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Weight Loss Maintenance: low glycemic, moderate fat and protein diet

Tuesday, July 03, 2012


Interesting article which confirms what I know about my own adventures in weight loss maintenance: it's not just about the calories, it's about ensuring my carbs are low glycemic and that I get enough protein and some (good) fats within my calorie range.

Last night's dinner after golf: grilled salmon and romaine salad with carrots, tomatoes, and cucumber in a curried pineapple dressing.

A glass of rose wine. Such a beautiful colour in the light from the setting sun!

And, yeah, a couple of DH's french fries! Really: just a couple.

But no dessert from the menu.

Because I remembered that there was some rhubarb in the fridge (prepared with Splenda). And after that, I had a cup of low cal hot chocolate.

Good enough.

I'd hoped for a marsh kayak tonight under the full moon: but it's been cloudy and thundering here. Maybe next month, in August!

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DOKEYOKEY 7/5/2012 10:56AM

    I am swooning thinking about the beautiful rose wine in the slanting rays of the setting sun. Gorgeous!

I'm a big fan of healthy fats, too -- avocados and coconut oil are my two mainstays!

Thanks for sharing!

P.S. I worry about the health implications of spelnda. Check it out and see what you think. ...http://www.livestrong.com/articl

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ID_VANDAL 7/4/2012 2:31PM

    Thanks for the link. That was interesting and confirms what a lot of us suspected if didn't know.

Your dinner sounds great. I love a good glass of Pinot Noir with a salmon dish!

Take care!



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DDOORN 7/4/2012 11:57AM

    More thoughts related to your article from Gary Taube's latest:


"the trial suggests that among the bad decisions we can make to maintain our weight is exactly what the government and medical organizations like the American Heart Association have been telling us to do: eat low-fat, carbohydrate-rich diets, even if those diets include whole grains and fruits and vegetables."

Your kayak outing sounds wonderful...! Hoping to "get me some of that" later this summer now that I know my neighbor has some kayaks to share and a lot of experience with them! :-)


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NANCY- 7/4/2012 9:50AM

    Quality is important.
WTG on nourishing your body and your soul. Kayaking by the full moon sounds heavenly.

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KALIGIRL 7/4/2012 9:05AM

    Way good enough!

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    Great, that does it. My DH has blood sugar issues (type 2). I have so many cook books for low glycemic recipe ideas. I'm going to pull them out of the drawer to refresh my routine. I find that I easily get back into a "rut" of eating. I can endure it longer than my DH but he keeps me looking for new things to try. The recipe books have a lot of good ideas.

It's funny, when he was found to have the "sugar" problem, it was almost with pity that the diagnosis was given but in reality, eating like a diabetic is the healthiest way for all of us to eat. . . . SP teaches us that, thanks for reminding us . .. I'm inspired . . !

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TBANMAN 7/3/2012 11:17PM

    Thanks for the article. It does seem quite intuitive, doesn't it?

It also explains why, after losing 30+ pounds, I seem to be way hungrier now than I ever was when I was overweight. My body's tireless efforts to regain a cushion I guess - both literally and figuratively. ;)

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_LINDA 7/3/2012 9:13PM

    Oh my, I am envious!! That dinner sounds fantabulous!!!! I LOVE rhubarb stew, that would be better than any dessert on the menu, if I even had room after that delightful supper.
Sorry about the kayak -that would have been heavenly!!! The weather sure has been wild and whacky right across Canada this year :( Bad weather on Canada Day long weekend has always been a given here though :P
I always try to get my range of nutrients that Spark's tracker recommends -it does work...
Have a good week!!

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PHEBESS 7/3/2012 8:54PM

    I read that too - my current fave dinner (due to hot weather and 4 hours grouting each morning) has been diced cold chicken breast, diced apple, slivered almonds, and just enough salad dressing to hold it together. All for under 400 cals!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/3/2012 8:16PM

    Thanks for the link to this article. Sounds like what I've experienced, too. The whole grains just fill me up better and stay with me longer. Fiber may be part of it, but the glycemic index seems relevant, too. I don't always get enough of those good fats, but I try and am going to try harder.

Hope you get your marsh kayak under the full moon next month! -Marsha

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TRAVELGRRL 7/3/2012 8:14PM

    With that kind of dinner, maintenance seems very possible. YUM.

I'm not a dessert eater; those overly-sweet, ridiculously expensive restaurant desserts don't tempt me in the least!

