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Sunday, February 08, 2009

emoticon Turn on your Spark-Light!

Just sitting here and I thought of E.T. and Turn on your Heart Light made me think of the above.

So simple but so fulfilling.

Have a Spark-tacular day!

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BUDBABE10 2/9/2009 12:25PM

    My Spark-light is a little dim. Need to get it recharged!! emoticon

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JENIFIREHARP 2/8/2009 10:41PM

    That is funny, we watched ET Friday night!

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DINA:-) 2/8/2009 10:34PM

    very cute! my sparklight is on!

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GRALLEN 2/8/2009 10:24PM

    I've got my Spark light on!!!

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MARTY19 2/8/2009 5:39PM

    Today has been a Sparltacular day. I went to a baby shower and didn't have cake. Really thinking about what I am eating.


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Saturday, February 07, 2009

This morning DH was commenting on the new me and said he wasn't sure anymore which me he prefers.

He said I should put all the weight back on and he would decide which me I should be.

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*yes, he was kidding*

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BUDBABE10 2/9/2009 12:24PM

    Ha - I see this as a fun sense of humor. emoticon
Unfortunately, my hubby is not kidding when he says something like that. He is not all that happy when I'm thinner. Not sure if it's a sense of insecurity or what, but I don't really care. It's not for me to be SKINNY, it's to be HEALTHY.

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DINA:-) 2/8/2009 11:11PM

    yes, i HOPE he was kidding.


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GRALLEN 2/8/2009 10:34PM

    I bet for a second there the look on your face was 'priceless'.

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LIFES*2*SHORT 2/8/2009 2:39PM

  Sounds like you have a brat on your hands. LOL It's nice to look on the "light" side of things, eh? LOL


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CAROL_ 2/7/2009 7:34PM

    Okay I hope he WAS kidding; that's the kind of remark that earns at least a virtual smack upside the head, and rolling of the eyes!

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MARTY19 2/7/2009 6:48PM

    I hope you gave him a swift kick. LOL I love the new you and he does too.


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MOMMA48 2/7/2009 6:11PM

    What a cool compliment! Love it and you must love him for saying it!!! Congrats on a job well done!!!!

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WORKTHEGOAL 2/7/2009 5:59PM

    What a warped sense of humour!! My DH has one just like it, If your DH is anything like mine, you'll hold onto him - Does he love you for who you are, and not for what you look like? Good man x emoticon

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SUPREME5 2/7/2009 5:45PM

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I never get tired of telling people about SparkPeople!

Friday, February 06, 2009

Today I was asked by a couple of Wal-mart ladies how I lost weight. This is beginning to happen a lot, everywhere I go. I now print SP business cards to hand out. Some lose interest when I tell them it took 10.5 months to lose 75 lbs but a few ask for the card with the information.

For new members, here is my story yet again:

I quit dieting when I turned 39 and my mother was 78. All the dieting between us hadn't changed the most basic fact - we were both fat. Still fat, always fat. I was not going to spend the rest of my life agonizing over something I could not have; I was never going to diet again and I instead learned how to accept myself and improved my self-esteem. I was worthy of love regardless of my weight and/or size.

So what happened and why have I been dieting for the past 10.5 months? I didn't exactly switch overnight. I was 39 when I quit dieting and 56 when I came back to SparkPeople and started doing the program.

I tried every trick I could think of - only eat out of a soup bowl included, believe it or not a soup bowl is 2 cups and if you make your meals no more than what fits in a soup bowl you can generally lose weight.

Well, nothing worked, not even the soup bowl so this time when I came back to SP I intended to be counting calories. But I was going to maintain control and I was going to eat between 1000-1200 calories to do it. Well, that didn't work according to plan and I would have days of binging 2300-2500+ calories for several days whenever I got below 1000 calories.

