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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Today is not my weigh in day. BUT, I do step on the scale frequently just out of curiosity. I have been on SP for several years and my weight has been up and down the same few pounds..over and over. In January, I decided I needed to shift gears. Obviously, what I was doing wasn't working.

Made some changes...then was frustrated since it seemed to be taking forever to get ANY results. This morning, my casual step on was another surprise...hope it is still that way Monday! For the second day in a row, I appear to be down another pound..which will be a total of nine. THIS time , with no UPS to go with the DOWNS! Can I really be making progress FINALLY? I sure hope so. I am seeing it in my clothing...I feel great. Our recent schedule changes have messed up sleep patterns (time change just made that worse!) but over all, something is going right!!! Now if I can just keep it going!!! I haven't been here in several years...and in just a couple more pounds, will be under 170 for the first time in over 6 yrs. Guess we will see. My delight in today's developement has me thinking about what I will wear to the Memorial of Christ's death held April 17th! What will I be able to fit this year!!!?

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MOMMYNURSE 3/20/2011 3:14PM

    I have thought about that too Asta. That's another 4 weeks away so we may be even skinnier by then!
I am SO gonna try on new stuff this week. I know I've been in a size 12 but I'm down 7 lbs since I last went clothes shopping. I'm curious to try on some 10s just to see how tight they are :)

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CINA-MINI 3/18/2011 8:45PM

    I really like that jacket you showed just a little while back. That would look so nice with a cute skirt!

Great job! I am so happy that the scale is moving for you and in the right direction!

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CELEST 3/18/2011 11:56AM

    That was cute Laurie. I can imagine how much fun you are going to have trying on and preening yourself in front of dh to get his intake on your dresses too.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 3/18/2011 1:17AM

    I am so glad for you. SP tells us we need to change things to get our bodies going. I'm trying to change some of mine too and it also appears to be working as the scale is going down too. Like you, I hope it keeps dropping. It will feel great when I get into the 170's.

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RASCALSMOMMA 3/17/2011 11:55PM

    That pretty one over there! NO wait Asta! This ones better--how bout this? Try em all girl. You are doing it! HUGS Laurie

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Link to satellite photos before/after earthquake and tsunami

Sunday, March 13, 2011

I found these photos amazing...and they really bring home the magnitude of this disaster.

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JOYCEATH50 3/15/2011 3:22PM

    There was something on the news this week about how many power plants we have in the USA. I didn't realize there are over 100 here! We definitely need Jehovah to bring to ruin those ruining the earth. I am glad that our Heavenly Father is keeping his eyes on the situation here...or "no flesh would be saved". We all need to keep our faith strong and our love for eachother alive. All the friends are never far from my thoughts and in my heart and prayers. I look forward to the time when we will all know eachother as well in person as we do in our faith. What a wonderful organization we have that gives us this likeness of mind and purpose. Love to you.....Joyce

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CELEST 3/14/2011 8:10AM

    Absolutely heartbreaking. Powerless to do anything to help from this side except to constantly try to reach peoples hearts about how close we are to the end, which is the good news too because it means the end of all these disasters.

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RASCALSMOMMA 3/13/2011 10:20PM

    Dont forget about the reactor as well. Poor Japan has a real fight on their hands. One of the comments I made in one of the articles I wrote something about them evacuating the country and WHERE were they gonna GO? Still wondering Thanks Asta

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ONLYTEMPORARY 3/13/2011 10:07PM

    This is so devistating! They showed so much of this on the live feed we watched. Our area is also on a fault.

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CINA-MINI 3/13/2011 9:34PM

    Oh my goodness! My heart is just breaking for them! I saw on the news that there are so many people dead and still missing. It is just terrible!

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FITWITHIN 3/13/2011 8:22PM

    It's so sad.

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CHRIS3874 3/13/2011 6:56PM

    wow I am sure thankful I wasn't there. I feel sorry for those poor folkd that were.

