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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Day 15. What is your favorite weight loss, fitness, or wellness blog (or website or magazine) outside of sparkpeople?

I don't subscribe to any other blogs for weight loss, fitness or wellness. I find SP has such a wide range of information that it isn't necessary.
The only other site I subscribe to continuously is Allrecipes. They have so many recipes. The first thing I look at is the serving size and the calories. Some days nothing, other days a variety of recipes. What I like most about the site is that they have so many reviews of the recipe so you can see if something needs tweaking or an alternative is available to reduce fats/calories in a recipe.

I'll be interested to see what sites other people answer to this question.

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PATRICIA441 3/21/2013 7:18PM

  I think Sparks is the best , wonderful information, lots of great people and it is all free. What is not to like!!

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CHESAKAT41 3/21/2013 6:08PM

    This is a super site and I tell everyone about it when I go to the grocery store! LOL I do 'Spread the Spark' - Happy day to you...

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CTUPTON 3/10/2013 9:41PM

    I fully agree about , "No other site even comes close" to the support I get here on SP.

emoticon chris

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EDELWEISS33 9/16/2012 9:00PM

    I've only been on sparkpeople. I get the answers to all my questions here,.

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CHARITYM00N 9/16/2012 2:44AM

    emoticon Spark People is great! I just joined on Sept. 11, 2012

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Some things come easy

Friday, September 14, 2012

Day 14: What life style changes have been easier than you expected? Why do you think that was?

I needed to eat more fruit and vegetables. I found that quite easy to do and quite enjoyable, especially the fruit. I've learned to keep them on the counter or in the refrigerator, cut up and ready to snack on.

I wanted to start exercising. I have been surprised at how much I look forward to it, even asking if there's more I can do for today. l I think exercising has come easily because it makes me feel so much better and have so much more energy that I want to continue.

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    Good for you!

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DIBANANA 9/14/2012 10:36PM

  I hope the rest of your journey is easy as well. Good luck.

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No solution for takeout food

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Day 13: What has been the hardest life style change you've made for the sake of losing weight, getting fit, or becoming healthier? Any tips for making that change easier?

The hardest change for me has been to quit getting takeout so much. It's nice to get something when you're tired or celebrating. But there are very few places I can go, only Applebees, Chipotle, or Jimmy John's. Otherwise it's salad or grilled chicken breast, both of which I make often at home for little money and a lot less calories. Sometimes my son and husband will get something and I'll just make a sandwich. There's so few choices out there.

I don't have any tips because I haven't got this one figured out.

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FLAMENM 9/14/2012 3:27PM

    My solution to take-out is that is a splurge. We have several local places - a gyro place, the pizza stand, an Ayurvedic Indian place, the vegetarian/vegan place and teh local BBQ place all have low calorie options. Usually, I split something with the spousal unit and then supplement with a big salad at home. Or I order all veggie sides. (For example, the BBQ place makes amazing collards and sweet potatoes and green beans, etc. I can make a meal of the veggies and have a few bites of my husband's BBQ/meat.)

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CHRIS3874 9/13/2012 11:53PM

    Well you could try making a roast and then using the leftovers later on in the week. I am not sure if its a timee issue or do you just not enjoying cooking? It seems to me perhaps ts not an activity you particularily enjoy? emoticon

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LYNNA1968 9/13/2012 11:00PM

    I don't know how many calories you can have, when I go to applebees I will chose no appetizer usually fish or the steak, and since they give you the calories it helps a lot. Good luck (even fast food offers pretty good options in a pinch) good luck!

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LYNNA1968 9/13/2012 10:59PM

    I don't know how many calories you can have, when I go to applebees I will chose no appetizer usually fish or the steak, and since they give you the calories it helps a lot. Good luck (even fast food offers pretty good options in a pinch) good luck!

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Reasons for this journey

Monday, September 10, 2012

Day 10 question: Why are you working towards the goal you talked about on Day 1? Particular health goal? Size goal? Active goal? Vanity goal?

My biggest goal is weight (easiest to measure). But I have health goals too. My doctor said I was pre-diabetic and my cholesterol is too high. So I have many reasons to take this journey. Focusing on health makes me eat better and exercise a lot more. It becomes easier as I begin to feel stronger and lighter and more energized. Hopefully these will make me continue to be more active.
Vanity has never been a big goal for me. I am what I am.

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DEEJON123 9/10/2012 5:33PM

    What a wonderful attitude, aferall, it's my attitude too so it must be right on!!


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Measuring Success

Friday, September 07, 2012

Day 7. How do you measure progress towards or maintenance? Scale weight? Body fat percentage? How your clothes fit? Other?

I mostly go by scale weight. I can't lie about it. It is the most measurable. I don't get too caught up in it though. As long as I'm not going backwards I feel okay. I'm exercising and eating mostly healthy.

How my clothes fit? I'm still wearing some of the same clothes now but they fit a lot better. Don't want to know how they looked before! Easy to lie to yourself at least for a while.

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JENNYR0506 9/10/2012 8:27AM

    Welcome to the Blog Challenge. So glad you joined us. It looks like you are new to blogging on Spark so emoticon for joining in on this challenge.

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DIET_FRIEND 9/7/2012 3:20PM

    I step on the scale almost every morning and feel great with every loss, try not to let a lack of progress get me down, and stew over any gain. I THINK my shorts are a bit looser but most of my clothes still fit--those I was wearing before my decision to get with the program in July.

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MYBULLDOGS 9/7/2012 3:17PM

    scale weight

my sister walks 15,000 steps a day at 63 years old and has lost 105 pounds.

i gave up grain and sugary products and have lost 44 pounds at age 60.

we are both still loosing weight until we reach our goal


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