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Friday, March 04, 2011

In the back of my mind I knew along with the SP website I also needed a Journal to write down my goals, measurements, before & after pictures and feelings along the way. I track my food, exercise, calories, etc. online and in this Journal. I knew if nothing else I would be more accountable and could keep track of every bite that goes in my mouth and wouldn't have to wait until I had time to get on the computer or sometimes I forget to add it in as I've read you should try to put them down within 15 minutes or you might forget. It's especially good to use when you are away from the house or at work or on vacation.

So, I went to the Amazon website as I've been pretty lucky finding just about everything I need on there. I read through the descriptions of each one and finally decided on the DietMinder Person Food & Fitness Journal. It is a 3 month Journal so only costs about $4 a month. That way I can easily look back at my Journal at the end of the day, week or month and see the areas I need to work on. I love writing at the bottom how my day went. This little green Journal even fits into my purse if I'm going to eating away from home.

At the beginning of the Journal there are a total of 6 pages to write down your Personal Goals with a start and end date. I had written them in a binder but this way I can keep them close by and I do look at them every day to start the day focusing on my Goals and how best to achieve them. Also, I don't know why, but I've never taken my measurements and now they are recorded in my Journal to be retaken every week--hopefully they will go down, and not up--LOL. There are graph pages in the back where you can start a graph of your weight loss

So far, I only have a before picture as I've only lost 20#s and for a really heavy lady, like myself, that doesn't even really show yet even if a few people did tell me my face looked thinner. There are places in this Journal to put in 3 sets of before and after pictures. I sure hope by the end of 3 months I've lost enough weight to warrant an after picture--LOL.

I'm hoping in 3 months I'll need more space to record my exercise time and will need to order a Workout and Exercise Journal!!

Studies have shown that people who write down what they eat and drink have greater success losing weight than those who don't. So, hey, Happy Journaling here I come!!

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SLIMTHICK2 3/12/2011 1:00PM

    Hi Jill you make me feel so proud of you emoticonyou are doing almost everything to be successful at your journey, I absolutely enjoyed your blog and to recognize when someone has a plan and is headed in the right direction.
All the best to you and do have a great weekend. emoticon

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PATTYCAKE17 3/8/2011 4:22PM

    Good for you! Journaling is so great. Even as I wrote everything down for the many months I WAS on a plateau, by writing everything down it kept me from quitting and giving up. I knew that something had to give eventually, because I could see that I was "usually" pretty close to the mark. So I never gave up. I track all food on my Weight watchers tracker and have a separate journal for feelings, observances, ah-ha discoveries, etc. Hope it continues to work well for you. It's all a learning experience, and what do we do when we're learning? We take notes!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SEABREEZET40 3/7/2011 11:27PM

    That journal is a good idea. Especially taking the photos to document,difference before and after. I usually shy away from camera's but I think now how good it will feel to look back after I am thin and say, "that's where I use to be."

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SUGARSMOM2 3/6/2011 2:15PM

  yes much truth is spoken here . good job .

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JOANOFSPARK 3/5/2011 1:49PM

    Writing it down does help...especially if it is close at hand...*grin* and the diet minder journal sounds like a good choice...My dietitian got me started writing everything down in a notebook but recommended Calorie King which I like pretty well.....just ordered another one..but it doesnt' have much room to put much down, so I found The Ultimate Diet Log by Suzanne Schlosberg and Cynthia Sass, which I really like. As it turns out, I am using both of them, for the cool thing about the Ultimate Diet Log is that each week and each day focuses on two particular goals...and you can track how you do with them, as well as your food and exercise tracking. It is for six months and I really like it..and thought that I would just use it but decided when I ran out of space in my last Calorie King, that I would just use it, but the Calorie King is small enough to go in my purse and be handy.....though with my huge purse, I could get the Ulitmate Diet Log in there as well.:0 but whatever you use, just do it.....and write it down as soon as possible after eating, or you do forget.....I keep having to ask both my DH and my son, now what did we have for lunch.....now what did we have for dinner.....*sigh* not good.......and even worse when I really liked whatever we had for lunch or dinner.....*grin*

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BAYBELIEVER 3/5/2011 1:36PM

    This is awesome! I took a look at the journal on Amazon and looks great. I think that the biggest thing we can do for ourselves is just track what we eat. Because the knowledge of what we eat will allow us to make better choices when we can. Way to go! You are going to rock this thing along and have plenty of after pictures!!

