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Moving in the wrong direction...

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Bonnie Raitt recorded that song a long time ago.
Yep, that's what I am doing. 140.4.

Self-assessment - this week, NOT enough exercise.

Reasons - stress, too much c___ to do.

I did do better on measuring things - bread for one. emoticon
I did better with water and better with freggies. emoticon

I did not buy or eat chips. (well, just TWO tortilla chips last night with salsa. How do you track TWO tortilla chips?)

I did better with cheese. This week. Not sure I can do it again. emoticon

Alcohol. I did not do so well.
No wine but I did have some Manhattans adulterated with diet ginger ale.
I did have fewer of them.

Lifestyle stuff - I managed to watch a movie without munching the entire time. (Just part of the time!)

I only had a couple of small pigouts (translation - 100-300 calories over for the day).

But the BIG thing is, I gotta move my body more this week.
Ok, Sara, just sayin...

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CLAIREINPARIS 12/17/2011 4:03PM

    Well, I do see a lot of progress, so... Good for you! Keep going and improving! :)

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BUTEAFULL 12/17/2011 1:28PM

    how hard is it to lay off the alcohol? I say this because I hate the taste of alcohol in drinks, it has to be disguised for me to drink it like a fruity pina colada. I just stick with water and tea no matter what prodding I get from the hostess

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CELLISTA1 12/17/2011 1:13PM

    I like it. The new "sitting on hands" exercise would work for me too!

I love that you kept dancing in the breaks. I have to admit I went to a dance party last week that was rather intimidating and I mostly just watched. Which is the difference between 140 pounds and 180 pounds. Note to self.

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SARAWALKS 12/17/2011 9:13AM

    Exercise: "Sitting On Hands"
Calories burned: Zero
Calories saved: Infinite

Seriously, thanks, Striver! I do have a scale that measures grams, I bought it in Paris. The tortilla chips in question were ingested at the contradance, however, so weighing was not possible - I didn't even know what sort they were.

They already think I'm very weird at the contradance since I kept moving and dancing even at the breaks in the dance. I think I will leave my scale at home!

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STRIVER57 12/17/2011 8:56AM

    you weigh your chips (or a few typical chips and divide for an average) ... if your food scale goes to grams it's easier for things like chips and nuts. if the tracker can't figure it out the way you measured it, you divide, for example,
the 40 grams listed as a serving on the tracker (which is why it has so many calories) into the 6 grams you ate and enter 0.15 servings.
yes i know it was a rhetorical question, but i do count and enter my tortilla & potato chips when i eat them. and after eating the planned amount, i sit on my hands.

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"Pain de campagne" - guilty as charged!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Yep, that's the bad guy!

I really wondered WHY, since last week I had tracked food for the first time in almost a year, and stayed within my limits for all but two days, and been fairly consistent with exercise...

WHY I gained a half pound! emoticon

NOT that this was a disaster. One just wonders. Why.

It all goes back to my disastrous relationship with numbers, dating from the third grade. 2 ounces of this stuff is 120 calories, NO fat, a nice hunk of carbs and protein even. YUM! I got all excited. Wow! emoticon

And I mis-measured it. Was eating 2 oz. and calling it 1 oz. Ho ho ho, said Advent Santa with an evil cackle! Coals in YOUR weight loss stocking!

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There might have been just a tiny bit of wishful thinking in there...
And this bread IS hard to measure because of its shape, you are never quite sure what you have...

So for the rest of the Winter 5% Challenge, I am sticking to batards, which are easier to measure & maybe even a bit lower in calories. And just as tasty really. emoticon emoticon

In other news, Advent proceeds. My house is a crashing disaster and this is my LAST YEAR'S Advent wreath. This year, my victory is to see my floor...

Next week, we may progress to some decorations! The really easy kind!
Happy Advent to all and may the Advent Santa come and bless your healthy living struggles!

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will be here before we know it!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 12/12/2011 2:39PM

    For numbers and measuring I HAVE to use a scale. My digital kitchen scale has kept me accountable, when I use it of course.

Great blog and honest about what you did right as well as wrong. You are doing great in so many areas. I need to see my floor again and maybe take down my Halloween decorations, adding some Christmas ones maybe. LOL!

Good luck this week!

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CELLISTA1 12/11/2011 9:49PM

    You have a terrible relationship with numbers too? Have we talked about this before, or is it just another thing we have in common? They say that some musicians are very good at math, but it certainly is not true for me. They are so abstract to me that I don't know the difference between 500 and 5000 or 1 ounce and 2 ounces. Doing budgets at work is a challenge every time. I don't seem to get better at it. I'd better go have a slice of bread and a glass of wine.

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STRIVER57 12/11/2011 4:57PM

    a scale is essential. for true fans of pain de compagnes, pain aux cÚreales, pain de soleil (noir) ... good luck.

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CLAIREINPARIS 12/11/2011 2:13PM

    Happy Advent dear Sara! I love bread so much, and pain de campagne is one I enjoy (my favorite lately is the chestnut flour bread made by my local butcher, yum!). But if I don't weigh it, I always get the weight wrong (and of course think I had less than I had!!!). But it isn't very practical. :)
I love the Christmassy feel of your page, thank you!!!

