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It Never Gets Dull!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Last weekend we were in Edmonton to visit family. While there we saw the Andy Warhol exhbit and the Gay Pride Parade. Today I went to Fort McMurray's first Pakistani fashion show with my friend. The dresses had a North American influence and the models were of all nationalities. The models, all local young women strutted down the catwalk accompanied by Top 40 music. Great fun and a wonderful to meet new friends.

Thursday I went to buy a new battery for the old Camry we are giving to our daughter. As I am driving home, a truck T boned the car. I can still drive it, but likely it will be a write off, which it too bad because it runs so well.

I had a good weigh in on Saturday and attribute that to the Plate Method. I am loving it so much I am thinking of starting a Spark Group for people who want to do it or maybe a 5% challenge team. Yesterday I hiked 10K in 120 minutes. Today I took hubby out for Father's Day brunch, went to the fashion show, unloaded the china cabinet, packed up board games, had long phones visits with the kids, made hubby a delicious and nutritious dinner. There was not enough time to hike. I should have done it when I woke at 4:30 but I would have woke hubby when I got the dog up. On Father's Day I couldn't risk waking him.

I think I am over feeling sad about leaving this house. I've had years to make the house just the way I wanted. There is nothing wrong with the house, it's the location. I have to remember I am going to something not leaving something. I know I will miss my friends but I really do plan on coming back each spring to visit.

This week I will

walk 10K daily (yikes I can't believe I just wrote that!)
continue with the Plate Method - love the Corelle divided plate
plan our goodbye house party
keep planning the move, packing, etc.

This week our Living the Good Life – Thank yourself everyday!

Do we treat our friends better than we treat ourselves? Think about when we congratulate or thank someone or give encouragement. Sure they lost a pound or started a new diet, exercised or were nice to us. Do we do that for ourselves? Have you exercised, stayed within your calorie range, made a nutritious meal, walked the dog, tidied your home, drank your water, tracked your exercise, got rested, set a new goal, read a motivating article, had some 'me time', watched your sodium, are a good team mate, kind to yourself and any of the other good things you do in a day. Treat yourself with love this week. Be your own best friend, and that means giving yourself a little gift too. Each day give yourself a Spark goodie with a loving note telling yourself why you are giving/getting the goodie.

Yestereday I gave myself a Spark goodie – Thanks Sweetie for making time to go out for a walk. Also, I really liked the dinner you made, it helps keep me within my calorie range. You are taking good care of me today. Love from your best friend Lynn

It should help us recognize and appreciate the positive things we are doing to improve our health. Have a great week and treat yourself well.

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    i would hate to leave my home too but you are going to have a grand adventure. Your outings sound interesting and fun.

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CMRAND54 6/20/2011 8:16PM

    I love your plate method. It's something you can stick with for life and not feel deprived. You idea of giving yourself a spark goodie is a good one, too. We are always harder on ourselves than on others.

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WELLNESSME09 6/20/2011 2:37PM

    Wow! your a very busy lady, thanks for sharing...I'm very happy to here that you were not hurt in the accident. Your doing an amazing job!!! emoticon

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FVHORVATH 6/20/2011 2:33PM

    Sorry to hear about the car but I am so glad you were not hurt! You have such a busy life right now and that would have made it even harder for you. You are such an amazing person and I am so lucky to count you as my friend. I sure don't want anything bad to happen to you.

I love the idea of the divided plate and will have to look for one the next time I go up to the Corelle Outlet store. I can always "find" things in there to bring home. LOL

When is the big moving date! I know you will be ready for it as much as you are doing now!

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RUFFIT 6/20/2011 1:08PM

    I loved treating myself. That is an awesome idea. Take care Sparkbuddy, Moni emoticon emoticon

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PEGTIGER 6/20/2011 1:05PM

    So glad you had a nice visit. I hate that the car was hit, but so thankful you are alright. I'm glad you found a divided plate. I just visualize in my head. It has helped me to do that. I use to make a sandwich for lunch and that was it. Now I make sure there are freggies on half the plate with my sandwich! The scales didn't move this week, maybe next week! Thanks again for all you've shared on your journey. It has helped many others.

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ANATASHIKI 6/20/2011 12:44PM

    you're going on a new adventure! think your house was a work of art and you're ready make another one , maybe better. it's easy to stay connected with far away friends(thanks God for internet).great challenge this week , I love to spoil myself : )

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CAROLJ35 6/20/2011 11:11AM

    Interesting blog, Lynn! Sorry about the car but glad you were not hurt.
You are a very busy gal, just thank God you have the physical stamina to be so active. We left our lovely home and the small college town where we raised our family and moved South after retirement. I just never look back. Our recent motivational lesson was on letting go of the past and forging ahead.
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About the goodies - I have a hard time rewarding myself since I feel so blessed with all that I have, but is nice to stop and think about ME once a day.
Thanks for your motivation, too. (Please don't take time to acknowledge this post as you are very busy.)

