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Into the trap, out of the trap!

Friday, August 24, 2012

I just fell headlong into a trap my neighbor unwittingly set for me.

A few days ago he brought ove 4 huge pieces of a dreamy yummy looking cake that had all the toppings it could hold. I ate one spoonful and put the rest in the fridge. Last night I had a craving for something sweet so I allowed myself two dark chocolate kisses.

But every time I'd opened the fridge door the past few days, I'd see the cake and not really focus on it. I originally planned on throwing it out, but I think I deep down really wanted some. I felt like I was doing so good. Somehow I wasn't totally satisfied from the chocolate last night. I ate appropriately today, but after work at 2:30 I was hungry for my usual snack except I hadn't planned what that was going to be. The cake caught my eye and appealed to me. I told myself I could have one bite. But I dove in and ate almost all of the two pieces in one of the containers. Then I quickly called my hubby and asked him if he wanted any of it because I had in mind to toss the rest. He said he preferred not to have the sugar and said go ahead.

So down the disposal it went! I even pushed it down with my bare hand to feel the destruction of the temptation.This is how I climbed out of the trap.

Now I'm not saying there are "bad" foods, but many times my cravings get the best of me and I'm not able to just have a taste. I am all for allowing myself treats. And maybe I put off having any for too long and the desire for it escalated. Next time he brings something over I'll throw it out. Although one time he came over with creme brulee and torched it for us and expected us to eat it in front of him to see if we approved or not. I've told him I am counting calories but I don't think that was a strong enough deterrent for him.

Not too worried about the zillion calories that was in that cake, it will be my cheat food for the week. I've done really well. I'm sure my metabolism needs a little surprise now and then. So I'm not going to waste time with a guilt trip. I'll move right along. I won't even skip dinner out of trying to salvage my calorie count for the day. I need to eat something healthy at dinner, to keep me from another binge.

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KATD13 8/26/2012 10:32PM

    Here's a list I call, Good for You!

Good for you, for throwing the rest of the cake out!
Good for you, for not having guilty feelings for eating the cake!
Good for you, for posting about it. We've all been there!
Good for you, for not letting that cake ruin your goals!
Good for you, for eating it. Sometimes you've just gotta say, "What the heck" and go for it!


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BLUE42DOWN 8/25/2012 1:50AM

    Good job recognizing the trap and pulling yourself out before too much damage was done! That is progress!

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_JODI404 8/24/2012 10:22PM

    You did good to stop when you did. I totally believe in treats and moderation....but.... I really only purchase singles. One cupcake... one cookie.... one cake slice etc. I couldn't keep larger portions around and resist overeating them. The trick for me is not having them in the house. Most treats we have out, at dinner or elsewhere.. rarely at home.

It's too bad he can't take your hints that you aren't interested!

Way to go on eating a healthy dinner tonight! That is exactly what I would do.
Keep moving right along!

Hope you have an awesome weekend!

Comment edited on: 8/24/2012 10:23:11 PM

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LUCINDARW 8/24/2012 8:11PM

    I wouldn't have had any will power and ate the whole thing! Good for you and good luck on your journey. Lucinda

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POOKASLUAGH 8/24/2012 7:57PM

    There are certain foods I just can't be around because I can't control the craving after awhile. I'm getting better, but there'll be some for awhile yet, I can tell.

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SHERIO5 8/24/2012 7:32PM

    Goodness, that took some strength and determination to shove that cake down the disposal! I've put cake or other goodies sent home with me into the trash, and then dumped coffee grounds or some nasty leftovers on it for good measure!

Unfortunately, I am able to sabatoge myself all on my own!! I've been reading the comments here, and elsewhere, and thinking I may not be able to allow myself certain foods, they are just to easy to binge on...I know, I know, no off-limits foods, but seriously, some foods I seem to just HAVE to eat more of!!!

Good for you turning this around! I think you are so wise to eat a healthy meal tonight. Give your body what it needs so it can take care of you.


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SILLYLILME 8/24/2012 4:24PM

  I think we have the same neighbor. Mine is a food pusher too and unfortunately all the food she gives me just ends up right in the garbage. Too much temptation for this girl.

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HOLLYBDR 8/24/2012 4:21PM

    Is you neighbor a pastry chef or something? Move! Just kidding, I always remember the episode of Sex in the City where Miranda throws cake away and then pours dish soap all over it to not be tempted to take it from the garbage. I guess she didn't have a disposal like you.

