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Monday, January 12, 2009

Hmm. Don't look at Lindt chocolates that you can't eat, and then read a NYT article about food online, if you don't want to get really hungry.

Annoyed but not discouraged by my weight. I was 142 today, which means my weight has eased up two full pounds in the past few days, even though I've been sticking to my plan 100 percent. I hope that holiday reckless eating didn't mess with my system and make me unable to lose within my normal calorie range... hopefully I'll see a loss - hopefully back to 140 and THEN some - soon! Maybe I have PMS. I have such unpredictable cycles.

To answer Marlie's question, I made seven servings out of my Mexican lasagna (I always do seven servings of my batch meals - one week's worth) and each serving has 463 calories. Both of my recipes are really good this week!

Here's this week's menu:

Breakfast - coffee with soymilk, green tea, pumpkin pie smoothie

Midmorning snack - 2oz. walnuts, Braeburn apple

Lunch - Mexican lasagna

Afternoon snacks - citrus central - clementine, navel orange, grapefruit, dry rolled oats mixed into vanilla yogurt

Dinner - Brown rice with salmon and Asian veggies

Snack/Second course of dinner :) - Salad of red leaf lettuce, 5 baby carrots, 1 red pepper, 9 grape tomatoes, spices, and some kind of dressing (still using my crazy fat free/sugar free/calorie free Thousand Island, but after that switching to vinegar and spices and maybe some oil)

This evening I went to Body Pump and Hi/Low, which is a rather old-school class with step and floor aerobics and then abs and stretching. For some reason I get really intimidated in Hi/Low, but I think if I went more often I'd get the hang of it and feel more confident. Anyway, it was two hours of exercise but nothing that got me REALLY sweaty or anything. I still think I can kick my own butt, cardio-wise, better than any class can.

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RA4945 1/19/2009 12:01PM

    Hey Susan! I finally caught up on all your blogs since before New Years. I have been WAY behind on all my Spark blog subscriptions and other emails. I enjoyed catching up on your news though. I had the same struggles over the holiday's and feel like I'm finally getting back on track. I'm really proud of you for not giving up and instead pushing yourself forward and finding what works best for you. You're really doing great! Those 130's are right around the corner sweetie so keep pressing on! And don't focus on that "set point" you mentioned a few blogs back. I honestly believe we can reset that brain set point when we lose weight. We just keep resetting it until we reach the weight we feel is the healthiest for us.
My husband bought me a bag of Lindt truffles for Christmas! I can't stop at 1 or 2! It's just ridiculous! They are better than any other chocolate as far as I'm concerned. Haha!
Keep up the good work!

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    I give you so much credit for sticking to your meal plan daily. That takes a lot of dedication-- I guess you just found what works for you :) And that's what it's all about!

Don't worry about the weight. Obviously you haven't overeaten by 7000 calories in the past 2 days. Don't pay any attention. In fact, as long as you are sticking to your food plan and exercising at the intensity that you normally do I would ditch the scale for a bit. It might mess with your head considering that you are doing everything right and you aren't seeing the results. Trust in your system and you will get the results. Ultimately it's not about the scale it's about the healthy lifestyle-- you are eating good and exercising, that's what matters to your body.

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TERRIANGEL 1/15/2009 11:43AM

    I can kick my own nbutt better, too. BUT (not butt) classes are such a good change up, ya know? and they really will burn some butter, so why not, if you enjoy them, right?

And as far as the Lindt. They are evil. E-V-I-L I tell you. I bought a bag on the way home from work on Monday afternoon (I was sick, and feeling sorry for myself, what can I say) and ate half a bag and left the other half in my car. The good news is, they are STILL in my car, frozen. If I hide things in the cupboards, I always know where they are and am hopeless at controlling myself. BUT, if they are in the car, for some reason I actually don't think about them and they may still be in there in the Spring.

Of course, now that I'm thinking about them, I really should go throw them away...

