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Mood Alteration

Friday, September 19, 2014

So I think I've been back on this exercise thing for about three weeks now... I have finally reached the point where I don't think I'm going to die during the first five minutes of cardio. I have enough entries in my weight tracker to begin seeing a trend. I've also noticed something I really wasn't expecting...

I'm smiling a lot more.

(I would insert a picture here, but amazingly, out of the hundreds of photos I have stored for my blog, I don't have any with a smiling person in them. I think that should tell me something...)

This exercising thing has me in a much better mood. And I LIKE it!

I think I'm going to do some more.

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NEKOCHARM 9/20/2014 10:14PM

    Good for you! emoticon Yesterday I woke up in a foul mood, and just wanted to sit on the couch and eat. My husband told me that we were going to do a strength workout. He didn't ask. He told me. lol So I did, and my mood did a complete turn around! So, I'm with you on the exercise thing. It really does make you feel good! emoticon

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CHEFSOPHIE 9/20/2014 10:56AM

    Sounds like you are focused and doing great!

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WOUBBIE 9/19/2014 2:04PM

    Ah, it's great to get feedback and see the impact of positive changes!

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    Very happy for you !! A smile is a wonderful lift :)

Have a wonderful day emoticon emoticon

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ABBY_G 9/19/2014 9:48AM

    You wrote: I have finally reached the point where I don't think I'm going to die during the first five minutes of cardio.

Thanks for the laugh! I can relate in terms of feeling like I'm going to starve to death when I cut my usual calorie intake down a small amount for one day. So far, I've survived those days. : )

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Woot! A New Tool!

Monday, September 15, 2014

You know, sometimes it's really hard to keep up with Spark. All of the emails from the different teams, other users, Spark itself. I have been an irregular Sparker for most of the last year and a half or so. When I get notices in my regular mail that I have Sparkmail, a lot of times I just delete them. Not that I don't care, but just that I can't find the time to sit down and go through them all.

A couple of weekends ago, I cleaned out my Sparkmail. I had emails in there that were over a year and a half old!

I'm glad that I had saved some that long though.

One of those old emails from my "At Goal and Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance" Team was a jem. It talked about a couple of weight tracking websites that calculated a weighted average to produce a weight loss trend. I'd actually used one before -, but I'd been having trouble with that website and had abandoned it.

I was looking for some kind of replacement, and thanks to my Sparkpeeps, I have one! The email had information for This site seems to be maintained better, and it also connects with your Fitbit scale if you have one. I've just started using it, so my graphs don't have a lot of information yet, but so far, I'm really liking it.

I also like that yesterday it started giving me an estimate of when I'd hit my goal weight if I kept up my current progress. I'm more interested in inches than pounds, but that is a great little motivator!

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NEKOCHARM 9/15/2014 9:25PM

    That's great! I'm all for adding any new tools that will help on the path to health. I'm going to go take a look at that site. Thanks for adding me as a friend. I have added you as well. emoticon :-)

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WOUBBIE 9/15/2014 7:49PM

    Cool tool!

I'm probably a little over-zealous about cleaning my inboxes. I just can't stand having stuff sit there! Course, I learned from FlyLady to de-clutter often!

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CHEFSOPHIE 9/15/2014 6:20PM

    Thanks for sharing with the rest of us.

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TRAINER_T 9/15/2014 9:42AM

    Swwwwweeeeeet going to pass that link along emoticon

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HEAITHYMOMMA 9/15/2014 9:25AM

    I know what you mean about the time to keep active on this site. I've used spark on and off for a few years. Until now. Now I have been at this the longest time for me ever, and I still have the same motivation I had in the beginning. I think the difference is I'm very active on this site. It takes time, yes, but it also gives me the motivation I need. Anyways just some thoughts from me lol.

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ROBBIEY 9/15/2014 9:19AM

  I understand about the Spark Mail, it is hard to get to every email in a timely manner. I definitely need to clear out my mailbox. Thanks for the reminder!!!

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CZESTES 9/15/2014 9:07AM

Have you reset your emails on here to eliminate too many messages? As I go, I have eliminated messages from certain groups (such as Plus Size and Diabetes - Hope to never need those again).

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JAROL7 9/15/2014 9:05AM

    I still like the SP Nutrition Tracker ... so change your email address to one that is different from your personal address.

