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Thursday, Friday, and the Weekend

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I have really been continuing to enjoy my morning walks, and I'm finding myself looking forward to getting out of bed, so I can be ready for my day early enough to get at least a mile in before work. Who would have guessed this??

I got on the scale this morning for my daily weigh-in, and I'm 1.5 pounds below goal now!! I knew I would finally get back here as long as I continued to trust myself and the habits that I've learned over the past few years, but it's still such a relief to be back in my comfort zone :)

I have the next two days off work, and my boyfriend and I have plans to get lots of outside work done--what specifically we will do is yet to be determined--Friday will probably include planting some bare root trees. The weather looks like it's going to be gorgeous--maybe a little cool, but for working outside- it will be great!

Saturday will be spent in the car and at a wedding shower--I'll get to spend some wonderful time with family that I don't get to see often, and then Sunday back in the car for the trip home. I'm not worried about eating--the whole group I will be with is so supportive and on board with making sure healthy options are available. Looking forward to a great weekend!

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MEXGAL1 4/29/2013 10:10AM

    Hope your week end was a good one.
Have a great week.

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COFFEE_123456 4/25/2013 7:41PM

    What a great plan for your weekend - glad to see that everything is going so well!

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THOMASINA57 4/25/2013 11:01AM

    Have a wonderful weekend! You sound amazing, happy and so upbeat! Love it.

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KANOE10 4/25/2013 9:08AM

    Great job on losing. I do morning walks before work also. It is now getting more enjoyable with the sun and warmer weather.


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BARHAAS 4/24/2013 6:54PM

    Michelle, you are proof that the sun'll come out tomorrow! Your attitude during both ups and downs is always inspiration to me to hang in there. Thank you for sharing! emoticon emoticon

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_JODI404 4/24/2013 5:48PM

    Congrats on your additional weight loss! You *knew* you could do it... and you did! Belief in yourself is key! emoticon emoticon

Sounds like a fantastic weekend ahead, hope you enjoy! It looks like a lot of rain here, but we need to continue to wash away our heavy pollen so we can finally enjoy the beautiful outdoors again!

Safe travels!

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LIVIN2LOVE1 4/24/2013 2:25PM

    Nice job getting back to weight! I'm still working on it but I know I'll get there. It's awesome that you'll be planting trees on Arbor Day! Great weather for it too!

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KELLIEBEAN 4/24/2013 2:23PM

    Congratulations! Sounds like a great weekend ahead! That is great that your family is on board with healthy options. That is a help.



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PARKERB2 4/24/2013 12:50PM

    I do hope you have a wonderful weekend. Family can be fun especially if they support you.

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GERARLAUR 4/24/2013 12:15PM

    Have fun!

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WORKNPROGRESS49 4/24/2013 12:00PM

    emoticon on your weigh in!!! Enjoy your weekend emoticon

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Morning Walks

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Today was the third day this week that I got to work early enough to walk a mile around our indoor track at the top of the gym--I keep asking myself why in the world have I not made this a habit before now?? It's so easy and peaceful. I don't even plug in my mp3 player...The gym is only semi-lit, and when it's raining--like it is today, I can listen to the rain on the roof. I can also hear the students out in the cafeteria getting ready for the school day. It really has been starting my days off on the right foot. Another benefit that I'm noticing is that I'm nice and warm when I get to my desk in the library--when I am usually freezing most of the day :)

One thing I would like to change about this habit is that I'd like to get up just a little earlier, so that maybe I'd have time to get 2 miles in--something to work toward.

Have a great day!!

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COFFEE_123456 4/19/2013 8:29AM

    Sounds like such a peaceful way to start your day!

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MEXGAL1 4/18/2013 2:49PM

    Awesome...good for you!
Here's to even earlier days!

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AMARILYNH 4/18/2013 2:21PM

    I LOVE exercising in the morning - it starts my day on just the right note!! I'm retired now, but when I was working it seemed that if I could control that one thing I was more likely to be able to control the rest of my day!

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KAYOTIC 4/18/2013 11:19AM

    Great new habit! I'm sure you could gradually build up to the earlier waking. It's nice that you are noticing the improvement for the rest of your day too!

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MJ7DM33 4/17/2013 8:45PM

  emoticon Keep it up!

