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Hey, I Really Like Spark Coach!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

My friend, HANAHSCLOUDY talks about Spark Coach in her latest blog. She said at first she wondered if Spark Coach would be redundant, but she's found that it helped her get her MOJO back!

I was also wondering if Spark Coach was redundant. Instead I found Spark Coach makes me more accountable. It also helps me to see the good things I'm doing. I never feel as though I'm good enough and I don't handle compliments well, so I never give myself enough credit for doing well. I'm very hard on myself, however, it really does help to have someone tell me that I'm doing a good job and Spark Coach does that. Oh, don't get me wrong, my Spark friends tell me that, too and positive feedback is always welcome! I believe it's something we all need.

I have learned how to use the Spark People site, so I don't need much help with that, but at times I have found that all of the information can be overwhelming. There is so much information about exercise that I occasionally find it contradictory and confusing and when I've asked questions on the community message board I get even more confused. Perhaps with Spark Coach I'll be able to get a more definitive answer since I will be able to ask an expert. I like that Spark Coach directs you to specific articles that complement the video of the day because it gives me a clearer picture and it's not so overwhelming.

I'm thinking of continuing to use Spark Coach! I never thought I'd say that. Spark People is such a positive place to be and I've been able to build a solid foundation of good habits. Spark Coach goes even further and takes that positive attitude and provides a positive environment that helps to reinforce those habits. Of course, now I have to wonder, what happens in 12 weeks? Do you start at the beginning all over again? Just what is the next level, because I started in May 2012 with 100 pounds to lose and repeating the first three months over and over might have me tearing my hair out!

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DESERTJULZ 8/13/2012 10:03AM

    I've been wondering about Spark Coach. I'm within just a few pounds of goal weight, so initially my thought was that I didn't need it. However, being at the right weight and being as strong & fit as I want to be are completely different. Perhaps SP Coach would push me on the fitness, too?

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HANAHSCLOUDY 8/13/2012 10:01AM

    Way to go emoticon!

I went a head and got the 3 month special. I too wondered to how it continues along with us? WE shall find out! On the Upside, IT CAN"T hurt! emoticon

Repeating the first 3 months, over and over........EWWWW. emoticon

Hmm, I am doing it over for the second time, and see many areas I didn't focus the first?

Have a great day!

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MIDNIGHTER1 8/12/2012 11:33AM

    Good for you ,Linda. What will you do after 12 weeks? You will gain so much knowledge and motivation, you will just know what to do. It is good to get expert advice that can help you on your journey.If it gives you enthusiasm and motivation, go for it.Message boards are just what that person did to get their results, not the same for everybody. emoticon

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CSTERLING 8/11/2012 8:32PM

    I just joined Spark Coach today... It gave me a little boost too, but it's just the first day. I hope it turns out to be something awesome... this site is great already. I really hope I decide Spark Coach is worth the money. Time will tell.

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  I've just begun to use spark coach. I had the same reservations you've expressed and like you have been very pleasantly surprised. There is a LOT of information out there and correlating it can be a challenge. What I really like about sparkcoach is they break it down to doable goals for each day. I find this so much easier to get my head around.

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It's been a good week.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

I just walked 50 minutes! Yes! Happy Dancing to RESPECT, go Aretha! I know it may not be much to other people, but I've just spent two weeks slowly restarting after over training. Again. It's so hard to take it slowly!

I've had a good week. One of my friends decided she had to get me out of the house. She promised to take me shopping for clothes. My clothes really do hang on me. I ended up with two outfits. They weren't even black! My friend had all these places she needed to go so that by the time we were done we went so many places I can't remember them all!

Oh, but we had fun! We talked and laughed and it was great. I haven't done that for over two years. It took me a whole day to recover. I was mentally and physically exhausted. So I ended up having two rest days this week but it was worth it. And that's another good thing about this week, I'm not tired all the time. (Except for Thursday!)

Today is Saturday and I need to go grocery shopping. I try not to shop on the weekend. It's easier to go during the week, but my husband promised to take me out to eat. Yikes! Twice in one week. I'm going anyway. It is absolutely beautiful outside. Well, if you don't consider 86 degrees with 63% humidity and the dew point at 72 degrees too bad. There is a breeze and this is cooler than it's been. Hey, I love it!

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HANAHSCLOUDY 8/13/2012 10:06AM

    I have that song on my IPOD. Happy Dancing? Is that a certain dance, or routine?

I got a wii dance thing to try, some fast dancing there WHEW! I'm still in the demo area, they move so fast.........

Have a great day!

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DESERTJULZ 8/5/2012 3:28PM

    Hey! That's big! A 50 minute walk is awesome!

