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Slow & Steady Wins the Race!

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Since joining Spark I've lost 45 pounds. The loss has been slow but consistent. In the past I would lose weight quickly and gain it back almost as fast (bet you've been there too!). However, when I joined I decided that I wasn't going on a diet. I resolved to make life style changes, incorporating one at a time. Spark's tools allowed me to set goals and track the progress of the new habits I was(am) developing. Thanks Spark! And goodbye 45 pounds!

  
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LEXIE63 11/10/2013 12:25PM

    That is terrific! Good for you. :-)
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KITT52 11/8/2013 8:38AM

    emoticon ..it works

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IMREITE 11/8/2013 12:59AM

    a healthy lifestyle is the only way to keep it off long term. there are people who have had surgery and lost it but then did not change the bad habits and gained it all back.

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Glad to be back!

Friday, November 01, 2013

I've been neglecting Spark for months. I joined Weight Watchers and have been trying out their community site. Actually, trying isn't the right word. Struggling is more accurate. Even though I am being successful on their plan I am giving up on their "community". There is no place like Spark.
The people who are in the Spark family are some of the most supportive and inspiring people. I've missed the daily motivation that I get here.
When I logged on this morning I was welcomed with the new Start Page. Wow! I am looking forward to exploring it.
Good to be back!

  
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KALIGIRL 11/4/2013 12:59PM

    emoticon Glad you're here!

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RPCLEM2000 11/1/2013 11:44PM

    LIFEISSWEET,
emoticon GLAD TO HAVE YOU BACK!!! I hope your up for our November Fitness Challenge. We would love to have you back in the Roll Call thread. Any way I can help just let me know. We are so glad your back! Keep on Sparking.

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MPETERSON2311 11/1/2013 5:48PM

    welcome back!

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2HAMSDIET 11/1/2013 4:33PM

    Glad you are back and still working at it. emoticon

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PILLYWIGGIN 11/1/2013 2:59PM

    emoticon Glad you are back too Alice! I have tried other community support groups but nothing matches up to Spark People in my experience.
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November Goals

Monday, November 07, 2011

My goal for November is simple: Spark. This is my busy season and I have a tendency to get so involved with what is going on in the studio that I completely ignore me. On the days I Spark I seem to make healthier choices so I've scheduled 30 minute meetings to Spark each day. Just 30 minutes. I can do that.

This might not be an ambitious goal for the month. It is probably pretty wimpy compared to other's goals but this simple goal can keep me focused on my health. And that's my main goal, the reason I joined Spark, to be a healthier me. These little manageable goals add up. I'm going to have a manageable November. How about you?

  
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LEXIE63 11/17/2011 2:40PM

    Wimpy compared to what? LOL
I like the idea of scheduling the time for a spark meeting. It is a great idea when you have a busy life. :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx

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KALIGIRL 11/8/2011 8:38AM

    Not wimpy @ all - I'd say Wonderful!

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2HAMSDIET 11/8/2011 8:20AM

    I think you have a great big goal and that is to stay focused on being a healther you. Spark on.... emoticon emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/7/2011 5:39PM

    sounds great to me!
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Back from Candyland & Ready to Tackle October Goals

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

I'm back after disappearing for a week. I went to Candyland and am coming out of the sugar induced haze that I've been in during the past week. Actually, it wasn't all chocolate and gumdrops but it feels like it, especially when I see my morning blood glucose readings.

I accomplished many of my September goals even after taking in to account that Hershey has been my corporate sponsor for the past few days. Their new diet plan is a handful of candy for breakfast, another handful at lunch and a sensible dinner. It works! Okay, it doesn't.

This month I am going to continue to focus on my blood glucose and keeping my A1C under 7 (last reading was 5.9).

One of my goals was to keep within an allotted carbohydrate range of 171g to 218g daily and I did well until last Thursday. I'm going to continue striving to keep within that daily range. Using the food tracker and pre-planning my meals helped me stay within this range until the candy thing. I will use these tools to keep my carbs in check this month.

