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Conquered Kennesaw Mountain!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hello Atlantan Sparkies!

This morning was glorious for hiking! I did my fastest time ever on Kennesaw Mountain and I was beaming! I felt like a 30 something instead of a 40 something. My MF was really whining! I'm only 10 lbs down but I handled the hill better than last year when I getting ready to run the Peachtree.

I am visualizing how much better I'll be at my next 5 lb. goal. when I am at my final goal, that cardio bomb will be a walk in the park!


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SHAWNEDA 8/31/2011 12:25AM


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DEB1204 8/27/2011 5:14PM

    Great job Rebecca!

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Burger night? pshaw!

Friday, August 26, 2011

My MF (Manfriend) and I love to reward ourselves with food. This is likely the root of our weight problems! We are known for posting the incredible food we eat all over the city and also the delicious and healthy meals we make at home! It really is the going out part that is so hard.

The favorite item: A burger and fries. "Hey, let's work out and eat really well so we can earn that extra splurge." Great if you're fit, not great if you have 35 lbs to lose. We know that there is such a thing as moderation, and that's the ideal to strive for. Live a fit and healthy life the majority of the time, so that the occasional fried heart attack meal wont be any big deal.

But, not tonight!

We both saw weight loss and positive changes this week. I didn't want to spoil my hard work to get off the 3 week plateau I've been on, so I went to the Whole Food Market and bought some beautiful Eco Black Sea Bass for the grill, some nice greens and asparagus and a bottle of Pinot Noir! This incredible meal will be so gourmet and satisfactory that the burger just wont mean a thing anymore.

The less I eat nasty fried unhealthy food, the less I want it, and the more I crave the grilled piece of lean meat or fish, fresh crunchy vegetables and naturally sweet foods instead of sugary ones...the ones that make my body happy.

Next week, we will get our burger and fries at Atlanta's famous Vortex Restaurant, Eric's fav. in the whole city. We'll earn it, but I bet it wont be any where even close to how fabulous tonights will be at home!

I don't even know if I want a burger anymore!

Have a nice weekend,

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TENNIS_GIRL 8/30/2011 1:57PM

    My secret to a true lean burger...ground turkey mixed in with the lean ground beef. When you mix it up, add a little cocoa (I know, sounds weird, but it works) - you can't even see the difference. Then add your usual items to make your burgers and voila -- super lean yummy burger with half the fat.

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SHAWNEDA 8/26/2011 11:40PM

    Sneak a wheat round with you into the restaurant and switch it for your burger bun. You'll feel like you're cheating on your old bad habits (a great feeling). Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing your progress. Keep sparking!

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SEAGIRLRUN 8/26/2011 6:12PM

    Thanks! Hey Z, you wanna do a burger makeover recipe challenge?
We love the extra lean ground beef too. Plus, I do like to add fun things like a tbl of gorgonzola or sargento reduced fat swiss. We do oven fries that have been tossed or sprayed with olive oil and cajun seasoning. I always put a spear of broccoli on my plate and eat that first!! ;) ;)


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MOVIEFREAKZU 8/26/2011 5:07PM

    Great job!

I love a burger now and then too. Here's the thing: you can still have it ... just use really lean ground beef and go with a "skinny" bun (that's the biggest culprit, really) plus watch what you put on it (opt for veggie stuff rather than bacon, cheese, and sauces). Another option is turkey or veggie burgers! And it's all great protein (which is something I am always trying to get more of).

Fish is fabulous alternative, though, isn't it? And you can make so many neat dishes with fish. I started to feel that same way as you mentioned -- not even wanting fried or fatty food much anymore. I still crave my salty snacks (I go for non-fat pretzels nowadays rather than fat-filled potato chips or popcorn -- except at the movies, of course!) and just have to have some good cheese and salami sometimes!

Keep it up!

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GONEWLIFE 8/26/2011 3:47PM

    Good for you... smart choices

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Got The Spark and Soaked it!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Gosh darn, just got The Spark in the mail and I'm on chapter 4 WHEN....

