Tuesday, 30 October 2007

Day 180 - 21 Charms & 9 Spacers (Dr. Phil continued)

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Dr. Phil continued.....


Remember the 7 keys I mentioned? I pronised to talk about 7 today, so here goes:

  1. Right thinking
  2. Healing feelings
  3. A no-fail environment
  4. Mastery over food and impulse eating
  5. High response Cost, High Yield Nutrition
  6. Intentional excercise
  7. Your circle of support

Yet another babystep

Your circle of support; sounds easy doesn't it? Well the bottom line is this, I cannot do it ALONE. I need help, it is imperative. What I can do I choose my group of friends, supportive friends carefully. This requires soem work, and honest evaluation.

The cheering section

Phil distinguishes within your group of friends and family between saboteurs and supporters. And there are several kinds of saboteurs. Mind you this can still be people who love you.

  1. The food pusher
  2. The control freak
  3. The green eyed monster
  4. The statue

My next posts will deal with each of these groups, and is at the same time an exercise to evaluate my friends and family.

See you tomorrow!

Oh and if you scroll down, today was not a very good day in my healthy eating regime. 55 points...........FAINTS, but can still grin about it. No worries, upon the morn all is as it should be again. My father's birthday deserves a little splurge, the man is now 72 years old!

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Breakfast

6,0 points
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2,0 p - 1 egg
2,0 p - 2 cs mayonaise light, sweet soja
0, 0 p - chinese cabbage, paksoi and tomatoes
1, 0 p - 2 dl. optimel drinking yoghurt
1, 0 p - 1 bananas, strawberries
2 water

Lunch
2,0 points
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2,0 p - 4 rice crackers (at station)
2 water

Diner
13,5 points
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8,0 p - Nasi Goreng
2,0 p - 1 egg
3,5 p - 80 gr. chicken with skin
2 water

Diversen
35,5 points
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14,0 p - buttercake
2,0 p - 2 speculaas
6,0 p - 6 choux buns with wipped cream
3,5 p - 50 gr. filet american
6,0 p - 60 gr. cheese
4,0 p - 8 canapes
2 water

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Day maximum: 28,0 points
2 water/tea (11:00 PM), 3 vegetable, 3 fruit, 1 fat, 2 calcium
1. Total bonuspoints used/saved: 57,0/4,0
2. Bonuspoints needed/saved: 35,0/7,0
Exercise total: 1207 minutes/0 minutes walking (next spacer 1220 minutes)

***SUMMARY: water OK WAY TOO MANY POINTS; Points needed 28,0; Extra excercise: ***

Monday, 29 October 2007

Day 179 - 21 Charms & 9 Spacers (on Dr. Phil)

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Before I start.....

Look at this link. Notice how Dr. Phil and Weight Watchers is in that list? Both of them. Darn, I am in good company!

The only critisism on Weight Watchers: "The program falls short, in my opinion because it doesn't put a priority on exercise, which is essential. After all, I'm a fitness trainer"

Dr. Phil , my tomorrow collection




About a year ago I borrowed Dr. Phils book "The Ultimate Weight solution - The 7 keys to weigh loss freedom" from my best friend Rose in Ireland. I read it partly on the way home, but was really to tired to take it all in. Some things stuck, and most did not. And so I put it aside, being part of my "tomorrow collection"

Then this year I went there again, and while scouting for books to take with me/things to give back, I stumbled on the book again. And as I posted in an earlier post I decided to read it again, and report back on it.

The book mentions 7 keys to weight loss freedom:

  1. Right thinking
  2. Healing feelings
  3. A no-fail environment
  4. Mastery over food and impulse eating
  5. High response Cost, High Yield Nutrition
  6. Intentional excercise
  7. Your circle of support

So far I have (re) read the chapters 5, 6, and 7 again.

Patting myself on the back

Why did I start at 5? Well because I had not read this chapter yet and wanted to understand what he meant. HRC/HYN food plan focuses on choosing foods that produce and reinforce lasting wait loss and controll. It is not focused on metabolism and exclucing certain food groups because they are fattening. And in that way it is much like Weight Watchers, the program I use. The points programme allows you to eat everything you wish, keeping within healthy guidelines.

He states that exclucing food items to set up a well balanced diet works fine for a few week, even a few months, but when maintanance is required and you go back to old food habit, FINALLY being able to eat the stuff you have been doing without for so long, things go horribly wrong.
This means the solution is to never eat the much desired food items EVER!

Be honest with yourself; can you do without chocolate all your life, without cheese, without candy and cookies, without a lovely piece of bacon or even pork rind? I can't, and I have accepted that. So now it is amatter of setting up a well balanced diet that does allow for these lovelies.

Additionally, I did the food assessment test, and I scored very very good. See, I AM FANTASTIC!

Swift kick in the butt, and HARD

Then I moved to 6, on excercise. Again I did the test there, and well...let's put it mildly. I flunked, major, big, COMPLETELY. I swallowed my pride and even went back, redoing the test again and being really completely truthful. And know what, it got worse! Excerciose wise I am sub standard material *grins*

And so I dived into his words with gusto. Because, if I can change my outlook on food and my intake of it, as I have done in the past 6 months now, I CAN change my outlook on excercise. To be honest, I just do NOT like it. And don't understand what people like about it!

Baby steps, getting active

Phil talks about commitment and intentional excercise. And what he means is this; when I get up in the morning do I just skip getting dressed and go to work in my pj's? No! Do I walk out of the house without shoes and make up? Heck no!

Then why do I leave without having exercised? huh, huh, huh? Because I am lazy and don't like it. He explains that liking to do excercise is something your body learns as you go. From discomfort -painful feet, painful knees, red patches where your innner thighs rub against each other-, fortunately I am past that stage, it grows into enjoying the endorphins that are pumped into the bloodstream, and it feels good, powerfull and healthy. The body starts to actually NEEDING, craving the rush.

Phil states that excercise is an appointment with yourself. We do not skip appointments with doctors, dentists, hair dressers and the mortgage person. In the same way I should not skip my excercise date with ME.

Calender technique

He explains that excercise appointments need to be pencilled in like any other activity in my diary. And so I have! From now every other day at about 6 AM, just after I wake up, I will jump into my training clothes (which are all ready and waiting), and rush out, and walk for half an hour. Then when I come back I start my usual morning routine

Willowishestowalk!

*Looks at the clock* Time to get going! Tomorrow I will ramble on some more. BUT between Dr. Phil on excercise and WeightWatchers on food I seem to have found a winning team!

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Breakfast

6,0 points
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2,0 p - 2 rye bread
0,5 p - 10 gr. linera
2, 0 p - 4 slices of lean sandwich meat (various)
1, 5 p - 3 dl. optimel drinking yoghurt
0,0 p - 2 apples
1 mug of tea
2 water

Lunch
8,0 points
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4,0 p - 6 tbs oats
2,0 p - 2 dl semi skimmed milk
2,0 p - 2 cs honey
0,0 p - 2 apples
2 water

Diner
4,5 points
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4,5 p - 100 gr. risotto
0,0 p - mushrooms, seaweed and sugar snaps
1, 0 p - 1 tbs olive oil
1,0 p - 100 gr. river lobster
2 water

Diversen
1,5 points
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0,5 p - 1 cs coffeemilk
1,0 p - 1 chewing gum
2 water

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Day maximum: 28,0 points
7 water/tea (11:00 PM), 3 vegetable, 3 fruit, 1 fat, 2 calcium
1. Total bonuspoints used/saved: 20,0/4,0
2. Bonuspoints needed/saved: 6,0/7,0
Exercise total: 1207 minutes/30 minutes walking (next spacer 1220 minutes)

***SUMMARY: water OK, Too litle points; Points needed 0,0; Extra excercise: 30 mins - 3,0 p ***

Sunday, 28 October 2007

Day 178 - 21 Charms & 9 Spacers (on Flylady)

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Arlene commented on my yesterday post, and I wrote an answer in my comment. But it got to be so extensive. *grins and nudges the woman for starting this* Thanks Arlene!

