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Some Days I Just Feel Like Taking a Break

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Honestly, I don't feel like blogging, or journaling food/exercise. And I've been thinking of taking a "break" for a few days. But I know that this is not a good way to think, and taking a break can lead to backsliding. During the hard times, it's even more important to push myself to keep on keeping on.

  
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MRSWIGGLY6 6/11/2009 9:05PM

    Jesse maybe you need to set smaller goals for yourself. When we put so much pressure on our self is where we go wrong. I know you are going through some really tough times with your friends right now. It isn't easy to watch someone suffer. I know as I watched my father. It isn't easy as there isn't anything we can do to relieve the pain. But really to think about it there is and that is being there for them. My daddy's eyes would light up when I walked into the room I knew he was in pain but talking to him keep his mind off the pain. I liked the idea that someone gave you in your earlier blog. Making a scrap book of memories. Something that you might enjoy doing.

You want to do this for you right? You can still do this for you, just maybe not so gun ho! Take your time, slow the pace a little. If it is taking a few days off but make yourself get back to it. Guess what I don't journal every day either because honestly I run out of time in the day. But I have know what I don't need and what I shouldn't. I feel healthier now than I have in years. I can do more things now than I used to. Changing our diet and exercise all in one swoop can be overwelming. So if we gradually add things into our lives it doesn't make our life so complicated. I was so worried about getting 20 mins of exercise in everyday all at once and someone wise said why are you stressing over doing it all at once. I couldn't answer except burn calories. Well this person said you will burn calories regardless if you break it up in 15 mins. Maybe 15 mins in the mornings and 15 mins in the afternoon. That made so much since to me. I tried it and eventually I was adding mins to those 15 mins. That wise person was my father.

Marilyn

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NATURALSOAPGIRL 6/11/2009 11:25AM

    Maybe take a break from some things but not others. for instance - still exercise but take it easy. do a 30 minute walk or something - and don't track it if you don't want to. Still eat healthy but don't track it. Take off the rest of the week and the weekend but PROMISE yourself that you'll get back to it on Monday. You have to set some guidelines ahead of time when doing something like this. My personal thought is to just push through it, but I don't know what you may be dealing with in your life and you might just need a break so you don't get burnt out. But like i said - write down a few guidelines and post it on your fridge as a reminder.

1 - Eat well, but don't worry about tracking food until Monday, June 15th.
2 - Take a nice walk (not a stroll) 30 minutes each day, but don't worry about tracking until Monday, June 15th.
3 - Drink as much water as I should to flush out any extra toxins or sodium.
4 - Do at least one nice thing for myself each day (buy some wildflowers and put them in a vase, take a nice bath, light some candles, listen to relaxing music that I haven't listened to in a long time, etc)

I think once you get past this little burnout stage you can come back will full steam. Just be smart about it so it doesn't lead to sabotage.

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SKYEFYR 6/11/2009 11:16AM

  Taking a break is not necessarily a bad thing. We all have days when we just don't want to look at the stupid computer screen. It depends on how you approach it. I have little time most weekends to spend on the computer, so I just don't do it. I keep a pad at the table and jot down what I eat, and make sure that come Monday (or if I get a chance over the weekend) it all goes into my tracker. Best of both worlds. I enjoy the downtime with the family while still staying accountable. Maybe that would work for you?

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HARLYCHIC14 6/10/2009 9:50PM

    We all have those days. I've had plenty myself. This journey will have its ups and downs, but take it one day at a time. Making a lifestyle change is a huge deal. Take a small break and then get back to it.

Brandi

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S_HANSEN 6/10/2009 9:25PM

    I cannot even begin to tell you how many times I feel like that or have felt like that, but you are right... we do back slide if we take too much time away. Our minds play tricks on us and makes us think that it is okay to eat just one of those, and just one of these... so, take a deep breath and take a bit of a break and then go back to tracking... I wish you luck and happiness... emoticonSondra

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RICH530 6/10/2009 9:09PM

    We all feel like that at times!! You are not alone!! Maybe take one day off of one thing! Try not posting a blog for one day. You will probably find that you actually miss it!! In any case take things slow, small steps will get you there!! Good luck to you!!
emoticon Lee

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CAROL_ 6/10/2009 7:39PM

    Try picking ONE lifestyle change, breaking it up into baby steps, then focusing on and committing to just one baby step. Sometimes we make it too hard by looking at the global picture when we haven't gotten that far yet.

