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What Should I Eat?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I have dieted my way through life with the best of them. I remember being on WW as a young teen and several times since. On LA something, OA, Stop the Insanity, Richard Simmons, cabbage soup, fenfen, and I am trying the Belly Fat Cure right now, and it's way harder than I thought it would be, even though I lost 8 lbs in the first week, I can't seem to stay away from the carbs.

I think I just realized that I need to stop dieting. I can't believe I am even saying it. There has to be a happy medium between no accountability and some little boxed off version of what I am supposed to eat.

It's weird that when I am heading in the right direction with my exercise, my food seems to fall apart. What do you all do?

Goals for today:
1) Get to class on time
2) Drink extra fluids
3) Find an eating plan I can live with!!!!

Have a great day! Spark on, sparkies!

  
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SKATVEN 6/23/2010 9:37PM

    Everything in moderation! (I love my chocolate I have a little piece every day) Count your calories and honestly the Spark people's balanced eating plan is really good. It is all about balance.

And naughty though it may be I don't count my little piece of dark chocolate ... my guilty pleasure ::grin::

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RAINBOWFALLS 6/23/2010 6:00PM

    I agree that the diets don't work. I want to eat foods I will enjoy and continue to eat to stay healthy. I watch my calories and stay with the range suggested by the Spark People nutrition tracker based on my weight and amount I want to lose. I input my foods into the tracker to make sure I'm getting what I should.

Good Luck to you.

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GAYLE-G-63 6/23/2010 11:58AM

    This is what works for me: Find foods you enjoy and stick with them. What I have done is evaluate where I can make changes and/or compromise. And what things I won't give up. The food I won't give up I eat in moderation (Sour cream and butter are two examples.) Foods I *know* I can't control myself with don't have in the house. (Pop, chips, cookies, etc.)

Hope this helps!

~Gayle~

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BAYBELIEVER 6/23/2010 11:39AM

    Yes, I would agree, stop dieting. But I think using the nutrition tracker and making sure you are within range on the items there will help you out. I use them and just avoid carbs that aren't important to me. But like RMCNEAL122 says, you probably need to figure out what your trigger foods are and then work to modify that to work for you. Good luck!

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POOKAQUEEN 6/23/2010 11:06AM

    I am a carb maniac, but I found that the recomendations from SP work just fine for me, I get my fill and it's important to have them, just not too much. It's fat that I was WAAAAY over on, and using the tracker, I've been able to hit my goals very regularly. Plus I don't feel like I really change, I still enjoy my food, and am still full!

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RMCNEAL122 6/23/2010 8:26AM

    You need to find out what food trigger overeating or what calorie foods you think you can not live without. For me it was cheese- so I switched to 2% and use in moderation. I have learned to eat sandwiches without it but I still love it. I also switched to different types of cheese. No food is off limits for me they are just not everyday foods anymore.

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NEWME162 6/23/2010 8:08AM

    I am pretty successful on allowing myself two servings of starches per day. If I'm going to have pasta, I save both starches for those. Good luck finding what works for you!

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First Day of Summer, 2010

Monday, June 21, 2010

The client told me that if I could not find parking out in front of their building, that there was also some spots in the back. I told her not to worry, that I would be walking. It is hot out there. The sun is shining. It's the first day of summer. It's more than a mile walk from my office to there. It's kind of downhill on the way there, so you know what that means (kind of uphill on the way back.)

This morning I discovered a Starbucks gift card in my desk. I checked the balance and much to my surprise there was $7 on it. I told myself that when I walked back I could divert past Starbucks and get a nice frosty coffee frap.

Funny, on the way back, I started thinking about what a great walk I had. By the time I will walk back to my car at the end of the day, I am going to be over my daily goal. Sweet! Then I started thinking did I just walk off the equivalent of a coffee frap? Did I try to shorten the time between shadows to hide from the sunlight in the name of a coffee frap? My hair is wet with sweat (ewww) and is it wet because of a coffee frap?

I did not want to undo all of good my steps with a frap. I still went to Starbucks, had a venti iced black tea and did not feel like my walk was for naught. The frap would not have killed me or my plan --- but having the tea instead was like an extra boost. It helped me to meet a challenge I set for myself. I turned down something I wanted for a substitute and it didn't bother me. Woot!

I am very satisfied with my walk today. I'm happy with the steps (pun intended) I am taking on many fronts. I have had great success before and this is one of the ways I did it. I walked a lot. I'm going to keep on walking. :)

Three Goals for Today:

) name 3 things I am good at: editing, making omelettes, writing resumes
2) Put recyclables and trash out
3) cook fish for dinner for tomorrow

Spark on, Sparkies!

