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Why exercise may not lead to weight loss . . .

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


This was a recent article in the Globe and Mail, and I found it confirms my own experience.

Even when intensity and duration of exercise was the same for a group of experimental subjects such that the average weight loss was 3.2 kg, some lost over 10 kg and other actually gained a little weight. Grrrr.

Apparently some of us are "responders" to exercise; their food-reward ratings don't change after a workout.

But others are "non-responders" who have a significant increase in desire for high fat and sweet food right after working out.

The factors are complex . . . but the research does indicate that exercise has a significant effect on weight loss only for some people.

What matters? Everybody improves fitness by exercise. The most important benefits of exercise don't show up on the scale.

Exercise for me improves my strength, my fitness, my toning, my mood: and I love the sociability of the gym. My gym is my "third place".

But exercise is not a significant factor for me in weight loss. In fact I've got to take care that I don't use exercise as an excuse to eat more . . . and more of the wrong foods. I'm more vulnerable to eating indiscretions after a workout! But I know that . . . so I can plan for that.

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TRYINGHARD1948 5/17/2012 6:15AM

    Lots of positives from exercising so if weight loss isn't one of them, no need to grieve, just relish those endorphins and a healthier, stronger body.

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CARRAND 5/16/2012 7:30PM

    I think exercise helps me to lose weight, although I'm not sure how much difference it makes. I lost 25 pounds while i was laid up with a broken ankle and couldn't exercise at all. One thing exercise does is get me out of the kitchen and away from food. Two hours at the gym is 2 hours i don't eat. I usually go to the coffee shop after my yoga or weight lifting for a decaf skim latte (140 calories) but I'm just as likely to get a latte even if I haven't been to the gym. I guess it's complicated. I know exercise makes me feel better, and the doctor says it has increased my HDL (good cholesterol).

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 5/16/2012 5:11PM

    Unfortunately unless the exercise study contains something about body composition, it's pretty much useless.

Because that's what exercise does. It changes your body composition. Not your weight. Which in the end is much more important than the tiny amount of calories it will burn relative to the number of them necessary to just keep you alive.

Do you really just want to lose weight? Amputate your leg. There. Done. You've just removed 40% of your weight.

No? Ok, how about we just stick tubes in our noses and lie around for a few weeks while 500 calories per day drip into our stomachs. You're guaranteed to lose weight. Mostly your muscles.

Oh. Wait, I didn't hear you, did you say you want to lose FAT? And keep the muscle? Oh, well, then why didn't you SAY so???

To do that you need to exercise. Specifically strength train.

And also eat right. (Yes, that means controlling your calorie intake. No matter how hard that is.)


So yeah, I'm not very interested in any of the "weight loss" methods and studies that ignore body composition. Because I'm interested in having the strength to DO stuff, and looking the part, too.

P.S. I hit the system with a whey shake or some kind of protein right after a session. Even if I don't feel like it. Syntrax nectar is convenient because you can just add water to the shaker bottle. If you have the urge for something sweet, that might make it go away.

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NANCY- 5/16/2012 2:52PM

    WTG on the thinking ahead and planning.
I loved Don's "you can't out-exercise bad food choices" It always seems to come down to choice. Planning helps us with our long term goals, not planning for me leads to immediate gratification.

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ID_VANDAL 5/16/2012 1:54PM

    This blog is spot on. My trainer has said the same thing over and over. Exercise is to get you healthy so you can be active in life but your nutrition is what gets the weight off.

If you just want to lose weight then your diet is the key but to have healthy life you need the right nutrition and exercise!!

Great link and thanks for that.



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CHRISTIE6625 5/16/2012 12:22PM

  Thanks for the link. I've been amazed how the pounds are coming off since I started couch to 5k. And that's only three times a week. After reading that article I realize that part of it is that after exercise I feel more motivated and optimistic about my ability to eat healthy and loose weight so I make really good food choices. Totally luck that my mind clicks that way and not the other way. Nutrition and motivation are so complicated.

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DOKEYOKEY 5/16/2012 9:52AM

    Yep, exercise brings its own rewards!

(And one of them isn't an excuse to eat more!)

Thanks for posting!


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DDOORN 5/16/2012 9:37AM

    This is a pet peeve of mine as I have proven to myself over and over again that you can't out-exercise bad food choices...!

