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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Yesterday was a better day, even if it meant being at work.

Monday, Feb. 18:
Morning Coffee
Organic Valley Organic Half & Half, 4 tbsp 80
Kirkland Daily Multivitamin, 1 serving 0
Regular Coffee, 2 cup (8 fl oz) 5
Optimum Gold Standard Natural 100% Whey Vanilla - 1 scoop, 1 serving 130
Total: 215

Breakfast
Blackberries, fresh, 0.5 cup 37
Blueberries, fresh, 30 berries 23
Raspberries, 15 raspberries 14
greek god's greek yogurt traditional plain, 1 serving 130
Manitoba Hemp Hearts Raw Shelled, 2 tbsp 113
Total: 318

Lunch
Bird's Eye, Frozen California Blend 4 cup 100
Amylu Sweet Carmelized Onion Chicken Burger, 2 serving 280
Butter, pure irish (Kerrygold), 1 tbsp 100
Total: 480

Afternoon Snack
Oranges, 1 large (3-1/16" dia) 86
Total: 86

Dinner
Boneless Porkchop, Center cut, 4oz., 1.75 serving 315
Spaghetti Meat Sauce (with ground turkey), 0.5 cup 90
Spaghetti Squash, 1 cup 42
Total: 447

Evening Snack
Safeway Select Slow Churned Chocolate Moose Tracks Ice Cream, 0.5 cup 150
Chocolate - Dove Dark Chocolate Promises (5 pcs), 0.4 serving 84
Total: 234

Daily Total: 1,780
Calorie Range per SparkPeople - 1790 - 2140
This is for a goal of losing 1 lb a week, burning 2550 cals a week to reach 199 by the first week of December, 2013.

Calorie Deficit:
Eaten 1,780
BMR* 2,180
Exercise 891
Total Burned 3,071
Differential -1,291

It's never good when one can eat crap and still stay in range! Ah well, back to a better track.
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GINGERHAWK 2/20/2013 9:39AM

    I can totally relate - I had several days of 'crap' eating and am now hoping to get things back on track for the rest of the month. Nice job on doing better - you can do it!

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GAYLEP67 2/19/2013 8:50PM

    You're doing just fine Candy. So you eat a little crap every now and again. As long as you're not consistently bingeing, I think it's okay. Indulging a little every now and then should also help to ward off the bingeing. Cut yourself a little slack...
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MRSBENNETT2 2/19/2013 7:41PM

    Yeah, don't apologise for ice cream and chocolate. Sometimes you gotta have some sweetness! :)

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IMIN2GENES 2/19/2013 6:26PM

    There's a lot of good there too! You may have some crap; but you still did well. I have a hard time staying in range period, let a lone with crap. You're moving in the direction you want to go so just keep on trucking! Nobody said we had to be perfect all the time...
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SUSUSUZZZIE 2/19/2013 4:02PM

    I hate to disagree, but I think it is great that you allowed yourself some crap and managed to stay in range! I think that is terrific! Focus on the positive and staying in range is hard enough sometimes. Sure there, may be some "crap" by some definitions, but there's a whole lot of nutrient rich foods here too. We don't have to do everything perfect all the time to make this work.

Of course you can tell me I'm a dope because...confession...I ate 700 cals of chocolate yesterday (and could have had more) and I went over my range by 500 cals. But overall my nutrients were good. Sigh emoticon

We bought our last two spaghetti squash of the season I'm afraid or I need to look harder to find ithem :(

Have a better day today!
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PS - I need to find those hemp hearts...putting it on the list so I can make that happen.


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GETFIT2LIVE 2/19/2013 3:10PM

    One step at a time, Candy. Keeping the calorie count in line is important; getting the quality of the calories better is another piece of the puzzle. You're on the right track overall, keep going!

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Putting my head down..

Monday, February 18, 2013

I'm sure I've used that as a blog title before, because it's an important phrase for me.

When I'm tired, when I've been going for a while, when things get a bit tougher, this is what I do. I put my head down and keep going. If it's raining. If it's hot. If it's uphill. If it's a struggle.

Put your head down and keep going.

I'm not down. I'm not down on myself, and I've not lost my enthusiasm. I'm a bit funky today, yes. I do feel the need to stop concentrating too far ahead and just watch my feet making forward progress - both physically and metaphorically.

We'll resume examining my nutrition efforts tomorrow. Yesterday was not my best day, thanks very much hormones and grumples. Onward to a better day today.

Oh yea - another positive trait? I'm stubborn. Sometimes I prefer to call it being determined.
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MRSBENNETT2 2/25/2013 11:20PM

    I like this method too. Works for me - lately I've been getting some of my best thinking done when I walk...just one foot in front of the other, head down.

