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My friend (?) "LOUIE".....

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Ok short and sweet! This has to do with my friend the "scale"... emoticon! This is just another reason why I need to ignore "Him" (I think I will name him "Louie" which is short for Louie the Liar). emoticon
I officially weigh in once a week, but get on the scale daily, just to keep me goin in the right direction. Sooooo yesterday was my official weigh-in day and I gained almost 2 Lb. from last week. Very very unhappy, but had a few days with a little bit of unhealthy eating and skipped a few workouts.... so I know where i went wrong!
Soooo, this morning got on "Louie" and bingo, I'm down 2 Lb. Oh yea, now you understand why I call him "Louie"
It's just another reminder why "Louie" should not be my #1 go to person in this journey!!
So I'll just leave it at that, but I needed to share with my SparkBuddies my feelings for "Louie the Liar"...
Have a movin and shakin day and I love you all!!! emoticon

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ZEEDRA 9/4/2012 9:17PM

    I'm going to name my scale Deniro as in Robert Deniro as in "Are you lookin' at me?" because I seldom get on it; I just look at it like it's an alien.

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123ELAINE456 9/4/2012 8:55PM

  You can not focus on the Scale alone for weight loss.Yor are doing great. You lost 2 pounds. Congratulations. KEEP PUSHING!!! God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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LINDAK25 9/4/2012 8:28PM

    Is it possible that scales know when it's an official weigh-in day? Then again, maybe you had more sodium on Sunday than you did on Monday. All I know is that my weigh in day is Wednesday and I'm often heavier on that day than any other day of the week.

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JEANNE229 9/4/2012 6:59PM

    My Scale is Mr. Know (or NO!)

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D_4RECOVERY 9/4/2012 3:00PM

    Congrats on saying buh bye to the two pounds and I most definitely agree with you and the others. emoticon emoticon

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LOVINSHERRY78 9/4/2012 1:24PM

    i agree with JO28352. i'm glad my scale hasn't caused me any trouble but i know many have old and messed scales that are bringing them down. great job on the 2 lb loss! :)

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JO28352 9/4/2012 1:18PM

    Great reminder not to focus on the scale. Keep on movin'! emoticon

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Monday, August 27, 2012

I had a very very bad week and the scale showed it today at my Monday weigh-in! I'm up a pound and not happy about it. It started small and totally escalated the rest of the week.

Today I almost feel like I need to stay in my house, lock the doors, be by myself so I can have a controlled environment in order to stay on track. I totally think I am under control and then I realize..no you are not Carol, you had "no control" last week.

Will I have to fight like this the rest of my life to be healthy??? It's been almost 4 months and I'm very proud of my progress....but, I hate having this feeling of being in a spot where I'm "stuck", in a rut, no control, etc..... I just don't know how to "move on".

What happened to my 1-2 Lb. a week progress...where did that accomplishment go?? I've been fighting with this 209-210 spot for weeks and weeks. What the hell do I need to do to get past this !!#$* area. I want to be in onederland at least by my 5th month and I just don't see that happening at this rate.

Where is that little "spark" I need to get me past this "hole" I'm in. I can't find it?? I'm back to my treadmill today, which is where I started ... will keep up my chair and floor dancing and maybe a little lighter on the dumbells?? I don't know?? I'm also going to try to eat 6 smaller meals per day instead of the bigger meals at a sitting. I wish the tracker had a place to track like that?? Maybe I will suggest it to them.

Anyway just feeling a little hopeless today and a little sad that I can't move from this black hole I'm in. I'm definitely not giving up, just need to find another direction in order to move forward in my journey.

Love to all my SparkBuddies and keep up the good work in moving forward...I'm trying!! emoticon

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MOVIN2OBX 9/13/2012 2:08PM

    A VERY BIG HUG to you!! I am hard on myself too and I understand. I have been beating myself up - because I let work and stress get me into this hole.

My blog today was about TODAY - because you can not change a single thing about yesterday - or all of last week. JUST commit to something TODAY. Anything - it can be really small Like doing 8 sit ups. Or that tomorrow you will track every single bite of food. I am on a new start that every day is today - and if I blow it - it is a new moment. Just start Now... and look forward.

