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Sticking with what works.

Monday, July 19, 2010

There was a time, about a month ago, when I really paid attention to my hunger level. I drank a ton of water, didn't eat when I wasn't hungry, and didn't feel the need to fill my stomach until it felt like exploding. Not so much right now.

I was doing really well today, and then I ate the piece of pumpkin cheesecake that was in the fridge. It wasn't even good. This was in *addition* to the half piece of chocolate cake I ate for lunch. That wasn't that good, either. At least I had the sense to throw that one away when I realized it wasn't that good.

This day goes to show that I don't have the willpower I thought I did. If there is cake or pie or cookies in the house, I eat them. Simple as that. I can't help it, which is why that kind of food is rarely in the house at all. Bleh.

Just poured myself another big glass of water. I know, I should have done that *before* I ate the pie.

So what works? Well, going for a walk after eating and before dessert helps. It gives me time to think if I'm really hungry for dessert (usually the answer is "no"). I think I forgot *why* I was going for that walk - I went for the walk tonight, but it was after dessert. That wasn't the point of walking around the block - I need to remind myself of the walk's purpose.

I am done eating for tonight. I don't see how anything else would fit in my stomach right now. It's water for the rest of the evening. I'm going to cut out some inspirational things from my latest Fitness magazine as well. I need to have some kind of goal in mind... right now I'm just kind of cruising along, eating too much pie. Not good.

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CAMROLA 7/20/2010 1:01PM

    Recognizing your limits is what's important. Perfection isn't the goal, remember that, nor is astinence from all things yummy. Just know your limits, allow yourself to cross them every so often, and know what you need to do to allow for that. It's all about balance.

Also, pie is evil. Keep your distance whenever possible! emoticon

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BARBIETEC 7/20/2010 4:16AM

    When you wake up, read this blog and you will get the willpower to be strong :)

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_MSAPRIL17_ 7/19/2010 9:52PM

    Good job on stopping yourself!!! That in itself is tough to do!!!

It's a new day tomorrow!

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ONECOOKIETWO 7/19/2010 7:28PM

    Yesterday I ate a small bag of Gingerpeople ginger chews, and I haven't had the courage to even look on the bag and see how many calories I ate, nor did I post any food yesterday.

So when I say to you to get back on the wagon, know that I am climbing back on it myself as fast as possible. Today I've had a great day, foodwise. And I plan to continue doing what works, which for me is not to keep sweets in the house (or at least not too many at any one time), and keep busy - exercise and anything else.

GO US!!!!

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LALAFLOWERS 7/19/2010 7:03PM

    I feel it too... Making jam tonight... but I've had my ice-cream crazies recently... Can't have it in the house.....

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The laziest day...

Sunday, July 18, 2010

It's hot.

This morning honey and I went blueberry picking - got about six pounds. Yum!
Had some homemade French Onion soup (yes, I know it's a weird choice when it's hot and humid, but it was SO good!!!).
Took a nap.
Folded some laundry.

Sitting out on the deck drinking water with strawberry ice cubes (frozen strawberries) and reading a book. I think that's all I will do today.

Later is hamburgers on the grill (ground beef - not the healthiest choice, but we are both craving a burger) with blue cheese and sliced beets. Dessert is a Portuguese custard from the bakery - we stopped in after our blueberry picking. I could have eaten everything in there. It's a wonderful little place.

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ROGUE_1 7/19/2010 4:25PM

    What a wonderful day!!!
Do you buy the beets canned, or do you cook them yourself? I love beets and put them in my salads but I am clueless with regards to how to prepare them!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 7/19/2010 3:56PM

    Blueberries top my list of fresh fruit to eat - they go great in just about everything (including margaritas). I hope you are having a super week!

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KATZABELLAMAMA 7/19/2010 11:21AM

    Sounds like a great day!

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CAMROLA 7/18/2010 7:25PM

    Sounds delicious, healthy and fulfilling... your blogs always make me hungry!


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-AIRYN- 7/18/2010 6:45PM

    I love the idea for strawberry cubes!!! I'm going to have to try it!!!

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BARBIETEC 7/18/2010 5:43PM

    *mmm* sounds like you are enjoying life! *mmmm* ENJOY IT! :)

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Siding and heating and trees... oh my!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

This morning I went to a meeting about new siding for the house. Ours is in not-so-good shape, and it's time to get it replaced. I live in a townhouse community, and I am connected with three other neighbors. We all agree it needs to be done. So today we had someone come out to give us a presentation on options and cost. Holy mackerel, being a homeowner is expensive. Sigh.
The heating units also need to be replaced (although not as urgently as the siding) and there is a tree in back of the house that needs to be cut down - it's hanging over our deck. Double sigh.

So I am a little overwhelmed at all this. The heating is not a priority - the siding is. It's so much work - more than I thought. It's hard owning a home!

Fresh veggies for lunch today - cucumbers for starters, and potatoes are in the oven roasting. Got six pounds of potatoes from the farm yesterday, so I'll be eating potatoes quite a few times this week!

Rest of the day - gym time this afternoon and then I'm going to sit by the pool and read. I need a little relaxation time after this morning.

