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Today's Successes and One Depressing Realization 3/7


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Friday, November 04, 2011

Almost forgot to blog today, after I said I would (try) for 7 days straight. So my first success is remembering to blog.

I acquired a gel seat for bike riding. My butt made me do it. I figure it can't hurt, and since eleventy billion Sparkers said it was a good idea, the $10 seemed like a small price to pay for butt relief. I violated my personal code of ethics by buying the dang thing in a store that I have sworn to not shop in, so this should tell you how much my hindquarters are barking.

I ate all vegan all day today and yesterday, which is a good thing, mostly because I hate myself for at least five days after having a non-vegan meal. Why you ask? Because my pits stink for 5 freaking days. No animal products = pits like angel farts. Animal products = stinky body. I never noticed before doing the Eat to Live thing, but now I do. Same thing with poo, if you were wondering, which I highly doubt.

Unfortunately realization #1.

I have to stop eating in restaurants. Period. I think my new rule shall be "if you can't track it, don't eat it." Or maybe I should just limit myself to one restaurant meal a week. I could save bazillions of dollars and spend it all on some awesome thing that I can't live without to be determined at a later date. Hmmmm. I bet if I quit chowing in restaurants long enough I could buy something nutty like a bike rack for my car. It might take a whole week or two, at the rate that I've been inhaling crack-food from fat pushers.

Anywho, I think restaurant eating is a big part of my weight stall, because unless I'm eating some low fat low calorie soup at Panera (which is still unholy high in sodium) I'm eating far more calories than I should.

Seriously, vegan or not, all restaurants make their food tasted yummylicious the same way--they add fat, and sugar, and more fat, and white flour and salt, some fat, maybe some MSG and then a sprinkle of, you guessed it, fat. This is a problem for my giant butt. The giant butt problem is that I don't want to have a giant butt, and restaurants are getting in the way. Fact. I hate this realization. I love restaurants. I love "perfect oatmeal" from Starbucks with a grande Awake tea soy latte with vanilla syrup. I love Szechuan green beans with tofu. I love all kinds of stuff that is really derailing my progress. I love vegetarian spring rolls and fried rice and apparently I love anything that can clog my arteries or make me ginormously fat. Boo. Booooooooooo. Don't even get me started on Pei Wei.

Dear fatty restaurant food,

I don't love you enough to stay fat the rest of my life to have you.

Sincerely,

Jenn's Giant Ass


I think I've known this whole restaurant thing all along and chose to ignore it. No more denying it, besides, my fridge full of freggies is a waste if I don't eat at home.
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FRITO_PIE 11/23/2011 9:23AM

    Catching up here, been away for a while... but it is too true about Eat to Live! And I believe I have you to thank for introducing me to that amazing book - THANKS!

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ARABHORSELOVER1 11/13/2011 8:49PM

    I too struggle with eating out. The food is not all that good, too expensive, and terrible unhealthy despite any claims to health. I'd rather not eat out. When I do, it tends to be a business-related activity or pure laziness on my part. It is too bad really, healthy food tastes great is prepared properly.

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PENOWOK 11/11/2011 8:37PM

    I love the "if you can't track it, don't eat it!" I live in a smaller community but we do have 2-3 "bigger name" restaurants, like Perkins, Applebees and Chili's. Yeah, I know....nobody knows either of them. Anyway, my husband offered to take me out to Chili's for dinner. Since we rarely go out to eat, I said yes. Wow! The low fat meal....(choke, gasp) was like 720 calories and full of sodium, fat and other junk! Fortunately, even though I didn't know it ahead of time, I cut it in half and took half home. After I looked it up, I told my husband to eat it for lunch the next day and he nicely acquiesced. Needless to say, I am totally agreeing...if you don't know it ahead of time, don't do it!!! Ack! Besides, our home cooked meals have more vitamins and are soooo much healthier for us!!! We shall overcome!

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FLYOVERSTATE 11/11/2011 5:12PM

  I know that since I have started SP I have noticed that if I don't diligently pre plan all meals I tend to go way over board no matter how good my intentions are. This blog is so funny because I have had the very same realization, When I know I will be going out for supper I always worry about what I can eat and not feel bad about later. (I live in a small town where menus are not posted on line.)
thanks for the awesome blog
molly

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WORKINGSTIFF 11/11/2011 8:38AM

    And thus the dilemma with eating out...what appears to be healthy most likely is not.

Thanks for sharing your lessons with us.



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CANDACE28 11/11/2011 8:09AM

    I love this blog! Hope you have a great day!


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DIANECOOKE 11/11/2011 3:13AM

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OAKSHAVEN 11/11/2011 12:29AM

    I think we need to start an organization called Restaurants Anonymous. I am also addicted to them, and they are so bad for me. Even when I try to order something reasonably healthy, I often get fooled by the language. Last night it was chicken and shrimp cajun pasta. Doesn't sound all that bad, does it? It was absolutely swimming in fat. Don't know why. It would have tasted better without the oil. Going to try to reinvent it at home, and keep it reasonable. A Tbsp of oil would have been great, but there must have been 1/3 cup of it lying on my plate after I had eaten.

