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Not a great day

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I had a few hours that were off-track today. It started with yet another baked good in that freaking teacher's room! This kind of thing needs to start being banned. I only had half a piece, but then I went into the tin of chocolates in the office, and by the time I came home I already knew I was going to eat off track, and I did, for an hour or so, but it's done, I've been reading blogs and trying to soak up all the motivation from them that I can, and now probably the best thing would be to plan for an early night since I'm tired and start fresh tomorrow.

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LFLFLPLP 5/4/2010 8:38AM

    Baked goods are definitely a weakness of mine. That often happens that if I have one taste of something it sets me off into an eating frenzy. It's good that you caught it and got back on track.

Hope things are improving for you!

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BRAVAH 4/30/2010 9:47AM

    Bummer about the baked goodies and the tin of chocolates being so readily available. But tomorrow is a new day, and I am sure you can make the best of it!

Have an awesome weekend!


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SPARKNMOM 4/29/2010 9:43PM

    Ooh...I HATE it when I do that...but good for you for not letting it turn into an all day eating fest! Just reboot tomorrow :) I've not done so hot the last few days...REALLY need to get back on track - summer's coming!!!!

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ZIRCADIA 4/29/2010 7:50PM

    GOOD JOB on cutting it off!!!! Sometimes I am not so good at that. It was a few hours and now it's OVER. :) Kudos!

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SKYFYRE 4/29/2010 7:50PM

    Is it the season for going crazy with food? I am doing it too, this is so hard! I hope that you got some rest last night and that today is a new day that you are ROCKING!

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    Are there others at work that are trying to eat healthy like you? Can you team up to bring fruit and veggies or other healthy snacks to share? Start a healthy snack club.

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ROGUE_1 4/29/2010 12:18AM

    Who brings all these baked goods into the teachers lounge? Don't they know it's sabotaging your plan?!? Geez, some people!
I feel your pain though! Today, I practically had to drag myself away from a big box of cookies in my admin office. Ohhhh they were calling my name, whispering eeeeeat meeee. I got the heck outta dodge though. And then at the grocery store, I literally had my hand on a box of delicious looking sugar cookies but then thought what the heck am I doing?! And again, got the heck outta dodge! Hopefully I can keep doing that...

Hang in there! And don't give up. Make tomorrow a better day!

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MARATHONER340 4/28/2010 10:07PM

    I have the same problem when any sort of baked goods are brought into work. And around Christmas time - it's usually pretty bad! (luckily the rest of the year any treats are rare) Tomorrow is a new day! You can do it!

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STEFANIE822 4/28/2010 8:16PM

    Never forget how far you have come!!! You can do bad day is not the end of the world. Keep your head up!!!!

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JENONTHEROX 4/28/2010 8:03PM

    working in a hospital I can identify with "staff lounge" temptations. Over the last 5 days, we've had: 3 boxes of pizza (last night), krispy kremes (multiple boxes), tim hortons donuts, Starbucks baked goods given to us, grocery store bakery cookies, thai food... it's a constant battle of will power. Sometimes it tempts me, sometimes it doesn't. The ONLY thing that 100% works for me is getting my food from the fridge, leaving the staff lounge & eating elsewhere. The so-called "controlling the environment".

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TERRIANGEL 4/28/2010 7:42PM

    Absolutely. A good night's sleep and start fresh. Nice job!

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MBSHAZZER 4/28/2010 6:23PM

    I totally hear you. Is there anyway you can avoid the teacher's room? At any rate, it was only a few hours... tomorrow is another day!

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BEAUTIFULLORI 4/28/2010 6:19PM

  Susan - I know exactly what you went through. Those kind of days can really get us down. But don't beat yourself up. Instead, give yourself a challenge to NOT EAT SUGAR. I weighed 334 lbs when I started SP three weeks ago and today I am down to 312 - still a huge amount to go but I am committed to make it. I gave myself that challenge of not eating sugar and I haven't had any sugar since April 5, 2010. I have been tempted but I catch myself and remind myself about the challenge and I am able to make it thru. You can too...give it a try. emoticon

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HLKLJGK 4/28/2010 6:18PM

    well, you should be proud of yourself for getting back on track so soon!

