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Eating when working...Before, during and after.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

I have gone ahead and done it...I started a new job...it wouldn't be so bad if I wasn't still doing all my volunteering and still doing my own businesses I suppose...but I have come across a new obstacle...LUNCHES!!! Who would have thought that not only a time factor but a lack of imagination for what to eat would be so hard!?

I actually did really well...except for sodium content may have been a bit higher than I would have liked in the soups I chose...and yet, they seemed to be some of the best out there for convience soup...If you haven't tried soup to go, Chunky to go bowls or Healthy request bowls you really should, they taste great and all have less than 130 calories per bowl!

I packed along whole wheat pitas with alfalpha sprouts and my own chicken salad. Wraps for me are better than sandwiches, so that worked for me. Even my snacks were healthy...carrot and celery sticks, raisins and fresh fruit like pears and bananas. 100 calorie snack treat bags not to forget my huge waterbottle full of water.

My co-workers asked constantly what I was having for lunch and by Thursday they were eating what I had the day before...by Friday they were asking me what I was making for supper! Eating healthy is contagious when you find people with like minds. I know working here will be wonderful, given that I work with women who want to eat better. (Some are trying to lose weight as well.)

Planning for supper was much harder for me, but thanks to my husband, we were able to assemble everything we could the night before...something I have to admit was KEY to staying on the right path...we knew that we would be wasting good food if we didn't cook it and knowing most of the hard work was done made us more willing to cook it...after all, why order in if you will be eating before delivery gets there?

Even breakfast has more variety now. The kids favorite breakfast was a quarter slice of cantaloupe with two TBSPs of plain yogurt with blueberries on it. Yummy and surprisingly filling!

And so now I sit...knowing my imagination is not that creative for making meals...I am thinking a yogurt/granola/berry parfait may be what I make for a breakfast next week(easy to make ahead) but I know that for the remaining four days I am destined to look in a recipe book for or hope another member has some good recommendations for. (Hint hint!)

But my lesson this week is to prepare for the week on Saturday and shop for the week on Sunday...have meals done the day before when possible and when I cut up my veggies the night before, I store them in a covered bowl in the fridge, for example. A crockpot meal that would normally take me 30 minutes to prepare now takes me about 3-5 minutes to literally just dump in the crockpot and leave, which now leaves me 25 minutes to get ready to dodge out the door.

Losing weight while working is NOT easy. But doing this easy trick has keep me honest, focused and on the right track. Taking a bit of time in the evening saves me so much the next day.

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2WHEELER 1/12/2009 12:16PM

    Sounds like you are making the right choices. I'm not near as busy as you and find it difficult to plan ahead, but when I do, it makes life much easier. It also allows me to cook enough to either have leftovers for dinner the next night or for us to take into lunch the next day.

I try to set aside time on the weekend to plan a week's worth of menus and make the grocery list. Then we stop at the grocery store on our way home on Monday.

Keep up the good work!

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JIBBIE49 1/12/2009 4:18AM

    It does pay to be ORGANIZED. emoticon

To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, and to be given a chance to create, are the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy

- Bette Davis, actress

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JILLYBEAN12 1/11/2009 3:42PM

  Hi! I'm new to Spark. I was inspired by your story as there are many similarities... 3 kids, volunteering at school and church, Cub Scouts, Girl scouts, dance, book club, choir.... I also work 3 days a week and need to think about a healthy lunch. Trouble planning meals, as the kids are really picky. I'm doing well if I get them to taste something new!I think life is just overwhelming and I need to crawl out and just get started!!!
I'm having trouble fitting in the exercise. I know eating right is only half the equation. Thanks for a little bit of motivation! emoticon

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The importance of pictures.

Monday, November 24, 2008

I look in the mirror everyday...I weigh myself often...I don't see anything different except the number on the scale going down and my clothes fitting better...but I still see my chunky self in the mirror when I look...I have a picture of myself at my anorexia peak to remind me never to go to the extreme again to lose weight.

In the picture, I see a fake smile and a skin and bone body covered up with a shirt and baggy sweater in July. My face is shallow and I know that my hair was starting to fall out in clumps and my vison was starting to change for the worse drastically fast...I look at that picture often, to remind myself to never get there again...that I need to fight two battles...the one that tells me to do it quick and the easy way...which of course sacrifices all the hard work I have done over the course of the year and the one that tells me to watch my diet properly and workout in a healthy manner. With a chronic back injury and bursitis in both my knees it would be a simple choice to pick the first method...but I have been there and it kills you in many ways. Not the choice I want to fall back into again.

