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The Queen of Quitting has been dethroned!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Hi!

Jeepers, I really have to get back into the swing of things before I lose sight of the reasons I'm on this journey. I was sitting here this morning watching my laundry blow gently in the breeze all the while my dogs were racing around our back garden without an apparent care in the world. Oh, and I had a cup of coffee in my hand and I was wearing my pjs, the sun was out and I should be happy, right? I am happy I guess (thankfully this month I had no raging hormonal fluctuations with that time of the month) but I feel like something is missing.

Then my inner emoticon went off and I admitted to myself what is bothering me. A) I pledged to track my food during the past week and only complied for two days, B) I haven't exercised in three days, C) I have lost touch with many of my dearest Spark friends simply because

So, I am turning this negative thinking around. I gave myself a pat on the back for tracking those two day, I am going to go for a long hike today and I will touch base with my Spark friends and move on.

I guess they are Non-scale victories in themselves but for me the biggest lesson was that I am really enjoying my new lifestyle! I actually miss exercising! I look forward to getting on Spark! I love drinking all that water! But the biggest NSV for me has to be that not once did the thoughts of giving it all up cross my mind! For years I called myself the Queen of Quitting due to no self-confidence and fears of trying anything new. As soon as I began to feel out of my comfort zone I quit! Plain and simple!

Many people view their journey as being similar to a kid learning to ride a new bike. Yes, that is an appropriate analogy for many but for me it is so much more. First I learned to get back up on that bike and try, try again until I could stay on. Then I actually learned to appreciate the feeling of riding the bike and now I'm learning how to do other things while riding. I'm learning how to read myself and how to be honest with my feelings.

My bicycle comes with many, many parts: there is my depression, my lack of self-confidence, my fear of failure, my fear of dying of preventable diseases, my avoidance of exercise, my weight gain, and the list goes on and on. At any given day on my journey I might have additional baggage in my bike basket but I'm still working those pedals. I am not giving up!!!

The Queen of Quitting has been dethroned along with the Princess of Perfection, the Prince of panic and the King of Knocking myself down! I'm the new ruler of me! There is a new Queen in town.........and I'm loving it!

  
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VICKILYN4 9/21/2011 9:20AM

    I so really need this attitude. Thanks so much for sharing and leaving wonderful and helpful advice and kicks in the butt..lol

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GAYLE-G-63 9/20/2011 2:31PM

    Susan,

You are a dear, dear person! Your honesty is so inspiring. Always remember, even though you may not know it, there is someone out there in Sparkland cheering for you and gathering strength from you!!!

Huggz,
~Gayle~

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JOANNANOW 9/20/2011 2:10PM

    Well your majesty you must be the queen of positive thinking! I love it. I loved your bicycle analogy. Keep tracking and keep smiling.
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KAZINMICH 9/20/2011 11:23AM

    I really loved this blog! I feel that I can relate so well! You reminded me of the exact things I needed to hear and remember!!!

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HOPEFULANGE 9/19/2011 8:39AM

    emoticon Let's own this fall and put some miles in. See you on the trail!

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_LINDA 9/19/2011 1:05AM

    Welcome back! You were there all along, but you just sometimes get lost along the way, like we all do..You are doing this, you just have to make sure the body gets all of the message more often!
I am surprised you have laundry on the line, the weather forecast of those massive storms hitting one after the other bringing tremendous amounts of rain every where on the east coast sounded dire!
You go girl!


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VICKILYN4 9/18/2011 10:12PM

    emoticonWay to go Susan!!! I'm so proud of you!!!

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KAYDE53 9/18/2011 8:26PM

    Never surrender, never give up!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 9/18/2011 8:20PM

    LOVE IT, you can do it! byr byr queen of quitting

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LUVMYCRAZYKIDS 9/18/2011 8:17PM

    Good for you!!! NSV!!!! YAY!!