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HOTFOX2B 4/28/2010 6:18PM

    emoticon Raising my hand not to say HI but to say hey been there girlfriend! Yesterday was that day for me and it lasted ALL day long into the evening. Wish I had turned in early that would have been a good thing. Love a gal with a plan! Good luck tomorrow I know you will do lots better! emoticon

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SLOOPY7036 4/28/2010 6:17PM

    I remember when I used to work - baked goodies were just toooo tempting. Tomorrow is another day.

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ELFITZPA 4/28/2010 6:17PM

    It's okay. I know how one bad day seems to lead to another - I've been on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster myself and my nutrition has certainly reflected it, yikes - but you're in control of you! Drinks lots of water, have a light dinner and tomorrow is another day. Sending hugs and motivation your way!!

p.s. If it makes it better, I'll be doing the same since we had a freaking PIZZA TRUCK at work today. And my nemesis, cupcakes.

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Thanks and update

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I guess by now I should not be surprised when I receive several thoughtful, helpful, and nonjudgmental comments on my blog...but the level of support Sparkers give each other on a daily basis continues to amaze me. Thanks all!

As an update on yesterday's situation, I did have soup and then lots of water and felt fine, which was good, but wasted so much time in the afternoon/evening that I ran out of time to go to the gym, which is bad except that it's supposed to be okay to take days off here and there. I was down a pound this morning, yay!

Yesterday I was both frustrated by being hungry so often and ALSO confused about why my calorie level is different, it seems, than many other people's. Maybe it just is what it is, my metabolism works differently (more like a man's??). The pro would be that I can eat more, but the con would be that I get hungry more. Maybe it all evens out in the end...I hope...but why?? In order to get my calorie level to be at the 2400-2700ish range I wanted, I had to set my goal as wanting to lose one pound over the course of a year AND enter 120 minutes of cardio per day - both are obviously not true! I didn't want to just manually change numbers though because I wanted all the ranges for different nutrients to be adjusted properly.

I'm frustrated at how much more overweight I am than just two months ago, but unfortunately it takes a lot more time to lose weight than it does to put it on - for me at least. As long as I keep plugging away I will eventually get back to where I'm comfortable with how I look.

Oh, I did cave and take a small amount of the homemade zucchini bread I found in the teachers' room today, but I guesstimate/tracked it and am moving on. I guess I worry that if I hadn't allowed myself any of it I'd start craving zucchini bread and eventually buy (and eat) a whole loaf!

Other than that, I am right on track. Oh, in response to a few comments I received yesterday, in no particular order..... (very rambly blog today!) I was asked how I felt when I ate 1200 calories per day. I would get so hungry that I could barely function!! I could usually handle it for a short time, but after a while I just could not go on at that level. Also, one lovely Sparker actually took the time to look at my nutrition tracker to see whether she could make any recommendations (thank you!!!!) and suggested maybe I'm eating too many of my carbs in the form of fruits/veggies and not enough in the form of whole grains. That is something to consider because over the weekend I was eating fewer fruits and instead having a snack of steel-cut oats with milk and I didn't get so hungry. Then again, the weekend and a work day are SO different in so many ways that it's hard to pinpoint just one variable making the difference - like one of my Spark friends said, work days are (obviously) way more stressful, and we all know that stress can lead to eating in a person like me!

Okay, I'm done being random. For now. :)

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ALLISON145 5/25/2010 11:50AM

    Have you ever tried one of those bodybugg gadgets to see what your metabolism runs at? Our HyVee also does metabolism measurement for $20. Maybe you're one of the "lucky" few with an overactive thyroid!



