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Challenges

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

We have a weekend trip to a convention where we have a lot of friends and a busy schedule. The good news is that it's going to be a lot of fun. The bad news is it means restaurant eating from Thursday (we fly out at 6am) through Sunday. It's going to be a bit of a challenge.

I had a revelation this weekend that may be helpful. It was that I have a tendency to use other people's overeating as an excuse to overeat myself. And I discovered this by NOT overeating this weekend. When everyone else had ice cream, I realized that just because they were having a treat didn't mean that I automatically was due one. So I just had a Diet Coke (I know that even diet soda isn't really good for me, but I had to order something). Then at dinner I was able to remind myself that, as delicious as it was, I could take half of it home and spread out that deliciousness over another day. That all worked really well, and I am pleased with the weekend's results.

The problem with a weekend away is that I can't bring home the leftovers, so the impulse will be to eat everything because it can't be saved. And my schedule will be completely messed up because there will be parties until late. But I only get to see these people once a year, so I don't want to miss out on the opportunity to enjoy them!

At least the hotel has a very nice workout facility. Any tips people have about staying on target will be greatly appreciated!

  
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FREESPIRITANGEL 10/27/2011 7:49PM

    Restaurant eating does not need to be a bad thing. I have learned to ask for what I want. Most places will make a salad the way you want it or they will prepare a meal the way you want it. You just need to ask!!!!!

Enjoy the company of goods friends

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Ask for what you need to eat healthy

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Have a great time!

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MISSG180 10/26/2011 8:26AM

    No fridge or microwave. I am not really a snacky person, but I like the idea of carrying around small snack packets. And the water bottle will be a must.

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EUPHRATES 10/26/2011 12:12AM

    Having a work out facility is REALLY useful (but of course only if you use it). I discovered that this summer, when I tried walking in the area around our usual hotel (when we come to the NEO we stay at the Knights Inn in Macedonia since it's half-way between Cleveland and Kent, so no matter who we're visiting or what we're up to it's convenient) and OMG, trying to cross Rt. 8 at Highland is taking your life in your own hands! For the handfasting we stayed at the Days Inn in Kent (mostly 'cause my not-quite-daughter-in-law's car is super old and she didn't want to do all that driving back and forth to Mike's Place) and having a fitness center was DA BOMB! :)

My tricks -

1) Is there a fridge in the hotel room? Can you get one if it's not automatically provided? That way you CAN take leftovers back to the room (particularly if there's a microwave), and you can also bring along (or pick up at a local store when you get there) healthy stuff for breakfast and snacks, so you're not limited to restaurant food. My mate is NOT a breakfast eater, and I really need to start my day with protein or I get the munchies all day, so having something quick without needing to make a special trip really helps.

2) I have a backpack I take around the cons we go to in which I keep the 100 cal packs of almonds (cocoa roast by Emerald, or the "natural almond" packs, I avoid the salty ones 'cause they just make me hungrier) and other easy snacks, so my blood sugar doesn't crash when I'm busy. Particularly because we generally don't stay at the host hotel (I save tons of money with priceline and the incovenience of having to go back and forth is still generally worth it), so that way I've got everything with me.

3) If you can get a feel for the restaurants in the area or at the hotel, you can probably take a look at their menu online and get an idea of what your options are (and look at their nutrition info if they post it, so you can plan ahead for healthier choices). Oh, and the con suite can be your best friend (at Con on the Cob there were always carrot sticks and celery available) or your worst enemy (there were also copious amounts of junk food like chips etc) - scope it out early so you'll know if it'll be a haven or a place to avoid so you don't end up snacking mindlessly. :)

4) Another trick when I don't have a fitness center handy is taking work out DVDs and my mate's laptop. Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred is my friend. :)

5) DON'T FORGET YOUR WATER BOTTLE - I swear mine is permanently attached anymore. Staying hydrated is even MORE important when you're at a convention (and it'll help keep the munchies away).

6) And of course, always remember the 3-2-1 rule of con-going (at least 3 hours of sleep, 2 meals, 1 shower EVERY DAY). :)

7) And of course, most important of all - HAVE TONS OF FUN!!!!!

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COLEENCOLE 10/25/2011 7:49AM

    I hope you still manage to do well.

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The undiet

Sunday, October 23, 2011

I refuse to diet. Diets are about deprivation, and continual hunger, and wanting wanting CRAVING cheating guilt. That's no way to live, and with over 100 pounds to lose, I can't think if my life as on hold while I lose weight.

My vow is simple: never put anything into my mouth that isn't delicious. This can be a little tricky, if you don't like fresh fruit and vegetables, and if your palate is trained to love junk food. But if you like eating a variety of foods, and if you like experimentation and can be flexible, it is so much more satisfying.

