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What happens on the footy trip, stays on the footy trip

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Not sure how universal the title is - definitely an Aussie saying.
End of year the football team takes a holiday together - gets up to no good, and it is not discussed after they get back. Lips are sealed.

The problem is - can you change your behaviour just for a footy trip, and not expect it to have an impact on your normal life? If you are unfaithful to your partner - does that say something about your real level of love and commitment? If you commit a minor crime whilst under the influence - can you really not expect it to catch up with you? If you drink to excess and behave badly - do you not think the damage to your reputation is done?

I seem to have a footy trip mentality when I go away from home - like the calories I consume on holiday are somehow outside normal life - and are therefore excluded. Hmmm.

In normal life, I spend much of the time with just my kids. I control what I eat - there is no one who keeps me accountable. Except me.
I don't have much tempting foods around me - but I could buy them pretty easily. But I don't.

So what happens when I go away? All my great eating goes out the window.
Not that I am bingeing - but I am treating myself to quite a few more 'sometimes foods'. Wine, chocolate, cake, biscuits.

So I was away for a week - and was over my calorie target by 200-500 calories (at least) per day. Fortunately I was doing a lot of mountain biking as well - so the damage was not too bad. One pound above target - which now I am back home, will be rectified in the next couple of days.

I am just concerned about what is happening in my head that I let this happen.
Calories consumed on the footy trip don't stay on the footy trip - they stay on my backside, unless I address the issue upon my return.

I dream of not having to track my food forever. To find the perfect balance of exercise and food to enable me to maintain my goal weight. But that dream will never become a really, whilst I keep up this mentality.

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/18/2012 3:34PM

    That was a great analogy!

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TOTHEFUTURE1 1/17/2012 10:18PM

    Great insight

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Unfair comparisons

Monday, January 09, 2012

I think the quote "You can never be too rich or too thin" should be changed.

It should be something like "There will always be someone thinner/prettier/richer/stronger etc than you are - so how about you drop the comparisons, and concentrate on being the best you that you can be". Feel free to quote me.

Occasionally I read Sparkers blogs where they celebrate not being 'the fattest person/woman in the room" anymore.

This is really sad. I have never been obese, so I'm not sure if I have the right to feel sad about this - but I do.

- Firstly, there will be a time when you will still be the fattest person in the room. Even after losing a lot of weight. (Supermodel's convention, a hospital room visiting someone unwell, small gatherings of fit friends, hanging out with children etc etc). I hate to think that people who have achieved so much losing weight, are still going to be judging themselves harshly, comparing themselves to others - when weight/appearance is only one facet of a human being.

- It makes me think that these recently slimmer people are holding their breath at a gathering, until a bigger person arrives. Phew - pass the baton on you, sucker! Judging others, in a way that we all hope not to be judged. 'Thank goodness, Aunty Sheila with the thyroid problem - glad you could make it!'

I would like to assure people that at a get together, no one is scouring the room to determine who is the fattest/biggest person in the room.
Except perhaps those who are feeling bad about their own weight or have recently lost weight.
People who should know better about how easy it can be to gain weight, and how difficult it can be to lose.

So feel good about your weight loss. Enjoy the compliments you receive at the family/class reunion. But give the unfair comparisons a rest.

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FITJEN48 1/11/2012 5:51PM

    Yeah, I am all about personal bests. Knowing you did the best YOU can with what you have. Not so much for taking relief in someone else's issue. THanks for posting this and for the comment on my blog. Awesome profile pic btw!

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SUNFLOWER4ME 1/9/2012 9:58AM

    Wow, well said. You are so wise. There will always be someone better,smarter, skinnier, than you, and also it is good to remember that there will be someone fighting a much worse battle. It keeps us modest but not whiny, confident but not cocky.

I can't control if other people judge me, but I sure as heck am going to try to stop judging others.


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KANOE10 1/9/2012 7:34AM

    I agree. Good point.

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JSPEED4 1/9/2012 4:26AM

    Great points. Social self-consciousness has a minor place in a reasonable life, not a major one. emoticon

Comment edited on: 1/9/2012 4:27:14 AM

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DEBK0923 1/9/2012 2:12AM

    i AGREE

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Friday, January 06, 2012

For the first time in a long time, I was hungry today. Mid-afternoon with still a couple of hours before dinnertime.

Not wanting, craving, feeling like - but achingly, tummy growlingly, ravenously hungry.
And it felt good.
I am amazed really - given I am at goal now. I don't remember feeling hungry in the whole time that I was losing 20+ lbs. I sure remember wanting, craving, feeling like - often.

Post Christmas/New Year I am trying to keep a tight reign on the calorie total - combined with a higher than normal calorie lunch meant I did not eat quite the volume I normally do.

Anyhow, I cut up some capsicum (pepper) to munch whilst I was preparing dinner - enough to get me through.
A little left over in the calorie bank for a snack with my herbal tea later tonight. (Friday night? Last of the great party animals here!)

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SUNFLOWER4ME 1/6/2012 9:08AM

    That's awesome! I almost never feel true hunger - though I try not to because unlike your good behavior of munching on peppers while you prepare, I'd head for anything and everything I can get my hands on.

