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Last question of the week

Friday, March 08, 2013

Anything else you would like to share with your Team?

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I am not only shocked, but thoroughly amazed at the wonderful support I have received so far with this challenge. Each and everyone of you deserve a pat on the back, not just for being good teammates, but fantastically kind people. I hope each and everyone of you make you're 5% challenge, and realize how much you have earned it!

I am quite thankful to be on this emoticon firecracker team! emoticon
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JSPIN74 3/8/2013 3:10PM

    emoticon go us! have a great weekend! emoticon emoticon

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CANICE 3/8/2013 1:26PM

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PATTISTAMPS 3/8/2013 11:44AM

    I have to agree - this is the most supportive team I have ever been on, and it is a real pleasure to check in here every day! Have a WONDERFUL weekend!

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2BEHEALTHY2014 3/8/2013 10:42AM

    I've always been a Firecracker and love the support. Tis is definitely a amazing team!

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Questions for the Challenge!

Thursday, March 07, 2013

5) What can you improve upon?
I could improve upon where and how I gather recipes.
I definitely don't use all the resources I could.

6) Do you need some motivation or advice? Ask for it!

Currently I'm still sick with a nasty cough, so I haven't been exercising actively. But I'm still losing weight regularly. I have been only eating food that I've been cooking. I'm concerned the weight dropping off is muscle weight. I'm just concerned that the sick weight I've been losing will come back, especially during this challenge.

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PEACEHOPE1 3/7/2013 9:27PM

    I'm sorry to hear you've been sick. It's so hard to stick to the program when you're feeling less than great. Take good care of yourself, and hopefully you'll be feeling strong again soon.

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HAVEFUN247 3/7/2013 8:30PM

Take care of you. Then jump back in!

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VICTORY2XS 3/7/2013 7:30PM

    I hope you feel better soon!

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GMO_JEN 3/7/2013 5:06PM

    I hope you feel better soon. Once you are feeling better, you can come back to the challenge and start working on that muscle.

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2BEHEALTHY2014 3/7/2013 3:35PM

    I hope you feel better soon. Wen you are able to workout, be sure to take it slow at first.

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PATTISTAMPS 3/7/2013 1:34PM

    Unless it is water, the weight won't come back as long as you are eating in your range. But get better before you work out. Yes, you lose some muscle, but unless you are sick for months, it won't take long to get your muscles back.

Hope you are better soon!!!

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JSPIN74 3/7/2013 1:28PM

    Rest now so you can recover all the'll be able to get back on track with your muscle making after emoticon

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HI-NRG 3/7/2013 12:19PM

    My go-to source is . I can always find something there to please the family.
I wouldn't worry too much about the muscle loss. You need rest to get back on track in a healthy way.

I found this from Huffpost Healthy Living
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"One last piece of great news if you're feeling guilty about taking a break: Muscle memory actually makes it easier to regain strength than it was to build that muscle the first time. So whether that gym membership expired, you got sick or a dog ate those gym shoes (eww!), climb back up on that horse and keep on keeping on!"

Although, I will admit I've started over a few times it has been easier each time.


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Running behind: Questions for Challenge

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

1) What new habit you wish to develop?
I honestly wish I could develop one in which I automatically think of things I need to to get dinner started. Like thawing what ever needs to be thawed and so forth.

2) How will you do that?
Frankly I'm hoping to do it with strategically placing sticky notes around my house.

3) What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track?
I'm trying to take "take out" off the menu. My diet goals for this challenge were mainly to just eat at home. Which was a bit thwarted from me getting sick (still feeling a bit under the weather) but my husband rarely cooks so there's the snag we ran into right there.

4) How are you doing day by day?
It was actually going pretty successfully for a short bit there even as I was sick, but in the past week, not so much. Last night instead of going out to eat, we ran to walmart and grabbed a few items that were thrown together to make a dinner so that was nice. I'm hoping despite working the next 3 days, I'll have homemade meals ready.

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 3/6/2013 12:35AM

    emoticon emoticon What's for dinner tonight? OK, and what time should I be there? lol. Just kidding. You're do a great job.

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CANICE 3/5/2013 6:25PM

    Good job, playing catch-up!

