Funfetti is latin for “temptation”

It reallybugs me when I want to write a post but my kids keep LOOKING OVER MY SHOULDER.   Having someone look over my shoulder while I’m on the computer really ticks me off.  For some reason, when I’m on the computer I consider that my “don’t bother me” time, and I get so little of that, that when I do get it I become mama bear protecting her cub.  That’s why it’s so easy to blog while I’m at work – no one looking over my shoulder while I blog about how much crap I ate.  But now things are changing at work and I really don’t have time to blog at work, and blogging from home is a challenge.  I’m not going to stop blogging because it’s the one of the few things I do all day that brings me satisfaction, so don’t worry, y’all can’t get rid of me that easy!  I’ll figure something out somehow. 

Gemfit has a great post today about exercise stigma – does it exist?  Is one form of exercise better than another?  Go read her post then come back here and tell me what you think.  I’ll wait…

I also found a really handy website called OwnerIQ. Looking for the manual for your old treadmill?  Chances are, you’ll be able to find it here.  This nifty website has all kinds of manuals on pdf and it also has a feature that lets you gather all your manuals in one place so you never have to worry about spending countless hours searching for a manual only to realize later that you threw it out because you thought you would never need it.  FYI, the minute you misplace that old manual is the precise moment all hell will break loose and the answers to all of life’s questions will be found in the missing manual…if only you could find it.

I ended up buying an elliptical trainer, I’ll tell you about and post some action shots this weekend so you’ll have something to laugh about. 

Well, it’s time to get the kiddos to bed, and then me to bed shortly thereafter.  Did you notice my exercise minutes for this week?  Go me! 

PS.  My husband is evil – he is baking a Pillsbury Funfetti cake.  It should  be against the law for cakes to smell so damn good while they are baking.

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I love them, I really do.

Dear Whoppers,

I just wanted to let you know that it’s a good thing I don’t have access to a candy aisle right now because I do some major damage to you. I’m very irritated at work and all I can think about is how I’d like to get my hands on you and your milk carton-like packaging, and pour you into my hand. It wouldn’t take me long to cram a whole bunch of you into my mouth and gnash away on your chocolatey malted goodness. I could seriously go through the entire carton and I wouldn’t feel a bit bad (except for maybe the ensuing stomach ache). You are so lucky that all I have at my disposal is an apple. You may want to consider taking out a restraining order on me because there is a Quik Trip on my way home and I know that you are there, mocking me while I sit in my cave office. Quitting time is just 2 ½ hours away…consider yourself warned.

All my love,

Jill

The Stress Eater Diet – Book Review

It used to be that stress was something that happened only within a special circumstance: a big project due, dealing with holidays, dealing with family issues, but nowadays with the economy being unstable, being stressed out is quickly becoming the norm for most people.  If you are an emotional eater (and really, who isn’t?), then chances are good that you are also a Stress Eater.  I know that stress has sent me running to the kitchen more times than I care to admit, so when I was asked to review The Stress Eater Diet, I eagerly accepted. 

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  Here’s a little info about the authors:

Robert Posner, M.D. is a board certified internal medicine physician and has been in private practice in the Northern Virginia area for over 20 years. Dr. Posner developed the Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss Program, Washington, D.C.’s largest medically supervised weight loss/weight management program as a result of his ground breaking research into the effects of serotonin on weight loss.

Linda Hlivka
With over 20 years of experience, Ms. Hlivka has been the nutritionist for the Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss Program for almost 6 years. Linda graduated from Douglass College, Rutgers University with a B.S. in Human Nutrition and Foods and from Regis University with an M.B.A. Early in her career, she worked as a dietician/nutritionist at several NJ hospitals. She has a passion for weight control as she had struggled with weight during her life and ultimately has succeeded for many years to control hers.

 

And here’s an excerpt from an interview with Linda Hlivka about the book:

Where did you get the idea for the book?
I counsel patients all day and I saw a commonality in that most people were stressed and it negatively impacted their eating patterns. It derailed their weight loss or weight management efforts. Stress eating became a distraction that caused people to plateau or actually gain weight. I wanted people to understand how stress can negatively impact health and weight causing obesity, health and can be deadly. 

What are the major themes of the book?
In the book I discuss 1)Stress and what it can do to the body and the mind; 2)Nutrition and educate readers on how to eat healthfully to reduce stress and how to optimize metabolism; 3) Exercise for stress management and burning calories, 4) Calming techniques to help restore the body to balance.  

What kind of research did you have to do for the book?
I spent many hours searching for the newest studies, trials and statistics on stress, weight loss, obesity, vitamins, minerals and nutritional supplements, and diseases like diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer.

