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Counting carbs/calories is a drag. Obsessive scale stepping is a recipe for despair. If you want to count something, "days on habit" is a much better metric. Checking off days on a calendar would do just fine, but if you do it here you get accountability and support. Here's how. Start a new topic in this forum called (say) "Your Name Daily Check In." Then every N day post a "reply" to that topic as to whether you stayed on habit. A simple "<font color="green">SUCCESS</font>" or "<font color="red">FAILURE</font>" (or your preferred euphemism if that's too harsh) is sufficient, but obviously you're welcome to write more if you want. On S-days just register that you're taking an S-day. You don't have to do this forever, just until you're confident you've built the habit. Feel free to check in weekly or monthly or sporadically instead of daily. Feel free also to track other habits besides No-s (I'm keeping this forum under No-s because that's what the vast majority are using it for). See also my <a href="/habitcal/">HabitCal</a> tool for another more formal (and perhaps complementary) way to track habits.

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Post by pinkhippie » Fri Mar 12, 2021 9:38 pm

Linda thank you. That is really comforting to hear that hormone stuff affects you less as you get older! I feel like Im on a roller coaster lately. Looking forward to getting off the ride and onto stable ground. Yeah fluffy books are pretty much all I read these days. I like this author as they are very black or white, no shades of gray. The villain is the villain and the good guy is the good guy. Sometimes that is comforting. (if not very realistic)

Jen, yeah my body is confused too I think. Its so true that being a good parent means not being liked, and I do remind myself and my husband of that.

Can't believe I haven't checked in since Tuesday! That missing period returning really took it of of me! ( sad little pun there) but really. I felt lightheaded and extra hungry, and tired all week. I have just started feeling better today.

This week has been a haze of snacking and eating seconds and chocolate.

Today I had

B: coffee with cream

L: pasta with 2 slices garlic bread

S: oatmeal with peanut butter

D: will be chicken nuggets with roasted brussel sprouts, some kind of ice cream

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Post by Jen1974 » Sun Mar 14, 2021 4:37 pm

Hormones keep us on our toes :lol: I always though I was failing with food during crazy hormone times but when I gave myself a little grace I realized it’s SO NORMAL.

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Post by lpearlmom » Mon Mar 15, 2021 3:26 pm

Glad you’re feeling a bit better! Right there with you with the fluff. And to think I was once an English major whose favorite authors were Virginia Woolf and William Faulkner. 😊
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Post by pinkhippie » Mon Mar 15, 2021 5:46 pm

Jen, they sure do! It is important to give ourselves some grace absolutely.

LInda, LOL I have never been a heavy duty literature reader, which is why I hesitated at the idea of being an English major. Fluffy books have always been a love of mine. I am almost through the 4 season collection. And then I will take a break and maybe read that Sue Grafton mystery that has been waiting for me. I am all the way to W is for wasted but I am bummed that she died before she could write Z, so I am less motivated to finish the series.

Good weekend. I realized kind of the same thing as ladybird. smaller portions work in the short term, but just not in the long term. I noticed I had that feeling over the weekend of just being HUNGRY. And so I had to eat regardless of it was my structured mealtime. I would rather keep my structure but eat enough to not feel that hunger of biological imperativeness. So this weekend I just made sure to eat enough at meals. And I haven't looked at the scale. I have to get better about not settling on a weight, but settling on habits and behaviours which will lead to a weight which I then have to be OK with because it is a result of sustainable enjoyable habits and behaviors.

B: Coffee with cream ( I was planning on breakfast, but this time change got me. I was not hungry until about 12)

L: roasted potatoes and carrots, half a pbj and half a glass of milk

S: a package of honey roasted nuts

D: will be quiche
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Post by ladybird30 » Mon Mar 15, 2021 7:37 pm

I was sad to hear about Sue Grafton - I had my own ideas about what might have been a satisfying resolution to the series, but it would have been nice to have had hers.
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Post by Jen1974 » Mon Mar 15, 2021 11:28 pm

Me too on smaller meals don’t work. I’m best off with meals that actually leave me satisfied & being hungry but not too hungry when I eat. When I tweak it, it starts out great but always leads to overdoing it later!! I was tempted to weigh myself recently but didn’t, I’ve been so much better off basing how I’m doing on non scale victories like good habits & eating in a way that feels goo!!

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Post by lpearlmom » Tue Mar 16, 2021 5:02 am

Oh i downloaded that series too and a, now listening to The Magnificent mrs mayhem. Im loving it so much. It’s exactly the type of book i was wanting. Perfect for listening to while puttering around the house. I didn’t know that about sue grafton. What a bummer! My favorite book is The Buccaneers by edith wharton. It’s so good and not too heavy!
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Post by pinkhippie » Tue Mar 16, 2021 5:54 pm

ladybird, I know, I loved the character development of Kinsey that went throughout the book and the little mysteries of her background being revealed.

Jen, yeah that tweaking is so tricky for me! It's funny how hard it can be to figure out how big my meals should be on a regular basis. I need to settle on an eating schedule and try to stick to it rather than the all-over the placeness of my eating. The time change is not good for that at all.

Linda, the Magnificent Mrs. Mayhem sounds good, I will look for it. I have never read the Buccaneers, I will check it out!

Yesterday I spent most of my day helping my 11-year-old with her french horn. Long story, but apparently she has a double horn and she was playing the f horn fingering using the thumb lever that makes her horn a b flat horn. So, she has been coming in last on all her chair tests and playing the wrong notes. I can't believe her teacher couldn't tell what was going on! It's a zoom class, but still. Anyway, with my help and the help of the internet to tell me what various french horn notes should sound like, we are figuring it out. And she has already really improved and wants to practice nonstop because she likes to be good at things. I should have realized something was wrong when she didn't want to practice her horn and wanted to quit band. She knew there was something wrong but she just didn't know what it was. Poor baby. :(

I am trying to get back to a regular 3 meal a day schedule.

