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Continuing the dream!

Sunday, July 01, 2012

It's been a week and a half since putting myself in the driver's seat again, and I am still feeling very good. The past 2 days were a little tricky, those first days of want being a little stronger than it had been. It is always so true that I will feel better about an INTENTIONAL 1900 calorie day than a SNEAKY, WANTING 1500 calorie day. Yesterday I stayed on track, ate what I had planned and stayed on track. But there was the extra sip or 2 of wine, the extra lick of goat cheese after measuring (we all know the drill, right?). I tracked and accounted for those little things but I HATE that feeling. I call it the octopus, where all of a sudden it seems like I have 8 arms and they are all reaching for whatever crumbs are around.
But given how I felt, I did great! And I have really been on track for a bit now, which only helps everything really. But after such a rock-solid emotionally strong week, it was a little sad to remember that, as my mantra goes, "it's hard to want". The want was not in front of me for the past week. So it was here for the past 2 days. I tell myself it's hard to want and I move on. I still feel solid, so I am grateful for that.

And on Wed, I get new nail polish if I keep up living the 5% (see previous blog). It's essentially living the dream, being in the driver's seat, and living exceptionally.
It feels GOOD.

Meanwhile we are in our 3rd week of having a 3rd dog. Someone dumped a pit bull in our neighborhood after she had her puppies. She was living in an overgrown area of north st. louis for a few weeks. She was very skittish and scared, has obviously not been treated well. We brought her in to our house until we could get her adopted and figured we would take her to a no kill shelter if that failed. We had the PERFECT house lined up for her, but now that may be falling through. Also falling through is our ability to take her to a shelter. She's just so sweet and finally trusts us, I am pretty sure we won't be able to do that to her. But we are definitely a 2 dog house, so I don't feel like we can keep her. She is just SO SWEET. We'll see what happens to the pup. She's only 2 years old. We've been calling her Daisy. She is a great running partner. Although running with all 3 dogs is definitely cross training!

Have a great Sunday everybody!!

Here's a little picture of Daisy for you!

annjie

  
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TINASWEEP 7/6/2012 1:29AM

    I love your analogy of the octopus arms, I totally have that affliction! I used to feel so incredibly terrified by the little bites and licks I was snagging here and there, but I luckily learned licking the spatula and beaters is actually not that many extra calories by weight. I was contemplating earlier today it's such a relief that I'm finally learning visually what a tablespoon of butter or cheese and more looks like because of weighing these things so many times over and over. It's about building that database of the actual servings in our minds and trusting in it which happens, one experience at a time.

You doing an incredible job and I hope the nail polish is fabulous. Best wishes with the pup. Why are they always just too cute??

Have a bright, healthy weekend, keep fighting and keep the good times rolling!

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DDOORN 7/4/2012 11:59AM

    You are so pumped and SPARKED!

Go YOU! :-)

Don

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JAMIEHORN20 7/2/2012 11:09AM

    Running with 3 dogs sounds intense!! She really is such a cutie!

Proud of you for sticking to your goals!

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KALANTHA 7/1/2012 8:10PM

    Oh, Annjie! If we lived closer, I'd take her in a minute! Look at her smiling face! Who could resist her.

I hope everything works out for you and for her. I know I wouldn't be able to give her up.

This is the beginning of a new week . . . Remember, when you're in the driver's seat, you decide the destination and how you're going to get there; whether you take a short cut or the long way round. Keep your wits aboout you and make good choices, so that at the end of the week, you arrive exactly where you want to be.

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BUTTERFLYMOMMA2 7/1/2012 12:44PM

    Cute dog! We would totally take her if she was in Montana. Keep up the hard work and tempations. It is hard and I have the same problems. Keep your head up.

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Living the 5%!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I read a great blog the other day, the timing of which was perfect for me:

http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public
_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=492911
8#comments

In the blog, TINASWEEP talks about how the process of regaining lost weight creeps up on you. None of us would stand for suddenly regaining 50% of our weight back. But it doesn't happen suddenly, and 1 or 2 pounds at a time is a lot easier to deal with than 50. But the 1 to 2 get to 50 SO quickly, right?

I have had some really difficult things happen in the past year. Could I have done 'better' with my decision making about my priorities? I don't want to say yes too easily, because I was trying to be very intentional during a very rough period of time.
Here's what I decided during that time:
--I have done amazing things, seen 100 lbs go (from my highest weight, 80 from my start weight when I started SP), and that was great
--These things I was going through required me to focus my attention and priorities on them, not on health.
--Heath would stay important for me, but it would have to be #2 or #3 on the list
--I could go a little easier on myself, even though I wasn't at my goal weight I could afford to be easier and gain a few pounds back, knowing that when things cleared up a little bit, I could re-lose them.
--It was too hard in the midst of turmoil to be too focused and hard core.
--It was too hard in the midst of turmoil to restrict my drinking and eating out
--I would be careful, but not hard core
--I would exercise when I could, track when I could, and do the best I could

I do not want to be hard on the me that made that decision for about a year. I remember how hard it was, how devastated and depressed I was.

