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It's going to be one of those days

Sunday, May 02, 2010

I had a nice, substantial, whole foods breakfast this morning: oats with an apple, sunflowerseeds, and almonds. But by the time I got back from walking the dogs 3 hours later, I was starving.

The hungries have arrived again.

Well, I made myself a nice smoked salmon wrap with spinach and carrots and red onions, to make sure I got some fiber and some protein in me. I've already had 5 glasses of water (ok, 2 of those were tea, but decaf).

It's just going to be one of those days. I feel the pull to bake, but I have lots of chores that need to get done.

Just venting!

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CRAVE_FREE 5/2/2010 6:13PM

    I think a vitatop sounds like it might do the trick. Maybe mid-morning snacks would be a welcome addition? Some of my most successful days are ones where I eat something little every three hours so the hungries don't have time to build up and derail me!

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TOPAZ-GAL 5/2/2010 5:28PM

  I can understand you, it happens all the time for me..I just lose control sometimes and forget what my weight goals are. I think it happens (at least for me ) because I get bored. I am inside all day and just can't get up enough will power to take get out an enjoy the nice weather so I walk from room to room including the kitchen and grab anything edible good and bad, then eat it and watch tv or a dvd (not an exercise dvd). Well I have to force myself to be more focused on my goals of taking a walk everyday after work for one hour. Yeah ok maybe I'll start t'row. Have a good evening.

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KARBIE18 5/2/2010 10:40AM

    Had that problem yesterday, but didn't eat too badly, thank goodness. Yep, there are some days that just seem to be more challenging. Darn hungries!

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SHEILA1505 5/2/2010 10:08AM

There's certainly times when a salad or piece of fruit just won't cut it - guess this is one of those!

Strength, Judy - strength

with love

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Anchoring with tangible reminders

Saturday, May 01, 2010

We all know why we want to lose weight. We all have long lists. But why does it seem that those reasons and lists just fly out the window the minute we feel the slightest bit of hunger? Out of sight, out of mind.

I bought myself a bracelet at Target to celebrate breaking through my plateau.

DH wasn't real impressed with it, and it's not the nicest bracelet I own by any means, but I knew that I needed a tangible reminder of what I'd done.

Because sure enough, what with being away for the weekend, I bounced right back up into plateau weight again. And we're going to go away for a week in a week, plus TOM will visit that week as well. So I need all the help I can get.

I like Hershey's dark chocolate kisses. And truly, chocolate can be good for you. But you know what? A kiss here, a kiss there, and before you know it, you've gone over your limits.

So I am wearing my bracelet this week. To remind me that I have done it. To remind me that I can continue to do it. To remind me of how good it feels to do it. Everytime I even think about just popping in a Hershey's kiss, I can look at my bracelet -- even trace its intricate scrolls -- and ask myself how this choice will effect my goals.

Do you have any tangible reminders to anchor yourself with?

If you don't, how do you remind yourself that this is a goal you chose for yourself, and you are worth it?

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BESSHAILE 5/3/2010 6:36AM

    Oh I love the scrolls. and no I don't have an anchor ... and really - I think I need one. I too bounced back up into Ugh territory and I want to blame it on salt intake - but the truth is - it was salty food intake, or even just food intake that did it.

But i like the idea of wearing something and touching it when temptation strikes - so that I can go do something else I like instead.

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FREELADY 5/1/2010 3:19PM

    I took this approach when I needed sneakers. I chose some attractive blue-and-white ones (on sale, of course) which seemed to represent to me that I am a strong, energetic person who can do many active recreational things.

What a gorgeous bracelet! It gives my heart a lift, thinking of you wearing it! Wonderful!

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LEONALIONESS 5/1/2010 11:31AM

    Congrats on the breakthrough and I'm SURE you'll get back there again, really soon!

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BELTONWALKER67 5/1/2010 11:22AM

    Great Ideal & A Beautiful Bracelet! emoticon

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Just how important are spark points, anyway?

Friday, April 30, 2010

So here we are at the end of April. And I have not entered any of my fitness minutes. Oh, I've racked them up, as usual, and I keep track of them in my fitbook. I just haven't bothered to enter them here.

I like spark points so I can give goodies to my spark buddies -- which I don't do often enough -- but for the time being I've got plenty of spark points for that. Eventually I'd probably run out.

Should I go back and enter them just so I can get my trophies? The trophies don't really motivate me either.

What motivates me is how I feel and what I see and my spark buddies.

If I find my exercise starts to slack, then maybe I'll go back to entering my fitness minutes. Exercise is such an entrenched habit with me that it's doubtful I'll ever slack at it, but you never know what life is going to throw at you either. And maybe I'll start entering them again when my spark points get depleted.

