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10 DAY CHALLENGE. DAY 44

Monday, February 08, 2010

YOU CAN'T LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOURSELF!

I am starting a 10 day self-imposed challenge today and inviting others to join in. Starting today, I will track my nutrition every day and meet my calorie goals. I will eliminate sugar from my diet as well as artificially sweetened foods and I will eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Kicking the sweets for 10 days is part of the Sonoma Diet where you get your body used to not eating them. You are not supposed to eat fruit either because of the sugar but oh, well.

I am looking forward to doing this. I love to cook and have enjoyed finding recipes on this site. They are so good! And one of my goals this year is to cook 5 out of 7 meals a week and I have been meeting this goal for the most part. I don't have any eating occasions planned for the next 10 days so that is a good thing. And if something turns up, I am going to look over the menu and choose wisely.

I am thrilled to be feeling better and gung ho about this challenge. I also joined the Heart healthy walk challenge found on Spark Team Sparkle N Shine 2010. USA TODAY has a weight loss challenge that they started the first of the year. On that site, you can find walking guidelines for beginner, intermediate, on up. It gives you a daily guide on how many minutes to walk for those who need help.

So, no excuses for me. I weighed today and was at 185 so I've maintained a 2 pound loss since the first of the year. That is a good thing. Can't wait for the scale to move further south. Until tomorrow.

  
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20TOGOAL1 2/8/2010 9:20AM

    I am joining you on this challenge. I have been having trouble with my eating and I think this will help me get back on track. I have the goals written out and I will be completing them all. thanks for throwing this out there good luck Angie

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PLANNING IS KEY. Day 43

Sunday, February 07, 2010

YOU CAN'T LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOUR LIFE!

Yesterday I set down 10 goals for myself to work on in the coming weeks. One of them is to go 10 days with nutrition tracking and keeping calories in control with more fruits and veggies. I start that tomorrow. I had to get through this weekend with the big Mardi Gras Party we went to last night and super bowl. Today will be a planning day. The Party was FAB! Great Band, great food, beautiful thin men and women. I can't recall any really overweight people there, like 100 pounds overweight. Mostly there were beautiful thin women wearing fabulously fancy dresses! We have a friend who is a size 0 and she was wearing a borrowed 35 year old dress that was absolutely gorgeous. It was flamenco style with puffy sleeves and a brilliant turquoise. My friend Pat has an enormous wardrobe of African Dresses and she can wear those with flair. She always wears a coordinated scarf or headpiece on her head. Wish I could pull that off. I just pulled some things out of the closet and looked very nice myself. But I would love to be one of those thin women wearing a fancy dress next year and everyone commenting on how good I look. My husband was wearing a three piece white tailsuit that he got from a bridal store that was going out of business. We go to a lot of formal affairs with my company and his job with the Chamber of Commerce, thus the large wardrobe.

To get back to planning, I was on the Sonoma Diet for several years and did well on it. It is the mediterranean way of eating and I did lose 18 pounds. THe first 10 days you are to give up all sweets, including diet sodas and anything with articial sweetener in it. Also no alcohol. Your plate is supposed to be half veg and 1/3 protein and carb. It is very similar to the proposed Spark eating plan so I may pull that book out and look at it today. The first time I did it, I lost 10 pounds in the first 10 days. We had just come off of the Decorating Den convention and I knew I was retaining fluid and had over eaten. So the fluid went away. And a few pounds to boot. It took me forever to lose 8 more pounds, months, mainly because I cheated a bit and it is a slow diet. One woman lost 88 pounds and never cheated once. They have good recipes but Sparks recipes are so much better, more variety.

Today we are taking Mom-in-law to a brunch and I know I will get an omelet with veggies in it and fruit. Have to get ready.

  
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PATTYS74 2/7/2010 6:24PM

    You seem to be doing great. What a great goal 'being one of those skinny women next year' go for it!!! Good luck You are so right about the spark recipes. Chef Meg does a good job remaking some of them. emoticon

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CRUZIN2LOSE 2/7/2010 1:54PM

    Stay focused and before you know it friends will borrow YOUR SKINNY dresses! I admire your planning and goal setting. Doing just that is one of my goals! Keep up the good work!

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WHGRN60 2/7/2010 10:24AM

    Keep up the good work, and next time you WILL be one of the skinny women in a fabulous dress! Congrats!

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WHGRN60 2/7/2010 10:24AM

    Keep up the good work, and next time you WILL be one of the skinny women in a fabulous dress! Congrats!

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I lost my way and trying to get back! Day 42

Saturday, February 06, 2010

YOU CAN'T LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOURSELF!

I have this analytical personality and I'm always trying to figure out what happened and why and when. When I started blogging 42 days ago, I was so excited to have found Spark and so excited to read the book and set goals. The enthusiasm must have spilled over because I had lots of readers and comments on my blog. Then about 20 days ago, my blogs turned negative and people stopped reading. I went back to see when and how that happened. Basically I had dropped out of society by trying to lower the dose on one of my medications. i missed 4 social engagements, stopped talking to my best friend Pat, slept a lot, and accomplished nothing. Things were working well for me. How could I have been so dumb to try and make changes in meds like that? At least I was smart enough to figure it out and got back on the blue pill immediately. And I'm better in my head.
Now I have to climb back up to the level of excitement I had when I started and also catch up on my personal and business life. Always playing catchup.

The most inspiring post I had written was January 12, 2010, I printed it off to keep. That is when I realized that other diet programs didn't work because they only focused on diet. And Spark focuses on every aspect of your life. I was so excited about that discovery, I was a featured blog post that day. Now I want it back. Time for some new goals.

