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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Today I spoke to my "son" who is a division 1-NCAA football player. I told him about my new eating and exercise habits and he was very supportive. During the course of conversation, he mentioned that he maintains an "in season" weight and an "off season" weight, which is 11 pounds higher. The depressing part is this; BOTH of his weights are more than ten pounds less than what I weigh now and he plays football!!

All the conversation did was motivate me to work hard in the gym this evening and eat a sensible, nutrient-dense dinner. I don't like the idea of weighing more than my "son".

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SONYALATRECE 3/16/2011 10:20AM

    Remember muscle weighs more than fat, so don't be too hard on yourself. Besides men distribute much of their weight in their upper body. Women more so in our lower bodies.
Keep Sparking so they all say, "Da%#!" but to you. WooHoo!

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Habit-forming behaviors

Monday, March 14, 2011

The newness of my eating plan has totally worn off. I've now settled into a day-to-day routine built on weeks of habit-forming behaviors. To stay engaged and motivated, I'm focusing on strengthening the areas I've identified as weak:

1) Dirty dishes in the sink that render me too lazy to cook;
2) Not drinking enough water;
3) Not getting enough fruits and vegetables.

Here are my planned solutions;

1) 10 minutes cleaning the kitchen daily;
2) Keep a QT 32 oz cup on my desk and drink two cups while at work;
3) Drinking 1 glass of orange juice lite (50 calories) in the morning, eat fruit or a vegetable for morning and afternoon snacks, eat one fruit/veg at lunch and one at dinner.

Ain't nothin' to it but to do it. Onward and downward.

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TOPBOB 3/20/2011 11:26AM

    You have a very good plan. I have trouble with the water part, myself...Bob

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TACONES 3/14/2011 10:15PM


Sounds like plan.


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The Dine-out Diva

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Okay, I admit it. I confess. I dine out entirely too much. I spend too much money and eat too many dishes with calorie counts that are nearly impossible to figure out. I live alone, I work full time, and I'm prone to procrastination and disorganization. I also hate doing dishes and other mundane housework. Because I live alone, no one is going to call me out when my dishes pile up.

I know this habit is costing me calories and money, so why is it so difficult to break? I think it's because eating at home requires PLANNING. Being the disorganized, no attention-span having woman that I am, planning is a foreign word to me.


Usually what happens is I go to the store with a list. I've mapped out my recipes for the week. I pick up my food, put it away in the kitchen. During the week I'm busy so dishes pile up in the sink because I failed to put away the clean dishes in the dishwasher. Now one evening, I come home. I have things I can prepare, but because the kitchen is a mess, I don't wanna bother having to clean it before I start cooking. So I don't cook. Days go by and I still haven't prepared the food I've purchased. It goes bad, so I have to toss it.


I do get around to cooking. The recipe makes six portions. It's a new recipe and the results are mediocre. I eat one portion, then refrigerate the rest. The next day, I take a second portion to work for my lunch. That evening, I come home to the same leftovers, which I have for dinner. By day three, I'm busy again. The dishes are piling up. I don't want to cook, but I'm tired of mediocre leftovers. So now the remaining three portions go bad, while I grab something to eat from Boston Market or Chipotle.

The answer is brilliantly simple. I'm pledging to spend 10 minutes in my kitchen every day. That's it. 10 minutes a day. I think that's all the time I need to put dishes away, load dishes in the dishwasher, sweep the floor, clean out "science projects" from the fridge and stay organized. I'll even set a timer. Whatever I don't finish after 10 minutes remains until the next day.

I am also going to focus on making sure my pantry is stocked and organized. I have a list of kitchen staples tacked to the door of my freezer. Anything that I need is checked off. By the end of the week, I have a partial grocery list. I add in the ingredients to my recipes and that's the list I bring with me to the store.

See, I have a system. But it doesn't work if my kitchen's a mess. Time for the dine-out diva to retire.

