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Monday and feeling pretty good

Monday, June 28, 2010

emoticonI know this is a monday, usually not much fun. But this morning i've been up bit and i've gotten in my strength, ready to get my elliptical done, and my meals are planned for the day. emoticonSo to my way of thinking today can only get better.

I finally got some emoticon I've been on plan all weekend, and this is a new week. Life is good. My journey is taking over and i'm liking it.

I have vowed yet again not to step on the darn scales until saturday....we shall see. I get so into the daily weighing and it just weighs me down. So as of this morning no more. What will be will be. As long as I do what is needed I shouldn't have to worry. right? yeah right, I did that last week and had a gain. But I did what I could to see change. this week I will see change.

So I'm off. I have much to do this morning before leaving for work. have a great day all my spark friends. I know i'm going to . emoticon

  
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STARSTRUCKJEN29 7/1/2010 8:06AM

    Hope you're having a great week. Great job keeping away from the scales before your weigh in. It's hard to do! I'm sure the scale will reward you nicely this week for your hard work and staying away from it. ;)

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PATRISNA 6/29/2010 6:22AM

    Michelle I hope you have a great week! Glad you had a good day Monday. I know what you mean about the scale. I have been trying to weigh only once a week.



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JUNEBUG1944 6/29/2010 12:15AM

    Hey Michelle, I'm glad you are having a good day and hope your week is even better. Hang in there, my friend, you'll do it! We'll do it together! Slow, but sure...although sometimes I'm not so sure I'm getting there..LOL

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 6/28/2010 7:22PM

    I hope you have a wonderful day!! Enjoy it! You've planned well and you are going to succeed. I think not getting on the scale every day is probably a good idea...not that I follow my own advice all the time on that one! ha! Take care and have a fantastic week!!

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KNITTABLES 6/28/2010 1:25PM

    I now weigh myself once a week on Sundays. I used to weigh myself 4 or 5 times aday which really affect your positive thinking. I now go by how my clothes feel and how I look in them.
Good luck and you will achieve your goals this week. I know it.

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KENDRACARROLL 6/28/2010 10:25AM

    Thank you! I'm a proponant for infrequent weigh-ins. My argument, as long as I stay on my plan, which is already proven to work, meaning that I stay within my daily calorie range and complete my self-prescribed activity minutes every day, weight-gain is improbable (not counting of course the natural fluctuations).

My past experience has shown that I am prone to overeat when I show a loss. While some people may find this completely illogical (boy, i'm having some discussions about this with various people here on SP), that is just a fact.

in my opinion, if you track all of your food daily and stay within your range, weigh-ins can be infrequent.
If, on the other hand food tracking is sloppy or you merely gauge your intake, daily weigh-ins are vital.

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SHRINKINGRACHEL 6/28/2010 8:53AM

    Ug, I used to weigh every day too, and the daily fluctuations got on my nerves! I don't like looking at the scale and seeing only 0.1 or 0.2 losses, or GASP! a 0.3 gain! And yea, you did gain last week, but wasn't it that TOM (if I am remembering a blog entry right)?

Congrats on getting on "auto-pilot", that makes things so much easier. When you can start exercising without thinking about it, when you plan you meals, and stick to them.

Keep it up!

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CKAYTHOMAS 6/28/2010 8:04AM

    You are on the right track! Congrats on all you have accomplished. I just read some blogs from Spark workers who said they don't weigh themselves any more.
I weigh every day when I am home (on vacation this week). I guess I'm addicted to it. LOL
Measure your progress by your energy level, your overall feeling of healthy, how your clothes fit, etc.
Congrats again and keep up the good work,
Cindy emoticon

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 6/28/2010 8:01AM

    You blog is so refreshing! I am joining the once a week scale check club myself. Let me go move it lol. Thanks for the breath of fresh air! Have a lovely day

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Scales are up...now what?

Sunday, June 27, 2010

emoticonWhat? huh? are you kidding me. All the exercise, all the good eating, all the effort.....Im up this week. Not a lot .6!! I'm just kidding, about the upset. I joined ww online yesterday. I put my new weight in and it told me according to what I did yesterday I was doing fine.

I know it is just a TOM gain and i'm ok with that. That means next week watch out. Since joining ww and now I can use all the tools available to me, I also have new books coming, i'm just so psyched that that little gain is nothing. Just another bump in my road.

So this week I will vow to get in my exersise like I did, drink my water, eat the right foods, and get my sleep. I can do all that and then some. I"m me, i'm strong and i'm going to succeed. I have vacation coming and this is a setback to my goal of being close to my goal weight but that is ok, setbacks are just lessons learned. For me the lesson is no pizza in mass quanities, and no sun chips or anything with salt during that TOM week. lol. I know some of you didn't want to hear that, but the truth is the truth.

