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I am a loser

Friday, June 22, 2012

I weighed myself this morning and realized that I am down 2.8 pounds this month. I joined a lose 5% challenge by labor day. That is about the amount I gained this spring when I just had to have those Peanut Buster Parfaits from the Dairy Queen. It has been awhile since I last had one and if I recall the last one I had did not taste near as good as I thought they did in the spring.

Right now, I am focusing on serving size and really want to become more intent on when I am starting to feel full. I find myself often eating more than I really need to at meal time and snack when I am not really hungry. Limiting junk food and focusing more on low-energy high-nutrient foods makes such a difference in how I feel after I eat.

I have noticed when I eat junk foods, i.e. potato chips, candy bars, cake etc., I really do not feel satisfied even though I have just consumed a lot of calories. But, on the other hand, when I eat a hefty mixed green salad topped with lots of veggies I sometimes imagine my body sighing relief and telling me, "Thanks, I needed that."

That is what I need to focus on, giving my body what it needs to function properly. When I mentioned to my hubby that I joined that challenge, he told me I did not need to lose weight and 5% was too much. But I disagree, losing that 5% will put me back to where I was last summer and I felt great then.

One thing I remember him tell me when I lost the bulk of those 40 pounds I put on a few years back was that he noticed I seemed to have a lighter step when I walked. Sometimes, when I pick up chicken feed for our chickens (50 pound bag) I think of how much extra weight I was carrying around on a daily basis. Yeah, once some of that weight came off, I was walking with a lighter step because it was so much easier to walk.

I have lost only a couple of pounds so far and I am sure that it will go up and down a bit but it feels good. I have a lot of tweaking to do with my diet though...

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LOPEYP 6/25/2012 3:37PM

    I think it's great to think back on how you felt when you had lost the weight before. Visualizing how we want to be can help us get to where we want to be.
Congrats on your weight loss!

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KELLEEH 6/23/2012 10:08AM

    Sounds like you are doing really well. I really try to eat nutrient rich foods... I find I can be satisfied with fewer calories that way. But I sure do love ice cream! Congrats on your weight loss!

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LIV2RIDE 6/22/2012 11:24AM

    I'm glad you are making progress. Listening to your body and paying attention to portion sizes is such a huge part of healthy living and two of the hardest things to get down. Good luck with your challenge!

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DRKYASHI 6/22/2012 11:12AM

    emoticonon the weight loss! Keep it up and keep us posted on your progress emoticon!

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My 2 year old grandson is becoming a runner.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

There is a local 5k fun run coming up in July. I thought what a great way to get the grandkids involved in a fitness routine. So, I am going to start training with my granddaughter to run a 5k. She keeps asking, "What if I am the only kid to win?" I keep telling her that there will be other children running and it does not matter if she takes first place, what matters is that she crosses the finnish line. The last race we did as a family, the prizes were given out by drawing, so she has a memory that she won a prize.

There is a 1k fun run at the race event I am doing next week, I am trying to get my daughter to sign up the 2 year old because he loves to run down to the tower and back with me and that is almost the same distance and we run up a hill on the way back. So, I think he can do it, but he might get a little shy because of the crowd.

I love watching him run and seeing how his form is naturally developing. And my granddaughter, age 10, has a desire to leave me behind in the dust because every time we talk about doing a race, she asks me, "What if I pass you?" I tell her to make sure she follows the race route and wait for me at the finish line.

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WINACHST 6/16/2012 8:14PM

    Just purchased running shoes for my daughter. Now we can all go running together.

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LIV2RIDE 6/16/2012 10:29AM

    I love it! Getting them involved at an early age sets the tone for the rest of their life. This is something they will not quickly forget.

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WIC and protein and calcium

Friday, June 15, 2012

My grandson is on the WIC program and I had to go get the vouchers yesterday. My daughter is having issues with them because now that he is one year old she does not want him on dairy. She is lactose intolerant and there is evidence my grandson is always. His formula was switched (he was a premie and my daughter was unable to nurse) and his little tummy was so bloated with gas and he was not drinking and had diarrhea.

So, I was discussing the options as to what to feed him. I was told that calcium and protein were the two biggest concerns. It seems that to their way of thinking the requirements can only be met by Dairy (aka cow's milk). I told her we were trying to meet those needs by adding dark leafy greens and beans to his diet. Oh, did I get a look. So, I casually mentioned that when my daughter was growing up, I had to work outside the home and consequently, we ate a lot of processed foods and she has a lot of physical problems. So, we are hoping to make better choices for the grandson.

Again, I was told that calcium and protein were the two that were of the most concern and dairy would solve that. My response: "I am doing research so that he will get what he needs without dairy. Since this are a transistional time for him, we have time to get him eating the foods that will meet his needs without having to resort to cow's milk."

Her response, "Well, he's have to eat 3 cups of dried beans to get the protein he needs." So, I guess according to WIC standards only cow's milk and beans provide one with the protein and calcium we need.