I decided to post it as my entry for the day.

Flylady, a way of living....

About 2 years ago I stumbled on the website of FlyLady. It was very enlightning, dealing with the age old problem how to juggle all the things a woman is supposed to be and do, it is about housekeeping, selfrespect and procrastination.

Christmas maddness organised

You can register and get an e-mail once a day, or several spread over the day with tips, hits, testimonial etc. At the moment they are dealing with the gruelling race towards christmas. How to survive as a mom, a wife, an organiser, a professional. In short how NOT to go mental with so many things to do.

An example how Flylady helped me? This year january, I sat down with all the christmas cards (snail mail and e-mail) and prepared two lists to use in 4 weeks time. This week I will get the envelopes ready for snail mails and write the cards. Taking time for each individually. That way it will be fun, and I CAN take time, and the cards will actually mean something. I for one know how much I appreciate an card that say more than just a name. Writing them will not be a drudgery and stress me silly.

Additionally I have prepared a draft e-card e-mail through one of the many free e-card sites to be sent out on 14th december to all on the e-mail list *grins and strikes one chore of my christmas list*

Another example? I am already making my christmas grocery list as I go along. Buying those items that will keep or freeze well. Those things that have to be ordered or delivered I take care of now.

Taking the stress out of being fantastic

Yet another example? I have made lists throughout the year (on my cell phone note pad and then on my computer) whenever I think of a gift I could buy for someone at christmas time, or they mention something themselves, I put it on the list. Which I use for birthdays as well incidentially.

I buy it when I have time, sticking to a budget, and saving up for those things which are mor expensive. Usually I also wait for the autumn sale as well.

LISTS, lists, lists....

On the subject of birthdays, I have jotted them all down in the calender on my cell phone WITH additionally an alert one week earlier, AND even more so, every month at the start a small list telling me what gifts I have to buy, so I can buy them all in one go. Instead of making three or four trips.

Babysteps in organising my life.

Please don't get discouraged. I did all this in little steps a time over a period of two years, and have it down to a science as well. I have adopted many little and large things from their programme, but also choose to leave some be. That is the beauty of it. You pick out what suits you best.

Come to think of it I think that being as organised as I am now in my house has probably left room to be organised within myself. Organised enough to clean my body up! *smiles as that realisation dawns on me*

Another example, which shows a chain of events that keeps my house cleaner?

1. Shine my sink
I "shine my sink", that way I never wake up to a cluttered and dirty sink - it means all dishes are done, the worksurface and sink clean, dry and shining, and --->

2. Kitchen hygiene
I hang a clean tea towel and towel up every day after I have done that. As I now feel I should, especially tea towels get extremly filthy after a day of use. The dirty ones I throw in the washbasket which -->

3. Do the washing when needed
if needed I put in the wsshing machine starting the programme as I go to bed, using "cheap" energy rates. In the morning -->

4. Wake up call
When I wake I put everything in the dryer, which means -->

5. Take care of my clothes
I can fold, iron if need be, and hang my clothes BEFORE I leave for work.

All of this in total takes about 20 minutes divided in portions of 2 to maximum 5 minutes. And when I leave, my kitchen, my washing, my clothes are done, and I need not worry about it when I come home.

Hotspots

During my mornings, before I go to work, I take care of my "hotspots", you know the spaces on top of the fridge, on the halway table, the diningroom table, my desk, and keep them free of clutter. clutter collect clutter, so I make sure there is none. If I do this regularly, it is again a matter of minutes. Let's face it look around you and count the hotspots you can see around you. I am betting your desk is one of them! *grins*

Clutterfree house

I also do the 15 items clutter boogy once in a while, lifting 15 items I have standing/laying around in my house, like magazine, little trinkets, jewellery, old candles, drawings, stuffed animals etc, all kinds of items I was given, and I decide then and there to sell it, donate it or throw it away. If you do it often enough your house gets to be clutter free.

When people ask me what I want for my birthday I never ever say "think of something yourself". I have alist of small and big things I like which I make up as the year passes, and two items are always on it; candles as I love them and they actually get used and disappear, so the are useful temporary clutter, and money. The latter seems impolite and not done. But for me it is, that way I can buy what I wish, and it will not be clutter. But I always give people a choice of things I really really want.

And be reasonable, when I give someone something I would much ratehr give them something they really want, then something I think they want. That way I run the risk they accept it but really haven't got the foggiest what the heck they are supposed to do with "this lovely wooden fertility symbol" that I just had to buy them.

I am a FlyLady

I have decided to put a permanent link for Flylady.net on my blog. I hope many benefit from it!

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Tomorrow's post

Tomorrow I will write my post on Dr. Phil's book as I have reread parts of it and have come to some surprising insights and made some decisions

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Breakfast
8,5 points
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2,0 p - 1 egg
2,0 p - 2 rye bread
0,5 p - 5 gr. butter (on bread)
1, 0 p - very lean sandwhich meat
1, 0 p - 20 gr. all bran
2,0 p - 2 dl semi skimmed milk
2 mugs of tea

Lunch
0,0 points
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1 water

Diner
9,0 points
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3,5 p - 8o gr. risotto
0,0 p - 300 gr. mushrooms
1,0 p - 1 cs olive oil
1,5 p - 3 pieces of surimi fish
2,5 p - 2,5 dl caramel custard
1,5 p - chocolate bar (WW)
Diversen
8,5 points
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8,5 p - 5 chocolate bar (WW)
0,0 p - 1 apple, 1 pear, 1 kiwi
1 tea
4 water

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Day maximum: 28,0 points
8 water/tea (11:00 PM), 3 vegetable, 3 fruit, 2 fat, 2 calcium
1. Total bonuspoints used/saved: 26,0/2,0
2. Bonuspoints needed/saved: 6,0/3,0
Exercise total: 1177 minutes/- (next spacer 1220 minutes)

***SUMMARY: water OK; Points needed 3,0; Extra excercise: 0 ***

Saturday, 27 October 2007

Day 177 - 21 Charms & 9 Spacers (buying a new bicycle)

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6 o'clock, wake up call!

a different way of sending an e-card or an e-mail


I usually wake up at around 6 AM, and the usually get my butt in gear pretty fast. Shower, hair, face, food, dress, and my blg. Not always in that order, and not always at the same speed. I cannot leave for the office without my house looking neat an tidy. I detest coming home having to start cleaning and clearing up. So Before I leave dishes are done, clothes washed and folded, bed made, desk organised and clean cats taken care of........the whole nine yards.

I leave at about 08:45 Am, and have about 40 minutes of traveltime. As i am losing wight I have decided to buy myself a brand new bicycle! The weather may be too cold now, but I will use it for short trips to sort of get myself going, and then as of next year, I will travel to work by bicycle EVERY DAY.

