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Monday, April 05, 2010


Today is the 100th day of posting, blogging and sparking. On Dec 27, 2009, I committed to getting serious about weight loss and setting goals for myself. So I went back to some of my earlier blogs to see how far I have come. I set 10 initial goals for myself and I've achieved some and some are partially achieved and some I am still working on and will continue to work on. January 12, 2010 was my AH HA day; the day I discovered that I had to change if I was going to succeed at weight loss, thus my daily mantra above.

Weight loss is a journey and a lifestyle. It is a continual battle of going back to eating the right things after you've eaten the wrong things. It is a battle to stay positive and look to the future. Beating myself up over a "bad day" or "week" is pointless. I'm not bad because I had ice cream or apple pie. I'm simply human and that food spoke to me. The trick is to return to sensible and healthy eating at the next meal.

I've learned that it is important to measure your food and understand portion size. A serving of shredded wheat and bran cereal is 1.5 cups but I always eat .75 cup with skim milk and a banana. Some portions are huge, some seem small. I'm surprised at some of the foods I CAN eat. On other diets you are so limited, but with Spark, it is key to understand that this is not a diet but a lifestyle.

In 100 days I have hovered between a 5 to 7 pound weightloss. I can't wait for the 7 pounds to become permanent. It's an up and down thing. By now, I would have hoped to have lost more but our lifestyle of eating out and attending community events where food and drink is served and part of the entertainment makes it darn difficult to stay on track. Tough to stay away from it when you've paid for it and it is there and you are hungry.

I am still not a big fan of exercise and avoid it like the plague. I joined a couch to 5K walk to run program and on Saturday, I walked a full 5K with my friend Pat. I've flunked the running part as the idea was to learn to run the distance. But I can walk it and I'm 62 and I'm faster than others who walk. I still have it in my mind to attempt some other form of exercising but I'm slow to move in that direction.

One of my goals was to reserve sweets and desserts for special occasions. I've done pretty well with that, especially since I gave up sweets for Lent. The last couple of weeks, I fell off that commitment because of my birthday but I will continue to make the effort to reserve those sweets for special events. Yesterday I cooked Easter dinner for my family and I had 3 desserts. Bread Pudding with whiskey sauce that hubby had brought home from his office leftover from an event, Mrs. Smith's apple pie that was frozen since Christmas, and fresh strawberry short cake. I had some bread pudding, too much, but at least I didn't have one of each, which is what I would have done previously.

Another goal was to cook dinner at home 5 out of 7 nights a week. This has been a real achievement and I've enjoyed trying many spark recipes and creating my own. I also make sure I have plenty of fresh veggies in the fridge at all times because I now crave them and it is a must for each meal. Eating 5 fruits and veggies a day continues to be a challenge, especially when faced with an evening out. But I am eating more of them than I have in years. And my recent cholesterol results show it is paying off!

This weekend I was moved to Stage 4 of Spark. Am I ready? I think I need to go back and reread the book and recommit but I'll accept the move and do my best. I reset my goals and I have until Aug 22, 2010 to achieve my goal weight of 160. I CAN do that, especially with the help of all my spark friends. I can't believe I could ever be 160 again. New clothes here we come! Thanks Spark.

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KASEYCOFF 4/5/2010 10:25AM

    You know, I think your 'reflections' about where you set out (your goals) and what you've achieved and what you are working on is a great idea. I don't tend to sit down and look at these things - oh sure, I remember a few and occasionally something stands out, but I don't tend to check and see how I'm doing compared to the goals I set and so on. Good blog, Carol, and really good idea!

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Sunday, April 04, 2010


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Turns out my whole family that lives close to me is coming for Easter dinner! My son, his wife, grandson 4 mths and granddaughter 8, mom-in-law, 90, sister and her hubby and me and my hubby. My other son lives in North Carolina with his famiy. We are having strawberry shortcake for dessert so I can keep it low in sugar.
Today, The Spark automatically put me into stage 4. Hmmm, did I do 1,2,3 yet? I'll have to go over them. I went in to update my status. I want to go from 180 pounds to 160 pounds losing 1 lb a week. That means on Aug 12, 2010, I will be at goal! Really! Hey, if Spark says it is true, it must be.

It's a beautiful Easter day, had a lovely church service and now am waiting for hubby to get home as he sings in the choir for both services. Then I will have to clean the table off so we can have dinner. Later.

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KASEYCOFF 4/4/2010 1:47PM

    Happy Easter, Carol - I'm glad you're having the 'houseful' for dinner. :-)

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APRILLSCOTT 4/4/2010 1:05PM

    Sounds like you are doing really well! I hope you enjoy the strawberry shortcake and the whole dinner! Enjoy that family!
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Saturday, April 03, 2010


