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Just for today

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Goals "just for today" Its 5:30 am and I am drinking coffee with real cream (50 calories) and sugar (15 calories)

1. 300 calories for breakfast/400 for lunch/1000 for dinner

check back and note results here:
breakfast: 308
lunch: 553
dinner: 1200

2. Walk 2 miles to bank/2 miles back

check back and note results here:
walked four miles!

3. Strength training: Do at least three exercises from chart

check back and note results here

4. Clean out project: Finish closet organization

check back and note results here

am using the "just for today" phrase from AA, because I think food addiction is similar.

7:30 pm report
Should have had milk instead of beer. Did not have enough calcium today.
At least I tracked everything. That is good.

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MTPOETNH 11/9/2011 12:06AM

    I agree ,tracking everything is very important , even when you make choices that are less healthy. It certainly increases your awareness of how your choices could be different and give you different results.. it is a process we are all going through.. Learning a little each day.. emoticon Peggy

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SCOTMAMA 11/8/2011 8:49PM

    When I first started reading your blog I thought to myself, wow! that adds up to 1700 calories in one day! You can't lose weight with that kind of numbers..... but of course I am basing it on MY weight, MY height, MY age -- yours are bound to be different. I know it's not good when I go over 1250, but of course the heavier you are the more you can eat (and in some cases, still lose).

I like the way you plan things out and go back to note if you have done them -- kind of like building in a motivator! You really do get a lot of exercising, just the walking alone! Wow!

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WINDANCER99 11/8/2011 6:53PM

    I agree with you and like how you posted your goals and then later posted your results.

Years ago when I lived in Phoenix, I attended Overeaters Anonymous meetings. OA, at least at that time, used the same books, the same 12 steps etc. as AA. They're both addictions. The main difference is you can live without drinking but you can NOT live without eating.


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VINGRAM 11/8/2011 4:46PM

    There are a LOT of similarities of AA and over-eating! emoticon

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MIMIDOT 11/8/2011 8:34AM

    Good list. Good luck!

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Calorie Countess

Monday, November 07, 2011

Missed blog yesterday. Feel brain dead right now. (well, it is 6 am) Cannot keep within calorie limit. Just cannot do it. But can exercise. So, that is the good news. Walked two miles yesterday. Did do 300 calories for breakfast and 300 for lunch yesterday, but was starving by 4pm, had to have a 300 calorie snack, and then just had a regular dinner, I am sure too much, did not count it. Will go to nutrition tracker right now and enter it. I have become a calorie countess, counting the calories, but still eating the cake.

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ARLENE_MOVES 11/7/2011 5:25PM

    Everyone said it all. You're doing well!!

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WINDANCER99 11/7/2011 3:59PM

    I plan for an afternoon snack around 3 or 4pm every day. From what you said you ate, it doesn't sound like you went over your daily goal plus you exercised. Just don't give steps. You can do this!

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JEANNE229 11/7/2011 12:40PM

    Being AWARE is the first hurdle. You will get there.

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VINGRAM 11/7/2011 11:22AM

    Me, too........having great difficulty getting back on track - especially in the evenings - since our month long vacation! YIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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LINTPICKER 11/7/2011 10:12AM

    You may want to have an extra snack so you don't starve in the late afternoon. Better to keep the motabolism going at an even pace. You will eat more if you feel like you are starving. Keep up the exercising that is great!

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NELLJONES 11/7/2011 10:08AM

    Sounds like you are on track to me. We aren't supposed to starve, just spread appropriate calorie consumption throughout the day. The goal isn't as few calories as possible, but the right amount. That will result in that slow steady loss that results in a sustainable goal.

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JKURJACK1944 11/7/2011 9:51AM

    Depending on what you ate for dinner, you were on track. After the 4PM snack you had consumed 900 calories. Depending on what Spark has as your maximum calories for weight loss, you could have eaten 550 or more calories and still been in range. By continuing to exercise you are doing everything right. Don't beat up on yourself so much.


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FISHINGLADY66 11/7/2011 9:39AM

    Don't feel bad. Just keep trying, never give up. Start drinking more water to fill you up before eating your food. emoticon

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Saturday, November 05, 2011

plan: walk to park tomorrow......

had to make the blog short because was doing spark while talking to my 93 year old mother on the phone......her high school chum just died....just think they stayed friends for 80 years!!!

there is a birdwatching for beginners thing tomorrow in the park that is only a 30 minute walk way. So I thought i would go to that, and I would have a reason to walk. If I am too tired afterwards, I can take the bus home.

