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what am i doing to encourage myself and stay on track

Sunday, March 03, 2013

well today, i have done nothing. no excercise, not a good day of eating, but i am paying for it now. i am just having a lot of stomache problems and feel yucky. but i am not giving up. this is a journey and i will have days like this.

so in general, what am i doing to encourage myself?

i did not buy any granola bars or low fat ice cream to snack on after work. instead, i will sop at speedway or sheetz. they have healthy snacks and i will buy 1 serving so that way i will not go crazy eating too much somewhat healthy stuff.

the peanut butter is still here, which is my weekness. my husband said he would hide it, but i am trying to just restarin myself and be strong.

i am looking at the big picture and how i want to look and feel. i started the beck diet solution book. i downloaded an app on my phone for flashcards. this is step one of the book. it is to make flashcards for the reasons you want to lose weight. i am still at the beginning of the book, but we will see how it plays out.

good luck to all my spark friends.

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DBELLE39 3/4/2013 8:20AM

    One step at a time. emoticon

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BEFIT014 3/3/2013 10:39PM

    Single servings is great! No temptation in the house and that will almost always quell whatever craving you may have.

I've run across a couple other members who are giving Beck a try.
Good luck to you!

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SLENDERELLA61 3/3/2013 9:43PM

    Beck is a powerful process. Hope you find just what you need with Beck and SparkPeople!! Smart to get individual servings of things that are just too tempting in bulk. That is cool that you can download an app so you always have your Beck cards with you!! Way to go!!!

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WALLAHALLA 3/3/2013 9:32PM

    good ideas

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TEXASTITCHER 3/3/2013 9:29PM

    Good steps to encourage yourself.

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what habit do i want to change and a plan to change it

Saturday, March 02, 2013

this week challenge is blogging.

what new habit do i want to develop?

i really would like to get into a habit of just having 1 or 2 small snacks after work. i usually go crazy and consume about 400 calories after work. this is really sabatoging my effort at losing weight.

most of the time, my calories are ok but i dont want to consume that much before bed. even if you consume 400 calories of healthy food ( which i do plenty of times) , it is still calories

how will i go about this?

i will have to do a lot of pre planning. i have to keep peanut butter out of my sight. this is a big weakness, but my husband insisits we have to have some in the house.
i must think about what i want to eat before i eat. it has to be some kind of comfort food llike a granola bar or pudding.

maybe i could try blogging or doing crosswood puzzles or reading.

this will require a lot of effort but i can do it.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 3/3/2013 1:36PM

    Good luck! Thinking about it before hand and planning it out always helps. You can do this!

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DARLY55 3/3/2013 9:11AM

    Fruit is my snack of choice most of the time. But I also like mixed nuts, cheese, and I always keep boiled eggs in the frig.
One of my secrets - sugar free popsicles are the best - they curb sweet cravings!

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HOLLYM48 3/3/2013 8:56AM

    emoticon emoticon great habit to achieve!

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JUSTLLAMA 3/3/2013 2:15AM

    I struggle with this too. Evenings are terrible for me! Best of luck to you!

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BIGPAWSUP 3/2/2013 9:50PM

    You will figure something out. Try something high protein and/or high fiber. You'll be good.

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KIM--POSSIBLE 3/2/2013 9:47PM

    I am bad to snack in the evenings when I get home from work, especially peanut butter or other nut butters. It has gotten worse lately and I have got to get a handle on it to get this weight back off!

Your alternatives sound like great ideas. Walking also helps me deter that feeling that I need to snack!

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BEATLETOT 3/2/2013 9:24PM

    I love peanut butter! I have become very careful about measuring it, because it's so high in calories for such a small, delicious amount!

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HHB4181 3/2/2013 8:44PM

I drink tea before bed too, you could try that??

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IMSOOZEEQ 3/2/2013 7:58PM

    Snacking can be a bugger. I think that you are on the right track with pre-planning and also finding activities to keep yourself busy.

Good luck with the challenge! I look forward to the week of blogs for this challenge.

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lesson 2 snack on veggies and fruit

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

today was weigh in day.

i have lost 2.4 lbs in 2 weeks. i also started measuring myself. it doesnt look very good. but it has motivated me to move more and get rid of these inches.

one lesson i have learned and a habit i have formed is to snack on veggies. i have a pretty good routine going if i must say so.
i have a fruit for breakfast, 1 cup of veggies for lunch (which is 2 servings), i snack on carrots and celery and grapes in the afternoon until dinner so i dont get hungry. i usually count this as 1 cup veggies( which is 2 servings), i have 1 cup veggies for dinner( 2 servings) and a fruit for a snack. that is a total of 8 servings. as long as if follow this, i dont seem to be getting hungry

still struggling with nighttime eating habit, but it is getting better.

i am making better choices and saying no more often to processed, sugary foods.

things are looking up!!

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BLUEFISH1881 3/1/2013 1:00AM

    Great job getting more veggies into your diet.


