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Blog Prompt - Do I force myself to eat...

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

"Do you force yourself to eat healthful foods you don't like? If so, what are they and why?"

This is a "sort of" thing. I don't care for some fruits because of the seeds, but I do eat them because they are good for me and because I picked the Blackberries for free! I will be picking Blueberries for free soon too.

The Blackberry seeds drive me nuts, Strawberry seeds too, but I floss so what the hey. Blueberry skins can sometimes be tough, but they are good for me and will be free so I will eat them too. We are trying to grow a Mulberry tree because the berries are delicious and they will be free too! The best part is they all freeze well for later use. Yes, they tend to be mushy when thawed but I just prepare them still frozen and add them to cottage cheese and yogurt for a very filling and healthy breakfast.

Sometimes I eat to finish my day even if not hungry. That is a good time to reward myself with an indulgence.

If I don't eat the required calories every day I will not lose weight. The flip-side of this is I don't generally wake up hungry so I am free to do my morning walk before breakfast.

**edit: No amount of coercion will get me to eating lima beans, onions or squash! A man's gotta know his limitations, lol.

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_VALEO_ 6/11/2009 5:26PM

    I usually use Blackberries in my morning smoothie -once mixed with a soy or rice milk, you can't feel the seeds or the skin.

You don't like squash? Any kind? Halloween might be not your favorite holiday. :)

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TILLIEBEE 6/10/2009 8:04PM

    We're growing blackberries, raspberries, apples, apricots and pears. The berries are going nuts they're so happy this year. My challenge is to get them before the rabbits and squirrels!
My husband just found out he has to cool it on eating them, so I guess it will be up to me!!!!

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FORMYDARLINGS 6/10/2009 7:34PM

    I have a hard time eating enough calories in a day unless I add a few chocolate bars. I try to eat about 1400 calories. I really don't know how many I should be eating, because I manually changed my range and now I don't know how to get a spark range back again,Anyone who knows please tell me. I try to eat more but and this is lame, I don't have time. I do have time but forget to eat quite often, then when I am hungry, I'm starving and make the first thing I think of . Usually it isn't a good choice. I am trying to work on this behaviour but I need to know my cal range first.


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    Personally, just for me - I won't force myself to eat something I don't like. I do not like raspberry seeds in any way - I like the taste of raspberry so if it's seedless all fruit jam or something then I will totally eat it. I hate mushrooms and don't like tomatoes so i don't eat those either. I have been trying to stretch myself and as Marty said - I am retrying stuff I didn't like as a kid. If there are a few mushrooms on a piece of pizza I will eat it, but I don't put them in my own cooking. I have tried tomato again a couple of times and I still get gaggy. I figure, this healthy eating thing is going to be hard - so why make it harder on myself by forcing myself to eat something I really don't like? But in retrying veggies I have found that I like a lot of the stuff I hated as a child and have added new ones that my mom never used. It's kind of a fun experience!

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    I do eat to make my daily calories and I'm constantly trying new things, but I won't eat things I don't like. I'm forturnate that I already like most healthy foods. There's just a few things that I like that I really shouldn't eat. One thing I hated for most of my life was cottage cheese, but in the last month I tried it with fruit and a little splenda mixed in and it's WONDERFUL!!

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MARTY19 6/9/2009 7:44AM

    I continue to try new veggies that I hated as a child. Some I now like and others... Well at least I try them. I love just about all fruits so that isn't a prblem.


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CHIKAZ 6/9/2009 7:35AM

    I'm trying to think if I've done this before. But I don't think so really. I know that my body wasn't really accustomed to all the veggies I give it now, but I'm learning that I actually like them way more than I thought. I'm not a big fan of blueberries or blackberries, but strawberries on the other hand, I do love. My mom used to grow them when I was a kid and one of the best things I can remember was being able to pick a strawberry and eat it. You couldn't get any fresher than that. I'm so jealous of your garden.

