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How I became slim, trim and healthy. Days 5 and 6

Friday, January 01, 2010

We were out of town for 2 days so I have to double up on my blog. Got the SPARK Book and have read several chapters. I just finished Focus and I want to revise my goals. Most of the 10 I posted on day 1 were already in place and the others I will be working on . Generally my goal is to lose 30 lbs and become fit and healthy, and happy.
I want to have a strong family and relationships and I want to participate daily in Spark. When I am away, which is often, I may not be able to post but I will do so every day that I can.
The one thing I really like about Spark is that this is not a diet but a lifestyle. I have said that before about diet programs but it is true for this one. We ate out at every meal for 2 days and I made good choices and stopped eating when I was full. I didn't leave the table stuffed to the gills and I didn't gain any weight over the holidays like I usually do. We went shopping and I bought lots of new clothes. They fit now but in a few months, I expect the pants to hang on me. At least I'll look nice for a while which I think is important at any weight.
The best diet I have ever been on is The Sonoma Diet. They have a website and book and I lost 18 lbs on that diet. I also said it was a lifestyle but I never reached goal and I slowly went off track to gain the weight back. When I tried to go back to it, it was just too boring. I need something new and exciting and I feel this site will fill that void for me. I love to cook and to try new recipes and have already done so. Spark is really easy to use and filling in the nutrition data is educational. Sometmes I'm surprised that when I think I've eaten too much, I'm right in range. I will do better with that this year, posting every day.
My sister lost 60 lbs on a strict medically surpervised program 3 years ago and has kept it off. Whenever she gains a few pounds, she goes back and signs in again until she loses it. This year I decided to join that program but they require supplements and shakes and things you need to buy from them. Because of some meds I take, luckily, I was turned down for the program. This has forced me to make the decision that if it is to be, it is up to me. I had found Spark a couple of years ago but did not participate much as I was still on Sonoma. I have been back since October just lurking around and now I have committed to participate. I am really looking forward to it.

  


How I became slim, trim and healthy. Day 4

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

I'm discovering that it is extremely important to track your food daily. Why? Because you may think you did well but when you write it ALL down, it might not be as good as you think. Or you are pleasantly surprised. Yesterday I went over the calories a bit, not much but enough for me to notice. Today we had English muffins with plum jam and the jam was so sweet, I scraped most of it off and only ate 2/3 of the muffin. That was some progress. And a nice big glass of milk. Weight Watchers prescribes 3 glasses of milk daily and to me, milk is dessert. I can drink a plain glass of skim milk anytime so it is a treat to be able to do so. We always drink skim. My philosophy on dieting is to eat smartly, make healthy choices and control portions so a little bit of jam is okay in my book. I'm looking for slow steady weight loss and a knowledge about what goes in my mouth rather than quick results.
Today, we are spending 2 nights out of town and will be eating out so I will try to make a good healthy choice. My hubby got a new I-Phone so maybe I will be able to write a short blog tomorrow. Otherwise, I'll have to catch up on Friday. Our hotel is right on the Gulf of Mexico so a long walk in the morning ought to be on our schedule.
I'm all dressed ready to take the dog for a long walk because I won't get to do it tomorrow. She'll be happy. Hope everyone has a great day and don't indulge too much!

  
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DKAB55 12/30/2009 1:14PM

    Thanks for the comment on my blog.

Hope you enjoy your out of town visit; a walk on the beach will be fun...send me some sand, shells, palms, and good mexican food! LOW IN SODIUM of course...LOL!

Seriously have a wonderful time...Hope you have warn sunny days!
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MYMONSTERSX3 12/30/2009 11:54AM

    Have a great time out of town. Hope the weather is enjoyable.

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How I became slim, trim and healthy. Day 3

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Okay, third day and so far so good. I even weighed this morning and either lost 2 lbs or stayed the same. Scale changes every time you get on it. Yesterday I actually earned 35 points. I even updated my nutrition info for the day, what I ate. What was really interesting was that I stayed under 1300 calories and my nutrition levels were in range with the pie chart even though I chose to have a klondike bar after dinner last night. And I ate what I felt were good meals with veggies and even an orange. I even tried a sparkrecipe! Do I get points for that? I am a very good and creative cook and I can make marvelous things out of leftovers, like turkey. As I made turkey tetrazzini the other night, I told my husband he was really lucky he married such a good cook. And then I said, I was really lucky because he ate what I put in front of him. A win win situation. Both my sister and I are very good cooks and we always serve balanced meals, something we learned from our mother who did the same. To me it is second nature and don't all women cook for their husbands? One of my son's is a chef so he does the cooking and the other one cooks a lot as well as his wife works retail hours so I guess the rules have changed. I actually accomplished 7 out of 10 goals yesterday.
I've walked the dog twice and she knows it as she sits and stares at me, waiting for something to happen.
Now, before I can do all of that, I need to get to work. The bookkeeping is waiting.

