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The Old Fashioned Way

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I lost 2 pounds last week. I haven't lost 2 pounds in a week for a long, long time. I think the key was taking a calorie counting book to the cabin with me. One of my spark friends suggested this! What a great idea. I wrote all my food down like I always do, but this weekend I counted calories as I went thru each day. I ended up staying within my range all 4 days I was at the cabin. Combined with the heavy duty hiking I always do at the cabin I was able to lose 2 pounds. I can't believe I didn't think of this myself. The old fashioned way of counting calories manually when I don't have a computer really worked.


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HICALGAL 7/16/2010 1:56AM

    yep when we work the program, it works for us. hugs!! emoticon

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ASPENHUGGER 7/15/2010 1:40AM

    Great idea! And congratulations! 2# is indeed a victory!

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RURAL3 7/15/2010 12:09AM

    who would have thought of that. Congrats on your new weight loss Nancy.

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CALGALFOX 7/14/2010 10:12AM

    Woo hoo on the two pounds while away from usual routine! Calorie counting really makes you pay attention to what you are eating, so it's a great idea to take that attention on the road.

You're doing so great!

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CARLANNIE 7/14/2010 8:21AM

    What's that you say? You can find calorie counts in a book? No way.

Just kidding - congrats on your two pounds down! We're heading out for a business road trip, with restaurant food for a week, and I'm nervous about my food choices. I'd just as soon stay home. Oh, well.

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CARRIE1948 7/14/2010 6:44AM

    Good for you. Isn't it wonderful when you get an ah-ha moment.

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ROXYGIRLLOVED10 7/13/2010 8:49PM

  I agree. I think counting calories whether its on a computer or manually really helps. I started counting calories June 12, 2010 and by the end of June I lost 10 pounds, haven't weighed myself since but I'm going to this Friday so I'm nervous but excited. But anyways, before I started counting calories I had absolutely no idea how many calories were in things and now that I do, I'm eating more healthy and losing weight.

KEEP IT UP! I have faith you'll lose even more weight! emoticon emoticon

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Birds at the Cabin this Weekend

Monday, July 12, 2010

We found this nest on the windowsill of our garage at the cabin when we arrived.

and inside were these beautiful eggs.

All weekend 2 birds flew in and out of this birdhouse right outside our back door. We didn't hear or see little ones but I bet they were there.

The humming birds were out in full force too!

On our drive back to town we saw a brand new baby goat being cleaned off by his Mom. The little one was trying very hard to get up on his legs but he couldn't.

Boy, I love living where we do!

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LOULOUBELLE2 7/14/2010 10:52AM

    All mountain birds are fascinating...but I love the Hummers. I could get then to drink right out of my hand. We put up a bird house once and all we got were hornets...so no more bird houses for us.Grrrr...
We even had a black bear attack our Hummer Feeders, but that didn't stop us from setting out feeders. Hummmmm wonder why the hornets did?
Don't you just love cabins in the woods? I Do!!!!!!! Just wish I could get up there more.

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CARLANNIE 7/13/2010 9:45AM

    That's really neat you got to see the baby goat! Enjoy your visit.

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RURAL3 7/12/2010 11:27PM

    ah for peace and tranquility

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HINOTO 7/12/2010 10:43PM

    Oh how fun! I was never really interested in birds until I moved here to Colorado. The first time I ever saw a black capped chickadee I almost cried! LOL

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KOFFEENUT 7/12/2010 9:27PM

    Isn't it cool to live this close to nature? Reminds me of the miracles around me every day -

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Monday, July 05, 2010

When I go to our mountain cabin I have no way to track my food calorie count. I write everything down and put it in the Spark tracker when I get home. I am almost always over my allotted calories when I do this. I just can't seem to judge how much I am eating unless I track each meal and plan the next meal / snack based on how many calories I have left. I feel as if I have changed so much since being on Spark this last year. I feel like I have learned to eat in a healthy way, but I just eat too much when I don't watch each meal. Will I ever be able to "guesstimate" what I am eating and stay in a healthy range without tracking or will I always be glued to the computer? Is it just because I have always eaten too much or will I eventually be able to make more reasonable judgements?

Just frustrated.....


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ASPENHUGGER 7/6/2010 11:38PM

    I have difficulties gauging portions too. Actually I generally have difficulties when I'm left to my own devices in any area ...

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RURAL3 7/6/2010 9:59PM

    I can identify with your frustration. I stopeed tracking when reaching maintenance and now find I have lost the skill. I am doing better when I started tracking again but don't want to have to be tracking my whole life.

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JENKEELY73 7/6/2010 2:09PM

    I love MZBAYOUSLF's thoughts on this! I am not often in a situation where I can't log in eventually, like the end of the day. But having a printed out spreadsheet to keep myself on track will really help.

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AELARLEE1 7/6/2010 11:05AM

    Well, if it helps, at least it isn't ALL the time that you lose track. Why not try and get a little calorie booklet to take with you as a help? There are some foods that I have learned the caloric amounts and that helps me. But like you, I will always need to be very alert to my eating!

Now don't forget to enjoy your mountain cabin!