And so I have stuck with plan B...working it off right. Yes, I am slow at losing weight...but it isn't from lack of commitment. Physically and emotionally it is tough...hearing people tell me that I am not losing weight fast makes me question my method sometimes and makes me feel like quitting...but I won't...I'm not a quitter anymore...nor am I a cheater...I will not cheat myself out of the chance to play harder and longer with my children...I will not cheat myself out of being active AND healthy...I will not quit until I have achieved my goal the right way even if it takes me 5 years...because I am doing it the way I am supposed to...Easy? No...I have fallen a few times because of what people have said but I have picked myself up every time to continue my journey and guess what? The weight has stayed off...it's falling off slowly but it has stayed off. Everyone one deserves a pat on the back for doing something like that.

And so after complaining to my hubby about how I am not seeing results in the mirror I was surprised when last week a friend pulled out some pictures to give me from 2 years ago...there I was at my peak weight of 199...with a face I didn't recognize...no way was that me! Look at my face...my arms...my glasses barely fit on my head the arms were so stretched out...my body barely fit into what I was wearing. No smile on my face but an empty roasting stick that held a marshmallow moments before. I look lost in thought much of the time. How could I have ever forgotten that was what I looked like?

I keep both pictures with me now...I am hoping to someday put a third picture in with them...Of course, like the other two pictures, it will be different. It will be me with a smile on my face, a real smile...I will be wearing clothes that fit properly, hiding nothing. I will look at that picture and know I am healthy and fit. I will be the real me...and I will have gotten there from doing the RIGHT thing.

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DAWNER54 1/11/2009 11:53PM

    Pictures tell the truth in a way the mirror doesn't.

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BUTTERFLY_MT 11/26/2008 2:20AM

    And here I didn't even realize that you weren't at goal! I like the picture on your SparkPage--I think you look pretty.

It does seem that you're really going to have to work on what you think looks good/healthy, though--and work on being comfortable being you. (and that's just a guess based on you having been anorexic once...so I could be really off.) I'm still working on loving me and on having a healthy body image (except, I'm working on the idea that it's okay to be "skinny" (aka, a healthy weight)--don't know why, but it intimidates me).

Anyway--slow and steady is THE way to go. Keep up the good work--and the great attitude!

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JIBBIE49 11/25/2008 11:02PM

    If you aren't losing in your FACE, that is really good, because it means you are losing the stubborn belly fat (since your clothes are getting loose.

Bless your emoticon

Happy Thanksgiving. emoticon

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Isn't WOW a great word? We use it to express amazement at something we didn't think was possible...that's why a few weeks ago I started a walking group in my hometown called WOW...the acronym is actually for Walking on Wednesdays but I really liked the power of shortening it to WOW.

It has turned into a great opportunity to get together with friends, away from our spouses, children, pets and housework to take the time to do something for ourselves. Instead of talking on the phone we talk while we walk. When under time constraints we may only get in 2 miles or like last night find out we walked 6 miles because we got caught up in conversation.

We have agreed for the moment to walk around my house as we are close to paved trails that have rolling hills...our last hill is a doozy on that trail and I like to jump over a cement bumper when we get to the top just to prove to myself that YES, I still DO have the energy and ability to keep going!

Once the snow starts falling and the cold sets in we will move it to an indoor track...but personally, I'm hoping we keep it outside for the most part, half the fun is in breathing all that fresh air...and nothing makes you sleep better than that!

Last week one of the girls thanked me for getting her to come walk after I switched our time so she could make it. She admitted she was trying to get out of the walk but when she saw we were working around her schedule she relented and joined us. She had realized half way through the walk just how great she felt and how glad she was that she came along. Positive peer pressure at it's best don't you think? Another WOW moment.

So...I was thinking...you may not be able to join me here in my town...but why not think about starting a WOW team in your area? It just needs to be a few friends and only one day a week. It's a great way to burn off energy and get fit. What do you say? Want to WOW yourself?

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    Sorry but the best comment I have is WOW!


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JIBBIE49 9/25/2008 11:49AM

    I like WALKING ON WEEK-DAYS!~ WOW~~ and WALKING ON WEEK-ENDS!! WOW~~! emoticon

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The impossible is possible

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

A few weeks ago I transplanted some sunflowers from their pots into my yard...they were a bit spindly, small...and they needed to be supported by sticks and tied up. Really, they didn't look like they had much hope...But then I thought of how people must look at me and my weight and think the same thing...and I certainly needed a bit of support in this weight loss battle...A week ago we had 10 trees cut down in the back yard and then cleaned out...once everyone was gone I inspected my little sunflowers...only two were left standing...and they were just barely living...to say I cried some tears would be an understatement...I felt like it was someone telling me that I would always get beaten down and never succeed. Two days ago I noticed something...the two sunflowers looked as though they may just bloom anyway...today they did...a reminder to us all...that if you truly believe in yourself, even when you think you have no more fight in you...you can bloom...you can achieve the impossible.

