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Dear fitbit friends

Friday, June 20, 2014

My dearest fitbit friends, my fitbit didn't have a charge for several days to the fact I lost my charger. Argh! I looked and looked to no avail. I ended up purchasing a new one off of amazon, gotta love free two day shipping!
Anyway, this resulted in a large depletion in my daily steps. I am sure you were all thinking I was in a terrible accident or I had completely lost my fitbit yet again!No, nothing like that, just needed to wait to get it charged. Fustrating none the less. Rest assured I got my 12-15,000 steps in each day I wasn't logging. emoticon .

Oh the perils of being disorganized and having gone through some computer issues at home! Not sure where the original charger ran off to. Hopefully I will find it and it can be a backup but I have gone down this road before. I chock it up to how busy crazy my life at work is right now which leads to chaos on the homefront.
I hope you all have a blessed weekend!

Keep Sparking


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LOWFATFOODIE 6/21/2014 9:24PM

    Loving my fitbit- almost a month old now!

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KANOE10 6/20/2014 11:08AM

    I lost my spat and had to wait two long days for a new one. I was also off the radar. I hope yours comes soon and you are tracking on Fitbit again.

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LILY_SPARK 6/20/2014 8:38AM

    Glad to hear you're okay!

I have a surge protector which has 2 usb ports (for charging). I leave my charger IN THAT and when I go into the shower, it gets put on everyday. I'm sure that's not optimal for the battery but it's the only way I can keep track of BOTH. :) Seems weird but it works for me. I don't even remember how I handled it with the Ultras...maybe at work?

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4 Days of tracking, no scale movement

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Wow, I haven't blogged in a long time. Bad me!
Okay, so after watching the scale creep up to the highest I have seem it in 5 years, I am not happy. The number that always depresses me is 166. I have been struggling with this for about 2.5 years. Nothing seems to work for me, except tracking and eating a balanced diet.
So I started tracking at the beginning of this week and today, no change! Argh! I guess I need to give it a little more time, I really didn't get enough fiber in yesterday. I could go on and on with the excuses but I won't.
Looking back at all of my recent blogs, I see a trend. I wish tracking was an easy thing for me but its not. I am not a numbers girl. I do not get excited by calculating numbers. I have been obsessive in the past( mainly with the number on the scale) but tracking is a big chore that I abhor. Unfortunately, it works!
Don't we all wish we could take a magic pill that would track what we ate for us? To Dream, the impossible Dream as Don Quixote says!
Anyway, I digress.
I will continue to track and see where that leads me.
Also, a big struggle for me is blogging. I do keep a paper journal but getting on here and blogging seems to help, but I am not always motivated to do that.
Maybe I will just blog in my paper journal. Attitude of gratitude and all that.
So my 50th birthday is looming close. I am not feeling as energetic as a lot of people I see on here hitting 50 in their stride. It is actually much harder than I had anticipated. I don't have as much energy as I did a few years ago. It seems I look at carbs and they add pounds. I do attribute this to a major change in my work responsibilities. I have been extremely busy as work and sometimes all I want to do at the end of the day is grab a beer and eat carbs, mainly chocolate. I am not a typical drinker so even an occasional beer is a big todo! And I know that is not the answer to my stress. I try to limit to one a week or less. I only cave in occasionally, like on Friday nights. Beer and a frozen pizza! haha, but see, that is part of the problem. I would never have allowed myself to eat frozen pizza 3 even 2 years ago. I am just losing it on the food front!
I really need to get my head wrapped around my nutrition. This is the biggest place I have been struggling. I think tracking and making sure I get enough fiber and stay within my calorie range will really help. My calorie range is low, 1200-1400, but its doable if I make sure to get in enough protein and stay away from the chocolate and the trigger foods ( chips my husband likes to have in the house). Thanks for reading,

Keep Sparking,


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LILY_SPARK 5/5/2014 10:22AM

    Please take tape measurements! If you're making healthy changes, you can not only stay the same scale weight but go heavier, even as your clothes are falling off of you!

Maybe this isn't what's happening in your body right now but it CAN and will do at some point. As long as my clothes are getting bigger on me, I'm happy! emoticon

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CHANTENAY 5/3/2014 5:25PM

    I totally understand how work stress can change the way one does things. I like monitoring, keeping track of data, but it is difficult for me to run to the computer for the breaks needed to do it. I have so many distractions and responsibilities that even one more little job is very difficult. Tracking really helps me though. I agree with Kanoe that your new responsibilities may be affecting you more than turning 50. Time will tell. You're doing great. Just imagine where you would be if you weren't Sparking. Your exercise is fabulous.

