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Spark Solution???

Friday, June 06, 2014

Ok so I'm looking for some really honest opinions...... I'm trying to get completely back on track. I'm doing a mediocre job of it so far. I was thinking of ordering the Spark Solution and following the diet/exercise plan. I'm just wondering if anyone else has tried it and it you truly find it do-able. I thought when the book first came out that some were saying the diet was sometimes involved and a little too complicated in the way of cooking and preparing meals. I don't have a lot of time, which is why sometimes I eat/make the wrong choices..... I know ....poor excuse. I have found success in the past when I eat only what I am told and don't have to think about what to prepare thus eliminating the poor choices. I also need family friendly food that a husband and a grown son would enjoy (my daughter tends to eat more like me and will be adventurous)
So if anyone has tried the book or heard more in depth about the book, I would appreciate some advice/opinions. Thanks Spark people. I've made it this far because of all the words, advice, encouragement and support I have gotten in the past. I want to keep moving forward; I just can't seem to get in the groove emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HAWTGRANNY2014 6/23/2014 4:32PM

    It is so hard to find the right diet or eating plan. What works for some might not work for all. Good luck on finding your plan. Pam

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TWILAQ1 6/6/2014 11:41PM

    I bought the book, but, as you mention, I wasn't thrilled with the food aspect.

I tend to cook in bulk on the weekends. My go-to recipes seem to be minestrone soup with cauliflower instead of potatoes and no pasta, curried vegetables, tomato soup, and some others. I often have soup, a half of a salmon filet, or salad with salmon on it. I freeze the batch and mix up the order in which I reheat them.

I've gotten away from making a lot of different foods, because it's simply easier to track this way.

My husband is going away for about a month this Sunday, and I don't want to fall into the frozen pizzas and desserts trap again. Let's hold each other accountable.



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Motivation where are you?

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Well, I haven't blogged in over a month now and since then everything has gone fairly badly. I was motivated post holidays to get back on track and did well for only about two weeks and since, I just can't seem to get back in the groove and/or find my motivation to treat my body the way it deserves to be treated. Every day I wake up and say this is the day; I do well for most of the day and after dinner is usually when it falls apart. Then there's multiple celebrations that have been happening..... birthdays, bridal showers, weddings, graduations, most recently Memorial Day. I know those are not going to go away. If you are living there will always be a holiday, there will always be something to celebrate, and I've drilled it into my head more times than one can imagine, that everything can be done in moderation, yet lately, I haven't done that either. Why????? I don't have the answer. And I continue to to my daily walking ( I thank God and my dog for that) otherwise, I would have slid much farther than I have, but I really need to find a way to reign in all of those bad habits to which I am reverting. I feel guilt, disappointment, anger frustration, all in the name of not having enough self control to turn this around, yet I still sit here stuck in this quandry of what to do and how to help myself.
I'm a great one for dishing out advice, yet I don't listen to my own words. Spring is here, summer is upon us. I desire to eat better, to feel better, to look better. All that will lead to better heath and more happiness....... so what's stopping me???? I DON'T KNOW!!
I keep thinking that I need to find a streak perhaps to commit myself to, but I think that's where I'm lacking. I'm not finding the strength within myself. So perhaps a team that will force me to commit to some type of challenge to push me and to motivate me. I know I've found strength in groups before, and I think that is a major reason that I found success with Spark before. Advice and encouragement that I have gotten from friends and members helped me lose weight when I started, but now even that doesn't seem to be striking the right nerve. emoticon
Please let me know if there is anyone out there that would like to join me in some type of "group project" to lay it all down and start fresh and commit to healthy eating, exercise and a goal to lose some weight. I just can't trust myself to do this alone.
I blogged in the past about so many Sparkfriends that have disappeared over the year. I think when I was motivating and encouraging them I found the strength to keep myself on track, but now they are gone, and I feel myself slipping away too. I don't want this to happen. I promised myself and many other people as well, that "I will not go back there"
So today is a new week, a new day, a new chance. I'm going to search the teams, hopefully, find something that will suit my needs, but in the meantime, I am open to suggestions and advice, but mostly am hoping to find a few people who would like to join me in a "Welcome Summer" challenge that will get us and keep us motivated and will help on this ever long and difficult journey. Come on Spark people..... let's do ourselves proud. Let's try to put into practice everything we have learned ; most especially to never give up!! emoticon emoticon

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MELITAG 6/5/2014 9:43PM

    I think you sound like many of us. We do good but we don't do good enough and there are always those little things that trip us up and then we start to spiral down instead of climbing up. I'm up to a challenge - not sure how we would start one but that might be the motivation many of us need. It would be great if we could just chat when we are at our weakest - mine is at night. Once I sit down alone (hubby is always in bed at 8 or 8:30) I start feeling depressed and that calls for food that I do not need. Hang in there you can do this - keep making little changes and they will produce a big positive at some point. I should follow my own advice - LOL emoticon

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HAWTGRANNY2014 6/5/2014 4:47PM

    Hey we just started today on the team against team challenge. Why not come join in again. I have done more today than the whole last week. I have a team to earn points for and I have to earn self respect for myself. You can do this.
If anyone needs motivation try the 55+ladies team or the you can do it team!

