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It Sneaks Up On Me . .. .

Thursday, November 15, 2012

One two-bite brownie, after a business meeting when I'm cleaning up the snacks. (Which of course I didn't eat during the business meeting . . . ).

A couple extra brazil nuts while my supper soup is heating in the microwave.

A second Friday night glass of wine . . . and then, what the heck, a couple ounces of cheese.

And then I'll see I've been over my allotted calories for four days in a row on the nutrition tracker. That's MY allotted calories which is about 1400 a day . . . what I can eat and maintain my weight, about 10 calories per pound per day.

Hmmmm. Pants feeling tighter.

OK. Who'm I fooling?? Not "me".

I've been back at my 1400 calories again for four days.

At the gym yesterday and reminded myself of just how hard and how long I work on the rowing machine to burn 230 calories.

Went to a business meeting last evening -- cocktail hour with nibblies. Ordered a Virgin Mary (tomato juice, rimmer, seasonings: no alcohol). Departed after socializing (really like these colleagues) but before the nibblies temptation got too intense!

Gym scheduled again tomorrow morning.

Not not not going to let it sneak up on me. Not happening!!

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    Carrots sneak up on me. Can you believe it? It's because I love to dip them in a mixture of Wholly Guacamole and salsa. I am still refusing to give myself an allotted calorie intake because then I stop listening to my body, which is finally starting to give me loud and clear signals when I slow down and really listen. It works especially well when I decide "no snacks." Just don't go there, because that's where extra, unnecessary calories are coming from. For me, make breakfast and lunch a little more substantial so I can get to dinner. And make sure I have enough carbohydrates. Apparently I need those sweet potatoes a little more than I thought I did.
    2010 days ago
    Great job of maintaining!
    2011 days ago
    Good job staying on top of it!
    2011 days ago
    I love this blog. I love this maintenance journey.

    2011 days ago
    You have such determination Ellen, and spread motivation all over the world. emoticon emoticon
    2011 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Way to go stomping down on those little snack demons!! I am afraid I can hang my head in shame from all the sweets I was shoveling in at my bridge tournament. I am lucky I didn't gain five pounds from that weekend of excess alone!! The ironic part is I am not all that crazy about them -I still prefer salty (good bag of kettle chips) any day of the week over sweets :P
    Yes, its so very frustrating how much exercise a normal weight person has to do to burn a miniscule amount of calories -with you on that!!
    Keep up the great work!!!
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    2012 days ago
    Way to go on the vigilance and determination.
    2012 days ago
    Good for you nipping calorie creep in the bud! emoticon
    2012 days ago
    Yeah, it sneaks up on me, too. I do just fine for a while, then I start to snack again, all day long. Just a handful of nuts or M&M's at a time. I do get a lot of exercise, so I feel good about that, but the snacks do me in.
    2012 days ago
    Good for you that you identified your triggers and had a plan when you went to the cocktail party.

    When I'm hungry as I make supper, I find chewing a piece of sugarless gum works well.

    Way to go!


    2012 days ago
    Small nibbles add up to pounds gained!
    This is the challenge of maintenance for
    many of us, me included. It is so easy to
    nibble here and nibble there.

    When I track it, is easy see the accumulating
    impact, which unfortunately, does not always
    keep me from doing it again.

    As they say, two steps forward, one step
    back. Maintenance is a process of learning,
    adjusting, and starting over. That is
    for sure.
    2012 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/15/2012 12:02:39 PM
    I am glad you were able to nip it in the bud before it got out of hand. I only get about 1400 calories to maintain also. To lose, I really have to concentrate, I usually can't lose on more than about 1250 calories averages out over the week. That's why it takes so long to get back to my goal weight. Oh well, I'll get there.
    2012 days ago
    Way to keep ahead of things. I did well in 2012 through March, then things slid, gathered more momentum and turned into an avalanche.

    Time to lose 8 pounds. Again...
    2012 days ago
    Wine and cheese! A weakness for me, too!
    I'm glad you've recognized the triggers and you're fighting back.
    2012 days ago
    You help me so much. I just realized why I've been at 180 and staying there for months. DUH! I'm eating about 1800 calories per day. I need to get it down to around 1500 or 1600 if I want to be 160. I believe you are genious for pointing this out and it really does seem to be true.
    2012 days ago
    Good mindset and determination. I'm cheering you on!
    2012 days ago
  • NANCY-
    You go Girlfriend!
    Way to go on taking control.
    2012 days ago
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