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NISSANGIRL 5/3/2014 12:20PM

    Stress plays a lot in how we eat and lose, hang in there girl, with all the nice weather we r getting it should help motivate u, sounds like u r doing the right things! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KANOE10 5/3/2014 10:53AM

    It sounds like your work stress and responsibilities have increased. That could be why your energy is lower. Tracking is hard and does take time. Have you tried making food groups so you just click on the group instead of all the individual foods? I found that when my motivation was low it helped to plan ahead for the next day..and also to put it on the Spark start page tracker. Then I would hold myself accountable each day for a goal.
Hang in there..I know you will find your way back to motivation., You have good goals of getting into your calorie range and getting enough fiber.


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ISHIIGIRL 5/3/2014 10:10AM

    Just as a side note, I exercise almost ever day, I average 111,500 steps and I get to the gym 4 to 5 days a week so exercise for me is not a problem. Getting in a hard workout sometimes is.

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SAGARINO 5/3/2014 10:06AM

    My calorie range is the same as yours & most days I struggle to make the lower calorie count. Have to track or I`d never lose but even then I hit plateaus that last a month or more. Just keep at it. Sometimes upping exercise helps to get the scale moving again. emoticon

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Happy Hormones Slim Belly by Jorge Cruise

Saturday, March 01, 2014

This blog will be a quick overview of the book with some personal comments.
So first off, I was very intrigued by the title of this book. If you are not familiar with Jorge, he is the Belly Fat Cure dude and totes a low sugar approach to weight loss. That is the hype. The reality is that is just another low carb diet. What I mean by that is he is really talking about carb cycling.
His premise is that carbs add to your waistline as we age so limiting carbs and eating off of the low glycemic index will get rid of your belly bulge and help you shed those unwanted pounds. By balancing your blood sugar levels, you will be able to avoid the insulin yoyos many people experience when they are overweight or prediabetic or for woman over 40.
I must say I was a little disappointed when I realized he was doing carb cycling. For me, its almost always been about tracking calories and not following any one person's plan. I decided to give it a try anyway.
It was right after Valentine's Day weekend. What did I have to lose?
So far, I have lost 3 lbs. The same 3 lbs I keep yoyoing with, but this time they seem to be sticking. In this carb cycling program, you do 2 days of slim eating ( almost no carbs) and then 5 days of what Jorge calls Happy Days where you can eat up to 500 sugar calories a day. Yes, sugar calories. He only tracks the sugar calories, not all of your calories.
Anyone familiar with eating like this knows that you are allowed fats and proteins and vegetables but almost no carbs. Unlike Atkins, you will not go into ketosis because you are allowed to have a small amount of carbs, and for women over 40, we crave carbs due to our hormone fluctuations ( that is what he says in a nutshell).
I found it pretty easy the first week and the 3 lbs came right off. But that was it for me. I plateau to this weight. It is a new set point for me and I have always struggled to get below it in the past.
It is the start of the third week for me and although this seems easier than other low carb programs, I haven't really seen the results as quickly as I had hoped. One caveat is the consistency in the way I feel. I have noticed the carb cravings are all but vanished and my weight has pretty much stayed consistent.
I think I will give it a go for another few weeks and see how sustainable I can be with this.
One note of interest. I noticed right away that bloated feeling and puffiness has gone. I feel more solid and not as flabby. It may be a combination of the low carb and exercise, but I do really like that I feel fitter and slimmer.
Ok, that's my review of this book for now. I welcome your comments and as always Keep on Sparking!


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LISALGB 3/7/2014 9:43AM

    Interesting!! I had never heard of this man, but I may have to check out his book. It is wonderful that you are feeling fitter and healthier!!

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KANOE10 3/2/2014 9:10AM

    Thanks for the review. I may check out his book. I do think eating low carb and low sugar is healthy. I am glad you lost 3 pounds and are feeling better.

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SALAM4545 3/1/2014 5:19PM

    Thanks for the review. I saw this book and was curious, but wanted to know more before committing to buying anything. How is it for getting your hormones into balance?

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CHANTENAY 3/1/2014 3:19PM

    Pretty interesting blog. Do you think the cycling has anything to do with your new setpoint? It kind of reminds me of when I had a healthy weight. I ate a treat if I wanted to but went back to healthy eating overall. Maybe that's what kept me thin and I didn't know it, not denying myself overmuch but with generally good eating habits. I think that a new setpoint is progress. I have to get busy on my book review of Menopause Reset. I only read part of it and found things to write about.

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WATERMELLEN 3/1/2014 2:30PM

    Great summary and "personal experience"! Interested to hear how it goes moving forward . . . but clearly you are feeling good!!