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Where Have All the Bloggers Gone?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hi Sparkpeeps!

Sorry I haven't been too active on the blog this week. Life getting in the way and all...

I need some help. I've been on Spark a LONG time. Over the last couple of years, a lot of the blogs I used to follow became just as inactive as I was. A few stalwarts are still out there, but I'm subscribed to very few active blogs.

Do you have any suggestions for new blogs for me to follow? Yours? A great one you love to read?

I'm thinking mostly about Spark, but if there's a great health and weight loss blog somewhere else that you love, I'd be interested in hearing about that too.

I need to freshen up my motivation.

Thanks for your help!

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MRTHING2000 9/13/2014 8:00AM

    I write daily. Its mostly rambling and nonsense, but I write alot


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KRISZTA11 9/12/2014 4:05PM

    Well, I saw yours on the team thread of At Goal and Maintaining Team.
There are lots of great bloggers in our team!

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WOUBBIE 9/12/2014 3:46PM

    Oh, and why not stop by the team forums and join in the daily threads there? Blogs are good, but they're kind of static, while forums ebb and flow all day long. No, not predictable, but that's part of what makes them interesting.

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JANEGIBE 9/12/2014 2:15PM

    Got to your mail got the answer.. Love it just Just Me

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WOUBBIE 9/12/2014 11:39AM

    My niece:



Squeee!!! She's just so cute!

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IAMZBEE 9/12/2014 10:10AM

    One of my favorites is

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JENSTRESS 9/12/2014 9:22AM

    I have had compliments on mine. THey go back a ways, but I would love it if you followed mine!!!

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Attack of the Flying Pumpkin Muffins!

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

I belong to a weight loss support group. It's run by my local hospital, and the leaders of the group rotate. There is a registered dietician, a nurse, a licensed counselor, and an exercise physiologist. I've been showing up, on and off, for eight years. And during those eight years, as new people come and go, we have some of the same conversations over, and over, and over again.

Last weekend, I had an experience that reminded me of one of those topics. On Sunday, I was really craving some pancakes. My doc has me on limited carbs, so I'd been avoiding them, but sometimes if a craving lasts several days, I give in. After church, I called Perkins, and ordered some pancakes to take home (along with some doctor approved protein).

I was at the checkout, when out of the corner of my eye, I saw them... gigantic, golden, beautiful, pumpkin muffins!

(Pause for a moment, and listen to the chorus of angels singing... emoticon )

Without even thinking, I had them throw one in my bag.

So here's the question I have for all of you, dear readers. Is that OK?

At support group we have these great debates over snacks and cheat foods. There are some that are of the opinion that if you are on this healthy path, you need to commit to it entirely. If it is on the doctor's no-no list, then that is it. For some, there is a discussion of "trigger foods," for others, it's about the self-discipline of a healthy life, for others, there is even a moral undertone to their decisions.

A second group has a very different view. They feel that cutting out treats completely is illogical. That it neglects our basic humanity. That a life completely without sugar or fried snacks (or whatever it is that doesn't "belong" on your food plan) is a way of cutting you off from the basic pleasures of life. They feel that this is unsustainable. Unrealistic. Wrong.

I am of two minds on the issue. On the one hand, I haven't had fast food since 2008. If there's a drive-through, I don't even buy water there. It was something that was a staple of my life at 300 lbs., and I've left it behind.

On the other hand, what is a birthday without cake and ice cream? Christmas without cookies? Autumn without pumpkin... EVERYTHING?

I had my 600 calorie pumpkin muffin, and while I enjoyed it at the time, to be honest, I'm kind of regretting it now. That unplanned goodie is about exactly the number of calories I went over my range for the day, and since then, I've been craving sugary stuff like CRAZY. I don't know that the pay off, in this particular instance, was worth it.

Do you have a philosophy on treats and cheats? How do you handle cravings, holidays, and special occasions? The halloween candy is already in the stores. Maybe we can help each other through the holiday season.

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MRTHING2000 9/10/2014 7:32AM

    It is okay, and it is not okay. Depends how you do it. If it triggers to more deviation from your plan, then it is a very bad thing. Like SALLYL15 said, if it curbs a further binge from happening down the road, then that is okay. Its not too difficult to burn off a few extra calories as long as that doesn't become the new plan.

