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I will track my food and fitness daily - I WILL!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

I will track my food and fitness daily
I will track my food and fitness daily
I will track my food and fitness daily
I will track my food and fitness daily
I will track my food and fitness daily
I will track my food and fitness daily
I will track my food and fitness daily
I will track my food and fitness daily
I will track my food and fitness daily
I will track my food and fitness daily
I will track my food and fitness daily

BECAUSE IT IS THE ONLY WAY I STAY ON TRACK!

Whatever happens in my life - good or bad - I can stay on track if I really want to. It is very rare that I haven't got 10 minutes to sit down and fill them in. It is very easy to say life gets in the way, feeling too down, too busy but really they are just excuses not to do it.

If I can't see the numbers then it is easy to cheat - eat a bigger portion, sneak in an extra treat or two - and kid myself it won't matter. But the only person I'm cheating is me and it is too easy to slip back into bad habits that quickly become a way of life that I don't want. I do want to eat healthy, sensible portions and I do want to cut down on the sweet things I crave. I do want to continue to get fitter.

So I will track my food and fitness daily - I WILL.

  
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EVER-HOPEFUL 11/28/2013 4:36AM

    i know exactly what you mean at the moment my sonīs birthday cake keeps staring at me and calling my name lol.know you can do this you have it in you love emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LUCILLEMARY2 11/27/2013 10:18PM

    I could have wrote this. I f I don't track who knows that I had that cookie lol. I have been up and down 4 lbs for the last two months but if I was honest I think I could figure it out. Good luck maybe we can make a pact to do it everyday and start a thread on our progress.

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BJUMPINGFORJOY 11/27/2013 10:10PM

    Very good statement and motivation and so true. You can do it,.

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AKELAZ 11/27/2013 2:09PM

    Good for you! There really is no doubt that tracking helps enormously. I can honestly say that it's taken a long time but I really am developing better habits, even if I slither occasionally. It's taken a long time but I AM getting better. So go for it gal!!

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Back to it!

Monday, January 07, 2013

I have had a little holiday from tracking. Bit risky but it was only for 2 weeks. Of course Christmas and New Year weeks are probably two of the most dangerous for weight gain in the whole year.

We (my OH and I) tried not to blow it and go overboard. But we have eaten Christmas cake, Christmas pudding, roast potatoes, stuffing, bread sauce, cranberry sauce, fresh cream, mince pies, chocs, cookies and probably more besides. So I was more than a little anxious to get on the scales. OH had beaten me to it and gained 2 pounds. Not bad I thought and stepped on, squinting at the scale through almost closed eyes with a pained expression and - I stayed the same!! AMAZING!

How could this be? I hadn't deprived myself of anything. I had also drunk wine and brandy several times. In years gone by I had easily put on 4-5lbs over the same period. Why the difference this year?

But thinking about it I felt full more quickly this year. I refused pudding on Christmas day because I was too full and would have been eating only for the sake of the nice taste. At one time I would have forced just a small portion down so as not to miss out. Had 3 crackers and a few slivers of cheese for tea instead of the usual plateful of nibbles or sandwiches. Only took a couple of small roast potatoes instead of 3 or 4. Filled my plate with more vegetables than anything else but had a bit of everything.

You know I think this Sparkpeople lark might have something. I'm changing for the better, almost without realising it. Gradually and for life.

Yay! Happy New Year.

  
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HARPS57 1/26/2013 7:14AM

    Well done, its amazing how we can learn without realising just by taking tiny little steps day by day. Keep it up I shall be keeping an eye on you this year as we are now spark friends ! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HARPS57 1/26/2013 7:13AM

    Well done, its amazing how we can learn without realising just by taking tiny little steps day by day. Keep it up I shall be keeping an eye on you this year as we are now spark friends ! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JENCANTA 1/18/2013 2:08PM

    emoticon That's emoticon !!!! Keep the momentum going!

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AKELAZ 1/8/2013 2:55PM

    HOORAH! You done good girl!!
Great to see you back and hope some mutual motivation won't go amiss.
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EVER-HOPEFUL 1/7/2013 9:01AM

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EVIE4NOW 1/7/2013 8:26AM

  emoticon The holidays can be killers on weight watchers. So glad you don't have to re-lose the weight you've lost. It could be that you've shrunk your tummy or automatically eat less and better portions and the right stuff; or just that you naturally move more. Whatever accounts for it.. GOOD FOR YOU!
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RIDLEYRIDER 1/7/2013 8:24AM

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Remembering the really important things

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.'

The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.The students laughed..

'Now,' said the professor as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things---your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions---and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.. The sand is everything else---the small stuff.

'If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued, 'there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, 'I'm glad you asked.' The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.

  
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CANDOSUE52 11/17/2012 3:37PM

   

I liked that, thanks for sharing!

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THRIVE2DAY 10/24/2012 12:11PM

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MRSAGAIN2 10/24/2012 11:05AM

    Wise advice.

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AKELAZ 10/24/2012 10:07AM

    WOW - great blog! Much food (no pun intended) for thought.

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ELAYNE39 10/24/2012 9:40AM

    Wonderful way to look at life. Thanks for sharing.

