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Domino Effect of Imbibing.......

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I have done quite well, eliminating alcohol for the last two weeks. Last night, I had prepared a really nice dinner that just called out for white wine. We sat in the dining room, as the sun went down over the ocean, it was beautiful. But I sipped twelve ounces, half a bottle, over the two hours!! I tracked it in our trusty food journal here, and that wine just put me over the top. Then because of the wine, I was craving chocolate, which further ruined my calorie count. On top of that, I could not sleep that well, because of the wine. So, it was a downward spiral, which could have been corrected by having only one glass!!! Why is it easier to have NO WINE than to have one glass????

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CAROLEE1945 3/29/2011 3:53PM

    Thanks for your comment Vista. You put it so well . Alcohol lowers a person's resistance to other foods. I am trying to come up with a compromise. Maybe pour one glass out, and put the bottle in the fridge. When you leave the bottle on the table, it looks pretty, like the ads in the magazines, but either you or the person you are eating with, just unconsciously refills the glass. It is seems to be automatic.

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VINGRAM 3/29/2011 3:50PM

    I don't know the answer to the WHY......but I do know I have quit almost completely because of the very reasons you encountered! It's just not worth it to me to drink my calories - much less deal with the lowered ability to refuse other stuff. I have enough trouble without the alcohol on that level! My monster makes an appearance at least once a month and I have 3000+ calorie day. So far, I've been able to kick myself mentally and get back on the band wagon the next day.

Yesterday is gone. Start strong today and remember the lesson!

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Weigh your foods, my friends!!!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Thanks to my Spark friends, I did the food journal all day yesterday, and have gotten to a good start this morning.

Last night for dinner, I put pasta on a plate, the amount I felt would be normal. Then I weighed it. Oh my!!! When I realized the calories in such a small amount, I felt sad, but I divided the pasta in half and that is what I ate. Oddly enough, when I measured it, the calories were different, much less. My conclusion is that weighing is much more accurate.

Now it probably makes no difference, but the very act of weighing, which takes a bit more effort than measuring, well, it firms up my commitment. So, I advise people to just try weighing foods for a week. And use grams. All those fractions with ounces are a pain!!!

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HOLISTIC5 3/28/2011 4:38PM

    Isn't it amazing how easy it is to distort portions !!!!!!

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VINGRAM 3/28/2011 3:51PM

    Good for you...........and good attitude! vista emoticon

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday, March 27, 2011

I was away from Spark because of my trip to Calistoga, and now I find it hard to get back to it. I lost weight when I was sick for two weeks, but I see myself returning to my eating patterns. It is so simple to lose weight: eat less calories, that it!!!

So hard to do. So utterly hard. Especially when eating with other people.

I have lost my motivation. I need to keep thinking about my knees, and how happy they would be if I lost ten pounds. Somehow, it just all seems like so much damn work to do it!!!

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 3/27/2011 4:42PM

    Jump back in here with us! We're here for you!
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VINGRAM 3/27/2011 3:01PM might want to look at my pics.....they tell the whole story. Not only are my knees happier, but so are other parts of me. DO NOT GIVE UP!

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LBZ_2DROP 3/27/2011 11:50AM

    Carolee - just keep thinking about the happy knees. Yes, it's work, but I read somewhere to think of this as a job. Something you have to do every day.

You CAN do it!!!! emoticon

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Spark Sparkler Addiction

Friday, March 18, 2011

I am becoming addicted to Spark! I think it is a healthy addiction. I just read their article on osteoarthritis. Now, "I know all that stuff", but I need continual reminders as motivation. The big three help prevent it: weight, exercise, and diet.

I already have arthritis. Getting up in the morning is hard, I know if I could lose even five pounds I would feel better. Why is it so hard to lose even one pound a week when I have been so religious about entering foods in the tracker?

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VINGRAM 3/18/2011 12:18PM

    Ditto the addiction and the arthritis! And the addiction to Sparks I intend to keep.....the arthritis is SO MUCH BETTER after losing the weight! Back, hips, knees.........unbelievable!!!!!!!!! Keep doing what you are doing - it will work!

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thursday, 2/17/11- Food Showdown

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Well, I see the point of the points. It is almost 8pm, I only had 19, so I thought I would post a blog. I thought I already had, wow, so easy to forget. I am getting regular with tracking my food. And then doing the end of the day analysis. If I am low on certain vitamins, then I take a vitamin. I wonder why I always am under on protein?

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VINGRAM 3/18/2011 11:54AM

    Protein, Vit K and Vit C are my downfalls almost every day! emoticon

So I have added K and C and am working on the protein!

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