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MEGSFITNESS 4/28/2010 4:53PM

    Wow, whoever looked at your nutrition tracker had a great idea. Maybe that'll help to have more carbs come from whole grains...

Great update :)

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ROGUE_1 4/28/2010 4:32PM

    Ahhh why is this journey so complicated? If only it was simple - and QUICK - :) Hang in there! And keep posting blogs when you're frustrated, we'll be here to listen and to help keep your spirits up.

Congrats on your 1 lb loss...obviously SOMETHING is working for you!

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SKYFYRE 4/28/2010 8:45AM

    Oh, I am with ya sister on the stress=eating thing, Gah! Wish that boat had passed my by but, NOooo, I am a stress eater, and working VERY hard to change that as you are, keep GOING!

Glad you are giving yourself a little break here and there, it is ok to have a trewat and a exercise break!! Take care, Susan!

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SPARKNMOM 4/27/2010 9:26PM

    Glad to hear you're doing well....and good move w/ the zucchini bread - I LOVE that stuff! And I love SP, too - what a great source of support and motivation!!

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JENONTHEROX 4/27/2010 8:05PM

    When you first mentioned your calorie intake & feeling so hungry, I thought about why but really couldn't come up with anything. I did have a peak into your tracker. I know for myself I'm ravenous if I don't balance out my food well. I seem to need a balanced ratio of carb/protein/fat, it's like I'm constantly trying to trick my body into feeling FULL.
1200 calories a day is REALLY pushing it for me & I really REALLY don't know how some people do it EVERY day.

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SEEHOLZ 4/27/2010 5:08PM

    It always amazes me how much you can eat without gaining weight, but instead loosing it. I did do what my nutritionist suggested last year and ate more and gained weight ( at the time at least) so I don't think I'll be doing that again... but I also realize that you eat really healthy... so I think your metabolism is just revving.. which maybe other people could get theirs to work right if they ate the right foods and were not afraid. If I ever get to the point where I can loose a little weight, i will experiment a bit with increasing my range with healthy eating... that would be what I'd like to do - seems really hard right now.
In any event, good job on making better choices and not depriving yourself and going down the OLD road--- I'm proud of you! Whole grains keep me fuller, as well, so give it a shot!

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MBSHAZZER 4/27/2010 5:07PM

    Good call taking a small piece of zucchini bread. You are so right, if you didn't, it would nag at you all day till you overdid it! I truly believe that there is room for EVERYTHING in moderation in a healthy diet. But what is up with the teacher's room? Why do all of the teachers bring stuff in all the time? And where do they get the free time to do all that baking??

Another thought about your hunger plight... have you had full blood work done lately? Maybe something is off balance? Regardless, it's probably a good idea to get a complete checkup one a year or so anyway.

Hang in there!

PS - totally agree about the fruit / carb thing. Fruit is great but it is high in sugar, so it can leave you with a crash and definitely doesn't "stick" with you like grains do!

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After school - this could be the hardest part.

Monday, April 26, 2010

It's 5:30 p.m. I'm a little bit tired, all alone, and definitely still hungry even though I've already had dinner. It would be so easy to slip back into binge mode right now, but I'm not going to because I am back on track. I am going to have some soup though. Sure it'll put my calories rather high for the day, but binge eating would give me some giant mystery calorie total I don't even want to guess at. I do wonder, like I so often do, why I have this enormous appetite. I've already had almost 2600 calories today, which for many Sparkers would be a seriously off-track day. Why am I still hungry??

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ROGUE_1 4/28/2010 4:28PM

    Hmm...maybe you need to eat more filling foods? Or find ways to keep yourself busy? Or how about drinking a big glass of water, that always helps fill me up.Great job on making your snack SOUP. There was a time when I would've eaten everything in sight, and most things probably wouldn've have been healthy so kudos to you!

