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Irresistible Indulgence

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Nestled in between the Spark People emails was an email from Betty Crocker with the subject line of "Chocolate. Carmel. Fudge. Oh my."

Oh my, indeed. I think I gained a little just looking at the pictures. With adjectives like irresistible and indulgent, this is an example of why I'm overweight. I have, in fact, allowed indulgences to be irresistible. Or at least I've chosen not to resist them. For instance, I love the cherry cordial Hershey's kisses. But I treat the bag as if it snack sized. Instead of buying one bag and having it last all February, it might last a couple of days.

And with recipes like Turtle Tart and Decadent Cherry Mousse Brownies and Indulgent Brownie Tort I'm looking at a mailer full of temptations to fend off. The Turtle Tart, by the way supposedly makes 16 servings that each come in at 530 calories and 29 g of fat.

I'm hoping that I can in fact indulge in something simple like a batch of chocolate chip cookies or a plain tray of brownies. Something that will be sweet but far more reasonable than a quarter of a day's calories in one slim slice. (And do I have to add that I would probably have cut it into slices that were twice as big?)

As for the Betty Crocker mailer?

I unsubscribed.

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NEWMOMOVER40 2/15/2010 1:11PM

    Great choice to unsubscribe from that newsletter. If you can allow yourself a little bit of indulgence without going overboard (and track what you do indulge in) you'll likely find that these temptations are less and less tempting. Good luck! Just remember that a little bit of emoticon (just a couple of squares) can be just as satisfying, while leaving you with a lot more calories available for emoticon and emoticon.

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BLESSEDMAZARS 2/11/2010 2:18AM

    I know, I've had to unsubscribe to dear Betty as well. I just couldn't take it any longer! Good for you!

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SUCCESSHEL 2/10/2010 10:00AM

  emoticon heading off temptation emoticon. I read once it's easier not to put emoticon food in your cart-that way you only have to say no to it once.
But speaking of good food... the website has a great newsletter with alot of 'makeovers' of high calorie foods.It's all easy common ingredients too. Maybe you'll find a legal carmel fudge treat there.
Keep up the good fight! emoticon

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Not just about health, I want to LOOK good.

Monday, February 08, 2010

I was thinking about why I want to lose weight and become fit. It isn't just for health reasons. I have to be totally honest, there is more than a little bit of vanity in play too.

I was reading a team post about a lady whose weight tracking forshadows the path that I'd like to take. Over fifty pounds of lost weight and she is now a size 10. She was writing about shopping for a cocktail dress and for the first time in a long time, being happy with how she looked dressed up (and in spaghetti straps no less).

This is encouraging. It makes me feel like it isn't just a pipe dream to be shopping from the middle of the rack looking at what is cute and flattering, rather than just scanning for where there might be a couple XLs to pick from. You know there are entire stores that I've never set foot in, because they only go up to size 14. Lovely clothes and styles that have come and gone without me because I can't fit in them. Numerous military balls where I've had to try to pick out what clothes might still fit, rather than luxuriating in something opulent and special. Years where I've had to accent with a shawl because the matching sweater no longer fits.

I am done with this. I want to shop by color and design, not by searching out the dross remaining in my size. I want people to see me and think that I'm clever and kind AND fit. I want to look at a photo and have wonderful memories, not count my chins.

Drink that water. Eat the veggies. Lift the weight. Walk the walk.

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NEWMOMOVER40 2/15/2010 1:20PM

    You can do it. I am doing it! Before I started this journey I was wearing anywhere from a 16/18 to a 1X, and a size 20 bathing suit, and I thought I'd be in those sizes forever. My most recent pants purchases have been 12's and 10's, the 12's are a little big on me now, and I wear a size 12 bathing suit. Here's a video blog I made when I realized I'd conquered this goal:


Keep it up, keep the faith, and you will make it. There is nothing like the feeling of NOT having to shop at the "big girls" store. :)

Comment edited on: 2/15/2010 1:20:48 PM

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LISAYW 2/11/2010 12:35PM

    I agree completely!! Yes my initial reason was health reasons, but I want to turn some heads! Buying "regular" size clothes, instead "in the big girls section" would be amazing!! I want to wear something that makes me feel good, not just feel like maybe the outfit will help hide the pounds.

