Friday, April 25, 2014

Having a Re-Set Day for Weight Management

Well, I'm going to be honest, I ate a bit too much for Easter. Not a binge or anything, but some questionable eating that needed immediate taming before it got out of control. Namely: little chocolate covered Russell Stover raspberry fluff eggs. So I felt okay eating a few of these 140 calorie delights, however, not any more than that!!!

Fortunately for me, every Tuesday, I mainly fast during the entire daytime. This gives me adequate time to rethink my food again, and to have a day of eating nothing bad. It creates a clean slate every 7 days!

I've been fasting on Tuesdays for the past 2 years now. Sometimes, if I'm very hungry, I'll eat up to 250 calories during the day. But mostly, I just let myself be empty of food, allowing my body to clean up any cravings that have started, or any bad habits that want to grab hold of my life from the weekend!

I am not a Wonder Woman at eating. I succeed by using all of my tools consistently. I food journal every day! I tell myself "no!" to food that tempts me every single day! I go to TOPS every Tuesday night, only missing one meeting since October 2012! It is really a bunch of tiny daily habits that add up to a good weight.

It is not "easy" for me to keep my weight, though most days are not so hard either.  The Tuesday fast has really helped me to quickly get on top of any food problem that is arising--before it ever has a chance to turn into a big problem.

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I'm still trying to get my knee better! It is still sore and swollen every day, no matter how nice I am to it. So I keep being patient, which is very difficult for an antzy person.

I *am* having trouble being inspired to write on this blog. So please send your positive vibes my way. All of us, even us bloggers who are doing good with our weight need *inspiration* to keep inspiring others.

Readers: Specifically, what do you want me to write about? I can definitely write about a topic you select! (providing I have experience with it.) 

What do *you* think? As always, I love to read your comments and ideas.

Have a great weekend!

:-) Marion


31 comments:

  1. I honestly think those who ARE in weight maintenance find it harder to not only find blogging inspiration, but keeping it up in general. GOOD VIBES TO YOU.

    Great idea re the Tuesday fasting. I've kind of slipped from doing much IF'ing...I need to get back in that habit. Like you said, it's a great re-set! :)

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    1. Hi Gwen, Yes, I think we are busy balancing our lives in maintenance, rather than doing an exciting life-changing thing. So it's harder to talk excitedly about keeping our weight the same! However, it really should be what readers would be most excited to hear about, since losing weight comes and goes so easily without the tougher skill of maintenance.

      I have not been IFing as much right now either--though it really does work so great! It's definitely a wonderful tool for keeping a great weight. :-)

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  2. Good positive vibes are coming your way ...especially to help your knee heal.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Hi Jan, Thanks! I keep trying new things with my knee, determined to get it better. :-)

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  3. I hope your knee heals all the way soon! I've been dealing with a weak/easily re-injured ankle for 30 years, and it's a pain. Luckily, I have learned a lot of patience along the way and now do what's right for it...

    I'm glad your Tuesday fast works so well for you! I started doing a much shorter eating window five or six days a week sometime last year, and I really like it.

    Hope you'll feel inspired to write on the blog again! I always enjoy your posts, but I totally understand that you don't/can't always feel inspired...

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    1. Hi Andrea, I am inspired about my life, you know, and fitness and eating well. Part of it is that I'm just feeling low confidence in my writing right now. However, someone has been reading a manuscript and told me it had "merit" and it "needs to be said" so I am quite a bit more upbeat than yesterday! There is hope!!! :-)

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  4. As someone about to get a puppy, I would love to hear more about Keebler! You can make it heath-related if you like.... lol. Has having a dog had any impact on your weight loss and was it any different before you got a dog (if there was a time you were dog-less).

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    1. Hi Natalie, Actually, Keebler *does* actually help me keep at a good weight, though not for the reasons you may imagine. So maybe I *should* write about that! What an interesting idea! :-)

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  5. If you have been doing that for two years then it obviously works well for you and I applaud the sense behind it.

    I hope your knee feels better soon. I identify BIG time!

    Hugs and Love!

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    1. Hi Jane, At this point, I'd rather skip gym for a few months than keep this sore knee. I do not understand how people are too excited to get back to exercise with an injury. Actually, I do understand that, but it's not worth a permanent injury. I've got to think long-term!

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  6. I hope your knee heals soon - that is frustrating! I know what you mean about inspiration for blogging - is does wane when you get into a very regular routine, and is sometimes hard to get back. Luckily I had something very unusual to write about this week!

    I still enjoy hearing about your approach to containing overeating and your workouts!

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    1. Hi Amy! I have to go see you blog to find out your lucky unusual thing you wrote about!!!

      Well, for fitness writing, this knee does curb my enthusiasm quite a bit. And weight management is necessary, though it is definitely my lessor excitement (if the term even applies) to write about when I blog. Part of it is just the situation of not going to gym much that makes it not so happy to write about. But...I continue to think positive. :-)

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  7. I completely get needing inspiration once in maintenance. It's hard to predict what will inspire me, lately it's been the weather. I've been enjoying reading blog posts about taking workouts outside.

    Hope you knee gets to feeling better soon.

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    1. Hi S, I'd like to say the weather helped me too, but it just reminds me that I should *not* be taking Keebler on walks, due to my knee!!! But we are spending time in the backyard just soaking in the rays, which still is nice, though lazy. :-)

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  8. I have toyed with doing a fast day ... I guess I do a form of IF in that I don't eat breakfast on the weekends, so that's about 16-17 hrs fast for me on Saturday and Sunday depending what time I get hungry for lunch.

