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Holding steady

Friday, August 10, 2012

It's been a whirlwind two weeks! We went camping with friends for a week, adopted a new puppy, and now my boys are getting ready to go back to school. Oh, and we have family coming into town this weekend. On Saturday, I'm making dinner for 22.

Busy much?

The good news is I'm walking a lot and I'm too busy to sit around all afternoon eating potato chips (my downfall). The bad news is I haven't been tracking and planning like I usually do.

I'm ready for my kids to go back to school so I can catch my breath and get myself back on track!

I haven't lost anything in the last two weeks, but I haven't gained. I'm holding my ground and ready to plow forward!

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SPARKABELLA13 8/10/2012 11:07PM

    Sounds like you have lots to keep you busy. Enjoy your family and the remaining days of summer with your kids!


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MOTHEROFBOYS5 8/10/2012 8:23PM

    Homemade tomato bruschetta, veggies and dip, and maybe some homemade caprese pizza dip as appetizers.

Grass fed beef burgers with grilled onions and mushrooms, blue cheese cole slaw, fruit salad, summer squash casserole (gotta throw some squash in there somewhere)!

For dessert, easy peasy chocolate torte.

I just picked up my CSA veggies...holy cow...I now have something like 80 tomatoes!!! Maybe I'll throw in an extra tomato salad!! emoticon

I really like to cook, actually, and don't mind the big group. I just wish the maid would show up to clean my house! emoticon

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MRSKATEDUVALL 8/10/2012 8:11PM

    what are you making to feed 22? large extended family gatherings are becoming routine for me...sounds like fun

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2BEABETTERME 8/10/2012 3:45PM

    Holding steady is a great option...there are worse options. Hang in there! Have a great weekend and good luck on your large dinner!

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BMW9295 8/10/2012 2:35PM

    It will get easier when the boys are in school... that is the ONLY reason I am looking forward to school starting.... so we can look forward to "routine". Just keep that in mind and it is great you have not gained that is always a good thing... the loss will come soon enough.

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TCHNCRFT 8/10/2012 11:40AM

    Nice to have you back.

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MALIAN1 8/10/2012 11:14AM

    Dinner for 22?!?!?!?! WOW!!!! That is amazing.... Have a wonderful day!

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CAROLYNL8E 8/10/2012 11:06AM

    You're doing great with all that chaos! I know I can't wait for get my teenage daughter back off to high school so I can get into a routine again. emoticon

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NELLJONES 8/10/2012 8:20AM

    Sounds like a good attitude to me!!

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JENNHAS118 8/10/2012 8:20AM

    I too am ready for the kids to go back. I just want to clean the kitchen & have it stay that way for a few hours! Have a good weekend!

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DIBANANA 8/10/2012 8:10AM

  Holding ground when busy is a big plus. I have that problem. When I get super busy I tend to fall back on fast food because I'm too tired to cook. You are doing well if you can stay the same.

I love the fall. Starting a routine, cooler weather and some peace when everyone is back to school!


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slow and steady

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I've lost five pounds in seven weeks.

It won't put me on Good Morning America, but it is getting me closer to my goal of losing 30 pounds.

One day, one choice at a time, I'm getting there. And that feels good.

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LADYJNAR 8/2/2012 5:51PM

    emoticon Congrats on the 5 lb loss! Losing slow is OK! I am a slow loser too and I have to remind myself that it's OK. Taking measurements helps me stay on track and feel good about my progress even when the scale is stuck!

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DAYSPRING-STAR 7/26/2012 10:59PM

    WooHoo! Keep Sparking!

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CAROLYNL8E 7/26/2012 6:03PM

    Way to go! Great philosophy too! emoticon

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MCFERRET 7/26/2012 5:26PM

    Awesome! It is that slow perserverance that will take you to your goal andleave you with a lifetime of awareness and health. Keep on the path!

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MYOWNHERO 7/26/2012 4:55PM


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    it's the turtle method...I believ the average turtle can easily live until a 100? Most rabbits are toast at 5...Slow and steady will eventually cross the finish line, nice work! emoticon

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2BEABETTERME 7/25/2012 8:03PM

    Great work...keep it up!

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BERKCHIK 7/25/2012 7:16PM

    the less weight we have to lose, the slower it comes off. you are doing fanastic...and with this attitude, you WILL reach your goals... congrats on just 25 pounds left to lose!

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RUNNER12COM 7/25/2012 6:11PM

    You're making changes that you can live with. That's awesome!

