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The exercise that never quite feels like work......

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Saturday afternoon, DH is out of town and I am making the most of a flat to myself by dancing up a storm!

This is the exercise I do when I'm tired and home alone. For me, there is nothing quite like it because it seems to feed my soul, my body and my mind more than any other exercise. My main sport is jogging, which I work hard at, but it is different in that it is a discipline: something I have had to follow a training plan with, and something that I need to do on a regular basis to keep at the current training level that I am at. I do love it now, and find I miss it when I don't do it, but, I still have to make myself do it. Dancing is different.

On my own, in my little flat I can dance any way I want to - nobody is watching, nobody is judging, there is no such thing as a training plan for me, I just move my body in whatever way the music is inspiring it to do. And, before I know it, I've been moving around for an hour and I'm feeling a million times better.

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JOANNA202 4/22/2012 2:13PM

    This has to be the best exercise for the mind and soul, and not bad for the body either!

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ANATASHIKI 4/22/2012 5:56AM

    thanks for reminding me ! emoticon

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    Sounds fun! I do that when I'm home alone and cleaning or straightening up. Fire up my ipod and dance around. FUN! Have a great time!

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SWAN47 4/21/2012 1:13PM

    That's a great idea! I love to dance and have plenty of room. I think I will add that to my exercise routine. I find it to be relaxing and freeing. Have a great weekend and thanks for sharing.

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The junk food that stayed......and the junk that has gone away.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

DH and I shared a delicious bag of chunky fries today from our local chippy, and, as I was busy adding it to my nutrition tracker, I realized that I still eat fries quite a bit - not every day - but they must make their way onto my nutrition tracker every two or three weeks.
ice cream is not very common at all for me now. This is one junk food that I've had quite a bit of in the last week, but can't actually remember the last time I ate it! That seems to have been one of the junk foods that has made its way out of my new lifestyle without me even realizing.
I used to bake cookies quite a lot. It has become apparent that I cannot just eat one cookie and stop. So, although I love baking, for the sake of my waistline we no longer keep cookies in the house. This has stopped.
DH and I have a chocolate each every night after dinner from a chocolate box (Hotel Chocolat, for those of you in England) that is so expensive and so rich in flavour that one piece seems to be enough.
So, chocolate has stayed, and, up until last week, I've managed to eat in very good moderation.
I never eat muffins any more. I once bought a muffin from starbucks, read the calories in it, and decided, never again. It's just far too high in calories to justify.
I eat cake once in while - but only if it's a type of cake I truly love. A few days ago I ordered a coffee cake that was just terrible and I stopped eating it. When the waiter asked if it was ok, I acutally said, no!! Gone are the days when I will finish my plate just because it's there.
every Sunday DH and I share a custard tart (Pasteis De Nata) at our local Italian cafe. This is our Sunday routine, and we balance this with a lighter meal in the evenings. I learned early on in my dieting phase that there were some 'traditions' that I did not want to give up so I needed to work around them.
My new lifestyle is certainly not without junk food. I've just realized that I've become extremely selective about what I will eat, and, I seem to eat most of it in cahoots with my husband (who has lost twenty pounds since January and is still working his way down the scale). I think this is why I struggle to say I'm living a healthy lifestyle.
It feels more like a normal lifestyle. One where I'm not eating 7 cookies in one sitting, or eating an entire box of chocolates on my own BEFORE my husband gets home and then rounding it off with a box of pringles before dinner.
So, I'm making peace with the junk food that has stayed. It seems to have found a way into my calorie tracking that is working, and, at least for the moment, I'm okay with that.

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KRISZTA11 4/12/2012 1:31PM

    It's great you managed to create a normal lifestyle that is so healthy.
The not-so-healthy foods you eat in moderation will help you motivated, without feeling deprived of things you like.

My beloved junk food is cheeseburger with small fries - once in 1-2 weeks, and always with a bowl of steamed broccoli : )

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JOANNA202 4/11/2012 4:21PM

    From what I've read all over the place, I'd say you DO have a healthy lifestyle. Let's see, you eat chips (sorry, can't write fries!), a piece of GOOOD chocolate a night, HALF a custard tart a week and the occasional piece of good quality cake?! I actually don't think you can count much of that as junk food. You've turned your diet around!

By the way, not sure if you're in London, but if you are I've just discovered Leon do half size brownies which are dark, orangey and amazing! (Sorry, probably not helping).

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FREES1 4/11/2012 10:48AM

    its all in the balance! like your Sunday tradition! And chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is good for you so enjoy! Ice cream too has some nutritional value.... I love the way you wrote your blog...

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I may look skinnier, but......

Friday, April 06, 2012

This last week has been eye opening for me. It has been my first proper break in a long time, and, it seems that when my mind realizes it is on holiday, it feels like it needs to be on holiday from calorie counting too!
How strange to observe my hand as it reaches for the popcorn/ chocolate/ dessert just the way it used to six months ago. Mentally I knew this was not the thing to do, but at the same time, I needed to relax. And, 'this is what I do when I relax' was what my mind was telling me.
The spa break was wonderful and I have come home very relaxed, and, thankfully, only one pound heavier. But, I'm also back to struggling to eat things in moderation again. I let myself relax and now I'm finding it hard to reign myself back in again. I've now learned that I equate relaxing with eating whatever I want to. I've even said to myself 'I can start dieting again tomorrow' - another throw away comment from a few months ago that I haven't said to myself for ages!
I need to spend a bit of time reflecting on this new discovery. Awareness is the first step, right? Now to figure out how to feel relaxed without needing to over-indulge in food.

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JOANNA202 4/8/2012 12:50PM

    Absolutely awareness is the first step. You might also find that even though it's a struggle to reign things in again, it will be less of a struggle than last time.

