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Tribute to Elvis

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Started off the day with a food tribute to one of my favorite singers. Supposedly, Elvis Presley's favorite sandwich was peanut butter with bananas, so I made myself one - while my bird was sitting on my head, watching what I was doing. Hmmm, it was sooooo good - a bit high in carbs, but I'm going walking today, and it was healthy.

Yesterday, I went grocery shopping (pay day, yeah!). All healthy foods: raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, eggs, bread, low-fat meat and cheese, greek yogurt (plain), frozen veggies, Lean Cuisine, Lean Pockets, rye bread (less carbs than wheat), Simply Jif peanut butter (less sugar/salt), sugar free strawberry preserves, peanuts, walnuts, heart healthy nut mix. Plus Perrier sparkling water. It came up to almost $200, but it'll last me for weeks, I might just have to buy another loaf of bread and more yogurt.

Now, I have all kinds of yummy choices. I haven't felt much like cooking lately, so I just bought a bunch of healthy stuff that I can either eat raw, quickly turn into a sandwich, or microwave. Yummy, healthy food does not have to equal a hot three-course meal.

Interestingly enough, Spark Coach asked me to visualize what it would feel to only buy healthy foods on a grocery trip. LOL! All I had to do was picture yesterday's purchase.

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THESUBY 3/4/2013 1:06AM

    Kati, I love the sparkling water. I'm from Germany, and that's one habit I've maintained; everyone drinks that over there. That might be one reason they have less weight issues. It's bubbly like soda pop without the calories, and the carbonation keeps you feeling full quicker. I do have a water filter, but sometimes I just want bubbles. :-) Unfortunately, that stuff is expensive over here, but then pop would not exactly cheap, either. Once I have some extra money, I'll buy one of those soda makers, that will save me a lot in the long run.

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MPETERSON2311 3/4/2013 12:46AM

    Your grocery list makes me a little jealous!

Sounds marvelous. Great choices.

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KATI5668 3/3/2013 1:32PM

    Great shopping !!!! way to go....

one you buy that high dollar water cause you like it?

I have a Britta pitcher & a Britta Go Cup that purify our water & it tastes fine..

I know some folks like the "special water"...but just a hint..

The one time investment in the Britta or Pur or whatever also is great for the planet.

Less plastic bottles in the trash...& still purified water in you!

Not judging..not saying you are wrong..just thinking & suggesting!


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NMSUSTUDENT 3/3/2013 12:48PM


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Junk Food Lessons

Friday, March 01, 2013

This week was the busiest in the entire school year. Since I took over the dying German program at my high school 7 years ago and revived it from 45 students to 120, from 3 classes to 5, I've been tirelessly promoting it. This week was our Enrollment Fair, where we invited the 8th graders to our school and advertised all the academic and extracurricular offerings, hoping to attract many of them. (Our district has open enrollment, so this is crucial every year.)

For me, that is the most important day of the year to let people know about our program. My students and I made 250 treat bags with candy and fliers, decorated the area with 45s, CDs, and posters (the theme was Rock Star), and manned the booth for 1 1/2 hours to talk about the fun stuff we do, including the biannual exchange with Germany. At the end, we were exhausted, but we got lots of positive responses.

I knew it was going to be exhausting, so I gave myself permission to slack off a bit on my plan. I didn't exercise until tonight, and I did have some junk food (chicken nuggets, school lunch, a chicken burrito, and a convenience store sandwich - nothing terribly bad, but still carb heavy and not exactly healthy).

Here is the interesting part: I picked some of my formerly favorite items, but they didn't even taste that good to me. The nuggets tasted artificial, the chicken burrito too floury, and the sandwich, even though it was good, was way too much; I could have done with half of it.

So, the moral of the story: After eating healthy foods for a while, junk food really doesn't taste very good anymore. I'm really glad I allowed myself to have some junk food this week, otherwise I would have kept craving it. Now, it's not even appealing to me anymore. Tomorrow I'm buying fresh fruits and veggies!

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KATI5668 3/3/2013 1:28PM

    ahh sounds like you are doing a super job at your job...

& yes the ole Junk Stuff is not nearly as good once we desensitize ourselves!

Great job all round!!! Happy for you & know you have some students that are very happy to have you as an instructor & mentor!


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MPETERSON2311 3/2/2013 4:52PM

    great lesson- thanks for reminding me about it

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SUSANBEAMON 3/2/2013 12:48AM

  something to remember, what you are used to is what you like. get used to fruit and veggies, the junk isn't as nice.

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Fruit, Veggies, Oatmeal, and Blizzard

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The blizzard triggered one of my migraines, so I didn't go to the pool as planned, but spent most of the day on the couch, waiting for the meds to kick in, then sleeping. Feeling much better now. On the upside, I ate healthier than ever; I was out of almost everything, so I ate what was in the kitchen: oatmeal, blueberries, apples, grapes, and a steamed veggie mix I had in the freezer (potatoes, squash, carrots). It was good. I did have more carbs than I'm supposed to, but since most of them came from healthy, high fiber stuff, I think I'll be okay.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 2/26/2013 10:46PM

    Great for you!!!!! Stock up foods. Oatmeal - I'm making some tomorrow instead of soup. What a great idea! Frozen berries to go in it. Thanks for encouraging me without even trying!

