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Promises, promises

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I'm here! I'm here. I promise, I'm here.

I told myself (and you guys) I would post something every day for a week. I didn't do too well. Every single day the thought crossed my mind: What can I post about today? Nothing immediately came to mind, but while I was thinking about it someone would spill their sippy cup or need a diaper change, or a customer would walk up to my window, and I would forget all about my SparkBlog brainstorming. Before I knew it, the day was over and with no blog to show for it.

So I'll try it again.

One more week of water and blogging.

I'm GOING to get this.


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ELISARA2005 6/27/2013 3:38AM

    When all else fails, you can always let us in on a happy Mommy moment.

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GORIANA 6/27/2013 2:06AM

    You will figure out what works for you. I like that you are moving forward. Keep at it.

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CELEBRATELIFE 6/26/2013 8:46PM

    Life happens. Even though we may have the best of intentions, we must earn to be flexible. I'm learning that more and more.

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CELEBRATELIFE 6/26/2013 8:44PM

    Life does tend to get in the way sometimes. Even though we have the best intentions, we still must be flexible. I'm learning that more and more.

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INSPIRATIONAL3 6/26/2013 1:09PM

    Post what your mood was for the day on this journey you are taking to being healthy and thin. How is you new lifestyle working for you? How do you like the site? What are your feelings about what you read and learn? This is a start...Good Luck

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Confession: Soda

Monday, June 17, 2013

Confession is good for the soul, right?

Well, I have a confession.


I would even say I'm addicted to it. My brain tells me I need it when I'm stressed. If I have a headache, I can drink a soda and it will go away. I'm not sure how much of that is psychological, but I would imagine at least 50% is only in my head.

I have tried to stop drinking it, and I did really well for a while. I hardly drank any soda at all when I was pregnant with Clare in 2012. Then, after she was born, I suddenly began craving it.

Mountain Dew Baja Blast that is only available at Taco Bell is my favorite. (Taco Bell is another confession for another day.) But I also really like Fresca, Diet Coke, and Diet Pepsi.

I like the bubbles. I like the syrupy flavor. I like the way it burns the back of my throat. My favorite thing to do is stick a can in the freezer for about an hour and let ice crystals form inside.... then crack it open and..... AHHHHHHHH....

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I have this thing where I stress eat. And for a while, I could make myself not stress eat by having a soda instead. So, stress soda drinking. I use it the way other people use alchohol. (I don't drink alchohol at all, ever. TEETOTALER.) When I was having a busy day at work, I would grumble to myself that I was going to get a soda. It would make me feel better. And it did.

But I know it's bad. My head tells me I need to quit. I know it makes me crave sweets more. I also have issues with bladder infections and acid wear on my teeth. You would think that would be enough to keep me from drinking it....

So I went looking for articles against drinking soda. There are plenty of those!!

You may not be able to read that. Here's a link to the page where you can see it bigger.

And some others that came up in my Google search results:

Here's one with 9 steps for quitting:

So, here we go.


Actually, I did pretty well this weekend. I did have my Baja Blast with my Taco Bell on Saturday. That's like a tradition. Gonna be hard to break. Also, Diet Pepsi at Grand Pacific on Thursday night. Another tradition. But I DID drink more water! And water is all I've had today at work when, normally, I would have stuck a soda can into the freezer for an afternoon pick-me-up. So, that's good, right?

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IGSBETH 6/20/2013 12:25PM

    Good luck fighting that craving!

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SPOKENWORD 6/20/2013 10:22AM

    Thank God for the baby steps! That's where I started! It's now been 2 1/2 years! Wow! How times flies when you start with the baby steps! :) Congrats on your baby steps!!!

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RANDI_JEAN 6/18/2013 12:56PM

    Pop is very addictive. If you haven't had it in months, it would be hard to finish a can. If you have one can a day, you start wanting it twice, and so on. I experienced this when I went to Europe and they hardly have pop, except in these extra small cans. When I came back I felt like it was gross to have an entire can. But as I got used to it, it was more and more each day. You can cut it out! It is one of those things though, that at first, it is easier to just quit cold turkey than to scale back (in k opinion). Once you quit for a while, just a small amount will satisfy you. One thing that helped me a lot in this process was one gem I discovered in Europe.

