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Of Food and Triggers

Monday, November 01, 2010

I'm glad that my Kit Kat blog helped a lot of people keep the candy grazing in check over the weekend! For the record, I have nothing against your favorite candy, and if that happens to be Kit Kats or candy corn, then cool. I hope you enjoyed them (albeit not 17 of them)!

Fun Kit Kat fact... in Japan there are dozens of different flavors. When I lived there, I tried everything from green tea to sakura-flavored varieties. They're often given to Japanese schoolchildren before an exam because "Kitto katto" roughly translates to "I hope you will do well." So yes, you might not know what a Kit Kat tastes like in another country!
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I will mention food in my blog from time to time and sometimes these things aren't going to be the healthiest foods out there. And I will not always describe them negatively. I don't do this to tempt anyone or to get people to salivate over a caramel apple I'm describing. To me, a life free of pizza, ice cream, and chocolate is not a life that I'd be happy living. When I approached weight loss in the past, I deemed certain things "bad foods" and "cheats" and when temptation got the best of me, I beat up on myself so bad for succumbing to the power of the "bad foods," that I quit being vigilant and gained back all the weight I had lost and some more poundage for good measure.

That's why diets don't work.

And that's why I think that phrase "food is fuel" is a pile of steaming you-know-what. It isn't JUST fuel. It's cultural, it's social, it's so much more. And unless you a) plan to operate your life in a vacuum, b) lose your taste buds, or c) distance yourself from some basic human emotions, it will never be just fuel.

That's why developing a healthy relationship with food is so difficult. You gotta eat. And you gotta watch others eat.

We're never going to escape the allure of bad food and drink. If I eliminated them completely and stayed away from events where they are served and all media where they are described, then I am giving them some pretty crazy power. And seriously, a Kit Kat or whatever trigger food is out there is just not that important in my world.

I can learn to love good foods and maybe in the process I'll start to like the "bad" ones a little less. I know that I already find many of my old favorites sickeningly sweet, so I stay away from them because my palate has changed. That doesn't mean you should force yourself to love tofu or spinach or something else you've always hated, but experiment a little.

Are endives on sale at the grocery store? Never had one? Why not try an endive salad with a sprinkle of goat cheese for a fun change? If you like it, you might have found something you can sub in for something less healthy once in awhile. If not, then life goes on. That's why I encouraged people to try a different kind of chocolate or treat at Halloween rather than the same old candy each and every year.

I didn't lose weight from avoiding food. If anything, I learned more about what keeps me full and satisfied and what stuff makes me hungrier and isn't worth the quick fix. When mention of a food triggers a craving, I immediately go "ooooh, I could go for a ______!" But I've learned to follow that initial "oooh!" with figuring out why it triggered that in me. Am I just plain hungry for food no matter the type? Is there something sweet/salty/meaty that can satisfy that craving with less damage? When was the last time I had _______? Do I want ______ so much that nothing is going to stop me from having it?

Sometimes I'll choose abstinence, sometimes I'll find a better alternative, and sometimes I'll go for the big ol' _______ I'm hankering for. And hopefully, no matter what, people won't judge because I'm doing what works for me at the time. If I look back and realize it wasn't the best choice, it's OK. Life is full of mistakes.

Food's always going to be there. What works for me is tackling it head on instead of avoiding it.

  
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JUSTFOXXY 11/6/2010 9:02AM

    Interesting tidbit about the Kit Kat. Um....any idea of what Twix means? emoticon

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BRANLAADEE1 11/5/2010 1:13PM

    I am dealing with this myself. I dont like the whole good food/bad food thing. My big problem is that I live with an addict. His addiction runs black and white. He cant even take a sip of alcohol or do any sort of drug without having a problem. With me, it's all grey areas. I have to live the moderation lifestyle. I HAVE to eat food, but need to make appropriate choices. He always gets freaked out when I have an ice cream. He's learning, but it's been hard. LOL

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FLWRCHLD97 11/5/2010 10:12AM

    Nice! Very true, thank you for getting me to think differently about food and my relationship with it (or my view on food)...

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SLIMTHICK2 11/5/2010 9:38AM

    Love your blog, practical and helpful. emoticon

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JPRICE217 11/5/2010 7:13AM

    Good and helpful blog emoticon

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LADY_BEANS 11/5/2010 12:58AM

    oh my goodness, this is exactly what i needed to read right now. thanks so much for writing it. i just went through 5 days of consecutive over-indulging. i was astonished. after months of losing weight and gaining insight into myself and the living world around me, i seemed to go back to 0. but now i'm wondering: why did i do that? what part of me was coming out, flags waving and horns blaring, telling my body and mind that i wanted to do this?
so i'm glad i've had this slip-up. 5 days is not going to derail me unless i let it. this slip up was grace's way of showing me some lessons that i still need to learn. i'm going to my first overeaters anonymous meeting this weekend. not out of shame, not out of fear- but out of love for myself.

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VISUALLYRICS 11/4/2010 10:23PM

    I love your attitude! I agree with you....finding out "what triggered that in me" is my focus.
What a emoticonBlog!! My palette has changed too considerably over the years...I lost 60# ...but not by dieting.....my motto was and is: "Do today what you will do for a lifetime." I love food and I know what foods give me energy and those that slow me down. I also know just how to enjoy a pizza! LOL! ...and No Guilt. emoticon

again... emoticonon this outstanding blog!! ~ Laura

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BUSYBRE 11/4/2010 7:22PM

    You are so right ... food is so much more than fuel. I liked that you mentioned finding what triggered a craving sometimes can be sorted out without having to dive head over heels into it ... I noticed today I had one of those thoughts and it was easy to see why ... I've had a rough day! I am drinking water now and figuring out what I really really want ... and I will have it ... and I will enjoy it. Already my day feels better because I feel more in control. Good blog! Thanks for that ... interesting to hear Kit Kats come in different flavours!

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MYRTLEBOO 11/4/2010 6:24PM

    A very helpful blog for me right now.

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HIPPIE44 11/4/2010 6:00PM

    The very thing that keeps me totally 'in check' and not really hankering for stuff that much anymore is knowing how yucky i'll feel by not only eating too much but by just injesting sweets and fats themselves. Knowing how i'd feel afterwards is enough to keep me away.

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BETHBEE2101 11/4/2010 5:11PM

    Wish I would have read this this morning..... terrible day. Course its the first real miserable day here - cold and rainy and blah and cloudy.... ok enough of that... but I totally ate a WHOLE reese bar ( not a cup a bar)..... No time on the treadmill is gonna make up for that! And I feel miserable now - physically sick, mentally not so much... just goes to show my body has changed its needs and doesn't like the sugar rush. But had I read this blog I may have skipped it and gone for a salad or yogurt instead.... oh well I did learn not to do that again.... and ya know what it really didn't taste all that good. Tomorrow back on track!!

Thanks!!

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BTRUE2YOU 11/4/2010 3:15PM

    Thanks so much for this post! You are completely right...we can't lead lives of deprivation if it's only going to make us obsess about those things we're not having. Learning what works for US as individuals is so Key to living a true healthy lifestyle.


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JUDIL62 11/4/2010 2:59PM

    Great blog!I ate 2 recees pbutter cups on halloween because it's what I wanted. I was tempted to have 3 but I didn't! No guilt (the third one might have brought that on but I was strong!)

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MKATE88 11/4/2010 2:48PM

    Great blog! I am still trying to change my mindset from "no bad foods, EVER" to just what you described. In fact, I tried spinach and tomatoes on my turkey sandwich the other day instead of chips and ketchup, and it was so good! definitely a nice surprise. keep writing your fun, informative blogs!

