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Portion control

Monday, September 29, 2014

Portion control is this week's "Living the Good Life" challenge in my 5% challenge team. Uffda. I know this is a serious cause of my issues. I've been pretty good with tracking, but it's time to really get into the game. So that little kitchen scale is out and the measuring cups/spoons are handy.

Wish me luck!

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MSBEKANATOR 10/3/2014 12:20PM

    How did your week of measuring turn out?

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/30/2014 10:00PM

    Tracking is my best friend . . . naturally that means weight and/or measuring. Now old hat . . . I can eat unhealthy or healthy and keep tracking. Let's keep it as healthy as possible and rock this challenge!

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MPLSKEN 9/30/2014 11:26AM

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I love my food scale!

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CANDOK1260 9/29/2014 10:50PM

    good job

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Saturday... took a break from tracking today

Saturday, September 20, 2014

So today was a crazy day in the food world--so I decided to take a break from tracking today. It was the first time in over 2 weeks (which I'm pretty proud of!) and I aimed at making good choices within reason, not telling myself "I'm off the hook today--let's go nuts!" It was my daughter's birthday, and she came home from college with a couple friends, so I made sweet gooey French toast bake for breakfast. Then we met up today for lunch at the local diner after breaking up to go garage sale-ing. My youngest daughter and I had decided to park and walk while we hit our town's "city-wide garage sales"--we tracked 2 miles of walking! Lunch was not probably the most health-conscious, but wow was it yummy. I had a black-n-blue burger (cajun seasoned with Bleu Cheese and dressing), and am glad that I asked for the dressing on the side. I still had some, but merely spread on a thin layer instead of the glob I know usually comes on the burger. For supper the birthday girl requested homemade pizza. I have to tell you--I make a killer thin crust veggie pizza. No sauce, just thin spread with olive oil and italian seasonings then covered with spinach, thin-sliced tomatoes, mozz, and green onions. I also made breadsticks (which I limited to one for me) and pepperoni pizza (none for me, thanks... I'll keep munching the thin crust veggie one!) We also had somecheese and crackers, apple crisp, wine and hard cider (it WAS her 21st birthday emoticon ) which probably didn't help my calorie count, but I only have wine or other drinks once a month or so. So all in all, I know I went well over my calorie range, but I think that the choices I made were pretty good. Tomorrow it's back to tracking! Keeping this train on the tracks!

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PINKPANTHERS 9/22/2014 1:30PM

    Happy 21st birthday to your daughter! Sounds like you had an awesome family day and made good choices! The black n blue burger sounds really yummy and two miles walking I'm sure helped a bit with the increased calorie. Keep up the great work!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 9/22/2014 12:46PM

    good job on finding a balance with your celebratory eating! emoticon

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OTEN36 9/21/2014 5:26AM

    emoticon good job.I'm sure she had a great birthday and way to go putting on the miles.

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/21/2014 12:17AM

    Great attitude for a well deserved break. We should probably all enjoy a few of these, within reason, of course. You have the right attitude. Be well.

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NUTINLOOKSLIKE 9/20/2014 10:41PM

    Congrats! I know it can be easy to fall into that "no one will know" mentality when it comes to not jotting down that little "taste" of birthday cake or sauce when making spaghetti, so kudos to holding yourself accountable. Hope the b-day girl had a great day!

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Excited to be a STARFISH! and a new family "bucket list"

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Yay! I have a fall 5% Challenge team! I am now officially a Starfish! From the looks of the team page, lots of fun will be had while we are working towards that 5%! Hello teammates! I look forward to getting to know you!

On a slightly related note, our family has a new "bucket list"--we are going to try to visit every state park in MN, hopefully by the time our 6th grader graduates from high school. Now, there are 67 Minnesota state parks, so that means we have to try to visit 11 per year. Hmmm, not sure how reasonable that is, but we started on our quest today by visiting the nearby Frontenac State Park. The great thing about this bucket list is that it will help me get LOTS of walking, biking, and hiking! Not to mention swimming and canoeing! Today the youngest three kids and I hiked for 2.6 miles. The little guy (will be 4yo this month) pooped out about half way, so big sis and Mom had to take turns toting him piggy-back. We figured we get BONUS exercise points for that! We are also tracking all of these outings for our homeschool phy ed program.

