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Got a new fridge, what a job !

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Hello all you fellow Sparkers ; I havent written a blog in quite a while but I feel the need to let this out.
This week I got a new fridge , was in great need of one. Its nothing special the same make and size as the one I have done well with for 20 yrs now. I could not believe the food that one can accumulate when not paying attention to what is already in there, when you've been getting the same stuff over the months and not eating the same stuff.
I've been with Spark for around 15 months now and have lost about 70 lbs give or take a few. My family still eats what they want, but that is going to change. Im am done filling it to the rim with junk that will expire before we get to it. It literally took me 2 days to re organize and get rid of all the outdated crap.I took some pics to remind me to not over buy any more. Wish me luck!

What I got rid of........

What I still have and won't need to shop for a month or so !

Have a great week Sparkers

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BABYSOX 6/12/2014 6:28AM

    Congrats on the new fridge. I like your plan to reduce waste.

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WILLOW49 6/11/2014 11:14PM

    Good job on getting rid of the junk! I'm sure your family won't miss most of it. Enjoy your new fridge!

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GAILANN48 6/11/2014 11:06PM

    New fridge looks great - and what a plan you have for filling it with good stuff! Well done!

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The best WILD WEDNESDAY ever !

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Hello and what a nice start to a wonderful Thursday. Yesterday as I was running my usual wed. errands of recycling , groceries ,getting gas , etc. and trying not to stop and have fast food , as I did not reach my 1st yr anniversary goal of 70 lbs lost , however I have lost 60 lbs and feel so much healthier and very proud of my success as tomorrow is my 1 yr anniversary here at Spark and I owe it all to you inspiring members that have kept me motivated to keeping a promise to myself to getting in shape and lose this 100 lbs of extra weight , so 60 in a yr is making me healthier and happier!

Ok, on with my story. When I picked my daughter up from her job as a preschool teacher in the inner city of Detroit , which I am so very proud of saying that she is a wonderful daughter as well as a remarkable asset to the school system. Well she is doing a hands on lesson of making fruit and veggie kabobs with her class tomorrow , so she wanted to go to this neighborhood fruit mkt where they advertise a WILD WEDNESDAY sale. We went in and much to our suprise it was the best sale I have ever seen!
This is what we got----

Pineapple 2 lg
Strawberries 8 quarts
Mangos 4 lg
Grapes 3 lbs
Peppers 15 mixed colors
Celery 2 bunches
Carrots 2 bags
Beets 4 lg
Eggplant 2 lg
Broccolli 3 crowns
Leaf lettuce 1 bunch
Tomatoes 4 lg
Lemons 4 lg
Limes 4 lg

All of this produce was only 22.63. What a great WILD WEDNESDAY. I think this is a sign , to have me continue to eat 8 to 10 fruits and veggies daily, I will be stopping at this fruit mkt weekly so I can continue to get healthier on my weight loss journey. Oh , and here's the reciept.... emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/6/2014 10:49PM


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GAILANN48 3/6/2014 8:51PM

    Sounds wonderful - the produce as well as your weight loss! Kudos to you on both counts, and congrats to your daughter for teaching some really important life lessons!

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MJREIMERS 3/6/2014 2:07PM

    emoticon I love that she is teaching the kids about healthy eating AND got a great deal. It doesn't get better than that!! I wish we had those prices where I live!

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Controlling my portions?

Thursday, February 06, 2014

I have been trying to control my portions for the last few days , and have done pretty good for the most part , and have kept to my goal of eating 6 to 8 fruits and veggies as they are pretty filling , however its the carbs I have to keep lower. I am on the borderline of being diabetic and should keep under 50 carbs per meal, , sometimes this is a real challenge . I do so love to bake and have rice and pasta along with the sweet fruits. This afternoon I baked applesauce oatmeal muffins, as they are made with sugar sub they still have around 30 or 35 carbs per muffin. Beans too are so healthy, however high in carbs as well., and I always want more than one cup. Im wondering if more fiber counteracts the amount of carbs you have so they don't turn to sugar in your system. Someone told me recently that when you have 4 grams of fiber you can minus 4 grams of sugar if so does it work with the carbs that turn to sugar. Anyone have an opinion on the concept? Although I still will try to keep my carbs around 50 per meal its just such a challenge at times. Learning to adjust is a full time plan, but well worth it in the long run I guess.

