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Day 6

Monday, August 22, 2011

I am on day 6 of the 17 day diet.

I am still at 4 pounds lost.

The weekend was good. I went off the diet a tad. Saturday I ate a lean hamburger (No on the first cycle of the diet) and a small piece of strawberry shortcake. Yesterday I ate 2 pieces of pizza. Other than that I was on plan. :)

Today I am fully back on plan. Breakfast was 2 hardboiled eggs and blueberries. (I am out of yogurt.) Lunch was steamed tilapia with tomato slices and cauliflower. WIth 1 tsp of ranch for dipping. The drink of the day is homemade lemonade sweetened with stevia. Dinner will probably be chicken- grilled.

I am still not feeling the motivation to work out. I think about it, but the motivation to realy get out there isn't with me. Any ideas to help rev up my engines...let me know.

Baby boy had the stomach virus. He is home with Mom and doing better. I have a headache and a sore throat. I hope whatever it is will pass. I can't afford to be sick.

Well I am off to finish my day.

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NELLIEC 8/22/2011 10:13PM

    I figure if I am not feeling very motivated, I should go ahead and do ten minutes of exercise. Then after that I usually feel motivated to do more.

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JESSICA2140 8/22/2011 1:39PM

    For me, the best motivation to work out is...to work out! Sounds silly, I know, but once I've forced myself to do at least 15 minutes of something, I find I don't want to stop! It also helps to have "fabulous prizes" waiting for you at the end of the week...if I hit my workout every planned day in the week, I give myself a prize...but make VERY sure that they are not food oriented. Things like a new book, or a new shirt, a facial. One week, I "gave" myself a free day around the house where I did ABSOLUTELY nothing that was cleaning oriented! Little motivators...but they work for me!

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Day 4 of the 17 Day Diet- Cycle 1

Friday, August 19, 2011

I started my diet again on Monday. I am doing the 17 Day Diet again. I like that it is stringent, forcing me to eat what is good for me. Everyday on the diet gets easier. My cravings go away...I am less bloated. So I am going to continue on with the first cycle of 17 days and see how far I get. So far I have lost four pounds! Even if it's water weight...it's still weight. As the author says, Excess water weight is dangerous and puts a strain on your heart, so good riddance water weight! emoticon

I have to get back to working out, but thus far, have not been motivated. I have been reading fitness magazine, blogs on spark- anything to help get me motivated, but so far...I am still no feeling it. I hope that changes soon.

I am taking this as slow as I want, because I want lasting change, and even though I have overhauled my diet, everything else needs to come slowly. If I start pushing myself, I make too many goals, and then I quit because I can't possibly keep up with the pressure I put on myself! So I am only going to walk the first few weeks while I get this diet down...then I will start doing more, when I feel more comfortable.

Well off to my day! emoticon

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MARVEEME 8/19/2011 8:30PM

    There's no way I could get motivation from a book, or a magazine, or an article. The only place I can find motivation is in the eyes of the girl in the mirror, who I see every day. I promise her I'll do one additional thing each day, and so far, I've been pretty true to my word, 'cause if I'm not she'll give me the kick in the butt I need to do it right!

May your 17 day diet be a good thing for you, and may you make and keep the promises daily to the girl in the mirror.

Stop over and look around at the Baby Step Spark People team. I think you'd enjoy it over there. The baby steps sure add up to miles fast!


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CMJONES77065 8/19/2011 11:35AM

    Good luck! I do hope your 17 day diet really is 17 days of eating healthy balanced meals. You seem like way too nice a person to fall prey to a diet that drops pounds at the expense of your long term health.

p.s. that virtual model thing is cool... where did you find that?

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Warning...Reaching Maximum Density!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Beginning again.

Oh how many times have I began again on my journey to get healthy. Too many to count. I am at maximum density again.

230.8 this morning.

We began my family's version of the biggest loser a week ago. We weighed in during the afternoon and I weighed in at my highest weight ever (Again!) 237. :( So in a week I have lost seven pounds, but most of that was just the difference you weigh from the morning to the afternoon.

I did ok on my diet yesterday. Day #1. That makes me happy I guess.

Today I am going to follow my diet and track my calories and workout.

I can do this.

Here I go...

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SCARMSTRONG15 7/13/2011 6:29PM

    I'm right there with you! Why is this journey sooooo hard? The fact that you are going forward is a very positive thing, take one day at a time, sometimes taking one hr at a time is what it takes! Focus on one thing at a time, go back to the beginning, search through and find the article 25 ways to GEt back on Track, pull out a few of those tips and work on some of them.