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CAROLMAID 5/27/2014 8:51PM

    WOW! I am exactly where you are right now...only you at least posted a blog! I was going to but just didn't. I know you saw my spark status today as you left a comment so I popped by your page and lo and behold here is your blog, which could be mine exactly if had only posted one! LOL

Here's my plan. Whaddya say we adopt the same plan and call today" day one" and check in with each other everyday. You see I have done well and then not so well and yup those darned holidays and weekends just keep happening. Oh and the wine and marhertas too! I too can't figure out why what worked before about a year ago isn't working this time around and it's driving me nuts trying to figure it out. rehashing everything and berating myself and asking myself what the heck. So this is what I figured...an epiphany maybe??? lol I'm done with looking back. I'm done with asking WHY this and Why that? All of that!

Oh yea...the plan! pretending like I'm just starting brandy new on SP. It's the only thing that I know was a great help...losing weight and with emotional help, and not only about weight issues. LOL I'm scrapping all the old stuff in my head....wiping the server clean if you will! Doesn't matter what happened AT ALL before today or in the last year. It's just driving me nuts anyway. So are you in?

You've been such a great Friend from the beginning for me. Sometimes I swear we live in some sort of parallel universe! LOL

So message me. Let me know what is that one little thing your going to start to tweak or set up as a goal. Lets remember to start small. One thing at a time! All that old stuff is just baggage anyway.....and lets do this together. One little NEW thing at a time.
Talk to you soon,

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LEWILL1982 5/27/2014 9:47AM

    I feel you, I understand where you are coming from. I was very successful and it's probably how I maintained my weight for as long as I did, but I had an accountability partner. We had a shared email address with password and we logged in and logged our food every single day for over a year. We emailed about our struggles, our victories, our weekends, our weigh in's etc. If one of us was off track and we couldn't figure out why, the other could look and usually pin point the problem right away. It was the harsh dose of reality and tough love that I needed. It also helped that we worked out together.

My plan for the next 30 days, starting with lunch, because I already goofed up at breakfast this morning, is to eliminate sugar and white bread/flour. I did it earlier this year, and felt great. Need to get back to it. Good luck!

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CHERYL_ANNE 5/27/2014 9:41AM

    In your heart of hearts, you know that you got in your own way. Kudos to you for realizing this and wanting to do something about it. So, step out of your own way.

What you want is on the side of that obstruction, so go around it and continue on your journey.

Make a re-commitment to yourself that you are going to do what it is you need to do every single day, every single meal, whether you feel like it or not.

Yes, your fellow Sparkers most definitely accompany you on the journey - because we're all on it, but, each of us has to do the work ourselves, for ourselves, and that is the lonely part of it.

You really do have what you need inside you to do this if you just call upon it. Have faith in yourself that you can do this.

Your mind believes and your body achieves.

I have faith in you and wish you much success!


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RITAROSE 5/27/2014 9:41AM

  I can relate to your challenges with sticking with it despite the ever occurring holidays and special occasions! You are so right to admit that they will always be there. The only thing that has helped me when I was successful in my journey is to look ahead and plan out what I will do at those special events. It takes self control and becomes easier with successful practice. Boy, this is a hard journey isn't it? emoticon

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What's in half a pound?

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Success.... that's what!! I think I'm not alone in being one of the people who complain that "I've only lost half a pound!!" That being said, I've always struggled with weight loss and have really had the most success since I've been a Spark member. I could go on and on with accolades for Spark and all its members, but you all know where I stand on that. My point is simply stated in the picture. A half a pound IS a big deal. Even if it doesn't look like much when you weigh in once a week; it all adds up and before you know it you are well on your way to being the you that you want to be. Keep going.... Don't ever give up!! You will find your rainbow. emoticon

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LYNSEY723 5/14/2014 6:45PM

    This is something I need to remember... Progress is progress and it may not seem like much right now, but in the end it is a big deal!

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HAWTGRANNY2014 4/8/2014 9:20PM

    Every weight loss is a triumph. Just keep going and I think you are doing awesome.

