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How hard do you work at it?

Monday, April 15, 2013

As a lot of you know, my mind travels in multiple directions when I'm typing out my blogs...but I'm going to try to make everything coherent in this one!

How hard do you work at it? I am struggling BIG time with this question this week. I've been training for a 5k for about a month now and I've improved my time so much. Although I haven't been doing a lot of strength training like I probably should, I've been doing so much cardio with the training (3.1 miles at least every other day). My diet is healthy--it has actually always been pretty healthy, so it's hard to see weight loss from changing my diet.

I feel like I'm already at a plateau and I'm at the beginning of my weight loss journey! It's so frustrating to know I'm working so hard to see little results. This week I'm definitely adding more strength training to see if it helps. I also may not be eating enough either--I struggle with preparing meals.

Has anyone had this problem when they've started their weightloss journey? I'd like to know how others have been successful--what can I change to finally see some weight loss? Does it help to make sure you eat several small meals a day? Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated!


On a positive note and for motivation, I was inspired by a fellow spark friend with creating a list of "Skinny Fantasies", or things that I'm looking forward to when I lose the weight. Here's my list so far:

1. To do spontaneous physical challenges
2. To see the looks on faces of people I haven't seen in years
3. To play soccer again
4. To wear a bikini and not jiggle
5. To know that whatever I put on in the morning will look good
6. To not be afraid to go out with friends
7. To be able to feel good about being in photos
8. To not be scared of breaking things or not fitting in/on things because of my weight

What does your list look like?

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TWNOMWE 4/17/2013 12:36PM

    I agree with the good advises above. Vegetarian diet can be calorie dense especially the beans and nuts and the beans are both a source of carbs and protein, so watch the portions. emoticon

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JEMLOVA29 4/17/2013 10:51AM

    I love the skinny fantasy list! I can't offer much in the way of plateaus and how to break them because my track record shows that when I hit a plateau I usually give up and ruin all my hard work.

I hope you kick your plateau in the butt sooner than later! I know you will, you are always so determined!

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DDOORN 4/16/2013 11:53AM

    Love your list! Clothes and feeling good in whatever I wear is a biggie for me!

I've got some winter pounds I'm trying to shake off and am going to try some varying of food, undereating one day and regular eating. Sometimes doing this helps to bust a plateau, but one has to be wary not to stoke the hungry demons too much as that will backfire big time! bike yet?

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MELOFALLTRADES 4/16/2013 11:11AM

    Hey all! Thanks for the responses!

Well first of all, I definitely should have explained a little more about where I was when I decided I need to lose weight: I say I've been eating healthy, but you're right, HEALTHY4UNI, I haven't always...BUT...when I realized how much weight I had gained from eating bad foods, I changed my eating habits in a positive way. Unfortunately, I didn't LOSE weight by doing this, but I didn't gain any more either--hence the "plateau". And that was because of the lack of exercise. And this is where I decided to start the REAL journey.

That is where I'm at now; I don't eat junk food, processed foods or meat. I actually eat a clean diet and juice at least once a day. I only eat organic produce and I'm trying to incorporate more raw fruits and veggies.

So now you know my frustration when I finally added exercise and haven't seen as much change as expected. You are all right about the calorie tracking and really focusing on food for fuel. I need to do more of that! I don't think I'm getting enough nutrients or even enough calories (I'm SO busy, it's hard for me to prepare food and track).

So my new goal will be focusing more on the food end of things and sticking to the exercise routine.

Thank you all so much! The feedback and suggestions always help!


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MIRAGE727 4/16/2013 8:32AM

    I know a majority of us have been at the plateau table!

I totally agree on elimination as many processed foods as possible. I also looked at good calories and focused on that good fuel. I change up my strength routines and run training periodically as well.

I also focus on stimulating my metabolism. I constantly educate myself on how to fuel, better training, and, most importantly, embracing the lifestyle. THIS is 24/7 for the rest of your life. There are no such things as breaks, quitting, and slacking! Funny thing is you enjoy life better when you do go all in!

