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Christmas Eve Success

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Of course I did not use the food tracker yesterday, being Christmas Eve. But again, I feel a sense of success. Why? It felt weird not to use the tracker. And as I was mindlessly putting homemade Christmas cookies into my mouth, I stopped and thought, "I don't even like these that much" It was like a sea change, I do not know how to explain it. I enjoyed my food, I did not pay attention to the calories, yet, I felt I was aware. Alive and aware.

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SCOTMAMA 12/30/2011 8:25PM

    It creeps up on you! Now you need to start putting those feelings into effect.

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SUGARSMOM2 12/26/2011 4:02PM

  that is a wonderful way to feel . real and alive .

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LADYBUG1107 12/25/2011 8:22PM

    Great progress!

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VINGRAM 12/25/2011 4:04PM

    Good for you! Merry Christmas! vista

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2500 Calories, Yet Still Success

Friday, December 23, 2011

Even though I had 2500 calories yesterday, my success is that I honestly recorded every single bite.

Previously, I had been only recording breakfasts, or maybe lunches, too, but almost always slacking off on dinners. Still, it was good to record at least half of what I ate. Now I feel I am on the road to honesty. There will be 1800 calorie days and 2500 calorie ones, but if I can firmly establish this habit, then maybe I can get to the 1500 calorie ones, which are the ones that will cause me to lose weight.

I have also developed the measuring habit. I noticed now each day, I measure a bit more. It is incremental. It slowly is developing.

Another success is that I finally got to morning exercise, using the Spark video. I could only do five minutes at first, but the next day I did ten, and the next a bit more. Again, this is incremental.

You do not go from never recording foods, to suddenly recording every single thing you eat. And you don't go from not exercising to suddenly doing hour long workouts!!

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SCOTMAMA 12/24/2011 7:11PM

    It always pays to be honest with oneself. For if you cannot be honest with yourself, who can you be honest with. Not only are you learning how to record and track your food, you are learning other amazing things like measuring! I think we all tend to "under-estimate" the amount we are eating; but there is a big difference between eating 1 cup, but writing down the calories for 1/2 cup. And the list goes on.

You are doing great, you will soon be recording those lost pounds! Have a guilt free Christmas, and a slim 2012!

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CHARLOTTE1947 12/23/2011 8:05PM

    I am proud of you! Especially working out - you'll see results soon with muscle definition. It is SO EXCITING when you can see the effects of your efforts. Keep it up! We're with you!


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LADYBUG1107 12/23/2011 4:31PM

    You are making progress!

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FISHINGLADY66 12/23/2011 12:08PM

    If you don't measure, it's hard to count the calories. I saw a video once that showed how over estimating portions was the big downfall. emoticon on your success's. One day at a Time and One step at a time, until it becomes a habit. emoticon

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CELIAMINER 12/23/2011 12:03PM

    Good for you! I, too, have been slacking after lunch when I know I will have a big dinner, but today I recorded my big lunch. I know I will go over today, and I acknowledge that it is my choice to do so. Thanks for the reminder to be honest with myself.

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QUANYIN1 12/23/2011 11:49AM

    Every journey begins with a first step,yaayyyy for you

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VINGRAM 12/23/2011 10:13AM

    Good job..........

Note to self: Get back to the habit! Merry emoticon

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GAILRUU 12/23/2011 10:07AM

    Tracking your food is a good habit. I have been struggling over the last few months but I still track every day. It is too easy to delude myself into thinking I am not eating too much.

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    Baby steps! Baby steps!

A single step,o matter how small, toward a worthwhile goal is progress.

Make it a great Christmas!

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BREWMASTERBILL 12/23/2011 9:32AM

    Yup, I agree. That's a big success indicator. Once you develop a solid tracking habit, you're gaining amazing vision. It helped me understand where and how the excess pounds were coming on and now in maintenance, it helps me shed a pound or two whenever I need to keep things 'normal'. Continued success to you!

