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How Healthy is Your Relationship with Food?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

If you are interested in taking this quiz, here is the link: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/quizzes

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I cannot believe it, but these are the results of my Sparkpeople Quiz:
Your Results A Healthy Balance

You have achieved healthy balance with food. Although you get disappointed when you get off track, you keep a realistic mindset and know that it one mistake won't make or break your success. You're concerned about making healthy food choices, but instead of letting food control you, you practice moderation. Be sure to set goals and reward yourself when you reach them; doing so will remind you that you’re making positive progress and help you continue to put your lifestyle choices into perspective.


and no, I didn't cheat...lol...

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MKBWNSUGAR 7/24/2014 4:38PM

    I scored Carefree Food Attitude, have to think about that one, lol. Liked the quiz, thanks for sharing. emoticon

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Day 20 - half-off special

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lifewalk has it ‘right’ when she says basically that if you are cooking at home, you can be aware of what serving amounts you are dishing out, “but away from home is more difficult.” So this Chapter's challenge is to take half of what you would normally eat. The example Linda Spangler gives is lasagna. You think of what your normal portion would be and then half it! This reminds me of eating at Panera’s or one of those places. They offer a combination half sandwich and half soup or salad. I like that a lot. It’s what I was referring to in an earlier post about wishing more restaurants would offer smaller portions for smaller amounts of money.

The half-off special worked at the buffet, but at the same time, it did not.
Good news: It worked in that I ate much less than I ever would have in that situation. I also appreciated the tastes more than usual although to be frank I have discovered something about me during this process. I 'hurry' through my food and always need a distraction generally that's TV but in this case it was chatting with fellow co-workers during the luncheon.

Closing the TV while I eat my dinner and putting my utensil down between bits has taught me so much. At first I was hurrying through it all to get back to the TV, but then I concentrated on each bite and something magical happened. I realized I was full with the portion I had given myself. This was unusual. How could this be? I usually went back for seconds or something else, but now that desire was diminishing.

Bad news: This lesson was 'after' my luncheon. So in this lesson it clearly states, “decide you won’t go back for seconds – ever.” Oh, boy. Apparently, going back indicates you are hooked the taste of the food rather than needing fuel for your body. Unfortunately I went back twice even though I took small amounts and also left food on my plate (which were learning lessons at or before that timeframe). Going back for seconds is what ran my calories up and if wasn't for the stationary bike exercise I did later, I would have been 'over' my calorie limit. Another thing learned: I thought chick peas had hardly any calories…turns out it did - big time! I can't wait till she gets to 'planning'...lol.

I need to ‘always’ look at my emotional needs as they forever plague me. The challenges for today are:

• Divide food items in half – with five of the foods (did breakfast)
• Record my foods in my journal revealing how it felt to leave those halves because generally my continual eating is a result of emotional issues which require my attention of what’s driving me to eat.


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MKBWNSUGAR 7/24/2014 12:19PM

    I like the soup and sandwich at Panera's also. Most restaurants now have lighter fare menu items and i have to learn to look for them or ask if they're not on the menu and when they're on the menu use them, lol. emoticon

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SPEDED2 7/24/2014 12:12PM

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RAWCOOKIE 7/24/2014 11:48AM

    so how did you feel when you divided your breakfast in half?

I've found this much easier than I thought today.................. still got my dinner foods to do. Like your TV distraction, I am finding I'm eating more slowly - and putting my fork down in between mouthfulls - the less there is, the more I am mindful of savouring it!


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KEKEIKO 7/24/2014 11:07AM

    I believe in dividing things in half. If I'm having a sub, I quarter it. Believe it or not I'm totally satisfied with the quarter. I wrap the three pieces and refrigerate then put the other quarter on a "small" plate with fruit.

Buffets are difficult. You almost have to trick yourself into thinking the restaurant only allows one trip up to the buffet.

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Day 19 – eat reasonable amounts

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I have been down this road before so I am familiar with the lesson. Weight Watcher teaches this lesson v. well. I went ahead and guessed what a cup of cheerios is like. Then I put my guess cereal in a measuring cup. I actually ball parked lower than the actual cup size, but this is because I have been doing this for a while.