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HONEYPOT319 8/5/2012 12:20PM

    emoticon Great blog! Enjoy your dinner out my friend!

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MIDORI_SPARK 8/4/2012 4:53PM

    Wonderful! I am so glad to hear what a great week it has been for you. Happy to hear also that you've treated yourself to some (colourful!) new clothes! I'm the same way, I dressed in grey and black for years, and only recently have started adding colour to my wardrobe. It makes me feel a little bit more energized during the day.

I'm sure next week will be great as well!

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MIDNIGHTER1 8/4/2012 3:29PM

    Like my mom use to say,"Some progress, beats no progress" Good for you.You are gaining momentum. It is good to visit with friends,it lifts your spirit and relaxes your mind on something other than losing weight. Congrats on losing some inches and dressing in more festive colors. Probably fit your happier mood. Win! Win! emoticon

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FLYINGCRANE 8/4/2012 1:43PM

    Congrats on the new clothes!!! They will make you feel great. You will feel less tired and more energetic over time.

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LOSE4LIFE47 8/4/2012 1:39PM

    Good to hear you had a good week.

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Learning to Trust Myself

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Over the years I've been on many diets. What did I learn? All the things everyone else knows about diets, too. I also learned not to trust myself. I learned to tell myself that I can't. It didn't matter what it was, my answer was always the same. I can't. I can't lose weight. I can't exercise. I don't have to tell myself this, I just know I can't.

Ten weeks ago today I decided I can't. No, I mean I CAN'T DO THIS ANYMORE! I don't want to be the person who can't lose weight. I don't want to be the person who can't exercise. I don't want to be the person who seldom leaves the house. I don't want to be the person who can't believe in herself anymore, who can't trust herself.

Every week I worry that no matter how hard I work at eating right and exercising that it won't work. I tell myself if I can't trust myself, then I can trust SparkPeople. It works for other people, it can work for me.

Now I need to work at something else. Set a new goal: learning to trust myself.

I think that somehow, I need to get it through my thick skull that every step I take, every mindful choice I make is part of rebuilding that trust in myself. I'm strong. I know I am. In my life I've done things I never thought I could. I've faced those things and handled them well. Of course, I felt, at the time, that I had to face those things because it was the only way forward. This is the same thing, isn't it? I'm committing to a healthy lifestyle. That's not a frightening prospect, that's a joyous, momentous decision!

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HANAHSCLOUDY 8/1/2012 10:51AM

    Aww, what a wonderful read for me this morning. emoticon To just keep going in spite of myself.

You are a constant joy, and a wonderful giving person. Thank you sooooooo much for taking the time thinking about my blogs. And all the heart felt sentiments and encouragement you have given me!!

I feel like your sitting here enjoying a cup of coffee when I read your responses!


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DESERTJULZ 7/20/2012 11:23PM

    Linda, I trust you. You will make the right choices. I know this. You will succeed. I know this too!


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MIDORI_SPARK 7/20/2012 4:57PM

    This is a great new goal, and I hope that you will achieve it soon! We all trust that you can do this :)

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MIDNIGHTER1 7/19/2012 9:45AM

    I just woke up one day and decided I was tired of being fat. I decided I did not want to do like other I saw,lose weight and then go back to bad habits and put it back on and more. I heard two voices ,one that said I could do it ,the other said I could not.
I decided to listen to the first one. Your mind will tell you many things like,it's too hard,I'll start tomorrow or you can't do it. Meanwhile your desire will tell you that you can. You have to fight and believe.Good for you.

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SUNSHINE192DAY 7/18/2012 8:50PM

    Very proud of you! I'm in the same boat right now and I'm so glad to have someone else voice what I've been feeling! Thank you sooo much for that!

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SNOOPY-ACE 7/18/2012 8:49PM

    The right mine will help do your I CANS! You can do it .

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Much harder to use Spark when my internet

Monday, July 16, 2012

connection keeps going down! And then a couple of hours ago I tried to open my SparkPage and was told it wasn't available, to try again later! Arrrgh! I'm hoping the cable company is updating their equipment and it's not some kind of problem on my line. I do need to call, this has been going on for almost a week now. They have one of those phone system menus that's so annoying that by the time you speak to an actual person you're either really agitated or you've forgotten why you called! Maybe they do that on purpose?

I'm not sure it would be as annoying if I had slept more than 4 hours last night. I was doing so well. My sleeping 7 hours or more a night streak was at 7 days in a row! I can't believe that I used to sleep 4 or 5 hours a night at least five nights a week. Now I know why I couldn't function well. It took me over an hour to fix breakfast this morning. Well, really it was more like lunch by the time I was done. It would have been even later if my husband hadn't helped me. Yikes! It's really good that this is a rest day.

