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You Can't Have It Both Ways!

Friday, February 24, 2012

I can remember looking back on my journey of weight loss that when I first joined SP I would look carefully at the food I had eaten or that I would be eating -- as I tracked it. At the end of the day, if I saw I still had more calories I could consume, I would gobble down candy or ice cream until I had hit the right amount of calories!

I have learned over the years that really isn't the way to do it. It's OK to have a 1/2 cup or so of ice cream once in awhile, if you can work it into your food plan. Perhaps eat 2 or 3 of the little mini bite-sized bars of candy -- but to purposely eat food that will give you enough leeway to chomp down on it -- that's not a good plan. And it certainly could be one of the reasons it took me awhile to lose my weight.

Granted, back before I joined SP I seemed to have no problem putting away much more food than I could ever, in my wildest dreams, eat today. And sometimes when I read the food journals of people who are telling me what they had to eat that day, I am amazed, as there is no way NOW that my body could hold that much. Some of it is probably a matter of my stomach shrinking somewhat as I have cut way down on portions. There are some measurements that still seem ridiculously small to me. Like 1/2 cup of spaghetti -- how many lengths of spaghetti could that be? Or 1 little cup of soup? Hardly enough to get started. But as time goes by, I am finding myself more and more satisfied with those scanty little portions of food.

Back when I was in my late 20's and very slim and trim I once went out to dinner with my boyfriend and I ate a 32-oz steak. Not only that but a salad and baked potato too! I was a tiny little thing, and only 5'2" tall. I still wonder where I put it. My metabolism must have been astounding! Now I'm lucky if I finish off the 3 ounces considered a serving!

Of course the moral of the story here is that you either have to LIVE the healthy lifestyle, or you cheat (on yourself basically) and you consume items you know deep down are not the best for your body. You can't have it both ways. And, really -- don't you feel guilty afterward? And when you step on the scale -- can you really say you have no idea why it went up?

  
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SCOTMAMA 2/28/2012 11:20PM

    To be truthful with anyone reading this blog, if you look at my food chart, there are times you will see I am below 1200 calories. It isn't always because I don't eat enough -- it is usually that I have lost my enthusiasm for tracking! So most of the time I have made it to my goal calories or very close, but tracking is a lot of work.

I know what I'm supposed to do, and I am improving in that area, but for me, sometimes it's better NOT to know that I still have 300 calories to go. Because that 300 calories could well be ice cream if I know I'm low. Worse -- it could be that I'm not really low, it could be that I forgot to write the food down.

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OLDERDANDRT 2/28/2012 8:39PM

    Oh you have become soooo wise. I have gone over this a thousand times with myself and I have proven it and I know it and I believe it. But.........sadly, I've fallen off the wagon and having a terrible time getting back on it! I really needed just these words to read today. So, let the butt kicking begin!!! No....I mean I will do some of Jillian Michael's butt kicks!! Words jsut don't cut it for burning calories!! I am NOT going to eat like I weigh 90 pounds & have a tape worm any more!!!! Thank you for this great blog. emoticon

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UNICORN212 2/26/2012 12:42PM

    Looking at your food tracker - you are often eating less than 1000 calories a day (5 out of 7 days that looked like all 3 meals), and 1,200 is considered the minimum needed to keep your metabolism working properly. You may not be eating enough calories. Unless you have not been tracking everything? I hate tracking my food (which is not helping me to lose the weight!)

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VITCHY-VICKI 2/25/2012 7:50AM

    Nice blog Eve - after I have tracked all day and seen I still have cals to eat I don't get ice cream I go get a bowl of cereal or a bag of pop corn and watch my shows on TV then I know I have been a good girl - and going out anymore I ask for a take home box and cut everything in half for it I ate it all I know I would have a gain in the morning so nope you can't have it both ways anymore
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ARTJAC 2/25/2012 12:09AM

    good reminder to track everything thank you

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CASSIDYRAYT 2/24/2012 1:00PM

    Thank you for posting this. I haven't been filling my excess calories with ice cream but I have been filling it with random things I might not otherwise eat just to meet the daily "quota". My question is, aren't you supposed to meet a certain amount of calories to stay healthy? How did you fill up those missing calories without feeling like you were eating too much to lose?
Random question but since you have obviously come so far with your weight loss journey, maybe could you help some of us at the beginning of ours? :)

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CARRKM 2/24/2012 12:28PM

  Great reminder... especially that we are only cheating ourselves if we hold out on healthy foods, only to cram in the junk. I needed to hear this today - thanks for posting!

