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Portion Control out the window

Monday, August 30, 2010

Literally! Today I got a In and out burger for lunch (no cheese, extra veggies, no sauce) and fries and a a diet coke. I thought I would just have a couple of fries and then realized I could rapidly consume the whole thing so what did I do? I threw handfuls of french fries out the car window driving down the street (You are welcome, birdies!) until I had about 10 left in the box which I happily consumed. I cannot be trusted with french fries (or hash browns either!), but I really just wanted a couple!

Next time, I will A: NOT order the fries or B: Throw them in the trash.
PS: The burger was pretty delicious!

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CLASSACT911 9/3/2010 1:25AM

    There is a sub shop here in this area that does Eastern style to order subs. You can get them on the french bread (stock) 1 inch thick slices of whole grain bread (the ones with seeds and such making it a tad crunchy) OR an "unwich" they put it on lettuce leaves. I've learned to order the mayo on the side. they put too much on this way I can portion it out.

I usually order a large fry eat about 15 or so and hand the box to my friend to consume. He pours tons of salt on and that keeps me out of em. I can't stand super salty fries.

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NEDERLUNG 9/1/2010 10:03AM

    This was a great visual! And a very difficult thing to do - I know how we hate to waste food. When I throw stuff out the window I alway invision the possums search the shoulders of the road for it and then squish (one more down). Was there a slight smile on my face? (I hate rats and possums look a lot like rats).

I've been catching up from the weekend and a frustrating computer connection. I was hoping to see something about a successful? weighin. But if you didn't, you sure started back on track with portion control here.

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TEXWIFE 8/31/2010 9:28PM

    I have been with you Jan when hash borwns flew, I am so proud of you! Today i realized if I dont by sugar I can't eat it LOL! emoticon

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KT-NICHOLS-13 8/30/2010 8:27PM

    Good for you! Can you imagine explaining that one if you got pulled over for littering? "But officer! I can't eat ALL the fries ... they had to go!"

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STARPLANET2000 8/30/2010 8:00PM

    I laughed out loud picturing you pitching fries out a car window. I think it's awesome.

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DESERTFLOWER8 8/30/2010 7:54PM

    LOL!!! I had in in'n'out for dinner last night...the same as you..burger, no cheese, and fries..except I ATE MY FRIES!!!! Your story is MUCH BETTER!!! roflmao..

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SIONSMOM 8/30/2010 7:50PM

    lol i would be the one walking down the street picking up your fries!!! good for you!!

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RAVENSONG37 8/30/2010 6:52PM

    Hahaha...this is GREAT! I love it. I'm just picturing driving down the road seeing fries flying out the window!! LOL!


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NICA131 8/30/2010 6:08PM

    French Fries will be my downfall, if ever I allow myself near them again. I was near them once since I started walking this road but I was still in the HEY HO LETS GO! mindset so I was able to resist. But I know if I get to comfy with it I will think "oh just 10 is fine" and I'll end up looking like a Yogi Bear on a picky-nic basket.

But you did good putting them out the window. Just proves how strong you are!

Just Say No!

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GRACEISENUF 8/30/2010 6:05PM

    Good for you tossing them out....if I was in the car behind you I would have had my catchers mitt on, lol. In N Out is a weakness for me cuz I love those burgers. I did find out you can order them without a bun and they wrap them in giant lettuce leaves...I tried it and is was good but I sure missed the bun.

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Im back and Im blogging

Sunday, August 29, 2010

HI guys, I missed you! I went to a 2 day race in the beautiful Plumas County area of California. I had blogged about my plan to keep things straight and I am proud to say I did every one of them. I am weighing in tomorrow and I am excited about posting for my 10 by 10/10/10 team. Graceisenuf37 and I had a deal to be down by half a pound and she lost 2! She is gonna push me, I can see!

As always these days, I had some revelations that I want to share.

People are talking to me about weight loss now. My friend Steve has been bicycling. I proposed saturday to cook lunch for our group (within a group) so we could eat some good food instead of the track food (corn dogs, chili cheese fries etc) so I got chicken and he bbq'd for us and we had green salad and french bread. It was great! That was at 5:00 (cause dinner was served after the races at 10). About 2, he says "I want to eat a sandwhich but then we are gonna eat chicken later and that's too much" I go, "eat half a sandwhich". He looks at me like I was from Mars. "Wow, I never thought of doing that! It's so simple!!" and we all cracked up! He kept telling me all weekend how he learned something new and that I was genius! It was so funny but it reminded me to make small changes and things dont have to be "either/or".

My girlfriend is on a diet. I mean, a real-we-have-all-been-there-and-it-doesnt-
work diet. B12 shots, phentermine, extreme excercise, restricted foods. She finally told me all this the weekend and I was supportive and not judgemental but I was screaming at her inside! Do what I do! It is sooo easy! It works!!
I guess I cant save everyone but maybe she will get it eventually.

