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The Spark has Arrived!

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Yesterday it finally came. I finally received The Spark by Chris Downie. I've just read over intro, chapt 1 & 2 of so far. First impressions: easy read, interesting, motivating, and it makes so much sense.

I liked SparkGuy's explanation of how he used a collage and visuals to keep motivation high. I was surprised that 10 minutes workouts were helpful to him when his life focused on work. I thought that 10 minute videos on SparkPeople were due to technical limitations, but maybe not. I understand the thrill of helping someone else and how Pat inspired him to help all of us. Thanks, Pat. Thanks, SparkGuy.

What he had to say about giving yourself permission to fail is profound. And his declaration that days of punitive dieting and deprivation are over should be celebrated!! Thanks, again and again, SparkGuy!


Skinny Person with a Fat Shadow

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

I hit the bottom of my chosen weight range earlier this week. It should be celebration time. However, I didn't want to go any lower, so after a day of healthy eating and exercise I thought I would indulge in a little candy. The chocolate candy had been sitting there 10 days since a guest brought it at Christmas and I hadn't had any.

Well, I'm sorry to report that I didn't stop after a reasonable portion. I had much more than I intended. I guess this experience was meant to keep me humble -- to remind me that eating right will be a challenge for me probably all of my days.

Now that doesn't mean that I can't do it. I can. If fact, I will. So, although I may look like a skinny person now, I can't forget I have a fat shadow.

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FRAN0426 1/7/2010 12:06AM

    So you celebrated a bit overboard with the candy in celabration of reaching within your goal area. first of all, emoticon emoticon emoticon for reaching a milestone. Secondly, old habits are so difficult to overcome, but you know how you will need to handle that-- and go ahead ans endulge once in awhile, youv'e earned it,because you will keep yourself in check.

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WALKINGANNIE 1/6/2010 3:55PM

    Wise as ever. I still haven't dared to stop tracking and I'm not sure that I ever will. I really admire those people who seem to be able to 'listen to their bodies' so that they know when to stop eating but my body doesn't seem to have an inbuilt full-o-meter. It's good that there are so many of us in a similar position who can share concerns and observations and keep each other focused.

Congratulations on reaching your lower limit - and on not letting deflation get you down! Now wonder you're proud.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 1/6/2010 2:01PM

    That is a big challenge, and a problem I worry about too. I don't think I will ever be able to judge what to eat without counting my ww points and using the spark nutrition counter.

I NEVER want to go back where I started, and have a real fear of that.

Good for you for realizing about the candy before it got out of hand.

Martha emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 1/6/2010 1:21PM

    Well said Marsha! Where you've been in the past definitely affects who you are now and how you approach things in the future. You've come a long way and should be proud of yourself!

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    I love it!

We are all human, after all!

Thanks for the reality check!

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ALANOFLINY 1/6/2010 9:15AM

    Don't sweat it - it often takes a while for our minds to catch up with out bodies when it comes to recognizing and dealing with our weight loss and maintenance. WHat's important is that you're aware of it. So what if you have a few bad days or weeks over the next period of time? You know what you need to do to stay on track (or get back on track) and you'll do it.

And eventually, your brain will catch up with your body.

Congrats on your success so far!!


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Useful Trivia

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

I just read on SparkPeople today - actually, in the trivia quiz - that adding milk to tea destroys antioxidant properties. What a revelation! I've been drinking skim milk in my tea for years thinking I was adding good nutrition. The practical things you learn on SparkPeople!

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PEGGYANNSCH 1/6/2010 10:01AM

    I didn't know that

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AQUAGIRL08 1/5/2010 4:25PM

    Isn't it amazing the little titbit's that we can pick up? According to what I've read recently, the more plain you eat your food, the better for your vitamin intake!

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PO_PAZZA 1/5/2010 3:48PM

    My Irish-born neighbor got me started with milk in tea a few years ago. Then I read the same thing you did and have since backed off. My friend, who doesn't care a hoot about nutrients and antioxidants, refuses to give up her lifelong habit, and that's fine. I just want everything that's coming to me.

Oh, and the oxalic acid in spinach will bind with calcium to make it less available to the body, too, if taken at the same time.

By the way, last week, I added a bit of Torani sugar-free almond roca syrup to my daily homemade cappuccino. Ohhh yeahhhh. Think I'll try it with tea this afternoon. Instead of milk.


