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Changing it Up: Maintaining Fitness

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Maintenance is about more than maintaining weight loss.

Moby Carp has a recent great blog about maintaining motivation for fitness:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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As he points out, at some point it can't be about "improving fitness" so much as maintaining the fitness which for most of us has been so hard-won. And (if we "ordinary" non-professional athletes who have "day jobs" are to protect ourselves from injury ) it's likely about maintaining our highest sustainable level of fitness rather than pursuing ever higher achievable fitness for some particular competition. For me running will always be my first love: but my past history of running 10 km a day every day was . . . unwise. That turned out to be a higher level of fitness than I could sustain without grinding out my hip and knee joints. Grrrrr.

So now it's compromise. (Do we call it compromise, or do we call it getting wise: anyone remember the source of that song lyric? I can't find it by googling . . . . ).

And for me what helps is . . . changing it up. Summer golf; winter cross-country skiing; year-round gym, but with a seasonal menu of different activities (cardio, strength training, flexibility, balance) while I'm at the gym.

I've recently been switching from the elliptical cross trainer to the rowing machine for my cardio. The rowing machine DOES tell me I'm burning fewer calories but that's okay. (And my perceived rate of exertion tells me otherwise anyhow.)

One big disadvantage over the elliptical: I can't read on the rowing machine! But rowing really cranks up the full body cardio immersion: legs, back, abs, shoulders, arms! And it puts me into a bit of a meditative trance.

I'm liking it. For now. And I'm conscious that for me changing it up is part of maintaining my highest sustainable fitness . . . . yeah!

  
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CRYSTALJEM 10/1/2012 12:20PM

    I like changing it up too. If I don't, I find I just slack off, can't even blame boredom... I just get blase about it. Now.. off to mediate and run before I have to undo my posts that said I was about to do this stuff! Have a great day! CJ

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NOLAZYBUTT110 9/28/2012 5:19PM

    Give me the ability to walk ( over walking on a treadmill any day) machines give me the willies! and I will say good if your maintaining, but if we dont change were not working that hard. lol. Glad your maintaining. Keep at it. Change is good! susana

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STARDUSTD 9/27/2012 11:53PM

  Are you still able to run at all?

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TRYINGHARD1948 9/27/2012 8:59PM

    And remember to stretch. I've found flexibility is so important as we grow older.

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PHEBESS 9/27/2012 9:05AM

    Enjoying the fitness component is important - it makes it easier to keep doing it! So whether it's skiing, golfing, swimming, kayaking, running, etc. doesn't really matter as much as that we keep doing it!

And rowing should build great upper body strength!!!

For me, walking will always be my fall-back cardio - and maybe it isn't as "cardio" as running, but after two knee surgeries (I tore out a knee in a bad fall after a hurricane) running just isn't an option. And I figure 5 to 8 mile days makes for pretty good cardio. (I'm built for endurance, not speed.)



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DDOORN 9/27/2012 9:05AM

    I'm a big elliptical fan in the fitness center and like you, I switch it up with the rowing machine now & then. Cycling in better weather and HOPEFULLY (c'mon Mother Nature...serve up some ski-able SNOW this year!) cross country skiing in the winter. Throw in some swing dancing, walking, sometimes with Nordic Poles and my once a year focus on jogging for one of our local 5Ks. Would love to take the "plunge" with kayaking and now that my son has caught this "water bug" I could see myself doing more of this in the future.

Don

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NANCY- 9/27/2012 8:46AM

    Changing it up is my game. I heard something about muscle memory, so giving my body a change of pace helps keep things fresh and presents different challenges. when I return to an activity I use my muscles in a new way.

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KALIGIRL 9/27/2012 8:16AM

    Getting wise indeed - just started back to the circuit and am amazed @ the strength I lost just over the summer - maintenance is so important - use it or lose it is true!

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VALERIEMAHA 9/27/2012 8:11AM

    I don't change as much as others, but I definitely do a seasonal change, since my aerobic resource of choice is my bicycle, and I'm slightly wussy (no rain, snow cycling). Since I don't "do" the gym these days, my options are more limited. Soooo...for winter Ta-DAAAA! I just got my eBay-won Cellerciser mini-trampoline that will be my bad weather aerobic alternative. Trying to keep at it!!!

Thanks for your always thoughtful and thought-provoking blogs!


