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Sunday, June 03, 2012

First one of our kitties has a huge lump on her face. I'm thinking abscess, gotta take her to vet tomorrow. Please think good thoughts for Saki.

In the last 2 months I have doubled my weekly calorie burn. I like having that commitment because I'm on a streak and I tell myself I HAVE to play tennis today or I HAVE to walk to make my goal. Its been good for me.

My sister came up from about 6 hours away and we went to my other sisters for dinner. Ate wayyyy too many snacks on Friday night...salami cheese and Ritz crackers, oh how I have missed thee!

Then Saturday we went to breakfast then a graduation party. The problem there was I was trying to be sneaky and only eat twice that day. That backfired. By 5:00 I was starving and the nachos were calling my name. Not to mention the carrot cake BUT I did eat fruit salad and barely went over my Cal's but went pretty far over my fat grams.

Today we went and walked stitchy then had lunch at our favorite Mexican place which I did NOT have my usual chicken salad, I ate part of a fajita burrito instead. We went and saw the new snow white movie (thumbs up) but did not eat popcorn! So then I had mini rice cakes and peanut butter for dinner.

Notes to self: eat regular meals
Plan your dinners for the week
Stay far away from cheese this week
Keep working out
I have 10 days to meet my 10 pound down goal by June 13 which I have 3 more to go
REMEMBER the above items!!

Keep working towards my goals. Every day. I can. Do. It!!

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TERRYT55 6/4/2012 7:49PM

    How is your kitty? Sending good thoughts your way. Take care.

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GRACEISENUF 6/4/2012 4:54PM

    I said a prayer for Saki Jan...let us know how the visit turns out ok?

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GRACEISENUF 6/4/2012 4:53PM

    I sincerely started to give it my best try this past week because I had gained SEVERAL pounds and I refuse to move my ticker AGAIN.

I find on a low fat, low calorie diet I am friggin starving all the time and thinking about food ALL the time too.

I found some GREAT low carb sites with some seriously yummy food and I have not been hungry ONCE and I am eating great stuff. In three days I have lost 6 pounds and I am not craving sugar either. I hate to eat fake sugar but at this point I am using some in sugar free jello and a few other products but mostly I use stevia like I have always done.

If you want to know the sites ask me Jan. I made a yummy quesadilla quiche that is so good. I topped it with sour cream, salsa and jalapeno slices and had three pieces of bacon too. They are recipes for 5 minute ice cream on youtube. I can't believe how far low carb has come since the ole Atkins days. Finally I can eat!

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BEACHTUDE 6/4/2012 9:09AM

    You're aware of all of this. That's good. Keep on working. You're getting there! emoticon

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    YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!! :)

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/4/2012 7:30AM

    You've go this!

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BAYBELIEVER 6/4/2012 7:21AM

    Another weekend behind you! 10 days! You got this!

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DAISY443 6/4/2012 6:59AM

    Hope Saki does well! It is hard to avoid snacking, but if measured carefully and tracked some of those goodies can be worked in! Keep up the good work!

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STRIVER57 6/4/2012 2:50AM

    yes, you can do it. emoticon

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    Best wishes to Saki.

And you're doing great. Keep up the good work, but save me some carrot cake.

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CATS_MEOW_0911 6/3/2012 11:34PM


Hope kitty is okay and it's just a small abscess!

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BIGMAMAT 6/3/2012 11:31PM

    emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYASHLEY 6/3/2012 11:10PM

    You can do it. I know you can. Way to go on increasing your activity so much!!! Love you

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show my sister some love!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

This is her latest blog. She has been a member for awhile now but is back. Show her some sparky love would ya?

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    Consider it done.

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GRACEISENUF 6/1/2012 3:21PM

    on my way

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BAYBELIEVER 5/31/2012 1:16PM

    Hugs to you too for being such a great sister!

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DAISY443 5/31/2012 9:57AM

    And sparky love to you, too!

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more tracker insights

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Looking at my nutritional tracker over the last couple weeks, and I suspect, over the last year, a light bulb finally went off. I see my problem, why I have been stuck within a 10 pound range since July of last year..

Its the snacking!

My meals are great, my snacking is crap. A little chocolate, something I baked, some chips, some processed crap granola bar which is a glorified candy bar. If I went back to the year before, when I was losing weight like a champ, I would see fruit salad, some light popcorn, maybe some cheese and whole grain crackers.

I am going back to that. I am going to finish out this year with a lot of weight gone. I won't always be perfect, but I will make progress....remember when that was my motto? We'll, I'm bringing it back. And I'm going to hit my mini goal for June 13 and I'm going to make another one after that and keep going til I finish what I set out to do.

I invite you all to take a look at that food tracker of yours go back and read it until you see a pattern that is within your power to change...then change it. Today. Tomorrow. The next day. That's what I'm going to do.

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BIGMAMAT 5/31/2012 11:34PM

    emoticon Mama's Rule! emoticon

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WELLNESSME09 5/31/2012 1:53PM

    emoticon reminder, your so right.
The snacking has been my big problem also in the past year, especially in the evening.

