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Kinda Chuffed: No DOMS

Thursday, November 29, 2012

I was anticipating DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) after my first XC ski of the season Sunday. It was a tough slog in the slush.

But: the rowing machine and the elliptical and the strength training seem to have done their job. (Or maybe it was the evening grosbeak euphoria, who knows).

Not a twinge!

Supposed to rain this weekend, sob sob.

Who would have ever thought I'd look forward to winter so much??

  
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BSTAKINGACTION 11/30/2012 7:44AM

    I know! Our winter is panning out to be warmer than expected and I may be waiting a while for snow. :(

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CARRAND 11/29/2012 8:36PM

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/29/2012 7:38PM

    I re-added just a little strength training this week... and was surprised at the DOMS! Hmmm!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/29/2012 6:50PM

    Well, glad you didn't have DOMS!

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PHEBESS 11/29/2012 6:33PM

    I couldn't figure out if "chuffed" was happy or sad, LOL!

But congrats on the victory!

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TRAVELGRRL 11/29/2012 5:15PM

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the non-scale victories! Like my bathing suit the other day, that slid on like it was waiting for me!

Can't sympathize with you on the weather...today we hiked in 65 degree weather with full sun dappling on the leaves and rocks. Heaven on earth!!!

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ROOSTER72 11/29/2012 3:42PM

    Rain, rain, go away!

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DABLUECAT 11/29/2012 2:40PM

    I was sore when I tried ski-joring (pulled by a horse while I was wearing downhill skis). I never did downhill skiing before. I've been cross-country and you're right probably the other exercise helped prepare your body.
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CRYSTALJEM 11/29/2012 2:16PM

    Glad you're enjoying it. I'm a little bit more with Linda. Blowing snow, high Wind-chill, gray skies; not that much fun here. Now skiing does sound like fun tho.

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_LINDA 11/29/2012 1:00PM

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And that is a good thing, you fit person, you! Well done!!
It is currently -14 here with a high wind chill due to the whipping wind. Can't say I look forward to winter so much :P Its been like this all week. Will think of you enjoying your skiing!

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M77355 11/29/2012 11:36AM

    Good for you!

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NANCY- 11/29/2012 9:20AM

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It is wonderful to reap the benefits of cross training. (No Pain)
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SLENDERELLA61 11/29/2012 8:46AM

    You are so FIT!!! That is just great, Ellen! Celebrate!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/29/2012 8:22AM

    You must be in great shape.

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First Cross Country Ski: With Evening Grosbeaks!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

After a very warm week, with temperatures of 14C Thursday (DH actually played golf, and claimed to have enjoyed it!), snow has been falling here since late Friday. And today I got out for my first cross country ski.

The snow was wet and slushy, caking under the skis every couple of strides . . . but I still loved it.

Slogging up the hill towards my car, I saw on the horizon a flock of fifty or sixty chunky looking "starlings" wheeling in the sky, then settling into a leafless maple not far away. It's too late in the year for starlings, and I stopped to listen. Yes! The distinctive "windchime" voices of evening grosbeaks! Like small crystal bells ringing, so convivial!

I truly love these colourful yellow, black and white birds with their thick strong beaks. They're almost as big as a robin, but with colouring more like a goldfinch and a similar undulating flight. A single grosbeak can crack open and eat about 100 sunflower seeds in a matter of minutes . . . so you can guess what a flock can do to a bird feeder in a half hour or so!

It's probably been a decade since I last saw a flock -- generally in early or late winter, since they always seem to be "passing through" rather than consistent winter inhabitants in my part of the world.

Of course I didnt' have a camera with me . . . and these aren't my pictures or sound recordings. But I've put in a couple links below in case you'd like to see or hear a flock of grosbeaks.

And after our ski, soaking wet with our efforts, we headed to a cross country ski shop to pick up some special klister wax just in case it's slushy for the next ski. DH has already stripped down and cleaned the skis . . .






www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Evening_
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_Q12hCrb70

  
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NANCY- 11/26/2012 7:41AM

    What a wonderful way to enjoy the season.

