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Cheerier outlook a few hours later...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I didn't binge. :) In fact I'm at under 1,600 calories so far today (at 8:20 P.M.) which is quite low for me. I may have a bit more to eat tonight but I'm not really that hungry today after last night's big seder. This afternoon I watched Fat Head on which really made me think about whether I should eat less brown rice and whole wheat pasta and more butter, meat, and coconut oil!? It even made me question whether fat-free dairy is the best idea. I don't know....there seems to be contradicting opinions about everything health-related. Either way, watching a health-related comedy-documentary was just what my spirits needed. After dinner I went for two laps (34 minutes) around Jamaica Pond and when I got home my mom had emailed pictures from last night. So here's what I look like at 154 pounds...and the dress...I wouldn't have picked it out myself, but my mom gave it to me and I thought it was kind of was just my own family afterall.

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SPARKNMOM 5/5/2011 12:57PM look great :)

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LIL_EZZY 5/5/2011 5:54AM

    looking good pretty girl...

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    You look great... and what's the name of the documentary? I've got to see it. Oh, I got it, FatHead. I'm going to have to check it out!
Congrats on the NSV and not BINGING! You ROCK!

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ELFITZPA 5/4/2011 5:46PM

    You look great to me!! As for what you eat, I think it's really up to you because there's no difinitive right or wrong - research will eventually come around debunking all our theories eventually. You've got to find YOUR personal best. For me, I probably shouldn't even eat dairy so low- and no-fat dairy is a must, the full-fat stuff messes me up. Do I think the low- and no-fat is truly healthier? Probably not but it's healthier for ME (because not exercising or eating due to gastric distress is no doubt bad!). Work without your body's needs and your own wants and it'll all come together.

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MEGSFITNESS 5/4/2011 4:02PM

    GORGEOUS!! :D love that dress it's very flattering.

I haven't seen that documentary but I love full fat foods for everything except cottage cheese and milk--then that's just a taste preference ;)

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FITGIRL15 5/3/2011 1:05PM

    I eat a lot of full fat foods, and I don't think I'm fat! The problem with fat is that it is calorie dense, so you can't eat as much as you can of the other macros.

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SANDEROSE 4/26/2011 12:01PM

    Oh! And I think the dress is cute and looks good on you!!!

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SANDEROSE 4/26/2011 12:00PM

    154 definitely looks good on you! You look skinny and I have to agree with everyone else... I've always been envious of your arms! I wish there wasn't so much confusing/conflicting information about foods. It should just be as simple as "THIS is good for you, THIS is NOT. Under ANY circumstance!"
emoticon Keep up the good work!!!

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    For some reason Spark doesn't notify me anymore when you blog, ugh! On a happier note, you look gorgeous! And I agree with everyone who's commented on your arms! I think when it comes to dieting there can definitely be information overload. It all comes down to finding out what works best for you... which is why I refer to all my crash dieting of the past as the time of my life when I had to figure out what worked best for me haha

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CARILOUIE 4/22/2011 11:01PM

    You look really great and happy.

And I'm catching up on blogs, and I read your blog about eating food you make yourself. I feel the same way! It doesn't matter how good the food is where I go out to eat, it usually makes my tum a little funny.

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SONGBARDBIRD 4/22/2011 6:08PM

    You look really great!

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MRS.NG.06 4/22/2011 2:29PM

    Sending you some BIG HUGS and hope that telling you how freaking awesome you look will cheer you up cuz its the truth!!!!!!!


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YAYPRIL 4/22/2011 10:05AM

    Susan, you look great! Your arms are definitely an advertisement for BodyPump. :) I'm glad the urge to binge passed.

I've changed my philosophy on food a lot the past couple of months. I've been eating lots of eggs, meat (including some high-fat stuff like bacon and sausage--as long as it's 100% grassfed and/or organic, I don't really care what it is) and green veggies and have seen a lot of differences: my clothes are fitting WAY more loosely, my skin is super clear and I feel really good. I've been seeing this way of thinking pop in different places, too--this blog is another example!

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SILLIANGEL 4/21/2011 11:07PM

    Great follow-up blog =)

Personally, I don't subscribe to the fat-free trend. Most things that have naturally-occurring fat also have a lot of awesome nutrients which are fat-soluble! Take out the fat and all those nutrients are useless! Booooo.