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MARSHASTAR 3/5/2011 10:54AM

    Writing really does help.
You are a very inspirational person Jill. You are trying all sorts of ways to stick to your plan, and I'm motivated by all your efforts. TWENTY POUNDS is a LOT of weight.
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MOMFAN 3/4/2011 11:34PM

    You are going to have an amazing after pic!

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GRITS46 3/4/2011 11:01PM

    Jill, perhaps this is the piece I'm missing. Logging my food and exercise into Spark isn't the same as picking up a journal, a tangible and visual record of my habits, my changes, my goals. I'm heading to Amazon right now!!!!! Thanks so much for sharing your success using this concept.

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2MUCHRUTHIE 3/4/2011 8:46PM

Wonderful blog and congrats on the 20 # wt.loss---awesome. I have gained 4 pounds--yikes. I've had to eat things like mashed potatoes. I am starting to keep a journal for sleep. It is a Spark challenge for 4 weeks. Then I will do one for food and then exercise.
I love your picture. You have such a great smile.
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GRANPATTIE 3/4/2011 8:11PM

    Hi Jill,

I always have such good intentions when it comes to journals but I do them just so far and then forget to write all of a sudden. I do pretty well using this tracker as far as the food goes. But I do want to make a chart to keep track of the measurements. I notice that when I update the measurements here, the original ones go away. Maybe they're still on some report.

I do have a gorgeous notebook that my sister made for me. It would be just right to start a journal in. My biggest problem is that I get all upset if I make a mistake in such a pretty notebook. I guess I just need to get over that and do it.

Thanks for getting me thinking about this again. Best of luch to you with yours.

We've both lost in the 20's ... we're on our way! emoticon emoticon

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BEANZFRD 3/4/2011 6:58PM

    Jill, it makes me so happy to hear about your progress. A journal is a great idea, I know it will be very motivating and helpful for you. Twenty pounds is crazy-awesome!! Be proud, be very proud!!

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SPEEDY143 3/4/2011 6:23PM

    emoticonJill you will not be sorry and the time and effort you spend focusing on yourself can only help YOU on your journey. It's a very nice way to see how much progress you've made if you go back and re-read the entries. emoticon

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MADKAPKID 3/4/2011 5:49PM

    Jill, I really do believe in journaling. I have been keeping a journal for years. Used to do a diary, then when into weightwatchers they got me doing real journaling. SO, now , with sparks it was already in place. It is a good tool. YOU are right. I also forget if I fail to write something down relatively close to having eaten it. LOL SO, Happy journaling kiddo....have a joy filled weekend, Karen emoticon

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TUBLADY 3/4/2011 5:44PM

    That sounds like something that everyone should do.
So glad you are getting more motivated each day to fight on and conquer once and for all your battle with food.
Part of my weight loss program, was keep a journal. I had kept a journal before. But I would forget and miss days.
But this time I keep it by my bed , I write in it every night , sometimes when I wake up. It really gives you an insight to where you mind is.
I look back on it now and it's almost like the early months were written by someone else. In a sense they were. For I am anything but that women I was 14 months ago.
I wrote my last blog to remind everyone that change doesn't take place over night. There is no switch that clicks on and all the bad habits change to good ones. You have to reprogram youself. It taks time, some longer than others. But if you stick with it long enough, it willl happen.
Good luck dear friend.
Take care and stay strong.
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CAZ5346 3/4/2011 5:43PM

    Way to go Jill, emoticon
20 lbs is a great start.
I'm still fluctuating with that 1/2 lb. up one day and down the next. But I know
eventually it either goes down or I kick the thing to the garbage can.

Happy Journaling. emoticon


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Low Calorie Sweet Treat Recipe

Friday, February 11, 2011

....................SWEET TREAT-------------------------------------

I finally made the Sweet Treat Low Calorie Recipe my friend had told me about. It's super simple to make and has about 90 calories the size I made it or less depending on how big your treat is:

You'll Need:

1 box of Betty Crocker white Angel Food Cake mix
1 box of Duncan Hines cake mix - any flavor, I used chocolate
6 Tablespoons Water
(Optional) Carton of Kool Whip - Low Calorie or fat free

In a large zip-loc bag mix the dry angel food cake mix & the dry Duncan Hines cake mix
With a large spoon mix it real well. Can store this in refrigerator until ready to make your sweet dessert or snack.

