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I Prefer to Eat More

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I had a minor injury and had to cut back my exercise to allow my hip to heal. So I had to cut back my calorie range target in order to maintain my weight. My hip is now healed and I have added the calories back in.

I know without I doubt that I much prefer to eat at the 1500-1850 calories per day range than the 1330-1680 calorie range. In order to eat that much I need to burn 1910 calories per week. As long as I'm feeling good, that is undoubtedly my best option for feeling good, strong, and satisfied. -Marsha

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TBRANCH2 5/20/2010 9:56PM

    Glad to read that your hip is doing better!! See you Saturday at the team spa day!!

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UUCEEJAY 5/20/2010 9:55PM

    I feel the same way about wanting to exercise so I can eat more. Funny how that calories in calories out equation really works to keep your weight steady. I could never get it balanced before, but now with tracking, I think I've finally got it. emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 5/20/2010 4:35PM

    I love the way you look at things and make a conscious decision about what you want to do! You could teach me a thing or two!

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JHADZHIA 5/20/2010 2:06PM

    That is great Marsha! It is nicer to eat at the higher calorie end rather than the lower, way more options! Keep up the wonderful work! we are all learning from you along the way!!

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KALIGIRL 5/20/2010 1:18PM

    I'm with you - love my walnuts, red wine and chocolate!

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AMANDAJCD 5/20/2010 1:13PM

    I agree. I'm happy to be eating at mid-1400's rather than right at 1200 (which is what I ate while recovering from some stress fractures). I burn 700 calories per week exercising at this time (still recovering, LOL), and I'm so glad I can just get out there and MOVE and EAT again :)

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WALKINGANNIE 5/20/2010 1:06PM

    Vive la difference!!

I prefer a 1400-1700-calories-a-day range and rarely get past 1500 these days. I'm never hungry. As you know, walking is my main activity. It's not as physically challenging as many people's exercise programmes - that I admire hugely - but I enjoy it and know that I can be consistent.

I used to eat many more calories - and did next to no exercise at all in the old days.

It's so good that we can find what suits us and I'm glad that you're back to doing things the preferred Marsha-way.

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MERALO 5/20/2010 11:54AM

    Glad you're back to exercising again!

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MONTY68 5/20/2010 11:53AM

I agree with you about more food, It also gives more choices and ideas. The calories burned average 272 a day and that should not be a problem. How were the calories last night, could you have increased anything or did it fit in with your new idea of calories?
Knowing you, Your decision is a good one.

You are doing fantastic and I love reading your blogs.

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Buffet Success

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I attended a buffet today. Several people commented that it was a difficult place to eat wisely. Not for me.

I passed up the plain white dinner rolls. As far as I'm concerned they are nothing special. And then I didn't need the butter. So two down.

The deserts were cupcakes and other assorted pastries. There would have been a time I would have wanted one of everything - and might actually have had two and a bite of someone's third one. But didn't really look tempting today. Three down.

There was a salad of baby greens and assorted lettuces. I filled my bowl. The cucumbers and tomatoes were on the side and I got my share. Skipped the croutons. No low fat dressing, but I took about one tablespoon of the Italian dressing. It tasted good. Feeling positive.

The main dish was meatloaf. I took about two ounces. I'm pretty good at guessing measurements now. It tasted supper salty to me so I didn't want a second serving, either. I've really reduced my sodium and I'm used to it now. Doing okay.

There were fresh green beans. I filled half my plate with green beans. Nobody looked at me funny. There were plenty. I could taste a little salt on them, but if there was butter or fat I couldn't taste it. They were yummy. Very good choice.

I took about 1/3 cup of mashed potatoes. I didn't need anything on them. They tasted heavenly to me, even the couple of lumps in them so you know they are real. Fine.

And they had sweet and unsweet tea. I asked the server for tap water instead. I'd already had coffee and didn't want to overdo the caffeine. Plus I needed more water. Another good choice.

But I did have to have an indulgence. On the table as part of the centerpieces there were Dove promise chocolate candies. I had one to finish my meal - 42 calories, I think, and well worth it.

So I feel very good about my buffet today. Definitely did not feel deprived. I enjoyed every bite, the program, and the company. I'm glad I went.

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WALKINGANNIE 5/20/2010 5:10PM

    You ARE in control Marsha!

