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So pleased with my newest Spark Trophy!!

Monday, April 11, 2011

I don't know if I was able to save the image but I received a "Completed Virtual Race" Spark Trophy yesterday and I am just tickled to get it!!



On another note - just as important to me - I might have found the reason for my recent weight gains! I am eating too much fruit!!

Yes, I am counting calories and watching the Carbs but apparently you can eat too much fruit and gain weight - I guess my body can't process this much sugar.
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so I am going to backtrack and see what I was eating when more successful with the weight loss!
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**edit: One day no fruit for dinner and down 1/2 pound. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed - used to cross my eyes but Mama said my face would freeze that way!

** 2nd day no dinner fruit and down another 3/10ths! WooHoo!! Still eating my 3 fruit portions for breakfast!!

** 3rd day - up 1/10th but weighed an hour early and that can account for 1/10th. At least not a significant gain! My deficit yesterday was only 112.

**4th day - up another 1/10th! AARGH!! Hmmmm - could it be the grapes?! I only started eating them last week to help DH!

**5th day - really can't count it because I went totally nutzo yesterday and ate at least 1000 over my allowance. *sigh* there will be days like this!

**7th day and coming back down again after no grapes, lol. Maybe?? But today is cheesecake day, lol.

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JULESDUD1 4/19/2011 6:34PM

    Hey, think of it this way as far as the 1000 xtra calories!! If you are like me, you could have done that easily EVERY day and you DIDN'T!! That's a win overall!!! Keep going! You look great & are a winner!! emoticon

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DRB13_1 4/17/2011 11:49PM

    Congrats on the trophy and at least you are eating whole fruit, not drinking the concentrated sugar in juice. Maybe substitute a vegetable for a fruit... good luck!

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REJ7777 4/17/2011 8:40PM

    emoticon You earned that trophy!!! emoticon

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CAPECODDOGFISH 4/17/2011 5:44PM

    You do love your fruit and I really like your blogs. My wife asks me what I am doing smiling at the computer. You keep it up. Bob emoticon

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MOMFAN 4/17/2011 12:02AM

    Congrats! Way To Go! You are a champion! I completed mine today!

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TUDI4480 4/16/2011 10:38PM

    As always, you amaze me! Keep on keeping on. Enjoy this journey we are on!

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KELLEEH 4/15/2011 1:17PM

    Congrats on the virtual race trophy! I saw your blog when you first posted it, and it Sparked me to do my own virtual 5k yesterday! Thanks for the inspiration!

Let us know how it goes with reducing your fruit. I personally would be very sad to give up some of the fruit I eat.

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SOULOFADANCER 4/13/2011 8:19PM

    this is great!!! emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 4/13/2011 5:45PM

    interesting. I'm making an appointment with a nutritionist and hopefully will get some of the keys to this mystery of eating properly down. Love ya, Dawn emoticon PS: Congrats on your newest trophy!

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SLENDERELLA61 4/13/2011 1:13PM

    Congrats on the new trophy!! Way to go!! I just love the trophies and am glad you do, too.

Best wishes with your latest tweak to your eating. Hope it helps you. I find I can eat lots of fruit, but we are all different. Take care, Marsha

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/13/2011 11:56AM

    emoticon goes to show what tracking can do for us!

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JENIFIREHARP 4/12/2011 11:49PM

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JERSEYGIRL24 4/12/2011 8:12PM

    emoticonon the trophy!!!!

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DOTTIEJANE1 4/12/2011 6:04PM

    emoticon on your trophy , hope the change in fruit helps , i shall looka little closer at my fruit as well now that farmers market is open . Have a great day .Dottie

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HEALTHY4ME 4/12/2011 4:57PM

    Congrats and yes I too am eating too much fruit I think. I have been eating really healthy for 3 wks and not a budge but was eating a fair bit of fruit cos not a good veggie eater. So now am trying hard to make salad daily lol no not fruit one! LOL

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ABELLEE 4/12/2011 12:56PM

    Congratulations on the trophy!

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 4/12/2011 11:55AM

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MSLZZY 4/11/2011 9:14PM

    Congratulations! High five!
I'll have to keep that in mind. Too much of a good thing can work against you. Take care-
hugs!

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LIBBYFITZ 4/11/2011 9:04PM

    Yes it is a real juggling act with the fruit verses vegetables. I aim for 2 serves of fruit a day.

Well done on the virtual trophy!

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WEEZYB7881 4/11/2011 7:32PM

    congrats on the trophy. food/weight/scales are all one big chemistry experiment that is affected by a number of circumstances and surroundings. good for you for looking for answers. As always, you're an inspiration for me.

louise

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SHERRY257 4/11/2011 7:02PM

    Fantastic! Enjoy your glory and your trophy! emoticon

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BARNABABY1 4/11/2011 4:13PM

    Congrats on the trophy!!! You did a wonderful job!

