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Tweaking Nutrition

Friday, December 19, 2014

Thanks as always for the excellent and helpful "feedback" (you should pardon the expression: but at least it's calorie-free) on yesterday's blog.

I know it's bleak to contemplate perpetual hunger: but for me that's gotta be put in context. I was perpetually hungry at 230 pounds when I was basically eating whatever I wanted whenever I wanted: a sad truth. No amount of food would "EVER" be enough food, at some level. And so: might as well be perpetually hungry and slim(mish), right? As I search for my lowest achievable and then sustainable weight.

Nevertheless, after reading Spark community response I tried upping protein a bit last evening by preparing myself a Melba Dessert Omelette with my supper soup: used a full cup of egg white, a little Splenda and frozen peach slices: and then garnished with low sugar twice the fruit raspberry jam. Mmmmmmmm: delicious!! A BIG whack of protein. And low calories too . . And yup, I think I felt less hungry.

This morning I went for oatmeal with raisins and pumpkin pie spice and vanilla Greek yogourt for breakfast: again upping the protein. Spinach salad with many bright veggies and 8 (!) large shrimp plus some chopped fruit all ready for lunch . . .

Yesterday when I went to my hairdresser after work, he took one look at my outfit and announced (outrageously), "You look hot! Enough to turn a gay boy straight!!" (OK then, I recognize that not all Sparkies operate in my cultural milieu . . . but he's known me for at least 25 years and he's been married to his adoring husband for the past 8 or more and he's one of my very favourite people: and this is proudly diverse Canada!) He absolutely made my day! And yup, it was that perennial size 6 black leather pencil skirt, this time with opaque black tights, moderate black stiletto pumps, little black boiled wool jacket with leather trim, severe French cuffed white shirt and black/white polka dot silk scarf . . . , Fun.

Weight is steady. No chocolates or cookies consumed at the office yesterday.

  
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KALIGIRL 12/19/2014 10:02AM

    Here's to a 'hot' 63 year old!
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ALIIDA 12/19/2014 9:26AM

    Your hairdresser's comment was hilarious and your outfit does sound hot. You're beginning to attract me to hungry. Looking hot must be fun. emoticon
The new tweaks to your diet sound like a very good idea and yummy!

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_LINDA 12/19/2014 8:28AM

    emoticon compliment! You need to put on a fashion photo blog, it would be amazing! It would be hands down a top blog winner! Absolute inspiration to lose and then maintain weight!
Being vegetarian I discovered it was critical to make sure I got enough protein to stop feeling hungry all the time, hope the tweak works for you!


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KANOE10 12/19/2014 8:26AM

    I tend to to eat high protein also. It does help with hunger. I have also found that a tiny amount of fat helps ..like a tsp of oil or pb. I am glad your experimenting is working out. That was a cute comment by your hairdresser. I like that polka dot scarf added to
touch off the stylish outfit. Celebrate wearing size 6!

I am staying away from office treats also!

You are doing well!

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SWEDE_SU 12/19/2014 8:25AM

    wowee! that outfit sounds cool! i mean..er.. hot!

good job adjusting the protein - that should help!

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NELLJONES 12/19/2014 8:25AM

    Comments like that really do make a day!

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EVIE4NOW 12/19/2014 8:15AM

  Protein always helps me with the hunger pangs. Isn't it nice to have your efforts appreciated? Happy for you!

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JAROL7 12/19/2014 8:14AM

    Work your plan.

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FUNLOVEN 12/19/2014 8:09AM

    Very wise decision to try more protein and I bet it is going to prove to be just the thing to curb those hungries! And your outfit does sound hot, hot, hot. emoticon

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No Glamour, No Drama

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Weight steady.

Resisted the peanut butter cookies. And the chocolates at work (new gifts arriving daily!!)

Sticking with the program. No choice. Oh well.

All of that.

Lots of work pressure and tension and scrambling to get stuff done. But I'm pretty well aware: excess food won't help.

Sticking with the program. No choice. Oh well.