Also true is that the hard times are not over. I mean, they never are for too long, are they? My Dad is still terminal, and this few month reprieve we are experiencing will end. So how will I deal then?

Because what the blog reminded me of is that this is how the backslide happens. People who regain their weight don't decide to--life happens and it's a slow creep down the long, dark hall. The light changes gradually, though, so we don't realize it's getting so dark.
I've been living as a 95%er--and I'm not even at my goal weight yet. I have not made it to my goal weight, and yet have crept back up.

But jenny and I had a great talk a week ago. I told her how scared I was, how much I saw of myself in TINASWEEP's blog. How I wanted to STOP deciding to try to do my best, and start actually doing my best. Planning out what my best is, and living it.
She is on board, so we've dubbed this the 5% plan. And it involves so much. The basic things that I always have to come home to--tracking, planning alcohol, planning exercise, and turning on that filter that has been off for so long. I forgot what it was like to have a mindset of health being the priority. Having the filter turned ON so that when I see a pastry at work, I barely even have to think about resisting it b/c that kind of thing isn't what I do now. It took me a LONG time to create that filter, and it is so fabulous to have it back!
It is so fabulous to plan my days and think about what would be best and then execute that plan!
It is so fabulous to feel so on target and send my negative voices packing with my feelings of enthusiasm. I am feeling more on than I've felt in a long time.
I feel the resolve that I used to feel. And it feels GOOD!

Lots of people get to their goal weights. I was stuck around 185 for about a year before I started gaining some weight back. I don't want to just get back, I want to move forward.

And I feel like I am on track to.

Have a great week!

annjie

  
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TINASWEEP 6/28/2012 2:55PM

    I'm so happy my blog had positive impact when you needed it. This is the perfect form of inspiration to me, to share these trying moments and experiences with you and others, and to know that we all face these issues in different circumstances but we will still find the light as long as we keep trying.

I will be joining you in the fabulous 5% plan and enjoying all the good that comes of it, thank you!

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S318830 6/27/2012 4:33PM

    Found your blog because of Don's comment. It hits home for me in a big way. I was within 5 lbs of goal and was doing so well for so long. Then I had my own major setbacks all at the same time. At first the weight didn't come back, so I congratulated myself for doing just fine. But then 1 or 2 lbs. Then 5. Then 10. 10 is no big deal. I can lose that easily. Now I'm 30 lbs up from my low and until recently the trend was still going up. Today is the first day I've been able to completely resist the candy dish on the desk two down from mine. But I'm doing it. I'm afraid to pat myself on the back yet. It's all still so tenuous. Congratulations on getting your motivation and enthusiasm back. Keep it up!

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DDOORN 6/27/2012 2:39PM

    Wonderful to hear how BRIGHTLY you've been SPARKIN'!

I've been hanging in there...soon to embark on a great adventure:

http://ridewithgp
s.com/routes/1355772

Thank you for your inspiration!

Don

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SUSIEQ911 6/27/2012 12:29PM

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GREAT ATTITUDE!

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MONTREAL12 6/27/2012 10:55AM

  emoticon for the inspiration! emoticon

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Goals and Dark Corners

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A quick check in.
Things have been pretty calm around here, which is GREAT! We had a community retreat over the weekend. It was nice to get away and have some time for thought and prayer.
What came to me again this weekend was that at this point in my life it is really time to continue digging into my negative voice / esteem issues and have them get my attention in a positive way. I've been taking about this for a while now. I think the way to start doing it is to take more quiet time each week to just listen to what is going on inside of me. That will help light the dark corners where those negative voices like to live.

Eating has been going pretty well. The retreat went fairly well food-wise. Not great as a lot of folks had a LOT of chips, cookies, drinks, etc just laying around all weekend, but I made it out alive with nothing more than a few handfuls of chex-mex and 1/2 a cookie I hadn't planned on eating. Not hard core like I wanted to be, but given all that food, not bad.

Exercising has been pretty good. I haven't strength trained as much, but my running is consistently 3 days a week or more. I did 4 last week. And for the first time I took it back to the streets, and my calf has been pain free! I did just the final 3/4 of my 2 mile run outside on Sat, and on Sunday when I was out in the country I did the whole thing outside with the hills and all. It was a beautiful run.

Mood wise has been pretty good too. I've been busier than I want to be. My parents were also in for 2 days of the week for an oncology appt. which was a little stressful. Today has been mostly restful and this weekend looks pretty good (aside from a family get together on Saturday). My need for rest these days is high, but after the months I've had, I am reveling in it!

Goals for next week:

eat in range 6 days
run 3 days
other cardio 1 day
ST 2 days
quiet reflection time 3 days

also,
eat in range at family gathering

Sounds simple, doesn't it?

annjie

  
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DDOORN 6/14/2012 9:35PM

    I like the idea of digging into those "dark corners"...need to tackle that better...!

You are sounding focused...! Go YOU! :-)

Don

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KALANTHA 6/13/2012 6:41PM

    Excellent goals! They are realistic and healthy. As for the simple . . . I'm guessing, no so much.

Keep workin' it! You're gonna get there!

