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Almost a year...

Sunday, April 03, 2011

I recently started taking losing weight as a serious endeavor. I was last active on SparkPeople almost a year ago. Gained some more weight and now I am back. It has been almost a month and I actually feel as if like I have some sort of control over my food and exercise.

It is no longer hit or miss. No more diet one day, and forget if for the next few days. Looking back, I can see how easy it is to overeat. I have the time, the money, the willingness to go and get several times a week-- it is too much a good thing. And it can be so mindless.

I know I am doing what I need to do for now, but I do worry about later......

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WEEZIE30 4/3/2011 12:21PM

    Welcome back! We're glad you're here!

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Very tired lately

Monday, April 19, 2010

I was so sleepy at work this afternoon. My plan has been to exercise after work on a daily basis. I talked myself out of it today, at least initially. Once I got home and relaxed for about an hour, I kept thinking about my little "streaks" and I didn't want to mess them up.

So I did it! Surprisingly I am not so tired now!

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JENNY888 7/26/2010 1:03AM

    That's how it usually work for me too.

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ROCKYCPA 4/19/2010 10:49PM

    That's the way to do it - never let yourself down - just go out and get it done.

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WALKWORK 4/19/2010 10:45PM

  Good for you!! emoticon

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SHERWOODCYCLER 4/19/2010 10:08PM

    Way to go. Sometimes exercise is just the thing you need to perk yourself up (it sounds counterintuitive, doesn't it?)

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JESSSPARK 4/19/2010 10:03PM


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    Yay! Keep up the good work!

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Easter Dinner with extended family- mine field!

Sunday, April 04, 2010

My sister and brother in-law are gourmet cooks, and they love to entertain. They are the glue that holds the families together. Perfect hosts, perfect house, perfect food. I was concerned about dinner:

smoked pork ribs / 6 difference barbecue sauces
cornbread honey butter
fingerling roast potatoes
zucchini parmesan salad
cherry tomato / mozzerella cheese salad
giant perfect strawberries
wine / beer
chocolate sponge cake rolled filled with mousse

I plan on 3-4 oz of pork, no sauce, focused on the salads, couple of bites of cornbread.

But that CAKE! Oh my-- I split a piece with my husband.

I would call the dinner a success for m.e, although my downfall was the cake and I am over my calorie intake for today. But--the old Chops would have easily eaten double.

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DALEJR_FAN_TINA 4/7/2010 3:14AM

    You did great. You did stop yourself and not eat the double. Keep up the great work.

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JFANNY 4/4/2010 8:42PM

    You did great and used a lot more self control than I would have had in a similar situation. As it was, I cooked a turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy. No extras. But a treat of some gingerbread for dessert.

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JUST_GOTTA_BE 4/4/2010 7:52PM

    You did awsome! You shared the cake after all :) keep it up emoticon

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C-MERRIE11 4/4/2010 7:16PM

    Great job at having made progress in your habits! I also felt I approached today with a level of sanity, so I am proud of myself, and I extend that to you: I am proud of you! Great job!

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Rough Day

Friday, April 02, 2010

Life sometimes gets in the way of good intentions! Between my life at home, and my life at work I became very stressed yesterday.

All I wanted was big chocolate donut, or better yet, I wanted my husband to take me out to dinner.

I wanted to forget SP, exercise, and tracking my food. So I ate a fudgcicle, and didn't fall off the wagon! A little higher in calories then I wanted but the old Chops would have eaten that donut!

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DALEJR_FAN_TINA 4/7/2010 3:19AM

    I know what you mean about wanting to forget SP, exercise, and tracking my food. I have felt that way so many times in my almost 14 months. I have 3 times. Not do to stress or any other reason. I just didn't give a damn on those days. I am so glad I don't have those days very often. I hope you don't either. You are worth it!!! Don't give up! emoticon

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My virgin blog post!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Okay world, the is a first. I am a Blog virgin. I am surprised I am starting a BLOG!

I am rather new to a lot of this and a little insecure as well. I joined SP one week ago, and gave myself a little time to learn the ropes. I am awed by the site--it is massive. So much information, support, and community. I decided to stay!

SP makes it so easy and convenient to become active. It may take me awhile to learn the ins and outs but I am very excited to be here. Not sure about the "friend" thing, or the spark points but it will come in time.

Most importantly, I feel in control of my eating. As hard as it is, it definitely feels good to live and eat this way.

Looking forward to meeting many of you and learning from your personal journeys.


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    Congrats and welcome to the blog world. :)

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LOSETONEED 3/31/2010 8:38PM

    Congratulations on your first blog. Keep up the good work.

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MUSTAN1943 3/31/2010 7:24PM

  Hi I'm new here. I have a question!!!!! I'm 66 years old and I lost my get-up-and-go. Would someone please tell me where I left it? Being over weight of 50 lbs (due to being very sick)but How do I get energy to get my butt moving again. Any help would be so grateful. Jan

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LEOLO_1 3/31/2010 7:08PM


Great first blog! emoticon

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NEWKIM1 3/31/2010 7:00PM

    Hello Chops!

I am so glad you found Spark and have decided to stay. You are so right, there are soo many tools here and they are wonderful!!! Spark works - if you work it - and the results are amazing!!

Blogging is one of the best tools - a place to vent, ask for help, just speak your mind...and great to look back on as well to see how far you have come!

Don't let yourself get overwhelmed - so wonderful that you feel in control of your food intake - that's great!!!

Take care!

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WATERMELLEN 3/31/2010 6:59PM

    Welcome! Great intro blog -- and this is a great place to be!

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PATRICIA523 3/31/2010 6:50PM

  Hi Chops am new as well an just as overwhelmed, I just joined today and am feeling a little intimidated. looking forward to all the website has to offer.

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DONNAKHA 3/31/2010 6:47PM

    Hey Chops!

You are on your way in this new healthy journey! Congratulations!!

Blogging can be helpful in several ways. You get to review a record of how you reacted to different situations, which can reveal behavior or attitude patterns that you weren't aware of that might get in the way of your health success. Also, it is a great avenue for support from random people like me!

You are so right about the SP site being a vast collection of resources. Don't hesitate to reach out if you need any help navigating the website or the program. To find me again you can just return to this comment in your blog and click on my profile picture or a link that takes you to my spark page. Then just leave a comment!

I'd be glad to lend a hand if you have any questions.

Best of luck,

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