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Friday, April 25, 2014

I'm back on SparkPeople to log food, track fitness, and get motivated :)

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Oops. I did it again..

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

I'm so full right now that it feels like the contents of my stomach can't be contained..

Oi. I inhaled a dish of Mexican Gumbo from Qdoba tonight. Jeff looks at me "Why are you so hungry whenever you get home? Don't you eat lunch?" And I just look look at my nearly empty bowl, look at the time, look back at him and reply "Lunch was 7 hours ago."

I'm really good at planning out what to have for breakfasts and dinners but I never plan well enough ahead for everything else in between.

I really need to figure out some patterns that I can operate in so that it takes some of the guess work out. I like the idea of a cheese stick and almonds as a snack--an Olympian made this recommendation, so it's GOTTA be good, right?--but I also need more freggies in my diet, so I'm thinking that the morning snack should be something along those lines.

I find that I only really go into a terrible binge when I get terribly hungry. If I eat before I get too desperate, I can keep my head and make good decisions. I keep a bag of almonds in my desk... I was caught unprepared tonight, though. I think I need to find something to stash in the car, too.

Nutrition Facts:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 670, Calories from Fat: 125, Protein: 43g, Carbs: 84g, Fiber: 18g, Sugar: 5g, Total Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 3.5g, Trans Fat: 0g, Monosaturated Fat: 5.5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 7.5g, Cholesterol: 130mg, Vitamin A: 26% DV, Vitamin C: 11% DV, Calcium: 13% DV, Iron: 28% DV, Potassium: 1310mg, Sodium: 2260mg

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BOOTS1221 1/11/2013 4:56PM

    Girl I am the SAME way! This is actually my numero uno goal for this new year... to better plan out my afternoons so I don't binge like a mad woman when I get home from work. Having healthy snacks at work is a MUST. Also, I used to occasionally have an afternoon cup of coffee at work, but this past week I switched to tea (green and raspberry) and for some reason that makes me feel more "full" and "satisfied" than the coffee did. Can you eat at your desk? I think you have some good ideas to get going.

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DAMIENDUCKS 1/10/2013 10:00AM

    My solution to the office worker's conundrum has been to eat a good sized breakfast before work (today for instance was an egg poached in 1/2 cup salsa with a tortilla and a green smoothie that was 1/2 cup yogurt + a huge handful of spinach + a handful of frozen pineapple chunks...most days are a variation on the 1-2 eggs, veggies/fruits, & coffee theme). I drink a huge mug of green tea throughout the morning, have a snack if I get hungry before lunch (nuts, usually), and then I don't eat lunch till like 2pm or 3pm. My coworkers think I'm bonkers (they all eat lunch at like 11:30, when I'm still all " tea & almonds"), but then it's not such a long stretch to dinner. If I'm hitting the gym after work, I have a kind bar or similar about half an hour before I leave (nothing worse than starving through a workout and bonking horribly), and then dinner is usually 7pm-8pm.

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FRIZGIRL 1/10/2013 4:22AM

    Oh, and I used to totally crash on lunches by trying to be super healthy there but not enough calories or protein, etc... Better to have a bigger lunch than to eat two full dinner portions because you are hungry... Part of listening to your body is knowing when to stop, BUT also knowing when to eat more!

Or make these! They look delicious!

That's the kind of detox I can go on with you... Real food, just not processed and without refined sugars.. In fact, I could probably do it while pregnant if you wanted to look into it.

I need to try get back to sleep... Vampire neighbors upstairs are finally quiet again. They typically come awake every night from 1-4AM

Comment edited on: 1/10/2013 4:26:36 AM

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FRIZGIRL 1/10/2013 4:21AM

    At least you recognized this and are thinking out a plan... My two favourite filling work snacks were ants on a log and greek yogurt with homemade raw granola (rolled oats and chopped up dried fruit... Delish.... Easy as anything). A lot of Greek yogurts do have added sugar, but usually a more healthy option can be found than HFCS or other thins like that. Chobani also makes a delicious honey yogurt... Though I personally like plain with my own honey for the tart bits and the super sweet bits. I digress... You are amazing. I love your wedding dress. Stay motivated!

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SILLIANGEL 1/9/2013 11:29PM

    I did the same thing tonight, although I was saving room for it all day. Like that works? Saving room? Haha. I still feel full. But a chinese buffet date is a chinese buffet date!

I digress...

I think that having a regular office job must make it really hard to figure out food. The mix of being mostly sedentary and not having meal times as frequently as you probably should would be really frustrating! I have the freedom to eat at just about any time throughout the day, and the only time I get too hungry is when I forget to eat. Ha, imagine that!