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TWNOMWE 6/20/2011 10:47AM

    Thank God you were not hurt.
It is also nice that the plate method is working for you. I am using mine too but this weekend I cooked my hubby chapati (Ugandan style, all white flour) and I ate two and I think that is why my weight was up by .6 lb this morning from Saturday weigh in. I will have to do double exercise and stay far from chapati, and all baked sweets this week.
emoticon on walking 10 km in 2 hrs and planning to do every day !!!! I would love to get those books for the MP3 for Liz.
Happy packing and hope you have a great party. emoticon emoticon

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SHEILA1505 6/20/2011 10:44AM

    I'm so glad that you weren't hurt!
You've had a very busy weekend - a good one too by the looks of it. Yes - oh so casually you mention walking 10K per day - not so long ago ......


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MOSTMOM1 6/20/2011 10:14AM

    Glad you weren't hurt! You have a LOT going on. You are really making your way to your goal!

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69NURSE 6/20/2011 9:52AM

    You are so right!! Life is never dull for you. I am sorry about the accident and certainly glad YOU were not hurt. When is the "move" date? Although we talk about selling this house in a few years and moving some place w/more moderate temps, and longer motorcycle seasons (LOL), I can not even imagine cleaning out 40+ years of STUFF. You are doing a terrific job with everything - keeping up your walking, cleaning, packing, eating healty and still finding time for friends and new experiences. emoticon emoticon Hope this is a great week for you. I like the idea of treating myself as good as my friends...interesting. Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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MJK0430 6/20/2011 9:03AM

    Thanks! I love the idea about giving ourselves goodies each day!
That's great about your daily 10k's!

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CMPEARL 6/20/2011 8:53AM

    I will have to look into buying some plates...I love the idea of having a visual at meals to help keep me on track. Sounds like you had a great weekend and a busy week ahead! Take care and remember to get that 'me' time in too :)

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JEANUT 6/20/2011 6:52AM

    Thank God you were not hurt.

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DIANESMILES 6/20/2011 1:31AM

    Awww Lynn,,,you KNOW I STRUGGLE with the Plate Method,,, UNLESS Vegatable OIL from CAKE counts as the 1/2 of my PLATE??? THan NO PROB and I'd be a HAPPY CAMPER ! LOL !!!! or ONE PIECE of lettuce SPREAD OUT WIDELY !! hahahahahaIts NOT that I haven't TRIED to LIKE them,,,they AGREE to NOT like me also. :P~~~~~
On leaving the house,,,it IS sad, I had to leave my little red house and I STILL think about it from time to time,,,how I LOVED taking care of the lawn, but I was so much HEALTHIER !!!!! I even did my neighbors when they were on vacation. LOL They LOVED it,,I did it for FREE. I just LOVED LOVED Mowing ! Our lawn was one of the best looking ones. I was so PROUD of it. But Lynn, like myself, once you move, you take your memories with you. They NEVER leave you, they STAY in your heart and mind. If you get decorating shows in the new area,,,just THINK how much FUN it will be to do the NEW PLACE OVER !! Did you know GRAY Is the NEW BEIGE??? HOW COOL is THAT???? I am in a NICE apartment now, but I can't paint witout paying even MORE $$$$ and I am not sure I want to do that right now, I MIGHT THOUGH ! IF I DO I'll do that GRAY in my hallway coming into my place, it's sooo cool looking ! Warm and inviting. I am SURE You have MANY IDEA's on what it is you want,,, NEAT !!!!!! EXCITING !!!! I LOVE moving into a place for this. HAVE FUN !!!

CONGRATS on the walking,, WOW !! I WANT my cast OFF NOW !! I WANT To walk a MILE NOW NOW NOW !! NOW NOW NOW !! Am I IMPATIENT?? NOW ! LOL !!! I LOVE walking,,, will ask the new foot Dr if we can even get me to RUNNING though I've been told a # of times that's IMPOSSIBLE,,,I DO NOT BELIEVE In IMPOSSIBLE Lynn,,,,where there's a WILL there's a WAY !! I was told once,, I'd NEVER WALK again,,, and I CAN !

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ELASTI-GIRL 6/20/2011 12:54AM

    I've followed the plate method for a few years. I definitely eat a lot of freggies each day, and know that my body is healthier for making those choices. Portion control and other goodies can sideline weight-loss but not indefinitely.

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MAMABUGAZ 6/19/2011 11:44PM

    You've been talking about the plate method alot lately. I must have missed your description of it. But, one plate method that I've heard of, before, involves:
- use a lunch-size plate
- 1/4 with meat or protein
- 1/4 with carbs
- 1/2 with fruits and vegetables.

Is that what you're talking about?
(Glad it's working for you, whatever it is.)

