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Back to the basics..

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

In the last few weeks, I have needed an attitude adjustment. I have been struggling with nutrition alot. So, I have decided I am going back to the basics.

Tracking fitness.
Tracking nutrition.
Focusing more on my water intake.

This means not only tracking nutrition but fitness, too. I just put it in for Tuesday and today.. 700 calories each day! WOWSTER! It sure adds up fast.

You see if I could get just get this nutrition under control, I'd be good to go and those few pounds wouldn't have a chance!

Also, I might start a food diary so I can be more aware of my feelings and maybe why exactly I am eating!

Thanks everyone for the support!

  
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BUSYBEE37 9/19/2011 10:02AM

    Maybe I should do a Back To Basics too :) Sounds like you have a fine plan.

Thanks for posting to my other blog too.

~B


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STRIPEDTIGER 9/15/2011 9:40AM

    Great job at targeting the problem and NOT ignoring it!!

WooHoo!

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PURPLESPEDCOW 9/14/2011 7:41PM

    Everyone needs to go back to the beginning again, as a refresher. Don't forget to weigh and measure...no eyeballing right now.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/14/2011 4:03PM

    Bingo! Back to the basics and you'll be back on track in no time. Sometimes maintenance requires more tenacity than losing weight! But you know what?? You're strong . . . WE'RE strong together. You're not alone!

Use a journal. It really helps me a lot. You go girl. You can do it!!

HUGS!
Barb

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FRENCHTOSD 9/14/2011 3:51PM

    I started tracking food again on Monday. Such an eye opener, and exactly why I love SparkPeople!

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FUNFROG79 9/14/2011 3:43PM

    Great ideas! Get re-charged! emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/14/2011 3:32PM

    Sometimes going back to the basics helps 'reset' things in our brains, at least that's how it seems to work for me. The food diary for recording your feelings is a great idea; so much of the reason behind eating what we eat has nothing at all to do with the food or hunger!

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CBUDACK 9/14/2011 2:40PM

    Glad your getting back on track. I read your other blog about having some Almond Joy candies. Those are my favorite too. I can't buy them cause I won't leave them alone. LOL!

Chris

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LISAINMS 9/14/2011 2:39PM

    It helps me to see what I am eating -making sure I am getting the macronutrients that I need.
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/14/2011 2:03PM

    There you go! That's the spirit! Now you sound like yourself again! The basics will do it EVERY TIME! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BARBARASDIET 9/14/2011 1:38PM

    Food diary sounds like a good thing to do.

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Bad Nutrition... needs to stop!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

This has to stop! This incessant eating bad food has to stop. Today, it is eating miniature almond joys. Doesn't sound so bad, does it? When you eat one, maybe. But, I have ate at least TEN. Each one is 80 calories.. um, this isn't good. Yesterday I had Applebees and I didn't care about the calories.

That is the part that scares me.

I simply do not care!

Sure, I have gained only two pounds. But, it starts with two pounds than it becomes more and before I know it, I have gained it back. I did NOT get a new tattoo just to gain it back! I feel like it could be a domino effect.

How does one stop it?

How does one find their motivation again?

Suggestions welcome.

  
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PATRICIAANN46 9/15/2011 1:54PM

  Hi Savannah.........

You have already been given very good advice and I agree with those who say that because of your success, you already know what to do. I guess my question for you would be: What is causing this? Are you Frustrated about something, Are you lonely, Are you angry about something, Are your bored??? What is going on? Take care of that and you should be able to get back on track.

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HANNAHV 9/14/2011 9:17AM

    All I can say is emoticonfor posting this blog and emoticonreplies, got me inspired! Now let's get back on track...... emoticon

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ELLEYKAT 9/13/2011 8:36PM

    I am having the same problem. What I'm doing is going online whenever I feel the need to eat and watching music videos of K-Pop (Korean Pop) girl bands. They're all skinny and cute and good at dancing, and it makes me want to be skinny and cute and good at dancing too. Try to do something else. Also, GET THEM OUT! I walk past a coworker's cube and she has this candy dish out, and EVERY time I walk past I feel the need to take a piece (or five) of candy. I've started walking up the next row of cubicles over, so I don't have to walk past the candy-trap. If I don't see it, it's MUCH easier to not eat it.

GOOD LUCK! You can do it!!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/13/2011 8:28PM

    I am going to go with the "identify the emotion" and work on that. THEN the rest will follow. You know exactly where to go on this site to get motivation and track your nutrition. That's what you need to do.

You haven't come this far, my dear, and not learned anything . . . for sure!!! So, give yourself a hug, pick yourself up and start from here and how.

And I'd have problems if I had Almond Joys around, too, so for me . . . it's not even an option to have them in the house. Just wouldn't work.

HUGS!!!



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LISAINMS 9/13/2011 5:13PM

    Savannah, don't buy the almond joy's in the first place! I know I could eat the whole bag. When Halloween comes, I buy the candy that I don't care about. That's my strategy, LOL. It's ok to eat out and not count calories every now and then. Lots of people have 1 meal a week that is off-track. But you do have to get right back on track. You have to make the decision that Applebee's was yesterday's fun and today is back to all good choices. No need to panic over 2 pounds, but you are right to jump on it before it becomes 10.

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STRIPEDTIGER 9/13/2011 5:12PM

    Last week's Naturally Slim lesson was about emotional eating. It said you can burn every emotions down to 4: sad, mad, scared and glad.

It said the key is to figure out which one you are battling, ask yourself how long it will last, then keep yourself busy until the feeling subsides.

I've found that just identifying WHAT emotions ends the eating urge for me.

BTW guilt is mad, sad and scared all in one. For instance, you over sleep and you're late to work. 1) you're mad you overslept 2) you're sad that there will be consequences 3) you're scared of what the consequences will be.

