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Overcoming setbacks

Saturday, May 07, 2011

From Ralph Waldo Emerson (and in the SP article)

"Finish each day
And be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and
Absurdities have crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can."

I would say this is only the first part to overcoming any setbacks. Yes, you need to just accept what happened and accept that you have made mistakes. But I don't think forgetting them is really the right answer. I think that you need to acknowledge them and figure out how you could have done better, then do better the next day. Otherwise, it's really easy to sit at the end of every day and make excuses for why things happened rather than fix the root cause of the problem and improve everything.

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PLEEBLES 5/7/2011 11:08PM

    I totally agree with that sentiment. Getting to the root of the problem is really the only way you will truly solve anything!

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Healthy Heart

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Read this:

I always forget about the fish. I don't have any fish that often, because my husband hate hate hates it. And seriously, I'm not going to cook two meals (when I do cook dinner). I only get it once in a while when he's not going to be home for dinner. When I'm on the road for work I get the recommended amount and probably more because I try to get it all in! I'll have to remember to try and get it in for lunch possibly.

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    Yeah, I hate, hate, hate, fish. But, I force myself to eat Tuna..but I throw in lots of onion and apples to hide the taste hahaha! :)

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SOFT_VAL67 5/3/2011 10:54PM

    i take a fish oil supplement, for heart health but also for brain health and healthy joints, etc

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Snacks...really I could come up with 1000!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Seeing as I'm a master snacker, it's not too hard to think of things that I can eat. However, thinking of things that meet my goals AND satisfy me is completely different.

1. Apple slices and a good aged cheddar. I LOVE cheese, but it's so easy for me to overeat it. However, if I get a really good aged one, I find I need less to satisfy me. Pairing it with apples gets my fruit in as well in my quest to eat more fruits and veggies.

2. Celery with peanut butter. Peanut butter is also another tough one that it's easy to overeat, but it's satisfying if you enjoy small amounts slowly.

3. Oranges! Oranges satisfy my fruit/vegetable mission, plus they can take a while to peel/eat so I'm not going to have more than 1.

4. 1oz of almonds, no salt added. So filling, tasty, and it has good fats and protein.

5. Banana smoothie. My daughter has been asking for smoothies (thanks Fresh Beat Band) and I can make a batch with one banana, some milk and ice and just a little bit of one of those banana smoothie flavor packs you find by the produce. It's yummy, tastes totally unhealthy, and satisfies that creamy craving.

6. Salsa! I make my own so I can control the ingredients and it's so filling and healthy. Avocado, tomato, mango, olive oil, cilantro. Served with only ONE serving of tortilla chips of course.

7. Cheese and crackers. I've found that I like the super thin crackers because I can eat more in a serving. I like the Carr's water crackers the best right now, I also found some rice crackers that are awesome.

8. yogurt with fruit mixed in. I recently discovered that I actually like plain yogurt, but it's great with some fruit mixed in too.

9. Sweet potato fries. Again I make my own, so I can control what goes into it. The only hard part is not eating ALL of them!

10. Olives! They are super salty and satisfy that craving, plus a little goes a long way.

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LINAREX 5/1/2011 9:49PM

    Annie, adding apples is a really good idea, I'll have to try that the next time I make a batch.

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SENORAHACHE 5/1/2011 1:38PM

    I love your list of snacks! A lot of them are similar to my favs, also. I love making my own salsa! My favorite secret ingredient is green apple; it beefs up the texture and gives it a sweet-tart crunch! Thanks for the other suggestions, and happy snacking!

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MURFSMURF 4/30/2011 8:27PM

    emoticon As a snacker myself, this list is great! I am so used to snacking on crackers and this list is so diverse I know it will help me :)

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Okay, super huge breakthrough today?? I ate IN my cal range, IN all my other ranges (well, 1 under for protein, but seriously I'm not holding that one gram against myself) and drumroll.....WITHIN the sodium range! Plus I got 5 servings of fruit and veggies. I think I just about died when I finally put everything in the tracker and saw that I made just about every nutritional goal I could possibly think of today.

So, there is no negativity in my blog today, because seriously I have NOTHING negative to talk about. And that my what this is all about.

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LINAREX 4/28/2011 6:41PM

    I'm on track again today, but it's a long way from being consistent about it. Gotta celebrate in the middle though otherwise it's just too daunting to comprehend :)

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YARAC211 4/28/2011 9:42AM


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ALLIECAT1881 4/28/2011 2:11AM

    HOORAY!!! Great job!! :D

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PLEEBLES 4/27/2011 11:19PM


Now... can you do it again? :)

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MICHELLESMILES_ 4/27/2011 10:09PM

    Woohoo!!! Way to go!

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RUNRUNMAMA 4/27/2011 10:09PM

    Woot is right!! Great job!

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Sodium in the house

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

So for the sodium challenge I took sampling of my most commonly used foods in the house. And it wasn't nearly as bad as I expected, shockingly, but it wasn't great either.

Bread (brownberry health nut) = 170mg/slice
frozen veggies = 85mg/ 2/3 cup serving
light mayo = 125mg/tbsp

Not too shabby right? You know this isn't going to end well...

fancy-schmancy cheddar cheese = 390mg/ 1 oz serving. WTF! Cheese? I eat this stuff like it's going out of style, and definitely eat 2 oz in a sitting usually. Note to self, check cheese wrappers from now on.

Easter ham - 18,000,000,000mg/serving. No, really. Okay, so it wasn't that high, but it was 1020mg/ 3 oz serving. And that's just plain ridiculous. I plan on using the leftover ham for some soup this week, and I will definitely be cutting back on the amount I use in the recipe after that eye opener.

I know it's not so much what's in my house though as what's out of it. I do eat out at lunch occasionally, and I also travel a lot for work and don't have a better choice than eating at some chain restaurants. While I have found ways to make my "eating out" meals healthier, I just looked up the sodium content in some of my fav "healthy" standbys and I was floored.

Spicy garlic and lime grilled shrimp at Chili's? 150 cals and only 8 grams of fat. Sodium? 700mg. Seriously? Relatively speaking, it's probably one of the healthiest things on the menu that's not a salad with no dressing or croutons. What an eye opener!

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    Wow! I never have been concerned with Sodium. I mean, I figure, I watch everything else and I have no issues (yet...I'm only 30) But this HAS been an eye opener. I put sodium on my tracker last week to prepare and just SEE how I did and really, I was around 1,500 a day, which is good...but now that I need to "watch it" I feel like it's out of CONTROL lol! I am so paranoid :P

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KRISTINKP 4/26/2011 10:19PM

    Salt it the hardest element of all to control! It lurks everywhere. I would love to be able to pop in a Lean Cuisine or some other frozen meal for lunch - they are low cal, low fat, but holy heck they pack a TON of sodium. I read somewhere that a good rule of thumb on items is that sodium should be under 20% of your daily value. So many restaurant meals are more than 100%! Good luck with lowering your sodium - it has been a long road for me, but I now have my daily value (including eating out occasionally) around 1300 mg/day. Sometimes it hits 2,000, but rarely ever over that!

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PLEEBLES 4/26/2011 10:16PM

    Wow, can't believe that on the Chili's grilled entry. Maybe next time you can ask if you can get it with 'no salt'. I wonder.

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GRATEFULBOB 4/26/2011 9:57PM

    it is amazing all of the salt in foods thats why we dont use salt in our house

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