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STINAMARIE86 2/26/2013 8:24PM

    emoticon Awesome job on snacking on fruits and veggies! Awesome weight loss! Keep it up!

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DARWHOHOO 2/26/2013 6:40PM

    Congrats on healthy snacking and the awesome weightloss!!

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JILLYBEAN25 2/26/2013 4:43PM

    emoticon We know you're getting lots of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and all the good benefits of freggies! Keep up the good work.

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FUSIONFITNESS3 2/26/2013 3:18PM

    Congratulations on the weight loss.
Also congratulations on you non scale victory, eating more fruits and veggies. You have worked out a very doable routine to get in your freggies. Well done.
I find getting in my fruits and veggies actually helps curb my cravings for the "bad" foods. It's all in keeping my nutrition balanced.
Keep up the great work.

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JNK125 2/26/2013 2:59PM

    Great job on the weightloss! And I too have been training myself to snack on fruits and veggies. We all reach for something when we get the munchies, so I think if we start reaching for healthy foods that our bodies NEED then we'd make a lot better progress. Don't look at how far you have to go, just focus on the healthy changes youre making, and stay positive on your journey! Every step in the right direction is one step closer to getting you to achieve your goal! Awesome job!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 2/26/2013 1:20PM

    Yippee! Way to go on getting a better handle on the food portion of the equation! You are doing fantastic. After all, making better choices one at a time will get you there. Perfection is NOT the goal, progress is and you are making great strides!

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GORIANA 2/26/2013 1:12PM

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BIGPAWSUP 2/26/2013 12:53PM

    Sounds good!

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LWADE1963 2/26/2013 12:53PM

    I def include protein and other foods. I was just sharing how i got my veggie and fruit servings in since a lot of people struggle with that. Thanks gor the comment

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BOOKWORM27S 2/26/2013 12:48PM

    Way to go!

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DRKEYEZ820 2/26/2013 12:48PM

    Your body also needs protein and fiber, have you tried greek yogurt? Or string cheese, those both would be great to go WITH some fruit.
I think your weight loss is amazing, keep pushing girly!

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todays challenge -get rid of bread

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

i am still having trouble with eating at night. i go to bed and get sleepy and can barely remember getting up and eating.

today, i am gonna throw my loaf of bread out. i am the only one in house that eats bread. i love love bread. in the trash it is going.

also, i need to quit looking at the scale. if i start concentrating on other things like fitness and how i feel, i will do better. i just get tired of what seems like always eating right and doing the right things, then the scale never moves. i really dont want to do this the rest of my life.

what i wouldnt mind doing is eating right and feeling better and better cause of my healthy eating habits. excercising and getting stronger and taking my walk to a jog and then a run. it will feel so good to be healthy. then the weight will fall into place automatically

my week ends on sat night usually. i work 6 days a week. i want to look back on sat night and be proud of my healthy habits i have accomplished through the week.

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HOTTEXAN 2/21/2013 8:06PM

    I've been bread, rice, pasta and sweet free since the beginning of the year. I don't want it if it isn't in my face. Oh I do have bread occasionally. Ate two rolls at Tx Roadhouse last weekend and paid for it all night with a terrible stomach ache. That helped cure me for a while. Who wants to suffer? I love that when I am off the white stuff I have so much better control over my intake.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 2/20/2013 6:29PM

    Such truth in this blog! Good for you letting go of something you tend to nosh on too much. Focusing on health and living well is much better than always getting on the scale. Unless you are in a challenge that you need to weigh weekly for, I'd recommend putting the scale in a closet or having it hidden (out of sight) so you can focus on the important things... eating right and being active. Maybe get out your tape measure and take you measurements now, and then again at the end of March, weighing in only when you take your measurements. That way to focus is on the snapshot of where you are that day in the big scheme and not on dieting/losing weight.

Good luck!

PS: I'm getting ready to throw out all my breads and other wheat/gluteny products to try a gluten free diet because from what I read it may help me feel better. Not recommending it for everyone just what I'm doing to see if it works for me.

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 2/20/2013 12:13AM

    emoticon Great goals & I too love bread & pasta...

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JUSTLLAMA 2/19/2013 4:52PM

    I love bread too!

I think your idea of not focusing on the scale is a great one. We get too tied up in the numbers. (I know I do!) Focus on other things, how you feel, how your clothes fit, etc. I try to only weigh once per week now and I'm much happier for it!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 2/19/2013 2:36PM

    There truly is something about fresh bread that can have us eating mindlessly more calories than we need. I prefer not to deprive myself of anything as that is exactly why I am or should I say was where I was at. (The typical diet cycle.) I felt like I always couldn't have this or had to watch that but there wasn't anything really exciting to replace the foods I loved. With the Spark Nutrition Planner I find that I am quite satisfied with the choices I have and I plan for some limited bread throughout the week. I am surprised at what I am able to eat without depriving myself and track absoluetly everything I eat so I stay within range.
Wishing you a week filled with healthy choices and improved health.