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SKYFYRE 4/21/2011 5:35PM

    Looking GORGEOUS at 154! Stay with it, plateaus can't last forever!

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MBSHAZZER 4/21/2011 9:37AM

    Susan, so glad to hear you are feeling better! And you look FABULOUS!!! Just awesome!

I think you can drive yourself crazy on the "diet advice"! Bottom line... I do think that some people are carb people and some people are protein people. If a carb person tries to do the heavy protein thing, it won't work. I guess the trick is figuring out which one you are! As for the dairy, I did read somewhere that it is easier for your body to absorb the calcium from low or fat free dairy. But, there is a fine line... sometimes when they take the fat out, they put sugar in, which is no better. So, you have to read lables. I prefer the 0% Greek yogurt... it's sooooo rich that the 2% is just too much. But I hate fat free cheese - it's like plastic! So I go for part skim there. And always real butter!

Enjoy your weekend!

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ZIRCADIA 4/21/2011 9:24AM

    I am contradictory to myself on the lowfat dairy front - on the one hand, I am like fat free cheese is stupid. Butter is better than Margarine. I am thoroughly converted to whole milk. On the other hand, I still get the 2% cheese blends, and 0% fat greek yogurt. I just like the protein bang for the calorie buck on that greek yogurt! And I don't eat shredded cheese that often, so I don't worry about the nutritional content on it that much. But I have taken to buying fancy cheese for grilled cheese sandwich night, which has no calorie information on it... so I'm sure that's full fat. HAHA. Anyway. Fat is good. In reasonable amounts. I'm always leaning more toward eating food as naturally as possible, less modification and processing the better.

BUT YAY on feeling better and NO BINGEING!!! WOOHOO! :)

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SWEATONCEADAY 4/20/2011 10:22PM

    i listened to a jillian michaels podcast yesterday talking about low fat foods. bottom line... you get fat from eating too many calories. also there was no real research done on fat being bad for you. low fat was a fad that stuck like low carb. since we started to eat "fat free" as a society we are the fattest we have ever been. i never or rarely by fat free stuff cause i know to be fat free they usually taste bad or are full of other stuff to make them taste good.

i am glad you are cheerier now!

you look beautiful.

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FRIZGIRL 4/20/2011 8:45PM

    Awwwww I'm so glad you posted this blog. You look soooo beautiful! I love your arms!

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Why the heck am I feeling like THIS again?!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Ughhh...every few months it happens, no matter what I do to prevent it, it seems: The binge monster reappears. Now get me straight - I am NOT saying I binged. I'm saying that the URGE to binge has reappeared. Before this, I hadn't wanted to binge at all since the last time I got myself back on track in January 2011. I've allowed myself PLENTY of treats - some weren't really even in moderation - but I was always in the healthy mindset. I always tracked as best I could, and countered high-calorie days with exercise, and with days where I ate less, and with simply a "this is life, not a strict diet" mindset.

But then a series of events led me to this not-so-happy place. First, I haven't been feeling great. Last night was the second night in less than a week that I woke up in the middle of the night with heartburn - both times were after eating more than I should. On top of that I have PMS, and I am in a bit of a weight plateau (I said in my last blog that I don't mind that my weight's not changing, but I gotta admit that a new lower number would really rev up my spark). Also the stress of realizing that buying a house and having children are basically just not affordable for my husband and me right now really got to me, and I have spent a few days recently being really crabby toward him, which I hate because he is wonderful and doesn't deserve that.

Anyway, this week is my school vacation and today I have hours and hours of free time, which I've been spending at home, catching up on blogs and emails and stuff. And I know that there are cookies, Lindt chocolates, and honey roasted peanuts in the kitchen. So I started to get that "binge monster" could just eat with abandon, not tracking, not worrying about what will happen with the scale or even with how I feel physically, using food for entertainment and short-term satisfaction with no thought about long-term consequences. This is NOT how I want to feel! WTF!

Thank goodness when I actually went to investigate those cookies (which my mother gave my husband as a birthday present - grr, shouldn't be in the house) they looked kind of stale and unappealing. If they had been at all appealing I probably WOULD have binged.

The thing that bothers me about this the most is that I have been trying SO HARD to get OUT of this mindset. I allow myself to eat plenty of treats, to lose weight slowly and even be okay with not losing at all, and I don't even have a prescribed calorie range anymore - I just eat fruits or veggies when I want extra snacks. So why am I STILL getting the "binge monster" feelings?

