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Saturday, June 04, 2011

Your calorie goal is 2332 a day says livestrong.com
to lose 1 lb. peer week at my present weight.

So far, eating this number of calories per day has been successful for me. the first day I faced not going over that by late evening eating, I begged you all for help. You were wonderful and encouraging. Honestly I did not think I could do that.

People who are eating way fewer caleries , let me do this experiment without comment........please.

Late evening eating has been a problem for over 30? 40? years with only temporary stoppages.

I am on my way to water aerobics. I will weigh myself there. It will show if this new experiment is working.

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  I think I'd trust the livestrong site. I wish you all the best. I know for me, sometimes I'm more hungry, and if I really pay attention to that, rather than just wanting to munch, I know that some days I need more food than others. I just try to stay with real foods, mostly organic or at least not full of junk like high fructose corn syrup. Going gluten free makes that part easier. Few GF foods have HFC in them.
I'll be looking forward to your results from the experiment. :)

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JINLYNN 6/4/2011 6:11PM

    All of us are different and not all programs or eating plans suit everyone. Best wishes as you work your program towards health and weight loss.

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OOLALA53 6/4/2011 2:16PM

    I think that is a wonderful experiment, and I wouldn't even worry about the scale until it got easy to eat that amount. People always try to go faster and it is often a big mistake, IMHO. It is always easier to adjust downwards than to try to get used to a little too fast. Get happy with your success at sticking to that amount, if it's challenging. You deserve to feel successful! emoticon

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RWALTON730 6/4/2011 11:01AM

    Best of luck to you! emoticon

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1AVERY 6/4/2011 9:25AM

    The weight loss clinic I go to tells you how many calories you need to lose 1 lb. a week also. So your experiment should work but make sure you change the calorie intake when you lose over 8 lbs.
I should weigh myself so that I can get started back on track again. Because you have a lot of weight to lose you can cut back on the calories and lose more weight a week if you find that is too much food for you.
Remember your sparkfriends are always here to support or just listen. Teri emoticon

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LADYRH 6/4/2011 6:29AM

    Keep us posted on the results.

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CAM2438 6/4/2011 6:26AM

    Good luck with your experiment.

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Leg cramps-severe-- after exercise

Friday, June 03, 2011

I thought I had these leg cramps cured long ago!

I was taking potassium, calcium, and magnesium. The drug stores don't sell big bottles of potassium anymore. My doctor said people were dying from taking too much potassium. so I have not had those potassium pills in at least 2 months. Lately, I have been lax with my meds so I did not get them daily. I certainly will be more careful about that.

I ate lots of cantaloupe last week. Stop and Shop had HUGE ones. Potassium is in that.

To cure my cramps tonight I massaged my leg and then when I could walk I had water and the Ca and Mg pills. I just ate the last of the cantaloupe. And I have been walking around the condo.

I had a strong water aerobic exercise class tonight but I forgot my water shoes. So the movements were different.

Before when I had cramps, I also drank diet quinine water.

Tonight I was screaming in pain for quite a few minutes till the cramp let up.

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MJK0430 6/3/2011 3:59PM

    My Ultra runner friends swear by Tums if they know it's not caused by dehydration.

Good luck!

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ANEWTATIANA 6/3/2011 12:58PM

    My mother's doctor advised her to drink a glass of tonic water each day. It has helped a lot. On the other hand, it may be the little bit of gin that she puts in it :)

PS: Your cat is beautiful.

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RWALTON730 6/3/2011 9:36AM

    Oh sweetie, I am so sorry to hear this. Night time leg cramps are the worse. I used to have them quite a bit in summer, but haven't in several years now. Bananas are an excellent source of potassium and staying well hydrated will help with the cramps, too. I hope you can find relief soon.


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DUSTYPRAIRIE 6/3/2011 7:17AM

    I understand all too well. Last week I had one of those episodes - the worst I had ever had. Sounds like you know part of the culprit of yours - using new muscles. In my case I hadn't been consistant with my mag and wasn't drinking much more than the recommended amounts of water.

I had never heard of spray-on magnesium. That's something to look into.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 6/3/2011 7:08AM

    I understand all too well. Last week I had one of those episodes - the worst I had ever had. Sounds like you know part of the culprit of yours - using new muscles. In my case I hadn't been consistant with my mag and wasn't drinking much more than the recommended amounts of water.

I had never heard of spray-on magnesium. That's something to look into.

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RAINBOWCHOC 6/3/2011 5:34AM

    I feel your pain! I remember night cramps when I was pregnant, only had one child!!
Hope you find a good remedy soon, best wishes, Sandra

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SKYRUNHER 6/3/2011 4:20AM

    Don't forget that bananas have a lot of potassium as well. Make sure that you are drinking plenty of water.. I hope it gets better for you.

