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10/11/13 1:05 P

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Lost track of my food the last couple days. Not terrible, not great. Pretty sure I was under 100 NC, but probably over 50.

I did get in some exercise yesterday.

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10/11/13 10:34 A

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OK, so bad food night last night. I still made myself write it all down. So, I'm very aware I messed up. Back on track today. Seems like social situations are the hardest for me.

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10/10/13 8:00 A

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Thanks for your good thoughts, everyone!

Today I am aware (actually, I was aware of this yesterday, too, but was in drama queen mode!) that all those annoyances yesterday and the day before were just that. I'm pretty sure I have figured out a way to get the ACA insurance, by manipulating my income next year (and Leslie, you know that manipulating income is bad terminology!) and get Uncle Sam to pay for most of it. (Thank you, all you taxpayers!) And it's only supposed to cost a couple of hundred dollars to get my car fixed. (I was bracing for a few thousand, and wondering whether it was finally time to get rid of my 1994 Ford Escort.) They fixed my computer quickly and for free. And there were no charges on my credit card associated with all of those attempts to get gas. So all is well.

And I took a leaf out of someone's book and did a gratitude list before I got out of bed this morning. I usually do them at night, but I like the idea of doing it in the morning.

I leave today for a long weekend with my former SIL and niece near Minneapolis. It's a 10 hour drive, which I'm not looking forward to, but I am looking forward to seeing my FSIL and niece, and meeting the guy FSIL is engaged to.

I have been doing my exercises most of the time, and have even been riding my stationary bike. And my food has been much better before I figured out the surgery thing was bothering me, though I did go to a Chinese buffet last night and ate too much. But my choices were much better than the last time I went there.

Have a great few days!

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10/9/13 11:43 P

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Maw, all this insurance stuff is changing daily - maybe it will be different in a few weeks?

I'm a basketcase of exhaustion. I am aware that I need sleep but I am also aware that this is a temporary case of overwork this week. Very positive afternoon in a client's office, moderately frustrating day at work, and a quiet evening at home but I need to go move some laundry around...

Leslie

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10/9/13 10:33 P

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Maw, I wonder if you might get some help by contacting your congressman's (woman's?) office. If nothing else, they need to be aware of the real problems the law has created, and maybe they can figure out an alternative for you.

What a crappy day! {{Hugs}}

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10/9/13 7:00 P

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Dark circles under the eyes today. All my rest over the weekend is now spent. I did manage to eat my veggies today, though, a nice variety too.

Sorry about all the suckiness, Maw, especially the ACA disappointment. The law is not what most true blue progressives would have liked to have had, but it's all that we could get and it's a start - better than nothing.

Going to get to bed on time tonight! I'm bushed and really need to get my act together if I ever hope to get caught up at work.

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10/9/13 6:46 P

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Sounds frustrating Maw. I can 't understand why they would know there are gaps and not fix them. Stupid politicians (I seem to be saying that a lot lately).

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10/9/13 6:18 P

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I have been aware. Aware that my computer was broken last night. Aware that my car won't start today. Aware that they told me at an Affordable Care Act meeting last night that I won't be able to buy health insurance in the ACA marketplace unless I can come up with a bunch of income next year and will have to go on Medicaid instead. And since Indiana did not agree to the extension of Medicaid and there is a huge backlog of folks who want to get on Medicaid... Aware that I was told that yes, there were gaps in the law and there would be some who fell through the cracks. Aware that I tried four times to put gas in my rental car today and it never would let me. Aware that someone seems to be telling me that I shouldn't be going on my trip tomorrow!

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10/9/13 6:07 P

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Yea Kris! Yea Nay! Booooo Heidsmo- I made Ghirardelli triple chocolate brownies so I could have 1 with my tea. Alas, I woke up in the middle of the night and had 3 more. . .yesterdays carb count was 131- could have been worse I suppose.

I had breakfast of scrambled eggs from the store deli with 3 pieces of bacon, I just said NO to the potato patty. I had a few pork rinds with onion/chice Philly for a snack and a salad with veggies, ham, turkey and an egg for lunch.

Not sure what dinner will consist of.

1. Stop wasting money- Save money

2. Exercise- do something every day

3. Get organized- mise en place

4. Write a letter by hand at least once a week.

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10/9/13 5:06 P

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way to go FitKris!

I tracked again, didn't stay under 20, but did stay under 50, so I'm still good, just not quite as good as the day before. I was actually on track to stay under 20, but then I found a pomegranate I'd bought a couple weeks ago, and felt I just had to eat it.

