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SparkPeople Workout Music

Thursday, August 11, 2011

I downloaded the Inspiration Mix from iTunes as featured in the DailySpark today. I'd already worked out today, so it will be tomorrow until I use it fully. But in previewing it, I'm impressed. I think I'm going to like it better than my free downloads from Podrunner and Fitness Music, or the download I bought from Fitness Magazine. I'll let you know! It is good to get to support SparkPeople, too.

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AQUAGIRL08 8/14/2011 6:03PM


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RAYLINSTEPHENS 8/12/2011 12:17PM

    WTG! Enjoy the music!!

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KALIGIRL 8/12/2011 8:42AM

    Got it - can't wait to use it!

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_LINDA 8/12/2011 1:16AM

    I wish I could use portable music, but it makes me deaf so I had to give it up. I love working out to music and listen to digital cable music while on my elliptical, just messes me up when they play slow songs when I am raring to go and fast songs when I am cooling down lol. I know I could keep up fast walking much better if I had fast music to listen to. I usually end up slowing down and thinking or enjoying the scenery..
It would be interesting to hear what they choose for songs although I don't like much of this modern music stuff. I am a 70's good old rock and roll fan..
Hope you enjoy it!!

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WATERMELLEN 8/11/2011 8:10PM

    I gotta say, podrunner is great for me: I like the "no words" thing because on the elliptical I'm often reading at the same time . . .

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FROSTY99 8/11/2011 6:41PM

    I wish I could get into using music-I won an I-pod and don't use it-what is wrong with me????/

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MONTY68 8/11/2011 4:13PM

    Hi Marsha
I read the article and as I don't use music while I exercise, I didn't download it. I do think that Spark did a wonderful thing in providing the download for those that use music.

Monty emoticon

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MIRAGE727 8/11/2011 3:05PM

    I have to admit that I make my own playlists and they are strong! They are current and think it's important that the playlists are personal too. The tunes have to be by groups or singers I like. Ok, I'm particular about my music!

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JOYINKY 8/11/2011 2:09PM

    I'm going to look into this. Thanks.

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NEW-CAZ 8/11/2011 1:15PM

    great idea emoticon

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MOOKBALL 8/11/2011 1:01PM

    Maybe I should do the same! emoticon

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Portion Control Questions

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Portion control has been a major weapon in my weight war. I grew up thinking that a quarter of a huge watermelon was a portion, that a package of oreos serves two, and that a pint is a small serving of ice cream. Measuring cups and a postage-type food scale, along with nutrition tracking, have made me face reality on a daily basis for the past couple years.

I'm now considering buying an electronic scale. A friend told me that she broke a plateau with an electronic scale when she discovered that her measured oatmeal, suppose to be 150 calories, turned out to be 210 calories. There is part of me that wants to be more precise, using my heart rate monitor more for calories burned, and electronically measuring my food. Then there is another part that thinks I'm doing pretty good maintaining with increasing estimation of portions and I should not be so compulsive.

What do my SparkFriends think? Do you have any experience with an electronic scale? If you've lost 50 pounds or more or were overweight for many years, do you estimate frequently or measure as accurately as you can? (I'm thinking people who only lost a little or were only overweight after childbirth or menopause probably don't have much portion control problems, but I could be wrong. Feel free to straighten me out.) Thanks for any insight you can provide.

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MONTY68 8/11/2011 4:11PM

    Hi Marsha
Well, I have released 84 pounds and was overweight ( obese ) for 50 years, so I guess I qualify. The only difference in agreement, I think my portion size was double yours on your watermelon, oreos and ice cream. Never , ever thought of a portions being a amount.
I don't have a electronic scale, but I do have a scale and unless what i have is already a portion, I use my measuring cups etc and weigh my food. I don't eyeball anything. When I go out to dinner, I am careful of what I order, but more importantly for me, I know I don't have to eat everything that is on the plate. I also take the time to count grapes cherries etc and when I make my smoothy, I measure and weigh. I started this process 4 years ago of which 3 1/2 of it maintaining my weight.

