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Off the wagon, on the wagon... french fries are my cigarettes of days past

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Yesterday I seriously struggled...& stumbled.

I gave in to a craving at lunch for french fries, & got a veggie sandwich which wouldn't have been so bad probably if it hadn't been on white bread, about an hour after I ate i felt like i could barely stay awake... yep that's right blood sugar spike... THAT wouldn't have been so bad either except the whole REST OF THE DAY i felt like crap... seriously i felt horrible...

I haven't eaten fast food in a LONG time & dare I say I won't be doing THAT again... lol So I had a bad day of eating but a good day for learning a lesson... if I have to indulge in french fries... which i have a serious weakness for , I will NOT combine it with white bread... NOR will I do it on a regular basis. Lol . I also noticed that the fast food ones made me way more tired than the home made ones that I bake myself...

so yeah fell off the wagon yesterday... but i am back on today... so why is it i keep thinking about french fries even though i had some yesterday & they made me feel like shight???? ugh!!! Lol I guess i need to make some homemade ones this week to get it out of my system.

i packed my lunch & am back to my high fiber low sodium quest. packed some yummy stuff from the garden, got to do my best today to reach that nutrition goal. I feel so much better when i do, yet i still have these horrible cravings. I am not giving up, just venting a bit, it took me a numerous tries & years to quit smoking, so i know i can beat this craving, i just need to find a food that satisfies my french fry craving that is healthy & doesn't make me feel bad & easily accessable... yeah...

Sweet potato fries help... but still not the same. maybe i will make a batch of sweet potato fries & also a few regular potato fries in the oven tonight if i am still yearning for them @ dinner time i think that is what i will try.

I will learn from yesterdays error & chalk it it up as an "experiment" in learning. Still need to find something to quench that french fry craving. Today is a new day, onward & upward :O)

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JSPEED4 8/6/2011 9:13AM

    On a SparkPeople blog, that I read a week ago but don't remember which it is, some research was reported on. I've been experimenting with the premise this past week: To stay heart-healthy, cut the sodium as potassium is raised.

Interestingly, as I do this, my cravings change; as I get plenty of potassium, I salt my dry-beans less, salt my meat less, forget about refined carbs.

If I eat plenty of both sodium and potassium, I want to graze all day long, or I crave meat and reduce my consumption of the big-potassium foods.

I'm still watching how this sodium-potassium axis affects me.

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    I keep "emergency fries" in the freezer.

I buy frozen fries from Whole Foods, which have no scary ingredients or bad fats (choosing the appropriate brand/variety, of course). If you don't have a Whole Foods or health food store nearby, try various grocery stores and "big box" stores (it may take a lot of ingredient list reading, though I did find ONE healthy variety at Meijer). I recommend against the scary varieties with ingredients lists a mile long...I assume those would make you feel just as icky as the fast food ones did. :-/

I measure out a serving (for me, that's about 4 ounces) of frozen fries into a bowl and microwave them for 4-7 minutes, depending on how thick they are.

It's not as healthy as homemade, but it helps me get through dinners out when I know I have fries available to me on my own terms. I also don't eat too many, since I am too lazy to go through the process of making a second batch. LOL

It's a bit embarrassing to admit that one of my tricks is microwaved/frozen/less-than-homemad
e, but it sure has saved me a lot of calories! :-)

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ALICIA214 8/4/2011 10:29AM

  I think home made fries taste better,something about being able to control the freshness of the oil the spuds are fried in. I have not tried oven fried yet but it sounds like a good option. I had fries on Monday simply because they came with my meal I
ate only about four since they came very salty.
Have a super day Cheers emoticon

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Sodium & Fiber...

Friday, July 29, 2011

Didn't do too bad on my calories today, My fiber was on the low end of the range, & my sodium was still over bt 300 mg, but at least it is getting closer to that 2300mg , it is really hard for me to be consistant with the sodium, but i am getting closer at least.

i have decided i need to start buying my nuts without salt, i had walnuts tonight, because they had no salt. the cashews & the pistachios i have both have salt & i knew it would bump me way up on my sodium, even though i had plenty of calories for a nut snack, the walnuts worked though. I will have to buy more of those. and next time get the unsalted versions of the other ones. shaking head... walnuts are tasty without salt but pistachios will take some getting used to.

I went to the gym tonight, again, not my usual nite, but DD wanted to go so i went with her. I got in 40 minutes on the arc trainer and i was pushing it the last 20 minutes, i was sweating pretty dang good by the end, lol funny , i didn't really like that thing the first few times i used it, now i kinda like it, i found certain music really makes a difference as well, thank gawd for Linkin Park or i might not have got quite the burn in that i did.

going to the gym in the morning with DH, i have been to the gym every day this week i think... no i take that back wednesday i didn't make it there, BUT i rode my stationary bike, so not a lost day.


sodium again

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Logged my food again today & made it to the gym.