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KATZABELLAMAMA 7/19/2010 11:25AM

    Being a homeowner is over whelming!! Our furnace needs replacing before winter hits. and the city wants us to pay 400 dollars for replacing the sidewalk which is perfectly fine in my opinion. Anyways I am totally feeling your pain on this subject.

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CFMOSS 7/17/2010 3:50PM

    oooooo....siding......still wrapping up this spring/summer adventure with siding (it was worth it but.....) we got hardie board which is a cement board product that looks like wood - not cheap but house looks great. Peace be to you over this as well as a big dose of patience:) Enjoy the cucumbers.

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/17/2010 3:08PM

    Sigh!! At least you're fueling your body with great nutrition to get through all the stress!

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ONECOOKIETWO 7/17/2010 1:11PM

    Wow, and dang! Are you guys getting more than one bid for the siding?
Just sayin'.
It seems to me, that even though the siding is going to cost a lot, it will be a solid investment in the value of your home (like, duh, you hadn't thought of this before). You'd have to do it sometime regardless, and you might as well do it now and enjoy living in beauty, instead of later just prior to selling, after having lived with yukky siding.
Perhaps you could finance it with a home equity loan?
In any case, good luck!

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LSCHULER72 7/17/2010 12:43PM

    Tell me about it-we just got the estimate on our roof repair. OUCH!!!

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Friday, July 16, 2010

My fridge is full of yummy veggies from our CSA pickup. Orange and red (!) carrots, red new potatoes, cabbage, squash, cukes, herbs... I love Friday afternoons!

Drank lots of water today but need to get in some more. Dinner will be pasta with sauteed veggies with a simple garlic and oil finish.

Finger Lakes wine for after dinner!

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JERZRN 7/20/2010 10:10AM

    I love this time of year with all the fresh fruits and veggies! Enjoy!

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KATZABELLAMAMA 7/19/2010 11:26AM

    I love having my fridge full of fruits and veggies!

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CASSIOEPIA 7/16/2010 9:57PM

    Nice! I love fresh veggies.
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KAYAKID 7/16/2010 9:56PM

    AWesome. I tried to send you your photos - your email rejected I guess I need to send them in smaller groups! Have a great weekend. I am running with Kim in the morning will probably talk about ya. Thanks for being my friend!!!

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GSDMIKE 7/16/2010 9:46PM

    I should have done a CSA share again this year. Did it a few years ago, but the last two I had a garden here with cucs, carrots, peppers, tomatoes, beans, squash, and lettuce. I was too lazy this spring, so I'm spending a fortune at Whole Foods instead this summer.

Maybe I can find some farmer's markets this weekend...

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CAMROLA 7/16/2010 9:37PM

    Finger Lakes wine yum! Veggies yum! I made pasta and veggies, too. Healthy carbs and lots of vitamins to prepare for tomorrow's race!

Have a GREAT, healthy, active weekend!


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CFMOSS 7/16/2010 7:16PM

    had purple carrots last year - they made salads look beautiful! Enjoy your fresh veggies.

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Glad to be home.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

As much as I like going on vacation, I like being at home. I have everything I need to get ready in the morning and at night, and I can sit around in my pajamas drinking coffee if I want.
And it's funny - I had so many opportunities to go out to eat the last two weeks. I thought for sure I'd love it! But last night I had no desire to eat *another* sandwich and chips and instead wanted a fresh veggie saute with some pasta. Huh.

Mom and I went to Corning and I came home with 12 bottles of wine from the three wineries we visited. After the third one, we both thought it was time to leave. We were both running out of money for wine. But we had a great time - good to have some mother-daughter bonding time. It's been a while since we got to hang out like that.

This afternoon I took some time for myself and sat by the pool with a good book. I love sitting around reading - I lose track of time and I don't worry about anything that has to get done. Came home, sauteed some veggies and roasted some potatoes. Took a little nap, then went to the gym. Did some elliptical, upper body ST, and a bit of rowing. I am definitely going to be doing more rowing - I need to get my back muscles a little stronger for some better posture.

Tomorrow is lunch with a good friend. Out to eat! Argh! The good thing is that I got my fix of greasy, heavy foods while in Corning, so I am SO not in the mood for anything like that. I don't think it will be hard to come up with some good menu options.

Totally humid and gross today. The air conditioning in the gym was wonderful.

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KATZABELLAMAMA 7/19/2010 11:28AM

    Sounds like you had a great vacation!!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 7/16/2010 3:34PM

    I love wine. Wine, a good book, a shady porch, and a cool breeze = total happiness.

Huh. I have none of those things today.


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CAMROLA 7/15/2010 9:53PM

    Welcome back! I love that area... glad you enjoyed, but I understand the comfort of getting back to your healthy routine. Settle back in and you'll be back in the groove in no time!


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RIVERCITYTOM 7/15/2010 9:46PM

    Home sweet home...It is always nice returning. Relaxing there is always enjoyable.

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GROOVYCHICK9 7/15/2010 9:25PM

    I know what you mean. Going out to dinner can get really old. Glad to hear you had a great vacation. I enjoy sitting by the pool and reading too. Have a great night and enjoy your homemade dinner.

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HOPEFULSNAIL204 7/15/2010 9:23PM

  Good blog! I know what you mean about being glad to be home. I don't go out much, but HAD to go to the doctor today. I am glad to be home. I'm also glad to be home with SPARKPEOPLE. Blessings

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