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One Pound at a Time

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

I find myself in a weightloss rut. I had abandoned tracking because inputting my recipes was so frustrating and time-consuming and I eat a lot of home cooking. I could call my position a plateau, but I know it's really a result of eating choices. I do so well during the day, but evenings come around and I start craving. I am no where near ready for bed, so don't suggest earlier bedtime, in fact I know what I need to do, I just need to do it. I need to eat less, watch portions, minimize carbs, stop eating before 9 or before 7 or some other arbitrary number. I need to snack on things like pickles, carrots, herbal tea, etc. I know all these things.

I have been coasting on my 13-13-13 challenge. My weight has been at a virtual standstill week to week. My new mindset is to stop worrying about the 13 pounds and just lose one. I want to lose just one by my next weigh-in.

I have been tracking carefully all this week. The numbers have been at the top of my limit and beyond, but I did track it all. I am still getting in 30 minutes of fitness daily. I am still pushing that water. The one thing I am not doing very good at is the food.

I was looking at a Lands End catalog a few minutes ago. So many cute clothes are coming out for spring! I hope to be down into a lower size by the time I need something for warmer weather. Here in S Georgia, it's pretty warm year-round and I can wear shorts even in February. My shorts are kind of baggy now, and I'm hoping to have a new pair in a month or two that fits and will be in an all-time-low-for-the-past-several-years size.

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ALASKABRED 2/8/2013 11:02PM

    The best thing is that you know what you need to do, what has worked for you before. I know so well what you are going through. Those of us in our 50s have been around the block a few times, trying many different things. When I buckle down and commit I know I will eventually lose weight. The secret is staying with it, and I believe that is our ultimate challenge, to find something that we can comfortably live with. It used to be I just wanted to lose weight and feel better about myself. I am now in the unchartered territory of doing it primarily for my health with the benefit being weight loss. So don't be hard on yourself. You WILL lose that weight one pound at a time. You are not alone. emoticon

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DIBANANA 2/8/2013 4:27PM

  First off I'm so proud of you for wearing shorts! I put a lot of weight on my legs and refuse to wear them. I can't remember the last time I did wear shorts.

As far as the other it sounds like you know whaat to do and how to do it. I'm the last to give advice! But, I'm here to listen. One can do that!

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DETERMINED_ME 2/8/2013 11:03AM

    There have been so many times I've been here. Thinking I was doing the right stuff only to find that without tracking I really was going over my calories, that's what made me not lose anything. Tracking is so much more important than a lot of people realize.

Take it one day, one bite, and one pound at a time.


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JESSIG5 2/7/2013 8:53AM

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MATSCHI 2/6/2013 11:02PM

    It is almost like I could have written this blog. I also prepare lots of meals at home, so I also find it tedious to track everything. But I have been trying. Good for you to keep up with your exercise and water.
Like you said, we know what to do, what to eat, when to eat, etc. I am in the same boat. How do you get from knowing what to do to actually doing it. I would love to get some answers to that also.

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BARB4HEALTH 2/6/2013 7:23PM

    I know what you mean about the time it takes to log in homemade meals. I have to do that also because DH is wheat sensitive and there are days with very little grains. I do use some substitutes like quinoa. When I don't have time to put the whole recipe in, I just find one closest to it and put that in. Maybe eating the 5 to 6 small meals a day would help you control the calories better. As for clothes, I saved some smaller sizes and I am working my way down to them. But I am hoping to get something brand new to congratulate myself when I reach my halfway mark. OR maybe I will actually fit into some new clothes DH bought for me that I have not worn yet. Hope it is soon. Just hoping or wishing won't get me there, though, I know it takes work.