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GEORGIAK25 9/18/2011 4:29PM

    I think we have all been there but kudos on getting back to it.
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BOVEY63 9/18/2011 4:18PM

    Long live the Queen!
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DRGOMTI 9/18/2011 1:56PM

    YOU GO GIRL!!!! I was sitting here dreading coming on n tracking my cals. I'm tired n ache all over n just wanna sit n eat sweets! RRRRRRRRRRRR!!!! BUT, I came on cz I MUST enter my cals cz I don't want to break my nutrition tracking streak! 16 days today!!! AND reading your witty, entertaining blog, sparked me up!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 9/18/2011 1:44PM

    You make me emoticon I love your attitude. Surprising, isn't it, when you first realize you *miss* exercising? May I suggest that next week, your tracking goal be to track 3 days, the following week 4 day, then 5 days the week after that. I'm doing something similar with my protien - tracking each day, but slowly working up over 5 weeks to my protien goals.



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CODEMAULER 9/18/2011 1:42PM

    Hmmm, maybe the Princess of Positive is heading in? The Queen of Quality Living?

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JLITT62 9/18/2011 1:34PM

    You forgot the count of all or nothing . . . sorry, couldn't come up with an alliteration for that one! Keep baby stepping. You never know just how far it will take you.

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PONYFARMER 9/18/2011 1:08PM

    Great choice! Keep it going strong and NEVER give up!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/18/2011 1:06PM

    (short because it's from my phone)

Hurray to the queen of doing!!! emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 9/18/2011 12:27PM

    Look what a short little stint of "oops" you had before you turned it around this time? I so love your analogy about the bike. I truly believe that all my mistakes of the past were necessary for me to learn what I needed to be doing this time. A city built on ashes.

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CHUBRUB3 9/18/2011 12:23PM

    emoticon Queen of Quitting!

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Hugs,
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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 9/18/2011 12:16PM

    emoticon I love your take charge attitude!

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KAMAPERRY 9/18/2011 12:09PM

    Love the changes!! I am totally in love with my new lifestyle! Way to go!

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JANET552 9/18/2011 12:05PM

    Good for you!! You and I are so much alike. I really like your bike analogy. It is a good visual and I am going to steal it for those times I have an overfull basket as I attempt to steer through this journey.

Good luck to the both of us and way to go on your attitude adjustment. Love it!

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Hilarious story which happens to be true!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Hi!

The time seems to be slipping by and I simply cannot believe that this is almost the middle of September and that I have yet to catch up with most of your blogs...some SparkFriend I turned out to be! I've even been going to work about twenty minutes early just to log in but that is somehow failing as when I log into Spark with my username I keep being directed to another Sparker's page!

And, I've been busy getting my exercise in and NOT tracking my food! AAAAARRRGGHH! So much for my plans to do so. I was all ready to do so but then Sunday night our beloved Louisa decided to get into the kitchen garbage right after we had carved a ham and she became very, very sick. We were up with her until 4:30 a.m. the first night and my alarm goes off at 7:00 so I didn't even think about healthy eating let alone tracking! She was still sick into yesterday so we rushed her to the vet where she was awarded the Academy Award for a Canine pretending to be well! They feared it was pancreatitis (spelling?) but things are looking up with just some medicine and a $300 vet bill! (AND, no, that is not my funny story!)

Yesterday was off the books with reasons why I didn't track. First it was Louisa and then it was a call mid-morning that a 4 week old kitten was found in a burning dump about 1 hour away so off we went. My friend did have a Fibre One bar for me and I had water but that was about it until we grabbed some fried chicken and fries about six hours later!!!!

Today, I we had an emergency meeting at work, the kitten had to be taken to the vet, our hot water tank broke (!) and so I had McDonalds for supper....small fries and a cheeseburger. But I'm aware of how not having a back up plan works against me so lesson learned!!!! Time to stock the freezer with "emergency" meals and the fridge with grab and go snacks!

