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SPRING IS HERE! DAY 67

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

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

Spring is here in FLorida, I hope. At least it is sunny today, no rain and not dreary. As soon as I finish this blog, I'll be taking Panda for a walk. She'll be so excited. I got on the scale this morning and it is hovering in the right direction. YEA! I hope I will be able to post a loss in the next few days. I have a friend who sells Herbalife and I've invested in some of her products just to give it a go. This morning I had a protein shake with milk and beautiful strawberries. I added a Nature's Own round 100 calorie bread with a smathering of cream cheese and was very happy. I go to a luncheon and I've ordered a cobb salad so I'm set. Then it's probably chicken fried rice for dinner. Leftovers and hubby loves fried rice after spending a year in Thailand. Did I tell you we got married in Bangkok? That's another story.

I've mentioned before that I was on the Sonoma Diet for a couple of years and I did lose 18 lbs but gained it back when I quit. SD is a good diet based on Mediterranean way of eating. But, as with any diet, there are limits. Spark lets you eat almost anything as long as you track it and you are responsible for yourself. For instance, SD would not allow any kind of white pasta, potato, rice, etc. I do prefer whole grains now but occasionally, you have to deviate. Monday I made mashed potatoes with meatballs and gravy. Sounds really fattening doesn't it. But since Spark allows mashed potatoes and I measured the portion, served 5 meatballs and the gravy recipe I have has only 50 calories and no fat, it was very calorie friendly and I got to eat something different. Peas and carrots were the veg and SD limits carrots.

I've noticed that since I have eliminated sugary desserts and sweets from my diet, that fruit is really sweet now. We got some beautiful strawberries from Sam's Club and they are delicious. And fresh peaches. I'm enjoying the tastes of these fruits now more than ever because they are so sweet to me. SD also limits you to 2 fruits a day and I could never figure out how you could be limited to eating a fruit. They are so natural and good for you.

I do have to get out and about today so I will end for now and get my walking clothes on!

  
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LUCILEELIZABETH 3/6/2010 11:54AM

    Mmm-mmm-mmm! The fruit sounds absolutely delicious! I love fruit, too! I eat more fruits than veggies.

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JENNY888 3/3/2010 11:58AM

    It sounds like you are all set and doing great on the nutrition. Congrats.

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TURQUOISE IS TOP COLOR! DAY 67

Wednesday, March 03, 2010



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

Turquoise is the top color for 2010! Whoo Hoo for me! Note the color surrounding my sparkpage. I picked that last year before it was the top color. Turquoise, also aqua, aquablue, spa green, spa blue, seafoam, teal and others has always been one of my favorites. On my sparkpage, you can see a picture of my bedroom that I painted a couple of years ago. What color? Aqua. When I was a senior in college I had aprofessional photo taken and I was wearing an aqua dress that I had made. Last year, when I renovated my bathroom, (before picture above) I used spa green and sea urchin which is a tone of beige.

Now, I am seeing that color everywhere I look. In fabrics and accessories and clothing in the stores! I have a bedroom I want to redecorate, I'll be looking for turquoise to put in there along with the pale yellow striped wallpaper that will stay. A story behind the wallpaper, I ordered wallpaper for a client and when it came it was yellow striped. That wasn't what I had ordered for her, in fact it wasn't even close to the number of the paper that she wanted. So now it is in my house. I was going to paint the wall yellow but hey, why not paper it? So I did.

Well there's my decorating tip of the day.

  
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AJDOVER1 3/3/2010 12:28PM

    Thanks! It's great to have a real professional sharing knowlege! I'm seriously decorating-impaired.

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A DREARY DAY But COZY INSIDE. DAY 66

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

YOU CAN' TLOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOURSELF.

