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Thursday, December 22, 2011

What more need be said!

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KPETSCHE 12/24/2011 6:52AM

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CELEST 12/23/2011 12:33PM

    ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Congrats you did well!!!!!

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LBSPOERL 12/23/2011 12:04AM

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations!! I hope you reward yourself with something special that you can appreciate & indulge in. :)

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HDHAWK 12/22/2011 10:38PM

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CANNIE50 12/22/2011 7:08PM

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ODIEJO2 12/22/2011 6:51PM

    Awesome!

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So, What's so Free about it?

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

As we all know, trying to lose weight is very hard work. We set up our kitchens and pantries, prepare meal plans, shopping lists, and prep to ensure healthful meals for ourselves and our families.

One of my recent pet peeves - Free Food!

Let me provide a few examples:
- a national flame broiled hamburger restaurant last week in Tampa had FREE Fries Friday
- in Harrisburg PA, a hibachi restaurant was actually an Asian buffet (breaded and fried) with a hibachi grill at one of the stations (the only one I visited and w no sauce added) and at one price, it was all you can eat of whatever you wanted...
- at my nephew high school Xmas band program, there was a 'reception' in the foyer after the program with cookies, fudge, cakes, etc. - yes, all FREE
- last Saturday at a warehouse/club store - yup, FREE samples of the latest offerings they were trying to move;
- today in Lancaster PA a grocery store had free samples in almost every department - the bakery, meat area, cheeses, and yes even two fruits...
- finally, tonight at a mall in Delaware, I saw what we see in every crowded food court in America! FREE Samples of various dishes to encourage people to stop by their counter vs another.

What is NOT accounted for are the calories, fat, sugars, and other negative impacts to our best laid plans.

You know trying to lose weight is hard enough... Don't be fooled by FREE - because you are the one who ends up paying the price in the end.

  
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PAMTHER 12/22/2011 4:37PM

    Only water is free... and maybe herbal tea emoticon

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CELEST 12/22/2011 6:45AM

    That is SO true. I really gets to me that when I go out to eat, toasted sandwiches, burgers, muffins, ice cream&choc sauce, waffles etc are all cheaper than a good old salad. The cheapest salad they call "garden salad" consisting only of cucumber, lettuce and tomato should be dirt cheap, but for some reason it costs the earth. Really irritating.

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 12/22/2011 5:07AM

    Very true

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/22/2011 12:52AM

    Agreed.

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LIMASTAR 12/22/2011 12:27AM

  There are no free foods where healthy eating is concerned. Depending on the free samples, the calories can range from very little to very high. I go to Costco & usually do not indulge in the free samples, though Hubby will sample the stuff with cheese. Free samples are also available at the Asian grocery store that I frequent, but again I usually am not interested in sampling.

Living healthy is a choice and sometimes it isn't easy because of all the temptation that is readily available. I still enjoy food, indulging occasionally, but mostly living a healthy lifestyle.

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DJ4HEALTH 12/21/2011 11:22PM

    It's only free but you do pay for it with weight gain and then trying to lose all that weight that you gained from the so-called free food.

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TRULYVISIBLE 12/21/2011 11:20PM

  The only free samples I constantly see is at Costco. I do take them and my excuse is these are foods I do not buy so I want a treat. I also count the calories in my head and add the calories to my log. It is monetarily free but it costs me in calories. Free in one sense but will cost you in another way.

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It's all about the timing....

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Guess who experienced the following sequence of events:

- had a 750 am flight yesterday morning, and
- was rudely awakened by her grey tabby cat at 720 am, and
- is just now settling into bed for the night... (after midnight) at the required destination.

Hmm, who could that have happened to? I wonder?

PS - airport time rocks for getting step in daily steps. Flights might leave late - but they never leave early so go check the place out...

PSS - was the alarm set? Yes. 'User error' w iPhone alarm or programming error - you decide! Phone is setup to auto check for mail updates on regular basis; changed password from computer yesterday - but never updated on iPhone... So, phone was hung up in the process of trying to retrieve mail and didn't get get around to buzzing said person awake.

