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Tell me why . . . . I don't like Mon-days

Monday, November 19, 2012

I reckon, if I look back on the past few months - if I have a day where I have been eating out of control, 9 times out of 10 it is a Monday.
I don't mean overeating at a social function - where I have seconds, or thirds of something yummy when I don't need it.
I mean quietly eating multiple bowls of cereal, and slices of bread with lashings of butter and jam - and I am not hungry, but there is this need which compels me.


The kids and I don't have a regular gig for Mondays. No kindergarten, or swimming lessons etc. Just me, and the kids. Tired kids, and tired me after an action packed weekend.
I try to organise things. Try to keep busy.
Today, my friend cancelled our catch up this afternoon.


So, I have over eaten. With little pleasure in it.
I did this when I tracked my food. And I am still doing it.
Nothing has changed. The question is 'Did I really expect it to?"

I am not addressing my underlying feelings. Mostly boredom & fatigue - plus a bit of annoyance with tired children.


What might have helped today?
I should have either pushed through and taken the kids out somewhere. Or had a nap, then taken the kids out somewhere, or started an activity at home.

What might help in the future?
Make better plans for Mondays. Go out and take a picnic lunch. Have a couple of back up activities planned to get through the day. Schedule some exercise. Get to bed early Monday night.

You never hear anyone proclaim 'TGI Monday' do you?

And now for dinner? I don't really feel like eating anything, but I will have a small portion of the sweet potato and chickpea curry I am making. Wont need rice, and wont need an after dinner snack. Tomorrow is a much better day - so busy I will hardly have time to scratch, plus pilates and spin class.

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A*L*P* 11/20/2012 7:35AM

    Simply put, Mondays suck. I hear ya. Hang in there noticing a pattern will only help for the future!

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PATTYKLAVER 11/20/2012 7:25AM

    Recognizing a problem day is 3/4ths of the battle. You've got some good ideas on how to combat it. You can do it!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/19/2012 5:20PM

    It's easy to confuse hunger with being tired. You just want to rechange. Recognizing it is the first step. You have a good plan and a good attitude about tomorrow.

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KANOE10 11/19/2012 8:06AM

    I am sorry Mondays are hard for you. I think your ideas for making them better are good ones. Is there any type of parent coop you could join where you are with other mothers?

It is too bad your friend cancelled.

I always found that when I was tired, I wanted to turn to food for energy.

I hope the rest of your day goes well. I know you are looking forward to tomorrow!


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MISSUSRIVERRAT 11/19/2012 6:36AM

    Maybe you don't eat enough of the food that you need throughout the week and over the week-end?
Maybe you could make your week-ends and other days of the week less hectic?

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Am I hungry, or tired?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

My daughter is at the age where she is almost ready to stop having a sleep during the day - but not quite. To manage this, I sometimes time it so we are having a drive, or I walk and push her in the pusher in the early afternoon . . and most of the time, she nods off.

It just occurred to me that quite regularly the last thing she says before she goes to sleep is 'I'm hungry" or "I want something to eat". Sure enough, half a minute later and she is asleep!

Now she is not yet 3 years old - so it is understandable that she might interpret one signal from her body as a different signal. The trouble is, I am not sure that I always get it right either!

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NELLJONES 11/15/2012 6:41AM

    Enjoy these years. They sure don't last very long.

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PATTYKLAVER 11/15/2012 6:27AM

    What we learn from children is often amazing.

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WENDYJM4 11/15/2012 5:43AM

    what a lovely age. My youngest grandson is 4 years old. He says he is not tired but a couple of minutes he has nodded off.

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SUSANBEAMON 11/15/2012 12:58AM

  and it's something they will learn and forget, just like we did. relearning is work, but can be done,, over and over again.

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SHEYLANGEL22 11/14/2012 10:02PM

    Kinds are so cute.. my son always ask for water before bed time and sometimes for food too. I think it's most misinterpretation from being tired (trying to find energy from something else to keep them awake) they can always wake up and have a health snack :)

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A year in maintenance

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

In some ways, I still can't believe it.
If you had told me in May 2011 that I would lose weight gradually over 6 months - to a weight I had not been for about 15 years, and then maintain that weight loss for 12 months (which includes 6 months with little cardio due to a persistent cough). . I don't think I would have believed you.

