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What a Difference a Week Makes!

Monday, January 09, 2012

12/29 Is when I logged a weight....317. Was I doing anything to make that number to go down? No, but I was thinking a lot about it and starting back here, on Spark People. I was still eating my bags of sweets, not eating regular meals, except dinner, and NEVER drinking an ounce of water. And forget about exercising. Everything ached, my breathing was labored after walking up the stairs and any kind of movement made me feel like a beached wale.

1/1/12 Actively participating on several Spark teams. Still no exercising. Came down with the stomach flu so wasn't doing much about my eating but DEFINITELY wasn't making a chose to choose only healthy things.

1/2/12 Still sick with the stomach flu

1/3/12 Officially going with my goals, water, movement and calorie counting including logging all that stuff on SP and staying active with my groups.

Today I have lost a total of 6.2lbs!
* I actually got out of bed at 5:30 so I could get 30min of exercise in before my kids woke up.
* I took my kids to the park for 90 min on Saturday and actively walked around with them not sitting down once (the old me would have sat the whole time)
* I didn't have the ice cream and brownies my family did but instead had sugar-free pudding with fat free coolwhip.
* I don't ask my kids to do my errands upstairs, I want to go do them to add more steps to my pedometer.
* I don't sit and read all day, which was my way of "getting away from it all"
* I am getting my house clean, my kids played with, my family cared for PLUS have time for SP and shorter periods of reading.
* I feel stronger
* I like myself better
* I grasping all the possibilities that are out there waiting for me instead of thinking.."this is just how I am and how my life will be"

I could write so much more but WOW, have things changed in EVERY aspect of my life...It Feels GREAT! And that's only after 6lbs!


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IWILLICANIAM 1/10/2012 12:42AM

    YAY!! Congrats on your loss!! It is amazing how just a few days can make one heck of a difference isn't it? :D I hope to also be losing at the end of this week!! :) Keep up the fantastic work!!

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JCDUBEA63 1/9/2012 8:35PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Krista I am so glad for u!! Wow keep pushing see what a difference a month will make!! Fantastic Job on ur weight loss!! U rock!!! We are doing this!!!

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FLASH_AAH 1/9/2012 7:48PM

    Wow! What an inspirational post! emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 1/9/2012 7:44PM

    emoticonGood for you! So proud of you for making the best choices for yourself!

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MARIE405 1/9/2012 4:39PM

    emoticon emoticon You Rock.

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 1/9/2012 2:26PM

    Awesome! Keep on rocking!

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FEISTYOWL 1/9/2012 2:25PM

    Awesome Krista - you're doing great!

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KARENDEE4 1/9/2012 2:23PM


You are doing a great job!!!

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Old Habits...I could Smell it!

Friday, January 06, 2012

One of my old habits (as in one-week-old) was to sit up in my room, curled up in bed, reading a good book and eating CHOCOLATE! There were lots of different types of chocolate, Hershey Nuggest with almonds, boxes of chocolate, Snickers bar, Milk Duds, Hot Cocoa, and....PEANUT M&M's! Those were my usual stand by, my reading buddy. I'd pour a pile from a LARGE sized bag. I'd take one at a time and bit it in half trying to keep the peanut intact and, if I was successfull, I'd pull the peanut out of the yummy chocolate shell, eat that, then eat the chocolate deliciousness.

I wouldn't eat the entire LARGE bag in one sitting but it would definitely be gone in 1.5 to 2 days. I used to buy those about 2-3 times a week.

Today I went into my room to get something. The item was located near my bedside table. I was I walked towards it I got an OVERWHELMING smell of peanut M&Ms. Oh, my STARS! My mouth started watering and I actually paused for a moment. It's a good thing I have no chocolate in my house because I probably would have eaten some right then.

I know I will eat some of those chocolate goodies again but I CANNOT do it under the same circumstances! I've got to break that terrible habit and lose the connection of junk food and reading!

