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What TYPE of Eater are YOU---A Permitter OR a Restrictor?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

I was reading the July 2010 issue of Good Housekeeping {they do get the issues out EARLY !!} and came across an interesting article describing different types of behavior people exhibit when faced with food choices. For your info.,it's called Good Girls and Rebels--Which kind of eater are you? by Geneen Roth -starts on p.113 [good advice -Feed Your Soul]. I'll share parts of the article with you~~~~
"...most women {my note---this article uses the word women,but I think it applies to men as well}who are concerned about their weight fall into 2 eating types:Permitters and Restrictors....About half of us are Restrictors- do very well on diets[ at least for a while].We find rules,tips,and lists comforting.When calories counted most,Restrictors knew how many were in a small apple, a baked potato, a Krispy Kreme donut....Restrictors like regulations because they provide a sense of control over the uncertainty and unpredictability of being alive.
Permitters, on the other hand, abhor rules. We find them oppressive and suffocating.Although we know we could stand to lose a pound or 50, we're suspicious of programs and food lists.
...Whereas Restrictors maintain hypervigilance about food, Permitters prefer denial."

I didn't include very much on the article because I just wanted to whet the appetite for a conversational blog....Which type of eater are YOU? Or do you think you could devise ANOTHER type?
I found I actually am a bit of BOTH types because ~~
as a Permitter, I enjoy eating what foods I want~~~but due to my involvement with Sparkpeople, I now KNOW to LIMIT my portions!
as a Restrictor,I DO KNOW how many calories are in many foods, and due to my involvement with Sparkpeople,I am Hyperviligant about food,although when I eat foods that are NOT the best choices for me, I know NOW that I DO HAVE MORE CONTROL over it than before!
What type of eater are YOU? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PAMAPPLE 6/30/2010 10:37AM

    I'm a restrictor most of the time but, as I just discovered, when I go on vacation I permit anything that I want to eat, and don't stuff myself on it like I sometimes used to do!

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POOKAQUEEN 6/30/2010 7:46AM

    sounds like I'm more of a restrictor and only occasionally a permitter. I know me, and if I just let myself eat whatever I will fall straight back into my old routines and go back on the gaining path. I need to be a restrictor to get where I want to be.

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 6/29/2010 8:33PM

    Women, Food and God is amazing! I am most definitely a permittor.

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    I would fall more into the Restrictor side, but could see me a little in the Permitter world. I read that article about a week ago...found it very interesting myself.

Anyway...I think that's why I'm always thinking "I just need to go back to weight watchers." Restrictor!

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EPEREZ205 6/29/2010 3:46PM

    I'm a permitter with a side helping of restrictor. I'm a foodie at heart and love to cook gourmet meals. I use to eat to my hearts content now I use portion control. This way I don't feel like I'm being denied anything. This is a big trigger for me. Most of my meals are not full of fat and cream either but still very yummy. This way I have the best of both worlds.

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RONIE11 6/29/2010 1:59PM

    I think I was a permitter and now I'm a restrictor, I never would of thought that I could be happy with portion control because I have always eaten until I'm full but now I eat what I have measured or weighed and it has helped me to feel ful with less food.. I never could understand how my husband could push his plate away with food still being on it.. I would finish it all and look for desert. Now I understand that if I stay away from my trigger foods that I can be very full with little food.. or less than before. I still feel like I eat a lot.. LOL
Sunday was a trigger food day for me I am grateful for it because I have not even been tempted to get into the ritz crackers again.. LOL have a great day Betsy.. and thanks for the blog.. gets us

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Yes, I AM an AMAZON and PROUD of IT!!!OR Name-calling and How I Set a Good Example for my TODDLER!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

This Blog is DEDICATED to my TALL LADIES Sparkteam! {And my LATE-IN-LIFE MOMMIES Sparkteam]!!!!!~~~~~~
When we went on vacation to Monterey Bay Aquarium just this month, I was with my family obseving MY FAVORITE exhibit~~~the sea otters. I was down on my knees next to my toddler, watching the sea otters swim[we were right next to the window] and since it was an additional 15 minutes since they would be fed,we decided to stay to watch! Well, the number of people starting growing and as my legs started to hurt, I slowly got up with my toddler in my arms. Two ladies behind us gasped and one cracked a remark to her friend,"Oh, she's an AMAZON!!" and the friend said back,"Yeah,I can't see because she IS an AMAZON!!" Well, I exchanged looks with my hubby,but stayed my ground as I wanted to see the otters fed--they were starting to feed them now--and wanted MY CHILD to get to see as this was his FIRST TIME AT the Aquarium. Well,they wouldn't stop their CACKLING about my height even after I moved ASIDE to let them share the window.They were RUINING the moment of enjoyment for us. I then couldn't breathe due to the cigarette smell from their clothes {as I have asthma} and looking at my husband, motioned to him for us to leave. I said to them as I left,"Here, the whole window is yours!" They just moved in without a word.
I have ENCOUNTERED this name-calling once before when I was playing on my high school softball team where the city we were playing in had our field located near the street,so passersby could watch and someone cracked,"Look at that redwood tree!" and the other person with him remarked,"I bet she hits it over their heads!" Well, I DID HIT THE SOFTBALL and it was a HOMERUN!!!! And we won the game!!!!
But again,the moral of the story is if you HAVE A CHILD, little ears and eyes are ALWAYS OBSERVING,whether we like it or not, and SOMETIMES it is BETTER to use that MOMENT IN TIME for a TEACHABLE MOMENT{ as being a former schoolteacher we used to say..} . PLus GOD is watching and as a born-again Christian ,my actions should always reflect HIS love,whether I like it or not!!! So, I can say I'm PROUD of myself and not syaing and doing WHAT I wanted to do!!!
By the way,I'm a LATE-IN-LIFE MOMMY ,so I guess you could say I flount convention!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NAELINDGREN 6/28/2010 10:32AM