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What makes me mad

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Do you want to know what makes me mad? My companies LiveWell program!
I work for a healthcare organization, one of the countries best. They have this incentive program to Live Well, but they have it all wrong.
For the past three years, when I do their health evaluation, they always tell me the same thing. I need to lose weight and I need to work on my nutrition.
Really? I, who have kept my 70 lb weight loss off for over 5 year and have learned to eat healthy, can't meet their stringent requirements? Is this really all they have for me?
Yes, I can stand to lose a few more pounds. After all, I have put on about 12 lbs and need to get back to goal, which I am working on.
But on the rest of the of it, I do my best.
The questions were how many servings of fruit do I eat a day? I usually only eat one serving of fruit because it is higher in sugar, but I eat a ton of veggies every day. Did they take that into account? No!
The next question was how many servings of vegetables do you eat a day? I said like six, and you would think this would balance out. Nope.
How many whole grains do I eat? I only eat about 1-2 because I am over 40 and I am sensitive to gluten, so I try to keep my portions down.
Still really gripes me that although the survey said I was in overall good health, they still had to give me something to work on. Really? They couldn't just say Hey, excellent job! Way to go! Keep on keeping on!
Dang insurance companies!
Anyway, now that I am off of my soap box, I can at least say I am a team player and completed the survey because it is what my manager expects me to do. But honestly, if I could speak to a real person and tell them all I have done to stay healthy and maintain my weight, I am sure I would get a prize.
Constantly fighting with the scale ( a victory I am still working on achieving but feeling so much more calm now that I have almost completed the Made to Crave bible study).
Trying out new diets ( yes, I did say DIET!) and found out the very best thing I cn do for myself is count my calories and watch my portion sizes and follow the 80/20 rule.
Searching for just the right blend of cardio, ST, and stretching ( ie yoga, etc) to keep myself nimble and active. ( I am finally admitting I need to exercise 5+ days a week strenuously to keep my weight down).
Experimenting, finding new things to do, trying new ideas. It can be exhausting but it is do-able and sustainable. You just have to want to keep the weight off. I also firmly believe you have to address the inner you as much as the outer you.
Over the last year, I have really worked on this and finally believe I deserve to be 150 lbs. I was there once, I can get there again, and yes, I do deserve to be there!

OK, at the end of the day, I am a healthy and happy 49 yr old woman, regardless of what my companies LiveWell program is trying to tell me. Just ask my spin or circuit training instructor, they'll tell you!!

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SALGUOD2 2/1/2014 12:27AM

    our company just changed their requirement on their insurance . Pretty stringent as well

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KATHY47802 1/29/2014 12:05PM

    Congratulations on what you have been doing! I think venting here will help get it off your chest It's unbelievable! Keep going!!!


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LOWFATFOODIE 1/26/2014 3:14PM

    These things are a ridiculous excuse to charge people who do not fit the "mold" more money and nothing more. pretty dang useless. your health is between you and your doctor, not some dumb insurance company.

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TTLEELEE 1/25/2014 5:13PM

    You make me really laugh because you pinpoint some of the predictable problems of generalized surveys. But to institutions or corporations listen to that information -- NOPE!

Everything needs some level of "personalization."

I took the Dr. Oz survey about "real age" and it said that I needed to get a cat or a dog. I could if I wanted to live in a state anaphylaxis (or die).

It also doesn't help that they don't hold a longitudinal view of the responses they get. Then they might spend some useful money on figuring out how to REALLY help employees build useful tools to health and well-being.

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TINY67 1/23/2014 10:39AM

    Sounds to me like you're doing pretty good.

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KANOE10 1/23/2014 7:50AM

    You have been so successful and it is a shame that your company has rigid concepts of what it is to be healthy. I would not pass that test either as you and I eat very much alike..few fruits, and lots of veges.

Keep on with your successful healthy habits. You are doing great!


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NISSANGIRL 1/23/2014 7:41AM

    I totally agree with everyone else, they should not be putting their employees down like that! U hold your head up high and keep doing what u r doing! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BOOKAPHILE 1/22/2014 10:56PM

    Does your company have a suggestion box? Do you have an HR department you could talk with? Can you bring testimonials from your instructors? lol.
It would make me mad, too. Everything these days has to fit into some labeled box or multiple choice check box, and if something doesn't fit, they just try to chop that part off.
You'll get down where you want to be because YOU choose to do it, not because they are browbeating you and withholding approval!

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CHANTENAY 1/22/2014 9:59PM

    What a ridiculous experience! They did a lousy job of counseling. The questions they asked don't tell them anything about the state of your health. You're doing a great job and keep up the good work. Your weight is fine, and most important, you have the fitness component down pat, with all your running and everything else you do. If I were you, I probably would have spoken up. But I know how that goes. You were probably so aghast at the foolishness of it, you were speechless.

