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Monday, May 24, 2010


I was totally frustrated last week because I had been floundering after my vacation trying to get back on track. And after gaining weight, I was at the quitting point again of dropping out of another program. But all of you Sparkies have helped me with my attitude just by being out there. I decided to eat more at each meal which I did yesterday and I was not hungry between meals at all and I did not snack. Progress! I even went for a 20 min walk before dinner while I was waiting for it to bake.

I had forgotten that sometimes you have to eat more food to lose weight and I was not doing that, trying to keep my calories unmanageably low which doesn't work for me. Anyway, I hope I am back on track.

I have my granddaughter with me today as she was sick last night and didn't want to go to school today. I am so excited to see her. When I was growing up and past the point of playing with dolls, I continued playing with them by making clothes for them. I had oodles of clothes for all of them. Unfortunately, they all got given away when my parents moved. Maybe that was fortunate as I would have wanted to keep them always. When I was pregnant I wanted a little girl but I was blessed with 2 wonderful sons. When my second son was born I said I would just have to wait for a granddaughter and I got one! And 3 grandsons. I'll be having her some this summer and we'll be sewing and doing things crafty together. Have a great day!

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JENNY888 5/24/2010 11:43AM

    I'm also really glad you didn't quit. Also congratulations on finally getting the Granddaughter. I know you will have fun this summer.

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KASEYCOFF 5/24/2010 9:45AM

    Yep, there you go - new day, new attitude, and another try back at it. I'm not convinced we can find the right answer on our first try. I mean, it's a question of what works for you, balancing exercise with diet, trying different things (different foods, different exercise routines) to see what works for you. And what makes someone else healthier or helps them achieve their goals may not work for you and vice versa. So if you look at the past six months and say 'THIS didn't work for me... THAT was a good technique...' and so on, then you can keep the stuff that was good, rework the stuff that wasn't good, and try a new thing (like the calorie cycling) to see how it goes. Give it a few months (I know, it's that patience thing, lol...) and then you can re-evaluate and tweak it if need be and so forth. I'm really glad you're not 'giving up,' but rather using what you've been doing as a springboard to find a plan that works better. IMHO! :-D

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IMAFATBOY 5/24/2010 9:36AM

    Glad to hear you didn't dump us Sparkies. emoticon Since you're a blogger, I'm sure you've been reading and following nutrition advice offered millions of ways around the website. Calorie counting isn't everyone's cup of tea but for me it helps. Vacations are definitely a challenge of their own, which we all face. Someone should probably write some articles on how to keep them from sabatoging our hard earned efforts. Thanks for blogging today -best wishes for happiness and continued success in your life-

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Sunday, May 23, 2010


I'm charting a new course! I stumbled onto the Plateau Busting team and from there, I found the Calorie Cycling Team. I've been here 148 days, watched my calories and generally did the right things with an occasional beer etc. And no significant weight loss. So I am delving into the idea of eating more and calorie cycling which I don't understand yet. I dont' think I eat enough many days because I get so hungry sometimes and if I ate more of the right things I wouldn't be getting so hungry.

My son has joined weight watchers and likes point counting. I think this may be similar and I might end up going back to WW but first I am going to find out about calorie cycling and see how it works.

Today so far, I've eaten

Shredded wheat and bran cereal, half a banana, skim milk

For lunch I made tuna fish salad with celery and ate it with 2 slices of Arnold Health Nut Bread and spinach piled atop. Then I had a vanilla activia yogurt.

I haven't eaten a sandwich with two slices of bread in a long time but it was good and I am totally satisfied at 2:49 in the afternoon.

For dinner, I'm making Healthy Moussaka which is a recipe from Spark and I'm adding extra eggplant. It is delicious if you have ever had it. And I think I will slice some fresh strawberries for dessert.

so that is my plan and I'm not going to search the net for calorie cycling information. Later

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JENNY888 5/24/2010 12:40AM

    I've been reading about the calorie cycling for quite awhile lately. It seems to work when I reach a plateau.

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GRANDMAMAOF3 5/23/2010 6:52PM

    Eat well balanced meals, healthy foods and use the food and fitness trackers.
They will help you get it figures out.

Good luck to you; stay healthy.

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SGKAYLOR 5/23/2010 4:39PM

    Good luck with your new plan! There are many days I think I don't eat enough calories, but I have the problem where I'm not hungry lol.