Congrats for maturing to that point! You're on a great path emoticon

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JUDITH316 1/6/2012 2:32AM

    Good job, keep up the great work, hope you enjoyed your herbal tea and snack...Blessings on your day... emoticon emoticon

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Sometimes foods

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Have you heard the expression 'sometimes foods'?
This is a term many parents use to describe junk food to children.

'We aren't having pizza tonight, because pizza is a sometimes food'.
'No, you can't have a cupcake. Cakes are sometimes foods'.
You get the idea. Personally I hate the term - since I think you can talk to children like they are people, rather than visitors from another planet.

Anyway, my diet has always been pretty good in general. Fresh fruit and vege, home cooked mostly, etc etc. It was portion sizes. Now it's the sometimes foods that get me.

Plus, I seem to be able to talk myself around.
"Wine/cake/biscuits is a sometimes food - I don't have it every meal (ie. not breakfast or lunch), so that's OK"
Of course, if every meal I am having something from the sometimes foods category - then they are becoming often foods.

For me, it is my daily habits that are the making (or breaking) of my calorie control - and I think that the sometimes food are the key.
I am hoping once I get into the swing of maintenance that I can relax on the food tracking - either track only a few days a week, or track only once I exceed 1.5 kg above goal.

If I know my meals are reasonably good, and portion controlled - then I am eating roughly 3 x 500 calories per day. That leaves me 300 to play with - sometimes foods.

Sometimes = one item, once per day.

Should be pretty simple to manage?

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JSPEED4 1/9/2012 4:38AM

    LOL I agree; children can be talked to like they are human.

As a policy, my occasional foods are reserved for eating at social events--and usually in small doses then. That way they are not in my house! And I don't have to explain, to a host or hostess, for five minutes about my blood type and compatible foods and metabolism and such.

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/4/2012 11:30PM

    I LOVE that approach! (As I sit here drinking a glass of "sometimes" wine!)

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SUNFLOWER4ME 1/3/2012 11:33AM

    Yup, you can do it! emoticon

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    GOod luck!! It's the 'sometimes foods' that can get to me, but I'm trying to treat them as treats- an every week or two or three things, not an everyday thing. I, too, make most things from scratch. You can do it! Find a system that works for you.


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Maintenance messes with your head

Thursday, December 29, 2011

I am a pound over goal weight - which is great right?

I decided I had reached my goal weight (this is something I will look at again soon - but for now it feels about right) about 7 weeks ago, and have been within a pound of that weight ever since.

So why do I feel so lousy? Because I feel I am floundering.

Maybe its all the social events around Christmas and New Year? In my normal life (mother at home with 2 young kids) I don't get out much, therefore I can plan my food and feel in control. Avoiding temptation, rather than facing it, and standing firm.
When the food is out of my control, I feel out of control.
I am certainly more controlled than I was before spark - but less controlled that I was when I was losing 20 odd pounds.

Maybe I'm being too hard on myself.
My calorie targets in the nutrition tracker are the same as when I was losing weight. So when I go over, I feel bad - but maybe I can afford to go over (a little) because I am no longer losing.

Maintenance is tough.
It messes with your head.
Because you are not getting wins on the scale, you can feel like you are failing.
You feel like you want to loosen the reigns a little, but worry that if you do, the weight gain will start - and you wont be able to stop it.

I have to focus on the basics
- Exercise (I do what I can)
- Water
- 5+ serves of fruit and vege
- Portion control

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JSPEED4 1/9/2012 4:32AM

    Isn't it true, though, that at a lower weight, fewer calories are needed to keep one's basic metabolism going? Adding some strength-training, to increase muscle mass, increases metabolism, hence increases nutritional and calorie needs. emoticon

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    This post speaks volumes. I couldn't master it the first time I was close to my goal, so here I am again. How about rewards for every week you stay within the +/- amount? A dollar in a jar? Good luck! emoticon I completely understand feeling out of control when the food isn't in your control. It's much tougher. Congrats on making it through Christmas intact!

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HDHAWK 12/31/2011 10:35PM

    You should be able to up your calories to your maintenance level if you stick with the same amount of exercise. Just up them with healthy foods. Maintenance it tough. I've never mastered it which is why I'm starting over....again.

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TEENY_BIKINI 12/31/2011 10:19PM

    Focusing on the basics sounds like a great idea! It does sound frustrating though - but I am sure you will conquer this - like you've conquered before... ;)

Battle on!

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ELECTRALYTE 12/30/2011 9:00PM

    I feel ya! You are NOT alone.

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SUNFLOWER4ME 12/30/2011 9:21AM

    I cannot WAIT until I have to worry about the problems of maintence! Try to focus less on how hard it is and more on how much it is WORTH it. You are at your goal weight!!! Helloooo, how awesome is that??! And as for avoiding temptationg versus standing strong, even the skinniest women are tempted, even the fit models in the Oxygen magazine admit that some foods just can't be in the house. You are not weak, missy, you are human emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/29/2011 5:52PM

    I hear you! I have been muddling through the head games these last few weeks, looking to find one that "fits" me. I think I'm there for now, but it's definitely a big change.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/29/2011 5:41PM

    It depends on how you define a "win" on the scale.

One possibility is to consider any weight within a +/- 3% range around your goal as a "win."

It's at this point that it's time to start celebrating mini-anniversaries; weekly, monthly, quarterly, up to years.


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