Okay, so here is my funny story. Please put down any hot beverages you happen to be drinking as I cannot be held accountable for scalds!!! Over the weekend, John and I took the dogs across the river into the wilds of Central Newfoundland for our normal walk. Since it was a bit warm and I was a bit contrary (okay, make that a whole lot contrary!) I wanted to walk by myself to blow off steam. First of all we walked together but old stubborn guts here (yes, I'm talking about myself!) wanted to get her 5 km in and set off by herself. I was walking along and got thinking about my friend who worries about me walking by myself when I heard a truck approaching. So, I did what every sane woman does who has an inkling of fear....I hid in the bushes! I heard the truck slow down and the driver get out so I peaked out and saw it was a truck like ours. I thought, "how sweet, John came looking for me" and jumped out of the bushes while calling out "YooHoo....I'm over here" when I realized it wasn't John! To make matters worse the man was taking a pee in the middle of the road!!! I almost needed to pee from laughing but I just waved hello and kept walking as if it is a normal habit of mine to jump out of bushes at strange men! When I finally got to our truck John asked if I saw the man and I said, with a wink, boy did I ever!!!! I wonder if the poor man has gotten over the fright yet?!

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VICKILYN4 9/18/2011 10:06PM

    That was too funny. Thanks for sharing Susan...and the visual...LOL!

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MILLIE5522 9/18/2011 3:15AM

    Thanks for the hot drink warning! Hilarious!!

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GOGIRLOLDER 9/17/2011 12:31PM

    Ha Ha!!! And of course the animal stuff always happens when we aren't prepared. We had $125 visit last Tuesday... unexplained sore on the left side of our retriever Sam. Happy Weekend, I've good logging my exercise, but not so great with my food.

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HEALTHYBARB1 9/15/2011 10:30PM

    Had to come and comment on this blog today...I spent my morning running my dog to the groomer and the vet. She has an eye infection and her claws are growing very rapidly in her old age! She is a Llasa and now needs to go to the groomer every 3 weeks for nail and eye care. My husband said it sounds just like a lady...having to have her face on and her nails done!! What we do for these cute little balls of fur just cause we love them!!! Thanks for sharing your animal stories. Smiles Barb

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/15/2011 10:12PM

    Oh, Susan! THAT takes the CAKE! That WAS hilarious! I just read it to Drex and he cracked up, too! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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S3XYDIVASMOM 9/15/2011 8:15PM

    I'm guessing that after your laugh, you were over your "contrariness." Loved that story.

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CALGARYNEWF 9/15/2011 3:33PM

    Too funny!!!!I can just imagine the look on the guy's face..LOL

So sorry to hear about the pet woes!!!!!! emoticon

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COMPASS_ROSE 9/15/2011 3:10PM

    I certainly did not see that coming! emoticon

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BOE4LIFE 9/15/2011 2:20PM

    Wow that is awesome thank you for sharing the funny. Sorry to hear about the hot water heater and animal woes. Chin up and keep gettin those 5K's in.

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GAYLE-G-63 9/15/2011 1:03PM

    ROFL!!! I do so enjoy reading of your adventures!!!

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DRGOMTI 9/15/2011 12:57PM

    it's the 12th day of my nutrition tracking streak! n it sure feels good!! I think I may even beable to handle weighing in on Monday! So get your tracking streak on girl!! come with me on the streaking journey!!
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BOVEY63 9/15/2011 12:54PM

    Great story ~ thanks for the laugh!
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I hope Louisa is felling better and that all checks out well with the kitten. You are a sweetheart for taking such good care of our 4-legged friends!
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CHRISTINA791 9/15/2011 12:13PM

    And right now, some dude in Newfoundland has one hell of a story emoticon

Sorry to hear about the pet problems. They really do have bad timing, don't they? Back when he was a kitten, my cat ate four feet of ribbon right before Christmas (from the trash, of course), and cost me my entire Christmas budget in vet bills. Luckily it all turned out all right. Sending good pet vibes to you and Louisa.

As for the food choices, you might have identified some changes you can make if something like this comes up in the future, but it sounds like you did well even with all the stress. A small combo at McDonald's isn't too bad, all things considered, and it looks like you're already automatically practicing good portion control. It's not about perfection all the time, it's about a better style of imperfection.

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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 9/15/2011 7:45AM

   

Well that's what you get when you dangle the diddly daddly out on the road. He must have thought you were the pervert and not him emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JLITT62 9/15/2011 5:35AM

    So sorry about all the goings-on, even the funny one! Simba has been dx with chronic pancreatitis so I know how scary that can be - and exhausting. And I know all about them acting perfectly fine at the vet, too - I call it the miracle vet cure!