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10/9/13 12:54 P

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I was so aware yesterday...aware of the cookies and cupcakes brought in as a treat yesterday since everyone is stressed out with our go-live. I took a red velvet cupcake...and let it sit on my desk before deciding to give it away. Yay me! Writing down my food has been a great exercise in awareness. I even tracked most of it yesterday.

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10/8/13 7:18 P

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Short on sleep last night and short on veg today. Oh, well, I was due for a loser. Tomorrow will be better.

EDIT: OK, I just scarfed down a bushel of leafy things, so veggies are back on the good girl list!

Edited by: WOUBBIE at: 10/8/2013 (19:50)
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10/8/13 6:13 P

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Nay, that is awesome!

I made a good ragu last night and had that- it's got 10 carbs but it's all from the veggies; onion, garlic, peppers, mushrooms and tomatoes- the biggy.

Tonight will be a simple chicken dish of some sort, not that far yet.

1. Stop wasting money- Save money

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3. Get organized- mise en place

4. Write a letter by hand at least once a week.

Every day this side of the sod is a good day-
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My animals make me happy, some people not so much- a bumper sticker


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10/8/13 12:56 P

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Wow. I tracked yesterday, and kept my NC below 20. Not true Induction, as I had nuts and a LC tortilla, but below 20 is good enough for me.

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10/8/13 12:21 A

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Had a manic Monday - high speed all the way through! I didn't take quite enough food with me to work and then went to a client's office without going home first. I was there until 7:00 and came home WAY too tired and hungry. I ate too much...

Going to bed on time tonight - I need some sleep! I did manage to work out this morning though! Yay me.

Leslie

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10/7/13 9:13 P

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Oops. Birthday lunch today at work for those of us with October birthdays, at the awesome restaurant downstairs. I did well with lunch - chicken breast with swiss, tomato and bacon, no bun. But we get dessert too, and well, I didn't pass it up. Some chocolate mousse type thing that was divine. But I ate nothing else the rest of the afternoon, had a light supper and also did an extra walk/jog tonight. Hopefully the damage isn't too great.

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10/7/13 8:33 P

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My biggest enemy is the breakfast buffet. I do pretty well when I order off a menu, but much less well when I'm looking at something I crave on the buffet table. I don't make horrible choices, just have a problem with portion control.

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10/7/13 1:58 P

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Maw, glad you worked it out.

Spent the weekend in the woods again (deer are still safe). Stayed fairly low carb, but not below 50 NC. Couldn't really track, but except for the Dinty Moore stew, nothing much I had with me had a lot of carb. Tracking food today, off to a lovely start.

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10/7/13 9:16 A

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Yuck! I hope he goes outside to throw up!

I just got off the phone with the surgeon's nurse. I am postponing my knee surgery. It's not that I'm afraid of the surgery, it's just that now doesn't seem like the right time for me. I'm pretty sure this is what had been bothering me. Yes, my knee is bone on bone, and yes there is wear on the bone and it will get worse, and yes, my bones are out of alignment and that will put more pressure on my other knee and my lower back, and yes, I'm going to need the surgery eventually. But the shot that I got a few months ago has worked amazingly well - it immediately and completely got rid of the pain and the noise in the knee and it doesn't catch or buckle. And the nurse said that waiting a year or so won't make the later surgery much more difficult or the recovery harder. So I'm going to wait.

I have done so much better in so many ways since I figured out this was what was bothering me! My food has been much better, I haven't binged since then, I've been eating my veggies again, I've been doing my knee exercises and have started using my stationary bike again, I did about two weeks worth of dishes yesterday (yes, the house should have been condemned by the health department!) and changed the sheets and did laundry, and I just feel so much "lighter." Not weight-wise (though I've lost almost four of the 10 pounds I put on over the past couple of weeks), but emotionally or something. Apparently I just knew that this was not the right time for the surgery and it was really wearing on me.

Whew!

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10/7/13 1:51 A

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Worked like a crazy woman all day. Not on client stuff - on MY stuff. I made huge progress, but I'm exhausted. And I ate like an idiot. I'm still working on sorting out some stuff like Maw, but I think I'm getting there. Tonight Chaser guzzled a lot of water before he went outside to potty for the last time before bed, and then he started throwing up. He's up to four now. Mostly water and the last of his dinner. I'm pretty sure he's doing it because he dumped way too much water into his stomach. It's not a good way to end my weekend... He's always had squirrelly water drinking habits, but now I'm going to watch that he doesn't drink so much on top of dinner.

Yikes. That was a lot of volume.