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TUDAFD 4/3/2014 11:42PM

    That is so true. My weight loss was so slow but slow and steady wins the race. :)

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CHERYL_ANNE 4/3/2014 10:01AM



I look back and see 85 pounds gone... and still remember what it felt like at the beginning of my journey when I could only see the road stretching out far ahead.

Keep going because you will get there!

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    My problem is figuring out how much, if anything I've really lost. My weight fluctuates about 2 pounds a day so if I get on the scale in the morning and think, "Great, I've lost 2 pounds!" I always wait to celebrate. Usually a few hours later it's back.

You're right though, even a small loss is progress and will add up over time. Slow weight loss is supposed to be easier to maintain and harder to put back on so I think I'd definitely celebrate if even a half pound a week "stuck"!

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Thanks to anybody who congratulated me for losing 13 lbs.... if only that were true. When I was logging in my new weight I typed in the wrong number but then immediately when back and changed it, but I guess it already got "out there" Long story short... I did lose 3 lbs, but NOT 13. I will keep working on that though!! emoticon

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LEWILL1982 4/3/2014 9:40AM

    Haha, that's funny. Congrats on the loss though!

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CAROLMAID 4/3/2014 8:28AM

    OOOOOPS! LOL but 3 or 13.....hey its still a loss! just roll with it baby. It's still awesome. Good for you! Hope ur out walking today. Looks like its gonna be a nice one. emoticon

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TUDAFD 4/2/2014 10:27PM

    13 or 3 -- it's still good. Congratulations!! emoticon emoticon

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Well, it finally happened!!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

As most of you know who read my blogs that I walk pretty much every day with my dog in the woods or on any remote roads that I can find away from traffic and a lot of people. I have a favorite spot (actually I have several), but they have all been rough going this winter with all the snow but more so the ICE!! I have been diligently careful to maneuver these trails all winter without falling... well actually, I did fall a few times but without a problem. Well, my luck finally ran out. Yesterday I was navigating a "river". There are actually a lot more of them now because a great deal of them a not really rivers, they are only a result of the quickly melting snow. But as I was crossing a footbridge over an actual river, I slipped on the slush and BOOM!! .... my leg slid off the bridge and into the river I went, banging my knee and right shin on the side of the bridge on the way down... WOW!! that water is cold this time of year!! Well, as I always say it could have been worse. I was able to stand (the water wasn't that deep), I was able to pull myself back onto the bridge, although I was wet, I wasn't that far from the car and I managed to escape with only a few scrape and one big bruise on my knee, but nothing broken or sprained emoticon . Sadly, this won't dissuade me from my springtime walking in the water, slush and mud. I don't know if sadly was the right word... maybe not the best idea, but nevertheless, I'll keep walking in the woods; Iguess I look at it as a challenge at this point. Don't worry; I"ll be careful. I just have to remember to bring a big towel to wipe down the dog before he gets mud all over the car, and I will continue to remember to carry my cell phone just in case....
The picture I've posted is usually a small pond and a large grassy field. Now it's just one big lake; just to give you some idea of the amount of water that is flowing down off off the mountain.

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    So glad you weren't seriously injured! emoticon Ever considered ice-grippers for your shoes? emoticon Amazon delivers. emoticon

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TUDAFD 4/1/2014 8:39PM

    You live in a beautiful spot. I'm glad you escaped with minor injuries. Stay safe.

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TWILAQ1 4/1/2014 12:25PM

    What a beautiful spot to walk! Watch out for hypothermia. I'm glad you were near the car and its heater.

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CAROLMAID 4/1/2014 11:10AM

    Atta girl! keep up the spirit and keep your phone handy. Walking in the woods and trails is tricky in the spring but very enjoyable despite the copious amounts of mud. I like to head out whenever I can with a friend as soon as most of the snow is gone. It's so much better than pounding the uneven pavement that goes around the lake near my house. And generally if there's lots of mud then the stupid May flies aren't out and biting yet. Hate those buggers LOL Glad your OK and keep on hiking!
Best wishes,

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JERZRN 4/1/2014 10:22AM

    Glad you are OK!

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GINNABOOTS 4/1/2014 10:11AM

    I am glad you were not seriously hurt. Looks like you have some beautiful terrain to walk. Keep it up!

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GEORGE815 4/1/2014 10:05AM

    Great walks you must have. You were very fortunate.

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LEWILL1982 4/1/2014 10:04AM

    Beautiful! I'm sorry you fell, but happy to read that you're mostly ok. Was your dog with you when you fell? Just keep being safe!

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