What's my lowest achievable weight? Still not sure. The scales move very slowly. Since October 13, 2014: 5 days at same weight; 20 days at same (lower) weight; 11 days; 4 days; 5 days; 3 days @ 2 pounds up; 4 days (down); 6 days @ half pound up; 4 days now (1 pound down).

And is my present calorie intake sustainable? It's pretty low. I'm experiencing hunger fairly frequently every day. I notice it.

Hunger is NOT an emergency. But still.

This is not exciting. This is not newsworthy. This is the unglamorous, undramatic work of maintaining.

Sticking with the program. No choice. Oh well.

I'll go choose a (moderately) glamorous outfit, suitable for a 63 year old: mmmmkay?? Lots and lots of choices: everything fits!!!

  
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KANOE10 12/19/2014 8:31AM

    I am getting that daily flood of food also at work. I am staying away from it!
Maintenance is a daily effort with much of the work being by you alone. No one else know s the undramtic, un glamorous little battles of the scale. However, like you say..No Choice. The key is that you fit all of your clothes in your closet! well done.

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PHEBESS 12/19/2014 6:43AM

    There's the off and on hunger that one can ignore. And then there's real hunger, because you aren't taking in as many calories as you need.

Hard to figure out which is going on. Harder still to find that lowest sustainable weight (and caloric intake).

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't cut those calories too low. Size 6 or 8 is good. Being smaller than size 6 at your height might not be reasonable. Might not be healthy.

And while we always think there's no such thing as too thin, we also know that there is.

So............you'll find that balance. And as you've said before, the lowest weight achievable might not be sustainable. Especially if you don't have optimal energy and stamina at that weight.

Good luck.

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KSNANA2 12/18/2014 11:39PM

    I hope you figure this out so you are not hungry so much of your time. That doesn't sound like a pleasant life. Good luck! You have many friends that care about you here.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/18/2014 8:18PM

    If it's real body hunger... it's OK to satisfy it. Mmmmmkay?

I have noticed that when I go too low on the calories for too long, I have trouble sleeping. So that's part of my personal "lowest sustainable/achievable" puzzle. I liked Marsha's suggestion about the protein. I personally find that my problem is more that I have too much volume and not enough calories and have to add calorie dense foods when in heavy training... so for me that means adding nuts and dried fruits.

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HOLLYM48 12/18/2014 5:47PM

    Maintenance is an ongoing battle but one worth fighting and resisting all of those sweets and treats and tasty little morsels of things! Keep up the great work!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/18/2014 4:33PM

    Great job on resisting all those temptations! I'm betting that outfit is actually quite glamorous!!

I wonder if you had more protein (I'm thinking you already eat plenty of fiber) if you would experience less hunger?? If you divided your meals/snacks into 6 small ones a day would less food sustain you further??? Worth thinking about. We can deal with some hunger but do we really need to ? It isn't an emergency, but it really isn't pleasant though, is it? For me going to 100 grams of protein instead of my usual 60-80 grams works to kill hunger when I've been experiencing it. Also, eating 5-6 times a day, usually with some protein in most meals/snacks works.Also, if you aren't drinking enough you are likely to feel hungry. I don't know how you do it in the cold. I drink plenty when it is warm, but find it difficult in cold

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SHAWFAN 12/18/2014 1:49PM

    We definitely have to keep saying oh well at this time of year. Too many goodies coming into the office. Good for you to get some nice clothes that fit.

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2BDYNAMIC 12/18/2014 1:46PM

    I love beautiful clothes, as I know you do too ............ so at your petite size, I bet you are going to find something stunning to match! .... emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 12/18/2014 1:10PM

    choosing clothes . . . that's the kind of choice I like! Not a clothing fanatic, but like to look nice. So, maintaining . . . I'll concentrate on that! That and feeling healthy.


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ISHIIGIRL 12/18/2014 12:09PM

    Since starting this program, my resistance muscle has greatly improved. Its the standing while eating and nighttime munchies that are getting to me! Oh Well, and Don't stand while eating are my ARCs. Also, No Fair, and No Choice!! I hope you find a nice sustainable weight.

