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Lesson Learned

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

This past holiday season made me realiZe that I cannot be left alone with any kind of candy or popcorn (flavored)! I am making a lifestyle resolution for next year! I will not beg my niece to make me anything covered in chocolate again! I also asked her to please ignore me even if I come on bended knees to her door begging for chocolate covered nuts raisins or pretzels! She immediately went on the defensive thinking I thought her candy was bad. OH! Contrair! (sp) They were toooooo good! We went to Chicago and had some Garrett's cheese popcorn! I went through this last Christmas! They are trigger foods that I have trouble stop eating. enough of that!

So this past two weeks I ended up gaining 9 lbs. I am back where I was at the end of Aug. Isn't that depressing. That is if I let it depress me. I won't! I am back in the saddle so to speak and raring to go. I did push my goal date back to March 12 2011.

Happy New Year one and all! Remember to make lifestyle resolutions!

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    I've had to adjust some goals since my mother's death. But I'm okay with that. Flexibility is important.

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DIVEMASTER01 1/7/2011 3:53AM

Thanks for the goodie. Nice to meet you! Also a local lady like me. Your weight loss is amazing! Your post about the chocolate, LOL! I love chocolate too. Have a happy Mardi Gras season.


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    It happens during the holidays...I too gained in December but am back on track and the scales is going back down...You will make it happen as you are AMAZING!

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DOWNTOWNJEN 1/5/2011 6:25PM

    You paint such a clear picture of your chocolate "supplication" that it made me laugh! And then wryly nod my head. I know what you mean. One of my ongoing goals is never to feel deprived. So I work in a piece of really excellent locally made dark chocolate infused with chilies into every day. I don't always eat it - but I know it's always available. And believe me - when I eat this deletable morsel - it takes 15-20 minutes. If anyone did an audio recording of one of my little "chocolate sessions" it would be filled with moaning and mmmmmm-ing. Perhaps I could sell it to the adult film industry??? emoticon

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NORA-L 1/5/2011 10:01AM

    It's a bear to have to start over again. I understand. But good for you for putting that foot forward. We can do it!

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LOVEAZ 1/5/2011 12:54AM

    Fall down, get back up. I'm back to where I was in late June. So I'm getting back up.

Now just remember, chocolate is evil ;) Actually in small doses it's probably therapeutic somehow!

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Portion Distortion!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Every time I see the article "Portion Distortion" I have to laugh because I remember how resistant I was to having only a 3 oz serving of ANYTHING !! I told Becky (Thoms1) it would be a cold day in hell before I have a 3oz. steak and be SATISFIED!!

If I were to go back and look over my nutrition logs I would bet that when Saturday night rolls around I would find some 12 oz steaks listed! It's a wonder I lost all that weight! I think I was in a challenge once that had us checking the report on our nutrition tracker of fats carbs and proteins. I found that report fasinating! I think it was about that time that I made a point of checking it each day. I may not have done anything about it but the seed was planted. One day as I was making up my menu for the day I noticed that I was going back and forth from the report and my menu, I guess that was an AH Ha moment. I became serious about it when I read an article (don't remember the title) about you need X amount of proteins and carbs and fats to work together..Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah! So in my head I said I need to get approximately 20% proteins 30% fats and 50% carbs along with my exercise in order for my body to get rid of this fat.

I needed to decrease my proteins. I remembered at the time I was hesitant about broaching the subject with Becky. Only because I know how hard it is to even think about having someone mess with my food.

We were going out to eat for one of our birthdays and we were trying to figure out what we were going to eat. We noticed that the smallest steak was 8 oz. We settled on that one. Later we were talking about the steak and decided we could try somewhat smaller portions. We didn't exactly leave the table hungry! That's why I say it was a VERY gradual process. You have never seen a really hungry Christianson. It is not a pretty sight. Sarcasm and clenched teeth in action.

Tonight we had steak. I got the large steak at 5.75 oz. I guess I never heard of left overs. LOL!!

This week I lost 1 lb. bringing my total weight loss with Spark to 169 lbs.

Talk with you later! emoticon

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2010_IS_MY_YEAR 11/26/2010 9:50PM

    i know what you mean when you say 'i never thought i'd be satisfied with a 3 oz serving'. i was the same way. it turns out, when we go out to eat, i get chicken, hubby gets steak and we share --- i get a sliver of steak and he gets a big chunk of chicken -- and i still bring the leftovers home. veggies are a wonderful and filling treat... who would have thought that before they started this journey?


