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Its a bit of a love fest

Friday, May 28, 2010

and I really like it! Thanks to everyone who reads my blogs and posts comments. You are really a wonderful bunch of people and I think I made like 5 friends just this evening.I am learning so much and being motivated by many.

I want to offer a friendly ear, a bit of humor and maybe some inspiration as our journey together continues. If you need me, I am here.

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GRACEISENUF 6/1/2010 2:55PM

    I am adding you as a SP friend, I hope you add me as well. I like having friends who are motivated to make a change!

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NEDERLUNG 5/30/2010 11:19AM

    Together, we can all do this!

What is that old toothpick will snap easily, a whole handful stays strong.

Comment edited on: 5/30/2010 11:20:18 AM

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FOXCINA 5/29/2010 12:34PM

    I'm adding you as my spark buddy right now!

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Progress, not Perfection!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

That is my mantra. Progress, not perfection.

I went camping this weekend with family who are big time snackers!I had no idea how I would honestly react to the situations I was in. I always say that I want to fit but you know what? I really dont fit. Not anymore.

When the M&M's came out, instead of handfuls like before, I had 1 mini snack pack. When we walked to the general store for ice cream, I sat outside with the dogs, When the s'mores were made, I had a graham cracker, while the macaroni salad was passed around, I ate the fruit salad that I contributed, When the danish came out for breakfast, I ate my Luna bar.

I enjoyed myself, I ate well, I didnt feel sad that I wasn't having what they were having. Every time I made a better choice, I felt stronger. I walked my dog instead of sitting, I went up small hills instead of around them, I had a few Captain Morgan's (with diet caffeine free pepsi, thank you!) but didn't overdo it.

I kept up with my food tracking for the most part and averaged a few hundred calories more than normal, altho I beleive I burned that many, so all in all, I feel pretty happy with the changes I have made. Could I have done even better? Yes,but considering I used to probably eat and drink about 6000 calories a day, 1800 looks pretty good to me.
Like I say to myself, all the time, Progress not perfection.

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ESMOMMY13 12/13/2010 11:02AM

    I love your Mantra and need to start practicing it. :)

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AMEYJO1 8/14/2010 11:52PM

  I LOVE THIS BLOG!!! This is just want I needed to read tonight. I felt really bad about a good morning and afternoon, until I went to this party and there was nothing healthy to eat. There wasn't even a vegetable tray! So thank you for this blog, because YOU ARE SO RIGHT. Even though there wasn't the best choices there I chose NOT to go crazy.

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LILABEL 7/11/2010 9:18PM

    This is a great and motivational post. Thanks for sharing!

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RASLALIQUE 6/7/2010 4:35PM

    Good job on making a lifestyle change instead of just being on a diet.

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SRABANTI 6/4/2010 5:00AM

    We definitely get stronger with every step we take towards our journey of being healthy. I am glad that you have been able to come out strong everytime. Wayyyyy to go..

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TRISHP1961 6/3/2010 6:40PM

    Good for you!

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VANESSAM123 6/3/2010 9:56AM

    nice blog... thank you

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TARGET_2010 6/2/2010 7:11AM

    Today I woke up. Today is the end of my first week and I aimed to lose 1 lb a week with a plan. I weighed myself on the scale. Yesterday I actually achieved my goal weight for the week but today it went higher up. I was asking myself after, where did I go wrong? I tracked my nutrition yesterday, I did my exercise. I was tempted to have a fruit yogurt, but I avoided! I did not want to get into the negative self talk - but I was sad somehow.I could not avoid being sad - even I told myself I feel stronger within, then why that scale is bothering me so much?

To motivate and cheer myself instead, I came across your blog and I wrote down what you did to keep on track even going out for camping with your family. Small snack pack instead of M&M's, avoiding the icecream, going for the graham cracker and fruit salad.. walking your dog...As you said "Everytime I made a better choice I felt stronger" ... I felt inside where I am going wrong in accepting the figures on my scale which popped up this morning. The figures on the scale do not represent me, as long as I am doing the right thing, I should not feel stronger as you said "Progress not perfection" When I read your blog, I felt way better.

