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Old 02-23-2020, 11:18 AM   #121  
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Concert with DH was fun. I certainly learned from paying attention at the I dian Casino where it was held that most people struggle with food even more than I do. Of course it is a skewed population - heavy smokers, gamblers and drinkers. I am glad I don’t have to quit any of those. Just the Fosters ice cream on the way to the show. It was tracked though and so with my exercise today all is well.

I keep trying to get back to a meal that use to work so well for me - the vita mix smoothie - but I have tremendous resistance. I’ll try again today.

DH is playing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, a Bach fugue and a Chopin etude at the recital. Afterward he picks where to eat. The plan is to leave lots of points so I have choices

PS I had to look up how to spell “skewed” with five tries.

Off to church.

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Old 02-24-2020, 05:07 AM   #122  
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Diet Coaches/Buddies - Ate no snacks again today, CREDIT moi, including at the community hour where I tend to rationalize that the brownies and spice cake are homemade. None. That's the way I want to live. Lunch was leftovers - barely enough to call a full lunch but I went with feeling a little less full than I wanted. I didn't suffer or die, LOL.

Excitement was checking out the Open House for a nearby $1.985M condo. My DS joined me; he's been following the construction of this place also. Was fun to examine the place with my adult son; his insights were unique. He first noticed that we heard NO street noises. If we opened one of the double-glazed windows, we heard the joyful sound of a dog and the light swish of moving cars. Just what one expects in a city. With all windows shut, it was like being in a movie theater. For that money, the kitchen stove was to-die-for with eight burners covered by massive cast iron grills. Wasn't that impressed with the total space. Hard to figure out where food would be stored. Or the mop and broom. Or where a puzzle could be left out to work on tomorrow. It was just a small condo staged to be called a three bedroom. The "family room" in the basement was the only available space for informal life. I'm happy in my old house with its leaks, creaks, and space for "stuff."


maryann - LOL at "DH is playing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, a Bach fugue and a Chopin etude at the recital." Sounds like something that your DS would do. Interesting insight that casino customers might include folks with food issues.

curlyjax - Congrats for maintaining that weight loss. Neat that your DS is assembling your treadmill.

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When should you stop dieting and start rest-of-your-life eating? That's not an easy question to answer. It's not just a matter of getting down to a predetermined goal you've set for yourself because that weight might or might not be realistic for you to achieve or to maintain. In fact, when I meet with dieters for the first time, I ask them two questions:
  1. What would you like to weigh? (In other words, what is your ideal goal?)
  2. What weight could made you at least minimally satisfied? (In other words, what is your satisfaction goal?)

Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., The Beck Diet Solution (Pink book), Pg 271.
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Good morning coaches,

Just a quick check in from Tucson. Stayed on plan yesterday. Exercise was putting together furniture, moving furniture, packing heavy things out to the car. I will be glad to go home later today. I am so glad that I am happy with what I have and don't need new things all the time. I believe it is much easier on my finances too.

Curlyjax I would love to have your recipes. More tomorrow.
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Missed a few days of posting and my eating was less than ideal -- those two things are related, so I'm back to what works!

We have a stormy day. I just decided to get groceries delivered. I worked things out to eliminate a trip today in the rain and a trip that I would have done later in the week to the farthest store I shop at. The tip (that I will make super-size for the driver in the rain) will be saved twice over in eliminating treats, bribes, and the car usage for two trips.

Exercise: +40, 995/1200 minutes for February
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Diet Coaches/Buddies - It was sixty degrees out there today. I didn't think so I put on the same set of layers and largest winter coat - it's mid-February right? Didn't think about it until I got teased at the library. The librarian made me unzip my coat at least. I remember back in college I dressed for how cold it felt at the window - not by the calendar.

Eating was good, CREDIT moi. No snacks except for my long evening about a coffee table laden with goodies. I resisted all the nuts and limited myself to thinly scrapped slices of a fine hard cheese. That isn't NONE, but it was close. I declined the bowl of roasted almonds handed to me as one does to force someone to participate.


Joy (gardenerjoy) - Neat to calculate your real costs of trips to the store - costs in addition to money.

Karen (karenrn) - It is fun to be at the stage of life where new stuff isn't needed. I have a friend who is trying to move out of his very large house and is having much difficulty downsizing "stuff".

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chapter 11 When to Stop Losing and Start Maintaining

It's always a good sign when the numbers aren't identical. It means that those dieters are probably more realistic about what they can accomplish than dieters who give me numbers that are the same.

Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., The Beck Diet Solution (Pink book), Pg 271.
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DS assembled the manual treadmill and it works great. The only issue is my shoulders are sore today from hanging on, which I need to do to keep my balance at this point. But when i get the hang of it, I may not need to. It is for walking only, lightweight and not made for running. And it gives me more of a cardio workout too.
Tonight a friend is going to come over and give me an estimate for painting the livingroom. He is the husband of a friend and did our kitchen and bedroom, and I trust him to be alone in the house. I was going to put it off to the fall but maybe it could be done this spring. I'm torn between silver and sage. It's a small space, combined livingroom and dining room in a ranch, so I don't want the color too intense. It will be nice to have a change from white.

Karen- I will give you the recipe this weekend for sure, or before if i get to it. Or a website if i can find it online.
Bill-good for you for resisting those nuts, I know how much you like them!
Gardenerjoy- good idea to get groceries delivered.

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Good Morning, Coaches.

Last nite I was very successful at ordering my dinner. Thank goodness I am done with meals out for a little while. I have until next Saturday to lose the two pounds I have gained over the last three days so that I can gain them again on Saturday. It is a little discouraging even if that weight is water retention. I will keep up the exercise. I need to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

Aside from the food, the dinner was nice. We rarely go out with other couples. I joked as we joined them in the car "Aren't you suppose to come in and meet our parents on a date?" I guess there will be more of that as DS leaves.

The only thing that stays the same is change.

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A meeting this morning got me off to a rocky start, but I'm feeling oddly committed to the rest of the day going well. "Odd" because the way my mind used to work, a bad start led to a bad day like it was inevitable. Now, it just feels like a good reason to stop, reassess, and try every thing I can think of to make things better.

Aside from posting here, I'm also going to do a yoga routine with a bunch of twisting, "de-toxifying" poses and I'll try a sleep meditation with a "strong and fit" weight-loss theme. All of that should put me in a much better place at this time tomorrow.

Exercise: +45, 1040/1200 minutes for February
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Good evening coaches,

It's late for me to be posting, but better late than never. Food was on plan yesterday and so far today it's good. We haven't had dinner yet, but I made navy bean with ham soup and it will be done soon. We'll have a side salad and a piece of bread with it. I hiked the Gateway Loop this morning and then came home and took Otis for a walk. He was a good walker today which was so nice. I took a nap this afternoon to make up for the lost sleep during the night the last couple of nights. All in all it was a good day. I stopped by to see my childhood friend who recently moved to Tucson on my way home yesterday. I've known her since we were 4. She moved to Tucson last summer and I've seen her several times and we talk on the phone a couple of times a month. We haven't always kept in close touch, but at least Christmas cards. I probably have mentioned her, she is 88 pounds (and that is gaining) and 5'5". She is anorexic and she calls herself a minimalist. She lives in a beautiful 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment with almost no furniture and what she has is plastic drawers and a blow up bed. To go from one friend who has way too much to the other who has so little is really mind blowing.

GardenerJoy It is so good not to let a bad start set the stage for the day. We can turn it around at any time.
Maryann Good job with your successful meal out. I always feel so good when I do that, but I do find it easier to eat at home. It is fun to socialize though.
Curlyjax Good luck choosing a color. We have so many choices for everything.
Bill You are doing so well with no or almost no snacking. Yes, I'm glad I am content with what I have. It's not that I don't ever get anything new, but I don't need to change out the furniture every few years. My friend is six years older than I am
and it seems she has trouble being satisfied with what she has.

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Diet Coaches/Buddies - My class in the endocrinology of aging covered a bunch of stuff that I know, but seem to ignore. The body is good at storing carbs. Very good at it. Does it just fine, thank you very much. And lets go slowly. Felt like I was in a weight loss seminar. It was, however, stuff that I need to have repeated over and over since I do ignore it when facing a brownie that's calling my name. It was a no-snack day, CREDIT moi.

Felt like it was a cold day despite being about 30 degrees F. I've grown accustomed to a warm winter. This isn't normal. In class, I had to remove my vest because I was too warm. I looked around and many folks were wearing appropriate warm weather clothing. Think I'm stuck at dressing for the calendar date instead of the weather forecast.


Joy (gardenerjoy) - Can't envision what you mean by "sleep meditation." Sounds like what I do whenever I try to meditate - but don't think that's what you have in mind.

maryann - Yep, "I need to keep putting one foot in front of the other."

Karen (karenrn) - Neat to have someone in your life that you've known since you were four.

curlyjax - I like the major impact from painting a room. Good luck choosing your colors.

