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Thursday, April 29, 2010


I give up again. The two pounds are back. I don't think that my lifestyle allows me to lose weight. I'm too old and it clings to me. Maybe I'm just supposed to be happy in the skin I'm in. Like one of my friends said, if I knew how tough it would be to lose again, I wouldn't have gained it back. I walked 3 miles Tuesday night and I've been racing around like a banchee trying to keep up with clients and appmts and hauling stuff in and out of my van. I've been eating the best way I can given the circumstances of not being home at lunch and attending social occasions where food is served. I thought I was free this week and now I've got a rotary dinner to attend Friday night and all day Saturday if I want to. Which I don't. Hubby is a rotarian and is next in line to be president this coming year and that means I'll have to go to every function Rotary has except the meetings. I don't know what we are going to do when he retires. He will never be able to stay home and be bored and I will kick him out of the house if he expects me to entertain him.

This is our schedule. Tuesday night we had the race/walk. Wed night was rotary get together with rotarians from India at one of my clients homes. Then hubby had choir practice at church. Tonight he has barbershop rehearsal and I'm free. Friday and Saturday are the Rotary District convention and we are the hosts and hubby is vice-pres. Thank God I don't have to go all day Saturday and Saturday night is the 5K race for my couch to 5K program. Sunday is church and in the evening is the mother/daughter banquet. Don't want to go but I always think it could be the last year for my mother-in-law. I will probably have my granddaughter Sunday afternoon to help make hats to wear.

Hubby is also vice-pres of our church council and vice-pres of the local YMCA and next year will be the county YMCA pres. And he has a full time job with the Chamber of Commerce. Wed, he is gone all day escorting WWII veterans on the honor flight which takes 100 veterans and guardians to D.C. to see the WWII memorial. At 7:00 that night I will be at the airport to welcome them home. The next morning, we get up and go back to the airport to get on a plane to D.C. again to vacation with my son and wife and 2 grandchildren. I graciously volunteered to babysit the baby on Thursday night so they could all go to a baseball game. Back on Sunday. Monday, the 10th of May I will be home for one day to catch up on everything and clients, pay bills etc. Then off to New Orleans from May 11 to 15 for the annual Decorating Den Convention. And you wonder why I'm not able to lose weight.

I'm not even going to get into what's happening in June yet. The biggest festival of the year for us. And a friend coming to stay with us for 5 days. Invited himself, he did. A Brit friend from way back but we love him. 5 days?

If you got to the end of this, thank you for reading. And yesterday no one seemed to notice that I was wearing 2 different shoes on my walk. One new and one old and not on purpose! Tomorrow.

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ANDI571 4/29/2010 7:48PM

    I like to look at those who have won on their weight loss journey so I will encourage you by one of those stories. Back when I lost with Weight Watchers, a woman my husband worked with was losing also. Her and I lost about the same amount of weight and we gained about the same back.

During Christmas the gang Terry worked with got together for dinner to catch up. Ruth walked in looking very good. I looked at her and said Wow, you are skinny as a rail. She finally made the decision to go back to Weight Watchers, and she lost all she had gained back. She said it was harder and slower, but she kept at it until it was gone. I think she is 55 or 56.

She encouraged me to have 15 pounds off by the next time we see her. I have lost 7 since then, so I am on my way.

But every time I get discouraged, I say to myself, Ruth is older than I am, and she did it, so I can too.

So, YOU can lose this weight. Maybe not on the time table you are used to, but you can do it.

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AJDOVER1 4/29/2010 2:23PM

    Don't give up on having a healthy lifestyle. Your persistence has been a real inspiration to me.

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MARSHASTAR 4/29/2010 2:20PM

    wow, I've never been THAT busy in my LIFE, let alone in a day or a week or a month. Yes, you will lose weight. No, you are not too old. I'm 65 and have complete confidence that I will lose 100 pounds in 2 years. I don't have your challenges, though, so I sure can't compare my situation to yours.
Keep believing you can do it - no matter how long it takes.

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LJCANNON 4/29/2010 11:10AM

    It does take a LOT of time and FOCUS to lose weight at any age. The hardest things to learn, I think, is to put YOURSELF first, and to say 'No' to some commitments. There are some things you CANNOT say "No" to, but only you know what those are.


emoticonPersonally, I thought your 'Unique' shoes were quite a Fashion Statement yesterday.

