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What does the scale mean to you?

Friday, June 07, 2013

I recently became obsessed with measuring myself and with standing on the scale. My mentor suggested I write about what the scale means to me. So I wrote a page in my journal about it, but I would like to know from you spark people what the scale means to you. Thanks! Bless! Keep coming back! :)

  
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EABL81 7/6/2013 9:49PM

    Just one of many ways (and by no means, the only or most important) to measure my progress on this journey.

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GEORGIEGURLZ 6/7/2013 6:58PM

    I use the scale as a gauge to determine if I am losing or gaining weight. I don't stress if it goes up. It is normal to fluctuate a little bit in weight. Alot of factors can determine if the scale number goes up. If you eat at a fast food restaurant you will have some water weight gain. They load everything with sodium. If you are allergic to dairy products and consume some the scale will go up. Most weight gain you see on the scale is water weight gain if it lower yesterday. That scale is not a judge of good or bad, fat or skinny, etc. But, it is a good tool to use as part of your weight loss and maintenace. If the scale goes up to much and stays there you know you are gaining. Adjust something that you have been doing lately, it will go back down. All the scale means to me is a good measurement tool.

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CHERYL_ANNE 6/7/2013 4:31PM

    All the scale weight reflects is my relationship to gravity and nothing else, so it does not ruin my day if the scale goes up. I faithfully measure my food with a digital scale and measuring spoons, track my nutrition and water, and move my body so if there is a fluctuation I know it will resolve itself shortly. I weigh myself every day and graph my weight trend based on my daily scale weight.

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I finally used my blender!!! :)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

OMG, I bought this blender ages ago in hopes to blend up my fruit and veggies, so that I'm not always getting bored with munching on them raw. I finally used the thing today, so that feels like a great accomplishment. And it was delicious. I put 6 strawberries, 1 orange, 1 plum, 20 carrots, 2 cups nonfat milk. It made about 2-4 servings, I believe, but I drank the whole thing. Ice cream will make it thicker and more like a smoothie, but I didn't do icecream and enjoyed the drink just as it was. Oh, I totally just remembered that ice will help thicken the mixture as well. Some people don't like the pulp from blending, but I don't mind it. Yum! What a healthy breakfast!

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MCJULIEO 6/7/2013 9:40AM

    I use mine all the time, but instead of ice cream, I add non fat non sweetened yogurt... that boosts the protein and makes it creamy, too!

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EABL81 8/20/2012 11:23PM

    Good for you! I love my blenders (I have a stick blender as well, that works wonders for soups) often. If you want "ice cream" without the guilt, do a SparkRecipe search for "Soft Serve Banana Ice Cream." It's become a favorite of mine, and you'd swear it it has cream in it. But it's just frozen banana! I add a tsp of vanilla and 1.5 tsp of maple syrup to mine. Love it!

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EVWINGS 8/19/2012 12:56AM

    I don't know what I'd do without my blender. I use it for many things including "smoothies" and applesauce. I have also made different nut butters in it. Once you are used to it, I'll bet yours becomes a favorite, too.

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Q8PRINCESS 8/19/2012 12:41AM

    Gee maybe I should try mine out as well.

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DARLY55 8/18/2012 4:39PM

    Congrats on the new venture!
Tastes great doesn't it! And the best part, you get many servvings of fruits and vegetables all in one delicious drink!
Easy to keep calorie count too. emoticon

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IDENTIFYING REASONS FOR SLIPUPS AND MY PLAN TO AVOID THEM

Friday, August 10, 2012

The last two days, I've found myself going about 500-600 calories over my goal. Today, I have successfully identified the reasons for this slip-up. I'm back on the wagon today and not beating myself up over the last two days. I'm happy that I've identified the reasons for the slip up. There were two reasons. One, I was highly stressed the last two days. And two, both days, I started the day with McDonald's breakfast. After 2 hours of eating this poor nutritional value meal, I felt hungry. The only thing to eat around the office was junk food at the honor-system snack counter. So, a few things I will work on are:

1. When I'm stressed out, pay closer attention to planning meals ahead of time and anticipate a potential food binge.

2. Slowly phase out McDonald's and fast food breakfasts, make a goal to eat a healthier breakfast at home at least once a week, to start.

3. Bring fruits and veggie snacks to keep at my desk, which will reduce the chance of me getting junk food from the office snack counter.

4. Enter the office from the opposite side of the floor, so that I don't pass by the junk food counter.

  
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CCADIE 8/16/2012 2:08PM

    I'll have to add these to my list! I have the hardest time resisting junk food when I'm stressed. I think it'll take some time to ingrain new habits so junk food isn't my go-to stress reliever. Your self-awareness is really great.

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Q8PRINCESS 8/11/2012 7:55AM

    Good ideas, think I'll use them myself!

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MINILOVER1 8/11/2012 6:24AM

    Glad that you could identify your slip ups. They are very similar to mine. Besides the McD's bad food I also had the habit of going across the hall to the cafeteria and getting something out of the vending machine which is just as bad.
I put a small refrigerator in my office and stock it each week with healthy foods and snacks. I live an hour away from work so I always make sure I have some fruit or celery sticks with me to snack on the way home. Once home, I eat what I had planned. This works very well for me.
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BLUE42DOWN 8/11/2012 12:38AM

    emoticon identifying the cause and working on the cure rather than letting the symptom make you give up!

