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Monday, January 16, 2012

Today I started reading The Spark. I am hoping it gives me the SPARK I need to get back on track. Why is it so easy to get off track?? I started out so well logging in my foods. I must have decided somewhere down the road I didn't want to do that for the rest of my life because I stopped doing it. I feel I have not eaten as well as I should be when I dont track it. I have realized since then, this is something I NEED to do if I plan on continuing to lose weight. I do know that I was at my highest weight right before Christmas at 316 and yesterday when I weighed myself I was down to 308. I know it is usual to lose more at the beginning of a lifestyle change, but I still felt good about it! I certainly don't want to put it back on so now I need to get back on track..... ASAP! Tomorrow Dad is taking us out to IHOP after his doctor's appointment and to be truthful, I am scared. I know I would love to have a burger and fries and a Coke but I know that is not what my body needs. My downfall is that I am such a PICKY eater. I can't stand fruits or raw veggies. I need to form new eating habits and get busy drinking MORE WATER!!!! I just bought a new 32 oz water bottle, thinking that may inspire me to drink more water but the Coke bottle is sitting right there. Pop has ALWAYS been a part of my life, so I'm not sure how to delete it. I found out the other week when I went grocery shopping that making meals from scratch is so expensive. I know it's better for me but when you are working with a fixed income.... I really need to find some words of encouragement, and SOON!

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RAINBOWCHOC 1/17/2012 7:03PM

    words of encouragement as requested....
meals from scratch appear to cost more because they have proper stuff in them, an apple pie made at home will have a solid apple filling...a shop bought one will be full of syrup.
So, find some fruits you do like...grapes, bananas perhaps and chop them up and mix them together with some fruit juice..a fruit salad in a minute!
Try buying flavoured fizzy water to substitute for cola, it is often sweetened and is quite filling.
Try and reduce the sauces on the burger, eat as plainly as you can for a couple of days to compensate for the treat without depriving yourself.
You will get there, the mountain seems impossible but see how you have lost weight already, do some more of that and you will soon be out of the 3s and into the 2s...a great milestone but it is only a number!
best wishes, Sandra

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Monday, January 02, 2012

I am curious.... Anyone with thoughts on how good the weight watchers or other healthy meals are that you can buy in the stores? I like the little portion sized containers they come in but are they worth it??

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RAINBOWCHOC 1/3/2012 2:22PM

    I prefer to cook from scratch but they are useful when you want something that is not easy for single portions. I think they must be edible or there wouldn't be a multi-million industry making so many!
best wishes

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New food scale

Monday, January 02, 2012

Well, I did it. Today I went out to the store and bought myself a new food scale to try to keep my portions under control. I'm a little nervous about using it but excited as well. There are so many things a person needs to be responsible for in their lives, from finances to parenting to choosing healthy foods and exercise properly to maintain a healthy lifestyle and not end up in the grave prematurely. In my younger years I wasn't that concerned about all these things, as I was inevitablly going to live forever no matter how I treated my body. Being at the age of 41, I have finally opened my eyes and realized this isn't going to be the case, especially if I don't begin to IMMEDIATELY change my ways. I am not "dieting". I am making a lifestyle change! No one is responsible for myself other than me. I am not sure what exactly it was that opened my eyes but i'm glad it did. I just hope this isn't a part of the new year resolution trap that so many fall into because I don't make any resolutions because I know I will fail before the year is up. I hope to keep a food log on here also so I am more aware of what I am consuming. Anyone with any thoughts or suggestions, please feel free to express them to me.

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BASPRINCESS 1/10/2012 4:45PM

    I bought one from a store in Ohio called Aldi's. It was 9.99. It weighs lbs., oz.., grams, water, and milk. Hope this helps.

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LUVMYZ2 1/10/2012 3:18PM

  Which food scale did you buy? I am looking to find one. Had a really good one but it died and I can't find it any where out there. Thanks for your help.

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FAHSKY 1/3/2012 3:35PM

    Make little goals instead of a huge resolution! Its easier to say 'I'm going to lose 5 pounds this month' than 'I'm going to lose 100 pounds this year!' Keep it realistic, & don't feel like you have a deadline riding your back. emoticon Best of luck!!