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ROBBIEMARIE 2/19/2013 4:42PM

    Now, now! It's not stubbornness, it's strong spiritedness! :-) That's what we always called it with our oldest ever since she was a little tyke and everyone told us she was so stubborn. Of course, now at 33 she is a licensed clinical psychologist with her PhD! Yep, strong spirited, just like you!

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HEYBUTT 2/19/2013 1:02PM

    This blog was timed so perfectly. It reminds me to harness my own stubborness and use it for good (achieving goals) and not sabbotage (getting pouty and eating poorly out of spite).

Thank you.

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HEALTHYHEIDI12 2/18/2013 11:25PM

    That's good, simple advice: put your head down and keep moving forward. emoticon

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PARASELENIC 2/18/2013 3:33PM

    I prefer tenacious or unyielding-- and I see you as both of those. You don't have to compromise your goals because of a funk-- you plow through it, own it and be done with it.

Sometimes eyes on the prize is NOT the great way to go-- when you're tired or feeling down, things exaggerate. The long walk to the car is now EPIC. Left foot, right foot-- you can do that. It's in your sights, and always will be. I echo your feelings, and I'm glad that you shared this, because I need a little "left foot, right foot" right now myself.

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SUSUSUZZZIE 2/18/2013 1:41PM

    Sometimes putting our head down is all we can do. It's not our favorite times, but we usually come out the other side in a much better place.

Love your determination!

Wishing you a super-short period of head-down focus and many brighter days on the other side.
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ROXIT22222 2/18/2013 1:27PM

    Really funny about this blog. I remember your blog about 'putting your head down' and the relation to many different things. One of them being how you get through that hard part of a run.... With all that I'm doing right now I have quite a few of those moments, while running, and while bike riding. I find that for me it's the mental of that light post, or the top of that hill is sooooo far away... if i look at the ground and focus on my stride, and my breathing and my form I don't focus on how long it's seaming to take to get some place. And then as I'm watching the ground go under my feet I think of YOU! Yes YOU! You and your head down blog. True story and now you write about it again.

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ENDUROVET 2/18/2013 1:22PM

    Amen, sistah... wish I had had the fortitude to do thus during Sat's ride. Failure doesn't leave a good taste in my mouth.

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COOKWITHME65 2/18/2013 1:18PM

    I like your being determined vs stubborn!

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KATYDID412 2/18/2013 1:13PM

    Thanks for posting this. A good reminder. Just keep swimming.

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FRUITYFUL 2/18/2013 1:08PM

    Thank you for the reminder. I too need to just keep my head down and press forward when the going gets tough. Stubbornness is one of my traits too, although I'm not sure if it's always positive. I guess most of the time it is. I've been told that I'm too stubborn for my own good.

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IMIN2GENES 2/18/2013 1:07PM

    Us stubborn folks rule! Even if it takes us a little bit longer.... LOL!

Hope your funk passes soon. Take care of yourself!
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I'm noticing a pattern..

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Apparently it's easier for me to blog on odd-numbered days LOL Yesterday, Feb. 16, I ended up busy and out of the house all day and didn't have a blog in me (see??)

First, I blame the hormones. That's right, I'm playing the 'female' card and PMS card. I can battle through a lot of things, have and do, but boy this stuff just sneaks up and whacks you in the back of the head like a 2x4. If I knew how to combat that and prevent it from happening, I would be rich.

Enough of the blame game. I was weak-willed, had a relatively bad refined-carb day on Thursday, and followed up with a relatively bad refined-carb Friday. I resolved the eat cleaner and healthier for the weekend, and that lasted right up to the point where Bill put moose tracks ice cream in our basket yesterday at the grocery store, then scooped same-said into a bowl in the kitchen, then placed that danged bowl in my hands, complete with a spoon.

*Note - I'm a grown-*ss woman. While it would be convenient to blame Bill for the ice cream, it's not really true or fair. I paid for it, after all LOL and I am well acquainted with saying 'No.'

I keep failing at 28DL, but I keep on trying, rather than quitting altogether. That should count for half-merit, right?

Yesterday really was pretty good, ice cream aside. I had a good run before anything else. I spent the day at OHS doing various training classes to further my usefulness to the shelter, then made the rounds with Bill to different groceries to pick up supplies. To make up for forcing me to buy that blasted ice cream.. heh.. he made me yummy lemon salmon with delish veggies.

