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Can I get the next 4 pound off?

Saturday, July 20, 2013

So it is the summer time and I find it easier to lose weight when the sun is shining and it is easy to get outside. I am about 6 pounds away from a goal weight for this year. So I am going to hunker down and work on exercise and eating correctly for the next 14 days to just get the numbers to move downward. It would be nice if I could get rid of the whole 6 but 4 would be fine. I have been reading the various articles and it is clear that I need to increase my exercise by about 300 calories a day and keep the calories going in to about 1400-1500. Now is a good time because there are no holidays, big family events or food focused parties.

Focus, focus, focus is my mantra for a short while.

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    You are doing fantastic!! It sounds like you are going to reach that goal very soon.

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FATHINSN 7/21/2013 8:58AM

    Good luck! I hope you will that 4lbs off and next the remaining 6lbs to get your goal!

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MSGO72 7/21/2013 12:06AM


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KIM22211 7/20/2013 11:23PM

    you are doing exactly right! I would say to become completely focused on this site for the next 2 weeks and it will help too. It has worked great for me thus far. I am just 3 weeks in but the more I am here the better choices I seem to make! Good luck

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NON Scale Victories -- A Great Idea

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

“Non Scale Victories “ a great idea

STONECOT wrote about NSV’s (non scale victories) in a recent blog. She detailed out all of the wonderful positive changes that have happened while she has been working on getting healthy and strong. It really reminded me that often the healthy changes are very small each day but add up over time. Being able to walk fast a longer distance comes gradually but it helps the stamina. Also, I notice that I sleep better. Not waking up two or three times a night is great. Also if I sleep through the night there are no cravings for cookies to contend with. (Although there are no cookies in the house and I eat peanut butter out of the jar instead.) I do like fitting into my clothes better. It was nice today when I put on some shorts which had been TIGHT a few weeks ago and are feeling better today. There is still some more to go but better now.

During the last year I have been working on the eating issues and the choice issues and not doing much on the exercise side. I figured after losing 30-40 pounds 3 times I should try a new approach. It is not about will power but about changing some habits and replacing some foods. I have come to the realization that there are foods which cannot be in the house at all. Pasta is one, full fat cream cheese is another and flour tortillas. I just cannot stop at a small portion or eating just one. I have them when I am out and not too often. It really has helped to calm down my cravings. Chocolate is just a whole other story. Sometimes I go to the bakery and buy brownies. At least they are not in the house.

Finally I realized that I had hit a weight plateau and needed to be doing a few extra things or at least one thing each day. A longer walk in the morning and now I find I can get through the 4 miles much better. Or if I just cannot get in a long walk, do a shorter walk and a 10 minute video. Finding time for one video is not too hard. On a really gang-ho day I do two videos. I am really trying to bring in consistency and an ability to keep this up through vacations, holidays, stressful events and days I am just not motivated. So far so good.

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    It sounds like you are making some small changes that will add up. Good job.

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RAWCOOKIE 7/18/2013 2:14PM

    Well done for counting up the victories! and you have reminded me about getting out for walks - thanks

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RACEWELLWON 7/17/2013 10:03AM

    Good recognition of NSV - so important. Yes , I agree that making small changes really adds up . One at time, for me the tortilla was major ! Gosh they taste good. Recently I had to revamp my pantry, Then DH shops too - so I have asked him not to bring in certain foods that trigger these eating habits , that took a while - now he sees his numbers at the doctors office getting better , finally cooperating. Pushing through the plateaus is a must - great job - woo hoo - look at you in those AWESOME Shorts! Hugs K emoticon

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KIWILVR24 7/16/2013 11:48PM

    Congratulations on your shorts fitting! So many people miss seeing these "smaller" victories & just look at their numbers... great job!

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Beating the vacation weight gain uglies

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The goal was to finish the 2 week vacation without gaining more than 2 pounds. Two pounds is easy to lose after a vacation because it is usually a result of too much salt and an increase in fats. 5 to 10 pounds means that the calorie count was too high for too many days. This vacation was a success because most days my weight stayed steady. It was at the end that the scale went up. But when I got home, it was only a 1.5 pound gain. These are the steps I took to have a fun time and still eat fun things.

First, made a commitment to log in and spin the Spark Wheel each day. (Looked for places with WiFi)
Second, rented a house, stayed in motels that had a refrigerator and took the cooler
Third, took a scale (driving vacation made this easy).
Fourth, signed up for Spark Coach and signed in each day.
Fifth, ate a simple healthy low fat breakfast every day.
Sixth, planned the going out lunch and dinners, and watched portions. Ate a salad with little or no dressing with each meal
Seventh, allowed indulgences such as ice cream, chocolate cake, chicken panini and fried oysters.
Eighth, Never ate in the car. Always stopped to eat snacks or meals
Ninth, bought ready-made salads at the grocery store for picnics and tried to avoid fast food places

Had a great time, ate a lot of great meals, partied at some wineries, did some walking and a few SP videos, and did not deny myself but just watched the portions.

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MINNIE 7/10/2013 12:14PM

    terrific. sensible plan and fun.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/10/2013 10:39AM

    Sounds like you had a great time and did well on your diet too! emoticon

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RACEWELLWON 7/10/2013 7:34AM

    Awesome - you did real well - Nice list !!! I love to drive on Vacations . I always pack a cooler and rent rooms with a kitchenette that way you can always enjoy some fun food but , being able to store and eat health foods for two of the meals really helps !! So how was your Trip ?? LiL Racer , Karen emoticon emoticon

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PINKEUROGIRL 7/10/2013 12:41AM

    Well done!

