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So What Do You Think?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

This is a late night entry and very short compared to my usual essays - LOL!

I love to cook and I am always trying to think of ways to get my veggies in because, well, quite frankly, I am not that fond of vegetables. Tonight a made a Brussel Sprout dish that included olive oil, bacon drippings, crumpled bacon, Dijon Mustard, and Maple Syrup. It was yummy and I did even have a second serving with a little guilt floating around in the back of my mind.

So I have been wondering for some time and appreciate your opinion:

Do you think it is better to eat vegetables dressed as in the recipe above vs. not eating them at all because you don't like them? Is it a question of the lesser of two evils?

Some food for thought (ha, ha, ha - no pun intended)!

  
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KRISKECK 12/1/2014 1:58PM

    oh my gosh, those sound awesome! My theory is if I eat 'em, I gotta track 'em. (I ahve a love/hate relationship with the spark recipe calculator) And they have to fit in my plan!

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SPARKED2BFIT 11/24/2014 6:03AM

    food for thought indeed!! honestly, if you feel good about it... go for it. let our conscience be our guide.. emoticon emoticon

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CAT-IN-CJ 11/22/2014 11:05AM

    I say whatever it takes to get 'em down!

Sometimes I just add that magic powdered veggie stuff (from the health food store) to my smoothies.

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BARBARAJ73 11/20/2014 12:18PM

    Just got here... IMHO I'd say 50/50. Agree with others that as long as you account for the extras... but I'd also look for ways to tweak recipes toward the healthier side. Your mix sounds delicious!!!! did you see the SP recipe Apple Bacon Brussel Sprouts ? http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/reci
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WATERMELLEN 11/16/2014 10:53AM

    Hmmm, late to the party here but gotta say the research indicates many veggies release their vitamins fully only in the presence of a bit of fat.

Having said that . . . I try to eat my cooked veggies most of the time without anything more than (maybe) a bit of olive oil if I've roasted 'em.

Because I'm getting enough fat in the other stuff I'm eating at the same meal.

Over time, have I become reconciled to "naked veggies"? Have my taste buds changed? Maybe on good days!!

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68ANNE 11/15/2014 6:36PM

    lesser of the two evils, definitely

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WILSONWR 11/13/2014 9:34AM

    As long as you account for the additional calories, I say go for it! You need those vegetables, and finding a way to make them taste great is fantastic. I've tried the brussel sprouts with the bacon before and it was really good. Would you mind sending me the recipe for your dish? It sounds like a good one for the holidays. Thanks!

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BABYBARNEY 11/13/2014 7:15AM

    everything in moderation...that includes regular & dressed up veggies...don't deprive yourself of any food...that will become temptation & backfire!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/12/2014 10:36PM

    As long as you account for the additio s and/or limit your serving size...enjoy! You still get in the veggie! You can certainly have cheese sauce on veggies...especially with lower fat cheese, laughing cow light, etc.maybe double the veggies but still have the sauce?

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KELLIEBEAN 11/12/2014 10:04PM

    I say get your veggies any way you can. I'm not a fan of spinach and kale but I put them in a blender with a little V8 Fusion Juice, some Dole frozen fruit, some vanilla yogurt and a little peanut butter. Can't taste the spinach and kale.

Keep experimenting and get those veggies however you can! Sounds delicious!

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ANGGEL40 11/12/2014 9:42PM

    Well of course we know veggies are good for us, so getting them in any form is better then nothing...your dish sounds yummy and don't feel guilty!

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SANDICANE 11/12/2014 8:55PM

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm, I'm not thinking either option would be my choice. I'd find a way to get them that I could stand and would still be healthy. Like my daughter for instance, puts spinach in her morning slurry and LOVES it, but don't ask her to eat a forkful of steamed spinach!!! (she adds fruit and such so the only thing she had to get past was the colour...the flavour is fab).

Or, there's another dish that she loves which has gobs and gobs of "fried" cabbage in it...fried in just a dab of EVOO. Then it's mixed into a red "stew" kinda like chili but different spices. She says she can't believe there's so much cabbage in it b/c you can't find any!

Oh yes and, speaking of brussel sprouts, she cuts them in half, roasts them in the oven with a drizzle of EVOO, salt and pepper on parchment paper...400 degree oven for 25 mins. Flat side down first and turn them over at the 15 min mark.

