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Saturday, November 17, 2012

I had an epiphany today! I understand why I'm so out of whack and being so hungry! The stupid time change!

As I have gotten older, it really messes with me i have noticed. It only took me over a week to figure this out! Something for me to be aware of, obviously.

Some of you noticed that I had lost a couple of pounds. Thank you for the congrats but really it was because I was up 3 pounds so while I am happy the scale is going in the right direction, it feels like less of a victory to lose weight I have already lost.

Let's look at the evidence of the last year. While the blue line is pretty, the yellow one is where I'm supposed to be. Yea,not good. I'm gonna be posting another graph soon. Its gonna be more yellow and more downhill.

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BIGMAMAT 11/18/2012 1:33PM

    emoticon Awwww. The time change. Is that what's wrong with me???? Happy Sunday Mama.

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HGSGUY 11/17/2012 1:09PM

    My animals are somewhat confused too. I tried to explain to the dog that it wasn't really 5:00, but she insisted that it was! Circadian Dysrythmia (I like the technical name because a boss once tried to send me home before I infected everyone!) can have a lot of effects on a person. It should all be over soon....then we will jump forward!

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MAMADWARF 11/17/2012 11:08AM

    I don't think I should lose 10 pounds in a month. Hell I haven't done that since I first started. That was just my goal when I reset a while back. But the yellow line is going down which would defiantly be the right direction. The blue, though it reminds me of the ocean, crashing waves, is NOT the direction I want or need to be. I kinda feel like this year was a failure but on the other hand, I have learned a lot, I am healthier and I'm pretty great at maintaining a 10 pound range! Go team yellow line!

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COLUMBINE2 11/17/2012 10:12AM

    Unless you're in your 20's, I think your expectations are a little high (10#/month) ...which results in always feeling like a failure.

SP's approach building on small successes & building momentum has a lot of value. Positive reinforcement keeps us on track. "I'm sooooooo far behind I'm never gonna get there" leads us to falter & give up.

You will reach your goals! Positive reinforcement will help you stay on track. There's no stopping you! emoticon

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COLUMBINE2 11/17/2012 10:01AM

    Unless you're in your 20's, I think your expectations are a little high (10#/month) ...which results in always feeling like a failure.

SP's approach building on small successes & building momentum has a lot of value. Positive reinforcement keeps us on track. "I'm sooooooo far behind I'm never gonna get there" leads us to falter & give up.

You will reach your goals! Positive reinforcement will help you stay on track. There's no stopping you! emoticon

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DAISY443 11/17/2012 8:47AM

    Fall back doesn't bother me, but Spring forward messes me up all summer! I have faith in you, you will keep on track! GO!!!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 11/17/2012 8:07AM

    you have this! yellow!!!!

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OLIVIANIGHT 11/17/2012 7:31AM

    Yeah I don't like looking at that yellow line, it's a bit demotivating.

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WATCHMEGO2 11/17/2012 7:06AM

    Time change messes me up too, I just yesterday for the first time did not automatically wake up an hour before the alarm. I know it sucks to re-lose weight but there are a lot of us doing just that right now and it is better to re-lose it than to keep it!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/17/2012 6:48AM

    The time change sucks for sure! You don't need to worry about where you "should be" but think about where you want to go, and how you're going to get there. you can do this Jan, I KNOW it! *HUGS*

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CELLISTA1 11/17/2012 2:00AM

    It feels just like jet lag.

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im sooo hungry!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I have been so hungry this week! I hate days like that. I have gone over my range every day this week. Some stupid choices that were too high calorie (half a Costco muffin) , some just plain overeating ( did I really need that extra meatball? Did I need cheese on that). ITS REALLY ANNOYING AND IM SICK OF IT!

Somewhere, I will find that I-dont- want -or -need -it- button. Where did I leave it? Can I borrow yours?

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    All I can say is, "Welcome to my life!" Ahhh!

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DAISY443 11/16/2012 9:37AM

    I lost mine, too! Let me know when you find yours, so I can borrow it!

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CELLISTA1 11/15/2012 9:41PM

    My relationship with food is not so happy this week either. The only thing I can say is to look at what provoked it. When I think about some inappropriate food, as I did this evening, I just said, "Why? What just happened that is making me want this?" For that moment, it worked. I drove straight home instead of going to a restaurant or the market and read a magazine and took a break. Now I'm going to have some dinner. That's the only thing I can do, and I didn't do it at lunch time when I chose sweet potato fries as a side with a sandwich. Have you ever gone through Spark's emotional eating program (not sure what it's actually called) where you do a week's worth of writing and thinking? It helped me a lot. I should do it again.

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BAYBELIEVER 11/15/2012 9:23PM

    If I could find mine, I would certainly share! We will find it! Maybe next weekend when I clean house...?

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CHESAKAT41 11/15/2012 8:56PM

    We all do the same thing! It wasn't the meatball - it is the Carbs. Try cutting them down and a lot of your hunger will go away after awhile. I am Diabetic and hungry all the time because of the sugar in my system. When I cut the Carbs (Carbs turn to sugar) that gets better...Best wishes from LI, NY

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 11/15/2012 8:52PM

    girl... i've eaten enough for both of us today. I feel you.