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GEMINI-SKY 2/8/2014 7:48AM

    Good Morning Star !
I usually eat protein with any food I eat.
The protein helps slow down the absorption of the carbs into your blood stream.
As far as beans, which I Love, instead of eating a full portion all at one time, I sprinkle them on salads, blend them with low fat cream cheese and eat on celery...In other words, think of ways to get them in spread out thru out the day.
As far as subtracting carbs when eating fiber, there is a mixed opinion on that.
Try it and test to see how you react to it. If your BS goes up, then it's not for you.
I love my diabetic cookbooks, so try some of those to help you out.
Everyone reacts so differently to what they eat, so testing and keeping records is your best option.
I wish you well and keep up the good work.

Comment edited on: 2/8/2014 7:49:45 AM

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    Same here, let's fight the good fight together emoticon

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Just start measuring again

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Today I had lunch at Red Lobster , and much to my suprise , I must start measuring my portions again. Its a wonder I have not gained weight over these last couple months! Haven't lost either, thats the problem. Well , I ordered a portion measured lunch consisted of 3 oz of baked fish, a half cup of crabmeat stuffing a cup of fresh green beans and a salad with fat free raspberry vinaigrette. Which was supposed to be under 600 calories, and WAS very tasty! However , I noticed my portions at home have gotten a bit larger than I should have, along with all of the holiday goodies that I have had (in moderation I can say) is the reason I just haven't lost anything recently. So , for dinner I measured my cup of chili as I haven't done so with soups, mac and cheese , potatoes, and so forth.
The point is , we get confident in what we think we know and slip back into our old eating habits so quickly.
For this last month, before my one year anniversary I am going to measure all of my portions of whatever I have to try to reach my goal of 60 one year. That may not seem like a lot to some of you .however it is 5 lbs a month average loss and that's good enough for me.

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Myself and my two sisters at Red Lobster , YUMMY

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    ..*) -::- you guys look great
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EMMACORY 2/4/2014 7:13PM

    emoticon It is easy to forget the portion control piece. I also know how to maintain so I am also being more diligent about tracking and measuring. Blessings on your journey! emoticon

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Eating more veggies and fruits

Sunday, December 15, 2013

So , I've set this new goal to eat 6 to 8 fruits and veggies daily. I made it a point to have at least 2 per meal and sometimes 3 or 4, well its working out better than the 3 exercise vidios daily, I think cause I'm on my feet all day at work that I just dont have the energy or incentive to workout as often as I should, however I do get my steps in most days, over 10.000 usually.
Well this week I made mac and cheese with butternut squash and roasted onion and carrots , I pureed them with 1% milk till smooth and then blended it into the cheese sauce made with 12 oz. mixed cheddar and smokey swiss. Sounds like a lot of cheese , but only 1 and 1/2 oz. per serving . I get 8 delicious servings from a .lb of elbow macaroni. My family couldn't even tell the veggies were in it and I served it with green beans and more carrots so we got 4 veggie servings in the meal , oh and I did put lil smokies in the dish too! I also enjoy at least 2 or 3 fruits at breakfast and the same at lunch so its quite simple to get the 6 or 8 in daily and very filling too.I always meet or go over my 25 grams of fiber per day and have cut my fat considerably. Well when I weigh in tommorrow I hope this has given me a push in the weight loss goal for the first half of Dec. I'll be content with 1or 2 lbs. lost and then to make it through Christmas will be the real challenge. Another day another decision to eat healthier . By george I think im getting the hang of it! Bye for now Spark buddies.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL emoticon emoticon

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GAILANN48 12/15/2013 3:55PM

    Hope the weigh in goes well! But even if it doesn't show yet, you're doing a great job eating better. WooHOO!

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TWEETYKC00 12/15/2013 10:27AM

    Good for you making healthier choices!

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144AUTUMN 12/15/2013 3:00AM

  Keep up the good work!!

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144AUTUMN 12/15/2013 2:59AM

  You can do it!!

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