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Moan!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Beautiful, sunny day. And where am I? Rolling about in bed with a stomach ache. I think I poisoned myself yesterday while handling some raw meat. I woke up abruptly and violently ill. So much for biking today. I just hope it departs with the same alacrity.

  
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KARENDEE4 3/14/2012 9:15AM

    Feel better!

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HONBAD 3/13/2012 9:56PM

    Feel better!

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AMANDASHRINKING 3/13/2012 1:10PM

    feel better sweetie

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NATPLUMMER 3/13/2012 11:09AM

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CAKEMAKERMOM 3/13/2012 10:55AM

    Unfortunately, food poisoning can happen from anything you ate in the last 3 days. I hope it goes away quickly!

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Trimming back on Spark Teams

Monday, March 12, 2012

When I got home from a weekend away from Spark People and found more than 100 emails in my inbox, I had to admit that I have a bit of a problem. As much as SP is helpful and you all are terrifically supportive, it's taking over my life a little. So I've trimmed back my team memberships by about 1/4. I'm not trimming any Spark Friends, and I will still be active, but it was getting a bit out of control1

  
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HONBAD 3/13/2012 9:55PM

    I did the same thing a couple months ago! Too many I wasn't active in.

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TRAVLNWOMAN 3/13/2012 8:24AM

    I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed to with the emails. If you check your friend feed regularly you can set your email preferences to not send an email when someone comments on something on it. That stops a lot of emails.

A big thing I did was in gmail (you can do this for most email servers) I created a folder for SparkPeople mail, then created a rule that any email from SP goes straight to that folder and bypasses my in box. I had been missing important emails because they were drowned out by all the SP mail. Now when I am "Sparking" I go straight to that folder.

I hope this might help you!
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EUPHRATES 3/13/2012 1:32AM

    LOLZ - been there. :) I get all kinds of enthusiastic and join a zillion teams, and regret it a week later. Some days I think I need a Spark 12 step group. :)

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NATPLUMMER 3/12/2012 1:33PM

    I feel ya!

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AMANDASHRINKING 3/12/2012 1:02PM

    I love sparks people but its bad at taking over my life too soooo do what you have to do we understand lady love ya

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RUFFIT 3/12/2012 11:14AM

    I know the feeling!!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 3/12/2012 11:09AM

    I had to do that too.

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 3/12/2012 10:55AM

    No problem, I had to do the same thing!

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MANDALORE 3/12/2012 10:49AM

    did the same thing a while back, kept great friends and people, but just to many teams to keep track of!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 3/12/2012 10:48AM

    When the support becomes more of a burden than a help, it's time to cut back. I'm glad you gained that inspiration! I'm also glad I can still be your friend.
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REYA-RLYEH 3/12/2012 10:38AM

    I can completely empathize. I think that I'm going to be doing a similar thing as well.

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Driving the car is not exercise!

Friday, March 09, 2012

I'm visiting friends this weekend, about 150 miles away. I'm making the drive alone.

At one point in my life, a 3-4 hour car trip would mean that I had to take snacks for the road. Those snacks would be cookies and candy and chips and soda. Because, after all, it was a long way and I would need sustenance.

Now, I look back and wonder what I was thinking. I'm driving a car through one state, not heading out on the Oregon Trail! I'm not walking that distance! Heck, with cruise control I'm not even using so much as my right foot for most of it! This is not a calorie-intensive activity.

What it was, was an excuse to try and step out of my own life. As if by going over 55 miles an hour the calories would be too slow and unable to catch up with me. In other words, madness.

So today, I will be packing a large cup of water, and a couple hundred-cal packs of almonds. That's all the snack that's really needed for this trip. That and a smarter attitude about travel.

  
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DANA48131 3/11/2012 9:54PM

    I used to get all kinds of crunchy stuff to munch on to help keep me awake when I was driving Michigan-to-Oklahoma or back.

I did fine on my drive to and from California in January with just apples and nuts.

You are doing a great job with your planning! Keep it up!

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TTLEELEE 3/9/2012 11:05PM

    Great point!! Just make sure to stay awake and alert ---- and you don't really want to have to make pit stops too many times either emoticon

Safe & fun travels!!

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NATPLUMMER 3/9/2012 3:35PM

    You are so right!! Enjoy!!

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DELHSI 3/9/2012 12:01PM

    Great blog! Funny, I would always do the same thing. Now, I'm smarter about what comes into my car. Would it be cool if we could drive faster than the calories would be able to catch up?! Guess we just need to out run those calories instead - ha emoticon

Have a fun trip!

~Della

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EUPHRATES 3/9/2012 10:51AM

    Good job! And yeah, we used to stop at least twice on the way to the NEO for snacks - now we pretty much drive straight through except for potty breaks ('cause of how much water I'm going through on the drive) and we walk right past the snacks and back out to the car. Progress! W00T!
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Have a FABULOUS trip!!!!!!!
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KARENDEE4 3/9/2012 9:29AM

    Good plan!!

Maybe you can stop and do a short walk on the trip too. Might feel good.

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TRAVLNWOMAN 3/9/2012 8:32AM

    LOL, "the calories would be too slow to catch up". That is a good one! Gee, I thought driving would at least be counted as "chair exercise"! Happy driving and good snacking.

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BLUESKIES139 3/9/2012 8:13AM

    Have a great time!!!!

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OPTIMIST1948 3/9/2012 7:25AM

    Actually some popcorn would be good too. Sometimes you nibble to keep yourself awake on the trip. Have a great time!

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Grateful for support

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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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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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.
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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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