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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Hi everyone, I just wanted to say that I am sticking like glue to my plan and it's already working! The more fit I get, the more excited I am going to get about being a bride!!:)

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SEEHOLZ 11/12/2009 5:34PM


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TERRIANGEL 11/12/2009 10:50AM

    emoticon Keep on rockin' it, Susan!!!

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GERMANPICKLE 11/12/2009 8:25AM

  so excited for ya! It is going to be great!

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SKYFYRE 11/12/2009 2:23AM


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AFLBANDWAGON 11/11/2009 10:36PM

    Good Times

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ZIRCADIA 11/11/2009 7:36PM

    YAY! :)

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MBSHAZZER 11/11/2009 7:22PM


you're on your way!

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KENSINGTONC 11/11/2009 6:44PM

    Glue is good! Can't wait to see pics!!!

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Castle Island

Sunday, November 08, 2009

This morning Jess and I went to Castle Island in South Boston. I had never been there before although I had heard about it when I was researching new places to run. It was sunny and unseasonably warm today - 70 degrees! We walked around the castle, then I ran around it twice, then I did the Pleasure Bay loop, then we walked around the castle one more time for a cooldown. (Jess sat on a bench and watched the cute doggies while I ran). My run was 30 minutes/3.42 miles, and including the walking it was 5 miles/untimed. Gorgeous, and I felt energized and healthy afterwards (even though I'm really not that healthy - we've both had a cough and congestion for weeks, ugh). It reminded me of Alcatraz there!

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LIL_EZZY 11/11/2009 5:19AM

    Sounds like you had a lovely day. I love days like that when you get to exercise and enjoy your surroundings. I often love to do that on my days off. Get out for a run then stop for coffee.

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LILTROUBLE 11/10/2009 8:46PM

    OMG so I just realized that you got engaged while I was off being pregnant! Congrats hun.

The run sounds great!

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RA4945 11/10/2009 10:24AM

    What an awesome running pace, Susan! Wow, you just jumped right back to your speedy self. I'm still working to get my speed back. I was never very fast but now I'm super slow. Keep up the good work girl. Despite all the big events standing between you and your wedding day, I have no doubt you can do this. I recall reading how great you did last year during some of the holidays. You can do it again!

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TERRIANGEL 11/9/2009 7:58PM

    I've been to Castle Island a couple times. It's nice. My friends go there a lot in the summer. Yesterday was SURELY a great day for it!! It was gorgeous in Maine. Too bad today was equally as lovely and we were inside WORKING. Darn work gets in the way of socializing and being outdoorsy. emoticon

Nice run!!! emoticon I'll BET that felt good!

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KENSINGTONC 11/9/2009 1:14PM

    Sounds great! My husband and I were in NYC this weekend - ran in Central Park - weather was AMAZING! Love this!!!

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KENNYWHEELS 11/8/2009 11:43PM

    Glad to here that you enjoyed your time there today.

i live a few mile from there and i was walking to there and back to my home every day just about this summer. worked up quite the tan there too. i walked there the other day and was bummed that they had turned off all of the water, due to the weather change

I have a few maps on the map section of spark people for that area. just to let you know around pleasure bay (or the sugar bowl as it is known) is 1.87 miles

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FURBALLDTH 11/8/2009 6:33PM

    It's pretty neat there. We went as kids and my dad would gives one of his famous history lessons. It's been used from the mid 1600's thru to WW2. Sounds like you had a pretty good day.

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    Way to go! I love your attitude!

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AFLBANDWAGON 11/8/2009 5:36PM

    Sounds nice

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ZIRCADIA 11/8/2009 5:13PM

    WOOHOO! :D

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MBSHAZZER 11/8/2009 2:50PM

    glad you had a good run!

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Sunday, November 08, 2009

One day down, and my weight dropped over two pounds overnight! I was disciplined all day yesterday, controlling my portions and working hard at the gym. I had to guess about calories for lunch and dinner, but my best guess brought me to about 1,800. I haven't decided yet what my calorie range will be for the next 14 weeks - the lowest I can handle whil still having energy, I guess. I made two recipes yesterday - a spinach, broccoli and cheese casserole, and a tuna noodle casserole. I used Zircadia's advice to try's recipe calculator, and I did find that easier to use than my tedious old method of counting calories. The only things I didn't like were that the recipe calculator wants you to write in a bunch of stuff like ingredients lists and directions and I'm not making these recipes public so there's no point in doing that so I just wrote "see ingredient list" or something. Oh, and also I couldn't figure out how to edit the recipe once I'd posted it?? I realized I'd made a little mistake and wanted to change it, but I couldn't. Maybe I just wasn't looking in the right place??

