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Carrot sticks - my new favourite life saving snack!

Friday, February 03, 2012

Life saving may be a bit of over kill here, i know, but, when it comes to 4pm snack time, things have been getting a bit desperate for me, and these little orange batons have provided me with a snack that has the sweetness of a cookie or chocolate and the chewiness of chips - and much fewer calories!!


I bought a packet of them with my grocery shop this week, but only got round to opening them up last night after a day that had been fraught with me wondering how on earth I'm going to curb my cravings. And, funnily enough, they did.

More than that, I started feeling better after eating them (because I was hungry, this wasn't emotional eating, I'm just used to snacking on a cookie at that time, and with recent stress, haven't had the will power to just have one or two and leave it at that.!!

Last night, as I was reflecting on this, it hit me once again how keeping healthy is a constant daily decision, and, it's not always easy to make the best decisions. But, (and here's another big but) seemingly little decisions in this health walk can really help to keep the ball rolling - decisions as small as adding carrot batons to my grocery list this week!! emoticon

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SHARON10002 2/3/2012 5:29PM

    Carrot batons? Baby carrots???

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    It is such a relief to find something that works for you isn't it? Keep up the search, there are a lot more that will be great for you too.

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    How are they different than carrot sticks? Or are they baby carrots?

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SUNSETBREEZE05 2/3/2012 2:33PM

    I agree with Chriskenandkids comments.

Good Luck reaching Your Goals!!

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    I've never heard of those before. What are they? What section of the store are they in? Sounds interesting!

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The first big maintenance stress test.....

Saturday, January 28, 2012

They say that the Chinese year of the Dragon is a year full of good luck, but it must also be the year of lighting fires under your backside to get you running because January has been anything but relaxing!

My ticker tells me that I am now in my 6th week of maintenance, which really feels unbelievable. I am still not quite at a balanced weight yet (and wondering if there is such a thing) but seem to be settling at about 4 pounds under my goal weight. I don't full feel in control of my food yet, but this could possibly be because I'm not feeling very much in control of my life this week!!

Last Thursday my husband arrived home with the news that he had lost his job. What has followed has been a bit of a whirlwind week, and a very quick turn around with him starting a new job on Monday - something we are relieved and grateful for.

This week has meant care and attention on my husband and a little voice in my head saying, 'it's ok, you need to take care of yourself too, have another cookie......' and me struggling to figure out what a healthy person has instead of the cookie. I thought exercise would be the answer, but it takes a whole lot more time than eating a cookie does, and most of my time has been invested in my husbands needs. Essentially what has happened is that nutrition and exercise took a back seat.

Now, of course, that is probably natural. Our mind screams emergency and reverts to what it has done in the past, but this time round I knew that the past habits were not the best habits and so I didn't quite know what to do instead.......

Now, I'm pretty good at making sure I eat within a calorie range, but my choices are still not as good as I would like them to be and I still have a lot to learn before the next stress test comes along. Mind you, i'm not completely over this one yet!!

I wonder if the answer is as simple as keeping healthier snacks close at hand. Dried fruit may be a good answer. If I had thought more about it I should also have suggested evening walks with my husband rather than sitting in the house playing games. It would have been spending time with him, but also getting a bit of exercise in. It might not be a jog, but it's something.

So, my 6th week of maintenance has been one with a bit of a real life emergency in it and I would say that I'm about half way there in terms of keeping healthy under pressure. Now that the fire is out I'm waiting for the good luck!!

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JOANNA202 1/29/2012 6:18PM

    Halfway there sounds pretty good to me, especially when the right tools are not immediately to hand. Now you know what you need to consider (healthy snacks around, sociable ways to exercise) you can begin to learn the lessons. So sorry that your husband had to lose his job to find that out, but amazing that he got another one so quickly! Good luck de-stressing from this (with a few runs I assume?)

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NANT406 1/29/2012 3:52AM

    emoticon at keeping your weight maintenance. Try and stay positive. I know that you have some major stress going on but your idea of taking walks with your husband is great. It will probably help his stress too. Keep on sparking! emoticon

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    You're doing fine. I had one ounce of cashews today as a snack and it was awesome and definitely kept my hunger at bay. Also, greek yogurt does the trick. Just having healthy alternatives around is key. Just keep on going. :)

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/28/2012 9:01PM

    You are doing it! Life is never on an even keel, but you ARE doing it! WOO HOO! I am about two weeks ahead of you and we are in this together!!

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5% challenge: Habit #4

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The last two days have been so intense for me. in fact today has been an extreme roller coaster - one of those days where it ends and I find myself thinking, what just happened?

So I'm writing this in a bit of a frail state, and the 'replace chocolate with an apple' habit has fallen to the wayside, but I wanted to at least write about the one muscle that I have needed to use a lot this week, and is seriously out of shape:

Faith - that people will help me out when I ask for it
- that it's ok to step out and take risks
- that I won't gain back the weight that I've lost
- that although life is full of curve balls everything does work itself out in the end

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SHELLYBABE2 1/23/2012 9:56AM

    emoticon blogs, take comfort in the fact that some of the healthy habits that you've picked up along the way are still with you and one or two bad habits that creep in now and again won't impact you that much and certainly won't make you gain all your weight back providing you ditch them as soon as you are able.

Be a little kinder to yourself, sometimes you just have to get through the challenging times any way you can!

Good luck and hope things settle down for you.

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/20/2012 7:54PM

    We are there for you!!

