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Too few calories?

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Now that my hip bursitis seems to be gone (MOST of the time) I am able to hit the gym hard again. emoticon

Since I am currently in a wt loss study using the DASH diet I am eating less protein and LOTTSA fruits and veggies. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Am noticing that almost every day my calories are less than the SP recommendation for my fitness level.
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P.S. It's also less than the DASH diet recommends for me.

  
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TRENTDREAMER 3/5/2012 8:01AM

    Every time I've tried a new diet successfully, that happenned at first. New foods body processing.

Give it some time and let the study people know what's going on. I'm sure that you are not the first person to experience this.

Best of fortune to you on it.

:)

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HIPPICHICK1 3/4/2012 10:07PM

    Have you lost? Gained? Stayed the same?
Go have a snack woman!


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CINDYWAGNER1 3/4/2012 7:55PM

    And what has your results been? I have at least 3 oz of protein with my dinner meal every night and lots of fruits and veggies.

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SAM60SUMTHINK 3/4/2012 3:59PM

    Glad the bursitis is going into the pages of history in your life-story!!
Hmm... undereating has been my main issue all along, so I understand it on my own level. Last month I started something that might help you also: track of caloric intake with care and incorporate an evening smoothie (home-made and nutrient dense) into the low-calorie days.

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OLDERDANDRT 3/4/2012 11:32AM

    So happy you are feeling better and hitting the gym!! I'd ask someone with the study, maybe, about the discrepency in recommended daily calories range. Esp. about the protein. How long is this study? I'm sure you'll see weight loss! You just don't want to lose lean, muscle mass.
Have a great day, my friend and be well!! emoticon

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 3/4/2012 10:44AM

    Glad you are feeling better! emoticon

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KANOE10 3/4/2012 8:58AM

    Good luck to you. I ate less calories also! I would say if your energy is high and it is working..then you should be fine.

Way to go on healthy eating. emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/3/2012 10:57PM

    I sure hope you don't lose your hair from too little protein. Good luck Lizzie

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MEXGAL1 3/3/2012 10:38PM

    Hope you are not feeling hungry and the fewer calories are working out for you. fruits and veggies are good.
Be nice if you were able to get a few extra pounds off with the lower calories.


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SEPPIESUSAN 3/3/2012 9:19PM

    Hmm...are you happy with your rate of weight loss? Too hungry? Have enough energy? If you're happy with what you're eating now, why try to fix something that isn't broken? I pretty much had to ignore my SP-generated calorie levels to make things work for me... (in the other direction though...I had to ADD calories).

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PURPLESPEDCOW 3/3/2012 8:58PM

    add more fruit or ask your study director

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DARA52 3/3/2012 8:32PM

    Hooray for hip bursitis being gone! Am sure you will get the hang of the calories. Add a banana milkshake at the end of the day for dessert. Frozen bananas, unsweetened cocoa powder and some avocado. Yummm....

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JOOFARK 3/3/2012 8:04PM

    You and I are having the same problem. I have a goal of 1200 - 1500 calories per day but I think I've only reached it once since I've been back here. There is an article I read on how to add more calories. One of these days I'm going to finally get the hang of this stuff.

Good Luck. Here's the link to the article...

http://www.sparkp
eople.com/resource/nutrition_ar
ticles.asp?id=593

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More wise words from the Universe today

Friday, March 02, 2012

"When you finally get that call, meet that person, walk that walk, and live that dream, elizabeth, do you think you'll even care that there were a few dark and scary moments in a journey that made them all possible?

Trust me, you won't even remember.

The Universe"

LOVE getting these daily messages from the universe.
(Thank you HIPPICHICK!!)
Here's the link (revised):

www.tut.com
(scroll down to 'notes')
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NAMMYOFTHREE 3/3/2012 1:54PM

  Hi Liz.......I look forward to my "Thoughts from the Universe" too. Mike Dooley has inspired me and given the tools for action.........my thoughts are becoming things!

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MEXGAL1 3/3/2012 9:20AM

    Thanks for sharing.
Have a great week end.

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GOING-STRONG 3/2/2012 10:48PM

    Love it! Spark on!
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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/2/2012 7:38PM

    Nice! & thanks for sharing.

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 3/2/2012 3:19PM

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NEW-CAZ 3/2/2012 3:13PM

    emoticon emoticonLiz have a great weekend emoticon

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DARA52 3/2/2012 12:29PM

    You are too funny! Have a great weekend! I'll check it out.

