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Time for a new plan

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

So tired of logging food. Therefore, it is time for a change of plan.

1. My evening meal needs to be 500 calories or less. Evening snack: 200 calories or less. I have daytime food under control at this time. It is the evening food that causes me trouble. So I will continue to eat reasonably during the day (800-1000 calories). At this time, I am not going to be concerned with the ratio of protein/carbs/fat, just make healthy choices.

2. I am keeping a "success" log. And not just for health-related items. I always focus on those things I said that I shouldn't or things I should have done that I didn't or mistakes that I made. As I do things successfully, I will be jotting them down in a small notebook. It will be a reminder of things that I do right!

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NVR2HEALTHY 8/30/2010 4:38PM

    I haven't been active on Spark in a while. Thought I'd stop by and take a peek at your page. I like your "success" log idea!

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MAXFOCUS 7/16/2010 9:47PM

    Love your idea of doing a success log - here is wishing you many successes!!!

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MNBRIDGE 7/13/2010 6:29PM

    Recently someone suggested writing a blog on how you feel when you overeat or don't exercise and how you feel when you do. That helps some people find benefits to focus on when temptation strikes.

Hope you can get a handle on why the evening is such a battle ground and how to conquer it! Good plan to change things when what you're doing gets tedious or boring. And your success journal is a great idea! I know it really helped me to come up with 3 things a day I can be thankful for in my last 8 week challenge, and the even more difficult one of listing 3 things I did well today in my current challenge. It's all about where we set our minds - and you know that. Congratulations on making an effort to follow through on what you know! emoticon


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RUNNER4LIFE08 7/13/2010 1:42PM

    Sounds like a great plan! emoticon

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Pure and careful thoughts

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Since my last blog, I have continued to gain weight. Ugh! I am not walking as much as I would like (knee pain), but am still exercising. With my tax refund, I bought a new hybrid bike. Easier and more enjoyable to ride. And I am storing it in the basement while I am work instead of parking it outside where someone will covet it and "borrow" it like my last hybrid bike.

I am trying to figure out what is different from last year than this year. A new job. More time at work. A longer commute. Result? More stress, less personal time. I can eat well and regularly during the day, but feel I need to eat in the evening to "enjoy" my downtime. I can eat a whole day's worth of calories after dinner! Not the way to lose weight.

In my last blog, I talked about visualization. I did not remain consistent with my efforts. But lately I have been thinking about it and also my personal self talk. I really believe that my thoughts affect my attitude. Duh! Then I ran across this:

"Be careful what you think, for your thoughts become your words. Be careful what you say, for your words become your actions. Be careful what you do, for your actions become habits. Your habits define your character. And your character chooses for your soul and your destiny....." Author unknown

and it reminded me of this:

For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].

Have I been thinking thinking about the pure things, the lovely things, the kind things? Honestly, I do very well when thinking about other people. I give them the benefit of the doubt, assume any "bad" they do is not their usual behavior. I do NOT do this when I think about myself. As many people are, I am too hard on myself. I am an undisciplined person because I gained weight. I am an inconsistent person because I reverted to old habits. I should be able to just take care of it.

So what am I going to think about? I have reduced my BMI from 42.9% in 2006 to 35% today. I am fitter today then I was then. I had trouble walking 2 miles. Now I can walk more, bike alot more, and have more endurance. I am smaller now than I was when I last was this weight. My resting pulse is 10 beats less than before. These are significant accomplishments. Even with weight gain, I am more healthy than before.

So each day, I need to remember that I am able to make good choices. My evening downtime does not need to include overeating. I deserve time to myself to do what I want. I plan to work fewer hours and increase my personal time. It does not matter that I took the wrong path. I can find the right path and continue on. It does not matter how long it will take, just that I am on the path.

Here's to pure and careful thoughts. emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MNBRIDGE 6/12/2010 2:35PM

    Wow! I love how you write. You say it so well. And you are so right. My difficulty comes in applying what I know to do, make the changes I know need making - and one of them is how I think and what I think about. Great insight about not seeing yourself with the same grace you give others. The way you put it hit home with me. I need to do more of that too.

Keep taking one step at a time, one day at a time and reduce the number of detours from your path to health! You're doing great!


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KARINHANSE 5/13/2010 4:50PM

    Great attitude! Warm weather is coming....more daylight too...that will help!!!

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MAXFOCUS 5/8/2010 1:37PM

    I like your quotes. You can find the healthy path and continue on it. Congrats on your new bike. I'm glad you have a place to store it so it doesn't get "borrowed" like your last one.

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DISP715 5/8/2010 12:21PM

    You have made some real and positive changes to a healthier you! That's great! Baby steps and remembering our utimate goal is health. Stick with your plan, it is working for you. What is a hybrid bike? emoticon

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THEEXERCISER 5/8/2010 12:15PM

    Good luck

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Still searching for the spark ...