When Ready to make a Sweet Treat:
Take out 2/3 cup of the Mixture (dry angel food cake & DH cake mis)
Add 6 Tbls. of water and mix real well

I put the above in a 2 cup Pyrex cup and microwaved it for 2 minutes. It would be ok to put it in a small microwaveable bowl or custard cup. I let it sit a few minutes in the microwave and ate it while it was warm--so delicious and yummy for not many calories. It satisfied my "sweet tooth". Adding a Tablespoon or even less of Kool Whip on top is so tasty.

My friend said if you use a yellow cake mix or you can add very small pieces of cut up fruit such as apples or berries.

Can store this mixture in the refrigerator and use when you want a dessert or a sweet snack emoticon

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KRITTERKEEPERS 4/25/2011 12:02AM

    This sounds like a winner ~ I will try it!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 4/24/2011 11:51PM

    Thanks for sharing the recipe with us, Jill. I going to get the ingredients at the store tomorrow and make it. My "sweet tooth" has been getting the best of me, so this is going to be the only treat I'll allow myself!
Stay positive!

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MONGO2TEN 4/24/2011 9:03PM

    Sounds easy and yummy! Thanks:)


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FRANCIE-N-BELLA 4/24/2011 5:21PM

    I'll have to try this!!! Thanks so much!!!

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PATTYCAKE17 3/8/2011 4:37PM

    emoticonLove this recipe idea; will try it Asap. hope I can handle it. emoticon

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BETHV10 2/28/2011 5:13PM

    Thanks for the recipe. I'm going to have to try this! emoticon

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TKESLER99 2/21/2011 7:21PM

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! I like that you can make single servings of this dessert!

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ALGALL7 2/18/2011 6:52PM

    this sounds good. i'll have to try it. thanks for the hot chocolate. yes, we have had a lot of snow here in beverly, mass. can't wait for the good weather so i can get outside and walk. i do all my exercising at home. it's been so icy and snowy outside!!!! i just received at dance video that i ordered on line. i'm gonna try it out tomorrow!!!!!!! have a good night. talk later emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WENDYJM4 2/18/2011 5:19PM

    HI Jill,
that sound yummy

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 2/17/2011 10:05AM

    Sounds delicious. Sometimes you just need a sweet, frivolous, unhealthy treat! I like that you can make only one at a time. Other low-cal dessert recipes that run about 100-150 calories per serving are okay, but when you make a panful of them, I'm afraid I wouldn't be able to stop at eating just one! I'm having one of my 150-cal. streusel cakes for breakfast today! SWEET TREAT!!!

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2MUCHRUTHIE 2/15/2011 4:59PM

    This sounds great! You can also make a chocolate cake by just adding a diet coke. Follow directions on the box but no need for eggs or oil--just the soda! I learned this from WW. It works! If you want frosting just put a dab of cool whip on it!
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CAZ5346 2/14/2011 4:50PM

    Thanks for the recipe Jill. Sounds yummy You are really doing great.


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TUBLADY 2/13/2011 9:43PM

    Thanks for sharing this, I am going to check it out.
One could get adventurous and start adding things, as long as it did not add a lot of calories , it could work. And as long as one kept the portions small.
I have relied on Hostess 100 calorie Treats to have on hand.
they have chocolate cakes, Twinkies like cakes and strawberry.
I sometimes forget they are in the cupboard. So you can see sweets are not a problem for me.
Now if that was pizza I would not forget about it. Smile!
Take care, stay strong through this Valentine day , stay positive. Remember you are in this 100%, and you will be happy in the long run.
Spark on.
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MOMFAN 2/13/2011 2:27AM

    Sounds yummy!

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MAR231 2/12/2011 9:20PM

    Jill, this sounds really yummy !!!!!!

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26M8J7 2/12/2011 7:47PM

    I will definitely be trying this. Thanks so much.

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DOWNTOWNJEN 2/12/2011 5:38PM

    Probably shouldn't have read this while my tummy is grumbly! emoticon

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SLIMTHICK2 2/12/2011 1:44PM

    Thanks for sharing Jill, I may try it one day. All the best. emoticon

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GLOMER 2/12/2011 10:50AM

    I'm going to try this later today.

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BEANZFRD 2/12/2011 8:33AM

    That sounds yummy Jill. If you are like me, a whole cake spells disaster. This small portion is just right. Thanks!

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    Thank you for sharing. Will have to give it a try.

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JOANOFSPARK 2/12/2011 12:56AM

    thanks for sharing, Jill...it sounds yummy...and very quick and easy as well...*grin* emoticon emoticon

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SCRAPLYN 2/12/2011 12:29AM

    This sounds interesting! I'm going to try it soon. I like how simple it is and that you can mix it up and make it whenever you want a little something.

