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Feeling better

Thursday, June 12, 2008

I am feeling much better today. I also feel like I am getting my mojo back a little bit in terms of fitness. Yesterday I took a spinning class for the first time in months, followed by a cool abs class.

I've decided to focus on not only losing these last pesky 5 pounds but also to really concentrate on training the abs and upper arms (triceps), since the those are my trouble spots. I want a nice strong core and for my arms to be defined (see Kelly Ripa's pic in my photo gallery).

As for Spark, I am slowly getting into the swing of things again. Changing the color on my page seemed to help. I'm also thinking about maybe starting a team. That would be fun! I've also made a couple of streaks appear on the page. I think that will be a good motivator too. Now if only I could get on a water streak!!

P.S. Anyone have a clue as to how to use the new Spark feature of copying a meal to another day? It's not showing up for me...

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    Focusing on the exercise is a great strategy. I should do the same.

Have you tried the copy a meal feature yet? It is showing up for me. On a particular day's entry in the food tracker it offers the chance to "copy this meal to another day" with a link above each meal.


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BLONDEGIRL10 6/15/2008 12:35PM

    Ummmm MD? How come I get motivated just by looking at YOU!!!! Ummmm? Is that YOU in a bikini in Isreal??? Yeah, I thought so. You are a Hottie!!! YOU have come so far and should be so proud of yourself!!! Now, you get to strength training 'cause it is just gonna make you feel that much better.
Love ya!

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PENNLOR 6/13/2008 10:25AM

    Glad you're feeling better. I wish I only had 5 lbs to go. You're doing great, keep up the good work.

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NITAINMN 6/12/2008 11:47PM

    hey there! Are you jetlagged? How do you feel? Miss you. Hope you are feeling OK. Water streak is no biggy. Just join at OPOD by goin g to team's page and joining in to drink 8 - 8 ozs. of glasses of water daily. Or you can go to My Tools. I think spark has also added a tab for it. You can add that as one of your goals too. So many roads to getting there!!!

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LILLIAN364 6/12/2008 6:41PM

    Focusing on exercise is great. emoticon

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STRONGMELISSA24 6/12/2008 1:53PM

    emoticon I'm glad you're feeling better! And I bet kicking up your workout plan and addign the strength training will help you shed those last few pounds! you'll be looking like Kelly Ripa in no time!

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MOM2ACAT 6/12/2008 12:02PM

    Glad you are feeling better!
I bet those last 5 pounds will come off before the summer is over, whether you are thinking about them or not.

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MUSTANGAMORE 6/12/2008 10:54AM

    Drink all your water and I'll give you a spark goodie! Let me know when you are hydrated!

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MLEBLANC 6/12/2008 10:51AM

    Hey. Glad to see you are feeling better! I knew you would. I haven't done a Spinning class in ages but I do remember the fun times I had when I was spinning. Can't seem to get that when I'm tooling around on my bike.

The streaks do seem to motivate me more so add as many as you can!


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Retraining the brain

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

I can't pinpoint exactly what is wrong with me, but I've been struggling, so much so that I have all but given up. I may be sad, bored or just tired. Or any combination of them.

I am going over my calories every day. By a lot. Last Friday I stuck a spoon into a pint of B&J Half Baked frozen yogurt and before I knew it I had eaten 1/2 of it. Exercise lately is a chore. In fact, I am thinking about skipping the gym today. It's very tempting to stay inside where there is air conditioning rather than schlepp to the gym in 99-degree heat. I am not posting much or checking in with my teams. I sort of skim through the articles that come to me by e-mail or just delete them.

OK, so I went for my big reward trip to Israel but it was not 100% deserved. I still haven't met my goal. I still have some work to do. And I definitely have to make sure that I am building healthy habits for life. That is to say, I will never be completely DONE.

Today I decided to change the color on my SparkPage. It's a small change, but anything to liven things up...

One significant thing I've learned since I have been on Spark is that when my brain is not on the right track -- when I am sad, bored, stressed, or otherwise troubled -- my healthy lifestyle suffers.

I believe that this process is about 85 percent mental. When I am feeling great, it is almost effortless. I am motivated to go to the gym. I am careful about what I eat. I enjoy being and feeling healthy. I've also learned that exercise will always make me feel better, no matter what else is going on and how much I did not want to work out in the first place.

So to get myself back on track I've decided to focus on my brain ... and maybe the hot body will follow! How do I retrain my brain? It won't be easy, but here is my plan:

- To counteract negative thoughts/feelings with positive ones.
- End the day by thinking about positive things that happened or just being thankful.
- Appreciate my family, friends and all the good things in my life.
- Seek support from my Spark friends.
- Respect and believe in myself. I can do this!
- Never, ever, ever give up!