I wish I could grow a big garden. We just don't have that kind of room. Next year I'll probably start one with my mom at her house. But for now I just have my tomato plant on my deck.

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Eating Too Few Calories Stalls Metabolism

Monday, June 08, 2009

Article by EveryDayHealth:

Learn why cutting out too many calories can keep you from losing weight.

Remember, calories are not your enemy!

Check out the Articles at the bottom of the page.

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_VALEO_ 6/11/2009 5:30PM

    True! Thanks for the article.

But all calories are not created equal.


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    thanks for posting this. i am pretty much reading this info everywhere including in Jillian Michaels' new book Master Your Metabolism. I am sure this article will help out a lot of people!

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MARTY19 6/8/2009 6:26PM

    Good article. I have heard it before but it is always good to read it again.
I am using ww points as well as logging in the food, so calories are not a big concern. WW has the whole system figured out and I'm going with it.

Love you,

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VKENNER 6/8/2009 6:14PM

    Great Article! I like that fact that I am SUPPOSED to eat! LOL

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Maintenance + Strength Training + Cardio = constant reconfiguring!

Sunday, June 07, 2009

The title says it all.

I keep my Goal Calories the same but adjust daily for Cardio which burns calories.

The increased Strength Training is what makes my weight fluctuate. But I am tackling the Lunges and Squats seriously now to firm up my legs. I managed to do 30 Walking Lunges yesterday as well as about that many regular Lunges. Did Squats intermittently during the day.

Mind you, I will never have 18 year old legs - heck, I didn't have them when I was 18! But if I can get my jiggle under control a little more, by golly I will at least try.

Good day to all!

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_VALEO_ 6/11/2009 5:40PM

    Good job! You're a real inspiration!

The increased strength training will firm you up, so don't be afraid of the weight fluctuations.

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 6/8/2009 11:01AM

    Linda, You continue to INSPIRE!

I, too, am at the maintenance point. At least I think I am. That point is not written in stone but my body seems to be telling me that this is it. Now I am working even more intently on those jiggles.

Your unwavering motivation is so uplifting! The challenge to keep these good habits intact seems daunting at times. When I feel a little shaky, I look at what you're doing and get fired up all over again. This is the blessing - to be able to lift each other and be lifted ourselves to achieve
goals we thought were impossible!

emoticon emoticon emoticonJanet

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CHIKAZ 6/7/2009 11:33AM

    Wow. That is incredible. I need to really start with strength training again.

I can't wait to be at the maintenance point. =)

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MARTY19 6/7/2009 9:49AM

    I could not do all these lunges. My hip would be screaming. But I do admire your ability to change and continue to be successful. You rock girlfriend!


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SARALYN09 6/7/2009 8:32AM

    Don't stress about a pound here or there. Weight fluctuates with or without strengh training! ENJOY the ride.. you deserve it!!! You are living a healthy lifestyle!! What a great place to be - I hope I'm feeling as victorious as you are now, when I'm free enough to enjoy it!! haha! emoticon

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MSLZZY 6/7/2009 7:20AM

    You keep on trying every day and you inspire me! I am trying more strength training, too. It seems to be working.

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Update on Maintenance progress.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Ok, so it wasn't the best week and yet it was!

My weight started climbing again and reached 125.8 emoticon
I checked and double-checked and even triple-checked but my calories were "right-on" so I just kept going and exercising.

I have started doing Squats and even finally was able to do Lunges, just not as many - I can do 6 at a time on each leg! So I know I am making muscles and this will raise my weight.

Yesterday it finally went below 125 again, only 124.9 but it feels awesome! Will it go back to 122? I believe it will, but again this is still "One day at a time".

I believe in me. I believe in SP. Together we can all make this happen.

Hugs y'all,

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JERSEYGIRL24 6/7/2009 10:46AM


You have done amazingly well. I am sure you know it, but I feel your frustration. Just keep at it, and good things will continue to come!!!! You never cease to amaze me!!!



