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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Boy! when am i going to stop these back on the band wagon blogs. Anyway - am not going to bash myself (i am very nice to "me" u see...) but travelling on work, the holiday etc had just thrown me and my life out of gear!

So on sunday - i went to the super market and stocked up on "good" food to allow myself to get back on track.

What am i doing is trying to combine what Rujuta Diwekar (Author of "Dont loose ur mind, loose ur weight" fame - Indians would know her) and Spark people advocate and making something that works for me


1) Rujuta recommends eating something small every 2 hours and no coffee/tea first thing in the morning.

- have succeeded with coffee/tea piece though i do have a couple of cups of coffee later in the day
- small meals every 2 hours - yes i am doing that - while she advocates not to worry abt calories - i am using the calories counter and weighing my food to ensure i am not over eating. This works u know - by 5:30 in the evening or so i am done- i am not hungry and have done away with the binging (I think so at least)...i try and enter my food into the nutrition tracker the previous day -so that i can pack my lunch accordingly. So at the end of the day i just make the required adjustments and plan for the next day

1) hmmmm not happening-this is my bug bear - i manage my aerobics 3 a week...its the remaining days i am having a problem with. I wanted to go on the frequency training (program in Jan-10 prevention magazine) but my knee has been troubling me and am not comfortable on the treadmill. i need to manage a walk in the morning and for thta I NEED TO SLEEP EARLY...which ummmm doesn't happen.

So actionables
1) Sort out sleep cycle and hence exercise on weekdays can be sorted
2) Exercise first thing on weekend to ensure i get in some exercise

Also i have got my husband to read Rujuta's book and he is with me on the nutrition bit...shall help i think to have him onboard and bully him and hence me into eating well.

Guys in India - seriously recommend t he book - very practical and easy to follow...whether it gives results...ummmm that we need to see :)

High points:
the weighing scale has not moved up or down which is a good thing considering i haven't exercised in 3 weeks.
My body and skin look and feel better and i am feeling healthier.

And all this coz i was on the bandwagon for 1.5 months ----

The low point

What if i had continued....Ummmmm...spilt milk sob sob

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KOMAL53 3/24/2010 1:57AM

    Rome was not built in a day---took some time coming up!!!This is best way to reduce---eating small meals every 2 hours----you don't get hungry enough to crave Food and then binge!!!Once you body gets used to this way of being fed---bingeing should be a part of your past!!!
Best of Luck for a total 100% SUCCESS!!!!
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SONPARI1 3/11/2010 1:08AM

    I too have the book and use some of the pointers, very practical....yeah, focus on the present.

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SAASHA17 3/10/2010 11:48AM

    hey..its ok...u will do this...yeah heard abt the book..isnt she kareena kapoor;s nutritionist or something...well will see u in size 0

Well u can do this...

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MEGANC1988 3/10/2010 11:35AM

    Welcome back to the wagon :)

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ZANNACHAN 3/10/2010 11:28AM

    Glad to hear that things are going well! Sparks also encourages more, small meals, though not quite every 2 hours--more like 3 "main" meals and what I think of as up to 2 "mini-meals." It does cut down on the snacking because it helps stabilizes your blood sugar and keeps hunger from getting out of control.

I'm also struggling to be consistent with my exercise--I've not stopped entirely but I'm not getting my 5 days a week in, either. Sigh. Working on that.

But... it's pointless to regret the past. Better to focus on what you can control, the present.

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Back from holiday!

Monday, February 15, 2010

ok so i am back - the weighing scale is being mean and saying i have put on weight...excuse me Mr Scale i went for 4 days...u cant go up! anyway i am going to blame it on water retention (i swallowed a lot of salty sea water! - lol)...anyway rather than crying over spilt milk. let me get back to the PLAN.

the plan is

1) Eat breakfast
2) No sweets and other bad things till 28th Feb (come on i can do it...just 2 weeks...repentence for all the cheese cakes i have gorged on!)
3) 2 Fruits and 2 veges - finding this 2 fruits business tough though
4) use the tracker - grrr i hate the tracker
5) Take a walk for half hour every day (am way behind on my exercise schedule) in addition to my aerobics.
6) Eat out only once this week ( this one is going to be a tuffie - the hubby needs to cooperate)

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ZANNACHAN 2/24/2010 7:12PM


I'm glad that you had a good holiday! Now to get back to focus. Don't deprive yourself entirely--that just makes it all the more tempting to binge when you do treat yourself!

