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A Small Victory!

Friday, December 11, 2009

A note to record this week's little victory: I didn't have ANY candy at work this week!

I used to have at least a couple of small pieces pretty much every day. I'd eat chocolate when I was hungry (even though I did an okay job of keeping my desk stocked with healthier snacks). I'd eat a small piece of dark chocolate after lunch as dessert. And sometimes I'd get bored or frustrated with my job and that was a good excuse to have candy, too.

There are a couple of people who sit near me who keep candy dishes near their desks, so it was easy to make it a habit.

Well, I made it through 1 week without any candy. But best of all, I didn't miss it! That's the strange part. Or the not-so-strange part. I'd taken a break from candy before, but it was a struggle.

This time, focusing on my water intake and eating plenty of fruit (and occasionally a few almonds or unsweetened plantain chips), I barely noticed that I hadn't swung by the candy dish!

For the record, I've made no goals to give up candy. I intend to continue enjoying chocolate, but I want to eat it because I really want a small treat. Not because I'm dehydrated, bored, or craving something more nutritious.

  
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LILHLFPINT 12/13/2009 10:10PM

    (whoo hoo! ::high fives::)

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THATSLIFE 12/12/2009 3:51PM

    Its great to have u aboard. Good on u, positive thinking is the key to success! At least that way u wont attack choc the way i do! Lol

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DANA47 12/11/2009 11:43PM

    You are doing great!

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TENOR4COUNTS 12/11/2009 9:39PM

    Congratulations! Each small victory is another step in the right direction.

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MEXGAL1 12/11/2009 9:35PM

    Good for you!

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Attack of the Killer Avocado!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

So tonight I was assembling a bit of a hodgepodge for dinner. I got some fish from the grocery store and sauteed it, and I had 1/2 cup bulgur that I had already made. Then I still had plenty of calories left for the day, so I thought I'd eat some avocado.

Now, I *know* avocados are high in fat and calories. But I've always just persuaded myself that they are GOOD FAT and so can be eaten without any worry. I think I was in denial.

I decided to look up the avocado on my food tracker before I decided how much to eat. Well, it turns out a cup of mashed avocado (which really is a lot) has about 380 calories. Oh, believe me, I've sat down and eaten a whole avocado plenty of times. In fact, just the other day I mentioned to a friend that I had just eaten half of one, and she looked at me a little strangely and said, "All by itself?"

*** So, healthy fat though it may be, I realized that I should be treating avocado more like butter. Like a buttery spread, and not like the cornerstone of my dinner. Heh. ***

I ended up deciding to have a 1/4 cup of mashed avo made into guacamole (+ lemon juice, salt & pepper, hot sauce) with some more of the bulgur mixed in. The flavor was 100% just as good as guacamole, with a nice chunky texture. If I were going to make more of this, I'd also throw in some diced tomato, jalapeno, and maybe some bell pepper. Could be good on rice cakes!

Oh no, I'm getting hungry again! emoticon

Anyway, this made me think of a question: is there a way to track the percentage of your total daily fat intake that is saturated, polyunsaturated, and mono?

  
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ALPHAPREP 12/11/2009 9:49PM

    Ah but the food scale is a symbol of great bakers and *anyone and everyone* in europe! We over on this coast just have lost touch. Just do it!!!!

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ZENMIND7 12/11/2009 9:17PM

    I guess I need to look up and remind myself about the fiber and vitamin content of avocados.
As far as treating avocado like butter, maybe that was a little extreme. I meant that I plan to eat it more as a garnish, and really savor the rich texture rather than just gulping it down! (I'd gotten into a bad habit of eating higher fat foods too quickly and not even really tasting how rich they are!)

I am considering a digital scale. It seems really useful. However, I've just NOW purchased a bathroom scale for the first time in my life, and even having that in my house makes me feel a little overly weight-conscious. I know it is a healthy tool, and that I'm going to use it in a healthy way, but I will have to get over not wanting a symbol of dieting (the food scale) to be so prominent in my kitchen.

I know, I overthink things. A topic for another blog entry!

LBIDLER: I encourage you to try avocados! They are SO delicious! Do you eat green salads? Chop a little up and put it in your salad, where the green color won't put you off!


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ALPHAPREP 12/10/2009 7:13PM

    Mm... not quite like butter though: you are forgetting the really healthy nutrients, fiber, etc. that come from the fact that it is a vegetable! I treat it more like... a lean meat or protein, even though it doesn't have a ton of protein it in there.

A cup of mashed though is a lot of avocado - usually I weigh my avocado in grams - (a little digital scale is going to be one of your best tools if you don't have one) and a whole hass isn't so terrible, it's not quite 300 calories. Now - I wouldn't eat it with a really heavy meal, but it will help make a salad really filling, etc.