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GRATEFUL_BEING 6/15/2012 9:23PM

  I would get a not from an MD or dietitians explaining the situation. They are setting the government guidelines of the programs. I doubt the WIC has any knowledge of nutrition itself. The first week my sister was a foster parent she and I went to the wic class (required in this area to receive the coupons). It was a joke. I sat there going huh. I wasn't even Spark-smart back then. They were big on cheese! Chances are if your daughter is lactose intolerant so is your grandson. I am as is my mom and sister. Good luck.

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IMNORAH 6/15/2012 10:08AM

    Go with what you know, and what you've learned through research. And I'd speak with a medical professional (his Dr. maybe?). I don't know anything about WIC but if all their employees are like that, I wouldn't want to deal with them at all. Why would she be pushing you to give him dairy when he can't process it in a healthy way?

I'd love to get ahold of her boss. I'm sure your grandson is not the 1st time she's heard of lactose intolerance, and she should be more educated before giving such lame advice.

Sorry, but there's nothing worse than trying to get advice from someone, and their response sounds robotic and they can't veer off script.

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LIV2RIDE 6/15/2012 9:54AM

    that's just sad. Hopefully you can help educate them to better options. I'm sure your grandson isn't the only one that has a problem with dairy. Good for you for doing the research to ensure he gets the proper nutrition.

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Commit to Commitment

Friday, June 15, 2012

Just to coin a phrase from a Frasier episode. I don't remember which season it was but that phrase has stuck in my brain ever since I heard it because that is my problem concerning my healthy eating. I do not commit to commitment that I should have in order to eat health-supporting foods.

I'll often tell myself that I am going to start fresh each day and often find myself not lasting very long with the commitment to choose foods that I know will be beneficial for me.

Commit to Commitment - to me that means make a choice then do everything in your power to commit to that commitment. Way too often I just forget about my plans to eat foods that will fuel and nourish my body and give in to the temptation to eat junk. Why do I do this? Because I am not really committed to the plan I devise for myself.

Commit to Commitment means:
1. Resist that candy bar when standing in line at the check out.
2. Eat health supporting foods first and foremost
3. Have an OCCASIONAL treat, but make sure it is in a sensible portion
4. Exercise
5. Be an example for other family members.
6. Educate myself as to why I should eat certain foods and avoid some foods altogether.

In other words, Commit to Commitment means to have a plan and then stick with it.

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ELIZRN 6/15/2012 6:21PM

  Yes...this is the way. Now the question is "why you would walk away from your commitment?" I suggest you work with some imagery to help you along. I'm not much for written eating plans, but I remember having to do that "early in my game." I wrote them out week by week. I always had foods that I liked. I came to understand the part of me that wasn't committed & realized it is the "child part of me." I started working with that part very early in the game. She was especially bothersome when seeing those candy bars at the checkout. Finally, I remember making a rule. I didn't allow myself to look at them. It was quite interesting to observe this part of me....the child part....who tried to look, but I wouldn't let her. I said, of course to myself LOL...."You may not look at those." No discussion. No reason why. Just the simple rule.

To this day I don't look at them. That was several decades ago. Around that same time I made up some other rules. Let me think of some of them....I wasn't allowed into the bakery department, nor to even look at the bakery department. I wasn't allowed down the cereal aisle, nor the soft drink aisle. There was one aisle...can't remember it now....but I did purchase things on the right hand side, but on the left were things I wasn't allowed to look at. Things needed permission or a pass to get into my cart. If anything got into the cart that was not on the shopping list, then it was removed before checking out.....even if it was healthy. Now, this may sound a bit strange, but I was disciplining myself to follow my list. I was allowed to put it on the list for the next week, but if it wasn't on the didn't go through the check-out.

There were a whole bunch of other things....but I'm sure you get the idea. I think/know it helps to make the commitment very tight in the beginning. Most commitments are too general & if there isn't a control image in place, like the image of the child-self, then it is more difficult to enforce. In order to commit you have to enforce. So, it helps to have that child to discipline. More than a few times I had to remove her from the market. I remember leaving the cart in the aisle & going to sit in my car & meditating while chatting with the child-self.

I'm thinking to build this subject into my blog for today, so you might be reading some of these words again.

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I need a visual to remind myself that things aren't all that bad

Monday, June 04, 2012

These are not even my fattest jeans and the picture was taken while I am stuck in this 7 pound weight gain. So, I am reminding myself that even though I am feeling bloated, things are all that bad and with a bit of tweaking my diet and exercise I should start to feel good about myself again.

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HOPEFILL 6/22/2012 11:48AM

    This is fantastic! Sometimes we need perspective to keep ourselves motivated and to see our lifestyle changes in a long-term perspective, rather than sprints of special effort. Thanks for sharing!

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VGNHRT 6/5/2012 9:35AM

    Look at that tiny waist, you should feel great about how far you've come! emoticon emoticon

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LOPEYP 6/5/2012 6:11AM

    Great attitude!! Don't lose sight of the big picture!!

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LIV2RIDE 6/4/2012 9:02PM

    That's awesome!! You should post that picture on your fridge and where you work out. Great job!

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