Why do you think eating is such a typical response to stress?
Many people eat for comfort and to make themselves feel better. It reminds them of a simpler, better time in their lives. It is a natural coping mechanism but can get out of hand if stress is continual. Other coping mechanisms must be found or health will suffer.

What do you hope readers will take away from your book?
I want readers to understand that they need to manage stress not let it manage them. Then I want to empower them to know that they can be in control of their lives whether it is stress, eating, weight, etc. 

Stress Eater Diet Q & A
What is the Stress Eater Diet book about?
The book describes the true effects of stress and its impact on the body, mind and overall health. It explains the dangers of acute and chronic stress, the long-term negative health effects and provides solutions, reasons and tips for positive change whether it is to minimize stress and/or to lose weight. We are a stressed out society. If changes are not made, premature death and a lower quality of life will be imminent.

How many people are stress eaters?
About 50% of the population admits to stress eating in general. But surveys show that 82% have eaten in response to a recent stressful situation.

Why is this program important now or needed?
Right now 80% of Americans are stressed because of the economic downturn and the associated stressors of job security or loss, housing and stock market declines, healthcare concerns, rising prices, etc. Close to 70% report an average of two sleepless nights per week. This program can provide a way for people to cope with stress and improve their health and their lives.

How is the Stress Eater Diet different than other diets?
Most of the popular diets offer the solution to losing weight without working on the cause of the extra calories. The Stress Eater Diet provides a solution for determining stress triggers, dealing with stress, as well as increasing metabolism so more calories are burned efficiently. It will provide a step-by-step approach to reduce and or eliminate stress along with nutritional guidelines that will make weight loss easier, enhance energy, and improve long-term health. The important part of our plan is understanding and realizing permanent behavior modification.

Can people use this even if they don’t want to lose weight?
Yes, many people stress eat but yet do not have what would be considered a weight problem. Yet they deal with stress through food and can get out of control at any time. This can lead to nutritional deficiencies, frequent illness, and long-term health issues like diabetes and heart disease.

How do you know if you are a stress eater?
We have a 10 question quiz in our book and an online quiz at http://www.stresseaterquiz.com where people can answer the questions based upon their current eating behaviors and the
answers will be interpreted.

How does stress impact overeating?
Many people reach for food after a bad day to seek comfort and make themselves feel better. This bingeing is a method of coping that becomes a habit. However, the amount and type of food they eat becomes a concern. When stressed, most people eat high fat or sugary foods that contain many calories. Depending upon their pattern of stress and eating, in reaction to it, nutritional deficiencies, health issues and obesity can result.

What kind of results can you expect?
Everyone is different, of course, and improvement in stress management as well as weight loss will be a process. Our jumpstart plan shows that in 4 weeks, coping and eating habits can be modified. Stress can be reduced and up to 15 pounds can be lost in that time frame. Studies show that these behaviors can be learned and after 90 days of following a certain behavior, it becomes more permanent.

How was the Stress Eater Diet plan developed?
The Stress Eater Diet plan was developed from our medically supervised program as we achieved success with our patients. We were able to extract the methods that were most successful for our patients.

What are some things that can be done to stop Stress Eating?
First, it is imperative to reduce stress to reduce the level of stress hormones circulating in the body. This can be through deep breathing, exercise, mindfulness, meditation or yoga. Once the stressor is gone, then healthy eating is necessary such as choosing foods that reduce anxiety and stress and stabilize blood sugar levels. Chewing gum can also help reduce stress and trick you into thinking you are eating.

Many women love and crave chocolate. Can they still eat it on this plan?
Yes, treats are necessary and a vital part of life or it would get pretty boring. In moderation chocolate is fine. This program will help to reduce overall cravings in several ways. In fact, a recent study showed that taking a 15 min walk can halt cravings.

Is this book and diet just for women?
No, many men stress eat too, but about 50% less than women. Men and women react to stress differently from having different stressors to different coping mechanisms to their uniquely favorite stress foods. Regardless of the differences this book can help men deal with stress and the associated eating.

Should you exercise on this diet?
Exercise is always beneficial regardless of whether or not you want to lose weight. Firstly, exercise will reduce your overall stress and decrease circulating stress hormone levels in the body, which if too high can cause more abdominal or “belly fat” to be deposited. If you do wish to lose weight, exercise will help burn more calories and increase lean muscle mass resulting in a higher metabolism.