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GRANDMABABA 11/4/2010 1:37PM

    That fuel comment is right on the mark. I try to enjoy every bite of whatever I'm eating - noticing taste, texture, smell, temperature, etc. Aiming for more mindful and less mindless eating. Thanks for sharing.

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MONICASMS3 11/4/2010 12:03PM

    I REALLY REALLY liked you comment about the phrase "food is fuel" is a pile of steaming you-know-what. It isn't JUST fuel. It's cultural, it's social, it's so much more! You hit the nail right on it's little head!

Thanks for the reminder...Food is so much more and in fact in can be very very good.

Great Blog by the way...first time here...I'll be back (as Arnold would say)

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ADKONKLE 11/4/2010 11:44AM

    This school of thought had made the difference between success and failure. Take away the mystique of Bad and forbidden foods and they fade away. I still eat them just in moderation.

Love the blog as usual.

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LEAG0628 11/4/2010 11:29AM

    I COMPLETELY agree.

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SAMSPARK1 11/4/2010 10:53AM

    As usual, your insights are great!!! And dead on!

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GEOCOSTA 11/4/2010 5:25AM

    thanks for putting down your--and our--thoughts into words. Good job!

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DRB13_1 11/4/2010 2:41AM

    Thanks especially for sharing the parts about what you've learned from trigger foods! Those are the types of questions that switch us from mindless reflexive compulsive eating to MINDFUL CHOICE - we can choose what is more important to us, even when that choice is "Yeah, it's worth it!" emoticon
A wise man learns from others, rather than repeating all the mistakes! emoticon

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TXCRICKEYBUG 11/4/2010 1:13AM

    so true!!

lately I've been experimenting with frozen boca burgers every time I crave a cheeseburger...

I haven't really found one that I like, taste wise, but it does seem to satisfy my burger cravings.

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HEARTSTOPPER 11/4/2010 12:50AM

   
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LUBAML 11/3/2010 11:32PM

    I like your blogs! Thanks for sharing. emoticonLuba

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RRP546 11/3/2010 10:22PM

  here is a kit kat to you

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YASHERM 11/3/2010 9:12PM

    I feel the same way. I don't believe in avoiding food. It's going to be there, instead I control it rather than it controlling me. emoticon

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 11/3/2010 8:21PM

    Your blogs are always so well said

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MOBEANZ 11/3/2010 7:54PM

    For me out of sight out of mind is SO important. I can go months thinking I'm so strong willed and such. And then I go to my moms and theres bowls of chocolate bars and I find myself munching. For me, the only way is to NOT have it in the house. It's the only way I can control it.

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ANCHEECA 11/3/2010 6:35PM

    Wonderful blog. Exactly how I feel. And for the first time, this frame of mind helped me to loose weight and keep it off, while living normally.

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SIMPLY-EVA 11/3/2010 6:27PM

  Yay! Well said!

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TECHGIRL22 11/3/2010 5:08PM

    I loved your post too! I working on retraining my brain/taste buds/body/responses...
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KNITNYAK 11/3/2010 4:25PM

    I cannot even imagine other flavors of Kit Kat!!! emoticon

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RIGBY31 11/3/2010 4:03PM

    One of the dreamy side effects of weight loss (sometimes) is that ______ doesn't draw me in like it used to. _______ makes my brain and heart feel better. Sometimes.
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CONNORCOLINSMOM 11/3/2010 3:55PM

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TRACSGOAL 11/3/2010 2:37PM

    well said emoticon

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SCHAHARAZADE 11/3/2010 2:27PM

    You are in my head! emoticon I could not have said it better.

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BLYNN710 11/3/2010 2:17PM

    Thanks for the blog. Sometimes we get so caught up that we forget that not being perfect is okay. We just have to balance our choices.

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TERCON1 11/3/2010 1:26PM

  Moderation and balance, the answer!

Great Blog!

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LISA1101 11/3/2010 11:41AM

    I agree completly that NO FOOD should be off limits. Moderation in everything and everything in moderation ~~ Food, exercise, sleep, whatever IT may be. I agree that if you take away all those things that you mentioned (staying away from social events etc) then you will be a hermit in your house eating cardboard~ and who wants to do that?? Enjoy your life, enjoy your food, enjoy exercising ~~ that is what life is!!

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HISTOMOM 11/3/2010 11:25AM

    From a fellow food lover...I could not have said it better!! emoticon

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GODZYFAN 11/3/2010 10:56AM

    Thanks for this post! My co-worker has the bowl of baby Snickers right next to me and it's driving. me. crazy! But I know that won't help me in my goal to be a runner, to get in better shape or follow my ethics. It only makes me want to continue the cycle of eating things I don't need but only want. I can reward myself in other ways.

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CORTNEY_NAMASTE 11/3/2010 10:23AM

    Thanks for this blog. This is the part that I struggle with tremendously. I can work out 7 days a week and be fine but I LOVE FOOD. I often joke that " I wish weight loss could be like quitting smoking.....easy for me because you can put them down and never pick them back up, however, you cannot stop eating, and who would want to?????

The one thing in WW that I learned was to really ask myself if the calories were "really worth it". Not only did I start finding out how much I could really live without, it forces you to really appreciate the "foods" you splurge on.....much like that designer purse, shoes, or vacation you save up for.

Thanks for this..... I really needed to read it this morning.

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SDKENT79 11/3/2010 9:48AM

    Thanks!

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MAMASMAMA 11/3/2010 9:13AM

    I couldn't have written these words better myself! Thanks for putting the reality with food out in the open! emoticon

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Oct '10 Recap, Nov '10 Goals

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!
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How are you doing with the emoticon and the emoticon? Stay strong! The holiday is almost over!

I spent my Halloween morning doing a little running in my boots and 20 lb backpack through Times Square on a mad rush to catch our bus which had moved to another location. And of course, we had to get Dunkin' Donuts for the 4.5 hour ride back to Boston. Thank goodness we were able to get our coffees AND our run in this morning, complete with the locals hollering. "Man you ain't even getting anywhere. You call this running?" I had to laugh because while we weren't racing, obviously, we were definitely moving faster than anyone else milling around the sidewalks.

I can confidently say that last year I would have totally missed that bus!
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Well, I didn't lose any weight in October. Well, if you go by YOOVIE's awesome scale, I'm 178.5, but I gotta go by my own scale, and yeah, I'm still at 179-180. But I've made some pretty awesome strides. I fit into a Size 10 for the first time. I ran a half marathon. I completed my first duathlon. So no pity party here!


RECAP RESULTS:

OCTOBER '10:
Weight stayed the same (179-180)
28 days of cardio exercise
4 days above calorie range
Tracked 24 days (Vegas vacation)
2,290 fitness minutes
15,721 calories burned
Strength training at least 3x per week
Completed my first half marathon in 2:29:07 and duathlon event!


OCTOBER GOALS:

-Try to lose some weight (I'm setting my goal low here. If I can get down to the 170s and stay there this month, I'll be happy!)
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Yep, I'm still in plateau-ville. But I'm still half marathon training and will shake my routine up in December!

-2000+ fitness minutes
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2,290 fitness minues in October.

-Get a couple bike rides in
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Um, I got on a bike for my duathlon! YAY!

-Meet sodium levels 5/7 days per week
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I stayed within sodium range 3 out of 5 weeks, so it was a higher sodium month than usual.

-Track food (not calories) in Vegas and try not to stuff myself
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I did this and I think I had fun and enjoyed everything without feeling totally full and loaded every day. I gained a little weight when I got back but it's all gone now.

