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Ben and Jerry's and Will/Won't Power

Monday, May 24, 2010

It's easy most days to avoid the pint of Ben and Jerry's Phish Food. Frankly, I don't even look most days because I refuse to pay $4 for a pint of ice cream But it was on sale! 4 for $10! That's just $2.50 a piece!

Here's how I used my Will Power:
I bought just one pint. I have succeeded in eating only one measured serving at a time, and I logged everything. I enjoyed every taste. (There is still half a pint in the freezer)

Here's how I used my Won't Power:
I did not buy 4 pints. I did not eat the entire pint in one sitting. I did not let eating this special treat suck me into the evil vortex of binging on bad food.

It was NOT "cheating". It was a conscious decision to eat something yummy. I logged every calorie. I was still within my calorie range for both days. I also worked out a little extra on both days. Not because I had to, because I was having too much fun on my Wii to stop.

I have control of what I put in my shopping cart. I have control of what I put in my mouth. And frankly, isn't that one of the things we are here to learn?
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CHRYS13 6/3/2010 7:42PM

    Great blog....great will and won't power! emoticon
I need to take this to heart when it comes to crackers....I've never met a cracker I didn't like, or at least introduce myself to. emoticon

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VICD25 5/25/2010 7:14AM

    Can those evil Girl Scout Cookies be far behind?
What great control you have. I passed the B&J stand in the airport yesterday and just about caved. . .I will take your lesson to heart.

(BTW, try the Skinny Cow Truffles. they are amaazingly rich. Not B&J rich, but pretty good).

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MEHOPEFUL2 5/24/2010 9:42PM

    That is what we're here to learn. Not dieting the old way but controlled and healthy with a measured dessert now and then. Your in your calorie range and guilt free, Yea! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REDHEAD582 5/24/2010 8:14PM

    Well done, I peruse the frozen treat aisle and if its on sale, i carefully read it and decide if i want it and want to count it. A few weeks ago i bought Haagen Dawes minis and they were yummy and totally within my calories.

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ROCKINFOX 5/24/2010 3:52PM

    Amen sister!!! We are here not to deprive ourselves, but to learn how to eat consciously. I'm proud of you for not buying 4 pints and sticking to only 1. I'm happy to hear that you did not go on an ice cream binge and end up eating the entire pint in one sitting. That definitely takes Will power!!!

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SATYAGRAHA 5/24/2010 2:21PM

    Good for you! I wish I had that kind of will/won't power when it came to Phish Food (HANDS DOWN my favourite-est ice cream EVER!). Perhaps you'll inspire me to find some will/won't power! emoticon

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DEBNICU 5/24/2010 2:15PM

This was the exact comment my DH and I had at lunch today.
I did not eat within my calories but I tracked every bite and my weight stayed the same.
I enjoyed what I ate and I am back to my healthy eating today.
I know if I would have deprived myself I would have started the downward spiral the way I have done before.
New healthy living, a new way of life, for a lifetime.

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My Vision Collage... Finally!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Since I started with a GIGANTIC piece of posterboard... i filled it. Here are some of the details:

Both sides of the collage are lined with small orange squares. Each square represents a calendar square for a Monday, which is my weigh in day. They are all dated and I will put my current weigh, total lost and weekly progress. (note to self… maybe start with smaller poster board next time! :-)
Beat this date (referring to the orange square with the date of my 25th reunion). ‘ 43’ on the square closest to my birthday.
There is plenty of white space left for golf, Red Sox and any other references.