Eating out is probably the biggest obsticle in my "journey"
I can't "control" what ingredients are used, and they often affect not only my "budget", but my health...

Food allergies and adversitites...

I found a great tip to help with this struggle:
- Buy a BIG bag of frozen chicken breasts
- Place Bag in a LARGE bowl.
- Merinate entire bag as the chicken "thaws" in the fridge
- Use: Italian Dressing, or BBQ Sauce, or whatever seasonings you prefer
- After chicken is thawed, cook on the grill or however you prefer to cook chicken.
- Flash Freeze on a Cookie Sheet
- Place all cooked, frozen chicken breasts in either zip-lock baggies or glass freezer-safe dishes and freeze.
- Pull out one or as many cooked chicken breasts as needed.

I have been doing this for several years.
Helps to know that "Dinner's In the Freezer"

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NOTHN4ME 3/5/2013 3:50PM

    I know about the eating out ritual. It is a hard one to break, but you can do it!! Day by day... one step at a time! Just being an active part of Spark People can really help you stay accountable to yourself!



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MIRMIUM 3/5/2013 9:47AM

    Like you, my husband doesn't know much about cooking and so cooking using falls to me. All I can say is that cooking is a chore but like all things, if you do it often enough it becomes very automatic. It's kind of a mental relief for me now in that I usually don't have to sit there debating what to do or what the different options are as much as I used to. One thing that really helps is taking the time to prep salad when you come home from groceries. I don't know about you but the thought of chopping romaine, washing it, and spinning it is very discouraging. If you do that and store it in a ziploc bag, it's a lot easier to convince yourself to throw together a salad during the week! It's bad but I also buy shredded carrots. I hate cutting carrots and they need to be cut quite small for these rice paper wrap things that we like.

You will get to the point of cooking being automatic too and it will stop being such a pain in the butt!! Just keep it up and soon you'll find it getting quicker and easier to do.


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JSPIN74 3/5/2013 9:18AM

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MARYDSAN 3/5/2013 8:32AM

    Sounds like you have a plan. Taking take out off the menu would help us all!

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Sorry, Weekend, Challenge, Updates

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

So, first off, I wanted to say I'm sorry for not updating you all after I posted my last blog which was rather whiney I'll admit.

SO what's going on: A few spark friends sent me links to awesome challenge groups, and I currently have joined the Winter to Spring 5% Challenge group and am on team FIRECRACKER! I'm excited because there's a very evident goal of being 5% lighter by April 20th (May be off on the date). I do well with goals in short view, considering my first successful weightloss of my entire lifetime was when I lost 20 lbs while my now-hubby was in boot camp. Which other than in the 6th grade was the skinniest I had ever been. So, hopefully when the challenge finally starts, I will find the stride I'd been looking for.

Also this week we find out why I had been having those pains down where my TMI FOR SOME (ovaries are))))))). I'm hoping it's nothing serious and that I won't need to switch birth control again. Frankly I can't do the shots because anymore weight gain would definitely crush my spirit. But I'm too ditzy doo to remember to take a pill everyday. And regardless of my everyday want and under feeling of crazy for babies, I refuse to break my promise and be careless enough to have children before reaching my healthy weight. Which I know probably sounds absolutely preposterous to those with children, or just understand that I'm trying to control something that can not always be controlled but.... I am... So... you can go ahead and say it, think it, and comment it. But this is the plan.

Other words, I'm still searching for a good minimalist running shoe, despite falling back on my running once more. I feel like if I could run more naturally the runner's knee and slight pain in my hip will be minimized. I feel this because of so many reviews of runners who switched to minimalist shoes and found they made worlds of difference and their aches and pains practically vanished. Although new aches came in with things such as, blisters and such, I'd rather have a blister for a couple of weeks than the horrible knee pain. So still looking. I love the look of the vibram toes shoes, but am nervous to throw down serious amounts of cash for shoes. For any shoes really. I saw some minimalist shoe's at T.J. Maxx that were by vibram according to their label but they were still $50 bucks. I figure if I'm spending 50 dollars on a pair of shoes, they should be nearly perfect for all my running needs. Speaking of which I bought Sketcher's GO WALK series yesterday (yes I'm a hypocrite, they were 50, but they were also 50% off and then military discount on TOP of that so, yay) and they are practically perfect. They flex so naturally to my foot, it's like a second skin. I was at shoe carnival to get some skeletoes, but the soles were so inflexible I decided against them. But I am glad I did since the GOWALK ones are easily the most comfortable shoe I've worn in years. Heck, I'm half tempted to go jog in them, but I'm concerned that I am messing with powers beyond my comprehension and will either ruin the shoes or jack up my feet. Either way, I'm still tempted.