-Run my first half marathon and ENJOY THE DAY!
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I definitely enjoyed the day. I ran my first half marathon in 2:29:07 and amazed myself with how much I loved running this race.

-Take time out to relax amidst all the craziness this month
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I did this and found that strength training at home was a good way to relax. Sometimes crunching and stretching really helped me to center.

-Work on 30 by 30 and RWC
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Definitely more of the former than the latter! I've got 10 left and I won't get all of them done, but I'm going to try to do as many as I can next month!

NOVEMBER GOALS:

I turn 30 on the 30th of thismonth and my goal was to be in the 160s by that point, which seemed like it would be a breeze in August when I first hit 179. Not so much. But I know that I will begin my 30s stronger and faster than ever and that's gotta count for something, right?

-Again, let's try to get to the 170s and stay there!
-2000+ fitness minutes
-Continue with strength training in preparation for personal training in December
-2 classes at the gym per week
-Meet sodium levels 5/7 days per week
-Complete second half marathon and have fun with it!
-Enjoy Thanksgiving and birthday... and that's it.
-Eat as clean as possible and at least 5-7 servings of freggies per day
-Try to get as much 30 by 30 done this month as possible. This is it!


2010 PREVIOUS RESULTS:

You don't have to read this. This is long, but I like to keep it all in one place, hence this footnote...


JANUARY '10:
-6 pounds
29 days of cardio exercise
4 days above calorie range
Tracked 31 days
1,845 fitness minutes
14,926 calories burned
Continued strength training (circuit training and EA Sports Active) 4x week
Ran 4.75 miles on the treadmill without stopping

FEBRUARY '10:
-6 pounds
20 days of cardio exercise
2 days above calorie range (not including vacation)
Tracked 21 days (due to vacation)
1,170 fitness minutes
10,711 calories burned
Strength training lagged; maybe 1-2x week
Running on hold due to injury

MARCH '10:
-7 pounds
28 days of cardio exercise
3 days above calorie range
Tracked 31 days
2,330 fitness minutes
16,313 calories burned
Strength training 2x per week (outside gym)
Ran 4.25 miles outside

APRIL '10:
-8 pounds
22 days of cardio exercise
4 days above calorie range
Tracked 27 days (did not calorie count Easter or NYC)
2,065 fitness minutes
13,907 calories burned
Strength training 2x per week (outside gym)
Running lagged due to injury

MAY '10:
-5 pounds
28 days of cardio exercise
4 days above calorie range
Tracked 31 days
2,285 fitness minutes
19,433 calories burned
Strength training 2x per week (outside gym)
Ran 6.5 miles outside

JUNE '10:
-7 pounds
28 days of cardio exercise
4 days above calorie range
Tracked 30 days (tracked meals – and not calories – while in Pittsburgh)
2,450 fitness minutes
15,376 calories burned
Turned to gym circuit training and at-home abs as a form of strength training
Ran my first 10K race

JULY '10:
-3 pounds
30 days of cardio exercise
3 days above calorie range
Tracked 30 days (skipped July 4th)
2,680 fitness minutes
18,273 calories burned
Continued gym circuit training and home DVD strength training
7-mile and 8-mile runs!

AUGUST '10
-2 pounds
30 days of cardio exercise
12 days above calorie range
Tracked 31 days
2,450 fitness minutes
16,832 calories burned
Definitely slacked on strength training.
8.5 and 9.5 mile runs!

SEPTEMBER '10:
+1 pound
30 days of cardio exercise
12 days above calorie range
Tracked 30 days
2,280 fitness minutes
16,627 calories burned
Strength training 2x per week
Completed half marathon training with a long run of over 10 miles!

  
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TECHGIRL22 11/3/2010 5:01PM

    Good job! I like your goals. Keep on the good work!
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HIPPIE44 11/3/2010 12:00PM

    Good luck with your goals!

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RETURNOFSARAH 11/2/2010 3:28PM

    I enjoyed reading your blog.

Good luck for November!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 11/1/2010 5:39PM

    You continue to be awesome! Sounds like you had a great weekend filled with fun and fitness! Way to go girl!

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BELLEFAITH42 11/1/2010 3:06PM

    I like your month-to-month goal tracking! Just looking over your stats - you had the biggest monthly losses when you did LESS days of cardio.... also maybe your bodyfat% has gotten lower over the last 2 months? thanks for writing your fun and encouraging blogs emoticon

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CATHERINEL66 11/1/2010 2:17PM

    Yeah!! Sounds great! I love monthly recaps and goal setting!

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NUTRIGIRL08 11/1/2010 12:33PM

    I would say you have accomplished quite a bit including a great attitude!! emoticon

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XHOOSIERLOSER 11/1/2010 12:18PM

    Just makes me smile to think of all you've accomplished1 Rock on, girl!

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CHICAT63 11/1/2010 11:46AM

    Excellent October, you are totally rock November. And turning 30 will the start of new adventure also, fitter & wiser *wink*. You will get there Kristina, have a great week. Bisous, Josée

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TEAM-SARAH 11/1/2010 11:22AM

    I ate 20 kit kats!!

kidding, kidding.

Kill it this month lady, you're due for an awesome one :)

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SAMSPARK1 11/1/2010 10:18AM

    WAY TO GO on getting into those size 10's!!!!!!!!!! AWESOME!!!!!!

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LADYBUG1943 11/1/2010 10:03AM

    You're seeing my comments all over your blog this morning.... but had to do it again. If I'm reading right, your b'day is Nov. 30 which means you were born on the very day our youngest son was. He'll be 30 as well. How cool!

You've been my "feel good" this morning. Thank you.

Almost forgot.... we skipped out on the trick or treaters this year, and have NO candy purchased for such. However, I DO have hand-dipped chocolate purchase last week in Seattle. Had one piece of super rich, luscious solid dark chocolate for Halloween. Delicious and very satisfying. HooYah!
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FREES1 11/1/2010 8:51AM

    Thanks for the update - and the continued reinforcement of the benefit of outlined specific goals - something I need to do. Congrats on all your successes!!! Enjoy November!

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SARANGEREL 11/1/2010 8:50AM

    Keep on rockin' it!

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PINKCOCONUT 11/1/2010 7:38AM

    Great October woman! You're going to rock November!

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HEATHER_TEACHAH 11/1/2010 6:02AM

    woohoo!!!! you still had an AMAZING month (your half, size TENS, NYC, duathalon!) even if you're plateauing. I bet you're in one of those muscle building months, though, and my prediction is that Nov is the month you're plateau ends.

Mine will too.

Why?

Because I live IN THE FUTURE. Duh. I know these things.

Muah.

PS-- love your halloween-day fitness :) sounds like a blast!

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HOSTALADY 11/1/2010 1:58AM

    You are doing GREAT. I am as proud of you as you are for all you have accomplished and continue to do on your journey. November is going to be a great month I can feel it.


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GOGOSHIRE 10/31/2010 11:47PM

    Awesome recap and goals! Watch out, November! HERE WE COME!

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STORMTMB 10/31/2010 10:53PM

    You've done great - and regardless of the actual number on the scale for your birthday, you should be proud of how healthy and fit you are!

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MAIA2011 10/31/2010 10:26PM

    Size 10s! I can't wait to get 'em!

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Oh, yeah, and nice job on the half marathon, too.

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MBSHAZZER 10/31/2010 10:22PM

    Fantastic! I love that you made the bus!!! And you had a great month with some wonderful athletic achievements!

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MOMEDITOR 10/31/2010 9:27PM

    Yay for you!! I am so inspired- and I love all the very concrete goals too- think I may actually do the same for the month of November. I'm running some more halfs too- one on December 19 and one on January 26 (I think). Let's keep each other motivated and moving spark friend!