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Plateau or just slow?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Today Sparks sent this info in one of the emails:
"Question: How do I know if I've reached a plateau? What can I do to jump start my weight loss again?

Expert Answer: If you've been exercising and cutting calories for several weeks, and you're no longer seeing the same results that you experienced in the beginning, then you've probably hit a plateau. This occurs when your progress comes to a standstill, and can be described as not making any "gains" (such as improving your fitness level or losing weight), but not necessarily moving backwards (losing endurance or gaining weight). "

The rest of the article directs us to more info re: plateaus.

HOWEVER, it struck me that "no longer seeing the same results that you experienced in the beginning" suggests a plateau...but I am seeing EXACTLY the same results....VERY very VERY slow weight loss. Thus, according to the above comment, I am NOT on a plateau...this is just slow going. And I AM seeing gains...slowly..but steadily.

I have been on Sparks for years now. Some folks have done astonishing things in that time. This year, I actually got so frustrated/aggravated, I reset my tracker...higher than when I started! That was an awful feeling. I also have concluded that since I wasn't really losing successfully, I needed to keep changing things till something happened more effectively.

I AM much much much more healthy than when I started. I feel the difference in so many ways. BUT, my blood sugars HbA1c has barely dipped...the pounds cling resisting my efforts to peel them off..though they are going s-l-o-w-l-y. My clothing is fitting differently..but the tape measure belies my success.

When I stepped on the scale this morning, I didn't even realize it was registering another little loss...but one I have been aiming for and wanting for a long time. Official weigh in is will wait to see if it is a true loss. Last week's hope was dashed on Monday.

BUT, the conclusion of the matter, all things having been heard...I am NOT on a plateau....just on a very slow moving effort (that seems herculean at times!) I am not discouraged though at times it is frustrating indeed. I know there are so many ways to measure progress.

Best of all, though, is I FEEL GOOD, I am IMPROVING my HEALTH and I know I am saving and protecting my life.

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SANDYZEE 3/12/2011 9:21PM

    Good for you. I am a slow loser too. The only time I really appreciate that fact is when I am NOT losing or I have gained.
I guess acceptance is the word. LOL

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ONLYTEMPORARY 3/10/2011 7:54PM

    Aren't they great articles? When alls said and done, feeling good and improving your health is what counts most. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CINA-MINI 3/10/2011 5:38PM

    I am glad you are determined not to give up! There are so many great ways to see progress. Even though the measuring tape and the scale are moving slowly, feeling better is fantastic!
Great job on your progress!

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RASCALSMOMMA 3/10/2011 4:57PM

    what counts is your health asta! in that you are headed in the right directon

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CELEST 3/10/2011 2:24PM

    I couldn't agree more..... emoticon

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procrastination and determination

Friday, March 04, 2011

What IS it with me and procrastination!!!? I usually (not always) have plenty of time in the afternoon to get myself busy with my exercise activities...yet I manage to get involved in umpteen other things...and then find myself nearly out of time to squeeze in my workouts. This week, I have chosen to do the same workout nearly every day..instead of alternating as I am trying to do...but haven't allowed enough time for!

Same for the challenge strength training...I put it off and put it off...this week, I won't be able to allow a day in between sessions like I have heard you should (not that this is a strenuous workout!)...I have put it all off till I am nearly out of time.

Well, the positive side of all this nonsense is that I DIDN't skip things. I DID do what I needed to. I am staying focused on what needs to be accomplished..even if it is a bit on the late side. I WILL get it all done.

AND, maybe, just maybe...I saw another budge on the scale this morning. Hope so. emoticon

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BOOKYETI 3/10/2011 9:42AM

    I know that "P" word all too well. :( *hugs*
I also think this time of year it's very hard to keep up with an active routine (I know it is for me). But you're doing awesome - you are not skipping things at all! :)

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CINA-MINI 3/7/2011 8:06PM

    I am a master procrastinator myself! Unfortunately, Jacob has learned it from me.

