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Too fat for Special K!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Some of you may have seen that commercial about Special K "lose 6 pounds in 2 weeks". I got an email about it, so, just because I am a curious person, I clicked through to their website, entered my stats and got a message "Sorry, you need to see your doctor. We are unable to help you at this time." Wow!

I was about to say something like "isn't it great that I have already made progress on my journey via SparkPeople because otherwise I would have such a sense of failure." But I can't say that because, as I typed that paragraph, I realized I was eating MORE CARBS!

I am obviously not in a good mental/emotional state! Yikes! I'd laugh except I'd probably start crying!

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CARRAND 1/24/2012 8:09PM

    You're better off without Special K anyhow. What a joke. I look for cereal that has more grams of fiber than grams of sugar. And I have to get gluten free cereal. My favorite cold cereal has flax in it, is gluten free, and has lots of fiber. My favorite hot cereal is gluten free oatmeal - not the instant variety.

You are such a wonderful person. Don't let a advertising web site get you down.

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ROX2013 1/17/2012 12:06AM

    Remember when we first"meant", we always reminded each other that slow and steady wins the race. And remember that it is two steps forward one step back. You are a great,smart and caring person who is by no means a failure! I am right there beside you so lean on me whenever you need to.

I also checked out the Special K idea, what I found out was that it has very very little fiber content!

I have so many other cereals that do boost my fiber intake that I decided I wasn't missing anything by skipping the Special K (and the Chex cereals for the same reason.


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LIBBYFITZ 1/14/2012 10:22PM

    emoticonYou are a wonderful caring person, that was not a nice response!

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SLOLOSER 1/14/2012 1:44PM

    I'm not impressed with the Special K plan anyway. A bowl of cereal and a piece of fruit for both breakfast and lunch?

It's a short term fix for someone who wants to lose 6 pounds fast. It's not a healthy diet.

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 1/14/2012 8:16AM

    Lose 6 pounds in 2 weeks with Special K?! I guess if you ate (a) portion of the stuff at every meal, and ate nothing else - maybe.


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MRE1956 1/14/2012 6:54AM

    Wow! Makes ya almost want to think about "fudging" those stats should you try that again, eh?

Bur seriously, though.....

Not knowing you or your personal health situation, you may *or may NOT* need to seek help - for all I know, you may very well be in touch with good health care folks regularly - but all that having been said.....

That message is very rude, condescending, and even worse, VERY COLD IN TONE! I tell ya, if I did eat SK regularly, I'd throw the stuff out and ban it from the house! Sheesh!

Hang in there!

emoticon - with or without that damned SK!

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    How rude of them! We have faith in you emoticon

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_LINDA 1/14/2012 1:37AM

    I don't watch TV, so never saw this ad. That is hard to believe that it would have a message like that. Anyone can start to live a healthy lifestyle at any time and start to lose weight. Although Sparks doesn't recommend losing that much in a week. They obvioulsy don't know what they are talking about.
You are not a failure. You are here. You are NOT giving up! I am right there with you, loading up on bad carbs (salty chips and popcorn are my weakness at the moment) But it can be turned around. When my stash is gone its not coming back. No more temptations.
Lets heal our mind and body together. We CAN come back from the abyss. Its never too late to start again.
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More Stairs!

Monday, January 09, 2012

Not eating on track, but I have been choosing to go up stairs more often. I lost track how many times I went up stairs. I cannot yet walk down the stairs without knee troubles, but being able to walk up stairs is progress.

I did laundry at the laundromat this evening and noticed that carrying the baskets was a lot easier.

Progress in baby steps is still to be celebrated!

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TEENY_BIKINI 1/13/2012 6:46PM

    Excellent, excellent work!


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STAROFD00M 1/12/2012 4:37PM

    Hurray for baby steps!!

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JUSTDANCEGIRL 1/10/2012 11:35AM

    Baby steps all the way! :) Congrats on your victories that you do have. :)

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LIBBYFITZ 1/10/2012 7:37AM

    emoticonThat is great that you are adding more stairs to the daily routine! emoticon

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_LINDA 1/10/2012 1:05AM

    Sounds like you are doing good to me! I am taking it stairs does not bother the heel problem you are having? That is a good thing if you found something that doesn't aggravate that..
I feel the same way about stairs and hills -I enjoy going up them but wish I didn't have to go back down them lol.
Keep up the great work!!

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MISSY455 1/9/2012 11:56PM

    Yes it is!!! Take your wins where you can. It all counts!
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Up Stairs!

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Today's WWAW meeting gave me some food for thought. Talking about old vs new thinking about food. I shared that I no longer view food as "good" or "bad",
that food is neutral. I have replaced those labels with "healthy" or "better" or "unwise". Subtle difference, but the terms are not so emotionally charged.

Still thinking about some of the other things we discussed. Exercise is still a hurdle for me.

