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Calorie Creep

Thursday, December 17, 2015

I'm tracking -- and I'm seeing an upward trend. Too many days at the upper end of my calorie range.


And it's dark. The days are short.

And it's busy at work. Nuts in fact.

Busy at home too.

Too many demands on limited time and emotional energy.

Plus still dealing with the pain from the bikram injury -- not able to return to gym work out yet(but can walk, and have been . . . which helps a bit.)

Gotta face the fact: the temptation to revert to self-comfort with food is pressing.

Too much food, even healthy food, is too much food.

Eternal vigilance. Yeah. It IS eternal. Has to be.
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    You are correct. I've had the creep too with my EE.
    You can do it!
    1624 days ago
    Hibernation season? I can climb back out, you can climb back out, WE can climb back out... c'mon fellow Rebel... yes, we can!

    1624 days ago
    Been struggling here also. You're not alone, although it sounds like you're doing better than I. Good luck on making it through the rest of the season.
    1624 days ago
    Since you are tracking I see you are 'calorie conscious.' Awareness precedes choices precedes results! Love your blogs, Ellen!
    1624 days ago
    I've been slipping, too. Thanks for calling it out. I was reviewing my meal plan so it has more vegetables and fewer snacks like yogurt.
    1624 days ago
    I've always thought that we humans have a winter weight gain due to some inherent tendency toward hibernation. We want to eat a little more to keep us warm all winter, we want to stay inside instead of going out into the cold, all that. We're like bears that way.

    And then in summer, we have all that gorgeous fruit, we play outside, and we lose the weight without thinking about it.

    So yeah, it's just a struggle all winter.
    1624 days ago
    Those darn injuries! I just realized a year ago I could hardly move my right arm from a shoulder injury. But now it is almost 100% back. I had some comfort food moments though when I got discouraged. So many of my Beck cards have your quotes on them! You saved me many times from falling completely off the healthy wagon! Probably time I thanked you for that and let you know you will heal and be back to your athletic self soon. Hang in there!
    1624 days ago
    I hear you. Yuck. Yuck. And more yuck. I hate denying myself. And have not been. And feeling every calorie.

    Just being aware is a positive. Overindulging occasionally is not failure.
    Yet...we must regroup and move on eventually.

    Best wishes. You got this!

    Thanks for your honesty. It makes me feel more human... Keep Sparking.
    1624 days ago
    I've been struggling with not having access to my favorite exercise, too.
    Maybe time for the dread mill?
    1624 days ago
  • _LINDA
    emoticon So struggling with this too. Getting harder and harder to get past that hump of early morning pain to get at my exercise. Just want to say what the heck and climb back into bed. Some of my seasonal favorites are out. Yogurt covered pretzels and coconut marshmallows. Being pressured to return to directing at the bridge club. Really hate it and I am not very good at he said she said arguments and convoluted laws that pass you from one to the other until you are in knots. It was the part of my manager job I hated the most. Now I have lost the manager job and am stuck with it. A director shortage leaves them begging for me to come back. My conscience tells me I should go back. I owe a lot to the club. They brought me out of my shell and gave my confidence.
    Got to stay strong. And now just got a call from my brother . My Mom fell and broke her hip :-(( Dam ice!! She and I have been struggling with it since the start of the winter, extra hard for her as she has to walk Daisy several times a day as well as play with her.
    1624 days ago
    HUGS my dear. You are right about the eternal vigilance. **SIGH** That's all that helps me, too.

    Sooooo . . . know you're not alone!
    1624 days ago
    You can do it! Thanks for sharing! Happy Thursday! Wishing you a Wonderful Day!
    Hugs and love, xoxo
    1624 days ago
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    Calories creep. Those creepy calories. This too will pass. You'll get back on track, Red Leather Jacket Lady!
    1624 days ago
    Yeah, me too... Stress consuming is a downfall for me...
    1624 days ago
    Here's to being vigilant yet enjoying the marvelous season of re-energizing!
    1624 days ago
    I wish we had a second chance at life without the eternal vigilance, where we could eat without gaining weight... emoticon Oh, well, one can dream.

    I'm struggling too, no comfort from that though.
    1624 days ago
    Calorie creep is inevitable...as thoughtless (time constrained) eating looms...keep the clutter out of Christmas. Helps with more time. I forewent (is that a word) an event at church last night to get a relaxing hair cut, put my warm flannel nightgown, had dinner with a glass of wine, wrote a few Christmas cards, looked through some college memorabilia for a photo to copy for a gift and went to bed at my normal time.

    Of course the rest of the next 4 days will be frantic with dress rehearsal, 3 performances, full work day today complete with Presidents Christmas celebration, 1/2 day work tomorrow to get everything done before vacation. I cancelled my usual Saturday night after the performance party for friends...wanted my Saturday for some last minute shopping. It was going to clutter my weekend. Scheduled a massage for Monday...gonna need it before I hit the road for family visit.

    We can gain some measure of control...if we give up a little control others have on us!
    1624 days ago
    I have to remember that, also. Even too much healthy food, is TOO MUCH. December is always challenging for me.
    1624 days ago
    Thnx for the reminder....I did go back to meticulously tracking recently.
    1624 days ago
    I have no doubt you will tighten the reign! I am noticing healthy food - too big of portions and too much bread. I read once that we, too, like to prepare subconsciously, to hibernate in the winter months! Hmmm...
    1624 days ago
  • GABY1948
    Yep....I find that though I haven't changed my food at all (you know me) I don't MOVE as much. Either one is detrimental to our HEALTHY living!

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    1625 days ago
    I have to weigh and measure the healthy stuff, and eliminate the junk altogether. Most people think about "tomorrow" as another starting point. For me, "Tomorrow" is when I can have "more".
    1625 days ago
    emoticon Linda, I also have problems with the time change, hate when it gets dark early , and when u add work stress and the holiday stuff it makes it harder, have to do whatever time u have for workouts , weather it be 15 min, 10 minutes each hr, it still is better than doing nothing, Good luck girl, we got this! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1625 days ago
    oh boy, it sure is... that was one of the first lessons i learned with spark, even healthy food can have too many calories. dang it! hang in there...
    1625 days ago
    the dark days of winter eh------ I know all about that!--Lynda
    1625 days ago
    Cheering you on!
    1625 days ago
    It is eternal vigilance…despite maintaining for years, the urge to self-comfort with food does creep up under times of high stress..and often when you are physically tired. You will get through this, my friend. You are strong and determined.

    I do know what you mean about even if you are eating healthy food, you can still eat too much of it.

    I do hope you heal from that injury and that your life gets a little less demanding.
    1625 days ago
    You can do it don't give up now
    1625 days ago
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