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Could I Go That Far?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I was updating my goals on my Spark Page, and something occurred to me. I could lose 50 lbs. by the end of the year. GASP.

I never thought of it that way. I'm doing my best to enjoy the journey, and take things day by day, but when I started doing projections, I realized that it is totally within the realm of possibility that I will be down 50 lbs. by the end of December.

I think my goals are pretty realistic. I've been averaging 6 lbs. a month for a while, so if I simply stay the course, it's totally doable! I never woulda thunk it.

Now, I try not to put expectations about timeframes on my weight loss. It's too much pressure, and too much of a disincentive to keep fighting when you don't meet your goals, but just the thought that all that could happen this year is startling. 1.5 lbs. a week could change my life.

Even if I don't make it down 50 lbs. by Jan. 1st, I still will have come a long way -- provided I can continue to be consistent, and not regress. That's been my issue all along. You make progress, then you end up moving backwards, and have to cover the same ground again. I will not go that route this time. Even losing .5 lbs. a week is better than losing three times that amount, and then having to do it all over again.

So, I'll take it as it comes. I'm looking forward to what the rest of the year holds.

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KIRKEN2 7/23/2010 12:44AM

    emoticon great attitude to have!

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THEMRSH 7/21/2010 10:31PM

    YES YOU CAN go that far! You have a great outlook on the rest of your journey. Keep it up. emoticon

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MUTANTQUEEN 7/21/2010 11:47AM


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LILDREAMY 7/21/2010 11:45AM

    You can do it! Yes! even .5 lbs a week is accomplishing something! :-) I think once your body gets to losing and you get in somewhat of a routine, it'll just happen and be much easier. It seems when getting started it's always harder.
Good luck girl and there is NOTHING us girls can't do!

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Joy of joys!

If you read my last blog post, you know that I called into the crimestoppers hotline to prevent myself from committing an offence against my healthy eating plan.

I'm glad to report this morning that it worked! Not only did I not allow ice cream to become the hobgoblin of my success, but I got home and realized I wasn't really hungry at all. My 2 o'clock meal was my last (along with the offending Subway cookies), and I was satisfied until this morning.

The weigh-in went well. Thanks to all you accountability cops for keeping me on task! My body is a safer place because of it.

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FRENCHTOSD 7/17/2010 3:53PM

    Everything at Subway would be fine if they got rid of those darn cookies! Why do they torture us?

I'm so glad you got through your crisis! Congrats!

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LILDREAMY 7/17/2010 1:04PM

    YAAAAY! you are too funny!
Congrats girl! I KNEW you could do it! emoticon

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POOKAQUEEN 7/17/2010 9:42AM

    Glad to see your plan worked, it's truly a fabulous plan! Good job, you are doing so well!

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Crime Stoppers

Friday, July 16, 2010

I'm going to attempt to prevent a crime before it happens.

I am a sugar addict of the highest order, so everyday, I allow myself a sweet treat. Today, that was to be ice cream. I was looking forward to my little indulgence after I got off work. But a funny thing happened on the way to working my little plan... I got sidetracked by a couple of Subway chocolate chip cookies.

So... being that I now have only a moderate supply of calories left for the day, the ice cream is out. Now, here's where my crime prevention techniques come into play...

I'm creating this blog post as a preventative measure. I'm testing a theory that if I publicly announce that an ice-cream related crime may or may not occur this evening, I will prevent said crime from taking place. Crafty, no?

We'll see how effective it is. My official weigh-in is tomorrow as well, so that provides an added incentive.

I'm going to be on my best behavior for the rest of the day. A lite dinner, and finito!

Now that I've alerted crime stoppers, hopefully an egregious sugar offender will have a chance at redemption.

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JACKSONROSE58 8/29/2010 4:44PM

  Just read this blog. Got a good laugh. Wish I had read it previously when I committed my ice cream crime. Picture this-Walmart, Ben & Jerry's pint of ice cream, plastic spoon, go to check-out and pay for ice cream, eat all of it in the rug dept. at the very back of the store where there are less customers milling around.

