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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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SURENDERISNOTME 9/28/2009 6:52PM

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


Debbie

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SURENDERISNOTME 9/28/2009 6:52PM

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


Debbie

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FAMILYTRADITION 9/28/2009 2:55PM

    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.
Hugs,
PJ

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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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FREE NIGHT OF THEATER - NATIONALLY, 2 FREE TICKETS TO A PLAY

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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KAYLSLYNN 9/27/2009 6:06PM

    THANKS FOR THE INFO. I TRY TO EAT SOMETHING FOR BREAKFAST . emoticon emoticon emoticon

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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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SURENDERISNOTME 9/26/2009 1:05PM

    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.

Debbie

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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 :)

Comment edited on: 9/26/2009 12:48:52 PM

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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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Still Battling the Night Munchies

Friday, September 25, 2009

This has been my biggest challenge during this year of healthier eating. It's such a lifelong habit, that it takes a million tons of willpower to resist. I'm doing better, and I've tried every trick in the book. Now I just let myself eat something nutritional (small amt.) and figure it into my calories for the day. It's a deeply ingrained pattern for me, so it'll be awhile before I can get rid of this night time raiding of the fridge. Have a fun day, sparkfriends.

  
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PATIPAJ 9/28/2009 12:54PM

    You can do just about anything you make up your mind to do.
Again, ditto MSLZZY!
Say, is she a cowgirl?

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MSLZZY 9/26/2009 7:10AM

    You can do it! Just keep the healthy snacks close by!

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SURENDERISNOTME 9/25/2009 4:29PM

    I have the same problem with night munchies. My DH has complained a little about me eating all the carrots in the house. They are my munchie snack. They are not high in calories. They taste good. I get the sweet baby carrots so they also help my sweet tooth. Good luck with curving the night time munchies.

Debbie

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Maybe This Isn't a Plateau, But a Final Destination??? Yikes!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Yesterday, I read that if you've been on a plateau for a long time, that it may be that's where your body will stay! I am completely blown away by that, as the thought had crossed my mind before. However, if I believe that, I'll stop working toward my goal of the last 20 lbs which will be so much more comfortable. I know that my body has not wanted to give up more weight for the longest time now, but I refuse to believe that this is all there is. There are way too many success stories here on SP to the contrary.

  
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PATIPAJ 9/28/2009 12:52PM

    I totally agree with MSLZZY on this one.
Keep on keepin' on.
You'll get there.
Hugs,
PJ

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AMYMLE 9/24/2009 11:29PM

    I know you've been wrestling with discouragement for awhile now. Sorry you're having to go through this...but it will just make you stronger, right? emoticon (Yeah, I know...no fun.) It could be there's this balance going on in your body...losing fat--weight goes down vs gaining muscle--weight goes up. If you're doing the right things, you know you're not adding fat. Perhaps you're just gaining muscle at the same rate (weight-wise) as you're losing fat. Remember to look for the little changes like belt notches, rings and clothes feeling looser, being able to exercise longer than you used to or lifting more weight than you could just awhile ago. I'm confident you've been making progress...it's a scale conspiracy.

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SURENDERISNOTME 9/24/2009 6:51PM

    I have hit plateau's in the past. It takes a while to get off that plateau. For me I had to change my eating habits again and my exercising program to get off each plateau. It might take a little time but it normally works. Good luck.

Debbie

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JHADZHIA 9/24/2009 3:10PM

    I so know where you are at! Its happening to me too now. After steadily losing every month about the same amount, this month I actually GAINED 2 lbs! I was mortified! I am exercising my butt off and never miss tracking my calories, and if I go over, it is never by much. So I have to wonder the same thing you are. I wish you luck breaking out of it!

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TOBSKINNY3 9/24/2009 1:11PM

    You Can do this! This is what youhave wanted to do... show yourself you can do it.

WE are all here to back you up!

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MSLZZY 9/24/2009 12:46PM

    No, this is just one of those resting points in your journey. You know, like the ones on the interstate where you pull over and see what the lookout has to offer. Well, I went to the
lookout and decided to keep on driving! And you know what! The resting point (plateau)
disappeared from sight and mind and I made it to my goal. Just keep on driving! LOL! emoticon

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