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My first video blog

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

My first video blog, not very good, but worth it to watch my Boo.

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LIBBYFITZ 10/14/2010 7:41PM

    That was great short and sweet! emoticon

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JUSTBIRDY 10/14/2010 4:06PM

    You're so brave. What a cute puppy! emoticon

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LYNNOTT 10/14/2010 1:07PM

    Good first try! Cute dog! Love the grandfather's clock! Writing or video, always good to hear from you!


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LAURELSPARK 10/14/2010 9:17AM

    Congrats on your first video blog.....I'm too shy to give it a try!

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/14/2010 12:03AM

    I think it was an excellent first try and Baily is gorgeous .Any blog featuring Baily is welcome!

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SPECIALGURL7 10/13/2010 10:56PM

    Good first try. emoticon

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YMUNDERWOOD 10/13/2010 10:09PM

    beautiful dog.

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LESLIES537 10/13/2010 10:07PM

    Cute!! Looking forward to more video blogs from you! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 10/13/2010 9:52PM

    What a cute emoticon and mommy. Eager for the next video. You did good. -- Lou

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My Permission Slip to Cheat!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

For about 1 1/2 years I have been Sparking my way to a changed LIfe. Patterns of binge, unhealthy & Bing eating with enough excuses to fill a Dump Truck!

Initially, Spark was Greek to me. Eventually, I wrote to people asking "Say, how do you do that? The help was beyond wonderful; there was knowledge, support and HELP. Not just that, the amazing caring that goes on. Spark is filled with Love & compassion. Its like getting flowers everyday.

Once I Caught Spark Fever & realized how great it was, I Sparked daily. Sure there were periods were I had no computer, would go to the Library & Spark there.

The last 5 days I was unable to go to the library (except once for a few minutes). Monday was a holiday the library was closed.

Is it okay to say..... I had withdrawals.

Seriously, I went through stages; Panic, Anger, Sadness ... and lastly, well you know

emoticon emoticonB...I...N...G...I...N...G emoticon emoticon

I have been playing the "food game" long enough. I know how it works. "a moment on the hips, a lifetime on the hips!" When I see that "gourmet lemon tart in the fridge I know what will happen to me if I had more than a small slice.

At first, I had a small slice. The next night, I ate a bigger slice of lemon tart & a sliver of pumpkin pie. Each night I increased the serving sizes. Not just that, I was eating more food. If my Computer had been here, that first night I would have entered that tart into the food tracker, run the report & it would have....

I did go to the Library and blogged about it. But because I did not have a computer to read all of the wonderful tips my Spark Friends left me. Thanks for those tips by the way.

In my last few days without my computer I became increasingly "unwell". Shocker of all shocks, I did not workout either. Working out is one of my favorite things to do.

Seriously, its as though the absence of Spark was my "Permission Slip" to Cheat. Looking back, I should have gone to In and Out!

I wonder if this is how Chris Downie came up with the idea of an I phone application?

Well, I don't have an phone, but it makes alot of sense to me now.

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MARTY19 10/14/2010 7:09AM

    Loved this blog. Spark is so addictive. I'm going away Saturday and won't have access to a computer. I will probably go nuts. Tracking food is my great incentive not to cheat.


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TRACEYMOMOF3 10/13/2010 6:02PM

    I love your blog! I totally agree!

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KLAD_COCKERS 10/13/2010 11:25AM

    Sounds like you are in desperate need of an iPhone or a new computer!

I really miss Sparking when I'm traveling and unable to get to a computer. I do enter my exercise, etc, but it's not the same as blogging and checking the message boards. I hope that as the mobile app develops and grows, those things are added to it.

Hope you're feeling better today! Onwards and upwards!

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/13/2010 12:00AM

    I love the pictures.Like you I need my Spark friends !!!

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HARDSILVER 10/12/2010 9:53PM

    When I don't have access to the tracker, I jot down my food anyway to enter later. Just knowing it's on paper, and that I'm going to have to account for every calorie (now and when I enter them in) helps a lot. Also, besides my blog, I have a separate journal I carry with me. I don't always write in it, and give myself permission to go many, many days without writing in it. But it's there when I need it.

Anyway, I don't know if those ideas help, but WELCOME BACK! We're always here for ya, if not on your computer, then in spirit. emoticon

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LESSOFMOORE 10/12/2010 8:50PM

    emoticonback! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IUHRYTR 10/12/2010 8:07PM

    I hope you will continue to be strong and recognize the triggers that draw you away from your program. -- Lou

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JUSTBIRDY 10/12/2010 7:51PM

    I admit I Do get a little anxious when I don't have access to the tracker. It has helped some that I have standardized some of my meals and snacks, but not enough to quit using it. emoticon

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ANDREWS_MOM 10/12/2010 4:28PM

    At least you realized it , know the issue & here you are right back at it! emoticon
We all have rough patches- it's getting right back in the saddle that counts most!
Love your humor and wit!! emoticon
Also love all the pictures/photos you put in your blogs! So cute!
Have a great one my friend!

