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EAT YOUR POINTS! DAY 214

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

LEARN TO BE CALM AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY!

Well yesterday I was advised by and1571 to make sure I ate all the WW points allotted to me in the day. I had heard this before and my son also told it to me last week and I've written blogs about eating more to weigh less so I am taking it to heart. So I had a healthy day yesterday. This is what I had.

slice of arnold health nut toast with 1 T pb
2 c watermelon
1 southwestern grilled chicken salad at McDonald's with 1 T dressing
1 diet coke
1 fiber one peach yogurt
1 fiber one oat and peanut butter bar snack
3 oz pork stir-fry with
1 cup cabbage
1/4 c onion
1/2 c carrots
1 clove chopped garlic
1 serving ramen noodles
pork flavored drippings with one T pb added and mixed in. The above was my half and hubby got the other half and we both left a little on the plate.
1 square dark chocolate
water water water

I ended the day with 22.5 points and was perfectly happy. This morning I was at 181. So I am making sure to eat all my points and to up my veggie intake.
I started the day with 1 toasted english muffin, 1 egg, 1 slice american cheese, and 4 oz milk. That will tide me over for a while as I have an appointment and I've taken a cooler with 1 apple and 2 waters and a fiber one bar for emergency. Got to get those veggies in somehow and I don't know where or what I'll be doing at lunch. Probably driving.

So thanks everyone for your help and assistance. You are my WW meeting and weigh in coaches. Later.

  
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KIMSTUTZ 7/20/2010 2:33PM

    Nice plan! my goal is to eat 8 or more fruit and veggies a day and to have one with every meal and/or snack. I rotate baby carrots with almonds to satisfy my need to "crunch". emoticon

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BUGGYS 7/20/2010 12:53PM

    Sounds like you're in control!!! emoticon emoticon

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JENNY888 7/20/2010 12:52PM

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ANDI571 7/20/2010 12:26PM

    Way to go, keep up the good work. I knew you could do it. emoticon

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DONNAEDA 7/20/2010 12:14PM

    looking good. Just keep on doing this well and you will be at goal in no time. Congratulations

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KASEYCOFF 7/20/2010 11:10AM

    I hear you on the veggies: low on calories, high on fiber, and more than filling enough - you are on fire, girl! emoticon

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MSALOETTE 7/20/2010 10:24AM

    Great blog

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IN MAINTAINANCE MODE! DAY 213

Monday, July 19, 2010

LEARN TO BE CALM AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY!

Today was weigh-in Monday and there were no surprises. 182 for the 20th week in a row. Nothing happened as usual. At least I can say I have lost 6 lbs since joining Spark and kept it off. THe point is, I still have 22 lbs to go to get to goal. So I vow that this week I will not drink any beer, wine, or alcohol and I will try to increase my intake of veggies and follow the point system with WW. That is all I can do. I always drink my water so that is not an issue. I just keep coming back and trying again. One week at a time! Thank you all for your encouragement and if you have any tips at all, I could use them. Tomorrow I am posting my food for today so we can all look it over. So far today I have had:

2 cups of coffee, black
1 slice of Arnold Health Nut Toast with 1 T peanut butter
1 c of watermelon
1 southwestern grilled chicken salad at McDonald's with 1 T of dressing.
1 diet coke
water
I'm at 9 points with 11 to go. Am I eating too much?

Dinner is probably leftover pork tenderloin stir fry of some sort. I have cabbage, onion and carrot and can serve it with ramen noodles or brown rice. And water. Any help or suggestion would be appreciated. Later.

  
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KIMSTUTZ 7/20/2010 2:45PM

    Hi, just ran across your blog and it intrigued me. I have been within the same 2 pounds for two months or more and am finally seeing the scale move again. I get 20 points a day and use most of my weekly points (weekend splurges). I do have a shared food/fitness tracker if you care to look at it. The more fruit/vegs i eat the more i tend to lose so i am amping it up! emoticon

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ANDI571 7/19/2010 3:17PM

    My question is, are you eating enough? If you have 9 points and 11 to go, that is only 20 points. I am allowed 22 points to start off with, then there are the 35 flex points we can use.

I just got my book out to add up the daily points you require. 18 points for your weight + 2 for being female. That puts you at 20 points. Then, are you over 5'1"? 5'1 to 5'10 you would add another point, that would be 21. Then I would think you would get the 2 points for being a housewife, so that puts you at 23 for the day. If I am correct, 23 would be the minimum you should be eating, then like I said, you have the 35 flex points you can use through the week. If you are not getting enough points, it could be the reason you are not losing.