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MARIANNE9855 2/6/2013 5:30PM

    I find that planning a snack that I look forward to later in the evening helps me- mine is usually frozen berries that I eat frozen so it takes me a while to eat a cup. I also do 3 meals and several snacks depending on how many calories I have eaten For dinner I have been eating one portion of what everyone else eats with 3 x as many vegs so I feel like I am eating a lot. emoticon

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EMPTYSKY 2/6/2013 2:33PM

    emoticon I know exercise is important but what and how much you eat is even more so. I'm certainly no expert but I know giving myself too many choices is always a disaster. Maybe it would be helpful to make a menu over the weekend of what you'll be eating for the week and make it just a few simple choices. You could plan, pre-cook some proteins to just add a salad and veggie for you and then cook what ever side your family would eat (if not the same) Say for breakfast use the same 3 meals just alternate.
yougurt and fruit
eggs and whole wheat toast
oatmeal and fruit
tuna on salad
turkey on whole wheat w/lettuce and tomato
soup and salad
dinner could be
any protein a low carb veggie and a salad
snacks (pre-measure) fruit, nuts, fiber bar
make your menu, track it for the whole week, and post over the weekend.
You could then tweek any changes you make daily.
I don't suggest my diet plan to any one because so many people are turned off by meal replacement type diets. But for me, having everything pre-measured, some ready to eat some require a little mixing and or heating and not having to count calories, carbs, fat etc... just makes it sooooo easy. I only have to prepare one meal a day which is simply a protein and a veggie.
I've also heard that some people like the automatic menus they can provide on your tracker. I do think that tracking the good bad and the ugly is a tremendous tool! It's not always easy but it's always worth it. There is an article I read on here somewhere (unfortunately I can't remember exactly where) that talks about making a specific eating plan rather than a vague "eat less" kinda thing. Maybe you've already made one so I don't mean to imply you haven't. emoticon You CAN do this! I know it! Have an awesome on track day! PS, I'm on here off and on all day and would be happy to be your vent buddy or encourage ya when ever you need!

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ANGRITTER 2/6/2013 2:18PM

    I have a tendency to look in the cute magazines for cuter clothes and then I go "I would NEVER wear that anyway!" I do have a best friend who is smaller than me, so every time she cleans out her closet I take over and hold onto until I can fit into them. But sometimes it takes me a while to getinto them, and then there are some that I can pass them on to others when I don't want them.

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Rededicating Myself

Sunday, February 03, 2013

I have resolved to lose 13 pounds in 13 weeks, but what am I doing to make it happen? I have done a bit of fitness virtually every day (missed 2). The fitness I've done hasn't really gotten my heart pounding or sweat pouring, but I am leaps and bounds ahead of where I was. I think I will do more Leslie Sansone to really rev up my fat burning! I need to take strength training more seriously because when the weather warms up for spring and summer and I'm baring flesh, I want it to look toned as well as less fat! Some of you fitness fanatics really inspire me with your pictures!

I buy and fix a lot of healthy food. The trouble is I augment it with a lot of not-so-healthy things. I won't enumerate all the poor eating choices I have made in 2013, but suffice it to say, I have been over my calorie limit many days. I need to do like my other spark friend that makes a plan to eat 7 helpings of "freggies" each day. I usually clock 3, but need to get more. I did that today by eating corn and turnip greens with my trout as well as some pinto beans. I then didn't eat anything else until about an hour ago when I put together a big veggie salad with several kinds of lettuce, cherry tomatoes, beets and feta cheese. I am feeling pretty satiated now. I still have a few calories to spare so I might eat some graham crackers later.

I made a healthy fruit salad a la Hungry Girl that includes cucumbers in the mix. You can google just about any of her recipes and get them online--where I got this recipe. It is supposed to marinate until tomorrow, but I'll need to get those "freggies" in tomorrow too.

I am being very good about getting in my water. I usually get 8-9 servings daily, but I consider 6 to be very good if that's all I get. I have a streak going where I have to get 6 cups and I do that nearly every day.

I have NOT been a good tracker for several months. One reason is that I eat so many homemade things and tracking them is pretty time-consuming and inexact. I tracked everything today though and I hope I am turning over a new leaf. I REALLY want to jumpstart my weightloss again. I want to get into the 210s. I really want to get below 200 in 2013. I have to do more than I have been doing lately if I want that number to change though.

