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November Progress Report

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Start weight: 218
End weight: 218
Weight lost: 0 lbs.
Weight lost since the beginning of the year: 39.5 lbs.
Total weight lost: 80 lbs.

It was my goal to lose 5 lbs. this month to bring me to my wedding weight of 213, which was almost 12 yrs. ago.

I didnít lose any weight.

I know this was a month with a lot of celebrations, for me not only Thanksgiving but a date night away and also a weekend away with family. I honestly can say that I did the best I could in these situations and Iím not going to beat myself up about not losing any weight this month. I was going to, believe me. But itís just not productive.

I've lost 80 lbs. and I think my body, and mind, need to reconcile that fact. I'm going to keep doing what feels good to me, what is working for me, and eventually the scale will reconcile that.

Iím also doing away with my ďGrade for the monthĒ as going by weight loss I would have to give myself an ďFĒ this month. But itís about more than that, isnít it? I mean, I did some pretty awesome things this month, including running two 5ks. Compare that to where I was at this time last year and itís just such an accomplishment and ďgradingĒ myself on just one area isnít really fair. Overall I am doing great, and I am on the path to a new me and we are all winners in this journey. After all, it isnít a race and as they say, itís about the journey, not the destination.

emoticon emoticon FITNESS ACCOMPLISHMENTS emoticon emoticon

emoticonI ran the Hot Chocolate 5k and met some great spark friends, KITHKINCAID, JENNJESS48 and FARLEYGIRL even though my back was hurting me and I was nursing a cold.

emoticonI ran ANOTHER 5k this month Ė this time by myself! It was awesome. Cold, but awesome. 2 5ks in one month? Woot, woot!

emoticon emoticon NON-SCALE VICTORIES: emoticon emoticon

emoticonI was told that I inspired two people to RUN!!! KITHKINCAID ran her first 5k at the Hot Chocolate 5k, and my best friend ran her first 5k with me at the Elvis run back in August and she has now run an 8k!!!

emoticonI saw my butt in the mirror and liked it.

emoticonMore ab definition.

emoticonFeeling TALLER.

emoticonFeeling LIGHTER.

emoticonMy husband said each day my butt gets tighter and tighter.

emoticonMy comfy pregnancy camisoles now actually make me LOOK pregnant (when Iím not) whereas before they fit me just right Ė pregnant or not.

emoticonIím having an affairÖwith my track.

emoticonI decided that Iím worth the cost of my health club membership!

emoticonI planned out a pizza dinner out by preparing for it by making healthy choices during the day, like instead of having a Nutrigrain bar for my afternoon snack at work I went to the baby carrots instead to save 140 calories.

emoticonMy bras are getting too bigÖagainÖ

emoticonI ran in the rain and liked it.

emoticonI was able to buy oh, so CUTE pjs OFF THE RACK at a discount store. Unheard of in my life ďbeforeĒ.

emoticonI turned down Bakers Square French Silk pie and ate my Luna Bar instead.

emoticonA ring that hasnít fit me in forever finally fitsÖ.

emoticon...And then that same ring was too big in the same dayÖ.had to take it off to type!

emoticonI kept a food blog while in Michigan and also worked out every day there.

emoticonI prepared a healthy pie for Thanksgiving and gave my husband a Spark recipe to replace his usual butter-laden sweet potatoes.

emoticon THINGS I'VE LEARNED: emoticon

emoticonIf I workout first thing in the morning, even for just 20 minutes it makes my day better and I have more energy. Combine that with a workout at night and itís like a fitness sandwich!

emoticonLow sodium soy sauce tastes the same as the high sodium stuff.

emoticonHomemade pad thai is much more filling, and less greasy, than the takeout version. And cheaper, too!

emoticonFriends are essential. Accountability buddies are priceless.

emoticonGoals are a chart to where you want to be and aiming high gets you there quicker. If not on time, eventually, rather than never.

emoticonItís easy to fit in strength training with a band in the ladiesí room at work.

emoticonNo one knows if I sleep in my work out clothes.

emoticonItís not about the food.

emoticonI was overeating although I may have been in my calorie range.

emoticonFocusing on a certain weight to lose each month isnít working for me.

emoticonBeating myself up isnít working for me either.

emoticonTime to love myself.

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CARILOUIE 12/5/2010 4:34PM

    Oh I just loved reading your blog this afternoon! So many awesome things in November for you.


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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 12/4/2010 11:18PM

    You have such a busy life; a Great Life. Maintaining gets applause. Good grief, not to gain during a food holiday is huge. The family must have been kind to you. Non scale victories are so important!! I especially love your "feeling taller."

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AMBER281 12/3/2010 3:55PM

    Congrats on all of your non-scale victories! Keep up the great work and eventually the scale will move for you!

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KLASSIE 12/3/2010 12:37PM

    You were successful. It doesn't have to be about the numbers. Life is a journey and along the way the scenery might change or it might stay the same, but you're still moving. Congratulations on all you have accomplished.

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IILAAD65 12/3/2010 10:21AM

    GREAT success!!!!!

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ROBYNROSE26 12/2/2010 3:42PM

    Oh my gosh, I just love this blog! This is what it is all about, and the number on the scale isn't the be all end all in our lives is it? You are so aware of your success and what defines that! I am hoping to run a 5k in the spring! Very Inspiring!

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YATMAMA 12/1/2010 6:32PM

    LOL I love you. I just LOVE you. I had a good chuckle thinking: I loved your butt when I saw you, too! LOL

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JUSDUCKY 12/1/2010 5:13PM

    You ran two 5k's in a month! Way to GO! Definitely not an "F".

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WYND10 12/1/2010 4:48PM

    Sounds like you had a great month, don't worry about the scale. Take it all in, you're doing amazingly.

Homemade Pad Thai? Can haz recipe?

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KITHKINCAID 12/1/2010 4:43PM

    You are SO positive and doing marvelously (despite the no-loss month). Your NSVs are what you should be measuring now, not an amount to lose every month. You are still inspiring because you're still going - scale be darned!

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TEMPEST272002 12/1/2010 4:38PM

    I love your non-scale victories list. You are so right that the scale is not the be all, end all when it comes to measuring progress. You are amazing & inspiring!

