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SparkCoach Proud Challenge

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

The SparkCoach challenge today is to "write down 3 recent accomplishments that you are proud of. These can be things you've achieved at work or school, at home, along your healthy lifestyle journey---anything at all."

If by recent we mean today, I'd say my accomplishments are:
1. getting to daughter's home by 7:15am and helping with the kids this morning - clothing, hair, breakfast, getting packed up
2. taking Natalie to YMCA camp this morning on time and with her lunch, swim suit, and everything she needed
3. doing an awesome half hour elliptical workout with resistence and incline while Gwen was in the nursery; trying the new Precor stationery bike for another half hour workout
And I'll throw in a few more:
4. healthy breakfast
5. drinking water
6. getting enough sleep
7. healthy snack
8. putting up Christmas decorations
9. cleaning up the kitchen
10. problem solving: putting Gwen's crib mattress on floor with sheet and covers because she now sleeps in junior bed at home and I'm saving my back (hard to pick her up to put her in crib - have ordered junior bed but it isn't here yet)
11.tracking my exercise and food so far today
12. stayed within my calorie range yesterday and felt "slender" this morning!
13. middle two on the scale this morning (but I understand I still need to work so it will stay there)

I suspect I'm pretty good at bragging about myself now and probably don't need this exercise. Nonetheless, I'm committed to doing the SparkCoach challenges because there will be some I need very much.

  
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BLUEFAIRYTALE 1/3/2013 4:36PM

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GABY1948 1/3/2013 7:14AM

    VERY emoticon that's why you are such an inspiration to so many! Have a great Thursday!

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RUNNERRACHEL 1/3/2013 5:48AM

    Great! You have so much to be proud of

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PARKERB2 1/2/2013 7:49PM

    emoticon You sound busy, healthy, happy all rolled up in one. Have a great day tomorrow. Keep Sparking. and thanks for the comments on my blog. They mean a lot to me.

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WATERMELLEN 1/2/2013 7:43PM

    Wow!! You're amazing!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/2/2013 7:39PM

    emoticon Oh, Marsha! What can I say? You are a precious gem. emoticon

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MEXGAL1 1/2/2013 3:21PM

    Miss Marsha I should say you should be a proud lady. Whew reading this made me tired. Good for you girlfriend. Keep up the good work.
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HAKAPES 1/2/2013 2:47PM

    Wow, that is an inspiring list!
Congratulations!
This is really walking the talk! :-)

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DSSECRETS 1/2/2013 2:13PM

    What an awesome start to 2013! Isn't it great to have the energy to accomplish all that you have already today?!

Enjoy the rest of your day! --Darren

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MSLZZY 1/2/2013 1:51PM

    Toot your own horn! You are doing great!

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2013 Will Be My Healthiest Ever!!!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

I started out the year with a big group (about 25 people) seven mile Galloway run and followed that with a personal training session at the Y. Feeling good!!

Thanks, SparkFriends, for all your encouragement on my confession blog yesterday. I am going to build that "sticking to the calorie range" streak this year. That is a top priority goal. 7 days is my record, but I'm going to beat that for sure! I feel like an extreme binge eater who is 85% cured. I'm not sure if "cured" is the right word. Maybe 85% in control at this point is more accurate.

Priority two is more strength training this year. Going to wait until after I work with the personal trainer a few more sessions before I really spell out a strength goal for the year.

Priority three is to keep running. I'm planning to do the inaugural half marathon in my home town the first weekend in November 2013 and the Disney Princess half marathon in Feb 2014. In the meantime, I plan to run at least one 10 mile run per month, and at least 3 runs per week for a minimum of 9 miles, while listening to my body and taking off for illness/injury only if necessary. I estimate I ran 600 miles in 2012; hope to accurately track my miles in 2013 and beat that estimate. Plan to run local 5Ks and 10Ks aiming for PRs, too.

Yesterday's SparkCoach challenge was to make all the grains you ate whole grains. I did it. I had no bread or starch at the restaurant last night as there were no whole grain options. Yesterday noon I had some of our pot of soup. I had to pick out a few noodles that weren't whole grain - probably 10 noodles in a bowl. Oh, well, I did it to meet the challenge. Plan to do a whole year of SparkCoach. Won't hurt. May help. I'm also doing the SparkPeople Official Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge over the next four weeks, working to further reduce my overuse of Splenda.

