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I admit temporary defeat.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

My Inner Child is acting up and says...
'why can't we have ice cream's on sale.'
{ it's never going to be on sale again...}

Last week ground beef was on sale...I hadn't had red meat in ages...I caved.
I had to buy a 3 lb. package, and I've been having a burger everyday since.
Now one a day isn't the end of the world...the smart part of me knows that,
but the perfectionist in me...who swore off all the 'unhealthy stuff' is acting up.

And before you say...just have one serving and get it out of your system...
that's not how MY system works.
Temptation works like a virus with keeps mutating.

Now getting back to the red meat...I am having it with lots of veggies
but the guilt is still there.

I am going to need to detox my mind, as well as, my body after this.
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    1590 days ago
    Make the burgers, wrap well and freeze. Then you can have them now and then, instead of every day for ... well, for a while! Seriously, red meat is not the devil. Red meat in large quantities every day is the devil. LOL.. But you know the mantra... ALL THINGS IN MODERATION!!! With veggies, 5 cups is moderation. With meat, 5 ounces or less is moderation... Now stop feeling guilty and enjoy it!
    1590 days ago
    I love a good burger once in a while too! Armed with all our good Spark nutrition wisdom, they just never taste as good as they used to. Enjoy!
    1590 days ago
  • -LINDA_S
    Beef is not a bad thing. It can actually be very good, but of course it really should be grass-fed, which has a very healthy fat profile. Enjoy youor beef with a clear conscience!
    1590 days ago
  • KANOE10
    I have read that eating turkey can cause a reaction in people. Inflamation. Low fat ground beef has the same calories as turkey.

    Hope you enjoy your indulgence with the veges!
    1590 days ago
    Haven't we all done that!
    1590 days ago
    I've been there and done that. You will get back on track again ... it could have been
    3 lbs of candy! Sweets are my downfall.

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    1590 days ago
    It could be worse LOL! It could have been Mars Bars !
    1590 days ago
    Love your choice of pictures Sheryl, especially the Star Trek one!!!

    I agree with Patricia, nothing should be forbidden and I also agree maybe freezing the other 2 lbs. is the way to go. Good luck my friend. I know how hard it is. I think the important thing is how much do you really want to reach your goal? That is the question I have been asking myself recently because I am plateauing again!
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  • DALID414
    I like ice cream when its cold. Unfortunately, or fortunately, it's been in the 80s this week!
    1590 days ago
    Hey teammate yo8u handled the beef better than I would have in the same spot. My inner child would have made one GIANT burger out of the entire package.
    1591 days ago
    Hi Sheryl..........
    I also, just bought 3# of Ground Round on sale. I kept out 1# and froze the other 2 in 1# packages. It is protein and is lean as I could find it. I really feel that NOTHING should be forbidden, because the minute it is, it becomes much too tempting.

    I know that you like beans for protein, but I don't think it will hurt you to have meat once in awhile.

    1591 days ago
    Unfortunately, I seem to have my temptations on speed dial! Hang in there, sweetie. Eventually, all the ground beef will be eaten. (altho I, like some others, don't see anything wrong with it)
    1591 days ago
    I want burgers and ice cream too!!! Maybe you could gross yourself out by visualizing bad things happening to the hamburger. Like making a raw hamburger shake with the ice cream. Or think about the hamburger crawling across the counter erupting with maggots and dung beetles like in Poltergeist. I love Poltergeist. We all have those movies that remind us of our childhood and this is mine. emoticon
    1591 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/14/2013 8:43:27 PM
    HI Sheryl !!! Have you read "The SPARK" book yet? In it,,, it says how very different SPARKS is, than a "diet" which DEPRIVES us of the food we LOVE ! As for that burger,,,, nothing is wrong,,, are you counting it in ur cal range? Are you staying WITHIN the range? If so, than PLZ DO ENJOY !!!
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    1591 days ago
    The craving will stop when the package is finished! emoticon
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    1591 days ago
    The best strategy for me is to monitor my nutrition intake and not calories. As long as I am getting enough nutrients, I do not crave the junk. Good luck!
    1591 days ago
    You're doing fine. Don't worry about it. That's what would send you in a downward spiral.
    1591 days ago
    Uh boy. I'm a sucker for sales too. Now with DH out of work, though, I do get things on sale, but because they're on sale I'm not going to buy it if I don't need it. Took me YEARS to get that into my head.

    Good luck to you. HUGS!
    1591 days ago
    Next time --freeze some for the next week!!
    1591 days ago
    I work like this too. If I eat one bad thing, then I usually say "Oh well! May as well have another" or "This can be a cheat day!". In fact, I`ve had way to much of this in the past year, and all my hard work working out has not shown much results because my poor diet is causing me to back track.

