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Am I Cheating?

Friday, January 15, 2010

I try to get most of the SparkPoints available each day. And I want to do it the right way. I am very careful to correctly count my water and my cardio minutes. I carefully read articles I click on. If I add cardio and then delete it (say, I clicked on the incorrect miles per hour) I make up for it, because the SparkPoints don't subtract.

However, when it comes to the 3 points a day for recipes, I may be cheating. I always look for one that looks good and then save it for future use. I've made about 10 SparkRecipes over the past 3 months. A couple of them I've made more than once. However, I haven't made them all. Is this cheating?

  
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PEGGYANNSCH 1/16/2010 8:45AM

    I don't think this is cheating.

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JAKEANDNELLIE 1/15/2010 5:31PM

    You are not alone - I always keep the recipes I think I might like so I don't have to hunt for them when I do want to make them. I have made most of what I've saved and enjoyed most of them! Yes, I often go ahead and get the points when I'm saving the recipe.
I've also wondered about the blogs that have one emoticon - did they do that just to get points? Or what about the threads on message boards that ask you to type the next number to 100 or the next letter in the alphabet... do people do those just to get points?
In the end, we are accountable to ourselves. Like you, I read articles and blogs. I'm a stickler for making sure my exercise, water, and food trackers are accurate.
Let's forgive ourselves for the recipe points!
Sheila

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AMBUDMAN 1/15/2010 4:29PM

    I don't think just reading the recipes is cheating. Some of them I read I know I would not like and I have made several I have read thinking I would like them but did not. I have also made some really good recipes from Spark.

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WALKINGANNIE 1/15/2010 3:59PM

    I'm not sure whether you can cheat anyone but yourself on Sparkpoints!

I felt as if I was cheating when I got 1000 points for pre-ordering the Spark though. However, as the book has not yet reached the UK despite Amazon's pre-order info last year it doesn't look as if my conscience will be troubled by the next 1000 'easy' points for a while!


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PO_PAZZA 1/15/2010 3:22PM

    If you're cheating a little, then I'm cheating a lot. I always read the recipes, often think, okay, I'll save that one, but I have yet to make a single one, although they often give me ideas for creating my own dish. Thanks for reminding me that it's time to try them out.

Mary

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FONTES 1/15/2010 3:15PM

    Some what, but there are worse things you could do. Your just trying to get points and you are reading and searching. Your honest enough to post what your doing, so no your cheating anymore. Have A Great Day, and God Bless You!!!! emoticon

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Life at Goal Weight is Great, But it isn't Perfect

Thursday, January 14, 2010

One reason I expect to be able to keep the weight off this time is that I am much more realistic. The first time I lost 60 pounds I was 16 years old. I was shocked to find out I'd still have to wait in lines, suffer bad hair days, and even do housework. I had thought skinny girls just got everything given to them. But now I not only know it isn't so, I wouldn't want it to be.

  
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WALKINGANNIE 1/14/2010 2:59PM

    But your feet don't ache when you wait in line now!

Great blog again.

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PEGGYANNSCH 1/14/2010 11:01AM

    me to I enjoy reading your Blog.Maybe one day we will meet

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/14/2010 10:18AM

    Very true! (smiling) I enjoy your blogs. Have a wonderful day.

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Do These Pants Make Me Look Fat?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I used to think that question was the definition of a shallow, vain person. Of course, for years it wasn't a question I could ask. No pants could make me look fat. I was fat. But now as I try to learn to dress this new body I find it can be difficult. Sometimes I look like a little dried up old lady and sometimes I look like I'm trying too hard to be young. And sometimes some pants make me look fat!

  
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REDGRAMA 1/13/2010 5:22PM

    Amen. You REALLY NAILED THIS ONE.
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LADYNLI 1/13/2010 2:47PM

    I have been there too.

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WALKINGANNIE 1/13/2010 2:47PM

    Know just what you mean!

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WALKINGANNIE 1/13/2010 2:47PM

    Know just what you mean!

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PEGGYANNSCH 1/13/2010 12:13PM

    same with me

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 1/13/2010 11:20AM

    I hear you.

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PO_PAZZA 1/13/2010 11:15AM

    I laughed with recognition when I read your blog. How true. Now, when I grumble: "I look a little chunky in these size six jeans", I shake my head at myself and remember how I felt in 16s. It's a new world out there, and let's meet it head-on. Do we look fat in these pants? Heck no.

Mary

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DEBRA_T 1/13/2010 11:14AM

    I think I remember what you mean (LOL) -- the last time I got thin I remember being a lot more preoccupied with how fat clothes made me look -- and some of them are unflattering. Everybody has a style that suits them and I think it has more to do with body shape than age (except for some of the more outrageous fashions). You sound like a woman with a lot of good sense -- look how far you've gone on SP -- I bet you can trust your own good judgment.