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SUGARBABY60 9/15/2011 2:17AM

    Yes, if we think YOUR story was funny I would love to hear HIS story! emoticon

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PAMNANGEL 9/15/2011 1:19AM

    That'll teach him! emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 9/15/2011 12:13AM

    Roflmao!! Too funny! How is Louisa?

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KAYDE53 9/14/2011 11:49PM

    Now that was funny!! Oh my!! I hope you didn't get close enough to recognize each other if you run into each other ever again! emoticon emoticon Hope everything else has calmed down, sounds like you've had enough excitement for one week!!!

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SCOOTERGIRLOZ 9/14/2011 11:24PM

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Way too funny, laughing so hard and trying not to pee.

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CHUBRUB3 9/14/2011 10:39PM

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That was a real knee slapper!!
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JOANNANOW 9/14/2011 8:52PM

    So did you keep the kitten? You probably scared the living daylights out of that guy. LOL! I have been tracking for 4 days now and I'm not hungry... come on and join me! PS just to confirm our similarities ... I was also diagnosed with depression at 17 and have been dealing with it in myself and my family ever since... it seems to run in my family. So far I'm winning! So good to meet you ... I really like your friend's painting by the way. emoticon emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 9/14/2011 8:16PM

    Oh that brings back memories of a scout camping trip. I opened an unlocked bathroom door and saw a man just standing up from the toilet having forgotten to press the lock. I shut the door and was mortified. I told my male scout friends what happened and they asked me if I knew who it was. I had to confess that I didn't notice his face LOL. So the rest of the weekend I kept wondering every time I passed a guy if it was him!

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TEMPEST272002 9/14/2011 7:41PM

    Snort! Hilarious. Just when you think it's safe to pee...

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BECCAJ98 9/14/2011 7:05PM

    Too funny!!

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HEALTHYBARB1 9/14/2011 6:42PM

    so this guy now is telling his friends about the lady who jumped out of the bushes to watch him do his duty!! they are all laughing too!!! Smiles Barb

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APIRLRAIN888 9/14/2011 6:13PM

    LOL on the story, and sorry about the crazy day

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 9/14/2011 6:05PM

    That is funny! emoticon

How is the kitten doing?

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JENNSWIMS 9/14/2011 5:55PM

    Now that is priceless. WOW.

I wonder if he is telling his friends, "you won't believe what happened to me"?

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212 km in two months....stage one of the Newfoundland T'Railway completed

Saturday, September 10, 2011

I just had a wonderfully long blog typed up and somehow managed to lose it. Actually when I attempted to post it I received a message saying "no HTML please" and in the end I just lost it.

To sum up, I've officially completed the first stage of the virtual walk along the Newfoundland T'Railway system. It will be two months tomorrow and I crossed the 212 km today. Most of it was done through walking outdoors but some was done through fitness classes and by biking. Either way it all counts and it feels great to say I did it! Now I only have another 600+ km to finish and I will have it all done! Ha.

I came across a really funny dog picture today and thought I would share it. Although the dog in question looks a lot like our Maddy (it fooled many people including his vet!) it is just one I found somewhere. I like to refer to it as "what Donald Trump would look like as a Pomeranian"!

On a more serious note, I weighed myself at the gym today and I have gained 4 pounds since joining a month ago! Aaarrrgggh! To be fair, I know I have been eating like a horse and have vowed that come this Monday I will go back to tracking my food consumption because that is what works for me! Cannot believe I have climbed back up to 218 pounds!

Have a good weekend. I know it is a sad one in world history and I really, really hope that we never again see the horrors of 9/11!

  
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THETURTLEBEAR 9/13/2011 10:28AM

    You've blogged it and were accountable, so now you can fix it! LOVE the dog pic!!

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CHRISTINA791 9/12/2011 10:59AM

    Congrats on the walking! You've done an amazing job!

