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In six months of Sparking I've changed!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I've noticed lots of changes in the last six months of Sparking. I eat better. I exercise. Clothes that didn't fit before, do now. My blood pressure is normal. My depression has gotten better and I'm more positive now. The big thing: the way I see myself is changing, too.

I was cold last night. Well, I'm cold whenever the temperature goes below 73 degrees in the house. It's getting colder and we keep the heat on 68 degrees so I know I'm going to just have to get used to it. Anyway, I put on my Columbia polar fleece jacket. It fits now. It used to be too small. I was standing there putting dinner together and thinking, when this gets bigger I'll be able to wrap it around me even more!

It doesn't sound like much does it? But this was a BIG THING.

This morning I was reading the Daily Spark "Stay Motivated When The Scale Isn't Moving" and I saw this quote: "You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be." David Viscott

Every time I weigh myself, I'm amazed that I lose weight. Why should I be amazed? I've been working hard, eating right and exercising. But I was still seeing myself in the same light. You know, that person who just can't lose weight, who sits around and moans and groans about how hard it is.

Last night I didn't say to myself, "IF this get bigger." I thought, "WHEN this gets bigger." I've finally begun to see myself in a different light. I can be successful living my healthy new lifestyle because I am doing just that. My lifestyle is healthy. Mind you, I didn't say perfect. I believe I need to be flexible, not restrictive, in order to succeed. I'm working at it.

My husband is Sparking with me. I know how lucky I am to have his support. He has no exercise issues, unlike me. He's very active, but when he started SP at the beginning of September he was 32 pounds overweight. Last year at this time he was 50 to 55 pounds overweight. Now he has 17 more pounds to go! He told me he'd wanted to lose more weight before his physical last week! (Geesh, I'm losing weight so much more slowly!) He claims that when he sees his weight loss he feels like it's magic. He just follows the nutrition tracker guide and exercises and loses weight. I told him when he started SP to make sure he ate enough so he wasn't hungry. Yes, you lose more slowly, but you feel so much better! He says eating a well balanced diet makes him feel great and is the key to success.

He told me the other day that he could do this forever. I think I could do this forever, too.

  
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EABL81 11/5/2012 9:36PM

    It is amazing to me, too, how well this works. Who knew?
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EZRIN101 10/24/2012 8:28PM

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-J-E-N- 10/24/2012 3:13PM

  How wonderful for you to really feel all your hard work paying off.

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SENATOR9 10/24/2012 8:42AM

    Great Blog. emoticon

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DESERTJULZ 10/24/2012 12:02AM

    I love this, Linda. Especially the closing lines, "we could do this forever..." SP gives us so much positivity in our lives!

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MJ7DM33 10/23/2012 10:01PM

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KATYDID412 10/23/2012 7:38PM

    I'm surprised by the weight loss too. I have tried losing weight so many times before, sometimes successfully, or successfully for a while, only to have all of it and more come back. This time feels different and I still can't pinpoint why.

I'm so pleased for you and your husband, and your successes!



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PURPLE180 10/23/2012 5:29PM

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MIDNIGHTER1 10/23/2012 5:24PM

    emoticon I am happy for the both of you. All that hard work pays off. It works better to be flexable and not restrictive. If you restrict too much it leads to binging or over eating.
Congrats on getting the blood pressure in line and coping with your depression.Congrats especially on the attitude change. that is what lead you towards this path of change.Bravo! emoticon

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My Rant: Grams vs Ounces

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I have started weighing food in grams rather than ounces or cups. Do you know how inaccurate ounces are?! I can fit way more shredded cheddar cheese in that 1/2 cup measure than 28 grams. Hey, more for me! No? How many more calories was that? Around 110?
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I've watched people measure out their food. Some overfill the cup measures, some under fill them. I haven't figured out why you would want to do either. Whichever way you choose, you would be cheating yourself, so you would have too many calories or you'd be hungry!

Okay, I realize that tracking is not a science. Yes, you can weigh and measure your food. Hopefully, you're within a 50 calorie range. The thing is, how do you measure one cup of lettuce? Do you pack it in or place it? Shredded or chopped?
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May I please take a moment to complain (I know I shouldn't, it's on my list of things NOT TO DO) about the SP food tracker? (Not the foods put in by members.) Why can't I measure sweet potatoes, with skin, no salt in grams?! Why is it that some things are listed twice and have different nutritional values?