She also roasts green beans as well as asparagus the same way as the brussel sprouts. (but don't ask her to eat them boiled). So maybe you might like to take a page out of her book and have the best of both worlds...veggies and healthy style.

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 11/12/2014 8:49PM

    I think it's great to get fruits and vegetables in by any means necessary. I admire people who come up with ways to eat things that are good for you and taste good too. My brussel sprouts recipe as bacon, babybel cheese, breadcrumbs and cream in it. I take just 1 serving but everyone else I serve it to eats 3 (it's that good). There are plenty of vegetables I like raw and I never salt or butter cooked veggies, so it all evens out. I bet it does for you, too!

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Hey Everyone, I Have Something To Tell You!

Monday, November 10, 2014

I have put off doing this blog until after the party that I spoke about in my last entry so I could give you a report about how it went. I want to thank all of you, my Spark friends, for your support. It means so much !

It has been 2 weeks since my surgery. Gosh, how time flies. Sometimes it feels like it was just yesterday. I have come so far. On the physical front I am making progress every day. I no longer need to use a walker, but still use my cane especially toward the end of the day when my leg is tired. Sometimes I will go a short distance w/o any assistive device at all. I have been keeping up with the daily 10 minute Fit2Feast Challenge using my P.T. exercises, walks, and my treadmill. I am walking 1000 steps on most days. I am starting to practice going up and down stairs step over step instead of one step at a time like a toddler! My DH sold his SUV so I had to learn how to get into my car which is a much "lower" vehicle. I am almost off of my narcotic pain med using Extra Strength Tylenol instead. This recovery is going so much smoother than my first hip did that I am beside myself with happiness and can't wait to keep going!

Today I will be starting outpatient therapy and so my goal for this coming week will be continued consistency with my exercise routine and increasing my steps.

On the food front things are going well too. As I mentioned before I am following along with some of my Spark friends on the Beck Solution. I geared up for this before my surgery and I am progressing, although at a slower rate than most, through the chapters. I am started Week 2 of her plan and I am really going to have to keep myself psyched because I know that at the end of this period I will all be about pre-planning what I am going to eat and then tracking it which are my weakest areas. In the past 2 weeks I have carefully watched what I am eating being mindful about when I start to get full, I have kept my carb intake on the low side, and I have made sure I am drinking all of my water. I have managed to loose all of that water weight that is so commonly associated with surgery plus a couple other pounds.

At the group Thanksgiving meeting that I attended yesterday I was very pleased with myself. I brought a Veggie & Pickle Platter that went over well. I started with a large platter in beautiful fall colors that my DD had given me



and I filled it with some of my favorite thinks. It looked lovely when I got done putting it together



I kept my portions very reasonable and started with the protein as my Spark Friend, Sandicane, as suggested; a bit of Turkey Breast w/ a small amount of gravy. I had a good size helping of 7-Layer Salad, some Veggies from my platter, and 1 No Bake Cookie. I was very happy with myself for passing all of the other calorie laddened foods up. What a NSV !

My struggle this week is that I have a very, very busy schedule and most of it revolves around food! One of the things that the Beck Solution suggests is putting Sticky Notes around your house as reminders to yourself. Instead I have chosen a more creative approach. I have taken key ideas and made Reminder Cards for them



These cards sit on our kitchen island where we eat all of our meals. The sit right in front of my place and stare me in the face at every meal. There is no way I can ignore them and they have really helped me stay focused.

I hope you can tell how excited I am about all of this. So here we go heading into another week. I wish all of you the best of success in everything that comes you way this week.

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KRISKECK 12/1/2014 1:54PM

    Wow, you're really creative - I LOVE your reminder cards! Very cool! And your veggie-pickle platter is lovely too!

I am really impressed at how you are approaching your recovery from hip replacement. So positive! Really wonderful.

Cheers,
Kristin



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EJOY-EVELYN 11/15/2014 1:01AM

    Wow . . . you've overcome great obstacles to be returning to good health. May the road to success be your motivation to continue living the good life. Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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CAT-IN-CJ 11/12/2014 6:38PM

    Way to go girl! What a great idea!!!!!
you rock!!!

