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A CHALLENGE! DAY 112

Saturday, April 17, 2010

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

I love writing my daily blog but I've often wondered how many people actually read it. I know one for sure so I'm issuing a challenge and a request. If you read this blog today, send me an emoticon! Inquiring minds want to know!

I've had a change in exercise plans today. Hubby and I were going to do a 5K walk this morning but it isn't until 9:00 a.m. and he has a meeting so I'm walking with Pat around the neighborhood. She can't go too far from the house because her mom is ill but we can go at least 3 miles around the block. And I like walking with Pat. We get our vibes going. And it is a beautiful spring day and we will get to see all of the azaleas blooming!

I picked up my sewing machine yesterday and learned that I will probably be getting a new one sometime this year. It's on it's last legs. That is a goal to set, make some money so I can get one. Now I have a project I want to sew which is a tote bag. I have it partially cut out but I vow to not start sewing until I have it all cut out and ready to go. That has been my problem of not finishing things in the past so I am starting fresh this year with a renewed passion. When I was at the quilt store yesterday, they had a big sale going on with bolts of fabric out. I looked and left. I'm not buying more fabric until I organize what I have and get my projects in line. I'm going to get my exercise clothes on and then do some cutting until it is time to go to walk.

I've started drinking protein shakes for breakfast this year. I take a cup of skim milk, protein powder(have herbalife right now) and a cup of sliced fruit, usually strawberries and blend into a shake. It's very satisfying and I usually add a slide of toast with a bit of peanut butter for flavor. It's a change from a bowl of cereal and a banana which is my other usual choice. I'm hoping my walk this morning will loosen up a pound or two. Later and thanks for reading!

  
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MAMOOAUG 4/17/2010 3:03PM

    You hit the nail on the head. You have to change yourself to make anything stick. My sons are trying to get me to do protein drinks as well. Maybe I'll try.

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HIGHDESERTDONNA 4/17/2010 1:16PM

    Hi, I just joined the turtle team and I like your blogs!
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4DOGNIGHT 4/17/2010 11:45AM

    Thanks Guys so far! Just finished a 5K walk with Pat!

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KASEYCOFF 4/17/2010 11:45AM

    Okay, you KNOW I can't just leave an emoticon and not SAY something--! I think your protein-shake breakfast sounds like a great idea. I'm going to see what I can find around here to do something similar. I usually have yogurt and have my bran cereals at night, before bed, but the shake idea would fit into breakfast really well. :-D

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MARSHASTAR 4/17/2010 9:16AM

    emoticon Thank you for your encouragement.
Your blogs are positive and uplifting. I know exactly what you mean about not buying more fabric. . I buy other items thinking I'm going to do this or that, and I then become overwhelmed with all the piles of stuff I need to store.

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IDENTIFYING TRUE HUNGER! DAY 111

Friday, April 16, 2010

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

What is true hunger? Do you know what it really feels like to be truly hungry? My Dad knew. He was a POW in Japan for 42 months during WWII and I can imagine he was pretty darn hungry for 42 months. I participated in the Weigh Down Workshop years ago which was a Bible Based WEight loss program. The idea was that there were lots of verses in the bible that dealt with weight loss and a healthy lifestyle and we studied them and prayed on it and we lost weight. I did lose too, at first but then it always came back. Anyway, one of the first things we had to do was FAST until we felt true hunger. That empty growling in the stomach that signals we need to eat. Some people would go 2 days without eating until they really discovered true hunger. When your stomach started growling, you were supposed to drink water and delay eating to see if it would go away and it usually did. Until you discovered your true hunger set point.

I don't think I ever got far enough to identify true hunger. I liked to eat too much. But lately, I have been listening to my body to see if I am truly hungry or if it is just a gurgle in my gut. I just don't eat as much as I used to nor do I want to. Yesterday, I finally broke down and went to the grocery store and loaded up on the fruit. I also bought some snacks that my husband questioned, like cheese balls. But, I read the calorie count and there are 140 calories in 48 cheese balls. I cannot imagine eating 48 cheese balls but if I wanted something crunchy, 12 of those balls would do it and at only 35 calories. Silly me, I never ever bought those things so why on earth? It's an experiment.