BUT, I am buying a bicycle......having the government pay as well!

*grins* It has been something like 5 years ago since I last sat on one. And as I am making use of the IKAP Governement programme, I trade about 5 vacation days for the gross salary I would get for them. That way I get my tax money as well, and I myself pay only 60% of the bike.

Fresh fruit and vegetables




I go to market today to fetch fresh fruit and vegetables for a week or so. I have absolutely zilch in the house, and it causes me to graze chocolate! No more of that! I adore doing that on saturday morning. I'll go to the bicycle place first!

Party time!

Formal diner with my , it is myparent's 12.5 years marriage anniversary and they are having a surprise dinner. I will be wearing my blue dress, and awhen I am at the market I will look for some silver accessories, some stockings etc.
So I had better get a move on!

I am back from shopping and know what I bought a bicycle! Had a test drive and it was like heaven! I felt like taking it for a big spin! Suspension all around, integrated gear control in the left handle, and it made me feel like i could bike to the office (about 35 minutes) then and there!

I walked to the bicycle shop, a brisk 20 minute walk, was not a moment out of breath or felt the need to stop and rest, did my shopping and walked back with 35 lbs bag full of groceries. And even then did not feel the need to stop, except for my hands and arms which acked from the weight. But not because I was tired. In fact I feel grand!

Groceries to grow older

While I was walking back I suddenly thought it would be educational to compare grocerylists form a year ago to now. I know, now you are thinking does she keep her grocerylists, The woman is NUTS. Well, actually my computer keeps them for me as there used to be a time when I ordered my groceries. So here comes the two lists (marked in red the products I hardly ever buy now, and if I do in a "light"version")

February 2007
Bananas
Tangerines
Lettuce
Mushrooms
Shrimps
Meat spread
Ham
Eggs
Butter
Cream
Crème fraiche
Soy milk
Semi skimmed milk
White bread
Filo pastry
Cream buns
Raspberries
Sugar
Demerara sugar
Chcolate bar
Crisps
Cheese crackers
binliners
potatoes

October 2007
All bran chocolate
Low fat yoghurt drink lime
Low fat yoghurt drink passionfruit
Bananas
Apples
Strawberries
Tangerines
Seaweed
Aubergine
Bell Peppers
Paksoi
Chinese cabbage
Sweet runner beans
Tomatoes
beanshoots
Mushrooms (2 kinds)
Cucumber
Quark fruit frozen breakfast
Rye bread
Fish
Potatoes
Chicken
Toiletpaper
Honey

I see the difference, and am acutely aware that the february list is seriously lacking in vegetables and fruit, and I make less healthy choices such as white bread instead of rye. sugar instead of honey. Besides which I would buy sugar almost every two weeks. Now I buy it once every 4 months

Can you imagine I am proud every time I do my groceries? DAMN PROUD. Gotta go an get ready for the dinner tonight!

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Breakfast
3,0 points
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3,0 p - 3 dl caramel custard
2 water

Lunch
1,0 points
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1, 0 p - 20 gr. AL brand chocolate
1 water

Diner
20,5 points
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7, 5 p - Carpaccio (without oil)
3, 0 p - Large salad with shrimp (with dressing on the side)
7, 0 p - Apple pie with whipped cream
3, 0 p - 1 glass of dessert wine
5 water
Diversen
6,0 points
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6,0 p - 3 chocolate bar (WW)
0,0 p - 2 apples
1 water

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Day maximum: 28,0 + 2,5 p (exercise) points
9 water (11:00 PM), 1 vegetable, 0 fruit, 0 fat, 0 calcium
1. Total bonuspoints used/saved: 30,5/0,0
2. Bonuspoints needed/saved: 6,0/1,0
Exercise total: 1177 minutes/30 minutes walk (Next spacer 1220 minutes)

***SUMMARY: water OK; Points needed 6,0; Extra excercise: 30 minutes walk***

Friday, 26 October 2007

Day 176 - 21 Charms & 9 Spacers (Christmas is a coming)

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Good morning Autum, where's my winter, my snow?



SNOW BABY

I have a snow fetish, I am a snow fanatic, I adore snow, the cold, the snowmen, and yes I will gladly admit it....CHRISTMAS! The one coming up will be special, so special............I am more healthy, more happy, more in love, more beautiful, more sexy, more jazzy! All them there things!

Devil make care mood.....

Better get used to these mushy posts for a while, it is my Christmas/snow/winter mood. It makes me smile, makes me happy. I have consciously kicked the blues I have felt for a week or so, and even stopped myself from eating chocolate because I felt the blues. After the second bar of chocolate, having opened the third already (they are WW bars, so it takes some doing for them to really damage my losing weight efforts), I looked at it, put it down, and said aloud "I refuse to feed my funk".

It died there and then, because I wanted it and because I could find no real reason for it! Serenity and a gentle peace of mind slid into its place, and the world was well around me, and I realised:

CHRISTMAS IS COMING!

I have my mind on roaring fireplaces, my beautiful traditional christmas trees (with new trimming this year - black and silver, real stylish -, smiling people, comfort foods, and lots and lots of love and friendship. *grins as I am in such a sappy mood* Blame it on Buble!

Join my snow mood, my good mood! Click on "Let is snow" and listen to Buble! I promise you you will feel better and long for Christmas like me, NOW!

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Breakfast
4,5 points
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2,0 p - 3 slices if rye bread
1,0 p - 1o ge. linera butter
1,5 p - 3 slices of ham/sausage
0,0 p - mustard
2 water

Lunch
9,5 points
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5,0 p - Porridge
2,5 p - 250 gr. smoked chicken
0,0 p - lettuce, tomato
1,0 p - Sweet & sour dressing
1,0 p - mayonaise light
2 water

Diner
9,0 points
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3,0 p - 100 gr. rice
5,0 p - 120 gr. smoked salmon
0,0 p - mushrooms, sugar snaps
1,0 p - 1 cs olive oil
2 water

Diversen
11,0 points
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6,0 p - 4 chocolate bar (WW)
3,0 p - 30 gr. chinese crisps
2,0 p - 2 dl caramel custard
2 water

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Day maximum: 28,0 points
2 water (09:30 AM), 3 vegetable, 2 fruit, 1 fat, 2 calcium
1. Total bonuspoints used/saved:34,0/0,0
2. Bonuspoints needed/saved: 6,0/1,0
Exercise total: 1147 minutes/0 minuten fietsen (volgende spacer 1220 minutes)

***SUMMARY: water OK, TOO MUCH CANDY; Points needed 5,0; Extra excercise: -***

Thursday, 25 October 2007

Day 175 - 21 Charms & 9 Spacers (weightloss 2.4 lbs)

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Disappointment is detrimental to progression and growth

Not my words but those of my boss. And he is right, so right. I have been feeling bad all week, instead of putting my efforts in being happy. I am too strict on myself. I have to learn and accept that it is not wrong to be human and find it hard to stick to my healthy ways ALL the time.

I know why I get that way. I am so afraid that if I let go for a moment, a day or several days, I will never get back on track and loose all control over my weight, myself. And so instead I prefer to rule myself with an iron fist. I have to stop doing that.


Relax..............................................

Relax, relax Willow! Which for those who did not know is my real name. And no it is not derived from the little gnome in the movie Willow, or the witch in Buffy, I am from way before those modern TV and cinema triumphs.