I love the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. My hubby is the bird lover in the family... I just get curious. A predator bird perched on our birdfeeder scaring away the the little chickdee, titmouse, and even the squirrel. It looked a little like this:
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ki/File:Cooper%27s_Hawk_Eating_
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PHEBESS 11/26/2012 3:52AM

    Sounds wonderful!!! Grosbeaks are lovely birds!! (Not to mention how much fun Xcountry can be!)

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TRYINGHARD1948 11/26/2012 2:03AM

    Fantastic.

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ROOSTER72 11/25/2012 10:48PM

    I am so jealous - I would love to live somewhere where I could go XC skiing easily through the winter. One day!
Enjoy every opportunity - make up for those of us who have to drive over 2 hours in a very short snow season.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/25/2012 8:57PM

    What a beautiful bird and their song is gorgeous! I can see why you enjoyed it so much!



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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/25/2012 8:55PM

    After not being able to XC ski AT ALL last winter, I'm hoping that we'll get some snow down here and I'll be able to do the one form of cardio my knee can handle that gave me a runner's high...

So, yeah. Kinda jealous, actually. LOL

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Yeah, wrong kind of skier. But my friends DO like to do crazy hills on the long boards...

Also kind of hoping to get back on the single board - here's hoping I don't tear my shoulder again!
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SLENDERELLA61 11/25/2012 8:07PM

    So glad you are back skiing. I know you love it. And I know it burns lots of calories and it a good fitness activity.

Your description was just lovely. I enjoyed the chime sounds and video clip, too.I can see why you love those dear birds! -Marsha

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_LINDA 11/25/2012 8:04PM

    How wonderful to get out and enjoy some skiing! Thanks for the link, those bird songs were awesome! Its nice to hear the individual songs too as often there are a lot of birds around and you have trouble picking out one individual.
It was cold here today, starting out at -21 and not warming up much, but Mom and I went on two short walks to stores in her area anyway just to get some fresh air. I have to go to the club tonight for some work and setup. Have to dress warm!
Hope you have a good work week!

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ACTIVE_AT_60 11/25/2012 7:51PM

    love that three letter word .. S-K-I :-)

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GROEDER 11/25/2012 7:44PM

    It looks and sounds like you are off to a good start on your winter activities. I hope the snow conditions get better and you see a lot more woldlife.

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/25/2012 7:40PM

    Birdlife is one of the joys of walking / jogging outdoors. But of course I had to click the link to hear the birdsong... only I had this napping cat purring in my lap when I did. Wow! You should have seen him sit up and take notice! Ears forward, eyes shifting, looking for the source of the noises. emoticon

Sounds like a lovely start to your Winter.

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DEBBYNATION 11/25/2012 7:27PM

    Beautiful!

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Tastes Better With a Side of Guilt??

Friday, November 23, 2012

A really short article in my Globe and Mail newspaper today points to recent research indicating that food tastes better if you know you shouldn't eat it, try to resist it and then ultimately give in. The longer you resist, the greater that ultimate flavour payoff.

Really?

I find this very hard to believe, based upon my own experience.

Way more often, the food I'd expected to taste so delicious turns out to be just not worth it. On occasion, having succumbed and started chewing, I've even spat it out. Rinsed my mouth out. And thrown out the rest of whatever it was.

What about you? Does an attempt to resist temptation, followed by caving in, heighten the flavour? Do the potato chips (this would be my absolute worst temptation!! but substitute your own) really taste better with a side of guilt?

Nooooooo. Tell me it's not so!!

  
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SLENDERELLA61 11/24/2012 8:14PM

    I agree with you. My food does not taste better with a side of guilt. Usually - sad to say - when I'm really stuffing, I don't even taste the food. Luckily, I'm not doing that kind of eating much any more.

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DONNACFIT 11/24/2012 6:10PM

    I don't think anything is better with guilt..it sounds like a crazy article..gets people to thinking tho'



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DBCLARINET 11/24/2012 1:44PM

    Hmmm, disagree. I think if I managed to delay eating a cheat food, it's because I never really wanted it to begin with. When I have a real craving, which is rare, I have to take care of it quickly or it WILL lead to a binge. No matter what, I'm usually disappointed. Except when Mu cheat is wine.

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KANOE10 11/24/2012 10:18AM

    I do not find food tastes better when you resist it. I think you imagine how wonderful it will be and then find it does not taste as good.