Anyway, I started out yesterday with a bowl of shredded wheat and bran and skim milk. Then at Winn-Dixie, I got some cottage cheese and a cup of assorted melon balls for my lunch. It was delicious! And then I had a 50 calorie slice of Nature's Own Round Bread with a dab of peanut butter on it. I was totally happy. At around 3:00 my stomach started to growl and I listened to it, wondering if it was telling me I was hungry or not. I ate some delicious red grapes I had bought. Then we had the tea party rally at 4:00 and then hubby and I went to a local restaurant for (oh horrors) a beer, onion rings and I ordered a roast beef sandwich on sourdough bread and ate half of it. The other half is in the fridge for lunch today. Let me tell you, I was sooo full last night, there is no way I was heading for those cheese balls or anything else. Now, I know onion rings aren't on the list but I think I can eat something like that occasionally and I certainly stopped when I was full. That is the sign of a thin person, eat until you are full and stop.

I am happy with my progress and listening to my body tell me what it wants. I can visualize the pounds falling off! Eventually. I have 3 weeks before we go to Washington D.C. on a mini vacation with our son, his wife, and 2 grandsons. I think I can drop a few pounds by then. Need to leave off the beer and onion rings. The next week is our Decorating Den conference and I want to look fabulous! I'm looking forward to a 5K tomorrow morning to start off the week! Later!

  
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FOOFIT1 4/16/2010 4:18PM

    I definitely agree that you can enjoy something like onion rings once in a while and it will be ok!!! People around Spark are always saying it's an 80/20 rule. If you're good 80% of the time, 20% of the time you can splurge a little and still reach your goals!!!

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KASEYCOFF 4/16/2010 2:52PM

    The azalea is (as you promised) gorgeous! Definitely a good reason to live in the south, lol...

Isn't it nice when you can just listen to your body and know that you are on track? Makes me think of the 'mindfulness' exercises, the ones that teach us to be in the moment. If I am 'mindful' of what my body says, I think I will be a lot healthier, permanently!

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PEE THE POUNDS AWAY! DAY 110

Thursday, April 15, 2010

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

I weighed this morning and am back close to 180 again after peeing the pounds away this week. Seemed like I was in the bathroom every 30 min. When I travel I retain water and then lose it the next week. It is good to understand this process or else I would give up.

Here it is 110 days perfect attendance on Spark. Amazing! Who knew! We have the most beautiful pink azaleas blooming outside my window. I am going to post a picture for you this weekend. I've stopped tracking my nutrition which was so important to me. I think it is because I'm eating sensibly and don't feel the need but I know it is there when I do need it. I still need to go to the grocery store but will do that this weekend. Missing my banana in the morning. It's not like the store is across town or anything. In fact, I drive by several grocery stores all the time. I've got a one track mind when I'm heading towards a destination. And usually on the way home, I have to pee so I just keep going and don't want to stop. It's hard to concentrate on shopping when you have to pee.

Last night, I was going to fix fish, broccoli and rice but when the time came, it just didn't appeal to me. So we decided to have spaghetti instead. I fixed the normal amount of whole wheat spaghetti with marinara sauce and 5 meatballs each. Half way through, I was completely full and put my fork down. Hubby was too and we both through half our spaghetti away. My stomach has really shrunk and I'm noticing that I cannot eat near the amount of food I once shoveled in. This is progress! I can't wait to get to the grocery store for more fruit and yogurt to snack on.

Tonight is the Tea Party meeting at our downtown. I'll be there so no clue about dinner as it starts at 4:00. It is at a place called the Landing, a city park with lots of amenities, right on the water. And Saturday, I am looking forward to the 5K walk for diabetes to be held at the same place. Maybe I'll walk some tonight. Maybe I'll go to the grocery store which is right there too. Isn't it nice to have options? And beautiful weather and flowers everywhere? Have a great day!

