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Comfort or Discomfort?

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

I'm sitting around this week, nursing that silly sprained ankle. But I want it to heal up nicely so I don't easily re-injure it when I get back to taking walks. The swelling is going down now. I'm trying to keep my mind active so I don't think about food. Yesterday was good in that regard. I stayed under the calories I need for getting no exercise.

I've been seeing the scale creep up after the binges I've had. Yesterday, and already today I've kept in mind the thought,"I don't really get comfort from food. Overeating only brings me DIScomfort. My feelings about myself are positive when I am successful at keeping my calories in check. That's when I go to bed happy with what I've accomplished that day."

Here's to another day of true Comfort.

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POPSY190 11/7/2012 3:22PM

    I fell and sprained my ankle last night and your blog is a timely reminder to me to avoid the comfort eating binges, especially as my activity will be less for a while. Thank you for this and I hope you are out walking again soon.

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BABY_GIRL69 11/7/2012 2:38PM

    Wonderful!!! I hope you feel better... I actually had my first bouts with back spasm & let me tell you they are not fun....YIKES!! So I feel you pain & I did eat the cookies & had ice cream with whipped cream today but that's because I wanted a little bit of this and a little bit of that....

God bless, take care & continued success!


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_JODI404 11/7/2012 1:08PM

    Great job in taking good care and letting your ankle heal properly. The down time is hard.... but VERY worth it for good healing.

Hope your recovery goes quickly!
Take care!

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SHERIO5 11/7/2012 10:44AM

    I am glad your ankle is healing. I like your positive head talk...I have been doing similar talks to myself.

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WILLOWBROOK5 11/7/2012 10:33AM

    Nice job on coming up with self-talk to address urges to overeat. Hope your ankle heals quickly!

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Being Foolish and Carefree Can Lead to Pain!

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Ok. Not such a smart move!

My daughter's family has 4 kids' bikes and a razor scooter. The two kids, my daughter's BF and my hubby and I were fooling around on them. I'm thinking I'd try to burn off a few birthday cake calories. I ended up with the 8 year old's bike ( she's the size of a kindergartener) going down hill was fine, but coming back up I couldn't get the pedals to move, picture me trying to ride with my butt up in the air... and I lost control. Pitched off the bike, heard popping in my ankle, and flew through and landed on the bottom barbed wire of a fence. Not rusty at least. I heard my granddaughter yell from the other end of the road , "Are you OK gramma!" She told me later that she was shaking when she saw me fall, poor kid!

Well, trying to be tough for my audience, I hopped up and walked ever so gingerly back to the group. I didn't tell anyone about my ankle but they had to see me limping. They were mostly concerned about what the barbed wire did to me. We hung around outside for a while. When we finally went in (I couldn't wait to get off my foot) I had my daughter clean up my back. Then I sat down. After a little I asked for ibuprofen and told her I sprained my ankle. (I repeatedly sprain this ankle! Darn!)

We're on our way home, a 2 1/2 hr drive. Fortunately I have 3 ice packs in a cooler so I'm icing the softball size lump that has formed. I know; RICE. I'm working on that.

So Be careful when you want to get exercise...be adventuresome, but be smart!

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SHERIO5 11/4/2012 9:22AM

    Oh ouch! Sometimes the little girl in ya just has to come out and play huh?

Take care of yourself...maybe get the ankle checked? Softball size swelling doesn't sound like a sprain....

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NUTRON3 11/4/2012 5:40AM

    You poor thing

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LUCINDARW 11/3/2012 11:51PM

    Hope you have a fast recovery! We learn as we go who would have thought that you would have an acident? Get well soon! Lucinda

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MERRYMARY42 11/3/2012 7:50PM

    I had almost the same experience on a bicycle, I ran into a concrete wall, luckily I hit my side not full front, I guess I forgot how to ride a bike, but I wont forget again, hope you are doing well.

