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Aha's to Move Me Forward

Sunday, May 26, 2013

So I am still struggling with the 190's. I keep gaining and losing the same 5 lbs. So, it's time to break out of this cycle and MOVE ON!

I've been seeking and finding some "aha's." Here's the first one:
Negative Calorie Foods..."Negative calories because they burn more calories during digestion than they have in them." I found this on Pinterest. I'm trying the theory out today.

I made a nice negative calorie breakfast. The only ingredient in my breakfast that was not negative calories was the two egg whites. I felt like I needed some protein to go with it. So, here's my red-white-and-blue breakfast...a whole apple, 1/3 cup raspberries, 1/3 cup blueberries, 2 egg whites...162 calories...and only 34 of them are NOT negative calorie...from the egg whites. Looks delicious, right?

It was! One meal down...two to go. We'll see how it goes. Yesterday, I went to the grocery and bought several of the negative calories foods that I, blueberries, cantaloupe, carrots, oranges, pineapples, radishes, raspberries, and strawberries. So, now I have them available. Step one. And it worked...I had a good breakfast.

I want to make these:

...except I have white chocolate to use instead of dark chocolate. I think the calorie counts on them will be...63 calories. Pretty cool. I think I will try that later today.

Another aha for me...I did a personality test online. I found a free one online based on the Meyers-Briggs test.
It then gives you your personality type...of the 16 possibilities...and then tells you the best jobs for you and key traits with your personality type. Very cool. It helps me to understand myself...and work WITH that instead of against it. Since I have been having the majority of my eating problems due to emotions...I understand that now. My personality is extremely "fact based"...the emotion based side of me is my weakness. Aha.

To deal with this, as the week has gone one, when I experience a thought of "I feel (insert negative emotion here)" I have been stopping it in it's tracks by switching over from the emotional mind and back into the rational mind. I have found the best/easiest way to do this is to count in my mind backwards from 100. It works. I usually only get into the 70's or 80's before I feel the switch and the dissipation of the negative emotion. Yay!

Tomorrow, I am meeting up with a couple of spark friends in Indiana. I'm looking forward to it! I met Diane (LOPEYP) last year. She comes to Indiana annually for the Indy 500 with her husband. I have never met Merle (SHEENADEE) before. We are meeting up in Metamora, Indiana. I have not been there before. So, new experiences are on the horizon.

Also, while at the grocery yesterday, I purchased multi-vitamins. So, now I have started taking a multi on a daily basis. I think this is a good/positive move. The other night, I had a severe Charlie Horse in my right calf when I was sleeping. Eeek. Owww.

At work, and at home, I have started setting a one-hour alarm to remind me to get up and move (about 200 steps) when I am doing a sedentary activity. I think this is another good, positive move for my weight.

I'm really ready to get back out of these 190's and make progress again. I'm hopeful that some of these/all of these insights will make a difference and get me going.

Hope you all are having a great Memorial Day weekend! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
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    From what I have read zero calorie foods are a myth but they are certainly good for you and I eat them a lot.

    My husband, son, and I all three took on of those tests and my husband and son's test turned out almost exactly the same and mine came close. LOL. We must be a lot alike.
    1817 days ago
    You are in a good place now and I feel the momentum building. It was great to see you the other day!!
    Keep up the good work! emoticon
    1818 days ago
    I love all the positive little habits you're starting! And those chocolate dipped fruit bites look DELICIOUS!
    1819 days ago
  • MONA791
    A lot of positive things!
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    1820 days ago
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  • KONRAD695
    I like many of your ideas. Changing things up and trying new stuff. Guessing the weight will start coming back off. Keep shaking it up.

    Live happy and healthy!!
    1820 days ago
    I didn't know that there were negative calorie foods! I have taken the Meyer's Briggs several times and I always come out the same way. I should try this one to see if it's the same. I AM an emotional type! I also like your reminder to get up and move. I need to do that at work, because sometimes I get so involved in what I am doing that a couple hours will go by and I do not get up!
    1820 days ago
    I eat a lot of those negative calorie foods, I did not know they were though. I like your idea of setting the alarm every hour to get up and moving. I'll try that. Sounds like your being proactive in your weight loss, keep up the good work.
    1820 days ago
    Everything on the negative calorie list are YUMMY!
    And I've done the personality tests before...just shows I'm extremely animated & emotional & a global thinker. Who, me?!! Nawwww....laughing
    EnJOY meeting your Spark friends!!! How fun!!!
    Make certain you're drinking enough water too Cathy..sometimes muscles get dehydrated & that's why they cramp up! So I've read!
    Great job girl!!! Keep up the momentum!!! emoticon

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    1820 days ago
    Great ideas! I'm sure you'll bust through that plateau in no time!
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    1821 days ago
  • DS9KIE
    that is a yummy list of veggies and I eat most of the fruits and veggies (now if I could just stop eating chocolate)

    Keep up the great work.
    1821 days ago
  • KARA151
    Great plan of action. You might want to consider weight training/ST.
    It has helped me lose 10 lbs.
    1821 days ago
    I enjoyed reading your Blog.

    God bless!
    1821 days ago
  • ANDI571
    I used to love Metamora, IN. We live in Ohio, but it's only about 1 1/2 hours over to that. The last time we were there, the economy had hit bad, and there weren't many stores left open. I hope it has gotten better. You will have to let me know..... I just popped over to your home page and see you are probably near me somewhere. I am almost right in between Cincinnati and Dayton.
    1821 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/26/2013 7:27:37 PM
    Something of a Meyers-Briggs junkie, I've taken it several times over the years. Today it turned out INTJ. I'm back to my teenaged version. In years past it has come out INFP, or INTP, but NEVER E, and NEVER S. I do believe current imbalances in life can "push" reponses off the natural ones, and my "I" today was stronger due to some "overpeopling" in the workplace of late.
    1821 days ago
    Enjoy meeting the Spark Buddies!
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    1821 days ago
    The Myers-Briggs test is amazing, me and my husband did it a few years ago, and it was quite accurate for us, and helped me understand who I am.

    Great job handling emotions this way!

    1821 days ago
    I am sure you will break through to the 180s with the plan you have in place.
    1821 days ago
    I wonder if the personality type can change , half of it is different since a few years ago, ok maybe a few more years emoticon . I decided to take some supplements too even if I change them often depending on how I feel. those treats look deadly good , I'll make them too one day emoticon
    1821 days ago
    sounds like you have a great plan. Thanks for sharing the negative calorie foods. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1821 days ago
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