    It`s sad too, because I feel a million times better when I do well. Then, when I have a treat, I can still say to myself that it`s alright. I wish I knew what causes these lapses of moderation. I guess it just calls for some serious remembrance of why we are wanting this!
    1591 days ago
    I totally get that Sheryl.....when there is a sale on something I want....I always buy two for some reason! It is the word sale for me!
    1591 days ago
    I feel that way when I go off course a bit as well. The good news you are getting back to the old routine but I agree it can be harder. Almost feels like a AA issue. Only our is FOOD (Feeling Overwhelmed Over Diet).
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    1591 days ago
    None of us are perfect - not even the skinny folks. I am the same about limiting red meat, but sometimes . . . I'd probably take the package and divide it up into smaller segments, then freeze them. Another way to deal is to mke a meatloaf and after you cook it, put slices in the freezer for future consumption. I go through coupons VERY carefully any more and only clip or keep coupons for things I already use and purchase. If you shop based on the coupons instead of your personal preferences you end up with way too much garbage you'd never buy without the coupons. The fact you may have changed your ways for a bit does not automatically mean the new way is bad or problematic.
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    1591 days ago
    What's all of a sudden is wrong with beef?
    Unless you eat like lb a day everyday or under cook it.
    As always, moderation is the key, chicken turkey beef red fish white fish are all good.
    Unless of cause some serious health condition related to beef.
    Well, most of them are about overeating.
    1591 days ago
  • GINA180847
    Oh and BTW, leave the ice cream alone. Go and buy some mandarine oranges. It is impossible to eat too many or the loo becomes your friend too often.
    1591 days ago
  • GINA180847
    We love you just the way you are Sheryl. I love sales too. As I was torturing (whoops scrubbing ) my husband this morning I regaled him with the tale of the immense pork tenderloin I bought yesterday for $20.oo. There are 20 lbs of meat there and I need to cut it all up today and package it to use for stroganoff, pad thai, butter pork, barbequed pork etc. I just count the calories and enjoy them.
    1591 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    What is it that compels us to buy something because it's on sale? Have you every noticed how unhealthy the coupon deals really are? I may have a coupon for it but do I really want to eat that?

    You can have a burger once in a while. How about you freeze the ground beef in individual burgers and only have one a week or one every other week? Isn't it sweet that I'm giving advice here--this from the same woman (me) who had her husband lock grandbaby's Halloween candy in the safe. I mean, the kid actually expects it to be here next time he comes, sheesh!
    1591 days ago
    Sales... I love sales...! Many times I must push my cart past the temptations & sometimes I find them in my cart when I get to the checkout!

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    1591 days ago
    Ohh --- The food demons are after me too---

    Did someone say that M&Ms Dark are BOGO somewhere??????? LOL
    1591 days ago
    There's nothing wrong with the ground beef as long as you don't serve it on anti-nutrient-filled wheat buns. Wanna bet some money that you'll be down a pound for the week?

    1591 days ago
    When I get a craving, it is all I want to eat, sometimes for weeks at a time. Then I'm over it, and on to craving something new. Some times it works for me, and some times it works against me.
    1591 days ago
    Definitely can relate - just wrote a post about my sugar addiction.
    I'm gonna go cold turkey on sweets for a while, just to see how I feel. I wish you luck in battling your temptations!
    1591 days ago
    That is how my mind works too, except for sweets not meat. Made a chocolate cake last night for the family and guess who has had 2 pieces so far. I think I have had more than my husband and daughter!

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    1591 days ago
    hey, what's so wrong about eating red meat while on a diet? I mean, there are lean parts of beef you can have. And if you want to have a giantburger, you can always burn it off by pushing some more. :D
    the vegan in me who pitys the calf, is also telling you to try veggie burgers. some recipes are sooooo good you really can't tell the difference. try this one, i haven't made it myself, but other vegans who have tried it swear by it:


    Veggie burgers
    Yield 8-10 burgers

    1 c dry lentils, well rinsed
    2½ c water
    ½ t salt
    1 T olive oil
    ½ medium onion, diced
    1 medium carrot, diced
    ½ t pepper
    1 t soy sauce, optional
    ¾ c rolled oats, finely ground
    ¾ c bread crumbs

    Directions Place the lentils, water, and salt in saucepan, bring to a boil, lower heat, cover, and simmer for about 45 minutes, until water is nearly gone and lentils are very soft, with splitting skins.

    Sauté the onion and carrot in oil until soft, about 5 minutes.

    Mix the lentils, onions, carrots, pepper, and optional soy sauce in the large bowl, then mix in the ground oats and bread crumbs.

    While still warm, form the lentil mixture into patties, which can now be frozen, refrigerated (for up to 5 days), or cooked immediately.

    Cooking (2 possibilities):

    In a frying pan, heat a bit of oil, place a burger on top, and fry until brown, 1-2 minutes. Repeat on other side and serve.

    In a 400º oven, bake the burgers on a greased baking sheet until light brown, about 15 minutes.

    Notes You can eat these veggie burgers as you would a hamburger – on a bun or toast, topped with ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, onion, pickles....

    1591 days ago
    It'ssooo hard! I can relate to the ice cream big time! (not so much the hamburger, since I am a vegetarian). But the worst thing you can do is beat yourself up about it! If you enjoyed it, then smile and move on and next time you will be able to resist!

    1591 days ago
    I was just going to hunt you down to see what you've been up to. Now I know! I have the same problems. Getting better, but. . .one never knows!

    You always land on your feet, so I know you will do better!


    1591 days ago
    Yeah, I can SO relate!!

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    1591 days ago
    hey, it happens to all of us. Don't be so hard on yourself!
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    I know what you mean though - M&Ms Dark are BOGO this week.!!!
    1591 days ago
  • MOMMY445
    that is okay. you will do this well! have a terrific day!
    1591 days ago
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