Great blog and thanks for sharing it.

Monty emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PARKERB2 8/11/2011 7:26AM

    I've never used an electronic scale. I am surprised about how little a portion is. When I really pay attention I find I am eating more calories than I think I am. I probably need one. Good luck with yours. Keep me informed about how it's going using one if you get one. Have a happy Sparking day.

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WATERMELLEN 8/10/2011 9:54PM

    I have an electronic scale and measuring cups etc which I do use from time to time, and they have been educational about portion size. Also use package info: so know that 2 slices of the low fat chicken I buy will be 60 calories in my salad, for example. But at this point, I do mostly eyeball: and then like JOYINKY tend to charge myself "up" when estimating.

I know that even 100 extra calories a day is 10 pounds weight gain a year. So vigilance is key to maintaining weight loss.

Don't use HRM at all, however . . . just the monitor on the elliptical at the gym so make sure I'm at 120 bpm or whatever . ..

Whatever works . . . yeah.

Thanks for your comment on my "mind over mood" blog: and thanks again for introducing me to CBT through Beck. The Diet Solution really did change my life, and I'll be interested to know if you follow up with this book.

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JIBBIE49 8/10/2011 8:56PM

    emoticonI bought one of those electronic ones at walmart and it worked great to measure chicken, fish, etc. I measure food in the 1/2 cup, etc. as it is so easy to take more.

I remember one video blog that a Sparker did who was VERY obese and she said she'd released over 150#. She showed how she'd measured and put everything in ziplock bags and had them in her freezer. She had cheese measured & in her frig, etc. She was VERY careful about it and I loved that she was so organized. She tracked her food carefully.

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    I lost the weight with one of those tiny postage-scales, purchased used and with a dish even.

I maintain with an electronic digital scale that measures in grams and ounces.

I choose not to use an HRM, instead using the reports from Spark, because they work better for me.

I have multiple sets of measuring cups and measuring spoons but I do allow myself to use the cup my applesauce comes in as 1/2 cup even knowing it could be a little bit more.

If I don't measure, I slowly start adding to my portions. Just me.

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ARCHIMEDESII 8/10/2011 3:15PM

    I too lost all my weight without a food scale. Like you, I had total portion distortion. Who knew that a half a chicken wasn't a typical portion for dinner ! LOL !!! and yeah, a pint of ice cream was a small !!

I knew I was eating too much and needed to cut back. Instead of using a scale I did use measuring cups to find out how much rice and pasta I was eating. Once again, who knew that a half a box of pasta wasn't one serving. I did become very good at reading labels.

Yeah, learning portion control took a long time. BUT, you don't have to deprive yourself to lose weight and be healthy. Quality of the food you eat has a huge impact. While most Americans do eat too much and need to cut back. They are eating too much of the wrong food and not enough of the right food.

Spark People does have a good article on what a proper serving size should be for many different foods. Somewhere, but I can't find it, there is a picture list of how portions should look. example, a serving of rice should be about the size of your fist.

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JOYINKY 8/10/2011 2:59PM

    I will occasionally measure something; do check portion sizes on packages but mainly estimate and it works well for me. I also only count by 50's rounding up to the next 50 when necessary so I'd count 80 calories as 100. I figure this covers any variance in my estimates over the long haul. I also know the volume of my pieces of dishware so measuring isn't necessary. Serving spoons the same, one=1/4 cup another 1/2 cup. Just has evolved over the years. I count a serving of fruit at 100, veggie serving 50. Close is good enough. I've lost over 80# and am in my 6th year of maintenance. I've never used a scale. I try to keep it simple. Marsha do what makes you happy. You've done well without an electronic scale but if you'd enjoy it; go ahead and get it! I prefer to focus on exercise and think about food as little as possible.

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NEW-CAZ 8/10/2011 1:48PM

    I have scales and use them for cereals, berries, rice and meat.The rest I've more or less got the hang of portion wise, but if I gain a little I go back to basics.