B: oatmeal with peanut butter coffee with cream

L: quiche

D will be barbecue chicken quesadillas

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Post by pinkhippie » Tue Mar 16, 2021 10:50 pm

ladybird, I know, I loved the character development of Kinsey that went throughout the book and the little mysteries of her background being revealed.

Jen, yeah that tweaking is so tricky for me! It's funny how hard it can be to figure out how big my meals should be on a regular basis. I need to settle on an eating schedule and try to stick to it rather than the all-over the placeness of my eating. The time change is not good for that at all.

Linda, the Magnificent Mrs. Mayhem sounds good, I will look for it. I have never read the Buccaneers, I will check it out!

Yesterday I spent most of my day helping my 11-year-old with her french horn. Long story, but apparently she has a double horn and she was playing the f horn fingering using the thumb lever that makes her horn a b flat horn. So, she has been coming in last on all her chair tests and playing the wrong notes. I can't believe her teacher couldn't tell what was going on! It's a zoom class, but still. Anyway, with my help and the help of the internet to tell me what various french horn notes should sound like, we are figuring it out. And she has already really improved and wants to practice nonstop because she likes to be good at things. I should have realized something was wrong when she didn't want to practice her horn and wanted to quit band. She knew there was something wrong but she just didn't know what it was. Poor baby. :(

I am trying to get back to a regular 3 meal a day schedule.

B: oatmeal with peanut butter coffee with cream

L: 2 slices quiche

D: 1 barbecue chicken quesadilla and 1 glass of homemade chocolate milk
I really wanted something sweet, we were out of fruit and I am not having chocolate this week. I put a little dutch processed cocoa and a little sugar in a glass of milk and mixed it up. It hit the sweet spot and filled me up just a little.

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Post by lpearlmom » Wed Mar 17, 2021 12:57 pm

Oh geesh, poor thing! Boy, the online learning is just causing a lot of challenges isnt it? Rosebud loves playing the piano but hasn’t been able to take lessons for a year now. In the beginning she would still play almost daily but she hasn’t been playing much lately. Kind of saddens me but im hoping she can start up lessons again soon!

Good for you for figuring out how to help her and awesome that she likes practicing. Music is so good for their brains!
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Post by pinkhippie » Wed Mar 17, 2021 5:31 pm

Linda, yeah the online structure definitely has its flaws! She was able to play for her teacher in her zoom class today and show him what she had been practicing and he was very happy with her performance(probably amazed) so she is excited and happy and wants to practice for her solo. Glad we figured that out! We have our pteacher conference tonight.

Also I didn't realize the magnificent Mrs Mayhew was a Milly Johnson novel! Glad you are enjoying it. She does seem to be a really good fluffy "feel good" author.

I have noticed that my body is so much happier with oatmeal! I know that sounds really funny. But, it gives me the carbs I seem to need and eliminates hard core carb cravings at night. Also, digestion is better and I just feel better. So, back to the oatmeal breakfasts.

B: Oatmeal with berries and walnuts, coffee with cream

L: Chicken salad sandwich

D: Will be barbecue kielbasa with rice and cornbread
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Post by Jen1974 » Wed Mar 17, 2021 7:41 pm

I’m on an oatmeal kick now too!! I do better with carb breakfasts!! I prefer sweet to salty in the morning. I used to force myself to eat eggs because “diets” said that was better but they never left me feeling done the way a carb heavy breakfast does!!

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Post by lpearlmom » Thu Mar 18, 2021 4:10 am

Okay, you guys totally have me craving oatmeal now. I think i know what im having for breakfast tomorrow! ☺️
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Post by pinkhippie » Fri Mar 19, 2021 4:14 pm

Jen, yeah I know what you mean about carb breakfasts! Its weird, like I don't eat it thinking its the most delicious thing ever. But, if I don't have a carb breakfast I notice I lean towards wanting more carbs all day, usually in the form of toast or sugary stuff. Oatmeal is definitely a better choice for me as far as satisfaction.

Linda LOL, Oatmeal! Soooo delicious. :)

Today I decided to add some fat to my oatmeal by using peanut butter instead of pb2 and wow! It made a difference. I felt much more satisfied and actually full instead of hungry a few hours later. I might need to tweak it because I eat breakfast late and I don't want to have a late lunch but it was interesting the difference.

My 11 year old got to have an in-person horn instruction with her band teacher after school, just her and him and it was sooooo good for her! She is going to do another one after spring break, and we have signed her up for blended/hybrid next year and she is really excited. I'm not sure what to do with my 8 year old though. Her school doesn't offer blended. It's either in person 5 days a week or virtual.

Today is the Friday before Spring Break and I am excited! The little girls are going to their grandparents and the teenager will be here with us. So, sort of a kid break.

B: Oatmeal with peanut butter and banana, coffee with cream

L: leftover tater tots with cheese and sour cream, half a glass of orange juice

D: will be chicken nuggets, broccoli and ice cream

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Post by pinkhippie » Wed Mar 24, 2021 5:15 pm

Wow, time flies!

DH took Monday and Tuesday off so we have been Spring Breaking it up here at the house. We went for a 12-mile bike ride on Saturday, and 7-mile bike ride yesterday. I am glad to slowly regaining my strength and stamina. I need to figure out a way to continue to ride. I get so bored on my trainer at home but feel guilty about leaving the kids at home when I go out and enjoy myself on a ride. However, riding with all of them isn't really a good option as my 8-year-old is too young to keep up. Plus she really needs a new bike.

