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Sunday, June 07, 2009

After reading the blog entry on this topic, I thought about it. Prior to these 8 months of lifestyle change, I occasionally tried to keep a food journal. But that didn't last long, and I really didn't know what I was tracking. The food I thought to be healthy was, indeed, horrific. Same with exercise. I vaguely tracked it, but that served no purpose. Since starting to do both, and do them correctly, they have become invaluable tools. They will probably be with me forever, and are my best friends now.

  
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ARTHURTOM 6/7/2009 8:31PM

    Though I joined spark people November 26, 2008, I was well on my way to where I'm at currently.

How did this happen?

Just as you outlined in your blog. I tracked and logged everything. What Spark People has done is give me a place that is centralized along with a knowledge base not only for exercise, but nutrition as well.

In September of 2007, I sat in front of my computer and opened up a spread sheet and a word program and outlined my plan that fit the goal I had at that time and that was to feel better. I didn't have a number specific goal in mind, I just knew that I had to get healthier in order to feel better and that meant to dump the excess weight I had.

Getting my plan together was the first step in me taking charge and changing my life. From those original plans, I looked them over a lot. The first thing I acted on was to wean myself off of drinking beer everyday. That took about 2 months and right along with that I started to eat healthy everyday. I had no idea of counting calories at the time. I just knew I had to cut out fried foods and red meat and pizza and fast foods out of my regular food intake. I developed that healthy eating plan and followed it along with the drinking reduction and was successful at it. The only piece of the puzzle that was missing was the exercise. I started that on December 13, 2007.

From those early plans, I kept a diary of not only my weight, but my strength, and my ability to move and how I felt most everyday. It carried me through and as I started becoming healthier in early 2008, I found my depression fading from me. I also found new strength from within and a confidence in my abilities that was lacking for quite a few years.

Those early journals helped propel me to what I am now. I love Spark People and the people that I have come to know here because it takes dedication to your plan(s) in order to ultimately reach your goal(s).

I reached my first goal last fall...and that goal was "Feeling Good Again". I don't ever want to lose that again and no amount of food and or booze is worth the feeling I have right now!

Tim

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MSTELZER 6/7/2009 3:29AM

    Good for you! Do not think you are alone on this as I think most of us are really unaware of just what we all eat until we really start tracking it!

Michelle

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At the Movies w/o Treats (and not caring)

Saturday, June 06, 2009

I rarely go to the movies because I see DVD's at home. But I went yesterday to be with a friend. All around me were the sounds of paper crackling and jaws flapping, making loud crunching sounds. In other words, it was like feeding time at the trough. (smiling) Yes, I know it just goes together - movie and popcorn/soda - but when I observe how much sugar is consumed, how much junk is mindlessly thrown into mouths, it's yet another reminder of why I should be patient with myself. It's been 8 months since I began to establish new patterns after a lifetime of eating junk. I can't expect overnight changes. And I realized in the theater yesterday that -- 1. I was not hungry. 2. That I did not even crave any of the buttered popcorn (that was one of my faves with butter and grated cheese) that my friend was eating. In other words, I didn't feel deprived. Major progress.

  
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PROMETHIAL 6/6/2009 7:20PM

    Gratz. I've abstained from those "treats" even when I haven't cared what I eat from the standpoint of cost and not wanting to have to leave during the film.

Drinking a 32-54 OZ soda can leave you really uncomfortable or needing to use the facilities. Either way it doesn't makes sense to pay that much for a drink that will ruin a movie experience ...

And the other goodies are just too much in both cost/calories/etc.

Once you learn to go for the movie and not those massive money maker items for the theaters, you'll probably consider movies to be a different experience all together.

I know I love the "smell and sensory splash" from the foods in a theater though. I still associate that with the movies. I just never was really able to afford those things and unless it was winter I couldn't sneak anything in.

I love movies too much to waste my time when watching them senselessly eating. It's one of the things I still dont understand since everything I read keeps telling me to watch out for it and I have never had this problem. :)



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CAROL_ 6/6/2009 4:08PM

    It's so rewarding to see something "normal" around you, that you recognize and are familiar with and is the socially accepted standard norm, and to realize how much YOU have changed! No you can't expect overnight, but, not wanting what the person sitting next to you is eating, when the social environment calls for it and when it used to be your favorite - that is a mighty accomplishment!!

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ARTHURTOM 6/6/2009 3:37PM

    Movie theater popcorn and Dots or Mike N Ike's are my favs if I go to the show. I most likely would pass on the popcorn...but my next trip I believe I'm going to treat myself to some Mike N Ike's. Not like I go to the movies very often, perhaps once a year.

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MSTELZER 6/6/2009 1:45PM

    Woo Hoo - what a great leap forward! Learing to re-think things like this and change our habits is what we have to do!!!! Great job!

