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A DAY OFF WITH GRANDDAUGHTER! 101

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

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

Yesterday I had my granddaughter Hannah as she was off school for a teacher conference. Hannah is so special. She is 8 and when she was born, she weighed 17 ounces and was 27 weeks. It was touch and go for a long time but now she is healthy and active and a straight A student in second grade. And a little pudgy. She reminds me of myself when I was a girl. Yesterday I showed her my quilt squares I had made for the quilt of the month. She pestered me all afternoon to make something with her. I took her to the fabric room and she wanted to stay in there and help me get it organized. I had work to do so put it off but now I am going to plan a project with her and get a table in there to work on. I started learning to sew when I was about her age. My first project was a red cross nurse's cape for one of my dolls. My mother had it cut out and she pinned red bias tape around the edge of the curved blue cape. I hand sewed it with a needle and thread. I want to teach Hannah how to sew and she is so interested in it when I pull out the sewing machine and fix something.
This summer I offered to help keep Hannah some times so that she wouldn't have to go to a Day Care which she isn't fond of. We might be making some quilt blocks together. That would be so much fun and she would love it and learn something. Neither of my daughters in law can sew. Maybe thread a needle but that's about it. Hannah loves to dress her dolls and she loves looking through my fabrics so I need to instill that love into her. Nurture it. Busy day ahead.

  
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LJCANNON 4/6/2010 11:31AM

    I envy Hannah getting to spend time with you and learning to sew. I wish now that I had appreciated more the time I had with my Grandmother. I think it hurt her terribly that my husband could sew better than I could--and he enjoyed it more emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 4/6/2010 9:03AM

    Well, I envy you having her to keep you company! Many of my favorite childhood memories are of time I spent with my grandmothers and a great-grandmother. Hannah will undoubtedly have fond memories of time she spends with you, learning to sew and sharing your interest. :-)

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100 DAY REFLECTIONS!

Monday, April 05, 2010

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

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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EASTER DINNER. DAY 99

Sunday, April 04, 2010

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

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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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A FULL 5K. DAY 98

Saturday, April 03, 2010

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

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

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

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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4DOGNIGHT 4/2/2010 10:06PM

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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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WILLMAKEITCOUNT 4/2/2010 11:27AM

    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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