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Saturday, March 02, 2013

My paternal grandmother, who passed when I was seven, is my guardian angel. But lately I'm questioning something she told me. She always said that if I didn't finish all my food, another child would starve to death in Asia. I thought about this last night looking in my freezer. I have stuff there that's literally more than a year old. I cooked some frozen broccoli spears that had been there God knows how long and were so freezer-burned that I had to overcook them limp to make then even faintly edible. I suspect it may be time to clean some of this stuff out of the freezer. (I love you, Grandma.)

I'm naturally making a lot of changes doing Weight Watchers, but there are a few changes I'm NOT making.

In the last few eeks, I've become a total Greek yogurt junkie. I love the Fage 2% plain for breakfast, either with whole grain toast on the side or a little granola mixed in. However, I'vfe become possibly addicted to the flavored nonfat yogurt from both Fage and Chiobani. They're so delicious, I'll even eat them for dessert. Yes, they have more calories/Points than the store brands of sugar-free. But the taste and texture are so amazing, I'll happily make room in my Points for them.

I'm not giving up my butter or mayonnaise, just severely restricting them. I'd much rather have a half-teaspoon of the real thing than a tablespoon of any substitute. I've never found a light mayo I think tastes good, and margerine has transfats and chemicals that are worse for you than butter. Besides, the flavors satisfy me so much better.

Watching last week's What Not To Wear, the story really resonated with me. The participant, actress Tina Yothers, wore all black shapeless clothes to hide in. She also said she avoided going to events because she didn't feel confident she looked good in dress-up clothes. I've been known to talk myself out of concerts I've bought tickets to. I can remember going to the mall one blazing hot summer day in Los Angeles. I felt I looked too ratty to be there. Reason made me realize that everybody else there wore shorts, tees and sandals, so I was by no means underdressed. But the feeling that I didn't look as nice as anybody else persists.

So that brings up the question of style. When I have a shape other than bowling ball, I don't know whether I'm looking forward to clothes shopping or dreading it. The last time I shopped for a dress for a party, everything in the store was straight up-and-down -- which I most certainly am not. I haven't been able to buy the clothes I love in at least twenty years. My taste runs to sharp tailoring, crisp fabrics and classic styles. Good luck finding clothes like that in anything resembling my size or shape.

I'm sorry if I sound self-obsesses. I just have need to figure things out, and I have nowhere else to sound out my thoughts.
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    Check out your local directory for second hand stores. They often have great deals and styles to boot. As for food, I don't restrict, I try to follow the principle of moderation.
    1873 days ago
    I used to love watching What Not to Wear. It is one of the few show that I miss since we cancelled satellite. I got a lot of good tips on how to flatter my less than model figure, or should that be more than model figure. I have applied the make-up tips as well, that is, when I bother to wear make-up.

    If I am going to eat yogurt, I prefer the Chobani. Texture and lack of after-taste are worth the extra calories. I tend to pop it in the blender with my fruits for a quick easy smoothie.
    1875 days ago
    I'm a big fan of those Greek yogurts too.

    I always heard that same thing from my Grandmother. Although, it was a starving child in Africa rather than Asia.
    1875 days ago
    love Greek yogurt!

    Have a good week, loved your blog
    1875 days ago
    Greek yogurt is a mainstay of my food each day and when I run out, I do realize I have some of the symptoms of addiction. It is sooooooo good for you!!
    BTW, as I lost, I became an expert at resale stores. I once bought a lovely tailored three piece suit... skirt (which I hardly ever wore), jacket and slacks. I had a woman tell me that it probably originally sold for over $400... I felt I had splurged when I paid $40 for it. The nice thing about good resale stores is that they tend to carry classic clothes.
    1875 days ago
    Chobani is my favorite! My favorite breakfast is Chobani, wild frozen blueberries and a little drizzle of honey. It's a wonderful healthy dessert, too!

    Best wishes with the Weight Watchers! Do what ever works for you!
    1876 days ago
  • KITT52
    the best thing I did when starting this healthy life style journey was to love myself NO MATTER WHAT I WEIGHED..OR MY SIZE....
    it was hard at first then I remembered a nice women told me once that we are more than our physical bodies....God gave us a soul and a spirit...and those were the things that really counted......

