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Grilling out!

Monday, February 11, 2013

One of the things I really missed the past 5 years was being able to grill out. Living in an apartment complex negated the ability to pull out the grill and fix an amazing "picnic" meal whenever I wanted. Even though I lived most of my life in the midwest, where winters are winters, we still grilled out several times a week. Quick and easy meals without much mess.
Moving into my digs, I was very excited, I could grill out whenever I wanted once again. The real challenge was going to be making the correct choices. After all I got overweight by enjoying the easy meals way too much. As most will agree, the meat cooked on a grill are incomparably scrumptious compared to fried foods.
I know have the undaunted job of putting to practice all the healthy ideas I have gained while reading the successes, trials, roadblocks, all of you have given me through your blogs and comments to me. I feel very positive about this, just don't need any speedbumps from this point on.
Thanks for all the past and future advice.

  
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IOWAGRAMMA 2/12/2013 8:25PM

    Awesome!! Grilled meats are the very best and can't be beat. You'll figure it out, I'm sure...enjoy! We'll be grilling as soon as we get home from AZ. Yum!

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CLPURNELL 2/12/2013 6:25PM

    Grilling out is awesome. On a Sunday I usually grill a ton of stuff and have them ready for the week to eat whenever I am hungry it makes life a lot easier!



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DANCINCAJUN1 2/12/2013 11:16AM

    We live in Ohio and we cook out on the charcoal grill all year long also .... I LOVE grilled veggies and bought one of those pans with holes in it and it is so easy now .... nothing slips through the grates .... and of course we make vegetable shis-k-bobs all the time ... even started putting fruits out there like pineapple ... so yummy .... of course we have lots of chicken breasts !! we stay on our nutrition better it seems when we cook outside .... Roc
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THE_SHAKESHAFT 2/12/2013 1:17AM

    Sucks not having a garden emoticon

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BELDONDOG1 2/11/2013 11:04PM

    Living in an apartment, I know exactly what you're talking about. How I love the smelling and eating something from an outdoor grill! Enjoy!! Noel

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JILL313 2/11/2013 10:28PM

    Enjoy doing the grilling and eating some delicious food. I'm with you as I don't need any speed bumps myself. I'm happy to hear you're pretty much settled in your new home. It sounds like you're doing really well working towards getting healthier and losing weight. Take good care. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Here we go!

Friday, January 18, 2013

I feel this is like one of the many Mondays I have experienced over the past decades. I get on the scale and think OMG, what have I done in such a short period of time. I had become accustomed to the weight gain and how I looked, no matter how much I despised the look. I kept my unhealthy look to myself thinking no one else notices. I have family who were concerned but I did not allow talk about "my Weight'. My daughter is one of my biggest allies in bringing me to realize I should not be embarrassed by the image but be happy with the person who is the image.
She has been very successful in her journey and is helping me to keep focused with my struggle. She bought me a pedometer called a fitbit one. It is hard to believe how much this gadget has kept me in line. I don't want to have it tell me to get moving, faster',etc. I like it when it sends me certificates for things I wasn't even aware I had accomplished. I climbed ten flights of stairs and it "told" me then proceeded to ask can you do 25?. Doesn't let you stop.
So here I go again. I got on the scale after more then a week and I finally lost a couple of pounds. Yippee! Nothing big deal but it was a step in the right direction. Let someone talk about "my Weight" and it will be OK. I find that instead of it being negative, I enjoy hearing about what others are doing on their journey. How can this help me? I hear of some of you who simply said, say what it is and what you did/do to eat incorrectly. Don't put a name on it, just say I did it. Then get on with correcting the behavior to the best of your ability.
If you are not tracking what you eat, Why not? It is so simple on Spark there really is not an excuse. how simple can it be other then to have someone else do it for you. Don't do that! You need to have ownership for the food you eat. Just like you need ownership for the exercising you do. Be proud of what ever you accomplish, no matter how big or small. This includes your food intake and exercise.
Here I go. I am going to be proud of the choices I make. I know not all are going to be the best for me and I will give in to guilty pleasures like everyone one seems to, but I will know I made the choice. Hopefully I will give more intelligent thought to these decisions before they are made.
Mondays will occur once a week as always, but hopefully will not carry the disdain they have in the past. emoticon

  
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BAMAJAM 1/22/2013 12:37PM

  How fortunate you are to have a daughter to "coach" you and to be your cheerleader! My son is one who accomplished weight loss, and he is now very disciplined when it comes to food and exercise. Moments when I weaken, I think of him and I decide to choose healthy habits. . .
Yes, be proud of the choices that you make! Thanks for this blog!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 1/20/2013 1:52PM

    Nothing to be ashamed of - no matter what direction your weight is going. If only we could all learn to drop the shame, the embarrassment etc this journey would be so much easier on all of us! No one is perfect and the person who judges us the hardest is always the person in the mirror. Congratulations on the loss - it is a great feeling to be headed in the right direction.

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TXMEMAW6 1/19/2013 10:24AM

    What an awesome daughter you have to care enough about your health to get you a Fitbit. I've heard that they really keep you moving. I'm wishing you great good luck on your weight loss journey. Keep up the good work!!

