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How I became slim, trim and healthy. Day 29

Sunday, January 24, 2010


Okay, I weighed this morning and no change but that is a good thing and I know that my body is working on itself and something will happen soon. I think I am getting the hang of the nutrition end of this. By tracking my food and running the report, I see where my calories are coming from. Even more important, I can see where I am lacking in nutrients and where I need to change what I eat. I added fiber to the tracker and this will be interesting to make sure I am getting at least 25 grams a day. I think I am but I have digestive problems so maybe I need to up that part.

For breakfast, we had french toast because we didn't have enough milk for cereal. So I tracked everything separately, 2 slices whole wheat bread, 1 egg, and 1/4 c milk for each serving and syrup. And then 4 oz glass of orange juice. A fairly balanced meal. Now for lunch, where I may have gone for a sandwich, I know I need to get in some vegetables so I'll forgo bread or potato and have veggies and leftover meatloaf. I think I am getting the hang of this.

I printed out the list of Over 100 Super Foods for a Super You to post on my fridge. Way at the bottom, under miscellaneous is dark chocolate. Whoo Hoo! I had a godiva dark chocolate bar left over from Christmas and I break off one or two squares to suck on after dinner if I need a sweet. The serving size says 4 squares and I wouldn't even want that much so the calorie count is reasonable and it is satisfying. Today at church, I bought the last dark chocolate, fruit and nut bar they had from Fair Exchange Foods. It has currants and almonds in it and I know that one or two small squares of it will do the trick to cover the sweet craving.

Now, to exercise. I put that on hold this month because I just had too many other things on my plate. Yesterday I walked almost 4 miles with my friend Pat. Next Saturday, there is a 5K race with our local track club and I think I will enter it. I can do it but it does cost $25 which is a lot. I suppose I could just walk and not pay but it seems so tacky, especially since it is at a church. And this afternoon, I am going to clear a space and try to do at least one or two 10 min exercises.

I think I've come back from the meltdown I had on Thursday after going off of one of my medications, with docs help of course. But you do have withdrawal symptoms, even if you do it slowly. I'm feeling much better mentally and maybe I can accomplish something business wise this week.

Until tomorrow!

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SHARONSPARKLE 1/24/2010 6:16PM

    I am so proud of you! As I was reading your blog, I kept thinking "She gets It!" You are absorbing all you have been reading and it shows! You feel better with eating better and getting some exercise in. The scale will show it soon. In the mean time, keep up the great job!

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SGKAYLOR 1/24/2010 5:17PM

    Glad to hear things are getting better for you!

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4DOGNIGHT 1/24/2010 5:06PM

    Thanks Friends! Yes, and I feel like I am on my way. I feel thinner even though it doesn't show on the scale. I've been through too many diets and I know that this happens, especially when you are actually eating enough food. Carol

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    Yay, Carol!!! That's the way to look at nutrition! I'm finding that when I get enough of all categories (esp. protein), I don't have cravings. It is very helpful to run a report for the week as a whole, too, and it helps reveal areas that are consistently high or consistently low. I had consistently low protein (and cravings), so I worked harder at making it a point to eat more lean protein. It made my cravings subside signficantly. Yes for dark chocolate!!! It is a heart-healthy food, and I agree, it doesn't take a lot to satisfy.

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USARUNNERGIRL 1/24/2010 4:33PM

    Sounds like you are getting things lined up for you and figuring out what works for you. Good sparking. Keep up the fabulous job.

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YELLOWBIRD01 1/24/2010 12:30PM

    Sounds like you have a good handle on it!!! You are taking it a day at a time, which is the best way to do anything! It also sounded like you know you had too much on your calendar and didn't add something else to stress you out!! Sounds like you are doing great!!!!

Keep up the wonderful work!! Our journey starts with one step, looks like you are on your way!!

God Bless,

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How I became slim, trim and healthy. Day 28

Saturday, January 23, 2010


I'm feeling better today. I think I might make it through withdrawal from meds this time. I don't like it though. Today Pat and I scheduled a 3 mile walk at 9:00 a.m. this morning. She starts at her house and I start at mine and we meet and continue a 3 mile walk. We had it on a schedule of 3 days a week but last year, that schedule waivered. We've committed to starting on Feb 1 with a schedule that we can keep. Much depends on the weather. If it is below 40 or raining we don't go and this month qualified. At the end, I stopped at the house and got Panda and took her for a mile. She is so excited to walk, as all dogs are. In Northwest Florida, the spring is beautiful and by March, running events start and go on through the fall. Not so much in the summer. So Pat and I will plan to walk in most of the events coming up.
One of the major events here is the Gate to Gate at Eglin AFB held on memorial day. It is nearly 5 miles and participation is huge. It's a big party atmosphere with food and drink afterward. Sometimes it is really hot and slow going. One year, I walked by myself and I following a trio of bouncing behinds belonging to a group of women from Atlanta. They were really going and I vowed to keep up with them. Eventually, toward the end, I passed them. That was a treat. This is an achievement for me, a virtual non-walker 3 to 4 years ago.