I have been sticking pretty closely to No S, despite vacay. I notice that on riding days, I might need a piece of fruit in between meals or a small amount of seconds with dinner because I am extra hungry. But for the most part, I have been 3 meals a day with no seconds. This week I have been having a square of dark chocolate after dinner and it's been nice.

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Post by pinkhippie » Tue Apr 06, 2021 6:31 pm

Wow!

I have been gone for a while. Not sure why really. It's a busy time of year for us, this is birthday month. Today is my birthday, Friday is my 17 yo, Tuesday is my Dh's and then the 21'st is my 8 yo. So, going to be LOTS of S days and cake and goodies! I try to keep it as reasonable as possible.

I have been doing pretty good with 3 meals, no snacks no seconds and a few small squares of dark chocolate after dinner. I have decided not to weigh myself for a very long time because I feel like that messes with my mind now. It is too likely to get me to unconsciously restrict and then boomerang back with overeating. I think I mentioned this earlier, but my goal is to be the weight I am at when I follow these habits, whatever that may be. No goal weight. Although, I also think it's reasonable to still be able to fit in my pants and look and feel good because this size is my comfortable size that I have been almost my whole life and I think it's a weight range of about 10 pounds. Anyway, I like the structure of No S. I feel really good eating this way like I am not eating too much and I am not eating too little. Like just "normal" eating.

We went on a 15 mile bike ride last weekend and it was amazing! It felt really good to be able to push myself and be able to do it. I really haven't lost as much as I thought I had and that makes me happy.

Nothing else really going on here. I think I have'n't updated in weeks because my life is so uneventful right now... and I guess that is good!

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Post by lpearlmom » Wed Apr 07, 2021 2:44 am

Happy Birthday 🎂!! That’s how our May is. All of girls bday the same week. Fun, but crazy. I love that you are not weighing yourself. I really like the idea that whatever you weigh while sticking to habits that feel good is the right weight for you. And yay for the long bike ride!
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Post by pinkhippie » Wed Apr 07, 2021 6:27 pm

Hi Linda thanks! It's funny how that seems to work out in families. I know another family that seems to have all their birthdays in May as well!

Yesterday was good! I had half of one cupcake and half of another and that was all I could eat. Then today I ate the rest. Which in hindsight may have been a mistake because I am really full now since I also had a chicken salad sandwich. But its all right, just means it will take longer to get hungry.

I have stopped beating myself up for doing nothing with my degree and accepting that helping the girls get through virtual school and getting my senior graduated is enough.

Also, I think I may have forgotten to mention that my dog's x ray results came back and she is cancer free! The vet thought it might be a bit of very mild pancreatitis, even though she had hardly any symptoms, and prescribed low-fat food. Amazingly, she ate more low-fat food than she did the other kind and her appetite seems to be coming back over this past week. Now she is eating a lot more and slowly gaining weight and acting peppy and happy again. ( knock on wood) It is SUCH a relief! I know she can't be with us forever, but I'm glad to know she has a little more time and that she is enjoying her life.

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Post by pinkhippie » Thu Apr 08, 2021 5:58 pm

Yesterday learned the lesson again to not eat even a normal-sized dinner if I am not hungry. did it anyway, stomach paid the price for a few hours before bed. I have realized I have gotten excellent at waiting until I'm hungry for breakfast and lunch. Dinner is still a tricky challenge. Yesterday I didn't snack between lunch and dinner but had a bigger lunch than normal and then a regular size dinner at dinner time.

So, in the future, I need to have a smaller sized dinner or wait. It's hard to wait with our schedule around here, so a smaller dinner would have been a good idea. This is the second time in a few weeks that I have done this so hopefully, I will remember. Today I had a slightly big lunch, but it was earlier so hopefully will be hungry for dinner. I always get worried about not being able to wait till dinner so I wait and have a late lunch and then I think it backfires on me. So I pushed lunch about 30-45 minutes earlier than normal. We will see what happens, now that I have gotten into the habit again of not snacking between lunch and dinner.

Tomorrow my 17 yo turns 18!!!! It's hard to believe. I still need to wrap her presents and am procrastinating a bit. Need to jump on that.

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Post by pinkhippie » Fri Apr 09, 2021 5:15 pm

Last night I could have stopped at one and a half burritos but I ate the whole 2 burritos for dinner. Haven't figured out yet psychologically why it's SOOOO hard to stop eating dinner. After dinner is very pleasant. Well, except for the dishes. I don't THINK that is it. Usually, I wash some dishes, and DH washes the rest. I always try to wash the cooking dishes if possible before I sit down. Then I talk with DH, nibble my dark chocolate, and retreat to have some relaxation time while DH plays games with the girls. After that, it's break time and I get time all to myself in my room. Well, I will try to be more aware of my thoughts next time I don't want to stop eating dinner even though I can tell my body is full.

Today my oldest turned 18! I don't feel like I would have an 18-year-old daughter, but there you are. I do, and I had her when I was 26, so it's not even like I had her young. This weekend Dh and I are celebrating our joint birthdays. So I expect lots of food, some kind of sweet things and maybe some alcohol. My plan is to at the very least stick to 3 meals a day over the weekend.

I haven't weighed myself but my clothes fit and I like how I look in the mirror. So, I am going to keep on keeping on not weighing myself and working on the No S habits.

