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Old 01-10-2008, 08:31 PM   #121
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Yeah, I'm still getting plenty of protein and I do use cheese sticks, etc as snacks....but they don't fill me up either. I really think a BIG part of it is time of day. I think there's a mental block going on that's telling me "4 oclock--stuff your face!", cuz snacks that DO satisfy me in the morning? Same snack is like eating air in the afternoon.

I'm just gonna stick with it and hope that after a few weeks the hunger subsides. Thanks for the suggestions--I'll definitely use 'em! And I hear you about nuts--but they're there and I do make sure that I never eat more than 10 at a time (and only eat them once on the ride home).

I looooove egg white omelets stuffed with veggies, or with some salsa on the top. And you're right NYCarrie they ARE filling! But I just don't have egg whites in the house right now and with the stocking up and the "new" cooking...it just hasn't been on my to-do list yet. I'm sure it will be soon.

Today was not as bad...and I had a serving of high fiber cereal in a baggie for the car ride home; it helped. I had leftover lentils and quinoa with some scallops/asparagus for dinner, yum! I've been snacking on baby carrots and cucumbers and green peppers. I've also been indulging in one square of ghiradelli 70% dark chocolate when necessary .

According to SparkPeople I had 50 grams of fiber today! And that was without really trying (though I do question the validity of the calculator). I've been hovering around 1500 calories a day--which seems reasonable. Not great for losing weight but certainly significantly lower than "usual." I also assume that I actually ate a couple hundred more calories than the SparkPeople calculator says I did...too account for portion inaccuracies or forgetting an ingredient.

I've replaced the salad dressing my daily salad with 2 tbsp hummus or cottage cheese (depending on what's available) and that is saving me a LOT of calories and fat! I find throwing some garlic paste or ginger chutney and chili powder into just about everything I cook for dinner helps me feel full longer as well (and my breath smells yummmmmy )

Next week I think I'll be ready to get some "real" exercise...the past two weeks I've gotten out for a walk with the dog every day, but it's usually a 2 mile stroll. I think I'll start walking faster and longer soon. And I'll also start doing the more cardiovascular yoga routines and adding some very basic weight training a couple times a week.

I'm content for now. And I think I will pick up a scale tomorrow. Now I'm off to knit (INSTEAD of munching!)
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Old 01-10-2008, 08:38 PM   #122
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Originally Posted by Spikey View Post
I'll admit it, I could eat a whole loaf of bread, or a whole pan of banana bread , but there's no way I could eat a whole meatloaf! .
Oh man--I could do a loaf of either!! Heheeh, I never said I wasn't a glutton .

I did also want to mention that my desire to keep with whole, natural foods is going well and I feel better just with that alone. No HFCS, no syrups, artificial sweetners, etc...just whole, real food. That's part of why I stay away from many of the packaged "diet" yogurts and things--they often replace the fat/calories with sugar, chemicals, HFCS, and things like that. So when I choose a yogurt, cheese, packaged thing I read through the ingredient list and toss it back if it has anything like that in it.

I'd rather enjoy a natural yogurt with some of the fat left and be satisfied, than eat a "lite" yogurt with crap my body doesn't need and still feel "cheated."
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Old 01-10-2008, 08:48 PM   #123
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Originally Posted by HamaLee View Post

I'd rather enjoy a natural yogurt with some of the fat left and be satisfied, than eat a "lite" yogurt with crap my body doesn't need and still feel "cheated."
Good for you! (literally and figuratively)

I used to live on diet coke and low fat stuff, but it is just all chemicals and can't possibly be without harmful long term effects, IMHO.

We try to go with organic dairy and produce, and grow many of our own herbs, but it is a challenge. Doesn't it always seem like it is easier to buy crap? The convenience stores around here have gotten a bit better with their options, but it can still be so hard to find something nutritious for lunch at work. In theory, I should be able to pack a lunch, but in practice I just can't make it work.
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Old 01-11-2008, 04:28 AM   #124
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Hama - Beef Jerky fills me right up. 1-2 ounces and I'm good to go for a while. Not high fiber, but it is low fat and is portable. Fruit is also an option. Not a banana though. A pear or apple. Something really solid and I have to chew a lot. Nothing like grapes or berries.

