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Eating for Health


Posted on 2007.11.12 at 09:44
I guess I drank caffeine too late and I could not get to sleep last night. When I finally did, my little one came in wanting a drink of water. :/ I was just SO exhausted when I got up this morning. And Mondays? Suck ten kinds of ass. We have to be up extra early on Mondays for choir practice. So today I dropped the kids off, came back home and went back to bed. I feel much better now. I'm just trying to wake up a little so I can hit the gym.

My eating was not so good yesterday. I did the best I could but we were on the road to pick up the kids from the grandparents and they took us to this nasty restaurant. It was a buffet and the "vegetables" were frightening. The only leafy green ones were greens, which I was sure were cooked in fat, and salad. Iceberg lettuce kind of salad. So I had a chicken breast and pulled off the skin and iceberg lettuce sprinkled with oil and vinegar as there was no light salad dressing offered. Tasty. :p

I get to cook Thanksgiving dinner this year. So I can make some low-fat dishes and reduce the damage. Because I will have pecan pie. Oh yes. I just found a recipe for pecan pie with only 29% of calories from fat. Go me. I can make MY day low fat if no one else's and yet still have all of my favorites! Excellent.



Posted on 2007.11.09 at 11:06
I had to go to this reading thing at my Kindergartener's school last night and they served Chick-Fil-A. I got a bit of chicken and some grapes, skipped the chips and cookies. I checked the nutrition info this morning and yikes. Hopefully, I offset the fat some with the grapes. LOL But I see how my mindset helps me overall. I wasn't sure about the chicken but I knew I had to eat. However, I skipped some really bad items I normally would have gone ahead and eaten, ya know, since I was "being bad" anyway. And very likely, as part of my overall day, it probably still worked out to keep me at under 30% of total calories from fat. Which would NOT have happened if I'd gone ahead on the junk food. *jumps up and down* It's making sense again! I get it!

And OMG, my cat just tried to jump in my lap, failed and dug in to keep himself from falling. Excuse me while I go bleed to death...



Posted on 2007.11.07 at 12:48
I know I am posting a lot but I am just really fired up right now. Do you know that I used to sneak air-popped corn into the movies? All of this stuff I used to do is just flooding back into my memories today. And I am in awe. I would be amazed at anyone doing what I did but I am just "omg wow that was ME" giddy right now. Isn't it crazy that I forgot all about that lifestyle? I guess once I reached my goal my lifestyle just eroded over time and I lost that dedication.

I have felt really awesome today. Part of that is freedom from tracking. I hate tracking so much that I tend not to do it and then if I am not tracking, I think what does it matter what I eat and it's just a continuous self-defeating cycle for me. Now though, I just check my fat %age and thats it. I still will continue to follow all of those other goals/guidelines I set for myself - e.g eating whole grains and avoiding the refined stuff, avoiding HFCS, all of that still matters to me. But I do feel sort of unencumbered now.

It's hard to explain exactly how this works, I just know that it does. Explaining it in its entirety would (and does) fill a book. Oh and just a note, this isn't about eliminating fat. It's about keeping my overall percentage of calories from fat under 30%. And I do that by evaluating everything I eat. For example, I had a turkey bacon sandwich for breakfast. Turkey bacon on a whole wheat bagel with lettuce and tomato. The turkey itself is not a lowfat product but the sandwich as a whole is. See how that works? I think I'll be more conscientious this time around about making sure that the fats I do eat are the good ones. I've learned much in 13 years and that should only make this work even better I would think.



Posted on 2007.11.07 at 08:56
So yesterday, after my aha moment, I did some soul searching. What made that time when I did Stop the Insanity (STI) different from my low fat efforts that have followed? There are a couple of things. Firstly, at that time, food manufacturers had not yet jumped on the reduced fat bandwagon. So there was no low fat cheese or cookies or any of that stuff that you convince yourself is healthy because it is low in fat. LOL

Secondly, and more importantly I think, I was hardcore. I mean it was serious business. And until yesterday I had really forgotten that. But back then if I ordered a salad that came with cheese I removed it, I didn't eat the chips if we went out for Mexican, I ordered fish grilled with no butter or oil. I could tell you a low fat item to eat on just about every restaurant menu. Of course I cooked that way too. I made low fat brownies, low fat lasagna. I even, and I am not kidding, cooked a low fat Thanksgiving dinner.

Hard. Core.

I worked out a lot. At first I did aerobics and some light weights at home using the STI videos. Then I joined a gym, a real gym, with bodybuilders. And they thought I was adorable, LOL, and taught me all about strength training. We'd be doing bicep curls, me with five pounds, them with 60 or whatever. Heh! It was lots of fun.

So I realize now that my low-fat attempts over the years have gotten more and more blah, or should I say less and less hardcore.



Posted on 2007.11.06 at 10:40
An epiphany. A light bulb going off over my head, or as Oprah says, an aha moment. So I don't know if I have ever laid out my weight loss history here. Now seems the time for it. Before I get to that aha moment.

I don't remember ever worrying about my weight until I was about 20 years old. It was then that my first serious boyfriend and I broke up and I was heartbroken. I didn't eat (or do much of anything else) for about a month. And then it was time to go home for Xmas break. Well, apparently in that month I lost about 15 pounds. I am just shy of 5'2" and wasn't really overweight to begin with. I was around the high end of normal. So that 15 pounds was a tremendous difference on me. And the attention, I'll admit, was fun. My mother bought me new clothes, a gorgeous boy I had gone to high school with asked me out, my best friend was jealous.

