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Well...just kinda frustrated

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Seems I've "fallen off the wagon" again - not logging my food like I should be. This has been a stressful few days. Found out my oldest is getting married! Met her fiancee, then she told me they were moving in together. That didn't go over too well with her Dad emoticon I admit I'm not too happy about it myself, but what can you do? Nothing, so I just gotta let that one go. Actually turned out to be pretty easy to do, 'cause my oven is dying! emoticon The broiler element still works, but the baking element doesn't. So...been pricing new ovens, and secretly dreaming about gutting my kitchen and doing a complete remodel (fat chance, I can't even afford the oven!). We did buy a small countertop thing, hopefully it will bake a pie for Christmas.

And then Tuesday night, a pipe burst! Found out yesterday morning, and had to turn off the water. Hopefully the repair team will find the leak & fix it today - and hopefully it won't cost too much $$$ (there goes my dream kitchen emoticon).

Well, today's another day. I'm at work, and just logged my fitness minutes for the week so far. Will start logging my food again, carry on, etc.

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2KITTIES 12/8/2011 9:11PM

    Hopefully the frustration is over for the week and things will start looking up!


Sending you some sunshine!

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LJCANNON 12/8/2011 6:55PM

    emoticonKeep Dreaming, you never know!!
Hopefully things will work out for your Daughter!

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Suggestions Wanted!!!

Monday, November 28, 2011

I have been trying to log my food intake, but this time of year it's almost impossible! emoticon I can plan what I'll eat during the day, and therefore figure out how to log it just fine. The problem comes when people bring those yummy, homemade goodies to work. Most of the time I've just been guestimating, usually by picking some storebought variety and logging that (which is what I did today). Today one co-worker brought leftover birthday cake, which was some kind of Chocolate overdose bundt cake (really good, too emoticon), and another co-worker brought leftover apple crisp (also really good). So I logged a plain chocolate cake with icing, and a Quaker Oats Apple-Crisp bar, which probably doesn't have nearly enough calories.

So, I'm a little torn. Maybe I should just add some extra calories in my head, instead of trying to find substitutes - yes, I've done that a few times. Or maybe a guestimate based on some other food found in the food logger is at least a good ballpark. Or maybe there's some other idea I haven't thought of, so I'm asking the Community, what do you suggest? emoticon Any thoughts would be most appreciated, emoticon

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JUSTLEALAH 12/5/2011 2:35PM

    I agree with Sheri, and if you can't find something like the apple crisp, then I'd look for apple cobbler or something similar. I've done that the last couple of years and it seems to have worked thus far. Good luck!

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BOBF15 11/30/2011 4:28AM

    Major on the majors, minor on the minors. Keep the main thing, the main thing.

Is Spark here to be the 'food Nazi' or are you here to change lifestyle?

You know the answer to that. Focus on what is really important, focus on the goal line, and not the process, the process is only a tool to reach your goal, it is not the goal itself.


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GYMRAT_AT44 11/29/2011 6:18PM

    I think you are doing just fine. Many people quit logging because it gets too tedious and too difficult - especially when you snack on a veggie/chees try and trying to log those 10 different items in with 1 piece... Argh...

So yes, if I have a treat or something that is brought in homemade - I will search and find the closest item that is restaurant made. WHY? - the restaurant one is going to have more calories, sodium, fats, etc. They always do - than a homemade item (usually).

So, a friends chocolate bundt cake with icing - I might log the chocolate fudge volacano from Outback or something like that.

I believe you are on the right track... now, you just need to start cutting those servings down in size, then start eliminating them so you don't have too many in 1 week!


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3-month mini-challenge summary

Sunday, November 27, 2011

So, today is the last day of my3-month mini-challenge, and the results are mixed. To review, I wanted to do 3 things:

1. Give up Cokes and save some money;
2. Avoid junk-food and stick with the healthy snacks I buy at the store; and
3. Train for the Kramer 5K by running 3 days/wk & cross-training 2 days/wk.

And the results:

1. I DID manage to avoid Cokes for the entire 3-month challenge; however the plan to pay myself & save up for something fun didn't happen. What can I say? Food is expensive, especially the healthier varieties. Makes me wonder how I ever afforded my Coke habit to begin with!

2. Really failed on this one - there were days when I just said "to heck with it" and bought some yummy coffee or muffin from Starbucks (what was I saying about affording that habit?). Other times people brought yummy, fattening stuff to work, and I'm just not good at saying "no" to them. I'm working on that, as this is the Most Fattening Time of the Year. Certainly need to give this some thought for the next challenge.

3. The results are mixed. I was VERY inconsistent with the exercise, rarely hitting my targets for any given week. However, I DID run the Kramer 5K, and even took about 43 seconds off my time! emoticon So, I give myself about 50% on this challenge.

As for my weight, well, it's WAY UP! emoticon Not that surprising, since we just had Thanksgiving at my in-laws house, which is in Colorado. So, I spent 2 days in a car, and yesterday on the way back we had pizza AND burgers - can't get much worse than THAT! But, today is a new day, back to logging both exercise and nutrition. At least my hubby and I got a walk in after Turkey day, and I DID do some toning exercises as well. I'm planning a new strategy/challenge, and to help myself out, I bought "The Spark!" Managed to read a fair amount, but still have alot to go. I'll be writing about my goals, once I get them all lined out according to the book. The book is GREAT so far, the early pages talk alot about your mindset. Now that's something I DEFINITELY need to work on! emoticon I'll keep blogging about this, if for no other reason than to keep myself accountable. Stay tuned....

