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Little joys and pleasures other than foods. Ideas??

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Ok- I have been going at this weight loss ride for many years. Most recently the last few weeks(4) I had been really watching, record anything that crosses my lips and making a real effort to gain control.
I am passed the point of physical cravings....the first week was hardest. I missed heavy carbs and sugar. However, I still have a mental craving for that pleasure part of the food and eating. ( I am not hungry but a cupcake would be yummy! or a handful of chips!)
( does that make sense? )
I have been trying to find joy in things other than food. I select my favorite songs to listen to in the car on my drive to and from work. ( Little joy :-) I make quick calls in the evening to my parents, siblings or friends to say hi and I am thinking of you. ( Little Joy:-)) I spend some quality time with one of my kids or husband even if its just a few minutes, ( Little joy:-)

What are the little joys you add to life to make up for the food moments that your are trying to avoid?? I really want to hear some ideas! Thanks emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HYDROQUEEN 10/26/2012 12:48PM

    Do you have a hobby you are interested in picking up or perhaps resurrecting? When I'm "in the zone" creating something, it brings me joy. Walks in the woods, a museum, or a trip to a little used book store, also bring me joy. A good book, watching the wind blow thru the trees, and having a clean house (dare I dream?) bring me joy. I guess ultimately, allowing myself to explore, even if it's not "productive", has brought me the most joy.
Great job on your progress! emoticon

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RULEBERG 10/26/2012 11:39AM

    I'm trying hard to rewire that connection in my brain that links food and joy. I suppose that on a rare occasion something exotic and exquisite activates every sensory pleasure in that first bite...but seriously, how often does that happen? I'm trying to focus on the joy of companionship with a meal, or the cause of a celebration, with food just being a serving on the side. Pay attention to the first bite of something good and savor it, but notice how after the second or third bite, that feeling diminishes--sometimes to the point where I'm just wolfing it down and no longer even aware of the taste. That so called joy is very destructive for me and short-lived.

What is longer lived than the joy of a handful of chips (and when you stop and think about that line, it's pathetic to equate chips with some of those moments in my life that have really been joyful) is the remorse or disgust that often comes later when I don't feel so well, or when something doesn't fit anymore or when I get winded going up stairs... Even as much time as I used to spend stuffing my face, if I compared the minutes spent "joyfully" or mindlessly eating compared to the minutes where I was thinking why did I do that, or I don't feel good, or I look so fat, or darn it is hard to get up off the floor... the negative feelings outnumber the joyful ones exponentially. And yet, I used to remember and replay and focus on the "joy."

Since my cravings are much diminished at this point it is getting easier to get my needs met in other ways. And best of all, these ways don't generally come back and bite me. Joy is special because it doesn't happen often. Trying to make it happen with a bag of cashews or a pizza is no different to me than thinking a line of coke will make everything better. Today I am finding joy in the freedom of not having to run out to the kitchen to "find that magic something" or being bombarded with thoughts of chips or cake. Today I am getting my life back. Is that joyful? I don't know, but the likelihood of having a long life is getting better and better.

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MIATIA1 10/26/2012 12:10AM

    Oh can't you guess its doing exercise. .......Not really just the feeling I get when I see it through.. glad you are finding replacements . Wish I could shed some insight but we each walk the path of trial and erro to see what works best. You'll find yours I'm positive.

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VODKALIME 10/25/2012 7:56PM

    Good for you for realizing that this not just about self-control. So many people assume eating is purely about self-control when really it is often a coping mechanism. It is good you have recognized generally what you are using food to fill.

Can you narrow it down anymore as to what exact emotions tend to trigger?

I pet my dogs, do art, call someone, watch tv, it all depends on what emotion I think I am trying to fill.

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Starting over ....AGAIN...with some weekly goals!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Thanks to Tina~ ( MIATIA1) I have copied this from her blog- changed the answers to fit my needs. I am hoping to stick to this and jump start some weight loss!!

I I promise myself to do at least 100 minutes of exercise this week. The weather is looking nice, and I have a new recumbent excuses!

2. I promise I am going to use my Spark site to log my food each day this week.

3. Name something or someone who inspired you this week and why?
I am going to have to say Tina again, since this is her blog, and it seems to be working for her!

4. Iím sending out a challenge to Margie to log in each day this week as well...and to drink that water each day!

5. This week I promise Iím going to pick up the hand weights and work out those upper arms!

6. My number one goal this week is to make this a habit again...logging in, eating healthier and less, start exercising!!

7. Last weeksí WAY TO GO moment that I am the most proud of is ???? I am starting over after all....last week there were a lot of moments of failed attempts...mindless snacking...choosing to sit instead of stand and move...I am hoping to fill this one out much better next week!

