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what's your approach?

Saturday, May 17, 2014

as you may remember - my boy has been losing weight. his approach is NOT to stand on the scale, but dig out articles of clothing that he has not been able to wear for a very very long time. i have to say it is exciting for me to see him happy and come out of his room and say 'hey look this fits again!' BUT i am very curious as to the #'s lbs down.
you see that is MY approach - and also the tape measure. there lies a dilemma for a lot of us cause we all know the scale can be scathingly cruel - an extra bun or even just hormonal changes and water retention can wreck havoc on ourselves.
but still i like to see a number -
i even have an 'impedance scale' which is supposed to tell me fat loss as opposed to other stuff. it has never been too enlightening for me - the one at the dr. clinic used to be my bible - but i don't attend there any more.
so i wondered with all of you out there following this healthy quest - what is your approach - what makes you feel confident that you are on the right track.
just eating clean and correct every day ? just being sure you have exercised?
let's discuss.

  
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BABYSOX 5/18/2014 6:28AM

    The best approach is whatever works for a person. I go do weigh myself regularly but the fit of my clothes is also a check. Congrats to your son. It sounds like he is approaching this in a healthy way and is not obsessing with the numbers.

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FEEDING YOUR INNER SPIRIT -

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

it is so surprising to me - what can nurture your heart and soul.
Sunday was mother's day and the morning started with a beautiful card along with four favorite books to read. THE WALKING DEAD is one of my passions and i have withdrawal when it goes off for the summer months. so this will keep me entertained and intrigued for the summer time. BONUS - lot of stuff included that is NOT in the TV episodes.
a cousin of mine was having an art exhibit for charity - so my boy said let's you and me go mom. it was exhilerating in so many ways - first i was welcomed with so many hugs and smiles - as we all have not seen each other for a long long time. the days and months have such a habit of slipping by unfortunately.
the art/photography was breathtaking - but all the more since each and every piece existed for a person. not such a person - but some one who was fighting cancer, had lost the battle or had a child in this position. there was a personal history accompanying each and every canvas or framed photo.
i bought some one of a kind greeting cards - all specially dedicated and signed by the artists.
it was just so fulfilliing.
then my kids met up and took me to a lovely dinner out - a country place with great atmosphere. even mother nature was good to us moms and gave us a beautiful sunny warm day.
this has uplifted me, given me a new renewal to take care of me - and a firm resolution to keep up the fight .
i thank the Good Lord and i never forget my blessings - some times that gets buried deep down inside.
i hope all you good mothers had a great day - and every day upcoming too.

  
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EILEEN828 5/14/2014 8:17AM

    What a lovely Mom's day! Glad you enjoyed it. We had a sunny day too!

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RAINBOWFALLS 5/14/2014 7:56AM

    It was a beautiful day here as well. What a great way for you to spend the day. I always love things like that to help others in need. I always love my books over shows. They capture so much more in the book. Enjoy!

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BABYSOX 5/14/2014 6:30AM

    Sounds like a wonderful way to spend the day!

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JLAMING263 5/13/2014 3:07PM

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NOT a lot of food BUT a ton of carbs

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

just another reason not believe the total calories in/out - and the equation that 3500 calories equal ONE POUND.
i have been craving carbs so intensely (some times i think my brain remembers every single day i deprived myself) and when i am under so much stress like now , i decided to figure out the calorie count - and eat what i desire. as long as i don't go over that calorie count i should have LOST SOMETHING, OR AT THE LEAST STAYED THE SAME.
ha ha ha - you know it don't you ?! i gained five pounds!!!! now i wish some one could figure it out - or give in to the fact that if you eat ice cream, or cupcakes - even though you have stayed within or at your calorie alotment - IT AIN'T HAPPENIN'!!!!
for the past two weeks i have kept a diary - i have eaten sensibly (protein shake for breakfast which is low carb and low cal. ) but for my afternoon snack i had as an example, a toasted bagel (230 cal. for cinnamon raisin) one teaspoon of butter and one teaspoon of marmalade- add another 125 calories. so that is a meal. for dinner i would have lean chicken, but still have baked potato (which i have all but eliminated from my diet in the past) with sour cream on top, and green salad with oil and vinegar dressing. my calories for the day is set at 1200 calories - on two occasions i did go over that by 200 calories..
anyway - the scale punched me right in the gut - but deep down i knew i would not stay or loose but that bad things would happen.
mentally - i felt so much better not having to constantly say no and deny my self. i am weary of that.
i am tired of always choosing one thing over the other when i really want what it is i want.
there are days i eat next to nothing- i have plenty of water, clear tea, and so on.
the theory for no weight loss then is 'you have not eaten enough' .
i am just plain warn out with all this self talk, denial and never getting to where i would like to be.
i don't feel particularly energized when i don't eat carbs - cause another theory is carbs make you tired, slouchy and wanting to sleep.
i think that applies to my stress/depression for the life i have - THAT is what makes me tired, slouchy and wanting to sleep. problem is i don't sleep very well or very long.
oh yes, that is another NO WEIGHT LOSS THEORY - no sleep - no weight loss.
looks like i bat a thousand - all on the negative side.
anyway - i miss my carbs and i will not diss carbs any more.. they are ok in my book.