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TBOURLON 11/27/2011 9:06PM

    THANKS! I'll look for that picture! emoticon

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2KITTIES 11/27/2011 8:29PM

    And you ran a great race! I found a pic of you/us on Landrunners site, sent link via Sparkmail.

Sometimes a break away is what we need to get re-focused and as a glass 1/2 full kinda gal, I say great job. Being candid about the not-so positive is a big part in moving forward in our health plan, as in life.

Keep rockin!


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My challenge - past 3 weeks

Monday, October 24, 2011

Weeks 5 & 6 were not very good - I only ran once on week 5 and missed ALL exercise targets on week 6! emoticon Further, my diet has REALLY gone to heck, maybe I'm too broke to buy fatty snacks but I sure don't turn them down when offered! About the only thing I've succeeded at is kicking the Coke habit. emoticon

Week 7 saw some definite improvement on the exercise front - I managed to run 3 times, hit the gym for weights Thursday & went rock-climbing Saturday (which really OUGHT to count as weight-lifting!) emoticon Also, still doing well on the Coke challenge, 7 weeks without one and I don't even miss 'em! However, the diet is still not going too well - I've been reading this book, a memoir written by a lady with lots of fab-sounding recipes and, well, I've tried some. emoticon They are delicious BUT definitely not low-cal stuff, and, well, my weight's up! emoticon I'm so MAD at myself for allowing this to happen - gotta get back to the veggies! emoticon


Whole Foods - just one word:

Friday, October 14, 2011

EX-PEN-SIVE!!! emoticon

So I went to check it out last night - just to see if I could afford anything; well, the answer is NOT MUCH! Now, if you're into gourmet cheeses and other things, it's great. And honestly, the produce wasn't so bad, pretty comparable to Sunflower (plus it looked gorgeous!). They had 3 or 4 types of Chard, which I NEVER see anywhere, plus leeks and fennel. BUT the grass-fed beef is, um, enough to make you re-think vegetarian. One small steak was around $10; others were like $20 each. Still, I think I'm going to suck it up and buy some ground beef (today's payday, after all) and compare it taste-wise to the stuff I normally buy at Wal-Mart, to see if it's really worth paying twice as much for hamburger.

I told my co-workers about it, and one complained that it seemed like the poor "didn't deserve grass-fed beef." But of course it's a bigger problem than that. I just read this book I HIGHLY recommend to my fellow Sparkers, called "In Defense of Food," which was a detailed report of the entire food production industry. Naturally the author advocates spending MORE money on higher quality food like grass-fed beef, organic produce, but at a time like THIS? When I'm trying to CUT my grocery bill? I'm just not sure how doable this is. I tried to grow some veggies over the summer, and that just didn't work out at all. I'm thinking I could probably afford some of the organic produce, and maybe start baking my own bread this winter (so that I'll KNOW what's in it!), but I probably won't be able to buy a whole lot of grass-fed ANYTHING. Life is full of trade-offs. Anybody have any thoughts on this?

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TBOURLON 10/17/2011 9:42AM

    Hey, a friend at work sent me this hilarious video on Whole Foods:


Hope that link works - it's a SCREAM!!! emoticon

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DIANNEMT 10/15/2011 10:29PM

    Whole Foods has good food and pays their employees well--so it is more expensive. You do get what you pay for--and about the only thing I buy regularly there is milk--it is cheaper than the other grocercy stores!

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ANGELARUTHIE 10/15/2011 7:33PM

    Hmmm....judging by what I've read here I believe I'll steer clear of Whole Foods unless I need to find some random veggie I can't find anywhere else.

The documentary "Food Inc." was a true eye opener to me about the food industry. Makes you wonder if ANY food is pure.

What a cool idea to bake your own bread!! Do you bake it in a regular loaf pan or in a bread machine? I have yet to be able to make decent sandwich bread in a bread machine. The crust texture is just all wrong for me.

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BOBF15 10/15/2011 5:46PM

    Got lots of thoughts on this, and I pretty much agree with you on the plight.

There is an OK Food Co-op and they have gress fed beef from OK, the beef is to die for, best I ever had, it is from a farm called Cattle Tracks.

Also, Walker's Meats is another great place to get meat, it is high quality, but not necessarily organic, or grass fed, but it is great value. that is on the east side of the city.

If you are interested on any of this let me know and I can get more specific as to contact information and particulars.


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LINDALEE14 10/14/2011 10:36PM

    I have to admit, I go to Whole Foods pretty regularly. The thing is, there are things there that I can't find anywhere else. The other thing is, I sometimes see the same things at other "cheaper" stores, but the funny thing is, it isn't always cheaper. Sometimes it's less at Whole Foods. Also, I try to just buy what I need when it's on sale, they can have some decent sales. I don't eat meat, so that's not an issue. The book you mentioned, "In Defense of Food." Yes, it was definitely an eye-opener.

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2KITTIES 10/14/2011 6:24PM

    I was curious to see what you're one word was...and I agree. Whole Foods has always been expensive. I will spend a little more for better products but there is a wide variety of organic produce available at most of the local markets, including Walmart. It also helps to have a good understanding of what produce is really necessary to buy organic and not. Organic dairy products are definitely worth it, from both a taste and health perspective.

I haven't made it up to Sunflower yet but I've heard great things. The plus side of all of this is that there are many more choices here now and most tend to promote Oklahoma products, good for us. The carbon foot print has been reduced by buying locally, which to me, should ease the cost somewhat. I know it is more expensive to maintain higher standards for producers. Yes, it is a huge problem that the healthiest of foods is not accessible for the most needy of it. Keep working on that garden! It's your best bet and more fun to eat what you've grown.

I'd really like to see a Trader Joes here, that is the best of both worlds-they're awesome!

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