Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Weigh in went smoothly, no major gains or losses for anyone.
I was down 1.8 for this week, I will admit that I was hoping for more but will take that one. Everyone cheered for Spark team member Ima! Nice big fat 5 lbs down! yay!
Today We talked about Hormones, Menopause and body changes that can cause weight gains. We also got to pick at Graeme's brain to discover if men have similar problems in midlife. (I also looked it up on the computer before hand)
And the answer is yes. Though men are not as obvious as women, they still have body changes as they age , that can cause weight gain. For men, it is the gradual decreases of the testerone, just one thing basically.
Women have to contend with 5, sometimes 6, different changes. Metabolism changes and slows with each of the areas effected as a woman's body moves through the phases of menopause.
June, Graeme's mom stated, I remember when I would want to wear a certain dress on the weekend, I would try it on wedensday and if I found it snug, I could cut back a little for a couple days, take an extra walk or two and it fit beautifully friday or saturday night. Now....I can not do that anymore. I walk and walk, eat like a bird and still find myself with a small gain or barely a smidge of a loss....big sigh
June struggles so hard with herself. She is not a really big lady, but she is packing more weight than she wants to and tries hard to get it off. She gets very frustrated with herself because she figures that even at 88 she should be able to drop weight at the drop of a hat!
She will not accept that she has to eat even less than she now does, to lose the weight.
And that is the truth of the matter. As we age, none of us, no matter what kind of shape we are in, we have to eat less than we did when we were younger. There is no way around it.
Our metabolisms slow down, are not as efficient as they once were. Yes you can rev them up some with exercise and proper eating but it will NEVER be as efficient as it once was..like in your teens and early twenties.
I did not research any further as I had run out of time the day before. There is still the question of whether hormone replacement vitamins and what not, could change how the body reacts to these changes in terms of weight loss. I have a feeling the answer would be that there is no benefits in that way. Why do I think that? Because after all the women that have gone through menopause before us, if that were to work, I would think we would have hear d about it before now! At least one of us would have.
So while the discussion was good , and did answer that hormone changes and menopause can contribute to weight gains with some people, it did not give the answers of how to counteract it.
Just have to exercise more, eat even less....Or just accept who you are and keep yourself healthy.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
yesterday I painted this one, kept me out of the kitchen cause for some reason I really wanted to break and eat every thing I could find...I could not get food off my mind!
Later this morning I will be weighing in with the club to see how well I did this week and will post the club chat
Sunday, April 13, 2014
I have been playing with this painting for over a week...I can not make up my mind if it is finished or not... So perhaps my friends here would care to critique this picture and tell me if they think it is finished or not, in their opinion.
I have called it peaceful as that is what I awas aiming to portray. Something relaxing...
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
It is a beautiful sunny morning, and everyone came in happy and cheerful. It is funny how the weather can set the tone for meetings/events and what not, isn't it?
This morning everyone was chatting away, while waiting their turn to weigh in. Most of the winter, the people might make the odd comment but would mostly just stand and wait their turn. So it was lovely to hear the happy chatter once again, as they waited. I took it to be a good omen for the day.
And a good omen it was! When the stats were read out the club had lost 24.25 lbs! A wonderfully nice big number for the week passing! Of that number, 4.5 lbs lost were mine! I was very satisfied with that loss, now I am hoping I can do that again next week.....
The gains were minimal, a mere 1.5 gain overall.
I also mentioned to the gang That Ima was proud to report a loss of almost a pound and a half and was feeling pretty good about herself! There was cheering heard for our computer member!
The discussion today was decided that we would be more interested in an article that was in the TOPS magazine ~ 11 ways to beat mindless eating. It was real fluky as I had left my magazine on the table as I hadn't got around to reading it yet and everyone else had , this is very rare, brought their magazines along with them to the meeting! Most do not usually bring their magazines along to the meeting!
So we had discussions about all 11 ways, after each was read out.
