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Food Tracking--It's Not For Me (My Opinion Only)

Monday, August 04, 2014

After I wrote my last blog I realized that getting so worked up over food tracking was making me crazy and eat more. I donít know how to explain it but, trying to account for everything I eat somehow makes me eat more. If I see that I donít have a lot of calories Iím tempted to have a little extra, and a little more extra. If my calories go too high, I just want to give up and go crazy with the eating the rest of the day. Either way Iím sunk.

Soooooooooooooooooooo I guess I will go back to the old plan with one difference. I will weigh in once a week or less. The old plan was to eat as healthy as I can and only eat when I am hungry and to stop eating before I am overfull. The thing I donít want to do is worry, can I have this? Is it too many calories? Will it throw me off for the day? It also makes me not want to go out to eat with my friends for fear of going over my goal for the day.

I am not extremely overweight, only 8 to 10 lbs. over where I want to be. So maybe I should be satisfied with that weight. And if it goes down, great. And if it stays the same, that is great too. I am 73 years old and donít expect to enter any beauty contests any time soon.

Tracking the walking and exercise, the way I do is motivating. It keeps me doing it. But the food tracking just isnít for me.

By the way...Thanks to everyone who responded to my previous blog. You all had some good suggestions. I'm going to try that walk one minute, run one minute, repeat, when I do my walking. I like the sound of that.

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IMEMINE1 8/24/2014 4:37PM

    Sometimes I track but most times it is a pain trying to get the right stuff.
You have to do what works for you.

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GRACED777 8/23/2014 2:32AM

    I wish I didn't have to track, but if I don't I'm all over the map food wise. Right now I use a weight watchers paper tracker. I tried online, but I want to be able to look back next year and see what kind of menus worked or didn't work. I also want to be able to look back and see how my tastes have changed. I also track exercise there as well as on spark people regularly now.

I don't yet have the inner discipline to eat to satisfaction-still have a hard time listening to my body, but it's great you guys can!

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RD03875 8/5/2014 4:02PM

    I don't track either, too much stress trying to find the food I have eaten!

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AJDOVER1 8/5/2014 1:48PM

    Best wishes to you, Dottee! There's no point in doing anything that frustrates you so much. You've got to do what works for you!

When I started weighing myself every day, I realized that 3-pound fluctuations were common and meaningless, so I was able to get comfortable with them. I track after my eating is done for the day, so it doesn't affect me, just gives me information.

You're a busy lady -- no need to drive yourself crazy over things. Be healthy and take good care of yourself.

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/5/2014 8:08AM

    I absolutely hate tracking and find it counter-productive.

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SAISHA100CJ 8/5/2014 8:07AM

    Hi Dottee. Do what works for you and stick with it. I know you will do well.
WooHoo on all those steps! emoticon emoticon

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GINIEMIE 8/5/2014 6:10AM

    I get it, and when I go over I do like you-what the heck I've messed up anyway-but I'm learning that is how I put on the pounds.
I need to eat mindfully, plan my meals with more veggies (I'll have to track), and brush me teeth at 8PM so I don't eat any more-this is a trick my son taught me and he is adamant. When he's brushed his teeth he will NO LONGER EAT for that day.
To rephrase what GOOSIEMOON said: Different strokes for different folks.
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GOOSIEMOON 8/4/2014 11:25PM

    Different things work for different people. emoticon

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Sunday, August 03, 2014

The diet demon-the scale-got to me this morning...back up a couple of lbs. the last few days in spite of tracking all week and increasing my steps a few weeks ago. So yesterday I didn't track...poo and I just ate what I wanted.

I have to do some better planning because it's when I feel deprived that I go off the plan. I know I have to integrate some of the food I crave and love into my calorie allotment. It's not really bad stuff just things I somethings think I shouldn't eat when I am trying to lose those last ten lbs. I've been trying to lose for the last 3 years.

Has it been that long...yes it has. I lost the 13 lbs. early on when I didn't walk, but did track and even cheated on the tracking a little. Now I walk more than I ever did in my life and eat healthier than I ever did in my life and still those 10 lbs just seem to not want to budge.

Anyway I know what I have to do. Never had to do it before. But now I think I just have to plan a day ahead on the eating. And integrate some of those things I crave, in small portions. I'm good with breakfast and problems there. It's suppers and cooking for one that throw me. I hate cooking for one and put it off and then end up throwing something together. That is the part that is unsatisfying.

