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Das Hill - My Proverbial Glass of Sparky Water is Half-Full

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Those who read my inanities saw my growing concern about a mediocre weigh-in this morning (I still visit my "frenemy" the scale on a weekly basis). Going into Saturday I was down 0.6 lbs for the week, which was OK. It was not quite the "running start" for which I had hoped and planned.

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I was a tad concerned that the onset of the Passover holiday would be a wee bit problematic. Having been born and raised on delicious, traditionally ethnic foods (part of the problem that brought me to Spark in the first place), I knew what was in store. And I thought I was prepared. Not to turn a terrible pun, but "fat chance!"


This is because traditional Passover foods, if nothing else, are overloaded in carbs, fat, eggs and salt. People who are not Jewish have no conception of just how overloaded our traditional foods are in various combinations of those ingredients. It's downright scary!! And as a creature of my upbringing, I love them all. Of course, they do not love me. I even stopped to think that its a wonder how any of us even survived until adulthood to reproduce at all, much less for millennia, eating like this!


For the most part Saturday, I was thinking and tracking nutrition here. I had my water and was around the high edge of the calorie recommendation. This should not have been terrible, so you say.


But when the Seder meal came, my traditional job as MC (to experience ours, you would NEVER even THINK the word "rabbi") came to the fore and I (1) partook in the traditional, symbolic foods and (2) did not drink more water. More critically and ominously, I was not (how to put this politely?) eliminating liquid. At all. All that water, wine, matzo ball soup, etc. had to be going somewhere. Uh oh... damn...

So when the guests left and the third load of the dishwasher was running, the temporary chairs were folded and the temporary tables again stored, I went to bed concerned and resigned to the probable reality. Sure enough, first thing this morning the scale snickered, heckled and kicked me right in the butt. Big time!

Did we not learn that if we have nothing nice to say, to say nothing at all? This lesson was lost on our bathroom scale. It ceremoniously announced, in bright blue digits, that this weeks and last week's losses were both irrelevant footnotes of my personal Sparky history. It dared me to lose those pounds again!

So, metaphorically speaking, I'm taking a...

... this week. The weigh-in did not happen. On to next Sunday... which brings me to Das Hill...

When the weather is nice, I walk outside. We live on top of a hill, that slopes gently westward but more steeply eastward. Usually I head west, through flat to gently rolling terrain of our neighborhood and its feeder roads. I have mapped various loops, 2-, 3- and 4-miles long, depending on my available time. To the east is a steeply hilly, unpaved road through a forest, and beyond that, farm pastures. The eastern leg is far more grueling.

Of course, I was in a self-flagellating mood over my weight gain. So, eastward I headed, George Thorogood blaring away in my headphones ("Move it On Over" "It Wasn't Me" "Born to be Bad"...). The last time I walked in this direction (and all the earlier times this year, for that matter), the uphill sections as I came back home were both unpleasant and profoundly difficult. So much so, that I had not headed east in the last six weeks. I just did not enjoy it. Today I found that same hill climb to be considerably easier! And for this glass-is-half-full moment, I thank all of you Sparky friends.


Happy Easter to those who celebrate it. For some, the end-of-Lent brings its own food indulgences I know. For the rest of us, good luck through the intermediate days of Passover (and don't nibble at the Seder leftovers!). emoticon


Monday morning update: After a day of careful tracking, and a two-potty-trip night, my weight is back to being EXACTLY what is was one week ago. I'll settle for no net change. Trust me!
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    Oh so well done. I love the cartoon! Glad that you are back on track, cause in the grand scheme, that's what really counts.

    Check out my Cartoon blog if you have a chance... the second cartoon was picked with you in mind.

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    Keep that emoticon emoticon emoticon in it's place! CJ
    2015 days ago
  • CALI1156
    Keep on keeping on! No more big holidays on tap for awhile, yay!
    2016 days ago
  • BOBCAT58
    Losing weight one week after you gain it is a major victory! Most people (me included) give up for weeks, months or even years after a small gain, get most of it back or even more, and then have to lose the entire amount again. You did great! emoticon
    2017 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Good for you on no net gain..Also great job of getting out and walking ..and realizing it was getting easier.
    2017 days ago
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    2017 days ago
    When it comes to a holiday or vacation staying the same is equal to a BIG LOSS for me. Great job! I just find your blogs absolutely delightful!!!

