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2 Years On Spark - Sometimes Success Takes Different Forms

Thursday, January 27, 2011

There's nothing dramatic to write about during this week's historic landmark of two years since starting SP.

However, I've

-Kept the original weight loss off (approx. 30 lbs).
-Lost the 8 that I'd gained from grief eating.
-Maintained good eating habits (despite several falls off the wagon).
-Maintained regular exercise routines.
-Made new precious friends.
-Maintained a healthy consciousness.
-Stuck with the plan by sticking to the daily log-in.
-Forced myself, during hard times of not wanting to, to stay the course.
-Not let this forever plateau get me down permanently.
-Realized that my body thinks it has its own goal weight and that may be a fact.
-Returned to my normal size of 12 on the bottom, although still larger on top.
-Realized I still have about 20 lbs to go, but am not going to kill myself. This is my own race.

Wishing all a great day.

  
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NANCY- 1/28/2011 7:46AM

    HAPPY
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It is nice to take a look and see how much has changed. YOU are Awesome!!!
Keep Sparking!!!!

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/27/2011 7:14PM

    you have done well this is one race you will win for sure

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LIBBYFITZ 1/27/2011 6:10PM

    "This is my own race" Well said! emoticon emoticon

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JLITT62 1/27/2011 1:02PM

    Those are all such wonderful things!

Happy sparkaversary!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/27/2011 12:13PM

    Those are all very profound lessons.

Happy Anniversary. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 1/27/2011 12:07PM

    Excellent!!! Keep up the great work!

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Goodbye, Jack Lalanne

Monday, January 24, 2011

You will be missed. And thank you for all the great health contributions you have made during your long life.

Wishing all my sparkfriends a great week.

  
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LIBBYFITZ 1/25/2011 6:04AM

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/24/2011 8:04PM

    i will truly miss jack a lot of us will live longer because of him if we are lucky

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/24/2011 4:37PM

    He has been such an inspiration!

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MTP717 1/24/2011 3:54PM

  I was surprised to hear about it yesterday. I thought he would have lived to at least 100.

Here's a link from Hugo Rivera that posts about him in his blog plus give links about Jack LaLanne.

http://www.hugorive
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age-96.html

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DEFIANTVEGAN 1/24/2011 2:36PM

    He will truly be missed.

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JLITT62 1/24/2011 1:03PM

    I hadn't heard yet. Just watched a few minutes of the news this morning. I wonder how many of the youngsters even know who he was? A visionary, that's for sure!

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NATPLUMMER 1/24/2011 12:11PM

    So sad. I will definitely miss him.

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/24/2011 11:57AM

    Sometimes I thought he would go on forever but all things must come to an end .....

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Medifast Ads On SP

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Yes, I sometimes get lazy and want a quick "diet" solution - even with my 2-year anniversary this month of a healthier lifestyle change.

This morning I found ads for Medifast on SP. Has anyone used Medifast? How did it work out for you?

  
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PROUDMOM2BOYS 3/16/2011 7:08AM

    I started using Medifast on September 18, 2010 and have lost 54lb on the program so far. I am now a coach for Take Shape for Life (the coaching division of Medifast) and love it! My thinking has changed over the last several months. Food is fuel, and I realize that now. Absolutely NOTHING tastes as good as being thin, healthy, and victorious feels! Food was too big of a priority in my life for too long, and it showed. I feel like some chains have been broken, and it is a great feeling (and the simplicity of TSFL has empowered me to make the changes that I needed to make). With Take Shape for Life, it is a three-component program: 1) The Medifast food, 2) coaching (which is free to the client) - having someone who has been through the program and has been trained to guide you is a key component, 3) the Habits of Health system that we work through as you are losing weight to ensure that this becomes a lifestyle change to keep the weight off for life. I have met a lot of people who have successfully lost weight on this program and have been maintaining their weight loss for 2+ years. The cost of the food is about $250 a month, which translates to $8-10/day for 5 out of 6 meals (the other meal is a lean protein/non-starchy veggie meal). If you have any more questions about it, don't hesitate to ask!

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GERIKRAGH 2/4/2011 4:53PM

    I tried--years ago--a protein diet drink and it left me hungry. I can't drink one 8-ounce drink and be full. Good luck.

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TRIKERBON 2/4/2011 4:10PM

    Yes I have used it by my doctor's recommendation. What it is is a powder protein drink, there are pre-packaged meals as well but my doc only had me on the shakes and bars. I lost a whopping 60 pounds in a very short time. But it was totally unrealistic and expensive for me. As soon as I quit the program the pounds came back with a vengence and brought two double chins with it and 40 more pounds! On my Sparks page there is a picture of me while on the Medifast diet and I look haggard and tired out and I was! Not to mention feeling very deprived because I was missing food so much! I know it is tempting to want to speed up the weight lose process by doing fad diets like Medifast but unless you keep doing them all of the weight you lose will only return and usually more at least that was my experience anyway.

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DJ4HEALTH 1/19/2011 8:16PM

    Never heard of it.

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SLIMTHICK2 1/19/2011 8:09PM

    I have never used it. All the best. emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/19/2011 2:25PM

    nope!

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/19/2011 2:17PM

    I know I have to take anti-inflammatories so perhaps it makes a difference but my doctor heartily disapproved he prefers the healthy lifestyle approach.

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MZLADY77 1/19/2011 12:24PM

    No What is medifast?