Relax, relax Willow. As much as it is impossible to never eat chocolate in my life again, so it is likewise impossible to be ALWAYS in control of my eating habits. I need to trust myself that I can pick up the thread where I dropped it.
EASILY

And this week proves it......I did. Because as the graph shows below. I gained 0.9 lb in my three week holiday, a mere trifle. *smiles a wide smile*

The race is on

I made the Weegclub challenge, but the race is on for the Weightwatcher's Christmas challenge I set myself. I have 8 more weeks to go to lose a total of 30.8 lbs. Over the past weeks I have lost 14.3 lbs. S0 16.5 lbs to go. That is very possible, and I will make it.

Also there is the delayed milestone 3. 83.7 lbs weightloss before 19 october 2007. I want to make that as soon as possible, and have about 4 lbs to go. Next week is a possibillity, distinctly so, because I am retaining extra water and body mass. My preiod is due any moment! So, watch this space next week at least..... Willow is hot! *thinks that sounds .........eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeew*


Foodwise the full monty

This morning I did something revolutionary. I had my dinner like food in the morning for breakfast! It is an experiment, as the days get colder I find I need genuine sustanance at the start. And this food was in my fridge, and really needed eating or it would go of. As I have no idea what my plans are for the day, I decided to have it now, and base my day around it. The advantage is, it has all day to digest.

"Have breakfast like an emperor, lunch like a king, dinner like a pauper......."

This afternoon for lunch I will have a salad with some smoked chicken, which leaves my evening pretty much undecided. I may go to the movies, have some popcorn!

TGIF

This coming saturday I have a dinnerparty for my parents 12.5 wedding anniversary, and I will try to save up 4 points each day to cover the excess in food. It will give me more than enough leaway to have an enjoyable dinner party (24 points)

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Breakfast
7,5 points
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2,0 p - 250 gr. potatoes
1,0 p - 1 cs olive oil
4,5 p - veggieburger
0,0 p - 100 gr. sugar snaps
0,0 p - 2 apples
2 water

Lunch
7,5 points
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7,5 p - 253 gr. sushi
2 water

Diner
8,0 points
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2,0 p - 100 gr. rice
5,0 p - 120 gr. smoked salmon
0,0 p - mushrooms, sugar snaps
1,0 p - 1 cs olive oil
2 water
Diversen
2,5 points
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1,0 p - chewgum
3,0 p - 2 chocolate bar (WW)
4 water


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Day maximum: 28,0 points
8 water (21:30 PM), 3 vegetable, 2 fruit, 1 fat, 0 calcium
1. Total bonuspoints used/saved:27,0/1,0
2. Bonuspoints needed/saved: 0,0/1,0
Exercise total: 1147 minutes/0 minuten fietsen (volgende spacer 1220 minutes)

***SUMMARY: water OK, TOO LITTLE CALCIUM; Points needed 0,0; Extra excercise: -***

Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Day 175 - 21 Charms & 9 Spacers (Kicking the blues)

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Not a happy bunny and fading fast

I don't know what is eating at me, but I am not getting happier day by day. This rut has been here for the past week or so. And in a way it will be good to have todays weighing over and done with! I dread it as I feel the added pounds like a led weight around me. Yesterday I looked in the mirror and for the first time in months I just could not get enthousiastic about my loss.

I looking at the half empty or the half full glass. I saw the pounds still left and those recently added, NOT those lost! So lets visualise the weight I have actually lost!

Feast your eyes on 78 lbs

A GIRL AND A FISH (that's a BIG fish)!

A CHAIR AND A CALF!

SOMETHING STONE AND A HARP!

A SHEEP (a cute sheep)!


Breakfast
6,0 points
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4,0 p - 3 slices of rye bread
0,5 p - 10 gr. linera butter
1,0 p - 4 slices of chicken (WW)
0,0 p - 2 apples
1 water

Lunch
8,5 points
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4,0 p - 6 tbs porridge
1,5 p - 1 dl full fat milk
2,0 p - 1 tbs honey
1, 0 p - Apricot compote
0,0 p - 250 gr. tomatoes
1 water

Diversen
14,5 points
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0,0 p - 3 apples
3,0 p - 2 bags of crisp
1,0 p - chewinggum
7,5 p - 5 chocolate bars (WW)
3,0 p - 4 cookies
4 water


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Day maximum: 28,0 points
2 water (08:30 AM), 3 vegetable, 2 fruit, 1 fat, 2 calcium
1. Total bonuspoints used/saved: 29,0/1,0
2. Bonuspoints needed/saved: 12,5/8,0
Exercise total: 1147 minutes/0 minuten fietsen (volgende spacer 1220 minutes)

***SUMMARY: water OK; Points needed 3,5; Extra excercise: -***

Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Day 174 - 21 Charms & 9 Spacers

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Me and Bloghopping, does it count as excercise
*grins and bats eyelashes at Iron Man and Fat Daddy......Pwease????*

As my links list grows (see WilloWatchesOtherBlogs list somewhere on the left); I now have 26 people on it and some outstanding requests, the time I spend reading them grows with it. On average it takes about two hours, and genarally speaking I try to leave a comment on all blogs. Why? Well several reasons:

  1. There is always something of interets on the blogs, usually a weeks worth of interest.
  2. Some people I feel I have gotten to know (casually mentions Sayre and Joy, Iron man and Fat Daddy), and friends deserve a simple "hello" at least
  3. What comes around goes around, n'est ce pas?
  4. Sometimes I cannot help commenting on comments, meeting yet again new people
  5. I wish my links list to grow and grow and grow, in contrast to myself that is!
  6. I know how much I love getting comments, and people need encouragment, a hug, a swift kick up the butt now and then, comments are excellent places for it.
  7. It gives me food for thought and very often input for my own blog

Autumn is almost here; blog time!

I just love autumn, and yet I must say it has changed slightly for me. I used to love it because I felt much better. The summer heat was a burden to me. Now having lost the odd 80 lbs already, I feel cold, actually cold, and it makes me smile and makes me feel proud. I am finally joining the ranks of the normal crowd; people who feel justifiably cold in autumn and winter!

*takes a deep breath as I ramble again* And it means I spend more time blogging. And so you have a good chance to see more than just my food journal for the day.

Christmas and New Year here we come....ALL of us!

I know I have done it, set myself a goal for Christmas AND new year.

Christmas

  • I will fit in a dress I bought (2 sizes too small)
  • I will lose 97 lbs ...or more... (means I weigh 284 lbs)

New Year

  • I will lose 50% of the weight I wish to shed ( 207 lbs) - weigh less then my brother *EVIL GRIN*
  • I will lose 104 lbs... or more... (means I weigh 277 lbs)

WillowsRoadToNewYear - WRTNY - Join it!

I would love to see your New Year Goals set. Come on I know you have them, we all do, right? Comment them to me , and I'll make a list for all of us! Heck I will even keep tabs to see how every one is doing.