I am going to snap out of this without succumbing. I promise.

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SKYFYRE 4/21/2011 5:34PM

    Sounds like your TOM rules your appetite at times. Glad you overcame the cookies!! I know if I have certain favorites in the house (cake balls, coffee ice cream, choc chip cookies) I will not be able to STOP THINKING ABOUT THEM! :( Its like they rule my brain and my house! So I stopped buying those things and instead I havethem when I am OUT socializing... Seems to keep me honest and on track!

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COWBOYMAMA 4/21/2011 7:24AM

    I have been struggling with binging, too. Not sure if I am bored at home by myself, blaming the crappy weather or what, but it has to stop! As far as money, I am trying hard to get out of debt, pay our bills off and maybe save a little. We have paid quite a few bills off with our income tax refund, but are trying to save most of it becaus we just don't know what will happen.

Hang in there!

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TALOEFFLE 4/21/2011 12:18AM

    I noticed in your blog you said you get the urge to binge once a month and that you were suffering from pms when you wrote the blog....hmmm. I get the SAME thing every week before my period. I get super hungry but not for good food, for bad salty chocolaty foods!!! Knowing is half the battle. Maybe you could save calories for those periods of indulging? Or work out extra during that week, exercise helps pms. Also, you might want to save talking about big life decisions for a week when your not pms-ing...I have learned that the hard way over and over for the past 10 years, you would have thought I would not do it every month but I do(LOL) Give yourself a bit of grace this week and see how that goes (insert cyber hug here)

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SPARKNMOM 4/20/2011 5:54PM

    I don't think I'll ever totally be rid of the binge monster in me. I try hard to fight it - and I win some/lose some. I've had an extremely difficult time as of late...really trying to get back on can do it...we BOTH can!

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SEEHOLZ 4/20/2011 5:08PM

    Someone once told me that if I wait to have kids till I can afford them, I'll probably not have any-LOL... the truth is that I waited to have kid # 2 partly due to money reasons and look at what happened-LOL! Seriously though... I think there are ways to make your life happen so to speak- it's more a matter of how badly you want to be a Mom and own a house. I can imagine how expensive it is to live in Boston, so I can't really give you any housing advice, but you certainly have a better chance in this housing market than 3 yrs ago. My point is, do not let some house stand in your way of being happy- growing up in Germany, we lived in an apartment, because houses in the neighborhood we lived in were way too much. Trust me, no happiness was lost on some house. Being able to live within your means and be happy is much more important and with a little luck and some patience, you'll get both the money saved up and a deal on a house you like or even love!
As for the binging urgest- I would bet that it's related with the fact that you don't feel 100%. I think it's great that you are talking about it and not allowing yourself to go back there- so yo don't feel like starting over again. It might be time to take the pressure of the weight loss for the time being- just focus on maintaning maybe till you feel ready to take it back on. Just my though.

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SANDEROSE 4/20/2011 4:42PM

    Negative Nancy nonsense indeed! I wish there was a way that we could just erase the binging monster out of our heads!!! BUT... you are aware of it and you do good most of the time! I don't know why this annoying binge monster has to come around (and during PMS times especially... as if we don't have enough to put up with), but your doing fantastic so just keep it up! Stress doesn't help... I like to eat to comfort myself as well... and I DID, and totally ignored the scale for a few months. DON'T DO IT! And don't get yourself into a ton of debt either... BEEN THERE TOO!!! Things will get better. Go outside, get some fresh air, work off that stress and be good to yourself! Hopefully the endorphins will kick that binge monsters a$$!

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FRIZGIRL 4/20/2011 4:30PM

    Hi beautiful! Firstly I don't think you are giving yourself nearly enough credit for not giving in to that first binge. You have been amazing for soooo long! It's not surprising that your getting a little bored and thought about binging! Way to go eating healthy fruits when you want to snack and balancing high cal days with workouts. You are definitely making good, healthy decisions. I bet next time you feel like binging will be even easier to ignore and recognise. None of this Negative Nancy nonsense. You are AMAZING!

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MBSHAZZER 4/20/2011 4:30PM

    Susan, I think we all feel this way sometimes. I periodically just feel like EATING EATING EATING for no reason - stress, boredom, whatever. I don't think it's set back, I think it's just life. You're doing a great job not giving in and finding other stuff to do to avoid it, so KUDOS to you.