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KASEYCOFF 4/29/2010 10:59AM

    Girl, you have your work cut out for you!! And I do not envy you one bit re all the eating out. Yes, it's nice that it's free and you don't have to fix it, but there is no way I would be able to attend these functions and NOT gain weight, let alone what it would be doing to my blood glucose and my hypertension. Hmmm, I think I'm starting to sound like an old lady, lol... Hope you have a laptop or a cell phone so you can keep us informed - you will be ready for a vacation by July, fer sher! :-D

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EKKING 4/29/2010 9:10AM

    BUSY!! I'm so sorry you haven't been able to lose. If it's any consolation, my schedule went from something like yours to nothing (thank GOD!) a few weeks ago, but I still haven't been able to lose and have been concentrating on it full time. I think it's the weather. The earth's rotation. Something beyond my control. Yeah, that's it... :)

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ITSUP2ME1 4/29/2010 9:06AM

    Wow! You are very busy! It made me dizzy just reading about all you have to do.
I agree that it's difficult to lose when busy as in order to lose it takes a lot of planning. The only thing I can suggest is when you do have some time to prepare your food in advance and divide it up and to do your exercise in small increments between appointments. Remember to take care of yourself and it's ok to say, "no" sometimes. I really don't think your too old to lose. I am 50 and have lost 22 pounds since March.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Well, yesterday was a busy day! WEnt to a funeral, saw three clients in the afternoon, went to a ribbon cutting and open house and then got home just in time to change clothes and get ready for my 3 mile walk downtown. Here's how it went:

Well, they were both blue! But I walked 3 miles! You can really tell the difference between a new shoe and an old one. The new one was nice and tight and the old one was loose, however my toes cramped in the new one. My legs hurt in the back of the knee. I was really conscious of it. But I walked 3 miles in 48 min. Not bad. Even my husband was impressed. One more walk prior to the 5K on Saturday evening. I did not achieve my goal of running but I'm a walking.

There was a cute shirt at the store. On the front it said, ONE MORE MILE. And on the back it said, OH, Lord, please let someone be able to read this message! I am glad I am back into walking and I appreciate my friend Pat as without her inspiring me to get out there, I wouldn't be doing it at all.

I didn't do real well on the eating front as I sampled a few snacks at the open house and a klondike bar after the walk. Oh, well. I'm up a pound again. Just can't keep that pound or two off but maybe I'm retaining fluid. Didn't get to drink much yesterday or get near a bathroom. Today is busy again but not quite as busy.

I have a lot more energy now. I'm a nap taker and most days this year, I would crawl into bed in the afternoon. But now, I find, it's no good. Can't go to sleep so I get up. Couldn't get to sleep quickly last night either but slept well. Tomorrow!

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KASEYCOFF 4/29/2010 4:20AM

    LOVE that tee-shirt - I want one, lol... Interesting how your knees felt different in response to the new shoes - please post again and let us know how it goes in terms of adjusting to them. If you ask me, three miles / 48 minutes is a pretty good pace!

p.s. In the pic you posted, your shoes look gold, not blue. 'O, them golden slippers--!' :-D

p.p.s. No, I surely did not! I read that you said they were blue, because otherwise I truly would have thought they were gold-colored. When you compared old with new, I thought it was just in a general way. I didn't know you did a (ahem) toe-to-toe comparison, LOL!

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LJCANNON 4/28/2010 11:00PM

    At least you have 2 identical pairs of shoes emoticon
Congratulations on your Walk after a Full day.
emoticonGood Luck on your 5K Saturday!! Take pictures if you can, and let us know how it goes.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010


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I bought new shoes a couple of weeks ago. There is a new store downtown called RUN WITH IT and they specialize in shoes and all types of running gear. Since I signed up with them to do a 5K I decided to get some new shoes. Oh, I had new shoes that I had bought from a discount warehouse and my main purpose was to find ones on sale that fit. I did but when I started walking in them, my toes hit the ends. So I got new shoes and they were about $100, no worse than getting something at Hibbit's Sportswear. Anyway, the store owners look at the way you walk and then prescribe a pair for you with the right cushioning and the right size. So far I like them.

So how are your shoes? Are they all flattened and worn out? Do your feet hurt and you get shin splints? You are supposed to get a new pair every 500 miles. That's about a year for me, at least. You can learn all about shoes and walking at about.com and sign up for a program too. Good info.

I weighed this morning and am firmly at 180!!! Whoo Hoo! I've done well eating the last couple of days and I even walked the dog yesterday. She got really hot so it is time for her spring shave. Last night I had an eggplant to cook so I found a recipe on Spark called Healthy Moussaka by CHUCKLESO719. Man, it was delicious! The spices she added really made the difference. My husband raved and raved about it! I needed more eggplant than the one I had so I added sliced zucchini to it. Worked just as well. And instead of tomato sauce and tomato paste, I used a jar of Healthy Prego spaghetti sauce. But the spices made the difference, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, oregano, pepper. And she also had a Bechamel sauce poured over it. IT was as good or better than the local Greek restaurant!