3 months later I decided to try using the Nutrition Tracker and discovered that for188 lbs (I did manage to lose 22 lbs) I was supposed to be eating 1200-1550 calories to lose the weight in one year. I started eating more and also losing more. I averaged about 1300-1400 most days and without hunger.

Then I found WATP videos and started burning more calories and SP upped me to 1600 day and I just couldn't handle that so I changed my goal from one year to 2 lbs per week, that put me back to the calories I was already comfortable with. I can live on 1500 for the rest of my life if I had to. And the weight started coming off 2 lbs per week pretty steadily.

I do not follow any special diet plan. I eat whatever fits into my daily calories. If I pig out on ice cream it means it will cost me later in the day to stay within my calorie range. I simply refuse to admit that food has a hold over me, I can be very stubborn. I simply refuse to go outside of my allotted range! I would eat celery soup if push ever came to shove just to eat but not go over on my calories! Thankfully it never came to that, lol.

Over the course of 10.5 months I have slowly starting eating smarter while still maintaining my 2 lbs per week losses. During the summer I was walking 150 minutes daily and eating at the top of my range. Now I am lucky to get 30 minutes daily so I am doing the WATP and eating in the middle of my range and am satisfied with 1 lb per week.

Why have I shown this degree of determination? I have absolutely no idea! But my dad learned this week that he will have to go on dialysis and I find it interesting that his diet is quite similar to the food plan I am now on. His portions are now going to be the same portions that I have had to learn this past year! And now I tell him that if I can do it, so can he.

Anyway, that is my story. That is how I went from no diet to my present food plan.


I just realized I never answered the question, "So what happened and why have I been dieting for the past 10.5 months?" I don't really know. DH asks me a lot and I never have an answer. I just woke up Mar 27, 2008 and said to him, "I've had enough. No more. I am going to take off this extra weight." I told him the only goal I had was it had to be a weight I could maintain - no yo-yo dieting. I am getting too old for yo-yo dieting. I didn't care if it was 180, 165 or whatever, but wherever I stopped and could maintain would be it.

SP was just so easy for me and I never got hungry. The weight just kept coming off and I kept walking more and more. So I just kept lowering my goal. There are days that I still cannot fully realize just what I have done! I am lighter than I can even remember from ever!

But I can tell you, this is doable with SP and the wonderful members of all these awesome teams! But it has to be a lifestyle change. I can never go back to the old way of eating but really I don't want to. I love trying on clothes now, just for myself and DH, but it is so much more fun when clothes get big than when they get too small!

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BUDBABE10 2/9/2009 12:22PM

    This is terrific, Linda. I have had people ask me how I dropped the lbs. When I tell them it's as a result of SparkPeople I have actually had people ask "how can a website help you that much"? I honestly have had no one EXCEPT my daughter jump on the site & really try it out. Right now I have managed to find some lbs back, so I'm not the greatest example of what Spark can do. But I know it will turn around.
Your abounding energy is such an inspiration to me!! God bless!

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_VALEO_ 2/8/2009 4:17AM

    Unlike Dina, I'm not surprised that people get turned off when you tell them how long it took to lose that weight -we now are in an era where everything should go fast, and TV shows persons losing amazing weight in no time. We are also surrounded by diet programs, magic pills claiming to help us to lose all our pounds in a few months without any effort. It didn't take them 2 months to overweight, it won't certainly take 2 months to lose the extra weight.
But 10.5 months to lose 75 lbs: it's an excellent job to me, and quite fast! (I had to convert it to realize you lost an amazing 34 kilos in 10 months!!! Woo-hoo!)

You might be not able to answer the question about diet, because it's all about living healthy -you chose a healthy life on last March, and good for you! It's a life commitment! And while reading you, I can feel that there is no turning back.

I don't like the term diet, it's all about restriction and frustration, and what you described is being aware of nutrition and doing smart choices, and also about exercising. And yes, it demands some effort, and you have spared no effort to achieve it. Kudos to you.