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ZRIE014 7/10/2013 12:26AM

  keep it up

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KESTRYLL 7/10/2013 12:23AM

    Sounds like you had a good time, keep up the good work!

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Got healthy habits again

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Cooking and planning meals is second nature. I grew up in a large Italian family so we all cooked together and planned meals together. It made it easy when I went off to college to get a job cooking for a group of guys. They paid for the food and did the dishes. I really learned to write down the meal plans and create the shopping list. First married with a small child and little money those skills were put to good use. The problem really happened after the child went to college and I took on a high pressure job. Cooking and planning went out the window and the weight came on. It has been a struggle but I am now using the healthy habit skills of planning meals using SP meal plans and shopping from a list. Now if I can only get the exercise back on track.

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BOOCH6 7/28/2013 8:54AM

    I love this blog ! Planning is something I need to do more of and you have inspired me to start !! Thanks for writing and good luck with your journey !!

- Barb emoticon

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    Sounds like you are headed in the right direction. You have all the skills to make this work.

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RACEWELLWON 7/6/2013 1:18PM

    I know what you mean ! I too learned to cook from my Mother as I have always cooked ethnic foods all sorts its a passion for me . My gain came after I damaged both legs in accident and my husband cooked !! Yes , I ate what he cooked but I did not pay attention to the portions and we did dine on fast food - Both of us gained during that three year period. Feels great to be in charge of meals again !! :) emoticon

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ELIZABETH5268 7/6/2013 11:45AM

    One habit at a time:)

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SUPERKHAN 7/6/2013 7:18AM

    It's really awesome that your able to sit back and now get back into the preparation phase of your healthy eating after landing that job. Life sometimes throws us a surprise and it takes time to get back to focus. Your on the right track and congrats!

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FATHINSN 7/6/2013 3:42AM

    I think you have the advantages from your experience to take control on your meals :D
Good luck!

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BJPENNY70 7/6/2013 1:53AM

    You have tackled one important issue. You can tackle the exercise issue. I know you have it in you. Go for it!

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QUIERRA 7/6/2013 1:52AM


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Another food plan book

Friday, June 21, 2013

Mark Bittman has new food book out called “VB6”. Mr. Bittman is a food writer for the New York Times and I read him regularly. He admits that he was close to 50 years old and his weight and health numbers were high. His doctor recommended he go vegan. In a recent interview he says:

“That was 6 years ago, and though I ate my share of plants, the idea of avoiding meat, dairy, poultry, and even fish seemed impossible. As a compromise, I decided to take his suggestion—most of the time: I would eat vegan before 6 PM.

By day, I'd adhere to a super strict vegan diet. I decided to go even beyond that: Until suppertime, I'd also abstain from hyper-processed white bread, rice, pasta, and junk food. I cut out alcohol, too. Once the sun went down, however, I'd be a free man, eating whatever I wanted, usually (but not always) in moderation. I might have pasta Bolognese with salad; I might roast a chicken; I might stir-fry some vegetables. I've kept it up ever since.”

He lost 36 pounds at the beginning but over the 6 years has gained 10 pounds back. As we all know taking the weight off is not the really hard part, keeping it off is the continuing struggle.

Mr. Bittman says that he eats vegan before 6 pm, because it is impossible to go out with friends in the evening. Going vegan takes a lot of planning to make sure you have fresh or frozen food available. A plain plate of broccoli is not appetizing so you need recipes to make it look different and time to prepare it. Are you going to take your lunch with you always and vegan or vegetarian choices at restaurants may not be low calorie.

How many family members would be willing to be vegan? My husband would rebel and go to the local fast food place if there isn’t some meat on his plate along with the vegetables. He is not a picky eater but tofu is not on any of his lists of foods he will eat.
Mr. Bittman proposes that cheating is allowed, but how easy is it to justify that piece of pizza for lunch and the hamburger for dinner. Cheat that way over a few days which drifts into weeks, and the pounds will come roaring back. What about the holidays, birthdays, weddings and picnics?

The other really important point that is not expressed in any of the interview articles is that PORTION CONTROL is the key. If you read any of the recipes and look at the portion sizes, they are small. The recipes are wonderful but you can find great recipes in the Spark recipe file.

I have been following the low Cholesterol food plan and it looks very similar to Mr. Bittman’s plan. It is still not easy to keep away from the food I love to eat. But reading a book is not the answer for me for the long run. It really is a change in my view of food and coming to terms with the fact that there are foods I cannot eat in the amounts I want and be healthy. I cannot cheat because the scale and my clothes let me know. At least it is nice to know that someone of Mr. Bittman’s stature has come to the same conclusions. But SparkPeople help me with staying on a healthy course through every day.

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    Seems like every day there is a new diet book out and I have read a ton of them. From experience I tend to think that most of them would work if the person followed them but most of us don't. I have come to the conclusion that I was thin most of my life and ate whatever I wanted in small amounts. I was also active. I no longer have a desire to eat a lot of bad things but I don't want a diet with a lot of restrictions either. I want to use portion control, sensible eating, intuitive eating, and mindful eating. I know what to eat. I just need to eat it.

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