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SparkCoach Daily Community Task: What will you do with your old clothes?

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Write about what you will do with your old, too-big clothes. Will you keep them as a reminder of how far you've come with your weight loss? Or will you get rid of them for good?

I have a fat bag. I usually don't realize how big my clothes are till I'm out and about, So If I spend the day hoisting up my shirt or pants the first thing I do when I get home is take them off and throw them in the fat bag. After the fat bag gets full then I take it to goodwill. I shop at second hand stores, especially now that I'm on my journey I don't want to splurge on clothes that will be going into the fat bag in a matter of months.

When I go to the thrifts stores I wonder about my clothes journey and weather or not I'm buying someone else fat bag clothes. Circle of Clothing Life I guess. Funny the way it is.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 8/24/2013 8:13PM

    I offer them first to friends &family who might need/want them, anything they don't want, goes to good will. I have 1 or 2 pieces that stay for sentimental values.

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LINWASH23 8/24/2013 7:23PM

    I am donating to a family member. emoticon

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BETZYGIRL 8/24/2013 5:54PM

    I have two outfits picked out to keep until I reach goal weight so I can see how far I've come. I intend to give away the rest to our church clothing room this time around so I will be aware if I start gaining weight back. I, too, shop at the thrift store so I won't be wasting money on stuff that will hopefully only fit a short time. I told my sons I want 3 new outfits when I reach goal weight!

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BESCATS 8/24/2013 5:06PM

    I have cleaned out my closets, and have given all my good, used clothing to our local family center/thrift store. Some were worn very little, and some weren't worn at all.
I'm retired now, so don't need my good work clothing.

Perhaps it will give me more incentive to keep the weight off, so I can continue to fit into my smaller size.

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FORESTPAL 8/24/2013 4:29PM

    Most of my big clothes are mumu type dresses, and tho they are obviously too big, I still wear them. The pants are in my mend pile to be shortened & for new elastic etc in waist. I'll just toss them when I get to my desired size. The dresses all have stains on them from dropping food. (An age related problem, plus I mostly eat in my lounge chair watching "the chew" on TV.

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Feeling Good! / Daily Dave Matthews

Friday, August 23, 2013

Works about to get really crazy next week. Lots of new changes and challenges. But this week I feel alright. I'm excited about this weekend. I hope to make it count.

Today is good and bad but mostly optimistic; it's bad because a dear co-worker is leaving for greener pastures. I'm going to miss her. She is a bright spot at my work place. Kinda sad but it'll be alright.

And now your daily dave!

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GAYLLYNNE 8/25/2013 8:24AM

    Love these!!

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SWEETNEEY 8/24/2013 5:57AM

    Make the plan, work the plan - We can do it together.

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KELLIEBEAN 8/23/2013 4:38PM

    Life is full of ups and downs for sure! Great lyrics to keep in mind!

Have a superb weekend!

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BESCATS 8/23/2013 3:37PM

    Make the most out of the bad, and savor the good.

Don't just talk the talk ~ walk the walk. emoticon

Enjoy your weekend, to be ready for your busy week ahead. emoticon

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EWL978 8/23/2013 2:25PM

    Good and bad....easy and tough....

keep on keeping on.............

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SparkCoach: Daily Community Task : Nutrient Intake

Thursday, August 22, 2013

SparkCoach: Daily Community Task
Need ideas for getting more or less of a certain nutrient? Ask for help in the Message Boards! If you think you have a good handle on your nutrient intake, post a few of your own tips to help others.

I posted in a message board but I'm going to go ahead and post this in my blog as well. I am constantly under my spark people cal range. I'll have one splurge day though. I've noticed the sparkpeople calorie range is way different then the fitbit cal range, The lowest ranges are about a 300 cal different. I do notice that when I'm stricter and use the fitbit range over the spark range that I see more results. Does anyone else have this issue?

Refrence per SparkArticle
45% to 65% of calories eaten should come from carbohydrates.
20% to 35% of calories eaten should come from fat.
10% to 35% of calories eaten should come from protein*.

And Now here is your moment of Dave Matthews Zen

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BIGPAWSUP 8/23/2013 11:53AM

    Maybe I need to try the FitBit range!

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SWEETNEEY 8/23/2013 6:51AM

    I notice there was a difference between Fitbit and SP but I didn't analyze it. I decided to follow SP since that was what I started. Don't have any ideas about getting nutrients in - I just try to eat a variety of food and try recipes for foods I am not accustomed which is mainly the vegetables, beans and grains. I've found nice recipes for chickpeas, introduce myself to quinoa, barley and millet and also eggplant.