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fitbit ultra amd ambren reviews

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

So I got myself a fit bit the other day. I really love it and am having fun with it. It is very easy and it tracks my exercise, steps, going up stairs, calories burned and consummed and my sleep patterns which is super interesting. I think it is going too help me fine tune things and hopefully, help me start moving in the right direction. It is very ,motivating.

So I have 2 more weeks left in the first course of ambren. In 2.5 months, I no longer have hot flashes, severe mood swings ( I am a woman so I still have occasional ones!), I am sleeping better and OK I will just say it, less sexual um, issues? I have not lost any weight. At all but that just proves to me my hormones are not the issue...

So I give amberen 5 starts and so far, I'm at 4 stars for the fit bit ultra.

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DAISY443 11/14/2012 3:48PM

    Sounds like your new toys are workin' for you!

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SEESTARS 11/14/2012 2:23PM

    Cool. Can't wait to hear more about how it works for you. :)

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REMEMBER2BME 11/14/2012 5:50AM

    I find the fitbit motivating. I have not tried the sleep portion yet.

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SLIMINDOWN31 11/14/2012 12:16AM

    Sold on the fitbit

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LADYPIXEL 11/13/2012 11:00PM

    I love the Fitbit! They're fantastic little devices. :)

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Sunday Check in #18

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Happy Sunday Veteran's day!

My big news is I got a fit bit Ultra. I had a bit of an issue with the website at first but I got it up and working and have worn it for the last few days. It has been very interesting as I am getting used to it. I walk alot more than I think I do, for one, which is pretty cool. I imagine as I use it more, I will learn alot and I think this will help me fine tune my self so I can move forward and lose the rest of the weight I want to lose.

I went to a racing banquet last night that I planned and I was very happy with how it turned out. I made up a bunch of trivia questions about our club, bought some door prizes and had everyone answering questions during the awards so I got to be the MC and it was a blast. Everyone had comments and jokes and I started handing out tickets when people made me laugh. I got a lot of compliments and some said it was the best one ever (out of 19!) so I am very pleased that everyone had a great time. That was goal.

Today, Frank and I went and saw the new James Bond movie which was pretty good so we had a peaceful day. Back at work tomorrow and can you beleive it is almost thanksgiving?????

I want to know today, what are you going to do DIFFERENT to help you reach your goal.

Mine is my new fitbit.

Let's stay focused, ok? WE all have alot of challenges coming up in the new few weeks and months. Let's be strong, focused and happy.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 11/13/2012 10:41AM

    I'm really struggling. I'm still walking. I love to do that but not tracking things. I'm tired of being stressed out. I just wanna live and be me. Make good choices and move. Let the rest take care of itself. I was getting myself all stressed out and hated it. Enough of that way of life for me.

I can't believe it's nearly Thanksgiving! When did that happen??? Ugh.

I hope you had some warm and sunny days this weekend. It was nice on Sunday in Michigan.


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BIGMAMAT 11/12/2012 3:22PM

    Yay!! a fit bit:) That's exciting!!!! What am I doing differently? Well, I have decided I am not weighing myself for the next month. (It's exactly one month to 12/12/12. ) That in itself might kill me. lol. I am trying really hard to snack healthy. I have discovered that I love edemame. And of course my sugar snap peas. Just trying to stay focused . I'll be checking in on you. hugs. T

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DAISY443 11/12/2012 8:37AM

    Good for you! Wind chill here is 11 degrees! Does shivering count as cardio?

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BAYBELIEVER 11/12/2012 7:57AM

    I love it! I can just see you up there encouraging and, oh perhaps, just shaming people, in a good way, into participating! Way to go! Glad you had so much fun and everyone else did too!

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CELLISTA1 11/12/2012 3:31AM

    Sounds like you were really in your element as the MC. Ms. Personality!

Hmm, what am I going to do differently? I think I'll just choose a different focus point this week: water. I noticed over the last few weeks that I haven't been drinking enough water, so I'll be more conscious about it this week. I had a hard week last week at work and doing too much in general so I want to slow down and pay attention this week. I had acupuncture yesterday and just felt the stress draining from my body. Tonight my friend and I walked to the Hollywood Bowl and back for the Streisand concert so I had a nice hilly walk in addition to the fabulous concert.

Let me know if you think the fitbit is worthwhile. I got one of those watches that gives you heart rate and calories burned and I got bored with it very quickly. It's hard to keep taking your heart rate every time you increase or decrease your activity. Not too bad on a walk, but completely impossible in belly dance class or Pilates. Maybe a fitbit would be better.

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Sunday check in #17 Tumbleweeds

Monday, November 05, 2012

Hi folks,

Hope you had a good week and have something to be looking forward to this week.

I have noticed alot of posts about being thankful this month (challenges, thanksgiving etc).

I think it is really important to be thankful becuase no matter how bad things can be sometimes, there is always something to be thankful for.

I see the coverage of the east coast devastation from the safety of my california home and I cannot imagine what those folks are going through. I have donated to the redcross and I hope you will find a way, however small, to help those who are suffering.
You can always pray or send good thoughts. It doesnt cost a thing but a moment of your time.

