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Part 2: Lunch

Sunday, November 20, 2011

In yesterday's blog I started answering the question, "What exactly do you eat every day?" If you missed it, here is a link to Part 1: Breakfast.
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Now on to lunch...

My daily lunch is also a bit on the boring side. Like breakfast, I generally have the same thing for lunch each day. For me, breakfast and lunch need to be something quick that does not require any advance preparation.

Most days I have a half-sandwich, chips, and fresh fruit. I absolutely LOVE the Pepperidge Farms 15-Grain bread. It is a higher-calorie option at 100 calories per slice, but it is both delicious and nutritious. I use one slice to make a half turkey sandwich. My favorite choice is the Healthy Ones Smoked Turkey. Some days I add some Mayo with Olive Oil, but other times I spread a tablespoon of hummus on the bread instead. I enjoy the roasted red pepper or garlic varieties most. I usually also add one slice of 2% sharp cheddar cheese. Yum!

My "treat" is one serving of french onion Sun Chips. I measure out the portion and then put the bag away so I am not tempted to eat them all. I also have a serving of fresh fruit (often apple slices) or a side salad with lunch.


Lunch (about 400 calories and 16 grams of fat)

Tune in next time when we will talk snacks.

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DEERLADY45 1/2/2012 3:08PM

    Im the spicy Stir fry Queen! Most every day i stir fry vegatables and spice it up! Im sure it would be boring but it works for me emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NELLIEBLUE 11/22/2011 11:34PM

    Great. emoticon emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/22/2011 9:55AM

    I'm the same way about breakfast and lunch: boring to others, but there's some comfort in the routine. emoticon
Sun chips are the best!

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JMARIES51 11/22/2011 9:53AM

    If I don't eat soup for lunch, then I will have a sandwich on the multigrain bread, also. And I love hummous. Wonderful !! Sometimes I even allow myself to have both soup and 1/2 sandwich.



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MSLZZY 11/22/2011 7:35AM

    Looks delicious!

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EDOHERTY107 11/22/2011 3:58AM

    I would have never have thought of using hummus on a sandwich instead of mayo. sounds delish! I must try this.

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PGNBRI 11/21/2011 10:41AM

    I'm definitely going to have to try hummus on my sandwich instead of mayo!

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 11/21/2011 7:54AM

    It's good to have something that works and is easy to put together. Putting hummus on the sandwich sounds good.

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MELP06 11/21/2011 12:08AM

    I love hummus, I should try it on sandwiches more often!

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THETURTLEBEAR 11/20/2011 10:40PM

    I think it's great for people to see that successful weight loss doesn't mean deprivation or "diet" food. Good choices, my friend!

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SHELLB7 11/20/2011 9:32PM

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FITFABJENN 11/20/2011 7:46PM

    Actually, I put guacamole on my sandwich today. That is another fave of mine.

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TRUE-NESS 11/20/2011 7:41PM

    Hummus on sandwiches is yummy. I also have tried Wholly Guacamole on sandwiches. That is outstanding! You should try it one day.

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WSHAYES1 11/20/2011 6:58PM

    The 15 grain wbread sounds wonderful, will have to give it a try. Can't wait to hear what you have for dinner. emoticon

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AEGISHOT 11/20/2011 5:11PM

    hmmmmmmmm, eating the same each day? I should try that

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MISSLISA1973 11/20/2011 2:34PM

    I never thought of putting hummus on a sandwich. I'll have to try that out!

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MINNESOTAMAG 11/20/2011 2:03PM

    Sounds really tasty! Much more interesting than my lunch which is just a turkey sandwich with Yoplait and an apple.

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HAPPYSOUL91 11/20/2011 12:55PM

    Another good choice is to add cranberries to your sandwich.

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ZIPCONTROL 11/20/2011 12:38PM

  It might interest you to know that I read somewhere last week about exactly this. If you eat the very same thing for days on end your body starts to expect it and doesn't hold on to weight. Maybe there is some truth to this.