Oh, and I also spent some time trying to catch up on my spark friends' through some, not all. I am subscribed to LOTS of blogs! I will get through all of them eventually - I miss finding out what you guys are up to!

Anyway, for motivation I just keep imagining my wedding day, with my strapless dress and my hair and makeup done and all eyes on me and photographs that will be kept forever, and oh yeah, the man I'm about to make vows with standing there looking so proud of me, and all I can think is that I MUST DO THIS. It doesn't matter that over the next fourteen weeks I will be enduring Thanksgiving, Hanukah, my birthday, Christmas, and a trip to Europe...all that matters is keeping my eye on my goal, and that goal is February 14, 2010, the most special day of my life.

I do realize that I sound like a drama queen, but I am writing these things to psych myself up, and it's working! I am getting really excited about this!

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SEEHOLZ 11/9/2009 1:15PM

    I just caught up on your blogs- I don't get a subscription e-mail and you're not on any of the teams I check up on, but I love reading your blogs, so it's been great to see 3 in a short period of time!!!
Your island trip sound really fun!

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FITGIRL15 11/9/2009 7:39AM

    Visualization of your big day is a great way to motivate yourself through thiese next 14 weeks... it's almost like you are training for a competition, except you don't have to do as much exercise that I did, nor cut out carbs! You will get to where you need to, You have done it before, Susan!

I love Spark Recipes! So glad you've figured it out! It makes tracking homemade clean meals so much easier!!!

PS... thanks for your comment on my blog! I recently had a photoshoot and was overwhelmed with the pictures that came out of it! LOVE 'EM!

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ZIRCADIA 11/8/2009 5:07PM

    I ALWAYS skip that crap in the calculator. HAHAHA :D I see someone else already told you how to find the edit button.

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VIVA_VICTORIES 11/8/2009 2:06PM

    Talk about positive reinforcement with that 2lb weight loss!!!

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ELFITZPA 11/8/2009 1:05PM

    You don't sound like a drama queen to me, you sound like a gushing soon-to-be bride!! Great job getting started!!

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SILLIANGEL 11/8/2009 12:38PM

    When using the calculator you don't have to worry about filling out EVERYTHING if you don't publish it because then it is just for you to see =)

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MBSHAZZER 11/8/2009 12:04PM

    Hey, it's your blog! You can write whatever you want. I think your plan sounds great and you will definitely feel your best on your big day!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 11/8/2009 11:12AM

    When I was loosing weight for my sister's wedding I tried my dress on every week. It was a big motivator. Good going! Just eating clean and healthy will remove pounds of water and bloat.


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DRAGONFLY180 11/8/2009 10:20AM

    to edit a recipe, go to "my cookbook" and out beside each recipe, there will be several buttons, one of which is an "edit" button. i love! it saved me a ton of time when i was counting calories.

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BRUIN2 11/8/2009 10:12AM

    Oh my goodness Susan, I didn't realize you weren't using sparkrecipes. You'll get the hang of it - you don't have to make the recipe public, and you don't have to type directions. And from what I remember, you can click a button at the end to add the recipe to your spark nutrition, so you can find it right in your nutrition tracker...

I hope you find a range that is sustainable for you long term - because while the wedding day matters, it's the marriage that matters the MOST and the better you feel, the better wife you will be (I speak from experience, I gained 15lbs the first year of marriage). Enlist Jess into those workouts again - great habit for the two of you to have for your lifetime!

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PAMELA984 11/8/2009 10:03AM

    You will an absolutely beautiful bride - no matter what your weight is on that day!

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Saturday, November 07, 2009

My wedding is in 14 weeks!!! I must be the best I can be on my wedding day. This is going to take real time and effort - now is not the time to whine about how difficult it is. The harsh reality is that I have to override my natural tendencies to be rather lazy and to overeat. Moderation always ends up with me gaining weight! I have to force myself to eat less than I burn, and to burn more than I eat! To do this, I'm going to have to track my food even though it's tedious, and I'm going to have to step up my workouts. Maybe I'll start going to classes at the gym again.

