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Charting my Progress

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

emoticon emoticon emoticon Today the idea came to my mind to combine several things I like to do: namely; make lists/charts, weigh myself daily and make progress to reach my goals!

I took a piece of graph paper and made annotations of various weights along the left side of the paper, giving myself a 5-pound spread. On the top I indicated the date, from 1 to 14, for the first two weeks of the month. I know I have a habit of yo-yoing, so this way I will be able to see exactly how it's going, visually. I'm also tracking my food and keeping track of the miles I walk.

By the time I have charted the entire month I should know where my mistakes are -- as well as what I'm doing right. Then I can begin to slowly rule out the mistakes. Mistakes are OK if you learn from them, right? This way I'll have it all down in black and white.

My daughter tells me I "have waaaaay too much time on my hands" when I come up with schemes like this.

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KAYWEB555 8/15/2011 10:18AM

    Okay, that is why I use the journal here on Spark, then they do the charting for me and I have learned many things over the months that I have been working on dropping weight ! I'm sure you will see trends! Let us all know what you come up with . I learned that I just can't eat out with out screwing up because I'm not fixing the meal. I don't go wild, but I would add on a roll which I would never do at home.
Good Luck from Kay & The Pups emoticon emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 8/4/2011 11:31AM

    Sounds like a plan! Hope this answers your questions for you! I will be interested how this works out!!! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/4/2011 8:30AM

    I like charts too I did that when I first started and tried to go back to it but it didn't stick maybe I need to get it out again and take away and add new things then maybe I will stick to it - if you can take a picture of it so we can see what you did
Good Luck on the charting hope it works for you

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How Did YOUR Month Go?

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Well, Spark People, for all the gardening I did in July, all the miles that I walked, and all the healthy food that I logged . . . . . my starting weight was 145.8 and my ending weight was 145.2, so I guess if I had been on the "Biggest Loser" I would have been eliminated right away.

Fortunately for me, I wasn't on a TV show, nothing drastic will happen to me due to losing a measly 0.6 pounds, and even if I had gained weight, the world wouldn't come to an end. And during the month I was up and down, doing my usual yo-yo. My highest weight during the month of July was 147.4 and my lowest was 143.8 -- usually the peaks were when we had occasion to eat out and my sodium intake would skyrocket. And the low times were when I was tracking and cooking all my own food. Not fair really, I should be able to enjoy a meal out without always gaining a pound, but it doesn't seem that way. Perhaps my body is overly sensitive to salt and fat -- at least it appears that way. I do know that my body reacts very strongly to 'fast food.' I ate a Whopper Jr. the other day (extra veggies - no mayo). It tasted OK as I was eating it, but 15 minutes later my stomach had thrown it back out the way it went in -- the hard way! No Whopper Jr's since then. lol

So do I live my life with never eating in restaurants? Or what do you suggest? Maybe I have to console myself that I will always yo-yo a bit?

By the way, the above photo was taken on July 14th -- the corn is now 12 feet high.

Hugs to all from someone who is slimmer (but not by much) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/2/2011 5:01PM

    Your garden is beautiful and so are you even if you didn't lose that much just keep trying is what someone told me for that means your still on the right track

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CATLADY52 8/1/2011 5:49PM

    Your garden is lovely and neat. Don't worry about losing or not. Just keep on drinking your water and you'll be fine.

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POETANDMORE 8/1/2011 5:07PM

    You do better than I do, and I have received alot of help from you! I went out to eat at McDonalds and still lost. I have to cut back on my intake, during the week for a day, until I go out. I think you'll find what works as you experiment! By the way, yes a beautiful garden!

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OLDERDANDRT 7/31/2011 2:05PM

    You garden is beautiful!!! All your hard work shows! And about the weight you have trouble drinking your water? I am sure that's a BIG part of My problem! I really just have big trouble getting the water down. I'm going to try harder, though, b/c I know it will help. You seem to be staying in a good range, so here's my thought (for what it's worth).....if you know you are going out to eat, try drinking a couple extra glasses of water before you go and of course, have water with your meal. Maybe it will help begin the flushing of the salt and fat and then when you drink more water later.......well. Maybe it will help? Couldn't hurt! emoticon

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Oh Boy! or.... YIKES! Company Coming!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Friends called me yesterday and said they'd like to come and visit today -- would it be OK? I told them it would be wonderful -- we'd all go out to lunch and then have a nice long visit. They were scheduled to arrive anywhere between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

So of course the morning was a frenzy of putting things away, straightening up, vacuuming, and just making the house look spiffy! When you have a "home away from home" it's never quite in company shape, and it doesn't happen too often either because we are 75 miles from our friends in Phoenix and even from the people who were coming now it is 52 miles.