I wore my pants and a top that I couldn't fit into last summer to church today. It's a top that always gets compliments, and I looked really nice. I want to look nicer still.

Let's rededicate ourselves to our goals today and every day as we get nearer and nearer to our preferred health and fitness status! Keep on sparking!

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KAREN608 2/4/2013 10:49PM

    I really need to rededicate myself, as with husband home every day, the amount of food and junk food is really high in the house now. When I spent the summer mostly alone it was so much easier but this is the real world so I better get real, soon. Scale is not looking good for me anymore. I did some light wii today, 60 calories burnt. oooh. Not much.

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LOSINIT52 2/4/2013 12:50PM

    Sounds like you have a plan.
I also cook most of my own things but I have added them to my tracker. It really is time well spent. If you have to cut time somewhere I would not cut time on this. Tracking accurately really is key. Just my2cents worth.

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ANGRITTER 2/4/2013 12:35PM

    Love the attitude! I was on a great streak until my parents rolled into town yesterday. I got a 4 mile walk in and then spent the rest of the evening cooking for us all, unloading the vehicles, and doing LOTS of laundry. TONS of laundry actually. I felt like I worked in a hotel for a minute there!

I need to get on the bandwagon with you and lose 13 pounds in 13 weeks. That sounds like a great plan, but I have had such a bad headache for 2 days that I barely move and it starts back up again. It's muscle tension and I can't seem to get it worked out. May have to call the Alaska Man and get him large paws on my shoulder and just tell him to SQUEEZE as hard as he can on it and see if it lets up.

I am proud of you for kicking it up a notch. That is on my list "to do" this week as well.

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KERRIELYNN719 2/4/2013 6:21AM

    I'm a pretty efficient tracker...just make sure you track everything...I have just met my requirements and then realized I forgot to (or left out on purpose) the BBQ sauce or ketchup, etc...that pesky little condiment category ruins me somedays!

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MARIANNE9855 2/3/2013 11:38PM

    What a bummer- I just wrote something and lost it-
anyway I track my food before I eat it which helps. I also got the tip from WWs to eat a fruit or vegetable with every meal and snack which is really helping me eat a lot more healthy food- plus it can slow down something that is not so healthy if you have to find a fruit or veg to go with it.
Lastly exercise may not make a huge difference alone but it can help you become more fit whatever your size is and that makes me feel so much better and more healthy. emoticon

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    Was just going to say.. but ITSMATT beat me to it. If you enter the recipe for whatever you're having into the recipe calculator, it takes the work out of it, and it's there for next time. I think that's what keeps me grounded on this new way of eating. The tracker. It helps me know where my problem areas are. Mine was fat content. And I've been working on it (slowly) since I came here. Congrats on the clothes fitting. Thats one NSV I can't wait to see on myself =)

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KENDRACARROLL 2/3/2013 10:30PM

As Matt said, food is more important than exercise (for weight loss anyway).
Please keep us posted on your progress.

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1MYSTERY_LADY 2/3/2013 10:27PM

    emoticon I am all excited about starting week 5 tomorrow!

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ITSMATT 2/3/2013 10:03PM

    Hi there - how are you doing?

So, the weight loss success is ALL ABOUT the food.

I eat a fair amount of homemade stuff. Takes maybe 10 minutes tops to enter the recipes - often less, and then they are in there.

I encourage you to TAKE THE TIME.

Because the exercise won't make the weight loss happen if the food isn't under control.

Ask me how I know.

I like your positive attitude and I congratulate you on fitting into those clothes. Feels good, doesn't it?

I look forward to hearing about your future successes!

Make it a great day!

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Fun Outing

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Went to St. Augustine's Lighthouse with a good friend yesterday. She had a coupon so it was free and included a tour of the site. I have visited St. Augustine many times including exploring the fort, attending concerts, going to the beach, shopping, and meandering down the historic St. George Street. This was the first time I'd toured the lighthouse. It was interesting to learn about archeology and shipwreck artifact recovery. Also learning about the lighthouse and the associated evolving technology.

