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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Yikes- I joined as a co-leader for the 40 somethings with 50-99 pounds to lose team. Talk about a spur-of-the-moment decision. I just feel that SP has been an incredible experience for me and this offers me an opportunity to give back and motivate other people.

Wish me luck!


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SHININGTHRU126 4/17/2009 2:22PM

    Good luck - you'll find motivating others helps to motivate you and is very fulfilling!

Enjoy the journey.

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CHUBERASER 4/17/2009 12:48PM

    Good luck! You will do fine! Full steam ahead!


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KRISTYSMOM 4/16/2009 9:51PM

    good luck!

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LINDA! 4/16/2009 9:17PM

    You will do fine. I like co-leading and leading teams. You meet so many wonderful people. Enjoy!

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GHW1968 4/16/2009 9:16PM

    It's time consuming, but I'm lucky to have a great partner on the Done Girls Challenge who takes on the brunt work that I can't handle. MargoManiac is a great leader. I hope you have a co-leader who is equally dependable! :)

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Constantly Thinking About Food Lately

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I haven’t felt this way in months but here is what I have been feeling the last week or so:

• I want to eat right after dinner even though I am full.
• I want more food at each meal but I cut myself off.
• I go from being full to starving with 30 seconds notice.
• I crave sweets although I have not succumbed to these cravings
• I find myself roaming through the kitchen for something- anything. Thankfully there is nothing sinful around, but what’s up with that?
• I am drinking water to the point that I am living in the restroom. The bonus is that it is adding lots of steps to my pedometer especially since I take the long way to the restroom each time.
• I just want to eat even though I have planned for lots of snacks throughout the day.

This preoccupation is driving me crazy. I am in constant battle with myself.

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GHW1968 4/15/2009 5:35PM

    I have been in the same boat. We must help one another through this! And we will!!! I also have been drinking so much water that I have to stop myself, b/c it seems like too much. And I find myself craving foods that I had lost the craving for weeks/months ago. Argh!

But...together...we can get through this. Although we may sometimes not mind disappointing ourselves, disappointing one another (a Spark Buddy who depends on you to be there!) is a whole other matter. I can't give up on myself, because then I'd be giving up on you....and that is just not acceptable.

We are strong!

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MARTYLYNN1 4/15/2009 4:53PM

    Maybe there is something in the air. I have been feeling that way since Easter. I attribute it to the fact that I ate a lot of types of food that day that I have been avoiding for the past couple of months. I ate small portions but the food at our family dinner was full of fat, carbs & calories. Good old comfort food. I am wondering if that has triggered my cravings. Just a thought. I tell myself this too will pass. Have a good day.


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NOLALA1 4/15/2009 4:49PM

  Being hungry when dieting is an evolutional mechanism to maintain your life, it is a biological form of self preservation. I believe that it is a sign that you are reaching a point of change. By resisting, you will overcome a plateau and start the weight loss. Hang in and be strong. It is time to keep doing what you are doing right ( drinking H2O and walking the long route to the kitchen-LOL). Maybe it is an opportunity to try new interventione (walk up and down the stairs, call a friend...). Make it work to your advantage.

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413PHILIPPIANS 4/15/2009 4:25PM

    Hi there. Just came across your blog. I'm not an expert, but I was looking at your daily food log and it looks as though you may not be giving yourself enough protein? Maybe that's why you don't feel satisfied? I know we're told to eat lots of fiber, that'll fill you up, but for me personally, it just leaves me hungry after a few minutes!

Food for thought. emoticon

Good luck!

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How Do I Measure Success Part 2

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I have continued to wonder what I would consider successful outcomes on this long journey of incorporating healthy lifestyle changes. Here are some things I have come up with in no particular order:

1. Being able to run up and down 2 flights of stairs without running out of breath or having my legs give in.
2. Getting my cholesterol levels under control.
3. Sleeping better without waking up with a million thoughts during the night.
4. Intuitively following healthy habits by:
a Building exercise into my daily rituals as a permanent habit.
b. Making conscious food choices and trade-offs on a daily basis.
c. Awareness that these changes are for life.
5. Being able wear shorts without feeling self conscious.
6. Feeling like I am in control and not a victim of my environment.
7. Ability to buy clothes without worrying whether they come in my size.
8. Feeling comfortable having my picture taken.
9. Jogging/running for 30 minutes in public- dare I dream?
10. Trying new activities that I have stayed away from. Tennis anyone?

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GHW1968 4/14/2009 12:56PM

    Can I copy/paste this to my blog? :)

Well said. I'm right there with you.


