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Has SparkPeople's Nutrition Tracker helped you lose weight? If so, how?

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Has SparkPeople's Nutrition Tracker helped you lose weight? If so, how?

How? Omigosh!! Where do I start?

When I began using Sparkpeople in June 2006, I had no idea whatsoever what a "portion" of anything looked like. With the help of Spark, and a really good kitchen scale, I learned that:
-I'd been eating up to three times what I should have been of most of my favourite foods.
-If you balance carbs, proteins and fats that you don't have to eat as much to get full.
-Good food doesn't have to taste like cardboard (thanks to the meal plan).

I lost 30 pounds using my tracker on a regular basis in my first six months on SP.
I still use it regularly for maintenance. Some days I slack, but it's the days following those "some days" that I notice things aren't quite right.

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PINKCHICK130 4/30/2009 10:54PM

    It's what works for me. I track everything. I think of it like a budget. I have so many calories, fat, carb, protien to spend throughout the day - no I love SparkPeople and tell everyone about it when they ask me how I've done it. I love all the compliments I'm getting lately. Thanks again Penny, I can never thank you enough for telling me about this place.

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Since my last blog....

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I've lost two pounds. It's weird because it has only been two days. What's stranger is that TOM is here and that usually means gaining not losing. OTOH, since Monday, I have run 9 miles and done an hour of strength training. I've also had a 50% success rate with staying within my calories. (last night's 10k run made me step over 200 cals) I'm back at it today and have over 900 calories to figure out what to do with for supper and snack tonight. No problem! I also have another 6 km run to do.
Goal #1 - work in progress
Goal #2 - 70.49 miles (including tonight's run) and counting.
Goal #3 - 50% done
Goal #4 - done!!

Gotta keep it going!

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BLACKROSE_222 4/29/2009 6:08PM

    Looking good, Penny. Never underestimate the stupidness of TOM. Good job!

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New Week, New Goals

Monday, April 27, 2009

Goal #1 - stop eating without thought.
Goal #2 - complete the 60 mile goal that I set for myself this month.
Goal #3 - strength train on Tuesday and Thursday. I've already put it in my tracker so I have to do it!
Goal #4 - lose AT LEAST one pound.

I weighed 129 pounds this morning... I can't type what I'm thinking because Spark doesn't allow those words but the pounds that I've gained are all my own fault so I'm not going to whine about them.


And the award goes to...

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Well, I apparently get the dumba$$ award today. After fasting for 30 hours, I attempted to run a race today. I originally signed up for the 12k but settled on the 6k after I saw the race route. It was a two loop course and the first loop almost killed me. Two "lovely" hills and neither of them were little. Canmore is at the base of the Rockies so I should have seen it coming really.
Anyway, about kilometre 3.5 I started to feel woozy and my shins were complaining so I decided to be a smart runner and only do the one loop. Finished in 36:04. Went through the finishers buffet and then told Richard it was time for a burger, fries and gravy :) I had three meals before two o'clock today. BIG meals, too. I will never, ever fast again.
Tomorrow, I'm playing cheerleader to my half marathon clinic grads (some of them) at their first HM. I can't wait to watch them cross the finish line.

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Some days, it's all worth it.

Friday, April 24, 2009

As some of you might know, I'm a HM instructor at one of the local Running Rooms here in Calgary. Some days, it takes everything I have to haul my butt out of bed on a Sunday to be there for my "students". I get tired, unmotivated and (gasp) lazy like everyone else but, on a good day, there are 20 people waiting on me to be the leader. It's not crucial that I'm there but knowing that I'm waiting on them gives them a sense of accountability. Just like knowing that they're there gives ME that same sense.
Anyway, each clinic member is expected to give an evaluation of the course. Most of the time it's the same old stuff but every now and then there's one that makes me happy to the point of tears. This time around, it's this one:

"Hi Penny

Looks like I will be in Edmonton next week. I know you wont be running Saturday so wanted to make sure (If I don't see you before the big race) to thank you for all that you have done for me and my running to date. As you know initially Charlene and I started out running together but as she progressed with her marathon training it out leagued me so I thought I would be running alone and undoubtedly that would have been the end of my running. Charlene suggested running with you and I'm glad she did. You and your group kept me motivated and kept it fun and I thank you for that.

Not sure what the future holds for me, I do want to continue to build on my distance. I am enjoying it so I'll keep plugging along.
I hope you realize how much you are changing peoples lives, making them healthier, happier,stronger both physically and mentally. Keep up the great work and thanks again.

I'm going to see if I can give some feedback for you. Not sure if I can since I am not an official member but will try and leave some feed back as a drop in. It's the least I can do.

Thanks again,

Sincerely Brent"

Some days.....

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CASSIOEPIA 4/24/2009 11:51PM

    Penny - that's such an awesome tribute, and I was so surprised that it came from a man. I did not expect that at the end. It's so nice to be recognized, and especially on the days you need a little pick me up. Hope you keep that one near so you can refer back to it on any low day - it's sure to pick you up again!

Thanks for the luck in Regina. I'm hoping to have a blast!

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SOLEILKATH 4/24/2009 10:26PM

    You do motivate people Penny... and you also have this "non-judgmental" quality about you as well. At the end of the day, I know that no matter what size you are, what shape you are in, you're proud of people for making healthy choices. If it weren't for you and a few others there is no way I could have seen myself coming back to LIC.

You're that little kick in the butt when people need it. You encourage & praise people. Those qualities make a good leader. And you're not afraid to admit when you're wrong. I also love the fact that you have bad days and admit to them. There are many people in your same position that try to make themselves appear perfect all over, that they never make mistakes, that they're never unmotivated.

Just know you matter to a lot of people. Including me!

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