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You can't win every battle, but you CAN win the war!

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

So I'll tell you what my best weapon has been in the war on fat. It's not counting calories, eating vegetables or exercising regularly. Those things are super important, don't get me wrong. But the best thing I ever did for myself is to let go of guilt and panic. I'm not always good at doing that but I focus really hard on it! I've gained 5 pounds this summer due to lack of exercise and just being lazy and eating bad. It's my fault, I know it is. But I also am NOT beating myself up over it, I don't feel one bit of guilt over it and I KNOW I can get back on track and keep going to my goal. I won't let myself panic when the scale goes up a pound or two nor will I tell myself "that's it! you are never eating cake again!" If I binge on 3000 calories one day then oh well. If I skip a work out one day then I just get it done the next day. It's done and over with so what is useful about beating myself up and getting all depressed? I'll tell ya NOTHING is useful about that. You can not win every battle, you just can't. So accept that you're occasionally going to have a mini binge, or a mega binge! And move on. I'm sure I've posted blogs about this topic before, but it's worth repeating because in my opinion it's the single most important thing I've done for my health. Allowed me to lose 30 pounds (35 before I gained 5 back! LOL!) and keep that 30 pounds off for over a year now. I stopped getting depressed when the weight didn't come off fast enough or I didn't reach a certain "goal" by a certain major event date. It never did me any good to get all depressed about my weight loss. And many times over getting all depressed and feeling defeated led me right back to where I started. And starting over from the beginning REALLY sucks! So do yourself a favor and be kind to yourself. Show yourself some love. Try to focus on what you did right instead of what you did wrong. And when you have a bad day put it behind you as fast as you can and keep on going because you WILL reach your goal! It just takes time and patience.

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MARIAB125 2/21/2011 9:50AM

  I can so identify with this blog. My toughest problem, is beating myself up so much. Thanks for the great advice. emoticon

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TKADEEPBREATH 8/12/2010 8:59AM

    I could not agree more. We have our whole lifetime to work at being healthy and fit. It's all about our choices and we just can't quit!!!

I'm with you girlfriend!!! Love, Jan emoticon

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GLINKETTE 8/10/2010 1:49PM

    nice blog! Good realization, and well written!

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PAULAMARIEF 8/4/2010 1:53PM

    I really enjoyed this. I appreciate being realistic with our goals. Keep this healthy attitude. Great job.

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KELRAJ 8/4/2010 1:21PM

    Well said! Stressing and being hard on yourself over food and exercise is not going to solve the problem and sometimes only makes it worse. Really in the great scheme of things, 5 pounds isn't much and knowing you, it will be gone in no time! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAFFEINATED_09 8/4/2010 11:42AM

    You have such a great attitude! It is so important to let go of things that are past - I need to remember to do that more proactively. emoticon

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Ahhhh, finally taking the plunge!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

After a slightly depressing day yesterday I made a decision to change! I'm struggling with the last few pounds here and after trying on my swim suit yesterday, and looking exactly the same as I did last year, I'm finally going to take action on some things I've been wanting to do anyways!

First up I need heavier weights! And since I really don't think joining a gym is an option for me, since I wasted all my previous memberships, I plan to start saving for the adjustable dumbbells I've been wanting and buy them before I had planned. Originally they were going to be a gift to myself for reaching my final goal. Now they are going to be a tool for reaching my final goal! emoticon emoticon

Next up I'm cleaning up my diet. I got the "Eat Clean Diet" book for Christmas and had read about half of it till last night. I finished reading it last night, made notes on some recipes and meals that sounded good and have made some other notes and lists to help me for reference till I get the hang of it. Bu-buy processed crap! Honestly I don't do too too bad right now. But I could do a whole lot better! I already plan everything I eat the day before and pack up my food to take to work and schedule snack times etc. So really my big change will be in the food I'm actually packing. Well some of it. I don't plan to be as strict as they tell you to be in the book though. They say you can splurge "once in a while." And really I need several per week. Chocolate, kettle corn popcorn emoticon, a McDonald's ice cream cone here and there and of course my splurge meal each week that is usually pizza! emoticon I'm hoping that cleaning up my diet will also help me increase my protein intake to help build some muscle.

