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Changes I've Noticed

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Spark Coach suggested that I blog about any changes I have noticed since coming on board. I have lost 4 lbs. since I started the weight loss program, and 2 of them on this site. The changes, however, that Spark Guy was referring to are any changes other than the dial on the scale.

The first thing that I noticed about 4 days after starting the program and actually exercising (OMG that was a huge change) is that I had more energy. I got up feeling so much better than I had for a long time. The second thing that was noticeable was that my sleep is more sound. Yes, I am still getting up in the night to use the restroom but I do get a much more restful sleep than I used to. Then probably the next thing I noticed was that my skin and nails are improved. My skin seems more hydrated and my nails are growing faster and are stronger. What's that about? But that's the case. Lastly, only in the past few days I have noticed my clothes seem to fit a little looser. Not a size change mind you -- just a looser fit to my jeans which is kind of nice.

So maybe some of you are noticing changes as well. If so I would love to hear about them. Also, I think the most important thing is that I have a hopeful attitude now that I have not had since I first retired. I felt like my health was out of control and would just go downhill since I was out of the workplace where I was quite active. But that has all changed and I now have a hopeful and optimistic attitude thanks to Spark People and all of you! So thank you for that. I appreciate it more than you know!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/20/2013 9:28PM

    Really positive blog. Love the changes you noticed.

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RIGEIN24 6/13/2013 9:49PM

    Good that you take note of the changes! I experienced basically the same ones. As for the skin and nails, that's probably what better nutrition did for you. I love the extra energy most of all!

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SHADOWGHOSTY 6/11/2013 6:25PM

    Way to go!

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GRANDMASHUNGRY 6/11/2013 6:18PM

    You're doing a great job sticking to the program.
You are a person that is going to succeed as they say in the SS book.
After 2 weeks you are still going for the gold and have not given up.
I went swimming today for the first time since the pool opened up this year.
Last night I got my suit out and tried it on and I was too big. I have lost about 15 lbs. since the last time I wore it. I called my sister and went to her house at 10:00 pm. and borrowed a suit from her to wear today.
Keep up the good work and I'll see you on the SS site.

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BJPENNY70 6/11/2013 4:36PM

    This is great. I am so happy you found Sparkpeople. It is so helpful and the Spark Community is wonderful. If you have a problem or a question, just ask, somebody out there know something about it. I have been with Sparkpeople since November 2011. The Nutritional Tracker and Fitness Tracker has been very valuable to me. It keeps me honest and on track. I lost from 336 pounds to 218 before getting sidelined with a serious illness. I was off track for about 5 months. I gained 29 pounds back, but I am working on getting that off and back to where I was before getting sick. Then it is on, baby. I am going for the gold. You can do anything you set your mind to. Success is yours with the help of the Sparkpeople Community, coaches, and all the things that are available to live healthy. Exercise does make you feel better and sleep better. As the pounds drop, your whole body feels better. Something to look forward to as you meet you goals and good health to boot. Congratulations, on you success! Keep going! emoticon

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MTAL203 6/11/2013 4:21PM

  Good Job! It is nice to notice changes - much more than numbers on a scale. I have also enjoyed other benefits like No more acid reflux at night - that was a BIG improvement, and no more IBS - another great thing. . .and a silly benefit - it is now easier to paint my toenails during this "sandal season" -- Wishing you all the best - keep up the great work!! emoticon

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A New Streak...

Monday, June 10, 2013

Spark Coach has recommended I find a new challenge so my new challenge is a streak that says I will do at least 10 minutes of exercise 5 days per week. As I am already working out, I figured I could easily add it to the list. I want to be careful to keep my goals and expectations realistic because I need to be in this for the long haul. I don't have a lot of weight to lose (20 lbs. at this point) but being a sixty something means that my metabolism is sluggish no matter what I do (exercise, etc.) and that means the weight is coming off very sloooooooooowly! So, this is likely to take a while and I will need to prepare for consistency.

That said the streak of 10 min. exercise is fine and in line with the work I already am doing! It is even another reinforcer which is fine.

Tonite I made teriyaki tofu which I uploaded to Spark People recipes if anyone is interested. I make it gluten-free of course to keep my food allergies pacified. Don't even get me going on that one -- another time perhaps. It's already 11:44 p.m. and I am too tired so will sign off for the night as I am trying to get more consistent sleep for this journey. Another good thing about this program. By the way, has anyone else noticed their skin and nails improving? What a nice surprise!

Keep on eating healthy and moving the body tomorrow -- make it a great day!

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No Longer the European Style ....

Sunday, June 09, 2013

I have been living my life on the European Plan shopping for 1 or 2 days at a time! I can't believe I have acquired this habit. It's time consuming and expensive -- so Spark Coach has given as a task -- the habit of planning my meals for the week and shopping for the meal plan for the week. Now why didn't I think of that? Planning ahead re: meals is obviously not one of my long suits in life. Why not? I guess it is because I have been so preoccupied with my other daily activities that I just haven't focused on taking better care of myself. How ridiculous! But there you have it...and now it's time for a change! There's that word again....change...changing habits doesn't come easy does it? And for me, this is a big one!

So how can I make this easier? It has to be easy or I probably won't do it long term and that is what this is all about -- the better lifestyle -- better life habits! So I will create a generic weekly chart with Sunday through Saturday across the top and show meals and snacks across the side with boxes to fill in. Then with that done I will take the food tracker and plug the choices in and voila track my daily consumption.

