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If I Had Known Then....

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Another blogger asked about 1965 and where other SparkPeople were at that time. It took me back to beginning of my roller coaster ride of weight control.

Oh, the doctor had put me on skim milk on my first birthday at 32 pounds. I only gained 1 pound in my second year of life. So I guess that was my first successful diet. In 5th grade I was the largest kid, 110 pounds, while most of my friends were 70. I tried Metracal (percursor of SlimFast) but didn't lose.

Then in 1965at age 16 I went on my own diet. I would eat one or two bites of Special K with milk in the morning, leaving the bowl prominently in the sink so my parents thought I ate. At lunch I would have about a half serving of tuna salad from the cafeteria; sometimes I skippedlunch altogether. At night I ate the least I could get by with of the family's meal. I didn't know that exercise was part of the equation. In fact, in my own mind, I thought I ate probably 3 times the food I should be eating. The problem of my weight seemed that big. In reality, I probably was eating 20-25% too much.

In 1965 I lost 60 pounds from 172 to 112 pounds in 9 months. Unfortunately, I gained it almost all back in 3 months. I started overeating again at Christmas.

I have learned so much since then. I don't have to be hungry to be a healthy weight. Exercise is so important. Healthy eating matters. Wish I'd known it then. Better late than never.

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PEGGYANNSCH 12/28/2009 6:46PM

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DONNABRIGHT 12/28/2009 11:19AM

    How can you remember it all so well?????

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MUSIC66 12/28/2009 12:09AM

    that is an intersting blog

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AQUAGIRL08 12/27/2009 11:50PM

    What's really amazing is that you can track your journey all the way back into childhood. Look at how far you've come! You are an inspiration!

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WALKINGANNIE 12/27/2009 12:30PM

    Other people's eating adventures and misadventures nearly always make me feel better. Thanks.

Special K and tuna have also featured prominently in my past weight loss efforts (although not together!) I know now but didn't know then that Special K is loaded with sugar. At least the tuna was a good option.

Your last paragraph really sums up what we need to know.

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AMBUDMAN 12/27/2009 11:49AM

    You are doing great and Spark People is such a good place to be. emoticon

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DREMARGRL 12/27/2009 11:30AM

    Your journey has been a long one....but just've got it down now. I always think I do till the holiday rolls around. But,'s not about deprivation, but moderation. Yeh....well, that works ALMOST all of the time, but occasionally I slip. That's okay, I say. I'm human....and so are you. So keep up that exercising, my friend, and know that to error is to be human and that's just the way it is. Love yourself....You are important and very valuable!!!!!!! We're not perfect....just forgiven. Have a great year in 2010 and we'll keep trying and succeeding together!!!!!!!!!!! XO MaryAnn emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Too Many Scary Leftovers

Saturday, December 26, 2009

I cooked and cooked yesterday. All went well. I tried to give away a lot of leftovers with very little success.

Now, my plan is to focus on the good foods I need. I'll try to use up or incorporate a few of the leftovers in my eating, but if I end up throwing out corn muffins or banana cream pie, so be it. The muffins I could freeze. If all the pickles don't get eatten, so what. I have leftover broccoli mix that had sauce on the side, so it is fine. The sauce can go. I have leftover plain baked sweet potatoes. The turkey is fine. The ham is sweeter and fattier than I would normally want, but I can incorporate a little. My husband will polish off the deviled eggs without question. The green bean casserole I'll probably eat, but add just a little in with plain green beans. It is so good.

I already put my gift of cookies in the freezer and I was successful in giving away the cheesecake, banana nut bread, and pumpkin bread. I don't intend to let the bowl of chocolate candy miniatures call my name. If it does, I won't answer.

I'll make it.

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DREMARGRL 12/27/2009 11:35AM

    I ate a lot of leftover candy. I must admit that I did, but it's nice to see that the traditional holidays are still alive and well at your home, too!!!! I love it and won't change try hard at portion control and when it's all over, I work out twice as hard and am very strict with my low carbs for a couple of weeks and VOILA! That's how I maintain. know what....It was SOOOOO WORTH it and I admit it. We are going right back to work and I.....setting a good example and nurturing our little ones and our big ones. YAHOOOOO!!!! XXOO MaryAnn
PS...My word of the day....BALANCE!