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BABYSOX 11/20/2011 11:30AM

    I would say that you are definitely eating a well balanced lunch without depriving yourself.

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NYARAMULA 11/20/2011 11:12AM

   
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EMPTRS 11/20/2011 10:40AM

    Looks great! I usually eat the same thing all week for breakfast and lunch-I get them ready on Sunday and then that's it for the week! I switch it up weekly so I don't get too bored!

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XXEDRA 11/20/2011 10:15AM

    Yum!

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Part 1: Breakfast

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Good morning, Sparkers.

I often receive messages from Spark People members wanting to know exactly what I eat to achieve the great results I've had. I do try to continually make healthy choices, but I do NOT sacrifice taste and enjoyment for calories. In fact, I sometimes opt for a higher-calorie version of a food if the low-cal one does not taste good to me, as long as the choice fits into my nutrition plan for the day.

So I thought it would be fun to share my typical meals with my fellow Spark members. Breakfast, the first and most important meal of the day, kicks us off.

DISCLAIMER: I am not advising anyone to adopt my choices or even agree with them. I am just sharing what works for ME.

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Actually, I am pretty boring when it comes to breakfast. Most days I have the exact same thing. My favorite breakfast is one serving of Kellogg's Fiber Plus Berry Yogurt Crunch cereal with three-fourths of a cup of 2% milk. I top it off with a half cup of fresh blueberries. Delicious! Plus the blueberries help me meet my daily goal of getting 5+ servings of fresh fruits and veggies.

Then I enjoy my guilty pleasure, which is two cups of coffee (Starbuck's Espresso Roast or Verona) with a dash of Cinnamon Dolce Cream. I tried the no-sugar and no-fat versions of the coffee creamers, but they just do not do it for me at all. So I've stuck with the regular kind.


My favorite breakfast (377 calories, 8 grams of fat)

There are some days where I just do not feel like my usual cereal. On those occasions, I have either oatmeal (also mixed with fresh blueberries) or a whole grain waffle spread with chunky peanut butter and a side of fruit. But I always have my coffee. Honestly, I tried giving it up but just kept coming back.

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NELLIEBLUE 11/22/2011 11:23PM

    Thanks for sharing breakfast is always hard for me.


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JMARIES51 11/22/2011 9:50AM

    I also eat pretty much the same thing for breakfast every morning and it also includes my coffee. I have recently changed to Stevia for sweetener but then I put a small squeeze of caramel sauce on top to give it a real taste of goodness. You are doing so awesome!! Good luck with the Thanksgiving Day trot. I didn't sign up for a formal run, but plan to do my trail run, weather permitting.

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EDOHERTY107 11/22/2011 3:55AM

    That breakfast sounds so yummy I don't think we get that cereal here in the UK. I love my coffee too and don't think I'll ever give it up. I switched to decaf when I was pregnant but back to the fully loaded variety now.

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XXEDRA 11/20/2011 10:12AM

    I am a strong believer that you have to make it work for you. emoticon

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ZIPCONTROL 11/20/2011 9:38AM

  I also like to stick with normal food. I hate the low fat, low sugar kind of stuff. It just doesn't seem to hit the spot for me !

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MSLZZY 11/19/2011 11:17PM

    Whatever works is just fine. That's a nice, solid breakfast to get your day started. HUGS!

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EBEAMS 11/19/2011 10:24PM

    LOL ... I have steel cut oats made in the slow cooker overnight with 1/4 c of dried cherries ... every morning ... and I still love it! Yum ... your creamer does sound tempting though ... and I don't even use creamer! emoticon

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GEMINIDOG555 11/19/2011 9:19PM

  Wow. Thanks for sharing. You have had amazing results. I have often wondered how many calories a day you are burning vs. eating.

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SOULOFADANCER 11/19/2011 8:50PM

    i know I just had pumpkin international flavor it was yummy

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ROSET491 11/19/2011 8:47PM

    This sounds like a great breakfast! And Yes to the coffee!!

