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I gotta get this under control!

Monday, October 11, 2010

My night-time snacking is ridiculous! I am sooooo good during the day and then 8pm hits. It's like a trigger.

Yesterday I spent the day with family at a fair. I had no desire to eat any of the food there and actually brought some good stuff with me. Last night I had my greek yogurt/pudding combo at 7. Things were looking good at 8:30 when I put the kids went to bed. I watched football with the hubby until 10 - still fine. As I headed off to bed, I made a pitstop into the kitchen, grabbed a spoon and dug into the PB. Thankfully it was only 1 scoop.

I wasn't hungry, stressed or bored (2 triggers for me), just tired, so WTF!

The last 2 times I did the Biggest Loser Challenge at work, I had no desire to snack at night. Do I need that kind of motivation to close off the kitchen after 8?

Blah. Time to buck up!

On to better things. Today is my daughter's 4th birthday. We had her party on Saturday at an indoor carousel with all her little friends wearing their princess costumes - so cute! I'm waiting for her to wake up and we're going to make chocolate chip pancakes. I told her she could wear her cupcake themed party dress all day and we're going to Toys R Us later to use the gift cards she got.

I'm off to get in a quick Insanity Fit Test done before the babes wake up, hope everyone has a stellar quasi-holiday!

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AWOLF24 10/14/2010 3:29PM

    love the pickles suggestion! LOL

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LIL_EZZY 10/12/2010 4:16PM

    Not sure if it will work but I usually have a cup of coffee. (Iknow this is not good for sleeping but I am not affected.) Maybe tea or green tea?? It works for me.

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LOVEAZ 10/11/2010 10:34PM

    Time to buck up together? I need to follow that myself and quit eating late!

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RAINBOWFALLS 10/11/2010 7:42PM

    I sabatoge myself on weekends. I do well all week then completely loss my head and make poor choices.

It sounds like a nice time for your daughter. Enjoy these moments.

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KMBRADY 10/11/2010 3:20PM

    I too have had the night time binge eating thing going. In the spring when I was rocking the weightloss, I wasn't even interested in browsing the kitchen for anything, now it's like the nightly stop-off and I've even gone to bed early a couple nights recently just to keep myself from gravitating to the kitchen. Rediculous! Not sure why, what triggers this when I'm not stressed out either. Let's get it under control!

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BREWMASTERBILL 10/11/2010 2:58PM

    Love might be a strong word for me, but I do like pickles until I eat more than 2. It becomes a little too much of a good thang :)

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WINDEE52 10/11/2010 2:29PM

    @Bill - I love pickles! I'll try that next time!

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BREWMASTERBILL 10/11/2010 11:24AM

    Ya, I did some research on diet soda when I noticed that it had the reverse effect on me than what it was supposed to (everyone here says it triggers eating), but apparently it can go either way, so ya, I agree with your caution on that. Another thing to try cautiously are simple carbs like apples or a banana. For me, it doesn't trigger the need to eat 30-60 minutes later like simple carbs do to some people. On the flip side, the low caloric density of apples and bananas make me feel full.

And if you want to try something borderline disgusting, eat some pickles straight from the jar. The vinegar can act as a suppressant as well, plus pickles are virtually calorie free.

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WINDEE52 10/11/2010 8:32AM

    @Brewmasterbill - I do try to eat as late as possible, and it helps. The nights I have kickboxing, I usually don't eat until 8:30, it's the other 5 nights! I am not opposed to diet soda, but the sweetness of it can be a trigger sometimes too. I know it's a mental thing, I just need to make it a habit now.

@ Marli & Kindred: Thank you!

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BREWMASTERBILL 10/11/2010 8:19AM

    Well, I have the same 'problem' I guess. I eat probably over 50% of my calories after 7. Instead of fighting it too much, I just juggled my calories around so that night time eating doesn't bork my daily intake. I'm not one of those people that believes time of day for consumption matters. Or if it does matter, it doesn't seem to create a problem for me.

