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Silly things I have done

Thursday, April 12, 2012

I was just reflecting on how much more aware I am about good nutrition & lifestyle than I was 20 years ago.
Like many women, I always thought I could benefit from losing a few kgs - even though, I cringe when I think of the anxiety I had through my late teens/twenties when I was actually skinny!!!!

Anyway - I was thinking about some of the silly things I did to 'lose weight'. I did all the common ones, like skipping meals, following fad diets etc, but I think these are some of the best.

emoticon Not drink water before bed, so I would weigh less in the morning
Duh - all I did was wake up with a headache, and a desperate need for water - which I interpreted as a need for food! Scoffing multiple bowls of cereal - when I did not need the food, but the water in the milk!

emoticon Taking lunch from home to work - bolied white rice and sweet chilli sauce. What was I thinking? Basically a refined carb covered in sugar. I think I thought the chilli would boost my metabolism . . . where was the protein, fresh fruit & vege etc

emoticon When I did buy lunch, getting rice and curry sauce - but no meat. I thought this was a healthier option? Uh - no! The meat was probably the best bit. The sauce is full of the fat that comes off the meat.

I'm sure there are more - but I can't think of them.
SP has given me knowledge - which makes smart choices soooo much easier to make!

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PATTYKLAVER 4/14/2012 7:54AM

    When I think about all I have learned from SP, I am amazed. I also then am reminded of the silly choices I made before I learned of the sight.

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 4/13/2012 12:23PM

    We have all made silly choices at times. I love the saying that goes something like 'when I know better, I do better!!' I feel like I am always learning and fine tuning my plan - enjoy!!

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AMANDA_AGAIN 4/13/2012 8:25AM

    I so remember the celery negative calorie thing and the chili burns more calories thing. I had some friends in high school who put hot sauce on EVERYTHING because it was supposed to burn more calories. Like on their french fries and burgers. Um. Really?

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WENDYJM4 4/13/2012 8:12AM

    Sparks has really opened my eyes also. Some of the mistakes I made are not funny.
It proves that we can still keep on learning.

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SLIMMERJESSE 4/12/2012 11:58PM

    Yes, SP has been a fantastic learning tool. Have a wonderful weekend.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 4/12/2012 11:03PM

    No kidding! SparkPeople has really opened my eyes to what is truly healthy and nutritious. I used to do all kinds of silly stuff, too. I remember in high school, I would have my mom pack my lunch with celery sticks and ranch dip because supposedly celery had "negative calories" (because supposedly it took more calories to digest than the celery actually contained...I'm pretty sure this is a myth)...but I was dipping it into RANCH DRESSING, which is soooo not low calorie! And I never realized how calorically dense some foods are, like peanut butter or cheese. I used to eat a lot of those foods without even thinking about it, because they're "good for you." Well, of course they are - in moderate portions! Sigh. At least we can pass on what we've learned to others now. :)

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Today's good choices

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Maintenance is a funny thing - I have been in my goal range of 58 to 60 kgs (around 130lbs) for 21 weeks, but I still feel like I am struggling. That's almost 5 months!

I seem to focus on the bad choices I make. Are they going to derail me, and undo all the good work? I don't recognise that they are so much fewer than they used to be. I thought I should dedicate a blog to the good choices I made today.

emoticonI took the kids on an outing today, by train rather than by car. I always get better incidental exercise pushing them in the double push chair

emoticonI remembered to take water and an apple for myself, rather than just remember healthy snacks for the kids

emoticonWe ate lunch at a cafe. My kids generally leave a lot of bread from their sandwiches - which I hate to waste . . . so I just ordered scrambled eggs. No toast. Less waste (and less on my waist)

emoticonCatching the train home I caught a different line, which stops further from our house - adding 20mins to my walk

emoticonSnacked only on fruit and veges today

emoticonI have not touched the leftover Easter eggs today - since once I start I can't stop. I have tracked a small portion for after dinner - then I will clean my teeth for bed.

emoticonCold roast beef for dinner. Already weighed and plated to stop me 'eyeing' more than I should have

emoticonI will meet my calorie, carb, fat, protein, fruit & vege and water targets

