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Good Intentions

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

One of my healthy eating goals is to eat more whole grains. A good goal, right?

So, I've been going to various co-ops, health food stores, and speciality groceries to find lots of different kinds of whole grains to try. A good plan, right?

I read about amaranth and decided to try it. I made some for dinner and although it came out differently than I thought it would, it was very tasty. A good thing, right?

I've been on Weight Watchers for a few months now successfully and I track pretty consistently. I couldn't find amaranth in the pocket guide so I figured it would be like most of the other grains. Right?

WRONG!

Amaranth might be a whole grain and is healthy and is gluten free BUT it is really high in fat and doesn't have as much fiber or protein as some other grains so is 19 WW points per serving.

19 points!!! My whole day is only 26 points. Amaranth was a big mistake. I've learned that I have to follow up my good intentions with some research to get all the facts.

  
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CAROLSTURM 3/23/2013 10:37AM

  I would be interested in knowing where you found the point value for amaranth. I've been looking for the points plus values of many "ancient " grains that are being touted as very healthy.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 11/15/2012 2:41PM

    wow that is an eye opener.remember though.a litle bit of what you fancy does you good the emphasise being on little.

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PLATINUM755 11/14/2012 3:56PM

    I've heard of it, but I was aware of the nutritional numbers. WOW! That is high. I'm not one for deprivation, and if you really like the taste you're really going to have to plan around it and minimize fats in other meals. I'm not familiar with the WW point system but I'd be curious if Amaranth keeps you within the the SP carb/fat ranges for the day and for the week. Something to think about as well, I don't mind going over in areas one day if my week's average is on the mark. It does balance itself out, so don't give up on your new grain. emoticon

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STITCH4EVER 11/14/2012 3:37PM

    WOW! I DID NOT KNOW THAT! THANKS FOR THE INFORMATION.

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BELDONDOG1 11/13/2012 10:59PM

    I have never heard of the grain either, but I'm glad you did a blog on it. You saved us a lot of trouble trying to find out about it. I hope all will go well for you!

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JILL313 11/13/2012 10:47PM

    Wow, I've never even heard of that grain and now I know not to buy it. You sure learned a hard lesson. Like you, I thought most grains were healthy for us and not high in fat. I know you'll never buy it again. . .now will I try it. Thanks for letting me know. Enjoy your evening and week.

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How was your week?

Sunday, July 15, 2012

I've been attending Weight Watchers with a friend for a few months now. We tried different meetings until we found a leader and group that we liked. Every week as the meeting starts, the leader asks us (as a group and individually) "How was your week?"

That's a fine question but most of the answers are specific to weight loss and I don't think that's the right answer. Yes, we're there because we're trying to lose (or keep off) weight but really-- is the quality of our week, or day (or any time period) totally about our relationship to food?

If a transition to living healthy is our goal, shouldn't the quality of our week depend on other things? I've had some really awful weeks in the last few months -- my mil died, I was laid off from my job, I interviewed for jobs I didn't get, I applied for jobs I didn't get interviews for, appliances broke and my dog died after a really rough 3 weeks. I lost weight during all of those weeks (maybe because of those weeks)

I still had awful, bad, terrible, horrible weeks. Weight loss could do nothing to improve those weeks.

Conversely, just because I gained weight, does that make a week bad?

I (we) need to separate our weight loss successes and setbacks from our concept of happiness and look for happiness in other ways and use those sources of happiness to get past setbacks but to use our successes as a plus to our already happy selves.

  
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TERRIJ7 7/17/2012 3:35PM

    I agree with you and I think that's what Sparkpeople is trying to teach us. Our relationship with food needs to be a healthy one, but should define the quality of our lives. I appreciate your insights and agree with you.

I'm sorry for your losses and I'm glad that you didn't gain weight in addition to dealing with the stress and grief. To my way of thinking, that indicates that you made some healthy decisions for yourself in spite of having a horrible week.

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PLATINUM755 7/15/2012 5:54PM

    emoticonblog...You are so right!

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IOWAGRAMMA 7/15/2012 2:41PM

    You are so right! Great insight and also a great way to think about this journey! Good for you, and good luck in the week to come. I hope you have a "good" week, however you define it! Love, Jeannie
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I lost a "W"

Saturday, July 14, 2012

As of this morning's weigh-in, I've lost over 26 pounds, am at the precipice of onederland and have lost a "W".

Last night, I tried on some clothes and found that the 22W and 20W and 18W clothing ranged from way too big to roomy and an 18 fit!

I'm so excited that I'm on the way to the "normal" clothing range. Someday soon, I'll be able to stop paying the premium for "women's" sizes and be able to find clothing in the petite range (I'm 5' 1".)

More clothes to get rid of and more opportunities to buy new things.

Goodbye "W", it's been nice, you've covered my body, kept me warm and sometimes looked reasonably nice but I'm not planning on visiting you anytime soon. I'm getting ready to make friends with "P"

  
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TERRIJ7 7/17/2012 3:41PM

    You're going to love being acquainted with P! Congratulations!

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JILL313 7/15/2012 4:54PM

    You've been very successful in getting the pounds off and being in Onederland is still I dream of mine. Congrats on all you've achieved so far. I'd be so happy if I could fit into a size 18 but I'm usually a 22 and rarely a 20 depending on how it fits. I don't feel comfortable anymore in tight clothes and want comfort first. Continue onward and I'm very proud of you.