The only other thing I have to say is have any of you guys heard of that 3-day breast cancer walk? It looks simply AMAZING. I have never seen anything that look so inspiring and wonderous before! And let me tell you I would do it in a heart beat.......If it didn't cost 2,300!!! I know I could make one of those donation pages, but frankly I was rather irked by the site claiming them asking 2,300 from each walker being "bold". I don't find that bold, I find it to be extortion! I understand it's going for a good cause, and good on anyone who can raise the money, but I think I would feel a bit guilty raising that much money just to walk for three days. If it was my money, sure. But I sure don't have 2,300 dollars to give, and I sure couldn't double it if my husband wanted to do it as well. So yea, there was an exciting thought, crushed by the reality that is money. Sometimes, it feels like my fitness and health always comes down to money. Can I afford two bags of vegetables? Well, this greek yogurt is 3.40, while this WHOLE box of go-gurt is 2.99?

Ah well, That's my update for now. Hope everyone is doing well. And that all of your many goals are coming into view.

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BRIDGIEEE 2/22/2013 5:04PM

    I'm so glad you decided to join the 5% challenge! Too bad you're not a Daisy though! I've done really well with the 5% challenges in the past, they are fun and you always get connected with a really great group of people.

I agree with the person who said that minimalist shoes change the way you run. You have to be so careful when wearing them because if you heel strike in them too much it can cause even more injuries. I have a pair of Vibram 5 Fingers and I love them. I had a pair of Skeletoes before that and didn't like those nearly as much.

I've wanted to do the 3 Day walk too but the closest one to me is 6 hours away. I agree that they fundraising portion was daunting but it is definitely a good cause. Instead of the 3 Day maybe you can do the Race for the Cure 5k this year. Still the same great cause but a lot less money!

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HEATHERFREE 2/19/2013 11:21PM

    That sucks about your girl part pain.....hopefully its nothing major. You should try the nuva ring for birth control thats what I use. It is amazing, no weight gain if anything it truly helps with my period and everything that comes with it (mood swings, cravings, fatigue etc.) I'm loving it.

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LYNBRINT 2/19/2013 1:54PM

    Remember that the minimalist shoes will cause you to change your running style - I understand that one of the reasons people get so many injuries from running is because the regular running shoes are so padded and comfy that we don't notice when our form is off and our body takes a beating..minimalist shoes put you more in touch with your body and you adjust your stride accordingly - perhaps not coming down on the heel so much, etc....
Personally, I like the comfy shoes...and I'm a lazy runner when I do run, but I try to pay attention to my form.
In any case - I'm glad you're a Firecracker...looking forward to progressing together! emoticon

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MIRMIUM 2/19/2013 11:31AM

    Isn't it funny how healthy foods can be so costly? Cheap and easy items are soOoo tempting but so unhealthy that it is ridiculous!

I'm sure if you organized your own walk you could collect money and still give it to them....just saying. I'm pretty sure they'd take the money! ;)

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Seriously need support, help, a kick in the butt

Sunday, February 10, 2013

(whining) : Yesterday we did my husband's and my Valentines day since we'll both be working.
Today, I'm back up to 230. Ugghhhh! I know I shouldn't weigh in everyday, but fig newton guys! I thought I was being careful. So much for that. I always do this when I first start out, it's like I'm purposely sabotaging myself. Why?? Maybe I really don't want change. Maybe I want to be lazy forever.

