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I'm Curious....

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I spark stalk fitness and nutrition trackers. Do you?

I like to see what people eat, and how they exercise. I have gotten several new ideas for meals by stalking trackers. I have seen people who work out with intensity, and others not so much. I know everyone's journey is different. We start in different places, our roads are different, and we won't end up in the same place. I still can't help but compare my trackers to others. I can't run because of my knees, but I do have a heart rate monitor to track my calories. I try to really push myself most of the time because I know that my calorie burn is directly related to how hard I work. Some days I feel like I am dying, and my HR is 65%. Other times I am pumping along at 80% thinking it feels pretty good.

I'm just getting back into this thing again after dropping off the radar for a while. I need to go back and stalk my own trackers and find some of my favorite meals to recreate. Chances are, if you have chosen to share your trackers, I will be stalking yours, as well!

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BISCO_ 9/29/2012 12:23AM

    LOL... I do the same. I am encouraged by seeing what others do!

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ROBYN168 9/21/2012 4:27PM

    I never would have thought of that - food for thought....

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LISAINMS 9/19/2012 2:43PM

    Well I certainly haven't given you much stalk-worthy info lately since I haven't been tracking my food. I've been doing it so long that it was really weird for a few weeks to not track every bite. Hi, my name is Lisa and I'm a Trackaholic. I'm fighting the compulsive urge to track.

As far as stalking other people.. it was usually when I read a blog that said "oh woe is me", then I would check their tracker and be annoyed that they felt they should be losing when they ate nothing but crap and their fitness time included minutes spent shopping at Walmart. Some people I actually could get them something to consider changing to help their progress. But because I already eat a very clean diet, I rarely found anything helpful from reading another tracker. Occasionally I would see a food listed that I hadn't had in awhile and that would prompt me to put it on the list.

I have always felt that tracking was important to weight loss success and keeping the tracker public kept me accountable. I know it helped others to see the foods that I eat. I stopped tracking because I focused too much on the numbers and it was to my detriment. Some days I need to eat more and not obsess so much about ranges. I have only tracked my food sporadically when it is pre-race or post to be sure I get the right nutrition. I'll make an effort to track food a few times a week just to entertain you!

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MYLADY4 9/19/2012 9:50AM

    Oh, I used to have mine open and I admit, I would check on other peoples too. Especially when the said that they were having a hard time losing weight but saw that they were still eating junk. DUH!!!!!!!

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TEENY_BIKINI 9/19/2012 8:55AM

    Oh, that's interesting. I never thought of that.... I think I've blocked mine or something.... Um, just never really think of it.

Carry on, Ms. Fabulous...


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KANSASROSE67 9/18/2012 6:32PM

    I made mine public about halfway through to make me accountable...but I never knew if anyone looked at them! Now that I know there ARE tracker stalkers it might motivate me even more!!! No one should look at mine this month or they might wonder how I ever lost weight!


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JSKIPPY11 9/18/2012 5:52PM

    Ok.. Tell me where to go to do this?? I don't know if I knew you could even do this

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FEB_SHOWERS16 9/18/2012 4:24PM

    I don't know where I would be today if it weren't for the trackers and for those who chose to make them public. I'm incredibly thankful for this. At this point in my journey, it is advised that I stop putting as much effort into tracking my calories but I found it so incredibly helpful when I first started, that I would love to be any kind of help (in whatever way possible) to others who are just starting. The way I ate when I was morbidly obese was terrible. It is through Spark trackers, among other things, that I learned that not only was it possible to eat healthy, but that it is also ok to indulge and have treats! Some of the most avid Sparkers still tracked the "bad" foods which ultimately led to a desire to achieve balance. Once I found out I didn't have to eat perfectly 100% of the time, it really helped me to put things in perspective.
So yes... I stalk trackers also, even after lo these many years on Spark! And I'm not always accurate... for instance, I usually can't bring myself to track binges. But for the most part, if I eat it... it gets logged

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THETURTLEBEAR 9/18/2012 3:32PM

    LOL - I never made mine public. I occasionally look at trackers out of curiosity, but haven't in a while.