Thank you so much for sharing your experience, your thoughts are helping me today to get back on track. Thank you my sparkfriend. emoticon emoticon

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CINDY1TWO3 6/1/2010 3:40PM

    Very good job! I went over myself this last weekend, but figured the best thing was to get back on track today. I went over not because of snacking, but because of what my son wanted for dinner. It happens to be one of the things that tempt me most, but he will only be with me a couple more months before moving out of state so it was worth it.

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MANDY462 6/1/2010 3:30PM

    "Every time I made a better choice, I felt stronger."

thank you for summing up how i feel also, simply & eloquently ... kudos & thanks for sharing - keep up the good work!

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GRACEISENUF 6/1/2010 2:50PM

    You got it down and its shows...WOO HOO, WAY TO GO! I leave in the am for some "mom" alone time and I plan to get lots of exercise and and to eat right, no more vacations used as an excuse to pig out.

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ILUVBROWNIES 6/1/2010 1:29PM

    that's wonderful!! good job! i would have had a hard time turning down the danish and ice cream! how smart of you to have a substitute, like a Luna Bar!! That shows good planning on your part! way to go! emoticon

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RAELENER 6/1/2010 1:13PM

    wow! great job. It really does feel good making those choices and not depriving yourself. Moderation they say is key and you proved that. I'm really proud of the way you handled yourself and the situations you were put in.

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MEYLOSE 6/1/2010 12:20PM

    You were very aware of what you body needs and it will thank you for taking care of it.Sounds like you ate well and had a good time, WELL DONE.

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LUCKYONE60 6/1/2010 11:12AM

    Wow. you really did an awesome job. What a difference to come away from your little vacation feeling good about youself and your choices and not filled with regret. That alone is PERFECTION! Yay!

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LOSINGITBABY 6/1/2010 8:51AM

    Wow that's awesome :) You were conscious of what you were eating and made better choices, but you didn't obsess about it. Great job!

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SHAWNO22 6/1/2010 6:59AM

  I really like both the mantra and the way you handled all the snacking!

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HAPPYJOLO 6/1/2010 2:28AM

  Fantastic progress and such strength and conviction about what you are doing.

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RENEEW2010 6/1/2010 12:08AM

    Very encouraging! I have been stressing about the upcoming summer camping trips. I hope to do as well as you did!

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WHIPSOFOPINION 5/31/2010 10:17PM

    That actually sounds like perfection to me! LOL -- "progress not perfection" is a good one, though, that I especially need to remind myself of when I only make one or two good choices in a day, and still manage to make handfuls of bad ones (not just in the food & fitness arena).

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KATSPARK06 5/31/2010 9:16PM

    love it!

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BAYBELIEVER 5/31/2010 8:45PM

    And making good choices is progress...nearing perfection! Way to go. I hope when I am faced with the challenges you had that I can only behave as well.

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SWEESIN 5/31/2010 7:38PM

    That's the truth, good going lady.

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REDRIDER68 5/31/2010 3:26PM

  good read, words to live by...Thanks

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NATARSHAD 5/31/2010 3:12PM

    What a great mantra! I will surely use this one going forward.

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ELLAPOR 5/31/2010 1:05PM

  Progress is what it's all about! Goof for you! Expecting perfection of ourselves inevitably leads to failure. Expecting progress gives us room recover from our mistakes. Thnaks for sharing.

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ODAAT1208 5/31/2010 11:34AM

    You stayed strong, good for you~~~~~~ Progress not perfection I practice daily, heard it from my program of One Day At A Time. For me, it's AA or AMEN~~~~~ thanks for sharing!!!!

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WHEREDIDIGO3 5/31/2010 10:19AM

Well done and a GREAT MINDSET! This is one of my biggest problems....all or nothing thinking. Good for you and thanks for reminding the rest of us!

