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Lazy Sunday Afternoon & the Snack Monster is Creeping Up on Me

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Good grief! I am so bored! My snack monster is creeping up on me. I'm working and there are chocolate chip cookies staring me down with their beady chocolate chips eyes and screaming, "EAT ME"! I've already succumbed to their pleas twice now and if I don't get out of here, I am going to go down for the count on the whole plate.

So far this week, I've been doing really good and I don't know why I'm having such a hard time today. Oh wait, I do know - I AM SO BORED!

Yesterday, I was out with hubby and we were out and about running errands and shopping. Right around lunch time, we found ourselves at Costco and they're hot dogs just sounded so good. Before SP, whenever I found myself at Costco, I would get TWO hot dogs. Yesterday, I only had one and I was pretty full for the rest of the afternoon.

I even avoided most of the food tastings that Costco has all throughout the store with the exception of one oatmeal raisin cookie but before taking it, I did read the nutritional content first to get a good idea of what I was eating and it seemed ok.

Only 25 more minutes to go and so far no more breakdowns. Maybe if I just stay here on SP and just focus on reading success stories that will get my through the next 25 minutes. Once I get home, I'll be safe. No more sinful temptations staring me down. Once I get home, I can go for a walk and clear my head of scrumptious, gooey cookies. Once I get home, I'll be safe.

Thx for being here at this very moment fellow sparkers.

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2TIGRE 6/28/2010 1:10PM

    Jay75rey - OY VEY! Costco can be a dangerous place on a Saturday! But I was really great! I've actually been really good (for the most part) since I started SP nearly two weeks ago. I've had a few weak moments (which is what yesterday afternoon was) but I'm back on track this morning.

It truly is one day at a time isn't it? Thx for stopping by; I really appreciate it. Have a good day and take care of yourself (and your leg).


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JAY75REY 6/28/2010 12:59PM

    I love cookies, Costco samples in the store, and the $1.50 hotdog and soda. and their churros, too! I would have caved in, especially to the cookies. good going, one day at a time!
also the walking sounds nice...with my bum leg right now, I'm trying low impact stuff like the bike,

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2TIGRE 6/28/2010 12:45PM

    Teriana - Crazy Fat Lady - LMAO! Not that $^!%# again. Mark my words, one of these days, I'm going to beat the holy crap out of that $^!%# and her (bleeping) accomplices. For now though, I will settle for this particular battle.

Today is a new day and I feel like a warrior (just went on my nearly 5mi walk).


Carla - Thx for the support and encouragement; I really appreciate it. Sometimes, just talking about temptation (or in this case writing about it) can ease the moment.

Have a great day ladies and thx for stopping by; I really appreciate it.


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CARLA-216 6/28/2010 7:27AM

    Let me tell ya, reading success stories and members' blogs about achievements last week REALLLLY pulled me through a fast food restaurant temptation for lunch one day. I hope you were able to put those beady-eyed cookies in their place and show them that your will to succeed is more powerful than their pleas!

Good job on just 1 Costco hot dog and not having all the samples throughout the store!

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TERIANA 6/28/2010 1:59AM

    I think those chocolate chip cookies are accomplices of the "Crazy Fat Lady" who lives in our heads! Ha ha. Good job, 2 cookies are better than 22 cookies, and 1 Costco hot dog is better than 2. I am holding out for my Skinny Cow treat tonight. So far so good, made it through the weekend without any major screw ups. Sounds like you did too. We begin again tomorrow...

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Off to a Good Start - Or Not?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Today was my first weigh in day and after one week, I've lost two pounds. YEAH!!!

Thats great - right? I know it's only two pounds but the way I see it, I didn't gain two pounds. All of my hard work this week paid off. I don't know though. Not sure what I'm feeling right now except that I keep remembering what a physical trainer (who is the epitome of fit) told me recently.

"The faster you lose it, the less likely you will be able to keep it off". Hmmm...

