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Sunday check in #20

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Happy Sunday, post Thanksgiving!!

I had a super great holiday. This year, my goal was to SIMPLIFY so I could actually ENJOY it instead of cooking, cleaning, caretaking. I actually had some down town, other people pitched in and we had a really great time. If I never had another Thanksgiving, I would be satisfied with this one.

As for food etc. I did not track thursday or friday and while I usually have a running total in my head, I really didnt do that. I know I went over my calories but I wasnt a pig about it and I only had 2 drinks.

I am leaving Thursday am to go to an annual racing meeting in Reno where we plan the next years schedule and address any rule changes. It is 2-3 days in a casino, restaurant food and yes, drinking. Our BFF's will not be coming there so it wont be as much fun but it also wont be as much temptation. They are coming the following week for our christmas party (and Kady and Artie's engagement!) so I have a busy few weeks and alot to look forward to.

I barely have christmas shopped and again, simplify will be the key word. Less is more, this year!

So how was your holiday? How did you do? Could you or would you change anything?

Back on track, people. This is your MONDAY WAKE UP CALL!! Get to it!

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SARAWALKS 11/28/2012 6:31PM

    KISS, great motto! Happy you had a good holiday. Me too, I gained one pound which I lost the next day...
Have a lovely trip - and happy engagement to Kady and Artie! Go ahead, be a PROUD Mama! enjoy! emoticon emoticon

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CANNIE50 11/28/2012 6:03PM

    I quite often remind myself to "keep it simple, sweetie". I am glad you had such a lovely Thanksgiving. I defaulted into the "cleaning, cooking, caretaking" mode over Thanksgiving, for sure. I also then battled the tired and resentful phase that follows it (which was exacerbated by a seriously painful neck). Anyway, enough about me. I am thinking of you. I hope your trip is a good one. I miss you. C. PS Exciting news about the engagement - I bet it will be a lovely party.

Comment edited on: 11/28/2012 6:03:36 PM

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BRAINYBLONDE5 11/27/2012 7:30PM

  Sounds like a wonderful holiday! Simple is wonderful! It allows you to truly enjoy the holiday! Have fun in Reno!! && ENJOY!!!

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CELLISTA1 11/26/2012 1:09PM

    Hi, there. "Simplify" is a motto I heartily agree with. I'm glad you did and I'm glad you enjoyed the holiday. I wrote about mine in a blog "My New Toy." About Reno: you have to watch the booze if you don't want to eat crazy. Imagine me sitting on your shoulder (ouch - not a pleasant experience for you) and saying, Hello --- club soda with lime, please! in your ear.

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DAISY443 11/26/2012 8:53AM

    I truly enjoyed my Thanksgiving! Let's make every day thanks giving!

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FANGFACEKITTY 11/26/2012 1:22AM

    There is freedom in simplifying. It immediately makes us feel lighter emotionally which leads to being light physically emoticon

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THREEE 11/26/2012 12:52AM

    littler lady,
i ALSO had a good(nay, GREAT) was at my sister's and got to see the littler ones also and EVERYONE, and i mean EVERYONE was terrific...knock wood, but we did not have ANY t-day blow-up...and it wasn't because everyone had bloody tongues from biting them...just no one tried to bait each was sister was VERY organized so she was never frazzled because we were all trying to help but she didn't know what to delegate...

sooooooo good and good eating but not overdoing...i came home 3 pounds lighter this a.m. than i left last sunday for tax school then onto my sister's...i am proud of me...
and glad YOURS was good too...
take care, 'MAMA', i'm going to try to be a better sparker...
karen3 emoticon

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What is your plan?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

SO, I am very curious.... What is your plan on Thanksgiving?

Free for all?
Cheat day?
Lighten up traditional meals?
No snacking?
No Pie?
Walking it off?
No celebrating?

I will tell you my plan...

I have lightened up some appetizers (baked chips with fat free sour cream dip, bacon wrapped shrimp, stuffed mushrooms) and have the traditional turkey meal with mashed potatoes ( low fat milk) green beans with almonds (not cream of mushroom soup),wild rice stuffing, gravy that I will make myself skimming off the fat first, low fat corn bread and regular biscuits for options, fresh cranberrie sauce (not canned) and my sister is making mini pies for portion contol.

Now that sounds like I have it all together right? Where could I possibly go wrong?
Eating TOO MUCH of even the "GOOD" food.
Alcohol (specifically champagne) that makes me say, Screw it! It's only ONE DAY!
Not going for a walk.
Being stressed and not taking the time to enjoy the day and the family

SO, we are bringing back poker (we always used to play but havent for a few years) so I will be busy, enjoying people and not just eating, eating, eating.

