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Friday, July 11, 2014

The Spark Nutrition tracker is telling me I eat way too much salt, even when the calories are in check.

I was relying too heavily on Zero Calorie Walden Farm dressings, and I figured that was where the sodium spike came from, but today I totally cut that out. I steer clear of processed foods, so I'm not sure where I'm over doing it with salt.

I wish nutrition tracker would tell me more than my sodium is too high, I wish it could point out which foods are the culprits!

And advice would be very much appreciated.

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BABYSOX 7/12/2014 8:56AM

    Just look under reports at your daily nutrition and nutrient tracker. It gives the individual amounts of sodium. You can set it to track any nutrient that you want including sodium.

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    It must be the bread and/or mayo? Seems strange though that it would be too high with just those two "culprits".

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GIRLINMOTION 7/12/2014 1:00AM

    When you track your food on Spark's Nutrition tracker, under the space you put the amount you ate is a line "See Nutritional Info" it will show the sodium count.

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HONEYBEESBLISS 7/11/2014 11:35PM

    You know what I'm with you I wish it would point it out too!!! Mine tends to be a bit high as well but as long as I'm not too much over I don't worry about it too much. LOL

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I'll do it.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

"You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was."

Turning to Irish sayings today for a little fun motivation.

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CAROLMAID 7/11/2014 4:15PM

    Well the Irish knew what they were talking about....at least this time! LOL

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PURPLEBIRD63 7/11/2014 12:27PM

    haha cute! emoticon

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DEBBYFROMMT 7/8/2014 5:32PM

    Wow, excellent!

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READYRISA 7/8/2014 1:53PM

    lol emoticon

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What me? Panic over creeping calories?

Monday, July 07, 2014

Well, well well. I had a wonderful Spark streak last week. But the the fourth of July hit. Lost a bit of control on two of the last three days.

Okay so a little back tracking, and now all that hard work has been a bit undone, and I slowed my progress. Okay!

What I used to do was PANIC. And use this as an excuse to beat myself up, and sabatouge myself. I used it as an excuse to binge on the worst foods imaginable. Then I'd beat myself up, feel terrible, oh and here we go again. Try and pull yourself out of that whirlpool! But you know? What I used to do has really gotten old and tired!

I'm human, I splurged at bit, and today I am back at Sparking. And the best news, there is not a holiday in the way this time, for a long time, to tempt me off my Spark.

Thank you all, too.

I read the inspirational posts you sent to my page, and they are a wonderful lauching pad. So I think, instead of panicking, I will take your words seriously and keep this Spark streak going for as long as possible.

Look out, I'm aiming to break records, as well as old, tired habits.

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LOOPYLOU0363 7/11/2014 11:03PM

    We all deserve to treat ourselves! I enjoyed the holiday as well and back to it this week. Steady progress towards my goal while not depriving myself and not having fun!
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PURPLEBIRD63 7/11/2014 12:28PM

    I'm with you! Gotta be!
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TIME4CARRI 7/9/2014 12:24AM

    I could have written this blog! I did the same last week, on the 4th and two days after. I also decided not to panic but to return to my good habits. What a difference it has made and I'm sure in the long run will save me a few pounds and the heartbreak of feeling hopeless. Here's to our new, healthy way of dealing with a minor splurge (or two)!

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1MORNINGWALKER 7/7/2014 7:36PM

    Good for you don't panic, just continue on. That's the right attitude emoticon emoticon

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GIRLINMOTION 7/7/2014 3:08PM

    You are learning new skills that will help you on your healthier lifestyle journey. Detours happen, it is all about finding your way back in the direction you want to go!

Way to go!

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HOLLYM48 7/7/2014 1:25PM

    Each day is a new day to start over. Get back on track and do your best. It is all we can do in life! SP has the most awesome tools that we need to succeed! Best of luck on your journey, together we can do this!

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NANADERRICK 7/7/2014 1:15PM

    Me too!!! But I;m getting back at it and am determined not to let a day or two of back-sliding ruin my progress!!!

Love your plan, love your attitude. This blog should help lots of folks who just give up after a day or two off track. Thank You!!!

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Not letting the calories creep back up.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Starting today, I am going to watch those calories and really get them back in line!

I have led a dangerous trend the last three days and gone over my calorie limit, at first just so slightly, then on Friday just a little bit more, then yesterday I was over by 200 calories!