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MARLIE13 1/14/2009 11:30AM

    I don't think I really realized that you eat the same thing for dinner each night of the week. Did I read that part wrong? Either way, 7 servings, thanks! Personally, I don't think your holiday eating was severe or long enough to mess with your metabolism to the extent of bumping you into a new calorie range category. With you monitoring things so closely, I'd give it a full two weeks of back to "normal" before you start trying to adjust things. Just my two cents! =o)

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TRACYZABELLE 1/13/2009 6:37PM

    I know you can kick your buttt! You are focused! DO IT!

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FITGIRL15 1/13/2009 5:21PM

    Mmm... Lindt Chocolates are good chocolate.. did you eat 'em? or did looking at them they just make you hungry? LOL I think one has between 60 and 80 calories! That's a bit high for something with bare minimum nutritional value. I often have to remind myself of these numbers!!! (I'm a numbers geek, remember! LOL)

What is your current calorie range? It is possible that your metabolism is messed up, or maybe you are hitting a plateau, like me! It's possible that dropping a few hundres calories per day will fix that... but mentally getting your head around the menu change isnt easy! I have been trying to make my meals smaller for at least a month, and I just can't seem to get them smaller then 300 calories each!

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SEEHOLZ 1/13/2009 11:34AM

    Yeh-- classes are fun, but I can kick my own butt better, as well. I do challenge you to step it up a notch in the class- you can always opt for the high option and some -- I sure kicked my own butt during class- for example, I use extra risers in step, use weights in cardio kickbox and do all high in high/low-- I still do the low, but it's a higher low-- yeh, maybe that's why people "stare" at me sometimes?
But, of course, be careful not to hurt yourself or just go and kick your own butt-LOL! Whatever works,right?

P.S. I know this is a totally lame comment, but I'd prefer you use the word "choose not to"-- "you can't eat" sounds so restrictive-- I really do think that the "spin" makes a difference emotionally-- yeh, well, I know you're the one in control of your choices and I'm the screwed up one, so technically I should shut up and mind my own business, but it crossed my mind, so I figured I'd mention it...

Great job on sticking to your plan!

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WITTYFLOWER 1/13/2009 9:03AM

    A total clean meal day! Awesome! There is a big difference eating clean vs. eating all the processed stuff. I will try the recipe next week. I cooked some penne bake from the Eating clean magazine and it came out great. I ate it yesterday for lunch and dinner and now lunch again. Thanks for sharing your progress!

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KJNE8O 1/13/2009 6:36AM

    What is your calorie range? I love some of your foods.... Do you have your Nutrition Tracker shared?

As for the cardio, I've taken classes like that and opted to just go run on the treadmill or do the elliptical instead. If the class is a hoot and just too much fun - like a Zumba class - I stick it out. But if I'm gonna work out for 2 hours I want at least 1000 calories burned!

I forget - do you have a heart rate monitor?

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ASTARB1 1/13/2009 6:30AM

    How do you make a pumpkin pie smoothie?!

Sounds yummy!!


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SWEATONCEADAY 1/12/2009 11:41PM

    will you come be my chef? seriously. even if the weight isn't dropping, which i know is the ultimate goal, at the same time you are fueling your body with beautiful healthy delicious foods. you and dana are so creative in the kitchen!

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BRUIN2 1/12/2009 10:28PM

    Still rocking those pumpkin pie smoothies!! Yay!!

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TMAC10 1/12/2009 9:45PM

    thank you for sharing your entire days meal plan :) i'm low on the budget right now and with food but plan on getting to the grocery this weekend and doing some pre-week prep and planning. i may try again at your weekly batch meals!

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Mexican Lasagna & Brown Rice with Salmon and Asian Veggies

Sunday, January 11, 2009

I've had a very uneventful weekend, and I don't mind one bit! My weight had been holding steady at 141.4 for a few days, but today went up to 141.8. I'm not discouraged. I know I am doing healthy things for my body no matter what the scale says. I've been eating on plan, drinking a lot, especially decaf green tea, getting good nights' sleep and getting up early even though it's the weekend, and getting good workouts at the gym.

