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Sunday, February 28, 2010


I'm working on goals for March and I have decided to implement a PSPD challenge, a perfect sparkpeople day. This is one where I stayed within my caloric goals, and got some sort of exercise in, and met some of my other goals. A PSPD can be anything you want it to be as long as you included nutrition tracking and fitness.

I've set down some new personal goals. Instead of wasting time and energy playing games on the computer, I will replace that time wasted with cleaning an area in my home or office for 30 min a day. By doing that I will have gotten more organized and gotten rid of some of my stressors. I will exercise in some fashion at least 30 min per day, whether it's a walk with Panda or doing a DVD.

This coming week I have no outside eating occasions for which I can't plan the meal. I am at a luncheon on Wed and ordered the cobb salad with dressing on the side so I can eat what I want of it. On Friday is our regional meeting in Tallahassee and I will choose my food wisely. My husband is gone Thur through Sat so I can eat what I want and again, I will choose wisely.

I am going to weigh in tomorrow morning, March 1 and post whatever the scale says. I will continue with no eating sweets and desserts through Lent which has worked out well for me. So that's it. Starting out March fresh with new goals.

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ALEXIAAG 2/28/2010 3:23PM

    Great goals you have set for March. I will continue walking with you or do some sort of cardio once a day.

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    Sounds like a great plan!

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Saturday, February 27, 2010


Okay, this week is almost over and one eating occasion left, tonight. Hubby's Magic of Harmony barbershop show was fabulous last night, almost 900 people there. AFterwards we had the Afterglow Party with food and drink and I did, eat and drink that is. I felt so thin and good looking all day. My pants are hanging on me. I should have weighed yesterday but I got on the scale this morning and no change. Just hovering around the same weight as usual. With beer and all those chicken wings and ribs, my stomach is churning. It would be impossible for me to chart this on my tracker, too depressing. This morning I felt this glob of food still in my gut and hubby decides to cook bacon and eggs. Blaah! He ended up eating the 2 eggs and all the bacon himself. I had a slice of whole wheat toast with a little butter(he put that on it) and a protein milkshake. Still churning but I'm drinking my water and I will just start over again today. Maybe my experience from last night will keep my appetite in check tonight at the fund-raiser. I hope they have a veggie tray.

The positive side of all of this is that I WILL and AM starting over again today. I WILL lose 30 lbs by the end of July and it WILL start coming off soon as I WILL be starting a new exercise program in March. I HAVE given up sweets and desserts and this is a big positive for me as I had them daily. WE even have ice cream fudgsicles in the freezer and they've been there a while. I seem to prefer yogurt now.

I'm taking today and tomorrow to rethink and set some goals for March. I must start some sort of consistent exercise program. I prefer walking outdoors but when it rains, nothing gets done. I have DVD's but my excuse is not being able to work the machine right to play on the TV. Maybe I need to spend some time on that today and get that organized. Yes, I can do that and hubby offered to help me with anything today as he headed off to exercise himself.

With my goals this month, I am going to include some personal and business goals. I'm letting my business go to pot and I can't seem to get motivated. Of course I lost the whole month of January as I was trying to reduce medications which didn't work and I was underperforming. February I was just catching up.
I have NO eating occasions for this week except Friday when I drive to Tallahassee for a regional meeting and lunch. Three hours to and from. I'll pack a snack so I don't have to stop at McDonald's in between. Hubby will be gone all weekend to Orlando for a Rotary meeting so what I eat is up to me and I can maybe motivate myself to do something positive. Anybody out there want to challenge me? On March 9 I go for a fasting blood test and then the next week, I see my doc for a physical. I want good results, a few pounds off, cholesterol down, etc. I can lose a few pounds in 10 days don't you think? Thanks for all your help!

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SCARLETTMH 2/27/2010 7:41PM

    Sharon said it all.
I live in England and we have had nothing but rain for weeks now.And its cold out there and slippery,so I do my walking indoors.Movement is movement,and every little helps.

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    Wow, Carol. I love it when you get mad and write about it. You're on the warpath, and that is great!

You may have lost the battle last night, but you are winning the war in a major way!!! I'm challenging you to re-think walking in the rain. If it is just misty outside or a very small drizzle, you can bundle up with a hooded jacket, wear gloves, pants that will protect you (jeans or all-weather pants you can order from LLBean), and you can still get your exercise. It's a challenge for me to walk when the weather isn't so nice, too, and I'm looking at it as "wind resistance" or an oomph to walk faster (to get it over with). So far, I have to admit, I haven't had much of that weather-resistance, but not one day this week was the weather very inviting (cold and breezy). I survived, though, and I know that pushing myself out that front door (with the dog to keep my anxieties away) is the answer for me right now. (I would also much rather walk that mile outdoors than to stand in front of my favorite TV show and march-in-place for 20 minutes which is what I have set as the alternative if I am to keep my streak going. Somehow, I'm finding that to be very motivating to get out and walk.)

For a food challenge, maybe aiming for "nutrition tracker bingo" could help. (I've blogged about it.) It doesn't happen for me very often, but I'm getting closer and closer. I think the balancing of the nutrients (calories, carbs, fats, proteins) is key in losing weight.

