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Messing around with weight visual

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

I like to break big goals into little ones. Then I can figure out how far along I am. I've always done this, especially when I'm trying to pay a debt off. So I figured why not try it with my weight-loss goal? So, this is what I came up with. Each picture is a 5 pound bag of flour and I put a "no" sign over each 5 pounds I've lost. So, at this point I'm over 29 percent there! Ahh... the games we play.


  
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GEMINISUE 3/17/2011 10:13AM

    I like this! How do you put the NO SIGN, on top of a picture, after you lose the weight? I think I would also like to do a visual, thanks.

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LISA_TRYING 3/16/2011 7:14PM

  Very cute!

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MJK0430 3/16/2011 4:55PM

    Love it!!! What a great visual.

Sometimes it's hard for me when I only lose .4 or .6 every other week but this way I would see the 'Big' picture. I wish I could add it to my signature line. :)

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CJJANISS 3/15/2011 10:07PM

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Girl Scout Cookies and Updates

Sunday, March 13, 2011

I haven't written in a while because I haven't had a lot of things going on. The winter has been long and cold and VERY snowy, but my plan seems to be working pretty well. I hit a small wall a couple of weeks ago, but I seem to be back on track now. I'm just doing my thing. Someone else noticed that I had lost weight. Like before, it was someone who hadn't seen my in a long time. None of the people I work with every day has said anything. That's actually pretty good because I really don't like to get attention.

We ordered Girl Scout cookies a while ago. I didn't really want to get any, but it was for the cute little daughter of someone my husband works with so what can you do? Anyway, I decided to go for the new cranberry ones. My husband went for the Samoas and Thin Mints. They were delivered last night. The cranberry ones are a pretty good snack and a serving size is 2 cookies for 120 calories.

My no nail-biting streak is up to 65 days! I am very excited about this and I hope to reward myself with a professional manicure soon. (Maybe for my birthday!)

I am having dinner with my sister-in-law this week. She runs a lot and she's even done a few marathons. I am going to talk to her about taking up running and get her advice. I think I need to lose more weight and get in better shape before I do it, but I'm hoping that she can tell me what kinds of things I should do to get ready. I love walking, but I think I want to kick it up a notch. She wants to go to the Olive Garden, so if anybody has any advice on what I can eat there that won't completely ruin my food plan I would love to hear it!
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KIYOSHI04 3/15/2011 9:27AM

    hope you had a good time with your sil. congrats on the no nail biting streak... that is awesome!!
and the cranberry cookies sound great.

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REDHEADMOM2U 3/14/2011 9:20AM

    Sounds like you are doing great!

For running: I've heard that couch to 5k (c25k.com?) is still a great site. I used it years and years, and lots of pounds ago, and it does work.

GS cookies: when I can't avoid them, I (personally) have to get rid of them asap. Last year, I gifted each of the teachers on my team with a box...somehow gs cookies seem like a great gift (as opposed to chips ahoy or oreos...which seem weird to give as a "thinking of you...you are awesome" gift)

Olive garden: hmmm, I used to know a lot of tricks. I think you can order the breadsticks and salad "plain" but I don't remember? I'm not sure if you like spicy, but for italian, I'm always a fan of penne arriabiata (spicy pasta). It's basically spaghetti and marinara...but fancy so it doesn't look diety. I agree with looking at the menu ahead of time. Pick what you want, adjust your other meals, and enjoy!

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CRYS828 3/14/2011 2:20AM

    Olive Garden has a website that has the nutritional information/breakdown on their appetizers, meals, beverages, and desserts. This information can help you to figure out your calories ahead of time.
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Stupid Stepper

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I mentioned a while ago that I have become somewhat addicted to my pedometer... OK -- totally addicted.

I get a lot of them free as freebies from vendors so they're not the greatest, but I was down to my last one and it finally bit the dust yesterday. I forget that I'm wearing one a lot and when I go to the ladies room it sometimes falls off and these things can only hit ceramic tile so many times before they break.

Anyway, my husband bought me one for Christmas this year so I had to finally crack that sucker open. It's actually fancier than the others I've had -- heart rate, calories, some kind of timer, etc. etc. Actually for my purposes the less functions the better so I went and bought another much less expensive one that just counts steps as a back-up.

Well I wore the fancy one this morning and it cut out after about half the day. I was so bummed out! I reset it and it seems to be working fine now, but in the meantime I put on the one I had bought, so now I'm walking around with 2 of them on at the same time.

I'm wondering if I have crossed into dangerous addiction territory. Perhaps I can find a 12 "step" program. (Of course I might have to average the readings on my two pedometers to do it!)

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Otherwise all is well with the 5% challenge so far.

  
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STARFISH619 2/24/2011 3:58PM

    I'm addicted to my pedometer too and feel naked without it!
I too have ran into dropping my pedometer in the ladies room. Ceramic tiles are only half my problem. I've had it drop in the toilet!
I've now trained myself to relocate it to my sleeve or collar, then put it back on my hip when done. :)
I have an Omron - and it rocks!