So many newbies express such frustration over busting their butts with workouts and seeing no change in weight and I can never stress enough that while working out has wonderful benefits for our health (turning fat to muscle, losing inches, lowering cholesterol & blood pressure, boost in mood, etc.), weight loss is usually not one of them.

I know I get the very best results when I'm tracking my food diligently.


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DONNACFIT 5/16/2012 9:22AM

    Hi..great info..I know that when I do lots and lots of hard farm work it's hard not to overeat :(

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KALIGIRL 5/16/2012 8:14AM

    Cool - helps to understand triggers. Not a sweet or fat craver, so must be a responder?

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IPA-RAY 5/16/2012 7:54AM

    When I increase my exercise, I see no extra weight loss but when I can't exercise, I gain quickly. So I can't say exercising causes me to lose weight but I can definitely say that not exercising causes me to gain weight.

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MARATHON_MOM 5/16/2012 7:18AM

    This is very true for me.
I have been working out with weights 5-6 days a week, and doing cardio 4 or so days a week, and my scale barely moves. I see noticable changes in my body, so I am really not terribly concerned with what the scale says right now.
For me, working out is more about the way it makes me feel.

I have started eating on a schedule, to avoid any bingeing after a workout. Protein shake after my 3:30 am workout, (around 5am) breakfast 2 or so hours later after I get to work.

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/16/2012 7:06AM

    How interesting that here on Spark, it seems that one or another of my friends will post something I really needed to see "right now". In this case, as I start boosting my training activity for the triathlon in a couple of months, I'm NOT losing weight. I have upped my calorie range a bit, because I don't want to lose muscle while I'm doing this... but the scale is staying the course in maintaining the "new normal" that came after the Winter did its bit.

HOWEVER, I was just noticing my firmer thighs this morning. Yes! That's what the workouts are for, not the number on the scale, the ability to perform. And if a firmer set of thighs and a perkier bum come with it? Hey, who am I to complain?

Life is good. Exercise is good. The scale is (to quote the Borg) irrelevant. Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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    I'm actually the same way. It has to be about good nutrition and not just the exercise. Also, I've discovered that HOW I exercise significantly impacts weight loss. The more I stress my body the more it goes into survival mode and starts storing fat and craving life-saving carbohydrates. Its one reason I'm giving up long-distance running at this stage of my life and opting for 'gentler' activity like walking, swimming and biking.

Thanks for posting the article! I'm looking forward to reading it in more detail.

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PHEBESS 5/16/2012 6:31AM

    Yeah, some of us were designed for hard work in cold climates - so exercise elevates appetite which adds more body insulation. Not a good combo to fight all the time!

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SWAZY33 5/16/2012 5:50AM

    I've noticed this when I was sidelined and couldn't exercise. I actually lost weight at first but once the nutrition goes bad so does the scale!

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SALSIFY 5/16/2012 5:37AM

    Thanks for posting that article - it was really interesting. I've worked out already that I'm a non-responder. If I exercise too hard then I get really ravenous and usually end up eating too much. So what I do is exercise which isn't really too strenuous like walking 10k steps per day and cycling to work & the shops and the strength training dvds I use aren't too arduous.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 5/16/2012 4:04AM

    Thanks for that. I don't lose weight with exercise, and I do lose weight when I diet. But when I diet and exercise, I lose weight much more readily. The good feeling from the exercise helps to maintain my resolution when I am restricting my food. And I think it is important to build muscle, which you lose when you lose weight. Because you need the muscle to burn fat. It's all so complicated!

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ROOSTER72 5/16/2012 3:05AM

Having to cut back my exercise over the last few months (due to this cough) shows me that I need to exercise - for 2 reasons.

1. It lifts my mood . . . therefore less comfort eating
2. It increases the amount of food I can eat . . . . . therefore more satisfied, and less binging.

I miss it!

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_LINDA 5/16/2012 1:28AM

    I usually feel moderately hungry after a workout and eat my scheduled meal which I always find satisfying. As I have a high body fat % in spite of my weight loss, it would be easy to venture a guess my body uses carbs way more than fat to fuel my exercising. Trying to lower my body fat has been impossible for me. I guess that also points up to why its so easy for me to regain. But the bottom line really is calories are still the most important factor you simply can't eat more than you burn off.
This was an intersting article, thanks for bringing it to our attention. I really appreciate Spark friends who take the time to research interesting topics and share them with us :)

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I guess it shows that counting (food) calories is still important, eh?

