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Certain types of Blech make you want to eat.

Monday, August 11, 2008

I love learning!

Felt really lousy yesterday and thought, "Oh, rats, I am really going to get sick, and I'll have to go to the doctor." (I hate going to the doctor...not doctors, just going there.)
So what did I do?
I comfort a child.
I read once that researchers discovered that when you put food in your mouth, you basically forget what is going on around you or in your head or in your body.
So it's a form of amnesia drug...but only when it's in your mouth and your chewing the food. It is a total, perfect distraction.

I can certainly attest to that yesterday.

Did I add 1 lb or 2 lbs? No, but I definitely wasn't in full Sparkpeople diet mode.

I am glad I learned this.

But, I'm even more glad that I feel good today.

(and I'm back on track and am enjoying every minute of it!)

It was worth it because I can empathize with people that are going through an illness or a bout of PMS or treatments of some order that their bodies feel miserable.

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3TWINS 8/19/2008 11:17AM

    Oops. I'm glad you learned something from this experience. Keep looking toward the goal.

Here's my new saying.

Comfort food - What you eat when you really aren't committed to losing the weight.

True comfort - Fitting into those goal-sized pants.


Comment edited on: 8/19/2008 11:16:33 AM

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MJHUGHES12 8/11/2008 9:43PM

    I keep going back to the fact that this journey is not a short-term diet/weight loss program, this journey is the rest of my life. So, that means that we'll all have days that are less than perfect, but, as you did, we need to learn from them and move on.

Isn't it a great feeling to be able to look at a less than perfect day and be able to just learn from it and move on, rather than use it as an excuse to continue making bad choices?

Sounds like you are on the right track to keep moving forward and reach all of your goals (including that August challenge!!!)

Hope your days ahead are brighter!


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Oh, Contessa, you make me walk the talk!

Thursday, August 07, 2008


Thank you, dear dog with the one upright ear and one down!

Because of your being slipped food on the sly by my mom, I will have to hit the Boardwalk with your four paws every clear night until the winter storms start.

I used to think people that walked it were exercise fanatics or worse. I would drive by and think to myself, "My, don't they have anything BETTER to do with their lives?"

Oh, it's wonderful to be wrong, isn't it?

Walking on Boardwalk along Lake Superior in the evening is as good as it gets this side of heaven. The air is slightly moist and cool off the Lake with sky pastels changing as you walk. The boats are heading in for the night off the bay, and the Aerial bridge is backlight by the western sky. The mileage goes by so quickly and vistas change with each turn. You feel as you could go on forever.

And Contessa did us proud...a shakecan*, treats, and 'leave it's' got her into the swing of things before we were halfway through the course.

This couldn't be exercise, could it?

* emoticon For all you cat people, a shakecan is a empty pop can taped up with a few pennies in it. Give it rattle to discourage unwanted behavior. Then praise and treat.

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MJHUGHES12 8/7/2008 9:39PM


Sounds as if you have found yourself a Spark Buddy in Contessa!

The area you are walking sounds beautiful. I've started my evening walks and go past a swamp and up a big hill - not quite as picturesque as where you are!

Also jealous you had nice weather this evening. I started out my walk and just at my halfway point where I turn back towards home it started to downpour...I must have looked pretty pathetic because a truck passed and actually turned around to see if I needed a ride! The good news is I did an 18 minute mile out and under a 16 minute mile the way back - I think it was the lightening that really got me moving!

Anyway, give Contessa a nice scratch behind both those ears, and yourself a pat on the back! Way to go!


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MEME102 8/7/2008 8:58PM

    You're from MN I think aren't you?? I went to Ely back in was the 4th of July and the Lilacs were just in bloom. Being from IN I was amazed at that!!! The weather was quite cool......didn't like that in July!! Although I don't like this humidity either --- so guess that means I"m finicky!!!
Dogs are great help when exercising and walking. I"m hoping to get my Biscuits out more when my knee feels more like walking again. Keep up the good work!! For now dh takes him on his walks for me!!