Stay strong and find resolution that will help you carry on!

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MICAROO 4/16/2013 6:14AM

    I exercise a lot, but if I don't track my food I don't lose weight. I plan my meals for the day in advance, so that I haven't spent my calorie allowance too early. I measure all my portions. I made a lot of changes to what I eat, not just how much. I added a lot more vegetables, so that I get plenty of food volume without a lot of extra calories.

To lose weight, there has to be a calorie deficit between intake and expenditure. I would recommend that you take a close look at both sides of that equation, not just expenditure.

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HEALTHY4UNI 4/15/2013 11:30PM

    Well first of all, you say that you've always eaten healthy. And you also say that your beginning a weight loss journey and struggling to loss and it seems that your major focus is on exercise! Ah, to me the presumption/assumption that it sounds like your making is that your nutrition has little or nothing to do with where you are! I personally can't say it does but what I can suggest that you take knowledgeable steps to be sure that what you are saying is correct. If you can't answer these questions, then I suggest you do some work to qualify your belief that nutritional modifications (apart from when you eat) has no part of your weight loss plan!
1) How many calories do you consume each day, week month?
2) How many calories does your body use each day?
3) What is your Body Mass Index? (BMI)
4) What is the ratio between Fats, Proteins and Carbs that you consume on a regular basis?
5) Do you have any medical conditions that might affect you weight like Diabetes, Thyroid issues or several other conditions? (your body will be sensitive to some foods if you are causing weight gain)
6) Do the foods you are eating contain processed foods, artificial ingredients, non-food additive live preservatives and modifiers?
I'm not saying your diet isn't considered healthy when compared to the standard American diet but is it truly as healthy as it could be? What you have been doing has allowed you to get to where you are. Unless you and enough exercises to overcome the calories you're eating and unless you maintain that level of exercise once you lose the weight, it will just come back.

You're best bet is to just go through the steps of tracking your meals for about a month and then determine if your diet is truly as healthy as you believe it to be! Read some or the nutritional articles and see what you find out.

Go to the "Articles & Videos" tab above and then choose the Spark Diet button. Consider this; if you put effort into finding out if there is something your missing regarding your daily nutrition needs, it might save the wasted effort of hours exercising and finding out that that isn't working!

I'm just trying to help since you asked! I'm not trying to be hard-nosed or harsh, but to me, it just sounds like the best route to get you to where you want to be!

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When that person reaches their goal weight...and becomes an expert!

Friday, April 05, 2013

Hi friends!

I've just noticed that most of my blogs I've posted are from when I've reached out for advice or talked out of frustration, so I'm going to try and tie some positivity into them from now on as well.

So...for the frustration portion of our show today:

Some of you may recall my rants about my friend Kate who I had a falling out with and just got back in touch with...and how she lost over 100 pounds while we weren't friends...well, it's been a real struggle for me to try and rekindle our friendship. A part of me first thought that it was competitive nature that was getting in the way of us becoming friends again because it was so easy to compare myself to her...same age, same likes, both married, etc. BUT one big difference--the weight issue.

She's really different since she became a size 6...and not the same considerate person I used to know. I'm glad she's healthier and happy, but she's become obsessed with her weightloss and story; she has made a short autobiography about herself and has submitted it to several places like an online fitness website, The Biggest Loser and local news companies. And this is ALL SHE TALKS ABOUT! I'm not even sure if she does anything but work out and talk about it anymore. She's also considering becoming involved professionally in health and fitness (which is what I went to school for and what I'm also incorporating in my nursing career), which is great...except she constantly tries to give me unwanted advice about losing weight and what to eat--and based on my education, she seriously needs to reevaluate a few things. She may have lost a lot of weight, but she sure isn't 100% healthy.

I'm almost embarrassed to talk about this on my blog, but it's really been eating at me for a while. Do I just stop communicating with her or how do I deal with it? I'd like to stay friends with her, but I'm afraid that if I approach her with how I feel, she'll secretly hate me. Has anyone else gone through something like this or have known someone who's acted this way after a huge weight loss?