I also realized that if you give people the option, most people will make good choices! Green salad, fruit, lean meat, 100 calorie packs of pretzels or almonds. I mean, there was a huge table where we all put our snacks and I had a big zilpoc bag of snacks like that with granola bars etc. I brought home maybe 2 or 3 things but all the big bags of chips, flavored nuts, candy and cookies were left over. Plus, everyone was so excited when the dinner on those nights included fresh fruit and salad.

The spark does spread. People notice. I am walking the walk and talking the talk and people are open to it. I dig it.

This morning, I grabbed a pair of sweats to ride home in. They were HUGE! I didnt even think when I packed them, just through them in.
Maybe I will post a picture tomorrow during my weigh in blog. I was totally blown away. I know I have made progress but that hit it home, Baby! See you tomorrow!!

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GRACEISENUF 8/30/2010 2:41PM

    GREAT, INSPIRING BLOG! You are definitely spreading the spark my friend.


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STARPLANET2000 8/29/2010 11:14PM

    Congrats on doing everything you said you were going to do this weekend! So happy for you!

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JRZG8R 8/29/2010 9:29PM

    Your post added to my motivation. Another sandwich trick I use is going open face. Twice as many bites so it seems like more.

Today I had hummus on bread thin with 2 slices of cheese. I toasted them open face it made a difference mentally for me.

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Keeping it straight.

Friday, August 27, 2010

I weighed today and I am up 1.2 pounds. I can tell I am retaining water since an Outback dinner for Kady's birthday which was exremely salty. I drank lots of water yesterday, ate well and figured that would help but no luck yet apparantly.

I think TOM is on the way and I really cannot explain to you enough how sick I am of what is going on with my body. Since the end of June, I have had extreme bleeding with maybe 5 days off in between. I am on medication for it and it is stalling me progress or at least, slowing it down. My dr. and I are trying this for 2 more months to see if we can get it under control and if not, then we will make some different choices.

On top of that, I am leaving to a race for 2 days which is usually a difficult eating situation for me. But I made a deal with Graceisenough to be down .5 pounds by Sunday. I wont be able to weigh sunday so it is going to have to be Monday first am and call it good.
Not to be mention the down 10 by 10/10/10 team and I need to be making progress towards that now.

So, you may ask, "Jan, what is your plan? We know you have a plan!"

Yes, my friends, I do have a plan.

1. Bring snacks: cottage cheese, apples, grapes, granola bars, lite popcorn, stuff for my own sandwiches with lite weight bread, water-lots of water-,keep drinking to a minimum (and that will be Captain and diet caffeine free pepsi) or I will just be the designated driver instead.
2. Walk. It is a beautiful fairgrounds and I will walk it at least 2 times a day.
3. Stay within my nutritional values and track my food with the mobile spark site on my phone.
4. Do the best I can, have fun with my friends, and make progress,(not perfection)!

So I will be blogging Monday AM with my success story. I hope you all have a healthy, fun weekend. Do your best, make progress, encourage someone and be well! Jan

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JOURNEY2DESTINY 8/29/2010 1:02PM

    Hey Jan,
You will do just fine. As you said, you are making progress not perfection. On the health issue, have you had a scope done? If you havent, maybe something worth asking your Dr. about. Gives a better idea of what youre looking at.

Keep Sparkin'

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STARPLANET2000 8/29/2010 11:40AM

    Can't wait to hear how the weekend goes! You've got such a great attitude, there's no doubt you'll have that 1.2 lbs gone in a couple of days. Then back toward your 10 by 10/10/10 goal.

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BIGMAMAT 8/28/2010 9:25PM


I love, love, love your positive attitude! I think your awesome. I like your plan and the way you think. It is about progress, not perfection. Hope you have a wonderful time.! emoticon

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TRENTDREAMER 8/27/2010 8:51PM

    "I weighed today and I am up 1.2 pounds. I can tell I am retaining water since an Outback dinner for Kady's birthday which was exremely salty. I drank lots of water yesterday, ate well and figured that would help but no luck yet apparantly. "

* Best of fortune to you on the race and the weigh in. Yeah, water can flush out a heavy water lunch. a dinner's salt, not so much.

If I eat out at all a day before a weigh-in. I mentally subtract 2 pounds. But still.

Have a great weekend!

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POOHBEARHUNNEY 8/27/2010 11:11AM

    Love your plan!!!! And seeing your past success, I know you will succed with this one too! And thanks to you, I'm gonna be following in your footsteps!!! BTW, what kind of racing?? Have a fantabulous weekend!!!! (Oh, and TOM SUCKS! Sorry you're dealing with it even worse than normal! EEK!)