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BETHGILLIGAN 3/2/2012 12:19PM

    OK! Found it but the goal statements baffled me. I "now" have my own ________. I will soon _________. Can you explain?

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CINDYWAGNER1 3/2/2012 12:02PM

    emoticon emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 3/2/2012 12:02PM

    Love the idea of this. Can't get link to work.

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HIPPICHICK1 3/2/2012 11:42AM

    Me toooooo!
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More wise words for the Universe today

Friday, March 02, 2012

"When you finally get that call, meet that person, walk that walk, and live that dream, elizabeth, do you think you'll even care that there were a few dark and scary moments in a journey that made them all possible?

Trust me, you won't even remember.

The Universe"

Isn't that great?
You can sign up to get your daily message fro the universe at

theuniverse@tut.com
(then scroll down to 'notes from the universe')

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MAGGIEVAN 3/2/2012 2:25PM

    So true. Thanks for sharing!

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Back to basics

Thursday, March 01, 2012

My ONLY March goal is to do something I did for many many years but have gotten away from slowly in my retirement years and that is
to make a daily TO DO LIST every single day
and to check off items as I complete them. emoticon

This is how I managed my time when I was a busy teacher and mother
and still found the time to work out most days
and prepare most meals at home. emoticon
I was a HUGE list maker back then.

I found a nice little blank book that was kicking around and I will use that and keep it with me so I will have a record of my daily accomplishments.

Baby steps, my dear sparkpeeps, baby steps will get me there.
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LESLIESENIOR 3/4/2012 11:20PM

    I'm a list maker too. I don't know if I will be less list bound when I retire, but I "lesson plan" my weekends and my vacations. I like the checking off part. Sometimes, when I do a task that is not on my list, I will add it just so I can check it off.

Maybe I should modify this obsessive behavior??? emoticon

Progress not perfection.......... emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 3/2/2012 10:52AM

    I have gotten away from that, too. Maybe it's time to revisit that habit for me, too!!

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MEXGAL1 3/2/2012 10:06AM

    sounds like a great plan to me. I can not live without my lists as I tend to forget everything.

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LYNKIN 3/2/2012 6:07AM

    Hi Elizabeth! The older that I get I realize that it is the "little things" that mean so much. Still teaching, I do have a to-do list in my day timer. I'll keep in mind that I need to continue that when I retire (3 more years! After teaching 33 years, 3 years is not long... laughing here.) HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND! emoticon

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SAM60SUMTHINK 3/1/2012 11:52PM

    I find that those to-do lists seem even more important now that I no longer work.
For me: it's so much easier to put things off when stressors (this schedule, that deadline, etc etc) are no longer pressing me to do the things already running through my mind.
So...
Good thing you're getting back to using the lists; they'll just look different than they used to appear!

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CINDYWAGNER1 3/1/2012 10:11PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonI may need to do that as well.

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NAMMYOFTHREE 3/1/2012 10:07PM

  I agree..lists are a very good thing!

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MARITIMER3 3/1/2012 8:24PM

    I'm a list maker too - I'd be lost without them.

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BEECHNUT13 3/1/2012 7:48PM

    I love my to-do lists... and I love crossing stuff off too! :)

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/1/2012 7:42PM

    Oh, Elizabeth, I lose my lists! emoticonI so admire people who can do that! emoticon

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SEPPIESUSAN 3/1/2012 7:39PM

    I wouldn't be able to function without to-do lists!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/1/2012 6:28PM

    Good idea, Lizzie

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BETHGILLIGAN 3/1/2012 5:10PM

    I am a true list maker. LOVE my lists!! I have lists about my lists and, yes, I also will add something I've done so I can check it off. When I was teaching, I was known for my lists and post its everyplace!! LOL

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TRAVELGRRL 3/1/2012 4:42PM

    Ha ha, I'm just like Watermellen!! If I accidently do something NOT ON MY LIST it has to be added so I can cross it off!

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BETTYAHE 3/1/2012 4:40PM

    I think I need this too! Thanks for sharing!

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WATERMELLEN 3/1/2012 4:34PM

    I love To Do lists: and have even been known to write down something I've already done for the sheer pleasure of immediately crossing it off!!

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NEW-CAZ 3/1/2012 4:25PM

    good plan Liz emoticon emoticon

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 3/1/2012 3:45PM

    emoticon plan!