~ Faith

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Time to Make My Life the Happily Ever After

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Last night the family that is buying our house came over. They have 5 children and not all of them had seen the house. The purpose of the visit was for the kids to get their bedrooms assigned. We offered them some pieces of furniture – sofa and chair, 3 bookcases and a large desk, so less to pack.

However knowing they were coming over again, I worked around the house making it look like a show home, hid the dog in the car, lit scented candles, etc. After they left I had a scoop of chocolate yogurt and cone, and then another. Yes it stressed me and I ate! I really need to address how to handle this type of stress.

I know I have the biggest challenges of the year behind me. We got the house ready to sell and we did sell it. Mission accomplished! The things I am dealing with now should be easy. I have to sell and give away more furniture, pack, book a mover and storage, and relocate to our RV for a couple of months. Then we leave town and move into our next house Oct 1st or thereabouts.

The wildfire is growing and the wind was blowing into the city. This morning, I could smell smoke in the house and likely it’s always here, just at times my sense of smell is better. In the afternoon the air quality was fair, so I decided I would go out for a walk and pretend it just campfire smoke and if it was really bad I would do a very short walk. I did 90 minutes. Along the way it started to rain, but it was only a few drops.

As I was walked I thought about when I was in high school and ALL the kids were in the normal weight range. We all walked to and from school. I went home for lunch – no school cafeteria for me. That was a 20 minute run each way so 80 minutes a day of running.

I am doing well with the plate method and was pleasantly surprised to see it become the new icon for U.S.D.A. Each meal is it`s own thing - what am I putting on my plate for this meal, and does it look `balanced`. I love it!

I may go back to university and study a new field - social work, with the idea of helping people who WANT to lose weight. I met with a social worker in May and talked about behavioral changes, it was like a light bulb moment! I pretty much stopped eating when I awake during the night, and I seldom have an alcoholic beverage just because other people are. Being a social worker would be quite a change from business!

Now I have to focus on my diet and exercise. I should be able to prepare for a move and pursue my other goals. It's time to start living 'the happily ever after'!

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    I'm so glad you sold the house. We have that to look forward to soon.

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MISSLORI5 6/17/2011 9:28PM

    Do you know how awesome you are? This project of moving, cleaning, selling, and all that goes with it is exhausting and you have done it! In my opinion, there's nothing you are not capable of accomplishing if you want it bad encough and you are physically and mentally capable of attaining it. Something you definitely are! You go, Girl!!!!! emoticon

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INDIANAGIRL61 6/17/2011 8:54PM

    Good for you. You will be able to do anything you set your mind to! Good luck and best wishes through the summer.

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ALIBROM 6/17/2011 12:49AM

    Your enthusiasm for the next phase of your life is showing! I will have to check out this plate method you are talking about. I am a stress eater, too, and it is sometimes very difficult to control. I am not perfect, but I am doing better. At least now I don't say, well, I blew it, so I might as well eat more. Congrats on selling your house and best wishes for your summer in an RV. Sounds like fun.

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DIANESMILES 6/16/2011 9:37PM

    Lynn, I LOVE the idea of you going back to school !! That's fantastic !!! I say that's GR8 !! GO FOR IT !!!! You wrote a blog awhiles back that has STUCK in my mind about what it was you were learning on how to eat,,,I think it was from a WW class???? I just attended a Diabetes class and I'll also blog it because I think some can benefit from the knowledge as I did !!!! I DID Like the plate method ALSO, but today I learned to really stick by the pyamid because it's more accurate UNLESS your in a hurry, than the plate method is OK for a diabetic. That really WAS Interesting to me !!! It breaks down what you need per day so much more per catagory. Such as how many grains, fats, etc. I also learned to MUCH about what TYPES of fats are GOOD for you and what ones are BAD for you when you are reading the labels. INTERESTING !

GO FOR YOUR DREAMS while you can. Life is SHORT and who knows whats around the corner !! One moment your healthy and CAN DO THIS and another moment something COULD happen, you might not be able to handle it physically, financially or emotionally, so DO THIS WHILE you can. DREAM BIG ! NEVER EVER STOP DREAMING ! I Don't even in my position !

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CMRAND54 6/16/2011 8:41PM

    I really like your social worker idea. You'll get there. You can do anything!

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MELLIL 6/16/2011 5:34PM

    Lynn... do you know my brain would HURT if I were inside your head? LOL! You THINK a LOT! But I sure do agree with you! It IS time to live the Happily Ever After part! That's what I'm workin' on too!

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ANNIE7205 6/16/2011 1:35PM

    You are on your way to amazing things. I'm so happy for you!

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BUGLET- 6/16/2011 11:57AM

    You are such an optimist and I like that about you.
Hugs, Bug

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MOSTMOM1 6/16/2011 11:19AM

    Live it!