Yesterday I did my cooking for the upcoming week, which is making today feel all the more relaxing. (I also did my laundry yesterday too -I can be really lazy today if I want!) I made Mexican lasagna and brown rice with salmon and Asian veggies.

Mexican lasagna - I have made this before, but changed the recipe a bit this time. I boiled up a couple different kind of beans - I think I used black and red, it really doesn't matter - all beans are so healthy. Especially when you boil dry beans instead of using the canned version - there's salt in those cans. I never use canned beans anymore.

Anyway, after the beans were cooked, I added two bags of frozen pepper and onion stir fry. The peppers are all different colors. I also added cilantro, cayenne pepper, and cumin. Finally, I stirred in some fat-free cottage cheese. I had actually meant to buy fat-free sour cream and got the cottage cheese by mistake, but it ended up being a good mistake. I was reading on Smurfette's blog yesterday about superfoods (from the Abs diet) and the only food on the list I wasn't eating - or at least, I THOUGHT I wasn't eating, was whey protein. Well, it turns out that there is whey protein in cottage cheese, so now I can check that one off my list! (I was proud that most of the items on that list were what make up most of what I eat...though I haven't been eating berries lately ever since I switched over from berry smoothies to pumpkin ones. I never liked the berry seeds in the smoothies.)

Anyway. I coated a casserole dish with some extra-virgin olive oil and laid down a whole weat lavash roll-up. I bought these because I couldn't find any good whole wheat tortillas - they all had "enriched flour" in the ingredients and I think that means they only used a little whole wheat but also used white wheat. This Lavash stuff I's flat bread meant for wraps, but it just happened to fit perfectly into my casserole dish - almost exactly the same size rectangles. So I layered them with the bean/veggie/cottage cheese mixture, and then sprinkled a little fat-free cheddar on top of each layer. I baked for 30 minutes. Can't wait to eat it!

The brown rice with salmon and Asian veggies is pretty straightforward. The Asian veggies I used were two bags of frozen Oriental Stir Fry veggies (broccoli, carrot, etc...) and a can each of water chestnuts, baby corn, and straw mushrooms (each rinsed to remove some of the sodium). The only other thing I added was some ground ginger.

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FITGIRL15 1/12/2009 4:42PM

    Sounds yummy!
Luckily I read this log while eating lunch :)

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CAROL_HOORAH 1/12/2009 1:11PM

    You have made me so, so, SOOO hungry. And you and I are TOTALLY on the same wavelength with food!!! I rinse things too to get the sodium off... even when it's like, maple syrup and beans which my bf loves I split half of it up and rinse half then remix it together and he doesn't notice the difference but I halve the salt intake. Anyway, I LOVE LOVE LOVE what you made and I want some of your mexican lasagna right now!!!!

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MARLIE13 1/12/2009 10:37AM

    Sounds like that prep work has set you up for a very successful week. Cool beans! (Dry beans...not canned! lol!) That Mexican Lasagna sounds yummy. How much is a serving and what have you figured out the calories to be per each? Have a great week!

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SEEHOLZ 1/12/2009 9:50AM

    Sounds like an accomplished week-end! Thanks for sharing your recipes-- Mexican anything isn't really my thing, but I do love salmon and simple meals!
Happy Monday girl and enjoy this week's meals! Bon Appetit!

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SKYFYRE 1/12/2009 6:14AM

    Your healthy eating is inspiring!

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CREATINGMYSELF 1/12/2009 12:59AM

    I'll have to try this out. I have been thinking of food prepping on the weekends and making use of all of my tupperware.

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STEPHANON 1/12/2009 12:39AM

    Sounds tasty! Hope you have a wonderful week!

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KJNE8O 1/11/2009 9:20PM

    Let us know how the Mexican Lasagna is - I LOVE MExican food! :)

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HOPERY 1/11/2009 7:45PM

    Sounds quite tasty!

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BRUIN2 1/11/2009 1:47PM

    Yay for such a good, low-key weekend!

I always put cottage cheese in our lasagne!! mmm, mmm good! And spinach too!! Yum!

Happy Sunday!