What a concept.... eating too much fruit.... go figure! emoticon I also eat mostly fruit and have ended up dropping most of my veggies. You are remarkable.... I learn so much from your blogs. I'm going to try to cut back on the fruit and add my veggies back in and see what happens!
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LENKA763 4/11/2011 4:04PM

    You are doing great, the weight gain must be muscles.

you look great!

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MAWDOT35 4/11/2011 3:28PM

    Great job! Congrats on the new trophy!!!!!

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PINKCIS 4/11/2011 2:43PM

    Congratulations on the Trophy! You did great! You will have to limit what you eat on the fruit and veggies. Almost everything has calories. emoticon

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MARTY19 4/11/2011 2:10PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I would be so proud of that myself. I didn't realize that about fruit but I don't tend to eat a whole lot of any one thing.

Love you
Martuy

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MISSM66 4/11/2011 12:35PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon and yes you can eat too much Fruits and gain weight just because of the sugar,the best thing to eat is berries like blueberries,Raspberries,and Strawberries,good luck emoticon emoticon

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REBECCAMA 4/11/2011 12:32PM

  Way to go!

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NEW-CAZ 4/11/2011 12:23PM

    emoticon ON YOUR LATEST TRIOPY LINDA emoticon emoticon

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LOPEYP 4/11/2011 12:11PM

    Me too! It's a great idea! emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 4/11/2011 11:35AM

    emoticonYou knew you could do it, and you DID it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DESTINYE 4/11/2011 11:34AM

    That is awesome! I want to check it out now!

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Staying on track - please read.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

I read this blog today and it is so relevant, I voted for it immediately!!

Please visit Joan_of_Spark's blog:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4154834

and if you too agree, please cast your 'vote' for it. It gives a whole new meaning to staying on track!

It isn't terribly long - but it will give you a whole new perspective to staying on track.

Hugs,
Linda

**edit: this did become a Popular Blog post! WooHoo! I think it will help many of us struggling sparkers!!
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LIZABETT 4/16/2011 11:14PM

    emoticon I'll check it out. If you like it, I know it will be emoticon

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RAD062010 4/15/2011 12:49PM

    Thanks for spreading the good!

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WATERMELLEN 4/13/2011 6:48PM

    yes I will!!

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SLENDERELLA61 4/13/2011 1:14PM

    Thanks, Linda. I'll do it!

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JENIFIREHARP 4/10/2011 11:03PM

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JMCADE 4/10/2011 8:55PM

    You were so right! It got my vote.

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LEANJEAN6 4/10/2011 6:08PM

    I will read it now-Thank-yu!

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BARNABABY1 4/10/2011 5:30PM

    Thank you so much for passing this on.... I've been having such a tough time, but now this is going to be my new state of mind!!!!

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DESTINYE 4/10/2011 11:49AM

    So cool and love her user name!!

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MARTY19 4/10/2011 10:48AM

    It is so true.

marty

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KATHYPETERSON62 4/10/2011 10:35AM

    Thanks Linda - was great!

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NEW-CAZ 4/10/2011 10:15AM

    thanks Linda emoticon

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JOANOFSPARK 4/10/2011 10:14AM

    Thanks for your vote on my blog.... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DINGALLSTOO 4/10/2011 9:37AM

    thanks Linda!

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SOULOFADANCER 4/10/2011 9:14AM

    You were right .It was great. Have a great Sunday Linda.
Walk you socks off!


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VALERIEMAHA 4/10/2011 9:14AM

    YEP!!! I cast a vote as well. Thanks for sendin' out the signal!
xox
Maha

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LIBBYFITZ 4/10/2011 9:00AM

    Yes I have voted for it!

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JLWOF1 4/10/2011 8:40AM

    That was a great blog! Thanks for sharing!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 4/10/2011 8:32AM

    You were right! It was a really good blog! And I loved her quote! emoticon emoticon

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An Easter Funny from Reader's Digest!

Saturday, April 09, 2011

  
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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 4/12/2011 11:57AM

    ROTFLMBO

TOO CUTE!

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ABELLEE 4/10/2011 2:04AM

    LOL!
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WATERMELLEN 4/9/2011 11:05PM

    Cute!! Great yolk!!

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JENIFIREHARP 4/9/2011 9:56PM

    emoticon nice!

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BOOKISHFABLER 4/9/2011 7:24PM

    CUTE

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SOULOFADANCER 4/9/2011 5:02PM

    Love it just went easter goodie basket shopping for the nephews!!
I love doing things seasonal!!
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MARTY19 4/9/2011 2:13PM

    Cute!

