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I didn't gain any weight!!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

So instead of being unhappy that I haven't lost much this last month...........I'm now celebrating that I haven't gained any this last week!! So happy. It was a REALLY long hard week, in fact so long and hard that I slept my entire weekend, two whole days. I haven't done that in years and years. My sister went missing for 26 hours, we all panicked and it was a HORRIBLE day, that was early last week, and I didn't really recover from that stress until today!!!! It was really bad. I am glad she is OK, I am glad it was nothing bad, it's just wild the thoughts that run through your head when you think someone you love might be hurt. It's overwhelming. I'm really excited for Thanksgiving, gonna have a houseful at my mom's. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. I am definitely trying to do it healthy this year, my goal is to drink my 8 cups of water and track everything I eat....................I'm not too worried about staying in my calorie range, if I go a "little" over, I'll be OK with that. I know that's not a great way to think of it, but that is what makes me feel good. I hope you all have a lovely time with your friends and families.

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ME_HERE_NOW 11/24/2011 4:15AM

    hope you enjoy(ed) reasonable portions of all your faves, turn(ed) down the resistible things & enjoyed celebrating the day with your family. your body will naturally have these plateaus, as long as you stay positive and keep working at it things will continue to shift, both on and off the scale. great to have an update from you, sorry for the sister issue, hopefully she will touch base more often in the future on her adventures. xoxo!

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BUTTERFLYAT38 11/23/2011 12:28AM

    Enjoy!! emoticon

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 11/22/2011 4:22PM

    Way to go!

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SHAMROCKY2K 11/22/2011 3:03PM

    I think once in awhile going way over calorie range for a big meal wakes up your metabolism. Then you have to get right back on. Let us know.
Your family has a lot to be thankful for. Enjoy the day!

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RIDMYCOCOON 11/22/2011 2:34PM

    Phew! I am very happy to hear that your sister is safe. I hope your Thanksgiving is full of love and warmth! emoticon

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CROOKEDLETTER 11/22/2011 2:32PM

    Glad your sister is okay. Hope you have a most excellent Thanksgiving!

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WENDYLEE15 11/22/2011 2:21PM

    I think that's a great way to think about it!! We can't be upset with ourselves for going over a little once in a while :).You have a blessed time with your family and friends!! Enjoy!!

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Yep, this about sums up where I am today

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Just wanna drop in the car and drive.

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RIDMYCOCOON 11/18/2011 5:22PM

    It would make me a very happy camper!!!! Drive, baby, drive!

That really is just so very funny! It so funny because it is true emoticon

Maybe your hubs would like it here. You know there are some similarities to S. Oregon...

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CROOKEDLETTER 11/16/2011 11:04AM

    That is funny! Hope you get some time to take a trip up that way sometime soonish.

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Me without a computer

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

My computer charger cord went out a few days back, and I was without a computer for a day or two. It was wierd. I tried to write a blog on my phone, and it just wasn't working, but I did log my food each day with an SP app for the phone, and actually lost a pound, FINALLY!!! So glad to have my computer back, I was a little lost for the first day. But the smart phones are so handy, you can almost do everything with them. I'm at work by myself today, which is nice, but I need to go get lunch and have to close up shope for a bit, I really don't like doing that, but I'm not sure going without lunch is an option for me. I usually bring my lunch, of course the one day I don't I wish I had!!! Life is funny! Well, all is well in the world, lost weight, figured out the computer problem and solved it pretty cheaply and quickly, planning some good cardio tonight, with a yummy dinner............not sure what, but I'm sure it will be good. Picked up a few books yesterday, some Madeleine L'Engle and another book about the Arthurian legend from the female point of view............plan on getting my reading groove on!!! Just picked them up yesterday and am almost a 1/4 of the way through one of the books.............admittedly it is more on a teen readers book, but still, I just couldn't put it down!!! So good! So glad to have my computer, those two days felt like two months!!! Kind of sad how tied I am to it!! Hope your week goes well. Spark on!!!

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LIVINGFREE19 11/9/2011 4:20PM

    It is extremely hard to go without a computer. I am glad you lost weight!
Have a great evening, friend! emoticon

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RIDMYCOCOON 11/9/2011 11:34AM

    Ahhh. All is well emoticon

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BUTTERFLYAT38 11/8/2011 9:31PM

    emoticon I love to read too..would be lost without a good book every now and your back in the techno groove.

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CROOKEDLETTER 11/8/2011 8:18PM

    Glad your puter is back in gear, that you found lovely reading material, that you have plans for tasty dinner and great cardio. And congrats on the pound lost. xxoo

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WENDYLEE15 11/8/2011 6:56PM

    Glad your back and congrats on the weight loss!! Hope the rest of your week is a good one :)

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    Glad your computer is working again. Have an awesome week!