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Three Years on Spark People!!

Saturday, May 12, 2012


Hard to believe . . . and it slipped past me . . . but May 10 marked my third straight year here on Spark.

At that point I was recovering from breast cancer surgery, waiting to start radiation treatment, and had permitted my weight to creep up from 155 to 172. Fifteen extra "pity party pounds". Still down from my original high of 230 in 2001. But I was determined to halt the trend right away: particularly because my cancer was the estrogen positive type that is most likely to recur with weight gain . . .

How lucky I was to find SparkPeople! This site turned out to be a great place to peel 'em off again, dip a little lower (142) and learn how to maintain: with the help of Susan Estrich (Making the Case for Yourself), Judith S. Beck (The Diet Solution); Steve Siebold (fatloser.com) and an absolutely dazzling array of Spark People resources: articles, exercises, recipes . . . . it's endless.

JOPAPGH joined the same week I did . . . and he's still here, going stronger than ever with his running and other fitness activities.

Others have come and gone . . . but regardless of the ebb and flow, it's the cast of thousands of amazing Spark People members which remains its greatest asset!!

Those of you who have helped me most and are still here do hear from me often . . . I won't name you for fear of missing any one of you, , but you know who you are.

I do most sincerely appreciate all of your support and all of your wisdom with this most difficult challenge of all: MAINTAINING!

I'm pretty sure it's never going to be "natural" or "easy".

I'm pretty sure I"m going to have to track what I eat every day for the rest of my slim life. (And thank you, SP, for the best and easiest to use Nutrition Tracker).

Too much trouble? No it's not. That's a sabotaging thought. Nutrition tracking takes about 3 minutes a day. That's all. Not as much trouble as lugging around all that extra weight 24/7.

And besides: I'm pretty sure that if I ever stop tracking, I'll balloon back up to 230 pounds in about 15 minutes!

Not happening. I'll be here next year. The year after. And the year after that.

And I will continue to maintain within my range . . . that's my commitment to me.

My commitment to Spark is to continue to offer to others whatever support I can that may be useful, paying forward all of the support so generously extended to me.

YAY SPARK!! What a remarkable worldwide community!!

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DONNACFIT 5/16/2012 1:03AM

    Sorry I'm late with Sparkaversary greetings...congrats on all your success...You are a great inspiration to me and one of my favorite Spark friends :)


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JOHAL52 5/15/2012 6:59PM

    Thanks for that wonderful blog Ellen! I did the Relay for Life on Friday-Saturday. I didn't realize that you were one of the people whose survival I was grateful for! But I am glad that you are!

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ID_VANDAL 5/14/2012 10:46AM

    Thanks to you for all you've done for me (and a lot of other people as well). You are a remarkable person and I'm glad to count you as a friend!

Keep up the good work.



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KALIGIRL 5/14/2012 8:47AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon too!

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TBANMAN 5/13/2012 11:03PM

    Happy Sparkversary! You're an inspiration.


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NANCY- 5/13/2012 2:12PM

    emoticon on third anniversary and all your successes!
The challenges you have faced have been met by you with grace and determination. You are an inspiration.
Keep On Sparking!!!!

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DBCLARINET 5/13/2012 6:47AM

    Yay! emoticon

I completely agree that the community is the biggest asset. The trackers are easy to use, the wealth of information is huge, but the community is what makes SparkPeople special.

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_LINDA 5/13/2012 1:19AM

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Happy, Happy 3rd Sparkaversary!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
I whole heartedly agree tracking is what is saving me from regaining. No excuses for not weighing and measuring and keeping myself honest. I have always enjoyed it actually, juggling around my food to see what I can fit in and trying to get the nutrient ratios right. I didn't lose my weight completely until I started tracking my food. That was the single most biggest change I made in my life that made all the difference.
Here is to many more happy maintaining Sparkaversaries!
Keep up the great work!!

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ADRIENALINE 5/12/2012 7:49PM

    Congrats on your 3rd anniversary. I'm chugging towards my first year but it is the best website for losing weight in the world so I plan to stick around forever.

