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Avoid the Dreaded Holiday Weight Gain

Monday, November 12, 2012

I think I started early. emoticon This past month has been a trial for me, but I think I am finally getting a grip on what I need to do to get back to eating healthy again. Yeah, just in time for the holidays.

The first thing I am going to do is track what I am eating. This is something that I have not been doing and I started again yesterday. I really should do this more often because it really helps me keep my focus on what I am eating.

There are two programs I am considering using: Cron O Meter and Diet Power. Both have features that the other lacks so I have to decide which feature is more important to me at this moment.

Cron O Meter has the capability to track the amino acids - This is great since I do not eat a lot of meat and I tracked all that I ate yesterday and was amazed that all the essential amino acids were met.

Diet Power offers advice as what to eat and has a function that grades your nutrition score. Hmmmm, what can I eat today that will give me an "A" as my overall grade for the day. Believe it or not, but that competitive nature in me wants to beat my previous grade; so this is a good motivating tool for me. Plus diet power computes the calories burned and calculates that into the calorie count for the day. There is a home screen with a graph so my goal can be visible every time I open the software program.

I think Diet Power is winning for my decision because I can save the files and use on more than one computer. This will be great if my husband gets back into tracking again also; then we can share the "recipe" files.

The second thing I need to do to avoid the holiday weight gain is to lower my consumption of high carbohydrate foods (read junk food here). This has been my downfall ever since last February when the Dairy Queen opened for the season. Although, I got a grip back in June and stopped my love affair with Peanut Buster Parfaits, I seemed to have found another to take its place and then another and another and another.

The third thing I need to do is to focus on my exercise program and make sure I get some high intensity workouts in through out the week. I am going to aim for 5 days with at least one half hour of some sort of routine: gym, stationary bike or 30 Day Shred workout.

The fourth thing I am going to do is focus on my diet. I have been trying to get with some program for the past month and just cannot seem to find my grove. I think using the Diet Power program will be what I need to focus on eating healthier.

I want to get on jumpstart on avoiding that holiday gain so that when the temptations come I will be able to say, "No thank you; I do not want any." I want to be more successful than I have been lately.

How about you? Do you have any plans to avoid that dreaded Holiday weight Gain?

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SWEDE_SU 11/13/2012 3:52AM

    working on it here, too - trying to keep up my miles of walking and running, it's the one thing i know *works* and it's so easy to let it slip once the winter weather hits (we just had our first snow). and of course trying to stick to good vegan whole food cooking, without snacking. emoticon

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ROSALIEESTHER 11/12/2012 8:49PM

    Love your plans.

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LIV2RIDE 11/12/2012 2:11PM

    You should join the November Fitness Challenge on the Vegan Fitness & Nutrition team. We are logging out 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week and encouraging one another to stick to the goal. I'm working to stick with whole foods which is tricky when you love chips!

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5WHITEROSES 11/12/2012 12:51PM

    Sounds like you've got a great plan!

I've been doing Jillian workouts since Sept 1st and will keep doing them indefinitely, along with some added cardio from my elliptical workouts. For food, I will eat in moderation. I'll continue to measure out my portions and avoid the really bad-for-me foods. When it comes to Thanksgiving, I can resist pumpkin pie. However, when it comes to Christmas I will most likely have a few bites of whatever is the most tempting dessert.


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BOOKWORM27S 11/12/2012 12:10PM

    Yes, I'm making healthy side dishes and I'm bringing my own turkey breast cutlet to my MIL's Thanksgiving dinner. So I'll know the exact portion size and calories for the dinner. I'm avoiding the traditional desserts, I'm making a spiced pear for my dessert.

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My eating has been horrendous....

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

I have been eating the wrong things at every opportunity and then some more these past couple of weeks. However, last night, in the wee hours of the morning when I couldn't sleep I figured out why. A couple of weeks ago, I got into a political "discussion" with my mother.

I won't go into details, but I thought my mother was smarter than that. There was no logic or reason to the things she was saying. The things she said about my husband and daughter were uncalled for and I am still holding ill feeling towards her.