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    1. Hi Anna, I agree! I also don't eat breakfast on the weekends, due to working out at the gym on St and Sn mornings. And it's super nice to have all of my weekend calories in bigger chunks. I have some wonderful big meals on weekends after my workouts. I love big meals, which are so worth holding off eating for several hours to eat! :-)

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  9. I would love to hear more about how you eat when your family does not necessarily share your healthy goals. As you know this is something I struggle with :)

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    1. One thing I did was not to over compensate thinking "kid food" or "husband food". They should not be eating junk either. But that being said, cannot change them in one day. The first thing I did was start stocking the refrigerator so healthy things were readily available. I cook in batches, I clean/prep veggies/fruit so they are easy.

      When I did buy contraband type food, we divided and labeled. So a bag of chips was divided into servings and each was labeled. So each kid might have 3 baggies, with their name on them, of chips. And I switched to baked.

      We buy desserts only in the size we need, so each person who wants it, has one serving, no extra, and then it is gone. Tiny pies and cakes are available. Cookies are sold individually. This is not an every day thing, nor a weekly thing, it is a rare thing.

      I have a vegetarian daughter (20), a vegan daughter (16), a son who has to watch his carbs as much as I do (24), and my husband who now eats pretty much the same things I do, just in more volume. My youngest does not ever remember McDonald's the other two do. We have come a long way.

      The kids who do not eat veggies at home, DO EAT THEM AT MY HOUSE. When I have extra kids after school and I put out what is available at my house (whole foods), they load their plates and eat. Many times they tell me they have never had certain foods (veggies) before in their lives. They eat hummas. They eat quinoa and lentils. I often wonder what their moms would think if they saw them. . ,

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    2. Thanks Vickie :) You have such great ideas. I need to email you so I can read your blog!

      I think my biggest problem is that my boyfriend has a big Portuguese family and to NOT eat their food is a huge insult. There were a couple holidays when we first started dating where I didn't eat the food, or I just had salad, and I really offended some people unintentionally.

      Also, since they never knew me as an obese person, their feeling is "You're thin and active, you don't have a weight problem, so why are you making such a fuss over eating our food?!" My own family at least is understanding. :)

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    3. I almost always explain as food allergies or food sensitivities, which is true. Odd foods and additives cause me migraines and/or Severe GI issues. That is easier for people to understand. But then I do NOT go on to list the foods. I just say it is complicated. Otherwise you have them trying to pick for you. When we are on vacation or the like, I often eat a tiny breakfast and then one other meal. My oldest and I were in charleston SC a year ago. Really fabulous restaurants. We ate tiny breakfast and then ate one meal each day at great restaurant. We chose as wisely as we could (no bread, no noodles, etc) sticking to lean proteins and veggies, and didn't worry about it.

      Would it help to show them before pictures? I have done that. It is actually fun to see reactions.

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  10. I think of what you call a fast day as a "reset day".

    I agree that a "reset day" can be really useful. I do that myself, fasting, not on a set day each week, but when I need one. I eat dinner one day and then do not eat until dinner the next day (so I can take my meds and sleep okay).

    For those who do not want to fast, here are two other ideas:

    Learning to eat only at meal time can be a GREAT first step for those who need to get eating under control. Planned meals. Balanced meals. Whole foods. Not one extra bite between meals. When I started in weight loss long ago I ate several small meals. (Now I tend to eat 2-3 times a day.) What helped me was realizing that every time I ate, I was setting off insulin. So I learned to eat balanced meals keeping carbs and protein about equal and using healthy fats.

    Another useful tool for those who do not want to fast is having a lean food day. A set list of very clean food, good protein source, low carbs, that they use on these reset days. Egg white omelet/avocado, raw spinach/cucumber/tomato/chicken breast, chicken breast/asparagus. Lots of water. Especially after a holiday, when carbs might have been running a bit high, this concept works as a reset.

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    1. Hi Monique, Well, Vickie has some great ideas. She's very good at this topic.

      I personally live in a family where *nobody* eats like me. Yes, I can definitely write about this issue, since many people have this situation. Great topic! Thanks so much! :-)

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    2. Just noticed you used reset in your title. Missed that reading the first time. Funny that we both think of it that way. But it really is. Sort of palate cleanser. Taste buds and mind reset.

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  11. Has a medical person looked at your knee?

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    1. Hi Vickie, Yes, 2 interns, 1 PA, and 2 nurses did. They poked and prodded it and moved it in various ways to see what was wrong with it. Fortunately, there are many things *right* with it, so I need to let it heal and be patient. Lately, some people said this may take months. :-)

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  12. I like the idea of a fast day. Maybe two meals skipped during that day. Hmm.

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    1. Hi Marc, I am in constant need of reining myself in, so for me a special day is absolutely necessary for that. It also makes a person feel very grateful for basic food, that many strict eaters can resent. After I don't eat for many hours, a simple apple or an orange is so delicious!!!! I really appreciate what Tuesdays do for me! So do try it! :-)

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  13. Marion,
    I like that idea of a fast day or reset day.

    Leslie

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  14. hmmm once again you inspire me because sundays tend to be a "eating" day for me as it's my 1st day off, not too crazy but definitely more than any other day of the week. I'm off Mondays as well so a Monday fast could be just the thing. I'm going to have to incorporate that into my life! BRAVO Marion!

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  15. Honestly, I can't remember ever reading one of your posts, and NOT coming away with SOMEthing to think about. And today, it's the idea of a "reset".

    Before I was so sick for so long this last winter, I IF'd fairly regularly, once a week or so. Then, even after getting well, I didn't resume it. But, I now realize (after reading your thoughts) that I was thinking "weight loss", not reset. Which is better, for lots of reasons, which would eventually trickle down to weight loss/maintenance. So I appreciate you sharing your thought process.

    I'm going to think on it, pick a set day of the week to fast, and then call it my Reset day, like you. Love it! Thank you. :-)

    And sending you good healing thoughts for your knee!

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