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Thursday, March 08, 2012

Thank you all for encouraging me on my last blog entry. I've switched my icon to Dory so that I remember to "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming..."

Spark friends are awesome.

  
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DANA48131 3/11/2012 9:49PM

    Love Dory! My favorite movie... coming out in 3-D soon! Cannot wait!!!

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EUPHRATES 3/9/2012 10:49AM

    Sorry I missed it to give you *hugs*, so I'll just send some now.
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SEWINGMAMACDS 3/9/2012 10:45AM

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KARENDEE4 3/9/2012 9:34AM

    I love your attitude!!

Just keep swimming!

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LUVMYCRAZYKIDS 3/8/2012 9:45PM

    LOL! Love the prior posts!

I love Dory...I think I will add her to a collage! I need to follow that advice!

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OPTIMIST1948 3/8/2012 8:56PM

    Still wish I could "like" a comment: CakeMakerMom has it DOWN.

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TRAVLNWOMAN 3/8/2012 7:43PM

    LOL, I have Dori's picture above my desk with the same saying to remind me when things get rough to just keep swimming. I love Dori!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 3/8/2012 5:14PM

    You'll get there... P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney...

Oh and one more thing: when you come to this trench, swim through it, not over it.

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NATPLUMMER 3/8/2012 4:13PM

    Hey, that's what friends are for :-)

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Stuck

Thursday, March 08, 2012

My weight is stuck in the low 260s and just won't budge. This is frustrating. I want to be a machine: xcals+xexercise = xweightloss. I want the math to work. It's just not happening right now.

I know that I can't let this discourage me. If I continue to eat right and work out, I will eventually start dropping again. I'm trying to mix it up with the exercise, biking, walking, ski machine, and strength training. I'm working to keep it all interesting and fun.

I can't completely kid myself, though; everyone likes those little "gold stars" of the scale moving. As much as we console ourselves with the other changes, that's the one that haunts us. And when I'm not getting those, there's a part of me that feels a little defeated.

And yet, when I think about what "defeated" means in this situation, I can't imagine a true failure, giving up state. Because the way I am eating, and the fitness I am pursuing? I wouldn't change that. I like who I am and how I feel now. I have goals and ambitions that I didn't have before, ones that have little to do with the scale.

So when those scale numbers don't move, I wince with a bit of disappointment, but then I go on. Because, really, there's nowhere better to go.

  
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TAHOEKARIN 3/8/2012 9:58PM

    Dana had some good advice, it's not always that equation. There are so many things that go on behind the curtain.

I lost 70 lbs and then I've been stuck for a while. What I found helped me during my 70 lbs is that whenever I started a new exercise plan or change in my diet, I gave it 4 weeks.

The other thing for me is W-A-T-E-R. For me, that's what really speeds my weight loss along.

And I'm going to take my own advice on that and drink up! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 3/8/2012 2:11PM

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NELLJONES 3/8/2012 10:04AM

    The only way to get there is One Day At A Time, but get there you will!

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YOGAANDBIKE 3/8/2012 9:48AM

    If we are on the right path, let's continue. This is healthful. You could be like my best friend who is losing weight on some powdery substance twice a day and lean meat and salad in the evening, but she is not learning how to eat, how to shop for groceries, how to choose vegetables, how to cook vegetables--none of that. We are learning a new healthful way of living. We are exercising. I am very positive about SP and about what I'm learning and doing.
I'm sending the very best of motivational powers to you all. emoticon

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DANA48131 3/8/2012 9:42AM

    A friend of mine has a great dietician who always seems to have the best advice. She says that our bodies are not savings accounts, and that weight loss doesn't and won't happen like "deposits and withdrawals". It isn't always going to make sense. I think I may be at the same point where the scale isn't going to move for a couple of months, but I hope that once my "internal thermostat" adjusts itself, that number will start dropping again. We just have to keep on keeping on. We'll get there!
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CAKEMAKERMOM 3/8/2012 8:59AM

    I find that eating different calorie counts one day a week helps. The one week I was stuck so far was the week I ate within my limits the whole week, making it a low calorie week for the whole week. Perhaps changing up your eating one or two days a week will help? If anything you'll learn that doesn't work either.

Good luck figuring it out!

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BLUESKIES139 3/8/2012 8:48AM

    You will get there. Just continue to try to mix it up!! Maybe try some new form of exercise your not familiar with just to try to help you over this hump. You WILL do this!!!

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RICHILA 3/8/2012 8:44AM

    I completely understand. I am stuck in the high 260's and have been this year so far. My lowest is 264.9. I went up and am slowly coming back down. I am losing inches-but I want the lower numbers on the scale! I keep eating right and moving-because I feel so much better-but I wnat to see the 250's really bad.

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OPTIMIST1948 3/8/2012 8:26AM

    I have not hit a plateau yet, so I can empathize, but not sympathize. Its always difficult when your brain (this too shall pass) and your heart (Need to see movement!) disagree. Your comments about "wince with disappointment but there's nowhere better to go" contain an absolute truth.

Keep chugging.

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MISSG180 3/8/2012 8:20AM

    Amanda, I feel for you. But we will both stick with it, and we will get off these marks!

