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dressing up is good for the diet

Thursday, July 19, 2012

I actually put on some low heels yesterday, a pair of sparkly summer slides.

I met a friend and her daughter for Pho (healthy vietnamese soup) and put on a skort and a cotton tunic.

I must have felt the sparkle of the shoes, everywhere I went afterwards on errands I got compliments on the shoes.

Then out of the blue at my last stop at the Asian Market, a gentleman said something like, you don't have to be skinny to carry yourself well. You can be a normal weight and still look good.

Normal weight? (I'm 215) Wow. Dressing up is good for the diet. So is swimming a mile a day.
So I went home and got my swimming suit on. Gotta get me somemore of that!

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SALGUOD2 7/19/2012 7:04PM

    How about swimsuit in heels. Would you get double skinny points?

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sitting down at the table

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I didn't quite sit down when I ate yesterday. That is one of those rules that helps you chew your food and eat slowly and I should be doing more of. Note to self.

Well I was cooking dinner and really looking forward to tasting the meal I had prepared: salmon cakes with quinoa and egg. I haven't been able to eat much lately because the constant irritation to my gut has left sores and I have been eating soup and easily digestible veggies. I am skipping wheat and dairy and I haven't even been hungry to be honest....just pushing in food so I can keep exercising.

So the stinky canned salmon really blossomed in the pan into a tantalizing aroma. I got a little emotional thinking, I am really going to enjoy this. what a gift it is to be able to eat.

It got me thinking of all the times I took it for granted:
threw away good food
whined about not being able to find something "good" (unhealthy) in the fridge
not chewed and tasted food

I suppose we all get a dose of what we need serependipitously or otherwise. Im not saying Im glad I've been sick. I just see the world of food from a new angle.

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SPIRIT42013 7/18/2012 12:30PM

    Feel better! emoticon

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SALGUOD2 7/18/2012 5:39AM

    Sorry you're sick, but your supper sounded really good

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RENOVATIONMOM 7/18/2012 4:06AM

    Isn't it funny how good (almost) always equals unhealthy? :) Even my 12-year-old daughter often asks me why everything that is really good tastewise is really bad healthwise. I guess it's psychological - we want most what we can't have. Anyway, good for you that you got an eye-opener, even if it could've happened in a nicer way!

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from under-range to in-range

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

It's dangerous to eat too little and not expect something in your body to snap.

I am under a doctors care, so we are adding back foods slowly and yesterday was the first day back in range for a long time. Everything except fiber, but that is going up too.

I feel like I have to remind myself, this month of undereating is counterproductive to my goal and I need to get on ball to find more ways to take in the a variety of nutritional components. Adding endive for fiber was a bad idea (saw on Dr. OZ as a superfood but it was a belly bully).

My BIG PICTURE, end of the journey goal is maintenance. So I added a plum, first fruit since my last "incident" and kept in the quinoa and zucchini. It got me to a whole 10 grams of fiber!

Im going to try some salmon cakes today with white quinoa, but I still need a gentle nudge. Maybe some yellow peppers.


soups on for breakfast

Monday, July 16, 2012

Since I have been having intestinal problems, I have returned to a low residue diet and that means no wheat, clear liquids and I add in some easily digestible veggies and fruits.

In the morning I have bouillon for breakfast, one of my favorites is Veitnamese beef soup that I make from scratch. I never thought I could make soup, but for this stock, all you need is to know where is the butcher. If you can boil water you can make soup.

So this is day four of soup and I am noticing it is hard to make my workouts as I used to. I am supplementing honey to tay in carb range, but I fall short on protein and fat. I bought some tofu to address the protein, but I am leery of what fat will do to my digestion.

So, I dont mind losing the intensity of my exercise if it means I can avoid the cramping and bloating and gas, and the other stuff.

Lab results could be back today. Fingers crossed. On my way to the gastro MD.

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MOTHEROFBOYS5 7/16/2012 9:15AM

    I hope you're able to get some relief soon!

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GUDDIGO 7/16/2012 9:12AM

  Hope you hear good news...

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telling tales

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Ms V jogged my memory about a binge before sparking. I was in grad school and was trying a vegatarian lifestyle because I saw it as a superior way to feed my body. I was tired all the time and after 1.5 years, I gave up by ceremoniously frying a pound of bacon.

Well you know what comes next. Piece by piece I ate the whole pound. I remember thinking, "that has to be, like, 10,000 calories! " (2400 cals and 180 fat g)

If my body were to tell tales, it would say," oh, honey that isn't even the best story. You have never been great with portions! "

The one thing I can say about spark is that our journey together marks the beginning of my learning about how to eat right. I see that my concept of vegetarian diet was ill fated. I didnt have a clue about sources of amino acids nor how to be creative with beans and legumes.

So four years after starting spark, I can say, there have been no binges of the scale of the past. Many days, I have skipped measuring, have eaten double portions, but the wackiness is gone. I have woken the sleeping guardian in my brain, and she steps in when needed. "Really? That was a tablespoon?"

I looked back on the four years I have been here, and found that when I am not active, I gained about 15 pounds a year. Looks like I may need spark as my partner for life.

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SALGUOD2 7/15/2012 7:27PM

    Sparkers make a pretty good team

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SHEENADEE 7/15/2012 11:41AM

    Spark makes a pretty good partner for us all I think.

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