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I BELIEVE!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I'm reviewing my old blogs to see how far I've come, to look for issues still unresolved, and to see if there are some lessons I need to relearn.

On November 17, 2009, I had an experience I had never had before in my entire life. The scale was up, just by a few tenths of a pound, and I was okay with that. I was not trying to lose weight -- or feeling totally defeated -- for the first time in decades.

I wrote, "Losing weight is exciting, but all good things must come to an end." And, "the biggest thing for me to work on is making maintaining my weight second nature to me. That includes accepting that some days the scale will go up a bit."

Can't say that maintaining my weight is second nature, but I have taken steps forward. Probably the biggest change between today and 11/17/09 is that I BELIEVE I can maintain. I know what to do. (I may debate the optimum food plan, but I know several plans that will maintain my weight.) I know I can do it. As I have often written, it isn't always easy, but it is worth it. And I no longer freak out and assume I'm gaining it all back if the scale is up a bit!

  
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_LINDA 1/16/2014 12:31AM

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I believe in YOU!!

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BOPPY_ 1/15/2014 3:47PM

    Success and now meta-tracking. Cool!

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TAICHIDANCER 1/15/2014 11:34AM

    My daily fluctuations are a lot more than a few tenths of a pound so I'm going to have to have a larger tolerance range. I have a friend who weighs himself both after rising and before going to bed and he knows what his maintenance weights for both those times of day should be. Spark on!

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MEXGAL1 1/15/2014 10:05AM

    We do have to believe that we can remain at a healthy weight. I believe now that I can....of course with planning.
Thanks for sharing Marsha and have a great day.
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GABY1948 1/15/2014 7:54AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon THIS is exactly where I PLAN to be sometime soon. Thank you for all your inspiration ALL the time! emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 1/14/2014 3:37PM

    Congratulations on achieving a level of comfort that many of us hope to attain. emoticon

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CELIAMINER 1/14/2014 3:15PM

    I wanna be like you when I grow up. Seriously, I have stopped having the nightmares in which I wake in a panic that I have gained all my weight back, but I still stress when I am in the dumps of exercise inertia and feeling like I'm out of control with eating.

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BOOKAPHILE 1/14/2014 2:52PM

    I want to have that firm belief! I'm in the cautiously optimistic stage, right now. Keep showing me how it's done!

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WATERMELLEN 1/14/2014 12:51PM

    Wow, that is huge huge HUGE (caps fully merited). I'm thinking this will have a significant impact on my scales thing . . . and that's gotta be great.

(And incidentally, all of us here BELIEVE that you will MAINTAIN 4ever. You convinced us a long long time ago).

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    Sounds like a great lesson has been learned.

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    Congratulations, what a victory!

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Letting Go and Living in Celebration

Monday, January 13, 2014

I'm warming up and gathering speed as I travel down the runway to takeoff for my 5th anniversary of achieving a healthy weight after more than 5 decades of being overweight or obese. The date is still 8 weeks away. Am I overdoing this?? Yeah, maybe, but it is me. I'm happy living in a state of celebration!!

Reviewing my old blogs has been fun, too. Wish I'd been blogging during the time I lost the weight, but I didn't start until I came to SparkPeople and was getting close to my final goal weight. Okay, look at what I was blogging mid-November 2009:

* I told of knee pain on one day, but it was already much better the next day. I really hadn't remembered that knees had been an issue that recently. I've been running since January 2011 and have had no knee pain since then. I faithfully did the exercises in the SparkPeople article about strengthening and stretching knees and I'm sure it helped!

* I celebrated that granddaughter Natalie was potty trained. Well, now it is Gwen, her 3 year old sister. She's not had an accident in several weeks. Hubby has agreed to new carpet or flooring after this accomplishment. Time to start shopping!

* I shared that I had planned a whole day of eating and proposed to do a month of meal plans and shopping lists. I still do my best eating when I've planned ahead. I have made some meal plans, but they could still be improved.

Reading back, the blog that affected me the most I titled, "Regrets, I Have a Few...":

"Eating healthy feels so right now. How I wish I had found this lifestyle years ago. How would my life have been different?