I kind of dropped out of the run/walk program choosing to walk instead. Twice, my friend Pat and I have walked the 5K route and I'm hoping she will go with me this Saturday for the end game. There are 2 more rehearsals tonight and Thursday and I plan to go. Without this event, I would still be procrastinating!

Got a busy day ahead. A funeral to attend and I'm hoping to make a sale this afternoon. Tomorrow!

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BUGGYS 4/27/2010 10:56AM

    I used to run about 15 years ago and developed shine splints each and everytime I would start to run...back to good old walking and the elliptical...hopwfully when I lose about 20 pounds, I'll give running a try again!

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KASEYCOFF 4/27/2010 10:41AM

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That's for the 180 - go YOU!!! :-D

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ANDI571 4/27/2010 10:06AM

    We sound a lot alike. I was thinking about the run/walk thing, and I tried to jog to see if I could do it. I made it 40 seconds, three different times. So I am sure I could work up to it. But since the tendonitis thing in my feet last year, I decided to just walk until I start shaping up. I don't want anymore injuries.

I need to check a running store for shoes. I have so much trouble with my feet these days.

Congratulations on the 180. emoticon

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Monday, April 26, 2010


Can you believe I won 1000 goodie points on the wheel?!! That is 2500 points I've won in 2 months, I had 3 500 spins as well. Guess I just have the healthy finger push! Whoo Hoo! I need to start sharing them more.

Weigh Day and the scale was at 180 after weeks of up and down 2 pounds. My goal this week is to nutrition track daily and so I hope that maybe I can see the last of the 180's soon. You know what? You can have snacks and so called "forbidden foods" if you track and account for it! Yesterday was my brother'in'laws birthday and I went for lunch. Sis asked me to pick up a carrot cake at Publix so I did. She lost 60 lbs on one of those strict fancy weight loss programs and he has lost many pounds over and over on the same program. He loses and then gains back and then goes back on the program to lose again. I have to give my sister credit as she has managed to maintain it by staying close to the program and going back when she needs to . And they walk daily 3 miles or more. So yesterday they are back on the program again. Here was lunch: Huge salad of lettuce, cucumber, pepper with oil and vinegar dressing, topped with 3 oz grilled chicken breast (weighed) and about 2 T grated cheese on top. And a sliced apple. I could not eat all of the salad. And then we broke out the carrot cake and B-in-law ate half of it and we each had a small slice and I took a slice home to hubby as he could not go. I was still under a healthy 1300 calories for the day even though I had the cake.
Thing is, they go to Subway almost everyday for a grilled chicken salad and they get double chicken. Oh, how boring that would be for me. But that is their staple food on this diet. About the third day of that and I would be throwing the salad at someone. I more enjoy the variety of veggies and meats I get to eat. And the fruit! Never knew how much I appreciate fruit now!

I was going to join that program last year and I was not qualified because of a particular medication I take and it would interact with their supplements, etc. Thank goodness as I don't get that suggested to me anymore.

I have every confidence in the world that I will lose weight with Spark and I will maintain that weight loss for the rest of my life. I am visualizing the pounds dropping off between 180 and 160. Finally to that illusive 160! It will happen! Tomorrow!

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SROUS1340 4/26/2010 11:02AM

    You do have the luck of the wheel, have you thought about a short trip to Vegas. I can't do boring diet either and that whole think about paying to check in on the scale isn't good for me either. My mood becomes dependent on the scales result.
I like SP, like the plan, the people and the results. Hooray for learning to eat with moderation!!!

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JENNY888 4/26/2010 10:39AM

    The variety of my diet is what I value. I love that about Spark. There is not just one way.

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RSKMOM 4/26/2010 9:36AM

  Wowza, congrats on the points!

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TAMTAMM 4/26/2010 9:35AM

    Wow you have the luck on the wheel...YOU GO GIRL!!!
Wishing you the same luck in your life....looks like you are on your way : )

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KASEYCOFF 4/26/2010 9:30AM

    ...and you don't have to spend all that extra money 'adhering' to the diet program, plus you are learning to eat with moderation so you can have variety and 'treats' and still be healthy. Good for YOU! You are making good choices. Tho I confess, I like Subway my own self. Now and then. Not every day, lol...

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Sunday, April 25, 2010


For those of you who would like to read Geneen Roth, she has an article in May's Redbook with Jennifer Lopez on the front. It's titled "5 ways to end your war with food." Her philosophy is simple, eat when you are hungry. "If you eat when you're not hungry, you're using food as a drug. And the question is: Why?" she says. Uhmmm. Yes, why, do we eat when we are not hungry? Why oh why. If I knew the answer to that I could be a millionaire. She makes you stop and think though and I've been concentrating on how my stomach feels. If it hurts, its acid reflux and if it is growling it is hunger. Started taking prilosec for the acid reflux so maybe that will help because I tend to eat when it is hurting.