If these two things don't help me reach my fitness goals then I don't know what will!?

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KELRAJ 6/22/2010 3:28PM

    Why do those last few pounds never want to leave? emoticon They must really like you! ;) I give you lots of credit for cutting out the process food. That is a huge challenge in my opinion that I know I could not keep. And at least you get in a bathing suite, unlike me! lol Nevertheless, I know you have a good strong willpower that has taken you this far and will take you further if you put your mind to it! emoticon

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PAULAMARIEF 6/17/2010 12:44PM

    Ahhh the "trying on bathing suit time of year". Get those new weights and start your new plan. It was a great gift for yourself at goal, but even better to have them to help you get there.

I'm here for you!!!


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GLINKETTE 6/17/2010 11:45AM

    I think upping your protein will help alot too. Good to have a plan and get to it! Yeah for you! emoticon

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LIV2RIDE 6/17/2010 6:48AM

    Have you thought that the multiple splurges are holding you back? I'm not saying to cut them out entirely but be aware of how much you are consuming in each of these treats. Maybe cut the servings in half but still have the treat. It's just a thought. I know I'm the bad guy for even mentioning it but......that's just me. I've been wanting the adjustable dumbbells for quite some time also. When it comes to buying them they seem so expensive but what a great investment in your health.

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BIKERCHICK74 6/16/2010 8:57PM

    Hugs..... you are doing great!!!!!! hugs

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CAFFEINATED_09 6/16/2010 4:25PM

    It sounds like you are making GREAT decisions! I eat pretty clean, but I HAVE to have my treats - otherwise, I just can't stay on track. If you're cutting out processed stuff and junk food most of the time, that is a great step!!

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KELLYTHEFIT0710 6/16/2010 4:20PM

    I think you're on the right track. I have made small changes and when I became comfortable, went on to some bigger ones. I have lost 17 pounds so far! Just remember progress, not perfection! Good Luck! emoticon

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Days like these are the toughest

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Gloomy, cold and rainy. As my friend puts it my "Aunt Flo" is about to arrive for her monthly visit. And I feel exhausted! Probably partially from the above listed items. It's days like these that are the toughest. I want to pig out on comfort food. I keep saying "I could take just one week off and get back to it." And honestly I've done that many many times over the past 2 1/2 years and I DO in fact get back to it, and usually with only one or two extra pounds. But I try my hardest not to give in to that temptation for some stupid hormones and gloomy weather. Family crisis, now that's a reason to take a week off! So the best I can do is get some rest and think about those size 10's that I'm on the verge of and have been dying to get into. Think of how badly I want to get rid of this stupid muffin top before tank top season and how these saddlebags ain't gonna remove themselves without a fight! Things will be better by the weekend and next month I will face yet another battle, but for now I'm strong and staying my course. It's not easy but no one ever said it would be right!!!?

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JHERMAN26 5/15/2010 11:35AM

    I hear you loud and clear! I feel the same way and I am really trying to psych myself out of this mood. I think having a cold/allergies flare up now too isn't helping things. Thankfully the weather is better now (at least for the weekend) so gotta love that!!!

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GLINKETTE 5/13/2010 1:33PM

    good for you, resisting the break, and the pigout.....PROGRESS!! emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/13/2010 7:56AM

    Loved your virtual pigout, that's actually a great idea, no calories gained in posting pics. I think I'll have some junk food with ya.

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Keep up the fantastic work. emoticon

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LIV2RIDE 5/13/2010 6:41AM

    Hang in there! You are doing great!

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KELRAJ 5/12/2010 4:44PM

    Love your virtual food choices!!! Hang in there and you will get past the next day or two then be glad you hung in there when you reach your goals!! emoticon

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The "social event" dilemma

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

I think we all face this dilemma. And even more so with the weather warming up. BBQ's, party's, picnics, etc. etc. I find myself not wanting to go to most of these functions for fear I'll go crazy on the food and alcohol. I usually give myself one splurge per week but find that the social invitations are much more than once per week! I just don't think I can have 1 or 2 pieces of pizza and skip dessert 4 times a week while watching everyone else chow down. This week it's Cinco de Mayo (husbands work function), 2 mothers days that will likely involve food, and taking the kid to a dance at the zoo. No doubt there will be others. I try to go ahead and eat before I go. But sometimes there isn't time for me to eat and I also feel like a party pooper if I get there and don't eat anything. Plus sometimes I've already paid for the food with my ticket price! I'm just whining and wondering how everyone else handles this stuff? I feel like I lose no matter what I try to do????