On the positive side, I'm using this experience to help me stay motivated; I try and do my own research on health and really visualize the day where I'm so fit and healthy that Kate won't feel the need to give me suggestions when I don't ask for them. That's positive, right?

Haha, but seriously--I really do visualize the day I will be strong enough to play soccer with college guy friends again and wear a bikini. I want to walk without feeling things jiggle and wear nice jeans that fit without creating a muffin top. Visualization has really been helping me stick with working out every day. This is probably going to sound funny, but I also look at my body in a full-length mirror and think about the way it will be changing this year. I try and surround myself with inpiration too like pictures, quotes, good food and I bought clothing articles that I would eventually like to fit into that I've hung up to look at. I WILL get there and I can't wait.

Last thought: I'm so thankful that this site exists and there are so many of you that I can look up to. Thank you all for being there for me and everyone else in one way or another!

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    Thanks for all of the support everyone!

JEEEENNNNNNNN! No, I'm not surprised by the novels you write anymore, haha. Thanks for the advice! I think that my biggest problem now is feeling guilty if I parted ways with her--like I gave up on her, you know? Despite how it affects me negatively I can't help but think back to the last time I didn't support her. really drains me to see her this way and contrary to what people might think, I'm not complaining about her out of jealousy or being competitive...what she says really makes me upset and sometimes makes me feel like a failure. And by confronting her, I know she's going to think that it's a jealousy thing. And LOOK! Wow, I just re-read that...and maybe I really should step away from her for a while until maybe she comes down from this high...if she ever does.


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JEMLOVA29 4/10/2013 2:53PM

    Mel! About Kate - man it gets so tiresome hearing the same topics over and over again with one-track-mind friends. In a way I can really see how easy it would be to become that way... I mean after she has struggled and worked really hard, becoming temporarily obsessed in order to reach the goals - it would be easy to become that person if that's what your life revolves around. However anyone would hope that after a major weight loss one wouldn't become so "shallow" - I don't mean that offensively, I only say shallow because if that's all she has to talk about, there really isn't much depth as far as topics go lol.

The thing is, no matter how much we want to tweak these personality traits sometimes, it really just isn't possible. And even if it were possible, would either of you want to be friends with each other knowing you had to change what makes you you? lol I don't know... maybe I'm rambling.

My sister had weight loss surgery just over a year ago and she became flat out obsessed with herself. With her weight loss, her caloric intake, everything was (and still is mostly) all about her and how great she looks, and how her tummy can only fit x amount, etc... Well we went on vacation together last year post op and the ENTIRE time - including the 30 hours of driving, the only thing she had to talk about was what she can/can't eat, how much she eats, and it was very repetitive and quite annoying. I had to sit her down and tell her that it's not even about me feeling bad for myself - it's the fact that when she got thin she became someone I couldn't recognize on the inside, and I was fearful that I wouldn't like her - because I didn't like her all she had to say was "my weight loss this, my caloric intake that". It's easier I think because she's my sister and not just a friend so we have a tight bond, but I think it's worth having a conversation with Kate about before throwing in the towel - that said, if you do have the conversation and she is still annoying and all about herself and all the knowledge she has - I'd throw in the towel.

Sometimes friends aren't meant to be lifelong. If you take a step back and look at Kate - everything she is... ask yourself: If I met Kate today (not years ago), would I want to be a part of her life? Would I want her to be a part of my life? Would we be honest, legitimate friends to each other? If you are honest with yourself and if the answer is no - no matter how hard to admit - then it is probably time to move on.

I'm not saying it's not worth trying and working it out - it just depends on how much you value that particular friendship. And remember, if it turns out you DON'T value it all that much, it's not a fault - it's just honest reality and it's sometimes good to feel sure about something that way. KEEP US POSTED.

I'm not apologizing for this novel Mel haha, you should be used to it by now!