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KASEYCOFF 5/23/2010 4:39PM

    Is 'calorie cycling' where you do a day or two of low... a day or two of high... then two or three days of mid-range? 'course, I could look it up, but then it would look like I'm industrious and not the mellow, lazy person we all know me to be, lol...

p.s. Me again! Hope these will post; I found a couple sites but there's no 'link' button:



That second one looks especially good, as it has an 'outline' for planning your own calorie-cycling diet, plus a few links to other information.

Keep us posted, kiddo! :-D

Okay, last post-script, I promise, lol... I found this:


THAT is one great calculator, and once you have the data from that you can set up your own calorie-cycling plan using the numbers. emoticon

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Saturday, May 22, 2010


I decided that today I am not going to blog about dieting. Instead, I am sharing an article I wrote for my local paper about sheets and thread counts. I have written ariticles for about 12 years or so, lost count.


How much would you spend on a beautiful bedroom? $500; $5000; or somewhere in between? I got to thinking about this after attending last monthís Decorating Den Interiors conference in New Orleans and came home with a set of $300 bamboo quilted no slip sheets and a bamboo quilted mattress cover. $500 wouldnít go very far with prices like these but there are folks out there who would be willing to spend dollars on a beautiful master bedroom instead of shopping for a bed in a bag. All in one bedding is easy but itís not very creative. How many times does the dust ruffle in the bag actually fit the bed you have? Theyíre always skimpy and they usually need to be slit in the corners in order to accommodate the bed post. At the very least, please have a custom dust ruffle made to coordinate and maybe a new custom valance or drapery.

Is this you? I donít want to spend a lot of money on a bedspread because the dog sleeps there or the cat gets up on it. I need something washable. I get tired quickly and want something new so I donít want to spend much. I canít find anything I like. Have you ever ordered bedding that looked beautiful in the catalog but you found it to be cheaply made when you got it and not as pretty as you wanted it to be?

Letís think about this for a minute. We spend a third of our lives sleeping. I was one of those types that would buy a set of sheets on sale a couple times a year. They lasted a while and eventually, the elastic wore out or stretched and they wouldnít stay on the bed anymore. Or the polish wore off even though they were supposed to be a high thread count. And they were always wrinkled and the top sheet wasnít long enough, etc. etc. So Iíd go out and get another set.

And what about thread count? Thread count is just that, the number of threads per square inch. A high thread count does not necessarily means that the sheet is superior to one with a lower thread count. The quality of the fiber and the construction is what you want to know. Try searching sheet thread count on the internet. Youíll be amazed at the information available.

Well, things have changed at our house. Last year, Dream Fit became a new supplier for us and we purchased a set of their no slip sheets. The fitted sheet is self-tailoring, adjusts to any mattress depth and has 1Ē corner bands that secure the sheet to the underside of the mattress. The top sheet is extra-large and extra-long with a sateen weave for added comfort and a silky-smooth feel. The bamboo-rich fibers wick away moisture from the body and are naturally bacteria and allergen resistant. This is the only sheet set we use even though we have stacks of them in the closet. We wash it and put it back on.

So this year, I came home with another more luxurious set. There will be no more department store bargains for me. If Iím going to spend a third of my life sleeping, Iím going to do it in luxury! Until next time, have a happy decorating day! "

Enjoy! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SGKAYLOR 5/22/2010 6:56PM

    I just bought a new set of sheets that feel like tshirts, so comfy!! I don't want to get outta bed lol

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MARSHASTAR 5/22/2010 2:10PM

    Thank you for sharing that info. I'm one of those people with a linen closet full of cheap sheets, mis-matched sets, lost pillowcases, and a messy bedroom. It's depressing.

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SHAWWB 5/22/2010 1:13PM

    I have enough trouble getting out of bed, better sheets would just make that worse! LOL Sounds wonderful!

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GRANDMAMAOF3 5/22/2010 11:01AM

    Makes me want to go home and go back to bed!
Have a great weekend! emoticon

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Friday, May 21, 2010


I'm so frustrated that my scale is back up to 185. I spent precious little time at 180. This morning I stumbled onto a new team, Plateau Busters. A member, IWANNASHRINK had just gotten to her goal after six months of plateauing. Seems like she increased her calories to a steady 2000 and kept up her exercise and the weight came off. This makes sense to me.