"Oh, who knows. With more confidence I might have made more mistakes! LOL None of us can go back. So let's go forward, smarter and wiser.... "

But now, have I gone on "smarter and wiser"? There are times I still wonder what my teenage and young adult years would have been had I figured out how to eat healthy decades earlier. There are times I still want to blame my mom, and dad, for raising me fat. I recognize that there is nothing to be gained from such self-indulgent dreaming. There are times I still feel like I missed out. Well, so be it. This year a teenage family member who was so fit and beautiful made some bad mistakes that will affect her the rest of her life. It touched me in many ways. Of course, I want to support her now, but I also want to use this lesson to help me once and for all let go those things, those years, I cannot re-live. My life might not have been any better had I been a healthy weight my whole life. So, over 4 years ago, I knew I needed to let go this resentment and regret, but I'm still working on it!!

So, thanks, SparkFriends, for letting me share and vent. I truly enjoy living in a state of celebration of my health and fitness, even if I didn't get to it until late in life!!


  
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AQUAGIRL08 1/14/2014 3:52PM

    Better late than never! All during my teenage years, my mom made comments about how large I was. This made me self conscious and eroded my self esteem. I was a shade under 5'6" and weighed 135 pounds. Looking back, I can see that I looked fine and was a healthy weight. I felt like I was fat and ugly. I spent most of the rest of my life ashamed of my weight and appearance. What I am trying to say is that weighing a certain number doesn't determine what we are on the inside. Even at a healthy weight, I still thought I was fat because of the way I was treated at home.

You are beautiful both inside and out, Marsha! It just took you a while to realize it. Congratulations on all you have achieved!

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TAICHIDANCER 1/14/2014 8:37AM

    Can't tell you how many times I've wished for a time machine. But as _LINDA posted earlier: better late than never.

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_LINDA 1/13/2014 10:46PM

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Coming up on an exciting anniversary!!


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OHMEMEME 1/13/2014 9:10PM

    And the party goes on...! Keep celebrating and no way is it too soon to do so! I read something the other day that says the average lifespan is about 25,000 days and hitting 50 I realize that gives me 0-8000 so I want every one of those left to be about celebrating life today and not holding on to any past days that do not serve my purpose today. Congrats on maintenance. You inspire and give hope that it is possible to do so.
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SLIMLILA 1/13/2014 8:52PM

    Loved your blog, Marsha.. Congrats ahead of time, what's wrong with celebrating..... shows me what a long way I have to go...and it's not just with the diet either, as you pointed out..

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STRIVERONE 1/13/2014 8:34PM

    I can identify with you second to last paragraph. No resentment, but a little regret.

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WATERMELLEN 1/13/2014 5:46PM

    Great blog. Letting go of regret and resentment . . . yeah. Tough. I suppose that being a parent ourselves (and in your case a grandparent too!) helps us forgive. Most of the time, our parents probably did the best they could with the wisdom and the info that they had at the time: and so did we as parents. I'm hoping my DD and DS are able to forgive me for all the mistakes I made. "Forgive us our trespasses . . ." I suppose.

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TRAVELGRRL 1/13/2014 5:04PM

    Better late than never! And it's never too late! emoticon

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GABY1948 1/13/2014 2:33PM

    Marsha, I share so many of the regrets with you but I am not going to look back anymore...it's pointless...I am going to be the best that I can be...and like ONEKIDSMOM tells us we are WORTH it (this new life)!

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BOOKAPHILE 1/13/2014 1:35PM

    We can't change the past. Letting it go and moving forward is the only thing that makes sense.

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MEXGAL1 1/13/2014 10:42AM

    I like the comment "living in a state of celebration"....I am going to borrow that as it fits me well now that I have my autoimmune disorders under control.
Have a terrific week.
Sallie

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MARGARITTM 1/13/2014 9:27AM

    Let it go...... move forward ..... what a fabulous example you are giving your children and grandchildren!

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Clothing and Maintenance

Sunday, January 12, 2014

I'm reviewing blogs from my first year of SparkPeople, my time of achieving a weight I didn't think was possible for me, over 80 pounds below my 1999 high.

In mid-November I wrote two blogs about clothing:
1. My 2X clothes allowed me to gain or lose more than 15 pounds without changing sizes; my size 4's require I stay in about a 5 pound morning maintenance range. Still true.
2. One of my WW friends blames elastic waists for a significant part of America's weight problem. One SparkFriend responded that Dr. Phil said sweat pants are threatening to marriages as you can gain without realizing. I rarely wear elastic waists now and rarely have ever worn sweat pants.

Clothes were a big part of my maintenance effort. I got to know and accept my new body by shopping. Each Saturday after WW free weigh in I felt like I had at least as much as a WW meeting costs to spend on me. I spent a long time on most Saturdays trying on clothes and developing a new sense of style. I usually bought one item on very good sale. It took me months and months before I finally said I have a complete wardrobe at my new size.