I recently sat down and wrote out my daily goals and they are posted on my microwave so every time I pass through the kitchen I'm forced to stop and look through to see what I've accomplished that day! Also I try to set aside a few minutes to be on the Spark website, I've got a streak going for logging in daily I'm at 87 days, find something that keeps you going forward any little thing!

You Can do IT!!!! emoticon

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DUMBELLE 7/12/2011 3:21PM

    keep on keeping on. you can do this!

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ROBERTAN1 7/12/2011 2:50PM

    Japanese proverb: Fall down seven times. Get up eight.


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DEVIPUCKETT 7/12/2011 1:55PM

    I agree with AURORALOO - starting is starting - CONGRATS!

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MARVEEME 7/12/2011 12:40PM

    .....and you WILL succeed!

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AURORALOO 7/12/2011 12:15PM

    It doesn't matter if you've started before it only matters that you're starting now.

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Easter Hangover

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter was a good day! emoticon

It began with a yummy breakfast at church, then a wonderful church service! Afterward, I went home and took an Easter nap with two of my kids, and then got up and went to my sisters house for dinner. I took the day off from my diet, but didn't overdo it. A change I noticed is my tastes are changing. Now, that I am eating less sugar, the desserts tasted too sweet! That is a welcome change!

Back on the diet again. Drank my warm water and lemon juice this morning and it is really running the excess water off of me! (This little trick is part of the diet I am doing.)

This is day 8 of my diet. So far the diet has been easy for me. My cravings are non-existent now! I actually look forward to my daily lunch salad! Life is good!

Workouts begin again today! I am doing 30 day shred with my niece this afternoon! LOVE IT! emoticon

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MARVEEME 4/25/2011 7:47PM

    Sounds like a successful and memorable day. Keep up the good work!

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NELLIEC 4/25/2011 7:14PM

    Certainly eating less sugary things does make one realize just how horribly sweet a lot of things are!!!

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Snarkiness on SP

Thursday, April 21, 2011

I don't think people really mean to be snarky on SP.

I think sometimes it just happens.

Sometimes they don't realize how the words that they are typing are going to sound to the person who reads them. Cause you can't gauge a "tone of voice" through a comment, or message board post.

Recently I stopped counting calories, and began doing a "diet." Counting calories on SP was driving me insane. I spent so much time out of my day logging in the food I ate. I have dial-up and some days it was just...tedious! If I wasn't near a computer, I couldn't log, and that drove me CrAzY! I packed around my calorie book and wrote it all down, but it was never complete until I logged it in! It was adding stress to my day.

So I was in Wal-Mart, and saw a book called "The Seventeen Day Diet." I flipped through it. At first glance it seemed good. I bought the book...all $22 of it. I read through it and by bedtime had decided to return it, because it seemed too restrictive, and too complicated. By the next morning, something had changed in me and I decided to give it a try. Phase one of the book is how I should eat, the way I wanted to eat, all the time. It was restrictive- yes, but it also forced me to look at how I was eating, to accept that even though I was counting calories I was eating too much junk.
So I am now on day 5 of the diet and feel that it is working for me. Sometimes I slip off and eat things not on the diet, usually at night, after I have stuck to the diet all day long...but my calories still stay low and I feel like I am losing. My face looks smaller and yesterday my tummy looked flatter, much less bloated. So something positive is occurring. emoticon

Yesterday I blogged about my new found success and had several people who snarkily commented or messaged me about my diet. That sparkpeople was about "getting healthy" and that I should be counting calories and not "dieting."

Duh! (Yes, that's me being snarky!) emoticon

I have been on SP for three and a half years. I am much healthier now for being a member of this website, then I was before I found it. Do I have extra weight still to lose...YES! Should I be condemned because I choose another way to try to lose it??


My diet is teaching me how to eat...(not that SP didn't try to do that) but I think at this point in my life that eating the SP way is giving me too much freedom. The diet I am doing takes you down to the healthy basics for seventeen days. It tells you what to eat. After seventeen days, it adds in more foods to keep your metabolism guessing, and to keep you from getting bored, after another 17 days it adds more foods. When you hit your goal weight you go into maintenance mode. That's the point where you can eat anything and it teaches you how to maintain your weight. It even has a plan for when you are PMS-ing...a crucial time when I usually crash and burn. Research now suggests the faster you lose weight the more likely you are to keep it off. This plan gets the weight off quick and teaches you to maintain it. It is not a diet for the rest of your life, and isn't meant to be.

So yes, that means at some point I will return to counting calories and following the SP healthy lifestyle. Because Sparkpeople is for the life.