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REMODELINGPAT 3/14/2011 9:10PM

    emoticonI think you must be my twin! I don't live alone, but thankfully DH is extremely low-key and helpful. It's really rough to KNOW the system: Plan, Shop, Put Away, Prepare, Eat, Clean Up and not follow through, but that has been the story of my days for a VERY long time! I have confidence in you emoticonI'm emoticoncheering for the Dine-Out Diva to retire! Just think of all the other ways you can use that money...more fun, too!

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AMANDA_AGAIN 3/13/2011 11:26PM

    I feel your pain SO MUCH. But I do know for a FACT that I can unload my dishwasher in less than 5 minutes. I have timed it. Because I have the same thing.

Let me know if you manage to solve the too many portions of mediocre leftover problem. I do NOT like leftovers. I'm working on finding recipes I can freeze. nd making more of those. Maybe leftovers will be more palatable after of few days or even weeks of not having them.

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SONYALATRECE 3/13/2011 3:56PM

    You recognized, owned, and took steps to solve the problem.
Cheers to that!

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XIMERAGREY 3/13/2011 3:51PM

    I think the 10 minute pledge is brilliant! Really. You can do wonders in 10 minutes.

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TACONES 3/13/2011 1:06PM

    Go ahead and retire dine-out-diva. emoticon It is really costing you too much in more ways than one. I like your plan. It is not overwhelming. That is what the experts suggest when cleaning something overwhelming, spend a few minutes each day until it is done. Oh the difference you will see in your pockets and your weight loss once your plan is in effect. emoticon


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When all else fails...stick to your plan

Friday, March 11, 2011

This has been a stressful, topsy turvy week. I have a lot on my mind these days including concern about my child, my job and all the stuff I need to do that's being neglected. I feel like there's very little going on in my life right now that I can control.

That is, except the healthy lifestyle I am trying to create for myself. It seems like it's the only thing I can control. So, despite the fact that I'm a stress eater, I chose to cling tighter to my healthful eating plan so that I can continue to see progress. I wasn't perfect this week, but considering the circus that's become my life, I'm handling things admirably well. In fact, I'm ready to give myself a high five for effort.

Staying on the plan calms me because at least one thing that's been bothering me is still being addressed. So everytime I made a misstep, I climbed right back in the driver's seat at the next meal.

Persistance--not perfection. My new mantra. Onward and downward.

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TACONES 3/11/2011 8:48PM

    Onward...you can do it. Stay focus. It will all work out. emoticon

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Saturday, March 05, 2011

Rut-Rho, as Scooby-doo says.

Ever had a time when you were so disappointed in your kid, you were ready to box them in the head? Today is my turn. Sometimes, it's hard to accept that our kids are not little angels but human beings who make mistakes--some of them damn doozys.

I am prone to overeating when stressed and these are truly trying times. How did I manage the stress today? I went out and got a one-hour massage. Calmed me right down and was worth every penny of the $70 I spent. I also drove around a bit (which is a bit crazy given gas prices, but oh, well), dined out at a small place I like to go to and hit my favorite bookstore.

Did my eating stay on track? Actually, so far it has. I kept telling myself the following:
1) Eating is not going to change anything.
2) Eating is something you CAN control--you can't control all the dumb things your child is going to do.
3) You need to find a new way to deal with the stress.

This was running through my head like a broken record. Still, I could improve my performance on my plan; I've missed several exercise sessions, but have committed to a boxing class tomorrow, so I'm nipping the laziness in the bud. I also need to drink more water and eat more fruits and vegetables.

I'm still figuring all this out. Just ask for y'all to pray for me so that I can restrain myself from boxing my kid in the head. Good thing I'll be hitting a punching bag in class tomorrow, lol.

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TACONES 3/7/2011 6:03PM

    I know how you feel. You did really good by leaving. I like the idea of handling the stress by getting the massage. I am going to have to try that one. First, I have to learn how to walk away. Prayers do work. I will be praying for you. emoticon

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SONYALATRECE 3/6/2011 8:31PM

    Parenting is a job. Stay calm and keep praying too.

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