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Why tracking?

Monday, December 05, 2011

I was taking my Kundalini yoga class today, and while we were sitting there with our eyes closed and breathing, (and I was trying, really I was, to keep my mind from wandering....) the thought occurred to me why I need to track. I don't know why it came at this particular time, but there it was, and I think the crux of it is, I just never really learned how to eat.

Not that I can't physically accomplish the task, obviously I can eat. But I don't really know how to eat in a natural way that nourishes my body, and in a way that allows me to stop when I don't need any more food. I guess this is the concept of intuitive eating. I don't know if this concept will ever really take hold for me personally, but I think it's what I keep striving for, because I really don't like tracking. I really don't like measuring food, weighing it, wondering if I've gone over my nutrients or if I have enough of the stuff my body needs to work well. I'd like to think that at some point I can just eat for nourishment, and not think about the food....but I don't really believe that will happen. Or maybe it can happen in some circumstances, but not in others (for example, buffets are impossible for me to restrain myself, even if the food sucks, I still fill the plate (multiple times...) and eat it!) I rarely don't finish food that is put in front of me, and I have a really hard time with wasting food.

So I'm back to tracking....well for the month of December at least, and only a couple of days a week, just to see how this goes. If I can get back to my goal range (I'm pretty close...) and stay there this month, it will be quite an accomplishment for me!

So I suppose the question is: Can a gal raised in the "clean-your-plate" philosophy learn how to eat more intuitively? That remains to be seen....I hope so!

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ROCKYCPA 12/5/2011 4:28PM

    It is hard to change habits but tracking what you eat will help you learn what you are eating and from there work on changing your habits. You can do it!

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Sticking to it...

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Well, not in the daily tracking, but the concept of tracking a couple of times a week. So I just realized that in order to be successful at this, I'll need to plan ahead a bit! Especially this week, since we leave for Las Vegas soon, and I will have a hard time tracking on the road. So I'm planning right now to track tomorrow, and maybe Tuesday....that way I'll have my 2 days in early, and will have achieved my stated goal. Plus if I do get an additional tracking day in, then bonus! If not, I'm still sticking to the plan.

So for today: I finished up the modules for the online training, now all I have left is the final test. I'm going to wait until tomorrow morning to take it, first because I'm fresher in the morning, and second because Larry has football on, and I really need quiet to concentrate....

I had to go in to work to finish up the timecards for my staff, so I walked in. It's been a while since I've walked or biked to work, and it felt good! And it's a nice sunny day, even if it's cold out, so it was nice to soak up some sun and be outside for a while. And it got me over an hour and a half of walking (6 miles worth) not too shabby!

I also made a Spark recipe: pumpkin carrot bars. Well, I sort of made it, I didn't have any cream cheese, and I didn't think it was that big of a deal, because I thought it was for the frosting, but it was actually a topping that you marbled in, and baked with the bars! So I made them without....and they are tasty, but I think would be nice with the cream cheese topping too...so I may make them again. I was really doing a trial run for my potluck at work, I don't mind bringing in something "healthy" but I don't want it to taste bad either....I'd really like the best of both worlds.

So to wrap it up: The plan for tomorrow: tracking, testing, yoga, and maybe when I'm done with all that I'll pull the Christmas tree out of the shed, and decorate!


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ADLINS 12/5/2011 9:37PM

    How wonderful that you could walk in! Glad the bars turned out well...I usually test recipes before I take them anywhere as well...

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MAUIMA 12/5/2011 11:04AM

    mmmmmm...pumpkin carrot bars!
Love tree decorating...Singing, decorating... Happy times.

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KAYOTIC 12/5/2011 10:53AM

    Probably will burn a few, since I have to bring it upstairs! (and then the boxes of ornaments too!)

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THINRONNA 12/5/2011 3:06AM

    You walk sounds wonderful and the pumkin carrot bars sound pretty good too! :-)

Enjoy your day and have fun putting up that Christmas tree...that has to burn some calories right?!?

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status report: Dec 2nd

Saturday, December 03, 2011

I really was intending to blog yesterday about how the day went with my goals, but it got late, and I got involved in an online training I need to complete by next Thursday....best laid plans and all!

So I did track my nutrition yesterday, and was doing really well (even if I was a little bit hungry a couple of times) until Larry suggested going out for dinner. And even then I did OK, but the waiter at the Indian restaurant we always frequent brought out complimentary rice pudding at the end of dinner, and I couldn't resist. Then after I got home and logged dinner, I thought I was right in range, even if I was over on the carbs (rice and naan, not exactly low carb!) but then I realized I hadn't logged the rice pudding! That put me slightly over on the calories and the fat, but still, not bad. And the scale still went down this morning. So since my Wednesday weigh in of a post-Thanksgiving high of 141.8, I'm now down to 134.8, not too bad, and really I think it's the tracking, and paying attention to my nutrition that has done the trick.

I am also working out, I took a rest day yesterday (which is why I tracked again, I'm going to track my nutrition on my rest days) but worked out with my group again today, burned over 500 calories in just over an hour, not too bad! If we're still in town Tuesday evening, I'll go to class, if not, I'll be working out somehow on the road.

I'm not tracking again today, since it was a workout day. I'll also have to decide how often I'm going to blog to log this plan. I think the more I blog, the more it will sink into my brain, and I'll be better able to follow it!

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THINRONNA 12/4/2011 3:18AM

    I think that the more I READ your blogs the more it will stick into my head! You are on it I would say!

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WENDYWITKOSKI 12/3/2011 9:19PM

    You are doing great! Way to go!

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December begins...

Thursday, December 01, 2011

And all it brings with it, celebrations of the season, cookies, candies, gifts and gatherings.

and also stress, anxiety, rushing.

