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Bike, bike, bike. Must garden

Saturday, May 12, 2012

I put 84 miles on my bike this week. That's not too shabby. But I can't do a long ride tomorrow to start out the next week on the same pace. I need to get my garden cleaned up. I've been a very neglectful garden mommy this year, and nothing is getting planted. It got away from me last summer, when I was in my blob phase, and now I have to pay the price.

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OBNURSE3 5/14/2012 9:13PM

    Good job with the riding!!! Took my last long ride on Mother's Day for probably a wk. Had a terrible accident that destroyed my bike and had to order another one so its here in time for my "Big" ride....all in all the accident cost me about $1100 to replace the bike, the ipod and my glasses. Can't wait to get the bill for the CT scan and ER visit!!! Please wear your helmets girls!!! Check out my blog and learn from me! emoticon emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 5/14/2012 9:15AM

    To every thing, there must be balance. I got mine 90% done Saturday and Sunday. All I need to do is finish the mulch on the bushes in the front. I'm doing an experiment there with shredded leaves. Last year, I used them in the veggie garden and was THRILLED with the results. This year everyone is getting a treatment.

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NATPLUMMER 5/12/2012 7:24PM

    Great job on the biking. Hope the gardening goes well.

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CHALLENGER15 5/12/2012 7:21PM

    We were hoping Mother Nature was going to water ours today,but DH is out watering now since Mother Nature didn't do what she was predicted to do!

Hope your gardening went well...we are watching two green peppers grow and hoping for lots of veggies this summer!

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Nevermind carbs/no carbs; what works for me is surprise

Thursday, May 10, 2012

My weightloss is proceeding in a reasonably steady, orderly fashion, well ahead of the schedule I gave myself (120 pounds off by next May, and I've lost 57 of those). I set a readily achievable schedule because slower loss is more likely to "stick" and because I didn't want to do anything crazy or unhealthy, and falling behind on the schedule can make that a much bigger temptation.

But even so, I get little down if the scale doesn't move for a couple of weeks. And one of the things that I've noticed is that I tend to get into eating "ruts"--pretty much the same distribution of carbs/fat/protein eaten at about the same time of day. My body seems to adapt to that--clever bodies; they want to hold onto all that fat in case of scarcity!

I've also noticed that if I shake up that pattern, my body is apparently caught off-guard and drops a few pounds! I had a big drop when I was sick, barely eating, and not working out, and another when I stepped UP my calorie intake and spread them differently throughout the day. High protein/low carbs was no more successful that high carbs/low protein--both scared away a couple pounds.

So if you are plateauing, give a food shakeup a try! It might help shake you loose!

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OPTIMIST1948 5/11/2012 10:22PM

    Hey, it cant hurt right??

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CHALLENGER15 5/10/2012 9:25PM

    Great idea!

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DARA52 5/10/2012 1:08PM

    Excellent advice! Thanks!

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NATPLUMMER 5/10/2012 11:20AM

    Good idea :-)

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BECKY3126 5/10/2012 10:38AM

    I had been stuck the last two months with no loss at all...finally started a new workout routine and increased my calories, and what do you know? This morning the scale showed a 2 1/2 lb loss. In a week. Finally...I think you are completely spot on. It is all about changing things up. Our bodies get so used to what we do everyday and they get "comfortable". Gotta keep it guessing. Congratulations on your loss so far and good luck on your journey!!

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HONBAD 5/10/2012 10:37AM

    Interesting observations! Probably same line of thinking as mixing up your workouts. Got to keep tricking that body!! Stubborn buggers!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 5/10/2012 10:31AM

    Sounds like a plan, if I eat the same things all the time, nothing seems to happen, but I change my eating pattern and I drop a big amount.

Same with exercise, if I do it at the same time in the same intensity all the time, it stops working, so I try to do it at different times with different types of exercise and it helps too.

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Well, I do prefer my milk to be nonfatal

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Oh, Spark People. Sometimes you just crack me up.

Every morning, I drink a large glass of milk. Which I then enter into my nutrition. I type "milk, nonfat" and Spark People brings it right up.

This morning, though, I was a bit distracted and typed "nonfat milk." For which Spark People brought up a couple choices, and a suggestion: "Do you mean nonfatal milk?" it asked.

I'm not quite sure how to respond to that question. No, I certainly did not mean to type "nonfatal milk." On the other hand, yes, I do want to make certain that the milk I drink is, in fact, nonfatal.