I've been doing great! After having the stomach flu on Sunday and Monday I was truly able to kick off my new healthy plan (exercising 6 days a week and eating within calorie range set by SP, 1200-1550) Of course it's only be 4 days but I've been 100% on goal.

The exercising has been a struggle! I'm no where in the same shape I was when I left SP back in June. I don't even feel like I'm in the same shape I was when I started in April. It just shows me that if I don't stay on track I lose not only what I gained but even what I already had, especially since I'm getting older. This time HAS TO BE the time that it clicks, no more yo-yo dieting, each time my body (and psychy) pays for it


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JCDUBEA63 1/9/2012 8:40PM

    emoticon emoticon on making better choices!!

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NOTGIVINGUP49 1/8/2012 9:56PM

    May I suggest while reading to chew the new gum out: Extra comes in mint chocolate chip, They also have strawberry shortcake, and apple pie (I have been told this one is the best, but have not tried it). I love the mint chocolate chip and it tastes like mint chocolate chip ice cream! I know you will come up with some strategics that work for you. emoticon

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MACMOM57 1/8/2012 5:33PM

    I know you can do it.

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MISSG180 1/8/2012 11:46AM

    Man, I hear you on how fast we lose our conditioning now that we're older. I have to keep it up or seriously fall behind.

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OVERHAULING-ME 1/7/2012 11:17AM

    Pam, WOW!!! I'm surprised you remembered the story about my son with his arms stretched out across the candy aisle! Thanks for bringing it back to my memory, I went back and read my post about it! It's made me stronger for today and hopefully I'll keep it with me every time I pass a candy aisle and smile as I visualize my son (now 6'9" with a wing span of almost 7') with his arms spread wide keeping me from getting to any of it.

Here's the post about my son from last June:

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DEBLYNN323 1/7/2012 11:13AM

    emoticon...I'm the same during football season (wings).

You've come a long way....to identify your triggers and find ways around them.


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FLAMINGOMAMA66 1/7/2012 7:57AM

    It is amazing the rituals we have the surround food! Football is not football to me without pizza, wings and coke. Today I need to change it up and it will be 8" boboli whole wheat pizza and coke zero. Maybe next season I will be able to watch a game and NOT eat! That would be amazing.

I am on the same calorie plan and am finding it is not so bad at all. Strange after eating over 4000 calories some days that I am satisfied with under 1550.

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 1/7/2012 12:58AM

    Many times I have smiled and passed up the candy. I pictured a young man with his arms stretched across the end of the isle. Remember that and all your reasons you want to do this. Keep moving forward. We will do this together.

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KARENDEE4 1/7/2012 12:08AM

    I know how that feels too!

Good for you realizing you need to break the habit!!

Maybe while reading you can find something else to occupy your hands... I keep thinking of one of those stress balls you could squeeze...

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FENWAYGIRL18 1/6/2012 10:55PM

    god i know how u feel, i'm like that with reese's peanut butter cups... the way i'd eat them , i'd make them last in my mouth and then move on to the next one...
biting around the cup and then biting in half and put one side on my tongue and the other on the roof of my mouth and just enjoy the way he peanut butter melted first and then enter the chocolate.... omg it was like eating a lil piece of heaven, like fireworks going off in my mouth, like christmas morning, like everything is right in the world omg is it getting hot in here? hahahaha all that from having a reese's peanut butter cup hahahaha
and that is why they are not allowed in the house anymore!!!!! emoticon

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Checking In

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Here it is, the 5th day of a new year and I'm still sparking! My eating is going great, staying in my calorie range and eating healthy! It's amazing how I'm really getting more flavor and variety now that I'm making better food choices.

Exercise is happening. I've actually been able to get 50min in a day, not all at once however. It's nothing strenuous yet but, HEY, I'm moving. I need to start incorporating strength training. I have SO much flab! I'm a little worried once I start getting the weight off how much more flab I'll have. I feel, in the 6 months I was gone from SP, my body has changed for the worse as I've gained weight. I am flabbier now at 315 than I was at 325.