I will test my blood glucose at least 2 times daily. Seeing those numbers on the meter is a daily reality check and a good way to monitor my progress.

I will exercise for 30 minutes daily 5 days a week. Exercise keeps my morning blood sugars low and gives me a sense of being in control. October is a traditionally busy month and this will also help me deal with stress (in theory!).

Last month I also created non-fitness related goals. A Spark friend called them "Spirit goals" which I thought sounded like a wonderful idea. Sometimes I focus on my health goals and between work and other obligations I forget about my own personal goals. The three simple projects I picked as my spirit goals have been accomplished and now I have a new scarf, a yoga mat carrier, and a tote bag for my gardening tools. Making things with your own hands gives you an opportunity to clear your mind of those little things that gnaw at you.

This month I have many obligations so I will not have the time (realistically) work on three projects to I picked one project. I bought polar fleece in a deep shade of red last year with the intention of making a fun weekend jacket. That fleece sat in a tote for a year. This month I am going to make that jacket. The fleece is now out of the tote, the pattern is cut out and I'll have enough fleece left over for a nifty hat and matching gloves (no pressure, maybe I'll finish them this month, maybe they will be a goal for next month, we'll see).

I'm ready to tackle my October goals. I'm looking forward to having a healthy, sugar-free month. I hope you have a wonderful month and meet your goals too!

  
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1COUNTRY_GAL 10/28/2011 11:50AM

    emoticonJob,better to do the jacket than never! It's always a healthy positive thing when we begin and finish things no matter how long it takes,these are healthy habits that will help us in the future.I hope you had a wonderfully successful healthy October! emoticonDiana emoticon

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BLVINBUTTERFLYS 10/22/2011 11:48AM

    You can do it! emoticon

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LINDYPAINTS 10/9/2011 8:39AM

    Good for you, getting back on track. We all "weaken" sometimes but it takes real strength to just get back and do what has to be done!
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2HAMSDIET 10/5/2011 6:51PM

    In the big picture you did great last month. emoticon

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PURPLESPEDCOW 10/5/2011 6:27PM

    My only goal this month is to get my blood sugar readings under control. I am not worrying about weight or even fitness minutes right now. I know fitness is important but I am not going to stress about missing a few days now and then. I feel better and do better when sugars are controlled. So I am right there with you. Keeping my hands busy with crocheting baby blankets for baby showers at school.

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NEVERORNOW 10/5/2011 3:35PM

    Sometimes we just need a break. emoticonGlad you're back and ready to work at managing the glucose, etc., again. I love the idea of "spirit" goals, that's a great way to focus on accomplishments other than the usual ones of diet and exercise. Have fun making the jacket! Would love to see it when finished!

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MENNOLY 10/5/2011 2:54PM

    Cool! Seems like you are back on track after a short hiatus! You can do it. Love your attitude! emoticon

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New Fat Memories or I Need a Hug

Thursday, September 22, 2011

I normally weigh myself once a week, same time, same day, same lack of clothing. My weigh in day is Monday but today for some reason this little voice whispered, "Get on the scale." So I did. To my surprise I lost 3 pounds which means I weigh under 250 pounds. I haven't been under 250 pounds for years.

The last time I was at this weight we had just learned of our father's illness. Once we had a proper diagnosis for Dad I became his primary caregiver. During his illness and the year after his death I gained over 25 pounds.

At first I was really happy to see 248 pounds on the scale. Then I was overwhelmed with anger. I found myself going over the disappointment of finding myself without adequate support during my father's illness (he had ALS). I found myself mentally lashing out at people who didn't come through for us, who just disappeared when we needed them the most. I was stewing in this anger for at least an hour.

Something finally snapped and I said out loud, "Why am I so angry?" Especially since I thought that I had resolved many of the issues surrounding my father's illness and passing. I really thought I was in a good place. What could pull up these feelings for no apparent reason? And then it occurred to me that this is where I was when everything started to go "bad" and fear started to over take me.

