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Runner - Tuesday Nov 18, 2003

Weight: 118.0

Yesterday was a good day. I stayed away from candy. Whew! Let's see if I can do it again today.

So check back tomorrow...

curvy shar on 11/19/2003:
So how did you do? Have you ever read the "Potatoes not Prozac" book? I was re-reading part of that earlier today. Seems that there are a lot of us who are very sensitive to sugar. That can manifest itself in various ways: eating lots of sweets, breads, pasta, cakes, cookies, etc. Fascinating book and theory. I would urge you to check it out if you haven't already read it.

Runner - Monday Nov 17, 2003

Weight: 118.0

A pound up today. All my discipline just flew out the window yesterday. I ended up eating too much candy, peanut butter, and junk. Junk, junk, junk. Why do I feed my body junk? I eat so many veggies and lean protein, but I somehow find excuses to eat candy and other sweet stuff. Those of you reading my entries probably get tired of seeing the same things over and over again. I admire those of you who have made so much progress. I feel like I have made progress in many ways, but I still am so weak.

It's time to get serious. I just don't think I have wanted to be serious about it yet. Even though I may SOUND serious, I often lose my discipline around 3:00pm. And then my brain rationalizes that I can afford to eat the candy...

but the scale tells me differently!

Anyway, my goal is to have a good day today. One day at a time. No candy. Only fruit for sweets. I CAN do this. I will survive if I don't eat sugar! And I'll feel better, too!

breakaway on 11/17/2003:
You know, that is about the same time I am ready to give up for the day. Its So hard to keep at this diet once the afternoon kicks in. I wonder why that is. You have been so strong and I know you can do this! I have fought off the urges to eat daily for so long now, so it can be done. I believe that your stronger then I am so i know you can do this! Hang in there and you will see good results. You have just run a marathon so your body needs to readjust to things now. Hope your day goes well!!

Runner - Sunday Nov 16, 2003

Weight: 117.0

The race is over! It was definitely the hardest race I've ever run...about 7K was straight uphill...ugh! It took a lot out of me, but I ended up placing 5th for women overall, and that made me feel really good! I'm just thankful I finished!

Anyway, I need to take a break from running for awhile...at least I need to just run for 30 minutes and not an hour. It's wearing me out. But if I do that, I'll have to cut back a couple hundred calories a day. That's okay. I want to be better disciplined with my eating anyway. I'm tired of using the excuse, "well, I burned a lot of calories today," as a way to eat whatever I want.

I need to cut back on sweets. Period.

breakaway on 11/17/2003:
Terrific job!!! That is very impressive! I am very proud of you. Good luck on cutting those calories, I know that will be hard but I know you can do it! Great job!

Runner - Thursday Nov 13, 2003

Weight: 117.0

According to the scale, I lost a pound! Wow! I did pretty well yesterday. I had a calorie-laden milk tea in the afternoon, but other than that, I made smart choices. (I didn't know the tea was calorie-laden until after I drank it. It was given to me, so I felt like I shouldn't refuse it. Now that I know it's just a bunch of empty calories, I'll be smarter next time).

Thanks to those who left comments! I'll try to get Dr. Phil's book, although it will be hard to find here. Maybe I can purchase it online...

My race is Sunday! I hope I'm ready. I was feeling a bit of pain in my shin yesterday...bad timing! Usually my body is pain-free. I just want to do well. There will be several hundred world-class runners there and over 20,000 runners total. I'm sure I'll be inspired! :)

breakaway on 11/14/2003:
Hey congrats on your lb loss!!! Terrific job! I'm sure you will be in aww to see all those world class runners...I know I would be :) GOod luck!

