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Food choices and falling off the wagon

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Too late to edit the previous entry so I'll make a new one. :)

Today I am traveling. I left the house at 4:45am for the airport and then the flight was delayed, causing me to miss my connecting flight. So I'm spending the night in Denver at a very nice hotel courtesy of United Airlines.

So what did I eat all day, you ask?

I started off well. I had brought some granola bars and fruit, so I started off with a nonfat latte in the airport and a banana. After sitting on the runway for an hour I ate a granola bar and an apple. When the stewardess came with drinks I had water and added Emergen-C vitamin powder. So far, so good.

Arrived in Denver two hours late and got in line behind about 50 other people to try to arrange another flight at customer service. Drank a bottle of water (2 cups). Still ok.

Getting the new flight and hotel arrangements handled took another hour or hour and a half. By that time I was over hungry, my last snack having been hours ago. So I saw "burrito" on a restaurant menu and I fell off the wagon. What is it about burritos that they tempt me so? Oh yeah, they are huge and full of carbs and fat... dangnabit.

If not for that burrito, it would have been a perfect day. The DoubleTree Hotel's complimentary warm chocolate chip cookie (310 cal) was worth splurging on, and would even have fit within my "allowance". The mediocre burrito I had in the airport for lunch (over 700 cal according to the nutrition tracker even without dairy) was NOT worth it.

I had an excellent dinner and made good choices, even knowing I had already used up all my calories for the day. (glass of port, mediterranean hummus and eggplant, green salad w/o dressing, pita bread).

It would have been SO easy to stay off the wagon and order the "Loaded Smashed Potato Fries" for dinner (potatoes, melted cheddar, bacon, horseradish sour cream). I wanted it so bad I could taste it, and it was tempting to just write off the whole day as a failure. But having just finally lost the two pounds I had re-gained last week, I knew that choice would be sabotage of the worst kind (i.e., self-sabotage).

So while I didn't win the war today, I did win some of the battles. Phew.

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MAUREENIE1 1/7/2013 4:17PM

    I think that it is great that even though you went a little overboard ( we all do at stressful times) that you continued to make good choices. emoticon

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 12/21/2012 5:04PM

    Its especially hard when your traveling. You made some good choices and some not so good, but all in all, I think you did OK. Have FUN on your trip, I'm so happy for you getting to go!! I wish I could go somewhere =)

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 12/21/2012 10:04AM

    I think you did great too! Being overhungry is a recipe for nutrition disasters but you did what you could to avoid it with everything in your power. And when you were back in power after the burrito, you made good choices again! I say, "way to go!!!"

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NUTRON3 12/21/2012 7:17AM

    I think you did better than I would of

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BLITZEN40 12/20/2012 10:35PM

    Well, I wouldn't call one extra burrito falling off the wagon. I'd call that a little bump in the road. Especially since you stayed on track the entire rest of the day. Had you started with the burrito, continued with the Smashed Potato Fries and ended with some reeses pieces, some brownies, a pack of chocolate cookies, a huge glazed jelly filled donut and a big bowl of leftover Christmas cookie frosting (like I did) THEN you could call it falling off the wagon. I'm not sure burritos are even considered bad.. I have them for lunch sometimes: 1/2 c fat free refried beans = 90 cal + 1 flour tortilla = 120. That only puts you at 210 for a meal. Most of my non-burrito meals are more calories than that. Just sayin. You're doing great! I, on the other hand, am eating like there's no tomorrow. Just in case the Mayans are right!

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Taking the stairs

Thursday, December 20, 2012

In the hotel I've been taking the stairs instead of the elevator. I'm on the fourth floor. Three flights of stairs is easy, and the fourth gets my heart pumping and lungs working. Compare that to one flight of stairs four months ago!

Next stop, the Empire State Building...

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    Great choice! I hope you enjoyed the hotel!
In the nearest big city to us there is an event in which you climb 29 stories of stairs! I have looked at that event with amazement, but now wonder if I might be able to do it next year. I can almost imagine the fire that would be in my thighs after 10 stories.

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1EMMA2011 12/20/2012 9:40PM

    Woo Hoooo! emoticon Awesome job!!

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Holiday time at the office

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

ARGH!!!!! This happens several times a week here.

Good thing I have apples in my drawer... sigh.

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LISAN0415 1/2/2013 8:04PM

    wow wow wow! That happenes more than once a month at your office- that is rough!

That's awesome you could resist! I know thats tough!

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 12/20/2012 5:13PM

    Good GRIEF Malia, is that an actual pic of your work party? You must have will power of STEEL!!!!

