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Breaking the Rules

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Food Guidelines vs. Food Rules

I blogged about this not long ago and the truth is, I have not set aside enough brain time to really focus on this topic. Which is really too bad because last night I broke one of my own food rules. *KICKS ROCKS*

It was me vs. the jar of peanut butter. I didn't go down in flames and kept my consumption to a bare minimum - 3 TABLESPOONS. I know, I know it doesn't sound like it was that bad BUT I was standing on the ledge of a food binge gripping my toes as tight as I could so I wouldn't tumble.

I found my balance and I walked away. When I go home tonight I will remove that jar of peanut butter. One of my new food guidelines, NO peanut butter at my home.

I must dedicate more time to this concept of food guidelines vs. food rules. If I don't, I'll be standing on that ledge again hoping and praying to my Dear Baby Jesus that I can find my balance.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JENJESS48 6/1/2012 7:51AM

    Congrats on stopping the binge before it really got rolling! That is so hard and a major victory!

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WOUBBIE 5/31/2012 6:07PM

    Write 'em down as you go and put them on a Post It note on the fridge! Crunchy peanut butter will be unwelcome here too once this jar's gone. :[ Farewell, old friend....

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FITNESSMONSTER8 5/31/2012 3:26PM

    Good job!!!

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Finding my way

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Now that I feel like I'm treading water instead of completely drowning in the new San Francisco office I have set my sights on finding my way into this new gym scene.

At first I was excited about having a membership at a fancy City gym. Then I went inside and I choked. Yup, I completed my two complimentary trainer sessions, tried one yoga class that was an epic fail and then I just stopped going. I dropped my schedule like a hot rock and kept on walking. When Mr H (my boss) asked how I was enjoying the new gym - that he pays for - I would shrug and say I haven't been able to go due to my workload. In my own head I KNEW I wasn't going because I was the new kid on the block and everyone IN THERE terrified me. To make matters worse, I felt like I was the new fat kid on the block and everyone was waiting for me to trip as I walked by. *FACE/PALM*

Yesterday I told myself enough was enough and had to start finding my way. I scheduled myself out the office on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons to attend an end of the workday yoga class. I consulted management & discovered this 4:45 p.m. class is yoga 101.

I entered the gym and made a b-line for the yoga studio. As soon as I entered the studio I was reminded that they HEAT the yoga studio. Thankfully the woman who nestled next to me gave me one of her towels at the beginning of class. By the time the class started I was numb inside. I might be a warrior princess and a fighter but I have my weak moments too.

The instructor was fantastic. He was easy on the ears and gentle on the body. He demonstrated poses when necessary and was active with participants by readjusting us when needed. *I NEEDED* I was dripping with sweat, feeling my heart rate rise slowly and felt my muscles release as the class progressed. The hour slipped by without much thought and I only prayed to Dear Baby Jesus once during the class. *GIGGLES*

In the end . . . I felt like I found my way.


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SGRAY478 6/1/2012 12:41PM

    I'm glad that you found your way. I am proud of the way you went back and faced the gym!

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BELAFUNK1985 5/30/2012 11:51AM

    I love me some yoga! I am addicted. I try to do it at least 4 times a week. Congrads on sticking it out. I am proud of you!!!

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FITNESSMONSTER8 5/30/2012 10:37AM

    I'm glad your yoga class went well. emoticon

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WOUBBIE 5/30/2012 9:15AM

    Awesome! And one day (probably sooner than you think) you'll be helping out the next newbie who walks in the door feeling a little intimidated!

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SPARKLEPIE 5/30/2012 9:06AM

    Ah yes even the strongest of warriors have weak moments.. but a true warrior does just what you did... pushes through and faces the challenge no matter what...

You are just awesome for going back, and finding a your own way- such a powerful moment inside you must have felt when the class was over and YOU DID IT!!

Bravo to you, this is simply wonderful... enjoy your next session!!

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JENJESS48 5/30/2012 8:31AM

    It took a lot of courage to go back - congrats! It sounds like this yoga class is a good fit for you and well worth the risk of going back. :)

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/30/2012 7:29AM

    That's great! I'm glad you went back *HUGS*

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ABB698 5/29/2012 11:59PM

    Good job KT! Way to warrior on! Sometimes it just takes a few tries to find your niche. emoticon

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I'm passing along what was given to me

Friday, May 25, 2012

I received the following quote and link from one of my doctors. I found it informative and it left me asking myself A LOT of questions. I'm hoping my local library has a copy, or can get a copy, of the book so I can have a look see. If you have the time and energy to watch this video I'd recommend it.