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JILL313 1/18/2013 9:39PM

    What a wonderful and very caring daughter you have to encourage you to take better care of yourself hence seek healthy ways to lose some excess pounds. I would like to have a Fitbit and plan on buying one in the Spring when they have the wristband FitBit Out. It should help me like you be on our "toes" and get to moving more. Good for you for using the Nutrition Tracker consistently and I agree with you why not if you really want to be accountable for everything you put in your mouth. In this Journey I have gotten lazy about using it a few times and then I really underestimate the calories. It is a great help for us to know exactly how many calories we're consuming and plan ahead for the day/week what we're going to eat to stay within our calorie range. May there be continued Happy Days & Mondays of WL Success. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IOWAGRAMMA 1/18/2013 9:30PM

    Great blog! Yes!!! Accountability is one of the major keys to success on our journeys to better health. Isn't it awesome that your DD has been such a major player for you in this journey? Glad the FB is such a motivating tool for you. I just got mine and am still figuring it out. So far I've not synched with SP b/c of computer issues, but it can still record it all on my fitness tracker. Happy to hear you feel like you are making progress! That's another building block. Have a great weekend and week ahead. Jeannie

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BELDONDOG1 1/18/2013 8:53PM

    Amen to that! We all have to be accountable for our actions no matter what phase of life we are in. I do own up to my choices. Believe me, it was MY mouth that kept eating since my birthday in Oct and then Nov and Dec. I put on 15# That Monday morning WI made me think that my scale was not working. But of course it was working, just not as well as my mouth had been.
But this year is going to be better. The fitbit is not a gadget for me since my knees are stiff and hurt badly when I do too much walking. But it sounds like it is going to be a wonderful helper for you!! Keep at it and the results will be amazing! And you should be very proud of your daughter. It is so great to have someone in your corner that really cares. You are one lucky man!! Noel

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Excuses!

Friday, January 11, 2013

I am one of the best at coming up with excuses for one thing or another. Eating can bring about a landslide of seemingly sound reasons why I need to be engaged in this activity. I could probably be a leading contender for the award of Biggest Excuses, should this award exist.
Think about it. I need the calories so I will be able to exer

  
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SPUNKYDUCKY 1/14/2013 11:18PM

    You can do this. Think about how you want to feel and keep your priorities in the front of your mind.

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GLITTER60 1/12/2013 1:35PM

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i thought i was the queen of excuses. lol

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JILL313 1/11/2013 10:19PM

    You're only human and offhand I can't think of many people trying to change their lives for the better and breaking some old unhealthy habits and forming new healthy ones can get stuck and have a brilliant excuse, but usually not an excuse they haven't used before to help themselves feel better about not doing what they know is best for them. I've used many of them myself but in time your excuses will almost be non-existent as you progress on your Healthy Journey. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BELDONDOG1 1/11/2013 7:25PM

    Believe me, we all have excuses, many, many of them. lol But you know, you are now aware that you are making excuses, doesn't that mean something? If nothing else, you are feeling a wee bit guilty. That's good, right? Okay, now that I talked myself into 'your' excuses, maybe I could go and find something I shouldn't eat :) Noel

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DIET_FRIEND 1/11/2013 1:28PM

    I also indulge a bit too much at the table. I love food! One way to combat it is to clean up the kitchen so you don't feel like messing it up very soon. I made a big salad, did a little fridge culling, then cleaned the whole thing up. Now I don't feel like messing it up right away.

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Environment

Saturday, January 05, 2013

It is surprising to myself how significant our environment is in determining the manner we develop. If you grew up in a family who enjoyed the outdoors, chances are likely you developed an interest in outdoor activities. You developed the attributes akin to the activity your family or peer group participated in. Perhaps you did not directly participate, but you attained the likeliness and willingness to partake in every aspect of the activity. To be a part of this, it may have meant indulging wholeheartedly in the support of the food surrounding and/or in celebrating the activity. Octoberfest may have meant Bratwurst, Baseball might mean hotdogs, movies meant popcorn, and watching football from your favorite chair might have meant beer and wings.

If we narrow the environment down we may identify prompts for triggering a hunger urge. If you always watch TV from your recliner and always enjoy a snack there, you may have identified a trigger. If you always are enjoying buttered popcorn while at the movies, then going to the movies maybe a trigger. Perhaps attending a birthday party means cake and ice cream as a means of celebrating.

Never wanted to believe I needed to eat at the table and not in my recliner. I like eating in my recliner. I eat everything there while watching TV. After persistent urging from my daughter, I have begun itemizing all my food intake and fitness. Wow! Do I really consume this much? Didn't even realize I had been eating. I was watching TV! Moving out of my favorite chair for watching enlightened me to the idea watching TV doesn't necessarily mean I am hungry for popcorn.. I simply had it because I always ate popcorn watching TV.

Made me look at other activities which I enjoy. How many of these involved unplanned consumption of food just because I always had this food while enjoying the activity. I was subconsciously enjoying the food and using the activity as my scapegoat. I can enjoy and do now, watch movies without having popcorn.