I sat down and attempted to write about these complicated feelings. This helped me bring myself out of the fear and anger. I had a good conversation with myself to gauge where I am emotionally and mentally. In the past, this would have started a day of a non-stop binge, all sugar and fat. So I'm really proud that I was able to recognize the start of something that could have been self destructive.

This episode left me wondering, does our excess fat have memories? Logically, I know it doesn't but sometimes I think my body really doesn't want to be at a specific weight because of some trigger memory. I will need to really focus on my emotions while I loose the next 10 pounds due to the memories of this weight. I need to build a positive memory around the 240s because I know that this weight means more to me than just eating too many donuts. So I'm going to go make some new fat memories, some positive one to get me through and keep me going. In the meantime, I think I'll go see if anybody will give me a hug. Boy, do I need one!

  
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NJMATTICE 9/22/2011 11:51PM

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NEVERORNOW 9/22/2011 10:07PM

    Those are some amazing insights. emoticonon being able to sort things out and deal with it without turning to old destructive habits. Thanks for sharing - this seems to be something we may all need to look out for and I'd certainly never considered it.

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ASHL_84 9/22/2011 8:53PM

    emoticon Hope you can make some good memories at this weight! You deserve to feel good about losing weight and getting down to what you are now!!!!

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SAMI199 9/22/2011 7:33PM

    I am impressed by your insight.I am sorry you went through so much with your Dad.Anger is a funny thing-you think it is resloved,only to have it return. I am of the mind that anger is not a bad thing.I spent too many years stuffing "negative" emotions by eating evrything in sight. Keep up the good work,my friend-you are doing great!



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PILLYWIGGIN 9/22/2011 4:00PM

    Great post Chessie! Congrats on finding an alternative to binging, that is a huge achievement. Also big WTG on losing 3 pounds! But mostly loads of hugs, I am sorry that you didn't get the support you needed during your Dad's illness and passing, I looked after my MIL during her last months and I found it very stressful.
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MENNOLY 9/22/2011 3:52PM

    I will also send you emoticon. Caring for a dying parent is draining and in my case filled with self recriminations. The constant what ifs? You did your best and should be commended for everything you did to ease your father's passing. Now let it go. You are losing the weight for you. You are a great person and deserve happiness. emoticon

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LJR4HEALTH 9/22/2011 3:50PM

    Thanks for sharing and you maybe on to something there I know there is a reason why I gain once I get to my goal but never thought of it as memories

Sorry no one was there for you when you were taking car of your dad similar situation for me so I know where you are coming from emoticon

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1COUNTRY_GAL 9/22/2011 3:39PM

    I will be happy to give you a big emoticonand wish I could in person.I just had this similar realization as you have,you are welcome to read.I can empathize and relate to you,I was with anger and frustration over my health and weight,which is steadily going the wrong direction emoticonugh! We all really do have to get our emotional part ready for positive success to be successful on our lifestyle journey's! emoticon emoticonDiana emoticon

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PURPLESPEDCOW 9/22/2011 3:30PM

    I think you are doing well. You acknowledged the feelings and emotions and did something about them. Your post made me think and that is good. Thank you for posting.

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ONESTUBBORNTART 9/22/2011 3:29PM

    Oh so very interesting.

Thank you so much for sharing that. I have some thinking of my own to do after that! And here are some cheesy internet emoticon

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2HAMSDIET 9/22/2011 3:27PM

    The happy and sad part of loosing weight is in all of us. I too have feels of not some not so good times that seem to fit with certain numbers on the scale. Talk it out and then write a new story line for your self. Do a scrape book page of what the new you is. Congratulations on the weight loss. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FORME551 9/22/2011 3:22PM

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Wow, that was a powerful post...made me think hard. Weight does have associations for us just like anything else. You had a major victory there when you actually realized what was happening instead of eating unconsciously to numb the pain.
I wonder how often we do that.
Thanks..you have been a motivation and an encouragement!

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ELSAG83 9/22/2011 3:19PM

    don't hold yourself back. Be happy with the progress you've made! You're doing great and keep it up!!

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