So what to do?

Make a plan, and stick to it!

Nutrition: There are so many temptations, and they can be hard to resist. but they can be resisted. So the plan, skip the incidental treats, and pick the really special ones (homemade pie or favorite cookies) and really stop and enjoy them. Instead of mindlessly scarfing down handfuls of candy from the inevitable candy jar, take one special treat and sit down to mindfully appreciate everything about it.

Fitness: This one is easy for me, but it can be trickier when the routine changes and I'm out of my element, which I will be for much of the month (trip early in the month, and will likely visit family for Christmas celebration) so my plan is to get in some form of workout 5 days a week. And I'm going to sign up for another round of small group, this one will be at a better time for me, 5:30-6:30. I may miss a few, but it's still worth it, and he's doing some make-up sessions on Saturdays, so I should be able to get to some of those. And of course if the snow shows up we'll be skiing soon!

Weight: I just still want to get back to my goal range. I've been a pound or 2 out of it for the past month or so, not that that is horrible, I still feel and look fine, but I feel better when I'm in that range. And Thanksgiving added another 5 lbs on top of that! But I've been tracking my food for the past couple of days, and am almost back to my range again. Which tells me a couple of things, most of the gain must have been water weight, and I should make an effort to track my food more often. It really does keep me more honest, and not as likely to nibble on those incidental snacks that can add up over time.

I'm also going to make an effort to blog more, just to keep myself on track with these goals. And I think if I feel in better control of the above, I'll be able to really enjoy the holidays!

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ANDYLIN90 12/3/2011 1:38AM

    Kay, I really do find your blogs quite motivational...here you are maintaining a good weight, eating healthfully and not depriving yourself, getting right back on track if you see weight going up a little and making good plans to handle Christmas holidays. Thank-you for blogging; it really helps me.

AND, you climb mountains which makes you awesome in my book!

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THINRONNA 12/2/2011 4:01AM

    What wonderful reminders as we head into the December holidays! Thank you! You seem to have a good plan. I think you are going to make it just fine!

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WENDYWITKOSKI 12/1/2011 9:57PM

    I like your nutrition plan! That concept makes so much more sense than trying to avoid it all but then ending up eating everything. I will try to enjoy some of the very best things and not bother with the rest. I need to make a list of the things worth having. Maybe even shamelessly make something fabulous.

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SNOWSNAKE 12/1/2011 10:47AM

    This is such a great post, I hope you dont mind, but I printed it out and am going to keep it with me for support! You can help me be good over the rest of the holiday too, I felt so much better reading that you too had the proverbial weight gain like I have had! I need to reinforce the will power inside, I have not been listening to my brain about this matter at all....the hand just goes searching...... thanks Kay! ***SNOW** thank you hugs!

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Post Thanksgiving, back from vacation....

Monday, November 28, 2011

And soon to leave again!

It was really a wonderful time, and even though I did gain, I wouldn't do it any different (except for the last bit of pie on Saturday....it put me over the top, and I was nauseated all night long!) We ate well, but also moved a lot, and I got in a couple of yoga sessions, so I can't say that was a fail. And it was so great getting to know Larry's family a bit better, they are so welcoming we just had a wonderful time. And the weather was great, maybe why we did get out so much!

I will get a true idea of where I am tomorrow, since I couldn't weigh myself during this trip, and when I got home it was well past noon, and we had eaten, drank, everything I try not to do before my morning weigh in! But I wanted to stick to my usual Monday posting, so I did.

I think for the most part I made the best choices I could (with the exception of that pie) Nancy had lots of veggies available, and fruit, and we were active. Lots of walking, some running, we hiked along the Potomac one day. The weather was fantastic, probably into the 60's and sunny most days. We even went out and played tennis for a few hours (and my arm is still sore!)

It's nice to be home though, to unwind, and try to get into my routine for a few days before we head out again, we're going to Las Vegas for a training session, and decided to add a few vacation days in and enjoy the area. I'm hoping for more good weather!

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ADLINS 11/30/2011 8:14PM

    Home is always nice! Glad you had a good Thanksgiving.

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FRENCHIFAL 11/30/2011 4:22PM

    All you can do is your best...and I think there are times when it's good to savor life, even if it means you go over your calories for the day or gain back a pound. You lost it once, you can lose it again!!


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KATHYKIM 11/29/2011 9:04AM

    Sounds like you had a great time!

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THINRONNA 11/29/2011 8:48AM

    Sounds like you had a great trip and a wonderful holiday! I understand what you mean about that pie...I had a bad pie day my self this past week!

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SNOWSNAKE 11/29/2011 1:55AM

    Welcome home Kay! Glad to hear you "bonded" and had a good time as well. I am sure you can just WIGG out with us....it means we all enjoyed ourselves - and that we know we can get right back into our routines and shrug off the extra pie that we have put on while celebrating. I look at it like this, I stayed the same weight( basically) all year long, that in itself is an achievelment, gaining and losing is part of the see- saw of life, if you are in control that is! And Kay- I am confident when I say that you are in control, so as soon as you start biking and running, the little bit added, will melt away as you work hard again to return to our "good numbers"....and how our clothes feel on our bodies.
You are very committed, focused, and energized...just like the bunny! ***SNOW*** emoticon emoticon

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ANDYLIN90 11/29/2011 1:34AM

    I'm glad you had a good time. It sounds like you had a lot of balance between food and activity.

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WENDYWITKOSKI 11/28/2011 9:56PM

    I'm jealous, You are having so much fun and sun.
Have a great time in Vegas!

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TAICHIDANCER 11/28/2011 8:30PM

    Welcome home!

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