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Oddly Enough, I Don't Have Much to Blog About

Friday, January 09, 2009

No news is good news? Usually when I'm doing well I feel like writing about it, but for the past few days I've just been humming along just fine without many big insights to share.

Eating's been going fine. I'm sticking to the plan with the adjustments I made last time I blogged. And I seem to be re-adjusted to my healthy calorie level.

Sleeping's been going fine. Such a priority. A few nights ago I had trouble falling asleep - that's the worst - when you actually put in the effort to get a full night's sleep and can't. And it wasn't caffeine's fault either - I've only been drinking regular coffee very early in the morning and decaf late in the morning lately - none in the p.m. hours. But for the most part, I've been getting great sleep lately.

Exercise has been going fine. I am in a Saturday-Monday-Wednesday pattern for Body Pump. My cardio lately's been on machines - elliptical, treadmill, or the stair stepper that looks like an escalator. I've been doing mostly 45-65 minutes of cardio per day.

My weight went down to 140.0 yesterday, but bounced back up to 141.4 today for no discernable reason. Seeing how I was 134 before I fell off the wagon for the holiday season, I have a ways to go to get back. I have no doubt in my ability to do so, but it's going to happen slowly. I'm okay with that, but if I can get there or pretty close by vacation time - I leave for the Dominican Republic on Feb. 16 - I will be very grateful to mother nature. ;) That would require me to lose seven pounds in five and a half weeks.

Hmm. I guess I do have an insight afterall. The last time I blogged, I wrote that I was feeling shaky about my ability to stay on the wagon. Just now, I wrote that I have no doubt that I will. It's nice how a few days' worth of momentum increases my confidence. :)

Lastly, here's a picture of me from mid-December 2008, right before I fell off the wagon. I was feeling thin, so I wore all tight clothes - size 3 jeans and a small top. I look at this picture now, with all this extra weight, and my reaction is that I was looking okay, but would still ultimately like thinner thighs!

According to my weight report, I weighed 136 pounds the morning this photo was taken (though I had just eaten birthday cake...). My weight was fluctuating between 134-137 or so.

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CREATINGMYSELF 1/11/2009 12:34AM

    You are doing so well-- I like how you are trying to make positive changes and stick to healthy habits. You do a really good job at holding yourself accountable.

We will always find parts of ourselves that we wish were smaller. I found a pic of myself trying on prom dresses in high school. Literally, in the changing room-- I had my friend taking pics so I had an image outside of a mirror to look at and compare. Anyway, I was roughly 140 lbs and I am 5'7". I distinctly remember that the dress was a size 7-- the smallest I ever was. I look FABULOUS in the pic, but yet I remember thinking at the time "I can't go to prom-- I'm a cow!! My hips are too wide, my butt is too big and nothing looks good!!" Now, I see that pic, and I want to cry. Because here I am, roughly 60 lbs heavier, and I am thinking those same thoughts. Point to my story is, no matter what, we will never be truly happy until we learn to accept ourselves. You are so small, and the roughly 5 lbs you are battling right now shouldn't consume you. You are in excellent shape and you take good care of your body. Just keep these things in mind anytime you think your thighs are too big :)

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SEEHOLZ 1/10/2009 4:27PM

    It's good to hear you're doing great! Man-- what a relief!
I personally like your "skinny" picture, but can relate to your desire to have "thinner thighs"--- I know you'll get whatever thighs you want- you have what it takes. Just remember to do be happy with yourself! If you felt skinny that day, do not allow anything in that pretty head of yours to tell you any different! That nagging voice is the one that will always find the "flaw", because it's that voice that keep only looking at the flaws! So, start feeling the gorgeous self that you already are and take anything additional as bonus!

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JENNIFERBH 1/10/2009 11:32AM

    I find that weighing myself more than once a week is a moral killer. For me anyway. I would weigh on Monday morning. Work hard all week. Weigh on Friday and see 5lbs lost. Then, I would weigh again on the following Monday and only see 2lbs. It was so heartbreaking.
This time, as I have been up and down in weight for the last five years, I am weighing myself once a week. No excuses. That way, I only have a possiblity of getting my heart broken once a week. I am hoping this works for me. I got back on the wagon last Monday. So, I get on the scale this comimg Monday.
By the way, you look great in this picture!! Don't be so hard on yourself.


