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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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Back from Spark Break

Monday, June 11, 2012

After a month long Spark break I think I'm ready to get back to my Sparking.

I spent time taking care of me and being available for my Mom. She had surgery for breast cancer just over two weeks ago and did very well. We brought her to our house after surgery and she spent a few days with us. She got good news at her first post op doc visit - lymph nodes were clear, no spread! She sees a medical oncologist next week and starts radiation treatments, 5 times a week for 6 weeks. She's in good spirits and is back to her normal activities. She's coming for a visit this week.

My husband is doing better with his diverticulosis, learning what he can and can't eat. He won't be needing hernia surgery just yet, the doc said it was small and could wait but to return if needed.

My best friend is having surgery today to redo her old spinal fusion. She's naturally nervous but hopeful the repair will work and she'll be able to get around better, with less pain and numbess.

I was on steroids for a while for my increased pain. It seemed to help while I was taking it but now the pain seems to be increasing again. I guess I have to accept that it's normal deterioration and deal with it.

While I was on break I unfortunately fell into some old bad eating habits, salty and sweet snacks of course. I'm working on that now, and today is day 3 of no sweets. Today's goal is no sweets and no pretzels (a weakness of mine).

Time to Spark on !


  
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DIZZYBUGS 6/11/2012 1:20PM

    Welcome back! It's good to hear that things have gone well and are settling down xx Just need to sort out your pain now :(

Congrats on day 3 of no sweets, and good luck resisting those pretzels! Have you managed to find time to keep up with the exercising? Looking forward to seeing you back in the challenges xx
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J0ETTE 6/11/2012 10:54AM

    Yay! Happy you are back.
Yay! Happy your moms results came back clean! I know from experience how that waiting is.
Yay! Your husband is learning to cope with his issues.
I will be keeping you in my prayers.

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LOSE4LIFE47 6/11/2012 10:20AM

    You have been through a lot but that is great to see you back.

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