Your money stress reminded me of something. 2 summers ago, we had a college intern in the office and he ended up spending a lot of time working with me. At the end of the summer, he asked for any parting advice. I told him that the #1 best thing he could do for himself was to stay out of debt. I realize that for a lot of people, it's unavoidable, but if you can avoid it at all, it's VERY freeing. Worrying about money is awful. I had a period of time after I bought my first condo where I had less than $1,000 in savings and I was living paycheck to paycheck. It was really horrible to have money worries. Nothing in life is worth that (to me anyway). I think if you are open and honest with your hubby about your worries and if you guys sit down and do a budget and a pro-forma cash flow (SEXY!), you'll feel a lot better about what you can afford and when you can afford it.

Just my $0.02!

Hang in there and ENJOY your spring break! JEALOUS!

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Weight Not Changing, and Intolerance to Food I Didn't Make

Monday, April 18, 2011

I just checked my SP weight report: on March 18 I weighed 155, and today on April 18 I weigh 154.6 which rounds to 155. It's been as low as 152 but keeps bouncing around. I guess I'm OK with this though. I think I am at a weight where I look kind of thin in the right clothes but still kinda chubby when I'm in clothes that are less than flattering. I guess you could technically say that about people at a lot of different weights, but I really mean it for me.

I have started to notice that I'm developing an intolerance to food I didn't make myself. On Friday night we went to Fenway for a Red Sox game and I got a stomach ache from the food there. On Saturday I had lunch at a restaurant (Greek salad with chicken) and the next morning my weight had jumped up two pounds. Last night we went to a barbeque and ate a lot of yummy but reeeeally unhealthy food and I woke up at 4 or 5 A.M. with heartburn and needed to take medicine. I feel my best and weigh my best when I eat food I have made myself.

Goooo Boston Marathoners!

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SUGARSNACK 4/21/2011 1:04PM

    I am the same way! I feel like I'm becoming a hobbit due to my eating. Whenever I eat somewhere else I feel yucky. I'm celiac, though, so I always blame that: oh, there must have been wheat in that sauce.

So now, I smuggle snacks that I know are okay for me in to events. The other night I went to an Angels baseball game. The only thing I bought was a hummus and veggie box. (I know, you're thinking, hummus and veggies at a baseball game? I guess the Angels are nutritionally progressive.)

Also, though, I think there is a TON more sodium in restaurant food which makes me feel fatter the next day due to bloating. I bet you don't use much salt at home, right?

Here's to looking and feeling the way we want!

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FITGIRL15 4/18/2011 3:34PM

    Then, wear your flattering clothes more often, Silly!! :) Life is all about your mndset, and if you will be happier at this current weight by wearing your flattering clothes, then do it!
Granted, there is MUCH to be said for being comfortably stuck in a rut... I'm there now, but I'm acepting that this phase too shall pass!

When I start eating less variety (strict dieting) my tummy turns at a lot of foods too. I hope you get your sensitivites figured out! Lying awake at nigh with tummy aches is no fun!

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CRICKEL116 4/18/2011 12:35PM

    I completely understand about food sensitivity. I feel so much better when I control how I cook things and what I put into them. I'm often miserable when I go to visit family or eat out. I've learned that I need to pick the most "clean" options I can find and eat smaller amounts so my system doesn't feel overwhelmed. It's tough but definitely worth it.

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ZIRCADIA 4/18/2011 12:27PM

    I feel like I'm at slim/chubby zone, too. Like I'm on the borderline, and most stuff that flatters me looks fantastic, but if I wear something unflattering you can see what's going on. hahaha. Anyway - unflattering clothing is unflattering like some people said.... but still

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 4/18/2011 11:31AM

    I know what you mean about the slim/chubby weight. I'm there now, too. The most important thing is that you are healthy and happy where you are at. I'm not sure how I feel about my place now.

I have become quite intolerant of processed foods and white flour. My son made a cake last night. I only had a small piece but my stomach rebelled all night. I shouldn't have cheated.


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MBSHAZZER 4/18/2011 11:27AM

    I agree with Patty - you look great, and if you (mostly) feel good and are keeping active, then just find flattering clothing! You are so right that we all have some things that we look "fat" in - that is totally on the clothing and NOT on you!

