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A new life plan

Friday, January 31, 2014

I'm working on a new life plan that I've put off for... years. It's amazing how many excuses we can make to put something off. Further, our weight can be tied in with life. It gets stuck when we get stuck. When we can clean out the closets, let go of the fear, anger or take a step in faith into the unknown, then we finally release the weight - both physically and mentally - and move forward.

A big issue is my a career transition. I was laid off from what was supposed to have been my "dream job". I knew things were unraveling long before the end, but I didn't know what else I wanted to do. So for a long time I've felt "stuck". I've had several losses in my life as well, so I think I've also been scared to make a move.

So I am writing anything that comes to mind or that I feel about life, work or the way I'd like things to be. For example, I may have been denying that I still want to do some form of my old work as a photojournalist. The thought of it makes me nervous, want to eat, get a stomach ache. It provokes some emotion in me so must be important. But instead of eating, I write. It is hard and I keep thinking of everything else I would rather do than work on it, but I'm doing it...

Have a great weekend all!

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KONRAD695 4/18/2014 9:39PM

    Just going through my Spark friends that I haven't been in contact with, and you're right near the top of the list. I've seen some of the weight loss updates you've had, but haven't kept tracked the way I should. So here I am trying to catch back up. Wishing the best for you, Konrad

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IRP1114 2/2/2014 9:21PM

    Good for you. Letting go of fears can only bring positives into our lives. I know I have many I still need to let go of myself. I wish you luck in finding a way to make your dreams come true ; )!

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    I think the fact that it provokes such a strong reaction indicates you need to seriously explore it.

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JSTETSER 2/1/2014 6:24AM

    Writing is a great way to process. The blog gives people a chance to respond, and encourage you on a good path.

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PATTYKLAVER 2/1/2014 3:49AM

    You're life sure is taking twists and turns...but it will take you by beautiful things that will catch your attention.

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SKATER787 2/1/2014 1:46AM

    Sorry to hear about your dad. But at least you got a chance to connect.

40's is prime. You still got a lot of hormones going. It's after 60's that hormone levels fell off the cliff. That's from everything I have read from Thymus gland to Pineal and so on. Without the hormones, we're finished.

Remember what Alan Greenspan said. You can learn in two years more than you did in ten. With your back against the wall, you can make it happen.

Good luck.

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1CRAZYDOG 1/31/2014 8:29PM

    Writing helps me sort out my issues too. Something about seeing it in black-and-white makes it real.

Good luck to you!

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    I am amazed at your honesty with all of this. You are looking into your Pandora's box at the same time realizing that it is opening wider because of your desire to no longer hold onto the past and want to LIVE your life instead of being stuck in grief. The time has come for you to grow and thrive.

I am impressed and it is rare for me to feel this way.

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STEVEN2GO2 1/31/2014 8:15PM

    Sometimes you have to take life one day, one moment at a time. As you wrote you are yet to be 41, so you do have a lot of life left in you. Writing and expressing how you feel right now is a great way to deal with your life issues. I hope you can figure out what you want to do now. Good fortune and you too enjoy your weekend!

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JACKIE542 1/31/2014 6:21PM

    Good idea, better to do something else than eat. emoticon

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RACEWELLWON 1/31/2014 5:19PM

    Precisely why I have been blogging more - blog away ! I am sorry that your dream job did not work out as planned . That fear of making a change in the direction that not only is a good decision is the most frightful . I dealt with that situation last year - when I chose to freelance its a very scary move that does trigger bad habits but at least your aware - blog all you want - we'll be here - Thanks for your support - Hugs K

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JULIEABIGAIL 1/31/2014 5:18PM

  you have a great attitude as you transition to this new chapter of your life, and that will serve you well. visualization may be beneficial for you: try to visualize what you would like or love to do for work, adding details as they arise for you. what are your passions? what would it be great to be PAID for doing? do you like to do what you are good at? how can you incorporate those assets into your vision? embrace the possibilities, ask for support where it would be useful, and keep your heart and mind open. know deeply that you deserve to be valued. i know you will create a beautiful career that nourishes you, and i'm cheering you on!