  
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KPETSCHE 12/21/2011 9:00PM

    All those electronics can be a major pain. Way to go on the walking - hope you were able to get some sleep.

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SHERYLDS 12/21/2011 10:12AM

    In my metropolitan area, getting up late is even more aggravated by traffic congestion. and then I get stressed out even more. and you know what stress does to that brat of an INNER CHILD.

hope your having fun this week.

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CANNIE50 12/20/2011 11:15PM

    Oh, I HATE that feeling. That is probably why I wake up every hour on the hour before a flight (of course, I often due that anyway due to @#$!% insomnia, but that's a whole 'nother story). Anyway, glad to hear it all worked out and I hope you have/had a good night's sleep! PS I have been a Tinkerbell fan since I was a tiny little girl so I cannot tell you how thrilled I get everytime Tinkerbell appears on one of my blogs emoticon

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BUFFYSMOM2 12/20/2011 9:07AM

    Glad you made it after all. Merry Christmas!

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Woops - I wasn't expecting That!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

I had a Great day out yesterday.  Lots of strolling/walking (over 12k steps) and completed lots of errands.  Much later in the evening I was on my way home and as I normally do on the way back to my house, passed the McDs that's at the entrance to my development.

But this time something was different (or back to being the same...), I suddenly had a deep desire for those hot, salty, deep fried potatoes.

WHAT?!?!?  

The alarms in my brain went off before I even had time to consciously or subc process the turn I would need to make to head into the parking lot.  I just calmly drove on by and headed for my house -- but then I started processing what had just happened....  Where did that come from?!?!?

Things I came up with:
- I'd eaten two meals out, so there could have been hidden ingredients in the meals that I've been avoiding (like sugar and gluten) - could that have been enough to start my cravings again?
- I was feeling very tired, so perhaps similar to the bad food choices I used to make after having an adult beverage (or two), maybe being tired puts me at risk as well for old habits or poor choices?  And lastly
- I realized that fast food was such a common element in my 20s and 30s, that perhaps I was having a 'comfort food' type emotional response to not being with family the weekend before Christmas after seeing all the families out 'rushing home with their treasures' all day?

Regardless, I was thrilled the internal alarm system was functioning enough that I was able to THINK before doing something that would have provided immediate gratification to some deeper 'issue' that for whatever reason showed itself last night - so that INTELLECT won and EMOTIONS got kicked to the curb!

With the upcoming holidays, we all have an awareness of the 'risk' of being in proximity of foods that look and/or smell amazing, and foods that you didn't prepare to 'control ingredients', or foods that may hold emotional ties from positive childhood memories, etc.  At least we have that AWARENESS at these occasions and can make a decision for or against any of those foods - without guilt!  Because it is a choice we can be prepared to make or have made ahead of time.

But what are the situations, circumstances, or foods that have 'caught you off guard'?  

In the end, what we did in that very moment isn't what really matters - what is important is taking the time to understand the WHY behind your action or reaction so that whatever it was doesn't 'catch us off guard' again!

Have a Happy and Healthy Day - TInk

  
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TRULYVISIBLE 12/18/2011 10:36AM

  I really like your analysis on the situation. Eating out even when I think I made good choices, I know is made differently than I make things and I do agree can have things in it like extra salt etc, that can cause cravings for the rest of the day. Kudos to you and your smarts for stopping to think and then make good choices. You sound like a winner and you sound like someone who will definitely win this battle of weight loss.

I saw a documentary on how McDonalds has playgrounds for kids and happy meals with prizes to make sure the kids have happy memories and want to recapture those memories as an adult so they keep coming back and also bring their kids. Interesting it is a lot what you concluded with relating it to a comfort food moment from the past. Your blogs always make me think and I enjoy your way of thinking and how insightful you are so I thank you.