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PINKBEANBOO 9/18/2012 3:25PM

    It has been awhile since I checked other's trackers....but know you've got me curious so I'll probably visit some.
Sorry if you tried to stalk my food tracker & didn't find anything. Yesterday was the first day in ages that I tracked!

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EWL978 9/18/2012 2:32PM

    Guess that's what I'm doing here!! emoticon

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Some Things I Have Learned over the Last Few Months

Monday, September 03, 2012

I hit my lowest weight last November. I liked the way my new clothes fit, and I was excited to be 5 pounds from my goal. Something happened, however, and I really got off track. I have no idea what it was, but I just quit exercising, and I started eating like the old Michelle. I've been struggling to get back on track, and I think I have finally done it! I learned some things about myself over the last few months.

1. I STILL like junk food. All kinds! Chips, dips, hot dogs, candy, ice cream. I love it all. I find it hard to eat any of these things in moderation. Perhaps my greatest temptation is potato chips. I just can't have them in the house.

2. I can lose weight fairly quickly if I stick with the program, but I can gain it pretty quickly when I don't!

3. I still gain weight even when I don't get on the scale.

4. I probably shouldn't have tossed out ALL my larger sized clothes.

5. I get overwhelmed when I see my start page say I have a large amount of calories to burn at the beginning of a new week. I panic, almost!

6. The toughest part about my treadmill and elliptical is the first step on.

7. I love to exercise! But I think pushing for those high minutes and large calorie burns really burned me out. Moderation!

8. My weight affects more than just me. I am grumpy when I know I am not doing what I need to do. It affects my relationship with my husband, and how I interact with my kids.

9. It is very humbling to walk into a room knowing that I gained enough weight back that it is noticeable. I loved the comments about all the weight I had lost before!

10. I have still yet to realize that just because I overeat at one meal, I don't have permission to binge the rest of the day. That binge might carry over for DAYS!

I had lost almost 60 pounds in November. Now, I have a ways to go. I didn't gain it all back, but enough for me to not be happy with myself. I can still get there. One day at a time. One meal at a time.

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CHRIS3874 9/28/2012 10:54PM

    yeah I agree I think once you get a taste for J--- F--D its tough to totally give it up (sadly) . I am still trying to find more healthy alternatives (actually that's not totally true- I know where they are I just have to start buying them and leaving the Old Dutch on the shelf at Safeway).

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TEENY_BIKINI 9/28/2012 10:42PM

    I STILL love junk food too! And you are so so so right - that is exactly why none of it is in my house.

Sage advice, rock star!!

Congrats on all of your amazing work!


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THETURTLEBEAR 9/4/2012 12:27AM

    I thought this blog was awesome. You laid out the facts and how you're addressing them. I know you will be successful!

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KANSASROSE67 9/3/2012 10:38PM

    Yes, you can! Knowing yourself is the key to success.


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LISAINMS 9/3/2012 10:34PM

    Lessons learned. Moving forward from here!!

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DRAK416 9/3/2012 10:01PM

  Good Luck, thinking this out is a good step

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Something to Think About.....

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Or, maybe a better title:

Words of Wisdom From Pinterest...

I saw this in my Pinterest browsing recently:

"Losing weight is hard.
Maintaining is hard.
Being fat is hard.

Choose your hard."

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/20/2012 9:25PM


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TEDDYBABE 7/16/2012 9:19PM

    Love this! I'm back. I sure missed all of you!!

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JICASMOM 6/10/2012 1:43PM

    Love this... I will keep this in mind! I will choose my hard!! Lose it!!!

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LISAINMS 6/6/2012 5:16PM

    I think that is a Jillian quote. It's all true. I know if I choose to stop working out, I'm trading for a different kind of hard.

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KIMBERTA99 6/6/2012 1:25PM

    Unfortunatley they are all true!!

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KANSASROSE67 6/6/2012 12:19PM

    I've heard that one before and it's one of my favorites!!! So true.

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TERESA159 6/6/2012 11:38AM

    Ha, I like that! So true. (in my whiney voice) Why does it all have to be so hard? ha ha.
I like Pinterest. I use it to find design ideas (colors, patterns, styles all of which I can use to design beautiful web sites), to see what books people are reading, to get motivation, to find good recipes (but egads, those desserts!), to dream of places to go and how I'd like my house to look if I didn't work and we had tons of money. I refuse to use it to receive advertising from any businesses so I only follow people, not businesses. I only go on there once a week or so as it tends to be the same stuff over and over after awhile. What do you use it for? emoticon

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SEEWORD 6/6/2012 11:35AM

    A quote worth saving. Thank you!