Breakfast
6,0 points

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3,0 p - 4 slices of rye bread
0,5 p - 10 gr. linera butter
2,5 p - 5 slices of sausage (WW)
0,0 p - 2 apples
1 water

Lunch
9,5 points
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6,0 p - 9 tbs porridge
1,5 p - 1 dl full fat milk
2,0 p - 2 cs syrup
1 water

Diner
11,0 points (planned McDonalds)
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6,0 p - 9 tbs porridge
3,0 p - 1 dl full fat milk
2,0 p - 1 tbs sugar

Diversen
5,5 points
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0,0 p - 4 apples
5,5 p - popcorn
2 water


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Day maximum: 28,0 points
2 water (08:30 AM), 0 vegetable, 2 fruit, 1 fat, 2 calcium
1. Total bonuspoints used/saved: 32,0/4,0
2. Bonuspoints needed/saved: 11,5/8,0
Exercise total: 1147 minutes/0 minuten fietsen (volgende spacer 1220 minutes)

***SUMMARY: water OK; NO vegetables; Points needed 3,5; Extra excercise: -***

Monday, 22 October 2007

Day 173 - 21 Charms & 9 spacers

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Well, did all my blog hopping for this week, all 26 links, and it was informative, fun, moving and INSPIRATIONAL. Thanks ALL!

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I commented a blogpost by Iron man, and decided to just copy paste and edit it slightly using it for it as my blogpost for today!

Backsliding; you know one step forward, two steps back

Backsliding? I once lost close to 100 lbs and gained it back PLUS some 20 lbs!! So in a way I am curious myself how am I going to fight the backslide this time, as I have lost 80 lbs AGAIN.

So this time around I decided to approach losing weight from a different angle. I am eating healthy, and losing weight is an important by product, BUT not the main goal. As angelfish writes, many of use "larger than life" people use food to do more than just sustain us. We embrace it as our carer, protector, comforter, confidant, pacifier, anger manager, frustration boxing ball. In short for any kind of emotion imaginable there is a reason to eat.

The way I "tick"

I realised that I “tick that way”, and so I have very consciously tried to break that cycle. How? Well by promising myself ANYTHING as a reward BUT food.

1.My blogs: willowisheslesse.blogspot.com (English) willowishesless.blogspot.com (Dutch)
- it keeps me busy and that way keeps me from stuffing myself, or even worse hunting or thinking about what my next food item will be.

Anything but food as a reward

Just recently I bought two domains http://www.willowishesless.com/ and http://www.willowisheless.nl/, and as I already own http://www.willowishes.com/, I know I have some interesting tinkering to do in the months to come. Oh, clicking them will not get you anywhere, I have not worked on the websites yet.
But the idea is to use http://www.willowishes.com/ as my main website and the http://www.willowishesless.com/ as my weightloss site, with http://www.willowishesless.nl/ as an alias. See, I have BIG plans! And websites and domains do not gain me pounds in fat, but hours of fun!


2. My beautiful Pandora bracelet
I reward myself for good behaviour, aka weight loss, by adding to the charms on my Pandora bracelet. Additionally, it is there every moment of the day as I never take it off (except at customs, it made the security gate light up *grins*). Please take the time to read the two blogposts, it will explain what I mean so much better - read Day 68 and Day 55.

3. Anchors away!
I am using and abusing my friends, WW support group and family as anchors. I have even enrolled two life coaches, who monitor and read my blog. All of these wonderful people, which includes all the people who read this, and the people who comment on my own blog, some of which have never struggled with the "burden" of being overweight or in my case morbidly overweight, help me to remain focused, and keep me remembering I am not doing this for just a few weeks, or even months, but MY WHOLE FLIPPIN' WONDERFUL GLORIOUS LIFE. A life which, thanks to losing weight, stands a much better chance at lasting longer than it did before.

4. PLAN, PLAN, PLAN, PLAN!
I know that if I just live life from moment to moment that many of those moment are unhealthy ones, to the point where they endanger my future life. Because they will be chocolate moments, pork rind moments, French fries and doughnuts with whipped cream moments. Planning helps me to stay focussed, to realise and understand what I am doing and why I am doing it. It means I strive to be much more in control of my life, I live IT, IT does not live me.

Vacation BACSLIDE: can you say ......OUCH

Now having said all that I must tell you all I just backslid in a major way. Three weeks of holiday in a different country, where chocolate was EVERYWHERE around me. And yes, I have no one to blame but myself. At some point I stopped writing my blog (1), stopped planning (4) and just fell back to old habits. Without the support of my friends and family, my WW support group (3), I just started adding up all these "unhealthy moments" and I gained at least 3.3 lbs, and I fear a little more.

The greatest thing about all this is that upon coming home, everything fell back into gear, I had a good chat with myself, read my blog, started on my daily food journals again, and hey presto I am back on the road again for almost a week. The weight gain I will philosophically attribute to the "HOLIDAY", and accept that losing weight and eating healthy can also have "time off". Which leaves the question, did I backslide or just have a lovely holiday. I welcome all views on this, just leave a comment!

And so without too much trouble I found my way again, and am on track. THAT fact makes me very positive. It makes me realise I have by now TRULY changed my life, my habits and my perspective on life.

Wisdom-a-la-Dr.-Phil

As to words like focus and determination? I have decided to reread Dr. Phils book - the ultimate weight solution -. If you wish to read more on the dynamics of things like resolution, endurance, backsliding, habits changing, read this book!

When I read the book the first time some things stuck, but most just seeped out again. I am curious to know how my change in lifestyle effects my reading the book. Will I remember, recognise, utilise more and or different aspects from it? It will be interesting to see. I will when the time comes blog about it

Anyone else read Dr. Phil’s book on weight loss? Love to see your comments!

Breakfast
3,0 points

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3,0 p - 1 WASA Sandwich
0,0 p - 2 apples
1 water

Lunch
7,5 points
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6,0 p - 9 tbs porridge
1,5 p - 1 dl full fat milk (bought the wrong carton YIKES!)
1,0 p - 1 cs syrup
1 water

Diner
14,5 points
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2,5 p - 250 gr. potatoes
9,0 p - 2 veggieburger
2,0 p - 20 gr. mayonaise light
0,0 p - sugar beans and soy sauce
1,0 p - 1 cs olive oil
3 water

Diversen
1,0 points
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0,0 p - 1 apple
1,0 p - chewinggum
2 water


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Day maximum: 28,0 points
8 water (11:00 PM), 3 vegetable, 2 fruit, 2 fat, 1 calcium
1. Total bonuspoints used/saved: 26,0/20
2. Bonuspoints needed/saved: 7,5/8,0
Exercise total: 1147 minutes/0 minuten fietsen (volgende spacer 1220 minutes)

***SUMMARY: water OK; TOO LITTLE Calcium!, Points needed 0,0; Extra excercise: -***

Sunday, 21 October 2007

Day 172 - 21 Charms & 9 Spacers

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Breakfast
12,5 points

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4,0 p - 2 eggs
0,0 p - lettuce and tomato
4,0 p - 40 gr. garlicmayonaise
4,5 p - tunafish in oil (drained)
2 water

Lunch
0,0 points
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0,0 p - 3 appels
1 water

Diner
10,5 points
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3,0 p - 300 gr. potatoes
4,5 p - 1 veggieburger
2,0 p - 20 gr. aioli
0,0 p - aspergus and sugar beans
1,0 p - 1 cs olive oil
3 water

Diversen
0,0 points
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2 water


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Day maximum: 23,0 points
8 water (11:00 PM), 3 vegetable, 2 fruit, 2 fat, 0 calcium
1. Total bonuspoints used/saved: 23,0/4,0
2. Bonuspoints needed/saved: 7,5/6,0
3. Exercise total: 1147 minutes/0 minuten fietsen (volgende spacer 1220 minutes)