The scale has gone up for me, to---not a lot (not even a lb last time) but slowly creeping up. Bah. I defy the scale. I can do this, and so can you!

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SAASHA17 2/17/2010 4:02PM

    Hey i am gaining and drastically cut my portions as long as i am not starving...dont worry..but eat everything..when u deprive, u crave and then binge...dont will be good..

i am trying a no salt added technique to keep the sodium down...

good luck and u can do this..

make a fruit salad- 1apple 1 banana and add cold milk and it makes a gud snack and u get ur 2 fruits...yay...

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KOMAL53 2/17/2010 9:29AM

    Weight is always a See-Saw.try eating a little of everything but keep control of the quantities-----it's the bingeing that causes all the problems!!!You may lose weight more slowly but it won't come back---so try it!!!

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ANGEL0507 2/17/2010 7:37AM

    i too gained a lot...but not thinking too much about it....lolzz let it least for 1 or 2 more days ..after tht i will start working again.....i am still in "Goa" mode

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SONPARI1 2/15/2010 11:32PM

    Welcome back, what are holidays for if you can't have fun? now that u r back, time to kickstart again.

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SRITHI97 2/15/2010 11:21PM

    woohoo. emoticon

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My favourite month - Februarry!!

Monday, February 01, 2010

Ok i am back physically and mentally- the first day of my favourite month!. So my goals this month is

LOOSE 2 kilos - leave the 70 kilo range --- i am done Mr Seventy and i dont want to see u again unless i am pregnant with an elephant or twins!

Ok to begin with - i am divinding February into 2 parts - One before my goa trip (upto 11th) and one after my goa trip (16th)...I have little hope of being good during my goa trip...though i promise to try!

1) Get 900 mins of exercise - 450 mins before 11th - so that means that in addition to attending all my aerobics classes till the 11th - 5 aerobics classes of 60 mins...i need to do another 150 mins of exercise!

ok so my schedule till 11th is as follows
1st Feb - 60 mins aerobics
2nd Feb - 30 mins gym
3rd feb - 60 mins aerobics
4th Feb - 30 mins gym
5th Feb - 60 mins aerobics
6/7th feb - 60 mins gym (any 1 day)
8th Feb - 60 mins aerobics
9th feb - 30 mins gym
10th feb -60 mins aerobics
11th feb - rest day (will have shopping & packing 2 do)

2) Eat within calorie range of 1200-1500 on most days
Key rules for Feb:

- Eat breakfast
- Beverages: No aerated drinks, Only 1 cup of coffee/tea per day
- Eat 2 fruits and 2 veges everyday
- no sweets or chocolates!

3) Sleep early to go to the gym - so i need to go to te gym by 7:00...i need to wake up at 10 mins to 7 which means i need to sleep by 11:30 all set...

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IMREITE 2/5/2010 10:44PM

    you seem very organized with your monthly goals! it is very impressive good luck saying goodbye to mr seventy!

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ANGEL0507 2/5/2010 3:43AM

    gr8 plan!!! all the best dear!! emoticon

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SAASHA17 2/1/2010 11:36AM

    Sounds like a plan..and have a nice trip..dont try to eat the local dessert..its yum!!1

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ZANNACHAN 2/1/2010 11:19AM

    You can do it!

And enjoy your Goa trip!

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*MADHU* 2/1/2010 8:57AM

    With you totally on sleeping @ 11:30 and getting to the gym by 7:00 am emoticon

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SRITHI97 2/1/2010 7:29AM

    Good luck my friend. i am sure you can do it.