Friday, January 22, 2010

When I visited my email, I found so many emails from SparkPeople... I figured something was up. Then I found that I was Motivator of the Day! All those great comments and thumbs up! Wow! I found myself being motivated by you. Thanks!

An update of my search for the Spark. Due to cold, ice, and injuries, I have made the decision to join a fitness club for a couple of months. I tried it out this week and am not crazy about the extra travel time and commitment, but have found that I feel much, much better. Much less pain in my joints. So for these winter months anyway, I am going to try some spinning and yoga as well as the treadmill and elliptical. I hope to still get on my bike outdoors this winter, but when it is less icy and 20 degrees or warmer (seems we're not getting much of that...).

Eating. Still working on it. I am reading The Spark (very slowly, I might add). I read until something "sparks" with me. Then I think about that for a few days. Yesterday's reading was about visualizing. It dawned on my that I think about going home and eating before bed. I think about how nice it will be, how good the food will taste, how I will feel while eating (somehow I don't bother thinking about how I will feel the next day). Visualizing. Hmmmm.... I didn't even know I was doing it.

So yesterday, I visualized having a cup of chai tea with soy milk at bedtime. How nice it will be. Sweet, warm. How I am treating myself nicely. Did it work? Yes and no... I enjoyed the tea but still had some food, but it was less food and healthier food. So I would say it is a success. I am going to keep working with this.

Thanks to everyone for motivating me and supporting me!

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MNBRIDGE 6/12/2010 2:40PM

    I like that you're not just visualizing what you would like, but the steps that will help you get to where you want to be. Visualization really works. I've tried it a few times with things I didn't want to do or enjoy doing. Sometimes it took several days of imagining myself doing it and enjoying doing it instead of pushing it away when I thought about it. All of a sudden I would find myself doing it. Why is it so difficult to take the time to do the things that will help me achieve my goals? I need to visualize myself enjoying visualizing, LOL!


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VBALLJOAN 1/27/2010 4:38PM

    Good for you Owl! I'm in a Spark doldrums a bit. My visualization of late has been Peppermint ice cream - shouldn't have written that....Sigh...
Okay - off for a walk now. Sun is shining, temps in the 40's. They're saying a real snow event for us in NC on Saturday, so I'd best take advantage of the heat wave while I can.

Glad to see you slowly Sparking. I'm going work on visualization. Size 10 jeans, narrow waist....Size 10 jeans, narrower waist; size 10 jeans, more stamina. Yup.


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LARAINE 1/25/2010 10:30AM

    I'm also trying to get my Spark back glad to see you here my friend congrats on being a moivator. I got my copy of the Spark Saturday got the first 2 chapter done before the grandson show up.

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KARINHANSE 1/23/2010 10:32AM

    I love how honest you are in your blog. I'm going to try visualizing good stuff instead of negative. Thanks for the suggestions!

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MAXFOCUS 1/23/2010 2:25AM

    I've been reading the Spark too. It is funny because I never thought to stop and think of all the things I was visualizing that weren't going in the direction of my goals (like that chocolate bar, sitting on the coach watching a show, etc). I'll need to learn to turn those around. It is good that you mentioned that so thank you!

Actually, I have been working on putting together a motivational poster for myself - you know the one we were supposed to put together when we first started online at SP (and get like 25 points or something like that when it is completed). I'm finding some good images and words - I'll hang it up in my bathroom so I see it every morning and evening.

I'm glad you found a fitness club to join this winter. I often would worry about you thinking you were out there in all that snow/ice either walking or biking. Hope your knee is doing well.


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ILOVEPEOPLE 1/22/2010 8:10PM

    You seem to be on the right track. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TALLTABBY 1/22/2010 12:56PM

  I am glad that you are getting your spark back. I recently lost my spark too, and it has taken me a few weeks to get it back. But I think am back on track, and it feels better. Best of luck on you spark, and congrats on being a motivator.

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Looking for the Spark again

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Hi everyone! My break was nice in that I spent less time online and more time cross-stitching. I made aprons for my nieces. My sister's (their mom) did not get done, so I am still working on it. They turned out really nice, but took a very long time to complete. I will try to remember to take photos after I finish the last one.

On the other hand, the dreaded weight gain happened. I am up a couple of sizes and not liking it much. I took a spill on my bicycle three weeks ago and messed up something in my knee. So my knee is bothering me alot and because I am not exercising, my back is in serious trouble. Right now, pain meds are everything to me.

So, I am back logging my food and tracking my fitness (pitiful though it is). And I need to start some strength exercises for my knees and back. Tonight is a possibility.

I also bought the Spark book, so I am hoping for a bit of encouragement there.

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TRECECOOKS 2/4/2010 5:43PM

    Glad to see you back, darlin'.

