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Calories In, Calories Out - Day 3

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Eaten 1,602
BMR* 2,001
Exercise 426
Total Burned 2,427
Differential -825

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ANGRITTER 10/29/2012 3:16PM

    Good for you! I have gained 4 pounds since last Wednesday because my parents have been here. Not a happy camper today.

So I guess I need to get back on track and sit down with my parents and lay out the ground rule son eating in this houes. Just got off the phone with mom and told her they can change the way they eat, or she can cook for her and dad, but that I cannot expect to cook for them every day as I will want to eat the way they do.

So I am back on my salads with protein and off the rice, potato salad and cole slaw they love so much! And the ribs, burgers, steaks, etc.

Now I have so much farther to go before weigh-in!

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JBELLEM 10/28/2012 7:28PM

    Hi! I'm 52 years old and on Day 3 as well! I just got home from the hospital with a couple of pulmonary embolisms, sooooo, I can't exercise right now--I'm just supposed to take it easy! I also have oesteoarthritis in my knees. Had a scope done on one of them earlier this year, and they are doing great!

Keep up the good work!! emoticon

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Calories In, Calories Out - Day 2

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Eaten 1,671
BMR* 2,001
Exercise 377
Total Burned 2,378
Differential -707

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_LINDA 10/28/2012 1:26AM

    Wow You sure have the highest Basal Metabolic Rate I have ever seen, the weight should just be dropping off you with it that high! I forget how its calculated, but I know Sparks has it here somewhere. I vaguely remember mine being 1700 or so, but that was when I had still a lot of weight to lose. Don't know what it would be now if it changes.
Great idea this daily check in!

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BARBSDUCK 10/27/2012 11:26PM

    That's a great differential!

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-SEVEN- 10/27/2012 10:48PM

    Excellent! emoticon

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NUTZ4HARRY 10/27/2012 10:37PM

    Awesome job!! Keep it up!!

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COURAGETOMOVE 10/27/2012 9:40PM

    Great Job today! Keep that burn up and Wednesday weigh in should be a good one.

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Halloween 2012

Saturday, October 27, 2012

It's calling for rain for the next 4 days so I don't know how many kids we'll get on Wednesday night. Even when the weather is nice, we don't get many kids. Last year, we got 8 kids and that included my niece and nephew who live locally. So, because we don't get a lot of kids, I usually splurge and get good chocolate to hand out. So, despite the fact it's raining, I went to Dundas to Beanermunky ( www.beanermunky.com/ ) and bought these to hand out this year:

FYI - The Mr. Big chocolate bar is for my niece, Samantha who is 12. She said she would prefer that. My nephew, Nathaniel (same age as Samantha) isn't trick or treating this year as he's preparing to get his black belt but he has to abstain from junk food for 6 months as part of his training. However, he has asked for an O Henry chocolate bar when his training has been completed.

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LADYJ6942 10/28/2012 4:29PM

    Great treats

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CHRISPYLEE 10/28/2012 2:59PM

    emoticon Trick or Treat!
Way to pass on the chocolate covered apples!

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_LINDA 10/28/2012 1:22AM

    That is awesome to give out such gorgeous treats! Our Halloween is usually bitterly cold and quite often snowing, but it doesn't stop the kids any. Mom says she usually gets a 100. I have the day off so I am going to be over there helping hand out the goodies and taking photos of the best costumes. Also the stores in the mall offer candy for a limited time period on that day and the kids all flock to it there and its interesting to see all the costumes there as well. Not too many people doing much for any yard displays here this year unfortunately.

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NYKIMMIE 10/27/2012 8:24PM

    Looks yummy! Enjoy Halloween. emoticon

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HOLISTIC5 10/27/2012 8:20PM

    Wish I was one of your trick-or- treaters!!!! Yummy looking.

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CAPTHAMMER 10/27/2012 7:48PM

    This is some kind of deluxe candy! Good for you. You're such a good little neighbor. I can't say the same. Until the time that grandchildren appear, I've become one of those turn out the lights and hide in the back room neighbors.