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CALGARYNEWF 9/11/2011 10:28PM

    Wow Susan!!!!I'm so impressed!We're never going to catch up to you now but I will certainly use the possibility as a motivator! You rock! emoticon

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_LINDA 9/11/2011 8:16PM

    Congratulations on getting through stage one!! Nice to see you acknowledge where your weight gain is coming from and are not upset about it, but will actually do something about it! Track, track and more track, it does work!
A little known factoid about me. I exercise hard, long and vigorously, pushing myself to the limits constantly, for one basic reason. I LOVE TO EAT!! Who doesn't?? But I like the occasional sinful delights like ice cream, birthday cake, Baked Cheetos crunchy. But if I didn't exercise, like on my surgical lay offs, I simply can't fit them in my calories. I even cut out Mom's marvelous muffins during my layoff (BIG *sniff*) and she makes them healthier then most out there, but they are still fairly high cal as she won't cut back the oil and butter, she refuses the substitute of apple sauce, don't get why as everything else is healthy like wheat flour, flax flour, etc.
But basically, you want the fun, you have to put in the time and work..

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BOVEY63 9/11/2011 11:48AM

    Congrats on finishing Stage One!
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DRGOMTI 9/11/2011 11:31AM

    Amen to the 9/11 horrors!! n God bless all the casualties of war n their families. emoticon emoticondr

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JLITT62 9/11/2011 5:02AM

    Wow, that dog looks an awful lot like Chester!

You've got one piece of the puzzle in place - now time to find the next piece!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/10/2011 9:46PM

    I despise when that happens! Lost blogs! It's painful! emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 9/10/2011 9:33PM

    Great job on completing stage one of the trailway. It's cool to see the miles add up like that. Thanks for the dog pic, made me laugh.

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APIRLRAIN888 9/10/2011 8:33PM

    woohooo on virtual walk,and you can do it
we have a virtual relay around the world, we are so close to making it back to start ;p

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KAYDE53 9/10/2011 8:29PM

    I'm so proud of you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonYou'll get that 4 lbs off again!!! emoticon Tracking does help a lot1! That is a seriously cute picture!!! And I so agree, never want to see anything like 9/11 again, not anywhere in the world!!! Have a great Sunday!!! emoticon

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Co-ordinating a lunar landing vs. meal planning

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Good Morning!

I'm sort of sneaking this in at work before I begin my shift; actually I deliberately come in about 30 minutes earlier each morning for Sparking time so here I am.

If I blog enough about tracking my food intake will it happen? It still hasn't despite all of my efforts to talk about it. Jeepers, I need a swift kick at this point! emoticon

But right now I need to focus on what I'm doing right. I joined the Y AND better yet, I actually go! That has been a habit for almost a month now. I strength train three times a week which is also something I started a month ago. I drink my water faithfully and I make sure I get enough sleep. I also have been walking a fair bit AND I haven't quit the Newfoundland T'Railway challenge (I should be finished the first quarter by Canadian Thanksgiving). I'm also continuing to blog which keeps me going.

So, what am I not doing? I'm not tracking my food nor am I spending as much time on Spark supporting my friends like I used to. I know the latter is because I've upped my exercise time and have gone back to work but for the life of me I just can't seem to make tracking my food a habit. AAAARRRGGGHHH.

Oh, did I mention I'm a perfectionist? I thought by removing my tracker from public view I would somehow do a bit better but that hasn't happened! I just have to quit making excuses and do it! I will start on Sunday and I will try to do it as many times as I can so it becomes a habit. Afterall, I didn't start out by drinking 8 glasses of water each day but now it is one of my most treasured routines.

I also need to meal plan as I know from looking back over the past year that it works for me. I'm going to stop trying to be so blessed perfect (my personality and I can turn the simplest things into a complex mission to rival a lunar landing!) Honest to goodness! That is who I am and I need to work on that because I know nobody is perfect so why do I expect to be?!

So, I'm going to buy myself a pretty notebook and start planning. At first I'm not going to be too caught up with nutritional value so if I want to sneak a pack of Kraft Dinner in once a week I will allow myself to do this. Besides it is a meal my husband can prepare (!)