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I want to Spark like it's a marathon, not a sprint.

Friday, April 06, 2012

I joined this site on November 4, 2010. Wow. Seems like yesterday. And nothing I have done in the last 20 years has changed my life so much (other than having children). I had dieted and exercised before, but I was really just bouncing around in the dark. I love the structure and flexibility that SP gives me. I can eat anything I want. Anything. And still lose weight. I just can't eat everything I want. I can exercise how I want. If I want to eat more, I know I can change my goals to lose weight more slowly, or I have to exercise more. I am not following a rigid plan set up for the general public. Love that.

I am a part of two Spark Class teams. The one I "joined" when I signed up for SP, and the one in which I was made co-leader. Periodically, I will check the leaderboards for fitness minutes. My original Spark Class has dwindled down significantly, and I am 5th on the leaderboard. With 250 fitness minutes, I am 35th in the rankings in the Spark Class of March 11-17th, 2012. I'm not even on the front page. I remember when I first started sparking, I wanted to be top ten. I spent two hours working out most days. Now, not so much. Even though I liked being one of the top in fitness minutes, I have accepted that I probably won't be able to compete with the newbies. After all, I have lost over 50 pounds. The next 20 pounds are not going to come off as quickly as the first 50. I have to do something that I can sustain for the rest of my life. Can I work out an hour or so 3-5 days a week? You bet! I can't do the 2 hours, 5 days of week. And that is ok. I was a sprinter in the early days of my Spark journey. I may not be able to run like so many of my Spark friends, but I can Spark like it's a marathon. Slow and steady may not win the race, but I can certainly finish!

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TEDDYBABE 4/28/2012 10:10AM

    You go girl! AND you continue to be an inspiration for all of us!! Hugs!

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MOSTMOM1 4/19/2012 9:37AM

    I totally agree! At this point in my life, I'm much happier loping along. I wave and smile at the sprinters as they go past.

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KANSASROSE67 4/9/2012 4:10PM

    I have no idea where my Spark class is at...I never really bonded with anyone there. But now I'm going to go back and check!

This was a great blog and you are so right...turtle trumps hare, every time!


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PINKBEANBOO 4/9/2012 1:51PM

    You are a marathoner - you can do it, Michelle! 3-5 workout days + good eating = WINNER!

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    I believe you are a marathoner and we are still here together!!

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BRIDGIEEE 4/6/2012 5:49PM

    Great blog and message!

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THEHONESTME 4/6/2012 4:49PM

    I totally agree with the slow and steady philosophy. This journey has been the most enlightening of all my diet attempts. For the first time in my life, I lost the weight and gained the weight in such a way that it was obvious to me how hard it is to keep doing this... I don't know that I explain that very well, but it was eye opening to me! I WILL NOT EVER have to re-lose these pounds - it is too much work!

And, I totally agree that the last 20 come of much harder than the first 30, 50, or 70 - whatever the case may be. And I bet the last 10 will be even harder than the first 10 of those 20, but we can do this!

SparkTurtles Unite! emoticon

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KIMBERTA99 4/6/2012 4:40PM

    I am for the spark turtles!! It took me over 3 years to lose 55 pounds and that was okay. I also eat what I want..not giving up my pizza:) You are moving forward with your healthy lifestyle....take your time!! Your right, it isn't a race.....but a marathon!!

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LISAINMS 4/6/2012 3:33PM

    The turtle was the winner! We need a new team... SparkTurtles. I left my Spark Class so I have no idea where I would stack up now. They were a bunch of whiners, lol. I was on a roll and didn't want to be sucked down with their "this is so hard" complaints. It wasn't hard 70 pounds ago. It's the last 20 that are hard! You will make it to the finish, my friend. We ARE going to get there eventually!
Turtle Power!