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JSPIN74 6/16/2011 9:59AM

    emoticon your self-awareness & kind awareness of others is awesome...it's going to carry you through all the lifestyle changes you're making....AND it will lend well to the other ideas that you're toying with (going back to school, social work, etc) emoticon

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FVHORVATH 6/16/2011 9:49AM

    You have some wonderful but challenging changes coming your way. I know you will handle this with all the charm and detirmination you have. I know this will bring you enjoyment once it is all settled but getting there will be challenging. Keep your head up and looking forward to all the great things you will experiences and you will be great! (As always!)

As for the fires is there any chance of them heading your way? I hope not! We don't hear anything about them in Indiana only the ones in Arizona. Wishing you luck with those crazy things!

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FAIRLIGHT914 6/16/2011 9:31AM

    Great blog! I moved out of my home last year and decluttered my life~ and that is when I started losing weight! 30 lbs now. I had no idea how stressed I was being a homeowner along with all of my other responsibilities. I moved into a new apartment complex with a gym and fitness center that I actually have time to use...free Zumba classes on Thursday too! I can clean my whole place in 2 hours. Who knew that my "happily ever after" did NOT include a white picket fence! emoticon

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MRSGOFARR 6/16/2011 9:06AM

    That really kind of you to let the children come over and start that process. And so giving too. I love this of you getting into the psyhcology of choices you make around food and alcohal. That is very interesting to me and much of this stuff has been so defined by the time we are adults. I would encourage you to go forward with this kind of study or find an outlet that will help you discover your triggers along with others. Did the weight watcher meetings help you at all with this? You might want something more academic. I know the WW meetings for me really depended on the people that were there that made the meeting worthwhile for me. It was hit or miss. I had some REALLY good ones where fighters and cryers and people who just hung it all out there and others where people were just quiet.

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FUNKY5RED 6/16/2011 7:57AM

    You are really living your life - none of sitting back and letting it happen to you. There are so many changes for you right now and it is exciting! I think you would be a great social worker. Go for it!

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HICIM705 6/16/2011 6:49AM

    Lots of changes have happened ... more to come, you will handle them all with style and grace. I think knowing what you want is 1/2 the battle ... I still don't know what I want to do when I 'grow up' and I think sometimes that's the reason my work becomes so difficult for me.

Thinking back on where you 'came from', helps you to figure out how you got 'here' ... and it also helps to figure out where you are going. Reflection is all part of life and it's going to be a big part of the 'chapter' in your life that you are about to close when you sell your house. Big things like houses (besides relationships, etc) - help to define who we are ... you are in the process of redefining yourself and your family and your life ... you will be wonderful at whatever you do. . .wherever life takes you from here. . .

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ANATASHIKI 6/16/2011 2:13AM

    I'm glad to hear you feel so good , but you still have a lot of work to do. I don't keep any comfort food in the house and I'm too lazy to go outside and buy it if I crave it. I have an ok combination of light yogurt , muesli and fruits when I want something sweet(with some sweetener , I know it's bad but not as bad as sugar). I used a lot of herbal supplements for stress this month in order to not be tempted to eat and it worked for me. and I became a true endorphin junkie , every time I was feeling bad I ran for 10 minutes to feel better(but feeling good after running came only after a few months of training). I don't think that the 5 kids family needed the show , I can imagine how a 5 kids house would look : ).

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CANDOK1260 6/16/2011 1:20AM

    you sounds like you know what you waNT AND GOING FOR IT emoticon

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KATIEANN59 6/15/2011 11:33PM

    Hi Hon, I agree with Linda and Ruth. YOu have an adventure ahead of you and it should be a fun one. Enjoy it. YOu are so good at giving everyone incentive here you should be great as a social worker. I wish you all the best!! Take Care Hon and God Bless!!! Love, Katie

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RUTHXG 6/15/2011 11:12PM

    Exciting new possibilities for you! And you have my good wishes for the packing & moving. That's stressful, but the big uncertainty of the sale is over, yay!

It was so sweet of you to make the house beautiful for the buyer family's visit. I imagine the kids will always remember it.

I too have been thinking about earlier times in my life when exercise was just built in & I ate well but very simply. Today's frequency of obesity would have just shocked us then.

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LINDA! 6/15/2011 11:02PM

    You have some wonderful changes ahead. Congrats on selling your lovely house. I am excited for you - I hope you do study social work. You will be a wonderful social worker.

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Dash Away for the Weekend

Friday, June 10, 2011

Hubby is involved with a golf tournament on Father's Day so we are visiting the kids in Edmonton this weekend. Today I will pick hubby up after work and make the 5 hour drive to Edmonton tonight. Tomorrow we will run errands there, have dinner at our favorite Indian restaurant (will do Plate Method for eating out), and visit with family. Sunday morning 9 AM we will head home. It's a quick trip but hubby is so happy! Next year it will be a 13 hour drive from our new home to have the Father's Day visit.

I taught my friend The Plate Model this morning when she was over for breakfast. I made her breakfast - veggie omlette in a pita and watermelon.