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SWEDE_SU 12/18/2014 11:44AM

    try adding some huge salads to your soup meals, with a vinegar-based (no oil) dressing - you'll get lots more healthy nutrients, bulk to feel full, and low calories - a lot of bang for the calorie buck while perhaps beating the hunger beast?

well done on resisting all those office goodies, and i hear ya on the 63 year old appropriate outfit:-)



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ROXYZMOM 12/18/2014 11:15AM

    I would think if you are feeling hungry, you will notice all the treats at the office more. Great job on your will-power - just sayin' you may not need it if you add some healthy calories to your day.

Maybe you need to add another healthy snack?

And, if you are feeling comfortable in your clothes, that should tell you that you are fine. Try not to zero in on that scale too much.

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JANTHEBLONDE 12/18/2014 11:12AM

    I am so proud of you and I want to applaud you for doing such an awesome job during this holiday season! Congratulations on resisting the peanut butter cookies and all the chocolates at work! You are doing fabulous! I hope you have a wonderful day!
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_LINDA 12/18/2014 10:42AM

    Not so sure I like the idea that you are experiencing hunger that frequently :-( Could it be you have set your caloric intake too low and are actually in starvation mode? You know that means your body will stubbornly hang onto every little calorie and pound it can get. Are your protein, carb and fat ratios coming out in optimum ratios? Too low on one could make a huge difference.
Usually if I am very busy, food is the last thing on my mind, so maybe its a good thing you have so much to do when the parade of nummies are pouring in. Good luck with keeping out of the trough.
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MOVING_ARLENE 12/18/2014 10:41AM

    I not only would have the hunger, but a headache also. I'm sure you'll decide what is right for you - weight wise.

Boy, I am so looking forward to having something fit again -- even the clothes in my closet would be a start!

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DSHONEYC 12/18/2014 10:38AM

    Oh dear...oh emoticon

Remember you are choosing well. I am concerned that you are hungry a lot. More hearty, healthy soup for you!

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FUNLOVEN 12/18/2014 10:16AM

    I know you are giving yourself CREDIT for resisting all of the office goodies and, oh my, I bet it was hard at times. Looks like you have been doing this up and down weight thing for over a month now. Is it time to draw a line and decide on a middle ground? I know hunger is not an emergency, but how unpleasant it must be to be feeling hungry most of the time.

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GABY1948 12/18/2014 10:00AM

    EXCELLENT blog and this just SAYS it ALL! My weights look the same as yours...have to definitely keep my eye on the PRIZE! Oh, Well!

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SANDICANE 12/18/2014 9:47AM

    Yep, not glamorous at all...this maintaining stuff! The outfit choices, however, now THAT'S glamorous!!! And best of all...all your clothes FIT!!! YAY!

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PATRICIA-CR 12/18/2014 9:46AM

    I'm there with you, looking for my sustainable maintenance weight. We'll see. Let's remember it has to be a pleasant lifestyle journey too...

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BARBARAJ73 12/18/2014 9:26AM

    emoticon "... everything fits!!!"

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ALIIDA 12/18/2014 9:23AM

    Those last two words make it worth it. emoticon

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FORZACHANDMATT 12/18/2014 8:53AM

    Good job

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NELLJONES 12/18/2014 8:26AM

    You'll find your sustainable weight once you get there. That's something you cannot predict.

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KALIGIRL 12/18/2014 8:20AM

    Sounds like more than maintaining to me - hungry often?
I love the body awareness (living in the present), but is that really what you want?
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HMBROWN1 12/18/2014 8:19AM

    I hear yah! Office I was in yesterday had one big box of cookies and several big boxes of chocolates. I did not go to that side of the room. Didn't even go to the middle. Don't trust myself. Have a great day!

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A Moose in a Maple Tree

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

How Canadian! And a nice antidote to Crassmass, don't you think??

Not sure which are my favourites but -- those huskies are particularly appealing!!

www.youtube.com/embed/Gw8P8L1LfDM?re
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And oh yeah, there is a website selling stuff too -- but no need to go there!!