The big thing that (sometime stops) me eating too badly when I relax is how rubbish it makes my stomach feel. Maybe if you don't feel that bad, you're not actually eating that badly? Or maybe not...sounds like you're on the road to knowing what to do either way!

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SARALEIGHM 4/7/2012 7:59AM

    It's impossible to eat properly if you're eating at restaurants every meal. It sounds like you exercised a certain amount of control, since you only gained one pound. Over the course of a week I gain and lose a pound or two here at home. Don't stress about what you did, just get back to what you know is right. Now. Not tomorrow or the next day. Your body and mind will thank you.

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    I'm on vacation right now and struggling with eating out for meals. When I go to a restaurant I eat a salad but then I have a cornbread muffin like last night - or 2.5 muffins! And a roll! And tonight I had a chicken spinach salad but then had 1/3 of a piece of peanut butter pie. Or Thursday night I had vegetarian lasagna and then HAD to have a piece of pizza. MEAT LOVER'S pizza. Then later I was really tired and should have gone to bed but had TWO MORE pieces of leftover meat lover's pizza before bed. ACK! Stop the madness! Today was much better but I'm still annoyed with myself. Hang in there and get back on the wagon! :) You can do it!

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MFLYNN8 4/6/2012 6:58PM

    I feel the same way sometimes. i feel like it's a relief to not track something, but then i regret it later :(

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DEEJACKSON 4/6/2012 4:52PM

    I am EXACTLY the same!!! Why is it that when we take a break, we also take a break from our healthy eating???

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Pampering without overeating - is this possible?

Monday, April 02, 2012

I have given myself a treat - a few days away at a spa for time to relaz, and treat my body to some well earned massage treatments. What I didn't anticipate was the food I would encounter on this trip.
I've just returned from dinner at their restaurant. Nothing on the meal was low calorie, so i ended up getting a burger and chips, which is something I haven't eaten in a long time. I was so hungry that I ate it all pretty fast, and then gulped down a hot chocolate with cookies. (By the time the hot chocolate came, I wasn't thinking in healthy terms anymore, I was in pre-sparkpeople mode).
Now, however, I am suffering. My stomach is aching from this over-indulgence (a new experience, 6 months ago, I would still be able to eat ice cream after that!)
It seems that pampering cannot equal huge quantities of calorie loaded food for me - it now makes me feel ill (which is a good thing, right?)
But, I do need to somehow persuade the part of me that associates pampering with junk food, that this is ok.
Argh, and, sorry shooting stars, I'm not doing a good job of keeping within my calorie range so fat this week!
Tomorrow will be better.

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FREES1 4/5/2012 1:48PM

    old habits are hard to break - especially the first encounter with the situation... its learning to enjoy part of the meal, some of the food, without having to have it all (and eating slowly can help - takes the brain about 20 minutes to realize what is in the tum tum!)
glad you treated yourself to the spa - enjoy it while you are there and come back and pick up where you left off...

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SHARON10002 4/3/2012 6:17PM

    Hope your body, ind, and spirit are all enjoying the spa. Remember to eat frequently, as healthy as you can, to help keep that hunger monster at bay.
Don't beat yourself up over it so that you can enjoy the rest of your visit!

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JOANNA202 4/3/2012 6:14PM

    Ah, that horrible, 'why did I have to make my stomach ache like that' feeling. It comes at you out of the blue (or at me last night after a mis-judged pizza) and then it's too late. I reckon it's not about having junk food with pampering, but about nice things which are now more of an indulgence than they used to be. It sounds like you were on the right track when you went into the restaurant - but pretty rubbish of them to help you look after the outside but not the inside properly!

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    A good reminder is never a bad thing...once in a while.

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OHMEMEME 4/2/2012 9:42PM

    Hang in Sunshine and #1 don't beat yourself up about it. I enjoy food and will always use it to celebrate some things sooo...just be aware and plan ahead as much as possible for the splurge. Think about it but don't over think it. One hamburger and chips does not equal a pound. Even cookies and chocolate on occasion will not sabotage you if you don't let it. Just don't let one thing lead to another and another's done. Get back on track. It's what you do over time that makes the difference. You can do this!

What kind of spa doesn't serve spa food...maybe a different place next time. Hope the massages were great.

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    I'm leaving for vacation tomorrow night and I'm TERRIFIED I'll be off track the whole time! I know how you feel. I do have motivation though - the Gold's Gym Challenge weigh in is the Monday after I come back! Hang in there and do better tomorrow. Hugs!

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Happy to be back with the Shooting Stars!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I have missed being accountable to a group when it comes to exercising. I hadn't realized how much it helps me to do a bit of exercise each day when I know it's leading towards a greater goal. Even if it is an imaginary destination, this group effort is really helpful for me and I think will get me doing all the extra exercise I had intended on doing, but just not got round to doing!

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FREES1 3/22/2012 9:40AM

    Its great to have you back with the Shooting Stars as well - I enjoy the team spirit and learning about new places, even though the travel is imaginary! Love the photo on your page...

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DAVEYSHADOW 3/21/2012 5:23PM

    Hi from a UK emoticon

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    Great job! Keep it up! :)

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FIVELILACS 3/20/2012 10:04PM

    It is great to have you as a teammate. I, too, really appreciate the accountability that comes from being part of a team when we REALLY need each other to meet a common goal and individual goals. My best to you!!!!

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MFLYNN8 3/20/2012 8:03PM

    Great to hear I'm not the only one! emoticon

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ANATASHIKI 3/20/2012 7:07PM

    lol , I'm glad it works for you ! it doesn't matter to me but I just like to be in an active team

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SANDRALUVSLON 3/20/2012 7:03PM

  I agree. I find posting daily helps with everything.

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