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STRUCK OUT SOMETIMES BUT STILL STREAKING!!!

Friday, October 17, 2008


THESE ARE MY STREAKS

1. EAT FIVE 4 VEGGIES.

WILL I HAVE DONE PRETTY WELL ON THESE NOT PERFECT. BUT STILL MAKING PROGRESS.

2. EXERCISE 6 DAYS A WEEK WITH SUNDAY BEING OPTIONAL.

I WAS IN A SMALL SLUMP. BUT KNOW I GOT MY MOJO WORKING AGAIN AND I ALL MOST MAXED MY CAL BURN FOR THE WEEK.
KEEP GOING GIRL YOU CAN DO IT!!!

3. READ MY NEEDED BECK CARD . WELL THIS HAS BEEN A TRUE STRUGGLE...... I GUEST THE BEST THING IS TO START SMALL AND GO FROM THEIR.

4. GO TO BED EARLIER. I AM A NIGHT OWL. I WAS DOING PRETTY IN THE BEGINNING. BUT I BELIEVE I AM BECOMING A SPARK JUNKIE!! emoticon.EARLY FOR ME IS AT THE LATEST 1:00. NO I KNOW THAT IS NOT GOOD!! SO I WILL SAY 12:00 AND GO FROM THEIR. SOMETHING IS BETTER THAN
NOTHING.

5. READ MY BECK BOOK ON THE WEEKENDS. THIS HAS WENT VERY WELL AND I ALMOST FINISHED WITH THE BOOK. OF COURSE I PLAN ON REVIEWING CHAPTERS AS I NEED THEM.
I AM ON CHAPTER 40. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT I HAVE FINISHED ANY DIET BOOK. emoticon THIS IS A BIG DEAL TO ME!! KEEP GOING GIRL YOU CAN MAKE IT!!!

  
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JIBBIE49 10/18/2008 10:07AM

    I have to read the BECK BOOK. emoticon

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MRSHONEYC 10/17/2008 6:01PM

    I, too, am a Spark Junkie (LOL Love the Dub!) and a NIGHT OWL! To me, bedtime is 12:15 or 12:30 --- NAUGHTY and BAD! I've been trying to make 11:30 a goal, but then DH thinks he's getting some and there blows an 'early' night out of the water!!!! Hm, could be worse, right?
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GOODIES FROM EVERYDAYHEALTH

Friday, October 10, 2008

25 Ways to Lose Weight
Everyday ways you haven't heard of and they work!
By Lambeth Hochwald
When it comes to losing weight, a little inspiration can go a long, long way. So we looked into the latest studies, combed the most intriguing research and interviewed real women on how they shed extra pounds to come up with 25 winning weight-loss tips that are well worth trying.

Remember to always check with your doctor before beginning any diet or exercise program.

1. Put the kettle on.
Drinking green tea (which is also known for its powerful cancer-fighting compounds) may help you burn more calories by inducing slight changes in metabolism, according to researchers at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

2. Choose cereal.
Eating cold cereal with skim milk for breakfast and as a replacement for lunch or dinner can help jump-start your diet, according to a Purdue University study released last fall. The men and women in the study, who all ate Special K, lost an average of six pounds in two weeks.

3. Consider peanut butter.
Foods rich in monounsaturated fats (including nuts, peanut butter, olive and canola oils and avocados) can help you lose weight, according to a study conducted at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital. Researchers studied 101 overweight people who were divided into two groups. One group was put on a lowfat diet that got about 20 percent of its calories from fat; the other followed a diet that got 35 percent of its calories from fat, mostly the monounsaturated kind. While both groups of women lost an average of 11 pounds in the first year, only those on the so-called "peanut butter" diet were able to keep the weight off for 18 months or longer.

4. Keep sipping.
Experts say you should drink enough water to equal half of your body weight in ounces. If you weigh 160 pounds, aim to drink 80 ounces a day. One way to keep tabs: Drink fluids with each meal and keep a water bottle with you at other times so you remember to drink, suggests Kimberly Glenn, M.S., R.D., L.D., a registered dietitian at Northside Hospital in Atlanta. Drinking adequate water will help keep you from mistaking thirst for hunger, which is a common pitfall.

5. Prioritize your workouts.
"Once I put my workouts in my datebook, I found myself getting to the gym and enjoying my time there," says Pam Silvestri, 37, a public affairs manager in Dallas, who lost 15 pounds last year. "I consider my workouts just as important as any other business meeting."