So im off to begin my new week. I have spark, ww, and me. what more could I need? have a blessed sunday everyone. emoticon

  
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KNITTABLES 6/27/2010 4:57PM

    What a great attitude. Congrats on joining WW and I hope it works great for you and I am sure it will. You will have a successful week in everything that you do because of your strenght. Can't wait to hear how you are doing. so do keep us posted..0.6 lbs gain is great. I can gain up to 5.5 lbs in three day when TOM comes. So I know that it is the salt and the surger cravings that are doing it to me.
Have a great week/

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KENDRACARROLL 6/27/2010 1:06PM

    Water retention most likely. No worries.
I did ww online quite a few years back with great success. I never regained the weight I lost back then, just didn't follow it through to goal at the time.

Have a successful week.

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 6/27/2010 8:56AM

    Oh WOW! TOM sure weighs light on your scale! Now, I had to have a hysterectomy when I was in my late 20's, so it's been a long time, but I do recall that when he visited me, he was at least a pound. You are one blessed woman!!

And when it comes to blessings, you are also blessed that you're figuring out this journey and trusting yourself. I'm sooooo very proud of you! You're doing sooooooo well!

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 6/27/2010 7:51AM

    I know how the TOM dragon does me but you are still doing great!

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NAKIOMA 6/27/2010 6:51AM

    Sounds like you're getting all your ducks in a row - good luck.....................


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Last chance day: weigh in looming

Saturday, June 26, 2010

emoticonreally this has been an awesome week. I have gone over my exercise calories burned, I stayed on plan, had my pizza and ate it too. I planned for that meal with zeal. emoticonI must add though that it wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Oh don't get me wrong, it was delicious, but the grease. Omg, how could I have forgotten the grease. Will I do it again? Oh i'm sure. But this time was enough for a while.

emoticonToday is a day of exercise, and water. I have to flush this pizza grease out, I have to see progress on the scales for this most awesome week. I have never stayed on plan as good as I did this week. I budgeted, weighed, measured, planned. It was in a word "awesome".

So today i'm off to see what I can get done. My grandson is spending the night with his nene and that means swimming, shootball "basketball" and maybe a walk. It will be a nice evening i'm sure. I may have to plan my dinner around an two year old but that should be ok.

So enjoy what this day will bring to you all. I'm off to get my day started and get a few things done before my grandson arrives. emoticon

  
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KNITTABLES 6/26/2010 2:52PM

    What a great week and what a great plan for today. Enjoy and congrats.

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ANNESYLVIA 6/26/2010 7:18AM

    First of all... emoticon

I hope all works at for you this week. emoticon

Most of my best memories was the time I spent with my grandparents! I miss and love emoticon them very much. Never underestimate the power of grandparents!

Anne Sylvia,
Mahopac, N.Y.

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RIDLEYRIDER 6/26/2010 7:16AM

  Your plans sound Right On!
Enjoy!

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IUHRYTR 6/26/2010 7:00AM

    Sounds as if you will have a wonderful weekend. Have fun. -- Lou

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NUTRON3 6/26/2010 6:38AM

    Have fun!

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The journey

Friday, June 25, 2010


Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- jlh

I came across this this morning and thought of my journey on spark. Well my journey with weight loss. This quote is really so true. If your mind believes it to be difficult it will be a struggle. If you just make a plan and follow it with ease the rest just falls into place.

I have found that i'm enjoying this ride. This journey has been an ongoing process for me. It didn't just start last year. It began before my second child (21 years ago) when I joined ww. I quit, I tried other things, other ways, it never worked. Here I am back to ww after all these years and it is working. It has to do with my mind set now compared to then. I was a child then, living an adult life. Now i'm ready for this change and the struggles, temptations, and work involved.

I plan my weeks meals, I shop, I exercise daily, I eat according to my plan, foods I enjoy. I do exercise that I enjoy. This journey is all about choices, ideas, what works and what doesn't. What works for me may not for you. That is why spark is so great. I can choose to do my ww and track my exercise here, I have met great new friends, I get so many ideas, the recipes can't be beat. It is a wonderful way of life. And who knows, I may even encourage someone else to do the same walk.

So no matter how tough it gets, and it will get tough. You are doing this for you, i'm doing this for me. better health should be your main goal. the looking great part is an added benefit.

I will succeed. It may not happen this year or next but I will succeed. I keep telling myself that and I believe it. emoticon

  
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KNITTABLES 6/25/2010 2:19PM

    Thanks for sharing this great quote. It is so true.

