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Ahhh...Friday at last!

Friday, November 19, 2010

This has been a very long week and I woke up to snow on the ground. Yuck, I'm not ready for this!

However, the day ended very well. I went to a talk by Brian Wansink this afternoon. He wrote Mindless Eating. I loved this book, and he is a very dynamic and funny speaker, so it was great fun as well as informative.

His work is amazing and one of the things he talks about is making small changes that make eating mindless, but in a good way. A lot of ideas are common sense. Like at work, if you have a candy jar, keep it in a place that you have to get up and walk to instead of right on your desk. If bad habits are too convenient, that's what we'll do.

He also talked about the "ripple effect" of making one small change and how it can lead to other small changes that put together can make a huge difference in our lives.

This all makes such sense, I can't believe it's taken me so many years to get it.


It's only Wednesday???

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Man, this week seems like it's a month long. I can't believe it's only Wednesday. I think the anticipation of a couple of days off from work next week is making it drag.

I'm not sure what we're doing for the holiday. We have a few options, but we do need to go to my parents' house at some point because we have to pick up some furniture they're trying to get rid of. I'm sure it will be a challenge foodwise, but I'm not really scared. I've been really stressed at work, so I would like to just stay home and relax, but don't think that's going to happen.

I have done a progress check on my steps. I've been wearing my pedometer for 13 days and I've walked a lot more than I thought. I've walked 104,730 steps. That's over 52 miles! At this rate, I think I should make my son's house well before Christmas. He better get a room ready!

Walk on!


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MISSY0356 11/17/2010 8:34PM

    sorry to hear you are having such a long week but its almost over!! conrats on your steps sounds like you will be at your sons house soon!

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Puttin' on my walkin' shoes

Monday, November 15, 2010

I have been faithfully wearing my pedometer for the last week or so, and I have decided that I'm going to go ahead with the plan I mentioned in my previous post to map a route and actually "go" somewhere.

This is my strategy: I'm going to add up my steps weekly and convert this to miles and track my progress. I want to see if this will help motivate me to walk more. I also think it will be fun... well more interesting anyway than just counting steps. So, the first thing I need to do is hit Mapquest and get a route to my younger son's house about 120 miles away. Forget Thanksgiving... I hope I make it by Christmas!

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BUGGYS 11/16/2010 7:56AM

    Thanks for the idea!!! emoticon

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LILAC_LOVER 11/15/2010 11:17PM

    I think this is a great idea and motivator to stay in control during the holidays. I know I need all the help I can get. It's always fun to try something new.

Sure hope you make it to your son's house by Christmas I know you can do it!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOMOF2TONI 11/15/2010 10:58PM

    Way to go! I hope you make it there by Christmas too. lol


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LINDENSGIRL 11/15/2010 10:27PM

    I love my pedometer! Good for you. Have fun!

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MSMLPERRY 11/15/2010 9:28PM

    Great idea! emoticon

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Another week begins...

Sunday, November 14, 2010

I worked yesterday and didn't get home until pretty late. I was too tired to write.

I have been walking very regularly and my part time job gives me a lot of physical exercise, although when I am working I don't really consider it exercise, since I have a job to do. I would like to be able to get the point where I don't consider myself as doing "exercise" but as just living an active life. I would like to just do stuff and not count the minutes or steps, but I guess that's a long way off.

One thing I thought might be fun is to pick a destination and a route to get there and then when I count my steps I could convert them to miles and actually feel like I'm GOING somewhere. I could even plan stops along the way. This would also help me learn a lot about geography, since I am horrible at it. My younger son lives about 1.5 hours away, so maybe I'll start there. Eventually I would like to maybe "go" visit my older son who lives on the west coast. I wonder how many years it would take! After I go cross country, maybe I could do the same thing in Europe. I think walking is much more fun when you actually have a destination!

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MORRIS1989 11/14/2010 7:44PM

    I like that idea too walking to a destination that would be fun. I wish I could do something like that.

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CALIKIKI 11/14/2010 6:27PM

    A great idea to "walk" somewhere. Now, how will you reward yourself when you get to your youngest sons town?

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MISSY0356 11/14/2010 6:17PM

    I think that sounds like such a fun idea, and it would certainly keep you motivated!!

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Candy Corn (Part 2)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Yesterday I blogged about the found bag of Brach's Candy Corn in my bookbag. I was debating on whether to keep the bag in my desk drawer as a test of my willpower (since this is my favorite candy in the world) or toss it and be done with it.

A couple of folks gave great advice to portion it out and eat it when I felt like a treat. They are right, of course, and I thought of that. BUT I worried about whether once I opened the bag and portioned it out whether I would be able to limit myself to one serving. Or, once I opened the bag, would it be like opening Pandora's Box and I would just devour the whole thing and move on to potato chips and ice cream in a sugar rush haze. It's amazing how I can become obsessed with something so trivial and probably quite ridiculous to anyone reading this. But then I think about how I sometimes do focus on the small things and completely MISS the big picture.

This is all very silly, I know, but it's funny how the mind plays tricks if you let it... well mine anyway!

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TWEETYKC00 11/12/2010 9:52AM

    if you're afraid of eating the bag without portioning it out, could someone else help you with it and save you from a sugar coma that would soon follow?

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LIZZIECA55 11/12/2010 9:45AM

    You're not by yourself. What did you decide to do? You could also take a few out and share the rest with co-workers.

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