That means a lot of thinking about what I'm going to eat, and a lot of monitoring myself for satiety. My biggest problem is that what feels like "enough" is really way too much and I have trouble knowing that I'm sated. So I'm trying to take the approach of eating what the books say is a proper portion, but promising myself if I'm still actually hungry later I can have more. That seems to be quieting the frantic panic in my head that says I'm going to be cheated out of something.

I'm not always perfect, but it does help.

  
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SUSAN134 10/24/2011 10:47AM

    You've got it! Deprivation may lead to a fast weight loss, but it will probably lead also to a
very speedy weight gain afterwards (and usually more than you lost). Lifestyle changes that one can live with are what is needed. Moderation and baby steps, win the day!

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MARTHASPARKS 10/23/2011 2:07PM

    Diets and deprivation don't work. Moderation does!

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EUPHRATES 10/23/2011 1:31PM

    Sounds like a good plan to me. :) I'm with you - deprivation is NOT in my eating plan. :)

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Staying on track

Friday, October 21, 2011

The day off was good for me. I worked out hard this morning and felt very good about it.

I'm still playing with the schedule of my workouts, trying to find the optimal approach. But I feel pretty good about it today.

  
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GREGSLUVBUNNY13 10/21/2011 11:31AM

    Keep going! It will only get better from here!!


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TEAMMOM2585 10/21/2011 10:37AM

    Way to go, keep it up. I know it can seem impossible to set time aside to work out, but you will figure it out. Keep it up!!

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Overdid it :-(

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Today is my first month Sparkiversary. How am I celebrating it? By having my first serious bout of soreness and miseries. I wouldn't worry about it much, but the pain is in joints.

Taking a day off from working out. Hoping a day of rest is enough to recover.

Grr

  
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EUPHRATES 10/21/2011 1:33AM

    Rest days are important too, lady! (Particularly when fighting off sickness) Hang in there!

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MISSG180 10/20/2011 9:28PM

    I am also fighting a flu-type bug, so I think that's adding to the feeling of achiness. A day off was definitely a good idea.

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DHAYDEN91 10/20/2011 2:03PM

    Don't get discouraged. If you are like me the pain comes and goes and you will be able to get back to it :) This is my time of year for joint pain, too. For some reason it always gets bad in October. However, I must say (and am excited to report) that I am feeling it much less this year and I think it's due to the persistent excercise and getting some of the weight off. One thing that I think is helping, too, is that I'm doing a low-impact cardio (BowFlex Treadclimber is gentle on the hip joints and actually seems to make them more flexible) and I'm stretching before and after every time.

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Traveling on the Spark

Sunday, October 16, 2011

I traveled far this weekend, a driving trip from Ohio to Maryland. 6 hours of driving each way.

Now, long drives have always translated to junk food binges for me - you have to keep your energy up, right? Driving is hard work, right?

Well, not if you're honest with yourself.

On the way there, I didn't even consider junk food. But after a long weekend, not enough sleep, and an impending cold, the refueling stop presented me with serious temptation. I wandered in the convenience store, looking at chips and candy, determined that I "deserved" something salty and fatty and sweet.

Then I stopped and thought. I listened to my body. I wasn't hungry. I didn't need fuel to get home. I would be feeding the power of habit, not nourishing my body.

So I walked past the junk food. I grabbed a bottle of water, paid for it, and walked away from all that temptation. And I felt better about myself than a whole bag of Ghardettos would ever taste.

  
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MISSG180 10/19/2011 9:55PM

    Subway is a great idea. I will definitely keep them in mind next weekend when we go to San Diego for World Fantasy Con. I am hoping the hotel will have a workout room. I do love cons, but they are not great for the diet!

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COLEENCOLE 10/19/2011 8:27PM

    I make a point of only stopping at Subway's and get the subs without any sauce and minimal cheese and lots of veggies.

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NANNIE4 10/17/2011 6:41PM

    You are doing GREAT!! keep up the good work! Travel safe and have fun.

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EUPHRATES 10/17/2011 4:52PM

    Didn't realize you were in Ohio! :)

I also traveled this weekend (to Con on the Con in Hudson, OH actually) and made some very specific choices in terms of eating - particularly my mate's birthday dinner at Long Horn Steakhouse. For me the occasional intentional indulgence keeps me on track the rest of the time, actually. I would have liked to get more salad in over the past several days, but since we spent most of our time at a hotel for a convention, and the hotel salads didn't thrill me, I did the best I could. Happily there were TONS of carrots and celery in the con suite to munch on. All in all, a 4 lb gain when I was stuck without a gym or any real way to get in exercise and being away from home for 4 days isn't bad. :)

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MISSG180 10/17/2011 7:33AM

    Thanks! I really feel good about it today. If I'd given in, I know I wouldn't feel good about that.

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GETSTRONGRRR 10/16/2011 9:16PM

    Very very nicely done!

I'm on the road a lot and have the same temptations. Every time we say is a victory, so give out a big victory cry, you deserve it!

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