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LIVENLOVELIFE 4/27/2010 11:46AM

    Ok first of all kudos to you for recognizing a potential binge and taking control of the situation. I think you pointed it out yourself - you're alone, bored, etc. This is something that I definitely struggle with as well. If I don't work out at night, I go home, alone, watching tv, I binge. Have a plan of attack. Make a list of things you could do to avoid a binge and have this list accessible so you can easily look at it and see all the other options you have. Blogging - great choice. OR..find something to do instead of going home and being alone. Maybe go to a library or do some sort of volunteer work. These are ideas my therapist gave me!

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FITGIRL15 4/27/2010 8:32AM

    If you JUST ATE, you are most likely not legitimately hungry. (Depending on WHAT you ate though... some foods make you FEEL empty, others make you feel FULL!) There might be some behavioral issues going on here... or perhaps you just need to learn some new tricks to manage this hunger (like eating veggies and dip, instead of another high cal food like almond butter!)

I also agree with STEPHJOGO... if you are eating this much consistently, and not gaining weight... perhaps your metabolism NEEDS the calories! I don't think there is ANYTHING wrong with that! We are all different!!!!

Maybe try spicing up your menu with a few different foods from what you normally eat, and see how that changes your lack of feeling full feeling!

And always remember, the right foods will help you maintain or lose weight... the wrong foods will play with your hormones and keep you from those goals! You can do this, Girl!

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STEPHANON 4/27/2010 7:42AM

    Way to go on avoiding the binge. Maybe your metabolism is just seriously high? Because I would gain weight on 2600 calories a day, but if you aren't gaining when you eat that much, you must be burning it, right?

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CARILOUIE 4/27/2010 6:46AM

    After school is SOOOO hard for me. I always make sure to tell my honey that I need something really fast for dinner or I go crazy and eat everything in the house. He's pretty good about leaving me some good options to heat and eat.
Maybe you could try a little yogurt after school and eat dinner a bit later; sometimes this really works for me.

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SKYFYRE 4/27/2010 2:11AM

    I am gonna look at your tracker and see what your eating, but yay on the smart choice and avoiding the binging! Go, Girl!

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CREATINGMYSELF 4/26/2010 11:36PM

    (Like others have said) Are you sure you're hungry, or could it be (a) boredom (b) dehydration (c) cravings??

Also, kudos for blogging about it, and for having some soup. I definitely would have just binged, and that's the difference btwn why you've lost weight and I haven't.. you have more self control! Remember, working on eating issues takes LOTS of time and practice, but you've come a long way and you're definitely more aware and mindful of it. I know these doesn't sound fun at all, but a few ideas:
*Go for a quick workout
*Start a journal and write in it whenever you have urges (jotting down moods, such as bored, sad, happy, etc)

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SPARKNMOM 4/26/2010 9:55PM

    I tend to try to eat when I'm hungry so that I don't fall into binges. Smart move - you could certainly do worse than soup. :)

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MEGSFITNESS 4/26/2010 9:31PM

    I always get "phantom" hunger pains when I'm tired or generally upset about something. It's like my body is trying to trick me into binge eating even when I know there's no reason to. Maybe try going to bed early?

And "ryc" = Reply to your comment :) I use it to distinguish between when I'm commenting directly on your blog and when I'm just replying to something that you put on my blog. :)

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SEEHOLZ 4/26/2010 9:15PM

    I totally get the same way... now, when you ate like 1,200 calories, what was different? Did you just ignore the hunger? Or did it just disappear?
I think that for me, I oftentimes feel hungry, but I think I'm more likely than not fatigued and stressed at the same time ( around 5pm) and I want something to make those feelings ( I don't always identify them as such, but think it's pure hunger) go away...
Not sure otherwise- sometimes I think it's some crazy hormonal thing that happens because I screwed up so bad in the past. It's weird, on the week-ends, when I'm not having that "head stress" and sitting all day at work, I don't seem to get it and if I eat a lot on the week-ends, it's at someone's house usually.
Do you ST right after work? I have found that the days I teach ST ( on Fridays) in the AM, I am ravenous at lunch..

