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Non-Scale Victory

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I went out to lunch with two colleagues. A particular restaurant has become a favorite of ours because of our mutual delight in perfectly cooked sweet potato fries. True to form, we each got a sandwich with a side of sweet potato fries. At the end of the meal, when the waitress was taking plates, I still had a big pile of fries on my plate. One of the ladies asked me how I can restrain myself from eating all the fries. I made some dismissive comment like, "Oh, I guess I just didn't feel like eating them all today." Then she said that I never finish them and wished that she had the same restraint. What!?!

I thought about it and what she said is not entirely true. There are times that I eat all the fries. But she was mostly right. When we go out to lunch, I often do leave food on my plate. As it turns out, without even realizing it, I have been eating to satisfaction, then putting my fork down more and more often. I would have said that leaving food without considerable mental effort is so NOT me, but apparently I don't know myself as well as I thought.

How crazy is it that someone actually noticed my eating habits and would like to do the same? Apparently, I've come a long way, baby!

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LEASIM1231 3/29/2011 1:41PM


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NICKEL1331 3/29/2011 10:34AM

    That is emoticon!

Good for you! Sometimes we don't notice the gradual changes and it is awesome when someone else can see what we cant!

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SMOCKON 3/29/2011 9:21AM

    That is awesome!

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WINDEE52 3/29/2011 6:10AM


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MINIUM 3/29/2011 6:04AM

    Congratulations! I wish I could do the same too... For the time being, the only way for me to control my portions is to eat from a tiny plate or bowl. I can't help finishing it!
Have a lovely day!

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5 Calorie Dessert

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Sometimes (a lot!) I want something sweet after dinner. I'm not hungry, but still want a little something. I saw a product-placement type embedded commercial on the Biggest Loser suggesting that Extra Dessert Delights gum be chewed when you want a sweet treat, so I thought I'd give it a try. Turns out it's true! I chew a piece of tasty gum and my sweet tooth is actually satisfied. It makes sense, because I'm not really hungry, just craving, so a little sweetness does the trick!

I've had the mint chocolate chip and the key lime and both are very tasty. The mint chocolate chip tastes kind of like Andes mints. The key lime is fruity and sweet-tart. There's also another flavor...strawberry shortcake or cheesecake (I can't remember), but I haven't tried that one yet.

Not to say that I still don't want actual dessert now and then, but for most days this gum has been a great trick. Do you use any diet tricks that really help you that you'd be willing to share? I could use all the help I can get!

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KASEYCOFF 3/20/2011 4:18PM

    When we go to the States, I always bring back a smattering of Jello Sugar-Free / Fat-Free instant puddings. I don't know that they're especially good for people (lol) but when I get a case of the 'gotta have sweet stuff' it hits the spot.

We have some fruit every night after supper. I don't give myself a huge portion, because it can spike blood glucose, but I always make sure my daily allowances include fruit with supper. Because it's the one 'splurge' I sometimes get special treats like fresh strawberries or blueberries. Other times I might cut a pear or apple in half, put some muesli in his half, sprinkle with a little cinnamon or something, then nuke it. Just like baked fruit. Instead of cream or ice cream, I sometimes use yogurt as a topping. Amazing how good something like that tastes when you are away from the super-delish (yes, I admit it) calorie-laden desserts. Thinks me!

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MINIUM 3/1/2011 3:20PM

    I'm just like you - I need to end my meals on a sweet note. I'm actually having one piece of very dark chocolate (85 or 90% cocoa) and it's so strong I feel totally satisfied.

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LEASIM1231 2/13/2011 2:58AM

    Mom got us some those for Christmas. I like the key lime :) I think Sugar Free, Fat Free is a very low-cal dessert, only I like it with whipped cream...I like cinnamon bake apples are also delicious with yogurt.

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KARIRDH3 2/12/2011 6:54PM

    OOh that sounds great! Good tip! emoticon

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J2740LOU 2/12/2011 6:42PM

    I'll eat 1/2 C Honey Nut Cheerios dry as a snack in the evening. That satisfies my sweet tooth/ crunchy craving. That's a 55 calorie dessert.

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RJ1020 2/12/2011 6:41PM

    Sounds good

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"Thinking, eating, exercising -- in that order."