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AMOHAME2 10/31/2010 9:13PM

    Sounds to me like October was a success!!

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BTINTERNET 10/31/2010 9:12PM

    A great look back at your year and not a bad month at all! Good luck in November emoticon - we can do it!

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LAURIETAIT 10/31/2010 8:57PM

    A pretty successful October all things considered. Looking forward to hearing about the things you're going to achieve in November! emoticon

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ANEPANALIPTI 10/31/2010 8:34PM

    HIGH FIVE! :)

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 10/31/2010 8:32PM

    I'd say living life and being able to fit in some of the things you don't have in your everyday life and being able to maintain is big success. No doubt you will reach your November goals! Your 30's are kinda awesome.

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MAMADELIGHT 10/31/2010 8:31PM

    A Kiss From a Rose.....

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Finally, the Video Blog

Friday, October 29, 2010

www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjANOJtDl98

Because SparkPeople wouldn't let me upload it.

  
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KYMMC3 11/4/2010 4:12PM

    Aw!!! You are so darn cute! I just love listening and seeing you in person! Thaks for sharing.

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BADASSBLONDIE 11/1/2010 6:51PM

    Lovely. :D

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 11/1/2010 1:31PM

    Nice blog ... nice scenery!

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LADYBUG1943 11/1/2010 9:48AM

    I was impressed with seven miles, too. The most I ever did when I was running was two miles, but I've walked as much as 15 miles. Loved, loved, seeing your surroundings. My husband just came back from Massachusetts, and I was so jealous that he got to go. After 5 years in Pennsylvania, I really miss change of color on the east coast. Thanks so much for sharing.
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HOSTALADY 11/1/2010 1:51AM

    Thanks for sharing ~ Really enjoyed hearing the voice that matches you, as beautiful as you are inside and out.
Beautiful area you showed us in the video.
I don't even look that good after a 4 mile run-jog.
AWESOME!

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IMJUSTFLUFFY 10/31/2010 7:33PM

    I wish I looked that good after walking 1 mile! LOL emoticon

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ANEPANALIPTI 10/31/2010 4:00PM

    My fav part was seeing you and you looked GOOD!!!!!!!!!! Not at all like you had just run 7 miles! :D

U look like a celeb but I can't figure it out.. help?

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TRAVELNISTA 10/31/2010 3:08PM

    It was great to hear a voice that we can match to such a beautiful face.

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FREES1 10/31/2010 10:32AM

    Nice blog - looks like a nice place to run! Thanks for the trip back to the greater Boston area!

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SEEHOLZ 10/31/2010 8:47AM

    Cool- I love the foliage this time of year, too.. glad you had a good run!

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NANHBH 10/31/2010 12:59AM

    Very nice video blog! The trees look beautiful! We had such terrible wind storms earlier in the week that almost all our leaves are down in Chicago.

Be well,
Nancy

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WISLNDR 10/30/2010 6:28PM

    Well, that was fun!! (And worth the wait!) emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 10/30/2010 5:45PM

    I loved putting "the voice with the face". I wanna come and crunch leaves with ya!
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BOOKSCATSTEA 10/30/2010 3:38PM

    Wow! 7 miles - very impressive! I can only dream of running that far! And you look great. In regard to not being able to post your video blog ... I know NOTHING about video blogging, but I know there are some things I can't do with my iPod touch that I can do on a regular computer. So if you're using a phone to do it, I thought maybe that could be the reason you're having trouble posting it?
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WOOKIE68 10/30/2010 12:34PM

    NOT gross! a lovely glow to the cheeks! that is one of my fave parts of running, the rosy cheeks. I run on a dirt road beside a river, and find ,strangely, it is easier to run with the flow of water than against it. Is it psychological? who knows, maybe the momentum of the river is also in the air. loved the crunchy leaves, none here yet.

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CUBSFAN876 10/30/2010 11:16AM

    Looks like an awesome place to run. I'm somewhat of a new runner, but once I was brave enough to run outdoors I've found I've really LOVED running on the trails. One of the reasons I enjoy it so much is the one of the reasons you don't! I find that as I'm watching for roots and rocks the time sort of goes by quickly, I'm absorbed with the surroundings around me, instead of how much further I still need to run.

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DJS-DEBBIE 10/30/2010 10:45AM

    Very nice!

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DBFBILLY 10/30/2010 10:05AM

    That was awesome...thanks for sharing and CONGRATS on that run!!! I'm not a runner, i'm more of a biker, but what a ACCOMPLISHMENT emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRABOLD8567 10/30/2010 8:24AM

  Thanks for taking the time to do this. It was great!!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 10/30/2010 7:20AM

    My favorite walking spot is around a lake. I love water.

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DRB13_1 10/30/2010 3:03AM

    I agree - bodies of water are a PLUS!
I DISAGREE - You are NOT gross or disgusting! In fact, you are beautiful and inspiring!
Thanks for sharing!

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KITHKINCAID 10/30/2010 12:52AM

    LEAVES!!! Love leaves. I miss my Canadian maples here in Chicago :(

So strange putting your voice to the face - not sure what it is about it, but you get used to seeing pics of a person and then when you hear how they sound and it totally changes my whole image of you! I love it :) More video blogs please!

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RAINTHIEF 10/29/2010 11:50PM

    emoticonYay! Video blog! Thanks for sharing the beautiful scenery. Since moving to Florida, I really miss the actually seasonal changes. We were 90 degrees the other day - yes... 90! It's insane.

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PATRICE603 10/29/2010 11:30PM

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Happy Halloween

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PATRICE603 10/29/2010 11:26PM

    I really enjoyed the video. I live not too far from you in southern NH and I am a beginning runner ( half way through C25K, Thanks for the motivation by the way). Its been awesome running through the beautiful fall colors around here. I also did a little running at the beach this past summer and LOVED that also. I'm trying to enjoy it as much as possible because once the snow flies it won't be safe to run on the narrow roads in my area. Then I will find myself indoors on the treadmill :( Keep up the good work. I'll look forward to more videos!!!

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KIMWEBB40 10/29/2010 8:50PM

    that was cool to here you talking. I need to try that. I can talk a whole lot better than I can write. Maybe thats why I never blog. We'll see!?!?!? emoticon

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 10/29/2010 7:56PM

    Isn't Fall awesome!? You're so cute! emoticon

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4EVERADONEGIRL 10/29/2010 7:50PM

    Awww...it's so nice to hear your cute little voice and see your beautiful face actually MOVING instead of only being a still picture! :-) Love it!!!

Oh - and I love the scenery too - so pretty! Makes me want to come and run with you!!! I'm totally jealous because my son is going to Baltimore for training right after Thanksgiving all the way until right before Christmas. Lucky dog...I want to see New England!!!

Thank you so much for sharing that...made my afternoon!

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ABETTERBECKY 10/29/2010 6:58PM

    very cool - finally a voice with the face with the blogs.....it's like i know you know :) thanks for the beauty of NE in the fall!

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PAPER_WINGS18 10/29/2010 6:30PM

    awww adorable! :) It's nice to put a voice with you, ma'am. he he. gorgeous scenery too. I'm super jealous :(

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LIBBYFITZ 10/29/2010 6:27PM

    So beautiful! thanks for sharing!

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ANNE7X7 10/29/2010 6:20PM

    LOVE IT! So cool to be able to hear your voice! Now I just feel like I've met you emoticon

You look awesome despite finishing a long run!! And the scenery is just gorgeous! I'm really digging Fall running!