I did manage to sleep in until 5 yesterday (which is great compared to getting up every day at 4) but woke at regular time today. It's crazy, but I feel better when I'm up and busy and going all day long than I do when I'm forced to sit 9-10 hours a day. Yet more evidence that I do need to get away from my desk job even if it means a reduction in what is admittedly a pretty stress-free means of living. We've been very fortunate that we are comfortable currently, but that comfort pales when day in and day out I'm in a situation that leaves me unhappy and unhealthy in a variety of ways.

I missed my positive posting yesterday, so you get a two-fer today!

I am passionate - whether its for my family or for the shelter or for whatever cause/reason, when I commit to something or someone, it is whole-heartedly. Having said that, I wish I could commit that passion to my own health and well-being, nutrition and fitness!

I am punctual - I arrive when I say I will, if not earlier than intended. I can't stand to be late, and I fret if for some reason I inconvenience someone else because of my timing. For Bill, this may seem more like a flaw in me than a positive trait, because I hate to change plans mid-stream LOL but that's his issue, not mine, right?

Today I'm all about at-home chores - laundry and dusting and puppy wrasslin' and dove herding and prep cooking. There may also be some movie viewing and DVR catch-up as well. A day of rest, if you will, to recharge and re-energize.

May your Sunday be everything you wish of it, and more.
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VICTORY2XS 2/18/2013 7:23PM

    Great blog!

Denise
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ALICIALYNNE 2/18/2013 12:42PM

    Good job on accepting responsibility for yourself!

Also, repeatedly trying is much better than giving up! Just keep trying!

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COOKIE_AT_51 2/18/2013 8:25AM

    I LOVE all the things that you do for the animals. I wish you were here to work with our shelter but I know the animals are blessed to have you there.

Give yourself a big emoticon and use that passion on yourself! You are such a giving person and sometimes it is hard to put ourselves first. That is something I am working on too.

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GAYEMC 2/17/2013 3:01PM

    Enjoy the day and the dogs. How nice Bill cooked you something healthy to go with that ice cream!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 2/17/2013 10:35AM

    Don't beat yourself up or discount merit at all! I know, I know...we want the gold star, but in my book, "keep trying" when not completely succeeding is worth a heck of a lot more than outright success. "Keep trying" when "failing" is really-really-really hard! And that is compounded by lack of sleep and hormones. Your "keep trying" is making you grow and get stronger and soon you will celebrating while you move on to the next challenge!

I'm struggling with the same desk job thing and I really admire the positive steps you are making with OHS. I wish you a job alternative that will keep you comfortable enough while making you really happy!

Have a wonderful day and I hope you get enough sleep and feel better soon.
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ENDUROVET 2/17/2013 10:21AM

    My current weakness remains Starbucks frappuccinos; if I could just kick that habit I'd have a big leg up!
& yes, I know all about being fired-up about everything BUT my own health...

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BELLSES 2/17/2013 9:58AM

    Sometimes it is easier to be passionate about something that helps others vs. something that helps us...

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ELRIDDICK 2/17/2013 9:20AM

  Thanks for sharing

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I know, I know..

Friday, February 15, 2013

I missed yesterday. Work has remained ramped up a bit, so by the time the day is done my brain is squished and I'm more than ready and happy to step away from the keyboard!

We're going to skip the nutritional analysis of Wednesday and Thursday. You can check my shared nutrition tracker if you're really interested. Yesterday ended up with dinner out, thanks to Bill. I ended up over calories in, and short on calories out. It happens, and I'm moving on.
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It was a nice Valentine's day in that Bill brought Bubbie down to work and we walked along the waterfront together. It was a wonderful way to spend my lunch half hour, with my two favorite guys.

My sleep pattern is out of whack right now, which is wreaking havoc with my willpower and motivation. Waking up at 2:30-2:45 am makes for a very long day and being extra tired piled on top of being work-brain tired!

Plus you know what happens when I'm tired at night at home - I inhale the snack cabinet at every opportunity. Between the 28DL challenge with Team Zombie and not wanting to have to work off extra lbs for next Wednesday's WI, I'm fighting against the urg.

I'm hoping I can catch up a bit of sleep over the weekend, although it's said that you can't really catch up on more than an hour of sleep a night, so.. we'll see.

Something positive about me - hmmmm.
I have been contributing positively to my group at work, and making suggestions that are well received and may help improve our users' experiences in the midst of large, potentially uncomfortable changes.
ie - I'm schmart!
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My running has suffered this week, in that I haven't. At all. I've walked, but it's not the same as running. I will. I will run tomorrow morning before my training class. I'll end up spending a good 4-5 hours at the shelter tomorrow, which is not a hardship for me at all! We're planning on going to the grocery after that to stock up on essentials, then spending Sunday smothering the puppies with love, and doing laundry. Sounds like a plan!
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MARGARITTM 2/18/2013 2:39PM

    Overtired = overeating to me....hope you fare better.