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GOING4GOAL2014 1/31/2014 3:06PM

    Free writing is a great way to unlock the brain. Once you have felt all the emotions. Look down. Read what you wrote. Organize the thoughts and decide which direction would be the right direction for you. emoticon

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TRI_BABE 1/31/2014 2:53PM

    @Skater787, LOL, I turn 41 in two weeks, but thanks, I feel young... depending on the day you ask, haha. I was actually glad when I got laid off, the job wasn't good, but the big question was what to do next, which I didn't have an answer for at the time and am still trying to figure out. As for the losses, well one was my Dad, but we did got closer and do more together in the few years before while he was fighting his cancer, yes.

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ELIZABETH5268 1/31/2014 2:49PM

    I am in such a similar boat and you are so right on about how hard it can be to just get up and do it. My current employer will not pay me what I deserve to be paid. I'm considered an asset, I get rave reviews from members and coworkers and I am the only person who does the position to cover all four of our branches on top of it I've been here 8 years yet I'm under the poverty level. Sadly my passions are completely different than my current field; photography and fitness/nutrition. Job hunting is frustrating especially in this economy when there are 100 or more applicants for each position.

Enough about sorry. Your path sounds very exciting, I wish you lots of success as you make your plan. You can do it!

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SKATER787 1/31/2014 2:32PM

    You are still young so you may not believe this. But many times, people find out that they best thing that has ever happened to their lives is to lose something of significant to them. Be it the love of their lives, a dream job, you name it. Because they move on to bigger and better things. New door will be opened. Even people who got cancer, I read of many who said that not only they beat cancer but it was the cancer that turned their lives around. You can't see it yet because you don't have the long view and it's impossible to get the long view until you've lived through it. But I have little doubt that you'll find losing your dream job is one of the best things that has ever happened to you.

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JENNYMARIEC 1/31/2014 2:32PM

    I've also found that writing things out helps with the stress of life events. Way to start planning and reject opportunities to procrastinate. I hope everything works out for the best for you!

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SASHA-222 1/31/2014 1:41PM

    I know how you feel, it is amazing what I end up thinking about instead of getting up and doing what I need to do. Like you I am transitioning my career....working for myself ...lots of fear, but like you said each day I work on it. Best of luck.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Betcha never ate a sweet potato like this before!

As I mentioned I'll be posting tidbits of various books from the library and a discount bookstore. Here is a recipe from, "Juice!" by Pippa Cuthbert & Lindsay Cameron Wilson:

This thick juice, although earthy in color, tricks the tongue with a mysteriously strawberry-like flavor.

1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped
1 orange, peeled and halved
1 banana peeled.

Juice the sweet potato and orange. Blend with the banana. "

The recipe says to juice, but I just blended them together for a while. I ate this with a spoon! It is GOOD!

Another note says that sweet potatoes are often confused with yams - sweet potatoes are slightly sweeter and longer. I live in the Midwest and it seems all I can find are yams (yams are also more orange in color). In my version, I used a Japanese sweet potato that I had bought at an Asian store.


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TRI_BABE 2/1/2014 9:11PM

    OOOOOHHHHHHHH FLAMENM I want that recipe!!!!!!!!!!!!

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FLAMENM 2/1/2014 8:38PM

    I tried a sweet potato smoothie last night. With cinnamon and other spices, I would have sworn I was eating a pumpkin pie.

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IRP1114 1/31/2014 10:37AM

    YUM. That does sound good. Thanks for sharing : )!

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TRI_BABE 1/30/2014 6:38PM

    May not have changed in 30 years but neither have the later studies that refuted the original claim. I base my decisions on science... and reading something someone posts on the internet is not science to me. If you can find published studies in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (the original study is no longer included the database) or another source... sure. And, if sweet potatoes were so dangerous... I'm sure there would be more published studies and knowledge about it than anecdotal stories of someone who got a stomach ache after eating one.

As well, the author of the recipe book has degrees in Nutrition and Food Science and works as a freelance food stylist, food writer and recipe developer in New Zealand and in the U.K.