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WYOWILDDEE 4/14/2009 11:54AM

    I saw a few familar measurements that I have acknowledged in your list. I like the way you put them down, successes that are less tangible but ultimately more important. Way to go!

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KV711LAW 4/14/2009 11:32AM

    I LOVE This Friend!

Keep sharing!

hugs, kelli

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NIGHTSRAINFALL 4/14/2009 11:26AM

    If you don't mind me not knowing how to play, I would love to join in on Tennis with you! lol. I like your ways of measuring success/progress and I think they are perfect!


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How A Healthy Lifestyle Creates An Empty House And Makes Me Feel Invincible

Monday, April 13, 2009

I am on a roll. Not only do I want to eat healthy but I have started getting rid of other junk in my life also. Nothing is safe. It is like going to confession and not being able to stop confessing. I’ve already blogged about the piles of clothes that are on their way out the door. Well, the furniture is next. While working from home the other day I logged on to Craigslist and offered up our futon for sale because truth be told, it is too big and bulky for the room it is in. My husband found out when he had to carry the heavy piece down 2 flights of stairs-ok, with major assistance and guidance from me. Then I gave away a bookshelf and armchair the other day. That was long overdue and I love the open space their absence has created.
And then there is the garage- my husband’s storage room, although he denies it. Every time I walk through the garage I am tossing something out. I get stuck in there until I hear my husband looking for me and make a mad dash for the upstairs to avoid a barrage of questions. . I am sure my husband is having nightmares about what will be missing the next time around when he gets back home. The funny part is that he can never tell what’s gone. And we don’t have a cluttered house by any means.

Seriously though: There is a direct correlation between my determination to lead a healthy life and to lose all this weight and the need to clean up other things in my life. My head feels clear, my body feels good and I want my surroundings to fall in line. You know the long to-do lists that had been collecting in every drawer? Well, I am tackling them now. I feel strangely motivated. It’s like my mind is telling me that if I can make the health changes I have been putting on the back burner, then I can make these other changes also.

What’s next on the list? A serious photography class? A new job? Who knows? The sky is the limit! But I am determined to tackle it all and to do it well.

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 5/26/2010 8:56PM

    I've been reading some of your old blogs ... I really relate to you ... LOL

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CHUBERASER 4/15/2009 2:59PM

    You are doing wonderful! I told Dave he needed to learn how to put things on E-bay to sell, cause I'm clearing stuff out! Doesn't it feel energizing? Keep up the great work!


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GHW1968 4/13/2009 4:52PM

    Weird. I am doing the same. I gathered up a 30 gallon bag worth of clothes - mine and the kids - that I am giving to Good Will. And I told the kids that tomorrow is cleaning day. Trash comes on Wednesday, so tomorrow we are spending the entire day reorganizing, downsizing and cleaning up. As you could guess, the kids are thrilled about this. haha!

Now that you have taken the motivational lead, I will follow your footsteps!

And movie night with the kids will involve popcorn, but I will have gotten in 2 hours of exercise and 30 minutes of strength training by that point!

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LILNELLIE 4/13/2009 3:45PM

    emoticon keep on truckin!

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Meet Your Spark Buddy in Person

Sunday, April 12, 2009

My Sparkbuddy, Geralyn, and I have decided that we will meet once we have hit the 50 pound weight loss marker. We are planning a spa weekend somewhere between Northern Virginia and South Jersey. I am so looking forward to this ultimate reward of meeting the person who has cheered me on, kept me laughing with her incredible sense of humor and impressed me with her persistence and positive attitude. We have been virtually dead even in our weight loss efforts and Geralyn has been crucial in my success. I feel like I have someone to be accountable to, someone who pushed me when I want to throw in the towel and someone who is constantly giving me pointers on getting in some exercise. I hope everyone out there has a Spark Buddy because it makes all the difference. If you don't, keep looking. It is so worth it.

Thanks Geralyn!!!

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GHW1968 4/12/2009 8:08PM

    Well, this is the nicest thing I have ever read! Right back at ya, Louisa! I am so ready to dive into my weight loss efforts again tomorrow....head first. You can check my nutrition page and my exercise page, and you will see nothing but good stuff. I feel like I gained 10 pounds today w/o measuring my food and being more selective about what I eat. I didn't eat too terrible but I'm sure it was over 1500 calories. Now that Easter is behind me, I am full steam ahead and hoping to have lost my 50 pounds by June.....July 4th at the latest.

Thank YOU, Louisa. You're simply the best!!!!!!!

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    That is wonderful!!

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VICKI523 4/12/2009 3:16PM

  I have wonderful people who do the same thing for me. I love it and encourage when I can enjoy life. happy Easter.

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