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Friday, November 09, 2012

I've commented before that I am amazed at the tremendous amounts of weight others have lost in the years I have been a SP member...and I couldn't seem to budge a mere 20-30. I finally had an effect change I needed to make a change. I had done that in the beginning but just got comfortable...and stuck in place.

If you look at my recent blogs...I began a series of tiny changes. First no wheat, then dropping diet soda. Then I began the 100 steps at a time to make up for not being out mowing or dancing in recent weeks.

I finally broke through the pound barrier and hit 169....something that had eluded me as I went up and down and up and down.

I've discovered I am down a clothing size. I am frequently stepping extra steps just randomly during my day. (goal is at least 10000 a day) I am making extra trips up the stairs just to get to ten flights a day. My weight has been absolutely steady since I quit the yo yo bouncing up and down.

Today I got a shock...DOWN one more pound. REALLY down! Am I pleased??? emoticon You might say that!!!! emoticon

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon So inspiring! emoticon

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SUNNYWBL 11/10/2012 12:01AM

    I'm so happy to hear it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FATDADDY531 11/9/2012 9:29PM

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ONLYTEMPORARY 11/9/2012 8:53PM

    emoticon I am too! Love this fitbit.

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CELEST 11/9/2012 4:33PM

    emoticon What a feeling...utter elation. I'm so glad for you my friend.

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STEADFASTNSEE 11/9/2012 2:42PM

  Now if only I could make some more changes! But you are doing so great!! emoticon emoticon

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COOLCALLALILY 11/9/2012 12:32PM

    Awesome, Mom! Great job! emoticon

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LRK4CHRIST 11/9/2012 10:47AM

    Congratulations! It's worth it to keep living healthy. U can do this!

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The thing about 100 steps

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

I bought a Fitbit last June. I was mowing all summer..usually an hr at a time, and taking dance classes each week. I didn't always make 10000 steps, but those activities really help boost the number of steps in a day. I began seeing stair climbing in a positive light...and make it a daily goal now to do at least ten flights of stairs each day (sometimes doing the last ones right before bed!) emoticon

The first time I was close to 10000 and felt it doable to add steps till I met the goal..I had taken the dog out for last "tinks" before bed..and I decided to just walk in the circles. emoticon The dog followed for a while, and then lay down to watch her crazy human. I reached my goal that night. I was just walking.

Now that the mowing season is over and DH is working construction we aren't going dancing much...I am suddenly confronted with a challenge of getting those 10000 steps in. So...I began jogging in place...just counting to 100. This began as a means to reach the 10000 goal ...and I was jogging on the porch while Daisy went Tinks. But then I began doing it more and odd times during the day...just because I had a minute and could do it.

Lately circumstances have had this 100 step thing be my main activity for exercise along with the stair climbing. I can do it ANYwhere...any time. AND, apparently I am building stamina...I did a quick 500 on the porch and was neither breathless nor sore...nor tired. Now I am beginning to wonder how many 100 steps can I do together?

Anyway..I have found this a great way to boost activity. I can do it in the bathroom, on the porch, in the yard, in my bedroom...any time I have a minute or am waiting for something/someone. No equipment needed. It gets the heart rate up, builds muscle and stamina...and is quick and easy.

So the thing about 100 steps is.....that it is helping me reach my goals...and might help YOU, too. emoticon

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JOS4EVER 11/11/2012 6:36PM

    Great idea. Easy to do. No equipment needed. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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    THANK YOU emoticon

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    Asta, makes me think of the power of 10... or in this case, 100! :)
What an awesome idea! emoticon

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PYNETREE 11/7/2012 8:21AM

    This is making me realize I NEED to get moving. Wondering if I would be compelled to do more if I track it closer? That is what I am going to try...

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CELEST 11/7/2012 7:31AM

    It will make you strong and it will burn calories long after you stop also. Win win...good for you and you have awoken the need in me to get moving again.
Looking forward to my first REAL walk. Not just in fs or cleaning house, but walking for lifting my heart rate with is the calorie burner we need.

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TATTER3 11/7/2012 6:39AM

    Keep Sparkin'!!

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SANDYW1945 11/7/2012 6:32AM

    Good idea. I don't have a fitbit.