Everyone can make their own choice. Personally, I won't live in internet-based fear...

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SKATER787 1/30/2014 4:25PM

    Do you think human physiology or sweet potato itself has changed that much in 30 years? Eating it once in a while isn't going to kill you, but on a regular basis it can interfere with your health. Worse for some people they could have strong reaction to the enzymes:

Chelsea March 5, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

I have to agree with David here. I recently ate raw sweet potato and have come down with a nasty case of stomach cramps and bloated belly. Really, unless you have a very strong stomach, it is advised that you don’t eat sweet potato raw because of the trypsin inhibitors.

I have been told this by my primary care doctor (I called when I started developing the issues) as well as seen in on various websites on the internet… and now I have the unfortunate experience of knowing exactly why.

Just… well… proceed with caution when you try this recipe, y’all. Please.

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TRI_BABE 1/30/2014 8:27AM

    @THINFITRAWKIND, I don't particularly care for yams either (except possibly baked, with a bit of brown sugar!) but I LOVE sweet potatoes ! :)

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1CRAZYDOG 1/29/2014 9:44PM

    Not into juicing, but the ingredients sound good.

HOPE that you got de-stressed with jumping rope! HUGS

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    I tried juicing a yam on my last 92 day juice feast. I won't do it again! LOL But your recipe does sound very good and very healthy.

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TRI_BABE 1/29/2014 3:10PM

    Hmmm. Looks like that came from a study almost 30 years ago, in the context of if it was associated with a rare child-borne illness in Paupau New Guinea, and was later disputed by two other studies. This the main thing I could find of note recently, that was published in 2008, showing that same trypsin inhibitor in sweet potatoes as being good for people with hypertension:
I don't tend to let natural foods scare me from eating them, especially when eaten in variety and balance with other natural foods... but sure, if anyone wants to cook their sweet potatoes first, the drink probably would taste similarly.

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SKATER787 1/29/2014 2:40PM

    Sorry, but good thing you told us. You could have gone on eating this thing for months/years without knowing.

Sweet Potato

Sweet potato shows trypsin inhibitor activity. That means it contains an enzyme inhibitor that blocks the action of trypsin, an enzyme that digests proteins. The trypsin inhibitor prevents the digestion of protein. Sweet potatoes with higher protein levels have more of the trypsin inhibitor. This makes raw sweet potato difficult to digest. The trypsin inhibitor is deactivated by cooking.

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TRI_BABE 1/29/2014 2:11PM

    @Skater787: No, I just used it raw!

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SKATER787 1/29/2014 2:05PM

    Is the sweet potato cooked?

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JTREMBATH 1/29/2014 12:58PM

    I love sweet potato here we call them kumara and we have white skin, purple skin and orange skins and each one tastes a bit different.

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RACEWELLWON 1/29/2014 12:28PM

    I sure have !! I love - banana , 1/2 avocado , fresh pineapple !

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How to avoid snacking while snowed in!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Another snow emergency! A $2500 fine for driving plus -15 degrees means another indoor day. But I find that staying at home all day makes me want to snack! I'm also staying with my food hoarding Mom, so I'm boxed in with LOTS of junk food! So what can be done avoid caloric disaster?

Finding your triggers is important. We eat for a lot of reasons outside of hunger, so if you attempt to control the eating without knowing what is causing you to want to eat, most likely it won't work.

For example, I had to be really honest with myself to admit that two of my triggers are boredom and procrastination. "I can't focus on doing xyz now, because I'm hungry." Or, eating seems more pleasurable than actually doing the task at hand. Just the act of thinking about eating: should I eat now or wait, what I will eat next, etc, takes the focus off what you need to get done.

Therefore, what helps me is distracting myself from food thoughts by taking a break to do something ELSE I enjoy, or just being honest with myself on what I am avoiding, sucking it up and diving in - also realizing that getting things done is more pleasurable in the end than moving farther from my goal weight. The next thing I know an hour or two has gone by and it really IS time to eat now. Sometimes I then even go past the point of when I was supposed to eat without realizing it.

