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The First Three Bites...(no, not about vampires)

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I recently read a short blurb somewhere that the first three bites are said to be the ones that bring the most satisfaction when eating something yummy. That made me think about noticing how that can work in my favor. Then I realized that I rarely eat anything yummy anymore since I lost my craving for sweets. I'll have to experiment with something else I like. It would be nice to eat something small that only takes three bites and just savor each one instead of having something huge and just shoveling it down. Just random thoughts. (smiling) Have a fun day, sparkfriends.

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THECOZE 9/30/2009 4:50PM

    i have found that my family, expecially my children, are the greatest barrier to me eating sweets. Since they are the ones that eat the sweets, they won't let me filch off their plates anymore. i will have to try the 3 bite thing though.

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KIZIDOG 9/30/2009 4:01PM

    I have found that really works. I savor every bite of something that I shouldn't have and I usually end up stopping at 3-5. It works for me anyway. STar emoticon

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PAM19681 9/30/2009 8:43AM

    Thanks for sharing a great idea. I have tried to sample only one bite but that just makes me want more. I will be trying this for sure

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JULIETFOX 9/30/2009 4:40AM

    mmmmm I like your thinking. I am looking for the power to stop myself from that shovelling action!

Will try out your theory and see if I have the strength


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"Semi-" and "Somewhat" Won't Cut it If I'm To Lose this Last 20 in 2010

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

As my first year of healthy eating and regular exercise draws closer on the October 13 anniversary date, I look at my role model's photo on my SP photo page. Ernestine Shepherd is a 72-year-old fitness trainer, and in AMAZING shape. She glows beauty from the inside-out. On her sports shirt in the photo I have up on my page, it lists "determined, disciplined, dedicated."

I look back on this year with a great deal of happiness over many healthy goals - large and small - achieved. I try not to say "Oh, I lost only 30 lbs and everyone else has lost so much more. " We are all doing our own journey, I realize that.

But when I look at Ernestine's photo, I ask myself, "Have I been determined?" Answer - semi-determined. How about disciplined? Answer- somewhat. Have I been dedicated? Answer - to a certain degree.

Well, friends, the writing is on the wall as I enter year #2 of losing weight. If I am going to pull these last 20 from my bones, I can't be semi or somewhat anything. I've gotta go all-out and give it my everything. My body just hasn't wanted to give up any more weight after these initial 30 lbs, so it's time for tough love.

Have a wonderful day, sparkfriends.

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JCORYCMA 9/29/2009 9:54PM

    Wow! 30 lbs. is Awesome!! I can't count how many times I lost 30 and gained back 40 in the same year. Not anymore. People like you inspire me to keep at goal. Thanks for being my spark friend!! emoticon emoticon

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    You sound like you have had a change of attitude. Good for you. I agree with some of the others set some smaller goals. When you reach each goal reward yourself. I think you will find that helps.


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KIZIDOG 9/29/2009 3:13PM

    You can do it. I think you have been very determined, and you need to celebrate those 30 pounds that you have shed. You are doing it healthy. We all know that sudden weight loss will just be gained back. Good luck. Star emoticon

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PEDIPOD 9/29/2009 12:29PM

    I agree that it takes a very substantial investment and that is hard to maintain over the long haul -- best of luck and HANG IN!!

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ARTHURTOM 9/29/2009 11:21AM

    Semi-determined? Perhaps if you look only at your results or your latest fall back in August...but overall, I would say that you may be a notch above that. As we progress closer to our goal weight, it is necessary to find the right balance to carry us through to the goal weight.

While a larger calorie deficit works for a person that is a great deal over their ideal body weight, the only thing a large calorie deficit will do for someone that is close to their goal weight will put that person into starvation mode either causing a lengthy plateau or cause that person to gain weight.

I have over the past couple months set my calorie deficit at no more than 250 calories per day (1/2 pound weight loss per week) and my body has been responding.

Try to zero in and maintain a balance more so than a larger deficit...those last "stubborn" pounds may just disappear.

To use a few quotes from the movie "One True Thing"... "...sometimes, less is more" , and "It's so much easier to be happy. It's so much easier to choose to love the things that you have, instead of always yearning for what you're missing, or what it is that you're imagining you're missing. It is so much more peaceful."

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    Good blog!

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CATE195 9/29/2009 6:15AM

    Don't forget to set up some specific goals and be sure to reward yourself. When my weight got stuck I decided that for each day I stayed within 100 calories of my lowest I would download a new song from I-Tunes. It worked for me. Find something that works for you. Good sparking emoticon

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HICALGAL 9/29/2009 5:06AM

    the writing is indeed on the wall. make it happen girl friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Shocked By the Numbers - Again!

Monday, September 28, 2009

The first time I got on the scale, at the start of this healthier eating adventure in October '08, I was shocked. I'd never weighed myself and didn't own a scale. I was a person who never gained weight. But during these past few years, things changed and I knew I had to take hold and get the pounds off. When I got on that scale the first time, I nearly had a heart attack from shock. Nothing like a number to hit you over the head to truly wake up!

Same thing happened yesterday, but in a good way. A couple of months ago, I bought a pedometer. Never got around to opening it. Yesterday I said what the hay, might as well give it a shot. Took my regular walk and couldn't believe my eyes. In fact, I still think something was wrong with the thing. How can a short (2.30 mile) walk have 4800 steps??? In fact, more than that because I restarted it after a few minutes into the walk. Wow! I would never have guessed, and am eager to see how many steps are in my longer routes. I can see how measuring makes a difference in knowing where you're at, as opposed to just ambling around and not setting goals. Yet another time that a number has hit me over the head to wake me up! I think I'm fully awake now. (smiling)

Have a great day, sparkfriends.