Runner - Wednesday Nov 12, 2003

Weight: 118.5

Well, I stayed away from candy yesterday. Yea! But I overdid it on peanut butter and some frosting. (still sugar) It was low-fat frosting, but that's beside the point. For some reason, I take pleasure in overeating at least one food a day. It may be peanut butter, candy, or ice cream, but it's never a vegetable or fruit. It's almost always a carb. And an unhealthy carb. I've realized that I take in an extra 500-700 calories every day when I "over-do it." And I may be running 6 miles a day, but it isn't keeping me from gaining weight, slowly but surely. If I could just cut out those "snack times" when I feel like I lose control, I wouldn't feel so pressured to run every day to counteract my sweet tooth.

I want to be more disciplined during my snack times. I eat three very healthy meals a day...my word,I love veggies! My dinner is ALWAYS a bunch of veggies with lean protein and a healthy carb. But I either lose it in the late afternoon or before bed. I do stupid things like eat peanut butter out of the jar with a spoon.

So I got rid of the peanut butter last night. That's my first step. I avoided candy. That's another step. But I need to stop getting pleasure from "secretly indulging" in my so-called "comfort foods."

Why do I do this? I have no idea. I can't think of any psychological reason why I would find comfort in food. My hubby doesn't do this. He just eats when the food is there and stops when he is full. He doesn't dream about food, think about food, and eat frosting straight out of the jar!

This is a blunt entry, but at least I'm being honest.

curlsncuffs on 11/13/2003:

Thank you for being honeset, we are not here to judge. We all are here because we basically have the same battle in some form or another. I also have eaten peanut butter out of the jar - tons of ice cream at a time - lots of cookies - and yes, frosting right from the can! I've been there, done that!

I really recommend couseling (can you see Dr. Phil now?). Especially since you really can't put your finger on it. Right now you are young, and you run 6 miles a day! (BTW - awesome!) But, soon your metabolisim(SP?) will change and you will wish you fingered it 10 years ago! Don't wait. It seems to bother you both physically and emotionally. Time to do some emotional house cleaning and get to the bottom of it! It will be a big releif from you, I'm sure!


curvy shar on 11/13/2003:
You're not alone! I just can't have stuff that I love in the house. I'm like an alcoholic that way. I can't stop if I know it's there. As long as I stay away from my comfort foods, I am okay.

biscottibody59 on 11/13/2003:
Got this from a web page recently--thought it was an interesting perspective:

<I>When you sit down to eat, ask yourself, "What am I going to be doing for the next three hours of my life?" Then, if you're taking a nap, eat less than the average amount of carbos; if you're planning on being active, eat more than the average amount of carbos. For average between-meal activities, eat an average sized meal. Always keeep your protein intake up to an appropriate level. This simple system ensures that you'll never put fat on from eating excess calories, or cannibalize your muscles from eating too little.</I>

Maybe it'll give you a little help--Cheers!

Runner - Monday Nov 10, 2003

Weight: 118.5

My race is this weekend...so I'm praying my body holds up and I don't do something silly like sprain my ankle before Sunday. I've run a 25K before, but never in such hot weather and hilly terrain. So I know this will be a workout!

I'm doing okay eating-wise in some areas...but I ate too much candy yesterday. A lady from the States brought my husband and me some Milky Way Dark bars...yum! I haven't had those in a long time. Sometimes I just crave a good candy bar. But after I ate half the candy bar, I wanted a small Butterfinger bar...and then some candy corns.

And it's a never-ending cycle. Some of you have encouraged me to give up sugar altogether because you know how hard it is to stop once you start eating it.

Thanks for your encouragement. I'm tired of being so addicted to sugar. I don't know if I can stop completely, but I think I'm willing to try.

breakaway on 11/11/2003:
Good luck on your race. Sounds exciting! You can do this sugar thing! Just take it slow if you don't think you can do it cold turkey. You will do just fine! Have a great day today.

Runner - Sunday Nov 09, 2003

Weight: 118.0

WEll, I made it through the three-day work trip, and I think I ate pretty well! In fact, I think I lost a pound! I'll find out tomorrow. One good thing was that I hardly snacked at all. Instead, I just ate regular meals...so that probably cut out a few hundred calories!