Weight loss programs always tell you to make sure you eat enough of the right foods to not be hungry. Well, when I try to keep my calories below 1500, it is okay for a day or two and then I crave and go off and yo yo back and forth. The result is never losing or gaining a few pounds. I am 5'7" tall and a skinny weight for me is 150. If I weighed 150, I would be a bean pole and my bones would show. I know, I've been there. Now at 180+, the weight just clings to me so I'm thinking that IWANNASHRINK's idea of maintaining 2000 calories might work for me.

Fact: The idea of me giving up a glass of beer or two is a ridiculous mindset. I'm not a drunk, nor do I drink every night. It's just that beer is my drink of choice when we socialize and especially in the summer, it tastes good and cold. I don't drink coke or other sweet drinks. I drink lots of water and beer sometimes. So, I think I need to put beer into my caloric intake plans. If I allow for it in my calorie intake, then I will eat sensibly the rest of the time. And maybe if I'm eating enough of the right things, even up to 2000 calories, that would be okay. This makes total sense to me. I could never subsist on less than 1500 calories a day. My body needs more than that. I am not a skinny broad, never have been. And never will be. In the sixth grade, I weighed 152 pounds.

I am not in this to lose weight quickly. I am in this to get healthy which is happening. I'll have to think about this new philosophy and maybe try it out. Wouldn't that be interesting. Instead of trying not to eat to stay under 1500, I would need to eat to get up to 2000 and pick a healthy food to do it. Ummm. Later.

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KASEYCOFF 5/21/2010 5:02PM

    'They say' that just like with interval training, if you change your daily calorie intake it is of real benefit for losing weight, as well as healthier for you in the long-term. If you go on the same lower-than-maintenance calorie range day in and day out, your body just goes into starvation mode. Your metabolism slows practically to zero, and you end up not only hanging onto every bit of fat / excess weight you have, but your body tries to get even more out of the limited amount you are eating. But if you 'seesaw' throughout the week - a day or two of the low end of the range, a couple days at the high end, two or three days in the middle - your body doesn't get locked into the hang-onto-everything syndrome. So they do say! The other thing is, as long as you don't have some kind of illness, there's no reason you can't branch out and still lose weight. If you exercise and burn off more calories than you take in, it doesn't matter if you eat 2000 calories a day or 3000 or 9000 (thinking of Michael Phelps, lol...) as long as you are creating a deficit. If you plot out a diet and exercise regimen where you burn an average of X calories per week, and eat an average of Y calories per week, that would give you a lot more flexibility, beer or no beer. Besides, if you practice moderation, why shouldn't you have a beer or two... or splurge a little when you eat out... or have dessert sometimes? That's a healthy approach, to my mind - moderation, I mean. As long as you're dealing with any triggers that can set you off into emotional eating, you will be fine. And if you lose one-half-pound per week, so what? That's a lot better than trying to lose a lot of weight very fast only to end up having it all come back. Thinks me. :-)

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JENNY888 5/21/2010 11:20AM

    I am finding that what you eat is so much more important than how many calories. Healthy food is the key. You also need to find out what it is that satisfies you. Ultimately though you have to gain control over what you eat.

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NPAUL929 5/21/2010 11:00AM

    I am constantly going up and down with my weight - some days I eat more than others and I still have problems with candy. I think I got control over the chips as long as I do not purchase them. My husband and I have incorporated eating salads made with a variety of greens and lots of vegetables (tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, peppers, mushrooms, etc) for lunch and dinner. We are eating a large volume of food with lots of nutrients and low calorie. It seems to be working for us - hubby had lost 24 pounds so far and my weight now is less than when I was in high school. He is losing and I am maintaining.

I can understand the plateau, I plateaued for a year before I started to lose weight, it started to come off when I upped the intensity and time of my workouts.

I sure hope you find something that works for you. Keep us posted on how it is going.

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ANDI571 5/21/2010 9:44AM

    I think you are on to something. I have been tweaking my calorie intake also. I was staying between 1220 and 1300 calories and was not dropping at all. I didn't do it purposely, but went up to around 1400 calories and started dropping. I stayed the same this morning, but I was ranging around 1600 calories. So I need to drop back down and see what happens.

I think it is all up to the individual. I am a housewife, and I don't move as much as someone that works. My exercise for the day is my main steps. So I think we have just play around a bit and find what works for us.

Keep us posted. I am interested in what works for you.

