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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I went down another pound this week. I am always cheered when the scales move down, and when the number STAYS down for a day or two, I really feel like the weight is gone. it's been 3 days so I'm ready for a new low number!

I have mostly been staying within the parameters of my Spark numbers although it's still hard for me to not exceed the fat grams number and still having trouble making the protein number. For a few days, I have had some pain and discomfort on the left side of my abdomen. It was really uncomfortable on Saturday and has eased a lot since then, but hasn't completely subsided. Today I just lack energy to do anything.

I started an online class this week. I need something to do, and if I get this endorsement, I think it will better my chances of teaching adults or in a non-conventional environment. Also today I received an email from the department of labor that might lead to a job as a word processor. I really want to be in adult education, but I wouldn't mind a job just word processing either. I'm really good with computers, but isn't everyone nowadays? There was a time when that set me apart!

I've slowed down my decluttering efforts this week, as I just dread to tackle the garage. It is so dirty and hot out there. Still enjoying my decluttered closet!

I have enjoyed reading everyone's blogs and making comments. Reading what everyone else is doing in regard to their programs is so interesting. I have wanted to update mine, but really don't feel like there is much to share. Hopefully this time next week will be a more energized phase in my life.

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BEESPARKLE 9/21/2012 3:42PM

    I came to Barkleys site and I read your blog and others. We are all into this together.

Wow youhave a doctor in here to advise you. How sweet. I had three test's done four years ago. I had results back I was Diverticular and when infected it goes to a s on th end of Diverticular. Meaning infected. I also had Celiac. With people praying fo rme it is not as bad. I am copeing to off the table food and not on strick diet.

So do see a doctor for yourself. Dont let it go on too long..

Wow 20 pounds gone. Good for you. emoticon

Drop by my page. Lets get to know each other. Read my last two blogs. It may encourage you.

God Bless!

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JANESLOSS 9/20/2012 8:06PM

    Congratulations of the pounds lost!!!

It feels nice to let them go.

If your pain persists, please go see your doctor.

I was just in my closet purging old and to big clothes. Now to haul it all out of here.

Best of luck on the job front!

Jane emoticon

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QUALITYONE09 9/20/2012 7:29PM

    Hi Congrats on the 20 lbs gone!!! Also on your decluttering effort. I'm still keeping my fingers crossed about you finding work. It will happen keep the faith and keep plugging along!!! Our weightloss journey is teaching us how to do that. LOL

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JINLYNN 9/20/2012 1:49AM

    emoticon on the weight loss!
And I hope you feel better soon.

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PATRICIAANN46 9/19/2012 6:00PM

  I really hope that you feel better. emoticon on the weight loss!!!

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SOCPAGE 9/19/2012 3:37PM

    As a doctor, I will sometimes ask: are things moving right along down there? Left sided abdominal pain is frequently a problem with being stopped up. Just make sure that you are tested for occult fecal blood when you have your annual pap smear (yes, annual). Hope you feel better. I always dread fall because I don't get enough hours of sun and I can feel the difference in late September. won't get better until April or May. sigh. Full spectrum lights are the way to go.

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Working on a new decade, shopping, fighting waste and hoarding

Thursday, September 13, 2012

I finally got my weight into a new decade. Now I need to burn down to the next decade! I wonder how long this will take.

I visited a brand new Publix grocery the other day. It is so much bigger than any of our local stores (this one is in the next town--I had to cross the state line!). I really liked how this store features so clearly a lot of healthier choices scattered among the usual convenience fare. I bought a can of organic black soy beans--have you ever tried these? I made a little stir fried brown rice yesterday and ate these beans for lunch. They were pretty good, but I like beans of all kinds anyway. I picked up some other items I have been interested in too like more Greek yogurt and some Protein Powder.

I've done a massive amount of decluttering and worked on the fridge yesterday. It is shameful to have to toss so much food that was once pretty good. I washed a bunch of plastic containers after soaking them in bleach to ensure no bacteria or other microbes were lurking on them. Today I threw away a frozen turkey that has been in my freezer for several years. My husband won it bowling and I was too busy to cook it when I was working. Also, our family doesn't like to eat a whole turkey. I have given away several of these turkeys over the years, but it's shameful to me that I hoarded this one and now it's not fit for anyone.

I'm not going to beat myself up too badly about food waste--just try to do better. I have another frozen turkey that I didn't toss because maybe it's still okay. I will defrost it next week and find out. If we get any more of these turkeys, I'm giving them to my sister who hosts our Thanksgiving get-togethers and has hungry teen-aged boys to feed!