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MISSUSRIVERRAT 9/27/2012 8:00AM

    Thanks for sharing this idea. I normally keep trying to take everything to the next level. Sustainability is an important concept.

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KANOE10 9/27/2012 7:47AM

    great idea on changing it up and adding new fitness goals. I use the elliptical..but not you have got me curious about the rowing machine!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/27/2012 7:45AM

    Oh, my goodness, you've made me remember many of the things I love about the rowing machine... guess what might make it back into the cross-training mix? That meditative state? Priceless!

Thanks for sharing some inspiration!

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SLENDERELLA61 9/27/2012 7:41AM

    Love this blog!! I'm still achieving new fitness goals, but there will come a time when it is maintenance. You are helping me get ready for that point. Gee, my gym doesn't have a row machine. I do like to try lots of different things and when I get the chance to row, I'll try it! Keep up that fitness!!

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JOHNMARTINMILES 9/27/2012 7:17AM

    Changing it up and keeping it interesting. That is what it is all about.

Make Today a Great Day!

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Cardio, Strength Training, Flexibility, Balance

Monday, September 24, 2012

The four "components" of fitness?

We've gotta have strong hearts to pump blood around our bodies and strong lungs so we can breathe: that takes "cardio".

We need to build the muscles of our arms and legs and shoulders and backs and abdomens and yeah, all of those, by lifting weights: that's "strength training".

And we've gotta stretch after cardio and strength training to sustain our "flexibliity".

Plus engage those core muscles to ensure stability and "balance".

So . . . all of this is about the body. But it's also more than that. It's metaphorically what we want for ourselves as human beings.

We want to approach life whole-heartedly and to inspire ourselves with every breath.

We want to be strong and courageous.

We know we have to compromise and be flexible to accommodate those around us and to accommodate all of the contingent circumstances of our lives. We've got to keep stretching ourselves in every area of our lives. And keep reminding ourselves that compromise does not encroach upon integrity. It's fundamental to it.

Fitness is fundamental but it isn't everything. We need to approach fitness in balance with all of the other elements of our lives so that we don't injure ourselves and so that we reduce instances in which we get completely knocked off our feet. Knowing that sometimes we will get knocked off our feet. Normalizing that. So that we pick ourselves up and get back on our feet when life gets overwhelming. We need to develop confidence that we can recover with resilience when life circumstances make us feel shaky and tentative and unsure of ourselves.

Cardio, strength training, flexibility, balance. They're all vital to our physical well being. And vital to our intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual well being too.

  
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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 9/25/2012 8:35PM

    Yerp!

Strong, courageous, and resilient.

That sounds pretty awesome to me.

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ID_VANDAL 9/25/2012 3:59PM

    I agree. So many of us just focus on one area and not all. I really don't do much stretching and that is something lacking in my overall program. Thanks for the reminder.

I also liked your post yesterday about the obesity column. I don't agree with the premise of that writer. Having once been thin and doing what I could go vs. now should be reason enough to get my @ss in gear!!

Thanks for your great and insightful blogs.

Vandal

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NANCY- 9/25/2012 11:13AM

    I would just add fuel. Nutrition is just as important as breathing when it comes to fitness.
"balance with all of the other elements of our lives" applies to everything and everyones balance is different. Enjoy yours.
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KALIGIRL 9/25/2012 8:54AM

    "We want to be strong and courageous."
Amen!
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ONEKIDSMOM 9/25/2012 7:55AM

    Balance, balance, balance... in life and in exercise forms! Thanks for another great blog!

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TRYINGHARD1948 9/25/2012 4:26AM

    Loved this blog.

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CMRAND54 9/24/2012 6:19PM

    Great blog.

I do spin class for cardio.
I do weight lifting for strength.
I do yoga for flexibility and balance.

I do volunteer work to help balance my life. I'm in a good place right now.

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SLENDERELLA61 9/24/2012 1:10PM

    Brilliant blog!! IF I could vote for it ten times I would. Love your metaphor and philosophy. So much wisdom here. Thanks for this perspective!

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PHEBESS 9/24/2012 11:11AM

    You are so spot on!!!!

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CRYSTALJEM 9/24/2012 10:53AM

    emoticon I needed that today. "we need to develop confidence that we can recover with resilience...". I really like that. You've made me think about how all the parts of my being really need the same kinds of things.

