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Still loosing but not weighing

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Missing all my friends and wondering how many are still here. I've discovered if I stay off the computer, I do much better with not overeating. I'm not weighing either, but have gone down a few sizes. Lately I've had trouble with not eating enough, so I decided to visit spark at least a few days a week to put in my food and track my nutrients.

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MOMFAN 11/4/2011 4:34PM

    Miss you, but so happy your are on track~WooHoo!

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CROBINGO 11/4/2011 11:04AM

    I just started checking in myself. I have been going the opposite way. I have not been writing it down or paying attention and found I have gone up in weight. So I started checking in to start logging food just this week to try to get my mind and body going in the right direction.

I am pleased for your success! Missed you and hope all is well with your family.

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JINLYNN 11/4/2011 12:43AM

    I am glad you have checked in - you have been missed. And congratulatons on being down a few sizes. It is important to find a plan that works for you, and you seem to be doing great.

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 11/3/2011 11:28PM

    I am split. But, usually I get information here that is helpful. So I stick with it. I hope that you find a balance that works for you.

I do miss hearing how you are doing every once in a while.

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ROOTIHAUSMAN 11/3/2011 10:55PM

    Good for you. You have to do what you are comfortable with and as long as you are seeing results go for it......

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To busy to track food

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Always a mistake. I haven't been able to find enough time to get online and have been pretending that I would remember ever morsel. Driving kids to doctors appointments and to the library, out of the house lessons and emergency clothes shopping needs....who am I kidding. Tomorrows going to be another crazy day, so I'm writing down my food tonight. That's my plan and I'm sticking to it!

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JUSTA123 4/9/2011 11:02AM

    emoticon sounds like a plan! emoticon

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MOMFAN 4/6/2011 10:41PM


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    You are more important than you give yourself credit for. You TAKE 10 minutes and write all that down for sure. Tracking is sooo helpful though. You get to see if you are getting enough of EVERYTHING you need. Either get up 1/2 hour earlier or go to bed 1/2 hour later. Track, track, track. There is no substitution and you are sooo worth it.


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MIATIA1 4/6/2011 10:59AM

    I plan meals for my self and use the food grouping tab, way faster and easier. A lot of meals are repeated with just a few changes here and there, so I pretty much know each day especially for breakfast and lunch of what I had.
Just a word from experience, I know about the chaos of life and children, but make yourself a priority and give yourself that little bit of time for you. Itís not easy and it sometimes feels selfish but in retrospect, the doing and caring all the time for others although rewarding at times can be tiring, frustrating and full of stress which in part has aided to our weight issues. YOUíRE worth the time so please give it to yourselfÖ..

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SARA72121 4/6/2011 3:44AM

    I often set up my tracker 3-5 days in advance. If anything changes I just change as I go and I'll usually add snacks the day off. Maybe if you could find 5-10 minutes in the morning or the night before you could plan out your food ahead of time!

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BLESSED2BEME 4/5/2011 11:24PM

    Good plan! I'm very bad about tracking my food and I know that it is one area that is holding me back from success!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 4/5/2011 11:23PM

    I've finally resulted to carrying a small notebook in my purse to jot down what I eat. I've also found it helps me to write what time it was - I discovered that 11:00 and 4:30 are the times (approximately) I get off track if I don't eat a lot of protein for breakfast and lunch!
Stay positive. We're getting back on track together.

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DEBORAHANNDEE 4/5/2011 10:42PM

    I've been there this past week myself! Not looking good for all of April! Tomorrow I'm making 5 pans of Mexican Lasagne and on Thursday and Friday a big cake to serve 50 for our AWANA T&T party. It's going to be a tough few days food wise! But I'll be hanging in there and I'll be praying the same for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REJ7777 4/5/2011 10:06PM

    The challenge is always to find a way to integrate Sparking into our busy lives. Tracking your food the night before sounds like a good idea! emoticon

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RIKKI572 4/5/2011 9:27PM

    I always carry a small notebook with me, and on busy days, just take a moment to jot down what I've eaten. It works for me!!