I have also scheduled times to eat and in what calorie amounts, so I don't waste mental energy on the whole debate about if/what/how much I should eat now or later (though it still happens sometimes!) I schedule in calorie amounts, but not exact foods, this way when the meal time comes, I still have flexibility on what to eat - but can adjust portion sizes to fit the allocated calorie limits.

Second, because of my living situation, in this small house I can't help being in such close vicinity to unhealthy food. When living on my own, I don't keep junk food in the house. So if I'm snowed in, feeling hungry and not wanting to cook or just having a craving, I can't just go grab a bunch of cookies 10 feet away *sigh*. So for now, I managed to get her to agree to put most of her unhealthy foods in a cupboard or in HER office area (out of site, out of mind... it helps!) I also find that chewing gum and drinking lots of various flavors of hot tea helps.

Here is an interesting article on the psychology of snacking:

What helps you avoid snacking your way through the Polar Vortex???

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FANGFACEKITTY 1/29/2014 1:22AM

    I like my food to be hot and have found that drinking a hot broth helps me fight off the "need" to eat when not hungry, even better than tea. Boredom and procrastination are 2 of my triggers too. I have to watch the salt content though, too many broths are pumped full of sodium to boost th flavor.

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HOUNDLOVER1 1/28/2014 10:08PM

    I usually eat when I'm hungry and as long as my carbs are very low I don't eat too much. I used to think that a lot of my eating was for emotional reasons rather then physical hunger, but since eating low-carb I don't even think about food more than 2-3 times/day so I don't need to distract myself, it becomes effortless.

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SKFEREBEE 1/28/2014 9:37PM

    It's like you can see into my snacking soul! Thanks so much for this.

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AALLEY2 1/28/2014 8:21PM

    emoticon great job!

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JACKIE542 1/28/2014 3:38PM

    Hope it warms up soon for you so that you can get out! I do like your plan.

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JENNYMARIEC 1/28/2014 1:59PM

    I do the same thing! I struggle with eating out of boredom. One idea I thought of was to write down random things I could do (organize my desk, write a letter, etc.) and then draw one every time I feel tempted to eat out of boredom. I also chew gum and drink lots and lots of tea...sometimes three pots a day! And lots of water too. It helps a lot!

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LECATES 1/28/2014 12:29PM

    Good luck!

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SKATER787 1/28/2014 11:37AM

    I'm glad you brought up the snacking issue. Do not snack. It will throw off your Leptin. Listen to Byron Richards at 2:52. Enjoy:

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1CRAZYDOG 1/28/2014 11:27AM

    It's tough when you can't change your environment, so changing your response is spot on! Good job.

And hey, are you an Pisces too??? My birthday is the end of February and will hit . . . GULP! . . . the big 6-0. OMG!

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    Grounding mat helps center me. Being a raw organic vegan the "rules" are totally different. Of course living on my own makes it easier too.

When I get the idea of eating something off program I make certain first if I've had enough green juice or fruit smoothie. If it is emotional, I face the fear head-on.

What you are doing is great. Continue.

May I ask why you are living with your mom?

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RACEWELLWON 1/28/2014 11:18AM

    Good Blog - Cabin Fever out this way !! I have a plan emoticon

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PEGGY11 1/28/2014 11:15AM

    I know what you mean about being snowed in with all those goodies. emoticon My husband has them but knows to keep them out of my sight. emoticon I also have my own treats. Mini rice cakes and 100 calorie popcorn are worked in as allowable snacks. emoticon Then I do my chair exercises and I also look for exercises to do on Sparkpeople. emoticon Better to work calories off than indulge in them. emoticon emoticon

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CDHOLMEN 1/28/2014 10:24AM

    I try to keep it out of my house. I keep my chocolate in a place I have to get a chair to reach or really dig for it.

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JOHNTJ1 1/28/2014 10:11AM

    Great blog and thank you.

When I'm snowed in or my schedule otherwise interrupted I treat it as a retreat day o sorts. I read, I meditate and I get myself back into focus. I've found it really helps.

