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The Scale is Up!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I'm still not used to the scale going up. I was up two tenths of a pound from yesterday to 133.4. I suspect that is a good thing. At 5'6" I was happy to reach 165. Even thought about making that my goal weight. Then I hit 155 then 145 and then 135. My doctor says 145 is my ideal weight. My husband asked if I wasn't getting too thin when I hit 138.

It is exciting to lose weight, but all good things must come to an end. Although truly I am not at the end. I can still gain Spark Points, improve my fitness, and even improve my eating.

I need to work toward gaining muscle and lowering my percentage of body fat. I need to increase folate, iron, and magnesium and reduce potassium while contining to meet all the nutrient benchmarks I have been.

I guess 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.

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MYMONSTERSX3 11/17/2009 4:44PM

    Good for you. You seem to know where you want to be and have a great plan to keep on track. The rest will get you there with what you are already doing.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 11/17/2009 1:48PM

    You certainly have it all together, and know the right things about this weight issue we all have. I like your new goals, am feel sure you will achieve them.

Keep sparkin, because you have so much to share with others, and are a wonderful motivator for so many. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 11/17/2009 8:21AM

    You are doing such a great job! I wouldn't worry too much about the slight fluctuations in the scale. Much of that is fluid and can vary from day to day. As long as the .2 doesn't turn into 5-10 pounds, you'll be fine. Keep up the good work!!! emoticon

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JMONTIE 11/17/2009 7:42AM

    Good insight. We've spent so much time trying to lose the weight. I, too, am below my goal weight set by Weight Watchers. Maintenance kind of scares me. I have lost a large amount of weight before...twice before, actually. But I'm praying this time will be different. Maybe SparkPeople will make the difference! Best wishes to you!

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Baby Steps in Planning

Monday, November 16, 2009

This morning I planned and entered my whole day of eating. This is the first time I thought ahead farther than the next meal since I've been on SparkPeople. My goal is to eventually have a full month of healthy meals planned with weekly shopping lists. Of course, I intend to be flexible enough to take advantage of produce in season, meats on sale, and special events. But I think having a plan and then deviating prudently will give me a big leg up toward my goal of maintaining a healthy weight forever.

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LOVELYDATURA 11/16/2009 9:50PM

    This is inspiring!

In O.A. (I'm not in the program anymore, so I'm not doing anything that goes against me being anonymous)...
they encourage that you plan your food daily. I have had the hardest time with it, and now that I'm not in the program, I don't plan.

I just record...I wonder if this is hindering my progress?

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AQUAGIRL08 11/16/2009 5:39PM

    Hi Marsha,

You are awesome! I'd love to be able to plan that far in advance but hubby is too picky and doesn't know what he wants to eat from one day to the next. I find that if I keep mainly healthy stuff in the house, I can usually have the makings for many different dishes. At least he's willing to be a good sport about testing my healthy meals. So far, he's liked all of them so I can't complain (not that it would do me any good if I did emoticon) I know that you're going to be a great success with the lifelong effort!


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MYMONSTERSX3 11/16/2009 12:26PM

    This too is going to be my new approach. I haven't started it yet, I'm not a great cook and a very busy mom, but I am hoping if I can have meals planned and even made ahead of time, then I know to eat right even better than I was.

Good luck to you in this endevor.

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Regrets, I Have a Few, but then Again.....

Sunday, November 15, 2009

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....

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1AVERY 11/15/2009 5:47PM

    You are all so right. We can't go back that has been my motto for the last few weeks with everything that is going on in my life. My family keeps saying if you did this, if you did that you wouldn't be where you are now. That is right but what is wrong with where I am now. Everything happens for a reason and if we get see the future would our lives be any better/different etc. Who knows but lets enjoy the ride getting to where we are going. The healthy lifestyle we are now adapting will help us in all aspects of our lives and YES we enjoyed the getting here so let's enjoy the getting there!!! NOW. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 11/15/2009 1:03PM

    You're right, you can't go back to what used to be, you can only go forward. I believe there is always a lesson in what happened yesterday. You have to learn from it and apply the knowledge to where you are today. That makes the lesson learned from being overweight a very valuable one for all of us. We have to value the gift of our bodies and get them healthy in the here and now. We also have to achieve a balance between mind, body and spirit to be totally healthy. I may have been thinner for most of my life, but the balance that I've achieved as this point in time is so much better. The trick is to get everything to come together at the same time!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/15/2009 10:57AM

    Speaking for myself, I am not sorry for the choices made earlier in my life.

I have no regrets for enjoying life to the extent of reaching 210 lbs, but I do regret reaching that weight.

Why you might ask? As I am fond of saying,when I get to heaven and God asks me what I thought of chocolate I am going to give Him the 2 thumbs up, for all the goodies I was able to eat the first 56 years of my life! And I am going to say, "thank you very much!"

That said, I am equally not sorry for learning self-control in my new lifestyle at 120 lbs - a weight I never was on the way up. It feels great being thinner!

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Celebration: Natalie is Potty Trained! Knee Improving.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Natalie has gone one week with no accidents! Once she got it, she had it. Fantastic.

Knee is a little better today, but I'm taking it easy. In reading the health info on SparkPeople it must be an LCL sprain. I expect full recovery in 2-4 weeks. I think I'll have to continue to take it easy, though, because there was no obvious injury. I heard no pop and felt no big pain. It just got sore. I appreciate the recommendation on water aerobics, but I have to be available to care for Natalie no matter what my child's work schedule is. Maybe after February. I expect she may start preschool after she turns 3.

I plan to try a new recipe tomorrow to use on my husband, child, son in law and granddaughter. Have saved many good looking recipes from SparkPeople. Will let you know what I choose and what the outcome is.

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AQUAGIRL08 11/15/2009 12:55PM

    Yay on the pottie training! That's a big step for your little one! Have fun trying the recipes. I've made a few and most are delish!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/14/2009 7:18PM

    Congrats on the Potty Training!

Be real careful with that knee!

Good luck with the recipe!!

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PEGGYANNSCH 11/14/2009 6:55PM

    I hope you get better

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Obstacle: Knee Pain

Friday, November 13, 2009

My right knee started hurting. Guess I'll have to give up my 120 minutes of cardio per day and cut calories. I'm worried that I'll be hungry and less fit.

I will give up all jogging, jumping, and running with Natalie. Today I told her I could only walk fast. Bummer.

Wish I had an expert to help me figure out my safe limit, but I'll do the best I can. Think I'll try 30 min of walking, the SparkPeople strength training, and knee exercises. Since I'm in the process of fighting health insurance denial, I really can't go to the doctor unless I'm dying.

I will get through this.

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AQUAGIRL08 11/14/2009 12:09PM

    Marsha I'm so sorry that you have to go through all of this pain. I think fast walking for 30 minutes several times a day might do the trick. Also, have you considered water aerobics? I go either to the Gandy Pool ($2.50/class - it's heated) or possibly the YMCA for their classes. (I think you have to join the Y unless you have a doctor's note.) You don't have to stop exercising, just change the type of exercise that you're doing. Can you bicycle? That's also a great way to exercise. There are some terrific bike paths that run from Bartow to Highland City. There is also a wonderful gym at the Kelly Recreation Center, next to the Gandy Pool, that has treadmills and stationery bikes. The gym cost is $3 per day, for the whole day. Just a thought....

Hope you're up and hopping soon!

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ALEXSGIRL1 11/14/2009 7:45AM

    really take it easy don't overdue the spark knee exercises sound wonderful. also some people i know with knee problems do well with riding a bike. have a great week and emoticon

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