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Sparkatunities: Taking Advantage

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sparkpeople is such a blessing to me. It just keeps getting better, too! emoticon There are so many sparkatunities. I'm only going to mention a few on this blog.

The very day it was announced I joined the Fall 5% challenge. For me the challenge of losing 8 1/2 pounds is going to be fun. The excitement is already in the air. Excitement = motivation in my book.

Another sparkatunity I signed up for today is the Trick or Treat Virtual Trot. I have pledged to do the 5k walk/jog on October 28th. Last spring I did the 5k walk challenge. Time to add a little ummph to my workout. I have a feeling hubby is going to be on many of my training walks, too. That warms my heart.

What great timing to have the two going on at the same time. emoticon

On top of that SP has so many exercise videos to choose from. It's like having personal trainers in my parlor with me. emoticon It's great to be able to work on on my schedule in whatever clothes are comfortable. Not to mention they're free!

Teams are so important to me, too. There are so many. I admit, I've joined some and dropped some. That's ok. Sparkatunity strikes again because it is part of the tailoring to fit my life-style. I am now involved in some very supportive teams in good times and bad. The folks on them are like neighbors to me. They are real people who are honest and willing to share. Some I even feel like I've known personally for years.

emoticon I'll continue to take advantage of as many sparkatunities that I am able to take on.

  
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ANNIESADVENTURE 10/2/2012 9:45AM

    We are both on the same team for the 5% Challenge, the Beautiful Butterflies. It's a good way to move toward a specific goal.

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    you go girl !! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PAULALALALA 9/20/2012 9:40AM

    I agree about SP. Love it! I've done the same thing with the teams...I think a lot of people join up to a lot of teams at first, and then figure out which ones are the most helpful. No way for me to stay active on a large number of teams no matter how good they are. Seems like the teams I've stayed on are the ones with smaller numbers where I've gotten to know people.

Have fun with the 5% and the Virtual Trot!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 9/20/2012 9:29AM

    That is great that you are getting the most out of Sparks! Good luck on your challenges...thats awesome that your hubby is supportive and will be joining you on your training walks!

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Fall 5% Challenge Assignment #1

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The food scale, measuring equipment and cooking supplies are always in use, so they are always handy. The new season means new recipes. I've been sorting through the envelope of recipes I've cut from magazines and put the ones I'll use on the challenge aside.

The gazelle isn't being used as a clothes rack. I have new socks to go with my exercise shoes, and the long exercise pants I bought on clearance at the end of spring fit perfectly now.

I have a brand new pedometer watch. I don't use this one yet - like new things the first day of school I will wear my watch starting the first day of the challenge.

My exercise plan includes after dinner walks with hubby, watching and doing 3 SP exercise videos per week, and walking with Leslie Sansone 4 days per week. Strength training x3 per week.

Eating plan: Incorporate the recipes I've set aside using the flat-belly/Mediteranean style of eating. I will incorporate a treat into each day, if only a taste.

My goal is to lose 8.5 pounds by the time the 8 week challenge comes to an end. emoticon

  
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ANNANN63 10/7/2012 7:29AM

    I too am doing the Fall 5% challenge. I was assigned to the Casual Travelers. What group are you in? Good luck with the challenge.
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FITGRANDMA120 9/19/2012 11:13PM

    This challenge is very exciting and I know you are going to do great.

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DEBBY4576 9/19/2012 8:46PM

    I better go see what's going on. I joined but have received no sparkmails. I do know where to look. Thanks for posting this so I could be reminded.

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LIVINGFREE19 9/19/2012 8:09PM

    You have a great plan!
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KATHYJO56 9/19/2012 4:08PM

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QTEALADY20031 9/19/2012 3:50PM

    What a GREAT plan, you will succeed! emoticon emoticon June

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FUNGIRL81005 9/19/2012 1:03PM

    Love the plan!!! you are READY!! emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 9/19/2012 12:12PM

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Trigger Points

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Yesterday the daytime temp finally dipped under 85 for the first time in months. It was one of those rainy, cozy, stay-in-the-house days. The temp was in the 50's, which was about what it was during the night. So as much as I loved it, it was a double-whammy. It made for a relaxed, putter around the house, make a pot of soup and bake day.

Breakfast and morning snack went as planned. It wasn't long, however, before the aroma of the lentil soup was irrisistable. It was nutritional so I sampled - something I rarely allow myself to do.

My snack-sized lunch was consumed much earlier than my usual time. It wasn't long after that I was looking for my afternoon snack - still hours before the usual time.

I planned to make bread to go with the soup. Turned out I didn't have yeast. While I searched out recipes for yeastless breads the aroma of the soup continued to gently call me. Instead of sampling I opened the icebox. I found a very small portion of baked eggplant leftover from the night before. You guessed it - it became another unplanned snack.

