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Monday, June 18, 2012

I took the kids to a local museum today. Called Scienceworks - it is definitely for children.
We left quite late, and I did not get around to making lunch for us - but I knew there was a cafe with some reasonable options, so I was not too worried.

I chose a ham/cheese/lettuce/tomato sandwich and a tub of chopped fruit for the kids to share - and a felafel salad wrap for myself. No drinks, since we all had our water bottles.

It was a canteen style cafe where you push your tray along past all the cold sandwiches, salads, soft drinks (sodas), hot food, bakery items, ice creams and finally chocolate bars & crisps. I was momentarily tempted by the bakery items (always my downfall) but not really. Of course, my boy was positively drooling . . . Not really a great selection, considering it is a museum for kids.

Anyway - we sat down with our reasonably healthy lunch. I looked around, and saw what everyone else was eating.
One girl had a meat pie, large soft drink, potato crisps and a chocolate bar. And she was not the exception. Another woman & her children were all drinking large soft drinks and hot chips.

I have to admit to being a bit shocked. I know for some of them, this might be a rare event - that they don't eat like this every day, or even every week. But it seemed like every table.

I was also pleased with how far I have come.
I will never eat like that again.
On the rare occasion that I will be treating my kids and myself - I would choose 1 item. And maybe even share it.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 6/18/2012 10:04PM

    I'm with you - I am frequently shocked by how the people around me eat, particularly what parents will feed their children out and about. Yeah, maybe it's a special occasion or something...but for many families, that's just how they eat. It's such a shame.

I work in a museum, and we get school groups in all the time. Sometimes, the schools pack lunches for the kids or at least bring along snacks to supplement what the kids bring. One school's cafeteria packed their kids ham sandwiches on buns (no mayo or dressing or cheese), a 90 calorie packet of goldfish pretzels, an apple, a little baggie with some carrot and celery sticks, and a tub of fat free ranch dressing to dip them in. They also had 100% fruit juice boxes, if I remember right. And that was it - no dessert or anything.

Another school provided canned sodas, bags of potato chips, and cookies for all the kids.


It made my blood boil a bit. How can we treat our children this way?

Anyways, I'm glad that informed people like you are out there taking good care of at least some of our kids. :) Sounds like you made some great choices while you were having your day out together!

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    You are setting a wonderful example and the health of your children is the greatest reward!!

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PATTYKLAVER 6/18/2012 10:56AM

    Good job on the eating choices! It's funny how observant we become when we're more aware of healthy eating. Sounds like you had a nice family day. Good for you.

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WENDYJM4 6/18/2012 5:40AM

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Eat food. Not too much. Mainly plants.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Everywhere we turn there are messages (often from corporations with something to sell) about what we should eat to lose weight.
Low GI, low carb, high protein, low fat, pre-prepared meals, sugar free etc etc. Sometimes whole diets which tell you exactly what you should eat for every meal.
Have you read 'Brigitte Jones Diary' - she can justify almost any food, since she can find a diet that allows it. Very funny.

SP has been terrific for setting a basis for weight loss, and losing weight through tracking food. The only problem is that it seems to suggest that we need to track food for the rest of our lives.

Now I can't speak for everyone. Some people know that they need to track food - and always will. If that is you, and you are happy to do it - then stick with what works.

I am not sure that this is what I want to do.
My kids are very young at the moment, so they have no idea what I am doing when I am weighing portions, tracking on the computer and so on. Once they become aware, I don't know that I want to be exposing them to this. Would this teach them a healthy attitude to food for their lives?

I know what healthy food is. Fresh fruit and vege. Lean Protein. Whole Grains. Water to drink. Plenty of fiber. Good fats.
I know what the appropriate portion sizes are (or if I don't know I can look it up). A deck of cards of this, a golf ball of that.

This brings me to Michael Pollan. I heard this man on the radio - and fell in love with the simplicity of his message. He is not trying to sell you any packaged foods - you don't even need to buy the book.

His message
Eat food. Not too much. Mainly plants.