Speaking of calories and counting. I usually hover around 1200-1400 per day. I'm trying to increase my calroies with healthy food mind you...and I ate the entire day was absolutely stuffed and only hit 1500 something. Ugh....So much for increasing my calroies to help fuel my body. My recommended calroies for a day are over 2000! No way I can do that with out sugar, chocolate, or fast food. Not even gonna try. So, I'll just do what I can to keep it around 1500.
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Old 01-11-2008, 07:19 AM   #125
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Fiber One Bars are good, filling and of course very portable. 9 gm of fiber, 140 cal per bar. I work in a restaurant and can't eat my lunch until 3pm so I always have one in my purse when and if I feel extremely hungry or feeling like my blood sugar is low. Clementines (like mandarin oranges) are in season in Florida and I keep one in my purse as well. They're easy to peel and eat.

You could also try some of the 100 cal packs. The 100 cal Oreo's are good and have been known to satisfy my sweet tooth without overdoing it.

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Old 01-11-2008, 10:15 AM   #126
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Thanks everyone! I think finding a good bar to have around for emergencies might be a good idea...I'll have to test some out. I like Luna Bars, and Kashi GoLean Crunch bars, and Lara Bars...maybe I'll check out ingredient lists and stock up.

I had a Non Scale Victory today--I'm at work wearing a pair of pants that I haven't worn in months because they're always just a weeee bit too tight in the waist and I hate uncomfortable clothes. Today: they fit! Huzzah! So I have probably lost a pound or two.

I also forgot to set up my oat groats to soak last night. Normally, that would have set the ball rolling for me to say "well, shoot no breakfast...I might as well roll through DD and get a coffee and donut." Which immediately goes to "Well I already blew it, might as well eat pizza for lunch....and french fries for dinner" etc etc etc.

So instead of doing that I threw some dry high fiber cereal in a baggie on my way out the door and I'm eating it here at work instead of one of the monster muffins in the cafeteria. That seems silly and small, but it's a significant change of mind for me!
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Old 01-11-2008, 11:34 AM   #127
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The Luna bars are sooo good and really fill me up during that midday "munchie" time. I try only to eat 100 calorie packs if I need something crispy...like today I have the cheese nips to go with my soup. Soup is my new favorite lunch to bring to work... cause the cans of Progresso and Healthy Choice only have like 100 cals per serving and 200 if you eat the whole can (which I usually do). That plus a piece of fruit and maybe carrot sticks or yogurt is a great lunch for me, and so easy to put together in the morning rather than having to run around and assemble sandwiches, etc.

Still on track with my Jazzercise...haven't missed a class yet this year!

And last night I finished up the second hat for my friend's baby, and am now ready to cast on for my second-ever pair of socks! (Enjoyed a prosciutto/mozzarella/roasted red pepper panini too, since we were out at a cafe knitting, but a little give and take now and then is ok! Passed up dessert!)
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Old 01-11-2008, 01:23 PM   #128
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Great ideas! I'm definately going to look for the carton of egg whites, and an omelot before dinner would be an excellent idea for me.
A couple of snacks I like are FF plain yogurt 1/2 C (I use an organic one they sell at Walmart that includes some fiber) mixed with 1 C frozen fruit (a berry mix is good). I mix together with a little splenda and let sit a bit so that the berries are only semi-frozen. The yogurt gets thick like an ice cream.
Another treat I like is to blend 1 C frozen mixed berries with light vanilla soy milk. Instead of a drinkable smoothie, I add only enough liquid to make it more like a sorbet I eat with a spoon.
I've also been peeling a sweet potato, cutting it into approx 1/4 inch rounds, sprinkling with pepper and baking in a hot oven (425 or 450) until it is crunchy on the outside but soft on the inside. Kind of like chips, but not quite as thin. They are a delicious finger food to have with a cold salad, and baking them with pepper makes them tasty w/out needing butter, brown sugar, etc...
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Oooh, I'll have to try sweet potatoes with pepper. I like them with taco seasoning!
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I have a workout victory already today! We are moving at work and sending a bunch of stuff to storage, so I spent 3 hours boxing and moving 30 - 50 # boxes of files. I am pooped but what a work out! I've had about a gallon of water too, so I'm on a good track for a friday!
I didn't knit much last night, so will do that today after work with the tivo and greys from last night!
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