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. In a way, that’s all you need to know — so long as you understand that not everything in the supermarket is food. There are a lot of what I call “edible foodlike substances” that don’t deserve to be dignified with the label “food.” ~Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan: Food Rules for Healthy People and Planet


Here's what I wrote down:
1) Don't eat anything your great grandma wouldn't recognize as food.
2) Shop the outer edge of the supermarket
3) Avoid foods that never rot. Food is alive and it should eventually die. Honey is excluded.
4) Unless it's homemade, don't eat something that has more than five ingredients.
5) Eat sitting at a table.
6) Eat when you're hungry, not board.
7) Stop eating BEFORE you are full.
8) Don't eat cereal that changes the color of the milk. (Personally I think he should add ... Don't eat cereal that changes the color of the milk AND/OR your poo. It happens and you know it so let's just put it out there - the statement, not the poo. *BLUSH*)

BRILLIANT! I follow *most* these rules myself. Honestly, I don't subscribe to #5. I don't have an actual table at my home to eat at but I do make myself sit down when I have a meal there.

Do you vilify foods - the Good vs. Evil. Does this change the quantity of the "good" foods you eat?

Do you have personal food policies? I want to explore the personal food policy statement so reading the book will allow me to better understand what he is getting at. Food policies vs. Food Rules. My inner dialogue, Personal food policies seem to be more binding whereas food rules are just meant to be broken. HA!

I want to adopt this statement into my life, "I no longer have hunger" instead of "I am full."

Agree or disagree with all, or part, of this it's okay. I thought I'd share what came my way.

If you've stopped by and have made it to the end of this blog I'd love to hear your feedback, your perspective.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ABB698 5/29/2012 12:40AM

    Great guidelines! We always have dinner at the table, and each family member has to have some of everything (like a new veggie...etc...) The hardest part to adhere by is that we DON'T have to clean our plates if we're full... I hate wasting things/food, but I have to remind myself that my waist will thank me later!
Thanks for sharing, KT!

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ENDUROVET 5/27/2012 10:34AM

    Yes, I think those are great "guidelines"... (in my case) understanding that nothing is set in stone, circumstances may dictate a slight change in protocol (for instance, visiting friends this weekend so I don't turn up my nose at the toast my friend has lovingly prepared!)

Waiting for my boy to awaken so we can HIT THE BEACH!!! Woo hoo!

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TOTALFOCUS 5/26/2012 11:28AM

    Great information!
I will also check out the video link too.
Thanks a bunch!

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WOUBBIE 5/25/2012 8:37PM

    Yeah, I think these are all pretty sound guidelines. I think it's funny that he excludes honey. It tastes good and is produced naturally, but it's not particularly good for you in anything but small quantities.

I LOVE the idea of policies! I personally follow a whole bunch of what I thought of as "rules" but I guess, really, they're not. Rules really ARE meant to be broken, whereas policies are more a statement of belief rather than willpower. (Hope you don't mind if I steal some quotes from both your post and my comment and use it in the team challenge forum!)

Funny, but I was just thinking yesterday about the difference between "No, thanks, I'm full." and "No, thanks, I'm satisfied." As a former carboholic I can think of numerous times when I was full to bursting, but still not satisfied. You're right that "not having hunger" is not the same as "being full"

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You never really know until you try!

Friday, May 25, 2012

I made the remark earlier in the week that I was pushing up against a happy problem of not having clothes that fit anymore. Meaning, my clothes are getting to be to big! See a happy problem. *GIGGLES*

My local shoe guy, Scott of Scott's Shoes, (amazing in every way possible) hosted an event last night that took care of that happy problem. After regular store hours he allowed a fellow friend/small business owner to bring in one-of-a-kind spring separates, scarves & vintage pieces to sell. She had amazing things and I made sure she had a profitable evening.

I never dreamed that I would find anything to compliment my lovely curves. I was clearly wrong. I ended up buying two skirts, four scarves and a handbag. I never knew I liked scarves but those vintage ones just looked too darn cute around my neck ... I couldn't leave them behind. And can we talk about the handbag, it is something special and in a brilliant red.

When I pulled the two skirts off the rack I said a little prayer. I doubted on every level that they would fit, after all I was the curviest woman in a store. Yet, I pushed myself by saying, "you never know until you try." So try I did. I twirled and smiled as soon as they cleared my hips. *PRETTY*

You never really know until you try! It's a lesson for life, a reminder for everyday and it applies to all aspects of life.

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ENDUROVET 5/27/2012 10:37AM

    That's great! Unfortunately I haven't had the chance to check out any of the funky boutiques here in my friend's beachside town...

I just want to go soak up some surf n' nice warm sand!

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SGRAY478 5/26/2012 11:16AM

    I love when clothes you don't think will fit, do! It is the BEST feeling in the world :)

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JENJESS48 5/25/2012 10:16AM

    Fitting into clothes that seem too small to fit is always such an awesome surprise. Congrats!

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WOUBBIE 5/25/2012 9:46AM

    Mmmmm. Used to LOVE vintage. Sweet!

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