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End of Week Blech!

Friday, May 21, 2010

I felt the end of the week today. I woke in a crabby mood and could not stomach the thought of bouncing to jazzercise, so I didnít. I had to force myself out of bed to accompany my husband on errands, including a trip to visit our daughter. Of course, once I was up and out I felt much better, although still feeling guilty for not exercising. We ate out at a local restaurant chain which did not have any nutrition information on the menu so I had to make a smart decision on my own. I chose the best looking salad I could find knowing that the dressing would probably be high in calories, but it had fruit and chicken and celery and all that good stuff. I bypassed the bread though so I felt good about that. When I got home later I looked it up on the internet and they did have some nutrition information. I found out that the calories, although high, were not as bad as I expected. However the sodium pushed me over my daily limit, something that has not happened in awhile. All in all it wasnít a bad choice and I do feel that I am learning to make smart choices in the face of so much delicious sounding foods. I finished the visit with a walk around the neighborhood with my daughter. So at least I did get some exercise. I remember when walking was the only exercise I got; now I feel guilty when thatís all I do. But this journal is about my successes, not my failures. I feel I had enough successes today to make this a good day. Tomorrow will be better.

  
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LEWISCA1 5/25/2010 1:12AM

    Your day was a success because you faced down all those challenges and didn't throw in the towel. Your energy was low and you felt rebellious, but you still went for a walk, and you still chose the best option from a challenging menu. Those are successes and ones you can celebrate because mood is one of the toughest challenges around.
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EYEONGOAL 5/22/2010 12:10PM

    Even though your day started out rough, it sounds like it ended up being really good. Compared to an average day a few years ago, I'm sure that you got lots of exercise and made far better eating choices. I know that would be true for me. Passing up a bread basket is a big accomplishment for me. I'm the girl that got a bread machine for Christmas one year and gained 25 pounds over the course of the year by deciding to bake all of the bread for my family. Making the decision to live a healthy lifestyle is definitely a progression. I too am disappointed when I do not do my expected amount of exercise. You definitely had some good successes yesterday. emoticon

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Getting Old is not so Bad

Friday, May 21, 2010

Iím retired again for the rest of the month. I donít have to go back to work until June 1. Itís amazing how fast the month goes when you only work 3 weeks. I canít believe itís almost June. Unfortunately that means itís almost the longest day of the year, after which the days start getting shorter again. I really like the long days and enjoy driving home while I can still see. I used to get annoyed at my husband for not wanting to drive at night. Now I know why. As you age you truly cannot see as much of the available light as when you were younger. But itís a subtle process and you arenít really aware of it until one day you realize itís getting harder to see the road much further than your headlights. Getting old sucks and thereís lots of changes you can do nothing about. So itís important to concentrate on those you can change. Iím finding that I donít have to feel old emotionally. I can do something about that. I might not be able to change my hearing or my eyesight, I might not be able to have a full head of hair again, but I can keep from ďfeelingĒ old before my time. I am doing something about it by losing weight, eating healthier, and moving my body. I am getting active and enjoying the whole process. Itís not so bad getting older and now that I am part time retired, I have the time and the energy to try things Iíve avoided before. Iím loving this time of my life. I hope you are too.
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LEWISCA1 5/25/2010 1:09AM

    Its so great that this semi-retirement has intersected with all your hard work to get healthier. Its a great synergy -- you have more time to get healthy, and more energy to enjoy the extra time. And I think you are making good use of all that time and energy!
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EYEONGOAL 5/21/2010 3:06PM

    Growing older and noticing the changes we go through inspires me to take better care of the body that I have. It also encourages me to appreciate everything around me. I wouldn't give up the maturity that I've gained for anything. I may be a bit saggy and wrinkly, but I'm happy, content, and have attainable dreams. emoticon

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JOYCEMARIE9 5/21/2010 8:32AM

    As long as you have a young attitude you will never be old. Old is something always 20 years down the road.

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GOING2LSEITNOW 5/21/2010 5:35AM

    I like what George Clooney said. He didn't mind getting older considering the alternative. I have two older sisters and they prepared me for what was coming and they used humor to do. Now I see why!! emoticon

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TREKJUNKIE 5/21/2010 1:38AM

    I like to say that I have not decided what I want to be when I grow, and since I refuse to grow up, then I do not have to define myself. I have become a very responsible adult, but I will not grow up! Happy semi-retirement!