A lot of these choices I make everyday.
Sometimes I make the decision to relax on one or two of my choices, but not often.
This is why I am maintaining.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 4/11/2012 3:32PM

    Great job today! And what a great idea, listing all the good choices you made. I'm definitely struggling with trying not to feel super guilty every time I make a "bad" or less healthy choice. I need to start making a list of all my good choices every day, I think. Maybe I'll make it a new Fast Break goal! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

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LISEIGHT 4/11/2012 2:56PM

    Well done you for wanting to see the positive! And well done for chosing all this positive options today. Maintaining is such a huge challenge, isn't it, as old habits can creep back up soooo easily! Good on you for keeping at it, and resisting the easter chocolate. I have portioned my to enjoy over the next few evenings. Like you, just before bed seems to be the only time I can enjoy chocolate without then craving it for the rest of day till bedtime! emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 4/11/2012 1:46PM

    So far my maintenance has been good. My weight goes up and down within the five pounds I have given myself, but it hasn't been difficult as long as I keep active. It sounds like you are doing great - better than you are giving yourself credit for!

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AMANDA_AGAIN 4/11/2012 9:17AM

    You're right, that is why you're maintaining! Great job!

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PATTYKLAVER 4/11/2012 9:00AM

    Sounds like you had a great day with great choices. Good for you.

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KANOE10 4/11/2012 7:26AM

    Great choices. You are making good decisions. Staying away from the easter candy is awesome. I think you have a grat attitude on maintenance..relax a little but not often.

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TASNIM81 4/11/2012 4:08AM

    Great job! Very good choices. emoticon emoticon

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RUNMELLY 4/11/2012 4:05AM

    Those are great choices! I especially liked the one about the Easter candy. I have some in my house, but have kept them out of sight and instead put fruit in plain sight. I also keep a lot of gum handy :) Sounds like you had a great day!

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Saved . . . from a moment of weakness

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

3 hot cross buns in the freezer. Mini ones, that are only 122 calories.
I ask the kids if they want one - my 4y.o. says yes, my 2y.o. says no.
So I put 2 in the toaster.
I eat mine, and the 4 y.o starts on his . . . as I mindlessly go to the freezer to get the last one out, and put it in the toaster.
My 2 y.o. starts fussing - I want a hot cross bun too
Hmmm - I just asked you and you said NO
There is no reasoning with a 2 y.o.

Anyway - I give her the third HXB. Saved from myself.

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    Way to go - have a wonderful Easter break.
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AMANDA_AGAIN 4/5/2012 8:58AM

    Saved by the kid. :-)

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PATTYKLAVER 4/5/2012 8:39AM

    Oh, what's it's like to have a four-year-old and a two-year-old. Sounds like they keep your life interesting and on the right path.

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WATERMELLEN 4/5/2012 7:50AM

    Nothing like a contrary two year old!!

I do so love hot cross buns . . . . they never make me cross (unless I eat too many of them, of course!!)

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SHEILA1505 4/5/2012 1:43AM

    That toasting aroma is hard to resist!
I'm gluten intolerant so I wasn't going to buy any - but I have International students staying with me and we had discussed each other's Easter traditions - I had to buy for them, didn't I? Oh, but that aroma .... No! It's not worth that pain etc, so I will not give in ... just saying.

Of course the aroma triggered the 2 year old :))

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Save your pennies, and the pounds (sterling) look after themselves

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Even though I am Australian, this is a saying I grew up with.
Actually the saying was often applied to my grandmother, who was very frugal about the small things - but had expensive taste. In her case the saying was 'Save the pennies, spend the pounds". Anyway - I digress.

The saying refers to how it is the little decisions we make daily & often that have the greatest impact on achieving our goals.

If your goal is saving money, then focusing on little things like not wasting food, switching lights off, taking care of your clothes, car pooling are great habits to develop. These are saving the pennies, which in the long run puts the pounds in the bank. The bigger purchases that you make along the way are less of a problem - because you think about them. "We are saving for a house, but we need a new washing machine" - because you are mindful, you make a conscious decision to spend a few pounds.

