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Stop Blaming Yourself

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

You know, people who are overweight end up facing a lot of guilt and blame for being fat. What you've got to remember is that a lot of corporate money gets spent to encourage us to be this way, and to discourage us from changing. I think that a lot of us who are overweight are just more sensitive to social cues, and it leaves us more open to this stuff.

Interesting article that talks a little about the politics of what we eat:
"The ABCs of Beating Obesity"
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424
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?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTTopStories

  


Supersized Snacks

Saturday, May 05, 2012

As far as I'm concerned, smaller snacks are better. We're all here to make a lifestyle change. That means not just losing weight, but seeing those pounds vanish for good. We can all knock off the sweets for a little while, but then we're right back on them once we're "done" with the diet.

I think real weight loss comes down to snack size control. Yes, have soda and icecream, but in reasonable portions...even if it means spending a little more for the smaller portions. Snack sizes have gotten out of control. I was looking at a vending machine, this morning, and noticed they had a number of "kingsized" candies in it. Who needs not only the regular sized candy, but the additional kingsized portion, too?!

  
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BLUE42DOWN 5/7/2012 4:00PM

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Back when I was gaining, I made a point of buying not one, but TWO, of those king-sized bars every day. I think one of my "selling points" to me was the cost savings.

Of course now I have that 1/2 cup of ice cream or one square from a chocolate bar. It still satisfies completely without the excess. (In fact, eating the larger ones all at once was more a matter of stuffing my face. What little I tasted was because I couldn't move it through my mouth any faster. Now I really take the time to savor it.)

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NURSELISE96 5/5/2012 9:12PM

    We have very little bowls that hold one serving of ice cream! very helpful

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WINSLOWGIRLS3 5/5/2012 9:05PM

    I totally agree with you! I have candy on a regular basis, but I measure out a half to one serving and that's my treat! I will put the serving of chocolate covered raisins, or jr mints in a little bowl on the counter and I grab one every so often through out the day. That way I get chocolate through the entire day, but I'm only getting the one serving and I don't eat more than that! I also make sure that I make the room in my calories for the day for that treat!

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Update

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Yesterday, I went jogging for the first time in over a year. It felt great, although I only made it a half mile. I've also been pretty successfully taking outtings with the bean in his carrier and stroller. The local running club is starting a run/walk group on Wednesday evenings for folks who aren't quite up to the speed of their normal running group, and I'm going to check that out. It's really just a matter of making it out of the house; once I'm exercising, I really enjoy it.

Meanwhile, nursing the bean is gradually melting off the weight. I'm eating healthy (for the most part), and not calory counting or anything. I'm guessing that the weight loss will level off at some point.

I really want this healthy change in my life to be permanent, and I feel like I can do it now that I no longer have the pressure and distractions that led to my ballooning up in weight in the first place. It's just a matter of making it happen.

  
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WINSLOWGIRLS3 4/27/2012 5:24PM

    I'm so glad that you are having weight loss success!!! Nursing is definitely a great way to do it! Good for you and the "bean". hehehe. I just love that you call him that!

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BLUE42DOWN 4/24/2012 6:34PM

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Well done getting right back into jogging! You're building some great healthy habits that the bean can learn from as he grows older - healthy activity being the norm.

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Exercise and the Bean

Friday, April 06, 2012

So, I've been trying to think about what kinds of exercise I can do while the bean is so small, and I'm the one looking after him the vast majority of the time.

Walks are pretty easy. Other things are more difficult. Aerobics might be a good possibility, though.

I've also found out that one of the local golf courses has a ladies league that is reasonably priced, and I'm thinking about trying it out. I haven't golfed since high school, when my Dad would take me around with him once in a while, and have honestly forgotten how to play. However, I remember it as one of the few sports I enjoyed, and am willing to give it a second try. It's kind of like a nice walk where you get to hit a ball with a stick. This isn't really a bean-friendly activity, but I could get the huby to provide child care one night a week so that I could play.

  
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WINSLOWGIRLS3 4/7/2012 12:09AM

    I think that sounds awesome!!! I hope that you are able to do it!!

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Update for this Week

Saturday, March 31, 2012

So, restarting my exercise plans post pregnancy has its complications. Trying to start daily walks last week was too early. However, I gave it another try, the past couple of days, and its been going better. My weight has continued to gradually go down, probably from the calories lost through breastfeeding.

My overall goal for the next six months, other than taking care of my son and generally living life, is to try to get back down to my high school weight. That was about 150 lbs, which is a healthy weight for me, and is about 50 lbs less than my current weight. I'm only going to be working part time, and, for the first time in years, won't be spending my days at a desk in a building right next to a mini-mart...a factor in previous diet attempts failing. When it's 2pm, and you want to stretch your legs for a minute, it's so very easy to just nip next door and grab a bag of skittles.

So, I'm starting out with daily walks with the bean in his carrier, and just eating well. Minus my junk food habit, my eating habits (meals and such) are actually pretty good. Being at home so much will make it harder to get to that junk food, which is a good thing.

For the next few weeks, my exercise goal will just be that daily walk with the bean. If I can stick to that, I'll gradually start jogging again. Ideally, I'd like to work up to being able to jog a few miles at a time by mid-summer.

  
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WINSLOWGIRLS3 4/7/2012 12:10AM

    I think that you have a great plan!

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BLUE42DOWN 4/1/2012 2:59AM

    I'm sure breastfeeding is also a good motivation to keep those eating habits as healthy as possible. And moving forward, having healthy foods around is just better for the family as a whole.

(And I did have to giggle at the "bean" nickname. Cute!)

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