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Change is a comin...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

I'm so proud of myself.

Not for the pounds lost. More for the change in attitude that has taken sooooo long to click.

I've tried it all. Really.

I had tremendous success on the 17 Day Diet but it couldn't sustain it long term. Too many restrictions.

So instead, I did the "make your own diet" thing. It sort of reminds me of those "choose your ending books" from the 80s.

Two vegetarian meals a day, a healthy dinner with an occasional splurge night and a solid attempt to trade sweets for healthier alternatives.

The results? Some poundage gone, less bloating (even with all the beans!!), glowy skin, and an ever growing list of fruits and veggies I've tried for the first time.

I've even traded ice cream for a mashed frozen banana topped with a little cinnamon.


All that is well and good but do you know when I realized that this is REALLY working?? This morning when I successfully walked past the weekly office donut offering without so much as a sigh. Really.

Now that's progress.

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ROHBEAN 3/16/2012 10:16AM

  This is great! Keep it up!

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DAZZEEDOO 3/14/2012 6:53PM

    Sound like you're doing AWESOME.

And bypassing those dreaded doughnuts is a great show of strength.

emoticon on finding what works for you.


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I forgot how frustrating this can be...

Thursday, January 19, 2012

So I took a few months off. Not from exercise and diet- from tracking and holding myself accountable.

It went well in the beginning. The weather was still reasonable and I was walking at lunch and kayaking on the weekends. Six hour kayak trips burn a lot of calories.

Then it got cold. emoticon emoticon

I stopped walking and kayaking.

I gained. Not EVERYTHING I had lost but enough to be disappointing.

So I did what any reasonable person would do. Two weeks ago I went back to the basics. Tracking every morsel. Exercising daily. Drinking my water.


But the scale isn't moving. emoticon

Well. It moved a bit. I dropped two stinking pounds last week but now I've gained those two back.

What gives?!?!?! emoticon

Oh, I know about the whole "if you're weight training you might not see a loss right away" theory. I just don't want to hear it.

I'm trying to find positives in the little things:

Meeting my food/exercise/water goals.

Actually being able to button my pants again.

But it's hard. emoticon

Has anyone else had to overcome a similar hurdle early on in their diet?

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VIXSTERLU 1/30/2012 11:12PM

    Keep doing the work, the scale will cooperate eventually. Stay positive, track EVERYTHING and stay connected. We'll achieve together. For the record, I think this week will be a tough week for me (icky girl time starts tomorrow and I am feeling lousy from an outpatient surgery today). I am not going to let it get me down. Can't burn too many calories this week, but will be diligent about my calories. I will be happy with a no loss/no gain on the scale.

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JKTENTATIVE 1/22/2012 9:16AM

    This could be me. Yes - always, always a struggle. My body gets very comfortable gaining weight. It's a huge job getting it into the loss mode again. Just stick with it - especially the tracking - and it will start to go in your direction. To jump-start things, try to reduce the carb intake - down to almost nothing for a day or two - that seems to make a big difference for me.

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KANOE10 1/19/2012 5:06PM

    You are doing so well tracking again and trying to be healthy. It is frustrating when that scale does not move down. You might try eating a lower fat end on the calories or add more protein. I lost more when I ate low carb.
Good luck,,Hang in there.

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BLUE42DOWN 1/19/2012 4:17PM

    Did you make sure to check the calorie range you need to be eating in? The difference in weight and potential difference in intensity of your workouts as you start out from what you were at when you stopped tracking might be enough that you'd be eating for a different condition than you're in.

I don't think any of us like hearing the reasons why the scale might not be giving us the numbers we want. Who wants to hear that the initial loss was water via sweating and now their body is more hydrated? Or that they've rebuilt muscle they can't really see and lost some fat which is noticeable in small changes, when the scale's number hasn't budged?


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All About Me

Thursday, September 01, 2011

I read this on LVMAMAW's blog and thought it was a great way to get to know more about our Spark Friends.

Your turn next!

A. Age- The big 4-0

B. Books- OMG...I probably read 4-5 books a month.

C. Chore- What's that? Isn't that why I had kids???

D. Dog- None, but my kids have a cat.

E. Essentials- The internet, books, my cell. All must-haves!!

F. Favorite color- None. Really. I like most colors.

G. Games- Rock Band with my teenagers and Crosswords with Friends & Boggle on my iPhone.

H. Hometown- I have lived in Crofton, Maryland for 36 of my 40 years.

I. Indulgences - A nice glass of wine or a good micro-brew.

J. Job- Director of IT Procurement for the State of Maryland.

K. Kids- 2 wonderful children- my son is 20 and my daughter is 14.

L. Living arrangements- I live with my two kids but I am lucky enough to live a block from my parents and my childhood home.