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SALSIFY 5/12/2012 6:18PM

    Many congratulations on your third year spark anniversary! I've been here about 9 months but I can't ever imagine not being here. It's you and other maintainers managing to maintain their weight loss, in spite of all the difficulties, which I find so inspiring. Thank you for all of your wonderful blogs & the support you give to your friends. What a great place Sparkpeople is!


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TRAVELGRRL 5/12/2012 5:40PM

    Totally agree that Sparkpeople is an amazing site filled with amazing people. What a difference it's made in my life too.

Congratulations on your recovery from breast cancer and for keeping those pounds LOST!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 5/12/2012 4:59PM

    Congratulations on your success. I am really enjoying your blogs, I get a lot from them.

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PHEBESS 5/12/2012 4:19PM

    I'm glad you're here!!!!!!!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/12/2012 4:18PM

    Congrats on your emoticon Sparkversary!

emoticon emoticon I've learned a lot from you! And my Spark gets re-sparked every time it dims... Maintenance... the final frontier!

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

DH calorie count for today: 2231!!

Normal Shreddies type breakfast, with sugar and milk and coffee with sugar and a big orange.

And: that was without eating supper other than a granola bar.

So it was lunch, right? Oink oink oink. Cream of tomato soup. Chicken fingers and tater tots and a baked apple and a small portion of salad with a little bit of dressing. Right. Small. Just a little dressing. That's how he describes it! When he saw the chicken fingers calorie count, he wanted to put just a one-quarter serving into his tracker . . . .but I yelped derisively. Deep fried? Yup. Breading? Yup. So he entered the whole number.

(He was at a retirement home lunching with a client and some relatives. And holding forth about both SparkPeople and fatloser.com. While he ate. Because the others at the table said that they needed to lose 50 pounds. Two had grilled cheese, two were eating the same chicken fingers thing, and everybody had the tater tots of course. )

Those thirty four waist birthday jeans????? Well, he hasn't put them on today after work.

But my bet is: this indulgence will make no difference to DH's waist size OR weight. None at all.

Because: that's the way guy metabolism works.

And no, I'm not bitter. Not at all.

But I am giggling. And making small oink noises.

How come there are no pig emoticons???

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ID_VANDAL 5/13/2012 2:10PM

    Sorry about that (the guy's metabolism) but like DDoorn says I'm not sure mine works that way!! Of course I have years of very bad habits that I'm working on overcoming!!

I guess in the end we play the hand we are dealt!

Happy Mother's Day to you!



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PHEBESS 5/12/2012 4:22PM

    Yeah, DH is like that - three cookies for lunch, no problem. Breakfast dessert, no problem. Burger and fries, no problem.

Do that every day for a week, problem.

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WATERMELLEN 5/11/2012 10:16PM

    Weight watcher's whole wheat bagel, some lean chicken (not cheese), about one quarter pat of butter (heh heh) and a low cal hot chocolate with berries and fat free sugar free yogourt after golf . . . still significantly below my calorie range max for today!!

Hot dog, bun, milk . . . maybe a few more calories,but DH aka STUFFMUFFIN also carried his clubs (and I used a pull cart!!) And he also 240 under max range . . .

Yay both of us, actually . . . and what a gorgeous evening.

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TUFFMUFFIN 5/11/2012 9:15PM

    Looks like I'm the buttmuffin up here in Oink City. Just thinking about what I did not eat today. Such as the bagel and cheese--I don't know whether this includes butter--that DW (aka WATERMELLEN) is enjoying as I sit here 861 calories below my limit for the day. Do you think I should have one too?

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MOBYCARP 5/11/2012 9:03PM

    Here's the deal with guys: One indulgence like that, no big deal. Three in a week, problems. And it's so easy to make that indulgence a *habit*. I gained 3 to 5 pounds on underestimating pizza (I think) during tax training; but with a guy metabolism, the weight came back off when I went back onto maintenance discipline.

I know this isn't what you want to hear, but it can be hard to eat 3000 calories while eating good stuff. It's easy to do while eating junk, though. Stopping at 3000 while eating junk would be the problem.