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Success for one day

Thursday, December 22, 2011

My big success yesterday was
#1 Choosing a Japanese restaurant instead of pizza joint for dinner
#2 Skipping the Kirin beer I usually have, sticking to the tea and water
#3 Skipping the tempura I usually have, sticking to the udon soup

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SUGARSMOM2 12/23/2011 11:54AM

  good job . keep up doing the best thing for yourself . you are a winner ..

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FISHINGLADY66 12/22/2011 9:57PM

    Good for you. That's the way to do it. WooHoo!

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JEANNE229 12/22/2011 11:44AM

    woo hoo Carol!

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TWNOMWE 12/22/2011 10:23AM

    emoticon small success leads to the big ones!!

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NELLJONES 12/22/2011 9:49AM

    It's wonderful how living just in the Day really works! Great job!!!

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VINGRAM 12/22/2011 9:19AM

    You are AWESOME!!!!!!!

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MANDALORE 12/22/2011 9:02AM

    good job keep it up! emoticon

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Cooking 101

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I love to cook, and I was going to give myself a challenge to cook all the items in the current issue of Fine Cooking magazine. I love this magazine!! And this time of year with all the visitors plus my mom's birthday, well, it is fun to cook for a purpose.

Now, I am not sure what hand movements will make my thumb situation worse, and if I should just do nothing for awhile.

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TWNOMWE 12/21/2011 4:07PM

    I only love to bake muffins and making salads.
Good for you and you should look for electrical gadgets to help reduce hand movement.
Have a great time creating lovely dishes. emoticon

Comment edited on: 12/21/2011 4:07:56 PM

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VINGRAM 12/21/2011 1:18PM

    I hate to cook........more power to you for the attempt! Hope the hand is feeling better emoticon

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JEANNE229 12/21/2011 10:48AM

    Sorry...what happened with your thumbs?

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Opposable Thumbs

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I have a rather serious physical problem right now. I have either tendonitis or arthritis or a combination of both in my left thumb. My right hand also has problems, but the left is worse. I mean, really worse. You cannot imagine all the things you do with your thumb and forefinger until you cannot use them. I cannot garden, I cannot cook, I cannot tie shoes, I mean, the list is endless. Even flossing is hard. Even holding a book is hard. I went to an arthritis website and they showed another way to hold a book!! After 66 years, how do I change this? Of course, pain is a great motivator. Am I consigned to just sitting around watching tv? What am I going to do with my life? To top it off, my crooked middle finger is really starting to hurt (off and on)

I am trying to ignore it as best I can. I do not think there is really anything that can be done. Just when I was starting a strength program, now I can't lift weights. I cannot do anything that involves using my opposable thumbs!!! Horrible.

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SKIRNIR 12/22/2011 11:16AM

    I agree with the others, see a doctor. If it is arthritis there is no cure, but there are treatments that make it better. If it is something else, then maybe they can do something. See a doctor.

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GEMINISUE 12/21/2011 10:16PM

    Any chance you have a knot under your ring finger? Check this out. I have this.
And I have ancesters from N Ireland & N Europe

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COMPUCATHY 12/20/2011 10:01PM

    That's so hard. My mom had crippling arthritis. You do have to make a lot of concessions for the stiffness and pain that comes with it. Hang in there. Be what you can do...get help with things that you need help with...definitely search the web for tips, help, and advice. Maybe there is an arthritis group here on Spark that would be a good support system, too. Keep up the good work! Thanks for your encouragement! Spark on! emoticon

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SOUPY18 12/20/2011 5:27PM

    Don't give up -- however, see your doctor for a diagnosis and advice.

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MICHIGANLORI 12/20/2011 4:27PM

    emoticon emoticon

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VINGRAM 12/20/2011 4:23PM

    And you are seeing your doctor WHEN?????????

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FISHINGLADY66 12/20/2011 4:05PM

    emoticon Don't give up. Do your best.

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QUILTINGQUE 12/20/2011 3:44PM

    Don't give up hope yet. Where there is a will, there is a way!

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