OOLALA53's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=OOLALA53 OOLALA53's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ the barely bearable lightness of not bingeing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741193 This is in response to a member on the Living Binge Free team, who has had just a few binges in two years. Her record is a bit better than mine, but I feel I've done well in these four + years and a 40-lb. loss. It seems some days she is still just stepping by feel. She said, "It is not about the food or some special combination of behaviours that someone wrote in a book. Rather it is about me learning how to live peacefully with myself and my environment. " <BR> <BR> Bingeing is a door in... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:56:02 EST refusing to binge decreases the urges OVER TIME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732662 I had seen research that supported this idea years ago, but had not ever written it down. This is not the original information but it supports it just the same. (I put this up because so many people feel afraid to say no to binges, thinking it will make them feel deprived. Well, it WILL, until the cycle runs its course. Hang on through its course! Besides, when you binge, you deprive yourself of feeling comfortable in your body.) <BR> <BR> In the book "The Skeptic's Guide to the MInd," (yea... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 18:39:36 EST on the passing of a colleague http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730652 I am very sobered by news of the passing of a colleague because, frankly, though heartbroken, I am not surprised. She joked for years that her doctor told her to eat better quality food, cut down on coffee, get exercise, etc, for high blood pressure and diabetes. She was even hospitalized for some small event on spring break. I worried for her, but she brushed it off. She would say she got headaches if she didn't drink coffee, and had to eat often because of diabetes. But you can even eat of... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 14:36:35 EST again, weight loss can't heal an eating disorder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729167 For anyone who needs to hear it, know that being binge free is its own reward. Any day that I can live WITH food without gorging or permasnacking, and without hinging high self-regard to eating, is a victorious day, no matter what the scale says. What if I am binge free, eating sanely for today, and I don't lose? Are my habits a failure? I am not on a diet. I am eating and living. The scale is always secondary when I am trying to heal from an eating disorder. My weight does not define me. ... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:19:15 EST rather catty and superficial, but http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682006 I went for a walk with two colleagues during lunch up behind the conference center, which is in a rather open area of chapparal. We followed a fire road and were gabbing, missed a turn, and didn't realize it until we were pretty far afield. My anxiety kicked in, boy. I ended up jogging ahead because I was feeling I really needed to be back at the workshop. I am less familiar with the topic than my colleagues and I"m going to have to produce a portfolio of 12 items. I can't prove my being ther... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 23:37:43 EST Can we really see our bodies as they are? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583036 In response to a blog in which a woman realized that she felt as fat 40 lbs. ago as she does now. She didn't know she was slim! <BR> <BR> <BR> Media images really do a number on our brains. We were all bombarded with images of very thin women, and still are. It definitely affects our expectations of ourselves. <BR> <BR> I weigh the same now as when I graduated from high school, but then I thought I was fat. I thought I HAD to lose 20 lbs. Now, it was true that many of my peers WERE actual... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 13:34:38 EST Oh, the burden of not being agreed with- rant alert http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582221 Well, SO funny. I had a person come over for lunch yesterday to talk about eating issues because he saw me at the New Year’s Day brunch and noticed that I’d lost weight. He did some really restricted program a few years ago, and I remember thinking at the time, (I saw him at a similar event) hmm, I’ll be surprised if this works for him. I had lost about half my weight at that point, but said nothing because he didn’t ask. He was all excited at that time—in the honeymoon stage, as the research... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 19:34:25 EST I think I love this woman http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569396 <link>abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/Australian-<BR>mom-lashes-back-fit-mom-21244555 </link> <BR> <BR> I mean the "realistic" mom. Thanks to Christa! <BR> <BR> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 16:30:59 EST If you fear obesity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526969 Just listening to a program on University of California, San Diego TV. It's being presented by a specialist on obesity and he just said a couple of things I already know. One is that exercise is effective for treating metabolic/cardio problems in obese patients even though they may not lose any weight, which is convenient because exercise is actually only marginally successful at getting the body to lose weight. The other is that if an obese person does not have obesity-related health problem... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 23:46:27 EST Back to high school weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492784 Well, I'm here to report my quarterly weigh-in. I am now officially a bit below my high school graduation weight, BMI 23.8. I have not been here for 25 years, which was a little more than 15 years after high school. So, since my turnaround around New Year's of 2010, I've lost 22% of my weight. I'm turning 60 in 4 days. It is a nice reward for sticking to my guns of paying more attention to hunger and satiety + mostly regular meal times rather than the almighty calorie and scale. This is just... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 12:59:19 EST This bears repeating... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486293 In answer to a blog in which the poster linked another blog on which the blogger said that compulsive overeaters are stymied by using weight loss as their motivation, here is my response. <BR> <BR> I don't mean to whine, but I've said this many times. Using weight loss and thinness, rather than mental and physical stability, as the incentive when it's just plain thinness someone wants has been a miserable failure at helping people learn to eat less permanently. This si not my opinion. Thi... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 14:35:54 EST A deeper look at breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486240 When I greatly reduced my bingeing, thus eating dinner but not doing any night eating, I found I was often hungry for breakfast and ate it gladly. As the years have gone on, my appetite for breakfast has decreased as has my overall appetite. On weekdays, since I don't have a lot of choice over my time to eat, and I like to take my time and not rush through a meal during a 10-minute break, I have something small, and it's enough, along with a latte break, until lunch. <BR> <BR> On weekends,... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 13:28:06 EST Use that prefrontal cortex! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466547 We know that deep, instinctual parts of the brain are stimulated by even the sight of highly palatable foods, making our bodies produce feelings and thoughts that ask us for the food. But did you also know that in weight loss maintainers who have consistently been choosing to eat in a moderate way, the prefrontal cortex, where rational decision-making is done. also gets stimulated at the same time? This can happen even when the person is not actively thinking about restraint. This can become... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 09:06:06 EST moderation or complete abstinence? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425459 I know I will be criticized by some for posting this because I do not have at the ready the research that led me to the conclusions I've written about here. So be it. I came across those foundational ideas over the course of years and I didn't document it anywhere but in my memory; not much in the interim has proved me wrong, except for exceptions. If this resonates with you, I'm glad and hope you will take the next step. If not, truly I encourage you to stay where you feel supported and enr... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 14:23:19 EST stopping mid-binge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423994 You are talking about a very tricky skill here. It is the most advanced skill for a binger to learn. Most bingers get a lot better at just not taking the first bite or at not beating themselves up afterwards first. It also helps to start practicing slowing down eating when just eating regular meals. When a binger gets better at these and it sinks in that she is making these choices, she can imagine and even act on stopping mid-binge. This probably takes at least a year of practice, not a few ... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 09:52:37 EST surprise in the Foreman grill http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416221 Part of my lunch was half a leftover pork chile verde burrito plus freggies. For some reason, half of that half didn't heat evenly, so I cut it in half and left part of it in the grill to stay warm. Got rushed after lunch in returning phone calls, picking up my car from the repair shop and taking it to another shop for a bid on the rest of the work to be done on it. Anyhoo, when I went to have dinner, I discovered the unfinished burrito and realized that though I had felt a little light right... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 01:41:37 EST eat less often http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402366 Of course, the devil can quote scriptures for his purposes, but here is a link <BR> <link>www.today.com/health/two-meals-day-m<BR>ay-be-better-weight-loss-grazing-6C104<BR>23982 </link> <BR> <BR> to a report about the value of eating less often, which I committed to nearly 42 months ago and which has been instrumental in helping me tame my binge habit. This study was looking at people who ate two "larger" meals a day, breakfast and lunch. I am NOT advocating that, as I believe if an eati... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 11:52:38 EST quarterly weigh in and false idols http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400169 Since I reached my normal BMI range 15 months ago, I weigh only quarterly, weighing for one week at a time and averaging the weight of the seven days. The truth is that I gained 2.5 pounds since my spring weigh-in. There, I said it. I know how it happened. Before my spring weigh in, I was eating very little, not on purpose, exactly, but as an experiment of going with my hunger. When I saw my weight loss, my thoughts went crazy. I started planning secretly for even more weight loss, fantasizin... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 12:06:31 EST hungry after dinner? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382456 I started to post this on a thread but decided to make it a blog. It was a belated answer to someone who had posted that she was feeling hungry at 9 p.m. and never knew what to eat. <BR> <BR> My first suggestion after 38 years of trial and error for what to eat when you feel hungry at 9 p.m.(after having a dinner) is nothing. It's not likely to be real hunger, meaning an empty stomach and pressing need for food, and therefore should not be reinforced with food at odd times. It's just the ha... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 13:08:58 EST rocking the boat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381988 I know this may seem heretical to post this link on a site such as Spark because it's about fat acceptance, but I believe it has some valuable lessons about not using food and eating to keep us from realizing there's a lot to life beyond this pursuit. I have had much better compliance with a plan not to binge since I made that my focus rather than losing weight. I'm still working on life in between my wonderful meals. I haven't been a complete wallflower, but I've held back in some areas and ... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 23:24:50 EST A mostly finger-food day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298244 I had a day of mostly snacking, but okay snacking. I had to shop during lunchtime for a finger food to take to a potluck in the evening. I was out of town with meetings morning and afternoon. I also had to shop for a couple of small gifts during the time I had for lunch and I opted to take more time for the shopping than the eating. I ended up lunching on product tastes at Costco. The quality of the items was quite good! Really good bread, cheeses, Angus burger, and two bites of sweets. I d... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 13:13:43 EST 3-year weight chart- gradual and sustainable loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295272 live_amazingly let me know the link I had put up to my weight chart will just take members to their own charts, so I will alter this blog. <BR> <BR> I started the most recent phase of my journey officially on Jan. 1, 2010, though it was really on Dec. 26, 5 days before. I now record my weight only quarterly, and did that today. I took the opportunity to use the feature that allows me to see the loss graphically. I don't know how to show it to others, but those who are not having plummeting ... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 17:01:32 EST help from Volumetrics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289822 Reading the book Volumetrics was instrumental in my being able to make long-term changes to my eating, but it didn't show up until years later. I adopted many of the habits even while I continued to binge on many dense foods. Eventually, I committed to ending the binging, and the meal habit of including a fair amount of water-rich foods was already in place. Plus, I think years of eating less processed foods has finally tipped the "scale" in terms of my actually preferring to eat relatively s... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 12:25:02 EST Thank goodness for high food prices! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283030 A couple of foods I used to binge on were containers of whipped chocolate frosting and packages of chocolate chip cookie dough. I'd buy them and start eating them in the car on the way home. I used to think that if I were in a car accident, rescuers might believe the accident opened the packages, but wouldn't they wonder where all the dough and frosting were? <BR> <BR> Anyway, I adopted an eating wonderful, reasonable plan a few years ago and have pretty much weaned myself off bingeing. Sti... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 20:34:02 EST Deprivation ain't what it used to be... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5169560 I've changed my concept of what deprivation is. It can be deprivation to be too full all the time and hung over with eating. I don't want to deprive myself of reasonable hunger and the light and vital feeling that accompanies not overeating. In other words, nowadays, it has become more important not to deprive myself 1) of the pleasure of eating when I'm actually hungry rather than permasnacking, 2) of feeling comfortable and even lively in my body instead of overloaded, 3) of the peace I get... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 22:07:00 EST Are you fostering an eating disorder in your daughter? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166880 Dealing with children and eating is a very touchy issue. <BR> <BR> "Parents play a detrimental role when they create an environment which emphasizes thinness and dieting or excessive exercise as a way to attain the desired body." <BR> <BR> "Daughter's concern about being or getting too fat was related to mother's complaints about her own weight as well as mother's comments about daughter's weight." both quotations from Children and Eating Disorders:A Review of the Literature by Emily Majo... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 22:51:38 EST Keeping treats "treats" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5162575 Until recent times, treats for Christmas were limited to just a few days. People just didn't have access to so much sugar and the other ingredients needed. Treats were often a lot more work, too. This made them true "treats." I suggest people thoughtfully consider just how many times this season they should eat treats to get the effect of REALLY being treated. I find that when I do attend events more often, I can feel very "treated" even if I don't have sweets by slowly savoring the other wo... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 20:53:17 EST scary" scale? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5091130 In response to a question on a maintainers' team about whether members felt the scale was "scary," one person said not scary, but that she had a love/hate relationship with the scale. I'm not sure what the difference is. Why are people afraid of the scale? Or hate the scale? This is a response I wrote that I decided was too long and too controversial for the thread. You have to know from the beginning that the fact that many long term weight loss maintainers (not necessarily on this team, bu... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 10:33:10 EST eating right doesn't solve all my problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5073838 Am having some stress because I forgot to renew my driver's license. It will expire Wednesday and I have to fly back to California on Saturday. The airport security will absolutely not allow me on a plane with an expired driver's license. I have been trying all day to renew online and have just been hitting cyber walls. I follow the directions but it doesn't work. The online link sent me in an email doesn't work. I also was given a phone number to use and it was busy every time I called. I a... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 00:56:33 EST regarding shame- in response to another blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5061709 I wrote a long response and realized most of the message needed to be directed to myself, not so much these days in terms of weight, but of other "transgression." But I'll keep it as is for the purposes of Spark. <BR> <BR> May I gently say that your biggest problem is not your weight or your eating but your shame and lack of self-forgiveness about it. I don't believe you deserve this burden. But in our culture there is such a burden of perfection placed on people and the expectation that the... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 14:48:22 EST Is a goal weight really necessary? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5060755 I see over and over again people say they struggle with maintaining a certain goal weight. I can't help but think that having the weight be the center of the effort is a big part of the problem. There are many voices that reinforce using that center. There is a huge industry, more than one actually, to whose benefit it is to have the finish line be very hard to reach. They talk a big streak, and may even be sincere in thinking that it really is also in your best interest to "support "you in d... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 19:14:40 EST rough day at work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5025537 I almost cried at work today. I felt like I am wasting my life and energy. I earned honors at school but knowledge is not honored by teenagers! But I also felt a sense of shame that I have never been able to find work that suits me better. <BR> <BR> I had that kind of frantic thought that I just have to be able to quit my job (high school teacher)but I know I won't. Kids really resent that I try to keep order in class and that I insist on them actually trying to understand the material. I'm... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 21:47:38 EST another day in hunger limbo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5011956 I'm walking that fine line between sober observation of my behavior yesterday and very subtle self -criticism and disappointment in myself. When I add up all the food I had yesterday, it really doesn't amount to that much, but I still feel a sense of disappointment because I was never actually hungry when I ate. All the sweets I had were three little cookies from Whole Foods and two 2-bite brownies, not at the same time. I felt full or near-full almost all day, but not content, so I nibbled o... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 11:01:16 EST Nyla on Extreme Makeover- Weightloss Edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4973260 I watched parts of the episode on Nyla last night and was once again disturbed by the admonitions to go all out right away or very soon. I would like to see a comparison between this approach and one that starts more moderately and later revs up as the "loser" is ready for more. When Bob the trainer was asking Nyla to walk up a "down" escalator, I wanted him to have to strap on a back pack with a hundred pounds or so in it. The woman weighed 435 lbs.! She may have been fooling herself, but s... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 17:48:28 EST Whom are you comparing yourself to? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4937811 Are you letting the media dictate what you should look like and how much you should weigh? <BR> <BR> Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz, Winona Ryder, and Julia Roberts, if their reported weights are accurate, are all underweight at BMI's under 18.5. <BR> <BR> The average BMI of French women, the slimmest in Europe, is 23.5. And the average bodyfat of women in healthy cultures is 25%. Shouldn't that be good enough? No one has PROVED that being much lower, unless it comes naturally, is actual... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 14:20:08 EST in case you want to torture yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4937080 Well, I don't usually recommend using the scale as a measure of anything really important, but many are interested in bodyfat as a better measure. (I believe many of the recommendations made by fitness experts are too low, the easier to make more people think they need help. Models and most media images are much lower. This one by the YMCA is supposed to be accurate to within 1-3% though it seemed low to me. However, if you want to know, here it is. Just promise me you won't use it to berate... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 01:15:48 EST The remedy is still the same http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4921774 This is in reference to a member posting about being frantic about her bingeing. She admitted that she knew it might be worse because she had signed up for a weight loss challenge on another thread, I wrote too much on the thread and moved it here. It's nothing new because the remedy doesn't change. <BR> <BR> <BR> I say gently that you are proving my point by submitting yourself to aiming at weight loss. I'm just repeating what the experts say; you can't stop bingeing while you're "on a d... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 14:12:17 EST A "hard" moment and musings on body expectations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4919313 Got through another "hard" moment today, though I took a big chance going in a dollar store. I was even thinking about getting sugar wafer cookies. Oh, how I used to love crunch, crunch, crunching through a package of those. Two or three cookies was never enough because it wasn't just the taste. It was the crunch. Two or three might be enough now, but I knew it would be unlikely that would suffice today, and besides, I like other sweets better. I knew down deep I'd rather wait until I could ... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 19:50:46 EST Another reason the calorie focus isn't for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4903286 It turns out that the old calculation for determining how many fewer calories a person needs to eat in order to lose a pound ends up being misleading. This is mostly because the body continually adjusts as we eat less and actually lose weight. For example, because we are told that one pound equals 3500 calories, it would seem that someone who decreased her calorie intake by 100 calories a day would lose a pound every 35 days. Therefore, it would take 350 days to lose ten pounds. However, a ma... Tue, 29 May 2012 19:44:39 EST Eating for pleasure is a must http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4903277 I wanted to say something about eating for pleasure. Some people say we should just think of food as fuel and stop eating for pleasure. I disagree. I think eating for pleasure is a must. <BR> <BR> I think I eat almost totally for pleasure in the sense that I really enjoy everything I eat. I love my high fiber tortillas and bagels. I love my cooked whole rye and other grains and cereals. I love my pasta and pizza, my Trader Joe's biscuits, chewy dinner rolls in restaurants. I love my cooked ... Tue, 29 May 2012 19:38:11 EST Consider (again): forget the scale to stop bingeing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4853488 Just to say: if you have to make a choice between weighing yourself and being binge free, take being binge free. Many bingers use the scale as a way to verify that they've been "good," or "bad." It also can set up bargaining. If I binge on this, but cut on that, and I don't gain, then I can do it again. FEw people actually realize they think this, but it's the mindset that often goes with calorie counting and weighing. It also often spurs thoughts of punishment and disappointment in yoursel... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 14:24:48 EST answer to Q about calorie ranges for bingers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4811130 I don't have a caloric limit for the day and most anti-bingeing programs do not recommend limiting calories or even tracking them, though many recommend keeping food logs AT FIRST. Our limiting of binges needs to come from our desire to free ourselves from the attachment to food, not to get thin or lose weight, unless there is another pressing health issue and then I hope we would all have the courage to face the music. Our calorie ranges don't determine how much we can eat. You could eat 1,5... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 18:13:20 EST difficulties of eating habit changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4809161 For a habit change like eating less, there are usually several stages people go through before the new habits are absolutely ingrained. In fact, though, most people in our society never permanently change their habits enough to even keep from gaining weight. I don't think it has to be that way, but I do fear that a lot of what we're doing doesn't bode well. <BR> <BR> One of the main reasons for long term failure is that people don't have a true understanding of what they're up against. The... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 14:19:44 EST Metabolism is not the only issue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4797624 People often bring up the idea of slowing metabolism when it's suggested to eat three meals a day as I have done per the No S Diet. The No S originator has never said that his system matches ones that have different orientations. He simply says that time and time again, habit wins out in human endeavors. The metabolism issue can be counteracted and in fact is. Most of the rest of the world lives slim without counting calories and with habits that defy much of the data on metabolism. They get ... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 22:48:05 EST frustrated with lack of hunger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4770045 I'm having one of my inadvertent "fasts." Weekdays, I have my three meals a day whether I am hungry or not, though I am usually hungry. I'm just not willing to wait until 7 or 8 o'clock at night to eat, and that's what I'd have to do, if I ate only when I was hungry. I've found this has worked for me for the past two years. Weekends I allow myself to eat whatever and whenever I want and I often overate, which I expected, but the moderate eating during the week was the perfect balance. I knew ... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 13:02:56 EST a couple if "challenges" to promote health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4763866 I got an email in which exercise leader Teresa Tapp announced that she would be part of an online 40-day women's health summit. It's free. I thought I'd provide the link in case it inspire's anyone here to adopt a good health habit for those 40 days. Let's be reasonable! I'm going to make mine a commintment to weekday 14-minute bouts of vigorous exercise. I've been trying to make that a habit and thought I had it going. <BR> <link>www.wishsummit.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> Also, another memb... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 17:34:32 EST reasons you might "think" you're "hungry" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4720699 This is a link to an article about why you're body might send signals you read as hungry. <link>www.womansday.com/health-fitness/die<BR>t-weight-loss/10-reasons-your-body-thi<BR>nks-its-hungry-113335?link=emb&dom=yah<BR>_health&src=syn&con=slide&mag=wdy </link> <BR> <BR> This doesn't even touch on the signals we have learned to pair with emotions. However, it helps for us to recognize one more time that often when we say we were hungry or starved, it isn't accurate. It doesn't mean we'll... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 16:00:54 EST Tyranny of media ideals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4708827 It's estimated that fashion models represent only 6% of female bodies, yet so many women lament their bodies because they do not match these "ideals." In fact, I went to a website that shows the ideal weight that women of the same age, height, and weight thought was the best weight. For example, 58-year old women who were 5' 6" and weighed 155 thought they should weight 141, but the same age and height women who actually weighed 141 thought they should weigh 135. Those 135-lb. women thought t... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 14:50:24 EST 2-year testimonial http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4666145 I've used the No S Diet to combat my binge eating relatively successfully for two years now. I still overeat one or two days a week, but I've make huge progress and lost 24 lbs. or 13% of my weight. I posted an official testimonial on the No S Diet board, if you'd like to read it. <link>everydaysystems.com/bb/viewtopic.php<BR>?t=8296 </link> <em>188</em> Sun, 8 Jan 2012 12:50:25 EST decluttering and organizing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4660863 Let's see if I can get across some of the changes I made in my messy garage. Someone who hadn't seen it before would probably not be impressed, but after all the procrastinating I've been doing on this assuming it was going to be so unpleasant, I am just so glad I got as much done as I did. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l919450054.jpg"> <BR> This was the back wall before <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l63530479.jpg"> <BR> This was partway th... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 23:08:21 EST