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

"Thinking, eating, exercising -- in that order." Trainer Bob Harper, explaining the three most important elements of weight loss on last night's "The Biggest Loser."

I don't think I've ever heard it said better and more concisely. After the past two weeks, I am SOOO convinced that it is true. Let me explain...

I was really on track with my diet and exercise up until Thanksgiving. After losing over 40 pounds and doing a lot of emotional and mental work since I started SparkPeople last March, I felt like my head was really on straight; I was very proud of myself. Then stressors from various sources threw me off my new-found mental balance. I started emotional eating again. Next, my exercise took a fall. Finally, I just sort of gave up and ate whatever I wanted, without paying too much attention to portion control. Good thing I tended towards more nutritious foods as a result of my changed tastes. Even so, I ended up gaining eight pounds.

I struggled until a few weeks ago, when I realized that I did not want to finish this new year anywhere near where I started it. I was seriously ready to do something about my current circumstances.

So what did I do? I applied the tools I had learned since joining SparkPeople, namely focus, set goals, make a plan including small and do-able steps. My first baby step was to start tracking my food again, without worrying too much about changing what I ate. Within a few days I was wanting to eat better and stay within my calorie range. I was rewarded with a pound loss. Then, I decided to up my exercise. It felt good, making me want to continue. I was rewarded with a 1.5-lb loss this week. All this is great, but even more importantly is that I have not been compelled to eat for emotional reasons. A change in perspective or focus is sometimes all that is needed to allow everything else to fall into place.

I am thankful for the attitude adjustment--remembering what this is really all about (not diet or exercise, but being healthy and happy).

Did anyone see last night's "The Biggest Loser"? I thought it was chock full of lessons on what to do and what not to do in order to succeed. What inspired you?

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NEVERGIVEUP57 2/27/2013 5:07AM

    I probably did see this one, but my memory fails me. But your recap and experience sure says it truly does start with our thoughts. When the stinking thinkin comes in, then the food fails, and at the end so does exercise. I'll keep this in mind..thanks.

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LMBARR1 2/3/2011 1:59PM

    Yeah! Keep up the great work! You have the power, strength within you to be the person you want to become, a healthy, strong, emotionally vibrant person! I'm your biggest cheerleader, Rah! Rah! Rah! You can do it, yes, you can! If anyone can do it, Sherryl CAn! Three cheers for Sherryl...Hip, hip, hoooray! Hip, hip, Hooray! Hip, hip, Hooray!!!

You go girl!

P.S. We have been having so much fun w/the Wii!

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LEASIM1231 2/3/2011 6:25AM

    For some reason, your blog posts weren't showing up in my feed :S I wanted to congratulate you on PERFECT attendance! Wohoo! AND on the A trivia thing. Do you look up your answers, before you guess? How do you earn it?

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J9LOVE 2/2/2011 6:56PM

  you are inspiring! thanks for blogging. it helps me. not alone sparkers are a tenacious bunch! emoticon

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JAYJO64 2/2/2011 4:55PM

    I didn't see it but I'd like to congratulate YOU for getting back on track! I wish everyone who has struggling to get back on the wagon would read this! Good for you and congrats on the successes!!

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Self Respect Instead of Worth

Sunday, January 30, 2011

For as long as I can remember, I have struggled to overcome feelings of worthlessness. I strive to be, do, achieve so that I might one day feel like a person of worth. But recently I wondered if there might be another way.

After some searching and researching, I came to realize (at least intellectually) that the whole struggle is within a false dichotomy. By seeking worth, I was reinforcing that my position began from a position of non-worth. How could that be overcome? It can’t. A paradigm shift was the only answer.

A passage in “Feeling Good” by David D. Burns, M.D., summed up the conflict and possible resolution quite nicely, so I include excerpts below:

“[H]uman ‘worth’ is just an abstraction; it doesn’t exist. Hence, there is actually no such thing as human worth. Therefore, you cannot have it or fail to have it, and it cannot be measured. Worth is not a ‘thing,’ it is just a global concept. It is so generalized it has no concrete practical meaning. Nor is it a useful and enhancing concept. It is simply self-defeating. It doesn’t do you any good. It only causes suffering and misery. So rid yourself immediately of any claim to being ‘worthy,’ and you’ll never have to measure up again or fear being ‘worthless.’” Page 341.