1. Become a postive blogger again.
2. Go for 10 days straight with nutrition tracking and keeping my calories in control while eating more fruits and veggies, at least 5 per day. (start date 8 Feb 2010.)
3. Cook five out of 7 dinners at home per week.
4. Keep desserts and sweets for special occasions.
5. Walk at least once for 3 miles with Pat. (week)
6. Do at least 3 10 min spark exercises per week.
7. Walk the dog daily.
8. Clean off my desk and file papers.
9. Gather up tax information for the accountant.
10. Attend meetings I am supposed to attend and chamber activities.

There. That is a good bunch of goals for me to do in February. Some I just have to keep doing. And some will make me feel better about myself, like cleaning off my desk. Thanks spark buddies. I need encouragement.

  
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CRYSELLE 2/6/2010 12:57PM

    You have awesome goals for February, and sometimes when we slip, getting back into the positive frame of mind can be hard, but we can do it, I know we can! You're on the right track!

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CRYSELLE 2/6/2010 12:57PM

    You have awesome goals for February, and sometimes when we slip, getting back into the positive frame of mind can be hard, but we can do it, I know we can! You're on the right track!

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GRLSCOUTMOM 2/6/2010 12:26PM

    Sounds like you have set yourself some great goals, and that you'll be moving in the right directions in no time. Don't waste another second!

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SARADOLL81 2/6/2010 12:26PM

    Hi there!

Good to see you're picking yourself back up and coming back with renewed energy! I've had some rough days myself, and know what you mean about negative energy... its hard to pull ourselves back up, but with the help of others and support we get here, we can do it!

You've got some great plans in place - I really like the ones about walking your dog and getting organized. I find that time outdoors, in the fresh air, and being organized does wonders for my peace of mind and my inner "calm."

Keep up the great work, and the great attitude - I think it makes all the difference!

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SPARK DAY 41

Friday, February 05, 2010

YOU CAN'T LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOURSELF!

Last night I took that whole little blue pill and I felt better today. Even my client that I saw today said I look better. I could feel my face was more relaxed so I guess my effort to reduce my meds was just an effort but something I learned from.

I must get back on the Spark Wagon. I want to set out some new goals and redefine the ones I didn't achieve yet. The weather is warming up I hope but it keeps raining. At least we don't have snow up to our ears. Tomorrow is supposed to be nice so I will be walking with my friend Pat for about 3 miles. I also need to go back to my promise of walking the dog every day. She's been missing out. And those 10 min exercises.

I did achieve some big goals. I am cooking dinner most nights and eating out less. I am eating more fruits and vegetables. I have cut down on desserts and sweets, way down. We used to have some kind of dessert every night but not any more. I'm trying to reserve that for special occassions. I am tracking my food most days and eating more fiber. So If I can get the food and exercise together, maybe I'll lose a little.

This week is Mardi Gras weekend here in our llittle part of Florida. Red Beans and Rice, King Cake, Shrimp Etouffee, Bread Pudding, etc. Really healthy stuff. So I might as well enjoy myself. Oh, and Super Bowl Sunday. Did you know that New Orleans postponed a mardi gras parade for Sunday because of the Super Bowl? Nothing ever delayed a Mardi Gras Parade. Geaux Saints! I'll be back tomorrow.

  
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GIVWIG 2/5/2010 9:33PM

    Glad to hear you're feeling better! Be glad it's only rain there. We're in the middle of a snowstorm that could leave 1-2 feet of snow. That's right I said 1-2 feet! I guess it's indoor exercise until the snow stops around this time tomorrow night. It's amazing the that New Orleans postponed a Mardi Gras Parade. I didn't think anything interrupted that party!!

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USARUNNERGIRL 2/5/2010 9:32PM

    Sounds like amazing progress already, you can get back in the groove. emoticon

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GETTING IT ALL TOGETHER. DAY 40

Thursday, February 04, 2010

YOU CAN'T LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOUR LIFE!

Do you know why Moses wandered around in the Desert for 40 years? Because he didn't want to stop and ask for directions! Ha Ha Ha! So true about men.

Being a member of Spark is about asking for directions. We need directions to figure out what's going on and how to put it all together with the desired result of weight loss and health. I've been stagnant the last week or so. Looking back on my first weeks, I was so excited and enthusiastic and I tracked my nutrition everyday. I haven't done that for a few days but I will get back to it. I've had to take a break.

I've been going through medication withdrawal and I think my body is finally getting used to it. Oh, it's hell on earth. The last half of January I was so out of it, couldn't concentrate on anything, didn't want to, dropped out of social situations. And this from a tiny little 25 mg pill. I've had diagnosed depression for 15 years and I am really good on top of everything or I'm not. Yesterday I had a decent day and actually got some things accomplished. So I feel like I'm coming out of it, still a tiny little headache over my right eyebrow. My Doc is in on this so don't try it on your own.

I have a secret goal. I want to do so well on Spark that I become motivator of the day. I've already had one of my blogs highlighted and a post on the diet and nutrition site. That was so exciting. I've got a long way to go. First I have to get back on track, tracking my nutrition that is. And I will do that, and soon. Maybe today even. I have lots of things to do. Later.

  
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CAROLYNVIL 2/5/2010 3:23PM

    You seem to be doing well. Keeping on top of everything. keep up the good work. carolyn

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GIVWIG 2/4/2010 3:57PM

    You are already a source of inspration and motivation to all who read your blogs!!

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USARUNNERGIRL 2/4/2010 3:22PM

    Wether or not you become a motivator of the day, you sure motivate me just as you are.

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