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Friday, March 12, 2010


Last night I requested that hubby take me out to a Thai restaurant. Since we live in a military town with two huge Air Force bases, there are plenty of Thai restaurants to choose from. Hubby and I got married in Bangkok, Thailand in 1973. He was stationed there at the end of the Vietnam War and I was in the military at the time. In order to be stationed together, we had to be married. It was a wonderful experience and he developed a love of Thai food which is different from chinese. The sauces are much lighter, not goopy and most everything is stir-fried so it is pretty healthy.

I had cashew chicken with veggies and rice. Now, when I went to enter it into the tracker, I picked a chinese chicken cashew and it came up with 550 calories and that didn't include the rice! There was no way that dish had that many calories. It was about 3 oz chicken and about 1 cup of vegetables and a light sauce and rice.

One of the things I really like about Spark is the fruit I am eating and the taste I've acquired for it after not having dessert for months. Yesterday I had the sweetest nectarine I've ever had in my entire life. Almost couldn't eat it all. And this morning a smoothie with fresh strawberries. Even though I love fruit, I rarely ate it and now I do.

I'm Looking forward to a beautiful weekend and a good walk tomorrow!

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COLDWINTER2010 3/12/2010 6:34PM

  I agree that Thai food is much lighter, and fresher than most chinese food. I would much rather have Thai than Chinese. Come to think of it, I haven't had either for a loooong time.

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KASEYCOFF 3/12/2010 5:45PM

    I think Thai food is healthier in general than what you find in a lot of the Chinese dishes - not all stir-fries are equal, and if they're really oily I'm sure they're full of calories. If they're 'flash-fried' I don't think they have a chance to absorb much grease, plus they tend to have more of that fresh, snappy texture.

We really need the SP team to find a way to add 'unspecified ingredients / you decide' for a category on the Nutrition Tracker. I think it would be helpful if you could 'adjust' something you've added, too. For example, I knew I was going to have salad with dinner, so I'd already entered that. When the bowl came around for seconds, I took more - but didn't have a way to just 'up' the amount I'd entered earlier in the day. What do you think? Is it time to ask them to tweak the tracker? :-D

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FOOFIT1 3/12/2010 4:57PM

    I've been finding that yogurt with berries has been replacing my usual ice cream at night quite nicely! It's amazing how much healthy things appeal to you after giving up some of the junk, isn't it? Glad to see you're loving fruit. Fruit smoothies... Yum!


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CAROLJ35 3/12/2010 12:06PM

    Sounds good! Where did you find yummy nectarines this time of year? I am reluctant to buy them as I don't think the shipped in ones will be good.
I, too, love my fruits and veggies.

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FRENCHTOSD 3/12/2010 10:24AM

    Those are some wonderful comments about food. I'm on the path toward your enjoment withthe healthy stuff, but not quite there yet! I do love my Thai food though!

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Thursday, March 11, 2010


I haven't completed my nutrition tracker in 2 days. When I eat something that isn't simple, has too many or complicated ingredients, I don't always enter it. Yesterday I stopped at Fresh Market at lunch time and bought a freshly made ham and cheese sandwich on rye bread. Ate about 3/4 of it and it was delicious. That wasn't too hard to track. But I bought coconut shrimp for dinner and that was hard to track. I fiddled around with it and did get something entered and found that my calories were still within range. I left out the pretzel nuggets though because had no clue how to do them. My range was at about 1250 so I figure with the nuggets and the breading on the shrimp and anything else I was still probably under 1550. So not too bad. The last two nights though I had done something bad. I had a 100 calorie fudgsicle after dinner. That is a no no. So tonight it is going to be yogurt if anything.

I'm looking forward to Saturday to walk and Sunday to go to the running 101 class. Hope it doesn't rain. Exercise is still on the back burner. I'll go out of my way to do anything but exercise. I'll come to terms with that eventually.

Today is Mom in Law day, take her to the hair dresser and I get mine cut too and I also have to take her to get her glasses adjusted. So that's my afternoon. Tomorrow.