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IUHRYTR 6/25/2010 7:49AM

    I'm with you. It may not happen right away but eventually it will if we persevere. -- Lou

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 6/25/2010 7:41AM

    I love that quote! Thanks for sharing!!

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People and questions a vent

Thursday, June 24, 2010

It is funny that people will come to us whom are losing weight and want to ask questions, ask idea, etc. When you tell them the ugly truth of it they have so many excuses why they can't do that. Don't ask me if you really don't want to know the answer. The word exercise is the first thing out of my mouth and the next thing out of theirs is " it's too hot, I don't have the quipment you do, I just don't have the time" Why ask my opinion then because with all the excuses you give you surely don't want to really do the work involved in this.

this is no walk in the park, no pun intended. This take hard work and much determination. Sure it would be easy to sit in front of a fan and eat chips. But isn't that what put us here? It would be easy to just say I'll have seconds, and eat a burger for lunch everyday but again isn't that why we are here?

I know for me it is what put me here. I was so unhappy with myself. I hated me. I can say that now, I hated the me I was. The me i'm becoming i'm beginning to love. I love the muscle i've created, I love that I can pass up offerings of candy, cookies and such without a feeling of remorse. I like that I can run, walk, jog, swim, and just stretch my way to the person i'm becoming. I love that the heat isn't my enemy in the summer and I can walk during my lunch hour. Believe me if I could just read all lunch and sit in the air that would be nice also, but then where would that leave my pcyhe? Right where it was...in the dumps.

I guess this is a vent. Sorry. But so many times a day people come to me and ask the....your the health expert questions. No i'm not an expert, I just work at this. I put all I have plus some into becoming the person I know i can be. Yes I pack my lunch daily, yes I don't eat out very much, Yes I write down everything, Yes I exercise sometimes an hour a day, Yes I spark at least an hour and earn 100 points or near on most days. I choose to do all this to be whom I know I can be.

So the next time someone asks you what is your secret, ask them if they really want to know, because they are just wasting my time and yours if they really don't want to know. If you are serious, i'll sit with you for hours and talk about weight loss. It is my favorite subject. I enjoy each new thing I learn, I enjoy exercise, I enjoy a good meal. I would love to share some of my ideas with you and you to share some new ones with me. that is what i'm about.

Sorry this went on and on, but most people are looking for the quick answer. It isn't there. And when you ask my a question, don't knock everything I say to you. If you really didn't want the answer don't ask....

have a very sparking day to all my spark friends whom have learned that this is a one day at a time walk.

  
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IUHRYTR 6/24/2010 4:51PM

    Doesn't it seem people want the quick fix in just about all they do? But those who are doing what you are doing appreciate the effort involved. Stay strong. -- Lou

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KNITTABLES 6/24/2010 1:56PM

    I get that all the time and it is so frustrating to keep telling them that yes it is hard work and you have to do it.
Venting is great and you feel better afterwards. Keep doing what you are doing. YOU are an inspiration and you are great. emoticon

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MONTANA_ED 6/24/2010 11:31AM

    You hit it right on the head. I too get things like "how did you do it?" and I tell them eat right, track everything, and exercise. Then they say something about "I should do that" and wander off. Then there are those that would point at a burger or roll that I'm eating and say "You can't eat that!" I just look at them and say "Yes, I can. I'm not on a diet. I know what I need to do to offset it. ". They just kind of do a harrumph and walk off.

Great that you are doing so well! Keep up the wonderful work!

Onwards...




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KENDRACARROLL 6/24/2010 10:51AM

    If they ask your 'secret' I would still let them know. They might not be ready to hear it at the time but it will plant a seed. And who knows...

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MOOMOO40 6/24/2010 9:54AM

    I really like your blog. It tells the truth for all of us who are really trying to lose weight and have changed our lifestyles. If,a person is really serious about losing weight then they will try all these things, if not then don't ask.You are doing a great job!!! emoticon Teresa emoticon

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SHRINKINGRACHEL 6/24/2010 8:30AM

    This is a great blog post! Vent or not, it's the truth. And congrats on admitting you didn't like the old you, that takes a lot of cpurage to do, and I am so glad you are learning to love yourself. It's a slow, laborious process, but you are getting there my friend!

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JZAPRN 6/24/2010 8:28AM

  Your vent is justified. It is easy to watch someone else do the work to get healthy. Much harder when we have to do it ourselves. And when they find out just how much work it is, they come up with a million and one excuses. Hang in there and keep up the good work!

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 6/24/2010 8:08AM

    You go, my friend!!!! It is a lot of hard work and most folks just want to look like you do! Good for you coming here and venting. We understand!!!

I'm so glad your hard work is showing!
Hugs,
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