Someone suggested that I needed to try working out.

FYI...I haven't been working out for the last few weeks for two reasons: I had the stomach virus for 5 horrid days. If you have ever experienced anything like that then you now it takes a few days to get your strength back, and I didn't wanna pass out in the middle of Zumba class. Second, I am injured. I hurt my knee running and it took several weeks for it to heal correctly. I said all of this in the last blog.

So, I am not a lazy bum sitting on my butt wishing the weight away.

I was healing.

My point is...if someone is trying something new to get healthier, don't hate on them for it. Sometimes we need a break from the norm, to try something new. The important thing is we all need to arrive at the same destination...

Being Healthy For Life.

It really doesn't matter what path we take as long as we all get there together.

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NELLIEC 4/22/2011 12:25AM

    I don't know if I was one of those who came across as snarky. I do know that sometimes I say the things that you found snarky. To tell the truth, I am not quite sure what snarky is -- though it seems to be implying someone who is being a know-it-all or acting holier than thou. Believe me, that if I said those things I was not trying to be holier than thou since I do find it difficult sometimes to stay in my calorie range and to eat well, etc.

But definitely our goal is to get healthier!!! And I wish you well!!!

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    Well said and good luck!!

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PICKIE98 4/21/2011 5:50PM

    First of all, anybody that owns a dictionary knows the definition of a diet. Your diet is THE FOODS YOU EAT!!! DUH IS RIGHT! It is not about losing or gaining, (i.e; "Mom was on a clear liquid diet before her surgery." , "I am now on a diabetic diet.") all diet means is what KIND of food you are consuming,,
Some people forget to MYOB here,, it is a non-judgmental and unconditional support site!!

Now, if you had ASKED a Sparker for advice, then you get what you get, BUT I am glad you are a longtime Sparker and can drop that ball and keep on I think you are doing great!running!!

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JOYSGARDEN 4/21/2011 2:40PM

    Good luck! I too find entering all my foods a waste of time. It just takes too darn long. I do so much better just jotting things down on a notebook in the kitchen. I know some people are being bitter because perhaps they are jealous that you took matters in your own hands, and are succeeding at what you are doing. Bottom line is, as the weight comes off, and your energy goes up, you are going to be healthier! Go for it!! Maybe you could give me a kick in the butt to get me doing something!! LOL I've been on a plateau for months now, and am ready to give up. Guess it's time to shake things up.... emoticon

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CMFARRELL36 4/21/2011 2:08PM

    Well done, you, on stopping the stress from SP monitoring and trying something else.
The time to enter in all my food just about drove me away from SP a coupe of years ago. But I stopped the daily nutrition logging. Instead I count my glasses of water, my fruit & veg, and put a note on the note pad at the bottom of the page of roughly what I've eaten.

You said it yourself - you cannot "hear the tone of voice" in a written message.
As for snarky for "going on a diet" instead of continuing the SP way - yes, some folk are going to defend SP above everything.
But I'm sure the vast majority of members would agree that "one size does not fit all" and that each individual is better to try something that works. Especially like you say this is not a diet for life that you're trying, but good suggestions that have made you examine what you were eating even more closely.

I hope it keeps working for you.

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SUGARPUNK52 4/21/2011 1:28PM

  I don't think everyone will benefit from the same things.If it is something you want to try,GO FOR IT! We all slip now and then and we all need a break too.Good luck.

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SKUTRGAL 4/21/2011 1:25PM

    When I was new on the site I made several comments to members that weren't always positive. I'm hoping now those members took them in the manner they were given, constructive criticism. Now I am much more positive and helpful with my posts, I hope. When I have gotten comments in the past that have fired me up I do 2 things. One is to look at what in me is reacting to their comments so vigorously. I can't change other people, but I can change how I react to others. The second is talking to someone about how I feel about the comment, which you've done here!

It sounds like you have a plan. You know why things haven't worked in the past and have a plan to improve your future. That's what Chris Downie talks about in The Spark (which I highly recommend!). Goals are really good things. Knowing where & how you're going somewhere gives you a much better chance of getting there!

As far as snarky comments, what I try to remember is that what other people think of me is none of my business. My job is to keep my porch clean and do the best I can in any & every encounter. I try to learn as I go along & I'm getting better every day. Sounds like you are, too. Good luck!

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MAUREEN912 4/21/2011 1:05PM

    I hope this works for you and feel bad that anyone would have anything negative to say about a person trying any method proven to make them healthier. Just delete negative comments and keep up the good work ... you're seeing results!!


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