I am with you on the food, too.... I am pretty sensitive to food that is not prepared in someone's home. I know that restaurants load the food up with salt, butter and oil - so it's a good thing that your body is getting used to the good stuff you make at home!

Enjoy Patriots Day!

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SEEHOLZ 4/18/2011 10:26AM

    You know.. your body gets used to stuff... and kind of sensitive. I think you look great- you have been doing so well in the last months - you and Jen are my # 1 motivator.

If you're happy with things, maybe that's the weight your body likes while not being too restrcitive? Just a thought.

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REDSHOES2011 4/18/2011 9:47AM

    emoticonOne of my big motivators is Gerd.. Read up about what sets it off, you may see some stuff that if put together with other stuff cause pain.. I don't eat oranges anymore, they give me grief every time, I don't eat alot of tomato, onion and soya products..

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Who would have guessed I'd LOVE my new home?!?

Thursday, April 07, 2011

As some of you know, it took me a LONG time to sell my condo out in the 'burbs...over 17 months. When I was being honest with myself I really didn't mind that much that it wasn't selling though, because I liked living there. I've always been a suburban girl, even though I love the city. My husband's condo, which is where I live now, is in Dorchester and there were lots of reasons I didn't think I'd like living here:
1. The neighborhood isn't safe
2. It's small
3. No washer/dryer in unit
4. Longer commute

Well, I'm happy to say I was wrong - I love living here, for lots of reasons:
1. I finally have the same address as my husband = lots of quality time together
2. We can save $1,500-$2,000 per month now!!
3. So close to some of the BEST EVER PLACES TO RUN!!

The past two days I've run a route similar to this:

If you ever have a chance to run in Boston, I highly recommend running in this area. This specific map is of today's run, which started and ended at the Arnold Arboretum. From there I went to Jamaica Pond, then down paths all the way to Huntington Ave, then back up the other side of the little river that runs there, across the other side of the pond, and back to the Arboretum. The route is filled with trees, well-maintained paths along waterways and parks, and tons of people out jogging, biking, or walking with their dogs or babies. I love it!! No wonder Boston is known for having a relatively fit population - it's so fun to run here!

As for the downsides to living here:
1. It's not safe BUT it's getting better. Two homes on my street that used to house shady characters are now vacant, and being remodeled. A neighbor contacted us about a neighborhood initiative to improve the neighborhood. And despite everything on the news about Dorchester, my husband and I personally have never encountered anything unsafe ourselves. Everyone has either been friendly or just neutral. And I'm incredibly close to some really nice areas that almost cancel out how bad the immediate neighborhood is.
2. It's small BUT we have enough room. We sold/donated a lot of my furniture so we wouldn't have to squeeze it all in here, and I'm surprised at how uncramped it ended up feeling once we were all settled.
3. There's no washer/dryer in unit BUT we've been using a laundry service - drop off dirty laundry, pick it up the next morning all clean and neatly folded ;) Luxury!
4. Longer commute BUT it's not bad...the morning drive gives me some "me time" to drink my coffee and listen to the radio, and as I've mentioned in other blogs my drive to the gym is much quicker than I'd thought - just a little over 20 minutes from work to the gym, and then another 20ish from the gym to home. Plus with places around here that are so great to run, I actually avoid going to the gym when I can! (I go when the weather is bad or when I need to do my strength training)

So....we're having trouble getting preapproved for a mortgage to buy a house. But I don't mind, because I actually love being a Bostonian and living right here, in Dorchester. I never thought I'd say that, but I am!

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WAVEDANCER7 4/12/2011 12:18PM

    Fun Fun Fun! Enjoy every moment! And one day you'll be complaining about your big ole' house, in your super safe cookie cutter neighborhood, and your mounds and mounds of laundry to do! ;) Just kidding. But seriously, congrats on sharing an address and finding fun run spots!

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FITGIRL15 4/11/2011 1:05PM

    That is sooo awesome to hear, Susan!!!

I'm glad you are loving your new digs! :)

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BRAVAH 4/11/2011 7:37AM

    Hi Susan,

So happy for you! That's great! And I have to admit that I'm a little jealous about the drop off laundry thing. Good for you for being true to yourself and listening to your body (your previous blog). It is obviously paying off! Awesome!

Thank you for your comment on my blog. I appreciate your support. And as for your friend... get her to start walking. Take a walk with her if you can. You're right... jumping into a running program without any previous movement is perhaps a bit abrupt. But walking is awesome and is good for nearly everyone! I can't jog or run, due to knee issues. But walking is awesome!