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KSGROTHE 12/1/2010 2:50PM

    I think you did a great job in November whether the number on the scale changed or not!! emoticon

I love the idea of a Fitness Sandwich!
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Keep up the good work! emoticon

- Karen

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MOMFAN 12/1/2010 2:20PM

    Looks like nonscale victories all around to me. It is going to click! Your determination is inspiring! You will do this!

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LYNNA7499 12/1/2010 1:50PM

  I love your progress reports because you focus on so many positive things. Just because you didn't lose doesn't mean you did not have a victory this month. It is very hard to manintain weight over the holidays.

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GOGOMAMA 12/1/2010 12:52PM

    Wonderful overview of what a successful and fabulous woman you are!!! Best wishes for December successes!

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JENJESS48 12/1/2010 11:43AM

    You're right: weight isn't everything. I gave it my all this month, considering everything going on, and didn't lose any weight either. But, like you, I learned a lot and tried a lot of new things. So yeah, no guilt. For either of us. The trick is to get healthier and stronger. The pounds will come off when they're ready.

Also, I'm super proud of you for passing up the Baker's Square French silk pie. I don't think I could have done it! [droooool]


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    You had a great month with a lot of accomplishments! Keep it up because you are AWESOME!

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FREES1 12/1/2010 11:22AM

    great post - so much more to all of this than the scale! you're doing great!

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CAROLYN1213 12/1/2010 11:20AM

    FABULOUSNESS!!! I see nothing but success written all over this blog!!! Way to go girl! And BTW, LOVE your page! So pretty . . . just like you! Bright, bold, beautiful!

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WOLFKITTY 12/1/2010 11:19AM

    WOW!! How very, very cool!!

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*MADHU* 12/1/2010 11:11AM

emoticonon your progress!

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Running in Place.

Monday, November 29, 2010

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
~ Anais Nin

As you can imagine, running in place doesnít get you very far. Itís like being on a treadmill looking out of a tall glass window and the view is nice, but you never really get there. Youíre always inside, looking out.

Thatís how Iíve felt since losing 80 lbs. Iíve come to a crossroads and Iím just running in place. Itís like there is an invisible fence that I canít cross and that fence is built out of fear. Itís not a palpable fear. Itís more like this fear that is buried deep within and it is almost a nameless fear. What could I possibly be afraid of? This is what I wanted, what Iíve worked for. Iím more than halfway to goal and I can admit it now. Iím scared out of my mind. And I donít know why.

Iíve never lost this much weight. Ever. Maybe itís a fear of the unknown. Maybe itís a fear that I wonít recognize myself in the mirror without all of these layers. Or, maybe, and I think this is closer to the truth, maybe Iím afraid of shedding these layers because theyíve protected me for so long.

Theyíve protected me from getting close to anyone, including my husband of almost 12 years. Theyíve protected me from being social and putting myself in situations where I could get rejected. Theyíve protected me from being hurt. I have a past, and Iíve been hurt. And I donít want to go there again. So now that Iím more than halfway along this journey I have to face this fear. And this fear is important, because it is what has caused me to get here, to this place of being 120 lbs. overweight, obese, in fact. I ate myself to death to comfort myself. Now I feel naked and exposed. Iíve been through some dark things that I wonít write about here. But dark enough that I wanted to turn off the light, pull the covers over my head and sleep my life away. To forget about life. No ďdo oversĒ for me, just a curtain call.

Until I woke up. And similar to someone suffocating under blankets, now I am fighting for air.

And I AM a fighter.

I need to come to terms with who I am on the inside, and that yes, I may get hurt. But isnít that worth it?

Part of it is that maybe I donít think I can. Maybe this is it for me, the most weight Iíll lose. Iím healthier, yes, but Iím still overweight. For me it isnít how I look but how I feel and I donít feel like Iím out of the woods yet. I still want to continue on this journey. Want to become the person I was meant to be.

Lately I'll find that I'll have a great day with food and exercise, and then I calculate in my head how many calories more I can have and still stay within my range. And then I almost always go over that. And to be honest, Iím not really hungry. I feel like Iím just sabotaging myself and it needs to stop.

A person very close to me, so close that I wonít reveal who it was, and this person didnít mean to be hurtful when they said this, well this person compared me to a person on TV, a person who was fat. They thought they were complimenting me, and saying I had a nice butt and hips, like this person. But this person was obese and I am no longer as big as this person was. So I got upset. I felt like it was a subtle insult. And this person who loves me told me ďCome on, youíre never going to be ďthatĒ woman, that thin sort of person. Youíre always going to be bigger, and thatís fine.Ē


I canít tell you that hearing this didnít bother me or hurt me. It did. I canít tell you that hearing this didnít stall me even further, because now I have that voice in my head and I keep hearing that. I look at myself in the mirror, naked, and pinch my fat. My belly fat is the worst. And I hear that voice saying that I will never be more, I will always have this. This person that is supposed to believe in me. This person that loves me no matter what, loves the fat and the curves. But who is anyone to tell me I canít be more? I know that I wonít ever be a size 6 super model, and I think thatís what this person was trying to tell me. I donít want to be that. But donít continue to put me in a box labeled ďfatĒ, because baby, Iím breaking out of that. Iím done with that. I am up to HERE with THAT.

I watched Bee Movie the other night and loved the quote in the beginning.

ďAccording to all known laws of aviation, there is no way a bee should be able to fly. Its wings are too small to get its fat little body off the ground. The bee, of course, flies anyway; because bees don't care what humans think is impossible.Ē

I am going to do what some of my loved ones may think is impossible. Starting NOW.

Iím done with the excuses of Thanksgiving, a date night out and a weekend away. So far in November Iíve broke even with my weight. Iím right back where I started and if things go like this I wonít have lost one lousy pound this month. I ran two 5ks this month, but I have nothing on the scale to show for it.

Iím going to eat mindfully. If Iím not hungry, Iím not going to eat. Iím going to stop playing games with my mind, body and scale of letís see how much I can eat and still lose weight. Iím DONE with a capital ďDĒ.

And if you know anything about me, I hate it when people try to tell me that Iím not something, or I canít do something. I will break this plateau and I will get to the weight Iím meant to be and Iím not going to let anyone tell me different.

My WIN Wish is to reach Onederland by New Yearís Eve. Now that is looking bleak, but Iím still going to go for it, and eventually I will get there.

Itís fun proving people wrong, isnít it?

"if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come."