  
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MAMACAT2_3 12/29/2009 2:29PM

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Good for you....I wish I was as talented in the kitchen!! Sounds like you're well on your way, keep it up!!

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STAMPINITUP 12/29/2009 1:08PM

    emoticon emoticonyou are just moving right along there girlfriend. Keep up the great work with tracking and watching what you eat and getting that very much needed exercising in!!

Hugs
Marj.

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SIDNEYOK 12/29/2009 11:08AM

    Sounds like you're off to a good start. And you DO get points for the sparkrecipe! emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 12/29/2009 10:31AM

    Oh, agh, KLONDIKE BARS! I NEED a Klondike Bar!!! lol...

(ahem) One good way of putting temptation out of harm's way is not to have any dangerous goodies in the house. Or in the country, for that matter. :-)

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How I became slim, trim and healthy. Day 2

Monday, December 28, 2009

I went to bed last night thinking how lousy I had done in meeting my goals. This morning, I printed them out and I see that I didn't do that badly. Some of them are sort of vague but it leaves me an out, you see. One goal is to post daily and here I am. I also vowed to walk the dog every day and I did that yesterday and I don't think she'll let me forget it. I didn't do the daily exercise or track my food for the day. I started to track my food but after I finished off the pecan pie, I didn't want to see how lousy I did. Actually, isn't that why you do it, to get your attention?
I think I found a good buddy, KASEYCOFF, hope she agrees. I cooked dinner last night and ate a modest portion. This morning I finally got on the scale and I didn't gain any weight over Christmas in spite of eating everything in sight! Now that is progress. This morning, I planned to have a healthy breakfast and then my husband appears with a homemade waffle coated with syrup. I only ate half with a glass of skim milk and it was whole wheat so not that bad. Making a healthy choice at every meal is critical and I think I did that. So now I feel pretty good about yesterday. It wasn't as bad as I imagined. Shows how critical it is to post and keep track of what you did.
I own a business and my husband is the membership director of the Chamber of Commerce. THus we are really active and we network and go out a lot. Looking forward from now to the end of January, we have at least a full week of social activities, banquets, etc. if not more with pre-programmed menus. That is what is so hard for me, eating out so much, I just have to make a healthy choice and control my portions. As I have said, I've been on every diet out there and I know what to do. I'm hoping Spark wil help me to do it! I'm off to post my waffle on the nutrition page.

  
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MAMACAT2_3 12/29/2009 2:25PM

    I can so relate...I guess we have to think of this as a process and not worry about doing it perfect all the time. I am working really hard on not setting myself up for failure...meaning, not setting goals that are so rigid that I can't make them my lifestyle for the future. I have been on every diet under the sun as well, so yes, we know WHAT to do, it's just doing it, right? When I go out to eat or social functions, I think to myself, "everything in moderation". If something looks really yummy, but high in cals, take only a taste or two and then fill your plate and your belly with the healthy stuff....ya know. Horray for not gaining over the holidays!! SEE you're doing great!!

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How I became slim, trim and healthy, DAY 1

Sunday, December 27, 2009

It's time to get serious and set some goals for 2010. These are the same goals I've had every year in late Dec but this year I am going to do something about it. I am going to post a blog for 36 days straight, to the end of January. I may mss a couple of days when we are in Disneyworld unless my son brings his laptop but other than that, I'll be here.
Here are my goals:
1. Post daily
2. walk the dog, Panda daily
3. Participate in Bootcamp and daily exercises.
4. Walk with my buddy Pat 3 times a week. These are good walks, about 3 miles and 50 min each.
5. use the food and nutrition information and track food eaten.
6. Read the SPARK Book and get involved.
7. Find a good buddy on Spark who is motivated with me.
8. Cook dinner more often than eating out.
9. Make healthy food choices at each meal.
10. Do whatever it takes to keep it up.

Like most of you out there, I have been on nearly every diet plan out there and have been successful. My most recent was the Sonoma Diet which is a really good plan. I lost 18 lbs and kept it off for about a year and a half until I slowly gained it all back. There is something wrong with a diet plan if you can't keep it off. Or your committment to it. So, I am committing, right now, right here on Spark. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

  
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IRENEHARPS 12/27/2009 7:32PM

    We are here to support you. Best wishes for 2010. Make this THE YEAR.....that it will happen.

Irene

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