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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 4/10/2011 11:19PM

    I visited Boston once, but it was for a cat show and so I spent my entire three days in the basement convention room or my hotel room. Oh, I lied. I did go out for seafood one evening, but I really haven't experienced your hometown yet. I'll have to come for a return visit... without the cats.

I, too, am enjoying my long commute. I've been taking the bus to save money -- its cheaper than gas for our old Jeep -- and I really enjoy reading.

Glad to hear the change has been a good one for you.


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    Just happened on your blog and so glad I did. I love Boston too! Lived there a long time ago but that's where I met my husband. I lived on Boylston near the Music School and used to run along the Charles. I miss it - especially now. I live in Sao Paulo, Brazil - a city of 17 million. I love it some days and like it most days, but it is unsafe. Right now, looking out my window I see razor wire, security camera, electric wire. My husband drives a bullet proof car on his somedays two hour commute. We have to walk through a metal cage with double locks to avoid thieves following us in. Yikes, I'm sorry! Too much info! But anyway, enjoy Dorchester!

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SEEHOLZ 4/9/2011 5:00PM

    It's a tough market out there- just keep trying to get that loan- it'll work out eventually.

I'm so glad you like living in Dorchester- having great running routes would also be one of my keys to loving where I live!

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CRYSBROWN1 4/8/2011 10:46AM

    Glad that you like your new home! The fact that you & hubby can now co-habitate in newlywed bliss is just priceless in itself! I have always wanted to run in Boston, for my company we have a region office there & I always see people out there running on a nice day, it seems like the scenary & seeing other run to would give anyone motivation to get out there.

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MBSHAZZER 4/8/2011 8:48AM

    I'm so glad you love your new home! And saving money is key!! As well as living under the same roof as your hubby! It's always good to keep an open mind and be willing to see the good - no place will ever be 100% perfect, so kudos to you for staying positive. And of course, being able to run outside is priceless!!

Don't worry too much about the mortgage thing... I had a really hard time last year - very long story short, I was trying to get a mortgage for a rental property I was buying and couldn't get a mortgage with an 800+ credit score, good income and NO debt. I ended up getting a mortgage on the property later on through my local bank where I have all of my accounts. That might be the way to go.... Good luck!

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FRIZGIRL 4/8/2011 8:42AM

    So happy you love your new home and get to spend more time with the hubby and save lots of money! Bonus!

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SKYFYRE 4/8/2011 1:01AM

    Nice! Good to hear you are settling in! Hope you get the mortgage figured out if you really want it, but city life might be fun for a while, you are newlyweds, newly cohabiting full time anyway, Enjoy the close quarters!

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SWEATONCEADAY 4/7/2011 11:42PM

    so glad you are loving your new hood!

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TAMM22 4/7/2011 10:28PM

    So glad to hear how well things are working out!! It's funny how the things you think you'll hate end up being the best thing for you...kinda like me and exercise!!


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JOPAPGH 4/7/2011 10:08PM

    Glad you are happy. I lived on Huntington Aveacross from the MFA when I went to Northeastern a million years ago. I enjoyed the time I lived in Boston and continue to enjoy city living, just in a different city.

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MEGSFITNESS 4/7/2011 10:01PM

    Aaawwww!! I'm so happy to hear that you're happy :) soak it up

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DRAGONFLY180 4/7/2011 9:35PM

    so glad you are liking where you live! that's great! i wish i had better places to run. it'd definitely make it easier to get out there regularly.

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KIMTASTIC! 4/7/2011 9:09PM

    I'm so happy for you guys!! I wish I lived a little closer to Boston so I could take advantage of all the great running spots. I'll do a race up there now and fave is the Charles River Run. You're close to lots of great food too!!

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SM-ARTGIRL 4/7/2011 9:08PM

    It sounds like you have made the decision to move into hubbies condo the right move for you at this time of your life!
That run looks awesome!
My partner & I just made the enormous decision to move interstate by end of year.
It means leaving his family who we adore, and creating a new business with like minded friends.
I like that you have listed your pros & cons, we are currently doing vision maps & business plans together!

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What do people really mean when they say "it's not a diet, it's a lifestyle"?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

It's become a cliche: "Diets don't work. I'm not on a diet - I'm living a healthy lifestyle."

