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Reflections on food and money

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Day 2 of my break and I didn't wake up until 7.45 this morning! I then had TWO cups of coffee, read a book and gazed out over the bay having a very lazy start to the day! I did then get a lovely yoga session done. I pottered down to town and closed a bank account I've not used for 6 years - got 8p! Then had a craving for a kind of 'hot dog' experience! I achieved this by purchasing a single baguette-style roll (100g) and some smoked tofu. But then, .................. I went and ate a piece of cherry shortbread from the baker's 'sale' tray (yesterday's fare)! I fried some slices of onion and a few slices of tofu in rapeseed oil, filled the roll with mustard and arugula, then piled the onions and tofu on top. It was pretty good I have to say. Then a big mug of strong tea, and ALL of the shortbread (100g). I did take the time to put it into the food tracker and it came out at 1084 cals ('nuf said, right?!)
Then I curled up on the sofa with a book I'm reading - read for a bit - then fell into that sort of stupor of a snooze that comes on after eating too much. Gosh - I've not done that for ages!

Today I also decided to sort out my end-of-month finances, as I have a journey to make on Friday which involved trains and lifts, an overnight stay, then a train ride back again. So I got on-line to check out times and tickets etc. Then realised I didn't have enough money, so I had to go to my new 'savings' account, and transfer the money I'd proudly set aside at the beginning of the month back into my current account. So this month, I've saved NOTHING at all!

Even though I've had a promotion at work, and have been paid more - I still got through it all.

My friend brought me a box of Christmas Fudge yesterday - I had a few pieces yesterday, and,guess what? I've finished it off today. I just cannot cope with having the stuff in the house.

See - this is what I'm working on! If I have candy, chips, chocolate or cookies - I eat them: If I have money - I spend it!

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Which is why I'm here on Spark People - and why I'm with the 100 Days of Weight Loss with Linda Spangle team.

I'm making great progress overall - but I'm probably never going to be totally over it; this is a life-long way of managing these 'addictions'

For someone who can easily handle money - it's easy! and hard to understand why someone like me can't just set money aside, stick to the budget, manage the money easily. For someone who can easily handle sugar, salt, fat combos - it's hard to understand why I can't just add up the calories, grams or points, allow myself 'small treats' or 'sins' and stay on the diet.

In addition, I'm 59 yrs 11 months, 3 weeks and 4 days old.........................

and approaching 60 is taking some adjusting too as well.

So - I can see why I'm wobbling a bit.

But it's temporary - it's a phase - and I'm travelling along a great path towards health and happiness thanks to Spark People and all my Spark Friends.

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KAREN-IS-HERE 11/25/2014 1:11PM

    emoticon I hear ya ~ sometimes life is about making it around the curves without flying off the rails... You are in good company.

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F&M 31/100 and Day 1 of my break

Monday, November 24, 2014

Day 1 of my break and I've not done too badly: the first great thing was that I slept for almost 9 hours and didn't get up once in the night! Brilliant! I had breakfast in bed. I did some yoga. I skin-brushed before my shower. I chanted for 10 mins. I unplugged the landline. I had a visit from a friend and we did another 20 mins chanting together then chatted for half an hour or so over a coffee. I made veggie soup for lunch. Filled in a Neighbourhood plan survey thing for the local community. I went for a walk around town and got a few outstanding little jobs done (like taking a bunch of used batteries to the recyling!). Now I'm enjoying a cup of tea before thinking about tea.

Chapter 31 of 100 Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle is entitled 'The Five Hour Rule' - this is about never going more than 5 hours without eating something (except when you're asleep, obviously!) - another lesson about not going past the point where you are SO hungry you could eat your own arm!

I don't think I can really relate this one to spending behaviours.................... unless any of you have any suggestions, I'll have to skip past this one I think. The only thing I can think of is not to allow myself to get feeling too deprived!

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BETRHO48 11/24/2014 11:34PM

    emoticon Oh blissful sleep! 9 hours! What a treat!
So glad to read about your wonderful day.

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MM11113 11/24/2014 8:46PM

    Hang in there


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MTN_KITTEN 11/24/2014 4:02PM

    Great day to you ... and hopefully all the others will be just as great.

I like Susan's idea ... wait 5 hours before you buy and impulse item.


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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 11/24/2014 3:03PM

    Maybe in reverse, wait at least five hours before purchasing something you have an impulse to buy?