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    Been there. Feeling that. I don't think anyone can get us out of a funk but us. I hope yours is done. Mine, too.

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JUDGEJOYCE 6/11/2008 9:57PM

    Oh I do know how you feel. I've been in the same place so many times but you are on the right track. As you replace negative thoughts with positive you will begin to feel much better and before long all the sadness and feelings of futility will be gone.

So keep to the plan, turn to sparkpeople and the support will be there.


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PARAMEDIC8 6/10/2008 1:05PM

    I am sorry to hear you are having such a terrible time keeping inspired and motivated. I happened to come across your page after posting on MP3 Lovers Unite, The ROCKIN' INTO SUMMER CHALLENGE. I haven't seen you since we began so I went looking for you to see how you were doing. Look, I don't know you, however after looking at your page and through your pics, I think WOW!!! you have really accomplished alot. Just look at your "before" pic and then 4/2008 @ 123. What a change. I know you must have worked very hard to get there. Everyone has bad days (sometimes more than others), gets discouraged, looks down on themselves after they did something they regret. However, you are strong enough to push all of that aside (in your own good time) and move on. Just because you have reached a slump doesn't mean you have to start over. Just step over that bump in the road and keep doing what you have done. You have really have done a GREAT JOB! You deserve to be proud of yourself. I hope I can do as well as you have and in such a short time. emoticon

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ANNE7777 6/10/2008 1:01PM

    Very wise words my Dear!!!!! I miss you!! I am always making adjustments too. You will get back on track & you know I got your back! I have been so busy lately, but i always check in with the MP3 team. Good luck & hang in there lady!!! Rock on & Stay Tuned...Peace--Anne

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MLEBLANC 6/10/2008 10:57AM

    We all go through plateaus. In fact, I know I have been going over my calories for the past few weeks. I've gotten into the habit of having a snack every night. No matter if I snacked during the day or not. Not a good plan, not good at all. And its stuff I shouldn't eat like Dove chocolate or chocolate chocolate chip pound cake (the Tastefully Simple variety which is so good and so easy to prepare). But like you I have made up my mind to not snack at all at night. Hungry or not, I will not have a snack after I eat dinner. If I feel like I should reward myself, it will only be on the weekends. So, there you are, getting a little bit of help from one of your Spark friends, and helping your friend in return.


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Muffin top, begone!

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Ok, I am not at goal yet -- tossing around the same 5 pounds-- but I've lost almost 60 pounds. So why, oh why, do I still have a muffin top??? At this point, it's more of a mini muffin, but still...
I hate it! I want it to go away! It's a constant reminder that I still have some work to do, which could be a good thing. A built in kick in the a$$! I hope that when I finally do reach goal that it will be the end of the muffin top.

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HAPPY2BTHIN4ME 6/8/2008 2:57PM

    I have lost 60lbs too and same problem...of course I had 4 kids...I suppose that could have something to do with it. However, I bet those 5lbs kick that muffin to the curb! Mine will probably take another 10-15lbs before it goes away lol!!! Keep up the great work!!!


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NITAINMN 6/6/2008 4:52PM

    Tire, muffin tops, etc. just show what you have been thru life my dear girl!!! A mother who bore her child for 9 months and is bringing one up!! Anyway, I have an up and down scar on my abdomen from C-secion that makes my belly look like my behind. Trade that for a muffin top? NO way!!! I am proud of my behind in the front:)) LOL.

Congrats on getting rid of 60 pounds!! Whooohooo!! You make me proud girl..... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 6/6/2008 11:32AM

    I still have one too, even though I've been at my goal weight for many months now. I can hide it pretty well under my clothes though, and since I'm not one to wear anything that bares my belly anyway, most of the time I don't let it bother me. I figure it took years to get that way, so it will take some time before it goes away. I'm not shooting for "6 pack abs", but just a slightly flatter tummy would be nice!

Congrats on your 60 pound loss, that is awesome!

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DNJEN471 6/5/2008 11:33PM

    I'd rather have a muffin then a tire, LOL! Hang in there girl those last 5 pounds may be hard to get gone, but when they finally leave I am sure they will stay away!

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SPARKNMOM 6/5/2008 9:55PM

    At goal, my muffin top is non-existant, as long as I wear appropriate fitting pants! My issue is mid-belly and abdomen...yuck yuck yuck!!! Sometimes it is nice to have a built-in kick in the bottom, as you say, to keep us focused on the goal!!

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    I'm trying to figure this out for myself, too. At most I'm 10 lbs overweight according to the charts, but my muffin top is oh so woefully THERE. I can pinch more than an inch. Is that more than an inch of fat or more than an inch of loose skin? I'd like the answer to that. They say loose skin from my kind of weightloss (40lbs) should tighten up within two years. I don't know if I'm willing to wait that long to find out. The alternative? Loosing more weight or plastic surgery?