If you can pinpoint it more, let me know... I am working on figuring out the way my own body works more and some triggers, so I can "fix" some things with regards to my eating habits!

You will get through this Susan- you are determined and like you said, on track!

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KSTYLEFITNESS 4/26/2010 8:13PM

    I feel this way sometimes as wel. And I binge, so soup is defintiely a better alternative. I think for me, it's I love the taste of food, no matter if I feel full or not. Still working on this issue.

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LAYLARENEE84 4/26/2010 7:42PM

    Lately I've been going through the same thing. Doing it all right and everything. Nothing seems to work. If I figure something out, I'll let you know! Maybe it's something in the air?!

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KENSINGTONC 4/26/2010 7:17PM

    Oh I feel your pain, girl! But I know you'll get beyond it eventually and come up with strategies that work for you. I think the common theme in the comments here so far is replacing the urge to eat with something else - exercise a little, pamper yourself, or my favorite, DRINK water. For me it's often that my hunger is actually thirst, and once I drink 8-16oz of water I am fine. And I hate water!

Good for you for getting on here and blogging. Stronger by the day!!

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FABRICGIRL1 4/26/2010 7:12PM

  I have a new strategy -- when I've had my points/calories and feel a need to binge, I go exercise for 10 minutes usually with the elliptical. It's working so far.

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MARATHONER340 4/26/2010 6:40PM

    hmmm...I don't know what to tell you - but I'm super impressed that you came on here to blog about it! My problem isn't usually being too's just eating beyond the point that I'm full. I do get full - I just don't care. I think? Eating some soup definitely sounds better than a binge though!

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/26/2010 6:04PM

    Tons of fiber, tons of healthy fats, home-cooked meals made of healthy ingredients, water, everything I can think of that I'm supposed to do. Sigh.

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 4/26/2010 6:01PM

    Hmmmm . . . are you hydrating? Are you eating fiber-full foods? Are you eating enough fat?

Just some thoughts. Sorry this is a tough time, Susan.

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MBSHAZZER 4/26/2010 5:44PM

    Are you sure you're tracking correctly? Maybe you're overestimating the amount you've eaten? Soup is a good idea. If that doesn't work...try painting your fingernails!

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Ready to go back to school with a plan.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

April vacation is over...back to school tomorrow. Right now my cabbage soup (the one featured on Sparks yesterday, plus my own modifications) is simmering and I have a couple other batch-cooked recipes in the freezer. I have everything ready to go to make all my breakfast smoothies and I have all my snacks ready. Now all I have to do is sleep well, stay hydrated at school, stay away from food from the teachers room, and track everything I eat. I just know that everything else will fall into place as long as I do those things. Now that my Tuesday-Thursday afterschool literacy intervention program is over, the only day I run an afterschool activity is Monday (homework club) and that's only until 4 p.m., and it's light out until almost 8 p.m. these days, so I will have plenty of time for outdoor runs after school. I LOVE it when I only have to go to the gym for 20 minutes because I'm only going for strength training - I feel like I'm getting away with something naughty!

Yesterday was my second day back to calorie-counting and again I had success. I put absolutely no restrictions on how much I ate, and when I was still hungry after 2500 calories (and my husband wanted to go out to a restaurant), I had no problem ordering a glass of wine and a small baby spinach salad with grilled shrimp. I tracked it and it added about 300 extra calories to bring my grand total to 2800. I don't know if I'll lose much weight eating this much, but we'll see!

This morning my husband woke me up early asking, "Ready to hike Blue Hill?" He knew I wanted to go for a hike, but he doesn't like hiking - he likes to say that he doesn't understand the point. I told him the point is so that his larda$s wife doesn't get even more lard-y!! He also doesn't like biking and claims he "can't" run even though I know he can, much faster than I can. When we were hiking up that hill (just 15 minutes to the top) I got all winded and he kept getting way ahead of me. I wish my genes were more like his, it's just not fair. I do so much more cardio than he does. He also doesn't get hungry nearly as often as I do.