But for now I think it's just become one more thing to do, and right now, I'd much rather blog my food -- which is what has been eating up some of my time (eating? get it?).

And right now you can find out what I ate on the Cape and my rules for the road (I've posted similar things in ths blog before) over on cookbookmaven.com .

How bout you? Do the trophies motivate you? Do the spark points motivate you? What other ways do you use to motivate yourself?

I use shopping, but that can become a bad habit, too.

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KARBIE18 5/2/2010 10:45AM

    Nope, not motivated by points anymore. I tend to forget to get my log-in points, and go straight to the socializing! I do log my fitness minutes, though, because that is what I'm most proud of, and what keeps me moving.

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GYMRAT54 5/1/2010 9:24PM

    I admit, I don't record what I eat. Never have. Would take too much of my time to figure out how to enter that info and the calories for everything. I do record my fitness activity because it's easier to do. I also like to have a record of what all I've done and I like having streaks, trophies and points. I wouldn't say they are my sole motivators to keep me going but I hate to see streaks broken. I don't have anybody to motivate me at home. Nor do I have training partner. I don't have the suppport here at SP like I thought I would. It's been rather intermittent. So, I have to rely on myself to eat right and exercise regularly. The points, streaks and trophies are my personal rewards for a job well done, although computer generated. It's better than nothing.

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BESSHAILE 5/1/2010 5:49AM

    Should you log your exercise? only if you want to.

Like you, exercise is something I do because I really really love doing it. I'm always surprised if I go through a slack period - always caused by some sort of injury - because I really REALLY love movement and exercise. I am intrigued by this month's SP strong bones initiative - and following along for 31 days of strong bone effort is alluring.

But there is only so much time one can spend keeping up an internet presence. If tracking points anywhere feels burdensome, I'd stop doing it.

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DDHEART 4/30/2010 10:43PM

    I like getting points...the child in me that likes to play games...but I log the exercise partly cause it's an easy way and place to keep tack of it not really for the points...I try things on in my own closet for a boostof motivation...seeing clothes draping better is very good for my motivation.

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TEMPEST272002 4/30/2010 3:32PM

    I'm not really motivated by the points either - but I love tracking my exercise, blogging, visiting my teams,etc... so the points seem to rack up anyhow... and I do like giving goodies to friends. One thing I did find useful about the points though - it gave me a jumping off place, in the beginning, to learn about all the different things on SparkPeople. emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 4/30/2010 3:16PM

    Interesting topic. W hen I first started and got to learn about the site and had the TIME I really got right into the points/trophy thing. I also love giving gifts to friends, after I worked out how to do it.
Now that I don't have TIME I focus on what is important to me, I continue to food track. I keep up with my friends blogs as this is what motivates me. I love reading and learning and this site is great for that and if I earn points along the way well and good. emoticon

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 4/30/2010 2:20PM

    Points are only sometimes motivational. But, when I first started I loved to see if I could move up on the leader boards. I think making this site work individually is more important that what we can do to impress others. (ex trophies.) Do what you love.

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USARUNNERGIRL 4/30/2010 1:32PM

    Hmmm I do it just for the points. I need them for all my fabulous friends. I usually spend the points faster than I earn them.

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JUSTDUCKY1405 4/30/2010 11:32AM

    I find the points help me to get refocused and back on track, but it eventually fades and what was once an effort begins to become routine again! THAT'S A GOOD THING! I noticed lately, that I aint chasing the points either! What comes out of my day is what it is! No doing surveys or this or that to get the points! I just do what I want and if it gets me SP points... then boo yah!

I don't track my food on here, I do it in my journal... that's enough for me. But I do track my exercise minutes! I print out a weekly report and put it in a file! I write a quick note about what was going on, my mood, and my weightloss due to it! It's a great tool to pull out and reflect on! To see what really made the pounds drop and what didn't! My diet, when focused is pretty much the same, so it's mostly the exercise that is a variable in my life! WhHether or not I rev up my regular routine, just do what I plan, or didn't quite make the plan.

I could possibly diagree with everything I just said in a couple months and be back at square one... lol! But... for today... that is where I stand on this topic!

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HEYRED221 4/30/2010 11:03AM

    I like the points - I have to admit I try to earn as many as I can every day and it keeps me active on the blogs, boards, etc.

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REALLYHOPIN 4/30/2010 10:58AM

    Spark points were definitely a motivator when I first started here... I really had no clue what they were for but I like 'getting points.' It made it more of a game type thing and I'm downright honest about everything here so it was a good thing for me to be motivated by. I read lots of articles, did the trivia daily, blogged and logged...

Now I still hit the articles when one pops up that looks interesting. I still log in every day. I still log every ounce of food and every inch of exercise... but it's not about the points anymore... Now it is about me...