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HMBEASLEY 10/24/2012 8:28AM

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AZMOMXTWO 10/24/2012 8:07AM

  love this one thanks for sharing

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OMG! After a lifetime of trying, I think I'm getting the hang of this!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Could it be that I am actually getting it right this time? I have just been on holiday to Devon, home of cream teas and clotted cream fudge etc., not been on Spark, not tracked my food, had extra treats because - well I was on holiday right? Recipe for disaster I thought and wasn't looking forward to stepping on the scales this morning to assess the damage done. Wonder of wonders only one pound had crept back on in 10 days away.

So I got to thinking - how did this happen, what was different?

The main difference is my attitude. I am not fitting in my life around losing weight. Losing weight has to fit into my life. I am not worrying about sociable eating and drinking, I just track everything. I am not eating diet food I don't enjoy just because it is low calorie. I don't have any forbidden foods. I don't feel the need to feel guilty about anything I eat or drink as long as it is tracked. When I am in the supermarket I read labels and pick the lowest calorie options of the things I want to eat. I use a shallow pasta bowl instead of a dinner plate to automatically cut portion sizes.

Because nothing is banned, nothing is a guilty pleasure and I don't get the intense cravings and feeling of deprivation and misery I associate with diets. Because I know I can have a chocolate or two or a couple of glasses of wine whenever I want them - I want them less often. Because I don't feel deprived or restricted, I now automatically try to make good choices most of the time.

Because I'm not on a diet - this is just what I like to eat and drink.




  
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MELLIESUE13 2/3/2013 1:06PM

    emoticon Great blog!

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PINKANGEL73 11/12/2012 7:14AM

    Thanks Melayahm. It is still working for me although I do need to build in exercise more. Something for me to work on.

The switch for me was not to ban anything. I just end up with cravings and as you say, just waiting for the day when "this" is all over and I can eat it again. Done that time and time again and as they say - to keep doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome is the definition of insanity!

Bread was an issue for me too, ( just one of many!) running away with too many of my precious calories. Rather than ban it I have stopped buying loaves and got ciabattas, bagels and paninis instead which I keep in the freezer and get out one pack at a time. No temptation for a slice of buttered toast when I'm peckish now and helps with portion control. Another bonus - both OH and I find one ciabatta far more satisfying that two slices of wholemeal for considerable less calories.

Don't know if that is any help to you but thought it worth mentioning. Good luck.

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MELAYAHM 11/10/2012 4:36PM

    I guess I'm still waiting for this stage to arrive for me, at the moment, I still feel like I'm going to, if not stop this 'lark' one day, at least go back to eating things like bread and biscuits. But that won't happen until I've reached my SP goal, and built exercise more firmly into my routine and so on. So well done to you for getting to that balanced place!

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PINKANGEL73 9/25/2012 11:42AM

    Thanks ladies! Just hope I can keep this up - then I've cracked it emoticon

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AKELAZ 9/25/2012 11:01AM

    WOW! Great blog - great change of attitude. I'll be round for lessons!!

Delighted you had a good time on holiday which must be enhanced by your weigh-in moment. emoticon emoticon

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KIRSTIE31 9/25/2012 10:37AM

    You got it! That is fantastic for you! Yay! Do your thing girl! emoticon

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Disappointed but determined

Friday, August 24, 2012

I was really pleased with myself when I hit 15 pounds lost 2 weeks ago and feeling really positive. That weekend I went out for a family birthday meal on the Friday and we had friends round for a meal on the Saturday. But I tracked everything as closely as I could and ate less during the day to stay in calorie range. So when I weighed myself a week later I was stunned to have gained about half a stone!! Not to mention absolutely gutted.

Now in the past that probably would have made me give up and think what's the point of trying so hard? But no, I am determined to keep going this time. Being in my 50's I think it may have been some fluid retention due to hormones going crazy because I have just weighed myself and the half stone has gone again! I am still 15 pounds lighter than when I started in May. Phew!

Wouldn't it be so much easier though without these body blips? The sensible adult in me knows that in the long run if I keep eating healthily and within range and try to increase my movement the weight will come off eventually. But the little girl inside me wants a reward for being good NOW - not next week or the week after. I just have to make sure I don't let her stamp her feet and refuse to play anymore!

  
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PINKANGEL73 8/29/2012 2:27PM

    Well done Fatgurl2thin for overcoming bulimia and swapping to healthy eating. That is a big achievement. I am normally quite good about not weighing myself too often but noticed I started to keep checking to see if I have lost any now that I seem to be stuck. Need to kick in on the exercise to burn some extra calories away.

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POORGIRL_DIET 8/29/2012 12:51PM

    I have literally thrown my scales out as a former bulmic I used to weigh myself constantly now I am glad to report this is not the scale and its nice to see the result every month now although since I have started slimming class I have to get weighed every week which I don't mind as I can either upt my game and do better from one week to the next. Well done on the loss you are doing very well

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PINKANGEL73 8/24/2012 7:36PM

    Yes I'm inclined to agree. I never weigh myself more than once a week - might make it less. Hope everything is going okay with you and your brother this week, been thinking of you.


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STONECOT 8/24/2012 5:38PM

    It's a very good argument for keeping off the scales. Only weigh yourself every couple of weeks, or less. That way the loss overtakes the blips. The inch tape, or trousers or skirt with a tight waistband is a better measurement.

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