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AQUAGIRL08 1/13/2010 10:22AM

    Sometimes it's hard to re-adjust when you've been dressing on a particular way for a long time. Suddenly you have choices and there are so many of them! Isn't that lovely? Now you have the body that you've wished for, for so long. It's so exciting! You've got to be proud of yourself and I know I'm proud of you for your success! emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 1/13/2010 9:05AM

    I had to answer this blog before I lost sight of it in my friends feed!

Nope, those pants make you look wonderful!

Ok, all kidding aside - pants that are too large can make a body look fat! I still cannot believe that one of my current problems is "nothing fits!" My skinny sister laughs at me when I apologize and return clothes to her because now they are too baggy!!

Isn't life grand?!

I don't know your age but I am 58 and was given most of my 'new' clothing by the teen down the street - they are her "fat clothes" as she only weighs 98 lbs. This is the first time in my lifetime that I am able to wear hand-me-downs! I call these hand-me-ups because they are too big for Sarah. I now tell everyone they are my "Sarah Jeans" and I wear them with pride! They are a badge to my achievement!

Quit worrying if you are too old for your clothing - if they fit and are comfortable, wear them with pride. If you are not comfortable in them, move them along to your local thrift store and start searching for more clothes.

My DH is 88 and I value his opinion. There have only been a few items that he said no to so I trust him to be honest with me. BTW, the clothing he didn't like were mostly tops with too many ruffles, lol - he loves all the hip-huggers but some I just wasn't comfortable in so I moved them along.

I am just so proud of you for your success! You are a "Thinspiration" to the rest of us!

Love you,
Linda

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It Took Me 6 Days

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Well, I did it. I'm back to the bottom of my goal range (129-135). It took me 6 days after making a poor choice about the portion of chocolate candy I selected.

I really do think I'm making progress. For years I would give up in despair when I messed up. Now I know you just keep trying.

Next time I'm faced with chocolate candy I'll try to remember it took 6 days to get back to where I wanted to be. Maybe I'll make another choice. And if I don't, I'll remember not to panic. It will just take 6 days, give or take a few.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 1/13/2010 10:10AM

    Marsha you are awesome!!!

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MONGO2TEN 1/13/2010 5:25AM

    I did the same thing - got up a bit above my goal range over the holidays and then because of achilles tendonitis, I couldn't run. It took me almost 2 weeks, but I'm down to my low end again. And the tendon is doing better, so I'm able to do a little bit of working out:)

~Nancy

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ANNIEONLI 1/12/2010 6:34PM

    emoticon I love taking control stories!! emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 1/12/2010 6:02PM

    There you go! Here you are!!

Lifestyle changes, aren't they awesome?!

That is why I am not afraid of weight maintenance! Because no matter what happens, I know I can reach my weight again!!

Freedom from fear is awesome! We will never be overweight again!!

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WALKINGANNIE 1/12/2010 3:50PM

    Well done for taking control and pulling back. All that Bootcamping must have helped.

Now that you've come down from back up it shows that you can overcome one of the biggest challenges of maintenance. It's a good lesson to chalk up.

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PEGGYANNSCH 1/12/2010 2:08PM

    You are doing good

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SEAWITCHBLUE 1/12/2010 12:27PM

    You are doing well!
If you do mess up some time via unhealthy choice you just have to accept and MOVE ON. Tomorrow's another day!
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AMBUDMAN 1/12/2010 10:19AM

    It is all about making healthy choices. You are doing a great job because you look great.

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BEMORESTUBBORN 1/12/2010 9:58AM

    Great job! That is exactly what a healthy lifestyle is about - not letting detours derail you from your destination! It's okay to enjoy a portion-controlled treat, knowing that you can and do make healthy choices the majority of the time...

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BABE741 1/12/2010 9:55AM

  Good for you Lady--I mess up quite a bit--that is why it is taking me longer then anyone!!!! But I will endure--and it will come off!!!!

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Dumped the Christmas Cookies!

Monday, January 11, 2010

I took them out of the freezer, selected 4 of the best to keep, and then dumped the rest. Just really didn't want them hanging around. I feel very good about this choice.

  
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ANNIEONLI 1/12/2010 6:38PM

    Teeheehee - LOVE IT!! I do that too, except it's right after the Christmas holiday ends. I call it the "Great Cookie Toss of (insert year here)". This year, each kid took a tray or a carton and tossed them into the garbage - it made it fun for them too and taught them that you don't need to keep sweet stuff around even though you made them yourself...You can always make it if you really want it bad enough!

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PEGGYANNSCH 1/12/2010 2:07PM

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SEAWITCHBLUE 1/12/2010 12:28PM

    I get my OH to hide any chocky biscuits (which HE loves) in a drawer somewhere so that I do not see them in the kitchen.


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DONNABRIGHT 1/12/2010 9:24AM

    I can leave cookies in the freezer as I do not have a sweet tooth. Now if we're talking a bag of potato chips - they have to go out the door!

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TALLTABBY 1/11/2010 7:15PM

  Great Job! I need to dump all the gingerbread cookies I have hanging around.

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