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AMANDASHRINKING 3/8/2012 8:08AM

    im stuck at 285 if i go down one im right back the next day with a very active job and 3 hrs of exercise a day its starting to frankly piss me off

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T-minus sweetie time!

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Hubby should be rolling up any minute. After 10 days, I am very anxious to have him back! I'm glad of the time, because it's wonderful to do my spring cleaning while he is out, but it's a long time without my sweetie.

I should have been in bed an hour ago, but who can sleep when the love of their life is rolling down the turnpike, on his way home?

  
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WOLFSPIRITMOM 3/6/2012 1:13PM

    I know, I wouldn't be going to bed either, I miss my hubby now as he is on midnights. We don't get to be together as much. emoticon emoticon

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K1TT3N 3/5/2012 7:31PM

    YAY

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TTLEELEE 3/5/2012 8:50AM

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NATPLUMMER 3/5/2012 8:47AM

    YAY!!

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KARENDEE4 3/5/2012 7:22AM

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TATTER3 3/5/2012 6:29AM

    Keep Sparkin'!!

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EUPHRATES 3/5/2012 4:55AM

    YAYZ!

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DARA52 3/4/2012 11:19PM

    10 days is a long time. Happy reunion!

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The anatomy of dinner decisions

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The 5-year-old who lives in my head: WAAAAH! You didn't feed me ALL DAY!!! I'm starving!!

Me: I'm sorry. This day didn't go anything like it was supposed to. Let's make dinner now.

5yo: WAAAAH!!!! I'm too hungry for cooking!! Let's eat the leftover Girl Scout cookies!

Me: You know that isn't going to happen. Let's see what we have in the fridge.

5yo: There's heavy cream, and butter, and a great Amish raw milk cheese. Let's make cheese sauce!

Me: And put it over...what?

5yo: What do you mean?

Me: It's sauce. It has to go over something.

5yo: I'm not getting you.

Me: Are you suggesting that we just eat cheese sauce all by itself out of the pot?!

5yo:Oh my god, if you're gonna be that way about it, just make it thinner and call it soup!

Me: ...

5yo: Oh, fine! What's your idea?

Me: We have all these wonderful greens that we got at the market the other day....

5yo: Salad?! You can't be serious! I'm hungry!!!

Me: Well, I can saute up some onions and red bell peppers and mushrooms.

5yo: MEAT!!!

Me: Okay, and some grilled steak sliced thin. Oh, and I have some avocado.

5yo: A WHOLE red pepper! A WHOLE avocado!!

Me: That's a lot of--

5yo: Whole! Whole whole WHOLE!!!!

And that is why I am currently eating a salad the size of my head. It's actually very tasty, and the 5-year-old is quieting down.

And it's certainly healthier than a pot of cheese sauce.

  
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OPTIMIST1948 3/8/2012 8:28AM

    Snorked my tea when I read this. Sounds SO FAMILIAR!

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EVERLEARNING 3/4/2012 2:11PM

    Hm, something is SO familiar about this conversation........

Thanks for posting it!!

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EUPHRATES 3/4/2012 11:36AM

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NATPLUMMER 3/1/2012 9:20PM

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K1TT3N 3/1/2012 6:23PM

    Awesome blog !

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KARENDEE4 3/1/2012 9:09AM

    emoticon Great blog! I struggle at dinner sometimes too

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CINERICIA 3/1/2012 8:46AM

    My mental five year old says chocolate cake for breakfast is a sound nutritional decision. After all, it's make with almond milk and (mostly) whole wheat flour. That almost makes it a whole wheat pancake. Perfectly reasonable.

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DELHSI 2/29/2012 9:51PM

    GREAT blog! I never looked at those 'self, in my own head' conversations like an adult/child conversation but it is just like that. And, you know if you had eaten the 'soup' then the 5 year old would have told on you and made you feel guilty - ha!

~Della

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ROBBI7576 2/29/2012 8:23PM

  HA - I love this post. I think the 5-year-old in your head must be in kindergarten with the 5 year-old in my head. Thanks for a great post!!

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ROBBI7576 2/29/2012 8:22PM

  HA - I love this post. I think the 5-year-old in your head must be in kindergarten with the 5 year-old in my head. Thanks for a great post!!

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CHUM48 2/29/2012 8:19PM

    Ha! Ha! Great Story!

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Davy Jones! Oh no!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

So sad to read that Davy Jones has died. I remember The Monkees TV show from when I was in grade school. My own idols aren't supposed to be dropping dead; it's too soon for that!

  
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KATHYSCOLLIES 3/1/2012 1:20AM

    He was my favourite Monkee. I had quite the crush on him too!

He was cute, had a gorgeous accent, and since I too was a "Jones", I could pretend that we were related.... lol

I still have most of the Monkees' records , both on '45's and 'LP's too - now I really have dated myself! hahaha

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DANA48131 2/29/2012 9:11PM

    I loved Tiger Beat! I had not heard about Davy.... very sad indeed! :(

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SHAMILTON311 2/29/2012 8:05PM

    I was in grade school and had a crush on Davy Jones. I used to love watching the program and buying Tiger Beat and mooning over the pictures.

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SUZICANDO 2/29/2012 7:57PM

    I know, it just seems so wrong. I loved Davy when I was growing up.

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