***SUMMARY: water OK; TOO LITTLE Calcium!, Points needed 1,5; Extra excercise: -***

Day 171 - 21 Charms & 9 Spacers

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Breakfast
3,5 points

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0,0 p - lettuce, tomato (AH)
1,5 p - 6 slices of chicken (WW)
2,0 p - 20 gr. Aiioli
1 water

Lunch
1,5 points
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0,0 p - 2 apples
1,5 p - 3 dl optimel yoghurt
0,0 p - frozen strawberries
2 water

Diner
11,0 points
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4,0 p - 70 gr. rice
1,0 p - groente boemboe
1,0 p - 50 gr. chicken
4,0 p - 2 skewers of chicken and peanut sauce
0,0 p - vegetables
1,0 p - 1 cs olive oil
3 water

Various
18,0 points
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3,0 p - rice crackers
10,0 p - 70 gr. beernuts
5,0 p - cheese crackers
4 water


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Day maximum: 34,0 points
6 water (11:00 PM), 3 vegetable, 2 fruit, 2 fat, 2 calcium
1. Total bonuspoints used/saved: 34,0/6,0
2. Bonuspoints needed/saved: 7,5/2,0
3. Exercise total: 1147 minutes/15 minuts cycling (next spacer 1220 minutes)

***SUMMARY: water OK; Points needed 5,5; Extra excercise: -***

Saturday, 20 October 2007

Day 170 - 21 Charms & 9 Spacers

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I did not feel too good, slept most of the day. I may be coming down with a cold. I sure do not hope so. The result was that I did not have any lunch. And while I went to the movies with friends; EVENINGS with a star studded female cast, I struggled to eat all my vegetables.

In the end when I came home I had three juicy red tomatoes, making sure I got my vegetables. Additionally, I made sure I also drank my water. Granted it was all in the tail of the day, but I did make sure I had all I needed to eat!

Tomorrow I am going to a friend to play Catan, a board game, so I will make sure I have all my vegetables and fruit before I get there making sure I do not use to many points. Also I will do some product studying, so I know what points I use when I have a canape or a piece of cheese. The details are not to clear in my head any more, and that is recipe for disaster.

Oh yes, AND I will get on my training bicycle again, and walk to my friends house! The count down to christmas has truly begun! By Christmas time I will fit into this dress, which I bought 2 dress sizes too small...... and is hanging in a spot where I see it every day!



Breakfast
4,5 points

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4,5 p - y0ghurt and fruit
1 water

Diner
18,5 points
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0,0 p - cola light
8,5 p - McChicken
5,0 p - Chicken Nuggets (6)
5,0 p - small french fries
1 water

Various
3,0 points
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3,0 p - Icecream (McDonalds)
0,0 p - 2 apples
0,0 p - 3 tomatoes
4 water

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Day maximum: 26,0 points
6 water (11:00 PM), 3 vegetable, 2 fruit, 2 fat, 2 calcium
1. Total bonuspoints used/saved: 26,0/2,0
2. Bonuspoints needed/saved: 1,5/2,0
3. Exercise total: 1132 minutes/- (volgende spacer 1220 minutes)

***SUMMARY: water OK; Points needed 0,0; Extra excercise: -***

Friday, 19 October 2007

Day 169 - 21 Charms & 9 Spacers

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I am BACK!

The holidays are over, and all is as it has been for the past months. I am sure many of my readers are curious, maybe very curious, how I did? Well the answer is simple: I gained weight.

I am not exactly sure how much, as I could not go to the weigh in yesterday; I arrived home from my flight from Ireland at 09:30 PM. However I did go to the weigh in in Ireland on thursday morning 11 october, and the scale indicated I weighed 302.9, and thus I gained 3.3 lbs.

I must admit, I was extremely disappointed as I really did try to stick to the programme, and so I did some soul searching, and re analysed my food intake, and came to the following conclusions:

- too little water
- too little exercise
- to much guesstimating, and too often I was more than 100% off, I often used double the points that I wrote down.
- not as much fruit in supply as I have at home, and so I had too little or no fruit
- too little vegetables
- too much candy and chocolate, even the reserve of points I had saved up could not justify that

In short, and I must admit it took me some time to accept that I was not failing, but rather enjoying my holiday, I had a grand holiday. I did enjoy my mint Chocolate.

Weight Watchers in Ireland is so very different from the much enjoyed and trusted band of people I know in The Hague. The people do not join in, and the coach just stands in front of the group rattling off some kind of sales pitch, which was utterly uninspiring. Itwas as if I was in school, and the saddest part of it was, that wheree the strength of WW lies in the GROUP meetings, the joint effort, where people support eachother with their accumulated and combined wisdom and humor.

People in Ireland are there as individuals, NOT as a group. They do not joke with each other, or even talk with each other! They just sit there an listen to "teacher". And in doing so the benefit and power that could be garnered from a team spirit is completely and devestatingly lost. I found that so poignantly missing, that I wondered what made WW Ireland so much more special than any other diet. In my mind, it lost its effectiveness, its edge, as the team effort was lost, and was no better than any other individual programme that people follow.

I thought it was a shame that the coach did not take the oppurtunity to ask me questions and discuss in the group how we do things in Holland , and perhaps compare and learn from eachother. I decided to stay for the Introduction meeting for some of the new comers, and was gifted the introduction set as well. It was dry and at times confusing, and not very inviting. But I did get to hear about the CORE programme, which allows WWers to switch on a weekly basis between the POINTS and the CORE programme.

My general conclusion: If I had lived in Ireland, and went to WW meetings, I would never have lost the weight that I have now. And it makes me realise how important the team effort is to me.

As such a very poignant and disappointing difference

However, today I am back to my normal routine again without much trouble, eventhough I did not take in enough water AGAIN!I really have to work on that. As I did not weigh yesterday, I will have to find out next week how much I lost in these last two weeks. My adjusted aim, is to have not gained or lost any weight. And after that?

Well, I have bought a new dress! Too small again, but one that I wish to wear for christmas, and BY GUM! I will. It is 2 sizes too small and I look forward to wearing it then.





Breakfast
6,0 points

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2,0 p - 2 rye bread
0,5 p - 10 gr. linera
2,0 p - 4 slices sasage
0,0 p - strawberries
1,5 p - optimel
1 water

Lunch
4,5 points
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4,5 p - Yoghurt and fruit
0,0 p - 0,5 l. cola light

Diner
16,0 points
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4,0 p - 6 french bread
6,0 p - 30 gr. garlic butter
4,5 p - 150 gr. veal
0,0 p - lettuce tomato and cucumber
0,0 p - mushrooms
1,5 p - olive oil
0,0 p - 1 cola light
1 water

Various
3,0 points
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2,0 p - 10 cashews
1,0 p - chewing gum
2 water

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Day maximum: 29,5 points
4 water (11:00 AM), 3 vegetable, 2 fruit, 2 fat, 2 calcium
1. Total bonuspoints used/saved: 28,0/0,0
2. Bonuspoints needed/saved: 1,5/0,0
3. Exercise total: 1132 minutes/- (volgende spacer 1220 minutes)

***SUMMARY: NOT ENOUGH water; Points needed 1,5; Extra excercise: -***

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Day 161 - 21 Charms & 9 Spacers (IE)

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Greetings from the Emerald Isle on day 5!

