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Less exercise, more food

Friday, July 10, 2009

The standard equation for weight loss is to move more & eat less, right? Seems logical, anyway. Except sometimes it isn't. It's so tempting to try to exercise away the food we eat. If we can't control what we actually put in our mouth, the least we can do is burn it off.

Well, I have been exercising less lately. Not a huge amount less, but I have made a conscious effort to get my rest days in. I'm also making a conscious effort to be more active in little ways, as I blogged about yesterday. Getting more active throughout your day in little ways is really what a healthy lifestyle is all about.

We didn't used to need to do such foolish things as running or aerobic exercise decades ago -- because we got enough movement just living our daily lives. Washing the dishes by hand, walking to the store, pushing a lawnmower, and so on. Sometimes it seems to me the more we come up with labor saving devices, the fatter we become (not that I'm giving up my dishwasher anytime soon, thank you very much).

So sometimes I still get my 10,000 steps on my rest days, without added exercise; sometimes I don't. And I've been eating more, because contrary to what I blogged about not so long ago, lately I've been hungrier.

I'm still losing weight. Not large amounts, but enough. Which is why weekly WIs are important to me: because there are times I've eaten more and I haven't continued to lose weight. So if there's a gain, then I evaluate if I can be eating better.

A lot of it is about listening to our body & what it really wants. Obviously, that isn't easy for most of us and it takes a lot of practice. But eventually, if you really listen, most of the time you'll get it right.

I do believe a lot of people think the harder you sweat, the more you'll lose, and that just isn't always the case. There's a happy balance somewhere. So try it: really listen to what your body is crying out for, and give it to it. And if it doesn't work the first time you try, just keep trying. You'll get it eventually.

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SLCB1023 7/10/2009 3:04PM

    I had a neighbor once who went out an bought a riding lawn mower and then complained he was not getting enough exercise. So then he joined a gym to workout. Sometimes, I wonder where people's brains have gone. emoticon

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JUSTFOXXY 7/10/2009 9:40AM

    Very profound. You are absolutely right. I think we work so hard at trying to get our bodies to bend to our will when, in actuality, if we take a moment and listen, our bodies will tell us exactly what it needs.

Of course there are those times when your body will shout "I want chocolate!" , but even then, we should know to take everything in moderation.

Great post. emoticon

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KEAKMAN 7/10/2009 8:59AM

    Again, very wise words. I have found that losing weight is a delicate balance for me. If I don't get in enough exercise, no weight loss. If I don't eat enough, OR if I eat too much, no weight loss, and maybe a gain. I have decided it is all my farm girl genes. My body is made to work really hard. But my heritage include eating gi-normous amounts of carbs and fat, and so I want to do that, which is not so great since I am definitely NOT doing 1800s farm girl work!

So, like you said, it's a constant delicate readjustment for me. I keep hoping that I will settle down into some sort of routine so I can do this more easily for life. But it's taking time. And patience. Oh well, not like I am doing anything more important, right?!

Thanks for your great thoughts!

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FITKAT2010 7/10/2009 6:44AM

    Being hypoglycemic with insulin resistant muscles, this blog hit home in a few respects.

There is a balance with eating/exercise.

Exercise doesn't necessarily help me lose weght, but it DOES help my body process glycogen so I can exercise safely, so my body can function better using the calories. (whew!)
The difficulty with exercising more is I NEED to eat more healthy food in order to provide my body with the necessary fuel so I don't go into a glucose crash. A very tricky issue.

Whoever tells someone to exercise to lose weight is trying to sell you something...run away from them fast! LOL

Eating a healthy diet-which I do, by anyone's standards-and exercising daily is my Lifestyle. It is more than the scale to me. And my weight is stuck!! Oh well!

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NSV & other ramblings

Thursday, July 09, 2009

I don't normally impulse buy -- I usually put a lot of thought behind most of my purchases. But on occasion, I see it, I want it, I buy it. That's what happened several years ago at the farmer's market. Now, you may be wondering just what there is to really impulse buy at the farmer's market; the one I frequented in Austin had local craftspeople, too, and the occasional special events.

At one of those special events I bought a simple, nice linen tank top. Nothing terribly exciting, really, but I liked it. Only it was a little tight, and over the last few years, way too tight. Now it fits -- in fact, it's even a bit loose. My weight loss has been slow over the last month, but steady.