I checked your Nutrition tracker, and I must say that I was impressed -it's not very often that a nutrition tracker on SP makes sense to me. (Most of the time, when I read entries containing mainly processed food -which don't exist (yet!) where I live- or fast-food, I feel like ET!).
Your tracker is full of "simple" and varied food I can picture, it seems to me you're a great cook.

Keep on the good work!

Edited because of spelling!

Comment edited on: 2/8/2009 6:14:49 AM

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JERSEYGIRL24 2/7/2009 11:53PM

    It is amazing to me how many people seem to have success with SP when all else has failed. This site really has everything: motivation, tools (trackers), teams, and specific ideas for meal planning and exercise. Personally, I don't use the Spark meal plans, but those looking to be told what to eat will find it here as well!

Oh, did I mention all the super nice people here (which of course you are one of them)? I have belonged to online diet groups in the past, and there was usually at least one person who would bring the group down. I have not found that here at all!!!!!

Start spreading the blues~~~~

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JENIFIREHARP 2/7/2009 3:00PM

    LOL Sometimes there are no answers to a question... you made me think of my answer to the same question "what was different this time?"

Well, for me, it was SP! I actually read the advice, used the trackers, opened my eyes to the truth, and most importantly, ACCEPTED MYSELF FOR WHO I AM! March 08 was a huge turning point in my life. Changing your mindset, and actually learning what works best for your body, works better to permanantly lose the fat and keep it off.

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HOPEFUL_NOMAD 2/7/2009 7:57AM

    Thanks Linda, that's a great reminder that this actually works. Sometimes it seems like we are all in this rat race together, but none of us are crossing the finish line. Well, you crossed that finish line so I know it does exist.

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SUPREME5 2/6/2009 9:10PM

    if people only thought about the unhealty overwieght people are they would understand to learn how to lose and to keep it off is a life time commitment but one that brings the joy losing. you go girl give it to them .
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DINA:-) 2/6/2009 9:03PM

    i'm surprised that people get turned off when you tell them it took you 10.5 months to lose 75 lbs- i think that's fast! i love hearing your story- i don't think dieting works- it really does take a lifestyle change. way to go, linda!

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GRALLEN 2/6/2009 8:17PM

    Bravo! Bravo!!

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Today I am not overweight, I am Normal Weight!!

Thursday, February 05, 2009

I joined Spark 4/13/2006 at 205 lbs but was still on dialup and didn't return.

I came back! Mar 27, 2008, I was 210 and this time I stayed and did the Spark Program! Satellite Internet helps a lot.

The first 2 months I refused to trust the Nutrition Tracker and logged on my own but every time I would go below 1000 calories I would trigger a 2-3 day binge over 2300 calories. I lost weight but it wasn't as steady as after I started using the Nutrition Tracker steadily. I had to 'let go' and 'let spark' be in charge. I had to trust that I needed to be eating 1500 calories daily and the weight started dropping. I have continued to average 2 lbs per week until the last few months where it dropped 6 lbs and then 4 lbs per month. But it is still dropping!!

My original goal was 165 because I felt I could maintain it. Before reaching it I discovered the spark program was so easy to follow that I changed it to 148 and then 136.4 to be a normal weight (135 for a rounded number). Now I have changed it yet again to 130 but will go as low as my body is comfortable with. We are thinking possibly 125 or even 120? But from here I will take it a few pounds at a time, maybe in 5 pound increments.

One Day At A Time, One Pound At A Time!

Nothing is impossible with SparkPeople in your corner!!

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CATHYMVE 2/9/2009 3:38PM

    emoticon That is fantastic !! I can not wait for that feeling. SP is the best thing that I have ever done ! Tracking has made a big difference with me. it helps me keep focused and on track! I am so proud of you !

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SHAY4HIM 2/5/2009 10:28PM

    Yayyyyyyyyyy!! emoticon

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DINA:-) 2/5/2009 3:18PM

    congrats, linda! what a huge accomplishment! we are all so proud of you!

