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KathyBlue - Saturday Jul 31, 2010
(Healthy eating (with doctor) and Exercise)
Weight: 233.6

Good morning, Ladies...

So, I am so confused: teppan yaki is better than sushi or on the contrary? Why?

Today's menu:

09H00 - LF milk w/ cocoa powder and black sugar, and cereals (300 kcal)

10H00 - a nectarine and a yogurt (160 kcal)

12H45 - 2 slim whole toasts with a triangle cheese and raw veggies, a soy dessert (500 kcal)

15H00 - a natural yogurt (60 kcal)

18H00 - a soy drink (200 kcal)

19-21h - 3 plums, a peach and a LF yogurt (250 kcal)

Grand total: 1600 kcal

Progress as of today: 92.6 lbs lost so far, only 73.6 lbs to go!

V on 07/31/2010:
just wanted to stop by to say hello beautiful! Have a wonderful weekend! :)

WI3 on 07/31/2010:
I just got caught up on your week, congratulations on getting the office moving!!! You are doing so fantastic, a real inspiration!

Bikiniwax85 on 07/31/2010:
Hope you are doing well today! xoxo

selina on 07/31/2010:
No fat is used for sushi preparation, except for the natural fat from the fish, which is supposed to be good for your health. The vinegared rice used for sushi has no added fat/oils. Teppan yaki is traditionally grilled beef or seafood on a hot plate and butter is used for preparation, thus it can be a dish high in fat. If you are in a low carbo diet, then teppan yaki is a better choice if you don't eat the rice that is usually served with it.

moogy on 07/31/2010:
I go for sushi anytime, it does make me crave though - simple carbs in the rice. That is a nice menu you have planned for today. Have a great one.

Maria7 on 07/31/2010:
Nice menu!

KathyBlue - Friday Jul 30, 2010
(Healthy eating (with doctor) and Exercise)
Weight: 233.6

Sorry girls, today I had to go to an other department and had meetings til midday. Then I went to the market to buy some fresh fruits, then lunch... so pretty much no time.

Doctor's appointment yesterday: Went well! I don't have to do the bypass surgery, after 92 lbs lost, it's proven that I can do it by myself on pure willpower... I only have to go back in November to check-up, and then, eventually, when I have ++++ weight lost, I will have to have plastic surgeries. The doc says it shouldn't be a problem. He also adviced creams on the body, fat creams (which is no fun in 107 F (42 Celsius)...). I don't put anything though. I just cannot convince myself to put it. I sweat it off right away...

About badminton: Yesterday the boss "caught us" playing, and I convinced him that he should let us play, like this: "Look, there are lots of guys here taking 10min breaks to smoke all the time (several times a day for sure), so I think we could play instead and it's good for the health." And he said: "Absolutely! And if it raises your will to continue the work, even better!"... Hehehehe... Great. Today an other colleague told me, after I told her this story: "FANTASTIC, K.! It's a perfect ideia, we have to write about this in our Newsletter!" The Newsletter is a printed paper of the company, it's about the achievements and curious facts, for people to know as we have some 2000+ employees nationwide.

By the way, you asked me my profession: I'm a computer programmer. Boooring... :-)

Today's menu:

08H00 - LF milk w/ coffee and cereals (250 kcal)

12H00 - a peach (100 kcal)

13H00 - small half grilled chicken with raw veggies (tomato and cucumber) (500 kcal) and coffee (50 kcal)

16H00 - a peach, a plum (150 kcal)

17H00 - 3 apricots (FIRST ONES this year! :-)) (100 kcal)

19H30 - sushi bar (I AM TERRIBLE) (800 kcal as I cannot evaluate it)

Grand total: 1950 kcal

Good news: I reserved a tennis court for Monday, going to play two hours with my colleague. FINALLY SOMEONE HAS MADE A STEP FORWARD!!! I hope we'll have fun and we will plan for the future, too. The court is a bit expensive though, with its 10 euros/hour...

Meanwhile my man has birthday on Sunday (he's a Leo and me too, I was born on the 12th August), and we'll go to... a sushi bar, of course. I am so desperate, I don't want to go!!! All-you-can-eat is very dangerous!!! ... Today I asked the woman in the sushi bar we went how the teppan yaki is made. She spoke good Portuguese - FINALLY, ONE!!! - and I could ask complicated things. She said that some butter is added to the food when grilling, but then it's done with sake (alcohol) so most of the fat dissolves. I could limit my sushi-income anyway, which was good. I think I will go for the teppan yaki from now on. I ate a lot of salad and grilled veggies, I feel so full... but not too full. 

Normally, now that I'm in a confession wave about sushi bars, I eat some sushi, salad and squid and prawns. Now squid and prawns are bad for the cholesterol and I'm not really happy with the idea - but I'm very happy with the taste. Some say sushi bars are healthy because rice and fish cannot possibly be wrong - well, then I still have the issue with overeating, and that's something really difficult to control !!!

I told my man that I wouldn't go to sushi bars more than once a month... If he wants sushi, we can get a take-away...!