Today, I took it in my bag with a swim suit and my water bottle. When I pulled out the bottle it was only half full, and now I have a soggy wet The Spark, with stuck together pages like glue and cover that is disintegrating. sniff sniff.

You should see me sitting here trying to fan the pages trying to get them dry so they wont have little stuck together corners, and remind me of some teenage boy's obsession magazine or American Pie while I'm trying to be all Sparky!

Hope you are having a good day,

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SHAWNEDA 8/26/2011 11:34PM

    I hate that feeling. Aw...if I hadn't read mine on my ereader I'd totally loan it to you. Hope it dried out and you finished it. Great book. Keep sparking!

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Forget you, Plateau, I'm in Charge!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Only .4 lbs this week. SO WHAT? That's 2, count 'em, TWO sticks of butter, right?


Celebrate EVERY success, baby! Because you are working hard and feel so great already in so many ways!

I am trying to focus on the slow and steady mentality. Slow and steady wins the race. Why? So I don't get depressed! Because I am apparently at a plateau and the scale isn't budging. So, I am focusing on how I feel and that I am really eating what I'm saying I'm eating, I'm checking the nutrition report to make sure I'm getting enough of everything, and I'm working out every day!

I know for me that if I get discouraged that can lead to falling off track, so I am really working on the Spark mentality this time, that I am moving in the right direction, one step at a time, albeit slowly, because it's for life, and I'm gonna get there no matter how many stinkin' plateau(x?)s my body decides stop on for a breather! I will charge on and make a lasting difference in my life and in others! I am enough!

Did anyone read the Slowest Loser blog post yesterday? AWESOME! He met his goal with 1/2 lb per week losses!
Slow and steady keepin' it real!


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SEAGIRLRUN 8/27/2011 12:25PM

    Thanks Shawneda, You sure are right about that. I can't believe how differently I feel now since the Spark. :0 Can't wait to meet you and others when we have a meet up.

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SHAWNEDA 8/26/2011 11:21PM

    You're doing great. Reading the spark helped me focus and keep moving it looks like it's doing the same for you. Don't forget to check your measurements! Those are very health indicative and loss indicative too. You could be losing fat and gaining that all important and beautiful muscle that makes the weight maintenance soooo much more efficient. Keep sparking!

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DEB1204 8/25/2011 1:27AM

    It is the right direction..

I head home tomorrow. I haven't got much exercise away. I was going to walk home tonight, but there have been bears hanging around town and it just isn't wise to be out walking around alone. The natural resources guy was out with bear bangers trying to scare them away.

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SEAGIRLRUN 8/24/2011 3:25PM

    You can bet I will! Thanks yo!

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GOINGBACKTO180 8/24/2011 2:56PM

    Way to go! I rapidly lost 60+ pounds in 2000-2001 and behold - it came back HAHA. I really think slow and steady is the way to go. It allows your body time to adjust, especially your skin. Then, you'll have one of those unexpected weeks where you drop 2lbs and it always seems to be when you need a little motivation. Keep doing what you're doing and you'll succeed!

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DO4FIT 8/24/2011 1:17PM

    you go girl!!! Shout and holla every time that scale goes down no matter how "small" it's a giant step in the right direction!


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Feeling Sparky! THANK YOU ALL!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Wow, what a month. I've really focused on getting to know this website and all it has to offer. It can be overwhelming at first, taking so much time to do everything. Last Summer, I kinda put it on hold because of the time I was taking here. Then again in Feb.

But, this time, something has changed. I started interacting with you all much more, and realizing that I really do have support here and I'm not alone!

My favorite thing now is reading the blog roll and seeing your posts.
You are all wonderful and have said just the right things at the time I needed to hear them the most...the things that you were also worried about, but had the courage to put it out there so you wouldn't be alone either!


With that, I will spend my day knowing that I will post and maybe help others and you will post and help others too...but in posting our thoughts and by sharing our support, we really help ourselves. What a gift!

Sparkpeople rocks!
I am so happy and grateful,


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