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Where's my sweet tooth?

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Lately I have noticed something interesting....I have lost my sweet tooth. There was a time when I had at least 2 or 3 sodas a day and always had sweet snacks in the house and usually bought skittles, star bursts, etc. in the grocery check-out line. However, I was reading an article today on which egg is "better" for you - Cadbury or Reeses - and I realized it has been 7 months since I have had any soda (even diet); I have no sweets in my house (except what I just bought for my nieces/nephews/daughters for Easter) and I haven't even thought about buying any candy in the check-out line. In fact, I more often find myself looking at the nuts, chex mix etc. usually to see the fat count / calories and put it back.

Now, that doesn't mean that I have given up all sweets. We order dessert occasionally when we go out to eat. I even make desserts when we have company over (usually something from Spark that has less sugar and fat than a normal recipe). I still have ice cream (usually Skinny Cow) at least once a week.

The difference is I don''t CRAVE these things any more. I don't think constantly about what we have in the house - our last box of Skinny Cow sat in the freezer for 2 or 3 weeks because I forgot about it. Last night when I was stuffing Easter eggs with candy I didn't even eat a single piece. And last night when my hubby and I split a Cadbury egg, I found that I didn't even enjoy it as much as I used to. It tasted too sweet - which for the old me is saying something!

I'm not sure if resisting the sweets for so long has finally killed the cravings, or if giving up the sugary soda made this possible. I do no that this is one more small change that will help me meet my goal!

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DEEGIRL50 4/8/2012 11:00AM

    I've heard this will happen. Now, I know it to be true. Thanks for posting this blog. You've Sparked me today.

Happy Easter! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHEENADEE 4/8/2012 10:32AM


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BERGBA7 4/8/2012 9:55AM

    That's great progress! Congratulation!

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Weight Loss Struggle Blog Challenge

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

So, our challenge today was to write a blog about my greatest struggle in my weight loss journey and what you are going to do this coming week to combat that struggle.

This was such a timely question for me! My biggest struggle is definitely time management. This shows up in my inability to plan my meals ahead of time which then causes me to go over my goals because of it. I usually do OK on my total calories but not on fat content. It also shows up in how often I make it to the gym - although I have gotten much much better about that.

My DH and I have said for quite awhile now that we need to start making a weekly menu and following it. Breakfast is usually pretty easy - I have oatmeal or an english muffin - lunch I do a sandwich, salad or leftovers. Dinners however are a MESS! We pretty much eat whatever is quick and easy without much thought to calories or even nutrtion.

So, this week I decided enough is enough. My goal was to keep my fat content for the week at the low end of my goal ---- then we added on for our team challenge keeping our calories at the low end too. So, Sunday I sat down and started going through Spark recipes looking for things that were low fat, met my pickiness standards, were easy to make and looked like they would taste good. We got back so late from our bike ride on Sunday that I didn't have time to make what I had planned but we just moved it to Monday. Last night I actually made the turkey meatballs that we are going to have with our whole wheat spaghetti tonight. I have my dinners mapped for the week and I am set to meet my goals! Last night I even knew in advance I had to have one piece of plain cheese pizza instead of two pieces of sausage pizza because that is what fit into my fat count for the day! I had even saved enough calories (by a LOT) to be able to have a Skinny Cow low fat mint ice cream sandwich after DH and I took our walk. SO YUMMY!

Hmmmm....this planning could be habit forming!

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    Great goals, and super ideas. It inspired me, I am going to look for crockpot recipes on Spark Recipes. I'll pre chop if I need to. Put everything I need for the dinner in the fridge in a plastic bag (I spend forever looking for stuff, I just moved and still haven't finished unpacking). That way when I get home, it'll be ready for me to cook or if it's a crock pot meal, It'll be ready for me to eat.

I'm with you, this pre-planning could become addictive. (If I can stick with it.)

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YULLABELLE 4/3/2012 1:31PM

    Excellent goals. emoticon

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Little things making me proud...

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Someone asked me the other day what are the things that make me proud of myself. Normally I wouldn't have thought I had all that much that had happened recently. Sure, I have a master's degree and a great job. I have 2 beautiful daughters and an absolutely heaven sent husband. But, really those are things that I have had for awhile now. What have I done recently....

