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Runner - Monday Oct 27, 2003

Weight: 120.0

Thanks for the comments! Actually, I do have a thyroid problem. I've been taking medication for 5 years, and I have the sneaky suspicion that my thyroid doesn't help my metabolism any...in fact, when it was very underactive, I gained 20 pounds. I've worked my tail off losing that weight, but it hasn't been easy.

I just wish I could be more disiplined! I did well all day yesterday, but ended up eating about 4 pieces of birthday cake! WHAT????? Wasn't one enough? It should have been! But it tasted soooo good! That was dumb, though. It's not like I never have cake. I don't know why I have this mindset that if one tastes good, then two must taste better...and three must be even better! No, that is totally the opposite! I always feel worse when I over-do it!

Anyway, my race is in three weeks. I'm hoping to do well. It will be my first long race in another country! :) I've only really raced in the U.S., so this will be very international. (For those of you who are new, I just moved to Asia two months ago)

scruffy on 10/27/2003:
Scruff was here :-)

curlsncuffs on 10/28/2003:
Hi Runner!

Thanks for the comments - I'm thrilled I inspire you!

I read your entry about the cake - here's what I say to myself - I know what cake taste like, I know what chocolate taste like - I've tasted them before - so, in my mind I'm not deprived - I'd be deprived if I'd never had eye sight before. (IMO)

Good luck with your race - my hubby just did the Baltimore Marathon - 26 miles - in 5 hrs 15 min.

I was a size 18/20 - back in April - 240lbs

Now, size 14 jeans - very comfortable - and the shirt I have on today - a long sleeve turtle neck, orange in color - I love fall - size "S"! Small, yes!

I now weigh 187 - I'd love to weigh 135 - 12 years ago I remember weighing 147 - I was a size 9 - I had never been a NINE in my life! I've struggled with weight all my life - I remember dieting at 10! Sucks. I think for me this time - is its not a diet - is a way of life! It just has to be this way! This is now the way I eat! Try thinking of it that way! What about a JOURNAL - when you want to eat - instead write why you want to eat! Runner, I've been reading your for awhile now - and your sturggle. I admire your determination - even if you don't have a staggering weight loss number - you plug at this everyday too! Personal question: Rhetorical too! Is there something in your past prohibiting you? Read Dr. Phil's book - is there something? I'm rooting for you in the race! Don't think of food so much - do other stuff! Volunteer at a hospital for eating disorders - maybe being around it will help you! How about a support group? I wish I was there to help! Take care!

Runner - Monday Oct 27, 2003

Weight: 119.0

This week I want to be disciplined. I want to lose a pound. I need to have at least four good days, because Friday and Saturday are going to be filled with food and fun...and if I'm not disciplined this week, another pound will be gained.

It's so discouraging, though, that I have to be so careful. I am training for another 25K, and I am running at least 50 minutes a day, but I still can't lose a pound. And I don't like it when my clothes feel tighter!

I have a birthday party tonight, but I have to go late. I hope all the cake is gone by the time I get there...or that I just don't want a piece!

pezzy34 on 10/27/2003:
Hey, have you by any chance gone to see a doctor? It sounds like you are one of those people who can look at a cookie and gain weight... do you know what I mean? I have a very sensitive metabolism also and while it is possible for me to lose weight successfully, it is VERY easy to put it back on quickly. So, I need to be careful. I found out that I have a slightly underactive thyroid and they put me on a very low dosage medication... it helped tremendously. But if you are having that problem it could be something medically. There are a ton of different reasons that happens and if nothing else a doc could give you the peace of mind that nothing is wrong! I know that in my case when I wasn't losing I was walking on that eating healthy/eating disorder line very very carefully and I don't want someone else to get to that point out of frustration, ya know? I know you'll do just fine!!! Keep up the good work! Love, Jenni

halley on 10/27/2003:
When is the race?

gigi43 on 10/27/2003:
I was looking at your progress chart and it looks like you have maintained a steady weight for quite awhile now. You should be giving yourself a parade for that not-so-small feat! Maybe your body is just comfortable at this weight and I would imagine that you look awesome! And if you're running you're probably pretty muscular so I've decided that I'm not going to feel sorry for the gorgeous 119 pound babe!!

Runner - Wednesday Oct 22, 2003

Weight: 120.0

I'm disappointed today...somehow, I've gained two pounds. I really don't understand how I gain weight so easily. I watch how other people eat, and I can only imagine how much I would gain if I ate like them. Every day at 3pm, people here go out and get snacks, sugary drinks, ice cream, whatever! I just eat my healthy yogurt and wish that I could eat whatever I want. But I can't. And anytime I go a little over what I should, I put on weight.

