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...back on track with a small calorie deficit today!

Monday, May 03, 2010

It was quite the weekend! I barely managed to stay within my Spark Ranges - at least close enough!

Today I managed to get a small calorie differential!

WooHoo!!

  
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CICI510 5/4/2010 10:40AM

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I'm curious about something. What is a good calorie deficit per day? 500? I've been trying to do research on it and am coming up empty and would love some advice. :)

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LIZZYP609 5/4/2010 7:08AM

    Keep on Keeping on! emoticon

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LOPEYP 5/4/2010 6:44AM

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MONGO2TEN 5/4/2010 5:52AM

    Keep it up, you can do it!

~Nancy

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MSLZZY 5/3/2010 10:57PM

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GRALLEN 5/3/2010 9:42PM

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JENIFIREHARP 5/3/2010 9:33PM

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LOOSEINGIT 5/3/2010 8:27PM

    Keep on Sparking emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 5/3/2010 8:22PM

    Good for you! Perfection not required, just persistence!!

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JENVIZ26 5/3/2010 8:21PM

    Way to go!! emoticon

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DENNISBISHOP 5/3/2010 8:19PM

    Nice way to get back on track!!

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Today was a "hungry" day...

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Today was a "hungry" day...

Life goes on. I did the best I could and maxed myself out on freggies!

At the end of the day I was over on carbs and fiber - not a bad day!!

Real hunger must be fed.
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TUDI4480 5/3/2010 12:37AM

    Freggies?! What a great word combo. I am going to use that too.

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GRALLEN 5/2/2010 9:43PM

    I have days like that too. I just can't seem to get enough to eat. Then there are days I can't get in enough water. Bizarre. Glad you conquered it with freggies.

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SLENDERELLA61 5/2/2010 3:56PM

    Good job on handling that hunger. You are right. Real hunger should be fed. A few extra carbs and fiber occasionally is not a problem. Be proud. As usual, you did a great job! -Marsha

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RUSTBUCKET1 5/2/2010 12:36AM

    Glad to see you stuck with the veggies. Great job on your weight loss.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 5/1/2010 11:15PM

    Good job on making the best of a "hungry" day. Love ya, Dawn

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MSLZZY 5/1/2010 11:06PM

    Gotta love those freggies! You still had a pretty good day!

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JENIFIREHARP 5/1/2010 10:40PM

    Happens to all of us, at least you reached for the healthy instead of the junk!!!

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MARTY19 5/1/2010 8:39PM

    You just keep on moving. You have conquored weight loss. Most people head for the junk - you head for the veggies. Way to go my friend.

Hugs,
Marty

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CATHEITE 5/1/2010 8:16PM

    Some days are like that. I totally understand. Everything balances out, and you are doing beautifully.
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MEADSBAY 5/1/2010 8:04PM

    I totally agree with you, Linda.
We need to respect our body's needs and be kind.
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PALESEPT 5/1/2010 7:41PM

    Hi! I know how you feel. Sometimes there are those days where you are just "hungry". I get some days where I'm just not interested in any food at all... It seems to alternate back and forth. I guess it evens out!


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MESSENE 5/1/2010 7:40PM

    emoticon I have been having this kind of days this past two weeks. emoticon
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EMMABE1 5/1/2010 7:26PM

    Ithappens but I find the carbs from "fregies" don't have the same effect as say the carbs from bread or such!! So the chances are its not going to be so much of a problem - I hope not anyway!!

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RISSASPIECES 5/1/2010 7:11PM

    Hunger can be a real problem. ;-)

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A testimony for the Daily Calorie Differential Challenge

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Bless one of my co-leaders at By The Numbers, LOPEYP, for a very stimulating and satisfying challenge!
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes
sageboard_thread.asp?board=8110x26785x
33675411


Her Calorie Challenge was to stay in range for the first few weeks and now for the last few weeks she added using the SP Calorie Differential Chart - located in My Reports under your My Tools button.

If you use the Calorie Differential Over Time (MyTools/Reports) you can see at a glance where your trouble days were.

I brought up the differential chart for the months Nov-Apr and I can see clearly where I was struggling during the winter months!!

Pull up the Calorie Differential Over Time (you set the time frame) and it is a great visual for why you are losing or gaining that weight. No, this is not an exact science, but it really is working great for me so I can only hope it will work great for you too!

Make sure your Fitness Goals are up-to-date so your recommended calorie range will be correct.

If I can lose with only 3 lbs to go - just think what this challenge can do to help you on your journey to a slimmer, trimmer, healthier you!

It also helps for Weight Maintenance! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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MOMWANTSNOWAIST 5/6/2010 11:55PM

    Hey Linda---I always check this chart when I need to see how I'm eating or if I got in enough exercise!---It's an INVALUABLE tool!! I also like the Calorie Differential Over Time b/c I can see --like you said --the troublesome months or days or weeks.---Betsy---Just LOVE this site!!!! emoticon

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USARUNNERGIRL 4/30/2010 9:19AM

    Wow that is a great tool that I didn't know about. I am going to check it out. Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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P31W247 4/28/2010 11:39AM

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TEENY_BIKINI 4/27/2010 10:32PM

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 4/26/2010 12:00AM

    Awesome. I'll look into it. I've been using the chart lately myself. Love, Dawn

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MSLZZY 4/25/2010 8:18PM

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GRALLEN 4/25/2010 5:38PM

    Wow, I had never looked at the reports. I've been slacking in entering my food. I need to start doing that again.

