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Made Great Choices Today

Saturday, April 23, 2011

It could have been bad. My lovely FiL's 76th birthday party. A family dinner with cake.

Here it is, end of the night, and I have 200+calories available still in the range. I even got in a bonus workout today - even though it was raining, raining, raining. I'm proud of the choices I made today.

It started first with the workout. SiL, who is staying with my in-laws for the weekend, asked if I wanted to go for a walk in the morning. This morning, one hubby talking to another, what was me saying a tenative "is she sure she's up to this? aka it looks really wet out there" was translated into "how committed are you?" - which is more like a challenge, than an escape route - to which her reply of "only if she REALLY wants to" got translated as "yup, she wants to go." When we realized, 1k out and dripping wet how we'd been duped, we had a good laugh.... and walked another 4.5k before we were done. The distance goes quickly when you're yakking & we were moving at a good clip.

SiL also turned out to be a great ally in turning dinner into a healthy affair. We the 2 couples sat down to discuss the menu, hubby asked "what do we want" & I piped up "something healthy & tasty"... and to my pleasure, everyone agreed. We ended up having a tasty chicken/rice dish.

For dessert, I decided 2 kinds were in order: the traditional rick chocolate cake & a low-cal banana cheesecake cup. People ended up eating more of the cheesecake than the chocolate.

Good time had by all & I still respect myself at the end of the day.

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WATCH_HER_GO 4/25/2011 9:38AM

    Good for you!

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LIBBYFITZ 4/25/2011 12:35AM

    You are definitley in control! Well done! emoticon emoticon

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MARCH_ 4/24/2011 8:13PM

    Holidays with family can be a food "challenge," and you totally rocked it!
We are teaching the next generation new ways. Thing s will get better.

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LOTUSFLOWER 4/24/2011 2:07PM

    That's great!!! So you had a rain/wet workout too :) You've inspired me to do well tonight at Easter dinner. Keep up the great work!

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SGTSUNNY 4/24/2011 2:04PM

    Great job! When you do good like that on a celebration or outing, it is empowering!

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LINDAKAY228 4/24/2011 11:45AM

    That's truly awesome! Congratulations on such sweet success.

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HYDROQUEEN 4/24/2011 9:54AM

    A truly triumphant day! Well played!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 4/24/2011 7:36AM

    Well done! Congrats on those great choices!

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FRECKS96 4/24/2011 7:14AM

    Awesome! It's so nice when everyone is on the same page. Glad you enjoyed the celebration.

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SHEILA1505 4/24/2011 5:57AM

    What a great family get-together and keeping to the plan

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JLITT62 4/24/2011 5:44AM

    Very impressed!

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TWO-TOO-MUCH 4/24/2011 12:19AM

    That's the very best thing about sticking to your eating plan -- that sense of satisfaction and empowerment you have at the end of the day. Well done!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 4/24/2011 12:18AM

    I sure love it that you did so great today! That's wonderful!!!

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MERRYMARY42 4/24/2011 12:12AM

    That is always nice when you have a celebration and still keep everything in range. I know how hard it is sometimes just to keep motivated.

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UNICORN212 4/24/2011 12:11AM

    LOL - And I think your body respects you, too!

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Snow pics & daily update with clean eating

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Today's exercise was - again - snow shoeing. I enjoy it & it's a great calorie burner, especially because of all the hills. I'm a glass 1/2 full kind of girl at heart.

So here are a couple of pictures for those of you in hotter climates to look and and dream of a crisp 5C & playing in the snow.



This one is at our community field. We still have old-fashioned field days here with games and races and food. Gives you an idea of how deep the snow really is.



Here is a beaver-made lake, almost thawed out.

I'm still following the clean eating and really enjoying the food. Tried another recipe today: Lemon Grilled Chicken & Bulgar. I'd give it 5 stars , but hubby says only 3.5 Not cheesy/meaty enough for him. lol It was my first time trying bulgar. I like it more than the brown rice I regularly eat, so I think bulgar is going to be a new staple. Lesson here: don't be afraid to try new things!



  
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LINDAKAY228 4/22/2011 4:06PM

    Sorry, but I'll take our current 75 degree temps even with the winds LOL. It looks beautiful there but I'm enjoying spring. However when it's up in the 90's y0ur snow will be more tempting!

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SGTSUNNY 4/22/2011 12:40PM

    Great job getting burning those calories, I have heard you burn more in the cold then the heat. At least that is my excuse for the slow loss, it is always warm here. Good job trying new eating clean recipes, I am going to join you. Will be planning some new meals / recipes for next week.

