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It's got to be a gimmick!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

OoooKayyyy, My husband heard about P.I.N.K. Method. Said it was on Dr Pil. I don't understand why but he said I should look it up online. He said it's mostly about diet. And there's a video available on my iPhone safari, and he thought if I saw the type exercises they were doing, I may get some ideas for what to do. I looked it up knowing I would not abandon my SparkPeople connection, but I had to educate myself to let him know what I think. He has been supportive, but maybe he thinks I'm not satisfied with slow weight loss. Whatever. I have to now tell him that it's a fad diet. They use shakes and soups as some meal replacements, and you have to spend money to get the program. I think any plan that makes you buy something to find out their method is not a real option for me. Not because I can't afford it, but I think it's a gimmick. I'll bet you do lose weight, but quickly and not permanently. There's an online support network and tracking devices, but I have found something that works for me, why would I even consider another "plan"?

He's just trying to help, I can't fault him for that. I love him for thinking about me.


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CALICO_CHLOE 12/23/2011 12:56PM

    Sparks lets you do things your way . They give you the advice and recommendations but then its up to you to make your decisions. You can on occasion follow hubbys advice if you have researched things and you like what you see without chosing anything over Sparks. Im glad your hubby shows interest, that is nice.

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XRSIZE18 12/23/2011 1:24AM

    I feel like TV shows like the Biggest Loser have been a blessing and a curse. A blessing because they're inspiring, but a curse because now if I don't lose 14 pounds in one week, other people are disappointed in the "slowness" of my weight loss.

Don't get sucked into the fad. Tell your husband you love how he's supporting you but you just don't think it's the right system for you.

You are doing great!

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BABY_GIRL69 12/21/2011 4:05PM

    I mean you could incorporate shakes & soups into your meal plan right now. Spark meal plans even call for making your own soups. I mean if they gave you a trial period I might try it but to come right out the box paying when its all free here its kinda bananas....Thats just me...

God bless & Merry Christmas!


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CHIEF_GEEK 12/21/2011 11:04AM

    I would agree with you too LORILEEPAGE. It is great to have support, even if it is a little miss guided at times.

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AMANDASHRINKING 12/21/2011 10:49AM

    atleast he is trying but I know personaly my loss is slow (now) but it is always a loss becuase this is not a fad it cost no extra money and its easy ...I LOVE SPARKS ( like I never said that before)

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_JODI404 12/21/2011 10:44AM

    I agree. Someone at work is doing this and told me to check it out. I didn't look too far, as I mainly saw it as workout DVD's... of which I have SO many that I already need to use!
People do want faster results -- but they are guaranteed not to last if they are not maintained by your lifestyle-- forever basically! My gym membership is about the only $$ I am willing to spend, and even that I could let go if I needed to.
To each his own I guess.... but not for me!
You WILL get there. The less you have to lose... the slower it goes!! As long as you are trending downward, you are doing Awesome!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I need pointers for goal setting

Sunday, December 18, 2011

I'm not quite healed up well enough to do aerobics, so I am doing ST. Different parts of my body every other day. I get in a moderate pace walk 4 days a week, too. Just want to keep the metabolism from slowing down. I've been sick for two weeks now and with antibiotics I'm hoping I'll be back in full force soon.

I have a question for you. How do you set good goals? I started SP with a few general goals. But I feel like I should set specific small goals. What are some good goals. I've been in this for almost 5 months, have lost 14 lbs and have 16 to go. Just giving you an idea of my pace. Kinda 1/2 lb per week. I swim laps, I walk and I do a circuit DVD by Jillian. I record my food and exercise faithfully. Since I've been sick and will soon get back into things, I want help to set some goals.
Oh, and my eating has been great during this illness. Even lost 1 1/2 lbs the first week.

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_JODI404 12/19/2011 7:35PM

I hope you are continuing to feel better!

Unfortunately, I'm not really good with goal setting. I just overall try to get my exercise, eat healthy foods, drink my water, and get my sleep : all the basics. I know the results will come if I keep up with the basics.

However, this is a good question, and I know I just read a Spark article on this subject very recently. I did a search and found these three articles, which I hope may be helpful to you:

Are Your Fitness Goals Realistic?
Forget Failure. Set Yourself Up for Success!

Use Smart Goal-Setting Techniques
All Weight Loss Goals are Not Created Equal

Do's and Don'ts of Goal Setting

I think you are doing great! 1/2 lb /week is very solid progress to me. Slow, steady, healthy & maintainable will bring you lasting results!

Take good care ~~ don't overdo it with that bronchitis!! I know how it is to be raring to go for fitness, but not really up to the task. You'll get there!


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BLUE42DOWN 12/18/2011 4:31PM

    I usually start by looking at which habit(s) I want to change or strengthen.

For example, this last month I was noticing that I usually have to struggle to get my protein up over the minimum without going over in fat or carbs or calories. So I set a goal to increase my protein intake this month.

In this case, I really wasn't sure how easy or hard it would be - so I stuck to a simple "increase" which I measure by seeing how my average each week looks to last month's average. Next month I might decide on a number and actually shift my nutrition page to the higher numbers.

Another thing is long-term goals. We usually know we want to get down to XXX weight. But there might be other things we want to aim for - ability to do a full, normal pushup or situp, for example. The best long-term goals can be broken down into specific short-term goals that will help us reach them. A full normal situp might start with just doing 2 sets of 12 crunches every other day. Once we do those with relative ease we can bump up to 15 crunches per set. Then we might try doing 3 sets or doing them 5 days out of 7. And so on.