Two suggestions though and these may or may not work. First, if caffeine is an appetite suppressant for you (it is for me), try some weak coffee, tea or (gasp!) diet soda (Coke Zero works for me!). When I was losing, I would grab a 100 calorie popcorn pack and a coke zero. Problem solved. Second suggestion, try some cardio at night. Maybe just 15 minutes or so. Cardio is also an appetite suppressant for me. YMMV.

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KINDRED2U 10/11/2010 8:08AM

    I am a night time snacker too. I do good all day then I go to get a drink and mindlessly open the fridge. Hope you find a cure, I haven't yet! Happy b-day to your little one!

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MARLIMOO 10/11/2010 8:01AM

    Oh I thought it was YOUR birthday. Sorry- happy birthday mini you! Hope its fun.

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Thursday, October 07, 2010

Didn't feel like re-doing the post.... lazy, I know....


Lentil soup for the soul....

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Recipe and stuff at my other blog:

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MS_GOLIGHTLY 10/6/2010 11:36AM

    Oh... my... goodness! That looks out of this world! I'm totally stealing a bite tomorrow at your house, if there's any left ;)

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FLYFIGHTER 10/5/2010 10:57PM

    ok that seals the deal...totally making that ASAP!

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SPIRITELLO 10/5/2010 10:00PM


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LIL_EZZY 10/5/2010 8:23PM

    Oh yum that looks delicious. Im on my way over for dinner.

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RAINBOWFALLS 10/5/2010 8:06PM

    looks good

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BUTRFNGRZ 10/5/2010 7:05PM

    Looks great (minus the turkey bacon for me, ha ha!)! The Sweet Potato Corn Cakes sound awesome, too! emoticon I LOVE sweet potatoes!!

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Greatest marriage proposal EVER!

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

So cute, just wanted to share...

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HEIDE69 10/6/2010 7:47AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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RAINBOWFALLS 10/5/2010 8:14PM

    What a lucky girl to have such great romance with her man.

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LIL_EZZY 10/5/2010 5:56PM

    That was so clever and soooooo sweet. Where do I find a man like that.

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KMBRADY 10/5/2010 4:18PM

    Will check it out when I get home, thanks!

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We're all cheerleaders on Spark, but what about 'real life'?

Friday, October 01, 2010

In the past 8 months that I've been Sparking, I've noticed a trend.

We are all cheerleaders for each other - sending sparkgoodies and high fives, giving encouragement and sympathy.

But what about in 'real life'?

I can be judgemental. I admit that and I'm working on it. Laziness is a HUGE pet peeve of mine. I get a sense of superiority when I'm jogging the double stroller past the drive thru at Micky D's. I have NO patience for the people who join kickboxing for the novelty and don't work! Excuses make me want to scream.

But I no longer look at someone who is overweight and think badly of them. I'm much more sympathetic and hopeful that they are on SPARK!

On the other hand, I think being a cheerleader on Spark can be harmful as well. I sometimes read these blogs about people doing these insane diets (liquid, low cal, cutting entire food groups, exer-exia) and I want to say something but I don't cuz it's none of my business. But I will not give encouragement.

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PAPAMIKIE 10/2/2010 7:39PM

    I actually addres things that I think are an issue, not every one, but many of them. I typically do it privately via Sparks mail. Sometimes I get no response and that is okay, sometime I gat an unpleasant response, and that is okay. Every now and again I get a thank you no one has ever said that before, but that makes sense. That makes the other two types of response worth it.

Comment edited on: 10/2/2010 7:40:47 PM

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MARLIMOO 10/2/2010 7:16PM

    You know we think the same. I feel the same way. It's crazy some of the things I read, excuses I hear. I so try to shut my mouth when I see what people do - or better - do not do to make healthy life style changes that will only better their lives. I was guilty of making excuses myself. I finally realized what I needed to do and slowly incoporated the changes into my daily life. Exercise regularly, eat healthy, portions, and just be aware of what I am eating and how much. It's worked. I have taken 20 lbs off, lost many inches, and feel wonderful ...I wish more friends would reconsider sparks but they just say- no it's not for me. How can it not be? Friends going through the same journey, all making it at different times. I wish everyone success out here. It's so inspirational.

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WINDEE52 10/2/2010 7:13AM

    AMINABEE - You are a motivator for me so THANK YOU!