My biggest fitness accomplishments of 2012 were to keep off an 80 pound loss and to run my first half marathon. I plan to do even better in 2013!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 1/2/2013 2:45PM

    Great goals, Marsha! I did the Sweet Tooth Challenge and found it to be very helpful!

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GABY1948 1/2/2013 6:36AM

    You are doing SO GREAT, Marsha! I know why you are even a bigger (in my mind) inspiration to me. I never knew you except "skinny" so in my mind it is hard to believe you were other than a "normal skinny" person (yes, I have seen all your pics) but what stood out today in my mind was when you said "I feel like and extreme binge eater who is 85% cured". I was a horrid binge eater...much more than that but not for here. You ROCK, my friend! I don't really binge anymore...at least NOTHING like I did before.
I do hope you get off the Splenda...I was addicted to diet Pepsi for years and quite awhile back I was reading my friend, ~KREN's blogs...all on health issues and stopped having any artificial sweetnes and sugar...I am on day 127 today. I feel SO much better...and MOST cravings are gone!
Each blog you write I can relate to you more...Maybe one day I can do a virtualy walk when you are running.
Keep up the GREAT work!!! You do so much good for so many of us that look at you and know it is possible! emoticon

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_LINDA 1/1/2013 11:19PM

    Wow! That was an impressive year of running! Ramping up your fitness with ST and whatever the PT gives you to do should go a long way into helping you achieve all these amazing running goals! Looking forward to following your running career!!
Go Marsha, GO!
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RUN4FOOD 1/1/2013 8:51PM

    You are doing great. Keep up the good work in 2013.
You're setting quite the example for the rest of us.

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KANOE10 1/1/2013 8:15PM

    Great for you keeping off an 80 pound loss. Your goals are inspirational! 2013 will be a great year for you!

I like your idea of a personal trainer. I am weight training but not sure of what I am doing.

Congratulations on a very good year and you have developed such wonderful goals for the next year.
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ANDY_54 1/1/2013 6:54PM

    Great blog! And I really like your priorities! You sound very determined--love the idea about ST--need to incorporate more of that into my own plan. emoticon

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JOYINKY 1/1/2013 5:50PM

    emoticon Great plan Marsha; the greatest gift we can give our kids and grandkids is our continued good health! I have no doubt you'll reach your 2013 goals!

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BHOLMAN1005 1/1/2013 4:49PM

    Great goals and great blog

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MIRAGE727 1/1/2013 4:33PM

    There is no doubt in my mind that you will achieve your goals in 2013, Marsha!
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WATERMELLEN 1/1/2013 4:04PM

    What a brilliant kick-off to 2013! And thanks for your kind comments on my "more of the same" blog: I appreciate your steadfast support and encouragement so much!

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KANDOLAKER 1/1/2013 3:18PM

    Great plan and blog! Wishing you the very best healthy and happy year ever!!

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WILLOWBROOK5 1/1/2013 3:14PM

    "My biggest fitness accomplishments of 2012 were to keep off an 80 pound loss and to run my first half marathon. I plan to do even better in 2013!! "

Wow to your accomplishments! And wow some more to your plans to do better this year! You are awesome!
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BLUEFAIRYTALE 1/1/2013 3:10PM

  You are doing amazing! And very inspiring! Best of luck on your new goals and resolutions! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 1/1/2013 3:09PM

    I'm not sure if binge eaters are ever 100% cured.
ST is great for you!!
Fab running plan!
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NEW-CAZ 1/1/2013 2:44PM

    Impressive Marsha!
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ONEKIDSMOM 1/1/2013 2:40PM

    Starting from a good place, Marsha, heading to a good place. It can't help being a good 2013 for you! Realism and stretch. emoticon emoticon

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PMFISH 1/1/2013 1:45PM

    Impressive progress! Keep up the good work. My daughter is a massage therapist and also a personal trainer. She is helping me with my strength training and is having me do it very slowly. Boy does that get your muscles attention! Don't know if your trainer knows that technique, but boy it is effective. Happy New Year!

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PMRUNNER 1/1/2013 1:40PM

    Yay! What a great start to the year!

