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Too Little of a Good Thing

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Ok, I came in under calories today. But since I had to do a lot of estimating on the totals for the 10oz of beer and the slice of pizza I had, I'm still going to call this one a win. And I think I'm going to look into a multivitamin since I haven't once gotten enough folate according to this thing. Of course, I realize that folate is a B vitamin, and there tends to be a lot of those in beer (a by product of the yeast). Maybe I should just buy some Marmite. Likewise, I haven't gotten enough Iron, but we cook nearly everything on cast iron, so that add some. Still probbly safer to get the multi, so long as it's not packed with fat soluble vitamins, like E or A. That's bad news, more isn't always better, just like fewer/too few calories isn't better.
On the plus side, as a result of needing to figure out how much the mother-in-law's suitcase weighed, I ended up weighed before my week was up and found I'm down a pound. Which is a silly thing to be happy about, 'cause that could so easily be water weight and fluctuating a few pounds does not a downward trend make. I still let myself buy something at the dollar store (tiny plastic containers for bento) but I'm not putting much stock in it. I think perhaps I should wait a month between getting on the scale, it shouldn't be the end all be all of this journey.

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MIRDREAMS 10/23/2009 4:12PM

    Note to self: get fabric tape measure.

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PAPERARTSY 10/23/2009 3:56PM

    I try to stay off the scale as much as possible, but I can't help sneaking a peak once in a while. I think taking your measurements is a much more accurate depiction of progress. I do that once a month. Maybe I should try only weighing then, too,

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MAMMABEAR-THIRY 10/22/2009 11:55PM

    Hey a pound is a pound. Keep up the good work.

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Another Reason to Love Bento

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Today I got hungry early and so I started munching on my lunch at 11:15. I love that I can nibble my way through the goodies or I can eat it all at "lunchtime". A little laughing cow, some carrots, green peppers and tea later, I can concentrate again. This is so much better for me than waiting until the proper time to eat, or eating something junky 'cause "it's only a snack". It's hard to say because I didn't keep a food log when I wasn't trying to eat right, but I suspect that almost all my extra calories were coming from extra noshing, because I've mostly (dining out excluded) been sensible about what I consciously choose to eat at meal times. It's the mindless eating that kills me. Bento is very deliberate, each little piece carefully chosen for looks, taste and nutrition, but then I can eat it without thinking. For me that's perfect.

And even having raided the box for the veggies, it still looks really full, so I still feel like lunch is waiting for me. Amazing what you can pack into a tiny space.

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ALASKAGRL 10/26/2009 5:40AM

    It sounds like you've got it figured out. I'm becoming a fan for sure. I love "cute" it makes me smile. I didn't know cute and lunch could go together!
I'm going to have to get in on this.

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MicroBrew Not Micro Me

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I'm a 30 year old woman who didn't drink beer at all until we moved to a town with a really good beer bar and an excellent beer club. We lived in a city before that with a lot of great beer bars with decent beer clubs but then it had a lot of other things too and while I learned enough about beer to enjoy my husband's microbrew collecting hobby, I didn't drink the stuff. After drinking through the ciders, fruit beers and lambics, I started on malty goodness in other styles and have in a little over two years tried 289 beers at this one bar. Which is good. I've also put on 30 pounds, which is bad. Of course I'm also older and I live in a place where one drives instead of taking public transport/walking, so it's by no means all the beer's fault. I don't want to break up with beer, but I don't want it to sabotage me either.
(reposted from my intro post on the beer lover's team)

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MIRDREAMS 10/22/2009 1:10PM

    I hear you ALPHAPREP. I can't really unstock the fridge (we have a fridge that is just for beer, it's actually the nicer fridge, it has french doors), a cellar full of 300-400 kinds of beers and the hubby would divorce me if I messed with any of it. (Not really, but pleased he wouldn't be). And to be honest I don't think that's my problem. I'm more likely to have a glass of wine than a beer with dinner anyway. It's the going out that the problem. Even if I match my half pints (which are 10 oz, not 8, ie not a cup most of the time) to his full pints, it's too much. I need to pick one or two that I really want to try and just do that. I think re-instituting my equal amount of water between alcoholic drinks rule from college might help as well.

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ALPHAPREP 10/22/2009 12:39PM

    I too am a beer lover. It got to the point of multiple pints several times a week, which is when I decided I had to call it quits (to an extent.)

Now, I'm more of a self proclaimed beer snob - my goal is to try as many craft/artisan/microbrew/rare etc. beers - but I've significantly downsized my portion.

