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Food fog

Monday, September 22, 2008

I had a great weekend. Many, many positive comments about my health and success. I love these people! They support me and care about me.

Why then, do I turn around later and binge? Am I still rewarding myself with food? While I was on my way to get another serving of chocolate, it occurred to me that I should maybe stop and think about why I was doing it. But then I said, "nah", and got the chocolate anyway. Chocolate is not even my fav food.

So I didn't sleep well. Too much chocolate. Then there is the 5:00 am phone call from DH: the car caught on fire during his paper route this morning. We have no money to buy another car. But he must have one to do his job. Can you fix a car that has had a fire? It was a small fire, he says.

Food fog. Fatigue. Stress. Could be a long day/week.

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SUBTRACY08 9/22/2008 8:34PM

    I am totally going to start saying I was in a "food fog." That is a perfect description!

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SSUESM 9/22/2008 7:06PM

    I hate those food fog days!!! It's so good when you can come out of the fog and think clearly about what you're doing and eating!

So sorry about the car fire! Don't let the stress from that lead you into another food fog!

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LIVELOVELAUGH- 9/22/2008 1:18PM

    Fatigue and stress will do it! Try and identify what you are feeling when you do that. Often times for me it is boredom. Track it and move on. By making yourself accountable on your food tracker, you will see in black and white what you are doing and when.

We all have those food fog days! I did pretty lousy on Sunday myself. I was not eating consciously. Just whatever was quick and easy. That'll get me in trouble every time!

Today is a new day! That's the great thing is that we get to start fresh each day so don't worry so much about what you did yesterday...learn from it and move on. Today's a new day!

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Autumn has begun

Thursday, September 18, 2008

This is the craziest and busiest September that I have had in years. Soccer and school for the kids. Community band for all of us. CD release party and associated visual project and rehearsals. Deadlines at work. Family gatherings. Social gatherings. Instrument rehearsals.

The result? No routine and no time. I am still making breakfast and lunch to take to work. Supper choices are good, but I am eating them too late, getting too hungry, then continuing to eat after I am already full.

And because I am out too late, I am tired when I am eating supper. I have determined that I am really a "fatigue" eater. Being tired leads me to the worst overindulging. September has had "fatigue eating" times at least two or three nights each week.

I have made some adjustments. Instead of cooking something on the weekend to use for weekday lunches, I am having salads. Less prep time than the cooking. I have not resorted to fast foods or prepared foods (except for sushi....I love sushi....wish I could afford it more often). Cottage cheese and yogurt are staples for getting protein.

Exercise is going well. As usual, I am behind on my walking miles during the first part of the month, so now I have to play catch up. The goal is good, though, otherwise I would just say "I'm too busy" and not walk at all. Biking is going well. DH and I are going to attempt a 50-mile bike ride on Tuesday. I am looking forward to it, but wondering how I will feel after 50 miles. 25 miles is the most that I have done in a single day this summer.

I've been doing a bit of housework in the mornings after packing lunch for the kids and making my bed. This helps me to feel like something is under control anyway.

So what now? Next I need to hang on to the exercise, the food prep, and the bit of housework, and add on determination to stop my "after supper" eating. This is my biggest challenge yet. I have tried "Other goals" here, notes posted around my house, restricting certain foods in my house....nothing is "clicking" for me yet.

Maybe I need a reward of some kind for a streak. I'll think about that...

Shameless plug: check out the music from my church's CD Release party at www.elimproject.com My photo is under "The Band". If you listen to the sample music, I am the backup singer in "Because". Let me know what you think.

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TRECECOOKS 9/20/2008 5:26PM

    You have found ways to make things work for YOUR life. Wonderful!! Glad that you are eating healthily!! Good luck on the bike ride.

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JMS5STAR 9/19/2008 9:54AM

    The life of a mom. Always crazy.

Focus on what you are getting done right. List them, you're amazing. Never lose sight of your goals and trust that you are where you need to be right now. I'm beginning to think that sometimes these struggles are just exercises to make us stronger in our new lifestyle.

Thanks for you uplifting comments the other day.

I tried to check out you music and the link from your church to the myspace was not working.

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MAXFOCUS 9/18/2008 10:59PM

    Wow, you have a lot going on - not sure how you get the exercise in your schedule. You are amazing. Checked out the website. You sounded beautiful in "Because."