Thanks for the article.

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I am Canadian!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

It's the July 1 weekend coming right up. Got my big red and white flag flying on the verandah, breaking out my red and white golf outfit!!

Sing it, Canadians!

"I am Canadian",

in English


or in French!!


And all Spark Friends so inclined from wherever you live . . . Canada's a state of mind.

So accept your honourary appointment as a Canadian du jour if you choose, and sing along with us!!

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LISALGB 7/1/2012 10:52AM

    Happy Canada Day!!

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DONNACFIT 7/1/2012 12:52AM

    Happy Canada Day...love it!!

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NANCY- 6/30/2012 7:22PM

    Wishing you wonderful weather for a Happy Canada Day!

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SLENDERELLA61 6/30/2012 3:56PM

    Happy Canada Day!! You have a wonderful country. You and your countrymen are good citizens of the world!! -Marsha

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ID_VANDAL 6/30/2012 12:02PM

    Hey thanks for that. I think Canada is simply one of the best countries in the world and I'm glad we're neighbors!

I think I will take advantage of your offer and just be a Canadian for a day!!



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DOKEYOKEY 6/29/2012 9:02PM

    Happy Canada Day, neighbor! emoticon

Kathleen (in Vermont)

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TKADEEPBREATH 6/29/2012 6:47PM

    Happy Canada Day!! I have many Canadian friends as I travel often to Montreal on business. It's an awesome city with great people.

Hope you get to do something really fun for your long holiday weekend.


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IMAGINE_IT 6/29/2012 2:29PM

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Beautiful country...with awesome people emoticon
Happy Canada Day!!

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CARRAND 6/29/2012 12:15PM

    Yeah Canada!

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PHEBESS 6/29/2012 11:01AM

    Oh Canada!!!!!!!!

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CWHEATLEY 6/29/2012 9:03AM

    Happy Canada Day to you too! I'm from PEI. Enjoy the holiday!

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BEATLETOT 6/29/2012 8:53AM

    Days I wish I were Canadian...becoming more and more frequent! =) Happy Canada Day!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 6/29/2012 7:42AM

    Happy Canada Day!

I'll be celebrating it IN CANADA on the shore of the Madawaska, as the first evening of my week kayaking up there. Woot!

(And yes since I'll be there ALL WEEK, that means I'll be in Canada for Canada Day, but not the US for July 4th. LOL)

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KALIGIRL 6/29/2012 7:38AM

    Honored to be a 'honourary appointment as a Canadian du jour'!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/29/2012 6:42AM

    Nice video... Happy Canada Day to all my Spark-friends to the North! And I'll be honorary for a day, sure. Thinking a few degrees of latitude might help with the heat?

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DDOORN 6/29/2012 6:16AM

    You have MUCH to be proud of up there in Canada...! You are the envy of many an American! :-)


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TRAVELGRRL 6/29/2012 5:08AM

    While I am American my forebears were Quebecois! So I too sing proudly for Canada!

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_LINDA 6/29/2012 1:17AM

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Its GREAT to be a Canadian!!
Rock your long weekend!!

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CRYSTALJEM 6/28/2012 10:38PM

    Feeling very red and white myself this weekend! Enjoy to the fullest. Happy Canada Day on the 1st!

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    That song brought tears to my eyes.
What a wonderful thing that a country can "join hand to hand" in diversity!
I am across the lake in Ohio, but Canada holds a very special place in my heart!
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LEFTHANDLUKE 6/28/2012 10:09PM

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Taking Time to Celebrate

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

DH aka TUFFMUFFIN and I recently celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary . . . with a few days away together, revisiting the little town where we'd spent our honeymoon.

It was so much fun! Lots of laughter and reminiscing, some golf, some birdwatching and hiking, a few glasses of wine here and there . . .

Yup, I'm ready to sign up for another 33 years!!

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CARRAND 6/28/2012 6:46PM

    Congratulations! A good marriage is a wonderful thing.

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BLUESKY_321 6/28/2012 6:59AM

    Congratulations! Having a such a special person to share your life with is a blessing indeed!

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SCOOTERGIRLOZ 6/28/2012 5:32AM

    Congratulations. Many more happy years to come!

