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Week before last, DW & I scored bling in our age groups at this 5K. All I could think of during the last mile was this breakfast bowl made of rice, egg, tomato, kale, and mushrooms with a side of a corn meal pancake! AT 61, it's how I roll now and, in fact, we went to our fave gluten free cafe and SPLIT that bowl. Total cal intake equaled about 445 calories. I think I made buffalo chicken nuggets with kale chips at home later that day to watch football. I did strength training that night.
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When I was at maximum density (258#), I would just go to Krispy Kreme, buy a box of a dozen of the most outrageous sugar pills and down them with a quart of whole milk!
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Jeff, I would love to have that one trait about food as a reward that you have. I think that's pretty special and I think that makes you a special person. I do admire you.

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11/7/11 3:40 P

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For me, a reward for training for months and running in a half marathon would warrant a reward. For me, it would be new running shoes or spending night with my wife at B&B, etc.

I don't like food rewards, but that's just me.

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Jeff, I think most of us are indeed motivated to eat right. It is not considered a diet, but a way of eating right. But for many of us, there are those times when a big juicy hamburger or a some other treat just tastes so good and a splurge done in moderation and occasionally is good for the soul.

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11/7/11 9:35 A

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I don't like to use food as a reward.

In any case, I feel so energized after a good week, I'm more motivated than ever to eat wisely!

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11/5/11 2:45 P

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Overall I'm doing a great job of maintaining. I've been a normal BMI now for 33 months. But the truth is I never have a perfect week. I lose it and go over my calorie range far more often than I want. I have mixed feelings about it. Sometimes I feel like maintaining an 80+ pound weight loss and eating healthy almost all the time is good enough. Other times I want my indulgences to only be on special occasions with my family, not in the middle of the night when I am weak.

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Thanks Sheri. I guess there is human in all of us. I really appreciated your input and support.

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10/24/11 9:58 P

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Jane/Faith - don't beat yourself up about it. Figure out the real reasons why you guys are self sabotaging, so to speak, and find alternatives. Not sure what the answer is, but I too have the issue with aspertame and migraines... had to give up diet sodas. And I know, sometimes you just crave it sooooooo bad! Its hard - I feel ya! For me, it was just that pop sensation... now when the craving hits, I can usually drink about 2 sips of regular soda and get my fix. The few sugary calories every 2-3 months is much better than the migraine from an indulgent can or two of diet. Just for example... that is mine.

Jane - I knew my master runners team would laugh at the "carb load" food - but for the figure competition that is alot and somewhat risky. Others aren't doing this before the event I assure you. I'm still taking in a gallon & 1/2 of water while others have already cut back.

We will see how it works out.

To both of you, manage your diseases and I am motivated by you both that you run given your situations when so many others have chosen to quit fighting. Good for you strong ladies!

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10/24/11 8:23 P

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Jane, it should eventually be sort of okay. I will never be well. I have Lupus and there is no cure for that. For now, I just have to temporarily follow a kidney friendly diet, avoid products with potassium, processed food, coke products, potatoes and a few other things. There is something about Taco Bell food that causes problems for some people. Not sure if it is the preservatives or the genetically engineered corn products. My doc believes it's both as I am not the only one.
Anyway, you take care of yourself too. We will both move forward and learn from our mistakes.
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10/24/11 7:56 P

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I wish I knew. Out of all my health issues diabetes is the one that I have some control over. the other things are just there and you can't do anything about. I hope your kidneys don't fail. I really hope all will be okay with you

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Oh Jane, I did not know you had diabetes. But I understand about doing just the opposite of what we should do. I knew I should not have eaten at Taco Bell. I guess I wanted to challenge fate. Now my kidney disease is borderline chronic kidney failure. I don't know Jane. Why do we do this to ourselves?

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10/24/11 6:52 P

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Gymrat--carb load--really? Okay--we have really different ideas about what carb loading means. Glad you enjoyed your apple though.
Ducky you think you messed up. I am a diabetic and I go for my blood test tomorrow. So I start to stress about it. I know that once I get my blood tested then I make an appointment with the doctor and I get the results on how I have been doing. So the normal person says to themselves I am going to get my blood tested tomorrow so I will eat healthy tonight. Not me. I stress out about it and end up eating a ton of candy. More candy than I would ever normally eat. So much candy that I feel sick. The test is supposed to cover three months and tell you how you are doing but I wonder if eating that much candy could mess it up. I hope not. Either way I really screwed up and now I have to watch my blood readings. I don't want end up in coma or something. There is a lot to be said for eating healthy.

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Lets be honest. Well on Saturday, after I picked up my daughter from her homecoming dance, she was "starving" and wanted to go to Taco Bell. We have not ate there in years. So we did a drive through and brought the food home. Well, I paid for it dearly, it heavily compounded my Lupus flareup and without going into great deal about my illness, my doctor believes (based on tests) that it irritated my kidneys and compounded my already existing kidney disease.
That will teach me to eat junk food.

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Hey Sheri, isn't it wonderful how delicious something like fruit can be? Stay strong girl, keep us posted and don't forget the pics.

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Okay, thought you would get a kick out of this! My carb load days (Sunday - Tuesday)... this is what was added into my diet for the day (each day) and then gets pulled back out on Wednesday til contest:

1 tbsp honey
1 banana
1 apple
1/4 cup brown rice

Bahahahah - carb load! My trainer cracks me. BUT, that banana and apple was the most delicious tasting ever!

Friday night before comp and that morning get to have small portions of carb for energy and muscle puff!

This whole process is so interesting... glad I have written this stuff down in my calendar/journal.

Later!