I wish you the best and hope it looks happy soon

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FALLNTENN 9/3/2012 1:05PM

    I understand how you feel. We all feel that way sometimes. You are right about needing to find another direction in your journey. You can and will do it. emoticon

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SPARK_KITTY 8/30/2012 1:17PM

    It's so easy to fall off the wagon & slide down hill. I find sometimes the best thing is not to lock yourself inside, but go out in the fresh air & take a walk. It always clears my mind & gets me re-focused & re-impowered.

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BELDONDOG1 8/29/2012 1:32PM

    Oh, Carol, do I understand your frustation (as you saw in my blog). But, we can do this. We can forge ahead. I have had a lot of good ideas come from my blog. Set up goals, but don't put a time limit on them. When you reach that goal, reward yourself. maybe with a new book or something. I find I do better if I eat my big meal for breakfast and a small dinner. Don't make too many changes at once because our stupids bodies will get confused :) A lot of suggestions gotten--maybe we can try and maybe one will work for us. Good Luck! Noel

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MOOKBALL 8/28/2012 9:52AM

    I hear your frustration. I (we all) know what it's like to get onthe scale and see it go up. Sometimes all you can do is regroup, rethink and work on the problem areas. You recognize what has to be done, and that is the first step. You are worth all your efforts.

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ANULIFESTYLE 8/28/2012 2:10AM

  I think the smaller meal idea is a good one. I notice for myself that if I split it up into 6 smaller meals and not skip a meal, I am more likely to stay on track. I am feeling the same way about my past couple of days and made a post about it. Maybe you've hit a plataeu (spelling) and need to change up your routine, which it sounds like you are planning on doing. emoticon emoticon

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DIET_FRIEND 8/28/2012 1:10AM

    If the scales are not telling you good news, try the tape measure! It might be gratifying to record inches lost if pounds are on hold. You will come off this plateau. I bet if you look around, you will find advice on how to jumpstart a stalled weightloss. Keep on sparking!

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TORTILLAFLATS 8/27/2012 11:15PM

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LOVINSHERRY78 8/27/2012 9:54PM

    A :( well, big hugs and all you can do is re-evaluate things. i've heard that after time i bodies just want a change up so def try the more smaller meals thing. :) i hope things look up for you soon with this issue. hang in there!

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LINDAK25 8/27/2012 9:10PM

    Okay, so your tracking your meals and they are nutritionally balanced. Your exercising and you have a calorie deficit each week. You drink 8 to 12 glasses of water daily. Your body has put losing weight on hold. It happens, even when you're doing everything right! Spark Guy said so and I believe him.

You've checked everything twice and then you blogged about it. Yeah! That's what we're all here for, so we can keep each other motivated. So you gained one pound. Not that bad, is it? I think you're right on target with your strategy. Mix things up and see if you get better results. Make sure you're eating enough food. When I get hungry and I start craving things, it means I'm not eating enough. Listen to your body.

Don't beat yourself up. You can do this. emoticon

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JEANNE229 8/27/2012 7:05PM

    Six small meals (often with even more calories than I consume in 3) has worked for me. I suggest that....and look in the mirror and see what a beautiful person you are. YOU just need to recognize it.

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SIM1SAYS 8/27/2012 4:20PM

    Man - that's hard and frustrating. Here's the deal - you're going to plateau. You know it. You're going to have bad days. You know that too. Then you start to get anxious and put off that your body is not appreciating your efforts....

it is.

Try shaking up your diet and exercise - more strength? Different cardio?

You can do this. I'm so cheering you on right now!

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D_4RECOVERY 8/27/2012 4:06PM

    emoticon My nutrition tracker here is set for six meals. I had to add the third snack but it has helped me to have the six smaller meals per day. Praying you can get through the plateau. I know you will. emoticon

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TORAMPAUL 8/27/2012 3:33PM

    Hang in there!! We all have setbacks like that. We all have bad days/weeks. The main thing is, as you said, today is Monday. Last week is over, this week is brand new and full of positive choices to be made!