Become what you already are,
find Him who is already yours,
listen to Him who never ceases speaking to you,
own Him who already owns youí.
~ St Gregory of Sinai (13th Century)

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

_COSMOPAULATAN_ 12/1/2010 7:06PM

    Love! I have nothing more. (P.S. We share the same New Year's wish!)

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KITHKINCAID 12/1/2010 4:54PM

    emoticon I don't know if you remember a blog that I wrote that said I was having "death dreams" because to me, dying seems more likely than ever losing all of this weight. It happened to me again on the plane to Germany. I honestly thought we were going to crash - not because I'm afraid of flying, but because I thought, quite honestly, that I'd never be a person who could go to Germany and travel Europe. Like somehow I didn't deserve it, so I couldn't even imagine what it would look or feel like. Kind of like I can't imagine what being thin would look or feel like. I've never experienced it.

About half way over the ocean I let go and came to terms with the fact that I WAS indeed going to land in Germany, just fine. And now, I'm having an AMAZING trip.

There is something in us that for whatever reason believes that we're not worth it. We're not worth the trips, we're not worth the money, we're not worth not eating those extra daily calories. Because we've never experienced anything different and the unknown is terrifying and almost unimaginable. But you're half way there. It's time for you to let go of the "death dream" and LIVE :) Cause life on the other side is so darn amazing!

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CALAMITYJANE44 11/30/2010 7:00PM

    God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power, of love and a sound mind (self control). You will do this!!! God bless you, onederland will be here before you know it! Keep up the great work!!!


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YATMAMA 11/30/2010 6:06PM

    Fly, sweetheart. No matter what anyone else says... FLY!!

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KROLES55 11/30/2010 2:51PM

    Great Blog!

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POSITIVE-FORCE 11/30/2010 1:47PM

    I loved your blog! Also I love your quote off the Bee Movie! You can do this becuase you are that woman! The strong one that keeps pushing no matter what! GO YOU!!

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PAULACOLLINS 11/30/2010 12:16PM

    God bless ya Sister!!!! ALL things are possible through CHRIST who strengthens US--lets do this thing together. emoticon

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MAXFOCUS 11/30/2010 10:34AM

    Love your blog. Way to take control of your life and show others that you can change. Congrats on your 2 5K's - that is wonderful. I want to be doing that soon. Stick to your guns and you'll hit your goal.

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WCATAP 11/30/2010 9:47AM

    Great blog!

You can't lose anymore weight so don't even try!

There did that help?
Now you know... I'm using what you say works for you.

You have achieved so much and no matter what has happened in the past today is a new day. All your dreams and fears are within your control. You've proved that!! Keep running and writing and being the best you you can be. You are so worth it and in the end, the past is just where it belongs...in the past. Love you, Jewell Sometime we'll share...I have a past that I have conquered. Hugs emoticon

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FREES1 11/30/2010 9:28AM

    Awesome blog! Thanks for putting some of my feelings into words too... Although I haven't yet lost as much as you have I can understand your feelings. In trying to get healthy we are also trying to lose enough to make up another person, or lose half (or more) of who we are. It is a scary proposition, for sure!!! I think our bodies try some self-preservation to hang onto what they've got!

It is a shame that a person who supposedly is supporting you and loves you would say such a thing - although maybe too there is a little fear of the unknown there too.. (will you still be the same person, will you still care if you succeed in losing all you want to lose)

You will prove that person wrong! If you tell yourself, though, that you'll never make it you won't but if you let yourself believe you will then you'll maybe make the size 6 (or smaller although 6 may be too small, depending on a person's frame and other factors) or to where you are satisfied...
Keep the faith - you'll make it - and we're all here with you!

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EMLG11 11/30/2010 8:35AM

    Wow....What a powerful piece. You have it all going for you. You will get there. You just broke through that fence. Now go get em and prove to yourself (not to them) that you can be who you want to be.

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    Wonderful blog! Thank you for sharing. I think that fear is somewhat natural to the process - as I have lost weight, I have had to find new ways to cope with the issues that used to make me want to eat and veg out on the sofa - anxiety, stress. It is such a learning experience. You have accomplished so much!! Good luck to you as you continue on that health path!
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MOMFAN 11/30/2010 1:32AM

    Great blog! You can do this! Onderland is shaking in it's boots!

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EMM1116 11/29/2010 10:36PM

    You almost made me cry... really. So moving. I know exactly how you feel, I feel like I have hidden behind these layers for so long because they were comfortable and warm and protective. Can't get hurt if nobody gets close!

Seriously, you are amazing. Think of all you've accomplished, and what lies before you or behind you is ever as powerful as what lies within you, and I know you will get there.

I am also in the pursuit of ONEderland, and hope I can cheer you on as you achieve it. I know what its like to strive for that moment and that goal, and I KNOW you will get there!

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BTINTERNET 11/29/2010 10:14PM

    You are so amazing. Those inner battles are so hard sometimes, but it sounds like you are breaking out of that chrysalis. So proud of you!

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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 11/29/2010 9:35PM

    You maintained so give yourself credit Lotus. You did not gain so therefore you WON!! That is a big battle girlfriend. I immersed myself in your blog tonight and felt the power of what you had to say. I read a very similar "blog" last week in the December issue of Oprah. As you know she is the Queen of losing/gaining/losing and gaining again. She wins like the biggest loser contest in front of millions and then humbly gains it back in front of those same millions of people. (oh, by the way; they still love her) Anyway, the article is titled, "A Weight Off Your Mind" and is definitely a MUST read for you; especially given your painfully honest fears and challenges you face.

Oprah's article was sparked by Marianne Williamson's new book A Course in Weight Loss; she recommended reading Geneen Roth's Women Food and God first.

Further within this article is an example of a writing exercise; shared are letters written to "Not so Thin You" from "Thin You".

You have a beautiful writing style, you intelligently and strongly delve into your heart and emotional issues and you are so ready to take off the fat girl suit. (that is my daughter's label for her weight, the fat girl suit)

If you could take on this challenge, I wait with anticipation to read your take on it. I think I can move through this process myself in your wake. I just purchased Ms. Roth's book to get started. This year I plan to learn to Let Go and Let God. He delights in us Lotusflower, we delight him. You delight the Lord. That is powerful.

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TEMPEST272002 11/29/2010 9:18PM

    What a great blog! I understand that fear you describe and I agree it's something that has to be faced. I'm sorry that your loved one hurt you with their casual comment - but glad your fiesty spirit is using that as motivation to get going again!