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The Cats Team!

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Does that title strike anyone as funny?
For one thing, the idea of CATS on a TEAM?
When a common way to describe an impossible organizational task involving people is to say that it's like "herding cats?"

Well, no matter...I have joined the Winter 5% challenge and I am on the Cats Team since I do like cats.

Probably one reason I like cats is that I identify with them.
They spend most of their time lazing on the couch and they really like their food and are willing to get up early to nuzzle their owners into getting it.
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BUT this is not necessarily the best example for folks wanting to lose weight...

In fact, Windows Photo Editor allows me to just "resize and save" when it comes to photos.
Could we have a "resize and save" button, dear Sparkpeople, please?

Well, enough silly blather, on to the reason for this blog...
I've had another yucky week but something must have gone right since despite 4 days of fairly pitiful non-exercise, I ended the week without a gain.

I didn't realize that when I joined the Winter 5% challenge, I was committing myself to TRACKING MY FOOD.

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Not to mention MY DRINK! emoticon

And this during the very stressful month of December.

However, today I realized there is a silver lining! emoticon

I HATE tracking my food so much, that I will probably avoid food so that I do not have to track it! This has already worked to deter me from several little bites of cheese. I did indulge in one dried apricot. Who on earth wants to measure dried apricots? emoticon

Weigh-in day is Saturday. Therefore I am going to blog every Saturday, come fat or thin, and try to find some humor in this whole process! Stay tuned.

Also, for those who love Thanksgiving treats - I never shared a photo of my plate, so here it is...

I was happy that I only had 2/3 of a plate of seconds...and it's lovely that there are some frozen turkey leftovers for the weeks to come, plus some cranberry/orange relish that I made up using some treats are yet to come. I always think of a certain Spark friend when I eat a certain kind of sandwich...and wish I could share with her!

emoticon to all of you and thanks for bearing with me through thick and slightly thinner...

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TEENY_BIKINI 12/6/2011 11:02PM

    Great idea!

Work it!!


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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 12/6/2011 6:42PM

    Congrats on maintaining during the Holiday feasting and less exercise. Great win! I love seeing what others are eating but never get around to taking the pictures or posting them.

I also wondered about a team of cats, but hey who knows, maybe some of the wacky ways cats think will rub off on us and we'll get some new ideas/motivation. After all my kitty (who is built like the cat in the last picture but an orange tabby like Garfield) was playing with one of her toy mice last night. She got some great height when flinging that toy and actually moved to get it. LOL

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CANDOK1260 12/5/2011 1:18PM

    I actually took a picture of my thanksgiving dinner because of you but as never upload it to spark

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KAKIPOPUP 12/4/2011 6:19AM

    Go for it! You can do it!

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NYKIMMIE 12/3/2011 7:02PM

    cute kitties! love to 'resize and save' a few things emoticon

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CLAIREINPARIS 12/3/2011 5:31PM

    Thank you for making me laugh... oh la la, that cat looks big!!!
Your Thanksgiving plate looked absolutely wonderful... yum!
Good for you for starting this challenge in December. I can't wait to read every Saturday how it goes... Go Sara!!!

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FUNKY5RED 12/3/2011 5:27PM

    Can I be resized and saved, too? The Cats team is great and gets along a whole lot better than real cats.

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CHIPPEE 12/3/2011 1:48PM

    Hey, Kiddo,
Got a kick out of this. Top photo looks like our Tess. Yeah, I definitely identify. Rest, eat, eat, rest, yep, I can definitely identify. emoticon
Thanks for blogging, and congrats on maintaining during a difficult week.

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    Nice job blogging again, and congrats on not gaining any weight.
I'm sure you're forgiven for not realizing what you needed to do in that group.
Great pic and great job on portion control. Love the color and variety.

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CELLISTA1 12/3/2011 12:40PM

    Please "resize and save" me!!!!

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Worst week in a long time...

Saturday, November 19, 2011

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Well, this is what I get for putting off blogging until things get better...
Things got worse...

So here is the blog, and finally I entered my weight for the first time since I hit 135 on May 24 of this year.

OK, not disastrous - it has been as high as 141 but not for long, and it has often been 138.

But it is not the weight that made this a bad week.
It was the stress, and the fact that the accumulated stress and tiredness finally did me in and completely sapped my motivation and energy.
The work load has been fairly continuous, and though not backbreaking in itself, frustrating in that the day is full of small tasks that never seem to be finished and phone calls that pop up (just when I could have headed out for a walk or run) and have to be dealt with.

OK, just life, these days with a fundraising project that won't be done for another year, plus the regular work load.

In a way I am adjusting, I am no longer resentful, I am accepting that this is how it's gonna be, and I just have to DO IT. That helps. At least I'm not fighting my own attitude.

And I am happy that the weight has not gone higher, and that before this week, I had managed to walk or run 3 miles+ for 4-5 days of the week, and even had begun to establish a sort of ST routine.