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BMW9295 7/25/2012 3:37PM

    emoticon emoticon Slow and steady is the key. emoticon emoticon

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TCHNCRFT 7/25/2012 2:43PM

    Great job! So glad for your progress.

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MALIAN1 7/25/2012 12:13PM

    Woohoo!!! That is soooooo awesome! Way to go!

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LESSNESS1 7/25/2012 10:59AM

    good job, i like the way you think. emoticon

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VARSWIFE 7/25/2012 10:58AM

    Great progress.

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TITANIA23 7/25/2012 10:53AM

    That's excellent progress and a great achievement.

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REGULARSHOW 7/25/2012 10:52AM

    Good job =) emoticon emoticon

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it all goes together

Sunday, July 22, 2012

I went off the rails for a few days this week. Life got chaotic, and I reacted by ignoring my food tracker and eating more carbs. Which, for me, just leads to eating more carbs.

Not good.

But it's a funny thing. On Friday, I cleaned my house, upstairs and downstairs. It took over five hours, but when I was done, I felt in control again. I filled out my nutrition tracker and made my healthy meal plan and stuck with it.

It all goes together for me. Chaos = Chaos.

I need to stay in control of my eating even when life goes off the rails. And it's not just emotional eating for's sheer boredom.

It's not that I don't have things I need to do, but they just feel...boring...and somehow shoving carbs in my face makes it all better? I think not.

So, that's where I'm at. I'm making myself accountable here and preparing for a busy, but in control, week!

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DAYSPRING-STAR 7/22/2012 2:34PM

    Yah, I know exactly what you mean! Well put into words and your formula CHAOS = CHAOS! Love it! You have triggered my analytical/mathematical mind and helped me learn more about myself. Awareness brings on change. emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 7/22/2012 2:34:48 PM

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BERKCHIK 7/22/2012 1:28PM

    way to go! we all fall off the rails at times (some of us more recently ((*me*)) than others). getting back on each time is what's important.


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TCHNCRFT 7/22/2012 1:19PM

    I'm the same way. If my house is "under control" it's so much easier for me to stay on track with my health goals.

I had a couple days that I went off track this past week, too. But I woke up yesterday morning, feeling ready to take better care of myself. Interestingly, I also got a lot of little stuff done around the house that I'd been putting off.

Control = Control

Have a great day and a wonderful week!
Carol emoticon

Comment edited on: 7/22/2012 1:19:42 PM

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MALIAN1 7/22/2012 11:57AM

    You just raised a red flag in my mind....I need to be in control too. If you can eliminate some of the chaos - then it will be easier to control what you put into your mouth, etc. Thank you for hitting that switch in my mind. I'm going to work on that! You are awesome!

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 7/22/2012 11:33AM

    Good for you for getting the mental edge on stress. You are going to be ready to rock it!

Sometimes a good challenging can bring us up farther than a boost of any other kind.

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LAZAR2 7/22/2012 9:52AM

    Glad to hear you are preparing yourself for the busy week a head! I've found that if I plan ahead I don't feel as stressed or chaotic. Even if I can only spare a few minutes to sit down and plan out my food for the day, that makes all the difference. Boredom eating can be tough to beat, but you've made the first step: recognizing it! emoticon

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GARDENCHRIS 7/22/2012 9:48AM

    well with boys in the house it is easy to get off track! I know I raised 4 ..... you can do it! emoticon

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

This week has started out one way, and now...I'm just plowing through each day. In the past, I would use this chaos as an excuse: See? I can't take time to exercise. Too much going on! No time to cook healthy delivery it is!

And, to be honest, last night WAS in fact a pizza delivery night. But I also opened a bag of salad and kept all my portions reasonable. My diet yesterday wasn't very balanced, but I did stay in my calorie range.

Which is no small thing.

I'm taking a few minutes today to review my plan, for food and exercise, and I'm going to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

The time goes by whether I'm taking care of myself or letting myself go. I choose to take care of myself, no matter what.

Bring it on, Wednesday! I'm ready!

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STARWARSFAN2 7/20/2012 3:28PM

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DVIRGADAM 7/18/2012 6:57PM

    Remember, every battle that was ever fought, and every mountain that was ever climbed all began the same way. By just deciding to start, and by putting one foot in front of the other, and just continuing along the path, until the battle was won. Be strong! emoticon

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BERKCHIK 7/18/2012 2:37PM

    you GO girl! you're doing awesome... sometimes it's all we can do just to stay on or near the calorie range.. pizza nights are a life saver long as we're being mindful. exactly like you were :)

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LAZAR2 7/18/2012 9:53AM

    I think you are doing great! If you can stay within your calorie range that is a HUGE achievement and is half the battle right there! Keep doing what you're doing! Left, right, left, right...

