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Wed, 09-01-2010 - 1:17am

I haven't posted in a while and have slipped into some old habits. hormones are making me crazy and I find myself wishing I was done with menopause, that and my boyfriend are driving me crazy and I have found myself crying over nothing. Why is he extra needy when I am cramped and bloated. To make matters worse is he is starving himself again and has lost a few and rubbed it in my face.


My son however did help, He talked me into stopping the use of all those seasoning and gravy mixes pointing out that they are mostly salt. He also is trying to talk me into buying fresh veggies instead of frozen prepackaged veggies, neither of us used canned if we can help it thats just nasty salty veggies that I wouldn't feed anyone.


I think that I am going to try going meatless this month. I get way to many calories from meat and I always seem to eat multiple servings of it. There is also the fact that when it comes to chicken and fish it is almost always breaded and fried and red meat is usually really fatty. Another reason for this decision is that I am really bad about eating veggies, the most I normally get is potatos and we know how much we can gain from eating those. I also intend to eat more whole grains rather than white, I already buy whole wheat bread, rice and pasta, I need to learn to make pancakes and other things with whole wheat.


I'm going to start journaling what I am doing, or at least try to. The problem I have with journaling is it feels like dieting and everytime I have tried to journal when dieting I have ended up binge eating, sometimes to the point of making myself really sick. I need to convince myself that I am not "dieting" but just non-judgementally keeping track of whats going on. I am also going to be journaling emotions and exercise so maybe it won't feel like 'dieting'.


The weather has gotten quite chilly and I woke to rain the other morning so I think that I will either walk or do an easy video on days when the weather is not helpful, I have a feeling we are going to have an early

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Wed, 09-01-2010 - 10:05pm

Of course you must make your own choices about wat you eat, but a well balanced diet includes protein.

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Wed, 09-01-2010 - 10:09pm

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Thu, 09-02-2010 - 3:58am

I'm in agreement with SJ on this one. To each their own but I don't think going meatless is the best option. The key to meat is in the type you buy. As SJ said, boneless, skinless chicken is wonderful and you really can do a lot with it. Turkey, fish, even pork isn't as bad as most people think. It's all in the cut of the meat.

As for the journal, I truly know what you mean. Through both WW and a dietitian I had to keep a journal for both food and exercise... and I hated it. (I was also 12 years old.) Now I love writing about my journey whether it's positive or negative. It's in the frame of mind and how you view it. As a whole, I love to write. Poetry, short stories or just blurbs in my head. My notebook journal and my online blog (yes, I have both) are just more outlets for my writing. I love looking back and re-reading my entries to see where I've improved, trouble spots I have yet to overcome and goals I've achieved so far.

My suggestion if you choose to keep a journal is choose what you want in it. For example most people keep track of their meals (down to the last grain of pepper) in their journal. I do not. Whenever I write in my journal I usually will write out the best and the worst parts of current eating habits as well as how each makes me feel. I include goals I achieved, life issues that may be dragging me down and just anything that's in my head when it comes to my weight loss journey.

No matter how you choose to do it, the key to journaling is to be consistent. If you're going to keep track of your food, do it. If you're going to log miles walked or strength training done, do it. Like everything else that comes with losing weight, once you find your groove and get into a routine, you form new and better habits and it becomes so much easier.

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Thu, 09-02-2010 - 10:00pm

I have kept a journal off and on my whole life and what I find the most interesting when I re-read them is how the same issues come up over and over...In some ways I've changed and grown, but when the chips are down and my backs against the wall, I am the same person now that I was at 18.

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Fri, 09-03-2010 - 10:14am
i hope you end up finding journaling helpful. I really enjoy journaling crazy huh! I use it almost as a diary you could say because I write down how i feel and what happened that day what kinda things i did to get moving and how i felt afterward. I hate thinking of dieting because thats when i sabotage myself i eat everything I shouldn't. As long as I do this thinking and believing its truely a lifestyle change its so much better for me! Im glad your son got you away from those gravy mixes and seasonings! If you happen to want chicken breaded try usings crushed fiber one ceral. I do that and then spray it with cooking spray and bake it it's really good. You can do this sometimes life just throws us some curve balls and makes us think we can't!

 


 


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Sat, 09-04-2010 - 5:20pm

Sorry to hear you're having such a struggle right now.

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Mon, 09-13-2010 - 3:50pm

Hey, oregonbookworm, how are you doing today?

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