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BLUE42DOWN 11/3/2012 6:51PM

    Ouchies! Take very good care of your ankle.

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LARISSA238 11/3/2012 3:01PM

    *hugs* I hope you feel better soon! Having a sprained ankle is no fun. Heal fast!

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Making a Good Decision

Friday, November 02, 2012

This morning I made a small decision to walk around the block before work. Just as I got going up the block, I found a half-dozen pieces of assorted candy on the ground, which most likely fell out of some kid's bag on halloween. It looked intact and my reaction was to pick them up and stuff them in my pocket for later. I walked about a half a block more, all the while thinking...what am I doing picking up candy off the ground? am I that hard up for sugar? Stupid.

Fortunately it was trash day and all the roll-out containers were by the road. I pulled the candy out of my pocket and slipped in into a barrel that was open a crack.

There. That was my good decision for the day. It may not be much, but I've been binging on candy and other sweets so much lately that this was a great victory. Just one of those pieces of candy could have sent me into an all afternoon binge.

Have a great weekend full of healthy decisions for your health!


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LUCINDARW 11/2/2012 11:29PM

    Good for you LoriLee! Keep up the good work! Lucinda

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_JODI404 11/2/2012 9:55PM

    You really made a smart decision!!!

One decision at a time is how it's done. Stopping a possible binge = great choice.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


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BABY_GIRL69 11/2/2012 5:59PM

    I am at working cracking up!! This is hilarious!! ha ha ha ha

God bless,


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BLUE42DOWN 11/2/2012 5:18PM


It truly is amazing sometimes the little mindless actions we might take. And it was a doubly good deed because you cleaned up "litter" which keeps the area looking nicer.

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LARISSA238 11/2/2012 4:53PM

    Good for you! Self control is so important! *high five*

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BOBOBOBBI 11/2/2012 4:49PM

    Way to go!! :) :)

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GOTTAPLAN4U 11/2/2012 4:42PM

  Your action was better than you knew. By picking up the candy and depositing it in the trash you saved some puppy from eating it. This is a problem I always have while walking the dogs after Halloween. They grab it before i even see it. The chocolate candies are toxic to dogs.

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Looking Back is Inspiring a Good Holiday Season

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Yes, I am an avid journal writer. I get everything down on paper. Usually I try to include how I feel about what went on each day. I started a separate journal for my health focused journey, back when I started Sparking. I am not a regular blogger, probably because I work out most of my emotions in my journal.

Yesterday, when I realized I was having stress and anxiety about gaining weight over the holidays, I remembered that last year I lost 4 pound during that time. This triggered the decision to read back in my journal the days starting November first, through the New Year. I could see that I had been sick for 3 weeks and I think I lost because of that. But I also exercised a lot less. So the fewer calories and the lack of exercise balanced out. If I'd just exercised less but didn't control my eating, I would have gained.

There were other helpful steps I took. I didn't bake my usual cookies. And what cookies my neighbor brought over were decisively thrown out. On Christmas day, when my daughters baked our traditional (and my favorite) cut-out sugar cookies with icing, I sent all but one cookie home with them. The only one I kept was the one my granddaughter decorated specially for me. When I ate it a few days after Christmas, I was so glad I'd sent them home with them, or the one would have set off a binge.

In my journal I wrote down the menus for Thanksgiving and Christmas and recorded the exact portions and calories of the items I would consume for those meals. I wasn't rigid, but made substitutions, (rather than additions to my meal) when someone brought a surprise snack or dish to serve. I had veggies and hummus out to snack on so I wouldn't grab candy or cookies. This proved to be very effective (writing it out beforehand)

It took planning and determination to stick to my plan; it was literally work. I even made myself get up and work out in the morning before I started cooking on Thanksgiving Day.

I was proud of myself. And I look back at that season with pride mixed with wonder that I actually pulled it off.

So now I'm thinking that I don't have to dread the season, but look at it as a challenge that I am capable to handle!

