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A Little Motivation Can Mean A Lot

Sunday, February 19, 2012

In the past few weeks I have discovered that my jeans don't fit me properly. To my amazement they are actually too bog rather than too tight. I didn't feel like I was doing anything to cause this change; in fact, I figured that my ignorance about my nutrition and exercise habits was hindering my weight and health. And this was all before I re-committed myself to SparkPeople.
Today I decided to go shopping for jeans to replace the ones that no longer fit. I am currently a siz 16 at Old Navy. I magine my surprise when I tried on a size 14 and they ALMOST fit!
The only down-side was that I felt too 'stuffed' when sitting down in them, so I opted to buy 2 pairs of size 16. For the heck of it, I tried on an 18 in the same style, but found myself swimming in them. I know that sizes and styles vary from store to store as much as any clothing item - I may not be a size 16 or near 14 at another store. I can say this much: Being able to (nearly) wear a size 14 jeans from a store I adore after being a size 18 for sooooo long was a very positive motivator to lose more weight. I know I am heading in the right direction because I feel good about myself. . . ..and THAT is something I am proud of :D

  
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WALDEN3 2/20/2012 12:12AM

  i am also losing a little weight at a time. i have chosen not to buy jeans, but buy sweats instead at least until the weather gets warmer.

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ALLYTHEATHLETE 2/19/2012 8:48PM

    Congratulations! Shopping after losing weight is THE BEST!

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I'd like a little bun with my hamburger patties

Sunday, May 08, 2011

I am sure it is obvious to everyone on planet Earth that portions of food offered in restaurants has increased over the past 10-20 years. I cannot help but wonder when the war between the restaurant industry and our biology will end, and who will win.
I can recall a time when a hamburger was a single patty between a bun with whichever condiments turned your crank. It was simple, tidy, and hit the spot. Add some fries and a pop, and you had the best meal ever. Then someone decided to add cheese to it. Okay, sounds good to me. Pretty soon all food chains were doing this. Through the years the additions to the hamburger have included 1-3 extra patties, bacon, onion rings, mushrooms, and so on........
At this point it amazes me that we are even able to fit the thing into our mouths!
I mean, seriously, who needs to eat 3 hamburger patties (+ bacon in some cases) in one sitting?
Answer: no one!
I understand that as a 'value meal' the customer feels that they are getting more for their dollar by increasing the size of their servings for 'x' cents extra, but what about the cost to your body?
My boyfriend is a fan of the triple (yes triple!) Baconator offered at Wendy's, although he only had it once in the past year or so. Probably because I threw a fit when I saw it. And he's concerned about MY health and MY weight?
While it is easy to say that we should just avoid fast-food chains and eating out, the fast-paced lives we lead between work and home provide us with excuses to form these habits. If you find yourself in a position where a hamburger is the easiest option, then be smart about what you order. As hungry as you are, and as good as the meal deals sound, you will enjoy the taste for a few moments, but at what cost to your health? I'd like to test the blood of someone after they have disgested the triple Baconator . . . . . bet they didn't think they had ordered a coronary!

  
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LADYZOE81 5/9/2011 1:51PM

    HA! yeah portions are insane. Took my mom to a mexican Resturant yesterday and we made a point to only eat half and tried to eat a slowly as possible. That's another thing about the fast paced life. We gobble everything down so quickly that we THINK we're still hungry. People need to take the time to enjoy thier meals.

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IMREITE 5/9/2011 12:26AM

    Mcdonald's has an "all americam meal" fro ma bout 2-2.50. it is a regular size burger (1 patty) , small fry and small drink.
i find it filling when i am traveling.

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MFLYNN8 5/8/2011 10:18PM

    So true. I had to stop ordering fries and then we moved to a place so far from fast food we never eat it anymore!