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 4/5/2011 9:24PM

    I use to track my food the night before when I was on Jenny Craig. I helped me and I was not even a busy mom back in the day. I was just busy...LOL

hang tough. I am back to tracking for myself and looks like dh.

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DEBS1389 4/5/2011 9:23PM

    If you have a blackberry there is an app. You can also plan your meals in the tracker and stick to it so you don't have to edit.

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About the popcorn yearning for me

Friday, April 01, 2011

from the comfort of a puddle of butter left in the bowl that was used for melting. How did the single popcorn come to be in that bowl, right at my fingertips? Today was the first day in weeks that I've allowed the children to eat food in my presence that I can't eat. I'm proud to say, that popcorn is still waiting for someone to save it from its solitary existence. It won't be me. Maybe in a few more weeks when I'm stronger, but not now.

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JUSTA123 4/3/2011 11:03AM

    Yep we all have our trigger foods, just can't be around them, Have a beautiful day my friend, emoticon

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AHEALTHIERME44 4/3/2011 12:00AM

    So proud of you..way to stay strong! :)

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SHAPNUP 4/2/2011 4:25PM

    Great job passing up the lonesome piece of popcorn! Every little bit of progress counts. Without the litte bits, there won't be a big bit. emoticon emoticon

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TRIGFROST 4/2/2011 2:14PM

    I eat the mini bags of Acts 2 at "Sams"...then you don't over eat and you watch the butter..hope this Help's...

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MIATIA1 4/2/2011 10:50AM

    OOH popcorn now there is a challenge...... Proud of you for your will power. When I first started last year I felt guilty for not having anything in the house for sweets for my DH is still a kid too, so when I did break down and get a few things I right away labeled the calorie count on the outside of the bag in big print. You would be surprised how fast after seeing that it doesn't sound so appealing and the will power is much easier to maintain....

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MOMFAN 4/2/2011 1:21AM

    I eat the fat free microwave popcorn, it is my guilty pleasure without all the butter.

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.DUSTY. 4/1/2011 10:27PM

    Have you tried the 99% fat free microwavable popcorn and the I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray? It is really yummy!

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    You obviously ARE strong emoticon

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SUSANMOMOF6 4/1/2011 9:37PM

    This whole journey can be so baffling. Trying to know what our limits are. When something is okay and when it isn't. There are no bad foods, yet certain ones are just not for me. I'm trying to learn to have a little of what I love and be satisfied with that. It is a process, isn't it. I'm so glad I'm not in this alone. I proud of you for knowing where to draw the line for yourself. Have a great weekend with your family. Thanks again for the nice comments. I look forward to getting to know you and cheering you on. emoticon

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REJ7777 4/1/2011 9:33PM

    emoticon That's not easy to do. emoticon

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RIKKI572 4/1/2011 9:27PM

    Way to go!!! Resisiting temptation is the hardest. I have no problem not snacking, unless it's right in front of me. Keep up the good work!!

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positives of initial weight loss

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Admittedly, I have lost 20 pounds many times over. I think that makes me an expert on the immediate improvement one feels. Have you seen the same thing in your life? Here's my list-

After losing the first 5 pounds
-less water retention, reduction in inflammation so less join aches, easier to look behind me while backing up, feet stop aching
-hunger subsides

After losing 10 pounds (sometimes by the end of the first week even)
-Clothes are looser
-A sense of confidences that I'm in control
-cravings not as intense
-easier to exercise

After 15 pounds
-easier to sleep at night without the extra weight
-increased motivation to go for long walks and stretch
-dropped a dress size
-face and belly noticeably smaller to me and close family members

After 20 pounds
-general sense of well being increases dramatically. The sense of possibly dying in my sleep is gone
-interest in eating healthy and being fit becomes more of a focus than just losing weight
-I can now walk with thin friends and keep up. Who thought that would happen so fast!!

What changes have you seen?

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ADAMST3 4/5/2011 5:54AM

    Great reflection! ...reflection???? A you looking in the mirror reflection. A REFLECTION!!!!! Oh Girl, you are looking GOOD!