  
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LJCANNON 4/17/2010 10:25AM

    emoticonYou are doing GREAT!! Keep up the progress, and keep writing these wonderful blogs.

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MARYALINE 4/15/2010 11:10AM

    I LOVE the title! And, yes, when I'm drinking all that water, I'm running back and forth to the bathroom. Luckily, at work, it's just outside my cube!!!

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KASEYCOFF 4/15/2010 9:23AM

    I love reading what you're up to and what's on your agenda - and I agree that you get to a point where you only need to use the tracker now and then, just to make sure you're on track. The meeting place, the Landing, sounds wonderful! Seems like more cities and towns are really putting effort into their parks.

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CAROLYNVIL 4/15/2010 9:07AM

    great blog! Have a great,full day. carolyn

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FABRIC VS FOOD

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

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

Yesterday I finally took the time to take my sewing machine to the quilt shop for a tune-up. Boy was I amazed. This store has been open 10 years and I never ventured in there. It is chock full of fabric, sewing machines, quilting patterns and precut squares, bindings, finished products, etc. Boy, I was salivating by the time I left there. The store is about 2.5 miles from my house and I could walk there. Would have trouble walking home with all of my purchases but I could call for a ride. This might be the answer to my weight loss. Everytime I feel hungry or have a craving, I could go to the local shop and look at fabrics instead of eating. I can only equate this to someone who is a computer techie and goes to Best Buy to spend an afternoon. Or my brother-in-law who could spend the day in a hardware store. Or my hubby who likes to go to sporting goods shops. Or a fisherman who goes to Bass Pro shop. Who knew? We all have hobbies and I guess we gravitate towards the things that make those hobbies special.

The party was fun last night and they didn't have much food so I ate very little and had a diet coke. Then hubby and I went to Bonefish grill and shared an appetizer of Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos. REally delicious and just enough. He had a beer and I had water. The bill was $11.92 and we left a $20. Waiter must have been happy over that. He filled my water glass at least 3 times and I drank it all.

Business has picked up and that makes me happy. I have at least 4 new appmts and they are good ones so I am busy again. This is when I flit from one thing to another. Home for dinner tonight so I'll have to check out the freezer to see if anything inspires me. I do have some frozen tilapia. I could cook that, pecan crusted with broccoli and rice or a potato.

I am so happy. Spark has reinstilled a passion in me that I had forgotten about. Just from reading that one blog. Then I found the Quilt and Lose Team and these crazy women are as crazy as I am about fabric. I just have to replace my food passion with fabric passion. Less calories and more filling. Later.

P.S. Saturday there is a 5K run/walk for Diabetes. Hubby and I are planning to participate!

  
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4DOGNIGHT 4/14/2010 12:06PM

    It's an addiction!

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QUILTINGB52 4/14/2010 11:46AM

    I'm glad you found our addicted group too!! I always tell people that the only reason I have a kitchen is cuz it came with the house!! LOL

So, you think you are a contender in having the most fabric? I have fabric in bags with original receipts from the 70's!!

I remember years ago, was shopping for fabric - just cuz. Some ladies asked what I was going to make, told them I didn't know that I just loved the fabric. They thought that was terrible!!

Sometimes that fabric just screams my name...so I feel obliged to buy it!

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GCHUNG 4/14/2010 10:50AM

    ohh i'm jealous

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BACONLADY 4/14/2010 9:57AM

    Ahh! You are happy!! It shows in your blog!
Glad you found Quilt and Lose!

I'm beginning to think I should trade all of my cookbooks in for quilting books..and all those kitchen gadgets in for 'sewing tools' (think a big fancy machine)...
wonder if I could get away with turning my kitchen into a quilting room and my craft room into a 'microwave /refrigerator' room... hmmmm


happy happy, joy joy!!

