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Friday, May 28, 2010


Just in case you didn't read it, I am copying and pasting the Healthy Reflections article from today. It is very meaningful to me.
Quote May 29, 2010 from Healthy Reflections.

"The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet."

- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

("The key to happiness

The secret to happiness is not to get what you want, but to want what you already have. If you think about it, most discontent grows from want. We want more stuff, more excitement, more pleasure. When we don't get those things, we're resentful and unsatisfied. Take away the want, and you take away the unhappiness. When your quality of life is tied to your desires, fulfillment is a shadow that escapes your view. Like trying to imagine a new color, the harder you look, the harder it is to see. Does this mean you stop setting goals and striving for a healthy lifestyle and better life? No. It means you can appreciate life regardless of the outcome. It means you can relish the pursuit while accepting the possibility of failure. It means you can still enjoy the ride. Happiness is not a destination--it's a way of life. ")

Hmmm, does this mean I should be happy at the weight I'm at? Maybe I am happy and that is why I'm not losing. I think the biggest reason why I want to lose weight is that I can fit into some pants I have bought within the last 2 years. I don't want to grow out of them.
I'm floundering at the moment with what to do with myself. At 62, what do I want? Do I want to continue with my business or let it just take care of itself and whatever comes in, comes in? I know for certain, I do not want a big business anymore with employees and decorators. I just want a few clients to work with to keep my hand in and to garner a certain amount of $'s each month. What else do I want? I'm on a journey to find out. Later.

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KASEYCOFF 5/28/2010 12:39PM

    Yes, I think 'self-discovery' is one of the most important things we can do in life. Whether it's determining preferences, finding our goals, or even deciding whether we want to take a new path entirely, it all starts with that, doesn't it? I love the way the 'Reflection' got you thinking, girl. :-)

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SHAWWB 5/28/2010 9:52AM

    That really opens up the brain to thing doesn't it. I believe that we should be happy with what we have, but believe we should aways want for something, that's what keeps us striving for better. A couple of years ago, my sister asked what my husband and I wanted for Christmas. And I realized at that point that there was nothing I could think of that I wanted. That seemed very sad to me and very spoiled to think I could have everything when so many people have nothing. Shortly after that I started donating more and helping people less fortunate. Good luck on your journey, I think this has started me thinking again and I just may be on my journey at the same time.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010


It's all about choices and making the right ones. Yesterday I attended a business luncheon and we had a choice of 4 different entrees. I looked them all over and read the details and I chose one I would never have chosen last year or any year. I chose the fried shrimp po'boy with fries and coleslaw over the grilled chicken salad. The two thin women on either side of me got their salad which looked really good and healthy. Then I got my plate which was about 2/3 french fries and a big roll filled with about 20 small fried shrimp. Did I make the right choice?

I ate, the shrimp, about 10 small fries, and the coleslaw mixed with the lettuc e and tomato served in the sandwich leaving a plate still full of fries and bread. It tasted really good. I thoroughly enjoyed it! The salad was a bowl of lettuce topped with grilled chicken, about 1/4 c of grated cheddar cheese and assorted veggies. Each woman got ranch dressing in which they dipped their forks instead of spreading it on the salad. I have that habit as well. The salad was also served with a muffin of some sort. I would have eaten that whole salad plus the muffin.

I need to put those salad ingredients into the nutrition tracker and compare. I suppose they would have been better as for the lower fat content but the cheese has fat and so does the dressing. At any rate, I'm happy with my choice.

I'm experimenting with calorie cycling and yesterday was certainly one of the higher days, about 2300, after two days around 1400. My lunch kept me full until around 4:00 when I ate a banana. Then I attended another dinner meeting where we were served a buffet of thai chicken fried rice, thai beef salad, pad thai noodles with chicken and egg rolls. I made sure I took an adequate serving of chicken and beef for the protein and about 1/2 cup each of rice and noodles. it too was delicious, but I did have the eggroll filled with veggies.

Today I need to keep my calories down to under 1500. I also need to walk. I am happy with the food choices I made yesterday.