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BARKLEY2868 9/17/2012 8:15AM

    Keep up the great work. emoticon

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IS1GAR 9/17/2012 7:58AM

    It is a new week and a new beginning!
I too have these type of issues with food and I'm trying very hard to control the waste.
Good luck! emoticon

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SIM1SAYS 9/14/2012 10:55PM

    Checking in. Wishing you the most beautiful weekend. We can do this. We're just designed to succeed.

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EDDYMEESE 9/14/2012 3:25PM

    What I hate most is when I go out and buy a bunch of fruits and veggies and healthy food and 2 weeks later I'm tossing it out :/ I keep thinking seeing that full fridge will motivate me to make healthy meals, but it just doesn't! Great job!

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IREN0169 9/14/2012 7:22AM

    emoticon on moving into the next decade! And decluttering the fridge. I will be doing that soon and donating some food, mostly to daughter and the rest to homeless shelter. Keep moving forward!

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GAYLLYNNE 9/14/2012 6:57AM

    Best of luck to you. Remember, your local food bank will take most of the food you don't want as long as it is still good. I've had frozen turkey in my freezers for long, long time and it was fine to eat. Good job on the decluttering!!

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KAREN608 9/13/2012 11:14PM

    I have that problem also, when someone gives us a turkey. I've learned to give things away as quickly as possible. The other problem I have is my husband buys something that he soon tires of and will not eat, and it is something I don't like. Then we have well meaning 'friends' that give us outdated food which has to go on the burn pile! The back of the refrigerator is a dangerous place indeed and the back of the freezer as well. Who knows what lurks there?

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PATRICIAANN46 9/13/2012 12:48PM

  emoticon on your weight loss and I wish you the best on getting into the next decade. From the sounds of it, you are on the right track....... emoticon

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What's New in diet books, protein, and portabella mushroom caps

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Since I've been unemployed, I have gotten interested in daytime talk shows. I watched the new Ricki Lake program today and yesterday. Both programs were about weight issues so naturally I was interested! Today two diet books were mentioned and I investigated them on Amazon. Has anyone ever read The Hormone Diet? I am going to look for it at the library. Also mentioned was Fat Smashers. I don't know if this one would be worth buying, but if you've read it and want to share, hit me up. I know that it all boils down to few calories in and more burned to equal less weight, but I can't help being interested in any new ideas on this subject.

I've been tracking for quite a while and usually stay within my boundaries in the calorie department, occasionally go over in fat, frequently low on carbs and consistently low on protein. I want to be higher in protein without cooking more or exceeding my calories. I studied protein powders today by reading what is said on Spark. People who use them prefer all kinds of brands. I didn't see any brand consistently touted. I hate to invest in something I've never tried for fear that I won't like it, won't use it up, and it'll get tossed out eventually. Do you use protein powders? I read on to learn that Greek yogurt is a protein boost, so I found some in the back of my fridge and ate it for breakfast instead of my Fiber One cereal. I need to find some more low-calorie sources of protein so I can keep up my program and maybe make it better with more protein incorporated to meet my minimum standard. I'm going to get more Greek yogurt next time I shop at the grocery.

Finally, I tried a new sandwich combo today. I cooked a portabella mushroom cap in a saute pan with a bit of olive oil laced with garlic. I was going to spread Laughing Cow on my sandwich round, but all I could find was kind of old in my cabinet and had to be tossed out. I used mustard instead and added some bagged salad.

It bothers me that I let those Laughing Cow wedges go south. I really need to get a grip on food waste. When I buy another package of these, I'll keep them in the fridge where I can see them and only buy one package no matter what the price is. I probably bought these before I discovered what a great sandwich spread they are. I used to just eat the wedges, but I think I prefer them as a spread.

Losing my tiny bit of weight really got me inspired. How is your program going?

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GRANDMA0627 9/15/2012 8:01PM

    I use whey protein powder (body fortress) in my smoothies but ive really gotten sick of the flavor. Ive ordered some unflavored/unsweetened soy protein isolate for adding to a greater variety of foods. I'll let you know how I like it. For me, protein powder has made it possible to get protein into my diet quickly and easily....its not always ally possible to cook other types of protein. And it really fills me up...very satisfying.

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TRUE2NDCHANCE 9/14/2012 12:56AM

I have no idea what brand of protein I buy....but they way I chose it was I looked for one that had the MOST protein I could get with absolutely the FEWEST carbs! The one I use has 26 gms of protein to 2 carbs per serving. Alot of times I am on the go in the am and don't have time to fix something to eat so I mix this with a cup of skim milk which has about 8 gms of protein in it, so I get a total of 34 gms right off the bat in the am. And if I don't have time to stop a bit later to eat breakfast thats ok cause I don't get hungry.