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SKYFYRE 1/10/2009 10:45AM

    You can do it! I have no doubt, you momentum is building, not fading!

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ASTARB1 1/10/2009 8:06AM

    I agree with FitGirl and LilTrouble...

Keep doing what you're doing and shake things up if you get bored!

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FITGIRL15 1/10/2009 12:11AM

    You are back on the wagon, consistency is key! Just keep with it, and I know you'll find your groove and surpass that all time low :) (even if I think you looked great at 134-137!)

I too feel your discomfort with the few extra pounds of "fluff" (as I like to refer to my body fat! lol) I let myself eat whatever I wanted over Christmas and gained about 4 pounds. 4 pounds isn't much, but when you are so in tune with your body you really do feel different with such a smalll gain! It's cooming off slowly but surely... as I up my cardio level to almost 200% of what I was doing pre-Christmas, I'm sure I'll make short work of them! :) I hope they take friends with them when they leave! hehehe

Have a GREAT weekend!
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LILTROUBLE 1/9/2009 10:10PM

    Just keep chugging along. You can do this!

Do you find that weighing each day works for you? I get in a funk and am like scared of the scale. :(

I love that picture. You look great - that color shirt is terrific. And your granny is adorable.

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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

I have two types of adjustments I need to write about. The first is about my body adjusting. A few wise Sparkers commented on my blog yesterday that perhaps I confused my body with the drastic eating changes over the holidays and that could be why I'm experiencing hunger now with the same calorie level that didn't cause hunger before. I think that might actually be right - or even if it isn't, I'm going forward with the attitude that I need to be patient and let my body re-adjust to the calorie level that worked so well for me for four months. Hopefully it will get easier. I should remind myself that even when I'm feeling a little hungry late evening, if I ignore it the gnawing usually goes away when I go to bed.

Random - have any of you seen the commercial for the new Weight Watchers Momentum program? It's funny...the furry little monster they use to symbolize hunger actually does look like HUNGER to me. Hehe.

The other type of adjustment I need to make is to my new 2009 rules I blogged about on Sunday. Some of the rules I set have proven helpful, while others I'm just going to keep on breaking unless I change them.

*Two coffees & two teas before breakfast (second coffee may be consumed WITH breakfast) - this rule is still helpful and I'll keep it.

*No snacks until 2nd period and not until 2nd coffee and breakfast are finished- still helpful!

*The rule about limiting my mid-morning snack to a piece of fruit and some nuts has been hard for me to stick to. I will change this rule to say that I should START with a piece of fruit and some nuts, and have something significant to drink. Wait a while, and if I'm still hungry and it's not lunchtime yet, it's OK to have some more.

*The rule about eating just lunch at lunchtime, about spacing out afternoon snacks, and about what time to eat lunch and dinner have been tough to stick to. I will lighten up on myself about that, as long as I save SOMETHING for later in the afternoon. Oranges and grapefruit are excellent choices for me because they take work to peel and eat, so I tend to save those for late afternoon. And definitely having the salads waiting at home is an excellent change. Anything easy to eat that I have at with me at school, I tend to eat too soon! But I like that I'm finding ways to accommodate for my lack of willpower!

One suggestion I got for dealing with evening hunger was to add protein to my salads. I really like this suggestion, but the percent of my calories from protein already tends to be higher than what SP recommends. Also, I'm having trouble deciding where this protein should come from. Definitely not peanut butter, haha! Not only would that make for an unusual salad, but peanut butter is quite the trigger food for me. I'll make a note to look at options next time I'm at the grocery store - chicken, shrimp, or some cottage cheese (on the side) might work. But this change wouldn't kick in until next week, because this week's already all planned out. The easiest thing would be to find a salad dressing that has protein, but there probably is no such thing. I have a hard enough time finding a salad dressing without unhealthy ingredients I try to avoid.