Perhaps I should type in "hemlock" and see what Spark People suggests as an alternative!

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DOGLADY13 5/9/2012 8:54PM

    Nonfatal milk is the only kind I drink.

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XMAC33 5/8/2012 8:18PM


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DARA52 5/8/2012 5:14PM

    It's like typos on a smartphone! LOL...

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NATPLUMMER 5/8/2012 4:19PM


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OPTIMIST1948 5/8/2012 3:47PM

    See, I'm lazy, I just type "skim" (if that's my tipple that day, sometimes 1%) and the right answer pops up every time.

But it sounds like you have more fun...

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    Too funny! But I've got some weird suggestions as well.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 5/8/2012 12:17PM

    I love alternate suggestions!

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 5/8/2012 11:58AM

    LOL Love it! I prefer my milk nonfatal as well :)

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"I hardly eat anything but can't lose weight!" ... Really?

Monday, May 07, 2012

I have a very close friend who is struggling with my weightloss success. She was heavier than I, but it used to not be by much. Now it's getting close to a hundred-pound difference between us. Because of where she was emotionally, I was saying nothing to her about my weightloss, but last week she finally mentioned it and her desire to lose weight.

"The problem is," she said, "I really don't eat that much. How can I cut calories?"

I am certain that she really believes that. But when we went to Five Guys for dinner that evening, I began to see the problem:

I got a single-patty burger; she got a double-patty cheeseburger.
I drank water; she had a large milkshake.
We each split french fries with our hubbies.

Yet, if you asked her today whether she and I had eaten the same amount at that meal, I really believe she would think it was close. We each had a sandwich, a drink, and fries. Surely that's equivalent!

Yet, her meal was probably at least 700 calories more than mine.

I think this happens to everyone when they aren't tracking calories: it's easy to forget what you've eaten, underestimate how much, and ignore or justify. Over the weekend, I saw people who are frustrated with their weight nibbling on handfuls of chips--because it's just a few, right? Well, not if you do it every time you walk past the bowl!

I find it very eye-opening to watch these behaviors, because I know that they are behaviors that I fall into if I'm not paying attention. At this point, I really can't say anything to this friend as she is not ready to hear it. But it's really important to keep the possibility of calories that squeeze in through the cracks in mind.

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DANA48131 5/9/2012 1:14PM

    I was so like your friend. I could never see the errors of my ways. I always said "I don't eat that much", and maybe I didn't, but looking back now, I can see that I was surely making BAD choices, even if it wasn't "that much".

I think it's a factor of both quality AND quantity. If all a person eats is heavily processed, packaged, loaded with sugar and fat foods, even if it isn't "a lot", it is still going to have a negative effect.

I'm my own worst critic, and I never judge others to the scale I judge myself. But I am always happy to state the facts of my journey to anyone who asks. They can do what they wish with that knowledge. Everyone's journey is different.

You keep up the FANTASTIC work!

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ALICIA0099 5/8/2012 6:36PM

    I just want to say kudos to you for not being a preachy friend and realizing her boundaries. good job. I always hated hearing stuff when I wasn't ready for it.

also, great blog. good point. so true.

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    If your friend were eating less than she thought or figured. There is another thing that may be happening. Not enough calories to burn? Metabolism takes a double header into the 0 file. Lets say all she ate that day was what you saw her eat. It may have still been under 1200 calories (I doubt it, not with that milkshake! lol) but on any other given day, she may fall short of the 1200. So therefore she has a M problem. It's probably nil, and she therefore stays at her weight at point.

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LILYGAL 5/7/2012 8:36PM

    You are so right!!! My DD used to do the same thing. But since joining WW she has found out that she was over eating. Keep up the good work and leading by example.

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CHALLENGER15 5/7/2012 6:52PM

    Yes, you are exactly right. When she is ready to "hear", I have a feeling you will be around to help her!

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BLUE42DOWN 5/7/2012 4:22PM

    I think it's similar to the deceptive way I could tell myself I wasn't as big as that person over there - as a way of feeling less obese somehow. Sure, I weigh this much, but it's not THAT high. It's less than half what those people who get stuck to their bed or sofa because they never move weight.


We humans are incredible at self-deception, especially when we're convinced self-preservation is involved.