Progress as of today: 92.6 lbs lost so far, only 73.6 lbs to go!

just42day on 07/30/2010:
Super job w/your weight loss and that's fabulous that dr agree you don't need the by surgery. What a relief. Keep up the great work which I know you will!

selina on 07/30/2010:
Whoa, it's so hot in Lisbon! I'm happy to hear you had a good doctor's visit, yay! Great job on convincing your boss and making a positive change in the badmintonissue, you go girl!

I have two computer programers in my family - very smart people! ;)

getmebackto150 on 07/30/2010:
congrats on the weight loss and good news at the Drs visit! Keep up the great work!

geevee on 07/30/2010:
Good for you speaking up about the need for recreation. I esp. like how you pointed out about all the time the smkers use during the day to continue their habit. (I'm a former smoker!)

For future ammunition, you can point out how Hewlitt-Packard and the many Silicon Valley computer centers pamper their employees with so many perks to keep them happy.

SkinnyGrlWithin on 07/30/2010:
I'm 5'1" tall... my healthy weight is about 115...

legcramps on 07/30/2010:
That's great! We tried to get management to put in a ping-pong table in our office but it didn't go over well. Kinda hard to when there's just no space for it!!!

crazy_fatty on 07/30/2010:
thank you. thank you so much. wow you have really shed your pounds. way to go. teach me lol. i guess my 1st goal would be to just have the will power to stick with something, if everyone on this site is as friendly and helpful as you are i think i might have a chance. my 1st weight goal would be 180 pounds on or before august 1st. i think that sounds alright, what do you think?

CoverGirl on 07/30/2010:
Hey there I just wanted to tell my fellow Leo to have a great day!! :) My BDay is Aug 18th

Moody3 on 07/30/2010:
Great news at the doctor~what an amazing accomplishment, to have lost 92lbs~Incredible!!~I have no doubt you will reach your final goal!!

Very cool about badminton at work~and SO true about people taking smoke breaks all day long, so why not have badminton breaks!!~WTG!

V on 07/30/2010:
congrats girl on a job well done :)

selina on 07/30/2010:
I think it stands for Time Of Month - I may be wrong, but that's the idea. It refers to the monthly "visit" a woman gets between puberty and menopause, also known as menstrual period.

selina on 07/30/2010:
oops, sorry, I just noticed you had already been cleared on that one ;)

selina on 07/30/2010:
I'm crazy for suhi, too, and it's so easy to overdo. However, sushi is better for you than teppan yaki - that's for sure!

Bikiniwax85 on 07/31/2010:
wow!! great news babe! congrats to u! hey, i am in Insurance line that is even more boring! I did not do so good today. I am tired and start snacking in between.. Gosh...

KathyBlue - Thursday Jul 29, 2010
(Healthy eating (with doctor) and Exercise)
Weight: 233.6


Today's menu:

06H50 - a whole toast w/ a LF triangle laughing cow cheese and milk (350 kcal)

09H30 - a nectarine after tennis (last class :-( RE: in september)

11H00 - LF milk w/ coffee (100 kcal)

13H00 - a very small amount of soup (didn't like it :(( )and then a yogurt with some organic whole pastry called "rocha" with cinnamon and honey (500 kcal)

17H00 - natural yogurt with 2 toasts, plums and nectarine (350 kcal)

21H00 - veggie soup and some piglet meat (BAD CHOICE) but it was on a party (500 kcal)

Grand total: 1900 kcal


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Progress as of today: 92.6 lbs lost so far, only 73.6 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 07/29/2010:
Poo on bad day at work - sorry it was difficult! What is it you do? I'll take the test later.....

liza36 on 07/29/2010:
Hope your day gets better!

CoverGirl on 07/29/2010:
Hopefully your day will end up better :)

tangalyn on 07/29/2010:
sorry u had a bad day at work, i hope the rest of ur day is enjoyable

legcramps on 07/29/2010:
I'm sorry you had a bad day at work :( that's never fun.

moogy on 07/29/2010:
What happened at the doctor's? I thought we would get some news this morning. Sorry you had a suckky day a work.

V on 07/29/2010:
Good thing your day is over :) Hope you have time to de stress!

KathyBlue - Wednesday Jul 28, 2010
(Healthy eating (with doctor) and Exercise)
Weight: 233.6

Wednesday, DOCTOR's APPOINTMENT DAY!!! I'm still cool, at 233,6, weighed in this morning. The scale shows exactly the same it showed 2 days ago. Perfect!

Today I brought my badminton racquets (by the way, what's the correct spelling of this word, I'm so confused!!! racket, raquet or racquet ???) and shuttlecocks and I convinced my colleague who arrives early like me, to go out and play before work begins officially (9am.). He was telling me: "K., I'm so tired, I'm so sleepy, I'm so ...." but I insisted and then he said : "OK, I am so f... up with you but let's go what the hell, but only FIVE MINUTES..." I said: "Ok, five minutes, cool, we cannot waste a good weather like this, no wind, not much heat YET..." and there we went and had TEN minutes of great time! :-). Then he told me: "K., thank you very much, seriously, it was fantastic, thanks for insisting." HAHA there's an other one under my spell.....

and then he said we could play everyday, hahahahah... Yes we could! :-) I really like the way he plays, he has all!
That would be a perfect solution for August, as tennis is over this week. If we just could have a shower here.... but one cannot have everything, right?