Starting with Halloween, which isn't usually a problem...my hubby and I don't give out candy and so we don't buy any... usually. For some reason this year I bought a bag of candy corn. Actually it was for a recipe. I made the recipe and gave most of it away. I kept a gallon size baggie of it, it started as 15 cups! (it is called Scarecrow Crunch) a trail mix made with sweets,cereal and caramel corn, not nuts and fruit. I've had a handful every now and then and keep it in the back of my cupboard. I count the calories on my tracker, keeping honest with myself. I hate to waste calories on empty calories, but I have been having binges lately on sweets. Somehow I haven't touched the Crunch. I want to savor it.

So the season really starts with Halloween, which I never thought was true until I read about may other Sparkers' problems with the holiday. Last year I ended up having Valentines Day be a problem because the store I worked at had candy out and I got a discount. I didn't gain weight, but I had eaten plenty of it. Boy oh boy, I guess the holiday season is REALLY LONG!

Once again I will journal all holiday season, and next year I can look back and be proud!

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I can do this. You can do this. We can do this together! Fight On!

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LARISSA238 10/30/2012 8:52PM

    You can do it! You are so strong for setting out a plan and sticking to it! Good for you- you can do it again!

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_JODI404 10/30/2012 3:29PM

    Great planning! If you did it before, you can definitely do it again!!

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POPSY190 10/30/2012 3:11PM

    Here, Halloween is not such a big celebration so the problem isn't as bad for us. I think your strategy for coping is brilliant - writing plans down makes them more concrete and more likely to be adhered to. You are geared up for success and a regret-free holiday season.

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LUCINDARW 10/30/2012 11:01AM

    I'm glad your journal helped make everything clear for you for the holidays. Keep up the good work! I know you can do it! Lucinda

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SHERIO5 10/30/2012 10:53AM

    I predict another healthy holiday season! emoticon

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My New Life as a Maintainer

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Things are going well for me. I'm maintaining and I'm able to keep on tracking workouts and food consumed without being consumed by charts and schedules and checking off goals met.

Don't get me wrong. All those things were implements to help me get to my maintenance weight. I love charts and checking off my to do lists and making reward/star charts. I think the problem is I love them too much. I gave them all so much attention, I forgot to live in the real world. I was in weight loss world.

I will always need to plan ways to meet my calorie goals (goals that will always be part of my day). I just don't want to be a slave to charts and schedules that became an obsession. There is a fine line between commitment and obsession, and I think I am finding balance.

-I have employed monetary rewards to motivate me, and it was effective.
-I have also made star charts with five major fitness and food goals for each day, and stars really turn me on. I am a kid at heart, always loved school and being the teacher's pet. My star chart fit into that world.
-I have used points on SP to motivate me, which helped me get on track with things like drinking more water, getting regular sleep, getting my freggies, etc.

But now I have all these things as lifestyle, and am down to the basics of tracking food (I can't keep an accurate tally in my head) and fitness minutes (I like seeing if my calories expended is enough to support my food intake), which also are a way to troubleshoot my weight fluctuations...assisting in my maintenance.

My food intake notebook next to the fridge, is where I tally calories, check off each fruit or veggie and tally calcium servings, the nutrient I want most to control. See I still check off a few items daily...I haven't totally abandoned my tracking.

My use of this site is limited to keeping up with blogs and emails, including reading an article or viewing the daily example of additional exercises to add. I check in on the feed occasionally. I don't want to totally lose touch with the site, knowing that I may come into a rough patch. You know how the holidays are, and times when I may have an injury or illness. SP is important to me. I hope I'm not slighting anyone by lessening my involvement. If I have, it is only to work on my independence while maintaining my weight.

Some of you may have discovered that attempting to be independent of SP has led to regaining weight. Maybe you can share with me your story and if necessary talk some sense into me. Your story may be just what I need to hear before I stray too far away. I think I've changed my level of SP commitment for three weeks now. I'm enjoying a freedom and confidence in myself and in my ability to live my new lifestyle. I feel more mature, and that is thanks to all the encouragement I have received here.

