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Thanksgiving Report Card

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

I did pretty well reining myself in food-wise today. After dinner was over and the kitchen back in order I sat down at the computer to log my food, and was happy with the outcome. I had only 1245 calories from the day, including everything right down to the butter on my roll and the cherry tomatoes on my salad, and including a healthy breakfast as well. I was happy and proud of myself for not giving into the mentality of "oh well, it's the holidays now.....might as well have everything I want...." But the funny thing is, I DID have everything I wanted--but I exercised portion control. I came away fully satisfied.

Of course, that was before the pie. I was going to pass on the pie if I was already over my calorie allotment, but since I wasn't, I indulged myself in a 500-calorie piece of pecan pie. And I must say, it was simply to die for. (My family was all irritated that I kept going on about it....but it was that good!) So anyway, now I'm officially over by around 250 calories, but I'm pretty sure I'm done eating for the day. If I get the urge to have a little something, the carrots and celery are standing at the ready. And I actually have the energy to do a little furniture rearranging in preparation for Christmas decorating! Life is good when you're not in a Thanksgiving-dinner-induced coma on Thursday evening!

  
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TAMARAC2 12/3/2009 2:14PM

    Great job with the food logging and a healthy day!!! I was with you on the not over-indulging part and it felt soooo good not to go into that food induced coma!

Yay us!!

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BRAVAH 12/2/2009 9:14AM

    That is fantastic! What a wonderful report! Good for you!

Cheers,
Heidi

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SHARON2014 12/2/2009 6:39AM

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JEFFREYWULFF 12/1/2009 1:12AM

    Not too shabby.

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LUCIED83 11/28/2009 12:08AM

    Congratulations on not depriving yourself and enjoying your day. Hope it was wonderful!

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CONCHA77 11/27/2009 1:23PM

    I was unfortunately away from my laptop so could not log my foods-I KNOW that I overdid it yesterday. I had pecan pie also, couldn't resist. Weigh in this morning was good though, I didn't gain anything (yet)....
Now back to exercising! Have a great Friday! emoticon
Connie

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2BFREE2LIVE 11/26/2009 8:40PM

    GREAT JOB. RICHARD WILL BE VERY PROUD OF YOU. emoticon

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SARAHF_24 11/26/2009 8:18PM

    WOW good job! Only over by about 250 calories! That is awesome! Im glad you got to enjoy the food (and the pie!) I am hoping I have as good of luck with my calories as you! Im already thinking about tracking it today so I can prepare for portions and see what I'll have Sunday!

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Back on the Wagon

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Well, it's been a rough few weeks. It seems like once I "fall off the wagon" it takes me a while to climb back on. Two weeks ago I blogged about my food indiscretions during the time around my birthday. I'm still battling the outcome of that. Haven't really gained any pounds--well, maybe one, depending on the way I lean on the scale--but my food habits are just not getting back to where they need to be in order for me to move forward. And my exercise habits are deplorable too.

But today I commit myself once again to what all that desire a healthier lifestyle do time and again: I'm climbing back up on that wagon, and I'm spending the next 11 days leading up to Thanksgiving being a good girl. Then by the time turkey-day rolls around I'll be on such a roll with my "new" habits that I won't be tempted to overdo it.

I wish me luck, and I wish you luck too. We are going to need it as we head into this most challenging time of the year.

  
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TAMARAC2 11/19/2009 2:22PM

    I'm with you! I have not been doing what I need to do to take the weight off. Between my birthday and my son's birthday (about 1 month apart) I've been having too many extra treats and I'm not putting in the exercise effort needed to lose weight. It's challenging.

Today, however I hopped back on the treadmill on my own time rather than trying to convince myself that 2 days with the trainer a week was going to get it done for me.

We both know what we need to do ---- now let's do it! Best of luck to both of us!!!

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BRAVAH 11/18/2009 6:26PM

    HI Sharon!

I love it! I really applaud you for your attitude - especially with the holidays coming up. I've been in a "let's just maintain through the holidays" kind of attitude. But you're right... getting a head start in the next week or so could make all the difference! Thank you!

Best wishes!

Cheers,
Heidi

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SUNNY332 11/18/2009 9:32AM

    I am right there with you. I have been "off" since our vacation but have set some new goals and feel positive about being headed towards those goals once again.

Take care - we can do this together.

Hugs, Sunny

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CONCHA77 11/16/2009 9:04AM

    Right there with you! Beginning today I want to loose 1 pound a week! that would be an awesome Christmas present to myself.
Let's do it!