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BARBARAJ73 11/12/2014 11:34AM

    Thanks for sharing your cards. You've inspired me. Am on day 4 of Beck but still haven't finalized my day1 cards.

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BABYBARNEY 11/11/2014 6:36AM

    Wow! Your platter looked great! You are sure a creative COOKIE emoticon
putting together those cards. They are very attractive & a great reminder in the right place. You are also ON TRACK in your post surgery stage & keep up that consistency...it will GAIN you SUCCESS!!!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/11/2014 1:56AM

    Awesome! Continued success!
Beautiful platter and veggie tray...yum!
Keep up the great job!
Hugs,
Mary

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ANGGEL40 11/10/2014 9:13PM

    Congrats...you are doing great and the platter is cute!

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68ANNE 11/10/2014 4:57PM

    Congrats on your NSV!

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KELLIEBEAN 11/10/2014 2:29PM

    I love those cards. What a great idea! Congratulations on your NSVs and your progress! I'm so happy for you!

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ZELLAZM 11/10/2014 2:19PM

    Your key tags are so cute! love the idea - I really do need to get that book. Have heard about it from several directions. WTG on that super NSV, too!

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 11/10/2014 11:56AM

    Great job preplanning and then doing (the important step LOL) your actions at the party. The veggie platter looked wonderful before and after things were on it -- I'm sure it was a big hit!

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GERIKRAGH 11/10/2014 10:23AM

    Congrats on progress.

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WATERMELLEN 11/10/2014 10:13AM

    Wow, that's amazing. You absolutely deserve to give yourself full credit for your pre-planning and for your creative ideas for sticking to that plan!!

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SANDICANE 11/10/2014 10:06AM

    Woo hoo to YOU! Great job at your food-fest! Great job at your exercising! Sounds like your recovery is coming along quite nicely.

I love your little notes to yourself. Oh my, they are sooooo cute! We really could make beautiful cards together... Just imagine the things we own to make them!!!

So, yep, I can tell you're excited. Super, super, super! and I wish you the best of success in everything that comes YOUR way this week toooo!

SparkCheers!



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The Magazine Rack

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Just before my surgery I was seeing a lot of talk around SP about the Beck Diet Solution. I was very excited. I thought this sounded just like the thing I needed and so, in preparation, I went to the bookstore and got the book. I thought that my post-op recovery period would be the ideal time to take this on because my appetite was not up to par following previous hospitalizations this year so lowering my calorie intake this time would not be a problem and because it would be a time for me to lay low and really get my heels dug in for success.

When I quite smoking I went no where and did nothing that I could associate with smoking and it really gave me a sound base to stay on the right footing. I was thinking that this post-op time could give me that same base regarding food, riding myself of yo-yo dieting, and ultimately maintaining a healthy life style until the end of time. Although I am not progressing through the daily tasks at the daily rate given, I am still feeling pumped about it all.

I started with this bit of background because I have discovered that I have also started using my post-op recovery period as an inappropriate opportunity to avoid social situations that revolve around food. Just like with my smoking and avoiding all of those activities I worried would make me crave for a cigarette, I am finding myself avoiding any situation that would involve food tempting me. I know this is not the healthy approach I should be taking. Which brings me to The Magazine Rack.

There is a group gathering, a Thanksgiving celebration, this w/e and I think you can all imagine the foods this congers up in my mind. But I decided I need to start facing the music, I mean food! So I spent some time this morning going through magazines looking for a recipe for something healthy that I could bring. As the saying goes, if nothing else I would have at least one thing I could eat.

Yup, the area around my TV chair looks like a doctor's office with all tables in reach filled with magazines. For years I saved the food magazines I subscribed to - Weight Watchers and Cooking Light. I just could not bring myself to through those magazines out and had basement shelves filled with a 5 year supply. After all I paid good money for them and you never know when you are going to want a new recipe. Well, the day came when I said "enough is enough". There will always be magazines with recipes. Yes, I threw them all out and vowed never to accumulate such a collection again!