    It is amazing how rude some people can be! You did a great job by taking the high-road and standing your ground before the 2nd hand smoke forced you to finally offer the window view. Remember, it will be your behavior that your toddler will model in the future. I love to celebrate differences and to go against convention myself. We have a lot in common, even tho' I'm only 5'1"! ;-)

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NELLIEC 6/26/2010 6:08PM

    Well, as a pygmy or vertically challenged as some would say, I think you definitely have an advantage of being able to reach things I wouldn't consider reaching. I had my children from the ages of 28 to 42, so I guess I would qualify at least partially as a late in life mommy.

It is good that you didn't get all bent out of shape since your young one was watching.

And I hate the cigarette smoking odor too. I can't smell it very well anymore since my sense of smell is now altered, but it still starts up my asthma! As does tons of perfume!

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KATIE33MAHALA 6/26/2010 12:46PM

    You are a very good Christian, you did the right thing. Don't know if I could have shown the restraint. We could all learn from you, thank you.

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KATIEJO5 6/26/2010 12:31PM

    As a fellow Amazon- and proud of it!- I have experienced brainless comments as well. It bothered me a lot in junior high school- I was 6ft at age 13- but really not since then. Most people are envious of our inches! Being so tall is an intricate part of who I am and I love that part!

Proud of you for not letting them have it! (We amazons could, you know!) emoticon

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RONIE11 6/26/2010 11:33AM

    I'm shocked that they talked about you right were you could here. Thats just rude and uncalled for.. I think the lesson here is people need to be more considerate of others. Even when you had you little one with you too... like I said I'm shocked..I hope you had a good time anyway.. I've been to the Montery Aquarium many years ago.. last summer we went to the one in Oregon.. Its amazing too.. When my son was 4 we took him and he got to see keiko eye to eye it was so amazing I will never forget it.. I wish I had taken a picture..I hope you took lots of pictures.. Please don't let others words hurt or upset you. Its not worth the energy.

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LOLAINSC 6/26/2010 11:08AM

    A problem isn't an event--a problem is your reaction to that event. People can't offend you unless you allow yourself to be offended. I worked in a psychiatric hospital full of young criminals, where I often got called by my title, B****. I found the best response was to sincerely and politely thank them because B**** stands for Being In Total Control of Herself and I was glad they recognized how proud I was of that. It was a lesson most of these "young ladies" needed to learn, since self-control was a foreign concept in their world. You might learn to recognize that the people calling you Amazon are really saying that you are in the AMAzing ZONe.

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Dedicating Those Lost Pounds~~~ A Family Chainlink Connection OR The Strangest Blog I Ever Wrote!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I got this idea from something we did in high school as graduating seniors for our last newspaper~~~ {and since I'll be changing my title and background story--to give more of the story--I thought it appropriate! See what you think~~It may just be a strange blog that I wrote!}

I,MOMWANTS NOWAIST, dedicate my first LOST LB. to~~~
1-God {no disrespect here,seriously!}
2-My husband
3-My son
4-My mother,whom I miss very much!
5-My father,whom I ALSO miss very much!
6-My brother
7-My youngest sister
8-My 2nd oldest sister
9-My eldest sister
10-My BIL,now deceased.
11-My other BIL
12-My youngest niece
13-My 2nd oldest niece
14-My eldest niece
15-My yoga instructor and She is also My Gravity Machine Instructor
16-My very first trainer--Laura
17-The fitness club owner
18-My Weight Loss Support Group in the MOMs Club
19-My MOMs Club friend and mentor "example"-Kursten--who has LOST 60+ lbs. through WW
20-Myself and SPARKFRIENDS!
Each of these pounds lost off my body represents a little longer,better quality of Life{God-willing!} and each person named is related to me in some "Weight-Wise"Way. Some of them are gone from my life ,BUT NOT MY MEMORY,because obesity cut their lives short--this includes my mom, my dad, my BIL{of my eldest sister}.Also, obesity is still very much in the lives of almost ALL of my family and the others listed~~friends and people I got to know ~~and have my life further enriched~~ because we have "weight issues" in common~~whether talking about them,working out ,or food choices taken..... Each of these "links" in the chainlink fence of my life is there because God put them there to help me and now I break FREE of the chains of Obesity and Being Overweight and ENJOY my NEW LIFE as a healthy person that is not "Weighted DOWN" ,but "Lightened UP" and now ,maybe I'll be the "link" in someone's life to help that person.~~~That's why I keep writing the Secrets of Success tips until I run out of ideas that will aid someone on their journey.....
Maybe YOU have a similar " chainlinking" of people in your life who have helped you or who have the same weight issues~~ If you would like, share one of your experiences or list the one most influential person in you weight loss journey at this moment..... Thanks for reading! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THENEWME43 6/22/2010 10:52PM

    Great idea, Betsy! Love it!