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CARRENK 11/15/2009 4:20PM

    Good luck - I know you can do it!

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SARAHF_24 11/15/2009 2:53PM

    Good luck and I know you can do it! Im just the same way...once I fall off its hard for me to get back on. The thing is though its so easy for me to stay on that I wonder why I fall off in the first place. Don't let it get your spirits down. Take one day at a time! And think healthy thoughts!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/15/2009 12:24PM

    Here's to that balanced view: living a full and meaningful life, while being healthy! emoticon

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SHERWOODMOMMA 11/15/2009 11:26AM

    I was just thinking about how challenging it's going to be this holiday season, but the nicest Christmas present for me is going to be a smaller and healthier me!

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So, is having 3 birthday cakes excessive?

Friday, October 30, 2009

I just don't even feel good. And it has nothing to do with the fact that I'm just getting over the cold/flu/crud/whatever it was that has been keeping me down for the past couple of weeks. Nope, I just had a REALLY bad food week, and as a result, I just feel really bleccchhhh.

It all started with a co-worker's birthday on Tuesday. We did a taco lunch and gooey brownies. Oh--and after work my husband's company had a party, catered by Famous Daves, which also included free frou-frou drinks, of which I had two. Then my birthday on Wednesday. For me another co-worker (and baker extraordinaire) baked a bavarian-cream-filled cake. Then after work the family went to the Olive Garden, where I proceeded to overdose on breadsticks. After dinner (from which I had to be rolled out) we went home, and due to a mixup my daughter baked a cake AND DH bought one too. So yes, that makes 3. But wait, there's more.....Thursday morning our HR guy brought in donuts. Not just any donuts either--these were as big as saucers and dripping with gooey icing. And there was leftover birthday cake too--both at work and at home. Friday it was donuts again, this time courtesy of a co-worker from the Finance department in honor of the month-end close. Then later in the day yet another group of co-workers came by selling treats (cookies, cupcakes, and pink lemonade) as a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness. Hey, it was for charity! Oh--all this is in addition to the Halloween goodies that are at home, work, EVERYWHERE!

OMG....no wonder I feel sick! Writing it all out like this makes me feel even more gluttonous than ever! I'm surprised I'm not in a sugar coma. Can't be good for anybody, and especially someone like me who is trying to keep the "big D" out of her life.

So, I think I answered my own question......yes, 3 cakes is over the top--and so was the rest of my week. I'm glad it's over!

  
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BRAVAH 11/11/2009 9:42AM

    HI Sharon!

Thanks for stopping by my page. I am back, but my head isn't back in this time zone, lol.

It sounds like you had a lot of birthday fun! It is time to get back in the saddle, though, after all that cake! Whew!

We just got back yesterday. I am going to head to the grocery store now (without a car, so that should be fun).

Talk to you later!
Heidi

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SUNNY332 11/3/2009 8:41AM

    Love Mondays - they are a time to "start again". Put last week behind you quickly and move on.

I liked what Connie said - make today healthier.

Hugs, Sunny

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MNTWINSGAL 10/31/2009 11:40AM

    P.S. I can hardly believe this---but with all the sampling I did (and it was noteworthy, for sure) I didn't gain this past week! What would the scale say if everything else had been the same except for the eating??? We'll never know...but I'm thankful for small favors!

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CONCHA77 10/31/2009 8:56AM

    Today's a new day! emoticonLook forward to today and make it healthier.
Happy Halloween. Connie

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L-OSTER8 10/31/2009 12:16AM

  No one else can or should ever be your conscience . . . but I have to tell you . . . just the sound of all that food makes me feel ill!

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'fessing up

Saturday, September 26, 2009

OK, I finally updated my ticker. I'm disappointed in myself, but ready to 'fess up to my indiscretions and get going again. I had gained a couple of pounds before I left on my vacation, and never updated, hoping that I could lose them again and nobody would be the wiser. Why is it that we try to trick ourselves that way? I'm sure nobody perusing my page would be as disappointed to see that gain as I myself--so why try to hide it? At any rate, I didn't get on the scale right after the cruise. As mentioned in a previous blog, I totally gave myself full rein, and knew without a doubt I had gained some weight during that week. But I felt fabulous, rested, well-cared-for, and I felt it was worth it--and that whatever backsliding I had done during that week would be made up for in the two weeks that followed. So today I felt it was time to face reality. Truth be known, these two weeks spent without my companion (the scale) were just another way of tricking myself. I tried only half-heartedly, and it shows.