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MARSHASTAR 5/21/2010 9:29AM

    I agree with your ideas. If you are finding what works best for you, you should follow that idea to success. You know yourself, and your body, and what it needs to operate efficiently. . ..
I like beer, but I drink O'Douls non-alcoholic beer. (not that often, though).
I have gained 7 pounds, but not from anything I can explain. My emotional eating is the cause of my downfall. I think I'm back on track now, but won't be sure until I'm able to exercise regularly. I agree with you - we aren't going to lose this weight quickly. It's just better to have a steady loss. I think I expected too much too soon, and I let that discourage me. . and was too embarrassed to blog about it. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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    I can relate to the plataeu for sure.. I have been losing consistantly, but the past few weeks have been a struggle. Down 3..then up 2..etc. In the past this is where I gave up...but healthy weight fluctuates up and down and I keep "tweaking" my calories to find out what will push me thru this rut.
Some days..yikes. I am so frustrated!
What has been working has been the idea of "muscle confusion" .. I put my regular fitness activities on hold, and started three days a week or more of totally opposite exercise.. it makes me exhausted! But I think I am noticing that my body is suddenly trying to figure out what is going on..(it thought is was pretty smart by becoming used to my other exercise)..
So I will know more on my Tuesday weigh in..
I will get back to you!
You are doing great..stick with it!

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One Procrastination Pile Down! Day 145

Thursday, May 20, 2010


I don't think I will ever lose weight. But that's another blog. I'm still blogging about procrastination. Yesterday, I managed to clean off the dresser next to my bed. It still has a pile, no less than 7 pens, 3 tubes of lotion, 2 pots of cuticle cream, and a load of books, magazines I still look at. But at least It was dusted and I can see the top of the dresser. Today I will tackle another pile. I ordered a new camera cord off the internet yesterday, $14 bucks. That will teach me to lose it and not have a place for it.

Yesterday was an interesting day. I had an early meeting at the Chamber and afterward, I went to Sam's Club to pick up a Nicole Miller Little Black Dress for an auction gift for "The Little Black dress" party this Saturday which is raising funds and awareness for women's health issues. A friend and I have put together this gift, The black dress, a bottle of Little Black Dress WIne, a bottle of Nicole Miller anti-aging serum, a Nicole Miller skin care catalog, and a box of black and white notepads. I have a nice Decorating Den black tote bag I will put everything in with teal colored tissue paper. Such fun! I'll take a picture so I can post it when I get my new camera cord. After Sam's Club, I took a dessert over to my mother-in-law for her little card party she is having. Then home to deal with some business things and have lunch. I didn't feel like fixing anything so I grabbed the last of the cottage cheese and added peaches to it. Later in the afternoon I ate an apple with peanut butter. Too much peanut butter I think but oh, well. I took a nap which is becoming a bad bad habit for me, daily. I cleaned up my pile. I sewed a bag for the wine out of black fabric and a silky gold top. I even put my pins and thread away and threw the scraps away. Amazing. As I was rooting around in my sewing room, I found 2 almost brand new beach towels in a basket. That was a bonus as our towels are in shreds.
I wrote my monthly article for the Daily News. It was all about custom bedding and high thread count sheets. I'll have to get the link in here. www.nwfdailynews.com Go to the Real Estate Section and I have an online ad that you click on and it will go to my last months blog. I don't see any other way to do that. I've been writing monthly articles for the Daily News for at least 12 years it seems.

Anyway, at the little dress party I am also giving away a $325 set of Bamboo quilted sheets as an auction item and I talked all about bedding. I also looked into getting a new ad made. I talked to a couple of clients, got some e-mails and set an appointment. Then for dinner, I got lazy and we got a $5 Little Caesar's pizza. Why oh, why. That wasn't on my diet. That is why I will never lose weight, I just don't stick to it. But I only ate 2.5 pieces and looked for small ones. I had the urge to take a walk last night but I didn't. I procrastinated the urge away. That was when I was sewing the wine bag and playing cards on the computer.

Another day today, haircuts this afternoon for Mom-in-Law and me. And see a client and take some fabric to the workroom. And go to a mixer at a bar-b-q restaurant tonight. Later

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KASEYCOFF 5/20/2010 5:44PM

    I don't know why in the world you think you have too much time on your hands, LOL! Love the LBD business. That was a great idea, all the way around. I have a feeling you will find the camera cord the day after the new one arrives. At least, that's how it works in my house! :-D

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