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BOOKWERME 11/6/2012 11:43PM

    No challenge intended..but hey, if it spurs you on, GO for it!!! emoticon


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ONLYTEMPORARY 11/6/2012 11:42PM

    Awesome, I'll do what I can too as long as this body lets me. emoticon

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STEADFASTNSEE 11/6/2012 11:22PM

  I'm gonna try it right now. HUGS

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A one step success!

Monday, November 05, 2012

DH and I love to go to a Chinese buffet in our area. I usually load up on veggies and fish...and a few special favorites. Today was the first time I have gone there since I decided to quit wheat. I was a little bit nervous about going, not sure how I would do in making wheat free choices. But it was amazingly easy!!!! I did skip the spring roll and the other couple of special favorites...but loading up on the good-for-me things were quite sufficient. I am so pleased with this success!!!! emoticon ME!!!

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CELEST 11/6/2012 9:56AM

    I love Chinese food too.....glad you found a way around staying wheat free and eating out. emoticon

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FATDADDY531 11/6/2012 8:51AM

    Sounds like contentment to me! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon YUM emoticon

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STEADFASTNSEE 11/5/2012 8:24PM

  emoticon YOU! emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 11/5/2012 5:33PM

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

I am really excited this morning. emoticon

I have been on SparkPeople for years...and watched others lose literally hundreds of pounds. I wish I had tracked how many times I have lost and relost the same 10 to fifteen pounds. Today I FINALLY had a break through and am seeing 169 instead of 170 or more on my scale. It may be a two pound loss, actually, but my old scale is not all that will wait to be sure. But that still doesn't diminish my delight in that surprise this morning.

My realization some weeks ago that I couldn't expect different results if I kept doing the same things has paid off. The changes I made were not dramatic...dropped wheat and diet soda...and have been working at getting ten flights of stairs and 10000 steps a day. The steps vary but I have done well with the stair climbing. Lately, since I haven't been mowing or dancing...I have found myself jogging in place..counting 100 steps frequently through out the day to try to boost that step count.


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SUNNYWBL 11/7/2012 3:56PM

    I've been meaning to ask you where your steps are? I only have one step in my house, so I'm hoping you'll have an innovative answer for me! emoticon emoticon

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DONSDUMPLIN46 11/3/2012 11:45AM

    Wonderful...I too have lost the same 8 to 15 lbs for the last few years...So I know how you feel...I too soon will be where you are actually loosing new lbs...It is exciting...Way to go...Keep up the Great work!!!!!!!

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    Glad you've found the switch! :)

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CLAUDEM1 10/31/2012 7:33AM

    Asta, I am so happy for you. You have left the 170's behind!! I love seeing brand new numbers.
It's great that you have chosen to do stair climbing, because you target different muscle groups that way. No easy feat!
Keep up the momentum. You are doing great!

Claude emoticon

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LAURIE160IN2013 10/31/2012 12:11AM

    I'm so happy for you! It might seem like you're losing slowly, but without all that hard work you might have gained instead of lost.
To get a bit extra from my running in place, I slip a resistance band around the leg of a sturdy object (in my case it's a workshop-type table made of 2x4's) and hang on to the ends. This video shows an example. I can't tell what he attached the resistance band/tube to, but you get the idea:

Good luck!

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STEADFASTNSEE 10/30/2012 10:00PM

  Well done! HUGS!!!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 10/30/2012 4:36PM

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CINA-MINI 10/30/2012 3:41PM

    Congratulations!!! I know exactly how you feel about the scale saying 169 instead of 170. I get SO irritated when I see 170, but I know it's because of something I could control and didn't.

Way to go!!!!

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COOLCALLALILY 10/30/2012 3:39PM

    SO PROUD OF YOU, MOM!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon Love you! emoticon

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PYNETREE 10/30/2012 10:51AM

    Happy for you! Those are both significant healthy changes!

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GAMOMMY3 10/30/2012 10:48AM

    I bet that feels wonderful!!!!!! Well done!!!! Makes you feel like dancing, huh!!!

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CHANGINGEMMY 10/30/2012 10:18AM

    That's wonderful!! I'm with you I've been on SP for about 3 years and have lost and gained many times the same 20 lbs. I'm currently stuck at the same 15 lbs lost for about a month. I guess I should be glad I haven't gained.

Your motto you can't expect different results doing the same things makes soo much sense. Thanks!! You've hit me this morning!!

