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Old 01-18-2013, 11:41 AM   #16
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Woot, congratulations, Gayle on being at 159 and having water, hope you had fun at Costco.

JoJo, I agree about consistency and that it is different from obsession.

I think consistency makes consistency easier as time goes on.

I am at day something of my good calorie level challenge and in a week and a half will have a new chunk of time accounted for in my weekly schedule and some new challenges and SO I am NOW going to get a little more strict with the eating and start now rebuilding some healthy habits I have been letting slip.

Hmmm, which translated means that I am going shopping for healthy food, today, as I am down on the healthy and when I let THAT slip, it isn't far to the slippery slope of CAKE!

Have a good day, all!
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:48 PM   #17
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Jo, weight challenged is such a good way to describe us!

When it is cold outside, I put on my coat. When I am tired, I go to bed. One of my goals for weight management is to eat the same way. No obsessing, no agonizing. I want to eat naturally just like I sleep and protect myself from the elements. I don't even know if this is realistic.

I admired Red Velvet Cake at Costco. I noticed it cost about $10 and weighed 3.5 lbs; a big cake. OK. I will quit with the chat about cake.

You know how they serve samples at Costco? They were giving tastes of some kind of chicken for super bowl Sunday. It was really good. I was even thinking about buying some until I looked at the box for nutritional information. 230 calories in three very small pieces, mostly from fat!!!!

We went to Winco, Costco and Trader Joe's. I bought broccoli, bell pepper, many pounds of pears, Cuties oranges, cucumber, radishes, celery, grape tomatoes, chicken lunch meat, 5.5 lbs of frozen stir-fry veggies [my fourth bag since June], chicken burgers, salad dressing and Meringue cookies [yum] from TJs. In other words, more healthy food, for me, too.

We also bought two new, modern looking bar stools for our kitchen. They have a built in pad so I won't always be trying to keep the separate pads on the chair. I am sure the cat will be pleased that he can jump on the stool and not fall right back off because the chair pad slides.

My exercise for today was cutting back a giant rosemary bush that had gotten totally out of hand. I had a really huge pile of stuff. It got to 63 degrees today and I enjoyed the feel of the sun on my body while I was working.
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:32 AM   #18
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Gail - Sounds like you thoroughly enjoyed your shopping trip. Wish we had a Costco in Casper. I love those cutie oranges. And right now the Roma tomatoes are our favorites. We are really fortunate that so many tasty veggies and fruits are available year-round. Like you, I also get the large bags of frozen mixed veggies for stir-fry. Good grocery stores make it easier to eat healthy.

Regarding weight loss/maintenance, I figure I'm a work in progress, as I do keep learning about myself. Yes, I do plan meals that are healthy, filling, and attractive on the plates. I agree that there is no particular reason that we should be 'obsessed' about an eating plan - it should just be a natural part of our lives. Very helpful is the nutritional information on the packages -I remember O-so-well when that was not available for shoppers. Yes, I am going to make mistakes because I am very human. But I'll continue to do the best I can.

Am2 - I hope your shopping trip was successful and that you stocked up on the healthy stuff, thereby avoiding that dreaded slippery slope that leads to R.V. cake!

I'm off to bed. Good-night, everyone! Let's all enjoy tomorrow.
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:18 AM   #19
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What I finally realized and then had to accept, is, my idea of normal was skewed and screwed up.

In order to stay at a healthy weight and fitness level, I needed to define what "normal" is to and for me.

How we do this, will differ from person to person, what works for me, may not work for you, but in the end, it's all about making the choice.

Obesity and it's health repercussions are rampant in 2 of the 4 sides of my family. The same can be said for my inlaw side of the family.

While I am at a good weight and fitness level, my mother in law thinks I'm GAUNT and PEAKED. How ever, when her youngest son, who is at least 100#'s overweight, called his Mom and said he was pre diabetic, she told him, that's what he got for being fat.

Mind you, the MIL, who I do love, is not exactly the picture of health. My Dh and I have discussed this at length, I will not change the path I am on, and my hubby supports this, his brother, is working hard to lose the weight and do better with his food choices and exercise.

I am thankful that my DH supports me, he never whines if I call and say, I couldn't make the workout at lunch, I'm gonna be a bit late, he tolerates my healthy cooking, "mostly"! About every 2 or 3 months he will request something like fried chicken and milk gravy. Because we only do this now and then, I do indulge that.