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LADY_KATHY 1/22/2010 8:35AM

    Sorry for the weight gain and the mishaps. I know you can get back on track. Slowly can also win the race, better than not at all!

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COFFEEDIVA 1/7/2010 11:26AM

    Hi Carleen,

Sorry to hear about your accident and fitness setbacks. I will keep you in my thoughts and hope for a quick recovery!

I too have experienced the "dreaded weight gain" from both stress (holiday) overeating and not sticking to my exercise. I'm back in the saddle again on exercise, but the eating piece is slower to get into place. I am going to buy the Spark book today with the Barnes & Noble coupon (plus my member discount!) and will implement the food piece as much as I can right now.

If you want to get together for a cup of coffee sometime soon, give me a shout. I would love to see you and get caught up in person.


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KARINHANSE 1/7/2010 9:17AM

    Welcome back, Carleen! I heard about your bike accident from your sister, but didn't realize you had injured your knee again. Start out slowly and you'll get the strength back....you've always been an inspiration to me....hang in there! and I bet those aprons look terrific!

Comment edited on: 1/7/2010 9:19:20 AM

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VBALLJOAN 1/6/2010 7:42PM

    I am SO excited that my spark buddy is back! Whoo-hoo!!!!!!

I'm doing the Snoopy happy dance around my kitchen table. Thank goodness the blinds are drawn!

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    I hope you recover fast and your back pain goes away quickly too. I agree its frustrating having to re-lose weight. You can do it though.

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MCAUDI 1/5/2010 10:28PM

    Sorry to hear you got hurt. I hope you get better soon. You'll get those extra few pounds off in no time. Take care.

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JMS5STAR 1/5/2010 10:25PM

    Sorry for the injuries. Darn it, it gets so frustrating when life gets in the way. I remember thinking I had it all figured out and then I hit a bump in the road. Ten long months later, I've got the spark back, and YOU WILL TOO. Do what you can and trust in what you know and you will get it back.

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MAXFOCUS 1/5/2010 9:26PM

    Sorry to hear about the spill on your bike. Ouch. More knee troubles - that stinks. Hopefully it won't take too long to strengthen it back up. My Spark book just arrived in the mail and I too hope to get some motivation from it. Here is wishing you a successful 2010!

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    I'm sure you will get it back. It comes and goes for me too. Has been gone too long this last time but starting to get it back.

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YELLOWBIRD01 1/5/2010 8:01PM

    I am sorry for the spill you took on your bike :-( Yoga is another good one for stretching and toning and it's pretty easy on the joints . . I enjoy it.

I also bought the Spark and am starting to read it!

I pray you get your spark back!! You will get your spark back and will be successful in losing the weight again!!! You can do it!!! You did it before!!!

You are in my thoughts and prayers!!
God Bless,

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LSCHULER72 1/5/2010 7:16PM

    Pilates really helped strengthen my back, if you're looking for something different to try, consider it. Let us know how you like the book!

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A SparkBreak is in place

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

It has been a couple of weeks since I stopped logging my food. No change in my weight. That is good. Unfortunately, there is no change in my evening habits either. I have posted some goals in my "goal" board at home:
1. Regular portions (one or maybe two portions of a particular item....unless it is veggies, of course).
2. No eating out of the package. Measure my food so I know how much I am eating.
3. Only one serving of sweets per day.
4. Only one serving of food for an evening snack.
5. Take my supplements.

I have not been meeting goals 3 and 4, but it's no worse than it was when I was logging my food.

I am still exercising (biking and walking), and sneaking in a set of pushups here and there.

Most noticeably, I am taking a bit of a SparkBreak. I am still going to log my fitness and check in on groups and folks occasionally. But lately I have spent less time here and am finding it less stressful. Not that SparkPeople is stressful! Don't get me wrong. SparkPeople is an important tool that has got me to where I was. Even though I have gained some weight in the past six months, I am still 80 pounds down from when I began my journey three years ago and 60 down from when I found SparkPeople.

So don't be offended if I am not commenting or "liking" something you do. I am on a vacation of sorts, and I will see you around for sure.


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WALKINGFIEND 1/22/2010 12:30PM

    Amazing how similar our goals are....

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MAXFOCUS 11/11/2009 7:38PM

    Wishing you a good break. Good luck with your goals. You can do it!


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KARINHANSE 11/11/2009 7:14PM

    Yes! It can become a problem so "take what you want and leave the rest!" Use only what you need!
This program doesn't have set "rules" and that is a good things since each of us is on our own journey and what works for one might not work for others.
Enjoy your freedom!!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/11/2009 4:22PM

    Enjoy your spark break! I am in need of one too so don't feel guilty.


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YELLOWBIRD01 11/11/2009 3:57PM

    Enjoy your much needed Spark Break!!! I will continue to pray that you will have great success on your continued journey!!! Take care and see you when you get back!!!


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