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PANFRIEDTROUT 1/22/2014 8:45PM

    most surveys like that are worthless. when all you can do is check a predetermined question and not be able to add comments or select "other" or better yet, talk to a real person there's no point in getting worked up over what *they* say.

since you've lost all that weight and mostly kept if off for years, good for you! hold your head up high because you have a lot to be proud of!

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LISALGB 1/22/2014 7:19PM

    Don't pay any attention to that survey. I find they are too generic to really accomplish much. You are doing great!! Had you gotten to talk to a real person, they would have been able to see that.
Oh, and I just started the Made to Crave Bible Study. So far, it is amazing!!
Keep on keeping on, my friend. You got this!!

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DOING-IT4ME 1/22/2014 6:52PM

    Don't you dare let that survey get you down - you know how far you've come. Just because they don't choose proper questions is their problem!! My health insurance co had one of those surveys and they combined fruits AND vegetables because they believe they're sort of interchangeable. Different vitamins and nutrients, sure, but both still healthy and very important for good health!!

You are still doing an amazing job, just keep doing what you know you need to and you will continue to have great successes!!!!

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    You know what you do and you are proud of your accomplishments. Unfortunately it didn't translate.


Does this effect what you are doing for you? No
Does this make you so mad that you sabotage and self-destruct? No

Yes, it bruised your ego and sense of accomplishment a bit. But really, is that a big deal?

We, your friends at Spark know you are doing your program and we are mighty happy you are here with us of like minds.

Smile at all this and gently move along.

Beware of the temptation to see yourself unfairly treated.


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FUNNYGIRLJESS 1/22/2014 6:31PM

    Wow this is what we've come to?
I can't believe you're getting that kind of feedback from that program. I wonder if you can challenge this in some way, or would you be in fear of getting in trouble with the company?
I don't know. Sounds strange that you're getting health "advice" from the place that pays you.

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Starting the New Year off right! How? By tracking!

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

So this particular week is usually a very challenging week for me with all of the Christmas goodies hanging around. In the past, I have put on a good 5 lbs even with the best of intentions. So far, I have stayed the course. I was on a downward trend last week but a few too many unhealthy choices have found me back at my current weight. A weight I have been maintaining for the past two years ( although it is 12 bls higher than my goal weight, at least I am maintaining at this current weight).
So what has been different this year than in years past? Tracking and daily weigh ins. Yes, that is right, tracking my food. Who woulda thunk!! Haha!
Anyway, after starting the Made to Crave biblestudy I finally have got a handle on my obsessive compulsiveness with the scale and realize it really is just feedback and has no hold over me or my self worth. I have often said this in the past but never felt it. Now I feel it and believe it. I can step on the pesky thing and guess what? If the scale is up, it doesn't completely ruin my day or my mood. I just note it and make better choices and move on. Isn't that the way it is supposed to be?
I am hopeful that in 2014 I can get back to my goal weight although it has eluded me for almost 2 full years. I have more energy right now and can feel I am on an upward swing. If I can keep tracking, I think I'll eventually get there.
I did pick up a new book at Costco this week by Jorge Cruize entitled " Happy Hormones, Slim Belly". I am planning on getting to it this next week and I will try and review it here.

I wish each and every one of you a very Happy New Years Day and as always,

Keep Sparking!

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JANET1012 1/21/2014 9:04AM

    I am very interested in hearing about Jorge's new book. I was on his 3-hour Diet site, but when the prices went up yet again I joined Spark, thanks to some other 3HD members. Perhaps his site is easier to use now, but I was SO very impressed with what Spark People has to offer! And tracking is one of the most important things, I think, to make us aware of what we are eating. We can make sure we eat enough of the right foods. Now to "write before I bite!" emoticon

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LISALGB 1/4/2014 3:49PM

    I am getting ready to start the Made to Crave Bible study. I am really excited about it.

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CHANTENAY 1/3/2014 9:37PM

    I've read about Jorge's book in another blog. He usually has sensible ideas. You're right on target with your comments about the scale. Our lives shouldn't be dictated by what happens when we step on it. You have done a nice job in maintaining your weight loss over the long term. I hope you see your dream of losing those last 12 this year.


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BOOKAPHILE 1/2/2014 12:34AM

    Maintenance is hard work. Life doesn't stay the same, and my food choices in response aren't always as good as I'd prefer them to be. 2014 is another chance for us to improve. Best wishes.

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SUNSET09 1/1/2014 12:49PM

  It's a lifestyle change and journaling is a step in the right direction. We don't know until we try it.. Everything in moderation and holding is a good ting as well. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 1/1/2014 11:50AM

    Looking forward to the book review -- it's always a big help to get new ideas.

That tracking thing: yup, key for me too.

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