We went to Panera for lunch and I had the black bean soup and apple - just 170 calories for the soup and 233 calories total! My husband had the Italian combo sandwich and when I looked up the calories it actually made me gasp - 1,040 - plus more than a day's worth of sodium. It was exactly 1200 with the chips and 1248 with the three sugar packets he put in his iced tea. Have you guys seen the chips bag at a Panera? They put a photo of some hands holding some potatoes fresh out of the earth and at the bottom it says things like "all natural" like this is some health food you're eating - sorry, it's still potato chips! It reminded me of the 1st graders on Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution who didn't know what potatoes were or that potato chips were made from potatoes.

My husband dragged me to Staples after lunch where he bought a new laptop and a new cell phone! He's currently trying to set the laptop up a few feet away from me - how nice that we don't have to fight over the computer right now. :)

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MEGSFITNESS 4/26/2010 5:17PM

    Ryc: Awe... I'm sorry hun *hugs* that would be completely disheartening to me. You're amazingly active, though, and now that warmer weather is here, I'm sure that the pounds will melt right off again. Especially since you're rocking out with a plan of action.

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ROGUE_1 4/26/2010 4:58PM

    Awesome job with the tracking and with the batch cooking! I really need to just DO IT as I'm sure it saves so much time and makes this easy for the rest of the week.

Your husband is so sweet to hike with you! That's some great support right there. Does he normally work out??

It's crazy what packaging/merchandising lead us to believe!

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MBSHAZZER 4/26/2010 11:57AM

    Sounds like you are doing great with the calorie tracking. Being more mindful is definitely going to help! I can completely understand your frustration with your hubby about the eating and exercising! My aunt and uncle went through the same thing... when they quit smoking, they both gained a lot of weight. My uncle got them a NordicTrack and within a few months of cutting back ever so slightly on what he was eating and using the NT a few nights a week, he had lost the weight. My aunt was on that thing for hours and strenuously dieting and the weight seems to go nowhere! Anyway, I digress! Hang in there!

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MEGSFITNESS 4/26/2010 10:39AM

    wow that's an amazing amount of sodium etc. in your hubby's meal! Scary, really.

You are so on track :) That's exciting. Planning ahead always helps me too.

I might be confused, though? I thought you were at your goal weight.... why would you be worried about losing weight still?

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SEEHOLZ 4/25/2010 9:23PM

    Susan- I am actually trying to be nicer to myself... sorry if that doesn't come across-LOL!
I love how you just handled that going out to eat scenario-- so much better than feeling deprived, stressed or overeat.
Your hubby is awesome for taking you hiking... I have a hubby that is similar as to what he can do... so I get the same reminder that life is not fair-LOL!
Keep doing what you are -- you will reach that maintenance again and find that happy medium!

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SPARKNMOM 4/25/2010 9:14PM

    Having a plan is awesome! It's good that you're tracking cals - and I LOVE that you aren't freaking out over the number. If you see you're not losing over time, then you know to bring it down a tad.

Love that your hubby is willing to hike with you - even if he doesn't like it!!

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FITGIRL15 4/25/2010 9:00PM

    You said "I wish my genes were more like his, it's just not fair. I do so much more cardio than he does. He also doesn't get hungry nearly as often as I do."
You do more cardio and THAT is what makes you hungrier then Jess! Cardio (or exercise in general) stimulates digestion and your metabolism... and an active metabolism requires nourishment/ substance to keep it going! (Trust me, being hungry is a GOOD THING! Just make sure you are eating the right things and you'll have it made!)

I hope you enjoyed the hike! Sounds like Jess is really making an effort to keep you active! That's great!

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STEPHANON 4/25/2010 7:22PM

    Sounds like you made some good choices - hubby not so much. Ha! But some people can just get away with that kind of thing. Have a great week, and stay out of the teachers' lounge!

