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Monday, February 13, 2012

Well, I just finished up my first week of trying to get back on track. I have to say that it really feels good to be heading in the right direction.

Just wanted to share a little note and say I tired something new this week and I have to proclaim that I LOVE SPROUTS!! Who knew? Even most of my family liked them too! We tried Alfalfa and Clover sprouts. They were so fresh. I think I may just try to sprout some here at home. FUN!

This is gonna be a short note. My dear hubby is on a vacation this week, which we didn't know about last week. emoticon So, I am off to see what we are going to get into. The kids are happy because there is no homeschool when Dad is home. :) I think I will do some planning and organizing!

One more triumph for me is I AM NOT GETTING ON THE SCALE. I am just going with the good feeling I have for now and ignore that little piece of metal and springs that can suck the life out of me. Perhaps in a week or so I will weigh in.


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MAMASUDS 2/13/2012 4:26PM

    Good for you. emoticon
I feel inspired. I think I will need to get out the sprout jar again. It has been way too long since we did that. Thanks for the reminder.
I hope you enjoy your spontaneous vacation week.

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The Reluctant Dieter :)

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

That is what I felt like yesterday (Monday). Admittedly, I didn't tackle the first day with much gusto. It was all about just getting through it. I have had a sick three year old for several days and that has been the focus of my energy. I didn't get to go to the grocery store so that left hard choices with meals. But, I made it and stayed within my calorie range.

So, as night time approached and I had not worked out I was talking it over (whining) with my teenage daughter. It went something like this, " I just don't feel like exercising for 45 minutes!" She said, "Mom, you are in control of your body. It is not in control of you." emoticon Where does she get this stuff? Well, she is right and since she has been asking me to help her be more active and tone up I knew I had to be the adult and JUST DO IT!

Since I am typing this blog it is proof that although I thought the exercise would kill me it didn't. emoticon

Today's goal would be to get more water in and try to get to town so that the meals I planned can happen.

Although I am not exactly fired-up about trying again to lose weight, today I feel a little more positive about it than I did yesterday. That is moving in the right direction. Anyway, I've done the "all-fired-up-burn-out-fast" thing several times before.
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MAMASUDS 2/7/2012 3:36PM

    What a wonderful daughter you have!
To think, when we were kids, we just wanted to be adults. Now that we are, we are left with those tough decisions. So, lets roll up the sleeves and get it done.
Thankfully, we have practice in weaving fun into the must mundane of chores.

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FREELADY 2/7/2012 12:01PM

    You got over a significant hurdle. Please give yourself credit. I know exactly what you mean about all-fired-up-burn-out-fast. I have done that so many times.

Just a small step. You can do that today. They really do add up. Three cheers for you and your daughter both!

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GEMINIFLYGIRL 2/7/2012 10:05AM

    Aren't kids amazing! My son is so supportive of me, and sounds like your daughter is, too! Makes us realize we owe it to them to be healthy so we can keep embarrassing them...hey, it's our job! ;-)

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Get on your mark, Get Ready....

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Today I spent the day pondering on Monday. You know that Monday is always the official start day, right? emoticon Today was like a test run of sorts.

Well, I didn't wait until Monday. I did my 45 minutes of exercise and I logged my food. I made it 8000 steps, not the 10,000 goal, but not bad for a Saturday. I even took my two little ones outside and played basketball with them. emoticon. But somewhere in my mind Monday is the get serious day. I am doing some meal planning, that is a must. I have picked out 3 crock-pot meals (love that slow-cooker) that are healthy. I don't like to cook something different for me and then a whole other meal for the rest of my family. So, It takes me some time to nail down 3 meals a day that will satisfy all of us and not make it so hard to stay in my calorie range.

Today I did 10 minutes on the dreaded elliptical machine and then a 3 mile Leslie dvd. I hated almost every minute of it. I do remember that I used to get really excited about exercise. I just spent a lot of time today berating myself over being right back where I started from. I am not going to waller (that is southern for wallow) emoticon in that much longer because frankly, I am sick and tired of feeling pessimistic. It is what it is and I will go forward.

So the pity party is over and I know what I have to do! So lets GO!

Have a great weekend!

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MLROBINSON 2/6/2012 2:23PM

    I can't remember which ones I picked and I am not near my planning folder, but I will post them here along with some pics maybe!

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MAMASUDS 2/5/2012 12:22PM

    Basketball! Wow! Good for you! What do you do while on the elliptical? I wouldn't be able to last long on the rebounder if it wasn't for the Today Show. I jump while watching the news. The time goes by so fast that way.