Interesting blog. Yesterday I took a bite of cranberry sauce and found it did not taste as good as I thought it would.

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NANCY- 11/24/2012 9:41AM

    After eating wisely and for health... giving into the temptation of junk food only results in disappointment for me. Processed food now leaves me wanting.
Now fresh ripe strawberries or a crisp cuke have not disappointed me and there is no need for guilt.

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CARRAND 11/23/2012 10:39PM

    I never noticed that holding off eating a treat makes it taste better, but honestly I don't usually resist something for long and then give in and eat it.

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PHEBESS 11/23/2012 10:14PM

    I've saved items and then they turned out to NOT be what I wanted - other times, they do taste a bit better if I hold off. (Like the three truffles in the fridge right now.......)

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_LINDA 11/23/2012 9:57PM

    No, the Kettle chips don't taste better with a side of guilt, they are too dam good to start with :P. I have never regretted anything I have eaten. I have made my choices mindfully. I am totally aware of what I am doing. I used to eat mindlessly in front of the TV screen, but I no longer have that excuse. Anything going into my mouth gets tracked and accounted for. I feel for Jessie -the only sweet I really care for is pumpkin pie (or a ginger snap done the way I like it, but one done perfectly is hard to find and I am fussy)
The only way you can stay away from your favorites is to ensure the temptation never enters your house. As for Thanksgiving, anything you don't want around, you send home with the relatives. emoticon

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PHOENIX1949 11/23/2012 5:16PM

    "The longer you resist, the greater that ultimate flavour payoff. "

Not so for me. The longer I resist the more likely a big-time BINGE leaving me frustrated (same as guilty?)

Aroma is a big enjoyment for me at times without having to actually taste. This is not due to will power or choice as much as serious food allergies, i.e., my husbands coffee smells wonderful but drinking it not worth a migraine.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/23/2012 5:13PM

    For me the guilt comes after. While eating, I would think of all the reasons I needed/deserved it. Maybe they're thinking of the "forbidden fruit" concept? But I always associated that with affairs (not that I've ever had one), not food.

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BLUE42DOWN 11/23/2012 4:31PM

    I think there has to be more to it than simply Guilt = Better Taste.

Maybe some people convince themselves that it was so much more delicious and thus try to ease their feelings of guilt. After all, taste is very subjective. At best in a study we have how someone chose to answer - not "fact" but opinion.

I'd also note this -- when I'm looking forward to a food I know I enjoy the taste of, the longer I have to wait for it during which I'm thinking about how good it will be, the more I am likely to enjoy it when I do sit down to have some. Guilt doesn't come into play at all.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/23/2012 3:32PM

    Hmmmm.... interesting blog. I have to think about this one. My first thought is no, it doesn't taste better. I feel stronger having resisted the temptation. IF I've gone thru my plan to resist temptations and the equation is still adding up to "gotta have it" generally the result is disappointment. It doesn't taste worth all the anxiety over calories, etc.



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DALID414 11/23/2012 3:22PM

    I'm usually disappointed too. Certain foods smell better than they taste, so I take big sniffs and its more than enough.

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CRYSTALJEM 11/23/2012 2:59PM

    I agre with you most of the time. I would say potato chips might be the exception. What heightens taste for me I think is a planned treat. But I've been disappointed there too. If day I'm more like you.



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ONEKIDSMOM 11/23/2012 2:41PM

    I tend to disagree, but some of this might be my own interpretation of "guilt". With most things, "it depends". A food I do not normally eat, that I have made fit into my plan as a "splurge", *does* often taste better, because I make it a point to savor it, guilt-free. As long as I stick to my planned portion, I'm fine, it taste great, etc.

HOWEVER, if I go on and eat beyond what I planned... seldom does it taste as good as I thought it would. If it's a "tiny" misgiving about fat content or sugar included... probably it does taste better. If it's a "huge" misgiving about uncontrolled eating... nope... I don't taste a single bite, because I've moved into compulsive behavior which does NOT satisfy.



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ISHIIGIRL 11/23/2012 2:35PM

    NO, an attempt to resist doesn't usually taste better. I like you, do the taste and spit routine. Its usually just not worth it. However, I do sometimes look forward to a treat if I tell myself be good all week or if you reach these goals you can have such and such treat. Then the treat is well deserved and I have already allotted my calories for it. Those kinds of things most always taste like they should, without the side of guilt.

