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Feels nice to have clothes feel loose

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Still in the single digit weight loss category (down 4 lbs in 2 weeks, which is about the pace I expected), but getting dressed for work today, I felt a certain bagginess in my clothes that made me stop and go, "Huh!"

Nothing noticeable in the mirror, just felt a little more room in the waist, a little less squeeze in the hips, and the realization that the scales not the only measure of progress.

As a matter of fact, if given the choice between what the scale says and how I feel in the clothes, I'd ditch the numbers and go for loose fitting jeans anyday.

Spark away!

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LYNN-LOVESLIFE7 1/29/2011 8:23PM

    You are so right. The scale is not the king or Queen of measurements..... Our success and the way we feel is.

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HEALTHIERKEN 1/27/2011 2:57PM

    oh, yeah! Looser clothes are a 'way more gratifying success indicator than the scales!!!!!! You go, Friend!

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  Yeah!!! Doesn't it feel wonderful when your clothes feel a bit looser than they did! What a wonderful measurement. You must be toning up. The scales are not the only measure of success!

Keep up the great job!!
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Pizzas, iPhones, a King's Speech, and the end of a 12 day streak

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Well there goes my 12 day streak of blogging every day. What did I lose on Saturday and what did I gain? Hmmmm....

SWMBO and I decided to make a day of it Saturday. One of my Spark goals is to spend some better time with my family....I'm on the road a lot and even when I'm in town, work days go long. Sooooo.....


Date day actually. We have an awesome little mom and pop Italian place right down the road (La Famiglia if you're near Destin). They make pizza with a crust and taste to die for. So of course I got one for our lunch and while it was baking in the wood oven, we soaked our bread in olive oil, garlic, and herbs, smiling and holding hands. Did I know it was wrong? Ehhh....I knew going in what I was doing and was totally cool with it...guilt had no place at our table! We each ate half our pizzas and took the rest home in a box.

Soon after, she had to nap for our movie night out, so I skedaddled over to the AT&T store to upgrade my antiquated dumb phone. I knew what I was getting in to there too....pretend like I wanted the $50 droid while eyeing that coy little iPhone 4 in the corner. We both knew we'd wind up with each other sooner or later, so I stopped wasting time and made my move....iPhone came home soon after.

Fast forward home, wake up SWMBO, we warm up our pizzas, tell the 16 year old to be good, set him up with dinner, and we make our way over to The King's Speech....did I mention we ordered popcorn and soda (diet)?

We laughed & giggled the whole time...she later admitting to a few tears at certain key scenes (no spoilers).

We drove home holding hands across the console....calories be damned!

Before bed, I logged into SparkPeople, entered my meals for the day....almost 3000 calories, very few of them healthy ones. Another 12 day streak (sub-2000 calories/day) shot in the face. Did I care? For about 12 seconds....Did I regret a single one.....Hell no!

That was Saturday.....This Sunday AM, started out with 5oz of 2% cottage cheese and salsa, some chicken soup at lunch, and a plan for low cal dinner tonight.....just like I've done happily these past 12 days.

Spark on people! What ever happened yesterday matters not one bit....How are you doing today?!!?

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KYRRIA 1/23/2011 10:06PM

    Thanks for the blog comment, and careful with that pretty little iphone of yours! those toilets..they'll getcha. That sounds like a wonderfully perfect day; i want to have one like that soon! its been wayyyyyy too long. this blog just made me feel happy :)

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JUNEBUG1944 1/23/2011 6:57PM

    You are absolutely right! Life is about living and having a good time when we can. You've been doing great and deserved a wonderful day! So, today starts a new streak!

Mmmmmm, favorite!
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4 lbs down in 2 weeks

Friday, January 21, 2011

So can it really be this simple and easy??

2 weeks into Sparking, tracking every little bite and snack, hard-scheduling work-outs, spinning virtual point wheels, posting blog entries and commenting on others, I find myself feeling surprisingly calm and full throughout the day, not craving brownies and ice cream with peanut butter chasers right before bed.