Now to search out cookie recipes for hubby. I rarely eat cookies so this wasn't a problem. Maybe because I kept going back for "just a spoonful" of soup.

It was still raining when hubby came home. I had no problem eating another, albeit small, portion of soup with him. I then put the cookies in the oven. The aroma of soup was replaced by the wondreful smell of warm chocolate mint cookies.

Fresh out-of-the-oven with a glass of unsweetened almond milk I let myself have one. The second batch came out. Without even realizing it I reached for a second to go with the half glass of milk I had left.

I tracked before bed. I didn't do too bad because I had healthy choices (well, not the extra cookie). However, I realized I had kept sampling. I realized I was staring into the icebox numerous times. It was a good thing I was out of yeast because I know I probably would have indulged in more than one piece of bread, especially hot and fresh.

This day turned out ok, but I learned many lessons. There were trigger points I need to watch for as the fall days roll in. Aromas can lead to sampling and mindless eating. Allowing myself to eat whenever instead of spacing my meals/snacks throughout the day. Cookies out of the oven need to be in the day's plan.

I hope to reflect on this day as the holidays arrive, too, because many of the same trigger points will undoubtedly resurface. It's important to be aware and prepare. That goes for exercise, too!

  
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DEBBIEDAY 9/18/2012 9:09AM

    Yup--my daughter commented as in * hint, hint...it is getting about soup time isn't it???

So I do believe a pot of veggie soup is on the menu plans this week!!!


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DANCINCAJUN1 9/15/2012 2:24PM

    another reason I don't cook .... tee hee emoticon

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FUNGIRL81005 9/14/2012 5:52PM

    I am Loving the COOLER weather!!! Love love!! Got to clean the dust off the crock pot!! emoticon

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PAULALALALA 9/14/2012 8:25AM

    I just love the aroma of lentil or split pea soup simmering away in the crock pot! You're right, the combination of the weather and the great smells can really tell us it's time to eat! The fresh bread would have really been the icing on the cake...lol. Great blog.

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JAXMOMMY 9/13/2012 6:16PM

    That spoonful here and there can certainly add up! Learning your trigger points is great! Now you can find alternatives! I found on cold, rainy days herbal tea can help fill me up and keep me from tasting the simmering soup!

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LOVETOLAUGH56 9/13/2012 4:20PM

    I guess I am rubbing off on you! I would have ate the whole batch of cookies. Your husband is so lucky that you make them even though you try not to eat them.
This reminds me of a blog I should write.
I hope you're feeling better.
Karen

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RGEETING 9/13/2012 2:18PM

    Ah... evaluating and re-evaluating... a necessary part of the journey! :-)

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KATHYJO56 9/13/2012 1:59PM

    I think that it is wonderful that you realized what you was doing yesterday. Most people eat mindlessly and don't catch themselves. I think with this lesson learned, you will do great during the fall and winter months. emoticon

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DAISY443 9/13/2012 12:24PM

    Sounds like you did just fine! Congrats!

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GENEALOGYGAL 9/13/2012 11:05AM

    Good job recognizing why those comfort foods are so tempting when it's cold and rainy outside. And good job not straying too far. Here in the washington state I need to fight those temptations for 9 months out of the year...its cold and rainy or mizzly (drizzly and misty) so often. It's really hard but I decided to not bake for awhile. I Love to bake breads and muffins and cookies...but...alas...the temptation is just too great. I can't eat just one...haha. Beautiful Fall is arriving and you got it under control! emoticon

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A-NEW-TARA 9/13/2012 10:37AM

    It's great to have these come up, so we can recognize these kinds of triggers. Good for you for seeing all this now, you'll be prepared when the holidays hit.
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CONNIER64 9/13/2012 9:58AM

    Oh my it's raining here today and will continue for next 3 days.Thank you for sharing your experience.Cool rainy weather at home is a bad combination for temptations! emoticon emoticon


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NEW-CAZ 9/13/2012 8:33AM

    A great learning curve emoticon

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TELFERS01 9/13/2012 8:26AM

  You go!

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Fighting the Fibro Monster - and Winning!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The last 7 days have been rough. The dormant fibro monster was gearing up for an attack. And attack it did. Sleepless, painful days and nights, not being able to eat, and doing the most minimal tasks. The pain caused my back to tense, causing spasms.

I fought back. Yesterday I forced myself to eat. Not just anything, but the healthy foods I have come to love. Tummy wasn't real appreciative, but the rest of me started feeling better. I also forced myself to walk in place and do simple chores. Again rebellion from my body.

Today improvement! Though I got out of bed weak I decided that I could accomplish 15 minutes. I turned that into 32, rebelling body and all.

