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Wednesday, January 27, 2010


There is definitely something to be said about stress and eating. Stress can be good or bad, either way I eat. Yesterday I had a full day with appointments and clients and managed to fall down the steps and hit my head on the pavement at the last house. I'm okay this morning but a little sore and I opted out of an early meeting to stay home and catch up on my work and take it easy.

I knew I would be busy and not be able to get a lunch so I packed an apple, 2 cheese sticks and a fiber one bar. It held me over but after the day was done, I did not get my usual 5 servings of fruits and vegetables. AH HA! I didn't get enough of the proper nutrients that my body needed, thus, I resorted to eating icing out of the can while I played cards on the computer! My body kept crying for something and I answered it with canned icing that had been in the fridge since before Christmas. It is now in the trash, buried. I've never actually gone back to the trash and dug out food to eat. That would be so humiliating!

This is my 32nd day and I've done pretty well filling in my nutrition tracker and making healthy choices. But yesterday, I didn't have the time, or I didn't set aside the time to get a good lunch, take a break, relax. I just kept pressing on. And then I had leftovers for dinner while my husband went to the meeting we were both supposed to attend. I just wasn't satisfied and I had stress. Thus the icing.

Here it is day 32 and I've lost 3 lbs. Not much for 32 days and in the past I would have given up before now. Mostly because I had no clue what I was eating. The Nutrition Tracker has made such a difference in the way I eat. It requires planning and making sure you have the right foods in the house to cook with and prepare meals. We are out of bananas and I miss them. Breakfast is not right without a banana. This morning I cooked oatmeal and added 1/4 cup of raisins and milk to it. I wanted a good breakfast to get me going. For lunch I'm planning to make a corn chowder. There is a good looking recipe in the Better Homes Mag I just got last night. I don't know about dinner yet. Might be corn chowder again.
But I do know this for sure, I MUST plan my meals and have the right foods in the house or else I will scrounge whatever is available.

Thank you Spark for without your nutrition tracker, I never would have gotten this. I find that most days I am eating around 1500 calories. My allottment is 1200 to 1535 so I am at the top of the range. I always thought that to lose weight you had to limit yourself to 1200 calories. No wonder I could never stick to it. When you don't eat enough of the right foods, you get hungry. DUH! I acknowledge that I will lose slowly but if this is what I have to do to lose, then I accept that. Our culture wants us to lose fast so we can get back to our usual way of eating. YOU CAN'T LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOUR LIFE! AH HA again. In order to lose the weight I want to lose, I have to make changes to my eating habits and take responsiblity for what goes in my mouth and for how far I walk or how much I exercise. IF IT'S TO BE IT IS UP TO ME! I am overweight because I ate more food than I should have over the years. I can attribute a lot of it to stress. Now most of that stress is gone and with the help of all of my spark buddies, I'm going to win this race. Until tomorrow.

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KASEYCOFF 1/27/2010 10:22AM

    Hey-ho, that's scary about falling down and hitting your head - but sounds like you're okay, and that's the important thing, ain't! 1) I could make a Homer Simpson noise for 'icing in the can, mmmmmm' - good for you? no! tasty? oh my word! lol... 2) I think you're right about feeding our bodies the 'right' nutrients. Lack of them leaves us hungry, and it's not a question of volume: I can eat a bunch of sweet rolls (a weakness) but I will still be craving SOMEthing even when I no longer feel hungry. I also noticed that when I'm tired, I eat - my body must be crying out for fuel, and what it needs is rest / sleep, but if I need to keep going, I tend to throw any old thing (especially sweet stuff!) into the furnace to fuel the fire.

p.s. Us SP buds are backing you 1000%, Carol! :-)

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How I became slim, trim and healthy. Day 31

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Busy day today. I had 4 appmts with clients and was on the go. Only 1 appmt was of any length, the other three were deliveries, and a go by. I ate my cereal for breakfast and packed a lunch of an apple, 2 cheese sticks and a fiber-one energy bar. And water. I really needed it after I left the first appmt and then went on to the other three. At the end, I managed to fall down the client's front steps and hit my head on the pavement after bruising myself. I was glad to get home. I didn't do too badly eating wise. Not much else to say except I'm taking it easy tonight. Until tomorrow.

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    Oh my goodness, Carol!!! I hope you are okay. That fall sounds frightening! emoticon

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SGKAYLOR 1/26/2010 11:11PM

    Ouch, feel better!!

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IMALSR4GOOD 1/26/2010 8:43PM

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. I hope your head feels ok. What a success on such a busy day to eat so good. Way to go! Good Luck on your journey!

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SHARONSPARKLE 1/26/2010 7:13PM

    Wow! That was quite the day! I hope you do take it easy this evening. I fall a lot and have fears of doing serious damage some day! You had a good day with your eating - I'll bet your calories are low today.

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How I became slim, trim and healthy. Day 30

Monday, January 25, 2010


One month today being on Spark and blogging. I lost a pound this morning I think which is a total of 3 lbs and maybe more because I probably didn't have an accurate read to start with. And my scale is so iffy.

I would say the thing that helped me the most has been the nutrition tracker. Knowing and recording what you eat is so important. What is amazing, is that when you think you have blown it and had a bad day, if you record your food, you might find out it was only a bump in the road. I like the graphs and I want to see straighter lines, no up and down drastically.

Last night I even did a 10 min exercise while watching TV and this morning I had a meeting and motivational talk and I am inspired to work my business. Yea. I needed that. So I am not staying long as time is awasting but I'll be back.

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    Yay, Carol!!! This is so encouraging to hear. We're having our first sunny day in a while and my chest cold is gone! I'm bouncing back (knitting up a storm) and ready for my ooomph for leaf-raking and bread-making to return. Will give the yard one day to drain a little so it won't be muddy.

Decorate beautifully! I know you do! Sure wish I had $$$ to hire you to do my home. Who knows, maybe in a few years when my two sons have moved out, I will! Then you would need to make a trek to Historic Fredericksburg, VA. (In the meantime, my favorite grease-monkey (22-year-old son) can't quite help himself when it comes to spreading dirt, and I love him just the way he is!) emoticon

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SHARONSPARKLE 1/25/2010 2:57PM

    You're Sparking Now!

Congrats on the loss - and it was fun along the way, I hope!

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AFIFE0878 1/25/2010 2:15PM

    Congrats to you. Keep it up.

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ALEXIAAG 1/25/2010 1:06PM

    You are doing great! Fitting in exercise is the key!

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MNNURSEKATIE 1/25/2010 1:00PM

    That's great. Doesn't it feel awesome to be so motivated? It is amazing how easy it is to fit in 10 minutes of exercise here & there. I too LOVE the nutrition trackers. SP trackers are one of the best I have found. Plus I can use it on my mobile to track what I eat at work. emoticon

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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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