Okay, now I've blogged my way past the point that I can be on time to Body Combat at the gym at 5:30. Wah. But I can still pack up and get there in time for at least a half hour of cardio before Body Pump starts at 6:30...maybe even closer to 45 minutes if I rush!

PS - I'm at 141.2 today. I've been losing about a pound a day so far this week. Fun times!

PPS - We had a two-hour delay this morning due to snow/sleet/general January in Massachusetts weather. So I'm quite well-rested today. Ahhhh. :)

PPPS - I need to go shopping tomorrow for more salad stuff. Mental note - get lettuce, grape tomatoes, red peppers, and dressing (I recommend Maple Farms Sugar-Free Raspberry, it tastes great!).

PPPPS - I'm not getting to the gym any faster with all these last minute comments here............... heh.

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WWGAL23 1/8/2009 4:36PM

    Hey sweetie!!
It is so great to be back and to be able to catch up on your blogs!!! Your plan sounds fabulous and I am definitely going to use your plan to help me develop one of my own. It is hard to get back on track especially after the holidays but I know you can do it!! Especially now that you have a plan in your head and written out!!! Good luck sweetie!!! emoticon

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FITGIRL15 1/8/2009 12:28PM

    Adding protein to salads... you can never get enough protein! Seriously! :)
(Espeically with the weight lifting... on days you lift weights, be sure to have protein at EVERY MEAL!!! I promise you won't be hungry those nights!!!)

I add egg whites to my spinach salad... it's the best! I also like adding soy nuts (which are surprisingly high in protein) sometimes for a change! Cottage cheese isa great protein source, just beware of the sodium content (which can cause water retention and a subsequent weight gain on the scale) Lean meats are always a great option: chicken breast, turkey slices, heck... even tofu... be crazy and experiment! You might be amazed at what works!
Beans are good, but they are high carb... and can cause gas. I don't east them before the gym for OBVIOUS reasons! LOL
You could even drink a glass of SKIM milk with your salad!!! Great source of calcium and protein!!!

PS... my fave dressing is balsamic vinagrette... you can get it in a lite version too! It's not high protein, but it is DA BEST! :)

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FRIZGIRL 1/8/2009 11:08AM

    Good job tweaking your goals!!! Also, maybe add chicken or almonds to your salad, or some cheese, or black beans or red kidney beans. Just some ideas :)

I have to admit, I feel like I imagine hunger to be a little furry guy, kindof like the guy from the old Honeycomb comercials from when I was a kid. :)

And I'm glad you had a delay!

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TRACYZABELLE 1/8/2009 8:05AM

    I love the furry weight watcher hunger monster! Have you tried drinking green tea? You know BOTZZZ swears by it! Good luck, I know you can do it, you have the motivation!

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SILLIANGEL 1/7/2009 10:22PM

    It's really important to tweak your "rules" or goals so that they work toward success and not toward frustration. Good job!! Also, have you considered adding beans to your salads? Lots of protein! Also tons of vitamins and such. Maybe throw some cold white beans or chickpeas into your salad and see if you like it =)

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SEEHOLZ 1/7/2009 9:51PM

    I agree with Breigh- I mean, the ranges are just that, based on U.S. food pyramid- I think some extra protein is okay-- definitely nothing wrong with that, considering how active you are and how much muscle mass you have. I read that it is good to eat between .75 and 1 gram of protein per lbs of muscle. I might be getting this wrong, but I know I've read this type of info a gazzilion times, so there must be something to it.

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LILTROUBLE 1/7/2009 9:01PM

    Dude you are totally doing great if you are losing a pound a day. Way to go.

As for all of the rules - that is a lot of plans and rules. I can't ever stick with that type of stuff but they all sound great. I was trying to cut coffee. Do you find it helps with appetite and energy.

As for the salad, You could do tuna, egg, toasted pumpkin or sunflower seeds. YUM.

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BRUIN2 1/7/2009 8:16PM

    Yay for changing what's not working for you! And even bigger yay that things ARE working for you!!

