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Interesting...

Friday, November 05, 2010

This week has been very interesting indeed - not my *ideal* eating week but let's let the numbers speak for themselves, shall we?

10/31 - 116.3 - I ate 1649 calories and had a deficit of -182
11/1 - 116.4 - I ate 1925 calories and was over by +252
11/2 - 115.5 - I ate 2084 calories and was over by +261
11/3 - 116.8 - I ate 1736 calories and was over by +177
11/4 - 116.6 - I ate 1593 calories and was over by +25
11/5 - 115.8 - I ate 1918 calories and was over by +191 *gave blood today* don't count on blood day since I must make up for the missing pint of blood, good guesstimate though.
11/6 - 116.4 - not bad since I was up on my sodium quite a bit - 3073+ on sodium yesterday.

I think this might mean that I am settling in at my ideal weight?? I really don't know as all of this is like some great science fair project/experiment but I am winning! But it is interesting that while going over on my calories (as per calorie differential) I am still maintaining.

On another note, I have tried Silk Almond-Milk and for the first time in 44 years, I ate cereal with *milk* - wow! No wonder people like milk with their cereal!!

Due to all milk tasting sour to me, I haven't been able to use any milk in my dry cereals - so I eat them dry and drink water on the side. I bought the Silk Almond-Milk with a coupon for $2 off and got brave finally 2 nights ago and put 1/2 cup in with a cup of cereal. Yum. Last night I went "whole-hog" and used a full cup! I gotta say, I liked it!

Now to ask a question: I have been sucking in my gut for most of my 58 years - it is habit now. But I have discovered that sometimes I get pain! Is it possible to suck your gut too much? I generally am also walking before eating when I experience this and chalked it up to hunger. Is this possible? It does go away after I eat.

What do you think?



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WATERMELLEN 11/6/2010 9:51AM

    I love Silk almond milk too: delicious on Nature's Path maple pecan cereal!! (and like you: not much of a "regular" milk drinker at all . . . ).

All of us ladies of a certain age were raised to keep our stomachs clenched -- so it's kind of second nature. And supposed to be good for "core strength" I suppose But pain -- as everyone is suggesting -- is always something to record and then check out with your MD to set your mind at rest.

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TYEASLEY 11/5/2010 11:00PM

    emoticon Stomach pain. . .mmmmm, I don't know. Knee jerk reaction would be to suggest that you talk to your doctor. First journal about the pain and note the times, hunger status, etc. That way you'll be able to give the doctor a full picture of what the pain is like and when it happens. emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 11/5/2010 10:58PM

    You are super duper awesome. I do love details like that. It just makes this journey so reasonable and doable to know that rock stars like you are successful on this journey without deprivation.

Good job and great example and awesome inspiration. You go girl! Just go!

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CM_GARDNER78 11/5/2010 5:54PM

    WOw! Yay! Good for you!!

Gut pain...can't say for sure. I suck mine in too, try to be aware as I walk to suck in, so..........?? Is it muscle pain or is it like something else??

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MSLZZY 11/5/2010 5:07PM

    Looks like you've found your ideal weight. The gut thing baffles me. Check it out if it continues. HUGS!

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MARTY19 11/5/2010 4:19PM

    I always suck in my gut. Can't say that I have experienced any pain. Maybe it is due to hunger. If it persists it might be worth a call to the doctor.

Love you
Marty

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WALKINGANNIE 11/5/2010 4:02PM

    emoticon on the maintaining! emoticon

As for the pain, should you get it checked by a doctor to set your mind at rest?

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REBECCAMA 11/5/2010 3:59PM

  Congrats on not gaining even when you go over your calories!