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RAINBOWCHOC 1/3/2012 2:29PM

    Don't forget to get yourself a set of cup measures too. I use mine daily for my portion of cereal (oats) for breakfast. There are a couple of things I always need to measure, rice and pasta before cooking for example.
I found the tracker hard to master at first (as I am British and so many foods are "different") but by using things other people had added I'm able to track quite well now.
It might be worth getting a small size calorie book to keep in your purse while you get used to the quantities and portion sizes.
good luck

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To weigh food or not to weigh food

Monday, December 26, 2011

Question to all those out there.... I was looking at weekly circulars and found one store has a digital food scale on sale for 9.99. My question is this..... Should I weigh my foods, count calories, or just scale back in general? I have a feeling of really wanting to get this weight issue under control. Im feeling a little motivated even. Any input would be appreciated........

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SABLENESS 12/27/2011 8:44AM

    YES. Buy that bargain-priced gem and let it teach you. I resisted the weigh and measure bit when I was going to OverEaters Anonymous, but with SP, I found it really really helpful. I can't believe how badly I was overestimating servings; no wonder my weight crept up and up. At my first doctor appointment after 6 wks of SP, I printed a few of my trackers to show her. She asked how many calories I'd been consuming before. I laughed and said, "I have no idea, but it sure was a lot more than I am now!"

I've gotten better at estimating, especially when I eat out which was really hard at first. But I'd never have known without my friend the food scale. The one I have measures in both oz and grams, and probably cost about the same as the one you're looking at.

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RAINBOWCHOC 12/27/2011 2:50AM

    Yes, weigh your portions...for a while until you are really confident. I still need to measure rice even after 30 years but veg/bread/meat comes more naturally to me now.
I think weight watchers derived it's name because all food was weighed...but I might be wrong.
10 bucks isn't a lot to invest in a healthy change, go for it!

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WINDSWEPTACRES 12/26/2011 6:21PM

    My first few weeks on Spark, I was amazed at how much food I was used to eating. For me, weighing and measuring was vital to figure out what 'normal' eating was. Most surprising was finding out that the glasses I used for milk actually held a cup and a half. And if a serving of grapes is ten grapes, I know I'm going to pick the ten largest ones I can find. So I do better knowing I can have a cup of something, or two and a half ounces, or something measurable.

Your mileage may vary, as they say, but this is what works best for me. And of course tracking my foods. You'll gradually figure out where in your calorie range is comfortable for you.

Try measuring and see if it works for you. If not, you've learned something about what doesn't work, and can try something else. emoticon

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Monday, December 19, 2011

I am lacking willpower in general but when these holidays come around, I find it even harder. I am currently on winter break from going to school and will be until Jan 11. Plenty of time to turn myself around but am finding difficulty in doing just that. I should be walking every day but lack motivation. Being overweight really plays with my emotions and what makes it even worse is its my fault! I could come up with a million and one excuses but it won't help the situation. My fiancee is very supportive but says she likes the way I am. It's difficult to lose this weight. Shows like the Biggest Loser don't show the hard work and sweat that goes into the transformation of the people on it and I find it more discouraging than helpful. They say stress also causes weight gain and my life is becoming more stressful each and every day. I thought being a parent of two teens might be a little easier than dealing with preschool children but I couldn't have been more wrong! S-T-R-E-S-S-F-U-L!!!! They have medication to help with weight loss.... where's the medication for building up my willpower? Anybody have any suggestions?????

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SABLENESS 12/27/2011 8:38AM

    Two teens? Having had both, I'd take the toddlers any day! Seriously, you sound overwhelmed. Been there, done that too. I learned an important lesson from my younger child: break the job down into its smallest parts. For her, that meant "clear this one foot patch of floor and report back to Mama." For me, it meant simply writing down the calorie count of what I was eating for starters. For you, it could be as simple as setting a timer and walking around the house for 10 min a day for one week. Explore this site and find one or two things to do daily. Find a team that appeals to you and huddle with it daily. The one that first caught my attention was Triple Threat Team for folks over 50, needing to lose at least 50, and hoping to do it over the course of 50 weeks. That described me to a T! Anyway, there are loads of things you can do to break a lack of motivation habit. Truly, the very best thing SparkPeople has done for me is convince me I can do it. So can you. Starting now! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAINBOWCHOC 12/20/2011 3:32PM

    I can sympathise with your lack of willpower...but it won't help! What I had to do when I had to make life changing choices was literally "Get on with it!".
It is hard to do something for the first time but it honestly gets easier. Walk to the mailbox after the nearest one to your house, if you are walking with something to post you don't look like you are out for a walk. If you have a dog it's a breeze!
There are ways to walk, even if you have to drive to the shops you can walk around the car park.
Almost all of my exercise minutes are walking minutes, I have quite an impressive total now....yours will soon mount up too!
best wishes, Sandra

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