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KASEYCOFF 7/19/2010 2:44PM

    I think you're doing the right things - all you can do is keep on keepin' on. Everybody hits plateaus, and as long as you're not gaining, sooner or later, the ticker will start moving the other way. Have faith, hon! :-D

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SAILING ON THE BAY! DAY 212

Sunday, July 18, 2010

LEARN TO BE CALM AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY!

Yesterday we went sailing in a race at the local yacht club with my sister and her husband. We've been trying to do this for a year and finally the day and time got together and we were able to go. It was the most beautiful florida day in July, a nice wind blowing for the sail and not too hot.

That's hubby as we were leaving the pier.

The Yacht Club with it's many boats. We were heading out to the bay.

Hubby selected the right hat for our trip! Rally on the High Seas! Pirate Party!


We were in a bigger boat than others in the race. We passed about 4 boats but had to beat them by 10 min so there was no way to win but we had a great time! Here is one of our friends in his boat!

The sail took about 2 hours.

There were other boats in the water at the same time although not really very crowded. There were 2 parasailers going by at the time and I tried for a photo. If you look real hard in the middle of the picture, there is a parasail. A boat pulls a cord much like water skiing and the guy takes off with a parasail attached to him and sails along in the sky! Cool. There is much less boating activity on the water this year it seems. People are taking their boats out because of fear of the oil spill. So far, we don't have any so we are taking advantage of water sports while we can. Hope you enjoyed our trip.

I finally gave up trying to download pics on my computer and have transferred over to the other computer in our office. Haven't messed it up yet so I will be doing some picture shows soon! Everything on the camera is now on this computer and I hope I remember how I got to that place. Later.

  
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KIMSTUTZ 7/20/2010 2:47PM

    We love the water and i enjoyed looking at your pictures!

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SGKAYLOR 7/19/2010 4:26AM

    Thanks for sharing the pictures!

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KASEYCOFF 7/18/2010 5:45PM

    Oh, Carol, some great pictures out on the water - love the one of the other boat in the background, really pretty! :-)

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DONNAEDA 7/18/2010 10:26AM

    what a wonderful way to spend the day. Great pictures. We have lots of sailing in Lake Michigan too. There are always boats on the lake and no oil either. lol lol

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JLWOF1 7/18/2010 10:09AM

    Looks like fun was had by all! Thanks for sharing. Glad you're able to enjoy the water and hope you can continue to do so for a long time!

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I'M A SUCCESS! DAY 210

Saturday, July 17, 2010

LEARN TO BE CALM AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY!

After admitting yesterday that I am fat, today I admit, "I am a success." Why? Because even though I've lost only 5 or 6 lbs in six months, I've managed to return to healthy eating over and over to maintain that loss. The scale isn't moving at all except a few pounds in either direction but I keep returning to my healthy ways most of the time. So I have succeeded!

As I've mentioned countless times before, we eat out a lot. And when we eat out, we eat a lot too. And drink. When that happens, no wonder I don't lose, even if I try to order something healthy and within calorie range. We ate out Wed and we ate out last night.

I talked with my youngest son yesterday who has lost 20 lbs on WW. This from a kid who wouldn't touch vegetables or anything green. And he hates cantelope. Imagine someone hating cantelope. He is the one who inspired me to join WW online although he thinks I need to go to meetings. With Spark people, you are my meeting and using the online WW I can learn a lot by reading various segments of it.

My sister and her husband own a sailboat and they belong to the local yacht club. They have been trying to get us to join for years and we finally did about 2 months ago. Since we eat out a lot, we can eat there and sometimes for free. Last night, being Friday, of course there were appetizers for happy hour. So we went. I had a plate of fresh veggies which were delicious! and 2 corn tortilla spicy chicken wraps. They were small but delicious as well. I learned from WW that beer was 2 points so I had 2 lite beers and then 3 or 4 glasses of water. I stopped at 2. Then we went to dinner with them and I had the crabcake appetizer and water. This morning I was afraid to put in my points for fear that I had blown it. But low and behold, I was right at 21 points which is my limit. I didn't even move into flex points! I guess I had planned for the day's eating with the knowledge that I was going out and planned accordinglly.

Mind you, I don't expect quick weight loss or even any weight loss but I am a success because I have learned to be sensible and make a healthier choice.

We were going to go on a 5K walk this morning but I took Panda for her walk instead. And my sister has invited us on a long sail today so with that, I'll be tied up for a while.

