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If I had tried, I couldn't have screwed up the last week any worse than I did :(

Sunday, April 24, 2011

So, I'm not big on making excuses, but I really didn't have the best situation going on the past week to help me succeed. Instead of whining about it, I'm going to put all my stupid excuses in a list and figure out how I could have done better.

1. I had training all week at work, and we had breakfast and lunch brought in every day, M-F. Ordered by a guy who likes meat and potatoes. The healthy stuff on the menu...wasn't all that healthy. There was some salad for 2 days, but one of the days the salad had bacon, cheese, pasta, eggs, and some creamy italian dressing in it. Way to de-health a salad. Oh, and the alternatives that day were hot dogs and tamales :(.

So, how could I have done better? Well let's be real, no one forced me to eat any of the food. It's not like they duck-taped me to a chair and force fed me. After the first day or two, I did try to enjoy the food in more moderation then the first couple days.

2. I had two after work group dinners this week. Neither of them had anything healthy, they were full of sauces, italian food, tiramisu, and alcohol. I rarely have dinners after work, so 2 in one week, on top of the killer lunches, really did me in.

How could I have done it better? I could have skipped dessert, and I didn't need to try all the different kinds of pasta (2 different kinds at EACH dinner). And I didn't have to sample one of everything.

3. There was candy all over the place for the afternoons during the training. And I partook of it. Daily. I did well one day, but wow it's hard to avoid chocolate.

How could I have done better? Chewing gum really helps me curb my cravings especially when there is food staring me in the face in a standoff. But did I bring my gum to work? Nope. It would have been so easy to just drop the gum in my purse in the morning but in my rush I just forgot it every single day.

4. Easter. Nuff said.

How could I have done it better? Well, I was in control of it since I had people at my house, so I certainly didn't have to make the stuff I did, but it's tradition and I'm just a sucker for needing food traditions (really, if I wasn't I would be in this place now would I?). But, I could have definitely eaten LESS. I didn't need 3 pieces of bread, or all those deviled eggs, or the ice cream afterwards. GAH.

After all that, there were a couple of things I did well last week. I drank my water EVERY day, without a doubt. Sitting in training all week actually made it very easy to drink my water. But really, I'm just calling last week a bust and I'm moving on from this point because I can't change what I did but I can change the future. And that is all that matters.

  
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LINAREX 4/26/2011 9:36PM

    Thanks for the nice words. Strength in numbers? Right. That's how I'm going to view it :)

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KATEINMICHIGAN 4/25/2011 7:51AM

    Holy CARP. The stars must have been in the "be an idiot" alignment. We're ALL regretting the last week. Eeep.
Well, chalk one up to experience. Tally-ho and all that. xoox

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HKWEST 4/25/2011 6:54AM

    I like your approach - not excuses but placing blame appropriately, looking for ways to improve. I ate horribly too! I've learned that I don't like giving other people control over my meals because my will power isn't strong enough to do the right thing. This week I'm back in my kitchen so I'm hopeful I can get healthy again.

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ALLIECAT1881 4/25/2011 3:07AM

    I also slacked horribly on week 6... and I felt the lethargy and bad mood because of it. You're right though, it's a new beginning! :)

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DENAROX 4/25/2011 1:56AM

    you are definitely not alone..week 6 sucked for me as well.. ahh well, bring on week 7!!

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RUNRUNMAMA 4/25/2011 1:08AM

    Oh boy, I can relate! I was just thinking about how to make this week better than last! You've inspired me to get my act together!

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FLUTTERFLI 4/24/2011 11:46PM

    I hear ya' girl !!! Your not alone. Tomorrow is a new day and a new beginning !!! We need to put today behind us and move on!!! We can do this !!!
KEEP SPARKLING!!!
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Love affair - ice cream

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ever since I got pregnant with my daughter, I have had an intense craving for sweets. Previously, I only wanted salty things, fries, chips, fried chicken, etc. The second I got pregnant I wanted ONLY sugar and sweets. This is how I knew it was DH's kid lol. Seriously though, DH and I went to Cold Stone Creamery probably 2-3 times per WEEK when I was pregnant, hence the disaster I am in.

I'm trying to moderate everything now, but I still have this love affair with ice cream. And GOOD ice cream. We've got a local place that has this flavor that is a mix of everything. Creamy vanilla ice cream as a base, heath bars crunched up, chocolate chips, and maybe some kind of nuts. It's a completely DIVINE mix of creamy sweet goodness with crunchy satisfacation.

Today, the craving hit, and hit BAD. Normally, this would push me over the edge calorie wise, but due to the awesome challenge of eating more fruits and veggies I happily went and got my ice cream....and stayed at the LOW end of my range no less.

  
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YCAMOMMY 4/17/2011 4:22PM

    Oh congrats!!! Way to tackle a hard core craving!!

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MANDARJ85 4/13/2011 12:12PM

    I've yet to find a good substitute for full fat ice cream. The best I've got is Tofuti but it doesn't taste like ice cream just fills the void... I tried to be a super good girl and get those little choco vanilla swirl cups but I ate 4 in one sitting and realized that is not the way to go... (what is it about a wooden spoon that makes for wonderful ice cream??)

I've decided if I'm gonna get ice cream I'm going to get GOOD ice cream. Lol And you know... not every night... (man I miss being pregnant- but just for the food :))

Good luck! Just remember not to deprive yourself entirely! emoticon

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DUGIESTONER 4/13/2011 10:31AM

    Ice Cream is my crack as well. I lurve me some Coldstone. And once i start thinking about it, there's no going back!!!