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NEW-CAZ 9/24/2012 10:23AM

    Great blog hun, and so true!

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CEHALLA 9/24/2012 9:47AM

    You are so right about other aspects of "fitness". And I love the image of being "knocked off our feet". It can happen in many different ways we won't expect, and all we can do is prepare in many different ways so we can handle it the best we can. emoticon

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DDOORN 9/24/2012 9:24AM

    Great metaphor...makes aeons of sense to me! :-)

Don

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Is the "obesity epidemic" overblown?

Saturday, September 22, 2012

www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/s
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Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente thinks that the obesity epidemic is an overblown crisis. She says research shows being a little bit -- even quite a bit -- overweight can be healthy. Certainly it's better to achieve cardio fitness despite some extra pounds than to be thin and unfit. A 5'4" woman, she says, could still be healthy at a weight of up to about 227 pounds. We've got a "morbid fear of fat" because various government, academic and commercial "empires" have conspired to brainwash us and to make "normal" plumpness socially unacceptable. Exercise and eating healthy is a good thing, she agrees: but taking weight off and keeping it off is next to impossible.

Hmmmmm. I think she's excessively pessimistic. Here at SparkPeople, the At Goal and Maintaining: Transitioning to Maintenance Team offers the strategies and the support to sustain weight loss. And most people do feel more comfortable physically at a leaner weight than she suggests is still "healthy".

But about one thing I think Wente is absolutely right: the discrimination and social stigma attached to being overweight are utterly unconscionable. And in broader society, outside the supportive community of SparkPeople, the implicit endorsement of such discrimination by government, academic and social pressure groups doesn't assist anyone to eat healthy or to exercise or to sustain weight loss.

  
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CMRAND54 9/23/2012 7:37PM

    I definitely think I'm healthier at a normal weight. My blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol are all normal now, and they weren't when I was overweight. But some of that is because I am more active now and activity lowers blood sugar and raises HDL.

Some of health is heredity. My mother weighed something just over 200 pounds and died of a heart attack at the age of 67. My father, who was an inch or two taller weighed around 200 pounds for most of his life and is now a reasonably healthy 98 years old. He currently weighs about 175. He's less active now and probably has lost muscle mass. My mother's father died in his 50's of a heart attack. My father's family is longer lived.

It's a complicated issue.

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NANCY- 9/23/2012 8:15AM

    They should all just cut the crap and focus on refreshing our knowledge on living a healthy lifestyle. We would be better served if they focused on providing info on walking trails, farmers market and tasty nutritious recipes.
Perhaps instead of being narrow minded, if we were more supportive and less judgemental, we all would be healthier.

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NEW-CAZ 9/23/2012 3:08AM

    Interesting article, I feel healthier now I've lost weight.
Obesity is a huge problem and it's getting worse. I saw a program on the growing need for larger ambulances just to cater for obese people and it scared the beejeezus out of me the size of some patients. Such a shame!

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JIBBIE49 9/23/2012 1:02AM

    After reading "THE SUGAR FIX" by RICHARD JOHNSON M.D. I wouldn't believe anyone that being fat is healthy. Listen to the series "THE SKINNY ON OBESITY" on YouTube by RObert Lustig M.D. and he will explain WHY being obese is NOT healthy.

Just sit on the bench in WALMART for about 30 minutes and notice ALL the fat out-of-shape people in there. Obesity is a huge problem.

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DDOORN 9/22/2012 10:18PM

    I think it's a variable thing. Most of us who KNOW we have to be careful with our weight also know better than to think we can be lax and give ourselves the kind of latitude she describes. There are folks who haven't the kind of history with food that many of us among our SparkFamily have had. Perhaps they can handle such weight "flexibility" better...? I'm not sure I buy that, because I'm not one of them, can't speak from that very different alternative universe...lol!

VERY agreed about the stigma. Even tonight when I saw the unfortunately (I'm usually a big fan) ho-hum latest Clint Eastwood movie "Trouble With the Curve"...the egotistical baseball player who took advantage of others, thought the world revolved around him and had a HIGHLY unlikable personality was overweight. I couldn't help but think "jeez, thanks for yet another dig to the obese!"

Don

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PHEBESS 9/22/2012 9:21PM

    There's overweight, and then there's overweight.