I've dropped a 4 measurable lbs in 2 weeks and feel strangely confident that I can really get down another 13 to reach goal (maybe just my 1st weight goal)....a weight I haven't been near in 20 years.

Of course it could just be the pink cloud of the first few easy lbs and the newness of this program.....the next 5 or 10 could be a bear. I already suspect the real work is going to start once I reach goal...the work to maintain. The real work is to not get lulled into thinking that low weight is license to go back to brownies, ice cream, and peanut butter chasers whenever I feel like it.

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ZESTYLADY 1/23/2011 11:01AM

    well done!

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VIVID8264 1/22/2011 12:42AM

    Congrats on your success.

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QUORNDAWG 1/22/2011 12:08AM

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SARSPARKS25 1/21/2011 10:47PM

    Awesome on the weight loss! This is an amazing place to be!

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Enjoying the Spark Way

Thursday, January 20, 2011

So far, so good!

As goofy as I thought this path was, I've got to admit, I'm enjoying it. I like the honesty of facing the calorie tracker everyday; it helps me think hard about what to eat and not eat....I've got to look at the end of day report and face the music.

I like the accountability as well as the larger feel of a community that has tons of special teams with members that share common goals.

OK, the points thing is kind of goofy, yet I somehow look for ways to increase my daily points, and, lo and behold, I'm reading articles about health and diet, taking trivia quizzes that challenge me to know more about nutrition, and yes, I spin a virtual wheel that most of the time gives me 2 lousy points.

The bottom line is I feel all in, and it's a hell of a better way to stay on a healthy track than sitting back and thinking, "maybe I should go on a diet" 5 minutes after mindlessly wolfing down some double chocolate brownies with a few scoops of french vanilla ice cream to get them even softer.

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LA40NELA 1/25/2011 11:51PM

    Awesome... I feel like i'm in the right place... Thanks for sharing !!! emoticon

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TERRIAM 1/20/2011 11:16PM

    Glad you are seeing value in SP. I joined SP two days after you and have found value in the Nutrition & Fitness tracking tools and the sense of community.
Reading this blog post, I second everything you have written (although i used to put choc syrup on the brownies to make 'em softer!
Hope you get 10 points when you spin tomorrow!

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LAVENDERLILY 1/20/2011 11:14PM

    I agree that the point system is a good way to explore the different parts of the program and I lke sending goodies to my friends.

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Success at a Pot Luck Luncheon!!! Didn't go into a feeding frenzy

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Well yesterday I talked through and made plans for a Pot Luck luncheon at work today:

It went off great, better than I expected! People brought in all sorts of chili filled crock pots, tons of desserts, and oddities.

I had a quick snack in my office half an hour prior to the start to reduce the hunger pangs. I was able to walk up and down the tables and actually pick and choose some smart items. My goal was to have plenty of white space on my plate.

SCORE!! I had 2 small slices of a turkey sandwich plate that someone brought in from Subway and a few spoonfulls of a light caesar salad someone made. I did grab a particularly nice looking dessert from a friend that spent a lot of time in Hawaii. It was Haupia a Hawaiian Coconut Pudding. A few spoonfuls that tasted great. Guilt free with smart planning.

It's 9:00PM and I'm at 1500 calories for the day! Woo-Hoo!

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JUNEBUG1944 1/20/2011 5:51PM

    Good for you! It is so hard to resist temptation when it is staring you in the face. You are doing great...keep it up!

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QUORNDAWG 1/20/2011 11:23AM

    I usually bring something healthy so that no matter what others bring there is something I can eat. Plus I rarely get a lot of time to graze at these events if they happen at work so I usually do OK.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 1/19/2011 11:12PM

    I love potlucks and I don't think I'll ever be as well behaved as you were today. I'm working on developing discrimination at these events. If it doesn't taste wonderful. I'll leave it on the plate. Once in a while, there'll be something on the plate that I don't particularly care for. Hurrah for today's success. May you have many more.

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REDCARPETWIFEY1 1/19/2011 9:58PM


Ohhh potluck food is the best! It takes a strong will to avoid tasty fatty home cooked food!

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