I bypassed the ice cream and other tasty goodies at a luncheon today...one small step, but it felt good to actually say "no" for once!

Runner - Tuesday Nov 04, 2003

Weight: 118.0

I only had one brownie for lunch today. But I have about 4 left, and I should just get rid of them. Why is it so hard to get rid of food? It's just FOOD, for crying out loud!

My husband and I are traveling for the next five days...that means a lot of eating out (with co-workers and stuff). Usually I do okay...and my big race is next weekend, so I can always use the excuse that I need to watch my diet during these last few training days.

breakaway on 11/04/2003:
You are a very stong person and I know you will do the right thing while being out around all that good food. Maybe GIVE those brownies away to some kids. Then you won't feel so bad. I know how hard it is to throw out food when there are so many people starving in this world. Yes, GIVE that food away! Good luck! Your doing a great job!

geevee on 11/04/2003:
My mother always made me eat ALL my dinner and I couldn't leave the table until I did because "of all the millions who are starving around the world." So I can't throw food away either. To do so is invonceivable. I'd wrap up the brownies individually and put them in the freezer for those "weak" moments when you just have to have that chocolate 'fix'.

pezzy34 on 11/04/2003:
Hey! Well, I'll give you my honest opinion, because I don't like bullsh*& ya know? So, have you tried cutting out the sweets all together? I SWEAR that if you cut them out the cravings will stop. Replace them with fresh apples, cantelope, grapes (frozen grapes are good), juice pops or sugar free gum? I doubt you have much weight to lose at all, but that stuff is just horrid for your blood sugar levels, teeth and energy levels. It will suck the life right out of you. I can't have just a piece of chocolate without wanting to devour everything. If the cravings are really strong it could be a result of a hormonal imbalance or even the onset of diabetes. Keep an eye on yourself if you are freakishly thirsty or anything like that okay? I think you are doing awesome though. Give yourself more credit! First of all, you admit all of this outloud and that is the biggest step! You are obviously concerned, so that means you know that sugar is a problem for you or a trigger. Sugar is a HUGE issue for me too, so I know exactly what you are going through. There is NO way in hell I could pass up a brownie, so I just never have them around. I would inhale them like a vaccum. Good luck!! Love, Jenni

legcramp on 11/04/2003:
Good luck during the next five days while you're traveling!! I know it's always harder to watch portion sizes and quality of food when you're on the road and eating out all the time. Have a wonderful day today!

Runner - Monday Nov 03, 2003

Weight: 118.0

I had three fudge brownies for lunch today.

They were left over from the costume party I had on Saturday.

Man, were they good. But one would have been sufficient, you know?

My sugar cravings are so out-of-control sometimes!!

curvy shar on 11/03/2003:
So are all the brownies gone now? If not, throw the rest of them out!! Have a great day.

Runner - Wednesday Oct 29, 2003

Weight: 119.0

Yesterday I made a big list of my food frustrations, my motivations for losing a couple of pounds, my strategies, my goals, and my favorite tips from dieters. I even shared the list with my husband, who is so supportive. Anyway, even with all that, I lost some self-control at lunch and ate some candy corns and half a Snickers bar. Did I need that? No.

Do I know what candy tastes like?

You'd better believe it! Am I a better person because I consumed all that extra sugar and calories?


Did it help me in any way?


Will I learn how to refuse the temptation to eat junk?

I will.

I liked CurlsnCuffs comments on my entry yesterday. What a woman! What discipline! I did manage to say "no" to several things yesterday...so I am making progress. However, I say "Yes" way too often. And it's only because I'm running 6 miles a day that I can keep my weight fairly stable. If I stopped exercising at the pace I am right now, I'd be in big trouble. SO...I need to form good habits now. Because I may not always be training for a big race. My body may need a break. And I don't like losing control, anyway. It makes me feel weak.

scruffy on 10/30/2003:
Scruff was here :-)

curvy shar on 10/30/2003:
Do you keep junk food in the house? Maybe it's time to get rid of all of it.

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