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TNFAIRY 2/24/2012 11:32AM

    Thank you for the eye opening blog. You are right, live the healthy way or starve your body of the nutrients it needs. emoticon

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LIS193 2/24/2012 11:30AM

    Great blog! When you work the plan, the plan works :) Start "tweaking" (cheating) and it doesn't. Sounds so simple, right?
Like you I can't eat large portions anymore and a dinner out can be good for a pound or more gain :(

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Still No News from the Doctor

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

emoticon I started bugging the doctor's office on Friday -- I figured a week was time enough to look at a test. I was told he wasn't in, so it would be at least Monday. Heard nothing on Monday, so waited until after lunch on Tuesday to call again. Was told the doctor will call me direct, AND . . . . . it could be up to 2 weeks before the test is analyzed.

Figure at this point there is no use worrying! emoticon so will just try to take it in stride and assume "no news is good news."

In the meantime, my weight is at a plateau, but a new low one for me. Did gain a pound due to eating out on Monday, was good Tuesday and it came back off already! WooHoo! Right now, life is good. It's always better to feel positive than negative!
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4_MY_LIFE 2/23/2012 9:39AM

    When I had my echo I had results right then but with my CT Scan it took 10 days to get the results since it had to be read. Except when the news was bad and I got it within an hour. So it is probably good news.

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ARTJAC 2/22/2012 11:58PM

    i am sure your results will be good if anything was wrong you would have had a call from the doctor so try not to worry emoticon

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MEEZERMOM2 2/22/2012 4:40PM

    For the life of me, I will never understand why iy takes them so long to look at a test & tell you the results...the 'wheel's" of medicine run slow too! it is always good to stay positive!

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CATLADY52 2/22/2012 3:54PM

    It seems as if Doctors and Contractors are from the same mold. They are either "In but with someone" or "I'll call you later to set up a time". In both cases you are waiting for what seems forever. Makes me want to scream! emoticon

Definitely go with "No news is good news" emoticon

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KAYWEB555 2/22/2012 1:41PM

    Doctor have from time to time be reminded that there is a person on the othe side of the test, who is waiting for answers ! Don't let him get away with out hearing how this has weighed on your mind, spirit and health.

They needed sometimes to have a wake up call. When they take so long, it is due to the fact that they are tired of their jobs and have forgotten about the human that they are treating. I'm an X nurse !

and yes, must be good news on the other end of the test results !

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STARLIGHT615 2/22/2012 11:56AM

    Yes most times no new is good news!!

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Same Weight for 4 Days!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Normally I would be very discouraged to see the scale stay at the same weight for 4 days in a row, but being this is the lowest weight I've been in a long while, I keep staring at the weight I see on the scale and think "I just can't believe this!"

It's actually starting to come off and I can see the difference in my clothing! Another 5 lbs. or so and I'll be tempted to go out and buy something NEW!

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OLDERDANDRT 2/23/2012 11:39AM

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SHARJOPAUL 2/22/2012 9:03AM

    Four days without losing weight is no big thing. Sometimes our ody needs to take time to adjust to what we have been doing. Losing 1-2 pounds a week is what most medical experts reccomend. Remember, you are going for lifestyle changes so that once you lose the weight you want to, you can keep it off.

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ARTJAC 2/22/2012 1:30AM

    emoticonit will soon come off

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NOLAZYBUTT110 2/21/2012 9:50PM

    Maybe you ought to dance that your weight is not gaining? lol But did you know if you were to just sit in a chair and fidget you can lose weight? I am happy my weight is staying the same, but do wish it would budge down a bit too! SOON... when it gets warmer... and I get out more, it will, and I am sure for you too. JUST Keep positive! Take times to treat yourself..... a piece of chocolate and some lecithin... in one (malt Balls, is my treat! Have a handful of malt balls...... and see how it can help you feel good and also lose weight! ) Hugs, Susana.

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CATLADY52 2/21/2012 4:05PM

    Staying the same is much, much better than gaining. Just don't celebrate the loss by eating a five course meal. emoticon

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PSMITH3841 2/21/2012 3:24PM

    That happens to me too! The weight hasn't dropped like I think it should, but working out has shifted things around to the point where my pants are getting pretty dog-gone loose! Can't complain about that! I think you're doing just fine...don't worry about the scale. emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 2/21/2012 5:03AM

    emoticonstaying the same is not bad better then a gain keep up the good work
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Checking Goals for February and into March

Saturday, February 18, 2012

emoticon My rule of thumb is to write it down. It's much harder to ignore once it's in black and white!

My only goal at the beginning of the year (that was written down) was to lose half a pound by each and every Sunday. So far that's worked out tremendously well for me, but now I'm thinking I need to expand my goals a bit -- get into some of my personal habits.

