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Going it alone

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The wifi on my laptop is dead. Dead dead very dead. Which means, I will be traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday with NO SP FOOD TRACKER. (Not to mention being off my regular exercise routine.)

I hope I have got the hang of this food monitoring well enough to do it on my own for a few days... I am resigned that it may not be possible to lose more weight this week but I would feel quite satisfied if I could maintain where I am without gaining anything back.

Happy Thanksgiving, try to stick with your plans as best you can, and I'll see y'all on the other side.


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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 11/21/2012 8:54PM

    The app Mupp1970 is talking about is free, and pretty easy to use. You can track food, exercise, and water, and I think it lets you imput your weight as well. It works well on my phone, and its a pre-paid smart phone (Boost)

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MUPP1970 11/21/2012 8:31AM

    I use my smart phone app when I travel. I also try to plan out as much as I can in advance and bring along a few healthy snacks!

Have a safe and happy thanksgiving!

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LABRATIAM 11/21/2012 8:22AM

    If you have a "smart phone" you could get the Spark People tracker for it...but writing it all down to keep track will work too.

Have safe and happy travels!

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DEL-AND-COMPANY 11/21/2012 7:11AM

  Write it ALL down in a food journal if possible. Enter it once you're back if you want. But stay accountable since that's the point anyway!

Thanks for the well wishes and have a safe holiday.

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BLITZEN40 11/20/2012 10:45PM

    You can do it! Just bring your protein drinks! Good luck and have a great Thanksgiving!

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1EMMA2011 11/20/2012 10:25PM

    Good job! Maintaining is fine! No stress!! Very smart. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PEGGYO 11/20/2012 9:58PM

    You can do it if you put your mind to it!!

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BLUENOSE63 11/20/2012 9:52PM

  Well the old fashioned way it will have to be! Just write what you ate and the portion....figure the call out later

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More perfectionism and portion control, less pie.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Well, it's Friday and although I have not gained any weight this week, I haven't lost any either.

I had several days of eating not as well as before, and it appears to me that substituting less healthy foods (such as pie) even if I stay in my calorie range is NOT enough to keep me losing weight at my current fitness/activity level. Clearly, as far as my body is concerned, not all foods are created equal. And until I get my nighttime eating under control, an apple or a dried fig as a bedtime snack is far better than a piece of pie.

Another thing I noticed was that even though I weigh myself in the morning, the evening is when I would worry and fret about it Then, to comfort myself, I would... you guessed it... EAT. And did it make me feel better? No, of course not. I felt even worse.

"Would you like another helping of self sabotage with that?"

So it will be back to following the nutrition tracker exactly, as that was working well for me; I lost 2 pounds a week the first three weeks. Slow and steady is better than two steps forward, one step back.

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 11/16/2012 11:52PM

    Its great to find what works isn't it. =)

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OTEN36 11/16/2012 4:57PM

    Plateaus are the worst thing. They sure mess up my brain.
Just keep plugging away at it.

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NUTRON3 11/16/2012 3:46PM

    You can do it!

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BLITZEN40 11/16/2012 12:26PM

    Great job not gaining weight even with pie! It's frustrating to stay within your calories and not lose though... I hear ya! Science says maintaining a lower calorie intake than output should result in weight loss, so theoretically, it shouldn't matter what those calories come from. Plateaus puzzle me. I think maybe it just amounts to time, so keep going. You can do it! emoticon

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SABLENESS 11/16/2012 12:12PM

    That nutrition tracker is a gem. It DOES work. emoticon

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Portion control, perfectionism, and pie

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Yesterday was not my most successful diet day, but it was definitely a learning experience.

In the morning at work "breakfast" was a variety of cold cuts, cheeses, croissants, grapes, and two kinds of cake. I should have turned around and went back to my desk for oatmeal and a banana, but I didn't. So, I had a croissant with two slices of turkey and half a slice of cheese and a dozen grapes, and managed to keep it under 400 calories according to the nutrition tracker.

The rest of the day I stayed on track, and had planned my evening food carefully (ok, obsessively) to meet all the nutrition goals.

When I got home, however, what should be sitting on the kitchen table but a freshly baked lemon meringue pie!

Diet sabotage!!!!!!!!!!!

So I said the hell with it. I had my salad with toppings as planned, and a big 1/6 piece of pie.

If I had just stopped there, I would still have been within my calories, but not the rest of the trackers (protein, fiber etc.).

But no, having "blown it" already, at bedtime I indulged in a glass of port with two squares of dark chocolate and a handful of walnuts. I wasn't physically hungry; I think I was trying to comfort myself for my earlier lapse. It was not very effective in the comfort department, but it did get me thinking.