Over the last few years, he has become aware that his diet, also affects his health. He used to be able to eat and drink and do what ever and never gain an ounce, and all his health numbers were good, and then he got A-fib. Cardio-verted, shock his heart back into sync and OMG. The A-fib is another whole long story for another day, but the hub finally realized that all of the things that I had been telling him, about paying attention to your lifestyle finally sunk in. We won't even bother with the 2 fingers he had amputated, another long story.

So, long story short, my health is up to me, I am no good to myself or anyone else, if I'm not healthy. Some days, some people may have to wait an hour for something, but that is better than waiting in the ER.
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shcirerf - Thanks for chiming in. Sounds like you have it figured out for yourself, and your example is helping others such as your DH. Finding what worked for you is the key, IMHO. What a wonderful job you have done in reshaping your life. Yes, your health is up to you.

It's been a nice day today in Wonderful Wyoming as we seem to be in a warming trend. We do need the moisture, but I like the warmth.

I've been snacking today on a box of blueberries. Blueberries are a real treat for me, but I must be careful as one leads to another.

Let's continue to enjoy the weekend.
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Old 01-19-2013, 07:25 PM   #21
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Whether maintaining after a loss or maintaining a healthy weight that never got out of hand, I think the process is the same. My daughter (always at a healthy weight) and I (formerly 90 pounds heavier than now) are perfect examples. She eats healthy, balanced meals (prepared at home) almost all the time. She rarely snacks, rarely overdoes the junk food, rarely eats white carbs, never eats fast food, exercises almost every day. Some of this is easy, some takes determination. Between meal snacks are fruit, nuts, veggies. Chips are never in the house. There is very little candy around.

When I realized that she works at staying thin, it all fell into place in my mind. I had to start thinking like a thin person. So I follow her example and manage to maintain my loss while she maintains never gaining. It would be so easy if we still lived together!

I think no one stays thin who eats everything we (those of us with the huge urge to eat) want to eat. The people who seemingly eat everything they want and stay thin want way less than I do. That's the difference.

My best advice to myself was to eat and think like a thin person. That along with getting rid of every bit of clothing that is too big and putting on the brakes if my smallest pants start (START - I'm saying it again for emphasis) to feel even a little bit tight.

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Whether maintaining after a loss or maintaining a healthy weight that never got out of hand, I think the process is the same. My daughter (always at a healthy weight) and I (formerly 90 pounds heavier than now) are perfect examples. She eats healthy, balanced meals (prepared at home) almost all the time. She rarely snacks, rarely overdoes the junk food, rarely eats white carbs, never eats fast food, exercises almost every day. Some of this is easy, some takes determination. Between meal snacks are fruit, nuts, veggies. Chips are never in the house. There is very little candy around.

When I realized that she works at staying thin, it all fell into place in my mind. I had to start thinking like a thin person. So I follow her example and manage to maintain my loss while she maintains never gaining. It would be so easy if we still lived together!

I think no one stays thin who eats everything we (those of us with the huge urge to eat) want to eat. The people who seemingly eat everything they want and stay thin want way less than I do. That's the difference.

My best advice to myself was to eat and think like a thin person. That along with getting rid of every bit of clothing that is too big and putting on the brakes if my smallest pants start (START - I'm saying it again for emphasis) to feel even a little bit tight.

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Lin Jber, I think you are right. I think it is the rare person who can eat everything they want over time and stay in a healthy weight range, at least in today's world, maybe the cave people did lol, but we have too many good things to eat in our world.

My OFFICIAL Sunday weigh-in has been rescheduled to Monday or Tuesday as I have an elevated temperature for some stupid reason, although feeling fine. When I feel feverish I like to be able to drink as much liquid as I want, including this time, the protein shakes I am craving, and I do not intend to mess with my own head if I see a vast upward number on the scale because I am craving and will be drinking tons of water all night. The official scale day can wait a bit. And if I am down, that will mess with my head, too, because if I have the flu or something it'll be up again next Sunday and that will bug me and so I am waiting patiently for a more auspicious day.

Just how I do things sometimes.

Shcirerf, I feel the same way and what you say about your health being up to you resonates with my reasoning, for example, in delaying my customary "official" weigh in. I do this weight management thing to benefit myself and make all the rules to benefit myself and do what works for me because if I am not good for me I'm not good for anyone else.

JoJo, I love blueberries, sounds good.

The weather here is heavenly. Could be why I have a fever, temp returned to what is more normal for my part o' the desert just when the body was getting used to things being in the 20s, which is NOT normal.

Gail, lol, you were so good just to admire the Red Velvet Cake and not buy him. He is evil, shun him.

Good night, all!
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linJber Eat and think like a thin person - that's great advice for anyone. You and your daughter have found the best solution for the two of you, and that's great! Just keep doing what you have been doing.

