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What Clicked? ... continued

Thursday, December 31, 2009

I can eat almost anything. Sure, there are things I like more than others. But I have found if there is something that is good for me, if I will start eating a little of it, soon I'll like it.

When I was a Peace Corps Volunteer 1971-1974, expecially the first two years in India, I really couldn't get foods that were familiar. Mostly I just ate for fuel. There was little enjoyment to it. But funny, one day after I had lived in India for 7 months I woke up and surprised myself. I was craving potato curry for breakfast!

Since I can eat almost anything, I can choose the foods that are best for me.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 1/1/2010 1:19PM

    I admire your ability to try new things! I've adjusted to many new foods and a reduction of salt and sugar in my diet. With time, I think many of us can adjust to new foods if we work at it!

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WATERMELLEN 12/31/2009 4:35PM

    It is absolutely the case for me that the more I choose to eat healthy foods, the more I crave healthy foods: and the less I want the other stuff.

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DIANELEARN 12/31/2009 3:36PM

  I think we all eat what we want. I have also observed that thin people eat food that is good for them while others eat things that aren't as healthy and can't stop with just one or control portions. If we could do both, we would probably be able to control our weight and feel healthier.

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What Clicked? ... continued

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Another important thing that I have learned is to nourish my body. It seems pretty obvious now, but for years I just tried not to eat instead of to meet my nutritional needs. For those of you who have done Weight Watchers you know there are 9 GHG - good health guidelines. They include 2 servings of milk daily, 2 teaspoons of healthy oils (olive, canola, flax, safflower, sunflower) daily, 5 servings fruit/veg, 2 servings lean protein, 6 glasses water/fluid, exercise, whole grains, multi vitamin pill, and limit sugar and alcohol. Those were the nutritional goals I was meeting regularly before coming to SparkPeople.

Also, on WW there is a list of filling foods. You are encouraged to eat many filling foods while sticking to your points total. I found this list extremely valuable. Filling foods enabled me to manage hunger better than I ever had before. Filling foods are the healthiest foods there are. There are tricks like eat the whole fruit instead of drink the juice. More filling. Of course, but I hadn't thought it through before.

When I came to SparkPeople I brought my WW eating habits. But on SP I learned I was not eating enough fat and I was eating too much sodium. I've improved in both those areas.

I have benefited from both WW and SP. I have learned to eat healthy, eat regularly, and feel good (not guilty) about eating good. When I nourish my body properly I can be at my best weight without hunger.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 12/30/2009 3:26PM

    Great information! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

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DONNABRIGHT 12/30/2009 2:41PM

    Good thoughts - thanks for sharing.

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WALKINGANNIE 12/30/2009 1:30PM

    Sorry. My comment came through twice. You may well ask, "What clicked?" I think it was the Enter key this time!


Comment edited on: 12/30/2009 1:32:38 PM

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WALKINGANNIE 12/30/2009 1:27PM

    I always thought that the WW approach was sound because it's based on 'real' food. (I'm a lifetime member!) I used the filling foods idea on the GI (Glycaemic Index) diet. I followed both successfully in the past - before falling off the wagon by forgetting about portion control and the importance of exercise.

I've learnt that, for me, the key is to eat consciously rather than grazing mindlessly. This means that I tend to have 3 meals and planned snacks every day, tracking everything to make sure that I stay in range. I can still have 'treats' as long as they're planned.

Thanks as ever. Your blogs always make me reflect and consolidate what I've learnt as well.


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PEGGYANNSCH 12/30/2009 10:29AM

    I been with SP for 1 year and learn alot in that 1 year

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Thanks, SparkFriends!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I do feel more confident than ever that I can maintain a healthy weight. I weigh 80 pounds below my all time high, 45 pounds below what I was just a little over a year ago, and this morning I weighed less than I did last week by a couple ounces.

2009 was my best year so far for developing positive exercise and eating habits. Occasionally a negative thought comes to me, and I'm continuing to work on giving up negativity. I really appreciate the dose of positive thoughts I receive every day on SparkPeople. Thanks, SparkFriends!

  
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PO_PAZZA 12/30/2009 10:28AM

    Two more things we share:

1. 2009 was also my best healthy year. It was the year we both learned we can do this for the rest of our lives. Isn't it the greatest gift we can give ourselves? Christmas every day.

2. I've also written and read my share of grants, and I know what a boatload of work it is. I look forward to hearing the outcome of yours. Good luck.

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Mary

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WALKINGANNIE 12/30/2009 7:21AM

    We're walking in step here Oldmom. Your common sense and reflections have really helped me and I'm very grateful.

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ALEXSGIRL1 12/29/2009 8:00PM

    you motivate us just as much as we motivate you have a happy and healthy week and emoticon

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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 think....you've got it down now. I always think I do till the holiday rolls around. But, hey....it'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 it.....so....I 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. And...you know what....It was SOOOOO WORTH it and I admit it. We are going right back to work now....you 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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