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GOOSIEMOON 1/28/2014 10:11AM

    Sounds like you have a well thought out plan! Good for you!

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The return of 5-HTP

Monday, January 27, 2014

Hey all, I'm still hanging in there. Despite doing light therapy twice a day, the seasonal depression (SAD) is hitting me hard with all the grey weather. So I've struck back with an over the counter supplement called 5-HTP. As some of you may recall, I tried it in the summer for my insomnia, but felt it didn't help and just made me not want to eat. With the intensity and volume of my training, I HAD to eat, so that did not work for me at the time.

However a theory of a cause of SAD is low levels of of a mood-regulating hormone known as serotonin triggered by a lack of light. 5-HTP promotes production of this hormone. I felt I was hitting a low, tired, and even wanting to binge eat (and you guys know this is NOT like me - normally I have trouble eating enough.) So I thought I would try it again. Low serotonin can cause people to eat and crave especially carbohydrates because eating carbohydrates raises serotonin levels in the brain.

Well the same things that did not help me in the summer seem to be helping now. With the 5-HTP, my appetite is almost back to normal and my energy and motivation are better. I still do not feel as I do in the summer, but definitely improved.

I have also decided to tone down the Fitbit tracker and go from a 750 calorie a day deficit to a 500 calorie a day deficit. In reality I am going to be OK at a 0-500 calorie a day deficit with all I have going on right now. I think the FitBit may have been underestimating the exercise I am doing. Serotonin can drop low with too low calories as well, so I want to be careful of that - especially this time of year. With the SAD, I've gained about 3 lbs in the past month due to eating, but things have leveled out and I hope I'm on a downward trend again.

I'm working on a new life plan and some overall goals. It seems overwhelming, and again with the SAD I lack some motivation to get it done, but I'm on my way. I will also post with updates.

I got several books from the library. So, I'll also be posting reviews of what I read, which include anything from goal setting to healthy cooking!

Ok, all for now. Hope everyone is doing well!

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JSTETSER 1/28/2014 7:19AM

    sAD is real.
So much we dan do about it.

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NEMETZC 1/27/2014 10:50PM

    I'm so happy that you are fairing better with your treatment this time! Sometimes all you need is that leg up in the beginning to get yourself in shape to get back to life.

I hope that all continues well and that you have a fantastic week!

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GARDENCHRIS 1/27/2014 9:56PM

    interesting I might have to check that out.

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JACKIE542 1/27/2014 8:15PM

    So very happy that you are doing better. emoticon

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STEVEN2GO2 1/27/2014 8:14PM

    So glad you found something that helps, you are very good at using your mind to figure out what will help you out. I am glad this worked! I never heard of 5-HTP before, looks like you researched it well!

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LECATES 1/27/2014 7:50PM

    Glad it is helping this time. I am getting sick of the cold and having to keep my curtains shut to keep the heat in better.

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    I just set up my full spectrum light and will use it for the first time tomorrow. We are on the 11th straight day of inversion with the temps remaining in the 20's.

I also am getting benefit from using my grounding mat when I sleep. I'm not depressed like I have been every year at this time.

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SKATER787 1/27/2014 6:05PM

    Another solution is to drive to Sequim and spend time outside. You could get lucky and get a sunny day.

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RACEWELLWON 1/27/2014 5:48PM

    Me too cutting back on the Spat , more mediation after that last phone call -thanks for dropping by emoticon SAD - I was thinking do you think it be related to your last Doctor visit ? Just a thought - Hugs K

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ELIZABETH5268 1/27/2014 5:47PM

    I bought some 5-HTP a couple months ago after seeing a recomendation on YouTube channel. It seemed to help me as well. INtersting to finally see someone else use it and also agree that it helps.

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SALGUOD2 1/27/2014 5:07PM

    Hope all works out for you

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To lose weight, you have to...

Saturday, January 18, 2014


But many don't want to hear/do that!! And if you’re not weighing food, are just “estimating” portions, you’re probably not eating as little as you think you are! Secondarily, many people overestimate their activity level.