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Post by Jen1974 » Fri Apr 09, 2021 5:33 pm

Happy birthday to your daughter!! Me too on not feeling old enough to have such old kids :lol: and me too on the 26 when I had my first!! He turned 19 in August so I much be about 1-2 years older than you :D

Me too on not weighing (almost 4 years now) & I’ve been tempted as my clothes get looser. I keep reminding myself that it didn’t go anywhere good, healthy habits leave me feeling lighter & enthusiastic to keep up with healthy habits. In my scale days the scale wouldn’t always show a lighter weight even when I felt lighter & would discourage me & a lot of times lead to throwing in the towel :roll:

And one last “me too” on struggling to stop at enough after dinner. Apple cinnamon or sleepy time tea sometimes helps but it’s a struggle for me too!!

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Post by lpearlmom » Sat Apr 10, 2021 2:34 pm

Oh boy happy Birthday to all of you! My daughter has her 18th bday next month. Do you have any good ideas for presents? Sweetpea doesn’t have a lot of specific wants so it’s hard. I was thinking maybe a nice overnight bag and/or a grown up purse. I want to get something nice but she’d hate any designer bags. I think i might get her a nice pair of pjs and cute slippers for when she’s in the dorm. Im not sure. But, btw, 26 is young! I had just turned 35 when i had SP. ☺️

So happy your dog is okay. One less thing to worry about!

Oh and yay for dropping the guilt. It took me awhile but ive done the same. We know how hard we work everyday so what difference does it make if it’s in a home setting or something more formal? Besides I realized that my choice to stay home does make me kinda unique and interesting (at least in my own head 😆).
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Post by pinkhippie » Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:37 pm

Thanks Jen! That's neat we were both 26! It was 3 days after my 26th birthday so yeah you must be a year or so older. I am impressed you have managed to not weigh for 4 years! I think that is a real accomplishment. I was tempted the other day but I held fast. Tea definitely helps me on those tough days but actually leaving the table can be a real challenge!

Thanks Linda!

I probably don't have any good ideas for presents. We usually just get my daughter's specific wants. She sends us links to a bunch of stuff, and we buy her some of it. This year she got some boots from Demonia (takes me back to the 90's goth scene) and some jewelry and a gift card. She LOVES clothes and I would never dare buy any clothes for her that she didn't specifically pick out. An overnight bag sounds like a good idea! My daughter got one a few years ago and she loves it and gets a lot of use out of it.

Yeah, 26 didn't feel young but I realize now it is! I had my 8-year-old right after I turned 36 and that felt much different than my pregnancy when I was 25!

It's true, we do work hard every day and I have friends who work full time who swear to me they wouldn't want my job of being at home for anything because they think it's harder. Being a stay-at-home mom really suits me but it's hard to let go of the feeling that I should be out there making money. Yes! Makes us unique and interesting. :)

Yesterday my plan was to have only 3 meals but around 8ish I was feeling hungry after dinner and I had some peanut butter crackers. Mmmmm did those hit the spot! It was the rare balance of being exactly satisfied and not hungry but not feeling like I ate too much. I would like to get there with all my meals someday.

We were going to go for a bike ride today but it was 46 feels like 37 this morning with no sun and only getting into the forties. Tomorrow is supposed to be in the seventies though, so we will try for that.

Had oatmeal for breakfast,
lentil soup for lunch
and will have some sort of take out for dinner.

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Post by pinkhippie » Mon Apr 12, 2021 4:26 pm

Ended up doing about an 11 mile bike ride! I felt it, not having ridden or done ANY exercise in two weeks. This week I need to make it more or a priority.

Although, this week is busy! Took 18 yo (feels weird to type that) to get her Covid test today because she is getting her wisdom teeth removed on Thursday! I am nervous for her. Made the grocery list of lots of soft foods and will be getting those later today. My wisdom tooth experience wasn't bad but everyone else I know seems to remember it as the world's worst trauma and so I am very nervous for her.

I just saw something on FB that made me squirm. An old online friend has a 12-year-old like me only she has a son. She posted a picture of him holding his school picture from the fall and it was a before and after picture. Apparently, he has lost 35 pounds by having willpower and cutting out junk and eating only veggies and meats, and exercising every day. On one hand, that's great that he is healthier now. On the other hand, floods of comments telling him how much better he looks now and getting that validation that thinner is better seems very damaging for him. Especially since we know kids gain weight around that time. Errk.

Today is just oatmeal for breakfast, some kind of sandwich maybe chips for lunch, and I'm not sure about dinner yet.

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Post by Jen1974 » Thu Apr 15, 2021 3:23 pm

I feel really sad for that 12 year old!! At 12 especially, cutting junk food & only eating only meat & veggies seems extreme!! I’ve never heard a “happy ending” to a childhood dieting story!! It all seems to create a terrible relationship with food & a lifetime of struggling only to keep weighing more as the years go on. Yet at the same time I totally feel for parents with kids where they struggle with emotional eating! It’s hard enough to be a teen without having excess weight. My son has been on the thicker side since middle school & at times it was hard to not want to intervene or help, but as he got older he’s slimmed out & learned to eat & exercise from a place of self care & not from a diet/restrictive place.

I got my wisdom teeth out & it wasn’t bad either!! I bet your daughter will do great!! I’ve heard it’s easier younger so it’s good shes getting it over with :D

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Post by pinkhippie » Thu Apr 15, 2021 4:59 pm

Hi Jen!

Thanks for the reassurance of your story! She got it done this morning and so far so good but the numbness hasn't quite worn away.

