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10 Month Spark Anniversary

Saturday, November 21, 2009

It's hard to believe that these 10 months since joining Sparkpeople have flown by so quickly. Each month, I usually lament that I have not been able to lose the weight as quickly as I thought. However, here are some of the things I have succeeded with:

1. Being consistent with exercise
2. Dropping 3 pant sizes
3. Consistently eating right due to journaling and tracking calories and nutrition
4. Maintaining the weight loss I've achieved, and not gaining anything additional
5. Making new sparkfriends
6. Being accountable by blogging and logging in to the site
7. Having the opportunity to pre-order The Spark, which will be a huge boost
8. Eliminating things like caffeine, sugar, cheese with the help of healthy articles
9. Probably more that I can think of right now

So, happy Sparkiversary to me. Hooray, hooray. Have a wonderful weekend, friends.

  
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THEADMIRAL 11/23/2009 3:51PM

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GRAYGRANNY 11/21/2009 11:54AM

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CONGRATS TO YOU......hAPPY 10 MONTHS TO YOU

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SHY1965SJ 11/21/2009 8:50AM

    Great Job. Keep it up.

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JHADZHIA 11/21/2009 6:42AM

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That is a huge accomplishment in only ten months! You should be very proud of yourself!!
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JULIETFOX 11/21/2009 5:57AM

    Wow and you are motivating others too

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JLITT62 11/21/2009 5:34AM

    You are doing a marvelous job! The weight will go, it just has its own time schedule.

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ARTHURTOM 11/21/2009 5:13AM

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...and keep plugging away!

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HOKU-ALOHI 11/21/2009 1:57AM

  emoticon+ emoticon = HAPPY 10-MONTH ANNIVERSARY JESSE!!!
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RASCALSMOMMA 11/21/2009 1:20AM

    Look at what youve accomplished dear girl! Great Job! You deserve a Team HUG! lol Come and Get it! Laurie

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Kicking Salt to the Curb - Day 1

Friday, November 20, 2009

I always thought it was okay to use "Lite Salt" because it contains so much less of what regular salt has. A lifelong saltaholic, I've really cut down over the past year since starting this healthy lifestyle change.

But today is Day 1 of no salt at all and I want to see how this affects my weight loss. Honestly, if I give up anything else, there will be nothing left to eat! (smiling) Or so it seems. So far, I've expunged eggs, cheese, sugar, caffeine, and now salt.

Have a wonderful day, friends.

  
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THEADMIRAL 11/20/2009 8:00PM

    Hey, you are on a roll! This is a great move -- I haven't totally given up salt, but I use very little of it in my cooking and at meals. I've been doing that for over 30 years now. emoticon Wow, where does the time go? emoticon If something tastes a bit bland, I'll shake some pepper on it to liven it up. That's about the extent of adding anything to my food.

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RASCALSMOMMA 11/20/2009 8:23AM

    Another Salt Free alternative you might wanna try is Mrs Dash OR combinations of the spices there in. But For all around MRS Dash is good and has no MSG.

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MSLZZY 11/20/2009 8:04AM

    I limit added salt as much as possible. I remember my dad had to restrict salt intake after a heart episode in 1974. I adjusted to no salt and kept it that way for many years. My DH, however, salts everything without tasting. Not for me!

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JLITT62 11/20/2009 6:08AM

    Because I eat very little processed foods, and my blood pressure's ok, I'm ok with the amout of salt I use. A little salt on roasted veggies really brings out the flavor to my mind. I never salt my pasta water, for instance, and I do often undersalt stuff figuring people can add salt if they want it. The body does need some sodium.

But funny, we were discussing frozen dinners in our meeting -- and how even the best ones will really do a number on you because of the sodium. And they do!

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VICIOUS421 11/20/2009 5:34AM

    My biggest change in salt so far has been going to sea salt as opposed to regular salt. Good luck!

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HOKU-ALOHI 11/20/2009 4:28AM

  emoticon emoticon emoticonSALT!!!

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ARTHURTOM 11/20/2009 4:14AM

    Salt is one thing I really haven't battled in quite some time. I stopped using added salt in 1986. What I do find surprising is when I eat food prepared by others and if it is salted while it is being prepped or cooked, I can tell, and you know what? The taste of the salt disqusts me!

Using the salt was a learned habit and taste. As a child, I watched my father coat his food with salt before he even tasted it. Dad couldn't be wrong could he? He sure was. I don't even keep a salt shaker in the house any more. I do keep a canister of my favorite "Morton Salt" for when I make bread or other recipe that calls for salt. I have had that same canister for the last 5 years.

