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Celebrating Today!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

I had my lowest Weight Watcher weigh in ever: 126.8. I've been a Weight Watcher on and off since 1968 and this is my best. Celebrate! Celebrate!

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HAWKEYERANT 1/31/2011 10:52AM

    HOLY Crap! GO YOU!!!!!

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JANEWATKINS 1/30/2011 12:00PM

    GOOD for you, you skinny little thing!

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JOYINKY 1/30/2011 10:28AM

    WOW! It's all "come together" for you! Congratulations!

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WATERMELLEN 1/30/2011 8:53AM

    This is inspiring: Beck seems to be the tool you needed to moving from your maintainer status (healthy weight) to what you really want (healthy eater!!).

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JHADZHIA 1/29/2011 11:30PM

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Well done!! You are the best!! You hard work is paying off in spades!!!
High Five!!

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MEXGAL1 1/29/2011 10:26PM

    Wow, congrats to you!

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    This is FANTASTIC!!! Doing a happy dance for you. emoticon

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Beck - End Overeating

Friday, January 28, 2011

I'm still working on Beck. I read ahead about a week, but I need to get out pen and paper and do the activities. I'm reading or remembering my advantages card several times a day, I'm eating slowly, eating sitting down, planning my meals and following my plan fairly well. Yesterday I stuck to the plan pretty good. I ate my whole grain english muffin with egg and 1 ounce of ham, 1/2 c skim milk, a tangerine and a banana for breakfast. I had 1/2 cup brown rice and 1/2 cup low sodium pintos for lunch, 2 ounces of leftover pork tenderloin, leftover yellow squash, green pepper, and a little portobello mushroom, 1/2 a medium tomato, 1 tsp olive oil, and 1 cup skim milk. I did not eat the fruit for lunch, but I had two with breakfast because I was still hungry then. Didn't need it after lunch. At lunch I caught myself. I just about licked the top of the pudding cup I gave to Natalie for her dessert. I did take one unplanned crumb (about 1/8 teaspoon) of her food, because she asked me to try it. Supper was chef salad with a great mixture of 10 veggies, 2 ounces turkey, 1 ounce ham, 1 ounce roast beef, 2 tsp olive oil and red wine vinegar and 10 sprays of Ken's Italian vinaigrette dressing. I ate a grapefruit that I'd picked off my daughter's tree for dessert. I had planned popcorn and 1/2 cup skim milk (probably in hot drink), but chose to eat another grapefruit at 8pm instead of the popcorn. So I thought I had done well yesterday.

Okay, reality is I did well yesterday. But this morning instead of the 126.2 I weighed yesterday, I weighed 127.8. I was a little disappointed. My "happy weight" is 126 and I thought I'd be going to true maintenance probably this week. Now I think it will probably be 3 or 4 weeks until I can add back in calories. I am probably weighing too often for trying to lose weight. On maintenance I don't think frequent weighing is an issue, but when you are trying to lose, the fluctuations are sometimes hard to take.

My Beck assignment for today is a tough one. I'm to put more food on my plate than I am to eat. And then I'm to eat the right amount. We are having my daughter, son-in-law and 2 kids for supper and we are having pot roast. I guess I'll take 4 ounces of beef and try to eat 2. I'll take a potato that is 25% bigger than what I'm to have and I'll take a biscuit that I won't eat. I'll save the leftovers from my plate to eat later, not waste it. That's the plan. I usually eat the whole bag of whatever, whether it is half an ounce or 8 ounces, and always everything on my plate, so this is a great challenge for me. We'll see how I do!

One thought that has occurred to me is that if I truly want to think like a thin person I probably need to cut back on fruits and veggies. I'm not sure. I'm going to have to analyze the nutrition, but I believe I probably am still overeating, just I'm overeating low calorie items. But that's an upcoming challenge. Time will tell.

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AQUAGIRL08 1/29/2011 12:18PM

    You are doing a great job Marsha! Keep up the good work!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 1/29/2011 11:04AM

    tough challenge indeed!

you are up to the challenge though - my money is on you!

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WATERMELLEN 1/28/2011 9:18PM

    So grateful to you for putting me on to this amazing program -- and so fascinated to see you working your way through it just as I'm planning to start.

Already I've stopped eating standing up. That's huge!! (Giving myself credit).

Love the way Beck deals with sabotaging thoughts. This is such a powerful tool and particularly useful to the "maintenance" thing I believe -- I want to maintain with less fluctuation, even it out a bit, and I think this is the key.

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KALIGIRL 1/28/2011 1:13PM

    Tough challenge - will be interested to see what the nutrition tracker says - one clue might be your fiber...
Good luck!