SICK, SICK, SICK but I learned a lesson. I have no control when it comes to ice cream so I simply cannot even consider having it at all.

Comment edited on: 8/29/2010 4:45:22 PM

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POOKAQUEEN 7/17/2010 9:41AM

    LOVE it! What a fantastic idea, I may steal it when I get cravings too!

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SHASHEE71 7/16/2010 7:01PM

    Pull ovah...pull ovah!! Ma'am, I'm going to have to ask you to step out of your car and put your hands where I can see them!!

LOL! You can do it! I'm watchin' you!!

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MAEBEAR26 7/16/2010 5:06PM

    LOL... step AWAY from the freezer and keep your spoon hand where I can see it! Very cute blog. You can do this! We are all here to help you keep out of that sweet treat!! :) Think of how happy you'll be tomorrow when you weigh in that you didn't do it!

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NANASHANON 7/16/2010 4:58PM

    emoticon for giving me a great reason to laugh today. Maybe a crime stoppers network???

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LILDREAMY 7/16/2010 4:39PM

    YOU CAN DO IT GIRL!! I Believe in you and you believe in yourself. I KNOW how hard it is. Pizza is my fave food of all times and I turned down my fav papajohns pizza last night cause I was almost over calories.. I TOTALLY understand.. If I can do it YOU can do it!!! emoticon

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FOOFERNUTTER 7/16/2010 4:37PM

    Ha ha ha! I literally laughed out loud reading this! Thanks! Stay away from the ice cream! :)

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What's the Deal With Beef?

Monday, July 12, 2010

I've been tracking my calories for a few months now, and I've noticed something. When I eat beef, I normally don't lose any weight. I've gotten in the habit of weighing myself everyday, because I find it helps me to be more conscious of what I put into my body. Contrary to some teachings I've heard, I can see the effects of anything I eat on the scale the next morning. If I don't space my food out through the day properly, I stagnate. If I eat too late, I can actually gain weight eating the same amount of calories from one day to the next.

So, what's the deal with beef? At first, I thought I was just underestimating the calories in the steak I was eating. Then the same thing happened when I ate roast beef for a couple of days. What's the deal?

I'm staying away from red meat until I can get this figured out. I think.

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LILDREAMY 7/13/2010 2:57PM

    Yeah, some meats do that. Beef runs my blood pressure up...

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KIRKEN2 7/13/2010 2:16PM

    wow that is so weird to have that happen

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MOMFAN 7/12/2010 11:37PM

    The body takes longer to digest beef I believe.

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Dealing with Change

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

This is my last day at home for a while. I work as a jazz singer, voice over artist and sometimes actress. I occasionally do temp assignments to boost my income. I'm starting a new assignment tomorrow, and I'm a little concerned that it will stymie the progress I've made so far. I'm down 16.5 lbs., and I'm really proud of my resolve. But I've been home during the day for the last 3 or 4 months.

I've had time to think about the food choices I'm making. I've had time to Spark consistently. I've had time to grocery shop, and give myself pep talks. I haven't had the temptation to eat fast food.

All that's going to end tomorrow. I'm trying to mentally prepare for that, but I don't know that there's any way to do that. I want to be as consistent as possible about tracking my calories before I eat them. Spark People helps me figure out the calorie count of the foods I eat, so that there's no guesswork involved. I can try to track the night before, but truthfully, I don't know that I've ever been that organized.

I'll have to figure it out as I go, I suppose. I've worked fulltime jobs many times before, and I know I can find a routine. It's just going to take work.

Here goes...