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GRACEISENUF 8/27/2010 10:25AM

    I sure hope that the bleeding gets under control soon. Believe me I have been on meds in the past where I gain or retain water and it totally stinks! I will definitely pray for ya.

Kady's birthday dinner will probably cause you to hold onto that pound or so for a few days and then WHAM/BAMM it will come off with one to boot. That always seems to happen to me when I eat out or especially when I go out of town.

Way to go on planning ahead for the trip. That is the "key" to success for me...planning ahead and then "sticking" with it, (that's the hard part).

Know I am with ALL the way my friend.

Love and hugs,

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This is pretty much for me.....

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Today, my baby turned 20. I have a 24 year old daughter, Kelly and now Kady is 20. When we had Kelly, she was the princess. When we had Kady, she was the BOSS! Always been a bossy butt, but a good kid, smiley, chatty, happy, loving kid. They used to fight when they were little and made me a crazy, yelling screaming maniac. They are very close friends now and have been for serveral years now. I am grateful for that. I am the 3rd of 3 sisters and my Mom always said that was the greatest gift she ever gave us. She was right. I am glad the girls have each other. They are a huge part of my motivation. I want to be here with them for a long time and I dont want them to suffer losing me when I am "too young" just because I couldnt stop eating badly.

When Kady was 15, she became very ill. She was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. It is a severe intestinal auto immune disorder. She lost 80 pounds, was too weak to go to school, lost all her friends (but kept her boyfriend and they are still together). It is incurable but can be managed.

My kid. So sick. It was horrible to watch. I felt helpless. It was the hardest thing I have ever done. (And I have done a lot of hard things).

But we have a great doctor, alot of faith and this girl is such a bad ass, she is so tough, she never let it get her down. She ended up graduating with honors on time from a Charter school where she could do school work from home. She became the Sacramento CCFA Honored Hero in May of 2010, and in June of 2010, won a Red Cross good neighbor award for her fundraising for a cure. She turned her illness into a battle cry to eliminate the disease so others would perhaps not have to suffer like she has.

I guess my point in writing this today is to brag a bit about her since it is her birthday but also, to remind myself of the strength and perseverance it takes to endure sometimes and how much more it takes to soar. I am gonna soar, people. I have a great example.

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CLEVAGAL 8/26/2010 9:09PM

    Oh Jan, I love this little 'share'. You seriously rock cobber aye! I love reading your blog. I hope to be a mother next year or towards the year after. It looks like I will have really good role models like you around me aye!
Cleva xxx

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DLEE27 8/26/2010 1:54PM

    Awww! What a great blog! I loved this!

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MAMADWARF 8/26/2010 11:15AM

    Yeah Becky, I get it. Thats probably why Mom checked out early! All the stuff that has happened would have killed her!

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TEXWIFE 8/26/2010 10:51AM

    We do have amazing daughters.My heart breaks everytime one of them struggles, maybe thats why I am selfish about being around till im 80. I cannot endure hurting kids. yeah and I say im a harda** Kady definately changed this family and kelly changed your life so you could get what you always wanted Love ya sis.

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SMAYMAY 8/26/2010 2:21AM

    ummmmm Im crying... emoticon

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NEDERLUNG 8/26/2010 1:42AM

    You are truly a parent admiring her daughter - BUT someone taught her all that wonderful pride and faith in herself, someone set a good example, someone loved and cared for her teaching her to love and care for others. Geeee, maybe that someone was you? Be proud and keep setting a good example.

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GRACEISENUF 8/26/2010 1:25AM

    She sounds like an absolutely amazing daughter. You must be very proud of her "Mom".

Happy "BIRTH" day to you too! Wouldn't it be nice if the Mom who gave birth got some recognition too, LOL!

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If you like and you know it....

Thursday, August 26, 2010

I want to encourage you when you read a blog or stumble across someone's page, if you find something motivating or impressive, you can do something about it!

On a persons sparkpage, you can click if they motivate you. That will nominate them for a motivator of the day award. Do you know how many amazing people are on here that encourage and inspire!? Do you know what a MOD nomination could mean to that person?

How about a popular blog award? When you read a great blog, even if you dont have time to leave a message, if it helped or you could relate, please just click the " I liked this" button so SP can recognize that person.

I just get so much from you guys and although I beleive nobody writes the things they do to get an award, some people deserve it. It brings their pages and blogs and words of inspiration to more people who might have missed it otherwise. Maybe to someone who really needs to hear it.

There is sooo much talent and wisdom and love and pain and experience on this site. I leave here a better person every time. Spread the Spark! Jan

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DLEE27 8/26/2010 1:55PM

    I liked this blog. And I clicked the button to prove it!

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NEDERLUNG 8/26/2010 1:43AM

    You are just miss buzziebee today - three blogs in a day, is that a record? You make some good points here, I hope a lot of people read this!

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