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/23/2012 2:33PM

    Like yesterday, for me with the pumpkin pie. I realized it wasn't worth it, but overindulged anyway! Makes no sense!

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Losing

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Weight loss" just isn't a good concept for people who want to stop yo-yo dieting and sustain a healthy weight because . . . weight loss is all about "loss". Yeah. Duh!

If I had it to do all over again -- losing 90 pounds that is (and I'm determined NEVER to have it do all over again) -- I'm thinking now it would be better to start by looking in the mirror and asking myself, "How many of these pounds do I want to maintain?"

And (related question) how many calories can I eat to maintain just those pounds I want to maintain? When I weighed 230 pounds, I'm pretty sure I was eating 2,300 calories a day: 10 calories a pound. And more, because my weight was still going up. That 100 extra calories a day was resulting in an additional 10 pounds a year. That's all it took.

Now that I weigh in the 140 range, I know I can eat about 1400 calories a day: the magic number is still 10 calories a pound. So "maintaining" myself down to 140 pounds really meant eating within my maintenance range of 1,400 calories a day. From the start. Then keeping it up. Maintaining it.

So: (related question), from the start I also needed to be asking myself, "How can I rearrange those pounds for optimum strength and fitness?" That's the exercise bit. It doesn't seem to have much to do with weight loss, at least for me: more to do with cardio, strength training, flexibility, balance. And mood: optimism, determination, focus.

So: (further related question), it would have helped to ask myself, "What's the optimum nutrition plan to keep each one of those carefully selected pounds I'm gonna maintain as healthy as possible?" Because if I'm starting out with my maintenance range-for-life, each calorie I eat has to be nutritionally packed. Otherwise there won't be enough calories to deliver the complex carbs, protein, healthy fats, and all the micronutrients (vitamins, minerals etc.) that those selected-to-be-sustained pounds need. Every day.

Yeah. Like that.

The longer I'm in maintenance, the more I realize that thinking about "weight loss" is counter-productive. Because a focus on "weight loss" means thinking about LOSS. Lots of losses.

Giving up . . . random mindless eating whatever I want whenever I want.

Giving up . . . sitting around most of the time (except when not just sitting but fully horizontal).

Giving up . . . socializing with the kind of persons who eat all the time and sit around all the time.

No kidding, those extra pounds I didn't want to maintain constituted a highly contagious condition, judging by the general shape and size and fitness level of a lot of people I hung out with at 230! And with whom I justified chocolate croissants. Giant muffins. Elaborate coffee drinks with whipped cream, etc. While wearing size 18 elastic waist pants. And sitting around talking about (gloom) how unfair life is. Sometimes about how much discrimination we felt because of being overweight . . .

Gotta admit, I've lost most of those former friends with the pounds. Not my choice, either. Theirs. Their unwillingness to tolerate and accept my new priorities. Sure, the loss of some of those friends is something I do regret. Just not enough to expose myself to the infection again!

Focusing on loss, on what it's necessary to give up, is something deeply unattractive to human beings. Researchers in economics tell us we attach a huge surplus value to what we already have and do. That we feel entitled to hold onto what we already have and do. (You know the studies: for example, if you pay $5 for an ordinary coffee mug that you use every day, you tend to become attached to it and don't want to sell it for less than $10. It's "special". It's "mine": one of the first things two-year-olds learn to say!!) These feelings of resentment over loss of something "taken away" are much stronger than regret about not achieving something we don't have yet. (Such as health. Such as a more attractive body.)

So: all of this tells me it really doesn't help to focus on loss. Including weight loss. Thinking about weight loss triggers an initial enthusiasm and then creeping resurgence of entitlement. Rebellion. And then failure: which in this context means temporary weight loss, giving up and rapid regain. Never having achieved the feeling of health and fitness.

That's why we've gotta lose the "weight loss" concept. We've gotta think about gain, not loss. And that means we've gotta think about maintenance. Right from the beginning.

Not, "i'm on a weight loss program." Rather, "I'm on a weight maintenance program". Meaning, privately, "I'm eating just enough to maintain those pounds I intend to keep!!" (And sure, saying I was on a weight maintenance program would have resulted in some raised eyebrows when I was 230!! I'd have enjoyed that, actually.)