Butter, salted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high) 36
Egg, fresh, 1 large 70
Bread, pita, whole-wheat, 0.5 pita, large (6-1/2" dia) 85
Onions, raw, 0.5 cup, chopped 30
Green Peppers (bell peppers), 0.5 cup, strips 19
Mushrooms, fresh, 0.5 cup, pieces or slices 8
Watermelon, 2 cup, balls 99

347 calories

I have to trim calories to make it fit in the daily 1200 calories.

We were so busy getting our house ready to sell, and we got an offer right away. Then it was like hurry up and wait, to see if our buyer's house would sell. Our house is definitely sold and now we are very busy again. I need to sell more furniture, pack, find a mover, get our travel trailer here, book a camp site, etc.

On August 1st we will be moving out our house and live in our travel trailer. Hubby is on payroll till September 30th and he has a lot of vacation, so he could be done in the first week or so of September if we limit July vacation, etc.

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the fresh fruits and vegetables!

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HEATHER1969 6/14/2011 12:30AM

    emoticon on getting the house sold!

Wish I was at your place for breakfast, that sounded really yummy!

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MOSTMOM1 6/12/2011 3:22PM

    You're having an adventure!

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SEAWAVE 6/11/2011 11:37AM

    What a weight off your shoulders to know the house is definitely sold. Your forward looking plans are very exciting! Your week-end trip, though quick, sounds like it will be fun too.

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ELEGANTFLOWERS 6/11/2011 10:36AM

    Enjoy your short trip. Sounds like you have a good plan.

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NOILEDNWAD 6/11/2011 9:45AM

    Have a great trip! What an exciting time for you and your hubby! I hope you find a great campsite for your interim housing!

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FUNKY5RED 6/11/2011 8:30AM

    Have a great weekend! It is good to plan out your strategy before going out to eat. Good job!

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ANATASHIKI 6/11/2011 5:02AM

    have a great weekend! sounds very exciting! you could cut your pita in 3 if you want and save some calories. and I like zucchini(raw, grated) in my omelette , lowest calories ever. I just saw the other blog. don't go to the 1200 right away , save it for plateau times. I usually eat 1400-1500. breakfast 300 , snacks 100-200, lunch and dinner 300-400. try to find food combinations to have balanced meals , not all calories once.

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SIMPLEJOYS 6/10/2011 10:36PM

  How exciting!! Enjoy your visit and "recon" for temporary housing! YAY!


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KIMBERTA99 6/10/2011 10:29PM

    Have a fun, safe trip!!

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PEGTIGER 6/10/2011 10:24PM

    Have a great weekend with family and congrats on selling the house.

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FVHORVATH 6/10/2011 9:45PM

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend and so glad to hear the house is finally a done deal. I am sure you are too!

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MNABOY 6/10/2011 9:33PM

    Life is good isn't it!

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CMRAND54 6/10/2011 9:18PM

    Love those fruits and vegetables!

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WELLNESSME09 6/10/2011 6:40PM

    Have a safe trip and wishing you a wonderful time with family!

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/10/2011 5:22PM

    Enjoy the weekend! Don't forget, 1200 is the low-end of your range . . . you can still add as many as 350 calories to bring it up to 1550. Have Fun! I love all the veggies available when eating Indian.

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RUFFIT 6/10/2011 5:08PM

    Have fun!!! Moni emoticon

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SHEILA1505 6/10/2011 3:32PM

    Enjoy the family weekend

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ANNIE7205 6/10/2011 3:18PM

    Have a great time!

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CANDOK1260 6/10/2011 3:11PM

    have a wonderful weekend I myself am going to Michigan from sat theru wenesday, but will probably be on a spark a little

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A Day of Happiness!

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Great News - we will get the paperwork tomorrow that our house is sold!

I have always loved the house and I will miss it! But time to move on to the next phase of our lives and make a new life on the west coast.

On the weekend I was happy to update my weight in Spark, but was in for quite a surprise. This message popped up -

Congratulations on your weight loss! Note that your calorie needs will decrease as you lose weight. To give you control over your account, we do not automatically adjust your calories when you weigh-in. We recommend clicking the "Change" link next to your weight goal under My Goals & Progress (on your Start page) to update your current weight every time you lose 10-15 pounds. Your program will automatically recalculate your calorie and nutrient needs based on this information.

So I followed the instructions and saw a BIG change.

Suddenly my calories changed from 1360 - 1710 to 1200 - 1550.

Wow that is quite a change in range from 1200 – 1720, 520 calories is a meal! So I will be going through a few days of adjustment to 1200 - 1550. I was aiming for 1500 calories with Weight Wise but felt ok if it was a little higher and within the 1710.

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ANATASHIKI 6/11/2011 7:03AM

    try to make 300 calories meals , you can have 5 meals of that , or at least max 400. you can do it, my range is 1700 and I usually eat 1400-1500. 300 breakfast , 100-200 snacks , 350-400 lunch and dinner

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BABYTUXXY 6/10/2011 3:59PM

    emoticon on the weight loss and the house sale! I hope you have a wonderful time on the west coast.