If you are able to eat at your desk pretty much whenever you want, I would aim for a mix of complex carbs and protien. You don't HAVE to have freggies with every snack and meal. That might be overthinking it. I think as long as you are aiming for *real* food, you'll be good. Things like cheese and almonds, apple and nut butter, carrots and hummus, etc. These are all excellent choices. Yogurt with granola or oatmeal mixed in is another good one (although most pre-flavored yogurts are packed with sugar and corn syrup, but you can sweeten your own with fruit and honey). If you're concerned that you aren't getting enough freggies, maybe you can focus on very veggie-heavy dinners along with one serving with breakfast and one or two at lunch?

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TLRANEL 1/9/2013 9:36PM

    Celery or apple slices with peanut butter. You get your "freggies", and some protein and healthy fats. You could use any nut butter, really. For me, protein is the key to staying satisfied longer. I've even chopped up a hard boiled egg and wrapped it in some romaine lettuce. It's a good little protein fix.

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/9/2013 9:13PM

    My opinion...have the cheese stick and almonds, but a very carefully measured and limited amount of them...and then have as many freggies as you want if you're still hungry.

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PAPER_WINGS18 1/9/2013 8:27PM

    I have the same issue-- I binge when I am too hungry and let too much time lapse between snacks/meals.

Are you eating enough fiber and protein according to your food log? Maybe munch on some grapes for a snack- I've literally been eating 2-3 C of red grapes everyday for the last two weeks lol. Bananas? Pb on something? String cheese always makes me hungrier for some reason lol.

Anyway, it's great you recognize this! Just try and plan a little better and you'll conquer the snackies!

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12-28-2012 Vlog update: Fitdeck, New Year's 2013

Saturday, December 29, 2012

New scale, new workout, renewed motivation--let's do this!

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JEFFCANN 12/29/2012 1:18PM

    FitDeck is awesome! Have fun with them.


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PAPER_WINGS18 12/29/2012 11:26AM

    Love seeing your smiling face! hehe. I don't know if you watch Grey's Anatomy, but you kind of sound like April(though not nearly as annoying, lol!)

SOudns like you've got some good momentum going. I need to channel mine from somewhere this week. I gotta get back to feelin' good! Good luck at Buca tonight. I've never been there-- I am way picky with Italian food since I was raised on it, lol. But I think if I understand it, it's like family style and you all split a bunch of dishes.. So just try and be mindful- maybe take some pix of your plate(s) to keep you accountable too? Just a thought! xo

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FRIZGIRL 12/29/2012 3:54AM

    Oh vlogs... Why must my iPad hate you... Will have to tag this to come by and watch later. Xoxo

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Megan checking in at 230 12-8-12

Saturday, December 08, 2012

***EDIT: THAT is a flattering face to start the video with, hahahaha!***

As I stated in the video, I'm excited to be starting over at 230. After all, I'm not starting at 260, right? And starting over is still STARTING so that's better than not doing anything.

I went into a tailspin after having my bridesmaids in town and the dress isn't motivation enough for me to lose weight. Joining The Final Countdown, though, has really helped me to get my head in the game better than I have been on my own. The daily check in and accountability really help me to keep focused on what matters.

Goals for this week:
- keep cutting down on sweets.
- go for daily walks.
- keep checking in online.

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SEPPIESUSAN 12/16/2012 8:03PM

    Wow, look at that winter wonderland! Loved to hear your voice after "knowing" you all this time. :) Congrats on your newly renewed energies about all this stuff!

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FRIZGIRL 12/10/2012 8:42AM

    awwwwwwww love your beautiful rosy cheeked face! Thanks so much for posting a Vblog!!! And I think you have great goals, and they are workable and can't wait to hear how you do with them!

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SHIMELESR00 12/8/2012 11:08PM

    I am also starting over and I think that it is awesome that you are!!! I started at 230 last summer and got all the way to 205 and quit my regular routine. I just started out again at 222 last week. I cut all soda, sweets (except for my fav MM with peanuts:) I begin training at home and I weighed in tonight and have already lost between 6-7 lbs this week! I was not expecting that much but hey no complaints! Keep going I wish you the best!

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J012345 12/8/2012 2:32PM

    Congratz! On coming back!!.. One day at a time you can do it!!


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LADYJ6942 12/8/2012 2:30PM

    Sounds like a solid plan, good luck!

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PAPER_WINGS18 12/8/2012 1:49PM

    Nice to see your beautiful, smiling face! Love your attitude girl. I agree about our check ins helping. Def motivating!