It reminded me of my past years in Sedona. I had a home that was about 5000 sq.ft. and to motivate me, I would invite someone over for dinner. Then I'd clean the whole house, cook a magnificent dinner with dessert (before SP) and be exhausted that night. Actually my DH pitched in to help me, so it wasn't so bad. I made the bed, complete with the bedspread, and did the vacuuming, he put things away and cleaned the bathrooms. What a team!

So tonight I have a clean house and I'm happy because we all had a nice long visit. So now it is our turn to drive over to the Prescott area to see them!

emoticon May we all cherish our good friends!

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KAYWEB555 8/4/2011 10:31AM

    You didn't hear that Dr.Oz is telling everyone not to make their beds any longer. They need to remain opened without the blankets or top sheet over them to air so that the dust mites can't grow in the moisture from your body heat all night. You must keep this in mind now because everyone will be looking to see if you are keeping the dust mite population growing or not. Teehee.
I like the idea !
Kay & The Pups emoticon emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 7/29/2011 11:04AM

    Good for you!!! My house always gets it best cleanings when I know someone is coming over!! hehe What a way to get our butts in gear, huh? emoticon emoticon Glad y'all had a nice time! emoticon

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Back to the Cooler Weather!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

OK, I'll admit the photo is not of my place in the mountains of Arizona -- but it puts me in the mood of cooler weather, and that's all I'm trying to get across to you. The difference between Phoenix and our summer home is like night and day!

Our appointments and errands were over by around 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday and we could have packed up and left -- but we were both kind of tired. And after all, we ARE retired! So I told DH to relax and do whatever he wanted, we'd BBQ a couple of burgers (no buns) and in the morning whatever time we woke up and got ready to leave would be fine. And that's what we did.

I got up at 7:30 figuring it would be a couple of hours before I'd see DH get up -- but he really did surprise me and around 8:15 he was already up and telling me we could leave anytime. So I sorted through our freezer to see what to bring along -- and we were on our way by 9:30 which I think is the earliest we've ever gotten away. And at 12:30 up here we checked the thermometer and saw a pleasant 83 degrees. Way to go!

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OLDERDANDRT 7/28/2011 10:14AM

    Aahh!! Sweet relief! (from the heat!~) Sounds absolutely lovely! Enjoy! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 7/28/2011 7:34AM

    Enjoy your cool place and love the picture

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STILLFLYIN 7/28/2011 4:22AM

    Cool thoughts - Thanks!

We started having 100 degree days in April this year and it has been miserable and dry. It's not supposed to be this hot and dry here.

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LIS193 7/28/2011 12:21AM

    Phoenix is not the place to be this time of year...
Enjoy the cooler weather in the mountains :)

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MERRYWON 7/27/2011 11:43PM

    I love your pictures! Fall is my favorite time of the year. I just wish it would last longer!

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I'm on a High! WooHoo!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

emoticon emoticon Ya! I feel like I could do some serious butt-kickin' or even do a wheelie on a bike (not that I've ever done either one, lol) but I FEEL GREAT!

1. My weight was really down yesterday morning!

2. I got quite a bit of exercise

3. I got my house rented after MONTHS of trying!

Those of you who know me know I'm always telling you to "look for the silver lining" -- and yesterday was a whole day of silver linings! Life is good!

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LIS193 7/27/2011 11:19AM

    What a great day!! Congrats on all points.

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PSMITH3841 7/27/2011 10:36AM

    emoticon emoticon Wishing you another "Silver Lining Day" today!!! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 7/27/2011 7:31AM

    emoticonGlad you had a great day there will be more to come

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MARPET44 7/26/2011 4:30PM

    emoticon Loving those silver linings!

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STILLFLYIN 7/26/2011 1:33PM

Too cool!

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THEWINNER33 7/26/2011 1:20PM

    Keep up the good work. Life is great. My prayers are being answered also. WOOHOO

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OLDERDANDRT 7/26/2011 12:54PM

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JLPARKHURST 7/26/2011 12:29PM

    Thats wonderful. Keep up the great work! I will be soon following right behind you!

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