Rose
Oh and keep up the great work~it's people like you that give me the motivation I sometimes need!!

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WSHAYES1 11/19/2011 7:51PM

    I've been told that if I don't have my 2 cups of coffee in the morning, I am not a person to be around, so I am with all you coffee lovers "Got to Have It".
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RUNNERRACHEL 11/19/2011 2:21PM

    I, too, have to have coffee. My indulgence is soy creamer. It's not sweetened but it is so creamy. I love peanut butter and blueberries. Some of my favorite breakfast fare. Oatmeal is great, too. I'm not hungry for hours.

Thanks for sharing!

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THETURTLEBEAR 11/19/2011 1:27PM

    I'm with you - it has to taste good, or it's not on my menu!

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FITFABJENN 11/19/2011 1:08PM

    I have tried silk. It is okay but I prefer 2% milk. For me, if I do not enjoy my food choices, I am set up for a binge of poor choices. My choices are those I can live with long-term, which seems key to successful maintenance.

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LUCYVT 11/19/2011 12:57PM

    emoticon instead of 2% milk try silk pure almond vanilla milk. it'e better for ,no fat & pesticides & chemicals. My doctor actually told me to use that milk.

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MADE-FOR-MORE 11/19/2011 12:54PM

    Yummy!

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FLPALM 11/19/2011 12:06PM

    Yummy! Thanks for sharing!

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FLGIRL1234 11/19/2011 12:00PM

    SOunds good. Do you know what the stats are for those? I'd be interested in knowing about the cereal. I usually eat multi grain cheerios but looking to change it up.

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NEEDTOBESLIM3 11/19/2011 11:45AM

    Yumm! sounds delish.

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READYRACHEL 11/19/2011 11:37AM

    Thanks for sharing. Your breakfast sounds delicious! How many calories is that?

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What's for dinner?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Oh, that is the dreaded question at the end of the day in our home. We never seem to plan ahead and then have to make a decision after work, which ends up leading to the same few meals, over and over.

I'm looking for some fresh, quick, and easy healthy ideas to add to our dinner rotation.

What is your top healthy dinner that your family really enjoys?

  
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FLYING2007 11/20/2011 11:16AM

    I love all the ideas from your spark friends. Good thinking asking for peoples suggestions. We just have ended our busy time with football being over but I need to have meals done for different times on 2 nights per week because my husband is taking a night class and comes home for 10 minutes at 5:30 and sometimes the kids and I aren't home and ready to eat then. So I will do something in the crockpot. We will have turkey meatballs in the crockpot for meatball subs or to add with spaghetti. Tonight we are having a really simple yummy dish that is turkey sausage with penne, diced tomatos and spinach. You just make the penne add tomatos and a whole bunch of spinach and simmer then add the cooked sausage and you are done. We also eat stuffed peppers- made vegetarian with just brown rice and beans with a little tomato sauce over them. I was afraid my kids and husband would hate it but everyone loved it. I put a little bit of shredded cheese on top. those I made in the crockpot too. We have burgers on the grill or the george forman - with either ground turkey (Jennie-0 frozen are great you can just pull them from the freezer if you forget to thaw something which I am famous for on those crazy busy days at work)or ground beef. Also quiche is something quick and easy - there are good light recipes all over the net. Love your blogs and sharing your journey!

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SSCHULTZ59 11/16/2011 2:54PM

    sorry not much help from me... we go through the same crisis every day as well... some days it is easy to plan for .. i like the cold weather better because i can do crock pot meals.. but it is still tough.. ready favorite for us.. is chicken and some thing..

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 11/16/2011 8:40AM

    I make up a menu for 2 wks at a time and buy what's needed. Knowing I have a plan and the ingredients makes a big difference. When I am making something that freezes well I will make a large batch of it and freeze it in dinner size packages. Sometimes it's nice not having to cook and yet stay home.