I'm having scale frustations! After stepping on it three times I got THREE different numbers! I think it's time for a new scale. Doing so will change my weight but I'd rather do it now, at the beginning, than have to do it further along the weight loss journey.

Still haven't written down my goals for 2012. I do know I have the goal to lose 100lbs for the year! I don't want to focus on that large span of time or impossible sounding number. So I'm going to break that down and focus on losing 10lbs a month. That sounds more doable...It IS doable!


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FLUTTER-BY)L( 1/5/2012 8:13PM

    Life has been busy. I have been unable to take the time to write out all my goals. I think it would be better to make action goals and not weight goals. If you think you can lose 10 pounds a month that would be good. I will be as supportive as I can.

I took a church sponsored Overcoming Self Defeating Behavior class. You are being your best self when you do better than you have done before. I am celebrating my 50 pounds last year even though I wanted 100. Whatever you do Keep moving forward.

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LOOZINITNOW 1/5/2012 6:14PM

    Great job staying the course! Strength training is my weak area too. Start small and add as you feel comfortable. emoticon

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JCDUBEA63 1/5/2012 2:02PM

    emoticon emoticon Krista eating healthy and exercising always makes me feel better about myself too!! So why do we stop? LOL I have a lot of Flab to worry about too!! I want a tummy tuck after I lose weight I know there is no way I will be able to do anything about it cause my stomach hangs down! :(

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    I started feeling concerned about my body shrinking too but it does start to tighten. It just takes longer than we would probably like! Keep up the good work.

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    Yeah, I got to tackle my flab too. Go away, flab!

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MNGIRLIE 1/5/2012 1:39PM

    My scale is usually flaky like that too. I just take whatever number I get the 3 times (not in a row). 10 pounds a month is totally doable. I liked setting 1.2 to 2 pounds per week goals back when I started and then I broke my overall WL goal into 3 sections. It really helps me manage things better than having to look at the GIANT big picture all the time.

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CHRIMSONFYRE 1/5/2012 12:53PM

    Sounds like you have the motivation you need to keep going :)
Losing weight slowly will help some of the skin shrink with the loss of weight, but depending how much you want to lose, you will have some left, but over time it will go back to normal from what I've been told. So just keep being healthy and you will see results you desire :)

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Ms. Lazy...That's Me!

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Well I have to clarify that. I'm really NOT lazy. I mean I have one husband, 7 kids and 3 daycare kids so there is NOTHING lazy about my days. BUT...

I DON'T WANT TO EXERCISE! With my spare moments I'd much rather read a book or sit on my comfy couch watching a great TV show. I do not want to exert myself. I do not want to sweat. I do not want to feel aches and pains!

I always feel SO MUCH BETTER when I actually do get my body moving and I know it's a MUST in order to get this weight off. I'm going to have to change my frame of mind and just DO IT!

I do have to share that I DID get my exercise in already today! I didn't sweat, I don't have aches or pains (at least not yet) but I did get my body moving again! I walked in place and around my living room as I watched a show from my DVR.

Will I ever come to LOVE exercise? I hope so but if not I hope I can at least realize its importance in my life and add it to my daily routine.

One of my goals for January is to exercise a minimum of 30min a day/6 days a week


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JCDUBEA63 1/4/2012 7:25PM

    Its not easy Krista and when u have a full schedule and stress its even harder!! I find exercising at least 10 min in the morning gets me started!! 10 min is very do able and then after that I always get motivated for more!! It makes me feel better about myself!
Play a game or do something fun with the kids. Any kind of movement is better than none. Exercise is a good stress reliever!! emoticon emoticon

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    I know how it feels when everything inside you is TOTALLY not interested in any form of exercise. It's frustrating. Stepping in place while watching TV is a pretty good exercise, though, and keeps the mind from being too bored.