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MOTHBALLS 11/23/2010 6:23AM

    Don't you just love aha moments! congrats on your loss

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SUNSET24 11/22/2010 8:24PM

    you had me rollinggggggggggggggggggggggg laughing about the 3 oz because I was the same way LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

I just adore you, hugsssssssssssss emoticon

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GYPSY145 11/22/2010 11:13AM

    Congratulations on your amazing accomplishment! How much better you must feel now.

About portions....I BBQ'd 2 New York steaks last night for DH and myself. They started out at 10 oz. each. I cut mine in half and felt like I was going to be hungry for more. After eating 1/2 of a baked potato, 1 cup of beets and 10 asparagas spears, I ended up eating only 3 oz of that 10 oz steak!! Imagine that!

I think I need to watch how I think of food and just "go with the flow" and trust that SP know what they're talking about!!

Happy Thanksgiving.....Judy emoticon

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JANEYINMADTOWN 11/21/2010 10:07AM

    You are amazing....keep it up show me each week that it can be done~

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BELLALUCIA 11/21/2010 12:35AM

    Congratulations Susie!

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DOWNTOWNJEN 11/21/2010 12:33AM

    Susie - you continue to kick WL butt! You are sooooo close to your goal.

Like you I also had that AH HA moment with the tracker and the carb/fat/protein distribution. I was getting WAY too many carbs and not enough fat or protein being a vegetarian. Now I'm WAY better on my proportions and feeling better for it.

You are a rock star!

PS: the girls say "hi"

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Ice Cream, Cake and Pie Oh My!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

No Pie really but the rest is true!

Last Weekend and this past weekend were big cake weekends for us. We had a celebration for my niece who just graduated from Massage Therapy School. Yea Danielle! Her mom Becky (Thoms1) made a wonderful chocolate cherry fudge cake. We also made Potato Salad and Sloppy Joes. How much comfort does one need? Right! Well I did a weight check-in on Monday morning just to see how I had done. I gained 5 lbs! YIKES! It was like Oh My! I am getting tired of these bad weekends. I knew I needed to make sure the week ahead I stayed on plan and got my exercise. That was imperative! I made sure I stayed within my calorie range, drank at least 8 glasses of water, I also tried to stay within the guidelines of my nutrients. I did not starve or knock myself out with the exercise just the normal stuff.

Friday is my official weigh-in day. I got up and of course I weighed. It was 158.4 Woo Hoo!! I had lost 1.2 from the week before on Friday. Whew!!

This weekend we had my great nephew's birthday Party to attend. There was this gorgeous cake with spiderman all over that bad boy! Thank goodness Brandi only had cake and ice cream! I don't think I could have tolerated another weekend like last week. Last night Becky reminded me we were going to a later Mass so we could attend a couple from our parish 50th Wedding Anniversary.
They had a celebration meal catered for family and friends from the parish. The food was so good! The cake was mui delisioso! I don't even speak spanish it was that good! So here I am again with a weight gain over the weekend. I will take a sneak peek tomorrow morning. We did go out around 4 pm for a walk. It was a 76 min. 3.5 mile walk. Not long enough to burn enough calories but at least we got moving. Becky got on spark and told me about YOUR WEEKEND SURVIVAL GUIDE! I asked if she would print it out! I now have it and will not let it out of my sight for the next weekends!
Lessons learned? Ummmm I'm thinking...

1. I love cake! I will not deprive myself of cake!
I must be aware of the days that I know I will
be around my sweet friend and plan accordingly.
It is easy for me to say that but to put it into
action and following thru are two different things.

2. I hate feeling like I have binged the weekend away.
I haven't really. I am just adding something that
is not normal to my food plan and gee am I feeling
just a bit guilty? I think so.

3. Did I get back up and dust off all those cake crumbs
and ice cream drips from my face and chest (LOL)
and get back on track? You betcha!

I am only 8.4 lbs away from my goal weight BABY! If I were not to lose another lb. I wouldn't be bothered by it. I am just so thankful that I found spark.

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MOONBIRD 11/14/2010 12:11PM

    You are awesome! I bow down to you! :) This time of year is hard, but we'll get through it.