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GRAMMACATHY 6/3/2011 3:52AM

    Our water aerobics teacher made us keep bottled water on the pool side. She said the cramps were from dehydration. It seemed to help.

Were you adequately hydrated?

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PATTYOMALLEY 6/3/2011 2:52AM

    The absolute best thing I have ever found for muscle cramping is magnesium, so you are on the right track.... the easiest form to use (and quickest for relief of painful muscle cramps) is in the liquid spray on form- called Magnesium oil, it is available online (amazon.com or DermaMag.com). I am a huge fan of it and can't say enough about it. Magnesium releases muscle contractions- please do try it, I'd love to hear back that you got wonderful relief from this fabulous product. Feel free to spark mail me if you have any questions on my experience with it :)

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I was successful last evening! Thanks!

Thursday, June 02, 2011

I did eat late in the evening but I had a whole bag of frozen cauliflower(cooked!) and about a cup of frozen green peppers(cooked) mixed in. the combination was tasty and filling. I can't believe I actually succeeded! I am really trying hard not to blow this.

I have spent many years daily messing up a healthy day's eating with late night eating of heavy, calorie laden foods. I really did not think I could control myself even one night.

today was unusual because I was so busy, I had not much time to think of food. that is very rare. I woke up late and (as usual) for lunch I just threw stuff into a plastic bag and a plastic food container: cheese, bing cherries, a handful of red leafed lettuce. I ate each of these during the school day whenever I could. Even my last 2 classes I was unusually active because I had some gym equipment we took outside. the day was sunny but breezy and not hoe. We played catch, pickle in the middle and I did some one-on-one stuff with a tall, gangly boy who has CP. He is awkward and looks like his legs will break off, but he did what I asked and I walked alongside him. After school I went to look at the dorm kids ready for their prom. Wow! Their outfits were dazzling!

Then, I went to water aerobics. I had a very full day! the health aide came at 8:00 pm to put my husband in bed. I have had the evening aides for a month now. It is so wonderful to be freed from that responsibility. My husband is not happy with it. Well, I am much more relaxed. So: "Tough Bongies!" He was also mad because I expected him to actually eat the lunch and dinner Meals on Wheels brings! He went hungry rather than eat that. "Tough Bongies!"

I can afford to eat a few more calories today so I had a glass of wine and later brown rice with Brummel and Brown yogurt spread.

Thank you for all your supporting messages yesterday! I definitely needed the kind words!


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DUSTYPRAIRIE 6/4/2011 8:14AM

    Marvelous! You did great!

Love the "hubby" attitude. Sometimes we have to turn to the tough love approach.

(((bubble hugs)))

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JINLYNN 6/3/2011 12:08PM

    Glad to hear you had a successful day!

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CANDOK1260 6/3/2011 5:59AM

    water aerboic and wine sounds like you know how to relax

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ILLINITEACHER52 6/2/2011 9:59PM

  Way to go!!!!!!!

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I'll never be able to do it. It is only 7:00 pm

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

1923 calories so far today

So I have not blown it --yet

This is totally rediculous. Obviously I am not starving. But I have not made it to bedtime-well to sleep-- without over eating for a very long time.

I can't imagine how to do this.

I eat to have some pleasure. then I get tired and finally fall asleep. I'd better start counting down the minutes --counting hours makes the task seem way to hard.

Did I say this is ridiculous. Why on earth can't I do this?

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 6/3/2011 7:00AM

    I plan a decadent dessert for evening. Notice I didn't say unhealthy or fattening. Here are some of my favs.

A parfait. Sugar free jello or pudding layered with real whipped cream or whipped topping and fruit. Shaved dark chocolate on top. Have a few vanilla wafers if you "need" a little more.

Angel food strawberry shortcake. Sugar-free dessert shell, berries and whipped cream.

Banana split. Using fresh fruit around a small scoop of ice cream, again lite whipped topping. Even sprinkles.

ATTITUDE. Plate your dessert on a special plate/parfait glass. It's your reward for the day, not the thing you are going to feel guilty about in the morning.


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PATTYOMALLEY 6/3/2011 3:03AM

    If you know you are going to be hungry at night, then budget some of your daily calories for that purpose- just be VERY careful what you eat. PLAN IT, and stick to your plan. Prepare your snack early in the day, when you are not having any cravings, or feeling bored. Do this as a proactive thing. Prepare a container of
A. carrot sticks, celery sticks or other raw veggies with some light dressing
B. yogurt and fruit
C. oatmeal with cinnamon
D. You get the idea- save something healthy for your evening snack out of your daily calorie allotment and set it aside for the evening time that your body is conditioned to snack.

Once you build this habit, and discover that you can make small changes and build them into your new plan, you will be more apt to make additional changes. These small steps lead to successes that will build upon each other as you find your way to a healthier you.