Yesterday Panda got her bath and a haircut. I've just watched her out the window stalking and attacking the dog next door, all the time tail wagging. She's so funny. She's a border collie and likes to herd the other dogs around. She slowly creeps up to the spot in the fence where the neighbor dog sits and looks through, tail pointed and snout on the smell. Then she charges the fence and they both bark for about a minute while tails wag. Then she stalks off over to hubby for approval. Wish I had a video. Now that she has no hair, she can walk and not get so hot. Later. emoticon emoticon

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MARSHASTAR 5/27/2010 10:28AM

    I think you are really on the right track. Just being aware of what we are eating, and the amounts we are consuming, is how we are going to meet our weight loss goals.

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JENNY888 5/26/2010 12:35PM

    Your choices seemed to work for you for the day. We have to be satisfied with what we eat or we just want more. I would have been a little cautious about the coleslaw though. I know it can be high in calories and sugar even though it is a vegetable.

It is very hard to make wise choices when you are out and you don't know what ingredients went into the food. I find carefully tracking everything at home makes it easier to estimate while out.

I'm anxious to see how calorie cycling works for you. I plan to do some of it myself.

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KASEYCOFF 5/26/2010 7:38AM

    I certainly think you did well with your lunch - you didn't eat the starchiest part, you focussed on the protein, and you made sure to eat veggies (coleslaw, tomato, lettuce) as well. It's especially good that you enjoyed it, lol... Tracking how long you stay full after a meal and when you get hungry what you have (like the banana) to 'tide you over' till the next meal is also a really useful record. I think calorie cycling, like anything else healthy, can work as long as you pay attention and note what is working for YOU. IMHO! :-)

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 5/26/2010 7:34AM

    Isn't it great that we get the opportunity to learn from every choice we make? :)

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010


WEight loss is so hard because you have to keep learning the same old rules over and over. I got on the scale this morning and am down to 182 again. Now I've been charting a new course of eating more calories to help me lose. And I've been faithful to tracking for a couple of days. Yesterday, i had fiber-one cereal, milk and a banana for breakfast. For lunch, my granddaughter went out to where her daddy works and had lunch. Instead of opting for a salad, I had meatloaf, lima beans and wild rice. I ate a portion of meatloaf like a deck of cards, all the beans and a forkful of rice and brought the rest home for doggie dinner. Later, about 3:00, my stomach was rumbling and it wasn't gas. I was hungry. Wondering what to eat, I started with 2 sticks of celery with cream cheese; not enough. Then I got an apple with some peanut butter and that filled me up. Leftover moussaka for dinner and a klondike bar put me at 1489 calories for the day. I was filled up and nothing more that night.

So, the moral of this story is I have to eat more at each meal and have a prepared snack in case I need it in the afternoon. And shoot for protein. I'm going to a luncheon today and I usually get the salad but I think I will shoot for the entry and eat according to portion sizes, etc. And chart it on my counter. My goal is not to be hungry in between meals.

This morning I made English McMuffins with egg and cheese and a glass of milk.
Memorial weekend is looming. My sister is having a party on Sat afternoon but I know she will have healthy food. And I'm bringing the birthday cake as we have 3 birthdays in early June. And I'm going to have a piece and count it.

I was reading a blog yesterday where the blogger was frustrated because her calories were so low and she wasn't losing. Eating more makes sense. Just not junk food more.

My dog goes to the groomer today to get her hair shaved off. Then I can resume walking with her. She gets so hot. Monday is the Gate to Gate walk at Eglin AFB. 4.4 miles. I've done it before. Hope it stays fairly cool. It's the 75th anniversary of the base and they will have a big party. Can't wait for that cold beer at the finish. Later

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KASEYCOFF 5/26/2010 7:29AM

    Good to be tracking what you're eating - it's the only way you'll be able to see what's working, what isn't, etc. And I think you have a good idea about the protein, too - especially if you're going to be walking 4.4 miles! :-)

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FOOFIT1 5/25/2010 5:24PM

    I love your opening line. I'm continually learning the same thing over and over "Eat less calories, burn more." It just never really sinks in I guess! Congrats to you on keeping it up despite the constant barrage of things trying to pull you down! You are doing a great job!


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DEBLYNN323 5/25/2010 3:21PM

    Yes, preplanning your meals helps stay on course. Great job!

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SROUS1340 5/25/2010 12:04PM

    Eating the right combo of foods makes a big difference for me too, with cravings and staying satisfied. Sounds like you have a fun weekend ahead! emoticon

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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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