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DEBBYFROMMT 4/10/2013 9:51AM

    Your background in nursing is a good thing. I am a nurse too, and had to take a nutrition class when I was in school (ok that was a long time ago and knowledge in nutrition has changed, but the basics are still the same). Anyway you have to do it for yourself. It sorta sounds like your friend has an obsessive personality. Eating in the past and fitness now. Keep yourself balanced and enjoy the journey!

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TWNOMWE 4/9/2013 4:57PM

    If you feel uncomfortable with that friendship then distance yourself. Just keep on your own journey.

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    Hey Jen! I can't wait to hear it!!!

Also--I stumbled upon this article today and it completely ties into this discussion (the "too happy" syndrome and telling you how to be happy) Very uncanny!

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JEMLOVA29 4/8/2013 3:13PM

    Ah I have no time but I sure would like to comment on this, I will hit you up tomorrow to add my 2 cents.

I'll just throw in here that you are amazing and you will do amazing on this journey and you're in it for the right reasons. To be a healthier, happier person. For you! Not Kate! I am so excited to follow your transformation, and I can only hope that I will be right beside you at the finish line. We will have to have some little cyber parties along the way.

Keep up your awesomeness Mel! I will comment more in terms of your blog tomorrow or hopefully even later tonight. Much love to you!


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    Wow, thank you EVERYONE! I really needed that; all of your suggestions and thoughts are wonderful! And you all make very good points. So after all, I've decided this:

1. I want to give Kate the benefit of the doubt and still try and be her friend. I agree that this euphoria for her may not last long...and if I want to be a good friend, I'll be there if and when she needs me.

2. BUT I need to set boundaries; I'm working on myself now and I can't let others--even friends--make me upset and sabotage my results. She needs to know that I will ASK if I need to. And if she gets upset about it, I have to move beyond it and do my own thing.

3. Again...I just need to stay motivated and not let things like this bring me down. I say it all the time, but I'm really glad for this online community for helping others. You're all great!


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MIRAGE727 4/7/2013 3:02PM

    I hit that century mark about a month ago. I've been maintaining for almost two years. I only know what I've researched and what I've learned here on FB. I believe the best way that I work with friends online and in real life is to share my personal experiences, good & bad, and not be the authoritative expert!

I must admit I am not good with the know-it-all so called "experts." I don't waste my time listening to them and will let them know where I'm at. Egotists are short lived around me. It's the same with those who prefer to kill themselves slowly by living unhealthy lives. I've actually lost friends because they don't want to be around others living the healthy lifestyle. It could be guilt, fear, or whatever. Your friend would hear how I felt. She has the choice...but so do I. It's almost a reverse negativity factor.

But I haven't experienced her actions firsthand. You have to make that decision. BUT, don't let it work on you emotionally. THAT's not healthy for you and you need to be a bit selfish out that. It's not a bad thing. All the best...

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DDOORN 4/6/2013 10:03PM

    Imagery is powerful stuff! Hat's off to you for cultivating this skill!

As for your friend: if you have much time and history between the two of you and you would like to make an effort to resuscitate your relationship then I would be straight up with her and talk about the changes in your relationship since she has lost her weight. Remark on how you miss the times you shared together when you and she would do ____ (fill in the blank). Express a wish to be able to enjoy the time you spend with each other. Draw some boundaries: "I know you are trying to help when you give me diet and workout advice, but it makes me feel badly and I don't want to feel badly when we're together. I might remind you of this and if you continue I may have to tell you that I can't be with you when you give me diet and workout advice and either leave or hang up the phone." Then follow through on the line in the sand that you've drawn.

Perhaps explain that while you are happy for her success, you each are unique persons and each of you have to find your own path toward building a healthy and well lifestyle. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. You are committed to making progress and in many ways you already have.

Your friend can only wave the baggy pants only so long before she realizes she'd better find some other means of gratification!