You have a wonderful network of support here~ be sure to reach out whenever the spirit moves you :)

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GMKLEIN 6/2/2011 2:57PM

    There are a few things that have helped me.
1. Drink lot's of water during the day. It has helped curb my appetite.
2. keep busy and not watching TV. too many food commercials. But reading or knitting or scrapbooking. Something to occupy our mind and keep your hands busy.
3. Stay out of the kitchen. After dinner I clean up the kitchen get my last bottle of water and turn out the lights.
You will find the right combination that works for you. Believe in yourself because you can do this.

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LIFESGREAT2DAY 6/2/2011 8:51AM

    Hello there! I know you can do this you just need to make some changes within yourself and you have to want it for yourself. Reba sings a line 'something for herself for a change' Don't forget that you are worth something, and if you aren't healthy and happy how can you take care of anyone else? I find my biggest thing is to make sure to exercise. It is not only good for my heart and body shape, it makes me feel sooo good when I am done. Then I tend not to wanna over eat as much. I like to do things to take my mind off of eating. I will crotchet, read or just have some tea. Clean out a closet get rid of all those 'someday they will fit again clothes' and make room for some new styles you will be needing once the weight comes off. Make sure you drink lots of water to fill you up. Don't forget to look for the good in each day and think yourself happy and be thankful for all the good in your life. When I realize how little I really do need to eat, I am ashamed at what I have been eating. Lots of hungry children in other countries...did I really need those cheetos? When someone else just wants a piece of bread? So I get a cheaper grocery bill too by reminding myself I don't really need all that. I can't stress enough how important exercise really is. Do you have a friend around you anywhere who can help you out by exercising with you or going to the same gym? Do you have anyone to help at home with your hubby while you take time out for yourself? I also try and give myself a goal of having logged in more fitness minutes than I have in sparkpoints, that way I know I am off exercising and getting active, more than I am sitting on the computer. I know this is hard, but it has to come within yourself and YOU have to want it...and to want it for yourself. Best of luck on your journey and I know you can do this!

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MISSLISA1973 6/1/2011 9:32PM

    You CAN do this!!!!
Brush your teeth.
Alter your routine.
Go to bed early.
Do what ever it takes.

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DIZZYDOC 6/1/2011 9:09PM

    You can do this. Just follow the great advice you have been given and you will be a winner. emoticon

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    Have faith in yourself, YOU CAN DO IT! When I am wanting more than I am suppose to have, I find something to do to keep my mind and hands busy, then I don't think about food. I have found that spreading the spark here on SP helps a ton!

Good luck!



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5KPRINCESS 6/1/2011 8:19PM

    I totally agree with you both! It will never be easy for us, but we can make small changes that will lead to a big success down the road. I have decided that my last meal for the day needs to end no later than 8:00pm. After that, it is off the couch and on the computer. That way my hands are moving around the keyboard instead of in the fridge! I also have about 4 jars stocked with hard candy at all times. By time I eat one or two my cravings have stopped. That way I've only consumed about 40 calories compared to the multitude I would eat before it was too late. You can do this! Just remember: small steps. We're here for you!

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SARA72121 6/1/2011 7:39PM

    Barefootn is so right. I only eat at certain times every day. For me breakfast is 9:30-10am lunch is 1:30-2pm afternoon snack around 4, dinner is 7-7:30pm and a snack at 9pm which 99% of the time is fruit. You need to find out what works for you and try to stick to it.

You should also find something else you find pleasing as a reward. It was so hard to get myself out of the mindset to reward myself with food. If you need a little pick me up at night find something else you enjoy and do that! Maybe a nice cup of herbal tea?

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BAREFOOTN 6/1/2011 7:31PM

    You can do this. If I can, you can. I eat for anything....emotions, celebrations, happiness, sadness. What I have found I have to do every day is drink this water. I don't get as hungry. I am getting my body used to eating at certain times. I put in all my food in the tracker. On days where I think I want more, I figure in a few things I can eat more of...like broccoli slaw. I have taken on some projects to keep me busy at night. If I am just sitting, I want to eat..sorta like Pavlov's dog. Another thing, I had to reach out to others. I read other blogs and comment and encourage. It has helped me to keep focused. I also write my own little blog and I also post on the board every day. It isn't easy, but it has been so worth it. I read this things that said something about giving up a year to make my body healthy and I decided I was going to give up a year to take care of me. I am worth it.

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April fool!

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Gee I am sorry I ate that late night sandwich and chocolate and nuts. I get a great start for the whole day and then I blow it in the late evening!

that is NOT TRUE--yet.......

I wrote this at 7:00 am! emoticon Now that I wrote it I will re-read it at 9:00 pm tonight (BEFORE I over eat!) and maybe it will make me re-think late night eating! Meaning-- maybe I will have something sensible instead of messing up a whole day of healthy eating.

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