1 - think 20% less.
Dish out 20% less than you think you might want. People can eat 20% less without noticing it, but 30% decrease is noticable.
This brought about a fairly big discussion. Most of the club was anonymous with this...most of us count the calories and watch portion sizes, so we discounted this advice. We did agree, however, that people not counting calories and watching portion sizes, might indeed, find this a useful idea to incorporate into their lifestyle to cut down on what they are eating.
2 - See it before you eat it
Put everything on your plate before you start to eat it. People tend to eat 14% less
than if they take smaller amounts and go back for seconds and third helpings.
Again this sparked a pretty good discussion. Because we have been at this so long, most of us veto second and third servings anyways, because we are actively trying to lose weight. And because most of us are aware of our portion sizing at our meals, and some of us actually measuring our portions for accuracy, we felt we could ignore this advice as well. Though we did agree however, that people not as aware as we tend to be, would find this helpful
3 - Keep an eye on what you eat
Keep chicken wings or rib bones on your plat. You'll eat lessif you see what you have already consumed.
I had a surprise here. I stated that is what I always did anyways, didn't everyone else? It was the way I was brought up. We did not have extra plates or bowls on the table for bones. I was stunned when everyone told me I was the odd one out as they had for the most part, all had the extra dishes for bones on the table!
So we talked about that,,, and it turned out that it was probably 1) because we had 11 or more sit down to the table for meals and there wasn't room for those dishes on the table during the meal and 2) there were not dishwashers in those days, and so why dirty double the amount of dishes just because we didn't want bones on our plates?
Everyone else admitted they were in families of 3 or 4, considerably less dishes overall, to dirty and wash up.
4 - Make the meal go further
Use smaller serving spoons, and set the table with smaller plates. Diners serve themselves up to 57% less when using smaller plates or bowls and smaller serving utensils.
Graeme was the only one that did not use a smaller plate or bowl at his meals. None of us used smaller utensils. There was not a lot of discussion about this, probably cause we already had incorporated the smaller china into or lifestyles.
5 - Eat healthy foods first
At a party, use the volume approach to make yourself feel full. Chow down on healthy stuff ( like broccoli, carrot sticks, celery sticks ect) and then see if you have room for the rest.
This echoes what I have been telling the group about events and parties. A lot of them agreed that they still have not followed this advice when at these things. I am absolutely strict with myself about this, but I have to admit, that if it were not for my diabetes and watching my blood sugar levels, I too, would probably have a hard time following this advice. It can be difficult to turn away from favorite party foods, when having a good time with friends and family.
6 - Make the bad stuff hard to get
Preportion unhealthy snacks when you are not craving them. Before you eat it , cut a pie into10 smaller pieces instead of 6. That way, when you are unable to resist hitting the fridge for a snack, you will have a better chance of eating less.
Well, lol, this is one thing where we all agreed....this would not stop us! Once the bag is opened, we were not going to stop and preportion out servings into smaller containers or bags....the snack itself would just get stale. Cutting a pie into tiny porptions? Not going to happen cause then most would eat two or three pieces instead of one.
My advice was the way I do it.....leave it at the store or just don't make it! Wholeheartedly agreed with. It is the only way to deal with that one. There is a need to be honest with oneself here....and we each in this particular group, know that if it is in the house, we are going to eat it and making it into smaller portions was not going to stop us...just the way it is.
7 - Beware of leftovers
The more side dishes you bring out of the fridge, the more you will eat. If you are bringing out carrot sticks, this probably doesn't matter- but are you?
We didn't think we had issue here. Most of us were hyper aware of our portions of foods, and this goes with leftovers as well as the original meal, not much was said about this one.
8 - Leave serving dishes in the kitchen
Having at least 6 feet away gives us the chance to ask ourselves if we are really still hungry. But turn this around for salad and veggies, makes sure they are firmly planted on the table in a "pick me" spot
I have taught my group well over the years. They all agreed, take your portions of each dish....no seconds. If possible, put all food away before sitting down to your food. No body really likes cold left overs anyways. No using the microwave to cheat...if you are still hungry, have a stick of celery or a piece of fruit.