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SALSIFY 5/11/2012 2:54PM

    I've got peanut envy & you've got the same with chicken fingers. It's so not fair. My dh has no idea what a calorie is & what food is or isn't calorific and he's the same slim self he was 15 years ago. But... looking on the positive side, it's better that he's thin than fat & needing urgent dietary intervention.

Thanks for commenting on my blog! x

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NOLAZYBUTT110 5/11/2012 12:48PM

    OINK OINK! Men are lucky, they can eat like a horse and still lose. G*d was so mean to create woman to put it on! Men to take it off! And woman not be able to take it off. MEAN MEAN, MEAN! I wish I could find a pig for you, but I think you already have one. lol lmao! lol

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SLENDERELLA61 5/11/2012 11:25AM

    Well, I wouldn't mind you having a pig emoticon, but SP is too positive a place for such a weapon!! Your hubby will survive a pig out or two. Your support for his healthy eating is important, I'm sure!!

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HISFIREFLY 5/11/2012 11:09AM

    Sneaky the way we can look at what we eat and try to NOT confess, isn't it?

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DDOORN 5/11/2012 9:49AM

    Well, that may be the way YOUR guy's metabolism works...*I*would beg to differ...lol!


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DONNACFIT 5/11/2012 9:37AM

    Yes..I sometimes could oink for me too..groan..when I work like a man I end up eating like a man but don't lose like a man :(


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ONEKIDSMOM 5/11/2012 6:45AM

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Yeah, I know about that guy metabolism thing. Like when my son did the research based on his body composition, activity level and height/weight and came up with he needed to eat 6000 calories a day (at that time) TO STOP HIMSELF FROM LOSING MUSCLE!

Or my brother, who is upping his maintenance range to start at 3000.

Sigh. While I maintain around 1500 - 1600.

Fair, no. Reality, yes! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Have a great today, and every day!

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_LINDA 5/11/2012 1:43AM

    *Whew* When I first read the title I thought maybe you had derailed. So it was hubby. Yes, of course it won't make him tubby, because he will burn it off in no time. Pretty much just has to move for it to drop off :-P
Might save some of those oinks for me -I have been going over my calorie range every day -struggling to cut that old cheese, I sometimes get too big a portion and I won't put it back lol. I am loving it a little too much!
Have a Fantastic Fat Free Friday!

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TRAVELGRRL 5/10/2012 10:29PM

    Unfortunately, many of us could eat like men but we sure don't lose like men!

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PUDLECRAZY 5/10/2012 9:49PM

Darn, I don't know why there is no pig emoticons. There is a chunky little groundhog, though.


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What I Didn't Eat Today!

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

I got up this morning and looked in the fridge and didn't eat the chocolate mousse cake left over from DH's birthday April 29. Ewwwwww. Time to throw it out, really. (He's not eating it either: but he IS fitting into his size 34 waist jeans, down 8 pounds. Looking very good!!)

And I didn't eat any full fat cheese, or peanut butter, or buttered toast with jam. (Had an omelette with low fat feta, asparagus and mushroom: less than 200 calories)

Went to an early morning meeting. Did not have a cinnamon bun or a giant blueberry muffin or a lemon Danish. All of which looked fabulous. Slid them across the table so they didn't smell quite so tantalizing. (Had a black coffee).

Stopped to pick up my newspapers at the convenience store. Did not buy a bag of potato chips, of course not. Did not buy a chocolate bar, of course not. Had a piece of gum.

Went to work, ate my salad with lean chicken and chopped fruit for lunch. (Did not eat even one Oreo from the bag sitting on the counter).

Went to a cocktail meet and mingle (business) at the end of the work day, which is arsenic hour for me when it comes to HUNGRY and had a plain clamato juice, no alcohol. No hors d'oeuvres either, and they looked terrific. Little crunchy things and yummy looking stuff on tasting spoons . . . and like that! Chatted, socialized, and left when it was getting unbearable!

Stopped at the drug store to pick up contact lens fluid. Did not buy a bag of potato chips, of course not. Did not buy a chocolate bar, of course not. Did not even think about it, or at least not very hard.

Went home, heated up in the microwave and enjoyed a bowl of "this week in soup": black bean and sweet potato, very spicy. Had fresh strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries with fat free sugar free Greek yogourt for dessert. Did NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT that chocolate mousse cake. Which is still there. Did have a low cal hot chocolate.

