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Day 1: Every day is Day One

Friday, November 07, 2014

I'm blown away by all the wonderful comments and suggestions on my last post, "Day 1: New rules, new systems." I read each and every comment everyone posts, and they all lift my spirits and give me new ways to cope. I'm deeply grateful to all of you, and to everyone in the wider Spark community.

Today is, again, "Day 1." I wanted to explain that, in case some of you thought I was new to Spark. I am not. I've been hanging around here for a few years now. But each of my blog posts is titled "day one" because I view each day as a new opportunity to accomplish something -- to make any tiny step toward a goal. Each day represents a clean slate.

Case in point: yesterday. It was a stressful day. I was buried under deadlines, and my mom kept wanting my attention. By day's end I was frazzled.

I had a couple martinis. And some cookies. And a second hamburger at dinner. And a few of the snack size candy bars my mom keeps hidden in her room (at my request, which is very gracious of her!). Basically, I seriously blew my calorie budget yesterday.

No point beating myself up over that, though. When I woke up this morning, I told myself, "Today is Day One. Start afresh."

And I did.

Today, I ate healthy all day and stayed within my calorie range. I also got on the rowing machine and before I knew it had rowed for 20 minutes. It felt great! This evening, I'm feeling good about the whole day.

I had a choice this morning. I could have spent a lot of time wallowing in self-loathing and self-recrimination, telling myself how stupid I was yesterday. I could have let the negative tape play in my head about what I loser I was for failing to control yesterday's calorie intake. I could have beat myself up plenty.

Instead, I accepted my humanity and forgave myself. Today was Day One. And I made the most of it.

There's nothing special about me. If I can do it, you can too. Let every day be Day One.

  
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THEBLONDEGENIUS 11/9/2014 8:30PM

    Atta girl! You are so right: little choices, little victories. This was good stuff!
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GHK1962 11/8/2014 1:24PM

    Heh ... it is a good thing you explained it again. I remember the first time I noticed it ...it took me awhile ... but then realized something was going on there ...and searched for your original Day 1 explanation post.

I'm glad you're getting back into Spark. yeahhh!

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LOVINGKATE 11/8/2014 10:21AM

  emoticon God gives us one day at a time and so shall we. Awesome post!!
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HEALTHIER-VICKI 11/8/2014 9:49AM

    You're doing great. Noone can be perfect every single day. Thankfully most of us have a chance to start over the next day emoticon . Keep pushing. You'll reach your goals. You're worth the effort.

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LESS_IS_MO 11/8/2014 7:01AM

    Well done! And I love the idea of every blog being titled day 1.

I have just read an article about a new book called 'The Marshmallow Test' by the guy who originally did the study. My local public library has a LOOOONG waiting list for it, so I am contemplating buying it for my eReader. Maybe we can learn self-control.
Yesterday, I also had a passable day. Well let's say that waking up hungry this morning for the first time in a long while is a good sign..

Good luck on day 1.
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TORTISE110 11/8/2014 5:27AM

    I so get this. I need a day one today too! Thank you. And welcome back. You know I'm a fan (-:



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SEATTLE58 11/7/2014 9:13PM

    I truly feel that each blog you write is uplifting to me! Like this one, says each day is a new Day #1, and that is such good advice. Also, you admit to your day yesterday not being so good and that today was really good and how you ended up rowing for 20 min. It goes to show me that with you knowing how to do it, so can I. I got into some candy today, but other than that I did really good and with all the walking I did with shopping today, I did really great. So with each day, we will be giving it our best because each day is #1 and we know how to do it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Day 1: New rules, new systems

Monday, November 03, 2014

I've really struggled with my food intake since my mom moved in with me about a year ago. Our dietary habits are nothing alike, and Mom would like me to eat exactly the same things she eats. It's not going to happen. (She is one of the worst eaters I've ever known -- all sugar and cheese and chips and red meat and potatoes -- and yet she's healthy as a horse at age 80. Go figure.)

It has been hard to say "no" when she wants to order dessert in a restaurant or go out for donuts and coffee on a weekday afternoon. I mean, I will gladly take her out for donuts, but then she becomes very disappointed if I do not indulge along with her. In fact, if I say I'm "not up for dessert" in a restaurant, she will refuse to order one for herself. It's very frustrating.