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BARHAAS 4/17/2013 5:25PM

    What a great way to start your day Michelle! And a great reminder of how good physical activity (no matter what it is) can make us feel... emoticon

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_JODI404 4/17/2013 3:56PM

    I am just not a morning person, unless I am not sleeping well for some reason, I may be up early.

I think this sounds like a wonderful way to start your day. I do wish I could do it, but I can look at lunch, and nights are when I always do my fitness.

Enjoy your new fresh start to your day! emoticon emoticon

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THOMASINA57 4/17/2013 10:41AM

    I love walking in the mornings also but in the forest with the dogs.. that's the upside of being retired..

Good for you for trying to work this into your routine.. the peacefulness and warmth is a great reason to continue on!!

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KENDRACARROLL 4/17/2013 10:36AM

    Good going!
Something I want to start doing but somehow just can't quite manage.
Well, there's always something to work on...
Have a great SparkDay.

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KELLIEBEAN 4/17/2013 10:29AM

    I do this too. We have a large gym/auditorium at work. I love going in there first thing in the morning when it's dimly lit. I walk eight laps one way then eight laps in the opposite direction. It's very peaceful.

I also do 15 minutes either after lunch of at the end if the day.

I do my best thinking in there!


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Maintenance Week 58

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

9 April 2013

Maintenance week 58:

I’ve been off the birth control pills for a week now--of course it is the same week I would have been off anyway before beginning a new pack, but I think psychologically it is making me feel better. My health care professional has started me on 10 mg of Prozac per day to tackle my mood symptoms now instead, since the first option I chose was not doing a good job of controlling my symptoms, and I had gained and maintained 5 pounds over the past 3 months. My weight is now down 2 pounds in the last week. In part, I’m sure, to the beautiful weather we have been having and the resulting outdoor activity I have been getting in.

I am not having much trouble with insomnia (a possible side effect of the new med), and it is definitely not making me drowsy, so taking it in the morning is working well. I have found, however, that if I have ANY caffeine during the day, it does keep me awake at night, so I have eliminated the coffee and tea that I was having from time to time. I am fine with just plain water anyway, and I enjoy herbal tea from time to time--the decaf coffee at Panera is really good though too, I just have to remember not to reach for the regular when I go there from now on.

I am really liking using the Active Link Activity monitor I got at my WW meeting location a few weeks back. I really liked the pedometer that I have too--I just quit wearing it for a while, because I was so attached to it. The new monitor is more active for all activity--not just walking.

I’m really looking forward to getting to know this new toy and seeing how it motivates me to move more! Since I’ve recently dropped two of the five pounds I’d gained since the beginning of January, I’m pretty excited.

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BESSHAILE 4/16/2013 7:27AM

    I heart heart heart my Active Link monitor. I wear it EVERY day and have been known to drive 8 miles back home to get it on one of the few days I forgot to wear it.

I've always thought of myself as 'active' because I go to the gym 4 times a week and have for decades. But I hadn't realized how long the stretches of inactivity were between one gym visit and the next. Now I make sure I get morning walks, afternoon walks and at my job - (Library Director) I now work one hour a day, either at the circulation desk or working in the shelves. An hour of standing in the middle of the day is amazingly good for a sit-at-a-desk person.

Hope all your internal chemistry settles down and you fly through spring time on a happy healthy sunbeam!

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KAYOTIC 4/12/2013 12:04AM

    Congrats on the 2 lbs and the activity monitor! Is it like a fitbit? I am loving that tool too!

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KELLIEBEAN 4/11/2013 10:58PM

    Congrats on the weight loss. Have fun with your new toy! emoticon

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_JODI404 4/10/2013 10:08PM

    emoticon on dropping 2lbs!! That is great! I know those other 3 will be gone soon too, just keep at it!

The warm weather truly makes a big difference!! I've heard several people say how motivating the Active Link is for making you want to be more active, so that is great!

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BARHAAS 4/10/2013 9:47PM

    The best to you Kelly in maintaining your amazing weight loss! Thank you for sharing real life struggles--even after losing all that weight. The best to you in your healthy journey, both physically and emotionally. We're all in this together, and let me tell you, your company is the best! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COFFEE_123456 4/10/2013 9:39PM

    Hello - nice to see that you have some positive changes! Giving up coffee sounds tough (for me, glad it isn't for you!) so it is nice that you found the decaf.

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CATHEMARIE 4/10/2013 1:31PM

    Sounds like things are on the upswing!!