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JENPOSS 11/29/2010 7:34PM

    Amazing Blog.

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SMALLERMELORIE 11/29/2010 7:12PM

    You are always an inspiration, Sunny Gal. I love reading your blogs, they always have such a meaningful message. Thanks again for sharing.

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BAYBELIEVER 11/29/2010 6:59PM

    Awesome blog! I too have lost 80 pounds, about 1/3 of what I need / want to lose. But I find myself stuck kind of too. Not really sabotaging myself, but wondering why I can't just start dropping pounds again. At least that is how I feel. I will find out December 1! But come on. Let's do this! Let's prove all those people wrong who think we are in this only for the short term (that's my dad who keeps telling me he hopes I keep it up!). Yeah. Let's go. Let's rock this!

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GETFIT2LIVE 11/29/2010 6:14PM

    Awesome blog. You totally and completely can DO this. Recognizing and facing the inner demons that are feeling exposed by losing weight is the hardest part of the journey, I am convinced. Do it for you and no one else; believe that you can and you will.

Fight and fly on. You have what it takes.


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CHICAT63 11/29/2010 6:02PM

    KARVY, recommended your blog. Always look forward and not back, you are a fighter and do not let others tell you otherwise. Running, moving, getting outside, working out is all accomplishments. Like most that have left you messages, I have added you as a friend. And Sista be very proud !!!!

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DRB13_1 11/29/2010 5:57PM

    I also popped over on Karvy09's recommendation.
To encourage you:
-Fly little bee! Bees make it possible for us to have flowers and fruit by pollinating the blooms, and of course, they are one of the only sources of real sweetness in life!
-As tempting as it is to look forward to a certain weight, don't forget to celebrate the other successes! To be able to run a 5K is a real accomplishment! I have been very happy to settle for slower weight loss in order to fuel my body and train for being able to be more active... I even completed a half marathon, which is a minor miracle in itself!
-I don't know if you were ever thin, but I especially admire people who are becoming who they are capable of being even if they don't have memories of being thin in the past. That's even more inspiring - to walk into a future you never knew before - and I'm sure it will offer even more wonders than you imagined! Positive ones! And you'll be ready for them. So run right through that window and into your future!
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GRACEISENUF 11/29/2010 5:34PM

    KARVY09 recommended this blog on my friend feed and I am VERY glad she did....THANK YOU for being so very transparent and sharing your journey, it truly encouraged me. If it's okay with you I would like to add you as a friend.

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KSGROTHE 11/29/2010 4:53PM

    You've already come so far. I have no doubt that you can reach your goals!

- Karen

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JESSIELOVE78 11/29/2010 1:47PM

    love it. Thanks for such a wonderful blog!!!

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GOGOMAMA 11/29/2010 1:05PM

    Beautiful! You put into words what I have been feeling lately! Go for the gold girl!!!

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WYND10 11/29/2010 12:27PM

    Nobody should determine your self worth, even if that person loves you. Fantastic blog. You CAN do this. You can.


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WOLFKITTY 11/29/2010 12:21PM

    I know how you feel.

You can get wherever you decide to go.
You can be the supermodel version of YOU.


(Try not to hate any part of yourself along the way. I know that for me, it's easier to take care of myself if I love my body, fat and all.)

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INSPIREBYNATURE 11/29/2010 12:18PM

    Oh wow...that is tough. YOu are a strong and amazingly beautiful woman and i know that you are going to hit onederland! You are AMAZING!

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KARVY09 11/29/2010 11:56AM

    This was a beautiful blog.

You're more than a certain weight, a certain persona, a certain impression. Here's to being comfortable in our own skin, making our own way.

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BRITCHES82 11/29/2010 11:41AM

    It is like I wrote it myself... well except for the 80lbs lost... that would be awesome though! :) You have come so far and I am so proud of you. I know we haven't know each other long but I do feel like I have connected with you. I am also currently dealing with people close to me telling me that I can't or I wont... It drives me batty... but we will prove them wrong and more importantly we will prove ourselves wrong... anything we want... we can do it! If you ever need someone to talk to I am here!


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The Weekend Blog: Get Used to More (pics)

Monday, November 22, 2010

So, my plan was to stay on track this weekend at the cottage and Iím happy to report I did just that!

Hereís what I said I was going to do:

emoticonRun/walk along the Kal-Haven trail Ė DONE!
emoticonUse resistance bands and strength train Ė DONE!
emoticonBackup Leslie Sansone mini miles DVD Ė DIDNíT NEED TO USE, GOT SO MANY WORKOUTS IN!
emoticonEat healthy cereal for breakfast, eat healthy snacks like grapes, carrots, unsalted sunflower seeds and granola. Ė DONE!
emoticonBuy a water bottle and refill it often Ė DONE!
emoticonI'm only going to allow myself ONE glass of wine per day. Ė DONE Ė ALMOST!
emoticonI am not going to eat ANY crackers, chips, or cheese. One just leads to another. Ė 98% DONE!
emoticonI will bring my vitamins and eat them. Ė DONE!
emoticonNO fast food. Period. DONE!

Here's a run down of my weekend.


ďOh Crap.Ē

Thatís how the afternoon started. I left my yummy red grapes in my desk fridge at work. Oh well, I would have to continue without them. Then at the store all of the cute water bottles were gone, all that was left was a plain white or blue one. Ok, I went for blue. Then I went home and made a yummy veggie burger. No batteries in the camera yet or I would have taken a picture; I also packed my bag.


Veggie burger
Morning Star Bacon
Mission tortilla
Goddess dressing one tb

Car ride snacks:

Half gingerbread latte w/ non-fat milk (70 cal)
Half of a brown rice krispy treat
Sunflower seeds unsalted two tb

Once into Michigan, my husband wanted to get McDonalds at the Wal Mart, but I told him my mom had made some heathy Chicken Tettrizini and it was waiting at the cottage.

Hereís what else was waiting at the cottage:

Yogurt covered pretzels
Keebler Fudge stipe cookies
Cheeze Its

Did I say wine?



I had 1 glass of wine, and then drank my water.

Then I had 5 yogurt pretzels.

Then I had another glass of wine. Now I put a stop to it, I went over my limit but I could stop it now.

I had ĺ laughing cow cheese wedge

I had 1 serving terra chips (yes, I broke my own rule wonít happen again)

1 cup of the low-fat chicken tettrazini. A second dinner, but we were up late, well past midnight.

