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I am going to eat more!

Monday, June 06, 2011

I have been going over my fitness goal minutes / calories a lot lately so I changed my goals. Now that I've increased my fitness ranges I am allowed 1500 to 1800 calories a day. Mmm, maybe that's why I've been hungry and eating extra. Let's see how this works.....

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MTNGRL 6/7/2011 10:28AM

    I think you are on to something! Although I have a hard time meeting my original range and have not been losing weight on 1200-1500 I always go burn more calories and get that warning too. Maybe I should make more of an effort to eat more and track better.
Good luck and let us know how this works!

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JOYINKY 6/6/2011 1:54PM

    Slow and steady wins the race. I ate 1500-2000 calories a day to get to goal, had to step up exercise later to maintain it. I lost slowly but consistently. I think that has allowed me to maintain. I understand. I refuse to be hungry anymore either. Fought that battle. Also know some foods are not worth the calories. For example 2.5 cups of partially thawed blueberries are much more satisfying than .5 cup of ice cream for the same calories. I've made a lot of those kind of changes. Keep tweaking, you'll find what works for you.

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SUSIEGKORN 6/6/2011 9:45AM

    Way to go on thinking things through and trying to figure this losing weight thing out! Hope you have continued success! Sounds like you are getting in lots of fitness minutes. Good job!
Best to you,

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Trying Something New

Friday, June 03, 2011

I have a lot of trouble eating below 1500 calories a day. My range is between 1200 and 1500. So I decided to try something I have never tried in the almost 2 years I have been on Spark. I turned on the meal plans. So far I am enjoying the experience. I didn't think I would like "being told" what to eat, but I find that I don't look at it that way right now. I just see the food items as suggestions and ideas. It is really easy to swap out things you don't like or even change whole meals and I have learned a few ideas of healthy meal patterns....AND my calorie intake has certainly gone down. You might want to give it a try if you have been having trouble staying in your suggested calorie range. emoticon

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AELARLEE1 6/7/2011 2:59PM

    What a great reminder and perspective!! I look forward to hearing how this goes.

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JAMARIGOLD 6/3/2011 7:38AM

    Good for you for trying something new! I'm glad it's working for you. Keep up the great work. emoticon

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JOYINKY 6/3/2011 7:06AM

    Nancy, You are where I was when I came to SP struggling with maintenance! I could gain on 1500 calories a day and just refuse to try to live on that. I knew 2000 calories a day was doable as far as me being comfortable. So, I had to work on increasing my activity; and I have. Today I can eat up to 2200 calories a day and still maintain. It's all about balance, if I want to eat more I have to move more. I've been noticing here on SP that the members who have more fitness minutes than sparkpoints seem to be moving in the right direction; just finding that interesting. I just can't think about food all the time and not feel deprived; focusing on fitness instead has been a real help to me. Balance and healthy choices; maintenance is a challenge! Be well, Joy

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TEDDYTEDDY 6/3/2011 7:04AM

    Thanks for sharing. I have recently joined weight watchers and the point system has been working for me (as long as I keep track).

Your suggestion of looking at the meal plans is good. I think I would have to look ahead at the whole week to be sure I have some of the items on hand. emoticon

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Still Struggling but Feeling Positive

Thursday, June 02, 2011

I'm not doing very well on my goal of blogging 3 x week. I have certainly learned that it is easier for me to blog when things are going well than when I'm having trouble. It should be the other way around but it isn't.

I AM learning some things thru these months of struggle.

1. Struggling at my current weight is a lot better than struggling was when I weighed 270.

2. I am not perfect but I am at least 80% and that is enough

3. I am enough.

4. When I have a high calorie day, I stop overeating as soon as I recognize I have gone over. I don't continue eating "because I already blew it"

5. I over eat on less calorie dense foods than I used to. Yesterday I had rice cakes for example. That was a whole lot better than eating slices of white bread and butter.

6. I exercise daily as a metabolism booster. I take an absolute minimum of 10,000 steps a day and 30 min of some sort of aerobic activity EVERY day.

7. I forgive and love myself.

8. I talk to my friends and DH about what is bothering me.

9. I wear pretty clothes and marvel at the sizes and enjoy the view in the mirror and the smile on DH's face.

10. I SPARK daily!

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DDOORN 6/3/2011 9:08AM

    Lots of great strategies there...! Especially appreciate #7 & 8!


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FERRETLOVER1 6/3/2011 7:26AM

    You've learned alot and are doing really great! Keep up the good work - and you are at least 90% awesome!!!!

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JOYINKY 6/2/2011 8:26PM

    I love your list and I think you are doing great! Sometimes we set goals and find they are not benefiting us like we thought they would; in fact they may nag at us and make us miserable. Then it's time to re-evaluate; goals can be changed. There is no right and wrong here; something either helps you or it doesn't and not the same thing works for everyone. I had a goal of not eating after 8 p.m. Made my evenings miserable! I really enjoy a bowl of popcorn when I'm watching TV in the evening. There's not a thing wrong with that if I plan for it! So, I do. Learning about ourselves and being honest with ourselves will get us where we want to go and you are doing that! It's not a race. Be well, Joy

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CARLANNIE 6/2/2011 6:40PM

    #3 is key! Enjoy the journey.