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AL9MC2 6/7/2010 2:04AM

    One thing I've found about these 'social gatherings' is planning.

Before you even leave - eat something good for you. Once you get there - delv into visiting with others and do your best to ignore the food. I've even try to help out the person hosting the gathering by putting stuff out or cleaning up. And - lastly - I found that if you try to go 'last' or towards the end in the buffet line - the food doesn't look as good after so many people have picked out of it. This also helps because it's already sat awhile so you can more easily avoid seconds as it's just not as appetising the first time anyway.

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JHERMAN26 5/6/2010 9:22PM

    I try to eat less the whole day knowing that I'll have something at the function. I try to start with fresh veggies and fruit and a low cal drink. I usually then allow myself one item that I really want an only sample that item. Everything else I just don't take any. Like the last time I had a gathering, I ate veggies and diet pop and then had a slice of dessert as a treat. I felt like I didn't have to "sacrifice" and I still did OK.

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GLINKETTE 5/5/2010 2:58PM

    When I go to functions and I am good with my choices, I feel like other people wish they were also saying no to the bad choices. I feel a little "superior"! Take the high road! Be the "bigger" (well, smaller, really!) person, and go, and stick to your guns. Think about it, when you would pig out at an event, and someone else was eating well, weren't you a little envious? I know I get envious when the tables are turned. It is a little reverse psychology, but it works for me. emoticon

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LIV2RIDE 5/5/2010 7:23AM

    first, don't worry about what other people think. If you are being a party pooper by not eating crap food then you are a party pooper. The best piece of advice I can give you is to MAKE TIME to prepare something healthy for yourself, whether you eat it before you go or bring it with you. Since changing to a vegan diet I do this all the time (even to restaurants). I don't expect other people to understand how to feed me. It's MY responsibility. I also don't look at the ticket price as including food or missing out on what I've paid for. It's a social event and I use it to be social. In your life I'm sure you have wasted more money on far more stupid things than food you won't eat. Just this past weekend we went to a big motorcycle show/concert. The only food there was what I consider carnival food...pulled pork sandwich, burgers, hot dogs, brats, french fries, fried candy bars (WTF), fried cheese etc. I packed my lunch and brought it with me. When we sat down to eat no one cared that I had an avocado, spinach, tomato, carrot sandwich while they were eating pulled pork. Bottom line is living a healthy lifestyle does take effort but it is so worth it in the end.

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KERISMA 5/4/2010 6:12PM

    So true. Personally, I told my hubby that I wanted to go to a vegetarian restaurant for Mother's Day. :) Trying to dodge that bullet. I'm noticing that if you "attempt" to be as close to Vegan as possible when out, you'll sidestep many calorie blunders. That's what I've been doing anyway. (Although, chips and salsa are my ultimate weakness and I could eat the whole bowl!)

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LOVEYORKIES 5/4/2010 4:25PM

    You're a brave girl for getting out there and at least trying to manage! I'm a chicken! I've avoided social situations only because I don't trust myself!! Good Luck!!

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MEGANC1988 5/4/2010 4:25PM

    Planning ahead is your biggest helper here! For Mother's day we're going on a picnic. My grandma is making food for every one, but I know that I'll be able to sneak some food along for myself that will likely be a healthier option. If people see me eating no one would bother to ask why you're not eating the exact same thing you are.

As far as the drinks - stick to light beer, wine, or liquor with a diet coke mix. No margaritas! Plan ahead so your day includes foods high in protein and the main nutrients you need but lower in calories and have your designated driver also be your designated binge stopper. Ask some one you can trust to keep an eye on you once you've had a drink or two so you don't start attacking the chip bowl.

Make sure you track, because if all else fails, you can take a look at what your differential was for the day and make an effort to burn that many calories the next day so that it doesn't totally kill your progress.

Don't trap yourself at home, you're building a super hot body that you should want to show off to your friends and family!

