DONTNODIP's SparkPeople Blog DONTNODIP's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I've got my first "new best friend." Yep, it happened yesterday about 11:45 a.m. I was going through my usual paces at work when I was stopped by a co-worker who announced "You're losing weight." Since I never share my weight loss journey with anyone but Sparkers this unsolicited observation by someone I see every day was like music to my ears. Did I dive enthusiastically into the particulars about my regimen with this woman? Hell no! I acted like she accused me of having an affair with my boss and I denied, denied, denied. She ... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 22:27:25 EST What a difference a word makes. We all know how presentation can turn something boring or mediocre into something wonderful or worthwhile. Sometimes I'll buy a bag of the grilled chicken dinner from our supermarket's deli. On at least one occasion I handed over the bag at home to my husband and dashed out the door to do something else. Later that night he complained that I didn't give him dinner. I was a little confused because it was all there: pieces of grilled chicken, roasted potatoes, cole slaw, and sweet rolls. Whadd... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:49:47 EST You're not the boss of me! (avoiding citations from The Diet Police) Never say you are on a diet unless you are looking for trouble with The Diet Police. If you are foolish enough to actually hire TDP I'll be right here to dry your tears when you come crying to me with your handful of citations. But I'm your Spark friend who believes in tough love so I'll be the first one to wag my finger with an "I told you so" remark. TDP can be a brutal bunch and I ought to know, having grown up with several of them. But today I just want to talk about the three most anno... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 13:28:57 EST Bump in the road. What is wrong with me!? I have these awesome workouts. I am as good as gold all day long. But once 10pm rolls around I am a maniac. <BR> <BR> I carefully planned my Saturday to bank for a restaurant meal. When I logged my calories I was giddy to see that I was still a good 500 calories under my day allowance. To celebrate this wonderful achievement I pulled a bag of cherry vanilla granola out of the cabinet and ate at least 4 ounces of it neatly blowing the cal count for the day. Same thin... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 08:23:00 EST A new pair of goal pants. So yesterday I was in Old Navy to get myself some new workout capris and sport bras. I like to look as nice as possible in the gym. I can't help myself from ferreting through the clearance rack in any store and I spotted a size 14 skinny black low waisted corduroys. No, I don't want to stay in a size 14 but at $7.97 I figured I'd try them on anyway. They were much too tight. I'm not in denial right now, I am wearing size 14 quite well so the only explanation is that these particular pants w... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 08:18:10 EST If slow and steady wins the race...... The good news: I haven't gained any weight! <BR> <BR> The bad news: I haven't lost any weight! <BR> <BR> Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble. I'm staying in my bubble and toiling away at my workouts. I'm eating the right things, I swear. But the trouble is that I am just not losing any weight. What gives? <BR> <BR> Oh, I don't really expect any answers. I'm just thinking out loud. When I jumped back into healthy eating race I already knew that it was going to be slow going. I was cheered up... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 09:45:31 EST Scales and their tales. Weigh yourself once a week at the same time wearing approximately the same thing. There is a group that swears on that statement and I'm sure that group means well. But really, isn't it more fun to be on the merry-go-round? I'm obsessed with scales right now. I've got my big 3 and I am on them all the time. <BR> <BR> I'm jumping on my home digital scale about 10 times a day. First thing in the morning I'm on it wearing whatever I wore to bed. If I don't like the number and I happen to be we... Thu, 24 Feb 2011 08:37:51 EST Conditioned overeating. So I got through The End of Overeating. It was mostly an interesting read although there were some sections that were a serious snore because they were so scientific. I liked it because it gave me some validation on why I do what I do. I overeat when I know I am not hungry, continue to eat when I know I am full, continue to eat when every inch of my brain is screaming at me to stop. <BR> <BR> According to this book, the crux of overcoming the problem is to recondition yourself not to react t... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 09:50:31 EST Photophobic right now. I love pictures. There is not an inch of my refrigerator that is not covered with a magnetized photograph of someone that I love. It's become a novelty among our frequent visitors to check the fridge and see how many times their photograph appears. It is a fun recognition game to play with my husband's grandkids too ("show me a picture of Joey"). Of course there are formal framed photographs in my other rooms too. I have graduation, wedding, and just for fun photographs on display. I even ... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 09:11:34 EST Hyperpalatable food...true or false? I picked up a book titled "The End of Overeating" after I saw it somewhere on the Spark. It sounded like it was going to be different than the garden variety good nutrition books so I figured I'd give it a shot. I found a lot to relate to in this book and probably the most comforting is the knowledge that I am not alone. (Actually, I already knew that I wasn't alone. I just didn't know that I had so much company.) I didn't know so many other people did what I did. That is, I'll sit with a bo... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 21:09:06 EST It's a retention convention.... ....and I am pretty sure that my digital scale is in on joke too. <BR> <BR> So, after posting what amounted to a 2 pound loss on Thursday I am back up 1.2 pounds this morning. Did I fall off the wagon over the weekend? Well, yes. Did I fall long and hard? No! I swear! <BR> <BR> Let me explain: I went slightly over in calories yesterday due to a chocolate cake. I had my 2"x2" allowable square at the birthday party but my husband insisted on taking some cake home. I wasn't amused when he c... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 15:36:33 EST I made it through the first week..... ....and it was fine, just fine. It was The Spark that kept me on track this week. The first few days I was kind of on a determined auto pilot because I knew I was facing predictable food challenges. Once the new week set in I thought I was home free but no. The pitfalls of daily life became ever clearer to me again. The truth, if I hadn't rejuvenated my Spark page and started a blog i probably would have taken my 3 pound loss and called it a day. But knowing that I had food to track, exercise... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 08:53:14 EST Afraid to eat? One thing I do not like about the beginning is the constant vigilance. Of course, one might suggest that it was the NOT being vigilant that got me in this position in the first place. But the constant tabulating and agonizing and not eating something now because what if later.....? So I work all day and go to yoga at 7:45pm and when I finally get around to eating something I tabulate on the nutrition tractor to see that I've eaten in the neighborhood of 565 calories ALL DAY! My dinner still ... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 22:21:29 EST Beginners Luck. Weighed in this morning at 179.6 <BR> <BR> On the one hand: HORRAY! HORRAY! HORRAY! <BR> On the other hand: Whoop-de-frickin-doo. <BR> <BR> OK, I'm a little bit excited but lets be honest, (Spark)people, the last few pounds that move in are pretty easy to evict if you don't let them unpack their bags in your drawers. Those last 3 pounds arrived together. I can't say they arrived unexpectedly after all I am a realist but there was no more room at the Size Fourteen Inn. I had to decide if... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 13:24:49 EST Sizing things up. My mother used to say "don't look at the size!" when she'd take her young daughters clothes shopping. Didn't she know how important size was to a teenage girl? God forbid my friends see the number 13 on my clothes tag, I would have been mortified. I was a size 9 (N I N E) and that was the end of that until I was in my 20's and then I was a size 10. Once clothing manufactures changed standard sizing I was more than happy to be a size 8. Once I had my first child I was a size 10 again but that ... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 00:03:36 EST Facing a grueling number of food challenges. It looks like my willpower kicked up just in the nick of time. <BR> <BR> Tonight-Surprise birthday party featuring a number of delectable delights. I stopped at two stuffed mushroom cap appetizers. I filled my dinner plate with a hefty amount of mixed vegetables and salad and took a smallish serving of roast beef and a small dinner roll. I had a 1"x2" square of strawberry shortcake and called it done. After I calculated the whole shebang came in at just under 600 calories and I banked for it... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 22:59:06 EST No, no, no, no, I don't tuck anymore........ Hello out there and thanks for stopping by. <BR> Today is the day AGAIN. <BR> <BR> AGAIN I am looking at some bad news and some good news. <BR> <BR> AGAIN means that after the slow but steady return to my old bad habits I've managed to run the scale up to an unacceptable number AGAIN. I lost 70 pounds in 06-07 and then maintained that loss for two years. But over the 09 holiday season I gained a few pounds, no biggie. Then throughout 2010 I gained a little more here and a little more the... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 22:00:52 EST