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    emoticon You are doing a great job. Keep up the good work.


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    emoticon You are doing a great job. Keep up the good work.


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    Well done! Nothing like some objective data to reinforce all the good you are doing!!!

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KIZIDOG 9/28/2009 2:34PM

    Sounds about right. There is around 1500 steps in a mile. Maybe a little more. So you are probably right on track. It is really interesting wearing a pedometer all day and seeing how many or few steps you take throughout the day. I need to get mine out again and use it for awhile. Congrats. Star emoticon

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PATIPAJ 9/28/2009 12:48PM

    Hi Jesse,
Facts and figures don't lie!
I was a bookkeeper for 22 years and its a rigorous job
to keep track of those little devils, but they tell the
real truth.
Great blog. Like your writing. Its like listening to you
speak, and thats how I try to write. My cousins and I used
to "penpal" in the summer time to have something to do and
something to look forward to. I learned to love writing then.
My cousin Janie, in Missouri, still writes longhand with a pencil. She doesn't have a computer (she's stubborn) and wouldn't have one. Aw, shucks, I love her anyway!HA!
Keep on keepin' on.

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MSLZZY 9/28/2009 10:49AM

    Pedometers are fantastic little tools to help us along! You had a great number and I hope you are over the shock! As long as you set it up correctly, seeing is believing! Keep on Sparking! emoticon

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TIME4ME2BFIT 9/28/2009 10:17AM

    good for you! I have a pedometer and I too have never opened it, maybe I will grab the dog and the pedometer and head out the door! You should be proud of yourself! keep up the good work! Kelly emoticon

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Last night, I found this nationwide event and wanted to share the info with my sparkfriends. If you enjoy plays, or have wanted to see one for the first time, now's your chance. Two tickets, totally free. Google "Free Night of Theater" and it comes up with a map of the U.S. Then, plug in your city and it gives you a list of plays. You can pick one and order 2 free tickets. I plan to do this in San Diego in October. Hope someone out there can take advantage of this offer also and enjoy. Have a fun day, sparkfriends.

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PATIPAJ 9/28/2009 1:00PM

    Grrrreat News! I will do that today.
Thanks Jesse.

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RICH530 9/27/2009 9:25PM

    Thanks for sharing!!
emoticon Lee

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HICALGAL 9/27/2009 11:26AM

    Thanks Jesse....that's wonderful! unfortunately there's nothing for hawaii but i spread the word to my friends and hopefully others can take advantage of this great offer. thanks again!! emoticon

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SUNSET24 9/27/2009 10:55AM

    you GO girl, thank you, hugsssssssssssssssssssss

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ARTHURTOM 9/27/2009 10:21AM

    Wow, what great information! Thanks for the heads up on this Jesse!

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SEYSARAH 9/27/2009 10:17AM

    Thanks for sharing the info...I had no idea and love plays!

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The Huge Importance of Breakfast

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Before I started eating healthier last October, I rarely ate breakfast. It was another one of those great lifelong habits that caught up with me and eventually bit me in the butt. As a kid, mom would preach about the importance of breakfast and made me eat it. But then that certain age comes when you just don't. "I'm not hungry," I'd protest. Over the past year, I have seen how very important breakfast is for all of the reasons we have read in the SP articles.

Yesterday, I learned a couple of additional interesting things from a magazine that I hadn't realized. The article credited the journal "Obesity" for the following - Eating cereal for breakfast every day may slash your risk of Type 2 diabetes by up to 45%!

Scientists now site a satisfying breakfast as giving us the vitamins and minerals to satisfy the body's nutritional needs that help nix future cravings. Breakfast eaters are said to weigh up to 50% less on average than others who eat nothing for breakfast. Finally, people who eat breakfast are 4.5 times less likely to be obese compared to those who skip it.

Have a fun day, sparkfriends.

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PATIPAJ 9/28/2009 12:50PM

    Hey, I'm headed for the kitchen!

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WISTFULVISTA 9/27/2009 9:47AM

    Thanks for this! And a 45% lowering of diabetes risk?? I've got to get in the habit... - Susan

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HICALGAL 9/27/2009 12:16AM

    gotta have my oatmeal and fruit w/ground flax, cinnamon and honey.....yum! emoticon

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JHADZHIA 9/26/2009 7:51PM

    I couldn't do without my breakfast! Its my biggest, most calorie-laden meal of the day! But then, I do my heavy workout in the early mornings, so I need to fuel up to make it through the day. I do find the need for evening snacking is next to non-existent.

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RIPPEDPAUL1 9/26/2009 3:13PM

    I misread your title. I thought you wrote the importance of a huge breakfast and ordered the Denny's Grand Slam Breakfast! Ooops!

Actually I had my oatmeal in the morning with my cats and then off for a walk.

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    Thank you for the reminder of eating breakfast. My mom was the same way about scolding us about eating breakfast. As a child I disliked having to get up early enough to eat breakfast before school. Now I wish I had listened to mom about a lot of things. I eat breakfast daily now. It might be just yogurt. I still eat something before I start my day.


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JCORYCMA 9/26/2009 12:48PM

    I've got to start my day with some fuel!! Nothing elaborate, although I do like to go out on the weekend and have a nice omlet somewhere.
Thanks for reminding us the importance of breakfast. For many people that's a struggle!
emoticon (fried with Pam) emoticon (lean turkey bacon) emoticon (must have coffee)
Joanne :)

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JILLSMYTH 9/26/2009 12:27PM

  I wouldn't eat breakfast just because I was too lazy to get up the 10 minutes earlier. But once I started, I felt so much better and if I don't eat breakfast now, yikes!

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