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DEBIPOGUE 6/6/2009 10:10PM

    You are such an inspiration and ALWAYS looking for the bright side!!! I love that about you. I know you will see 122 again......to much grit in you not to. Keep it up my friend, you're doing GREAT!
Debi emoticon

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    Hi Linda, Definitely one day at a time. This style of living is all about the baby steps we take each day. Keep at it and have fun,


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    ; )
you always have something good to see in everything you do
maybe that's why you many love you so much

i'm included in "those", lol

keep up all your great efforts

your ol' buddy
Tony emoticon

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    Always positive! You are an inspiration. The scale went up for me almost a pound today and the only reason I can think of is salt. I had more salt yesteday than I do normally. Bummer! But you've made me feel better and I know ... I just have to keep pushing on and the scale will go back down. emoticon

Happy Friday,

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_VALEO_ 6/5/2009 8:43AM

    It can be frustrating to see the scale going up while sticking to our meals and fitness plan.
Keep on being consistent and your weight will stabilize for good!
I believe in you too!


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MARTY19 6/5/2009 7:44AM

    You know this will happen but you are continuing to make the changes necessary to stay on track. You are my hero.


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MSLZZY 6/5/2009 7:17AM

    You are probably building muscles but oh, we hate to see an up number on that old scale.
Keep on working because toning muscles is a very good thing. My clothes fit so much better even if I don't see a loss. That's all part of the lifestyle. emoticon

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My DH's garden!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Well, it is that time again and my DH has a beautiful garden!

We have Vidalia Onions
Ripe Corn
and coming soon
Tomatoes and
and more corn!

Come join us for dinner!

**Ray's garden is about 1/4 acre for those curious. He has 3 plantings of corn and he "suckers" the tomatoes to keep having fresh plants. I forgot to take a picture of the cantaloupes! I thought they were more cucumbers, lol.

The bad news is the gardens here in Mississippi are pretty much spent by July due to the heat and bugs. But we can generally keep the tomatoes until September/October or the first frost.

**I have recently learned that "Victory Gardens" are coming back into style! Bring on the fresh veggies!!

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CIVEL24 6/2/2009 12:11AM

    What a great garden!

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    Wow!!! We just planted our seeds a couple of weeks ago! Everything looks Wonderful!!

Enjoy! emoticon emoticon

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FORMYDARLINGS 5/31/2009 5:45PM

    Linda, Don't go inviting me for a dinner of veggies or I might just take you up on it!!! haha You are so lucky to be in a climate where your growing season starts and lasts so long. Around here we now have asparagus and will soon , 3 weeks or so, have strawberries and so on. Nothing is ripe here till mid July and our corn comes in ate the mid to end of August. Hey, we just got the leaves on the trees finally LOL.

I want to thank you for your standup attitude that this is something we all can acieve. I love your candour and the straightforward assistance and answers you supply so many of us with, You truely make a difference in many, many lives.

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_VALEO_ 5/31/2009 5:11AM

    Thanks for sharing your pictures.
There's nothing like homegrown veggies!
I'm curious about your corn: are your corns on the cob for eating grilled or for flour or cornmeal and hominy grits?

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MSLZZY 5/30/2009 11:03PM

    I just planted tomatoes, my cukes just borke ground, corn is 3 inches tall! Oh, yeah, I live in South Dakota!

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JERSEYGIRL24 5/30/2009 10:42PM

    Marty, if you are driving down can you swing by my house and pick me up. It all looks great. Maybe we should have a virtual dinner party.

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MARTY19 5/30/2009 6:23PM

    What time shall I arrive? It all looks so yummy!!!!


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TILLIEBEE 5/30/2009 5:33PM

    These are the most inspiring garden pictures!
I'm going outside to take some, too.
I can't believe how much you have already and it's not even June!!!!

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    Looks like Ray must have Quite the Green Thumb, but
can we all come for dinner, LOL

I was close to posting pictures of my tomatoes,
but my garden is a far cry from Ray's.

We have a container garden out on our back patio,

Enjoy all those delicious veggies nothing better than home grown!

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