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JULIENMM 8/10/2011 1:39PM

    I measured a few things --like meat portions -- on a postal type scale and found I was way off. I also measured my liquids. I used to drink milk every morning and figured it was 8 oz. It was 16 oz! After doing that once or twice, I found I don't need to do it anymore. I do make sure to read food labels all the time.

Good luck!!!

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SKYWATCHERRS 8/10/2011 1:31PM

    I lost more than 50lbs without getting a food scale. I don't think it's absolutely necessary because calorie counting can become an obsession.

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DUTCHDAVE 8/10/2011 1:28PM

    I havent used a scale but did buy a good set of measuring cups and then I religiously read the portion size label on the food. It has helped me greatly

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KALIGIRL 8/10/2011 1:26PM

    Will be interested to see what folks suggest.

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Maybe I Shouldn't be Annoyed, But....

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

My mom asked me for the third time today if I didn't think the reason I've had back to back colds for the last month is that I'm too thin. No, mom, I think I finally am staying at a healthy weight for the first time in my life. Perhaps I pushed the running and overtrained, or maybe it is just coincidence. But I'm getting well, am maintaining my healthy weight, and will get back into exercising as I think prudent. Enjoyed a half hour Walk Away the Pounds today. I probably would have walked, but it was raining.

Anyway, I should be patient with my mom. She is 84. She just wants what is best for me, but she has always thought 30 pounds overweight is the proper size.

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AQUAGIRL08 8/13/2011 2:10PM

    Aren't moms great? Mine told me that I ate like a truck driver when I weighed 115 pounds so I was sure that I needed to lose more weight. The doctor commented to her that I didn't weigh nearly enough. She told him that she told me I needed to gain all the time. She didn't know what was wrong with me! In retrospect, I can see exactly who, I mean what, my problem was! LOL

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1BEACHWALKER 8/11/2011 6:06AM

    Mothers-you got to love them! emoticon

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OOLALA53 8/10/2011 4:03PM

    There is something about parents. They can say the exact same things to us a friend says and yet it will annoy us so much more. I don't know whether it's because we have never gotten over their control of us when younger, or the idea that they think they somehow know better than we do, or what.

It seems you have a choice either to try to ignore what she says or outright tell her that you don't want to hear of any adverse health problems being caused by being at your normal BMI unless she can tell you where she got her info.

There are tons of people who all have their opinions about how not to get colds. They are entitled, and can be right about what works for them. It seems to me you are eating healthfully of good quality food and not starving yourself. I doubt the colds are related to your eating habits. emoticon

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CONTENTCHRIS 8/10/2011 1:10AM

    My mom thinks i am great the way I am .. Beer goggles I have heard..May be Mom Goggles? I have at least 30 to go before I get near where I want to be and Mom tells me I look great every time we visit... I am sure she will call me too thin soon hehe emoticon

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TBRANCH2 8/9/2011 10:39PM

    She just wants to help and "moms" know that "feeding" us is the only answer that is out there!! You MAY be getting sick because of the wonderful Florida weather, the fact that you now have more contact with people at gyms, relays, etc. Or that you now have small grandchildren that carry "little germs" from their "little friends"....

Anyway, hope you are feeling better soon!

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FROSTY99 8/9/2011 7:36PM

    Moms will always be moms! No matter what seems they always want to still tell us what to do and how to be-ha ha. Like me with dad, you just gotta love em and let it go!
Take care and you will soon be back to full throttle.


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WATERMELLEN 8/9/2011 7:11PM

    Ooooooh that sounds annoying all right!! And reminds me that we are always always always seeking approval from our mothers, no matter how old we (or they) are.

My suggestion: try showering your daughter with approval/acceptance!! Gotta be healing for you, and she will love it.

And: can you find any crowd pictures from, say, the 50s to show your mother in which everyone is so much thinner that the average crowd shot today? Maybe family photos? June Cleaver probably had an 18 inch waist! We've just become accustomed to "overweight" so it looks like the norm!!

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    It's more apt to be overtaxed and your immune system suffers.

Make sure your vitamins are all up to par - your doctor can check this with a blood test.