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TIGERJANE 10/29/2010 6:11PM

    Thanks for posting this! I miss the fall leaves sooooo much down here in Austin. way to go on 7 miles!

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LAURIETAIT 10/29/2010 4:55PM

    I think you're looking pretty good. In fact I totally impressed that you are upright after 7 miles. I'm working my way toward. that. Someday soon I hope. Love the scenery. Ours has come and gone. Gonna snow any day now. That will certainly test my commitment to running!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 10/29/2010 4:37PM

    Cool!! I do share the enjoyment of running past water. Definately a pretty area and we don't get crunching leaves so that was cool! Thanks for finding a way to post it :).

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EMLG11 10/29/2010 4:12PM

    Nice to see some color. We had an epic windstorm for three days this week so out color is all gone. Luckily the wind was so strong it blew all the leaves off the yard as well!

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CALLIKIA 10/29/2010 4:08PM

    SO pretty! ...both you and the scenery. I think a lot of people share that desire to be near water...maybe our water-filled bodies are drawn to it. *shrug* Thanks for the glimpse into Karvs-land!

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MOMONTHERUN1 10/29/2010 3:57PM

    Great job on the 7 miles! You looked great and not gross as you stated. Keep it up!!

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AMOHAME2 10/29/2010 3:56PM

    Wow, what beautiful scenery! I love running near bodies of water too. I can never let myself complain about having to go for a run when I am lucky enough to run around a lake or along a river...how can you beat that?? Unless it's by a pond surrounded by beautiful fall colours!

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IMSMILEY88 10/29/2010 3:53PM

    Beautiful! We don't have fall like that here in Texas. And, we were just in DC and I expected to see more fall colors. But, we were too early! We only saw a few trees. Boy, did I want to run there, though! It was gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

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KARVY09 10/29/2010 3:51PM

    Yeah, sorry. I tried no fewer than half a dozen times to get this thing to upload on Spark to no avail!

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MEGSFITNESS 10/29/2010 3:51PM

    hahaha! You are not gross and disgusting.. Lol.. I thought you found some animal.. gift or something.

You've got great scenery. Since you like running around lakes etc. you should visit MN sometime--we've got 10,000+ of them hehe.

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MBSHAZZER 10/29/2010 3:50PM

    No YouTube at work! BARBARIC! Will check it out at home!

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CREATINGAMANDA 10/29/2010 3:44PM

    Ummm ... I neeed to go home and watch this right now! Lousy no youtube or facebook or anything fun (other than Spark) at work ...

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JOELYGIRL29 10/29/2010 3:41PM

    Wow! Beautiful!

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Promise Me You Aren't Going to Come Back on Monday and Post "I Ate 17 Kit Kats!"

Friday, October 29, 2010

Or Snickers, or M&Ms, or your crappy Halloween candy of choice...

Do that for me, OK? When you're digging in that bowl of Halloween candy, think, "oh crap, Karvy's gonna be super PO'd if I eat Reese's PB Cup #8." Whatever works.

If you blow it on pumpkin beer, homemade caramel apples, or something of the sort, so be it.

But a Kit Kat? Really? We all know what a Kit Kat tastes like. Do we ever really need more than one of those things?

If there is a zombie apocalypse or alien invasion this weekend, our new overlords will wonder why we worshipped and/or consumed such vast, sugary piles of meh-ness.

I'm not saying not to treat yourself. Satisfy your chocolate craving by splurging on something awesome. Get a piece of homemade fudge from the local candy shop or a scrumptious ice cream flavor or a fancy bar of chocolate that costs at least $3 and just savor it, bite by bite. Try something new instead of turning to that chocolate designed for a six-year-old's palate.

And don't even get me started on the candy corn.

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THE HOLIDAYS CAN'T BREAK ME. CAN THEY BREAK YOU?

  
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STACEYS32 11/5/2010 5:27PM

    I had 3 whoppers and left the rest of the candy alone. It just didn't taste as good as it used to. I would rather have an orange :)

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MOMONTHERUN1 11/4/2010 11:40PM

    I had a few candy bars, not 17!!

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LIVINGONMYTERMS 11/4/2010 7:45PM

    I love this blog! No, I haven't been invaded by the kit kat people or the other aliens emoticon No, the holidays won't break me this year. I have a whole bunch of healthy good stuff planned.

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AHOLLAND0108 11/4/2010 3:10PM

    Hug...to late. First time reading this blog, I wish I would have seen it a week ago. :o( I guess I ate a few bags. I've been feeling really blue the past few weeks. I think the change in seasons is the reason. I've tried to snap out of it but I'm stuck. Halloween has just been my a real big excuse. I was doing so-o-o well prior to these feelings. I gotta snap back to it.

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SARABLUE69 11/4/2010 1:39PM

    Didn't even buy Halloween candy, problem solved. LOL.

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FREEZEPEAS 11/4/2010 1:06PM

  Homemade caramel apples are indeed my downfall. I avoided the brand candy though, so I'll call it a victory!

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SCRIPTDUCK 11/4/2010 12:09PM

    Great post: I don't like candy much and most 'commercial' chocolate is too sweet for me anyway. But bring on the Belgian dark chocolate SOON!
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NINJA_SMOO 11/4/2010 10:23AM

  Awesome post! I wish I had found it before Hallowe'en. I was pretty good over Hallowe'en though! I hope everyone else was too :)

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GO2GIRL99 11/4/2010 10:03AM

    i gave all the choclate stuff out 1st..all i was left with was the geeneric lolly pops, gum, hard candy...and thats not worth it to me.....did eat about 4 snickes though while i handed out candy...sorry emoticon

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LUBAML 11/3/2010 11:28PM

    I'm fine with Halloween, do not eat candy or sweets, no chocolate too. I'm a good girl! emoticon emoticon

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NUGGAN 11/3/2010 11:05PM

    I only ate 16. So I'm good. emoticon

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TABBYKAT75 11/3/2010 10:19PM

    I have to admit I had a few candy bars from the kids bags but I did not have 17 of anything

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SWIMMING_GLEE 11/3/2010 10:00PM

    I'm not sure if we're talking about the "Snack Size" halloween handouts., I've been eating three of those a day for the past 4 days. I figure if I go by the serving sizes, I'm not too bad off. And, so far, that's been the only candy I've had. emoticon

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TECHGIRL22 11/3/2010 4:59PM

    I too wish I'd read your blog before the weekend. Dooh. I had one piece, but noooo that wasn't enough, I ended up having about 6 fun sizes and yes I did feel lousy afterward.

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MARGARITTM 11/3/2010 4:15PM

    ok just one kit kat

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PUPPETGIRLKY 11/3/2010 2:33PM

    I CAN'T HAVE CHOCOLATE BECAUSE OF THE CAFFEINE BUT I CAN SURE TEAR UP THOSE LITTLE PUMPKINS AND CANDY CORN. THEY ARE BAD TOO!!! I THOUGHT MAYBE BETTER FOR YOU BECAUSE THEY ARE MADE WITH HONEY BUT THEY ARE NOT... REALLY:O(

emoticon emoticon I WISH I COULD HAVE A CANDY BAR:'(

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MEL_UNRAU 11/3/2010 12:48PM

    He He... Actually, Samoa girl scout cookies were my halloween downfall. Thank God they're gone!

The candy I'm doing okay with... Butterfingers... because well, they are my all time hands down favorite candy bar and this is the only time of year I ever see one... and they are minis... so... yeah... one of those a day and maybe something else! But not 17... not ever! UGH! :)

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ANDREA963 11/3/2010 12:37PM

    Wish I would have seen your blog before the weekend. :) I had my share+. But now I feel a bit done with it! :) THankfully!!!