If someone just made me a nice healthy balanced meal it would be so nice. emoticon Dream on girl. Ain't gonna happen. emoticon emoticon

And then there is after supper snacking. Another problem. I know I have to have something after supper because I go to bed late. So lately I have come up with a good one. Small packages of un-shelled pistachio nuts. They have only 80 calories, are satisfying, take a while to eat, and have protein.

I think I have to stop weighing myself so much. Before this fiasco, I went a month without weighing and I didn't gain a lot...just a couple of lbs. Then all of a sudden I started weighing myself every morning and was thrilled when I lost a few lbs. and then, even though I did everything the same, I gained them back. What's with that scale!!! I think it has a screw loose!!!

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IMEMINE1 8/24/2014 4:40PM

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GRACED777 8/23/2014 2:51AM

    I agree with Sandi-batch cooking and freezing works for me. I'm also getting and trying lots of easy new recipes, and getting ready to use my crockpot often this fall and winter. Last year I subsisted on Smart Ones frozen dinners, Wendy's chili and weight watchers vegetable soup and homemade pea soup, but this year I want to expand. Still recovering from a serious stroke 6 years ago, and working on the desire to eat better at home.

Later this morning I go to the farmers market to buy for one. It's challenging not to get too much, but to enjoy the seasonal bounty.

Enjoy your weekend, friend. I plan to.

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SAISHA100CJ 8/4/2014 8:05AM

    Dottee - congratulations on all your steps! You have been doing great. Continue with your steps. Everyone is so different..the magic combination that works for one may not work for another. The key for me has always been walking and correct portion sizes.
Maybe just weigh yourself a couple times a week instead of each day. The scale can fluctuate from day to day at times and maybe the daily weighing is just being a source of frustration for you.
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BABYBARNEY 8/4/2014 7:15AM

    I had a carbon copy pattern to yours. I found what works for me dinner-wise is "batch cooking" & freezing single portions. My hubby & I can choose what we want, a nutritious meal is premade...many from the spark cookbook recipes & I don't have to struggle to decide "what's for dinner."

It also helps with tracking meals, grocery shops...saving food costs.

Regarding after dinner eating, I haven't been able to change anything except avoid eating anything after I finish my dinner. It's now 21 days straight for me.

Best wishes in your healthy journey.

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GINIEMIE 8/3/2014 11:27AM

    I weigh myself once a week-that's been scary enough since Europe and Ohio. I've also learned that avoiding favorites will bring me down faster than anything except skipping breakfast.
I'm focusing on measurements for a while. I also know that if I get w/in 10 pounds of where I think I need to be, I hope to read what my body says I need to be-not the charts. I had a doctor tell me that my ideal weight was closer to 145-not the 136 that the charts recommended.
We are all made differently-one size does NOT fit all.
Good luck and keep on trying.
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HELEN_BRU 8/3/2014 11:07AM

    Is it digital? Mine is and I hate it!

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TKOCHERA115 8/3/2014 11:00AM

  I read that weekly weight is enough and through the week focus on meals and activity. Also remember that it is more than a number, how do your clothes fit. Sometimes you can stay the same weight or even gain a pound or two but your other body measurements change. For example this week I only lost 1 lb BUT I lost 5 inches from other body measurements. It might help you motivate if you measure inches as well. Remember unless the MD says otherwise water water water...


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CRAZYGARDNER1 8/3/2014 10:58AM

  It seems best to weigh yourself 1x a week, same time of day (morning is good) Everyday will drive you crazy because we fluctuate so much. You might need to change up your routine a little to trick your metabolism. Sometimes our bodies get used to the routine. Try interval training during your walk. It might be a shorter walk but often burns calories better. Warm up for a couple of minutes then walk as fast as you can for a minute then slower for a minute then faster and alternate every minute. The other is a higher calorie day one day and lower the next and alternate those. Just some ideas.

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Help! Belly Fat-How do I Get Rid of it?

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

I have a problem. Itís not a big problem but just an annoying one.

I have belly fat.

Iíve had 8 children so I know it will never be all gone but if I could just reduce it I would be so much happier. I would look better and feel much better in my clothes.

I know when I lose weight, I lose it there, but lately I have not been able to get past the weight I am right now.(Iím about 10 lbs. above my goal weight) I have gone to drinking my coffee without cream and sugar and started walking 6,200 steps each and every day . I also try to eat as healthy as I can and still the belly fat persists and the weight stays where it is.

So why am I saying this.

Because maybe someone out there knows something I havenít tried. I donít expect a magic formula, but something real that might help get rid of some of this belly fat.
So please respond if you might have some answers or remedies for this annoying problem.