I joined SP, and straight away went on an educational journey. I followed the stages, sometimes suspending my disbelief - and read the articles religiously.

It is this knowledge which has helped me the most. I believe that I know too much to ever go back to how I lived before.

I am not perfect. I overeat sometimes, but I always come back to what makes me feel good. Plenty of fruit and veges, lean protein, quality carbs, water, exercise & sleep.

Writing the first paragraph of this blog showed me something I had never realised before. I was plagued by mild depression for about 15 years - which is the same 15 years that saw my weight creep up from about 59kg (130lbs) to 75kg (165lbs). I don't know if it was a sedentary lifestyle and less than nutritious diet that caused the depression, or vice versa. What I do know, is that now I have changed my eating habits and made regular exercise a part of life, the depression has evaporated. And I am back around the weight I was before.

Another thing I know is that I will keep doing what I am doing as long as I am able. It is worth it.
I am worth it.

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EMILYDOODLE 12/20/2012 3:49PM

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ADRIENALINE 12/17/2012 5:43PM

    Congratulations! What a great blog!

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CM_GARDNER78 12/13/2012 11:56PM

    Congratulations!!! That is awesome!! You should be SO proud of yourself! :-)

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HAKAPES 12/11/2012 3:14AM

    Great blog, and congratulations for maintaining!

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LIBBYL1 12/10/2012 11:40PM

  wow.... not much more to say

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LAWANDMUSIC 12/10/2012 8:32PM


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TIAGAYEPFA 12/9/2012 6:06PM

    Congrats to you on your year of maintenance, that's a BIG deal!!! Also, great job on all you've accomplished!


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ROMEOSMOM27 12/7/2012 11:01PM

    Keep up the good work emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CARRAND 12/7/2012 3:36PM


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ANITA50 12/7/2012 1:53PM

  you are soo worth it! congrats on your successes!

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PRESBESS 12/7/2012 12:20PM

    You are sooo worth it! Keep up the awesome work! You've done what so many people strive to accomplish.

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    emoticon on your 1 year anniversary of maintenance and now having such a healthy, good lifestyle. It's a wonderful thing. Love your blog and wish you the very best. The SP journey has been nothing but great for me and I'm so very glad I'm here too. All the best. emoticon emoticon

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TUBLADY 12/6/2012 4:54PM

    Congrats. You are definitely on the right track.
Depression can certainly cause weight gain. plus a lot more if not treated. It's like a merry go round, you don't treat the depression, gain weight feel worse and eat more. Round and round you go.
That is what happened to me plus disability I gained 200 lbs. Thank goodness I got both under control.
Keep up the good work.
Be strong, stay positive.
Tisha emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEMT 12/6/2012 4:43PM

    I can't agree with you more! I had bouts of depression myself and no longer have to deal with them. Whew! Spark has made such a difference in my life as well!

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_LINDA 12/6/2012 3:35PM

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Very well done! Keep up the awesome work!

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DOUBLEMME 12/6/2012 2:43PM


A very positive change!
Regularly, step by step, like climbing a mountain.
In particular I appreciate your comment: "I am not perfect. I overeat sometimes, but I always come back to what makes me feel good".


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GETFIT2LIVE 12/6/2012 2:12PM

    Well done--congratulations on a year of maintenance and on the discoveries you've made along the way!

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POPSY190 12/6/2012 1:48PM

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MILLIE5522 12/6/2012 1:41PM

    emoticon for maintaining a whole year! I have only been maintaining for just about 2 months now so I still have a lot to learn!

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LOISDESK 12/6/2012 12:33PM

    Congrats on maintaining!! You really seem to have a grasp on things now!

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MIDROAD 12/6/2012 10:06AM

    Thank you so much for sharing your story, it gives me hope that I too can get to goal and maintain it!

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NEVERGIVEUP 12/6/2012 9:56AM

    Congratulations on achieving your one year anniversary! I hope to celebrate my own one year anniversary this spring.

I, like you, don't think I will ever go back, because I've learned so much through Sparkpeople.

Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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LAURIE5658 12/6/2012 9:47AM

    Congratulations! You are well on your way to a successful life of maintaining your healthy lifestyle!!!


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MEXGAL1 12/6/2012 8:55AM

    Congrats to you on reaching and maintaining your goal weight. You are right it feels good and we are worth it!
Have a terrific day.!