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LELEBUCKYLUBBY 10/25/2010 10:29AM

    Fantastic! The best thing that you can do with this situation is to learn from it. And it looks like you have. Just learn from it, and move on. You are doing great!!!
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LELEBUCKYLUBBY 10/25/2010 10:28AM

    Fantastic! The best thing that you can do with this situation is to learn from it. And it looks like you have. Just learn from it, and move on. You are doing great!!!
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LELEBUCKYLUBBY 10/25/2010 10:28AM

    Fantastic! The best thing that you can do with this situation is to learn from it. And it looks like you have. Just learn from it, and move on. You are doing great!!!
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THOMS1 10/24/2010 11:37PM

    Great blog Susie! Just think we're off cake until the end of November!!!! emoticon

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PAISHAR2 10/24/2010 11:25PM

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Lookie Lookie but no touchie!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

We came through the Pig entrance walking past the big bags of cat and dog food only to have to pass the bakery. Can you believe that! They stick that darn bakery right up front where you have to pass by. We were walking and my head was swiveling to the right getting a good look at the baked goods. I did not see my favorites! They may have been there but I did not stick around to find them. Whew! Wonder if I can get combat pay? LOL

We have started another Biggest Loser competition at Team 300 lbs Plus. My starting weight was 163.4 I weighed in today and I gained!!! emoticon 0.2 lbs. I know I was really happy. I was hoping to stay the same so a .2 gain brought a smile to my face and a sigh of relief! Intellectually I realize I may not lose every week. I know! I have told other people that myself. I would like to make some rationalizations here but this isn't the time or place. I just did not get the exercise I needed. Last week was not a normal week especially for my exercise. We had something major going on almost every day. So I am HAPPY to be back on schedule. I do not know how regular people do this! I am retired! I have all the time in the world so I enjoy doing 1.5 to 2 hrs of exercise a day. It makes me feel GOOD! I love saying that. It makes me feel good! Who'd of thought it!
Until next time. emoticon

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SUNSET24 10/3/2010 5:38PM

    YOU are Incredible, wow! you GO girl!!!!!!!!!!!

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VERA3625 9/28/2010 10:44PM

    WoW if I had your will power! You are emoticon!

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JANEYINMADTOWN 9/28/2010 10:33PM

    You are awesome! Your accomplishments are amazing!

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KAYKAYRUNNER 9/28/2010 9:36PM

    That's awesome that you had the will power to keep going girl!!


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Goals and other things!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

We just finished our Biggest Loser End of Summer Challenge on Team 300 lbs. Plus. I wasn't the biggest loser for sure. I lost 5.6 lbs over 6 weeks. I am perfectly satisfied with the results. I had some set backs that I overcame namely that dastardly popcorn "KETTLE CORN"! If you listen closely you can hear the kernels popping in the distance. Fortunately for me the "Cow Chip" is only once a year. It lasts for 2 days and they have wonderful "fair food". I have over come a lot of the "treats" but have as yet to overcome that kettle corn. Of course since it only happens two or three times a year I don't mind. But what is bothersome is that I don't want to share my popcorn with anyone. I bought three big bags one my sister paid for and I got one extra so I wouldn't have to seem like a butt head when I said no I won't share! I really must work on sharing. My great nephew Silas always shares. He learned that in Day Care. You would think I was a deprived person. Which I am not.

Does the phrase " Don't mess with my food" ring a bell for anyone? If I am just a few minutes late with my meal or somehow delayed I get very irritable. I have started sticking one or two granola bars in my bag just in case. I am embarrassed if anyone sees inside my bag for what they may think. I finally had to tell my sister that I always carried them because I was afraid I was going to get hungry. I suppose that isn't a lie because it is part of the truth. Oh Well!

I ended the challenge weighing in at 165 lbs. That was my third big goal. My first was losing 100 lbs (225) second 175 and then 165 lbs. Just before I hit 165 I lowered my goal to 150. I only have 15 lbs to go! Then I want to maintain my weight with a 3 lb leeway. Is that to much to ask? No it is not. If it takes me forever to do it I don't care! I have done something that many people have not been able to do. I did it without pills, drugs or a personal chef! Take that Oprah! You don't have to be rich to lose weight but what I needed was and my sister Becky (Thoms1) and all my spark friends. Bless you all.

Until next time.


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THOMS1 9/19/2010 9:20PM

    Susie, great blog. I am very proud of you but, you introduced me to that dastardly kettle corn. SHAME ON YOU!!! All kidding aside you have done a great job with your weight loss and I couldn't be prouder of you. emoticon emoticon

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    Susie you are keep reaching your goals while we other sputter...thanks for showing us it can be done!

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DALAI_LALA 9/19/2010 12:26AM

    Wow, I'm so proud of you! Congratulations on being so close to your goal - I know you'll get there!



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