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SHAPNUP 4/2/2011 4:29PM

    I've seen a lot of the same changes for myself (sadly, over and over). I love being able to sleep soundly at night. My self-confidence takes a big boost, too, and I am more apt to initiate conversations, join in group activities, and have attention focused on me without trying to hide under the rug. emoticon

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JAZZYTREKKER 4/1/2011 5:34PM

    Nice reflection.

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DZINE4KING 3/31/2011 1:51PM

    Wow! Thanks for this blog....I don't know what it is like to feel that way...have NEVER lost 20 or 30 pounds yet! The farthes I ever get is 10 pounds, and than I backslide! Ha! Thanks so much for really makes me want to lose.

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JUSTA123 3/31/2011 12:49PM

    emoticonlist , it's amazing isn't it? I no longer have the car seat pushed all the way back it's up closer to the steering wheel, I can walk and walk and I'm not out of breath, I can bend down and get up, I can get on the floor and get up, the list goes on and on!

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MOMFAN 3/31/2011 12:08AM

    Happier, less pain, ability to do more.

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DEBORAHANNDEE 3/30/2011 11:29PM

    I totally agree with the list you gave. I lost 30 pounds within 3 months of starting SP back in August. Ten pounds a month...and I was SO excited and noticed all the things you mentioned above. Now I have plateaued since December, but with continued workouts at the gym and food logging I am feeling stronger and more motivated each day. I have way more energy than I used to have and that alone is wonderful! So, I pray the weight starts moving again soon, but in the mean time I'm still feeling fantastic and looking better even if the scale reads the same. emoticon

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OVERHAULING-ME 3/30/2011 4:50PM

    I'm restarting after having gained ALL of my weight plus 5. This is day four and I've lost 5lbs already! I know it's water weight but just those five are keeping me going. ALL the water I'm drinking is making me feel healthier and that my skin is better as well.

After watching BL last night it's just so amazing how they all look! I have lost 70lbs (only half of what I needed to at the time) and when I was down that much it felt so great! The comments I got from people were very motivating. I could bend over and tie my shoes EASY PEASY!

Thanks for a great blog! I need it! I can chose to feel those changes or I can chose to continue to feel crappy! It's my choice.

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MIATIA1 3/30/2011 4:21PM

    At 30 pounds it finally dawns on you "I CAN REALLY DO THIS"
You start to feel empowered; Zest for life is back in your vocabulary.
Smiles and laughter is a daily part of your life.

At 40 pounds you are invincible or at least you think so and are willing to try
most new things. You start to get a little cocky and sometimes even slack off, for hey look
how far Iíve come arenít I down already three sizes in pants. This is were you stand strong and keep pushing for you donít let anyone or even yourself distract you from your primary goal.

At 50 # 10 of which is regained weight youíre more determined than ever, obviously smarter however, definitely prouder and immeasurably more determined to reach your final goal.
Itís worth the time and effort so....... CONGRATULATION ON YOUR PROGRESS!

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RIKKI572 3/30/2011 2:42PM

    Wow, what an awesome attitude. I haven't hit the 20 pound mark yet, but I have started noticing a lot of what you listed. It sure is a great motivator.
Thank you for sharing and have a great day!

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LOOZINITNOW 3/30/2011 1:25PM

    This is an awesome list and all the more reason for us to keep at it. Can you imagine what happens at 50, 75, even a 100lbs??

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ďThere are only 2 choices; make progress or make excuses.Ē

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Found this quote online and the truth of it just jumped out at me. Last week I got back to cleaning house with a vigor and the progress I made felt wonderful. I felt wonderful. I guess we all claim our victories as being from self, but failure....yes, that's due to something outside of ourselves. Ha.

Time to claim lack of progress for what it is and stop making excuses. Time for me to step up to the plate and take responsibility for the goofs and not just the triumphs.