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EABL81 8/10/2012 10:05PM

    I know what you mean about work and stress. I'll get really busy, stay late, and if I don't already have something made that I can just heat in the microwave when I get home, I'm just as likely to stop and pick up a pizza. I think your plan of having healthy things ready and close at hand is a winner. Good luck! emoticon

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JAMBABY0 8/10/2012 6:59PM

    well good luck

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NATALIEGENZ 8/10/2012 6:52PM

    Wow, it is so great that you are able to identify and problem solve like this. And a two day slip-up is nothing to beat yourself up for, especially if you are ready and willing to jump back on the wagon, like you clearly are. I wish you good luck in general, but especially in keeping McDonald's out of your diet. It's addictive, but so useless!!!

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DAILY JOURNAL EXERCISES FOR GOALS AND SELF ESTEEM

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

I was researching exercises to build self esteem. And I found a list of things, I don't have that list with me at the moment, but I took some of the things that I thought would work well to write in my daily journal. I find it best for me to write it at the end of the day or any time during the day that I have a moment. They are as follows...

1 - Daily accomplishments - I write down everything that I accomplished that day.
2 - Things I like about me - I re-write the same list every day and add any new things.
3 - Gratitude list - I write things I felt grateful for during the day.
4 - Reminders/Pep Talk - Why I want to stay sober/lose weight: feel happier, be happier, not feel depressed, live longer, make genuine friends.
5 - Struggles - Write down any struggles I had for the day.
6 - Goals - I write down short, medium and long term goals every day. I write the same goals every day and add new ones. I check off the ones I did for that day. I feel accomplished looking at the checkmarks and I don't beat myself up for the ones I didnt check off. My goals currently are;
-try a short workout
-try a new recipe
-eat a healthy breakfast
-drink water
-look at motivation sparkpages
-track food today
-update sparkpage
-share my goals
-exercise for at least 10 minutes
-find a buddy
-take a walk
-create a motivational collage
-go shopping for healthy food
-check the nutrition facts
-ride a bike
-work in the yard
-take the stairs
-rack up sparkpoints
-listen to or watch or read something inspiring
-restart sparkpeople program if i fall off track
-measure my portions
-eat a piece of fruit
-slow down during meals
-play a sport or game for fitness
-learn new things
-take quizzes
-read articles on spark people
-develop better rapport at work
-go to bed at a reasonable time
-lose 30pounds by 7/4/12
-look at likeabossfitness.tumblr.com
-meditate
-visualize practicing a healthy lifestyle, visualize making healthy food choices and how those decisions fit into my daily live, where would i take myself right this moment if i walked toward my most heartfelt dream, what would my life look like, what would my body look and feel like, what level energy would i have, what would be my favorite activity, what would my daily life include
-contact 1 family member today
-take a 90 day chip at alcoholics anonymous
-take a 1 year cake at alcoholics anonymous
-repair credit score
-follow up with doctors/therapists
-avoid taking anything that isnt paid for or freely given
-watch or read something inspiring
-nutrition calculator
-read a prayer
-read or watch success stories
-commemorate success with jewelry, clothes shopping, full body massage, tattoos
-join a gym
-take a cooking class
-find meetup groups
7 - Journal - Write any thoughts, feelings or events that occurred that day.

It may seem like a lot, but it doesn't take much time at all to re-write all these things every day. I also try to add new things each day or each week. I found that re-writing these things every day or as often as I possibly can, keeps my goals in check, I feel more accomplished, grateful, and it builds up my self esteem.

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LIFELONG OVERWEIGHT ISSUE + SUBSTANCE ABUSE = DISASTER

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Ever since I was 7 years old, I've been overweight. When I was 12, I started sneaking my parents cigarettes and smoking them in the backyard. When I was 13, I tried beer and vodka and any liquor my friend and I could get our hands on. At 17, I started smoking weed. I'm 31 now, and have been using alcohol, marijuana and a few other drugs since I was 17. My whole life, I struggled with my weight loss, and adding mind altering substances into the equation certainly didn't help me with motivation or a clear mind to lose weight and maintain it. I'd lose weight, but I'd always gain it back. Two months ago, I went to a rehabilitation center for drugs and alcohol, which has proven to be one of the best things I've ever done in my entire life. Right now, I don't feel depressed anymore, and I feel as though it was the drugs and alcohol holding me back in so many areas of my life, work, friendships, relationships, goals, career, and of course, a healthy lifestyle. Today, I feel happy, no trace of depression. I feel hopeful, like I can achieve anything I desire. Since I've been working towards putting my substance abuse problems behind me, I've gotten back my Spark! I've been absent from these pages for 2 years. I'm glad to be back and looking forward to a happier, healthier future! Good luck to anyone on a similar journey and god bless! :)

  
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CHACKER2 7/18/2012 11:16AM

    Don't look back just forward. From now on take care of yourself. emoticon

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GEMINI-SKY 7/17/2012 8:59PM

    God Bless You, too !!!
I admire your Strength and Determination...
Much Success with your Journey to Sobriety and a Healthy Lifestyle !

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CGARR442 7/17/2012 8:52PM

    How wonderful for you! Keep up that awesome motivation.
Best of luck to you reaching all of your goals!!

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JOANNAIMREADY 7/17/2012 6:56PM

    I think it's great that you decided to get sober and lead a healthy lifestyle. I have the same history with drugs and alcohol and decided to get clean after I landed in an intensive outpatient program and learned that alcohol was a depressant. I have been sober a year now and I am finally starting reach my goals now that the alcohol is not in the way. You will are an inspiration to me to stay sober, thank you for sharing!

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