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WALKINGANNIE 4/25/2010 3:19PM

    I like these reports too Linda and have found them helpful. Thanks for highlighting them as some of the features on SP are easy to miss because there's so much good stuff.


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SWEETYKINS012 4/25/2010 2:48PM

    i have always looked at the reports ever since i first started using sparks. i always check my differential.

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ASTORRES1 4/25/2010 2:31PM

    You are always a great mentor to me....thanks for sharing more knowledge. I appreciate you sharing it.


amy

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MELSY82 4/25/2010 12:48PM

    Thanks for sharing, I hadn't heard about this!

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JHADZHIA 4/25/2010 12:23PM

    Sparks does have amazing tools for you to use if you wish. I don't think a lot of people use this site to its full potential. A lot of thought went into it. Its just wonderful!!
I had seen this already, but didn't need it to know weekends are my bad.
Thanks for letting us know!

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BETTYAHE 4/25/2010 11:55AM

    Thanks for this great tip!

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BIKERNUT 4/25/2010 10:12AM

    I love to look at the calorie differential, it gives me a lot of feedback

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... so I decided to go for it again!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

I have tiny veins. The people at the Blood Bank have been "playing games" with me this year.

I said to myself, "self, get a life!"

So I am going for the 117 again! I know I can do it.

Thanks to LOPEYP and her Calorie Differential Challenge - I have already lost 1 of them!

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes
sageboard_thread.asp?board=8110x26785x
33675411

  
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BARNABABY1 4/25/2010 12:55PM

    I'm so glad it's working for you!!! Keep up the hard work!
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CICI510 4/25/2010 11:32AM

    emoticon I know you can do it!!!

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MSLZZY 4/24/2010 11:42PM

    emoticon Have a great weekend!

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LOPEYP 4/24/2010 9:40PM

    Hey Lin - Thanks for the shout out. emoticon Great work!

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O2HAPPY 4/24/2010 7:42PM

    wonderful, you are a true inspiration!!! Brenda emoticon

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 4/24/2010 6:53PM

    You are still looking great. What a transformation!

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/24/2010 6:02PM

    One thing I know... if you have decided to go for it... you'll get there! emoticon

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CATHEITE 4/24/2010 5:28PM

    We all need goals, something to strive for. You've discovered what you want and I, for one, know you will get there.
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EMMABE1 4/24/2010 4:57PM

    Why not - as long asyou feel comfortable in yourself!!

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SECONDCHANCE51 4/24/2010 4:28PM

    Way to Go!!!! It all starts with the 1st. pound, and then the 2nd, 3rd, etc., etc. KEEP THINKING POSITIVE!!! emoticon
I'M ROOTING FOR YOU HERE RIGHT NOW... emoticon and have faith that you can do it!!!

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Whining and wishing....

Monday, April 19, 2010

Whining and wishing will get a body nowhere.

Doing will make it happen!
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-ICANDOIT- 4/22/2010 11:50PM

    Great blog!

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FLAMINGOLESLIE 4/22/2010 10:57PM

    Just wanted to say hi! emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 4/19/2010 11:29PM

    Love it. Thanks for speaking the truth plain & simply. Love ya, Dawn

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LINDABENEDICT 4/19/2010 10:00PM

    isn't that the truth !

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GRALLEN 4/19/2010 9:39PM

    So true.

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LOPEYP 4/19/2010 7:36PM

    emoticon Right you are Linda... again!!

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CICI510 4/19/2010 7:28PM

    You are SO right! :)

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CHRISTY60 4/19/2010 7:12PM

    You are sooo right!! I agree!!

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MARTY19 4/19/2010 5:36PM

    I actually was surprised to see this title. But as usual, you don't whine - you turn negatives into positives.

Hugs,
Marty

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 4/19/2010 5:16PM

    And all this time I'd heard that it had to do with

Wishin in one hand
and

filling the other hand

then see which one fills fastest.


I'll have to try that whining,
besides, my Doctor said that some Wine would be good for my blood pressure

Is that the same kind of whine/wine?

Have a Glorious Day!

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WALKINGANNIE 4/19/2010 4:42PM

    Very true Linda ! emoticon

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 4/19/2010 2:45PM

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Thank you so much for a very timely reminder. It doesn't matter how much you "know" it is necessary to act on it.
This helped give me that "kick" I need to get myself back in line. emoticon emoticon

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SUZ139 4/19/2010 2:25PM

    So VERY true sometimes we need to be reminded...I thank you my friend for that ! (((HUG)))

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MSLZZY 4/19/2010 2:13PM

    Doing it is the ONLY way to make it happen and and I know you will!
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