I also have a question for you expert Sparkettes and Sparkers: Do you find better loss with a very low calorie intake? Or, are you losing more with an over 1,200 calorie in take but much more hard excercise?

I am very, very bad these few days because all I did was walk a bit, but know I really need to step it up and break a sweat. Don't want to, but know it is essential. So, that's the plan! Today, tomorrow, onward.

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HONEYBEESBLISS 7/11/2014 11:39PM

    I focus on the deficit so my calorie input and output can differ from day to day! I have a fitbit now and am really enjoying seeing my steps and what that equals in calorie burn! I think that the deficit focus really changed things for me since staying within a certain calorie range strictly was too hard for me. Some days I work out more, others less but I try to balance my intake accordingly.

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    Your question is exactly what I am playing with right now. Traditionally I went the route of a lot of exercise and eating more food. Right now I am trying to eat less calories and see what happens and how I feel! So far, I kind of like the lower calories because I feel lighter and less burned out/sore from what I think may have been overexercising. We shall see !!

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LUVS2BIKE101 7/1/2014 9:30AM

    I use my Spark nutrition guide for my range of calories. I am successful of staying within my range when I eat small meals/snacks throughout the day. So, the calories are spread out, giving a more even blood sugar level through day and evening. Being active helps me to stay away from the temptations of overeating, too.

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DEBBYFROMMT 6/30/2014 10:10AM

    Sparkettes and Sparkers - LOVE it! My weight has crept up a bit, so I really need to watch it too! I have found that a combination of staying well within the calorie range and exercising helps me the best. Good luck to you! Let us know what works for you! I'm always interested in what works for everyone!

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JULIA_211 6/30/2014 6:57AM

I seem to do better at the (1,400 - 1,600 range). 1,200 calories is impossible for me to stick to on a daily basis. I'm with you, emoticon upward and onward we go! emoticon Let's have a healthy July! emoticon

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GIRLINMOTION 6/29/2014 12:34PM

    Your body needs good calories, you can be less than the recommended calorie range or technically your starving yourself. Exercise and healthy calorie range are the key. Not exercise alone or calories alone. BOTH!

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HOLLYM48 6/29/2014 12:23PM

    I really never liked to limit my calories less than 1600 to 1800 a day so I exercised hard so I wouldn't feel hungry. It worked really well for me and now I eat around 1900 to 2000 a day to maintain. I do cardio or walking pretty much every day. Most days I have over 10,000 steps in so I really try to get plenty of walking in.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Read Julia's featured blog about starting over. It is so inspiring, and so nice to see how she and all the spark people responding to her featured blog travel this same start and fail, start and fail, start again with determination road to perfecting oneself.

What Julia wrote so eloquently was just what I, and I see that many others were thinking, but afraid to post .... again. Reassuring to know we sure are not alone in starting over (and over).

Maybe, we need failure first to really win in the end. Maybe, we need failure first so we can better appreciate the win, our success in the end.

Sure is motivating!

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JULIA_211 6/28/2014 7:44AM

    Oh, thank you so much! I appreciate you and all the wonderful sparkers in this special community! You help keep me going! emoticon emoticon

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HOLLYM48 6/27/2014 10:07PM

    I just take it one day at a time, one healthy choice at a time. I know it can be done and I don't want to do it again so I am very motivated to maintain. With SP, it is so much easier than ever before. Best of luck on your journey, I added you as I friend, hope you don't mind, but I would love to cheer you on in your journey to being the best that you can be! Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my page. There is no place like SP and I am so glad to be here and sharing the journey with so many awesome people! Holly

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IAM_HIS 6/27/2014 6:26PM

    Like your blog. Yes, I agree many do not write about starting over. Sometimes we have to get off track in order to get back. It's those mistakes that are both our stepping stones and teacher. With every wrong choice comes a lesson and knowledge we can share with others.

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GIRLINMOTION 6/27/2014 10:18AM

    Life can through a lot of detours, the key is finding the map that can help you continue finding your way back on your healthier lifestyle journey.

Never give up on yourself, you are too important.

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JANET552 6/27/2014 8:19AM

    We tend not to value things that come easy so I believe our "failures" help us to place more value on this healthy journey. Never give up!

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KELLIEBEAN 6/27/2014 8:17AM

    We do learn more by our "failures" than our successes. I read a proverb once.. "fall down seven times, get up eight". It's always a good day to start over. No shame in that at all!


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