From the meal plan I can be sure to develop my grocery list and hopefully with a little practice shop for the week. It also helps that I have some good low cal recipes in the cookbook that I have been working on to plug into the week, but I need to take the time to put them into the nutrition tracker so I can easily select them. More to do -- but alas -- it will be worth it! I can take some of that time I have been using to watch TV and put it to use entering the recipes into the tracker. So this is my current task for the afternoon, and the goal of implementation for the week. At least if I do forget an ingredient I won't be shopping as often as I have been. Since going to the grocery store is not my favorite thing to do this will be far more efficient, less time consuming and hopefully cheaper!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/9/2013 8:07PM

    I have a calendar that uses erasable pens for this task. It's really nice.

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ONUTHIN125 6/9/2013 3:16PM

    emoticon I also try to stay out of the grocery stores. I try to shop once a week or ever other week. Good luck and Spark On! emoticon

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One Day At A Time

Saturday, June 08, 2013

So I was up at the crack of dawn and driving an hour to my daughter's house for the yard sale. I made sure to have a fiber bar with me in case there was any temptation, and my low cal Lipton peach tea (5 calories.) I knew there would be the brownies that were available for sale and the lemonade the kids made for the sale. I even managed to have a healthy breakfast before leaving the house. The sale was a success, but we did get rained out at the end. Not too bad though and I loaded up and made it home before any further temptations arose. I ate a healthy lunch and took a nap from being up so early. Later in the day I Sparked for a while and managed to have a healthy dinner and a vigorous workout! Weekends are always the time I struggle to stay on course and so I planned ahead to be sure I wouldn't give myself an excuse to cheat.

So this isn't too difficult when we are at home or in our normal daily routine -- but in another couple of weeks I will be leaving for Nashville, Memphis and Dallas for over a week. I will have to think about that one and decide what I can do to make sure I at least don't lose any ground while on the trip. We will be traveling with the kids and my daughter is weight conscious so that will help, but the temptations are going to be there and I will have to decide what I can do to minimize the affects on my healthy eating program -- to say nothing about the workouts! I will check out the hotels we are booked at to see if they have workout facilities in advance. At any rate, I have some time to work on this.

So if I already didn't have enough motivation an additional motivator arrived in the mail today. I received an invitation to my 50th high school reunion! Now who wouldn't want to show up looking slim and fit to that? It is in October -- which gives me plenty of time (no excuses) to show up looking slender -- even at a pound a week I should be 17 pounds lighter than I am today which would put me at 3 pounds from my goal weight. Just a little more motivation for me to be really good on my Texas trip!

Oh well, we shall see how things progress -- but let's just say I could pull this off -- which is still a big unknown -- that would mean a whole lot of consistency!!! -- But let's just say I could do it -- I certainly would have to reward myself with a new little black dress, and some nice new skinny jeans! That would be so fun! But a part of me says I am dreaming -- while another part says, Go For It Girl, You Can Do It! My saner calmer self says, easy girl this is still just one day at a time. The fundamentals don't change -- it is still one small good decision after another that is necessary to achieve the desired goal! But I can tell you this -- I'm going to try very hard to do this -- one day at a time!

Sheila
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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/9/2013 1:25PM

    I love yard sales. The only thing I never cared for is that they are so early. LOL. I'm not sure what they have to be. Good job staying on plan. I hope you can do this well on your trip so that you will be near goal weight for your reunion.

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PATRICIA441 6/8/2013 11:52PM

  The fact that your daughter is health conscious too is a big plus for you. Most of the hotels now have exercise rooms even the budget ones. If they have breakfast included like so many do there is always fresh fruit and low cal yogurt . Believe in yourself! You Can And Will Do It!!!

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CALLIECURTIS4 6/8/2013 11:37PM

    You can do it...and I know you will. Just don`t procrastinate because time will slip away and it will be here before you know it. I am so happy I started my exercizing and losing weight when I did because my vacation is less than 2 months away...If I had kept putting it off...I would have disappointed myself. Don`t disappoint yourself...do it for YOU because no one else cares. Your DH just wants you to be happy. If you are happy with a few extra pounds...he is happy. If you want to lose weight to make yourself happy ...then again...do it for YOU. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KANATAGIRL 6/8/2013 11:32PM

    emoticon Baby steps are better than doing nothing to achieve your goals.

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About the Collage

Friday, June 07, 2013

The collage is about my two strong goals in life right now: creating a healthy fit body and becoming a published writer. The collage has photos of strong women, the classic little black dress I would like to fit into (size 10), skinny jeans (size 10), fit, strong women(atheletes), a Canadian joke - definition of Canadians - Americans who learned to diet and exercise. Funny to my DH because he's Canadian from Stratford, Ontario, Babe Ruth's Quote: It's hard to beat a person who never gives up. That one inspires me so much! My 3 favorite authors: Maya Angelou, Sue Grafton (wrote the Alphabet murder series staring Kinsey Milhone) and David Baldacci who is a current major crime writer. There is a rainbow reminding me of God's incredible promise to us to be with us no matter what. Chapter One represents the beginning of a book and The End represents the completion of the cookbook that I am writing. It is a book of low calorie gluten free recipes that I have collected and used at home. I am needing to complete it by adding some good low cal dessert recipes that I am struggling with. Desserts are hard because they are so high calorie and rich. I will finish it and I'm going to get to it this coming week. Then after completing the dessert recipes I need to do the photos. At that point, it needs editing, etc. but basically it will be done. Then I'll start something else. Thanks for asking about it. The collage is both motivating and meaningful to me. That's the important thing. For those of you who choose to do one -- be sure to do something that helps you on your journey. It's really a fun project and I put an afternoon into it -- it was so worthwhile!

Sheila
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RIGEIN24 6/8/2013 11:52AM

    Now I want to read your cookbook!

As for your goals--make it happen, I believe in you.

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CALLIECURTIS4 6/8/2013 7:00AM

    emoticon for that FANTASTIC explaination of your collage. I hope you get your book done....it sounds amazing.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/7/2013 9:43PM

    Loved finding out more about the collage

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