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DOOBRIE 3/1/2012 3:45PM

    Sound greats, Elizabeth.

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WINFIELD28 3/1/2012 3:28PM

    Great plan!
Checking things of a list, accomplished or done, really makes me feel good!
Baby steps are do-able steps! Good for you!

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MIMICOTO 3/1/2012 3:21PM

    Good going! I would be LOST without lists!!!!

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Exhausted!!!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I was trying to figure out why I feel very tired the last few days. emoticon

I am SO not a morning person but commitments have gotten me out of bed by 7 a.m. the last 7 mornings in a row.
My natural wake-up time is more like 8-8:30.
So, do I get my sorry butt to bed any earlier at night?
Nooooooooooooooo!
Maybe by 11 or so.
Then I read for half an hour or so.
DUH!
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OLDERDANDRT 3/2/2012 10:51AM

    Bless you heart! Sip some cammomile tea with your reading maybe?

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LESLIESENIOR 2/29/2012 10:37PM

    Yep, the sleep thing is always a problem. I love weekends when I can let my natural sleep kick in. I've always been a night owl, but my alarm goes off at 5 a.m. I often to to AA meetings that start at 6:30 before I go to work. By the end of the week, I can feel my age and my lack of sleep.
I guess most of us have some habits to change.
Thanks for posting this,
Leslie

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SEPPIESUSAN 2/29/2012 9:13PM

    I get in bed so early every night - like 8:30ish, but then instead of going to sleep I use my laptop, read, watch a DVD, or whatever, and I'm almost never asleep by 10 (I have to be up at 6 and need my full 8 hours of sleep!). Will try to do better tonight.

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HARRINGTON5 2/29/2012 6:16PM

    LOL....We could be twins! Thank you for your comments on my Olympics blog.

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MEXGAL1 2/29/2012 9:27AM

    I so understand needing my sleep. I need my 8 hours a night and that is all there is to it. I have a routine which drives my husband crazy but it works for me so too bad for him. I stop watching TV and go to bed and read around 9:30. I usually read for about an hour. Then I have a kitty that wakes me up around 7am every morning. I basically get 8 hours. I think my DH would like me to watch TV with him until 11 or so, but the kitty doesn't wake him up and he can sleep in a bit more than me.
I say what ever works for you to get your zzz's is important. Too many zoombies walking around these days due to lack of sleep.
Have a great day.
Peanut

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BETHGILLIGAN 2/29/2012 8:40AM

    Maybe things will slow down a bit and you can sleep in. I'm not a morning person either so having to get moving first thing in the morning is hard for me and messes up my whole day!!!

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NAMMYOFTHREE 2/29/2012 8:28AM

  Uh oh.........good sleep is a must....but you know that. Make some minor adjustments and you'll be glad you did.

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NEW-CAZ 2/29/2012 2:55AM

    My sleep pattern is 10.30 to bed and 7- 7.15 up and at em.

Try a power nap today! You can't cheat on sleep Liz, hope you catch up soon emoticon

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BEECHNUT13 2/28/2012 10:46PM

    Avery wakes us up between 6:30 and 7:00. Boy do I miss sleeping in!

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_UMAMI_ 2/28/2012 10:00PM

    I can't fall asleep before 11:30, but my alarm is set at 6:25 weekdays*, so I hear ya! My natural sleep time is 12 a.m.-8:30, and that's what I do on weekends, when I can.

*Darn Big Cat is waking me at 5:30 like clockwork these days, so I guess I'm prepped for Daylight Saving Time when it begins. (yawn!)

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DARA52 2/28/2012 9:51PM

    Oh boy. I have to be in bed by 9:00 or 9:30 pm every night. And I'm up at 7:00 am. Or else I die!! I have to have 9 hours. and a schedule. Good luck! emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 2/28/2012 9:41PM

    I'm a night owl who is trying to change into a morning person. Very difficult! I h ope you get some serious Zzzzz's soon.
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DEBBIEANNE1124 2/28/2012 9:17PM

    Well... How about scheduling all your committments after you wake up in the am rather than extra early. You are retired after all.

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SAM60SUMTHINK 2/28/2012 9:13PM

    ut oh.
You sure it isn't that birthday you had?
lol...
naw....
It is Seasonal Tiredness, surely!
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(Actually I've been having a bit of seasonal um... malaise, so I'm projecting here!?)

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WATERMELLEN 2/28/2012 9:04PM

    Sounds like . . . you need to get some sleep!! ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!

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