But it's not just Mom. It's me. I haven't had a lot of self-control around food for the past several months. For instance, I used to automatically box half of everything I ordered in a restaurant. It's been a long time since I did that. And I always asked for a salad instead of fries. But fries often sound too tasty and comforting to pass up these days. Stress eating much?

I think I finally came up with a new rule/system that will help me with all of these intake problems: If I can't easily track it, I'm not eating it.

Mom is aware I track all my food on SP. Part of the reason I often go overboard with calories is because it's difficult to track a particular recipe. For example, I recently made a delicious "party bread" consisting of a round Italian loaf scored crisscross fashion and drizzled with a blend of olive oil, butter and herbs. It's incredibly difficult to account for that in SP without inputting the entire recipe and then calculating serving sizes. I've been too lazy and frazzled to do that. So I guesstimate. Or I just give up. And, boom! I've put a pound on.

My new rule addresses this. In the future, I won't allow myself the bread because it's hard to track. Ditto for food from any restaurant that doesn't provide nutrition information. This rule also makes it easier for me to say "no" to Mom because...she doesn't know what nutrition information is or isn't available. It's easy for me to tell a little white lie and say, "I can't eat a donut today because I can't track it." I think she will be more accepting of this statement than, "I don't care for a donut today because I'm watching my calories." She says, "You worry too much about how you look," despite my having explained this has nothing to do with my looks and everything to do with my HEALTH.

Well, it's not Mom's fault. I'm in charge of what goes in my mouth, not her.

On the exercise front, I'm easing back in. I did 100 calories'-worth of rowing today. I was going to do just 10 minutes because I felt it was all I could muster, but I hated the puny look of that 83-calorie burn. So I told myself to row until I burned 100 calories -- which took me an extra minute and 40 seconds. Whoopie! ha ha

My rower is set up in a perfectly easy spot to access now, so I am confident I can muster the willpower to get on it three times a week, ideally for 30 minutes a day. That's my goal. But even if all I can manage is 10 minutes, by gosh I'm going to do it! Baby steps helped me lose the first 30 pounds. Baby steps will help me get these last 15 off.

  
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ELLIEJOSIE 11/27/2014 4:07PM

    Thanks for posting this, I am going to try your suggestion and see if it helps me; my stress is high right now with multiple family health problems, so I need that "hook" to help me remember how to control my eating.

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CICELY360 11/16/2014 4:37PM

  good blog

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WRITERWANNAB 11/16/2014 2:45PM

    My son & I live together but his idea of dieting has nothing to do with health whereas mine is very much about health, so I hear you! emoticon

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NORTHBOUNDTOO 11/15/2014 4:54PM

  It's difficult managing my food intake when my hubby doesn't manage his AND when my self control isn't in gear. It's a compound problem, isn't it? The situation requires me to practice new behavior in both areas in order to achieve success toward my goals.

When I find myself facing the temptation of eating "comfort" food (which usually means salty, sugary, fatty and caffeine-laced), If I can wait just a moment and inventory my emotional and physical status, I usually find that I'm needy in some way ... hungry, angry, lonely, tired or stressed ... and that I need to solve one or more of THOSE problems in a healthy way.

As I read your post, I saw my own problematic behavior in it. And you showed me a path through it. Thanks!

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CAROLJ35 11/13/2014 11:24AM

    You're headed in the right direction!!!

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SHARONCAPPS 11/11/2014 7:48AM

  You can do it.

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ROSEOFSHARON87 11/10/2014 11:57AM

    I totally can relate. Six months ago my husband and I separated and I had to move in with my daughter and her husband. She either orders take out or if she wants to do something special for me, you guess it, she buys me food. Changing it.

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SHARONCAPPS 11/9/2014 7:12PM

  Great job and just keep it up. She will learn to accept.

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MRSRIGS1 11/9/2014 4:42PM

    Way to take control back! emoticon

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SIMONEKP 11/8/2014 8:21PM

    Sounds like good plans

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HYATTI1 11/8/2014 9:14AM

    A new beginning is just what the Doctor order...good for you for recognizing this. Looking forward to seeing your accomplishments.