    Have a healthy week....

    please check out my spark page....I know this is never easy but it can be done....

    1876 days ago
    LadyIrish (love your new photo) you're doing very well with Weight watchers and overcoming some of the misinformation from the past. (When I was growing up, you finished EVERYTHING on your plate...or you went to bed early.)
    Please DONT stress yourself out over what to wear. When you get there, you'll find something. You will have more self-confidence and faith in yourself from keeping the promise you made to yourself when you started this journey, and you will be able to make selections that are good for the new you. But that's in the future. Don't let your mind trick you into worrying about the future, because that is stress-and unnecessary stress can make your brain start craving high-calorie foods to relieve the stress. and we all know where that ends up.
    1876 days ago
    Greek Yogurt is good!!

    hugs, Wendy emoticon
    1876 days ago
    I used to watch Stacy and Clinton every week but haven't it several years. They had a way of making anyone look good (although I disagreed with the hairstylist they had). I adapted several ideas for myself while I was still working.

    There is nothing 'wrong' or 'bad' about your food choiices if you are staying within your guide lines. I think you are better off sticking with real food instead of chemicals any day. You're doing well so just keep it up. emoticon

    1876 days ago
    It is.great to hear you are really working on weight watcher. I agree. I'd rather have a little of the real stuff. When I was going to weight watcher they, or at least my leader, was recommending shopping for clothes initially in consignment shops. That way when your clothes were too big you take them back, and get new ones. It worked for me.
    1876 days ago
    It's good to think things out...and as much as you loved your grandma, she wasn't right about everything!
    You need to do what feels right for you. You'll do just fine.
    1876 days ago
  • LIS193
    Greek yogurt is the BEST! It is worth the points and it is better to eat something wholesome for more points that the "sugar free" chemical concoctions. Go for the real thing rather :)
    1876 days ago
    I think it is great to think these things through! I am so proud of you and all that you are accomplishing. I think you will have fun shopping when you are ready...I really do! Keep up the great work!
    1876 days ago
    Great blog
    1876 days ago
    This is the place to put all your thoughts down. You are doing a great job on making some healthy changes for yourself. You shouldn't expect to change everything at once, but those little changes will be big ones in the near future for yourself.
    1877 days ago
    The person I live with bought me junk food from the grocery store. I promptly through it in the garbage. It's not worth the money to put it in my body.
    1877 days ago
    all the best
    1877 days ago
    No need to apologize. This place is your forum, a place where you should feel safe to voice anything on your mind. We all need a place like this, where we feel safe and loved, and you should feel safe and loved here, by all of us. I love that there are so many people who care about you, and support you in everything that's going on in your life. It's one of the best things about SP.

    I like your approach to WW-eat things that taste good, just in moderation. That is the key to so many things in life.

    I can tell you loved your grandmother, but I think she was totally wrong about the children in Asia.

    As far as the clothes, have your ever checked out Missus Smarty Pants? I get her emails weekly, and there is so much good information about how to dress yourself appropriately and stylishly, at any size. You can pay for a monthly style service, but right now I'm just getting the emails, and learning so much. I think something like that could help you bunches with dressing, both for now and later. I can send you a link to her site, if you can't find it by searching. Hope this helps!
    1877 days ago
    You know . . . that is one thing I love about Stacey and Clinton. Their focus is dressing for the shape you have! I think they really do give realistic hints about how to do that. AND several of the shows I have seen are people who who have lost a significant amt. of weight and just do NOT know how to deal with it as far as style AND emotionally!

    So, I guess I'd have to say, you've defined your tastes (tailored, crisp, classic). I think Stacy and Clinton have proven with LOTS of effort it is possible to meet those expectations. Have courage, have strength and persevere when trying to find your style.

    I love a TON of weight and literally gave away 3 wardrobes. I had NO idea what to wear, how to dress me. It has taken me probably 2 yrs. to "get it" as far as what looks good (or not).

    So, just know you're not alone, my dear.
    1877 days ago
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