Michelle

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BINEMELLES 6/6/2009 12:10PM

    i recently had a similar experience - i rarely go to watch movies, and when i go i often visit the kind of small, independent "off-hollywood" cinemas that only sell small bags of gummy bears and a few choices of chips and chocolate bars. but last time i went to a major chain multi-cinema complex i was ASTOUNDED by the amounts of sweets offered and the portion sizes - a 14 oz paper cup and a 34 oz popcorn bag are considered SMALL?! it made me sick.
emoticonon your major progress! emoticon

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WANDA68 6/6/2009 11:00AM

    wow you rock that is awesome give yourself a huge pat on the back!!

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Assembled My New Ab Cruncher Machine Today & Getting Back into the Exercise Groove

Friday, June 05, 2009

Well, I put the darn thing together today (ab cruncher) and it was a challenge. (smiling) But it looks like a great addition to my collection. Day two of using the Leg Magic and I'm really liking it and feeling it. Overall, I'm doing better with exercise consistency and feel like I'll really start to see progress as my motivation level increases. The better I feel, the more motivated I get. Hope all's well out there for all my Sparkfriends. Hugs to all.

  
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GRANIJANI 6/5/2009 5:59PM

    SUPER!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSTELZER 6/5/2009 3:25PM

    Wonderful!

Michelle

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BINEMELLES 6/5/2009 5:59AM

    it's great to hear that your new equipment sparked up your exercise routine!
woohoo for progress and fresh motivation!

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CAROL_ 6/5/2009 12:47AM

    Consistency and motivation are sooooo important, and I'm glad for you!

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Beating Night Munchies One Night at a Time

Thursday, June 04, 2009

This has been my biggest hurdle - eating between dinner and bedtime. It's a lifetime habit and a hard one to break. Even though I've snacked healthy during this new time of lifestyle change in eating behaviors, I will see better results if I do away with the night scene entirely. I've tried everything, but what worked yesterday is that I started early in the day by eating breakfast later so that all of my meals were pushed back. By the time dinner came, it was well into the realm that satisfied me for the rest of the night. Hooray, hooray, I think I found my answer - finally.

  
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MSTELZER 6/4/2009 12:26PM

    Good for you for realizing what the problem was and for finding a solution that appears to be working for you! Great job!!!!!

Michelle

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RUBYSNANA 6/4/2009 7:29AM

    I use that method to help me avoid night time snacking. Like you, I start with breakfast later, which leads to a later lunch and supper. Somedays that really helps but not always. Other times I save part of my evening meal to eat later when I am craving a snack. That way the calories are already in my tracker; it is not additional food. I helps to keep the calories where they should be but allows me to feel like I have had a snack. Good luck to both of us. That evening snacking is a real challenge! Wendy emoticon

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BINEMELLES 6/4/2009 6:03AM

    well done girl! just remember that waiting too long and eventually going hungry before breakfast can be dangerous too - if you wait too long your metabolism starts preparing for a fasting day. i usually have a small fruity snack first thing in the morning (i've never been much of a breakfast eater) and then have a "regular" breakfast a little later in the day when my night working bf gets up. all our meals are pushed back a little - we sometimes have dinner as late as 9pm.
hope this will work well for you! emoticon

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ARTHURTOM 6/4/2009 3:57AM

    As long as you stay in your calorie range, anytime you eat, the food is metabolized pretty much the same whether your up and atom or laying down to bed. It is a myth that food you eat right before you go to bed turns into fat. Just wanted to share that little snippet with you Jesse. I hope that pushing the meals back helps to bring on the desired results you are looking for!

Tim

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CHGEMYSZE4LYFE 6/4/2009 12:20AM

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New Teams, Leg Magic and Using My Equipment

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

I've just joined two new teams and am thrilled by their warm welcomes and dynamic approaches - Goonies and Sparkability. I think these are just what I needed right now to give myself that much-needed shot in the arm to get off this forever plateau that is probably not a plateau but a stalled-out engine. My new piece of equipment - Leg Magic - arrived today and I've just finished assembling it. Have an ab-cruncher also due any day now. I recently wrote that I've got a home gym that I add to periodically. However, now I have to really start using them wholeheartedly to get this weight loss moving again.

  
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S_HANSEN 6/3/2009 9:47AM

    Wow, you are so positive today.. I love it! We are so glad you are on our team Spark Ability...your enthusiasm for success is contagious. Keep up the hard work you are doing for yourself... can't wait to hear how your progress is... have a wonderful Wednesday and let us know how the new leg magic goes... emoticonSondra

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RICH530 6/3/2009 8:32AM

    I love the enthusiasm I can hear in your words!! Sounds like you are ready to succeed!! Good luck to you on your journey!! Again, welcome to team Spark Ability! Stop by and chat a bit on our page. We look forward to getting to know you better!!
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SURENDERISNOTME 6/3/2009 12:54AM

    Your home gym sounds great. I sort of have a home gym. It is not quite as full as yours. Welcome to Spark Ability. Have a great Week.

Debbie

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IMAGINARY1 6/3/2009 12:44AM

    I want Leg magic tooooo lol emoticon

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