This coming week I will reassess all my goals and where I am and hopefully get a plan together to start February with a bang! I intend to keep on this journey. Until tomorrow.

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ALEXIAAG 1/24/2010 12:10PM

    You are doing a great job! Keep going and good luck with the 5K. This should be easy for you, because you already have walked 4 miles.

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KASEYCOFF 1/24/2010 9:52AM

    Great idea about doing that end-of-the-month assessment. I think I'll take a leaf from your book! :-D

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USARUNNERGIRL 1/23/2010 9:11PM

    Sounds like a good walk to me. Glad you are plannng to keep up the walking with your pal.

Keep up the good work and cheers to a good spark filled 2010.

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PRAIRIECROCUS 1/23/2010 11:45AM

    Short and sweet , and so true!
All the best to you on your Sparkpeople journey!

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Meltdown has cooled a bit.

Friday, January 22, 2010


Okay, today will be a better day. Never mind the food and diet. I think I am having a little relapse with my depression as I am trying to wean myself off of some meds with the help of my doctor. I work by myself and with the cold weather and rain and thunder, it is really depressing with no one to talk to. I just got off the phone with my regional director and we perked each other up and I have some motivation to get going. I have to get ready to see a client but I might be able to squeeze a little dog walk in first. Thanks everyone for the help and kind words. At least I am smart enough to be aware of what is going on with my body. I'll give it the weekend and see how it goes. Monday will be 4 weeks since I reduced the dose so we will see. I might decide I can't do it and have to go back on.

12:05. I feel much better now. I had a headache, I always get one over my right eyebrow and I took two aspirin. Before I went on my appointment this morning, I briefly thought about taking a tiny pill for anxiety but decided I would wait and let the aspirin kick in and maybe I would feel better when I got home. My client and I had a discussion about depression as she has it too and I think just being out and it is warm and sunny today, that helped. Just seeing another person to talk to helped. And my friend Pat called because she knew something was wrong with me instinctively. Hopefully, I will continue to feel better and my head will get right without having to go back on that one pill. I'm still taking several others that should take up the slack. Pat and I are planning a good long walk for tomorrow morning. First time all January we've been able to get out because the weather has been so cold and rainy. And Panda is still patiently waiting for her walk today. I will try and squeeze it in between my 1:00 appmt and a 3:00 funeral. Carol

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KASEYCOFF 1/23/2010 6:54AM

    Life is just a very strange and sometimes wild roller-coaster ride. Up, down, and screaming around corners - you just gotta hang on for dear life! For what it's worth, I think the decrease in medication is a good thing, but definitely sends your emotions reeling. It takes time, is all. Myself, I think it's worth it - certainly I think it's better for you physically - and I HOPE that eventually the emotional / mental aspects even out. I'm with you, kiddo - you are not alone! :-)

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    Very good thinking, Carol. Winter is a rough time. Enjoy the walks and the warm, cozy house, too! emoticon

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SHARONSPARKLE 1/22/2010 1:58PM

    It sounds like you have a good handle on what's happening to you with the decrease of your meds. Exercise is good for you so keep on walking!

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How I became slim, trim and healthy. Day 26

Thursday, January 21, 2010


Okay okay, I had my meltdown earlier today and I must write this blog because it is one of my goals. I am going to do better with dinner, meatloaf, mashed potatoes and veggies. I've been drinking my water, I had a nap, I took some aspirin, and I'm going to get ready to take the dog for a walk even though I don't want to. She wants to. Until tomorrow. Carol

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Having a meltdown.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

I'm having a meltdown and I'm blogging to get it out of my system and get some help, too. This is my 26th day of blogging and being on spark. I lost 2 lbs in 26 days, big deal and last night, after an anniversary dinner out, this morning the scale read 2 lbs up. I am frustrated beyond belief.

I'm on page 128 of the SPARK where Chris says give yourself a pep talk and I need one for sure. I've been telling myself that weight sticks to me like glue and it is tough for me to lose and that seems to be true as I've tried as hard as I can. The big problems are when I am out eating, even when I try to be good. We eat out a LOT because of our professional circumstances and I just don't know if I can ever be able to lose this weight. Last night I had every intention of being good, and when it came to the entree, I was good. Pecan crusted tilapia with rice and vegetables. Huge piece of fish and ate about 2/3 of it and part rice and veg. Trouble is, our table mates ordered a bottle of wine, fried mozzarella sticks, fried mushrooms and hush puppies in advance. I ate some mushrooms, 2 puppies and had a glass of wine. And a cheese stick. One thing good, I passed on dessert and I didn't feel stuffed when I came home but I did have another oatmeal cookie and some milk. I was so BAD BAD BAD!

