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My Choice - my fault - learning curve.

Friday, April 08, 2011

I was a little disappointed with myself this week. Friday is my weigh in day - and I only lost one pound. I had hoped for 2-3, I had done all my exercise and more - and I normally choose to be at the lower end of my calorie allotment indicators.

So what happened? I very often weight portions - so I am getting pretty good at judging them as well. The only thing I can think of is the wine - twice this week I shared a couple glasses of wine with my husband. (couple each time! arrgh) and recorded them as a glass of wine - well - that was where I had not measured and our wine glasses are red wine glass -geez.
I measured this morning - my glass of wine was 7 oz., so I was recording and thinking I had two glasses of wine - when in reality I had 4 OMG!

TWICE OMG OMG emoticon emoticon emoticon

Learning curve, learning curve! I am off to a convention this weekend - and I know the choices will be mine - I am going to choose wisely.

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SARAWALKS 4/8/2011 11:17AM

    emoticon is my downfall. I've cut back on it, but am better off if I can not have it at all. Stopping at one tiny glass is SO hard! emoticon

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KARLEW 4/8/2011 11:02AM

    LOL I've put the cork in the red wine till I'm at goal weight. Have to say it's been easier to give up than I thought. Summer's coming though and that's prime wine drinking season. See how I do when my friends are all sitting around with merlot or shiraz and I've got a glass of water and lime. Like you say it's all about choices.

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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

I am getting ready to take 12 women to a large convention on Friday, Saturday. As you might imagine - rides, rooms, dress code, meals all need a wee bit of co-ordination.
In the mean-time, during the weekend, I thought I would down load some more tunes for my i-pod. Opened a site called Share Bear - sounded nice enough. It took me about 15 minutes after I downloaded it to realize!!! MISTAKE!! I tried to delete it - but it had already put it claws in my hard drive. Yesterday - I did a system restore to an earlier date in hopes of eradicating the nuisance. emoticon So now - I see my puter turning it self on and off - possessed by I don't know what computer demon. emoticon Then I can no longer connect to the internet. and it just got worse. I pulled out my old lap-top - got a connection. I had to get an email out to the girls, juggled between puters to get the email addies right, spent about 40 mins writing the email, pressed send and because I did not have the email set up - the whole email with all the information disappeared- did not go to drafts because I had not set up ANY email on the lap top.

You know what I did ? I got up and quietly walked away. Directly to my treadmill where I put in 40 minutes of cardio. I would never have even thought of doing that 6 months ago. Last night it felt like it was the best way to cope. I was still breathing fire when I finished emoticon but I some how felt better - empowered even. emoticon I ran a virus scan - went to bed.
This morning - when it was still not working I sent it with my husband - who grovelled to the tech that does our puter stuff and it will be fixed today.

On the brighter side - if I did crash it and have to re-install - about a month ago I bought my first external drive and backed up the whole thing.

Things have a way of working out! emoticon emoticon

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DEWACHA 4/6/2011 2:55PM

    Thank you guys...... you make me smile! will keep you posted on the continuing saga.

In the mean time any helpful hints of handling the buffet table as well as the after hours snacks this weekend?

I am the official bringer of wine for our group as well emoticon Ken and I make our own wine - and I am bringing a raspberry Zinfandel and a Italian Bravissimo . Okay just to be clear - we only make our own wine cause it is healthier - less preservatives. emoticon and I am all over that health thing!

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FITFABJENN 4/6/2011 2:03PM

    You handled the whole situation really well. Kudos to you for turning to exercise to handle the stress of it all. You are making healthy lifestyle choices. Sounds like tremendous progress to me! Congrats!

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CLAUDECF 4/6/2011 1:36PM

    You sure handled this right! Yeah you! emoticon emoticon

You'll be glad to know that I did some interval walking today and that thanks to you, I wore my heart rate monitor and managed 22 minutes at the right heart rate, the whole thing took 32 minutes including warming up and slow down and that the HRM decided that I had burnt Walking with intervals, includes 5 minutes warming up and 3 minutes slowing down. 22 in zone, and burnt 254 calories!
All this without a headache thanks to your great advice! emoticon

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SUNRISE4LV 4/6/2011 12:41PM

    Great outlook. You handled that VERY well. emoticon emoticon

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SARAWALKS 4/6/2011 12:40PM

    emoticon I feel your pain! I would be disabled if that happened to me. You're reminding me that I need to back up... emoticon
And it's wonderful that you handled it so well & didn't let it throw you for a loop! emoticon emoticon

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MAWITKOWSKI 4/6/2011 12:23PM

    emoticon Computer problems are frustrating!