One thing about spark that I've never been comfortable with is the nature of the message boards. Threads are confusing, so many people's hard to get to know anyone. I must prefer blog conversations and hope some of my friends will share there thoughts about this quote in my comments or on a blog of their own. I'd love to get to know you better and am sure it will keep me sparking with greater regularity.....there I go again, making excuses for the times I didn't spark lol

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KIMMAS82 3/29/2011 4:14PM

    Love the quote! I love all quotes that point out excuses for what they are! My all time favorite is:

A man who wants something will find a way;
A man who doesn't will find an excuse.

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 3/29/2011 1:06PM

    I don't mind the threads. But, I really don't like to start a new one. I think I use the threads for general chatter.

The blogs are more about me and my thoughts. I follow some friends and some (Thankfully) comment on my blogs. Nice to see you sparking again.

I love the quote. I think we do make progress or excuses. There are many things I could do better. There are others that I am making progress and that is good enough. I am learning that excuses don't really help me.

Great thought. Keep on moving in the journey. You can do it.

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HEARTS4ME 3/29/2011 5:59AM

  Thank you for the quote and your insight! It is so true!

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DEBORAHANNDEE 3/29/2011 12:06AM

    So, so true! I think just about all the comments agreed that we are all good at making excuses. The quote said it all...we have two choices. I would so like to be the person that makes the progress, but after several months of a plateau, I'm still making excuses. I will do a better job of applying this to my life and start making some progress!!! I find it hard to read too many blogs, just because it takes so much time. I really try to limit my computer time and by the time I've logged food and exercise, that time is just about up! Would love to get to know just a few friends on here that I can really relate to and have to give and get encouragement from.

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MOMFAN 3/28/2011 8:04PM

    Balance is the key to all of life! We must keep all things in perspective. I am done making excuses! I am fighting for that healthy life I deserve! I know you are with me!

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DRAWNTHISWAY 3/28/2011 2:56PM

    It is a good truth. I have a friend who uses the line "Speak the truth, even if it makes your voice shake" or something along those lines. Sometimes when speaking lack of progress we have to let our voice shake as we speak the truth and acknowledge our faults. I try my darnedest to overcome the urge to make an excuse.

There are some situations in which on person is not exclusively at fault for progress on something not coming. Usually at that point in time an evaluation is in order to ensure that everything is in check. Please note I'm not saying that an excuse is necessary, just that you need the appropriate tools and time frame for some goals to be accomplished.

I wish you luck in finding your house. I'm slowly working my way through mine.

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JUSTA123 3/28/2011 7:21AM

    So true, we are often so full of excuses for not doing what we know we should. Truth is if we did what we should there would be no need for excuses.

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JINLYNN 3/28/2011 2:24AM

    That's a great quote. And I must say that I am so much better at the latter. If there was an Olympic sport for making excuses, I would have several gold medals! LOL!

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HSMOM2FOUR 3/27/2011 11:21PM

    So true... in every area of life! I think so many times that we see the obstacles more than the opportunities... and in so many ways our journeys are more mental than physical. But if we strip away the excuses, we can start stripping away the obstacles in our life because we'll be making PROGRESS!!

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ANNIEBOLEEN 3/27/2011 10:39PM

    Great quote! I was getting discouraged today and came across your post. I make excuses for my behavior alot when I would really like to make some progress. I spend quite a bit of time on SP so would love to make new friends here too. I find if you visit a group thread by recent post link on your start page it helps take you to the discussion you were on. Blogs are always nice too so keep posting. Annie

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DANCINGBRAVE 3/27/2011 9:35PM

    I liked this blog for 2 reasons: 1/ I'm a no-nonsense person. Make progress or make excuses really says it all - it gets in my face! and 2/ I wholheartedly agree that the thread thing is verges on disjointed... I prefer a real conversation. But some threads are really good - like the ones that people do for various challenges. They can be really helpful and motivating. Thanks for both things.

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AHEALTHIERME44 3/27/2011 8:58PM

    Love the true!! Also agree that it is hard to keep up with the message boards. I have been reading more blogs because I agree it is a better way to get to know people and a better way to try to help people.
Today I finally started back on my cardio plan and it felt so good..some progress towards motivation to continue. I will think of this quote this week if I even think of making an excuse not to follow through on the plan on blogged today :)
Thanks for sharing!

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