Better your mom should drive you crazy than not care - it's awesome you still have your Mum.

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SNOOKUMS19 8/9/2011 6:06PM

    It's funny that even with grandchildren your mom reminds you that you are still her child :). I'm sure its a hard habit to break. Thanks for some perspective. I needed it this week.

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MONTY68 8/9/2011 5:00PM

    Hi Marsha
Interesting blog. Who really knows exactly why we catch a cold. What I like is what your mom said, a mom never quits being a mom no matter what their age is. perhaps years ago, people thought being to thin is unhealthy and believe me, even though you are at a wonderful weight, your mom may see you as really thin and compared to what you weighed you are. I think it is nice your mom is concerned , it shows the love she has for you. This a time where patience is a good thing.

Thank you for sharing and is the cold gone ?

Monty emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOYINKY 8/9/2011 4:44PM

    I don't get positive reactions from my family of origin either; you see obesity is in our genes! Or, is that jeans?? emoticon
In any case, cut Mom some slack; first it's love and concern. Second, it's quite possible she doesn't realize she's repeating herself. Hugs.

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NEW-CAZ 8/9/2011 4:01PM

    Ah she loves ya hun, that's all emoticon

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SEPPIESUSAN 8/9/2011 2:02PM

    I've had similar comments - not recently because I'm not particularly thin these days - but people just aren't used to seeing someone at a healthy weight sometimes because being overweight can seem like the norm. So they think it's unhealthy when it's actually much healthier than being overweight! I get annoyed by those sorts of comments too.

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MIRAGE727 8/9/2011 1:38PM

    I feel for you, Marsha. My mom almost panicked when she visited in June and screamed not to lose any more weight. I think they are all used to seeing us in the before mode. Let it go. I always have to remember that too!

Hope you're over that down time and watching yourself.


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Peanut Butter Tip and Questions

Monday, August 08, 2011

If you microwave a tablespoon of peanut butter for 10 seconds it will spread much easier. Today I enjoyed a tablespoon of PB on a graham cracker and a relatively small amount just tasted heavenly to me! Although I like the all natural peanut butter, and I am sure it is better for you, today what I had was the typical commercial type.

Do you use peanut butter? PB2? whipped peanut butter? My Weight Watcher leader's favorite snack is whipped peanut butter on fresh banana rounds. How do you like your peanut butter?

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AQUAGIRL08 8/9/2011 10:43AM

    Try slicing a Granny Smith apple and dipping it in your softened pb. Delicious!

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JULIA_211 8/9/2011 3:47AM

    I never heard of whip peanut butter, sounds great! I love my p-nut butter on whole wheat bread and sugar free jelly! emoticon emoticon

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MNNICE 8/8/2011 8:21PM

    My favorite way to eat pb is on a peanut butter and dill pickle sandwich!

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WILD4STARS 8/8/2011 8:17PM

    I don't eat a lot of peanut butter, but now and then when I need breakfast "on the go" I make a peanut butter and banana sandwich. They are so good it always makes me wonder why I don't have them more often !!

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TINYFRIEND615 8/8/2011 7:25PM

    I eat pb all the time! I microwave it as well, and then dip apples in it.

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MIRAGE727 8/8/2011 7:05PM

    Smart Balance All Natural Creamy Peanut Butter, 2 T = 1 serving, 190 cals. I will do that on sandwich thins 100 cals and Goya Guava Jelly, i T = 45 cals as one of my 6 meals. Good stuff!

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WATERMELLEN 8/8/2011 6:49PM

    Skippy low fat!! Like commercial PB with salt and sugar (I know, I know). Happy to learn that microwaving will help it "go further" but by and large I eat my PB right off the spoon (no double dipping). Or sometimes on sliced apple . . .

However, truth is that PB is one of those things I have to hide from myself . . . before I eat about half a cupful.

