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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Martha Beck is at it again, with a great article in this month's "O".

JIT = just in time

JIC = just in case

Basically, JIC is hoarding mentality. Stockpiling things "just in case". JIT, OTOH, is trusting that the universe will provide you with the right stuff at the right moment.

I am trying to make the switch. DH is very much stuck in JIC, which can be frustrating, but considering I've been stuck there myself, I try to empathize. As with most things in life, all I can try to do is lead by example (not that I'm perfect by any means).

JIC can definitely apply to food, too, and I'm not just talking about stockpiling food for times of famine -- which is a good thing to do, in moderation. But how many times have you had a "last supper"? You know, the kind of meal where you'll start your diet tomorrow, so you're going to enjoy everything you love at this "last" meal? Or how many times have you shoved food into your mouth without really tasting it because you're subconsciously afraid you'll never get stuff this good again? The irony in that, of course, is that you end up not really tasting this "great" stuff.

That's why we're back to a lifestyle, yet again. Because if you know you can have whatever you want, when you want it, you can let go of the fear and the worry and the feelings of deprivation. It's so easy to make this so much harder than it needs to be. Don't get me wrong, losing weight IS hard work, but it doesn't have to be Mt. Everest. If we learn to trust the universe (or God, if you're religious), we'll realize that we already have what we need.

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 4/8/2009 10:09AM

    What a thought provoking blog. You are right - I use to stockpile food a lot worse - for those rainy days and would panic if I began to see the wood shelves in my cupboards. It's a hard habit to break but it's so worth it. This journey sure has taught me a lot.

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KEAKMAN 4/8/2009 8:47AM

    Thanks for the insight! I am definitely struggling with JIC syndrome - as the Queen of Planning ahead, it's an important part of my psyche. Not a good one, but an important one.

I especially liked the "last supper" image - and you are so right - who actually enjoys all that food that we cram into our bodies?!?!

It's easy to point to my childhood and say "that's why I overeat" but that was, what, 35 years ago? Time to let that one go girl. Now I'm a grown up and have control over what I eat and when and how much. So no excuses for pigging out and using my past as a reason to justify it.

All I need is what I NEED.

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SANDRA-G 4/8/2009 7:48AM

    Good blog! Thanks.

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Retrying kettlebells

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

A while back I read about kettlebells somewhere. Always wanting to try the newest craze, I read up on them, found a kettlebell sparkteam -- www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
-- and did some sleuthing on kettlebell DVDs.

A kettlebell, btw, is a round ball-type weight with a handle. So you use either one or two hands to do the exercises.

I got the Iron Core, Volum 1 at target, along with a 10 lb kettlebell. Tried it once; wasn't really impressed.

But I decided I need to switch things up. I've been doing YBB almost exclusively for several months now. I dusted off my kettlebell and did the whole DVD yesterday -- the first time I tried it, I only did the "circuit", as they call it, once. It IS better when you do all of it, because they mix it up more as you go on.

I actually do still find it somewhat boring, and it definitely doesn't feel like cardio to me (they tout it as cardio and strength training, which is part of the appeal, of course), but it definitely works my legs in a different way than normal strength training. I'm going to stick with it for the next couple of weeks.

I also came across www.misfitla.com/ ; that looks interesting, too. I think I read about it in Fitness Magazine.

I think my problem with the Iron Core is that they have you do one exercise, then wait 30 seconds before doing the next -- which is probably why it doesn't feel like cardio to me. Of course, I could do something with those 30 seconds, and I probably should, but I didn't.

The biggest problem with kettlebells is that I really ought to take a class, but don't know of any here. I know that it can be easy to hurt yourself if your form isn't correct, and I do have problems with the kettlebell sort of slapping my wrists -- just a little bit -- but I tend to be really sensitive to that sort of thing. Nothing else bothers me, so hopefully I'm doing it right.

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KEAKMAN 4/7/2009 9:21PM

    I've seen kettleballs around, but no classes here, either. And you're right - a class would be good to ensure proper form.

Good for you to try it again. Maybe once you get the hang of it you'll like it better.

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 4/7/2009 2:44PM

    First time I've heard of kettlebells - interesting. Thanks for the link. But probably not something for me just yet anyway. I'd probably end up hitting myself with them (yes, I'm that klutsy-lol). I like using my 5 pound handweights while I'm working out to my Lesley Sansone DVDs.

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No chocolate yogurt

Monday, April 06, 2009

So I came across this recipe for chocolate yogurt in one of my non-spark newsletters. I often have some yogurt and granola as a snack or a dessert, and since Passover starts in a couple of days, this sure sounded good to me.