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POPSY190 8/24/2012 4:18PM

    Dealt with! Good for you. On these occasions I have kidded myself that it stops my body going into starvation mode! Fortunately, not too often. Your neighbour is a trap indeed! Good to have avoidance strategies.

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Hooping, a Long Walk, and my Star Chart

Thursday, August 23, 2012

I have started hooping as a fun way to burn calories! It is fun! I had a hula hoop as a kid and got lots of use out of it. I remember I could keep it up forever. I didn't know then that I was burning calories. I know it varies how much you burn according to how big your hoop is and whether it is weighted. But I just found a water filled large/kid sized hoop, which is what I was used to as a kid. Not the totally light weight ones that are hollow that you can get. My hoop was $5 at Walmart. I may invest in another size in the ones that are in sections that you connect, and are weighted, but I've even heard of someone bruising themselves with one of the weighted ones.

The first 10 minutes I put into working on it, my top time of keeping it up was 38 seconds. The next time, 60 seconds. The next time, I realized that my pants were interfering with my hooping, so I took them off! I hooped in my undies. I'm sure it was a sight, but I was home alone and hooped in my living room. That helped SO much...I kept it going for 478 turns, 5 min. 12 seconds! I was really working up a sweat. Of course you still get a pretty good burn for all those minutes you are trying and having to bend over and pick it up and start over. But it is even better with the continuous time.

My goal is to get it to 10 minutes. SP tracker says 71 calories for 10 minutes. Some websites quote more, but I'll stick with SP tracker. I don't have a heart rate monitor yet. Maybe I will someday. (I am getting one as a reward when I get a certain amount of stars on my star chart.)

So I am having a blast hooping. My chiropractor said it would be fine for my back, but I've read on a hooping site a warning that it can aggravate back problems. I'm taking it slow.

My star chart is filling up nicely.

I've had a 24 day streak of 5 freggies per day.

24 day streak for walking 5000 steps. (I started the chart 24 days ago)

I've had 15 days sprinked in there of 10,000 steps plus two over 15,000! I'm getting stars for each 5000.

Got 18 out of 24 for eating within my calorie range.

On 17 days I exercised at least 45 minutes. Most other days I did about 30 minutes of exercise, but I'm only getting stars on the days I get 45 or more.

Each week I'm getting a huge gold star when I get 28 stars. Plus I set aside $5 for a magazine or a some small treat. But what I'm doing is saving for a heart rate monitor. At 12 large gold stars I will add 50 dollars to my savings. That's what I decided to do for my rewards.

I'm really sleepy right now. I took a 103 minute, 5 mile walk this morning when it was 65 degrees out. Nice and fresh. Felt great! Up to 14,000 steps so far and it's only 1 o'clock!

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_JODI404 8/25/2012 9:02PM

    So excited that you are trying and enjoying hooping! I truly *love* it!! It is so much fun!

I think the key with your back is to definitely ensure you are warmed up and stretched. Unfortunately, sometimes you don't realize something is hurting you until hours later...but if you are careful I think you will be fine. Take it slow as you are starting out. It can be addicting and you can over-do it very easily. The message boards on the Hula Hoop All Star team are loaded with great info and links. Also You Tube tutorials are an awesome way to learn.

Those heavy weighted hoops are not good. Even the adult hoops that I would suggest can bruise, depending on where on your body you are hooping. If you decide you want to upgrade, let me know and I can suggest some good sites. Also, try googling hula hoop classes + your city and see if there is someone there that teaches. Often times they make and sell hoops which is truly the best way to purchase a hoop.

Congrats on all your great streaks & super emoticon chart success!!
It sounds like it is truly working well for you!

Thank you for the comment on my page about the Maintaining Team. I will take a look!

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POPSY190 8/23/2012 7:44PM

    I remember hooping too but have lost the knack! The star chart is a terrific way of checking your achievements.

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BABY_GIRL69 8/23/2012 7:33PM

    What a way to go! You took out an obstacle which stood in the way of your workout. Great!!!

God bless & let's continue to make it happen!!


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SHERIO5 8/23/2012 3:20PM

    Hooping is a lot of fun! I bought myself one at the dollar store last summer and have played with it some...I use it sometimes to do mini challenges, like I put it on the floor and hop in and out as many times as I can for a minute...I won a contest when I was a kid for hooping...I think I need a heavier one to do the tricks I did when I was a kid!

Have fun with it! It looks like your star chart is really working for you, that's an impressive ratio of days staying within your range for calories!