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SLENDERELLA61 6/27/2012 8:00PM

    How beautiful!! Congrats to both of you.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 6/27/2012 6:02PM

    Congratulations on the 33 wonderful marital years! Its not alway a thing you see much of these days with the divorce rate so high! Hope you get 33 more too! susana

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ID_VANDAL 6/27/2012 1:11PM

    Congrats on 33!! The most telling comment though is that you are willing to sign up for another 33 years! That pretty much says it all and I'm glad for you!

Take care!



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PHEBESS 6/27/2012 10:49AM

    Congrats and happy anniversary and mazel tov!!!!!

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DDOORN 6/27/2012 9:14AM

    Woo hoo to YOU!

Have a blast! :-)


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IMAGINE_IT 6/27/2012 7:57AM

    emoticon on your 33rd wedding anniversary emoticon
The way it looks I will never make it to 33yrs....unless i find a good man....TODAY.... emoticon
I admire couples who have been married a long time...that means they didn't "just throw in the towel'...so to speak...when things were rough!
Celebrate!! Enjoy!! Wishing you the Best for the next 33years emoticon

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NANCY- 6/27/2012 7:18AM

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I told my sweetie of 32 years, the first 50 years were mine, then he could do whatever he wanted. :)

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TRAVELGRRL 6/27/2012 6:50AM

    Congratulations to both of you! What an awesome accomplishment.

AND, thanks for the reminder -- my parents' 59th anniversary is ... TODAY!!!!


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Here is to many more anniversaries and happy, happy times!

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JO88BAKO 6/26/2012 10:32PM

    Congrats!! Sounds like fun! We are celebrating our 34th in a couple of days. Here's to 33 more years to you!

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Eating Disorders at 50++

Friday, June 22, 2012

Yes, I track my nutrition every day . . . fitness too. And no, I don't think I have an "eating disorder". Really.

But the social pressure to stay slim and attractive at 50+, 60+ and even 70+ is apparently triggering lots of eating disorders for women. It's not just teens and early twenties who succumb to anorexia and bulimia.

At some level, we're all supposed to look like Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, Susan Sarandon. Yeah, right.

But still, none of these celebrity women is a size 2: probably more like a size 6 or an 8 . . .

And, frankly, I think that's doable, realistic, and healthy. For many of us. In this age bracket.

It's tough, however, to be surrounded by a population 2/3 of which is overweight and obese, but to look into the mirror and still feel somewhat dissatisfied with the body reflected there. Plus at most social gatherings of people in my age group, there is considerable covert criticism of those who are not overweight or obese: considerable covert criticism of those who do politely decline to overconsume the fatty and high calorie foods on offer. I was at a retirement do last week where most of the people in the room could have (ahem) shed a few pounds . . . and there was a lavish buffet of foods on offer, none of which are part of my eating program. I ate and drank nothing. Socialized. Went home to my pot o' soup (minestrone) and Greek yogourt and fresh berries.

Reflecting a bit on all of this: first of all, it would help to be content with what's achievable. Lowest sustainable weight, rather than lowest achievable weight. For me, I'm reluctantly concluding, that middle number 3 (although last summer it was achievable) may not be sustainable. Perhaps the 142 size 6-8 I am sustaining is the best I can do.

And at the same time, I've got new resolve to stick with the program of tracking and weight maintenance . . . because I'm not going to join the majority. No matter how much social pressure there may be to just give up and be fat in some sort of weirdly "age appropriate" manner.

Not healthy. Not attractive.

Not. Happening.


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MOONSTORMER 7/3/2012 1:25AM

    wow! love the post - changes have to be sustainable because going to do this FOREVER! thanks!

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/2/2012 1:33PM

    Wow! What a fascinating blog. I never really thought about the pressure of maintaining an idyllic physical form would span well into my 70s?! Like dangit. I was looking forward chowing down on some pie every morning... Oh well.

Good for you for forgoing the buffet. It is very difficult to do. Any you rocked it! I have definitely noticed the judgment and acrimony that refusing food can receive. Crazy world, it is.

I love your resolve and fiestiness though :)

Focusing on one's "Lowest sustainable weight" is genius. Happy summer!


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M77355 6/29/2012 11:14AM

    Great post!

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DDOORN 6/25/2012 10:11AM

    Kudos again to your "Not. Happening" successes! We all have our personal responsibilities for food and activity choices, however swimming upstream against forces such as these:


Is a formidable task for all of us!