Sparkling water + lemon slices. Same tingly feeling. Tons of flavor. REALLY helps with the cravings. I would highly recommend it! Especially since it is just water and lemon you can drink a ton of it if you want to! (Just make sure to use sparkling water and NOT tonic water which is sweetened) emoticon

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GORIANA 6/18/2013 10:50AM

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CELEBRATELIFE 6/17/2013 5:51PM

    That's what you call a baby step; so yes, it's good.

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Not-so-baby Steps

Friday, June 14, 2013

I'll tell you the thing that brought me back yesterday. It was the Featured Blog Post, "Mourning the Loss of a SparkFriend" by TINAJANE76

Here's a link if you missed it.

I realize after my UGH post yesterday, and the encouraging responses I got, (no one offered to come hit me over the head) that I went about things the wrong way back in February when I attempted to (re)Start my program.

My so-called Baby Steps weren't so baby-ish!
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emoticon Tracking: EVERY DAY, within my target AT LEAST 4 days a week.
emoticon Freggies: AT LEAST 4 servings of fruits or vegetables EVERY DAY.
emoticon Water: 64oz of water EVERY DAY.
emoticon Exercise: 10 minutes, EVERY DAY.

Those might have been baby steps two years ago, but they're HUGE FROG LEAPS for me now.

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Time to rethink some things. A little self-examination.


CELEBRATELIFE, BJPENNY70, and GORIANA got it right in their comments to my last blog. I am in a different time of life right now. I need a different strategy.

I have two small children. I work three part time jobs. I am EXTREMELY BUSY. I can only juggle so much at once. I can't adapt to huge schedule changes right now.

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Baby baby baby steps.

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How about this for the next two weeks?

emoticon Water: 64oz of water EVERY DAY.
emoticon SPARK: read and post something EVERY WEEKDAY

Eventually, I will be back to posting, tracking, eating well, exercising, running, strength training, and whatever else needs doing on this journey, but for today.... I'm here.

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GORIANA 6/14/2013 7:20PM

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KellSouth, in case it helps, let me tell you my path. I joined SP more than five years ago. I have kept pushing past countless plateaus and gains and losses. Slowly I have gotten to within striking distance of my goal, but it took a lot of self-reflection to figure out what worked for me. Then, each discovery got me a little closer, but eventually my weight would level out and I had to go back to the drawing board.

However, now I know I can do it. AND I know you can too. Stay in the game, and enjoy the experiment.

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CELEBRATELIFE 6/14/2013 3:14PM

    Thank you for Tinajane's blog. She is right on in everything she posted. I noticed when I came back on how quiet spark memphis has gotten even with the multitude of leaders. I hope that some spark will get it going again.

Glad to see you back.

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2014LUTMP 6/14/2013 1:34PM

  Looking forward to your weekday posts! emoticon

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ONTHEPATH2 6/14/2013 11:18AM

    Sounds like the perfect plan! We can do this!!!

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

If I give you my address, would someone drive to my house and hit me over the head with a heavy, blunt object?

Why can't I do what I know needs to be done??

Why do I give up so easily??

Why am I making this so difficult??

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GORIANA 6/13/2013 5:18PM

    I must agree with the previous posters, one small change at a time. Make it a habit, then add another step. What works for you? Only you can find out. Have fun figuring it out. If something isn't working, find something else.

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BJPENNY70 6/13/2013 4:33PM

    Try taking baby steps into healthy living. Start with reading helpful articles. Then move in on learning to plan you daily meals. Stick to them as best you can. Use a journal to help you see yourself and to figure out what you need to do. Be positive with yourself. Use the Spark Community and even Spark Coach may help you. You are alone in learning to live healthy and losing weight. We all have gone through what you are experience. Be perseverant with you plans. Don't do everything at once. Do one thing and when you start to feel confident with it add the next step. Careful planning is key. Sticking with it is learned. Good luck!

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CELEBRATELIFE 6/13/2013 3:59PM

    Posting is one of the first steps. Now what's your next step?
My philosophy: day by day; step by step. Your last time you took humongous chomps and did fantastic. This time you may have to take little bites.

