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Enjoying this Lose It! App...

Friday, September 14, 2012

I didn't realize that Spark People also had an app for tracking food, but I'd already started w/the Lose It! App so, for the time being anyway,this will be the one I'll be using. It's pretty fun & easy - just hit the app button and you can add in foods by bar code, previous meals, previous foods from you own list or just type in a food and it brings up a list of choices. I opted to log my nutrients: Carbs/ Fats/ Proteins as in SP.
As a "motivational tool", my daily log is automatically emailed to me. There is a calc. for calories burned in exercise and a calc. to compute where you need to be cal. wise to reach your goal.

It's helped me to stay accountable.

Here is a copy of Thurs. log as emailed to me for anyone interested: (It looks a bit more organized in the email, but after copying & pasting -here it is)

Calorie Summary
Daily calorie budget 1,204
Food calories consumed 1,577
Exercise calories burned 600
Net calories for the day 977
+/- for the day 227 under budget

Goals Summary lbs.
Goal Weight 140
Start Weight 206
Today's Weight 203.2
Lost So Far 2.8

Daily Log Calories
Breakfast 253
Peppers, Bell, Red, Sweet, Sliced 0.125 Cup 4
Cheese, Mozzarella, 2%, Shredded 0.25 Cup 70
Egg Substitute, Original 0.5 Cup 60
Tomatoes, Cherry 5 Each 15
Spinach 0.333 Cup 10
Mushrooms, Medium 3 Each 12
Bread, Rye 1 Slice 83

Lunch 276
Carrots, Fresh, Shred 2 Tablespoons 4
Nuts, Walnuts, Chpd 2 Tablespoons 90
Lettuce, Romaine, Shredded 1.5 Cups 12
Spinach, Baby, Fresh 0.125 Cup 1
Apple, Medium 1 Each 95
Tomatoes, Cherry 5 Each 15
Peppers, Bell, Red, Sweet, Sliced 0.125 Cup 4
Cucumber, Skinless, Sliced 4 Pieces 3
Dressing, Salad, Fat Free (2 Tbs) 36 Grams 51

Dinner 343
Fish, Tilapia, Cooked 8 Ounces 292
Beans, Green 1.5 Cups 51

Snacks 705
Coffee, Brewed 8 Fluid ounces 2
Creamer, Toffee Almond Creme 1 Tablespoon 40
Half And Half 0.25 Cup 80
Coffee, Brewed 8 Fluid ounces 2
Creamer, Toffee Almond Creme 1 Tablespoon 40
Half And Half 0.25 Cup 80
Sugar, Granulated 1 Teaspoon 16
Sugar, Granulated 1 Teaspoon 16
Whey Protein Powder 1 Scoop 120
Whey Protein Powder 1 Scoop 120
Peanut Butter, Creamy 2 Tablespoons 188

Exercises 600
Zumba, Beth 1 Hour 200
Step 45 Min 400

Nutrient Summary % Calories
Fat 57g 31.6%
Sodium 1,523mg
Carbohydrates 132g 32.6%
Protein 145g 35.9%
Report generated by Lose It!. For more information or to sign up for your free Lose It! account, please visit

Good luck everyone!! Enjoy your weekend.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

HHOLT6 9/20/2012 9:34PM

    Great! It is awesome to have so many options for motivation! emoticon

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1EMMA2011 9/15/2012 9:14PM

    emoticon emoticon Great job!! Very positive post!!

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SUSIEGKORN 9/15/2012 10:36AM

    You sound so energized and motivated by your app discovery! Glad it's working for you! I like seeing that 2.8 pound loss too! Woo-hoo!

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AGRLNKY 9/15/2012 7:39AM

    My husband uses that program also and he loves it! I like the way it prints out, it makes it easy to read. Which ever way works for you is the right way! Keep up the great work!

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KNYAGENYA 9/14/2012 11:06PM


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Put "Lose It" app on the cell...