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SWEATONCEADAY 4/25/2010 6:40PM

    i find it so much easier to eat well when i am working. maybe less spare time on my hands so i can't shovel anything in. sounds like you are set for the week. i am sure once your body starts getting the good calories it will want less in general. just make sure those healthy calories are full of fiber to make you feel full.

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 4/25/2010 6:21PM

    Doesn't it irritate you how much more men can get away with? Stupid female hormones and crap!

That is too funny about the chips. It reminds me of something I read in Shape, or Self, or one of those magazines. It was talking about the cookies in the health food section and said something like, "Just because pure cain juice and agave nectar sound like things your yoga instructor would eat, does not mean they help her fit into those yoga tights!" I thought that was hilarious.

Good luck heading back!

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    My kids think that meat comes from Costco. "Beef comes from a dead cow?! Gross!"

Way to go on planning your weeks' meals. I just did the same for another four days in a hotel room. Planning really helps keep you on track.

Your hubby is obviously supportive of your commitment to fitness. How awesome that he dragged you out of bed to hike. Hubby and I are exercising together, but at the beginning of our marriage seven years ago we were just getting fat together. Congrats on getting off to a healthy start.


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CARILOUIE 4/25/2010 4:29PM

    The image of that potato chip bag cracked me up. Like when they show the fast food commercials on TV with all these sunny, happy smiling people going "it's all real food!" Hm.
Have a great week at school.

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First day back to calorie counting was a success!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

It's kind of funny how something that was just about second-nature for me a few months ago - calorie counting - is now so monumental. Yesterday was my first successful day counting calories in over a month! I didn't have any preconceived limits on how much I would eat - I just made sure I was eating healthy food in reasonable amounts. I can already tell today that my body is happier with me for treating it well - my skin is clearer, I've dropped a couple pounds, and my darling husband told me I'm already looking thinner - after one day! Obviously my body likes what I'm doing now.

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ROGUE_1 4/25/2010 4:13PM

    Isn't it amazing how being conscious and making that extra effort can impact how we feel and how our bodies respond to healthy foods and portions?? Way to go! You already LOOK fabulous so I'm glad you're FEELING that way - you sound really upbeat and positive in this blog, I love it!

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BUGGYS 4/25/2010 11:15AM

    Tracking has been detrimental to my healthy journey survival...I didn't track for a few weeks and did not feel in control...until you can honestly remember the calorie counts of most foods, tracking does keep you in check!

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STEPHANON 4/25/2010 11:12AM

    Great to hear about your success! Nice that you're able to simply track what you eat without having a preconceived goal in mind. That's what I'd like to work toward.

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MEGSFITNESS 4/25/2010 9:13AM

    Lol! That's some instant gratification, right there. Awesome.

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FITGIRL15 4/24/2010 8:33PM

    Way to go, Susan! I can totally relate with you concerning tracking feeling foreign after a month off! Been there, done that! But really, as long as you are doing what you are doing now ("eating healthy food in reasonable amounts") you should find that getting back on track is easier then you think right now!!!

Keep up the great work, Girl!

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SWEATONCEADAY 4/24/2010 7:43PM

    i'm sorry that you are back to tracking. however, you are in good company emoticon.

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MARATHONER340 4/24/2010 6:32PM

    Keep it up!! =)

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MBSHAZZER 4/24/2010 3:19PM

    Hehe, your husband is wonderful!!!

I like the idea of counting calories with no pre-conceived limits. You're basically eating more mindfully instead of "restrively". Good for you! Glad it's working out!

Have a great weekend!

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JENONTHEROX 4/24/2010 12:21PM

    So great to hear this... I def know what you mean - I had been tracking, then stopped for a month or so and it was almost like starting over... I think it's going to be worth it, I'm inspired!

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SKYFYRE 4/24/2010 10:24AM

    Yay! Happy times! Congrats on DAY 1!!!

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