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chapter 11 When to Stop Losing and Start Maintaining

For example, Julia, who started at 175 pounds, told me that her ideal goal was 120 pounds and that her satisfaction goal was 130 pounds. She actually has maintained her weight for more than 10 years at 128 pounds (plus or minus 2 pounds) - quite happily. On the other hand, Christine, who started at 136 pounds, said she ideally wanted to get down to 115 pounds but would be satisfied with 118 pounds. She was initially disappointed when I told her we wouldn't know for a while whether her range was realistic or not. In fact, she was able to get down to 120 pounds and has maintained at about 124 pounds for five years. It took her a while to accept this as her reasonable maintenance weight.

Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., The Beck Diet Solution (Pink book), Pg 271.
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My painter friend came over and we chatted awhile and finally got to looking at the room. He will do it in about a month, and figures it will take about 10 days. I think they have a trust fund or something, he doesn't work much, but he is happy to do this for me at a reasonable price. I told him to keep his eye out for any nice 50 year old guys too. He's such an extrovert, I figure he might know someone!
I had to go to DD's bank yesterday to dump some money in for a rent deposit- that should told me about rather unexpectedly!-and was in the same plaza as a fabulous brownie place. I ended up taking home dessert for DS and myself. The rest of the meal was pretty low call, maybe it will balance out!
Geez, I'm running late again. Karen, below is the link to a recipe I have made many times. It's pretty hardy on its own with a salad, but for DS I usually have bread and a little salami too.

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/12...t-lentil-soup/

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I am blue this morning. A couple of high weigh ins after I feel like I did so well with all the meals out threw me into some unplanned eating,

I think I feel out of control with my life in some circumstances. Maybe the food gives the illusion of control.

Oh well. I have this morning and I made a choice with a new breakfast. I am going to fast with two small meals today because it is Ash Wednesday. I am also taking a half day at work to go to church.

Thanks everyone for posting.

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The twisting yoga poses also required balance. More than I seem to have at the moment. We're having a snowy day here. I probably won't walk, so I think I'll find a yoga video that focuses on balance and see if I can improve that.

Exercise: +40, 1080/1200 minutes for February

BillBlueEyes: I've always been an insomniac. I discovered guided sleep meditations on YouTube about a year ago. I'm not sure I'm getting more sleep, but I'm getting more pleasure from being awake -- taking a rainy walk in Paris, hiking through the Shire of Middle Earth, or walking on a beach. The best ones lead me to a bed next to a crackling fire or with rain on the roof or the sound of waves -- maybe with a little music in the background.

maryann: I can definitely relate to the sense of control I can get with the decision "I'm going to eat this" and, then, making it happen. Of course, as Dr. Beck points out, I can get that sense of control from the opposite decision. But, that doesn't always occur to me in the moment.
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Good morning! I finally have a morning to myself, and am not running off to a meeting or have someone talking to me while I try to post.

The past few days have not been weightloss eating and weight is holding at the top of my comfort zone.

Time to reel it back in!

Have a great day, everyone.
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Good afternoon,

Food was on plan yesterday, but not so much today. I had several unneeded snacks this morning and I'm not really sure why. I just did it. I just picked Otis up from the groomer and this evening I'm meeting a friend for dinner and to see a documentary about the Arizona Trail called Through The Great Southwest. The screening is at a Restaurant/Beer Garden but they do have something to eat called an Earth Bowl that sounds interesting. I won't be drinking since I'll be driving.
The fellow that made the documentary is called Darwin and I've been following him on You Tube for a long time. He has great gear ideas for backpacking recommendations. Tomorrow I'll work the extra calories off when Kathy and I do a one way hike through the preserve that is 15 miles. We did the same hike last year and there was snow on the hike which was so unusual. We won't have any snow this year.

Penny I hope you're enjoying your day.
GardenerJoy We are getting wildflowers blooming in the desert this year, no snow for us. I hope you don't have snow for too long.
Maryann Maybe a half day at work will be helpful for your blue mood.
Curlyjax Thank you for the recipe. I made bean and ham soup yesterday. I've printed the lentil soup recipe and we'll give in a try before long.
Bill It looks like your weather is all over the board. I have three friends that I keep in touch with who I have known since kindergarten and 1st grade. It is nice to not have to provide any history at all to these three. They know it all.

If I don't post tomorrow it's because I'm out hiking most of the day. I'll be leaving my house at 6:10 and then will likely be busy when I get home. Otis gets to go to doggie daycare for the second time this week. I'm glad he likes going.
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