At least you do fit your fitness in! That is great!

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NTSOHLTHNT 3/5/2011 12:16PM

    Yes, I know it well and don't have an answer for you other than when it pops into your head that you should do it, do it before you can say "later". It comes down to how you want to feel about yourself when "later" arrives--good because you did it, or not so good because "later" is now and you either haven't done it or you're stressed because you feel you have to squeeze it in. Sigh...there's really nothing wrong with you, we're right there with you as most of us are master procrastinators. :-)

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HERDOFNONI 3/5/2011 12:38AM

  how else to deal with procrastination but to say "i'll do it later"

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KELLEY106 3/5/2011 12:12AM

    I'm big on the P and small on the D

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ONLYTEMPORARY 3/5/2011 12:03AM

    They both know me well emoticon

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RASCALSMOMMA 3/4/2011 10:59PM

    The old "p and d"? Im a master at both! I am Determined to procrastinate! lol hugs gn

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Hard to be patient

Monday, February 28, 2011

I usually have an abundance of patience for a lot of different things.

I have to admit, though, it is hard to be patient with this slow weight loss effort. I know other things are better ways to judge progress. I am not discouraged as I can definitely see progress in other ways. BUT!!! It sure would be nice to get some results on the scale and with the measuring tape. emoticon

Today was weigh in. No change..again. emoticon I am not perfect at staying in the calorie range but I surely should be getting better loss. A nurse/friend reminded me recently that it is harder for diabetics to lose weight. Whew...I have to agree...though I have never lost weight easily..ever. My MIL can try ANY fad diet that comes along and lose weight on it (she can't keep it off permanently though). I can work like crazy at the same diet, and have no success. I don't even bother trying them anymore (haven't for yrs now).

I don't think lower calorie intake is the answer...I aim for 12-1500 a day and that is a healthy range that should get results. I have boosted my activity/exercise levels...and will do so even more soon when the mowing season starts. Last yr I mowed OR worked out..this year will mow AND workout, I guess. Something has to work!!

I LOVE hearing others are losing steadily each week. Some of the numbers amaze me! I really admire the effort some people go to for health and fitness. I am astonished as what some have accomplished.

So, what's the matter with me? Is it just the diabetes? Maybe. Seems like this journey is taking an awfully long time, though. I am fighting to bring down my blood sugars....working at working out more intensely...and that does take time to build up...I don't like being sore. I keep pushing forward, but I admit, slowly. Even though my clothing is fitting differently, I have yet to drop a size..and the measurements pretty much don't show the can that be?

Ahhh well, it is gray and raining...with thunder rumbling. Guess I will go get my exercise done. I will be pleased with my hr + spent with Leslie as we walk five miles together with the rain drumming on the porch roof outside. emoticon

See you all later! emoticon

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LOVINGMYSELF101 3/1/2011 12:34AM

    Oh Asta (((HUGS))) I always remind myself, that it is our efforts to better health that make us happy. No matter what the scale says, it is how we feel, our relationship with food, that matters the most. Ask yourself, 'Do I have more energy? More stamina? How am I today as compared to a year ago, six months ago? Am I more flexible? Do I drink my water faithfully?' These are all as important, if not more important than what the scale says. How does your heart feel? I know it would thank you if it could. A good friend always told me, keep steppin!

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2CATS2LOVE1 2/28/2011 6:52PM

    I know what you mean. My weight loss is slow too. But, don't give up. My sister lost 60 lbs doing Atkins and has kept it off 8 yrs! She told me sometimes the pounds come off one at a time and sometimes five at a time. Don't give up!! We can do this!!

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LOVE2WALK1 2/28/2011 6:47PM


My dear friend, I feel your pain! Same situation. But what keeps me going is knowing that even if the results are not on the scale I am healthier on the are you!

