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I dumped the dump cake?!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

I am so very proud of myself this morning. I did something that made me feel great!

I made a dump cake on Monday for a church meeting being held at our house. Unfortunately, there was some left over. I was tempted to eat a serving for breakfast this morning.....I took one bite and thought, "There sure is a lot of sugar in here and it isn't a good all!"

So, I dumped the dump caKe! Threw it right in the trash....all of it.....the portion I had served myself and the remaining cake in the pan.

Woohoo! Great start to my Saturday!

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WHYNOTJ1 12/1/2014 2:33PM

    Wow, you must be very proud of yourself!

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WINNIE1978 11/22/2014 8:17PM


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GIGI4AUSTIN 11/22/2014 6:14PM

    Alicia214, a dump cake got it's name from the mere fact that you dump all of the ingredients in, no stirring, no fuss!

You can pretty much use any fruit pie filling (apple, blueberry, cherry, strawberry, peach) spread evenly with a layer crushed pimple, then top evenly with a yellow dry cake mix. Then you chop up butter and place the small pats and place on top of the dry cake mix. Bake for 1hr at 350 degrees. It's the easiest, most moist, most delicious cake you'll ever's just sinfully full of calories and sugar!

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ALICIA214 11/22/2014 11:57AM


What is a dump cake? emoticon

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GYPSYHEART 11/22/2014 11:04AM

    emoticon emoticon Dump the cake! Dump the cake! Dump the cake! Can be a new mantra!

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"Down" & "Up"

Sunday, September 21, 2014

I am so "DOWN" because my weight is "UP." I have gained 19 of the 33 pounds I lost 2 years ago. I can't talk about my weight and how I feel to people sometimes; they just can't relate or don't agree or understand, so I'm blogging it here.

I'm so frustrated and so disgusted with how I got back to this place. So, this is what I'm going to do. I'm vowing right here, right now to:

1. Not beat myself up.
2. Exercise everyday
3. Eat better (that means no sweets)
4. Drink my water
5. Stay positive

One step at a time. Whew......I feel better already!

Thanks for listening. Have a great day!


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WHYNOTJ1 9/23/2014 9:09AM

    We all have some ups and downs. You can do this. We can do it!

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PKBOO3 9/21/2014 9:13PM

    Best wishes for you. I'm going to try to acquire the attitude to eat healthier meals and snack reasonably.

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MOM43BEES 9/21/2014 6:20PM

  No one is perfect. I think we all have a tendency to think other people are perfect at their weight loss efforts and we alone are not, but the truth is everyone struggles sometimes. I find it hard to talk to other people about my weight problems too. But sometimes when you force yourself to open up, you find that we all have more in common than you might have thought. Don't beat yourself up when things happen. Accept that everyone makes mistakes, pick yourself up, and keep trying. It sounds like you have a good plan for starting over. Good luck.

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EVIE4NOW 9/21/2014 10:37AM

  You have a plan, now put it into action. You CAN do it!

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FATSOO51 9/21/2014 10:02AM

    emoticon one day at a time! ....small changes/steps


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What happened?

Friday, September 12, 2014

I am sitting here in tears and with frustration at my bad habits lately. I have no excuse; I have the tools......I have the knowledge......I just don't have the will power. What the heck happened?

I lost 33 pounds 1.5 years ago and I have gained 18 of it back. I am so disgusted with myself. I don't like the way I feel (menopause isn't helping much with that) and I certainly don't like the way I look. My clothes fit too tight, I feel like a butterball. I know what I need to do and I can't understand why I can't commit or stick to the program.

I need a new SPARK! I need to be SPARKED! I need help! I need something that will keep me motivated and on the "journey" again where I feel great and look great, have confident and feel beautiful.

I know I'm venting, just needed to, frankly. Thanks for listening, my Spark Friends!

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GIGI4AUSTIN 9/21/2014 9:35AM

    Thanks ladies.....I really appreciate your kind and wise words and especially your support.

I'm still really struggling with weight loss. I'm trying to stay positive. I know some of it is my fault, some of it is due to age, and some the HRT I'm taking for menopause. I'm going to ramp up my exercise this week so hopefully that will help.


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WINNIE1978 9/12/2014 6:05PM

    I've been in the same boat for a while now. Losing the first time around seemed rather easy... this time is totally different though. I'm having a lot of trouble with being consistent and staying motivated this time around.

