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A HUGE SHOCKER, BUT HAPPY ENDING

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Today I am starting a big experiment for November - starting early. In preparation for that, I knew I'd have to get on the scale, which I haven't done for several weeks.

Usually weigh in mornings, I did it at night this time and nearly fell off the scale as I was up 7 (!!!!!!!) lbs from what I have plateau'd at for the longest time. Hardly slept all night. Not just over this, but something very upsetting happened last night and this was the icing on the proverbial cake.

Just for accuracy, I weighed this morning. Now, keep in mind that nothing was eliminated - if you catch my drift. Nothing at all changed in a mere few hours.

DOWN 7 lbs!!!! Whew, whatta relief!!! So, for those of you who may lament fluctuations, please keep this in mind. That mine can vary within hours!

Back to weekly weigh-ins, which will be Sat. mornings.

Wishing all a happy weekend.

  
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NANCY- 10/28/2012 7:23PM

    That's why I do not panic over one reading... it is the overall trend that counts. But 7 pound variance... WOW!

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CATLADY52 10/28/2012 5:15PM

    I consistently weigh in the mornings before I get dressed. That seems to be the ideal time.

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RAINBOWFALLS 10/28/2012 5:08PM

    Yes I always weigh in the mornings. If I did it at night I would never sleep well

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NELLJONES 10/28/2012 9:14AM

    I have gained 3 pounds just from taking a shower. I weigh daily, same time in the morning, and write it down in my calendar. The graph over the weeks, months and years is what counts.

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ALEXSGIRL1 10/28/2012 9:00AM

    I dont count to much on the scale just how great my muscles look and how my clothes fit

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/27/2012 11:25PM

    Good grief!! That was freaky!! I'm so glad it wasn't for real.

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MARY1313 10/27/2012 10:54PM

    Yes I made this mistake once too!!!

Mary

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WALLAHALLA 10/27/2012 10:38PM

    That would be why I only weigh in the morning, after my shower.
I have noticed that the barometric pressure makes a difference as well, so I don't sweat over a small gain when the weather is making big changes.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 10/27/2012 9:49PM

    Whoa! That's quite a fluctuation.
I hope the other upsetting situation gets remedied quickly. Hugs.

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LIVELYGIRL2 10/27/2012 7:38PM

  I wonder if this is fro all the stuff we drink all day.

I do wonder why it fluctuates so much. I recall when we would go to my parents to visit, it always went up when in the morning before one eats, and anytime during the day. But it must not be true weight, ... but you know our tummies ca only hold 1-4 cups. Who I don't get it.

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DEBBY4576 10/27/2012 7:20PM

    Whew. You better never, ever weigh at night again. Congrats on maintaining so so well.

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NATPLUMMER 10/27/2012 4:49PM

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JLITT62 10/27/2012 4:05PM

    Really not shocking to me -- I know the difference he day of the week or time of day can make to WIs. even the clothes.

But sorry you went the such angst!

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-LINDA_S 10/27/2012 3:08PM

    I will only weigh first thing in the morning after at least one trip to the bathroom. Nothing else counts, as far as I'm concerned! Glad it ended up working out for you.

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LIVINGFREE19 10/27/2012 1:14PM

    I always weigh in first thing in the morning if I am ever going to weigh myself. I haven't been weighing myself regularly. I just weigh myselfperiodically. I go by how my clothes are fitting. I think by going by the numbers on the scale, it is easy to get too obsessive, so I just pretty much eliminate the scale. It works for me this way.
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FANGFACEKITTY 10/27/2012 12:49PM

    Mornings first thing are always the best time to weigh in. I know there is a scientific reason why but can't remember what it is.

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To FitBit or Not to FitBit

Friday, October 26, 2012

Pondering this purchase, but not sure I'd use it. Having read several sparkfriends' comments, it sounds like it's very popular.

Any feedback on this?

  
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KAYLSLYNN 10/27/2012 11:00AM

    I WONDER THE SAME THING. I HAVE A GOOD PEDOMETER DO I NEED TO SPEND THE EMONEY WOULD IT HELP THAT MUCH. PLEASE POST YOUR DECISION.