I still need to work on my veggie intake but I am trying to increase that everyday. And I have committed to Pat to walk more, hopefully on Tuesdays and Thursday mornings and sometimes on Sat. And Panda loves her walk.

I'm a success because of Sparkpeople. And eventually, the scale will move, some day. I just hope it is soon. I am so looking forward to 179. Have a great weekend!

  
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LJCANNON 7/17/2010 6:22PM

    It really is all about Choices. I agree that Sparkpeople is a Big Part of my Success.
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FULLOFFAITH 7/17/2010 4:11PM

    Thanks for your comment on my blog. You made some smart choices during your outings. I wish you much luck on your weight loss journey.

Lisa

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JWADDELL2 7/17/2010 11:25AM

    Great job!! Amazing what a little common sense and taking care of ourselves can do!!! emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 7/17/2010 9:44AM

    The real keystone to any plan is HEALTH - and as you said, you have come a long way when you are making healthy choices a habit. Good for you, girl! You are doing GREAT! emoticon

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I ADMIT IT! I AM FAT! DAY 209

Friday, July 16, 2010

LEARN TO BE CALM AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY!

I ADMIT IT! I AM FAT! I've had plenty of excuses this year as to why I haven't lost but a few pounds this year in 6 plus months. "I like me the way I am." "I'm healthy at this weight and my cholesterol #'s were the best ever this year." "I am big-boned and can carry my weight." "I'm not obese, just hefty." "I look good at the weight I"m at."

This may all be true so why do I persist in trying to lose and nothing happens? We eat out a lot and I use that as an excuse because we eat and drink too much sometimes. Or I do.

Well, I've had a revelation! We went to the theater Tuesday night to see Grease and while there, we had our pictures taken for a student project. Hubbie's was great. Mine is awful. Looks just like me I guess. I am seated in front of an American Flag wearing a pretty red shirt that is a tad too small. A tad because I can wear it sort of as a jacket but I can't button it. My face is fat and my chin hangs a bit. I'm used to having my photo taken by a friend who airbrushes out all the deformities. My right arm is dead on in front in the picture and I look like a wrestler. Okay, okay, hubby says it is not that bad. And it really isn't. If I could find it on my computer I would post it but it's lost somewhere in outerspace.

I have about 20 extra pounds on me that could come off if they would. I joined WW online 2 weeks ago and have been getting oriented to that and I believe I can succeed with it. Counting points seems easier to me than counting calories. Too easy to eat a few more calories. I've been griping about this for years so why don't I get off my butt and do something about it?

My youngest son has recently joined WW and has lost about 20 pounds. Good for him. His wife is an avid WW having lost her baby weight via WW. They are coming to visit in August and that has spurred me on to become a WW too. I want to show them that I can count points and help them out as well and hopefully a few of my pounds will be gone as well. This weight gain didn't happen over night and it won't come off easily either. But I am determined this time to make it work! I appreciate any and all help I can get! I vow to win, no matter how long it takes!

Tomorrow morning is a 5K race and we have plans to go. This afternoon I have to wait by the house. We have a huge hole in our roof caused by some critter with big teeth. 12 to 15" hole. Later.

  
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JENNY888 7/16/2010 2:03PM

    What kind of critter with big teeth chews holes in roofs? The top top our house is constantly under attack with woodpeckers. I wish you luck with the WW.

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JUDITHANNIE 7/16/2010 1:09PM

    WW is a great program I lost 25#'s but gained it back. Our leader changed and I didn't like to new leader so I quit. I love Sparks and so far I've lost 22#'s keep on tryin it will happen.

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LJCANNON 7/16/2010 11:50AM

    We are very hard on ourselves so I think that the picture was NOT as bad as it seemed to you.
But at least you are making a Plan to change things and that is half the Battle. It will be fun to do the Points with your Son and DIL when they come.
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DONNAEDA 7/16/2010 10:23AM

    They say pictures don't lie, but they do put on 10 extra pounds on you. I saw my pictures from my last vacation and although I have lost 72 pounds I see I can afford to lose another 10 pounds. Will we ever be happy with ourselves? Congrtulations on joining WW it is a wonderful program. This is a lifestyle change and not a diet. You learn to eat healthier and make better choises than you have ever made before. What a surprise you will have when your kids come in and you will be prepared with all kinds of wonderful food for them. I bet she is wondering how they are going to stay on program when visiting your house. Surprise...........all of you will lose weight that week. woo hoo

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