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Thursday, September 03, 2009

There is something quite theraputic about blogging. I've tried it before but found I didn't have a whole lot to say. I guess I didn't have a reason to blog.

Now, I feel more focused when I put things in writing. It pulls me back from the edge, when I may be bordering on doing something I shouldn't. It brings attention to things I'm concerned about. Then an amazing thing happens....Sparkers appear from everywhere.

There is always help right at your fingertips. So many people give of their time with advice, sympathy, and encouragement. It's so heartening! Who knew someone could have so many friends and people who are feeling just like them!

I have already traded messages with so many great people here! I feel so blessed. Some people are going through so much........I just have to count my blessings. I love sharing with you, reading your blogs, and becoming a part of your life. It truely helps.

I'm thankful to my doctor for showing me the way here. I am thankful for the Spark teams I am a part of. I am especially thankful for those of you who have stopped by to say "Hey", or to share a kind word, advice, and the encouragement I need to make progress in my task.

I'm gonna sign off or you will think I've taken too much allergy medicine! Have a great day! I wish you all weight loss!

Keri

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LUCKYDUCK2 9/6/2009 11:58AM

    Isn't it great not having to do this on our own but with the help and advice of "friends"? It really does help one stay focused or continue after an "oops".

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DEEGIRL50 9/5/2009 9:06AM

    "Hey!" emoticon

I hope to see you in the September BIO. You're fun to be around!


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MAINLADY 9/4/2009 12:33PM

    We're all here to help each other through the hard times and rejoice with each other when we triumph. Spark people are the best extended family that we can have. Keep blogging and keep on sparking.

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AMBERROGUE 9/4/2009 12:14PM

    And I'm thankful for your willingness to read about my life and support me in struggles and triumphs! I'm so glad you're here on spark!

Brightest Blessings!
Kitten

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NANCY- 9/4/2009 11:07AM

    Keri, I never considered myself to be a writer. Keep a journal? The computer helped bring out a writer in me. It is indeed nice to get feedback.
I like your style.
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POSITIVELY_EB 9/4/2009 12:09AM

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KING*GET*FIT 9/3/2009 6:27PM

    I feel the same way!

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Allergies

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Is anyone else having trouble with this allergy season? I spent time putting on makeup this morning and by noon, I had rubbed it all off. My eyes are driving me crazy!

I've never been hit this hard. I take Claritin D on an irregular basis(more regular at the moment), but I've never had the itchy eyes like I do now.

The dieting has been going pretty well this week. I'm not getting enough protein though. I'm not a big meat fan. I'm not a vegetarian but I'm not so crazy about meat. I do like eggs, but not every day.

My mission for the week is to investigate more protein options to round out the diet. Any suggestions?

  
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WASABI601 9/2/2009 12:21PM

    Allergies suck. I take zertec D which seems to work great but right now I can't take them, so I'm suffering a little, especially with all the fires burning and soke in the air.
As far as extra protein, I take powder protein and make a shake or use a meal replacement. There are a lot of great protein supplements for women out there!
LuckyDuck had some great ideas two. Cottage cheese is a great source as well as peanut butter, plus peanut butter is a source of good fats.
Keep up the good work!!

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LUCKYDUCK2 9/2/2009 1:20AM

    I don't really seem to deal with allergys. I hope yours improve!

I like melting a little peanut butter and using it for a dip when I have an apple. Good source of protein and complex carb.

Other good source of protein for me is fat free cottage cheese. I will mix a 1/4 cup in my yogurt to up the protein levels.

I know you don't care for meat but fat free hot dogs are not too bad. Very low in calories and not greasy tasting.

In the search engine here at the top of your sparkpage, type in protein or good sources for protein and you will find articles with suggestions. Also...go to the nutrition articles . I use them all the time when I get in a slump.

Have another great day tomorrow.

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POSITIVELY_EB 9/1/2009 11:38PM

    Sorry to hear about the allergies! Out here in Nebraska it is ALWAYS allergy season!

I'm doing the MRC (Metabolic Research Center) weightloss plan - lots of protein. Basically, I eat 3 meals with lots of protein in each and 2 snacks that are pure protein. Then with each of the meals I have a protein supplement with 15 grams of protein in each one - so that is 45 grams just with the supplements alone.

You might try looking for a protein powder that supports weightloss - most are for adding muscle. But it's something the think about.

Hugs! Beverly

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KELLYC_14FAN 9/1/2009 7:35PM

    My allergies have been going crazy lately!! The hubby's too!! Itchy eyes, sneezing, puffy eyes, itchy throat!! Nothing seems to help.

As for protein, I am the same way. I try and eat yogurt and cheese and nuts to get more protein.

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JUST_SIMONE 9/1/2009 7:22PM

    Sorry to hear about the allergies.

There are a lot of protein sources other than meat. Try things like beans or lentils. Also, many foods made with whole grains have more protein than those containing white flour. Personally, I really like lowfat cottage cheese and nonfat yogurt as well. I'm not sure if you have Trader Joe's where you are, but where I live the Trader Joe's sells a great Greek yogurt that has much more protein than regular yogurt. And then of course, there are soybeans and soy products such as tofu. I'm not a huge tofu eater myself (I don't despise it the way some do), but one of my favorite snacks is edamame (soybeans).

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Note to self

Monday, August 31, 2009

Self,

This talk is long over due. It's gonna be tough for you to hear but I know you can take it. You are a smart woman who is devoted to her family and friends. There is nothing you wouldn't do for them. But I have to tell you..... you've neglected yourself. You know it......all you have to do is look in the mirror. Well, let me tell you missy, that stops now....... here and now!