  
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LOVENHWOODS 12/17/2014 8:35AM

    Too cute!! Thanks!

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KANOE10 12/17/2014 7:49AM

    That was cute and very much Canadian! I enjoyed it. Happy Canuck Holidays.

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CRYSTALJEM 12/17/2014 7:46AM

    Too cute.... needed this this morning. Thanks!

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SHAWFAN 12/16/2014 10:00PM

    Very cute!

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PHOENIX1949 12/16/2014 8:47PM

    How FUN!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 12/16/2014 8:11PM

    Cute!

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SANDICANE 12/16/2014 6:53PM

    That was very cute...me and DH had breakfast while watching it!

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  Loved the video emoticon

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KSNANA2 12/16/2014 12:37PM

    Very cute!

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_LINDA 12/16/2014 11:20AM

    emoticon Good one!! Gotta love the doggies, yes indeed.

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JANTHEBLONDE 12/16/2014 11:16AM

    Too cute! I love the the link you posted! Thanks for making me smile today! I hope you have a terrific Tuesday!
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PATRICIA-CR 12/16/2014 11:03AM

    How beautiful!! You sure gave me a really nice break emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DSHONEYC 12/16/2014 11:00AM

    Merry Christmas, Canuck style! Love it, thank you. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 12/16/2014 10:41AM

    CUTE!

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PHEBESS 12/16/2014 10:07AM

    LOL!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/16/2014 9:16AM

    Gwen and I loved it! We envisioned you with the 12 skiers!!

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ROXYZMOM 12/16/2014 8:08AM

    Cute!! Thanks!

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TRAVELGRRL 12/16/2014 8:07AM

    Very cute! I thought the word was pronounced Ca-NUCK, but maybe they had to change the emPHAsis to fit the melody?!

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BBEAGAN 12/16/2014 8:01AM

    Somehow I always pictured just the Partridge in the Pear Tree, not whole whole gang!

Thanks - a quintessentially Canadian version!


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    LOVE it... had to watch the whole thing! emoticon

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GABY1948 12/16/2014 6:57AM

    LOVED it! Thanks for starting my morning off in a catchy way! Have a GREAT Tuesday!

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ALIIDA 12/16/2014 5:51AM

    That's adooooooooorable! Love it! Thank you for the big smiles. emoticon emoticon

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Peanut Butter Cookie

Monday, December 15, 2014

Gaaaaaaah.

Office is full of "treats" brought in by appreciative clients and service providers such as our terrific IT guy.

And I am grateful. For the kind thoughts.

But for the calories? Not so much.

Ate a peanut butter cookie today, standing up no less.

And tracked it. And I'm well within calorie range. Which is not the point. (A smallish cookie. And nope, it was not worth the calories, it was not. Kinda rancid tasting?? Bleech. Probably about 60 calories.)

I DID NOT eat any chocolates. Good job. Give myself credit. AND I did not eat any MORE cookies. Although they were pretty much all I could think about all day.

Saying NO CHOICE to that darn cookie and meaning it would have been much less torture. ("But, you said OK to that peanut butter cookie. So, how about a chocolate chip? How about a sugar cookie? How about one of those chocolate caramels?? A chocolate crème?Huh? Huh? Huh-huh-huh-huh-huh???????")

Absolutely endless, that voice in my head will not shut up, once I've succumbed to temptation one time.

Remember this tomorrow, WATERMELLEN, and stick to your NO CHOICE guns!!

  
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GABY1948 12/17/2014 2:47PM

    Great, Great blog! You are MUCH better than I, I'm afraid...but that is one reason I am SO thankful to be retired! How well I remember this time of year in every office I worked in throughout the phone company. There were some really GREAT cooks that worked there too....but, as you say, AHEM, it SHOWED. Another thing that would have gotten me too was that is was cookies, they are my THING....my favorite sweet in all the world, and peanut butter, the top of the "thing" list!

You did emoticon with all the NO CHOICE, and OH Well, and self-talk. Isn't that what all this BECK is all about? emoticon



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CANDOIT54 12/17/2014 10:36AM

    Good job eating only one.

