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NEED-TO-BE-ME
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4/28/13 4:54 P

Help!!!
I was stress eating again this past week. I didn't weigh in, I felt huge and I didn't want to see how much it went up.

I WILL DO THIS!!
Pam



JSNOW999
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4/28/13 1:08 P

emoticon Walkerrn, Whoa! 11 miles. Incredible. Good for you. Good for you on your weight loss. As long as we keep that trend going downward, we can't fail.

I'm sorry you've had a stressful week. I hope next week will be better. Yes, it is so difficult not to reach for the easy and sometimes not so good choices under those circumstances but this is a new week, learn from the mistakes and move on.

I've had some stress too this week plus last night had a fainting spell and threw up for 3 hours. I'm sure that helped my weight loss this morning, but hey, I'm taking it!!

This is a new week! Let's make it a good one! emoticon



JSNOW999
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4/28/13 1:02 P

Faery, huge emoticon on your 2 pound loss. Fantastic! I'm down nearly that much too. Boy that puts me in such a better frame of mind.

No slip ups for me this week either so that's progress! emoticon I cut back on my working out this week both from, I must admit, laziness and the fact I had to put in a lot of extra hours at work. I hope to up that this next week. emoticon but there will be more OT at work. I ended up burning about 1500 calories which isn't bad but I need to do better.



WALKERRN1
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4/28/13 9:50 A

I hope everyone is having a great weekend. I weigh on Sundays and lost 0.8 this week. I will take it. Very stressful end to the week with almost no sleep from Thurs AM to yesterday afternoon, led to poor eating choices. I did walk 11 miles yesterday at relay for life.
I also want my calories to be worth it. If I am eating something unhealthy I try to make sure it tastes as good as I thought it would. If not, I try to walk away.



FAERY_PRINCESS
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4/27/13 2:01 P

Hi,
Not sure when anyone else's "week" ends, but I weigh in on Saturdays. I lost 2 lbs! I hope someone else on this challenage would like to share how they are doing.Personally, it really helps me keep on track when I hear from other people in challenges I join. Be brave - share your news about reaching healthy goals!



FAERY_PRINCESS
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4/27/13 12:02 A

Yes! to J's message about how to have a great weekend. Love the strong, active and make healthy choices!



JSNOW999
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4/26/13 7:02 A

I know just what you mean. It's so unsatisfying to fill up on something that you don't really llike, that's full of calories and fat. That makes the slip doubly annoying.

It's Friday, everyone! I hope each of us can feel good about the week so far and going into the weekend emoticon will be strong, active, and make good choices!

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FAERY_PRINCESS
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4/25/13 7:24 P

J,
It's good to be picky! I usually allow myself little worthwhile treats, like really good vanilla cake or some quality gelato. I get frustrated with myself when I slip and splurge my calories on stuff that isn't great to begin with!
Hope everyone is having a great on track day!
-Faery_princess



JSNOW999
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4/25/13 7:20 A

Hi Faery, oh yeah, I know the dreaded birthday bomb. My very favorite sweet in the world is fancy birthday cake but I have gotten to the point where (most of the time) I can just eat a small piece. I never deny myself the cake entirely. What I also am in the habit of now is if it's not something I like a lot, I just don't eat any. I used to eat any sweets that came my way, but now I am picky. It allows me to indulge in the ones I do like - in moderation. emoticon emoticon



FAERY_PRINCESS
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4/24/13 11:31 P

Thanks to those who gave tips on the sweets! I'm not a pickle fan, but it's a neat tip! I had forgotton about the cocoa almonds; I need to go get some of those. They used to be a staple of mine. Being mindful of what's in the house is important. It's hard to do when hubby and kiddos want stuff here.
I need to refocus; today I gave into the kindergarten teacher's worst emeny: the dreaded birthday cupcake! What's even worse is that it wasn't even from one of MY students; the teacher next door had extra. Sigh... 16 more of those little birthday bombs to avoid for this school year.
I find that if I pack my cool cup with sugar free chai made with almond milk and sip that during the birthday treat time, I can avoid consuming one. This way I only get the 40 calories from the almond milk.



JSNOW999
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4/22/13 2:29 P

JMB2LOSE, emoticon Glad to have you. Have you reset your calorie range for a 1 pound weight loss?

I hope we can get you through that plateau! Keep us posted on your progress and chime in, any time. emoticon

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JMB2LOSE
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4/22/13 1:38 P

I would love to lose 1 pound per week. I have been at a plateau now for 3 whole weeks. It's driving me crazy!! I am continuing to track everything I eat, and am trying to stay motivated until this plateau ends. It would be awesome to see the scale move down a bit each week.

1 pound per week = 52 pounds per year !!!!