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BLITZEN40 12/19/2012 11:25PM

    Holy Smokes! Those would have all been MINE within seconds of seeing them if I worked there. You have some serious willpower!!! Way to go! emoticon

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    You have to dodge that several times a week? Good grief, woman, you are supergirl! Way to keep your eye on the prize instead of hating your thighs.

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1EMMA2011 12/19/2012 6:47PM

    I feel incredibly proud of you for having apples and resisting this mess.


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LAC936 12/19/2012 4:15PM

    Oh boy tough to stay on track with those goodies.

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MA_KING69 12/19/2012 3:58PM

    I had to dodge , first truffles, then two different flavors of homemade fudge, then donuts, I brought fresh fruit with me and drank an extra class of mio flavored water

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Cooking again (soup - it must be winter!)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

I'm so happy that it's finally cold enough to want to make soups! After a week of not eating well, I have been cooking up some healthy foods for the week to come.

Canja de Galinha - Brazilian chicken soup
This is one of my favorites. Here is the link to my blog when I first made the soup in Brazil.

Beef & Black Bean Chili
Another recipe I made often when I lived in Brazil because it's inexpensive and a total comfort food. Here is a link to its debut on my blog.

Butternut Squash Soup
I found this recipe here on SP, and it is SUPER EASY. Forgot to photograph it before pouring it into yogurt containers...

All of these recipes can be found on SP in my Favorites (in the above right-hand corner, click More > Favorites).

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1EMMA2011 12/16/2012 7:54PM

    This looks so Yummy!! Thank you for sharing! Brazil sounds exciting!!


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NUTRON3 12/16/2012 6:26AM

    Looks great!

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LISAN0415 12/16/2012 1:30AM

    ooooooooooooooooooh, I want some ButterNut Squash soup- one of my favorite- who was the author so I can look it up?


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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 12/16/2012 12:37AM

    I bet that really hits the spot on these chilly nights! Tomorrow I am going to make a veggie soup, just veggies and V-8. I"m not as creative with food as you are, but you inspired me to try making soup lol

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SPARKLINGHOPE 12/15/2012 11:15PM

    Thanks for sharing!!

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BLITZEN40 12/15/2012 10:36PM

    Yumm! Homemade butternut squash soup is the best! Glad you're back to cooking again. Pretty much anything homemade is better (and better for you) than store bought. And soup is winter's best diet food! It fills you up without weighing you down. Great choices!

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Back to life

Friday, December 14, 2012

Thaks to everyone who sent me sympathy, goodies, comments and kind thoughts. The kindness was very much appreciated.

The past week was a total loss as far as diet and exercise. I started out depressed, then I lost the key to my bike locker and couldn't ride my bike to work, and the weather was cold and rainy, and I ate... and ate... and ate... I gained a pound and stopped weighing myself.

On Thursday I realized I had to do SOMETHING or get stuck in depression.

So I went to an aikido class, my first time in more than four years. Since I was a beginner in a room full of black belts, the sensei had me sit and watch after the first half hour - for which I was extremely grateful. I am still a beginner, so even though they "slowed it down" for me, it was still a faster and tougher workout than at my previous dojo. Today I'm feeling pleased that although I'm sore, there seem to be no new injuries and even the old ones are behaving.

After the holidays I plan to check out another dojo that has some beginner level classes. It did feel great to be on the mat again and so focused.

I realized one reason I find it hard to work out at the gym is that it's mainly just repetetive motions to burn calories and/or build muscle, rather than learning a new skill that engages my body and mind and feeds my spirit. It doesn't matter whether I'm graceful or talented at it, just that I enjoy it and sweat a lot!

Activites in nature also feed my soul, and activate my mind in a different way - noticing the world and appreciating its beauty.

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 12/15/2012 11:31AM

    I'm so GLAD you went to Akido! I love martial arts! I never had so much exercise as when I was in tae kwon do, and I want to go back. It got expensive, so I quit but I'll get back to it after I graduate. This year I'm going to get fit then next year I want to learn parkour and martial arts (I mean not, learn, but start know what I mean..)

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CLASSYLADYMAY 12/15/2012 10:15AM

    Your so welcome..! Remeber when your down and depressed to go serch for someone to air out to.. ! I am here.. and i do care.. i know its hard when depressed.. been there.. and its good you pushed yourself to get going again .. things will get better.. thinking of you.. hugs Geri

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NUTRON3 12/15/2012 6:13AM

    Have a great weekend

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BLITZEN40 12/14/2012 11:00PM

    It is good to get out in nature from time to time, though this time of year with the cold makes it twice as hard to do it. But there's still a lot of pretty stuff to see, even if you just go to a local Christmas light festival and walk through. Something about lights that are always good for the soul. Great job getting to your class and working out and glad to hear no injuries. Welcome back to spark- we missed you! Glad you're back! emoticon

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