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HIPPIE44 11/3/2010 11:59AM

    hehehe...

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MKELLY72 11/3/2010 11:32AM

    No candy in my house- kids were at their dad's house for trick or treat, so it's all there. I wasn't home to pass any out, so no temptations there either :-) The BF bought a bag of candy when it went on sale though- mix of sweet tarts, nerds, and laffy taffy. The sweet tarts and nerds can be a weakness, but I stuck to one little pouch- 50 calories. It also helped that I walked with my friend and her sister in law while they took their kids begging- they are working really hard on getting/staying a healthy weight too, so we had each other to lean on.
Great blog!!

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WIFE-N-MOTHERX3 11/3/2010 10:57AM

    I havent ate 17 but halloween night I ate 3 mini kit kats then monday I had 3 mini tootsie rolls. Its so hard having 3 kids with 3 big bags of candy that I would normally tear into. Then I go to walmart and they have big bags of candy on sale I really wanted to buy it but I turned the other way. Im trying so hard to stay out of the candy and havent ate any today and think that the few peices I did eat was good because Im a candy lover and would normally eat way more...

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GIRRLKITTY 11/3/2010 9:15AM

    I have to admit, I love Kit Kats, but I was good. I ate some over the weekend, but when I came into the office and saw a bowl of them someone had brought in, I turned and walked the other way. Any other time, I would have been grabbing a few to hoard, but I didn't have a single piece of work candy co-workers were trying to pawn off on me!

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SPARKIN_REESIE 11/3/2010 8:23AM

    Okay, so I didn't eat 17 Kit Kats but I did eat 3 mini Almond Joys and 2 mini bags of M&M peanuts yesterday. I will not do that again today, though! Or tomorrow...

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MEDDYPEDDY 11/3/2010 3:04AM

    I didn´t....

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TGOLDEN1120 11/2/2010 10:41PM

  I love this post! I'm on a fasting cleanse (blessedherbs.com) so I didn't over-indulge. Its funny because my coworker tried to tempt me with Snickers (my fav). This blog is quite motivational. I enjoyed reading it.

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LINZERLOU 11/2/2010 9:03PM

    I wish I had seen this blog yesterday!! I did have a few to many sweets on Monday, but today was a different day and I'm back on track. Blog made me laugh emoticon

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SUGIRL06 11/2/2010 7:30PM

    My goal this Halloween (which I'm lucky that candy has been very scarce) is to only have the pieces I really enjoy and that works for me! I love kit kats honestly and never eat them so why not just have one for Halloween? I promise not to eat 17 though! Good blog!
~Ang

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OBURRELL 11/2/2010 5:54PM

    I am going to have to fight this. My DH bought 5 bags of candy on after Halloween sale and I am determined to only eat one piece a day!

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MAMA2BHOT 11/2/2010 5:08PM

    I wish had of seen this yesterday or Sunday, too

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HELLENC1 11/2/2010 4:40PM

  we had a couple tricker treaters, used to live in a senior nieghborhood now ,that some are gone, few come .my mom has grapefruit trees. i gave away grapefruits to the grown ups. ,and candy to the kids.it wasd nice, we just lid a candle put it on our picnic table,and gave out candy to who would come, i took afew and ate. didnt get my favorite,chocolate. but lots of candy that was fatfree. good for those parents that dont let kids indulge.,fewer denntal visits,.lesser cavities.and as for me if i did get temted to eat what was left, each was 1-2 calories. but i did get at the end something chocolate.. emoticon emoticon

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JHUNEBUGROCKS 11/2/2010 3:29PM

    OK OK!! I promise! Actually I didn't eat tons but I had a few whoppers - 6 balls - and one Reese's PB cup, so not horrible. I can tell you that it really didn't taste all that good.

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KATHLEEN0222 11/2/2010 3:12PM

    I needed this yesterday when "Aunt Flo" came knocking at my door and I gave in to my chocolate cravings!

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CAITLINANN10 11/2/2010 2:37PM

    Loved this post. I like the fact that you want everyone to pay it forward!

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JORDANA84 11/2/2010 1:22PM

    Wow ! I needed to read this yesterday haha ;) I LOVE candy corn and tootsie rolls, and go figure that's what I bought. We didn't get many trick or treaters, so I found kids to give it away to! Out of sight, out of mind is the best method for me. :)

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RHEAMOSES 11/2/2010 12:41PM

    outch... preach.

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WHITEDAISY 11/2/2010 11:24AM

    In previous years I would be stuff we liked(chocolate bars)so if anything was left,we'd be able to enjoy it. This year I bought popcorn balls. They taste like styrofoam(sorry kids). Surprised we didn't get egged!

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UK1522A 11/2/2010 11:21AM

  Thank you for that!

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FOSTERSWIFE0711 11/2/2010 11:19AM

    we bought 4 bags of candy and got NO trick-or-treaters! so now were stuck with all this candy:( i need to find some kids to give it to before im temped to eat it. I've done good so far...

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AFPLANE9 11/2/2010 10:09AM

    I ate about 3 Reese's. We didn't have as many trick-or-treaters as we thought we might so I went ahead and ate some. Bad in 2 aspects: 1. I ate that candy and there's still more left! 2. I'm allergic to chocolate but it was worth it then :)...now it's not boo lol

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KIGGANSJ 11/2/2010 9:44AM

    Well....it wasn't exactly 17 or Kit Kats but I think I did some major damage. Means I'll be burning it up on the elliptical more than usual. One day, move on and do not look back but learn and recall in the future. emoticon

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SILVEROPERA1 11/2/2010 8:14AM

  I put 3 fun sized snicker bars aside for myself on Halloween. They are among my favorites, and I have not had one if well over 1-2 YEARS. Well, I ate one, and it was good, but not as good as I remembered. In fact, I gave up my other 2 to trick or treaters when we were running low on candy and had a bit of orange sherbet instead.

I have found that on the RARE occasions I treat myself to one of my favorites it never lives up to my memories of it.

I actually stayed below 1350 calories for the day!



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CTUPTON 11/2/2010 6:38AM

    Thank you for a new perspective! emoticon

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JUSTFOXXY 11/2/2010 2:43AM

    Three fun size Twix's that I had in the freezer. Darn it, I worked hard as the Candy Passer Outer! emoticon

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BANANNA38 11/2/2010 1:38AM

    You nailed it when you said that those things are designed for a 6 year old's palate! As I get older (yikes, I'll be 40 next month) those old chocolate bars that tasted so great as a kid taste sad, cheap, and stale to me now. If I'm going to indulge in the calories, I definitely want something more adult, sophisticated, and indulgent... I need to be WOWED -- or else why bother!?

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SPARKANN 11/2/2010 1:22AM

    I did eat more than a couple of pieces from the Trick or Treat bowl... But aren't you pleased I made it back here on Monday?

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HEARTSTOPPER 11/2/2010 12:27AM

   
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MDAVILA82 11/2/2010 12:15AM

    I totally had the pumpkin beer...it was awesome.

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TCASSELS 11/1/2010 11:14PM

    Great blog! We didn't buy any candy (no kids come to our place so we didn't have to) and I'm glad. But we did go to Whole Foods and get some good, real chocolate which was AMAZING!

I admit that I think that if you allow yourself a treat of something good then you stop craving the crap. Of course, my problem is then limiting the good stuff!

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Of Shoe Fits and Fatties

Thursday, October 28, 2010

I switched my page to yellow because it was cheery without being too eye-burning! The background photo is one that I took on the same day as the failed video blog, stretching out after my long run.