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    I f you miss her and like her- despite what is going on- you have fun and all then just a bit of support is ok and hopefully she will not be so obsessed as time goes by?- how long has it been going on?
I think getting a job in the health field after losing weight and getting healthy is fine but it should not be your whole life? I mean what does she have to offer to others besides that and eventually it may not be enough for her. Let it play out if it is failry recent so you can connect again doing other things perhaps.
For ex you have a nursing career but I am sure you also have other things you like to do.
As for the so called superficial things like bikinis and all I too find them great motivators and I will be 52 in may and have had 4 kids and I am not ruling out the possiblity of a bikini this summer!- and/or at least some other kind of hot clothes.
Having good health as in being disease free and good energy is of course wonderful but those fun things can really keep you motivated when Ben and Jerry or whoever comes a calling and you can just say no! emoticon
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Also though back again to what is going on with your friend I am looking forward some day to not having weight loss as almost a part time job. I can't wait for the day I get to goal and I can maintain with what I learned works without having to obsess!
Isn't it going to be great?

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MICAROO 4/6/2013 6:23AM

    Friends, by definition, are people who want to spend time together because they enjoy each other's company. If you don't enjoy her company anymore...for whatever reason...then just don't spend time with her. IMHO

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FIGHTING4IT 4/6/2013 1:48AM

    I think you have to decide how important your friendship is with Kate. If the friendship is important enough to deal with her new obsession then i say stick with it. However, if not then I wouldn't waste my time. Personally I'm not the type to confront her about how she's acting because I don't think it ever does any good. Try your visualization idea with your friendship with her and without her to see which scenario you like best. Good luck!

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This, I know, is Changing my Life

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Since I became vegetarian (don't worry, this isn't a soapbox blog haha), I've really started to do research and comb through healthy living documentaries, and become more aware of how food can actually heal our bodies.

For those of you (including myself) who have pretty much been on a "diet" since your teens, you have probably also heard of how people become obese; something is wrong in your life, whether its concscious and/or subconscious. It also doesn't help that all of the processed foods that are available for our consumption just make us fatter. And as a species, we no longer know how to feed our bodies what they really need. We are set up for failure even when we're born.

Luckily, there are scientists and researchers out there who don't do what they do for the money--they actually are ethical and care about long-term effects that food, pollutants and pharmaceuticals have on one's health.

I'm posting a link to a documentary I stumbled upon called, "Hungry for Change" which is extraordinary and can really change your life. You don't have to be on a weightloss journey to benefit from this information, in fact...EVERYONE should look at this to improve overall health.

I love what these people uncover, and believe me, after taking more then a few organic chemistry, biochemistry, naturopathic and regular nutrition courses I can tell you that it all makes complete sense. After watching this, I thought back to all of the chemical experiments that I've done with certain compounds, acids, bases, etc...I realized that almost every chemical I've worked with is found in processed or frozen boxed foods that you buy at the grocery store! And I KNOW what those chemicals do and where they come from...NOT GOOD!

Let me know what you think or if any of you want to start a discussion; I'd love to hear your thoughts! You can also watch this on Netflix!

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DDOORN 4/2/2013 4:10PM

    Thx for the tip...hope to catch up with this soon!

Vegetarian lifestyle has been pulling at me for some almost there, except for dairy / eggs...which I have a hard time thinking about giving up.


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TWNOMWE 3/29/2013 10:00AM

    Thank you for sharing. You are so right we are being fed modified chemicals. A protein , vitamins, minerals or a carbohydrates in a powder form are not the same as real natural foods.
We do better to eat the real stuff in moderation. emoticon

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    RALUCANUTA-- the power of food is really awesome and I think learning about how to use it to heal our bodies instead of relying solely on pharmaceuticals is definitely something everyone should look into. (Can you tell how excited I am?!) I just get really upset when research like this isn't funded by government agencies...and can you guess why? Because the pharmacy companies who ARE funded for research by the gov. are making huge bucks by giving all of these horrible drugs to sick people...who get sick from the side effects of one drug and need another and another...and "we all" believe this (pharmaceuticals) is the only way to get better because there isn't enough "real" research out there to support a natural way of healing. We would actually save billions...that's BILLIONS of dollars per year in the healthcare field if everyone ate healthier.