Okay, I promise not to get so caught up with "the" plan that I forget to implement it but I'm off now to search some online recipes from Spark.

Susan

P.S. If at first I don't succeed maybe I can be an astronaut!?

  
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KAYDE53 9/8/2011 11:07PM

    I'm not very good with meal planning either! I do better with tracking, but sometimes I slack off. I did better at first than I do now. So I guess we all have our weaknesses, but we just have to hang in there, and do the best we can. I'm a perfectionist too, and usually if I can't do something perfectly, I don't do it at all, so that probably why. I keep working on that. Sounds like you're doing great on your exercise, though!! emoticon emoticon

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S3XYDIVASMOM 9/8/2011 10:59PM

    I hate meal planning worse than I hate tracking. Talk about writer's block. I see that blank page and almost panic. I guess I have a loose sort of awareness; generally speaking I hit at least some of my nutritional goals.

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TEMPEST272002 9/8/2011 10:51PM

    You are doing so well with the Y. So proud of you for sticking with it long enough to make it a habit. Tracking is a toughie for me too. As always, if you're struggling I suggest you take one step back. What about just tracking dinner for a week? I like using sparkrecipes.com to plan meals in advance (you can add directly to your tracker from the recipe page).


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DRGOMTI 9/8/2011 8:59PM

    PS. your profile pic just cracks me up!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DRGOMTI 9/8/2011 8:56PM

    You are the funniest!! emoticon I just love your blog so much!!
I'm on my 6th day of my tracking streak! I do not want to break it this time! Streaking is cool!! Especially in the winter! emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 9/8/2011 6:03PM

    LOVED your post script!

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BOVEY63 9/8/2011 2:44PM

    Great job on your routine at the Y!
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As far as tracking your food, start today and just like exercise, it will become a part of your routine.
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CHRISTINA791 9/8/2011 1:25PM

    I've totally been there with the food. I don't feel comfortable with cooking, so my perfectionist comes out to play and I need to shove her back in.

I find that it helps to block out just a few days at a time. In my case, the guy and I switch off on cooking duties every four days, so I roughly block out my days based on that. Breakfast is always the same, and lunch is mostly raw veggies and finger foods for me, so it all comes down to dinner.

One big 'duh' moment I had is that I don't have to be fully stocked on everything. I used to hate grocery shopping, so I'd try to plan a big two week trip in advance and use all the food on a perfect schedule before it went bad. Now, I pop into the store to pick up one or two things every couple days. It takes a little more time (luckily, I'm close to several stores), but it takes so much of the pressure off and lets me improvise a bit. Plus, I no longer get stuck eating bad foods because I don't have anything available - not an excuse anymore!

Good luck! I'm looking forward to seeing how it goes!

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LESLIES537 9/8/2011 1:14PM

    Great idea! Nice job on actually using your Y membership--you ROCK!

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APIRLRAIN888 9/8/2011 1:04PM

    lol... love my YMCA, hope you love yours too ;p

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_LINDA 9/8/2011 12:26PM

    Good for you sticking with the exercise! That is huge!! Well done! Like Sparks says, you have to take it one step at a time, until it becomes a habit and then you are ready to go to the next step. Try tracking your supper, I would guess that is the meal where you would have the most time to do it. For most people, its the biggest meal of the day..
Good luck with it!!

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KANSASROSE67 9/8/2011 11:48AM

    Good luck! You will figure out something that works.

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CHUBRUB3 9/8/2011 11:45AM

    First off I love your Muppet Profile picture!
Second, Yes you can be an astronaut! Anything your heart desires!
You are doing great! Keep up the awesome work, and try tracking more.
Hugs,
Angela
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CODEMAULER 9/8/2011 9:29AM

    Kraft Dinner finds its way into our routine from time to time, too. Just be sure to load it up with all sorts of chopped veggies!

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Planning meals is a lot like planning workouts; start small, figure out what you can do today, and build from there. Set goals. Take notes. Share in your successes, learn from the setbacks.

You'll do just fine!

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JLITT62 9/8/2011 8:50AM

    Sometimes just getting started is the hardest thing to do. Break it down even further . . . aim to track one day a week, or even just one meal! Once you get started it gets easier.