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QUEEN56 5/31/2010 8:54AM

    Great mantra; thanks for sharing. It reminds me not to be so hard on myself when I'm not perfect--which is all the time! emoticon

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BENDER7 5/31/2010 7:33AM

    I like your mantra & how you put it into practice. Way to Go!

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PIR8CHIK 5/30/2010 9:50PM

    I have one of these situations coming in July with a trip home to see the family. I hope I can be as strong as you have been.

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CASEYANN1 5/30/2010 8:58PM

    Progress, not perfection...I love it! And I know what you mean when you say you feel stronger when you make healthy choices. It is empowering to finally develop some self control. But we won't always make those perfect choices, and beating ourselves up over it won't help a bit. Thanks for your wisdom, and good luck on your journey.

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ALISA-UCDI-1 5/30/2010 8:08PM

    That's Great! Reading your blog I got a really positive feeling because I could relate to not being perfect, but making the changes that little by little make all the difference! emoticon

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THREEFORAGIRL 5/30/2010 7:10PM

    I think I may have to steal your mantra :)

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 5/30/2010 6:56PM

    Sounds like you made great choices. I think you should feel content with what you did. figuring how to live life and still eat better.

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BUTBYTHEGRACE 5/30/2010 5:31PM

    Thank you so much for all your encouragement; you really inspired me!

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PAMELASUE60 5/30/2010 3:08PM

  way to go! Sounds like a huge success to me. Also sounds like the biggest change was that you were aware of your choices and made wise ones instead of just mindlessly ingesting whatever was in front of you. (That is my goal!)



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BLONDWUNN 5/30/2010 12:41PM

    Wonderful story of self-control and determination. I want to be just like you!!


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LELA0121 5/30/2010 12:27PM

    Great mantra! It's all about the fact that we gotta keep going even if one day isn't perfect! Good for you!

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DMCOONCE 5/30/2010 11:40AM

    Wow! What an inspiration! Thanks so much for sharing.

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MINXIE3 5/30/2010 10:58AM

    Loved this blog. You are so right.

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KARENE10 5/30/2010 8:37AM

    Sounds like you made great decisions! Progress not perfection is the way to go!!!!

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JAZZMINE 5/30/2010 8:31AM

    Thanks for the inspiration! I have lost 46 pounds and kept it off for a year. I am still struggling to lose the last 25!


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TIMELESSCRONE 5/30/2010 7:07AM

    Way to go! Funny - I am getting ready to go spend the day at the Lake with "with family who are big time snackers" and I've been worried about this all week. How do I avoid a 5000 calorie day?!

You just gave me a handful of survival tips -- and made my dog very happy. lol I was planning to leave him home, he'll come along to keep me company and act as a diversion!

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GRAMPIAN 5/30/2010 5:14AM

  Well done. Great attitude. emoticon

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SCREWIE 5/30/2010 4:26AM

    Very true - nobody's perfect but everybody can progress.

Well done :)

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TUDI4480 5/30/2010 2:41AM

    Wonderful. Congratulations on your persistence in following your own path no matter what. You've given me good ideas for when I am in similar situations. Thanks.

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KKP4673 5/30/2010 12:46AM

    Great Job!!! Thank you for the inspiration!!

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My numbers dont lie

Monday, May 24, 2010

I went and had a whole blood workup. Compared to November of last year till now:
My cholesterol has dropped from 208 to 181
My blood sugar A1C levels have gone from 6 to 5.8
My LDL has gone from 132 to 107
Now what is wierd is my tryglicerides have gone up but are well within the normal range so will ask doc about that when I see him next.

All this means is, in the last 2 months, I am getting healthier and that makes me a 10!

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NANACHAR 5/28/2010 10:09PM

    Great job! Keep up the good work emoticon

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KATEYMARIE2 5/24/2010 11:41PM

    Congratulations on such great progress!

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Pants on the ground, pants on the ground!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

This is the song that goes through my mind nowadays. Every time I put a pair of my jeans on, I have to roll the bottoms up about 2 ", the crotch hangs down about 6" from where it should be and I walk around pulling them up so my butt crack isn't hanging down. It is annoying! Apparantly my big belly used to hold them up but since I am getting smaller, it is just not working out.