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POOKASLUAGH 8/23/2012 1:17PM

    Even as a kid I could never keep the hula going more than about 15 seconds! I can on my arms, and can toss it from arm to arm, but never on my hips. I actually can on my knees too, bizarrely. Not sure why my hips dont' work, haha!

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Getting Sparked, A New Motivating Motto

Sunday, August 19, 2012

I just re-read over the "secrets of success" that Sparked Me. I had forgotten most of them. One that sparked me again today was suggesting to exercise in 10 minute spurts throughout the day, doing a variety of mini workouts, and by the end of the day realize that you exercised an hour or maybe more. Of course you'd have to do it on a relatively free day to get that many minutes accomplished. But even 3 sessions would add up to a nice amount for me.

Today I got angry about something, and in my anger I declared (to myself) that I wasn't going to work my plan for the day, in regard to exercise. I told myself "who cares if I don't meet my star quota for the week" (my week ends on Sundays) I surprisingly didn't go for food in anger. That, in my mind would cause more grief than neglecting to work out. But one thing I did after my episode of anger was to get on SP. Maybe subconsciously I wanted to be motivated to go ahead and get a workout in. This Secret to Success, is getting my juices flowing...I just might do some spurts of activity! I also was surfing around SP and came across some random Sparker's SPage, and read one of her mottos. She said "any exercise is better than no exercise".

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_JODI404 8/19/2012 8:04PM

    Glad you got on Spark ~ that was a great decision!!

I *love* 10 min spurts of exercise. I often do that on breaks, lunch, pm on my work at home days. It adds up to quite a bit by the end of the day and is the best way for me to make sure it happens!

I hope you work through what was upsetting and have a fabulous week ahead!

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POPSY190 8/19/2012 3:22PM

    Good response to the anger. I'm making a list of sayings to use as mantras at critical moments. Sort of version of counting to ten.

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SWEDE_SU 8/19/2012 3:18PM

    that is indeed good advice! you never know where the motivation to get back on track will come from, but there it was! emoticon emoticon

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GOULDSGRANITE 8/19/2012 2:51PM

    Great One! emoticon

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SHERIO5 8/19/2012 2:49PM

    Isn't it nice when you do something productive instead of something destructive? I love SP for that, many times, like you, I've Sparked instead of eating or getting angry and found myself in a much better place, even "sparked" like you.

Good for you! I hope this gives you a boost!

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No Running for Me, but I'll Walk!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

I am so impressed with the ability of the soccer players on the Olympics. How can they run for almost 2 hours straight and kick etc. They must be so fit. I think they have had the most impact on me of all the olympians. Track runners, a close second. I am not a runner and am afraid to run at all due to the impact it would have on my unstable back. I also have large breasts. You rarely see a marathoner or soccer player with large breasts. They must have low Body Fat Composition. Although I'm sure I'm just stereotyping! I am envious. I want smaller breasts and a stronger back so I can run like the wind.

I've heard it said that if you can walk a 13 minute mile you are doing as well as running. I think if I could do that pace I would just run instead! My 17 minute mile seems to be as fast as my short legs can carry me. I get frustrated with this, but I am what I am. And that is a 5'2, 53 year old with a weak back! I know it's getting much stronger as I can now lift my grandchildren. But I'm not getting any taller, though I may be shrinking a little!

Happy weekend to you all!

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MLH148 8/18/2012 1:22PM

    Ditto previous. I contend duration is important so if your 2 miles takes 35 minutes, you get more exercise than the 10 min/ mile runner's 20 minutes. And I move 200+ lbs --they move 110. What's more work?
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POPSY190 8/17/2012 10:00PM

    Walking is so easy to make a habit compared with a lot of other exercise. It can be done most times of the day, requires very little specialised equipment (shoes), alone or in company, at a pace to suit terrain/health. Hard to beat! emoticon

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SHERIO5 8/13/2012 2:48PM

    I've tried running, and will "wog" (run a bit/walk more!) sometimes, but it just doesn't feel as good to my body...I think we are all different, and the important thing is to get your heart pumping, however you enjoy most!!

I think you are doing great, wasn't it amazing to see some of these Olympic athletes?!!

BTW, enjoy picking up those grandkids, they won't be getting any smaller!!!


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BLUE42DOWN 8/11/2012 11:16PM

    While my back is fine, I'm with you on the big girls on top and not running. I'm coming close to a 14 minute mile, but the only "running" I get caught doing is hurrying to catch a bus.

The important thing is comparing where you are now with where you were when you started. That 17 minute mile may not sound impressive to some, but I'd wager it's better than you were managing before and it can very gradually become a 16:45 minute mile and so on.