I'm about 5'4" at this point, and if I weighed 227 I'd be back to where I started - size 20 or 22, huffing and puffing up the stairs at school, with aches and pains that are now gone. I wouldn't have had the energy to do the murals at school. I wouldn't have the energy to spend all day wandering around New Orleans (we put on 8 miles thus far today).

So a "little" overweight might be okay - but a lot overweight is definitely NOT okay!

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MOBYCARP 9/22/2012 9:01PM

    That's a poorly reasoned column. Assuming the premise, that being overweight isn't necessarily unhealthy *IF* the overweight person is fit, what does that mean? Not much. It's pretty much the argument against BMI that body builders make, and that is footnoted with most responsible explanations of BMI.

The problem I have with touting this is, it emphasizes the conclusion (overweight doesn't have to be unhealthy) and mostly ignores the important condition (if they are fit.)

Human nature being what it is, people will read this and conclude they don't need to do anything about being overweight. The problem is, most people reacting this way won't meet the condition of being fit even though they're overweight.

Oh, well. What I have an issue with is pretty much just the way journalism works: Find a fact that sounds unusual, and publish it loudly without worrying much about the host of surrounding facts that explain why it isn't as unusual as it sounds. Next week, move on to a different fact that sounds unusual. That type of journalism isn't going to change any time soon. I suppose I'm happier if I just ignore stories like this.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 9/22/2012 8:45PM

    While I agree that a few extra pounds are just fine, her example is way off base. That 5’4” woman is putting 300 lbs more pressure on her knees with each step than if she weighed 150 lbs which is still not a twig. This sounds to me like another apologist for the status quo or those who rant that they won’t be told what to eat by the “food police.”

Normal plumpness? We’ve got a morbid fear of fat? Look around, we must have conquered our fear pretty well. No one should ever be stigmatized for their physical characteristics EVER but with 66% above normal BMI and another % struggling with anorexia, who exactly is doing the discriminating? The 25% minority with normal BMI? The overweight putting down the obese? The obese making fun of the morbidly obese? Everywhere I look, at work, at church, in social situations or just shopping, we have become accustomed to the new shape of America. Overweight is the majority.

Ms Wente thinks that “taking weight off and keeping it off is next to impossible.” If she really believes this (and here at SP we know that this is not true) then she should concentrate on helping people NOT GAIN enormous amounts of weight in the first place.

A generation ago America didn’t look like this. Scare tactics may not work but putting the statistics out there is necessary. Making us happy with the status quo is not helpful either individually or as a society.


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SLENDERELLA61 9/22/2012 8:39PM

    Interesting article. I know I feel much healthier at this weight. I no longer have high blood pressure, high cholestrol and low HDL. Perhaps the blood work would have improved with exercise alone, but somehow I doubt it. Definitely I will stick to the workouts. Maybe I won't worry quite as much about the 2-3 pounds I'd like to take off. -Marsha

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MJZHERE 9/22/2012 7:42PM

  I am reading Influencer, The Power to Change Anything, where they study and research what works and what doesn't to change behavior. Scare tatics do not work and in fact, cause people to feel attacked. There are two main ways to change behavior in a group, society, etc. The first is model the behavior you are seeking, and the second is to have people live vicariously thru a model by that person sharing their experience. In other words, people seeing you live it, and you sharing your own personal experience in a real and honest way, is what influences others to change. Sounds like what happens on the At Goal and Maintaining/Transition to Maintenance Team. emoticon

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ROOSTER72 9/22/2012 6:52PM

    Interesting that a 5'4" woman can be healthy up to 227 pounds. What is healthy?
I was nowhere near this amount overweight, and had a real lack of energy and some mild depression. I suppose I would have been regarded as healthy - but I feel so much better now!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/22/2012 5:51PM

    You've got that right... "the implicit endorsement of such discrimination by government, academic and social pressure groups doesn't assist anyone to eat healthy or to exercise or to sustain weight loss."

Unfortunately, when I pointed out to the assembled group watching the HBO special on Weight of the Nation that such scare tactics would NOT have motivated me to do something about my weight, I was essentially set aside and patronized. I concluded I was not part of the intended audience for the shared experience... not being someone who is trying to "provide the environment that encourages" healthier choices / active lifestyle / breast-feeding... just a simple individual looking for personal motivation.