I now order... (I got over the embarrassment or doing this ages ago) a "half pint" ie.. 1 cup of whatever there is that I want to try. Or, I'll see if they will give me a beer flight of a few one ouncers. Now, this obviously only works in a place with multiple really decent beers on tap - if I want something from a bottle, I just have to convince someone to split with me.

My other makeover was my fridge - I no longer have it stocked - usually, I try to buy one really good bottle once a week, say of a new seasonal rogue, or dogfishhead, or my old hometown favorite smuttynose.

I can't brew my own unless I'm having a big party to share it - this same principle goes to baking - no more big batches of brownies - it's just too much temptation.

It's not perfect, but it became the only way to sustain my pleasurable intake while keeping inline with my goals here on spark.

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MIRDREAMS 10/22/2009 11:38AM

    We do homebrew, not a ton, bottling is too big a pain the butt. And I've never had a bud or really any of the mass produced American Lagers, I came in the back door via ciders and started drinking microbrews and the like from the get go. I never really have an issue feeling I need to drink it all because a lot of what we brew/buy are decent candidates for cellaring, and we've almost as bad about drinking our last bottle of something interesting as a wine collector would be. I agree that moderation in all things is the key. What is your drink of choice post workout?

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SPARTANJAI 10/22/2009 11:23AM

    Just wait, eventually the bug will bite you and you'll brew your own beer. The upside is you won't like those "mass produced" things anymore and that you can control what goes in it. The bad news is unless you downsize batches and bottle it ... it's really tempting to drink a lot of it. I always remember what my Mammalian Physiology instructor in college said "moderate exercise followed by alcohol intake lowers your cholesterol" so I have a glass after a workout and consider it to be helping me stay fit ~grin~

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PAPERARTSY 10/21/2009 6:45PM

    I'm not much of a beer drinker, so I can't address this specifically, but I do remember reading that the problem with drinking isn't the calories from the drinks (unless they are highly caloric specialty drinks) as much as the unhealthy snacks that often go with it. Not to mention, it diminishes willpower. I don't see why you can't continue having beer in moderation, just be sure you aren't doing anything that is sabotaging you goals. Cheers!

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GIANT-STEPS 10/21/2009 3:08PM

  I brew my own beer which means that I always have lots of good beer around the house.

I'm definitely not going to completely give up beer but I've cut down from a couple a day to a couple a week.

This year I only brewed two 5 gallon batches. A Koelsh and a Vienna style lager. The beer I have on hand will easily last the year. I'm thinking of going to smaller batches so I can have more variety now that I'm not drinking as much. I definitely miss having a stout on hand.

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No Gym for You

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Ok, I haven't been to the gym yet, and I only did one half hour walk thus far this week. But I'm easing in. This is the first time I've ever tried a true restricted calorie diet and while I'm not finding it too hard, I do think it make sense to let my body get used to that, then ease back into my gym routine. We'll see. Mom in law goes home Thursday and I'm planning on Monday being my first Gym day, since we're away this weekend. But if the hotel has a gym, I'll go there.

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MIRDREAMS 10/21/2009 11:46AM

    My motivation for going to the gym tends to be BUFFY. Nothing like a little vamp slaying to get your heart pumping and your feet moving on the elliptical. I really was very consistent about going to the gym for nearly two years, I've been away from it for two months (my mother in law came to stay with us and somehow that translated into me not going to the gym). So I'll pack my sneakers and my dvd player when we go this weekend and we'll see what happens. Hubby's working Friday night before we leave so perhaps that is when I should pencil in my restart day!

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JAZZLEBUG 10/21/2009 11:41AM

    Sounds like a good plan! Do you have some pumpin' music (or meditative music) to take with you?

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Bento is Pretty

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

And good for you. I've finally gotten around to posting some of the bento boxes I made recently. This is a great hobby if you're dieting, portion control and variety are built in. Mine aren't the cutest or the most creative but they were easy to make: www.flickr.com/photos/6146692

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MIMERKI 10/21/2009 3:02PM

    I was out of bento-ing for a bit and haven't gotten up the nerve to take pictures yet. (I'm doing pretty well at tasty and balanced and even "tasty looking" but not at decorative quite yet. I'll get there.) Go you!

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ALPHAPREP 10/21/2009 1:41PM

    Cute!! You should consider adding yourself to : http://www.flickr.com/groups/justbe
nto/ I always like getting ideas from there too!

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PAPERARTSY 10/20/2009 10:28PM

    Yummy looking bentos! Thanks for posting the link. I love making bentos, although mine are not fancy at all.

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