Speaking of which, I can now walk up four flights of stairs without pain. I cannot do the same walking down the stairs. A small improvement, but I will take it!

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LIBBYFITZ 1/6/2012 7:16AM

    emoticonI loved those word changes about food.

I find I hurt my knees if I go downstairs, much prefer upstairs! 4 flights is great!

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_LINDA 1/6/2012 12:38AM

    That is fabulous news Mali! Going up four flights of stairs is huge! Its great cardio! Going down is easier in that you have gravity, but it much harder balance wise and puts more pressure on your knee. If I had my druthers, I would run up the stairs and take the elevator down!!
Great attitude to with the food! That is the way it should be!
Keep up the great work!

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RJFERRARO315 1/6/2012 12:29AM

    Sounds like your overcoming some mental & physical hurdles.


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Exercise Day 3

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

I walked and did some upper body strength training today but it was not very much, certainly not enough to make up for the excess food I ate.

My triggers? Yes, plural.
Lot reinspections. My to do list is not finished (can't afford to finish yet - what I have done so far has cost more than a paycheck) and the likelihood they will give me a new list! The usual pressures - an old car, not enough money...And, late last night I leared my "adopted" mom was back in the hospital. The email contained two other facts. They all anticipate that this year's family reunion will be Mom's last and Mom is already mentally ready to die at home. The reunion will be in late June in the southeast. I wish I had identified this trigger before I started chowing down!

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STAROFD00M 1/5/2012 10:18AM

    I'm so sorry about your Mom :( That really stinks.

As for the food, YOU have control over each day. Having a bad food day sucks, but you can always have the next day be full of healthy choices.

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LIBBYFITZ 1/4/2012 9:05AM

    Sorry to hear about you mum. A sad time for you all. emoticon

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_LINDA 1/4/2012 12:13AM

    So very sorry about your Mom :(( Make every effort to go see her and say your goodbyes so you can be at peace. Cost should be no object, just find a way..
Just keep moving, one foot in front of the other. You can survive this because you are strong..

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JUSTDANCEGIRL 1/3/2012 11:47PM

    I'm sorry to hear about all the things you are going through.


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NONIE_C 1/3/2012 11:33PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your mom, but I'm glad you identified your triggers. Better late than never at all. Now, at least, you can do things to prepare, so it doesn't get you again. Personally, I am trigger "happy" lately, but at least I'm getting in my exercise.

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Exercise Day Two

Monday, January 02, 2012

Today was the last day of vacation. Tomorrow, work begins again. I have LOVED having this time off! I really needed the break. I did not get as many things crossed off my to do list as I wanted, but I am very proud of the work I did get done around the house.

As I have been doing things today including getting ready for tomorrow, I think that returning to the routine will be helpful. Oddly, I am better about drinking water at work than at home. I need to be more diligent about getting the exercise in. I need to walk in the morning (that would be new) or brave our tiny gym (I am intimidated by the fit people who use it - I would be much more comfortable by myself!).

I want to lose 5 pounds a month this
year and would not turn down more than that. Today was day 2 of my new resolve to get 10 minutes of exercise in. Yesterday was exactly 10 and it felt a lot more than that. Today was 42. I walked to the neighborhood store and stopped at another store enroute. I bought some new arch supports and my feet are much happier! On the way back home, I found a credit card in the garden center of the hardware store. I turned it in at the service desk. I hope the person and their card get reunited. I was glad for the extra steps, even though my right foot is still sore.

I had planned to do some kettlebell workouts today, but I can hardly lift my right arm so I decided that was unwise. I think I slept wrong - the back of my shoulder is really sore and I can't think what else could have been the cause.

At the moment, my food tracker says I need to eat more, but I am not hungry. This year, my focus is less on food and more on moving.

Today was a good day.

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LIBBYFITZ 1/3/2012 6:58AM

    emoticonWell done on the walking!

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_LINDA 1/3/2012 1:13AM

    Well done!! It may take time for your feet to adjust to the supports and may be sore for a while -way to work through it! Morning exercise is a great idea -you get it in and done before the day's excuses build up -you have long, stressful tiring workdays -I can't see wanting to exercise after that!
Having a gym at work is great -is there any time its not busy? Can you take a fitness break when you want to and sneak a quick workout in? Or are your lunch and coffe breaks all at a fixed time? A quick, 10 minute workout wouldn't be too hard to squeeze in..
All the best with it!

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MISSY455 1/2/2012 11:48PM

    It sounds like a very good day! If you have been doing some things around the house, you may have used some muscles in a different way than normal. I know after I move furniture, or scrub the cupboard doors, my shoulders hurt for a day or two. I think it is the angle and the pressure.

It's funny I also have no problem drinking water at work, usually get 10 cups in that day, but struggle at home. Maybe we have too many other choices at home? I have put the tea on the counter and am going to try to drink warm tea at night. Trying to break my diet soda habit too!

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