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Is the Yo-Yo Scale Normal?

Friday, August 06, 2010

emoticon emoticon emoticon Have you noticed that some days you climb on the scale and are elated -- other days you climb on and are shocked/ depressed by the number? Naturally there are times when you just know the scale is going is be lower; you ate right, you exercised, everything is cool. Other times you think it 'might' be a little lower and are suprised to see a whole pound (or even more) gone! Whew! How did I do that???

What you have to remember is that lots of things are being factored into what your scale is going to read. Your water intake is one thing. Another thing is how much sodium you consumed. Your choice of food is a very important item, and, lastly -- did you exercise? I know you've heard it all before, but when you get right down to the bottom line, all of these things are important considerations, and most of what you've heard is probably true. So all of these important facts are considered, and bingo = your personal scale reading for the day!

It's great when the scale is on a downward movement, but when it jumps up a few ounces, don't become discouraged. Many times it is impossible to track what did actually cause the slight jump up in weight, the same as it's impossible to know for sure why you lost weight when maybe you had a little slip-up. It's how life works! Try to hang onto that motivation, because over a week or so, or even a month, if you are generally yo-yoing in lower numbers, well, hey! that's the name of the game -- WE ALL WANT LOWER NUMBERS! If we have to yo-yo a bit on our way to them, it's just the way life works!

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/7/2010 7:24AM

    Been on a Yo Yo now for a while but like you said that is life.
I will find a plan that works and the yo yo will stop
Thanks for the blog
vicki

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TRISTAROSE 8/7/2010 7:14AM

    I am in the Yo-Yo mode and this time I told myself not to get discouraged, to just keep going and not give up like I usually do. Thanks for your words of encouragement as it helps to know that I am not the only one with this problem.

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183WANTS2B140 8/7/2010 7:11AM

    I know that if I weigh when I first get up in the morning the scales are going to say one thing and after my first cup of coffee they are going to say another. What I don't understand sometimes is why they show such a huge gain sometimes as much as three pounds. But I have got to get over weighing multiply times a day so thanks for posting.

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PSMITH3841 8/6/2010 9:11PM

    This blog is quite timely...this just happened to me this AM...I've been working so hard to get back on track....I set a Goal for 1 pound lost, should have been a piece of cake! Silly me, you know what they say about "best laid schemes", of course, I gained...Clothes are getting looser, I'm feeling better and we all know the scale sometimes lies....not going to worry, I'm gonna Keep on Keepin' On! emoticon

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Wrong Color? Make It Work!

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

emoticon emoticon emoticon Last night when I saw I had no plans or work planned for today, I decided to paint my guest bathroom. For some of you it might sound like a bunch of work, but for me such a prospect is cause for excitement -- decorating, even as mundane as painting a bathroom makes me feel exhilarated!

Now keep in mind that I had a color swatch with the color all chosen and all I had to do was go to the store and buy the gallon of paint. Very simple! But when I got there I decided to check out the other color options. Don't even ask why!! It's one of those unexplained mysteries of life. Actually the color I had chosen looks very bad in the light at Lowe's -- so I decided I needed something brighter, perhaps more colorful, less drab. The one I got was something with a lovely name, like Butternut Hazelnut or some such. And, as I was not at my own house last night I put the paint in my car, anticipated getting up early and having the entire job done by noon. That part went smoothly -- I got up at 6:30, eager to go. Breakfast was over and I was on my way.

However, when I opened the paint can I stared at it, aghast! The color was garish and much, much too orange looking. I had in mind more of abrownish- mustard color. Hmmmm! But the store has a 'no return' policy on custom paint and I was not about to just throw it out, so gritting my teeth, I started on the bathroom. I figured if I left the main wall with the mirror on it in the plain white it would counteract the boldness of the color. While applying it, it still looked very rash and I wondered what I might do to "fix" it. Perhaps I will try applying a faux finish on top of it, kind of tone the entire effect down.

Well, finally I was done. I cleaned up the roller and paint brush, rehung the towels and put the light switches back in place. There are still a couple of small plates to be hung that I keep in that room, and admittedly, it looks better now with the towels in place. I'll look at it again tomorrow after I get the shower curtain back up and everything in place. If it looks good, I'll take a photo and show all of you the result.

  
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FOOFYDEN 8/5/2010 3:46PM

    I tend to do things off the wall like pick those whoa what are you doing colors...funny how a couple of days of living with a color can change your perspective on it,,,,I'm sure in a room like the bathroom where there are so many other textures and stuff around it will calm down for you...even a white wall looks bright when the room is stripped...ok this all comes from the old lady that just put fire engine red peek-a-boo highlights in my hair,,,someone has to live on the nutty side,,,,

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PSMITH3841 8/5/2010 2:41PM

    Give the color a few days....it may take a day or two for the color to completely dry...but mostly that's to get you used to the change, especially if it's a dramatic color change....Are you artistic? Do you have a friend that is???? Paint a mural, or something of interest on the focal wall....frequently, you can change a minor blooper into an amazing space.... emoticon emoticon

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CAROLYNVIL 8/4/2010 9:43PM

    glad it all worked out.