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Ben and Jerry, why do you tempt me so?

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Ben and Jerry, why do you tempt me so? I am a married woman, for goodness sake!!
Seriously, I went out and bought 2 pints today! Both are "lowfat." (Are they really? I'm not sure what's lowfat anymore (see yesterday's blog post).
"Lighten up," they say!
So here I sit with my Strawberry Banana fro yo (150 calories, 1/2 cup) and Half Baked fro yo (180 calories, 1/2 cup).
Note the cute little disclaimer on the cartons:
"Remember: Friends don't let friends overdo dessert. Exercise your options responsibly."

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DNJEN471 6/4/2008 10:49AM

    You make me laugh!

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SPARKNMOM 6/3/2008 11:16PM

    I say Ben and Jerry assisted in my college weight gain. They wooed me daily, as I recall!! It's been quite some time since I've indulged in such delights. I shan't revisit it anytime soon, either, lest I become readdicted!! LOVE the disclaimer on the container...I don't think I ever read the container...I didn't WANT to know what the nutrition label said : )

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 6/3/2008 11:12PM

    Ben and Jerry are tempting you too? They told me I was the only one!!!

As long as I can limit myself to 1/2 a cup (which I've gotten really good at!), I have no problems keeping low fat frozen yogurt and sorbets in my freezer. Occasionally I also pick up a pint of a full fat Ben and Jerry's flavor that I haven't had in a while because it isn't offered in Lighten Up.

Any food plan that says I can't have ice cream in my freezer during the heat of summer is a food plan I'm not on board with. But I realize that's a personal preference. =D

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GAYLLYNNE 6/3/2008 10:35PM

    Can you really eat just 1/2 cup?? Wow, I'm impressed. I wish I could be once I got started there would be no stopping me. I agree, Ben and Jerry should be ashamed of themselves tempting us like that!!!!

So, how was the fro yo?

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SLJWATTS 6/3/2008 5:19PM

    Ok I am in dangerous territory when there is anything with sugar around- thank goodness for those small cartains- I have to be careful as I'll eat it in 2 sittings or sometimes 3 and it's not that 150 cal then- LOL- good luck- I hope your a better woman than me... smiles, Sharon

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    Can you define "overdo" for you? For me, if there is sugar in that desert, its a "no go". Period. Sweets are a slippery slope for me. Perhaps Ben and Jerry are helping to keep the memories of Israel fresh for you? Is there some other way you can do that and not make a daily cone a new habit? Personally, I'd invite a bunch of friends over, have them help you get rid of the ice cream so that you are damaged as little as possible, and never bring pints home again. The odd cone, eaten AWAY from home is a nice treat. Stocking the freezer? Downright dangerous.


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SAYRAH-M 6/3/2008 4:20PM

    Thank Goodness there is SOMETHING that doesn't tempt me!

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Low-cal restaurant food a myth?

Monday, June 02, 2008

This morning my Hungry Girl e-mail had a link to an interesting news story. I'll post the link at the end of this blog. It was an investigative report that tested sample meals from the "diet" menus of restaurants we've all been to: Chili's, Cheesecake Factory, Macaroni Grill, Taco Bell, Applebees...
The intent was to see how the actual calories and fat grams in the meals compared with the numbers advertised on the menus. The results??? The numbers on the menus were waaaaaay off. For example, Macaroni Grill's "skinny chicken" clocked in at 1022 calories and 49 grams of fat, NOT 500 calories and 6 grams of fat. The results from the other restaurants were not much better.
Wow! Is it safe to go out to eat at all? This just reinforces my resolve to stay IN to eat for the sake of my waistline. If the diet entrees are this bad, can you imagine how many calories there are in the regular menu items? I don't even want to think about it.
And really, are the products we buy at the grocery stores any better? Can we trust what the labels say? I'm not so sure.
Here is an interesting tidbit that I picked up from the news story: Taco Bell, in its defense statement, said that federal regulations allow them to be off by as much as 20 percent!!

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NEVA145 6/4/2008 12:11PM

    Okay to be "off" by 20%!!!!???? Outrageous! That's a lot.

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CHARVONNE30 6/3/2008 9:37AM

    Thanks for the information

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    Thanks. Now I don't feel so bad about not being able to afford to dine out.

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SAYRAH-M 6/2/2008 3:50PM

    Now that IS discouraging. You would think they would get nailed for truth in advertising. UGH!

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KBARGER99 6/2/2008 3:27PM

    That's really interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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FLYFIGHTER 6/2/2008 2:47PM

    wow--thank you for sharing this info. it is really disappointing that they can do this, especially when the majority of people out there do not know how to eat healthy as it is and trust in words like "fat free" and "diet" and "lite."

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