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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Yes, I had a ton of apricot strudel today. And don't feel at all guilty about it. And every bite was delicious.

Why am I rebelling? For one thing, even though I try like mad not to let this plateau get to me - some days it really does. In fact, I've had it.

Also, the more I exercise, the hungrier I am. And honestly? I'm very tired of being good and watching this and that to eat. Wild abandon felt good today.

Hoping that this rant will relieve the pressure to perform well and tomorrow I'll get back to being a good girl.

Wishing everyone a fun weekend.

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SKYEFYR 2/21/2010 8:28PM

  Honey - you know I've been upping the exercise. I update all my numbers on spark and it's giving me a lot more calories to eat per day. I started eating them and the scale moved. Not a lot, but it moved! If you're hungrier, eat a little more. Your body knws what it wants.

I have been using a hrm for my calories burned instead of Spark because Spark always came in so low. Maybe you're having a similar issue? (Once I reset all my numbers based on the HRM numbers my minimum calories went up by over 200 caloies a day!) At the very least, I'd suggest eating at the top end of your calories for a couple weeks and seeing what happens.

Oh, and you're very cute when you're being bratty....

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DDHEART 2/21/2010 2:31PM

    "Yes, I had a ton of apricot strudel today. And don't feel at all guilty about it. And every bite was delicious."

This line says it enjoyed understand that you don't have to feel's done.

Plateaus are more than frustrating.....I was basicly stagnated for months which is why I got down to adding in a pretty aggressive ST program...just that change up kicked it into gear...mind you a very low's much harder to lose now since I'm really already in a normal range for te running season is about to get into gear for me and I am hoping that'll be another jump start.

I'm glad you had a good rant and a good treat..(it really sounded good to me)...tomorrow is another day!

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JCORYCMA 2/21/2010 10:41AM

    Don't wait until tomorrow. START WITH THE VERY NEXT BITE! I bet you "a ton" to you these days isn't near what it used to be. You may find that as you exercise more and feel hungrier that your body is trying to tell you you are requiring more calories. I was stuck on a plateau and faithfully tracking. SP comments kept saying I shouldn't under eat and that I should eat more carbs. I finally followed their suggestion and picked good complex carbs to increase and lo and behold the weight came down! Smart folks, those Spark food police :)

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RICH530 2/21/2010 8:48AM

    No one could continue on this journey without a treat now and then. If all we did was force ourselves NOT to do things we would all give up eventually!!! You had a treat. You enjoyed it. It is over. Move on forward because you can do this!! You are positive and that comes through in all your writing. That positive attitude and your will to succees will get you to your goal! SO today you will get back to normal and do all things you know you should and who knows... maybe in a week, a month or whenever you will treat yourself again because you deserve it.
Hope the weekend was fun!!!!!
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MBSKIT 2/21/2010 7:49AM

    You are still focused. And every now and then it is okay to have something that you truely want and enjoy it.

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FREELADY 2/21/2010 6:00AM

    Thanks for sharing honestly. You are an effective and expressive writer, so you really come across meaningfully.

Someone gave me a darling red-and-white felt gift bag. But it had fudge-covered caramel corn in it. It's an amazing substance; I never knew such a thing existed until six months ago, yet I managed to become almost 100 pounds overweight.

Yesterday I ate the stuff. I have empathy with you.

Yes, tomorrow you will go back to being a good girl.

And soon, maybe not tomorrow, but soon, you will break through that plateau. My prediction is that when it breaks, you'll see some very encouraging movement. Lots of times plateaus are like that--followed by a big surge.
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JLITT62 2/21/2010 5:21AM

    I know how frustrating it can be. Sometimes it definitely seems like what's the point if we can't get to where we want to? But the point is feeling better about ourselves, having more energy, feeling joyful.

Here's to a new day with new choices!