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BLESSED2BEME 8/4/2010 9:18PM

    You are brave! I want to paint rooms in our house but our only experience with it so far was not the best. Someday...

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CYNCUDDY 8/4/2010 8:20PM

    Glad you went ahead and painted, you might be surprised how the color will grow on you. Did this with our half bath and a medium shade of light green. My whole family was aghast when I came home with that color but it is very bright and cheery. Will check back to see if you post photos!

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Not Everyone is Motivated!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

emoticon I suppose because I'm so excited about living a healthy lifestyle I just assume everyone wants that and strives for it! Unfortunately nothing could be further from the truth. There are those people out there, regardless of how overweight they are, or how they feel -- who simply DO NOT THINK IT IS WORTH THE EFFORT!

Does it sound logical to you? It doesn't to me.......perhaps because all my life I have strived to be the best I can be. When I was in my early 20's if I saw a pound or two creep up on me, I immediately ate a bit differently to take it off. Friends may tell me I'm obsessed with my weight and with the healthy lifestyle; and so perhaps that is true; but I would rather feel that way than to see myself eat myself into a butterball.

I have friends who declare "they want to lose weight." Then I see them going through the drive-thru at McDonalds or Jack in the Box. It's not the healthiest place to eat, far from it. So am I being overly critical of these people who declare "I want to be healthy" but then go right on eating all the wrong foods? Perhaps I am, perhaps because I have not walked in their footsteps I cannot feel as they feel. So I will admit, my place is not to judge -- but observing is another story!

  
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LIS193 8/4/2010 9:10AM

    Losing weight is hard and "wanting" it isn't enough. You need to want it bad and you need to make the effort, sacrifice your current lifestyle and be in it for the long haul.
We live in an "instant" world and a lot of people aren't prepared to put in the work to make it happen.
Don't let them de-rail you, you're doing great and you're doing it for YOU. The most you can hope for is that you're an inspiration to others, you can't do it for them :)

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CBEVNOW 8/1/2010 2:05PM

    I cannot stand fast food. I start thinking of all the junk they have in it,and i could never eat it. Arbys roast beef probley is not bad, but when i eat meat its only organic,i will only buy organic meat, just about every thing i eat is organic. I will admit that once in a while i do like Mcdonalds french fries, i dont know why but i do.Oh well we all fall sometimes dont we.LOL emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Caroline

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PSMITH3841 8/1/2010 1:32PM

    I'm with you on Fast Food...but I will admit to craving (and consuming) an Arby's Roast Beef Jr on occasion....but my car spits and sputters when I pull into that parking lot, I can't imagine what would happen at McDonald's or Burger King! Yikes!!!!! I also admit to backsliding, frequently, on the upward climb to a healthier, slimmer me....that old "sensible" switch shuts off in my brain, my eyes glaze over, and I get a major case of the "stupids"....I'm just getting over one, as a matter of fact....So, please observe...and be sure to kick my tail end when I need it! I DO think it's worth the effort, but sometimes I need some help! emoticon

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CATLADY52 7/31/2010 7:04PM

    I never could go the McDonalds , Burger King etc. route. I wanted either a Togo's or Quiznos sandwich, or go for some chicken from KFC and throw away all the skin. Not exactly healthy but I don't go out of my way to get them either.


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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 7/31/2010 6:37PM

    It' s interesting to observe what people say vs. what they do. Kudos to you for making the great choices you are making!

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VITCHY-VICKI 7/31/2010 5:47PM

    Well I am one of those people I do eat at McDonalds but for some reason can't understand why.
I know what is right and wrong but still am bad about that.
I do want to lose weight and have lost 30 but can't get my mind back on track to get the last 30 off but I do exercise a lot.
I think I am pretty healthy but over weight but like someone told me here at sparks as long as I keep trying I am on the right track
so I will keep trying and one day I will be at my goal
So I think it is worth the Effort and one day my mind will just stick to losing the weight I need to lose.
I would like to understand why I eat what I eat and if someone can help me with that please stop by my page and help me out there.
I am Motivated but some-days just can't stick to what my mind wants me to do.
I will one day be all I can be and hope you all help me.
Thanks for this blog makes me think what is important

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I Believe in Treats!

Monday, July 26, 2010

emoticon emoticon emoticon Yes! I really do believe in treats! And having said that, let me add that a "treat" is not necessarily a Snickers bar, but as delicious as those are, sometimes there are better, and more satisfying, treats that you can chose for yourself!

You step on the scale some morning and realize that you have lost 10, 20 or 30 pounds! YOU DESERVE A TREAT! Maybe for you guys it could be a new pair of tennis shoes, or a new shirt, or some hot-shot thingamajig for your computer; but regardless, it's something you want! I didn't say NEED here, I said WANT. And for you gals, how about a pedicure, new hair style, a pair of jeans or slacks? We all have our eye on something! Maybe you are just sooooo close to your goal that it's time for a really, really special treat! How about a cruise? Or a week-end all alone for the two of you. No kids, no pets, no worries. OK, you might come back a pound heavier, but I'll bet you will be raring to go!