Okay, okay, I know. It does not have to be that accurate! My concern is that I don't want to be 200 or 300 calories over what I think I ate.
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Oh, and before any of my friends comment on the American system of measurement, don't start. I was reading a recipe for Coronation Chicken (who knew there was such a thing) and it called for one teacup of something. A teacup? Do teacups come in a specific size?
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While ounces and cups are not good measurements for weight, they're just fine for liquid measures. And Fahrenheit is more accurate than Celsius, not that it matters. Just sayin'.

I read several articles that tell you how to measure food when you're out. You know this stuff:

A slice of bread should be the size of an index card -- a 3x5 index card and a serving of meat (3 ounces of chicken) is a deck of cards. Okay, I think I can do these two. Unless, of course, I try to measure the serving of chicken as the size of my palm (see below).

An ounce of nuts is the size of a golf ball -- how big is a golf ball, anyway? I can hold an ounce of almonds in my hand, almost.

An ounce of cheese is the size of two dice. I have dice in three different sizes, which one should I choose?
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A half of a cup is the size of your hand cupped. I have small hands, can I use my husband's hand? His is a lot bigger than mine.
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I do hope that none of you take my rant seriously.
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Well, that is, other than the fact that I really am going to start weighing my food in grams!
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EABL81 11/5/2012 9:30PM

    Too right! LOL

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SLIMMERKIWI 10/15/2012 8:40PM

    Those are excellent points you have brought up and one that I have queried myself with a bland response from one of the SparkCoaches. I would like to see "mls" added as well instead of oz, for fluid.

I also brought up the one of being able to select the veges with 'skin on' as in carrots, potatoes, pumpkin (yes I eat pumpkin skin when it is roasted) because they all have more fibre than peeled.

Kris

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MILLIE5522 9/27/2012 4:45PM

    Great blog! And so true! I try to weigh in grams whenever I can.

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MIDORI_SPARK 9/27/2012 1:08AM

    You are so right. I'm often confused by the ballpark serving sizes. A teacup?? That one is new to me. I'd be so confused by that measurement.

Good for you, starting to weigh in grams! More accuracy = more control. You're going to do great with this!

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DESERTJULZ 9/26/2012 10:33AM

    Your rant may be serious, yet it is also quite funny! Sometimes the truth is quite funny, though!

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MIDNIGHTER1 9/25/2012 9:31PM

    I try to weigh a lot of foods. Some are hard to accurately measure, like you stated i guesstimate on some. The serving of the diced sized cheese cracks me up every time. emoticon

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SENATOR9 9/25/2012 7:55PM

    All good points

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ALANAMEADE 9/25/2012 4:59PM

    All very good points..And you made me smile after a very rough workday in which I used up more calories then intended with a "working" lunch.
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You Can Relate

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

I've got a woman, calling love hate. La, la, la, la, la, la, la . . ." oh, sing it Kris. Right. After about two days of that in my head, I wanted to scream. I had a great walk Sunday. Walked at 3.75 mph for five minutes as part of my treadmill cardio routine. I turn on the roku, get my 80's Pandora station blasting over the radio speakers and walk. Hadn't heard Kris Kristofferson sing that since the 80's.

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Now, it's Tuesday. I had one of those nights where I slept great for four hours, was wide awake and Sparking for three and a half hours and then slept great for another 4 hours. Not too bad, but it made for a really late start to the day. So I just got done exercising at 5:30 pm. I hate when that happens!

I put my exercise group into the fitness tracker and it reminds me that I'm walking 30 minutes today and doing strength training. Okay, but, wait, it says (so I must have put it there) I'm walking at 3.3 mph for 10 minutes. I'm not sure I can do that. Hey, I shrug it off, crank up the music. Let's walk!

