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Motivation

Saturday, March 31, 2012

It is motivating knowing people read each other's blogs. So, thanks everyone!! I am getting married on May 19. It is all very scary, for lots of reasons. It is also rather exciting and fun.

Food report: was starving by 5pm, ate a "healthy snack", trail mix, at 320 calories, but it was not satisfying. When going wedding cake shopping, I found a bakery that had the most delicious hot cross buns, only available at Easter time, so I overdid it, eating two of them. But when something is special like that, it best not to worry!!

I mean, these were really special. The little cross on top was custard, not that goopy icing!!! And the cake itself was studded with the most delicious dried fruits, not those dried raisins. And delicate spices had been mixed into the dough. I never had anything like it!!!

  
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JACK714 4/2/2012 3:40PM

    Congrats. Always good to have a companion. Blessings...

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SUNRISE14 3/31/2012 3:47PM

    emoticon May 18 th DH and I will be married 40 years ! Hope you are as happy as we have been ! emoticon

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ARLENE_MOVES 3/31/2012 2:56PM

    Congrats to you --- and you sure had my mouth watering with your description of the hot cross buns!

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VINGRAM 3/31/2012 1:00PM

    emoticonHaving been married ...this time #3......this time over thirty years...my best wishes to you! vista

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AVANELL 3/31/2012 11:47AM

    Congratulations on your upcoming marriage! May God bless you with many happy years together. It might be a scary move but taking a step of faith often requires a lot of courage. Have faith that this is the right move for you, pray and depend on the Lord for a happy life together and do your part to make it happen! You will succeed!

God Bless!

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JEANNE229 3/31/2012 10:54AM

    Carol, what a great (even if scary) announcement. I'm sure you ARE excited and nervous. New life-changing events, especially in the "mature" years are that way because we have so much experience with what can sometimes go wrong. THIS however, will be a perfect move for you! My very best to you.

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Goals for today

Friday, March 30, 2012

Spark Goals
1. Learn exercise tracker. Fiddle with it. Somehow, yesterday came and went and I never even did the blog!!!
2. Stick to the 400 calories for breakfast and 400 for lunch. Try to stay under 1000 for dinner.

Personal goals
1. Email travel agent about cruise details.
2. Order wedding cake.
3. Call church director about details re wedding plans.
4. Find wedding dress.

  
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TWNOMWE 3/30/2012 2:42PM

    When is the wedding?
I am with SKIRNIR here I missed a few blogs.
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SUNRISE14 3/30/2012 11:42AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VINGRAM 3/30/2012 10:29AM

    Be sure to check before you enter a food not listed. I have had problems there. Congratulations emoticon

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SKIRNIR 3/30/2012 10:25AM

    Okay, I missed something here, not having read your blog for a long time. You are getting married? When?

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Exercise tracker blues

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Goal for today:

1. Learn exercise tracker. I find this very confusing, but the food tracker was hard to get a handle on, too, and now I feel fairly comfortable with it. I really like my exercise ball and I want to put those exercises on it, but it takes forever to find something that corresponds in the Spark list. They are not done in alphabetical order, which would make it easier. I just listened to Coach Nicole's introduction and will just plod away at it every day until I "get" it.

I realize this is not a goal just for today, but if I try every day, maybe in a month I will have figured it out.

  
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CHARLOTTE1947 3/28/2012 8:15PM

    I get frustrated b/c the exercise tracker doesn't show calories burned for lifting weights. I guess it's just not a perfect system. I agree with HoneyPI. I have invented names for some of the things I do and plug them in that way.

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TWNOMWE 3/28/2012 7:25PM

    Some exercises are hard to find in the list sparkpeople provides. Most of the time I use the one resembling what I just did. Practice makes perfect keep tracking!!!!!
Hugs
Molly

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VINGRAM 3/28/2012 2:20PM

    Mine is easy...minutes in pool and I call it done. emoticon

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JEANNE229 3/28/2012 1:32PM

    I still haven't quite got the hang of it.

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MTULLY 3/28/2012 12:34PM

    I am sure you will have it figured out sooner than that! Good for you for recognizing what you need to do and coming up with a plan to make it happen. You are already a success!