Don't listen to the negatives. They don't mean anything coming from someone who doesn't know what is in your heart...your mind...your gut...your soul. They are just weights to hold you down...cut them loose and let them go. Now focus on what you CAN do and what you DARE to dream to do.

When I am faced with doing something challenging...I pretend I am on a gameshow...silly? Maybe. But it forces me to move...afterall, aren't contestents on gameshows really brave? They live on the edge. They are daring and exciting...and while I do what I feared doing...be it zip-lining, climbing a waterfall or just running that last 2 minutes on my treadmill...I realize I am daring and fun...and better yet...I am me. I am doing the impossible...I am doing what I didn't think I could do....better yet...I AM doing.

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ZEIRAZEIRA 9/7/2008 12:46AM

    Jibbie, I have always seemed to deal with stressful situations amazingly but like you I bawl like a baby after...I once pulled my friend out from under some ice once, walked him home, made sure he was in good hands and then went hme and cried for what seemed like forever. I do well on the adreneline rush while it lasts! LOL

I find my GAME SHOW mentality makes me take away all my I can't do it's to why nots...after all on some of those shows there are people larger than me or older than me and if they can do it then why can't I? I like a challenge.

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JIBBIE49 9/6/2008 7:24PM

    I know if I was going to be on a GAME SHOW, I'd practice some RELAXATION exercises and NOT "freak-out" like some people do. Of course, I worked as a nurse, and I've always been a person who can stay calm in an emergency and "get it done" and after it is all over with, then I cry! emoticon

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DSIRACO 9/1/2008 8:20AM

  That was so inspiring!!!!! Ill be brave too. emoticon

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BUTTERFLY_MT 7/9/2008 3:00PM

    Just like those flowers, I see you in full bloom. You have great detail in your writing and are very good at inspiring and motivating. It actually surprised me when I first looked at your page that you weren't to goal yet--I guess I just felt that you would be based on your wonderful "go get 'em" attitude.

You are officially becoming one of my friends.

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Wow...me a motivator???

Monday, June 16, 2008

I have been overwhelmed at the response my post called something so simple... would generate. I underestimated the power of words...and the hearts of people here at SP.

When one of the coaches contacted me a little over a week ago asking if she could use my post I was flattered...once it was released and I started reading the comments I was flabergasted! I think I spent half the morning tearing up and the other half trying to respond to messages so I could read more!

I almost forgot to excercise! LOL But instead of me motivating you...you were motivating me!

You reminded me of the person I was in your responses...some of you were exactly where I am now and there were even people who I could see that I wanted to aspire to be!

It doesn't matter if you are just starting or maintaining your weight...we all fight the same inner battles...be they excuses, low self esteem or the dreaded weigh in. And it doesn't matter if you are at the ideal weight or 200+ pounds overweight. We are all prone to fail and all just as prone to succeed.

I think the secret ingredients may be simplier than we think...it starts with self love, motivation and desire...it isn't a bad thing to love yourself enough to discover you are important and amazing! I think it's a great thing!

I can take you down a long road of bad times and horrible experiences...all of them leading to my weight gain...weight is a wonderful thing to hide behind. And it further influences our self esteem...it is extremely easy to have it go lower isn't it? It's the side comment someone makes about us...the number on the scale...the pants that don't fit...that doesn't always move us to make the change for the better...often it makes it worse and we give up.

But should we give up? NEVER!!! We are so worth it! Take your negatives in life and make them work for you! Get joy out of proving everyone wrong...even yourself for thinking you could never do it!

This morning I woke up to an email that announced that I had recieved nominations from you, my peers to be a spark motivator.

I want to thank you all for this honor...and although I am not so sure I am deserving of the title, I want you to know that you are all motivators. You are motivating your parents, your siblings, your children, your peers and even your co-workers...you may even be motivating a stranger...most importantly, you motivate yourselves every day that you come online and record your weigh ins, successes and failures. Don't give up...not for anything!!!

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BUTTERFLY_MT 7/9/2008 12:45AM

    You are a motivator---and you need a super hero name! (I was an "honored team member" of one of my teams, and I was saying that the good things said about me made me feel like a super hero, so I was dubbed "Super Mommy_T".)

Thanks for running through the rain. You inspire me.

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MAMATSHEPISO 6/25/2008 3:26PM

  I think you are a born motivator.
We actually have some things in commom. I also have 3 kids and i am 30yrs old. my weight problem also started after the birth of my fisrt child and coming from a big bodied family i sometime feel that it is my destiny.

but being on spark i have learned that even if i might not get to my pre-children body, i can still do alot to improve my health and appearance, and YES! WE ARE SO WORTH IT emoticon

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