I also enjoyed taking my bigger clothes to the thrift store that supports the non-profit literacy and basic needs agency I used to run. It was a very good feeling to be free of those clothes, but to let them go to someone who would benefit from a real bargain, and support an important effort.

I did post a picture of me in shorts and a bicycle helmet and a kind of dressy shirt some time back. One SparkFriend called me on the glamour shirt with the cycling outfit. Okay, that is funny. For a while I felt like I wanted to wear figure-revealing clothes all the time. Now I'm quite content to wear whatever is appropriate. Yesterday I wore really loose-fitting running clothes and noticed how comfortable they were!!


  
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AQUAGIRL08 1/14/2014 4:00PM

    As I lose, I am finding that I am starting to enjoy shopping more too. I have to be careful not to purchase too many new clothes because I am shrinking and clothes are expensive. Still, a great outfit can really lift the mood!

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TAICHIDANCER 1/13/2014 9:00AM

    I'm going through a similar process. When I was morbidly obese, everything had to be baggy. No - even though I'm not at goal yet - I have lost enough weight, and have been lifting weights long enough that I am learning to love my body and I am slowly shifting not only to smaller clothes but to clothes that have a more form fitting cut.

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CELIAMINER 1/13/2014 8:28AM

    When I got to my goal weight, I pretty much followed your pattern of shopping for form-fitting clothes to show that my tummy was much flatter than it used to be and that my arms had definition. Now, I pretty much live in my Lucy Everyday Yoga Pants, because they are so comfortable and nice looking. They are the only "forgiving" pants I have now, since I got rid of all my baggy sweat pants, but I do still wear sweatshirts.

Oh, and I do plan to get a runner's tutu for the Diva's HM in September.
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ALIIDA 1/13/2014 2:46AM

    I'm about the same age and height with about 16 lbs to lose. I know I can get there, but I'm afraid of not being able to maintain. Your story tells me it's possible. Thank you for being such an inspiration. Your running is awesome, too! And I just love your clothes and taste in colors.
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PHEBESS 1/12/2014 11:08PM

    I think clothes in smaller sizes are the best rewards ever!!!!

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TRAVELGRRL 1/12/2014 10:29PM

    One of the happiest days of my life was giving away the size 16 elastic waist pants! I swear I'll never need to wear them again. Congratulations on being a size 4. That's awesome!

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WATERMELLEN 1/12/2014 10:18PM

    Like you, I find clothes really help me maintain . . . although I'm never likely to fit into a size 4!!

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EDDYMEESE 1/12/2014 9:59PM

    I also agree with a lot of what you said...my "fat" clothes allow me to gain and lose 15-20 pounds but when I was at my lowest, I not only couldn't allow myself to gain, but the way my clothes fit was how I gauged when I needed to be "good" again..

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GRANDMABABA 1/12/2014 9:16PM

    I so agree with the elastic waist comment. I wear stretchy things to work out, but wear fitted waists most other times for that reason. I want to know if things begin to be snug so I don't get caught off guard.

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MONANISA 1/12/2014 8:58PM

    I agree the non elastic is the way to go!
Buying clothes at discount stores as I approached goal weight made me feel great and recommit each week.

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MJREIMERS 1/12/2014 7:44PM

    Oh, you are so right about everything in this blog! I don't wear sweats, but I do wear yoga pants that don't have a tie at the waist. If you gain, you definitely see it as well as in my running pants!

Keep up the great work!

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MSLZZY 1/12/2014 7:38PM

    Sweat pants are for sleeping only. I wear fitted jeans and dress pants and I can always tell when I've gained.

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BOOKAPHILE 1/12/2014 6:26PM

    I'm still in the space where I want to wear figure revealing clothes. (covered, but shapely.) You've done so well with your maintenance! Thanks for blazing the way.

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GABY1948 1/12/2014 5:36PM

    I SO agree about the elastic waists on clothes. I NEVER buy them. It IS too easy to not realize something is tight until it is too late!

Marahs, I am SO proud of you! You deserve every moment of glory you get. When I am FINALLY on maintenance and MAINTAINING well like you are then I will too!

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No Longer Afraid

Saturday, January 11, 2014

I'm reviewing my blogs from 2009 to look for lessons I need to relearn and to celebrate those areas in which I've improved. I may end up identifying some ongoing issues, areas in which I still need to improve. As I approach the 5 year milestone of maintaining nearly an 80 pound weight loss, I'm not near as afraid of gaining it all back as I was 4 years ago. I didn't lose it overnight and I won't wake up fat tomorrow; I know I won't gain it back overnight either. I have had many, many slips and times when I ate more than I need. At times I could have made better choices, although portions are a bigger issue for me now than trigger foods and cravings.