Is two pounds a week too fast? It can't be - right? Hubby asked me this morning, "what if you only lost a pound? Would you still be as motivated?"

"#%!! YES!"

Even if I only lost a pound, it's still better than gaining a pound or losing nothing. Now losing nothing after working really hard all week would be really discouraging.

I'm sure that at some point in my journey to getting healthier, there will be those weeks that I will lose nothing but for right now, I am ecstatic about my two pound loss and I am as motivated as ever.


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2TIGRE 6/27/2010 5:49PM

    Teriana - Thx for the support and encouragement; I really appreciate it. This has been one of the best things about joining SP is all the support and encouragement. Definitely makes me want to hang around a lot more and get to know other SP folks.

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TERIANA 6/27/2010 1:41AM

    Yea for you! Two pounds is awesome. We will do this. And I agree, one pound, half a pound, even staying the same is okay. The main thing is that we are finally taking care of ourselves. I too was a healthy vegetarian once, fit and trim, worked out five days a week, etc. But that was BC (before children). Mine are older now so I have some time to spend on me. I like your positive attitude!!!!

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2TIGRE 6/23/2010 2:30PM

    Brinagu3 - I know that there will be those weeks that I will challenge me to stay motivated and continue on my path but for now, I am just happy to know that what I'm doing is good.

Trinaco2 - I know people who have lost more quicker and unfortunately, I've seen them put it right back on once they reached their goal. This is why that trainers words are kind of sticking in my mind right now.

Carla-216 - Thx for the encouragement; I really appreciate it. I'm feeling really good about my plan and am definitely going to do my best to stick to it.

Pdsaway4ever - That's the way I see it to. Anything other than gaining is all good to me.

Thx for all of the good wishes and support everyone; I really appreciate it. I am really enjoying myself here on SP. Who knew losing weight would be so fun.


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PDSAWAY4EVER 6/23/2010 2:18PM

    Hey... way to go!! 2 pounds... even a HALF of a pound is something to be proud of! You're doing it!!

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CARLA-216 6/23/2010 2:17PM

    Two pounds is a great loss and you should be as motivated as ever! I'm excited for you and look forward to watching you shrink throughout your Spark journey.

When I was actively counting Points with Weight Watchers, they recommend .5-2 lb loss on average per week. So, no, 2 lb is not too much!

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TRINAC02 6/23/2010 2:14PM

  Congrats. 2 lbs is great and I know that people sometimes lose more in a week, but it's supposed to be the healthy weekly limit. A lot of times when people lose a lot more it's water and sometimes muscle. So keep up the good work.

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BRINAGU3 6/23/2010 2:10PM

    Congratulations! 2 lb loss is great. So is a one pound loss. Yes, you will have those weeks when you lose nothing. Weight loss is an interesting and sometimes mysterious thing. You will have weeks where you do everything right and lose nothing and weeks where you completely fall off the wagon - eat on the run, no time to work out, etc - a miraculously, the needle on the scale will inch down. The trick is do keep doing the right thing and not get too caught up in the numbers.

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A Vision That Will Last a Lifetime (hopefully)

Saturday, June 19, 2010

I took my before picture yesterday. Yep, that was a vision I could have lived without. However, as much as I really didn't like what I saw, it was a good exercise - NO MORE DENIAL NOW!

It's actually motived me even more. I am more determined than ever to lose this weight, once and for all. As much as I didn't want to get up and exercise today, I got up and did my exercise. As much as I wanted to have our standard Saturday morning pancakes or french toast with loads of butter and syrup, I didn't. I just had my protein shake while hubby had his french toast.

Tomorrow is Fathers Day and we're supposed to go out to the valley and have brunch with the in-laws and as much as I love my Papa Jack and love spending time with them, I know there is going to be a lot of fattening food. I also know I'm not going to have very many healthy choices available to me either.

I'm going to do the best I can and hopefully, one meal isn't going to sabatoge my whole diet. Monday morning I will be back to work on my diet and health goals. Special occasions happen and we need to make allowances for them. When it comes to spending time with family or avoiding them because of diet restrictions, my family will win out, every time.