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OSDOWNS 12/17/2014 6:42AM

    You did well. Give yourself credit. You can do it...but it's so hard!!

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SHAWFAN 12/16/2014 10:07PM

    Good job at sticking to the one cookie. I sure wouldn't have been able to resist more.

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SANDICANE 12/16/2014 6:57PM

    My dear dear friend...I could have written your blog for myself today. Yep, neighbour delivered her annual gift of a tin of peanut butter cookies and I promised myself I'd eat one per day...no more. I've been true to my word, however, that one cookie sets up a MOUNTAINOUS craving for more...shortbreads, sweet marie bars, even my home made healthy treats I made just for me. Yep, it would have been easier to say NO CHOICE and re-gift them. Why didn't I....why didnt' I? fudge

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FUNLOVEN 12/16/2014 8:13AM

    Well, like Moving_Arlene said, I am so glad I don't have to deal with all of those office treats any more. It is hard enough at times just in my limited surroundings which I can control!

PB cookies so yummy! You did a great job just eating one. Now that you have that out of your system it will be full steam ahead with those strong resistance muscles you have developed.

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ROXYZMOM 12/16/2014 8:13AM

    Something about knowing it's there...
Maybe bring in a sugar free lollipop so suck on instead???

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 12/16/2014 7:25AM

    Awesome job with the PB cookie and the barrage of whining that followed from your inner brain.

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BESSHAILE 12/16/2014 4:33AM

    Ugh. I'm right there with you.

today I'm shopping in the city - and today I am packing my lunch.

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no choice

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SWEDE_SU 12/16/2014 4:11AM

    love the self talk - good job at stopping at one cookie! so glad that i don't have to exercise that kind of resistance...

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_LINDA 12/15/2014 10:39PM

    emoticon for not giving into to more. Like chips, its hard to stop at just one. Yes, have to save the torture and accept not having any. I don't like cookies all that much, but a well baked chewy ginger snap cookies like what my niece can make can't be around me lol. She is going to make an incredible pastry chef. She likes practicing on her family. Good thing she isn't living near by!!
Good luck tomorrow!
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MOVING_ARLENE 12/15/2014 10:35PM

    Geez - I sure had a love/hate relationship with those treats at the office. Would usually start around Halloween with people bringing in stuff they had left or that they didn't want their kids to have. So glad I'm retired so I don't have to deal with it now.

You did great - one cookie but it must have been tiring to hear those voices all day!!



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KSNANA2 12/15/2014 10:22PM

    I remember those days! Clients would bring in coffee and bagels, cookies, donuts, etc. And it didn't have to be at Christmas time. It was that and all tax season. (CPA Firm) I really appreciated it at the time. But glad I don't have to try to stay away from it now. emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/15/2014 10:06PM

    Nice self-talk! Remember, not bashing self, reminding self... Good Job!

By the way, our office also keeps having those home-made treats show up, and today one of the frosted sugar cookies was calling my name. I put my blinders on, told myself "NO CHOICE" and walked by. I told myself as I passed by "remember that eating sugar just makes you crave more... do you want to deal with craving more?" That was enough to get me past the first time.

When I came back... someone else had taken that particular cookie... YES! None of the others seemed nearly as appealing... and since I had exercised my resistance muscle... made it through the day without that particular slip! Yes! If we resist it once, it gets easier to resist again... this stuff WORKS! emoticon

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2BDYNAMIC 12/15/2014 9:54PM

    I think you did great w/ the ONE cookie; (do like PB cookies!) ............. so just remember the UGLY pound of fat; how gross it is and picture the treats in their nasty state after eaten!!! ............. emoticon

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DSHONEYC 12/15/2014 9:24PM

    Thank the Lord they don't bring potato chips!

If we had a bite of something we are resisting and concentrate on how it tastes...more often than not I think we'd say...not worth it. It is surprising how often if we slow down, we figure out what we are eating just doesn't taste that good. It's how I have resisted all kinds of candy with the exception of "good chocolate".



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1CRAZYDOG 12/15/2014 9:10PM

    Good luck!!