If life is going to be full of restrictions and you never get to splurge or do anything fun, would it be worth it just so you could be slim? Yes, you probably would be quite healthy; but life is meant to be enjoyed. It's why most businesses are closed at least one day each week -- it's why employees have a day or two off from work. It's to keep people motivated, dependable, and healthy. There is more to your body than just numbers on a scale, there is also the brain where all this good stuff stems from. Give yourself a break every now and then. It's not like committing "diet suicide" I'm just talking about a little treat. Keep your spirits up and the pounds will take care of themselves.

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LUNADRAGON 7/31/2010 4:41PM

    Well said, I just got a bunch of treats in the last few days - new smaller size clothes: dresses, pants, tops!

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VITCHY-VICKI 7/28/2010 8:12AM

    emoticonidea I need a treat - oh wait I am getting a new kitchen now I guess I need to lose some weight and get ready for my next Treat.
Thanks for the blog Eve


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MYRTLEBEACHWINS 7/27/2010 5:24PM

    Add my vote anytime you do something good for your body, soul or mind. I have looked forward to splurging on a special healthy food treat each week at the grocery store. There are a few things that I would normally not purchase but now I add a 'special healthy new' item to my cart. It's been fun trying new things along the way. I learned that asparagus is great on the grill. Keep it up, we are all worth it!

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PSMITH3841 7/27/2010 10:07AM

    I like the way you think! " I BELIEVE!!!!" Hmmmm, now I need to think up my next treat! emoticon

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BLESSED2BEME 7/26/2010 10:25PM

    I agree! Can't wait for my next treat:)

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JANLEEW 7/26/2010 9:22PM

    I agree! Treats are marvelous, especially a pedicure. Keep moving, keep tracking1

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DEBRITA01 7/26/2010 9:21PM

    Loved your blog and your outlook. We all perform better when we receive some type of reward or positive reinforcement. And I concur, life is for living and that includes TREATS!

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Never turn your back on your scale

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

emoticon I was elated the other day when I stepped on the scale and saw the reading of 141.6! Starting out ages ago I was at a high of 162, so I had inched past my 20 pound loss and was on a roll. I stepped on the scale this morning and I was a little dismayed to see "145."

It didn't get there all by itself, folks. It's completely MY FAULT. I've been busy concentrating on helping my fiancee clean out various and sundry portions of his home, something he had failed to do when his wife passed away.Sometimes, tired and depressed we grabbed whatever was handy to eat -- and when have you EVER seen what was handy be the healthy choice??? emoticon

Then some of the more pleasant times was when I was taken to meet one of his sons for the first time......Mexican food, and while it is definitely a favorite of mine, for me it comes with a guarantee of a half to a one pound gain! I didn't order a margarita (probably LOTS of sugar in that) and had a light beer, but even so the scale jumped from 143.6 up to 145! So, all you Sparkers; while you are out there having fun, pay attention to what goes in your mouth, cause it will darn sure end up stuck somewhere on your body!!!

I guess the moral of the story is: "You are what you eat!"

  
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SWISSBAKER 7/24/2010 2:00PM

  Hi, Eve. Mexican dinner was awesome and I really loved meeting you. It was rotten of "georgey porgy", Insisting that we all go to that evil mexican restaurant..... emoticon....Call me & let's go do it again, real soon. Love John," Georgey porgey's" oldest son.

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SWISSBAKER 7/24/2010 2:00PM

  Hi, Eve. Mexican dinner was awesome and I really loved meeting you. It was rotten of "georgey porgy", Insisting that we all go to that evil mexican restaurant..... emoticon....Call me & let's go do it again, real soon. Love John," Georgey porgey's" oldest son.

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SWISSBAKER 7/24/2010 2:00PM

  Hi, Eve. Mexican dinner was awesome and I really loved meeting you. It was rotten of "georgey porgy", Insisting that we all go to that evil mexican restaurant..... emoticon....Call me & let's go do it again, real soon. Love John," Georgey porgey's" oldest son.

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 7/22/2010 11:14AM

    I like the analogy a SP friend had BLT's can be dangerous (Bites, Licks, Taste)... Yes everything counts...

You will get back to that 141 in no time! Thanks for sharing!

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LIS193 7/21/2010 5:10PM

    When we are busy, eating tends to be an afterthought... you're right, hat is handy is not always the best choice :(
On the bright side: you had some nice times with your fiance and his family, the damage is not that bad and you caught it in time to un-do most of it.
Make a plan, get some healthy snacks to have handy and keep smiling! Time with family and friends is precious.
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PSMITH3841 7/21/2010 1:56PM

    Boy, you're right...It will stab you in the numbers every time!!!!!...But, I'm not worried, you'll get that loss back! You have good work ethic, it's just that you sort of forget sometime..... emoticon

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CATLADY52 7/21/2010 1:40PM

    Even if you eat too much of the right things, you can read it on the scale. The key is moderation. Even if it does taste good! emoticon

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PARKERB2 7/21/2010 10:54AM

    I'm in the high 50's right now so I can't wait to get down in the 40's. I'm sure you will lose the small gain as well as more in the next week or so. Keep Sparking.

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