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MONTHONY 4/10/2013 10:49AM

    Congratualtions! emoticon

I'm impressed with all you are doing to maintain your fitness. I used to work out daily, and never dreamed I would ever give it up, but life, work, and graduate school got in the way. Now I need to get the habit back.
Thank you for the inspiration. I hit a plateau, so I'm trying to review everything. Do you have any advice?


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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

This seems like a common theme for me lately--the sugar binging! I am focusing today on staying away from it all together--just for today--then I will tackle it again tomorrow. I am currently 7 pounds above my goal weight. I am one pound under my WW goal for my free lifetime membership--but I want to get back to MY goal. I got lazy over the cold months, and I'm getting better about activity again with the weather getting warmer, but I need to develop a strategy that works for me before the next cold season approaches again, so I don't find myself in this same conundrum again. It's hard enough to maintain within a few pounds without letting myself get almost 10 pounds over!! I am not giving up on me though like I have before. Thanks to all my spark friends who support me and comment and share their own struggles--you give me strength!

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_JODI404 4/3/2013 9:00PM

    You are certainly not alone with the sugar battle!! The Easter candy being available in 'single' portions was just so tempting to me. Funny, because regular candy bars don't really ever tempt me.

I think the warmer weather is exactly what I need to get pumped up to get my cardio going strong again. The ST is excellent -- but I would like to get cardio going stronger again. I do it, just need more, and more intensity.

Taking it one day at a time is the best way to approach it. Every choice we make about food and movement either sets us towards our goals or away from them. Try to make as many good choices as possible!

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MEXGAL1 4/3/2013 4:57PM

    Sugar is a nasty drug. I was so addicted to it. It was so hard for me to get off it but I finally just went cold turkey and was having hardly any sugar...oh yes, occaisionally I will have cake. I am a bit worried now as I have been having an eletrolyte problem and the doctor is recommending I drink Gatorade which has tons of sugar....and I won't do artifical sugar. I will be strong though and not let all the cookies and cakes sneak back in.
You can do this.
Keep on keeping on!

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SUNNYSIDE20 4/3/2013 1:23PM

    Easter candy is a strong sugar trigger-I, too, was totally letting myself eat the candy --that I bought so I can't blame anyone but myself for that:( emoticon

Spring and getting out will boost your mood, motivation and energy. emoticon

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KAYOTIC 4/3/2013 10:41AM

    When that sugar urge hits, it's a tough one! I know I've been slipping a bit myself, so I'll take your challenge myself! Easter was fun, my sister and her family came up, and we had a great time indulging, but that's over now, time to focus back on the healthy stuff!

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COFFEE_123456 4/2/2013 8:27PM

    Wishing you the best - you seem to have very good perspective on the issues and that is definitely the first step! Hope you stay on a course that makes you happy and healthy!

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    I hear you. Once we get that ''Sugar Monkey" on our backs its really hard to get it out of the way. Here is hoping you are on your way.

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SLENDERELLA61 4/2/2013 4:03PM

    It's worth the struggle! Keep it up!! As long as you don't give up, you'll get there AND can stay there. Take good care of yourself. You deserve it.

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GORIANA 4/2/2013 2:24PM

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LIVIN2LOVE1 4/2/2013 1:37PM

    I have struggled with sugar this winter too. I've put on over 10 lbs. I'm not giving up either, like I have in the past. Times may be difficult in my life right now but I'm committed to losing what I gained over winter.

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RUDITUDI2000 4/2/2013 11:45AM

You can do it! Good idea to put stratagies in place. You will be right where you want if you just keep on...keeping on! emoticon

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    You can do it; you've come so far!


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2013 Bicycle Debut and a Sugar Binge :)

Saturday, March 23, 2013

I got an Active Link at my WW meeting Thursday night, and I have it all set up online--doing my baseline data collection for the next week.