Change your strategy for this time in your life. It's doable and you can do it, Kellsouth. emoticon

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Where to (re)Start?

Sunday, February 17, 2013

I've been toying with the idea of returning to SparkPeople, but, honestly, the reason I'm doing it at this very moment is because I'm procrastinating a freelance design project.

I have a client who hosts a bodybuilding competition, and I guess looking at pictures of all these really fit people has finally broken me down.

Yes, I've been gone for over a year.

But I have a good reason.

This is Clare. She's 4 months old today. I was newly pregnant with her when I completed the Disney Princess Half-Marathon last February.

I have to pause here and pat myself on the back for a few things. I continued running up until 7 months. I continued tracking my food. I gained only 20 pounds while pregnant with Clare (versus the 50 I gained with Jeffrey). A week after her birth, I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I'm very, very proud of this.

I am not, however, particularly proud of myself since then. I've let the whole "I'm breastfeeding" thing go to my head.... or my stomach, rather. My portions are completely out of control. I feel hungry ALL. THE. TIME.
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Part of this is the raging metabolism breastfeeding creates. Part of it is exhaustion. I use food as a substitute for the sleep I'm not getting. But most of it is willful, unabashed "I want this, dangit, and so I shall have it!"

I've been deleting Spark emails for months and feeling shame every single time. I knew I needed to come back, but mentally I wasn't ready. I'm still not 100% committed, and I have a list of excuses I will probably try to fall back on, but something needs to change. I don't want to get up where I was when I started back in 2010.

I'm going to try some baby steps and allow the motivation to build slowly. That's the Spark way, after all.

emoticon Tracking: EVERY DAY, within my target AT LEAST 4 days a week.
emoticon Freggies: AT LEAST 4 servings of fruits or vegetables EVERY DAY.
emoticon Water: 64oz of water EVERY DAY.
emoticon Exercise: 10 minutes, EVERY DAY.

I'll report back within 2 weeks.

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RAZZBABE 3/13/2013 10:50PM

    Congratulations on your beautiful baby! Best wishes as you start sparking again!

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OLSONRAC 3/13/2013 10:46PM

    I'm in nearly the same position, but we can do this lady!! You are so capable and just the blog alone proves that where there is a will there is a way!! KEEP GOING!! emoticon

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MOMMY2TWO07 2/21/2013 3:34PM

    Glad to see you back !!!! Your baby girl is so pretty !

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ASHMOMOF4 2/20/2013 8:31AM

    Welcome back and congratulations!!! I was away for a while too and let several pounds come back but my excuse is not at good as yours, or as cute! I know that it's a big adjustment going from one baby to two. Just take it one day at a time or one minute at a time if you need to.
I'm back full force ready to get this weight off and become who I supposed to be. I love the community of support here!

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LAURAKATE76 2/17/2013 6:48PM

    Welcome back! Clare is adorable. Congrats.

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ELISARA2005 2/17/2013 3:17PM

    Breastfeeding can be brutal in terms of how hungry YOU get. Clare is beautiful. When had my son I used him mercilessly to get what I wanted, usually food, so I wouldn't feel badly. I realized that I STILL do this 4 years later. Oh, Ronan is hungry? Mom must eat too, it would be rude if I don't. That's been a big thing for me. I'm sending you lots of happy new (again) mommy thoughts and lots of SP thoughts.

Happy thoughts and wonderful days

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CELEBRATELIFE 2/17/2013 3:04PM

    Congratulations, Kelli! I have so missed you even though I haven't been on myself. I've always said that you were blessed and what a blessing!

I started back with the 10 min. daily exercise, and it works. Baby steps.

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MYJUMPJOY 2/17/2013 2:55PM

    I know exactly what you mean about breastfeeding and feeling hungry all the time and no sleep. Clare is beautiful. Glad to see you back!! emoticon

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REDEFINING_ME 2/17/2013 12:46PM

    Kelli!!! So, so glad you are back!!!

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GORIANA 2/17/2013 12:30AM

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And...welcome back.

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/17/2013 12:25AM

    Welcome back. Clare is beautiful. Best wishes for success on your new project.

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