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LANAHAUTH21 1/1/2013 1:32PM

  Great!!!!! Happy New Year

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Priceless!!

Monday, December 31, 2012

As I glanced in the mirror, leaving the Y, after a 90 minute elliptical workout this morning with new Precor machines, having visited with great people including SparkFriend AQUAGIRL, with an appointment for a personal training session tomorrow at 10am (after 7am run), showered and blown dry, I was feeling good! I even let the thought that I looked pretty good kind of creep into my head for a moment.

What a turn around! Last night I was so down on myself. I felt like blubber city. I had a I-don't-care-I'm-hungry-and-I-can't-get-to
-my-weight-goal-anyway quarter hour last night. Why do I do that?? I estimate I went over my calorie range by 300-350 calories, but the scale showed me up 2 full pounds, with the dreaded middle 3 again this morning. So my staying in the calorie range streak is broken again. Seven days is my record still. I made it six days this time.

The time I broke my 7 day streak I know exactly why. I didn't blog about it because it is embarrassing. I know better. A whole lot better. But confession is good..... That time my weight had been going down by a tenth or two each morning or at least staying the same. Suddenly it went up a couple pounds that I didn't think I deserved. No sodium splurge. No reason. So instead of buckling down and trying harder, I punished the scale by overeating!!!!??! Again. When will I learn?? I will learn. I will learn. I tell other Sparkers all the time about the scale as a terrible tease. I know this stuff!! I will learn. I will learn. When I overeat I will learn the lesson.

Okay, what was the lesson last night? Not sure, but I'm going to think about it and maybe I'll figure it out. Maybe too much fruit - too many fruit carbs and not enough healthy fat and lean protein. That's my first thought. I had real hungry and did not address it with what I was needing. I ate more fruit. Partly because we have too much in the house and I didn't want it to spoil. Isn't my health and fitness more important than a few wasted oranges?? Also, my tracking was imprecise and I wasn't exactly sure how many calories I'd had. It started with a pot of soup that I tried to estimate the bowl and felt like I hadn't nailed it. WATERMELLEN told me good enough is good enough. Count it and go on!! She's 100% right. So I'm still thinking about the lesson or lessons from last night and there may be more.

But one thing I know: going to the gym this morning? Priceless!!

Happy New Year to all my great SparkFriends!! You are even more valuable than the gym!!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 1/2/2013 2:42PM

    I enjoyed seeing you at the gym too! Way to go with turning your mood around. In my book, you are and always will be a winner. I watch you and have hope for myself. Keep up the good work!

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CONTENTCHRIS 1/1/2013 12:17PM

    I think your a wonderful person and hope you can try and avoid the scale a bit more. You already work out more then most of us and eat very healthy. You are Wonderful as you are right now. So in Conclusion I say weigh in less and eat good as you do , continue to work it your doing AWESOME ! emoticon

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MSLZZY 1/1/2013 8:29AM

    Happy New Year, new attitude, new you! HUGS!

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GABY1948 1/1/2013 7:37AM

    Sorry you had a bad couple days here every so often. But you are still my inspiration, Marsha. You are a NORMAL human. This is the first day of 2013, and I never do resolutions but I am using this a day one of getting back on track so I quit with the up and down of my last 20-30 pounds. Thanks for inspiring me and for always blogging what happens...good or bad! Happy, Happy New year, my friend!
Gaye

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NEW-CAZ 1/1/2013 7:10AM

    I've never regretted a workout-but I have regretted not working out. It can totally tranform your thinking..
We all have those pity parties Marsha- you turned it around hun emoticon

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MIRAGE727 12/31/2012 10:40PM

    I'm in constant fluctuation or 2-3 pounds, Marsha. I just know it will even it's self out. I also practice damage control. I believe we all have little bumps in the road. It's what we do to resolve them that counts. You have also inspired me and will continue to do so. I'm thankful for that. Happy New year!
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FROSTY99 12/31/2012 10:36PM

    Keep on working out and those lbs will fall back off. We tend to beat ourselves up too much. Take note, don't repeat and keep on pushing.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/31/2012 8:43PM

    Sometimes there is absolutely NO REASON for a little bump on the scale (even two pounds). Sometimes it just *is*... I have noticed this. The scale will do what the scale will do.