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4DOGNIGHT 4/14/2010 9:54AM

    Yes, she who has the most fabric wins!

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KASEYCOFF 4/14/2010 9:43AM

    You make me think of a bumper sticker I once saw: 'The one who dies with the most fabric, WINS!' lol...

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FABRICGIRL1 4/14/2010 9:29AM

  I love your strategy! Don't know if my husband will love it so much. But I have not been fabric shopping much these days, trying to use up my stash. It would be great if I could walk to the closest quilt shop. But what if you parked a mile or so away -- that would get in a little exercise while you aren't eating. And the reward is great -- seeing all that gorgeous fabric.

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CIN71DOESIT 4/14/2010 9:20AM

  Fabric is soooooooo.......addicting!!

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LAURYE 4/14/2010 9:17AM

    Thanks for the inspiration, I going to the fabric store next time I want to eat the wrong thing.

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BE PREPARED! DAY 108

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

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

If you want to lose weight and eat right, you have to be prepared. In other words, you have to have your refrigerator and pantry stocked with the proper foods to eat and plans for meals. Easter Sunday we had family over and I used up most of the veggies, and fruit, etc and then since we were gone over the weekend, I haven't been to the store. Then, and thank you God, my business has picked up and a lot of clients are calling for appointments so I don't have time to go to the store. So, I am muddling along until the weekend. Just a little planning sure helps to eat right. Tonight we are going to a mixer with the Builder's Association Members and they will have food but heaven knows what. You know, when you own a business and your husband works for the chamber of commerce, you have to go to these things because you want to be remembered when they need a decorator. So last night we had pizza. Oh, horrors. But I only ate 2 of the smaller slices and I didn't go after a third like I normally would have. So, a little progress. And I stopped at McDonald's yesterday afternoon for an apple and yogurt snack. So at least I am making some better choices.

Since I blogged about finding my passion recently, I have resurrected my passion for fabrics, quilting and crochet. Trouble is, my free time went away. I've been to Joann's Fabrics store twice in the last week. I bought enough yarn to crochet a new afghan because I do that while we are on a driving trip. The only thing I can do in the car without getting sick. I ran through 2 skeins of yarn this weekend and had to go back to Joann's to get enough to complete my design. Then, while I was there, I bought a book on how to make handbags from scraps and now I have a bag of fabric to make the first handbag. No scraps, had to buy new but it was on sale. You see, I can visualize all this stuff and I can see the finished bag in my head. But I've got to get my sewing machine serviced before I start and my room set up. Which I have all planned out in my head as well. It's partially there.

Anyway, if you have been following me since I started Spark in January, you are seeing a different person than that old depressed soul when I was trying to reduce my meds. Sure can tell the difference in the amount of energy and exuberance I now have instead of dragging with my chin on the ground. That's why someday I 'm going to write a book. It sure would be nice if Spark had someway I could download all the blogs I've written and print them out in book form. Or save it to a disc.

Oh, and after I make my bags, I am going to take them to my church so they can sell them to raise funds for our mortgage reduction. Or set up an account on etsy.com where I can sell all my homemade items and still donate the money. I guess I am a big dreamer. My run/walk goal has taken a back seat but I am still going to walk in the 5k as I know I can finish it. And walk when I can get to it. This morning I have 2 appointments and I have to get ready for them so I can't sit here and Spark any longer. Later.

  
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IPATRICIA 4/13/2010 3:58PM

    Talk about being creative! emoticon Looking forward to seeing all these plans come to fruition. One at a time.

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KASEYCOFF 4/13/2010 10:41AM

    You have got some good plans going! What would you think about having a 'tiny' snack before you go to one of these event dinners? If you have an apple, or a banana, to kind of partly fill you up, so you don't feel as hungry when you are at a dinner? Do you think that might help?

I found a pattern for using plastic bags to crochet a 'shopping bag,' totally reusable, and they don't get any greener! That would be about the extent of my ability tho. I don't think I'd be able to do an entire afghan, lol...

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