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SURFCITYMOM 2/11/2011 11:13PM

    That recipe sound wonderful, but if I have any sugar, I get depressed, lethargic, bitchy and annoying. I usually replace sugar in a recipe with Splenda if I can. My sister and I are both that way AND we live together!!! Can you imagine how life is when sugar is in the house??

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MADKAPKID 2/11/2011 10:47PM

    Thanks for sharing Jill. Sounds like a fast fix when a snack attack happens. Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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GRANPATTIE 2/11/2011 10:10PM

    Sounds like it has possibilities! Thanks!

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GRANPATTIE 2/11/2011 10:10PM

    Sounds like it has possibilities! Thanks!

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TALLERANT 2/11/2011 10:04PM

    emoticon now I wonder if I can get it to my cookbook emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 2/11/2011 9:07PM

    Thank you for Sharing Jill .. Hugs emoticon

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Finally, I Think I'm Doing it Right!

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

I honestly feel I am eating healthier than probably ever before in my life. As I've given up the Fast food runs, eat 4-6 veggies and fruits most days and cut way down on meat portions and even have one meatless night a week--usually pasta. I now use Sandwich thins to make a sandwich and have all but given up on eating garlic bread, etc. as I do love carbs. When I snack I prefer eating healthy veggies & fruits as not only are they very low in calories but also low in sodium! I switched to fat-free milk and low fat yogurts and try to limit the cheese as I think the fat free ones taste like rubber--LOL. I am fighting to get healthy on my SP Journey and will be adding aquatics exercise to my life very soon--just waiting for the tour of the YMCA and the swimsuit I ordered to arrive. An almost too thin friend said to me yesterday, "You are too Heavy to Exercise". So, I told her about SP and how even people heavier than me do get daily exercise in.

I am currently on quite a few medications all prescribed by my Dr. who seems to think the cure-all is in a pill. Other than that big issue I really like my Dr. and just know the cure isn't always in the RX he want to prescribe. Unfortunately, I have Type II diabetes, high cholestrerol, high blood pressure, arthritis, osteoporosis--these conditions are I believe a result of all the years I overate highly processed and fatty foods, ate very few veggies/fruit and got very little exercise--so basically abused my once healthy body. I also was addicted to diet Pepsi and always had one around--people at work use to tease me about it--well it's not so funny now! I realize that diet soda is probably what caused the bone in my back to get weak and eventually fracture. As I've heard Pepsi can dissolve a nail when put together in a jar--Yikes, my poor bones & body!! Water or green or black tea is my beverage of choice.

So, I'm motivated to lose a significant amount of weight as I hope then I can cut way down on medications I take, have less pain, and feel more energenic and be the healthiest I can become. I don't even care very much about the "cosmetic" part of losing weight as the healthy part is the most important to me . . .and I believe to my friends and family. I plan on
re-gaining back as much of my health as I can by eating healthy and exercising--also thinking positive is important to me. . . I have observed that most morbidly obese people don't usually make it into their 80's and I want to live as long as I possibly can!!

I think SP really works for me as it is available 24/7--any time you need someone to talk to or need motivation/encouragement you can read a motivating blog/article (that is so easy to do). I go on SP daily throughout the day as time permits. I've done WW and even Jenny Craig many years ago but the once a week support wasn't enough for me to change my eating habits nor did I get the kind of encouragement and support I now get from SP friends that I connect with daily. I love the fact that all the tools you need are also available any time you need them. I learn so much from all of you and try to implement your great ideas into my daily life. There is nothing quite like it that I know of--and it really works!!

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MOMFAN 2/13/2011 1:45AM

    I love working out in the water. The Chiropractor doesn't like people working out in the water because of the chlorine, but because it has helped me so much that he told me now to quit! We will do this!

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PENGUINROSS 2/11/2011 4:57PM

    Jill, What a great blog! So invigorating! You make me realize..again..that a healthy lifestyle is an option. Even if I have neglected my body with so little exercise or activity. Even if I have abused my body with large portions of frequent poor choices. Thanks for sharing!!

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MARSHASTAR 2/8/2011 11:41PM

    You always have a spark, the SPARK. I feel like you have really progressed in the past month. It inspires me to really WORK at what I want . . instead of just sitting here whining about not knowing what to do, or not having time, or whatever.
THANK you for writing this blog. I feel a new wave of energy is going to get me started again. All we have to do is pay attention to our behavior, and believe in ourselves.
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BAYBELIEVER 2/8/2011 8:28PM

    Glad to see you are recognizing that you are learning and moving toward a healthier lifestyle! That is awesome! As for that too skinny friend, ignore her. Only your doctor can make that call and I know of very few that would not encourage movement, and water movement will be great for you!

