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An excuse is still just an excuse

Friday, July 09, 2010

Even if they are valid an excuse is still just an excuse NOT to do something. If it were something I wanted to do I’d put down or aside whatever got in my way of doing it and be all over it like white on rice. Just look at all the hours I’ve logged in playing Quake and Thief online over the past 10 years.

Short of going door to door I’ve been singing the praises of SP for, well, for all of three weeks now. Not really that very long I know but still…..

The past few weeks have saved my life. Sounds dramatic but it’s absolutely true and I know there are tens of thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands who are finding, not only, peace with themselves but all the tools one needs for a healthy and happier life style right here on SparkPeople and it’s FREE!!!!!!

I feel like I’ve won the lottery and want to share it with everyone. Perhaps once I’ve walk the walk and talked the talk long enough family and friends will begin to see the new me and ask, “Wow, what’s happened to you?” And then they will listen.

How long did you know about SP before you checked it out and joined? emoticon

  
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SHORTCAKE48 7/10/2010 10:13PM

  I read about SparkPeople in All You magazine. I logged on, took a look around and was so overwhelmed with all the information that I just got off the site. But something drew me back time and time again. Each time, I spent a little more time looking around and then when I discovered the Spark Pages and started reading some of the inspirational stories I was hooked.

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KERANCE 7/10/2010 6:31PM

    I found Sparkpeople when it was mentioned in a magazine I read called 'Zest'.
It's a UK mag and the artical was litrally a tiny square, no where near the amount it should have been. It said "if you wanthandy free tools to track nutition & fitness go to www.sparkpeople.com"
That one sentance has changed my life and I'm so glad I went for a nosy.
I love the place and the community is the best.
I shout from the hilltops about Sparks but I don't think people understand the greatness of this site.
I have even deleted my Facebook page as Sparks is all I need.
I've been here a year next month and I still love the place as much as when I first found it.

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JAKEANDNELLIE 7/10/2010 10:35AM

    I had cousins visiting from California at the end of September last year. Two of them were Spark members, and kept telling me I should join.
At the time, their words hurt and upset me because I have always been ridiculed about my weight and have always felt embarrassed about the way I looked. (I had to change that sentence - I originally wrote "made to feel embarrassed" but I've come to realize no one MAKES you feel that way - you do it to yourself accepting and agreeing that you should be embarrassed.)
I waited until they'd been gone several days and then checked Spark out. I didn't join that day, but did on November 9.
I thank my cousins for their words now - before, all I heard from their encouragement to join Spark was "you're too fat," and now I know that those words changed my life.
Sheila

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MARSHASTAR 7/10/2010 10:30AM

    My sister told me about SP a year ago. I finally took her advice and joined in Feb '10.
You are right about the excuses. I know I make excuses to NOT exercise.
Right now I can find a lot of so-called "reasons" to avoid my walk today, but all those "reasons" are just excuses.
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RONNIEHUEY 7/10/2010 4:32AM

    A friend joined and it took a year before I was interested enough to check out the site emoticon

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JOANOFSPARK 7/9/2010 5:43PM

    emoticon emoticon good for you.....

I read about SP in a magazine...I had already been to see a dietitian....so I was already tracking my food, exercise, and blood glucose every day in a journal...so when I read about the site, I just had to check it out and I liked what I saw and have been here around 50 days....and I will continue to stay here because as you said, it was a lifesaver for me. I had gotten to a plateau and I know that if I hadn't discovered SP that I would have given up....maybe not right away but sooner or later, I would have..

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JUSGETTENBY42 7/9/2010 5:09PM

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SUNSET09 7/9/2010 5:03PM

  I call some excuses reasons as they are reasons we elect not to do what we should do. I tell friends, family and whoever will listen that you're going to be the same age if you do it, or not do it so age is not a reason (excuse) not to pursue your dream! We all have priorities and what's important to us, we make time to do. Your message has really and will encourage a lot of people to just do it! I"m ready to go and walk my mile for today, thanx! emoticon

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There’s a new restaurant in town

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Now I’ve seen every thing!!! emoticon

While drinking my morning coffee I was reading our little throw away paper with small town news and lots of local pictures, you know the type of paper Jay Leno uses to do his skit called “Headlines” the one with typographical errors, or unintentional inappropriate items? This week’s paper had a menu tucked into it called “320 Main” Steaks*Chops*Seafood. I had a little bit of coffee left so I thought I’d check it out… first thing on the menu under starters was

“Deep Fried Mac n’ Cheese” $8…

I almost spit my coffee across the room!!! Macaroni and cheese as an appetizer???? It still makes me giggle to think about it….now that’s an inappropriate item. Well there is a new restaurant in town but it’s called “Linda’s Kitchen” and that’s where all our meals are coming from for awhile. emoticon

Side note… I found the same “Mac n’ Cheese” item on their lunch menu too… good news you can add smoked duck for another two bucks. Evil, it’s all around us!!!