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KOMAL53 2/1/2010 3:45AM

    Not bad at all!!!Wish you the best of Luck in this---may you be blessed with TOTAL Success!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Purposeless Blog

Monday, January 25, 2010

I dont know why i am posting this blog - but i know that when i blog i become more accountable and am able to reason things out better. Ok now since Friday i haven;t felt like logging into SP...and i really want to atleast log in - because it keeps on top of my goals and all that i want to do.

Here's what i think is why i dont want to log

1) Log in food - I HATE IT...also i ate out at a chinese joint on Friday and logging in the food is really a pain coz in India u dont get the nutrition content etc on the restaurant's website (at least i dont think so)

2) i have been busy (no not excuse type) but MIL had called like a million people home for dinner on Saturday so i was running around like a headless chicken + my husband's grandmother also wanted to do some shopping before they went back so the headless chicken went hurtling thru Mumbai traffic to shop in the mall on a "Saturday" and reached just in time to lay the table, have a shower etc etc. They left on Sunday, i helped them pack, went to a relative;s house for lunch, dropped them to the airport, went back to malls to shop (awesome sales around) and reached home 2 pooped to stare at the comp

3) once i started not logging on, my streaks are broken and hence the motivation to "be good/angelic" is lost.

Anyway - ! so i am trying to ease myself in spark..hopefully will be more regular tomm...!!

Now neither this do anything for my motivation or help me reason out .!!! so i guess it's just some rambling!

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ANGEL0507 1/27/2010 5:04AM

    not purposeless alt all!! it says what you feel and also makes you accountable .....dont beat yourself up and try hard next time...and you will beat yon ur previous streaks....just mention the things you eat in notes and approx amount ...and type in food in food search it has lot of indian food entry...and gives me approx calorie value... it works for me... emoticon

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ZANNACHAN 1/25/2010 11:57AM

    Hey, rambling is a perfectly acceptable style of blogging *grin* And your blog isn't purposeless at all--you wrote about something you are struggling with, namely logging in food, which you don't enjoy and is a burden when you're busy.

I try to always at least log in. Sometimes I'm too tired to log in my food, and sometimes logging in food is hard because I don't know what exactly was in what I ate. If I don't have a lot of time, I just write down (usually in the notes section, sometimes off line on a notebook) what I had so that if I have the time I can load them as best as I can later (if I don't have the nutritional data for the restaurant I ate at, sometimes I can find something similar from a different one) but even if I don't put them in the nutritional tracker, I can at least see what I ate and how much.

For example, I didn't log in my food for either Saturday or Sunday. Saturday my family came by and we went to a Piston's (basketball) game--we ate out and had a lot of junk food (I was not well behaved at all) and I don't know how to record half of the things we had. But I wrote them down, at least. Yesterday I was busy and didn't get on sparks until really late, and I was tired and basically logged in and went to bed, but I did write down what I had so that I could log them in properly today.

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LHLADY517 1/25/2010 9:53AM

    As I read your blog, I could see that this was not a purposeless blog.
Keep at it one step at a time.

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QUADCMOM 1/25/2010 7:40AM

    You may think your blog is meaningless but there may be others who feel the same way as you. You ARE helping others know that they are not alone. We all have down times and for me, Sparkpeople is what gets me back up. THANK YOU !!!

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STACYRK 1/25/2010 7:24AM

  Sometimes I find that if I log things in, even when I think they are bad, they end up ok. If I log it in, I can sometimes do some damage control and make it work for the day. Even if I can't, I have to be honest with myself. Good job getting back on. Even if your streaks are broken, you can set a new goal of trying to beat your last streak!

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DENRNAJ 1/25/2010 6:52AM

    Stop and give yourself credit for all that you are doing- sometimes I just have to actually log on and I can get back with it!

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SHER65 1/25/2010 5:00AM

    At least even though you didn't want to blog/log in you did which is a positive. Sometimes we don't always make/have the opportunity to make the'right'choices-but all we can do is learn from it. Maybe the next time you know your family are coming you can plan what you'll be eating before they come-that way you can still have your chinese and enjoy it :)

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KOMAL53 1/25/2010 4:13AM

    Darling just relax---it's not the end of the World so don't get hyper!!!If you're eating Chinese just eat the way I do---Clear Soups,Noodles and steamed Dimsums---the tally is not too bad.If you can concentrate on the steamed Dimsums and Clear Soups--it gets even better!!!So just relax and fix your head back on---and stop squawking!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Review -18th Jan

Monday, January 18, 2010

Yesterday i was good infact angelic emoticon about the calorie tracker. And while i am within the calorie limit and the carb limit - i went over in fats and lower in protein.