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MERRYMARY42 2/19/2013 1:33PM

    I also Love bread, hot from the oven with lots of butter is my greatest downfall, but give me toast and jelly all day long, and I would be a happy camper. so if you can get rid of it, I am so happy for you

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SWDESERTLOVER 2/19/2013 1:27PM

    I love bread too. I still eat it, but usually limit myself to just a couple of slices per day at 50 calories each and always whole grain. Good luck - you can do it!


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SPUNSILK327 2/19/2013 12:42PM

    I hear ya! Bread is so awesome. I also agree with the scale mentality. I weigh myself once a week. I'd rather just do it once a month, but I need the accountability. Like you, I try to focus on how I feel, what I can do now physically as opposed to before, how much less my double chin is looking! Lately I've been celebrating how much better I am at touching my toes when standing and bending over. I can actually get there now. There is so much to celebrate beyond the scale!


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DRKEYEZ820 2/19/2013 12:15PM

    Do what makes YOU happy and strong. I think your strong and determined to get it done :)
I could never give up bread, but I don't have an issue so much with eating after 8. Have you tried keeping your bread in the freezer? If you have to wait for your bread to defrost at night, you might think why bother? Just another option if u really needed the bread in the house. As for the scale, try weighing in once a month, but like the previous person said, take the batteries out until that day! I woke up this morning FEELING thin, which made me feel great! Usually a good indicator what happened whether you lost inches or lbs etc.
Try getting a certain size shirt or pant, and using it as your GOAL to get into.

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RODGRODMEDFLOD 2/19/2013 12:12PM

    Bread is my weakness too... haven't had any wheat in a few weeks now.

You can do it!


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BIGPAWSUP 2/19/2013 12:04PM

    That is awesome and you can do it! I've taken the batteries out of my scale. It was scary at first, but I'm paying better attention to my body and not my number!

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lesson #1- commit to track your food all of it

Monday, February 18, 2013

well another monday and i ready to start a healthy week. no horrible mindless snacking at night after work. i find myself just getting bigger and bigger. today my size 14 shorts were tight.

i got up and did my treadmill for 30 min on incline and then did a 20 min workout. then i spent the next hour in kitchen making dinner and prepping for week ahead and today

today i have spagetti with homemade marinara and ground turkey. looks pretty good

i will leave you with a thought that i read the other day on a message board. instead of focusing on the lbs you have to lose just focus on today and commit yourself that you are gonna track everything you eat today. that way, you will not want to eat horribly fattening stuff cause you will not want to go over on your tracker.

sounds like a good plan to me.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 2/20/2013 6:23PM

    Great reminder! Sounds like you have a great plan.

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BEATLETOT 2/19/2013 11:30AM

    So true. Make today a good one! =)

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 2/19/2013 1:55AM

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FIT4MEIN2013 2/18/2013 10:13PM

    Tracking is the #1 most important thing to do to lose weight.

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REBECCATKD 2/18/2013 9:45PM

    Especialy remind yourself at night why you're doing this. I am also a mindless snacker, and sometimes the only thing that stops me is having this laptop in my hands rather than food.

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BIGPAWSUP 2/18/2013 6:04PM

    Woo Hoo!

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JBELICIOUS5 2/18/2013 5:22PM

    Love your quote at the end--SO IMPORTANT!

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JILLYBEAN25 2/18/2013 3:55PM

    Tracking food is the key to many, many people's success!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 2/18/2013 3:45PM

    When I first started at Spark it was just that, the nutrition tracker which got me on the right track. As long I we're honest with ourselves it's a fantastic tool. So you've found a perfect place to start your change for this week.
I also love the fact that spark calculates your calorie intake range based on your age, weight, calorie intake and output. This has so helped me find the balance I need to stay healthy and on track (most of the time.)
Wishing you success as your strive to track all your food this week. emoticon emoticon

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CAKEMAKERMOM 2/18/2013 12:58PM

    Tracking everything is the best tool you can have, no matter if you go over, under or right in the middle of your goal. It's harder to see the results if you're not honest with what you're doing. You're also more likely to stick to your goal if you write it down, it makes you think twice about what you're eating.

Then do not beat yourself up if you aren't perfect in your eating, just learn from what you did and do something different tomorrow!

Night time snacking is hard. I find that I have to decide if I'm eating because I'm bored, eating because I feel the need to chew or if I"m really hungry. My favorite snack late at night is air popped (nothing added to it!) white kernel popcorn. It's sweeter than the yellow blend and still available in most stores. Plus it's only 20 calories a cup without the butter on it!

The scale is only one tool. I also have measured myself, taken the pictures and go by the fact my pants are falling off every 15 pounds or so. It's amazing how different you can look in a month when you pay attention to what you do to your body!

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ZIGGY122 2/18/2013 12:43PM

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CNGMYBX 2/18/2013 12:41PM

  This is great. So often we focus on the negatives and only on the pounds on the scale. I am finding that tracking and planning are my keys for accountability and getting me through those days when the scale shows a gain instead of a loss. Keep up the good work.

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