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HICALGAL 2/21/2010 1:15AM

    i have days too...and as long as i can accept it for what it is...just a nice splurge...why not?? glad it was good...personally i love apple crisps! emoticon

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AMYMLE 2/21/2010 12:49AM

    A slip (or purposeful jump) now and then isn't such a problem. Just don't let it go too far too long. I think you'd eventually regret it more than the apricot strudel can make up for. And remember to not just weigh, but measure, too. You're body IS changing if you stick within your Spark calorie range and calories burned range. If you're so hungry, maybe you need to adjust your calories and eat more...nuts, low-fat cheese and other good protein. Hang in there, this plateau, too, shall pass.


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CHERIRIDDELL 2/21/2010 12:12AM

    Hey wild abandon is good for the soul every once in a while .I too am suffering from the plateau blues .Not to be confused with the plateau blahs that is for another day! I like to think that noone is going to stop us now though we will rise up from the ashes and overcome !We can do anything we want if we stick to it long enough!I have two favourite Hellen Keller quotes:I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble. Then ...Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all -- the apathy of human beings.So go with the devil made me do it and as long as you enjoyed the apricot strudel all is well!


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Absolutely Nothing...

Friday, February 19, 2010 say today. After a year of daily blogging, I find it harder to think of topics. But still wanted sparkpoints so I can give my pals those goodies.

Wishing all a good evening.

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JCORYCMA 2/20/2010 10:42PM

    It's good to blog even if you don't have a HOT topic. I have to remind myself that. I took one kitty to the vet today for his check-up and he is doing super! The vet is a self-confessed "cat person" and that helped because I think Ezzie sensed it. Keep up the good work and keep blogging. You never know when something seemingly simple will click with someone and inspire them!

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SKYEFYR 2/20/2010 7:41PM

  And here I am babbling multiple times a day! But I do know how you feel. Sometimes, we all just get that way.

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ALEXSGIRL1 2/20/2010 7:06PM

    have a good evening also. emoticon

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FREELADY 2/20/2010 1:42PM

    ALWAYS happy to hear from you. Besides, we get to look at your pretty kitties one more time!
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DDHEART 2/20/2010 12:56PM

    Funny! Saying hello is great too! emoticon

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FLMOMX2 2/20/2010 10:25AM

    good for you!! Rock on!

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RICH530 2/20/2010 8:45AM

    Glad you got your points!1 Hey, just saying hi is good enough for me!!!

Have a great day!!!
Higs, Lee

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/20/2010 12:35AM

    Some days my brain goes on sabbatical LOL !I am trying to keep coming up with something LOL!

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DWEGIENKA1 2/19/2010 8:40PM

    Hey I second that I just earned my points also

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PSYCHABOO 2/19/2010 8:35PM

    That's funny......just earned my points too;)

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New Rule, No New Shorts for Summer

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Okay, it's been a warm bunch of days here in SoCal and during my walk this morning, I made a new rule for myself. Which I know better than to do as my rebellious self automatically decides to disobey. (smiling)

I'll need new shorts this summer. But I will not buy any until I'm a size smaller. That's the rule. No shrinkage, no new stuff.

Thinking - again - about doing a caffeine detox. I really have to kick this demon that makes me feel yucky even though I do not drink much coffee. Really affects me adversely. But when I eliminated it in October, I truly felt like a zombie for the five weeks I went without. A dillemma, for sure.

Have a good evening, sparkfriends.

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WATERMELLEN 2/21/2010 2:30PM

    No new shorts: I ge that. But: how about some really pretty lacy undies?? They stretch, they feel pretty -- and it's highly motivational! (my fave weight loss book, "Making the Case for Yourself", recommended this to me when I started with weight loss at 230 and: yes it helped!!

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SKYEFYR 2/20/2010 7:43PM

  Have you talked to the dr to see if anything can help you detox? Have you tried a colon cleanse or some kind of body cleanse to help get the stuff that's hanging around out faster? That might help. Extra vitamin B should help with the energy also.

Good Luck!

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ALEXSGIRL1 2/20/2010 7:05PM

    great rule easier for me to follow as we have no extra income for any thing emoticon emoticon

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FLMOMX2 2/19/2010 9:34AM

    Great motivational goal. emoticon

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FREELADY 2/18/2010 11:49PM

    I like your creative motivational tool!