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AMINABEE 10/2/2010 12:23AM

    Spark has allowed me to wonder more about people I see in "real" life. I wonder if they've discovered Spark, or if they have found exercise, or are learning about nutrition. I have learned to give people the benefit of the doubt before judging them. I do find however, that I can not help but judge, when I'm at the store, cart full of fresh food, and the person behind me has loads of junk. I also have a REALLY hard time when I see people on Spark blog about how they're stuck, or can't lose weight, and they wonder why...all the while food blogging with their cookies, and other snacks that are not healthy. I don't keep a lot of friends on Spark, or search for a lot of friends. I try to only "surround" myself with people I can learn from, and who motivate me, and who I can in turn support. That being said, I'm glad you're one of my friends. I haven't cooked this much in my entire life, so thank you! :)

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SPARKYJEANIE1 10/1/2010 4:01PM

    True!! I have heard of some pretty crazy things, too...bottom line is you have to get OUT there and get active in any way, shape, or form, guzzle the water, and load up on the freggies. I won't support someone starving themselves either...

Very good point!

I'm all for cheerleading! And I too, feel bad for people that are obese now - I just don't feel bad when I constantly see the same ones cramming crap down their throats.

Great blog! Love those pumpkins and sweet kiddos in the background!


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WINDEE52 10/1/2010 3:45PM

    @Curvy - Excellent point!

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CURVYDIVA86 10/1/2010 2:01PM

    I know what you mean.. As with anything on the interwebs, anonymity is a wonderful thing. You can avoid people you want to avoid, cheer people you want to cheer, be "friends" with people you'd never associate with in real life.

My personal pet peeve -- bashing yourself when other people are struggling more than you are. Example: I had a SparkFriend awhile ago who often wrote blogs with really negative language about her former self (called her body "ugly", etc.) pre-weight loss, and it really offended me because her former self is skinner than my current self! So I de-friended her. No room for negativity here!

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ASTORRES1 10/1/2010 11:46AM

    What I try to do here and in REAL life is encourage everyone within moderation. No extreme diet or life style changes but more ONE STEP AT A TIME...ONE DAY AT A TIME approach. Positive attitudes help with everything involved with a great healthy lifestyle change....NO DIET...this is a LIFESTYLE CHANGE!!!

Happy Sparkin

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GRACEFULIFE 10/1/2010 11:15AM

    I'm working on the real life angle, too. I need to get better at encouraging people who are trying, even if it doesn't look like it to me sometimes (everyone sort of has their own level of commitment / "obsession" with this sort of thing). But I dont think I cheerlead anything, whether IRL or here, that I see as a negative practice.

I tend to just avoid people, I guess, who are here doing some form of extreme diet. I've seen a few "raw food" people, for example, but mostly crazy calorie ideas like men eating 1300 calories/day (then again I don't know their height; maybe they're very small men). If they seem reasonably friendly and committed to the effort, I point out it's not a good idea. If it's a super-low-cal-er, I wait a while then mildly make fun of them for losing all their muscle mass. I've never quite gotten down to calling anyone "AIDS boy" so far though, as BB was called IRL.

I have a fairly good friend IRL who is all into the "detox" and once told me flat out "calories don't matter". I haven't spoken to her in a while... seriously I won't put up with that crap, and most of the time when she talks about it I protest. Even my mom.. I occasionally rip her a new one for "fasting".

I also don't really have anyone on my list here anymore who needs very signficant encouragement... or at least no one says complains about plateaus or how they're going to smash their scale. The ones that used to do that stopped (congratulations to them)... and a few I eventually systematically defriended. Out of sight, out of mind....

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WINDEE52 10/1/2010 10:26AM

    @NorthMountain - Thank You! Very true! I also delete more than I post.

@Kimmas82 - I do that too!!!! But I also catch people doing it to my cart ;)

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HEIDE69 10/1/2010 10:15AM

    You said it perfectly!

