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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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Candy Corn Challenge

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I only lost 1 pound this week, but I'm OK with that. I just have to keep at it.

Several weeks ago I bought a huge bag of candy corn. That's like my favorite Halloween candy of all time, but only Brach's. (I am actually a candy corn snob.) Anyway, I've been carrying it around in my bookbag for about a month and I sort of forgot it was even there until I found it yesterday when I was cleaning out my bag. This afternoon I was having a weak moment and was so tempted to open it, but instead I read one of Dean Anderson's motivational articles and that was it! I CAN do this.

Now I'm debating on whether to keep the bag or toss it. It's like a personal challenge to resist one of my main temptations, but I'm not sure this is a good strategy. It will probably be pretty hard and stale before long anyway. Keep or toss????

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YARELL 11/12/2010 6:27AM

    The portion idea is great, that's how I do it for me and bbq chips.
Otherwise woof... and the whole thing is gone!

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JADEDRIDER180 11/11/2010 8:01PM

    First of all, Amen, I thought I was the only candy corn snob. Second, you are so brave to hold on to the bag...I would not have the strength and have to give the bag away. Third sooo...can I hold that bag for you? I'll be your new best friend!!!
Keep strong, and the answer will come to you. Good Luck!

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VTSKIER805 11/11/2010 8:00PM

    Why not eat it? If you like it, portion it into little baggies and when you want a treat, grab one!

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Hump Day

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tomorrow is weigh-in day. So far, so good. I went out to dinner with a sales rep tonight. I didn't know we were going until late in the day, so I couldn't do any advance planning. I finished tracking and went a little over my calorie range, but not too bad. It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. I am trying to be brutally honest about this.

Also I have been using a pedometer for about a week now. I actually walk quite a bit more than I thought I did. My parking lot is about a 10 minute walk from my office, and I often have to go to other buildings. I had to be out and about a little more than normal and logged over 9,500 steps! Cool!

  
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SADOLPHINGIRL 11/11/2010 3:32AM

    Well done! Thinking of getting a pedometer...

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JAMER123 11/10/2010 10:52PM

    Way to go! Keep up the great work and you will do it!!

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I was afraid to track... but I did

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Where I work there are lunches put on by students who are in a cooking class. They have to come up with the menu and it's a pretty big deal. I signed up to go on Tuesdays with one of my co-workers. I think this goes on for 5 or 6 weeks. The meals are almost always delicious, but we don't know what the menu is until we get there. Last week I didn't like it so much so I didn't have any trouble leaving some food on my plate.

Well, today's lunch was absolutely delicious. Normally I never finish everything so I don't worry that I'm going over my calorie range. But not today! Everything was so good and I even ate all the dessert. I had already tracked breakfast, but I was so afraid to track lunch and dinner. I fell into the old mindset of "why bother, you know you really blew it today. Might as well go to town." But I did track it anyway, to the best of my ability. And you know what? I didn't blow it! I have been at the bottom of my calorie range and that's what I've gotten used to. So, I ate a little less for dinner, and I just tracked my dinner and I'm well within my range for the day. So, lesson learned. Even when I'm sure that I've messed up I won't throw in the towel. You never know, maybe it's not as bad as you think!
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55TUCKER 11/9/2010 9:33PM

    That tracking accountability really makes a difference in the long run. Glad you decided to track it!

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SUGARPUNK52 11/9/2010 7:47PM

  We've all done that .Just keep tracking even if you know you've gone over.I do.It helps me to notice pitfalls and think of ways I can avoid them.

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MAR-TISH-A 11/9/2010 7:33PM

    Track it! Own it! Forget it!

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