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Friday, October 28, 2011

For weeks I've been putting off a friend who loves to invite me to dinner. Why, because I'm trying to stay on my plan and he's the type that pushes food at you and acts hurt if you politely try to refuse seconds, etc. So tonite, I relented--gave myself the pep talks about staying with the healthful choices. I took a bottle of white wine to leave for him, but what did he do? Met me at the door with the sweetest mixed drink I've ever tasted (probably because it's been months since I've had a drink), and the evening went down from there. Oh, I enjoyed his company and the food was good, too good.

Should have stayed home.

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VETTRANGER 10/29/2011 12:51AM

    Its hard for people who are not dieting and counting calories to understand what those of us doing so must go through. Still, we can't avoid everyone who doesn't understand.

It is OK to take a modest portion and say, "I'm on a diet and I can't overdo tonight, but if I could be tempted off of it this meal would do it!" ... and then stay firm. But like everyone else said, the occasional rich meal won't blow the deal if we don't let it. Even Weight Watchers says to blow the diet every week or two.

A couple of times a month my wife has Ladies' Night Out or an Altrusa dinner. Those nights she stops by our favorite Mexican place on the way home and brings me chimichangas. I make sure to eat very light for breakfast and lunch those days, because the chimichanga dinner is about 1000 calories. So I try to keep breakfast and lunch to about 250 each.

Comment edited on: 10/29/2011 12:51:59 AM

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BRAVERUDE 10/28/2011 1:44PM

    This is funny...I was going to agree with you until I read all the other comments... You are competitive, young lady - yes, you deserve your time out with friends. But...you are also actively pursuing some goals and this may delay your progress. Hmmm...enjoy the social time and kick the Challenge up a notch, next week!
Have a great weekend - no more beating yourself up for any decisions you make!

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LLF1020 10/28/2011 11:06AM

    One of the things that worried me the most when starting the "Spark" was socializing. I realized rather quickly that one night out with friends does not break you but gives you renewed energy. Think about it this way you went out enjoyed yourself then back to it. That is willpower being persistent! Great job you are doing living your life.

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JLPARKHURST 10/28/2011 8:00AM

    You need those nights now and then! Glad you enjoyed yourself! You deserved it!

Take care

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MICHIGANLORI 10/28/2011 7:56AM

    Sometimes you just need those days. I went to the Melting Pot for my daughter's 16th birthday. I really enjoyed myself and turned it around the next day.

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MAYTE1975 10/28/2011 5:53AM

    No , you shouldnīt emoticon
You enjoyed a good evening with a friend , what more can we ask for?
A session with our dear friend Jillian and you will be back on track


Que tengas un buen fin de semana


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SM-ARTGIRL 10/28/2011 2:38AM

    It is a night shared with a friend! Not blowing everything you have put in place- all your healthy choices and moves are not ruined by a night of indulgence!
Please do not beat yourself up! What I learned at Sparkpeople: Consider it a "reset" night and carry on with your mostly good choices with your very next meal.

Comment edited on: 10/28/2011 2:40:32 AM

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CHELEMIA 10/28/2011 1:23AM

    I over did pizza due to being too tired to "cook" an 8 layer dip dinner....
It happens NOW exercise and flush it away.

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Bonus benefits of Sparking

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

At my job, as part of a wellness program, we get a check-up every 6 months. My numbers were so good, the nurse asked me what I was doing. She knew about SparkPeople and applauded my consistent efforts. Sure I was glad that my weight was down 6 lbs. from my last visit (what she didn't know was that I'd actually gained 10 more last summer), but the bonus benefit of all these exercise challenges and food tracking were my other heart-health numbers.

BP 108/62
Pulse 60
Cholesterol 197 (Good HDL 96 !!!)
Glucose 92
Body Fat 33%
BMI 23.7
Oxygen Uptake 40 (an indicator of fitness--off the charts for my age group)

You will hear no more complaining from me about the slow weight loss.