I read about cravings recently, and it basically said 'give into them' or you'll binge eventually. But we know that sometimes we don't have 1 serving of ice cream from the pint. We would eat the whole pint. Or in this case, more than one muffin.

I shrug it off as 'just one muffin'. Our plans aren't a straight line. Our 'paths' have many sights and interesting detours (if we want to take them) along the way. But if we stop too long at those sights or take too many detours, then we aren't really on the path anymore, and that becomes the new path.

One muffin won't kill your progress. But one muffin a day won't help it either. Enjoy the muffin! My birthday is coming up and I am eating some cake, if I have to bike 10 miles to burn it off.

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NEKOCHARM 9/9/2014 1:45PM

    Well, I can relate to this blog post, thatís for sure. At the moment, Iím staying away from refined sugar because it always seems to be my Ďgateway drugí back into the abyss of unhealthy habits. I could go for 6 or 7 months losing weight and exercising regularly, but then end up having some sugary stuff, and like youÖ craving more. I always end up giving in to the cravings and before you know it, Iím sitting there smack dab in the middle of a pile of candy and snack cake wrappers. *sigh* I'm not saying that I will never indulge in the future, but recently I did make a commitment to not have refined sugar for the next 12 months.

Iíve also been able to moderate my sugar intake at some points. A couple of years ago I was in charge of our familyís pre-Christmas cookie bake. We literally made hundreds of cookies. I didnít eat any except a few days later I had one that was decorated especially for me. Other years Iíve also done the Christmas treat baking on my own to give out to friends and family, and was able to allow myself cookies within limit. I just figured out the recipes and added my consumption into my daily food log. And I still continued to lose weight during that holiday season!

IOW, I donít know what to tell you! I know.. That was a long-winded way to say I donít know! emoticon Honestly, I think itís kind of about where you are at the moment. If youíre feeling unstable and unsure about having sugary stuff, then itís probably a good idea to avoid them. If youíre feeling more indifferent, like itíd be nice to have a treat, but itís not going to kill you if you donít, then youíre probably safe to indulge a bit. For me, the problems seem to arise when Iím in that ďIf I donít have this, then I AM GOING TO DIE!!Ē frame of mind.

I hope you figure out whatís the healthiest and most comfortable for you! emoticon

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BRENDAGAIL9 9/9/2014 1:17PM

    I would just cut the muffin in half and save the rest for another day or give it away. As long as you only do this once in a while, you are all right. I do find that some treats aren't really as good as I think they are when I see them.

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LAURIE9404 9/9/2014 12:18PM

    That is a very difficult thing to decide but I do like some of these suggestions. I say that I will eat it. Hence my problem of not losing weight for the past 4 months. Been stagnant and it's because I say that 1 treat is ok. I haven't gained though. I do put in the extra exercise but I'm at the place where treating myself is worth more then depriving and bingeing later. It might depend on your current goals. What is more important right now? The weight loss or making sure you don't deprive yourself. It's a game of balance. And i love pumpkin everything so I can't say that you made a bad decision. emoticon

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WOUBBIE 9/9/2014 12:14PM

    "Own it" is good advice.

Have you ever known someone who's allergic to something and yet still insists on eating it once in a while? I've seen someone actually take a benadryl ahead of time so that they can have that lemon cookie they want so bad. It kept the hives in check, but they are still allergic to lemon!

I look at how some of us react to carbs, and to wheat flour in particular, as a kind of allergy. Sure, once in a while you can take an anti-histamine proactively, but it's a slippery slope.

My attitude has always been, "Just who or what am I cheating on?" Well, that would only be me, since no one else benefits or pays the price for the cheating.

Now, does that mean I'm a purist about low carb? Nah. I'll try a bite of something with wheat once in a while. And I'm still weaning myself from beer - drinking low alcohol/low carb Bud 55 these days. If my DH puts BBQ sauce on the ribs I wipe off the excess, but I deal with the small amount of sugar. That's enough wiggle room to keep me sane, but NONE of those things make me feel like crap or set off cravings.

The things that set off cravings or make your guts hurt are like poison. Those things just have to be left behind.

"What is a birthday without cake and ice cream?"

A birthday! I'd rather celebrate with a steak than a cake!

"Christmas without cookies?"

With all the other wonderful things to celebrate about the season, candy canes and cookies can mostly take a hike. It's, what? 2 percent of the "Christmas Joy" formula?