I might have it with some quinoa, a whole bunch of salsa, etc. Or, make guacamole and use a few tablespoons as a topping on almost anything I'm eating.

Don't fear the avocado! He is your friend~!

Ok.. so gone are the days I sit down and eat multiple avocados at once... But I eat a lot of avocado, and it still fits pretty well into my closer to 1200 calorie a day diet.

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AGIRLCALLEDLUKE 12/10/2009 4:40PM

    It's 100 calories less for a cup of Florida avocado.

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TIGERJANE 12/10/2009 9:58AM

    I LOOOOOOVE avocado. I was shocked, too, when I started tracking on here. I like to take a small spoon and just have at it! It's really good to use as a spread on a sandwich, I use about a quarter cup. The tracking on here really opened my eyes to just how many calories I was eating, as opposed to what I had estimated I was eating. Love the idea of mixing it with bulgur!

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LBIDLER 12/10/2009 7:40AM

    Would you believe I have never tasted avocado? I think it's the color that throws me off.

Well, anyway, you can track most nutrients but going to the My Nutrition page and above the water glass is a link called Change My Nutrition Goals. Click on that, go to the bottom of the page and click on the first button. You'll see a list that you can choose from to track.

Have fun!!

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A Silly Little Blog About Breakfast

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

I'm excited about having planned my breakfast for tomorrow. I planned some of it yesterday, but for tomorrow morning I have concocted a new creation that I expect to fill my tummy with delight and get the day started right! (ok, that was the silly part) emoticon

I know a hot, satisfying breakfast really gives me energy in the morning, but it's often hard to get organized on the way out the door. So I acknowledged that I don't usually really eat until I get to my desk, and I put the following in a tupperware to heat up at work:

- 1/2 cup brown rice
- 1 egg, scrambled with a bit of jalapeno and cut in chunks
- 1 lean veggie burger, cut into chunks
- sprinkling of paprika

It's like a breakfast burrito in a bowl! I don't see myself doing this all the time, but I am happy with my idea and looking forward to having it ready for tomorrow morning!

(Also, I was making an egg and veggie patty for dinner, so it was no effort to make extra.)

  
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ALPHAPREP 12/10/2009 12:34AM

    It sounds delicious! I actually do a variation on this occasionally with trader joe's vegetable masala burgers... (not the healthiest, but most delicious!)

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ZENMIND7 12/9/2009 12:02AM

    Glad it sounds good to you! I need to remember how helpful it is to me to always have some brown rice made -- very handy to create all sorts of meals.

I also like to have 1/2 cup in the morning with some hot milk and cinnamon! It's quick if I don't have time to make oatmeal (and I usually can't even be bothered to do that in the morning).

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MACKANDME 12/8/2009 11:57PM

    It actually sounds really good!

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GEOFROG 12/8/2009 11:47PM

    Sounds good to me!!! That gave me a great idea that would even work for lunch. Thanks!!!

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Things Are Going Well! / Some Challenges

Monday, December 07, 2009

End of 2nd full day/ 3rd day on SP.

Good things:

- I bought a scale and got an accurate first weigh-in. It was 2 lbs more than I thought I might be. I guess that part is not a "good thing," but it confirms that I need the help I'm getting from SparkPeople! (And it's not really a big difference, but it's definitely getting into my personal "unhealthy zone.")
- I had an excellent day today in terms of meeting almost all of my goals. I resisted several chances to over-indulge, didn't have any junk food, and enjoyed sharing one delicious, natural dessert (Middle Eastern pudding with rosewater!).
- I walked briskly and even ran a tiny bit in the rain! It was just a block or two, but I had fun doing it.
- Over the past 3 days of tracking my nutrition, I decreased my fat and calorie intake and finally hit the recommended guidelines today!
- Listening to good music is really boosting my morning energy level.

Challenges:

- Trying to get enough fiber. i thought I was pretty good about eating fiber, but I'm getting *way* less than I thought I was.
- Doing cardio on the weekends. I thought I'd have more time for exercise on Sat, Sun, but with allowing time for rest, fun, and the RAIN, I didn't do much. At least I got outside both days and did about 15 minutes of brisk walking.
- Doing cardio is going to be a challenge for me in general. I guess I'm just trying to do 30 minutes most days right now. I'm not going for super intense workouts.
- Keeping track of what I'm eating when I eat out with friends. Certain cuisines that I love (Thai, Chinese) are really going to be a challenge to track. I don't want to give them up, so I'll have to figure out a way to eat in moderation and account for what I'm eating. That sounds hard.
- I am good at getting 7 hours of sleep, but not 8. Time to go to bed! (Soon...)