Here's a rerun of my November 11, 2009 blog:
"My husband does the grocery shopping and I do the cooking. He started shopping probably six months after I began losing weight and eating healthier because I wasn't getting him the things he wanted. Right now his chips and potato salad are not tempting me. Even the leftover Halloween candy is not bothering me right now. A year ago it would have kept calling my name, but I'm comfortable co-existing right now.

"Whenever Gary buys things that are not that healthy, I use a little and add things I need. When he wanted to split a can of Chunky Campbell's soup this week, I gave him 3/4's of it. To my 1/4 I added fresh green beans and organic low sodium black beans. If I had split the can with him I would have been way over on sodium that day. For now, we are both happy with this arrangement."

Current day, it basically still works, although I don't hesitate to have a boca burger and canned low sodium tomatoes with some oregano/basil/thyme on my whole wheat pasta when he's having frozen meatballs and Ragu sauce on his along with Cheesy Texas toast. He might take a couple bites of the salad, while I'll have a big bowl. It works for us!

  
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WATERMELLEN 1/12/2014 10:21PM

    DH and I seldom choose the same foods -- when I ate what he can eat I weighted 230 pounds -- but we've learned a way to co-exist peaceably.

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MSLZZY 1/12/2014 4:46PM

    Whatever works but you seem to have reached a friendly compromise.

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GABY1948 1/12/2014 9:17AM

    Excellent ideas...and John and I co-exist the same ways with things that are "different" for us! He has always been what I call a "normal" eater and me, not so much...if ever!

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Thanks and have a wonderful Sunday!

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MAUREENIE1 1/12/2014 5:13AM

    Thank you for the good ideas!

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_LINDA 1/11/2014 11:23PM

    A common theme here -spouse eats anything they want while their loved one is trying to lose weight -you have got it figured out so you can live in harmony and still maintain!
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GRANDMABABA 1/11/2014 10:00PM

    Awesome!

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MEXGAL1 1/11/2014 9:52PM

    right on!

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TRAVELGRRL 1/11/2014 7:36PM

    Too bad for him.

My husband's come along on the culinary journey with me, and eats the dinner I prepare. However he does have a stash of extras -- ice cream, donuts, Pringles -- that thankfully don't tempt me in the least.

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HDHAWK 1/11/2014 6:30PM

    Good ideas for the food. My husband does a lot of the cooking and brings lots of junk into the house. He never seems to need to lose weight even while eating junk. You've got a good system going!

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TAICHIDANCER 1/11/2014 3:19PM

    I'm a so glad you are revisiting your blogs and sharing the lessons learned. You have done what so few people have done: to lose a big chunk of weight and keep it off. The rest of us need to listen to what worked and what didn't for you. So, thanks.

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BOILHAM 1/11/2014 2:17PM

    Good resistance to temptation. Good for you. I totally understand. My loving DW had a very hard time stopping spoiling me when i got real serious about diet. She'd continue to buy me the sweets and goodies I love. We talked about it, and i still ate some in moderation. She has gotten so much better now. She occasionally will ask me if I want any beer. LOL. Because I sometimes use beer as a reward to myself.
Keep up the good work!

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ROCKLAND2010 1/11/2014 1:49PM

    Thanks for sharing! What a great idea to look back and reconfirm lessons learned.
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BOOKAPHILE 1/11/2014 1:46PM

    Yep. My DH doesn't really eat the way I do, either. But we get along well. He usually likes high sodium things that I don't like. If he has a candy I DO like, he graciously keeps it hidden. If I don't see it, I'm not tortured by it...even if I know it's around somewhere!

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MNNICE 1/11/2014 1:32PM

    It works for us, too. Hubby is very good about getting at the store what I put on the list, as far as healthy versions. There are many things he's switched to that are "my" foods, but some he still prefers the less healthy versions. He prefers lasagna with ground turkey and whole wheat noodles, but doesn't like the whole wheat spaghetti. Small changes for him and learning moderation for me.

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AQUAGIRL08 1/11/2014 1:22PM

    I can't tell you how helpful it is to me to read your blogs and see that you had slip ups and still managed to achieve your goals. That really inspires me and keeps me from quitting when I feel low about my lack of progress! Together we achieve more!

