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FitBit Friend!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

SP has recently linked up with FitBit. I have one and like it a lot. Pedometers are intended to track your steps...and fitbit does that...but I also am finding out that it can serve as a motivator for just a bit more.

Last night soon before bedtime I realized how close I was to the 10000 steps we aim for each day. I was at about 9030. When I took the dog out, I stayed on the porch and began lightly jogging in place to try to get those steps up. I kept checking...and kept jogging...and in the end, DID get over 10000 steps.

I have also found myself doing the same sort of thing with climbing stairs. Pushing extra (sometimes right before going to bed!) to get those 10 flights or to reach a slightly higher goal. (just realized this would be a good blog topic). Anyway...I am proud of myself with this little tool that has pushed me into more movement!

FitBit is not perfect...and I recognize that, but it certainly has proven to be a helpful tool and very interesting to me. I have learned a lot about myself..especially about my sleep patterns (better than I thought!) It is my third effort at wearing a pedometer and this seems much more useable and effective than the first two. more point...since FitBit has linked with SP...I am finding that FitBit credits me with more activity than I was logging myself. I only was counting what I could actually track...the number of stairs, the time I walked for exercise. This has proven to be quite interesting.

I do love this little tool that has become my constant companion.

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SANDYW1945 10/27/2012 7:05AM

    Well interesting. I've been thinking about getting one.


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CINA-MINI 10/24/2012 3:04PM

    I am glad you found something that gives you that little extra push.
Thanks for the info. I am going to look in to it too.

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SUNNYWBL 10/23/2012 11:45PM

    the link to spark is the best reason of all!

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MOEE45 10/23/2012 8:36PM

    I just love mine too! i find that it does give that extra push!

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TREVUG 10/23/2012 6:39PM

    I might have to look into one myself. I will have to wait for now though.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 10/23/2012 1:27PM

    I ordered mine yesterday!

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CELEST 10/23/2012 11:24AM

    I still have the pedometer and will definitely look at fitbit when mine conks in. Great on all your hard work and extras.....way to go Asta.

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MOMOSG 10/23/2012 10:24AM

    I've had a few pedometers and they have all failed rather quickly - even the $30 one! If these really are sturdier then the investment would be worth it. I miss the motivation of a working pedometer.

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CHANGINGEMMY 10/23/2012 10:05AM

    That's great!! I'm grateful for any little bit of motivation I can find in the day! I'm still looking at those and saving pennies

Have a great Tuesday Asta!

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STEADFASTNSEE 10/23/2012 8:39AM

  Maybe I should invest in one! Thanks for the information Asta! HUGS

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DRAK416 10/23/2012 8:36AM

  Tyvm for review

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ROCKMAN6797 10/23/2012 8:18AM

    Love it! It does tend to push you doesn't it?! I feel so naked if I don't have mine clipped to my waist at all times!


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Revelation...can it really be so?

Monday, October 08, 2012

There is a 70% off sale at one of my favorite clothing shops. I rarely (make that never) can buy anything in there at full price. Today I dashed in to see what I could find on sale..had two gift cards to spend. The saleslady and I met right off..and I told her how much I love the clothing there..especially for wearing to my dance classes. What kind of dance?" she asked. Ballroom and the skirts from here have been such fun to wear. As I began looking I pulled two shirts off the rack to try...but one is a size 16 and one a size 14. I wear size 18...or do I?

Tried on both shirts..both FIT. Then the sales lady brought me four skirts...sizes 14 and 16. THEY all fit. I commented on the pants I am wearing..a recent purchase in size 18 but I have to roll the waist band. We also noted that the size XL shirt I am wearing is sailing on me. When did I drop a size in my clothes? CAN IT RALLY BE SO?

Anyway...I recently purchased a bunch of shirts etc. on sale at another store...all in 18 or XL. I had noted that they seemed long, but they are knit and comfy. Now I know why. I still find knits more comfortable since they give...but that last five pounds has made a HUGE difference in even woven fabric clothing.