Today's menu:

07H30 - a whole toast with 0F cheese cream and LF milk w/ LF cocoa and black sugar (350 kcal)

09H00 - LF milk w/ coffee (100 kcal)

11H00 - plums (150 kcal)

12H30 - speenach with tuna natural, a soy dessert (400 kcal)

14H00 - a nectarine (100 kcal) and 2 plums (100 kcal)

16H00 - two slices of small toasts (100 kcal)

20H00 - a nectarine and an soy no-sugar-added ice cream (350 kcal)

Grand total: 1650 kcal

Progress as of today: 92.6 lbs lost so far, only 73.6 lbs to go!

selina on 07/28/2010:
haha, kathy! pois eh, tem mudanca saindo desta casa em duas semanas. desta vez para os eua. somos diplomatas no servico estrangeiro dos eua..

selina on 07/28/2010:
good job on getting the exercise before work ;), so glad you have a new partner now!

racquet and racket are both good, raquet is not ;)

moogy on 07/28/2010:
I used to play badminton, one of the few (two actually) sports I actually played, and really loved it. I have to say I was pretty good. I would go for racquet (from the French), racket, is the noise kids make to annoy you. I am wishing you all the best for your appointment. I am sure the doctor will be pleased with all your efforts.

moogy on 07/28/2010:
me again, answering your question. Porridge - 1/3 cup rolled oats (the instant kind - I get mine from the health food shop), about 1 1/3 cup skim milk, in a deep soup dish microwave on high for two minutes and stir in 2 teaspoons brown sugar. The topping is your preference, fruit, nuts, maple syrup, yogurt.....

V on 07/28/2010:
Ha ha!!!! One of the many charms of Leo's we are very convincing ;)

hollybelle on 07/28/2010:
I'm impressed you spelled badminton correctly - I can't spell without spellcheck on computer sometimes! But seriously - I love badminton. I wish I could play indoors here - it's mostly too windy to play in Kentucky, USA. I used to play indoors in college - whew back in the day! Your doc appt will go wonderfully - what a change you are making in your life! You prove it CAN be done!

Umpqua on 07/28/2010:
I'm glad you got the badminton in! As for your question, my boys are in "preschool" or "daycare" 2 mornings a week. My older one will officially start kindergarten next year. They go to school to socialize with other kids in their age group and so that I can maintain some semblance of sanity ;P

nita51 on 07/28/2010:
Just getting caught up with my post. I never was a weekend poster child. LoL But Sista girl,,,,"you are off the chain",,,(as my grand son says) Wow you are going to SLIM LAND,,,take me with you!!! LOL I'm still doing much better. I won't post weight until I have something good to post. Hey sis,,,why no popcorn? So what do you eat, when you want to taste that crunchy taste? LOVE YA! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Maria7 on 07/28/2010:
Hoping you are feeling well and doing well. :-)

Moody3 on 07/28/2010:
hahahahaha~What a great story~Put a smile on my face!!!!!

KathyBlue - Tuesday Jul 27, 2010
(Healthy eating (with doctor) and Exercise)
Weight: 233.6

Good morning, girls!

Yesterday ended up at 1100 kcals, WOOHOO!!! I went to see my colleagues' football game at night, it was funny. I was the only one on the banks watching them, lol... I arrived home late because the stuuupid train wouldn't come... and today I played tennis, unfortunately the season is over, at least for the coaching so this week is the last week, and namely, Thursday is the last day of tennis. Then only from the 15th September. I'm still struggling with excercise at home, because I need to gain much more willpower than I have right now. The opportunity of the sofa is muuuuch more tempting, especially in these 42 celcius degs we have around here (107,6 F).

Today's menu:

06H30 - two whole toasts w/ 0F cheese cream and LF milk (400 kcal)

09H00 - banana (100 kcal)

10H30 - LF milk w/ coffee (100 kcal)

13H00 - veggies with seitan from the oven, with other types of cooked, baked, etc. veggies, and an organic dessert (500 + 150 kcal)

16H00 - blueberry 0,3% F yogurt (250 kcal)

19H00 - one guava (60 kcal) there's a first time to everything! :-)

21H00 - veggie soup (200 kcal)

Grand total: 1800 kcal

Progress as of today: 92.6 lbs lost so far, only 73.6 lbs to go!

Bikiniwax85 on 07/27/2010:
Hello babe! Wow... 42 Degree??? its about 29 / 30 degree here! and I complain that its freaking hot and might as well I move to Arab or Africa.. Okay... Lolz.. Great cal intake babe! I understand what you mean about will power. I am on crazy workout because my BF already spend alot of money for my personal trainer so I have to go... Hugs!! I might be away for several days btw. will update once I am back!

moogy on 07/27/2010:
I may be showing my ignorance, but where is Lisboa? I can understand the call of the sofa and airconditioning when it is that hot. Did you only have 600 cals for the day or are you coming back later? That is starvation rations!! I am sure you know that and that it is not healthy. Is this the last push before the doctor's visit?