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DJ4HEALTH 10/26/2012 10:32PM

    It does seem like a glorified pedometer.

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ALEXSGIRL1 10/26/2012 7:28PM

    not sure if i could even use one with my pacemaker but it does sound cool,

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RYDERB 10/26/2012 5:21PM

    Everyone seems to be hooked on it, but it seems gimmicky to me. I love my HRM and have considered stepping that up to a BodyBug, but FitBit seems like spending money to take a step down. emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 10/26/2012 4:22PM

    I don't know if I will buy it.
I have a $5.00 pedometer that tells me how many steps i have taken and that is good enough for me.
Good luck in your decision.

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DEBBY4576 10/26/2012 4:20PM

    I love mine. I've had for 5 weeks. My average busy day (housework, shopping etc) I found was about 5500 to 6000 steps. To reach 10,000 you have to walk 2 miles. Minimum. Weather bad? Use the timer and mileage and walk it in the house. And that's what you do, because you become addicted to the darn thing. But that kind of addiction is good uh? I would recommend everyone getting a fitbit. It tracks so much more than steps. I love the floors and the cals burned and the mileage. My fitbit is one that tracks sleep, or you can use it as a stopwatch when you first walking the mileage.

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IAM_HIS2 10/26/2012 11:33AM

    Hope you get the right answer for you.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/26/2012 10:10AM

    I wonder the same thing. I thought I wanted a BodyBugg until I heard the price. I don't want to buy something I won't use. Some of the key features would not be that useful for me. I don't have access to many stairs and already know how I sleep. LOL. And I have a really good pedometer. I don't have a Smart Phone so the apps would be out. I seldome eat away from home as I try to avoid it. I worry it would end up in the washing machine as it's so small.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 10/26/2012 9:43AM

    According to my calculations, everybody who has one loves it, minus me, but I have feet problems, especially the more I walk, and it does inspire it's owner to walk more. I gave mine to a friend and she loves it.

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NATPLUMMER 10/26/2012 9:32AM

    I love mine.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/26/2012 8:45AM

    I've been looking at them ever since they first came out a couple years ago. I'm currently talking myself out of it by saying it won't track anything while I'm bike touring .....if it did, I'd be all over it! Even so....I still want one.
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NANCY- 10/26/2012 7:04AM

    You are not alone in the quandary. I hear it is a great tool if it is used. While not exact, it does give a general idea and a basis for comparison.
How would you use this tool?

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PAMNANGEL 10/26/2012 3:01AM

    I'm also considering a FitBit. It sounds interesting.

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POCKETCOLLIE 10/26/2012 1:21AM

    Hah! I've been wondering the same thing!

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MARY1313 10/26/2012 12:23AM

    Not from personal experience, but one of my good friends on Spark is PUDLECRAZY and she loves hers. Visit her spark age and read her blogs about it.

http://www.sparkpeople.c
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DO YOU SNORE?

Thursday, October 25, 2012

About six years ago, due to a number of factors, I gained weight for the first time in my life. Overweight. With the extra pounds came a bunch of things I'd never experienced before - knee pain, etc. And how shocked I was to discover I'd started to snore!!!!

So I've Iost most of the weight, but occasionally find the snoring thing going on. Just once in awhile. Which made me wonder what it correlates with. I noticed it's during a night when I'm especially tired and in a deep sleep. But other than that, I just can't figure it out. I'm glad it isn't a nightly occurrence.

Curious to know what others experience.

  
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SKYEFYR 10/30/2012 1:56PM

  It's rare for me to snore, and more often than not because of allergies. Are you rolling over on your back? That will sometimes cause it.

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DJ4HEALTH 10/26/2012 10:33PM

    According to my husband,yes

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KAYLSLYNN 10/26/2012 12:04PM

    HUBBY SAYS I DO BUT HE DOESN'T COMPLAIN AS MUCH SINCE I HAVE LOST WEIGHT HAVE BLESSED DAY

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CHRISTINASP 10/26/2012 3:40AM

    I only snore when I have a cold, and sometimes when I sleep on my back. I usually sleep on my right or left side.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 10/25/2012 11:39PM

    Good question. I don't know if I do or don't, but if I did, I'd call my consulting nurse and see what advice I get, if you have one through insurance, that is.