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SM-ARTGIRL 10/28/2011 2:33AM

    Congratulations on those healthy stats!
Wow- all your hard work & consistency is paying off!
I know how you feel about the scale too, emoticon- but this result, sparkfriend, is the pay-off!!!

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VETTRANGER 10/27/2011 4:39PM

    Beautiful numbers! I'd love to have that blood pressure. I'm a type A who stays on the go. Mine has been pegged on 145/90(85) for as long as I can remember. However, I haven't had it checked since the weight loss. I could be a bit better off now.

Obviously the exercise you are doing is paying huge dividends. I'm am so VERY happy for you!!

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MAYTE1975 10/27/2011 4:18PM

    Thatīs great emoticon
Thatīs the true meassure of your success , forget the scale . Go girl , you are the Star

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    Those numbers are incredible! Way to go girl. You may not have lost all the weight you have wanted to, but you are really doing super with becoming healthy and isn't that why we are in this?


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CHELEMIA 10/26/2011 6:55PM

    That;s fantastic!! See the truth does show...just not in the way you were expecting!!!

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KAMINEKO 10/26/2011 4:37PM

    Congrats! Your numbers are all so good! That's gotta be validating!

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Fall 5% Challenge -- Week 4 completed

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Weigh-in day showed 1 lb lost. emoticon I'll take it. After all that extra exercising last week, I kinda thought it might be more, but Hey! Last week I got the bounce-up, so I'm happy for the 1 lb loss.

I'm learning that this process isn't always "fair." Just because I exercised like a fiend and didn't cheat even once on my diet last week (except for some white rice instead of brown), does not mean I'll weigh-in 2 lbs down. Maybe I added some muscle; maybe my body is holding water....maybe it just doesn't want to lose another lb this week! Whatever. I really can't control anything except my activity and what I put into my mouth.

Now, on the other hand--while doing my gym workout yesterday, 3 people told me how good I looked. And, at my age, I'll take that too :)

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VETTRANGER 10/23/2011 1:23AM

    WTG Jazze. One pound per week is great progress. And yes, exercising like a demon will add some muscles and cause your body to retain more supplies to help those muscles work, since it knows they will need to. That about the same rate my wife has been losing at.

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CHELEMIA 10/22/2011 5:33PM

    Keep it up Time will Tell!!!

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SMOOCHIESMOMMY2 10/22/2011 3:47PM

    I really can't control anything except my activity and what I put into my mouth...I need to keep that in mind...thanks!

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BRAVERUDE 10/22/2011 3:35PM

    Congratulations - I bet you are getting toned, adding muscle, and looking FABULOUS!!!! Have a great weekend!

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MAYTE1975 10/22/2011 2:56PM

You are so close to your goal that is harder to lose weight , but if you are creating muscle thatīs great because it burns more calories so it will be much more easy to maintain your new weight. Keep going strong , you are such an inspiration.


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FITMARY 10/22/2011 12:35PM

    That's so true! In fact, it can be so unfair. I worked really, really hard all summer and did not lose a single pound! But I know I'm stronger so that will have to do. Hang in there!!

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BBONET 10/22/2011 12:25PM

    Congratulations Jazz!!! 1 lb. loss is great!! Be proud of each pound and you might be right for the reasons that it is only 1, but it is a loss!!! emoticon Celebrate and keep up the great work.

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It's hard--that's why it's a challenge!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

In my enthusiasm, I suggested to my A Team members that we challenge ourselves more this week --we would increase our exercise time by whatever amount we felt we could commit to.

I led the charge by challenging myself to double my daily exercise time this week. I'm determined to do it, but it's killing me. I have sense enough to know I'm not going to run every day, and when I do it's for no more than an hour. So I'm constantly looking for something to do to add up to the 120 min. Heck, I need to retire just so I can exercise.

Bet I'll drop a lb. this week though. For sure.

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ZERNIKE 11/1/2011 1:54PM

    I love the title of this post. Great reminder!

