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Still on track!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I am about 3 weeks in to this and I am still on track. I had a planned cheat day on Saturday. We took the kids to the CA State Fair. It was crazy hot, like 106, and we were there for 7 hours. I was pretty misreable the whole time because of the heat. I ate plenty of crappy food but didn't enjoy anything. A better cheat day would've been a slice of cheesecake and a mocha. Next time. :)

I am excited that after my cheat day I got right back on track with no problem.

I am still tired no matter what I do. If I eat more carbs and calories, I am tired. If I wat moderate calories and low carbs, I am tired. Ugh!!! It's so frustrating.

I haven't been good about taking my iron, I forget most days. So I can't rule out anemia yet. I should go have my doc test me. I'll probably wait until after my next Period since that will affect it a bit. I know its coming soon because I have been a b*tch for 2 days.

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WOUBBIE 7/24/2012 1:31PM

    Probably an obvious question here but are you taking vitamin/mineral supplements besides the iron? I felt a WHOLE lot better when I added a B Complex to my daily intake.

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JENNIFERH625 7/24/2012 1:25PM

    Hang in there. Good job for getting back on track!!!

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Slight Change of course

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I spent some time looking over my last 2 weeks of food and moods. I totally see a trend, which doesn't surprise me. The days that I eat more carbs and have an artificial sweetener are moody, low energy days. The days I stay at or below 100g carbs and avoid the artificial sweetener's I feel better and have more energy. Coffee didn't seem to be the determining factor like I thought.

I also would like to add a little more structure to what I've been doing. I have read quite a few low carb books (Atkins, South Beach (not really low carb but close), Primal Blueprint, Why We Get Fat and Good Calories, Bad Calories). I love all the research that Gary Taubes has done, and totally agree with his conclusions. I don't agree with everything that The Primal Blueprint suggests, or actually I can't neccessarily follow everything that they want you to do (organic, 8 hours sleep, etc), but I really like his 'diet' plan. I've done primal eating before, but let life get in the way of sticking to it. I had great results and felt great. SO I have decided to follow the primal blueprint again.

I hope that it will make my food choices a little easier and give me a tool to measure my progress against. I will stay at or below 80 carbs a day coming only from fruits/vegetables/nuts. I will focus on getting atleast 95g protein and the remaining calories will come from fat. I am going to track all my food but not going to stick to a certain calorie range. I know the calories will naturally stay close to what's considered a range for weightloss. Mostly I want to keep track of macronutrient grams and have a way to look back over time.

I'm pretty excited to make this change.

I haven't been able to get in the workouts I planned. I am a little disappointed, but I won't let that get me of track. Today will likely be another no workout day, but that's okay. I will get right back on track tomorrow. I'm usually an all or nothing type of person, so to be able to not be perfect in one area yet still continue doing well in another (without stressing) is a big win for me. :)

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VHALKYRIE 7/18/2012 8:38PM

    Your plan is very similar to what I do, and it works very well for me. :) I focus on getting my carbs from mostly veg and some fruit. I eat high quality minimally processed foods.

High carb days knock me for a loop, too. Great that you are able to spot it, and know what's right for you!

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WOUBBIE 7/18/2012 6:54PM

    At least Primal gives you a lot of leeway on fitness, so just count today as a "Move Slowly, Play, or Rest" day!

Not surprised at all about the difficulties on a higher carb day. It just rocks the boat, and not in a good way.

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KBRADFORD88 7/18/2012 1:27PM

    Let us know how it goes. There is so much conflicting advice. Sometimes we just have to see what makes out bodies feel better. Good luck

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MOMMYRUNMOMMY 7/18/2012 12:13PM

    He also has a website with daily blogs and a forum. Marks Daily Apple.

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FOCUSEDCYN 7/18/2012 12:06PM

    I think I may have to read this book. Sounds interesting.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I always want to jump on Spark on the weekend to keep up with people or blog, but it pretty much never happens. Yesterday was a busy day. No blog, but I did still track the last 3 days and stayed on plan.