Hugs,

Jill

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PATTYCAKE17 7/15/2012 9:27AM

    CUTE BLOG. That's one "Woman" friend you won't be missing! Good for you. Looking to abandon the #3, myself and pick up some #2's! isn't great to leave these old #s and letters behind after they've worn out their welcome!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EATVEGAN 7/15/2012 12:32AM

    You're doing great. I have not yet said good-by to the W. But I sure am looking forward to the P. I have bags and boxes of clothes given me by a friend who lost weight before me. So I probably won't have to buy much until I'm below a 12. Then I'll look forward to having clothes selected for me and by me. Not that I'm not grateful for the used clothing. It will help me save up for the ever smaller.
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PLATINUM755 7/14/2012 9:17PM

    emoticon emoticonthe power is in you and you know it! emoticon emoticon

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BELDONDOG1 7/14/2012 7:16PM

    Good for you--you are doing a wonderful job!! Keep up the good work!!

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IOWAGRAMMA 7/14/2012 6:44PM

    How wonderful for you! That is just awesome!! I couldn't figure out what a "W" was, but I love it! So happy for you. I'm close, too, but not quite there yet. Love, Jeannie
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TXMEMAW6 7/14/2012 6:14PM

    emoticon!! Way to go!! WooHoo!! So happy for you!! Keep up the good work. You are doing great.

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FLEURGARDEN 7/14/2012 4:16PM

    Congratulations!

It is fun clearning out old clothes from the closet, but I've been having a hard time buying too many new things because I'm still "in progress" and looking forward to a shopping spree when I hit my goal weight.
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KMMR87 7/14/2012 3:33PM

    Great comments. Good for you! Congratulations!!!

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KSCRAP363 7/14/2012 3:29PM

    WOW! Congrats! I can't wait until I can get to Onederland minus the W!!!

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BJPENNY70 7/14/2012 3:29PM

    Hooray! This is wonderful. I can't wait until I am there. Keep up your hard work and keep going. You are doing great! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I lost a "W"

Saturday, July 14, 2012

As of this morning's weigh-in, I've lost over 26 pounds, am at the precipice of onederland and have lost a "W".

Last night, I tried on some clothes and found that the 22W and 20W and 18W clothing ranged from way too big to roomy and an 18 fit!

I'm so excited that I'm on the way to the "normal" clothing range. Someday soon, I'll be able to stop paying the premium for "women's" sizes and be able to find clothing in the petite range (I'm 5' 1".)

More clothes to get rid of and more opportunities to buy new things.

Goodbye "W", it's been nice, you've covered my body, kept me warm and sometimes looked reasonably nice but I'm not planning on visiting you anytime soon. I'm getting ready to make friends with "P"

  


Got rid of some stuff

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

This morning as I was getting dressed, I put on a shirt and noticed that it was too big. Not falling off me on the floor big but really roomy kind of big, not very flattering kind of big. Big enough to hide the lumps and bumps and tease me into thinking that maybe they weren't really there or weren't as big as they are.
Duh, like people can't tell I'm fat cause I'm wearing a big shirt!

So, I took it off and put it in the "give away to the thrift shop pile." It's nice getting rid of stuff.

I took another shirt out of the drawer and put it on. I don't know what size it is because the label isn't there but I seemed to remember it being kind of snug the last time I wore it.

Surprise! It isn't snug anymore. It doesn't hide the rolls and muffin top but it sort of skims over them somewhat. Again, I'm still fat but the shirt looks ok.

I look ok.

Just because I'm fat doesn't mean that I can't look ok and just because I'm fat doesn't mean that I'm not less fat than I was a few weeks ago. Just because I'm fat doesn't mean that I can't be and won't be less fat in a few more weeks.

I got rid of some stuff today in many ways and it was nice.

  
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EOWYN2424 6/21/2012 8:25AM

    Good for you!

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JILL313 6/20/2012 8:07PM

    Last night I went through all the clothes hanging around my bedroom and closet. I filled 3 trash bags full with only one going to the Salvation Army. I washed all my clothes in the 2 remaining bags and sorted through them and put away the winter clothes. I now can comfortably fit into the size 2Xs again and they seem like new clothes as I've haven't worn any of them in a year or so. It's such a good feeling to de-clutter our lives by getting rid of things we don't use anymore. I am so happy for your feeling better in smaller sizes as that is a really good feeling and it shows you're making good progress. It is hard work but the results of having a healthier body is so rewarding.

Hugs,

Jill

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TERRIJ7 6/20/2012 7:43PM

    I love the way you worded this blog! I concur~

"Just because I'm fat doesn't mean that I can't look ok and just because I'm fat doesn't mean that I'm not less fat than I was a few weeks ago. Just because I'm fat doesn't mean that I can't be and won't be less fat in a few more weeks."

That's SO right on!


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PLATINUM755 6/20/2012 6:08PM

    That's fantastic...Keep up the good wok! I threw away some things, but I also kept some thing that were still comfortable and I could work around the house in...the house cleaning helps to keep the pounds off and the older clothing reminds me that this is not a diet, it's a lifestyle change I plan to stick with forever.

Hang in there darlin'...the best is yet to come! emoticon

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TORTILLAFLATS 6/20/2012 3:11PM

    Super! Doesn't it feel good to shed some pounds and shed some stuff too!

Gail

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IOWAGRAMMA 6/20/2012 11:59AM

    It is always nice to get rid of things like that. In the past if I shed some pounds and changed a size I would hang on to things, but not any more! If they look big and baggy, out they go! I have kept 1 or 2 things for "comparison" purposes just in case I ever want to do a blog about my before and after clothes! LOL! Long time away and by then I'll probably forget where I put them. Love, Jeannie

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