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The sweet demon

Friday, March 04, 2011

Maybe it was 'cuz we were in the mountains, but I got way off track in Tennessee at the quilting retreat. Ate every dessert I was hungry for... sometimes second helpings. Desserts are my biggest enemy; my diet otherwise is a very good one. I've since lost the 1 pound I gained, but this gain/lose pattern has been a part of me for a long time, resulting in plateaus or very slow weight loss. I have a friend who has lost 30 lbs. mostly by halving portions. This seems like a good idea to me, but I'd rather cut desserts out to almost nothing. White flour, sugar, and butter are not good, and they set off craving, I think. Feeling wishy/washy today, can you tell?

You know, I'm not going to beat myself up too much for that. The truth is, I did NOT eat like I would have in the past. I passed up on a lot of the desserts, saving my "transgressions" for those that were truly delicious. I really did cross the boundary, but recovered easily. Onto just concentrating on eating good foods.

  
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SILLYHP1953 3/9/2011 1:48PM

    I've almost had a revelation about food while over here in Italy for a week. I am not obsessing over food at all. I eat when I feel hunger and drink lots more water. Only had one glass of red wine the first day we were here. It gave me a headache, I think red wine does that to some people, guess I'm one of them. But it has made me completely rethink my relationship with food. Of course we're walking anywhere from 3-4-5 miles day so maybe that's helping me not think about food.

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JEANNEROBERTSON 3/9/2011 8:53AM

  I can definitely relate to what you are going through! One thing I found that helps is if you are really, really wanting some of that dessert, make a small portion of it. Sometimes just a little taste will work, and then you do not feel deprived by totally abstaining from it. Dark Chocolate is my weakness. Hang in there!

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BECCASINGSLEAD 3/4/2011 7:32PM

    I know where you're coming from. I've been fighting the same battle myself. My problem is that we make home baked goods for the family and while the kids can stop at one or two cookies, I'll eat a half dozen. I've gained nearly ten pounds since the end of the year. If I don't own the problem then I can't do anything about it. So, I'm owning it and moving on.

We can conquer this!!!

Be blessed!
Becca

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QUETZALGIRL 3/4/2011 2:27PM

  I have major problems with dessert and anything with any refined sugar. I try to cut it out and jump right back in with it. What has worked for me when I'm successful is crystallized ginger. The spice seems to balance out the sugar and I'm satisfied with a few small pieces. the other thing I routinely use is dried fruit. It's really sweet, and I love it, but I'm also getting some fiber, so it doesn't set off such a craving for other sweet things. And, I have to be able to fit it into my daily food budget in order to eat it. I recently added one to two pieces of 72% chocolate into my daily routine. It's the last thing I eat each day.

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LAMPERLADY 3/4/2011 10:56AM

    I know what you mean. I like anything chocolate. I find that if I reduce the amount I eat and I include them in my calories to keep me accountable for them I can have my cake and eat it too, so to speak.

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Home again.... and leave again

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Just home from Atlanta, to see our new grandson (will add pictures when I can); leaving on a quilt retreat tomorrow. Haven't entered food for 3 days, which is very unusual for me. I did take my laptop, but only had limited time to log on. Wanted to spend as much time as possible with the grandson, and his mother. I just met her at their wedding and this was the first time we really got to know one another. Made sour dough bread together, and enjoyed her very much. Love her family, too. It was a wonderful visit.

  
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JEANNEROBERTSON 2/25/2011 8:47AM

  So glad you have a great visit and also glad you have a good daughter in law and grandbaby!!

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SILLYHP1953 2/24/2011 10:30AM

    It's always a wonderful thing to like your daughter-in-law AND her family. Congrats on the new grandson. I'll be having a new grandson within a week or two! Hopefully before I leave for Italy next Thursday! I'll only be gone eight days but I still hope he's born before I leave so I can be there. They live pretty close, only 45 minutes away.
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BECCASINGSLEAD 2/23/2011 10:30PM

    Congrats on your new grandbaby! It sounds like a wonderful visit. Enjoy your retreat!!

Becca

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GAILRUU 2/23/2011 3:12PM

    Congratulations on a new grandson and a nice daughter in law. Sounds like a nice visit.

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Movin' on along......

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

I wouldn't normally blog the morning after a "slip," but.... so it is. Last night I had a meeting at my house, at which I served cranberry/orange scones. My husband had brought them home (they were on sale, of course!), and I'd mildly chastised him for it. Then he offered them to me for my meeting and I thought "Great!" I can make other people fat besides my husband and myself! Well..... don't ever go without eating. Because I was spending time preparing for "company" and getting some paperwork done for the meeting, I didn't eat.

You guessed it. I didn't even eat any during the meeting, but after they were gone.... there were those scones. And I was HUNGRY!!!! One and a half scones later..... still hungry, so I had a drinkable yogurt. One pound higher this morning, which I don't expect to "stick!" I know it'll come right back off, but I realize how I sabotaged myself by not eating. I have cheese sticks and the drinkable yogurt on hand all the time. They're high in protein and in fat, which makes them satisfying and long lasting enough till I can take the time to have a meal, and in times of emergency, can be eaten "on the run." Lesson learned..... again.