The correct serving of meat is the size of the palm of your hand. I used that today for the chicken we had. Then, Spangler mentions that the serving size of chips/nuts fit loosely in the palm of your hand.

emoticon Guess serving size of everything eaten today and then actually weigh and measure it before you eat it (been doing this since I read it a few days ago)
emoticon Journal the ideal serving size for those foods you eat most.

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KEKEIKO 7/23/2014 7:34PM

    The plan I followed I weighed everything from veggies and meats and eventually I was able to eyeball what a 4 oz piece of chicken looked like and I was typically either right on or just below.

Weighing and measuring is a fantastic habit to get into. Really does help with portion control.

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IOWAGRAMMA 7/23/2014 3:16PM

    One of my "rewards" during this journey was to purchase a good scale. I had plenty of measuring cups and spoons, but I love this scale, too. Once we get in the habit of measuring things, it just seems natural to do it. Good work, Barbara! emoticon

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AUNTALICE2 7/23/2014 9:50AM

  It is good to check on 'your' measurements! I have problems with portion control so it really helps. So does tracking - it keeps you honest! emoticon

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1SWEETSURRENDER 7/23/2014 8:33AM

Excellent idea, glad that you're doing well.

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FERRETLOVER1 7/23/2014 8:20AM

    Weighing and measuring takes time...but it works!

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SPEDED2 7/23/2014 8:05AM

    Although I keep an honest food log, I know that if I don't weigh and measure everything, the log does little good and is not really honest. Write every bite doesn't work if you write 1 and the bite is really 2. emoticon

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RAWCOOKIE 7/23/2014 4:32AM

    Hi Barbara - Day 19 already?! I feel great knowing that we've got here :D I think I'm also pretty good on estimating portion-sizes - like you, I have cups, and use my hand etc. But I'm going to measure stuff today (when I can)
See you later


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JILL313 7/23/2014 1:14AM

    Barbara, I know I have portion distortion and need to start weighing and measuring my food. Good for you for getting your measuring cups out as it tells the truth.

Would you believe I ordered Linda's Book the 1st week in July on e-bay as it was so cheap at $3.99 which included Shipping & I haven't received it yet. I tracked it and it's been in LA since early Monday but my mailman still hasn't delivered it yet. I'm hoping to receive it really soon and have learned my lesson again, if it sounds to good to be true it usually is. I still plan on starting it soon but yesterday & today lots of upsetting issues with my son again, ugh. I've been so stressed out today that I barely managed to eat anything. My BS was only 80 when I checked it early evening. . .that's way to low for me.

Take good care & I'm happy you're doing so well in the 100 day Challenge.

Hugs & Love,


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BETRHO48 7/23/2014 12:44AM

    It's always wise to check your portions periodically.

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Day 18 - retrain eating habits

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The idea of throwing food away is a mixed bag for me. I have no problems throwing food away, ‘unless’ it’s a matter of leftovers. THAT I find hard. Due to this economy and my money situation, I think it is smart to use leftovers as another meal. So many times, I just ate out and the word ‘leftovers’ was not in my vocabulary. Now it is and I like to make use of it although I don’t always do a good job as I end up throwing it out (cause I waited too long to eat it).

On the other hand, I think my real problem is throwing away food off my plate which is this Chapter’s topic. Since I have tried to retrain myself to put just what I need on the plate, I usually eat everything on my plate. During those times where I have put ‘more’ on my plate, I realize I have to readjust my brain to throw that portion away. I really like the idea to “stop giving food so much power that you can’t leave some of it behind” idea.

I have already mentioned on Day 17 that I was v. skinny and my mother made me eat everything for fear I would never gain. If she could only see me now…sigh…although she’d probably like it! The thing is I never had to train myself in anything regarding food because I ate whenever and whatever I wanted at any time. When I started to gain weight, it was near impossible to retrain myself. I didn't know where to start. My mother and sister had problems with weight and they didn't support my attempts to lose. Of course those attempts included such schemes as not eating but drinking liquid for a week. And, although I was young and did it, I put everything right back on because I had no skills to change things. Plus it did not help that I denied getting heavy. I remember a guy telling me I was gaining a little weight around my stomach and I just replied “oh, pa-lease!” I wouldn’t admit it. It took years of the scale telling me I was overweight before I would admit it in the mirror. I only saw my skinny self. Interestingly enough, my sister told me (as did others) that when she lost weight and looked really good, all she saw in the mirror was her 'heavy' self.

