KRISZTA11's SparkPeople Blog KRISZTA11's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Habits are stronger than Willpower It would be nice to just decide "I'll lose the weight and I'll keep it off" and do it by sheer willpower. Sadly, willpower often runs dry after a few weeks, old habits come back and after some desperate struggling weigh loss efforts diminish and sink into oblivion. Dieter is back to square one, and has another evidence that weight loss is impossible, not to mention weight maintenance. <BR> <BR> This reminds me of the summer when I learned how to swim. <BR> I was 7 or 8, already had a few les... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 06:18:26 EST Why is it easy to stop after right-sized meals and hard to stop after oreveating? Had an interesting insight last night. <BR> I ate my planned dinner, my square of dark chocolate, didn't feel really full but I knew it was my portion and there's no more. Went on with my evening without thinking twice, watched a movie with DH, and 20-30 minutes later I noticed I was completely full. <BR> <BR> The insight part is this: <BR> in the past few weeks I often weighed in a bit under my goal, increased amount of my planned food a bit AND allowed myself small amounts of unplanned foo... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 04:12:19 EST Hunger is Not an Emergency Hunger is not an emergency. <BR> Most sensations that feel like an emergency are not real hunger but cravings, intense wanting to get a certain food we wish to eat, for comfort or for pleasure. <BR> <BR> Hunger can be an emergency, if one hasn't eaten for days, or is lost in the wilderness on a cold windy winter day and there is no hope to get food and shelter before the night falls. <BR> <BR> Hunger can be an emergency, if one doesn't get the calories needed to survive for many days, weeks... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 05:40:57 EST Good week I had a good week at work, all is well in my family, I ate well and exercised, and enriched my life by going to a Greek dance club with my best friend which we enjoyed very much. <BR> It is every Sunday, 1 hour dancing lessons and 3 hours of line dancing (circle, actually). <BR> <BR> My weight graph is different from usual. <BR> Daily fluctuation is small, within 1-2 pounds, but there is a very slow downward trend, at the bottom of my maintenance goal range. <BR> Now it seems to go sideways,... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 14:49:59 EST Power of learning and practice: food susceptibility changes Food-wise this week was not perfect. <BR> Ate well and on-plan most of the time, but on Thursday I fell out of balance in quite a silly way: cooked milk rice for DD who was sick, and I tasted it a few times to see if it is done yet. <BR> As always, eating unplanned things standing up kicked me out of my happy place where I'm free from overeating and cravings. Ended up eating 4 half-cup servings, two hours after lunch, and it was not easy to stop.Yikes. Added a large apple and called it dinner... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 05:56:37 EST Busy week, a fall and resting weekend This week was very busy, had to travel with colleagues on 3 days, with a long drive added on Friday. Had a lot to keep in mind and manage. <BR> On top of that I slipped on smooth ice Tuesday evening, fell and hit my bottom hard - luckily the pain diminished soon, and I can sit, walk and do yoga freely, only a few movements hurt. <BR> <BR> This meant I exercised less than usual, but still did something every day. <BR> Today I went out for a forest run - I started out slowly but my caudal bone... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 14:57:31 EST Good week and lovely walk I woke up too early today, stayed in bed and did a body scan meditation, starting my day in a happy and peaceful mood. <BR> <BR> We have lovely sunny weather today, -6 oC / 21 oF and no wind at all. <BR> I remembered from last week that the forest path is covered in packed snow and ice, so I put my YakTrax snow cleats on - I always enjoy walking safely on smooth ice. Makes me feel invincible : ) <BR> The forest was beautiful, blue shadows on the perfect white snow, a long line of fresh red ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 05:16:55 EST Another good week Going backwards: <BR> this morning I had a wonderful run on my favorite forest path. We had some snow this week and the forest was gorgeous: white snow, brown tree branches in sunshine, blue sky, golden and white clouds... loved it. <BR> I had nothing to take pictures with, but a Spark Friend posted a picture that looks exactly like the path I ran on : ) I live on the other side of the world so it made me smile. <BR> <link><BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 04:47:55 EST Good week I was back to work on 29th December, but took a day off on 3rd January, to spend with my sister and her kids. We walked on snowy hills in freezing cold wind, it was beautiful. <BR> Unlike my usual Christmas vacations, I didn't run more than usual, instead I swapped quite a few runs for walks with my sister and kids. Which was a good thing nutrition-wise: I didn't have the false impression that it is OK to eat more because I ate less. <BR> <BR> They flew back to Spain on 4th, but I had to ski... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 17:12:13 EST What makes weight loss and maintenance possible? My answer is continuous learning and practice. <BR> What was impossible becomes manageable, what was hard becomes easy. <BR> After seeing my weigh yo-yo upwards helplessly all my adult life, I had two great learning experiences that helped me change my lifestyle and attitude. You can see them clearly on my weight graph: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The first was in June 2011: reading The Spark by Chris Downie, SP founder... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 04:27:52 EST Vertigo - it is better Thank you for your supportive comments on my feed, dear friends! <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> Yesterday morning I was doing my morning yoga happily, then at bending down my head in cat cow pose I felt a few seconds of spinning vertigo. Then it came back every time I bent my head down below horizontal, or if I bent my head back behind horizontal. Quite intense, almost falling out of the pose, nystagmus and nausea 1-2 minutes at a time. Had to modify sun salutations and do planks instead of downw... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 04:17:00 EST Irrational thinking induced by Christmas cookies I ate well all day on 24th December, till the end of dinner. <BR> Then came the cookies. <BR> I planned to eat two. Then I ate one more and one more. <BR> The more I ate, the better idea it seemed to have another one, without thinking. <BR> I stopped counting, but ate a lot and had the general feeling that I totally blew it. <BR> It didn't spoil my evening and I enjoyed being with my family, but felt rather silly for giving in. <BR> You see? I went from "it is OK to eat countless cookies, hey... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 15:00:33 EST I'm free from emotional eating! I had a great victory last night. <BR> After a lot of stress at work, a schedule change that made me drive through the city in the rush hours, and by the time I got home I was full of stress, anger and was in a bad mood. <BR> This is very rare, I can't recall when I felt so tense and irritable the last time. <BR> Arrived home, went to the kitchen, fresh white bread rolls on the counter. Ignored them. <BR> A half milk chocolate bar on the windowsill. Closed the package and put it in the metal ... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 05:11:31 EST Short update Weekend went by so quickly... <BR> I did my planned walk, run and yoga, planned my meals the night before or before breakfast, monitored my eating in writing. <BR> Ate our successfully, said no to large delicious-looking dessert and ate grapes instead. <BR> Weigh is where I want it to be, in the lower half of my range. <BR> We had lovely mild sunny weather. <BR> <em>67</em> Sun, 11 Dec 2016 11:40:04 EST Year and party report - protective power of planning The party was great, and I did well. <BR> I learned again that planning ahead has a protective power against overeating. <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> half glass of red wine upon arrival - I enjoyed it and drank water thereafter <BR> <em>230</em> Raffello coconut-almond bonbons - our table won a heap of sweets in the quiz - I hadn't planned these but ate 2 of them. Had I planned them, I would have known each tiny bonbon contains 60 calories and 5 grams of fat, and probably would have decided... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 04:45:36 EST Preparing for company year end party Tonight is our company's year end party, and I have made my plans, organizers always send out the menu in advance which is very helpful <BR> I decided immediately that I'm not going to have soup, starters or any kind of bread. <BR> Then I picked a main course (roast duck with baked potatoes and steamed cabbage) and one dessert (blueberry cheese cake). Alcohol: I'll have a half glass of read wine upon arrival. Tracked what I thought is a fair portion... it was 1010 calories. <BR> Hmm that is ... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 08:05:58 EST Good week, some sabotaging thoughts This week was good too. <BR> Eating went well, but I had a few sabotaging thoughts, like "US Spark Friends are having wonderful Thanksgiving meals, It really doesn't matter if I eat an extra square of dark chocolate" or "I don't feel full, I want to have an extra banana". <BR> Most of the time I said no, not because a small piece of chocolate or a banana has many calories, but because unplanned food leads away from peace and balance. Waited a few minutes and fullness kicked in, I really didn... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 13:09:54 EST Good week This was a good week. <BR> Work was challenging, one long travel day and several year end review discussions. <BR> Eating went very well. <BR> It is amazing how much full food planning and tracking can help, ever after 5 years of maintenance and eating well. <BR> This week I planned my food each night for the next day in SP Nutrition Tracker, and whenever I saw calories or fats a bit high, I wanted to make the graphs look better, and fine tuned my Food Groupings. (Calories, Fat, Carbs and Pro... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 05:02:32 EST End of Beck Reboot, tracking food In the Beck Diet Solution we have been doing a group reading of The Beck Diet Solution, the pink book. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> I have finished a few days ago, this was my second reading, but my first group reading - it was amazing to read blogs and posts of our team members, hear about experiences and insights of others. I learned quite a few new things that slipped my attention the first time, and I'm more confident in my Beck skills than ever. <BR> Many thanks ... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 04:02:08 EST Our trip to Venice Our visit to Venice was beautiful. We stayed in this red house, located in the Dorsoduro district, just a few minutes walk away from Grand Canal. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Weather was sunny and mild in the first half, and rainy in the second half. <BR> We walked a lot, admiring the canals, palaces and cathedrals. <BR> One of the most famous palaces, Ca' d'Oro is open to the public and we happily went inside. <B... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 04:46:39 EST Beck Diet Solution: an additional Sabotaging Thought analysis Even though I'm on Day 32 of the program, during my forest walk my thoughts returned to Day 27 sabotaging thought analysis. Somehow my set of response cards felt incomplete, something important not captured. Why do I cling so much to "saving" leftover food? to eating bread at restaurants? to snatching leftovers from plates of others? <BR> Because I have unrealistic expectations of the pleasure I can get from those bites. <BR> How nice it would be, just eat X and be happy! <BR> I imagine eatin... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 06:44:50 EST Beck Diet Solution: Day 27 Master the Seven Question Technique Now, this is the most intense and interesting part of this 42 day program. <BR> Day 25 task was to identify my own sabotaging thoughts, that tell me to abandon the food plan I made last night and eat something else or bigger portions instead. <BR> Day 26 task was to recognize thinking mistakes "thanks" to which believe my sabotaging thoughts are actually true. (see more details in SWEDE_SU's review) <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6257734 </link> ... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 14:51:51 EST Beck Diet Solution Day 26: Recognize Thinking Mistakes The book categorizes 9 kinds of thinking mistakes related to food and eating - even people who think clearly and logically in other areas make these mistakes often when it is about food. <BR> <BR> Today's task was recognizing these thinking mistakes in the sabotaging thoughts identified yesterday. <BR> <BR> Sabotaging thought 1: <BR> It is OK to eat unplanned pizza slices because it tastes so good and DS left it for me. <BR> #3: overly positive fortune telling: <BR> eating extra pizza ma... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:52:01 EST Beck Diet Solution Day 25 Identify Sabotaging Thoughts The first time I read this chapter, I was skeptic about the concept of sabotaging thoughts, now I accept the fact, yes, there are thoughts justify eating things not on my plan. <BR> Things I didn't put on my plan because last night, secluded from triggers, thinking clearly, I decided it was not a good idea to eat them. <BR> <BR> The good thing is, mind can be trained, and the power of sabotaging thoughts can be broken. <BR> The first step in the training is exactly this: identify them. <BR> ... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:42:28 EST Beck Diet Solution Day 22 Say Oh Well to Disappointment and my day This is my second reading of The Beck Diet Solution, and I'm halfway through the book. <BR> I read a chapter every day, complete the to do list and read my response cards. <BR> Two new insights: <BR> Thinking like a thin person includes being happy and satisfied with the amount of food thin people eat. <BR> The more trigger inducing potential a certain food has, the slower I have to eat it. The faster I want to eat it, the slower I have to eat it, otherwise I will not be satisfied at the en... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 16:04:26 EST Beck Diet Solution Day 14 Plan for Tomorrow, Day 15 Monitor Your Eating This is my second reading of the Beck Diet Solution and I'm impressed by and thankful for this wonderful book. <BR> It is built from small lessons and exercises, all very simple by themselves but together construct a roadmap to dieting in an easy and peaceful way, without struggles, and a safety net for the inevitable slip ups. <BR> <BR> Today I completed Day 14 and did reading and preparation for Day 15. <BR> I made a new, combined response card, and I'm going to read it every day till Day ... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:39:40 EST Beck Diet Solution Day 11 and 12: Hunger? Desire? Craving? and Practice Hunger Tolerance DAY 11: evaluate what I feel before, halfway through, at the end and 20 minutes after each meal. This was very interesting, despite doing second round. <BR> Thanks to my first round early 2015, I had learned the difference between hunger, desire to eat and craving, and have practiced ever since. <BR> Before that, I labelled all these food-related feelings as "hunger", despite knowing the difference on intellectual level. <BR> Since then, I rarely have cravings and I'm content with my simple b... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 14:54:19 EST White Bread and Me I had a very strange experience this morning. <BR> I haven't bought white bread for a long time, it is DH who buys it for himself and or son. DD and I do not eat white bread. But today I bought a loaf for the boys. <BR> <BR> After shopping I went for my long forest walk in beautiful sunshine. Very soon the image of the bread came to my mind, and my mouth started watering, I had to swallow several times. And the image of bread kept returning several times, with intense salivation. The taste ... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 06:22:43 EST Beck Diet Solution: Day 4 and 5 Day 4: Give Myself Credit: <BR> I posted about this on team threads - it was a great reminder for me, as I forget about this again and again. <BR> <BR> Day 5: Eat Slowly and Mindfully <BR> this is too long to post on the threads. <BR> Until I read the Beck Diet Solution in Jan-Feb2015, I was a very fast eater. I inhaled my meals in 6-8 minutes and didn't even notice it was not right! I worked my way up to 20-30 minutes at breakfast (noticing every bite, but reading between bites) and 15-15 m... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 15:47:19 EST Beck Diet Solution Day 3: Eat Sitting Down This is my favorite day! <BR> When I read the Beck Diet Solution the first time, I was not aware that I eat quite a lot standing, I didn't think it was important. <BR> But I'm a good self-help book compliant person and did this assignment anyway... and I got hungry and started to lose weight on the same diet immediately. I found out I had eaten 3-400 calories standing up without noticing! <BR> <BR> Now, at second reading I am convinced this is an important skill and it was worth reminding my... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 13:42:28 EST Beck Diet Solution Day 1: Record Advantages of Losing Weight (Maintaining Weight Loss in my case) The Beck Diet Solution Reboot of October 2016 starts today in the BDS team. <BR> In the introduction, dr. Beck writes about past weight loss attempts of her clients: <BR> "Why had they been so unsuccessful?... <BR> They hadn't lost weight or kept it off because they didn't know HOW... They didn't realize that the could learn how to diet successfully, just as they had once learned to drive a car or to use a computer." <BR> So, in the next 2 weeks we will learn and practice skills we need to di... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 16:09:59 EST Beck Check #20, high school reunion and retreat This was a good week. <BR> Had to twist my exercise schedule on account of two business trips with long drives, but did everything I planned. I requested a day off (Thursday) for the long hours worked. <BR> Eating went well. <BR> All is good, so I only did my weekly Beck skills checklist and read Advantages Response Card, D3 Eat Sitting Down and D5 Eat Slowly and Mindfully. <BR> <BR> Our 30 years high school reunion was Friday night, after work. <BR> It was good to see most of us look great ... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 06:59:10 EST Beck Check #19 - good This was a good week. <BR> I followed my plan at all but one meal - that is success 20/21 meals. <BR> The unplanned meal was comfort food, response to unpleasant emotions - ate tortellini instead of my planned dinner. <BR> That meant I had the brown rice and beans I cooked for the next two dinners - and it was so easy to just take them out of the fridge, microwave them, add olive oil and vegetables. Knowing what I was going to eat and really eat it was comforting and pleasant. More than the s... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 03:39:22 EST My 5 Years of Maintenance: a journey of continuous learning and practice I reached my goal weight 5 years ago, 16Sep2011. <BR> That's a huge milestone - when you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%! <BR> I wrote my first SP blog on the day I reached my goal: <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4487673 </link> <BR> <BR> The upcoming anniversary kept me thinking during the past week, searching for what message to share here about my journey... it is continuous learning and practice. <BR> ... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 07:14:43 EST Beck Check #18 and retreat Good week again. <BR> Workload was low and I noticed I can easily take 2 days off and still get everything done - so I took Thursday and Friday off, and went to my parents' summer house for a 2-day silent retreat. It was my sixth this year. <BR> As always, I did long hikes on the hills, and lots of meditation: breathing, walking, sweeping (ie. through body parts), mindful walking barefoot on the grass, listening to dharma talks. <BR> Some sessions I got to very good levels of concentration. <... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 16:50:24 EST Beck Check#17 and meditation update This was a good week again. <BR> After realizing unmeasured summer fruits can get me into trouble, now I measure watermelon, cantaloupe and grapes at dinner. Weight is back to center and I feel good. <BR> I ticked all items on my weekly Beck to do list as done or not applicable (eg. go cravings, no sabotaging thoughts...) <BR> So I read my Advantages Response Card, <BR> (a few weeks ago I added a new, very meaningful response to "Why Do I Want to Maintain my Weight by Sticking to my Plan?" ... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 04:52:36 EST Beck Check #16: now I know why... Now I know why it took me 4 weeks to get rid of weight gained on vacation, instead of the usual few days... it is Watermelon and Cantaloupe! <BR> I always measure all my food on kitchen scale, cheese, legumes, butter, peanut butter, cheese, rye bread, nuts and seeds... but not fruits and vegetables. <BR> Not vegetables because they really have so few calories they are not worth to fuss with. <BR> Not fruits because even if they can hold significant calories, portions are obvious. <BR> And thi... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:31:13 EST Beck Check #15: good This was a good week. <BR> At work I had some time on my hands and organized my emails and notes, discarding thousands of emails I will never need and making my folders, calendar and tasks simple and easy to use. I also started to use OneNote, very useful and pretty. <BR> <BR> I followed my food plan, 3 meals a day, pre-planned portions, no unplanned eating. <BR> I was a little disappointed on Friday morning when I my weight was up exactly where it was 3 weeks ago, returning from vacation...... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 05:34:28 EST Beck check #14: better Last week's summary blog helped. <BR> I did a better job at not eating standing up (except some watermelon after dinner), and followed my plan. Now I'm one pound closer to my center weight - at least I was before I left for a 3-day mini vacation with my parents and two sisters + their husbands and kids. <BR> Little nephews and nieces are adorable. <BR> I ate well and did my usual exercise, but due to unusual / salty food I expect I'll be back up. <BR> Oh well... Direction is good, so I don't ... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:55:29 EST Visualisation of balance The first weeks of weight loss phase always seem easy. I'm determined and motivated, I'm active, I have a good food plan and follow it 100% - and magically I feel stronger and happier immediately, before losing a noticeable amount of weight. I know what I want to eat and I'm satisfied with that. In past, I always gave up after those few happy weeks. <BR> <BR> Five years ago things changed (thank you Spark People!) and here I am in maintenance. <BR> I still notice that it is very easy to stay... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 04:54:12 EST Beck check #13: so-so I'm not very happy with my eating this week. <BR> Same old, same old: breakfast and lunch fine, dinner somewhat bigger than it should be, and on top of that, almost every day of the week abundant amounts of ice cream were available, wherever I went. And most days I had 2-3 portions, over my normal food. <BR> Result: I'm still 2 pounds over center weight, and I experience some food coma and cravings on most days. <BR> I never suffer from them when I follow my plan, and I don't want to - so I n... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 16:26:07 EST My summer vacation - picture blog We spent the first 7 days of our vacation in Austria, 2-2 nights at small villages surrounded by nature: mountains, rivers, waterfalls, glaciers. Lots of hiking, biking - wonderful experience... My beloved hills in Hungary are rather small compared to these mountains so I enjoyed every minute spent in this (for me) special environment. <BR> First picture was taken at our second guest house, then I hiked up to the border between Alpine forest to bare rock. I loved how thick pine forest thinne... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 17:00:28 EST Beck check#12: vacation I was on a 10-day vacation with DH and two grown up kids - this blog is about the healthy lifestyle aspects, will write a separate blog about the places we visited, with pictures. <BR> <BR> Eating: I did great! <BR> Followed my plan: 3 healthy meals a day, nothing in between. <BR> Indulgences: 1 full size pizza (in Italy), and a midnight snack when we got home after a 14 hour drive (yellow sweet corn, sunflower seeds, dark chocolate) <BR> Alcohol: I drank a small beer 3 or 4 times with dinne... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 15:55:44 EST Beck check #11: good week This week was good on all fronts: private life, work, food and exercise. <BR> Kids are traveling, making steps toward adult life in different ways: both organized their trip without any help from us, and DS went with his girlfriend, DD pays everything by herself. <BR> DH and I have the evenings and the weekend to ourselves, things are where we left them, kitchen and rooms are tidy, no need for grocery shopping ; ) <BR> <BR> Eating was good: I did not eat anything off plan or outside meals, ... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 10:49:14 EST Inner peace is priceless Most of the time, when I eat well, sleep enough, don't drink alcohol, follow my exercise plan and meditate daily, I experience a very pleasant state of mind: peace, calmness and inner bliss. At the same time I feel alert and full of energy. <BR> Especially in the mornings when I do my yoga and walk or run, I'm very happy for no reason whatsoever. <BR> <BR> Now, in the past week I did a few things that did not fit in my healthy lifestyle. <BR> Nothing horrible and not many times: <BR> -once a... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 03:16:21 EST Beck Check # 10: good week and epic fail on Saturday I had a good week, both in my private life and at work too. <BR> Exercise went well, there was an extra evening walk with husband, but I skipped 2 morning yoga workouts due to work schedule and did not do them in the evening because I was lazy. <BR> I'm not good with evening exercise. <BR> <BR> Last week I reported I have trouble with eating standing up & nibbling, so I monitor this daily. <BR> No problems all day, only when I get home from work. <BR> Not really cravings (discomfort level 1... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 04:50:35 EST Beck check #8 - behavior adjustment In the past 2 weeks I noticed my tendency to eat unplanned bites standing, <BR> the problem with this behavior is not the extra calories. <BR> Nothing is wrong with a big slice of watermelon or a very small cup of ice cream. <BR> The problem is the more unplanned bites I eat standing, the more I want, and I have (mild) cravings and struggle instead of the usual peace and freedom from cravings. <BR> <BR> I wanted my peace back, so paid attention and practiced Beck anti-craving techniques. <BR... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 08:25:47 EST SP Planner: found my weight loss phase blog entries #4 and Last: September 2011 These are the last ones of my old weigh loss phase journal series, <BR> because I started to write real blogs when I reached my goal. <BR> <BR> 03Sep2011 - Portion size versus serving size <BR> I believe "portion size" is not always same as "serving size", especially not for grains. <BR> We are supposed to eat 6-11 serving sizes of grains, but we do not have 6-11 meals a day. <BR> I have 4 meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, dinner 2), usually around 280-350 calories. <BR> One serving of grain... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 05:07:00 EST SP Planner: found my weight loss phase blog entries #3: August 2011 01Aug2011. Feeling good and No Cigarettes <BR> Nothing special, I just feel good today, <BR> Slept well, so well that DH snoring on my side woke me up once only and I slept back immediately. <BR> <BR> No cigarettes for 5 days - this did not happen to me in the past 6 years. <BR> But I don't miss it - well, 1-2x daily I feel a vague urge to light one, but ut goes away within a minute. <BR> If the urge was worse, I could always meditate, but I never had to meditate as an emergency solution. I ... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 04:44:45 EST SP Planner: found my weight loss phase blog entries #2: July 2011 02Jul2011: How I spend time <BR> Tracking food and physical activity and goals, and writing journal takes quite a lot of time. <BR> This is the time I used to spend sitting at my desk in the evenings, reading and eating mindlessly. And it is at least as good a way to spend time. <BR> It wa just inertia, the easiest way, when I used to eat all evening. <BR> The way I grew up - eating was the central interest at my grandparents' house. <BR> <BR> Today I bought some new super foods: millet and ... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 04:29:29 EST