Leslie

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10/6/13 8:51 P

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Food was ok today, though I had too many cups of tea with stevia and cream. I did two double sets of knee exercises and rode my stationary bike for about 15 minutes. Spent most of the day doing 15 minute intervals a la Fly Lady and got more done around the house than I'd done the past two weeks combined. A good productive day.

According to the news tonight, we had over 4" of rain over a 48 hour period!

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10/6/13 7:17 P

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Just wrote down my food for the day. Didn't eat that great, dinner at my parent's and I had some cheesy potatoes and a small piece of red cake.

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I think this month I'm going to keep the eat-three-veggies thing going; I'm getting better at it, but only because I found a great salad to buy at Aldi's. I still don't have "low-veggie" alarms going off in my head when I don't eat my salad for the day, so another month of tracking it is!

I'm rolling my sleep-time requirements up a notch to 6.25 hours, which generally now puts bedtime at 11:45 or earlier. Yeah, I know, it doesn't sound like much, but even just getting 6 hours every night for the past couple of months has already made a noticeably positive difference. And since I'm pretty sure that most of my overeating these days is in response to physical fatigue, that's probably the best thing I can do to get my daily numbers consistently lower without feeling deprived.

I don't think I can make too many changes to WHAT I'm eating at this point in time. I go a bit too high on carbs some days, but generally I'm still coming in at around 50-60 g per day. This is obviously sustainable over the long haul (I haven't gained back any weight since I started, other than a few pounds from added muscle) so if I simply eat a bit less of them I should lose a bit faster than I have been.

I haven't gotten on a scale in about 6 months, I think, so my weight tracker is almost definitely off by a few pounds to the good, but I'm in no big hurry to weigh. Any change would only be in the 3 to 4 pound range, I think. My tops are down at least a full size since spring (normal XL's now fit perfectly, and L's fit, but too snugly). Pants haven't changed much size-wise - I'm still loose in 18's but too snug in 16's - but the fit is changing. Some of the ballet-barre exercises I do "plump up" my backside, even while my front side is shrinking fat-wise, so I end up with a net no-change in measurements. It's an odd fit. The pants are loose in the waist and legs, but just fit in the hips, so you gotta get what fits the biggest part. Meh.

OK, then. So I'm still just working on the next level of what I've been working on the past several months:

Veggies and sleep, FTW!

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10/6/13 10:32 A

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Aware means to know that something exists. My awareness, for October and beyond is to read nutrition information on grocery store items and be aware of the carbs in them.

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10/6/13 9:33 A

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My awareness challenge for now is to figure out what's going with me mentally and emotionally. Still working on that, but in the meantime my food was ok yesterday and I did my knee exercises both morning and evening.

We've had lots of rain, and it has really cooled down, and we slaughtered Penn State yesterday, so all is well.

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Food was good today, I didn't snack so hit the calorie and carb intake. I logged it and got a bit of exercise in this morning.

1. Stop wasting money- Save money

2. Exercise- do something every day

3. Get organized- mise en place

4. Write a letter by hand at least once a week.

Every day this side of the sod is a good day-
not sure who said it

My animals make me happy, some people not so much- a bumper sticker


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I had a normal day off. Went to a property management meeting for my HOA, and then after that just hung out at home. It felt good. I read, napped, relaxed, journaled, and... ate. Felt like I ate too much but I think it was just high calorie. I made a pumpkin smoothie - and then calculated the nutritional information and it was way higher than I wanted. Oops. Gotta keep working on my formula! I also made a pumpkin mug cake tonight and it was good but not very dense. Gotta keep working on that too! :) It felt good to have the time and brain power to 'play' with my food! I still feel like I really need to make some changes, but some of them are internal and some are external. Still need to figure it out.

Leslie

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10/5/13 9:07 P

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Still hanging in there. Not doing much more, but I am doing that much.

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Forgot to write down my food last night, but I am doing good so far today. Made a low(er) carb apple crisp, hope it tastes OK. Sometimes these LC desserts just aren't that great. But it made the house smell yummy, it's cooling right now. It's a great day for soup, so planning on that for supper.



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Ate just fine today, but I overate at dinner. It was just so dang good and I went back for generous seconds.

I'm so relieved that tomorrow is Saturday. I need some down time in a bad way. I need to de-Schnauzer my car tomorrow morning (after driving the boys to our trails for a walk) and then I have a homeowners association board meeting at the property management company's office. I'm driving one of the other board members there, so it's always good to have a car that doesn't smell Schnauzerie...

My head truly is most of my issue in eating and my weight. I think it was full of noise this afternoon when I got home and I knocked the noise down with food. A tiny bit of client work to do this weekend and otherwise I'm relaxing and catching up on household chores! Whew...