Tell me your plan then lets talk again friday and compare notes.

Be good, kids. And from my heart, Happy Thanksgiving. I am proud of us. Look what we have done since last year!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 11/24/2012 9:46PM

    My plan is always to eat what I want and just try to take smaller portions and be moderate...but I still really struggle with it. I refuse to limit myself on holidays indefinitely - I mean, I'm below my original goal weight, so I need to have a realistic maintenance plan. But somehow, I always end up getting too excited and my eyes get bigger than my stomach and I eat until it literally hurts to breathe.

But I did better this time! I was stuffed and a bit uncomfortable, but not so much that it hurt like it has in the past at events like these. :) So that's something.

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DAISY443 11/22/2012 9:17AM

    I'm staying home and cooking a whole Thanksgiving dinner for Daisy and me! But, I don't do the dinner rolls, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, green bean casserole or pumpkin or pecan pie. I will still have plenty to eat and enjoy every bite of it! And Daisy dog and I are planning to take a walk after we (?) trim the tree. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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TEMPENATIVE 11/21/2012 11:27PM

    Well Im just doing the basics, all the things we love-turkey, stuffing and baked fresh sweet potatoes (not canned) with brown sugar, pecans and coconut topping (worth it-trust me) Then pie and whipped cream. For pre meal snacking will be nuts, col shrimp and cocktail sauce, cheese and crackers and pate. I will probably have oatmeal for breakfast so I dont starve and over snack thru the day, we will 'feast' around 3ish. Oh and I plan to do my c25k run in the morning, maybe walk the dog after dinner and Im going for that 'Turkey Burn' workout posted on Spark!

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PAMATX 11/21/2012 7:30PM

    Free for all in moderation followed by lots of fitness minutes over the long weekend. Stuffing and desserts will be my true challenges.

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HARMONYBLUE 11/21/2012 3:18PM

    Eating really light and really clean for breakfast and dinner and whatever I want for lunch, but stopping when I am full. Extra workouts today and Friday.

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HEALTHYASHLEY 11/21/2012 3:07PM

    I use things like low sodium chicken stock instead of cream and make the gravy with that instead of the turkey drippings. Serve dishes that don't need to be lightened like roasted sweet potatoes instead of fat ladened mashed. I got some pumpkin macarons for dessert. Alcohol is often my downfall too.

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SEESTARS 11/21/2012 2:59PM

    A fruit and veggie smoothie to keep me full but low calorie for breakfast. A LONG walk with my hyper dogs before and after the big meal. Staying outside to deep fry the turkey will keep me away from any calorie bombs lurking before sit down time. At dinner I'll eat what I want but stop eating when I'm full (trickest part). And leaving early to travel to an alternate location for dessert.... where there won't be dessert. I baked a pumpkin pie but wont have more than a taste tomorrow. That's because had my special super small sample pumpkin pie today, got it figured into my meal plan. Muhahahaha. Thanksgiving, your are going down! It's all about being thankful to see the extended family and less about the food for me this year.

Have a very happy Thanksgiving and good luck at the poker tables! :)

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OJIBWEEQUAY 11/20/2012 11:47PM

    oh and emoticon

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OJIBWEEQUAY 11/20/2012 11:47PM

    I am making the Clean Eating Thanksgiving meal! With a sinful lemon curd pie!!

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CELLISTA1 11/20/2012 11:02PM

    I'm really happy about my plan for Thanksgiving. I'm spending the entire morning volunteering for GobbleGobbleGo, a local group that prepares food and toiletries for the homeless. People then drive around L.A. stopping whenever they see a homeless person and surprising them with a good meal and gifts. This includes me baking a whole bunch of yams early in the morning and heating up a whole bunch of canned veggies. It doesn't involve eating!

For dinner, I am going to a French restaurant! There will be three fairly small courses of extremely delectable food. I'm not counting. I'm just not eating a lot, and I will probably have a bit of fabulous French cheese for dessert rather than a sweet.

Call me crazy, but I don't like turkey.

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 11/20/2012 10:08PM

    I'm going to go into it with some grace, and accept that there are times normal eating means overeating (this from my dietician). That being said, it's not the plan. Since I can substuitute a carb for a dairy (according to my dietician), I'm going to have... around a cup of potatoes with gravy, 1/2 cup stuffing, 3-4 oz of turkey, cranberry sauce, and a piece of dutch apple pie with vanilla bean ice cream. I think that covers it!