V on 07/27/2010:
the couch is much more inviting than sweating your face off right? Not! lol...unfortunately the couch never promotes weight loss

Umpqua on 07/27/2010:
I have a hard time exercising in that kind of heat. Stay cool and hydrated!

getmebackto150 on 07/27/2010:
mmm... your veggies with seitan sound yummy!!!

geevee on 07/27/2010:
Kathy, it's impossible NOT to be addicted to my son's bagels. There are no others that can compare to his.

Moody3 on 07/27/2010:
Please tell me you have AC in those temperatures!!! I am the opposite of you~I don't have the willpower to get up and GO somewhere to workout~but having the equipment (treadmill) at home, I am much more motivated!!

Wishing you a wonderful day!!

liza36 on 07/27/2010:
How did you like the guava? I've only had guava juice, many years ago, but I remember liking it. Stay cool!

moogy on 07/27/2010:
OK, I am back after a good night's sleep. Glad to see that you did eat more but still don't know where you live. I havent't checked my diary yet, maybe the answer is there.

moogy on 07/27/2010:
So, I just checked my diary and sure enough there you were. It was funny because in the back of my mind I was thinking - you know this, come on brain, I am pleading illness as my excuse - I was born in England so of course we did all the European geography at school. Duh!!

selina on 07/28/2010:
i love guava!

KathyBlue - Monday Jul 26, 2010
(Healthy eating (with doctor) and Exercise)
Weight: 233.6

Monday, uhhh....

This week I have a birthday party at a relative's house. I'm not worried. I'm brave... coz: THIS WEEK, on Wednesday, I HAVE THE DOCTOR'S APPOINTMENT after 2 months!  Girlzzz, I'm sooo looking forward to tell him: "I'm less, Doc... I achieved my mini-goal" (it was to be below 107 kgs / 236lbs which was the minimum I could reach some years ago after a crazy 500kcal diet). And I haven't had plateu yet, and hopefully I will be able to reach the "below 100 kgs til Sept", my next mini-goal...

And of course we'll have to celebrate my 100 lbs loss (at 102 kgs, 226,2 lbs), I'm counting on you all! 

Today's menu:

07H30 - LF milk w/ coffee (100 kcal)

11H00 - more coffee... (100 kcal) WAKE UP, GIRL!!!!

12H30 - veggies, cooked in the oven with mushrooms, asparagus puree, some pasta, cooked pumpkin with algae, lentils (600 kcal), a mango-vanille yogurt (150 kcal)

16H00 - soy dessert

22H00 - a plum

Grand total: 1100 kcal

I just read the news!! HORRIBLE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1297646/Britains-fattest-woman-Sharon-Mevsimler-dies-heart-attack-binge.html

Progress as of today: 92.6 lbs lost so far, only 73.6 lbs to go!

selina on 07/26/2010:
Looks like we 're on the same schedule this morning, ha! Have a great day!

moogy on 07/26/2010:
How exciting is this???? Whoo Hooo I am so impressed with your weight loss. You give me hope. Thanks!!

Bikiniwax85 on 07/26/2010:
Yay! You can do it! its amazing how you did it girl. I lost 2.2lbs during my weight in this morning I could me more probably becasue of my drinking and partying spree on Saturday I gained. The good part I ma feeling so much more lighter and healthier! I know you can do it! Yay!

Umpqua on 07/26/2010:
Another major milestone for you. You're doing so well!!

V on 07/26/2010:
Kathy I am sooo proud of you :) You better believe we are all celebrating your 100 lb loss!!! Your September goal is realistic and attainable! Bravissimo Bella :)

hollybelle on 07/26/2010:
So you are saying you are now lower than you ever have been? That's really a great perspective to put on this - and it's darn right fabulous! It SO gives me motivation I need. I just love how much healthier you are - what you are doing for yourself! Thanks for inspiration this week. Keep us posted after doc visit! woo-hoo!

KathyBlue on 07/26/2010:
Exactly, I'm now lower than I've ever been - at least in my twenties! And I don't remember me as below 100 kgs so it will be a very big landmark, too! :)

tangalyn on 07/26/2010:
thanks Kathy.. ill give it a lil while before i let it get me down, but if it is a real gain, ill just have to lose it again :) not the end of the world.. im so happy and so proud of u for ur AMAZING weight loss and im sure ur doctor will be too.. have a great day!

geevee on 07/26/2010:
There is NO stopping you! Fantastic!

Oven-roasted veggies are my favorite, esp. carrots.

Moody3 on 07/26/2010:
Congratulations on meeting your mini goal~You should be VERY proud of yourself!!!

I'm going to check out that link you posted~thanks for sharing

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Moody3 on 07/26/2010:
Ok, just read the article and that just pisses me off~how ignorant can people be? I'm talking about her "loved ones" who smuggled food into the hospital~That's like smuggling heroin into a sober house..Idiots. Sorry, I know the woman bears some responsibility, but obviously, she had no self control, thats why she was placed in a controlled environment. And why in God's name did the staff allow it??? Grrrr~LOL...ok, getting off my soap box!!! It just pisses me off, PEOPLE!!

Bikiniwax85 on 07/26/2010:
Thanks for the comment babe! your the best too!! XOXO... I will most probably be offline for couple of days I am going to see my dad again.. Will keep u guys updated!