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CAROLJ35 6/10/2011 11:40AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon on the sale of the house! Now for the packing and preparing to move!

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CAROLJ35 6/10/2011 11:38AM

    Guess I had better see about that, too, I just upped my calories from 1150 to 1350 to 1200 to 1500 thinking I was too low. 1200 is not hard for me to do, but kind of fun to go over that once in a while. Doesn't a lot depend on the amount of exercise you do daily?
Sometimes it all gets confusing - especially for a senior!!! LOL

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JSPIN74 6/10/2011 11:10AM

    great news ;)

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SPARKCHANTAL 6/9/2011 5:07PM

    calories: that's the best bad news i've ever heard!
already wished you well for house & move on the chat thread

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DIANESMILES 6/9/2011 12:27AM

    YIUPEEE YIIII YEAHHHHH the House FINALLY SOLD !! Such a GOOD feeling and the STRESS of that is FINALLY GONE!!!! though a HAPPINESS there's also a twing of sadness as U say goodbye to as you said,,,the next phase.

I ALSO got that message last week and I LAUGHED cos I am ALREADY at 1250,,, how CAN I go LOWER than THAT???? HMMMMM should I Just STOP EATING? I just IGGYNORED it. But, I AM PROUD of my loss. I am PROUD of YOURS ALSO !! WOOOOHOOOOO!!!! GOOOOODDDDD GOING !! I wish you were also a Spirited Under Dog !!!!!!

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JEANUT 6/8/2011 9:52PM

    congrats on the sale and the wt. loss

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    emoticon I know you will be able to find the calorie range that works well.

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ANNIE7205 6/8/2011 5:41PM

    Congratulations on the house!

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SHEILA1505 6/8/2011 1:00PM

    Wonderful news Lynn!
So pleased for you that the house is sold - and good luck with the new nutrition range!

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TWNOMWE 6/8/2011 12:34PM

    emoticon on both the house sale and getting healthier every day.
the great feeling of accomplishment is a fantastic motivator.

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MJK0430 6/8/2011 12:32PM

    Yes on the house! And Yes on the weight loss! you'll get use to the lower cal range in time.


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TRACY180 6/8/2011 11:44AM

    I hate when I get that message. I have enough trouble counting what I can. Good luck with adjusting to the change.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 6/8/2011 9:29AM

    Congrats on the home sale, and even more, on your weight loss. That is crazy how your calorie range drops so much. Good thing there was a note to cal your attention to it.

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RUFFIT 6/8/2011 9:23AM

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MNABOY 6/8/2011 8:42AM

    Celebrate the price of success! Keep up the great work we need you.

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FUNKY5RED 6/8/2011 8:32AM

    Yippee about the house selling! When is the move?

You will find the calorie range that works for you. It may be different than what is suggested. That must have been a big surprise to have it say your range is lower. It's just not fair! (I don't think there is a pouty emoticon face for now.)

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MARTHAWILL 6/8/2011 7:49AM

    Congratulations on both counts. Awesome!
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SVELTEWARRIOR 6/7/2011 11:33PM

    I am so happy for you on all levels!!!!!! My you be Blessed in your new home!

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MRSGOFARR 6/7/2011 10:36PM

    Yeah I was down that much in cals on spark and that is where I found the most difference on the scale. Those are some new instructions that I have not seen before.

A huge congrats on the house!!! Change is good!

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CAMELA_55 6/7/2011 10:26PM

    Sounds like you had a good day! Doing the happy dance for you!

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KAREN_NY 6/7/2011 9:57PM

    Congrats on both! The house sale, and the weight loss! It may take a week or so to adjust, but you'll be fine! Look at how well you manage change already!

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/7/2011 9:55PM

    Mine went up on my own one day about a week or so ago . . . I had to revise my time frame to keep it at the 1200-1550 range. I've been at that range for nearly a year now. In the old Weight Watchers program, every time I lost two points for the day, I gave up drinking a 2-pt cup of milk and moved to taking a half calcium pill at each meal. Never liked drinking my calories (no satisfaction, for someone who already drinks lots of water). It's very hard to give up food. May this transition and your move to the west coast go as smoothly as possible for you.

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LAURIE9404 6/7/2011 9:45PM

    Congrats on the house sale! This is going to be a great new phase!! Also great work on the weight loss. This is why we work so hard. To see that we need less calories daily. emoticon

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BECKA525 6/7/2011 9:44PM

    Congrats on the house. You worked hard to get it ready. Way to go on the weight loss, I know you have been working hard on that too. Changes in the range are always hard, make sure you are putting all your exercise in , that will make a difference in you calorie range. Good luck.