I don't want to stuff myself, but I do want to be psychologically satisfied. Working on that!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 11/20/2012 9:50PM

    The calories have been figured in. I'm not giving up the things that come around once a year and everything in moderation as my calories for the day allow along with a kick butt workout in the morning.

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IMIN2GENES 11/20/2012 9:50PM

    emoticon Can I come?

Love your plans and remake of your menu. You're right though... portion (& alcohol control...) will be key. I'm going for portion control myself. We're joining relatives, so the menu is up to them. I'm bringing a lightened version of pumpkin pie and apple pie.

For the first time in years, my parents are going to be able to join us (they're usually out of state) and we've planned a hike for Friday after.

So, there you go! That's my plan. I hope you have an awesome Thanksgiving!

PS - No poker here; but we do have vicious games of hand and foot! emoticon

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Sunday check in #19 (and a cute little happy story)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Happy Sunday my little sparky pets!

I think this week's homework has to be GRAITUDE, dont you?

I am a pretty grateful person, I count my blessings often but this time of year, it is easier to do that or at least it should be.

We are one of those families who makes everyone say what they are thankful for as we eat dinner together on Thanksgiving. My mom started that tradition many years ago and I am proud to be following in her footsteps on that one as well as being the home where everyone comes. It makes me happy to carry that on. I will be hosting 22 people on thursday. Im looking forward to it. I decided what I am going to say and it is inspired by this.......

I was sitting up early the other morning when Kady's boyfriend, Artie, started talking to me (for those who dont know, my daughter is 22 and her and her boyfriend have been together since they were 14 and have been through alot together, including crohn's disease and a major life altering surgery becuase of it.)

We were talking about Kady getting a secured credit card to build her credit and I advised him to get one too. He told me he got one. At a jewelry store. I said, "really? what are you buying?"
and he shyly said, "a ring".

I started laughing and crying. He is going to propose to her in december at our annual christmas party. They are in a band together and they are doing the song, "stand by your man" (with a rockabilly theme). He is going to ask her in front of everyone, friends and family, right before that song.

I am very excited that they are both doing well and moving forward in their careers and their life together. It is something I am looking forward to and something that makes her dad and I very proud and happy. Im sure it will be a year or two before they get married, but they are heading in the right direction.

I am going to talk thursday about my family and how the women dominate (shocking, I know!) and about our partners who have stood by us, not just the wives, but the whole family. I am going to talk about LOVE and APPRECIATION for those in our lives, sitting at the table, far away and some I have never even met. You will be included in my heart, not just Thursday, but every day.

Spark has changed my life. YOU have changed my life. I have changed my life. And I am grateful.

What are you grateful for?

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CANNIE50 11/28/2012 6:09PM

    I have been lax about gratitude lately, which is troubling to me. I have long practiced gratitude on a daily basis and I have noticed I have not been as grateful lately. Thank you for reminding me. How sweet about the engagement - what a great story. The Christmas party will be wonderful and I will be so happy to read all about it!

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SEESTARS 11/21/2012 2:49PM

    Best wishes to your daughter. What an exciting moment to look forward to and be thankful for this year.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 11/19/2012 11:50AM

    My family is huge. When my siblings, parents, and nieces/nephews get together, there are around 45 of us. (I've kind of lost count.) We don't get together any more and I'm a bit melancholy about it this year.

I'm excited for your daughter and her honey bunny. I hope you'll share pictures with us for the big event. I hope she's pleasantly surprised.


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TREASURINGLIFE 11/19/2012 10:32AM

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

- Michelle

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-POOKIE- 11/19/2012 9:01AM

    Oh how wonderful!

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DAISY443 11/19/2012 8:49AM

    One of the many things I am thankful for, beyond the obvious, are my wonderful Spark Friends. Thank you, Jan, for being you!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/19/2012 8:24AM

    Oh Jan, that's SOOOO exciting!!!!! I am so thankful for my family, my friends, and the new life I've found through Spark and all the support from fantastic people like you. Have an amazing holiday, I love you girl *HUGS*

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CELLISTA1 11/19/2012 1:16AM

    Let me be the first Sparkler to congratulate you on Kady & Artie's engagement (even if Kady doesn't know about it yet)! I remember well what she and all of you went through with her illness and surgery. That's how long we've been Spark friends.

I'm grateful for so much. My family, my home, my work, everything! And for Spark. And for you, who show us by example what love and appreciation are all about. Happy Thanksgiving!

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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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