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KARRI28 2/5/2009 3:17PM

    emoticon Way to go!!!!

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GRALLEN 2/5/2009 3:06PM

    emoticon and emoticon !!!

You have done so well. I'm proud of you!

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BABIE_JANE 2/5/2009 2:45PM

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You most certainly deserve being the recipient of my happy dance today! Way to go!

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SUPREME5 2/5/2009 12:40PM

    emoticon you have done amazing on this journy my friend . i sam in your corner all the way and am so proud of you thanks for showing it can be done.
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ITHINKICAN4 2/5/2009 11:37AM

  emoticon on reaching your goal. Being in control is what helps us reach our goals and be successful. emoticon emoticon


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NOBLE28 2/5/2009 11:01AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You are a shining star.. you did it and we are all proud of you emoticon

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JENIFIREHARP 2/5/2009 10:26AM

    I totally agree that you have to trust SP to help you reach your goals. The nutrition and fitness trackers are very important to me. We are so close to goal... we will be, ahem, we are successful Sparkers!!!

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BONMACK 2/5/2009 10:23AM

    RAYLIN ROCKS! YOU GO GIRL, proud of ya! WOO HOO! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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V-BISHOP 2/5/2009 10:10AM

  You have done so well. I'm proud of you.

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MARTY19 2/5/2009 7:43AM

    WootWoot for you. Your journey has been outstanding. You never quit, never give yp, always stay focused and are a role model to those who can see that they too can do it. I am blessed to have walked on this journey with you.


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CARILOUIE 2/5/2009 7:01AM


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Let's burn off this weight together!!

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

I am having a fabulous day already! I managed 15 minutes on the treadmill before the leg just hurt too much! And I did upper-arm exercises through much of the walking!! Then I got off and did another 22 minutes of stepping in place which put me into a good start for the day! Hooray me!!

I have done a 3 Mile WATP the last 3 days and that always feels great! I am just thrilled that the WATP isn't hurting my leg!

I missed an opportunity to walk yesterday so 30 lashes with a wet noodle on me! DH is going into hospital to have his 20 year knee replacement replaced again! While I waited for his pre-admission assessment (2 hours) I should have walked the hospital instead of surfing the web. *sigh*

Onward and upward. Lets burn off these pounds!!

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LKOPACK 2/5/2009 3:28PM

    I hope your hubby does well with his surgery and he has a quick recovery. Laura K.

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JENIFIREHARP 2/4/2009 9:40PM

    emoticonGlad you had a good day. Hope your hubby's surgery goes well.


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DINA:-) 2/4/2009 8:52PM

    glad to hear you are having a great day! you are so good about using all opportunities to burn some extra calories. you rock!

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SUPREME5 2/4/2009 12:39PM

    first off. good luck to hubby may his knee heal quickly.
tremendous job on your walkabout lol and warp(what the h%%l is watp) i am an empty headed recycled teenager for sure today.
as for walking the floor the hospital will be glad you did not. it would have wore a trench trail on the floor. they seem to be doing it a lot with people waiting lol
have a good day will walk those pounds with you

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LIFES*2*SHORT 2/4/2009 11:41AM

  That's right... let's do that! WOOHOO!!!


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MARTY19 2/4/2009 11:40AM

    No lashing with a wet noodle. You are doing fantastic so a few minutes in the grand scheme of life doesn't matter too terribly much.
Keep on rocking girlfriend.


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TEKRU1 2/4/2009 11:35AM

    Back away from the noodle!

Yesterday's gone and beating yourself up about it only brings down today. Besides, I think any day you have a loved one going into the hospital, you have enough things on your mind that if exercise or eating slips, you have to forgive yourself -- like the rest of us, you're only human. (Hope that doesn't offend you LOL)

You are so close to your goal! Keep up the good efforts.

Also hoping your husband's surgery goes well.

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V-BISHOP 2/4/2009 9:37AM

  Hope hubby's knee surgery goes well.

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