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10 a day?

Monday, April 12, 2010

One of the local spice merchants at an open air market. With Flat Stanley thrown in too.

The French reccomendation for fruit and veggies per day is 5-10 servings. This isn't easy or cheap to do and takes planning. The challenge at the moment on the 5% team is "fruit and veggies" so I'm going to experiment with getting as high as possible on the count and help the team at the same time. It is the perfect time for it here in the south of France, a lot of our fruits and veggies are grown locally, I have access to open air markets with good prices every day of the week and it is asparagus and strawberry season, there is really no excuse!

I went out this am and now thtere are kiwis, bananas, carrots, white asparagus, red peppers which I already roasted, good tomatoes, organic cherry tomatoes, fresh limes, 2 giant Asian grapefruits which were expensive, but I love, apples, cucumber and plenty of onions and garlic waiting for me. I used prices are a guideline for choosing and still spent $. It must be hard for bigger families of modest means to do.

So, the goal is 10 a day for the challenge, or as close as I can get.

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BECKA525 4/14/2010 9:06AM

    I'm jealous wish we had fresh veggies and fruits already. Just he grocery store stuff . It does take alot of planning to get that much in your diet. Good Luck!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/12/2010 10:31AM

    Great goal!! I love fruits and veggies.

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SPARKARINO 4/12/2010 10:29AM

    Wow, that is quite a selection, I think you are going to enjoy getting to 10! Strawberries are in the stores here in Vancouver, B.C. as well, but definitely not local berries... I may try some anyway now that I hear about your French berries! We are having a weird Spring here -- after a mild winter (such good timing with the Winter Olympics here and all...) it's been super cool, lots of snow on the mountains now -- and it doesn't really feel quite like Spring season yet.

PS who is Flat Stanley?
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*ERICA* 4/12/2010 8:53AM

    great goal!

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TURTLE_MOM 4/12/2010 8:43AM

    That sounds sooo yummy! I forget every Saturday that I want to head to the farmer's market, but we get so busy with kid's sports etc, that we don't get around to it. I'll put it on my calendar for this weekend!

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JOY0921 4/12/2010 6:33AM

    Good luck with your goal! emoticon

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CURVYCC 4/12/2010 5:50AM

    Watch your portion sizes, it's easier than you think.

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Seem to be losing every 2 weeks, but not every week at the moment.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Carcassonne, about an hour and a half away, you've probably seen it in movies. Pretty nifty place!

Something I have seen before in myself the last time I was a faithful Sparkperson. I don't always lose weight in a given week, but more on a two week schedule. I usually don't even bother to weigh myself every week, to avoid being bummed out, although I am at the moment for a challenge. I see it happening again, more of a two week period between losses, if I'm lucky. Patience is definitely necessary, but to anyone reading this who weighs themselves everyday, I'd probably give up if I did. I allow myself, still, and I should know better, to feel good and bad with what the scales says. Not a good strategy, but so hard to break too.

I got a new silver charm for my bracelet of loss today, for a kilo gone, and I'm well on my way to the next. Today's charm is a little silver key.

I'm just going to count them--7 charms now, 7 kilos gone, that's 15+ pounds. And my next charm is within easier reach. I think it will be an animal charm charm, an elephant or a cat.

Onward and downward!

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BELLAMIMI1 4/8/2010 12:53PM

    Good Job! Where do you live that you use the term "kilos?"

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ATINSIDE 4/8/2010 11:23AM

    You just keep up the great work! 15 pounds is an amazing loss and something you should be very proud of! Even if you don't lose every week be mindful of all the good choices you are making for your body. Every good choice benefits your overall health and fitness and it sounds like you are making LOTS of good choices. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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-KATY- 4/7/2010 10:41PM

    Congrats on the 15 pounds! As long as you are losing , even if it is in 2 week intervals, it is still a loss :) I am also on a slow losing cycle, hopefully that will change but patience is key for sure. I was reading that you have to switch up your workouts to confuse your body, boost metabolism and lose more. I am going to try that. Keep up the good work, your next charm is within reach!

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SPARKARINO 4/7/2010 7:37PM

    I love the idea of rewarding yourself with a charm, that is genius. And Congrats on the 7 kilos gone!

Love the photo, I don't recall seeing it in a movie, but it does look amazing.

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BECKA525 4/7/2010 6:39PM

    Great job and great rewards. I am not losing every week now either. Haven't lost any in three weeks but I keep doing every thing right so maybe it will catch up later.
Where do you live the pictures are always so pretty?

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    Great reward!!! I love the picture!!

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The difficult jeans, despite being dried accidentally in the dryer, fit.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Another view of where I live.

Good surprise this weekend. I accidentally threw the difficult jeans in the dryer with the load of clothes and they were dried on hot. I have never once dried these jeans in the dryer out of fear-- no way were they going to go back on again unless they air-dried and even then, it was always tense.

When I saw what I had done my blood pressure went up. I didn't even dare see how bad the damage was until a day after when I put them on and up they zipped, no trouble. They shrank all right, but so have I.

I've been sneeking peeks at my backside in shop windows as I pass ever since. Still room for improvement, but no question about being on the right track.

I just walked to the full length mirror to get another look-- dark blue boot cut Levi's with a waist that sits at my bellly button and looking good. I put on the highest pair of heels I own and looking damn good. Which means I either need to grow 4 inches or lose another 25 pounds before I try it again.

Only 1.1 pounds lost this week--only I say, silly me, I have had so many weeks with no loss, I'll happily take the 1.1 thank you.

When I restarted just after Xmas, not only would the difficult jeans not go on, and not zip or button, there was a probably three inch gap of non-buttoning.