Let's break it down

Eat Food - Food is something that might have been available a few generations ago. The more packaged and processed it is, the less like real food it is. He talks of a 'twinkie' (a cake like product available in the US) which they had in their office for over a year - without any sign of mould. If bacteria don't recognise something as food - it probably isn't. Short shelf life is actually a good thing in most cases.

Not too much - I like the Japanese philosophy. Eat until you are 80% full. Enjoy the sensation of hunger again.

Mainly plants - The less processed the better.

I want to get to the point where I am not tracking every portion.
Eat food. Not too much. Mainly plants.
Cardio, ST and generally active.

I'm not there yet - where I can let go of tracking. It is my aim.
Maybe when I hit a year in maintenance. Something to work towards.

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SAZZLERAZZLE 6/18/2012 5:41PM

    i really like this idea! i don't always have time to track everything i eat and then i get nervous..i dont wana live lie that forever! I think you are very sensible to aim for this goal of not tracking, sounds like you have learned enough along your journey to keep yourself on track without tracking!!


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SUNFLOWER4ME 6/15/2012 7:27AM

    I agree with all of this! The problem is I have to actually DO it, not just agree with it. emoticon And that's the hard part.

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WENDYJM4 6/15/2012 5:07AM

    I also track everyday. Great blog.

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    Great blog - I am hoping that it will become so ingrained that I won't have to track every day. I love this book of Michael Pollan and keep referring to his book 'Food Rules'. It is so easy to read and great advice. Your food choices will set a good example for your children.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 6/14/2012 9:48PM

    I'm not ready to stop tracking either...a year of tracking in maintenance sounds good to me! It' s so hard to loosen up with the control that tracking gives you. I know what you mean about your kids - I wouldn't want my future kids seeing mommy obsessing over her food and picking up on that.

I've heard that eating philosophy's darn good advice!

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Restricting leads to blow outs

Thursday, June 14, 2012

I have decided that I should be aiming to just scrape in to my calorie targets every day.
Even if I have a bad day or two. Just get back to budget.

Sometimes, after I have gone over budget I then try to cut back a couple of hundred calories the next day. Still in range, but only just.
I am starting to see a pattern where I either blow out later that evening - or the next day.

Does anyone else relate to this?

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WENDYJM4 6/15/2012 5:08AM


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    Yes - I find that if I don't have enough protein I get really hungry - and set myself up for a blow- out. I know the rules - just have to follow them!!!

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Practicing delay tactics - for good results

Friday, June 01, 2012

Woke up - ate my usual breakfast, but for the second day running I wanted a second bowl of cereal. Yesterday I succumbed, and was playing catch up all day to meet my calorie targets.

Today I delayed. Made a cup of tea. Boiled the kettle, waited for it to brew, waited for it to cool, drank it. Hmmm - still wanted another bowl.
Had a glass of water - still thought I wanted another bowl
Hung the washing out . . . did not really feel I needed the second bowl anymore.
Great result - my body came to the right decision on it's own, without me having to get tough with it!

Did not feel like bike riding this morning. Delayed making a decision - but I dressed in my bike gear.
Still did not feel like a bike ride. Delayed my decision - but got my steed out of the shed.
Still did not feel like a bike ride. Delayed my decision - but started up the street.
No decision yet on how far I would go - but I started.
1 hour, and 350 calories later - I got back home. Still not sure I want to go for a bike ride . . . hang on . . . wait a minute . . .

I need to remember to use delay tactics more often.

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    Excellent idea - I put my exercise gear out in the bathroom every evening and then just put them on in the morning - I have then on so may as well just go for a short walk and before you know it I am three ks. from home - goal met!! I will try it when I think I need food between meals.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 6/2/2012 10:16AM

    Awesome!! Glad you were able to wait out your craving AND get your ride in...and I bet you felt lots better for having done it. :) Great job!

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KANOE10 6/2/2012 9:33AM

    Delay tactics work. The craving eventually passes. Good for you delaying and not having that second bowl. Plus getting out and biking when you really were not feeling like it. I find that putting on my exercise clothes is a way to get myself exercising.