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 9/13/2012 7:03PM

    I, too, am unemployed. I applaud your ability to keep pushing with regard to your food. And I,too, struggle with food loss. I hope that by buying a bullet I will eat more veggies, fresh, cooked or otherwise.

I had to laugh when you "found" your greek yogurt in the back of your frige. I swear - the appliance designers are in cahoots with the grocers to design appliances that hinder the clear viewing and organizing of food. I am certain that BILLIONS of dollars in food is gone to waste every year. Ugh. It just makes me crazy. But that's for another blog. Good for you for dropping some weight. emoticon

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ALDEBARANIAN 9/12/2012 7:39PM

    Trying to loose weight, it's probably best to avoid the "Frankenfoods," just eat things that you can understand the words in the ingredients list. Those chemicals do strange things to ya.

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WOUBBIE 9/12/2012 4:29PM

    The best book you could read about weight gain and weight loss is Gary Taubes' "Why We Get Fat and What To Do About It".

Metabolism is not actually math (calories in vs. calories out), it's chemistry (which, while it INCLUDES math, is MUCH more complicated).

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MOONSTORMER 9/12/2012 1:44AM

    i'm living in south africa, so the protein brands are different here. i would recommend them though. in the winter, i make oats for breakfast and mix in some protein powder - easy way to add protein. also, not sure what you generally cook for dinner, but you could always grill an extra chicken breast or make a bit extra of whatever protein you are having for dinner... when i think of it, i like to make hard boiled eggs as well - easy protein that stores and transports well.

food waste is a problem for me, too. i keep reorganizing my fridge to make food more visible. it also helps to set certain days as "make a plan" days - where you scrounge around the fridge and pantry and find possible food combinations. my hubby fed us all weekend using the random things we had that we'd forgotten about.


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PATRICIAANN46 9/11/2012 8:54PM

  Do you eat breakfast on a regular basis? This is something that I really have to work on as I have NEVER been able to face food very early in the day. I have found that if I eat 2 eggs as part of my breakfast, I DO NOT get hungry as quickly. Protein definitely stays with you. I also have Oatmeal often. I have been tempted to try the Protein Powder drinks, but have never heard which one is recommended. Please let me know what you find out concerning this.

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ANGRITTER 9/11/2012 3:02PM

    Hello, deary. Just wanted to let you know that I read your blog and am reaching out to another SP member who uses protein powder every day as she has had RA since she was 6.

I have asked her to recommend a brand and then I will check to see if we can get it here in Florida. She's been using them for years, so I thought she would be the best judge I know of.

I will put a note on my calendar and once I hear from her, I will let you know what she recommends. If I can help, I would love to help. I am also unemployed and know how horrible it is to waste money. I have been out of work for 4 years this December, and am waiting for my disability hearing scheduled for THIS December.

Anyway, I will let you know what I hear from her.

Take care, and my best wishes to you on finding a job.

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Quick Update

Sunday, September 09, 2012

I will never be a daily blogger; I try to do it once a week or so. My progress has been pretty slow lately--I guess I was crazy to think it could be as fast as 2 pounds a week!

But even with slow progress, I know it definitely WON'T happen if I give up, so I will continue my program and wait for a breakthrough.

On the plus side, I wore some clothes to church today that were a bit tight not so long ago and now fit pretty well. You do look good when you are wearing clothes that are not tight or baggy at any weight!

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QUALITYONE09 9/11/2012 5:58PM

    I find it hard to blog dail...I do it to keep a record of my journey and it forces me to stay connected and logging in daily along with my tracking. One of the ladies comment below sums it up...weightloss is a marath, not a sprint...slow and steady does win the race. It's hard not to expect or want the big losses...truth is any weight loss is a good thing! I'm preparing myself daily to not expect the big loss each week some weeks we just maintain with even the occasional gain. At the end of the day it about understanding it is a lifestyle not a destination.

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BECKANN-G 9/10/2012 9:51AM

    Slow and steady wins the race and keeps the pounds off!
Here's to a non-scale victory emoticon

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GAYLLYNNE 9/10/2012 8:13AM

    Bet you looked fabulous! I know it's the best feeling to wear something that your aren't self conscious in!!! WTG!!!

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THINTASTICME 9/10/2012 12:12AM

    Think of weight loss as a marathon and not a sprint. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATSYB7 9/9/2012 9:44PM

    Slow and steady keeps the pounds from coming back! Keep going! emoticon

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KAREN608 9/9/2012 9:26PM

    So glad you will keep on with this. I've had some major calorie blasts this week, but hubby going off to work and I can downsize my calories and have a list of chores to keep me busy and out of the kitchen for as long as he is away working. It is a blessing to have some more summer income and it seems easier to eat right when the basic bills are getting paid.

