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Runner - Monday Sep 15, 2003

Weight: 118.0

Have any of you ever eaten something you thought was okay for your diet and then found out that you were dead wrong? That's such a bad feeling...I HATE feeling tricked! For example, one time I was told that I was given skim milk at a camp...but after I started eating my cereal, I thought that it tasted rather creamy, and found out later that it was whole milk! (They were all out of skim) And because I was hungry, I had eaten most of my cereal! Now, maybe that doesn't seem to be a big deal for you, but I hate being misled! Especially with food!

So when I bought "turnip cakes" at the market last night, I thought that I would be eating a vegetable. I couldn't read all the ingredients since they were in Chinese, but I figured I'd be okay. I should have known that something would have to be added to the turnips to give them a tofu-like consistency.

Well, I found out today that they're filled with lard.

And I thought I was doing so well! I hate it when I eat things that are filled with fat and I DON'T KNOW IT! I don't mind eating fat when it's MY choice to eat it, but I hate being so clueless about the food here! I guess I just have to mainly stick with what I know...but that takes the adventure out of it.

Anyway...it's a small bump in the road, but I felt like writing about it anyway.

CurlsnCuffs on 09/15/2003:
Hi Runner,

I have to AGREE - that SUCKS! I don't like that either...I often hope when I'm out and order diet coke - that I won't take the first drink and spit it out all over the people across from me! I hate regular coke. Too damn sweet!

Hang in there - hey, did your husbands job transfer you guys there?

breakaway on 09/15/2003:
That was the same as being lied to so I can see why you were upset. I know I would rather not had the milk in that case. I sometimes eat cereal without milk. Don't worry about the lard thing. It's an awful thing to find out but you didn't know so it wasn't your fault! Your right it's a very small bump in the road. You'll make it through this ok and you will be right back on track! Your great at this and I know you can make it!

Scruffy on 09/15/2003:
good b&m topic!!!

Runner - Thursday Sep 11, 2003

Weight: 118.0

Okay, I think we've finally found a weight room! We haven't been there yet, but it's at a university nearby, and we were told by a friend that we can work out there for free since her husband works there. YEA! It's been two months without lifting weights, so if I've lost any weight, I'm sure it's been muscle!

Okay, on another note...do any of you ever feel competitive with friends who are also trying to maintain their weight or lose weight? There's a girl at my work who seems very weight conscious...and for some odd reason, it bugs me! I feel somewhat threatened by her! Isn't that strange? She is so sweet and nice, but it bugs me when I watch her eat. She's very methodic in taking tiny bites and pushing her food around her plate...and she's a slow eater. I just have this feeling that she hates to eat in public and rarely eats in private. She's not super-skinny, but she's thin, and lately people have been commenting on how she looks like she's lost weight.

Anyway...how weird that I would feel threatened by that!

Scruffy on 09/12/2003:
Scruff was here :-)

Princess_Teacup on 09/12/2003:
I think those sort of feelings are really difficult to avoid. You are obviously a kind and compassionate person and as long as you have enough kind and supportive thoughts to negate the negative thoughts and that you always act on your kind and supportive ones you don't need to worry too much.

I'm currently sharing my food/exercise plans with my soon-to-be roommate and I find myself at once feeling supportive and threatened by her success. I think you just can't control how you feel towards the people that you care for sometimes but you can always manage how you behave.

Runner - Monday Sep 08, 2003

Weight: 118.0

I am having sugar cravings...I finally did some baking, but I didn't eat too much of my low-fat chocolate cake. It's so different living here, because good, low-fat desserts are scarce. I'm doing okay, but I feel like bingeing on junk food at times...good thing I can hardly find any to binge on! It's amazing how much less I snack when there isn't snack food around!

breakaway on 09/08/2003:
Can't figure out why americans are so overweight if we have the good non fat desserts! lol Do they have any desserts there or are they all just fatty? Do you notice many overweight people living there? Just curious...hey, don't ignore those craving's but just have your low fat desserts in moderation. Otherwise you may find yourself in a binge fit! Take care and have a great day!

Princess_Teacup on 09/08/2003:
I'm so inspired by your 6 mile runs. I've just gotten back into the swing of things and have only, in the last couple of days, managed to huff and puff my way through my old three-mile run. My idea is 5 miles daily and it feels really good to be back working towards that. I think that I would need to eat more if I was running more...I thnk that my biggest problem is that I took a few unfortunate breaks from my diet and packed on a couple of extra pounds each time I left town. Good luck with sweet-tooth management!

Scruffy on 09/08/2003:
Scruff was here :-)

Runner - Wednesday Sep 03, 2003

Weight: 118.0

Well, all the scales here are in kilograms. So I'm anywhere from 50-55 kilograms with all my clothes on. (I tried a few scales in the stores...but they were all so cheap-looking that I didn't know what to expect). That means I'm somewhere between 110-120 pounds, if I did the conversion right. Too much of a gap for me! I want accuracy!

