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Tomorrow is weigh in day!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

(And cake day at my work. Good thing I weigh in in the mornings!)

I haven't had a weigh in day since.........pssshhhht, heck if i know. I'm actually kind of nervous! Hope I did great this week! I freakin' tried hard!

Breakfast: Oatmeal again

Lunch: Carrots, Celery and Green pepper slices w/ Roasted red pepper hummus; 2 cups of strawberries

Dinner: Lean Cuisine. I actually had two (gasp!). I was super hungry and didn't feel like cooking. I had stuffed cabbage and an enchilada.

Snack: Mini oreos, and two keebler cookies (damn cookies just snuck in my mouth!)
Drinks: Green tea, milk, lots and lots of water.
Elliptical at lunch.

Total in: 1374
Total out: ~2700
Caloric deficit: ~1300
Total steps: ~6000
Sleep: 6 hrs and 16 minutes (91% efficient). I will go to bed early. I will go to bed early. I will go to bed early.

Weekly summary from BodyMedia (not perfect b/c today isn't finished and Friday was bad), but pretty close:

Average of the last 7 days:
Calories burned: 2539
Calories consumed: 1558
Calorie balance: 981
Physical activity: 19 minutes (must increase this!)
Steps taken: 5071 (MUST increase this!)
Sleep duration: 7:00 (89% efficient) - Must increase this too! I love sleep so much!

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W5VEOTX 3/30/2012 5:14AM

    Keep on truckin whatever the weight.

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TRYINGHARD1948 3/29/2012 10:51PM

    Hope the numbers are good!

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CARTOONB 3/29/2012 9:39PM

    Hope you are happy with your weigh in. But remember that you are proud of how hard you worked this week and keep up the efforts.

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 3/29/2012 7:45PM

    Can't wait to read about your weigh in! Great job!! Stick with what's working and try to improve on one thing for next week.
You can do it!

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FITLIKENIC 3/29/2012 7:20PM

    Have you peeked at home? Girl you can do this!!!! Increase those steps, add in fitness... you got it!

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  good luck

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Ohhh Wednesday, how I wish you were Friday

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Breakfast: Oatmeal again

Lunch: Carrots, Celery and Green pepper slices w/ Roasted red pepper hummus; Banana, Apple

Dinner: Salad again.

Snack: Two servings of mini Reese's peanut butter cups.

Total in: 1397 (Carbs 231, Fat 42, Protein 43 - need to up this)
Total out: ~2700 (w/out biking)
Caloric deficit: ~1300
Total steps: ~7000
Sleep: 7 hrs 14 minutes (98% efficiency - thats just freaking unheard of! Awesome!!!)

I want (read: NEED) to bike tonight. But I'm sooooooo tiredddd!!!!!!
I forgot to work out on lunch today. Seriously, totally forgot. Not even the "don't look at the clock and you'll accidentally forget-forget". It was the first day my entire department seemed to take lunch at the same time, and I was just really enjoying everyones company! New job - must make great rapport!
Maybe I'll take a day off? What do ya'll think? Or, must I suffer?
I'm already looking to have 1300 caloric deficit for the day (including BMR)


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GEEMAWEST 3/28/2012 11:25PM

    Yea, what Barb said. emoticon

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CARTOONB 3/28/2012 11:07PM

    I, too, wish it were Friday. Ah well...two more days!

I have some unsolicited advice for you...eat more protein, especially at lunch. K...that is all.


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GOPINTOS 3/28/2012 8:07PM

    I guess it all adds up faster than you think, it doesnt sound like it would be 1397 calories. But I know mine adds up faster than you think. (or would like)

Smile & Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Country Living Team

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 3/28/2012 6:37PM

    Gotta listen to your body...if you are not feeling it don't push it. Tomorrow is another day:)

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Bring on the challenge!!!!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I started a challenge w/ my cousin and her work and heatlhywage.com where the winning team gets $10K if they win. Its a five member team. Well, we're hell bent on winning of course! I could really use $2,000!!!!
So anyway, we're weighing in on Fridays, exercising daily, and reporting our nutrition to one another daily.
I send them an email every night, and I guess I figure I'll add it here too. Its just a nice reiteration of me kickin' butt w/ my spark friends! :)
(Also, my stepdad is going pound-for-pound against me, so my competitive side is seriously burning!)