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 11/5/2010 3:55PM

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It appears your body has found its ideal weight. You have reached a place I continue to struggle to find. I am finding that sometimes I actually lose better when I eat more as I am able to become more active again.
As for holding in your tummy there might be various reasons for the pains. It could be muscular as we sometimes hold ourselves tighter than we realize. I recently read an article on Spark about eating before or after exercise. My interpertation was it depends on the individual. My wii board suggests a banana as another individual has commented. This is something we need to experiment with to find what works best for us. You appear to be extremely active, and the increased metabolism sometimes makes a difference.
I am glad your willingness to try something new resulted in a new treat. emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 11/5/2010 2:34PM

    emoticonsounds like it is hunger. Have a banana before you head off for your walk. might help.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/5/2010 1:51PM

    I just don't know about the pain, but I've always heard that is the better thing to do than let it stay relaxed. I agree, maybe drinking water first could help, but I'm not sure. emoticon

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JHADZHIA 11/5/2010 12:34PM

    Well done on maintaining!
Good for you for sucking your gut in, helps with posture and keeping the lower back problems away. I could never get in the habit of it, I only do it when I am exercising. Do you drink your water before exercising? Might help. The intestinal tract is very delicate and easily prone to bruising. It may be possible you are pinching it a little if you are really sucking it in good.
Enjoy your weekend!

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KIMJEWKES 11/5/2010 12:23PM

    Congratulations getting settled in your ideal weight =)
You are doing awesome!!

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SMP685 11/5/2010 12:19PM

    Could it be an ulcer? I am not sure, but if the pain occurs too often, then maybe u're better off seeing a doc about it...

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GONE2BEACH101 11/5/2010 12:16PM

    We 'discovered' almond milk almost by accident...I had a recipe that called for it...Then, we've used the rest on hot cereal this week...it's going to be a staple in the fridge...

As for the tummy problems...maybe you need to try to relax those muscles a bit, even if it takes some practice. And, maybe a light snack before you walk??

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OLDERDANDRT 11/5/2010 12:12PM

    Yep! I'd say hunger just might be what you're feeling! I love the Silk Almond milk, too!! Sweet and tasty!!
Good for you, settling in on your maintenence! Just don't look away, b/c that's when the pounds try to sneak back on!! hehe

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It's November already??

Monday, November 01, 2010

I just don't know where this year has gone!

In just a few weeks Thanksgiving will be upon us!

It's never too late to prepare for the annual feasting!

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11/1-116.4
11/2-115.5
11/3-116.8
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GRALLEN 11/3/2010 10:23PM

    As I did last year, portion control and lots of lettuce salad will keep me in tow.

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    Hard to believe the year is almost over. emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 11/2/2010 2:21PM

    Hopefully by then, I will be ready to feast LOL!

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KIMJEWKES 11/2/2010 8:38AM

    I love this time of year!! Let's get through these holiday's without a gain!

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MONGO2TEN 11/2/2010 8:06AM

    I love this time of year. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I enjoy it, and get right back on track the next day!

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MARTY19 11/2/2010 6:45AM

    I'm excited about Thanksgiving. There will be more people at the table. More conversation and less eating, YIPEE!

Love you
Marty

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PRAIRIECROCUS 11/1/2010 11:59PM

    All the best on your SparkPeople journey !

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 11/1/2010 11:35PM

    You're right... time is passing too quickly. Thanks for sharing your insight. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/1/2010 9:07PM

    It is our family's favorite holiday! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/1/2010 9:00PM

    Yes, yes... planning is key. Hmmmm... better get crackin', I'm thinkin'! emoticon

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TYEASLEY 11/1/2010 8:50PM

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LOPEYP 11/1/2010 8:44PM

    Agreed, RIMAJO! We can do this!
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SLENDERELLA61 11/1/2010 8:42PM

    The year has flown by. You are so right! I'm planning to enjoy moderation. Or maybe a little splurge. Not sure yet. Hope you enjoy.

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MERRY40 11/1/2010 8:04PM

    You're right, Linda! With all those delicious temptations calling our name,we need to decide which ones would be the best choice for us and in what quantity. Hopefully, we'll be prepared and make good choices!
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RIMAJO 11/1/2010 8:01PM

    We're Sparkers.. Thanksgiving ain't got nothing on us. We're strong, we're determined & yes.. We CAN do this!! No problemo! Right?? Somebody agree with me, please. emoticon


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OLDERDANDRT 11/1/2010 7:50PM

    Know what you mean so I'm hoping my Girl Scout training will kick in with preparedness!!!!! And yes, WE can do this!!!!!!