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The dirty little secret

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Good Morning!

We have just had one of the nicest Labour Day weekends with regards to weather that we have had in some years and for that I am very, very thankful. Today, however, the skies are cloudy but I'm still riding the high of the weekend. We had two lots of company (none of which actually stayed overnight) so it was nice to catch up with friends to see where they are in their lives.

Other than "entertaining", I spent the weekend relaxing. I finally finished "The Book of Negroes" by Lawrence Hill which I have to say was a really good book. I always judge a book on whether or not I am thinking about the characters when I am not actually reading and one that I long to finish but yet am saddened when I do. Do you guys have any favourites that you'd be willing to share?

Okay, so I know some of you rushed to read this blog because of the title so I will get to the point of my blog. At 45 years old, I have discovered the dirty little secret of weight loss. The secret....well, that is just it.....there is no secret because the thing that works for you may not work for me!

The idea for this blog came to me this morning when I was talking to a student who lost 100 pounds since January 2011. She was proud of herself but when I asked what she did her reply was to "watch what I ate". Intrigued, I dug a little deeper. Turns out this woman had been consuming at least a 2 litre of cola every day along with fried food and every meal was junk food! She suddenly stopped that and ate "normal" foods and gave up the cola....voila!

So what does that mean to you and I? Well, I don't drink very much cola as I strive to get my water in each day along with an additional 2 glasses of skim milk. We do not fry anything and I view junk food as an occasional treat. That being said, I haven't lost 100 pounds since January and nor would I want to as I think that is a bit too fast.

I really think my lack of success at the scales comes down to simple math.....I either eat too many calories or too little. I really hadn't realized before that consuming too few calories can backfire on your weight loss attempts. I know I've upped my exercise (I have two more months to go before my measurements will be taken again at the Y but I'm really feeling a difference in my abilities), my weight keeps fluctuating but I know I'm not keeping track of what I eat. (insert slap on the wrist here!)

So my dirty little secret is I have to faithfully record what I eat so I can determine whether or not (on average) I am eating too few or too many calories over a month. That is my goal for September! I will continue on with the exercise but I have to start being serious about recording my food!!!!


P.S. I'm temporarily removng my food tracker from public view as I am a "perfectionist in recovery". Hence, if it is not perfect I won't track in case you all think I'm horrible (which I agree is a total twisted way of looking at things but hey, that is the inner perfectionist speaking!). So, I'm going to track it all for the time being just for me!

  
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JLITT62 9/7/2011 5:33AM

    I like the fact that you're tackling one area, making it a habit, then tackling the next.

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TEMPEST272002 9/6/2011 9:16PM

    Tracking your food is a great idea. I don't enjoy food tracking, but I do tend to lose more weight when I do it. Tracking has been useful for checking my nutrient levels, my fibre intake, seeing patterns in my eating patterns.

I'm really proud of you for continuing to go to the gym. It's exciting to hear that you're already noticing progress. I checked out a gym myself today, but I'm not sure (getting into town during the winter months might be a problem & money).

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DOGMOMMY 9/6/2011 8:02PM

    i am the same as you... i have to track or I feel so out of control...

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GAYLE-G-63 9/6/2011 4:20PM

    I discovered that same secret just recently, Susan. It took me a long time to discover what works for me, but when I did, it REALLY worked. My second 'secret' is never give up trying new things. After a year and a half and 130 pounds lost, I still try new things monthly if not weekly.

Keep fighting the good fight! YOU CAN DO IT!!! =D

Huggz,
~Gayle~

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CHRISTINA791 9/6/2011 4:07PM

    I have the same secret...

I have to track most of the time. I'm okay with that, and I'm even okay with occasionally skipping a meal, but I know that if I don't the portions will creep up and the snacks will sneak in. I was never a huge binge eater, so it was all those little extras that were packing on the pounds.

I also find that I just feel more relaxed when I can pull up a page showing me where I sit for the day. Between the heart rate monitor giving me a more accurate picture of what I've burned and trying to be as close as possible in my food tracking and measuring, I let my mind stay calm when my body is trying to tell me something different.