Oh, and we saw a bit of wildlife today--a young buck standing on a rocky bluff on the hike (kids thought he looked like Bambi when he is grown up) and a couple of bats hiding out behind the glass in the information kiosk!

Here are the kids near where we saw the deer:

Hiking selfie!

I think next on the list will be either Big Woods or Sakatah--both nearby so they will be daytrips. This is going to be fun!

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MSBEKANATOR 9/17/2014 11:24PM

    I am so glad you are on the Starfish team!!!! It's going to be a great fall challenge!
What an awesome "bucket list" idea!! It sounds like it will be a lot of fun!

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PINKPANTHERS 9/17/2014 3:25PM

    Awesome goal, great for you and the family! Welcome to the Starfish! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/17/2014 12:46AM

    Love the State Parks goal . . . I often visit Amnicon Falls (Wisconsin State Park) a couple times a week and just came from their tonight having taken six international students with me. We had a blast! Lots of great photos. For me, getting to the state park 12 times per year is my version of what you're about to do. You have a very lofty goal. Have fun!

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SPARKLED146 9/16/2014 7:24PM

    Have fun with the fall challenge. I'm a part of it also, only on the Shooting Stars team.

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OTEN36 9/16/2014 8:03AM

    I am so happy we are on the same team! That will double the fun.
I'm also excited about your family challenge to hit all the Minnesota state parks cause that
Means at one point you will be near me so we can mee
t in person! Hugs

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Facebook Fast

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I homeschool my 3 youngest kids (6th grade, 4th grade, and pre-k). I decided to go on a Facebook fast for two weeks while we got our homeschool under way. It's been an interesting experiment. I have done this before, but always let myself check in one day a week. Well, this time, I said it would be 2 weeks with no checking. I have found myself sitting at the computer wondering what I should do next... I check my email and SP, so now what! haha! Well, it has given me the extra time I felt I needed to carve out for homeschooling, but it has also given me more time to get outside, think about meals, go for a walk. It has shown me that when I do check my facebook again, that I need to be diligent about limiting my time. No more aimless surfing from friend to friend to this to that and another link. I've also decided not to put facebook back on my phone. I DO love to post photos from my phone, but I will limit that to only through the browser so that I'm not tempted to jump to see what someone posted every couple minutes.

I seriously love the connections that facebook gives me with my friends. I won't completely give it up, but I will work to keep it in it's proper place in my life. Moderation in all things. :-)

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/11/2014 10:27PM

    The world could use a few more Facebook fasts! I find it imperative, come election time, to take a break when politics (and the hateful side of sincerely faithful people) begin with all the hate speech.

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BABCIATEA 9/11/2014 3:42PM

    good blog . time management is always a challenge no matter what . You are setting a great example for your young ones good for you

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OTEN36 9/11/2014 6:32AM

    Great Blog! How is school going?
Best of Luck emoticon

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Over 200 lb... wait. WHAT?!

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Yeah. 205. That number is not who I am or what I feel like. BUT it's reality. Just a year and a half ago I was down to 174. At that time I had worked consistently, tracking everything, and I saw the weight drop off. I felt GOOD. Since then I have had a succession of fits and starts, but never stuck to it again. I haven't kept up on SP, which I really NEED to do. I don't like the clothes I'm wearing now, I don't like how I feel. I want to feel GOOD again.

So today was day 1 back at it. I commit to this week. I will track every day. Every bite. I will log in, collect my happy little sparkpoints and visit with my sparkfriends. Then next week I will recommit again.

I am determined to lose that 30 pounds by New Years Day.

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    You can do it

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HEIDE69 9/4/2014 2:16PM

    Glad to hear you are back! I am restarting again too! About 30-35lbs. to lose! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/4/2014 12:21PM

    In many regards, you wrote my story! I need to loose about 35 lbs to return to a healthy BMI. This does horrible things to my BMI, but I'm determined to be okay with who I am while making healthier choices. emoticon

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OTEN36 9/4/2014 10:54AM

    Super happy for you April.
I've am so in that same spot.
Gotta get back into the saddle and stay there
Dee emoticon

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