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Balance

Saturday, June 22, 2013

I haven't been tracking my intake as well as I should be for a few weeks. It started a few weeks ago. My sister and I were talking, and she made the comment that all I talk about is diet and exercise. Because of my extremely limited conversation topics, she had been fielding some rather disturbing questions about me. Friends had asked her if I had an eating disorder, and my mom was frequently telling her how worried she was about me.

As I looked back at my conversations, I realized she was right. I talk about food and exercise all the time. I obsess about 1 lb of weight gain (which is always not true weight but water). I feel guilty if I skip the gym. I get frustrated when I can't meet my calcium/vitamin D/potassium/iron goals. I educate patients at work about nutrition. I am truly obsessed with intake and output.

To help break this pattern (and make myself a little more interesting) I have decided to limit my tracking to no more than 3 days a week. This helps me keep my portions in check but doesn't seem to occupy my every free moment. I'm also going to get a hobby. I'll probably try a few out before one sticks, but for now, I got a library card. Now to just stay out of the diet section...

  
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RUNBOOKWORMRUN 6/30/2013 6:56PM

  sounds like a good idea, taking a step back and finding balance is always a good thing. emoticon

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Oops

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Today I reminded myself of a very important lesson. Record what you eat as you go! For the past week, I've been very good at tracking what my food intake throughout the day, and the last 2 days I've been successful at staying within my calorie goals.

That was not the case today.

I was busy at work and kept going non-stop because I knew I had to leave early today. I made a mental note of all the foods I was eating and promised myself I would track them when I got home.

Well...

I did.

It wasn't pretty. After finding out that I was 300 calories (!) over my goal, I had a good opportunity to think about where I had gone wrong. My first mistake was obviously, waiting until the end of the day to see how I had done. I need that reminder throughout the day to help keep me on track. Second, my husband and I shared a large rice krispie treat as a snack since we wouldn't be getting home until later than normal. (There were definitely healthier choices available in that gas station.) Finally, we made a new recipe-venison meatballs with peach herb sauce. Instead of sitting back and relaxing while it cooked, I should have been putting in the ingredients in the recipe calculator. This way I would have known how big a portion I could have and stay within my goals.

Oops days are frustrating, but I hope I learned something from it.

  
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FLUFFYWONKENOBE 6/4/2013 7:32PM

    We all have them, no big deal as long as the "oops" days are few & far between!
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Take Two

Sunday, May 26, 2013

I haven't blogged in a while. I've found out that I have trouble sticking with things if I'm not receiving a grade.

I've hit a plateau. That's why I've come back. I thought I could handle my weight and fitness on my own, but I haven't seen weight loss and I can't tell if I'm seeing any new muscle definition. It is so frustrating to feel like you are making many healthy choices every day--45-60 minutes of cardio 3-4 times/week, 75% of your grains whole instead of refined, 3 servings veggies/day, nothing but water and lowfat milk to drink--and still nothing. I even have started some strength training (but oh! how I hate it).

So today, I joined the plateau busting challenge. I'm hoping it will give me some more motivation and perhaps even some new goals. I'm beginning to wonder if my "ideal" weight goal is unrealistic. Even if it's not though, I need something new to strive towards instead of that elusive number.

110 lbs--Take Two.

  
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KNYAGENYA 5/26/2013 1:07PM

    You can do it. I have faith in you.

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Restaurant Dining...Again

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I was never raised in a home where we ate out a lot. My parents try to tell me that we would go out at least once a week, but I think I would have remembered that. Going out to eat was such a treat when I was younger.

Later, in my nutrition classes, I learned what a blessing my parents had given me by not dining out all the time. I had never considered how many calories could really be consumed in a single setting like that. The soda, the bread on the table, the dressing on the salad, the entree, the dessert. Wow!

When I got married a little over 2 years ago, I decided that I didn't want to eat out that much because I knew of the possible consequences of such high calorie meals. I did not want to lose the figure I had gained from consistent exercise for my wedding. My husband was fine with not eating out because of the price. We did really well with this for a little over 2 years, and then...

We moved in with his parents. Now don't get me wrong. I love my in-laws. They are kind, generous people. Kind, generous people who like to eat out. A lot. Now I know I have the knowledge and skills to eat out responsibly, but it is really hard when you know they are watching you. Perhaps this is just the dietitian's curse. Will I ever be able to eat without being examined?

On one hand I want to eat this perfect diet to show that healthy lifestyle choices can be made at restaurants. "I'll have the grilled salmon, steamed broccoli, and wild rice, please." But on the other hand, I just want to be that regular girl next door who eats like one of the good ol' boys. "Give me a hamburger, fries, and... well I need a vegetable. Throw some fried okra on there too!"

Anyway, I'm just so tired of going out to eat. I'm tired of the restaurant temptations. I just want to stay at home and cook my own meals. We've been out 2 times since Sunday, and they wanted to go out (and they did) once more. That just seems so excessive to me.

The revelation I've discovered since this new phase of away-from-home-dining has shown me that I do have more will power than I expected. It wasn't hard to skip the bread or the chips on the table. It isn't hard to order water with my meal. It isn't hard to skip dessert. Now if only there was someway to skip the entree...

  


Finding Purpose

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Today, I woke up at a pretty decent time, considering it's Saturday. I picked up my cell phone and it said 8:15 am. As I lay there in bed, I thought about what I could do if I just got up. I could go eat breakfast, exercise, and then....

That's just it. That's the problem. I have nothing else to do. That is actually my entire day. I recently moved to a new state. I just finished college and an internship. I don't have a job. I don't have a pet. It's way too hot to go outside.

Needless to say, I got pretty discouraged before my feet even hit the floor. I remember when I had enthusiasm to start the day, but I also had a purpose for each day. I've heard it said that if you don't work, you don't eat. If only that were true. Instead I find myself doing nothing but snacking and waiting for the next meal.

So I've decided to change my plan for the day. Today I'm going to find some kind of purpose. There are areas of my personal life I've been neglecting. My purpose today is to work on those areas. I haven't talked to my sister in over 2 weeks. I haven't prayed in...a while.

Somehow today, I am going to find more to do than just eat and wait.

  
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AGODDESSRISING 8/28/2011 1:16AM

    Your path might not be clear right now and everything is new for you...but embracing where you are and finding purpose each day as you build your new life is great! It's one step at a time..who knows what doors may open right around the corner!

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REGILIEH 8/27/2011 12:48PM

    WTG!!!! You could also volunteer.

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