So I would say the points were extremely important in the beginning... It was a nice transition into the real game (a healthy lifestyle)...

We're all winners here...


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KRESONNA_SUE 4/30/2010 9:45AM

    So many words to ask a simple question.....LOL Your answer is simple too. Do what you want to do.

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GERPAT 4/30/2010 9:28AM

    Spark points and trophies don't motivate me, what motivates me the most is reading the boards and bloggs and keeping up with my spark pals!!When I notice I'm feeling better, smile more, my clothes fit better, that's what keeps me going!!!

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SHEILA1505 4/30/2010 7:10AM

    I've quit challenges, streaks and such stuff as I've been blogging my trip instead and also wasted so much time! I quit point chasing several months ago when I found I was top of too many team logs - what sense is there in that?

I agree with you about logging food and some of the message boards help motivate me to get off my a$$ to declutter and stick to my schedule - also have befriended a couple of the Sparkers there and that's our only real contact

In general - I need to get back to my Life properly and nurture the valued friendships - such as yours :)

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 4/30/2010 6:18AM

    I am not really motivated by the trophy's, but I love the spark goodie points to shower gifts. When a spark friend is having a bad day, finishes a tri, someone special needs a lift....
I have earned plenty of points, currently I have 400 in my bank. :)

You have the right idea, you know how you feel and that is what motivates you to work out. Logging can be daunting. If just logging food saves you time on line, then go for it.

Thanks for giving me some things to think about.

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DENNISBISHOP 4/30/2010 5:49AM

    I like spark points, I have close to 134,000 of them. Yes, spark goodies are fun to give out. I like your attitude - record those things that you need help on, the others will take care of themselves.

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Should I sign up for a running tour?

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I've done quite a few walking tours in my time, and I always enjoy them.

While researching places to run in NYC, I came across a company that does running tours. How cool is that?

Except I'm a slow runner. A really slow runner. They do personalized tours, but since it's $60 for 6 miles for a group run, I shudder to think what it might cost for a personalized run (where they will run at your pace).

$60 is pretty pricey . . . what I like about tours is you learn stuff you never would just going around on your own. For instance, I took a walking tour of Montmarte when I was in Paris -- they took us to Sacre Couer without having to walk up all those steps! It was very good exercise without having to walk up the steps.

Really, the main thing I'm worried about is either having a heart attack from trying to keep up with "real" runners or holding everyone back (because they say no one will be left behind).

I'm sure my runner friends will say go for it. But I can find routes on my own, of course (am already looking some up, obviously). And of course there's the shopping tour (I kid you not).

They do running tours in Austin, too. Of course when I lived in Austin, I wasn't running.

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HEYRED221 4/28/2010 10:41PM

    I didn't know such a thing existed. How cool!

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CRAVE_FREE 4/28/2010 1:00PM

    Like everyone else, I say do it! It sounds great!

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JUSTDUCKY1405 4/28/2010 11:46AM

    I have never heard of a running or walking tour before! That's quite neat!


Judy... I can guarantee that you would surprise/amaze yourself and it just might be the push you need to realize you CAN run a little faster!
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JANNERUN 4/28/2010 11:21AM

    I'd do it--and I'm a slow runner also. It sounds like fun and a different way to see things. Go for it!

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FREELADY 4/28/2010 10:14AM

    All these options sound delightful! What an adventure!

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USARUNNERGIRL 4/28/2010 10:08AM

    I say do it, but as you said I am one of your runner friends. You will train to run them, so I know you can succeed. Maybe you would want to do one or two races on your on before doing a running tour though as a practice before doing the actual tour?

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SLIMMERJESSE 4/28/2010 9:27AM

    I hope you sign up with the group. You'll make new friends, but also be safer. I really don't think it's safe to run alone these days - especially away from home. Have fun!

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KARBIE18 4/28/2010 6:53AM

    If they say nobody will be left behind, I'd go for it. It sounds like a lot of fun. Is it a one-time deal? If not, maybe you can go in the fall - after several more months of training.

Shopping tour! LOL

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LIBBYFITZ 4/28/2010 5:59AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

You will be OK, DO IT!

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SPARKROZ 4/28/2010 5:56AM

    I'd do it---really sounds cool!!!

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DAV128 4/28/2010 5:53AM

    Go for it, sounds like fun. You might check with the organizers, I would think there are other slow runners (I like to think there are no slow runners, only runners) who would like to go as a group - they might have a program to pair runners of like abilities.

Good Luck and post how you liked it.

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Did the earth move for you?

Friday, April 23, 2010

Well, it should've, because the scale moved for me!!!!

Back to that in a moment. Thanks for all your comments on my blog yesterday . . . I actually put my foot down with DH before I read them and told him we're going to stay in a hotel. He said there's a Day's Inn nearby, and I said fine. It doesn't have to be fancy, it just has to have a bed & a chair! And be reasonably clean -- but I'm not a neatic anyway.