    2018 days ago
    I know it shouldn't, but this blog made me hungry. emoticon
    2018 days ago
    Sounds like there was alot of great foods. You stumbled now get back up and get back on track. You broke even last week that's awesome, it sounds like that although the scale was being a butt, you've gained something besides weight. The knowledge that, that hill can't beat you.
    2018 days ago
  • JAYDEE16
    Love the salt shaker fairy, ha ha. Cute. And so appropriate.

    Congrats on conquering Das Hill! You've clearly made a lot of progress in your fitness level - what a great feeling!

    No worries on scale blips. As you saw this morning, it falls back into line eventually. :) Salty food will really get you, but at least it's temporary!
    2018 days ago
    So, it WAS water gain and not fat gain. Good for you for sticking with it even when discouraged.

    I cooked Seder. I removed the schmaltz from the knaidelach chicken soup by chilling it the day before and removing it when it hardened. I added very little salt, but made sure to have salt on the table for those who wanted more. On the menu was grilled mahi-mahi with lime and cilantro; steamed asparagus with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and sliced almonds; and roasted potatoes and onions. For dessert, I had a raspberry lemon sorbet with small chocolate pastilles. It was still more than I usually eat for dinner, but I'd eaten lightly the rest of the day and had my water before I sat down, so I didn't do too badly. The guests seemed to enjoy the menu.

    Did you have an orange on the Seder plate? If you have no idea why I'm asking, Google it.

    2018 days ago
  • GJCAB09
    I'll take a gain in strength and stamina over weight loss most any day. Good Job!
    2019 days ago
    Amazing how that happens, isn't it? I'm glad you recognized the temporary nature of the gain and got right back on track!

    I love when you get a surprise "fitness moment". Last fall I attended an outdoor band competition and had to park at the top of a steep hill overlooking the stadium. I was NOT looking forward to the walk back, after an evening of sitting on cold hard bleachers in the damp chilly evening. Was I ever surprised when I briskly strode straight to the top and wasn't even out of breath! Where did THAT come from?!

    Thanks, Sparkpeople!
    2019 days ago
    These holidays are the temporary challenges that make us stronger. It would be easier if every day was the same and required no festivities. The trick is to make sure those days remain special by not over indulging every other day. (This has always been my problem) I'm glad to hear you made it through your long weekend and that you're back on track. And as always, an enjoyable read.

    Have a nice Monday!
    2019 days ago
  • NOMIS1
    Thanks for another great blog
    2019 days ago
  • POPSY190
    We live at the bottom of a hill - extinct volcano - and I use it in the same way that you do. Isn't it satisfying to find you can do the "harder" route without the huge effort it took the first few times? If I'm not doing a challenge that requires a weekly weigh-in (at the moment I am) I weigh when I feel up to it (!) but record only a loss or no gain. I find this helps me to keep up-beat about weight loss as the graph shows a steady decline, and it also takes the power away from the scale to some degree. Scales, as we all know, are control freaks and it does them good now and again to be defied. emoticon
    2019 days ago
  • SAPNA.
    2019 days ago
  • WHOWANTS2NO cowboyd up. You're back in the saddle. That's all that matters. It's when we slip, and then throw in the hat that's the problem. Good job Boss.
    2019 days ago
    Carbs-- fat-- eggs -- and SALT sounds like my matzo brei! I use 6 eggs to 8 pieces of matzo to 1/2 stick butter! THEN you salt it up after it is done... yummy but not when it lands on my hips!
    2019 days ago
  • XRSIZE18
    Congratulations on getting up the hill without being as easily winded! Little victories like that are what culminate in a BIG victory at the end.
    2019 days ago