I have not been exercising except taking the dog for a daily walk. And today I woke up with pouring rain and a thunderstorm and a very scared dog. I am totally overwhelmed at the tasks I have at hand that have nothing to do with weight loss. My office is a pig sty, my house is a total wreck, and there are dog fur bunnies under the bed. I found them while looking for the TV controller that fell on the floor. I'm still behind on my 2010 business goals and I don't want to do it. I'm procrastinating big time. Read my lips, I don't want to do it. And it includes cleaning, catching up on business, putting stuff away, etc. etc. etc.

Okay, I just took a deep breath and I'm going to try and get something done today. Here are my goals for today.
1. I am going to take a shower and get dressed.
2. I am going to make the bed.
3. I am going to drink water.
4. I am going to attack my business like no other. I'm going to file, pay bills, look for accessory items to order for a couple of clients, file some more.
5. Every so often I am going to glance up at my trophy that says "Carol Stearns, 1995 Top Franchise of the Year, Decorating Den" and remind myself that I am really good at this and I can do it.
6. I am going to remind myself that I am not alone in this struggle. There are thousands of sparkers out there ready to help.

I read the article about not doing this alone and now I need to call in the help. Any helpers out there?

9:21 a.m. Okay, I've had my shower and made the bed and folded clothes, got dressed and drinking a glass of water. I took 2 extra strength tylenol just because. I'm looking at all of my trophies. I've gotten the bathroom ready for photography. Now I am going to determine what I'm going to do first Busness wise. Putting 2010 paid bills in a file would be a start. Just a simple folder until I can get to the big stuff.

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SGKAYLOR 1/21/2010 10:55PM

    emoticon Here's another trophy for your wall "Carol Stearns: a coach, a cheerleader, a motivator, an inspiration, a do-gooder, a helping hand, a spark, a friend; One of a kind"

emoticon Tomorrow's a new day, I hope it's a better one for you! emoticon

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4DOGNIGHT 1/21/2010 3:11PM

    Okay, I'm doing a little better after lunch and a nap. Bad habit of napping but it occurred to me as I lay there that I might be having a relapse of my depression considering I've given up some meds recently with my docs help. It's been about 4 weeks since I halved the last med so that would make a little sense. But I am definitely not going to go back to taking them without a fight. I just need to know that I have to concentrate more on what I'm supposed to do. Thanks all for your kind words and encouragement. After lunch I've been working on sending out my e-mail newsletter and just get it organized and I've accomplished a little bit more, ordered some items for clients, etc. So I'm moving. Here it is 2:11. The day is almost over. Meatloaf for dinner.

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    Hi Carol! You are great at venting, and that's not easy. You also sort things out by writing about them. Look at you, girl, you are making progress!!! The two pounds this morning is a fluctuation. Read that again. It is a fluctuation. Your water-drinking will get things moving through your body and it will help you get rid of the fluid from the extra salt. You can keep eating out . . . just keep moving with the dog. That is so much more than nothing . . . far more than you realize. After all, even with the two-pounds this morning you are buttoning pants you couldn't wear a month ago? That says a LOT. I worked out at the gym for six weeks this past summer before I hurt my shoulder and stopped going. I did not lose even one inch . . . anywhere . . . but for some reason, I got into smaller pants. The personal trainer's eyes teared up when she took my measurements. She knew how hard I had worked. But she said the composition of my body was changing first (less fat, more muscle). I had only lost three pounds (did not change my eating habits at all for this time at the gym), but it takes time to build the muscle which in turn burns more calories and eventually leads to weight loss. You are still in the early stages of all of this. Give yourself time, keep making smart choices at the restaurants (and bring home a box with leftovers for the next day's lunch or supper), keep walking the dog (maybe a little longer or more quickly), and keep drinking your water. And keep blogging! I'm so proud of you for how you are handling your feelings today. God bless you, you are succeeding!!! emoticon

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ALEXIAAG 1/21/2010 1:41PM

    I am with you on this one, we need to pencil ourselves in. My house is in a horrible mess, and the weather is bad. So instead of walking in the bad weather, I cleaned the carpet this morning before work. I think if we just try to keep moving during the day it might help us. I wish all of us luck today! Let's move, stretch, drink our water and make better food choices today. One day at a time ........

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4DOGNIGHT 1/21/2010 10:26AM

    Thanks and good idea about adding myself to the appmt calendar. I'm on there with the dog walk but I need to do something else too. At least I can button a pair of jeans I hadn't been able to wear a month ago. I'm going to check in a edit my blog all day to see how far I've come. 9;26 emoticon

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FABN50S 1/21/2010 9:52AM

    Don't give in to the feelings. I too am feeling like I am going to have a melt down today but I am not going to let it happen!

Because of my husband's job we too go out alot I am not going to beat myself up about it. I just have lowered my expectations of weight loss but I will loose. I know for me the exercise is the most important thing I need to find time for I too let the rest of the world get in the way of that so you and I need to work more on that. Starting today lets both use the appointment calander and add ourselves to that thing!
Good luck with your day. emoticon

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