My (overly literal) reaction has always been, "But everyone has a diet - a diet is what you eat. Of course you can lose weight and get healthier by changing your diet."

And yet I feel myself coming to the same conclusions as the people who like to talk about how "diets don't work." I believe that PRESCRIBED diets might not work, because there needs to be room for adjustment. Whether or not an individual needs a prescribed diet as a jumping off point, eventually the plan needs to be individualizedfor, and by, that individual. And the fine-tuning is an on-going process. When something doesn't seem to be working, figure something else out.

Several months ago I complained in a blog post that I was hungry, but I'd planned out my menu in advance and I'd already eaten what I'd planned to eat. One of the comments on that blog was, "If you're hungry, eat something!" At the time I thought yeah yeah, eating without a plan is what got me overweight in the first place. But eventually I changed my plan. Now the plan is that when I'm hungry, I eat something. When I'm not hungry, I don't. I listen to my body and I don't sacrifice my own comfort for weight loss, because a plan that causes me to be uncomfortable can never be sustained long-term. Plus it's not necessary to be uncomfortable, at least not much (there are occasions where I deliberately put off eating, like if I'm hungry but about to go out to a restaurant, but then the discomfort is only temporary). However, as I've been mentioning a lot lately, when I'm hungry and eat something, it's not a free-for-all pig-out. Other than my three meals and one mini bag of almonds per day, when I'm hungry I mostly eat fruits and vegetables. By doing that, I can eat when I'm hungry, get full, but still not overload on calories. And so far this is working for me. I've lost 14 pounds in 10 weeks! :) And people are starting to comment - my husband says I'm looking thin again, a coworker asked what I'm doing that's working so well (of course I said SparkPeople!!!), and my principal said I've been looking younger these days. I am so excited for spring and summer now that I'm happy with my weight. And yes, I really am happy with my weight. I weighed 153.8 this morning. This probably wouldn't be most people's ideal weight for a 5'6" woman, but I like how it looks on me and I like how I feel at this weight. My BMI just squeaks into the healthy range and I'd honestly be happy if I maintained this weight long-term.

In other news, I've had this awful cold/cough for the past week or so that I'm really looking forward to getting rid of so that I can feel 100% again. And even though I just moved into my hub's condo, we've already started looking at houses. We did a mortgage pre-preapproval last night, and I'll let you guys know if we start making offers!!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 4/10/2011 11:21PM

    "Now the plan is that when I'm hungry, I eat something. When I'm not hungry, I don't."

What do you do when you want to have a party in your mouth? I struggle with that.


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JESSICAPAGE 4/7/2011 12:55PM

    I know exactly what you mean. What is funny is how the eyes glaze over when I start to say, no I am not on a diet, I have changed my lifestyle...Good luck with the pre pre approval!! How exciting.

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FRIZGIRL 4/5/2011 1:01PM

    awwwww so proud of you!!! 14 lbs in 10 weeks is AMAZING!!! You are freakin awesome! Now we need new pics! I'm sure you are looking stunning and gorgeous! At least after the baby, i'll have a good weight to aim for and can try catch up with you!

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JIBBIE49 4/4/2011 10:48PM

    My son sells real estate, and there are SO many foreclosed properties now, so you should be able to find a good deal. Most homes are so over priced that they have sat on the market. People just don't realize that the "baby boomers" have a glut of houses to get rid of now and so the market is going to be WAY down just for that reason as they all want to retire and sell.

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VERITY50 4/4/2011 10:35PM

    Good for you! Finding the right balance takes time and I am glad that you have hit your groove...

Congratulations on feeling and looking great! emoticon

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MEGSFITNESS 4/4/2011 6:04PM

    I'm loving your answer to that question, but my answer is totally different. Yes--I'm one of those people who say that I'm not on a diet, I'm living a healthy lifestyle. When I say that, though, I mean it to incorporate all of the pillars of health that I'm working with--not only am I eating right, but I'm also factoring in exercise and sleep. I'm factoring in social relationships and stress relief. In every aspect of my -life- I'm trying to be healthier whether it means going outside to soak up the sun when I'd rather play video games or going to the gym when I'd rather laze about at home. It's more than what and when I eat, it's really how I live and something about everything needs to change at least a little :)

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TAMM22 4/2/2011 10:37PM

    Well put!!