God spoke to me in church today. It is Good Shepherd Sunday and the opening confession was, "God of life, you provide all that we need, but we often want more. (Food) You lead us to green pastures(vegetables) and refreshing waters, (8 glasses) but then we choose other paths." ........and then we blame you for deserting us."

Geneen says we have a relationship with food and we need to find out what the truth about it is. I'm supposed to be working on a vision statement so I am looking at 160 lbs as a goal and what is it about 160 pounds that makes me want to be there but keeps me from getting there? At 160 lbs I believe I can maintain that weight. I will be healthy without a fat roll around my stomach. I will probably be in a size 12 but I'll be able to wear many of my now clothes, they just won't be tight. And I can take in a seam. 160. It just sounds like a good number.
So why am I at 180 and what is stopping me from getting to that illusive 160.

1. I look and feel really good at the weight I am at. My clothes fit. I'm wearing a 14 in some cases.
2. I like to cheat. When I was younger, I could cheat and still lose. But no more. Who am I fooling? Not helping myself for sure.
3. If Geneen says I can eat when I'm hungry then I can eat what I want. But this isn't necessarily true is it. Many times I eat when I'm not hungry just because it is there, or I am bored, or hubby got one so I can too. Or my stomach hurts. My sister had acid reflux and she used to eat plates of pasta to sooth it. Now that she has lost 60 lbs, she no longer has it. So if I'm going to eat when I'm hungry, I need to be hungry and to stop eating when I'm full.

I've been here at Spark for 4 months and I'm ready to make some progress. Without Spark I would have given up by now. I was so frustrated yesterday morning but I focused on completing my nutrition tracker and I finished yesterday with about 1500 calories. That's okay. I've been doing some inquiry as Geneen suggests and learning about my feelings , etc. I set some achievable goals yesterday for this coming week. So maybe, something will happen! Thanks for all of my spark helpers out there. Tomorrow.

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KATAFOXX 5/3/2010 2:08AM

  I found out 4 days ago I have an acid reflux. I was being sick
for months and had no idea what was that. Now I know but I'm
kind of scared about what to eat and what NOT to !!! Love to have a hot sweet coffee in the morning with cream .... oh yes.
Miss it but I'm sick of being sick. I had to give it up...
I will need some help to learn how and what to do with this sickness emoticon

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CATHERINEL66 4/26/2010 6:19AM

    Congrats to you for hanging in there and staying committed!

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REJ7777 4/25/2010 10:26PM

    I love reading Geneen Roth! Thank you for the reminder to eat when hungry. emoticon

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SROUS1340 4/25/2010 10:17PM

    I understand what you are saying. I've been at SP 3 months now and would have given it up before now. I can't cheat anymore and lose weight and I am at 160 and would prefer 140, but it is comfortable at this weight. I have gotten down to 140 before at WW but always felt hungry. I am going to work on increasing exercise and still maintain that 1200-1500 range. I actually seem to lose when I eat high and low in the range-following my hunger. That emotional eating is a tough one. A life long battle for me. Good luck, you can do this!!! emoticon
PS where is that gorgeous azalea?

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BUGGYS 4/25/2010 5:19PM

    I am now reading geneen Roth's book "Breaking Free from Emotional Eating" and everything that is in the magazine article is in her book...I can't put it down, maybe because what she says has really hit home with me. This week I have tried to eat when I am hungry...it is working for the most part and I know it is what is best for my body...

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ANDI571 4/25/2010 4:57PM

    I could have written this blog. Years ago I lost weight with The Weigh Down Diet. Same concept, of eating when you are hungry and praying to find out why you eat. I thought I just liked to eat. I found out big time that I was an emotional eater.

I started SP a few weeks ago, even though I signed up a year ago. Through blogging I found out that I had let "life" throw me for a loop and was no longer eating the way I used to, when hungry.

I too have found, that where I used to be able to cheat, I no longer can do that. It just doesn't work.

Good blog, keep up the good work.

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KASEYCOFF 4/25/2010 2:44PM

    1500 isn't bad, especially with all the running around and lugging-of-samples (!) you've been doing lately. As to the acid reflux: have you ever been checked for h. pylori? Himself had it a couple years ago, and we thought he was getting an ulcer. If his stomach got at all empty - even before it would be rumbling - he would start hurting. He said it felt like severe heartburn, and antacids didn't help much, but if he ate something, that would do the trick. He ended up eating more often between meals - plus the meals themselves - and was starting to gain weight. Finally went to the doctor, who suspected h. pylori, tested him for it, and voila. Prescribed the antibiotic that wipes it out, and he hasn't had any trouble since. Just a thought... :-)

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