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OFFDREA 4/22/2011 12:16PM

    That is a lot of snow!!!
I need to definitely try bulgar. Brown basmati has been my staple but I would like to try something new.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 4/22/2011 11:46AM

    OH! MY! GOODNESS! I cannot BELIEVE how snowy and cold that looks! It is going to be 90 degrees here in West Texas today! I do miss the snow, but I think I might be tired of it by now, were I living there. I just LOVE the way you get out in it with D-O-G and PLAY! emoticon

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LESLIES537 4/22/2011 9:49AM

    Wow, that's a lot of snow!!! Cool pictures!

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SMALLERMELORIE 4/22/2011 9:24AM

    The snow is beautiful. Snowshoeing burns a boatload of calories I would imagine.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 4/22/2011 7:25AM

    I love trying new foods! I've been complaining about the crappy weather around here, guess I have NO right after seeing your pics. Is Spring EVER coming?

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FRECKS96 4/22/2011 6:40AM

    Lovely pics but I don't blame you for being tired of it. I've been wanting to try bulgar, but I'd need to get it past my less than adventurous husband.

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JLITT62 4/22/2011 5:23AM

    Ugh! Now that would just depress me - the snow, that is - sorry!

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MSKITYOCAT 4/21/2011 10:23PM

  It was 94 here yesterday. No one is ever happy. LOL Blessings on your day. Happy Good Friday

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FEF Challenge: Spring Activity - but it looks more like winter!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I grew up on Vancouver Island, the most temperate climate in Canada. Spring starts late Feb/early March. You can plant peas in March. April daffodils and tulips bloom. May brings cherry blossoms. The air is sweet, the birds sing.... sigh, had a homesick moment... anyhoo....

Now, I am living in Quebec... and this is what April 20th looks like this year:


Spring Activity #1 - Snowshoeing with DeeOhGee.

After all my late night scramblings to get my French homework done, class was cancelled because of last night's snow storm. I'd baked the carrot cake to share with the class - and I did NOT think it was a good idea to keep 2 loaves worth in the house. So I had hubby take some to nearby family & I delivered some by snowshoe to an old hermit that lives out in our neck of the country. I made a trade with him earlier this year, his good but unused dog house for me bringing a few servings of goodies every time I bake. Worked out pretty good for both of us.

This part of the province is full of "characters". This fellow looks a bit like Rip Van Winkle. Lives in a 1 room shack without running water. Hubby says he looks exactly the same as when hubby was a kid, but I found out recently he went to school with hubby's aunt & he's only 65.


Spring Activity #2 - Shovelling the deck.

For those who follow my blog, the set up behind me is where we boil the maple sap down to syrup. We reduce it outside on a propane stove until it's 80% done then finish it on the stove inside.



Here is what my favourite forest trail looked like today. This is definitely spring-like because you can see the area where the snow is starting to melt. lol

I don't mean to whinge... ok I do mean to and I'm going to... I am heartily sick of winter. Enough already with the snow. Bring on flowers and birds....

  
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OFFDREA 4/22/2011 12:18PM

    Beautiful, but it definitely need to melt soon :)

I live near Vancouver BC and it snowed here last week, but was gone by about noon!

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REENSKI 4/22/2011 9:42AM

    Hang in there...Spring is on the way! emoticon emoticon

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SYN-CA 4/22/2011 1:19AM

    What an interesting life you have! And, a beautiful dog! Do you sell your maple syrup?



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LINDAKAY228 4/21/2011 3:09PM

    I'm sending sunshine and spring thoughts your way today! I would be sick of the snow too.

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WHITNEY0814 4/21/2011 1:34PM

    That's not very spring-ish!! But I know how you feel. One year we had two blizzards within two weeks!! The snow almost came up to my shoulders (I'm 5'2)!! It was nuts. But I love snow...

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SGTSUNNY 4/21/2011 1:04PM

    WOW never saw that much snow in real life. I will pull up this blog come July! Good job getting the challenge done!

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KROLES55 4/21/2011 12:19PM

    WOW! I won't complain where I live. Great job in getting the carrot cake of your house..

Happy Spring!

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LIVIN2LOVE1 4/21/2011 11:16AM

    Oh my... spring is inevitable. Keep your chin up!