Wishing you great success in making the new old again!

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IMIN2GENES 5/31/2012 1:16PM

    Thanks for the perfect reminder! I'm going to bet that's part of my stall... I've been snaking on a few too many cookies lately. You go girl!

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TURTLERASKIN 5/31/2012 1:06PM

    Yep, the snacking is a killer! Things changed for me when I preplanned my snacks and forced myself to eat them. (Remembering Michael Pollan's advice: if you're not hungry enough to eat an apple, you're not hungry.)

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WRITEWAY73 5/31/2012 9:11AM

    Snacking is so hard...and worst for me on weekends! Keep up the good work!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 5/31/2012 8:51AM

    Mindless eating is my number 1 biggest obstacle. I eat healthy normal meals. It is the crap I sneak in between that kills me. Who am I sneaking it from anyway? Me? I am the one eating it!! I try to think before I put something in my mouth. "Will this help me to reach my goals?" It does work for me a lot of the time. Other times I just choose to eat it anyway but at least I made that choice consciously.

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BAYBELIEVER 5/31/2012 8:31AM

    So true. I am finding my old addictions rearing their ugly head. Need to purge this sugar out of my system...again. Aaack. Why do I do this to myself?

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DAISY443 5/31/2012 7:41AM

    You're right! Gotta stop that snack attack thing, NOW! Let's do it!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/31/2012 7:21AM

    That's what I did a few months back. The weight stopped coming off and I realized it was my food choices. I looked at when I was losing the most weight and realized it was the fiber bars, and protein bars, and all that processed stuff that was, literally, weighing my down, or I guess UP ; ) I know you'll meet your goal!

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TEMPENATIVE 5/31/2012 1:29AM

    great blog, something to be mindful of. thanks!

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SLIMINMIND 5/31/2012 1:06AM

    I know where you are coming from. I was so motivated in January , I have slacked off some what. My problem is I don't track my snacks or my exercise.

We must remember what we have done and repeat the good and throw away the bad!

Go to it Girl!!! emoticon

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IBECCA 5/31/2012 12:54AM

    I always think I NEED a snack.. I NEED another meal... I NEED to stop and eat when I am HUNGRY.. good luck to you

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Hi guys ...(dont hate me but I have cake pops in this blog). Feel free to skip it

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Hi everyone,

I wanted to show you the memorial day cake pops and HUGE chocolate covered marshmallows with walnuts (think rocky road) plus I made some with crushed reece's peanut butter cups.

One in each hand.. guess which one I ate? (if you said both, you win!)

I also wanted to show you some OWL cupcakes Kelly did last month. I can bake like crazy, but this girl has pure talent...

And some that were displayed in clay pots as flowers for a shower.. super cute...

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 6/1/2012 11:19PM

    Food porn! But you look glorious. I love your glow!!

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DAISY443 5/31/2012 7:45AM

    They look gorgeous, but not as gorgeous as you!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/31/2012 7:24AM

    I would eat everyone of those chocolate covered marshmallows! Those owl cupcakes are adorable!

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CHLOE453 5/31/2012 6:24AM

    emoticon They sure look delish!!!!

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TEMPENATIVE 5/31/2012 1:25AM

    you do look maaavalous dahling, and yeah I would have said both! I would not have been able to stop at 1 tho

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BIGMAMAT 5/30/2012 11:55PM

    Wow! Beautiful!!! The owls are my favorite! emoticon

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OJIBWEEQUAY 5/30/2012 10:44PM

    First thing I noticed was YOU!!!!!! You look fantastic!!!!!!!! Ill take one of each please...

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DIFROMWYOMING 5/30/2012 10:27PM

    You look wonderful! The cake pops are cute, too. emoticon

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AAAACK 5/30/2012 10:25PM

those owls are adorable!
but the chocolate ones tha....nevermind, I can't go on! refer to my original comment...drool!

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CELLISTA1 5/30/2012 10:21PM

    The little flowers on the cake pop are gorgeous! But my favorite photo is the first one... you are looking gorgeous too!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 5/30/2012 10:15PM

    They look great!

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EVIE4NOW 5/30/2012 9:53PM

  oh myyyy.. looks sooooo good!

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calories dont mean squat

Sunday, May 27, 2012

If we only look at calories, I had a stellar day! Under 1300 calories! Woot! On top of that I cleaned house, gardened, and washed two vehicles by hand insde and out.

I started with a great breakfast of reduced calorie wheat bread and peanut butter. Then I went and did a ton is errands and realized at 1:00, I had no lunch planned. I went through the options and at the drugstore, which was my next stop, I grabbed a luna bar. Oh, yes, I'm so virtuous!

Then I returned movies and saw 7-11 had the sugar free mango slurpee so I decided to get one and bring frank one too. It was delicious! I can see this being a nice summer treat!