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PATRICIAANN46 9/9/2012 6:09PM

  I feel that as long as I'm NOT GAINING, I am doing well. If it comes off slow, it comes off least it's coming off. You are doing just fine. emoticon

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 9/9/2012 5:20PM

    Some weeks the pounds come off, others they don't. In my fourth month of Sparking, I lost just 3.5 pounds. 1st month I lost 15 pounds. 2nd month I lost 5 pounds. 3rd month I lost 7.5 pounds. As long as I have any reduction at all, even if it turns out to be just 1 pound, I'll be happy because it will be in the right direction!

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Hard to believe but I'll take it!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

I stepped on the scale today and I'm down a pound and a half! Wow! Yesterday was kind of a pig-out day for me because I went to my church's family night supper. I won't tell you what I had because it's almost food porn, but I indulged in TWO desserts and ate bread. Luckily they also have a nice salad so I felt pretty good about eating salad with a light topping of Italian dressing. I wasn't even honest on my tracker about what I ate because I exceeded my daily caloric allotment. I've read that if you don't eat enough, your metabolism will shut down and hang on to your weight percieving a famine is happening. Maybe eating a good bit yesterday explains my 1.5 pound decrease. I neglected to weigh myself yesterday so who knows where I stood then. Losing weight doesn't always happen when we follow the rules precisely. It is a big lift to my state of mind however it happens!

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KAREN608 9/8/2012 8:53PM

    So happy for you! And churches can really over do it in the food department. When I was the janitor at mine for seven years, I had to learn to say no to left over cake ... it was like a bakery in there every week!

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QUALITYONE09 9/2/2012 10:02AM

    Sometimes we under eat and when we over indulge it is just what our metabolism needed to release some stored fat. I've found when I eat closest to the maximum of my calorie range I lose more. Congratulations on your loss!

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THINTASTICME 8/31/2012 4:38PM

    Fabulous! emoticon

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JUDITHROXANA 8/31/2012 2:11PM

    Yay! Congrats!!! emoticon

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FLFFHEAD 8/31/2012 12:24PM

    Congrats! Any loss is a good loss in my book!!

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JANESLOSS 8/31/2012 12:04PM

    Congratulations on the weight loss!

Jane emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 8/31/2012 10:15AM

    good job it is true if you dont eat enough you won't lose

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HHOLT6 8/30/2012 11:31PM

    emoticon no matter how it happens TAKE IT!
And it is great to feel that accomplishment! emoticon

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PHONGKONG 8/30/2012 9:59PM

    Hi DIET_FRIEND. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. Well done on the 1.5 pound weight loss this morning. Eating more indeed sometime means weighing less.

Regarding the comment you left: I relate to what you said and also I never ever thought I would do such a detox. Having said that it is indeed not for everyone. At the same time I had never thought I would publically recommend a book but I do recommend to read the book from JJ Smith I am referring to ( The way it is written (quite repetitive but inspiring) it caught my attention. She also states indeed that such a detox is not for everyone but gives guidelines on how you can make small changes that make an impact. I am waiting until my full path is finished and will then quite likely even write a recommendation on Amazon. The author is writing a bit towards the african-american audience (even has a dedicated chapter to it) and to me (a typical Dutch girl) her writing sometimes sounds a bit too much upbeat 'You can do it"-style but it left a mark and inspired me to take a slightly different approach.

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LILYBELLE8 8/30/2012 8:06PM

    What a delightful surprise - and the church party sounds delightful as well. Maybe you should go more often to get really good results like this???

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    Congrats on your weight loss this week! It doesn't always make sense. Sometimes doing everything right doesn't produce a loss & sometimes we get a nice, unexpected surprise when we don't think it has been earned. I guess it all evens out, but the latter really helps to not throw in the towel. --That's so funny that you refer to "Food Porn"; I've used that term to refer to looking at pics of food in cookbooks or online (being up close & smelling it/having it actually available would be too tempting). Something to do when having cravings, but not wanting to over eat. Having you describe it qualifies, too. LOL : )

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KNEWMETODAY 8/30/2012 11:12AM

    Congratulations on your loss. Funny you mentioned the thing about too few calories. I actually read an article about that this morning and have decided to try to consume more calories, fearing that I am, unintentionally of course, putting my body in starvation mode. I'll have to see how it works. I'm still not trying to lose fast, but a little faster might work for me.


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