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3TWINS 8/7/2008 3:01PM


I'm glad you're out walking and that the weather is great. I have never been into walking, but since I committed to my Spark friends that I would I have been doing it.

Thank you for the goodie (trampoline). I have one in my daughter's basement. I'll have to dig it out. By the way, what is the U?
Reva emoticon

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August 1st: New Start and the 10lb Challenge!

Friday, August 01, 2008

Well, I've done it now! I've made it very public. emoticon And I am a little intimidated by my own audacity. I am going for a healthy 10 lb loss. This will mean more planning, more exercising, more creativity, etc.

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DRAGONFLY02 8/6/2008 1:05PM

    Good for you!!! I'm approaching my weight loss in the same way. Instead of saying, I want to lose 45 pounds, I decided to do it in 10 pound increments. It's less intimidating and sounds more doable. Currently, I have until Aug. 20th to lose my 1st 10 pounds and I'm about 3 quarters of the way there!

I'll be rooting for you! emoticon

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3TWINS 8/6/2008 8:26AM

    YOU GO! I'm with you on this.

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SOSEWDIANE 8/4/2008 11:15PM

    I am with you - I also have put myself on a 10 lb challenge. I am worried that the weight will never come off - as i have been oh so NOT serious about this for a year now.
Time to get into action!

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MJHUGHES12 8/2/2008 1:55PM

    I'm looking to lose 10 pounds to in August, so let's do this thing together. Let's check in on each other during the month for that little extra nudge that I know I'm going to need!

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MEME102 8/1/2008 9:18PM

    WOW --- I do wish you luck but I"m sure it's 'doable' Would you like to post it on the Classteam site as well (then you'll be public in TWO places!!) b/c our challenge for the month is to just post how much you want to lose from today til Aug 31....don't have to be quite to daring -- unless you want to!!teehee....
Good luck and keep us posted!!
Co-leader classteam May18-24

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ANGORA4 8/1/2008 7:32PM

You can do this!

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The End of July

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Thank the Lord, and good friends. It's been a difficult month in many respects, but I've learned that I can ride out storms without using food for my comfort. I am grateful to have the new tools in place in order to remain strong in hard times. Food needs to be our body and mind's ally not their enemy. If I had been eating sweets and high fat foods, I couldn't have the stamina and endured. I would not have been able to think clearly.
In the midst, I was able to lose 8 lbs, over 6 of which was body fat which means it was a healthy weight loss.
This next month, I joined the 10 lb a month challenge.
I'd like to lose it by upping my exercising and dropping the calorie count a bit or varying it. :)

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ANGORA4 8/1/2008 7:32PM

I'm so proud of you! It's in the dark times that you really see the progress, how far you've come! Good for you! I'm pulling for you on the 10 pound challenge.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

I was looking at what all the other smart Sparkpeople are doing with their secret ingredients!
One gal said: FUN!
That really hit my heart and mind and soul! Yes, that's it. That's what's different about my whole Spark experience. It's FUN Here's what I wrote!

This is the first time in my adult life I know (and feel) like I can lose the weight . I used to feel defeated before I began.
What I love about Spark is the variety of things that are available.
You can get educated, find delicious food, discover new friends, and get help and it can be fun at the same time.
I realized I just can't slog along trying to lose weight like other people...grim and determined. It's like they've stopped living.
I need to try new things and each day might be different for what works for me.
I need to have FUN doing it. You could walk down a bank to the river like a badger, or you can SLIIIIIIDE like an otter. I'm an otter when it comes to weight loss.
I'm having FUN being serious about it. Does that make sense?
FUN in Weight Loss is my new life style.

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ANGORA4 8/1/2008 7:30PM

    I love this idea, MAKE IT FUN!!!! What a novel idea! I agree, there are ways to do this, we just need to be imaginative and find them. Good for you!

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