As for the tracker; you CAN add extra meals. Go to your nutrition tracker, and scroll to the bottom. On the right side are a few icon buttons for ways you want to customize your tracker. The bottom button is "Add/Edit Extra Meals". Click on that.

You can do this! Try not to let setbacks and plateaus get you down too much; you are not alone for sure! The main thing is that your scale is heading in the right direction in the long run. If you're taking two steps forward for every one step back, than you're still doing the right thing. And try not to let the number on your scale be an indicator for your health. Keep on that treadmill and your hear will love you for it!!

Just think of it this way; you may be "stuck" temporarily at 209/210, but where were you four months ago?
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MY "Superdeedooper" Non-Scale-Victories..

Thursday, August 23, 2012

emoticon Some of these things I didn't even realize I had accomplished in my 3 1/2 mo. here. emoticon But, my SparkCoach told me to do this, and I'm glad he did !!
1. A much needed "positive" attitude!
2. Much more energy!
3. Totally looser clothes! (Might have to shop pretty soon)
4. Being more confident in who I am!
5. Making my kids "proud" of their Mom!
6. Getting out of bed in the morning and learning how to "stretch" before I do, is so much easier!
7. My eating "habits" have become phenomenal!
8. Working out is becoming enjoyable! (some days)
9. I'm much more knowledgeable in regards to my fitness and nutrition!
10. I've learned how to appreciate "every day" just a little bit more as my health improves!
11. I've learned how to set "My Goals", write in a journal, be thankful, etc...
12. I'm a "Food and Fitness Tracker" daily!

Ok....Tooooo many more to list and I've bored you enough with all this, but it is good for me to put this down on paper (not paper) to realize it's not only about the weight and my scale!

Oh I forgot one bad thing... emoticon I've acquired an addiction.... emoticon


emoticon emoticon emoticon from me! Carol

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HAPINANA 8/29/2012 2:36PM

    Wow thanks everyone for all of your comments and encouragments... I love you all so much and wish you a "Wonderful Wednesday" and rest of your week. Be strong, mindful, encouraged, and know that "We" all care and love you!! emoticon

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MELOHI81 8/29/2012 12:47PM

    That is amazing!Sometimes the "little" things make the difference. It's not all about the weight lose! Congrats!!!
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LJCANNON 8/29/2012 11:59AM

    emoticonSpark People and Spark Friends are TOTALLY Addictive!! I am pretty sure that it was a stroke of Evil Genius when Chris Downy came up with the Idea of SparkPoints!! CONGRATULATIONS on your Non-Scale Victorys!! It is amazing how quickly those "Small Changes" can Change Your Life for the Better!!
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DANMAR1 8/29/2012 11:45AM

  Keep writing it encourages all of us. We also share in your joy. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ZACEVETOB 8/29/2012 8:04AM

    Great, awesome on your achievements, keep it up

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123ELAINE456 8/29/2012 1:28AM

  Awesome!!! Congratulations on your list on accomplishments. Being addiction to SparkPeople is very good for you. THIS IS THE WAY TO GO. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Keep on Pushing!!!

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DIET_FRIEND 8/23/2012 9:41PM

    The reason I read these blogs is to learn what is working for others. Thanks for sharing!

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LINDAK25 8/23/2012 9:36PM

    emoticon Those are terrific NSV's! (Can I use yours, too. They sound just like mine!)


emoticon Isn't it amazing? Oh, and I'm not bored yet!

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KAYYVAUGHN 8/23/2012 4:39PM

    Carol, you are definitely on your way to meeting your goals.
Determination will take you anywhere.

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MOELIFE2LIVE 8/23/2012 4:38PM

    All of that is amazing and so are you!!!

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NELLJONES 8/23/2012 2:07PM

    See? It works!!

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LOVINSHERRY78 8/23/2012 1:50PM

    lol....great job!!!

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MNJONES2 8/23/2012 11:50AM

    I am happy for you!! So glad you are feeling great!

