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Good Start to the Day

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I woke up at 3AM and...
+did the dishes
+tidied the kitchen, swept, mopped
+put away the last of the clean clothes
+tidied the dining room and den
+gathered the trash (for Alex to take out, today is trash day)
+finished logging from yesterday (and it wasn't so bad!)
+had some breakfast
+read a bit
+had some "me" time
+raked for 30min just after dawn
+played on sparkpeople

And now it's 7:30A, and I need to head out the door in 20-22min. I know I'll at least walk back and forth to work so that's 2.4mi on top of it. Wearing comfy shoes, but it should rain so who knows about walking on my breaks or if I'll take them. I have no tragically overdue projects and one interesting project at work. emoticon

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EMMASMART 4/20/2009 10:41PM

    I'm glad you got so much done. I wonder how you stay awake at work? I have trouble and sleep 7 or 8 hours/night.


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TX.PATRICIA 4/6/2009 2:45PM

    Wow, I thought I was the only one that got up that early! You beat me by an hour, it's nice to get up and get things done w/out interuptions!

Have a great week!!!


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What am I going to do?

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I GAINED EIGHT POUNDS THIS PAST MONTH! From 8/30 weigh-in at 149 to this morning at 157. 157 was the weight Iwas when I started Spark in Feb07. I've gotten down as far at 142 in Nov07.

The holidays are coming up, and I don't see my family often so everyone is going tok now I've gained weight. My husband andI had this plan to lose 15lbs by Thanksgiving!!


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EMMASMART 10/2/2008 12:35AM

    And keep on hanging in there. No surer!\\E way to fail than to stop trying!


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ANTIOCHIA 10/1/2008 11:51AM

    Take heart -- part of that weight may be a fluke -- it depends on the time of the month, whether or not the day before was a high sodium day in which you retained water (Take-out Chinese for example) -- if you've been drinking all your water, etc... If you think you may be retaining water, one way to release it is for ONE DAY ONLY eat high protein meals (emphasize chicken, fish, and cottage cheese) and lots of fruits and veggies -- no salt, no grain, no bread, no alcohol -- baked potato with lowfat sour cream is great and makes a wonderful breakfast. The idea is to eat a lot of protein and increase your potassium intake and minimize your sodium for one day. Don't count calories, and drink your 8 glasses of water. Amazing -- I can sometimes lose 3 pounds over night if I've been retaining water -- of course I have to keep getting up to pee...
God bless!

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 9/30/2008 6:32PM

    Take one step, one day at a time. Just do your best to lose what you can....that's all anyone can do.

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    Sadly it will always be easier to gain than to lose.

But you start now to get back on track and you can lose that weight again.

According to Spark I will be able to be down 14 lbs by my birthday, Nov 23, and that is always the week of Thanksgiving.

You only have 8 lbs to lose and I know you can do this. You put down the dessert and take a walk instead.

But I have been reading your page and blogs, don't you exercise a lot? Are you sure the weight isn't muscle?

You will do this EAGLEBIKER! Just keep telling yourself that as you get on track again.


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TX.PATRICIA 9/30/2008 11:11AM

    It's 57 days until Thanksgiving, not counting today! I am sure that if you put your mind to it, you can widdle away at some of those pounds. Devise you a plan. I kow I have set me some goals for Oct. that I think will help me get my food intake under control a bit! I will be posting them in my blog tomorrow.

Good Luck!

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I Actually Binged

Thursday, August 28, 2008

It's been a long while since I have.... I had several candy bars from teh office dish throughout the day, and I was the last one to leave so I had about four in the space of two mintues. I came home and made a veggie sandwhich, then had a turkey sausage pattie with jelly on it. 903 calories consumed in less than thirty minutes!

It's the busy season at work. I've been drinking too much. I don't have much fun and I'm not happy withmyself. I'm fat. My spiritual life is suffering. I can't seem to keep my yard pretty and my house as clean as I'd like. I don't feel pretty or tryt o wear nice clothes and do my hair and make-up and keep my legs shaved. I am depressed.

If Gustav hadn't come along, I'd be traveling further away from home than I ever had on my second plane ride and all b y myself to a strategic planning session with a NEW client that we've not met in person. I'm actually relieved that I won't have to go.

It felt good ot binge. I knew what I was doing, too. I knew my stomach was full, but I had this need, this want, to keep eating. There was a hole in my throat. And I moped and cried for a bit, too...

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SHERYLJ2011 8/29/2008 1:24PM

    I don't know if there's anything I can say that the other two haven't already, but try not to let one moment of weakness and apathy defeat your overall efforts. Just get back on your feet and keep going - it's the Orthodox way; if you fall, get back up, and keep on getting back up, till the end of your life. It's also the way to a healthy lifestyle.


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    I saw your Huddle and am now reading your Blog.

It is a grim reminder to me that we all can fall off the wagon sometimes. I think the trick is to never forget to love yourself the way you would want others to love you.

So you binged and you enjoyed it. I guess you needed that. But that was yesterday. Today is a new day to start again. Just go back to your plan and you can do this.

But I still hope that Gustav goes somewhere other than Miss.

Loving you just as you are and wanting you to be all you can be,


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CONSTANCELG 8/29/2008 10:09AM

    We all have bad days, and sometimes those bad days spread into a week and we get into a cycle. I say break the cycle. You are a beautiful girl and are worthy of having a lively, happy life. You may feel fat and no one is going to tell you differently but in reality you need to take care of yourself and pamper yourself, do something for yourself. Here a just a few ideas to get you started.
Smile, often all day if you can, even if you are forcing the smile it will change your mood.
Watch some funny movies, see a comic, get yourself to laugh, the endorphins from laughing will boost your mood.
Compliment yourself and others. Try to compliment someone or yourself once an hour. It too will boost your mood.
When you hear yourself say something negative to yourself change it around and make it a positive. Positive self talk will raise your self confidence and motivate you to make positive changes in your life.
Exercise, walking is the easiest and gives you a chance to reflect, refocus and recharges you.
Find a mantra to say when you are feeling blue, depressed, down on yourself, something like - I am beautiful, I am intelligent, I am healthy and I love life!