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TUBLADY 2/8/2011 8:23PM

    Jill , what a lovely positive blog.
I feel you have defiantly turned a corner.
So many good positive changes. It's when we make those changes, get rid of the bad habits and replace them with good ones, we get stronger. Mental toughness that what you are experiencing.
The water aerobics are going to be the best thing you can do.
I go 6 days a week to water aerobics. I too have many of the body ailments that you experience. But many of the thing I had to take pills for are gone, due to my weigh loss.
I feel you too will be on a lot less medicine one of these days.
I am so happy for you.
So stay strong, be positive, those better days are coming.
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SURFCITYMOM 2/8/2011 8:02PM

    Good for you Jill. You are on the right track. And as far as the meds are concerned, as you lose weight, you may be able to change that. Of course, your doctor should be aware of your dieting goals and he will watch your meds. You may not need them someday!! Have a great week! Terri

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26M8J7 2/8/2011 7:32PM

    Just keep doing what you are doing because it is really working for you. Thank God you didn't listen to your friend. You have motivated me to re-read the Spark. emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 2/8/2011 7:27PM

    What lovely Positive Blog Jill... I hope you didn't take what your friend said as true ... just take a look at my page and emmab1 and you will see what you can do!!
I know you can do this my friend ... if you need help just ask ... cheers Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JMCADE 2/8/2011 7:18PM

    It sounds like you have gotten your life together and are on the road to making the changes you need to get your health back. Congrats to you and keep up the good work. I am impressed with your goals and outlook. Was good to her you didmn't listen to your 'thin' friend about exercise. Aqua class will benefit you immensely. I too am trying to cut bak and then get of the diet sodas. It is one of the hardest things for me as I can't seem to find something that tastes as good to me. Good luck in all you do. Joanne

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CYNTHIAMINUS40 2/8/2011 6:42PM

    Oh, I love this blog! You're making some wonderful changes in your life and you'll definitely be seeing the benefits of that in due time. And, I'm with you on the low fat cheese, blech! It does indeed taste like rubber.

Your friend is sadly misinformed about exercise for people who are over weight. And seeing as you bought a swimsuit that may be exactly the exercise for you to start with. Grab a kickboard and see how well the works on your legs and hips and even the waistline.

I'm proud of you. Keep up the good work, get your regular checkups and watch your doctor smile as he decreases your meds over time! emoticon

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SMYLEERED 2/8/2011 6:25PM

    You're 100% right! Keep doing whatever you're doing it works with SparkPeople. Enjoy your day.

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BEANZFRD 2/8/2011 5:44PM

    Oh, Jill, I can imagine how good you are feeling right now. I'm so happy for you! Keep it up!!


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SLIMTHICK2 2/8/2011 5:42PM

    Jill, I enjoyed reading your blog especially the parts where you consciously gave up the unhealthy for the healthy. You are making great strides and I know you have better bogs to write of your transforming experiences, I do look forward to reading them.All the best to you emoticon

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    I agree this is a special place. I have all those things you mentioned and am on several meds, but I know that my numbers will come down with the way I eat now. Your's will too. Even if you can't get off all the meds, you will find the arthritis will ache less and you will be able to do more. My long term goal is to dance at my granddaughter's wedding and as she is only 9 months old that is quite far in the future!

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    I SO agree with everything you said! The health benefits from living a healthier lifestyle are the important aspects of this journey we share. I was considered pre-diabetic last year but am no longer (as per my last blood work/doctor's appointment). My cholesterol is 1 point away from normal and my blood pressure is much lower. I do have more energy and endurance and my ability to do things I want to do is improving! I'm sure you're feeling much more energetic and are finding it easier to move around more too.
Thank goodness for Spark!
Stay positive!
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MADKAPKID 2/8/2011 5:01PM

    Sounds like you are positve and moving forward to acheive your goals. WOO HOO! I am proud of you. Giving up soda and diet soda ia not easy. I now cause I am working on doing it too. Have a joy filled day....Karen emoticon

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Cutting Out My Excuses!!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

For those who may not know I;ve been told by my Ortho Dr. that I need two knee replacements and it is exacting why I'm finally going to stop all my excuses and once again start exercising slowly even if I can do only 10 minutes a day. A couple of weeks ago I stopped my 30-45 minutes of sit down exercise as my knees were hurting worse than ever and I blamed it on exercising!! When I went to my Ortho Surgeon I asked him if the exercising could be why my knees were hurting and he just said, "Well they are bone on bone". But, when I went to leave his office his parting remark was, "Stay Active". So, I feel like I got mixed messages from him--and not really the advice I wanted and paid for. He just keeps telling me what a good candidate I am for two total knee replacements, in otherwords two scary, at least to me, surgeries and long recovery time.

