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Vacation... California, Disneyland... *slight* food panic...

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I'm heading out for 8 days of fun, sunshine and roller coasters. What does a person eat at Disneyland to not send body into a calorie/fat laden tailspin???

Here's my plan so far:
1. Staying in condo with kitchen, cook at least one meal a day
(already mapped nearest grocery store)
2. Take power/protein bars with me
3. I have been told they have fruit options in the park
4. I am staying 1 1/2 miles from the park and will walk there in addition to walking around
5. Only have 1 (one) Churro while on entire vacation (not per day) (a girl's gotta live!!)
6. Drink lots of water at the park

Anyone have any suggestions on how to help food planning on vacation???

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CHRYS13 1/23/2011 7:44AM

    You'll do'll be walking ALOT!! You're ready to make the healthy choices, so with all that walking, I'm guessing you'll be just fine!

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CAPECODLIGHT 1/21/2011 10:51AM

    I think you have a good plan, which is key. I haven't been to Disney World in many years, but I was trying to do and see so much that I really didn't spend a bunch of time eating. Have a wonderful time!

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DRPOOH63 1/19/2011 8:51PM

    I am interested to see what you find as I am going to Disneyworld in June. Actually I am not worried as I will have my little nephews to chase around. Very excited!

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SANDYBRUNO 1/19/2011 8:19PM

    I went to Disneyland last year and they do have a lot of healthy options. I found that even though I didn't always eat healthy that because of all the walking I did I didn't gain. I ended up losing around 5 pounds. It is fortunate that you are staying in a place you can cook some.

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TINKSMOM1 1/19/2011 5:33PM

    First of all, let me say I am aboslutely jealous of you! Disneyland is the #1 thing I miss in California! k-thats out of the way...Disney does have fruit options, and they also seem realize people want healthy and try to give other options in their resteraunts. Dont forget the walking is a huge part of your vacations, so dont limit yourself too much! Make sure you try the mint julips in new orleans square..if they still have em! they are awesome! Eat a good breakfast so you dont go to the park hungry (Mickey pancakes are soooo tempting!) and try to snack on something decent like what you may bring so you dont feel starving all of a sudden....Enjoy!!! Have fun!! Say hello to mickey for me! emoticon

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A year in the life… of me.

Monday, January 10, 2011

1/10/2010 I signed up for SparkPeople under the moniker of golfchick2-0. I had been on about 1 ½ years previously as golfchick and decided that I needed a fresh start. I specifically didn’t sign up on New Years full well knowing that, for me, resolutions don’t work!

I just had a check up on 1/6. I was 232 lbs; healthy range of blood pressure and no sign of Type 2 Diabetes (a concern with my family history on both of those) but my cholesterol was over 210.

Several years ago (2002-2004), I was on Weight Watchers. I managed to get down to 168 lbs. and then I had major surgery, abdominal hysterectomy, which put me into a physical and emotional tailspin. I gained back every pound… plus a couple. When I look back at my time on WW, I did well, but I found a way to cheat. I would weigh in on Friday morning, eat, drink and be merry all weekend (within reason) and then half starve myself until weigh in on Friday again. Of course now, I realize that I was only cheating myself!

I am doing SparkPeople right. I am following the guidelines. I am exercising. I won’t say that I am doing perfect. But I am doing better.

Followed the program to the letter, food wise, I Made my goal of losing 30 lbs. by July 31st (my 25th High School reunion) and then I petered out a little. Even then, I should have been more active.

After making my major goal, I still kept in touch. I didn’t let SP slide away. I kept active posting responses, blogs and Team posts. But I let it slide some.

I did regain about 5 pounds, but made a challenge to myself that I would not gain any weight between Thanksgiving and New Years. I did that by still eating Holiday food and drinking Holiday cheer… but I started moving more. I joined a gym and got into some good active habits.

Now, I’m back on track. I already have started working out on a regular basis. I found classes that I enjoy for both aerobic and weight lifting/toning.

Here’s the tale of the tape as of today:
Weight 202 (Still at -30)
Cholesterol under 180
Stamina WAY up
Sleeping much better
Eating much healthier
Down 2 pants sizes

emoticonThank you Chris “Spark Guy” Downie and all of the staff and sponsors of SparkPeople for giving me a way to take back the power and responsibility of being in control of my life, my weight, my health and my well being.

emoticonThank you to all of my SparkFriends. Those of you who respond daily with your hints and support, with your suggestions and your “I failed too, and it’s okay” stories. Those of you who have made a comment on a blog, those of you who have inspired me to be a better person.

Here's the basic philosophy I need to live by "Eat Less… Move More!!!"

Spark on my Friends!! Be healthy, be happy.
Gretchen (golfchick2-0)
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CHRYS13 1/23/2011 7:42AM

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You're well on your way! Love the "eat less, move more"!!

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CAPECODLIGHT 1/11/2011 4:17PM

    Congratulations on your Spark anniversary, and thanks for sharing your success story. I'm happy for you! Thanks for my Spark Goodie, too.

