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Spark restart Stage 2

Monday, August 06, 2012

Still working on my Spark restart. Finished stage one, Fast Break. Working on Stage two now, Healthy Diet Habits. I'm concentrating on portion sizes, a problem of mine. I'm checking serving sizes on packages and measuring to be sure. I make note of how a serving size looks on a plate or in a bowl.

Stage 2 Plan -

Food Journal
Use smaller plates
Read labels for serving sizes
MEASURE for accuracy
5 freggie servings daily
Breakfast daily
At least 8 glasses water daily
Eat only when hungry



My Mom was here for the weekend. She's doing great ! She's almost halfway thru her radiation treatments with no adverse effects. No fatigue, a little tired but that's all. She's still swimming 3 times a week, a mile each time. (she's 82 !) The doc was not sure she should because the radiation irritates the skin, so does the chlorine in the pool. They're keeping a close watch on her skin, so far so good. Just a little pink but no irritation. She loves to swim so I hope she can keep going, I know how much she'd miss it.
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JOANNS4 8/6/2012 8:36PM

    Good plan. Your mom sounds amazing. God bless you both.


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AUNTB63 8/6/2012 12:03PM

    Stage two plan is great. I found this phase to be something that has stayed with me to this day. I especially like the smaller plate idea....works wonders getting the mind to visualize a full plate even though it is smaller.
Prayers coming for your Mom and hoping she will continue to a full recovery. emoticon

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VINTAGEPAGE 8/6/2012 11:44AM

  That's great news about your mom! Good luck on reaching your goals and getting back on track :o)

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IRISHANGIE1 8/6/2012 11:44AM

    Felina, thanks for sharing your blog with us! Looks like you have your Nutrition Plan under complete control, wow that is great, and I'm sure you will stay on track.

I loved that you shared with us the information about your MOM!! She is an amazing woman, who is facing some pretty serious health conditions from the sound of your blog, and still manages to live a full life. I'll keep her in my prayers, as well as you.... when a loved one is sick it is not easy for a daughter to experience this!! You feel so helpless and want to do everything you can to help your Mom, but you are doing everything right, you are allowing your Mom to be her own person....and there is no greater gift than that.

Thanks so much for sharing!!....and God Bless your Mom and you!!

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SparkDiet Restart

Sunday, July 15, 2012

I came across my original food journals the other day from 2007-2008 when I first started Spark and began my weight loss journey. I looked through them and was struck by how my food choices changed over the months. I saw how I tried foods I hadn't before and began experimenting with recipes, changing ingredients to make them healthier. Somewhere along the line I began eating more fruits and especially veggies, and stopped eating beef altogether. I took the time to measure and was very aware of portions. The weight came off slowly but steadily. Even when I hit a lengthy plateau summer of '07 I kept at it. This was the first time I ever succeeded at weight loss.

After looking over those old food journals I decided that I need a refresher course and yesterday I restarted my Spark program, deleting all my old goals, etc, and putting in new ones. I think I've been in a rut and need to shake things up. I've redone the program before but never from scratch like this.


Plan -

Food Journal - calories - Spark says 1200-1550 but I think that's too much for me since I'm limited exercise wise, so I'm sticking with 1200-1400

Measure everything for now - I need a refresher on proper portions, I think I tend to over estimate

I've been focused on making sure I get lots of freggies in, to the point where sometimes I add too much to some meals, especially lunches, in order to get my servings in. I'm going to stop doing that.

Exercise - continue as I have been - cardio 6-7 times/week and strength 2-3 times/week

  
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FITANDFAITHFUL1 8/4/2012 8:44PM

    Today is the first day of the rest of your life! Way to go with a Spark Refresher. emoticon

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J0ETTE 7/15/2012 1:41PM

    You sound like you have a real solid plan. :)

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Day by Day

Monday, July 09, 2012

Still having mixed results getting back on track. Had some issues with my knee that lasted over 2 weeks (pain, stiffness, unable to bend). Couldn't do my regular exercise, which really threw me off. Being an emotional eater I overindulged, especially on sweets. GRRRRRR

The knee is doing a lot better now, still some stiffness and minor pain, but I'm getting back to regular exercise now. I was able to do my ABBA walk with stairs this morning for the first time in over 2 weeks. Felt good.