  
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IBLISA44 6/22/2010 1:21AM

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BAYBELIEVER 6/21/2010 9:00PM

    Great job! You had a great walk and made a wonderful choice! Keep it up!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/21/2010 4:32PM

    Good job on the healthier choice at Starbucks, your body will love you for it.
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SKATVEN 6/21/2010 4:30PM

    OOh someone who's good at writing resumes I always get so anxious whenever I redo mine.

I love it when I can have a substitution and not feel like I'm missing anything :) Great job! (For instance-- Chargrill Chick fil a sandwich 270 calories...spicey cfa sandwhich... 400+) And I LOVE both... :) Today I erred on the side of healthy.

Keep on Rockin!

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POOKAQUEEN 6/21/2010 4:18PM

    Good job! emoticon

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YESITSDEB 6/21/2010 4:16PM

    What great choices you are making! You're a walking rock star emoticon

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FRAN_CVLRN 6/21/2010 12:43PM

    Yeah for you-you made a better choice after you walked in. Way to go!

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SLIGHTLYBRAINY 6/21/2010 12:24PM

    That is very exciting, getting to a food place and making a better choice!!! It is so wonderful that you have been able to get out and walk and accomplish your step goals. Your doing so well, keep up the good work!!! ... Terri =)

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Things My Dad Taught Me

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Most things I know about my Dad aren't because he told me. I saw them. I learned. My dad is not demonstrative, but he is a do-er. I have always said that.

Nothing is more important that your integrity and character. Your word is all you have. (ok, that he did tell me.) I was prone to lie when I was a kid, and he used to be terrified that I could look him in the eye and lie. It's ironic, I guess, how I have turned out to be a very honest, very trustworthy person.

Do not be afraid to not know the answers. Ask questions. Someone else is probably afraid to ask. Everyone needs extra help with something.

If someone needs help, help them. Dad spent hours under my and my siblings' car over the years. I was frequently out there as a helper (and a fetcher) and it suited me fine.

It's ok to let your emotion show. This was a rare occurrence for my Dad, but I have seen him cry with abandon twice. Once he had a fight with his mother, and the other time was at my wedding just before I was about to give a tribute for a friend who passed away weeks before. That time actually shocked me but it proved he cared deeply, even though he did not always reveal how he felt.

Simple things make my dad laugh - and me, too. I got his mind for trouble shooting and problem solving. We're both nimble thinkers. We both have deep, deep, DEEP stubborn streaks! I sometimes blame both my parents for this --- my mom is Irish; my Dad German. ha ha ha. I get it from both sides.

So, Dad, thanks for everything. Happy Father's Day for all you other Dad's too!

  
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CAROLFAITHWALKR 2/23/2012 6:46PM

    What a beautiful tribute to your dad!

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MAVERICK59 2/15/2012 1:24AM

    Beautiful. Mary, You painted a perfect picture with your words here.
The world was a better place because he existed.

Hugs and sadness for your loss,
Belinda

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SKATVEN 6/20/2010 11:31AM

    Thank you for this post! Horray for GREAT DADS!

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RMCNEAL122 6/20/2010 9:56AM

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Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads

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RIPPEDPAUL1 6/20/2010 9:46AM

    Nice post! emoticon

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RAINBOWFALLS 6/20/2010 9:20AM

    Very nice tribute. My dad died when I was 6 six years old. I have lived my life missing him very much.

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KATHRYNLP 6/20/2010 8:52AM

    He sounds like the kind of Dad some of us wished we had. emoticon

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CSYLYNN87 6/20/2010 8:52AM

    That is great! Our Father's have some very similar characteristics! Happy Father's Day to all!

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POOKAQUEEN 6/20/2010 8:39AM

    That's so beautiful!

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The Power of a Compliment

Friday, June 18, 2010

There are few things I love more in the world than Fridays. Woo hoo! TGIF!
It puts me into an automatic good mood. (even when I have to work on Saturdays - like next week...I still feel pumped and alive.

I stopped at a local coffee place before work today. There were a few people in line ahead of me. They weren't very orderly and I was mentally trying to figure out who was with whom. My personal observations make the time go faster for me. There was a son (about 10 yrs old) and his dad in front of me. They were quiet, then chatty and then huggy. It was actually very heartwarming. I did not expect to see them like that. It was not just a little hug. It was more like "I love you more than anything else in the world" hug.

After I got my coffee cup, I noticed the dad was filling his up too. The son was already seated. I leaned in towards the dad and wished him a happy father's day and told him it was so nice to see how close he and his son were. He lit up like a sunbeam. :) We just chatted for a minute or two, but I could see how my comment made him feel by the way he was beaming and the things he said to me. It was really a lovely exchange. Moments like these really make my day. Pile that on top of the Friday excitement, and you have one amped up puppy!

Yesterday, I had meetings all over the place and had to walk several places over the course of the day, including a mile walk (I think) back to my car at the end of the day. It was great!!! I felt good. My muscles felt engaged and I did not dread the walk. I was happy to be walking and able to motor on where I wanted to go without any issues.