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FITMARY 1/4/2012 8:24AM

    I use to get myself with that "lazy" notion. But I was working full time and taking care of family, house, pets.... How could that be lazy?!??!!
Six days a week is definitely do-able. And for those days you just can't get started, remember: "just 10 minutes." It WILL work!

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KARENDEE4 1/3/2012 8:45PM

    I agree it does not happen overnight. Maybe you can commit to 10-30 minutes a day (taking one rest day a week). Once I did the exercise it became a habit and now I miss it on my rest days.

I also started with 15 minutes a day. I built up to more now.

Also, how about reading a book while exercising? If you have access to treadmill or bike you could easily do both

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JESSICA2140 1/3/2012 7:33PM

    The love of exercise doesn't happen overnight...it's a building process...with every workout, every accomplishment. The more you do, the more you'll want to do it!! 30 m./day is a great place to start...before you know it, you'll be dying for 2 hours a day!! :)

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 1/3/2012 7:13PM

    I love the idea of exercising 6 days a week. But you don't have any wiggle room for days when it just cannot happen. Please be kind to yourself if you need "wiggle" room emoticon

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DIABETICLADY 1/3/2012 6:21PM

  In my humble opinion WITH EVERYTHING you are doing YOU'RE DEFINITELY not lazy when it comes to EXERCISING.

Just DOING WHATEVER YOU'RE DOING is EXERCISING. Don't BELITTLE your efforts. Be proud that you are MOVING. If you WISH to add more to your regimen YOU'LL DO SO. Keep that focus going.

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January 1st, 2012

Sunday, January 01, 2012

With this being the first day of a new year I feel an obligation to write down my new year resolutions/goals. But I'm not.

In the past I've totally been a goal writer, a list maker. I think setting goals are very important and for years have encouraged my kids to set goals, put them down in writing, then post them where they can see it.

I feel like the past three years, 2011 in particular, have brought so much stress that my brain and thinking process are buried under it all. I am more than who I'm allowing myself to be. I've allowed the stress to press down on me and keep me from functioning to my fullest potential. The intellect, strength and energy I do have has been expended on my family. I know if I turn that around and use what little I've been using on them on myself instead then that intellect, strength and energy will be multiplied allowing there to be enough for my family and ME.

I'm hoping as I get moving and put some healthier foods in my body that I'll be able to really focus on what I want, on who I am and how to actually make that person reappear.

Written goals are a MUST! They'll make an appearance eventually.

Happy New Year!

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JCDUBEA63 1/3/2012 12:16AM

    Krista take care of urself first then u can take care of ur family!! Women always put theirselves last especially if they have kids!! I know 2012 will be your year!! Make plenty of time for u!! Put a mommy time out sign and let ur kids pick a number if they need u! After ur break see them in order!! LOL My sister had 4 kids and thats what she did!! I was the baby and after seeing my sisters an brother with so many kids I just had 1!! LOL emoticon emoticon

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LNZMANSFIELD 1/2/2012 11:49PM

    I have been there myself. 2011 was so so for me. I did really really well after Harley's birth, and then kinda went downhill once the holidays hit. But I vow to make 2012 the best year I can!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 1/2/2012 4:17PM

    Krista, I know what you mean. When I get overwhelmed I tend to put more energy into the family too.

I know you homeschool but, is there a time that you could exercise that can be pretty much nonnegotiable? I exercise with Vickie at 6 am over the phone. In person is better but, it works. Maybe find some foods that help you feel better and are within your budget. If those ideas are helpful use them. If not look for small changes that you can do.

If you need a friend I am willing to listen. Email me. You can do this. I know you can. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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FITMARY 1/2/2012 9:49AM

    Take those baby steps first and you will get there. It really helped me to commit to "just 10 minutes" of exercise every day. It's amazing how it multiplied! Have a great new year!!!

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ERICAW2012 1/1/2012 11:56PM

    Happy New Year!

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