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Sunday, June 21, 2009

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It has been a beautiful weekend here. Last week was quite soggy so I'm thankful for the sunshine and dryness.

Last week was eye opening for me. I went back to the nutrition tracker. How do we get so far off base? I didn't feel like I was eating any differently than I did when I consistently tracked every single morsel that went into my mouth. Obviously I do because there were some days that were over 2000 calories. Well now I'm back to tracking and getting back on track. Thankfully I didn't gain any weight but will get back in line and be just fine.

My workouts have been good. I've been using my heart rate monitor to calculate calories burned and logging those into the tracker. I felt that my pilates burned more than 50 calories for 40 minutes. I was right at least that's what the monitor tells me. So I'll go with that.

This has been a crap week for other people in my life. Our one friend found himself back in the hospital. They still don't know what's wrong with him. His speech is getting worse along with his walking etc. So he's back in there. My sister's husband found out his father has inoperable cancer. His aunt is already going through chemo for inoperable cancer. It's odd to me how people think about cancer etc. My sister's husband said his dad was hoping that he'd get yet another chance (this is his 3rd go around with a different cancer). I thought to myself you got 2 already and you didn't learn from those. That is the logical side of me. The compassionate side of me felt bad for him.

I'm so thankful for the changes I've made in my diet and lifestyle. I feel that the changes I have made have made a major impact on my health and the health of my husband. Although he doesn't eat vegan he thinks a lot about his choices and probably about 90% of the time chooses healthy. That's such a big improvement from even a year ago.

This week was practice for the calorie deficit tracking. I have my spreadsheet ready and I'm ready. So I'm going to burn calories like crazy this week and see what happens.

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WILD4STARS 6/23/2009 9:29AM

    I like the "burn calories like crazy" I'm going to get on my trampoline and see if I can "burn calories like crazy." Thanks!
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Vikki

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Back to the journal

Monday, June 15, 2009

I've decided that I need to start journaling my food again. I'm also going to use Terriangel's calorie deficit tracking again. This means I need to log my food into the nutrition tracker every day and track calories burned with exercise. I have been doing the exercise but let the nutrition tracker go. I find that I'm needlessly snacking again and I need to be accountable.

I also have a problem with sweets as does most women. I find myself rationalizing a couple cookies at night because I was so good all day. Are you kidding me?? So now I'm going to treat sweets like cigarettes. I just can't have them. No I don't have a patch to give up sweets like I did for smoking but if I can beat the smokes then I can beat anything.

So I now have to be accountable to myself and write down everything I put in my mouth.

My journal will be for everything and not to just obsess about food. I want to log in my food, workouts and my feelings. I'm going to use it to work things out before putting them into action.

I tried a breathing technique this weekend and it worked. It's not meditation but concentrated breathing. I read about it in one of Dr. Weil's books and since I can't even sit still for 5 minutes I figured I should start there. My DH was driving me nuts so I went outside and did the breathing. I calmed myself right down and didn't say anything really stupid. IT WORKED!!!

I'm growing and learning which is so freaking cool.

Kelly
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WILD4STARS 6/16/2009 4:16AM

    Why is it so easy to slide back into bad habits and so hard to create new ones? For me it has been especially true as I have gotten closer to goal. I feel pretty slim, so I guess I feel like I can splurge. Then, instead of getting closer to goal, I start getting further. I have to keep reminding myself I'm not dieting, I'm changing my lifestyle. This isn't a temporary "fix."

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Coming home....

Sunday, June 14, 2009

I just found out that my friend is coming home from Iraq this week. I find it interesting that people who want to stay are sent home but those who don't want to be there are sent on 2 and 3 tours. Anyway, I'm so thankful he was safe for his year there and is coming home to his family in one piece.

Kelly
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WILD4STARS 6/14/2009 2:15PM

    You've been missing friends, now you'll have one to cherish.

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Recap of the week....

Saturday, June 13, 2009

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I hope you all had a great week. I couldn't wait to get to the weekend (as always). I have so much more time to cook and exercise and just play so I love the weekends. My workouts were really tight this week. I was off of work Monday so I didn't get to walk my 3 miles but I went shopping so I am sure I did some but not at my usual pace.

I LOVE when I see this on my fitness page: *You've gone over your weekly calories burned goal by a significant amount. Your calories eaten goal will not adjust automatically. If you have increased the amount of exercise you are doing, you should update your fitness settings here to make sure you are consuming enough calories to support the additional activity. To me this means I'm burning more than I'm consuming and doing a great job. I've seen this for the last two weeks and get so giddy when it pops up on like Thursday. I'm using my heart rate monitor to log calories burned so I'm hoping that is more accurate than what is in the SP database.