All is not well, the downward trend is now well established. And I am being challenged. I decided to go weigh tomorrow morning. In a way, and I will be honest about it, a cop out as I will weigh less in the morning as I do in the afternoon.

I feel guilty about a roll of rolo I had today and various nibbles I found and ate left, right and centre in the kitchen of this cottage. *GROWLS* it really needs to stop. Below you'll find the disaster that took place today! Eventhough I am still within my limits, and did not go beyond points total for the week, it does NOT feel good.

I did drink too little water, AGAIN, and did not have enough calcium!

I have discussed with Catherine to go walking with her tomorrow, and that way get some extra excercise.

Breakfast
5,0 points

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1,0 p - 1 slice brown soda bread
2,0 p - large bowl of lettuce curry soup
1,0 p - 1 cheese
1,0 p - butter
2 water

Diner
9,0 points
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2,0 p - rice
6,0 p - minced sheep meat
0,0 p - salad
1,0 p - mayo light
0 water

Various
15,0 points
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5,0 p - roll of rolo
2,0 p - cookies
2,0 p - whipped cream
1,0 p - banana
3,0 p - chocolate
2,0 p - piece of cheddar
5 water

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Day maximum: 28,0 points
2 water (11:00 PM), 3 vegetable, 1 fruit, 2 fat, 1 calcium
1. Total bonuspoints used/saved: 29,0/0,0
2. Bonuspoints needed/saved: 7,5/11,5
3. Exercise total: 1177 minutes/15 minutes walking (volgende spacer 1220 minutes)

***SUMMARY: TOO LITTLE water and calcium; Points needed 0,0; Extra excercise: -***

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Day 160 - 21 Charms & 9 Spacers (IE)

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Greetings from the Emerald Isle on day 4! As you mays ee things are getting harder, there is such an abundance of cakes, chocolate, cookies, candy all aroundme, that I had my share today. BUT I am still not excessing. I am making use of my reserves.

Tomorrow I go to WW Ireland, and I will see what damage this holiday week has done. Being weighed in stone, that will be novel!

Breakfast
4,5 points

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2,0 p - 2 dl yoghurt (low fat)
2,0 p - 100 gr. cottage cheese
0,5 p - 2 cs Honey
0,0 p - grapefruit, cranberries
2 water

Diner
12,0 points
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1,0 p - 1 rye bread
5,0 p - 1 sausage
1,5 p - 10 gr. butter
2,0 p - 2 bowls of soup (Oil, onion, lettuce, flower, spring onion)
2,5 p - 2 slices of parma ham
2 water

Lunch
4,0 points
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3,0 p - 2 crackers
1,0 p - Bowl of soup

Various
13,0 points
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5,0 p - 5 cookies
7,0 p - chocolate, marshmellows
1,0 p - 1 banana

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Day maximum: 28,0 points
4 water (06:00 PM), 2 vegetable, 1 fruit, 2 fat, 2 calcium
1. Total bonuspoints used/saved: 33,5/4,5
2. Bonuspoints needed/saved: 6,0/11,5
3. Exercise total: 1162 minutes/15 minutes walking (volgende spacer 1220 minutes)

***SUMMARY: TOO LITTLE water; Points needed 6,0; Extra excercise: -***


Monday, 8 October 2007

Day 159 - 21 Charms & 9 Spacers (IE)

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Greetings from the Emerald Isle on day 3!

Breakfast
5,0 points
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3,0 p - 3 slices brown soda bread
1,0 p - 1 cs mayo light
1,0 p - 1 cheese
0,5 p - tomoato, beetroot, apple, yoghurt (0%)
2 water

Diner
7,0 points
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3,0 p - 150 gr. pasta
0,5 p - 0,5 dl skimmed milk
2,0 p - 20 gr. cheese
0,5 p - 2 cs bell peppermix
1,0 p - small piece of sausage
0,0 p - 2 tomatoes
1,0 p - 1 cs mayo light
2 water

Lunch
7,0 points
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1,0 p - 1 slice rye bread
1,0 p - 10 gr. butter
3,0 p- 2 crackers
2,0 p - 1,5 dl smoothie
Various
8,0 points
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4,0 p - 12 cookies
4,0 p - 2 bags of pretzels
2 water

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Day maximum: 28,0 points
2 water (11:00 PM), 2 vegetable, 1 fruit, 1 fat, 0 calcium
1. Total bonuspoints used/saved: 27,0/0,0
2. Bonuspoints needed/saved: 0,5/11,5
3. Exercise total: 1147 minutes/15 minutes walking (next spacer 1220 minutes)

***SUMMARY: water OK; Points needed 0,0; Extra excercise: -***

Sunday, 7 October 2007

Day 158 - 21 Charms & 9 Spacers (IE)

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A quiet start of the day. Sleeping was a bit of a challenge. I had a roommate who tried single handedly to saw down the Amazon rain forest. I discussed and I am sure we will find a solution. It is a cold day, a little misty so I will do a short walk this day. The Irish roads are not a wise place to be when there is a fog. Up to now no big problems in my dietary system. Tomorrow we will go and do some shopping, and as I am the d4esignated cook, I can keep an eye on what groceries we get.

I have to keep in mind that dinner is at 1 PM and the evening is usually a light meal. I created a lovely pasta with olives and sundried tomatoes, and a spicey carrotslade to go. Very nice even if I do say so myself.

I did use more then my dayly total. Mainly simple bisquits, but i think about 2 or 3 points worth of it. i had a small stash of saved points so no problem there. I need to check my water intake. It is not enough.

Love from Ireland on day 2!

Breakfast
8,0 points

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3,0 p - 2 slices white bread
1,0 p - 20 gr. turkey
0,5 p - 10 gr. butter light
0,0 p - 2 tomatoes
1,0 p - 1 mayonaise light
2,5 p - 500 gr. yoghurt (low fat)
2 water

Diner
9,0 points
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2,0 p - 100 gr. pasta
0,5 p - 0,5 kl olive oil
1,0 p - zon dried tomatoes (3) en olives (10)
1,5 p - 20 gr. cheese (30%)
0,0 p - carrots, apple, onion, dreid cranberries, garlic
1,0 p - 1 kl mayo light
0,5 p - yoghurt (0%)
2,5 p - 2,5 fishstick
2 water

Lunch
4,5 points

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2,5 p - 2 white bread
2,0 p - 1,5 slice of ham
1,0 p - 1 cheese
1,0 p - mayo light
0,0 p- 1 tomato
1 tea
1 water

Various
7,0 points
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0,0 p - 1 pear, 0,5 orange
5,5 p - 12 cookies
1,5 p - 1,5 dl cold cappuchino drink
1 water
1 tea

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Day maximum: 28,0 points
8 water (11:00 pM), 3 vegetable, 2 fruit, 2 fat, 2 calcium
1. Total bonuspoints used/saved: 28,5/0,0
2. Bonuspoints needed/saved: 0,5/12,0
3. Exercise total: 1132 minutes/15 minutes wandelen (volgende spacer 1220 minutes)

***SUMMARY: water OK; Points needed 0; Extra excercise: -***

Saturday, 6 October 2007

Day 156 - 21 Charms & 9 Spacers

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Just call this preflight blues, but I have not been eating much, in fact too little of most of the essential food items. I promise I will do better when I report back from the holidays.

