20 Year Class Reunion

My 20 year highschool reunion was held this past Saturday.  I want to show you a wee comparison (I don’t have my senior picture scanned – although if I had my way it would be burned).  This is a picture of me my senior year – I weighed close to 250 pounds.

This was taken just before my reunion – 190 pounds (still grrrr).



I just bought myself a Christmas present.

I bought a zumba dvd off of ebay – $15.  And I had a gift certificate on it, so I paid less than $5. 

I’ve been meaning to try Zumba, but unfortunately, the local classes are booked until Jan 1 or are offered when I’m working.  So, I decided what the heck, try a DVD.  At least if I look like a complete idiot, the only ones who will see me are the cats and the dog – and they don’t care if Mommy looks like a spastic nut – as long as she gives them treats.

My exercise therapist recommended zumba to me because she wants me to shake up my workouts.  I still plan on going to the gym, but I figure if I add zumba on my off days, it will shake things up a bit and confuse my body.

Lord help my poor knees.

According to the seller on ebay – they are express shipping it (for free!!) and it should be here on Thursday or Friday.  I’m excited to give it a whirl!

I’m Here

We went to my Mom’s for Thanksgiving and I didn’t take my laptop.  I promise a substantial post later tonight.  With pictures from my 20 year highschool reunion!

Hope everyone had a great holiday!

Emotional Hunger

This is from 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food by Susan Albers.  It struck a cord with me because sometimes I have difficulty telling Emotional Hunger from actual hunger, even now, after RNY.

Emotional Hunger is characterized by some or all of the following:

  • Your desire to eat comes on quickly and intensely like an on/off switch.  Your degree of hunger can go from zero to ten in a matter of moments.
  • You are very open to suggestion (for example, a coworker says she’s going out for a donut, and suddenly a donut sounds very good to you)
  • Your hunger increases with certain feelings, particularly stress.
  • You can’t think through your options.  Your feeling of hunger is son intense that you don’t care what your options are – until after you have eaten something.
  • Your hunger is such that it urges you to engage in mindless eatint – that is, not really tasting your food or eating it in an automatic, mechanical way (for example, mindlessly popping a packet of M&M’s into your mouth one by one).
  • You crave a particular kind of food, like chocolate or fast-food; something that would be merely filling just won’t do.
  • A sense of satisfaction is hard to reach, and it seems unrelated to how full or how empty your stomach is.
  • You often have the fleeting thought before you begin eating that you may feel guilty after you’ve eaten.  Also, you often experience guilt after you finish eating.

True physical hunger is realted to blood sugar levels.  Therefore, your physical need for food is based on what and when you ate last.

  • You notice that your need for food grows gradually in accordance with the time and the number of meals you ate.  For example, between breakfast and lunch your hunger increases at a slowly rising rate.
  • You are looking for something filling, and you’re open to many different options to fill that hunger, rather than craving a specific taste.
  • You experience distinct physiological hunger cues, like a rumbling stomach.  In the extreme, you may feel grouchy or even get a headache.
  • You tend to quit eating when you are full.
  • Your awareness of your body’s changing sensations as you move from hunger to satiety while you are eating, creates a sense of satisfaction.
  • You know that feeding your physical hunger is essential as the fuel that nourishes you and keeps you going.
  • Youc an wait a while to eat, instead of need to eat compulsively at the very moment you feel the urge or desire to eat.
  • Your hunger is not in any way associated with guilt.  You know that you need to eat and you feel ok about eating.

Albers, S. (2009).  50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food.  Oakland:  New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

50 Ways to Sooth Yourself Without Food

I have received the book 50 Ways to Sooth Yourself Without Food by Susan Albers and have just begun reading it.  I already see so much of myself in the introduction and 1st chapter.  I think this will be an interesting Thankgsiving read and look forward to posting my review of it.

Heart-Full Snacks

Another technique that my behavioral therapist gave me the other day was a list of “heart-full snacks” – things that I could do instead of reaching for food.  Here’s the list:

  • get a bear hug from a friend
  • buy one stem of a flower just for you
  • ask for a foot rub
  • call a child/grandchild (yours or a friend’s)
  • listen to your favorite song
  • call someone you love and tell them you love them
  • pause for meditation
  • flirt with your partner
  • ask for time with a partner/friend
  • listen to a relaxation tape
  • start an evening ritual for slowing down
  • ask your partner to read you a story
  • hold hands with your partner, a child, or your friend
  • volunteer to baby-sit in the infant room next Sunday at church
  • go to church when its empty and sit in silence (or anywhere for that matter)
  • take a bubble bath
  • take a sex break (giggity)
  • breathe
  • walk to the corner and back
  • find a walking buddy

I’m trying these out – I need to break this unhealthy snacking habit.

Converting Activities into Steps

I found a website that will convert my activities into steps and wanted to share!


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