This election has been one of the worse in the mudslinging that I recall and it is not just the campaign ads. I think it is worse this election because of the social media that we have now. My mother has always said that she does not discuss politics or religion. Yet, she had been posting political shares daily on facebook. It got so I would not even read what she was posting and would manually hide the post so I would not see it my wall. I admit it was irritating me.

What started the argument, I think (funny how as time goes by we never really know what started the whole thing), was I made a comment about something to which she said, "I think you go overboard on some things." I replied, "Well, that is your opinion and you are entitled to it and I am not going to vote for "__________".

So, I am most likely guilty of starting the argument by saying who I was not going to vote for, but her daily posting the shares was irritating me because she "does not discuss politics"; even though by posting the political shares she was discussing politics. I can now see why some kids cyber-bully when they would not do so otherwise. Because, as with my mother, there is a sort of empowerment to posting online rather than face to face.

I totally understand why she will not (or I should say cannot) 'discuss' politics to your face because she cannot tolerate an opinion other than hers. It was the things she said and the way she said them that upset me the most because it appeared she was blaming my husband and I for something the "other party" was doing. Seriously, like we are making them do the things they are doing? Huh?

She has strong feelings against our political views in which she knows nothing. According to that conversation, she does not even know where we stand, but she does not agree with our political views, never has. That is actually funny because one year we actually voted for the candidates in the party she aligns herself with but she would not believe that we would do that because she is one party and one party only. For years, I have tried to tell her I do not vote by party but by who I think will do the least amount of damage to the country.

I am still upset over the things she said even though she tried to make up by calling my husband (she talks to him rather than me when she calls [he is more of a phone talker than I) and invited us over for dinner and said that we can call and talk to her anytime. We did go and had a pleasant evening. But she has been continuing with the posting the shares on facebook. I have not been seeing most of them since I set up a filter to hide certain things on my wall, but occasionally one will slip through. And every time I see one of "those posts" I get angry all over.

But, back to my eating...

Ever since that argument, I found myself eating things I have not eaten for quite some time and not just a little bit. Last night, as I lay awake during the insomnia hours, I had an "aha moment" and came to the realization I was eating those things because of the argument, in other words, emotional eating. I was letting my frustration with my mother and her illogical argument upset me to the point where I reverted back to the same behavior I had during my high school years when I hated being at home.

I came to realize that it was the same eating pattern and the same frustration. I cannot count the times whenever I would go into a binge that I would evaluate my thoughts and feelings but could never pinpoint exactly what I was thinking or feeling. It seemed like there was a vacuum with this huge hole and no bottom that I was being sucked into.

I am not saying my mother is my problem. But how I am reacting is the problem because I have the same reaction with conflicts with other people. I am so glad for Spark People because had I not been blogging on this site, I most likely would have never given any attempt to actually figure out why I keep eating certain “food” items the way I do. At least now, I feel like I can get get over the bump and move forward.

Thanks for reading my vent.

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DS9KIE 11/7/2012 11:14PM

    you will get back on track emoticon

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ROSALIEESTHER 11/7/2012 10:49AM

    I believe in you. You're going to get back on track. emoticon

It sounds like things with your mother might not just be about this election - though I'm sure your problems with her came to a head during this recent time.

For me, it helps me to keep my phone calendar telling me things like "it's my choice" every hour or so. Something to remind me that, no matter what else is going on in this world or in my life, my choices are mine.

Thanks for sharing your personal experiences.

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KYLIESCHELLE 11/6/2012 6:25PM

    I'm happy to read your "vent". That's what blogs are for! I'm glad you figured out what was triggering your emotional eating. That is half the battle and now you can do something about it! Best wishes, Michelle

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GOTTAPLAN4U 11/6/2012 12:27PM

  I too have had good results from working through and adjusting my irrational thoughts until they became rational. It totally straightens out my eating patterns.

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MLUKEY79 11/6/2012 10:42AM

  You will be back on the right track!!! Good Luck!!

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Still here

Friday, November 02, 2012

I am will be busy these next few weeks and I am going to pretend I am organized. So, that means I am going to limit my time online. heehee

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LIV2RIDE 11/6/2012 9:26AM

    I think there comes a time when you have to limit your time online to see real progress. Keep doing what you are doing!