This afternoon I am tired, but I'm not weak like I was. My tummy had no problem with the foods I was "stuffing" it with. My brain fog seems to be clearing. The spasms are all but gone. I even got to go to market and get lots of fresh freggies!

It does pay to continue on my program. Not just because I need to lose weight, but because it helps fend off my flares. I'm sure I can keep the diabetes that runs in the family at bay, too.

  
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LOVETOLAUGH56 9/12/2012 7:03PM

    I'm so sorry you've been miserable. I understand the pain, spasms and fibro fog. Yes I do. It should get better and it sounds like you are making the best of it. I pray that you will get a great night sleep tonight. (((gentle hugs)))
Karen


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CAROLIAN 9/12/2012 3:51AM

    emoticon I find it best to try and keep going Positivity is the answer We are in control not the Fibro emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 9/12/2012 3:19AM

    emoticon on powering though! Glad you're feeling a bit better!
Keep listening to your body, it's paying off!

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A-NEW-TARA 9/12/2012 2:30AM

    What a triumph! I'm so proud of you for fighting that monster by not allowing it to control your choices. I know how hard the pain and weakness that it brings to your body is, but you fought back and won! Keep up those great choices.
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RGEETING 9/12/2012 12:38AM

    Sounds like a good day!
An encouragement to me to not give into the pain I have from what you call the "fibro monster." I'm hurting this week, too... mine flares up definitely when I'm tired, and I'm realizing that when I was exercising regularly, I have more stamina & strength, and less pain... I have GOT to figure out how to get more exercise into my full schedule!

Great job! You're definitely an inspiration to me!

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JAXMOMMY 9/11/2012 11:07PM

    Way to go! That is great! Wishing you continued relief as the days go by!

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CATHYGETSFIT 9/11/2012 11:04PM

    emoticon I'm so proud of you!! Glad you are feeling better and fought against your body's rebellion for what you were doing. I'm so glad you are taking control of your life and that you are winning!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FUNGIRL81005 9/11/2012 10:59PM

    Awesome!!! Way to power through !! emoticon

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PAULALALALA 9/11/2012 9:18PM

    I did not know before now that FM was one of your challenges. I've met several others here on SP (on the 55+ females team) dealing with this. And about 10 yrs back our pastor at our little Methodist church had to retire because of FM issues. She looked so normal it was hard to understand what she had been going through. She had always had a short haircut, but let her hair grow out a little longer. She said it was because it was too painful for her to lift her arms above her head to do the styling moves the short 'do required.

I have so much admiration for you and my other sparkfriends who move on through the pain of this. Sure do hope you're feeling better soon!

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DAISY443 9/11/2012 9:15PM

    Keep fighting that nasty firbro! It must be hard, but you have a great attitude!

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CATHYLIELAUSIS 9/11/2012 8:01PM

    You are very courageous to do what your mind knows will help you, but your body fights. emoticon

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IRISHANGIE1 9/11/2012 7:20PM

    I know all too well the pain that you are talking about and how it attacks your body, it just plain old sucks!!....and no matter what they give you to relieve the pain just doesn't seem to do the trick!! What a warrior you are!!, you fought back , you ate healthy, and yes you got strong enough to beat that monster right on it's @$$, where it belongs!! Kudo's to you for fighting back, for taking control of your life and for winning!!!

Thanks for sharing such a great blog with us!!

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KATHYJO56 9/11/2012 7:08PM

    I am so proud of you for continuing the program no matter how bad you were feeling. It does work in all areas of your life. emoticon

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DANCINCAJUN1 9/11/2012 6:46PM

    sure glad you feel better .... your attitude is just fab !! Roc
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woes of clothes shopping

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A goal I set for myself was to do the best I could while my 20th wedding anniversary countdown commenced. There is to be an anniversary portrait, set up 3 months ago. I got my hair done and planned on buying a new outfit. I'll treat myself to a manicure.

The other day I got my hair cut. I went to several clothing stores to get "that"special outfit. I put buying it off as long as I could because I was determined to be in the best shape I could come the big day.

I finally hit upon a cute, sexy but modest top that flattered me when I held it next to my face. It was in a much smaller size! I hate trying on clothes but something told me I should. Good thing I listened to my instinct. It was so large on me it made me look dumpy. emoticon Disappointed I looked at what a couple of other stores had to offer.

My conclusion: I don't know what size I am or where to go. I am now in "normal" clothes. I actually had moments when I was resentful of the weight loss.

I've got something flattering in my closet I will wear. I'll get my nails done. I'll celebrate not only my anniversary, but me growing as a person.

  
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HEARTSONG4 9/10/2012 11:13AM

  Celebrating 20 years with you and yours and all that healthy living! Keep it up and have a wonderful time on your anniversary!