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daily chuckle

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I saw this in a 'signature' today at another website and thought it was cute:

"Women are Angels.
When someone breaks our wings
we simply continue to fly on a broomstick....
We're flexible like that."

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RIMAJO 10/31/2010 3:02PM

    emoticonIsn't that the truth!! emoticon

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DINGALLSTOO 10/30/2010 9:18AM

    love it, might have to borrow it!

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MONKEYSNUFFER 10/28/2010 5:16PM

    LOL

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ASMARTERWAY 10/28/2010 4:43PM

    Remind me not to cross your path then!

Thanks for stopping by my page! I had a good day! Hope yours was too!

Love...Jonathan x

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SOPHIADARE 10/28/2010 2:21PM

    Thanks! I needed that!

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FOXXYROXXYD 10/28/2010 10:37AM

    Love it! LOL!

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TYEASLEY 10/27/2010 11:18PM

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JEAN_WIKE 10/27/2010 9:18PM

  Woo hoo, too funny! emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/27/2010 8:50PM

    Love it! Thanks for sharing. I am going to pass it on! Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 10/27/2010 6:30PM

    I can relate! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MEADSBAY 10/27/2010 5:31PM

    How so very true!
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    Love it emoticon

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MARTY19 10/27/2010 2:25PM

    I'm not sure about the wings but I've had a broomstick for years. LOL!

Marty


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REBECCAMA 10/27/2010 2:14PM

  Cute!

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LINDABENEDICT 10/27/2010 1:21PM

    Good one !

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MSLZZY 10/27/2010 12:49PM

    emoticonGood one! Thanks for sharing! HU

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LOPEYP 10/27/2010 12:21PM

    I saw that too. I can relate!

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TYEASLEY 10/27/2010 12:06PM

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ASTORRES1 10/27/2010 11:55AM

    I had seen that one before and I LOVE IT!!!
We are versatile....lol


amy

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SMB19191405 10/27/2010 10:50AM

    That is Great! Thanks for sharing!

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FINFIN2 10/27/2010 10:02AM

    That's a good one.

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SHARJOPAUL 10/27/2010 10:02AM

    Love it!


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ZELDAPLIFF 10/27/2010 9:56AM

    excellent!

Hey, did you see the best Spark tip today? Don't fry bacon naked. ha.

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I have discovered the Mini-Bagel!

Monday, October 25, 2010

WooHoo!

Thomas's makes Bagels, Bagel Thins and the Mini Bagel! I've tried them all and I must say, I am very impressed with the Mini Bagel! All the chewy without all the calories!

I tried the Bagel Thins (think flat bagel with the middle removed) and they are good with a smear of peanut butter.

But the Mini Bagel also uses less peanut butter but you get the chewy goodness from a regular bagel with less than half the calories. I was surprised when I felt no need to get another!

**the bagel thin should work great in a toaster. the mini bagel would probably have to be tipped out after toasting.

*** I didn't notice until this morning - you get 8 bagel thins but 12 mini bagels. Just FYI.

  
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_CYNDY55_ 11/8/2010 12:40AM

    Cool I Haven't Ate A Bagel In A Long Time. Might Try The Mini! Thomas's Are ~~Right On emoticon!

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SOPHIADARE 10/27/2010 8:44AM

    How delightful!

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RODEOGEM 10/26/2010 10:08PM

    I LOVE the Bagel Thins!!!! I saw the mini bagels, but as you mentioned, didn't want the battle of digging them out of my toaster! I eat them with just a smear of Philadelphia Lowfat Strawberry Cream Cheese...aaahhhhh!! In fact, I have some calories left for today....

