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Old 01-03-07, 04:15 PM   #1
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I can't stay out of the Kitchen

Thank goodness I'm back at work. I was at home for a week over the holidays. Every time I'd walk through the kitchen I'd grab a "seasonal snack" that was sitting around on the kitchen counter. I felt like a bear coming out of hiberation and couldn't get enough to eat. If I stayed at home full-time I'd probably put back on the 50 pounds I've lost........

Oh well, I know it will just take a few more miles of huffing, puffing and sweating to get rid those calories!!

I sure hope noone else is struggling with a strong appetite like me.
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Old 01-03-07, 04:22 PM   #2
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I am, and it seems to have been exacerbated by starting to take a Thyroid medication. I cannot seem to stop eating!
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Old 01-03-07, 04:30 PM   #3
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All that food available was Terrible- I finished up eating a great deal more than I normally do and probably completely wrong calorific value- and between the 23rd and the 29th- I put on a lot of weight- 4 lbs. Still one good ride and it went- but there is still a lot of food in the Cupboards- unopened that may go to waste before it can get eaten. Might be doing a couple of extra rides in the next couple of weeks- just so the food does not go to waste.
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Old 01-03-07, 08:43 PM   #4
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I love cookies and Christmas cookies are a seasonal favorite. As is peppermint bark, rum cake, upside down German chocolate cake, candied pecans, spicy almonds, Hershey kisses in cherry cordial & mint flavor.

And the 15 lbs of fresh shrimp my mother brought up from the coast

And the 4 dozen homemade tamales

And...and...and...

You name it, we've had it this season. I'm just pushing harder on the bike and helping to get all that good food eaten so it doesn't go to waste...
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Old 01-03-07, 08:52 PM   #5
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I took all the candy, cookies and cakes to work today. Now I just need to stay out of the grocery stores until the 75-percent-off Christmas candy is gone....
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Old 01-03-07, 09:49 PM   #6
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I installed a bed and a bath in my kitchen.
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Old 01-04-07, 08:05 AM   #7
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The holidays have meant and extra 5 lbs. for me. Going to work doesn't help, various suppliers etc. dropped off all sorts of goodies. As a matter of fact I believe I gained more weight at the office than at home over the holidays.
One nice thing about being home between Christmas and New Year was being able to ride almost every day. Another plus is that this first week back to work has been short and also fairly warm. This morning when I went out at 5:20 it was already almost 50 degrees. I know there is cold weather out there coming our way so I take advantage of the nice conditions while I can.
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I've got less discipline in situations like this than I want. Hence, we give away most of the holiday temptations rather than have them sit around the house. I know that on Christmas day when my mother-in-law brought one of her incredible cheesecakes to dinner, I could hear it calling to me no matter where I was in the house. As painful as it was, as soon as she left the next day, I started cutting up the remainder of the cheesecake to give to my neighbors. (I suspect some of them thought I was the devil himself... they too were fighting the same battle. But, the cheesecake was so good they all ate it!) I know I've had to increase my time on the bike and doing other exercises to get back to where I was. Fortunately, I've already made it to that point, and the temptations are gone!
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Old 01-04-07, 09:29 AM   #9
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Old 01-04-07, 09:36 PM   #10
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jppe,

I'm right there with you, buddy. I gained about 7 from Thanksgiving to now. Hurt my knee running on the Texas A&M (rough!) cross-country course about two months ago and can't run. Only swimming and biking now and can't get those done every day.

My wife and sister are great cooks, and it shows on me after the holidays.

But, I am getting down to 188 if it kills me! (Only 28 pounds to go!)

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Old 01-05-07, 01:22 PM   #11
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I'm right there with you, buddy. I gained about 7 from Thanksgiving to now. Hurt my knee running on the Texas A&M (rough!) cross-country course about two months ago and can't run. Only swimming and biking now and can't get those done every day.

My wife and sister are great cooks, and it shows on me after the holidays.

But, I am getting down to 188 if it kills me! (Only 28 pounds to go!)

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Good luck with your quest on the weight loss!! I guess those sorts of things just give us all something to shoot for. Cross country courses........my kids have had a number of injuries the past few years--mostly stress fractures they have had to deal with.
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One thing I noticed in the past is if I start eating sweets, it doesn't stop. I find if I eat something sweet and then ride the bike, not an issue. I suspect it is a blood sugar thing that makes my blood sugar like a yo-yo. It shoots up first, and then drops like a stone. Then, because my brain doesn't have enough sugar, it will eat ANYTHING. Repeat cycle, add weight.

Now a days, I make sure that I am very careful around anything sweet. And because of that, I lose weight.
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Old 01-05-07, 01:38 PM   #13
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My wife is Italian, her passion is cooking. She is well known for desserts as well as all the fancy pasta dishes.

Believe me, it's tough keeping the weight off.
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Food is a powerful addiction.
Complete withdrawal will kill ya.
My boss brought large bowls of M&Ms and Hershey's Kisses to work. After porking on 10lbs since last Halloween, I have learned a new definition of "resistance training".
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Old 01-05-07, 02:56 PM   #15
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Complete withdrawal will kill ya.
My boss brought large bowls of M&Ms and Hershey's Kisses to work. After porking on 10lbs since last Halloween, I have learned a new definition of "resistance training".
To me, M&Ms are the new crack.
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Old 01-05-07, 04:07 PM   #16
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To me, M&Ms are the new crack.
Plain or Peanut??
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Peanut, of course.
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Old 01-05-07, 05:43 PM   #18
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Old 01-05-07, 06:19 PM   #19
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I too am seriously addictted to sweets. I can hear a chocolate chip cookie a mile away begging for me to eat it!
One thing that works for me. If I eat some dry roasted peanuts, I don't crave sweets anymore.... at least for awhile. At least peanuts are a little better for ya. Well, that is if you don't eat too many....
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Old 01-05-07, 06:20 PM   #20
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Okay, ay least I have some company. I do over did it during the holidays in the eating department. I have felt it a lot on my rides, especially going up hills; no dancing on the pedals here. I have my annual physical in 24 days so am now doing all I can to get back at least to the weight I was this summer. Good news is the unseasonally warm weather has made it easier to get out for longer rides. Best of luck to all in shedding that holiday cheer. Just remember that one excuse for putting on a little more weight during the winter is in case you get sick you have the calories, ha!
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Eggnog, fudge, cake, ice cream, etc. My wife is a pusher. I am weak. I'd have taken less damage but a sinus infection, cold, ear infection, and change in job location sidelined me for a month. Oh, 4oz of eggnog is 200 calories and it doesn't go down without a shot of rum.
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How about honey balls...slightly larger than a marble, coated in honey, and usually piled together in the shape of a pyramid. They're usually found in Italian bakeries during the holiday's.
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Gald to see I'm not alone in my holiday eating woes. I've packed on about 7lbs since the beginning of Nov. I work in a pretty good sized office, and it seems everyone is either leaving snacks (cookies, cake, candy) in the lunchroom or they all have bowls of the stuff at their desks. And I've got this thing about chocolate....

C'mon summer!

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Garret's carmel corn from Chicago. Try their mix of carmel corn, cheese corn, butter corn. Full of calories but oh so delicious.
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Also comforted....

I suppose it's slightly perverse, but I'm also rather stunned and comforted by other's reports of Holiday weight gain. I thought I was alone.

During the peak of the summer season, I was doing 150 miles a week and eating like bird. At one point I bottomed out at 169. I used to weigh 230. Since roughly Halloween, I've plumped up to a distressing 190!

Best of luck to us all in re-shedding the pounds!
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