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Getting Stronger Every Day

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I reset all my streaks for the summer. I made several MD appointments for June. I reviewed my favorite recipes. I increased the weights I lift by 10%. I made some summer fitness appointments with friends. I feel refreshed and renewed!

AND I put up a summer background for my page!

  
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AELARLEE1 6/16/2011 3:38PM

    Yea for summer!! Good job. As the sun becomes more frequent and warmer I can feel myself becoming renewed as well.

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LIZABETT 6/14/2011 10:52PM

    Sounds like starting fresh with new excitement and motivation---not a bad idea! WTG!
Happy, sunshiny page...I like it.

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FREECAL1 6/14/2011 4:50PM

  Sounds emoticon. Like your new background too!

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JOYINKY 6/14/2011 4:26PM

    Great! That's REALLY Sparking!! Smiles, Joy

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KAZ814 6/14/2011 1:25PM

    WOO HOO!!!!

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DDOORN 6/14/2011 12:53PM

    Keep tweakin' & SPARKIN'! Woo hoo! :-)

Don

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OURELEE1 6/14/2011 11:45AM

  Good for you.

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LALASLAND 6/14/2011 9:26AM

    Wow, you are doing emoticon

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CARLANNIE 6/14/2011 9:07AM

    You are on a roll!

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SCORPIONLZ 6/14/2011 8:58AM

    Good Luck!!!

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Spark Streaks Helped Me

Monday, June 13, 2011

I've always known that evening snacking has been a problem, but I didn't realize how big a problem. I thought that in the last 2 years I had really "managed" that part of my weight problem. However, I decided to make a Streak of "Don't snack mindlessly in the evening" and have been tracking it for a few weeks. Today I decided to look at the report of my streak.

Dang! Not once did I hit my goal for 7 days straight. The best I did was 2 weeks of 6 day streaks. It seems I snack mindlessly at least once a week. I even had one week where I only made my goal 2 times . Ouch! No wonder my weight loss has stalled.

You know, I think plateaus can be a blessing in disguise. I am learning so much about my eating and my lifestyle while trying to figure out why I have been stuck in this 5 pound weight range.

I am really glad Spark has this tool to help me more carefully look at what's going on .

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MNNICE 6/14/2011 1:27PM

    I do the same but word it differently - "Limit night time eating to a planned snack" - just to put a more positive slant on it so I don't feel so deprived! LOL. To give me more incentive, I have a reward for every 5 days in a row that I don't overeat at night. That's a good deterent when it's day 4 and I dont' want to break the streak, otherwise I have to start my 5 days all over in order to get the reward.

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MTNGRL 6/13/2011 8:23PM

    I get the urge at nite to snack too. I've been saving some fruit for that but it doesn't always work. Making it a Streak is a good idea!

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LALASLAND 6/13/2011 1:20PM

    Hey, SparkStreaks work for me, too! Thanks for reminding me, because I am going to get some a try to get me going! emoticon

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AELARLEE1 6/13/2011 12:06PM

    Streaks are a great idea! (I almost typed "steaks" -- you can sure see where my mind goes easily :)

My issue is when I get home from work. I want to snack immediately. I should make a streak not to eat before or after dinner. I have found that not snacking at work (at least on anything other than my apple and orange) has also helped me.

Thanks for the idea!

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DDOORN 6/13/2011 12:02PM

    Those evening hours can be trecherous times for me as well! Great strategy for yourself!

Don

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JOYINKY 6/13/2011 9:57AM

    Now, I'm one that enjoys my evening snacks! The key word there is "mindlessly". My snacks are part of my day. Even if not, it's never "mindlessly". That kind of eating does count and will work against you. It's taken years but no more mindless eating here. If I have a gain, I DO know why! Helps me to decide some foods are just not worth it. You are doing great as you discover more and more about yourself. That's what "tweaking" is all about! Smiles, Joy

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CARLANNIE 6/13/2011 9:19AM

    Sounds like you had a great "Ah, ha!" moment. Those can be quite eye opening, and beneficial.

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RURAL3 6/13/2011 8:18AM

    ouch you just hit home for me too. Thanks for the reminder


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Life is Good

Friday, June 10, 2011

I just want to touch base and let you know that even though I am "struggling" and "tweaking" and making changes, I am doing great. I am healthy, happy and strong. I still have an obsession with food but am learning daily how to manage it. I am developing a healthful lifestyle and am extremely grateful to SparkPeople and all of you for the support, information , tools and encouragement I find here daily. I will maintain my weight loss, but I know it will always be hard mindful work. That's ok! I am growing in strength and determination every day!