Not, "I'm on an exercise program to lose weight." Rather, "I'm on an exercise program to gain health. To gain energy. To gain strength, flexibility and balance. And to have more fun!! With new friends who share those values with me!"

Enough of responding to the nosy questions anyhow. How about just leaving it at that last part. "I'm having more fun!"

There is nothing lost that's worth grieving over at all. Not at all.

Because we do have more fun when we're healthy. When we feel good. When we're eating what's good for us and hanging out with people who are good for us. Who are active, happy and optimistic. Way better than that $5 coffee mug, or the chocolate croissant!

It shouldn't be about weight loss. It's really about all there is so to gain. And to maintain. That slim strong active healthy body, having fun.

Once you have it, you feel so entitled to it. So committed to maintaining it. No matter what it takes.

  
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SANDYLH1 12/28/2012 5:11PM

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JUSTCHELLE75 11/29/2012 5:37PM

    Love this

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TIFFANIE150 11/29/2012 4:13PM

    BEST POST EVER!!

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REENIE131 11/24/2012 11:31PM

    Great blog!

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KANOE10 11/24/2012 10:22AM

    Great blog and well said.

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LAWANDMUSIC 11/23/2012 6:05PM

    Very well said. Thanks!

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 11/23/2012 12:05PM

    Fabulous well thought out blog - I am going to change my mindset to " weight maintenance" from today! Thanks!
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FIRECOM 11/23/2012 10:48AM

    I really like your blog. The part that really sticks with me is your paragraph ...

"Gotta admit, I've lost most of those former friends with the pounds. Not my choice, either. Theirs. Their unwillingness to tolerate and accept my new priorities. Sure, the loss of some of those friends is something I do regret. Just not enough to expose myself to the infection again!"

This is so true and yet seldom put into practice. I have always maintained that if you want success, associate yourself with those that are successful.

Over the years, I have determined that my magic calories per pound to maintain is closer to 8 rather than 10. I wish it was 10.


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HEIDIE6 11/22/2012 9:51AM

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CRYSTALJEM 11/21/2012 1:22PM

    What a wise and wonderful blog. You've left me with lots to chew on lol. Thank you as always, CJ

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 11/21/2012 11:27AM

    Wonderful post today and something that I totally needed.

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SH9719 11/21/2012 11:02AM

    The overall message loss is a gain is a great message. What we appear to be losing in this process other than the weight is in fact just the anchors that were holding us back from a healthy happier life.

I have already thought about my maintenance mode which is 4-5mths from now for me. I guess I do not view the new life long maintenance calorie range as that much of a handicap. Part of what this program puts you through is in fact the lesson plan we need to live the healthy life. My theory is that in maintenance mode I will scale back the intensity of my workout plan and be more focussed with it on conditioning and not on calorie loss. The plan I am already working through will keep me in shape and burn enough calories so there will be less pressure on my calorie range.

I will continue to eat basicaly the way I have learned to do today except I will allow myself to more often relax to enjoy higher calorie good food. The one lesson I have learned is that if I allow myself to have a high calorie meal, it better be good food. No more high calorie junk food for me. That will in fact be my general theme, eating good healthy food in correct proportions.

Good luck on your maintenance journey.

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JOYFULME01 11/21/2012 9:20AM

  Right on the money here.

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EWL978 11/21/2012 8:18AM

    Don't think there's much to be said that hasn't already been said here. Don't let yourself be ruled by anxiety!!

keep on keeping on and good luck in the future!!

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ZRIE014 11/21/2012 1:13AM

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MARYJEANSL 11/21/2012 12:37AM

  Well said - and you are so right!

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MANILUS 11/20/2012 5:11PM

    Great piece of writing! Thanks for the amazing point of view!!!

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POLSKARENIA 11/20/2012 2:32PM

    I love the maths - but then, being a maths teacher and loving numbers, it would!!

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MEADSBAY 11/20/2012 2:02PM

    Wow-ow-ow-ow!!!
You have got me thinking now!
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SJKENT1 11/20/2012 12:20PM

    Keeping the focus is so important. My eyes are on the prize... a healthy me!!

