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Rhyming My Way to Thankfulness #2

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

For three years now I've had to cry
For nine dear ones who went and died.
My response - besides the tears -
You guessed it, lots of cheers
Through food that made me feel so yucky
But now I am much better and feeling lucky.

To have sparkfriends who pick me up
By making me smile, forgetting my cup
Is still half full is a big mistake
So once again, I take a break
To say thank you to those kind pals,
Thanks, one and all - guys and gals.

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GIGALENA 5/26/2010 8:13AM

    That was fantastic. Thank you for sharing your rhyming with us. emoticon

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MSLZZY 5/26/2010 7:16AM

    emoticonQuite a poet you are! emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 5/26/2010 1:30AM

    I love the poetry and you never fail to brighten my days ,thank you!

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    Thank you for being here for us, too!

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Rhyming My Way Through Weight Loss #1

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I went out-of-town, and was in a fright
Of all of the junk food that would be in sight.
My idea before leaving was to eat anything,
It's a vacation, so hey, have a food fling!

Alas, I sometimes amaze myself too
As I chose a day-long selection of all the right food.
Didn't want sugar, didn't miss my caffeine
Could this be the same person, or was it a dream?

The dream has come true as I continue this road
Of healthy choices, not even missing the motherload
Of yucky stuff, big and small.
How do I feel now? About 10 feet tall!

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CHERIRIDDELL 5/26/2010 12:12AM

    I loved it poetry in motion!

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MSLZZY 5/25/2010 11:49PM

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WATERMELLEN 5/25/2010 6:18PM

    Very cute!!

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Pigging Out on Healthy Food

Thursday, May 20, 2010

This is something I still have to rein in...With the onset of Spring and Summer comes all these things I'm addicted to; namely, berries and watermelon. Today was a feast for lunch - scallops, artichokes, and watermelon. Unfortunately, because I am exercising a good deal, I feel that I'm entitled to eat. Especially since it's all healthy stuff. I know, I know, moderation. Something that I am still learning along with patience.

It's day 21 of my caffeine detox and today I started craving coffee. Nope, can't do decaf since that's always been a gateway to the stiffer stuff. So, I made myself some green tea and there you go, my psyche stopped thinking of coffee.

Have a wonderful day.

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FLMOMX2 5/21/2010 11:07AM

    emoticon emoticonGreat plan.

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MSLZZY 5/20/2010 11:49PM

    emoticon21 days without caffeine! Green tea is better anyway!

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CHERIRIDDELL 5/20/2010 10:03PM

    You will get there ,healthy is still abetter option to pig out on!Slow and steady wins the race!

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    I know what you mean. Switching over to healthy food is such a big lifestyle change it's like okay, I can pig out on this; it's healthy so that means it's legal!!

You know what, you are doing good peeling the layers of the onion; now the next step is portion control, and then eventually relearning hunger and full signals, and relearning the discipline to STOP at full signals, like we did when we were kids. Well, most of us did.

It's a journey. You're doing great!

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KISSFAN1 5/20/2010 7:40PM

    It's hard when you love food and you're eating healthy, but you want to eat more than you should. I'm that way with hummus and Greek yogurt (not together), I could seriously eat it until I get sick, but I am trying my best to measure out a few tbsps. and be content with that.

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    Congratulations on giving up caffiene. I am kicked my Dr Pepper habit 58 days ago and counting - Doesn't it feel GREAT!

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To 14-Day Cleanse.. Or Not. That is the Plateau-Breaking Question! Any Advice?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I found a Spark suggestion area for plateaus from a sparker who said she broke her plateau with a 14-day cleanse. She was nice enough to send me the recipe and I've been debating whether to give this a try.

Yes, it worked great for her. And no, I've never done one before. My concern is keeping my body on an even keel with insulin level and all other things that depend on good nutrition. I'm worried that I'll go weak and drop dead. (in which case, I won't have to worry about the plateau anymore!)

Has anyone any advice on this? Thanks!

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With insulin I'd definitely check with your doctor first.

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FLMOMX2 5/19/2010 12:15PM

    With insulin problems I'd stay far away from a cleansing.

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    Nope, I'd skip the cleansing. Plateaus are frustrating, but part of the process. Trying to rush your body as it adjusts to having a new lower "normal" weight will probably lead to yo-yoing, which I've been fighting. Just give it the time your body needs so your weight won't keep fighting to creep back up once you do get it off.