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HAPPYSOUL91 1/28/2011 11:42AM

    Boy this is a hard one, but a great exercise. I wouldn't reduce my veggies as long as it isn't covered with some sort of sauce because that is nutritionally sound.

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Day 15 - Monitor Food

Thursday, January 27, 2011

My challenge for yesterday was to follow the food plan. I wasn't tempted to overeat or eat the wrong thing. So you would think it would be rather easy. I already wrote that I did a minor substitution for breakfast (had 3/4 c fat free cottage cheese and a little wheat germ rather than 1c), but I did not write that actually I misread my breakfast and left out two items, a whole wheat english muffin and a tablespoon of smart balance light margarine.

I packed my lunch. What could go wrong? The microwave absolutely refused to work. I got an extension cord and tried to plug it in to a different outlet. No luck. If it hadn't been the importance of following the meal plan on this specific day I would have gone out to lunch. I ate my pork tenderloin, pintos, and green beans cold. It was okay, but I definitely prefer hot. Didn't want to drink my milk powder cold, so on the way home from work I drove through McDonald's and bought a small senior decaf coffee (85 cents) and made my own latte. It was delicious. Might even do that again sometime.

I did make a substitution on the fly and feel pretty okay with it. When I bought gasoline the station was selling the prettiest little apples at an almost reasonable price. I bought one. Instead of 2 tangerines at work, I ate an apple in the morning and a tangerine in the afternoon.

I had to get my oil changed. I was 600 miles overdue. It has been more than a decade since I neglected that duty. So I went right after I got off work a little late. By the time I got home it was 7pm. I was to cook chicken. Hubby says to make a chef salad. I said great idea, we'll have that tomorrow. I cooked the brown rice, chicken breasts on the foreman grill, and lightly sautéed yellow squash, portabello mushrooms, red and green peppers. My food plan called for a tossed salad, but I thought I had enough veggies and I'll save the salad stuff for this evening. So I drizzled the olive oil on the veggies that I had cooked in Pam. By then it was late. I entered all my food into SparkPeople to see the nutrition and saw I had nailed every nutrition goal, although counting on Weight Watchers PointsPlus I needed about 4 more points. If I ate my planned snack I would actually be over the SparkPeople recommendations including calories. I ate supper so late, I really didn't want the popcorn. I just had some RoBarr with skim milk and that is even better than decaf.

So I'd give me a B or B minus (may be a C?) for following the food plan, but an A for eating wisely. I will try to plan each day and see if I get better at it. It is far from natural at this point.

Today's Chapter is about Preventing Unplanned Eating. Haven't read it yet, but it sounds interesting.

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AQUAGIRL08 1/27/2011 2:16PM

    I personally think you did a bang up job! When something went wrong, you rolled with it or modified your plan to fit. Good job Marsha!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 1/27/2011 12:50PM

    I'd give you an A for modifying on the fly!!


You're the first WW person I have seen to count points and calories! I think that is very wise of you!! Covering all your bases!!


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PARKERB2 1/27/2011 12:29PM

    Sounds like you did a terrific job to me. You were right on target. I do Weight Watchers too in addition to Spark and I can pretty well tell I'm on track as each one says about the same thing. Have a good day.

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JHADZHIA 1/27/2011 9:46AM

    You did well! I can so relate to not having a microwave... Its been so frustrating to wait for every little thing to be heated and warmed up in the oven and on the stove. An hour and a half to bake a potato instead of 6 minutes in the microwave :(( Like going back to primitive times..
Good luck with it today..

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ELLEN0407 1/27/2011 9:08AM

  i think you did great

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Beck Day 14 - Plan for Tomorrow

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

On day 14 you start tracking food. I've been doing that for several years now, using a variety of methods both paper and online. However, you also are to write out your meal plan the night before and then check it off as you eat it. I have not been regularly planning my meals ahead of time. Usually I decide at the last minute what to have and then write it down. Planning ahead will allow me to eat more carefully and nutritiously and take away the last minute planning that can be anxiety-provoking.

Last night I did write out my meal plan and followed it with very little variation for breakfast. (I had written 1 cup fat free cottage cheese with pineapple in juice, well drained. Since I only had 3/4 of a cup of cottage cheese in the container that was open, I substituted 1 T wheat germ for a 1/4 cup of cottage cheese. I could have opened the other container, but chose not to. Feel okay about it.) I brought my lunch of leftover 3 oz plain pork tenderloin and 1/2 mixed pintos and black beans - both low sodium from cans, and fresh cooked green beans. I brought 1/3 cup nonfat milk powder than I enjoy drinking warm and an apple and 2 tangerines. The milk and fruit I'll eat when I want, maybe with lunch and maybe mid-morning if hungry, but more likely around 3pm, again depending on hunger. I plan chicken and brown rice for supper, a cup ofskim milk, with big salad with olive oil and vinegar. 8pm I'm planning 100 calories of popcorn and a banana.