Yes, It is hard when kids are a little on the thicker side but I really believe if parents just leave them alone and don't mess with their hunger fullness body cues, that eventually everything will even out like with your son. My almost 12 year old has gained weight with puberty and I try to encourage her to get out and ride her bike and play, and tell her to eat when she is hungry and she doesn't have to eat when she is not. As far as I can tell, she is doing a great job. She eats breakfast sometimes, and not other times. She eats not much for lunch sometimes, and big dinners, or big lunches and small dinners. It seems like she eats according to her body and that is all I really want for her. I just hope she herself can not get sucked into diet culture. Other girls her age don't hesitate to tell her that she is too big. :(

Been eating pretty well with 3 times a day. It was DH's birthday Tuesday and I made cupcakes and then had 2 because they were so good! I had one last night after dinner as well. My 8 year old told me she wants a strawberry cake for her birthday this year so Im going to try to figure out how to make a small one.

I have been riding my bike with the girls every day this week, just around the neighborhood but its fun and its just a little bit of activity and that feels good.

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Post by automatedeating » Fri Apr 16, 2021 2:30 pm

Hey Pinkie! Bike riding sounds like a nice thing to do on these lovely spring days!
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Post by pinkhippie » Fri Apr 16, 2021 7:09 pm

HI auto! Yes! Dh got the little one a mountain bike for her birthday coming up and he is planning to take both the younger girls mountain biking with him when the weather gets a little nicer. We are having a weird cold front with rain this weekend. Boooo. :(

Today the 18 yo is very grumpy. She is swollen and upset about it, and says she isn't really in pain that much, but the swelling is uncomfortable and she misses eating solid food.

April 16 Friday

Breakfast: Grape nuts with milk and banana

Lunch: Turkey and provolone sandwich, some baked cheetos, some leftover strawberry smoothie, a few bites of banana

Dinner: 5 chicken nuggets, a lot of broccoli, honey mustard and 2 ramekins of frozen yogurt with chocolate shell.

Today didn't get formal exercise. Yesterday hit my steps on my Fitbit just from all the frantic dashing around checking on my 18 yo and bringing her medicine, food, drinks etc..
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Post by lpearlmom » Sat Apr 17, 2021 1:20 pm

Oh dear, im sad for that boy. Ive talked about this before on my thread i think but i went on a diet at 10 years old because I put on a little weight. Well that started a lifetime of yo yo eating and body obsession. On the other hand, my youngest put on a little weight around the same age but we said nothing and just encouraged her to listen to her body like you did. Well she eventually slimmed out and has a healthy relationship with food. Even if she didn’t slim down, i dont think going on a restrictive diet would help anything. And posting that on Facebook is just... ugh, in my humble opinion. ;)

I hope your daughter has a speedy recovery. Rosebud had them out. A miserable few days but them she was fine. Plus we got some hilarious videos of her all drugged out. Okay, probably not my best parenting moment but she laughs at them as well. ☺️
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Post by automatedeating » Sat Apr 17, 2021 2:23 pm

Linda - our family is always shocked/amazed by those America's Funniest Home Videos about people after oral surgery!!! What is the deal with that anesthesia? Can you ask your husband what makes people so goofy after that kind of anesthesia? :-)

Pinkie - neat about the new mountain bike! No cold front here today - it's supposed to be 82 degrees!!!!!!!
Also, I love biking but I usually walk/jog/hike so I can bring dog(s). So I had this hilarious image in my mind of your Basset jogging gloriously alongside your family. :lol: How is your other dog doing these days, btw?

Speaking of your fitbit Pinkie - purchasing question! :-) My fitbit (versa) broke last fall and I haven't replaced it. Do y'all have a recommended type for me to buy? I liked the one that you can clip on your pants, since I am not super loving the idea of wearing a watch, but I'm open to ideas on this one.
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Post by pinkhippie » Sat Apr 17, 2021 6:51 pm

Linda yes, I think that can start a lifelong issue with food if we aren't careful as parents. I hope that what I am doing for my 12 year old will help her. This mom is young and SUPER opinionated. Every online group I have ever been in with her she has gotten kicked out or left because she got offended, got in huge fight with everyone and will NOT listen to opposing opinions. So I wouldn't be able to even do a gentle suggestion.

My daughter was loopy but then just cranky. I have read that being irritable can be a thing after surgery/anesthesia. Today Im keeping her a little more on pain meds. Yesterday she wanted to try to go without them as much as possible but I don't think it was worth it. So, she is sleeping a lot which is probably better.

Auto, we took our basset hiking the other day! He loved it and could have gone for MILES more. They are muscle endurance dogs! I don't think he could handle jogging though...

My other dog is doing good! The low-fat food is really helping her. SHe is eating well again. She was having bad anxiety at night but we started letting her sleep out of her crate and now she is so much better.

I have a Fitbit inspire HR. I like it. There are a few things that annoy me about it. The first one is that you CANNOT see the screen in the sun. If I'm on a bike ride and need to pause or something I have to get in the shade or I can't see anything at all on the screen. The second is every once in a while it will stop working and it has to be reset. But that is not really a big deal. Resetting so far always fixes it and I have had mine for almost 2 years. You can get clips for the inspire HR but as far as I know, it won't record your heartbeat properly when it's in the clip. I originally got one of these and found I rarely used it because I got used to the watch:

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Saturday April 17 2021

B: grape nuts

L: peanut butter crackers, half a cheese sandwich, a small bag of chips

D: 3 slices of cheese pizza, 1 ramekin of ice cream with shell

Not a lot going on today. I am sticking close to home today to take care of the 18 yo today so no walks or bike rides.

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Post by pinkhippie » Sun Apr 18, 2021 10:07 pm

Woke up kind of depressed and with a hormone headache! Grr.. I have this multivitamin I have been taking, Rainbow Light Menopause One and shortly after I started taking it the headaches went away. I thought maybe it was a coincidence but this week I had two days where I didn't take my vitamin because I was so busy with my 18 yo's multitude of pain pills, abx, probiotics, mouth rinse etc... So, I wonder if those vitamins are magical and I have to take them every day for like the next ten years?