Here are the words that I selected. Since the board is so big, it's hard to read
Start => / Start something Good / Plan it right with… / investment in your health / Start the New Year with our proven program / Rules for Healthy Eating in 2010
eat healthier, live happier / Go ahead , throw your weight around. / In the Know.
Healthy Heart / Wake Up Energized. / Healthy living. /The path from health leads to happy.
Whip up some fun. / Easy as Pie. / The friendship Factor. / Important Facts.
Burn Baby Burn! / Wii FIT. / Water your body./ More energy. / Game on!
Flawless beyond any stretch of the imagination. / Look on the Bright Side… 
The enlightened Cook.
I made up my mind that if opportunity ever did knock again, I would say yes no matter what.
If you can walk, you can work out. / 50 small changes that can make a big difference.
Oh, yes I can! / Commitment. / Elevate. / Nail it. / More than a snack. / On your mind.
Good(enough). / Strong Bones. / Copy that! / Dance your health out.
This year, bring fresh ideas to the table. / Super-fun sweets.
Food 4 thought. / The goods. / More choices.
Our new rules for healthy eating may surprise you. / Not having to give up the things I love.
Get your power back. / Smaller dress size. / Sensational. / Get the look.
Comfort food. / Choose a sensible lunch option. / PARTY.
The cheese is everything. / We hear you… /Good health./ Top secret.
The winner is… Longevity. / Super. / Oops! / Perfect 10. / Healthy dinners.
Where good living meets good eating.
The results speak for themselves.
Finish =>
To be continued…
Zaftig (definition) For I am, and always will be a curvy girl!!) Picture of Mae West and ‘Zaftig’ magazine cover
Center of the page has the cut out from the SparkPeople article… Look familiar?

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MEHOPEFUL2 5/24/2010 9:45PM

    LOVE IT! and an inspiration to work on my own! emoticon emoticon

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OSUBUCKI101 5/23/2010 7:09AM

    Visualization is key and you have all of your motivators front and center. It looks great and will no doubt help you on your journey.

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CHRYS13 5/23/2010 12:28AM

    Wow! Now that's is the person who created it! Good for you! You're on your way and you will do this!
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STRIVE4BALANCE1 5/22/2010 10:43PM

you never cease to amaze me! Awesome work. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the squares for each weigh in day. What a great way to come back to your vision collage each week and reflect. You're rockin' it girly...keep up the good work. emoticon

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DRPOOH63 5/22/2010 10:10PM

    Great idea and it looks like you did a great week.

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SCOOTER4263 5/22/2010 9:40PM

    Every time you chose one of those pieces, you added another bit of energy to the future you create for yourself. "See it, be it!" Good work!

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FITMAMAOF4TOB 5/22/2010 9:40PM

    Awesome job on your vision board! I love that you put the orange post its with your weigh in weight. Hang it where you can see it everyday - I have mine in my kitchen!
Keep up the good work!


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FLORIDASUN 5/22/2010 9:37PM

    I LOVE your positive and will obtain your dreams I just know you will! emoticon

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Red Sox and Weight Loss... an epiphany about the numbers

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

So my beloved Red Sox are not at the top of the heap this year.

40 games into the season, we have a .500 going, 20 wins, 20 losses.
It is frustrating being a fan of a team you love with all your heart, when they are not winning. But, there are more numbers than what you see in the Win/Loss columns:

Some Red Sox stats for 2010 (this is in the WHOLE LEAGUE, not just the AL East!)
* first in the Majors in Runs Scored (210)
* first in the Majors in Hits (378)
* second in the Majors in Home Runs (55)
* second in the Majors in Total Bases (636)
* third in the Majors in Slugging Percentage (.454 SLG)
* third in the Majors in On Base plus Slugging (.804 OPS).

"So what the heck does this have to do with weight loss??", you may ask.

It's a reminder that when the numbers on the scale (think of it as the win/loss column) don't move, there are other numbers that count. Are you recording your energy level? measuring your cholesterol? checking your waist, hips, thighs, arm, neck size? are you sleeping better? can you run/walk/bike further and faster than you did before? are you eating food that is more healthy, even if it might not be lower in fat and calories?

While the Red Sox are not showing their ability in the Win/Loss columns yet, we have HOPE! When your scale is not showing what you want to see at this moment, have HOPE!! Keep plugging along. This is not a short term fix. It took years to get where you are. It's going to take time to get to where you want to go, just like it's going to take time for my Sox to get the numbers to work for them!!