So as I gathered my magazines together this morning in search of a suitable dish to share, I ended up with 5 magazines in hand, all December issues from various years, 1 Weight Watcher, 1 Cooking Light, and 3 Eating Well! Do you see a pattern developing here again - YIKS! I looked through all 5 and found nothing that tickled my fancy as I thought of the people in this group who would be eating. I was actually successful in throwing 3 of the 5 magazines into the recycle bin. Then I moved onto my "other" collection. You probably all have one yourselves. The big binder book that has all of those recipes that you have clipped over the years and saved. Mine is a large 3-ring binder that I can hardly lift. Lets see - would they like a cucumber salsa with tortilla chips or an orange & pomegranate salad? Probably neither, but they sounded good to me.

When DH got home from work today I brought him up to date on what I had been up to today with my magazines. His answer was to make it as easy as possible and bring some Brown & Serve Rolls. Really?! That's a guys answer for you - LOL! So we decided to text that gal in charge and let her know we were planning on attending but had not signed up for a dish to pass. WHA-LA - her answer was a veggie platter or pickle & olives tray. How easy is that! I told her I would do a combination platter of both. And back into my binder went the other possibilities I had considered. Problem solved and it will even be something I can munch on.

Now about those magazines - apparently brussel sprouts are popular at this time of year because every one of the magazines had a recipe for them. I have never cooked them myself, but have developed a new and recent taste for them from restaurants we go to. I have my magazines all laid open on my kitchen counter with 5 different recipe to try!

Wish me luck with my "coming out of hiding from food" party!

  
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APRILRUSSELL3 11/9/2014 9:46PM

    By now you've gone to your party and I hope it went well. I always have to bring what I'll eat to those things and make sure I have what I need. But sticking to that plan is a different story sometimes! It's hard for me to keep the blinders on and stick to my tray. But I have done it a couple times by keeping my head in the game.
I have no doubt you did well! You quit smoking and food is just another addiction and you can do it!

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ZELLAZM 11/8/2014 5:14AM

    I'm catching up on weeks of blogs today and was happy to see you posting and doing well post-op. WTG on ditching the magazines and finding a good solution for the Thanksgiving gathering. You will feel pounds lighter with all that paper gone even though it doesn't show on the scale. Have a good weekend!

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BARBARAJ73 11/7/2014 10:17AM

    Why did I think I was the only one who avoided social situations due to food issues... ha! Like you that was part of my quitting cigarettes. It's also why I seldom drink alcohol anymore due to association; ditto morning cup of coffee (although I got that back in my daily routine.) Coincidentally I happened to pick up Beck Solution at the library (we must read some of the same SP blogs.) So I'll be interested in reading your reactions. I haven't opened it yet.



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68ANNE 11/7/2014 8:21AM

    Congrats on cleaning the stash and finding the just right platter!

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SANDICANE 11/6/2014 8:03PM

    Oh lordy, recipes, recipes and more recipes! I've got them too! I'm laughing away in my kitchen by myself when I read that your DH suggested brown 'n serve rolls...my DH would have said exactly the same thing!!! What an easy, healthy option you have landed upon! Oh, and if you care to hear my solution for those "foody events"...I pre-think EVERYTHING that I WILL eat. And do not think about anything that I will not eat. So for example. If I were going to your party and didn't know exactly what foods would be there I'd say to myself before I got there: I'll choose one serving (I know what a serving size is by now!) of the healthiest protein choice that is there. And if the healthiest isn't healthy enough for me, I'll decrease the serving size. Then, I go to veggies and the same thing. I never choose a carb for the main part of the meal when I'm out b/c those extra cals are lurking everywhere. And if I'm going to have a dessert, I pre-think that I will have either ONE or NONE, depending on what my week has been like.

So there you go...you probably have it all under control all by yourself though....

Have fun!!!

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WATERMELLEN 11/6/2014 5:11PM

    Sounds like great fun -- and you'll be taking something you can eat yourself which is bonus!

Thanks for your great comment on my "discouragement" blog today -- like you, I'm a huge fan of TINAJANE and loved her blog about intuitive eating.

Pretty sure, however, after 10 years' maintaining that -- my intuition would not cohere with keeping the weight off!!

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CAT-IN-CJ 11/6/2014 12:09PM

    Arm yourself with whatever it takes!
I know you can do it!!!!!