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MSHUFFNPUFFN 11/11/2011 12:00AM

    OMG!! HeeHee! Rock on!

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REBECCA431 11/10/2011 5:23PM

    We limit eating out to one meal a week...except this week while my kitchen is under reform. It really helps to look up what I'm going to eat prior.

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SEAJESS 11/10/2011 3:31PM

    Wow, the light just went on with "If you can't track it, don't eat it."

How simple and effective is THAT?

Adding this to my guiding principles right away.

Extra side of veggies, please!

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ARROW868 11/10/2011 3:16PM

    Great blog!

Restaurant meals are pure EVIL!

I also follow the advice of MSPRIS3 and try to find the restaurant on the web first. Then I can look through all the nutritional information and decide what I am eating before I even get there.




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FUNNYSUNNY123 11/10/2011 12:48PM

    I love this blog! Especially the note from your butt. Hilarious! (PS- I eat vegan, too.)

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ASHAIXIM 11/9/2011 8:15PM

    LM(fat)AO!!

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MSPRIS3 11/9/2011 3:25PM

    Great blog.

When eating out, I try to get the nutritional info from the web before I go, that way I can pick the best item on the menu before I even get there,

Works most of the time!

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EUNIQ3 11/9/2011 1:27PM

    loved the blog.

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APHRODITE2GO 11/9/2011 12:12PM

    emoticon Great points made and full of humour!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/9/2011 10:44AM

    "if you can't track it, don't eat it."

Absofreakin' lutely correct. Unless you are willing to deal with a stall or a gain.

Whenever there is uncertainty about how to track something I almost always experience a stall or gain. This is part of what makes travelling so hard.

As for the restaurant stuff, it would be a big deal if I were to eat out one meal a week. That right there might cause an overall gain or at least a plateau for me. I maybe eat out one meal a month, these days...

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GRRARRGH 11/9/2011 8:46AM

    Great blog. I'm trying to make the conversion to eating at home more, too, and it's hard. You don't realize how much you rely on food being made for you and the leftovers until you try to take them away from yourself. Good Luck!

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MOMTHENURSE 11/9/2011 4:24AM

    "No animal products = pits like angel farts. Animal products = stinky body." emoticon

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STRENGTH2BEATMS 11/8/2011 11:15PM

    this was an interesting post. after thinking about all the things you are saying, I never realized most of it. i mean, i know i like to go out and eat too, but, i never really realized how many excess calories i was taking in...even though i order "low-fat." thanks for opening my eyes!

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REENIE131 11/8/2011 6:45PM

    I think I know the restaurant thing too....it's just really hard to give up. :(

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1DORENDA 11/8/2011 3:18PM

    Yes - Restaurant food is great because it does taste soooo good. My favorite is a great filet, loaded baked potato, or even Mahi done Oscar style and of course wine...maybe an after dinner drink and desert. Who can eat like that without wine? Right... I have had to limit myself to about once every month and a half. And then believe it or not I track it. Man do you realize how many calories are in those kinds of meals? Then I kick myself if I gain 2 pounds over the course of the next 2 days (it always seems to happen that way). You just have to limit yourself to about once a month to month and a half. You can do it. You just have to ask yourself how important is it that you lose the booty...... Keep on working it hard you are doing great...

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KATV865 11/8/2011 2:48PM

    Great realization. This is something we all have to learn at some point or another. I'm still stumbling!

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SEAJESS 11/8/2011 12:11PM

    I love your clarity! The only way to dance with the tarbaby is... to walk away from the dance with the tarbaby!

Maybe some day I will eat in restaurants again. But for now it's just so much easier to cook well at home. More satisfying and a better value for my buck.

For those who may have missed it, SparkPeople had a comment about maintenance. (Yes, I'm studying ahead.....) It said that to be successful it may be necessary to develop goals other than weight loss ~ such as ethical eating.

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NATE-JANINE 11/8/2011 7:20AM

    Hit the nail on the head once again, Thanks for sharing.

Go away saboteurs... emoticon

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CAROLZ1967 11/8/2011 7:17AM

    I see your points & we all have to make our own decisions, but I will always believe in moderation. For me, if I cut out all the yummy stuff, yes...higher in fat than recommended, etc., I would NEVER be able to maintain it for a true lifestyle change. And actually, it might even hurt my efforts b/c if I was able to stick to it for a week or two, I'd be so miserable that I'd most likely throw in the towel & give up, claiming "I'm a failure!" And if I slipped up every once in awhile, I'd again, feel like a failure! (If that's the bar I set for myself.) So for me, everything in moderation is much more realistic & ENJOYABLE long term. I lived my first 40 years of life constantly hard on myself, always worried about how I looked, hard my body, had unrealistic expectations & I don't want to live like that anymore. Sure, I've improved my diet & eat much healthier than before. But I'm never going to cut out every "bad food" or it will make "living" no fun! Moderation is so key...for most people anyway, to be successful long term. Just another way to look at.