You know, I've really never looked at how my nutritients compares to the SP ranges - I always just look at the total calorie range... So my suggestion would be to just try the protein thing - kind of like how you tried upping your calories (to great success!).

Hope your workout was wonderful!

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TMAC10 1/7/2009 8:10PM

    i'm glad that you can find room to tweak things in your "plan". its always good to have room for growth and change!

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LYNN248 1/7/2009 6:09PM

    I don't like fat free dressings, so when i made salads, i'd have to bite the bullet and use "real Dressing" because i only used to like Creamy dressings. just recently started eating salads without creamy dressing , but it has to be dark green, like arugula or spinach etc, and i mix olive oil and balsamic vinegar and spices. LOVE that.

what I sometimes do when i eat "light green" salad and want creamy dressing... is use cottage cheese as a dressin. Use fat free cottage cheese mixed in my salad which of course is creamy:)

I've also bought fat free cottage cheese and put it in the blender with spices and used that as a dressing / protein.

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How I'm doing with my new goals so far...

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Man, I made myself a lot of rules the other day! I don't really need the exercise ones. I am an exerciser. A few thoughts on the topic of exercise:
*Anyone else notice how much more crowded the gym was on Jan. 1 than on Dec. 31? Yeah, I went both of those days - rather proud of that. ;)
*I thought the gym was crowded on Jan. 1 until I saw how crowded it was last night at 6:30. Finding a parking spot (or an elliptical, for that matter) involved the stalk-and-strike method commonly used at the mall right before Christmas! Isn't it fantastic that everyone made a resolution to get healthier. Too bad that makes my gym so crowded the air's stuffy. Yuck.
*My workouts are much, much better after a) plenty of sleep and b) plenty of food. I was well-rested all break, and overate a lot, and had some of my best workouts. Now it's only Tuesday, and I've only been eating on-plan since Sunday, and I'm already feeling worn down, tired, and hungry. :(

I beat myself up for binge eating, but honestly, maybe my body is trying to tell me something with all this hunger. For the past few weeks I've been on-and-off with sticking with an eating plan. When I do make a plan, it's usually between 2,100-2,200 calories (more - up to 2,600 - on the days I went skiing). This amount worked so well for me for four months. I was losing weight slowly and steadily, and only suffered mild hunger.

Then the holiday season came, and for half a month or so there were several days where I ate way, way, WAY more than 2,100 calories. I couldn't even guesstimate.

So why is it that ever since I've tried to get back on track, I've been so challenged by hunger? A few times I've done well all day only to finally give in at night, adding far more calories beyond my range, because I was hungry. (Well, these binges would START because I was hungry...and then continue because they were fun and I like to eat.) I can't honestly tell if I'm really hungrier now, or just noticing it more. But I felt so much better when I ate more. More energetic, more awake.

If it weren't for my looming trip to the Carribbean, I'd just increase my calorie range. But right now I'm still 8 pounds heavier than I was before the holidays and it seems to all be settling into my belly. I look much worse now at 142 than I did when I was at this same weight a few months ago, because the fat distribution is all different. There is no way I will be happy in a bikini on the beach looking like this. I have to take this extra weight off and I have a time limit - just under six weeks. Great...just what I've been railing against - I really believe in healthy, slow change rather than extreme measures for fast results.

So.....I have no idea how fast this weight will come off. To be honest I'm still feeling quite shaky in my ability to even stick with an eating plan. Right now, despite having had an extra apple an hour ago (which brought my calorie total to 2,207), I'm feeling a gnawing hunger and would LOVE to go raid the kitchen - but I won't, not tonight.

This is really a tricky situation for me. I KNOW I'd feel better and have better workouts if I increase my calories and sleep. I know I will have evening hunger if I don't...maybe it'll go away, maybe being extra hungry will make me lose extra weight, I just don't know. The one thing that's for sure is that extra sleep will help. So.......I should go to bed! Good night!

