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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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Saturday, April 24, 2010


In terms of eating right and following the spark system, this week was challenging to say the least. I had a goal at the beginning of the year to cook dinner at home 5 out of 7 nights a week. I've done pretty well all year up until recently. And this week we were out nearly every night due to ribbon cuttings, and special events, etc. Thursday at noon we had a ribbon cutting at a new hospice company and they provided us lunch from Sonny's bar-b-que. I sat down to pulled pork bar-b-que, beans and slaw and chocolate cake with icing. That was just one meal. Last night we went to a nice restaurant with the barbershoppers and I had 3 beers! Food was all right but 3 beers? How am I expected to lose weight when I eat and drink like this? So I am fessing up here and vowing to be accountable this week.

I haven't tracked all of my nutrition for several weeks so today I decided to track yesterday, including the 3 beers and everything else I ate. Surprisingly, the whole day only netted 2147 calories! I expected much worse but I guess my meals during the day were low in calories which made up for it. So you see, if I track daily, I might find out that what I thought was a bad day, actually wasn't that bad.

I need to do this. I am on the verge of retreat. The time in everyone's weight loss journey when they give up and gain it all back. I've only lost 5 to 7 pounds, 5 today. As the 2 lb fluctuation is back and seems to be staying. There's a new team, Eating Without Compromise and I've joined up. There is lots of daily info being sent to my mailbox and I read the part about making a vision statement on why I want to lose and what do I want my life to look like. So I am going to concentrate on that today. In addition, I never did a vision collage so I need to think about that. I will focus on what I CAN do and I won't get down on myself. I think when we get down on ourselves, we allow ourselves to retreat back to our old ways. So that is out of the question.

I am setting goals for this week only. 1. Cook dinner 5 out of 7 nights. 2. limit sweets to a special evening or occasion. 3. Examine exercise options and figure out why I am avoiding them. I'll try out a DVD to see if I can get it to work and maybe come up with a simple routine to do each day. 4. Work on a vision statement. 5. Weigh in on Monday and record the actual weight. 6. Complete nutrition tracking daily.

I must be truthful to myself. Number 1 step to weight loss and good health. Sneaking food and not recording it is a lie. I don't lie to others, why do I lie to myself? And God who knows all?

I'm looking forward to an inspirational day today!

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KASEYCOFF 4/24/2010 2:17PM

    I'm with you: setting out these goals is making a re-commitment to your determination to be healthier. One thing - and since I don't know a lot about beer (!) I could be all wrong here, but can you find 'lite' beer most places? And if you can, is there a significant saving in calories in that? Or is it just supposed to be less alcohol, rather than fewer calories? :-)

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JUST_TRI_IT 4/24/2010 1:13PM

    Great goals for the week... You sound very "mindful." Isn't it interesting how just writing in the blog helps get us to commit to something? I like that!

Here is to a FANTASTIC week for you!


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MAKULEWAHINE 4/24/2010 12:40PM

    I know that today will bring you inspiration and motivation. Pounds fluctuate over time so you are doing well. Writing down your food intake is really an eye-opener, isn't it? I have actually gotten to the point that if I feel like having a beer or hard lemonade, I see calories instead of a treat. Sad but true. The only time I truly enjoy a beer anymore is after a long day of gardening in the heat or a hard bike ride. If I drink a lemonade I choose the light version and get just as much pleasure. I even am so weird that when I pass restaurants now I see sodium content and calories. I so am not tempted as much as I used to be. But that pulled pork etc. Hmmm. That would be hard!

It's good that you checked the actual calorie count and you can see that you can make adjustments when your choices aren't that healthy. And exercise. That is my saving grace.

Good luck. You are doing an awesome job.

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RITAROSE 4/24/2010 11:21AM

  I see nothing but hope for success in your blog! You've looked at the things you've either not done or done wrong and this will surely make all the difference as you persevere to work your plan for weight loss and healthy eating! I like your goals and I encourage you to review them daily. emoticon emoticon emoticonHugs, Ritarose

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Friday, April 23, 2010


Yesterday afternoon was stress city. I had a new bookkeeper coming to assess the situation and I was working on my accounts to send some checks because I wouldn't be able to do so for a couple of days. Well, the printer wouldn't print. It just wouldn't. And then she came and tried to help me and we unplugged and plugged and did this and that and no printing. And the computer was sooooo slow for some reason and after 3 hours I was on pins and needles and pretty much determined the printer wasn't going to work.
Then hubby came home and he was mad at our older son and having an argument and it went on and on and the pins and needles were sticking in further and further. Your body just gets so tight when it is stressed. We went to Ruby Tuesday's and I had 2 beers and a nice dinner. Then later, I got out the rest of the chocolate ice cream and ate it out of the box. And I was so tired. Then I got out the jar of cheeto balls and ate handfuls of them. I just wanted to eat eat eat. Finally, after watching the final of Project Runway, I just couldn't sleep so I took a tylenol PM. This morning I couldn't get up. The printer is off at the repair place and I hope it is repairable or it is a new one and I have to have a laser color printer.
Then, my e-mail program got stuck this morning and I couldn't get it to do anything and finally had to send my finished article to hubby for him to forward to the newspaper. I laid down at lunch and slept for an hour and a half. Now I am eating an apple and drinking my water and getting this blog in. I have to make up for yesterday's eating fiesco and we are eating out again tonight. I've done okay today. I will not gain this weight back and I will start losing again!

FInally the computer is working sans a printer. A friend reported a 4 lb loss today on Spark and I am so envious. I am not going to quit. And tonight is relay for life so at least I will get to walk around the stadium several times after dinner. Wed I climbed the stairs at least a dozen times in my client's new home and measured a dozen windows, arms up and down. And carted that 25 lb woven shade book into the house along with several others. I ought to be able to count that as exercise. And I got down on the floor and crawled around all the cords and plugs that go with a computer trying to figure what was plugged in and where. That ought to count as well. Anyway that is my story for today. I need a buddy to be accountable to so I will go back to tracking my nutrition daily. I have not done so and I think it is so necessary. Happy Friday!

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APRILLSCOTT 4/24/2010 3:06AM

    OMG! What an awful day! Just wake yourself up and go back to sleep and pull the covers over your head. Before you do tell the emoticon you are not dreaming this nightmare again!!! Tell him he better leave or there's going to be a brawl like he's never seen before, and you already have declared the winner and it ain't him!!!! emoticon.

Gosh! I thought that I could only have days like this....never dreamed anyone else could emoticon!!! Thanks for posting this, it makes me seem just a little normal emoticon!

My motto is... It ain't over till the Fat Woman Sings....and I ain't singing yet....This too shall pass..... Tomorrow is a new beginning!

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KASEYCOFF 4/23/2010 4:26PM

    They have a saying here in Britain for days like you had: 'I'm glad to see the back of THAT one!' Put it behind you, lift your head, and keep on goin'. Say, isn't that somebody's new motto? :-)

p.s. EYE'm envious of the 4-poud loss too. I'd like to do that my own self--!

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JUST_TRI_IT 4/23/2010 3:44PM

    OH my dear.. what a day you have had!!! Chalk that one up and OUT.
Yeah... I'd count all that walking,crawling, carrying for SOMETHING! Maybe at the Relay for Life you can double up on speed?

I hope the rest of today is MUCH MUCH better..

BTW.. Love the Rhodies in the background :)


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