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Friday, February 12, 2010


It's working! I weighed today and lost another pound for a total of 5 lost! In the past, on other programs, I would wait a few days to make sure I didn't gain it back before I logged it. But I am NOT WAITING ONE MINUTE EXTRA TO DO THIS! I want to show results and I am excited about this!

How did this happen? Note, it is day 48 of my journey and I'm just now losing 5 lbs. On Day 34, my post started out with "I'm Disillusioned!" Without Spark I would have given up before but I was determined to beat this. On Day 42, I reassessed my goals and set down 10 new and continued goals to work on. And today it has paid off!

What has made the difference?

First of all, I decided to make a COMMITMENT and FOCUS on the end goal of weightloss and fitness. Without that commitment, I was never going to get anywhere.

Second: I had an AH HA moment on Day 17 that was the boost I needed to commit! Here is part of that blog about it:

" I came back from Disneyworld with so much enthusiasm, I can't type fast enough to share it. I've been excited about other diet programs in the past, the most recent being the Sonoma Diet. And it is a good one and I still follow the principles. I had an 18 pound weight loss but never got to goal and last year, I slowly gained it back. Why? Because Sonoma Diet and all other diet programs out there focus only on one thing, Weight loss. YOU CANNOT LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOURSELF!
Whoa, did I really say that? You cannot lose weight and keep it off without changing yourself!! It just rolled off the keyboard and it's my new mantra!!!!!!!! I believe it!! For the first time in my life, I KNOW I have to change to be thin! I understand, I get it!
Losing weight is not depriving myself of the pleasure of eating anything I want. If I want to lose weight, I have to give up some foods temporarily and then learn to eat them in moderation, for the rest of my life! "

Third: Nutrition Tracking is a must! Even if you think you had a bad day, if you track the food you ate, it might not be as bad as you think! After 48 days of tracking, I can't wait to put in the food I' ve eaten and I stop eating when the calories are between 1200 and 1300. I had many a day that I went up to 1500+ and I wasn't losing. Dropping to the 1200 has made the difference.

Fourth: Setting down those goals has helped me achieve some really important ones. Like cooking dinner at home 5 out of 7 days a week. We were eating out 3 or 4 times a week and now we are healthier and saving money as well. The other important goal is saving desserts or sweets for special occasions. I had gotten into the habit of having a dessert or sweet after every meal. I would eat ice cream out of the box. This week, I passed the buy one get one free Breyer's ice cream at Publix and got the buy one get one free Fiber one yogurt instead.

Fifth: Spark Recipes! I love to cook and enjoy finding familiar recipes that have been developed by Sparkers to be healthier and leaner! And there are so many. How long would it take to try them all?

I'm still lagging on exercise as I like to walk and I don't belong to a gym. I hate gyms. And it has been raining and raining here for months. And I haven't cleared off a spot in the house yet to do it in. But I'll get there. THis is not a failure, only a delay as I develop and succeed in the other goals I have set down.

Can you tell I'm excited? I am I am. Thanks Sparkers!

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KNITTABLES 2/13/2010 2:14AM

    Wow, great job you are doing, keep it up. How inspiring.

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USARUNNERGIRL 2/12/2010 3:16PM

    Woohoo. You are doing great. I am doing the "YOU LOST 5 POUNDS AND ARE AMAZING" happy dance for you!

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VXWALL1942 2/12/2010 2:40PM

    Great point of view. With attitude, commitment and focus nothing is too large to tackle. I'm on your side 'cause I like the way you see things. Thanks

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CAPECODBABE 2/12/2010 12:45PM

    I agree, great blog.

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NPAUL929 2/12/2010 11:29AM

    Wow! That is so true. Thank you for this blog. I needed that reminder. I find that I am leaning toward wanting to eat things that I know are not the best choices and what keeps me from doing so most (not most not all) of the time is that I tell myself that I really do not desire that type of food anymore, which is basically saying - the new me does not enjoy that.

Congratulations on your weight loss. Stay focused and thanks for sharing your excitement- it's contagious.

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    Wahoooooooooooo! Great news, Carol!!!!!!!!!! Way to go!!!!!!!!!
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MARCYNA 2/12/2010 9:22AM

    WoW, how inspiring, I totally agree emoticon emoticon

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Still working on being STH. DAY 47

Thursday, February 11, 2010


It's day 4 of my 10 day eliminate sugar challenge, eat 5 fruits and veg a day, No artificial sweeteners added and I'm doing well. I've kept my caloric intake to between 1200 and 1300 calories a day. I'll be out at lunch today so I am packing a tuna on whole wheat sandwich with an apple to eat on the run. I have not gotten into an exercise routine yet because of the weather not being warm enough to go out and I havent' programmed a spot to do it in yet. But I'll get there. I can't really complain about today's weather, a beautiful but cold sunny day in Florida. Tomorrow, we are forecasted to have snow if you can believe that.

This site is so motivational and I love to spend time just surfing around and reading blogs. Yesterday, I got so fed up with the slowness of my computer I had to do something. It would take 15 to 20 min just to download e-mails and try to get online with Spark. I listen to Talk Radio and there was an advertisement for doublemyspeed.com. So I went there yesterday and was directed to cyberdefender. They test your computer to find out what is wrong with it and I signed up to have both computers in my home defragged. It took more than 5 hours for a technician working long distance to defrag this one and we haven't even started on the other one yet. I must tell you though, the results are staggering and worth every penny! I just click and it opens! Yay. I wasted more time just waiting for something to come up.