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NEW-CAZ 1/11/2014 12:51PM

    DH and I have different meals most days, although both healthy I ADORE raw veg/salads even in winter while h favours veg laden casseroles ( too heavy for me).
But Sunday we both tuck into a traditional roast.
He still chomps on treats in "his cupboard" which I avoid like the plague LOL

Remember you're keeping yourself healthy Marsha, as WALLINMW says stay motivated! emoticon

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BLUENOSE63 1/11/2014 12:29PM

  I think one of the biggest struggle that people have in your situation is how to co-exist with a mate who eats whatever they want....all the tempting foods ie. potato chips, sauces on foods etc. Good for you for figuring it out.

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WALLINMW 1/11/2014 12:24PM

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Pictures as Motivators and Moderation in Tracking

Friday, January 10, 2014

On Nov 10, 2009, my daughter took some "after" pictures of me by our bougainvilla which was in full bloom in our front yard. These were my first after pictures and I titled one, "Skinny Me," posted it to my SparkPage and changed my profile picture. I felt proud; it was a good, motivating activity. I had lost 77 pounds total. At the time I could not find any before pictures, but I guess I didn't look hard enough. Eventually I found a bunch and learned how to scan them. I still find "skinny" pictures motivating.

Back in Nov '09 I was about driving myself crazy trying to hit all 75 nutrients I was tracking on SP. By a year later I tracked calories, carbs, protein, fat, fiber, sodium, and calcium. I ate a variety of fruits and veggies every day (still do) and quit worrying so much about all the vitamins and minerals. On days it didn't put me over on calcium, I took a multi-vitamin. (With my history of calcium siliate kidney stones I do not need too much calcium.) Tracking is really fairly rough estimates anyway. A SparkPeople staff RD answered my question on the "Get Help Here" message board and pointed out that many of the nutrients I worried about (like manganese) are not listed on labels and probably are not reflected on many of the foods in the SP database. Perhaps going back to tracking everything for a month some time this year might be a good strategy to see if there are trends I should be aware of and consider.

  
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_LINDA 1/11/2014 12:19AM

    Another thing to find moderation in. I never tracked much beyond the basic nutrients, but trying to keep in those ratios was hard enough, can't imagine doing all those extras!
You have certainly learned great lessons in your journey!

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MSLZZY 1/10/2014 10:02PM

    I try to track those things that are most important and not stress about the rest. Sometimes you can focus on too many things and that isn't good either. You have done great!

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JOYINKY 1/10/2014 8:50PM

    No mindless eating is my motto. My tracking is kinda loose, but works for me. I do know what I eat each day.

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AQUAGIRL08 1/10/2014 8:08PM

    I track certain foods every day. I need to start tracking everything again. Keep up the good work!

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TAICHIDANCER 1/10/2014 6:56PM

    I track calories, the ratio of fats to protein to carbs, fiber and sodium. I take a multi-vitamin and eat tons of veggies and fruits. That's about it for me. You continue to inspire me not only by your weight loss, but by your maintenance as well.

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GABY1948 1/10/2014 5:02PM

    I am a personality like yours but I won't let myself be in this. I take the supplements my doctor tells me to and don't worry about the rest. But if I had a problem with Calcium I would be very careful too. You are doing so GREAT you must be doing something RIGHT! Keep it up!
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DONNABRIGHT 1/10/2014 3:07PM

    I track the basics and find it is enough to keep up with.

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NATPLUMMER 1/10/2014 1:32PM

    I do like to keep an eye on calories, carbs, protein, fat, fiber, sodium, and calcium.

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MIRAGE727 1/10/2014 12:16PM

    I believe there's a delicate balance to all things in life. I am passionate about every single thing I do in life. Sometimes that blurs my vision, physically and mentally. It's important for me to focus on that. I also put undue stress where it's really not needed. Stay strong, stay focused, and be you!
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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 1/10/2014 12:07PM

    I also tracked everything -- but as a learning exercise to find out where these nutrients really were and to develop meal options that I knew would give me what I needed. I thought of it as learning how to budget my calories, i.e. what foods really gave me the best, total nutrition. I would enter my food plan for the day every morning to see where I needed to adjust. When it got to the point that I almost never needed to make a single change, I figured I had truly learned how to eat a balanced, healthy diet. I occasionally spot check myself, but I no longer feel the need to track in this detailed manner.

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NEW-CAZ 1/10/2014 11:43AM

    I used to track EVERY nutrient too Marsha, but I guess now I KNOW what foods are good and suit me and what puts a spanner in the works- so I am not so worried.

As long as I feel fit, energetic and healthy I guess that's enough for me now......well that and getting good numbers on my annual health check up (which I did!)

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