Many people are very busy and time is limited. How do they find time to practice this program?
This is not a complicated program. There are some very simple things outlined in the book that can be done easily to reduce stress levels. With regard to weight loss, there are simple guides and meal plans that can be adapted to a busy lifestyle. We also write a daily blog with simple tips and the most up-to-date research on diet and stress.

 

Not sure if you’re a stress eater?  The book (as well as the website) has a quiz you can take to determine if you fall into this category of emotional eating.  In addition to the book, the website is full of information about the book and the authors, and there is even a blog you can follow.  You can also follow the book on Twitter and Facebook (the reign of Facebook knows no bounds). 

If you want more info, you can visit these bloggers and see what they have to say about the book.  You can also visit the Amazon site, as well as the Stress Eater Diet website and blog, and don’t forget to take the quiz to see if you are indeed a stress eater. 

Now for the really fun part – A GIVEAWAY!  Tell me your favorite way to relieve stress and you will be entered to win my copy of The Stress Eater Diet book.  You have until Tuesday 9pm (CST) to enter and the winner will be drawn randomly and announced Wednesday morning (before noon is the best I can promise!).

Making the choice to be a better me

Hey gang! 

Sorry I haven’t blogged much this week, but work has been crazybusy and it doesn’t look like it’s going to let up anytime soon, so if I don’t show up for a few days, don’t worry.  I’m trying to get into the habit of blogging at home (like I am today - yay vacation days!!), so I might start posting more on the weekends and possibly evenings.  Although honestly most of my ideas for my posts come when I’m working, so let’s just say I’ll post whenever I get a chance! 

First of all, go give Debby some cyber love – one of her beloved dogs has passed away and I know she is hurting.  My thoughts are with you Debby!

Secondly, if you haven’t checked out MizFit (I’m pretty sure we all have), go asap and read my buddy Laura’s guest post.  I know we’ve all been there at one time or another (some of us are there even as we speak). I have more thoughts on her post in just a minute…

Here’s my exciting (to me) news for the day – my yearly bonus came through and now I have money to spend!!  Woo hoo!  I”m going today to buy some running shoes, but I’m also looking to buy a new piece of athletic equipment.  My old friend, Treadmill, died a couple of months ago and I have been lost ever since.  I can’t decide though if I want to get another treadmill or try an elliptical machine.  I don’t want to spend more than $300  – I know that limits me, but that’s about all I am willing to let go of at this point.  I bought my last treadmill for $300 and it lasted me 8 or 9 years, so I’m confident I can get a decent treadmill for that amount of money. Not so sure about getting a decent elliptical for that amount.  Any suggestions or thoughts from you guys? 

So, back to Laura’s post on MizFit:  Laura brought up the idea that when her energy level is high, it is so much easier to make the good choices.  And in the comments there was a comparison of eating healthy with being married…and suddenly the last few weeks all tied together nicely for me.  When the hubs and I had “the big fight”* a couple of weeks ago, I was at my lowest – mentally, physically, emotionally.  He complained that I didn’t make time for him, that I was always tired, etc etc etc (I had my own complaints about him, which we discussed in great length, but that’s a post for another day!).  During that time I hadn’t been working out and I was eating crud all the time, and suddenly it clicked:  eating crap + not working out = NO ENERGY.  And no energy means making bad choice upon bad choice until my self esteem is in the basement and I have nothing left to give anyone, especially my husband.  I had to explain to him that sleep was very important to me and I NEED to work out consistently in order to be the wife he needed me to be. I realize now that  working out and eating healthy is not just about me, it’s about being the best me I can be, so I can be the best wife (or mom, or friend) I can be.  My choice to work out or not , or eat a lot of junk or not, affects everyone in my house and my life.  This was an aha! moment for me and I hope I can remember it when I’m tempted to go overboard with cake.  Of course I don’t think having a piece of cake is going to ruin me, but having 3 peices of cake with 16 Oreos and 4 slices of pizza, will definitely wreck havoc on my emotional state.  The last few days I have worked hard to make good food choices, and in addition to losing 3 pounds, my energy has come back up and I feel so much better.  When my energy is high, I feel like all is right with the world,  and for right now, all is right in my little world and like I said in a previous post, the hubs and I are getting along really well (winkwink).  

So, like a lot of the commenters said in Laura’s post , it’s all about choices and making the choice every day (sometimes every minute) to fight the good fight in the healthy living battle. 

On a completely different note, I’ve finally updated my blogroll.  Let me know if any of the links don’t work, and if you are a regular commenter here and I don’t have you on my list, accept my apologies and let me know if you want to be added. I do read everyone of your blogs, even if I don’t comment. 

