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A Skinny Day?

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Has anyone out there ever had a skinny feeling day? It's the strangest thing imaginable. Without weight issues, I never really thought about my weight or how it made me feel until 3 years ago when I started gaining weight. Over those 3 years I learned how "chunky" felt and then habituated to that until that was my normal.

Yesterday I felt energetic and slender. I have no idea why. I'm a tortoise of a looser, Sparking for about 1 1/2 years with only a 20 lb loss. This is not a complaint merely an observation. Any loss is a fine loss. My point is that there's still plenty of meat on the old girl's bones, but for some reason it wasn't in my way yesterday.

Perhaps this is how being fit feels and I just took it for granted before. If this is the case, sign me up. This is all the motivation I need to keep me going.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BRIGITH 9/4/2009 7:59AM

    Good for you L8! Nothing like a little non-scale victory to keep you motivated.

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DIZZY85 9/3/2009 10:13AM

    I love those days...my clothes fit just right and I just FEEL more confident and ready to take on my day...embrace it girlfriend :D

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JILLTBNAGART 9/3/2009 9:33AM

    I have skinny days! I walk taller, feel prouder of myself on those type of days. I've vowed to have more of them. I'm positive I can make every day a skinny day.

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Little Victories Along the Way

Monday, November 24, 2008

November 23, 2008 - perfect week last week, 5 days aerobics, 3 days yoga, within calorie range all 7 days.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 11/26/2008 1:20AM

    Congrats! What a great job you did! Keep it up!

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BRIGITH 11/25/2008 4:50PM

    Congratulations! I know how the calorie range can be a challenge for you so this is fantastic!!

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IRISHGIRL74 11/24/2008 9:18PM

    emoticon KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

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Lower Fat Pesto Sauce

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I tried to enter this as a spark recipe but it was too tiresome a project. They only have basil measured in Tbs, # of leaves, or grams.

4 c. Fresh Basil Leaves
4 c. Fresh Spinach Leaves
2 T. fresh lemon juice
4 cloves garlic
1 c. pine nuts
1 1/2 c. shredded Parmesean Cheese
1/2 c. olive oil
3/4 c. fat free half & half

Toss all ingredients into a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Serve tossed with pasta, as a sandwich spread, or over grilled meats, fish, or chicken.

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*FAFA* 9/13/2009 10:59PM

    Hey I just saw this blog and had to share what I do.
I don't eat the regular pesto because the flavors are a bit strong for me but I buy packaged pesto like Knorr and I only add about 3/4 cup of water and no oil and it gives a nice smooth texture and great flavor.
I use it for my oven roasted tomato pizza on eggplant or zucchini instead of bread.
Yum. Just made it yesterday again.
Anyway one more way to reduce the fat.
Thought you might like to know.
Have a great day.

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BUDVIOLETROSE 11/19/2008 3:57PM

    What do you think would happen if one left out the oil all together?

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IRISHGIRL74 11/18/2008 6:17PM

    sounds good!!!

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Living the crazy life

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

I've had two really fun but crazy hectic days. I was helping out with the elections in Delaware most of the day yesterday, had children with sports, and several routine home and health things to tend to, and a tub that sprung a leak just when I thought it was time to relax. Today, a few small things with relatives to tend to, car maintenance, sports games, a child's doctor's appointment, a guitar lesson, and parent night at a son's youth group. Both days I think I was home for a total of 10 -20 minutes max and not home for good until 8:30 at night.

Yesterday was tragic for nutrition. Campaign food is pure garbage. Today I literally ate cold Golean waffles and V-8 juice in my car for lunch and dinner. It was so hard to eat properly when I was constantly on the go. I'm not whining, this is the life I've chosen and it's so good.

Life is such a balancing act isn't it. A few days of chaos, a few days of relative calm. The benefit is in the learning to do the best I can when I can.
I have a lot to learn but I'm a willing student.

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BRIGITH 9/11/2008 3:05PM

    It sounds like even though you had a lot to do, you still made some good food choices. And you're right, this is the life we choose - and it's a good life!

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BRIAN36 9/10/2008 10:39PM

    Boy can I relate! I think I feel the most alive when I am burning the candle at both ends. We can just be thankful that we are physically able to keep up with our busy lives. I'd hate to imagine the alternative.

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Small Victories

Sunday, August 31, 2008

I've been trying really hard to focus on forever changing my behavior rather than the number I see on the scale. It's been hard. I so badly want to step on that scale for validation. How do I know my changes in behavior are leading to my goal of a more fit, healthier me?

I've done a lot of traveling and socializing over the last three weeks. Ordinarily this would have been disastrous for me had I been on a "diet". But I'm not on a diet. Now I only had healthy goals to try to adhere to. No forbidden foods, no "must nots'. I just had to do my best to get in some exercise and stay close to my calorie limits. I definitely exceeded my calorie limits many days. Last week I only got my yoga in once. So what? This time around it was no big deal. I don't have time limited goals.

Here's another way I know my plan is working- I'm still here, still working toward my goals, and feel pretty darn good about my choices for the last three weeks. I had a ball and enjoyed every activity worry free. No regrets. I celebrated with cocktails and wonderful food but was able to control my portions. Exercise is becoming automatic and is getting easier. And yesterday I wore a dress I couldn't even button at the beginning of the summer.

I still catch myself wishing I could lose X lbs by Y date and know I could do it by ramping up my workouts and more tightly controlling my food intake. That Big pay off is so tempting to want to reach for. I still need to learn to better appreciate all the small victories that are leading me where I ultimately want to be, a healthier person for life.

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JESST79 9/8/2008 9:47PM

    You've got a great positive perspective going on ... ;)

I think it's interesting that you talk about exercise getting more automatic--I just started feeling that way this past year, and it's really made a huge difference in the way I see my eating habits--and the way I see my body. I think getting to a point where you enjoy exercise really helps remind you of all the great stuff your body does for you on a daily basis--and that it's not just something that you need to mold to fit a certain physical ideal.

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IRISHGIRL74 9/3/2008 6:52PM

    Getting into clothing that didn't fit before must be a awesome feeling. emoticon I think those type of changes are more motivating than the scale.

You are doing a great job. Keep up the wonderful work!

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BRIGITH 9/1/2008 12:27PM

    Wearing that dress must have given you such a feeling of accomplishment. Way to go! It is so hard not to use the scale for validation but it sounds like you're getting your validation from plenty of both external and internal sources. And more importantly, you're changing the way you live your life and making it sustainable and FUN. Nothing wrong with a cocktail or two every now and then! emoticon

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HELENFROMNC 8/31/2008 10:36PM

    It appears that you are definitely on the right track. Congratulations on your lifestyle change. It certainly makes a difference when you approach as something that is good for you, that is enjoyable, that is a lifetime benefit; rather than something that "has to be done", or is another diet.

Great work! Keep it up,


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