I don't have any advice, but wanted you to know you're not alone. emoticon

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NICOLES0305 9/12/2014 4:13PM

    Stop beating yourself up. We're human, not perfect. Let go of your past failures and shift your focus to the things you love about yourself and your body. You don't even have to be specific, just pick something easy, like your hair, or the way your body has carried you throughout your life. Focus on the positive and let go of the negative. Start appreciating your body exactly the way it is. Think of how you want to FEEL at your ideal weight. Really FEEL those things. Most importantly, LOVE YOURSELF! You can reach all of your goals if you just love yourself first. :)

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CAROL494 9/12/2014 3:56PM

  I can relate to your situation because I am lacking will power right now also. A few months ago, I tried the Dr Oz two-week rapid loss plan and lost seven pounds in two weeks. The plan can be accessed on his web site. I lost another ten pounds in the following six weeks but I have gotten away from the plan and gained seven pounds since March. I need to get back to the plan.

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The best part of my Day?

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Listening to a friend in need and scheduling a much-needed massage for my husband.

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IDLETYME 5/1/2014 8:53PM

    That was a good day!!!!! emoticon

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BUSYGRANNY5 5/1/2014 7:01PM

    Glad you had a good day!!!

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Help! Help! Help!

Monday, October 14, 2013

I can't seem to stay on program! Question is, why? I've done this program before and had such will power and determination. Now I just feel like a failure. I need to get to the bottom as to why and deal with it.

Reflecting back, I have had a lot of stress in my life; a lot of distractions. We moved from California to Illinois in late July and were supposed to move into the house we purchased on August 16. Turns out my husband got reassigned at work again, right in the middle of the escrow period, so we had to put our house on the market right away and purchase another house in Indiana. He begins work there in November. We have been in temporary/interim living since June. It's crazy! All of our stuff has been in storage then.....I only packed enough for two weeks because we were supposed to move into to the new place. I've had to refurnish an apt and adjust to not having the things I need (like a food scale, body weight scale, for instance). That's the only thing I can think of besides missing all of my friends and family in California. I'm exercising lots (as you can tell by my fitness minutes), but my will power with food is almost non-existent.

Help! And thanks for letting me have venting blog!

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GIGI4AUSTIN 11/8/2013 7:00AM

    Thanks everyone for your support and for letting me vent! I am now moved, getting settled, and back on track with my eating habits. Although I had a little setback with the flu this passed week, I feel like I've regained control and it feels great!

Blessing to all four of you amazing ladies! I'm so thankful for you.

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RENIESSPARKIN 10/23/2013 12:39AM

    Hey, girlfriend. Sounds to me like you need to divide yourself in about four different women and you'd be just right to handle everything you needed to do. Of course, there wouldn't be enough of you for anyone to find. Take a big breath and calm down, my dear. It's almost time to be after the changes. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Luv ya, sweetie,

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AMBERNICHOLE3 10/22/2013 9:50AM

    Can you put anything else on your plate? I am so sorry you are going through all of this..I am here whenever you need a vent session ((hugs))

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WHYNOTJ1 10/14/2013 1:43PM

    Wow, no wonder you are stressed and homesick, Gigi! That is one heck of a lot of adapting under pressure.

Maybe you could brainstorm a few the things you need most to get you back on track with diet. If a cheap food scale and set of measuring cups are what you need, go ahead and buy them for yourself at Target or Walmart--you deserve to have what you need. Maybe you could pay a day fee at a gym or get a short-term membership, so that you can do weekly weigh-ins on their scale.

Perhaps brainstorming some single-serve portable healthy snacks would be useful, too, so you can stock up and have some good stuff on hand.

Are you doing anything to nourish your soul and recharge yourself? I love knitting, but somehow had gotten away from having a knitting project. I'm just setting myself up with one this week after a long hiatus. Can you get a temporary library card and borrow some movies or reserve a museum pass to explore your new area? Oh, this idea just popped into my head: Maybe you can find a local Spark Buddy!

Wishing you all good things! emoticon

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SHIRLA7 10/14/2013 8:32AM

    Hmmmm, talk about stress! I would be in the same boat as you are now! I can see why. I don't like change and you have been through major changes. So sorry!

It's great that you are doing a lot of exercising and right now I don't think you should beat yourself up with the eating. I think once you get settled, have all of your own stuff again and get back into a routine that you will be able to get back on track.

Just do the best you can Gigi. If you need to vent or talk let me know.

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