But these people stay the same. And they eat much more than I do at mealtimes.

I definitely get enough to eat...that's not the problem. But I am so careful... It's just funny how a couple of big meals will set me back one or two pounds. And it doesn't matter if I run 6 miles and lift weights. I can't lose a pound.


Today is harder than most days for me with the weight thing. I think it's because I don't feel like I deserve the extra gain.

Sorry this is kinda depressing! I feel better when I'm completely honest with myself, though...so once in awhile, my entries are more negative than at other times.

breakaway on 10/22/2003:
Sometimes you wonder what the heck others are doing to lose weight. It does seem to come so easy for some doesn't it? Hang in there and soon it will be your turn! DOn't give up, you have earned it but you may just have to take it too. Stay with us and hope your day tomorrow goes well!!

squiggly on 10/23/2003:
Don't worry about being negative! We all do it at times. You will get to where you want to go. You'll become thin while all the others blow up like a whale, LOL!!!!!! Unfortunately, it's alot easier to gain than to lose. You'll do it.

Runner - Monday Oct 20, 2003

Weight: 118.0

THANK YOU to all of you who took the time to comment on my last entry! I would like to give up sugar, but at the moment, I am just trying to eat less. In fact, I've stayed away from candy for a few days! So maybe I will take the challenge soon!

I do have a question---are "sugar-free" products allowed on a "no-sugar" diet? I mean, I think I'm going to have to cut those out, too...even though I enjoy s.f. jello and pudding and soda once in awhile. But I think they lead to more sugar cravings...

I'm doing okay with the food here right now. I'm learning to say "no" when I really don't want it. That may offend some Chinese people, but my sanity is at stake here! And it's only FOOD! They can get over it. I just can't bring myself to eat pig knuckles...

pezzy34 on 10/20/2003:
I am giving up refined sugars... to comment on your sugar issue! LOL I am cutting out candy and the like, but not fruit. I eat fruits, but try to avoid canned fruit that is soaked in syrup. I use sugar free jelly, but I stay away from other sugar free products for now... I'm just not ready. LOL

Love, Jenni

breakaway on 10/20/2003:
I think this site will help you make up your mind about sugar free produts. Hope it helps. GO to: <B>http://www.joslin.harvard.edu/education/library/sugar_free_foods.shtml</B> Have a great day today!!

Runner - Friday Oct 17, 2003

Weight: 118.0

I'm seriously considering giving up sugar for at least 3 weeks. I have a friend who wants to try it with me. She's convinced that we'll feel a lot better and quit having cravings after a few days. Has anyone ever tried this? I do eat too much sugar, and I would like to be more disciplined about it. I'd really have to empty my cupboards of any candy, marshmallows, etc. that may be too tempting.

And does that mean I should give up fruit, too? Any suggestions from anyone?

I'd like to try it just to see if I could...

Jarrod on 10/17/2003:
I've never heard of anyone doing this, but it might work. I would only give up unnatural sugar thought becuase you still need to eat fruit. Best of luck

starlight on 10/17/2003:
I wouldn't give up the fruit, but if you can give up the unnatural sugar like jarrod said, I agree, go for it. Problem is, there is sugar in like everything! But, if you can do it for just three weeks, why not? Take care and have a good day. Kim

srchng4sknny on 10/17/2003:
It usually takes me about 2 weeks to stop feeling cravings. Until then, it's torture! But I don't think you should cut out fruit, just limit it to 2-3 pieces a day. Fruit has natural sugars, much better than refined sugar, and the good nutrients definitely outweigh the bad! Good luck!

curvy shar on 10/17/2003:
Yes, we gave up sugar. We read the "Potatoes, Not Prozac" book, which was very thought-provoking. You can actually be addicted to sugar and the feeling it gives you. Much the same as overeating on simple carbs. At any rate, after a few days, we did feel better. I think you would, too. Your moods may improve as well.

Now we don't eat any refined sugar at all. We limit our fruit to two pieces per day. The sugar in fruit is better for you, but it's still sugar. I could easily eat fruit all day long, but know that my body can't handle the sugar.

Have a good weekend!

breakaway on 10/17/2003:
Fruit is full of sugar but I would only give it up for a few day's. There was a few of us here a while ago that had a challenge going on that we would have NO sugar. I lost! lol IT's SO hard so if you can do this I give you TONS of credit! Even for three day's is great! We were trying for a week but I think I made it 1/2 day. Maybe you could go no sugar except for fruit? I think that would be what I would do. I think everyone need fruit every day. Good luck with your plans and hope it works out for you. Thank you so much for all your comments you leave for me! Your a great person and always have good things to say!

cac30202 on 10/17/2003:
giving up sugar is the whole premise for atkins and the other low carb diets. If you get yourself off sugar the cravings to go away and you will feel better!