  
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RONNIEHUEY 7/9/2010 11:40AM

    I love to find tiny out of the way places to eat.,especially family owned and run places emoticon

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 7/8/2010 3:54PM

    I adore Mac & Cheese but you're right, it's not an appetizer! It's one of the things that I just have to have in my life but I can have a small serving and be pretty happy. Luckily for me, my sister, who makes the worlds best Mac & Cheese, lives far enough away that I'm only tempted occasionally! LOL

I thought you'd spit coffee over the price! $8 bucks for cheese and noodles. I'm in the wrong business!

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How did special treats turn into daily rewards?

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Believe it or not when I was growing up fast food joints were few and far between. There was a McDonalds that we would pass on our way to Big Bear going to and from church camp every summer. Stopping there was part of the “special” treat that went along with the traditional summer vacation we looked forward to all year and loved so very much.

I can still remember the golden arches with the proud display that said “THOUSANDS SOLD.” I think their current boast of “BILLIONS AND BILLIONS SERVED” hasn’t changed in the last decade.

A cheese burger with fries and a coke was a treat. emoticon emoticon emoticon Then it became a reward. We used it for good grades with our children or a place to go for a birthday or graduation. Now people drive thru daily not only for that “fourth meal” but as a convenient bribe if the kiddies have behaved themselves.

Desserts were the same way when I was a kid. We didn’t have them every night. In fact a hot fudge sundae once a month at Hoff’s Hut was worth getting dressed up for. emoticonPumpkin pie with whipped cream was for Thanksgiving only (and that alone made it taste sooooooooooo good). Again we used 31 Flavors or Penguins as a reward with our children… “Happy last day of school” or “Yippee, no cavities at the dentist!” Now a bowl of ice cream after dinner every night is a given…. not to mention that frozen pie in the freezer and tempting tub of cool whip with an expiration date that’s good until next year.

Snack time’s become a joke. What happened to that piece of fresh fruit or handful of nuts or raisins? They’ve given way to sodas and candy bars or emoticoncigarettes and a brewski. Treats have become rewards we bribe ourselves with for finishing a task or for just being good little boys and girls.

I’ve had all sorts of realizations since joining SP and as I continue to face my stuff instead of stuffing my face I’ve decided not to reward myself with food. Desserts have become treats again instead of a reward for over eating. Just this weekend I found that raspberry Jell-O with real whipped cream on the 4th of July emoticon emoticonnot only brought back many sweet memories of my childhood but tasted soooooooooooooo good.

  
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SURFKITTY 7/8/2010 6:07AM

    Same thing for me, as a kid eating out or fast food was a very rare thing, usually when we were on vacation. But once I started working, I somehow got off track, partly because I lived alone and didn't want to bother to cook for just me, but also because I was tired at the end of the day and stopping on the way home was not only easy it was a way to reward myself for making it through another day at a job I hated. Ah, self loathing and stuffing. The last few years I've been trying to train for a new career as well as trying to get in shape and be healthy, it's been fits and starts but with Spark People I at least have a roadmap now instead of having to just spin in circles.

Good luck with your journey, there's a lot of us on the road right alongside you.



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JAKEANDNELLIE 7/7/2010 4:03PM

    Words of wisdom! My grandpa always said you need to study the past to improve the future and he was definitely right in this instance.
I have stopped ordering dessert - it's just a treat for a super-special occasion now.
I admit I still do drive-thru frequently - but only a grilled chicken sandwich with no sauce or mayo.
I too saw a child that broke my heart - he was in Subway and had 6 cookies in front of him, a 12" subway club with extra meat and bacon and slathered with mayo - not a veggie on it - and a large cola to drink. I was behind them in line and heard the order - couldn't figure mom out - she ordered a 6" turkey with no cheese or condiments, lots of spinach and tomato, and a bottle of water to drink for herself! She laughingly turned to me and said "He eats just like his dad." (I had a 6" chicken salad on wheat with only tomatoes and spinach!)
Stay positive,
Sheila