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JCORYCMA 2/18/2010 11:41PM

    I just went to caffeine only before noon. I gave up soda so that leaves a cup of coffee in the morning. Afternoon or evening is water or decaf tea only! I like your rule. That ought to motivate you!

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JCORYCMA 2/18/2010 11:41PM

    I just went to caffeine only before noon. I gave up soda so that leaves a cup of coffee in the morning. Afternoon or evening is water or decaf tea only! I like your rule. That ought to motivate you!

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/18/2010 9:59PM

    Excellent new rule I think I'll adopt that rule myself .Of course I have an advantage ...another three months before summer LOL!

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Sunshine walks, A/C, Calories by Brunch, and Day 1 -Again.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Just some random thoughts for the day. Just got in from a sunshine walk and am sweaty and thinking of all the things I should be doing, but haven't been because my internal engine is stalled out. Maybe forever. So, I'm thinking of what my options will be if I continue to flake for much longer - a beachbum in Mexico (I'm near the border, so that's convenient), a white collar crime so that prison will take care of me, etc. I know, I aim high.

Came into a house that's 80 degrees and my fur babies are wilting. As much as I hate to, I had to turn on the dratted A/C that will cost me a fortune on my next bill. It's either turn it on or not breathe and watch my cats die.

It was one of those days when I had all my calories by brunch. That is, I was sooo proud after reading JLITT's blog before I left, to be reminded of licks, bites and tastes. I was like the little train that could. Sure, I can do that I thought, as I picked up a huge organic milk chocolate bar at the grocery store. And how proud I was that en route home, I only had a "bite." Which is relative since the bite was about a third of the bar. As I got home and thought of all my recent accomlishments (like getting through the day), I rewarded myself with another "taste." Oh my... you know the rest of the story. And frankly, Scarlett, I don't give a (bleep).

And as for yesterday's blog and my life being like that movie Ground Hog Day in some ways, I did fine until around noon (no, the behavior isn't eating, although that would be a good guess), and then WHAMO. Day 1 - again. Ask me if I care. Yes, it's one of those attitude days. (smiling)

Wishing all a great evening.

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SKYEFYR 2/20/2010 7:45PM

  I am really curious what day 1 you keep repeating. My first thought is caffeine.... Somehow I don't think it's that innocent though.

Good luck sweetie. You can do it. You CAN make day 2!

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FLORIDASUN 2/18/2010 6:23PM

    Hey there you silly, silly girl. I love your tongue in cheek humor! Reminds me of my Josh man! He could crack me up seriously! I miss him so much so he must have sent you as his fill in for dead pan humor! Thank you! Big big hugs and a squeeze...I think you might like RAW/CLEAN eating...well....maybe??!! emoticon

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FREELADY 2/18/2010 12:04PM

    So sorry your days are feeling like the hamster wheel of discouragement.
Sometimes when a string of days seems so bleak, it is hard to feel that you're doing anything right. But I do see many hopeful elements:
You're still here on this site. That's critical.
You're still humorous. (I'm a great fan of gallows humor myself.)
You're making responsible choices as a caretaker.
You tracked your food and knew you'd had all your calories by brunch.
You did get through the day.
You did smile.
You thought of others and wished them well.

When we're feeling so low, we often feel that we're doing nothing that counts. But these are worthwhile, significant behaviors. You're still doing a lot right. I am not kidding.

February's calendar is already odd. We can fill it up with a few more Day 1's. You're gonna get through this. I really appreciate your keeping us posted.
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JLITT62 2/18/2010 5:39AM

    Well, I'll tell you what. I ate more than I wanted to yesterday. But I was very, very, VERY mindful of every single bite I took. It made me feel good. In control. We'll see how good I feel at my WI today -- shouldn't matter, but it always does.

Hey, and you could live somewhere like NY where it costs more to heat your home than to cool it (altho actually our house really heats up in the summer -- even tho it's not very hot -- and I have to run the AC more than I'd like).