I got some really good news this week. One of my best friends is moving back to town. It seems that in the last few years all of my close friends have moved away and not just to different towns but different states. One is in OK, another is in CO (now in Iraq though) and another in NY. It has been difficult to be on my own but it has taught me great things about myself along the way. I'm not afraid to be alone anymore. Sometimes I even enjoy it. I'm learning to turn back to my DH for friendship and that has been really important. I have been working on me as a person and it's hard to do that sometimes when others are around. Solitude has a way of bringing things to the surface. So hopefully now I can be a better friend.

Yesterday I had a very different experience. We had a happy hour after work for a few people that are leaving the company. The girl who planned the event told me a couple days before that there will be plenty of veggies but they will all be covered in cheese and then laughed. Ok. Thanks! I can bring my own food. In fact I'm quite used to that by now. Since I don't drink either I knew this would be a short night. When we got there the buffet was all laid out with all the fat laden goodies....nachos, a bunch of fried Mexican choices, chicken wings etc. I think you get the picture. I started talking to a couple of the girls who quickly started making fun of me because I brought my own food and wouldn't touch anything on the buffet. I became the joke of the evening. No I don't think I can suck on a chicken bone and not eat the meat. Thanks for the celery (that was the only raw vegetable on the whole table) but I think I'll just eat my pineapple, strawberries and blackberries. I typically don't go to these outings because I find it not so cool to drink with people I work with and they aren't really my friends anyway. So this may be the last outing I go to for quite a while. I think I was more offended by their reaction to me than anything. I'm supposed to be all understanding and not shove my way of eating and living in their face but it's ok for them to do that to me. Sorry...won't be coming back for that! I just kept telling myself that it was because I made them uncomfortable eating fresh fruit when they were stuffing a lot of fat and calories into their faces at least that's how I rationalized it at the time. Anyway, I quickly left (I stayed all of 20 minutes) and went home to the comfort of my own environment. I think that really speaks volumes to how far out of whack the American diet really is. I'm so grateful that I've changed the way I eat and live so that I can live a healthier and happier life.

I hope you all have a great week. Thanks for reading!

Kelly
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WILD4STARS 6/13/2009 4:18PM

    It is amazing to me that people feel so free to question and criticize the way I eat, all the while stuffing their over weight faces with fat and sugar. They have the nerve to tell me I can't be healthy without eating animals while they pop their pills for cholesterol and high blood pressure. I have over the years learned to just smile and say "Thank you for sharing." It hurts worse when it comes from family. I have no idea what to say. Last time it came up with family I asked them why it bothered them. They couldn't answer. So I made a deal. I won't criticize your way of eating, (which I never do) please don't criticize mine. I think it does get easier over time, but it's still frustrating.

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BELIEVINGISEING 6/13/2009 1:05PM

    Kelly that is awesome. So sorry you felt alienated, but sometimes I don't think people mean too. Because of my weight I have always felt a little left out, but I think that is more in my mind than the others. I think they sensed my discomfort and left me alone. I am older now and think more about the others too. Not to say you didn't. Just sometimes we see our side and forget how they might feel. Maybe they just know you are healthier and feel bad because somehow they just can't seem to do it. Or maybe it is the only way they know. You are a great person, don't worry about what they think of you or your way. It is what you think that counts. You can never please everyone. I have learned that. You have to be yourself and do what you can. Have a great weekend of peace and hope. Pam

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My thought for today....

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

So yesterday I went to the farmers market as usual for a Tuesday morning. I go on Thursday too. In these economic times I think we are all trying to be a bit more frugal these days even if we don't really have too. I'm walking around comparing prices. Why are the prices so high at farmers markets? I noticed a bunch of spinach for $3 a bag. At the grocery store a bag of spinach is $1.39. We often assume that because something is at a farmers market it is automatically organic or better for you. Well it's not. That spinach was NOT organic and not grown with magic make me live forever powder. It was just plain old every day spinach but double the price. I find that with a lot of things at the farmers market. While I'm very interested in farmers markets, eating locally and also eating organically I'm not interested in spending twice the amount of money for the same thing. Does it really cost twice as much to produce the same product?

Just my thought for today.

Kelly
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BELIEVINGISEING 6/11/2009 2:35PM

    According to something I read, organic is more expensive because they don't use pesticides so they only have what is left after the bugs ate the others. Sounds funny to me but that wasn't even organic and that is weird. Hope you had a good day looking around though.

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WILD4STARS 6/11/2009 8:38AM

    I have often wondered the same thing. Supposedly the benefit of a farmer's market is the lower overhead. I wonder sometimes if the stuff sold at a farmer's market isn't just the same that I can buy at the grocery, but since they purchase at a smaller volume they pay more, therefore charge more. You sure have to know your prices when you go.

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