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Teaching my other half....

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

My husband and I share kitchen duty. As we both work, this really helps keep a balance in our home life, and I always appreciate a meal cooked by him. He knows I'm counting calories, so he worked hard tonight to make a healthy meal - his idea of a healthy meal, at least.
He arrived at the table with mincemeat sauce on a bed of wholewheat pasta, thinking, he said later that the wholewheat pasta would be lower in calories.
At the end of the evening when I was counting calories up, he sat with me as I added in my pasta count - 500calories!! He was shocked!!
Now, I knew it was going to be high in calories, but as I also never say no to someone else cooking in the house, I ate with full awareness that I would go over my daily calorie intake at the end of the day. But, I think my husband learned something tonight about pasta - and that it might not be as low in calories as he thought - now we're both learning.
Tomorrow I jump on the scale again - all in all a better week, here's hoping the pasta doesn't add on too much!!

  
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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 9/29/2011 5:04PM

    Hang in there, we learn one step at a time as well as one bite at a time too!

I learned a valued lesson a long time ago about a Chinese dinner (take out) and logged it AFTER I ate it. About lost it too, what a HUGE shock.

Keep the faith and keep trackin' too

Have a SPlendid Day

Tony

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CAROLIAN 9/29/2011 12:32PM

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Why am I doing this?

Monday, September 26, 2011

So, another amazing blog writer (diets aren't catching....something like that) encouraged me to do my strength training today. I find it amazing how inspiring this website is for me.
And now I find myself not just thinking about my calorie intake, but about the balance too - I'm noticing I don't eat enough protein and so I'm finding out more about where I could find this protein that I really don't eat enough of. Like the amount of calories in a starbucks cappuccino, I simply had no idea I was skimping on something like protein - I thought I was eating too much of it!!
So, here's to some more legumes in my life!! (Now that I know what legumes are....thanks google!!)
I also found myself wondering why I want to lose weight. I know I'm overweight, but is there something more inside me that wants to be healthier? Could I dare to be a healthier skinnier human being - that seems like such a different person to the one I am now. You see, I'm beginning to feel like maybe this time I actually will be able to do it. And I'm getting a bit excited! emoticon

  
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MADDIEMADKINS 9/27/2011 7:28PM

    I totally know what you mean...before SP I never thought twice about what was in my beverages. I don't know how many McDonalds iced coffees I've hade over the summer...how many Dairy Queen Blizzard ice cream treats...

Education is definitely key, and the more good things you give your body, the more it craves! emoticon

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ELLE_EMENOPE 9/26/2011 5:31PM

    Right there with you on all counts. It's amazing how far a little encouragement and education can go, no?
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Emotional eating

Saturday, September 24, 2011

What an interesting day. I started reading some of the wellness articles today, mainly the ones about emotional eating. One of the articles spoke about putting the 'I' into the phrases that are our excuses for doing the things that we don't want to do. It was a thought provoking article for me that really got me thinking about where in my life I behave as a victim rather than seeing how I can be responsible for the way my life is. This article combined with the 'healthy reflection' about growth seemed to lead me into a bit of an attitude collapse and suddenly I found myself munching on biscuits without caring what they were doing to my body! What happened?
I think I got scared. Scared of the changes I am making and how they are not only affecting my body, but my mind too, and I slipped into a common and easy reflex - which is to eat.
Somehow I managed not to let this little episode affect my whole day, and, as the only biscuits I had in the house were home-baked and fairly low calorie I have not overdone it too much (only in my fat intake). I don't feel angry or guilty, just a little surprised at how when an emotion takes over that I feel I can't control I run to the fridge and eat..... and don't care. Need to take the advice of the article and find other ways of taming the beast!

  
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SUNSHINE20113 9/25/2011 3:25PM

    Hi chocaholic, no I haven't - I'll take a look. Think I may need to join.

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 9/24/2011 5:27PM

    Good luck on your journey, have you tried the Spark Team Emotional Eaters? This might help. I am an emotional eater too and it always boggles my mind how a week's worth of hard work and effort at the gym can go down the drain in a matter of minutes.

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Running

Friday, September 23, 2011

I managed to beat my procastinator button this evening and went for a jog out in the last of the Autumn evening sunshine. I think it may have been one of the message boards I was reading about procrastination that actually encouraged me to get my tired post-work, TGIF, feet into my trainers and onto the road.
I have realized that my motivation to run is: if I exercise more, I can eat more! Now, seeing as I'm on a calorie controlled diet, the 'eat more' option is now no more and I think this may be why getting myself out to exercise has been hard. I need a new exercise motivator!
It has been interesting to come across different thought patterns that enter my mind relating to food. I definitely see food as a reward - last week it was with wanting to reward myself by allowing myself junk food, today it was 'well, if I go for a jog, I can order some pizza later' (!?!?!?!)
Unfortunately I now know how many calories that pizza will cost me and I don't want to risk it. I was disappointed that I had lost so little this week and know that a pizza will NOT help this healthy journey I'm working on.
So, I asked my husband to stop by the store and get some real food. My protein count always seems to be too low, so a bit of meat and veg for tonight instead.

PS - I got on the scale this morning and it was hovering between 67 and 68, so I gave myself the benefit of the doubt and weighed in at 67.5.

  
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FIT-AT-50 9/23/2011 10:05PM

    Way to go for hitting the road! Finding the right balance in food and exercise was my biggest challenge when starting SP, too.

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Keep up the good work!
Diane

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Neither up nor down

Thursday, September 22, 2011

emoticon Jumped on the scale this morning to find myself still at 68kgs. Two emotions are running through me - relief that I haven't slipped up the scale again and disappointment that all this calorie counting hasn't made a noticeable difference for me this week.
Realistically, the two kilos last week was very dramatic and as I don't have a scale that shows if I've lost half a kilo, I have no idea if there has been some sort of smaller loss that I wasn't aware of.
But how do I stay motivated today? I had got excited about rewards for losing weight, should I give myself rewards to staying stable too?
This week has been momentously stressful. With a weekend away at the in-laws which involved a LOT of food (I did go over my calorie count there, but, believe it or not, did not eat as much as I usually do when I'm there) as well as a week with two new projects starting at work. I like to be busy at work, but the new projects have taken much more time than I was expecting. The stress has made me get home and not want to do the extra exercise I think I need to do. So, I have not been for a run yet this week.
I've moved up to the next stage in the diet - which involves measuring serving sizes! oh no!! I'm not looking forward to this one.......but, of course, it will help, I know, I know.......
I've discovered a few plateau weights in my dieting life, the kilos that need extra work to be lost because I've sat at those weights for so long: 68kg; 66kg; 64kg. I've never stayed long at a weight lower than 64, but I want to. Always being slightly overweight is getting exhausting!
So, I suppose I reward myself for the hard work I have done this week. It may not be on the scale but it is recorded here in my calorie counts. And, this weekend, I work hard to keep the calorie count stable.
I hope to be at 67kg next Thursday, and to have been to the gym, or gone for a run, twice.

  


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