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AELARLEE1 6/2/2011 6:38PM

    For not doing "well" you sure are doing "well." I too can relate with feeling a bit discouraged but still plugging away. And yes, we need to affirm that plugging away even if we struggle every now and then.

Blessings on you!


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LOULOUBELLE2 6/2/2011 5:58PM

    So you didn't do well on your blogging goals....So what? Look at all you HAVE accomplished........ emoticonjob, keep it going and be proud of that pretty gal in the mirror and the smiles from your DH.....
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CMD4982 6/2/2011 4:23PM

    Great inspiration, keep it up! emoticon

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BLACKROSE_222 6/2/2011 4:12PM

    Wow - that is a great blog, and you have so many things to be proud of! Thank you for sharing, and take it one day at a time. emoticon

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Doing Well

Thursday, May 19, 2011

I'm in a good place right now. My friend is out of ICU and is supposed to go home some time this week. I am not emotionally overeating. I am exercising and eating well. I am preparing for my annual Girl's Weekend Party. I am keeping a stable weight.

Thank you God!

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AELARLEE1 5/31/2011 1:12PM

    I am trying to get caught up on everyone's blogs since I have been so incredibly busy for about a month. I know this is a very late response, but hope that you are doing well. You are looking so good! I am praying for your friend.

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SAUCYSAILORESS 5/24/2011 12:00PM

    Good to see you're in a good place

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KOFFEENUT 5/19/2011 11:27PM

    I'm so glad you're doing well - you've had a LOT going on in your life!

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OURELEE1 5/19/2011 9:14PM

  So glad to hear you are doing well. Still praying for your friend.

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JOYINKY 5/19/2011 8:38PM

    That's great! Thanks for checking in and letting us know!
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LOULOUBELLE2 5/19/2011 6:35PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonYour doing so good, I'm proud of you. emoticon

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RURAL3 5/19/2011 4:40PM

    emoticon emoticon Have fun on your weekend.

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TRIGFROST 5/19/2011 12:54PM

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DDOORN 5/19/2011 11:18AM


Wonderful news! Take gentle care of yourselves, you and your friend!


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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I spent the day with my friend who has inoperable pancreatic cancer in ICU today and my heart was broken. She is in shock and does not seem like herself. She is lost and doesn't know what to do. I have no answers. I just listened and supported her as best I could. I supported her belief in God and her thankfulness for her friends but I felt helpless. She is a strong and optomistic woman and she is broken. I trust in the power of time and healing and know she will come out of this and be able to face what she has to, but I was just torn up and didn't know how to help. I was upbeat and supportive throughout the day, but fell apart at home. It is hard to see someone you care for with a terminal diagnoses and little hope. I did what I shouldn't do. I ate .... chocolate, ice cream and Peanut Butter...my 3 big trigger foods. I certainly can't be of any help to her when I am out of control. So I spent most of the night talking with DH, crying, letting out all my fears and pain. I feel better. From this moment on I will let my emotions out and not stuff them with food. That is my old life, not my new life. Health includes emotional health, not just the physical. I talked to DH, I wrote this blog, I will get some sleep and start right back into my healthy life ... for my friend AND for me.

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DDOORN 5/18/2011 11:48PM

    Sorry so late to your blog...! I will most definitely be keeping you and your friend in my heart, thoughts and prayers!


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    Am praying for you and your friend today.

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RITAROSE 5/13/2011 6:38AM

  I also have a very close friend who's cancer has matasticized in her organs. She is accepting though fighting the best she can, but realizes that it is a matter of time before the big "C" takes her home to glory. May God give you wisdom as you comfort her. Hugs, Ritarose

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KOFFEENUT 5/12/2011 10:08PM

    Although I have never had to walk in these shoes, I imagine I would want exactly what you provided - a friend who is not afraid to be with me when I'm lost and afraid. You don't have to have any answers. Your friend knows she is not alone, and that is huge.

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JOYINKY 5/12/2011 6:58AM

    Yes, Nancy; I know. You were there yesterday and that's how you helped; trust me on that. Lost my best friend to cancer some years ago; still miss her. Our focus those last months were to keep her life as normal as possible. Her strength amazed me. Glad you have support at home. Being there for her is all she needs you to do; so many drift away because they can't cope, I guess. Take care of yourself and take it one day at a time. Prayers for you and your friend. Be strong, Joy

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NEAN789 5/11/2011 11:31PM

  Thank you for your post...I cannot imagine how difficult this is for you and for her...I have often wondered about situations like this and it also fills me with fear. I think it is wonderful that you processed your emotions and recognized that feeling your feelings is a better option and sounds like its the person you want to be. I agree with the others to not beat yourself up for the food. This is where the rubber meets the road and sometimes it is just unimaginable. Hang in there and take it one day at a time. emoticon

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RURAL3 5/11/2011 11:10PM

    you did all the right things. (except the eating) but after that you recovered. We all have bumps in the road. Stress is real for us especially when we can only watch a situation happen and not be able to do anything about it. You will get through this. I see you have grown again in this encounter. The key is to realize what is happening and that you hav.e
Much love to you my friend. emoticon

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GISSELLET 5/11/2011 10:32PM

  So sorry to hear what your friend AND you are going through. I've gone through something similar recently and try to do things the other person would have liked to do, such as walking or sharing stories, to try to support them because I could do it when they couldn't. Be strong when you can and allow yourself to have your moments when you do without beating yourself up.

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