But this week - kaflooey.
The steps show it:
Last week: 3 days of steps between 5000-5500.
2 days between 9600-9900
2 days, 13700 and 16800.

This week: Only one day above 10,000 - today, @ 13,000
4 days 4000-5200
2 days 2738, 3571.
And only today did I manage a 27-minute 1.5 mile walk.

OK, there it is in black and white.
This week, it's going to change.
My doctor is very pleased with me and says I should just stay at this weight -- but I would like to center around 135, rather than 138.

And I want to learn to manage the exercise/calorie thing better, so that I don't max out and then poop out, if you know what I mean -- and I know you DO, sweet sparkies!

I have been reading everyone's journeys and it seems we are all going through some variation on this story, and we're all keeping going, as the tough tend to do. Moi aussi.

I apologize if you see the same two pounds shaking hands on my feed...but I've got to start recording it again, or I think I will never get hold of it.

emoticon to all and thanks for your comments and for hanging in there and not forgetting me. I still want an emoticon that says


High fives all round! It's a new week!

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MERRIKATE 12/4/2011 3:06PM

    Well well, sez I -- yup, a similar kerflooey had me by the throat at the time you blogged this, Sara Girl, and although it eases a bit now and then, it also cycles back and bites me anew, even now, a fortnight later. Am sleeping a lot, and was till recently overeating for comfort whilst not exercising. Just a downbeat of the rhythm of life, and it WILL pass. Must blame part of it on my reaction to the annual flu shot -- it augments the November blahs a bit. My waist measurement shows the consequences, as if my jeans didn't already tell the tale!

SO appreciate your reminder that acceptance of a bad patch is more than half the battle to cope therewith! Okay, I will no longer permit my longer term goal to get lost in the self-indulgence of the moment! My trainer always said to do even 3 - 5 minutes of activity on a sick day, just to uphold the habit. That practice resumes today! My spirit will feel the lift, and my body will begin to respond as I wish it to do.

Blessings to you for this blunt blog -- just the companionable nudge I need, and the cheer is great too:


High fives all round! It's a new week! "

Right on!!

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CALLIKIA 11/22/2011 6:31AM

    Stress. It's a killer, ain't it?! Keep chugging, girl!

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CLAUDECF 11/22/2011 5:35AM

    I understand so well! I have gained weight and although it is not catastrophic, I am feeling bad about it. But I am with you! Here IS to a new week and I am sure we can do it. emoticon
I can stick to exercise six out of seven days, or thereabouts, but food! Oh my! emoticon

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High fives all round! It's a new week! yep I agree here to a new week and a new life and welcome to the winter challenge

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SWEETTOOTH10 11/20/2011 6:30AM

    I DO understand!And struggle with the whole exercise /calorie, Eating the right things in the right amounts to fuel my daily activities AND exercise. I also understand the pull of wanting to lose those last few PESKY pounds. Keep on trying , And YOU WILL find a way to fit in more Steps with your busy schedule. Hears' to a new week! emoticon WE CAN DO IT! Even with the holidays right around the corner!

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ELSCO55 11/19/2011 10:55PM

    emoticon We all have bad weeks and stress can cause us to lose sleep and gain week. Here's to a better week.

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Our Choir CD is here!

Friday, November 18, 2011

OK, Sparkies, I know I promised a REAL blog (way overdue) about health/exercise/weight progress and's been SO BUSY!

Producing a CD and running a fundraising campaign for 30+ people to go to Rome is time-consuming and stressful. We are making a pilgrimage right after Christmas 2012 and raising money so that all members can go.

BUT the CD is DONE! And we will be selling it all day tomorrow at Our Lady of Victory's annual bazaar. If any of you would like to buy one, they are $20 and a very good value. 19 songs, half Christmas, half Holy Week/Easter. They make lovely Christmas gifts. I will be happy to mail to you if you can cover my shipping expense. Will have to let you know how much that will be, I will estimate it next week at the post office. Send me your snail mail address by Sparkmail if you are interested!

Here is the cover:

And here is the inside track listing:

We are NOT a professional choir, although our soprano soloist is a professional. We have grown a lot in size and skill since 1998 when I began directing this choir. Back then, we had 10 women and one man in choir. We're still light on tenors...but then, that's almost a standard problem these days.

It's not a PERFECT CD emoticon
but it is expressive and we have a lovely choral sound. emoticon
At least, I think we do! emoticon

And I am really thankful that this part of the fundraising is under way.
Now I may have time to blog about my Spark journey...

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Have a happy Friday and a great weekend! emoticon emoticon

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    Yay, a blog! :)

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KAKIPOPUP 11/19/2011 5:47AM

    WooHoo -

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CJWORDPLAY 11/18/2011 11:19PM

    This is super news! So good hearing about your upcoming pilgrimage to Rome.
Look for my info in your mail. Blessings to you and all your wonderful singers.


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SARAWALKS 11/18/2011 8:56AM

    Oops, forgot to mention, I took the photos, they are of the Mary statue in our church and the stained glass. My assistant Anne did the cover design.

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