Goals for today:
1) Three nice things: I'm a good writer, I'm whimsical and witty.
2) Encourage everyone I encounter
3) No "going Jersey" on other drivers. :)

Happy Friday! Have a wonderful, whimsical day!
Spark on, Sparkies!

  
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RAINBOWFALLS 6/19/2010 7:13AM

    That was very nice of you to tell that father that. I'm glad you had a Fantastic Friday (that's how I refer to them). I like Fridays too!

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RIPPEDPAUL1 6/18/2010 8:57PM

    emoticon emoticon by the way you look maaaaaaaaarvelous darling!

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PLAYBLUES22 6/18/2010 6:50PM

    great blog Sweetie and there are no calories in a compliment emoticon

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EPIPHANYANGEL 6/18/2010 1:47PM

    great post, enjoy the rest of your Friday. emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 6/18/2010 1:36PM

    What a difference a few words can make!

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GAYLE-G-63 6/18/2010 12:49PM

    What an uplifting blog. It's so nice to read about positive experiences.

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FOCUSEDDIANE 6/18/2010 12:24PM

    This made me smile. emoticon

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POOKAQUEEN 6/18/2010 12:06PM

    This really made me smile. What a great way to spread good feelings.

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SLFRISBEY 6/18/2010 12:02PM

    Yea for a great day! It was really sweet of you to say something to the dad, I know he loved it!

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MUGGLE_MOM 6/18/2010 11:36AM

    I love hearing you sound like this. So, today was brought to us by the letter 'W'.

A few ones that describe you as far as I'm concerned....

Wacky
Warm-
hearted
Wonderful
Warped (in a good, sense of humor way)
Out of this World
wangler
non - wallower
warbler (I still picture you singing 'pop tart pop tart' with your hands over your ears....

I can keep going, but I'll stop here. You get the drift. I think you are just Wondrous!


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LOLAINSC 6/18/2010 11:23AM

    Great blog. I have been retired for 14 years and still hate Mondays and love Fridays. Even in my gratitude diary, I thank God for Fridays. It just goes to show the power of old ingrained habits and the need to make habit work for us instead of against us.

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PMAY0313 6/18/2010 11:11AM

    Fantastic post. Continue having a great Friday!
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S is for Stepping Out

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Silly, super, strong --- the three positive things are coming easier these days.

I DID step out of my comfort zone last night and went to a local event by myself. The person who invited me practically did cartwheels when she saw me. It was for a group that I am marginally involved with as a volunteer. I had to look at a map to find my bearings, but it all went well. Wow. That was a GIANT leap for me.

I am recognizing the good in myself so much more these days and realizing that I am a person who matters. It sounds funny when I say it out loud, like I should add, "DUH!" but I have not always been accepting of myself.

Goals today:
1) three kind words (see above)
2) Get rid of old newspapers (done)
3) Do fun things solo (done!) - I went to a couple of yard sales and tonight, I will make jewelry.

My life is good! Happy Saturday, sparkies!!!

  
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JOHNHARNEY 6/17/2010 1:19PM

    HI I'M HAPPY YOU ARE GETTING OUT AND ALSO GETTING SOME EXERCISE IN BY GOING. WE ALL GET SO BUSY HELPING OTHERS THAT WE FORGET ABOUT US AND WE MISS A LOT. I WANT YOU TO REMEMBER YOU ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU OWNERSHIP OF AND IF YOU WORK ON THE INSIDE TO SHINE, YOU WILL SHINE ON THE OUTSIDE FOR THE WHOLE WORLD TO SEE. THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS AND SHARING IT WITH US. { GREAT JOB }

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TINARENA2 6/16/2010 10:09AM

    Good for you!!! Keep up the good work.
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REDWITCH78 6/15/2010 2:02PM

    Very positive. You have motivated me. Keep up the good work.

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SEATTLESIMS 6/12/2010 11:47PM

    good for you..and happy Saturday and Sunday!

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JOKNOWS 6/12/2010 10:47PM

    Such a good idea to list your attributes each day alphabetically. I think you're on to somethin! It's a great way to build self-esteem and I think you're doing great. emoticon

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MUGGLE_MOM 6/12/2010 10:47PM

    You Go Girl!!!!!!

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DIFROMWYOMING 6/12/2010 7:46PM

    That is wonderful! New steps into a new life.
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SLIGHTLYBRAINY 6/12/2010 7:46PM

    You are inspiring me to take the next step in my journey; I am not sure what that will be yet, I need to give it some thought. I really like your three words a day!!! ...Terri =)

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DJS-DEBBIE 6/12/2010 7:18PM

    Good for you!

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UHYEAHABOUTTHAT 6/12/2010 5:59PM

    Awesome!! Good for you!!

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