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Stress Eating

Friday, January 27, 2012

I get stressed a lot. There, I said it. I was so overwhelmed this week I seriously ate at Wendy's 3 out of the 5 weekdays this week. And I only made semi-good decisions (small fry instead of the Biggie I wanted to stuff in my face with two hands). Stress is where I totally fall apart every time. Today at lunch, I didn't bring my lunch in yet again, and I was debating getting into my car and getting Wendy's (for the 4th time....GROSS right?) and I instead walked across the street from work and got a Greek salad and dessert. I always give myself a pass when I make the bad choices because it's "only" a few days and then "I'll get through it." Yeah right, who am I kidding! The only thing that will change about my stress is the level - I've pretty much given up on the elusive stress-free day. But, it doesn't mean I can't HANDLE the stress better. Seriously, giving myself a pass has always led to my downfall. So this time, I am OWNING UP. Yes, I sucked for the last two weeks. There's no pretty way of saying it. The only thing I can do is make better choices TODAY, RIGHT NOW and not make excuses for why I did a bad job before.

So today, I made a better choice, and eventually, all my "todays" will add up to a nice long streak of healthy eating.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JOYINHEALTH 2/17/2012 9:54PM

    You can totally do this! I love your attitude. About Wendy's: If you forget your lunch their chili actually isn't that bad calorie-wise and it has a TON of protein due to the beans and meat so you'll feel full. I get super stressed too so I can understand. Don't beat yourself up about it! Just keep trying. ((Hugs.)))

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MRSGRAY13 2/13/2012 2:50PM

    I did horrible this weekend, but all you can do is make better choices from now on. No excuses anymore for me. And every once in a while, a little "cheating" isn't so bad. It's overall that counts the most. Especially when that's what's going to keep me on this long-term. Can't NEVER have Wendy's again! just not everyday.

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RUNRUNMAMA 1/30/2012 6:24AM

    My family's Sunday lunch tradition is Wendy's. Not that I'm complaining - I love, love, love Wendy's. I have found that a "chicken go wrap" (no mayo) and a small chili make a pretty satisfying lunch, and don't do too much damage on the nutrition planner. Not that I always make that choice, but when I do, it's a small win. I hope the stress level drops a few notches this week!

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Vision Statement (AKA, why the heck am I still here??)

Sunday, June 05, 2011

So I started this 100 DTS challenge a while ago, and shockingly, I'm still here. I've certainly not been perfect at it, in fact I've downright sucked a few times. But I keep coming back and coming back. Why? Well, it all goes back to one of my first posts on the Nutrition challenge. I mentioned that I'm turning 30 this year and my main goal is that I didn't want to start my 30s fat. This is a great goal for me, as it gives me a specific date (no more, I'll lose weight...whenever), but really it's not all of why I'm here. So far, I've lost about 10-12lbs, and honestly I feel much better. I can keep up with my daughter easily now, I don't feel SO fat in clothes, and my relationships are better as a result. I'm glad that I focused on one goal for this challenge (nutrition), but my real goal in the end is this: To look healthy, feel healthy, and make it a part of my daily life. I already got a shock the last time I attempted to lose weight - I ended up losing less than I thought I originally wanted to because I looked and felt GREAT much earlier than I thought was possible. Now at least I know that the number on the scale is only partly important. I'm looking forward to finishing this challenge up strong and then moving on to some fitness challenges!

So here is my vision statement:

I want to be the kind of person who inspires others with my ability to lead a healthy lifestyle, while working and caring for a family. I want to wake up in the morning and not have to think about what clothing is going to fit me, because I know I will feel comfortable in whatever I choose. For the past 11/12 weeks I have focused on getting my nutrition under control, and while I feel like I've learned a lot I know this is NOT everything. I want to be strong and healthy, I want to be able to rollerblade the mileage that I was able to 7 years ago without worry, and I want to be able to play with my daughter and teach her how to have fun and be healthy.

  
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YCAMOMMY 6/9/2011 10:24AM

    I think you can totally achieve inspiration - you're fantastic like that!!! Love ya babe, keep up the journey!!

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JAMIEKJO 6/6/2011 10:48PM

    You rock!! Congrats on your weight loss!! We're gonna kick these last three weeks ass!!! :)

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PLEEBLES 6/6/2011 9:42PM

    Sounds great!