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ALYFITN 4/12/2011 9:42PM

    Wow. Ice cream is my bad. I'm done with most processed foods. I gave up white flour and sugar and thus have no more craving for things I used to eat. But ice cream still beckons.
So my allowed treats include ice cream that has only all natural ingredients. That is still a big improvement over what I used to eat.
Good luck!

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End of week 4, down 7lbs!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

And the best part of being down 7lbs.....food is slowly losing it's power on me. Honestly, for the past several days I have not thought about food all day long, which is a HUGE accomplishment for me. I normally plan my day around food, and am constantly thinking about what the next meal is going to be. I haven't done that in probably over a week and it feels awesome. This is exactly where I was trying to get, and 4 weeks in I feel better than I have felt since last year at this time. It's a nice place to be!

  
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YARAC211 4/11/2011 9:20AM

    That's awesome. Congratulations. emoticon

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JAMIELGOOCH 4/10/2011 10:03PM

    Congrats on the weight loss

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Yes, Subway could be healthier

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

A lot of people see Subway as a healthy food place, probably largely due to the "Jared" commercials. But they forget to read the fine print. To be honest, it's a much healthier option than other fast food out there and their subs are generally healthier than other places in my area (Potbelly and Jimmy Johns...my favorite sub at Jimmy John's has over 700 calories in it, and that's without adding ANYTHING to it!!!). But it's very easy to make a sub unhealthy...put cheese, mayo, oil and vinegar, maybe some dressing and a bag of chips or cookies and you've just eaten your fat content for the WEEK practically. Part of my nutrition challenge for this week was to eat out and eat healthy while you did it. I ended up going to Subway to get lunch and was thinking it couldn't be too much healthier, but really, it could.

I got a 6" sub instead of a footlong. That's really SO simple, and just cut my calories in half. Previously I've wanted to stuff my face mindlessly while I'm eating lunch at my desk at work. But, I don't need to, really.

So back to the sub...I kept the cheese, because I'm sorry I just cannot eat a sandwich without cheese, it's sacrilegious!! Also I'm not about depriving myself of stuff, I just want to be overall healthier.

I used light mayo instead of regular, and asked them to go light on it too. That also cut about half the mayo calories.

I haven't gotten oil and vinegar on my subs for years, but I still cringe that I used to get mayo AND oil on my sub...no wonder I got in this predicament!

And....that was it. No chips, no cookies (I would occasionally - okay, every time I went to Subway - get two cookies and a drink...each cookie has like 400 calories or something ridiculous like that), no drinks.

My lunch, which was extremely satisfying and tasty, was only 370 calories. That's completely do-able.

Still on track for a great week!

  
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BEAKIEBEAN 4/7/2011 10:35AM

  That's an awesome lunch. We never go to Subway-the hubby worked there during college and suffers from major Subway burnout so I haven't been in years and years (lol-before they got healthy!)

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MONKEEANDTHEBEE 4/7/2011 10:24AM

    Yeah, subway can be decieving! I always get lots of veggies and only vinegar. I also always get a 12" and then only eat half, and save the other half for the next day :)

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STARS_GAL 4/6/2011 11:40PM

    We eat Subway constantly! If kids want to eat out, that is the choice. My kid even knows the "Eat Fresh" slogan. It works. I have gotten used to having my sandwich without dressing. I also try to not eat all of the bread, and if I am really good---salad!

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KATEINMICHIGAN 4/6/2011 9:02PM

    What kind did you eat? I love subway.

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KATYAROSE 4/6/2011 8:49PM

    Yes, I agree that Subway could be healthier, but you did an awesome job! emoticon

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Feeling full

Monday, April 04, 2011

I've dealt with the disordered eating issues for so long now that at the beginning of this 100 day challenge it seemed like there was no way I could change what I was doing. But in reality, it's easier than I think it is, I just have to want to do it. The want is what makes this journey easy right now.

And here I am, sitting at the end of a day where ate in my calorie range yet another time, and shockingly, I feel FULL. Stopping to think about it is really the biggest step for me to stop overeating. Normally, I just sit there and chow down regardless of what I am physically feeling, and then completely regret it afterwards. Well, not today, and not yesterday either. That's 2 days in a row with more logical thinking about food!

  
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YCAMOMMY 4/16/2011 10:22AM

    Keep up the good work!!! You're making some huge breakthroughs, and I'm so very proud of you!!!

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ANANGELMOM 4/5/2011 2:23PM

    That's wonderful! Becoming aware of what your body truly NEEDS is a huge step! Keep at it girlie!

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TERRI77 4/4/2011 11:18PM

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PURESTILLWATER 4/4/2011 11:17PM

    That is great

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GOING-STRONG 4/4/2011 11:11PM

    Being in CONTROL on what you are eating is such a great feeling. I bet you are enjoying your food more also. Mindlessly chowing has no satisfaction at all. Great job and all the best to you on your journey to health and fitness. Spark on!

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LUNATIFF 4/4/2011 11:10PM

    Congratulations!!

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SORCHA89 4/4/2011 11:09PM

    Awesome job! Yeah it's about eating quality food frequently through the day and then you don't just binge in the evening! I love it, great job girl, keep up the good work!

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