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GRANPATTIE 10/12/2010 3:51PM

    This was so much fun. I always enjoy your blogs. I have to admit, though, I have found myself, from time to time, wondering what IF I couldn't sign on some day? Would the world keep spinning?

Pattie emoticon

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STAMPINGADDICT 10/12/2010 3:04PM

    emoticon emoticon

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MYRNA929 10/12/2010 2:47PM

    I here you loud and clear! Thanks for sharing

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GOCELTICSGO 10/12/2010 2:44PM

    I needed that

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No Computer

Saturday, October 09, 2010

I am computerless for a short while. I will certainly miss your blogs, your good wishes, message board messages and I will definitely miss the food/exercise tracker. One could say I am on a food vacation! just kidding. Seriously, its so weird not tracking my food. I suppose I could just write it down, but wont be like Spark's food tracker. I will check on my friends when I get my Computer back. Have a nice weekend Spark Friends.

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/9/2010 10:41PM

    We will miss you! See you as soon as your computer is back!

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LRRSNDRS 10/9/2010 9:44PM

    Write it down and then you can enter it when you get your computer back.

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LESSOFMOORE 10/9/2010 6:38PM

    We'll miss you! Hurry back!

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PASTAFARIAN 10/9/2010 6:09PM

    Writing it down works for me. I stopped using online food trackers after I had enough experience that it rarely provided any additional value. And writing it down is *much* faster than finding the right food through the tracker.

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Thinspiration" & THE FOOD TRACKER

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Today is Thinspiration Thursday & I realize nearly all of my days are filled with thinspirations. Even thought I just read the goal to thinspire 5 people today, I had already thinspired three people. That makes me a Thinspirationalist!

About the food tracker, I do my best to be as honest & accurate as I can be. I know I inadvertently miss things here and there. I base my goals on my progress. I run the report, look at the pie chart and I am taking this seriously. If my carbs are high, I look at that in future meal planning. The food tracker helps me make changes in my meal planning. There would be no benefit to me if I were not diligent in my reporting.

Let's face it if you cheat on the food tracker, then you must do it for a reason. Its your own deal and deep down inside you know the truth. When its all said and done, its your tool to use as you see best. If you need to skew your food tracker results, RIGHT ON!

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    Yes, you are a Thinspirationist! Thanks! Keep it up!

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/7/2010 11:14PM

    You are thinspiring!

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LESSOFMOORE 10/7/2010 9:50PM

    You are right! Keep up the good work!

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 10/7/2010 6:11PM

    Honesty with self is a very good thing. Anything else is cheating ourselves. We all deserve honesty....hey how 'bout: honesty begins at home? :)

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IUHRYTR 10/7/2010 3:13PM

    I even add condiments the best I can. I agree, we have to be honest with ourselves. -- Lou

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BABSIES 10/7/2010 2:33PM

    keep it up

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Fancy Cooking

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Made some nice elaborate recipes instead of the normal boring stuff. Added a almond crust to my salmon.

I also added some goodies to my brown rice.

That and had some dip with my lunch. DH is so sweet he always loves what I make, even when it sucks. Tonight he was totally in love with dinner, me too.

The result.... Not doing this again for a long time. After I entered it into the food tracker... well now I am mad. That sort of stuff adds up. The funny thing is when we eat out they add all this stuff also.

Normally I poach my salmon with capers or wine or herbs, low calorie stuff. It still tastes good. I just dont think the extra flavor is worth going over on my calories. Just writing this makes me feel better. BEWARE its called "almond crusted salmon".

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LYNNOTT 10/7/2010 10:11PM

    Looks great, I'm sure it tasted great too! Those recipe are great, but like you said, put it in the Nutrition Tracker and yikes!

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HALFANGEL 10/7/2010 12:59PM

    Looks FANTASTIC! Funny cuz I've got salmon thawing out for dinner tonight. I pan fry it in olive oil with garlic and basil. Then add it to whole wheat penne pasta with more garlic, basil, sea salt (not much) and lemon. YUM!!!

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KLAD_COCKERS 10/7/2010 11:06AM

    Lovely meal you made . . . wow! I'm sure DH was totally in love with both you AND the meal. But yeah, all of those little things do add up in terms of calories. There are tons and tons of great recipes here on SparkPeople that you could try next time you're feeling adventurous.

I'm so envious of people that enjoy cooking. I truly hate it, and find it a major chore. Your DH is very lucky to have you!

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LAURELSPARK 10/7/2010 7:17AM

    It sure looks good..........thate's why I don't cook much.............I'll just eat it. Thank goodness my family is not finicky!!

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LRRSNDRS 10/7/2010 4:32AM

    It sure looks good.

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IUHRYTR 10/7/2010 3:09AM

    High in calories but it sure looks and tastes good, doesn't it? emoticon -- Lou

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