DH took the younger girls mountain biking today and they had a blast. I stayed home with the 18 yo.

Last night I wanted to eat more pizza after dinner just because it was a weekend and I had gotten into the habit of after-dinner eating on the weekend. But, I didn't because I used to stick to 3 meals every single day and felt better for it. I was glad that I resisted the habitual urge.

Sunday April 18 2021

B: 1 cup coffee with cream, 2 waffles with butter and syrup, 3 pieces of bacon(we got like 9 pounds of bacon for free through DH's work so there will be bacon in my menu choices for a while)

L: 2 pieces of cheese pizza, a few pieces of sauteed broccoli

D: Not sure, kind of hungry but not sure what for. I have been super light on veggies lately and every time I eat them I can feel my body rejoicing. But cereal or yogurt sounds good too. It's kind of a fend for yourself dinner today because everyone had lunch at 3 pm.

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Post by automatedeating » Mon Apr 19, 2021 3:04 pm

Sorry about the headaches, but on the bright side, glad that maybe the pills are helping?
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Post by pinkhippie » Tue Apr 20, 2021 6:16 pm

Thanks auto!

I think the vitamins are probably helping. The only way to know for sure is to keep on taking them and see if the headaches come back anyway. The headache finally left yesterday and the mood of doom and gloom left this morning. Its so crazy to me. I have always considered myself well able to control my moods. I look on the positive side, think most things happen for a reason, learn from my mistakes... yet when this mood comes down, its like I see everything with dread. I don't even want to get through my day, everyone and everything irritates me to an insane degree and I have less energy. No amount of positive thinking fixes it. I was so glad to wake up this morning and within the first 30 seconds of getting out of bed, I was grateful for something( that my husband cleaned a pile on the floor so I didn't trip on it). I knew then that my bad mood was gone. And it is!

So I really miss vegetables! I took like a vegetable vacation or something and it was long enough for me to miss them. So I decided to have vegetables AND fruit with my lunch every day and aim for dinner as well. Now that Im not worried about weight or calories or whatever I am joyfully buttering my spinach and green beans with abandon. Yum!

April 20 2021 Tuesday

B: fiber one with banana and raisins, milk, a cup of coffee with cream

L: a bowl of spinach, a bowl of black bean soup, clementine
My brain felt hungry after this meal but I realized my stomach was full. It was a weird sensation. I have decided if my brain is still hungry by 2:30 or so I will have a decaf coffee with cream

D: plan Barbecue chicken quesadilla (weirdly I am craving chicken)

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Post by Jen1974 » Tue Apr 20, 2021 8:49 pm

I sometimes take veggie/fruit breaks too. And I love not counting, but my problem is that I only have so much hunger!! I’ll want foods that satisfy me & sometimes I feel like other foods are more satisfying than fruits/veggies.

I think 40s just makes PMS worse!! And now I notice I have a few grouchy days around O too LOL. Me too on usually managing my mood but lately I’ve worked to give myself permission to feel annoyed, grouchy, or anything else & it actually helps!! I don’t expect my kids/husband to be all sunshine & roses every minute of every day so it’s a little unfair of me to expect that of myself. And sometimes not fighing the bad mood seems to make it end sooner :D

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Post by pinkhippie » Thu Apr 22, 2021 4:59 pm

I know what you mean Jen! I had to substitute the veggies at lunch for the chips or pretzels I had been having. It's ok for me to do that most days, I don't like having chips every day.

Definitely the 40's make it worse and my grouchy days were pretty much the day after Ovulation. So its nice to be able to look at a cause. I totally agree on giving permission to be cranky. I used to fight it but now that I see it for the pattern it is, I am more able to recognize that its short term and just be a cranky pants. :)

I have been working on the No S three meals no seconds and only a small desert usually a few squares of dark chocolate after dinner. Yesterday was my now 9-year-olds birthday and I had a slice of birthday cake I made which was AMAZING. I spent like all day making it and it was the most complex intricate cake recipe I have ever followed so darn straight I was having a piece! ( Ok a piece and a half :D )

Anyway, I pretty much have Breakfast and Lunch all the way to dinner with no snacking down. I very rarely feel like I need a snack between breakfast and lunch anymore and if I do, often if I have a big glass of water, I feel fine and realize I was thirsty. But dinner! Dinner is still a challenge. I celebrate my between lunch and dinner no snacking because I know I used to struggle with that but why is dinner so hard? The temptation for seconds is very strong, and sometimes I want to just eat with abandon. Or, I want to eat a lot more than a few squares of chocolate.

I know dinner is completely different than any other meal.

First: I spend the most time cooking it
Second: I eat it with other people
Third: Its the only meal that I am eating that other people are eating too
Fourth: Its the last meal of the day

I am going to try to be more aware of what my thoughts are during dinner. Maybe I feel like since I did all the work of cooking I want to have as much as I want? Maybe I am tired by dinner time and just want to relax and eat a lot of food. Maybe the emotional stress of being surrounded by people makes a difference? Maybe subconscious scarcity is enacted eating the same thing with people. I will try to be aware of what I am thinking and feeling, rather than just "eat it all!"

B: grape nuts with bananas, strawberries, milk, coffee with cream

L: Turkey sandwich with green beans, a clementine

D: baby carrots, two bean cheese and rice burritos, a very small slice of birthday cake and a half glass of milk
I became aware halfway through dinner that I was eating but not enjoying because I was arguing with my 11 year old who was refusing to eat her one vegetable of the day... a baby carrot. Once I realized that I stopped eating until it was resolved and tried to focus on my food more. I tried not to eat too much cake because I don't like how I feel after I eat a lot of sugar, and I noticed a light feeling in my stomach after dinner rather than a heavy one. Maybe the key to calming dinner down is doing the same thing I did for lunch which was allowing myself a snack if I needed it between lunch and dinner. That helped me feel less like I needed to stuff myself at lunch. A snack after dinner just seems like the gateway to overeating for me though. Things to ponder...