Did not eat any peanut butter. Or cheese.

There were quite a few other things which I DID NOT EAT.

My my my. Do I feel virtuous! And slim!! Now: what do I feel like wearing tomorrow????

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MEADSBAY 5/13/2012 9:46PM

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LOVED and 'liked' this blog.


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DOKEYOKEY 5/11/2012 8:20PM

    Wow! What a long recitation of what we are all exposed to every day. It's no wonder so many just give in.

Congratulations on enjoying the things that you like AND that like you!


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SWAZY33 5/11/2012 7:57AM

    Tempations ARE all around!
Congrats on that will power emoticon

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LISALGB 5/10/2012 7:19PM

    You Rock, girl!! What a successful day you have had! You have some serious willpower going on. I hope the rest of your week is as successful.
You've got this!!

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IMAGINE_IT 5/10/2012 6:02PM

    emoticonand Great job of saying "No' to all the 'extra food'. I am working hard on trying to be more disciplined....but i have realized that if i don't preplan...my day of eating is all over the place!

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_LINDA 5/10/2012 5:51PM

    WOW!! You take my breath away! What a will of iron!! That is fantastic!! I too, have a weakness for a big hunger snacking after coming home from the bridge club.
I have no idea how you could resist all those treats, especially at your hungriest time.
Sounds to me like the world is your oyster and you can do just about anything you set your mind to! Including getting to the weight you most desire. At this rate, its only a matter of time. Warming up the party platters -all delicious low fat low calorie miracle treats ;)

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DDOORN 5/10/2012 11:27AM

    What You Didn't Eat = All the Wonderful Clothes You Can Wear...! :-)


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NOLAZYBUTT110 5/10/2012 9:35AM

    I have never kept track of all the temptations I been exposed to, but I have slowly been trying to eliminate them from buying them. To me that is my beginning of how I have been denying myself. so far I have eliminated chips and my Mounds candy bars from my grocery list in exchange for pears and berries for sweets and am down to sugarless HOT chocolate, because I feel the need for chocolate. And I have been also eliminating many sugary treats from my diet! No cookies and cakes! To me its a start and it is already beginning to show.... each day I am slowly losing a .4 of a pound! Not fast enough for me. But I am begining to get some control over what I put in my mouth! Nice blog! susana

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PHEBESS 5/10/2012 8:29AM

    I bet you're wearing that leather pencil skirt, and feeling tall and slim!!!!!!

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DBCLARINET 5/10/2012 7:04AM

    Nice! Besides, would you really want to ruin your appetite for black bean and sweet potato soup with any of that other stuff (that soup sounds really good!)

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PUDLECRAZY 5/10/2012 6:47AM

    Woohooooo! Woot, woot. WOOT!

Virtuosity rules!

Wear whatever you like and look fabulous!

You go, Ellen!

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SALSIFY 5/10/2012 6:39AM

    You're such a star!

Your blog has inspired me to write about my battle with peanuts yesterday, thanks!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/10/2012 6:13AM

    emoticon What a lovely tour of a day of "abstinence"! Well done... and I LOVE the last line "what do I feel like wearing tomorrow". Kinda says a lot, there.

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ONEWEIGH 5/10/2012 12:56AM

    emoticonI've done that! It's amazing how much you can "not eat"! Today I didn't eat the probably stale tortilla chips left from yesterday's work potluck.

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ROOSTER72 5/10/2012 12:19AM

    It just shows how temptation is everywhere - if we let it get to us.
Great job today. Well done

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KLONG8 5/9/2012 11:15PM

    Well, today you're my hero! You rocked it all day long and under some pretty trying circumstances. Way to go....I'm going to try thinking like this too.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 5/9/2012 10:03PM


You did NOT eat about 10,000 calories, or something.


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STELLA4561 5/9/2012 9:45PM

    emoticon That's awesome! You avoided tons of temptations- keep it up!

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Delicious But I've Had Enough

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Last evening I was eating a bowl of airpopped popcorn with a drizzle of warmed lowfat peanut butter.

All planned, tracked, within my calorie range.

And: with at least a cup left in the bowl I realized: "This is delicious but I've had enough."