  
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ZENMIND7 12/10/2009 3:35PM

    Awesome, thanks!

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ALPHAPREP 12/10/2009 2:48PM

    I thought so! It's a turkish pudding actually which uses rice flour - I'm sure I can find you a recipe - http://www.antoniotahhan.com/2008/1
1/19/for-the-love-of-pudding/R>that's a pretty good one, and i substitute rosewater for the orange. Or here: http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Cookbo
ok:Muhallebi

I know they have mixes at samiramis for it - but it's fairly easy to make your own. - You'll find it most places spelled "muhallebi" as well, which is the turkish spelling.

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ZENMIND7 12/10/2009 1:27AM

    Alphaprep, it was a pudding from La Mediterranee restaurant. It's on their menu as Muhalabiye. I'd never had dessert there before.

It was *really* good -- had rosewater and pistachios on top. I'm sure it was richer than the "vanilla pudding" that I entered into my nutrition tracker -- but hey, I tried! It would be interesting to try and make this at home -- I wonder if I can find a recipe. But I'd have to make it for a bunch of people to share!

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ALPHAPREP 12/10/2009 1:15AM

    Question! "enjoyed sharing one delicious, natural dessert (Middle Eastern pudding with rosewater! " home made? or from a place? What kind was it?

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PHEBESS 12/7/2009 8:27AM

    I have trouble getting enough fiber too - I've started making my own low-fat muffins for bkfst (I'll bake 24 every 2 or 3 weeks, that's enough for DH and myself) - I add oatmeal and use whole wheat flour. I also add a few nuts, and fruit like cranberries - so it ups the fiber content.

Also, baby carrots, radishes, other easy-to-transport vegs will boost your fiber.

Good luck!

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TXLIZWOLF 12/7/2009 8:27AM

    I know your challenges too well! My solution has been to take it easy on the weekend, park far away when shopping, and play a couple of games of bowling or tennis on my Wii.

Eating Thai and Chinese. I have given up Chinese a while back because of MSG, which I cannot tolerate anymore. Besides it is way too soy and calorie laden to be beneficial. If you can find a restaurant that serves Mapo Tofu to order, have them cook it "low salt and low soy." with limited rice it is an excellent weight watcher's food :)

But the Thai ... yes... try to stay away from the coconut milk and the deep fried items, and concentrate on the chicken and vegetable foods. That's my best advice there. I have the challenge of eating Indian foods, since we have an excellent Indian restaurant here... so I have learned to cook Indian cuisine myself, in order to be able to cut back on fats in favor of flavor :) I do not make the cream sauces and rather season my meats and veggies with the various curries.

Other than that, you are on the right track. It takes a while to experiment with what works for you and what doesn't. I must be a slow learner, it took me 2 years before I started to get the hang of it :)

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BROSEQUILTS 12/7/2009 8:10AM

    You're doing great so far, keep it up!

Michelle

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MARLENE160 12/7/2009 6:18AM

    First, I'd like to comment on the structure of your blog. This is a technique that we use for grading students' work. First we list - Good Job, then we list- Things we need to work on. Excellent way of keeping track of your program.
As far as getting in enough cardio time on the weekend, some people like to take a day off from their exercise routine. You might consider walking outside on one day, then walking indoors to a walking DVD on the next day. I think you're doing fine, as long as you put in some time everyday.
It looks like you have a handle on what you need to do. Keep it up, you're doing fine.
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B28680 12/7/2009 3:35AM

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Some Things I Need to Do

Sunday, December 06, 2009

- I am not convinced my "start" weight is accurate, so I need to figure out how I'll be weighing myself regularly and get an accurate first weigh-in. (I was weighed at a doctor's office on Friday, but since I had all my clothes and my boots on, I adjusted it a few pounds).

- So, I guess I need to buy a scale. I've never owned one before as I had an "anti-scale" attitude for a long time! (I think there are good reasons for this -- I saw people in high school and college who were weight-obsessed, and I didn't want to be like them. But now I need to acknowledge that having a scale doesn't make me shallow or neurotic!) It's just a tool to use.

- I probably also need to get some hand weights that I can use at home. I used some cans (of beans) yesterday, but I think they are too light for the exercise I was doing, and it would be a nice motivator for me to have cute handweights rather than BEANS sitting in my bedroom.

- I am sure there's more to do. Oh, grocery shopping. I usually shop a few times a week, but I need to get some healthy food for the next few days. MORE FRUIT AND VEGGIES!

  


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