6. Pump up the volume.
Foods with high water or fiber content tend to fill you up faster, according to researchers at Penn State University. The idea here is that you'll eat less of (and it'll take longer to eat) a spinach omelet versus a plate of scrambled eggs.

7. Reach for dairy.
Lowfat dairy products can be among the best weight-loss staples, according to researchers at Purdue University who studied a group of women for two years. Those who met the recommended dietary intake (RDI) for calcium (1,000 mg) and ate less than 1,900 calories a day lost an average of six pounds, while women who consumed the same amount of calories but less calcium actually ended up gaining weight. Researchers speculate that calcium may help promote the breakdown of the body's fat stores.
Exercise, Fiber, and Protein
By Lambeth Hochwald
8. Change your morning routine.
Boston public relations executive Sherry Moskowitz, 24, switched from drinking a large coffee with cream every day to a large cup of tea without milk or cream. "I still treat myself to coffee on the weekends, but during the week I get the same amount of caffeine with tea, without the added fat or calories." Just by switching her morning beverage, she cut about 250 calories a week.

9. Get fiber first thing.
"The easiest place to start getting the thirty grams of fiber you need every day is at breakfast," says Glenn. "Look for a high-fiber whole-grain cereal or bread, which will keep you feeling fuller longer."

10. Aim for 30-40-30.
A University of Illinois study revealed that overweight women who ate 1,700 calories comprised of 30 percent protein, 40 percent carbohydrates and 30 percent fat lost 18 percent more body fat than those who ate the same number of calories but a higher percentage of carbs.

11. Add protein to your meals.
Every meal or snack should include protein, says Glenn, such as three to four ounces of chicken, fish, peanut butter or lowfat cheese. "Protein slows down digestion so you'll feel fuller longer," she says.

12. Fill half of your dinner plate with vegetables.
You'll increase your vegetables (the lowest-calorie category) and decrease your calories. "Rather than just one, you may want to make two vegetables at every meal," recommends Cathy Nonas, M.S., R.D., a registered dietitian at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. "The other half of your plate could be equal parts protein and starch."

13. Skip the high-calorie drinks.
"There are approximately nine packets of sugar and close to one hundred and fifty calories in one twelve-ounce can of soda or juice," says Netty Levine, M.S., R.D., a registered dietitian at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Smoothies and specialty coffee drinks often contain 250 to 500 calories, and that's not including the whipped cream.

14. Weigh down your remote.
By attaching a 2-pound weight to your remote (with a piece of string or a rubber band), you'll get a little exercise every time you lift it, says Nonas. "Sometimes people will lift the weight a couple of times between channels or will stand and walk around with it. It gets you going and moving."

15. Consider the Rule of Fives.
"Five minutes into a meal, put your fork down and assess the situation," says Dawn Jackson, R.D., L.D., a nutrition and exercise specialist at Northwestern Memorial Wellness Institute in Chicago. "Think about whether you're rushing or whether you're enjoying your meal enough. Lots of times, you're already full but you're still eating because you're a 'clean-plate-club' person. Instead, try to leave at least five bites behind. You'll save at least 200 calories in that course alone."

16. Limit alcohol.
Bonnie Littman, 35, is a paralegal in New York City who used to go out a lot. "On the weekends, I'd drink too much and then I'd eat late at night," she says. "To make things worse, a close friend used to live next door and she was my late-night eating buddy. Now I try to follow a pretty strict diet I've lost about thirty pounds since I changed my diet last summer, and I only treat myself to a glass of wine or hamburger every once in a while."
Snacks, Sweats, and Spices
By Lambeth Hochwald
17. Set a kitchen curfew.
If you're tempted to go back to the kitchen after dinner's done, place a piece of masking tape across your kitchen doorway at eye level, says Nonas. You'll avoid adding hundreds of calories from late-night snacks. "Taping the door will remind you not to go back into the kitchen. It doesn't mean you can't, but you'll think twice about it."

18. Reach for a breath mint after a meal.
This will trick your taste buds into thinking you're done eating, says Andrea Platzman, M.S., R.D., nutrition programs manager for New York Sports Clubs in New York City. "Anything with a fresh taste, including a breath mint, gum or toothpaste, will signal to your brain that dinner is over," she says. "Since the flavor of your meal is no longer in your mouth, you won't crave the food that you were just eating."