Looking for normalcy is an unending search!

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SPEEDYDOG 2/17/2013 7:52AM

    Candy,

What do you do for a living? Work has become insane for me as well. I am not sleeping well. I have been given a huge promotion at work. I am now in the process of hiring a staff. It is a nightmare.

Thanks, Bruce

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FEISTYOWL 2/16/2013 1:01PM

    Yay, lack of sleep is one of the worst things I think - it messes everything up! Hope you've gotten a little more and the willpower has returned!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 2/15/2013 8:42PM

    Sleep is so darn important to keeping everything else working right. I really need my sleep and I'm deprived right now and it isn't helping me either. Let's hope we'll both have different stories to report soon.

Enjoy your good rest this weekend with the family so you can tackle work and all else! And good luck with your 2 or 3 things.

PS - your coworkers are lucky to have such a schmart gal on their team! LOL!
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PARASELENIC 2/15/2013 7:49PM

    YOU ARE SCHMART.

Have a great weekend, babe. Glad you had a good vd. Inhaling the snack cabinet-- yep, been there. It happens, but you are so dang even keel about this that I bet when you inhale the snack cabinet you still end up in range, dangit.

Love to you. serious.

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GAYEMC 2/15/2013 4:07PM

    Better walking than nothing! WTG on staying out of the snack drawer. And thanx for the weather forecast. Ok, OK, I guess I'll sign up for Hop Hop. Too bad the weather can't stay like this all weekend! Enjoy.

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MRSBENNETT2 2/15/2013 2:58PM

    That's the right idea...pick yourself up and move foreward. It'd be nice if we had a rewind button sometimes, though!

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GRANDMABABA 2/15/2013 2:57PM

    I'm struggling with the sleep thing now, too, so can understand your frustration. Hope it gets better soon.

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FRUITYFUL 2/15/2013 2:25PM

    I don't function well when I'm short on sleep. I hope you can get rested this weekend. Enjoy the sunshine while it's here, they say the rain is coming!

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REALLY_ROBIN 2/15/2013 2:17PM

  Have a great weekend...and hope your able to get your sleep back in a regular pattern! Being tired is really difficult for sure! Hugs...Robin

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Geez..

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I really thought I'd have time to blog yesterday, but time just slipped away from me. The last two days have been unusually busy at work, which is good because it keeps my mind engaged, but it cuts into Spark time LOL Hmmm..

Monday, Feb. 11:
Morning Coffee
Regular Coffee, 2 cup (8 fl oz) 5
Kirkland Daily Multivitamin, 1 serving 0
Organic Valley Organic Half & Half, 4 tbsp 80
Optimum Gold Standard Natural 100% Whey Vanilla - 1 scoop, 1 serving 130
Total: 215

Breakfast
Blueberries, fresh, 30 berries 23
greek god's greek yogurt traditional plain, 1 serving 130
Nutola, 1 serving 265
Total: 418

Lunch
Kirkland chicken breast (canned), 8 oz 240
Vegetables Mixed Blend (1c=30cal/serv) Asparagus Stir Fry FlavRpac, 2 cup 60
Butter, pure irish (Kerrygold), 1 tbsp 100
Parmesan Cheese, grated, 1 oz 129
Total: 529

Afternoon Snack
Pears, fresh, 1 pear, medium (approx 2-1/2 per lb) 80
Total: 80

Dinner
Cheddar Cheese, 2 slice (1 oz) 228
Best Food Mayo, 1 serving 90
Jalapeno Peppers, 0.5 pepper 2
Kirkland Turkey Burger, 1 serving 200
Roasted vegetables, 1 serving 186
Total: 706

Evening Snack
Walnuts, 2 oz (14 halves) 370
Total: 370

Daily Total: 2319
Calorie Range per SparkPeople - 1790 - 2140
This is for a goal of losing 1 lb a week, burning 2550 cals a week to reach 199 by the first week of December, 2013.