One of my rewards for when I got down to about 135 (or maybe I should make that 134, since I can stop paying for WW at 134) was a bread machine. I worked our last one to death. But I've begun to ponder this. Do I really need a bread machine, given my small kitchen? I baked bread for years, without anything other than my own 2 hands and a hand held mixer. Yes, it's more time consuming and work -- but the whole point of being active isn't just to do cardio & ST. It's to be active in small amounts throughout the day.

I think I'm getting better at that, although I still have plenty of sedentary tendencies.

I am still pondering the bread machine. It can be nice when you're sick, for instance. I made myself fresh bread when I was sick on more than one occasion back when I did have a bread machine.

Of course, I haven't actually made yeast bread by hand in many years. It must be like riding a bicycle.

I also have to keep working to remind myself to be present. Whenever I find myself thinking about the future, about getting to goal, about maintaining, about how I'll eat when I'm maintaining, I have to remind myself that I'm not there yet, so worrying about it is just wasted energy. Planning for it -- that's a good use of my time. Worrying, not so much.

And my final rambling thought of the day is about my eyes. Funny, I thought they were getting really small. You know how your eyes get smaller as you age? Only I've found as the weight has come off, my eyes seem to have gotten larger. I'm one of those people whose face is really round when I'm heavy, so my eyes tend to start disappearing into the fat -- and I think I have nice eyes. It's nice to see them again.

I lied. I have one more rambler. I made an appointment to get my hair cut on Monday. Way, way, over due. I have no idea whether this place is any good, but if it's not raining I can walk there. And the really nice surprise is that it won't cost me more than a haircut back home cost, and my hairdresser was pretty inexpensive. I just hope that I can find someone I like there. Wish me luck!

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 7/9/2009 7:01PM

    Congrats on the NSV - way to go! Good luck with the hairdresser.

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LINDYTHALIA 7/9/2009 12:49PM

    I like to bake bread by hand, but I also love having options. I have a mini bread machine, and find that I am using it a LOT now that it's summertime. I normally like to make artisan bread with a stone in the oven, but that means heating it up to 450 F, and that really heats up the entire first floor. With the bread machine, everything stays nice and cool. I'm sure it uses less energy than our oven, too. I also just discovered (er, by reading the manual) that I can make jam in my bread machine. I am really looking forward to making low sugar jam with no heat in the kitchen!

Even when I do bread by hand, I use the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a day recipe, which requires no kneading. You might like it.

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SUZY6281 7/9/2009 12:39PM

    Great blog! Congratulations on fitting back into that top! Nothing feels better than to try on formerly tight clothes and find them loose.

As for the bread machine, well I have one and I love it. I'm not much of a cook though and it is one of many shortcuts I use. I love the fact that I can add the ingredients, set the timer and leave. Fresh home-made bread and I didn't have to even work for it. :) I think even if you enjoy cooking, it may come in handy for days that you just don't have the time. That's my two cents.

Congratulations on getting so close to goal!!! You are so inspiring to me.


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KEAKMAN 7/9/2009 12:37PM

    Good luck finding a hairdresser who works for you. After 15 years in Oregon I still haven't found one!

I like your admonition to live in the present....I need to do that more, too. Too much thinking, worrying and planning for tomorrow, and not enough attention to today. Thanks for the reminder. (you are one smart, vegan, organic cookie!)

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Control, baby, control

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

I think control has a lot to do with losing weight. Eating cookies straight out of the box, standing in front of your pantry, is a very uncomfortable, out-of-control feeling for most of us. Or chips, or pretzels, or M&Ms, whatever your drug of choice might be.

Last week I was having a few issues with control. It's been a while. I was eating cookies, standing in the kitchen, straight out of the container. When I'm in control, I decide I really want the cookie -- and I warm them up in the oven, put them on a plate, usually make a cup of tea to go with them -- and sit down & enjoy them. It's definitely much more satisfying.

When we're in OOC (out of control) mode, we end up feeling guilty instead of satisfied. I know I did. Sure, the cookies WERE really good. But I felt guilty, probably because they weren't part of the plan and I wasn't eating them consciously. Such a waste of good calories (yes, cookies CAN be good calories).

