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Marshalls. Sparkfriends. Weigh-in Day. Harry & William.

Monday, November 16, 2009

What would I do without Marshalls or Ross stores? I've gone down three pant sizes since last October, so where else can I get a $40.00 pair of pants for $10? (one pair was $7!)(not irregulars, and name brand) And Playtex bras for $4.50 each? I know that I will continue to go down in size, and I know that buying new clothes won't break the bank. What's funny to me is that, in the past few years when I'd begun gaining weight, it took me awhile to fully wrap my mind around the fact that I had to buy bigger sizes. Now it's just the opposite. I go to the rack with bigger sizes and then remember that I don't need them anymore. I smile each time I do that. This year's hard work has paid off.

Before October 08, when I began this healthier lifestyle, I'd never blogged before. I didn't even know what it was about. I soon realized the many purposes it serves, and yes, blogging has served me well in making all the intangibles around weight loss totally concrete and seeing exactly where I am (and in other ways besides physical). I would have never imagined that cyberfriends could be such wonderful boosts in the process. Every once in awhile, I've taken a blog space to shout-out and thank all who have ever responded and helped me through good times and bad. THANK YOU TONS!

It looks like my forever plateau may be a thing of the past. After making changes to food intake and exercise programs this past two weeks, I am down 2 LBS(!!!) at today's weigh-in. HOORAY, HOORAY!

I've begun starting my day with exercise videos and my workout pals are Princes Harry and William, whose photo is on my page. Their participation consists of laying on the back of that chair with one eye open to watch and wonder what in the world I'm doing! Suffice it to say, I absolutely love those rascals - their purr-sonalities match their looks. And, of course, their eyes are blue even though the camera flashed them like demon eyeballs. (smiling)

Have a wonderful day, friends.

  
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VICIOUS421 11/17/2009 12:50AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon on the weight loss and breaking the plateau!!!!!
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HICALGAL 11/16/2009 11:46PM

    congrats on getting pass those plateaus and for another 2 lbs gone!! emoticon emoticon

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RASCALSMOMMA 11/16/2009 5:39PM

    Jesse, when I lived in Janesville they had a Perfectly Plus consignment store; Keep in mind this was over two years ago. I gave them my email in case the stuff i had on consignment sold. Well they send me ads and stuff. Ive written them and let them know that "your services are no longer needed." Man was that a great feeling or what?! Congrats on the progress! Laurie

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JOYSONG50 11/16/2009 2:48PM

    Nice going! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PEDIPOD 11/16/2009 2:00PM

    Wow! What a lot of great news!! Congratulations!! Hard hard work paying off!
I know what you mean about automatically going to the fat lady stuff and then being able to go to the regular clothes racks and know that those clothes now fit! What huge pleasure -- keep at it and enjoy the new fun!

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MSLZZY 11/16/2009 12:35PM

    emoticon emoticon You rock!

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Carrots & Celery. Eggs & Cheese. Jonesing for Coffee after 3rd Week. Weighin on Monday.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sometimes the tips I read are so simple, and I read them and wonder why I never did them before. For example. I totally love my organic tortilla chips with hummus (from a store called Fresh & Easy). However, these do add up even when I keep them in my daily calorie range. Then I read a short little article on SP to substitute veggies w/the hummus. Now I do that instead of the tortilla chips and it has worked out so well. Not only do I get healthier snacks, but the carrots and celery are very filling snacks that have made my hunger so much more manageable (a big key to my beating the night munchies). This has been a wonderful boost for me in really keeping myself in a great range each day.

About a week ago, I eliminated eggs and cheese from my diet. Being the cheese queen of the universe, I thought this was going to be very difficult. Nope, not at all. I don't even miss it. I'm thinking that this will be a big help on weigh-in day. We'll see on Monday.

I've just completed my third week of no coffee. After going through a difficult detox period for the first week, my insulin has stabilized and everything is feeling very balanced and healthy. However, the pull to go back on coffee again has been huge. I'm toying with going on decaf. I know this is not the most important decision or problem in the world (smiling), but just something I'm dealing with.

My weigh-in day is on Monday. I've been working harder than ever in the exercise realm, doing a great job with food intake and keeping within my range, etc. Now, last week was the same sceanario, but I was up a few lbs and I lamented how could that be? We'll see what's up this week. I'm determined not to make the scale so important as I can see my body changing. Sooner or later, the scale will move as well.