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I'm Awesome - Spose (Explicit Lyrics in link)

Tuesday, December 04, 2012
"Now put your hands up if you have nightmares
If you wouldn't man-up if there was a fight here
If you got dandruff, if you drink light beer
I'm out of breath (but)

I'm awesome, no, you're not, dude, don't lie
I'm awesome, I'm drivin' around in my mom's ride
I'm awesome, a quarter of my life gone by
And I met all my friends online

******* I'm awesome, I will run away from a brawl
I'm awesome, there's no voicemail, nobody called
I'm awesome, I can't afford to buy eight-balls
And I talk to myself on my Facebook wall

Yesterday's challenge was to write a paragraph praising myself. I pondered and thought, procrastinated and hedged, and could not for the life of me (yesterday) come up with anything that felt genuinely awesome. Anything that I had actually accomplished myself that made me feel proud.

I guess it was just a down day, huh?

I am proud of myself for showing up and finishing the Warrior Dash. I had a back injury and couldn't complete some of the obstacles, but it was *still* an up-hill 5k at a ski course and I DID do a majority of the obstacles - including wading through a mud pit and leaping over fire.

Of course, the people who were supposed to do it with me ditched me to do it by myself, and Jeff couldn't come watch because he was at work, and my parents who came to see me finish ended up in a huge embarrassing public fight because my dad didn't want to pay $6 for a beer and would rather go home to drink. I think he was there for about 20 minutes.

F'n deflated. Ruined the whole experience, more like. Yes, I am proud of myself for finishing, but every time I think of the Warrior Dash I remember what it feels like to be left behind by people that said they would be there for you and what it felt like to be humiliated by fighting parents. I need to find something else to be proud of that wholly my own.

- I take good care of my cats.
- I'm a good cook
- I'm generous to a fault
- I'm kind
- I'm strong - in the personality department.
- I'm persistent. For all the times I've given up, I'm still here.
- I aim to please
- I'm good at finding discounts

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SEEHOLZ 12/6/2012 3:43PM

    I'm glad you figured out it was just a down day-- that is something that would totally happen to me. Today is one of those days where I have nothing that I'm excited about or any kind of interesting thing to talk about-- just kind of blah without really blah? Yeah, makes sense right? hahaha

As for your Warrior Dash experience.... what comes to mind is this: You are the only person you can count on- meaning that you can't allow others to take you down like that (that thing with your Dad reminds me a lots of "Mom" moments in my life)-- so you know what? Next time, just don't invite them. It sucks that it's not as simple as being able to count on your parents to come and show up for you and make the day be about you, but in this case, it wasn't, so I would suggest that you just send them a pic next time. Being proud of yourself while doing it on your own, is something that no one can ever ruin for you! So forget others and once you do... you might surprise yourself by finding like minded people to share your success with!

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BOOTS1221 12/4/2012 6:11PM

    I'm glad you were able to write this blog Megs! I hope you always remember those positive things about yourself because you ARE an amazing person. You can't control what other people do (ditching you, fighting, etc), but you can control how you feel about it. I'm glad you were able to find some positives. Focus on those girl and keep being who you are, cuz methinks you're pretty fab :)

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SILLIANGEL 12/4/2012 3:08PM

    Yay for this blog! I'm glad you were able to really think about what you have accomplished, what you do well, and how far you have come. Sometimes it's hard to ignore the big picture and focus on your growth rather than where you want to go. And, as hard as it may sound, don't let your parents or your friends ruin the Warrior Dash for you! That's a HUGE accomplishment! Not only does it take strength and endurance, but it takes GUTS. And you're the one that showed up. You can't control other peoples' actions. That was your moment, so don't let them take it away from you.

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FRIZGIRL 12/4/2012 2:33PM

    Awesome job Meg, I really like your list of positives. And I HATE when you have an experience that was supposed to be awesome, and you look back and are "sort of" thrilled with it, but really something(someones) ruined it and you can't look back on it with the same pride/joy.

and you are great at sending letters in the mail... you are my role model. I am the worst. Confession: I still have Christy's secret santa gift that I bought for her 2 years ago... somewhere... lost when I moved, but I remember packing it. some day Christy, you will get something awesome in the mail totally out of the blue (probably in another 2 years when you have totally forgotten about it).

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PAPER_WINGS18 12/4/2012 10:33AM

    Love your positives, Meg. :) It is so hard sometimes(on a bad day) to think of why we are proud of who we are. You've got a lot of strengths- I hope you learn to embrace them more frequently! emoticon

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