If your goal is to lose weight, or eat healthier - it is the little daily decisions that have all the impact. The occasional events - like a best friend's birthday are not so much of a problem - because you go into it consciously - "I know I am going to go over budget with this party, but it is the first time in a month that has happened. It wont send me off my path".

I eat the same breakfast every day - well 95% of the time. So its important to make sure that it fits well into my daily calorie target. When I first started SP, my breakfast was too big, and had not enough protein - so to meet my daily goals was always going to be a struggle. Now I have a new breakfast habit.
Mostly I eat my lunch and dinner at home - and for the most part I cook them. So it has been important for me to develop a suite of recipes that have lots of veges, whole grains, lean proteins & healthy fats - so I can always whip something up that fits into my daily goals. Now I have new cooking habits.
Every morning I have 3 glasses of water before I leave the house. This makes it much easier to meet my daily water goal of 8 glasses. Now I have a great water habit.

Being home with my kids, I have been taking a lot of pleasure in getting a takeaway coffee, which often results in me getting a baked good which I share with the kids. This can equate to about 300 calories - which I can fit into my daily goals, but it often involves a lot of juggling. Or sometimes it means I go a little bit over.
This is an almost daily habit, which I have decided to change.
I can make the coffee at home (with a dash of non fat milk, and no sugar - compared to a latte which has almost a cup of non fat milk) and bring a snack from home. I can easily save 150 calories - which makes the daily goals so much easier to achieve.

My daily habits are like pennies in the bank - which over time become pounds (lost or not gained).
So occasionally if I want to go out for coffee with a friend and we share a muffin, I can do so - knowing I have pennies in the bank.

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AMANDA_AGAIN 4/4/2012 10:48AM

    Very timely blog! Today I almost didn't passed the coffee shop up for free work coffee and the breakfast I had pre-made at home. But I did! Saving pennies and calories.

I agree that it's the small daily things that mess us up. Whether that's with weight loss, saving money, enjoying your job, having a happy marriage, anything really.

Great plan, great outlook.

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    All these small changes will add up to success - great blog! Very thought provoking!!
Have a fabulous Easter.
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SHEILA1505 4/4/2012 2:21AM

    :)) This could have been my Mum talking to me as a child ... I've learned her lessons well - including keeping the string that ties parcels, and the wrapping paper - child of post WWII rationing, or what?

I agree with you - and by not having that coffee-shop latte, you are also saving $ that can get you something worthwhile in a short while

Thanks - I enjoyed this

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    Very, very good way of thinking about this! I like this blog. I have often thought that it isn't just the big changes but the small changes that can make or break us on our quest to health. Thank you for sharing your insight.

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My goals for the next quarter (1 April to 30 June)

Saturday, March 31, 2012

I have been maintaining for about 20 weeks - thats 4 and a half months.
Considering that I have not been able to do any real cardio for the last 6 weeks, I have to celebrate this - but I feel like I am just hanging in there.

So, I need to set out my goals for the next 3 months.

1. Keep maintaining - any sign of going over goal weight on that scale, and I react faster than a 100m sprinter out of the blocks.

2. Get the allergy thing sorted out - a.s.a.p. No procrastination. Then get back on the bike - 3 times a week

3. Strength training. I have no excuses for not doing this. The other day whilst my kids were at the park playing, I was able to do some push ups, tri dips, assisted chin ups, etc. 3 times a week - just do it!

4. During the week, make healthy snacks/lunch for myself for when we go out. (I am always making snacks & lunch for the kids, but don't worry about myself - then I am starving and end up buying something naughty, or inhalling PB sandwiches before I have time to think about it)

There it is - its hardly ground breaking, but it highlights what I need to keep front of mind!

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    I like these! Nice, simple and doable. Go for it! I hope you are also able to get back to your bike soon. I know how much you enjoy it.

Coincidentally, one of my goals for this month is to start being more comfortable on my bike. I am a rather inexperienced biker, but I want to start biking more places - starting with today where I am going go to the library and to do my errands, all with my bike.

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PATTYKLAVER 4/1/2012 7:33AM

    It's impressive that you've made some goals for the quarter. It reminds me that I need to at least make some April goals.

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    Great goals - just keep them in focus each day as it comes and you will achieve them!
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