For years I ran marathons and couldn't lose weight. "There's something wrong with my metabolism," or some suggested that maybe the weight I was at (15, 20, 25+ lbs ago) was the weight I was "meant" to be at, or that I was eating the wrong ratios of carbs/fats etc, or that runners tend to not be able to lose weight above x miles a week, or blah blah blah. I also used a BodyMedia armband to track calories, which calculated my calorie burn way too high and further justified my reasoning. I always insisted I was right and that I was eating the right amount. So another tip: be open to learning and changes in your weight loss program!

So in late June I decided to try something new, a FitBit One, and started eating according to what it said. To be fair, the FitBit probably underestimated what I was burning, BUT I started losing, albeit slowly. I do believe you can eat too little and that will slow your weight loss. I then got a foot injury and stopped exercising - so then also ate less. Because I had to cut back on what I was eating and didn't want to gain from inactivity, I started measuring my food and seeing what a portion size actually WAS. And BOOM… I started losing weight at a decent rate...

Now, as I said I probably was eating too low for a while and it had slowed my weight loss, and when my calorie balance was more optimal, I think I had a "boost" and started losing fat rapidly. It was like my fat loss had been bound up like a spring and when I was back in the optimal deficit range the spring released and I lost weight fairly easily WITHOUT exercise. However, I was also active with a house renovation.

Weight loss started to slow and in mid-December, 4 lbs from my target race weight, I stopped losing. Looking back, I think the “spring” had fully unwound and my metabolism evened out to normal. I had also finished most of the renovations, so my daily activity went down too.

So I recently started wearing my FitBit again. Because I weigh less AND I can see with the FitBit that my daily activity is lower due to no renovations, I have seen that now I totally have to KICK BUTT with exercise to get a caloric deficit close to the rate of loss I was before. I believe this is why they say as you approach your goal weight, weight loss can slow, it's hard to lose at the same rate as before, and many people give up. When you weigh less, your basal metabolic rate, which are the calories you burn all day just to keep your basic body functions going, is lower. Also, the calories you burn from exercising or daily activities are less (you're moving around less weight). And your age factors in. The older you are, the fewer calories you also tend to burn daily.

And finally there’s the appetite factor. Even though you need to take in fewer calories per day, we get accustomed to eating a certain amount of food, whether due to hormonal reasons or even habit. So eating less can “feel like” we’re not eating enough, and that can be harder to deal with too. Believe it or not, the dieting tip about using smaller plates so it "looks like" you're eating more actually helps!

But there are a ton of good things to losing weight! Besides the health reasons, overall ease of movement is improved. I notice it just walking and moving around. It feels like my body “flows” better. Exercising becomes easier. I can now hold a plank position far longer than I did before (less weight to hold up), box jumps etc are easier, I run faster with less effort. I used to see using fewer calories during exercise as a negative, but actually it is a bonus for an endurance athlete. I had trouble in the past while marathon training fitting in so many calories during the day. But also you fatigue less as the miles pile on, and need to replenish fewer calories during long runs, etc. I have also started to take baths again – and you fit better in a bathtub too emoticon

There’s an old saying many of us know, “You can’t out-exercise a bad diet.” And it’s true!! Also, if you hit a plateau, take an honest look at what's changed. Has a sports club you participated in taken an off-season? Are you less active due to an injury? How much less do you weigh now before than when you started? Are you still measuring food or estimating? And so on. Go with the flow and don't be afraid to adapt your plan. Sometimes honesty and change are what's needed.

Keep on keepin’ on folks!

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TECH1960PS 1/27/2014 9:45AM

    Good info, thanks for sharing. emoticon

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JSTETSER 1/25/2014 2:00PM

    Great info!

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SKATER787 1/24/2014 6:47PM

    No snacking would be my advice. It's ridiculous the way Americans eat all day with 3 meals and snacks in between. People are better off with 3 meals and no snack. I'm doing 2 a day as I heard that one shouldn't eat before 11 am to allow the body to back flush. I like it better as it cuts down on eating. Those two meals are like feasts. I'd be really hungry and the foods taste so good. :)

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JLITT62 1/20/2014 7:52AM

    My birthday's coming up & I'm really thinking about the fitbit flex. That or some nutritional counseling!