My granddaughter is visiting today as she is off from school so that helps to brighten the day. She is 8. I've already been to a meeting and just getting to my blog. I like to do this early most days as it gets me going. I joined the 100 day challenge to exercise and already skipped yesterday because I was busy and it started to rain. I can only go outside for now, still haven't programmed my inside stuff, but we do have a Migun Massage Bed that I haven't used in a long time so I used that. I will do that when I can't get out. It helps circulation and healing and takes about 20 min. I also have some hypnosis tapes for weight loss and procrastination that I listen to while massaging. A few years ago, when I first got the hypnosis tapes, I lost 7 lbs because I wasn't interested in eating. I might try that again. I've been putting off listening to the procrastination tapes, Ha Ha!

I've got 4 chicken breasts in the crockpot with a can of chicken broth so I'll have to come up with something to do with them. Maybe shredded and serve in a wrap with blackbeans and corn and lettuce and tomato. That sounds good and mexicany. And I can reserve 2 breasts for another meal.

Something has to be done about my business. This economy is hurting all businesses. The phones haven't been this quiet in years and years. I'll have to get creative and start phoning past clients and visiting real estate offices etc. It's tough being a business owner but I've weathered a lot of storms in the past 25 years. Up and down and around we go.

Buy locally. Support your local small business owner rather than the big box stores if possible. You would be surprised that the big stores aren't necessarily less expensive. They just spend more to get you inside. Until tomorrow.

  
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KELLEY106 3/2/2010 11:56AM

    I like the old saying
You keep doing what your doing , your going to keep getting what you got

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MARCH; A BIG MONTH FOR ME! DAY 65

Monday, March 01, 2010

YOU CAN'T LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOURSELF! emoticon
March is my birthday month and I always look forward to it no matter how old I will be. This year I am 62 on March 19th, eligible for social security. I better take it now while it's still available. I love the whole month as I look forward to spring, and today is a beautiful day! It will be busy so I have to fit in a walk with Panda sometime or she will be very dissappointed. Not only that, I joined a new team yesterday, the 100 DAY CHALLENGE. The idea is to shoot for 100 perfect days of exercise! I can do that. Hope some of you reading will join me.

We have no plans or engagements to eat out this week other than meals at which I can plan the menu. I would really love the scale to move downward. I'm listed at 182 and I got on this morning and it hovered around there so I'm not changing it. I just wish I could get on it and see the dial move under 180.

Yesterday I came in under my calories and under many of the nutrients although I felt I ate okay. I'm going to shoot for Nutrition Bingo as LUCILEELIZABETH suggests. How do you get magnesium and potassium to come anywhere near what it is supposed to be? I've got an early appointment so must go. I'll check in later.

  
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ALEXIAAG 3/2/2010 5:07PM

    Go ahead and celebrate all month long!!! HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! emoticon

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AJDOVER1 3/1/2010 7:08PM

    Happy Birthmonth!

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LUCILEELIZABETH 3/1/2010 10:29AM

    Happy, happy birthday, Carol! I "googled" the phrase, food sources of potassium and found this web site. It lists food sources of many nutrients so keep scrolling to find magnesium, too.

http://www.health.gov/D
ietaryguidelines/dga2005/docume
nt/html/AppendixB.htm

It's a beautiful, sunny day here with gusty breezes. I think I'll lengthen our walk today since this is the beginning of week two. I'm going away for a conference Wednesday through Friday, so I think I'm going to have to get in the habit of walking first thing in the morning while there. That's probably the only way it will work for me when I resume teaching next week, too. But I know I can do it. I used to walk at 5:30am in 5 degree weather years ago.

Have a fantastic week!!!
Sharon


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GRANDMAMAOF3 3/1/2010 9:57AM

    Happy birthday and good luck to you.
I think I'll look at the 100 day workout you were talking about!
Thanks. emoticon

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JASMINEBASHEA 3/1/2010 8:48AM

    Happy Birthday month to you!

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A PERFECT SPARKPEOPLE DAY (PSPD) DAY 64

Sunday, February 28, 2010

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

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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LUCILEELIZABETH 2/28/2010 12:51PM

    Sounds like a great plan!

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