Sorry about that...

REENSKI--I love Kris Carr. I haven't read her books yet, but I plan to. What she's done is really amazing! Getting cancer is a big fear of mine, especially because I'm overweight. And yes, I couldn't believe how horrible some foods are that I thought were healthy. It shines a whole new light on processed foods and even what foods people don't think of as "processed" like bread! Ahhh...but I love bread...

READY4CHANGE81-- I don't think you'll be disappointed watching this! Very easy to understand and it's really eye-opening. I'm surprised more SP members aren't talking about it. I might have to find a team or create one!


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READY4CHANGE81 3/27/2013 8:55PM

    I haven't heard of it or watched it, but definitely interested in checking it out! emoticon

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REENSKI 3/27/2013 3:29PM

    I heard about the book a few weeks ago, and started watching the documentary last night.
It is very eye opening, what they say about the food industry and the chemicals makes so much sense.
I borrowed the book Crazy, sexy diet from the library too, Kris Carr is part of the documentary.
I did not think I ate too badly. Now I realise its much worse than I thought. emoticon

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RALUCANUTA 3/27/2013 1:57PM

    I haven't watched this documentary (yet!) but I completely agree about all the crap that gets put into processed foods and how they make your body shut down all of its healing processes. It's great to stay informed!

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Just tell me what to do!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Hey readers :-)

I am so exhausted after the week I've had. I've been studying and taking exams all week, going to choral practice and trying to find a job. I've barely had time to work out (really haven't done much at all), let alone eat well or track nutrition. I gained a pound back since last week and I guess it doesn't surprise me :-/ When I think about it, it's really my own fault, because...yet again...I didn't prepare any meals this week which I think might be crucial for future success.

I'm really having a tough time with the food aspect of my "healthstyle". I'm trying to be a healthy vegetarian, but there isn't as much variety in recipes in this style as there is for a meat-eater. It's SO easy to be on a regular "diet" and eating meals that revolve around meat. I'm not going to lie, I loved fish for dinner, turkey bacon and slices of ham on a sandwich. I miss my mom's chicken noodle soup too. And Thanksgiving isn't really the same without a bird on the table. But I made the choice to be vegetarian to improve my health and also because factory farming has gotten way out of control, especially in the US. Plus, it's more cost efficient and beneficial on an international level to have a plant-based lifestyle.

Unfortunately, I'm a BAD vegetarian and don't really eat my veggies! The truth is, I'm a horrible cook and don't know how to make veggies appealing enough to satiate my hunger. It also frustrates me at the lack of vegetarian recipes on SP and online that are healthy and easy to prepare. As you can see, I'm a "put it in the crockpot" type of girl and don't have a lot of time to develop chef-level cooking abilities. My lunches are also something I really have to think about because I don't have access to an appliance to reheat leftovers; My lunches have to be soup in a thermos or something cold. Salads get old fast and I refuse to buy lunch out. Bad, bad, bad for my budget.

Ohhhhhh, woe is me. I hate complaining, but sometimes it's necessary. I will continue to try it again until I get it right, but I'm open to suggestions! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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MELOFALLTRADES 3/23/2013 11:32AM

    Hey everyone! I think God must've heard my frustration because 1) Jen answered my call right away offering to lend some recipes and 2) I think I found the most heavenly vegan/vegetarian website with a huge variety of easy and healthy veggie recipes. If anyone is interested, here is the link:


And it's cheaper to buy dry beans and cook them yourself, plus the canned beans are suspended in cans that are lined with BPA (unless you buy from Eden organics). Here is a link that shows you how to cook dry beans without having to soak them first:


And if you're not Vegan or vegetarian, it's still an awesome idea to do meatless meals as much as you can--good for your health and good for the earth!