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A Lifetime Commitment

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Life for me, as with many of us, has been full of major, stressful challenges. However, in the midst of it all, I awaken each day and one thing remains my solid foundation and feels good - the commitment to a healthier lifestyle I started 8 months ago. Honestly, I'm not doing as great as I should be, illustrated by being on a "plateau" for a long time now. But I know that I am moving forward and taking care of myself - one baby step at a time. It feels great. I now can deal more effectively with daily problems that arise because I am more rested, nourished, and fitful. This is a lot better solution than emotional eating, which is a downhill spiral.

  
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MSTELZER 6/9/2009 2:35PM

    You are doing great on this journey! I enjoyed this blog - thanks for sharing it with us!

Michelle

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FLUSTERED 6/9/2009 11:27AM

    I so agree and it's reading things like this that help keep me motivated. This is what SP is all about isn't it! Thanks so much. Have a great day!

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KYREE90 6/9/2009 11:23AM

    First of all, welcome to Spark Power! This team's a great one for support and helping you find lost motivation.

Taking things one choice at a time is the way to go. Keep taking your baby steps to good health and eventually that scale will start to move in the right direction again.

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The Mud Pie That Stared Me in the Face Today

Monday, June 08, 2009

There are times when I know that I have made amazing progress. And I'm not talking about numbers on the scale or measuring tape. Today I went out to eat with a friend and since this is a rare behavior (I used to eat out constantly), I told myself that I could relax for the day and not worry about calories for a change. Just a little break. Since I never eat sweets anymore, I also told myself that I could have dessert. What happened was interesting. Even though this was a slightly higher calorie intake day than usual, my portion control was still intact. Healthy choices made, and relaxed eating, I pondered during the meal about the Mud Pie that I was going to "reward" myself with. I'm a slow eater, so I was still on the main course and my friend was done. I told him to go ahead and order his dessert cause I was going to be awhile. Well, out it came and stared me directly in the face. A huge mound of everything I would have eaten without a second thought "before" I started this new lifestyle 8 months ago. I used to be the sugar queen of the galaxy and I've often been amazed that I wasn't twice as big when I started this weight loss journey. Back to the meal, I realized as I looked at the Mud Pie that I didn't want it. I mean, no craving, no sense of deprivation, no nothing. WOW! My friend was also amazed as he's known the "old" me and my sugar mainlining. HOORAY, HOORAY FOR ME TODAY! (And I can't thank my Sparkfriends enough for taking the time to share their wisdom, advice, and support. It's been a huge help.)

  
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AMYMLE 6/10/2009 2:53PM

    Wow! Way to go, Jesse!

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PROMETHIAL 6/8/2009 2:33PM

    Forced food rewards are something I've never understood. I've been about a lot of people who schedule in so many of them. The biggest thing I noticed over time is that some people considered deserts and the like a necessary component of a meal and not something optional as well. Go figure.

Big grats on knowing you really didn't want it after all and not having it ordered up and waiting to be delivered to your place setting. :)

I know most people dont do that, but I've seen far too many who did. I think its in the same category.



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BINEMELLES 6/8/2009 4:57AM

    i am SO proud of you! resisting mud pie - i am not sure if i would not have at least tried it.
a friend baked a delicious lemon tart for me this weekend, and i have to admit i totally splurged on that. no bad feelings about it, though. i left pretty of room for it in my daily calories. and i asked her for the recipe and i think i'm going to make some more diet-friendly alterations and try it myself.

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CAROL_ 6/8/2009 2:50AM

    Go you! I've noticed if I abstain from sugar for 6-8 weeks, I no longer crave it - can have a homemade peach pie sitting on the counter, looking beautiful, and it doesn't call my name.

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MSTELZER 6/8/2009 1:13AM

    Wow - way to go! That is absolutley incredible - I am quite impressed!!!! Keep up the fabulous work!

Michelle

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TKJBSGETTINGFIT 6/8/2009 1:10AM

    Congrats! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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Food & Exercise Journals

Sunday, June 07, 2009

After reading the blog entry on this topic, I thought about it. Prior to these 8 months of lifestyle change, I occasionally tried to keep a food journal. But that didn't last long, and I really didn't know what I was tracking. The food I thought to be healthy was, indeed, horrific. Same with exercise. I vaguely tracked it, but that served no purpose. Since starting to do both, and do them correctly, they have become invaluable tools. They will probably be with me forever, and are my best friends now.

  
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ARTHURTOM 6/7/2009 8:31PM

    Though I joined spark people November 26, 2008, I was well on my way to where I'm at currently.

How did this happen?

Just as you outlined in your blog. I tracked and logged everything. What Spark People has done is give me a place that is centralized along with a knowledge base not only for exercise, but nutrition as well.