Truth be told, I would love to go down 50 lbs. I would love to be 180 again. Why is it so hard for me? I've done it before. I guess what will always be a struggle for me is food. Which I know for most of you must be sad. Sometimes I will struggle getting up and actually doing something. But, for the most part I will always have that fear that carried over from my childhood. What if this is the last time I'm going to eat? What if I won't be able to eat the rest of the day? I can't share my food because I always see it from survival point of view. I might not have food later to eat, so I will eat all this food.

It is absolutely ridiculous the power food has had over me. I mean, I try to this of it as fuel. That's all it is suppose to be for. So all that should matter to me is how to fuel my body properly for the day. Not what's tasty. Not what sounds good. What does my body need to get through the day? Food is Fuel, not meant to be a luxury or a treat. I just need to truly learn this, and I think most of my gaining weight problems will dissolve. (end of whining).

For the most part I just needed to rant. And have someone to rant too. To be honest, I wish I could find a spark team I wanted to be more active with. With challenges.

I wish I had someone to talk to about this mostly. I would tell my friends and family but most are not that supportive. I will have to just keep looking trying to find a group that posts often and maybe I could find a virtual 5k... Anything really.

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BRIDGIEEE 2/11/2013 10:42AM

    Making the decision to change is a hard step that you've already taken so you are doing great!! Honestly, EVERY day is a struggle for me, I don't know when it won't be. So you have people that understand. Just keep going. You can do it!! It will be worth it in the end when you meet your goal and you've got a baby on the way :)

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SAND_DOLLARS05 2/11/2013 9:45AM

    Don't give up!! I think that losing weight is just as much of a mental/emotional struggle as it is physical. Because we have to completely change the way we think about food to be successful and that is soooo much harder than following a diet/workout plan. Don't forget to celebrate the small victories!!!! There are so many small victories that go un-noticed because it's easier to see where we went wrong. Heck....I'm excited because I ate cauliflower (without calorie laden sauces) this weekend and enjoyed it :-). Look for the little things; like that fact that you're back on track and working to change your life. Or that you even recognize your attitude regarding food....most people don't and that's a huge step in the right direction to just realize what needs to change :-)
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LAGRAJA 2/10/2013 3:40PM

    Your food frustrations resonate with me. I'm trying to adjust my attitude, to view eating as something I do to show my love for my body, for myself. I try to view little choices as little moments when I reaffirm my focus on taking care of myself. It's good that you got to vent! Last year, I completed the Couch to 5K program, using a free podcast produced by Chubby Jones. If you have an ipod, I *highly* recommend Chubby Jones. She's funny, encouraging, and she makes the C25K program all the more manageable. For instance, sometimes mid-run, she'll say "Now, take a moment to appreciate that you are a sexy beast. Give yourself a high five." I'm sure this isn't for everyone, but it made me laugh and keep going.

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GMO_JEN 2/10/2013 3:30PM

    Sometimes a good vent helps. I agree-the food is the hardest part I'm at the point if really trying to prepare everything in advance...but I also hate the fact that it's going to be a struggle forever. Knowing how you feel does make it at least easier to go forward-maybe try to work around it or with it. Just keep pushing-you can do it!

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RDGISME 2/10/2013 2:57PM

    I am wishing you all the support you need from as many Sparkers as humanly possible! A majority of us have the same struggle with food each day...I hope that you find the right team for you, complete with challenges that carry you on your wanted journey! Please know that we are here, challenges or not, and support you all the way!

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STUFFANFLUFF 2/10/2013 1:04PM

    I'm sorry to hear of your frustrations with this! I hear you though. Food is such an enemy/love of mine. I want to be able to get the fuel and love it too. I lost 50 lbs a few years ago and then gained it back last year. It's a constant battle that we won't fail because we will never quit! Just remember everyone has their bad days, everyone has their demons. The goal is to learn from them and move on. Eventually we will get there. Don't be afraid to reach out whenever you need an ear though!!

Also, I sent you an invite to a team that does mini challenges. They are very active with them. I am not so good at it but want to get back on track with them. I like it because you don't get bored with one challenge and start to drop off. Anything to keep us motivated right?

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    Good for you for letting it all out :) It does take time to reprogram ourselves with our "need" for food...or perceived "need" for it. It's a great start for you for being as aware as you are about it though. Good luck on your journey! emoticon

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