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2TIGRE 6/19/2010 11:27PM

    DANYAL_REBORN - thx for the compliment; it was nice of you. I have a tendency to get a little verbose when I blog but am really trying to be more simple and to the point.

Yvonne - Going to do my best about keeping my portions small and keeping dessert down to just a few bites of the sweets. But I do plan to have a good time with my family.

Thx for stopping by folks; I really appreciate it.


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145HEALTHY 6/19/2010 9:19PM

    Two steps forward, one step back still leaves you ahead of the game.

Just do your best to stay on track tomorrow...stay away from fried foods, fats, large portions. Keeping your weight goal in mind will help motivate you to make wise choices. I'm sure you'll survive without (too much) damage.

Enjoy the family day.


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DANYAL_REBORN 6/19/2010 6:53PM

    WOW !! your writing is very simple , to the point and attractive .. Well,
all the best for your upcoming weight-loss journey .. emoticon emoticon

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2TIGRE 6/19/2010 6:44PM

    Thx for the support and encouragement; I really apreciate it. I know that there's going to be days that will challenge me and some days I'm not going to make the best choices for me or my diet.

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TERIANA 6/19/2010 6:29PM

    Congratulations on getting started. You can do this. Compared with others, you don't have a whole bunch of weight to lose. Take inspiration from them. I have read amazing stories of men and women on SP who have lost more than 100 pounds and are still going. You will succeed and soon the healthy choices you make will taste a lot better than the junk you pass on. GOOD LUCK and go go go.

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CARLA-216 6/19/2010 6:29PM

    I do not think one meal won't kill your efforts if overall you make healthy choices for the week. Go and enjoy your family tomorrow. If the food choices are all unhealthy, just have small servings of things you love the most or things you don't get to have often. You'll be fine!

PS: love the outfit in your pics! I envy those who can wear that green so well!

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Mothers Little Helper

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Now Iím not talking about those little yellow pills that Mick Jagger wails about that will help Motherís get through the day. No, Iím talking about those little pills that weíre all supposed to take while weíre depriving our body of food but still trying to get our daily allowance of nutrients - VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTS.

Multi-vitamins with calcium, multi-vitamins with iron, fat burners, fat blockers, energy boosters, appetite suppressants, yada yada yada. Donít even get me started on the others that sound just down right disgusting: Detoxifiers, Body Flushers, Colon Cleanser Ė EEEWWWEEE!!!

Anyway, whatís a newbie Sparker to do? I know I need to start with a multi but what difference does it make what kind of multi it is or whether or not I get at Costco or Trader Joes or the Vitamin Shoppp? What is rubbish and what is legit.

Besides cost and quantity, what's the difference? With hubby and I on a really tight budget these days, I need to be really conscious of what I'm spending but I do want to do what I have to get healthy again

Any suggestions fellow Sparkers? Inquiring minds want to know.

(ok, it's just me that wants to know)

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2TIGRE 6/17/2010 6:46PM

    FRENCHTOSD - Thx for the tips and suggestions; I really appreciate it. I hear that the vitamin E and fish oil are great for sore achy muscles (got plenty of those). It probably wouldn't hurt to get them. I'll also check out the nutrition boards for all the advice I will probably ever need.

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FRENCHTOSD 6/17/2010 6:31PM

    I go with the multi-vitamin (for seniors!) and also take additional Vit E and Fish Oil. Hopefully, I'm getting everything I need, but I don't really know. I think there are some spark articles about it. You could also ask on the Nutrition Message Board. I'm sure you will get an earful of advice there.

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2TIGRE 6/17/2010 3:01PM

    roseredd58 - thx for the info; I appreciate it. I strongly suspected that other than cost and quantity, there wasn't much difference between Costco vitamins and those at Trader Joes or the Vitamin Shoppe.