Do the warm up, okay, feeling a little stiff. Walking 3 mph. My lower back hurts, I think I have a cramp in my foot. Is my thigh cramping? How am I going to walk 3.3 mph? I could not shut this inner voice up. The time came and I was stiff and achy and I pushed the up button to 3.3 mph and . . . it felt better. Then I hear Bob Dylan singing. No, wait it's Tom Petty. No, that's definitely George Harrison. Oh, The Traveling Wilburys. They keep me going for five minutes. Then Johnny Cash starts singing Folsom Prison Blues except it isn't Johnny Cash. Took me a minute to realize it was Joaquin Phoenix who also sings another song (at least I think he does) about how he's been everywhere. He does a great job. Then Johnny Cash and his wife, June start singing and I realize that nobody can sing like Johnny Cash.

And I just walked 3.3 mph for 15 minutes. Well, I could keep right on walking. But, of course, I can't because I need to do strength training and I know if I keep walking I won't have any strength to train!
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I start cooling down and the Romantics are singing "Talking in Your Sleep." Just what I need, another song that is going to torture me. It has one of those really annoying tunes that get stuck in your head. Finally, I get off the treadmill and do my stretches. I start strength training with dumbbell lateral raises, but I lose count because I've got my inner voice thinking about the Romantics. They were the opening act to a Kinks concert I went to in the early 80's. I remember thinking their music was trite and annoying then, too.

I can hear MIDNIGHTER1 in my head now. He wrote this "Beast Mode" blog that helped me to focus. At one point he's talking about going to the gym and that you only go with one purpose: getting it done. I have to focus and get this done. Use good form. I put down the weights and turn the music down. No, that won't do because "One Night in Bangkok" just came on and there is no way I am going to have that stuck in my head for the next day or two! (Yes, I do like that song, but not over and over again!)

Now, if I can just remember to turn the wrinkle shield off on the dryer . . . beep . . . beep!

  
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HONEYPOT319 9/14/2012 7:00AM

    You rock! :)

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DESERTJULZ 9/12/2012 10:51AM

    Hahaha! You make me smile! I *love* the Traveling Wilburys!

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SENATOR9 9/12/2012 8:58AM

    Now that was a funny blog

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MIDNIGHTER1 9/12/2012 1:19AM

    How can you not listen and sing Tom Petty's. "Refugee " It was stuck in my head while i mowed the grass this past Saturday. I love to sing this song in my Petty voice. Folsom Prison Blues is classic Cash. Love it. When i am singing ,i am working, when i am working, i am in beast mode. Getting it done, hard,fast ,intense and get out with a feeling of accomplishment. It sounds like you are getting it done, no matter what was playing. You were in "Beast Mode" Rock on. emoticon

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TK25-57 9/11/2012 10:37PM

  I liked the way you become part of the music when you exercise - hopefully you can avoid unwanted songs getting stuck in your head. Spark On -T emoticon K25-57

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What is my motivation?

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Spark Coach asked what is your true motivation. I think most of us would say that we fear going back to where we were and what the worst case scenario would have been had we continued on that path. It is for me. I've already written that blog. It's depressing and negative and I don't need that anymore.

I've decided that a key part of my motivation is being positive. Sounds simple, doesn't it, yet sometimes I really have to work at it! I still get anxious and frustrated, but I can see solutions and I can deal with whatever comes up--at least, most of the time and if I can't deal with it I know I can come here and ask for help! I consider myself lucky because I have all the things that Spark has to offer, to back me up!
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For the first three months at Spark, I worked very hard to make sure that I developed good habits. I referred to that time as my rehab/boot camp. Now I'm testing my wings.
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My birthday was earlier this week. I really wanted to be able to just go to our favorite little neighborhood Taqueria La Unica and order whatever I wanted. Then I decided I just wanted fajitas, except for some reason I really didn't want to have to put it in the tracker (what a pain it is)! So I had my little tantrum.
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Well, then we went out. I ordered the lunch fajitas. Of course, I put that in the food tracker! I didn't go crazy. I had some tortilla chips. No dessert and no special drinks, I just really wanted the fajitas.
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It's funny, I was so worried about this, but it was fine. We had a wonderful time. I got to spend my birthday with my favorite people: my husband, my son and his wonderful wife and my grandson. It was perfect. We laughed and enjoyed each other's company and had great food. No worries.
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It made me feel like I could do this. Each success, each positive step strengthens me, gives me confidence, and helps to motivate me to move forward.