M. Music- Hard rock, blues, old R&B and funk. I love live music, too (although not live hard rock so much). My dad is a musician so I'm pretty well-rounded when it comes to music appreciation.

N. Number of siblings - 1 brother. Unfortunately, I only see him & his family on holidays.

O. Oranges or apples- Apples, definitely, but they have to be nice and crispy.

P. Phobias- Bugs & heights.

Q. Quote-
"Life is short,
Break the rules, Forgive quickly,
Kiss slowly, Love truly, Laugh uncontrollably,
And never regret anything that made you smile.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did.
...So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover."

- Mark Twain

R. Reason to Smile- My family, health and ability to be active!

S. Season- Spring & Fall. I love the "changing" of the seasons.

T. Tattoos- uh, yes.

U. Unknown fact about me- Even though I have blond hair & blue eyes, I am of Japanese decent.

V. Veggie- Spinach & asparagus!!

W. Worst habit- Wine, definitely the wine.

Y. Yummy food I like to eat - All seafood. I love seafood!!!

Z. Zodiac- I am Cancer and the sign traits suit me perfectly!

Now, I look forward to reading about you!!

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LVMAMAW 9/1/2011 11:34AM

    What a fun read!! Thanks for sharing!! Who knew? We are sister Cancers!! Let's have a drink of wine to that! (oh! that is not good, right? Oh no! I did not suggest wine!)LOL

Hope you have a fantastic Holiday weekend and thanks for sharing!
Elaine emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I love my SparkFriends

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

I love my SparkFriends for being there when I was teetering on the edge.

I love my SparkFriends for cheering me on when things are going well...and supporting me when they aren't.

I love my SparkFriends for their advice, motivation, and humor.

I love my SparkFriends for sharing their stuggles and successes so that I can learn and grow (or shrink) along with them.

I want to thank all my SparkFriends for being wonderful. You are what makes SparkPeople such a success.

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MARTY728 8/8/2011 4:14PM

    We all teeter, we all fall and we all struggle. The key is to get back on the journey when you encounter detours. It is SP Friends like you that keep me motivated, so here is a big emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHRISS1225 8/2/2011 6:31PM

    Your Spark friends love you too! emoticon emoticon

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GABBY308 8/2/2011 4:59PM

    Thanks for your blog. The feeling is mutual, but where have you been on the 17 DD? Are you doing something else now?

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TERRIREDUX 8/2/2011 3:50PM

    we love you too!
It's nice knowing we are in this together!

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LVMAMAW 8/2/2011 3:10PM

    I so agree!! Love you too!! emoticon emoticon
Spark friends are the best! emoticon

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JKTENTATIVE 8/2/2011 2:56PM

    What a nice blog!! You certainly add a lot to my and others' experience, as well!

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Back on the road again...

Thursday, July 14, 2011

This has been a fun summer.


I've spent it traveling, boating and generally having fun. I'm certain I am making up for last summer when I was laid up with a cast and crutches, or a walking boot, the entire time.

In two days I am headed to the beach for a solo vacation. I have scheduled a week filled with kayaking, SUP boarding, wind surfing, parasailing and beach-laying-book-reading. I'm a little apprehensive about traveling by myself but I'm sure once I'm out there on my sunset paddle with the dolphins it will all be worth it.

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I've stayed on course with my eating habits this summer but my exercise has waned a bit. I went from exercising every day to just three times a week. I'm going to adjust that while I'm on vacation, obviously, with all the paddling and bike riding I have planned.

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I've also planned healthy meals to pack and will have a gas grill at my disposal. That will almost eliminate the "eating out" problem that accompanies most vacations.

Maybe next year I can find the right guy to share my enthusiasm for the great outdoors.


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MARTY728 7/17/2011 8:39PM

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SEWMOM73 7/14/2011 5:11PM

    Have a great time (and know that I am "virtually" going with you, since we don't have the funds for a vacation this year)

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CHRISS1225 7/14/2011 10:51AM

    Wow, a girl with a plan, awesome! This is the way to success! I'm away from my home for 4days myself and packed lots of cooked chicken, Greek Yogert, veggies, berries, protein powder, and lots of water! We can rock a healthy diet even on the road!

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