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THEIS58 11/8/2011 6:39AM

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LIZAPO 11/8/2011 5:34AM

  YOU'RE SO FUNNY AND RIGHT ABOUT THE RESTAURANT FOOD=EVIL

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KORABELLA 11/8/2011 3:54AM

    I used to feel just like this, until I started cooking. I mean, really cooking. Now I make all kinds of things you can't find in most restaurants and I actually look forward to making dinner every day! Find a cookbook with new recipes (I love the Sparkcook book, for starters, or the cooking lite book, or the comfort food diet book) and make a trip to the grocery store to make enough meals for a week. Now, I've reached my unsolicited advice quota for the day ;) Good luck! emoticon

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DWILCZKO 11/8/2011 12:08AM

  so true!

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CATHOLICCORGI 11/7/2011 9:01PM

    Thank you for the much needed laugh, and for the motivation to STOP eating at restaurants! You are SO right...if I can't track it, I can't eat it!
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KLONG8 11/7/2011 6:55PM

    You were just under the wire. And yes, restaurant meals are TRICKY. Even if you think "I'll just eat half" they make it so crack tasty that it's VERY difficult to just say "that's enough for me." I'm with you on this one.

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DIANECOOKE 11/7/2011 6:35PM

    lol

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JACKIESJ 11/7/2011 4:43PM

    Tru Dat!

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BRITTHORT9 11/7/2011 3:28PM

  Great post!

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PRODUCERMISSY 11/7/2011 1:48PM

    Good post! MSG = devil for me.

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GREENEYES2020 11/7/2011 12:06PM

    So true! I also need to start limiting my restaurant food. I hate trying to track that stuff! It's a huge pain if it's not a chain with nutrition facts online. Plus I usually have a heart attack just seeing how most of those dishes are over 1000 calories a plate! Ahhhh!

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PHOENIX43 11/7/2011 12:02PM

    Good Morning Jenn's Ass,
I just discovered (during a panic attack induced by my children's request to eat at Red Robin for dinner) that many restaurants now have an online calorie calculator that you can use to decide what you can safely order.
We don't eat out often either. I like to know exactly what I'm putting in my body.
Speaking of bodies, let me know if the gel seat works. My behind feels like I've been vigorously squeezing golf balls between my cheeks after my spin classes. Ouch.
Take care!

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PHOENIX43 11/7/2011 12:02PM

    Good Morning Jenn's Ass,
I just discovered (during a panic attack induced by my children's request to eat at Red Robin for dinner) that many restaurants now have an online calorie calculator that you can use to decide what you can safely order.
We don't eat out often either. I like to know exactly what I'm putting in my body.
Speaking of bodies, let me know if the gel seat works. My behind feels like I've been vigorously squeezing golf balls between my cheeks after my spin classes. Ouch.
Take care!

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BUCKEYEBABE30 11/7/2011 11:35AM

  I have a one time a week resteraunt rule. It saves money, and it also cuts down on fast food because my one day a week I want at a real "sit down" resteraunt!

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JULIAANDERSON 11/7/2011 11:28AM

    Funny, Funny, Funny
congrats on remembering your goal

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BECCABOO127 11/7/2011 8:35AM

    Great blog!

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AZURELITE 11/7/2011 7:56AM

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Waving goodbye to restaurant food is a good thing to do!!


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MIDGIEDAWN2 11/7/2011 7:46AM

    I feel your pain. After working 12-15 hours I just don't want to cook. I drug my crock pot back out and in when chicken breast and veggies so slow simmer and taste yummy. That will be dinner for the next three weeks. Thankfully I don't get stinky pits from animal products. I'm not strong enough to go vegan or even vegetarian.

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LAURIE-RN 11/7/2011 6:52AM

    I know what you mean about restaurant food vs having control at home. When I don't eat out, I have extra money at home and my weight is easier to maintain. When I eat out, it's more expensive and my weight creeps up. Great blog!

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MODESTASHEGETS 11/6/2011 11:11PM

    Two things.

One, I didn't know that about body smells vs diet. Cool fact of the day! Thank you!

Two, the eating out thing, I totally get. That is why I keep falling off the wagon. I work for a doctor's office and those god forsaken drug reps bring me yummy, delicious, expensive, horribly bad for you food almost every day. So you see P.F. Chang's Great Wall of Chocolate Cake and think "why waste that? It is $5 for a piece at the restaurant. And it's all free for you!" Or "Why waste money on buying gross sandwich stuff that is wholly unsatisfying when you can have free Abuelos mexican food! That's wasteful when there are starving children in Africa!" You don't ever think about how much money you are going to spend on blood pressure medication or doctors bills or your coffin when you finally eat yourself into an early grave. It's all that immediate gratification. You are exactly right. It's like crack. And mine comes from an actual drug-pusher!

Wow. This comment kinda developed a life of it's own. But great post! I enjoyed your insight.

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MARYHENNIG 11/6/2011 7:47PM

  Too funny!

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BRANDIANN23 11/6/2011 5:17PM

    Planning out dinners is fun for me, especially if it's a super yummy one; I then have something to look forward to by the end of the crazy day : )

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