So my fishy has taken a big swim backward. But now that I've made myself accountable--to myself, to my scale, to you--my Spark friends--I can finally start again to move forward. It's hard to admit when you've screwed up--and such a load off your shoulders when you finally come clean about it! So here's to fishies swimming forward, food trackers being accurate, and long walks in the crisp fall air. Here's to getting back on track. (Hopefuly!)

  
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TAMARAC2 9/30/2009 1:25PM

    Sharon,
We're sooooo in this together! I'm ready for those long fall walks myself and looking forward to the progress we're both ready to see again!

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BRAVAH 9/28/2009 9:11AM

    Dear Sharon!

Thank you for a great blog! Yes, it sucks to have to move the ticker back up, but being accountable to yourself is important. The main thing is to remember that although some of your progress was temporaryily lost, that not all of it was - and that you already know you can do it!

I know that you can do it too! And besides, it isn't like you get to go on an adventure like that every week!!! So, enjoy your memories of your trip and don't let guilt get in the way. You are doing great and can get focused again starting now! Woohoo!

I'm glad you had such a great time on your cruise.

Cheers,
Heidi

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CONCHA77 9/26/2009 6:58PM

    Love your blog today, I really can relate to it. I still have to move my ticker the "tennis shoe" up a couple (of pounds} but keep thinking that I can lose that weight gain. Well, it's been long enough, it's time for me to be accountable to myself. I really think by doing so will get me off my duff to get myself back on track. Thanks for the reminder.
We can do this!
I am glad you had a great trip-
Take Care, Connie

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STACYLUE 9/26/2009 2:05PM

    You know your comment about people not being dissapointed in you to see a weight gain is sooooo true! As you said you felt great after the trip. You know it may have been good for you even though you had a mild set back. Sometimes we need to take a step back to take some more step forwards.

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QUARKY 9/26/2009 11:14AM

    I always see holidays as a time to indulge a little! I wouldn't be so hard on myself. You can return to the weight you were when you return and go back to your normal routine. Good luck.

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Back to Reality

Monday, September 14, 2009

I'm back from vacation and ready to get Sparkin'! We had an absolutely fabulous cruise...I wasn't ready to come home but now that I'm really back, I'm glad to get back into the routine. I've uploaded a few favorite pictures on my page....hope you check them out!

I started the cruise intending to try to rein myself in food-wise, but I have to admit that flew right out the window once I left Minnesota soil. I haven't actually stepped on the scale yet, but I can tell by the way I look and my clothes feel that I didn't do as well as I'd hoped. This was our 4th cruise, so I sort of knew deep down I'd go hog-wild, and I did. Oh well--I had a fantastic time....warm chocolate melting cake 5 of the 7 nights....grand buffets....sampling local beers in every port.....fruity frou frou drinks on board every day....huge breakfasts including pastrys and bacon every day....whew! I did get a little more exercise than usual with all the walking around the ship, swimming in the ocean, and climbing the Mayan ruins of Belize....but the gym is the one area of the ship I never set foot in. Do I feel remorseful? Nah, not really. But I do acknowledge that I need to get back with the program. Back to reality in every way.

Today I took an extra day off work to catch up on laundry, bills, and email, and spend a little extra time with my dog Cassie. (She missed us!) But I'm back on the right food-wagon as of now, and back to the full routine tomorrow. Already looking forward to the next vacation. Ah, to be rich and live that lifestyle all the time! LOL, like I said, back to reality!

  
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BRAVAH 9/15/2009 6:14PM

    Dear Sharon!

I am so glad that you had a wonderful time! That's great!

I will say that the gourmet food and the frou frou drinks were what led me to the glorious weight of 212! lol. I was doing it every day. But now and again is lovely!

I'm glad you're jumping right back in. I can't wait to hear about the things you saw and did on your trip!

Cheers,
Heidi

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LINDAJOYWK 9/14/2009 10:06PM

    Glad you had fun!-Linda

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TAMARAC2 9/14/2009 6:49PM

    Glad you had a great time on your vacation. Welcome back!

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BLUEANGELLK 9/14/2009 12:28PM

    It is good to take a vacation from everythin once in a while. I think it makes us stronger and more ready for the bumps in the road that will come along. It sounds like you had a fantastic time. Next time take me with you LOL!!!

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