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VAMPS351 7/6/2010 3:17AM

    I honestly cant answer that one. I am going to have the same problem in october when i go away for 2 weeks. I can only guess so much of it and i know a lot of things i need to leave alone but its not the same... i need to log it into spark lol.
For me, i cant ever see the day that i dont need to log anything.
Sorry i wasnt any help.

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MZBAYOUSLF 7/5/2010 10:00PM

    I have the same troubles. I've actually used a spreadsheet to create a paper log that I can write everything down if I'm not near the computer. Another suggestion is to plan your meals for the cabin. YOu can do that, print them and take them with you. emoticon I've done that a few times, and it's not perfect, but has helped me.

I have a worse time if I'm out of town and have to eat out all the time. Sheesh! No matter WHAT I think might be the healthier option, I've been shocked to find out that the item I thought would be bad was actually better.

Good luck and fon't let the frustration get you down! You can do it! emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 7/5/2010 9:04PM

    I know exactly what you mean. Left to my own devices I STILL eat too much and don't get enough exercise. I have to keep reminding myself that living a healthy lifestyle is changing a lifetime of habits. When you consider how long I've had these habits vs. how long I've been working at developing better ones, it's no WONDER I still struggle.

I'm SO much better than I was, but I'm still not who I intend to be!

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Giving away clothing

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I have been keeping my large sizes down in the basement, not wanting to give them away, but today I did it. I gave away 2 swimsuits (size 24) and 4 sets of nursing scrubs (size xxl).
The woman I gave them to has been diligently trying to lose weight and has lost 46 pounds in the last 8 months. I felt very good about giving them to her. If they get too big for her and she has to give them away....all the better.

I am happy I am a size 16 and wear Large scrubs now!

I don't know if I'll be able to part with the rest of my large wardrobe, but I made a step in the right direction!


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LOULOUBELLE2 7/1/2010 2:30PM

    Your looking so good....I wish I was in size 16, But I'm working on it.
Way to go with giving away those scrubs......I know your friend is pleased to get them.
emoticonLovely Lady.

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ASPENHUGGER 7/1/2010 10:25AM

    This is so emoticon

You've done emoticonlosing so much weight, & I only wish I could have gotten the swimsuits. I go through them fast because the chemicals in the pool water gnaw away at the swim suit fabric.

Keep up the good work!!!


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RURAL3 7/1/2010 10:11AM

    It is such a good feeling to do that. And I am sure the other woman was grateful since you know as we lose we don't want to spend lots of money on interim clothes I am giving you a big emoticon for all your hard work. And I don't think you are done yet Nancy. Just take it slow and easy there is more to come. emoticon

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CARLANNIE 7/1/2010 8:07AM

    It's very therapeutic to give those large sizes away - you are not going back there, so why hang on to them? They are a crutch in your mind and you simply don't need them any more. You look amazing - high five for you!!!

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VAMPS351 7/1/2010 2:30AM

    Congratulations on giving the cloaths away!
You look great...its nice to be in a 16's isnt it lol.
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HINOTO 6/30/2010 11:18PM

    You are lookin' so good!
Good job on giving them away, I bet it felt really good to give them to someone who needs them, especially if she's working hard at losing weight too!

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BEGONIAC 6/30/2010 9:43PM

    Thanks for the pic! Got a good giggle....did you have to duck tape them on to keep them up?!!! So awesome.
This reminds me of the pile in my closet. Gotta pass them along...
Congratulations!!! emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 6/30/2010 8:29PM

    Good for you for passing along those too-large clothes to someone who will hopefully "pass through" them on their way to someone else! (And I understand how difficult it is to give them away. The only reason I have items to wear at the moment is because I never could give my clothes away as I got too LARGE for them!).

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BEYOURBEST1 6/30/2010 8:19PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss success!
It is great that someone else will enjoy the clothes that no longer fit you.

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    What a nice way to pass incentive along!

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

While going thru a weight focused period I was exercising very actively and eating to make up for it. emoticon

This week I am back to moderation. I am trying to stay in the middle of my calorie range and am alternating my intense workouts (spinning, treadmill, swimming, etc) with more gentle exercise walking about two 19 min miles.

I feel more sane and relaxed and I actually lost a pound.

I'm going to try moderation for a while. I think it likes me and I know I like it.


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RURAL3 6/30/2010 9:18AM

    WooHoo emoticon emoticon It is so great when we are in sync with our bodies.

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CARRIE1948 6/30/2010 7:34AM

    If it works, go for it.

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CARLANNIE 6/29/2010 10:12PM

    Yahoo!!! You found the secret ingredient. I think it's good you mix it up.

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CAMPER96 6/29/2010 9:14PM

    That's the only way I can work. I have a shoulder and upperback injury the prevents me from a lot of the exercising. I try to use portion control and I lose very slowly. I'm just glad to lose at all. I try to do stretches twice a day to stay as limber as I can. I think you will do just fine in moderation. You may not move as fast but it tend to stay off. I am happy I have come this far. You can do it too. emoticon

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IMREITE 6/29/2010 8:54PM

    the more i exercise, the more i eat. the only problems is there are too many high calorie low nutrition items. i think i need to concentrate more on moderation and not eating when i am not hungry.

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