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how i am doing day by day with my challenge

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

my challenge was to have 1 or 2 small snacks after work

how i am doing day by day

i am still struggling but doing better. last night i came home from work literally starving. i stood and thought about what i wanted. i even opened a container of yogurt and said, no i dont really want that. i went with my old standy-peanut butter and jelly sandwich. but instead of scooping out a ton of peanut butter, i measured a tbs. man, i gotta tell you, i was going way over that before,. no wonder i couldnt lose weight. peanut butter really can quench my appetite.

so i felt the need to munch a lttle more after that and i had a cup of dry cheerios.

this is a huge step for me. i would still like to cut back tho. i have def made huge strides compared to a few weeks ago.


what can i improve on

i am doing well, but i need to keep tv off and occupy myself with book, crossword puzzle or something that requires my mind. that way i will keep it occupied and not be thinking mindlessly about food.
i also need to go to bed earlier. right now it is around 2 am. i would like to go around 12:30 or 1 so i can wake up earlier.

  
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OAKBORN 3/6/2013 1:19PM

    Every day is a new one, full of chances to make better choices. Sounds like you had a good day! Tracking everything makes it easier to stay honest with yourself since it's right there in black and white!

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SWDESERTLOVER 3/6/2013 12:45PM

    Good job on the cutting back. I know what you mean about peanut butter. It's amazing how much you can spread on a sandwich if you don't measure it. This is my standby also as I'm often hungry when I get home from work late at night. I measure 1 tbsp and put it on a slice of my whole wheat bread. It holds me over until morning and also adds some protein to my day (something I'm often short on).

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PAULAAUTUMN 3/6/2013 4:08AM

    emoticon having something to occupy your hands is always a good idea I knit that keeps my brain and hands working. It also means I cannot have anything sticky to eat or the yarn gets dirty. emoticon

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BLUEFISH1881 3/6/2013 1:09AM

    Being aware is half the battle.
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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 3/5/2013 7:49PM

    Sounds like you are on the right track. One trick I use when I have the after work munchies (which more often than not is a the day is over time to relax trigger for me) is to do a little exercise like walking for about 10 - 15 minutes. If I still feel like eating it's real hunger and not just boredom/end of day syndrome.

Good luck!

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PRECIOUSPEPPER 3/5/2013 6:02PM

    Makes us aware of what we do without really thinking about it.
Glad you measured, it sure does make us aware of what we really are putting in our mouths!
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CARLYG8 3/5/2013 5:55PM

    My fave go to snack after working out is peanut butter and bananas on whole wheat waffles. Yummy! I found some new Peanut Butter that had flaxseed added to it. Super Yummy!

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TWNOMWE 3/5/2013 5:27PM

    what time do you get up? You did great emoticon
Snacking is my down fall too and Peanut butter on toast gets me every time I am exhausted.

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WORKNPROGRESS49 3/5/2013 5:08PM

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BIGPAWSUP 3/5/2013 1:49PM

    Baby steps and you are making them! I'm so happy and proud of you!!!

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spark challenge ---eat every 3-4 hours

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

my spark challenge is to eat every 3-4 hrs. and record how i liked it.

i normally do this all the time. i just get too hungry if i wait longer. what i am finding that is working for me is to much on carrots, celery, cup up apple, or grapes. i work afternoons. i take a combination with me to work in a baggie. between 2:30 and 6:30, i munch on them and it is working out quite nicely,

what i need to do, and i will chanllenge myself to do this, is to follow the same routine on my days off. usually my day off is a disaster. going out to eat and munching on all kinds of things.

so this `is my challenge to follow this same tactic on my days off

  
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NKOUAMI26 3/9/2013 8:50AM

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02SERENE 3/5/2013 3:36PM

    I just blogged about this very same thing. This is my "food" challenge too. emoticon

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NEWCHINELO 3/5/2013 1:34PM

    Oh dear!so this also happens to you,I am usually very good the week when I am at work but during the weekends it's something else . . .I need to work on that also.

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BIGPAWSUP 3/5/2013 1:22PM

    Plan it out and you can do it!

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LISA0517 3/5/2013 1:17PM

    I have the same problem on the weekend when I'm not working. At work I'm much more disciplined. Not so at home.

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ideas for encouragement --- please read--really good ideas here

Sunday, March 03, 2013

these are some things i do when i want to encourage myself, which seems to happen every weekend.

i get on spark and read blogs
i comment on other peoples blogs.
read spark articles
read quotes and ideas on spark website
play with my cute little dog
look at an excercise or fitness magazine
excercise
read bible or uplifting book-- like a joyce meyer book
listen to uplifting songs- like spark people workout mixes

notice a common them here: they all involve spark people webiste

  
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LH-CRYSTALSTAIR 3/9/2013 7:46AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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SWDESERTLOVER 3/6/2013 2:08PM

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KALISWALKER 3/4/2013 11:16PM

    I understand what you are saying.

I exercise to 'earn' Spark time. 1 minute of exercise = 1 minute of Spark time. It limits my Spark time.

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FUSIONFITNESS3 3/4/2013 9:08PM

    You've developed some great, constructive ways to encourage yourself. emoticon
emoticon just like you do.
Maria

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SLENDERELLA61 3/4/2013 8:14PM

    Great blog! Good ideas for real!!

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JBELICIOUS5 3/4/2013 5:45PM

    Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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BIGPAWSUP 3/4/2013 4:38PM

    Woo Hoo!

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NEEDBU66 3/4/2013 1:22PM

    add looking at all baggy saggy self in mirror. That works for me, too.

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DBELLE39 3/4/2013 8:18AM

    Great ideas, I use alot of those same ones when I'm needing support or motivation.
Have an awesome week.

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KIM--POSSIBLE 3/4/2013 7:50AM

    Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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RAINBOWCHOC 3/4/2013 4:07AM

    thanks for sharing

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PAULAAUTUMN 3/4/2013 2:52AM

    Love your ideas emoticon emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 3/4/2013 1:07AM

    WOOHOO! Great ways to keep motivated to move.

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BLUEFISH1881 3/4/2013 12:57AM

    Great ideas.
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VINOTEA 3/4/2013 12:50AM

    I'm totally with you. SP is definitely a huge source of encouragement.

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BARBIE176 3/3/2013 11:48PM

    emoticon blog with lots of emoticon tips and ideas. emoticon Thank you for sharing what works for you!

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IMSOOZEEQ 3/3/2013 11:41PM

    I need to do more of the reading the bible and uplifting books. I am going to be reading Joel Osteen's book Becoming a Better You this month. My next read will be Joyce Meyer's book Battlefield of the Mind.

Great ideas!

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02SERENE 3/3/2013 10:38PM

    I read your blog.

I especially liked when your wrote exercise! coz that is where I need most motivation to get moving.

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DALID414 3/3/2013 10:15PM

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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

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

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DALID414 3/2/2013 8:03PM

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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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