Ahhh, I am so excited now! Going out shopping in T-minus 30 minutes.


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MELOFALLTRADES 3/22/2013 10:58PM

    That would be awesome! I really like soup, so that would be cool :-) Thanks Jen!

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JEMLOVA29 3/22/2013 10:46PM

    Hey my sis and bro in law are vegetarians - bordering closer to vegan now I think because their son has a lot of allergies to non-vegan foods. I know that they make A LOT of soups. If soup is something you like and is convenient for being on the run I could hook you up with some recipes! I know my bro in law sent me a few good veggie soup ones a while ago and they are hardy and filling. I will look for them.

Also you might want to invest in a good vegetarian cookbook. I know that there's tons of them out there and a few offer some really good ways to switch things up. I will ask my sis which ones she'd recommend and let you know!

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Bad Habits Die Hard.

Monday, March 18, 2013

It's so nice to be back! I know it hasn't been incredibly long since my last blog, but it feels like it to me! I haven't even logged in for a few days and I feel so behind already.

Well...I received a classical guitar as a present last week and I am in love. Started lessons and I can barely put it down! It's so beautiful and I'm SO excited to learn everything I can. I love music and instruments in general, but there's something about beautiful finger picking on a classical guitar that makes me want to cry. Now I can cry every day! Haha.

But...I know the honeymoon phase emoticon can't last forever, so I'm trying to balance things out again and get back into my weightloss's so hard! I've always been the type of person to take on a lot of hobbies or jobs and never really stick to it before something else catches my eye. I was voted "Best all Around" as a senior in high school emoticon because I wanted to be good at everything and I didn't really know what I loved. I get it from my mom, that's for sure! I've never felt secure in one thing or another...never really known how to create good or healthy habits.

I guess that is why I'm here! I really need to know how to make sure I don't get off track again...I need to know how to create good habits.

What has helped you to keep on track? Time management? An accountability buddy? I'd love to hear about your approach(es)!


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    Thank you everyone for the suggestions!

So this is what I will try and focus on:

1) Reminding myself that this is a lifestyle change--something I NEED to do for myself for the rest of my life. I need to be consistent and make good health a habit until it doesn't seem like a chore.

2) I need to plan. That way I don't make too many mistakes! Plan food and plan fitness!

Don--I also like the rich tones of nylon strings as opposed to steel strings. It's just so much warmer. I like a lot of different music, but I love pretty hymns, old songs and slow popular songs that artists can cover on c. guitar. Oh, also styles like Eva Cassidy and Dakota Blonde...Allison Kraus...oh I could probably go on and on. Anything is beautiful! I love bluegrass too--you should see this woman using her classical guitar to create a bluegrass band, it's AMAZING! Here's the link:

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DDOORN 3/19/2013 3:41PM

    Oooh! I just LOVE my classical guitar! I've played many, but have always preferred the mellow tone of nylon strings to steel. Of course I am a huge fan of Brasilian bossa nova music which is almost ALWAYS played on classical, nylon-stringed guitars.

Tough to find time to play when I'm not working or Sparking...but I do find it sometimes and am never sorry...!

Habit begets habit...the more consistent I become the more consistent I continue to be. I find I have to be very wary of "stopping", as getting started again takes SO much effort!


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MICAROO 3/19/2013 5:15AM

    My way of keeping on track is planning. A LOT of planning. I plan all my meals and snacks in advance. I cook once a week and put up my meals for the entire week, and wash all my fruits and veggies for snacks and salads. I schedule times for my workouts. Sometimes the weather interferes with my walk, but it doesn't derail my entire workout plan, since I plan for multiple times per day just in case something interrupts me. If I'm going out to dinner, I plan what I'm going to eat in advance. I track all my food and calories every day. That's the one sure thing that works for me.

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SPECIFICITY 3/18/2013 3:54PM

    That's a tough question. A buddy helps but I think ultimately it comes down to you making it a priority for you. Having it just click for you. I wish I had a better answer than that. Good luck!

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