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NHGRL68 2/24/2011 8:26AM

    emoticon That's funny! I wear a pedometer too:-) Never thought of wearing 2 of them! Lol. It is nice to know how much you are really moving around though. Alls we have to do is look at our step count to know if we've been inactive. emoticon

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DORENC 2/24/2011 7:40AM

    I have a desk job so it would be great to challenge myself to steps. I just may do this. Thanks for writing about this and motivating me. Have a great day. Good luck to you on continued success.

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NDMOM73 2/24/2011 12:36AM

    Ah.... if I could only have had that addiction instead of one for sugar! :)

I honestly have never found a pedometer that I like. I think I need to find something similar to a bodybug (but maybe a bit less expensive) because I just don't care to have things on my waist, I feel like they are jabbing me all the time. Plus I am very fidgety so I always wonder how accurate they are? Or I could just be talking myself out of figuring out how many more steps I should be getting in a day?! lol

Anyway, I enjoyed your blog today, thanks for sharing!! :)

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CRYS828 2/24/2011 12:04AM

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ILIKECACTI 2/23/2011 10:25PM

    haha... i'm totally addicted to my bodymedia fit. the online subscription program that reads the data from it lost a days worth of my data a couple weeks ago. i was so lost without the data. i understand... but i think as long as the addiction is propelling you towards your fitness and weight loss goals... more power to it :)

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MJK0430 2/23/2011 9:09PM

    Oh Man, I usually don't actual LOL but I just did! Thanks!

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BEATLETOT 2/23/2011 8:56PM

    Har har! I love the "12 step" comment! Glad you're enjoying the challenge! Good luck!!! =)

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LISA_TRYING 2/23/2011 8:31PM

  Love it!!!

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REDHEADMOM2U 2/23/2011 8:26PM

    I actually got a cheapie one at xmas, and it didn't work right and then broke. Do you know if they can go on your shoe laces or does it have to be your waistband?

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REDHEADMOM2U 2/23/2011 8:25PM

    12 step program! LOL

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45 day streak

Monday, February 21, 2011

Back on January 9, 2011 I decided to start a Spark Streak to help me stop biting my fingernails. Well, it's been 45 days and so far my streak is still going!

I wouldn't say that I have been completely reformed because I've quit for longer than this before, but I'm pretty encouraged. I'm not ready for a manicure yet, but getting there. I have never had a manicure in my life. I'll turn 55 next month, so maybe that would be a good present to give myself!

  
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REDHEADMOM2U 2/22/2011 8:20PM

    Manicures are great...I actually like pedicures better because my finger nails don't "hold" the polish very long BUT I love the massage, the softness of the skin, the great looking cuticles afterwards.

I think that is a great reward for a long streak!!

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VITASANA 2/22/2011 10:14AM

    That's great!!! Can't wait to hear about your manicure! emoticon

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LISA_TRYING 2/22/2011 7:19AM

  Great job!! I kicked the habit when I was pregnant with my first b/c my nails were strong and thick and grew like weeds :) However, that turned in to me being a picker when they got brittle again after the kids were born :(

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ILIKECACTI 2/22/2011 6:44AM

    That's so great! Such a hard habit to break, but you're doing it!! That manicure will be well deserved :)

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JANET552 2/22/2011 6:26AM

    WooHoo for you!!! Congratulations. I've been quit for quite a few years now and I've never had a manicure either. That would be a fantastic reward. Keep up the great work!

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CRYS828 2/22/2011 4:59AM

    emoticon45 days is quite an accomplishment!

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JANNIEWANNIE 2/22/2011 12:31AM

    I bit my nails for years and years. My fifth grade teacher tried and tried to get me to quit biting my nails, but I never did back then. I am 58 and miraculously just stopped biting my nails about 15 years ago. Don't know how or why, but I do remember always having a nail clipper near me at home and one in my purse. And I kept polish on my nails because I didn't like the taste of the polish in my mouth. I think a manicure would be a great reward for yourself. My granddaughter loves to paint my nails. That is the closest I have ever had to a manicure. Go for it. If I did it, I know you can too. Hugs from Janet in central Illinois

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NDMOM73 2/21/2011 11:34PM

    WooHoo!! Congrats on your streak! And yes, that would be a wonderful present to yourself. :)
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TARAHA 2/21/2011 10:01PM

    Good Job, that is something I do about every third year for lent. It is right around the corner, maybe I will join you!
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TDLEE9674 2/21/2011 8:52PM

    Congrats... You can do it, just keep looking forward to that manicure.

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Somebody Noticed!!!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

I went to a lecture yesterday at lunchtime and one of the attendees came in a little late. She is a dietitian and I work with her classes sometimes. Anyway, after the lecture she came up to me and told me I looked great. She said I looked like I had lost a lot of weight and she said if she had to guess she would say I lost 22 pounds or so. She completely nailed it! I have lost exactly 22 pounds! This was so exciting because nobody else has noticed anything. I haven't seen her in a while, so that probably had a lot to do with it.