Finally, please don't be so hard on yourself over your weight loss numbers. It is still very early in your endeavor, and your body composition is most definitely changing. (While working out at the gym with a personal trainer this past summer, over a six-week period, I only lost 3 lbs. and zero inches, yet my clothes were much looser, lost a size, and looked trimmer. Go figure.)

It is so true that muscle weighs more than fat, and you just may be one of those people who packs an above-average amount of muscle compared to those of us who have elevated body fat and squishy limbs. The more muscle you have, the more quickly those pounds will eventually come off. (After I quit going to the gym due to a shoulder injury, I continued to lose weight until my sedentary lifestyle took over my metabolism again after about another six weeks. Then I began to gain weight again, so the muscles keep burning those calories long after you stop exercising. Then they atrophy . . . you know the cycle.)

So, you haven't ruined everything by over-indulging last night. Quite the contrary, you have learned an invaluable lesson. Also, anyone who prefers yogurt over fudgesicles is a health food god/goddess, in my book. So congratulations!!!

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ALEXIAAG 2/27/2010 10:49AM

    Sure I am up for a challenge! What's the plan?

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Friday, February 26, 2010


Where did February go? Where has the year gone? I have a busy weekend ahead. My husband sings barbershop and tonight is their big show of the year. I'm at the box office at 2:00 selling tickets and then some kind of dinner with him and then pick up his 90 year old mother for the show. He is the publicity chair and has worked really hard getting this advertised and the tickets are flying out of the stores. After the show, there is an after party as well. So it will be a fun evening. I'm not really worried about eating and drinking. After 62 days, I have learned to peruse the menu carefully and choose what I am eating wisely. I have also learned that one day of overeating isn't going to make me fat. Just go back to eating wisely the next day. I still find myself wanting something crunchy at night and got into the almonds last night but I will have to come up with another plan. I've been thinking of making granola with cereal nuts and raisins and doling it out in bags so I'll do that this weekend.

Tomorrow, I hope it is a nice day so I can get in a long walk with my friend Pat. Walking is the exercise I enjoy the most and when the weather is bad, I dont' get out. And inside walking isn't the same. We walk and talk about my 90 year old mom in law and her 85 year old mother that lives with her and it gets the stress out of our systems. Tomorrow evening is a big fundraising party for our local theater group and I know I will choose the food wisely.

Sunday is rest and relax. My husband has been pushing himself so much all month with this show, it will be nice to just vegetate. Maybe we will drive out and see our grandson Brandon and his sister Hannah. At any rate, I feel good at what I've accomplished through Spark. My diet has improved and I believe that I will never go back to the way I was, the way I ate before. Too much and too many sweets. Progress.

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ALEXIAAG 2/27/2010 10:40AM

    I am so proud of you! Where did February go anyway?

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    Yay, Carol! It sounds like you have found a new way of looking at eating and food. I'm so proud of you!!! I'm walking Polo daily, and we are both benefiting. The water is helping me a lot, too. So far, the weather is not intolerable.

Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, February 25, 2010


When you own a business and you are active in the community, there are loads of eating opportunities and I take advantage of every single one of them. No wonder I put on weight. Just this week, I am only half way through the 4 eating ops available to me. Sunday was our church Tasting Fare and I did okay with that. Last night was the 4 chamber mixer and I ate more than I should have but it was okay. I did have some frozen yogurt and some chocolate which I had put off limits for Lent but it was a special occasion and I didn't eat that much.
Friday night, my husband sings barbershop and we have a show to go to. Afterward is the AfterGlow where they celebrate the success of the show and go to a local restaurant for food and drink again. Of course there is beer and wine to go along with it. Then on Saturday night, we go to a big fund raiser for the local community theater group and of course, food and drink again. THAT IS FOUR IN ONE WEEK! I'll do good just to eat sensibly and not over do it like I've done in the past. Eat and eat and Eat. I'm going to shoot for just Eat.

This morning, I feel the urge to go for a walk. It's sunny but cold but I could bundle up and take the dog. AFterall, I have a challenge to do so. I have end of the month bookwork to do when I get back. Everyone always tells me I have such a fun job being a decorator. And I do! But it is a business and there is bookwork that comes along with it and that is the not so fun part. So, onto my day.

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    Yay, Carol!!!! You have recognized your social meals as "excuses to eat," and that sounds like a huge breakthrough! I love the way you've put it. Instead of "eat, eat, eat," you're going to just eat. Maybe you could adopt the rest of my family's point of view (and I'm learning it, too). Eat to fuel your body with just what it needs rather than over-indulging because it tastes good, it's a special occasion, everyone else is doing it, the host/hostess might be insulted . . . you know what I'm saying. When everyone else is having beer and wine, you can have mineral water. It is beautiful. I'm sure you know alcohol has sugar in it, which you have given up for Lent (so there's your explanation if anyone asks), and I don't know about your medication, but with mine, alcohol is off limits. Hmmm . . . does alcohol contribute to constipation? Just a thought. Also, some meds cause constipation. I'm having wonderful results this week as I have resumed drinking 8 glasses of water a day. Yesterday I read that the first glass should be taken as soon as you wake up. Well, I went ahead and drank a 16-oz. glass. Wow! Didn't realize water was so powerful like that if you know what I mean. It didn't take long for it to push things along. Ha!