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Take A Step Back and Re-evalute Where You Are At

Monday, April 11, 2011

To those of you who have left me messages, posts, e-mails, etc, and have not heard back from me, I apologize to you. It was nothing personal against you or SparkPeople. It was all me.
I have been fighting a mental battle called stress. My hours at work have been decreasing since last November, but I still seemed to get the hours that I needed to make life move along. Recently hours have been cut more and I am currently looking for work elsewhere to make up for the lack. I am keeping my job because I spent too many years of my life devoted to being successful to let it just slip away plus the pay is good.
My mom had a seizure about a week ago. Out of the blue. She has an appointment with her family doctor today so I hope that he can put her on the right path to treatment. This is the second one just over a year so to have an answer as to why and a means of controlling it would be a great blessing to our family.
I decided to wallow in self-pity with the 'why me' mantra, but that has gone on for far too long. If I want another job and if I want to be here for my parents I need to welcome healthy eating and exercise back into my life. I am ready to be back
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DONNACFIT 4/19/2011 11:12PM

    Hi..good luck on all your stressful situations..thanks for stopping by my blog..I've been under stress too and it's been hard to have the energy to eat well and exercise and log and blog. I'm starting to get my Spark back ..I know you will too!! Good Luck and keep on Sparkin' emoticon

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ANGIESDIET2 4/11/2011 2:49PM

  I want to wish the very best in finding out what is causing your mothers seizures and hopefully they can be eliminate with them proper treatments. As far as the job stress, I totally feel you because I was out of work for almost 3 years and just recently started back with a brand new dental office and they just don't have the patients yet. I am not sure what the position will play into but I hope for only positive things to come. I just wish good luck in finding something with more stable hours, and stay positive and try and not let the stresses consume you.

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KVSFOOD 4/11/2011 12:34PM

    Geeze, was fast! LOL

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MOVIEWOMAN 4/11/2011 12:32PM

  So sorry to hear about your mom and stress at work!! Kudos to you for bouncing back. Way to go!! Let me know if I can help!!!

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Favourite Couple

Monday, February 07, 2011

Instead of writing a blog about myself - got nothing to say, really - I thought it might be interesting to post a question and allow people to respond.
Who do you find to be the most intruiging couple? Why?
The couple may be alive or deceased.

My answer: Will Smith and Jada Pinkette-Smith because they put their family before their fame

  
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JUSTYNA7 2/13/2011 2:28PM

    Hmmm. I have to go with a fictitious couple, Jamie and Claire Fraser from the "Ourlander" series by Diana Gabaldon. Because they have such a passion for each other, defend each other, support each other and are so much larger than life. I know so many people who have read the series and we make comments about these two all the time.

The other couple would be friends of ours who quit their jobs, sold everything and bought a campground which they have totally turned around. Love them because they are living their dream, have no doubts about the work involved, and have taken a ho hum life into a fun one.

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DONNACFIT 2/9/2011 12:09AM

    Boy..that's a hard one..I think Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgewick since Kyra is my favorite star and they have a great and long lasting marriage :)

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You're Hot Then You're Cold; You're Yes Then You're No......

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Most everyone recognizes this Blog Entry Title as lyrics from Katie Perry's single 'Hot'N'Cold'
A catchy jingle about her perceptions of the man she is about to marry. In our lifetime we will probably meet or have met someone who seems to flip through moods like a bored person flips through a magazine. Instead of another human being, my focus is on my Nutrition Tracker.
The fact that someone provided a website that provides us with a breakdown of the nutritious values of the foods we eat is great. I hated playing the guessing game about the differences between ounces and cups, or whether I have had 'my alotted amount' for the day. The chart is 'easy to read at a glance' and even allows you to remove an item. Human digestion is not as easy to manipulate.
One thing that I hope to get better at is chosing foods throughout the day so that I will be in range with Calories, Carbs, Fats, and Proteins. I find that one day I will have an acceptable number of calories and carbs in my body, but the fats and/or protein will be too high or too low. Or any other combination of high and low. And even if I am 1 (literally 1) number above or below I get a supportive message about the dangers of being on either side of my range.
The inconsistency made me think of Katie's song.
I am grateful for the opportunity to take control of my diet and improve where necessary, but getting the balance is a work in progress. - Instead of Hot or Cold, how about Room Temper -ature?

  
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CMCMATH 1/31/2011 11:50AM

    Great blog! Keep it up! I'm on a more restricted diet right now, where I have certain things to eat throughout the day, so I don't have to track what's going on, because I already know what I'm allowed to have all day. But once i'm in maitenance mode, I'll be right where you are now -- ready to read labels and trying to find a balance. Good luck and keep going!

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JUSTYNA7 1/31/2011 9:10AM

    Nice blog! I think I was where you are about a year ago and it is a huge step forward! I had to track for a while to figure out the patterns and be "ready" to change, start reading labels. I think we are becoming grown ups! Congratulations!

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