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Are you a Yo-Yo? It's Not Always a Bad Thing!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

emoticon or emoticon Do you lose weight steadily for 3 or 4 days, maybe even longer and then suddenly the scale goes up .2 and the next day .6 and then maybe the next day you lose a pound? Truly you are a yo-yo.

Ever since I decided to start living a healthy lifestyle I have been a yo-yo. But being I'm one of those people who keep records, writing things down, making graphs, etc. I started looking over some of the things I've written and collected over the past 3 years or so and I discovered that being a yo-yo does not mean that I'm a failure.

My heaviest weight was 162, and while that may not sound like much to some of you, all my life has been spent with weights ranging from 105 to 119 -- so yes, 162 was a big thing to me. So I was thrilled when I discovered Spark People, and thought that at last here was a place where I could again get down to the 120 pound person that lived inside me. It was discouraging because I lost slowly, but I kept on. Looking back on it I saw by my monthly weigh in on a chart I maintained the first year I ranged somewhere between 162 to 157. The next year was more like 157 to 150 and the third year saw me in the 150 to 141 range.

So it's not always a bad thing. And a 1 or 2 pound weight gain can come from a number of reasons. Too much sodium will do it. Not enough water will do it. Overeating will do it. Lack of exercise will do it.

Basically to consistently lose weight you have to monitor your food intake and be consistent in the amount of exercise you get. So when you slip up on either of those categories, you can expect to see the scale register that something wasn't right.

But I was reading today that the people who eat a rigid diet and never vary from their allotted amount of calories may not be able to continue on like that forever. It's good to "slip up" once in awhile, in moderation, of course. So if you haven't had a dish of ice cream in two or three months, I'd say you are due for one. But don't let it demolish your food plan, kind of plan it into your food intake.

And don't get so shook up over the scale going up and down. It's pretty normal -- look at the long range, are you doing the yo-yo with lower numbers? If so you are still winning! Of course if you are yo-yo-ing in "higher" numbers, better check out what you're eating.

  
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PSMITH3841 4/23/2012 10:55AM

    Yep, I'm definitely a Yo-Yo....sometimes, so much of one, I get dizzy! But I am dropping the weight. Maybe not as quickly as I would like, but losing none the less....that's a good thing. emoticon

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ROEANDGO 4/23/2012 10:11AM

    Love this! I agree that restricting yourself too much will have the opposite affect. Thanks for the reminder!

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JACK714 4/23/2012 9:57AM

    I think that's just how the body works. I'm with you. That's our story and we are sticking with it.

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CATLADY52 4/22/2012 4:47PM

    I'd rather be a Yo-yo than a big, soft cream puff any day. emoticon
At least I'm a Yo-yo with a three pound range. emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 4/22/2012 7:57AM

    Yes! It's the overall trend that counts.
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VITCHY-VICKI 4/22/2012 7:53AM

    Yes that is me a YO YO so guess that is ok as long as I don't go back to the 200 I am fine with it so I will keep trying
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Thoughts for Today!

Monday, April 16, 2012



Iíve had a healthy lunch,
Iíve even had a walk.
Calories, protein, fat and carbs,
Just enough of each one you see
To make me smile with glee!

My dogís losing weight,
And I am too
The beloved number on the scale
Certainly has an effect on me!
With the smile on my face, who would disagree?

My blood pressure has hit a new low
My list of healthy recipes is continuing to grow
One of these days if this keeps up
Iíll get the coveted ďMotivator of the DayĒ
And it wonít be because of good luck!

You see Iím one of the many folks
Not the uninformed, unknowning bloch
Iím with the in-crowd now
Itís healthy all the way!
Come and join me, itís all I have to say!

  
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CATLADY52 4/18/2012 9:17AM

    You're One Cool Mama. emoticon

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PSMITH3841 4/17/2012 9:21AM

    emoticon Loved IT!!!!!

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VITCHY-VICKI 4/16/2012 3:08PM

    emoticonnice smile and great poem
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OLDERDANDRT 4/16/2012 1:32PM

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ARTJAC 4/16/2012 1:23AM

    NICE POEM

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Who Is GOD? (from the perspective of an 8-year old)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

I received this as one of the many forwards that I receive on a daily basis, and it made me smile, so maybe you will too!

WHO IS GOD?

God sits in heaven and listens to our prayers all day. It keeps him busy because there are some people who pray other times than when they go to bed, like preachers and stuff. It must get really noisy for Him, unless He has figured out a way to turn it all off.

When you believe in God you are a Christian. If you don't believe in God you are an atheist. I don't believe we have any atheists in Cornville (where I live) at least not in the church that I go to.

He also makes people. He makes them in the form of babies because they are much smaller and easier to make than adults. Then he turns them over to Moms and Dads to get their training, that way he doesn't have to do it.

He used to have a son, named Jesus, who came to earth and spent all his time talking to people, trying to make them believe in God. He worked hard at this -- all the time. And because of that it was annoying to some people, so they crucified him and three days later he went to heaven to live with his father. He helps God listen to all the prayers, and he can handle some of the stuff that doesn't require God's attention. He sits at the right hand of his father. Kind of like they each have favorite chairs, like my Dad.

When you pray you should never pray for something that your Mom and Dad have already said you can't have. Because it might make God angry to see you are doing that, and if there is anybody you don't want to make mad, it's God.

