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Thursday, July 15, 2010


I thought I blew yesterday with weight watchers as we went out and I had my usual 2 beers and enchiladas and this mornings weigh-in showed the usual 182 lbs which I can't seem to get off. So discouraged for not sticking to it. Then I went online to WW and entered the food as best I could and found I still have 19.5 flex points left for 4 days so it wasn't so bad after all. WW has a wealth of information so I am going to challenge myself to learn something about food and points daily. Today, there was an article on beer and I learned that a 12 oz bottle of lite beer which is what I drink, is 2 points. Hey I can handle that. Just one and don't drink 2. I sound like a lush but honestly don't drink that much. Just when we go out, that is my preferred drink, especially on a hot day. Sometimes I opt for wine.

Anyway, I can do better and I feel better knowing that I still have 4 days to adhere to the system with plenty of flex points if I need them. I have dinner planned. VEGGIES here we come. And fruit. We don't reallly have any plans for the weekend so maybe I can stick to it. I will try my best. Scheduled myself for a massage tonight. I so need one. Later. Thanks everyone for all your help!

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ANDI571 7/15/2010 11:23AM

    Good for you. You did succeed. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Thursday, July 15, 2010


There was an article in the Sunday paper about a new walking sandal called a FIT FLOP! Today I got a walking newsletter from Wendy Baumgardner http://walking.about.com where she reviews these sandals. The Fit Flop is constructed with a soft arch so that when you walk in it, it gives your ankles and calves a workout. Okay, I thought these might be good to try as sandals are the preferred footwear around here in the summer. She gives several places to order from and I selected www.footsmart.com because they give free shipping when you order shoes. $49.99 for a pair of black ones that I can wear with a lot.

You can subscribe to WEndy's walking newsletter at about.com. She really has good information if you are into that. Later.

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KASEYCOFF 7/17/2010 9:46AM

    They've been here for a year or two now, but I don't know anyone who's tried them for any length of time. Please be sure to post how you like them! :-)

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MCBETH 7/15/2010 10:36AM

    I'm anxious to read how you like them. I just saw an article in a magazine and really want a pair.

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KRISTEN0505 7/15/2010 9:12AM

    I love my Fit Flops... I bought them at Ross for $21.99

Comment edited on: 7/15/2010 9:12:46 AM

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SHORTCAKE48 7/15/2010 9:11AM

  Hey sounds interesting. I am always look for comfy walking shoes. Let us know how they work out.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Melting with the heat that is. This morning I had to meet a client at the local granite yard and when I stepped out of the car, I was nearly knocked down by the heat and humidity. Thank goodness I was wearing shorts and sandals. Ever been to a granite yard? This place has hundreds of slabs of granite to select from. You walk around the yard looking at them all and trying to pick one that works. Susan had already been there so she showed me the ones she had written down. Then I saw the perfect slab for her, Golden Dunes. We had to go further into the yard to look at the slabs that were still available. The yard man came over and flipped them so that we could see more of the one we liked. I say flipped but try doing that with a 1000 lb slab of granite or whatever it weighs. After about 30 min, I decided I had as much fun there as I was going to have. I was starting to wilt and needed something to eat. I headed for home and grabbed a fiber one yogurt. Then an apple with peanut butter and then a piece of string cheese. Not good. my stomach still needs somethng else and my points are climbing.

You can go online and google granite and see many of the pieces available for countertops, hearths, etc. IT's the big thing around here now to get granite in your kitchen.

Last night we went to see Grease at the local college theater. Now this theater is not your average theater. Built about 15 years ago, it is state of the art and the whole community pitched in to build it. We bought signature seats as did many others which helped pay for it. The entire cast of young adults was extremely talented and it was a fabulous show! The funny thing about this place is it is located in Niceville, Florida. Yes there is a Niceville. I can imagine big name groups that we get in here and broadway shows; what they must think when they find out they are going to Niceville, Fl. And then they get off the airplane which lands on the Eglin AFB Runway, brought in by AF controllers and it's in the middle of nowhere. It is on the military reservation so when you leave the airport, there is nothing but highway and trees for several miles until you get to some sort of civilization. If you come in at night, it is even kind of scary. I love living here!