Do you find yourself consistently eating/drinking while sitting in your favorite spot. Might be time to look at altering your environment so as not to trigger those habits. It is not an overnight prescription to stopping a habit we learned years ago. After all we learned to sing "take me out to the ballgame, buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks...". Must mean it isn't right without these. What do you think?

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IOWAGRAMMA 1/6/2013 10:05PM

    Food, food, food...when I was a kid and we went to Grandma's house: food! When someone died, food showed up like a miracle and after the services, more food! Good times: food! Bad times: food! And when you pair that with someone who likes food--all kinds of it, you end up with a prescription for disaster...or at least weight gain! LOL! Many times it is possible to change our behaviors by thinking through and planning ahead for the event. For us, we always eat at the table. Occasionally we have popcorn in front of the tv (the only kind of snack I can manage). I feel strongly about the tracker helping me to stay focused and accountable--it's about the only thing that actually works for me! Good luck!! Jeannie

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JILL313 1/6/2013 8:27PM

    Luckily I eat my meals at my kitchen table but I know when I used to watch more TV I would snack and eat mindlessly without realizing just how many calories I consumed. Great Blog and a good point you made. We are creatures of habit and I guess that's why so many people overindulge over the Holidays as how can we have Christmas without all the goodies and party food?? Thank you for sharing your well thought out emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon thoughts.



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SANDYW1945 1/6/2013 3:40PM

   
My hubby and I do most of our meals in front of the TV but we have both still lost weight this year. What we have both stopped is the mindless eating. ..but boy I do know that this can get away from you. I love the food tracker. It keeps me accountable.

Food habits are so complicated and so hard to break. We are surrounded by custom attached to food! Can we enjoy a birthday party without cake , Halloween without candy, Christmas without cookies, pies and cakes? Certainly we don't want to avoid those celebrations. They are part of our lives. I can't have wheat (allergy) or sugar (Diabetic) ...so I've learned to enjoy the people. I'm starting to make fun with people my new habit.

You nailed the food/environment connection for sure.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 1/6/2013 3:03PM

    Excellent blog and very true how easy it is to enjoy food as part of an activity without realizing what we are consuming

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STITCH4EVER 1/6/2013 12:16PM

    DH ALWAYS EATS IN FRONT OF THE TV WHILE I SIT ALONE AT THE TABLE. HE FALLS ASLEEP WITHIN MINUTES AFTER HE FINISHES EATING WHILE I CLEAN UP THE KITCHEN AND SET THINGS UP FOR BREAKFAST THE NEXT MORNING. HE IS ASLEEP ON THAT COUCH UNTIL 10 PM WHEN I WAKE HIM FOR BED. I HAVE LOST 58 POUNDS THIS YEAR. HE IS MAINTAINING WHERE HE WAS. AS KIDS, WE HAD TO WALK FOR MILES TO GET TO McDONALD'S OR FOR A PIZZA. AND WALKING HOME WORE IT OFF. BUT MY KIDS SPENT NO TIME WALKING AT ALL AND WERE DRIVEN EVERYWHERE THEY WENT. WE BUILT FORTS AS KIDS. THEY PLAY VIDEO GAMES. ONE LOVES THE SUN BUT ONLY FOR GETTING A TAN - NOT FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES. THE OTHER IS A COLD WEATHER GIRL LIKE HER MOM AND DOES EVERY WINTER SPORT IN THE BOOK; JUST LIKE I DID BEFORE I GOT OLD AND DEVELOPED MEDICAL ISSUES.

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STITCH4EVER 1/6/2013 12:15PM

    DH ALWAYS EATS IN FRONT OF THE TV WHILE I SIT ALONE AT THE TABLE. HE FALLS ASLEEP WITHIN MINUTES AFTER HE FINISHES EATING WHILE I CLEAN UP THE KITCHEN AND SET THINGS UP FOR BREAKFAST THE NEXT MORNING. HE IS ASLEEP ON THAT COUCH UNTIL 10 PM WHEN I WAKE HIM FOR BED. I HAVE LOST 58 POUNDS THIS YEAR. HE IS MAINTAINING WHERE HE WAS. AS KIDS, WE HAD TO WALK FOR MILES TO GET TO McDONALD'S OR FOR A PIZZA. AND WALKING HOME WORE IT OFF. BUT MY KIDS SPENT NO TIME WALKING AT ALL AND WERE DRIVEN EVERYWHERE THEY WENT. WE BUILT FORTS AS KIDS. THEY PLAY VIDEO GAMES. ONE LOVES THE SUN BUT ONLY FOR GETTING A TAN - NOT FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES. THE OTHER IS A COLD WEATHER GIRL LIKE HER MOM AND DOES EVERY WINTER SPORT IN THE BOOK; JUST LIKE I DID BEFORE I GOT OLD AND DEVELOPED MEDICAL ISSUES.

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SUSANBEAMON 1/6/2013 1:10AM

  certain activities have aleays included food. learn to do the activity without the food. but i doubt i want to go to a birthday party where there is no cake or ice cream. what's the point? that seems to me to be like going to the ballet where they don't dance.

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