At first, it will be difficult as it is with any change, but as you progress, you won't even miss it.

Tim

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My Battle with Caffeine

Thursday, November 19, 2009

This is my fourth week of no coffee, and I gave in this morning and made a very small pot. Filled my little mug to half, added a tiny bit of non-fat milk and sugar. Took a few sips and hated it. Realized that I've been jonesing for the illusion of what I thought coffee to be - enervating, yummy, etc. Found it repulsive, so after a couple of sips, spilled out the rest of the mug, the pot and the coffee container which was empty anyway. I've been experiencing such low energy since giving it up that I thought that a little jolt would be harmless. But caffeine is not my friend and makes me feel yucky, even in small amounts. So, I am again on the road to none. Although this is a small battle, it is mine nonetheless, and not easy for me. Of course, what is? Nothing worthwhile is ever easy, so they say. Wishing all a wonderful day.

  
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UNSTOPPABLE_ 11/20/2009 1:06AM

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VICIOUS421 11/20/2009 12:51AM

    Way to go Jesse!!!!

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KIZIDOG 11/19/2009 8:01PM

    Good for you. Now you know you really don't want it. Keep up the great work. Star emoticon

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RASCALSMOMMA 11/19/2009 2:42PM

    Caffeine does many things to you, including robbing you of needed water and minerals. Coffee is also addicting, same as smoking and even eating or noneating. Good testing tho Jesse. I do that myself with sugar. WTG on your mission! Hugs from Laurie

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WOLFSPIRITS 11/19/2009 2:14PM

    I HAVE TO TRY THIS!!! I'M STARTING TO GET SHARP PAINS ON ONE SIDE NOW AFTER A FEW CUPS. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Exercising Harder and Eating Right

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

But still not moving downward the way most bodies would be. So I think I'm going to lighten up on the exercise. I'll keep changing it up and trying to get this loss going a bit faster. As many of you know, my engine has been stalled out for quite awhile.

  
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VICIOUS421 11/20/2009 12:56AM

    Just keep going Jesse, one day you will get the results you are working for. Trust me I will lose a few pounds then get stuck on a plateau for what seems like forever then one day I step on the scales and I have lost 2, 3 or more pounds! And yes, I jump up and down and do a little victory dance!

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RICH530 11/19/2009 7:29AM

    Keep up the good work!! Remember to keep that positive attitude. The change will probably be a big help!!!

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RASCALSMOMMA 11/19/2009 12:28AM

    Jesse, just curious; are u looking at numbers on a scale for results? then change the way you look at things. For a change, please, look at the numbers on a tape measure. Go to weigh in page and they will have you weigh and measure yourself. If the exercising isnt too hard on you I d keep it up and not slack off. Think about it! Hugs Laurie

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1NICUBABE 11/18/2009 10:16PM

    Keep up the good work. I know you can do it. A change may just be what is needed. Have a great rest of the week

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MSLZZY 11/18/2009 2:50PM

    You just never know what will get your engine going again. Keep on trying and stay on track. Good things come to those who wait. emoticon

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NERVOUSWRECKIAM 11/18/2009 1:33PM

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GOODYBAR58 11/18/2009 12:55PM

    Sounds like a good idea. Sometimes our bodies get used to what we are doing and needs to be surprised once in while to keep things interesting. You got off the plateau, don't get discouraged again. I haven't reached the plateau level yet but, when I do, I'm taking my cue from you!

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Just Thrilled

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Just a short note to say how thrilled I am that I am FINALLY done with the forever plateau I've been on. It's so nice to see my hard work starting to pay off! Hooray, Hooray!

  
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THEADMIRAL 11/17/2009 7:18PM

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KATIE135 11/17/2009 9:16AM

    W2G keep up the great work and persevering through it!

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GRAYGRANNY 11/17/2009 7:32AM

    I'm thrilled that you are thrilled.........I have to work on that for myself

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MSLZZY 11/17/2009 7:15AM

    emoticon emoticon Onward and downward! Bike not included! emoticon

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HOKU-ALOHI 11/17/2009 2:18AM

  Wanna hear an inside joke? When you went biking, you came down from the "mesa" to do it. That is why you came down off the "plateau". emoticon emoticonLooks like you found the way to make sure you get more of the following emoticon:
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VICIOUS421 11/17/2009 12:52AM

    emoticon I hate plateaus too! emoticon on getting past it! They seem to last forever!

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SIERRA924 11/17/2009 12:48AM

    Congrats! Plateaus are big pain in the behinds! So glad you got over it and are now making progress again!

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