Onward and downward!

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LUCKY-13 4/5/2010 5:01AM

    What great news!!! You're making fabulous progress and those one-pound losses are adding up to you looking very hot!!! Taking the weight off slowly is the best and most effective way of keeping it off. You have to be doing things right in order to get the results - slow and steady wins the race!!!

BTW: LOVE your pics!!! You live in a beautiful place!

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NATHELESS 3/30/2010 2:23PM

    way to go! fitting into the difficult clothing is just one of the most satisfying feelings I know... congratulations!


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BECKA525 3/29/2010 12:21PM

    Way to Go. Fitting into those sure fees nice doesn't it? Keep up the hard work you are doing great.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/29/2010 10:53AM

    emoticon on those jeans!! Love the picture!!

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It sound very similar to my surprise jeans LOL...

YOU SAY ONLY 1.1 LBs... What do you want me to say about my lost... I did ONLY lost 0.6 lbs... And still happy since It made me see the 180's... I know this week was going to be tricky since I have being pushing myself TO he max during my Strength training and Increased my speed during my run SOOOOOO...
it could be many things... BUT I AM HAPPY

I am so happy for you I know you are working hard and IT DOES NOT MATTER HOW SLOWLY YOU ARE MOVING TOWARDS THE GOAL, The IMPORTANT THING IS TO NOT STOP moving...


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SPARKARINO 3/29/2010 9:40AM

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EVILKLOWN 3/29/2010 8:33AM

    I am SOOOO with you on being happy with a one-pound loss. I too have had MANY weeks wherein I had to post a ZERO. A "1" looks so much nicer than a zero, especially when you can string the 1's together and MAYBE throw in a two here and there.

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CHUNKYNURSE 3/29/2010 8:29AM

  That is a great feeling!!!So proud of ya!!! Keep it up!!! emoticon

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Off a plateau, new turtle charm for bracelet of loss to celebrate!

Monday, March 22, 2010

FINALLY -2.3 pounds this am, more than a kilo, after 3 weeks of pretty much nothing! I track religiously, so I know I was never going very far off track with food, and never with exercise. Very frustrating to work so hard and see nothing for it.

I know what the difference is though. I have always been good in fiber, good in fat, at the high end of carbs and low end of protein. I'm not a vegetarian, but have eaten almost half the time like a vegetarian, lots of beans, whole grains, etc.

This past week, just as an experiment, I inversed it, I ate high end of protein, low carbs. In order to get in enough calories I also had to add a handful of raw almonds as a snack.

The first thing I noticed, and this was a welcome change, I wasn't nearly as hungry as I had been for the past couple of weeks. No issues with anything else in particular, except having to spend more $ in fish, chicken breasts, etc and having absolutely to plan whole weeks of food in advance to be sure everything is going to work out. This probably saves time in the long run though and saves wasted food.

So this am I went to the dr who told me I was as healthy as a horse, a bit of an overweight horse, but still, he can't argue with the fact that everything about me except my actual weight is completely healthy. And I weigh -2.3 pounds less than last week.

So, of course I marked the occasional with a charm for my silver bracelet of lost kilos. 2.2 pounds = one kilo, so I just made it.

Today was a really nice one, a silver turtle with tiny legs and head that move. I thought a turtle was an appropriate choice for such slow going lately. But also to remember, slow and steady wins the race.

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KRYANPRINCESS 3/23/2010 2:32AM

    Congrats! I love the idea of the charm bracelet of loss...and the turtle is totally appropriate! good job!

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KELLYGIRL1977 3/23/2010 1:26AM

    Great job on the weight loss! Although I love carbs, I too have to eat higher protein to keep myself from being perpetually hungry!


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I am so happy for you... Changing things around are always good...

Keep this method until You see no results.. It might help you accelerate success....

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4MEIWILLDOIT 3/22/2010 8:23AM

  So glad that your consistency has paid off. YOu are doing wonderful.
Also glad to hear that your doctor found you healthy. That is wonderful.

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BECKA525 3/22/2010 8:12AM

    Congrats on the hard work and lost weight!! keep up the good work. Glad you are off your plateau they can be so frustrating. I also have to keep the carbs low and it is a challenge to meet all the nutrition goals. I'm usually low on at least one or two of the items.

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Getting into the 5% challenge!

Monday, March 08, 2010

I'm not sure there are any daisies in that bouquet, but I'm happy to be on the Daisy Team for the 5% Spring Challenge. If I can meet the goals, I'll be another 10 pounds down by the end of the challenge. I go back to the States right before the end, so for me it may end on April 26th, as I probably won't have access to a computer where I'm going for the final few days.

I LOVE having the crunch challenges, and who knows what is coming next to keep it fun. I am doing 100 a day, could do more, but decided to be reasonable.

This is my first activity of this kind to try here and it won't be the last. I found it by accident and am glad I did. The organizers are doing a fabulous job.

So I'm off now to do my crunches, split into two times 50. The cats help me a lot with this, and it would be easier if they didn't!

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STAROFD00M 3/17/2010 10:15PM

    That's a lot of crunches!

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NATHELESS 3/9/2010 10:52AM

    A 5% challenge sounds like a great idea - good luck!

I've taken to shutting up my youngest cat during certain exercises... he's a little too curious and I'm afraid I'll drop a weight on him or he'll stick his paw into my bike spokes.

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SPARKARINO 3/8/2010 10:18AM

    I so know what you mean about the cats, I have two also. Anytime I start to exercise, they are there 'helping'. It takes a lot of concentration to stick with it with my cats mewing and rolling around on me looking for attention, but it does give us another level of challenge to overcome!

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