Bikiniwax85 on 07/26/2010:
Oh yea, about Becarrr post: 1 Stone is like 6.4 Kgs :)In Asia Pasific we use Kilos alot too.. My best friend is migrated to Alaska so she will always use lbs.. that made my mouth open big.. very big last time :)

KathyBlue - Sunday Jul 25, 2010
(Healthy eating (with doctor) and Exercise)
Weight: 233.6

Hello girls! :)

We have those above 100 F's (39 Celsius) again... And my man is extra annoying today... He's into driving again, after years of having the license but no activity (I know you can hardly imagine this, but Lisbon is small and we're very well served at public transports so for us a car would be a luxury) and he practises with his father (who gently lends him one of his cars) and I go as a passanger. It's no fun hearing them arguing about accelerating, etc. Yesterday we went to Cabo de Roca, the most occidental point of Europe. I brought you a photo... :-) We had an almost-crash because of a vasp entering in the car and causing panic and distraction... well, Sunday-drivers yeah...

About diet: I weighed in: 106 kgs punctual, an other 6 lbs gone for good, now at 233,6 lbs, I take it! Still, all in!

Today's menu:

09H00 - LF milk w/ LF cocoa powder and black sugar, some cereals (350 kcal)

11H30 - a banana (100 kcal)

13H00 - boiled codfish with boiled chick-peas, salad, boiled egg and boiled veggies, a soy yogurt and my mother-in-law's home-made cake (let's say 900 kcal for all)

after 18H00 I had: 2 yogurts, fruits (nectarines and a plum) and cooked veggies with a plain yogurt (350 kcal)

Grand total: 1700 kcal

Who wants to read?: http://www.watercure.com/

And the promised photo:

Progress as of today: 92.6 lbs lost so far, only 73.6 lbs to go!

tangalyn on 07/25/2010:
yayyyy.. u know how i love photos :D hehe, have a great day! hope u can avoid the heat somehow.

loveray on 07/25/2010:
pretty pretty- oh and the landscape is beautiful too;) enjoy your day!

Umpqua on 07/25/2010:
Great photo, and I'm glad you survived the car trip :P

Moody3 on 07/25/2010:
First, Congratulations on 6lbs gone!! Wooohoo~Fabulous!!

The driving sounds interesting and a little scary!! hahaha~

Thanks again for another beautiful picture!You look so good!!!

WI3 on 07/25/2010:
Congratulations pretty lady!

moogy on 07/25/2010:
OH! Well done! That is a great loss. You must be doing something right.

V on 07/25/2010:
Well hello there gorgeous!!!! Keep up the outstanding job!!!! Bravo Bella :)

selina on 07/26/2010:
Great photo, Kathy! And congrats on the 6 lbs, incredible!

selina on 07/26/2010:
Goodness, scary driving!

KathyBlue - Saturday Jul 24, 2010
(Healthy eating (with doctor) and Exercise)
Weight: 239.3

Hello girls!

Yesterday was a bad food choice day. I had way too many white bread at the restaurant, and I brought +2 home... so I couldn't keep my 1400 kcal. These days it turns out to be very difficult to keep these 1400 kcal and I don't know if it's because of me overestimating the calorie intake or because my body wants more than that. I haven't gained weight yet, but it can be more difficult and slower to lose... nevermind because I want to be patient, and I want to lose weight in a healthy way. I recommend you all the same! 

Today's menu:

08H00 - a nectarine (100 kcal)

10H00 - a cup of LF milk w/ LF cocoa powder and black sugar, and some cereals (350 kcal)

11H30 - a yogurt (60 kcal)

14H30 - veggie soup, the leftover white bread and a soy ice-cream (600 kcal)

18H00 and 20H00 - 4 nectarines and some plums (350 kcal)

21H00 - a yogurt (60 kcal)

Grand total:1520 kcal

Progress as of today: 86.9 lbs lost so far, only 79.3 lbs to go!

nita51 on 07/24/2010:
I think restaurant eating, is a hinder for me, especially, the buffets I think I might have to swear off for a while, at lease until I drop about 50 lbs. You'll be OK, your body just wanted some bread, you gave it what it wanted, now you can keep on steppin sis. Love Ya I had another good day. xoxo

nita51 on 07/24/2010:
I remember when I lost 100 lbs many moons ago, on weight watchers. My husband ( x husband now ) kept taking me out to eat, and eat and EAT! I think he was afraid of losing me, and wanted me to re-gain my weight. And like a fool,,,thats just what I did. Regained the weight, Well, the marriage didn't work out, I was back in a fat body, and miserable beyond words. Sis, love is wonderful, but self love, is the greatest of all. Big Hugs 2 you.