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BRAVERUDE 10/20/2011 11:23PM

    Mix up your activities and have fun with it! Hey...I love the idea of retiring just so I can exercise more...sign me up!!!

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AKCHELLE 10/19/2011 11:19PM

    Good Luck! Stay hydrated and keep sparking!

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MOSTMOM1 10/19/2011 10:14AM

    I'm adding extra hooping time. More miles, more fUn.

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ZEESPARROW 10/18/2011 3:16PM

    I responded with a commitment of 750 minutes for the week, which is over 100 minutes per day. I don't think I'm going to make it, given what I've done so far. It's tough to do so much!! I am going to kick it up a notch for the rest of the week... already have one hour done today and plans to do another one tonight to help make up some of my 'lost' time.

I mix it up with dog walks (some relaxed, some more spirited pace) and walks with coworkers at lunch, my C25K runs, bike rides, elliptical, Wii Fit game and Pilates! That last one is my new favorite "get more minutes without killing myself" exercise.


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MAYTE1975 10/18/2011 2:10PM

    120 min. of daily exercice is A LOT , no wonder you are strugling to do it. Bet
youīll lose more than a lb. emoticon

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CHELEMIA 10/18/2011 10:46AM

    Exercise on Demand, cable tv, the Wii and spark exercise videos are some ideas.

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Fall 5% Challenge -- Week 3 completed

Saturday, October 15, 2011

It's weigh-in day. Bah-humbug! No, I didn't start out being a Scrooge about it. Even after all the cross-training I did this past week, while trying to give my hurt knee a rest, and all the meal tracking and posting every day, I knew there was a good chance the old scale wouldn't show any weight loss. It's just stubbornly evil that way.

But this morning I got clear indications that THIS time, results might be different. I looked at my stomach in the mirror--definitely DOWN. I turned to the side and bent over--worse possible angle for a stomach--decidedly smaller, a lot less flab. And those side rolls, barely a crease!

So now I excitedly stepped on the scale, and what did I get--the darn BOUNCE UP! I was prepared for no loss, but the bounce up; that's an insult!

Well, I know the mirror doesn't lie, so obviously the scale does. It's old, after all--I know not to ever step on it twice, the second time is always up a lb. Doesn't matter--I like the way my body is looking in the mirror.

Oh, I'm not giving up the fight with the scale: it's on now. I will win! I'll outbox, outfox, outrun--OUTLAST it. 'Cause I've found a way to lose weight eating in a manner that I can use for years to come. However long it takes....It's on!

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MAYTE1975 10/16/2011 1:06PM

    Youīre right , they are only numbers. Meaybe was caused by water retention or because you are creating muscle and it weighs more so that may be why the scale didnīt go down this time. But donīt give up , you are doing it great , itīs amazing te number of fitness minutes you have.
Congrats for the changes you feel in your body , thatīs the best.

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ZEESPARROW 10/16/2011 9:23AM

    Great attitude... the right one to have! You are doing fantastic!!!

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CHELEMIA 10/15/2011 9:13PM

    whenever there is in injury even if you see no swelling there is water weight. YOu are right. You will win out!! Keep on keepin on emoticon

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BBONET 10/15/2011 10:49AM

    Jazz... We are on the same path!!! I got on the scale and it was the same - no loss, no gain.. but just like you I like what I see in the mirror and my clothes are fitting better. However, in you case I know you have been working out like crazy so your loss has been shifted to you body in other places!! Feel good with yourself and keep going... You will win this fight!!! emoticon emoticon

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MILLERGIRL719 10/15/2011 8:00AM

    Persevere!!! I've been running for 3 weeks so far with only a 1 pound loss! Depressing? Yes!!! It should be 10 for as much as I'm sweating! My friend says it takes awhile when we shock our body. It doesn't believe we are really doing this. So keep it up and it'll believe it and drop the weight. Also, the way the clothes fit tell the true story! Keep on truckin' ....to date myself!

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