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Daily ponderings

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Well, still am not losing, still mantaining, but am getting tons of inspiration and ideas from the SP cookbook, and great people on here. The weather is pretty cool here, I am liking it. Feeling excited about Thanksgiving...........a healthy Thanksgiving that is. It has always been my favorite holiday, all the family love, none of the stress. So excited to have my baby niece here to celebrate, and give thanks for this year. Finished the matching crocheted hats for my sister-in-law and my niece. Now baby, sister and mom have matching beanies! Plan another 5K this weekend. Realized last weekend how good that feels. Plus I am really enjoying racking up the fitness minutes! The SP cookbook is really amazing, I dove into it last night and got a lot of great ideas on cooking tips/tools/recipes I've never thought of before. Made some super tatsty soup night before last, am getting pretty creative with my chicken soup creations........homemade soup is so satisfying. Planning on reestablishing my connection to grains that I used to love in the past, but haven't had in awhile, quinoa, bulgar and couscous. Realizing I need to get a lot more veggies and grains into my diet. Really focusing on nutrition now, hard to realize how long it's been since I've really nourished my body in the right way. I love to eat healthy, I just get lazy so easily, especially when I'm hungry and I haven't thought ahead about what I'm going to eat. Been eating too many frozen meals lately...........I usually buy good quality frozen, like Amy's vegetarian lasagna or palak paneer, but still, it is time to really cook for myself the majority of my meals. Put on a pair of pajama bottoms last night that were skin tight a few months back, and they were practically falling off. That made me really happy, hadn't really realized that I've actually lost 16 pounds, and that although I'm not moving down as fast as I'd like, I am still moving down that scale. Had oatmeal for breakfast this morning and forgot just how satisfying and filling it actually is! Also have had greek yogurt with a teaspoon of honey in it for breakfast a few times this week, and I love sweetening my own yogurt, instead of buying it already flavored. It really is such a dramatic difference to switch from "diet" mentality to healthy lifestyle. Can't say I've fully made the transition, but I am going in the right direction. Still haven't gotten my strength training in order. I always feel good when I do it, but I will put that off before I will put cardio off, and I don't want to put either one off anymore. Been talking to a friend about juicing and the nutritional benenfits of it. Don't know exactly how that will fit into my healthy lifestyle plan, but I think is could be a good added way to get some of the veggie/fruit benefits I may not always be getting. I'm sure juicing can get pretty high calorie, but if it is mainly veggies (carrots/chard/beets/celery etc.) and just a little fruit I'm sure it will be a good addition to my days. Been in a Harry Potter mood lately, watched the first half of the 4th movie a few nights ago and can't wait to finish it. I usually get into things a few years after they are popular......this is one I'm really glad I picked up on, the movies are so well done. Been educating myself on eating better/organic, and am learining about all the great local places/farms that sell the organic produce and meats that you can't always find everywhere else. I have cut my meat intake way down, especially red meat...........only eat it maybe twice a month, and now I want to eat only organic/grass fed meats. I think this transistion will make me appreciate and feel good about the little bit of meat I do eat. Love that I'm not on a diet, people keep asking me how my diet is going and if feels so good to tell them that I'm not on a diet, I'm just making healthier choices. One thing I keep overeating is tortilla chips. My husband loves mexican food and we go out to eat it atleast twice a month, and each time I overeat on the chips and salsa and then come home and try to accurately track the calories, and each time am blown away with how many calories those crunchy little things have. Makes me want to take my scale with me everytime I eat out so that I only get 1 ounce and no more!!! It is interesting how after wieghing/measuring things for the last few months I have gained a much better idea of how much a proper portion of things really is. I see all food in calorie terms now. Funny how much of a mathematical equation eating healthy really is.
My baby sister and my niece share a birthday this week, one will be 24 the other four. I am really enjoying gift giving lately, and have had so much fun picking out the "perfect" gifts for them. I usually go to second hand stores for my gifts because you can really get a lot of wonderful things, and it doesn't break the bank!!! Plus it's so fun to hunt for treasures!
The holiday season is so wonderful in my business! So fun to ask people what they are doing for the holidays, and listen to the travel/family stories, I LOVE it!!! Part of the joy of working with the public.
So, dear ones, have a lovey/healthy weekend, I know I plan to.

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MAESTRACH 11/8/2011 9:19AM

    Glad to hear that things are going so well for you! I've been lazy about using my SPCB. Need to really make the time to delve into it and have some fun with it. That's on the list for the weekend. Have a great day!

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RIDMYCOCOON 11/7/2011 11:23AM

    You are doing awesomely and keeping on track with healthy choices and thinking. I love hearing your voice on this blog. emoticon

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ME_HERE_NOW 11/6/2011 3:15PM

    woohoo! you are revolutionizing your life every day! never fear, more loss will come in time, just keep up your end of the bargain by staying active and experimenting with new and healthy eats. you are setting a great example for your family and feeling better in your skin than in a long time, definitely worth holding onto! aaaah, nothing like when pajama pants are loose and comfy! and when they get way too big you can make them over into something new and exciting if they have life left in em still! keep rockin babe!

