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From the Mouths of Babes

Friday, November 07, 2014

I weighed in today, the "first" day of my effort (of THIS round of efforts). As expected, I lost a pretty good chunk of weight, as history has told me this is the case.

But because I am using the advent calendar to remove pounds as I lose them, I let my son rip up the numbers. Because when I lose 15, it's a night of bowling for the family.

The original advent calendar...(since this was taken, I put the numbers in descending order)

I told him this morning, "Hey Elijah. It's time to rip 4 numbers off the calendar!"
He said, "You lost 4 pounds?!?"
I said, "Yep!"
He shouted, "Woo hooo!!!"

So he was tearing up the numbers and said, "So Mom, maybe next week you can lose FIVE!"

Awww...if only....
I said, "Well buddy, I expect it will either be 1 or 2 pounds next week, but each one counts."

And so we keep looking forward!

Have a great weekend, Sparkers!

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68ANNE 11/11/2014 7:56PM

    That is a great way to do it! Keep smiling

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KONRAD695 11/8/2014 12:59PM

    Well done Andrea! emoticon That's more than I ever did! emoticon

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KAREN608 11/7/2014 3:02PM

    Glad you got to have some progress! I had one week like this but it went up 3 the next week so a 2lb loss which was more 'me'. I hope you consistently lose so the rewards are enjoyed by all!

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ICEDEMETER 11/7/2014 11:41AM

Well done!

Life would be so nice if things really worked the way that kids think they do, eh?!

Hope you and the clan all have a fab weekend!

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BLESSED2BEME 11/7/2014 10:47AM

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ABAKER34 11/7/2014 10:15AM

    That is awesome, great job!

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DO4FIT 11/7/2014 10:04AM

    that is a great way to get everyone involved! happy travels

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A_RARE_BEAN 11/7/2014 9:40AM


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My Goal/Reward Sheet (with kids' input!)

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

After our Wii "Just Dance Marathon" last night, I asked the kids to give ideas for rewards for weight lost. For those of you who looked at my last blog, you saw an advent calendar of sorts, where I (or my kids) will rip up the numbers of pounds I've lost when I weigh in on Fridays.

So here's what we came up with. Photo...

My daughter is 16 and my son 9. So you know whose ideas these were...
15 lbs - bowling - both kids came up with this idea
30 lbs - ice skating - my daughter
45 lbs - Sky Zone trampoline fun time - my son
60 lbs - Laser Web - we are all jazzed about that
67 lbs - Pandora bead - daughter, and mani/pedi - me (and my daughter wants to join)

My husband looked at the sheet this morning and said, "67? I think you'll need something more than that" meaning he saw my list and thinks the reward should be added to. I'm all for it, but I have plenty of time to plan for that.

And my husband said, "I'm really proud of you" when he saw me making the dinner casserole this morning so I had more time to exercise with the kids after work. I realize we (me, and you Sparkers here, too) aren't doing this to get praise from others, but let me tell you, that was really nice to hear.

This is the first time in a long time that I am really jazzed about this. And I know the kids will keep me motivated, especially my son. That kid...once he grabs onto an idea, he will NOT let go of it.

All of you told me to get my family involved. You told me this a long time ago. Apparently I'm a slow learner....
Stay tuned for progress!!! And thanks, as always, for your support!
Peace out,

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KAREN608 11/4/2014 11:53PM

    It looks like everyone wins with this plan. Maybe a reward that includes husband too? Nonfood of course.
I am almost to 30 lost, but I can't ice skate. Mmm. I do like your reward idea.
But it might be an art book or kandle heater or something.

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ICEDEMETER 11/4/2014 12:11PM

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That's so great that you've got the kids and hubby on board, and playing with you (I say it as play, since it sounds like you're all gonna have a blast with the shared workouts).

Don't forget to get them involved in the work part, too --- won't hurt any of them to learn to cook, you know!

Your pup is sooo gonna love all the extra activity!

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ABAKER34 11/4/2014 12:11PM

    LOVE your goal board!!!

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KONRAD695 11/4/2014 12:06PM

    Now that you have a team, I think you just have to follow the pathway to success. emoticon emoticon

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JAB2010 11/4/2014 11:49AM

    You have a great family! emoticon

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BLESSED2BEME 11/4/2014 11:21AM

    Can you feel my grin? From ear to ear? I'm so excited for you and your family!

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A New Approach...? See photo.

Monday, November 03, 2014

A visual reminder for the entire family that they have to help me with this. This sparked a lot of questions from my kids.

My 16-year-old: "What's this?"
Me: "It's my reminder of my November goal. And it's there so you guys can keep me accountable."
Her: "What are the little numbers in the corner of the big numbers?"
Me: "That's the grand total of weight I need to lose."
Her: (eyebrows raised in a "huh" sort of way.)
Me: "So you guys need to keep asking me about it, okay?"
Her: "Ok."

Later, during my son's get-ready-for-school shift.