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ALIIDA 12/15/2014 8:15PM

    Without your tight self-discipline as a model, I think I would have given up by now.
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SLENDERELLA61 12/15/2014 8:14PM

    Good blog. Give yourself very big credit for stopping with one cookie and resisting those treats calling to you all day. Yes, giving in even once invites struggle. Hang tough = strengthen that resistance muscle.Next time you'll do it. Now, no one is perfect. Let it go!! You are fine. Not even over calories. But that "NO CHOICE" is powerful. It's a better way to live. We can do it!!

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JANTHEBLONDE 12/15/2014 8:11PM

    Woo hoo! I am so proud of you! You did an absolutely fabulous job dealing with all the holiday goodies today! You are such an inspiration! You rock girlfriend! "A+"
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God bless,

Dee

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Moroccan Pumpkin Soup

Sunday, December 14, 2014

No recipe, just one of those "what I have on hand" soups.

And today it was celery, garlic, onion, carrot, broth, fresh ginger, chicken breasts, a large can of pumpkin, brown rice, canned tomatoes (diced and Marzano style), some raisins and chick peas and lots of spice: chili pepper, cardamom, cumin, coriander, turmeric. Plus some pumpkin pie spice!! And then I stirred in some light peanut butter towards the end. It's a gorgeous deep deep orange. Will serve with fresh chopped cilantro this week.

It's been a long while since I ventured into this part of the world with a soup and I think it's because my skin and hair have been so dry that I've been slathering on that "argan oil from Morocco" stuff. Nice actually and seems to be helping a bit too. Plus: it made me think about the soup!! (Also delicious with a few slivers of dried apricots or figs, but I didn't have these -- or maybe some pomegranate arils on top, would look very festive with the cilantro!!)

Weight down -- that pesky half pound and another half pound -- BUT there's still the annoying discrepancy between my weight at the Y on the balance beam scale (lower yet) and my weight on my digital scale at home (slower to budge). Oh well.

I'm trying not to focus on "a number" but rather more genuinely to work through the Beck determination over months to come as to what actually is "lowest achievable" versus "lowest sustainable" weight. Didn't do that last time: and when I'd hit "lowest achievable" and couldn't sustain it, stopped weighing at all. Not happening round two. Weighing every day: the good, the bad and the ugly. NO CHOICE!!



  
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SWEDE_SU 12/16/2014 4:13AM

    good job! your soup sounds yummy (sans chicken for my part). and very good job of weighing every day.

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_LINDA 12/15/2014 10:42PM

    emoticon on the weight loss.
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Wished i lived close to you for a sampler ;-)

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SLENDERELLA61 12/15/2014 2:01PM

    Congrats on the weight. Good job!!

As far as weighing daily, well, me, too. I'm weighing daily no matter what for the first time in many years. Although I know the arguments against doing it, I believe it is helping me.

Your soup sounds heavenly. It does make me a bit sad. There is no one who eats with me who likes spices. My hubby will always curl up his nose and say, "What is that taste?" Unless it is chili or italian food. He won't eat anything that he knows has bay leaf in it. Mid-eastern and Indian spices are out of the question. The kids like bland, very very bland. And my daughter has always been a very picky eater. And her husband is, too, only they eat different things. Sigh. In the big scheme of things, it truly is a little problem. Oh, well.

I'm really looking forward to you working out that lowest achievable vs. lowest maintainable weight. I'm still not got that worked out for sure.

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DSHONEYC 12/15/2014 11:47AM

    Hurrah for budging pounds...have found their way to me. Do you think there is only so many pounds in the world and pounds move from person to person in the ultimate "pay back" game?



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KANOE10 12/15/2014 9:09AM

    That sounds like a lovely spicy Morrocan soup..perfect for a winter day.
I am glad your scale is down..at least at the Y. Scales do vary.
You are doing great staying on track and weighing everyday. It has been a good tool for me. Have you tried www.weightgrapher.com? It is a good toll for your weight trends and an up day is balanced by overall trends.