This week I'm feeling more in control again, but hungry. More hungry than usual. Never blog about something you think you've conquered, because it will surely hear you and resurrect itself to come back and bite you in the a$$. I just recently blogged about how my appetite has diminished, and then I have a really hungry week.

Control has its dark side, too. We won't even get into things like anorexia or bulimia. It's as simple as not wanting to go to a party or a really good restaurant because we can't control the food. I know I've been there. What, go out to eat right before WI? More than 1 party in a week? No, no, no, I can't do that, I'm trying to lose weight.

It isn't easy learning to give up that control, either. I am slowly learning that I can go out to eat before a WI -- I might gain, I might lose, I might stay the same, but in the grand scheme of things, it really doesn't matter. It's not about one meal; it's about how we eat every day and balancing the larger meal with a little less or something healthier the next day (but not vowing to do 2 hours of exercise to burn it off -- that's the dark side of control again, and that way madness lies).

I'm also struggling with control in other areas of my life. Other than a couple of magazines and one cookbook, I've bought nothing other than the things we truly need (food, toilet paper, that sort of stuff) for the last couple of months. Owning 2 homes -- fixing them both up -- is expensive. Now that our Austin house is sold, I can afford some of life's little luxuries again.

Yet these 2 months of a buying diet opened my eyes to just how much we're bombarded with advertising. On the radio, on tv, in magazines. It's everywhere, and it's relentless. I am trying mightily to resist as much as possible. I did go to the bookstore yesterday, and bought myself a cookbook. It's a reward for doing well the last few months. I'm still working on earning enough Mypoints points to get an Amazon certificate, so I can buy a few more cookbooks I've had my eye on.

Of course, I made the mistake of getting on Amazon this morning and there are all these really interesting new vegan baking books coming out soon . . .

I am still working on decluttering my life, though. Yes, we're still not completely unpacked, believe it or not. Mostly, but not completely. Of course, I can't unpack my books because they have nowhere to go right now. We want to get rid of the el-cheapo bookcases we've had forever & have some custom bookcases built. And part of the problem is a lot of these books lived in built-in bookcases in Austin, so until we've got new ones, they have to continue to live in boxes.

The point being that I am trying to downsize, not add. We've been going thru our DVDs, trying to decide what to get rid of so that they'll actually fit in the DVD cabinet. Some things really do make me happy -- but too much of anything is bad for you.

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SUZY6281 7/9/2009 12:46PM

    Oh, I'm very familiar with OOC mode. I've spent many an evening standing in front of the pantry eating out of boxes. The re-training of the thought processes that lead up to that take time. How much, I have no idea as occasionally I find myself there again.

Good for you for realizing these aspects. As you close in on maintenance, you will need to define how you want to handle the times that you go into OOC.

And you are right- too much of anything is not a good thing.


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KEAKMAN 7/9/2009 12:31PM

    Great blog! Thanks for the timely reminder! (and sell your spare DVDs on Half.com - make some extra $$ to buy those vegan baking books!)

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 7/8/2009 6:51PM

    What a great blog....I love that "too much of anything...." Way to go JLITT62 - you are doing great!

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TANYA210 7/8/2009 11:19AM

    I have a self control problem when it comes to food and I am trying to learn to control it. It is like my mind knows better but my eyes and hands just keep eating, I need learn to listen to my mind not my eyes.


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FITKAT2010 7/8/2009 10:38AM

    Self management is very good. Being a control freak is another form of the same problem.

You are seeing this.


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Tearing down the old

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

In a month or so, hopefully, I'll have a new kitchen. We're planning to tear down a couple of the walls, put in an L of cabinets with counters over them, move the refrigerator back to where it's supposed to go (have to get rid of a cabinet & some a wall to do that, too). It probably won't buy me as much cabinet space as I'd like, but it will help with the lack of counter space & everything will just look so much bigger with more open space. It'll be almost a mini version of the kitchen I had back in TX.

We've got to tear down a lot to rebuild ourselves, too. Old habits have to be replaced with new, or it will never become a lifestyle. For me, that has meant:

1. Making sure I drink plenty of water. I've been drinking water for years, but when I really started to track it, I realized I wasn't drinking enough.