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Renewed Motivation

Sunday, April 01, 2012

To say that I have been struggling is an understatement. I haven't been making the wisest food choices lately. The week before my mom and grandmother came to visit, I had turned a corner, but when they were here, I made a u-turn and kind of meandered off course. I could see in the mirror that things were growing. I just avoided the scales, like I am so good at doing. It got the best of me the other day. I had tried on some shorts from last summer that were actually too big at summer's end. They were tight. I pulled out the old tape measure, and it was not my friend. I am a pear through and through, and fat likes to attach itself to my bottom and thighs.

I know how to turn this around. I have been back on track for 2 days. So far, Day 3 is looking good. I even managed to stay in range yesterday during a hard day of shopping (and eating out) with my girls. As the days get warmer, opening the pool is looming. I SO wanted to be at goal this summer. Now SP projects it will be the end of September before I am at goal. In reality, I know it may take longer because I cannot maintain a 500 calorie deficit per day as I get closer to my goal. I will need to slow down to half pound weekly loss. And everyone knows that it is harder to lose as you get closer to goal.

My lowest weight on this journey has been 160.5. I have hit that a couple of times, and for some reason I go off the deep end when I get there. I have lost the same +/- 10 pounds several times the past few months. I haven't been very good about rewarding myself for milestones reached, but I have decided that during this sandle season, WHEN I reach 159.5, I am getting a pedi. Until then, I will just have to paint my own toe nails.

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KIMBERTA99 4/2/2012 11:40PM

    I am so happy that you are back on track again..I got side tracked for 3 days and it felt great to get back 100%. Take it day by day and you will get to your goal!! And cute toes by the way:)

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TERESA159 4/2/2012 5:55PM

    Am thinking we need to start a "Went off track but now I'm back" club. Starting over again and facing the fact that we have to relose pounds we'd already said goodbye to, UGH!! The first time you lose the weight, it's so cool to see it go and it so jazzes you up to keep going. Not so much when you're losing those same pounds the second or third time. I think I still have a lot to learn about losing it and keeping it off and I know I still have eating issues. Otherwise, I'd be able to always eat within my range and eat healthy. I just can't seem to get there. Or rather, I get there and I can do it but I'll always want and need those pig out times and lately those times are so numerous that the scale goes UP. I can blame my husband and the nice weather and the visiting family, but really, I just can't say no to a "good time" and that equals gained weight. Until I learn to party with salad and iced tea and not beer and burgers....

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LISAINMS 4/2/2012 10:40AM

    Cute polish! I think a pedi is a great reward. I'm having a struggle myself. Not with bad choices. I'm still right on track. My problem is entirely the result of the scale not budging. AGAIN. I try to be appreciative of the fact that I am stuck at 169 as opposed to 178 like last year. But every midweek I see 168, then after hard workouts and by Sunday I'm at 170. Then the cycle starts over. This has been every week since Jan. I'm. So. Annoyed. And the pervasive thought is to stop tracking and just follow my instinct. Why would I think that would be a good idea?? Grrr because I'm wanting to be a slacker and not do the tracking time. Got to keep on keepin on. Let's keep the train on the track!! We can have virtual pedis together.

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THETURTLEBEAR 4/1/2012 11:05PM

    Oh! I saw that crack polish and wondered if it works. That looks awesome! I too am getting my butt in gear again as my fitness was slacking the past six weeks. I started a streak today.

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THEHONESTME 4/1/2012 6:57PM

    Sounds like me! I finally got back on track, but I was way off for a very long time and it did some pretty significant damage. It's been hard knowing (really knowing) that I was losing the same pounds as I did last year.

I say "really knowing" because I've lost and gained weight several times in my life, but I never really, truly thought about how hard it was to lose them each time... know what I mean? Well, I get it this time and I have NO intention of gaining the weight back again.

Hang in there - keep going - just do it because you know you have to and eventually you'll be doing it because you want to again! I have faith - you can do this!!

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SLPCOWGAL72 4/1/2012 5:57PM

    Hang in there; I've been riding the food roller coaster as well. It's better to be realistic and set your goal for an attainable time frame than to beat yourself up trying to get to a certain point at a certain time...Plus, you gotta figure that summer (and the pool!) will bring more outside activity. For me, the further I am from the fridge and kitchen, the better! :)
You can do it! Nice job on the toes, btw!

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