Joanna

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SUSIEMT 11/7/2014 3:43PM

    Good for you and you are going for sainthood!!! You must have lots of patience! Keep up the good work!

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KDGIRL 11/7/2014 7:47AM

    I totally enjoyed your blog, and read each and every comment which I enjoyed too. I lost my mom 17 years ago at the age of 73, so I agree with others who say just enjoy every minute with her.

Good for you on finding the compassionate and loving way to eat your own foods without hurting her feelings.

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KATARINE66 11/7/2014 3:18AM

  Hello,

Two thoughts have come to my mind when I have been reading your post :
- you explained that "your mother moved in with you about a year ago", and that you "haven't had a lot of self-control around food for the past several months". Having to live again with your mom when you have been used to live alone for all your life, can have an impact on how you feel and how you act. Not every day is easy, when someone think he is allowed tot tell you what to do and what to eat : you are no longer a child ! And having your living mum is not for me a sufficient excuse to not respect yourself ; a loving mum wouldn't want her daughter happy ?
All of this could provoque some bad emotions into your self, and emotional eating ??

- maybe you could inverse the donut thing. Instead of her telling you : "if you are not taking a donut, I don't take one". You can tell her : "if you are not taking a donut without asking me to take one, I don't go out with you". So, you give her back her responsability for her acts : if she wants a donut, she takes one, she don't need you to make her own decisions, no ??

Good luck, and go on loving your mom for all the other things she provides to you !!

Katarine,
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WILDHORSEANNIE 11/7/2014 12:32AM

    I run into the same thing with making homemade foods...then I just don't make "complicated" things because its too hard. Then it grows tiresome to always "eat the same things"...then i fall off the wagon and give up for a while. Not a good cycle to get into. Why not try something like this....when you have a favorite or desireable recipe, search SP recipes for something VERY similar that could be substituted, because don't they have caloric content? The alternate suggestion I would have is, sit down with a recipe, put the content (at least the calories) in the side of the recipe beside each ingredient. then add them up. Once you do that with your favorites it will be done forever. Remember you can track/register "groups" of things all together so you don't have to go through the tiresome re-adding each thing in tiny quantities. Easy to suggest, i know, but not that easy to administer..cuz like i said I go thru the same situations. Sigh. Keep on dear! emoticon

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PHEBESS 11/6/2014 10:03PM

    I hear you on the donut thing - my husband is constantly asking me if I'd like a donut, no matter how many times I tell him I don't like donuts. (My excuse to not eat them.) He's a donut pusher.

But I refuse to get sucked in and be an addict.

So keep refusing, and stick to your plan!!!!

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WHITEANGEL4 11/6/2014 9:53PM

    You need to look out for your health. Way to go

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1DAY-ATA-TIME 11/6/2014 7:56PM

    Thanks for the writing your blog. My situation is just the opposite. My wife has always watch what she eats but never been on a diet. on the other hand, I lack the self-control. I've struggle with maintain a healthy BMI for the last few years; however, we eat relatively the same things. I just eat more of it. but I say to myself" keep struggling don't stop eventually you'll get there or die trying :).

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AMBER461 11/6/2014 6:22PM

  You have to have self-control if not when you go out with your mom you may be tempted to eat a donut to please her, you are so lucky to still have your mom around treasure her. Thanks for sharing

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HAPPYMAMA20141 11/6/2014 5:51PM

    Stay strong. You can do i

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AFROAUSSIE 11/6/2014 3:10PM

  you are right when you say that it is not your mums fault... At her age it is and should be about enjoying life! The only thing that puts in weight (or helps you lose it) is what You put in Your mouth! You are definitely on the right track now!

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LJKSHS 11/6/2014 1:47PM

    I think having the odd donut with your dear Mom is great. You are so blessed to have her around. Like someone suggested maybe you can find a friend that will have a coffee & donut with your Mom.