Wishing everyone a fun day.

  
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LOREENYK 11/19/2009 10:42AM

    Have you ever tried Yerba Mate tea? It is a fantastic coffee substitute. My husband and I switched over several months ago. I used to drink 10 - 12 cups of coffee through the work day (no sugar but used cream and that's a lot of fat & calories). Now I have some Yerba Mate in the morning, later I might have some green, white, herbal tea and lots of water (of course).
Cheers, Loreen

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VICIOUS421 11/15/2009 9:42PM

    emoticon on the emoticon I know you will do emoticon tomorrow with the emoticon I don't think I could give up my emoticon I emoticon it so much! emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 11/15/2009 7:29PM

    Good luck tomorrow!

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SURENDERISNOTME 11/15/2009 1:09PM

    Awesome job! Keep up the good work. I know that kicking the caffiene wasn't easy.

Debbie

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CIRCUSANIMAL 11/15/2009 1:08PM

    A long time ago (the last time I dropped 30 pounds) I gave up cheese and it made a huge difference. I didn't eat cheese for a few years and didn't even notice. Then one day it crept back in and here I am! I think it's a wise choice to leave the cheese behind. As for coffee, I've been off it for 10 years. The first three months were hard, and then I craved it for about another year lightly, but now it just tastes odd. Try a decaf tea (I really like the mint and the ginger teas). At first they will seem like a poor substitute, but eventually they will become really nice for you. Go you!

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STLRZGRRL 11/15/2009 11:19AM

    You... STOPPED eating cheese. Just STOPPED?

If I could stop eating cheese and (as my SPals all KNOW by NOW!) peanut butter, I believe I would dry up and blow away... thereby achieving my goal weight of negative pound and a half so I can eat my way back up to 14% body fat...

Well. I wouldn't likely blow away as I WOULD be anchored to the coffee pot so, unlike Watermellen, I have MANY sins to recant before I get my perfection tiara...

It sounds like you will be getting YOURS pretty soon!!!

GOOD JOB!



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WATERMELLEN 11/15/2009 10:04AM

    Can't even contemplate no coffee -- like to say it's "my only remaining sin" (so not true, of course!!).

And yup: love cheese too (although in reasonably controlled portions most of the time).

You have very impressive self-control.

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RICH530 11/15/2009 8:47AM

    Jesse, you are doing such a great job!! I give you great credit for eliminating cheese from you diet. I think I would go crazy!! Cheese is my chocolate!! Keep up the good work and the scle will eventually catch up with your hard work!!
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JLITT62 11/15/2009 8:00AM

    Good choices all around. I got my answer about why my scale didn't reflect all my good work when TOM hit yesterday. But when we're really eating healthy, it WILL eventually move.

I really do love my cheese . . . try to limit it mostly, but don't really think I could give it up completely.

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THEADMIRAL 11/15/2009 7:48AM

    You're doing great! You've accomplished SO MUCH in a couple of weeks! emoticon Regardless of what that scale says, you are a WINNER -- keep fighting that good fight! Vikki

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LISANANCY 11/15/2009 6:57AM

    Seems like you have the "Things" under control. Good choices, you are making good choices. emoticon

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HICALGAL 11/15/2009 2:57AM

    keep up the good work!

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RASCALSMOMMA 11/15/2009 2:02AM

    Jesse girl you are doing wonderfully! As to your decision on the coffee; ask yourself why did I go off coffee in the first place? If you find your reason to still be valid now, I wouldn't do a substitute. It kind of reminds me of "NeerBeer" the "beer substitute" for alcoholics trying to get away from Beer. That stuff, as I recall, was HORRIBLE and made many just want the real thing more! I think you know where I'm going with this..TC and may your decision give you pride in your accomplishment.. Hugs Laurie

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2BFREE2LIVE 11/15/2009 1:50AM

    Hey your doing very good to make all those changes in your diet.
I drink decaf and the reason is the smell and the taste, I do enjoy drinking coffee and decaf is not going to hurt your diet as there are zero calories in coffee unless you add them with cream and sugar.
Have yourself a great Sunday, and good luck on weigh in day on Monday. Sandy

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When Friends Learn from My Healthier Lifestyle

Saturday, November 14, 2009

I have a good friend who's watched my progress over the past year and been very supportive. He recently bought a bike and we rode together for the first time this morning on a beautiful day in San Diego. He is starting to talk about eating better and doing more exercise! How wonderful! It was great to see that my year has had a positive impact on someone else.