Oh wait. I forgot to write about how I'm doing with my new goals! Duh. Exercise - great, although this evening I didn't have enough energy for a really good one Sleep - really good Sunday night, OK Monday night. Hopefully good tonight. Eating - stuck with the timing plan perfectly on Monday. Today I did OK, but ate lunch and dinner too early. The evening salads are working out GREAT - after I eat them seems to be the only time all day I feel pleasantly full, although the feeling doesn't last long. I have this really delicious, really low-calorie dressing, but it has Splenda in it so it's not perfectly healthy. I've also been sprinking on some Mrs. Dash. I LOVE the bright healthy colors of my salads! Red leaf lettuce is really good!

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SEEHOLZ 1/7/2009 2:28PM

    Sleep is seriously so important-- it seems a common problem amongst us overachievers-LOL! Glad you're taking care of yourself.

I think your body is confused and is trying to re-adjust and that is causing some uncomfortable feelings-- I've been in that phase where you're at and I think being patient with yourself is key to making it through this rougher patch-- you are doing really, really great I think!

As for your trip-- It's something to look forward to, for sure.

As for fat distribution: yeh, same thing happened to me-- it's almost weird how you put it that way-- when I binged, the weight always went to my abs first! After 30, especially!

Anyways, keep the momentum going-- you're on your way!

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SEEHOLZ 1/7/2009 2:28PM

    Sleep is seriously so important-- it seems a common problem amongst us overachievers-LOL! Glad you're taking care of yourself.

I think your body is confused and is trying to re-adjust and that is causing some uncomfortable feelings-- I've been in that phase where you're at and I think being patient with yourself is key to making it through this rougher patch-- you are doing really, really great I think!

As for your trip-- It's something to look forward to, for sure.

As for fat distribution: yeh, same thing happened to me-- it's almost weird how you put it that way-- when I binged, the weight always went to my abs first! After 30, especially!

Anyways, keep the momentum going-- you're on your way!

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MIMISCA 1/7/2009 1:23PM

    you are doing really well! you will make it through this slump and get rid of those 8 pounds in no time.

you can do it!

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    sounds like you are off to a great start. so jealous of your up coming trip!!!

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BLUEBOOEYES 1/7/2009 10:44AM

    Keep up the great work!

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LYNN248 1/7/2009 7:01AM

    Things usually settle down at the gym by March.. you'll have all your equipment back by then;)

Congrats on being back on track:)

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LILTROUBLE 1/6/2009 10:43PM

    Isn't it crazy how busy the gym is now after the 1st! It is really funny though because I trade off between 3 gyms so I am sure that the people at the gym think I am just some girl that is trying for a new years resolution :)

I was just stressing about calories because it seems as though I eat so much. I can't figure out what the right amount is for me to lose. I guess the fact that I am actually tracking my calories now - is GOOD. Because before I would just eat it!

I think that you should feed your body if it is hungry. Especially if it is good food. You are doing so great. Keep at it!

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HOPERY 1/6/2009 10:10PM

    You can do it Girl! Maybe the hunger seems worse because you were giving your body more calories recently. It is rebelling against the reduction. I would think if you persist, it will level out and your energy will come back up.

Get the rest!

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BRUIN2 1/6/2009 9:37PM

    hehehe, I was going to tell you to go to sleep - but you did that to yourself!! ehhee.

So when you read this in the morning....(hahha, I think I'm so funny) - what about adding some protein to your salads? Just a touch should make a difference - some cottage cheese, a few pieces of chicken, some peanut butter (just kidding - threw that one in there to see if you were listening). Anyways, just a thought!

Just think, by the time you perfect the "elliptical stalk" the gym crowds should be back to normal. heheh. Well, all that pacing waiting for the treadmills should burn some extra calories at the very least!!

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ASTARB1 1/6/2009 9:31PM

    My gym is more crowded too. I find that it dies down by the end of January. Good for you for keeping your goals in mind - that's the way to accomplish everything you heart desires!!


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WITTYFLOWER 1/6/2009 9:15PM

    I find that getting enough sleep does help alot with weight loss. I remember last year I gained 15 pounds because I was so stressed out and was unable to sleep! You are back on track and those 8 pounds will fall off in no time!

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