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Three's A Charm!

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

I don't recommend that anyone else follow my weight loss strategy. But it's one that works for me and that's what counts.

Yesterday, I met my set goal at Weight Watchers, and won the final charm for my WW key chain. As a long time Lifetime Member, if I play my cards right, I'll never have to pay another penny to WW again and can continue attending, gaining new ideas, recipes, and inspiration. (Their system is counting points).

I also attend TOPS which is a fine organization for the same reasons. I also feel I can be an encouragement to some in the group. (TOPS emphasizes the Exchange system.) I have about 3.5 pounds to reach my set goal weight there. (Yes, I have different set goals at both places---different scales, different times to weigh).

Recently, I was excited to discover SparkPeople and it's program. I am almost at my first goal at Spark People with just a little over one pound to to go. I plan to reset my goal when I get there for about 4-5 more pounds. SP uses an amazing tracking system for counting calories and nutrients, which I favor and use consistently.

So why wouldn't it be easier for me to just stick to one plan and one group? It might be. But for me, this is how I choose to do it.

At an earlier stage of my adventurous weight loss journey, I used another commercial program, when I carried almost 200 pounds on my short little body. (Proof? Check my pictures.) With commitment and determination and at a high financial cost, I lost almost 65 pounds in seven months. I kept if off for about 2 years, then yo-yoed up and down, somehow keeping off 45-50 pounds. Desperate enough again I jumped back on the program wagons that I've talked about.

If I were asked to make a choice between SparkPeople and any other program, I think you could guess what my answer would be. With respect and appreciation to all, it is SP hands down. To me, SparkPeople is the most caring, giving, all-inclusive and FREE healthy lifestyle and weight loss program going.

But in the meantime, I am using resources from every good avenue available to me to fulfill my dreams and goals for as long as I am able. Can you blame me?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MAWDOT35 4/18/2011 7:23PM

    Whatever works for you is great! Many years ago I attended WW and lost down to my goal weight. Like you said, I could have attended meetings free for my lifetime IF I kept my weight down to my goal weight. Silly me, I thought, " there's no need for me to do that, I know what to do to lose weight," and gradually the weight crept back on. The support system is the key!

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AURORAMILLET 4/6/2011 6:20PM

    I agree with you about SP. I think its amazing!

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LMMIMI 4/6/2011 3:04PM

    emoticon You need to do whatever works for you, and it appears that it is. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HAPPYMOM8 4/6/2011 11:07AM

    Sounds like a winner to me. Both you and Irene are living proof that joining a social group to which you are accountable face to face really works. I may check in to that when I get back home next month. We will see how my summer goes.
Thanks for the inspiration!

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MARAHAB 4/5/2011 7:05PM

    That's so your choice and YOU know it is working for you!

Have fun,

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DIDMIS 4/5/2011 5:31PM

    As most know I am a KOPS with TOPS and am on SPARK and read anything that comes my way that I feel is useful.
We can never have too much help.

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Tracking Kept Me On Track!

Friday, April 01, 2011

I shudder to think what might have happened this week if I had not been tracking my food faithfully. Think 2-3 pounds. Four days we ate out! Two restaurants and two church events filled my week's schedule.

This was my tracking strategy: At a Chinese place, I had salmon and shrimp, with soup and veggies. I was careful with the portions. The two church dining events, I portion controlled.

But the big challenge was a birthday dinner celebration at Red Lobster for DH. I went online for their menu and nutrition, and picked a delicious dinner of stuffed flounder, salad and baked potato. I halved my dinner and 'took out' for another meal at home.

I stayed within my calorie range all week, and miracle of miracles, I lost two pounds! As I said, I shudder when I think how different it would have been, if I had not been diligently tracking my calories and nutrition.

It works... it works, I tell you, it works!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SANDYMISA 4/4/2011 3:35PM

    Yay! Great job sticking to plan7

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SANDYMISA 4/4/2011 10:55AM

    Yay! Great job sticking to plan7

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LMMIMI 4/2/2011 9:53PM

    Awesome, I am impressed. emoticon

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DIDMIS 4/1/2011 8:11PM

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MARAHAB 4/1/2011 8:06PM

    You've done all the right moves! Way to go. emoticon emoticon

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The Three R's of Losing Weight

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Yesterday ended my 28-Day Plan. Weight 138.3 pounds. Before starting The Plan I had already lost three pounds on SparkPeople, and now three more pounds are gone. That makes SIX pounds total. Great!

Which leads me into my topic. I've been in a school environment, learning how to lose weight the healthy way. The lessons included "The Three R's of Losing Weight". We took up:

READING -- Remember McGuffy's Readers? Some of us grew up on them. Reading has to be perhaps the most important thing one needs to learn in order to live a more satisfying and productive life.

I have read prolifically since starting my learning process with SP. I've read blogs and messages by the dozens, A to Z health and fitness articles, magazine articles on healthy foods, and not least my study book, The Spark.

'RITING -- I loved Penmanship in school where we carefully traced our ABC's on lined paper. The hundreds of times practicing taught me how to write legibly. That was in B.C. (Before Computers). Now we have word processors which makes writing and correcting and editing easy. Blogging (Journaling) has become my favorite method of writing. Commenting. Thank You's. Encouragement. Tips and Advice when requested...