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CLIMBNRUN 4/1/2011 7:32PM

  You have figured out what works for you, and it seems to be paying off!


I hope you are feeling much better today!!

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JOIE501 4/1/2011 1:42PM

    I think that is a great weight. Who cares what others think! I am trying to get down to around 155-160 range because then my BMI will no longer say I am OBESE! Ha! Good for you. I am going to try that too...listening to my body and just eat when I am hungry. =)

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STARFISH619 4/1/2011 1:25PM

    Very wise to be in tune with your body. And you're right, what we eat is called a diet, whether we're on "a diet" or not.
You are doing great and making awesome progress! Keep up the great work and keep listening to your body. :)

BTW - Good luck on the house hunt!

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SKYFYRE 3/31/2011 4:40PM

    Glad you are in your happy place!!

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DAMIENDUCKS 3/30/2011 7:43PM

    love this blog! and love how you've shifted to something that works so well for you!!

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MEGSMILEY 3/30/2011 3:52PM

    Great blog! Congratulations on reaching a weight you are comfortable with and feel good about. Way to go! :)

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SWEATONCEADAY 3/30/2011 2:59PM

    great blog. glad your "diet" is working and you are happy. get better soon!

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RUNNINGPFUHL 3/30/2011 2:47PM

    I guess when I say it's a lifestyle, what I mean is I don't have "diet mentality". For the most part I believe the majority of people go on a diet, as a set time period. 10 weeks, 12 weeks, 40 days, ya know. And then they are off the diet. And basically go back to what they did before the diet began.

I don't deprive myself, I eat when I'm hungry. However soda and "bad carbs" and non nutritional foods are a thing of the past. My diet which has evolved over the past 2 years is part of my life. I eat to live and don't live to eat. :D

Yay house hunting and healthy BMI!!!

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CRYSBROWN1 3/30/2011 2:34PM

    I LOVE it! I always kind of think that that is funny when people make the comment about lifestyle, I get what they are saying but it's the diet getting them there. Great job on the weight loss & by getting there without starving!

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ZIRCADIA 3/30/2011 2:12PM

    I loooove this blog!!! *HUGS* I think I'm going to follow your example in an attitude perspective.

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FITGIRL15 3/30/2011 1:47PM

    I think it was me that said "If you are hungry, EAT SOMETHING!" LOL that sounds like me! LOL

I'm soooo glad that your plan is far less rigid then you were making it before, and if you are doing what's right for you, your body will eventually respond! (Which it is for you!)

Way to go on all the compliments lately, Susan! You must feel beautiful!

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HOPERY 3/30/2011 1:28PM

    You are doing so awesome! I love how you are happy where you are. You are beautiful and only need to reach a happy place for you. I need to add more fruits and veggies into my "diet". I think having them as my snack options are a great idea.

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SPORADICUS 3/30/2011 1:16PM

    I love this blog. I think this is exactly the point that everyone wants to get to: Good food decisions coming naturally? Check. Eating fruits and veggies regularly? Check. Not spending all your time stressing about food? Check. A weight where you feel happy and comfortable? Check. You are my hero today. :)

Good luck looking at houses!

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MBSHAZZER 3/30/2011 1:14PM

    Susan, AWESOME post!! You are so right - a diet is what you eat! You can't eat a lifestyle! LOL!

But to me, a "lifestyle diet" is one that you can live with long term. Anyone can drink shakes, or only eat protein, or grapefruits, or cabbage soup for a short period of time. But what sets apart successful "diets" is being able to actually live on them long0-term!

I am sooooooo happy to hear you are happy at your current weight and "lifestyle" - it sounds like you have finally hit on something you can live with on both counts! HOORAY! I have to be honest, sometimes I feel like I am a prisoner to my weight. Now, don't get me wrong... most days, I am happy at my weight, but some days I feel like maintaining my weight is a HUGE chore and I feel trapped because if I just said "eff it" I know I would feel badly, butI would have less stress to do all of the healthy food prep and gym time!

anyway, not to ramble on about me... 14 pounds in 10 weeks is awesome and sustainable!

And good job on the mortgage! My BF and I are having an enormous headbut about the same issue right now. He wants to move out of our condo and I want to stay! Even though I hate it, we own it free and clear! Like my weight, I think I would feel trapped by a mortgage!

Anyway, good luck house hunting... that part at least is a lot of FUN!!!

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