My bike made it’s 2013 debut yesterday. I rode it to the Y for my ST and then to the grocery store to pick up supplies to make my youngest son’s Birthday cake--I sent him a text Thursday night while he was with his dad to find out what kind he wants---cheesecake!! Oh, how dangerous is that?? And I knew he meant real...baked...cheesecake. It’s going to be a challenge for me to reign it on on that thing! I was starving when I came home with my supplies--who knows why--I hadn’t missed a meal, and I had a battle with sweets off and on since about 10:00 when I made a trip through the main office at work and found someone had brought in some homemade chocolate covered cream Easter eggs that were to share--I had ignored them once when they were in their little protective plastic dome-fortress, but this time they were on a plate--with a knife for slicing up into little harmless pieces....I tried the maple cream one, and it was like solid butter cream frosting flavored with maple--I loved it! Well that set off my sweet tooth for the rest of the day (apparently it’s like crack or heroin or something to my system). My co-worker has a few conversation hearts in a cup left from Valentine’s Day on her desk (I don’t even particularly care for those things!) that I began to nibble on...then came lunch--I got back to my healthy food. After lunch I had to go through the office again..I had hoped those eggs were! I had another sliver...back to my room and the conversation hearts. I finally snapped out of it and said I had to get some kind of better sweet snack --I found a high protein granola bar in my bag--that did the trick--I left the candy alone and got a little protein kick.

I made it through the rest of the day at work without any further casualties, then home to change for my bike ride to the Y...did that...(2013 debut for my bike, BTW), did my weight circuit...biked back home for grocery list for cheesecake...biked to the store for that and back home. My son was home by then, and it was supper, since I was starving, I thought it would be a good idea to have supper before starting on his cake....he requested Chinese, and I thought that would be fine...shrimp and mixed veggies for me....home again and working on cake--started with crust--crushing the vanilla wafers...and well, there are only a few(probably 20) left after getting what I need for the crust...I ate them all!! Safer than having them lie around, right?? Thank God for all the activity I got in yesterday; I should recover more quickly that way...I had been so good all week, and I think that it snuck up on little bit of sugar sent me over the edge. Grr. is a new day and a new week--the scale didn’t freak me out too badly this morning. I wrote it down, and I’m moving on. Have a great weekend and week!

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BARHAAS 3/25/2013 10:09PM

    Boy I hear you on the "sliver of this and sliver of that!" Sugar really does sneak up on me, so I was glued to your story! I loved your sharing and the way you turned it around and got back on that "healthy horse." Your sharing of something that I know all too well helps to inspire me all the more, since I know you have reached your goal. Here's to your continued healthy journey with detours along the way...So glad you are back on track! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_JODI404 3/23/2013 4:55PM

    Days like that are bound to happen once in a while. You did great!! All that biking and working out, and then facing the scale and moving forward with a new day.

Hope you are having a great weekend!

I can't wait to get my bike out too! emoticon emoticon

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ALASKABRED 3/23/2013 4:11PM

    I had the same thing happen in Costco....first few steps in the store they were offering Jelly Belly candies, then further on all kinds of things which are totally not on my eating plan....did I say no? Of course I didn't. Sugar and wheat do drastic things for my willpower and it doesn't take much.... It is so totally not worth it when you look back on some of the choices because half of the time it is not even something I love. Oh well, idamage control is always a good thing.

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COFFEE_123456 3/23/2013 12:26PM

    Hi - great news about your biking. Sounds like you are totally right on track to keep away from the sugar binge - that is a nice, fast course change! Cheesecake is TOTALLY irresistible to me...

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KAYOTIC 3/23/2013 10:09AM

    I was thinking protein might break your sugar binge, and then you had the high protein granola bar! Maybe that would have worked after making the cheesecake too? Something to think about the next time temptation is sitting there, open and beckoning like a box of vanilla cookies! And then give the open box to your son and have him hide or dispose of them!

Great job on the bike debut! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 3/23/2013 10:00AM

    Sugar is nasty stuff isn't it....once I start, I can't stop. It's a drug!
Yes, today is a new day......step away from the sugar!
Have a terrific day.

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GAILRUU 3/23/2013 9:26AM

    For me, eating sugar is like throwing gasoline on a fire. I am better off avoiding it totaly.

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KANOE10 3/23/2013 8:33AM

    Sugar causes the same reaction in me..I want more and more. Good for you exercising and getting some healthy food in.
Today is a new day and you sound ready to stay focused and on track.

Have a great ride on your bike! I do st at the Y also. Good for you getting even more exercise by riding your bike.


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MELLIESUE13 3/23/2013 8:20AM

    Sugar does the same thing to me! Glad you were able to just move on. I would love to live somewhere where I could safely ride a bike. Its just too dangerous where I live .. little narrow country roads and people fly like the wind on them.

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