Other than the above, I'm doing really well. Especially now that the temperature has dropped 10 degrees. Now I can exercise more. In fact, I need to start using heavier weights for my ST. Yeah!

Since I started SparkPeople I've been walking on the treadmill five to seven times a week. I have never included the 5 minute warm up and the 5 minute cool down in my walking time. I think I should but I don't know how. Do I say that I walked 3 mph for 30 minutes and then estimate the average mph for those 10 minutes or do I say I walked 40 minutes at 3mph? I put in the time, so shouldn't it count?

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HONEYPOT319 7/17/2012 7:24AM

    You should count it all! Way to go lady! :)

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MIDORI_SPARK 7/17/2012 5:15AM

    That sounds so frustrating! I hate when I have problems with my internet connection. And not sleeping, that's a tough one too. I hope it gets better for you soon.

I'm glad to hear there is good news, too though! Maybe cooler temperature = more exercise = easier sleep? I'm hoping so, anyway :)

Sorry, I'm not sure about the treadmill logging question.

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Have You Tried Socca--It's a crepe made with chickpea flour

Thursday, July 12, 2012

I had intended to write a blog about tweaking my calories/exercise. I now know that if I eat the mid-range calorie value that SP suggests and walk 30 minutes at 3 mph with 35 minutes of ST six times a week I will gain a pound. Good to know.

But then my back started to hurt. It's been bothering me a little on and off and I could write about that. I have a chronic back problem. I'm mindful of the type of exercise I do. For the last five days it's been progressive more painful. So today I took a rest day. My planned rest day is Monday. I didn't plan on two rest days this week. The thing is, if I don't watch I'll be in constant pain. So I'm sitting here with my TENS and a heating pad. My husband does a pretty nice massage, too.

Who cares about that stuff anyway?

Have you ever tried Socca (su-chi-a)? It's a crepe made with gram flour (chickpea flour, besan), water, olive oil and salt.

There are 17-18 recipes right here at SP.

or you can try:

I like this one because the author, fingerstix, suggests that you make the batter and set it aside for an hour before using it. Some recipes suggest 30 minutes. It does help to eliminate any lumps.

David Lebovitz has a great description of socca. He calls it street food. This article makes me want to go to Provence! Plus, I know someone with a wood burning brick oven. Of course, they live in New Jersey and I live in North Carolina.

I think my favorite recipe is at:

Nicoise Socca (nee-swazh or nee-suaz su-chi-a)

They describe socca as ". . . something between a sturdy crepe and a soft flatbread. The chickpea flour gives it a tender, almost custardlike texture." Oh, yum. Their recipe adds nicoise olives, roasted red peppers, and anchovy fillets. What's not to like? I saw this recipe a while ago. My husband had gotten some tapenade for his book club meeting and had some left over. I'm thinking that I could either put the tapenade in or on the socca. Now don't get me wrong, you can make socca without any other additions except for salt and pepper, but adding anything salty tastes pretty good. I have to watch my sodium intake, so I can add my favorite spices and herbs instead of the salty stuff. And don't forget to grind some fresh pepper over it when you serve it hot from the oven!

While this is considered low carb, it certainly has enough fat and sodium. Especially when you serve it with additional oil and salt for dipping!

If you've never used gram flour you can find it at many grocery stores now. I buy it at my Asian market because I can get a bigger bag that costs less. Besides, my Asian market has a great selection of whole spices, including my favorite cumin seeds, which I'm planning on putting in my socca!

I like to use gram flour to dredge vegetables, fish and chicken. Instead of using seasoned wheat flour I use seasoned gram flour, although I have found that if I add 1 tablespoon of bread crumbs it sticks to the food better. You must add some salt to the seasoned gram flour, otherwise it's too bland. I wonder if you grind up gluten free bread really fine, would it work just as well as the bread crumbs? So, I dredge my food of choice, spray some oil on it and bake it or dredge the food and sauté it in a nonstick pan with a little olive oil until golden. The seasoned gram flour tastes so much better than seasoned flour to me.

Seasoned flour: For every 1 to 1 1/2 cups of gram flour add:

2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon dried oregano or basil
salt and pepper (enough so you can taste the salt and see the pepper)
1 tablespoon bread crumbs (I use Progresso Italian Bread Crumbs)
for some recipes I add Hungarian paprika for color
occasionally I'll reduce the salt and add grated Parmesan cheese

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FARRAH511 7/12/2012 4:47PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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