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WENDYJM4 6/2/2012 6:25AM

    brilliant idea. Excellent I will have to do this.

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WATERMELLEN 6/1/2012 10:44PM

    This is brilliant!! I'm going to try some of these delay tactics myself!

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What an EPIC!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Do you know what an EPIC is? No.
The definition according to ROOSTER is as follows

An activity undertaken that turns out to be far more than you can comfortably bring to a conclusion. An EPIC is influenced by one, but more likely more than one of the following factors

i) LACK OF ABILITY - e.g. mountain bike ride that involves riding off what appears to be a sheer cliff, with the only alternative being a 5 hour detour

ii) LACK OF FITNESS - where you are still 10km from home, and feel like you are scrapping the bottom of your energy reserves.

iii) HERD MENTALITY - a group is only as strong as it's weakest link. I feel like I am often that link - but I could tell you of men going mountain biking with their young kids and forgetting the way back to the car - which brings me to . . .

iv) GETTING LOST - following bad directions, signs that just stop, misreading maps, landslides

v) EQUIPMENT FAILURE - also covers forgotten & lost equipment


vii) SUPPLIES RUNOUT - water, food

viii) CONDITIONS - rain, (head)wind, scorching heat, arrival of nightfall



A disaster is not an EPIC. An EPIC results in little more than extreme exhaustion, but occasionally can also be accompanied by embarrassment, the cost of fixing equipment and maybe an afternoon in bed.
Also an EPIC is not a triple spin class - because if you really wipe yourself out, you can just get off.

I have been part of quite a few EPICs in my time. Most memorably the first time I went mountain biking with my (now husband) new boyfriend's very experienced mountain bike buddies. I was new to mountain biking (LACK OF ABILITY), had not done much regular exercise for a few years (LACK OF FITNESS) but was hoping to impress the new boyfriend and his mates (SHEER STUPIDITY). The ride we did was loosely following directions of a friend of a friend (GETTING LOST). I was pretty slow (HERD MENTALITY) and we ended up riding the last hour or so in the dark (CONDITIONS). Everyone else chowed down on the hearty campfire stew - except me, who went straight to bed.

Today I ended up on another EPIC.
Due to my cough I have not been riding much lately (LACK OF FITNESS) but I decided I needed to up the cardio. It was cold and rainy this morning (CONDITIONS) but I knew my fitness plans for the week hinged on getting out there today (SHEER STUPIDITY). I headed off on a 2 hour bike ride.
One hour in, and my shoes are full of water and my fingers are numb from the cold and I am 20km from home. I am definitely starting to feel fatigued. The loop I am riding is all on bike path. Guess what - council is upgrading the bike path (BAD LUCK) and they set up a badly signed detour (GETTING LOST).
So I am about 15kms from home, assuming I can find the way back. I am cold & wet and the lower back is starting to ache. Darn lack of core strength!
Made it home. Just. Sore. Cold. Wet. Exhausted. Bursting for the toilet.
Did not have to call my husband to come get me (avoided embarrassment), but it was a close thing.

The thing about EPICs is, that you actually push yourself past the point that you would normally push yourself. You dig deep, and you find inner reserves of strength and determination that you don't see in your every day life. At the end, whilst you are sore and tired, there is a certain amount of pride there as well.

Gee - an afternoon nap is looking good about now!

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WATERMELLEN 5/31/2012 7:09PM

    Love your definition of an epic . . and gotta say, I've found myself in a few of these myself!!

Thanks for your comment on my oatmel to beer blog . . . it is possible to track a day ahead on the nutrition tracker using the arrow thingies . . and Judith Beck is a huge fan of "advance tracking"! We make 200 food choices a day . . . better to have 'em all made in advance!!

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SUNFLOWER4ME 5/25/2012 8:49AM

    Dannngg girl, you are like one of those Gladiators on tv! hahah. Take a nap, and sleep well knowing you pushed your body to the limits!!


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    What an epic EPIC - you have earned your nap!!

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