I thought and I thought and really it's the littlest things that make me feel the best about myself. For example: this weekend I went the entire weekend without snacking between meals AND I drank my 8 glasses of water both days. Like I said, both of these may sound trivial to many people but to me they mean a huge willpower battle was won.

Yesterday I got stuck at work. My plan was to go to the gym after work, then pick my mom up and go to my 5 year old nephews first ever t-ball game (we call it herd ball at this age) then go home and eat dinner. Well, since I was so late leaving work I almost didn't go - in the past I would have rationalized that I really didn't have time - what good would 15 - 20 minutes do? BUT, yesterday I knocked out that little devil on my shoulder telling me it wasn't a big deal if I didn't go and I went! I did 15 minutes (400+ calories) on this new elliptical trainer (cross between an elliptical and a stair steper) and then I spent 10 minutes learning how to row and signed up as part of a team for a rowing competition next week. I felt SOOOO good when I left the gym. (Take that little devil!)

Today, my little win was simply walking past the candy jar my friend keeps on her desk without taking a piece. Usually I take a piece and one becomes 2 and so on and so on and so on.

BUt, I joined the sugar challenge team and I am trying to avoid sugar at all costs. For me, that's one hour at a time --- but so far I've gone over 48 hours without any candy/sweets/etc...

Little wins over time turn into big changes which will get me to my goal!

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CAROLISCIOUS 3/6/2012 8:17PM

    Little things lead to GREAT things!

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FITKIZ 3/6/2012 3:27PM

    Snowflakes are tiny: avalanches are not. It's the little things that make the biggest impact in your day-to-day journey. Great job resisting the candy jar (and that pesky little shoulder-devil)!

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New routines! OUCH!

Saturday, March 03, 2012

So, I read this week that you need to change up your routine every once in awhile because your muscles will get used to whatever you are doing and they need the variety.

With that in mind I bought a new Wii video and worked out with that Thursday night. No problem there, it was a good workout - I worked up a good sweat and burnt some calories. Yesterday, I went to the gym after work - usually I do the bike or the treadmill - occasionally the elliptical. In the spirit of changing up my routine I tried a new machine - it is a Precor Elliptical Trainer which is a cross between a stair stepper and an elliptical machine. I did pretty good and managed to stay on it for 30 minutes - did 2 miles in that time and burnt over 400 calories - a good work out. I was tired but didn't feel too badly.

After the cardio I went and did my arm workout on the weight machines. Something I was doing regularly but have gotten out of the habit and need to start again. When I finished my weights and started walking to my car I noticed that my legs were just a little sore - no big deal right?

HAH! I drove the 30 minutes home and could barely get out of my car! My legs are BURNING! My DH took me to the movies last night, OMG after an hour of sitting I wasn't sure I would be able to walk to the car. This morning I can walk - but moving from standing to sitting or vice versa is AGONY!

So, obviously I am using muscles that I wasn't using before but being this sore I don't know when I will be able to use them again (at least without pain). emoticon

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TRAVELIN_FOOL 3/6/2012 2:56PM

    Thanks Sheenadee! Fitkiz I know exactly how you felt! Have to report I went back yesterday and did the same machine for 15 minutes, I am MUCH less sore today!

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SHEENADEE 3/3/2012 4:01PM

    Good advice about keeping your routines mixed up. Congrats on putting it into practice!

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FITKIZ 3/3/2012 2:21PM

    I have to laugh at this. Your blog reminds me of the day after my Drill Sergeant smoked my entire platoon into muscle failure in our QUADS. Do you know how hard that is to do? OMG. The twenty of us were dying that Saturday. I couldn't walk down stairs to save my life. I butt scooted down the steps, and I wasn't the only one. emoticon

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Ranting about clothes shopping

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Right before my cruise last week my daughter, SIL and 4 year old niece made the hour and a half trip to our nearest outlet mall. I desperately need new professional clothes for work and I hoped to find some new things to wear on my cruise.

I don't know why I subject myself to these trips because I absolutely HATE shopping for clothes. But, I had put it off for as long as I could, and I was hoping (maybe dreaming, or maybe I was just delusional) that since all the pants that I currently wear to work (size 22) are practically falling off me, that maybe, just maybe the trip would be fun because I would be fitting into a smaller size and would have more, cuter clothes options.

I should have known better. After driving all the way there, we located the outlet mall map and found that there are exactly 2 stores in the entire complex that sell women's sizes. One, Dress Barn is my usually store I shop at although I haven't liked much they have had to offer.