The idea of leaving one item, even the size of a pea, at a time, is a really good one. Now, of all things, I am going to a restaurant today to say ‘goodbye’ to my most favorite co-worker here. It is an Indian buffet. There is no ‘take out’. The idea that “restaurant meals are often higher in fat and calories’ and that when you take home the leftovers, they actually end of being “2 oversized meals.” I never thought of it that way. My fat side of the brain is already saying, “it’s okay to take more of chickpea’s cause, after all, it’s not ‘that’ many calories…” It is a never-ending battle.

My mantra’s before the restaurant:

emoticon STOP giving food so much power that I can't leave some of it behind.
emoticonI am committed; not just interested.
emoticonI CAN DO IT!
emoticonThe ‘Clean Your Plate’ mentality I had when I was growing up no longer applies to me!


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AUNTALICE2 7/22/2014 4:06PM

  You are so right!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPEDED2 7/22/2014 3:03PM

    You are such a joy! Thank you for being you.
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KITTYLADY1259 7/22/2014 1:30PM

    Sounds to me like you are making real progress! You are learning a lot about yourself and your body. So proud of you!!!
Hugs, Glenna

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MKBWNSUGAR 7/22/2014 12:51PM

    You go girl, you can do it!! emoticon

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Day 17 - stop wasting food

Monday, July 21, 2014

Before I talk about this chapter, I have to say yesterday was a total bust. And with that I have good news and bad news:

Bad news: First time in 4 weeks, I blew it and went over my calorie level. Two days ago, my scale showed a 2 pound loss. Today it was a .2 gain. My first and usual instinct was to say "heck with this...all week day-by-day doing well and one day messes everything up. I quit!" But I want to break that habit of always quitting.

Good news: I am going to continue trying to lose weight which is a v. different experience for me. And to be honest, I don't know if this is a fleeitng moment of weight plan sobriety or not. Still, I plan to put yesterday out of my head and continue as if I was doing well. My scale may not tell me what I want, but my body is indicating loss.

I certainly am not losing fast, but I am going in the right direction. A couple of people said something to me that made me realize my striving for weight loss helps them too. Fortutiously, I read a blog today put out by "Meditations for Weight Loss" that I subscribe to. "Sometimes knowing the impact you're having as you lose weight can be the difference between sticking with your goals in the long run, and giving up when the going gets rough."

One more IMPORTANT thing: Rawcookie talked about Linda Spangle's declaration that one must make a commitment not to waste food by putting it in one's mouth. Spangle stated that, "If you can't do this, you'll probably continue to struggle with reaching your goals." What was important to me about this is my SP friend's response...'My negative head took it as 'well, if you can't do this lesson, you might as well give up now! But, of course, I can see it doesn't mean that at all. That 'fat person' inside us tries to trick us into giving up, giving in, using devious mind games to let us know that 'you'll never be slim - you might as well give up now - now give me the cookies! Brat!' Rawcookie intuitive remarks spoke for me when she said this - except that I'd change the cookies to brownies...lol

I loved it. I explained earlier that my mom always made me eat everything on the plate. I was so skinny that my uncle said in jest that if I turned sideways, you couldn't see me. Kids in grade school made fun of me for it. So I know my mother was worried about me. If she had known about genes, she might have realized she need not have been. But she did and it did me a great disservice because I rarely leave anything on the plate even as an adult.

Spangle says that we need to retrain ourselves because overeating doesn't satisfy nor does it make us feel better in the long run. "With a little effort, you can train yourself to feel better after eating only a small amount of nuturing food."