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LESLIES537 4/21/2011 9:39AM

    Yeah, that really is Spring like, let me tell ya! Just try to control that Spring fever, will ya?! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 4/21/2011 9:19AM

    I just LOVE your blogs! Love, love love them! Thank you for the pictures! It really DOES look freezing cold up there in Quebec! Brrr! emoticon

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MARIE625 4/21/2011 8:30AM

    I was thinking about you yesterday. It was 88 here and the ac in my car is refusing to work this year and we were all whining about the heat. Sarah announced she was moving somewhere cold, somewhere that had snow all year long. She's thinking Canada.... Maybe I should send her to visit.
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Hope your snow melts soon! And good job on giving away the goodies! I'd have sat down with both loaves and had myself a big old pity party. Congrats! for not doing it my way. :)
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MIZCATHI 4/21/2011 8:25AM

    What a life - it may be cold, but it certainly looks and sounds like a story for a novel!

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JLITT62 4/21/2011 7:58AM

    I can really relate, having lived in TX so long & now back in NY. I'm still personally waiting for spring, but at least we no longer have snow. Sorry! Whinge on! It's good for the soul.

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SYN-CA 4/21/2011 7:13AM

    Is this what they call the Tundra? What a beautiful dog you have! Keep warm, spring will be there soon!!! emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 4/20/2011 11:23PM

    You might have to do what I did to get away from the heat! and move interstate....lol emoticon

Loved all the photos! Thanks for sharing. Have really missed you guys1 Have a great Easter!

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BANDMAMAPC 4/20/2011 11:03PM

    That is spring there? I shouldn't whine about my allergy.

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BRITCHES82 4/20/2011 10:27PM

    Glad you made the best of it!! You are awesome!!

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FRECKS96 4/20/2011 10:17PM

    Glad you made the best of it. I hope it melts quickly and spring arrives in earnest soon.

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MISSROCKABILLY 4/20/2011 8:58PM

    That's quite a bit of snow still, although snowshoeing sounds like fun!
emoticonon getting some outdoor activity in, despite the cold!

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UNICORN212 4/20/2011 8:39PM

    LOL - I won't complain about our 90 degrees, either! Though I might want to come visit when it is 115 here!

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KSGROTHE 4/20/2011 8:24PM

    emoticon on getting your "spring" activity in!

Here are some virtual flowers and birds to serve as a poor substitute for the real thing: emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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Keep up the good work!

- Karen

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LOTUSFLOWER 4/20/2011 8:23PM

    Looking hot in your snowsuit!!!

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SMALLERMELORIE 4/20/2011 8:16PM

    Wow, I shouldn't complain about my little 2.5 inch snow on Monday

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Clean Eating - just starting out & 2 delicious recipes

Tuesday, April 19, 2011



I've been watching Carolyn1213 transform her body with clean eating for the last year or so. If you haven't come across her blogs yet, you really should. She's been an incredible inspiration to me. In some ways, I feel like Carolyn's journey is a blue print for me to follow. She's just a bit ahead of me in this journey & I find I learn so much from her.

I've just finished reading the Tosca Reno's book and have spent the last 2 days following most of her guidelines. I'm still eating splenda in my 2 morning coffees & also I baked cookies with it last night.

I am eating 5-6 meals a day & each one in a complex/carb combination. With the exception of the splenda, it's all whole foods. Also, I've flipped my daily calories - I used to save the bulk of my calories for dinner & evening snack & now the biggest meal is breakfast: egg whites, fruit, oatmeal, flaxseed, maple syrup. It all feels a little strange, but I have noticed that I don't feel very hungry in between meals & I feel awake and energetic.

I tried out two new clean eating recipes today & both I'm giving 5 stars! Both passed the hubby test with him going back for more of the lasagne & defending his right to the 2 pieces of carrot bread I was going to take to a neighbour.



Pasta Roll-ups with Turkey and Spinach
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Calories: 254.7
Total Fat: 6.4 g
Cholesterol: 74.4 mg
Sodium: 857.9 mg
Total Carbs: 20.3 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.2 g
Protein: 27.4 g

1 serving of this, paired with salad, has me filling stuffed. Hubby went back for more but couldn't actually finish the whole piece. So the calories for this are excellent.



Clean Eating Carrot Bread
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Calories: 125.1
Total Fat: 3.0 g
Cholesterol: 17.7 mg
Sodium: 225.9 mg
Total Carbs: 23.2 g
Dietary Fiber: 2.6 g
Protein: 3.2 g

This is so good. I substitued maple syrup for the agave. I'm going to take this in to French class tomorrow to share since I've been telling them about us tapping our own maple sugar this year.