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_JODI404 8/11/2012 10:37PM

    Walking is good enough for me! I hurt my knee originally when I was 18 and that was the end of that! It's OK. Lots of alternatives!

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LARISSA238 8/11/2012 5:46PM

    I heard that walking=running a mile is false. I don't know, though. I would prefer to run if I could. I just can't yet... I'm working my way up there, though. One step at a time.

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SCOTMAMA 8/11/2012 2:00PM

    Well, you know the old saying "It isn't that I'm overweight -- I just stopped growing too soon"

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LUCINDARW 8/11/2012 12:37PM

    I don't run either because of my back and knees but I do walk and use to power walk. They say running is hard on your joints so may be we are better off walking. good luck with your journey. Lucinda

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AZMOMXTWO 8/11/2012 10:48AM

  I do not run either but it is because I prefer to walk I can walk 2.5 miles in 20 to 25 min depending on what dog I have with me so I think I am doing great

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Motivation problems!

Monday, August 06, 2012

Where has my motivation to work out gone? I've been doing so well. For a whole year I've done well with it. I have been really concentrating on my intake and doing well with that. But I feel I can't have one without the other.

Yesterday I was supposed to get in 45 minutes of aerobic exercise. I didn't want to do anything. I don't know if it had anything to do with it being Sunday and my hubby was around the house. Sometimes the only thing I can get myself to do when he's around is go for a fast walk at the mall or outside if it's nice out. Yesterday it was too humid for me to wanna walk. The mall was very busy, being NC's tax free weekend, for school. That would've made it difficult to keep a good pace.

I carry a pedometer, and I have a medium goal of 5000 steps a day, and a high goal of 10,000. I keep a calendar where I give myself color coded stars for each goal I reach, so when I get 10,000 steps it turns out to be two different stars, one for 5 and one for 10 thousand steps.

This motivated me to at least get my 5000. My hubby and I walked around a grocery store (less busy) and also Lowe's. If you go up and down all the aisles, you can really rack up the steps. Granted, this wasn't an aerobic level of walking. It was just movement. I ended up with 7000 steps for the day.

My star calendar is an academic calendar, since I wanted to start it this August. It was perfect timing for a calendar that will last a year. I'm giving myself a green star for getting 5 freggies in per day, a gold star if I stay within calorie range, a silver star for getting 45 min of exercise in that day. (of course I still take a day off) Then it's red for 5000 steps and blue for 10,000.

I heard about doing this from PINKHOPE's blog one day. I may also give myself a reward for making it to 250 stars or something like that. Maybe a fitness magazine or a new workout DVD. I'm not sure how many stars to shoot for at a time. I'm averaging 3-4 a day. How many would you aim for?

I think maybe talking about my stars has gotten me in the mood to complete a workout today. I had recently begun to decide right when I woke up which workout I'd plan for the day. This had been working quite well. Today I woke up late and neglected to do that, which may have led to my lack of motivation. Now that I think about it, the same thing happened yesterday, thus no motivation. Well there's no time like the present. I can decide now! I'm going to hop on my indoor bike and go for my 45 minutes. Who knows, maybe I'll crank out an extra 15!

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LUCINDARW 8/7/2012 1:11PM

    I like blue45's down idea about rewarding yourself with a smaller goal to reach But whatever works for you do it. Lucinda

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MSANITAL 8/7/2012 12:18PM

    I know for me I have to change up my work outs and do something diffrent.. and they say that is a good thing to do ... so I have been biking and walking/jogging all Summer and I think I will start my swimming again at the Y.. just to shake it up..

Keep up the good work.... you can do it

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SHERIO5 8/7/2012 10:24AM

    I like how you talking yourself into moving anyway! Good job!

I like the calendar idea as well, maybe I need a trip to the office supply store or dollar store today?!

I hope your motivation continues to improve! I think you are doing great, even if you had an "off" day for you! You were still pretty darn active!


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KATD13 8/7/2012 12:32AM

You're gonna get back on track!

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BLUE42DOWN 8/6/2012 4:41PM

    == I'm not sure how many stars to shoot for at a time. I'm averaging 3-4 a day. How many would you aim for? ==

Well, at 3-4 a day, it could take 6-9 months to reach 250. If you might lose interest before then, a lower number with a small reward might help keep up the interest. I personally tend to aim for month or season (3 month) goals because they stay more fresh in my mind.

You could also do something like have a big or different colored start or sticker for a smaller number so that you can see your progress - kind of like those thermometers people use for fund-raising to show how much has been gathered so far by various lines.

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