Fruits/Veggies - still doing great
Sweets - today's goal is no sweets
Snacks - planning on yogurt this afternoon, probably a single serve peach crisp for dessert after dinner
Portions - going back to measuring for a while, as a refresher
Thinking positive - still working on that

Exercise - ABBA walk with a total of 12 stair climbs this morning; pool this afternoon for laps and a pool walk

Plan - food journal, measure portions for now, thinking about restarting Spark Diet as a refresher course
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My Mom starts her radiation tomorrow. She's in good spirits and feeling really positive. The medical oncologist went over all the tests she's had done, including the path reports. Everything is clear, no spread, really good news. She got the OK to continue her swimming while undergoing treatments but has to keep close watch on her skin for any problems. She goes for daily treatments for 6 weeks so they'll be checking her skin also.
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COURTNEYO5 7/9/2012 5:06PM

    Happy to hear things are going better for you and your family. May God bless u both in this difficult time...Courtney

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J0ETTE 7/9/2012 1:16PM

    Happy to hear things may be looking up for you and your family.

That radiation and all that stuff is not fun. ;) I think staying a bit active helps combat the fatigue that is so common with radiation.

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Updates

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Back to Sparking a week now with mixed results -

Fruits/Veggies - doing great !
Sweets - fair, had a couple of days that I over indulged
Snacks - OK, most days I haven't had any snacks, but I chose sweets a couple times; did limit the salty snacks
Portions - mostly in check
Me time - yes
Thinking positive - a work in progress

Exercise - did circuits twice, that was fun; ABBA walk four times (husband joined me twice); elliptical - 3 mornings before breakfast I did 10"; some days I was outside gardening and used that for the day's exercise

Plan - pay attention to portions all the time; watch those sweets; now that most of the gardening is done for the spring get back to regular exercise sessions
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My Mom sees the medical oncologist Thursday and the radiation oncologist Friday. She's doing great. She's back to swimming 3 times a week. She had asked if it was OK, she was worried about that. The surgeon told her she could swim as much as she wants. My Mom's amazing ! She's an 82 year old uterine cancer survivor, just had a lumpectomy for breast cancer, is about to start 6 weeks of daily radiation treatments and her primary concern right now is can she keep swimming !!! I only hope I have half her strength.
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Get My Spark Back Plan

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

I weighed in this morning - 6 pounds above my upper limit. I can blame that on the old eating habits I picked up again.
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My Get My Spark Back Plan –

Really work at thinking positive. Smile more. Try not to obsess about stuff.
Regular "Me" time.

Eat healthy –

More fruits and veggies, whole grains
Sweets – only when we’re with company and then limit portions
Choose healthy snacks and watch portions
Watch the salty snacks – pretzels, potato chips – portions !
Watch portions !

Exercise –
Cardio - Wii walk, ABBA walk, elliptical - mix it up - 4 times/week
Strength - start to add it back in - 2 times/week
Try circuits - 1-2" elliptical then 1-3 strength exercises and repeat - try 20-30" total


I restarted my food journal on Saturday, have done pretty good these past 4 days -
stayed in my calorie range, increased my fruits/veggies to at least 6 servings a day, no sweets at all - Greek yogurt for dessert. I did have some pretzels one day and potato chips another but limited my portions.

Today will be a planned off program day. We're headed to my Mom's this afternoon for dinner. She wants hoagies or cheesesteaks. MY PLAN - I'll make the heathiest choice I can, definitely not a cheesesteak, used to love them but I don't eat beef anymore. Hopefully the deli makes small hoagies or sandwiches. If not I'll eat half and take the rest home, or leave it there for Mom. I'm bringing the dessert, a peach pie. I'll have one piece and leave the rest there. I'm going to get my exercise done before we leave since I know I won't be able to do it later. It's a long ride, an hour there and an hour back and I don't do well with long car rides. Painful.

That's my plan and I'm sticking to it.
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DBELLE39 6/13/2012 9:14PM

    That's an awesome plan, with this one you are sure to be successful in getting your spark back! emoticon

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