By the way, as a diabetic I measure blood sugars often and have found that plain white bread / dinner rolls have a worse effect on my readings than some much more obvously sugary foods.

Your buffet management shows how habits and tastes change. You're a great role model (and definitely not a roll model).

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AQUAGIRL08 5/20/2010 4:33PM

    Way to go Marsha!!!
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EILEENV3 5/20/2010 2:01PM

    Way to go. emoticon
Thank you for the suggestions.
My weakness at buffet's is also chocolate.
I will be in Las Vegas for several days. Have decided if I do a buffet to grab the desert plates. Usually I have two large plates with different selections (inc veggies) followed by choc. brownie with choc. ice cream topped with choc. sauce. Think parts of those brownies may be still part of the dimples on my thighs.

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KALIGIRL 5/20/2010 1:26PM

    Congratulations on your choices. Isn’t our enhanced sense of taste wonderful? I personally can’t wait to savor a fresh tomato.

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JHADZHIA 5/20/2010 12:15PM

    Well done!! Great choices!!
I have never eaten dinner rolls at a buffet, I absolutely detest white bread, so flavorless and soft!! But I would find it hard to pass on the desserts, especially if they have my favorite -date squares or lemon pie. You did fabulous!! I am not so good as guesstimating. I hate trying. Just have to use those relationship sizes like Sparks gives you - a deck of cards for one meat serving etc.
No wonder you are doing so well! Keep up the great work!!
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DONNABRIGHT 5/20/2010 8:46AM

    It's all about choices, isn't it!

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MONGO2TEN 5/20/2010 5:49AM

    Yay for you! I've found buffets are usually pretty easy for me. I remember a time when I'd eat myself sick. Now I enjoy them so much more:)


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WILD4STARS 5/20/2010 5:34AM

    You're an inspiration to us all.
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MERALO 5/20/2010 4:08AM

    Isn't it amazing how our tastebuds change? I can also taste the bad things now...that used to be so "tasty" in the past! And I can smell it too!

Great stuff on not depriving yourself, its so much more rewarding to have what you want, but still keep control...way to go!

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LIBRATAH 5/20/2010 12:29AM

    Wow! You did awesome. I am still avoiding buffet style dining. emoticon emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/19/2010 11:53PM

    WOW! Very impressive. Good for you. Good job!

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MONTY68 5/19/2010 11:22PM


That was an exciting experience and you really thought it through and I would say that you had a very good dinner. These are the type of experiences that allows one to make wise choices. Congratulations.
P.S. A Dove chocolate is exactly what you needed to finish a great meal.

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JAMER123 5/19/2010 11:10PM

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So glad you were able to stick to it!!

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Learning from Our SparkFriends

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The new Secrets to Success section of SparkPeople has become a real favorite of mine. I love reading what other people have found helpful. One thing I didn't figure out until today, though, is how to find the Secrets to Success that a specific SparkFriend has posted. Just find the following URL, and type in the person's screenname after the equal sign:

So, should you be looking for my Secrets to Success, you would find it at:

Happy Sparking! -Marsha

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WILD4STARS 5/19/2010 6:12PM

    emoticonYou're the best!
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WALKINGANNIE 5/19/2010 2:08PM

    Thanks for this information Marsha. Your secrets are helpful and I already 'liked' quite a few of them. It's good to be able to access ones that I'd missed.

I'll also look out for those submitted by other friends.

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KALIGIRL 5/19/2010 8:57AM

    I continue to marvel @ the way Spark refreshes this website and keeps us engaged.
Of course it helps when people like you post such great secrets.
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DONNABRIGHT 5/19/2010 8:56AM

    Good to know.

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UUCEEJAY 5/19/2010 8:27AM

    Thanks for the info! The secrets to success are helpful, emoticon

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MONTY68 5/18/2010 6:50PM


Thank you for showing us how to get into your secrets, I know they have to be fantastic emoticon emoticon

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 5/18/2010 6:49PM

    I just read all your posts to Secrets of Success. They are great and definitely something for me to apply and/or think about. I specifically like the one ...where you treat weight loss like a job. I never thought about it like that. Thanks so much!

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AMANDAJCD 5/18/2010 6:11PM

    Good to know that!