  
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RAINBOWFALLS 5/7/2014 8:07AM

    I do find that a higher protein diet works for me and not so much a higher carb diet. I wish you the best.

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BABYSOX 5/7/2014 6:37AM

    I agree with you on somethings. I believe our bodies do digest carbs, fats and proteins differently and at different rates. The in/out theory doesn't apply on any particular day or even week. But over a longer period of time, it seems to balance out for me. I try not to deprive myself of anything and try to eat a balanced diet. I have found that over time, my choices of healthier food become my preferences.
At times in the past, I became to consumed with not eating specific foods and gave up. This is not an all or nothing and is not about perfection. For me, it is about living a healthy lifestyle.
You are learning what works for you. That is what is most important.
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JAPITTARD 5/6/2014 6:59PM

    You are CORRECT! It's just not as simple as calories in and calories out. Your body is a complicated machine. You have to find what works for your body AND ultimately you will not be successful long term if you feel like you are depriving yourself all the time.

I have been back on my journey for a total of 9 weeks and I have lost 16 lbs. I have done my best to have a good mix of healthy carbs, lean meats and healthy fats and I workout 30 minutes a day, no more (not because I don't believe I should, I just don't have time to make more than that work in my day). For lunch I had Chicken, Spinach, Avocado on a slice of sprouted grain bread. Super good and I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything. I also try to eat 5-6 times per day or every 2.5-3.5 hours. You can do this! You just have got to make this work for yoU! Let me know if you want so other ideas or suggestions. I am more than happy to help!!!

-Amy P
Also I host a fitness and accountability group on Facebook. Itís a private group where we check in, keep each other accountable and encourage one another on our journeys! Because it is private what you post in the group doesnít show up on your regular feed. I would love for you to join us. If you would like you can either message me your email address and I can add you that way (we donít have to be FB friends if I add you by emailÖ.. OR you can find me on Facebook and add me as a friend (facebook.com/amy.pittard). Once you add me as a friend I can add you directly to the group. I hope you join in!!


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so the sun is shining --- B U T!!!!!!!

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Hi all - it has been awhile - i see the temps trying very hard to rise - but today as lovely as the sunshine is - it is too cold - can't get out and clean up in the yard - as everything still under snow or encased in ice.

update on Esther - she has spent two months in the rehab facility - now she can do some weight bearing exercise so she begged to come home. yesterday she came home and she will have home care/therapy etc. it has been a very frightening experience for her. i am planning for the easter bunny to visit and cheer her up!!!

have a nice sunday wherever you may be - BB

  
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RAINBOWFALLS 4/9/2014 8:23AM

    I am glad she has made great progress - You are a good friend. We have had a brutal winter here and I am looking forward to the warmer days ahead.

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BABYSOX 4/7/2014 6:29AM

    Each day will be a little warmer.

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deepak chopra/oprah/mendela & others

Sunday, February 23, 2014

today - my sanity once again stays in tact after a horrendous month, dead end conversations with health care providers, and sinking into desperate waters. thanks to accidentally happening upon oprah's guest - deepak chopra. i have his books. but at the exact moment i 'turned the other cheek' once again - vowing to stop - there he was speaking of mendela. quoting mendela -
it made me feel better - gave me a little more hope in a hopeless situation.
listening to the closing statements at the olympics - indeed all the athletes stories of triumphs in the face of adversity - also struck a drum for me.
here's to myself turning over a new leaf - it won't change the course of my cross to bear - but perhaps give me the strength i need to renew my trek.

  
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X_MONICA_X 4/3/2014 11:35AM

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BABYSOX 2/24/2014 6:33AM

    Very inspiring.

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GRANDMABABA 2/23/2014 11:16PM

    Wishing you every success!

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MILLISMA 2/23/2014 9:10PM

    Love it.....you were looking and listening to positive things. Mendela was such a remarkable man and had so much to offer. You can do this. Sending big emoticon your way!!!

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