SO I have discovered today that I have apparently FINALLY begun the transition into smaller clothing. Now to go visit my closets and see what fits again after all this time! WHOO HOO!!! (BTW...I purchased both shirts and all four skirts.) Can't wait to wear them to dance in!! emoticon

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TREVUG 10/17/2012 5:22PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon That is fabulous Asta! I remember when I finally got out of my larger clothes. I am still wearing larger clothes, but not those clothes. Good for you.

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JERZYDEB 10/15/2012 6:41AM

    So happy for you, and when you dance in your new clothes, you'll be losing even more weight, and have to go buy more - hopefully your favorite store will give you a frequent buyer discount, because you'll continue dropping and going down in size ! Great Job !

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BEEBEE1936 10/10/2012 7:34AM

    That is such a wonderful feeling isn't it. To be able to wear a smaller size. I have experienced that feeling but not for a long time.

Congratulations and keep up the good work. emoticon

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CINA-MINI 10/10/2012 2:34AM

    That is SO fantastic! Keep up the great work!!!

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CLAUDEM1 10/9/2012 3:05PM

    Well done you! That is thrilling. I'll bet that revelation was as sweet as getting your sale items. Keep it up, Asta! You are moving in the right direction.

Claude xo emoticon

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CHANGINGEMMY 10/9/2012 11:07AM

    That's wonderful!!! Doesn't it make you feel wonderful. Keep up the hard work!!

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CELEST 10/9/2012 9:46AM

    What a fun revelation to have. Fun and exciting. Bet you're going to look a treat in the new gear too.

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STEADFASTNSEE 10/8/2012 8:28PM

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GAMOMMY3 10/8/2012 7:49PM

    emoticon That's very exciting!!!!

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SUNNYWBL 10/8/2012 5:59PM

    emoticon A great revalation, for sure! Have fun with your evolving body and keep up the great work. emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 10/8/2012 5:52PM

    emoticon it's all that exercise, dancing and possibly the recent diet changes.

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COOLCALLALILY 10/8/2012 4:53PM

    Congratulations, Mom!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Wheat or gluten free?

Friday, October 05, 2012

I was asked if I am going gluten free or what. I am not totally fretting about whether there is wheat in everything I eat (gave ketchup as an example which may be inaccurate...but I have already switched to an organic one so can't double check) but am choosing not to have all the breads and rolls and other things I LOVE. It has been a bit of a mindset adjustment...eating lunch without the bread has been interesting on days I have to "take a sandwich". I am learning to carry a plastic fork along...I can (make or) order a sandwich and eat the insides and take the bread home to my appreciative doggie! So far, I haven't confronted cookies or cake (I did have some of the gluten free brownies I made for my daughter) or other major triggers. If success breeds further success, I am sure it will get easier...and that it won't kill me if I DO succumb to temptation at some special event (read: wedding cake or something similar). husband has already started talking about me making "gluten free" choices...which I never mentioned. Just the wheat in general and in obvious places are in my target range right now. Will there be more adjustments to this choice later? Maybe.

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    The snack eaten between meals, rolled up in a lettuce leaf; is a great suggestion I heard of a few years ago. Precook some brown rice and have it in your fridge. Put a little rice on the lettuce leaf with a small portion of turkey breast, chicken or tuna and fold it up. These are great for snacks between meals. The Michael Thurman diet suggested this to help control your hunger, keep the blood sugar level through the day and while not adding fat, nor spiking your blood sugar emoticon .
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Also it is wonderful about your ever shrinking waistline!

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CLAUDEM1 10/9/2012 3:12PM

    Asta, here's something I read that might be good for you. Use iceburg lettuce leaves in place of bread for sandwiches. Just fill, fold and eat. Yum!

Claude emoticon

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CLAUDEM1 10/9/2012 3:10PM

    I am also trying to cut back on flour goods.

Comment edited on: 10/9/2012 3:14:06 PM

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SUNNYWBL 10/5/2012 5:10PM

    For me, the secret was giving up the white stuff, sugar, rice, white baked anything, I stick to 100% whole wheat bread for great nutrition. I eat brown rice for the same reason. No instant oatmeal for the same reason.

If sugar in any of it's forms is in the first 5 ingredients on the label, it is not for me. I love fresh fruit and am working on eating more fresh or frozen veges.