Monday, September 10, 2012

Staying committed and away from chocolate, but let be honest here: It's like some kind of "withdrawal" (I've never been addicted to any substance other than sugar, but I'm imagining the craving is similar). Every night when 10 pm rolls around the intense cravings become almost impossible to resist. I'm a bit of a night owl..bedtime recently is midnight -1 am ish. My experience has been that this will subside to some extent when I've more or less "purged" the additional sugars from my system - within around 2 weeks.

A friend, who I'm teaming up with at the gym for motivation, suggested adding the "Lose It" app to my phone. It's pretty cool and appears easy to use - tracking weight loss, calories in, and exercise cal. burned. It's similar to the SP tracking system, but a bit more user friendly for those particular tasks. For items that have a bar code , you can simply scan that and apparently it adds the info in for you.

We have a family wedding to attend in Colorado on Oct. 20th and though it'll break the bank for us to attend, we feel it's important for us to be there. It'll be the first time in almost 30 years that I've flown in a plane!! How pathetic, I know, but our vacations have always been places we could drive to - finances dictating the decision. In any event, I thought the wedding could be another "motivational event" to keep my eye on the ball.

Exercise: Bootcamp for 1 hour; 20 min Elliptical; 20 min ST

Food: Haven't actually tracked the cal yet (just installed the app), but no chocolate & lots of salad stuff/ fish/ egg beaters...the usu. "good stuff"

Have a great day!!

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SUSIEGKORN 9/12/2012 1:19AM

    Soooo proud of you! Love your determination! You're doing great, and with such a difficult addiction too! You've got this!

The best thing about flying for me since I've lost some weight ~ I'm not nervous the seat belt won't fit me! I've had some close calls in the past, and have had to ask someone to click it for me before, but not any more! That will be awesome for you too!

I have a wedding out of state on Oct. 20 too! That's the one in Nashville, but I can drive that from St. Louis ~ it's just 5 1/2 hours or so. And, that's my birthday, so I'll be doing something fun on my 56th birthday this year!

Good luck with the lose it app. Sounds cool!

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PAULKNUTH 9/10/2012 1:14PM

    SparkPeople developers should download the Lose It app and see what so great about it. I use it and love it. No more tracking on Sparks because I can easily track on Lose It. And it scans barcodes! Awesome.

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 9/10/2012 7:23AM

    Sounds like a cool app.

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*MADHU* 9/10/2012 5:54AM

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1 day down, many more to go...

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Didn't eat sweets, per se, yesterday, though I did have dates & figs - so a bit of a cheat. Today, no sweets... Some bad in the food, but DHs birthday & he requested taco salad & steak eating not as good as it could be, but not as bad as it's been.

Open house at our son's HS, so no exercise classes tonight- walked around the school a lot, though ; )

Legs still in pain from Tues exercise!!

Commitment , accountability , dedication...I'm trying : )

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SUSIEGKORN 9/8/2012 11:54PM

    Each day is a challenge, but with each successful day, it will empower us for the next day! I'm feeling it! Sounds like you are too!
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HHOLT6 9/5/2012 11:01PM

    emoticon it helps to share here I think. Accountability is always helpful.

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LALMEIDA 9/5/2012 11:00PM

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PAULKNUTH 9/5/2012 10:58PM

    WooHoo!!! You can do this.

I am working out again and eating slightly better but those darn Reese's cups have got to go!

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September goal: Get back on track

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

September goal: Get back on track

Well...that pretty much says it all.

I had a whole blog written, but for some reason, as has happened to me before, when I attempted to upload a pic, most of the blog disappeared -so here's a quick synopsis:

Yesterday, as has been the case, I was bad, again -peanut brittle -candy bars, etc..

I seem to be experiencing postmenopausal symptoms that are worse than any symptoms I experienced during menopause - which occurred 6-8 years ago for me (yeah, too young, I agree). I don't know if the sweet overload has triggered something, or if exhaustion associated w/ postmenopausal symptoms has set off sweet cravings or if it's even related to that, just that I've been experiencing the hot then cold feelings, sweaty outbreaks for no apparent reason, severe exhaustion- again, for no reason, and all around feelings of aggravation.