I attempted to give up coffee, and did for 3 days. LOL! Coffee is a hard habit to break. I didn't have a ton more energy without coffee but my moods seemed a bit better. Not sure if it was a coincidence. I am having a Skinny Latte today, but tomorrow I will stop again to see if I can make it 4 days without coffee. I am also adding some iron to my daily vitamins to see if I am just low on iron. I have had anemia problems before.

It seems like my DD is still really excited about eating healthy. We talked a little about me teaching her to make some healthy foods herself, and she's very very excited for that. Her dad said he would support that. They're about to go on a trip for 3 weeks, so I told her to make me a list of the foods that she wants to learn how to cook and while she's gone I will create a cookbook for her and teach her when she gets back. I'm pretty excited, and a little nervous.

I started reading a book about how to effectively listen to and talk to kids "How to talk so kids will listen". I've only read chapter 1 but it seems like a good tool. I'm having my DH read the 1st chapter at work today so we can talk about it and start doing it tonight. I hope this makes a difference, we've had so much trouble getting our 2 little ones to be cooperative lately.


Sore legs

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Feeling a bit down this morning. My oldest DD lives with her dad part of the week and with me the other. I've known for a while that he hasn't been feeding her very healthy, mostly fast food and junk. She's gained a bit of weight becauase of that and because of not playing sports the last 6 months. I feel so powerless to help her and so guilty for not being able to change what he's doing. I am not sure why he allows her to eat so poorly. Maybe he's just lazy. Not sue. He knows how to cook some food, enough to feed her better. He only works part-time and doesn't have any other kids. I have tried to genthly bring it up and provide some healhty eating books to him. He does not seem to care. I am planning on having a family meeting with him and her to discuss this, in a gently way. He's one of those people who does the exact opposite of what people 'tell' him to do - even if he knows it's wrong.

My DD has expressed to me many times over the last month or so that she wants to eat better and lose weight. I have been a little unsure of how to proceed. I know what she should be eating and how she can lose weight safely. I have just been unsure of the best way to express this to her. I want to make sure that I don't tell her anything that might lead her to eat less, skip meals, or any other dangerous thing.

The first step I took was to have her not change anything last week, but to keep a food journal. I asked her to keep track of everything she ate and drank. I didn't ask her to count calories or measure anything. Mostly I just want to see what types of food she was eating. It was worse than I thought. All but one meal for the week was fast food. I went over the food choices with her. She understands that fast food isn't good for you, but I wanted her to know why. So we pulled up the nutritional info for the food she ate on the web. She was shocked by how high calorie, sodium, fat these foods were. We talked about healthy alternatives at each location her dad takes her because I know that I may not be able to change his bad habits. I also cooked her a big batch of chicken stir fry. A really healthy meal that she could eat atleast 3 days instead of fast food.

I am so proud that she wants to eat better, but I am also worried for her future if her dad doesn't change what he's doing. She's only with me 3 days a week, and that's not enough to counteract 4 days of fast food.

I want to start teaching her how to cook some healthy foods herself, but not sure if at 12 she's ready to be responsible for cooking food.

Other than that. I have been doing good. I am planning on dong D2W1 of C25K. My legs are pretty sore from my strength training yesterday, but I will push through.

Eating is going good. I have eliminated coffee as of this morning. I have been drinking tea. It's okay. I need to find a tea that will taste good with my coconut creamer that I normally use in my coffee. It's full of good fat and keeps me satisfied in the morning until I eat breakfast at work. I tried some chai tea concentrate (sugar free), but it wasn't very good. I may just try to make a berry smoothy with it if I can't find a good tea.

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KAREN42BOYS 7/13/2012 7:18PM

    It sounds like you are making headway with this. It's great that you are being proactive about protecting her from dangerous dieting.

One thing you might try would be for her to challenge herself to eat 3 pieces of fruit or veggies a day. Rather than taking away, she would be adding in.

