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Saturday, February 13, 2010


The first thing I do every morning is to check my e-mails and then spend time reading the Spark e-mails and articles and blogs and whatever else I can find that interests me. I have taken a number of personality courses with my company. They are all alike but with different names. The first one I took really surprised me because I was diagnosed as an Analytical personality, the only one in a bunch of decorators who were mostly the fun happy type. By being analytical, this did not mean I liked numbers like an accountant. It meant that I liked to learn about things, do research on a specific interest and learn as much as I can about the subject. This is very true for me. I analyze things to death. And that is why I love Spark.

There is so much to learn on this website and so many people to learn from. I make new friends everyday. I truly believe that I will achieve my goals and reach my ideal weight by logging in everyday and reading the information available. This morning I read about the exercise videos DDR and WiiFIt, neither of which I have. Now I like to dance and do aerobics but I don't. I think I would enjoy either one of these machines. Now I just have to figure out which one. I don't know anyone who has one so if anyone out there wants to give me some help I would appreciate it. I have to do something for exercise where boredom does not set in. Otherwise I WON'T DO IT! When I get bored with something, I quit. I took aerobics dance classes for 4 years and loved every minute of it, 4 times a week. I was thinner than I had ever been. The reason I loved it was the instructor was actually trained in dance and she would teach us a new routine to a new current song every six weeks. I loved it. She moved on and I have tried other dance classes like Jazzercise but they were never as good and I got bored. I got bored with Curves because it was the same old machine time after time.

Now I know why I have quit other weight loss programs and never got to goal. I WAS THOROUGHLY BORED WITH THEM! And they had so few recipes I was always faced with eating the same thing. Reaching goal wasn't a big enough commitment to hold my interest! This morning I also read the article about what 300 calories looked like. Very interesting to learn that the healthier plate had twice as much beautiful food than the fast food plate. If you haven't read that article, go and look for it. It's an eye opener.

I love to cook and make creative recipes. In fact, I rarely follow a recipe to a T because I'm always missing a key ingredient and I substitute. It's an instinct I guess to know how to do that. I've made dishes where people ask for the recipe and I can't really give it to them because I added some leftover to it that I couldn't duplicate. Here's what I do on Spark. Say I want to cook corn chowder. I will look at several corn chowder recipes to find one I like the looks of and I have most of the ingredients. Then I will use parts of 2 or 3 recipes to make the one I am cooking. And it's always delicious. I almost majored in Nutrition in college but ended up in Textiles and home economics, thus I am an Interior Decorator. But I still love to cook.

Now I am getting motivated to delve into the recipes on this site. I have oodles of cookbooks and I want to start experimenting with different recipes and make them more healthy. My sister had me over for dinner last night and served a chicken burgundy dish that was delicious that came from a diabetic cookbook. I think we could challenge each other to do some interesting dishes like that and get together more often. It's my turn now to come up with something. She had lost 60 lbs on a metabolic diet and kept it off for about 3 years by going back there when she gained 5 lbs to get it off. Now, she is bored with that and just really does not want to go back to that diet. I am excited to start my new recipe venture and I'll share of course. Until tomorrow.

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USARUNNERGIRL 2/13/2010 10:19PM

    Great blog. Boredom is a way to lose sight, sounds like you do know yourself and what you need to suceed. Woohoo. How great is that.

I think it great that you are able to whip up a recipe like that, who knows you might be the next great spark recipe writer. emoticon

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 2/13/2010 12:06PM

    I ran into your post earlier this week and looked at your page briefly and though ok cool. It was in the middle of my 4 10hr work week and I dont have much umph at all. Today I ran across your name again during my spark surfin and read your blog for today. Well I went back to day one and I now current with your journey and I must say I have enjoyed each entry even the ones during your dark moments. Personally I think there is a lot learned in the valley or dark moments that are important to share. Thanks for sharing your journey and Best Wishes on the journey emoticon

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4DOGNIGHT 2/13/2010 11:26AM

    Thank you. I HAVE learned a lot. Will have to check out the Wii spark team. Carol

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    I really like this blog, Carol. You seem to have made some important discoveries about yourself. I get very bored with exercise, too. My sister-in-law has a Wii game console with the Wii Fit Plus game and balance board. She absolutely loves it!!! She gets so into it that she spends 1.5 hours a day playing. Yes, playing. The games are very motivating and she has been slimming down nicely with it. Her top weight was the same as yours, and she is short. There are some Spark Groups based on using the Wii, too, so you might want to explore the comments in those group message boards.

You are on a roll! Wahooooooooooooo!


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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

vicki emoticon

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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!!!!!!!!!
Sharon emoticon

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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!
Well done! emoticon

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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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