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NOLAZYBUTT110 6/24/2012 2:11AM

    I am with you..... sustainable versus achieveable weight loss..... as for losing you may want to know peas and carrots are loaded with SUGAR, so eat more green veggies and eliminate some of those carrots or at least cut down on them (for they are loaded with caroteen, good for the eyes!) But ... Peas are what I ate when I needed to put the weight on, full starchy / laden calories those veggies! Eat more green veggies, they are the least sugar/ starch contented veggies! Hope your maintaining your weight! But do have some sweets and keep your caloric intake within a 300 calaoric loss; becasue if you go below that, your body will suspect your starving yourself and put the weight on! ( Knowing your calorie intake is a good thing to know.) The body knows what amount to eat but choosing wisely those calories. I know I can get away with eating a whole candy bar a day if I remember to eat certain foods or herbs which negates that intake. Taking ginger will prevent your body from absorbing certain natural veggie fats. Dont think you can live without any nutrient, the body needs certain amount of fat, sugar and protein! Knowng your bodies needs does help. I take magnesium when I know I have over eaten too many of those foods/ sweets. Eliminating some fats also helps me maintain my weight and still have a little sweetness in a meal. I eat at least one to two Mounds candy mini bars a day. You get a certain amount of protein and fat and sugar in them; the fat in a Mounds candy bar is a healthy fat! (I eat a mini bar a day and it keeps the hunger and desire for sugar away! Having protein in a candy bar helps hold off hunger. (My trick to maintaining is eating two big meals a day and a couple of snacks in between each day! I lose slowly but its a gradual loss and it does help. Sleeping 8 hours a night also helps. But if you cant do that , drinking MORE water does help you to flush out sugar if you drink while you eat! I also eat more protein every other day and less carbs those days. It has helped me stay about the same weight despite eating a mini Mounds bar! lol (I cant go a day without some sweetness or I feel deprived and moody!) Hope your doing well, susana

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NUMD97 6/23/2012 8:21PM

    Nicely written. I'm going to have to give a lot of thought to what is a sustainable, rather than merely achievable, weight, once I get down to those numbers.

I have a long way to go yet, so there is sure to be a lot more pondering about this whole project.

Time tells all.

Thanks for the informative and thought-provoking post.

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TKADEEPBREATH 6/23/2012 6:19PM

    I have a friend that had one of the nicest figures a woman could have years ago but has gotten very overweight. She says she just doesn't have the "energy" to loose the weight. I don't understand that thinking. I guess she has become overwhelmed with it but it seems like every conversation comes back to her weight. There are other issues that I won't mention here but I feel sorry for her. Keeping things under control all starts with our decisions. If we don't make decisions to improve with a plan to actually follow through, we can't hope to change. There really are no short cuts, but you know that all too well.

Great blog, healthy is the only way to go . . . and I'm with you.

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IMAGINE_IT 6/23/2012 9:53AM

    Very good blog Ellen! Not eating at a social gathering 'because it wasn't what you would prefer to eat' was a great decision. I used to feel pressured to eat or at least taste most of the things that the host would offer..but no longer!!
I was at training from work the other week and there was a chinese buffet..i looked over the items and saw nothing that appealed to me...but maybe the few broccoli pieces that were hidden by sauce and lots of weird looking meat??!! I sat back down and waited while everyone in the room ..about 60people ate their way through the buffet...some more then once..or twice...i felt good about my decision...what is so funny..later..when the training was over...and the buffet was long gone....i heard so many people complaining about ' how awful the food had tasted'...REALLY???!!! Wow....
but that used to be me.....eat...eat..just because it was there!!
About 'sustaining the size you are at now'.....i think it is a good decision to stay at the weight you are comfortable with....somehow i think that our body will let us know 'this is good'..'this is it'...and after that comes the maintenance...which by the way i still haven't reached..sighs...but you have..and you ARE looking good Lady!!!
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ONEKIDSMOM 6/22/2012 6:35PM

    You're working your way through some of the same issues I am. I like the phrase about "sustainable"... I am indeed back in the lower half of the 120's after being "in training" for my triathlon, but I suspect that without this level of athleticism I'd be drifting back to the upper half.

I just want to be fit and able, not a specific size. I just want to be healthy. Yet I cannot help looking at the loose skin and feeling... wistful... had I never carried excess poundage, it might not be there? There's some good muscle tone under it, but that skin is NOT going to shrink, having sustained the loss for two years already.