2. Not eating with the tv on or while reading. A biggie for me. While I made sure we didn't eat dinner while watching tv, I often ate breakfast or lunch with it on. And if the tv wasn't on, I was reading. The reading thing is still a struggle, but I just don't do it. You just don't taste your food if you're occupied with something else, and I want to know what I've eaten!

3. Exercising to DVDs. My walks with the dogs aren't enough (altho if I walk them 3 times a day, like I often did when we first moved here, that does seem to work). Exercising from routines I find in magazines doesn't work for me either -- I did that for years. I need someone to push me.

4. Limiting sweets. It's a tough job for me, but it's got to be done. I still eat probably more than I should -- I know I'd be healthier without my sweets -- but I keep chipping away at it.

5. Limiting portion sizes. Another biggie for me. I wasn't eating terribly for the last 20 years, but I was eating too much. Seems obvious now, of course, but not so much at the time. I don't weigh and measure food all the time, but I do it sporadically to make sure I'm keeping my portion sizes in check.

There's more, of course, but I think those are the main ones. This can't be something you do temporarily and then go back to the same old habits -- you'll get what you always got then. That's why restrictive diets like Atkins and cleanses don't work -- they're a temporary fix. If I can't do it for the rest of my life, what's the point of even doing it for one day?

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SUZY6281 7/9/2009 12:48PM

    "If I can't do it for the rest of my life, what's the point of even doing it for one day?"

So true.


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TRECECOOKS 7/7/2009 2:54PM

    Congrats on your decision to remodel the kitchen. I know how much of a trial it has been to you.

You are spot on with your points. I think there are times we all need to be pushed, and to be held accountable. If it isn't for a lifetime, why bother? No one needs a band-aid solution.

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KEAKMAN 7/7/2009 1:35PM

    Sounds like you are on track. Keep to the basics, and pay attention to what does and doesn't work for you. I paid attention to you (and all the others) who made suggestions, and will post my July goals tomorrow. Same story - stick to the basics, and mind the pitfalls.

Glad you are going to get a new/bigger kitchen. Hope it doesn't discombobulate you too much during the whole operation!

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FITKAT2010 7/7/2009 7:07AM

    Lifestyle is the operative word.

I agree totally!



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Walking the Erie

Monday, July 06, 2009

When my husband was here last year by himself, he went for a walk with a friend along the Erie Canal. We tried to find it once, but didn't and ended up at a park instead.

Yesterday we headed out to try & find it again, and we did. It's not really all that exciting a walk -- it's a paved path that goes from Albany to Buffalo, and you only see the canal at a few points during the walk. But I get bored walking the same way every day, so it's nice to have options, and I'm sure it's pretty during the fall.

There are some parks at various entrance points along the path, and there are benches there -- but nothing for quite some time afteward.

The dogs check out the fence.

It was beautiful and dry yesterday -- the perfect day to be outside.

We walked down to this bridge, then turned around.

I wanted to get a photo of some of the flowers by the side of the path.

Apparently, once upon a time this was a train station.

Our house has a raised deck, and we made use of it when my parents were here -- otherwise we would have been rather crowded in the house. We haven't been able to use it too much, because the weather has been so wet. I feel guilty being out there when I can't let the cats out there -- especially since they can't go outside at all anymore. Still waiting on a fence.

I always tell my husband no one looks good photographed sitting down, but I guess having 2 dogs on your lap camouflages a lot. Lola wanted nothing more than to jump down, but we finally got the shot.

If you look carefully, you just might be able to see Gizmo laying on top of the couch inside. I thought it was kind of a cool picture, but it might not come across at this size.

A quiet, not very exciting weekend, but pleasant -- especially since the weather cooperated. DH wanted to go to the movies yesterday, but I wasn't about to waste such a lovely day!

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MTER67 7/7/2009 9:58PM

    Terrific pictures! Your dogs are so cute and that walk along the canal looks very beautiful!

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 7/6/2009 8:46PM

    Thanks for sharing those picture - very nice! What a beautiful place to walk. Glad you enjoyed your weekend and have lovely weather.

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EOSTAR_45 7/6/2009 12:36PM

    I like to explore new trails too especially those with a history behind them. Love the photos!

Hope today is another lovely day your way. It is here, only up to the low 80s, I am loving it!

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FITKAT2010 7/6/2009 6:55AM

    Great pics! It is encouraging me to post mine.

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