He said I'm high maintenance. Which I'm not. I told him I'd pay for it. He said that even if I pay for it, it's still our money -- I pointed out to him that's WHY I have money of my own -- to use anyway I damn well please, no questions asked. Long story short, we're gonna stay in a hotel. Assuming there's a room to be had, which shouldn't really be a problem. I know we'll BOTH be happier for it.

So, back to the scale. Sorry to leave you hanging. After 2 weeks of good weight losses I finally got to move my ticker. Not by much, and it could very well go up again next week, but I'm still doing a happy dance here! It's been almost 7 months since it last moved (I don't move it up).

Oh, technically, it has moved -- up and down and up and down and up and down the same 2 lbs ad nauseum.

And oddly enough, I was not feeling well the week before. I didn't get in as much exercise as usual -- all I did was walk. I did make sure to get in my 10,000 steps for 5 days of that week.

This week, according to WW, I'm supposed to drop down 1 point. But I didn't. And I still lost over a pound, which for me is good.

In fact, I do feel like I've been eating more. Before you start pointing fingers and tell me I wasn't eating enough, I'll tell you I've tried it all over the last 7 months: eat more, take more rest days, exercise more -- I've tried pretty much everything and nothing worked.

The only difference the last couple of weeks is that I've incorporated a lot of the recipes from "Thrive" into my diet. Did that make any difference? I've no idea. When I started to incorporate the ideas from "The Flat Belly Diet", I had good weight losses like this too. Perhaps it made a difference (the book claims it will), or maybe it was just finally my time.

Of course, now we're going away for the weekend. I almost always maintain or gain when we go away, and it finally came to me yesterday: it's probably the sodium. Because I'll usually have a small gain, despite exercising, bringing some food, and being careful -- but immediately lose that weight upon coming home & eating normally.

I don't normally eat out a lot or eat a lot of processed foods. It only took 2 years for this particular light bulb to go off!

So I will plan, I will be careful, I got in enough exercise this week that I can relax a bit this weekend (sort of), and I will accept whatever the scale says next week. And oh, now that we're staying in a hotel, maybe we'll even relax a bit. Maybe.

I hope to get Judy's rules for road trips up on cookbookmaven.com today, but I make no promises.

How long was your longest plateau?

Do you think you did anything particular to bust your plateau?

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SHEILA1505 4/26/2010 2:25PM

    Yay Judy - way to go!!!
Glad you won the discussion about somewhere to lay your weary bones too.
I have absolutely no intention of weighing myself until next week - I only managed a lot of walking, climbing Tube stairs and not finding enough water when I was away so I certainly don't need to beat myself up. And tomorrow is a public holiday so the gym won't have classes - back to normal on Wednesday and a trip to the supermarket for fresh produce just might put things right.

Missed you guys!

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JUSTDUCKY1405 4/26/2010 2:09PM

    emoticon on the weight loss and getting that ticker to move! Yayyyy You!!!

Enjoy your weekend... and sounds to me like the Thrive book is perhaps the little nudge of change you needed!


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KUNGFOOD 4/25/2010 7:50AM

    Great job, and good for you. Personally, after cleaning someone else's place (not that I do it often) ...I need a long hot shower and plenty of towels and moisturizer. And a nap. Someone to put the remote in my hand and bring me a glass of iced tea.

Hope your husband appreciates what a wise and practical choice you've made!

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BESSHAILE 4/24/2010 7:27AM

    Yeee Haaaa! Congratulations on the movmement of scales. Congratulations on never quitting, never giving in to giving up.

glad you held out for a motel room. "What is it with guys and spending $ on a comfortable bed to sleep in." asks the woman who has slept in more wretched dives than she likes to remember.

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GEODAWG 4/23/2010 2:55PM

    Oh there is hope for me! I have not lost any weight for nearly six months. Reading your blog today gives me hope. I, too, have tried everything to get the weight off. Thanks for sharing this!!!

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HEYRED221 4/23/2010 1:04PM

    Sounds great - hope the hotel is comfy! I don't usually have plateaus - it usually just means I'm not really doing what I need to do emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 4/23/2010 9:33AM

    Congrats on ticker movement and loss! Yes, the earth has been literally moving way too much since our big quake on Easter Sunday. Too many aftershocks. Have a wonderful day.

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USARUNNERGIRL 4/23/2010 8:13AM

    My longest plateau has kinda been the last 3 months. I keep going up and down like you. I am up today, but I am figuring it is because even though I was in range this week I was way up most days in the sodium. I just want the scale to go down and stay down for a change.

I can't figure out how to leave the 177-180 range for the life of me. Sorry this isn't more helpful.

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