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BLUESKY_321 8/8/2011 5:34PM

    I LOVE peanutbutter. My kids will tell you my motto in the kitchen is "everything tastes better with peanutbutter!" My go-to pb is the one that grinds the peanuts into butter right there in front of you - nothing added. I try not to get into a rut and switch it up with whole nuts (mostly almonds or pistachios) and other nut butters (including nut free butters like sunflower-seed-butter). On toast, in bars, by the spoonful -yum! I know that it's pretty high in fat but if I've got the calories to spare I will use them for a pb fix. One of our favorite take along treats for hiking or boating is to hollow out an apple per person and stuff it with peanutbutter mixed with raisins, unsweetened coconut and - for a real treat - mini chocolate chips!

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SKYFROG 8/8/2011 5:08PM

    All natural, no sugar, no salt, peanut butter on whole grain waffles with flaxseed and bananas on top. What a powerful way to start a day!


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WILDFLOWERS15 8/8/2011 4:48PM

    Growing up we used to mash up bananas, mix with peanut butter and make a sandwich with it. YUMMY!!!! I still do it on occasion but now it's on whole wheat bread instead of Sunbeam white. LOL

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MONTY68 8/8/2011 4:33PM

    Hi Marsha
Thanks for the tip. Peanut butter is one of my favorite foods. Years ago I had peanut butter and mayo sandwiches, most often a late night snack. My favorite then was skippy and at one time I was eating almost a whole jar in the evening, sometimes with a jar of jelly. No wonder I weighed what I did.
I didn't any peanut butter while I was releasing weight and probably a year after. Now, I buy Publix's fresh, all natural PB, I have watched them make it and it consists of just peanuts. I have about 4 tablespoons a day with out any bread or crackers. The calories are about the same, but it is my understanding, is the original oil is replaced by other oils in regular PB.
I have heard of PB2, but never bought any.
Thank you for sharing .

Monty emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 8/8/2011 4:13PM

    I must try peanut butter *adds to shopping list for Friday*

Thanks for the tip emoticon

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AMANDAJCD 8/8/2011 4:08PM

    My favorite peanut butters are by Peanut Butter & Co: their White Chocolate Wonderful, and Dark Chocolate Dreams. I like a TBSP spread on a 1 oz. (small) pita round... or on a slice of sprouted wheat bread. Decadence *and* fiber, all in one! ;)

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    One of my best friends uses Whipped PB and it is 150 calories per 2 TBL, personally I use no salt/no sugar Joseph's Pure Valencia but I do have PB2 on order! Just learned about it yesterday and wasted no time looking for it online. (I like the Joseph's but it does take some getting used to no salt or sugar.)

Best deal I found for PB2 is through the Mfg Website, and I purchased the 4 jars combo of 2 plain, 2 with chocolate.

I also used the store locator and there is a pharmacy within 25 miles and I am going to check on price locally! It isn't cheap!

I never microwaved it, but I do put the jar in front of my toaster oven and it warms it for easier spreading! Never thought of graham crackers!


**P.S. I love PB straight from the jar *sigh* or on bread and/or crackers - never did like it with bananas or apples although my DH loves it with both. He really loves bananas with cashews, lol.

What a nutty topic emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SEPPIESUSAN 8/8/2011 2:22PM

    I don't usually buy any...peanut butter is a "trigger food" for me, meaning that once I start it's hard for me to stop. I'll use some all-natural peanut butter when trying to create some sort of Asian peanut sauce once in a while...but mostly I get my peanut butter fix from JP Lick's low-fat peanut butter frozen yogurt. And I eat roasted almonds daily which gives me a generic nut fix. :)

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JOYINKY 8/8/2011 1:39PM

    One of my favorite lunches or easy suppers is a baked (microwaved) sweet potato topped with peanut butter. Yum!

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_LINDA 8/8/2011 1:27PM

    I use Crunchy peanut butter at Mom's on toast with honey, and natural almond butter at home on toast with honey, no adventure, pretty traditional. Never liked peanut butter mixed with things (don't like nuts in chocolate for example or peanut butter cookies)

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KIMCOLLINGS 8/8/2011 12:59PM

    This is going to sound REALLY weird but my favorite sandwich since I was a kid is open-faced peanut butter and mayonnaise. My son freaked out when he first saw me eat it and then he tried it and he loves it too now.