Then, yesterday Ann, one of the Leaders of a favorite team of mine wrote me that she also had been told she needed two knee replacements and walking was painful but like most people really didn't want the surgeries so she got smart and joined SP and exercises and tracks her food and guess what she now can walk without a walker, in her words, " for not too far or too long", but she is once again mobile and she attributes that mainly due to exercising almost every day. I know she enjoys working out at Curves and taking her beloved dog for a walk. There are others who have lost weight and gotten active and they all are enjoying life so much more now. They don't have to depend on others to help them with household chores, shopping, etc.

Yes, I want that for me--to be more mobile and pain free! So, no more excuses cuts it for me anymore as so many friends have motivated me that I can and will do a little exercise every day--I even joined the Knee Team, not too long ago, for more exercise ideas! Thank all of you for those gentle kicks in the butt as I sure needed them--it's about time I took responsibility for my actions or in this case non-action!

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    My knees are bad too, altho perhaps not as bad as yours, but I'm pretty sure they both could use replacing. My hips hurt too, perhaps more than the knees, but I haven't been to a doctor about anything related to those joints yet, I'm scared to death of surgery. Good luck on yours! I do the walk at home DVDs with Leslie Sansone. Usually I do her 30-minute, 2 mile walk. It is a good workout--she includes arm movements and when I am done, I am tired, so I know I must burn some calories. On my days off, sometimes I will do the 2-mile walk twice, usually the last time just before I go to bed. My hips ache so badly after doing that second 2-mile walk, that sometimes I can't even sleep. I can only lay a certain way in bed to get comfortable, and often spend half the night sleeping in the recliner by my bed. But that's okay--because the exercise is helping me lose weight, and I KNOW that less weight on those joints can only help me. So I keep walking and hurting and feeling GOOD about myself. Keep going, I know you can do it!

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PENGUINROSS 2/1/2011 1:04PM

    These past three blogs have been good. keep it up!!

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_KATHY 1/31/2011 5:59PM

    I'm with you. No more excuses.

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GLOMER 1/31/2011 11:42AM

    You go girl!! You can do it. Make that Dr. tell you exactly what he means. That's what they are there for and he/she would not want you to be wondering.

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TUBLADY 1/30/2011 7:27PM

    I have had two operations on right knee and one on left. I have bone on bone. but since I have lost weight the pain is not as bad. I do get cortisone shots every three months till I have the knee replacement. I am waiting till I have my weight off, and am at a normal weight. I too thought there were no exercises that I could do. I was proven wrong. The first thing you should ,do is get some stretch bands, I wrote about them in my blog today. They are the miracle exercise equipment, no one should be without. Then see about water aerobics , they are great for our condition. Sometimes when you start out after a long absence from exercise there will be twinges , sensations that are a little uncomfortable, I don't mean sharp pain, but those little twinges are normal.
Nothing comes easy. I take some Tylenol and carry on.
Once the weigh goes, you will feel the difference.
I have needed knee replacement for over 10 years, but the Doctor refused to do it until I lost weight. He said it would not last and my recovery would be terrible with all the weight I had. Well I am 147 pounds lighter now, and plan on being even less my the time I go under the knife.
Find a exercise that you can do, and keep at it, Coupled with your weight loss plan, you will see success.
Your friend, Tisha

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SHELLEY147 1/30/2011 6:30PM

    emoticonfor saying NO to excuses!! Take it easy and do what you can....as long as you're moving, you're losing! :)

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MARSHASTAR 1/30/2011 5:59PM

    oh Jill, I feel so INSPIRED by your progress, your attitude, your optimism, your cheerful way of dealing with this challenge.., and I am SUPER MOTIVATED by your 3 pound weight loss. That means so much! It means you are moving forward, moving, moving.
I'm just SO happy.
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BEANZFRD 1/30/2011 5:48PM

    Kind of like my docs advise to quit smoking and lose weight. The two don't go together! Sometimes we have to take it a small step at a time. I was going to suggest water exercises, but that has already been mentioned. Having worked at a rehab center, I have seen patients before and after knee surgery. In order to recover well from the surgery, you still have to go through the pain of rehab. Do yourself a favor, and try to lose weight and get in the habit of exercise BEFORE the surgery. Your recovery will be so much quicker and less painful.

