crabby Kat's Journal, 19 October 2012

Input greatly appreciated!

I want gaining health to be a family project here. My partner loves the healthy meals I cook; last night: "I would never want any other pepperoni after eating this". I made my ground turkey breast and turkey pepperoni casserole for dinner, with a power greens salad on the side. Processed meat, sure, but a small amount instead of a large pepperoni, mushroom and olive pizza, OK? Baby steps, lol.

I'm starting to tame the snack monster - I was going to start this post "Hi, my name is Kat and I'm a snack-a-holic." I've barely been keeping under my RDI because of this seeming need to eat snacks. Last night I stopped at 95% instead of 99%, lol. What really helped was my partner scarfing down a pint of Haagen Dazs, crunching the nuts with mouth open; ugh. Made me think about being more mindful when I eat (again!) Mindfulness is a practice that I need to practice more of.

What does everyone think about me getting out some simple exercise equipment; light resistance tubing, 1 lb. weights, and small balls. To try showing my partner some easy exercises to do while watching TV instead of eating or doing paperwork (I bought the equipment when I was asked a while back to help with training)? What would be the best way to approach this?

Our evening routine seems to be I cook dinner, partner comes home, changes clothes, debriefs about work experiences, turns on TV; we eat dinner. Often I hear "I need ice cream" or "I need chocolate". My bowl of fruit has received attention, but after enjoying several of my Skinny Cow low-fat ice cream treats in the past, my partner told me "no more of those, buy a flavor I don't like"; wants HD vanilla swiss almond when ice cream need strikes. Have you looked at the nutritional content in that stuff? Yikes!

Old me wants to rise up and join the feeding frenzy at times, but new me reins in old me and snacks on a granola bar, or a 100 calorie bag of popcorn, or a frozen fruit bar. Still, all those things add up, too.

My partner is competitive, but work has taken a toll, interfered with us getting into a healthy competition. I've tried caring concern.

Hmm, maybe I approach if from the "I need help keeping my muscles from stiffening up before bedtime and preventing me from getting quality sleep; would you do these simple exercises with me while we watch TV?" My partner seems to miss my needing help with stuff.

Any ideas? Thanks.

Diet Calendar Entries for 19 October 2012:
1941 kcal Fat: 41.39g | Prot: 143.29g | Carb: 273.56g.   Breakfast: Water, Cottage Cheese (non-fat), Natural Unsweetened Cocoa, VIA Ready Brew - Colombia, Skim Milk, Whole Grain 100% Whole Wheat English Muffins, Pina. Lunch: Bruschetta Chicken Bake, Power Greens, Fuji Apples, water. Dinner: Italian mini meatloaves, Tomato Basil Marinara, Frozen Petite Peas, Reduced Fat 4 Cheese Italian Shredded Cheese (Sargento), Italian mini meatloaves, Italian mini meatloaves, 100% Whole Grain White Wheat Bread, Bananas. Snacks/Other: Peppermints dark chocolate, Dried Young Coconut, Water, See's chocolate orange lollypop, 100 Calorie Healthy Pop Butter. more...
1947 kcal Activities & Exercise: Sitting - 5 hours, Housework - 1 hour, Driving - 20 minutes, Stretching (yoga) - 1 hour, Desk Work - 3 hours, Resting - 6 hours and 40 minutes, Sleeping - 7 hours. more...
on diet crabby Kat's own diet  


I agree with the approach of helping you. Guys want to feel needed so he may be all for it if you ask him for help. Or, tell him you're trying not to snack and you want to see if it works to do some light exercise while watching TV and see if he will do it and report back to you if he notices a difference in his appetite. I'm a snacker too. I make my breakfast and lunch meals low calorie because I want a snack around 3 or 3:30 and I know I will have one after dinner too. My evening snack eating is out of routine, so I need to break that, but it's hard. I hope you find something that will help the hubby get that exercise in! 
19 Oct 12 by member: mars2kids
I'm in the exact place you are...same routine. Last night with the b'day cake thing I let DH cut his own piece and I was in the kitchen and said I would cut my own small piece. I looked at the little cake and it had 1" of icing in the middle. I made the choice to have an 1/8 serving of my dark chocolate instead. He came in for a second piece. He is on his feet 8 hrs. at work so he is too exhausted to do anything. Even though a few years ago he was running before work. I do all of my planks, yoga, stretches while he is in the room...munching and snoring in front of the tube. Gotta love it. But he does like the healthy main dishes too. Does your partner need to lose weight? My DH could lose a few pounds but nothing like me. 
19 Oct 12 by member: Neptunebch
I did it, I did it! I went to a regular yoga class, and did pretty darn well! I didn't laugh histerically when I lost my balance going from a three legged dog to a something-or-other, and I recovered by doing it correctly the on the other side. Wooo Woooo!!!! Seriously, that hard of work only burned 162 calories in an hour? C'mon! Honestly, I really don't don't care about that. The instructor was marvelous, I feel more calm and centered, and strong. I hadn't done anything but gentle yoga for years, and not much of that lately. I feel good! Next challenge to myself, Total Body Pilates. Someday, lol. My partner (who's 14 yrs older than me)does need to lose 30 pounds or so, and has gotten seriously out of shape from a stressed out work environment sapping all energy. We have a lot of living left to do, and we need to be healthier to enjoy it the most. Maybe if I just get out the exercise equipment & do the easy stuff, I'll gain a workout partner. Could continue to be a munching and snoring partner, but it's worth a try.  
19 Oct 12 by member: crabby Kat
Way to go with the yoga...I tried it 4 yrs ago with a group and fell on my butt going from the 3 legged dog to the 2. I was so embarrassed! Now I do on my floor alone! Calm, centered and strong! Three great things. Thanks for making me smile too! 
19 Oct 12 by member: Neptunebch
Ha ha ha...the munching has begun here. I just had to say something. Nachos. And I only have a 100 or so calories left for the day. :( 
19 Oct 12 by member: Neptunebch
Oops! I was just heading for the dried coconut when I read this.... 
19 Oct 12 by member: crabby Kat
hour later...I made roasted butternut squash and had that with leftover pork roast. Over RDI but healthy. DH had frozen pizza. UGH. :) Does dried coconut come in cubes? 
19 Oct 12 by member: Neptunebch
I made Italian mini meatloaves & we ended up making open faced meatloaf sandwiches with some pasta sauce & cheese baked on top and a side of petite peas; also went over RDI, mostly healthy. The dried coconut I eat I get at Costco; Phillipine dried young coconut in a big bag. The pieces vary in size; kind of like it's shaved of in different thicknesses. I measure out 1.5 oz servings into snack-sized ziplocks. Lightly sweetened. I like it & it has a lot of fiber. 
20 Oct 12 by member: crabby Kat


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