Since I am salt sensitive, I usually keep my daily total below 1500. I don't eat out much for this reason. emoticon

PS For sandwiches I use 100% whole wheat thins.

Comment edited on: 10/5/2012 5:12:37 PM

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BOOKWERME 10/5/2012 3:49PM

    LOL....changes in ME or changes in things like Ketchup? Just kidding. I will let you know OnlyTemp. as things develop. I do FEEL different, though not sure I can identify it exactly other than to say less firm and can sense my midriff shrinking some. Wonder if I have a measurement of that recorded anywhere?!!! Guess I should measure now just in case! emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 10/5/2012 3:34PM

    Keep us posted on any changes you notice.

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BOOKWERME 10/5/2012 11:14AM

    oh groan...let me go double check. emoticon

RE: CHECK I have already switched to an organic ketchup...and have no idea why I was so sure it was in there. Probably my mistake. BUT that does emphasize the need for label reading. Wheat IS hidden in a great many products where you wouldn't expect it. Now I will have to begin searching just to satisfy myself that I am telling the truth. Eek. Thanks Callalily for bringing my error to my attention. emoticon

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COOLCALLALILY 10/5/2012 11:05AM

    Wait... ketchup has wheat in it?!??!? Really?!?? I've been GF for 5-6 years and I didn't know this??? Yikes. emoticon

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Wheat, Diet Soda and a brief update

Thursday, October 04, 2012

I think it was about three weeks ago that I decided to try going wheat free to see if I could break through the "stuck" mode I have been in for way too long. Up, down, up, down..but not real progress. Then, about a week after that (or was it two) I decided to see if I could stop the diet soda stuff, too.

It has been much easier than I expected. I have had some surprises at when I would be brought up short realizing "I DON'T eat/drink that any more!" (Notice..not "I can't"!) of this morning, I have lost FIVE lbs...and am now back to where my ticker has been waiting for me, serving as reminder that I have been there! I have changed nothing else. Still dancing, mowing, walking, doing stairs...eating the same other than the wheat and soda changes. I can FEEL the change, too.

Something I really find interesting is that when the scale shows even just a one pound loss...I FEEL thinner and lighter and more "can do" all day.

I am aware that the scale may bounce numbers up and down still...but I am seeing and feeling the ultimate progression. I am pleased. emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 10/16/2012 8:56PM

    lost you again emoticon

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CLAUDEM1 10/9/2012 3:16PM

    Yay on the 5 lb loss! Sometimes just changing it up can get things moving again.


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CINA-MINI 10/5/2012 12:09PM

    Glad to hear you have had success! I know what you mean about being one pound down. It feels like you won something! Congratulations!

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BOOKWERME 10/5/2012 11:22AM

    Doubled checked on the wheat in my ketchup..and I was mistaken. I have, however, switched to an organic ketchup some time ago. Read lables...find that wheat if you need to...even if it is NOT in ketchup.

Sorry for the probable "OOPS!" of erroneous statement.

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COOLCALLALILY 10/5/2012 11:04AM

    Wait... ketchup has wheat in it?!?!?? Really??? I've been GF for 5 or 6 years and I DIDN'T KNOW THIS??? Yikes.

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MOMOSG 10/5/2012 10:44AM

    Good job! It's nice when you discover something just doesn't hold the same appeal as it used to. Thankfully I've never had much of a soda habit but the wheat thing .... I like breads of all sorts. I try to minimize wheat but it isn't completely out of my diet. I wonder sometimes if it would help but I struggle to completely remove it.

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GAMOMMY3 10/5/2012 9:34AM

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CELEST 10/5/2012 9:25AM

    Wonderful! I've made a few changes myself and feeling the benefits. I think I will try giving up the wheat too and see if it makes any changes in my numbers.

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COOLCALLALILY 10/5/2012 7:59AM

    Good job, Mom! emoticon emoticon

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SUNNYWBL 10/5/2012 12:24AM

    Is it all wheat or only gluten? I understand diet soda, it's just not good for you. As for wheat, what in particular have you given up? I'm curious.