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KASEYCOFF 3/12/2010 4:28AM

    Sometimes I wish there was a way for us to enter basic information: like, if I find a recipe for 'coconut shrimp' and I decide that's probably close to what I've had, I'd like to just be able to add it for that one day - 'Coconut Shrimp = 400' or whatever, instead of having to add it to the Food Review (okay, I know that's not what it is, but it's what I call it to myself, lol...). There should be a section for 'one-offs' to make our lives simpler! :-D

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    Carol, are you taking that herbal supplement? You do not sound well to me. I hope you are doing okay. Take care!


P.S. The reason I asked is because herbs and prescriptions taken together can alter the effectiveness of your prescription medication.

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FOOFIT1 3/11/2010 6:58PM

    I understand the not being able to enter certain things on the nutrition tracker. I've run into that too! I just try to enter something that seems similar in size and ingredients, and if it's off it's off... At least it's better than nothing right?

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Last night I found myself eating peanut butter out of the jar. I even snuck it into the bedroom so hubby wouldn't see it. But he walked in on me. Day 74 and I'm still a sneak. I know why I was craving the PB.
Yep, that's right. I'm learning something. I had salad and some pizza for lunch and beef sloppy joes and coleslaw for dinner. Too many carbs and sugar and not enough veggies and fruit. That is the bottom line here and I've managed to learn it after 74 days.

Another thing I have learned is that I sure would have given up long ago in another diet scenario. But, after reading THE SPARK, I made a committment to focus on the end goal, getting slim, trim and healthy. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. In 74 days I've lost about 6 lbs. Even after a seemingly "bad" day yesterday, the scale this morning was closer to 180 lbs than it has been in a long long time! 6 lbs in 74 days sure isn't a lot to lose. Another diet giver upper event.

I've also learned that I can eat more for breakfast. I've always been a breakfast eater. This morning I had a bowl of cream of wheat with splenda and a bit of milk. That would have been it previously. But this morning I added a protein shake of skim milk, protein powder and strawberries. And I was still just over 300 calories and I got my fruit and fiber in. And I'll go longer without being hungry.

I plan my meals now too. I have plenty of fresh veggies and fruit in the refrigerator and frozen meat in the freezer. I cook a great meal adequately and quickly. Or I can put the meat in the crockpot and have a dinner waiting at 5:00. I am keeping the goal of cooking meals at home at least 5 out of 7 nights a week instead of going out to dinner like we used to. I am also sticking to the giving up sweets rule and reserving them for special occasions. I was addicted to sweets, still am I guess, but when you eliminate them from your diet, they don't mean as much to you. Everything I eat tastes better and when I eat something with sugar in it, it is really sweet.

Now I just have to get to that exercise. STill on my plate of things to do. Tomorrow.

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AL_ROX 3/13/2010 11:41AM

    Congrats on your 6 pounds and on all your learning. Today is the 1st day of the rest of your life...start from here! 74 days ago if someone had asked you if you wanted to weigh 6 pounds less you would have said YES....keep up the great work! You're doing wonderfully emoticon

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CAPECODBABE 3/11/2010 8:40AM

    Been there, done that with the peanut butter.

You are learning and realizing what you need to do and that is what is going to help in the long run. It's hard to change a lifetime of eating what you want.

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    Your honesty is beautiful! And I think 6 lbs. gone after 74 days is great! It's GONE. And if you had done nothing, you might actually have gained weight by now (over the winter). You are making progress, and you will get to the exercise in time. One big change at a time . . .

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KASEYCOFF 3/10/2010 5:14PM

    That is a lot less than three months - and you have accomplished A LOT, peanut butter or no peanut butter. You are doing great and making real progress. emoticon

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FOOFIT1 3/10/2010 2:21PM

    Wow! You have learned a lot in 74 days! Congrats! I am so much like you. I was a sweet-aholic! I'm better now that I've started tracking and I've stopped eating out so much. I used to eat out pretty much every night each week! I know it's definitely a big change to go from that to eating in 5 nights a week, so congrats on that too. It takes a lot more planning. Also, I think 6 lbs. *is* a lot to lose in 74 days! That's roughly a pound a week, and that's a safe and steady way to lose weight, so keep up the awesome work!!!