In all probabillity this blogger is suspended till 18th October. As of tomorrow I will be enjoying a short holiday in Ireland. But don't worry my kitchen WW scales and my WW shopping booklet are coming along. If I can I will post, but I make no promises!

Please do check in now and then!

Breakfast
3,5 points
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0,0 p - Paksoi, cellery
2,0 p - 2 cs mayo light
1,5 p - crisps (WW)
2 water

Diner
4,5 points
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2,0 p - 2 slices of rye bread
2,5 p - 25 gr. gorgonzola
0,0 p - 2 appels
2 water

Various
11,5 points
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8,0 p - 4 bonbons (cinnamon and cream)
3,5 p - ice cream
0,0 p - 2 coca cola light
1 water

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Day maximum: 28,0 points
5 water (11:00 PM), 2 vegetable, 2 fruit, 2 fat, 0 calcium
1. Total bonuspoints used/saved: 19,5/4,0
2. Bonuspoints needed/saved: 0,0/8,0
3. Exercise total: 1117 minutes/00 minutes cycling (volgende spacer 1220 minutes)

***SUMMARY: too little water, NO calcium, too little vegetables (BAD DAY!); Points needed 0; Extra excercise: -***

Thursday, 4 October 2007

Day 155 - 21 Charms & 9 Spacers (weightloss 8.8 lbs)

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Next Charm 84.9 lbs

Surprise! AND NOT JUST A WEE ONE! I lost 8.8 lbs in ONE week! I did not believe my eyes when I saw it but the evidence is there. And as such both my targets, The Weegclub sprint, and the WW Christmas promise are very much attainable. I am very proud of myself, because as You knew I even hosted a party - 150 days of the new me.

Weegclub sprintje
17.6 lbs in 6 weeks, now 15.2 lbs in 4 weeks --> another 2.4 lbs to lose in 2 weeks - 85% done
WW christmas promise
30.9 lbs in 5 weeks, now 15.2 lbs in 4 weeks --> another 15.7 lbs to go in 11 weeks - 49% done

Wat more is there to tell?

1. II now weigh less than 300 lbs
2. Mijn BMI is nu 40,6. Just a tad more and I will be below 40!
3. I lost more than 20 % of my total weight; 10% after 9 weeks, 20% after 22 weeks.
4. The dress I bought when I started, 3 sizes too small fits like a glove. Take a look at my october photograph.
5. I now lost 40 % of the total I want to shed, and am on my way to the 50%
6. I earned another charm, but will wait for the parcel from America (containing 3 Charms and 11 Spacers)

Next Charm to be earned when I reach 84.9 lbs, perhaps after I come back from my holidays?
My statitistics



Breakfast
4,5 points
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2,0 p - 2 slices of rye bread
0,5 p - 10 gr. linera (8%)
2,0 p - 2 slices of sausage (WW)
2 water

Lunch
10,0 points
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0,0 p - Paksoi, cellery
3,5 p - 30 gr. mayo light
6,5 p - 30 gr. baconbits
3 water

Diner
8,5 points
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2,0 p - 2 slices of rye bread
4,0 p - 40 gr. gorgonzola
2,5 p - 3 dl curd (0%)
0,0 p - frozen strawberries, apple
2 water

Various
1,0 points
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1,0 p - liquorice WW
0,0 p - 2 appels
1 water

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Day maximum: 28,0 points
7 water (11:00 PM), 0 vegetable, 1 fruit, 2 fat, 0 calcium
1. Total bonuspoints used/saved: 24,0/4,0
2. Bonuspoints needed/saved: 0,0/4,0
3. Exercise total: 1117 minutes/00 minutes cycling (volgende spacer 1220 minutes)

***SUMMARY: Water OK; Points needed 0; Extra excercise: -***

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Day 154 - 21 Charms & 9 Spacers

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Next Charm 77.2 lbs

Today is weighing day, and contrary to my resolution I actually have weighed myself daily - after ssaturday that is. The scales, which were actually mine once, I borrowed from one of my best friends to weigh my travel luggage. I am going on a holiday to Ireland! And I can see my weight drop. But then I have no idea how accurate these scales are, or what possible difference there is between mine and the WW scales. So I have not put too much credit on what I see.

I have been using too little points, and too little water. My dutch mental coach pointing this out to me, and my blog shows it! Next week I will keep a close eye on that, and I will write my blog entries, even if I cannot enter them daily. I plan to take my laptop along, or type it on the laptop of my friend and find an internetcafe now and then to put it all on the net. If I am unable to do so. I will place it on the net when I am home again on the 17th. BUT I will stick to the programme, no one is keeping me from doing that.

I have been feeling very good, active and healthy, and I will not comprimise that feeling for the thrill of a holiday binge. To be honest I do not even feel the slightest need to do so. I will allow for some food treats such as a sausage now and then, or some shortbread. But all else will be as it is now.

Breakfast
4,5 points

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2,0 p - 2 rye bread
0,5 p - 10 gr. linera (8%)
1,0 p - 4 sices of meatloaf
2 water

Lunch
4,0 points
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2,0 p - 100 gr. Creme Fraiche (light)
1,0 p - 100 gr. Curd (0%)
0,0 p - fruit
1,0 p - 10 gr. sugar
2 water

Diner
6,0 points
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4,0 p - 150 gr. salmon
2,0 p - 2 cs mayonaise light
0,0 p - gurkins
0,0 p - spring onions
2 water

Various
6,0 points

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3,0 p - 2 bags of crisps
0,0 p - 2 apples
3,0 p - 1 glass dubbel friss Light
2 water

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Day maximum: 28,0 points
8 water (11:00 PM), 3 vegetable, 2 fruit, 2 fat, 2 calcium
1. Total bonuspoints used/saved: 20,5/4,0
2. Bonuspoints needed/saved: 6,5/14,5
3. Exercise total: 1117 minutes/00 minutes cycling (volgende spacer 1220 minutes)

***SUMMARY: Water OK; Points needed 0; Extra excercise: -***

Day 153 - 21 Charms & 9 Spacers

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Next Charm 77.2 lbs


Smoothie
1,5 points

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1,0 p - 1 dl chocolate milk light
0,5 p - 0,5 dl coconut milk
0,0 p - raspberries

Breakfast
3,5 points

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2,0 p - 2 rye bread
0,5 p - 10 gr. linera (8%)
1,0 p - 2 clices of meatloaf
2 water

Lunch
4,0 points
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0,0 p - lettuce, tomato, basil
1,0 p - 1 tbs mayolijn
3,0 p -140 gr. smoked chicken
2 water

Diner
10,0 points
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3,0 p - 120 gr. veal
2,0 p - 3 slices of french bread
2,0 p - 2 cs garlic butter
3,0 p - 3 kl olive oil

Various
6,5 points

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2,0 p - 2 caramels
1,0 p - 2 cafe noir
3,5 p - 1 chocolate bar
0,0 p - 2 cola light
1 tea
2 water

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Day maximum: 28,0 points
6 water (11:00 PM), 3 vegetable, 2 fruit, 2 fat, 2 calcium
1. Total bonuspoints used/saved: 25,5/2,5
2. Bonuspoints needed/saved: 6,5/10,5
3. Exercise total: 1117 minutes/00 minutes cycling (volgende spacer 1220 minutes)

***SUMMARY: Water OK; Points needed 0; Extra excercise: -***

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