I've found that my old fave kicks shown in the photo (Saucony Progrid Guide 3s) are not doing it for me anymore and are giving me blisters. I think it's because I weigh significantly less now and they might not be the right fit for me anymore. Maybe I need less stability in my shoes. I picked up a pair of Saucony Omni 8s because they were super on sale and I wore them in my half marathon and got NO BLISTERS. They have slightly less stability.

Sooo...

There's a lot of buzz in the interwebs and on SparkPeople about the Marie Claire blog and my honest opinion is that this opinion piece is AWESOME. Seriously, if more people aired their aversion to overweight and obese people publically, loudly and offensively like Maura Kelly, as opposed to hushed whispers, the truth would be out that obesity is one of the few health problems where making fun of someone -- where cruelty -- is acceptable.

Open criticism of people with other addictions such as drugs, alcohol, gambling, and even newer phenomena like internet porn and shopping is rarely seen these days. Even mocking eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia is considered taboo. But a food addict? Comedy gold. Carte blanche for snide remarks galore!

I know this because all of a sudden people say cruel things about fat people to me, like I'm a part of a new club where I'm supposed to chime in, giggle, or whisper conspiratorily, "You're sooooo bad!"

One of the better pieces of commentary on the subject is here: www.thefrisky.com/post/246-i-feel-so
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. The fact that Maura Kelly was anorexic might account for her open revulsion of an obese couple on TV and that Marie Claire KNEW this and still allowed her to post her diatribe, knowing full well it would offend so many?

It's all about the Benjamins.

Page views. Clicks. Sponsors. Ads. Oh my!

Maura Kelly's name will forever be linked in Google with "fatties" but for Marie Claire, it'll blow over eventually, and they've gotta know that. Just another freelancer thrown to the wolves. As a former journalist and provocative blogger, I know how that is. So screw Marie Claire... www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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!

In the meantime, I hope someday that people truly understand that there are similar mental and emotional issues that go into overeating as with drinking, shooting up, or anything other function done to excess... or in Kelly's case... not enough.

  
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BAPSANN 11/2/2010 8:39AM

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LADYBUG1943 11/1/2010 9:57AM

    My highest BMI is right now..... 29, but I have always HATED movies that show some fat person in what is clearly a role that highlights their weight, and have never understood why the actor himself allowed that to happen. It's just the ugliest side of humanity possible (the dehumanization of someone into an object). Frankly, I don't know who Marie Claire is, or the line of clothing, so I can't stop buying the clothes (LOL!), but I hope any one who used to buy them no longer will.
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INBRAZILFORNOW 10/31/2010 7:22AM

    Wow, interesting. I live in Brazil and there was a lot of reaction to this. In reading about it I came across a group called "Rodeio das Gordas" which, I think, means "Dodge the Fatties". My gosh.
Thanks for posting this.

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TEAM-SARAH 10/29/2010 4:34PM

    A friend and I were just discussing this article this morning. My main reaction was kind of "yes, she said offensive things, but she said offensive things that were very much in line with how most of the public truly feels inside" it really just brings the bigotry to light. Also, the whole "how did Marie Claire have this published!?" issue with it being a PR stunt... likely. Yes. but as my friend said "Is that the best you can come up with?"

I think the worst part is the journalists half assed attempt at some kind of apology. "Well I used to be anorexic so that excuses me being a giant asshole!" If you feel that way at least own your damn opinion. It's an opinion that needed to be voiced, not because it's right, but because it bring to light what a HUGE issue this is and how her opinion is very much representative of a lot of people in our country. Boo to this girl.

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MAIRESAURUS 10/29/2010 3:53PM

    The only thing I found repulsive on Kelly's part was her laughably-disingenuous apology. She cleverly tries to drag the reader aware from her words (which are fair-game) to her being. "I'M ANOREXIC. It's ok for me to express my revulsion, my loathsome fat sisters! Pity me!" She changes the tables from WHAT SHE DID (which we can attack and argue) to WHO SHE IS (an anorexic and a sacrifice on the profit's altar), which can be trickier to approach.

Obesity, like anorexia, is an outward manifestation of unhealthiness. This isn't a value judgment - it's a medically-verifiable certainty. I believe that people can be a range of weights within the BMI, people can carry some pudge, while leading extraordinarily healthy lives. Husky folks are healthy, too! But that's the thing. "Husky"? How do we define that? Is it ten pounds, twenty pounds, overweight? Is it simply having a little paunch, or so much adipose we can't see our thighs while standing? We've come, socially, to a point where adolescents have "baby fat" and women whose progeny are in middle school still carry "baby weight." Our parameters, our definitions, of overfatness are so skewed as to be useless. We've seen studies that show that people have no clue about how fat they are. Overweight people think they're average, obese people think they're simply overweight. It's scaling down and endangering our health because very few people have the guts to step up and say "Sorry, Charlie, but that's not 'baby weight,' that's I-sit-all-day-and-don't-work-out weight."

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GETFIT2LIVE 10/29/2010 3:49PM

    Absolutely spot on with this--the magazine posted it because they knew it would get a lot more views and publicity for them. It will blow over for them, but for Maura Kelly, not so much. I blame Marie Claire far more than the writer; it should not have been published, but then they wouldn't be getting as much attention and hence $$$. Thanks for the link to that commentary. I've found as I've lost weight that people talk to me differently about weight and 'fat people' too--kind of a 'us' versus 'them' thing that just does not sit well with me. Ugh.

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HOSTALADY 10/29/2010 11:46AM

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.TARA. 10/29/2010 9:33AM

    You bring up some great points in response and I couldn't agree more. I think many people can't see it that way because it does hit too close to home.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 10/28/2010 6:29PM

    Thank you for including the link to the Spark blog...her response was so touching! I shudder to think what that article may do to some people - whether it crushes some into defeat or empowers others into feeling justified to bully.

And I agree - it's time to bring obesity out of the closet! It really is no different than any other addiction and it is time that it be addressed. Being obese is not a license to treat someone as a sub-human.

Great blog, girl!

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KIMMAS82 10/28/2010 5:02PM

    Interesting point you make. My first reaction was to be mad but silver lining eh??

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JENN26POINT2 10/28/2010 4:08PM

    Kristina, as red blooded Americans, we're all entitled to voicing our opinion, be it about politics, religion, or fat people... controversial opinions are not omitted from this right... therefore, I don't discount her opinion in the least... We may not agree with it, or we may applaud her... whichever stance we take... she is entitled to her opinion. Thank you for admitting you liked it. I might have to take a look at it...

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LIBBYFITZ 10/28/2010 4:01PM

    A well written blog with a different point of view. Thank you.

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FLWRCHLD97 10/28/2010 3:15PM

    I thought that maybe the writer / blogger did this for the free publicity...

Even so, I'm surprised she's still employed.

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NOVELIC 10/28/2010 3:12PM

    When I read MK's post and then all the comments, my reaction was that she is missing an empathy gene, and also, that no matter how anyone becomes "morbidly obese," it doesn't erase their humanity, their sex drive, their need to love and be loved. Showing overweight people on tv in happy relationships doesn't somehow celebrate obesity, any more than the show Breaking Bad celebrates meth dealing, or Mad Men celebrates on-the-job inebriation. Showing people of any weight on tv happy and in love celebrates love.