I know it is frustrating to have to hold back, but take it little by little and you will become more used to the exercise. In that sense, I am in the same boat as you. I want to do much more, but if I overdo it I won't be able to walk tomorrow!

Know that your friends are beside you cheering you on!

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SURFCITYMOM 1/30/2011 5:15PM

    Hi Jill,
I feel your pain! I, too, have OA in both knees. I used to do water walking at the local gym. They had a program for folks with arthritis called "Twinges in the Hinges." You should look into something like that. The resistance the water gives is like resistance bands, and the water also cushions the joints. Very easy to do - no swimming experience required. Good luck to you on your surgery too. Terri

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SEWINGMAMACDS 1/30/2011 4:49PM

    Do what you can! Stay active and take one day at a time.

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MADKAPKID 1/30/2011 4:38PM

    Good for you. YOU just do what you can...and before you know it you do more and more! I have seen it to be true. Like with my sister. Good for you Jill! As our friend Marsha says..MOVE IT. LOL Have a joy filled day....Karen emoticon

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JERESS26 1/30/2011 4:33PM

    Good for you! emoticon I don't know if you have access to a pool, but that is very easy on the knees. Jean

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  Never ending battle sometimes isn't it. My Dr gives me mixed messages at time also. I want the same as you Jill. It will happen for us. One day at a time. Hope you had a good weekend.

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Just realized I'm Having a Strong Start!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I realize I'm more motivated about getting healthy the SP Way now, than I was months ago, and it' because I'm having a Strong Start and feeling good about myself!!

When I first really tried SP back in August of 2010 I kind of played around with SP, however I knew it was what I wanted for myself but just couldn't get going. I'd stick with it for a few days and then eat what I knew wasn't healthy maybe for the rest of the week and still was a couch potato. I did lose 11#s but went on to quickly gain them right back but was too ashamed to change the ticker on my Spark page. Then, a couple of months ago, I decided to re-read the Spark book and really do it right as in the way Chris Downie explains it so well. What a mind changing experience that has been for me. I went all the way back to setting and tracking Fast Break Goals and very soon they became second nature to me. Daily I track my food and almost always manage to stay within my calorie range which wasn't always true. If I do go over I don't "beat" myself up but just get right back on track the next meal. I'm now satisfied with much smaller food portions and if I do overeat I try to analyze what was bothering me as that's usually the reason. I'm now in the Lifestyle Change and feeling more confident and motivated that yes, I can do this, in fact it's even fun--and the bonus is I feel happier than I have in years!

1. I always Track my food intake and have learned to read food labels for nutrition facts.

2. I realize I can have that treat or an occasional cheeseburger, etc. and that no food is off limits that I want as long as I use portion control and include it in my food tracker. Now that I've cut down on my portions I am actually full and satisfied with less food. I no longer crave sweets and salty snacks like I used to. I like the healthy snacks that I always make sure I have. I know it has also helped to not overeat to include these healthy snacks throughout the day. Before, especially when I was working I would usually only have one huge meal a day and that was dinner. I couldn't wait to get home to eat up a storm--and that's one of the main reasons I think I gained 100#s during the last 15 years.

3. Exercise still doesn't come easy to me. But, I do try to get at least 10-15 minutes a day. I love the sit down Dance DVDs that I recently purchased. I do hope to keep increasing my exercise time as I go along. It does feel good to move but it's still not high on my list of fun things to do--but I still do them.

4. I'm cooking more at home, the take-out food stops are almost gone and when I do go to one I almost always get a salad with a low calorie dressing. I love to try new Spark Recipes and I'm really looking forward to getting the new Spark Cookbook they are coming out with soon. I still do alot of slow cooker recipes as that way I don't have to be standing too long, which is still hard for me.

5. I love and appreciate all the support and help I get from Spark and Spark friends. I finally have told my family and some friends about Spark People and my weight loss as I want them to root me on--which they have. I've had a friend and my DIL tell me that my face looks slimmer, which I love to hear as I do have a very full chubby face.

6. I resist the temptation to weigh myself daily and only weigh once a week for a Team Challenge weigh-in. I'm about 1/2 way to my Challenge weight and have another month and a half to go. I put down I wanted to be down to 274# by the middle of March and I'll be thrilled to be in the 270's as it's been quite awhile since I've been that weight.