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BOBBIENORTHERN 1/19/2011 12:09PM

    I have never used it myself because of the exceeding high cost of it. But, I have come accross other people on sparkpeople who have used it and it seems as if it has worked miracles for them. Just way too much money for me. I have to do it the old fashioned way, self control and discipline.

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NATPLUMMER 1/19/2011 11:37AM

    No, I have not. Sorry I can't help.

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Direction Correction #5 - Water

Friday, January 14, 2011

In the wake of my imminent 2-year Sparkversary at the end of this month, I've become aware of several things that I've gotten a bit misdirected on. It doesn't feel like I've fallen off the proverbial wagon, but just that my healthy two-year track has begun to start making the beginning of what can easily be a U-turn. Yikes! Rather than let that happen, I thought I'd blog about each issue that I need a direction correction on. Each one will begin with this paragraph and lead into the topic of the day.

I've always been a water drinker. No problem. Lately, I've had to force myself to drink it. What's going on?

I can only surmise that since so many other things have gone downhill, the water challenge would be one of them as well.

This has got to stop. Water is my friend and always has been.

Wishing all a fun weekend.

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/16/2011 1:22PM

    I like water too, but sometimes I find myself at the end of the day without much in me. What is up with that?

At least we know better.
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NANCY- 1/15/2011 10:35AM

    Love the title.
Sometimes we have to make little adjustments over time. We change, our lives change... so little adjustments are necessary.
WTG on redirecting yourself.
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LIBBYFITZ 1/15/2011 7:18AM

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NATPLUMMER 1/14/2011 3:37PM

    Could just be a wintertime thing. If you track it, you'll be more likely to get your 8 glass in. Good luck!

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JLITT62 1/14/2011 12:13PM

    I use the SP app to track my water. Like you, I've always been a water drinker, but it's easy to let it get away from you, too, I've found. And for us here, it's kind of hard when the temps don't get out of the teens sometimes!

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KBEHUNE 1/14/2011 10:47AM

    There are days when I find myself having problems drinking all my water--then other days where I can't get enough! I think it goes in cycles.

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/14/2011 10:14AM

    I find I lose more weight when I drink water and everything else goes better too , my skin looks fresher etc! Have a fantastic day! hugs,Cheri

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Direction Correction #4 - Grocery Shopping

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

In the wake of my imminent 2-year Sparkversary at the end of this month, I've become aware of several things that I've gotten a bit misdirected on. It doesn't feel like I've fallen off the proverbial wagon, but just that my healthy two-year track has begun to start making the beginning of what can easily be a U-turn. Yikes! Rather than let that happen, I thought I'd blog about each issue that I need a direction correction on. Each one will begin with this paragraph and lead into the topic of the day.

Prior to these two years on SP, I hadn't realized that my grocery shopping habits were just that - habits. That I wasn't even thinking of the food items, but just picking stuff up out of routine throughout the years.

I remember when I started this new adventure of healthier living, I'd begun a two-month program prior to spark that gave me lists of foods to buy. It forced me to mindfully go from isle to isle and actually look for the healthy choices. OMG! I actually read the chart on the pkgs to check out calorie content and other important ingredients. Quite a novel experience for me.

Throughout these two years, I've often smiled at what's in my cart, thinking "Is that really mine with all the fruit and veggies?" However, during the last few months I've seen that I started not sticking to lists and picking up things on impulse that misdirected my path a bit more than I'd want to admit to myself.

Around the same time I started SP, a new grocery store opened nearby my house. It has been a godsend with low prices and quality food. (Fresh and Easy - only in CA, AZ, and NV) It has added to my quality of life by making it easier to continue to eat healthy at prices I still marvel at each time I shop.

My direction correction is to get back to total commitment that nothing extra goes into the cart. Nothing I'll regret by the time I reach the parking lot.

Wishing all a wonderful day.

  
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NANCY- 1/12/2011 8:28AM

    That sounds like a great market.

Not bringing "IT" home in the first place is a wonderful thing to do. I have a plan...
a menu,
make a list, and
....stay out of the junkfood aisle.

It takes practice and you will do it.
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CHERIRIDDELL 1/12/2011 1:39AM

    I think we can all benefit from your wisdom today.I know I myself will always think of your "My direction correction is to get back to total commitment that nothing extra goes into the cart. Nothing I'll regret by the time I reach the parking lot. " Now I hope I can hold to that direction correction too! hugs,Cheri


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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/11/2011 10:26PM

    Great idea to refocus on the grocery cart. I'm trying to get better at that too. I think not only of the cost of the food, I think of the cost in pounds as well. A cartoon of ice cream is really $3.49 and 2 pounds on me. When I think that way, I'm much less likely to put it in the cart, even when it's on a really good sale.

There's no such thing a free ice cream for me...it always has a poundage attached!

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LIBBYFITZ 1/11/2011 7:06PM

    That is fantastic "direction correction!" There are certain isles I never visit. The candy and the soft drink/soda! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 1/11/2011 11:42AM

    "My direction correction is to get back to total commitment that nothing extra goes into the cart. Nothing I'll regret by the time I reach the parking lot. "
I really like that. I'm going to keep it in mind when I go shopping. Thank you!!


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JLITT62 1/11/2011 11:28AM

    They opened up a new market here in the summer -- pricey, unfortunately, but the produce & fish is better, so I go there for some things sometimes.

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