Plan for monday: walk to Apple store for iphone lesson -- about 30 minute walk.

General Plan ---Keep thinking of places to walk to. Allow time for it. Easier to exercise when there is a purpose and it saves gas, too.

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JKURJACK1944 11/5/2011 5:27PM

    That sounds like a good plan. How long does the bird watching session last? That will be walking around too. Have fun.

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MTPOETNH 11/5/2011 4:47PM

    Sounds wonderful... have a great time!! emoticon Peggy

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CHARLOTTE1947 11/5/2011 4:45PM

    You seem to be on a motivational role. Keep it up!!


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Why didn't I realize this before?

Friday, November 04, 2011

Just realized I could set goals on this blog, and then edit it to report back on them. Duh....why didn't I realize this before?

Goals just for today

1. Eat in my calorie range: 1500 -1800
how? did you have 300 for breakfast? yes no ---no, had 455 calories in the blink of an eye
did you have 400 for lunch? yes no -- no, had 525 calories
did you have 1000 for dinner? yes no

2. Walk between one and three miles per day - Yes No --- Yes - 2 miles in morning

3. Do strength exercises 15 to 30 minutes

when did you do them? ________________

amount of time? _______________

Note: am having a hard time formatting this!! Looks different on this screen than on spark blog screen!

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MEME102 11/4/2011 7:18PM

    Keep up the good work!!!

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JKURJACK1944 11/4/2011 4:01PM

    But once you get it formatted it will be a great way to keep track and we can all be cheering you on.


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FISHINGLADY66 11/4/2011 2:20PM

    emoticon Great idea!

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JEANNE229 11/4/2011 1:41PM

    Thanks for the tip! Good one.

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DEMETERSCO 11/4/2011 12:33PM

    This is a great idea - simple and easy. I may borrow it!

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Spark Addiction

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Started fiddling with Spark at 6am, now it its 7:45. Need to walk before 9am because hazardous waste people coming to take away old paint (one of my spark goals: clean out my sub basement) Spark is just so much fun to explore. I never paid attention to that "streak" business, and the goal setting. I am always writing down goals on paper, but not completing them, and now I see I could do goals on Spark. Possibly be more motivating.

Should have set an alarm to stop Spark at 7 am and done my walk. i got carried away with that spark streak page.

Will report back.


11 am - walked 3.2 miles. very inspired by streak idea. would have stopped at 2 miles but want to do a streak of 3 miles per day.

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VINGRAM 11/5/2011 2:44PM

    I, too, am addicted to SP and felt very uncomfortable on vacation and being unable to spark each and every day!

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MTPOETNH 11/3/2011 11:02PM

    Streaks inspire me,too. I am on my fifth week of eating in my calorie range at least five days a week. emoticon I am also addicted to SP and all the great things on this site that help me learn, keep me motivated as well as connected to great Spark friends who give wonderful advice and support. I agree with Tammooo.. no problem being addicted to Spark! I do realize I need to limit myself in time on the site so I can get other things done !! emoticon emoticon

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KAYYVAUGHN 11/3/2011 5:53PM

    I'm with both of you. If I don't have to leave early, I spark with my morning coffee before I exercise. Then I spark some while I cool down.
Then in the afternoon, I get in some Sparking and again at night. If you looked in my office, you could tell, I need to clean more.

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FISHINGLADY66 11/3/2011 2:56PM

    I am addicted also. I spend an hour in the morning Huddling, and reading articles, and getting Spark points. Then in the evening I spend another hour or more reading and commenting on the threads. I need to get more done with other things in my life. emoticon emoticon

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JEANNE229 11/3/2011 11:09AM

    We share the same addiction. I try to limit my time so I can get to the exercise and other goals, but sometimes it just slips away...

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TAMMOOO 11/3/2011 10:55AM

  nothing wrong with being addicted to spark!

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MEXGAL1 11/3/2011 10:53AM

    I love sparks and it's the first thing I do in the morning. I am lucky and retired so it is somewhat of a hobby. I love the challenges and the motivational pages and blogs that folks post.
Keep up the good work. And have a great Thursday!

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DEBJAE 11/3/2011 10:49AM

    I agree, it is addicting. It's so motivating, I just don't want to click off!

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BLACKROSE_222 11/3/2011 10:47AM

    LOL - you are not alone in your addicition! Enjoy the cleaner basement, and the walk!

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