Which slow cooker recipes did you pick? Let us know as the week goes by. I am always looking for good family-friendly recipes.

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MADDIEMOM27 2/4/2012 8:25PM

    You can do it!!! Just take it one day at a time!!! I love the slow cooker too. They have really good recipes on here....

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From the Sparkpeople Cookbook

Friday, February 03, 2012

This was the Dark Chocolate Angel Food Cake.

How we liked it:

Well, I've never had chocolate angel food cake. The raspberries made it really good and I don't think that the recipe called for them. (They were in the pic)

Overall it was good, but tasted like "diet" food. My daughter had fun making it!.

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MLROBINSON 2/6/2012 2:19PM

    It was a box mix and my daughter didn't like that. She likes to cook from scratch. We had to go buy an angel food pan and google how to cool it upside down. emoticon

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MAMASUDS 2/5/2012 11:51AM

    It looks yummy. Is is from a mix or from scratch? I have never been brave enough to make an angel food cake from scratch.

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MADDIEMOM27 2/3/2012 6:02PM

    It looks really yummy!!!

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Oh good grief!

Friday, February 03, 2012

Well, I really don't know where to start. A few months ago I was convinced that I was going to have it under control and finally meet my goals for health and weight loss. Well, somewhere along the way I decided that the scale just wasn't moving fast enough and became discouraged, even though I had lost about 28 pounds. Looking back, I can't believe that I actually thought that I wasn't being successful. So what did I do? I quit, of course, and now I am back to the weight I started at. emoticon

So, I have just been terrified to start again. The feelings of failure are almost too much. I was unstoppable. I went to Red Lobster and stayed on plan! So, how could I find myself here? AGAIN? I will be turning 43 this year. I want to be healthy now! I have wasted so many years. I am just at such a state of discouragement! I have no confidence. emoticon

Well, I must go forward. If not I will be 10 pounds heavier in a few weeks.

I need to make a plan. emoticon

One idea I have is to journal here every day. Just about the struggles and triumphs and for some extra accountability. My 20th wedding anniversary will be in September and I would so love to be slimmer and feel better by then. My husband has never been anything but loving to me, no matter what size. But, now he and I both realize that health is so important and that we are getting older. For my 4 children I want to be that person I feel like I can be, the one that they will never know while I am 100 pounds overweight.

In the past I have been so guilty of setting huge goals. I need to set some healthy, doable, short range goals. I also need to be in control with healthy meal plans. One other thing is I need to get back into the groove of regular exercise. I have several tools that help with motivation and a great place to work-out. I love Leslie Sansone! I have tons of her DVDs.

Really, getting started is the hardest part. How many times have I done this and failed? Too many to count. I thought several times about trying WW again. But, I know that I have all I need on this site to succeed and I don't have time for the meetings at this point in my life.

This is what I am going to do:

Log in to Sparkpeople & journal here daily (probably not on Sundays)
Do at least 45 minutes of exercise
Walk 10,000 steps per day
Journal my food (every bite)
Focus on getting through one day at a time. (this one is hard for me)
Drink tons of water!

For the month of February I set a goal to just consistent with the above list and to not get on the scale daily(man, am I bad about getting on that scale) I will shoot for weekly.

Wish me luck!

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MAMASUDS 2/5/2012 10:48AM

    Right there with you my friend. We will also be celebrating 20 years this year. What a great goal to have.
I am also so guitly of setting pie in the sky goals and then never coming near them and getting discouraged. I am working on being a better goal setter this year. A little more realistic.

I look forward to walking this journey with you.

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MLROBINSON 2/4/2012 11:59AM

    Wow! Thanks for all of the kind, encouraging words!
I'm just thankful for these!
Melanie emoticon

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GEMINIFLYGIRL 2/3/2012 11:43PM

    Melanie, I wish you all the success in the world. I'm confident you can do it, and I look forward to reading your future blogs. In the end, it doesn't matter what any Spark Person says/ deserve to be the person you want to be. Great wishes!!


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TIKITAMI 2/3/2012 9:04PM

You came back, great job!
You came back before you went over where to started and being able to put on the brakes and return is a great accomplishment.


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MADDIEMOM27 2/3/2012 6:06PM

    Good luck!!!

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ROSIESNOW 2/3/2012 5:19PM

    Good Luck! You can do this - keep posting and we'll keep cheering you on!

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AANGEL3 2/3/2012 4:25PM

    I find blogging and logging keeps me honest. emoticon

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