But I'll probably never get really accurate measurements here. Everything is loaded with MSG and soy sauce, so I'm always a bit bloated!

One good thing---I found some low-fat cheese. (At least that's what the label said...)

One bad thing---I had WAY too much oil in my stir-fry yesterday, but there was little I could do about it without making a bit show...and not speaking the language is quite a barrier at times when trying to explain something to the chef!

curlsncuffs on 09/03/2003:
Hey Runner,

Where are you? Is this a permanent spot for you? You've done so good - I've always admired your dedication to working out! Keep up the good work.

breakaway on 09/03/2003:
Must be pretty hard to comunicate there. Sounds like your doing pretty well though and good for you for finding that low fat cheese! Hope you find an accurate way for weighing in. Take care!

Runner - Thursday Aug 28, 2003

Weight: 118.0

I want to buy a scale this weekend. I've gotten lots of exercise this week, but still have yet to find a gym to lift weights. The people here eat a lot, yet most of them are skinny! How strange. I'm going to a seafood buffet for lunch with my co-workers...hope I can leave without stuffing myself!

Runner - Tuesday Aug 26, 2003

Weight: 118.0

Well, we have finally moved! We are in another country right now, and I've realized already that I'm not going to have all the conveniences of low-fat foods that I had in the States. I guess I'll just have to adapt and make the best of it! That should be the least of my concerns, but it's hard to go into a grocery store and not see things like nonfat yogurt, Healthy CHoice ice cream, and low-fat peanut butter!

I want to buy a scale, but it's been good to have about a month off of weighing myself. However, I am quite curious to see what I'm at right now. My clothes still fit, so that's good.

Most of the food here is fried, so I'll have to be careful...but I can buy fruit and veggies from the street vendors when I need to. Ah, life is an adventure!

Runner - Saturday Aug 23, 2003

Weight: 118.0

This has been a tough three weeks for me...I've only lifted weights twice, and I'm used to visiting the weight room 5-6 times a week. Tomorrow we move. THen maybe I can get into a routine again...hopefully I can find a gym.

Runner - Tuesday Aug 19, 2003

Weight: 118.0

I'm finally back home with my parents. THat means more freedom in eating what I want and when I want. They've relaxed a lot in that area. Whew! But the big move is next week, so I'm still not in a routine yet. I'll be glad when it's all over.

I finally went a day without ice cream. This past week and a half, I've had it every day, sometimes twice a day! Yikes! Tis the season, I guess. End of summer ice cream parties seemed to be everywhere.

Runner - Friday Aug 15, 2003

Weight: 118.0

Still no scale.


Ah, well. It's probably for the best. I think I'm maintaining my weight given my workouts...but I am indulging in at least one big treat a day, like ice cream.

Right now, I'm feeling some hostility from my SIL. She's always been a little "cordial" around me...not mean, but just not friendly. This morning, as I was eating my egg-white omelet, she was telling me that all the cholesterol in eggs is in the whites. Really? I thought the yolk was the culprit. Maybe she's right, but I just felt like she was being critical.

See, she doesn't exercise or run like I do, and I think I threaten her at times. She's skinny, but has no muscle. She just has an awesome metabolism.

Anyway, other than occasional critical comments from her, I'm managing to have a good time with my husband's family. (Although I know they don't understand my need to exercise and watch what I eat)

superstarr on 08/15/2003:
I agree that the yolk is the culprit. Why in the hell would egg beaters made with all egg whites, be ZERO cholesterol if all of it was in the white? give me a break! there is nothing I hate more than people talking about stuff they know nothing about. I mean just because someone is thin, doesn't mean they know anything about dieting and nutrition, it could just mean they have a high metabolism. Like you said! You can tell Im irritated with you SIL! I have a few SIL's and one of them is the worst!! Drives me crazy!

It sounds like your doing well though and Im sure all your working out is keeping you sane!

Enjoy the rest of your visit.

Runner - Tuesday Aug 12, 2003

Weight: 118.0

I ended up working out for almost three hours yesterday at the fancy health club. I took two classes and did my own workout as well. I decided to pay for one more day today, so after my 1 1/2 hour workout this morning, I weighed myself, hoping that I'd see a small decrease.


I wonder what would happen if I stopped working out. I swear, I must not burn calories like other people do...my body must just be too in shape. I know that sounds weird, but I swear, I can't lose weight by exercising more and eating less. So strange.

superstarr on 08/12/2003:
3 hours, 3 hours!! holy crap!! That is amazing! how do you find the motivation to do that? what is it that makes you want to spend that kind of time at the gym, rather than in front of the tv eating? please tell me!!!

Im so very impressed!

Im also sorry you didn't see any loss, but give it a few days. It sounds like you are just in great shape and your body wants to stay where you are. Do you think because you work out so much you just have a lot of muscle? I mean maybe everytime you work out your gaining a little more muscle and that is why your not seeing any loss. We all know that muscle weighs more than fat. I don't know.......

Im just trying to get inspired by you!!

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