Him: "What is THAT?"
Me: "It's my monthly goal reminder. Every time I lose a pound, I rip off the numbers."
Him: "What are the little numbers in the corner?"
Me: "The grand total of weight I need to lose. It might take me over a year, but this way we'll be reminded to help me get there, okay?"
Him: "So then we just rip up the papers?"
Me: "Yes! Then I put up my next month's goal. Maybe I aim for only 4 pounds next month. But every month, I'll put up a goal and you can help me get there, okay? I'm just having a hard time doing this by myself."
Him: "Okay. Like maybe we can go to the Y on the treadmill or something."
Me: "Right buddy. But we don't belong to the Y. You can help me by walking with me first. And then when I get in better shape, maybe we can go play at SkyZone." [he went there for a birthday party this past weekend. It's a trampoline place!]

(And now that I recap that, I'm thinking I need to make that one of the goals that I put up on the long list of numbers.)

As the long chain of numbers floated around whenever we walked by or opened the pantry door, the dog:

"Bark bark bark!!!!" I had to drag him over to the papers to sniff them so he wouldn't keep barking and/or tear them up prior to the goal being met.

I'm aiming for 15 lbs this month. I know it sounds lofty, but because I have 67 to lose, I would not be surprised if 5 - 7 lbs come off this week alone. It's not going to be that way forever, but usually when I start eating 1200 - 1300 cals a day and take moderate walks, it drops big for a little while (think about how on The Biggest Loser they lose like 15 lbs in one week. The bigger they are, the harder they fall when they first start the good habits.)

Let's hope this helps...the family is in on it!

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ABAKER34 11/4/2014 7:41AM

    I LOVE your visual board, I especially love how you can rip up the pounds! The best thing of all is that your kids are involved! You can do this! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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A_RARE_BEAN 11/4/2014 3:30AM

    Love this idea, so innovative and I love that the kids are involved too, so cool.

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    Great idea - I might "borrow" it :))

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KAREN608 11/3/2014 2:37PM

    Bold move! Having encouraging should help. I'm having trouble doing lower calorie counts. M stomach growls a lot, even if I have protein. The tear off paper should be good fun. I just write weight down. Now that IS boring, right?

You can do it!

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KONRAD695 11/3/2014 1:57PM

    With this set up, you win. You're going to nail this both on the scale and with the family.

PS- look at your goodies.

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BLESSED2BEME 11/3/2014 1:16PM

    Way to go in involving your family!

When I get my act together and totally focus on weight loss, I drop 5 lbs the first week usually. Then it gets hard. Hard work is worth it though!

Hope you keep us up to date on your progress so we can help with accountability too.

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STEPBYSTEP1955 11/3/2014 11:26AM

    Thats a emoticon idea and an emoticon way to get your entire family involved and supportive. Wishing you a successful month.

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A Quick Fall Lower-Cal Dessert Recipe

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A friend gave me a recipe for pumpkin muffins that is super easy. She said it was a Weight Watchers recipe. I modified it then entered it into the calorie counter I use. Give either a try - you may want to enter the ingredients into your own calorie counter just to make sure they are correct.

Original Recipe
One box of reduced-sugar yellow or white cake mix
One can of pumpkin (15 oz)
1/2 c water
1/2 bag of cinnamon chips
This is a Weight Watchers recipe that makes 24 muffins. 2 muffins = 3 points.

My recipe
One box of spice cake mix
One can of pumpkin (15 oz)
1/2 c water
My daughter was able to get 20 muffins out of this recipe. The calculation (if I did it correctly) gives it 81 calories per muffin (like I said, maybe enter these yourself).

For both recipes: Mix all ingredients together and bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

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KONRAD695 10/21/2014 7:14PM

    I love you Andrea, but If I see one more recipe on Spark with pumpkin in it- I'll puke up a squash. emoticon

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68ANNE 10/16/2014 5:55PM

    mmm muummmm sounds delish

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ABAKER34 10/16/2014 2:07PM

    I love that recipe! I make those all of the time (I'm bad though, I will have two of them breakfast when I have my sweet craving).... emoticon

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Your water, infused

Monday, August 04, 2014

On impulse, I bought a water bottle based on a spot I saw on Good Morning America's "Deals and Steals." It is a personal water bottle that allows you to have flavor-infused water.

My water flavor of the day is cucumber cilantro. My sister first used hers with a blueberry basil infusion.

The bottle was designed by a teenager who wanted to have different flavors of water. This way no sugar or artificial stuff is needed - just fruit, herbs, veggies, whatever.

I thought you might be interested being as we're all doing what we can to get more hydration. I've seen some blogs here where people have made some tasty waters. Here is a site that has several recipes, too.

Stay hydrated, my friends.

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WRITINGRUNNER 8/16/2014 8:02AM

    That does look good! I hope you are having a great summer xx

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68ANNE 8/6/2014 12:31PM

    I love the idea but do not have one of them

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KONRAD695 8/4/2014 10:58PM

    I'm too cheap, but I have to say- That looks pretty cool!. It has to beat my constant lemon water.

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RIDLEYRIDER 8/4/2014 7:03PM

  Anything that gets folks to drink more water is a good thing! Thanks for the tip!

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