Calorie Deficit:
Eaten 2,319
BMR* 2,180
Exercise 765
Total Burned 2,945
Differential -626

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Tuesday, Feb. 12:
Morning Coffee
Regular Coffee, 2 cup (8 fl oz) 5
Optimum Gold Standard Natural 100% Whey Vanilla - 1 scoop, 1 serving 130
Kirkland Daily Multivitamin, 1 serving 0
Organic Valley Organic Half & Half, 4 tbsp 80
Total: 215

Breakfast
Broccoli Slaw, 3 oz 25
Egg, fresh, 2 large 144
Coconut Oil, 2 tbsp 234
Roasted vegetables, 0.5 serving 93
Total: 497

Lunch
Kirkland Turkey Burger, 1 serving 200
Butter, pure irish (Kerrygold), 1 tbsp 100
Roasted vegetables, 1 serving 186
Total: 486

Afternoon Snack
Banana, fresh, 1 small (6" to 6-7/8" long) 93
Total: 93

Dinner
Turkey Chili, 2 serving 295
Total: 295

Evening Snack
Walnuts, 2 oz (14 halves) 370
Total: 370

Daily total: 1955
Calorie Range per SparkPeople - 1790 - 2140
This is for a goal of losing 1 lb a week, burning 2550 cals a week to reach 199 by the first week of December, 2013.

Calorie Deficit:
Eaten 1,955
BMR* 2,180
Exercise 303
Total Burned 2,483
Differential -528

This was likely a higher deficit, but when I got home yesterday, I changed out of work clothes and forgot to put my Fitbit back on. We walked 2 miles before dinner, then by 7:30 I was ready to crawl into bed with a tension headache. As I said, work's been extra-busy lately and I think my brain just needed to shut down early.

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Yesterday I was able to slide my jeans down without unbuttoning or unzipping.
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And NO it was not after wearing them all day, either LOL that does happen, but this was first thing in the morning, fresh off the hanger. I love when that happens.

I'm still working at being sugar/sweetener free for the 28 Days Later challenge. I must admit some contraband has snuck into my mouth (I have no idea how it got there, swear!) but for the most part I'm hanging tough. I do realize I miss it, more than I should.

Oh yea. I was all pumped up for the LCW yesterday, but it all fell apart. I was suppose to walk at lunch - I didn't. I felt too busy to get up and leave the building at that time. I was suppose to run after work - I didn't. I felt too icky to run so settled for a walk instead.

I'm usually more determined than that, and I know logically that DOING something almost always makes me feel better. I just gave in.

That was yesterday. Today, I don't have a choice - those kennel kids are going to make sure I get my steps and walking in tonight, no matter what!
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I wish you all a good Wednesday - if it's your Weigh In day, may the scale be kind. If it's your Hump day, may you enjoy it!
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WALKAWAY 2/13/2013 3:02PM

    Congrats on the jeans. Always makes me feel good when something that was snug starts to loosen up. Keep up the awesomeness! emoticon

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SUSUSUZZZIE 2/13/2013 2:46PM

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LOVE your NSV! Congrats on all of the progress as a result of your hard work!

Sorry to hear work is crazy and causing tension...not good! I hope it gets better soon.

And have a wonderful time with the KKs!



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GINGERHAWK 2/13/2013 2:15PM

    Yay for the NSV - that's awesome!!!!!!! emoticon

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REALLY_ROBIN 2/13/2013 1:17PM

  Candy, I'm so happy for you....having your clothes getting loose is awesome! I think going for a walk yesterday when you weren't feeling it is a huge victory! Happy Friday Eve to you....make it a great day! Hugs to my neighbor to the South! Robin

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ALICIALYNNE 2/13/2013 12:00PM

    YAY, what a great NSV!

LOVE the picture of the dogs pulling the people! That's definitely what happened back when I had a German Shepard!

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FRUITYFUL 2/13/2013 11:59AM

    I hate it when work interferes with my Spark time! emoticon

Don't you hate it when you forget to put your Fitbit on? I haven't done that for a workout, but for regular every day stuff I have, and it drives me nuts! I want everything to count! The new one coming out, that goes on your wrist and you can wear in the shower, is looking very tempting to me.

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PARASELENIC 2/13/2013 11:33AM

    NSV of awesomeness! Nothing is more telling about weight loss than the clothes you are familiar with suddenly becoming unfamiliar to your body.

I'm glad that the sugar free week is going well despite not being perfect. I hope you blog something towards the end of this 28 day experiment, letting us know your observations about a sweetener-free life... from energy levels, tastebud changes, weight loss, cravings, to food difficulties, etc. I'm not planning on doing it myself (got a plan that's working for me so far-- if it ain't broke don't fix it) but that's not to say that I'm not generally curious or open to it if/when my current plan starts to stagnate with my bod....

As a question: If you calculate your differentials over a month, and compare that to your net loss over a month, does it balance out?

How do you feel about the accuracy of your fit bit? I've looked into them, but I'm a little skep about it as I like to swim- do the elliptical- and I got fat on my regular activity so I don't know if knowing that will be helpful/hurtful, ya know?



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