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SHARON10002 1/20/2012 4:15PM

    "Faith is building on what you know is here so you can reach what you know is there."
~ Cullen Hightower
If it's impossible for you to make it through a whole day, break your day into manageable steps - maybe morning, noon, and night. If that's too much take it further down to an hour at a time. . . Whatever you need to do. I invite you to read my blog, One Small Step.

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    Hang in there. There are always better days ahead. Hugs!

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    Faith keeps us going and gives us hope. Your friends will help you out when you ask but I often have a hard time asking and expect them to know what I need. Consistentcy will bring those new habits into the front of your mind and before you know it, they are your new second nature.

Sometimes you just have to write off a bad day as exactly that. A BAD DAY. Keep the faith sister.

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5% challenge: Habit #3

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

I've just read through quite a few blogs and done all the commenting needed to get those points for my time (this is a tough challenge this time round - I think we need another 'me time' one!!!) and found myself thinking how wonderfully well so many people are doing. This really is an inspiring website in so many ways - mainly because people are not just bemoaning the way their lives are but because they are doing something to make their personal situations work or improve.
This led me to thinking how, really, we need to celebrate our achievements. Even the small ones because these small little steps people are taking are leading to the much bigger goals - whatever they may be!
I don't think I celebrate life enough. When I began with Sparkpeople I used to allow myself a 10 pound reward each week - rent a movie; buy bubble bath and a magazine and have a long bath; get a book I really want to read - just so that I wouldn't feel like I was depriving myself of food. As the 'diet' has matured into a lifestyle I haven't felt like i've needed the rewards as much, but if i could somehow evolve them into weekly celebrations of some sort that would be a really lovely thing - it would help me focus on the many positive reasons for being alive and healthy in this world.

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LUVPOETESS 1/20/2012 6:56PM

    I'm a big baby. I need rewards. emoticon

Over the last couple weeks I've been treating myself to new clothes. I've dropped two clothes sizes, and it feels wonderful to me. Wearing my new clothes feels good too. I don't necessarily NEED compliments from others, but my coworkers are calling me a walking billboard. People are asking me what did I do, how did I do it, how long did it take, etc. I enjoy teaching them that all I did simply was eat better and move more. The compliments do encourage me.

You are to be commended just for realizing the importance of giving yourself the love you deserve. That's really what the celebration is about. Thanks for reminding us all.

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SHARON10002 1/17/2012 10:30PM

    I totally agree with you and everyone here. I don't reward myself, but I should celebrate somehow my small victories.

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YB0511 1/17/2012 8:40PM

    Makes sense.

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ABETTERBETTY 1/17/2012 8:12PM

    I have come a long way and I still haven't rewarded myself. I am not at the end of my journey yet, but why should't I reward myself now?

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KIMMIEP 1/17/2012 8:02PM

    great idea. That was always my downside to WW after lifetime, whenever you celebrated the others would get mad. We all need to celebrate, now matter how well we are doing!

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LAURIETAIT 1/17/2012 2:01PM

    What a great idea! We are always quick to get down on ourselves and rarely celebrate the positive.

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/17/2012 11:29AM

    That makes a lot of sense!

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FREES1 1/17/2012 9:35AM

    great plan - and you are so correct! we do need to celebrate ourselves, and our accomplishments too... and be good to ourselves along the way... even with small things that have some sort of meaning or perc for us! thanks for the reminder.

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JSPIN74 1/17/2012 9:35AM

    wonderful...i know what you mean...

re not needing the rewards but deserve the clebration...good thing to try to incorporate & not forget to do for ourselves - thx emoticon

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MOMMASHUTT 1/17/2012 7:43AM

    I can understand not needing the rewards. When I started, I said that Friday would be my "free" which in my mind was I can eat something I normally don't. Now I don't even think that way anymore and it's just like any other day.
Keep up the good work!

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5% challenge: Habit #2

Monday, January 16, 2012

I've been spending a lot of time thinking about my food choices just recently. I keep wondering if my grocery list has really transformed itself into that of a healthy person or if it's simply because I'm eating much smaller portions of everything that I used to eat. I still find that at the end of the evening when I have calories left to fill I will choose the 100 calorie chocolate portion rather than the apple. This works in so many ways for me, mainly because it prevents me going cold turkey on something I love only to overeat it later, but, I have been wondering what a diet with more of the healthier food would do for me.
So, habit number two is to choose the healthier option! I'd like to spend the rest of this week choosing the apple over the chocolate and seeing what happens.
PS - I'm writing this in bed nice and early in the morning with plenty of time ahead of me before work!!

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MISSMOLLY53 1/16/2012 7:48PM

    Good luck with this one!!!

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KIMMIEP 1/16/2012 5:30PM

    I like having the 100 calories options for those days when I feel like having something sinful. I find that if I totally deprive myself of the tasties, I go way off the wagon. I would love to really clean up my diet, just a little at a time!

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MFLYNN8 1/16/2012 10:07AM

    I find a little chocolate keeps me from overdoing it. I mix my apple with either oatmeal or a sandwich bc on it's own it does nothing for me mentally speaking. If it must be eaten as snack try some peanut butter on slices.

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YB0511 1/16/2012 6:28AM

    Eliminating foods (chocolate) does not work for everyone. Find what works for you. Making healthy choices is a great start! You can do it.

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RAINBOWCHOC 1/16/2012 4:13AM

    I have chocolate in the cupboard because knowing it is there is better for me than not. It would be a real emergency to break it open as I would finish it (with help from himself).
To encourage him to eat more fruit I make it into a fresh fruit salad then he laps it up!
good luck with your healthy week

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