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MARNIKENNEDY 11/16/2011 1:40AM

    Crock pot meals are quick and easy, especially in the winter. I can throw 2 small bags of lentils, water, garlic powder, soy sauce and 4 pieces of chicken in all together, raw in the evening on high and by morning (or on low next evening) I have a bunch of meals for the week!

You can also add rice, vegis, onion etc... and I like to do the same with split peas too!

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MSLZZY 11/15/2011 10:08PM

    Our family loves meatloaf, vegetable soup, and easy casseroles.

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_JODI404 11/15/2011 8:52PM

    My husband is the chef here. We like black bean burgers (Morning Star Farms) & veggies, black beans & rice w/ homeade salsa & salsa verde; black bean nachos w/ low fat cheese; potato soup; grilled chicken & veggies; Ravioli w/ tomato sauce.

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EBEAMS 11/15/2011 8:36PM

    I still am making my best effort to cook our main entrees - today was roast beef, ranch seasoned pork chops - and a side dish or two once a week so that we always have something in the fridge for dinner during my work week. Trying to pull together a meal when we're tired, hungry and waiting for the other person to take the initiative is nearly impossible to do (without conflict or stress).

I know lots of people say they just can't do it but doing it this way gives me all of the mess all at the same time and all of the cooking/baking. During the week I can skip all that stuff and my husband doesn't have to try and figure out what to fix for dinner.

You'll figure something out .... Hugs, Eda

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LUCYVT 11/15/2011 2:56PM

    grilled chicken on a roll w/ melted mozzarella cheese & sautéed peppers.

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RETIREDRITA 11/15/2011 2:21PM

  We like to stir fry. Chicken is our usual. Add fresh green vegetable, carrots, onion, garlic...whatever appeals. Have a can or two of water chestnuts in the cupboard to add interest. Serve with rice...it can be very filling or light depending on proportions of protein and vegetables.
Chicken breasts are easy to bake - with a bit of marmalade on top, or with tomatoe, onion and garlic OR with curry and coconut milk.
Good luck with dinner. I'm so impressed by your progress so far! I really like to goal setting in 10% increments!

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NIJACV 11/15/2011 12:57PM

    I like to put some chicken breast on the Georgia Foreman grill or bake a piece of tilapia and steam some veggies. Not very original, but it works!

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NYARAMULA 11/15/2011 12:44PM

    Salads are my fav. I am obsessed with salads, I just do different combos of veges.

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 11/15/2011 12:08PM

    check out skinny crockpot.com or on facebook! excellent recipes that are HEALTHY...

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 11/15/2011 11:50AM

    Well, it's just me and my bf, but I always try to keep some frozen turkey burgers in the fridge, as well as some frozen fish - tilapia is nice... that with some brown rice and veggies is actually a pretty quick dinner that doesn't take much planning even though it looks like it did!
I make a turkey chili that is quick and easy (only5-6) ingredients and my bf loves that for dinner... in fact I think I'll make that tonight! http://kristenpraz.blogspot.com/201
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FLPALM 11/15/2011 11:07AM

    Jenn,
I make SEVERAL "BASE" recipes, that I can turn into several ideas! Example..Chicken Taco Base! Some can be used for tacos, split the recipe, after preparing, and add whole wheat pasta and it becomes another meal. Jazz it up a bit, add more veggies, etc. anything like that! This is my own recipe, but you can adjust it anyway that suits your family!

http://recipes.spark
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cipe=1787966



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PGNBRI 11/15/2011 10:35AM

    I'm a cook ahead kind of person. So I generally have my dinners for the week already prepped for the week. But on the nights I cook impulsively? Its almost always breakfast for dinner. Omelets, scrambled eggs with veggies, something like that. Quick, easy and healthy!

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BLACKROSE_222 11/15/2011 9:54AM

    Our last second dinner idea tends to be chicken breast (we can BBQ it, Oven Bake it, Boil it, make Healthy Chicken Fingers, or Fajitas with it), rice and veggies.