ThinLee on 10/17/2003:
Ditto on Curvy Shar's post. She and I gave up sugar back in March. We went cold turkey. It wasn't very long before the cravings went away completely. And I can't tell you how much better we felt! Go for it!!

Littlebear on 10/18/2003:
Hi Runner, I haven't been over weight all my life and used to be a runner too. But anyhoo, for now I'm up to 260 and when I gave up sugar I lost 15 lbs and felt fantastic. It takes about a month then the craving aren't that bad. But if I eat something sugary then that's it and I end up back on sugar. My goal is to give it up completely because I love the way I feel when I don't eat anything with sugar. You'd be surprised to see what is in all of the processed foods that we eat. Check it out and you may find yourself throwing out foods that you never thought you'd do without. Good luck!

Runner - Tuesday Oct 14, 2003

Weight: 119.0

I did really well today except for the small brownie bites and candy I consumed around 3:40pm...that is usually my hungriest time! I've been kinda stressed in my job today, and it's hard not to eat when I'm stressed. Why is it so tempting to turn to food? I seem to lose all self-control when I'm feeling stressed. Tonight it is my goal to have a 150-calorie bedtime snack. I've still been doing the 300-500 calorie snack, and that's not what my body needs.

Scruffy on 10/15/2003:
hang tough, you'll get there.

Runner - Monday Oct 13, 2003

Weight: 120.0

Bad weekend. Too much food. I'm bloated, tired, and ready to get back on track.

starlight on 10/13/2003:
Glad to hear your ready to get back on track. Have a good day! :) Kim

Runner - Saturday Oct 11, 2003

Weight: 119.0

I finally got a scale! It was cheap, so I hope it works okay. It gives pounds and kilograms, so I don't have to do any more converting for awhile...yea!

Yesterday, a Chinese couple took us out for lunch and ordered a bunch of good, but greasy, food. I also had "night market" food for dinner, so it was a sodium and fat overload, I'm sure.

One thing I found out is that squid is VERY high in cholesterol...400mg per 3 ounces! And I had a lot of squid yesterday! I'll have to learn to be more careful....

it is so hard to eat well over here! Even now, my MIL is making lunch and is using too much olive oil, as far as I'm concerned!

BellaK on 10/11/2003:
Isn't it amazing how hard it is to eat healthy when we eat out? Why, oh why?! Have a wonderful weekend! Take care, Bella

Runner - Wednesday Oct 08, 2003

Weight: 119.0

I had to eat some of the lunch served to me yesterday, and it was swimming in oil. Honestly, I don't know how people here can consume so much vegetable oil. They may not eat desserts like Americans, but they drown all their food in fat. How do they stay skinny? That is the great mystery.

However, I have seen more overweight Asian kids than ever before. It's probably due to the increase in McDonald's restaurants or something. But the way these kids eat fried food amazes me. And yet the girls stay skinny!

It's not fair. (pout)

Okay, I'm done complaining for today! :) I'm ready to have a good day and make wise choices with food!

Scruffy on 10/09/2003:
Scruff was here :-)

breakaway on 10/09/2003:
You will make great food choices today i'm sure! Hang in there and NO Pouting!!! You will make your goal in no time!

pezzy34 on 10/09/2003:
So I took your advice and began walking and running both back and forth and it works! After just a little while my lungs tighten up and I feel that "stop or barf" feeling come over me and then I have "permission" to walk until that passes and I can run again. It works a WHOLE new group of muscles though! WHOA! I'm used to power walking and running uses your quads so much that I am actually sore today! I'm rarely sore from walking unless I've done more than 10 miles... and running is easier on my feet for some reason? But thanks so much for the advice! Love, Jenni

curvy shar on 10/09/2003:
Where IS over here? You probably have mentioned this in a prior entry, and I didn't read it. Hope you have a great day!

Runner - Tuesday Oct 07, 2003

Weight: 119.0

Well, I still have no scale, but my eating has been a bit better lately. I don't feel like I'm consuming anything in excess, although I still eat too much sugar! I really need to cut sugary snacks out of my diet. They have no nutritional value whatsoever!

I really miss cottage cheese and other low-fat dairy products. They just don't have good dairy products over here. I was really spoiled in the U.S. with all the variety. I guess you don't realize what you have until you don't have it anymore! It is really hard to find good, low-fat protein here.

legcramp on 10/08/2003:
I hope things look up soon in the food department and you find some that are low-fat and filled with protein!!

Have a great day today!

legcramp ;)

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