I love it that you're motivated to walk. Me, too! I have found that walking around 1:30 to 3:00 in the afternoon seems to work best for me. The temps are at their daytime high, and the activity refreshes my brain. With your book work, perhaps a walk afterwards would be refreshing for you, too. Just another thought.

Okay, my mind is filled with things I want to say in general, so I'm headed off to blog now.

Happy Thursday!!!
Your dog-walking challenge partner,
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P.S. Sheesh! I need to get in the habit of proof-reading with the spell checker so I won't keep having to edit my comment in order to correct typo's. emoticon

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Okay, this is Day 60 of my journey and I decided to go back and look at all 60 blogs I have written to review my progress. My first day was Dec 27, 2009. What have I learned since then?
1. Focus and commitment are necessary if you want to succeed at weight loss and fitness. If you get off track, refocus on the task at hand and recommit.
2. As I read the book which I received in early January, I learned that tracking your food intake was essential to see what you were eating. I always hated doing that but the spark tracker is so easy and so fast and so correct. I love doing it now and programming my food for the day.
3. On Day 12, I learned about moderation being the key to success and so I gave up trying to do the bootcamp, and stuck to learning how to eat and keep track of my business at the same time. In addition, I was trying to reduce one of the medications I have been taking for depression and was having trouble with that.
3. Day 17 was my big AH HA day of all time and I was a featured blog post! I realized that day, January 12, 2010 which will be forever etched on my memory, YOU CAN'T LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOURSELF! THis is not a hurry up and lose the weight and get to goal so I can start eating again. This is a slow process which will take time and I will never be able to eat the same way again. That was HUGE for me!
4. Day 22, from the Book, I learned that I should measure my food portions. Instead of throwing the cereal in the bowl, I actually measure the portion. I've discovered that 3/4 c of shredded wheat and bran is good for me rather than the 1 1/4 c they suggest. So now I measure. I also learned the importance of Criss Cross, how everything crosses over to other things.
5. Day 27 - Meltdown Day! Here I was doing what I thought I should be doing and nothing was happening. In addition, my depression was getting me down. Getting off meds wasn't working. At this point, I would have given up on other diets but I knew I needed to persevere.
6. Day 30 was time to get back on the medication I was trying to get off. That little blue pill meant more to me than I realized. Without it, I was sluggish, discouraged, one step below normal. It takes about 2 weeks for meds to take effect so I had a few more days to recover.
7. Day 34. Disillusionment on my progress. Sigh!
8. Day 39 Whoo Hoo! I received perfect attendance and 500 points! That was quite an honor and an achievement on my part to stick it out even though the scale wasn't showing progress. I reviewed my 3 main goals that I started with and found myself achieving them.
a. Cook dinner 5 out of 7 nights a week. This is a biggie as we were eating out many nights a week and I decided that had to stop, not only to save money but to have a better diet.
b. Reserve sweets and desserts for special occasions. WE had gotten in the habit of always having some kind of dessert after every meal. I have won that battle and last week, I committed to keeping that up for Lent. It's working!
c. Eat 5 fruits and veggies a day. I'm eating more and more and I don't feel bad about piling my plate with green beans.
9. Day 42. Recovered from my battle with depression and I've gotten all my tax paperwork done and caught up on some business goals.
10. Day 59 I wrote about choosing teams and how it is a trial and error thing. With digestive problems, I joined the IBS team and I learned about the difference between soluble and insoluble fiber and how to balance what you eat.

And now I am on Day 60 and loving it. I have lost about 5 pounds which isn't much but my belly is flatter and my pants aren't tight anymore. I can easily button all of my pants and have a little room. I tried on a shirt I couldn't button last year and now I can. I am committed to upping my exercise and getting out to walk more now that the weather is warmer. I can easily walk 3 miles with my friend Pat and we did so yesterday. It was lovely and I felt thinner this morning. Adding that walk at least 3 times a week ought to get the weight moving.

My ultimate goal is to lose 30 pounds by the end of July. I think I can do that! The nutrition tracker is now my best friend, aside from all my spark friends of course. Thanks Spark! Best place I've been in a long time.

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GRANNYS5 2/24/2010 9:14PM

    Thanks for sharing your adventure so far. Sounds like you are really on the right track.

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GIVWIG 2/24/2010 3:08PM

    You keep mentioning that you can't exercise because the weather is bad. Have you thought about getting a walking DVD? You could probably get one from your library just to try before purchasing. They have many that are 1-4 mile walks that you can do in the comfort of your own home when the weather is bad. Just a suggestion. You seen to be doing well with your nutrition, that could get you started on your fitness while you wait for better weather.

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AJDOVER1 2/24/2010 1:52PM

    I love reading your blogs! Thanks for sharing your journey.

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LINDA! 2/24/2010 1:21PM

    You have gained many wonderful new ideas.....you have also lost weight! Isn't it an amazing journey. emoticon

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