So I decided to stop wearing my pants that don't fit. I have a pile growing in my closet and it is kind of exciting to see it grow. Every time I add to that pile, I have made progress.

I have a few pairs of sknny jeans (which is hilarious because they are size 24!!!) that I can now get into but they are starting to be too big too. I refuse to buy anymore because summer is almost here and I will exclusively be in shorts (sunny california, yo!) so I will buy jeans in the fall. I am hoping by then to be in a size 20. I am trying to be realistic but still have goals.

SO! Pants on the ground, pants on the ground will be my song but it will mean they are in my closet not on my body!

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EMTDEEDAE 5/29/2010 7:54PM

    Good for you!! I LOVE it!! I just heard that song this week .. and what a good one to have running through your head!! I have a pair of jeans that I can pull down without unbuttoning now .. and a lot of my pants are getting baggy in the butt. Have you tried a Goodwill store for a couple pair of "in between" sizes?

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FOXCINA 5/29/2010 12:37PM

    Love this blog! That song may be adopted by all the sparkers here. I know I'm going to adopt it as my "mantra" lol. emoticon

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SEXYSIZE_12 5/13/2010 1:33AM

    Way to go way to go and I love the pants on the ground song, it's very fitting or not fitting in this situation. Keep up the wonderful job and you will have plenty more pants on the ground. Spark friend sexysize_12 emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KARISAFARI150 5/11/2010 2:37PM

    I love this! I remember when my 24's started to "be on the ground" ! And then my 22's were "on the ground" in no time! I'm hoping, too, to be in a comfortable size 18/20 by summers end. We'll see. Here's to both of us reaching our goals!

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I gave myself permission

Monday, May 10, 2010

This weekend, we had a big baseball/bbq day with my family and my daughters boyfriends family. I had planned on burgers and hot dogs and everyone else would be bringing sides. I knew my sister (who is on this journey with me) would be bringing fruit and some other healthy options but I gave myself permission to eat whatever I wanted and not worry about counting the calories for the day. We played ball and I actually ran around the bases which was hilarious becuase I have a really bad knee and it was kind of a limpy, fast walk style but I did it! I havent moved that fast in years! it was really fun. (t was also hilarious watching my 19 year old do the impression of me!)

Anyway, I started the BBQ and we got the food ready. While I was cooking, we had chips and salsa and potato chips and onion dip. I had some chips and dip and really enjoyed it along with a deviled egg.

At lunch I ate half a hotdog (becuase they were giant) but really wanted a burger. So I had a burger, too, with cheese, not even fat free~!! Well, I tried to have a burger. I couldnt even eat half. I ate a bit of chili and a few bites of potato salad. I was just too full! It was actually uncomfortable!

I realized that things had really changed in the 2 months I have been on this program. I cant eat like I used to! My sister asked me what I wished I hadnt eaten that day and I really could honestly say, "Nothing!" Now, I would have used fat free sour cream for the dip and some baked chips, but really, I was ok with it.

You know what was funny? What tasted the best and what I couldnt stop eating? The fresh strawberries and pineapple! If you know me, that would crack you up, because there were cookies there! My weakness, my kryptonite! I had one and you know what? It was ok. But that fruit was delicous!

Anwyay, when I got home, I decided to track my food. I wrote it all in the plan and yea, I was a little over, but I did pretty well.

I got brave and decided to weigh myself sunday morning. I had lost 1/2 a pound! That just cracked me up.

I learned something really powerful that day though. While I gave myself permission to eat what I want and to do what I want, I realized: I already am. I am doing what I want. I am getting healthy and it feels fantastic.

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INFLATED 5/11/2010 2:19AM

    This is wonderful! My husband likes to go to Golden Corral and eat the buffet and I found that I took less than a Tablespoon of most of the stuff that before I would have pigged out on and when I tracked it, I really hadn't done that bad.
I think when we get rid of the processed foods and some of the sodium, it may do something to our tastes buds. I know I can tell a difference in really being able to taste my food now.

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