Consider this my own personal bridal boot camp - bring it on!!

PS - To motivate myself even further, here is what I am trying to get back to (photos taken August 2009 - oh what a difference three months can make!):

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ROGUE_1 11/13/2009 12:36PM

    Bridal boot camp - great idea. You're going to be a slim trim fit beautiful bride! Best wishes to you and Jess :)

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MARATHONER340 11/8/2009 9:24AM

    You can do it, girl! You are going to look and feel your best on your big day!

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KIMTASTIC! 11/8/2009 7:11AM

    You can do so much in 14 weeks. You definitely got this!!

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    You've got this-- you can SO do it! I have faith in you, and better yet, you have faith in yourself! Rock it girl!

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ELFITZPA 11/7/2009 7:40PM

    Good luck - you know you've got this!! As for tracking, yes it IS tedious but it does the trick. I ALWAYS seem to gain when I take a break from it. And YAY that your wedding is getting SO CLOSE!!! I'm so excited for you!!

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DRAGONFLY180 11/7/2009 7:30PM

    great pics! you can get back to that again and look even better in 14 weeks! you got this, girl!

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JENONTHEROX 11/7/2009 6:14PM

    I just knowwww you can do it.
You look wonderful in those pictures, I know you can get back there with all your hard work & determination.

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    You can do it! Have you considered batch cooking so you always have the right foods on ready? As soon as I feel better that is my plan.


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VIVA_VICTORIES 11/7/2009 4:13PM

    Check out KELLYRS10's page and blog. She just recently started eating clean and WOW, one week made a huge difference! HUGE!!! If I had known that, I would have just done the clean diet 2 weeks before my wedding and would have probably looked better than I did trying to lose the 5lbs that took like 3 months. Of course you'll gain it all back immediately, but it's your wedding day! You want to look specifically good for that! You can sort through all the other weight loss afterwards!

And thanks for your comments on my blog. We all get so busy sometimes so don't worry about the lack of activity lately. As long as you come back! We're going back to the Hill Country in 2 weeks, I can wait for a little more relaxation.

Talk soon, Kate

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RHYNIC 11/7/2009 3:20PM

    14 weeks to your wedding and 16 weeks to my marathon. Different motivations, same goal, to be the best we can be. You go girl. Do keep in mind that there will be stressful days. Be gentle with yourself, relax and go with the flow. Every day doesn't need to be perfect, just gradually going forward is what we need. Have fun, good luck

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FURBALLDTH 11/7/2009 2:17PM

    You have the same amount of time to take it off and you sound very motivated. My daughter tries her dress on every couple of days to make sure it fits. Her dates the 29th. You are going to be a beautiful bride. Congratulations. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 11/7/2009 12:27PM

    Good luck. I think you probably have the ultimate motivator!

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PAMELA984 11/7/2009 12:08PM

    Your determination will help you reach your goals

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MCR0285 11/7/2009 11:52AM

    You'll do GREAT! Good luck! emoticon

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Finding Your New Normal

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

I found the following:

Finding Your New Normal
Submitted by Ainsley on Mon, 11/02/2009 - 12:29

"The other day I was watching a movie when I heard a phrase that really hit home.

A woman in the film was speaking about something completely unrelated to healthy active living (sadly, the death of her child), and she said “I just had to find a new normal”.

I heard the phrase, and instantly thought to myself that finding a new normal is exactly what lifestyle change is all about. The ultimate behavior change goal is to create a new normal.

A new way that your life works…new routines that eventually become habit and second nature.

No wonder diets don't work. There is nothing normal about them.

I challenge you to leave unhealthy habits behind and work to find your new normal."

The line that resonates with me most is this: "No wonder diets don't work. There is nothing normal about them."