*** I probably should note that there is one major difference. In MLB, there can be only one Champion. In SparkPeople, we can all be Champions!! Our only true opponent is our self.

Hope: a feeling that what is wanted will happen (Webster's New World Dictionary)
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7777BEV 5/21/2010 4:07PM

    Great blog! Love how you pulled the two ideas into one goal. Our Red Sox will keep pouring their hearts into what they do just like we will too! Thanks for posting their stats - pretty good numbers! You make great points and best of all - it's all truth!
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NURSESUSIE51 5/20/2010 9:19AM

    As a Cubs fan, all we ever have is hope emoticon But you are so right. My numbers aren't dropping...but they aren't rising either and for me that is something!

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TINATC26 5/20/2010 7:59AM

    Great blog!! I have more hope for you and I this year than our Sox, emoticon, but you have really hit a homerun with the points you make!! emoticon

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STRIVE4BALANCE1 5/19/2010 9:09PM

    Seriously--great thoughts put together in a stellar blog! I like this analogy--it certainly makes sense to me.

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10 % Gone!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Start weight: 230 lbs. 1/10/2010
Current weight: 206 lb. 5/11/2010
Total loss: 24 lbs.
Percent loss: a few bites over 10%

What does that mean to me?
~ Renewed energy
~ Better fitness
~ Better Sleep
~ Less joint pain
~ New Wardrobe (almost 2 sizes now!!)

What 24 lbs. looks like: a 3-gallon tub of super premium ice cream

How many calories in 24 lbs; 24 X 3500 cal per pound of fat = 84,000 calories

SparkPeople thinks 10% is a good thing!

So does Weight Watchers! (I am a former WW devotee)

So do I!!
Thank you to SparkPeople and ALL of my SparkFriends.
10% less of me 100% loves all of you!!
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EKKING 5/14/2010 5:38PM

    Great job! I'm finally getting the weight off again and can't wait for that 10% mark. It's been forever...

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STRIVE4BALANCE1 5/11/2010 10:24PM

    AWESOME!!!! And...looking ahead, you are super close to another pretty awesome milestone--just sayin'!

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GO SOX !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<
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TRUELYMI 5/11/2010 6:29PM


Well done! You've reached a huge milestone and I hope this gives you energy and motivation to keep going!!!

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CHRYS13 5/11/2010 6:16PM

    I'm so happy for you! Congratulations on your accomplishment!
You're fantastic!

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BATTISTOLI 5/11/2010 6:10PM

    congrads! that is such an awesome accomplishment. im almost at my 10%. keep up the awesome work!

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LADYHDRIDER1 5/11/2010 6:08PM

    Congratulations and thank you for breaking it down like that. I've never thought about what the 18 lbs I've lost might be. I will have to make a visual of that because I'm sure it would help me remember I don't want to put it back.


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SLMARQUEZ 5/11/2010 6:04PM

  10% is simply wonderful!! GOOD for you, what a great achievement. emoticon

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Time to re-ignite my Spark!!

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Some of the you have been here for years, some for months, some are brand new. A little about me... I started on SparkPeople on Jan. 10th. I've lost a little over 20 lbs., my activity level is 75% more than it has been. I made a very conscious decision to start my weight loss journey NOT for New Years. I was going like gangbusters in the beginning. Nothing better than that "full speed ahead" feeling.

I realized last week that I was going through the motions. Just plugging along. Yeah, I'm still eating okay, still moving a bunch, just not "Into it". This is where I would have slowed down in the past. maybe given up, maybe given in.

I had to give myself an intervention. Start from the beginning. Re-motivate. Throw some more kindling on my flame and let my Spark take over.

Did y'all know that SP has a killer web page on motivation?? I've picked up a link or two in the past. Today, I've re-read a bunch. Take a look if you need some help.