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FOLEY30 11/20/2012 11:15AM

    Awsome blog!! The place I do all my workouts with just wrote something very similar and I am very happy to say that I belong to somwhere that is part of my extended family lifestyle that focus on wellbeing and not weightloss!! emoticon

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IMAGINE_IT 11/20/2012 10:58AM

    emoticon Blog and great advice Ellen....and how did i miss your Blog becoming 'Popular'?? It sure deserves it too....plus a emoticon
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on all this..it makes so much sense! emoticon

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MCHILSTR 11/20/2012 10:52AM

  very well said, and thought provoking!

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PACKERMANN 11/20/2012 10:34AM

    wonderful advice! makes so much sense!
the 10 calories per pound clicked for me. (lighbulb moment)
if i can net that by eating healthy and exercising, i will maintain my goal weight.
I can do this!!! thanks so much!!

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NANNABLACK 11/20/2012 7:29AM

    I like what you said: Not, "I'm on an exercise program to lose weight." Rather, "I'm on an exercise program to gain health. To gain energy. To gain strength, flexibility and balance. And to have more fun!! With new friends who share those values with me!"

Thanks for sharing.

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FATHINSN 11/20/2012 7:02AM

    Hmm, so instead of aiming "I want to lose weight", it's much better to "I want to gain freedom of excess luggage!". Perhaps almost similar concept with negative-positive statements - instead of saying "I can't", change goals to "I can" :D

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MOTIVACTION2 11/20/2012 6:01AM

    Awesome, thanks for sharing!

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MTRACHEL 11/19/2012 8:33PM

    Nice job spelling it all out. It's made me reflect on all the things I gained by changing my habits to a healthier lifestyle and weight. Thanks!

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WOWGIRL51 11/19/2012 8:30PM

    Great blog post. I needed a new perspective and here it is. Thanks!
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TRAVELGRRL 11/19/2012 5:23PM

    Great blog! You MUST be one of the AG&M/TTM blogs to feature! You have so much insight and have helped me so much. Thanks are not enough, but this American Thanksgiving week I have thanks for Watermellen! emoticon

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MS_PERCEPTION 11/19/2012 2:54PM

    Insightful. Thanks for sharing. I've failed at maintenance for the last time!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 11/19/2012 9:10AM

    I *love* the idea of focusing on maintaining weight rather than losing weight. I wish I'd had that focus during the time my weight was going down - it might have saved me some of the trouble I'm having regaining weight (I lost TOO much and now don't have enough body fat to function properly at the moment). It's really hard to let go of the mentality that "less is more" when it comes to weight. Thank you for sharing your very mentally healthy perspective on this whole weight business!

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EATVEGAN 11/19/2012 3:01AM

    So glad you shared this. I just recently experienced nostalgia about the days when I could go out and buy and stuff in my face anything I wanted. I think I gave into it for several days. But the 5 pounds I gained in those days were a wake-up call, because even though I have a long way to go to my goal, I have changed enough to really enjoy the way I feel. emoticon emoticon

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PCASEY7 11/18/2012 11:57PM

    Loved your blog, it's a great way to think about getting or gaining your health back!

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JAMER123 11/18/2012 10:10PM

    emoticon emoticon Great blog!! Thanks

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GOOSIEMOON 11/18/2012 9:13PM

    Great thoughts! Thanks for sharing!

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FARIS71 11/18/2012 8:21PM

    Sheesh that was deep stuff and well put. Thank you!

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CICELY360 11/18/2012 7:33PM

  good blog

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It Sneaks Up On Me . .. .

Thursday, November 15, 2012

One two-bite brownie, after a business meeting when I'm cleaning up the snacks. (Which of course I didn't eat during the business meeting . . . ).

A couple extra brazil nuts while my supper soup is heating in the microwave.

A second Friday night glass of wine . . . and then, what the heck, a couple ounces of cheese.

And then I'll see I've been over my allotted calories for four days in a row on the nutrition tracker. That's MY allotted calories which is about 1400 a day . . . what I can eat and maintain my weight, about 10 calories per pound per day.

Hmmmm. Pants feeling tighter.

OK. Who'm I fooling?? Not "me".

I've been back at my 1400 calories again for four days.

