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Goodbye February

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Can't believe two months down in 2010 already. Haven't been blogging; I've run outta topics.

  
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ALEXSGIRL1 3/2/2010 7:41PM

    here comes march another chance to shine emoticon

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SKYEFYR 3/1/2010 10:29AM

  Just talk and tell us what's going on. I don't really have topics all that often, I just babble. Feel free to just babble! I'll listen!

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JCORYCMA 3/1/2010 8:26AM

    Don't worry about a blogging topic. Just tell us how you are doing. I'm guilty of thinking I have to be profound when I blog. I need to remember that our friends like us regardless!
Thanks for checking in.
Joanne

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FREELADY 3/1/2010 7:48AM

    Glad you sent out a blog. It's nice to hear from you, topic or no topic!
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FLMOMX2 3/1/2010 6:56AM

    Only 10 months left in2010

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 3/1/2010 2:19AM

    You are not alone. I have very hard time know what to blog about. I have made a commitment to myself to do it once a week and so far I'm sticking with it. They may not be very good ones but I keep it up. Have a good week.
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CAROLFAITHWALKR 3/1/2010 2:03AM

    10 months left of 2010 . . .

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HICALGAL 3/1/2010 12:29AM

    take a blog break!! when it comes..it comes. emoticon

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AMYMLE 3/1/2010 12:06AM

    I'm sure something will come up eventually.
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CHERIRIDDELL 2/28/2010 11:55PM

    I have faith in you you can dredge something up to blog about !I keep poking my nose out into the subarctic weather to find something to blog about !

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LUCKYLADY777 2/28/2010 11:42PM

    They say time flies when you are having fun ..... hope your having fun !! I haven't been blogging either, fun to read other people's blogs. emoticon

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Am I Willing To Work Harder to Get Off of This Plateau?

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I don't think so. Honestly, I have lost 32-34 lbs the first 6 months of this 1.5 year lifestyle change. And I've stayed there no matter what I've changed with exercise or calorie intake. My body is fighting me and does not want to release any more weight.

Okay, I've thought about this a lot. And I don't really feel that I want to exercise more or limit myself further. This is about as good as it will get.

May change my mind, but for now I am at peace with this decision. I am at my goal weight, as of today.

  
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FREELADY 2/25/2010 10:05PM

    Good for you looking at your situation clearly and being honest with yourself.

I've noticed there's lots of great support on this site specifically for maintaining. Adding some of those resources might be a big encouragement to you as you shift gears a bit.

Please be kind to yourself and KEEP CELEBRATING WHAT YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED.
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SKYEFYR 2/25/2010 9:10PM

  Honey, if you're happy here, then I'm happy for you.

Maybe not stressing things will make a difference, maybe not. The only thing that's important is that you're at peace with your decision.

Congrats!

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JCORYCMA 2/25/2010 5:00PM

    I'm pleased you have found where your comfortable weight is -- now your goal will be not to go above that. Sometimes though pushing ourselves just a little bit out of our comfort zone nets increased feelings of self-esteem. Ignore the scale but don't become complacent about your exercise or food for that matter. You will reap the benefits of both aside from the numbers on the scale. Thin people who don't exercise or eat properly aren't necessarily healthier because their weight is down. Keep that in mind and you'll do fine. Best wishes, Spark Friend!
Joanne

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HICALGAL 2/25/2010 4:28PM

    more power to ya sis!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DDHEART 2/25/2010 1:30PM

    I think taking a close look at what you've done and where you're going (even if where you're going is to stay in the same place) is important...you've done that and apparently in your evaluation you've come to a point of peace with your body, I'm glad for you. Now since you have been maintaining all this while it's just contine as is!

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JLITT62 2/25/2010 1:04PM

    Works for me!

The only reason I want to get those last few pounds off is that I truly believe this still isn't a healthy weight for me -- and of course I want to stop paying for WW.

And you never know, just making the decision might actually help you release a few pounds. Or not. Either way, you are awesome!

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/25/2010 12:25PM

    Sometimes you have to stay on a plateau for a while and then you start losing again.Your body needs time to adjust and you need time to adjust .All in good time . I will fiddle with some song lyrics here and go with "All we are saying is give peace a chance " LOL! Peace with your current weight may lead to a new weight loss !

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FITN2014-TSP 2/25/2010 12:17PM

    I remember hitting a plateau and wanting to cut calories. Bad idea and I refuse to do that in the future. I am glad you are happy where you are. You are healthier for sure. I saw those pictures of fat replicas etc. YUCK. Have a great week and stay motivated.

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MEGANC1988 2/25/2010 12:00PM

    I'm proud of you for realizing a limitation, sometimes during a plateau you get to a point where if you push yourself further it won't be maintainable in the long run. I'd recommend continuing on a plan that has you losing 1.5-2 pounds a week and just think that you're already at your goal. Once you do finally get past the plateau you'll be pleasantly surprised to find yourself losing again.

good luck!

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Forever Blowing (Scented) Bubbles - My New Toy for Stress Release

Monday, February 22, 2010

My stash of "adult" toys is not what you think. (smiling) It's really a bunch of, well, toys.

I decided to buy something new to help when I need a break from the computer, work, and overall stress. I selected bubbles in three colors that are also scented accordingly - yellow smells like lemon, green is lime, and orange is obvious as well.

The wand has a cool bunch of holes for different size bubbles. It's a fun few minutes of break time to smell the bubbles as they drift away. I visualize putting all my cares in them and releasing.

I guess I should say that I work alone, so there is no office staff to call the mental health professionals to come pick me up. Hey, whatever works, right?