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DS9KIE 11/5/2012 9:27PM

    hahaha thats funny.... and hey I have been that way this month

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ROSALIEESTHER 11/4/2012 5:55AM

    Best description ever of what we all say! Have fun whatever you're doing.

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    Thanks for the smile!

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GOTTAPLAN4U 11/2/2012 4:33PM

  You're a hoot.

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Back to doing the 30 Day Shred

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! I am feeling that workout in my legs! I am on day 2 today and according to my heart monitor, I did not work out as hard as I did yesterday. That surprised me because it felt like the same intensity, but I think being familiar with the routine helped make it seem easier.

I debated doing the workout again today because my legs are a bit sore from yesterday's workout. It is normal for me not to be sore the day after, but the second day is another story.
I'll see what tomorrow brings. But it felt good to do a different type of workout. I like this DVD of Jillian's, mainly because it is one that I actually follow along and stick with it for more than a couple of workouts.

I dislike the workouts that have a lot of fancy steps in the cardio, I can never get the moves right. Jillian does not have that in the 30 Day Shred and so I can actually do the cardio segment with tripping over my feet. Perhaps I shouldn't have skipped the dance classes in high school. hahahaha

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RHEYNKLAW 11/1/2012 12:56PM

    Another 30DS lover, here! You are so right about Jillian's cardio -- no dance skills (or sense of rhythm, for that matter!) necessary., which means just about anyone can do it.

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LIV2RIDE 10/27/2012 9:29PM

    30 day shred is a great DVD. I love her workouts. Great job!

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KES74754 10/27/2012 6:56PM

  I just did the Shred yesterday, I like it but I hate all the jumping. I agree I hate all the steps in some of those videos because I worry too much if I am on the right foot. It gets annoying.

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Do You Give Up Because You Are Not Perfect?

Saturday, October 27, 2012

I cannot count the times I have resolved to do something or not to do something, then find myself doing the opposite. This is my third time on Spark People and This time I am going on 1 1/2 years. The previous two times, I quit because I was not perfect. I messed up over and over.

I am now learning that it is not about being perfect, but being consistent in getting back on track as soon as possible when I slide off track. It is easy to make the excuse that since I messed up, I might as well go all out. I often said, "If I am going to bad, then I might as well go all the way." I have sense realized that is the wrong way to think when I catch myself doing something that will hinder me reaching my goals.

I am trying to now reset my way of thinking that when I eat things I know I should not eat because they are not health supporting to how I can fix the damage that may occur. Instead of beating myself up because I was not following my plan perfectly, I think of ways to set things right.

There have been more than one time where I declined an offer of something and replied with "I have not been eating well today, so I need to have a salad with veggies instead." Eating those greens with raw veggies always helps me get back on track because I imagine my body telling "You like me, you really like me." (misquote of Sally Field's acceptance speech - [argh! Another my age is showing post]

This post is because of the snack attack I had last night. I found myself sneaking my eating - oh, oh. Time to snap out of that quickly. I know I am far from perfect, but I want to eat for health and it is time to move forward.

To end on a positive note: we had supper at my parents' last night. My mom made potato soup and she left out the sausage because she knew I would prefer not eating it. Thanks Mom.

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DS9KIE 11/4/2012 11:44PM

    great blog

I always say if I would have given up on healthy eating that I would not fit though the door way and believe me I am NOT perfect.

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ROSALIEESTHER 11/4/2012 6:04AM

    I love your posts - they are always full of personal stuff and there's always something wonderfully funny in then too.

It's interesting to me how many of us on sparks have perfection complexes. You are totally on the right track. This is for life, out's not about being perfect. I wouldn't be in the shape I'm in if I hadn't been so disappointed in myself that I threw in the towel and headed to Dairy Queen.

I'm so glad to hear you're being sensible and self loving this time around.

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MIRAGE727 10/27/2012 3:19PM

    Nice. I'm writing a blog today on how I look at my nutrition now that I'm a runner. Stay strong, run safe, and be well!

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COOP9002 10/27/2012 12:40PM

    Well said.

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YOGAWITCH 10/27/2012 11:21AM

    We are not defined by how many times we fall but by how many times we get up

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WALLINMW 10/27/2012 11:17AM

  Thanks for sharing!

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