And YES, we have to re-learn the same lessons over and over again. In the circles of addiction they call it "keeping things green" when we talk about the bad stuff.

But here you are, not giving up, being honest about what's happening... and moving forward. That is emoticon worthy, Marsha. New day, new year, new YOU! And oh, so worth it... that trip to the gym? Indeed priceless!

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NATPLUMMER 12/31/2012 6:01PM

    You did not gain 2 pounds in 1 day....did you actually eat 7000 more calories than you needed? No? Enough said.

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MEXGAL1 12/31/2012 5:15PM

    Marsha, I sit here responding to your blog with an over stuffed belly. Ate a whole thin crust pizza. I am so uncomfortable right now. But the good news is that we know what to do and won't let this continue on and be an everyday thing. Tomorrow I will be back on track. I just feel yucky right now.
So here is to us....we at least know what to do and we are strong and we will not let the slips be the new normal. we will get back on track.
Here's to a wonderful, healthy new year!
Cheers my friend.
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Sallie

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ISHIIGIRL 12/31/2012 4:56PM

    Oh, that love hate relationship we have with the scale! I know it so well. I try not to rely on it mor than once a week. It is really to damaging to my self esteem to use it as a gage much more than that! I am glad you got back to being positively motivated instead of negatively motivated. Happy New Year to you!

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DSSECRETS 12/31/2012 4:25PM

    None of us make great decisions all the time. The important part is you acknowledged what happened and got right back on track. Remember, the scale is just a number. How you feel is so much more important. I'm glad you're feeling great today. I'm also glad you're working to figure out what happened last night. We learn the lesson we're supposed to learn and move on.

Here's to making a long string of great choices in 2013. Happy New Year!
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WILLOWBROOK5 12/31/2012 4:11PM

    Double post. Curse this iPad! Sorry.

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WILLOWBROOK5 12/31/2012 4:10PM

    I find the scale does not always make sense on a day to day basis. I will go up or down in weight for no reason that I can figure sometimes. I just like the down for no reason better than a mysterious up in weight. :-) The big picture, long run, is where the scale counts. It can be challenging finding and keeping our maintenance range, but I have no doubt that you will work all this out. Your wonderful attitude alone will be a huge assist. Thanks for being such a motivational, helpful and encouraging SparkFriend. Have a happy, healthy 2013!

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JOYINKY 12/31/2012 3:15PM

    Bottom line is you look and feel GREAT! That is awesome. Still, I know that struggle. Two things have helped me be more stable. One is counting protein grams as well as calories; I was at the bottom of my recommended protein range. Now I'm more in the middle every day and it seems to have helped with the other things; scale is more steady and I do feel better and have fewer cravings. The other is my calorie counting is very relaxed and I ALWAYS round up to the nearest 50. After all these years I seldom have to look anything up and I measure very few things. I know what my dishcs hold and am pretty good at estimating servings. Close is good enough as long as those 1-2 weigh in's a month are reasonable. If not, I tweak something. This is for life; for me it has to be easy. But you're absolutely right; it is a learning process and I'm still learning too! Happy New Year!

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WATERMELLEN 12/31/2012 3:02PM

    Pretty much never want to go to the gym: and always feel better after I do.

You have been a huge source of inspiration to me all the way through 2012, Marsha . . . just as you were in 2011. We struggle with doubt and self-criticism and "not good enough" and . . . let's face it, you look FABULOUS! and almost all the time, you also FEEL fabulous which is just what you deserve.

I try (without succeeding at all consistently) to apply Beck's "oh well" response to the familiar lapses into self doubt too. "I look terrible; I feel so fat and out of shape and . . . . " "Oh well".

PS -- you may see I edited my soup logging comment . . . when in doubt, I "round up". Helps keep me honest . . . .

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PMFISH 12/31/2012 2:18PM

    Marsha, do not forget muscle weighs more than fat! You are very busy building your muscles, not only does it show, but sometimes it shows on the scale. The ones that are hardest on themselves are the ones that are doing more right things than wrong. It doesn't seem to matter what age we are or how much we know. Sometimes the brain is just not rational. Keep up the good work! Happy New Year!