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JAMIEBRUTON66 3/10/2010 9:09AM

    get you some chocolate cheerios

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010


It is 5:03 and I am late with this blog but I blog everyday and can't stop. SOOOOO. I'll probably be late tomorrow as well but that means I am getting busier with work. Thank Goodness.

Hubby and I went to Godfather's pizza for lunch and they have a buffet but they give you a little bitty bowl and plate. I had a nice tossed salad and a couple of small pieces of pizza. Not too bad and I didn't pig out. Then I went to a meeting where they had cookies and coke and I just had water. So I am really doing well because I would have grabbed a couple of cookies to eat there and 2 to take with me before. Don't know if I'll track my food or not.

I stopped at the new running store today and they gave me information about their couch to 5K program that is starting on Sunday. They will be running or walking on Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 a.m. and Saturday at 9:00 so I think I can do that. It is only 7 weeks and it culminates in a 5K race on May 1. I've done a 5K before so that isn't the problem. It's the running part. I hate to run, I like to walk so we'll see. Then my friend Pat has my signed up to join an exercise program at the local Air Force Base gym which is free and that starts next Tuesday. So we'll see on that as well.

I'll have to do one or the other. Or none. After all, my purpose in life is to have a successful business and if I get busy, something else has to go.

I'm to go and peruse the recipes for a coleslaw recipe to serve with my sloppy joes for dinner so tomorrow.

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    You could always fall back on the daily dog-walking challenge if the Couch-to-5K or the AFB exercise class do not work out for you. I came home and put my shoes on immediately and hit the pavement. Since I spent three hours with a tantrumming child, I opted to leave the dog home and had my husband walk with me. He wanted to know how my day went, and I had nothing left for dog discipline. It felt good to get some fresh air even if it was only for 15 minutes (1 mile).

I'm happy to hear business is picking up. You and I both need to keep some sort of physical activity as part of our day. I hate running, too. I'm doing good to get out the door and go for a walk. One thing at a time, right?

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Monday, March 08, 2010


My inbox this morning included news from REAL AGE and Dr. Oz! There was an article about how drinking coke can contribute to high blood pressure, even diet coke and moreso than coffee! I don't drink coke and only occasionally a diet. Mostly I drink water, even at restaurants. One caution, get your water without the lemon at restaurants. My son is a chef and the lemon is the dirtiest food in the restaurant, being handled by everyone and cut on the same cutting board. Not a very nice visual.

Real Age is a little easier to navigate but there is a whole heap of information. Dr. Oz also promotes the Spark! Today's tip also included the mantra "Better late than Never." and how saying that can help you move more. There is a whole lot of info about short exercises and things to do. Don't have time to read it all.

Thanks all who commented on my blog about my trouble goal, procrastination. I spent time this weekend taking 15 min here and there to pick up and clean things. It helps to talk about it and get feedback from others. And I feel so much better this morning knowing that the closet behind me is CLEAN!. I can see the floor and a whole huge trashbag of stuff when out the door! At communion yesterday at church, I said a little prayer, God help me overcome my procrastination! So now I have help too.

We have a woman's magazine that comes out bimonthly and in this month's copy, there is a note about the Couch to 5K program for beginning runners to be held at a new store on Sunday. The store is called Run WIth It and they sell all types of shoes and athletic equipment and they fit your shoes to you. So you are not just buying the ones on sale. Makes sense doesn't it? Anyway, I AM NOT A RUNNER. I HATE TO RUN. I'm going to go down and join up and give it a go, me a 61 year old overweight grandma. Maybe there is something I can learn to make it easier for me. I see there is also a team for that on here so there you go. Maybe I'll be a runner. Who knew.

I weighed this morning and lost a pound! I guess getting rid of everything I ate for the week last Friday and not filling myself up again did the trick. It was painful though but I'm glad I posted a loss today. Until tomorrow!

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Yay, Carol!!!

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