The task is to:
emoticonthrow some food away (done)
emoticonjournal about throwing the food away and how you'll manage leftover food in the future
(took 2 hours to get up nerve to throw out delicious spaghetti)
emoticonjournal about how to manage not having excess food in the house (not sure what this means)


100 Days of Weight Loss and Friends with the Scale by Linda Spangle

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KITTYLADY1259 7/22/2014 1:29PM

    So glad you stuck with it!! We all have days like that!

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RAWCOOKIE 7/21/2014 4:11PM

    Glad you found my comments helpful xxx

Not sure if your question about managing not to have excess food coming into the house is rhetorical or not? For me, it means buying single-serving sized things that I'm likely to overeat (ie to 'waist'!) and not bulk buying fresh produce that I will have trouble using up. It might mean measuring out your pasta portions more carefully - so you don't cook more than you want to eat? Also, perhaps, not accepting other people's cast-off foods 'oh, you must take some of this home with you!' um - no thanks! Mostly I buy exactly what I need - 1 red pepper (not 3-in-a-bag) or 1 potato. I don't have much of a stock of food in the house - just what I need for the next few days. I keep dry stuff like lentils, pasta, rice, nuts, dried fruits, oatmeal in moderate quantities - does this help?

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BABYBARNEY 7/21/2014 3:58PM

    I suffered (in the past) from "portion distortion". So now there is not much waste left from my carefully calculated food portions. I like the comment that Iowagramma made regarding eating that portion controlled food amount...definitely something to think about!

No worries about blowing the calories in one week...you will fix that this week...been there done that...but watch Me, my WI tomorrow will be a loss...I HAVE NO DOUBT!!!!

Wishing you, a productive, successful week!

Sandi emoticon

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SPEDED2 7/21/2014 1:22PM

    Weight plan sobriety...a new term in my weight loss lexicon! This is going to cause some serious reflection. Maybe we shared the same childhood with the same mother. My mother would make hot chocolate with pure cream because of her concern about my low weight. She didn't make us clean our plates, but would hand us bread and tell us, "Eat something that will stick to your ribs!" And although it took a few years, stick it did! This action, I believe, was the beginning of my bread addiction. Yesterday, I threw a beautiful loaf of Italian bread to the birds in the back yard. Is this a connection to "weight plan sobriety"? Hmmm! How terrific for you that you could toss the spaghetti!

One bad day a failure does not make! Every day is the chance to begin again and you have. The team and I are with you as you make this courageous journey. We are here to listen.

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IOWAGRAMMA 7/21/2014 12:18PM

    Yep, sticking with it is the key to your success! Great work, Barbara!! Now about throwing away...if I'm full and have too much on my plate...yes, I'll throw that away, but if it is just leftovers? No way, as we eat them. I've found that weighing and measuring food "sometimes" (and I use that term carefully) leads to overeating, as I have measured it and counted it in my calorie limits, therefore I MUST eat it. I'm actually working to re-train my thinking on this. as I really could "re-plan" my plans if I need to. Sometimes I make things too complicated, too. Working on that as well. Good luck to you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KEKEIKO 7/21/2014 10:19AM

    That's right! You pick yourself up, brush yourself off and begin anew!
You fall down you get right back up and fight harder.
If you need a kick in the keister, I'm here! emoticon

Remember to switch over to a smaller sized plate.

If you go out to eat, ask for a take out container and put half your food into that container even before you begin to eat. You're only allowed to eat what's on that plate. Take out box is another meal.

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AUNTALICE2 7/21/2014 9:58AM

  I usually eat Lean Cuisine or Weight Watchers so there isn't much waste. However, when I do eat from scratch cooking, I have someone else dish me up and I eat only that. My eyes are bigger than my stomach and I have a problem with portion control. But like you said bad self talk does not help the situation. emoticon

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GRACED777 7/21/2014 8:59AM

    I'm glad you're going to keep on as though the other day was a good day. I hear over and over that if I drop an egg on the floor and it splatters, I don't say, "Oh I can't do anything right," and then go and smash the rest of the carton. No, I just clean up the broken egg and go on. I too am still learning to aim for good, not perfection.

Also, I like the part about training myself to like having a little-and enjoying it!


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