Then I came home, gardened, wash cars and a friend of out stopped by so while the boys talked, I made some cake pops and huge rocky road marshmallows to take to a BBQ tomorrow. Oh yea, and a healthy pasta salad, too. I will take pics tomorrow. Then our friend stayed till 6 and frank was supposed to take me to movies and I didn't want to cook in front of buddy so finally I demanded they take me to we didn't have time because of the movie so friend left, frank and I went to mall and ate popcorn for dinner. In between a bite of this and that happened so by looking at the reality of my day, I didn't get enough protein so I'm still hungry, and I have been running on a sugar high most of the day.

My point is, calories are only part of the story. Look at the whole picture so you can use it to tweak your intake tomorrow to balance out today. It is not a good day or a bad day, it is just one day amongst many but it is easier to get back on track now than a week from now.

Check out my tracker is you are so inclined. You can see the steady downward spiral....

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KEL_BEL_FX3 5/29/2012 9:52AM

    It's so true that what we eat matters so much, but I'd still rather have an in range junk day now and then than an over range day, those just drive me crazy.

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    Well, at least eating not-the-healthiest options within your calorie range is better than eating not-the-healthiest options above and beyond your range, right? :)

Here's to a GREAT today!!

- Michelle

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DAISY443 5/29/2012 7:44AM

    Gotta be the right stuff, but straying within the calorie limit isn't the worst thing you can do! Stuff happens!

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DIFROMWYOMING 5/28/2012 12:53AM

    Totally agree. And I'm sad, sad, sad we do not have 7-11's here because sugar free mango sounds lovely!

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LISALGB 5/27/2012 9:53PM

    I agree - only counting calories isn't the whole picture. We need the right kind of calories. We need nutrients, body fuel, if you will.
But, in all honesty, I have days like the one you just described.

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KENDRACARROLL 5/27/2012 1:43PM

    Well at least you only had 1300 calories of junk. Would have been worse had it been 2300.
Today, go for the good for you stuff :)
Happy weekend.

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RYDERB 5/27/2012 1:08PM

    You are so right! We have to look at the whole picture. It reminds me of the pictures, you can find being sold at swap meets. If you're too close, all you see is a bunch of dots, but when you step back and focus you can see the real image. SP has given us a Nutrition Tracker, but I spent too much time thinking it was a calorie counter. Definitely not the same thing.

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GRACEISENUF 5/27/2012 11:50AM

    Sugar free mango looked good to me too. I almost got it at Pismo the other day at the 7-11. Wish I would have now, lol.

Can I come to the barbecue and have a rocky road marshmallow...YUM!

I have been so off track lately. I do well for a few days and then bamm I am stuffing my face again (like last night). :(

I sure don't have the answers. But I do have a giant hug.

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OJIBWEEQUAY 5/27/2012 11:07AM

    Oh me too! The other day I ate 1800(first under 2000 in forever) but I had quiznos, snickers bar..etc. Blah. I am trying to get on track and for some reason I keep going backwards! AHHHHH! You got this MAMA! You are overall doing so well!!! Losing weight like a mad person! emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 5/27/2012 10:01AM

    I totally agree with you. My yesterday was just fine in all respects, but I woke up with a huge headache! It is a journey that requires paying attention and learning each day! I track to learn & it helps me figure things out about me.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/27/2012 7:53AM

    I completely agree. I totally depends on WHAT eat eat, not how much. When I stay away from processed stuff, my body rewards me by losing weight. And of course, I found that out the hard way! I hope you have a great holiday, and stay away from what ever that delightful sounding concoction is... Rocky road marshmallows, hmmm...

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PJH2028 5/27/2012 7:46AM

    Yep. Me too! Hallelujah. Have a great Sun/Mon. xoxoxoxoxoxxo

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BIGMAMAT 5/27/2012 7:27AM

    Oh Jan, You have hit the nail on the head with this one honey! I have come to the realization that I feel better when I eat non-processed foods . Of course I can't do this always, but my best days are filled with fruits , veggies, nuts, ect. When I eat a lot of sugary foods, I feel icky.
Am I always good? UMMMM... NO. but when I am I feel better. emoticon

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JIBBIE49 5/27/2012 6:31AM

If you watch the four part series "The WEIGHT of the NATION" on YouTube, which was made by HBO documentaries, you will find that we burn only a small amount of calories with exercise, so calories do matter. LOL This series is well worth watching.

Dr. Mercola points out on his web site that even "Sugar-free" drinks, spike INSULIN and that can produce GHERLIN, the "hunger hormone" in the stomach. So, we are better off to avoid "drinking" such drinks.

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CANNIE50 5/27/2012 1:43AM

    All calories are definitely not created equally. I can eat 400 calories of food comprised mostly of protein and fiber, and containing a bit of fat and I will feel full and satisfied and energetic for several hours. If I eat 400 calories of something procesed and sugary? All bets are off - I just want MORE of whatever food I can get my hands on, and a nap. So, good point, Miss Jan - calories don't begin to tell the whole story. It sounds like you had a good day, overall, though (but I am wondering what movie you saw - my husband and I just, finally, saw "Win Win" on dvd and LOVED it).

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SASIKHASI1 5/27/2012 1:41AM

    It seems like I do so much that I do not get credit for on the calorie burning side of the equation. I wish there was a better method of tracking calories burned versus calories consumed.

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