During 2011 it is still my goal to develop 2 months of healthy menu plans with grocery lists. However, for now, planning the night before seems much more do-able than my previous efforts to plan a week at a time. I think this will work for me. I already told my hubby that I plan to plan the night before, so he needs to get involved at that time. He didn't refuse. Good step forward!

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AQUAGIRL08 1/27/2011 2:20PM

    Sounds great!

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JHADZHIA 1/26/2011 11:49PM

    Way to go!!
I plan what I will be eating for the week and don't have to write it out. Its based on what I feel like eating and what I buy for the week. It is a very useful thing to do as you don't waste money on extras and temptations going to the store too many times..
Sounds like you are passing this test with flying colors as well!
Really enjoying this new journey you are on...

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KALIGIRL 1/26/2011 10:06PM

    Great step forward! emoticon

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You see a plan and you put it into motion!


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HAPPYSOUL91 1/26/2011 11:10AM

    That is a big step that you DH will participate. Maybe you can build from 1 night to 3 nights to plan and it will get easier.

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PARKERB2 1/26/2011 10:46AM

    I plan some too, but I do make changes when I get to the kitchen and find out I don't have something I had planned. I try to keep fruits and veggies on hand and substitue one of them for whatever I don't have. I've never tried to do more than 1 or 2 days ahead of time so I'm not sure how I would do. Maybe I will try that in the near future. Have a good day. emoticon

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JOHAL52 1/26/2011 10:41AM

    I confess I plan the night before for some, the morning of for most. It really does help though to plan. Your plan sounds super healthy!!!!

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Beck - Finished 12 and starting 13

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Yes, I did over 8 hours with no food yesterday and it wasn't near as hard as I had feared. My only really strong hunger was at 4:45 am. Last eve I woke up hungry again at 2am, got back to sleep until 3:30am. Then I could not get back to sleep. I Sparked as detraction until 5am and then I had delicious cream of wheat cooked in skim milk with added strawberries and a cup of tea. I'm still satisfied 3 3/4 hours later. Anyway, I didn't do as well as I would have liked recording each hour how I was feeling. I may do it again later; maybe when I'm through the six (or more) week program I'll do it for a second time. Seems pretty significant.

I'm trying to figure out how to approach Day 13 which is Overcoming Cravings. I'm not really craving any one food now. I really don't have any triggers left. Any food can be in my house and most of the time I can handle it. The one problem I have is I really like sweets. Artificial sweetener is fine with me. I like saccharine, sweet and low, equal, splenda. Truvia I haven't used much, but would probably like it, too. SparkPeople recommends no more than 4 packets or equivalents a day. I know I use more than that. Is it a craving? I'm not sure. I'll have to think about it. The chapter has a lot of distraction techniques in it. I think they work fine with dealing with hunger, too, so I will study them some more.

So I'm glad to be through Day 12 without triggering a binge. It did help me build confidence that I can handle hunger.

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KALIGIRL 1/25/2011 10:39PM

    Here's to confidence!

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WATERMELLEN 1/25/2011 8:16PM

    This is so encouraging as I read through the first chapters, preparing for Beck!! I'm going to take it slowly: there is so much in it.

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HAPPYSOUL91 1/25/2011 5:52PM

    excellent work

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JOHAL52 1/25/2011 11:05AM

    I think I read somewhere that artificial sweeteners are just as addictive as sugar is. In fact, I just googled and it seems there are more websites warning about that than refuting it?
I myself, unfortunately, like real sugar except in sodas. Only diet Coke/Pepsi for me. Not that I think that's very healthy.

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AQUAGIRL08 1/25/2011 10:51AM

    I'm really impressed with what you're doing Marsha. Your drive and determination is amazing. You are a role model for all of us!

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JHADZHIA 1/25/2011 10:12AM

    Awesome! Well done with the hunger test!
Seems to me your love of artificial sweeteners is an addiction. It shows you still need things sweetened even if its low calorie.. Sweets is a craving lots of people fall victim to. But you are handling it well as you can stay way from regular sweets that come into your house..That is what counts the most.
I never use artificial sweeteners, but then I don't need sugar either. I like my food straight up. I enjoy the natural flavor and putting salt or sugar on it alters that.. Herbal teas is all I drink and I don't see they need sweetening or dilution with milk.
Keep up the great work and sharing all these wonderful tips and suggestions to strengthen our healthy lifestyle commitment.

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    very impressive!!


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