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MELLY3183 11/15/2011 9:51AM

    I love soups in the crockpot. Quick to prep in the a.m. and you are able to eat after work. good luck!!

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LAURELSPARK 11/15/2011 9:48AM

    One of my family's favorites is leftovers. (How crazy does that sound?.) When we barbecue, I make big ammounts so we have lots of leftovers. Last night we had BBQ chicken, green beans, a green salad, and strawberry/pineapple salad and everyone was happy.

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THETURTLEBEAR 11/15/2011 9:25AM

    One thing I can throw together fast is whole wheat pasta with a healthy tomato-based sauce, and I put spinach in the water at the end of the pasta cook time and drain the pasta and spinach together. I have a cup of spinach per serving (before cooking).

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PWAYLA 11/15/2011 9:20AM

    If you like shrimp, here's a goodie -- saute shrimp in a small pat of butter and the juice of one lemon, then toss it with angel hair pasta. SO easy and delicious. Top with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese -- tastes like it should take longer or have more ingredients!

Another easy meal we do quite a lot is baked pork chops -- just cover chops in a mixture of bread crumbs and spices and bake on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray at 350 for about 45 minutes. Serve with a fresh green salad.

One last timesaver for me -- I often roast a whole chicken on Sunday -- we have it for dinner then I shred the leftover meat to use later in the week in fajitas or homemade chicken noodle soup. All I do to roast is pat the skin dry, rub with a little olive oil and just salt & pepper -- then bake at 350 for about an hour or until juices run clear. It take about 5 minutes to prep and then I basically forget about it until the timer goes off!

I have to admit though, we get in a rut, too. I'm very interested in seeing what others share...I'm always looking for easy, healthy meals!

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BABYSOX 11/15/2011 9:15AM

    I have recently rediscovered the crockpot. There are some great Spark recipes including Creamy Italian Chicken, Turkey Chili, etc.

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HEALTH4MICHELLE 11/15/2011 9:02AM

    I go out to kraft.com for quick recipes. They have a "healthy living" section and they list the nutrition information for all of their recipes.

Most of the recipes are quick and you can review the comments to see what others thought of the taste.

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MISSFORTE 11/15/2011 8:56AM

    grilled chicken breast on George Foreman steamed broccoli and brown rice

or my chicken or steak fajitas are awesome (and very healthy)

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I Reached a Goal

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Good morning, Sparklers!

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At the beginning of my journey, I set five medium-term weight loss goals, each representing a loss of 10% of my total body weight.

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This morning I reached goal #4! I have lost 18 pounds since goal #3, and am celebrating a total loss of 85 pounds.

My fifth and final goal is actually my target weight.

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Sure, sure...the scale is not the only (or even the best) progress measure, but it sure feels great when the pesky scale cooperates from time-to-time.

Make healthy choices today, my Spark friends.

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LYANNA75 11/20/2011 4:37PM

    Congrats on reaching that fourth goal!!!

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LADYREDWING_NHL 11/19/2011 10:26PM

    Thankyou for posting this, congrats on meeting all your goals :) have a lovely night!

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It feels so awesome when you actually meet a goal you've set. Keep up the good work.

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  Whoo Hoo! Congrats! emoticon

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FEFIFO 11/19/2011 9:24AM

    I am so glad for you and I know how hard it was at times. You hung in there and you are almost at your goal . emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I can't say enough.

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FEFIFO 11/19/2011 9:23AM

    I am so glad for you and I know how hard it was at times. You hung in there and you are almost at your goal . emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I can't say enough.

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VINGRAM 11/19/2011 9:19AM

    Take a bow.........I understand exactly......my start weight and goal weight are almost the same as yours! Congratulations and best wishes to keep it off now!

vista from n tx

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PHIREBALL 11/19/2011 7:53AM

    Congratulations! Awesome. Take a step, reach a goal. And just keep going!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 11/18/2011 8:17PM

    Congratulations! That is so fantastic and you look great!