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WALKERSSS 5/18/2010 5:53PM

    Me too. I get so much inspiration from spark pages. Your little girl is just precious. Happy Sparking and much success to you.

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Community Team

Monday, May 17, 2010

This week I joined the SparkPeople Community Team, which I think is a sign that I am entering a new phase. (I'm convinced there are phases of maintenance, but I've yet to identify them in predictable order. See previous blogs if curious.) I am feeling less need to proclaim my experience to others and impart my "wisdom" learned. (Despite the fact that I now have -- count them -- 41 Secrets to Success posted.) I am feeling more like "listening" (reading, actually, with my mind's ear) to other people's situations to see if I have some relevant information to share or support to give.

For those of you who don't know, you can sign up for the SP Community Team if you agree to do the following:

1. Start your own blog on your SparkPage and post in it at least once a week, updating people on your progress.

2. Post a comment on someone else's SparkPage blog at least twice a week.

3. Leave a comment on someone else's SparkPage at least twice a week.

4. Welcome at least 3 new people in the “Introduce Yourself” forum on the Message Boards each week.

5. Make at least 2 other posts on the Message Boards (in any forum except the Game Room) or on SparkTeams each week.

Items 1, 2, and 5 I do anyway. 3 & 4 I do sometimes. Thoughtfully remembering to add those two should not be any problem. The SP Community Team is suppose to be supportive, so I wonder if there would ever be a situation where I would choose to be less blunt because I have the Community Team logo by my name? I don't think so.

I might refrain from mentioning Weight Watchers as much as I have in the past. Don't get me wrong. I have two loves: SparkPeople and Weight Watchers. I just want to keep them separate. On the WW boards I'll talk about points and on the SP boards I'll talk about calorie range and I can count it either way. In fact, I do. Really, they both compliment each other. Nothing contradictory.

So I can enter my SP Community Team with no feelings of split loyalties. I'm loyal to both. It won't take much additional time to complete the SP Community Team commitments, nor constrain me from saying what I'd say anyway. The SP Community Team is just right for my new phase of maintenance. I may blog a little less and "listen" a little more.. -Marsha

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SLENDERELLA61 5/18/2010 5:35PM

    My Secrets for Success:

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BIKE82X 5/18/2010 5:18PM

    Marsha - Where are your secrets to success posted? I'd love to read them.

I think it's great that you're contributing to the Community Team. I get the impression that's what you do wherever you go. :)

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/18/2010 3:45PM

    Good advice and reminders. Thank you!

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DONNABRIGHT 5/18/2010 2:43PM

    Sounds good!

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KALIGIRL 5/18/2010 1:04PM

    Glad you’ve found another team that meets your needs and helps the rest of the Spark Community. Isn’t it fun to grow in our sparking?

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AQUAGIRL08 5/18/2010 8:29AM

    Sounds like you've found a great team for you Marsha! Helping other people really helps you keep on track yourself. You become aware of new things too. The Community Team is lucky to have you as a member!

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JHADZHIA 5/18/2010 1:18AM

    Welcome to the Community Team! I joined it back in September as I felt I had lots to offer with my long experience with health problems, fitness and dieting. I hadn't even lost my weight yet, but it was going in the right direction. I really do like helping people where ever I can. This is a way for a housebound person like me to get out and meet people!

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RISSASPIECES 5/17/2010 6:34PM

    I was on the community team for ages, but they used to make you welcome people on a specific board and I would forget that part. ROFL

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WALKINGANNIE 5/17/2010 5:49PM

    I'm so glad that you have joined the Community Team. It's a great group of active and generous people. Joining it was a turning point for me as it made me more active in the SP community.

You will be right at home there and among like-minded Sparkies.


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Phases of Maintenance

Sunday, May 16, 2010

A couple days ago WalkingAnnie postulated that perhaps maintenance has predictable phases kind of like group development (forming-storming-norming-performing). I've been thinking about that statement quite a bit. I think she's probably correct, although I haven't determined what the stages are.

I was feeling some concern that my weight maintenance routine was a bit obsessive -- or maybe more than a bit. Annie and others indicated maybe that is a phase we maintainers all go through, as we try to create our new normal.