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SHERYLDS 12/18/2011 8:59AM

    emoticon So well said
and great stuff to think about

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CELEST 12/18/2011 7:12AM

    Well done on your internal alarms going off.....thats progress.
I'm good till - while Im chatting, someone just puts something in front of me. Before I know it, its in my mouth and the taste brings me back to reality. Bit late by then, but I try to stop at the first bite. Sometimes successful, sometimes not.

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Weight loss Success: Self-fulfilling prophecy? Planning? Etc.????

Saturday, December 17, 2011

"It doesn't matter if you think you Can or think you Can't,
because either way, you are going to be right!" - Unknown...

After struggling my entire adult life to take weight off, I'm having surprising success this time (at least by my standards/measurements!). So I got to thinking:

What's different this time? The quote above has been a real staple of my motivations for years - but I believed I could take off the weight with previous attempts - so what's different this time?

Better Planning, consistency? Could be, but it seems maybe LIFE (what actually happens while we're busy planning) is a little more complicated than the first quote above would lead us to believe. So while I still believe "attitude determines altitude", I started to contemplate this issue further (and still don't have a single definitive answer!).

In retrospect, some of my searches related to "success factors" probably helped me to better understand some of my past "failures". And if we must "understand history to ensure we don't repeat it", then maybe it wasn't all bad!

But our lives, circumstances, and challenges are so vastly different, is there really a one size fits all weight loss? (Honestly, have you ever found joy or success with anything that came as "one size fits all" or "one size fits most" - I have not!)

So my journey through the internet led me to this final thought: If you're trying to loose weight currently and have previously tried and failed - Do you understand why you were unable to loose weight in the past so you can avoid the same mistake(s) this time???


Have a Healthy and Self Aware Day - TInk


  
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MUSICALLYMINDED 12/18/2011 10:31AM

    For me it is the realization that I'm not going to be perfect...I'm going to have a piece of cake every once in a while, I'm going to skip a workout... I just get back to it the next day.

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TRULYVISIBLE 12/18/2011 2:38AM

  I really like your blogs. I am adding you as a friend. My feast or famine ways I got to goal in the past would not surprise anyone why I would put the weight back on. I know the errors of my past but still haven't figured out how to make the last 30 pounds I want to lose (although the charts say I should lose 40) a comfortable lifestyle change. Each day I get closer to finding out as I stay conscious with how my individual body reacts to calories and exercise.

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CANNIE50 12/18/2011 1:10AM

    I came to thank you for reading my "10 things" blog and for your comments. Great job on the 13k steps! Wow. Anything close to, or over, 10,000 steps takes concerted effort, in my experience. Nice job on the blog, also. I have failed in the past because I wanted it to be easier, and I wanted it to be comfortable. Not much progress takes place when things are easy and comfortable so I finally accepted and embraced this realization.

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CELEST 12/17/2011 4:00PM

    I'm with FIFIFRIZZLE, I do know why I failed.....maybe 2012 will do it for me.
It took my sister 7 yrs of constant trying before she managed to quit smoking, so I will never give up. Great blog btw.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 12/17/2011 1:32PM

    I have successfully lost weight in the past, for me it is maintaining the loss that hasn't quite gelled yet. And now, I am really struggling to lose the weight! So I console myself that I am feeling so much better since SP, enjoying my workouts and the rest is bound to happen in the fullness of time, if I keep moving forward.
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SHERYLDS 12/17/2011 1:32PM

    Great blog. I think I know why I failed in the past, but I also think that I have CHANGED. So in the past I whimped out if it took too long; I wanted the quick fix. Weight Watcher type programs didn't give me the results. Now I know I need to LEARN, and the only thing that WORKS for me is the Weight Watcher type programs. Does that make any sense?

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BETTER2BME1 12/17/2011 1:06PM

    emoticon I'm so glad things are "clicking" for you. Wish I could say the same. I also know I have not been really trying. Good luck! emoticon

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MELLYBEANS0919 12/17/2011 9:43AM

    Good blog. I have read too that if you believe you can or can't, that will be your fate. Yes, I understand why I have not lost weight in the past...and I am going to do it (am doing it?) this time around, I am determined.

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