I know I CAN help the process by using the challenge to curb my junk food cravings.

Thanks for another great post.

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TAFODIL24 3/1/2009 1:38PM

    Great post! I just wrote about goal setting on one of my school projects and I used the S.M.A.R.T. goal setting as my basis. How funny that you brought it up, too. Thanks for sharing!

Hugs~Taffi emoticon

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 3/1/2009 11:09AM

    Smart goals are the way to go - in all walks of life. I set annual, monthly and weekly goals along with daily commitments that help me achieve them. I won't bore you with them, but I agree with you, setting them really helps on this journey. It's like mapping it out.

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