I'd agree with others on encouraging her to try out SparkPeople's food tracker or even just a food diary and looking at nutritional information. She doesn't know where she can cut calories, but part of that is she doesn't know where she's getting those calories. Only when she's ready and willing to LOOK will she see.

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YOBETHIE 5/7/2012 3:21PM

    I am glad you will be there when your friend is ready to hear it!

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SONSHINE52 5/7/2012 1:47PM


WONDERFUL blog. I couldn't agree more.


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KANSASROSE67 5/7/2012 1:42PM

    Excellent blog...you are exactly right! I would be willing to bet she more like 1500 calories more than you...it is shocking to look up the value of fast foods.

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RICHILA 5/7/2012 12:56PM

    I know that I had no clue how many calories I ate per day until I started tracking on Sparkpeople. But, we know that the other half of that equation is a lack of movement. It is also not just how much, but what we are eating. I used to be hungry all the time-now eating better and less, I am usually satisfied. Actually, I can tell if I have overdone processed carbs-I will be starving after I eat. emoticon

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 5/7/2012 12:52PM

    You are exactly right. I don't think anybody has a real clue about how those calories add up until they start tracking. It's a real eye opener, but you have to commit to being completely honest.

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DARA52 5/7/2012 12:16PM

    Tracking is how I keep myself in line. Good reminder! Thanks!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 5/7/2012 11:52AM

    Some of it is not really knowing what the calorie count is in things. "It's just a smoothie, it's just fruit, right?" "That coffee shouldn't have that many calories." "French fries go with everything."

I hope she'll find someplace to put down what she really eats and finds out that milkshakes have more calories than what one person should have in a day. It's really an eye opener to see what you really are eating in a day, especially when the person normally drinks pop or something that's not water with every meal and snack.

Some people think that eating once a day is "not eating that much". When in all reality that one meal not only throws off the body, but can contain enough calories for a couple of days.

You did suggest this site for her? All you can do is lead the person, she has to do it by herself. If she's really serious, she'll look into the site.

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NATPLUMMER 5/7/2012 11:30AM

    You are spot on!!

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90 degrees on May 3?! What sort of wankery is this??!

Thursday, May 03, 2012

I had an early docket this morning, and then another case to handle, so planned on a bike ride this afternoon.

It's 90 degrees in the shade.

The heat stroke prevention information I've been reading says pretty consistently, "don't go out there and exercise in it."

I'm thinking that an indoor workout may be in order instead. And tomorrow morning go for an early bike ride.

Jumpin' Jezebels. It's only May 3.

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DANA48131 5/9/2012 1:19PM

    I live in Texas. I'm going to be biking when it is 110. Wanna come and join me? :)

I almost canceled my ride the other day when it was 95. However, I thought to myself, "If I don't do these rides now at 95, and then at 98, and then at 101, I'll have NO hope of being able to ride through July, August and September." So I did it. It wasn't really that bad, but I ride on the trails, under the trees, which helps, a LOT!

Whatever you do, just be safe. :)

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CHALLENGER15 5/5/2012 12:18PM

    I am already thinking I am going to have to go to morning walks! So very hot here in SW Missouri already...

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KATHYSCOLLIES 5/3/2012 10:17PM

    Hot and humid here today - so hot we actually closed everything up and turned on our central air, and every single fan in the house..... And just like you already said - It's only the 3rd of May!!!

This does not bode well for the summer weather conditions, I think!

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OPTIMIST1948 5/3/2012 10:01PM

    Send some here. I got used to warmer weather in a snap we had about a month ago, but it has returned to "seasonal" and now I'm cold. Send me about 10 or so degrees and I think we'll both be happier.

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DOTTIEJANE1 5/3/2012 4:07PM

    We are have HEAT INDEX 'S for the next several days we rarely have any until mid June .Kinda makes you wonder what is in store . Did indoor fitness today . STAY COOL .

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BLUE42DOWN 5/3/2012 3:46PM

    I don't know if you get weather like I do, but we get a small "heat wave" like that in spring and one in the fall, but it doesn't make the regular summer temperatures any worse. Hopefully it's a temporary heatwave - or you get quite used to those early early morning bike rides!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 5/3/2012 3:12PM

    In my state, if you don't like the weather, just wait a day. Glad you still have a workout plan!

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 5/3/2012 3:08PM

    Crazy weather this year!

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NATPLUMMER 5/3/2012 2:45PM

    Good idea....stay cool!!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Got to love that summer heat

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