**(All caloric burn/step/sleep numbers are coming from my body media. Any questions, don't hesitate to ask)**

(Pre weighin- breakfast):
Sausage patty
Whole wheat toast
Scrambled eggs

(Post weigh in - the challenge is ON!)
Lunch - missed it. late breakfast/early dinner

Pretty standard salad (Iceberg lettuce, green leaf lettuce, spinach, shredded carrots, strawberries, tuna fish, croutons, fat free vinegar and olive oil dressing)

More croutons :)

Total calories in: 1460
Total calories burned: 2205 (I wear a bodymedia arm band. Totally worth getting!)
Caloric deficit: 745 Calories
(Total steps only 1569! I was soooo sick Saturday I hardly left the couch)

Breakfast: Oatmeal (yumm)

Lunch (HUGE party for my gram, I did great considering!)
3 inch turkey sub
6 inch club sub
1 TINY square of cake (oohhhh, i wanted more)
2 chocolate chip cookies

Dinner: 1 bag of green tea

Snack: Popcorn w/ Parmesan cheese

Other: I drink 4C to-go water flavoring every day.

Total cals in: 1157
Total cals out: 2077 (Sat all day at the party. blah!)
Caloric Deficit: 920 calories
Total steps: 1860

Breakfast: Oatmeal again

Lunch: Carrots, Celery and Green pepper slices w/ Roasted red pepper hummus; Activia

Dinner: Probably a salad, but I'm not 'feelin' it' - so maybe I'll go for a lean cuisine tonight. Still undecided.

Snack: Bite of peanut butter egg (damn easter candy!); Half package of mini oreos

Total in: 1365
Total out: 2677
Caloric deficit: 1312
Total steps: 6200
Sleep: 6 hrs 41 minutes (96% efficiency)

Breakfast: Oatmeal again

Lunch: Carrots, Celery and Green pepper slices w/ Roasted red pepper hummus; Banana

Dinner: Two grands biscuits with progresso chicken and corn chowder soup (and 1/4 C flour) on top. O.m.g. better than chicken and biscuits!!!! And only 500 calories.

Snack: Half package of mini oreos

Total in: 1350
Total out: 2850
Caloric deficit: 1500
Total steps: 8000
Sleep: 6 hours 44 minutes (96% efficiency again!)

Did 15 minutes on the elliptical today at lunch. Holy hell. Anyone else think that is the hardest machine on the planet?! I was literally sweating after the first minute!

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TRYINGHARD1948 3/27/2012 9:33PM

    All the best.

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GOPINTOS 3/27/2012 7:04PM

    That sounds awesome!! Best of luck!


Smile & Enjoy the rest of Your Day!
Country Living Team

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Found a great website

Monday, March 26, 2012

23 ways to boost your metabolism.
Just a really nice article about healthy living.


I want to get to all of these things! (Short version below, but you should read the entire thing)

1. Build Muscle - Working on it! Started weights again today
2. Interval Cardiovascular Exercise – (High and low intensity) - Working on it - starting cardio again tomorrow
3. Eat More Frequently – (Such as with 4-6 meals) - Did it today! First time ever.
4. Get Omega Fatty Acids –(Nuts, fish, fish oil supplements, olive oil) - Must try harder!
5. The MIGHTY Green Tea - Two nights in a row I've had it now!!! I'm doing great! :)
6. NEVER Force Your Body To PRESERVE Energy – (Small meals around 300 calories). - Got it.
7. START Right…. Breakfast! - Trying. I've been doing oatmeal. I'll add eggs soon I think.
8. Keep Away From Trans Fat - Done
9. Eat As Fresh As Possible – (Organic, raw, etc) - Trying harder lately! Just spent $60 on veggies this week!
10. Protein – Healthy protein (turkey breast, chicken breast, egg whites, nuts, organic fat-free milk, organic fat-free yogurt, whey protein shakes, and more) - Pretty good. Need to add more eggs!
11. Avoid So-Called “Healthy” Foods – “Low carb” “Low fat” Etc… - Done
12. Go Green – Dark green leafy veggies - Done.
13. Detoxify Your Body – (Drinking more water, eating fiber, eating foods such as berries or green tea) - Done!
15. The Number One Essential – Water! - Oh yeah! (4C to go is the greatest thing on the planet!)
16. THIS Each Day Keeps The Doctor Away – Apple! - Trying. I just bought some.
17. Berries - Just bought some too
18. Make It SPICY! - I freaking love spicy!
19. Avoid Eating Too Late At Night - Done.
20. You Cheater! – Have cheat meals/days - YAY!
21. Deep Breathing – Must start.
22. Getting Good Quality Sleep – Sleep straight for at least 7-8 hours EVERY night --- I'm trying!! New job makes it hard
23. Reduce Stress – LAUGHING! -- Working on it. New job should help this a ton! :)


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GOPINTOS 3/27/2012 7:11PM

    Love that! Thanks for sharing!