V on 07/24/2010:
Good morning Kathy! It is so hard to go out to eat and not give in to temptation..Like Nita said maybe you needed it. Now that my willpower is strong enough to go out to eat I tell the server not to bring the bread,oilve oil or cheese. My doctor and I discussed my #1 cheat item and that happens to be a glass of wine and although I haven't cheated yet I know it will happen during vacation next month so I am now trying to map out a plan how not to go overboard...Hope you have a wonderful day :)

selina on 07/24/2010:
I'm glad to hear that you have not lost your will just because you went astray for a day - we can do it slowly and surely!

hollybelle on 07/24/2010:
Yes, a bad choice food day once in awhile is not a disaster - we will get over it - better than a bad food choice life, huh? You can do it!

moogy on 07/24/2010:
Have you thought about buying only wholemeal bread (yes, I know we all love soft white bread, however). I find that I buy lots of different sorts of bread, rye, wholegrain, brown and really enjoy the differences, and each much less, because you have to chew and it fills you up - plus I feel really self righteous.

KathyBlue - Friday Jul 23, 2010
(Healthy eating (with doctor) and Exercise)
Weight: 239.3

Good morning, Ladies!

Below, I continue from the book because it really hit me, and I think I'm not alone...

Today's menu:

07H30 - LF milk w/ coffee (100 kcal) and a toast (50 kcal)

10H00 - 2 nectarines and a yogurt (200 kcal)

 12H00 - a nectarine, yummm (60 kcal)

13H30 - veggie soup with bread (at the restaurant nearby, LOVELY but I had too much bread, now I'm very very very filled) and some sangria (very little, heheh yuck...) (500 kcal)

18H00 - 2 plums, a nectarine and a yogurt (250 kcal)

20H30 - a white bread (still stolen from the restaurant today) with LF cheese cream and a boiled egg, and veggies (400 kcal) and a soy dessert (100 kcal)

Grand Total: 1700 kcal

"People get fat because they eat more than people who are lean. I
know this seems obvious, but we've spent decades being confused
about it.  Even now some people question the link between food consumption
and weight gain. But we finally have strong evidence that weight gain is primarily due to overeating.
The confusion can be traced, at least in part, to the fact that when
people are asked to keep a record of everything they eat, the differences
between lean-weight and overweight individuals often appear minor.
This observation led to all sorts of theories about the primary role that
metabolism, diet composition, and genetics might play in weight gain.
It was a long time before we realized that the explanation was much
simpler: Most people do a poor job of reporting what they eat, and
overweight people are particularly inaccurate reporters.
So much of our
eating takes place outside our awareness that it's easy to underestimate
how much food we actually put into our bodies.
Sharon Pearcey and John de Castro, both behavioral neuroscientists,
compared food intake among a group that had gained
more than 5 percent of its current body weight in the previous six
months with a group whose weight had not fluctuated significantly
during the same period. Participants were armed with a
diary and asked to keep comprehensive records of every morsel
they ate and every sip of fluid they drank, as well as where, when,
and with whom. They also noted how hungry, thirsty, depressed,
or anxious they felt before and after each episode of eating. As an
added check on accuracy, subjects were given a camera and
instructed to photograph their food before and after they ate; a
time-and-date stamp appeared on every picture.
The research confirmed that people tend to substantially underestimate
their food intake
, a finding that was apparent in both groups
of study subjects. But it also showed an obvious and dramatic contrast
between the two groups-the weight gainers ate an average of almost
400 calories a day more than the comparison group. At that rate, they
stood to put on more than two pounds every three weeks.
In another study, scientists monitored the weight gain of a group
of children for several years. As it turned out, the weight of their
parents and the amount of energy the children burned were less
important factors than their caloric intake. The children who ate
more weighed more.
While vigorous exercise can help control weight, a body of
research shows that physical activity levels do not necessarily predict
weight gain. More surprisingly, defects in metabolism are not an
explanation either-in fact, most studies show that individuals who
are obese (officially defined as having a body-mass index of 30 or
above) or overweight (with a body-mass index of 25 or above) burn
more energy than their lean counterparts.
How much we eat predicts how much we weigh. Sometimes the
most obvious explanation turns out to be the right one.
For nearly a century scientists believed humans had biological
mechanisms to balance the calories we consume (our energy intake)
with the calories we burn (our energy expenditure). This dynamic
process was supposed to allow us to maintain a relatively stable
amount of fat on our bodies and limit fluctuations in weight.
We have presumed that the wisdom of the body is maintained
through a feedback system known as homeostasis. Like temperature
or blood pressure, which the body also tries to keep within relatively
narrow ranges, energy is supposed to be regulated by a homeostatic
process that keeps the body's energy stores stable. By closely matching
food intake and energy expenditure, this biological strategy has
allowed us to consume hundreds of thousands of calories every year
without losing or gaining much weight.
It's a highly sophisticated system that can be explained simply:
Many parts of the body talk to one another.
The brain is the command center of an elaborate communications
network essential to energy regulation. This network involves
the brain, the central and peripheral nervous systems, the gastrointestinal
tract, the hormonal system, fat tissue, and more. The brain's
hypothalamus receives signals from all these sources, integrates that
information, and decides what needs to be done to maintain the body
at a steady weight.
But this homeostatic system, while relevant, turns out to be less
powerful than many scientists have assumed. If we could maintain
energy balance effectively, we wouldn't be gaining so much weight.
Our bodies would compensate, either by burning more calories or
by shutting down our appetites. Obviously, that is not happening.
Over the past decade, scientists have tried to explain this failure
by searching for defects in the homeostatic system. Their results
have been disappointing. While some genetic and chemical defects
have been identified, they seem to be rare and don't adequately
account for the most common forms of obesity.
Robert De Niro's efforts to gain weight for the movie Raging
Bull-and then lose it-demonstrate the limits of the homeostatic
system. Hollywood celebrities may not seem to have much in common
with the average American, but the extremes to which De Niro
had to go for his role gave us experimental information it would
have been hard to get another way.
First, he gained sixty pounds for the film by loading up on calories,
and then he dropped most of that weight.
When I asked how he'd been able to do it, De Niro explained
that it had been easy to lose the first thirty-five or forty pounds. "I
stretched the rubber band and let it come back," he said.
But the last twenty pounds had been much harder. His body
seemed inclined to settle at a weight that was higher than it had been
before his gain. Returning to his pre film weight, De Niro said, had
required a vigilant mind-set. He likened the process he'd gone
through to that of an alcoholic trying to stay sober.
Without knowing the biological explanation, De Niro had
sensed that the homeostatic system was not acting alone.
Despite all the research focused on homeostasis, it is not the
only influence on food intake. Researchers have shown that what we
eat doesn't depend solely on signals sent by the brain to maintain a
stable weight. Another region of the brain, with different circuitry,
is also involved, and often it's in charge. This is known as the reward
And in America, in the fight between energy balance and
reward, the reward system is winning.