19. Stow the scale.
"I don't have a scale in my house, and when I go to the doctor, I get on the scale backward so I don't see the number," says Aurora Johnson, 36, a marketing and communications consultant in Pasadena, California, who has lost 15 pounds in the last 10 months. "Now I'm able to focus on doing healthy things like eating right and exercising for the right reasons because it's good for me. I don't need the number to know what I'm doing is effective."

20. Cook more than you can eat.
If you freeze extra portions of main dishes, you'll save hundreds of calories, says Katherine Tallmadge, M.A., R.D., president of Personalized Nutrition, a weight-loss and nutrition counseling service in Washington, DC. "Keeping pre-prepared dinners on hand will mean you'll be less likely to order high-calorie meals in restaurants or grab calorie-laden convenience foods from your cupboards," she says.

21. Snack smart.
Keeping some staples, like grapes, mission figs, almonds, apples, peanut butter or herbal tea with honey, around will help you stay focused without overdoing it, says Silandara Bartlett, 25, a news and Web specialist at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, who lost 15 pounds last year.

22. Eat with your opposite hand.
You'll automatically slow down and experience fullness and enjoy what you're eating, says Michele L. Trankina, Ph.D., a nutritionist in San Antonio. If you're ambidextrous, try eating with chopsticks. "Most of the time, we don't let ourselves feel full because we eat on automatic pilot," she says.

23. Walk, don't run.
A recent study conducted at Washington University in St. Louis found that those women who walked rather than jogged (although both moved at a 12-minute-mile pace) burned 4 percent more calories than the runners.

24. Let yourself feel hungry.
"I don't let my hunger go until I feel my stomach rumbling, but sometimes when I'm hungry late at night, I realize I'm not as hungry as I think," says Amanda Cushman, 45, a chef in Miami Beach who lost 10 pounds over a two-month period. "It's important to really think about that rather than acting on it immediately and reaching for a snack."

25. Spice up your meals.
Adding cayenne pepper and salsa to your meals may boost your metabolism. In one recent Canadian study, two groups of women were fed a stir-fry meal. Those who ate the spicier meal ended up burning more calories and fat than those who ate the blander meal.


HUMMMM THE WAY ME FEW DAYS HAVE BEEN I NEED ALL THE HELP I CAN GET!!!!!!!!!

  
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JIBBIE49 10/14/2008 2:29PM

    Oh, thanks for these! emoticon

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PARIS2009 10/12/2008 6:55PM

  Hi there! These are great tips :)

Keep going, no matter what - we can do it!

And goooooo Obama! Woohooooo!!




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UGOGIRL51 10/11/2008 2:15PM

    Do emoticon for all the tips. Some I knew but a lot I didn't... emoticon

Will be trying a lot of these out. Thanks for educationing us sweetie.... emoticon

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WEEK 2 ACCOUNTABILITY/POST STREAKS

Friday, October 03, 2008


THIS WEEK WAS NOT SO GOOD WITH MY STREAKS.

1. 30 MIN EXERCISE FOR 30 MIN.

2. READ NEEDED BECK CARDS DAILY.

3. EAT 5 FRUITS AND VEGGIES.

4. NO EATING AFTER DINNER EXCEPT A LITTLE PROTEIN FOR AVOIDED SUGAR DROPS.

5. READING A CHAPTER OF BECK EACH WEEK END.

6. TAKE VITAMINS DAILY.

7. GO TO BED EARLIER.

WELL THIS SECOND WEEK DID NOT GO TO GOOD. BUT, I DON'T WANT TO START OUT NEGATIVE.

WHAT I DID DO WAS EATING 5 FRUITS AND VEGGIES. I BELIEVE MY JUICER WILL HELP WITH THAT. I READ THAT JUICING VEGGIES WAS GOOD FOR DIABETES ACCORDING TO A JUICING WEBSITE I RAN ACROSS. AS FOR AS THE FRUITS BEING JUICED I'LL HAVE TO WATCH IT. FRUITS CAN HAVE A HIGHER NATURAL SUGAR CONTENT THEN VEGETABLES. I WOULD RATHER EAT MY FRUITS RAW.

I HAVE READ BECK CHAPTER ON THE WEEKENDS.