Meanwhile, I want to tell you why I am thankful today.

My husband is a great guy. But sometimes, he just blows me away.

Today, we went to walk Stitchy. When we got out of the truck, he had a shovel. I asked him, "what are you gonna do, kill me and bury me? LOL." He said no (thank goodness) and he started chopping and shoveling tumbleweeds that had been growing over our path. For a quarter of a mile, I walked behind my hubby as he cleared a path so I didnt get scratchy and stickery.

I mean, really? How adorable is that? How charming and thoughtful and well, MANLY is that? I felt like a dainty little cherished princess.

After the quarter mile, the area we walk opens up and we are clear. He carried the shovel the whole time cause he said, "ya never know!" He looked pretty sexy carrying that shovel today and I told him so!

Im thankful to have the kind of man who would do these things for me and I want to be the kind of woman who would equally do something to make his life easier. I dont think I was for awhile. I was too focused on me and I was too caught up in my own head.

Not anymore. Starting this weight loss has been so much more, it has started me on my path, free of tumbleweeds, to living and enjoying my life.

Today, I want to know what you are thankful for. Lay it on me.

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IMIN2GENES 11/7/2012 8:58PM

    What I sweetie! You should keep him...

Let's see... today I'm thankful that I still have a shred of sanity and that my DH can maintain his patience with DD and her homework. Sometimes it's quite a challenge!

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REMEMBER2BME 11/6/2012 4:08PM

    Great blog. That is pretty amazing. I love it. That is one great guy! I am pleased to say, I have one of my own.

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DIFROMWYOMING 11/6/2012 12:29AM

    You do have a good man. And I think it's wonderful that you are seeing your path free of tumbleweeds... emoticon

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    How sweet!

I am thankful to have created a healthy lifestyle for myself that will hopefully help me to continue to grow this healthy baby girl inside me and create a better life for her than she would have had otherwise. I am also thankful for a loving, sweet husband would also show me a romantic gesture like yours does for you. I love that it makes my girlfriends jealous when I tell them all the great things he does for me! emoticon Isn't it great?

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CANNIE50 11/5/2012 7:25PM

    What a sweetheart of a man - I think the quiet, simple, thoughtful gestures are the most romantic. I always like hearing about the Jan/Frank love story - it's a good one. I am grateful for the freedom to shape my own schedule, for the most part. I am grateful to be married to a good man who works very hard. I am appreciative for a body that works pretty well. I am grateful to have had the energy today, to have a very productive day, and I am glad that I don't have to go anywhere this evening. I am grateful that it is convenient to contribute to the Red Cross and that if enough of us do so, we can contribute enough to ease some suffering. I am terribly grateful that today was a gorgeous fall day - warm, calm and sunny - I wish people on the east coast could experience some peaceful days so they can begin the long road to healing and rebuilding. And, I am grateful for you, and your friendship, and your wisdom, and your blogs. emoticon

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SARAWALKS 11/5/2012 4:32PM

    I'm thankful for my good friends who ask me to go walking and who bake pumpkin bread when the choir is having a bake sale! I'm thankful I'm healthy and able to do things for them too, like picking up items at the store, going out to eat, sharing tips about recipes and exercise, passing on nice clothes that I don't wear any more...for a little community of folks in my choir and church that care about each other.
Also very thankful that my house is nearly paid off and that I like living here and walking everywhere!
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KITT52 11/5/2012 1:00PM

    I'm grateful for my DH too, and for the many blessing I have....

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CELLISTA1 11/5/2012 11:40AM

    Hmm, let's see. I am thankful for so many things: my beautiful little house in this gorgeous environment in the hills but in the middle of a big city at the same time; my beautiful daughter who is the apple of my eye even at 37 years old; a good job in the arts that sustains my lifestyle and allows me flexibility; my little grand-daughters who love me; my mop dog, Cassie; my red car; the roses on the table in front of me right now; I could go on all day!

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BAYBELIEVER 11/5/2012 11:04AM

    Aaaah. That is so sweet and so nice. And I am glad that you are seeing that your path is free of tumbleweeds in all areas of your life!

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-POOKIE- 11/5/2012 10:42AM

    this blog made me smile!!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 11/5/2012 10:26AM

    I think you could make some money renting him out! LOL That was so sweet. Sometimes, flowers are nice. Gestures are nicer. Give him a hug from me.


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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/5/2012 7:26AM

    He's SO awesome, and you are blessed to have each other. I am SO thankful for my family who is happy and healthy.

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DAISY443 11/5/2012 7:19AM

    Today I am thankful for everything in my life! Hope I still feel that way tomorrow!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 11/5/2012 6:33AM

    What a beautiful blog!

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GRACEISENUF 11/5/2012 1:25AM

    I am thankful for my faith that brings me peace and joy and a family who loves me.

Frank was so kind to do that for you Jan. You are blessed.

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FANGFACEKITTY 11/5/2012 1:15AM

    How sweet! It's the kindnesses that we never even think to expect that are the most special.

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