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NEWKAREN43 9/1/2012 11:05PM

    clothes shopping, no matter what size, stinks...what the heck are the designers thinking? Celebrate you! If you can look dumpy, frumpy or you are in normal clothes...you are doing a fantastic job! Do the best you can at the weight you are and look forward to 25!! Congratulations!!!!

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JAXMOMMY 9/1/2012 10:52PM

    I totally understand that resentment, but rejoice in the fact of needing new and smaller sizes! Congrats!

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DENRNAJ 9/1/2012 7:36AM

    mature and thoughtful- thanks for posting!

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NOCALORIES 8/31/2012 6:37PM

    Congratulations! You have achieved much. Keeping your Hubby happy 20 years and being the lady you physically desired to see. Have fun and enjoy your anniversary.

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VANILLANNE 8/31/2012 10:12AM

    Awesome!!! I'm sure you'll quickly get used to being a smaller size!!!!! Leaving the past behind and onto an exciting future.

Hope you have fun celebrating your anniversary!!!!

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A-NEW-TARA 8/31/2012 1:23AM

    What a wonderful day of surprises, I know there was disappointment at not finding that special outfit, but what joy you must have felt findig that you were needing such a smaller size than you expected. Celebrate all you've accomplished, you've worked hard and deserve it.
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PIXIE-LICIOUS 8/30/2012 10:15PM

    It will take you a while to get used to your new body and size. Congratulations on needing smaller sizes!!!!!

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PURPLELVR7 8/30/2012 9:52PM

    glad that you are doing well
when you are not under pressure to buy anything, pick out a dress you like
take in several sizes and see what you like

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DEBBY4576 8/30/2012 9:18PM

    That is super good news. Imagine how you will look in the portrait!!! Maybe then you will see how you've physically grown as a person. Or should I say shrunk as a person?

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DANCINCAJUN1 8/30/2012 6:30PM

    what a woe !!!! congrats little lady !! Roc
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YAZMAMA 8/30/2012 4:01PM

    Isn't that such a great thing....fitting into regular clothing! The first time I shopped after my weight loss, I just stood there, holding clothes, not knowing which one I should buy. It was great getting out of the "Women's plus" and into normal, whatever that means.

Also congrats on 20 yrs. That's something special today! This past Sunday, my hubby and I celebrated our 40th. It's unusual for people to stay together these days. You did it! emoticon

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LOVETOLAUGH56 8/30/2012 3:33PM

    That is such a good problem to have. You should be so proud of your self.
Congrats on your wedding anniversary. I look forward to seeing your new picture.
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Karen

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KATHYJO56 8/30/2012 2:16PM

    This is awesome! You should be very proud of yourself and all that you have accomplished. You set a goal for yourself and you did exactly what you set out to do. I wish that we could see that anniversary portrait. emoticon

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JHUSTO01 8/30/2012 2:06PM

    Wow - Congrats on your weight loss! Once you get used to it, I am sure it will feel great to be buying the smaller clothes! :)

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LITTLE_QUEEN 8/30/2012 2:04PM

    THIS IS A GREAT BLOG, IT TOOK ME A LONG TIME TO START BUYING SMALLER CLOTHES, PEOPLE WERE TELLING ME MY CLOTHES WERE TO BIG ON ME, BUT I WOULD NOT LISTEN, I FINALLY ORDERED A NICE DRESS ONLINE AND IT LITERALLY FELL OFF OF ME WHEN I TRIED IT ON, I SENT IT BACK TO EXCHANGE THE SIZE AND ASKED SOMEONE WHAT SIZE I SHOULD GET AND I THOUGHT THAT SIZE WOULD BE WAY TO SMALL, BUT GUESS WHAT? IT FIT GREAT WHEN I GOT IT, CONGRAT ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS

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NEW-CAZ 8/30/2012 1:28PM

    Don't be too disappointed hun, take your measurements and phone the women's dept of some stores and ask what size goes to your requirments.
I've found that I am a 10 in most UK stores but in H&M and Peacocks I'm an 8, in NEXT bootleg jeans I get by in a 10 but slim legs I need a 12!

Just think of the progress you're making and that for you anniversary you are that much healthier!

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KITT52 8/30/2012 12:43PM

    I'm still drawn to larger sizes and have been told when shopping that I'm in the wrong department, that the smaller sizes are over there...I just smile from ear to ear


Have a Happy Anniversary

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GINGERHAWK 8/30/2012 12:10PM

    Try not to be disappointed - clearly you've made amazing progress! It amazes (and impresses) me to hear people talk about their 20th anniversary - my 1st anniversary is in late September! Here's to an awesome special day for us both! emoticon

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