JSNOW999
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4/22/13 12:42 P

Walkerrn, I'm glad your puppy is doing well. Good for you doing your whole walk.

I have found those cocoa covered almonds as well. They are yummy but not so yummy that I want to pig out on them so they are a very good sub. If I remember correclty, the cocoa doesn't even add any calories or fat, so they're pretty ideal.

Hmmm, a dill pickle as a hedge against a sugar craving, that sounds like a good idea. I will have to try it.



JSNOW999
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4/22/13 12:39 P

Hi Kayson!
Good ideas. I know that yogurt with fresh fruit is very good. I don't care for the kind with the fruit already in it. And that Greek yogurt is great.

Good for you keeping your head while eating out and emoticon losing your pound. emoticon



WALKERRN1
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4/21/13 8:31 P

My pup is doing well, thanks for asking. She was only able to do about a mile and a half so I did the rest alone. I truly enjoyed the walk.
For those of you struggling with sweets, I found cocoa roast almonds today that I am using as a healthier snack when I must have sweets, I will portion it out in 1 ounce servings so I do not eat the whole jar. Another trick that is working for me is eating a dill pickle when I want something at night.. I tend to crave salty, so I do not know if it will help everyone. When I eat a pickle the thought of something sweet after it is not a pleasant thought, so I do not feel deprived while everyone else snacks.



KAYSON25
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4/21/13 8:10 P

emoticon Hi everyone,
Jsnow999, you sound a lot like me. I too love cookies and cakes and I can and do love to cook them, too. Needless to say, I had to give that up except occasionally and give most of them away, when I do bake them.
I try to cook healthy meals and occasionally use sugarfree pudding or yogurt and fruit for deserts.
I spent one night this week out of town, so I was eating out and had to be very careful, but I think I did OK. I weighed this morning and have lost one pound, so now on to the next one!
Hope you all have a really excellent week.
Use lots of Persistence and Consistence.



JSNOW999
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4/21/13 12:42 P

Hi, Faery,
I tell ya, my sweets are simply out of control. I promise you I could live on candy and cookies. No lie! So it's going to be a struggle for me to cut them down.

My plan is first, don't keep a bunch in the house. It's so true, if it's not there you won't eat it. But I'm also a good cook so I can make something with what I have in the house. So it's not just not buying it ready made that will help me, I have to exercise some control. Plus, my husband is a sweets freak. emoticon

Anyway, my plan is as follows:
1. Don't buy it.
2. Take time to make balanced meals AND most of all add one fruit to each meal either before or as dessert. Something that is surprisingly good (to me) sliced strawberries with a little Splenda sprinkled on them.
3. Instead of some cookies or other sweet for my snacks at work, I am taking easy to eat fruit, like grapes. I love grapes.

Let me know if you discover any yourself!



FAERY_PRINCESS
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4/21/13 12:32 P

It's great to hear th choices that others are making to reach their goals. JSNOW999 - thanks for the welcome. Since sweets are a biggie for me too, I am curious to know your plan. You're cutting them down, so what are you doing instead? Any tips you have would be great, so I can try them too.
Thanks!



JSNOW999
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4/21/13 12:31 P

Happy Sunday - and fresh start to our new Spark 1 pound challenge week. emoticon

It's great to see all our new Spark friends joining in. I have answered each of you separately below. emoticon

It sounds like everyone has a great attitude and a plan!

Here's what I'm committing to this week. Feel free to add yours and then let's keep each other posted on how we're doing.

1, My second week of no coffee.
2. Limiting my sweets to 1 serving a day
3. Adding more fruits and veggies to my diet.

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JSNOW999
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4/21/13 12:23 P

emoticon Faery!
So glad to have you with us.

I know how that creeping weight gain can be. I gained 30 pounds in the past two years and though it was hard to ignore, I did anyway. emoticon

Excellent job staying within in calorie range even though you went out to eat. That's always a test of our will power.

I have committed to cutting out so many sweets this week. It is my biggest area of trouble. I figure I eat about 30 percent of my calories in sweets. Isn't that nuts?

Be sure to post your progress!



JSNOW999
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4/21/13 12:17 P

emoticon Sandy, so glad you joined us.

emoticon on the two pound loss. So do the drugs you have to take keep your weight loss slow or is it some other side-effect?

Wow, you have a tough workout schedule. I though mine was hard. I try to do at least 3 two-a-day workouts. I'm lucky that I have a gym where I work so a lunch time workout is convenient. Keep up the great work.

Be sure to keep us updated on your progress. Good work!



JSNOW999
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4/21/13 12:11 P

emoticon Pam,
I hope your tests come back clean. I can relate to that kind of stress and the hubby being stressed too is twice as hard. Sometimes, I think my husband was more worried about me than I was.

Excellent work curbing that stress eating and getting on the treadmill. emoticon

emoticon on losing those few ounces; they add up!