Leslie

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Wasn't perfect today, but much better than I have been lately.

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Perhaps it's the nasty weather that makes us over eat even when we're full. I was very aware yesterday that I was a pinker and should stop but did I? Oh no, I didn't. So, being aware, I measured my breakfast, lunch and snack today and will log every last mouthful. I know the Friday donuts are over there but I will go around that area to get to the bathroom. I only have to make it till 1:30.



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3. Get organized- mise en place

4. Write a letter by hand at least once a week.

Every day this side of the sod is a good day-
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My animals make me happy, some people not so much- a bumper sticker


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Maw, glad you are taking steps to figure it out!

I wrote down what I ate yesterday, counted out my pistachios, and tried to be aware of what's going on around me. And I am aware that I am eating waffle fries right now with my lunch that aren't even that good. Time to stop. emoticon

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As a matter of fact, Leslie, that's just what I did last night! The first step was the awareness that something is going on, then writing about it. I think I've figured it out, but need to work through it.

Hope your winds blow you gently to a good place!

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Maw, try doing a freewriting session in a private online diary! Sometimes that's the only way I can figure out what's up inside me. Basically turning myself loose to write without boundaries or limitations lets stuff bubble up to the surface, I guess.

I had a mildly frustrating day - ate carbage at work (it didn't come in with me!) and then felt icky. My brain has been juggling a lot of stuff on both the right and left sides and sometimes it seems like both sides do not communicate with each other. The winds of change are a-blowin' again, and good or bad, I still have to process the change. Apparently, my default is to process change with food in my mouth.

Leslie

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Well, I did one bit of awareness today. Just now, as a matter of fact.

Something is up, and I don't know what it is. I just know that it is. My food has been horrible - not so much what as how much. Lots of eating way past the point of discomfort, whether I like what I'm eating or not. (Sounds like bingeing, doesn't it?) Not exercising. Not cleaning the house or even washing dishes. Not opening mail. Not doing very much of anything except read and eat. It's clearly something emotional (If it's so clear, why has it taken me so long to see?) but I'll be darned if I can figure out what. Am I worried about the surgery? Maybe, but I don't think so. And I can't think of anything else that would be bothering me. My family is fine. My health is fine, other than my knee. There haven't been any changes in anything that I can think of around here.

Anyway, this is clearly what I need to be working on - becoming aware of just what is going on that has me so off-kilter.

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Most of the time I eat because I like food. Sometimes I'm ravenous but it really comes down to what the food is. When I am aware of what I'm doing I eat right and take the time to do it. When I get lazy the quality of meals goes down and the carbs go up (like last week).

So, I'll make more of an effort to have my meals done ahead of time so I can fly off to wherever I need to go and not be tempted by sweets or chips.

I need to be more aware of my time- it is very limited and taking on too many projects or making too many plans is not good!

Yesterday was bad, but today will be good.

1. Stop wasting money- Save money

2. Exercise- do something every day

3. Get organized- mise en place

4. Write a letter by hand at least once a week.

Every day this side of the sod is a good day-
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My animals make me happy, some people not so much- a bumper sticker


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I did it, tracked my food yesterday. A small but vital awareness. Didn't quite stay below my 50 NC, but not bad.

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I'm in maintenance-mode just now, which for me means higher carb allowances some days. But I realized on Tuesday that the whole (small!) butternut squash I ate Monday, along with whatever else I ate that day, was too many carbs: I ran out of energy midway through a workout, which does not happen to me if I'm in ketosis. Ever.

Yesterday included two large breve lattes but not a whole lot else, so the plan today is to be LCHF and give my body a chance to return to fat-burning. If it can do so while emotionally stressed by work-issues...



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10/3/13 7:57 A

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I had blood work, EKG and chest xray yesterday for my surgery (I see the doc on Monday to see whether I passed) and was told no food, drink or even water after midnight. Then all the tests, then I went grocery shopping on my way to play bridge. Didn't get home until a little after noon, and had had no food or water since about 9 the night before. I decided to have soup to get in some extra liquids, but it was the wrong soup and I put lots and lots of pork rinds in it instead of crackers. (You should try it! It's very good.) Then felt sick most of the rest of the day. I was aware at the time that I was eating way too much and unreasonably, but went ahead and did it anyway. At least it was all I ate yesterday!

My biggest challenge for being aware of what I'm eating will be when I drive to Wisconsin next week. Ten hours of driving each way, and I tend to eat my way there. Just mindlessly grazing in the car.

My food has been been really bad lately. Not so much the wrong foods (though I ate pot stickers at a Chinese restaurant last week, which is probably what got me started craving food ever since), but way too much.