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 2/10/2010 10:14AM

    Wow! You hit the nail on the head. I can't wait for the day that I can shop in the "regular" stores and departmetns. I'd be happy just to have some jeans that fit and are flattering. Keep up with the hard work and it will pay off-you will get into those size 10's!

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SUCCESSHEL 2/10/2010 9:53AM

  I completely know where you're coming from with the stores you've never gone in[or go in with a friend and head for the accessories] and always being relegated to the XL's. I would like to stop ducking for cover whenever anyone pulls out a camera-or trying to get in the back row[not easy when you're 5'2"] emoticon

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Not Much of a Roll

Friday, February 05, 2010

Haven't been on an effective roll of working out much. I did get several workouts in over Christmas while inlaws were visiting. But I haven't been consistent in a routine of getting out of bed and moving right to the weight bench. I need to be more serious about this.
I'm not getting younger. I don't want to regret not working out now when I'm older the way that I regret not working out over the last ten years.

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  Unfortunately we are only time travelers in one direction. But I can reach out and change the future me.

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LAURANAV1 2/6/2010 8:29AM

    I totally understand. That's my same motivation and the same reason I'm disappointed when I don't make it happen. At least we keep trying and get back in there.

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Time Flies

Friday, October 16, 2009

I would have sworn that it had only been a couple of weeks since I'd worked out. I know that every morning I've said that tomorrow would be the day I rolled out of bed and got a good one in.
Well, I finally did pull out the weights and the bench this afternoon. When I opened my workout log, the last workout was almost two months ago. Crikey!

The good news is that I did do a whole work out. So rather than being another in the chain of workout failure days, it is the first in the chain of positive workout days.

Actually, since yesterday I was a hard charging player in ds #1's parents vs kids soccer practice, this is the second good workout day. That makes it officially part of a roll.


Why Lose Weight

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I can look at my mom and her sisters and even my grandmother and see a chain of women who got heavier and less active as they got older. I can also look at my mother in law and her mom and see women who stayed active and fit despite getting older. My grandmother in law was playing tennis in her 70s.
My mother-in-law goes everywhere and walks all over. She is the type who snorkles, climbs Diamond Head, walks all over Rome or Paris. My mom is the type who goes walking and is always on the look out for the next bench. I know which one of these lives I want as I get older.
This isn't something that I'm going to be able to choose in twenty years. I have to choose now what sort of life I will have when I'm in my sixties with grown children and grandchildren to keep up with.
Every time I walk instead of driving or get up early to do weights, I am choosing a little more mobility and freedom for later. When you put it in terms of exploring every side street of Pompeii or spending hours walking through Florence then the extra work now seems much more worth it.
As for cost, I have taken to measuring the cost of workout clothes relative to medical equipment, weight benches or boxing gloves to a months worth of blood pressure or diabetes medicine. It certainly makes these choices seem a lot more affordable in the here and now.

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SUCCESSHEL 2/6/2010 10:06PM

  The idea of fitness equipment vs medical treatment later is a great way to look at this.Probably also a good case for buying organic.

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LAURANAV1 5/28/2009 10:34AM

    Great post and wonderful attitude. When we lived in Brooklyn I would watch the old, hunched-over ladies shuffling down the street and remind myself that I don't have to end up like that.

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RENA1965 5/27/2009 10:31PM

    Totally loved your blog! Do this journey because all humans no matter what size and shape decide themself how their life is will end in the twight of their lifes. I am a resthome helper and many people could have had a totally different ending. I love helping the people whom are fresh in their heads up to their last moments in their 90's still go to swimming, are able to go to dance and we one day just find they just slept in..
They have lived life to the full and suddenly snatched. A great way to go instead of lingering on and on and being miserable.. hugs Rena

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