Progress as of today: 86.9 lbs lost so far, only 79.3 lbs to go!

tangalyn on 07/23/2010:
that book seems to be full of facts... thanks for sharing :) have a good day

selina on 07/23/2010:
that's a great book you are sharing with us!

nita51 on 07/23/2010:
Sis, You are soooo right! " It had to be YOU,,,because I don't think I could have mustered up that kind of strength on my own. I've been feeling like I was sinking, but I knew I couldn't just allow myself to go under. Thanks sis, for never giving up on me. I believe,, "I'm back" - Love Ya & Hugs & xoxo Powerful Book, I enjoy the inserts.

V on 07/23/2010:
Hi Kathy :) Thank you! Have a wonderful weekend

Umpqua on 07/23/2010:
Thanks for posting, very interesting. Hope you have a great weekend!

hollybelle on 07/23/2010:
Another eye opening post. Interesting.....I related to Andrew (below) again too.

Moody3 on 07/23/2010:
Love the excerpt again!! I had a psychology class last year called Motivations and Emotions~part of what we studied was what motivates us to eat, beyond simple hunger/survival~Reading your post reminded me of what I learned~specifically the reward center~I had to do a paper on that...Thanks for sharing, so interesting and insightful!!!

Hope you are having a wonderful day!

KathyBlue - Thursday Jul 22, 2010
(Healthy eating (with doctor) and Exercise)
Weight: 239.3

Some refreshing tennis in the morning, then I had to run to work because I had a meeting. Hate to talk on meetings. Well, knowing things others don't and teaching them have their charms of course, and I'm a Leo sign so... I cannot resist! 

Well, the new racquet is killing me. First of all it's much smaller than my previous ones (any!, 90 sq/inch now, and I had 100 and 109 before)... this racquet is now the official of the Swiss dude, Roger Federer, all time champion (yeah, of course he will have a new one tomorrow ), but I understand that I would need his arms (and his bank account too, why not, heheheh), too... My girl colleagues said they would need the guy itself with all included... LOL, yeah, that's a certain point of view for sure. So the way I have this new racquet I have to add up a lot more effort to get the freaking ball to the other side... I almost do like the pro players, shouting ridiculously when beating the little green bastards... ahhh I'm so boring right now!!!!!

Today's menu:

06H45 - cup of LF milk w/ LF cocoa powder and black sugar (200 kcal)

10H00 - LF milk w/ coffee (100 kcal)

11H30 - plums (100 kcal)

13H00 - and once again a tin of picant sardines and white rice, with lettuce (some olive oil on it) and a fruit puree (650 kcal)

15H00 - LF milk w/ coffee (100 kcal)

17H45 - a tangerine (50 kcal)

20H30 - 2 nectarines, a salty cookie and a plain yogurt (220 kcal)

21H30 - a bifidus yogurt (60 kcal)

Grand total: 1480 kcal

Ahh, and let me continue my quotes of yesterday, as Andrew was a success among you my friends:

Pizza is Andrew's favorite food, and when he smells a hot slice, he's
completely distracted. "All I'm thinking about is that pizza," he
admitted. "Very little holds my attention the way a pizza holds my
attention. I'm telling you, food talks. All food talks.
"I bet when an addictive gambler walks into a casino, he will
recognize with resignation that he's going to gamble and lose money.
I think that recognition makes him upset, but it also makes him
exhilarated. Like that gambler, I think that time gets suspended
when I walk into a pizza place. Time is suspended, you're not in time
anymore, you're not in your own body anymore.
"I pretend that there are no consequences to my actions. All that
exists is me and that pizza, me and that pizza. That's the feeling."
I hadn't planned on tormenting Andrew when I put those
M&M's before him and asked how they made him feel.
"They are incredibly distracting," he allowed.
"Would eating them make you feel better?" I asked.
Andrew said the first taste would give him a "rush" that was incredibly
satisfying. But as he kept popping the candy into his mouth, he
knew he would begin to feel ill. "More than ten or fifteen M&M's and
it's just too much. It's like the sugar is digging a hole in my stomach."
Despite this, he'll keep on eating them.
I heard a degree of self-loathing in Andrew as he told his story.
"The worst thing for me is to be caught in the act of buying M&M's,"
he admitted. He'll shove the candy into his pocket as soon as he
leaves the cashier, hoping no one will see him.
"I'm a fat guy," he said, "and nobody wants to watch a guy who's
overweight eat bad food. They just find it repulsive."

