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KISS...why does it take me so long?

Saturday, November 03, 2012

KEEP IT SIMPLE, STUPID! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I should never forget this, but somehow I do...

My latest trick is working like a charm. So simple.
I read a Spark article about successful maintainers and part of it is weighing every I went back to that. But lo, the same old problem...the yo-yo effect, and the yo-yo-ing was going the wrong way despite my efforts.

Hm...blame the weather? Blame changes to wanting "cold weather food?" Blame the fact that my "exercise" routine had dwindled to LOTS of long walks...ok in itself but not surprising my body much any more...
Blame aging metabolism? Is the difference between 66 and 67 really that great? Naaaaaaaa...

Blame MOI? Weeeeeell...ok...but there must be a way...I am eating more veggies, more fish, that is good...but also a bit more cheese and bread...I've cut way back on alcohol and am finally not missing it that much. A tisane in the evening does not repel me...
I've cut back on nightly snacking - the latest satisfying thing is the frozen banana trick OR a bit of pudding with fruit.

This week, with Sandy, the cold rainy set in, and I am really not into being wet and cold and walking at the same time. Soooooo, shazam, back to Leslie's Walk Away the Pounds, only this time I realized I could beat the boredom factor and learn Italian at the same time. So I've been playing my ItalianPod101 survival phrases while I do the multi-muscle walk. GOOD. But at first, no move on the scale. Surprised body, yeah. Weight loss, naaaa... in fact I went up.

Well, SO WHAT? It's a lifestyle. Maybe I'll be 142-143 forever. If I hang in there. Could be worse. emoticon

Enter...TA DA...the refrigerator. More precisely, the refrigerator DOOR. More precisely yet, the whiteboard on the refrigerator door.
Record your lowest weight. On both Spark and the board.
Each day, record your weight that day. Compare. Meditate when you see it on the consequences of what you are about to ingest.
Find substitutes. Bruschetta topping instead of cheese on that cracker. A slice of mortadella instead of cheese on that cocopop.
Are you detecting a cheese addiction here? emoticon

You brought the bloody kale COOK IT, FOR GOODNESS SAKE!

The number went down. THE NUMBER WENT DOWN! TWICE, EVEN!
Now I'm not getting excited...

But I think the universe is waking me up here...
Yesterday my faithful Omron pedometer quit.
It's 4 years old...and I did drop it...on concrete...

So that little voice said,
So I did.
And I'm glad I did.

I will let you know how it works out but for now, I have it set up and it is so freaky to go onto your fitness page and see your mileage already there. It counts calorie burn that results from just plain old pottering about, not just your heroic efforts to MOVE.

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JITZUROE 11/14/2012 11:15AM

    I'm proud of you! And the mention of the kale made me laugh! Hahaha I have ignored a bag of kale or two in the last for sure...

Be well today!

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HDHAWK 11/4/2012 9:34PM

    I love my fitbit!

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TEENY_BIKINI 11/4/2012 9:00PM

    Love your determination!


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CANNIE50 11/4/2012 8:42PM

    My cheese addiction is fairly specific - BLUE cheese, or as the Italians would say, gorgonzola. I want it to be part of my last meal (which I hope is about 40 or more years from now, by the way). Yes, a FITBIT! I have named mine Bitsy. Miss Bitsy and I did over 11,900 steps today - a little running, mostly trail walking, including to a beautiful sculpture garden in my neighborhood. Good for you for running hills emoticon - nice work! Also, nice work on going out in the nasty weather to buy your FITBIT. Don't you think this is such a good time to "spark" our fitness routine by getting a new gadget? Of course, I wish it had a feature that would slap my hands and seal my lips shut when I reach for sweets - maybe the next version......
PS I cannot bring myself to refer to you, or myself, as "stupid" so I have amended KISS to Keep It Simple SWEETHEART (a motto that has served me well since I got sober in 1985!) emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 11/4/2012 8:44:50 PM

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 11/3/2012 10:06PM

    Great blog! I think I may need some of the KISS diet principles too. Hope you love your new toy.

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LISALGB 11/3/2012 9:10PM

    Keep us posted on the Fitbit! Keep up the great work - you have got that tiger by the tail.

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CELLISTA1 11/3/2012 1:51PM

    Your determination is so impressive. And your way of finding fun in all of this is awesome! Go, Sara!


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LADY_MARIANA 11/3/2012 10:40AM

    Buona fortuna! In bocca al lupo!

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IRISHGIRL3 11/3/2012 9:30AM

    Great post! I need to gain strength when it comes to cheese addictions :)

I also just bought the fitbit a couple of days ago.... LIFE CHANGING!!!

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MIMIDOT 11/3/2012 9:17AM

    Great blog! You give me hope. I could write the same blog about myself. Except I'm 74. Thinking about a Fitfit. We'll see. Good luck to you.

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