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ERIKO1908 1/10/2011 8:37PM

    Happy Anniversary!!! I really wish I hadn't taken a good chunk of the year off!! Spark does really help a person stay on track - It's AMAZING!! Going to try my best to not let it slide in the next year...and perhaps year two will bring about my vision collage!!
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7777BEV 1/10/2011 4:57PM

    Congrats on the one year! I didn't realize we almost hit joining on Sparks on the same day - my one year is tomorrow! You have a great outlook on the past year and I'm proud of you for keeping off that 30 - I hope you are too because that is really tough to do especially with the holidays. Keep up the great attitude and all the wonderful ways you're finding to move more. This is a life journey and you're doing it right!!!!!
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It was a small goal... but I made it happen!!

Monday, January 03, 2011

Just before Thanksgiving, I made a pledge to myself. That I would eat well, enjoy my holidays and above all else... NOT GAIN WEIGHT.

Loads of research shows that the average American gains between 8 and 10 lbs in that time period.

I ate good food. I just did it smart. I had a piece of pie, but it was *one* small piece. I at some cookies, but I only had one at a time and threw a bunch away. I ate good food, with sauce, Turkey dinner with all the fixins. I did follow the 'No Seconds' rule AND if I was forced (single people apparently MUST always) to take food home, I just threw it in the trash bin on my way in the house, unless it was healthy. I did not deny myself. I enjoyed myself.

What I also did, was get myself into a habit of exercising. Almost daily. I joined a gym, started Zumba, Group Power and kickboxing classes. I will keep that up, and begin eating better food with smaller portions. I have gone through my fridge and cabinets and thrown out anything not on my program that can't be donated.

So now, my weight is where it was before T-Day. Not 8-10 lb.s heavier. The way I figure it, that puts me about a month and a half ahead of where I could have been. I am sure as H-E*double hockey sticks* do not feel guilty for enjoying myself.

I have SparkPeople to thank. Knowing that this is a lifestyle, NOT a diet, helped me through. This program is wonderful. Take what you need and give back to help others.
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VICD25 1/4/2011 6:22PM

    What on earth were you thinking? This is no SMALL goal, this is HUGE and you did it!

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POPSICLETOES81 1/3/2011 7:22PM

    great job! emoticon

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FREES1 1/3/2011 3:19PM

    way to go!!!!! you are ahead of the game! good work!

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ERIKO1908 1/3/2011 3:03PM

    Great work on the no gain!! It can be done if you just think about it & do it smart!! Way to go!!

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DWILCZKO 1/3/2011 2:48PM

  good job!

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Hitting the Re-Start button

Saturday, January 01, 2011

I hate to use the "R-word". When you look at the stats and fugures about resolutions, most of them don't make it past the first few weeks. My goals are the same no matter what day of the year I make them. And here they are...

1. Watch food portions
2. Exercise more
3. Get organized at home and work
4. Give myself a break on occassion
5. Laugh more
6. Get in touch with old friends
7. Make some new friends
8. Get finances in order so I can buy a house
9. Watch more sunrise/sunsets
10. Take my camera out to play
11. Lose 1 pound a week till I get to goal weight, and NOT gain it back!!!
12. Eat more fruits and vegetables
13. Golf more!!!

2011... Here I come!!!
Wishing you all a Happy Healthy New Year!!!!

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EPHY-MARIA 1/1/2011 3:00PM

    Happy New Year and have a great fresh start! Hope to be back on track as well!

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STRIVE4BALANCE1 1/1/2011 2:42PM

    I love it! I think we Sparkers have an advantage over the general population--we know how to set goals and follow through (and we have the tools and support to do so!).

We are going to rock 2011, my friend :)

Keep up the amazing work!

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Back on track and feeling the (Group) Power!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The benefit to falling off the wagon is that some times, you need to fall a little, to see how far you've come.

Long story short... I started SP 1/10/10, Set goals, logged food and activities, blogged and followed all the rules. And then I reached "THE" goal. I had done it... I lost 30lbs just in time for my 25th High School Reunion, July 31st.

And then, I lost my spark. I stopped logging food, stopped measuring, worked out sporatically and didn't keep track. I gained back a couple of pounds. But I did one thing right. I kept coming back.

Last week, I decided to re-dedicate myself. I joined a gym on a short term basis ($25 for 30 days, just to make sure I LIKE the gym). I went in whole heartedly. Love the classes. Found some more support. And I am back on track.

One of the great classes I found is Group Power. It is an 60 minute barbell based weight lifting program, set to music, with a little core workout thrown in at the end just for funsies.

I have even started talking up SparkPeople to my GP Instructor. Hopefully, she will share with some others and bring some more peeps over to the Spark Family!

What it all comes down to... Fall down seven times, get up eight. Or as they say in Galaxy Quest... "Never give up, Never surrender"

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SHERRIJ61 1/13/2011 1:54PM

    I LOVE Group Power! I wish someone would record it on DVD so I could do it at home. I take the class at the gym every Saturday followed by an hour of Zumba!!! I can't make it during week. Classes aren't convenient. Keep it up!


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ROCKINFOX 12/15/2010 4:48PM

    Awesome on the Group Power class!!! Hopefully we'll see more sparkies here soon.

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ANELAKANOA 12/14/2010 8:25PM

  emoticon emoticonWe have a class like that at my gym called body pump, I've always wanted to try it but am to chicken. lol


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BUGSMOM211 12/14/2010 4:03PM

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