Continuing on in February:
emoticon at least 2 times each week, usually 30 min. or more per session
emoticon eat fish at least one time each week
emoticon stay away from mindless consuming of candy in the evening
emoticon weigh myself daily
emoticon limit my reading time to 1 hour increments - then do something

And for March - add to the February schedule:
emoticon Walk my dog 6 days per week
emoticon Gym workout 4 times per week

By the end of March, according to my goals, I will have slipped into the 130's (barely) but if I stay on track for the way I'm headed, it could be a bit sooner! emoticon

  
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PSMITH3841 2/21/2012 3:19PM

    You've got the food thing (well, we'll forget about the candy) down pretty well.....I think you'll be amazed with your progress when you increase your workouts! You're plan looks pretty good to me!!!!! You go girl! emoticon emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 2/20/2012 6:02PM

    emoticon Keep up the great work!!!

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VITCHY-VICKI 2/19/2012 8:09AM

    emoticonidea I should do this
Now keep up the good work
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ARTJAC 2/18/2012 9:08PM

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NOLAZYBUTT110 2/18/2012 8:53PM

    I have a few of those.... but I add CHOCOLATE! The brain and heart could use those two! Hugs. susana
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All below are great for the heart!

Oranges are great for anxiety too! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EVIE4NOW 2/18/2012 8:17PM

  Setting new goals is a great idea. Thank you

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JAMBABY0 2/18/2012 8:16PM

    Sounds good just keep moving in the right direction!

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LALMEIDA 2/18/2012 8:15PM

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You Need to Track It. . . .

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

If it's just one bite it doesn't count. . . . . emoticon Well, comments like that may take care of your conscience, but it doesn't mean two cents to your SCALE!

Monday first thing I had my echocardiogram. Now the hard part is waiting to hear what the doctor has to say once he has evaluated it. I hate waiting. I'm a NOW person! So, yes, I do fiind myself nibbling on various things to pass the time and ease the nerves.

I had a decent breakfast. But by 9:30 or 10:00 I'm restless, so I fix a Thomas English Muffin (light) -- only 100 calories. I'm allowed that for a snack, right? But I add a glass of milk to go with it -- OK, so now it's 200 calories. Before 11:30 I'm feeling a little nervous again. Maybe I should eat an orange. There is a big tree I can see from my kitchen window, and the oranges are weighing it down there are so many of them.

My day progresses along like that, but I think you get the drift of where I'm at. Each food choice in itself is not bad, in fact they are all quite good -- just too much of too many. It's too easy to say to yourself "it's just a bite, if you're not writing it down it's like it doesn't even count." Unfortunately, your body has this automatic tallying system and it never misses a gram or a calorie! Bad day = scale going up!

  
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KAYWEB555 2/18/2012 9:19AM

    So True ! Hope your wait isn't to long !

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NOLAZYBUTT110 2/17/2012 2:40PM

    Boy do I know how that goes,I been there! Its why I take a capsule of ginger, with a glasss of water; and go for a walk! All help to calm me down from having those yearningsof hunger! Then I even may go shopping, less to do if I cant go for a walk. But its amazing how a walk outside in the fresh air can make you feel less anxious! Take a walk when you feel anxious! Hugs, Susana

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VITCHY-VICKI 2/17/2012 10:33AM

    Hope the DR call soon with the news and like you said all the one bits do add up so no more nibbling - your in my prayers keep us updated what you find out
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PSMITH3841 2/16/2012 9:38AM

    Too much of a "good thing" can be just a bad and eating the "junk"! I get into that "think pattern" more times than I'd care to admit...Fortunately ( or unfortunately) I do track everything that goes into my mouth...frequently my calorie consumption goes well over my allowable count. That means more aggressive workouts just to break even and that can take the fun out of the workout! Geez! emoticon emoticon

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ARTJAC 2/15/2012 9:20PM

    some days you just want that little bit of a treat but it always leads to more enjoy it at the time but regret it later i do

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CATLADY52 2/15/2012 4:27PM

    I'm in a similar boat today. I will log everything, and it'll come out at the end of the day I haven't gone over my limit. I just feel a need to nibble. emoticon

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LIS193 2/15/2012 12:11PM

    It all adds up and writing it down is the only way to keep track of it. Hope you get good news!

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FLORIDAJOE1 2/15/2012 11:48AM

    Oh boy... this post is SO me. Fortunately, I have a day job and I pack a fixed lunch with snacks. So my eating is totally under control and tracked until 5:00PM. Then, when I get home, I'm starving and grab a cookie or chips or something. Then I eat supper. By this time I've used up all my calories for the day. But I just want one more piece of chocolate or fruit or a banana baby. I usually don't track anything after 5:00 because I can't get on the computer (wife or son monopolizing it). I'm stuck on a plateau with just 10 more pounds to lose also. Oh well, I like my weight now. Just would like to reach my goal.
Good luck on your journey.

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