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GIELLIOT 10/27/2012 7:46PM

    Fun idea...and the kids will love the attention of the special treats!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 10/27/2012 5:45PM

    Oh, wow! Those look like fun! Hope you have a safe and fun Halloween!

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SEATTLE58 10/27/2012 5:44PM

    Cool treats and already planned and saved. What a smart move for you and anothe smart one for passing up the choc. dipped apple slice! Good Girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IMAGINE_IT 10/27/2012 5:41PM

    Hope you bought extra...because i am stopping by....those treats look yummy!!! emoticon (not that i would eat chocolate with knife and fork!!)
All i can say is...the kids in your neighborhood....are lucky to have a nice lady such as you hand out great treats like that.

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    I think your blog and comment show that you are thoughtful and kind. And way to go on the NSV!

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BKWERM 10/27/2012 4:54PM

    And, one of the best things about shopping at Beanermunky today is that they were offering free samples of chocolate covered apple slices and I declined so that's my 20 points for avoiding a food temptation! Good for me!

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A-STRONGER-ME 10/27/2012 4:31PM

    Cool - I may make the trip up - save me on!!

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ANGRITTER 10/27/2012 3:56PM

    That is so cool! I love that you are buying per request. I will just say "Yes, please" to all of them!!! They look so yummy!

And now I am hungry for my lunch, but should probably start getting offline and start cooking dinner!

Man, I have spent 3 hours on Spark! I think I am avoiding the movement as my back is hating on me today! It even hurts to sit on my bed. No Saturday funday for me!

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Calories In, Calories Out - Day 1

Friday, October 26, 2012

Eaten 1,576
BMR* 2,001
Exercise 365
Total Burned 2,366
Differential -790

If anyone wants to use SP for their calorie differential report, you can find it by going to your Start Page, clicking My Trackers, Reports and the report is called Daily Calorie Differential.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 10/27/2012 5:44PM

    Great blog. Hope you continue to do so well. I also like the fact that you let me know where I can find the differential report. Thanks!

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ANGRITTER 10/27/2012 2:28PM

    Love the honesty, Joanna! I look at these reports sometimes when I am wondering how much I am doing. Matter of fact, I just looked at them last night, but as a monthly average and can see me making changes and that I am burning more.

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SRITHI97 10/27/2012 9:12AM

    yes even I cannot figure this one out! Thanks for posting your info! have Fun with the weekend Challenge!

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-SEVEN- 10/26/2012 9:42PM

    Thanks for posting this, so I can follow along!! :)

~Ursula (Azure)

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ARKPLE 10/26/2012 9:26PM

    I give you a lot of credit for tallying all of this. It's good to know your numbers, even approximately. I'll give it a try over the weekend. Best of luck to you on your SparkJourney.

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ANNIE.B 10/26/2012 9:07PM

    I'm not sure about all this either!
I feel like so much of it is just guess work.

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BKWERM 10/26/2012 8:15PM

    Honestly, I'm not sure how I'm supposed to interpret this. I'm just posting it to get my 100 points.

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GLASSART43 10/26/2012 8:08PM

    Thanks Joanna. I wasn't sure how to do this. According to the calculator I found online, my BMR is only 1300 calories! No wonder I need to exercise every day or re-gain the weight I lost. It must be bacause I'm an old lady! emoticon

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BLC20 - The Mid-Round Slump

Saturday, October 20, 2012

I'm supposed to blog this weekend on whether I'm on track to meet the goals that I set out at the beginning of this challenge so I'm going to go through them one by one and we'll see.

BLC20 Goals - September 3, 2012

1. Lose a minimum of 5 pounds but would really like to lose 10.

- I'm currently down 2.8 pounds from my start weight and if I lean towards my initial goal of 5 pounds, I'm more than half way there so that's good.

2. Fit into my size 18 wardrobe and give up my size 20 wardrobe for good.

- I tried on my size 18 jeans last week and still can't get them done up so haven't achieved this goal yet.