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FORESTPAL 8/22/2013 11:09PM

    I've on my diet so long that I require fewer calories to continue losing.

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Today's SparkCoach lesson 5 Ways to Build Consistency

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Today's SparkCoach lesson was 5 Ways to Build Consistency
1) Start with something that's pretty easy to manage and build up from there. Set a goal of one 10-minute exercise session per week.

I started with the 10 min exercise 5 times a week, now I do that 5 times a week at least AND I go to the gym 3 days a week. When I started going to the gym 3 days a week I was doing 30 min sessions now I'm up to 45 min.

2) Find an accountability buddy--someone who knows about your plan and is willing to give you a push when you feel like slacking off.

I find that my sparkfriends, My husband, My mom, co-workers, and friends are great when it comes to giving support. As long as they don't also wallowing and justifying my reasons to be inactive or over eat. I'd say 80% they are great accountability resources.

3) Join a SparkPeople Team or a Challenge. It's always harder to let someone else down than it is to let yourself off the hook.

I have joined quite a few spark teams and I find that this is a great support. I am more honest on SparkPeople and I also feel like people are always watching me. Which as frightening as it sounds is a great thing!

4) Employ an excuse buster. Find a friend, family member, or SparkPeople member whose judgment and opinion you respect. Each time you find yourself thinking about skipping an exercise session or blowing your meal plan, write down the reason for your choice. Share this reason with your excuse buster and get her honest opinion about whether the reason for your choice is reasonable or just an excuse.

This is new, I need to try this, Anyone want to be my excuse buster?

5) Always have a plan B. Because life is unpredictable and complicated, you need to have plan B ready--even before you actually need it. Plan B is an alternative way to stay consistent with your goals when your regular routine (or something else) doesn't work out as planned.

My Plan B is carrying my gym bag at all times, And to take a rest between workout days. I used to go to the gym and work out 5-6 days a week and I started to make myself sick. Even exercise is good in moderation. I still walk 30 min to an hour every day but I try to space out the gym as its way more intense.

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MDKM80 8/22/2013 12:26PM

    These are great ideas. I have never heard of an excuse buster myself. That's a good idea! I don't have anyone outside my sparks friends that will kick my butt to work out and eat right when I just want to slack. My husband is easy going and says he loves me for whom I am no matter my waist size. Thanks for the great blog!!

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BIGPAWSUP 8/22/2013 9:57AM

    I need an excuse buster too!

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KELLIEBEAN 8/22/2013 8:00AM

    Great plan.

I don't know where I'd be without my spark friends to keep me motivated and inspire me to move when I don't feel like it.

Great blog!

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SWEETNEEY 8/22/2013 5:42AM

    It's so great to see improvement. I remember when I was in my 20's and svelte I couldn't run a mile (I didn't know how to - would start to fast) now at 52 and overweight I can do 1 mile no problem (i know about pace now). I remember I had stopped going to the gym for years and I decided to restart. I was full of trepidation. Now going to the gym is like driving a car. More recently - in May I began to practise swimming and breathing under water, I must have stopped every 10 strokes, now I can swim almost 500 metres. I just committed to going out at least 1 a week.

Thanks for sharing and follow your plan to success.

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SONYALATRECE 8/22/2013 12:10AM

    Excellent visually appealing blog! Thanks!

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BESCATS 8/21/2013 7:21PM

    Good blog. You sure "hit the nail on the head". I don't have a big network, except my Spark friends, to keep pushing me along. As a matter of fact, I have not been doing well calorie wise since vacation, but SP friends keep encouraging me, and it really makes me think ~ I have taken the weight off, why do I want to put it back on ? emoticon emoticon

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SparkCoach Blog Challenge: Updateing your trackers

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Update your weight and fitness program on your Tracker. Did your SparkPeople calorie range change as a result? If so, blog about what changes were made and how you'll adapt to them. Will you be eating more? Eating less?

If your Tracker is already up to date and you have no changes to make, experiment with eating at a different part of your range. Blog about your plan to do so to keep yourself accountable.
My tracker is already up to date but my Sparkpeople Tracker varies compared to my Fitbit tracker. They have a difference of about 300-600 cals I can eat per day, And they both are set to lose 2 pounds per week. I am not losing 2 pounds per week. I find that I sometimes lose more when I follow the stricter fitbit calorie ranges. The Fitbit doesn't have much wiggle room when it comes to calorie counting but that's ok.

My plan to keep myself accountable includes starting a sparkstreak of staying within my fitbit cal range and my sparkpeople cal range. As long as I stay within one of them I know I'm golden: D

I didn't stay within my ranges 2 days last week but this is a new week so is fine.

And Here's My Daily Dave Pic (Dave Matthews)


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