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PEGGYANNSCH 12/26/2009 5:35PM

    Yes it sound like some soup to me

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MAUITN 12/26/2009 2:14PM

    Sounds like you have the makings of a couple of soups that you could also freeze.

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WALKINGANNIE 12/26/2009 9:46AM

    Your leftovers sound delicious!

I guess that the decision is now about what will make you feel better in the long run. I suppose you'll del-eat it if it's delicious and you eat it and really savour it or delete it if you're just going to get guilt without pleasure.

Glad you had such a good-sounding family Christmas and that Natalie enjoyed her gift.

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GOING2LSEITNOW 12/26/2009 7:22AM

    I too have way too many leftover. Mostly desserts. I will either throw them out or freeze them in individual servings.

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BAYSIDE07 12/26/2009 6:31AM

  Throw them out! Eating this food will not do a thing for world hunger!

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Christmas Blessings and Challenges

Friday, December 25, 2009

Natalie loved her basketball goal and ball that Old Dad and I got her. It adjusts from 3 feet to 6 feet. She was frustrated trying to hit the big hoop, but this one is just her size at the lowest level. It is so great to give someone something they really like.

I enjoyed having the family here. All three meals were well received. I'm tired, but feel like it was a success. I've got Weight Watcher weigh in tomorrow and I'll be up a little, but expect to be back to goal by the following week. I do have to deal with a lot of food in the house I don't usually have to deal with. Oh, well.

My strategy of giving away the leftover deserts and rich foods didn't work. My sister didn't want to take it on a 3 hour trip. In fact she insisted on leaving all her relish tray items. My neice left cookies and her boyfriend left candy. My husband didn't really want me to give much food away anyway. It will be a challenge, but I intend to handle it. The dressing, mashed potatoes, and veggie casserole are far richer (buttery) than I would make for us. I've got biscuits, corn muffins, banana nut bread, and pumpkin bread left. I've got angel food cake and banana cream pie left as well as sugar free pumpkin pudding and sugar free jello with fruit. The cheesecake my son in law did take home. The turkey is fine, but the ham is too sweet and fatty. I could go on.

Oh, well. I'll just have to deal with it. I intend to.

All in all Christmas was a real blessing. It was a joyous, happy time. There was no discord. Little Natalie was precious and delightful. It is a Christmas I will remember.

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PEGGYANNSCH 12/26/2009 5:36PM

    glad you had a good day

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DONNABRIGHT 12/26/2009 12:47PM

    Glad you had a good day - we did, also!

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What Clicked? ..continued

Thursday, December 24, 2009

I finally realized that I don't have to be hungry to lose weight and maintain it. For years I tried to eat too little, setting myself up for failure. Eating healthy food is necessary; eating good food is good, not bad!

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SPARKCAT1 12/24/2009 8:13AM

    Thank you for shareing yourself on my blog! Sometimes it takes years of being there time and time again. With everyone around you, doing the same thing, it is hard, doing something different. Being a good example helps. Do it for yourself. Do it for them. You will be glad you did. It all comes together. Love yourself so you can love them better....Beautiful grandma for beautiful grandchildren?

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Effective Anti-All-or-Nothing Image

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

My Weight Watcher leader came into the room uncharacteristically a minute or two late, wearing an apron, chef's hat, and scurrying with 3 precariously held eggs in her hands. One egg fell and splattered. She looked down and said, "I just can't do it!" and proceeded to throw two more eggs on the carpet that I just then noticed was covered in clear plastic!

We wouldn't do it with eggs. Why do we do it with our good eating plan?

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PEGGYANNSCH 12/23/2009 12:52PM


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WALKINGANNIE 12/23/2009 12:35PM

    Another really good illustration. Thanks.

It's good to know that others are dealing with the same attitudes to food but it also makes me wonder why so many otherwise sensible people need tips like this to explain something so obvious.

I'm so pleased that you're not just sharing a problem but sharing possible solutions too. They will be especially useful over the holiday if I waver a little. Thanks again.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 12/23/2009 11:21AM

    she must be a great w w leader...really knows how to inspire

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JULIEQ2011 12/23/2009 8:34AM

    That's awesome! What a clever way to make a point!

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RASCALOO 12/23/2009 7:24AM

    Great lesson!

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GIRLTRUCKIN 12/23/2009 7:18AM

    definately something to ponder about....thanks for kicking my brain in gear :)

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