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LYNNOTT 6/7/2011 9:33PM

    Congrats on selling your house, it looks beautiful. And congrats on the weight loss! Thanks for the reminder to check in with the weight goal.

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BAM0827 6/7/2011 9:26PM

    Congrats on the house - I know you worked hard on getting it ready to sell. Your next stage in a new city will be exciting.

I learned if you put you want to lose 2 pounds a week - it's almost automatically 1200-1550. Put a pound a week (which is probably more likely what we lose on average each week) it will go up. It's up to you and you know your body best - I just don't think we need to be constricted to 1550 calories a day.

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    Hey, at least they told you! And yes congrats on the house and the loss! Keep in mind as you weigh less you need less, they forgot one thing...the calorie reduction is forever. Even when you maintain it'll only go back up like 200-300 a day. I hope your ready! We can do it!

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MELLIL 6/7/2011 8:11PM

    Congratulations! I knew it wouldn't take long! It's a GORGEOUS house! Somebody is very BLESSED to be getting it! And may YOU be very blessed in your new abode!

I've always gotten that pop-up when I change my weight tracker. It must have been awhile since you changed yours! emoticon

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CMRAND54 6/7/2011 7:57PM

    Thanks for the tip on the calorie changes. I need to check mine.

But selling your house is great news!

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    Congrats on selling your house and your weight loss. As for the calorie change, maybe if you start at the top of the suggested calories range that will help.

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I Reached My Goal of Living Life Well!

Saturday, June 04, 2011

I weighed in today and am pleased with losing 2.8 pounds this week - effortlessly!

This is what worked -

1. I record ALL my food in Spark (thanks to the fast new Nutrition Tracker!)
2. I do not count on exercise to lose weight, but to strengthen my body
3. Use the plate model for lunch and dinner
4. One time discussion with social work to change behaviors - not eating during the night when I wake up, not drinking alcohol just because others are
5. Stopped eating bread (toast) and butter, only eat whole wheat pita now
6. Eat breakfast

Over the years I have struggled to lose weight. It has been like trying to assemble a jigsaw puzzle and there are always pieces missing. The plate model is the picture, the total picture and it works.

I have my success formula for living life well everyday and am over 'dieting'!

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CANDOK1260 6/7/2011 2:18PM

    I have my success formula for living life well everyday and am over 'dieting'! great for you emoticon I am still getting there but getting closer everyday

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MJK0430 6/7/2011 1:06PM

    I love that you are sharing your tutorials with us. I learn something new each post.

Thanks! And I use the one plate method too.

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MINDY502 6/7/2011 5:13AM

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 6/7/2011 3:20AM

    emoticon WTG on figuring out what works for you! You are awesome!

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AFRESHSTART2 6/6/2011 5:15PM

    emoticon on the weight loss and implementing the changes that has been leading you to success.

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PEGTIGER 6/6/2011 4:19PM

    Congrats!! I will definitely have to give this a try. I am still struggling to eat correctly and to get all tracked. When I'm late getting to the computer, I always forget something!
Thanks again for sharing all you learned with us.

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KINSBAILE 6/6/2011 11:58AM

    This is an awesome plan!

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NOILEDNWAD 6/5/2011 11:27PM

    Fantastic!! I love your attitude about exercise. For me exercise is about being stronger and I love how I feel when I'm working out. It brings me peace for some reason. You are a great role model :) Rock on Sister Daisy!

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ANDYINBC 6/5/2011 11:22PM

    I think I missed something. What is the plate model?

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MOSTMOM1 6/5/2011 11:20PM

    Good for you!!!

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GETTHEGAF 6/5/2011 11:12PM

    Well done! emoticon

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PAIGESMAMA 6/5/2011 5:35PM

    Great job on the weight loss and making healthy changes.

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TWNOMWE 6/5/2011 3:40PM

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I am going to buy the plate, I think they have them at Walmart!!

Stay focused you are well on your way!!!! emoticon

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DIANESMILES 6/5/2011 3:08PM

    emoticon Thats FANTASTIC !!! That's sooo COOL that you have lost so MUCH !!!!! It DOES ADD UP !!!! I GAINED this week, yet I am HAPPY (I blogged about it LOL )

I ALSO used to eat bread and butter at EVERY evening meal, and have stopped, WHO THOUGHT that'd be POSSIBLE to STOP !! But yeah it SURE IS !! I've STOPPED eating bread at the evening meal. I WISH You the BESTEST !!! I LOVE ur ATTITUDE about excerise,, mine is to PLAY and ENJOY PLAYING as I played when I was a KID !! IF I am NOT enjoying it I am doing something WRONG !!! Lately when I feel well enough I am using my Wii. How CAN that NOT be FUN? LOL Today used the Wii fitness,,,, it told me I was age 80 !!! LOLOLOLOLOL GUESS I have a WAY TO GO !!! it was the FOOLISH tennis and baseball,,,, I can NOT hit the balls !!! and today I also FAILED at bowling which I am NORMALLY good at. Have you tried a Wii? Its a RIOT !