I tried it yesterday, but it didn't do it for me. It just didn't taste chocolate to me at all. You simply add 1 tbsp cocoa, 1 tsp sugar, and 1/4 tsp vanilla to plain, no fat yogurt -- but I really wasn't feeling the chocolate.

I may have to pick up some frozen yogurt or coconut milk at the grocery store this week. While not necessarily strictly kosher for Passover, I'm not a purist, and it's close enough for me. Last year I made us a really yummy flourless chocolate torte, but I just don't need all that dessert hanging around when we're moving 2 weeks from this Saturday (yikes, did I really type that?).

Actually, I have a recipe for chocolate toffee matzo. I DO plan to try that -- not that I really need it -- and send some of it up to my husband, who is unlikely to be observing Passover at all with me not there. Not to mention that it sounds too yummy to keep it all here. Basically chocolate, sugar, butter & matzo. Bring on the sugar coma!

Getting in my little something sweet is definitely a challenge at Passover, and even more so when you're vacating the house shortly afterward.

On the good news front, we have booked our flights, so I feel much better about that. I was getting a bit anxious about that with my husband dragging his feet about it -- and in the end he had me do it! I would have done it weeks ago if I'd known I could.

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KEAKMAN 4/6/2009 8:18PM

    Glad you have your tickets booked. What about the critters? How are they travelling?

Maybe you can try adding more cocoa to up the chocolate factor of your yogurt?!

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 4/6/2009 10:52AM

    2 weeks!?! Wow, time flies fast, eh? You must be excited. Do you have pictures of your new place yet? Glad to hear your flights are booked.

Your chocolate yogurt reminds me of the chocolate oatmeal I made once. And, yes, it was for breakfast. It wasn't too bad. It tasted very decadent, like the no-bake chocolate macaroons I use to make when I was a kid (without the oatmeal) of course. It's surprising what one can do with cocoa when one has a chocolate craving - lol.

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Naturally thin

Sunday, April 05, 2009

That's the title of the book I picked up on Friday. Like all "diet" books that claim not to be diet books, it tells you that diet books don't work (so just why should we read it?).

The concepts are mostly ones I have already come to on my own -- after years of struggling with my weight, of course. One of the reasons I bought the book was the recipes. There aren't a lot, but they sure look good.

I would still recommend this book. The information might be new to you, and I am still finding enough in it that is helpful to me. It never occurred to me, for instance, to make up individual salads ready to go (sans dressing). I like salad, but it always seems to be too much effort. But how much effort would it be to put several salads in individual bowls in one sitting, then just dump that out into a salad bowl and add dressing when you want one? I will definitely be trying this, although I wonder how fresh the ingredients will stay.

I'd also never really thought about balancing my meals. Oh, there are all sorts of ideas about food combining out there, and that's not totally what this is about. But what if you ate a more protein-centric meal after you'd had a pasta or bread-centric meal earlier?

In fact, I think the 2 ideas go together: eat a pasta lunch, how about a salad dinner (with some protein in your salad, of course).? It's an idea I intend to think about.

The one thing I don't like about the book is that she tells you that naturally thin people don't weight and measure their food or count their calories, and if you do it, you're being obssessive.

That may be true, but here's the catch: I'm not a naturally thin person. I doubt I ever will be a natually thin person. Counting and sometimes (but not always) measuring is what works for ME.

And that's the really important point: what works for me won't necessarily work for you. It would be a boring world if we were all cookie-cutter copies of each other. THAT's why there's so many weight loss books out there -- someone finds what works for them, and they naturally want to share it (or profit from it). It may work for you; it may not; or you may walk away with just a few new ideas that work for you.

In the end, it's up to us to decide what does and doesn't work for us.

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KUNGFOOD 4/5/2009 6:07PM

    I'm on board with Keakman's salad preparation. I also like to buy the tubs of organic baby lettuces and just pull out a handful and toss it on a plate or into a bowl for a quick dressing before it hits the plate.

Also like to do the same with other salad vegetables, but rarely get past getting celery washed, chopped into 6" lengths and into a tupperware. That works because BF will take a few with his sandwich for lunch each day.

I appreciate the suggestion you left on my blog about eating sweets slowly... but I'm still at a point where I'd congratulate myself for doing that by eating two more!

Love reading your blogs!

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 4/5/2009 11:07AM

    Hmmmm, that was thought provoking - thanks for sharing. Got a chuckle over not being a cookie cutter copy - yes, it would be a boring place, wouldn't it? I'm going to try that salad tip that Keakman suggested. I wonder if you portioned the salad out and put paper towel on each one if they would stay fresher. Kind of neat - will have to give it a try.