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I have the Key

Monday, April 04, 2011

Over the years, I have bought so many diet books, expensive diet books, cabbage soup diet books, pretty diet books, purse size diet books, huge diet books!! ! Maybe I was not ready for them, many did not go past the word "diet" Most of them were never completely read, and most of them were never completely followed as evidenced by my current weight.
In February I purchased the Spark, as a supplement to joining the Spark People web site. I began reading the spark, chapter by chapter. I read the success stories, skimmed through the exercises, read the recipes and hints. I remember when I first started with Spark looking at Chris Downie and wondering how someone who was that slim and healthly looking could know anything about weight loss. I love his story and how he came to be the Spark within the Spark. I finished the book and then went back with high lighter in hand, I started doing the exercises. I started a vision board - finding pictures from all over, - the very nice thing about the making of my vision board was the realization that I have so much to be thankful for in my life today. I don't require massive changes - I just need to make it better, by creating a more healthy and active lifestyle! More than the setting of goals was the clarifying goals. It helped realize that I had been setting the wrong goals for myself for years. THAT was an amazing and humbling discovery, that allowed me to really get clear about where I was going and how to get there.
I have been having a lot of "ah ha" moments with the book. I learned to be nicer to myself,I learned that perfect is an illusion that can lead to failure or at least the excuse to quit. If I stumble, it is only a stumble - it is my choice to continue on the next day and the day after that. And I will.
Setting goals, defining goals, maintaining streaks,tracking and weighing food, using the support systems of SparkPeople. I think I am overwhelmed, the message is that powerful, the changes and potential changes in my life are exhilarating and at the same time so scary. I have been reading more blogs , I have been watching the support on this site - people empowering people.
I am in awe of how supportive people are here. The opportunity to inspire and be inspired by people you may never meet is an invaluable gift. There is hope for the world!

I have the key, I placed it in the lock and turned it - the door is open and I am coming through. emoticon

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CLAUDECF 4/4/2011 11:57AM

    Sara, The Spark is on the Kindle... emoticon

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SARAWALKS 4/4/2011 11:17AM

    emoticon I'm so happy that you're taking the plunge!
You also make me want to read The Spark. No, I haven't read it, despite almost a year on the site! Maybe it's time for this procrastinator to catch up... emoticon

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CLAUDECF 4/4/2011 10:52AM

    Great blog, Dewacha! emoticon emoticon

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Say Cheese!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

I am not sure this is where I should put this little tidbit but I wanted to share it.

Often we end up throwing out cheese or not being able to take advantage of the savings of the bigger package buy. I have not generated any interest in my family for "light cheese" sooooo

Here is what I do. Buy the big pack, save the money, grate the entire block and freeze it. Place it in a Tupperware container or airtight container. Add a TABLESPOON of Cornstarch and shake it. The cornstarch makes the shredded cheese not stick together. The frozen cheese is easy to measure whether a tablespoon or a cup. The only thing the cornstarch does to the cheese is make it thicker when you melt it. Win/Win.


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SARAWALKS 3/31/2011 2:27PM

    COOL idea! emoticon A groaner, I know! emoticon

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KIMERZDE 3/20/2011 1:52PM

    I love frozen cheese, I always buy it when it is on sale and save money that way.

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Paradise Lost

Monday, March 14, 2011

Well, not quite. emoticon
My husband and myself just returned from a beautiful week away at an all inclusive in the Caribbean. I committed to record my food and to walk 5klms/3 miles a day. What do you know - I did both! Thank you SparkPeople! I know committing to it in a previous blog - made the difference for me. The hotel must have known I needed the exercise because they put us on the fifth floor - with a beautiful stair case to climb. YUK lol.
The food choices did create challenges, especially with the consumption of 1 or 2 alcoholic beverages daily, but all in all - I was pleased with my choices. Choosing healthy and fresh most of the time. I came home with a .5 lb surplus.

I did something that was good for me. I have been hesitant to walk "in public", yes, I know it should not matter - but I was sure the whole world would laugh at my weight ! All my exercising - mostly treadmill was/is done in the comfort of my home. Not OMgosh out in public! Our resort had the most beautiful walking paths - and that is where I walked. Every day, every morning at 7:00 a.m. I walked for an hour. My husband waited for me at the pool and the minute he saw me coming he would jump up and get me a double espresso! What a way to start a day and finish a walk. I was feeling spoiled! I switched my outlook on walking in public , I told myself A. so what - who cares - I will not see them again, and B. they were likely to be impressed with someone taking active steps toward health. emoticon Now, I will still be indoors for the next little while(we still have snow here ) but maybe I will just have to go to a walking track once a week..... just because I can!

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  Keep on moving and you will shift the weight. Be postiive - great you didn't put it on while on vacation. Imagine how your weight would have been if you hadn't done all that exercise.

I've had a look at your pictures you've put up - love the Angkor temples shots - I've been there twice myself and it's such a magical place.

Keep on going! emoticon

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DEWACHA 3/15/2011 12:16AM

    Thanks Sara! Was feeling victorious - little disappointed that the 5 kilometers did not translate into a loss....but I do know it compensated for my food intake.

And - I have phoned a GF and suggested rather than go for lunch - we hit a indoor walking track for an hour Wednesday. She agreed! Progress!

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SARAWALKS 3/14/2011 11:06PM

    emoticon Hurrah for you, that is quite an achievement!
I do hope you try some outdoor walking, it is really nice, especially now that the weather is good! emoticon and you may find some friends to join you. It is always interesting to see who's walking around the neighborhood! emoticon

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A11PERSONALITY 3/14/2011 3:10PM

    I like it that you stayed mostly on track when you went away for a vacation. Gaining half a pound is impressive and it will be easy to "work" off.

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