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 11/6/2014 7:40AM

    This blog reminded me of the zillions of social occasions I have passed up over the years because I was just starting another diet or wobbly on the one I was on or something, and I wish I could turn back time and go back to each and every one. I think I cannot socialize without eating carb-fat-sugar laden food and drinking wine, sometimes to excess, but I note that one of my best friends has no trouble eating a small bite of a few things and sipping one glass of beer or wine all evening -- he is the fittest person I know. When we were younger, his social calendar was packed, always out to dinner, parties, etc., not to mention coming to my dinners and parties and the two of us getting together for movies, tea, etc. He never gained an ounce because he did not seize upon each occasion as an opportunity to let himself off the leash but maintained his moderate dietary habits regardless of where he was or what was being served. I want to be like him -- enjoying life while losing (and then maintaining) a healthy weight. You can do it and I'm glad you're going to your event! Good luck!

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BABYBARNEY 11/6/2014 6:57AM

    I also collect recipes...but did you know you can find everything as well as the kitchen sink in healthy recipes at sparkrecipes.com or go through the spark cookbooks...& they list all your nutrients & is EASY to track...all in one...happy cooking!!!

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KELLIEBEAN 11/5/2014 10:55PM

    I've had a few magazine collections because ya just never know! Good luck this weekend. I love how pumped you sound about staying on track!

Show em what you're made of!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/5/2014 9:00PM

    I wish you luck!
I, too, collect recipes (I can't even cook right now) and many magazines!
The Internet alone can supply us with endless recipe options, LOL, but I love
To look and read them anyway!
Enjoy your journey and again, GOOD LUCK.
Mary

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The Beginning Of The End

Sunday, November 02, 2014

The end of this year that is!

Friday brought me to my 1 week post-op. It is amazing how much can change in 1 week. You go from not being able to even get your surgical leg in and out of bed without help to walking independently with only the assist of a cane. Yep. That is where I am at right now. Yesterday I sent my DH off to have some fun w/o me and so a good friend of mine came to visit. She walked with me (at a snail's pace) around the block and then she went and picked up our favorite Southwestern Salad w/ Grilled Chicken Breast from a restaurant only a couple of blocks from my house. This is the beginning for me.

The beginning to reach new goals. I feel a bit foolish as I read everyone else's blogs. People are talking about 5Ks, marathons, and all other kind of accomplishments, but I have to tell you all that I am beyond excited that I walked 1000 steps yesterday!

I love doing the Monthly Challenges from Spark Tracker and October was the first time that I didn't meet the goal because my walking had been so limited, but that won't happen again! My new goal is to walk 5000 steps by Feb. 1, 2015 which will be the end of my post-surgical therapy and the associated "hip" precautions/restrictions. I won't have any trouble meeting this goal and it will most likely happen even before the end of 2014.

I have also joined the November Fit2Feast Challenge which is a motivator for 10 minutes of exercise a day.

Last, but not least, I have started the Beck Diet Solution that you have probably seen so many people posting about. After maintaining (not at goal weight either!) for almost one year I came to face the fact that I was in serious need of an attitude adjustment. I know all of the rules and steps to losing weight that there is. It is time to "get off the pot" as the saying goes. I have talked the talk but I have not walked the walk. I will reach my goal weight, but if I do not change my attitude permanently I will end up gaining all of it back just like I have over my life time. I want this time to be different and to be better for me!

So that is an update on me and my status. I am at the beginning! I look forward to every day! I look forward to success! I WILL DO THIS! When your on a roll you have to go with the flow!

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CAT-IN-CJ 11/3/2014 6:29PM

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/2/2014 10:48PM

    You're making great progress . . . That's more than baby steps. Good work.

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ANGGEL40 11/2/2014 9:39PM

    What an awesome plan...you are moving right along in the right direction...you know I haven't done a marathon yet, hopefully one day I will....Keep reaching! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FITKAT62 11/2/2014 9:16PM

    Wishing you a speedy recovery!
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BABYBARNEY 11/2/2014 3:11PM

    You are doing fantastic post surgery...The walk around the block can seem insurmountable at the beginning after surgery. I remember my post knee surgery days...& trust me, before you know it you will be doing that 5,000 plus steps very easily. I still keep up my physio exercises even 2+ years since & it keeps me strong so I can master the activity level I love.

I love your spirit & the goals you have set! But don't forget that the body does need rest too!