This trip had me reflecting on some of the reasons I hate shopping to begin with (yes. my family say I am adopted and I know as a teenager I was the only girl I knew who didn't like shopping - and that was back before I put on weight).

First - why oh why am I somehow always BETWEEN sizes? How is this even possible that every time I go shopping one size is too big while the next smaller size is just a smidge too tight to be comfortable? I don't get it but yes, this trip was no change. I started with the size 20 pants and they were too loose - they stay up which is better than what I am wearing now, but since I am finally in a place where I am consistently losing 1 - 2 lbs a week (unless I go on a cruise) I don't want to buy something that is already loose because I will have to subject myself to another shopping trip too soon. The size 18's fit everywhere but the waist. I could button them, but they were definitely tight, I have visions of bending over to pick something up and having the button pop and fly across the room and hitting some CAPT or ADM or other such embarrassing thing.

Second - why oh why do manufacturers insist on wide leg pants? I hate them! I already have wide legs I DON"T want to make them look any wider by wearing twice as much fabric around them as I actually need! I see that straight leg pants have come back into fashion yet I can't seem to find any in my size - anywhere. Sigh.....

Third - why do stores think that because I am large I am not professional. If you walk into any chain store at any mall the location and the size of the "women's" department is always in the smallest, most remote corner of the store. And, they never seem to carry business clothes. I work for the military. I am in meetings at different times with high ranking officers and civilians and I need to look like I take my job seriously. It's hard to do when I can't find good business suits that fit and look good. I see suits in the smaller sizes that I think "oh, that is really nice looking - I'd love to wear that to work" but, no chance because the largest size they make it in is a 10.

Fourth, Lane Bryant - supposed to be a store for me. Lately though when I look at what they have put in the window I feel like they are trying to sell sex. Seriously, I know that we are beautiful and sexy regardless of our size - my DH tells me this all the time. BUT, I don't want to wear clothes that practically have my breasts bared to the public along with as much skin as possible. This does NOT make me feel sexy or beautiful. I don't even feel comfortable wearing sleeveless shirts. It's not even that I'm not comfortable in these clothes, for me again it comes back to looking professional. I don't think it is professional for anyone regardless of your size to wear a blouse that leaves little to anyone's imagination.

Finally, on-line shopping. I thought this was going to be the answer for me. I wouldn't have to get up, get dressed, drive to a store, find the "big" sizes and spend hours trying on clothes. I could look at the pictures on-line, have the clothes sent to my house where I can try them on in the comfort of my own home and if I don't like them send them back. Win for me right? Not exactly. In the last two years I have kept maybe a third of the items I have bought on-line. For some reason, many of the things I think look good on-line don't look good on me. More often it is that the quality of what they are selling is just abysmal. Also, you have to pay to ship the items back yourself and some stores charge a restocking fee so it ends up costing more.

So, that is my rant about clothes shopping. I was going to write it after we got back but I didn't have time. If anyone can recommend a place where you buy professional looking business clothes in women's sizes I'd love to know where you go.

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TRAVELIN_FOOL 3/6/2012 2:55PM

    Thanks for all the comments everyone! I will look into all of these options!

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DAP1313 2/29/2012 6:48PM

    Have you tried Catherines? I've seen a pretty good selection of business clothes there as well as casual. Also on pants I think they have a better sizing system.

Also Roman's is a pretty good online source for business clothes. I have had pretty good luck with them.

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DEEGIRL50 2/26/2012 8:15AM

    Sorry I can't help with business suits. I think the industry is slowly catching up to the needs of Women. We do come in all shapes and sizes. I shop Kohls and J.C. Penney.

Shopping in the regular size department is a goal for many of us Sparkers! We'll get there.

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FITKIZ 2/25/2012 12:50PM

    Have you considered a tailor? At least for your business clothes. My neighbor is a seamstress (quasi-retired) and she does everything from alterations to from-scratch custom work. Perhaps the answer to your dilemma is there. Take a photo of what you want to your local tailor/seamstress and have it made. Then as you lose weight, have it taken in. Since most seamstress/tailor shops are locally owned/operated, you're also supporting your local economy instead of India or China where most department stores outsource to. I would start with the BBB (Better Business Bureau) first to find the names of GOOD, honest local talent. Commission a small piece each from the top two or three ranked by BBB then work up to larger pieces from there.

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