I love God because he is always with you, even when you are out camping and it seems like you are all alone. You know you are never really alone, because he is there, even if you can't see Him. That is why it is good to believe in God instead of being an atheist -- because then you would really be all alone.

  
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VITCHY-VICKI 4/16/2012 3:07PM

    That is good what comes out of kids mouths are better then what comes out of a adults sometimes - makes you really think
God's Blessings
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ARTJAC 4/16/2012 1:26AM

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ALICIA214 4/16/2012 1:00AM

 
I love reading about children and their interpretation of whatever subject grabs their attention.I have received a few that really were hilarious, I wish I could remember what I did with them.Thank you for sharing.

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PEPPYPATTI 4/14/2012 10:54PM

    Thank you for sharing this! Beautiful!
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YOYONOMORE1 4/14/2012 7:23PM

    This is why Jesus loves the little children so much. Great blog and thanks for sharing.

Hugs,
Shirl

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LUCINDARW 4/14/2012 12:57PM

    To see through the eyes of a child again is great. That's the way it is with my 5 yr old granddaughter. She says it like it is. Great blog thank you. Lucinda

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KCLARK89 4/14/2012 12:39PM

    I love the beautiful simplicity with which children explain concepts that adults can't. No wonder the Bible tells us to be as children :)

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AZMOMXTWO 4/14/2012 12:34PM

  love it thanks for sharing

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Happy Easter with Lots of Blessings!

Saturday, April 07, 2012


  
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SHOES17 4/10/2012 8:33PM

    Hope it was blessed!

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OLDERDANDRT 4/9/2012 1:55PM

    Thank you so much!!! Hope you have a wonderful and blessed Easter, too!!! You are such a lovely lady! emoticon emoticon

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PSMITH3841 4/9/2012 9:48AM

    Hope you had more blessings than you could count! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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4_MY_LIFE 4/8/2012 2:03PM

    Hope you have a wonderful Easter! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 4/8/2012 6:51AM

    emoticonHave a Blessed Easter emoticon



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ARTJAC 4/8/2012 1:16AM

    HAPPY EASTER LOVELY PHOTO

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CATLADY52 4/7/2012 5:33PM

    Happy Easter to you and your DH and Amber. emoticon

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YOYONOMORE1 4/7/2012 3:25PM

    A very Happy Easter to you and yours!

Hugs,
Shirl

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MEEZERMOM2 4/7/2012 2:52PM

    A Happy & blessed Easter to you & family too!

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LOSE4LIFE47 4/7/2012 2:47PM

    Happy Resurrection Sunday to you also!!!!

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Amber and the Squirrel - a fantasy story

Thursday, April 05, 2012



As I lay on the driveway leading up to the house, I saw this squirrel jump on the porch and then up to the eaves -- from there it made it's way to the window and carefully walked all the way around the window, looking for an opening so it could get inside my house!

There are all kinds of small animals and it's my job to guard the house! I don't know if Mom and Dad realize how hard it is to watch for all the things waiting to get into the house and in the yard. It's why I have to take so many naps every day, it's very tiring!


Well, I'm going to go chat with some of my "catty" friends now -- it's been nice talking to all of you.

Anber (Eve's dog)

  
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SHOES17 4/10/2012 8:41PM

    lol that is so funny .. I have that picture of the cat with the phone on my facebook page! emoticon

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LIS193 4/10/2012 10:23AM

    Cute story
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SHARJOPAUL 4/7/2012 10:01AM

    lol

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BRENDAGAIL9 4/7/2012 9:55AM

    Very cute story, thanks for sharing.

Happy Easter! emoticon

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GWTRIKER 4/6/2012 11:09PM

    That was cute. Thanks for the laugh.

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YOYONOMORE1 4/6/2012 8:26PM

    A pet's job is never done, cute story. I have to agree with you on the Obmacare, we could be in serious trouble as seniors, it's a sad state of affairs. Hope your Good Friday was good. My exercise partner couldn't make it today, so went by myself to the gym, tomorrow my friend, Margaret and I will be doing our morning walk again. I love walking outside. Have a Happy Easter.

Hugs,
Shirl

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CATLADY52 4/6/2012 7:42PM

    At least Amber isn't having squirrels drop nuts on her head. emoticon


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STILLFLYIN 4/6/2012 3:05PM

    The squirrels have certainly been active here! Cute story.

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OLDERDANDRT 4/6/2012 2:47PM

    How cute! Tell Amber that Bruno (beagle mix) has the same problem, but is more concerned with the mail man and the UPS guy, etc. He just kind of ignores the squirrels, but cats.......they are for chasin'!! Bruno is on a chain when out ( or on the leash if we're walking), so he is really no threat to any of them. Being a oldster (12), he's just pretty much laid back.

Keep ever vigilent, Amber!!! You go, girl!!!! emoticon

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PSMITH3841 4/6/2012 11:37AM

    Funny, ZOEY has the same fantasy, although she has a rabbit involved too.... emoticon Happy Easter Amber! Mom & Dad too! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 4/6/2012 8:25AM

    that was cute
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TRISTAROSE 4/6/2012 6:10AM

    Thanks for making me smile!

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ARTJAC 4/6/2012 12:53AM

    emoticonIS THE CAT YOURS

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