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MAMASUDS 6/5/2011 2:43PM

    Oh my, I need to make that mental step. I need to think of exercise as strengthening my body and not as a means to losing weight. You are absolutely right. Thanks for the note. congratulations on reaching this milestone.

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COOKIEGRANNY 6/5/2011 1:20PM

    Good for you!! So happy for you!!

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MRSGOFARR 6/5/2011 10:49AM

    A huge congrats to you loss. that is huge. go pick up something that is about 3 pounds and hold that up to you. you will see that is no small feat. Keep making these goals and keep moving forward!!!

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 6/5/2011 9:52AM

    Congratulations on your weight loss and finding a formula that works for you!!!!
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ELASTI-GIRL 6/5/2011 9:43AM

    I really liked what you said about using exercise to strengthen your body, not to lose weight. I needed to hear that. My exercising is always strong but I've been stuck at not losing for a while and need to make that nental paradigm shift: Exercise makes me strong; sensible eating makes me lose. Thanks!

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HUGS2013 6/5/2011 9:28AM

    I am so glad for you! You have worked hard, stayed the course and now are reaping the rewards of a healthy lifestyle. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MELTEAGUE 6/5/2011 9:00AM

    Yay for you , it is always great to hear about what WORKS!!

Good for you for staying focused.

How is the nutrition tracker quicker ?
I have not tracked in a while?

the best part is

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TUDI4480 6/5/2011 1:05AM

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I think the Plate Model makes a lot of sense because it simplifies the info to a usable, understandable form. Thank you for sharing your insights and experiences with us all. I appreciate all that you do.

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GRYPHON55 6/5/2011 12:15AM

    Congratulations, that is really great to hear!

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GRANDMACOO 6/4/2011 11:09PM

    Good for you. I work with a woman who always tells me "you're not on a diet, this is a lifestyle change". I get it now, and it has totally changed the way I look at food. When I was dieting, food was my obsession. I spent all day thinking about what my next meal was going to be. Now that I have a lifestyle of eating well, I seldom think about food except what we need from the grocery store. It gives me so much freedom!

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FVHORVATH 6/4/2011 10:55PM

    I am glad yo have something that is working for you! Keep up the great work!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 6/4/2011 10:27PM

    Yay! emoticon

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JLPEASE 6/4/2011 9:55PM

    Congratulations to you! It took me a while to get used to the new Tracker, but it is definitely faster.
Thanks for sharing all of the info that you've gotten. It's a big help to the rest of us!

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BUGLET- 6/4/2011 8:54PM

    Good for you! I hate exercise so I was really happy to find that restricting calories is so much more effective than exercising. Especially if you do the same exercise for the same amount of time, our bodies react to that in survival mode. "Must just be something we have to do, so I'll adjust to keep you from wasting away"
Same as "Oh, you're not eating too much, must be a famine, have to use those calories more efficiently"
Built in survival modes to keep us alive. Like the sex drive to make more people or our self healing. When we cut ourselves if left alone and kept clean, we heal by ourselves. God thought of everything.

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/4/2011 7:20PM

    Hip Hip Hooray! Glad to hear some great strategies that are working! You made some good switch-a-roos. The plate model is so much more practical than that pyramid . . . unless you're like those of us in the 5% Spring Challenge heading to Egypt this week with our fitness miles (smile, smile)! I also like that the veggie field appears to be a little larger than the fruit . . . now to build fun salad!

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CMRAND54 6/4/2011 7:20PM

    Great stuff! It sounds like everything is coming together for your success.

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MELLIL 6/4/2011 7:03PM

    YAY for you!!! That is wonderful! emoticon

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KATHIERAE 6/4/2011 6:18PM

    I think you are doing so great!! I want to follow your example with the plate thing... just need to do it! emoticon

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FITMAY 6/4/2011 5:42PM

    This is so emoticon Keep it up!

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ANATASHIKI 6/4/2011 5:22PM

    emoticon emoticon anything that works for you is good! including the food tracker. I wish I could say it works for me, I use a lot of food groupings and favorites and it drives me crazy. might be related to my browser with enhanced security though. I'm glad that plate model is good for you. I'm using a small bowls , small pieces strategy
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NINETOZE 6/4/2011 5:13PM

    Getting back on the tracker in one of my changes this month. I like the new way now too,
Great work on your loss.

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SPARKCHANTAL 6/4/2011 4:34PM

    well i'll never get the hang of this nutrition tracker, so i put my meals in the journal.
haven't got the patience just now to figure this thing out, either.
but you make me think i should. maybe one day...

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SHEILA1505 6/4/2011 2:49PM

    Congratulations,Lynne - this is great :D
I stayed away from the Tracker for a couple of months and was pleasantly surprised with the new one. It's much easier/faster to use with my Favourites and Groupings etc

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