9 - "De-convenience" tempting foods
Put them in a hard to reach cupboard if you must have them in the house. Wrap the most tempting leftovers in tin foil and place them at the back of the fridge.
We stated as a group, leave it at the store but if you must bring it home, then by all means put it in a hard to reach place, put a bunch of stuff in front of it so you can not see it. As for the leftovers, no point in the tin foil idea as it would then just get totally forgotten and be thrown away when you clean out the fridge. We preferred, if you can not trust yourself with it in the fridge, share it with a neighbor or friend, if you can not stand to throw it out. If you have a dog, give it to him instead of his dog food for a meal. Or just throw it out.
10 - Snack only at the table and on a clean plate
This makes impulse snacks a little less convenient
Again, we all agreed, not going to happen with bagged snacks, like chips. Most of us reach for fruit or veggies anyways......
11 - Rewire your comfort foods
The key is to start pairing healthier foods with positive events. Instead of celebrating a personal victory or smothering a defeat with "death by chocolate" ice cream sundae, try a smaller bowl of ice cream with some fresh strawberries
These were not the comfort foods that came to mind for most of us. We did however talk about how to create healthier versions of Mac and cheese, pizza, and so on.
It was interesting. Most of us ended up being proud of how we already handle these 11 ways to mindless eating. It did show us that all the thing s we talk about each week is getting into our brains, And also with our reactions to events/situations and certain foods associated with those times. It was a good meeting.
Have a terrific weeks everyone!
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Beginning of April already! finally starting to warm up around here to beautiful and warm sunny days in a row....still fairly cold outside but nice and toasty in the window by the computer
The nicer weather is also showing up in the membership, quite a few were not here today.
Weigh in was a disappointment for me todayI thought I had done okay for this week and instead...I was up another half a pound. The only one to gain of those of us that weighed in
We are carrying on with the talk the area captain gave us last week. We started a chapter in our book that is to do with exercising. All of us are groaning about it. We have been there and done this , so many times over the course of time, but we will persevere and do this once again. The better weather is coming and winter has left us out of shape AGAIN.
Most of us do not do much in the winter. It is just easier to sit back and let the winter slide by as it will. Spring through to fall is activity time for most of the people in my club. No matter how much we all say ..."this winter I will keep up with my exercise" ...yup, sure...none of us did, not regularly.
So we wrote out 3 goals for that we can achieve over the next 6 months. Of course, we will ace these things because this is when we all start to get active outside anyways lol
Most everyone jotted down that they will walk a half mile in the morning and again in the evening , at least three times a week, for a month.
I was not one of those people.II can not walk the length of my driveway even. so I opted for 5 times around in the house....through the kitchen around the corner down the hall and around the corner and back to the kitchen. I can sit down when I need to as I pass the computer chair before getting to the kitchen. That will have to do .
I am quite down on myself today. Frustration is taking the upper hand in my life in terms of my weight and the regaining of what I have already lost. The only thing I can think of is the three new things that were added to my daily doses of pills plus getting the iron transfusions.
I can only hope that I will see improvements as we move towards summer.
Most of the discussions centered on what we needed to do to get ready. I reminded them not to start out gungho by walking 5 miles in one day ending up aching all over. Told them to build back up to that gradually. There is a motto, "no pain no gain" or something like that, which is totally false! There is no point to exercising until you hurt, all you are doing is setting yourself up to fail because when you hurt you wont get up and do it again right away, now, will you? You will take a couple days off to get pass the hurts....then you dont want to do it again cause you dont want to hurt again.
It doesnt matter if it is walking, working out in the gym, swimming, any form of exercise you choose, do not over do it. Start off slow and easy, build your routine, then build your endurance. We can all do it.
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