I am still a bit high on the sodium, ughh. Even with being careful i still went over. I logged my food in for the day before i ate, but then changed what we had for dinner, that threw it off.
about 500 mgs over the recommended amount, but still WAY better than two days ago, so i did bad on Tues, good on Wed & so so on Thursday. I guess it will all come together if i keep after it.

i did about 35 minutes on the arc trainer at the gym.

i am really trying to be diligent in following with the program, at lunch when i opened the door at work to let someone in the building i could smell french fries from the diner in the plaza. OMG, talk about temptation... i went back to my desk & ate my cucumbers & cherry tomatoes, & told myself that those fatty french fries will clog my arteries & not to even think about them or the beloved ketchup.

i also told myself that it is not like i can never have them again... just not today... that definately helped. also noted to self... need to make homemade baked sweet potato fries soon... that helps me stay away from the regular fries.

I really what i read in the book is helping, i bumped my fiber intake up pretty high & i felt full for the past three days. so we shall see if it helps on the scale as well. when i did get a pang for a snack after lunch i had a cup of tea, that helped as well. i am really trying to be prepared so i don't have any major slips.

i had a bora bora bar yesterday but i didn't feel that was a slip, i calculated it in so i didn't feel it was a slip at all, especially looking at the ingredients/fiber/sugars etc. i felt okay about having it. they taste really good, & i need to do some recipe searches and see if i can make my own. it can't be that hard, it is oatmeal & nuts & fruit mixed together.

so far i feel pretty good about the changes i made this week & tomorrow is another day keep telling myself that i need to stay focused & positive. I am hoping the anti-biotics i had to go back on don't make me feel bad. hopefully i can counter act the effects with my routine.

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NWILKER 7/29/2011 10:35AM


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BETZYGIRL 7/28/2011 10:31PM

    Way to Go! emoticon

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FREETHEGODDESS 7/28/2011 10:26PM

    I have the same sodium is always too high. Whenever I eat processed foods I expect it to be high but, even on days that I eat really clean I still get high readings. I ate a pickle one day and was shocked at the sodium levels. I don't obsess about sodium anymore. I just try to eat healthy and drink my water. I don't have high blood pressure so I figure I will be okay. Best wishes to you!

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SKYHAWK195 7/28/2011 10:23PM

  good work?

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SKYHAWK195 7/28/2011 10:23PM


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tracking food ugghh sodium is way too high...grrrr

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

ugh, first day back at tracking my food. ugghhh I went way over on my sodium grrr, my calories were higher than i planned as well, was 65 calories over the high end, double grrrr

AND i had way too many calories for dinner , i am very unbalanced, i need to have more for lunch & less for dinner. so back to really planning things out, maybe i could add my foods before i actually eat them , that way if i start to go over i can just substitute something else, that has worked before, eating shouldn't have to use this much thought!!!

i went to the gym tonight but really didn't feel that great, o got in 35 minutes in on the crosstrainer, not very much but better than nothing, i need to work on that as well... sheesh i have really slipped... need to get in the groove.

tomorrow is another day, going to bed so i can tackle it with a rested head.

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NWILKER 7/27/2011 11:43AM

    Small victories!!
Look at the positives! You tracked your food, you went to the gym and you are going to do even better the next day!

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    Sodium is really hard, particularly if you eat any packaged or prepared food (and let's face it, who doesn't have a can of soup now and then). There is so much in everything, it's overwhelming. I've started looking at that before I look at anything else on the label, and anything I can make at home (barring time constraints), I do. Not only can I control the sodium but it's a lot cheaper ;)

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/27/2011 12:44AM

    Sodium is a tough one. I'm trying to get better on that one as well.

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Time to start over

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

So, I am starting over, yet again... I am not looking at this as a bad thing, It took me many many tries to quit smiking and I have been smoke free for years...decades... now, so I am just looking at it as me beating this down this time.

trying another angle, each time i keep tweaking and improving my diet, & exercise a little bit.

I am reading a book that seems to be helping already, i have been keeping most of my "ideas" to myself & not sharing with my family just yet. I have tries so many things i am just keeping it to myself this time.

I do think the book & the last book have been of great use to me as far as determination & as far as figuring out what my issue is... I know some of it has to do with me having Lyme, I work harder at it that almost everyone i know yet still and struggling with my weight, i guess i could whimper "it's not fair" but why bother, it doesn't really matter that it is not fair, it just is the way it is, i need to deal with it.

The book really has made me realise that certain foods i eat are probably not high enough in fiber & maybe a little high on the gi index for me, so i am adjusting that... so far so good.

So far this book has really made a lot of sense to me as far as why i keep cycling back through this vicious circle, and i am determined to break it this time.

On a lighter note, my hubby made me a drink of this "recovery" stuff he buys from GNC, OMG BLECH!!! it was so sugary sweet i could not drink it, gross, i will stick to my own plan, Lol I have NO clue how he drinks that sweet stuff, but he has a sweet tooth, luckily that is ONE thing I dont crave. Lol

I tried Aqua Zumba last night, it was fun, but i doubt i will do it much, it was i nice change & i can see the attraction, but i think regualr zumba is better for me at this time.

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MSPLACEDAGAIN 7/27/2011 11:59AM

    Sounds like you are making plans! I have just tried my third Zumba class last night. My body does not shake like the instructor's, despite having so much more to shake!


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    Welcome back to Sparktopia! =)


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