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CATHEITE 10/26/2010 6:03PM

    I haven't tried the mini-bagels either. I'm not sure how I'd heat them. I don't have a toaster oven, and I assume you wouldn't put them in the regular toaster because of their size. Anyway, I'm glad to know how tasty they are.

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ASTORRES1 10/26/2010 11:54AM

    Haven't tried the mini's....thanks for letting me know....


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MARTY19 10/26/2010 8:18AM

    I too have tried them and enjoy them. I like using whipped cream cheese instead of peanut butter. Less calories. LOL

Hugs,
Marty

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MSLZZY 10/26/2010 12:17AM

    Sounds delicious but not to be found in our little town-rats!

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SMB19191405 10/25/2010 11:25PM

    Sounds great. I'll have to give them a try.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 10/25/2010 11:20PM

    Yum! emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/25/2010 10:36PM

    sounds yummy. I've tried the bagel thins. I'll have to give the mini bagels a try. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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REBECCAMA 10/25/2010 10:18PM

  I've tried the mini-bagels too. Unlike you though I didn't want to stop at just one. I wanted more. I've also tried the pretzel thins, but I'm not a fan. Haven't tried the bagel thins yet. I have had bagel chips- which was basically sliced up bagels. Not crunchy like chips. Those weren't bad but I ate a bagels worth and probably used more peanut butter. So not a healthy option in the long run.

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LINDABENEDICT 10/25/2010 9:47PM

    I will have to try this . Thanks !

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RIMAJO 10/25/2010 9:28PM

    They sound great. I'll have to look into them .. thanks for sharing!

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MEADSBAY 10/25/2010 9:28PM

    mmmmm...
thnx for the tip!
I diidn't care for the Bagel thins or the sandwich thins but I'm sure I'd like the mini-bagels.
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TYEASLEY 10/25/2010 9:27PM

    emoticon I like those too. Very good discovery.

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JLSEWS 10/25/2010 9:25PM

    I too love them! They make a nice breakfast ... and the brand down here is about the same as a slice of bread! Pretty cool since I LOVE bagels! I'll try the Thomas ones when we come home!
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MARTINEZMAMA 10/25/2010 9:15PM

    Thanks for the recommendation! I was really wanting a bagel this morning when I went to Panera.

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GRALLEN 10/25/2010 9:04PM

    That's cool. I love bagels.

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MERRY40 10/25/2010 8:36PM

    I like Thomas brand English muffins. I'll have to try the mini-bagels. Thanks for your recommendation!

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The difference in guesstimates vs estimates...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The difference in guesstimates vs estimates...

Today's rude awakening affected my Sunday calories.

I guesstimated that my Coconut Custard Pie slice was 190, eating 1/6th of the pie.

The true estimate was 518. I say estimate because when slicing cake or pie, there is no such thing as accuracy. Not in my world. Estimated calories.

The difference is +328 calories, partly because a serving was not 1/6th but 1/10th of the pie. This means I ate 1.67 portions of very good Marie Callender's Coconut Custard Pie.

Was it worth it? Yes. Will I do it again? Hmmmm - not right away.

Life continues to go on. But when the scale reads higher than expected, sometimes there is a really good reason for it!

Keep on Sparking good buddies!
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 10/23/2010 10:35PM

    I am guilty of guestimates, too! Your blog was good! I'm glad I read it, and had a good smile, to boot! emoticon

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TYEASLEY 10/22/2010 9:31PM

    Allow yourself some indulgences!! Great blog. emoticon

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MERRY40 10/22/2010 8:22PM

    Great blog! You are so right-we do the best with estimating our calorie input, but many times it is difficult-especially when things are not clear-cut. It does explain why the scale might not go down as expected!

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SYLVIALYNN2 10/22/2010 6:05PM

    LOL, I have been there, done that. Who eats those skimpy serving sizes anyway? However, when I look at a can of Campbell's Tomato Soup, I can eat the whole can along with one or two grilled cheese sandwiches these days. (Well, I could if I let myself but am trying to downsize my portions and eat healthier foods.) When my children were little, all four of us could make a meal out of that one can and 4 grilled cheese sandwiches. Either they shrunk the size of the can or along with the fast food companies, I have super sized my servings.