In September of 2007, I sat in front of my computer and opened up a spread sheet and a word program and outlined my plan that fit the goal I had at that time and that was to feel better. I didn't have a number specific goal in mind, I just knew that I had to get healthier in order to feel better and that meant to dump the excess weight I had.

Getting my plan together was the first step in me taking charge and changing my life. From those original plans, I looked them over a lot. The first thing I acted on was to wean myself off of drinking beer everyday. That took about 2 months and right along with that I started to eat healthy everyday. I had no idea of counting calories at the time. I just knew I had to cut out fried foods and red meat and pizza and fast foods out of my regular food intake. I developed that healthy eating plan and followed it along with the drinking reduction and was successful at it. The only piece of the puzzle that was missing was the exercise. I started that on December 13, 2007.

From those early plans, I kept a diary of not only my weight, but my strength, and my ability to move and how I felt most everyday. It carried me through and as I started becoming healthier in early 2008, I found my depression fading from me. I also found new strength from within and a confidence in my abilities that was lacking for quite a few years.

Those early journals helped propel me to what I am now. I love Spark People and the people that I have come to know here because it takes dedication to your plan(s) in order to ultimately reach your goal(s).

I reached my first goal last fall...and that goal was "Feeling Good Again". I don't ever want to lose that again and no amount of food and or booze is worth the feeling I have right now!

Tim

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MSTELZER 6/7/2009 3:29AM

    Good for you! Do not think you are alone on this as I think most of us are really unaware of just what we all eat until we really start tracking it!

Michelle

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At the Movies w/o Treats (and not caring)

Saturday, June 06, 2009

I rarely go to the movies because I see DVD's at home. But I went yesterday to be with a friend. All around me were the sounds of paper crackling and jaws flapping, making loud crunching sounds. In other words, it was like feeding time at the trough. (smiling) Yes, I know it just goes together - movie and popcorn/soda - but when I observe how much sugar is consumed, how much junk is mindlessly thrown into mouths, it's yet another reminder of why I should be patient with myself. It's been 8 months since I began to establish new patterns after a lifetime of eating junk. I can't expect overnight changes. And I realized in the theater yesterday that -- 1. I was not hungry. 2. That I did not even crave any of the buttered popcorn (that was one of my faves with butter and grated cheese) that my friend was eating. In other words, I didn't feel deprived. Major progress.

  
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PROMETHIAL 6/6/2009 7:20PM

    Gratz. I've abstained from those "treats" even when I haven't cared what I eat from the standpoint of cost and not wanting to have to leave during the film.

Drinking a 32-54 OZ soda can leave you really uncomfortable or needing to use the facilities. Either way it doesn't makes sense to pay that much for a drink that will ruin a movie experience ...

And the other goodies are just too much in both cost/calories/etc.

Once you learn to go for the movie and not those massive money maker items for the theaters, you'll probably consider movies to be a different experience all together.

I know I love the "smell and sensory splash" from the foods in a theater though. I still associate that with the movies. I just never was really able to afford those things and unless it was winter I couldn't sneak anything in.

I love movies too much to waste my time when watching them senselessly eating. It's one of the things I still dont understand since everything I read keeps telling me to watch out for it and I have never had this problem. :)



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CAROL_ 6/6/2009 4:08PM

    It's so rewarding to see something "normal" around you, that you recognize and are familiar with and is the socially accepted standard norm, and to realize how much YOU have changed! No you can't expect overnight, but, not wanting what the person sitting next to you is eating, when the social environment calls for it and when it used to be your favorite - that is a mighty accomplishment!!

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ARTHURTOM 6/6/2009 3:37PM

    Movie theater popcorn and Dots or Mike N Ike's are my favs if I go to the show. I most likely would pass on the popcorn...but my next trip I believe I'm going to treat myself to some Mike N Ike's. Not like I go to the movies very often, perhaps once a year.

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MSTELZER 6/6/2009 1:45PM

    Woo Hoo - what a great leap forward! Learing to re-think things like this and change our habits is what we have to do!!!! Great job!

Michelle

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BINEMELLES 6/6/2009 12:10PM

    i recently had a similar experience - i rarely go to watch movies, and when i go i often visit the kind of small, independent "off-hollywood" cinemas that only sell small bags of gummy bears and a few choices of chips and chocolate bars. but last time i went to a major chain multi-cinema complex i was ASTOUNDED by the amounts of sweets offered and the portion sizes - a 14 oz paper cup and a 34 oz popcorn bag are considered SMALL?! it made me sick.
emoticonon your major progress! emoticon

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WANDA68 6/6/2009 11:00AM

    wow you rock that is awesome give yourself a huge pat on the back!!

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