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_LINDA 12/31/2012 2:08PM

    Wow Marsha! So sorry to hear you are struggling with this! It is really hard to take when the scale doesn't behave, and it will be difficult not to take it personally. It takes a ton of calories -3500 OVER and ABOVE your normal calorie range just to gain one pound, and even with inaccurate tracking, you surely aren't guilty of that. Yes, you know better, but sometimes the heart doesn't listen. You need to try redirect that negative feeling into something other than food, or at least make it a well balanced snack -not having any fat or protein will make you stay hungry, it won't satisfy you for sure. I used to struggle with this mightily being a vegetarian, but I have learned to balance them out more. Maybe with the increased exercise, you are not getting enough calories? Its always walking a fine tightrope between too much and not enough and the key is to make sure your tracking of both fitness and food are accurate. I like looking at the summary charts Sparkpeople has of calories burned and calories consumed -it can be the real eye-opener and may illustrate where the problems are. If you haven't looked at them, may be worth a look.
I so agree if it wasn't for my special Spark friends, I doubt I would be paying so much attention to my healthy lifestyle as I do! You are all great motivators and wonderfully supportive!!
May you have the best New Year ever and reach that pesky goal weight once and for all! You CAN do it!!
Hugs,
Linda

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FITFOODIE806 12/31/2012 2:06PM

    I love how one good workout can completely turn a bad mood around. Happy new year!

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Well, Duh!!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Please don't comment "Duh" after you read this blog. Although, I would understand if you did!

I finally put 2 and 2 together and figured out why my weight went up a handful of pounds last year. I realized that whenever I reached the top of my goal weight range that I would relax a bit and estimate more. Although I'd say I was aiming to get back to 126, the mid-point of my range, as soon as I hit 129 I didn't feel much pressure to lose more. So although I weighed 124-129 in 2011, I weighed 128-133 in 2012.

If I'm going to get back to the 2011 range I prefer, I have to keep losing below the top of my goal weight range. Although I'd rather you not say it, I will: Duh!!

  
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_LINDA 12/31/2012 2:19PM

    Estimating never worked for me, I am lousy at it. If I gain weight, its easy to see every single calorie that I tracked and put back on my waistline, so I have no excuses if I gain weight. Here is to being more accurate tracking in the New Year
For an example a banana varies extremely in weight and you can't tell from looking at it alone. I always look for the smallest ones possible and can still be surprised that they weigh 100 g anyway! That really goes for just about anything you eat, and the higher in calories the food, the more easy it is to get too much!
Good luck with it!

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FROSTY99 12/28/2012 10:04PM

    I'd say Lightbulb Moment!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/28/2012 5:18PM

    Great job of analyzing, Marsha. I love to collect facts and piece them together so I can get a clear picture of my own behavior. I love the way you've done that! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WILLOWBROOK5 12/28/2012 1:28PM

    It is so helpful when we can figure these kinds of thing out. Good for you!

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MEXGAL1 12/28/2012 12:13PM

    Marsha good for you to take a hard look and decide what to do. You know what to do and can do it. You have been there and done that!
Best of everything to you for success in 2013!
Sallie

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JOYINKY 12/28/2012 11:09AM

    Your self awareness is getting sharper and sharper and will get you there. No, not duh; eureka!

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MSLZZY 12/28/2012 7:29AM

    Smart move!

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MIRAGE727 12/28/2012 7:06AM

    It's all good, Marsha! It's also about how you feel. You do what makes you feel good and healthy. I still can't get used to my runner body. I saw a recent local tv interview of me and didn't recognize myself!
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It made me wonder if I should gain weight! Then I realized I liked healthy!
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MAGGIE101857 12/28/2012 6:42AM

    I think you are perfect! But I couldn't agree more - once we get comfortable, the weight does seem to sneak back up on us! Better to have a maintenance plan in hand!

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FRAN0426 12/28/2012 12:37AM

    Nice for you that you had an ah-hah and figured out your weight gain. From now on emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/27/2012 10:20PM

    I think it's a matter of putting what we know into a realistic practice, which takes some time to learn. ;-)

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TECAVINESS 12/27/2012 8:47PM

    You are doing great. Hope I can do as good as you. Keep up the good work.

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RUN4FOOD 12/27/2012 8:37PM

    If that's the worst problem you had all year, I'm jealous.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/27/2012 8:32PM

    Insights can come at any moment... looks like you've had one! emoticon

P.S. I certainly have my own share of "duh" moments! Some of them are surprising.