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Greek Yogurt - YUM!

Thursday, June 02, 2011

I've heard people talking about greek yogurt for a while and I finally just broke down and bought some at the store this past weekend. I got the Fage brand and tried it with honey, and YUMMM it's like a little piece of heaven! SOOO creamy and tasty. Granted, it's not at all the same as ice cream (I mean really, nothing is), but it will so be my substitute. The 0% fat stuff is only 60 cals per half cup. It's crazy good!

  
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ADVENTURE-GIRL 6/6/2011 3:33PM

    I recently found greek yogurt too. I get Chobani blueberry or strawberry nonfat. Love it! I like the texture better than regular yogurt and the extra protein is a bonus.

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CRAZYRIKI 6/6/2011 3:15PM

    I don't understand. I think it tastes like a lot of the other yogurts out there, just a little thicker. I don't get the hype, please explain why it's the newest thing.

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CATARATA17 6/3/2011 4:36PM

    Since Greek yogurt can be expensive, to make it cheaper you can actually strain regular yogurt. I used this: http://www.amazon.com/Cuisipro-Donv
ier-Yogurt-Cheese-Maker/dp/B000
064841/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
You can also use a cheesecloth, but the strainer worked great.

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LINAREX 6/3/2011 3:27PM

    Ohhhh, using it as a substitute for mayo is very interesting, I'm going to have to try it this weekend!

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KATEINMICHIGAN 6/3/2011 12:06PM

    I use it ALL the frickin' time -- it's a fantastic substitute for mayo in salads (add some curry powder and maybe some Splenda to offset the bitter), or in deviled eggs instead of mayo.

Also in muffins to replace fat and some of the milk. Also wherever I'd use sour cream. Seriously -- I need to learn to make it because I spend so much on the darned stuff.

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RUNRUNMAMA 6/2/2011 11:43PM

    I think I need to try the Fage...I've tried other brands and haven't been too impressed.

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DANAFITZY 6/2/2011 10:51PM

    emoticon glad you love it! Great source for protein!

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HONDOLU 6/2/2011 10:43PM

    yummm is right on. at first I did not like the taste but I put some fruit and WOW. emoticon

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Eating and working out - timing

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Part of the nutrition challenge this week is to review how important timing is in what you eat. I took the quiz about strength training and I got a whopping big fat F (50%) lol. I had never taken that quiz before and the info was really interesting, especially the part about not needing much extra protein to support it. That kind of info is thrown around regularly on SP so I was surprised that article said it was not exactly true.

I was also semi-surprised in one of the articles that said that your last meal before you workout isn't necessarily the one your body is using for energy during the workout. Intuitively I know that digestion takes a while, but that was kind of surprising for me.

There was a lot of good info there related to eating and working out, which would be great if I was working out lol. But I did bookmark it for later use!

  


Took a week off, semi-unintentionally

Sunday, May 22, 2011

I did absolutely jack this week. There, I said it. I was at a conference for work from Mon-Thurs, which was just downward spiral after downward spiral. I drank excessively and ate excessively, played golf for the first time, and sprained my ankle (OUCH). Now, I really don't drink that often (MAYBE once every 3 months or so), and I know why. Not because of the god awful hangovers afterwards, but because I want to eat everything in sight for the next 6 months after I drink. And I want greasy, fatty, foods, none of this healthy garbage. Drinking excessively is just something I need to avoid in the future. Oh, and eating excessively as well.

So, with that said, I'm writing last week off, and started anew today. It felt SO GOOD to eat healthy and drink all my water. Seriously, I don't know why I don't just do this all the time.

  
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LINAREX 5/24/2011 8:50PM

    Seriously, I love McDonald's fries like no other fries. I would eat pounds of them if I could :)

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YCAMOMMY 5/24/2011 7:26AM

    If I've learned nothing in the last few months, its that sometimes we have to go all the way to the other extreme to enjoy what we're doing now. Now, I've always loved my veggies and salads, but what are they compared to McD's fries?? (gross, I know, but addictions are addictions!) But since this challenge, I've been actually craving healthy foods more and more often. I don't need those grossly saturated potatoes!!! The next time that you want to go off into drinking gross food crazy land, you'll remember this experience. It might not keep you from going, but the trip will probably be shorter ;) Good luck, Gorgeous! So glad you're here!!

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