Amarantha2 Actally I have some friends who stay slender no matter what they eat. I guess they are wired differently than those of us who are weight-challenged, and that's great. In fact I have one friend who is very slight of build, and who eats most of her meals at fast-food establishments. And best of luck to you, whenever you have your official weigh-in.

Today has been a busy day. Our Auxiliary is hosting the church potlucknext Sunday evening, so I've been working on getting the program together for that event. And it's coming together very nicely. I always figure that things will take care of themselves, and they usually do.

We visited the Natural Foods Store today, and I purchased some gluten free goodies. I've embarked on a program of banishing wheat, barley, and rye from my food intake, and I'm very comfortable about it. So at the Natural Foods Store I bought some crackers, some wheat-free oatmeal, and come gluten-free cookies. I've been sorta craving a cracker, so now I can eat a cracker. LOL

The weather has been lovely here, too. Let's keep on keeping on. It's the absolutely best thing for us to do.
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I've found that I have to make eating right and exercising first priority. I used to let work nudge them aside when things got busy, but now I don't.
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shcirerf - Thanks for chiming in. Sounds like you have it figured out for yourself, and your example is helping others such as your DH. Finding what worked for you is the key, IMHO. What a wonderful job you have done in reshaping your life. Yes, your health is up to you.

Thank you! I finally made myself a priority, I'm no good to anyone else if I'm not healthy. I actually have planned workout for 3/22/2013. We are having a new grandbaby on 3/23. I took 3/22 off, because I'm going up to take care of my granddaughter while my son and DIL go have the new baby the next day. Before I head out, I'm going to workout! I've already scoped out the local gyms where I'm heading and got plans in place for food to take with me!

I drove through Casper once a long time ago. I'm in western Nebraska. Will be in Douglas, WY in July for a wedding! My nephew is marrying a sweetie from there! I have a sis who lives in Torrington and a cousin in Lingle.
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shcirerf - We used to live in Beatrice, which is in the far south-eastern part of Nebraska. I've been in many parts of the Panhandle when I was much more active in church work than I am now. And of course we are well acquainted with Douglas, the Jackalope town. LOL Yes, we really need to make ourselves a priority, although we females are the care-givers. It's like on an airplane, they tell you if the cabin loses pressure, put the oxygen mask on your own face before you deal with the children. We do have to take care of ourselves so we can take care of others in our lives.

HHH - Thanks for chiming in. Work is certainly important, but you can make that work easier and do it better if you are in good health. Good for you in making that change in your life.

It continues to be cool here, but we did get to a grocery store to purchase needed supplies. Yesterday it was Natural Fpods, today it was Walmart. Our pantry is well stocked now.

So let's make this coming week a good week in our lives.
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JoJo, lucky friends you have who can eat whatever they want and not gain weight.

This is a flyby as so busy today & getting over a fast case of flu.

Hope everyone had a great weekend. Woot!
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I really like the idea of redefining normal. I've totally had to overhaul my eating habits to maintain my loss for a year so far because the WOE I grew up with was skewed and geared toward keeping me overweight.

It was tough to rewrite 23 years of programming, but I think I did it.

It's become the new normal for me. I don't really see my weight loss or lifestyle as a "big deal;" it's just something I do--just as one brushes their teeth every morning. It's a bit weird to me actually that when people find out about my weight loss that it is a big deal to them because I've moved past it and it's just my life now.
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Through researching my family history, I found that I have Torrington connections.

William Morris (1834-03-24 – 1896-10-03) was an English textile designer, artist, writer, socialist and Marxist associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the English Arts and Crafts Movement. http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/William_Morris

I am not interested in his politics, but his design and writing about design. He said, "Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful". This quote inspires me when my house gets overwhelming. Sometimes I simply can't cope with all my belongings, so I am again working on divesting myself of some burdensome possessions.

This morning, while I was recycling, tossing, rearranging and dusting, I watched the inauguration. The commentators discussed the luncheon menu http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/09/di...uguration.html which included some really wonderful, decadent dishes. I got to thinking that I could restate the William Morris quote to read, "Dine on nothing that you do not know to be healthful or believe to be uncompromisingly delicious". Making this kind of committment may not be entirely realistic, but could certainly be a goal towards which to work. In my life, "the uncompormisingly delicious" is rarely available, but I sure don't want to deny myself when it appears! On the other hand, foods that I know to be healthy are abundant. Then there are the happy occurances where we find both delicious and healthy. Win-win...

Anyway, [/philosophizing], and back to useful, beautiful, healthy and delicious pursuits.
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