So: I put it down the garburetor before I could just sit there picking at it till it was all gone. Even though eating all of it would still have been well within my calories allowed. I didn't really want it. And I really didn't want to feel stuffed.

Big deal? Shouldn't be, should it. But I can't recall ever making this kind of decision before.

Abundance. Satiety. All done. I'm going to think about this experience over the next week or so and see if I can recapture it as appropriate.

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    Way to go GF . . . i like the "garburator" reference . . . new words,gotta love 'em. You deserve a big compliment on your good work. Keep it up!!

As always, Jan

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CRYSTALJEM 5/8/2012 1:12PM

    So great - congratulations! Listening to our body, following it's messages before we already begin to forget it. If you've done it once you can do it again.

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DONNACFIT 5/8/2012 12:17AM

    Congrats!! I think this is a wonderful break through!

Woohoo :)

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SLENDERELLA61 5/7/2012 9:13PM

    What a victory! That's the way to be in touch with your hunger-satiety. Very impressive. (We always called that thing a Dispos-All, but I suspect that is a brand name.)

Again, WAY TO GO!! You are thinking like a thin person! Your tight little maintenance range may just be getting tighter!!


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WATERMELLEN 5/7/2012 7:43PM

    I'm betting my American friends don't call it a garburetor . . . maybe a trash disposal??

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 5/7/2012 11:18AM

    You had me at the word "garburator." There is an awesome surf wave on the Ottawa River with that name.

Sorry, what were we talking about.???

hehe emoticon

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DDOORN 5/7/2012 10:12AM

    Whew...what a will of steel you have!


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SWAZY33 5/7/2012 8:44AM

    So proud of you for listening to your body!
It knows what it needs right?!

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KALIGIRL 5/7/2012 8:40AM

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Love the term 'garburetor' emoticon

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CARRAND 5/6/2012 8:07PM

    Wonderful! I need to practice that more often.

I never thought of putting peanut butter on popcorn. I'll bet that is really good.

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LISALGB 5/6/2012 7:57PM

    Sounds like a big deal to me!! I'm not sure I could have put it down. Way to go, girl!!
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ID_VANDAL 5/6/2012 7:03PM

    That is a great breakthrough. I think we were all raised to finish or clean our plates and breaking through that barrier is huge!!




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CANNIE50 5/6/2012 5:38PM

    For someone who never struggled with thinking of food as anything other than a pleasant form of fuel, it would not be a big deal. For people like us, it is indeed a notable moment (and I am happy for you - what a nice freeing feeling to embrace).

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TRYINGHARD1948 5/6/2012 4:55PM

    WooHoo, a turning point in your life when goals, body and mind are all in agreement. Definitely a day to be remembered and repeated. emoticon

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DBCLARINET 5/6/2012 4:16PM

    I have those moments far less than I would like, so when I do, it's like I won a victory when I didn't even know there was a battle being fought!

Just today, before a parade, my friend bought herself a cheeseburger, no bun, from a vendor. She ate about 7/8 of it, decided she was done, and threw the last two bites out. I'm the kind of person who thinks that because I bought it, I must eat every bite. Now I have double inspiration to re-think that broken philosophy.

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TRAVELGRRL 5/6/2012 3:34PM

    Wow, what an "aha" moment!

And the peanut butter-drizzled popcorn sounds awesome. Not anything I've thought of before!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/6/2012 1:39PM

    Congrats on ACTING on satiety! That IS huge! Whether it should be or not. emoticon

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PHEBESS 5/6/2012 12:16PM

    Brilliant move!!!

And this is a huge part of thinking like a thin person!!!!

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SALSIFY 5/6/2012 11:51AM

    I identify so much with this blog. I'm always surprised if I feel full enough to even think about not clearing my plate. I then have to rush outside & put leftovers in the dogs bowl before I change my mind & decide to eat it anyway!

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_LINDA 5/6/2012 10:30AM

    emoticon Well done!! That is amazing discipline!! I am sure I wouldn't have such self control and discipline.. Sounds like you have reached a milestone in your healthy lifestyle to me.. This is why you will be a success at maintaining and not letting the weight creep back on! You go girl!!!

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AUNTB63 5/6/2012 9:34AM

    emoticon job. I can relate to this and I know you felt the empowerment that this decision gave you........keep up the good decision making....we both know it makes a difference. emoticon

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