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Post by Jen1974 » Fri Apr 23, 2021 2:59 pm

Pink, dinner/night feels harder to me too!! And I do the same thing you do where I’ll try adding in something, almost a 4th mini meal. It’s almost like 3 isn’t quite enough, but the 4th tends to be too much :lol: I can’t quite nail the perfect amount & I’m pretty sure it varies day to day, but I’ve never been good at knowing when I need it vs. just turning it into a habit.

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Post by pinkhippie » Fri Apr 23, 2021 3:33 pm

Jen yes same here. It's hard to know the right amount and I feel like eating after dinner so quickly and easily becomes a slippery slope habit for me that I would rather be hungry than eat. But then that knowledge makes me overeat at dinner sometimes. It's a quandary. I could try a glass of milk or something not pleasurable to eat, but that goes against my eating philosophy. but maybe that could work? I will have to experiment. Like after dinner, rather than a glass of milk if I'm still hungry, chocolate milk sounds great. why? Because its after dinner. I like sweet comforting things after dinner if I do eat.

Yay its Friday! We made it through another week! The younger girls are spending the night at Grandmoms on Saturday and my oldest is going to her stepmoms for the weekend. Now that she is 18 she isn't obligated to go to her dad's anymore and she is taking advantage of it. I'm glad because I think her stepmom(who I love) provides a much better supportive environment, plus her 20 year old daughter lives with her and her and my daughter are great friends. Anyway, so no kids, and THEN my husband is going to leave the house for the morning to go on a bike ride and I will have the house all to myself! Im looking forward to that. But got to get through today first. :)

Friday April 23 2021

B: Grape nuts, milk, banana and strawberry coffee with cream

L: Turkey sandwich, baby carrots, a clementine

D: Chicken nuggets, broccoli, ice cream with whipped cream, 2 pieces of "mothers day" chocolate
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The house to yourself!!!! 8) :mrgreen:
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Post by pinkhippie » Tue Apr 27, 2021 2:54 pm

It was glorious!

Can't remember what I ate over the weekend, but I still tried to have a vegetable with lunch and with dinner. I made some amazing lentil soup that doesn't taste like lentil soup, but more like curry with lentils or something. Very good.

I also got in an 11 mile bike ride and it was great. I did better than my previous ride and I felt really good.

My 18 yo is talking about moving in with her stepmom soon. Her stepmom has a huge house and my daughter has her own bedroom there, has for years. It's just her and sometimes her 12-year-old and her 21-year-old daughter so it would be a different situation than here. Way more independent, Stepmom doesn't really do family dinners every night at 5 as we do here, it's mostly just fend for yourself in almost all ways. So, it would be a nice way to move out with training wheels. And, it would let us give our soon to be 12 year old her own room. The little girls room is getting so crowded the older they get. But we will see...

My 18 yo also doesn't want to do her high school graduation ceremony. I understand, she had to go to a different virtual high school for senior year. She knows absolutely no one and they are doing it indoors which makes her nervous. She graduated back in February so she is ready to move on, get her driver's license, move out, get a job, go to college, etc... I just don't want her to regret not doing the ceremony. Ironically, *I* am attending MY graduation ceremony this Saturday. It's outdoors and I am excited to be able to do it.

Yesterday April 26, 2021

B: Grape nuts with strawberries, banana, coffee with cream

L: bowl of lentil soup, half a turkey sandwich, some sauteed broccoli and a kale salad

D: 1 pita pizza, kale salad, a clementine and 3 squares of dark chocolate

Today April 27 2021

B: Grape nuts with strawberries, banana, walnuts, milk, coffee with cream

L: bowl of lentil soup, half a turkey sandwich, some mixed veggies, a clementine

D: 3 pancakes with butter and syrup, bananas, strawberries, and 2 pieces of bacon

Later decaf chai with honey and milk
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Post by Jen1974 » Tue Apr 27, 2021 10:08 pm

Have fun at your Graduation!! How exciting!! It sounds like a good gig for your 18 year old!! A nice transition to more independence/responsibility with some training wheels :D

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Post by pinkhippie » Wed Apr 28, 2021 5:03 pm

Thanks Jen! And yes training wheels! Thats it exactly. We will see if she follows through. I can tell she is already a little freaked out by the idea of leaving. She has been spending lots of time with her little sisters and hanging out with us more.

Well my information session was cancelled due to the flooding in the area. We have serious flash flooding going on here. I am bummed. I had my outfit picked out, and was having/am having an amazing hair day. This is very vanity laden but I haven't seen a lot of those people since I lost my 30 pounds last year and I was looking forward to showing off that difference. Ahh well. I still have graduation!

B: Grape nuts with strawberries, bananas, walnuts, milk and coffee with cream

L: last of the lentil soup, half of a turkey sandwich, mixed veggies

D: 3 chicken fajitas with 2 pieces of mothers day chocolate
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Post by automatedeating » Wed Apr 28, 2021 5:55 pm

Ah I rarely have amazing hair days, and when I do - you can bet I want everyone to see! I send more Marco Polos on those days for sure! :mrgreen: :lol:

Sorry about all the flooding and the missing the conference.
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Post by Jen1974 » Thu Apr 29, 2021 2:22 pm

I’m sorry about missing the conference!! That’s how it goes for me to, I’ll love my hair and have no where to go & no one to see & then when I want to feel good about how I look it won’t turn out right at all :lol:

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Post by pinkhippie » Thu Apr 29, 2021 11:09 pm

Jen yeah it was a bummer, but I was glad to not have to drive in the rain!