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BELLALUCIA 11/18/2011 12:59PM

    Proud and excited for u!

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CRUZIN2LOSE 11/18/2011 12:49PM

    WooHoo! Fantastic! Awesome! You rock!

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MAGIE40 11/17/2011 8:51PM

  Thats great. you will reach your goal. emoticon

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CHLOEGRACE1 11/17/2011 8:10PM

    Thanks for the blog; and the push!

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    AWESOME JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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SURGENBERD 11/17/2011 4:25PM

  Awesome Job! Keep it up!

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Such a great success story--ROCK ON LADY!!!!!!!!

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GODSCHILD2_2011 11/16/2011 3:17PM

    Kudo's to U....

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STRIVING2LOSE 11/16/2011 11:38AM

    Good For You!!

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GLASSART43 11/16/2011 8:25AM

    Wonderful progress, and you look great!
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    Congratulations! You are doing a fantastic job!
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MARNIKENNEDY 11/16/2011 1:33AM

    You Rock! I really like the way you broke down your goals too! Thank you for the inspiration!



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MANILUS 11/15/2011 11:42PM

    Great job on reaching for the goals! I have 93 lbs off so far, keep it up!

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SEAJESS 11/15/2011 11:12PM

    Congratulations on a job well done! Way to Sparkle!

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JULIEBEANNN 11/15/2011 10:52PM

    wow!! awesome!

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KATES22 11/15/2011 10:37PM

    Wow! That is awesome! You are so inspiring!

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KATES22 11/15/2011 10:32PM

    Wow! That is awesome! You are so inspiring!

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DESERTFLOWERG 11/15/2011 7:00PM

    Wowsa! You have made a transformation. Keep on with your healthy lifestyle.

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ZEN_WOMAN 11/15/2011 6:59PM

    That is fantastic. Way to go! I need some of my lbs. to go away. I am about 15 lbs. to go for my final goal. Any tips?

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Change is not just on the outside

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

"Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning." ~ Benjamin Franklin

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For better or worse, so much of my focus during this journey is external. What is the number on the scale? What size jeans can I wear? How do I look wearing them? But tonight I caught a glimpse of the change that is happening inside.

I am currently away from home, traveling for work. After checking into my hotel tonight, instead of collapsing on the bed in front of the TV (exactly what the "old" me would have done), I immediately went out for a walk with no particular destination in mind.

I ended up walking to the grocery store to buy some salad and fruit for dinner, and then headed back to the hotel. Although only 25 minutes round trip, it was terrific having that "ME" time and getting some exercise to help destress after a long day.

It's such a little thing, but this is the sort of change that really matters.

Good night, Sparklers.

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BELLALUCIA 11/18/2011 1:01PM

    Go girl!

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PAM_COOPER 11/15/2011 2:25PM

    This is my second time around at a major weight loss (I lost 112 lbs. 20 years ago). What I remember from then is that I didn't mind running into the post office anymore or jumping out of the car and going into the convenience store or any of those quick stops that I used to put off or work around to keep from exerting the extra effort of going in and out of stores and businesses. I just didn't feel lazy or sluggish anymore. I also started partaking in school events with my kids and family outings in a more active role. It does make a difference when it is not such a chore to just move.
I am on a new journey now (another 100+ lbs to lose). I have lost 39 as of today and this time 81 more to go. emoticon I started feeling better almost immediately. This time I have learned some things . . . mostly that it IS a lifestyle change. (Although I 'knew' that before, I didn't keep my self-discipline in check and after awhile the weight all came back. I am on guard this time to keep that from happening again.) emoticon

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JILLSWORLD 11/14/2011 12:52PM

    One choice at a time...that's how we do it! Most excellent!!

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REBELBLITZ 11/12/2011 2:49PM

    That is great! You are walking the talk of the new you.