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LILDREAMY 7/12/2010 7:31PM

    How was your first day? Unfortunately there's a girl there that smokes and eats and of course I just recently quit... well I guess both of them, lol, but she's a pusher. Made it a point to tell me if I wanted to I'm aloud to smoke at my desk and keeps trying to bring me snacks/cookies and all. This ones gonna be a tough one but I can handle it! I know you can too! Hope it went well!

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LILDREAMY 7/10/2010 1:47PM

    It's funny how I start a temp job Monday now. They called me yesterday afternoon. lol. We'll be in the same boat together. I'll be there 3 weeks, maybe a few more days. Good luck to us both! :-)

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MUTANTQUEEN 7/9/2010 8:25PM

    I appreciate the advice and encouragement, everyone. My first day actually got pushed back to Monday. We'll see how it goes.

I'm determined to win!

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LILDREAMY 7/8/2010 5:50PM

    I've been there too. I am a stay at home wife most of the time. I work for a temp agency a lot throughout the year. Usually only a day or week here and there. Sometimes a month at a time. That is the hardest for me. ESPECIALLY when the other people working there will call out for pizza, go get fast food, want you to go with them to lunch and if you do you can't really choose cause you're just the temp but you want to fit in as much as possible so you just try your best to adapt and go with it. Oh my... that's the hardest....
Well, what I've been doing here recently is taking a small pad of paper and pen to work with me, ( I keep it in my pocketbook) to write down what I've eaten through the day. Take snacks that are healthy in case you get bored or restless. That way if someone has unhealthy snacks like candy, you'll be more likely to resist knowing you have something that you brought. If they ask if I want to join for lunch I'll ask where they are going. If it's not somewhere that I feel I can eat healthy then I'll thank them and let them know I'm on a strict diet but I do appreciate the offer. Plus, It might be a place you can take your lunch and you can take things that are healthy.. If you take lunch with you you're more likely not to give in on bad things because you don't want to waste what you brought. You'll have people that will try to push you to eat lunch and splurge just this once BUT I promise you, They will respect you more if you don't give in to them. Plus some people love misery and if they are not healthy, they don't want you to be healthy. It's all about will power... We all still struggle with everyday but if MOST of your choices are the right ones, it'll be ok. :-) Sorry I wrote so much. When I get started it's hard for me to stop. lol I hope your first day went well! :-)

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ALOHAEV1 7/8/2010 8:05AM

    You're more organized than you think. Others have given great ideas, also try having your grocery list done and take an hour over the weekend to prep all that you'll need - it'll make the night before fix-its go quicker and you won't be so tempted to blow it off.
Someone awhile back has started setting a timer and discovered that if she breaks it down to 2-3 very short visits a day (20 minutes total)does the food and exercise logging first she gets just as much done and has time for a quick visit to a team.

Spark'll be fine.

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FRENCHTOSD 7/7/2010 1:22PM

    Just make the "better" choice as often as you can. Good luck and just keep sparking!

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SHASHEE71 7/7/2010 1:09PM

    So is this an office type temp assignment? Lunch breaks and what not? If so, the easiest way (for me anyway) is to prepare my breakfast and lunch and snacks the night before. That way I don't have to think about it in the morning AT ALL!! Just grab it out of the fridge and go! Try to plan at least 15 minutes or so at night, like you said, to track it all in. If you have to go out and grab lunch (on the go)...think "grilled" EVERY time! Not crispy! And go for the lower fat dressings if you get a salad. Skip the bread whenever possible. Snacks...stock up on your favorite fruits and throw them in your purse or in with your lunch. My favorite snack is actually celery and peanut butter (Kroger All Natural). And sooooo filling!

You CAN do this!!

It's just going to take a bit more effort, but will be so worth it!

You are worth it!!

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KATHYJO56 7/7/2010 12:52PM

    You can do it! It will be hard, no doubt, but what you have learned from Spark People, you will carry with you. Hope to hear from you while you are on the road.

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EVANSTON55 7/7/2010 12:38PM

    You go girl. You sound like a very active and smart young woman. keep it up.

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