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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

This weekend was an eyeopener. I was out of town with my hubby for work and fun. Saturday was our main fun day and we did things we love: went to a used bookstore, went to a beer bar, went to a brewery, went to a fine dining restaurant. I tried to be mindful of my eating plan, I went for smaller portions, I counted my bites of desert. I recorded what I ate as I went in a little notebook. And somehow, when I logged it all today, I found I ate more than 3,000 calories.

Now since these weren't chain restaurants we were eating in, I'm guessing, I'm estimating, sometimes on the heavy side, sometimes no doubt on the light side. But it is very, very clear that when I eat out, I eat over. And since I'm not willing to give up enjoying food or eating in great places, I need a new strategy. I think it's interesting I don't regret dinner, because it was amazing, but I do regret breakfast because it was so mediocre.

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HUGMONKEYMOM 10/27/2009 6:25PM

    Nice restaurants with spectacular food are worth one meal over. On the other hand, mediocre food is not worth it. (Kinda like your dinner/breakfast comparison) I try to plan ahead for one meal that is faboo, the rest of the day I eat very healthily. In the end, I don't feel it's worth sacrificing those truly special meals for a few hundred calories.

You have to find what works best for you.

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PAPERARTSY 10/27/2009 3:37PM

    There's nothing wrong with having a great meal once in a while. Remember, you are making changes you have to sustain for the rest of your life. There are likely lots of restaurant meals in your future. I think you were really onto something when you said you regretted breakfast because it was mediocre. I avoid chains like the plague because almost all of them are mediocre. I never regret an occasional splurge on truly good food. I'd rather eat out less often and get to eat really good food than to eat out more often eating crap from a chain.

The best advice I have for eating out is to make sure you aren't starving when you get to the restaurant. If you must have an appetizer or dessert, make sure you only have one or the other, not both, and share them with as many other people as possible. Finally, eat slowly and mindfully so you can stop when you are full. No matter how good it tastes, it isn't going to make you feel good to eat past the point of fullness. But, the most important thing is to enjoy your meal. If you spend the whole time feeling guilty about having a wonderful meal you are only encouraging a disordered relationship with food. Just make sure those kinds of meals aren't happening every week.

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SPARTANJAI 10/27/2009 2:31PM

    I do the same thing, adjust myself for the rest of that day, or if necessary, the rest of the week and just plan ahead for those types of events. If you are hitting a chain type place, most of them have their nutritional value online so you can investigate before you eat... those that don't you just have to make your best guess when you put the information in.

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MIRDREAMS 10/27/2009 1:52PM

    It's a good idea, because there is no way I'm going to confine myself to chain restaurants for the rest of my life. If I'm going to eat the calories, I want to enjoy the hell out of them!

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OLIVERSMOM2 10/27/2009 1:08PM

    I have the same struggles when I eat out, but I've found that if I know I'm eating out somewhere that I cannot track the food it's just not going to work. So for the most part I avoid those types of restaraunts. But if I must go, I work really hard to be on the low end of my range for the week leading up to and add an extra work out. I did this two weekends ago and still lost a pound for the week so I think it works.

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Okay I ate an apple and that didn't help much. I've eaten well today and haven't really done much in the way of exercise so I have to chalk it up to not eating enough yesterday. I have low blood pressure and if it drops too low I get fainty, not fun. So I think I'll go have some triscuits and water with electrolytes, maybe a piece or two of candy, see if the sugar, salt and fluids puts me right.

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SPARTANJAI 10/26/2009 1:11PM

    Hope that shaky feeling passed and that you had a great weekend!

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MIRDREAMS 10/25/2009 8:08PM

    The triscuits and the water were enough to bring me back to balance, it's not really low blood sugar, it's low blood pressure. I actually think upping my water too much might be part of the problem, it's flushing my system too much and without enough sodium in my blood I'm getting too low. Have to check with Doc Hubby and see if that even makes sense.

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BJPETER 10/24/2009 7:00PM

    hope you feeling better soon.

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PAPERARTSY 10/23/2009 3:59PM

    Are you eating at regular intervals? You may be getting enough calories, but you may not be spreading them around enough throughout the day. Just a thought. Hope you are feeling better!

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GRAMMIE1959 10/23/2009 3:42PM

    some days are just like this...we all have them...stay on YOUR course and have fun with life!

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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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