We have a chamber of commerce ribbon cutting at 3:00 and I have to get ready for that. I imagine they will have food so my day might be a point flop, but I'll try not. Later.

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    Sorry of the heat-it is extremely hot here today. And you are right walk out and the humidity and heat knock you out.

I wish I had known of Grease, I love it.....

have good time at the ribbon cutting
which business is it for?

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010


In my blog yesterday, I was questioned by a reader as to how much did I really want this? Do I really want to lose weight or am I so happy with my current body that I just don't follow a diet plan enough to lose?

So, I asked myself, why do I want to lose and what is it about 160 lbs that makes me think I want to be there? And why do I seem to not care enough about it to stick?

My last doctor's appmt was the best I ever had for cholesterol readings and heart, etc. So I'm pretty healthy at the weight I'm at even though my BMI says I am overweight. I think viewing the pics of me on the beach in my bathing suit with my flab hanging out has given me some incentive. I'm always seeing other flabby women in 2 pieces and seeing me made me realize I'm one of them.

I've mentioned that my sister lost 60 lbs a few years ago and kept most of it off. We had breakfast together in January and when she walked in wearing a nice navy pant suit, I was really proud of her for doing that. She looked great. I would like to look great like that. I also don't want to do it the way she did. I want to do it myself, thus I'm here and on WW online.

I have this roll of flab at my abdomen that I can grab in my hand. It's a little smaller than last year but still a handful. I'd like that to be gone. Mostly I put on weight over all, evenly distributed except that fat roll.

Why 160 lbs? I used to be there and when I was, I thought I was fat then. I wanted to be 150 and so everytime I tried to lose to 150, I would put on a few pounds until I finally got up to almost 190. I don't remember how I got there but it has been within the last 10 years. I have a collection of diet books and weight loss tools lying around the house. One is a dieter's diary where I am supposed to record everything I eat. On July 16, 1993, I weighed 157. On Jan 2, 1995, I weighed 162. In June 1995 I crashed and started taking anti-depressants. On 29 Feb 96, I weighed 170 so in less than a year, I gained 8 lbs. On Dec 1, 1999 I still weighed 170 but my goal was to lose to 150. In the last 10 years it has slowly crept up to 188 when I started SP this year. I think at 160 I would be WOW! I want to hear WOW!, how much weight have you lost and how did you do it? I'm vain I guess. I also want to do it without getting help from my sister.

Enough of that. Yesterday, I was faithfully counting my WW points and I put in my proposed dinner to see where I would be at the end of the day. At 2:00 I was hungry. My stomach was growling and it HURT! I was so hungry I didn't know what to do . I really wanted to stay under my points so I had a large piece of celery and water. About an hour later I was still hungry. I came to Spark at about 4:00 and put a HELP message on the WW support team! I got a few messages of encouragement and ideas of what I could do. I finally decided to have a piece of string cheese, it was protein, and a cup of hot tea with splenda. I was able to go until 5:30 when I sat down for dinner without hubby as he was late coming home. I made 20 minute chicken creole, an SP Recipe and it was delicious!!!!! I ended up the day with 4 points into my flex points but I am real proud of myself for hanging in there.

I walked the dog twice yesterday. And this morning I went for a 3 mile walk with Pat so I'm good. I have my food planned out with plenty of healthy things to eat. Tonight we are going to our local college theater to see Grease!!! emoticon emoticon

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KRISTEN0505 7/15/2010 9:16AM

    Stay motivated...

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ANDI571 7/13/2010 10:47AM

    You did great. I have also found a protein will help with those hunger pangs before dinner. Celery and carrots never do it. I keep 2 point granola bars, and 1 point Murray cookies on hand also. 1/2 ounce of Baked Tortillas with some salsa will satisy me too.

Keep up the good work.

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DONNAEDA 7/13/2010 10:39AM

    you did well. Just keep the protein high for lunch and you will make it through til dinner. You are a work in progress. No overnight sensations here, slow is better. You go girl.......