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CELEST 10/30/2012 10:12AM

    That IS fabulous, I'm soooo thrilled for you. Good work gets good results...every time. Revel and enjoy the loss, you earned it. emoticon Now back to finishing my meeting prep.

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SHAME on Jack In The Box

Friday, October 26, 2012

I LOVE Jack In The Box ....the Chicken Fajita Pita is a healthy choice that tastes great. A good choice for anyone watching calories..but also for a type two me. emoticon

Today I went through the drive through and ordered our usual...two Chicken Fajita Pitas and two teas. One unsweetened and one half sweet/half Unsweet, Both with lemon.

The server apologized and said that they no longer serve UNsweetened tea. That they now offer a mango something or other tea instead. WHAT???????????????????

I was aghast...NO unsweetened the SOUTH? emoticon This limits me to water. I don't drink soda...I CAN'T drink the sweet tea and the mango tea has who knows what in it..but I don't want a fruit tea anyway. So that leaves buying water. NO THANKS (We ended up going to McDonald's to get the tea!)

The folks who work in Jack In The Box can't explain the WHY of this. They were all so nice. It is NOT their choice. I tried calling the 800 number on the spot to complain! I ended up on hold too long so had to wait till I got home and went online.

BUT, This is such a BAD decision by someone at Jack In The Box. Shame on whomever made this decision!!! I don't like you very much, for sure!!!

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    We don't have a Jack-in-the-box anywhere near where I live now but I used to like going there. Sad that they have made this very poor choice to no longer have UNsweetened iced tea available.
Our local Subway dropped it too some time back and replaced it with some flavored teas, even tho they did already offer raspberry tea.
I do understand adding on fruity teas, especially as more people pull away from sodas. But eliminating plain old unsweetened tea is completely the dumbest thing they could do.
Once in awhile we'll get food from Subway still - but not as often as before since the only thing we can drink there now is water. The flavored teas have all sorts of additives we must avoid.
This whole food-intolerance/allergy thing is really getting nuts in my household - at first it was just Jessi & Dany and we all adapted. Then I got added to the list, Dany moved away, and now Becca is added on - and with recent changes our household size is now 4... 3 of whom must avoid one or more of the following: corn, soy, wheat, dairy, blueberries, peanuts, walnuts, and gluten. It's really hard to find any sort of restaurant that's safe enough to eat or drink at!

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GAMOMMY3 10/29/2012 2:38PM

    I don't usually got to Jack in the Box so was unaware of it. I only drink UNsweetened tea, so would be very disappointed. Maybe if enough people emailed them?

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BOOKWERME 10/28/2012 12:45PM

    I cannot, in my wildest dreams, imagine that unsweetened tea is not a good seller in the southern US. This is Iced Tea Country!!!!

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CELEST 10/28/2012 12:39PM

    We dont have Jack in the box where I am, but I know the feeling of something healthy being discontinued....very very frustrating. Here they always use the same excuse...its not a good seller. I cant argue with that, but it makes me mad when I can no longer get the thing I want.

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SMILE2HAPPINESS 10/28/2012 12:29PM

    That is terrible!

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TATTER3 10/28/2012 6:39AM

    I'm with you!!!

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SANDYW1945 10/27/2012 7:03AM

    I wonder what
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ONLYTEMPORARY 10/26/2012 9:53PM

    Bad move on their part.

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CHANGINGEMMY 10/26/2012 9:00PM

    That's crazy!! It's easier to make than sweet tea as well. Oh my!! Not a good decision for sure!!

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KIMCOLLINGS 10/26/2012 6:26PM

    It's so unfortunate that restaurants/fast food places seem to make most of the food unhealthy. Even when it sounds healthy, like fish, fresh broccoli, and ends up being smothered in butter, oil, sauce; breaded, deep-fried, boiled within an inch of it's life. It takes all of the benefit of the original good food away. I love unsweetened tea. Would be sad if I didn't have it available any more. Wish healthy restaurant food could be on the voters ballot ;)

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2BEHEALTHYME 10/26/2012 6:03PM

    Thats too bad! I find it difficult to find unsweetned tea anywhere nowadays - many of them are thre fruit teas and its just too much darn sugar!

I am a huge fan of the fajita pita - I order that everytime I go there!

Hang in there!

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