'RITHMATIC -- How about those Flash Cards with addition problems, multiplication tables, divisions and fractions. Oh my, fractions. My sweat and tears over them have resulted in my correctly keeping my Nutrition and Fitness Trackers; Adding up all my valuable Spark Points; Figuring out the number of pounds and ounces added and subtracted; Adding all the health benefits and new Spark friends. All these and more keep my mind sharp and my fingers flying.

Hold on, I need to add another important "R".

RECESS -- Where we jumped rope, played hop scotch, and tagged each other until the bell beckoned us back into the classroom. SparkPeople is adamant about our doing exercise, even if it is starting out with just 10 minutes a day. Then adding more as we're able, but not flogging us with a hick'ry stick to do more.

This little diddy was my inspiration for writing this tome. Not remembering all the words, I googled the ones I did remember.

"School days, school days
Good old golden rule days
Readin' and 'ritin' and 'rithmatic
Taught to the tune of a hick'ry stick
I was your queen in calico
You were my bashful barefoot beau
And I wrote on my slate 'I love you, Joe'
When we were a couple of kids. "

My grade? I think I deserve an A for effort, don't you? But where do I go from here? Where else, but to go on to earn another degree.

I'm tempted to challenge my SparkMates to site one or more benefits and/or goals met while learning "The Three R's (or 4) of Losing Weight ". So I will.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

AURORAMILLET 3/30/2011 3:24PM

    This is some good advice. Continue with your active learning. emoticon

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LMMIMI 3/29/2011 11:34PM

    That really takes me back a long time ago. Reading was my favorite. emoticon

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KATWOMAN234 3/29/2011 5:56PM

    RITHMATIC is a favorite of mine here on Sparkpeople. I like seeing the effort add up. Do 30 minutes of exercise 4 times a week and that adds up to 120 minutes. I never ever thought of it that way. 30 minutes was just that 30 minutes. Now times 120 by 4 and that is 480 minutes a month! I would walk around the block, but now thanks to fitness mapping that block is 1 mile. Do the math again and I go 16 miles in a month! This was such an eye opener for me. It motivated me to do more. Hope it motivates other in the same way!! emoticon

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GYPSYROSEANN 3/29/2011 12:16PM

    Loved this blog!

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My Dilemma. My Solution.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Here's the deal. I write a blog nearly every day. I write as much for myself as I do for anybody else, because writing helps to solidify my goals and hopes and dreams.

But I'd like the effort also to be an encouragement or an inspiration to others, if possible.

So I believe I have a solution to my dilemma. Maybe someone is reading who does not feel like commenting. I understand. We all do it, I think.

So instead of commenting, there are some great icons which can express just how you feel without taking a lot of your time.

You don't like it: emoticon

Iit's boring : emoticon

You don't agree: emoticon

It's downright stupid: emoticon

It's whiney: emoticon

It's mean: emoticon

I can dream, can't I? emoticon emoticon emoticon

Thanks for commenting on my blog. emoticon

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MAWDOT35 4/18/2011 7:27PM

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KATWOMAN234 3/28/2011 12:41PM

    emoticonidea!! emoticon

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LMMIMI 3/26/2011 9:40PM

    What fun and good idea. Great Blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AURORAMILLET 3/26/2011 5:48PM

    As I have started this process, I have noticed that it does make a difference when you solidify your goals in writing. It helps remind me what I am trying to achieve and keep me focused. I can understand how you would feel the same.

I've never really been a "blogger" but I do enjoy the occasional validation.


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SHARBEAR100 3/25/2011 2:48PM

    emoticon I agree completely. That's just how I feel. I never thought I'd enjoy blogging, but I really do. I also really like reading blogs, and not just the cheerful ones. I like to read how people are really feeling and dealing with this process, and life in general. I really love getting comments from other members and am disappointed when I don't get any.

Your idea is great! It only takes a second to post an emoticon and maybe a word or two. I will do that more often. How can I expect to get responses when I don't do it myself. Thanks for this post! emoticon

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Another Pound Gone!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

I gave myself a Goodie this morning. Why? Because I deserved it after meeting several eating challenges headlong this week... and beating the little thingies nearly to death.

Well, maybe not that, but after eating at Olive Garden, and at least two other places in the last week, that is no small feat.

This morning I weighed in at 138.6. Things are coming along swimmingly, of course because of my nutrition tracking.

Before going to Olive Garden (and you all know about the pasta and bread sticks and the all-you- can- eat salad (ringing up 350 cals with dressing).

BUT I, in my finite wisdom, went online and read their menu nutrition charts and picked the most reasonable choices---still high, but within my calorie range.

For me, one pound is a huge accomplishment. It's like a pound of butter melting right off my body.

So I thank myself for the Goodie. I'm welcome.

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HAPPYMOM8 3/25/2011 10:44PM

    Congratulations on your one pound loss! I am excited to lose 1/2 pound! so we are very happy for you!,Pat

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DIDMIS 3/24/2011 3:32PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
I will be at weigh in in about an hour and a half.
Want to still be in goal and according to my scales I am.

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VIVIANJ5 3/24/2011 2:24PM

    I give you a lot of credit: I haven't been to Olive Garden in years, but I think I would find it very, VERY difficult to pass up all the wonderful bread and salad. You must be very proud to have taken control, and stayed on track. Just what I need to do!

Take care.

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