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TCHNCRFT 7/18/2012 9:49AM

    My eating has also been a bit out of control these past couple days. Nothing outrageous, but not what it should be, either.
It's because I was extra-tired and when my body is worn out, my brain doesn't have the energy to fight temptations. I'm not trying to make excuses - I'm just using these past few days as a learning experience.

I like your comment about the time going by. I often remind myself: These next 6 months will go by one way or another. Wouldn't it be great to have a stronger, leaner, healthier body (and lifestyle) to show for it?

We'll tackle this day. And we'll come out victorious! emoticon

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hating myself thin

Monday, July 16, 2012

It isn't possible. I've tried it before, many times, and failed. I cannot hate myself enough to be thin and healthy.

And I think that's a good thing.

This time around, I'm taking care of myself. Yes, I need to lose 30 pounds, but I'm not a bad person. I smile when I look in the mirror and tell myself I'm doing the best I can. Because I am. I am strong and kind and loving. I am capable of making a real lifestyle change, and being the kind of wife, mother, and friend that I want to be.

I can do this.

Over the weekend, I went to my favorite resale shop and bought myself a cute new outfit. I only spent $12, but it's amazing how a "new" top can make you feel pretty. This time around, I'm not waiting until I meet my goal weight to reward myself. Instead, I'm setting up small rewards along the way. New clothes, pedicures, massages. I know this is crazy, but I have a gift certificate for a full day at a spa--a massage, pedicure, facial, manicure...the works--that i haven't used in three years. I kept thinking I would go after I lost the weight. I was too embarrassed to go right now because I'm too heavy. I don't deserve it.

But I'm going to throw that day in the reward mix too, and not all the way at the end. Because, let's face it, this journey is hard. We need to be kind to ourselves as we go.

And when faced with a huge bowl of cheetos or a bowl of fresh cherries, which will I choose? If I don't care much about myself, probably the cheetos. But I do care about what I put in my body, and not just because it makes me fat or skinny. I will choose to be kind to myself because we ALL deserve kindness.

How about you? How can you be kind to yourself today?

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EBWHAT 7/20/2012 10:06AM

    Wow, what a nice blog post!

This is something I struggle to remember a lot of the time as well, but I think saying it out loud or writing it down is such a good way to remind yourself!

I hope you keep remembering that you deserve every good thing, especially massages, because those are the best. Cherries are pretty awesome too.

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BERKCHIK 7/18/2012 3:55AM

    congrats on treating yourself...along the way...and also practicing self-care and kindness :)

oh, and thanks for the egg goodies last week. you're a sweetheart!

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 7/16/2012 7:37PM

    I treated myself with a rest day (of course my screaming quad pushed me a little in that direction) and I didn't protest when my hubby scheduled a massage for me this week.
Love that body, it's the only one you get!

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JULIA1154 7/16/2012 7:37PM

  Good for you! I really do think you've got the attitude that will help you steer your life on a healthier course.

Buying yourself some new clothes is a good start. emoticon

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TARANITUP 7/16/2012 7:19PM

    Great mindset. So true! Now my mouth is watering for cherries :) Thanks!

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RUNNER12COM 7/16/2012 7:16PM

    If you don't care about something, you don't take care of it. Simple stuff.

Good on you for applying that to yourself!

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TCHNCRFT 7/16/2012 12:37PM

    We need to remember to treat ourselves (and talk to ourselves) the way we would to a good friend. You'd never tell a friend that she's fat or lazy or stupid. Yet we run that tape in our own head at times. emoticon

Positive self-talk needs to be practiced. It's not easy to make that change. But it is SO worth it.

I saw a great quote on SP the other day and I posted it on my SparkPage: "If you want to change your body, you first have to change your mind." emoticon

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MALIAN1 7/16/2012 12:07PM

    You have an AMAZING attitude! I love it. You CAN do it!

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NEWHEARTSTART 7/16/2012 11:23AM

    I have just started trying to look in the mirror and smile at myself. It does make me feel a little bit better and it is so silly it makes me laugh which feels so good.

Take care of yourselves today

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MYOWNHERO 7/16/2012 9:53AM

    Beautiful! When I started SP one of my first changes was to give myself a five minute pep talk each morning. It was hard to do! Turns out I had trouble NOT berating myself for a five minute stretch. That exercise changed my life.

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