Speaking of French class, hubby is teasing me. Once again it is late on Tuesday night & I still haven't done my homework due Wednesday morning. He keeps threatening to call my grown son and rat me out for this bad habit. So many years of nagging Jordan & here I am procrastinating on the homework. lol Must go write a witty little speech on the health benefits of maple syrup... right now.

  
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KSGROTHE 4/20/2011 1:51PM

    These look good! Thanks for sharing!

Re: the homework - emoticon I could see my son giving me a hard time about procrastinating my homework if I were taking classes after how much I nagged him to do his! I was always such a procrastinator about homework in school, but I always got it done (unlike him)!

- Karen

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PRETTYPITHY 4/20/2011 1:11PM

    These look really good! I have one of Tosca's books, maybe I should start implementing it. You're right, Carolyn is like a walking advertisement for the results of Clean Eating!

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PCOH051610 4/20/2011 10:39AM

    Thanks for sharing the recipes! I've just saved both of them to my "cookbook" and look forward to actually trying them out someday soon!

I'm with your husband about your homework. My husband is currently in college and I tease him all the time getting gold stars (remember those days!?) on his assignments.

I'm envious that you are taking French lessons. I stopped in high school and now can't remember much at all.

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AARONSGIRL420 4/20/2011 10:28AM

    Looks absolutely delicious. I must get the book. I have heard many great things about the clean eating lifestyle.

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LESLIES537 4/20/2011 10:24AM

    Sweet, thanks for the recipes! I've really been trying to eat more clean and I just love how it makes me feel! emoticon

I like the motto--Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper. emoticon

Now go on and get your homework done, missy!!! emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 4/20/2011 10:16AM

    That maple syrup is making me DROOL! emoticon

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MIZCATHI 4/20/2011 8:28AM

    Good blog - you and Carolyn are beginning to change my mind!

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JLITT62 4/20/2011 6:29AM

    I've read some of her books, used some of the ideas . . . I do already mostly eat clean & yes, Carolyn is a HUGE inspiration!

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SGTSUNNY 4/19/2011 11:53PM

    You are so lucky to have real maple syrup so easily accessible. Your food looks great. I am wanting to eat as clean as possible, I just checked out a new book of Reno's from the library.

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LOTUSFLOWER 4/19/2011 11:35PM

    Ooh, those recipes look delicious!!! Carolyn inspires me too, I may have to check that book out. Way to go!! You are an inspiration yourself.

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PRINCESS_TWISTY 4/19/2011 10:28PM

    Ooooh...the lasagne does look delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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FRECKS96 4/19/2011 10:15PM

    Awesome! The recipes sound awesome and I'm so glad you're enjoying trying something new. Good luck with your home work and have fun tomorrow.

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Post-binge autopsy: facing it & moving onward.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

It started in the morning. Weigh in day. I hate the scale. I'd rather weigh 1x/month, but I need to do weekly weigh-ins for my FEF Challenge. I don't know why I let the scale drive me squirelly, but I do.

So I get on the scale... what? 2lb gain That can not be right. I step on it again. 3lb loss. 6 times I got on, 6 different numbers. Hauled out the old scale that reliably weighs 4lb heavy. Except today. 2 different numbers. This feels like lunacy. I'm giving myself the pep talk about numbers not defining me & the mysterious nature of the scale, yada yada. I make a decision to record 1lb lost and resolve to buy yet another scale. Brand suggestions anyone? The whole thing left me feeling out of sorts.

Then I look out the window. I am so depressed. Look at those frickin huge snowflakes. I thought it was spring?! I decide to take a day off exercing and burrow down. There is nothing good on TV. Is there ever? I am bored.

Then I opened a bag of cinnamon popcorn. 1 serving is a reasonable 1.5c for about 120 cal. Not a bad choice.... except it was soooo incredibly good and sugary and I couldn't get it off my mind. I'd measured out the 1st serving & also the 2nd... but by the 3rd, I'd stopped kidding myself and just ate directly from the bag.

Well now I can feel the sugar just buzzing through my system. I'm having a bonified sugar rush and I'm not stopping now. Icecream, chocolate syrup, peanut butter, coffee crisp icecream, almost a full bag of Crispers, a serving of dried cranberries. I was in actual pain by the end.

It was like I was watching myself and 1/2 outside my body. A familiar feeling since I lived that way for most of my life - but I haven't felt that way in almost a year and it unnerved me.

This morning, I almost let the binge continue. I had pancakes with maple syrup and I was starting to go down that "since I've had so much sugary food already, I might as well have more" road. But I have come a long way and I pulled myself up short.