“You might wonder—‘What is the purpose and meaning of life without the concept of worth?’ It’s simple. Rather than grasp for ‘worth,’ aim for satisfaction, pleasure, learning, master, personal growth and communication with others every day of your life. Set realistic goals for yourself and work toward them. I think you will find this so abundantly gratifying you’ll forget all about ‘worth,’ which in the last analysis has no more buying power than fool’s gold.” Page 343.

Now, one could argue that of course humans have worth! Assuming this is true, then everyone has worth and no one has more or less worth than anyone else, which brings us right back to where we started . . . human “worth” has no concrete practical meaning. If you can’t change your inherent worth, then the only way you can feel worth-less is by believing it to be true, which is entirely subjective and not based in reality. Instead of berating yourself for “being worthless,” treat yourself as you would treat others.

“Self-esteem can be viewed as your decision to treat yourself like a beloved friend. Imagine that some VIP you respect came unexpectedly to visit you one day. How might you treat that person? You would wear your best clothes and offer your finest wine and food, and you would do everything you could to make him feel comfortable and pleased with his visit. You would be sure to let him know how highly you valued him, and how honored you were that he chose to spend some time with you. Now—why not treat yourself like that? Do it all the time if you can! After all, in the final analysis, no matter how impressed you are with your favorite VIP, you are more important to you than he is. So why not treat yourself at least as well? Would you insult and harangue such a guest with vicious, distorted put-downs? Would you peck away at his weaknesses and imperfections? Then why do this to yourself?” Page 345.

Good question! I guess the answer is to remember that "worth" is an illusion and to have self-respect—respect the self by treating the self with respect.

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LEASIM1231 2/3/2011 6:29AM

    Nicely reminds me of the scripture "There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short." Once we accept that we are 'worthless,' we can begin :)

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JUSDUCKY 2/1/2011 9:12AM

    Very interesting!
Also...very smart.

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I Did Not Get the Job...Again

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

What last blog was about working towards happiness. Ha ha...I'm not laughing.

I found out today that I did not get the job I really wanted. I interviewed for the position in late October and was supposed to hear "within 10 business days." Well, I FINALLY found out today that [surprise!] they hired someone with more experience than me. If I hear that one more time...well, if I hear that one more time I still won't have a job, will I?

The really sad part is that I've essentially been doing the job since October...without pay, but still they decided to choose someone else. If they know me and am happy with my work and won't hire me, what chance do I really have of getting hired by an office that only knows me by my resume? I've now been unemployed for twenty-one months. What good are goals if they're unattainable?

I'd say I am too sad to cry, but I just proved myself wrong. Can I give up yet? Can I run away from home? From my life? I know...pass the donuts, please! Just kidding (not really).

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LMBARR1 2/4/2011 10:47AM

    I am sorry for you. I know you are diappointed. Keep on keeping on and don't give up. There is some ad for some athletic stuff and it says something like:

Be tough...only tougher
Be strong...only stronger
Be you...only better

You can be the best you and that is what you are striving for. The rest you can't control. You can do your best, hope, pray, wait and in the meantime, you can still live your best life. I am not belittling you feelings of disappointment. I say feel it. Let yourself feel it, then let it go and move forward towards what IS there for you! You do have VALUE and are a very CAPABLE and DILIGENT person! You will find the right fit for you.

Keep on keeping on!
You're stronger than you think
You're tougher than you think
You're more disciplined than you think
You have it in you to live your dreams and reach your goals!
That's not a slogan, it's the truth. emoticon

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LEASIM1231 2/3/2011 6:31AM

    Sim dealt with that too and got so frustrated with the line, "Someone more experience." How do YOU get experience then? At least you have your internship that is hopefully providing you with the EXPERIENCE a not-far-in-the-future employer will bel ooking for! :)

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J9LOVE 1/25/2011 1:46AM

  rats sorry it did not work out. dont give up. turn up the heat on your spiritual life, eating right life etc. helps to keep the foundation strong. even if it is not ok it will be ok emoticon

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ZESTYLADY 1/23/2011 7:41PM

    Oh man! It makes no sense. I don't know what to say, except...this too shall pass (in theory anyway ;)


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JUSDUCKY 1/20/2011 8:36AM

    I'm sorry. No perfect words for you. Just know that the perfect job is out there and you can't give up or stop believing in yourself!
Good luck!

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