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TERIANA 7/7/2010 4:46AM

    Oh you are so right. I grew up in a working class family, we always had enough to eat but never ate too much. Soda was reserved for holidays or birthdays. Candy bars were few and far between. Eat out at McDonalds? A special treat reserved for maybe three times a year, and boy did we look forward to that! Mom prepared all of our meals including brown bag lunches because we couldn't afford the 25 cent hot lunch at school. Lunch was usually a sandwich (made on thin sliced "sandwich" bread), one piece of fruit and two graham crackers. I drank milk from a thermos that came in my "Flipper" lunch box. Desserts were served only if we had company over for dinner and it was usually a chocolate cake made from a box mix. After school snacks? I remember getting half an apple or orange, or soda crackers with peanut butter. No TV or video games after school--we were out riding bikes and playing outside until Mom called us in for dinner. No take-out dinners---everything was homemade and we ate a salad and a cooked vegetable every night. I guess in retrospect, we were "poor" by today's standards, but our parents fed us healthy nutritious foods and nobody in my family or at my school was obese.

When did it all go so wrong? Today I saw a beautiful young girl, about 8 years old, who was terribly overweight, eating out of a large bag of potato chips and sucking on a half liter bottle of soda. It made me want to cry.

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Before & After

Monday, July 05, 2010

You won’t find any before and after pictures here.. yet, because this is just my 3rd week at SP. What you will find is my new appreciation for life and living it fully once again.

I’ve always chaptered my life with the term “before & after” For instance, I generalize about the first 21 years of my life as “before-marriage” then there was that dark period “after my first husband died” that I call “before-Michael” The next 21 year period I call “after-Katy” (who was my fourth child born in my mid thirties) Those were the sweetest of times. Then there was “after-grandchildren” quickly becoming one of my favorite chapters ever!!!

Which brings me to the here and now. A time I really wasn’t expecting to grow and blossom personally. A period in my life I’d heard called the golden years that wasn’t feeling all that golden to me.

I’ve decided this new chapter will forever be called “after-SparkPeople” which will always have liberal references’ to “before-SparkPeople” when I struggled with body issues that lead to poor health.

I know I’ve only been here two weeks but the realizations and changes I’ve made have had a profound effect on my life already. I’m excited and looking forward to this next chapter… so far it looks pretty Golden to me =]
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LUSHON 7/5/2010 8:40PM

    Way to go!

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KERRYFINE 7/5/2010 8:25PM

    Yay! I love that you are seeing changes so quickly! Keep it up!

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The devil’s in the details…

Thursday, July 01, 2010

One of the first things I’m tackling since committing to better eating habits is portion control.

I knew I was filling my plate way to full but prided myself in the fact that I NEVER went back for seconds. Truth is I didn’t want to have to get up and go get more because I hurt too much and one trip from the kitchen to my chair in front of the TV was all I could manage; besides my hands were full with hubby’s plate too.

Ah, two plates, and one always had more on it than the other. But did I give that fuller plate to the construction worker who’d been up since 4am? Honestly, every single time I’d hand a plate of food to him the same thought nagged at me. And every single time I’d hand him the plate with less food. This has been going on for years. And because I’ve always been a “good-little-girl” I’d clean that over-filled plate even if I was full.

There I said it out loud. Another cockroach squished!! End of back story, on to portion control.

I’m finding it’s actually easy to use a smaller plate and dish up less food the trick is becoming educated about what your stuffing your face with then keeping track of what you’ve consumed. SP’s Nutrition Tracker has become my bible…. I’ve noticed the first thing you enter after the food item is serving size. Well, I’m getting schooled on that and have had a number of “Ah ha” moments in the process. For instance a banana is considered two servings… half a dill pickle spear = 2 servings… a box of cook and serve Jell-O pudding with three cups milk serves SIX!!!! Are you kidding me??? OMG I’ve been eating for three, some times four…. its no wonder I have a weight problem.

Portion control is a huge part of any program and yes, less does = less but until you face those devilish details it’s easy to over eat. On a high note I’m finding a less shameful little girl under all this fat whose learning that single portions are satisfying and I don’t have to reward myself with dessert.

Pfffft…. rewarding myself with dessert for what? Over eating?? Now who would do a thing like that???
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JOANEMALM37 7/2/2010 8:05AM

    Ah portion control. You would think at my age I would have learned it by now.

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BARBARASDIET 7/1/2010 4:43PM

    Amen! I am still struggling with portion control, even though I have working on it for about 4 years now!

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DISMOM3 7/1/2010 4:30PM

    Portion size is a bear to master, isn't it?

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JAKEANDNELLIE 7/1/2010 4:23PM

    You are making some wonderful insights! I truly believe we need to work on our mental progress as much as our physical and you are definitely making great strides!
Keep up the good work!
Sheila

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