From day one I have tried to match ALL of the nutrition trackers every day - wth other goals on top of that like fruit/veggie servings, fiber and water. If I don't get everything within range I don't feel successful. Many days it's very hard to meet all of the goals and I have to eat extra foods in the evenings to make up any deficits, especially protein and fiber.

Perhaps this is a bit too ambitious for a beginner who is also a perfectionist... For the next week or two I'm going to try paying less attention to those other trackers and just worry about water and total calories. (I don't know if I can really ignore them, but I will try.)

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1EMMA2011 11/16/2012 12:19AM

    I'm a perfectionist too, it's hard sometimes... mostly i try to focus on persistence now... good for you for getting the right balance in your food to start - took me many many months! emoticon

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 11/14/2012 5:28PM

    You only have to get all those nutrients over a week, or on most days, whatever. It's hard to give up being a perfectionist, but it leaves so little room for appreciation, improvement, or pride in oneself...You are doing great, just stay in your calorie range and hit most of your nutrients most of the time.

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BLITZEN40 11/14/2012 3:06PM

    Nice job staying under your calories even WITH the pie... don't sweat the wine, dark choc and walnuts. They all have nutritional benefits- in fact the nuts are nutrient packed- so your body probably needed those nutrients. I know what you mean about obsessing over getting it all right... my big thing is calories and protein... I can never seem to get enough protein w/o going over my calories. Good luck! emoticon

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DIXIEWORKHORSE 11/14/2012 12:10PM

    Don't feel bad for going over your tracker. Since I started I have not been able to meet my calorie and fat intake. My plan requires 2700 calories and I am lucky to get 1800. I still can't get it in my mind the "healthy foods" to eat so I choose to swap it up with dark chocolate and yogurt and bananas. The important thing is that you realize you went over and want to correct it. Dieting has to 99.5% mental and 0.5% physical. Once we overcome the mental part then it goes to 99 5% physical and 0.5% mental. Stick with it, you are doing great. emoticon

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Thank you veterans!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thanks to all those who have served our country - past, present, and future - and to their families for their sacrifice and support as well.

I am a pacifist and do not always agree with the actions/policies of my country's government, but I *DO* appreciate the hard work and sacrifice of our soldiers. Thank you for your willingness to serve our country.

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 11/11/2012 7:18PM

    hmm I served 4 years active duty, my husband served during the Honduras skirmish. And still I don't know how I feel about veterans day. I do appreciate those who died during the war against Britain...

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YOGAWITCH 11/11/2012 11:59AM

    As an ex army wife I appreciate people that respect our soldiers and your pictures made me smile. All gave some, some gave all. My soldier gave all. Have a great day.

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LINWINAGAIN 11/11/2012 11:46AM

    thank you for this post, and I wish to add my thanks to all VETERANS, past, present and future! You have given us the gift of freedom, thank you and God Bless you! emoticon

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Crockpot Pumpkin Meatloaf (thanks to SABLENESS)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Yesterday I made the Crockpot Pumpkin Meatloaf that SABLENESS posted in her blog.
Here is how it looked:

The presentation is magnificent, as you can see. However, as SABLENESS said, it is tricky to get it out of the cooker as the pumpkin becomes soft. It was cooked all the way through, no worries about the meatloaf, and the pumpkin produced enough water to cook the dish well without any added water.

As for the taste, the pumpkin is perfect and tastes interestingly of the meatloaf. The pumpkin skin was, surprisingly, soft enough to eat. Since some of the flavor is leached out of the meatloaf into the pumpkin, I found myself wishing I had made my meatloaf a bit peppier than normal and used less oats in it. (I used my own go-to meatloaf recipe.)

Definitely will make this again, it would make a fantastic dish for company. Super easy and economical way to use up those "decorative" pumpkins after the holiday.

I was extremely surprised how hard it was to find a pumpkin the right size - seemingly after Halloween most of the pumpkins just vanish into thin air from the stores. I assumed they would be there until Thanksgiving because there were piles and piles of them! Next year I'll be at the store the morning after Halloween and stock up before they toss them out.


Edited to add:

If you don't have a slow cooker, you can bake it in the oven too! 400 F for 45-60 minutes in a dish with 1 inch of water according to this recipe.

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 11/10/2012 8:26PM

    Here in my town there are still pumpkins for sale everywhere. Maybe I better grab some so I can try this recipe before they're all gone!!

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TIZSLIM 11/10/2012 8:22PM

  I like the look of that. I'm planning on growing some pumpkins of my own for next Halloween - nice to see some recipes for the remains. It's a sadly under rated veg here in the UK.

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LRENEAO 11/10/2012 8:16PM

    That looks really cool! emoticon

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