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KIMMAS82 10/1/2010 9:29AM

    Great blog!! I'm trying to make an effort to be less judgemental too! Going to the grocery store is the worst for me!! I find myself examining other peoples food while I'm in line to pay! And I always end up thinking mean things. "Could you buy any more processed food?" "Bananas! That's the only produce you're buying?!?!" "FOUR 12 packs of soda!! REALLY?" These ALL went through my head this week. . . on one persons purchases. It's TERRIBLE!!

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NORTHMOUNTAIN 10/1/2010 9:02AM

    Good topic for a blog. I think I cheerlead (and bite my tongue) IRL in the same proportion that I do here. Of course, on Spark you're also constrained by Terms of Service to provide only positive reinforcement and encouragement to other users.

The things that really torque me off are whining and selfishness. Now, I think everyone is entitled to a good gripe and a sympathetic ear now and then, but when complaining is someone's only mode of discourse, and you get the sense that everything in someone's life is exaggerated into a major crisis for the sake of generating drama, my patience evaporates like morning dew, and I long to type "suck it up, grow a thicker skin, tough it out, buy a spine." Or something along those lines.

Similarly I hear (and read) some astoundingly selfish stories, and statements of life philosophy. My inner responses then are even less printable.

Sometimes I even type them out in the response box, then remind myself of the TOS, delete them, and replace with a simple "Wow".

*chuckle*... fair warning to all and sundry then. If I type "Wow" on someone's blog, what I'm REALLY saying is...

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SUGIRL06 10/1/2010 8:32AM

    Ah you are so true! I try not to be judgmental but its hard sometimes. There are times though when I'm out somewhere and want to give a "WOOHOO!" to someone I see doing a great job but that might seem a little odd. LoL. I also agree about the blogs that you see. I always just try to caution them and make sure they are getting enough whatever (carbs, calories, whatever they are cutting!) so that they are healthy. I try to remind them that this is about health, not just about weight loss. I really try not to offend them though! Great blog!

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WINDEE52 10/1/2010 8:28AM

    Ivy - Well said, thank you!

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RAINBOWFALLS 10/1/2010 8:26AM

    I agree that you should be honest and I don't believe in those "quick fix methods". I believe in healthy living and also I believe that we never know what another person has been through in thier lives so we should only judge ourselves. Easier said than done.

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MS_GOLIGHTLY 10/1/2010 8:25AM

    For me, it's easier to be a cheerleader on Spark because I know everyone who joins is looking to improve their health and nutrition on some level. They are taking responsibility for themselves, and I admire and respect that. They may have misinformation as to how to attain better health, but at least this is a good place for them to be with a lot of good examples (such as yourself!) to hopefully learn from.
It's not as easy to walk up to someone who clearly needs to improve their health and give them a pep talk about it, because if they are not ready to help themselves, they will likely be offended.

I think it is human nature to look at others critically, especially people who complain about things wrong in their life but do NOTHING to try and fix it and would rather make excuses as to why they "can't". I am not a fan of that word, because I see so many people who actually have a valid reason to say they can't and they DO. I also have no tolerance for people who walk around with a chip on their shoulder due to whatever might be wrong in their lives and expect that the world owes them something!

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    I don't think I treat anyone any differently here as I do IRL. If someone here is not ready to commit, full of excuses, whatever, I usually let them be. I can't MAKE someone do this. Same thing IRL, people ask me to run, participate in races, sports, etc, I respond in kind. I invite them, encourage them, check up on them, discuss fitness plans, etc. I guess I don't give them sparkgoodies though. heh. My view of people is no different than it was before. It's a choice, I knew it then, I know it now. You can jog with a stroller or hit Mickey D's for a double QP. Choice is yours and I don't really care which one you choose. I guess this is the Libertarian in me.

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KITKA82 10/1/2010 8:03AM

    Very good points. I started a weight loss competition at work, and I love the opportunity to encourage others while I'm working toward my own goals. However my problem is that I am too hard on myself.

Please don't get me started on "detox" and "cleanses"... :)

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MISSFORTE 10/1/2010 7:43AM

    Your right! How real are we when we are not sparking? When i go shopping also I look and think what are they doing to change their life? do they want to change their life? and yes I agree people join kickboxing and stuff for the novelty! hang in there keepup the goodwork!

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