I actually hadn't minded that nobody noticed. In a way I was keeping it all undercover. Everyone is so bundled up around here in the winter, so I was hoping for some dramatic "ta-da moment" when I showed up at a meeting without a bulky sweater and tons of layers.

So this was great and this person is someone I really respect and like a lot, so it's extra special!

Today is Day #1 of my second Spark Challenge. I am off to a pretty good start. I generally jog through one half of S.U. basketball games when they're on TV (which is every game), and I chose the second half today. Well, the game went into overtime, so I got over an hour of jogging in today. Plus S.U. won. Cool!

I'm on a new team this time (the Butterflies), so I'll have lots of chances to make new Spark Friends along the way too.

My strategy is pretty much the same as my last challenge. I have become addicted to my pedometer and I am committed to at least 6,000 steps per day. I also want to add some strength training this time. I will faithfully track EVERYTHING I eat!
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LANIDOLL 2/21/2011 9:15PM

    I'm sure it feels great to be noticed. I've been there before and I'm on my way again (I hope). Welcome to the butterfly team and let's accomplish some great things together!!

P.S. Great job with those nails too - once you have a mani, you'll get addicted. emoticon (imagine little nails on here)


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KIYOSHI04 2/21/2011 4:28PM

    great job! i bet it felt great to be noticed!
and great job with the jogging!

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TALLGIRLX3 2/21/2011 9:33AM

    That's great! I love it when people "notice". Don't worry, though, I'm sure you'll still have that TA-DA moment! Once this nasty weather goes away and you peel those layers off you'll get many more comments! Something to look forward to aside from warmer weather! :)

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ANNIEMAC_98 2/21/2011 9:15AM

    Great! emoticon

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VEDDIE78 2/21/2011 9:08AM

    That's so awesome that someone noticed and has got to be such a great feeling!

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ILIKECACTI 2/21/2011 7:50AM

    That's so great! I can't wait until people start to notice on me!

And good luck with the Butterflies team! We can make the most of this challenge :)

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GUMMY_BEAR7 2/20/2011 1:38PM

    That's great ~ that feeling is always great!

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 2/20/2011 12:14PM

    Welcome to the butterflies team and happy you were noticed. Congrats.

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THINAGIN2 2/20/2011 10:43AM

    The first time someone else notices that you have lost lots of weight is special! It's always gives you the best feeling about yourself and a little boost to keep on keeping on!
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REDHEADMOM2U 2/20/2011 9:20AM

    How fun to be noticed like that! Your new challenge sounds great too.. Good luck!


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REDHEADMOM2U 2/20/2011 9:20AM

    How fun to be noticed like that! Your new challenge sounds great too.. Good luck!


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NDMOM73 2/20/2011 12:20AM

    Congrats on your current success and wishing you even more success on your new goals. Looking forward to being on this challenge with you! emoticon

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ANNIEJEFFRIES 2/19/2011 9:48PM

    Congratulations on your loss of 22 pounds. emoticon
Isn't it great when someone notices!

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TERESAMARIE1959 2/19/2011 8:23PM

    It is always nice when someone notices! emoticon

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LPETRO119 2/19/2011 8:05PM

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I'm so happy for you!

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LPETRO119 2/19/2011 8:05PM

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I'm so happy for you!

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CRYS828 2/19/2011 7:54PM

    That's awesome emoticon that someone noticed your weight loss. The compliment has a way of making you smile emoticon all day and you realize that all of your hard work and effort is worth it. emoticon

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MJK0430 2/19/2011 7:50PM

    22 lbs is fantastic! I bet a lot of people will start commenting once the weather gets warmer.

I don't really follow sports, but since It's Saturday S.U. must be a college? Which one?

Happy fluttering! ~Maureen


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CHARANN3 2/19/2011 7:45PM

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SKIRNIR 2/19/2011 7:39PM

    Great story. Wonder how in the world she guessed so accurately?!

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BTRFLY08 2/19/2011 7:31PM

    emoticon That is awesome! Congratulations on losing 22 pounds. Good luck with the challenge. You can do it!

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DENNYJO25 2/19/2011 7:20PM

  I am so happy for you. It does feel great when someone notices. Keep up the great work!
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NHGRL68 2/19/2011 7:14PM

    emoticon on your 22lb loss. That's AWESOME! I bet it felt great to have someone notice it. Sounds like you got in a great workout today too. Keep up the great work, emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NTSOHLTHNT 2/19/2011 7:08PM

    That's awsome! Although we tell ourselves that it doesn't matter if no one notices, but it sure is as nice feeling when someone does.
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WISEDIETER 2/19/2011 7:08PM

    It is great when someone notices I am amazed how accurate she was on the number and what a good one it is Well done I find tracking the food is the best way of keeping control
Cheers Sue

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