NOW FOR THE OTHER. EXERCISING AT NIGHT WILL BE A PROBLEM SINCE MY LITTLE ONES TEACHER HAS DECIDED TO GIVE HIM HOMEWORK. HE IS SPECIAL NEEDS. BUT HE IS PROGRESSING EXTREMELY WELL. SO I WILL HAVE TO EXERCISE UP IN THE DAY OR MORNING. OOOOOOO BOY THIS WILL A TRUE TASK. I HAVE NOT BEEN DOING ANY STRENGTH TRAINING THAT IS NO SURPRISE. (((I DON'T LIKE IT))).
BUT I HAVE TO DO IT. I MAY CUT BACK ON MY SCHEDULE. START OUT WITH 6 EXERCISES AND BUILD FROM THERE. I MAY GET THE MINI TRAMPOLINE FOR A CHANGE IN MY EXERCISE ROUTINE I NEED A CHANGE UP.

THE NIGHT EATING WHEW! THE ONLY THING I CAN THINK OF IS GOING TO BED EARLIER. SPARK IS NOT SET UP TO FIT A DIABETIC DIET. I HAVE BEEN INCLUDING FREE FOOD IN MY NUTRITION TRACKER. FOODS LIKE CUCUMBERS, LETTUCE, CELERY, ONIONS, CHERRY TOMATOES, OR ANY FOOD THAT IS 20 CALS OR LESS OR HAS 5 OR LESS CARBS IS CONSIDERED FREE FOOD FOR THE DIABETIC WHOSE BLOOD SUGARS ARE IN CONTROL. SO I WILL INCLUDE THESE FOOD ON MY TRACKER FOR NUTRITIONAL SAKE BUT I WILL SUBTRACT THE CALS OR CARBS. THAT MAY HELP ME FEEL MORE SATISFIED WHILE EATING. IF I DECIDE TO I WILL NOT INCLUDE THESE FREE FOODS IN MY TRACKER.


OH BOY THE VITAMINS ARE A NO BRAINIER. JUST PLAIN OLD FOR GETTING SOMETIMES. I BELIEVE THE ONLY WAY TO GET THEM IN IS USING MY MEDICATION BOX AND PUTTING MED'S, VITAMINS IN THE DAY BEFORE.

SOME DAY THE KEY WILL BE TURNED INTO SUCCESS. BUT AS LONG AS I KEEP GOING I AM NOT FAILING EITHER!! emoticon HEARS TO THOSE WHO KEEP GOING!!

  
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UGOGIRL51 10/4/2008 11:04AM

    Do emoticon

You are number emoticon and a emoticon success to others and myself.

You just keep going and going and going..... emoticon

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JIBBIE49 10/3/2008 2:53PM

    I need to get the BECK book and read it. I've seen it at the bookstore. Yesterday I had to give my son $35 for his Judo class, and my dd, needs $20 for getting her eyebrows arched today, so that doesn't leave me much "me" money by the end of the month. emoticon

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BIGGIRL2082010 10/3/2008 11:56AM

    Hey, girl - sounds like you did great on the fruit and veggies - PAT! (That was a pat on your back ... too bad I couldn't find the right emoticon!)

About the not-feeling quite satisfied - I don't know if nuts work for a diabetic, but do try them if they're allowed. Yes, they have fat, but it's GOOD fat, and I actually found I lose weight easier if I include nuts on a daily basis. Just a few ... like 12 walnut halves, 30 peanuts or 20 almonds. It'll keep you feeling satisfied, and apparently munching a few before meals also helps trigger the brain about satiety faster! That may be the missing link - let me know if you do try it! :)

After writing all that, I think I just realised why I've been feeling bloated the past 3 days ... that's been the exact same 3 days I've NOT had nuts - ran out and hadn't bothered replacing them. I guess I'll be walking to the grocery store now. :)

Cheers,
Maya


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TRYING SOMETHING NEW! MY NEW JUICER

Wednesday, October 01, 2008


MY MOM IS SO SWEET. SHE IS ALWAYS WORRYING ABOUT ME. SINCE MY NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE 12 YEARS SHE RACES TO MY RUNS OR RACES TO HOUSE TO SEE IF I AM OK. THAT PART I REALLY HATE. I HAVE TOLD HER THAT GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF ME NOW NOT TO WORRY. I AM SURE NOT! HE SUSTAINS ME.