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JIBBIE49 11/6/2014 12:30PM

    emoticon Great seeing your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 11/6/2014 12:29PM

    Good job on the rowing. I know what you mean about that little bit extra, I think that is part of the success of the ten minutes a day exercise thing. Ten minutes makes you feel so good you want to just do a little more while you are at it.
Gosh it is so hard to be living with a saboteur, my DH is one, too but mosly we are supportive of each other. And I am about to rope him in as my diet coach, which will have its own challenges.
Yes it is up to me what goes in my mouth, and I need to strengthen my resistance muscle, my giving in muscle is enormous. But having someone in the house that plays this ...if you don,t mind me saying it, essentially nasty game, sheesh!
Good luck on finding strategies that help you and your mother to find a way around this. Of course for her there are no serious consequences of eating just how she likes, at 80 she knows the score.
Stay strong and flexible.
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SUPERSYLPH 11/6/2014 10:46AM

    Woohoo! You can do it!

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SUSANHACHEY 11/6/2014 9:25AM

  I can identify with your comments about slowly losing good eating habits. That's the track I've been on for about a year. I used to drink water, eat regularly-scheduled meals and get regular exercise. And I was at a healthy weight for a long time.

So it's all about reverting to what makes me feel good, what gives me energy. It should be easy, but of course, it isn't. But it's worth it...

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DIANNEMT 11/6/2014 7:23AM

    Good for you!! Family can make it REALLY hard to stick with things. Maybe you can find someone else who would enjoy the coffee and donut with your mom so she has OTHER friends to eat with!

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GINIEMIE 11/6/2014 6:33AM

    My son, for whom I am caregiver is a bit like your mom. I try to check in on restaurants to figure out what I'm eating and I tell him why. It provides me with more green veggies, or it doesn't have sauce, or at that place I can get the sauce/dressing on the side. The other thing I've started doing is say "absolutely not" to desserts, I'll take you to the grocery store and you can get a single portion of whatever you want. It's cheaper-key word for Erik-and you have more choices. Sometimes I sit and have a fruit while he eats his dessert-I like fruits so that works.
As far as donuts go, I haven't had too many issues there, he goes to Dunkin donut to buy K-cup coffees.
Good luck and keep persevering.
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SANDSGIRL26 11/5/2014 10:52PM

    Try to find some options for you and your mom to go out together where you have a choice of a healthier option. For example, ice cream. Your mom can have what she wants and you can enjoy a frozen yogurt or small cone. You can spend time with her and have something that will work within your food plan.

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PUGLOVER1999 11/5/2014 9:36PM

    Your thinking is right! I know it is hard -- it's hard even with encouragement -- but you are on the right thinking and doing tracks!

You have to do this for yourself! When your mom starts seeing the results, maybe she will change her mind, too. Or maybe she won't, but you will still have improved your health AND your looks! (You are pretty, but healthier is alwlays prettier!)

BTW, I don't recommend being "sassy" to your mom, but can you think of a reply to her when she says you worry too much about your looks? My mother used to say, in a very ugly way, "You are afraid of getting fat!" She was obese and there was an underlying message there that I did not realize at the time. Are you prettier than your mom? Just wondering what's REALLY bothering her. (Aren't mothers proud of thier pretty daughters?) I feel myself waxing philosophical so I will quit here.

I will just say:

YOU GO, GIRL!

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WHYTEBROWN 11/5/2014 8:39PM

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FITGRL124 11/5/2014 6:58PM

    Perfect!! I definitely needed to come across your blog tonight!

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BTRFLYDOG 11/5/2014 3:24PM

    Wow! Reading your blog and everyone's comments reminds me how blessed I am that everyone around me has been very gracious about my not taking part in a desert or overeating. Good luck with your journey. It sounds like you have a good handle on it right now!
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MOMMY445 11/5/2014 2:59PM

    such a wonderful blog! thank you for sharing and have a terrific day!

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MARYJEANSL 11/5/2014 2:28PM

  I can relate. With me it's my son, whose life may actually depend on his eating well. But he just doesn't get it, and I get so frustrated trying to explain and change what I buy (which he often just refuses to eat), that I end up giving in...and then I eat the bad stuff too. I need to get control back for sure.