Also at the cottage my sister, Kris (Stemmefatale) pointed out that I AM a runner because who else wears running shoes for casual wear? I looked down and it was true, I was wearing the Asics that I had bought but my feet like NB better for running, so I wore them casually now.

Picture Kris took with her cell phone.

TOTAL CALORIES FOR THE DAY: 1,941. (About 300 calories over my range.)


I woke up feeling good. It was 6:30 a.m. Chicago time and I'm up. Jim had taken the girls to Wal-Mart as the rest of the house was sleeping. I wanted to take advantage of this ďno kidsĒ time.

Time to run!

There was a mist over the lake. I thought it would be nice to take a walk. I got my gear on and after walking for 5 minutes I wanted to run. So I ran about 2 miles around the lake, then walked the last 5 minutes home. It was 20 min. running and 10 minutes walking for warming up and cooling down, about 2 miles total. It felt great. I burned 320 calories.

I get back for breakfast, and here's a bit of conversation from breakfast:

ďSomethingís burning.Ē (One of my sisterís boyfriends)

ďOh, thatís just the grease on the burner.Ē (My dad)

A true conversation. I love my family to death, but do you see what Iím dealing with here? LOL.

I had the following for breakfast:

2 cups coffee
1 mini blueberry muffin
ĺ cup Kashi Sunshine Puffs
ľ cup milk

Then, as promised, I had brought my resistance bands and plenty to share Ė and I did Leslie Sansoneís 30 min. firming video with my sister Missy and our kids.

Then all the girls went into town for crafts show and shopping. We ate at Clementineís and I had a healthy spinach salad with apples, walnuts, a little bit of brie and a light raspberry vinaigrette. We did order a stack of onion rings, and I wasnít going to have any but I did have 1 Ĺ

The girls at Clementine's.

Back at the cottage I had:

.5 oz. cheese its
Some terra chips
1 bowl of Smart Popcorn.

1 glass of low alcohol white wine.

Dinner: chili w/ bacon bits, .25 cup shredded cheese, Ĺ tsp. ranch dressing, a handful of oyster crackers.

After dinner I got a little stressed with a family situation involving my daughter, Lucy. Usually I would have poured a glass of wine, eaten some snacks. But this time was different. I just wanted to get out and so I put on my running shoes and took a walk with my sister, Kris. We walked for about 30 minutes, probably 2 miles. She listened to me and gave me good advice and also reaffirmed that I am a good mother. When we got back I felt so much better and I didnít eat anything else for the night other than water. I also read some verses from my bible for times of trouble. Much better than food!

TOTAL CALORIES IN FOR THE DAY: 1,666 (only 40 calories over my range)


I made scrambled eggs with light laughing cow cheese and a handful of bacon bits. I made enough for 6 people and had 1 serving.

I had 1 cup of coffee.
1 mini blueberry muffin

Then I went on a walk with my sister Kara, the same path I ran the morning before. It was cold and hazy out, but a perfect day for a walk. We came back feeling invigorated and she was happy she had gotten some exercise in, too.

That served as my warm-up for Zumba! My sister Kris took a class to be an instructor and she brought her DVDs. We did the cardio party and it was a blast! The kids got into it too! I only made it 35 minutes through. But I burned 250 calories, not too bad.

For lunch I had the vegetarian version of my Dadís chili, so it was a little healthier. I did add one hot dog and .25 cup of mac and cheese to it. Plus a handful of oyster crackers.

We also celebrated my sister Missy announcing she was going to have another baby, her third, and so we chilled some sparkling juice and I had a cup of that to toast.

Later we played Yahtzee and I had a glass of low alcohol wine.

Then we went walking on the Kal-Haven trail. I walked and didnít run it, but I had my daughter w/ me and we had a great time. My husband trailed us with Marlo in the car. It was nice, we walked maybe 1 mile.

Lucy running the trail.

Me and Lucy

Then we were on the road back home to Chicago. We stopped at Wendyís but I didnít order anything, instead I snacked on a Clementine orange, a cup of grapes and a Fiber One bar. I also kept drinking my water.

Do you know what itís like to sit in a car full of the smell of burgers, fries and grease? It is pure torture. But I survived, and I didnít have one fry.

On the way home we passed a billboard that said ďGet Used to MoreĒ. It was for a car.

(This is the car, but I couldn't find the actual ad and the car was moving too fast to get a pic).

I am not the sort of person who wants more, at least not with materialistic things (or at least I try not to). But I canít help but think that last year at this time, I was wanting more. More of LIFE. And my lifeÖwellÖit didnít feel worth living. I was going through the motions, and not just because of my weight, or what it held me back from, limited me to, but moreover, how it made me FEEL. I didnít feel full of life, didnít feel positive, and didnít feel like I had anything to offer anyone. I wasnít in a good place.

In this past year I have transformed.

I have been given the gift of encouragement and many Spark friends have told me that I inspire them to change, too. This is nothing short of a miracle. I thank God for this day and for the spirit inside of me to keep on moving, keep on changing, and keep on trusting. I have truly been blessed, especially in this past year. With Thanksgiving coming up this week I canít help but thinking of all that I have. And I want to pass it on, spared it around, and also take in what others here have inspired me to do.

My sister, Kris (STEMMEFATALE) inspired me to run. Kristina (KARVY09) taught me that I could be a runner and amazed me with her own running feats, the most recent running 1/2 marathon. The C25K team inspired me to train to run a 5k. Jenn (KITHKINCAID) inspired me to try Zumba. My friend Kimmah (FITNESSMISTRESS) inspired me to strength train. My faith based teams inspire me to BE more. The co-leaders of the "Women Wanting to Follow the Lord" team, Leah (PEPPERLEAH), Jewell (WCATAP) and Judith (JUDITH316) support me with encouraging others and also support me with their encouragement and friendship. Fellow members of that team, especially Paula (PAULACOLLINS) AND Deb (COLT2008). The leaders on the ďCanít Do This on my OwnĒ team; Shelly (GLITTERGIRL69) and Missy (YATMAMA) inspire me to put Jesus first. ALL of the strong, supportive women on the Sunny Gals team on the WIN Challenge spark team inspire me to push myself. The DONE girls have inspired me to be myself and love this journey and to laugh along the way. Leona (MOMFAN) inspired me with her own 100+ weight loss. The team "Christians with 100 lbs. to Lose" helps me with its seasonal challenges. And I have so many more friends that cheer me on that aren't named here. If you are one of my spark friends, you are one of those people and I thank you so very much. In my life, I have so much to be thankful for.

