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I'm Back and Ready to Work

Sunday, February 21, 2010

I have been away from SP for 39 days. And eating badly for most of them. Which is why I have been away from SP -- feeling bad about myself, not wanting to focus on my failings, perhaps even wanting to keep enjoying the temporary pleasures of eating chocolate and pizza, at the expense of my true happiness and health.

I think it all started with the holidays, and the horribly cold weather, which made it hard to go walking. But then I just never got back on track. Until today! Habits are hard to change. But I'm ready to step up to the plate and start working hard to change my life. I am back! Can't wait to catch up with all of my Spark friends!

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GEORGANNE39 2/21/2010 5:23PM

    I think we've all been a bit off lately. I know I sure have. Let's get back to it! We can do it! emoticon

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CAPTHAMMER 2/21/2010 4:45PM

    emoticonGood to see you.

You are not alone. Don't know why getting over the holidays is so difficult...maybe just lost our enthusiasm? I'm ready for spring and the general feeling of renewal that comes with it.

Way to make the committment to get back on track!

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TRACY180 2/21/2010 3:32PM

    Success is when you pick yourself all more times than you fall down!

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One step forward....

Monday, December 07, 2009

One step back. I took a little road trip to Chicago this weekend. We went on an architecture tour, saw a play, and saw an exhibit at the Art Institute. We didn't have any fine dining experiences, just road food and quick sandwiches. And that was my downfall. It's so hard to eat healthy on the road! I had a tuna sandwich (full of fat), french fries, and a chocolate chip cookie (in my box lunch for the tour.) Not a vegetable in sight. Sigh. Now I really have to get back on the wagon. I'm eating a whole bag of frozen vegies for lunch today, plus some string cheese for protein. Goal: No sweets or junk food all week.

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GEORGANNE39 12/8/2009 7:03AM

    Capthammerfan said it all! Exactly right, as usual. Enjoy your life! Just get back on track and no harm done! Sounds like you had a great time! Happy for you!

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ALYNZL 12/7/2009 2:02PM

    All that matters is the bigger picture...and also what you learned along the way :)... plus you should celebrate that you are in a much stronger position than you were a few months ago... not only have you set goals to regroup but you know you can and will stick to them...well done that's amazing! you are doing SO well!

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CAPTHAMMER 12/7/2009 12:11PM

    Good Goal for the week!

I know you're hearing in the back of your head "I should have brought along a little baggie of carrots" or some such common sense but the truth is Life happens. It isn't always possible to eat as healthy as we'd like. You have been excellent about getting right back at it when you take one step back. And that's what real life is all about.

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Woo-Hoo! 15 down and counting!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

I don't know how, and frankly I don't care, but somehow, I lost 3 pounds this week! I'm stunned. With Thanksgiving and a party the day after, I thought I'd be lucky to hold level. Woot! I'm really happy. Just what I need to give me a little oomph to get through a trip coming up this weekend without gorging on junk!

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CAPTHAMMER 12/2/2009 5:50PM

    Congratulations! You're right, ask no questions, but take as incentive to maintain the pace! Especially tough if you're going out of town. Keep up the good work!

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BILLYS-GIRL 12/2/2009 11:29AM

    WTG keep up all the hard work!!!

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MARYAN52 12/2/2009 10:56AM

  Yahoo! Good for you! I lost 2 this week and was thrilled with that ~ with everything going on. Here's to a good December! emoticon

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FERRETLOVER1 12/2/2009 10:53AM

    How wonderful! That is so great - congratulations. It's really tough to lose weight during the holidays. Keep up the good job! emoticon

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As Thanksgiving Approacheth....

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Well, I'm over my disappointment at not winning the big enchilada in the Unchained Recipe contest. My enchiladas are a tad labor-intensive and messy to make, so I thought they might not win. They really are delicious, though! I made them again the other night.

I think Spark People should have a Comfort Food Remade contest. I have some great ideas for that one already! emoticon

Now I'm focusing on getting through the weekend without totally blowing my diet and strategizing for Thanksgiving. I took a "free day" on Friday -- we had Chinese food, and I ate a couple of egg rolls and a crab rangoon. I'm sure I went over my calories, but here's the good news: The old me would have eaten until I was stuffed. I would have finished everything I ordered. I ate one fairly sensible plate of food and then stopped. Not perfect, but an improvement.

Yesterday was a weird day. We went to a concert/show at an arena, and I had a beer and peanuts. I hadn't eaten too much during the day, so I stayed in my calorie range, if not in my nutrients range. It was a fun day, and I'm happy with how the weekend has gone, eating-wise, so far. Today I plan to really peg my eating, and to think about how to plan for Thanksgiving.

I do not eat meat or poultry, so my big threats are mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, pie, and rolls with butter. Gosh, I'm getting hungry just thinking about it! I hope someone brings a healthier version of some of those. Why is it that Midwesterners put things like sugar or marshmellows on something so delicious as sweet potatoes, anyway???

I know I will want to enjoy the meal, so here's my strategy:
1. Try to eat within the lower range of my calories on Monday-Wednesday
2. Exercise more (which I need to do in general anyway!)
3. Eat a filling, low-calorie, high-fiber breakfast on Thanksgiving and have a big salad for lunch. (Dinner, in typical midwestern fashion, is at 4:00.)
4. Drink lots of water and skip the bourbon slushies at the dinner (a family tradition, but full of sugar, alcohol and calories.)
5. Eat as responsibly as I can, stop at one serving, but don't beat myself up over enjoying some potatoes and a small slice of pie.
6. Have fun!


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CAPTHAMMER 11/23/2009 12:19AM

    What great, well thought-out ideas. Going to have to make a similar plan of attack for my Thanksgiving. Good Luck to you for a successful week.

And by-the-by, it's not just midwesterners that smother sweet taters in sweetness. I didn't know you could have yams or sweet potatoes without brown sugar, butter and marshmallows until I was well into adulthood.

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GEORGANNE39 11/22/2009 1:41PM

    I already plugged in all my food for Thursday and found I could have some of everything I like and still be within my nutrient/calorie goals for the day, and I don't mean that I have water for breakfast and lunch LOL! Try inputting it all now and tweak it as needed to get yourself there! It works.

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HELLAVAHC 11/22/2009 1:11PM

    I am copying your Thanksgiving plan- I especially like the idea of cutting down on M, T, and W. Also, I plan on eating a small slice of pie on the day and then not having any more the rest of the weekend. That will be the toughest for me!

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My Recipe is a Semi-Finalist

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Late last night, while I was contemplating eating a late-night snack, I logged on to SparkPeople and discovered that my Guilt-free Enchiladas recipe was a finalist in the Unchained Recipe contest. I have been walking on air every since! I am so excited! This is the first recipe I've ever entered in a contest.

I've been alternatively ecstatic and worried about silly stuff, like should I have included more chiles in the recipe, or explained more about how to microwave the tortillas so they are pliable and rollable but not actually cooked through. And then I get all excited and happy again. I'm a semi-finalist! I have a one in 5 chance of winning!!!


Thank you to everyone who rated my recipe!

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MCSWIGAN4 11/17/2009 11:30AM

    Congrats and good luck!

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