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FREETHEGODDESS 11/6/2011 10:17AM

    Congratulations on the loose pajamas. You are losing inches even if the scale is not moving much. You don't have to get fancy with the strength training. Get a pair of hand weights and do some reps. You can use your body weight as strength training as well. Do pushups, crunches and squats. Just be sure to stretch afterwards.

I try to eat fruits or veggies with every meal now. I have veggie omlets instead of just eggs, I chop them up to add to spaghetti sauce, I eat more salads and slice apples in my food processor to munch on as snacks (like healthy potato chips). All that adds up to several servings of fruits and veggies. The more I eat, the less I crave candy and cookies.

When we go to eat mexican food, I limit my tortilla chips to 5. A Yahoo search showed about 9 tortilla chips in one ounce. I get my own salsa dish so I can "double dip". That way I can make one chip last longer by getting salsa on each little bite.

Congratulations on making the switch from "diet" to "lifestyle" change. Isn't it fantastic when you start automatically thinking "healthy" and accept the fact that you can live like this and not feel deprived but, feel good.

p.s. You should try reading the Harry Potter books...they are even better than the movies...I love them!!

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BUTTERFLYAT38 11/6/2011 9:49AM

    Sounds like your in a really good place..i love it when pants are loose...those tortilla chips are time see if you can do carrots or something similarly crunchy with the avocado..i try to avoid them or substitute when i am in good mode. You are definitely getting out there exercising..that is yoga and running keeps me strong in so many ways..i am not tracking and struggling up and down with the 3-5 lbs..i know its a matter of focusing on what nourishes versus the other things one can get caught up eating. I am thinking about alot of things..blind faith, focusing on the moments, doing the things that make me happy and feed the soul..things like that. Always love catching up and seeing how you are. emoticon

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EMRANA 11/5/2011 11:21PM

  mmmmmmm homemade soup! I eat it at least three or four days a week. Lately, I've been on a soup and salad kick. I make a meal sized salad and a meal sized bowl of soup for my two main meals of the day (I don't eat big breakfasts).

I also have to add to your grains list and say mmmmmmm pot barley! You can't eat big portions of it, but it's so dense that it's filling in small amounts. I love to steam fresh brussels sprouts and have pot barley with sauteed tofu. YUM!

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CROOKEDLETTER 11/5/2011 2:41PM

    Enjoy the Harry Potter! Enjoy your cooking and hunting for gifts! And when you can work it in, enjoy that strength training- it will make a difference in your cardio. I have bum knees and some other injuries and ST has made my runs (and walks and bikes) much more enjoyable.

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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Well, this week has been remarkably better than last. I have been sleeping, eating, drinking, and exercising much smarter. I had a nice time at the Halloween festival on Monday, my niece loved it, which was the goal. Work was great yesterday, very busy, very I can pay rent ;)!!! My husband comes home tonight, which is always good. He spends an average of 4 nights a week away from home, so the midweek home night always makes me happy. Making some soup tonight, it is definitely homemade soup weather. Finally got to eat out at a reataurant that was one of my 1st month reward spots. Went with my sister and it was much better than I had expected, not as pricey as I'd thought either. I was very impressed, and they had a large number of items that don't break the bank calorie wise. One thing my town dosn't have much of is nice places to eat out, so it is really neat to know that there is one I really like for special occasions. I'm starting to wonder if I am going to be able to log any weight loss for my 3 month sparkversary coming up. I sure hope so. I haven't gained, just haven't lost. I am a little put off, but not too discouraged. I know where I've gone wrong, just can't seem to get it quite right yet.............but I am trying diligently everyday, and this counts as a thumbs up in my book. I have found that logging my food everyday is an absolute must, not that I didn't already assume that was the case, I just got lazy last week, and guessed on a few days, and that is just not working for me. Found some really lovely shots on facebook today, thought I'd share with you.

I've always had a thing for elephants. They are remarkable creatures, so loyal and strong. I would love to see one someday in the wild.

A friend posted this with a lovely poem for Christ, I really was inspired by this shot to make today a Christ filled day.

This is my new mantra. I think it really adds to my spark journey.

Love you all, hope life is treating you well.
Oh and happy All Souls Day/ Dia De Los Muertos, I will be praying for all the souls that have passed over, to find thier way peacefully to the light.

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RIDMYCOCOON 11/7/2011 11:20AM

    I love elephants too. They are incredibly special. Nice photos :o)

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 11/4/2011 11:23PM

    Nice photos!

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CAZANN2 11/2/2011 8:05PM

    Thanks for sharing the pics, loved them :) Enjoy your soup ! Keep going, you can do it ! emoticon

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CROOKEDLETTER 11/2/2011 4:41PM

    Happy All Souls Day/Dia De los Muertos to you as well.

Sending getting Logging Food Fairies your way. They'll tug on your ears anytime you're tempted to not log your food for the day.

Glad you have a lovely Halloween with your niece.

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