At home I had a snack of pita chips from Trader Joeís (110 cal) and 1 tbsp. cream cheese (40 cal), while we waited for the pizza to cook. I was starving!

For dinner we had frozen Ginoís East stuffed pizza Ė 290 cal. per slice. Then a side salad and TJís goddess dressing (60 cal) and 1 cup of 1% milk.

After the kids went to bed my husband made popcorn and I would like to tell you that I resisted. But I didnít. I didnít add any salt, however, and only had 1 serving.

TOTAL CALORIES IN: 2,175 (over by 555)

Iíd say I did pretty darn good this weekend. I feel that I maybe inspired some of my family to also work out during our vacation, and I shared my healthy food with anyone who wanted some. And no matter what happens on the scale, whether itís maintain, loss, or God forbid, a gain, I know that eventually the scale will show my great work this weekend.

This morning when I stepped on the scale it showed a 2 lb. gain. But you know what? I donít care. I know I did the best I could this weekend. I couldnít control the amount of sodium in the chili or the tetrazzini, I had already brought my prepared foods for breakfasts and snacks, I wasnít about to bring a cooler worth of food and not share meals with my family. I did the best with what I could. Yes, I could have said ďnoĒ to that onion ring and Ĺ. Yes, I could have only had 1 glass of wine on Friday. I could have avoided all chips. After inputting my nutrition into the tracker I realized that two of the three days I went over my calories by 300 Ė 500, despite not eating out at fast food joints, etc. This was disappointing, but also a learning experience.


Last year at this time I would have had at least 4 glasses of wine. Would have had more than 3 servings of chips. Would have eaten many slices of cheese. And I wouldnít have exercised or tracked my food all weekend. I'm learning, and even reading over my notes from the weekend I realize I could have done things a little differently, perhaps added more veggies.

But Iíd say I did my body GOOD, like the old milk ads used to say.

And I know this gain is just water weight and water retention from the sodium. It will be released when I step on the scale ďfor realĒ.

One funny and cool thing that happened this weekend was that my daughter Lucy is picking up on my habits. She was so excited to run along the Kal-Haven trail. And she saw me taking pictures of my food for my blog posts, and how I was trying to make good choices. So she came up to me on Sunday with a meal she had assembled just for me.

Here's a picture of it:

I burst out laughing. I think the dirty whale did it. But it shows that she's grasping the concepts of healthy living and eating. And that's awesome.

Also it served as a good reminder to laugh along this journey as well.

Now I'm looking forward to the challenge of Thanksgiving. And yes, there will be pictures of that, too.

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CARILOUIE 11/24/2010 8:06PM

    What a fun blog!
I cracked up at the whale...

Happy Thanksgiving!

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AMBER281 11/24/2010 11:43AM

    Looks like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing the stories and pics.
I bought some of that Kashi Honey Sunshine cereal for the first time this week. It is delicious!!!
Can't wait to see your thankgiving blog!

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YATMAMA 11/23/2010 8:29PM

    What a great time!! LOL Eating fish is healthy, right? She should be proud!! Now is the PERFECT time to share the story of Jonah with her!!

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SGTSUNNY 11/23/2010 11:41AM

    Loved your blog and the positive things that are happening to you! And love Lucy!

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JEREMY723 11/23/2010 8:49AM

    I'm guessing the billboard is at Lordstown by the Ohio Turnpike near Youngstown? Confused though becuase I'm guessing you live in Chicago (from your teams) and went to Michigan? Anyway, glad that you ate well and had fun.

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PRETTYPITHY 11/23/2010 12:16AM

    Awesome blog! Your positive attitude will carry you far. emoticon

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REENSKI 11/22/2010 10:11PM

    Looks like you all had a great time! Nice to see the kiddies exercising with you too.

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    Such a fun blog! You've come a long way!

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TEMPEST272002 11/22/2010 6:32PM

    Girl, you are looking like such a cutie in your pictures! I love that you value yourself enough to make healthy choices even when it's hard to do so & also that you are inspiring the people in your family to be more active too. You ARE an inspiration! Thanks for sharing your weekend with us!

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ROEANDGO 11/22/2010 6:27PM

    I LOVE this blog!! You are such an inspiration to me...you don't even know!! Wonderful that you turned your life around to wanting more of it!!

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KSGROTHE 11/22/2010 6:14PM

    emoticon I love how you got your sisters and the kids involved in at least some of the exercising you did!

Clearly, you're getting better all the time! Keep up the good work! emoticon

- Karen

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    It looks like you had a great time and congrats on doing so well on your goals.

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LOOZINITNOW 11/22/2010 5:32PM

    It's not about perfection but moderation and I think you did a darn good job of proving that! Congrats on being so active! You handled the weekend great!

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COLT2008 11/22/2010 5:31PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Looks like you had a great time!!

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KEAL48 11/22/2010 5:15PM

  Aww I love your blog. Good girl for staying on track while on vacation. Even though all that temptation was there you still stood strong.

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SHERLYN-WILL 11/22/2010 5:12PM

    I LOVE THIS BLOG! THE PICS are great and so much fun to look at! YOU were active ALL weekend... you made smart moderate choices!

THE one of you and your daughter is adorable...

THAT pic of your face is great.. look how slim it is! THIS would be a great one to do a side by side of your face and how it has changed!

YOU just look great I think and so pretty too!

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KITHKINCAID 11/22/2010 5:10PM

    So you went over a couple of days - guess what? You tracked EVERYTHING, planned and exercised all weekend. Lady - that is a WIN if I've ever heard one. You're amazing. I hope I can be that disciplined in Germany! Well done. The whale is HILARIOUS.

So proud to call you my Sparkfriend AND my real life friend.



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STARPESCADO 11/22/2010 4:59PM

    Thanks for an awesome blog!
You look so cute in your running shoes and I love the pic with the kids joining in on the exercise!
Keep up with the great work & wish U al the best!
PS-the salad looks so yummy!

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STARLIGHT615 11/22/2010 4:46PM

    What a Great blog~ And yes I do believe that you did a great job in your food choices and drank ur water and got in your exercise!! So sometimes you just have to induldge!! Great Job!! XOXO

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Weekend Plan of Attack and Accountability Buddies = PRICELESS

Friday, November 19, 2010

A weekend plan of attack for my weekend in Michigan? Free.