Smile & Enjoy the rest of Your Day!
Country Living Team

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 3/27/2012 4:59PM

    Thanks for sharing these good reminders;)

NEW JOB???? What are you doing? So excited for you!

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REJ7777 3/27/2012 5:23AM

    Great list of tips! emoticon
Thanks for the link to that site. emoticon

Comment edited on: 3/27/2012 5:24:36 AM

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NANCY-GIRL 3/26/2012 9:36PM

    New job??? What new job???
I'm so out of the loop w/o FB these days...

Great stuff. Thanks for sharing.
Yeah, I'm "checking" most of the list, too... But gotta work on ST....
Love my (2) apples/day! But i gotta tell ya, don't have much time for "reading," if you know what I mean... {wink}

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QUEENJEANINE11 3/26/2012 9:24PM

    Good tips thanks for sharing :)

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CARTOONB 3/26/2012 9:20PM

    Great tips, but all I got out of this was...new job?!??! Do tell!

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FITLIKENIC 3/26/2012 8:39PM

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing the article... I find if I add an egg white scramble to my morning along with a serving of oatmeal I stay satisfied longer. Girl YOU GOT THIS!!!

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Spark help

Thursday, February 02, 2012

So, I'm having a self-esteem issue. That tonight I've realized is drastically influenced my marriage.

I started spark at 225. I honestly didn't think I was "that big". Then I lost 50 lbs (54 to be exact). And everyone was crazy. Oh how great I looked. How great I must feel. How healthy I seemed. Etc.
Then I gained back to 205 (ish - I flutter 204-208). People now ask "when am I going ot start again".
Might as well call me a fat ass, thanks.
I get offended.
I asked them to tell me
but I still get offended.

And damn it all, I feel SO much worse (emotionally) now than I do when I was 225 and happy.
I just want to crawl in a cave.


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DBELLE39 2/9/2012 8:08AM

    Sweetie, don't let this bring you down. You are so beautiful inside & out. Sometimes I think people don't really think of what they are going to so beforehand & the words can hurt. I know I've had 2 people in the past month ask me when my "due date" --really???! My baby is 18 yrs old, not starting over ---just that darn sugar belly which is typical of diabetes --but daily I look for ways to improve & can see improvements.
Chin up, you are worth all that you do, smile & show the world just how special you are.

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REJ7777 2/5/2012 7:30AM

    Friends who care about you probably just don't know how to encourage you, even though they want to. In the end, it's what you say to yourself that matters most.

You will need a healthy body to accomplish everything on your bucket list! Sometimes you'll feel good about yourself, and at other times, you'll feel bad about yourself. But as far as your body is concerned, it's the CHOICES you make and the ACTIONS you actually take that will determine your physical health (for the most part).

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JOHNTJ1 2/4/2012 10:21AM

    I agree with Barb and Cheryl and might add that I have been there and done that myself and I know how frustrating it can be. Three things keep me going:

I am worth all the effort I put into myself

I deserve to be happy and healthy

I am who I hang around with.

Be blessed today


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CARTOONB 2/3/2012 11:10PM

    Okay...two things pop up for me. One...did you see how many people have commented on your blog? And every single one of them is telling you that you are worth it. That you are beautiful the way you are. That you deserve to be happy and achieve your goals. All of these people cannot be wrong. They just can't!

And two...would you talk to a friend the way you talk to yourself? Or let someone talk to your friend that way? Positive reinforcement will get you much further and keep you much happier than negativity.

You have a great team supporting you...both in real life and here on Spark. We'll support you until you can support yourself again.

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GEEMAWEST 2/3/2012 9:56PM

    Sorry you have to go through this, Em. I've done the exact same thing. I have been under tremendous stress at work and just don't feel like doing much so I ended up gaining it all back. I wish I had a magic answer for us both. Everyone has their own timeline, don't beat yourself up. Just know that I am here for you NO MATTER WHAT!! We're still here and that's what counts.

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NANCY-GIRL 2/3/2012 7:05PM

    Oh dear girl, once again I don't know whether to shake you or hug you.

1st of all, your friends are so much better friends than mine, b/c mine don't say anything about my gain (altho I know they're all thinking it!). Sometimes a little honesty is the kick in the butt we need, y'know?

But you know what? I love you & Josh loves you & Jack loves you & we all don't give a rat's about what you look like. HOWEVER, we all want you to be healthy, & people can be healthy in a variety of shapes & sizes. (Well, I'm not so sure if Jack cares if you're healthy or not, just as long as you feed him!)