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WATERMELLEN 5/18/2010 9:38PM

    Definitely sounds iffy to me -- I'd check it out with doctor first to assess the particular "recipe" involved. If insulin levels are a particular concern then this might be very risky for you indeed.

Slow and steady does it.

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CHERIRIDDELL 5/18/2010 6:12PM

    I know my doctor is dead set against these.He says lots of water and healthy eating.I know I have a steady diet of anti-infammmatories to worry about so I need stomach coating but all in all ,the dietician I saw and the doctor are both set against them so I would be cautious.My doctor does like health remedies and does like green tea thinks it is good for you so it is not a question of him not being willing to try anything different either!

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MSLZZY 5/18/2010 4:44PM

    I think I'd skip on the cleanse. I've read that they are not as great as they are touted! Spark had an article on it not too long ago so research it first. You know, I'm not close enough to help you
if anything goes wrong LOL!

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GRACEISENUF 5/18/2010 4:21PM

    Hey first of all thanks for the spark goodie! Love a good hug.

I have heard pros and cons for cleanses but because I haven't seen the ingredients I really can't say. I still think the best way it to just track the food and get moving.

I am trying to drink more water to do a natural cleanse and just putting good clean food into my body. I know I feel best when I eat really healthy food and not packaged stuff. I am back on track and feeling SO much better already.

If you decided to go through with the cleanse let me know how it works our for you. If you have any special medical issues you might want to ask your Doc first.

Best wishes!

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My Plateau Done Me Wrong

Monday, May 17, 2010

Yes, it's a new C & W song I'm writing. It's a sad ballad, but take heart, it ends on a happy note - one of hope. Maybe.

I've been on this lifestyle change journey for a year and a half. I lost the entire 34 lbs in the first 6-7 months and have stayed there for a year. No matter what I did, no matter how I tried, I just remained at the same weight.

Yes, I went down pant sizes, but hey... there's only so much joy that can bring when you know you have more to go because you are just not at that comfortable goal weight.

I didn't think that I was discouraged by this plateau, but I was. I've persisted on SP, despite losing interest. But I stopped blogging, responding to blogs, caring about portions (because I've been exercising a good deal, I threw caution to the wind - somewhat), etc.

Up until recently, I blogged daily and then just ran out of topics. But now I see that blogging is really a reality check. Not for comments from other sparkers, but to see what's really going on in this psyche of mine.

I'm still not sure if I'll get back to blogging or just remain lazy and apathetic about it. Fortunately, I have maintained my weight loss, but I have to light a fire under my butt and get the rest of this yucky yellow matter out of my body.

Wishing all a good evening.

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GRACEISENUF 5/18/2010 3:44PM

    Good for you maintaining your loss! Hey thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog...I really appreciate the encouragement.

Onward WE go!

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FLMOMX2 5/18/2010 8:51AM

    You will get back on track. We are in this together. Best news is that you've kept off the weight. emoticon

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MSLZZY 5/18/2010 6:53AM

    Blogging can be very beneficial but is not for everyone. Sometimes just reading what others wrote can make a difference.

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CHERIRIDDELL 5/17/2010 10:47PM

    I try to "Light my Fire" with blogs! "Me and you are subject to The blues now and then
But when you take the blues And make a song You sing 'em out again" "You say you want a revolution Well, you know We all want to change the world You say you got a real solution Well, you know We'd all love to see the plan You ask me for a contribution Well, you know We're doing what we can ...."With apologies to Neil Young and the Beatles for pilfering bits of their songs for my purposes tonight LOL!

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WATERMELLEN 5/17/2010 10:38PM

    Blogging: who's it for? Interesting thought!! Sounds like you are going to think your way off this plateau!!

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    Blogging helps me, like you said.

I lost 30lbs the first SP year and then have struggled since then, like you said. Except no smaller pants sizes since after the 30.

Something that helped me was finding a system for food mgmt that worked for me, and a system for exercise mgmt that worked for me, within SP. SP was not enough for me in those two areas. After 18 mo I found a sys for ea and now I'm happy. Now I have the hard work to get the rest off, like you said.

So I can relate.

Food: No S Diet SparkTeam
Exercise: The Step Diet SparkTeam

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ANDARI26 5/17/2010 8:11PM

    I know blogging can really help you get your head straight. If it is getting too tedious maybe you should try doing it once a week instead of everyday. Then you'll have a week worth of info to process when you sit down instead of only one day. Just an idea. I too am stuck at a Plateau so I'm feeling your frustration. I work out a lot and also monitor diet and log. I'm just going to keep going and eventually I should start moving again. Best of luck.

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