ANYWAY SHE BROUGHT THIS NEW JUICER. I was A BIT SCARED TO TRY IT BUT TODAY I TRIED SOME CUCUMBER/CELERY JUICE. I SEEN THIS ON "YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT" MCKEITH BBC PROGRAM. I LIKE HER. WILL THAT CELERY/CUCUMBER JUICE WAS NOT LIKE I THOUGHT IT WOULD TASTE. LETS BE NICE SAY IT WILL HAVE TO GROW ON ME. emoticon. NOW THE CARROT JUICE WAS DELICIOUS AND A WILL MAKE IT AGAIN. I'LL TRY JUICE COMBINATIONS AND LET YOU KNOW HOW I AM DOING WITH NEW JUICER!

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JIBBIE49 10/2/2008 11:21AM

    Oh, Yum. I'd love a juicer.

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MRSHONEYC 10/1/2008 6:19PM

    I heard that if you add apple to that concoction it tastes better - but um, EW, what combinations!!!

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BIGGIRL2082010 10/1/2008 4:26PM

    Heh. Your experience with the cucumber-celery sounds familiar. One thing that usually works is to start with a "base" veggie that you really like the juice of (carrot? tomato? even apple!) and then add in small servings of the odder-tasting ones so the great taste masks the not-so-great! :)

Wait till you try wheat-grass. Seriously. AFTER you get used to it, you realise it is the freshest-tasting thing you've ever had. But the first few times, you really want to go "ICK!" :)

Have fun with the new juicer ... I'd be at the farmer's market in a heartbeat if I had a juicer! :)

Cheers,
Maya


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BABY_GIRL69 10/1/2008 3:07PM

    That is so precious that you have your mom to fuss over, be grateful Sweetie!! You only go round once & make it a heck of a time!! Juicing sound interesting but I'm still doing it the old fashion way.

Blessings!1

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WEEKLY STREAKING POST/ACCOUNTABILITY

Thursday, September 25, 2008


I have decided to add a new streak. I am a night owl but I have read that proper sleep helps with weight loss. Lord knows I need all the help I can get.

So last night was the the first time I went to bed before 12:30. I felt better this morning. No dragging feeling.

I also struggle with late night eating but I can't eat if I am sleep.

GOALS FOR STREAKING.

1. EXERCISE FOR 30 MIN EACH DAY.

2. READ NEEDED BECK CARDS DAILY.

3. EAT 5 FRUIT/VEGGIES A DAY.

4. READ A CHAPTER OF BECK ON THE WEEKEND.

5. TAKE VITAMINS 7 DAYS A WEEK.

6. NO EATING AFTER DINNER EXCEPT SMALL AMOUNTS OF PROTEIN TO PREVENT A SUGAR DUMP.

7. GO TO BED EARLIER 5 DAYS A WEEK.

A LIST TO KEEP ME ON TRACK.

WELL THINGS GOT OFF TO A ROUGH START I CAUGHT A COLD FROM MY LITTLE ONE. BUT HE IS WELL AGAIN. I AM BETTER BUT I HAVE BEEN LEFT WITH A TICK LY COUGH. I AM TAKING AN OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATION FOR IT. IF THING DON'T IMPROVE I WILL TAKE A VISIT TO THE DR. BUT HOPEFULLY AND PRAY FULLY THINGS WILL GET BACK TO NORMAL THAT EVER THAT IS emoticon

  
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MOV4WARD 9/26/2008 3:38AM

    lol, it's 12:30 here but i also have been working on getting 8+, and it does make a difference in a lot. guess when we are tired our body increases hormones to make us feel hungry so it will get extra energy to make it through since it was short of sleep. i didn't really relate the urge to eat with fatigue, but do now ~ check it out. bet it will help with several things :)

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MRSHONEYC 9/25/2008 6:16PM

    I'm a night owl as well - I don't know what I'd do if I went to bed before 12:15! I'd probably toss and turn until then! LOL


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UGOGIRL51 9/25/2008 12:19PM

    Good hearing from you again sweetie.. emoticon

Love your pic, says a lot. And love the fact that you have started this as a weekly streaking. This will help you to get back on track for sure... emoticon

Glad to know that your lil one is doing better and I know so will you. Keep up the good work. All that was done in the past was not for nothing.. emoticon

Love ya... emoticon

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JIBBIE49 9/25/2008 11:58AM

    98 Days to the end of the year, so you are ON TRACK!!!! Fantastic. emoticon

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BIGGIRL2082010 9/25/2008 10:42AM

    I like it, girl: "Can't eat if I'm asleep!" Keep it up! Those streaks are going pretty well, from reading your posts on the Beck message-board!

Cheers,
Ma
ya


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