I know I need a multi and so that is where I will start. Don't know much about asorption rate; I guess that has to do with how our bodies asorb the vitamins and nutrients we take in.

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ROSEREDD58 6/17/2010 2:38PM

    I never realized how many suppliments there were until I had my gastric bypass. On the advice of my surgeon, I take a multivite. He said read the labels, but they're pretty much equal as far as brand names vs storebrands. Most of my sups come from Sam's Club. I also take sups by bloodwork results. This is because of my surgery, my absorption isn't the same. So my opinion is ask your doc. If I have questions, I call the office, ask for the "nurse's line", and relay my question. This way either the nurse will call me back or if the answer is detailed the doc will call. Don't be afraid to ask. I'm a Medical Assistant and I still ask questions about everything. Good Luck!Tammy

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A Newbie Sparker - I Can't Believe I'm Starting Another Blog

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I just wanted to get healthy again, or so that's what I told hubby when he saw me messing around here last night setting up my Sparks page. You see, I just wanted to get healthy again (I used to be VERY healthy once upon a time) and just wanted to be able to track my progress and have some accountability. But NOOO!

You SparkPeople reeled me in by asking me to create a profile page and join a group and play around with all of your little widgets and cool apps and before I knew it, I am blogging - AGAIN! You see, I already have a blog site and a very successful one at that.

My other blog has literally consumed most of my free time. When I'm not working in serving my clients or taking care of my family or spending some time taking care of myself, I am blogging. I have become obsessed with blogging. Fortunately for me, my blogging has helped increase my business, which is the whole reason I started blogging back in August 2008.

But you see, I'm not looking to increase my business here, I just wanted to get healthy. Who knows, maybe by blogging about my efforts, I will get healthy. I don't know, but what I do know is that blogging is a strange phenomena. Things we never thought possible suddenly become reality when we blog about it.

I've got a long way to go to get healthy, maybe blogging will get me there. It may even be really fun too (hmmm...). Stranger things have happened.

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2TIGRE 6/17/2010 11:35AM

    Carla216 - Thx for the welcome and the support; I really appreciate it. Have a good day Carla.


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CARLA-216 6/17/2010 10:03AM

    Welcome to Spark and the Dog Lovers Team!
I only recently started blogging and it's really helped me make some progress. I've a ways to go yet, but I'll get there. You will too!

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2TIGRE 6/16/2010 2:16PM

    Nascar Chick - AMEN! And that is why I joined Sparks - accountability. It's been my personal experience that when I hold myself accountable to my goals, I am much more successful.

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2TIGRE 6/16/2010 2:13PM

    Snarkmeister - OY VEY! I thought I had it bad! While I don't do the whole FB/Twitter thing (that's a whole other post), I do have a business blog on ActiveRain and have syndicated it on numerous blog syndication sites. The link for my other blog is:


I'm a Mortgage Loan Originator and ActiveRain is the BIGGEST real estate/lending related social media site.

Curious to know too what your outside blogs are.

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NASCAR_CHICK 6/16/2010 2:09PM

    First of all, welcome to Spark!

Next, about blogging... it really can help us in ways we never expect! What I find about blogging on here, is that it creates a certain level of accountability. That helps me stay on track because I don't want to let myself or my fellow Sparkers that read my blogs down.

Good Luck reaching your goals!!!

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2TIGRE 6/16/2010 2:06PM

    Brandy - Thx for stopping by to welcome me; I appreciate it very much. Have a good day Brandy.

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SNARKMEISTER 6/16/2010 2:06PM

    Oh boy, I definitely feel your pain. I'm a web developer, so I'm online all the time, and I've got - lemme see now - three, no, FOUR blogs. Ay carumba. Plus Facebook and Twitter. It's too much to keep up with, especially with two middle schoolers, a hubby, a cat and a snake all in the house, expecting to be fed and attention'ed on a regular basis. LOL

Anyway, good for you for doing something positive for yourself! Also, I'm curious - what is your (outside) blog?

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