I'm with you: resolved to stick with the program. To enjoy the benefits of feeling good, for as long as I can. Age is just a number. Weight is just a number. I bypass the "treats" because they no longer seem like treats to me.

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    1. All women are beautiful.

2. All ages are beautiful.

3. Almost all celebrities of all ages have had "work done", and their faces were not the only locations for said "work". (It makes me so sad that they were made to feel like they should cut their bodies open to appeal to others.)


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VHALKYRIE 6/22/2012 2:29PM

    It really is a darned if you do, darned if you don't, no matter what your age. When I was overweight, there was subtle criticism that I was lazy, or lacked willpower to avoid hamburgers and ice cream. When I lost weight, there was subtle criticism that I was starving myself and I should eat more hamburgers and ice cream because 'I could afford it'. Oh well, it's my body, and I'm the one that has to live in it!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 6/22/2012 2:19PM

    The Boomers hitting those ages grew up with Twiggy. Eating disorders have been part of that generation since they hit puberty. One of my siblings still battles bulimia, at the tender age of 60+

I agree that you need to do what you need to do to stay happy with how you are.

...and yet I must admit that sometimes there are similarities between weight maintenance and eating disorders...

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SLENDERELLA61 6/22/2012 1:31PM

    Great blog! I read that article about eating disorders in older women. Well, I'm not worried about me or you. I spend time planning and tracking and exercising, but totally believe it is appropriate and necessary for me (and you) to live at a healthy weight.

Good for you for turning down the unhealthy food at the party. I probably would have taken a bite or two, drunk water, and like you, tried to emphasize the socializing. That is another option. But I do find sometimes that that technique seems to get me craving more. So perhaps it is better to just forego it altogether.

Best wishes on finding that sustainable weight. I'm doing the same thing with the 2/3 that you are doing with the 3/4 -- you are many inches taller than I. Today it was a 2, but it sure is hard to make it stay a 2. I'm still trying, but know that living with a middle 3 is still healthy for me.

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_LINDA 6/22/2012 11:58AM

    WELL DONE Ellen!! That is fantastic!!! Never give in or give up! That is why you rock at maintaining! I think you are at the right weight if you are happy with how you look, how energetic you are and how healthy you feel. The number on the scale or the size of the clothing isn't important, YOU are.. While I may be unhappy with my 'pot' and think my hips are too big, when I see myself in my nice clothes reflected in a window, I see a trim older female, no excess weight, so what ever it says on the scale is only a reminder or check to make sure the weight isn't increasing. The fact that I am size 8 is okay with me (I am smaller petite in the upper body). So you have to ask yourself, how important is that 3 on the scale? How do you feel about yourself now?
Have a fabulous Friday!

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JOHAL52 6/22/2012 11:54AM

    Well said Ellen! I have been thinking along similar lines. When I went to Curves this week for my check-in, the counsellor said that I am not fat at all. But I "feel" fat because I weigh 14 pounds more than I did four years ago and I fit size 10-12. I remind myself that I am very pear shaped and that even when I DID weigh 14 pounds less I was STILL a size 10. And compared to most of the people around me I am positively skinny. Still I am going to stick to my resolve to bring my body fat % down and stop any binging. And, like you, that means that I will be tracking my food and exercise. I don't consider it a body disorder, I consider it body self-care.

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PHEBESS 6/22/2012 9:33AM

    Way to go, Ellen!!!!

I totally understand what you're saying about lowest sustainable weight - it took me years to realize my bone structure would never let me go below probably size 8 or 10 - even if I were only skin and bones, I simply couldn't get any smaller. We all have to know what each one of us can achieve and then maintain - and feel healthy and happy at that weight!

I have to add, while I'm about a size 16 at the moment, at my school that's kind of SMALL!!!! I went to a retirement do on Wednesday, and I had the smallest plate - one piece of salmon, some rice pilaf, tons of salad, some coleslaw (taken from the top so the creamy sauce was mostly drained out). And I was the ONE AND ONLY person who did NOT fill a to-go container to take more home!!!!! I don't understand this - when I was size 20 or so (and some of these women are larger than that) I wasn't piling my plate sky high, nor was I taking home enough for two more meals. I truly don't understand the super-sizing meals!

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NANCY- 6/22/2012 9:19AM

    Wow you are impressive. Not eating or drinking anything! I admire your resolve to stay healthy. Doing what you need to do for you and not being a lemming is an admirable trait. Assessing what your needs are and then following through. Our needs change over time and You are spot on by reviewing what your current needs are.