I'm not talking about not getting enough bubble baths and or playing on your computer. I'm talking about your health and weight. You are out of shape and you could be a lot healthier. You have gotten out of control.

This is not a note to fill your head with the negative forces at work in your life. You see......love is not about negative things. It's about positive things. And from now on, I only want positive things for you and from you.

I want you to be able to run and play with your grandkids, to climb Crazy Horse with your hubby. I want you to look good and to feel good about yourself. So now you are going to follow my rules and take care of yourself.

You are going to:

1. Drink 8 glasses of water a day.
2. Incorporate more fruits and vegatables into your day.
3. You are going to read your positive list of reasons to lose weight every day.
4. You are going to eat slowly and mindfully.
5. You are going to exercise most days.
6. You are going to give yourself positive affirmation.
7. You are going to lose weight.

Do you hear me?



Cuz I love ya!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ALMMOM 8/31/2009 10:48PM

    Go, go, go!!! You are on your way.

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ORANGESERBERT 8/31/2009 10:39PM

    emoticon YOU CAN DO IT!

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POSITIVELY_EB 8/31/2009 9:43PM

    Awesome! Simply awesome! We could all use a good self-talking to!

Hugs! Beverly

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LUCKYDUCK2 8/31/2009 5:23PM

    I LOVE THIS! Thanks so much for sharing this here. I needed to read this today.

Isn't it a great feeling the day we realize it is OK to include ourselves in the circle of friends and family we love? Thank you for reminding me to take time for me. Here's to self care and self love which is NOT selfish!

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Restless

Friday, August 28, 2009

I'm feeling a little restless this afternoon. I made the virtual model of myself, both before and after and what can I say...........I want it now! Yep! I want to be a spoiled brat who gets her way without having to do the work. Or maybe like a genie, who folds her arms and blinks to get her hearts desire.

But NOOOOOOOOO......I have to work at it. Seems so unfair. Wait!!!!!!! Don't say it.......I know you want to...........awww you did anyway! You're right! Life isn't fair, this isn't going to happen overnight, heck .....it won't even happen next week.

So I guess I'll keep plugging away and taking my small successes. (This is the part where I start kicking and screaming and holding my breath cuz I want to have my way!) Dang! That didn't work either. Well, you can't blame me for trying. Guess I'll go take a walk and burn off some of this frustration! Have a nice weekend!

Keri

  
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LUCKYDUCK2 8/31/2009 5:27PM

    LOL Keri! I am right there with you on the " I want it NOW" trip. Thank you for making me smile as I read this. I too have had my "blue in the face days" and had to throw a glass of water at the "brat". She back talks me allot lately. My inner child is getting set into a corner and time-out today. SIGH

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POSITIVELY_EB 8/28/2009 8:16PM

    Love your blog! You are a great writer!

I, too, have an inner 2 year old that constantly throws tantrums! I wonder if she will ever grow up. Probably not as she's been throwing tantrums for 40 years or more now! LOL!

Love having on FSC!

Hugs! Beverly

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FORMYDARLINGS 8/28/2009 4:46PM

    Ah, the inner 2 year old child. Mine is just such a pain. She screams and cries and sulks and throws things and nothing changes so we go one day at a time. She hates it! I however am getting used to one day at a time. Today was not a great day but I did avoid soe pitfalls like ice cream and cheery pie. Now I know I could have those things , even while I am losing weight, but I chose to go out to dinner tonight and maybe choose a little dessrt to share with DH. Maybe not. I can choose. I like that

Gini emoticon

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AMBERROGUE 8/28/2009 3:33PM

    I know how you feel!! I had to take those pictures down after I made them because I got so frustrated! But that's just me. emoticon

Have a great weekend!

Brightest Blessings,
Amber

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TALKIEBARB 8/28/2009 3:04PM

    I was thinking the same thing today towards the end of my walk, why can't we just wish the fat away. But all the wishes in the world do not work. It is one day at a time Keri. Best of luck to you in your weight loss journey.
Barb

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Better than you know what cake

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I had to go out of town for work today. Which means I had to eat out. Boy were the temptations put in front of me. It wasn't a restaurant so I had to eat what was served.....a taco casserole and corn bread. I ate about a fourth of the casserole and two bites of corn bread. Then the waitress brought out "Better Than S**" Cake.

I thought, "How in the world am I going to resist this?" So I did the only thing I could do..................No, I didn't eat it.....all, anyway...........I had one small bite and pushed it aside. I tell you it was a very small thing, but I felt like a million bucks! I know two weeks ago, I would have eaten it. Yipee!

  
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LUCKYDUCK2 8/31/2009 5:31PM

    Congrats! You gave yourself permission and set a limit and followed through! That is so AWESOME and a huge achievement. You have just proven to yourself that you have control over food..even better then SH*** cake. emoticon

What you did here is going to help you avoid binges and breakdowns for cravings. This is REALLY GREAT!

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ELLENIRENE 8/27/2009 7:24AM

    great job! You can do it!!

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POSITIVELY_EB 8/26/2009 11:05PM

    emoticon Fantastic! That was awesome!!

Hugs! Beverly

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FRAN0426 8/26/2009 10:42PM

    terrific keep up the good work

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WASABI601 8/26/2009 9:48PM

    Okay, that's some serious will power!!!!!! Way to go!!!!! Portion controll!!!!

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ORANGESERBERT 8/26/2009 9:05PM

    WOW GOODJOB! I'm so proud of you!

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