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LIVELOVELAUGH- 9/18/2008 12:42PM

    I just posted an article that I found in "All You" magazine. It gave ideas of things to snack on when your ravenous before dinner. I posted it on the "Simplify your life" team.

I love Sushi too! emoticon

It sounds like you are taking care of everyone else but YOU! Mom's always seem to get the leftovers, don't we? Make yourself a priority too!


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August's mileage

Friday, September 05, 2008

Okay, I know it is geeky, but a chart just sends my heart into a spin. I love 'em. They inspire me. I don't know when I'll do this many miles in a single month again, so I'd better brag it up now. I am amazed that I actually did it! Check out those red and blue boxes!

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SUBTRACY08 9/20/2008 11:54AM

    hahaha! Charts make me excited, too! I don't do graphs (maybe I should.....) but I have a spreadsheet of all the 5K or 8K races I've done in my life and bring it up now and then to see how much faster I've gotten. :)

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MAXFOCUS 9/6/2008 11:57PM

    Awesome chart!

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It's been two years now

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Two years ago today, something happened to me, and I started working toward a healthier weight. I lost 90 pounds in the first year, and 22 more in the second year. I am somewhat disappointed that I did not reach my "magical" weight goal by today (six more to go to get there). Then I remembered what I said on my home page about setting a weight goal for a particular date. Setting a weight goal for a specific date just doesn't work for me. I exercised fanatically in August and carefully tracked my calories burned and eaten. Still, I did not get there; that could have something to do with the days when I went over my calorie range...and there were plenty of those, I can tell you. Realistically my current weight is at the top of what I consider my maintenance range. I could consider myself as "there".

On the plus side, all that exercising showed me that I could be very active and reach goals that look beyond my limits. My goals were to walk 120 miles and bike 200 miles in August. The final total? I walked 130 miles and biked 230 miles.

For September, I am scaling back my exercise. A goal of walking 100 miles and biking 100 miles. After last month, this seems like I'm being lazy! I am going to focus on other things like improving my music ability (read: practicing), arranging some handbell pieces, and hanging out with my family and friends. I am going to continue tracking my food and exercise, trying to stay in a calorie range that will allow me to lose the last few pounds slowly, but still feel like I am not really restricting my food.

All in all, I plan to take a more balanced approach to life, trying to move my attention away from food and exercise toward other things.


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MAXFOCUS 9/6/2008 11:20PM

    emoticon Happy 2 year anniversary of making a healthy lifestyle change. That is so wonderful that you are so close to your goal. Nice job going above and beyond with your walking and biking miles in August! You are very wise taking a balanced approach. How wonderful. You are a real motivator. Thanks!


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TRECECOOKS 9/5/2008 3:30PM

    Good for you, getting back to life, moving forward into life AFTER weight loss. Congrats on your 2 years. You rock!!

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LITERB93 9/4/2008 9:33PM

    Great Job on the weight loss.

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    You rock!

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still after two years

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Next week will be the anniversary of two years of weight loss for me. My goal is to reach a healthy BMI by 9/4.

So how am I doing? Pretty good, if you look at the whole picture. I started at 282 pounds, now I weigh 168 pounds. That's 114 pounds gone. That is 40% of me gone. Started at size 26, now I wear size 12, down seven sizes.

Still I struggle with old habits. This week, I seem to be finding it particularly difficult to resist my old habits. You would think after all this time, the new habits would take over. Whatever happened to 21 days to make a habit? For me, it is more like 2100 days.

So even though I have blown it in the middle of the day (way, way, way too much candy), I will have a sensible dinner. If I must have a snack, it will be one serving and NOT out of the package. I will not punish myself for a mistake. Instead I will forgive myself and move ahead.

This weekend, I will log my food in a notebook. I will plan sensible and tasty meals. I will not eat out of the package; instead I will measure/estimate a single serving and enjoy it. I will eat like a reasonable thin person.


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    You are staying the course, great!

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TRECECOOKS 8/28/2008 8:38PM

    It is good to hear from you again!!

I'm sorry you are having a tough go of it, but I am SO proud of how you are handling things. You ROCK!!

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LIVELOVELAUGH- 8/28/2008 6:47PM

    Wow! That is FABULOUS! you have so much to be proud of! 26 to sz 12! no wonder you feel like splurging on candy!

Yes, we indulge here and there and that's ok...2 steps forward, 1 step back! There's a spark article with that title! It's a really good article!


You are doing great!! Keep persevering!

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