emoticon This morning I took my friend Pat with me to my walk/run class. I've been walking long distances with her for several years and we've become lax about it. But today, she went with me and we started before the others, walking at a fast pace. The road was mapped out to a full 5K and we decided to go the distance. It was a beautiful breezy morning and as we walked we caught glimpses of the sun sparkling off of the waters of the bay. We finished that walk in 50 min! 3.1 miles in 50 minutes. Why was I so concerned about learning how to run when I enjoy walking and talking? Now we are both motivated to continue so hopefully, the pounds might start moving in the right direction.
I've still been lax about my nutrition tracking but I am still going to try and get back to it. Yesterday, I had a bowl of cereal, skim milk and a banana for breakfast. At lunch, I grabbed one slice of whole wheat bread with a chicken breast and a little mayo. Later that afternoon, I had an apple with about a T of peanut butter on it. Then we went out to Ruby Tuesday's. I nearly cleaned my plate, the food tasted so good. I had fresh steamed broccoli, chicken al fresco, grilled chicken breast with slice of tomato and lemon butter sauce, and cheddar mashed potatoes. I enjoyed every bite and felt like the meal was proportion wise and within limits. I wasn't famished before I ate but I enjoyed and tasted every bite. Amazing. Afterwards, we went to church and then at Mom''s I had 3 oreo cookies. Oh, well. I should track all that just to see where I was.
This morning, I've started out with 1 slice whole wheat bread and 1 T peanut butter and 4 oz strawberry yogurt before my hike. I went hubby to take me to Big City Cafe for their fab chicken salad for lunch.
Have a great and glorious day! later I will have to emoticon. She was so anxious to go this morning.

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KASEYCOFF 4/3/2010 3:31PM

    I think the 'mindfulness' of what you eat is almost as important as tracking it - if you think about where you were a year ago, just in terms of being aware of what you ate and how much, compared to where you are now... what a long way you've come! You are doing so well - I'm wishing you continued success! :-)

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Looking forward to the weekend! DAY 97

Friday, April 02, 2010


I love the weekend and this one especially as I look forward to a wonderful church service on Sunday and beautiful music. I'll be cooking a ham for easter dinner, sweet potatoes and veggies. So far it is me and hubby and my 90 year old mother-in-law. I'll invite my sis and her husband but they are out of town until tomorrow so I don't know about them and my son and his family. They quite often go to her mother's so I don't know about them either. So it is either 3 or more. Just have to be flexible. Hoping for a lovely sunny day! Today it is really foggy but the azaleas are blooming through, a beautiful rosey red color. And some pink ones too.

I haven't had any Easter candy, just that darn vanilla ice cream in the freezer. Don't have any Easter candy in the house and don't really want any. I do know one thing for certain, if I don't eat enough of the proper foods, enough protein and veggies and fruit, I am hungry. And when I am hungry I graze. Yesterday I didn't eat enough in the morning and for lunch and I was grazing the rest of the day. Looking for something.

Anyway, my mind is on the Easter celebration and I'm not worried about anything else. Have a nice weekend and I'll see you tomorrow.

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KASEYCOFF 4/2/2010 5:48PM

    Enjoy your holiday, Carol, and your company, whether it's just the three of you or a houseful. Happy Easter!

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    It was foggy this morning for sure....but turned into pretty day.

My azaleas aren't blooming yet, but lots of my other trees are (see blog nature)

Sounds like great Easter plan-have a great Easter and weekend!

take care

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Thursday, April 01, 2010


I did well on my tracking and eating until last night when I succumbed to the ice cream and a dark chocolate bar. Sigh. BUT! I weighed this morning and I lost the 2 lbs I had gained so I'm solidly at 180! Soon, I hope to see the 180's gone for ever, never to return. Fooey on my husband for buying that ice cream. I did discover though that Publix Vanilla is not as good as Blue Bell Vanilla.

Today is just a beautiful day, the azaleas are blooming in the backyard, the sun is shining. Just lovely. Good day for a walk. And to get out of the house.

I went to the Chamber of Commerce coffee this morning where they have the usual breakfast buffet from Golden Corral. I had eaten a yogurt before so I could take my pills so I went through and took some scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and a biscuit that didn't look cooked all the way through. I ate some of the eggs, 1 slice of bacon, one bite of biscuit and then threw the rest in the trash. Didn't even attempt the sausage which looked greasy and the bacon was ugh. So I guess my stomach is learning what not to eat. Progress!

I went to Talbot's yesterday to look for a pair of pants. The 16's were too big and the 14's too tight so I left with nothing. I'll just manage until a 14 is perfect. The phone is ringing after the home show this weekend and a small article in the paper. Thank goodness. Got to go. Tomorrow!

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KASEYCOFF 4/2/2010 6:06PM

    Wow, just about into the 14s - you are doing so fantastic!!! Now all your hard work is paying off. I think you have a point there, too, about the food at the breakfast: I'm not sure some of those things (especially something like greasy bacon or sausage) would agree with me, either. I think they would not be very appealing anymore.

I will reserve comment on the dark chocolate, tho. :-D

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LJCANNON 4/1/2010 1:09PM

    Moderation plus Portion Control equal PROGRESS!!!!!

And if you are anything like me, there was a time when you would have eaten every bite of that food whether it was good or not. Tasting and then tossing it is definitely the sign of a SparkPerson.

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RITAROSE 4/1/2010 12:40PM

  WOW! You are doing super! Congratulations!! I am at the same place you are (sz 16, a bit big, 14's don't quite zip but the legs are very good!) My size 14's are hanging in my closet ready for the day when I can zip them all the way.

Glad to hear how you handeled the breakfast you attended!! I had something like that a few months ago where the gourmet food was served and looked so fantastic, but I had to choose to toss a lot of it in the trash because it didn't fit my "plan." I told myself, either it goes to the waste basket or to my waist--which do I prefer? After the shame of tossing I felt great for making the right choice. I don't like throwing out food, so please don't chastise me for wasting like that. It was a ladies event and I had asked if I could request only certain items but they were not able to handle my request because of the numbers of women.

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JENNY888 4/1/2010 12:03PM

    It's nice that one can have indulgences like ice cream and dark chocolate and still see results. The key is in moderation and planned with the rest of the nutritional content of the day. Congratulations on losing the two pounds.

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