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KICKINGIT@56 2/21/2011 4:05PM

    Sometimes when we get very busy we let too much time pass without eating and that sets us up trouble as you have discovered. In the past I've skipped meals and got so hungry I "wolfed down" my food and either bit my lip or got hiccups. Having healthy alternatives at the ready is a smart plan. An occasional slip...well that just means you're human. emoticon

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SILLYHP1953 2/9/2011 1:35PM

    I haven't had the nerve yet, but have considered throwing food right in the trash when my husband brings that stuff home. He has learned to keep it to himself, so I'm usually the one that has the break downs and brings home cheese pastries, etc. Yeah, when we're hungry it's a lot harder to resist. Hope your meeting went well.
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BECCASINGSLEAD 2/8/2011 10:50AM

    Ladybug, you did learn an important lesson about keeping yourself fed but don't fret about munching on the scones. I would have had one simply because I love scones! I have discovered that I can't put any food or food group off-limits or I'll merely crave it all the more. It's not the end of the world and definitely NOT the end of your healthy living journey. So, smile and enjoy the rest of the day!!

Be blessed!
Becca

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DANSMOMTPM2 2/8/2011 10:10AM

    Ladybug - don't be hard on yourself. But definately consider it a lesson learned. I hate when people bring good stuff to work, and I forget to eat my healthy food - making those bagels or donuts so tempting. And yes, I have slipped too. But we just get back on!

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Balance

Monday, January 31, 2011

It's 12:30 p.m., and though I've done little chores here and there, I've been on the computer mostly, and wish I could break this bad habit. There's tons of places to go in SparkPeople, of course, which I've explored a lot so far. However, there's also "Cafe World" which I'm addicted to, wondering if there's a correlation between being overweight and a high rate of addiction of any kind. Never been addicted to anything really dangerous, until you realize that sedentary lives are really dangerous as well, just more insidious. That's my thoughts as I raise my hiney off this chair.

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JEANNEROBERTSON 2/6/2011 7:18AM

  Yes, it really is easy to spend hours on the computer and not even realize it. The timer is a great idea. I always fuss at myself when I spend too much time on the computer and think of all the other things I should be doing instead of sitting there in front of a screne.
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BECCASINGSLEAD 2/4/2011 10:08PM

    I, too, use a timer. I set the timer for 15-30 minutes and rotate between things various things on my to do list and intersperse time on the computer or reading along the way as a reward for doing what needs to be done. It works pretty well for me and I recommend it often.

Be blessed!
Becca

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SILLYHP1953 2/1/2011 7:20PM

    I know just what you mean. I bought a wind up kitchen timer that I set for 1/2 hour and then I have to get up and go do something else. Of course I happened to forget to do that tonight!! I've been addicted to video games, it was 15 or so years ago, but I spent hours on them. I even had to buy a new computer one time because the new video game (it was a series) that came out didn't work right on my older computer!
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Huge challenge

Thursday, December 09, 2010

I vowed to my "coach" that I would make a batch of ginger cookies without eating one. I just wanted to see if I could do it. This particular recipe is so delicious I actually like the dough better than the cookies! Of course, I couldn't eat the dough either!

I'm not even going to try to get through the holidays without any sweets; it's too much an integral part of the holidays for me, with lots of emotional ties with certain foods. However, this was a challenge so that I could say to myself "I CAN make cookies without eating half a dozen before they get to anyone else.

Fresh cookies are probably my biggest challenge. I don't make them any more for that reason, and that's a shame. Now I know I can make them for other people and not gain a couple of lbs. scarfing them up myself. There are so many challenges that no longer bother me; fresh cookies were the next thing to conquer.

Just finished baking the last panful.... gave some warm ginger cookies to my husband, but nary a one has added to MY calories for the day.

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KICKINGIT@56 12/18/2010 10:29PM

    That is so great and I know you must feel so in control. Congratulations on keeping the grown up in charge instead of letting the little "kid" run the show.

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JEANNEROBERTSON 12/15/2010 11:21AM

  WOW!! What an accomplishment!! When they are hot out of the oven are the hardest to resist -- especially if one gets broken because you just cannot serve a broken cookie to someone. You did amazing!!! I do not know if I could do that.

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KELLEY106 12/15/2010 9:40AM

    Way to go. I think cookies are such a comfort food. Homemade cookies that is.
When I went to weight watchers I found out about red light foods
Mine was sugar cookies fresh from our bakery delivered fresh everyday for our customers. If I had just one I was lost. Best way STOP red light.
You were great, we know what an accomplishment this was.

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/12/2010 8:26AM

    Congratulations, raw cookie dough etc. are very hard for me AND when they are warm...you sure did great

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SILLYHP1953 12/10/2010 3:07PM

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Now that is an accomplishment. Forget running a marathon...baking cookies and not eating is amazing! I have to bake cookies for one of those cookie exchange parties tomorrow night, we'll see how I do.
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BECCASINGSLEAD 12/10/2010 12:50AM

    emoticon emoticon I really struggle with that! And I want them HOT!! So hot you can barely put your teeth into them to take a bite! I'm not brave enough to challenge myself like that yet.

Awesome job!!!

Becca

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ABRANNAM61 12/9/2010 6:26PM

  That is an awesome accomplishment!! You should be proud of yourself!!! I think that is the way to get thru the Holidays just one accomplishment at a time before you know it you will be in January and with now an extra pound in sight!!! GO YOU!!!

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