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HICALGAL 2/18/2010 12:01AM

    you had me laughing from the white collar crime prison all the way to the end. we need that sense of humor on this journey or we'll hae to resort to prunes. i'll opt for laughter.
hang in there girlfriend, it only gets better. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JCORYCMA 2/17/2010 11:41PM

    I am sooo NOT sympathetic with you having to turn on your AC! I'm out here in the armpit of the world - as Des Moines has been referred to. We finally had sunshine today, though. Yeah! But out here you go from furnace to AC in one week. We ceased having spring and fall a long time ago...
I'm glad you made the sacrifice for the kitties though :)
Have a great rest of the week!

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/17/2010 11:04PM

    I seem to have a line from a song for everything today so I'll say "There's got to be a morning after ..." LOL! Getting through the day can be huge .Any dip in confidence is only temporary,because deep down ,you know you have what it takes to succeed :ability,a positive attitude and high aspirations! Besides extreme heat like extreme cold can excuse almost anything!!!!I'll tie this up with another line from a song "Whatever gets you through the night..."

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ALEXSGIRL1 2/17/2010 9:09PM

    you are walking and trying to be good. life is hard. day two starts tomorrow emoticon

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How Many Day 1's Can I Seriously Create?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

As I took out a new journal notebook to carefully outline my thoughts on Day 1, I had to smile at myself. Sometimes I'm too much even for myself to handle! (smiling)

In trying to break habits, one in particular, I have sincerely had so many Day 1's that I've lost count. Really now, c'mon, get started - I tell myself. And each time, I really really mean it. But then life gets in the way and, oh well, you know the rest.

So, I guess part of this process is being able to smile (sometimes laugh) at myself and be more patient. And the answer to that question of how many Day 1's can I seriously create is - as many as it takes to finally lead into Day 2! Holding onto my hat, here goes Day 1. And I will refrain from adding "again" as not to discourage my efforts.

Wishing all a great day.

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SKYEFYR 2/17/2010 10:04AM

  Positive thoughts coming your way that you make it to day 2, and 3, and 4, and... beyond.

We all have our more challenging habits. How is it that I can totally turn my life around, eat healthy, exercise, learn about nutrition and I can't stop biting my nails? I don't know what your challenge is, or how silly mine is in comparison, but I do know we all have challenges that are just harder than others, and I wish you the best of luck in defeating yours!

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ZUZUBEE 2/16/2010 8:33PM

    wow, this has got to be the truth for so many of us - starting, and starting, and starting again....But as long as you're in forward motion, you're a winner! Keep at it! You will do it this time!

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ALEXSGIRL1 2/16/2010 7:18PM

    i liked this blog, but know that each day does not have to be 100 percent perfect to get to day two. we all make mistakes it is part of being human and we go on from there. emoticon

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FLMOMX2 2/16/2010 7:03PM

    GREAT ATTITUDE!!! emoticon emoticon Here's to Day 2

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HICALGAL 2/16/2010 5:20PM

    i smiled reading your blog. simple yet true! go for it girlfriend and do whatever it takes to succeed. luv ya! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FREELADY 2/16/2010 3:33PM

    I enjoyed reading about your smiling at yourself, and it gave me a bunch of smiles, too!

You are truly living out the spirit of Beck's healthy oh, well. I love being able to "eavesdrop" on your thoughts . . . hearing you talk to yourself is so helpful to me!

I myself definitely need an unending supply of "Day 1's." I am encouraged that the Old Testament says God's lovingkindnesses are NEW EVERY MORNING ! (from the Lamentations chapter 3, verses 21&22)

Even when you get the current pesky habit licked emoticon
its annoying little sequel will pop up and you'll jump into a new Day 1. Me, too!

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/16/2010 3:27PM

    Create as many day ones as you want here is one of my favourite quotes:Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Doesn't that bode well for the next day???

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KALATHIA 2/16/2010 2:58PM

    Good luck, Jesse! You CAN do it!


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JLITT62 2/16/2010 2:47PM

    It's so funny you wrote this today, because this will sort of, kind of be my blog topic tomorrow! Great minds think a lot, eh? We've just gotta keep trying til it becomes a habit, no matter if that happens on our death beds!

And thanks so much for all the goodies -- so much appreciated.

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