Good luck! Hope it works well for you!

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BOVEY63 9/6/2011 2:02PM

    I am so with you on this one. First I think 100 pounds since January is too much too fast. Second, drinking cola hasn't been an issue - I have always been a water drinker. Third, I believe weight loss is different for everybody. We need to find what works for us and tailor our own plan.

I have never had my trackers public but do know that keeping up with them does make a difference for me.

You have made so many positive strides and I have faith that you will continue to make the right choices for you.
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CALGARYNEWF 9/6/2011 1:48PM

    Wow 100lbs since January. That seems like a huge amount of weight in a relatively short period of time but I guess it depends how big she was to start with.

Nevertheless, I think your plan is great Susan, Tracking is important and I struggle with it as well. Sometines I am really good and go for weeks tracking every morsel but then I relapse and skip tracking for just as long. I will start again today, with you and see if I can't make it to the end of the month.

Have you read any of Mitch Album's books? (Tuesdays with Morrie, The 5 People You Meet in Heaven) I really enjoyed both of them. He has others as well.

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KAMAPERRY 9/6/2011 1:25PM

    I know I HAVE to track! emoticon

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DRGOMTI 9/6/2011 11:40AM

    like u said, do whatever works for u!! I've started a "streak"!! It's my 4th day of tracking my cals! It's funny how time goes so slow when you're counting the days of a streak! : )) 4 days sounds like so little but it seems like a month! Streaks really work cz I don't want to break it n have to start all over with no. 1. So I shall continue! 2 steps forward!! : ))
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CODEMAULER 9/6/2011 11:28AM

    I find that food tracking IS a necessary evil. I don't enjoy being that detailed, but you can see where changes need to be made when it's all laid out.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/6/2011 11:02AM

    I need to be more accurate in my logging my food! I have gotten way lax in measuring! So I will be trying to do better in this area this month, as well! Good for you, Susan! We can do it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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S3XYDIVASMOM 9/6/2011 11:00AM

    I wouldn't be overly impressed with someone who's lost 100 pounds since January. That, my friend, is a crash diet. Check back in with her in five years and see how's she's doing. Meanwhile, I like your plan of tracking. You need a realistic picture of what you're doing.

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DEE0973 9/6/2011 10:52AM

    Good for you, wish you the best of luck

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CHUBRUB3 9/6/2011 10:28AM

    Good for you!
Yes, I had a hard time for a LONG time understanding that I actually was not eating enough therefore gaining weight. Go figure!
Love the title.
Hugs,
Angela

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_LINDA 9/6/2011 9:41AM

    As the pounds came off very slowly for me, the food tracking was absolutely vital not only to my success, but to maintenance, which is even tougher! But one thing. You have to be ACCURATE about your tracking. That means weighing and measuring absolutely everything that goes into your mouth. The way calories can add up is astounding, just one little bit here and there. Also you have to have set your fitness tracker to exactly how much cardio you do in a week in order for it to give you the proper calorie range, and then that requires you to make sure you actually do the amount of exercise you are claiming. Spark People does work when you use it the way its intended.. That was my lesson learned. There was a recent daily blog about how everyone will lose differently. I am positive its my sleep deprivation that made it such a challenge for me and continues to do so.
So glad you got to enjoy a wonderful weekend, so did I, the weather has been perfect this summer. We are even supposed to get another nice week! After so many years of cold, cloudy rainy below normal temperatures, its been such a treat!!
Good luck with your tracking,

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THETURTLEBEAR 9/6/2011 9:34AM

    I so agree...we each have unique issues.

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VICKILYN4 9/6/2011 9:31AM

    Do what you need to do for you and what works for you. I also seesaw from too many and too little food. That could be what is hindering me. You will get this I have faith. One day it will all click together and just work. I am still waiting for that day...lol. Good luck Susan..hope all goes well with your tracking.

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APIRLRAIN888 9/6/2011 9:24AM

    Lol my exact problem...I am just learning nutrition. Last yr I drop the inches...and over 2 month I could sustain the exercise routine......ballooned up again...
Diet is key or me......learning for life

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