LINAREX's SparkPeople Blog LINAREX's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Stress Eating I get stressed a lot. There, I said it. I was so overwhelmed this week I seriously ate at Wendy's 3 out of the 5 weekdays this week. And I only made semi-good decisions (small fry instead of the Biggie I wanted to stuff in my face with two hands). Stress is where I totally fall apart every time. Today at lunch, I didn't bring my lunch in yet again, and I was debating getting into my car and getting Wendy's (for the 4th time....GROSS right?) and I instead walked across the street from wor... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 14:34:55 EST Vision Statement (AKA, why the heck am I still here??) So I started this 100 DTS challenge a while ago, and shockingly, I'm still here. I've certainly not been perfect at it, in fact I've downright sucked a few times. But I keep coming back and coming back. Why? Well, it all goes back to one of my first posts on the Nutrition challenge. I mentioned that I'm turning 30 this year and my main goal is that I didn't want to start my 30s fat. This is a great goal for me, as it gives me a specific date (no more, I'll lose weight...whenever), but r... Sun, 5 Jun 2011 20:35:19 EST Greek Yogurt - YUM! I've heard people talking about greek yogurt for a while and I finally just broke down and bought some at the store this past weekend. I got the Fage brand and tried it with honey, and YUMMM it's like a little piece of heaven! SOOO creamy and tasty. Granted, it's not at all the same as ice cream (I mean really, nothing is), but it will so be my substitute. The 0% fat stuff is only 60 cals per half cup. It's crazy good! Thu, 2 Jun 2011 22:36:06 EST Eating and working out - timing Part of the nutrition challenge this week is to review how important timing is in what you eat. I took the quiz about strength training and I got a whopping big fat F (50%) lol. I had never taken that quiz before and the info was really interesting, especially the part about not needing much extra protein to support it. That kind of info is thrown around regularly on SP so I was surprised that article said it was not exactly true. <BR> <BR> I was also semi-surprised in one of the articl... Sun, 29 May 2011 21:08:10 EST Took a week off, semi-unintentionally I did absolutely jack this week. There, I said it. I was at a conference for work from Mon-Thurs, which was just downward spiral after downward spiral. I drank excessively and ate excessively, played golf for the first time, and sprained my ankle (OUCH). Now, I really don't drink that often (MAYBE once every 3 months or so), and I know why. Not because of the god awful hangovers afterwards, but because I want to eat everything in sight for the next 6 months after I drink. And I want gre... Sun, 22 May 2011 22:37:29 EST Overcoming setbacks From Ralph Waldo Emerson (and in the SP article) <BR> <BR> "Finish each day <BR> And be done with it. <BR> You have done what you could. <BR> Some blunders and <BR> Absurdities have crept in. <BR> Forget them as soon as you can." <BR> <BR> I would say this is only the first part to overcoming any setbacks. Yes, you need to just accept what happened and accept that you have made mistakes. But I don't think forgetting them is really the right answer. I think that you need to acknowledge th... Sat, 7 May 2011 21:02:17 EST Healthy Heart Read this: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tritionCenter/Nutrition-Center-Healthy<BR>-Diet-Goals_UCM_310436_SubHomePage.jsp </link> <BR> <BR> I always forget about the fish. I don't have any fish that often, because my husband hate hate hates it. And seriously, I'm not going to cook two meals (when I do cook dinner). I only get it once in a while when he's not going to be home for dinner. When I'm on the road for work I get the recommended amount and probably... Tue, 3 May 2011 22:38:08 EST Snacks...really I could come up with 1000! Seeing as I'm a master snacker, it's not too hard to think of things that I can eat. However, thinking of things that meet my goals AND satisfy me is completely different. <BR> <BR> 1. Apple slices and a good aged cheddar. I LOVE cheese, but it's so easy for me to overeat it. However, if I get a really good aged one, I find I need less to satisfy me. Pairing it with apples gets my fruit in as well in my quest to eat more fruits and veggies. <BR> <BR> 2. Celery with peanut butter. ... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 20:06:32 EST WOOT! Okay, super huge breakthrough today?? I ate IN my cal range, IN all my other ranges (well, 1 under for protein, but seriously I'm not holding that one gram against myself) and drumroll.....WITHIN the sodium range! Plus I got 5 servings of fruit and veggies. I think I just about died when I finally put everything in the tracker and saw that I made just about every nutritional goal I could possibly think of today. <BR> <BR> So, there is no negativity in my blog today, because seriously I ... Wed, 27 Apr 2011 22:05:05 EST Sodium in the house So for the sodium challenge I took sampling of my most commonly used foods in the house. And it wasn't nearly as bad as I expected, shockingly, but it wasn't great either. <BR> <BR> Bread (brownberry health nut) = 170mg/slice <BR> frozen veggies = 85mg/ 2/3 cup serving <BR> light mayo = 125mg/tbsp <BR> <BR> Not too shabby right? You know this isn't going to end well... <BR> <BR> fancy-schmancy cheddar cheese = 390mg/ 1 oz serving. WTF! Cheese? I eat this stuff like it's going out of ... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 21:53:10 EST If I had tried, I couldn't have screwed up the last week any worse than I did :( So, I'm not big on making excuses, but I really didn't have the best situation going on the past week to help me succeed. Instead of whining about it, I'm going to put all my stupid excuses in a list and figure out how I could have done better. <BR> <BR> 1. I had training all week at work, and we had breakfast and lunch brought in every day, M-F. Ordered by a guy who likes meat and potatoes. The healthy stuff on the menu...wasn't all that healthy. There was some salad for 2 days, but ... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 23:04:06 EST Love affair - ice cream Ever since I got pregnant with my daughter, I have had an intense craving for sweets. Previously, I only wanted salty things, fries, chips, fried chicken, etc. The second I got pregnant I wanted ONLY sugar and sweets. This is how I knew it was DH's kid lol. Seriously though, DH and I went to Cold Stone Creamery probably 2-3 times per WEEK when I was pregnant, hence the disaster I am in. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to moderate everything now, but I still have this love affair with ice cream. A... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 21:38:16 EST End of week 4, down 7lbs! And the best part of being down is slowly losing it's power on me. Honestly, for the past several days I have not thought about food all day long, which is a HUGE accomplishment for me. I normally plan my day around food, and am constantly thinking about what the next meal is going to be. I haven't done that in probably over a week and it feels awesome. This is exactly where I was trying to get, and 4 weeks in I feel better than I have felt since last year at this time. It'... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 22:02:45 EST Yes, Subway could be healthier A lot of people see Subway as a healthy food place, probably largely due to the "Jared" commercials. But they forget to read the fine print. To be honest, it's a much healthier option than other fast food out there and their subs are generally healthier than other places in my area (Potbelly and Jimmy favorite sub at Jimmy John's has over 700 calories in it, and that's without adding ANYTHING to it!!!). But it's very easy to make a sub unhealthy...put cheese, mayo, oil and vineg... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 20:37:56 EST Feeling full I've dealt with the disordered eating issues for so long now that at the beginning of this 100 day challenge it seemed like there was no way I could change what I was doing. But in reality, it's easier than I think it is, I just have to want to do it. The want is what makes this journey easy right now. <BR> <BR> And here I am, sitting at the end of a day where ate in my calorie range yet another time, and shockingly, I feel FULL. Stopping to think about it is really the biggest step for... Mon, 4 Apr 2011 23:07:33 EST