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

I saw this on a recent blog, sorry I can't remember who, but since we're talking about water, water, water... DRINK YOUR WATER!! She said to name your water bottle! Yep you heard me. I think, that way it becomes more of a personal friend. It should be our friend!
So anyway, just thought I would throw this out there for all of you who want to make water you're friend!! emoticon
PS: My friend's name is "Violet" because she is purple (violet) and my favorite color is purple) "Both" of my friends are purple!!
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HAPINANA 8/22/2012 10:30AM

    I love all your comments and enthusiam ladies!! "Violet" and I are learning to hang out a lot more than before. Read a great article in Better Homes and Garden about water. ...
"It's time to deep-six the old advice to guzzle eight glasses of water a day. Your fluid needs fluctuate based on what you eat, whether you exercise, the meds you take, and your climate. A more reliable sign of healthy hydration: urine color. As long as it's clear or pale yellow, you're good!!
I kind of knew this and decided sometimes "Violet" and I didn't need to hang-out all day ..every day. Truely, I didn't like her some days... emoticon
But of course the next day we would be friends again. That's how "best-friends" roll...
Anyway great names for some of you and the others need to name "IT".... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GINNJEN1974 8/22/2012 7:21AM

    Interesting idea here. May have to come up with one for my water.

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SIM1SAYS 8/21/2012 2:28PM

    OHHHHHHHHHHHHHH - I love this!

I decided to name my bottle "Juan"
Because I refer to water as aqua - and I always need to drink "juan" more.

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VIMVIGOR 8/21/2012 2:24PM

  Certainly worth a try!! Cheryl

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LOVINSHERRY78 8/21/2012 2:04PM

    oh my, lol...but hey, whatever works. goodness, now i'll never be able to look at my water bottle the same way again!

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MINDFULMISFIT 8/21/2012 1:35PM

    Think i will call mine "Humpy" as its a Camelbak podium bottle.


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LNZLOU 8/21/2012 1:20PM

    That is such a cute idea. I am going to have to try it! Thanks for the suggestion. emoticon

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JEANNE229 8/21/2012 1:15PM

    What a great idea! I use the same tired water bottle over and over. Think I need a new one with some personality, and thus a new friend I like to keep close.

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D_4RECOVERY 8/21/2012 1:11PM

    I guess I should name mine Hospi..it's the water container I got from the hospital.. lol Love this blog. emoticon

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Fit into "WHAT?????"

Monday, August 20, 2012

Yes.... that's right! What size did you say those pants were? emoticon
Oh my... what? Did you say a size "16"!!!!
Oh yes I did emoticon
Never saw that one comin! Wow, am I excited, or what!! emoticon
Wow, I'm havin a great "MONDAY" my SparkBuddies...
I'm sure some of you have already been here, and many will be! It is such a good feeling to have a non-scale victory (NSV) when sometimes you expect more out of your emoticon
I try sooo sooo hard every day, as all of us do, so it feels so good to know "YES" it is paying off and I love it!
Keep up the "hard" work, because I know it's hard for you too. But, see what happens when we persevere and fight hard for our "Life", because that's exactly what it is.
I wish the best for you all today and keep up the hard work!

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D_4RECOVERY 8/21/2012 7:27AM

    That is wonderful. You are so inspiring. emoticon emoticon

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HAPINANA 8/20/2012 10:37PM

    Hey thanks for all your woo hoos, congrats, etc. It feels so so good. In turn I did more of a workout than I've ever done today!! Ha Ha... it all pays off some day!! emoticon emoticon

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JEANNE229 8/20/2012 7:39PM

    Going down a size is always a high!

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LOVINSHERRY78 8/20/2012 5:53PM

    emoticon CONGRATS!! emoticon
what a great feeling it is!!! i'm so dern happy for you!!!

emoticon wooooo whooo!!!

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SUEO451 8/20/2012 5:14PM

    That's great! emoticon emoticon

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EMMABE1 8/20/2012 3:43PM

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Nothing worth having comes easily - but when this sort of thing happens - the feeling is better than any high from any drug!!

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