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10/21/11 5:01 P

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I sure will Faith... I am hoping to have some down time before my next one - already signed up for it (LOL) on Nov. 19th - I want to write a blog or two and put some pics with it. My last few blogs haven't been joyous ones, like this would be...
Having professsional pictures done on Friday the 28th... I am so excited.

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Sheri, don't forget to post some pics of your contest! We are all looking forward to it!

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You have to carb load correctly and it isn't the same as if preparing to run a marathon. And yes, the water is reduced... for instance, I will drink 2 gallons on Wed (before show), cut back to 1/2 on Thurs, 1/4 on Friday and only sip water during the competition... this removes the bloat and supposed lets the muscles pull from the food... I am still learning.

Then you put some carbs back in, remember, we aren't talking like a huge pasta fest the night before, but a little sugary carbs added back in, to "plump" up the muscles... you don't want them to look like they are hanging on the bones. It is a delicate balance for sure. I have excellent coaches/trainers I am listening too, as well as my own common sense and body.

Trainer and I are sitting down on Sunday to write it all down so I don't have to put it to memory! Just excited to get to that finish line... I am thinking this is what it might feel like to run a marathon... my longest race has been a 5K... just not quite the same as training for a year!!!

Hoping to sit down this upcoming week and write some blogs...you guys are awesome. My next challenge is to run a race in honor of my father - Capital 10K in Austin, Texas - it was his favorite and only one he ran in. Not going to take much to get ready for it... I ran 4.5 miles on Thursday and felt great... and runners get to EAT!

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10/20/11 7:18 P

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Good luck on your competition. I am surprised about the carb loading part though. I know a good few people who did body building competitions and they not only couldn't eat carbs before the competition they had to not drink water the last two days. They told me it was because the thinner they were the more their muscles would show. By the time they competed they were in really bad shape. They looked really strong though.
Maybe the fact that they did not carb load is why none of them won. Two of them came in second though. One of them ate only broccoli and egg whites for nearly 6 weeks and she didn't even come close to winnning. If I did not eat anything but broccoli and egg whites I would want a medal.
More power to you for having such steely will power. That takes a lot of mental strength. Hope you win.

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I hear you. My family really disliked it when I was carb depleting. Oh how fun the carb load is. Good luck and I know you will do great.

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Thanks guys. In home stretch now. Ducky, I am doing carb deplete then load next week. Can't wait!

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REMCMFA, I hope things work out for your mother. Good for you that you are taking a day off. We all need a refreshing day.
Have fun tearing it up with the workouts.

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Hey Gymrat, yeah, good luck on your competition! I know exactly where you are coming from. I used to be in competitive bodybuilding so I do know the routine. Are you also gonna do the carb delete? I used to love the 2 to 3 days before competition where I would carb up. Tons of pancakes with peanut butter.
Anyway, we will wait until your show is over and then you can tell us how you splurged.

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Gymrat--good luck in your competition. I hear those diets are rough. I just listen to some podcasts where I hear people talk about them.

Honestly- today I'm taking the day off from my mom. She was just diagnosed with uterine cancer. I am one of her main support people and her power of attorney for healthcare. I have two other siblings that like to be involved in directing the show, but no one seems to help mom with shopping, washing clothes, docter appts. You know how that goes. I had a date with Shaun T Rockin' Body (Beachbody Shaun T). He killed me yesterday. Today I have a date with Debbie Siebers Slim Series - Tear It Up. (I love Beachbody people). Thanks Half Price Books for the cheap DVD finds!!

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Okay, not to make anyone feel guilty... so I am training for a figure competition and I use running as my cardio, let's face it, have you seen a runner's legs, exactly!

Anyway, healthy eating allows for splurges, just like this thread is talking about. HOWEVER, 12-16 weeks before a figure comp, depending on the persons size and weight, we go into a cutting diet (google it!)... their ain't no splurging - at all! My show is next Saturday, Oct. 29th...

So, since July 1st - I have been on strict diet of fish, chicken, eggs, egg whites, protein drinks, and minimal carbs that are green veggies only and reducing calories safely to get ready for this show. That's right - for 16 weeks, no alcohol, chips, tortillas, potatoes, fast-food, burgers, ice cream, cakes, sweets, nothing! No fruit.

On Oct. 29th after the show I have to plan out my treat meal so that I don't get ill :) - I plan to eat a few bites of my favorites as I am competing in another show Nov. 19th.

Until I decided to compete in figure competitions, I thought "dieting" was hard. BOY, was I wrong, eating healthy and having options within my control with some splurges here and there is NOT a diet.

How I miss the simple things like a banana, a waffle with peanut butter and syrup, a small cheeseburger and fries - even a baked potatoe.



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I tend to not be hungry after running but when I get hungry I treat myself to a yummy meal pretty much every day. This cuts out any temptations at restaurants for me. I only go to restaurants in social situations where I don't have a choice. If I can I will order grass-fed beef of some sort with a salad or other raw veggie dish. I love chocolate so any chocolate dessert is good, the richer the better.
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I always crave McDonald's then. But I do my best. I get a Happy Meal w/ a hamburger, apples and a kid's drink. Sometimes I'll add on the $1 yogurt fruit parfait. That way I feel satisfied without feeling all the guilt:-)

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You feel great! You've had a great run. You have been doing fantastic on your eating for the last week. Now its the weekend and you want to enjoy a splurge. What are you going to eat?
I will start this out.
For me, I love the Sunday Brunch at El Toritos Restaurant. Still holding onto some sort of discipline, I start out with a generous helping of salad. Then I move onto the home made tortillas and the different meats and condiments to put inside the tortilla. Then I have a tamale. I love those. Finally, I have some of their cheesecake if I still have room.

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