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CRYSTALJEM 6/22/2012 8:56AM

    And the best you can do is probably where you should be I think. I really like your blog - real and sensible. It's all someone else's numbers and ideas. We've got to quit striving for this "shape" and this "size" or magic "number".

What we really deep down need (and I hope want) is to be our "healthy" weight. We won't be totally happy with ourselves until we stop trying to meet goals that are unrealistic for ourselves. One shape, size or number does NOT fit all, and nor should it.

Hard to do, but when I see people who have achieved it, I see their true beauty shine through and I'm not kidding.

Have a great day and weekend! CJ

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Tomorrow's salad:

2 cups of mesclun
1 small raw beet, chopped
5 baby carrots, chopped
3 sugar snap peas, chopped
4 green beans, sliced
2 radishes, sliced
1 small yellow sweet pepper, chopped
6 grape tomates
half a small avocado, peeled and diced
3 ounces of sliced chicken breast, chopped
curried pineapple salad dressing (in the fridge at work)

Tomorrow's fruit:

third cup diced pineapple
small peeled and sliced kiwi
5 fresh cherries
half a cup of frozen mixed berries (blackberries, raspberries, blueberries)
third cup of frozen diced mango

I've eaten salad and fruit pretty much every working day for lunch for about 10 years or more . . . change up the veggies, change up the dressings, change up the lean proteins, change up the fruit: but the concept stays the same. Always bright and cheerful.

And: I'm still really enjoying it. Total calories generally ring in about 500: that's my biggest meal of the day.

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DONNACFIT 6/21/2012 11:10PM

    yum yum!!

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FREELADY 6/19/2012 11:06PM

    Wow, what a delightful habit. I am inching in that direction. thanks for inspiring me!

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TRAVELGRRL 6/19/2012 2:07PM

    4 green beans? 6 grape tomatoes?

I get really anxious when I have all that produce languishing in the fridge! I would probably use half the variety but twice as much of each veggie. But it works for you, and that's the main thing!

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_LINDA 6/19/2012 9:44AM

    Wow!! That sounds fantastically yummy!!! I have to admit, never heard of mesclun.. That dressing sounds heavenly -do you make your dressings or find them in the stores? My big meal of the day is my breakfast, can't get going without my fuel for the day..
To be able to eat the same thing for ten years must mean you are fantastically inventive in changing ingedients up to make sure it never gets old -well done!!
Keep up the great work!

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KALIGIRL 6/19/2012 8:05AM

    That's just plain cool!

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NANCY- 6/19/2012 7:55AM

    Sounds yummy! Now I'm desiring fresh and tasty.
How do you keep or use the other half of the avocado? That curried pineapple salad dressing sounds divine.. did you make it?
Keep on Sparking!!!

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TKADEEPBREATH 6/19/2012 7:39AM

    I have to admit, my habits aren't as good as yours. But if you keep writing and sharing your menu, I'll keep reading and getting inspired.

Sounds so refreshing . . . still not at work today but on the mend.

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PHEBESS 6/19/2012 6:08AM

    This is my fave time of the year - all the fresh produce is so wonderful! I've polished off the cherries and strawberries, but there are blueberries to go with my morning cereal. Yum!

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DBCLARINET 6/18/2012 10:34PM

    Curried pineapple dressing? That sounds divine! Is it a recipe, or did you buy it? I think the right dressing makes or breaks the salad; I got served a salad on a gig a week ago that was something citrusy, and even though it was just a mess of greens with some carrots, tomatoes, and dried cranberries, it tasted so amazing and refreshing that I ate mine and finished the plates of everyone at the table who were too picky to eat the whole thing!

Salad for lunch has been my M.O. for long enough that one person at work calls me "Salad Girl." It's my favorite lunch.

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MEADSBAY 6/18/2012 9:38PM

    I do about the same thing- change it up enough to never be bored with it.

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ONUTHIN125 6/18/2012 9:25PM

    emoticonWhen I am at school everyday I eat the same thing:
Small size of cottage cheese-Breakstone
100 cal pack of nuts
Some type of fruit
This combo comes in at around 300 calories and I never have to wonder what I am having for lunch. Even though the school lunches taste good-they do nothing for my figure! Spark On! emoticon

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