Do keep us posted!
Jae



JSNOW999
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4/21/13 12:07 P

emoticon It's great to see so many new people. I'll address everyone in a separate post. Thanks for joining us on this long journey. emoticon



JSNOW999
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4/21/13 11:59 A

emoticon Walkerrn, sounds like you had a nice day with your pup. How is she coping with the missing leg? Dogs are like children, I think, so much more resilient than us grown folk. emoticon

I'm so happy that you're feeling better. Now, time to train for that marathon! emoticon I'm looking forward to hearing that you did that 4 miler.

Good for you asking for Thai food yesterday. You're doing so well.

Regarding your earlier post: I agree with you on the low cal stuff. I say it's better to modify our portions. You know it's funny, I started out thinking that I couldn't drink a lot of plain water and I bought some of that water flavoring stuff but I've found that I now prefer the plain water and I'm drinking a lot more of it. I do like to have the occasional cherry cola but I try to keep that at no more than a couple times a week.

Edited by: JSNOW999 at: 4/21/2013 (12:35)


NEED-TO-BE-ME
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4/21/13 10:02 A

I weighed myself today and I've actually lost a few more ounces! I figured with all the stress eating I've been doing I gained it all back. I'm so happy I didn't. Now to get back on track!! And use my treadmill for stress, not food!!

Pam emoticon



WALKERRN1
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4/21/13 7:59 A

Yesterday I went to lunch with my daughter and asked her if we could get Thai food instead of Italian as I knew I would make healthier choices there. I plan to be checking in later to say I got 4 miles done.



FAERY_PRINCESS
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4/21/13 12:48 A

Well, I tracked my food and stayed within calorie range today, even though we went out to dinner. I also got in a little walking. On the road to this week's pound...
What did you each do today to help yourself towards our common goal?



WALKERRN1
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4/20/13 7:59 P

Welcome everyone.



FAERY_PRINCESS
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4/20/13 6:26 P

I'm in! I just admitted to myself that some of my 17 lbs loss froam last summer and fall is starting to creep back on. I just simply wasn't paying attenion, or rather, trying hard not to pay attention. LOL How is the challange going for everyone else?




HENDRIX881
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4/20/13 5:01 P

I would like to join this challenge. I have lost two pounds so far so slow weight loss is what I do. I work out 6 days a week, 60 minutes at least, I also take anti-rejection and steroids for a kidney transplant 2002, so slow weight loss is all I got. Sandy



NEED-TO-BE-ME
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4/20/13 10:35 A

I'll be joining you on this challenge, I really believe in slow weight loss.

I didn't weigh myself this morning because I know I gained back the little I recently lost. I'm a stress eater and I found out from my OB that I have some pre-cancer cells. He did a cervix biopsy last week, yesterday I had ultra sounds done and Tuesday I get a uterine biopsy. I'm glad he's doing all these tests but boy am I stressed!! Therefore eating!! My hubby is stressing too and that stresses me even more and puts me on edge, I feel like I'm arguing with him all the time. I know he's just concerned about my health. I just have to keep that in mind and try and relax.

To go along with your topic, I don't like to omit anything unless it's really bad like pop(soda, I'm from Michigan) and even that I have very occasionally. I'm starting to not even like the taste of it anymore. Moderation is key I think, as long as it fits in your calorie allowance.

I've rambled on enough I think, I'll keep you updated!

Pam emoticon



WALKERRN1
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4/20/13 9:50 A

How is everyone doing? Does anybody have a fun plan for being more active this week? I am feeling better so I will be getting out to get a few miles in on the nature trail with my dog who lost her leg to cancer a month ago.



JSNOW999
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4/16/13 7:01 A

Good for you! I'm working on giving up coffee and replacing it with tea, like a raspberry tea or green tea. I only drink coffe at work so you'd think it would be easy. It will also save me about 60 calories a day, 5 days a week. emoticon



WALKERRN1
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4/15/13 7:47 P

I have never liked the low cal stuff. If I drink enough water I do well without the sodas. I only crave them when I eat certain foods. (Probably foods I should avoid.) Pizza loaded with cheese or fried appetizers, and potato chips. All of which I am aiming to decrease the intake of so I should fair weill giving up sodas.



JSNOW999
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4/14/13 9:47 A

WALKERRN1 - are you talking about low cal sodas or the full-on sugar kind? Either way, that's a great goal. emoticon I allow myself the occasional cherry coke but mostly I drink the calorie free, though I am attempting to cut out so many and opting instead for homemade lemonade and tea. I know that I need to give up the sugar substitutes but until I get my weight off that's not going to possible. I simply need that outlet. But good for you! emoticon Do you have a substitute that will help you?