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Weight loss advice

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I read an article awhile back here on Spark People saying that good advice for losing weight can come from Internet forums and discussion groups like ours. That even erroneous information is soon corrected by others. All this makes sense to me because most of us have had many years of trying different weight loss programs each of which has explained the doís and doníts of losing weight. We all know what to do; we just didnít learn how to do it. And of course not wanting to put in the effort played a big role as well. So all the advice we give on these forums is coming from a background of years of experience. One nice thing about Spark People is the encouragement to take what we know and put it into practice; to give us tips and techniques toward developing new habits, whether it comes from Spark People ďexpertsĒ or fellow travelers on this journey. So thank you all for reminding us of knowledge long forgotten, of allowing us space to pass on some of the knowledge buried in our brains, and even for knowledge we may not yet know. Keep on advising!

  
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LEWISCA1 5/25/2010 1:07AM

    And to you, for putting knowledge into practice emoticon

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DJFRCKY 5/20/2010 9:49AM

    Exactly! emoticon

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SUNNYDAZE9 5/20/2010 7:46AM

    How true!!!

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TRIGFROST 5/20/2010 2:56AM

    You got it... emoticon

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The cravings

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Today Iím having a difficult time not indulging in a few more calories of the not so healthy type. Since this weekend Iíve been craving carbs. As a result of trying to counteract it with healthier choices, Iíve been on the high side of my calorie range. And my weight is reflecting that. Itís disappointing because I had been on a downward trend with new numbers showing, but now Iím back up a bit and keeping steady. I guess Iím going to have to ramp up my exercise for a few days until my cravings settle down. Iím not really worried though, because I know Iím doing great and making good choices. Itís just going to take a little longer to lose that next pound. In fact I think itís going to take a little longer, and Iím going to have to work a little harder to lose the next 20 lbs. My body has got used to the new regime and settled down a bit. Itís going to take a new shock to get it moving again. This is my last week of work for the month, so next week I can develop a new plan. I think itís time to change my strength exercises and try something new. This is going to be hard because I think Iím working pretty hard right now and canít imagine doing more. But then I never thought Iíd been doing this at all, so thereís hope for me yet.

  
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LEWISCA1 5/19/2010 3:26PM

    The beast in the body has woken up and realized you're trying to thwart it! Keep fighting!
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EYEONGOAL 5/19/2010 11:53AM

    Changing things up a bit seems to help me. I rotate my DVD's, I change what I'm eating, and I try to get additional sleep. I have two big triggers for messing up - eating sugar and being tired.

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GOING2LSEITNOW 5/19/2010 3:47AM

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Portion detection

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Are you an Ďoverstaterí or an Ďunderstaterí on your nutrition tracker? Do you accurately report the portion sizes? Is it your tendency to err on the underside or the over side? Sometimes I think I underestimate and sometimes I know I over estimate. When I underestimate it looks like Iíve eaten less and thus I give myself permission to eat a little more. Itís hard to guestimate the portion sizes of salads for instance when you arenít responsible for making them. Iím still lousy at sizing the golf balls and hockey pucks and deck of cards portion sizes. And unfortunately, my tendency is to undersize it rather than oversize it. I think itís psychological and makes me feel like Iím eating less and therefore doing a great job. And since it looks like Iíve eaten fewer calories, I expect a better weight loss sooner. I try not to be disappointed when the resulting weight loss doesnít occur because I know Iím doing a great job overall. But psychologically, if I see fewer calories I expect better results. This week Iím going to work harder on learning portion sizes. Iím going to measure out a portion and then really look at it in the hopes of imprinting my own personal portion detector in my brain.

  
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LEWISCA1 5/18/2010 8:30PM

    I'm an understater. I always want to eat more so I convince myself that I haven't eaten a lot yet. Actual single portion sizes still seem unrealistically small to me!

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NEEDLER22 5/18/2010 12:32PM

    I'm terrible at portion control. I keep my food scale on the counter where I can't forget to weigh my food. I'm learning what a "real" portion looks like and it is getting easier. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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EYEONGOAL 5/18/2010 11:39AM

    My eyes lie to me, so I use an electronic scale or measuring cups whenever possible. On carbs, I tend to underestimate. On proteins, I tend to overestimate. When I eat out, I try to trust the restaurant's nutrition info even though I've heard that it's not always accurate. Restaurant's tend to underestimate. I'm happy to report that I'm satisfied with less food now that I was 6 months ago. When I have a hotdog, I eat only 1, not 2. When I have soup, 1 cup is okay, not 2. So I'm adjusting to this portion thing.

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