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MOBYCARP 12/6/2012 8:28AM

    Your experience is similar to mine. With exercise alone, I bounced off a weight just above the top of the healthy BMI range. Found SP, started tracking the food, and the weight just melted off. Weight maintenance is now a matter of paying attention to what my body is doing and adjusting what I eat accordingly. Fitness maintenance is a harder puzzle, but I'm working on that.

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62NVON 12/6/2012 8:02AM


Congrats on your maintenance!

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KANOE10 12/6/2012 7:51AM

    Great job on your one year. I also spent many years being depressed because of food. That was a great blog..very inspirational.

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FITFOODIE806 12/6/2012 7:38AM

    Congrats!! Healthy lifestyles are for mental and physical health, that's for sure!

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WILLOWBROOK5 12/6/2012 7:03AM

    Great job! Congratulations!

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SANDICANE 12/6/2012 6:46AM

    That is year of maintenance!

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TRYINGHARD1948 12/6/2012 5:52AM

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NUOVAELLE 12/6/2012 5:48AM

    Congratulations on your success and your maintenance!
Symptoms of depression are hard to fight and exercise is scientifically proven to be a key factor in dealing with them. I'm glad you found the way to make it work for you.
Enjoy your new life! You are definitely a great example for your children and for all of us!

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TORTISE110 12/6/2012 5:42AM

    I love your story because it shows how complicated real change is.great job and thank you for your post.

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ELLEKTRA 12/6/2012 5:23AM

    GREAT ACHIEVEMENT! Well done and what a motivator! Thanks for sharing.

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SWEDE_SU 12/6/2012 5:13AM

    congratulations - what a success story! emoticon

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CELIAMINER 12/5/2012 8:08AM

    Happy Maintenance Sparkversary! We SO need icons for these very special milestones!

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BLUE42DOWN 12/5/2012 2:07AM


Happy 1 year Maintenance Anniversary!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 11/16/2012 8:44AM

    Congratulations!!! :) What you wrote expresses exactly how I feel - I know too much to go back to my old way of eating and (not really) exercising, and my depression is gone and my anxiety problems are vastly improved. I'm looking forward to my own first anniversary next spring! Happy anniversary to you!

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MJREIMERS 11/14/2012 9:48PM

    emoticon and happy first anniversary. May there be many more to celebrate!

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FITTEREVERYDAY 11/14/2012 4:52PM

    Awesome!!! That's where I'd like to be as well.

Also, your background picture makes me want it to snow, bad.

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KANSASROSE67 11/14/2012 3:53PM

    Congratulations on your year of maintenance! I've followed a similar path of weight loss. You are right about the intertwining of emotion and weight issues.

Best wishes!

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ZENNITH 11/14/2012 9:33AM

    Congrats on maintaining for a year! It sounds like you've found your way :-)

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/14/2012 7:29AM

    Good for you! This is a great place to turn your life around. I love the articles too.

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PATTYKLAVER 11/14/2012 7:21AM

    You are a success! emoticon

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SHEILA1505 11/14/2012 3:05AM

    Happy Anniversary!
Well done

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TEENY_BIKINI 11/13/2012 9:14PM

    Amazing, amazing work!!


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WATERMELLEN 11/13/2012 7:18PM

    You have to be so proud of your success . . . maintenance for a year is a huge accomplishment, and it's wonderful that improved fitness has been associated with elimination of depression.

Yay you!!

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SLENDERELLA61 11/13/2012 7:10PM

    Happy Anniversary!! Great blog! So glad you beat depression -- what a victory!!

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It depends on how you look at it

Monday, November 12, 2012

If I think about what I shouldn't eat or what I should do - I feel that this is a very negative way to look at life. Always feeling like we are missing out on pleasure. 'Should' is one of the worst words in the English language.
Instead I try to focus on what I can eat, and what I can do.

I CAN eat plenty of lovely fresh fruit & vegetables (there are plenty of people in the world who don't have access to these things - central australian communities for example). There is so much enjoyment in fresh food, if we allow ourselves to appreciate them.

I CAN move my body without pain. Not everyone can say that - and the more I look after myself, the more likely it is that this will continue into my older years.

I CAN ride my bike in a reasonably safe and clean environment.