So I shut my mouth and went away with the resolution not to continue watching with this group. My voice is clearly not going to persuade them... and it would only hurt ME to try.

Here's to our own self-supporting group over on the At Goal And Maintaining / Transition to Maintenace Team. Because together, emoticon

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Potato Chips are evil incarnate!!

Monday, September 17, 2012

I was a the golf course Sunday with DH and noticed a potato chip bag in one of the garbage containers on the 10th tee.

The chip bag was open and I looked in. There was a whole chip in the bottom of the bag, uneaten.

My first reaction: who could ever leave a chip uneaten in the bag and throw the bag out? Not me: I would have eaten them all, shaken out the crumbs, licked the inside of the bag . . . you get the idea.

My second reaction (shameful): I wonder if anyone would notice if I reached in and ate THAT potato chip?

Even worse: it was a BBQ chip. That's my least fave! But: I was still tempted. Seriously tempted.

And no: I did not eat the chip from the bag in the garbage.

But: I thought about it! Which is a clear illustration of how irresistible chips are. For me. I have never met a chip I didn't love. Sure, handmade kettle chips are better. But even those ersatz "Pringles" type made from reconstituted potatos. Even BAKED potato chips. Yeah.

And the only reason I didn't eat that one chip is that the one chip would have given rise to . . . buying a bag of chips . . . eating chips furtively every second day . . . buying chips every day. With graduation from the "single serving size" to the "industrial size" in, say, a week.

And this is why: chips are not for me.

  
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MAMADWARF 9/19/2012 11:13PM

    This reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where George eats the eclair from on top of the garbage not IN the garbage!!! lol

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DONNACFIT 9/19/2012 6:40PM

    woohoo..what will power!! Chips also call my name..just last night actually...and I took the industrial size bag and divied up 2 SMALL SERVINGS and gave one to hubby and one to me :)

I'm learning will power and no foods are off limits

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CMRAND54 9/18/2012 9:31PM

    I can totally relate. My husband, on the other hand - I've seen him eat half a donut and throw the other half out because he'd "had enough".

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DDOORN 9/18/2012 3:48PM

    For some reason the salty thing is not MY thing. Now if that had been a COOKIE? Ugh...perish the thought...! :-)

Don

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NOLAZYBUTT110 9/18/2012 12:17PM

    I swear the Potato chips companies put some powdered drugs on their chips! Why else would anyone like a fried dried out piece of crap? lol But they are one thing that does cause a lot of people to put the pounds on! Ate quiet a few before I graduated to a more healthier diet! Occasionally I am tempted and still will eat them, but its not my number one diet food! What turned me off to potato chips was seeing rats gorge on them! The smell grosqued me out! susana

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CRYSTALJEM 9/18/2012 11:27AM

    You did it! You kicked temptation in the big ol butt! Way to go. Yes, chips are EVIL!! I can relate to every word you typed. My kids started taking music lessons in the town close to us but there was no place for them to wait which meant that I would usually sit in the car and switch the kids back and forth. This weekly ritual also lead to me stopping to do errands at the gas station, usually including buying me a bag of chips. Have you noticed it's hard to get the really tiny sizes we used to when we were kids? So there I'd sit munching, preferably not sharing (I was thinking of my kids health... yeah right!). Then they started having after school activities meaning I'd show up to watch and pick up kids and well, you know, run those errands and well, get a bag of chips (meaning multiple bags of chips per week, and of course pop to wash them down cause they are so yummy salty). With winters, a couple of minor injuries slowing down my activity - I gained 20 pounds that didn't magically disappear like the odd 5 or so used to.

So, long and short, (mainly long I guess) I hear you. CHIPS ARE EVIL and they're out to get YOU and ME! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NANCY- 9/18/2012 10:28AM

    Strange where temptation arises.
Alas the poor forgotten chip... You are a wise one to resist the siren song of the potato chip! At least you didn't have to be tied to the mast. You are a strong woman.
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KALIGIRL 9/18/2012 8:00AM

    emoticon the bag was discarded by someone for whom chips are not the devil perhaps just to test you emoticon
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_LINDA 9/18/2012 1:36AM

    Good for you!! They are my nemesis too. And you are so right, one leads to another. While I like almost everything, I have to admit Pringles is just too dull and tasteless for me lol. Great will power!! Keep up the awesome work!