This is a shot of me at the top of the lighthouse.

This is a shot of the lighthouse.

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CELEST 2/10/2013 1:26PM

    I have climbed to the top of our local light house in Mossel Bay so I know how many stairs that entails. Congrats for the work out and the reward being the view.

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DIBANANA 2/3/2013 12:19PM

  I've often thought about going to as many as possible. Looks like fun

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ANGRITTER 1/31/2013 4:50PM

    I too have been to St. Augustine a million times and have never made it to the lighthouse! Wonder why? Oh yes, I always end up at a barwith my friends instead of touring ANYTHING!

But you sure are looking good, aren't you? And the weather was THE BEST yesterday! I amso glad you had fun!

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KAREN608 1/31/2013 1:56AM

    Ooh! I've never been to a lighthouse, looks like you had a lovely day!!!

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LOSINGLINNDY 1/30/2013 9:56PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day. emoticon

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1EMMA2011 1/30/2013 6:20PM

    You are so beautiful!!!!!! So proud of you - sounds like so much fun!!


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THE_JENCH 1/30/2013 4:51PM

    Sounds fun!

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ASTRA58 1/30/2013 3:02PM

    I love field trips like this. You look like you had an awesome time!

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MARIANNE9855 1/30/2013 2:32PM

    looks like fun.

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JAMSBABY2 1/30/2013 1:45PM

    Looks like you had a great time! I love field trips! Especially those of a historical value. Being in Texas, I have toured the Alamo and surrounding missions and other historic sites. I will be taking a short trip there with my grandkids in March. Plan on doing a lot of walking and exploring especially with my 8 year old grandson. Thanks for sharing this!

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    Sounds like you had fun. Can't wait for the warm weather to get here so I can do some more outdoor activities and not have to wear 15464755 layers of clothes, or freeze haha!!

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MNTWINSGAL 1/30/2013 12:41PM

    A good workout and a beautiful view as a reward. What more could you ask for?

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A-Z re me!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Hi all,

I appropriated this from IMAGELOVER and Gwen. I don't usually do these, but enjoyed theirs so here's mine!

A - Available or Married: Married.

B - Book: Fat Chance by a Biggest Loser Alum--got it at Dollar Tree!.

C - Cake or Pie? mmmm...both!

D - Drink of Choice: Water these days, but I like wine & beer too.

E - Essential Item: computer.

F - Favorite Color: purple.

G - Game to Play or Watch: Sims (guilty pleasure)

H - Hometown: Kingsland Georgia--looking for another one though.

I - Indulgence: shopping.

J - Job: housewife

K - Kids and Names: Diana: 15, Carson: 13.

L - Life is incomplete without: Friends and family.

M - Music Group or Singer: I love all music. Love Sinead O'Connor and Rickie Lee Jones.

N - Number of Siblings: 1 sister.

O - Oranges or Apples? Apples

P - Phobias/ Fears: cancer.

Q - Favorite Quote: When you point the finger, 3 more point back.

R - Reason to smile: loving family.

S - Season: Spring and fall because summer is too intense around here.

T - Tattoos: None for me; okay for others; kind of a waste of $ for a lot of people.

U - Unknown fact about me? born in Japan.

V - Vegetable you love: Onion in everything!

W - Worst habit: Procrastination and being lazy.

X - X-rays? dental.

Y - Your favorite food: Chocolate.

Z - Zodiac? Scorpio, but I am not a believer.

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1EMMA2011 1/29/2013 1:07AM

    emoticon Loved reading this!! So fun, thanks for putting it out there!

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SYDLETZIII 1/28/2013 11:20PM

    I liked it and plan to use it on my blog- Hope you do not mind.

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    Love it... stealing it too lol =)

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LADYKATHLEEN5 1/28/2013 6:23PM

  I loved this !!!
Have not seen this format before.
Thanks for sharing.

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DLG0505 1/28/2013 2:27PM

    I always like to read these and find out little tidbits about other people. And I'm with you on chocolate. I think it should be one of the major food groups - which is why I'm overweight.