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GAMOMMY3 2/28/2011 6:35PM

    Hi Asta,

Have you considered talking to a nutritionist about your diet? He/she may have some ideas for you. Just stay balanced. The ultimate goal is to be healthy to serve Jehovah.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 2/28/2011 5:20PM

    Asta, I started reading the new paperback edition of the Spark, it reminded me that when we get stuck, stalled etc. to go back and do the 28 day start as it kicks our body back into gear. I think I'm going to try that.

We're being poured on tight now so will probably have snow in the foothills and on us later since we are to have snow over the next few days. Has to get colder down here though.

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CHRISTINA791 2/28/2011 5:19PM

    For me, the blood sugar ended up being the key.

I've tried to lose weight properly a few times with no luck (to be fair, I didn't stick around long enough to really see if it would work - so bravo to you for pushing on with less-satisfying results). Before I started up again this time, I made it a goal to get my blood where it needed to be, and that seemed to take care of a lot of issues right from the start. I don't know if the bad glucose levels were stopping my body from losing weight or if I simply have more energy and feel better, but either way it's working now. Sometimes it's slow, but it's been fairly steady over the last several months.

I think that sometimes we need to focus on just one or two things at the start, get those under control, and then build from there. At a certain point it kind of snowballed for me, where I went from feeling sluggish and sick to actually feeling fit and healthy (my test results agree).

Good luck!

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ENDURANCEWINS 2/28/2011 2:46PM

    BTDT! I know how discouaraging it is. So many people I know will diet and lost weight so quickly, but I've always been a snail, even in my younger years.
I agree with Mamatobi, it will probably show up once your body has made it's adjustments. From what you've posted, you are working out quite a bit, so most likely, you are building muscle, which weighs more. I think the only reason I'm losing is because I'm only doing the MORE program, plus I have a lot to lose.
Remember, Teresa does say that most likely we won't lost anything and may even gain for a while. It will WILL, but I know it's hard to wait.
You do a great deal of good here at SP; you are very encouraging and appreciated. emoticon

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BOOKWERME 2/28/2011 1:52PM

    Thanks, Tobi. I have been at this for yrs now...have actually lost 17 lbs..but had gained and lost the same few repeatedly..and I don't idly change that tracker! Healthwise, though, I have come SO far...but have yet a long way I can still go. You are right about the New World being the ultimate resolution to all this struggle! Thanks for the encouragement. emoticon

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MAMATOBI 2/28/2011 1:47PM

  I find myself trying to focus on other things. My weight is NOT dropping rapidly. But like you said...I feel healthier. I can walk up stairs without being out of breath. My mood is much better.

I am a numbers I focus on meeting my workout minutes for the week. I count working out...playing with the kids...housework...anything that has me moving. I also during the nice weather plan on focusing on watching miles go up...and reward myself after so many of those.

I know it is disheartening. My instructor told me that it could take up to 3 months before the scale may even move a little. And that it will likely go up. (She has been right)

I also figured out I was not eating enough. Hang in long as you are feeling healthier and notice little differences you are going the right way.

It will take the new system before we really know how it feels to like our bodies. emoticon

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BOOKWERME 2/28/2011 1:31PM

    I have a whole collection of clothing I could wear if I could just knock off 13 more pounds..maybe even less than that. But, here I sit. Still, I KNOW I AM getting healthier...I can do things now that I wouldn't even contemplate a few yrs ago..and it continues to get better and better. SO, That is something good. emoticon

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CELEST 2/28/2011 12:30PM

    That is disheartening. Funnily enough, my sister eats waaaay less than her hubby and exercises muuuuch more than he does, but if they decide on a healthy diet, he shrinks she does not. Its been a bug bear forever in their family. She has only put on about 8kg in the 34 yrs she's been married, but the family still consider her overweight and flabby. Try as she may, she remains the same.....just like you.
She still wears a tartan checked shirt she had when she breast fed her 32 yr old son as a baby. She keeps it just to see if it will ever wear out.
She also gets down in the dumps over this issue.

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