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JUSTBIRDY 4/9/2011 12:16PM

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 4/9/2011 10:01AM

    Ha! Ha! That is adorable! emoticon

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2PONDS 4/9/2011 8:53AM

    so funny , she must be one hard boiled egg!!!!! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 4/9/2011 8:22AM

    Thanks for the chuckle, Linda!!

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JLWOF1 4/9/2011 8:14AM

    That brightened my morning! Too funny!

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Happy Early Easter - from OneReallyBigDog!

Friday, April 08, 2011

Check it out - really neat!

www.terrisfp1.com/holidays/chick.htm
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Happy Easter from us too!

  
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GERMANIRISHGIRL 4/9/2011 8:24AM

    Happy Easter...bawk bawk!! emoticon

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BARNABABY1 4/8/2011 6:54PM

    emoticon Love it!!!! Happy Easter!
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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 4/8/2011 5:53PM

    And a very Happy Easter to you Linda!

LOL

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NEW-CAZ 4/8/2011 12:58PM

    Happy Easter Linda great "yoke" to play on a SP mate emoticon emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 4/8/2011 11:10AM

    That was fun! Thanks! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARTY728 4/8/2011 10:46AM

    Here's one coming your way! emoticon
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OSTICJAX 4/8/2011 10:23AM

    Right back at you. Easter happens to fall on my 18th wedding anniversary

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If you can't do without something - work it in!

Thursday, April 07, 2011

If you can't do without something - work it in!

Life is too short to feel deprived. All the celery in the world is not going to make me forget that *_ _ _ _ _* that I am craving. Better to give in with a taste than to worry myself over trying to stay "good".

If you bite it, you write it. There is no free ride in life - if I take that taste, I also log that bite.

If I can do it, You can do it too.

  
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CHANGING4LIFE 4/9/2011 2:32PM

    Very true, indeed.

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WATERMELLEN 4/8/2011 8:34PM

    Just logged myself in a piece of chocolate birthday cake!! Well worth the calories (and well within range, too . . . )

Thanks so much for your kind good wishes on my birthday. I'm glad to know that you're going to be joining us in the 60+ club this year: what a great group of us there is!!

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 4/8/2011 8:56AM

    That works for me too! I can't deprive myself of something I really really want. That doesn't work for me. I can practice moderation though. I can eat just one of something. Sometimes I figure out ahead of time what I need to do to burn off that item I want. Sometimes I only eat 2T of something. But I am still satisfied. I worked it in and got what I wanted. And I don't feel bad about it.

Spark on!

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SUNSET24 4/8/2011 1:57AM

    OUTSTANDING... I will remember that one, hugssssssss

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LIBBYFITZ 4/8/2011 12:47AM

    Your so right!

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FELICIARN 4/7/2011 7:32PM

    Like the 3 mini dove and twix ice cream bars I just consumed as I tracked??? They were worth it!!! emoticon

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MARTY19 4/7/2011 3:47PM

    Very true indeed. No free ride but all in moderation.

Love you
Marty

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MILLIE5522 4/7/2011 3:32PM

    Well said! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 4/7/2011 2:50PM

    a little of what you fancy does you good and it you track it you can feel soooo virtuous!

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SEDONACAT 4/7/2011 2:34PM

    I read your blog as i ate my daily 1/4 cup of sour jelly beans. I log them and leave calories so I can enjoy them without guilt.
Love you blog!

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T2SEE140 4/7/2011 1:50PM

  Isn't that the truth. That is what I have been telling all of those "I don't know why I can't lose weight" people as they take a little nibble of something. I make room for chocolate every day. :o)

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 4/7/2011 11:06AM

    WELL PUT!!! emoticon

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COOKWITHME65 4/7/2011 10:08AM

    So true. I have been tracking it first lately then put the extras way in the fridge. then sitting down and eating it.

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DOTTIEJANE1 4/7/2011 10:00AM

    You are so right anything that goes in the mouth counts. Have a great day .Dottie

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MARTY728 4/7/2011 9:35AM

    You are my SP Idol! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 4/7/2011 9:27AM

    That's a great philosophy!

Have a SPlendid Day!!

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DESTINYE 4/7/2011 8:57AM

    That is great!

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MOMMYBYCHOICE 4/7/2011 8:42AM

    love it - if you bite it you write it,

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WEEZYB7881 4/7/2011 8:40AM

    right on. "If you bite it, you write it.

that's what I've been doing. helps to keep me honest about my weight and food

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ANDREWS_MOM 4/7/2011 8:33AM

    Great blog!
I'm definateley right there with you!!
This is a lifestyle change not a diet- so nothing's off limits as long as it's accounted for -it's okay.
That's why you look so wonderful my friend and why you have had such tremendous success!!
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