Okay, well I guess I should shower and get ready to head into Tulsa so I can stimulate the economy.  Hopefully I’ll have some nifty new shoes to show you all when I get back!!  :)

I’m here…

Severely sleep deprived, but here. The 3yo was up half the night with a cough that would not go away and so I spent most of the night on the couch with her trying to keep her from gagging on the mucus (sorry, it’s gross I know). Ah, the joys of motherhood…

I had a fabulous Valentine’s Day and I’m just gonna say it – I have the Best Husband Ever in the History of Husbands. No really, I do. We are super in love right now – much like how we were 13 years ago when we met. We’ve been going through a rough patch for the last few months, but a couple of weeks ago we had it out and we both got a lot of things off our chests, and since then we’ve come to a new understanding of one another and it’s been great.

30 Day Shred Update: I have done the 30DS once in the last 10 days. I spent all day yesterday cleaning house and I burned some major calories, so I didn’t feel the need to workout anymore last night. I’d like to go run AND do the 30DS tonight, but seeing as how I’m so sleepy I’ll probably fall asleep on the couch as soon as I get home, it may not happen. Tomorrow is church, so if I get it done at all it will most likely be Thursday. I’m not doing very well at being consistent with my exercise, which really bums me out, because I know that’s the secret to getting this weight off.

I decided to put Mary Lou in the closet for awhile because I think I need to see an actual number in order to be properly motivated. Seeing the number creep up and up and up is more alarming than hearing “you are two pounds above your starting weight“. Seeing the red needle land near The Forbidden Number is like hearing an audible Danger Will Robinson Danger – you are nearing the Red Zone!!!” It makes me jump back and realize I have to work harder to get the number back down. I felt so much better ten pounds ago when I was at my lowest weight. I’d like to be there again, minus another ten pounds.

So sorry if this post is rather incoherent and rambly – I’ve had my quota of coffee for the day so it’s not going to get any better until I get some more sleep. Hope you all have a good day!

You win some, you lose some

I have the day off today!  Win!

But I had to use a vacation day.  Lose.

I got to sleep in this morning!  Win!

But I was out of creamer and splenda for my coffee.  Lose.

I ran for 25 minutes this morning!  Win!

But then I got so irritated at every member of my family, I killed a sugar cookie.  Lose

But I only killed one sugar cookie instead of 16!  Win!

It’s a gorgeous day out, but my girls are grounded until their room is clean. Lose.

I made some healthy chicken salad because I want some good food today! Win!

But I’m out of eggs, which really bums me out because I like eggs in my chicken salad.  Lose.

I texted one of my buddies hoping her day was going better than mine.  Win!

But she’s having a bad day too.  Lose.

My husband paid my car insurance and car payment for me this month! Win!

But now in return I have to balance his checkbook.  Major major LOSE.

The girls’ room is now clean, all the kids are playing outside, I’ve got the house to myself for a little bit and my favorite smooth jazz station is playing on the radio.   WINWINWINWIN!!!!!!

Let’s hope there is no more losing today… I don’t think I can take anymore!!!   ;)

Super Quickie Goals Post

So many thoughts…so hard to put them together in a cohesive fashion! But I guess that’s why God gives us bullet points:

 

• I’m logging my food into FitDay. I never would have guessed that already this morning I have eaten 500 calories (and it’s only 9am). Knowledge is Power!!

 

• I’m making the commitment to train for a 5k run. There is a run in April that I would like to do – I hope that gives me enough time to train because I don’t want to look like a bumbling buffoon in front of the real runners. Also plan on spending some of my bonus $ from work on running shoes from a for really reals running store (I love you Academy, but I need more help than you can provide!).

 

• I noticed over on Hanlie’s blog, she keeps track of the total number of minutes that she exercises per week. I really like this idea and plan on stealing it from her. ;) *waves to Hanlie*

 

• I’m still toying with the idea of doing South Beach again for awhile, just to make myself cut back on the sugar and processed carbs. I’m a little concerned about the liberal use of artificial sweeteners with this plan – I’m still not sure how I feel about that. I like to use Splenda in my coffee, but other than that I really don’t partake of the fake stuff. Will have to think on this one a little more.

 

• I’m going to make a goal of doing the 30DS 4times a week, any more than that will be a bonus.

 

• I’m printing this out and hanging it on my fridge because if it’s not right in front of my face I tend to forget – yes, I am that much of a child!

Happy SPAM Day, Y’all!!