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What's going on with me

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Here it is another Sunday night. Went to church and lunch out at Ruby Tuesday. I had a big salad consisting primarily of salad greens and then ordered the fish tacos. I gave one to my hubby. It is so good, but with the salad, it's really too much, so I was glad DH would enjoy one too. Not expecting a weightloss this month as I have been overeating again. I just hope the scales don't rise!

Went to Target with my friend after church/lunch. Since I had a gift card for Starbucks, treated her to a snack there. I had a latte. It's not very healthy, but I ordered a small one versus a huge one just to enjoy the treat. I rarely go to Starbucks since I have to go to a neighboring town to get it and I am over the hype of boutique coffee, but since I had the gift card, it's a tasty indulgence.

Did over an hour of Wii Fit 2 days in a row (maybe 3), but none today. The kids took over my Wii TV with XBox so it might be a day of rest for me! I will make up for it tomorrow though. One thing that's great about Wii Fit is that the activities don't last too long so you can come and go with it throughout the day instead of devoting all of your time and attention for a solid block of time. It keeps up with your minutes and calories too so you know if you are hitting fitness goals. I might pull out the resistance band when I get through with this blog and get in a 15-minute session. I need to use my tools or why have them?

I enjoyed reading all my friends' blogs. My message of don't give up was reiterated on several. Despite imperfection and a lack of discipline we must never give up. If we overdo it at the dinner table, we must still get our water. If we have one bad day of being lazy, we must do better the next time. If we don't want to get our water we must at least not replace it with sugary soda. One spark friend mentioned that her strategy is to eat a freggie with every meal, and I think I will adopt this strategy as well. I usually eat veggies at dinner and often at lunch, but not always with breakfast! I also will strive to get half my water drank before noon and not to use substitutions more than once a week. That means I won't call unsweetened tea water more than once a week! Today I didn't get in my water earlier and will have a time making my quota before bed! Keep on sparking y'all!

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1EMMA2011 1/29/2013 1:10AM

    emoticon Love the fish tacos!!!!

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_RAMONA 1/28/2013 11:07AM

    I lOVE fish tacos, just now mine are wrapped in lettuce, LOL! Great uplifting, encouraging blog! SPARK on!

{{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}}

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SCHOOLCOOK2 1/28/2013 9:05AM

    I have to break down every so often and go to Cabin Coffee here for a
Chia Tea Latte with skim milk. We all need an indulgent once in awhile. I have to get more water in doing the day. Just don't think about it so need to put out a pitcher to remind me.

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THE_JENCH 1/27/2013 11:35PM

    I LOVE lattes. Usually I just order a non-fat (or low-fat if they don't carry non-fat milk) in the medium size. Since I don't add sugar (just a dash of cinnamon to the top!), it's essentially just skim milk with a little bit of coffee! Some mornings when I'm running late, I'll grab an apple from the house (always have apples!) and get myself a latte for a light but decent enough breakfast. By the same logic I also feel that a non-fat no whip mocha can be a good substitute when I'm wanting chocolate!

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NIELSENSLADY 1/27/2013 11:16PM

    I gotta try those!

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DIBANANA 1/27/2013 8:42PM

  I have never had a fish taco. Doesn't seem to sound right. I assume it is good. Maybe I should try it sometime.

I think we just have to keep trying as you said. Make little changes and each time in between falling off the wagon will get shorter.

you are doing well.

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BOSS61 1/27/2013 7:50PM

    Ruby Tuesday salad bar and fish tacos - great minds think alike. Exactly my dinner last night!

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KAREN608 1/27/2013 7:36PM

    I guess the only thing that goes right for me is drinking my water everyday. Staying home most of the time, and tiny kitchen, not a lot of room for soda pop so water is the bev. of choice. Funny thing at the dinner I went to with neighbors, all they served was water too. Maybe it is more popular with the thinner people than I realized. They are fit and thin, though older. Water rocks!

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LTMURPHY7 1/27/2013 7:33PM


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