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MPETERSON2311 2/25/2013 4:34PM

    sounds delicious!

I hope your head feels much better today.

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MOVEITMARY 2/25/2013 3:59PM

    Glad you are feeling better, and that you had some good food on hand for the blizzard. Take care.

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PATSYB7 2/25/2013 6:00AM

    Hope that migraine goes away and that today's a better day! emoticon

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Free Massage!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Going to the 2-hr. diabetes education session was definitely worth it. The speaker had been diagnosed with Type 1 as a teenager in the late 60s and later became a nurse, then a diabetes educator. She was very motivating and gave us some valuable information.
Then, the director of the local massage therapy school gave a speech on spirit, mind, and body - nothing I didn't know already, but it was nice to hear it summarized. He had brought some of his students who needed field hours, and they gave us free 15-minute chair massages. That helped my stiff shoulders enormously.

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SUSANBEAMON 2/24/2013 12:27AM

  i learned to do massage at college. the football players who dated some of the girls in my social group taught all of us, so they could get extra massages.

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MOVEITMARY 2/23/2013 11:48PM

    Mmmmm I want a free massage too. Lucky!!!

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HOCKEYFAM23 2/23/2013 11:23PM

  Glad you enjoyed the "mini-massage".....any massage is a great feeling!

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Anorexia Demons raise their ugly head

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Okay, I might be the only person in history who is truly overweight and worried about anorexia. Fact is, when I was a teen, I was significantly underweight. The doctor told my mom I had to gain at least 20 pounds. I was pretty much anorexic; I simply quit eating for days at a time, and I didn't get hungry.
Things would have gotten bad, but my grandma and aunt sat me down and told me they were concerned. They had never heard about anorexia, but they simply told me I was not eating enough, and that I had to eat to stay healthy. Since they were the two people in my life whom I was closest to, I did. I was still skinny, but at least I ate.
I think that's why the weight snuck up on me; I never, ever had to watch my weight. Once I came to America, different things happened that helped me get a much better outlook on life, and I started to enjoy food. And being surrounded by all that variety of food around here made it easy. Plus, I was at minimum wage for 7 years while I was waiting to get the Green Card, and I was not allowed to work somewhere else because I was restricted to a work visa, so whenever someone fed me, I ate as much as I could, because I wasn't sure where the next meal would come from.
To make a long story short, for 30 years, my goal was gaining weight, not losing it, and that's why it didn't alarm me when I gained.
Anyway, now that I'm overweight and diabetic and need to lose weight, I am able to turn the old switch in my brain from my anorexic days. I can look at food without it having any appeal to me. I noticed the past few days I was way below my recommended calories on SP - not a good thing, because in the long run it will put me in starvation mode, and I won't lose weight, not to mention the health issue.
Last night I panicked, because at 8 p.m. I had only eaten 800 calories, so I ate too much pizza, making my sugar spike - and I ended up having too many calories. I really need to find the balance where I find food appealing, but don't eat too much or too little of it. I've been in both extremes, and it seems I can still flip that switch from eathing nothing to eating a lot at random. It's crucial that I find a happy medium.

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MPETERSON2311 2/20/2013 12:53PM

    I worry about anorexia too, and I've never been at a normal weight. I think its because the same thoughts and negative mentality affects being underweight AND overweight.

I also worry about the eating too few calories because you're right, then your metabolism stops and goes into starvation mode. If you are able to find the balance, I would love to know what works for you.

In the meantime I can say, I understand, and I'm here for you.

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SUSANBEAMON 2/20/2013 1:00AM

  our relationship with food is difficut. we need it to live, but sometimes it becomes the enemy. we need to call a truce and make a meal plan we can live with. pick one day a week, plan the menus for the week, make out the shopping list, get the food, and then stick to the menus.

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TKLBRIDGET 2/19/2013 12:37PM

    My mother was over 300 lbs for most of her life and had an emergency where 3/4 of her stomach was removed. As a result she lost a lot of weight... wonderful... and then way toooo much weight as she has practically stopped eating. It's hard finding the strength to stop eating unhealthily, but to eat enough for good health and well being. Speaking for myself, I love food too much to go without if for long, so my struggle has been stopping at my calorie allowance. I wish you the best during your journey. Don't give up, you are worth the effort!

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VEG_GIRL04 2/19/2013 12:33PM

    It's such a hard switch to flip - but usually the hardest part is recognizing what you need to do. You have already faced half the battle - you know your issues, now just have to perfect facing them.

Best thing you can do is preplan. If you do - you won't end up low or high on your calories. On days where I'm afraid I'm about to do either - I pick out my meals and log them as soon as possible. If I have a high calorie breakfast - I automatically make sure I can keep myself on track for the rest of the day. Maybe even go a step further like some do on here and plan your meals for the week.

Also - be mindful of the emotional reasons you might be eating. That has really opened my eyes to calories, weight loss and weight gain being more than just physical.

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EXATHLETE 2/19/2013 12:29PM

  Wow, that is amazing that you were able to recover and live a more balanced life. I am not an expert but I think because you have this 'will power' to be able to look at food and not need to even touch it or try it you have the opportunity to make you body and mind super uber healthy by planning ahead. If you make meal plans for yourself for the right amount of calories for the day and week you will not only lose the weight but discover that you are eating healthfully! That is my only advice...plan ahead!

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