While in this mind set, I came across a post on the Weight Watchers message board that suggested these as some of the phases of maintenance:

"Testing the Limits (a.k.a. Can I get away with this?)" phase

"OMG - I'm gonna gain it all back" phase

"Being allowed to eat more is Scary" phase

"I'll get back on plan tomorrow" phase

"How can I still feel fat when I'm at goal?" phase

"Look at Meeeeeee !" phase

"I can do this easily forever" phase.

"Why is no one paying attention to me anymore' phase.

"I have to have new clothes / I am wearing colors again" phase.

I think I've at least touched on each of these phases. The post I read indicated that there are a lot more stages in another post. So far I haven't found it.

For those of you who are maintaining, or have experience with maintaining, can you identify any stages you or maintainers in general go through?

I am so glad that this time I did not get stuck in the "I can't possibly do this another day" phase. And I can't wait to get to the "healthy eating is second nature to me" phase. -Marsha

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KALIGIRL 5/16/2010 8:45PM

    I may be @ the 'eating more' phase, as I haven't quite figured out weight.
I have to admit, I was blessed; as being overweight was 150 @ 5'5", when 145 was considered fine.
So clothes were my indicator before joining Spark. I refused to buy a size 12 and suffered (in more ways than one) in size 10s. I am now in 4s or 6s, and am thoroughly annoyed with an American clothing industry that cannot determine standard measurements for a size. (sorry to rant).
So, I am trying to add more food and have to admit it's a tad intimidating...

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MNNICE 5/16/2010 7:29PM

    Hmmmm... I can go through at least 5 of those "phases" in a single day! Maintenance is sometimes frustrating, sometimes confusing, sometimes boring, sometimes fulfilling, sometimes fun. But regardless, it is definitely a place I want to be and stay!

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MEXGAL1 5/16/2010 6:14PM

    I am new to this group and I think that maintaining is just so hard. I guess I am in the phase of knowing that it is so easy to gain a pound back here and there. I am always still thinking about food. I love to eat. I find myself still following the nutritional guidelines for loosing weight and then when I do eat more(like when we go out to diner) the weight I gain from that will come off again when I go back to more the "diet" plan. I make healthy food choices but I think it's the quantity I can put away that can add the pounds quickly. Plus, even though I walk the dogs 3.5 miles up and down the cobblestone streets here in Mexico, it's not enough to eat more. So I am in the phase of knowing and realizing that it will always be a battle for me.

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LAURIE5658 5/16/2010 4:56PM

    Great blog, marsha. One thing is certain, maintenance is sometimes a scary place. I am still new at this and still finding my way. I WILL be successful.

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AQUAGIRL08 5/16/2010 4:09PM

    Great information! Thank you for sharing!

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DONNABRIGHT 5/16/2010 3:12PM

    Great article - thanks!

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JHADZHIA 5/16/2010 2:53PM

    Thanks Marsha!
I am in the combo phase actually, being allowed to eat more is scary ties in with OMG I am going to gain it all back!
I don't think you can be too obsessive about maintaining. Its when you relax and let it go that the troubles can creep back in again. I think you need to be vigilant. Its so very easy to gain weight and so very tough to get rid of it :((

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WALKINGANNIE 5/16/2010 2:49PM

    Thanks for this discussion Martha. I think it was you who prompted my suggestion of maintenance phases, so I was probably reflecting back something that you said anyway!

It's good to be looking for information and understanding together, as there doesn't seem to be much accessible research about maintenance - especially compared with all the information about weight loss. (At Goal & Maintaining and the other maintenance teams would give a very good basis for field research.)

All the stages that you have listed seem very familiar!

I've done an internet search to see if I could find any evidence to support the hypothesis of maintenance phases. I didn't find much, but this scholarly article was interesting:


The last 2 sentences stated that, 'As duration of maintenance increases, a shift in the balance between effort and pleasure may occur. This shift may, in turn, increase the likelihood of continued weight maintenance.'

Actually, I think I might recognise this feeling too. Over to longer maintainers like Linda (RAYLINSTEPHENS) and Monty (MONTY68)........?

Thanks for prompting further exploration of how this works.

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SWEATONCEADAY 5/16/2010 1:57PM

    i am in the "i can't believe i let myself gain 10 lbs after maintaining X amount of time" stage. i agree with the above stages though and did touch on most of them myself.

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