  
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MIDORI_SPARK 9/11/2012 9:31AM

    Sorry I'm late in saying this... but Happy Belated Birthday! Sounds like it was a wonderful evening. Great job staying on track :)

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SENATOR9 9/7/2012 9:15AM

    On day off course won't change all the hard work you did emoticon

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DESERTJULZ 9/6/2012 10:10PM

    Restaurant calories are so difficult to figure out, since you do not know every ingredient! Glad you enjoyed your birthday dinner and didn't worry too much, yet still did your best to track those foods.

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MIDNIGHTER1 9/6/2012 2:07PM

    emoticon I hate the figuring out the calories from outside places and trying to fit them in my daily plan. Sometimes I know I am so low that it does not matter if the count is higher.
I am glad you had a good birthday celebration with family and enjoyed yourself. You are doing a great job.You seem to be constantly thinking and applying your knowledge towards maintaining your progress. emoticon

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I have some NSV's!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

I have some NSV's!

- I've graduated to 8 pound free weights, yeah! (I know, I'm such a wimp.)
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- I can walk at 3 mph on the treadmill without holding on! It's taken me all this time to change my gait so that I wasn't limping. I still hold on at 3.3 miles an hour, but I'm working on it.
- I had to buy smaller underwear. I never realized how annoying it is to exercise in underwear that's too big!
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- I have to go buy a new pair of exercise pants. The ones I bought last month now can be worn at empire waist height.
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- I also got my C-reactive protein test results back. It went from 11.8 to 7.3! I'm very relieved. Hopefully, it will continue to drop as I lose more weight.

Then, I got the nicest surprise! My husband joined Spark People! He grumpily informed me that he was only joining to use the food tracker. This from a man whose idea of losing weight meant eating one meal a day. In the 38 1/2 years we've been married I have never seen him even once write down what he ate. (Is the earth's core frozen?)
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My husband has been so supportive of me. He says he's really impressed with what I've accomplished. Wow. It's been really fun watching and helping him find his way around the food tracker. Who knows, he might just take a look at the rest of Spark while he's there one day. I know I only joined Spark People to use the food tracker, too.

Okay, my husband has been doing something really annoying. (This is funny. I'm just telling you this since some of you really don't seem to get when I find something amusing.) My husband is trying to help me as much as possible. He will no longer go grocery shopping for me. Oh, he doesn't tell me that, he's much more subtle than that. He's trying to get me to leave the house more, so now he gives me a choice. I can either go with him or go on my own. I can't help but find this amusing and kind of touching. Except that this morning he wanted more fat free half and half for his coffee and couldn't I go to the store? Okay, the store is five minutes away, but I'm dressed in my workout clothes! Furthermore, I don't know how, but my hair knew when I woke up this morning that the humidity was over 90%! Saying I'm having a bad hair day doesn't even cover this. Since there's a pint of fat free half and half still in the frig I think I can wait until after I exercise and shower and beat and abuse my hair before I tackle leaving the house!
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P.S. My husband has a Spark Page! (It took me two months to do that!) He's TK25-57.

  
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MIDNIGHTER1 8/31/2012 10:36AM

    emoticon funny. Your healthy habiits have rubbed off on your hubby. That is so good. Men are stubborn,i know from experiance. He went from not tracking,to tracking, to a sparkpage. I guess you can get the horse to drink sometimes. You can sit back and smile, you are getting healthy and have influenced someone important in your life. How great is that. I initially joined sparkpeople to get healthy recipes. i had no clue of what it was for a whole year. Duh! I hate talking or hated talking about myself and now i blog at least twice a week. I did not even want a sparkpage. emoticon

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DESERTJULZ 8/30/2012 10:22PM

    Wow, Linda! You're rocking and rolling!!

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MIDORI_SPARK 8/30/2012 5:53PM

    This is great news! It's wonderful to have support, but even better to have someone going through the same process with you.

Congrats on your awesome NSV's!! emoticon

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SENATOR9 8/30/2012 11:19AM

    Quite a difference from yesterday's blog.You sound all happy and full of energy today.That is awesome.Keep up the good work emoticon

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