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 10/25/2012 9:16PM

    Sometimes blissful ignorance is not a good thing. Keep an eye out for symptoms of sleep apnea: waking up not feeling rested, tired during day, low energy, heart palpipations, high BP etc. etc.

Amber

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CATLADY52 10/25/2012 5:47PM

    Some habits are best not known. emoticon It is called blissful ignorancefor a reason. emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/25/2012 5:27PM

    I occasionally snore but not every night. It often is positional and depends on how you are sleeping. People snore more on their backs.

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NATPLUMMER 10/25/2012 5:08PM

    According to my husband, no.

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CHEFBUFFY 10/25/2012 5:06PM

    I am more likely to snore if I've had alcohol.

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NAOLEE 10/25/2012 5:00PM

    You have to check with a Dr because my husband and my son snores and they have Sleep Apnea.

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KNYAGENYA 10/25/2012 4:55PM

    I had a horrible snoring problem. According to hubby it has stopped since I have lost some weight. I have lost around 34 pounds so far. I would have horrible pain in my feet and heels and all of this has gone away.

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TRP NEARLY BROKE MY SUGAR STREAK

Saturday, October 20, 2012

After something like 79 sugar-free days, I told a friend that it was no problem having the Halloween candy where I could see it every day. That I've had no sugar cravings and was now totally in control. (smiling)

I bought candy that would not be attractive to me. Or so I thought. Last night, a cherry red Tootsie Roll Pop hopped out of its bag and followed me around all night. In fact, until I finished reading at 1 am.the bad angel on one shoulder had me almost tasting it, and convinced that one would not hurt. And then she said, well, have two or three - they're small.

It would have been nice to read and enjoy the sucker. But I knew that it would be my gateway drug and then I envisioned eating the entire pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving since I would, by then, be back on sugar.

My good angel and I won. But it was quite a battle, even though I haven't craved sugar. It is truly a case of "out of sight, out of mind." Like Pavlov's dog, when I started passing by the bags here at home, yikes! I'm still not going to put them away. I am determined to teach myself a lesson.

Wishing all a happy day.

  
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SKYEFYR 10/30/2012 2:01PM

  I have a candy dish on my desk. I actually am told all the time I have the best candy dish in the company. :-) I've always had one (all 25 years of being a secretary) and it's never been a problem. I just don't see it most of the time. Anyway, when I started this job I suddenly started noticing it, and as I got stressed I would hit it over and over and over.

It's been 10 days since I've had a piece of candy though. It's hard. I just keep reminding myself how hard the first couple days without it were and that if I eat one piece that's my carb limit for 5 hours. (And you know you can never stop at just one piece of candy!)

Good job ignoring the pop. I took some out of the bike the other day and made my son hide them in his room and don't let me see him eat them. :-)

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/21/2012 10:31PM

    Yep, that is how I get started. I love those cherry tootsie roll pops too. Good job on avoiding temptation!!

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 10/21/2012 3:53PM

    Going to teach yourself a lesson? (actually, that sounds punitive). What about being kinder to yourself?

There are other ways to be able to pat yourself on the back than proving you have an iron will and can withstand having it out on the counter tempting you all the time.

For instance, congratulate yourself on the wonderful success you've had in all ways.

Amber

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NEVERMIND2010 10/21/2012 5:18AM

    Good for you! I'm not buying any candy. I know I would lose that battle right now.

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CHRISTINASP 10/21/2012 4:01AM

    Good for you!

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HDHAWK 10/20/2012 7:54PM

    I struggle with sugar too. I'm usually ok after 3 or so days without it and don't crave it, but if it's in front of me that's a different story! Congrats!

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LIVINGFREE19 10/20/2012 7:34PM

    Great job!
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/20/2012 6:36PM

    Way to go!!