Auto right? Definitely want to show that off! A good hair day is a great day to get visual interaction done!

Well my graduation is Saturday. I am nervous! I HATE being the center of attention even for 3 seconds. It's pretty funny that I am even choosing to do this.

I have been trying to figure out my restless legs. TThey have gotten worse, and its probably related to not getting as much exercise anymore, but too much exercise bothers them too and I am feeling super unmotivated. I have been doing a good job with no S though!

I think there is a sweet spot on the steps and the exercise, but not sure what it is or when it is either.

B: strawberry oatmeal, walnuts, coffee with cream

L: 2 chicken fajitas, mixed veggies, 1 clementine

D: barbecue kielbasa, rice, corn muffin, green beans and 2 pieces of mothers day chocolate.

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Post by lpearlmom » Fri Apr 30, 2021 1:59 pm

Sorry about the rain and the restless leg. I remember gin Stephens saying sugar really effected her restless leg but who knows. I bet it’s different for everybody.

Sounds like a good love for your 18 year old. This is a hard age, they still need our guidance but now we are limited in having real control. Although DH says if we’re paying for college we still have a say over things. I guess that’s true.

Enjoy your graduation. You earned it so stand up proudly!!
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Post by pinkhippie » Fri Apr 30, 2021 3:33 pm

Hi Linda!

yes, I have read that about the sugar. I don't know if it affects mine or not. I don't notice it being worse on weekends when I eat a lot of sugar, so I don't know if its a cumulative thing? I have started taking a hot epsom salt 20 minute bath before bed and making sure that I am tired when I go to bed and that has been helping the past two nights. Often times we go to bed early because dh gets up at 5:30 but I don't get up until after 8 so I lay there and read, but I notice after about an hour my leg will start to bother me. So, I have been getting up earlier to be able to fall asleep earlier.

I have to get up REALLy early for graduation! Its at 9 am 30 minutes away and I have to be there at 8:15. Ugh. that will be a shock to the system after months of sleeping past 8.

Today the little girls are going to their grandparents so we can have child care for the graduation. Im only allowed 4 guests, so they can't come. Not that I think they would want to... They are really out of practice for sitting still for big events too.

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Post by Jen1974 » Sat May 01, 2021 3:03 pm

I hope your graduation goes well & you have a great day celebrating!! Congratulations!!

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Post by pinkhippie » Tue May 04, 2021 3:17 pm

Thanks Jen! It went well! I am really glad I did it, even though none of my professors were there and I didn't know a single person. Most of the people I went to school and class with graduated last spring. I happened to stretch my degree out an extra semester so I wouldn't lose my mind, so I graduated with no one I knew. Still an awesome experience though.

I did get sunburned which has kind of wiped me out.

I did a good job with my No S yesterday. I have allowed myself a seconds tweak which is that I can have seconds on vegetables. I like this because it encourages me to make vegetables for the meal, and then I get extra veggies if I still feel hungry or if I feel that need to eat. I had the idea to just snack yesterday because why not, but then I realized that was because I was feeling pretty happy with how I was looking and like I could "loosen the reins" But then I was like, that isn't why I am doing this, I'm doing this to feel good, healthy and content with where ever I fall on the weight spectrum eating like this. The whole point is making it a habit and the more I don't follow my habits the harder it is. So, I didn't snack and I was totally fine. And I enjoyed dinner a whole lot more too.

Also, I have been taking a warm bath for 20 minutes before bed with Epsom salt and using a weighted blanket at night and my legs feel so much better! I am also getting much better sleep. It's pretty amazing.

Monday, May 3 2021

B: oatmeal with strawberry and a little Nutella, walnuts, coffee with cream

L: 1 piece of fried chicken, half a turkey sandwich, an apple, and mixed veggies

D: spaghetti, baked chicken, salad, a garlic roll, half a banana, and a piece of mothers day chocolate

After Dinner Tea: Sweet Dreams with a little honey

Tuesday, May 4 2021

B: Oatmeal with banana, strawberry, peanut butter, and Nutella, coffee with cream

L: Turkey sandwich, an apple and mixed veggies

D: Amazingly delicious vegan chickpea curry with rice( had about 1.5 servings)
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Post by pinkhippie » Wed May 05, 2021 11:14 pm

Today my 6th grader had her first band class in person! I dropped her off for about 2 hours. It is a huge new combo middle school high school so it was very intimidating. But she did great. We are letting her do the Spring concert this semester so they want her in practice in person to figure out how to play with the whole band.

Wednesday, May 5 2021

B: raisin bran with bananas and strawberries, coffee with cream

L; leftover Chickpea curry with rice, an apple

D: Pulled pork sandwich, broccoli, handful of potato chips and 2 pieces mother days chocolate
Had a strong urge to eat after dinner today. Was contemplating bread with peanut butter. But on reflection, it wasn't like I was starving. I knew I had an adequate amount of food today. My stomach was full, my head just wanted to eat. After about 20 minutes that urge faded and I am grateful that I didn't eat.

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Post by Jen1974 » Fri May 07, 2021 8:54 pm

I like your seconds on veggies/fruit mod!! I have done that too & it really helps me know when I’m actually hungry vs. just not wanting to meal to be over because I have to be hungry to still want more fruit or veggies!!

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Post by lpearlmom » Thu May 13, 2021 4:50 am

Yay on your leg feeling better! Epsom salts are fantastic. Congrats on graduating and very exciting your daughter is going to band practice. It’s just so great that many of us are getting back to semi normal. Feels amazing.
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