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COLEENCOLE 6/12/2011 9:27PM

    Sounds great!!!!

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JRSWHIMSY 6/10/2011 7:12PM

    I hope you'll come to our meet-up in a couple weeks!

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AELARLEE1 6/10/2011 5:43PM

    Thanks so much for the update! We do like to know :)

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GATOR12 6/10/2011 11:11AM

    You are so right!! It is a journey. Somedays we don't do it perfectly but we keep plugging along,learning from our mistakes. Journey on---and no looking back!

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DDOORN 6/10/2011 9:37AM

    Spark ON! :-)

Don

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JOYINKY 6/10/2011 8:33AM

    You are doing great!!

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NUTRON3 6/10/2011 7:57AM

    Great attitude!

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Overdoing it!

Thursday, June 09, 2011

I am tending to be obsessive about my exercise and activity. I do too much for too long. It feels good when I am doing it, but after a week or so I get burned out. I do not take rest days. I am beginning to wonder if I need to change that strategy. I get worried about not burning enough calories and plan aerobic activity for every day of the week. I know intellectually that rest days are essential, but I don't take them. I plan a "light" activity for 1 or 2 days of the week, but usually end up doing much more than I planned. As I am trying to adjust to more of a maintenence mode rather than a weight loss mode, I think I need to revise my strategy and take at least one entire rest day a week.

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DDOORN 6/9/2011 3:40PM

    No harm in trying this out for a bit and seeing if it brings the results you're looking for!

Don

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RURAL3 6/9/2011 2:23PM

    That is an excellent idea. Give yourself a rest day both mentally and physically.

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SMILEYBEE 6/9/2011 11:32AM

    It is great to hear how you've come to love exercise ... realizing that you sometimes "overdo" now will help you find the right balance and say "that's enough for today" when you need to. emoticon

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CARLANNIE 6/9/2011 10:23AM

    Everything you read says to give your body a break each week. So just pick the day, schedule it for Rest, just like you'd do for the gym, and be comfortable with that decision. I think you're on the right track. emoticon

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JOYINKY 6/9/2011 10:03AM

    That happened to me too! Keep tweaking! First it was the gym 4x aweek. Then I added in an a.m. video, 10 min of abs every morning, gradually adding fitness ball and yoga until that went to 45 min. Got Sugar and started walking, got pedometer and increased walking and went back to yoga class. Yikes!! It got out of control! Started finding excuses not to go to the gym; especially when yardwork kicked in! Now, I mix it up; can't do it all. With SP I learned to shoot for 120 fitness minutes a day for whatever worked for that day. No "shoulds"! Many days I have twice that because I count gardening minutes and heavy cleaning, etc. Now, it's vacation time and houseguest time and although I'm busy it's not with things that count as fitness minutes. When that's happening I continue to make the healthiest choices I can food wise, fit in what I can exercise wise, and am confident as well as looking forward to getting back to my routine. I'm not going to give up having fun with my family and friends!
It's about living life without obsessing about numbers and not returning to mindless eating and vegging out. Keep tweaking! It takes time. Hugs, Joy

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FELINA 6/9/2011 9:59AM

    I do the same thing. I plan some kind of exercise every day, then I get burned out and exhausted because I don't take a day to rest.
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SUECHRIS50 6/9/2011 9:48AM

    YOU TOO? there are days when I dont do what I want to! emoticon

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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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AELARLEE1 6/7/2011 3:00PM

    Fascinating, but when our bodies get used to little they "hoard" so this makes sense.

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KOFFEENUT 6/6/2011 10:08PM

    Gotta make sure that engine has fuel! You've been racking up those fitness minutes so I'll bet a few extra calories will help!

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CARLANNIE 6/6/2011 8:55AM

    Now isn't that a nice surprise - eating more! I'm like you when I try to follow a posted menu plan - I need to swap around items to fit my tastebuds and allergies. It all evens out in the end. WTG on increasing your fitness regime. We CAN do this!

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DDOORN 6/6/2011 8:50AM

    Good to tweak one's approach now & then...!

Hope it works well for you!

Don

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