Accountability buddies to keep me on track? Free.

An actual weight loss over a weekend away and 15 lbs. gone by the New Year? PRICELESS.

A week ago I was seeing fellow Sunny Gals and their great plans to lose weight by the New Year. They each had an accountability partner and a goal gift. Some had jewelry, others tattoos. A light bulb turned on in my head, and I thought - I want that. I want an accountability partner. Lately with my back injury and the colder weather I felt laziness oozing over my body and I wanted to rebel and shout, NO!

So I asked my Sunny Gals, the best team EVER, who else didn't have an accountability partner that wanted one. Tabi (TABIKATZZ) stepped up to the plate. She is an amazing woman, and just recently set up home in her new residence ONEderland, a place I want to move to come the New Year. I knew she would inspire me. Also, we both love books. I'd say it was a perfect joining together for a great accountability team!

We came up with the goal of losing 15 lbs. by January 1st. We knew that for both of us this would be a stretch, but what's a goal if it's easily attained? That's just the future. This needed to be a goal we both worked hard to achieve. My goal would put me into Onederland, and her goal would bring her that much closer to her goal weight.

We each bought a book we really wanted and wrapped it up as a visual reminder. We can only open this gift once we lose the 15 lbs. The book she chose was "Eat, Pray, Love" and the book I chose was a parallel version of the Bible that has comparisons of four major translations, all on the page next to each other. This would prove invaluable in my bible study, and I thought would be a perfect book because I want to start using it NOW.

I'm really excited about this, and I also found out that my good friend Jenn (KITHKINCAID), also wants to lose about the same amount of weight before her trip to Germany. So now I have not one, but two accountability partners!! I am set, and together we will all reach our goals.

Now onto my plan of attack for the weekend. I'm going to Michigan with my entire family and that means fattening foods galore. I'm talking eggs cooked in bacon grease, crackers everywhere and eaten all day long, popcorn, pizza, and wine just to name a few things. I don't want to see a gain from this weekend, or even maintain. I want to see a LOSS on that scale, especially with Thanksgiving around the corner.

So, here's what I'm going to do.

emoticonI've already packed my workout bag with my running shoes, HRM and thermal wicking t shirt. I have my hat, gloves and a plan to run the Kal-Haven trail and bring along as many of my family members as I can round up.

emoticonI am bringing a Leslie Sansone mini miles DVD to do in the morning or at night, and get my dad and sister to do it, too.

emoticonI'm bringing resistance bands.

emoticonI'm packing healthy cereal to eat at breakfast, bringing healthy snacks like grapes, carrots, unsalted sunflower seeds and granola.

emoticonI am going to stop on my way home and purchase a cute water bottle. I'm a sucker for beverage containers, especially cute ones, and my old water bottle somehow lost its straw. So I'm going to buy a cute water bottle and fill it OFTEN. This will keep me away from the wine and soft drinks.

emoticonI'm only going to allow myself ONE glass of wine per day.

emoticonI am not going to eat ANY crackers, chips, or cheese. One just leads to another.

emoticonI will bring my vitamins and eat them.

emoticonNO fast food. Period. If I am forced to go through a drive-through I will order a salad with healthy dressing or a grilled chicken sandwich. But I am making my dinner tonight so that I can eat while driving and not stop through a drive-through.

That is all.

I will also post a blog report on Monday on how I did, AND weigh myself Monday morning as an added kick-in the butt.

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KITHKINCAID 11/20/2010 12:19AM

    Let's do this!!! I'm looking forward to getting your reports even though I won't be near a computer much. And I promise a FULL report as soon as I get back. Oh - and I'll post a report before I leave with my goals for the trip.

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KSGROTHE 11/19/2010 6:48PM

    Great plan! I love how positive you sound about your plan for the weekend -- like you're looking forward to the challenge! Oh, and I'm thinking I want to take pictures of what I eat for Thanksgiving, so I think that's a great idea for your weekend trip!

Keep up the good work! You're doing great! emoticon

- Karen

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TEMPEST272002 11/19/2010 6:23PM

    Good for you for finding an accountability buddy. It seems to be far easier to stay on track when we're accountable to another person. 15 lbs is challenging, but I have no doubt that you can meet all of your goals.

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COLT2008 11/19/2010 4:53PM

    emoticonAWESOME PLAN!! emoticon

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LOTUSFLOWER 11/19/2010 4:04PM

    I'm thinking maybe I should force myself to take a picture of EVERYthing I eat so that I'm that much more accountable come Monday morning and add it to my blog update. Yep, I'm going to do it!

Thanks everyone for your support and encouragement!!!

Comment edited on: 11/19/2010 4:05:09 PM

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MOMFAN 11/19/2010 3:45PM

    Cheering you on!

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    Ooooh yay! I am soooo excited for this! You will do it! You are amazing!!!!!

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SLFRISBEY 11/19/2010 3:11PM

    Awesome plan! I will be stealing some of those ides for my trip home to Ohio!

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JMEPAYNE 11/19/2010 3:08PM

    sounds like a great plan of attack!! emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 11/19/2010 1:47PM

    Great job planning ahead! You can do this!

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YATMAMA 11/19/2010 1:29PM

    You are SUCH an inspiration. ONEderland here you come!!!!!!!!!!!!

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TABIKATZZ 11/19/2010 12:40PM

    WOOHOO super plan!! You can do it! You will do great! I might get a cute water bottle for my trip home next weekend. though water isn't a problem there because it is all my mom drinks.
Have a great trip!

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Hold the Salt, Please.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

This week our WIN challenge calls for a blog about sodium. It was a goal to track our sodium this week and also share our thoughts.

Iíve stayed within my range all week. Here are my numbers from the past 5 days. The range is to have less than 2,300 mgs:

2,126 (This is high because I added SALT to my popcorn)

Iíve actually stayed within my range since really revamping my diet. A few months ago I started the Flat Belly Diet (FBD), but with viewing it as more of an eating ďplanĒ and not a ďdietĒ. I agree with those that think the word ďdietĒ is truly a 4-letter word.

I used to always go over my sodium limit and my Spark tracker would show me this. I would Google tips on how to reduce my sodium, how to get it under control, but I always failed. I thought it was impossible.