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68ANNE 11/2/2014 1:20PM

    I'd say that you are challenging yourself quite a bit . . . . . and getting there!

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APRILRUSSELL3 11/2/2014 11:40AM

    So many times I see people in my life that have surgeries and use that as an excuse to be a couch potato. But not you! You are pushing your limits everyday with a marathoner's attitude! Good for you! With such a great attitude, you will get to goal and stay there!

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WATERMELLEN 11/2/2014 11:31AM

    Good for you., That's an amazing change in a week post-op and your determination to get to goal and maintain is realistic with the plans you have.

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 11/2/2014 10:12AM

    I'm happy to hear about your progress and also your plan to recommit to continued good health through healthy eating, exercise and attitude. You have a great future ahead of you -- claim it!

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STORMWATCHER3 11/2/2014 9:04AM

    You are doing an awesome job! Keep your goals in mind but also do what you are doing and look at how far you've come! Take it slow and give yourself time....You will get there!
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STORMWATCHER3 11/2/2014 9:04AM

    You are doing an awesome job! Keep your goals in mind but also do what you are doing and look at how far you've come! Take it slow and give yourself time....You will get there!
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KELLIEBEAN 11/2/2014 8:59AM

    WHOOOOHOOO! I am over-the-moon happy for you! I can't begin to image what you are going through and how far you have come. In my book, you are right up there with completing a 5K or a marathon!

Looking forward to hearing updates on your progress. You are an inspiration!!!

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JCLJR4547 11/2/2014 8:58AM

  SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD PLAN. STAY WITH IT AND YOU WILL DO GREAT!

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SSSSS LLLLL OOOO WWW DOWN

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I read an article on SP today about eating slower. Funny how these articles seem to sync with my life every once in a while. This is definitely something I would benefit from doing, but the "how to do it" parts seem to be just beyond my grasp for some reason.

This article has some recommendations; some may work for me, but some I wonder about:

1. Give yourself enough time to eatóat least 20-30 minutes just to eat the meal, plus additional time to prepare it.

Last May, when I went to NYC, it was noted that one of the two friends with me was a very slow eater. We had days filled to the hilt with places to be and things we wanted to see. Along the way we might stop to catch a drink and/or a "quick bite to eat". Quick was the key word here. We had time restraints. I and my other friend would slosh down our drink and/or gobble up our snack so that we could keep moving to the next place. We would be done and ready to go only to discover that our "slow eater" still had at least half of her drink left and we wondered if she had even touched her snack yet. So there we sat waiting (impatiently) for her. It amazed us that it could take her so long. We even came right out and asked her "What on earth is taking you so long? Lets go!". We all laughed, but she really had no answer to our question.

Our discussion turned to why the two of us ate so fast. The biggest reason we figured out was because of life long work habits. I, for one, was in the profession of nursing that only gave me a 30 minute lunch break. So it was quick gobble my food so that I would have a few minutes left to relax before getting back to it.

2. Donít eat amidst distractions, like the TV, computer, or while driving.

Growing up we normally ate at the dining table, but I definitely remember times of eating in front of the TV on TV trays; usually if my dad was traveling and it was just me and mom. Even today, dinner time seems to fall at news time between 6-7p.m. Although we have our backs to the TV, we can still hear the news. Sometimes I eat in front of my laptop at breakfast or lunch. What a better way to multi-task; eating and reading SP too! I have eaten in my car, but that is very rare since I don't want food crumbs left all over the place.

This leads me to wonder what I can do in place of these distractions. I do honestly believe I need some sort of distraction. I have this thing that I can hardly stand to listen to myself chew food let alone listen to anyone else. OK, so I'm weird! Our neighbors often eat out on their deck during the summer and they always play dinner music. I think this might be worth a try. It might even be fun; just like in a restaurant.

3. Be fully present while you eat. Notice the smell, temperature, texture, color, and subtle flavor differences of each food you consume, and, 4. Eat mindfully, chewing each bite as many times as necessary to pulverize any texture.

These two seem to go hand in hand to me and I have tried them (making Mindful Eating a goal even) as I thought it would be the best way for me to slow down. I found some things out while doing this. It is very hard to keep food warm for 20 minutes, let alone 30. Although I am usually very careful to make sure there is color on my plate and flavor in my food. a lot of food doesn't have enough texture and it feels mushy in my mouth which I find very unpleasant.