    I am so glad you and your family had a wonderful day together emoticon day and age some times these special events are not continued on as the older generation are no longer with us. emoticon I am so glad you and your family had a wonderful day together
    and all your special foods they are so important to keep going for the next generation to pass on in this I was pleased to see that you did not call this a diet slip as so many people do and say tomorrow i will go go back to my diet we all are on diets some better than others.
    emoticon We now have the knowledge to eat less / and not beat our selves up after we do enjoy special rich foods. this is something i have learned from my short time at Spark we just pick our selves up forget it since I am not a golfer it took me a few minutes to get what a Mulligan was emoticon but you found you had made some progress as the hill was easier to climb than it had been emoticon
    This shows us that the scales is not the only thing we need to see change in the past it would be what i look at but your blogs have shown me that is not all we need to look at
    today i was in agreement with this statement i have no idea who should get the credit
    " The Best things in the Easter basket are sweet and gooey and the jelly beans in some eles's basket are better than yours emoticon We all now picking our selves up dusting off the day of fun and eating good food junk food family traditions. We all know we did get this way over night so we won't wake up thin ..... Thank you for the great blog and thoughts on this Special family church centered Holy Day. and here is to finishing up the day and getting our 8 glasses of water in.
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    2019 days ago
    And this too shall pass! You're back on the path, drinking the water, moving, so it will get better. **SIGH** Yup, Lent . . . trying to be good for 40 days. Does strange things to the taste buds. They just demand this evilly sweet and salty concoctions. I did alright today, but will not be going on the scale for a few days!

    Thanks for sharing this journey. Know you're not alone.
    2019 days ago
    Eh, the bloat will come off in a few days. Great job on your treacherous self-flaggelating walk!
    2019 days ago
  • NEWMOM20121
    Thank you for sharing. Made me smile after the day I had.
    2019 days ago
    I'm with ya! We'll keep working at it... Slowly but surely, and the little slips won't make us go tumbling head over heels down the mountainside!
    2019 days ago
  • DALMOM2007
    Yup....overindulged too! Only, our family indulges more in the liquid form emoticon . Any time the family and friends gets together, its just one big happy PARTY!

    So, to keep myself from freaking out when I step on the scale, I've actually changed my weigh-in day to Saturday Morning....that is the day that I have been good all week (before the weekend officially starts). It is my 'peak performance' day. (Plus, take heart in the fact that if you get back on plan, then by Tuesday (or sooner), you should be be back to your last weigh-in.)

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    2019 days ago
    The really important thing is that you had family and friends around you to celebrate the holiday. Let's keep perspective. You didn't gain 'weight' in one gained water. Hop back on your program - and in a couple of days = poof = like magic, the scale will snap back into place!!
    Hope you all had a ball.....somehow I think you did..........

    2019 days ago
    I also am trying to walk a proper amount and find the length and time getting easier, but no help from the scale (mine really Does hate me).
    However, I have to admit that in past years when I did some long walking, it never lead to a weight loss, but a weight re-distribution. And more strength and energy, as you noticed. So, even a guy should check his measurements and get some motivation from that.
    I didn't have a Seder meal, but enough candy and pie and coffee cake to sink a diet. So forget about thinking you're special, we all over-indulged.
    2019 days ago
    Holiday gatherings are murder on anyone's "diet." Ugh. But I like your glass half-full approach.
    2019 days ago
    Ah yes - we've all been raised with food traditions related to holidays, special occasions, and cultural/religious events. Having these foods tied to our feelings and memories only further confuses things.

    Most of these food traditions would not be considered "healthy" in large quantities or on a regular basis - many were special occasion foods - and we've probably never in history had easier access to these foods, in such large quantities, and available on such a "regular" basis.

    So here's to food traditions -- May we all learn to appreciate smaller quantities and only on truly special occasions again!
    2019 days ago
  • MARYANN2323
    Have no fear. Umpteen dozen nocturnal trips to that porcelain throne will have you seeing better looking blue digital numbers in no time. As everything else, this too shall pass.

    Glad you had a wonderful day. emoticon
    2019 days ago
  • DRB13_1
    Loved the blog, all the well chosen pics (I'll take a mulligan as well) and looking forward to making the scale smile at the next weigh-in!
    Onward and upward, keep celebrating the non-scale victories (NSV) like walking up the hill without passing out!
    2019 days ago
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