8. ** changed from Tina's** What motivated you to restart....pulling out my spring and summer clothes and seeing that many of them do not fit! I did so well last year on spark and got down to a nice weight and size... since Oct I have put many pounds back on and the clothes really showed me this!!

9. What did you fail to do that you promised yourself last week you would? Exercise each day while on spring break!

10. For following through with my promises this week, my reward is I will spend some time reading - something I love to do - but can always find other chores I should be doing instead. I will make that time for ME if I stick to things this week!

Wish me luck folks! :-)

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MIATIA1 4/27/2011 11:39AM

    I know how easy it is to get off track and even how discouraging it is sometimes to work hard at it and not see the results we would like. You have made a huge stride in the right direction just by declaring your starting over. I would much rather see some one restart than give up and quit altogether, so I'm very proud of you. As to the complement of inspiring you Thank You but like you Iím still a work in progress and fall off the horse quite often but with the help of Spark friends like you Iím willing to dust myself off and get right back on. Iím also glad you think the list idea may be of help to you also and I hope you find the joy that it has giving me to know it may help others. I'll be watching your progress for I know you can do it . It our year to succeed in all our hopes and dreamsÖ.. WE CAN DO IT!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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LEIGHWOMAN 4/27/2011 11:24AM

    Good for you!!

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RULEBERG 4/25/2011 7:51PM

    I accept your challenge and have my water sitting with me. And I racked up over a hundred spark points today reading, charting, exercising and commenting on blogs. I will at least get the 500 spark point award by end of month. I think we can eliminate the 1000fitness minutes, however! Hang in there.

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Challenge #1- picking when you arent hungry

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Hello all-
Ok I am back and seriously trying to get a few pounds off before the holiday and not put any new pounds on. January will be my 1 year anniversary with Spark and I want to be down 5 pounds by then!
I decided to write a blog about once a week, regarding something I find difficult on this weight loss journey.
One of my biggest downfalls is picking when I am really not that half an hour after dinner is done and cleaned up. I find myself at the fridge or pantry ...just looking for a bite of this or a bite of that...(I finally hid the halloween candy far out of sight and reach! )

So what do you do when you have the urge to pick for no reason. ??
I dont think I ever eat because I am really hungry...We are blessed beyond our own understanding with regards to how much food we have ,the quality and quantity of food available to us! I have begun to think that eating just to eat is a sin...?? ( Or am I trying to convince myself, guilt myself, to curb this picking habit?!)
I welcome thougths and ideas!

On a positive note- I really have had no trouble getting back into the habit of drinking the water all day...I think it helps me to feel better over all!

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KEEUMM 12/8/2010 10:41PM

    Can I just tell you how proud of you I am? Because I am. You look fantastic, and you're an inspiration and a reminder to me that I need to get back to being active on here. Well done and good luck!

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MIATIA1 11/10/2010 9:08PM

    Actully I have one item a day I plan in my menu that is a taster for when I get those cravings Ex. a cup of yogurt that I can go to through out the day to graze on . You would be surprised how just one spoonful can beat the feelings down. emoticon

Comment edited on: 11/10/2010 9:14:16 PM

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MIATIA1 11/10/2010 9:07PM

    Your body may be telling you that your meal was not as satisfying as it could have been and a little sweet or salt may have been needed. (Polite response) Get moving girl ....the more we do, the less we eat, the more we lose, the better we feel... (Friends better response ) Wow now that was a mouthful and a plan I better practice more than preach myself...... Tia emoticon

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BLESSED2BEME 11/10/2010 12:15AM

    I tend to want to eat when I am not busy with other activites. I have a rule of no food at the computer so that helps when I'm on sp. Do you have activities you like to do with your hands? I crochet so when I am crocheting I can't be putting food in my mouth!

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Tough return!

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Hey everyone!
I am returning to Spark people...looking for some support! I had joined last January and lost close to 30 lbs by July! I felt great! I logged in every day- drank my water! and exercised about 5 times a week ...sometimes more!! Then with the new school year starting( I am a teacher) my hours changed, I did something?? to my knee and fell out of all of my good routines! 5 pounds has crept on and I need to get a grip and get back to the basics! The thing is, I know I was not exercising like before, but I do think I was still eating healthy, small portions and making ( mostly) good choices! But without logging the foods I ate daiily, maybe I wasnt!
I am not sure what I did to my just started bugging me one day in September...especially on stairs. So I read up on it and decided to give it a break for a few weeks. My knee is still bugging me - I need to see a Dr. - but I also need to get back to the exercise!!
What kept me going with spark people last spring was the few friends I had met here who checked in with me and I with them every couple days. Then slowly they all seemed to log in less frequently ( Kathleen, Margie, Tia- you know who you are!) So I need some old or new buddies to help me out....make sure I am logging in...share some great ideas with me....ways to exercise with out putting stress on my knee....super low fat snack and recipe ideas!! Bring it on! I promise to do the same in return!! With the holidays just around the bend I want to get back into this now!!! I seem to lack the enthusiasm I had last year...but I am empowered with the knowledge that it does work...I can do it when I put my mind to it! The mind is a powerful thing....and my mind seems to need a little support!
Thanks:-) Have a great day!!