Diets always work for me, while I'm working for them. Anyone who's known me a while on SparkPeople knows the drill. When I'm losing weight, I'm putting in a lot of work to make that happen. Some of this work is essential - the healthy eating, the exercising, the water drinking, the getting full nights' sleep. A lot of the other things I do are mainly for tracking purposes, and they are extremely time-consuming. For example, on a typical weekend when I'm on track, I will do the following:
*select recipes for the upcoming week
*create a grocery shopping list
*go grocery shopping
*make a week's worth of servings of two recipes (one for lunch and one for dinner)
*while I'm cooking, I measure every ingredient I add, and I jot everything down
*after I'm done cooking, I separate the meals into single-serving containers and freeze them
*after that, I go on SparkPeople and create new food groupings with the precise amounts of each ingredient I jotted down. if I've made 7 servings, I then open a calculator to find that 1/7 is 0.1429, and each time I enter the food grouping into a meal in my tracker, I enter it as 0.1429 servings.
*I create a full day's menu in my tracker, playing around with snacks to get my desired calorie totals and macronutrient percentages.
*I repeat the general pattern for the rest of the week, making adjustments as I eat slightly different items.
*(this one is so anal-retentive it's embarrassing) I weigh a piece of fruit to the nearest gram prior to eating, then weigh the leftover seeds/peel/core etc. after I'm done, then subtract to get the exact number of grams of fruit eaten

A lot of these behaviors are NOT NORMAL! No wonder I could never keep up with my program for more than few months at a time. It was exhausting, stressful, and embarrasing, and I couldn't really adapt it to real life.

Sure, when my calorie estimates were this precise, my weight loss was quite consistent. But it wasn't a real lifestyle change because it was too much work. I think I could streamline this process, keeping the healthy parts and eliminating the over-specificity.

I could still make a couple batch-cooked recipes per week for lunches and dinners, and still have my fruit smoothies for breakfast. I could even pull out my food scale to make sure I only eat one serving of nuts as a snack. But I need to step away from the anal-retentive details and focus more on the bigger picture. Rather than worrying about whether an apple has 80 calories or 120, I need to worry about the fact that I have let my weight yo-yo over a 30-pound range over and over again these past few years. Rather than sometimes going overboard with strictness and then going overboard with carelessness, I need to find a happy medium. I need to eat normally. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, two snacks, maybe even a small dessert once in a while. Exercise most days of the week. Drink water, get plenty of sleep, laugh, and love. That's what I need.

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    Awesome post-- really hit home and helped to bring things into perspective for me.

Love it :)

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FRIZGIRL 11/5/2009 3:23PM

    Wow, what an awesome blog! I'll definitely try work this into my mindset over the next couple weeks. You can do it!

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LIL_EZZY 11/4/2009 4:22PM

    Wow girl that is alot of effort. What a fantastic blog. You are right it isn't normal to do the things we do but Im with you on finding a new kind of normal. I try to be prepared and that is the key with me. It is so hard to keep up with it when it is so time consuming which then leads to all thoughts had are about weighing measuring calculating. I cannot wait to find the perfect balance but it is all learning. Love this blog Susan I love it.

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SEEHOLZ 11/4/2009 4:07PM

    OMG Susan- I knew you tracked everything, but with that much preciseness.. I can't say that I even went that far when I in my "abnormal" state of mind.. that definitely sounds exhausting and very pressured-- nothing to be embarrassed about! If anything, that skill might come handy with something completely unrelated at some other point in your life.
I love this blog-- it so hits the nail on the head for me--- exactly what I not only need to hear and think about, but so well written...
I think finding that healthy medium will make give you some well-deserved piece of mind, no matter at which weight.

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MARATHONER340 11/4/2009 12:24PM

    Completely agreed! Just wish I could DO THAT. I feel like my hunger is so out of whack that WITHOUT tracking every detail to ensure I'm in the right range, I have no idea how much to eat! Best of luck finding your new normal!! =)

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SWEATONCEADAY 11/4/2009 11:24AM

    great blog. thanks.

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MBSHAZZER 11/4/2009 9:52AM

    Nothing will work if you can't live with it long term! I didn't realize that your program was so detailed! It's exhausting! I think you'll do better to take what works and what you can live with and chuck the rest. It may take longer for the weigth to come off, and you may not take off as much, but it's healthier for your mind and body in the long run. Thanks for a great thought-provoking post!

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DRAGONFLY180 11/3/2009 10:06PM

    great blog! i, too, have been feeling this way for some time. i refuse to track every single bite i eat anymore. i know approximate calories for lots of items, so i try to do my best to not overdo it on calories. i eat when i'm hungry and don't when i'm not. it's true that i'm not losing 2 lbs a week anymore, but i feel so much better. i actually have enough energy to get in good workouts, and i'm not grumpy from being hungry or from obsessing about my food. i found that the less i thought about it, the less i ate of it. i think calorie counting has it's place and definitely taught me a lot about nutrition and portion sizes, but like you, i need to make this a lifestyle change that i can actually live with.