"How do you feel about yourself after you eat them?"
"I say to myself, 'There's another loss of control, another 240
calories that I don't need.' But all of the rational thoughts in the
world can't compete with the color and expectation of an M&M."
Nothing else has that kind of power over Andrew, a man accustomed
to running his own life. "An inanimate object, an inanimate
food has power," he said, a hint of disgust in his voice.
Andrew recognized the promise of reward embedded in food.
"It adds color to the day," he said, acknowledging that he feels pulled
in by its "comfort, stimulation, sedation, happiness, the chance to
put fun in the day."
America, he said, has become "a food fun house ... a carnival of
delicious, fatty, salty, sugary, and, more to the point, accessible and
cheap delights. How could you expect to go to the carnival and not
want to go on the rides? It's bright and colorful and fun and exciting.
There are all these pings and noises. Of course you want to go
on a ride; of course you want to play the game; of course you want
to spend your money on this stimulation."
"Do you feel better when you eat?" I asked.
"The funny thing about eating endless amounts is that it's illogical,
because the feeling is momentary," he said. "You can create one
more moment of good feeling, but it never lasts."
That is a classic description of the body's reward system. "The good feeling is ephemeral, but it's what makes the behavior reinforcing," I explained. "Because it doesn't last, you want to do it again."
I asked Andrew whether he understood why he lost control.
That was a total mystery to him. "No idea," he answered. He
was keen to know why food could hold such power over him.
"You've been conditioned by food and by cues that remind you
of that food," I explained. "They focus your attention, promote
anticipation, and build desire."
I wanted Andrew to realize that many people are wired for food
the same way he is, and they're just as likely to lose control.
The food industry has been remarkably successful at designing
foods to capture the attention of people like him. Food manufacturers,
food designers, and restaurant owners may not fully understand
the science behind the appeal of their foods, but they know that
sugar, fat, and salt sell. As surely as if he were wearing a bull's-eye on
his chest, Andrew is one of the industry's targets.


Progress as of today: 86.9 lbs lost so far, only 79.3 lbs to go!

loveray on 07/22/2010:
i used to love playing tennis, but just dont have a racquet and courts near by. i am playing tennis vicariously through you!! haha. hope you have a wonderful day:)

liza36 on 07/22/2010:
I didn't realize that a smaller racket would mean more effort, but I guess it makes sense. At least you are doing something you enjoy, so that's good. Have a great day!

loveray on 07/22/2010:
its a river near by our house

Umpqua on 07/22/2010:
Another fascinating excerpt. I think another problem (again, maybe more prevalent in the US and UK) is that many people don't cook their own food. They live on fast food, restaurants and pre-packaged convenience foods. And the cycle just feeds itself (pun intended!) I think if you step back and take the time to prepare wholesome meals from natural ingredients you develop a different relationship with food. And growing your own food really gives you a better overall perspective of what we need to nourish us. I happen to love food and a night out at an excellent restaurant is one of my favorite things to do. I don't think we have to give up our love of food to change our relationship with it into something mutually satisfying (does that even make sense?) Using food to fill an emotional or mental void is a big problem. And that's where those fatty sugar-laden foods can really mess people up. Empty foods don't nourish us at all, not physically or in any other way.

geevee on 07/22/2010:
America as a food funhouse. I love that description!

I've had quite a large number of European house guests who are what you'd describe as "holier than thou" about the eating habits of Americans. Everything said about our habits and food choices are true. No denying that. What makes it even more difficult is the affordability of this lousy diet and for most people, only 30min. for lunch and then right back to work for the rest of the day.

What I truly enjoy is going out to eat with them. And what do they do? Exactly what Americans do! Their excuse? We're on vacation. It's so cheap and I have to watch my travel budget. I wanted to taste this food I've heard about.

I just laugh to myself.

moogy on 07/22/2010:
Im impressed with your Tennis accomplishments, my daughter is a Leo - pushy, determined people aren't you? LOL I am an Aries - it gets a little competitive around here.!!

V on 07/22/2010:
Hey I am a Leo too Kathy!!! Aug 17th, when is yours??

Moody3 on 07/22/2010:
Had to laugh at the " beating thelittle green bastards" comment~heh...

LOVED the excerpt again~Wow~does that hit home or what??? I feel like those were my thoughts I was reading~Thanks for sharing~

nita51 on 07/23/2010:
Hi Sis - waited too late to post, I'm soooo sleepy, but I'll holla at ya later love you too. xoxo back at ya!

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