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Day 1: Back on the rowing machine

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A few weekends ago, my husband helped me pull the Concept2 rower out of the attic. We set it in the corner of the game room, where we watch TV. Last week, I got on it for the first time in about 18 months. Today, I got on it again. It felt good.

Buying that rowing machine was one of the best investments I've ever made, hands down. I have used it consistently, if sporadically, since the day it arrived. Twice it has traveled with us to a new home. The display has become inconsistent; sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. But otherwise the machine performs flawlessly, six years after I bought it.

I love the workout I get from rowing. The rhythm hypnotizes me. The relentless burn stretches from my arms to my back to my calf muscles.

Rowing also motivates me to stick to my eating plan. After putting in that work, I don't want to wreck it by cheating or overeating.

I only need to lose 15 pounds, but it's been a tough 15 to get off. I'm hopeful the trusty Concept2 will work its magic again and get me fit, toned and slender within the next couple of months.

  
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SEMISWEETCHICK 11/3/2014 7:37PM

    JoannKW, I was thinking of you when I sat down on the rower! I'm sad to hear you haven't been on yours in awhile.

GHK1962, yes it is a GREAT workout. Like I said, it is by far the best exercise investment I've ever made. Your suggestion about an app is a good one. I can get a replacement screen for the rower from Concept2, and maybe I will make that one of my goal rewards. :-)

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JOANNKW 10/30/2014 2:59PM

    I love rowing. Haven't done it in awhile, alas.

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GHK1962 10/29/2014 11:58PM

    yeahh ... ok, so another Day 1 ... I like seeing your Day 1's!

Rowing machine ... I used to do it at the gym as part of a HIIT routine...and MAN...it is a workout. So yeahhhh you for doing it. I'm glad it makes you feel good for the rest of the day.

Soooo, if the screen is not working .... I wonder if you can find a phone App. I know they have it for biking and running ... where you can pick a location anywhere in the world...and as you bike or run, the scene rolls by ... as if you are on that route. I wonder ...maybe there is one for rowing. That would be kinda cool.

Anyway, nice to see you posting.

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Day 1: Does 'gardening' really burn that many calories?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

My husband and I did a TON of landscaping today. We started at 10am, and the activities involved shoveling, raking, digging, planting, carrying (heavy weights of 40 pounds or more), and so on.

We continued almost unabated until 1pm, then we took a rest and resumed at 3pm for another hour and a half. Honestly, we were almost constantly moving during these periods. A couple of times we collapsed on the grass for short breaks of 10 minutes or so.

If I put the full number of minutes of "gardening" into the SP fitness tracker, it says I burned over 1400 calories today (!!). That seems like a lot. I mean, yes, it was very taxing. On the other hand, it doesn't feel like I could possibly have burned that many calories.

Either way, I'm under 1500 calories for my total intake today, and I feel OK if a little sleepy.

Thoughts on the calorie burn of "gardening"?

  
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SIMONEKP 11/8/2014 8:24PM

    Too high, although you were moving the whole time, I'm guess your heart rate wasn't elevated into the aerobic zone the while time.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 11/6/2014 12:35PM

    I love to garden but not much of it is heavy gardening. It is weeding and going up and down and bending and stretching. Sme is quite hard exertion, but not much. But often when I go int the garden I don,t come back in for hours. In fact I sometimes pack my lunch and a hot drink in a thermos so I can stay out there.
I don,t track it because it's not aerobic exercise and it doesn't feel muscle strengthening either. The other thing is that at busy times, like now, I garden instead of formal exercise,. Too tired to exercise after gardening. And I need to keep up the exercise, I might be fit for gardening but not much else!

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GHK1962 10/26/2014 8:48AM

    I think Spark's calorie burner can be off at times. Sometimes too high. Sometimes too low. However if you were gardening non-stop and moving, then yeah, I can see you crushing the calorie count. When I've done a bunch of tree trimming and hauling of debris it definitely felt like a workout.

Oh ... after the all day gardening fest ... did you pants feel looser? That's how I know that I have been working hard outside.

And in any event, now you've gotten all that work done and it should feel like you got a lot accomplished ... and that is always a yahhhhhh!