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GABY1948 12/27/2012 8:25PM

    The point is YOU figured it out. I think that qualifies for a mini "ah-hah" moment. Good going...I don't think I would have caught that...well, maybe...anyway, you are STILL my inspiration...DUH, or not! Have a wonderful rest of the week!

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 12/27/2012 8:14PM

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WATERMELLEN 12/27/2012 8:13PM

    All the time in this maintenance journey I hit up against my own "duhs" -- as in, for example, my persistent confusiton of "abundance" with food food food. So: can't direct any "duhs" at anyone else. Just celebrating with you on figuring it out!!

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JAMBABY0 12/27/2012 7:28PM

    Well you got that figured out, so good luck!


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GRACIE4ONE 12/27/2012 7:26PM

    It's ok. You're still good!

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Not Deprived

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

I've been reading some great blogs about Christmas eating, abundance, and feelings of deprivation. It is true that when there are many foods to choose it is easy to take too much. Yesterday I ate within my calorie range. I enjoyed my food immensely. I did not feel deprived at all. I cooked big and ate moderately. Many desserts were available. I had one bite and found it was enough.

There is one thing I haven't shared before that might help someone else. I hesitate to call it a strategy or a technique, because I started doing it spontaneously just because of sincere gratitude. While someone else usually blesses the food at our extended family dinners, (and indeed I am grateful that we have sufficient quantity and excellent quality of food), I say a quiet thanks as I feel the satisfaction of the meal come to me. I hope no one is offended by this practice; I think it really has helped me.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 12/28/2012 5:16PM

    Wonderful idea!

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KANDOLAKER 12/28/2012 3:25PM

    I think that is a superb idea! Thanks for sharing!!

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ANDY_54 12/27/2012 10:11AM

    Gosh, that's a great technique and it really isn't a technique, lol. Just a way of living life--love it and will try to incorporate it into my own life. Thanks much!

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MSLZZY 12/27/2012 8:24AM

    No offense in that. I think it is a splendid idea!

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_LINDA 12/27/2012 12:49AM

    Sounds fabulous to me! But its a reminder to me I should be thanking the food preparer more. I don't think I have ever thanked my Mom for the food she gives me :(( I know you mean a higher power, but for me its my Mom as she has always provided and been there to help out when needed.
I have found Sparkpeople to be the most tolerant community around, but sometimes any religious mention can bring out some bad ones, but I hope they don't find you. Everyone should be allowed to worship and mention their faith and be free from persecution. We actually had some activist protesting the Merry Christmas greeting on our buses just because he thought it was discriminatory to other religions. He was willing to take it to court no less. But I am sure other religions would be allowed their greetings too. This politcally correct business has just gotten so far out of hand..

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BOOKAPHILE 12/26/2012 9:28PM

    Thanks again for your helpful insights. I need less of a focus on my feelings in this instance and more on God's blessings... for which I AM indeed thankful but wasn't paying proper attention to just then.

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RUN4FOOD 12/26/2012 8:33PM

    Rejoice in all things.

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WATERMELLEN 12/26/2012 6:48PM

    What a helpful comment, here and on my "abundance" blog: I'm going to try this. And in fact, right now, having just enjoyed my evening bowl of soup (cabbage and beans with chicken) plus some fresh fruit and fat free yogourt: I am feeling completely satisfied. And I am grateful for that.



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JOYINKY 12/26/2012 5:51PM

    emoticon I am so glad you are enjoying the holidays and staying true to yourself.

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GABY1948 12/26/2012 5:36PM

    Offended? NO...I love that idea...whatever helps...so glad you had a wonderful meal that was satisfying and not overly "overly"! HUGS, Marsha!
Gaye

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PMFISH 12/26/2012 5:25PM

    Never a mistake to talk to God. We need his strength in all we do! Great job on your calorie intake.

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MEXGAL1 12/26/2012 5:17PM

    Sounds really good to me. I prayed before I got out of bed this morning for help with saying "no" to the leftovers. So far so good.
Have a nice evening Marsha.
Sallie

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NATPLUMMER 12/26/2012 5:07PM

    You did very well :-)
Whatever works for you is good...no offense :-)

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/26/2012 5:04PM

    Sounds like a great practice to me.

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