OK. You've convinced me. Just for today, I'm going to enter what I eat on my food tracker. Not saying I'll do it tomorrow, but I will do it today.

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10/3/13 12:26 A

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I realized this morning how unsatisfied I felt by breakfast, and then I ended up eating snacks and starting in on my lunch way too soon! I was overloaded and busy and felt pulled in too many directions, and I know that food is a distraction, a break, and a form of sedation. No junk, nothing 'bad', but just eating for the wrong reasons. It's so easy for me to do.

I left work early to run over to a client's workplace but he called and left me a message to skip tonight. I hadn't left home yet so I loaded the boys in the car and took them for a drizzly walk instead. Then a friend was nearby and stopped at my house and we had a really good visit. I needed that SO much and I also needed an evening off from client work. :)

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10/2/13 9:30 P

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I wasn't sure about this challenge at first. But after thinking about it, I realize this is exactly what I need. As one example, I've been mindlessly snacking on nuts at work without measuring out a serving, and I know I've overdone it. And since I rarely track my food it's easy to think I'm doing OK when I'm not. So I think I will at least write down my food every day even if I don't plug it in the tracker. Maybe note how I'm feeling at the time and see if I find any patterns. Also I tend to be very self focused and unobservant of others around me, so I also want to work on being aware of others.

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10/2/13 8:37 P

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Without question I eat for energy, and I eat when I'm actually thirsty, not hungry. When I'm rested I hardly eat anything, but put me in my office chair for a couple of days and short-change me of some sleep and I will graze all day.

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I just realized that even when I exercised these past couple months, I didn't record it anywhere. Such a simple thing, lost to long hours and stress.

So I went to have my resting metabolic rate tested this morning, resting while breathing into a machine. It says my RMR is 1685, which seems reasonable. It estimated another 504 calories for ordinary living activities, so sans exercise I probably burn between 2100 and 2200 calories a day. Now to see what happens when I keep my carbs (and appetite) down. And hopefully up the exercise.

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I have learned a lot about my body since going LC, and I've learned that I am not very carb sensitive. It takes a week of junk before I start to lose energy. Drat. I think I actually need more carbs as long as it all comes from veggies,sweet potatoes, etc. However, what I am becoming more aware of is WHY I eat and how much I eat. I know volume (and calories) is critical to my weight loss, so I need to learn to read my "I'm full" cues better and the older I get, the less food my body needs! I also need to work on my awareness of my emotions and feelings - I know I tend to drive myself to accomplish everything and my feelings go unacknowledged and shoved underneath the logic and intellectualizing my mind prefers!

Good start to the thread, Maw! You pretty much said what has been on my mind!

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10/1/13 8:58 P

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Since I have been doing Atkins and lowcarbing in general, I have become very aware and the tracking really helps to see what kind of nutrition I am eating. I especially like the pie chart on the nutrition tracker.

I, too, am getting used to what I can have for a snack. And I know I do better if I have protein and a salad for lunch.

What I am noticing more lately is the feel of my body. I can lay down in bed, and if my tummy is a little rounder, I know it's because I ate over my carb limit. If my tummy is sunken in at night, I know it's because I ate really well during the day and I got a lot more protein in with under 30 carbs for the day.



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Gonna have to think on this one. Sometimes I feel like I'm TOO aware of what I'm eating/not eating, doing/not doing. Wish I could just stop thinking about it all for awhile. But that way lies madness.....

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I've tracked every single thing for the last four years. But I don't think I need to anymore. I am very aware of what I'm eating now. Especially since going low carb. I have such a good routine now... protein and salad for lunch (sometimes eggs and veggies), Greek yogurt for a snack, sometimes a homemade protein bar. Dinner is basically all the protein, fat and veggies I want. And a homemade, sugar free, grain free dessert.
I've been doing this for a year. It's working really well for me.
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10/1/13 8:13 P

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The obvious thing is to track my eating. Also exercise and blood sugar, see what I can make happen there. Too late for the food today, but tomorrow it gets written down before I stuff it in my mouth.

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Do you know what you eat? When you eat? Why you eat? Do you know it WHILE you're eating? Or what about those negative thoughts that come sneaking in. Are you aware of them in the moment? Or when you're happy or contented or life is good? Do you recognize it when it happens or only when it passes?

Our goal in October is to be more aware. Of ourselves. Our feelings. Our surroundings. Join us as we strive to be aware of what's going on, in the moment, both inside ourselves and outside.

There are no special requirements, no special goals or must dos or must not dos. Just come and post often and tell us how you're doing, and how your journey of awareness is going.

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