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KICK-SS 7/12/2012 9:43PM

    When my kids were about 12, they had the responsibility of planning a menu (healthy) and cooking once a week. Of course, I was there to help out as they were learning new things. They enjoyed doing the planning and carrying it out and to this day (they're in their late 40's) they are all good cooks and all eat pretty healthy too... None of them are overweight, so guess they learned something!

Start your daughter off with easier things, then let her get some ideas how to expand on those things.

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BECKYANNE1 7/12/2012 3:47PM

    Way to Go on sitting down with her and going thru all of her food choices and alternatives. 12 is not too young. My boys have even been so much more concerned about the food they eat. They've been like this for quite some time. They do eat their bad foods, but if I keep them at a min. at home, they will go for other more healthier foods. Maybe if your DD starts to get the healthier foods, her dad will get it eventually. Good Luck!

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WOUBBIE 7/12/2012 3:39PM

    You're making the best of a bad situation. It's great that you're giving her the tools to take care of herself! Fast food is out there, and she's better off knowing how to navigate her way than just being told it's all crap.

I have two boys and they started cooking around 13 - microwaving frozen stuff, making sandwiches, cooking ramen noodles (lol! the teenagers' favorite food after cereal!). They're both fairly proficient these days at simple cooking. My eldest likes this quickie:

Open, drain, and rinse one can of chicken. Put 2-4 T of jarred salsa in the bottom of a non-stick skillet and heat on medium/low. Add the chicken, and mix/heat. When it's hot enough, drizzle jarred queso over the top, let it get warm and serve. She can wrap it in a tortilla, put it in a taco shell, or, better yet, top a salad with it!

No, it's not haute cuisine, but it's something you could actually make in a dorm room!

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KURS10B 7/12/2012 1:25PM

  12 is not too early to teach her how to cook. At the very least, she can cook eggs, spaghetti, make a salad, etc. She might not be comfortable doing it, but would she talk to her dad? Maybe they can work together to come up with meals she can cook and then they could shop together. Even if they only do that a few meals each week, it will be better for her.

Keep going on C25K. Its a good goal!

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Hump Day

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Last night was a litle rough. I was hungrier than usual and really tired. I'm not sure if it was from my run or something else. I made it to dinner after some dry roasted almonds. I'm a little curious if my coffee may have something to do with my fatigue and also some moodiness I've been feeling. I am going to switch to tea for a few days and see how I feel. I know that I have previously cut out coffee when doing a simliar diet and had amazing energy. I'm not sure if it's connect, but it's worth trying.

I am doing a great job sticking to my diet. We have pastries or bagels each Wed. at work and I normally cannot resist. I can see and smell them from my desk right now and am having no problem resisting. :)

I am planning a strength workout, legs, today. I am excited to start my new routine.

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MOMMYRUNMOMMY 7/11/2012 1:40PM

    LOL! The last two jobs I've had have been all about junk. I worked at an ice cream company for 5 years and now at a video game company. I have a candy jar on my desk with most of my favorite candy at all times. (I'm the office manager) Normally I can't resist sweets - hence the need for weightloss :) but the last couple days I've felt more in control of my choices than usualy. Very good feeling.

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CHICA125KML 7/11/2012 1:14PM

    Good job on resisting the bagels and pastries. emoticon
I hope that when I'm around that stuff I can resist. Luckily so far I have been spared :-)

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ANGRITTER 7/11/2012 1:11PM

    You can see them??? And you aren't drooling? Feels powerful, doesn't it?

I'm the chick who eats a package of gummi worms 4 worms at a time because I only want the one serving. Pastries and bagels I am not sure if I could resist if I could see them and smell them.

Yesterday was a weird day for fatigue. I went for a 2 mile walk in the AM so I would die from heat stroke, but I fell asleep at 3 pm and didn't wake until 8 pm!! I NEVER sleep during the day.

I really think the heat has been affecting people and tiring them out when they normally wouldn't be.

I love that you are resisting. You are a strong woman!

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    If coffee might affect your mood, why not try some tea?

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