TRP's are one of my downfalls too. I haven't done it in many years because I pretty much avoid buying them, but I have been known to eat a whole bag of them in a day.

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JLITT62 10/20/2012 4:46PM

    Great job on resisting!

I always like to set myself up for success . . . in my case, that means putting away tempting things out of sight AND downstairs.

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KPETSCHE 10/20/2012 4:17PM

    Hey, great job listening to that good angel. You're doing awesome!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 10/20/2012 1:29PM

    I'm SO impressed! Excellently done! Give yourself a double high five from me, please.

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Juicing at $420 Month???!

Friday, October 19, 2012

I recently watched the film "Fat Sick and Nearly Dead" for the second time over the past 1.5 years. They estimate that juicing costs about $420 to maintain for a month. Seems like you can do it for a lot less than that, don't you think?

WIshing all a happy day.

  
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SKYEFYR 10/30/2012 2:04PM

  One of the reasons I quit juicing is I realized how much money I was spending on it. (And how much time I was spending cleaning it! But that was two juicers ago, the one I have now is quicker.) I can easily see people spending $100 a week juicing. I can also see people using mainly fruits and ending up with way more sugar than they think an wondering why they gain weight instead of losing it.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/21/2012 10:29PM

    That seems rather expensive to me too.

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DS9KIE 10/20/2012 8:00AM

    You have to figure out how much you are currently spending, how healthy it was and how much you want to juice.

I would use the pulp and make smoothies also then there is no waste.

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1BEACHWALKER 10/20/2012 1:10AM

    Probably does if you do it everyday! Veggies and fruit aren't cheap! But, neither is chips, candy, donuts, pie, cakes, etc. So, I think it is a good trade off!
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DJ4HEALTH 10/19/2012 10:50PM

    emoticon did not think it cost so much.

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WALLAHALLA 10/19/2012 10:00PM

    I guess that's better than spending $420 a month on junk food. It is MUCH more expensive to eat healthy.

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DEBBY4576 10/19/2012 8:37PM

    Doesn't it take a whole lot of vegetable or fruit to get one glass? Someone with a juicer could tell you how many carrots it takes to make 8 oz of fluid. I think it probably does cost that much.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/19/2012 7:24PM

    I think it depends on where you live and how available fresh produce is.....

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RYDERB 10/19/2012 12:09PM

    Actually, I thought they really underestimated the cost. If you really "juice" for every meal, it can get CRAZY expensive, especially if you buy organic like they recommended. And the quality of your juicer really makes a difference. It takes a lot of veggies to make a single glass of juice. You have to buy things on sale, at the 99 Cent store, or Costco, and don't get me started on trying to keep them fresh. emoticon

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NOTHN4ME 10/19/2012 11:05AM

    $420 is rather expensive. It would all depend on how much you actually drink. I have found that Farmer's Markets offer better deals on organic produce. Remember to also buy fruits and veggies in season (cheaper).

I juice/Nutri-blast once or twice daily and it runs me about $50-60/week. I try to buy organic, but sometimes it is just too expensive. I wash my produce in baths of water and apple cider vinegar.

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LIVINGFREE19 10/19/2012 10:37AM

    Definitely I would think it would be less than that.

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JIBBIE49 10/19/2012 10:31AM

    I think you have to realize that he still ate a LOT of calories for the size he was, so I don't think the average woman would need that much produce. And when you shop at a "TRADER JOES" it is expensive. You're right that it can be done cheaper. Dr. Mercola says you can soak vegetables in a bleach solution and get out the toxins, so you don't have to buy organic. He has the article on his web site.

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NATPLUMMER 10/19/2012 10:26AM

    I suppose it would depend on how much stuff you put in your juice and whether you are buying all organically grown fruits and veggies.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 10/19/2012 10:11AM

    I would believe it's that expensive, but it does seem like it could be done for less with some planning and foot work. My acupuncturist and I recently realized thaf my digestive system doesn't process raw veggies, so I guess I'm looking for a stir fry budget.


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