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SANDYW1945 10/4/2012 11:36PM

    emoticon That's great. Wheat is pretty hard on me. When I don't eat it, I lose pounds too. So I stay away from it.

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STEADFASTNSEE 10/4/2012 11:01PM

  I need to try something. I GAINED 30 back! Maybe if I gave up just one or two things or practiced portion control like I did tonight it might work! HUGS

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Diet Soda (need I say more?)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Just as I am not eager to give up wheat but think it worth trying in an effort to make changes to benefit my health, diet soda is another habit I keep saying I must quit, but never seem to make the choice to do so. This article might just be the incentive I need.

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STORMYSKYS 9/28/2012 2:28PM

    Just wanted to give you a high five for getting diet soda out of your eating plan. For years they told us, this is the answer to sugary soda, and now we find it came with a price of it's own. I also want to thank you for all your visits and kind words to my blog. I always look forward to your comment. By the way... you have a beautiful daughter there ma'am.

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CINA-MINI 9/27/2012 12:04AM

    I gave up soda over a year and a half ago. At first, the headaches were terrible, but after a few days, it wasn't so bad.

When we go out anywhere, I take water with me. Jeff has had the habit of carrying an ice chest with him every where he goes. It has become a habit for me as well. If we do go to a restaurant, I will bring my own bottled water in with me. The taste of soda doesn't appeal to me anymore.

I hope you can kick that bad habit for good!

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CLAUDEM1 9/26/2012 8:10AM

    Asta... diet soda? And I thought you were Mother Earth. You post such interesting ideas on getting healthy, but listen... I understand. I don't share that addiction, but any addiction is hard to break; sugar, carbs, you name it.

When I eat out (which isn't often), I always order bottled water. It's a little more expensive than tea at times, but it's worth it. Every bottle of water contains 2 or more cups of water, and we could all use more of that.

Perhaps a good solution would be not to bring it in the house, but to indulge in one when you eat out. That way you are drinking it less often, but are not depriving yourself completely. Psychologically, if you say to yourself, "Stay away from soda," you'll probably crave it more. That's how I am with dessert after dinner. Just find ways of having it less often.

Claude xo emoticon

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BOOKWERME 9/24/2012 4:15PM

    I have been known to 'make lemonade' with water and lemons and whatever sweetener is available..but sometimes even the lemonade doesn't kill the chlorine taste (or worse) of some of the restaurant waters. I have begun using stevia but don't always have it with me..working on that. Just as water tastes vary, so also do the teas...the one today was bitter and cloudy. Uck...but I loaded it with lemon and drank it anyway. I brew my own tea and have mastered fixing it JUST RIGHT with stevia and lemon or key lime. That is the standard against which other places are measured. Some have good tea, most don't. Same with all has some kind of taste to it. I have filtered spring water at home; Clean and fresh tasting.

It is not my intention to be picky, but that is also how I have managed to eliminate so many bad-for-me things from my diet; By being choosy about the things I CAN and DO enjoy. I will find a way over this hurdle I hope.

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LAURIE160IN2013 9/24/2012 4:07PM

    Try lemonade sweetened with stevia, or even Kool-Aid sweetened with stevia. I know, nothing can really take the place of soda (we call it pop here); I enjoy one can of diet cola maybe once a month as a treat. Good luck!

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DIZZYLJS 9/24/2012 12:28PM

    Just say NO! to soda! emoticon

Soda, would be better to give up even before wheat.

And, my husband uses soda to clean the battery terminals on the car! It works, and also tells us something!


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GAMOMMY3 9/23/2012 11:44PM

    When my husband and I were dating I had a serious diet pepsi addiction. One day while he was working on my car, a bolt was stuck in place. He grabbed my soda and, much to my protesting of wasting my soda!, he poured it on the bolt and it loosened right up! Just ate all that crud away so that he could get it off... so I started rethinking diet soda then and there.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 9/23/2012 9:22PM

    She is so right! Hope you can kick it out and keep it out of your life.

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COOLCALLALILY 9/23/2012 11:35AM

    YES, Mom, diet soda (all soda!!!) is terrible terrible terrible for you!!!

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