At the gym yesterday and reminded myself of just how hard and how long I work on the rowing machine to burn 230 calories.

Went to a business meeting last evening -- cocktail hour with nibblies. Ordered a Virgin Mary (tomato juice, rimmer, seasonings: no alcohol). Departed after socializing (really like these colleagues) but before the nibblies temptation got too intense!

Gym scheduled again tomorrow morning.

Not not not going to let it sneak up on me. Not happening!!

  
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DBCLARINET 11/17/2012 9:25AM

    Carrots sneak up on me. Can you believe it? It's because I love to dip them in a mixture of Wholly Guacamole and salsa. I am still refusing to give myself an allotted calorie intake because then I stop listening to my body, which is finally starting to give me loud and clear signals when I slow down and really listen. It works especially well when I decide "no snacks." Just don't go there, because that's where extra, unnecessary calories are coming from. For me, make breakfast and lunch a little more substantial so I can get to dinner. And make sure I have enough carbohydrates. Apparently I need those sweet potatoes a little more than I thought I did.

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PHEBESS 11/16/2012 11:20PM

    Great job of maintaining!

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HDHAWK 11/16/2012 9:34PM

    Good job staying on top of it!

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TEENY_BIKINI 11/16/2012 8:13PM

    I love this blog. I love this maintenance journey.

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TRYINGHARD1948 11/16/2012 6:31PM

    You have such determination Ellen, and spread motivation all over the world. emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 11/16/2012 1:15AM

    Way to go stomping down on those little snack demons!! I am afraid I can hang my head in shame from all the sweets I was shoveling in at my bridge tournament. I am lucky I didn't gain five pounds from that weekend of excess alone!! The ironic part is I am not all that crazy about them -I still prefer salty (good bag of kettle chips) any day of the week over sweets :P
Yes, its so very frustrating how much exercise a normal weight person has to do to burn a miniscule amount of calories -with you on that!!
Keep up the great work!!!
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CRYSTALJEM 11/15/2012 9:23PM

    Way to go on the vigilance and determination.

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WILLOWBROOK5 11/15/2012 8:11PM

    Good for you nipping calorie creep in the bud! emoticon

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CARRAND 11/15/2012 7:35PM

    Yeah, it sneaks up on me, too. I do just fine for a while, then I start to snack again, all day long. Just a handful of nuts or M&M's at a time. I do get a lot of exercise, so I feel good about that, but the snacks do me in.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/15/2012 5:38PM

    Good for you that you identified your triggers and had a plan when you went to the cocktail party.

When I'm hungry as I make supper, I find chewing a piece of sugarless gum works well.

Way to go!

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ROSEWAND 11/15/2012 12:02PM

    Small nibbles add up to pounds gained!
This is the challenge of maintenance for
many of us, me included. It is so easy to
nibble here and nibble there.

When I track it, is easy see the accumulating
impact, which unfortunately, does not always
keep me from doing it again.

As they say, two steps forward, one step
back. Maintenance is a process of learning,
adjusting, and starting over. That is
for sure.

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ISHIIGIRL 11/15/2012 11:33AM

    I am glad you were able to nip it in the bud before it got out of hand. I only get about 1400 calories to maintain also. To lose, I really have to concentrate, I usually can't lose on more than about 1250 calories averages out over the week. That's why it takes so long to get back to my goal weight. Oh well, I'll get there.

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JOPAPGH 11/15/2012 11:05AM

    Way to keep ahead of things. I did well in 2012 through March, then things slid, gathered more momentum and turned into an avalanche.

Time to lose 8 pounds. Again...

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NUOVAELLE 11/15/2012 10:19AM

    Wine and cheese! A weakness for me, too!
I'm glad you've recognized the triggers and you're fighting back.
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TIFFANIE150 11/15/2012 9:52AM

    You help me so much. I just realized why I've been at 180 and staying there for months. DUH! I'm eating about 1800 calories per day. I need to get it down to around 1500 or 1600 if I want to be 160. I believe you are genious for pointing this out and it really does seem to be true.

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BOOKAPHILE 11/15/2012 9:15AM

    Good mindset and determination. I'm cheering you on!

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NANCY- 11/15/2012 9:03AM

    You go Girlfriend!
Way to go on taking control.
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