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Following Michael Pollan

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

If you haven't read any of Michael Pollan's books, you should. In particular, I recommend "In Defense of Food." Pollan's thesis is that much of our health problems stem from eating artificially created foods and highly processed foods, and that health can be achieved by eating real foods, in moderation, mostly from plants.

Working from that premise, I've lost 20 pounds in just under 3 months. And I haven't felt deprived, or suffered cravings. I have enjoyed things like sour cream and real cheese, and real salad dressing. And butter - yes, real butter.

I have a long way to go, but I believe that eating this way is far more beneficial in the long run. And now I'm the co-leader of a Spark Team that supports this kind of eating.

If you are interested, please join us on Food Rules. I'm working to get this group back to the lively discussion and support group that I think it should be. Hope to see you there!

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EUPHRATES 12/14/2011 7:13PM

    Ooo, very cool! (And a philosophy I can totally get behind)

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CHEFSOPHIE 12/14/2011 4:52PM

    I read the Carnivore's Delimma. It was interesting.

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HONBAD 12/14/2011 10:07AM

    I really want to read his books! I saw him on TV talking about his food rules and they all sounded absolutely spot on to me. The one I liked the most was that you can have "junk" food, you just have to make it from scratch. I mean how many times a year are you willing to make french fries yourself?! Or a cake without using a box mix or buying one from a store? Everytime I see a new convenience junk food, I think of that. It shouldn't be that easy to eat crap! I will check out that group and maybe I will make reading all of his books my resolution for 2012.


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AHNAZEE 12/14/2011 9:03AM

    On my way!

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Procrastination is a beast

Monday, December 12, 2011

I didn't manage to work out this weekend. I get it done all week, because I have to do it before I sit down and start working, but on the weekends I can "do it anytime today" and then suddenly the day is over and I haven't.

This is a challenge for which I must develop a strategy. Grr.

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COLEENCOLE 12/14/2011 10:00AM

    Hope you are back on schedule.

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AIMEESINGS 12/14/2011 4:50AM

    Ug I'm the same way! Also having my hubby home all weekend I get wrapped up in spending time doing this with him and forget. We need to set a time and just do it!

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EUPHRATES 12/12/2011 9:57PM

    Weekend strategies can be tough to figure out, but it's SO important!

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BLUE42DOWN 12/12/2011 2:49PM

    Maybe scheduling it for a specific time and writing that on the calendar would help, even if it could be any time, having a defined time would give it structure.

I know that's part of why some people like to have a workout buddy - someone who is also there, expecting us to be there.

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HONBAD 12/12/2011 8:12AM

    I did the same thing Saturday! It was 10:30 (basically bedtime) and I hadn't done any exercising yet. I ended up just doing ~30 minutes of yoga with some added light core exercises. That way I at least did a little something but it wasn't vigorous enough to keep me from getting to sleep. Those are the times I just tell myself every little bit helps! I probably need to make myself get up and get it out of the way even on the weekends.


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EMMANYC 12/12/2011 7:45AM

    I'm a morning person, and I also have a thyroid condition so I get super-tired at night. Therefore, working out is always the first thing I do after waking up and having coffee. (The only difference on the weekend is that I read the NY Times in bed first.)

Maybe you could create a special weekend-only incentive for yourself to work out first thing in the on weekends. For example, download some new music and only play it for weekend workouts? Buy some new workout clothes but only wear them for weekend workouts? Or have a healthy but special post-workout breakfast/brunch that you only have on days when you work out?

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So that's what hunger feels like

Sunday, December 11, 2011

After years of overfeeding myself continually, I sort of regarded hunger as something I barely felt. Now that I'm eating the right amounts of food, though, I am definitely experiencing it more often.

And discovering that ignoring it isn't very smart.

Yesterday I was sort of hungry in the afternoon, but then I got distracted by a sewing project. By the time I resurfaced from that, my hunger had abated because my body had tapped into other resources. But when it came back, it came back hard. I was shaking, weepy, and unable to make a decision about what to eat. I at least knew not to stuff myself with the few remaining cookies--the idea of something sweet made me nauseated at that point.

But I was too far gone to make decent decisions about feeding myself. Everything felt like too much of a challenge and task. When Hubby got home, he immediately saw that I was a mess and just took me out to dinner, so I got fed.

But I don't like "out to dinner" to be a default. It's too expensive. So I need to be aware that hunger is much more likely and much more demanding now, and start planning for that evening meal earlier in the day.

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TATTER3 12/11/2011 10:12PM

    Just Keep Sparkin'!!

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BLUE42DOWN 12/11/2011 4:01PM

    Having a variety of quick and easy "snacks" around can help. Whether it's some carrots and a measured portion of dip (dressing, yogurt, what you find fits your health), or a counted out measure of almonds, or something else - if it's in an easy to grab quantity it can meet the hunger beast and soothe it. Then you can take more time to ponder what the next meal can be without the ravenous "stuff mouth now" urge.

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CHEFSOPHIE 12/11/2011 2:17PM

    I can totally relate. I usually get distracted when I'm working and then all of a sudden it's two o'clock and I'm ravenous. I've taken to boiling eggs and keep them on hand because what my body really wants is some protien.

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MAPLECANDY3 12/11/2011 12:54PM

    I know the feeling of ignoring hunger - I get so weak and hungry that I binge off chips.

One tip that I was given is that its okay to have an "non perfect" meal. You dont have to make anything elaborate when you get that hungry - just make some toast and add some yogurt and fruit or something thats quick.

ps I love getting lost in sewing projects :)

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Birthday party success!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

It used to be that going to parties was all about the snack table. Tonight, though, I went to a party and my focus was on the people and the conversation, rather than browsing the buffet. And I enjoyed it more!

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TRAVLNWOMAN 12/10/2011 10:06AM

    It is changes like this that is proof that you really have made a lifestyle change.

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COLEENCOLE 12/10/2011 10:03AM

    You are the winner!!!!!!!

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Lie to me

Friday, December 09, 2011

The amusing thing about working out is how much time I spend lying to myself.

"Just get through one set. I won't make you do the second set. It'll be fine."

"You don't have to do the WHOLE lower body strength routine. Just do these couple exercises. Then I'll let you stop."

"If you get through the whole strength routine, I won't make you do cardio. It'll be fine."

"Okay, I'm only going to make you do 10 minutes of cardio, then you can quit."

"Oh, now we're through 20 minutes. You can make it the whole 30, can't you?"

And carried on that wave of lies, I find myself beached on the shore of Workout Done.

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EUPHRATES 12/12/2011 9:55PM


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SUGARSMOM2 12/11/2011 6:03PM

  this the way to get through the things we dont want to do and we can then make ourselfs do without stopping .

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KAREN4HEALTH 12/10/2011 9:00AM

    Our brains are wonderful! We do whatever it takes to be good for ourselves.

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GUILDWARSGIRL 12/9/2011 3:12PM

  I do the same thing! Works great!
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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/9/2011 2:22PM

    LOL. I do that ALL the time. And it works amazingly well.

Yesterday in spin class I wasn't really feeling it. My stomach felt weird and I just wasn't into it. Then the seat on the bike dropped out from under me (some of them do that) and I thought, "well, I guess I needed a challenge to get me though this workout. I'll see how long I can last before stopping to put back up the seat."

A few times I thought I was just about to DIE, but kept telling myself those lies you mention - "just get through this song, and then we'll put the seat up." and by the time the song was over I felt like I had more in me so I kept going.

And wouldn't you know it, I actually made it through the entire class without that seat? Just by incremental lies and pushing myself through "just one more song"? LOLOLOL

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