Wishing all a wonderful day.

  
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HICALGAL 2/23/2010 4:34PM

    your blogs always make me smile or laugh. and i luv your new 'adult' toy. gotta get me some of that! emoticon emoticon

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SKYEFYR 2/23/2010 3:30PM

  Where did you find scented bubbles???

I LOVE BUBBLES! Hubby thinks I'm weird because I carry a little bottle of "wedding" bubbles in my purse all the time and I pull it out and play with it at random intervals. (He also got upset when I refused to let boychild have them once. He's sinced realized just how much bubbles are my thing. *grins*)

Some days, I really think we are just long lost sisters or something....

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SATYAGRAHA 2/22/2010 9:15PM

    That sounds AWESOME! Makes me want to take a bottle of bubbles and put lavender oil in it. I think I'm going to try that RIGHT NOW!!!

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JCORYCMA 2/22/2010 8:35PM

    I bet your kitties would love chasing the bubbles....
Joanne

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ALEXSGIRL1 2/22/2010 8:18PM

    i absolutely love your idea.what a way to de stress the office. maybe talk to the boss and have a bubble day. emoticon

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FLMOMX2 2/22/2010 5:52PM

    Have fun and relax. emoticon emoticon

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12SPOOKY 2/22/2010 5:39PM

    How cool! My co-workers think I'm a "bubble-off" anyway, so this would be perfect for me.

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KALATHIA 2/22/2010 4:04PM

    Have a great time!

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FREELADY 2/22/2010 3:38PM

    This is going to be my next celebration reward!! What a great strategy--perfect on so many levels. You are very clever and creative. Thanks for passing on your innovations and cogitations!


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CHERIRIDDELL 2/22/2010 3:37PM

    Cool I didn't even know there were scented bubbles now I need to go shopping! I usually draw so my office space is surrounded by dogs wearing medieval costumes and fairies riding unicorns LOL!

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My Stick Out of Quicksand - An Ode to Sparkfriends' Support

Sunday, February 21, 2010

After going on a bender yesterday, and rebelling by blog like a smirky teen, I was going to go list my huddles as "I need support." But like any good little recovering food junkie, I've still got that wee bit (okay maybe more than that) of denial. I told myself nope, I didn't need any support.

However, my sparkfriends knew better. When I saw that I had responses to the blog, I thought, "oh no, they're going to yell at me." (smiling) Nope, I know better than that. I've never gotten anything other than kindness, warmth, understanding, and wisdom from the folks here a SP.

After reading the responses, I smiled and realized (once again) how important this support is in my progress. My wish for all of you is that, whenever you have a day that goes sideways, you will remember to be just as kind and understanding with yourself as you were with me.

On another note, today I made guacamole. I got a great deal on avocadoes yesterday. However, I failed to check calories. Wouldn't you know it, the guac had (notice past tense) more calories than yesterday's ton of apple strudel!!!!! Go figure! Looks like I've got lots of working my tush off to do and will proceed accordingly.

Wishing you all a day full of laughs, fun, peace and joy. And thanks again.

  
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FLMOMX2 2/22/2010 10:03AM

    We are learn from our mistakes. At least you are learning and not in denial.

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JCORYCMA 2/21/2010 10:48PM

    The guac may have more calories, but it's way healthier -- IF you didn't scoop it up with a huge amount of tortilla chips :) I had an off day today with my eating and I feel so sluggish tonight it really isn't worth it. Tomorrow, back on track -- I need the energy boost that exercise and clean eating gives me!
Joanne

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/21/2010 10:13PM

    I had the lyrics to a Kevin Johansen song about guacamole going through my head ,I too like guacamole .Like everyone said guacamole is healthy though! Sadly I tend to pair it with nachos emoticonnot so good !

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SKYEFYR 2/21/2010 8:22PM

  Send the guac my way! Seriously!!!

While I'm not following the flat belly diet, I did look into it and have incorporated a lot of what I learned into my new way of thinking. Avocados are full of GOOD fat! And it fill you up! I know it's high in calories, but look at all the nutrition! Remember - balance and looking at the whole picture.

Great - now I want guacamole. And I don't have any clantro in the house! (I have avocados though. I put 1/2 of one in my salad each day. About the same calories as Ranch dressing, gives every bite the same creamy feeling, and WAY more nutrition!)

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FLORIDASUN 2/21/2010 4:59PM

    Oh...my sweetheart! You must go RAW..or at least give it a shot. Gucamole is the love child of RAW eating. Incidentially..when you really do get into RAW/CLEAN eating you will have to be so much LESS concerned about calorie count. I rarely worry about calories, I just eat heathfully. I also find that I am content on much MUCH less food because it is so packed with nutrition my body isn't constantly screaming for MORE just to try and gather some nutrients. When I do get to the food tracker with my daily food ration I'm always PLEASANTLY surprised. You can eat a boatload of veggies for very, very modest calorie counts! Whoop da! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JLITT62 2/21/2010 4:14PM

    Guacomole is actually very healthy . . . in moderation. I rarely make it, tho I love it, because I can never finish it off before it turns brown (altho leaving the pit in is supposed to help with that -- can't say as I've really seen it help much).

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HICALGAL 2/21/2010 3:46PM

    LOL...that was so funny. but hey, the nutrition content of guacamole has got to be better than apricot strudel right?? and although avocadoes are high in fat..it's the good one.

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Okay, so I'm Slip-Sliding Away

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 all.....you enjoyed it....you understand that you don't have to feel guilty......it'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 gear...it's much harder to lose now since I'm really already in a normal range for myself...now 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 :)
Joanne

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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.

Amy

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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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