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ELFITZPA 11/3/2009 6:09PM

    Such an excellent post!! My parents and aunt are all on Atkins and you hit the nail on the head - they're so into "diet mode" rather than a different/new normal that they go off track almost every weekend and are seeing little to no progress, even in the short-term (nevermind the LT - this is not their first bout with Atkins over the years!). I wish more people could see it the way you do. I hope putting it out there helps you relax a bit and focus on the big picture!

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DAKDREW 11/3/2009 5:18PM

    thank you for sharing this - I love the idea of "finding a new normal" It truly is what I am trying to do...I just didn't know it until you said it.

This doesn't have to be such a stessful process, let some things go and enjoy what successes you find along the way - change will happen when you are not trying so hard :)

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VIVA_VICTORIES 11/3/2009 4:48PM

    This process teaches us so much. I too yo-yo all the time and am just trying for consistency now, not perfection. It's hard no matter what, but it's worth it!


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SHRINKINGALAN 11/3/2009 3:49PM

    I think this is one of those key turning points for people who are trying to drop the pounds. There's a bunch of things I can point to that are different from my other attempts, and this concept of "new normal" is one of them. I look at pictures of me from earlier, or remember how I used to eat, or how little I exercised, and it's hard for me to put myself there. It almost feels like an out of body experience, but with every day that passes where I celebrate my new life, I take a little pleasure in looking at those old pictures and not remembering that person.

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ZIRCADIA 11/3/2009 3:47PM

    I definitely agree -- no more weighing the refuse of your fruit and tracking by grams. Also -- have you tried the recipe calculator on SOOOOO much easier than what you're doing. Well -- it eliminates a step anyway. You enter the ingredients and the how many servings, and then you can just track from there to your nutrition tracker. No dividing and finding the decimal fraction and tracking a fraction of a food group. That might help streamline a bit. Plus you save the recipes in your "recipe box" so you can go back and look at them if you want to recreate it. But yeah -- I found a new normal. That is a PERFECT description of what happened for me.

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RA4945 11/3/2009 3:47PM

    You are exactly right - there is nothing normal about dieting! I think that you have learned enough from both manners of eating that you can find the middle ground that you can live with. I always thought your batch cooking was an excellent idea and I'm envious that I haven't done it myself. I am probably too careless about my estimating as I do not weigh food at all. But I feel like there is a range that I know to stay in, and as long as I'm exercising too, I don't need to get too obsessed about it. So for me, the battle lies in staying within that range. You will get this figured out Susan and I hope you keep blogging to let us know how things are going. I learn a lot from you!

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JENONTHEROX 11/3/2009 3:18PM

    What a fantastic, honest blog.

Going by the last 4 sentences, I'm SURE you will find your balance... that's what all of this REALLY truly comes down to.
I only recently starting tracking my nutrition in the end of September after almost of year here, as a somewhat desperate attempt to get out of my ongoing weight plateau.
I track as best I can, put my homemade batch recipes in to get calorie counts & like someone said, sometimes I put things in, shrug my shoulders & guesstimate. At the end of the day all I can hope for is that I'm in a healthy range anyway.

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JOPAPGH 11/3/2009 3:09PM

    I'm somewhere in the middle. Fruit and veggies where possible are small medium and large. I fill a small pitcher with a cup of milk, log that, then use for coffee and tea.

I don't plan meals out for the week and I vary my meal choices so it doesn't boring. Breakfast may be cereal or oatmeal with fruit, sautéed veggies with meat, huevos rancheros or pancakes and fruit.

I still eat out, log what makes sense and shrug my shoulders at other times and may end up not logging my meal. But I am still trying to make conscious decisions and eat healthy as much as I can.

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SILLIANGEL 11/3/2009 2:47PM

    It's really refreshing to read your thoughts in this blog. SO many people are afraid to make health their life in a way that doesn't stress them out. It simply needs to become who you are and not what you do every day to lose weight. You hit the nail on the head when you described it as exhausting, stressful, and embarrassing. It needs to just be relaxed, NORMAL behavior. It appeals so much more anyway, right?

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    Weighing scraps and leftovers isn't normal?! (Sheepishly putting my scale away.) LOL I love the idea of finding a new normal, thank you. I have to say, though, that I wouldn't have learned good portion control if I hadn't measured obsessively for a while. Now I can look at a food and know almost exactly how big the portion is and/or how much it weighs.


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