5. Take smaller portions, taking a break before refilling.

I think this is a great idea. Trying to stay within my SP calorie range has make this one easy. Also, the next time I buy dinner plates I will surely consider the size of them and go for something on the smaller side.

6. Put your fork down after each bite.

This one could also an easy one for me and it has made me realize something more about myself. Although I like the thought of eating a sandwich, I don't do very well with them. I have discovered that once I pick up a sandwich or burger, for example, that I don't like putting it down and then picking it up again and again and again. OK, another weird quirk I have! So I just end up gobbling it down to get it done with. I would be far better off eating something that required an eating utensil instead.

7. If youíre eating in a group, be aware of the speed at which others are eating. Challenge yourself to be the last to finish.

This was the last, but, for me, not the least of the suggestions on how to slow down your eating. Referring back to my friend that I mentioned earlier, I had a chance to observe her eating recently and so I tried to look for some clues to how she managed to eat so slowly. She seemed to gaze around the room a lot (looking at others? daydreaming? contemplating the food in her mouth? I'm not sure what she was thinking about.), she took very small bites, and she seemed to chew the food forever (that same food felt like it had no substance to me so I wondered what there was exactly to chew).

Also, for me, eating was all about business when I was young. When my family sat down to the dinner table there was no conversation because the business at hand was to eat, not talk. This remains true even today when I have my father over for dinner. He sits, he eats, he doesn't talk, and when he is done eating he gets up from the table and goes right home. To be fair to him, he has had to learn to eat slowly and chew his food well as a stroke has made swallowing tricky business for him. It does, however, leave my DH and I to stare at each other across the table until he is finished. I have tried making a game of being the last one finished. It was very difficult to do without putting more food than I should have on my plate or filling my glass up again with some more wine.

Reading back through my blog (and, BTW, thanks for letting me ramble on - again!) has helped my formulate some ideas to try: Music with our meals, more texture into my food, eating foods requiring utensils instead of finger foods, and making a game out of it all.

I'm wondering if eating too fast is a problem for any of you? What do you do to slow yourself down? I could sure use some help with this so all ideas are appreciated. emoticon


  
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WATERMELLEN 10/18/2014 10:35AM

    Super blog! I like your ideas about how to slow down and take your time and enjoy food more (without eating more!!)

I can see this is a challenge for a lot of us!

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BABYBARNEY 10/18/2014 7:48AM

    I like you am a FASTTTT eater....For sure MOST of your points have WISE merit,...I like the idea of music with your food ...& a colourful plate. Because of the RIGHT portion sizes, it is very easy to gobble our meals quickly...so a conscious reminder to SLOWWW down is definitely needed thank you for giving that to us!!!

Sandi emoticon

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68ANNE 10/16/2014 6:29PM

    I tend to say eat slower and chew slower over and over and then my brian ends up on vacation and my hand nad mouth have a party so before I know it I'm done in record time

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/15/2014 5:07PM

    Great and true research. So much easier to say than to do.

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SOTEIRA75 10/15/2014 3:26PM

    I am so guilty of this. I told my love that we have to eat our meals at the table, he was used to eating in front of the tv all of the time, but he agreed. I always finish first unless we are having ice cream that is one thing I cannot eat fast. I think that working in places where I only had 30 minutes lunch is part of the reason... I need to start doing this too, I want to try putting the fork down between bites and maybe look around... and daydream too! emoticon

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BARBARAJ73 10/15/2014 10:49AM

    I'm definitely "guilty!" Appreciate these reminders. I typically eat while watching the news but don't really consider that the same as mindless entertainment viewing.

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 10/15/2014 10:18AM

    This is a constant reminder for me. Yesterday I had lunch with a friend and I noticed that she had half her meal gone when I had barely grazed mine. Then, all of a sudden, like we were in an unconscious race, I finished my lunch only to see her with a quarter still to go. Was it because I was talking at first and then she was doing all the talking later? Probably. One thing I know, I started out conscious and then at some point fell into unconsciousness. It's a struggle to remain conscious but I think it is the KEY to successful weight loss.

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