The first thing I decided to do was the worst: I tracked the binge. I wasn't going to, but then I thought of my promise to my Sunny Gal Diane to track... and I just sat myself down & did it. Thanks for the support Diane. It gave me push I needed.

I normally eat 1400ish cal/day. The binge alone was 1510 cal, bringing my daily total to 2660 for the day. I just sat and let that sink in a minute.

Seeing the numbers gives me perspective. I see the damage. I realize that I used to eat probably 2x that in a day & shake my head. I consider that the binge felt awful and was hard on my body, but isn't going to have a huge impact on my weight loss.

I think about the triggers: the scale set me up emotionally, the sugar got me on a physical level. The skipped workout and boredom didn't help any either. I reslove to not buy that popcorn anymore - or really any sugary/buttery/salty concoction that could push me off the deep end. Creamy/sweet is evil & must be avoided.

I decide to turn yesterday's rotten snowfall into an opporunity to go snowshoeing and burn off a ton of those extra calories. I take DeeOhGee and she's loving it. She's got me laughing so hard as she races up and down, diving face first into snowbanks in search of the source of some mysterious scent.

I also discovered, to my great pleasure, that the maple sap is flowing again. We thought the season was over, but it looks like we'll get maybe another 1-2 litres of syrup just from today.

I was a little surprised that I can still get lured into a full blown binge. I really did think I'd gotten past that. But as I said to another sparker recently, these kinds of things are lessons we need to learn. When we figure uot the lesson, we move on to the next lesson... and such is life.

I'm proud of myself too. I lost my balance - and then I regained it.

I'm still paying today though - been hungry all day. Since I'm eating every 3 hours a complex carb/protien combo, I know it's head-hunger & not body-hunger. I've been ignoring it. Tomorrow will be easier.

Moving forward....I reading Tosca Reno's Eat Clean Recharged. Grocery shopping tomorrow and then a week of trying out her suggestions and recipes. I'm not going totally Clean though... not quite ready to give up the 2 coffees/day I currently allow myself.


  
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SKFEREBEE 4/21/2011 12:03PM

    It's not the fact that you binged but how you dealt with it afterwards that shows how much you have learned on your journey about yourself. A little stumble doesn't have to end up being a full blown crash.

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HYDROQUEEN 4/20/2011 1:32PM

    Wow! You binged, you confronted yourself, you analyzed, and then pressed on! You rock! Great job! emoticon

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TODAYIAM 4/19/2011 1:14AM

    WOW... Total kudos for tracking and for posting this blog.. I feel like I "need" to bing sometimes to keep my sanity and then I realize it's all in my head and I'm self sabotaging.. Thank you for sharing!

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VIVIANJ5 4/18/2011 3:22PM

    Ah, yes, the binge...and the remorse! Thought I had licked all that myself, and the last couple of weeks have thrown me back into Craving City all over again.

Finally had to throw away the milk chocolate eggs (you know the ones wrapped in foil?), that somehow had become a trigger food during the last week. When you wake up at 3 am craving a chocolate egg, you know something's gotta give! Got those babies out of the house, took a deep breath, and had a salad to clear my head. So far, so good...

Two steps forward, one step back...can't fight a "winning" formula!

Take care.

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LIVIN2LOVE1 4/18/2011 3:02PM

    You are truly an inspiration. I binge and it makes me feel awful emotionally and physically. Sometimes I track it. Sometimes I don't. It's important for me to know my triggers and to overcome. Someone once said, "I am stronger than a cupcake!" Sometimes what helps me is I know my goals are bigger than a bag of popcorn and there will be more popcorn later. I don't have to eat it all right now.

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MOMOF2TONI 4/18/2011 12:38PM

    I've done the same exact thing, starting with the scale. I get SO disgusted when my scale gives me several different numbers but so far I haven't found a GOOD scale, that I can afford anyway.

Thanks for sharing. Your blog is very encouraging and enlightening.