I have a busy day ahead delivering lamps and accessories. That can be a workout! Later!

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SCARLETTMH 2/11/2010 10:26AM

    Well done!My son-in-law,in Corpus Christi,Texas is a computer wizz,and does it for a living.Using "Crossloop", and 2&1/2 hours he fixed my computer here in U.K.!Fantastic!
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Working on being slim, trim and healthy. Day 46

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Well, I got on my old iffy scale this morning and looks like I had lost 2 pounds. Got off and on again, still lost 2 pounds. I guess I'll keep it and return the new fancy one that isn't working. Probably the reason I think my scale is iffy is because it doesn't show the weight I want to see. And sometimes when I get off and go back on, it goes up or down from what it originally showed. I do find myself leaning one way or another to get it to show what I want. Ha Ha. I hope I can figure out how to post the 2 lb lost on my ticker. I did well with my luncheon yesterday. Had a healthy portion of flank steak and left a couple of pieces on the plate. Had about 2 cups of green beans instead of potatoes, skipped the rolls and tasted the apple pie. The pie was really sweet. When you don't eat sweets, it shows in your tastebuds. And I had a nice healthy pork and veggie stir fry dinner.

Planning is really the key for any diet to work. I must plan a trip to the grocery and soon. Thanks everyone for your support, That's what it is all about!

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20TOGOAL1 2/10/2010 12:20PM

    good for you and yes put the 2lbs loss on your ticker I would. you did amazing yesterday keep up the great work and your right planning is key. Angie

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MYMONSTERSX3 2/10/2010 11:37AM

    To put the 2 lbs weight loss on your ticker, you can go to the start page and change your info,it will than show up on the ticker. Took me awhile to figure that one out. Anyway great job on the weight loss, everyone lb. counts.

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USARUNNERGIRL 2/10/2010 11:23AM

    Yeah I need to get back to planning. That was the goal this weekend, but somehow it didn't really happen.

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Tuesday, February 09, 2010


I've been complaining that my scale is iffy so I decided to go to Big Lots yesterday and buy a new one. There was a choice of two; one was $12 and you got on it and it gave your weight. The other one was $10 and it had a fancy calculator size contraption that you programmed with your height and age, held with your thumbs on each side while you got on it, and then it would spit out your weight, body fat %, and ideal weight. I snapped up the fancy one. It took hubby and I at least 30 min to program the darn thing, it takes 7 batteries. Once we got it fixed, we both weighed and we were exactly the same. I didn't like all the answers it gave me. I was 189.5 pounds, 41.5% body fat, and my ideal weight was 134.5 pounds. Now, I haven't weighed 134.5 pounds since I was in high school and I was really thin. I was in a new school as a junior and I was so shy and scared, I would eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and milk for lunch everyday. I think the whole lunch was about $2.00. Thus I became thin and fabulous and won the local Miss Seaford contest!

When I went into the Air Force, I weighed about 145 pounds. I was in great shape for marching around for 3 months and I was able to maintain that weight after 2 pregnancies and aerobics 4 times a week. So the idea of going back to 134 pounds doesn't thrill me, I think I would look old and haggard with skin hanging off and not be able to eat or drink anything interesting. My current goal is 160 which I haven't seen in about 10 years.

To get back to the scale, this morning I went with anticipation of having lost a few pounds overnight. I got on, did all the right button pushing, and nothing. Finally it showed me everything except lbs. I weighed nothing but was still 41.5% fat. So that fancy scale is going back to the store and I'll get the other one; or maybe I'll just stick with the iffy one I have.

I am going to a luncheon today with the Building Association to learn about the 2010 Economic and Tax Outlook. I'm interested to see what looks to be in the cards for our local economy. The lunch is marinated flank steak, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, and apple pie. That's a man's lunch. I programmed the thing into my nutrition counter and it is 600 calories! And I'm not supposed to eat the pie because I am foregoing sweets for 10 days. I already had a 400 calorie breakfast with kashi go lean cereal, skim milk and raisins so that doesn't leave much for dinner. I am going to try to eat 3 oz of steak and green beans and lots of water.

Well that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Until tomorrow.

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USARUNNERGIRL 2/10/2010 10:20AM

    I am in denial with my scale right now. We haven't moved for a month besides up and down .5 pounds. Good luck on finding a good scale.

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MACMOM57 2/10/2010 8:08AM

    My scale just gives me the weight. At times I think it lies. I would go with just the plain one. Good luck with the lunch sounds like you have thought it out and are good to go.

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ALEXIAAG 2/9/2010 9:07PM

    I can't believe you are still having trouble with the scale issue. Mine is a Jenny Craig scale. It does my weight, body fat % and water %. It was very expensive, but I like it. I think you are the best judge to know how much you should weigh. You want to be at a healthy BMI and a waist line that is lower that 32 inches.

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AJDOVER1 2/9/2010 8:02PM

    I love scales! Mine makes me laugh. I stepped on mine last tuesday and found that I had lost 17.2 pounds. . . overnight. . . right. I still had all my limbs so I knew there must be a problem.

Also, I would never let a machine tell me my ideal weight -- even one that uses 7 batteries! Good luck with your next new scale.

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20TOGOAL1 2/9/2010 9:52AM

    that's crazy about the scale. I have a trusty old weight watchers scale that I have been using and I am not sure how right it is either good luck with your plan for the luncheon later today. I am sure you'll do great

. Angie

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Monday, February 08, 2010


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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