OK, Girlfriend, this is what I want you to do. After you've thrown your last streamer at this pity party (which I have, too, you know!), get your self up, wash your face, brush your hair, shake it out really sexy, and tell yourself how you are worth so much more than any-shallow-body's opinion of you. Tell yourself you are worth it. You are not a number on the scale. You are awesome, & one day you will give those so-and-so's exactly what they're looking for in your own sexy self.

But in the meantime, love yourself a little, eh?

(ps, maybe the scale went up b/c your heart is so BIG!!)

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FITLIKENIC 2/3/2012 6:57PM

    Oh Em ~ The scale does NOT define you! You are so beautiful inside and those of us fortunate to know you (even if our friendship is just online) see it SHINE through!!! Sweetie if you do not like that girl you see then track, exercise, get back into teams, get Josh involved! Do this if you want it, not because others said something. emoticon

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TATTER3 2/3/2012 5:53PM

    Take a minute and think about all of these responses!!! You aren't alone! You can do this! All you have done and all you will do are up to you!! Take your time and make your own game plan.This is about you. No shame, no pressure, no guilt, no shoving and disgrace...just you making choices for healthier living according to what you know you need.We're here for you. Just keep Sparkin'!!!

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    Part of that is because you now know that you can do it! Try resetting some small goals that will help you streak again.

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AUNTIELES53 2/3/2012 10:43AM

    i really cant give advice because i feel that same way. I did have a friend tell me not to long ago. You are worth more then just a number you are a great person. Look in the mirror and tell yourself 3 things you like about yourself. good luck hunny :)

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DAS92687 2/3/2012 6:30AM

    emoticon You are so beautiful and have such a good heart ... with your animals, your friends, your family. Whether you choose to weigh 225 or 150 doesn't change any of that.

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TRYINGHARD1948 2/3/2012 1:03AM

    Stop beating yourself up. Here is a site that may help you to understand why it is so difficult to keep the weight off - http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/27/h

I do hope this helps you to feel better. emoticon

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SEANDA 2/3/2012 12:08AM

    Em.. soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo getting you. I went back over 200 recently.. and i was SO hard on myself. And then I pulled myself together and stopped playing that negativity game. Girl.. you are NOT a number on a scale. Your worth is NOT based on your weight. I am sure the overwhelming majority of those people MEAN well. Don't let their words get to you. You know I know the struggle you are in.. you have watched me fight and lose this battle over and over again.

For ME I will keep fighting.. not because it is always fun.. but because I DON'T want to gain... I KNOW the health risks for me. I KNOW that I FEEL more energetic and able to do things when I am thinner. So even when I mess up.. I keep trying to get going again...for ME failing is when I QUIT TRYING even though this is what I want. And you are NOT me.. so I can't speak for what YOU are called to do in YOUR life right now.

But know.. that you are an AMAZING woman... and you would be no more amazing at 150... or less so at 250... because it has NOTHING to do with your weight.. but about WHO YOU ARE. Awesome!!

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/3/2012 12:06AM

    That's what your blog is for, to get rid of some negative energy. I still have those days and I'm very close to my goal weight. I'm still sometimes very sensitive about what people say, even when I told them to tell me "honestly". It's ok to feel that way for a while, and then you can decide to do something else. Everyone has a right to their opinion and some people don't have the social intelligence to share their opinion quite so gracefully. But you lost 50 pounds and that is a tremendous achievement. You know what to do next. Don't let your feeling decide what to do, do something that is good for you, a nice long walk, a big, healthy salad, some extra sleep, some good music, whatever it is enjoy life, because the present will be the past soon and you can't get it back.
Concerning weight loss and maintenance I want to share a resource that I just discovered last week which is helping me a lot to not crave food after dinner or between meals. Take a look at the book "Wheat Belly". I wrote a blog about it tonight and it is the most amazing book I've read in a long time.

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SALEX52 2/3/2012 12:02AM

    When the time is right for you, you will be back on the program, and you'll lose that weight again. But, what has to happen is that you decide, once and for all, that this is a change in your life. it's not a diet.

I wish I could tell you how to get to that point. It took me until I was 59 to get there. But I am no longer trying to lose weight (although I am). What I'm doing is following a whole new way of eating and how I approach the world.

At some point, it will become your way of life. Or your weigh of life.

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NORMA328 2/2/2012 11:59PM

    Don't let a minor setback take you down. Get back on track. You've done it once, you can do it again! (: Always try to be positive, your friends are only commenting because you asked them to and they care for you. Maybe you could ask one of them to take on this healthy lifestyle with you so that you can have extra support and not feel like you're on this journey on your own.
About your husband, he's your husband! He'll love you no matter what.
What really matters is that you're stress free and that you are happy with yourself!
Keep on sparking!! (:

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