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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

I would like to be writing a glowing post-con report about how much fun I had at World Fantasy (and I did), but for some reason today I am feeling like simply crying incessantly or crawling back into bed. This is not the start of November I was looking for. It can go about its business and move along.

My house also looks like it was ransacked by ADD pirates: they made a mess, but forgot to actually take anything. I am intellectually aware that this is not improving my mood, but cannot muster the energy to get off the couch and do anything about it.

What I am is a crabby 4-year-old. I'm bored by what I'm doing, but don't want to do anything else, either. The only difference is that I'm old enough to know that flinging myself to the floor in a tantrum would only result in additional joint pain and bruises later.

Fingers crossed that tomorrow I will be better. Messages of encouragement and love gladly accepted.

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SPATTERS3 11/2/2011 8:43AM

    *hug* buck up, lil buddy. Love your "starry night" background picture.

Now pick up the mess !

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MISSG180 11/1/2011 3:52PM

    NStar, I try never to take myself TOO seriously - that's a sure way to hang onto such a mood for a long time. I'm amused by your image of rock throwing. Thanks for making me smile a bit.

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3016DEBRA 11/1/2011 3:51PM

  emoticonlol...We all have those kinda days. Go ahead and scream if you want! It might help. Tomorrow is a new day so get it out of your system and start fresh. emoticon emoticon

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NSTARSMITH 11/1/2011 3:43PM

    Oh, wow, that is one crummy mood you got goin' on there. I am assuming that the title - thhhppt - is a transliteration of the sound you are making ... Well, a seriously bad mood is not cast in concrete, or you would not be even slightly humorous about it in your blog. Actually, if it were me, I would be so locked into the possession of the grumpies I would not even blog. I would stand on the edge of my street and throw rocks at passersby! Ooops - just joking! Look, you have the self-awareness to to know the pouty 4 year old is tantrum-prone and you are lying low. And you are trying to slide in a slightly less serious point of view. Keep up the good work! Crying and screaming releases endorphins that will make you feel better! emoticon

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BARBARASDIET 11/1/2011 3:40PM


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Vacation day one

Friday, October 28, 2011

6am flight, with no time to eat, no time at airport, essentially 8 hours of travel time, on top of a night's sleep, without food.

I was a little cranky. And succumbed to Eggs Benedict. After breakfast met up with people, then while they went to an activity I went to the gym here.

It was not the most stellar experience. Trying to find entrance to spa fell over hidden wall and bashed knee. Found out that working out costs $5 per session. Discovered there is no locker room so had to change in a restroom. All in front of a cute, petite 20-something who succeeded in never actually sneering but still made me feel idiotic. Cried in the restroom and thought about giving up.

Worked out anyway.

It definitely made me feel stronger and more positive for the rest of the day. Resisted all junk food and had a salad for dinner.

The drinks at the party put me up to my calorie limit, but I felt okay about that becaused I'd rationed for it.

Got up this morning and didn't let vacation mentality derail me. Went and had my workout. It was a crap workout, as some are, but I did it anyway. Eating a healthy snack now before heading out again.

When I felt tempted, I thought of Spark. It really helped

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EUPHRATES 11/1/2011 6:18AM

    Seriously, the hotel charged you? Wow, I'd complain to the organizers to find a new host hotel! That said, I am SO PROUD OF YOU for pushing through and working out anyway! Screw those skinny minnies who try and make you feel less than - you're awesome!

Can't WAIT to hear how it all went (I haven't even seen much of facebook this weekend, what with working Sat. and Sun - I'll be stalking you there and on LJ to get all the details)!

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COLEENCOLE 10/30/2011 1:45PM

    I hate days like this.

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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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    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


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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