Hi KAYSON25 emoticon I know what you mean about sliding slowly back into bad habits. That's something, I know all too well. Like they say, if it isn't in the house you won't eat it. But think about finding a good substitute. I wouldn't deny myself entirely. I'm determined not to give up anything per se but to find other, less unhealthy versions to enjoy in moderation. And yes, those portions will get you. For a while, at least, use the food tracker for all you eat and get a handle on where you are going astray.

Good luck and keep us posted on your progress. emoticon emoticon



KAYSON25
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4/13/13 9:28 P

I want to join this challenge. My name is Kay and I joined SP in January. I lost 7 pounds by mid March and haven't lost anything since then. I know I have stopped being as careful in my serving sizes and have gone through a couple of sugar and chip binges. I really have to not eat those things at all, so I will give up foods with added sugar and no more chips until I lose to where I want to be. I lost 32 pounds a few years ago with Weight Watchers, then gained 10 back. I am tired of loitering so close to my goal weight. Just need to do it!



WALKERRN1
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4/13/13 7:59 P

I have been trying to figure out 1 bad habit to change. I want it to be something I know I can succeed with. I have decided that giving up the sodas is it. I have dramatically cut down on the amount of soft drinks I have been reaching for, so this is a good start to the healthier me.



JSNOW999
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4/11/13 8:49 A

Anyone ready to make a commitment to 1 new good habit or cutting out 1 bad habit for your long-term goals?

What are they?
Feel free to post progress or difficulties any time. emoticon



JSNOW999
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4/11/13 7:10 A

This is great! emoticon
How is everyone doing? Last night my hubby pulled a "before bed snack" initiative on me and I cracked a bit, though I'm happy to report that I kept it under control (even though I shouldn't have eaten anything) But long term weight loss is more than sticking rigidly to a plan, it's far more important to consistently make good choices, or modify what could be bad choices to learn good habits for the rest of my life. So while it wasn't a victory, it was at least a small note in the win column.

Have a wonderful day, everyone! emoticon emoticon

Feel free to post progress, and anything else you want on this thread. There's no rules.

Edited by: JSNOW999 at: 4/11/2013 (07:11)


WALKERRN1
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4/10/13 8:45 P

Glad to have more people here. If we loose slowly it will stay off.



TAYLOR1939
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4/10/13 9:21 A

I am in for a one pound a week challenge. I know I can do this.



TERILCARTER1960
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4/10/13 9:12 A

I'm going to give it a try



WALKERRN1
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4/9/13 9:58 P

I think it is good to allow a small amount of something you really want. The problem for me is if I deprive myself. Fortunately with this cold I have no appetite so I am loosing weight. I am not sure how it will play out when I feel better.



JSNOW999
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4/8/13 7:25 A

I think you are right, this is key. Today, I have to face the fact that I need an adjustment to my calorie range. My weight has stagnated. Time to take off some of the sweets I'm allowing myself. emoticon emoticon But at least there are small adjustments I know I can make. What's frustrating is when you are already denying yourself everything you want and can't lose.




MARIALAURA924
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4/7/13 10:11 P

I've found that making one or a few small changes at a time helps me to stay on track longer, or get back on track more quickly after a slip.



JSNOW999
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4/7/13 6:04 P

I'm with you; I don't want drastic changes or doing without. I want to learn how to eat normally.

I'm sorry about your headache. I'm sure in time those will fade. I'm not trying to do without anything in particular but I am trying to control my servings and sweets.

It won't be easy, but we can do this through the miracle of consistency! emoticon

Feel free to Spark mail me any time. If it's just you and me, we don't have to keep it here.

Edited by: JSNOW999 at: 4/7/2013 (18:07)


WALKERRN1
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4/7/13 5:28 P

I am looking forward to it. I am currently fighting a headache and cravings as I try to decrease sugar and caffeine, I am trying to make better choices and stop eating when I am "Comfortably full." I am not giving in to a lot of drastic changes at one time.



JSNOW999
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4/7/13 3:28 P

Absolutely. Even if it's just us two! I will make you are friend on my Spark page and we can work together. emoticon



WALKERRN1
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4/7/13 11:40 A

I am not sure if you are still interested in the challenge. (I saw there wasnot much of a response.) If you are still up to it I would love to join your challenge. I am in the beginning stages of training for Marine Corp Marathon and learning to run. I will have to loose weight to accomplish my goal and would love some support. I am starting slow and trying to make healthy choices.



JSNOW999
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4/7/13 10:54 A

If you are interested in joining me for the challenge of losing 1 pound a week challenge.

I don't know about you but I need some fire to help me stay on the straight and narrow. It's harder to lose weight slowly (in my opinion) please post if you want to join me in this ongoing challenge.

Post your goals, your successes and yes, your failures and let's work together on this long-term process.

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