3. Do more strength-training and try to use heavier weights.

- When I started 6 weeks ago, I was using my 5 pound weights for most exercises and my 3 pounds for shoulder work. Since then, I've been mainly using my 8 pound weights most of the time and using the 5 pound weights for shoulder work so that's good. I'm also learning to appreciate strength training and find that I can burn a lot of calories doing it as well as with cardio. I am also loving the TnT and the 25/25/25.

4. Learn how to use my stability ball.

- I have been using my stability ball for doing crunches on. I still haven't mastered using it for lying down dumbbell exercises but I am trying so this is good.

5. Make use of my Nordic walking poles during the fall.

- I have hiked this fall but didn't take my poles when I went. But I still consider this goal met since I have hiked and I think that's more important than using the poles.

6. Try Frisbee golf.

- I have not tried this. The wet weather as well as sickness and pain have prevented this but the fall isn't over yet so it may still get done. And, if it doesn't, I'll try it next year instead.

7. Don't go out to meals to socialize as much.

- I haven't done much of this but when I did, I prepared by looking at the menu online and deciding what I wanted ahead of time and when I went to my sister's for Thanksgiving, I made do with fruit and veggies at lunch time and skipped dessert at dinner so I feel I made good choices.

Overall, I think that I'm definitely on the right track with this challenge but going forward, I'd like to add these goals (all food-related):

1. Eat more protein.
2. Eat more fibre.
3. Eat more organic foods.
4. Eat more natural foods.

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REDHATSHAPELY1 10/28/2012 7:10AM

    Congratulations on taking an honest look at your progress. You are on the right track!
The idea of going out less to socialize for meals is a good one. Sometimes the phone is the best choice for socializing. It saves a lot of potential calories eaten. emoticon

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IMAGINE_IT 10/26/2012 7:04PM

    It looks like a great Plan Joanna...you put a lot of Thought into it.....and i agree with you...... you are on the right track to accomplish all your goals. emoticon emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 10/25/2012 5:09PM

    Great plan and accomplishments! You are doing fantastic!

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A-STRONGER-ME 10/24/2012 5:47AM

    You've got the PLAN and you've got the ATTITUDE!! emoticon

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 10/24/2012 5:44AM

    You are on your way!!! I've seen such a change in your posts from the beginning of the BLC to now........your confidence is improving..........and *that's* half of all of our battles, isn't it?!

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 10/23/2012 9:40AM

    You are doing great!!! I love your plan. I keep looking at Nordic Poles and thinking about trying them. Keep up the good work. We can do this!!!
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GLASSART43 10/21/2012 2:44AM


You are making progress - congrats on the ST!

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LJR4HEALTH 10/20/2012 9:32PM

    Joanna you are doing emoticon very good review of teh first 6 weeks

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ANGRITTER 10/20/2012 8:28PM

    Go, Joanna! How much extra work is it to be on the BLC teams? I saw that you invited me and I am tempted, but am concerned that I will be biting off more than I can chew.

It seems like some people have a special challenge every week or almost every day. How does that work out? I guess I really ought to check into it. But thank you for thinking of me anyway. I may still join, just need to read ahead and being psychic would be a great help right now! HAHA

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SEATTLE58 10/20/2012 7:22PM

    Your plan sounds so excellent and awesome! I know for a fact that I would never be able to do about half of the exercises because of my RA. I don't knwo if you know, but I have applied for disability and I'll soon have my first phone interview. So, that's the beginning of the stages. I know that I have to one day be on the biologics and if I get approved for disability, I can possibly be on them if we get help to at least pay some of the meds. or some of the premiums of our insurance. We have our own business, so we have to pay our own insurance, and the premiums are becoming out of the world. Well, we know that the biologics expense are out of the world too. I'm so happy that you can do those exercises. About all I do is the beloved recumbent bike and that's good too, and I too do some upper body strength also. Good luck to you and it looks to me like you're well on your way to your next goal! emoticon That is so exciting! emoticon emoticon

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