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KEAKMAN 4/5/2009 8:21AM

    You are so right! We need to figure out what works for us as individuals. And I think (like you) that it's best to read and learn and adjust as time goes on. Take a little of this program and some of that. Add in an idea from here. Toss out that part, 'cause it isn't me. The hard part is explaining to others why you aren't doing it the totally Brand X way...folks expect me (and you, I bet) to latch onto one program and faithfully follow it to the end.

I like reading all that I can lay my hands on, and tinkering to create the "Kate Lifestyle" - but I'm guessing it will take, oh, another 40 to 50 years to perfect it. Like me, my lifestyle is a work in progress.

Good for you to look for affirmation and ideas, and toss out what isn;t right for you!

Oh, and the salad thing??? I have found that if I put my salad in a Tupperware/ Glad/ Rubbermaid container, top it off with a paper towel or paper napkin to soak up moisture, the salad keeps fresh for DAYS. All I have to do is open it up, whip off the paper towel (now limp and damp) and dump out the crisp, fresh salad into the bowl or onto my plate and voila, there it is! Hope it works for you!

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CLOWN54 4/5/2009 8:18AM

    helpful hint: I buy all my veggies, bring them home clean and wash them, spin them for dinner quick I can grab a salad with some protien. emoticon

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Finding the silver lining

Saturday, April 04, 2009

I am both a realist and an optimist. I think it's the only way to be! You can't bury you head in the sand, but life is too short to go through it feeling sad and worried about everything.

Right now I live in a ranch-style house, and I love that. Everything on one floor. I don't have to lug laundry up and down stairs. We are moving into a raised ranch, however. More exercise! It will be interesting trying to figure out how to retrain the dogs, since they'll have to go downstairs to go outside. How will they ask to go outside when I'm upstairs? We'll figure it out.

Before we moved to this house, we lived in a condo with 3 levels. So I had to lug laundry up 2 flights of stairs.

I love to cook, and for the first time in this house, I have a wonderful kitchen. Unfortunately, the new house has a kitchen that's about a third of the size, with appliances that I mostly wouldn't choose. Less to clean! Which is a good thing, considering that I am cleaning-challenged.

While I still can't say that I'm thrilled to be moving, I also realize that my parents are no spring chickens. They are in their early to mid-80s. We are mostly blessed with longevity in our family, but still, they are getting up there. This move will allow me to see my parents much more frequently.

I had to think long and hard about finding a silver lining in being overweight. At first, I truly couldn't think of anything. Granted, I could eat what I wanted -- but I didn't, not really, I was always trying to eat healthy even at my heaviest. And I realized that was my answer: being overweight has led me to learn a great deal about the food I put into my body.

If I were a naturally thin person, I'd probably be unhealthy because I'd be eating all sorts of junk. Being heavy, however, has driven me to learn about what healthy eating is really about. I don't think I know it all; I'm always learning new stuff and trying new things.

There are always silver linings in any problem if you look hard enough and have the right attitude. Just this week Oprah interviewed Michael J. Fox. Who would ever think there is a silver lining to Parkinson's Disease? Yet it has led him to appreciate his time with his children more, driven him to become a writer -- things that might not have ever happened if he hadn't become sick.

If you are stuck in the doldrums, search out your silver lining. There's a rainbow at the end; I promise.

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LMSW55 4/8/2009 7:19AM

    I can so relate to much of what you wrote. My folks are both 85 yrs old with many health challenges. I do not live near them, but I have a sister who keeps an eye on them.
And I am a lifetime member of WW, but am at my heaviest weight ever.
And I too, saw Michael J Fox interviewed and he definitely brings to light that everything in life is to be valued and happens for a reason.
Where are you moving from and to, by the way?

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KEAKMAN 4/4/2009 4:53PM

    Super post!

You are so smart and so right. We should look for the silver lining - and there is always one if we look. And by being overweight we have learned to think about health and to prepare ourselves to live longer and better lives - if we were thin we might take it for granted and then be shocked and dismayed to find out there was some heath problem we had to deal with.

And the other silver lining??? If it wasn't for being overweight, I would never have found such wonderful friends and supporters LIKE YOU!

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 4/4/2009 11:09AM

    Good for you - you are absolutely right. Silver linings are every where, sometimes we just have to look a little harder to find them but it makes life so much more pleasurable and easier.

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KUNGFOOD 4/4/2009 10:44AM

    I loved this post. You found acceptance and learned from challenges -- and even found blessings in giving up things. Your parents raised this child into a wonderful being... a human being.

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Also great cookie comment... BF and I are talking about making/baking instead of buying cookies (I know I'm not willing at this point to give them up. Maybe one day.) and your shared suggestion about freezing them uncooked is a good one. Now, do you have a favorite recipe to share?

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JUDITH1654 4/4/2009 9:26AM

    Awesome attitude and SO true!!! Keep up the good work!!!

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