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WALKINGANNIE 1/5/2010 12:15PM

    More useful info. Thanks Oldmom.

When I was last in hospital the medics said I could only have skimmed milk but the hospital only had full fat (!) milk for tea and coffee. My family brought skimmed milk in for me but it was a hassle getting it stored and brought to my room when hot drinks were served as I was being barrier nursed. As a result I started to drink green tea which I thought was preferable to black tea without milk. I've now developed a habit of drinking 1 or 2 green teas a day as it's quite refreshing and good for antioxidants. (I adore full-caffeine coffee too but a girl's got to have some vices.)

Got to agree about the trivia quiz. I've learnt all sorts.

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KEEDLY 1/5/2010 8:19AM

  Well, I didn't know that. I used to add milk to my tea before all the flavored teas became available. Not I like the taste of those better.

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JUDY4652 1/5/2010 8:10AM

    I didn't know that either! I drink more coffee now and hardly no tea at all, but I expect that someone will say that that's not good for us either! I just look at the inside of my mug when I've drunk the contents. Coffee stains come off a LOT easier than tea stains! ... I just think what it might be doing to my insides!!

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ASHWOOD0531 1/5/2010 8:07AM

  Oops! Thanks for sharing!

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BARNFISH 1/5/2010 7:59AM

    Wow, I didn't know that either. Thanks for sharing that info!

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Even If Times Change, Men and Women are Different

Monday, January 04, 2010

Last week my husband went to the grocery store with me. As we walked in, without hesitation, he stepped onto the big scale at the front of the store. I would never weigh myself in public, but he has no inhibitions about it. Men and women truly are different. A couple weeks ago when I mentioned that I thought he could lose a few pounds he was shocked. But there it was. His weight was 232.

Wow! I smiled. The Saturday before I had weighed 132 at Weight Watchers. I weigh 100 pounds less than my husband. Amazing.

I thought back to 1998 when I was at my top weight of 212. One time a pair of his jeans got into my closet by accident. I was flabbergasted when I couldn't get them up over my thighs. I don't know exactly what he weighed then. We didn't routinely walk by grocery store scales together. But, I think it is likely that at that time we weighed about the same -- or maybe he was even slightly less.

Times have changed!

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JCORYCMA 1/4/2010 9:26PM

    I wrote a blog called Husbands -- altogether different creatures, so I know where of you speak! I remember when I couldn't wear my husband's jeans either and I tried to convince myself it was because they weren't tailored to women's curves. Yeah or the 50 lbs. heavier than him I was! Things are certainly different these days!
You look fabulous and congrats on the weight loss!
Joanne emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 1/4/2010 3:25PM

    I'm definitely with you on the weighing in public.

Wow - your mother's / daughter's coat, your husband's jeans. What's next? (Look out Natalie!)

It's great to hear that you're doing so well.

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MITECU 1/4/2010 4:50AM

    Congratulations on your amazing weight loss. Have you tried his jeans on now?

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Waiting for The Spark

Sunday, January 03, 2010

My book hasn't arrived yet. Can't wait! I'm jealous of those who are already into it. Oh, well. Patience has never been one of my better virtues. Maybe I need the practice.

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WALKINGANNIE 1/4/2010 3:14PM

    I think theyr'e rowing the Atlantic with the ones destined for England!

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PEGGYANNSCH 1/4/2010 10:06AM

    Didn't have the money to get one

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PAULASTRAS 1/4/2010 1:14AM

    I am waiting for mine too, was shipped though.

Patience is a virtue and sometimes mine is missing lol

take care,
God Bless You
paula:) hugs

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AQUAGIRL08 1/3/2010 3:51PM

    Mine came on Thursday. It's cool. I'm getting ready to read chapter one. We can comment on the chapters on the Read the Spark team. Yours will come soon!

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SUNNY238 1/3/2010 11:18AM

    I'm one of those to be jealous of, lol. If you have a Barnes and Noble close by you could always go in there and take a sneak peek, lol. I went to the store to buy mine so I've had it for several days and trust me, it's worth the wait!! Good luck harnessing your patience!!

Have a great Spark Year!!

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CHYCHY01 1/3/2010 11:17AM

    im sure it will be there soon

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