BUT...I am making a COMMITMENT (thank you, Susie for your good words) and have posted motivational signs around and no...not I just typed...PLAN to get back on track.

So here it goes: To Commitment and Success and Achievement.

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SUSIEGKORN 9/8/2012 11:52PM

    Perfect! So happy for you! We're going to do this! Let's keep it going now! I love your motivational signs! I do that too! One on my pantry door, one on my fridge at eye level! One on the end table where I sit to watch all makes me think positive thoughts.
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

As stated in my status...trying too get back on track....what can I say? As we all know -it tough and weight loss/ getting in shape is a full time and demanding job. I have NOT been committed to it full time nor have I been putting my all into it lately. Like an alcoholic who relapses, I'm a sweet-alcholic who's fallen off the wagon. Each day feels like a battle and there's only been 1 in the last month that I've made it through w/o some kind of cheat. I realize a lot of this must be related to some emotional turmoil, but some things just can't be changed and so I must learn to deal...and yet, as noted, apparently it is too much of a challenge. I'm hanging in there, as far as exercise/ eating healthy are concerned...but only by a thread. Oddly, I feel "fine" emotionally -I'm not crying daily -unable to deal or feeling terribly depressed...I just find myself pounding the chocolate or some other sweet nightly and know, somewhere in there it's related to an issue I thought was "resolved" and allowed me to start the whole journey to health.

Sorry to come back ...rather, attempt to come back, with such a downer blog - I just feel like if I get it out there -it might help me to face the demons and find the strength that led to the success that I've experienced so far.

People, who I haven't seen in awhile, continue to approach me and say how much different I look or that they hardly recognized me, that I look great...which always feels nice, but at the same time instead of the feelings of accomplishment and strength that I experienced when this first began to happen, now I feel guilt because it's like it's all just a lie - I'm not strong or accomplished or determined at all -I don't even possess the willpower to make it through the day without a huge cheat, exercise feels exhausting, and frequently I'm making excuses not to go. I know that other person, that person with willpower and strength, exists inside me, but the failure in me feels like it's coming back with a vengeance.

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WALKINGBOUT 8/29/2012 2:00PM

    I know what you mean exactly. This is me as well. I also have just finished what I'd call a rut in the road... Yes. It is hard, but, if you hang in there, even on days you cheat, you keep trying to eat good and keep on spark and blog, blog, blog.... Read the pages hear and keep at it... You'll find one day if you can just cut back a little on that chocolate that the next few will get easier. And, soon, you can put that sweet to bed... I find also that allowing an occasional sweet in my tracking for a day, helps to defeat the hugh monster... The Whole Chocolate Bar... Yes. A little can help defeat the lot... For if you are truly wanting that chocolate, and don't get it. ..Then, the urge gets so bad that you'll eat it all instead of portions.... Sometimes just allowing portions in your daily count helps to get control back and soon you can kick the sweet all together... Just a thought... emoticon

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MOMFAN 8/28/2012 3:35PM

    emoticonMe too!

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SUSIEGKORN 8/28/2012 1:28AM

    I could have written this blog about myself too you know. Except for me it's the salty food addiction. Then when that doesn't satisfy, I go to the sweet, or the fatty..........UGH! Each day is a challenge we both face. The great thing is, you came back and were able to state what you've been going through openly and honestly. That speaks volumes! You're reaching out and claiming the need to get back on track.

"I hope you remember how beautiful you are. May you never forget to love, to smile, and to be grateful. Appreciate and be kind to yourself. Be the presence in your life." - Maria Uman

Let's both remember that and start living a more healthy lifestyle ~ just for ourselves!

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WHITEDOVE412 8/28/2012 1:14AM

  Never give up on can do this. Its hard I know and the sweet monkey on your back is the worse. When you mess up and we all do sooner or later. As soon as you possible can after you cheat..stop and tell yourself. I am worth more than this cookie ( my personal weakness is Oreos.) or whatever .Forgive yourself immediately so guilt eating doesn't start...This blog was honest and open and I apreciate that and I am hoping it helped you to get it all out...take it one step, one day at a time and keep on keeping on. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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