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NELLIEC 6/22/2010 7:16PM

    What a nice thought!

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Sparkpeople Weight Loss Journey~~~And Now the on the ROAD AGAIN--Maintenance, that is~~~It TRULY IS

Monday, June 21, 2010

I was in the supermarket line ,waiting to check out,reading the headlines of the magazines--LOSE 10 lbs. FAST!,Get that stomach FLATTER!,A NEW WAY to LOSE Weight FASTER!--when it HIT ME!_~~~~I DON't have to think of LOSING weight anymore {although I STILL WANT NO WAIST!!!]--a flatter , more sculpted ab --have to work on THAT more....
But THE REALIZATION ~~~You've DONE it!!!! And in a healthy Way!!!!!
made me STEP back and realize WOW ,I AM on the road to Maintenance!!!
Next, a trip to Baskin-Robbins to get some ice cream [I STILL LOVE that stuff! ~~~Although it's Frozen Yogurt these days,not ice cream! The manager,whom I know,asked "No Father's Day Ice Cream Cake?" and I surprised myself by saying "Those days are gone! I've worked TOO HARD on this weight LOSS to go down THAT road again!But we'll get some frozen yogurt to take home!!"
Then, the realization of how I had Been EATING ON PURPOSE the last few days {but NOT yesterday!]~~~meaning I was making FOOD CHOICES by WHAT NUTRIENTS I Needed and/or calories!!!
It TRULY was a LIFESTYLE Change!!! And one of the BEST parts is seeing my toddler ASK for WATER to drink,not sodas!!! And He doesn't mind the frozen yogurt instead of ice cream---it's all the same to him!!!Plus seeing hubby eat oatmeal to get HIS cholestrol down from 214 is PRICELESS!!! [IT'S TRUE~~~Not to nag but BY EXAMPLE, we give the best advice!!!} emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonP.S.TODAY IS MY 5th Month Sparkversary!!!!! How time flies!!!!! emoticon emoticonAnd for all those Sparkers on your journeys or roads,whatever they may be,DON'T GIVE UP!!!KEEP GOING!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!! Make it HAPPEN YOURSELF { FOR YOURSELF}!!!! emoticon

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ALLIEINSHAPE 6/22/2010 12:35AM

    Isn't it great knowing we do not have to buy any more weight loss magazines or books any more,trying out the next new diet. We have all the skills here on Sparks that we need and it's free! You have passed the milestone of making good food choices a habit and your family has benefited from this new lifestyle also. Congrats on your weight loss success! What a sparkling Sparker you are!!
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MNMAMAMN 6/21/2010 8:32PM

    Wow, what a gift you've given yourself! Enjoy the new awesome you! Spark People truly fosters miracles!

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SLENDERELLA61 6/21/2010 10:09AM

    Congratulations!! Those realizations are exciting! You are there! You have no weight to lose. Now setting up some fitness goals are helpful. Take care. Enjoy that new body and take good care of it. -Marsha

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RENA1965 6/21/2010 9:55AM

    I feel the same way with the stuff happening in my family. It is possible to make changes and live will with them long haul! emoticon

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RONIE11 6/21/2010 9:39AM

    This is great insperation. I love the choices and not feeling deprived.. we eat skinny cow and I really thought hubby would turn his nose up at it but he likes it.. woo hoo lady we have been here 5 months it sure doesn't seem that long.. I too see those headlines and I have bought those magazines and its all unrealistic.. I'm sure there are great tips but the average person with only 15 pounds to loose will not do it in 2 weeks and the average person who has 60 pounds to loose will not look like the model in 2 weeks either LOL oh but we could dream.
Have a great day and enjoy the week...

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A Letter of LOVE~~~to my HUSBAND ~~on Father's Day ~~June 20, 2010

Sunday, June 20, 2010

My Dearest Husband,
To the man of my dreams
Who makes all my dreams come true,
God brought you to me and me to you.
These past 12 years have been the best because...
I shared them with you and our son.
Words can't express the joy I see when you come home from work or when we "get you for three whole days " as our toddler says!
You work tirelessly to keep our home in shape,
and help guide our son spiritually and emotionally with a loving hand.
You won me over with your love of cats!
You're always there for me, cheering me on in whatever endeavor.
You're such a loving son & supportive brother.
My siblings have learned to rely on you and take you at your word.
Your ever grateful wife & son~~~~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEACHINKIDS2 6/20/2010 12:14PM

    emoticonvery sweet!

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KLEE76 6/20/2010 9:48AM

    how very sweet.

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