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LESLIES537 11/5/2010 8:37PM

    Welcome back! I'd love to be your spark friend! emoticon

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STEELERFAN71 11/4/2010 8:27AM

    Remember me? I agree with the last post...Peculiar that right now draws us back. Could it be the Halloween candy? I have had a tough time starting and stopping, but health issues keep creeping up and I know that diet and exercise would take care of most of them, so I am starting again, as well. I need the accountability, as well.

Here's to new beginnings! emoticon


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RULEBERG 11/3/2010 10:08AM

    I wonder what it is that seemed to draw us back this week. My friend Team-Eric came back yesterday, too, after a long spell. And another 3 days ago...

Glad you are back. I sent an email your way. No shame in starting over--at least we have the courage to do that. I reset my ticker and went back to Step One Fast Break.

We can do this!
Margie emoticon

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The equations of weight loss?

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

I am a math person- have a degree in math, teach math. I tend to think logically and mathematically - kind of in equations. I am also a rule follower...that can be good and bad.
I started Spark in January and the equation was working great. Eat healthy + eat in calorie, carb and Fat range + exercise = weight loss.
I lost 25 lbs between Jan and May. The equation made sense to me and it worked!
Then June came. Maybe because school let out and equations and such mathematical things dont matter then....but the equation stopped working.
So being locally minded I ate healthier, stayed at the low end of my ranges and exercised more and in different ways thinking that would surely = weight it didnt. So I read everything I could on plateaus...drank more water....traded in my 3 lb hand weights for 5 lb weights and hoped then a weight loss would surely follow. Still NO!!
Frustration set in....I became more determined than ever. I started to add bits of running to my work outs( You have to know me- this is where you should be laughing - on the floor)I even tried eating at the high end of my ranges for a day or two- as many articles and blogs here recommend- but what happened? I gained a pound or two.
So I read "The Spark"- good book! lots of great stuff in there! tried a few of their ideas and food suggestions but still I am sitting here...almost 5 weeks at the same weight!!!
So please offer some suggestions - or at least some nice kind words...What is it that will keep one motivated at this point? I had goals set for July 1 and August 1 that I now need to re think. Right now my goal is to stick with the program and remember that weight loss wasn't my only goal- but being healthier was a goal too- and I need to focus on that I guess. But I sure could use some help and encouragement!! Thanks:-) have a great day! emoticon

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RULEBERG 7/8/2010 6:05PM

    Welcome to my world! I got so disgusted I just took a break and banished the scale. I picked just now to come back and was delighted to see your post. Hang in there. It can be so frustrating when others continue to drop weight at a regular clip, and you are doing all the right things and are either holding steady or adding a pound or two.

One of my closest friends was my college calculus teacher, so I can relate to your math reasoning. If weight loss were easy, you wouldn't see some older former actresses sporting the extra pounds--you just know they are appearance conscious.

I think we have the right idea, just hang in there and keep doing the healthy stuff. Eventually it has got to make a difference, and in the meantime, you know you are doing good things to the body. Weight loss isn't our only goal, but it would be nice if it would play fair! Just know you are not alone.

I am serious when I said I have banned the scale. If I am living healthy, I shouldn't need to worry. But for now it became something that made me feel frustrated, angy and disappointed in myself--when I shouldn't have been feeling those things. Others have suggested staying off it, and I finally took their advice. Wehn I think I can handle it, I will dig it back out. But the last thing I need in this sultry weather is for my blood to boil!

I am proud of you. Do something nice for yourself that isn't contingent onthe scale. I rewarded myself with a subscription to USA Today! Just because...

I've missed you--good to be back.

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RCAD133 7/7/2010 10:22AM

    If you are marking all your food on the food tracker, it seems like you aren't eating enough calories. ( but I don't know what your ranges are) For me I was eating at about 1250 a day. Also interval training is a nice alternative. I did some of that on the treadmill. Good luck!

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MSJEANNE 7/7/2010 9:58AM

  WoW!!! I liked reading about how you PERSEVERED and didn't give up! I NEEDED to hear that. My first thought was ... I would have blown it after the first week of plateau. Thank you for helping me learn something about myself. Of course I know that is how "easy" I usually give up but having to own up to it and now I feel good about a decsion to CHANGE my thinking because of your inspiration. Wish I could give you an answer. I'm sure someone wiser and more informed will. Keep up the healthy life style. You're a winner already. Blessings to you!

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