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Day 1: The Freezer is My Friend

Saturday, October 11, 2014

I've always had a freezer. A separate freezer, I mean. As a kid, we actually had two freezers: a large chest and an upright. That's because we butchered our own beef, so we needed a big chest freezer to hold that steer.

When I began making house on my own, getting a freezer was high on the agenda. I've never lived without a freezer - until the past year.

When we moved into our house in Houston, we bought a beautiful LG refrigerator with a 10 cu ft freezer on the bottom. I announced I was going to make a sincere effort to live with this freezer alone, as we are just a three-person household. I said I would give it a year.

Well, year's up! And there's a gorgeous, slate-colored Frigidaire upright now residing clumsily in my laundry room. It doesn't fit the space well, but there's nowhere else to put it.

Gosh, am I delighted to have a freezer again! Not only because I now can cook ahead, freeze leftovers and buy in bulk, but because I can store frozen meals to help me achieve my weight loss goals.

I've chosen Weight Watchers as my meal provider of choice, and I have stocked up on frozen lunches. I appreciate the portion control that comes from eating a frozen entree. It keeps me from getting sucked into Mom's eating pattern of white bread, thick cheese slices, baked potatoes - and all the other stuff that sabotages my diet. The Weight Watchers meals (and there are many others, such as Lean Cuisine of course, but I chose WW because my nearest store has a large selection of them) give me an "out," from the standpoint I can say to Mom, "Oh, I'm happy to make you a cheese sandwich. I'm going to have chicken enchiladas suiza because that's what I feel like today." She doesn't argue with me when I put it like that.

I'm also storing a ton of frozen vegetables. I love the Green Giant boxed ones -- antioxidant blend or whatever. If I still feel hungry after a 250-calorie WW lunch, I pop in a box of veggies for just 100 more calories or so. Light on calories but heavy on satiety. Mom also loves these, so it's a real win-win. I now make a lot of frozen vegetables to have with dinner, which keeps me from filling up on calorie-dense stuff, and Mom gets plenty of variety with her meals (which she likes).

I hope this strategy helps get me back on track, as I've put on 5 pounds since my last entry. Still struggling! But optimistic. :-)

  
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SEATTLE58 11/6/2014 1:20PM

    I saw your featured blog and I felt at home with that one and that made me look at you other ones, so here I am! I feel I can enter in to what you said about the struggle that you have regarding healthy eating, with your mother living with you now. We dairy farm and with my husband and grown son loving meat and potatoes and gravy and all the other simple high carb foods, it's tough. I find myself eating WW meals, Lean Cuisine, other freezer meals, so I can make something that they like and I'm still safe. We dairy farm, so you see our son is still living with us until he gets set up in his own house. I'll still have the same problem when he leaves because my DH loves to eat how he grew up and how I grew up too! It's a matter of transitioning little by little isn't it, and the some of this method will hopefully rub off on our loved ones! We won't give up! No we won't! emoticon

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FIFIFRIZZLE 11/6/2014 12:39PM

    My DH is having the WW boxes and I encourage him to add at least two servings of vegetables, preferably leafy greens. They are very convenient. You can, for instance, mix in baby spinach leaves or rocket to your heated meal and the extra veges are hardly noticeable...

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TORTISE110 10/16/2014 5:15AM

    Hi Semisweet, I like how you are using your freezer. Like you, I eat frozen meals at lunchtime. I find them flavorful and often more appealing than a salad then. Had not thought of your veggie snack idea and I like it.

Thanks for the great ideas and glad you have your own freezer. My mom had one in our laundry room too! Made me think of my childhood home.



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GHK1962 10/13/2014 9:34AM

    Heya - Day 1 person :-)

Nice to see you blog again.

Anyway, it's interesting about the freezer thing ... how you feel more at home having an extra one. Makes me wonder what I have in the house that makes me feel 'normal' when in fact others may not have it. (I think I am babbling ... let me get back to your blog...)

The freezer seems to be working out for you though - storing healthy portioned sized meals!

And while you may have took a step back ... you can always take steps forward! That's what succeeding is all about. We struggle some, but keep trying yes?

Hope your weekend went well.

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GETHNOW 10/11/2014 11:51AM

  you can do it - God Bless

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