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JAYEACTS 8/8/2011 12:58PM

  I LOVE PB!! I don't eat bananas - as I am allergic to them - go figure! I eat the "natural" pb without added sugar. I have it on apples! Yum! And my dog, Lacey, adores pb on her "cookies!"

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CED1976 8/8/2011 12:58PM

    my #1 favorite snack is 2T skippy extra crunchy pb w 1t butter and 1/2T honey spread on apple slices. the little bit of butter makes it easier for me to eat the pb. YUM!!! emoticon

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No Matter How Bad I Screw Up.....

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Yesterday I weighed in at Weight Watchers, my 30th monthly free lifetime weigh in. I spent 2010 about five pounds below my WW goal and now I've been at my personal goal weight range about 10 pounds below my WW goal for 2011. I thank both Weight Watchers and SparkPeople. I have learned things I needed from both programs.

During the meeting my Weight Watcher leader asked what I did differently this time, as she is well aware that I've hit my goal weight and not maintained many times in the past. She is also well aware that I don't mind talking and will run my mouth whenever encouraged.

I told the group that for me the key is to do the best I can each day, but no matter what, to never give up. In the past I would get so mad at myself when I wasn't perfect that I would just give up. Once I decided that no matter how bad I screwed up I would not give up, it became very possible for me.

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AQUAGIRL08 8/9/2011 11:23AM

    One day at a time! Just do your best! I'm liking that!

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KALIGIRL 8/8/2011 11:21AM

    Here's to never giving up!

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MNNICE 8/7/2011 9:09PM

    Yes, I have just "screwed up" for an entire weekend, but I won't give up!!

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    Profound message today!
I am "liking" it!

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NEW-CAZ 8/7/2011 4:55PM

    emoticon I've learnt to take it a day at a time on SP and have been maintaining now for over 3 years.........something that I found on WW and replacement unfilling meals.

emoticon hun on a job well done emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 8/7/2011 11:37AM

    Good plan - I do somewhat the same thing. If I have a bad day now and then it is OK but I can do better tomorrow - I don't have to be perfect!

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JULIA_211 8/7/2011 11:19AM

    This is something a have to learn myself. emoticon You are a great example! emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/7/2011 11:09AM

    Hooray for success and wisdom? You are an encouragement to us all! Keep up the good work!

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_LINDA 8/7/2011 10:41AM

    So glad both programs have worked in tandem for you!! Way to never give up!! That is always the key. No matter what life and your health throws at you, you can keep on going!

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NELLJONES 8/7/2011 10:30AM

    I'm not even sure what "perfect" is. There has been only one perfect person and He turned out to be God.

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JOYINKY 8/7/2011 9:20AM

    Yes Marsha! That's the key! For me it's also the resolve that I'm not going to do this all over again and I focus on how much I'm enjoying life today. Health and fitness make that possible.

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/7/2011 8:34AM

    I'm with you, Marsha. I need support in real life, and in my case it's a different program from WW, but the convenience and support of Jenny Craig has helped me and Spark has helped me, too.

Spark people is a daily place to refresh motivation and to remember "why I do this". The JC stuff is tools I buy to help with the "how I do this".

But the key lesson: same as you Never Give Up. No matter how big or long the slide... get back on the path! And it doesn't take extremes. Just get back to the "normal", which is by now the healthy way of eating, exercising and savoring LIFE!

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- Barb

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AMANDAJCD 8/7/2011 8:31AM

    You hit the nail on the head, Marsha :) It's a good thing for me to remember as well, because I made these evil desert bar things yesterday after we got home from the eye doctor, and I ate not just one, oh no... that would have been bad enough at 290 calories per serving.

No, I had four. Oops! Lesson learned: these are only to be made for HUGE group events that feature lots of children and their high metabolisms. The second lesson learned is that I am not to be trusted near any sweet treat that involves peanut butter.

Plus side, I've boxed up the rest for Brent and me to take to our respective jobsites on Monday, with 3 left over for the boys. And this morning I'm back on track.

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