I can’t believe I forgot to wish everyone a Happy SPAM Day yesterday! No, not the kind of spam that informs you have won the Nigerian Lottery, or invites you to try a free 30 day trial of Viagra; the kind of spam that comes in handy pop top can, silly!! Of course in my defense, I didn’t know it was SPAM day until I got home and smelled the SPiced hAM aroma wafting from the kitchen. I was late getting home due to the hour and a half long Parent/Teacher conferences (total face time with 5 different teachers: 20 minutes. Total wait time to see teachers: 70 minutes), so the hubs went ahead and started dinner, God love him. He somehow managed to find the can o’ SPAM in the very back corner of the cabinet where I had it hidden, and so the 13th Annual SPAM Dinner began at the SassyPear household. And of course he cooked the usual accompaniments: fried potatoes and homemade mac n cheese. Yes it was a real Grease Fest at our home last night and cause for much celebration for my husband! He loves SPAM, and the kids love SPAM, I however, loathe it, which is why we only have it once a year – seriously. It makes me gag and the only way I can eat it is to SLATHER ketchup on it, but I was starving by the time I got home and so I ate it, not a lot of it, but still I ate the chunky mess. I will admit that the fried potatoes were awesome (the hubs is a whiz with fried foods) and I ate more of those than I should have. And what, you may ask, is the dessert that always follows the Annual SPAM Dinner? Why, Pepto Bismol, of course!! A good time was had by all (except me, but that’s okay, I was just happy that I didn’t have to cook).So after all that grease you better believe I wanted to workout and sweat all that Spiced Ham out of my system. Yes I sure did want to…a good workout would have been wonderful…however, I, um… didn’t work out. Instead I fell asleep on the couch at 7:30 and woke up only long enough to get the kids in bed before I got myself into bed. I was just.so.tired. and could not make myself do anything except go to bed. I’d like to tell you that I will for sure get in a work out tonight, but tonight we have Soup Supper at my daughter’s preschool: the kids help make the soup and it’s a big deal for everyone to go and eat The Soup, so we have that on the agenda for tonight. We should get back early enough that I’ll have time to workout – I hope. This is going to be a busy week, so I’ll really have to work hard at fitting in the 30DS. Send me all your good organizational vibes, would you? Thanks, that’d be great.

Okay, well I’m going to go hunt down some more Pepto Bismol because my stomach still hurts from ingesting so much grease. Thank goodness SPAM day only comes around once a year. ;)

Sacrificing what I am for what I will become

I found this quote today and I love it:

CHARLES DUBOIS:
The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.

 

Here are some other quotes that I have found helpful today as well:
ALAN COHEN:
It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.

JAMES YORKE:
The most successful people are those who are good at plan B.

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT:
When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

 
I see a lot of struggling on the nets these days, and I am no exception. Is it the winter doldrums? The weakening economy? The Post Holiday blues? Is it all of them put together? I don’t know, but I do know that falling back into old, destructive habits when we are faced with adversity is not the way to move forward. In the last year, I became a different person. I got my act together and made moves that would be conducive to change, and change I did. I lost weight, but more importantly I gained confidence and self esteem. That feeling is addictive. I want to hang on to that feeling.

I did okay over the weekend – not great, but okay. Friday night I had two pieces of pizza and a small slice of cake. Saturday was spent running around, and I even made an attempt to go run at the rec center, but the childcare room is closed on the weekends (I didn’t find that out until we got there) and Saturday night I had 3 extra kids in addition to my 3 for a sleepover. Needless to say, I was tired and sluggish all day yesterday. And that is what fueled my “I need something to eat” feeling that lasted until about 2pm. I finally turned off the tv and took a nap, which did make me feel better and more in control. I didn’t eat anything else until dinner that night and then I only ate a small portion because I just wasn’t all that hungry. I didn’t work out at all over the weekend and that makes me mad at myself because this weekend was gorgeous, if a bit windy, and I missed a lot of good running opportunities. But there will be more gorgeous days ahead and I just have to remember that, like the quote above says, there is power in change. We’ve all heard that knowledge is power, and that is true, but taking that knowledge and acting on it is where the magic begins. THAT is how we turn things around. So I am continuing to turn my own tide and today I have a great healthy lunch packed and I have the 30DS to look forward to tonight…

And speaking of the Shred – I got in 4 workouts last week (Sun, Mon, Tues, and Thurs). I really wanted to get in at least 5 workouts but I didn’t so I guess that’s something to push for this week. How well did you all do with it? Did you find that it got easier the more you did it? Let me know what you guys thought of it.

So this week, try to get in at least 3 Shred workouts again, okay? I know you can do it!! I’m also going to focus on NOT slipping back into old habits, and doing things that will lead to change. MizFit has a great post today about getting out of our comfort zones (or ruts if you will), go check her out if you haven’t already. Have a great week gang!