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EMMASMART 8/28/2008 11:57PM

    Make sure you get your water and try to get your sleep. I agree from here you have the symptoms of depression. Pretend that you care how you look try to fix yourself up.. No more alcohol it is a central nervous system depressant. So It make depression worse. Strange isn't it that we turn to it when we are fixing to feel bad eh? I gave it up decades ago because my system just can't tolerate all that...

Walk and move, if you can work it in. Don't worry about blowing it. We all slip up.. Just get the water, fruit, sleep and walking. They did a study and Exercise works better long term than Zoloft. So we both should be moving more eh? You can get back in to this. You are very brave to blog so honestly. That's what makes me think you can get through.


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Days 5 - 9

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Day 5: Food is a pleasure, which is why we sometimes eat too much! Create a list of your favorite foods by writing them down INSTEAD of eating them when you want them. Next to each food, write when, how often, and how much of each food you'll eat. (STarting on this and will update spark later)

Day 6: Defense strategies for going your way in a world going other directions.
#1 - Delay, delay, delay. When someone offers you something to eat or wants to go out, say, "Maybe later" or "Not just yet" or "How about Friday night?"

Three high-risk times for my program & how I'll deal:
Tonight: It's a fish-wine-oil day on AMSCIPIO's fast so he'll be drinking wine. I didn't drink anything last night, and I'll plan to drink nothing Thursday night. I'll enter my dinner in completely, then a snack. Then I'll see how many ounces of wine I can have without going over my calorie limit. I'll drink that and stop.
Thursday night: Alex is gone gaming so I tend to drink. Instead, I'll make a to-do list of things I want done to keep my busy and boost my confidence.
Friday night: We often have Mark over for drinks. I'll eat an extra-good breakfast, regular lunch, and skip dinner. I'll drink only wine and only the amount that will fit into my empty calories in the tracker. I'll drink wine quickly until I feel good, and sober up towards bedtime. Then I'll drink some water at ten, and excuse myself. I'll feel better for not staying up until midnight anyway.

Day 7: Personal Cheerleading,

I can lose weight because I've done it before.
I am capable of doing anything I set my mind to. If I want it, the world is mine.
God gave me free will, and through him I can do all things. God supports me in my weight loss journey. This body is a gift from him, and I MUST BE a good steward of the gift of life.

day 8: Outside support,

What can Alex do to encourage me? Exercise with me.
What really hurts my progress? When we eat in front of hte TV and watch movies night after night.

Day 9:
(Iím copy this quiz out of the book.)

In the quiz below, pick out the answers that fit best for you. If the answers donít exactly work for you, come up with some different ones that match your needs. (Iíve marked my answers with an ďXĒ.)

1. If you see me eating something thatís not on my diet plan
_X_ Ask me, ďAre you going to go over you calories today?Ē
___ Ignore it entirely
___ Ask me if Iíve had a bad day
___ Give me a hug

2. When Iím making progress, such as losing weight
_X_ Compliment me on how I look
___ Praise me in front of others
___ Never comment on my progress in front of others
___ Give me non-food gifts or rewards

3. When Iím struggling or gaining weight
_X_ Tell me you notice and really care about my struggle
___ Ignore it entirely
___ Hug me and show me extra affection
_X_ Ask me how you can help

4. When Iím making progress you canít see (such as improving my self-esteem)
___ Ask me how my efforts are going
___ Compliment me on how I look
___ Ignore my efforts and my changes
_X_ Give me non-food gifts or rewards

5. When Iíve maintained my weight (even though I may still want to lose more)
_X_ Tell me you are proud of my current efforts
___ Ignore the subject entirely
_X_ Ask me if Iím struggling or feeling discouraged
___ Compliment me on my looks and my efforts

Complete this quiz, and then read your answers out loud to one of your support people such as your spouse or a good friend.

Post your answers on your refrigerator or in some other location where your support people can be reminded of what you want.

Write the most important answers below. Add any other answers or requests that fit your needs. Be sure to read these to your support people as well.
My post important answers are:
If I'm losing weight, tell me you think I'm hotter!


4 of 100 Days: The Road

Friday, August 08, 2008

Weight loss is a journey so today I'm making a map. Just like when you're driving you have to stay between the yellow and white lines, I'm going to define the boundaries of my road.

NARROW PATH: The most I could do if I were perfect.
A calorie deficit of 1000calories a day (2lbs/week)
Eating 1200-1250 calories a day
Exercising at least 90min 7 days a week
Drinking nothing but water
Giving up alcohol completely

WIDER PATH: The least I can do and lose weight.
A calorie deficit of 500 calories a day (1lb/week)
Eating 1200-1550 clories a day
Exercising 60min at least 5 days a week
Drinking eight glasses of water before switching to milk/juice/alcohol, etc.
Limiting myself to drinking just two days a week

So now, I've just got to ask myself today and for the next 96 days: Am I somewhere between these lines?

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CALIFORNIA-GAL 8/8/2008 2:46PM

    Sounds like you read the book 100 Days of Motivation? I read it too and got a lot of good information from it.

I'm doing something similar from the book. I have green, yellow, and red days. If I stay within my calorie range, it's a green day. If I eat more than planned but not enough to gain, then it's a yellow day. Red days mean I really messed up!

I wish you the best on your journey. Looks like you're in control!


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