On another note, I bought a frozen lasagne, brought it home, cooked and served it. Later that evening I was wondering why I was so thirsty. Looked at the nutrition label and saw how much sodium was in one serving (one thirteenth of the pan) and thought, OMG, we ate half the pan. Which meant that we each had 3 1/2 servings and about 3,000 mg of sodium. Who in the world gets 13 servings out of a pan of lasagne any way? I can understand 12 servings but 13 is unreasonable. How do you divide a rectangular pan into 13?


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SOPHIADARE 10/22/2010 10:49AM

    Isn't it frustrating when they CHANGE the "serving size" from what everyone always supposed would be a normal serving size to something else in the small type? But, as you say, life goes on. Also, we live and learn, and thanks for the alert!

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DINGALLSTOO 10/20/2010 5:13PM

    Hey, a girl has to have her coconut once in a while and I bet it will be a while before you do it again!!! I prefer mine in the coconut cream variety ;^D

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LIBBYFITZ 10/20/2010 4:16PM

    Yes anything with coconut in it is emoticonas very high in calories and not a healthy type of fat either! emoticonThe next meal is a new start to the journey! emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/20/2010 8:19AM

    One day at a time my friend. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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MSLZZY 10/20/2010 7:52AM

    Been there, done that-way too many times! HUGS!

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GRALLEN 10/19/2010 10:06PM

    All of Marie Callender's stuff is good but high in calories. I desire it but stay away from it.

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RODEOGEM 10/19/2010 8:45PM

    Oh wow!!! I didn't even guesstimate the homemade turtle cheesecake I ate at a banquet Friday night. I just chalked it up to 'life'. I'm not going to stop living to lose weight. I refuse to do anything to lose it that I'm not willing to do for the rest of my life. So, occasionally, and by that I mean once every six months, I will have a small slice of cheesecake, and not think twice about it!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/19/2010 5:33PM

    I just want to know who eats a 10th of a pie!

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LOPEYP 10/19/2010 4:10PM

    We can't always control our urges. At least you have the knowledge and information to make good choices most of the time. emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 10/19/2010 2:52PM

    We live and learn!!

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MARTY19 10/19/2010 2:05PM

    I absolutely love your attitude. You just keep on rocking and don't let anything get or keep you down.
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CATHEITE 10/19/2010 1:41PM

    I'm guilty of this too. 100% accuracy is often impossible. Best to err on the side of caution.

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MEADSBAY 10/19/2010 1:07PM

    We do need to be careful of those 'guesstimates' , for sure!
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RIMAJO 10/19/2010 1:04PM

    This is why the kitchen scale is such a treasure in my home. If I didn't measure & weigh everything I'd never believe I'd consumed as many calories as those nutrition labels read.

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ASTORRES1 10/19/2010 12:36PM

    Sooo true my dear friend!!!

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CICI510 10/19/2010 12:32PM

    I could not agree more! That is why my personal goal this week is to plan my meals for the day. I always have a hard time planning dinner but if I plan out all my other meals I'll know how many calories I can use for dinner and stay within my range.

That pie does sound yummy...LOL

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OLDERDANDRT 10/19/2010 12:28PM

    I know how ya feel!! Guesstimates can get us into trouble sometimes, but it's not the end of the world. hehe Good for you anyway. Now you know.
Keep on keepin on!!!! You are doing soooo great!!!

Hugs,
Jayne

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REBECCAMA 10/19/2010 12:20PM

  I think everything we do is a guestimate on Spark. We are estimating our BMI. We are estimating how many calories we burn when we sit at the desk, we are estimating how much exercise we are getting, etc.

That was a big jump, but in the whole range of a week it will be easily forgotten. If you are like me then you have a range for your calories each day. So if you went over by a little bit on Sunday, then you can just go on the low side of your range for a day or two to make it up.

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