A last thing is streaks. Many people find them a great way to really have something every day to aim for, something to keep all their actions prominent in mind. I actually try to avoid goals that say "every day" or "streaks" as goals for one reason - if something wildly unexpected prevents me one day, the goal is kaput. It can be heartbreaking to break a streak over being sick one day or because we miscounted. Instead, I personally tend to decide that I will only allow myself 2 or 3 misses, preferably not taken, to doing something every day. (I treat them like sick days at work - bad to take, but sometimes necessary.)

Most important is finding goals that work with and for you. Just because someone else has great success with a goal does not mean it will fit you.

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POOKASLUAGH 12/18/2011 3:10PM

    I like to make daily goals and longterm goals. I have daily goals like "eat two fruits every day" or "eat two veggies every day" or "floss every day" or "eat out no more than twice each week." Long term goals are more like "do the C25K program to run a 5k in March."

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Comfort food tonight. . .

Friday, December 16, 2011

I ought to start feeling better now that I'm on antibiotics and have some cough medicine for bronchitis.

This morning I'd had enough and decided it was time to get to the Dr, but when I called my PCP's office, I couldn't get an answer. Then my husband reminded me that they'd sent a letter informing me that they were moving. I looked at the letter and sure enough today was one of their moving days. Closed. So I decided to get to the Urgent Care place that's five minutes from my house. No real wait. Had a nice Doc. She was thorough and took great care to look up and determine which medicines I can use while on all the Psych meds I'm on. Since I'm on four, there are few options. The bad ones could cause heart problems if I took them.

I appreciate all your well wishes, I'm ready to get well!

When I was at the grocery store getting my medicine, I passed by things like donuts with Christmas sprinkles (I have a weakness for sprinkles) and I saw Red Velvet cookies (red velvet is another weakness.) I passed them by with some effort. I haven't had much of an appetite, but finding out I had an illness other than a simple cold makes me want comfort food. So instead, I bought myself the ingredients for crockpot chicken stew. I came home and put it all in the crockpot in time for it to be ready for dinner. When my husband came home early from work, I needed to go to the mall so I could give my hairdresser her Christmas card and gift card to Starbucks. Once there, we saw that the food court wasn't too busy. No surprise since it was 3:30. I decided that I wouldn't mind eating some Shoney's Canadian flounder and onion rings. I justified the fried dinner with Oh, I haven't had a fried dinner for over 3 months. And Oh, I haven't had enough calories the past few days. SO I did end up with a comfort food after all. I'll have chicken stew tomorrow and for 4 days more.

I noticed something tonight. The last two times my hubby has ordered a sandwich, he's chosen wheat bread over white! He's jumping on the bandwagon. And he drank water with his meal.

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XRSIZE18 12/18/2011 12:40AM

    Hope you are feeling better!

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_JODI404 12/16/2011 6:27PM

    I really hope that the meds will have you feeling better soon!

That sinus infection I had lasted for 6 weeks! I feel the Dr.'s didn't treat it right, and resulted in 4 different rounds of antibiotics (I HATE them too!!) and then with the last round Prednisone, which I should have had in the first place. It was miserable, and I had almost no fitness minutes that whole time! But what can you do other than take care of yourself, rest, and try to get better!

And I also had little appetite, but always ate to have "gas in my gas tank" as I call it when sick. But I did crave some comfort food. Didn't have much, but Chick-fil-A waffle fries (and chicken soup) may have been the first greasy fast food that I've in several years. (That salt did feel good on my throat though! ;)

Take care, and hopefully you will be on the mend quickly. Rest all you can!!

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Portion sizes

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Found a neat link on StumbleUpon today. It shows the comparisons of the normal serving size of foods from years ago, to the current serving size considered normal. It also gives the calorie count of these sizes. Some of the common foods we eat... rather foods we don't eat so often anymore. Check it out. I've never posted a link before so I hope this works!

Someone check it out and tell me if it works for you, and what did you think of it?

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CHAOTICMOM4 12/15/2011 3:13PM

    I looked, it's pretty eye opening. We switched to smaller plates last year, I really believe that has helped our perception.

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TRULYVISIBLE 12/15/2011 2:53PM

  Haven't read the article but I remember going to my favorite chinese restaurant at age 14 and my favorite chinese restaurant today at age 59. The portion size is about 3 times as much. We would eat everything on the plate back then because it was an appropriate meal size. Now I ask for a to go bag and have enough for two more meals.

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    Its an interesting perspective on how everything seems to be super-sized these days! even with the larger portion sizes I find myself over eating more on top of it. I struggle with what's a decent portion size, and when I try to slim down I'm always left wanting more.

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_JODI404 12/15/2011 2:37PM

    Very interesting... and there enlies a lot of the problem!

I am extremely conscientious about my portion sizes!!

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SWAN47 12/15/2011 2:34PM

    Thanks! I know we consume more - plus processed foods.

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LORILEEPAGE 12/15/2011 2:31PM

    well, my link didn't come out highlighted so you can't click on it but its worth looking at anyway.

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Fitness Christmas Present!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

I'm so excited! My husband gave me a great Christmas present. A pair of asics sneakers. Expensive ones! He said I need them for all my walking...I do! They put a bounce in my step. I can't wait to take a long walk in them. I'm limiting my walks since my cold has gone to my chest and it's hard to breathe. I just walk around the block. I have to get out of the house and get fresh air.

I'm really eager to get well so I can walk more and enjoy my new shoes! emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 12/15/2011 9:06PM

    Woohoo!! :D

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_JODI404 12/15/2011 12:27PM

    Awesome gift!! Hope you feel better soon so you can get out and really enjoy them!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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