  
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RASCALSMOMMA 11/14/2009 9:48PM

    Jesse That is great! I had a similar experience not with a friend but at a health fair today. It was really cool! Spread the SPARK by EXAMPLE! Hugs to you from Laurie

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THEADMIRAL 11/14/2009 9:18PM

    Neato torpedo! emoticon on your consistency and faithfulness that is now helping your friend!

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VICIOUS421 11/14/2009 5:20PM

    That is so great! Congrats on getting your friend to join you!

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MRSCAROLB2 11/14/2009 4:08PM

    That is wonderful!!!! It always makes us feel better about what we are doing by changing the way we were to a better healthier person. If we can give just one person the inspiration to start living a better life, then it is worth all the sweat we have put in to our weight loss. Now you have a exercise buddy!

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HOKU-ALOHI 11/14/2009 3:55PM

  Ah and think of the great change this has wrought for his health for now and continuing to enjoy life.

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JLITT62 11/14/2009 3:42PM

    It really does feel wonderful to inspire other people. Nothing like getting healthy together!

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WATERMELLEN 11/14/2009 3:23PM

    It must make you feel realy good that you are inspiring your friend. For me and the people in my life it seems that this "Tom Sawyer" technique -- just matter-of-factly demonstrating how much better I feel because I'm getting healthier-- works a lot better than preaching at the other person or "encouraging" them to do what I am trying to do.

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MSLZZY 11/14/2009 3:17PM

    You've inspired your friend to join you-awesome! Very psoitive! Have a Sparktacular weekend!

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MNM_13 11/14/2009 2:15PM

    Thats awesome!!! Keep on inspiring people!!


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JOYSONG50 11/14/2009 2:14PM

    emoticon on inspiring your friend to change. Keep up the good work.
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I'm Winning a Lifelong Battle with Night Munchies

Friday, November 13, 2009

One of the biggest challenges in this past year of healthy eating, has been breaking my night munching habit. I've tried every trick in the book, and it really doesn't matter if I include it in my calorie intake for the day. All my life, I've been able to eat anything and not gain a lb. Then, a few years ago - bingo. Hormonal changes, mega-stress, and my lifelong eating habits put on the weight. However, I've had the night snacking under control for a couple of weeks now, and don't even miss it. This is a HUGE feat. Yes, if I'm ever famished, I'll allow myself a healthy snack. Otherwise, it's another habit that is best being escorted out of town. Wishing all a happy Friday the 13th.

  
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JCORYCMA 11/13/2009 10:13PM

    You are right on!! Saying good-bye to that habit will help you tremendously in your weight loss efforts! I find I sleep better when I'm not laying there digesting a heavy snack :)
Joanne

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MELLIEBU 11/13/2009 4:03PM

    Great job. I have a huge munchie issue as well. Its a hard habit to kick. But its just that, a habit. We can change. There is hope!
Congratulations on your successes so far.

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SKYEFYR 11/13/2009 1:31PM

  I am SO glad to hear you're getting the night munchies under control. You're a winner and you're going to see all you goals reached. Keep reaching for the stars, you'll get there! Congrats on such a great accomplishment!

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SURENDERISNOTME 11/13/2009 11:30AM

    Good for you winning the battle with the night time snacking. i still have problems with that. i keep carrots in the house for my snacks. It takes a while to get used to grabbing a carrot instead of something else. Keep up the good work.

Debbie

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JLITT62 11/13/2009 7:43AM

    I didn't even notice that it was Friday the 13th . . .

I suppose that it's "easier" to have struggled with your weight for a long time (like me) than to be blindsided. But who am I kidding?

We all have our battles. Glad to hear you're winning yours.

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MSLZZY 11/13/2009 6:52AM

    Kick that habit to the curb! Nighttime snacking needs to take a hike! Happy Friday the 13th!
No, I don't get too attached to the flock of chickens but my son's goats are such pets! Now those little ladies are too lovable to resist!

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JERSEYGIRL1950 11/13/2009 5:50AM

    Great job..I remeber Bob Greene on Oprah saying that grumbling at nite is a good thing,,imagine pac man eating up all the fat cells I always remember that..so when I hear that after dinner growl ..i go ok pac man it's your turn to eat LOL...you can do it!!! emoticon emoticon

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VICIOUS421 11/13/2009 4:10AM

    Happy Friday the 13th to you too! Congratulations on your conquering your night eating!!!!!