Here are some questions I have addressed to re-ignite my Spark:
1. Why am I doing this?
2. How am I going to succeed?
3. What have been my successes?
4. What have been my failures?
5. What do I need to change to keep being successful?
6. What are my goals and do they need to be reevaluated?

And the answers are (drum roll, please!):
1. I want to be healthy, I want to look good, I want to be more active, I want to golf better, I want to look HOT in the outfit I wear to my 25th high school reunion this summer.

2. I am going to eat healthier, I am going to eat more veggies, I am going eat chocolate and cheese. I will NOT deny myself what is thought of as "Bad Foods", nor will I use them as rewards. Log it on the 'good' days and especially on the 'bad' days.
I am going to be more consistent with working out. I'm doing okay at cardio, time to add in some weight lifting and toning. Maybe I'll get that gym membership yet!

3. My successes, actually, I'm doing pretty well. I have lost a little over 20 lbs. I am more active than I have been in years. I am about a size and a half lower that I was on 1/10/10. I can walk further/faster than a month ago. I can do the harder workouts (I love Wii Fit Plus, EA Sports Active and Coach Nicole's 10 minute SP workouts!!).

4. My failures have been few. I have NOT failed, I just lost track of my motivation. Time to look at my Vision Collage again. Time to re-assess my goals and rewards. I had a couple of days where I stopped myself from going over the proverbial edge and diving into a pint of Ben and Jerry's. That, I see as a success, not a failure. Seeing where you went wrong and stopping the downhill slide... That's how you turn potential failure into a success.

5. Look at myself every evening and tell myself 5 things I did right that day. 5 ways I succeeded, not just in SparkPeople, but in life, work, personal and any other successes. I may speak these things to myself or I may write them down.

6. My Goals:
Original Goals and how I'm doing:
- no Soda ~~ Not a problem. I don't even think about this any more. check!
- keep up with water ~~ Not a problem. It has become habit. check!
- cook healthy more ~~ I am cooking more and preparing meals in advance, but manage to forget to bring lunch to work and get bored quickly... still a work in progress
- drop Cholesterol #'s ~~ That reminds me... I need to make a DR appointment in the morning!
- wake up earlier ~~ I can't believe it, but I now work out an hour before I go to work every morning.
- organize @ work and home ~~ Still working this one. I need to ramp up my efforts here.

New goals and how I will succeed:
~ Add Strength and Toning exercises: Use the tapes/DVD's I have and add gym membership next month.
~ Continue healthy drinking, 8+ water and No soda
~ Cook more at home (remember lunches for work!)
~ Watch Cholesterol #'s and other health factors
~ Organize at home and work ~~ check out flylady site and SP team, think about getting personal coach. One hour per day, EVERY day!!

I CAN do this!! You CAN too!!

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7777BEV 5/11/2010 4:23PM

    Great idea to get a new perspective on the old one - you obviously thought all this through and are ready to go! I'm excited for you and I know you'll do great!
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NURSESUSIE51 5/10/2010 3:10PM

    Congratulations on your success so far!! You've done great setting specific goals for thing I'm a little lax at. I think I'll borrow some of yours and try to get myself remotivated.

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REDHEAD582 5/9/2010 7:13PM

    Good for you to re-motivate yourself. I think you are doing awesome and have made some great life changes already. 20 LBS down is fantastic!

I also am a great believer in a gym membership. I am down 34 lbs as of this am (woohoo), and I think it is my strength training that has really made the difference.

So here's to go girl!!

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JRMORFORD 5/9/2010 6:50PM

    A fire has to keep being fed, or in a few hours it will go out.

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CHRYS13 5/9/2010 6:37PM

    Way to go! I feel motivated just reading this! You're organized, you know what you have to do, and you will succeed! Just look what you've already accomplished! emoticon

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LENOREMARY 5/9/2010 6:32PM

    Time to reignite my Spark too! Reading your blog motivated me. Thanks! (sorry to say though, I am a Yankee fan, former NYer).

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