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IMEMINE1 7/6/2014 6:18PM

    I have that same problem. Belly fat.... I was told cardio, even walking a bit faster than normal and watch what you eat.
Believe me, my belly has always been the problem. I also do Yoga.
Good luck to us both.
(I only had 2 kids)

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AJDOVER1 7/3/2014 1:43PM

    You're so right, Dottee! There's no magic. There is absolutely no way to spot reduce. You can make your core muscles stronger, but only an overall reduction will get rid of the fat over your core muscles.

I increased my cardio to burn more calories. I track my food every day. Not magic, but it works for me (I only have 3 kids, so I know we're all different).

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GINIEMIE 7/3/2014 10:14AM

First, I admire what you've done and although I've only had 5 children I have the stomach paunch too. One of my neighbors said hers diminished with extra walking. Could you get up to 7,500 steps? You're right there is no magic formula so it's try and try something else.
Bonne chance,
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GRANJERRY1 7/2/2014 11:35PM

    Dottee I know what you mean, my PT insists on me doing it, though I am beyond losing weight around me belly now, but doing leg raises will help. You need to lie on a hard flat surface and raise your leg one at a time without bending your knees. Try doing 3 sets of this twice a day. If you have some help to do it even better.

I think there are some other exercises for stronger seniors on you tube that you could look at

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One-Room Schoolhouse Visit (Pictures)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Every year at this time my friend Polly and I host children from our local school at a visit to the Doolittle School (1848-1952). They participate in events that would have happened back then such as a spelling bee and learn about the differences between school then and now.

This is Polly reading to the students about how the Pledge of Allegiance came to be.

Children listening.

Selfie of the two

PowerPoint of how the school was reconstructed.

Kids decorate large tin cans supplied by the cafeteria to use as lunch pail the kids would have brought to school .

Report cards from by gone days.

Me standing by the source of heat (wood stove) for the school.

Children leaving on the school bus to go back to their own school.

We had three classes come, one on each day. I look forward to this each year, it is such a treat for all involved. I hope you enjoyed the visit.

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IMEMINE1 7/6/2014 6:19PM

    I would have enjoyed that myself. emoticon

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KITT52 6/21/2014 1:45PM

    wow that is so interesting..looks like they were having a good time as well

thanks for sharing

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AJDOVER1 6/20/2014 2:23PM

    How fun and interesting for the kids!
(for you, too!)

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GINIEMIE 6/20/2014 7:41AM

    How wonderful, and what a meaningful way of teaching some history to our young people. Good for you and Polly. I bet it is a joy to do Dottee.
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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 6/20/2014 12:55AM

    I think that would be fun emoticon

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IDLETYME 6/19/2014 7:18PM

    What a great day you had. Fun for you both and the kids! Great blog - really interesting! emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 6/19/2014 3:15PM

    OH such fun and so neat. and also YOU look great girl!!!
glad you had a great time!

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GRANJERRY1 6/19/2014 2:40PM

    Dottee.... the pics look great & the kids look like they have really enjoyed it. It is so lovely to spend time with children.... very rejuvenating.

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CALLIECURTIS5 6/19/2014 12:25PM

    What a fun time you must have with the kiddos. Loved the look wonderful. emoticon

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SAISHA100CJ 6/19/2014 12:19PM

    I love the photos, Dottee! What a joy for you, Polly and all the school children. I sure wish I could have been there. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful time with us. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/19/2014 12:14PM

    Very cool!

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Monday, January 27, 2014

The baby's mom is going to frame it and put it on his bedroom wall.

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FOCUSD 8/4/2014 11:43PM

  So sweet! Have fun with the baby!

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/2/2014 11:23AM

    This is beautiful. What a lovely poem to frame and hang.

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KITT52 1/29/2014 10:28AM

    that was just beautiful....

what a cutey as well

thanks for sharing

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HEALTHY4ME 1/29/2014 9:41AM

    OH Dottie that is so beautiful and I agree it belongs in a frame on a wall. So pretty and something they can keep for ever. Congrats. on baby Patrick!

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SAISHA100CJ 1/29/2014 7:23AM

    What a sweet, beautiful poem, Dottee. Little Patrick is such a blessing. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PAMAPPLE 1/28/2014 1:25PM

    Love your poem! Your grandson is a special blessing!

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AJDOVER1 1/28/2014 1:08PM

    how sweet! Such a blessing....

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MADEIT3 1/28/2014 9:51AM



And emoticon to baby Patrick!

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