"Autumn without pumpkin... EVERYTHING?"

There are a ton of great pumpkin recipes that avoid sugar and wheat.....

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JANEGIBE 9/9/2014 11:41AM

    I detour from the isle.. in a few weeks the displays will fall into a huge display and no way around it.. I do not go to the store during the last three weeks before then I am forced to pick it up.. I call for reinforcements of Grands to pack up the bags for the treaters that come with a small bowl for dogie treats.. cause some walk with their dogs.. I put a tract inside a bag with a couple of candies and send them off like the wind.. I ran out last year and I had picked up 18 bags of the sweets.. That is my way of saying good bye to the calories.. For more ideas write and I guess we can both get something out of this note.. God Bless and It is just Me Jane

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HEALTHIER-VICKI 9/9/2014 11:33AM

    I think an occasional treat is ok BUT if it causes added cravings or possible binge eating, it's better to stay away from the temptation.

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TRAINER_T 9/9/2014 9:39AM

    emoticon treats are good but a few ideas that help me when that happens:

1. cut it in 4 pieces, FREEZE the rest then take it out once a week......yeah you can't just spur of the moment when its hard as a rock you have to plan your treat this helps create possitive habits

2. think of how you would feel afterwards, what will you have to do to burn that puppy off???

3. if you want "seasonal treats" like we all do, buy or bake the MINI versions. This fills the trigger of sugar and keeps the portion in check.

emoticon even I beat myself up, but small changes do add up and for you to see that it was the EXACT number you were over was a big wake up call, good for you!

It is just as easy to do something, as it is to NOT do something. (The Slight Edge)


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SALLYL15 9/9/2014 9:13AM

  Of course it's okay, you're human! The best thing to do is own it,( yeah I ate it and it was good), and then get right back on the wagon for your healthy eating plan. EVERYONE has those days and anyone that tells you that they don't is lying. The difference is in what you do afterward, maybe go an extra 5-10 minutes on a walk, or just pick up your healthy eating plan and continue on. SOMETIMES giving in to a craving is actually healthy, just don't make it a habit. Good luck

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Goin' It Alone

Monday, September 08, 2014

Having a gym buddy can be awesome. Research says that people who work out with a friend are more consistent with their workouts. Their buddies help push them, and can help with things like proper form on exercises.

For me, it makes the time go faster. Working out with a fitter friend pushes me. I go a little faster, a little longer. I maybe try something I wouldn't have otherwise.


It can also be a crutch.

Lately, if my workout buddy can't go to the gym at a time when I can go, I have found myself skipping my workout all together. Like, "Oh bummer! I guess if J has to go to the airport today, the gym must be closed!"

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And my gym is open 24 hours...

Yesterday, J and I did manage to workout together, but she has decided to make a change to her schedule during the work week that means there won't be ANY more Monday to Friday times that we can get together. When she told me, I actually had a slight moment of panic. "What will I do?!"

Then I laughed at myself, and remembered,


Believe it or not, my health is MY OWN responsibility.

And I guess it's time that I started acting like it.

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TRAINER_T 9/8/2014 2:58PM

    emoticon You got this!

plus you never know, yoiu might meet a new buddy! I really think that you have what it takes to keep going, be strong and perservere my friend!

It is so easy not to go but you could have someone text you and get you going?


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NEKOCHARM 9/8/2014 11:51AM

    A great realization! I know we're supposed to look for support in our endeavors, but when it comes down to it, we really are the ones ultimately responsible for taking action. Good for you in realizing that you can do the gym thing on your own! You may even find that you enjoy your 'me' time. :-)

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BEATLETOT 9/8/2014 10:10AM

    You are so cool! I love this blog with the insights into your motivations and excuses! You are doing great!

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JANEGIBE 9/8/2014 10:03AM

    You are brave one.. I am a house kinda gal unless I have to go somewhere and the word is Have... So I bought a Tread Mill Congrats.. Just Me

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  Going to the gym can really be fun with someone, but I don't have anyone to go with-is this just another lame excuse or what!!!!!!

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JAROL7 9/8/2014 8:39AM

    Work your plan ... use SP tracker!

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WOUBBIE 9/8/2014 8:29AM

    LOL! Great insight!

Schedule it like it's a meeting with the Boss!

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