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Monday, July 12, 2010


Here it is day 205 on my Spark journey and I am still struggling to stay focused and lose weight. I was reading an article in the paper this morning about a recent high school graduate who lived most of her life in Madagascar and spoke no English when she came here as a teenager. She taught herself how to speak by watching Disney cartoons with English subtitles and going back and forth to the lips of the characters and reading the words. At the end of the article she said, "If you can't change the situation, you need to change your attitude about it." Wise words from an 18 year old.

So, here is my situation.
1. I'm still trying to lose weight but I too easily fall off the wagon, letting myself consume foods I'm not supposed to eat, like ice cream. How can I change my attitude about this?

2. I have an aversion to exercise, too often finding an excuse not to do anything to get myself moving. I use the heat as an excuse. We are projected to have 90+ weather all week.

3. I convince myself that I like me at the weight I am at. However, this must not be true because when I look at pictures of myself on the beach, I am flabby and overweight. I look at other people in bathing suits with fat hanging out and I don't see myself as the same person.

So, I like sweets, I hate exercise, and I'm fat and flabby. If you readers want to take a stab at helping me change my attitude in these 3 areas, I would appreciate any help offered.

Now, I did pretty well with WW points but I have a lot to learn still. I'm doing this on my own with the online version so my interaction comes from you Sparkers. I gained back a pound to 182. Have I been here before? I am starting out the week today with the determination to follow the point system. For breakfast, I took one cup of sliced strawberries, one 4 oz container of fiber one strawberry yogurt and 1/4 c of fiber one cereal all layered in a crystal brandy goblet. It was really pretty and only one point for the whole thing I think. I'll have to check that. But actually, it was very sweet and half way through, I thinned it with some skim milk. I have vegetable frittata for lunch with green beans and probably baked chicken with veg for dinner. I'll fill in with point friendly fruit or veg so I plan to have a good day. I'm on my third glass of water which is never a problem for me.

I have to catch up on some orders and customer things but I might clean out the fridge today and take stock of what's in there. I think I am going to put on some shorts and start the day with a dog walk before it gets too hot.

One thing I can say is that I keep trying and I have learned to eat much healthier and more veggies and fruit in a long time. I am healthier, just not thinner so I'm working on changing my attitude towards sweets and eating right. If I can just get through one more week, following the points and leving off sweets, beer and wine and sticking to it, I might just see some progress. Later. emoticon

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IPATRICIA 7/13/2010 6:55AM

    This is a great blog, thanks for sharing. For me reading it, the sentence'I convince myself that I LIKE ME at the weight that I am' is your key. How badly do you want this? Can take a good look at your body in the mirror and say that? What is your BMI, Obese,or Overweight? Is your health suffering because of your weight? How is your BP and Chlorestrol. These are all things you must consider.Dr.Oz has been my greatest inspiration on changing from a proper food junkie to now eating for my health. He has a wonderful free site with lots of advice and answers and ways to lose weight.Just type in Dr.Oz in your brozer and have a good look at the advise he gives, I think you will find you will think very differently . emoticon

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ACROSONIC 7/12/2010 11:16AM

    I agree with Donnaeda, clean your house of junk food. Also, start tracking your food on the nutrition tracker here, as well as counting points. At the end of the day, get the results of how you did from the nutrition tracker. It can be a learning experience. I'm still coming to terms with it and making adjustments to my intake.
Commit to 10 minutes a day exercise and do it everyday.

Reread the Spark. Start at week 1, setting small goals. That's my plan. When I lose motivation, I'm going to start over at week 1.

Pick one area: eating, exercise, or attitude toward yourself, and work on it!

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CRAZYLIZZIE 7/12/2010 10:55AM

    Just remember, this is a lifestyle change so there will be ups and downs. You can't deprive yourself of tasty treats all the time. Moderation is the key. If you do bad one day, then just be extra good the next!

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DONNAEDA 7/12/2010 9:57AM

    May I suggest that you cleanse your kitchen of all the unhealthy treats and foods that tempt you. You eat them cause they are available, and buy only healthy snacks and foods. You can include them in your daily counts. Also start weighing and measuring your portions. If you do these two things you will begin to lose weight and not feel so guilty about what you are doing on WW

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