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KALIGIRL 12/15/2014 8:42AM

    Here's to lowest number that makes you sing!
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NANCY- 12/15/2014 8:18AM

    That number has nothing to do with how you feel and how your clothing fits. You are attentive to your needs for a healthy lifestyle and that is what counts and that is how you roll. :)
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OVERWORKEDJANET 12/15/2014 6:30AM

    Gosh that sounds good. I finished making my zucchini soup for the week. I LOVE making my lunches in advance and also have learned to "turn down the volume" and am using smaller containers. I don't notice any parts of me complaining of hunger.

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PHEBESS 12/15/2014 5:54AM

    Soup sounds wonderful! I could even imagine a few slivered almonds on top if you need some crunch.

Art museum visit was a bit depressing - will blog soon. Just, well, war stuff. And American guilt, despite being against the war still feeling guilty on behalf of our country.

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KSNANA2 12/14/2014 10:54PM

    I keep myself supplied with homemade soups in the freezer also, and I have a bowl almost every day. DH, unfortunately does not care for them. So I still fix separate meals for him. But since my soup is already made it isn't so bad. I just have to cook for him. I have quite a few butternut squash I am using up from this summer. But when it's gone I think I will go to pumpkin! Yum!

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KRISKECK 12/14/2014 7:45PM

    That soup sounds absolutely delicious! ...I love a big pot of soup.... especially one with lots of interesting flavors. Wonderful!

I only use one scale, it would make me nuts to use more than one. I don't even like to get weighed at the doctor's office because hers always has me heavier than mine.

Thanks for the support on my blogs - appreciated!

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SHAWFAN 12/14/2014 7:33PM

    The soup sounds wonderful! Thank you for sharing.

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FUNLOVEN 12/14/2014 6:50PM

    It absolutely blows me away how you put those soups together! You must be an awesome cook. I watch the Food Network channel a lot and always lament that I wished I could cook like those chefs and just know how to throw ingredients and spices together.

Don't fret and sweat that weight! Sound like you holding steady to me. Good Job!!!

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GABY1948 12/14/2014 6:40PM

    That soup does sound GREAT! I like when you give the ingredients...you know I don't cook...much...never had anyone that cared to teach me...but this sounds pretty simple.

I have had a lifelong obsession with "the number" and I intend for this to be the END of that. But, I'm not at maintenance yet. I do like how I feel this time from Beck....more secure that I can do this this time (maintenance). But I won't weigh more than once a day nor less unless on a trip...I have the fear/obsession on both sides of ti. That's scary about the "lowest achievable weight" vs the "lowest sustainable" weight. I'll be watching you and am so glad you are ahead of me!

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ALIIDA 12/14/2014 6:11PM

    Picturing the soup in my mind's eye, and tasting it, too. Yum. And your determination on this round with Beck is awesome!

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SANDICANE 12/14/2014 4:05PM

    Oh yum...the soup sounds fabulous. I love that you make different soups for yourself every week....yummy, healthy, and filling!

Happy Sunday!

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MOVING_ARLENE 12/14/2014 3:51PM

    Smart lady for seeing what you're doing this time vs last time. And the soup sounds awesome!!

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JANTHEBLONDE 12/14/2014 3:01PM

    You're Moroccan Pumpkin Soup sounds absolutely delicious! I hope you have a fabulous Sunday!
Hugs and love,
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PHOENIX1949 12/14/2014 2:56PM

    emoticon and emoticon for all the Beck tidbits.

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ALICIA214 12/14/2014 1:12PM

 


, Nothing compares with homemade soup......


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PATRICIA-CR 12/14/2014 12:53PM

    Sounds like a very yummy soup!! Exotic flavors and healthy.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/14/2014 12:07PM

    Sounds awesome!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/14/2014 11:52AM

    emoticon I thought about you yesterday as I was chopping my veggies into my soup pot! Fills the house with the scent of flavors! Garlic, onion, and a whole bunch of other stuff! Parsnips, turnips, cabbage, a handful of snap beans, carrots, celery, diced tomatoes... which reminds me, I need to pull the pot out of the 'fridge and start it simmering to finish it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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