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KAREN-IS-HERE 11/24/2014 1:37PM

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TRIM180 11/24/2014 12:10PM

    emoticon emoticon sharing a virtual tea with you.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

It's only 9pm and I'm ready for bed - yawning and frankly bored with myself! I feel a bit 'aimless' with the 10 days break from work ahead of me - and 'afraid' of wasting it! I also feel a bit lost without the pressure of work. I've been on a steep learning-curve this last 6 weeks or so with my new role at work as an assistant manager - and I am very tired. I felt like I needed some help with this, so I googled it (!) - and found a useful article on wiki-how

1) leave work at work
2) unwind properly - watch tv, finish a craft project, walk in local neighbourhood, read a book
3) turn off the phone, limit computer time, don't look at work e-mails
4) get away - even if it's just a walk in the woods
5) keep mind occupied with puzzles, games, Sudoku, crosswords etc
6) pamper yourself, sleep
7) calm your worries: declutter, sort stuff out, get in touch with friends
8) realise the benefits; enjoy the freedom to sit, stand, lie down, move without constraint

That sounds like a plan - I'm going to go off to bed now, and not set my alarm clock!

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KAREN-IS-HERE 11/23/2014 5:52PM


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MKBWNSUGAR 11/23/2014 5:09PM

    emoticon I like that plan. emoticon

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MARGOH12 11/23/2014 4:13PM

    Sounds like good advice to me.

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Costa Calories!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Today I walked away from work for a 10-day break................. and decided to 'celebrate' by going into Costa (instead of walking past as I do every day!) and got myself a Gingerbread and Cream Latte (the smallest one available). I realise I have been seduced by their beautiful billboard that I pass every day - but it was definitely a CHOICE to go in and indulge. It was beautiful - and made me smile and smile!

I won't do it every day - and I think it was a 'special occasion' (but not 100% certain about that - I might be fooling myself!)

I came home and googled it for the calories - and couldn't find a definitive answer - but I think it's between 450 and 700 calories. So - well - dessert in a cup?

Am sipping tea now and planning a healthy meal later.

Let the holiday begin! emoticon

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PENSFRIEND 11/24/2014 3:22AM

    Yuk! :-)

Enjoy your holiday!

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 11/23/2014 4:26PM

    Sounds yummy! Enjoy your much deserved holiday emoticon

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MTN_KITTEN 11/23/2014 11:37AM

    We CAN decide what we want and have it. Stay on track the rest of the day!!!

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KAREN-IS-HERE 11/23/2014 11:31AM

    yummmm emoticon ....I'm looking forward to something I can put garlic & dill & olive oil on ...almost anything right :D

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F&M 30/100

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Chapter 30 is about Hunger Levels, and about getting to know our own signals that let us know what level we're at. Linda Spangle offers a scale that has four levels:

0 = neutral, not hungry, not full
-1 = a little bit hungry
-2 = very hungry
-3 = starving hungry

Her point is that we need to be able to recognise when we are at -1, so that we can plan to eat soon: If we wait until we get to -2 or -3 we are likely to eat in an out-of-control way.

This picture is about the economics of hunger (from The Economist) and illustrates how in the developed world, as soon as we experience hunger, we can go out and satisfy it. (Look how fat we get!)

For money/spending it can be applied in several ways, but for the purposes of overcoming my emotional behaviour around money (as around food) I think it's about being aware of the level of 'want' in considering spending money, but also about planning so that I don't feel so deprived that I then break out and spend a load of money I can't afford to spend.

'.... you can't always drop everything and run for food at the first hunger pang. But don't ignore your hunger signals. If necessary, plan ahead so that when your body speaks and tells you it's time to eat, you've got food readily available.' 100 Days of Weight Loss, Linda Spangle pg 69.

Same with money - I need to have a planned amount of spending money available to satisfy that hunger without getting to a point where I'm absolutely ravenous!

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KAREN-IS-HERE 11/23/2014 11:22AM

    I've been reading blogs of people posting their experiences as you have- so I've been noticing in my own life little things- like that I was, really was satisfied after a meal (and did not go back for seconds even though there was caloric room for more on my food plan). Please continue sharing your experiences (I'm not any self-help book fan-preferring only novels or newspapers)... I totally enjoy this second hand education I'm receiving.

whoa! hi cookie! geez I completely immersed myself in my response and forgot whose blog I was reading- well there you have it.... you are my secret teacher

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 11/23/2014 6:28AM

    This is a great analogy and I love the graphics! Well done! emoticon

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MARGOH12 11/22/2014 4:04PM

    Thanks this is gives me much food for thought!

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GINGKO711 11/22/2014 3:18PM

    These are some interesting points about the relationship between money and hunger. Thanks for making me think today!

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