Here's what i identified as the problem areas
1) Breakfast had an egg and coffee - was hungry by 12 and stayed hungry thru the day. Maybe i need to include toast with bread - though on some days when i eat just an egg i am just fine...Need to figure this one out

2) Lunch i did well - ate 2 chapatis, dum aloo (Potatoes made in tomato and cashew paste ...yaa i know it has cashews but the husband wanted it ), dal (lentils) and chaas (Buttermilk)

3) And then in the evening i was hungry by around 4 - i had a cup of coffee and ate 3 slices of pineapple but apparently that was not enough - SO since i was working late and had nothing else to eat - i drank another coffee

4) Reached home and since dinner was not ready ate a granola bar and a cube of cheese (just greed - not hunger)...and then had dinner.

Also i didn't measure my dinner - felt awkward to get up during dinner to go to the weighing scale.

1) Carry a more filling snack with me to office (granola bar, apple etc)
2) Carry salads to eat if still hungry
3) Figure out what breakfast works for me.
4) Keep walnuts/chana in office

if i reduced the coffee intake (which i dont put sugar in but sicne it's from the vending machine has sweetened milk) and avoid the unneccessary cheese cube i would have been within the calorie count for "FAT". Proteins - am at a loss at what to do on a day i plan to be vege!!! Any ideas?

p.s. i forgot to measure the portions of the lunch i got emoticon.

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SAASHA17 1/19/2010 12:13PM

    1 egg is not enough for something more like a slice of bread or some fruit...

for protein if u wanna stay veggie, get some tofu, beans, lentils and also if u want u can supplement some protein powder once a day....i usually do that because i tend to eat more veggies at home and eat meat usually when i go out...u cud add mushrooms to ur diet...

I realised that when u eat breakfast, u need to eat a bigger meal as its the first meal of the day....

take care

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KOMAL53 1/19/2010 11:48AM

    Eat 2-4 of Egg Whites in the form of Omelettes or Bhurji instead of stuff like Dum Aaloo.Also Boil and shred Chicken and keep to use in Salads---this adds Protein to food---2-5 Chappatis are okay but avoid Rice---drink plain clear soups each time you feel hungry---eat every 2 hours---healthy stuff.Will send you the link later---plenty of tasty healthy Indian Food---not to worry!!! emoticon

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ZANNACHAN 1/19/2010 11:03AM

    What time do you eat breakfast and lunch? It's normal to be hungry about 4 hours after you had your last meal, so your problem with breakfast may be more that there's too much time between lunch and breakfast. I've read you should try to get at least a mix of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins with every meal---I find I do best if I at least get carbohydrates and protein, and fat usually is by default if I have protein. For breakfast, I usually just eat a thing of yogurt (mixed with fruit) which gives me fat, protein, and carbohydrates all in one. But I have a very hard time eating anything at all for breakfast, so I eat what I can force in me.

I have found that I have to eat a mid afternoon snack, one with protein. I plan it into my day, and I plan to have something that has both carbohydrates and protein--mixed fruit and nuts, eggs and toast, cheese and crackers, something like that. It's usually about half the calories of my lunch, just something to carry me over until dinner time. Otherwise by dinner I'm ravenous and I eat far too much.

As far as vege proteins... there are some really good references on sparks for vegetarians. You might ind this article, for example, helpful:


Eating more protein will probably help you feel fuller, too. I've read that you are more likely to feel satiated if you eat protein, and I've read that if you eat too many carbohydrates, your blood sugar is likely to spike and then crash--making you more vulnerable in the long run to diabetes but in the short run more likely to be hungry earlier. This is not to say that carbohydrates are themselves bad, because they aren't--the body needs them. But they work best in balance with healthy fats and proteins.

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