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KELRAJ 5/4/2010 4:25PM

    I totally understand your dilemma. It really is hard to stay within your goals when you often facing social situations with food. I think the key is moderation, moderation, moderation. Which means taking that smaller slice of pizza when you want two big slices or skipping dessert even though it looks so awesome. Maybe filling up on water or substitute some goodies with diet beverage might help. Now alcohol....that's really tough and no suggestions besides keep it to one drink. You shouldn't feel deprived, just decided what is worth having and keep it in moderation. I know, I know , easier said than done but that's all I have to offer emoticon

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Protein bar I HAD to blog about:)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

So I've been on the search for a GOOD (and preferably vegan) protein bar forever. I love some of the south beach bars because they are soft and chewy and have 15 grams of protein. But they contain animal products. So after doing a search I found that Clif Builders bars are in fact VEGAN and contain a whopping 20 grams of protein per bar.

Well I figured they'd be your typical "crispy" stuff inside the chocolate exterior. That stuff is ok I guess but I much prefer a soft chewy bar. Well I went and bought 2 flavors to try and had my first one today. Peanut Butter party in my mouth! WOW! While it does have that "crispy" stuff, there is a layer of nougaty stuff on top of that and all covered in chocolate that tastes like candy. I almost feel guilty eating it! At 270 calories they are kind of high in calories but they are HUGE and could easily be split in half for a couple of small snacks. My average meal size is about 300 calories (5 times a day) so it works out perfect for me. I just thought I would pass this review on to anyone on the search for a good all natural protein bar. I have yet to try the chocolate flavor but if it's as good as the peanut butter I'm pretty darned excited! I've heard the cookies n cream is pretty good too. I'll have to find me some of those!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bon Appetit!

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PASTAFARIAN 6/13/2011 12:17AM

    Builder Bar has too many calories for me but if you want protein in a soft bar, I like the Luna Protein Bar. I've only tried the Chocolate Cherry Almond but it's pretty good. 180 calories with 12g of protein. I realize the numbers come out to almost half a Builder Bar as you describe. Just thought I'd mention it as an alternative.

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AL9MC2 6/7/2010 2:00AM

    I know I'm late on responding here - but I may just have to try these!

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MOM2AEROKI 6/4/2010 1:34PM

    i had the chocolate mint of the clif builder's bar today, karen. half before working out, half after. they are pretty big and i was completely fine doing it that way. two thumbs up for the chocolate mint! very tasty. love the little crunchies in there.....

btw, yesterday i had a muscle milk light chocolate caramel peanut bar. YUM. better than the clif, if i may say so. they're smaller. 15g protein, but only 170 cals. a fiber one bar is nearly that and WAY less protein. i never paid much attention to protein until my husband started the bootcamp. not sure if the muscle milk brand is veg friendly, but if so, they were yummy.

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APHAEA7 4/21/2010 8:57PM

  The Lemon flavored Cliff Builder is the absolute best! I always found that chocolate or PB flavored vegan bars had a weird after taste, but the lemon is refreshing and tastes like an iced lemon pound cake... YUM!

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APHAEA7 4/21/2010 8:57PM

  The Lemon flavored Cliff Builder is the absolute best! I always found that chocolate or PB flavored vegan bars had a weird after taste, but the lemon is refreshing and tastes like an iced lemon pound cake... YUM!

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DS1222 4/21/2010 6:19PM

    ooh I love builder bars! The vanilla almond flavor is very tasty!

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FIVEFTPERFECT 4/21/2010 5:05PM

    Thanks for the info. I have never tried a bar I like so I just don't buy them anymore. Maybe I'll try this one.

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KELRAJ 4/21/2010 4:06PM

    Where did you get them? I haven't bougth protein bars in a long time but can't recall one I really liked. Thanks for sharing!

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JABUSTA3 4/21/2010 3:41PM

    hahaha * had seen them at the co- op I was worried they would taste like tree bark so I didn't bother in buying one. I bought the natural chocolate there and thought I was eating coffeed dirt. So I just stick to produce when I go there, but thanks for sharing emoticon

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KEL_BEL_FX3 4/21/2010 3:36PM

    I keep looking at those but I've never tried them. Now I just might have to pick on up next time I go to the store. Thanks for sharing.

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