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JACKIE542 1/19/2014 6:30PM

    Thank you, all great info, emoticon

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RACEWELLWON 1/19/2014 3:17PM

    Great Blog - I agree - you need to play with the numbers - I do NOT calculate expended calories for everyday activities ( house work etc.) as they are naturally expelled as my body has become accustomed to that much activity . When I train - even prior to leg brakes - I skied , hiked and was very active but this endurance training for the tri has taught me to really pay attention to the numbers of both intake and out - smaller meals , based on a protein carb combo - everyone is different perhaps due to certain medications etc. hypo thyroid , people that are blood thinners needs to base their needs on lower amounts of vitamin K etc. I feel that research for the goal is on the individual ! Hugs K

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TTLEELEE 1/18/2014 8:03PM

    Tough one to hear, and so right. Thanks!!

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RICKISMOM1 1/18/2014 5:47PM

    Very good points. I think it is important to realize that weight loss has to be a total thing... diet, exercise, attitude... all working together!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/18/2014 4:55PM

    It is so true . . . you can't outexercise an overexercised fork! Accountability . . . that's my greatest tool . . . tracking/weighing/measuring and exercising.

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EMMACORY 1/18/2014 4:20PM

    Great self reflection. thanks for sharing your insights. Everyone has to find the balance that works for them. emoticon

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    I agree you can't out exercise a bad diet. I also agree that most are eating too much especially if it's in the standard way people eat.

However, as for me, my calories have to remain high and my range is a minimum of 2000 and a maximum of 3100 when I'm exercising beyond normal. I eat only raw food and that makes a big difference,. I also eat 80/10/10 by Dr. Douglas Graham.

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NEMETZC 1/18/2014 1:20PM

    Its a hard lesson to learn when you fight yourself the whole way. I've seen that I really need to retrain my brain in order to have any success with a healthy lifestyle.

I hope you have a great weekend!

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TRI_BABE 1/18/2014 11:17AM

    @AALLEY2, I seriously can't stand the BodyMedia. I don't know if it was because my sweat rate is so high (probably lower now that I weigh less) or because I was exercising in a hot/humid environment, but it put me on the wrong track for so long. Plus as we said, it got old having it show on my arm all that time. (I'm sure it works for some but did not at all for me). That being said, they say sometimes that blessings only come to us when we're ready for them, so perhaps I wasn't ready for the weight loss, for whatever reason, for all that time. I have had more success with the FitBit, yes, though I think it can underestimate (but at least I was losing with it). I still track food with SparkPeople and it transfers automatically to FitBit.

As an example, yesterday I cross country skied 7.5 miles AND rode a stationary bike a half hour (the latter at the lowest intensity - just while watching TV while using my light therapy lamp) and all that just made enough of a deficit to stay on track for 1.5 lbs/week of weight loss while eating 1300 calories. Though I was pretty sedentary outside of the exercise because I had a lot of computer work, bills etc to do.

Edited to add: I find the FitBit is most accurate when I let it track calories from my daily activities but manually add in my sports/exercise.

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SALGUOD2 1/18/2014 11:07AM

    It is amazing when you see what an actual portion size is. I couldn't believe it when I first started measuring

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KTISFOCUSED 1/18/2014 10:56AM

    You are so right. I see myself in so many points you made, especially the one about weighing and measuring. Hmm, better get the scales and measuring spoons/cups out again. Another one is remembering to log as you eat. Sometimes I think I've eaten so well that I add an unnecessary snack and then remember that I forgot to log something earlier so I'm over calories.

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AALLEY2 1/18/2014 10:46AM

    emoticon emoticon Thanks Tri_babe
I'm glad your fitbit works for you! I only have one more month on my body media band and I'm done with it. I am on my 1300 cals again and I hope that helps me too. Activity is a must as long as I can! emoticon

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