Cheryl

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 11/11/2011 10:12PM

    Now that's what they mean by a "life-style" change! Way to go. I plan to join you in making a life-style change.

Amber

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CANDOK1260 11/11/2011 5:16AM

    yp this is the type of change you want emoticon emoticon

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XXEDRA 11/11/2011 12:20AM

    Got to love a NSV!

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MISSFORTE 11/10/2011 2:50PM

    SO TRUE ! I LOVE IT! what a great dinner that is what I had for lunch today!

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FLOWER1967 11/9/2011 5:13PM

    Well done Jen
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CLPURNELL 11/9/2011 2:00PM

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BALDWINJ_03 11/9/2011 12:39PM

    Good for you for making those changes and not being the "old you"!!! I'm still working on that and it's SOOO much harder than I thought!

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FLPALM 11/9/2011 10:48AM

    Jenn, That truly is growing! It is amazing how we are all changing, but "mentally some of us look at the "OLD ME" and do not see the changes! Wow, going for a walk, picking up a "healthy meal" or as close as you could find.....big difference! I love this! You are really working at LIFESTYLE CHANGES.....and it shows!

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PRECIOUSMAZIE 11/9/2011 8:29AM

    So True!! So True!! I too have been traveling a lot for work lately. I drive a lot and when I need a bathroom break I stop at the rest areas and after I also walk a mile around the rest area. Its a good stretch of the legs keeps me awake and aware while driving and its good exercise. Rest areas can also be very beautiful. I was at one in TN near a river and tucked into the hills that was spectacular. But even when the view is just a lot of 18 wheel rigs the exercise is the goal. I have an app on my phone that keeps track of the distance and notifies me as I walk.

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 11/9/2011 7:53AM

    Good for you on getting a walk and dinner! Have a good trip.

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LUCYVT 11/9/2011 6:48AM

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SA9CHI 11/9/2011 12:19AM

    That's great you're being KIND to yourself!

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THETURTLEBEAR 11/8/2011 11:10PM

    That is awesome! The NEW YOU!!

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LAURELSPARK 11/8/2011 10:35PM

    WooHoo......good for you. I have to admit that I feel a little guilty as I'm watching TV while sparking.

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READYRACHEL 11/8/2011 10:30PM

    emoticon Exercise and a healthy dinner!

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MIRRORBALLMOON 11/8/2011 10:16PM

    Good for you!

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7356WILMA 11/8/2011 10:02PM

  Way to go! You should be proud.

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ADVENTURESEEKER 11/8/2011 9:53PM

    Yes! I agree- change also happens within. Cheers to making healthy choices!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 11/8/2011 9:29PM

    I have to say that is one of my favorite quotes. I've had that one front and center on various work computers for over 10 years. And I was just telling someone yesterday that the other changes are much more fulfilling than the weight-loss and size changes. It's like you are reading my mind. LOL!


Way to take a walk for a healthy dinner and get some good time for yourself. Have a good rest of your trip!


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ROBYNLN 11/8/2011 9:19PM

    emoticon What a great way to replace an old, bad habit w/a new, constructive habit. emoticon

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_JODI404 11/8/2011 9:08PM

    Way to Go!! Exercise & good 'me time'. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 11/8/2011 8:33PM

    Me time-gotta love it! Have a great evening! Your changes have all been positive! HUGS!

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EBEAMS 11/8/2011 8:30PM

    That's awesome ... the Old Jen has stayed in the past and the New Jen is focused on getting herself what she needs - a little exercise and some good nutritious food ... Life's good!

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OAKBORN 11/8/2011 8:20PM

    What a great choice you made tonight! KUDOs to YOU!!.

Sometimes it's easier to take care of yourself when you are the only one there to be taken care of!

Keep on movin'!

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DANCINCAJUN1 11/8/2011 8:17PM

    I know what you are saying ..... you got your exercise & had a healthy meal ... and you are not even home !! great changes .... great blog !!! Rocie
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