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BARBARAJ73 4/18/2011 12:16PM

    Read the title of your blog... and had to read. Then I re-read it. Agree with other comments - kudos on getting back on track!! And I would definitely throw out BOTH those scales and buy one that is reliable. It's a good tool but not if it's part of the problem. emoticon

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LESLIES537 4/18/2011 11:58AM

    Good for you for using this as motivation to get up and burn some extra calories the next day AND for tracking it! I've never had the nerve to track a binge...I don't know if I could face the damage! But you did and I commend you for that! Good job on analyzing the triggers and educating yourself about why it happened. Now, you are better equipped to handle it the next time you feel the binge coming on. Onward and upward!! emoticon

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MARCH_ 4/18/2011 11:14AM

    Not just a new scale, a serious upgrade. If an item has a big enough influence in our life, it is worth the investment. Pay at least what you'd pay for an hour of therapy ;D

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5KPRINCESS 4/18/2011 11:00AM

    As I am reading your blog, I am reminded of my own binging that took place last week. Although I have recovered, too, it is comforting to know that others struggle just as much as I do. I like how you went back over your day to find your triggers. My triggers are stress, especially when I'm nervous over something. You accepted what you did, you learned from it, and you moved on. What a precious gift! That's how I look at it now...I may stumble, but boy do I rebound! It seems that we have come along way on our journey. Keep up the amazing work and thank you for being such an inspiration :)

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MARIE625 4/18/2011 10:44AM

    SO proud of you! You stumbled, but quickly picked yourself back up and continued on, stronger than before. And you know, as you said, that one binge won't make that much difference to your weight loss. It's the continual binges that do that. But what the binge did do to/for you was show you how cruddy that kind of food makes you feel. Now, the big question - will you remember it the next time it's snowing and you are bored? Personally, for me, remembering is the hard part.
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Got to say too that your binge wasn't That bad, considering. Think back to a year or 2 ago - what would a binge back then have consisted of? How many calories? How many fat grams? How much sugar? My binges these days tend to consist of either a package (not the box, just a package) of Graham Crackers or Ritz crackers. One or the other, not both. A few short years ago, a binge would have consisted of multiple bowls of ice cream followed by a full bag of chips plus dip, followed by a box of cookies, followed by something else full of salt and it would have continued on until I could no longer hold my eyes open & I fell asleep on the couch with some kind of food container in my lap. And most likely, I wouldn't even have considered it a binge - just a normal day/evening in front of the TV. While I continue to kick myself when I binge, I sure am glad those binges aren't even close to what they used to be.

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LOTUSFLOWER 4/18/2011 9:42AM

    emoticonI am so proud of you for realizing what was going on and for turning it around. And for blogging about it, tracking it, you took that binge and you held it prisoner, and then set it free. I think it is a process and I've been here before, in this place where I felt I was over the binging, etc., but then I found myself there again. I do think each time it gets easier, and we will eventually overcome it.

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SHEILA1505 4/18/2011 7:56AM

    Well caught and well recovered!
Hugs

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MIZCATHI 4/18/2011 6:57AM

    Many valuable lessons here, and it was very interesting how you took a good hard look and discovered the why's and how's. Tracking was the smartest thing you did. Yes, it was a "binge", but way less than binges past, and you learned something. We are not immune. Make one wrong decision, and the day can crumble. But, stop and think, and you're back on your way.

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JLITT62 4/18/2011 5:23AM

    We have all been there - happens to the best of us. I think I'd definitely want to binge just if there were enough snow to snowshoe on!

Very good job on pulling yourself out of it, tho.

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PRINCESS_TWISTY 4/18/2011 1:59AM

    Such a positive tone throughout this blog - I love it.
You've managed to take a mistake and use it to power your future success - fantastic!!
I had a little binge of my own over the weekend, and it's funny how you can be both aware and unaware of what you're doing at the same time. I guess it's an addiction of its own.

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BRITCHES82 4/18/2011 12:22AM

    I know it isn't easy to put that all out there for people to judge and read. Good for you for having the courage to do that. So many people hide in shame. It is refreshing to see such courage. It is good to know that I am not the only one that has bad days and that they can be overcome with just a little will power and a lot of self encouragement! WAY TO GO!!!

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SGTSUNNY 4/18/2011 12:12AM

    Good job on recognizing what your triggers were. And in logging the binge. It may just be what is needed to stop this from happening in the future.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 4/18/2011 12:01AM

    Your blog was SO HEALTHY to read! Thank you for sharing your dark secret of binging and how you faced it and turned it around like that! I'm sure you didn't used to think twice about it (me, either), and now, it's something you've learned and grown through!

Ahh, that maple syrup! I wish Drex's cactus jam had turned out well enough to merit a trade! emoticon emoticon

Have a great week, my friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FRECKS96 4/17/2011 10:15PM

    Great job holding yourself accountable and then making the most of what you had to deal with. All your hard work WILL pay-off. Keep it up!!

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KANSASROSE67 4/17/2011 9:28PM

    I'm so proud of you for stopping and analyzing your binge and then putting a plan in place. You're right...this one day will NOT have a major impact. Enjoy your week!

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