Well once I started the FBD my sodium naturally went down to an acceptable level. I learned that the FBD is really just a way of eating more ďcleanĒ and avoiding all of those processed foods I ate before. I have since learned that the FBD is a good introduction to eating clean in general and a great starting point for beginners, like me, who relied on frozen Lean Cuisine meals to get me through lunch, or snacked on the ďlow-fatĒ Pringles, thinking I was doing a healthy thing. With this new way of eating, I was eating way more fruits and vegetables and hardly any processed foods. So I think if you do just ONE thing, it's to stop eating processed foods.

I was counting calories, sure, but the weight was barely coming off. Once I got my sodium under control I lost inches in my waistline and the scale finally started moving.

Sodium is one of those things that we need Ė but in moderation. So itís tricky. Did you know that just one teaspoon of table salt has 2,325 milligrams of sodium?? Thatís more than the daily required allowance. A pinch here and a pinch there really can add up. And it's not just added table salt that is the enemy here. Many processed and prepared foods contain LOTS of sodium.

According to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Dietary Department, on average, Americans digest more than three pounds of sodium annually, mostly through salt. (Salt and sodium are not the same. Salt is made up of both sodium and chloride.) Foods we eat may contain low traces of salt but still contain sodium.

Sodium does have its good points. Sodium:

emoticonHelps maintain the right balance of fluids in your body
emoticon Helps transmit nerve impulses
emoticon Influences the contraction and relaxation of muscles
emoticonControls blood pressure.
emoticonKeeps a level of positive and negative charged particles in fluids and tissues.
emoticonKeeps calcium and other minerals dissolvable in the blood stream and sodium aids against sunstroke.


Our bodies only need so much. According to The Vitamins and Nutrition Center Web site we only need 2,400 milligrams of sodium per day, or a single teaspoon of table salt. The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Dietary Department states that the human body only NEEDS 500 milligrams of sodium each day. However, the body can safely handle as much as 3,300 milligrams daily.

So what if you have too much? Too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure or swelling in the feet, ankles, and legs. An overabundance of sodium also can cause osteoporosis because sodium enhances calcium loss. Too little sodium can lead to dehydration.

When we use less sodium and salt our liking for salty foods decreases over time. To cut down on sodium we can:

emoticonRead labels to find food with less sodium.
emoticon Taste foods before adding salt and then add less salt during cooking and at the table.
emoticon Use spices for flavoring instead of salt.
emoticonUse garlic or onion powder instead flavored salts like garlic salt or onion salt.
emoticonEat more fresh foods and fewer processed foods.
emoticonOpt for low-sodium products. If you do buy processed foods, choose those that are labeled "low sodium."
emoticonRemove salt from recipes whenever possible.
emoticonUse herbs, spices and other flavorings to enhance foods.
emoticonStay away from condiments. One tablespoon (15 milliliters) of soy sauce, for example, has about 1,000 mg of sodium.

So how much do YOU need?

According to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans:

emoticonDon't exceed 2,300 mg of sodium a day if you're a healthy adult.

emoticonDon't exceed 1,500 mg of sodium a day if you have high blood pressure, kidney disease or diabetes; you are black; or you're middle-aged or older.

Taste alone may not tell you which foods are high in sodium. For example, you may not think a bagel tastes salty, but a typical 4-inch oat-bran bagel has about 532 mg of sodium.

The bottom line? Avoid products with more than 200 mg of sodium per serving.

Your taste for salt is acquired, so you can learn to enjoy less. Decrease your use of salt gradually and your taste buds will adjust. After a few weeks of cutting back on salt, you probably won't miss it.


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KEAL48 11/24/2010 12:35PM

  Good job on monitoring your sodium and staying in your ranges.

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AMBER281 11/24/2010 11:40AM

    What a great blog! Thanks for sharing.

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DEE797 11/22/2010 6:08PM

    Lots of information..Thanks for sharing it with us.

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SHERLYN-WILL 11/22/2010 5:15PM

    I have really cut the sodium but not by counting the mg.. but by eating only fresh food.. no processed... that made it automatically drop in what I consumed each day by doing this!

MY DIL has LOW blood pressure and has to consume salt tablets and eat extra salt on all her food..... if she doesn't she passes out! GO figure... how many people in the world have LOW blood pressure and get told to EAT TONS of salt! LOL

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WCATAP 11/19/2010 12:10PM

    good blog. What's a win challenge?

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MOMFAN 11/18/2010 10:35PM


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BABY_GIRL69 11/18/2010 5:22PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonGod bless, Dee

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JEREMY723 11/18/2010 4:46PM

    Very informative, thanks for sharing.

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VIXEN2188 11/18/2010 4:31PM

    I would stick with sea salt to get more mineral nutrients. It is a little difficult to stick to salt guidelines for me though. It's not something I watch too closely though.

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SMALLERMELORIE 11/18/2010 4:13PM

    Good Job on staying in range.

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TRIGFROST 11/18/2010 3:06PM

    You did emoticon....

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STARLIGHT615 11/18/2010 3:03PM

    Awesome!! I think I was over every day in my sodium!! UGH!! no wonder I feel so fluffy!!

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UNICORN212 11/18/2010 2:54PM

    Sigh - I am sitting here with my Lean Cuisine and my Pringles....

Thanks for putting this together!

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KITHKINCAID 11/18/2010 2:47PM

    You know - I knew this was important, but because I've been losing weight pretty steadily at high sodium levels, I figured the numbers were bogus. But then this past week I actually got under my sodium levels for the first time EVER on Spark for 3 days in a row and I dropped 5 pounds in a week. I'm a believer now. For sure! Trying to cut back wherever I can.

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ROEANDGO 11/18/2010 2:38PM

    I LOVE this blog!! Wonderful! I'm going to check into the Flat Belly Diet. I'm kinda eating clean now but I need to "firm it up" and really stop with the processed foods. Thanks for sharing!!

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    Great blog!!!

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GETFIT2LIVE 11/18/2010 2:35PM

    Nicely done! I find that my sodium intake stays well within range unless I (a) eat out too much or (b) rely on prepackaged/processed foods too much. Great job!

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JENJESS48 11/18/2010 2:30PM

    Very informative! I'll have to try some of your tips. Thanks for sharing!

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SGTSUNNY 11/18/2010 2:27PM

    Great blog, lots of good info, thank you for posting!

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