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JMEPAYNE 10/28/2010 3:07PM

    i actually blogged about the same thing this morning and linked to a few responses from some of my favorite authors. I just listened to a segment on BBC radio about this as well. it makes me want to scream when i read/hear some comments. why is it because i am fat that clearly i am eating fried chicken instead of fruits and veggies and swilling corn syrup while lounging on the couch?!?!
Fried food is a rarity in my life... always has been, even BEFORE spark. i've always been relatively active, steered clear of soft drinks and a plethora of packaged foods. I had and have a better diet than many of my thinner friends and guess what... I AM STILL FAT!
Sure many overweight people out there aren't living healthy lives... but many ARE! many are actually healthier than their skinny mini friends who clutch their sides after having walked less than a mile!
maura spewing her disgust for my fat self and telling me to eat fruits and veggies isn't going to help me any more than me telling her anorexic self to eat a burger and get the hell over it!

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CHANGINGMORGAN 10/28/2010 2:55PM

    They'll lose customers as a result - enough people will remember and choose other resources. We can hope that this will continue to spark conversation and knowledge

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REDSASSENACH 10/28/2010 2:42PM

    Very well written- good blog! I also had no idea about that article until I just read it- and have to admit, I couldn't add anything better to the comments section than what everyone else has already posted. Particularly, one about this not being an issue of fat vs. thin, but that our country is running rampant with criticism and intolerance. We love to make ourselves feel important and there's no compassion. We're all human, we all have faults, and we have to stop being so critical. It's toxic-and I guess I'm disappointed because I hoped I'd left the majority of these people behind in high school, seems that they still exist and just snicker to eachother now instead of making fun of me to my face. I hope they fire her and she can stick her insincere apology where the sun don't shine.

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REDRUNNER82 10/28/2010 2:22PM

    I had just read Maura Kelly's blog and came on Spark to see if there was any talk going on... of course there is!

I took an 8-week personal essay writing course taught by Maura Kelly (through mediabistro.com) and I found her personable, intelligent, and helpful. I was shocked that she would publish something so hurtful... and to not even acknowledge (except through her appended apology) that her view of eating/weight/etc is and will always be affected by her past with anorexia... it was just so wrong and cruel on so many levels. And sadly, it's not just her: someone broached this topic to her, and someone approved her post. She writes a regular blog for them about her dating life so I wonder if she'll be punished for this.

If only she had purposely written this as part of some larger social experiment on how it's "okay" to make fun of overweight people, but not people of other races, sexual orientations, etc. But sadly, she meant every word.

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CALLIKIA 10/28/2010 1:54PM

    I have to say, my favorite comment when reading a few last night was when someone compared her "I know plump people comment" to the racist comment of "I have black friends." I love that people are seeing this, that it's getting media attention, but I don't know that it will be enough. In fact, I'm pretty sure it won't. For a while the magazines were on a push to fight for more "plus sized" models (which, let's face it, are still pretty thin to most of us), but as soon as the attention went away, so did the "fatties" of the modeling world.

Still, we can hope!

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ANNE7X7 10/28/2010 1:43PM

    Ah, Marie Claire. What garbage!

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WILLIAMV3 10/28/2010 1:42PM

    Right on. People need to stop and look around at who they are hurting before speaking.

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PINKCOCONUT 10/28/2010 1:29PM

    It's not the first time Marie Claire let someone with an eating disorder write a piece about "health" issues. Nothing but tabloid journalism in that mag now.

And I agree, I feel like I've been opened up to this new club where it's perfectly alright to call someone a "fattie" and have it be alright. It's utterly disturbing.

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MBSHAZZER 10/28/2010 1:25PM

    Glad you are enjoying the new shoes. You are right - as you lose weight, and as you become a faster runner logging more mileage, your shoe needs will change. Make sure you stay on top of how much mileage is on each pair of shoes too!

I totally agree with you on the MC post and the fallout.

1. I would rather people air their disgusting opinions publically. I'd much rather know up front that someone doesn't like me because of my gender, sexual orientation, religion or lack thereof, size, appearance or WHATEVER than have them hate me surreptitiously.

2. It is completely wrong that fatness is just about the ONLY thing left that is open to ridicule. I really think that our culture has become so divisive and hateful... where is the LOVE???

Have an awesome day!

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KITHKINCAID 10/28/2010 1:17PM

    I had no idea that this was even published - didn't do enough blog reading yesterday I guess. But for someone who's been in A LOT of therapy to even get close enough to the demons to deal with them before I could shed the weight - I think most people that are here on Spark understand that this is WAY deeper than just "exercise, and eating better" as Maura so "helpfully" suggests.

When will society ever understand that it's just NOT OK to talk about body image PERIOD! Skinny, fat, perfect, whatever - just don't talk about it. There's enough other stuff happening in the world - why we need to be so focused on each others' bodies and personal business is beyond me.

And if we ARE going to talk about it - why can't we talk about it with education and as the huge epidemic it has become. Accept it as a problem and deal with it with constructive solutions - don't joke around the issue with shows like "Mike & Molly" - because I don't find that acceptable either.

Comment edited on: 10/28/2010 1:22:27 PM

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 10/28/2010 1:05PM

    Love your take on that blog! In a day where ending bullying is a cause adopted by Hollywood elite, Hollywood and other media (yeah, I consider Hollywood it's own form of media) still fosters a culture where bullying "fatties" is perfectly acceptable.Like your take... Awareness of the causes of obesity does need to be raised in a major way. So many people think it is just JUST a matter of eating right and exercising and that will cure all obesity. The truth is that for many it is an addiction that requires treatment just like any other addiction. For others it is medical. One of the things that ticked me off the most was her "tips" for losing weight. You would think, as a former anorexic she would get it...how would she have felt if someone told her the cure for her anorexia was simply eating more food. But, since anorexia has gotten so much "positive" press we ALL know that it takes more than just eating to "cure" anorexia-it takes more than just not eating to "cure" obesity. Anywoo, love your take, awesome way to look at it!!

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KITKA82 10/28/2010 12:56PM

    I read EMM's post first, then the article, then the apology, then watched a video about it on msnbc.com. K, you are toally right-- it's all about strategy and making dolla-dolla-billz. I can't really get mad at it.

I have been overweight/obese ever since childhood because of poor food choices and lack of physical activity. I know what it's like firsthand, to be teased, taunted, and ridiculed because of my size. I have jumped all over my husband's @$$ for making comments about (other) heavier people. He's never made a derrogatory comment about my body. He only now has begun to gain weight (although I hate him when he tries to "pinch an inch" off his teeny gut). I haven't heard him make any of those comments in a while HA!

I know that the point of it all is to respect one another, and Maura's post was extremely disrepectful. AND I know everyone is offended--but can we get back to the heart of the issue and why we're all here on SparkPeople-- obesity is a disease (it's not who you are or how you were born) that can be controlled more easily than diabetes and heart disease. Shouldn't we be fighting it? Let your anger fuel the fire baby. emoticon

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KARVY09 10/28/2010 12:39PM

    The thing is, as horrible as she and that piece was, she had no filter in that blog... she said what millions of others think about and whisper every single day. It's good to have it out there.

I put a link to Em's blog now too.

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CREATINGAMANDA 10/28/2010 12:35PM

    I didn't think about it from this way, but you're absolutely right. I think it just p!ssed me off royally to hear someone so unhealthy trying to give out advice to people who are overweight on HOW to lose it. Ok, well, actually, a lot of things ticked me off in that article but I'm trying to chill - lol.

I LOVE your new background though! WHOOO leaves!!! I noticed in the park yesterday that most of the trees here are bare - winter's a comin'!

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YOOVIE 10/28/2010 12:30PM

    re: your new page...

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YOOVIE 10/28/2010 12:28PM

    yeah that articles peeved me royally :| I love wha tyou had to say here tho- you are a hero. EMM1116 posted about this too!

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