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SCOOTERGIRLOZ 9/17/2012 11:00PM

    I could just imagine you checking out that bag. Such willpower!

Memphis would have chowed down on that chip and licked the bag.

Scootergirl in Oz

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PHEBESS 9/17/2012 10:40PM

    We all have our evil foods, don't we? And if chips are your evil food, then yes, you are better off avoiding them.

Because they are EVIL!

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SLENDERELLA61 9/17/2012 9:49PM

    Another great blog!! If I saw one chip in a bag in the garbage I would guess it's fallen on the ground or otherwise been too contaminated to eat. Glad you didn't go for the history-unknown chip in the trash. But the temptation is very tellilng, isn't it? My own temptations are usually sugary ones, but chips have gotten me off track more than once. For the most part popcorn, air popped or low fat, satisfies my cravings for crunch. I don't even have to have it salted, unless it is the salt I'm craving. Glad you know yourself well enough to know what you can handle and what you can't. Spark on!! -Marsha

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Loved Your Comments on Moderation . . . .

Saturday, September 15, 2012

. . . . and had to face the fact that a lot of people here have more self-discipline than I do, and can stop with a "moderate" amount of those foods that are triggers for me.

Maybe I'll get there one day.

But for now . . . not saying "never" to potato chips or doughnuts or chocolate chip cookies. And various other tempters!!

However, it's gotta be pretty rare, in very defined quantities and no "leftovers" from the pre-determined serving!

  
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CRYSTALJEM 9/17/2012 12:51PM

    Agree on the leftovers issue. Left overs are a danger unless they are cucumbers, carrots and tomatoes ...

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KALIGIRL 9/17/2012 8:51AM

    I so agree with the 'left-over' issue - it's one thing to treat ourselves - it's another to indulge.
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IMAGINE_IT 9/16/2012 4:35PM

    I struggle with Self discipline...i can have the best day...but then when faced with donuts or pizza at work (brought in by an evil coworker emoticon ) i falter and give in way too easy.....but it is a work in progress...and i am with you "for now i am not even close to say 'never' to chocolate and such'....,,don't worry Ellen you will get there....i have no doubts! As for me....hmmm...total other story!! emoticon
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NANCY- 9/16/2012 8:19AM

    I thought I left a comment about moderation doesn't work for me I need rules to abide by. This way I can save my precious mental bandwidth for other matters.
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NEW-CAZ 9/16/2012 3:03AM

    Knowlege is power to succeed; you know your pitfalls and how to avoid them.
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DSJB9999 9/15/2012 10:04PM

    I can't really do moderation either, its all or nothing with me.
So for some foods 'nothing' is healthier!

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SLENDERELLA61 9/15/2012 10:03PM

    You know yourself and how to succeed. Hooray for you!!

I actually lost most of my triggers kind of an old fashioned way. My hubby kept bringing them home. At first I kept diligently putting them out of eye sight. He kept bringing more and more, placing them right where I'd be facing them frequently. I took it as a challenge! I said I'm stronger than lemon meringe pie, and I am. I'm stronger than banana pudding. I'm stronger than Reese's peanut butter cups (just barely & most of the time). Now there is always candy and junk in my house. Occasionally I slip, but for the most I can co-exist with hubby's treats and grandkid's treats, especially when I have delicious ripe pears and peaches sitting right next to them.

You are stronger than you think!!!

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DEEJON123 9/15/2012 9:18PM

    You don't have to give up any of your favorites, you just have to be careful not to over do it.
I was a chocolate a day and a chip by night person, but now I have 10 chips when I really, really feel like it, and a chocolate bar lasts me the same amount of days that it has squares, works great!

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LIL-VIXEN 9/15/2012 9:00PM

    I always found it better not to measure my success by someone eles's success. Because for one the thing that work for them may not necessarily work for me or you. Find what works for you, whether if be cutting out potatoes chips or donuts and eating chocolates until you pass out, that is your choice. Find the thing that will help keep you motivated and that will be your mojo.

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PHEBESS 9/15/2012 8:47PM

    I guess it's the toss up of losing and maintaining - either totally avoid certain food items, or learn to eat certain items in moderation. I'm enough of a foodie to go with the moderation option. Because I just can't deny certain foods altogether.

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