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Computer Problems

Thursday, November 12, 2009

My computer is slowly conking out. After doing everything possible to prolong it's life, it may last another day, week, or month. However, when it goes, that'll mean a temporary break with SP site. Sad, but true. Meanwhile, I'm working hard to step up my exercise program, limit my calories to my range, and be an overall good girl. Have a wonderful day.

  
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ARTHURTOM 11/13/2009 7:39AM

    Slowly conking out is better than quickly conking out! emoticon

I built the computer I'm on right now back in 2001. Since then, it has been a work in progress that the end of the road is just ahead. In 2002, I upgraded the 20 GB hard drive with a 120 GB Western Digital hard drive and put a nice fresh version of Windows 2000 Professional replacing the Windows ME that I originally built it with. At that time I also installed 1024 mb of DDR SDRAM replacing the 256 mb DDR that I built the system with.

In 2003 I added a dolby 5.1 sound card, surround sound stereo system, subwoofer and a DVD burner. I also added Windows XP Professional upgrade at that time (which I still use).

In 2004 my monitor took a dump...new monitor! My DSL modem also took a dump (got it for free from AT&T when I signed up for DSL service but they wanted $129 for a replacement) so I bought a Zoom DSL modem and also a new V.92 dialup modem for dialup backup. I also updraded my processor from 1gb to 2gb and a stronger fan to handle the increased heat from the higher processor.

2005 my motherboard couldn't handle all that heat and bit the dust. Got a new motherboard. I remember the day I was replacing it, Colleen walked in the office and saw all of the internal parts all over the desk and she said "Tim, face it...that computer is never going to work again!" I told her calmly, (looking over my glasses) not only will this computer work again, but I will be online before your Lifetime movie is over. She just chuckled and went back to the living room. Sure enough...I was back online in about 45 minutes.

2009 my 120 GB Western Digital hard drive gave up the ghost! Good thing I have all of my files backed up on burnable DVD's (do it weekly) so it wasn't that big of a deal. Went to the computer parts store and scored a used WD 120 gb HD for $50 and was back in business in no time flat.

I just did the compatibility check for Windows 7 and alas, some of my programs and hardware are NOT compatible. Rather than get a new motherboard (some stuff on it is compatible and some isn't) and a new sound card and stereo system (again, some components compatible, some not) I am going to break down and build a new system that is capable to handle Windows 7 64 bit.

All of the good things about being my own tech support person is that I don't have to call and get someone in Calcutta that speaks broken English trying to tell me what to do to fix my system emoticon

New computer systems aren't nearly as expensive as they were just a few years ago, so if you need one, just make sure you have your important files backed up and have at it! If you need a little assistance, just shoot me a spark mail! emoticon



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LOOSEINGIT 11/13/2009 12:27AM

   
BE SURE YOU BACK UP EVERYTHING BEFORE IT GOES FOR GOOD, MAYBE SANTA WILL BE GOOD TO YA..LOL

HAPPY JOURNEY
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MSLZZY 11/12/2009 5:35PM

    Write everything down, just in case the computer crashes. Then, when you are back up and running, you'll have all your tracking on paper, at least! emoticon

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KIZIDOG 11/12/2009 2:33PM

    Sorry to hear about the computer problems. I try to go to the library when I am off work and use theirs. Sometimes I can and sometimes i can't. I don't have one at home. It would take too much of my time. (lol) Like I don't have any to spare. We really don't want you to leave, we need you here to encourage us just as we encourage you. Star emoticon

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JLITT62 11/12/2009 1:47PM

    I am sorry to hear it. Hey, remember most public libraries have computers in them!

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WOLFSPIRITS 11/12/2009 11:46AM

    THIS IS HAPPENING TO ALOT OF SPERS OUT THERE! GEEZ. GO TO THE LIBRARY, EVEN IF IT IS A LONG GOOD WALK. WE ALL NEED YOU HERE, DON'T WANT YOU TO GO! I'M ON MY 3RD COMP IN THE PAST 6 YEARS I THINK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ITSABOUTME2407 11/12/2009 11:35AM

    SORRY TO HEAR ITS BREAKING ..HOPEFULLY IT'LL MAKE IT THROUGH UNTIL SPRING ..YOU'LL BE ABLE TO GET OUT MORE WINTERS CAN BE TOUGH ..WISHING U LUCK..TRISH

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