7. I'm taking better care of myself. I had almost become a slob as didn't care anymore about putting a touch of make-up on but now I want to look nicer on the outside as I feel better when I look better. I still wear shifts around the house but do dress up in nice slacks and tops when I go out. I hardly ever buy any clothes as there isn't too many cute tops or shifts in a 3X but I have purchased some new clothes online so I don't keep wearing the same old things.

8. I am experiencing small success and I know this is Not a diet but a healthy lifestyle so there is no end date. I do have weight goals and I hope to make them but I'm not going to be worried or stress out if I don't as I have lots of time. As they say, it took years to gain all this weight so I have to be patient with myself and my precious body that I have neglected for far too long.

Wishing all of us a Healthy Lifestyle to make us more positive and appreciate and treasure this fantastic body that the one above make for each of us. Have a Wonderful and yes, fun Journey!

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SLIMTHICK2 1/25/2011 4:52PM

    Jill my friend, I have enjoyed reading your blog. You are always so honest about your ups and downs on your journey and in a lot of ways I can relate to some of your experiences. I wish above all things that you hold on to your new found path and that it leads you to the place that you want to be. All the best to you my dear, have a great week. emoticon emoticon

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NANNYJAD 1/24/2011 2:49PM

    emoticon I think you are doing great! I did the same thing except I joined long before you. But I would give up and just not get online then would try again. This time I have made up my mind and that in itself helps. Daily I need to ask God for help! Keep up the good work and I am happy to have you for a new friend

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SPEEDY143 1/21/2011 1:01AM

    emoticonblog.... all your points are right on and that's why you are enjoying such success emoticon Portion control, loving yourself more than food and acknowledging that it's a life style not a diet makes it doable emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MADKAPKID 1/19/2011 4:46PM

    Jill, this is a really good blog. YOU sound well planned and motivated! WOO HOO! A positive attitude really does make things happen. ALL is possible...and I know YOU can do it! Woo Hoo! Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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OZARKMARY 1/19/2011 8:09AM

    Nice blog, gf! I'm so happy you have found your way through Spark. I KNEW it would work, so went for it, and by God, I was right! Now you are sharing the progress and I would imagine, like myself, you wonder why it took so long. Keep up the great job! I need to look into the chair dancing as my old hip is getting slightly worse each day, so I do walk with my cane in the other hand to give the old hip some help. I admire you and look forward to seeing a picture of the "new you". I need to go get my 2nd cup, get some breakfast and then get ready for work. It is going well. The girls and customers are great. Calling for 2-5 ins of snow tonight, so may be home tomorrow. In IL, it would just be an aggravation, but because they don't maintain roads in the same way down here, it's disasterous.lol Have an awesome Sparkday! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonmary

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BEANZFRD 1/19/2011 7:13AM

    I'm so happy for you Jill, and I can see your happiness in your words. I'm looking forward to sharing this journey with you and seeing the changes as you go.


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MAR231 1/19/2011 1:36AM

    emoticon I am so happy that you are off to a great start. Just keep it up and you will reach your goals. Your are emoticon Marilyn

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ONESILLYME 1/19/2011 12:11AM

    Wonderful that you can acknowledge what you're doing right!!!

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FXYGMA 1/18/2011 10:20PM

    I am so proud of your progress and your mind set. I can tell by the way you write that you have finally made the choice that it is a lifestyle and one you can and want to live. You will be so much happier when you can get around better and are healthier. I went with my daughter to the Goodwill today and did see a few things that I would have gotten had I been the weight I started at. Also some things that I would love to have but would be just a little too tight yet but have decided to not buy anything new as I can still shop in my own closet for awhile. It does help to get compliments and support from family members so I am glad you let your family and friends in on yur journey.


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BARBEWIT 1/18/2011 8:56PM

    I love your blogo and it seems like you are on the right track. I just wished that we lived closer so we could exercise together since that isn't on my high priorty list either.

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SURFCITYMOM 1/18/2011 8:46PM

    I loved your blog!!! You are doing everything in a positive way, realizing that we all make mistakes. But you know how to get back on track without beating yourself up. Hurray for you Jill!!!! Terri


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MARSHASTAR 1/18/2011 8:19PM

    I'm ashamed of myself because I haven't given you or myself extra SPARK since we RE-started.
I'm so impressed by your new start, your new enthusiasm. KEEP IT GOING. . .
A YEAR from now you will be SO VERY HAPPY you took all these small steps.
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EBRIAN1 1/18/2011 8:11PM

  Sounds like you're doing great! Keep it up :)

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