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HONEYPI 3/28/2012 12:01PM

    I use the SP app to track exercise, I'm not sure if the website works the same way, but you can add your own exercises (and give them names that make sense to you), and mark them as 'Favorites', so they will be easier to find again.

Sara

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Tracking, tracking.....

Sunday, March 25, 2012

I found a few people willing to check my tracker and I am checking theirs. It makes a huge difference for me. Just like the banks, I need to be accountable!!!

Everyone is different. I cannot plan my food ahead of time. Every time I do, it just does not work for me. Either it is too much or I don't like it or something is wrong. I tried using Spark's pre-made diet plan, wow, that really did not work for me. I even bought all the special ingredients for it.

A person has to get back to the tracker slowly. For example, first just track your breakfast for a few days, then do breakfast and lunch for a few more days, and then do the whole enchilada. I think it is crucial to track every calorie even if it comes to 3000, which it can. I also think it good to even track every lemon drop or cough drop you put in your mouth, even though they may be only 6 calories each.

Also, I think it entirely normal to stop tracking for a few days, a week, or even more. But if a person has really established the habit in themselves, they will come back to it.

Also, measuring is crucial. When you go out, you cannot measure, so just eat half of whatever they give you and then go to the list and choose what seems closest in ingredients, but do not stop just because you ate at a party and cannot figure it out accurately. A guess is okay.

The purpose is you are trying to establish the tracking habit. The habit. That is what is most important.

  
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SUNRISE14 3/26/2012 9:14AM

    emoticon You REALLY MAKE SOME GOOD POINTS ! I WOULD LOVE TO SHARE IDEAS WITH YOU AND COMPARE FOOD TRACKERS ECT ! WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED ? I AM DOING THE 5% SPRING CHALLENGE THIS IS THE 2 ND WEEK AND I AM ON THE BUTTERFLY TEAM ! IT IS HELPING ME KEEP FOCUSED ! LET ME KNOW AND THANK YOU FOR THE EXCELLENT BLOG ! emoticon

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JOANNS4 3/25/2012 6:48PM

    I do better when I track and measure.


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Where did the time (and calories) go?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Usually, I blog every day day. I see the last one was March 14, and now it is March 22. I have never had such a long lapse. This is very similar to what happens with the calories. Somehow, life starts happening, and time passes, and your intentions are blown into the winds.

Good news: I finally started walking again. Well with more daylight and with spring, it is easier. But I have lapsed on the strength training, and have to get back into that. And I have lapsed on the nutrition tracking. I found a partner, and we would check each other's tracker, but she got busy and is not doing it, and I just can't seem to do it by myself consistently. I wonder how I could find a nutrition tracking partner on spark? The idea would be to check each others food tracker and make comments every single day. Sure we could miss a day or two, but it would work wonders if I knew someone else was reading my tracker.

  
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KINEPS 3/23/2012 9:14PM

    Carol - My tracker is not public, but I can understand how having someone commenting on your nutritional tracker helps you stay focused and in your calorie range, but I wouldn't be much help. There are days when I know I'd like to have ice cream or pudding, so I watch what I'm eating all day so that I have 'room' to eat dessert. Since Linda (geminisue) is willing to take Monday and Wednesday, maybe there are others on the butterfly team that might be able to help you out.

I've found that I do the best when I track everything I'm planning to eat for that day in the morning. It is especially helpful since dinner is our biggest meal and tends to cause the most trouble for me. So I actually start with dinner and work backwards!!!

Good luck -

Maryann


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VINGRAM 3/22/2012 1:15PM

    My food tracker is not public....further, I have not been tracking....bad, bad! emoticon

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GEMINISUE 3/22/2012 9:52AM

    I will check your Monday and Wednesday nutritional tracker, that will be done the following morning (no news is good news)

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SKIRNIR 3/22/2012 9:16AM

    Hmmm, interesting idea. My tracker is public, but never thought of doing that. Could be interesting, but also would be unsure what to say or what another might say to me. IE if they said oh, ice cream again... I would feel the need to justify it to them and I shouldn't have to. If I have the calories, I will sometimes have ice cream. My attitude is there is nothing on the banned list, just all foods in moderation. So don't think I would volunteer, but if a few of us read each others food tracker, you never know when one of us Butterflies might come by. :)

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