Thanks in advance for any input you have for me.

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LUCINDARW 10/24/2012 2:24PM

    LoriLee good for you on maintaining your weight! I can see your point about computer time if I post on all of my teams then work for points I'm on the computer all day! I like to have calanders everywhere that way I know what's going on and I can cross things off as they happen. Don't forget to drop in on the BP team and let us know how your are once in awhile. I would keep up with the tracking of your food and exercise to keep you on track for a while yet. Good luck with your new part of the journey! Lucinda

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/24/2012 3:33AM

    Although I'm running the maintenance challenge, much of my own involvement is behind the scenes, so I hear you. For me it just works out that way between having a full time job and spending most weekends kayaking down rivers...

I just try to stay focused and engaged in my own process by logging and monitoring my food and weight and touch base when I can (like now).

When I start to stray (and it definitely happens) then I spend more time here revisiting the "why" of maintenance. Since I track my exercise, food, and weight elsewhere, the people factor and external accountability from it is the only reason I'm still involved with this site! LOL

And what fun, with the star stickers on your chart!

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ANNEMAC5 10/23/2012 1:43PM

    I have cut back over the last 5 weeks and pop back in I have stopped been fixated on spark points and streakes but have also slacked off on exercise. I was putting in too much computer time so has felt good to let go. I have been maintaining for two years but SP has been important to me in this phase.
Good luck and well done on maintaining it is a great place to be
Anne :)

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GOTTAPLAN4U 10/23/2012 11:56AM

  Weight loss world. LOL. So true.
Good for your progress and thanks for the kind of blog that inspires the rest of us.

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POINDEXTRA 10/23/2012 11:43AM

    Congratulations! From hanging out on SP, it seems that maintaining really is different for everyone. Some people are able to go without tracking and/or weigh-ins, but that doesn't work for me. The main tools I use to maintain my weight (going on 10 years now) are tracking daily, and weekly weigh-ins. I plan to experiment with using the plate method during times when it's difficult to track, or our upcoming cruise, and see how it goes. The good news is, even if we have a little weight gain, we know what to do to combat it. After starting a new job last year, I went up to 7 pounds over my goal due to not tracking (and overeating) on the weekends. I stopped that, ate at what I knew was a reasonable level, and those extra pounds have been gone for a while now. I find that I'm constantly tweaking my diet/exercise to see what works for me.

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CELIAMINER 10/23/2012 10:57AM

    Congrats to you! I reached my six-month point last Friday, and I admit I still feel dependent on SP. I need the incentive points and, more important, the social interaction, but the tracking tools remain the highest priority for me.

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SHERIO5 10/23/2012 10:40AM

    I would love to be where you are! I did regain some weight when I cut back on my SP time. I have not lost the weight yet...I keep wanting balance and I am not sure how to achieve that....

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THIGHMASTEROMG 10/23/2012 10:26AM

    Thanks for the post, Lorilee. Since leaving my home and husband last April, I've been lax in keeping up with the tracking. I haven't regained any weight, but I also haven't lost any more. While I would still like to lose another 20 pounds, I'm ok with where I'm at, too. And this plateau seems to be a stubborn one!

I am dancing tango 2-3 times a week, which is my main form of exercise. Outdoor biking season is coming to an end for me. Instead of every day, I'm only riding 1-2 times a week. I need to find a new cardio substitute. It will probably be zumba. Still, I'm in the best physical health of my life!

Congrats on reaching and maintaing your goal!

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GOULDSGRANITE 10/23/2012 9:24AM

    I am looking forward to joining you in maintenance land soon - within weeks- and I appreciate your taking time to blog your recommendations! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Gold fish stars for you!!! I love chedking thing off too - Way to Go!!!

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