I CAN flavour my food with fresh herbs, citrus juices, spices to make a different taste sensation for every meal. If I am bored with my cooking, I have no one to blame but myself.

I CAN find new and healthy ingredients to make preparing & eating food a continuous path of exploration and enjoyment.

I CAN afford to look after myself well - attend a gym, see a doctor/dentist/physio, eat properly (most of the time)

I CAN improve my fitness to make February's 50km mountain bike race more enjoyable.

I CAN complete a 50km mountain bike race.

I CAN eat whatever I want - and fortunately, there is so much good healthy stuff in this world. I try to get that in first.

I CAN maintain this weight (364 days and counting!)

I CAN live without mild depression (that lived with me for a good 15 years)

I CAN have good levels of energy

Eat food, not too much, mostly plants . . . . and move my body!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 11/15/2012 12:24PM

    Love it! LOL to quote a certain famous campaign slogan here in the US... "YES WE CAN!" I look forward to hearing all about your 50km ride when you do it...that sounds awesome!

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 11/14/2012 5:54PM

    Excellent attitude! A gratitude list.....count your blessings........focus on the positive.
A wonderful way to live.

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AMARILYNH 11/13/2012 7:01PM

    This is one of those blogs where 'like' just doesn't seem strong enough - I LOVE this way of looking at life!! I too do much better when I ADD healthy foods to my plan - it leaves little room for the less desirable ones while being very satisfying!! emoticon

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FLGIRL_4EVER 11/13/2012 6:00PM

    Love the attitude! Keep you the great things you are doing!

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WATERMELLEN 11/13/2012 8:15AM

    What a positive upbeat blog: seeing the abundance instead of the "deprivation" is so key.

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ZENNITH 11/13/2012 8:12AM

    Great blog!! A refreshing reminder emoticon

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PATTYKLAVER 11/13/2012 6:11AM

    Positive thinking is a great thing.

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ADVENTURESEEKER 11/13/2012 12:33AM

    What a great way to look at it! Thanks for sharing!

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BARBWMS 11/12/2012 9:50PM

    Nice.. I liked this a lot.

It seems one of the best parts of the human condition is that we can make choices. You are clearly making good ones.

Thanks for sharing.


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Principles of intuitive eating - and my weekend

Sunday, November 11, 2012

My weekend involved 2 social events, which I think ran to my usual plan - no different to when I was tracking, to now that I am not.

When I tracked, these two events would have been meals that I skipped tracking, or tracked with rough guesses, and certainly weren't planned ahead.
If I want to do better with intuitive eating, then I need to practice, and keep some key principles front of mind.

The people who wrote a book on intuitive eating made a list of 10 principles, which on the whole make a lot of sense. On the weekend, I did not do well on the following

I did not stop when I should have - at both events.

Potentially I filled some social gaps with food - find yourself with no one to talk to? Graze the buffet. Better to strike up another conversation, or get a glass of water.

I know that a healthy plate looks like, and healthy quantities of meat, grain etc. I did not adhere to this. As a result I have a terrific food hangover today.

This is not a blog to beat myself up - merely to point out to myself where I can improve.
On the plus side, I did make some great nutritional choices. I am learning to seek out more veges when I serve myself plus I only had one champagne and drank sparkling water the rest of the time.

And I did a 2 hour bike ride instead of just the 1 hour.

Today is Monday, and time to get back to good eating princples.
I am reintroducing Meat-free Monday to our household - a great chance to get plenty of those lovely vegetables into me!

Have a great day! I know I will.

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A*L*P* 11/12/2012 7:59AM

    Very insightful. I like the fact that you're more aware of things and I know full well the "food hangover" feeling. It is a miserable feeling! I think that the principles of IE are so very common sense, it makes me angry at times that it is so hard to adhere to such common sense....

Glad that you're finding your way! Great job!

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 11/12/2012 7:09AM

    I think you did a great job of analyzing the situation. Thanks for sharing so we can all learn from each other.

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SHEILA1505 11/12/2012 1:06AM

    I think you survived that pretty well - good work!

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SLENDERELLA61 11/11/2012 8:33PM

    Very good analysis. With your attitude you will use this information to help you keep improving. What a great way to think and to live!!

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LYNNA1968 11/11/2012 4:59PM

    enjoy and great principles.

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