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Mixed Drinks, French Open, negative voices and long weekends

Wednesday, May 30, 2012



The French Open is on, so we've been starting to spend some time watching. I LOVE tennis. We haven't played yet this year b/c of my partner's ankle injury, but I can't wait. I'm not sure how to adapt the 5 fingers to play, so that should be interesting! I am so sad Serena Williams already lost, but my boy Roger Federer is looking good!

I had a little bit of a slow 4 day weekend. We had a wedding, a friend in town, and I hurt my neck. All of these things = not great eating (although pretty good), not great drinking (cocktails will get your calories above goal every time!), and little exercise (insert how painful being injured is to your motivation and program here..). But it was a laid back and fun 4 days, so I am grateful for that.

And grateful now that the week is here that I am back on track and feeling motivated. I had a GREAT run this morning on the treadmill. I have been so frustrated with calf pain with my 5 fingers---it seems like I am just getting up to my previous mileage (slowly) and then my calf starts screaming again. This time I am going to stay on the treadmill longer to help my calf adjust b/f taking it to the streets. That seems like a good plan. Mostly I am just so happy to be running at all! I downloaded some new music to my MP3 (after spending 2 hours going through what other people liked. That whole exercise made me feel the opposite of hip, I'll tell you that!). New music helps a lot!

And my eating is on track (meaning I'm not drinking any gin). We went to Taste by Niche in the central west end (for those of you from StL) b/c they have won national awards for their cocktails--and they deserve them! It was so fun!

I had gotten down tao 191, which I was way pleased about. I don't think the scale will be too kind to me come Monday (as I was not kind to it), but it feels good to feel good today and be making good choices.

I also talked to someone (my spiritual director) about negativity the other day, and countering my negative voice. She asked me to consider that the voice is a part of me, a part of every me I've ever been. She wondered what would happen instead of just demanding that the voice be quiet and trying to shut it out, that I welcome it and ask it what it wants to tell me. And if it's helpful, great! If it seems unhelpful, treat it like a misbehaving, cranky child who's lashing out--gently but with no real connection to the content of what is being said. So I'm going to work on that and see how it goes.

Have a great week!

annjie

  
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DDOORN 5/31/2012 10:47PM

    Kudos to embracing the dark side...not easy to do, but possibly some very potent insights to be gained!

Nothing like the right tunes to fire a body UP! Spark ON! :-)

Don

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BLUE42DOWN 5/30/2012 6:57PM

    That's a fascinating take on handling the negative voice. Makes sense, too.

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The Brown Basmati Debacle!

Sunday, May 20, 2012


Things are going a lot better this week.
Nothing like 7 days of being mostly on track with food and exercise to kick motivation in gear a bit.
I tracked every day!
I ate within range 5 out of 7 days (and the other 2 were not too far out).
I worked out 6 days! 5 cardio and 2 ST!

I feel good. A little more centered. I'm not fooling myself into thinking I'm 'there'. Where is 'there' anyway? But I feel good today, like I've got some days under my belt and feel ready to have some more.

My calf has been good, but I tried to get off the treadmill and back onto concrete today--nothing doing. My 5 fingers are being a little persnickety these days (or at least my calves are). But it is worth it. I'm pretty sure I burned as many calories with the yard work and basement cleaning (including scrubbing the floor) that I did.

I also rode my bike to work this week, which was awesome, and am planning to do it again this week.

The biggest happening of the week, honest, was realizing that my calories have not been correct, despite tracking. I did not realize that brown BASMATI rice was that different from plain old brown rice. Plain brown rice has 216 calories, which I have been tracking 3 days a week (at work I always eat one cup of brown rice and one cup of black beans). But turns out we bought brown basmati rice at our coop last time. Couldn't be that different, right? I didn't think so either. But I finally tracked brown basmati this week. Do you know how many calories one cup of basmati has? 680!!!! I've been eating 464 calories more than I thought 3 days of every week for the past 6 months!
In a way it feels like my birthday--this change will win me 464 calories a day for free, really. But how crazy that I didn't realize? What else might I be missing?

Thanks for the support. Hopefully this coming week will be another week of goodness to add to the foundation!

annjie

  
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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 5/21/2012 2:18PM

    Are you sure you aren't comparing values of raw rice vs cooked rice? Some of the numbers in the nutrition tracker are ambiguous and can lead to this sort of confusion.

Rice, brown, long-grained raw, 685 cal per cup
http://nutritiondata.self.co
m/facts/cereal-grains-and-pasta
/5706/2

Rice, brown, long-grained cooked, 216 cal per cup
http://nutritiondata.self.co
m/facts/cereal-grains-and-pasta
/5707/2

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DDOORN 5/21/2012 1:55PM

    Wow! What do they PUT in that rice...? lol!

Kudos to feeling on track, however / whenever it happens and especially BIG kudos to riding your bike to work! :-) I'm trying to get as many cycling commutes in as possible...closing in on 600 miles so far this year on my bike.

Don

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BLUE42DOWN 5/21/2012 2:27AM

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Wow, who'd have thought a variety of rice could be that much more calorie dense.

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JAMIEHORN20 5/20/2012 7:05PM

    That is just nuts about the rice! I had no idea there was such a difference.

You're doing a great job these days! Keep up the hard work!!

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