But that began a struggle with my weight for years to follow. 136 was my normal weight, but I was always trying to get back down around 120. Now I'd pay money to be 136! However, after I got married (and achieved 120 for the wedding in a non-healthy manner) I decided to do this correctly, once and for all. This was at the height of the "Stop the Insanity!" Susan Powter craze. I adored her. So I ordered from the infomercial and began working out and lowering my fat intake and I got in the most fabulous shape ever. And maintained it until pregnancy.

It's been about 14 years and 2 kids and many, many ups and downs. After the birth of my second child I struggled with severe postpartum depression and packed on the pounds, achieving a high weight of 198. Hey, at least I never hit 200. :p And as anyone can tell from reading I have really been searching for a "program" on the eating front.

Today I decided to pop in a Susan Powter CD to listen to while I cleaned. Doh! There is no magic combination of foods, no program, no pill, no doctor or expert that's gonna save me. And the fact that I think there is, and spend my time searching for it, is part of a deliberate effort by the weight loss industry to keep people confused, fat and spending their cash. Clearly, Susan's advice worked for me. And really, what more of a "program" do I need? I have her books from back in the day, I have her cookbooks, I have her current CD series, I have her current yoga and aerobic DVD's. She posts on MySpace all the time.

What am I doing? Why am I making this complicated? What the hell? I know what to do and I have all kinds of support to do it. Hello?

Wake up call.

I feel stupid. And yet empowered at the same time. It's time to stop the insanity.


Fragrance Allergy?

Posted on 2007.11.06 at 08:45
I am always bothered when someone at the gym wears a strong fragrance near me but today was particularly bad. A man got on the machine next to me and it was horrible. If I had had more than five minutes left on my workout I would have moved. My eyes and nose were itchy, I felt like I could "taste" the cologne in my mouth. It made me cough and when I blew my nose afterward there was blood on the tissue. My nose hasn't been irritated at all so it's either from dryness or his cologne. I'm getting a headache now, too. Bleh. The people at the front desk have told me I should say something when someone does it but I just don't think that'll go over very well.

*cough hack die*



Posted on 2007.11.01 at 13:04
I get annoyed by things and feel the need to get it out of my system. So here's today's annoyance. I was checking out the vlog of a gal on youtube who has lost 77 pounds. She lost it in spurts over the course of about four years. She went through a little no carb phase at the beginning and a couple of weeks of "omg I am gonna STARVE it off" but by and large it was all lost via old-fashioned calorie counting and exercise. And lost slowly, she says she generally lost 1-1.5 pounds per week. I am not at all annoyed by her. I thought she was ten kinds of awesome.

I am annoyed by some of the comments she got. And the most annoying of those being the "I don't understand why you don't have folds of skin hanging from your body." Really? Am I just amazingly smart or are these people amazingly dumb? How can you NOT understand the folds of skin thing? Yes, we see it all the time now with the proliferation of weight loss surgery and the after-effects. Do they not get that the folds of skin are not from losing the weight but from losing the weight QUICKLY? Do they not understand that there is a difference in losing 175 pounds in a year or whatever and losing 77 over FOUR. What's not to understand? And I think it mostly annoys me because one person actually said, "That's why I don't want to lose weight." Which makes me think the fear of folds of skin is more a delusion created to excuse oneself from losing weight. Honey, don't lose it if you don't want to. You don't owe anyone an explanation but please don't pretend it's because when people lose weight they have folds of skin hanging from their bodies. Cuz that? Is a crock of shit.

And now I feel better.

Also, I kind of have a hankering to do a vlog now...

ETA: I saw a fellow that lost 400 pounds the old-fashioned way, bless him. And he did indeed have folds of skin hanging. However, I think we can all agree there's a vast difference in losing 77 pounds and losing FOUR HUNDRED.


Yay me

Posted on 2007.10.30 at 10:50
I have to keep praising the working out that I do (even if I did skip today) because I am really seeing and feeling some benefits from it. My mood is tremendously better. And I have actually been "in the mood" much to my husband's delight. My energy levels are up, I feel good. Got nothin' to SHOW for it body wise, but hey, it's worth it just to get what I am getting.

I skipped today because my husband took the kids to school and hey, I don't often get to sleep in. So I got up and fixed breakfast and lunch and then crawled back in my nice, warm bed. Maybe I'll try to go later before I pick them up.

Yesterday I sat down and figured out ten meals that I can prepare and that the kids will eat. Well, mainly the youngest one as he is the picky eater from hell. These are also meals that I can make in a healthy manner. And I am going to rotate those ten meals. Indefinitely. I decided to try and eat a heartier breakfast than cereal. So this morning I had a turkey bacon sandwich on a whole wheat bagel. I was stuffed! And the calories aren't any more than the bowl of cereal, so I may be on to something here. I also bought lots of veggies so I can make a big pot of vegetable soup. I love homemade veggie soup, with cabbage, mmmm and it's completely fat free and low in calories. So you can eat bowlfuls of the stuff. Bought some healthy snacks to round it out and I am just going to eat what feels right to me. Some days that is more than others and that's OK. That's natural zig zag dieting or calorie cycling.

So I slept in, I've eaten and I have piddled on the computer for an hour. Now I need to clean house!

Posted on 2007.10.23 at 10:19
I'm getting bored with the bike and I was eyeballing the Arc Trainer today. I might try it out tomorrow and see how my back feels. I have a really solid eating plan in the works. I am not even going to try and start it until Thursday however, as I have too much shit going on today and tomorrow. It's a little easier to adapt when you have been doing something for a couple of weeks, not a good idea to start something new when the regular routine is completely out of whack. AND my new eating plan has message boards and they're not funky and hard to read. That's good.


still here

Posted on 2007.10.22 at 08:55
Nothing new to report. Spent most of last week being sick. But I feel fine today and so it was back to the gym. That's all, folks!

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