Hope that helps you. Email me if you have questions because it's a really interesting concept but I don't want to bore you.

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SANDBBAR 9/13/2011 5:03PM

    I have been there...in fact I'm there right now! Lost 48 pounds from January-August 2010, then slowly put 17 pounds back on. I agree, you must track your food, and get excited again about seeing how you can eat well within your calorie range! Yesterday I came in at 1340 calories for the day, and I wasn't starving...I was creative with my food, and I was so excited about it!! So today I am excited about doing it again.

Find new recipes, read some Spark articles that are motivating...read some Success stories. Good luck to you! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/13/2011 4:53PM

    You DO care. I keep hearing this message: "Don't make me come down there -- God". You DO value yourself enough to take handle on the due diligence required to maintain the terrific weight loss. This may be just the time to make like a dalmation and go for the 101 goal. We have lots of student events in the works where showing off your great goal may be just the incentive for a fellow participant. We are needed to be exceptional role models we have begun. Hug, hug!

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CRISSYCURRY 9/13/2011 4:23PM

    Oh I've been there! And you're right, in the long run, 2 pounds isn't that big of a deal, but 2 can quickly add up to 10 which can add up to 20, etc. Think about how long it took you to lose 20 lbs. Do you want to do that all over again?

That's what *I* tell myself when I get a bad case of the "blahs" and don't watch my eating quite as well. All it takes for me is my shorts getting a little tighter, that's my motivation!! ;)

Hang in there!! You did it before, you can do it again!

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/13/2011 4:22PM

    I wish I had a magic wand to wave to give you back your motivation, but I'm empty handed right now. All I can say is start--track everything (if you are not already), get some exercise, and fake it until you feel it. You can turn it around, I know!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/13/2011 4:15PM

    You already know how. You could give the advise. emoticon emoticon

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KMIRANDA2000 9/13/2011 3:57PM

    Come on...you can turn this thing around. No one else can do it for you.

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Strangers that treat you better than your own friends.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Don't you just hate it when someone posted a mystery status like "THECRAZYMANGO doesn't understand why strangers treat me better than my own friends do."

Oh, wait. That was me! emoticon

Let me explain.

I went out drinking to help a friend celebrate her birthday. It's a long story and the details depress me, so basically she ditched me. When she ditched me, I was left with three guys. Mind you, they were perfect gentlemen. But, she didn't know that. That situation could have gone south real quick.

Anyhow, I decided at that point I had a choice: stay out and have fun or go home and mope. I stayed out.

In fact, I danced with the guy that I really like. Than, he had me dance with his best friend. It was alot of fun. So, I got to be "it" girl. Something, I have never been. Not gonna lie. It was amazing.

I am even still talking to both of them.

This is how it is supposed to be. I am supposed to be treated like a beautiful woman.

Anyhow, back to my status, that situation got me thinking. Why did three guys treat me better than my friend? They could have ditched me. Oh, I know what you are thinking! But, if THAT was the only thing they wanted, they would have acted differently. And, they wouldn't be talking to me after that night and they are. We will see how long this lasts.. I am just gonna enjoy it.

Even with the situation, I am pretty happy. I met a real guy that seemed pretty amazing to me. He does live in ND. Boo! But, his best friend does live in my town so that means he has to visit.. right, lol?

Anyhow, make today count! It is the start of the week! emoticon

  
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1CRAZYDOG 9/13/2011 8:22PM

    You know how I feel, my dear. I echo the sentiment that I'm glad those 3 guys were gentlemen, that you were/are alright and things worked out.

Your friend should have been more responsible in her alcohol consumption, but that was her choice NOT to be. So that was HER resonsibility, not yours. Just my opinion.

HUGS!

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JENN03275 9/12/2011 6:18PM

    Well, let me tell you. In 1992, I went to a club with 3 of my friends. They ditched me to go home because they were drinking. I happened to see a few guys that I knew and decided to just stay. Then, I noticed there was a nother guy that I had briefly met prior. We talked and exchanged numbers. Been with him ever since!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/12/2011 6:00PM

    As humans, we make mistakes! And yes, it's a sad reflection on society when what we should do and what we actually do are not in sync with each other. Ultimately, we look to our friends to be people who hold on to their core values and live a life understanding the meaning of forgiveness.

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/12/2011 4:53PM

    Your status reflects real life . . . we often take our friends and/or spouses for granted, while we're on our best behavior to the new people we meet -- for what may all-too-often-be selfish motives. Our motives become our thoughts, while our thoughts become our actions. Ultimately, we all seek to build on such basic needs as love, shelter, food, approval, and other self-esteem builders. While life is not an easy venture, it requires dedication to our core mission, values, and beliefs in order to sustain a high level of enjoyment for a lifetime.

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LISAINMS 9/12/2011 1:47PM

    I'm glad you had a great time and everything was on the up-and-up with the guys. Not cool that your friend ditched you and you should clear the air on that. It's not safe for either of you to be left alone. After all, you're a hot chick! So glad you felt like one, too.

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FUNFROG79 9/12/2011 1:28PM

    What a situation! I hope you have a long talk with your friend!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/12/2011 11:19AM

    I'm just glad you were safe and unharmed. I have been in similar situations (in the 70's when I was your age), and it really can be scary. emoticon

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Strangers that treat you better than your own friends.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Don't you just hate it when someone posted a mystery status like "THECRAZYMANGO doesn't understand why strangers treat me better than my own friends do."

Oh, wait. That was me! emoticon

Let me explain.

I went out drinking to help a friend celebrate her birthday. It's a long story and the details depress me, so basically she ditched me. When she ditched me, I was left with three guys. Mind you, they were perfect gentlemen. But, she didn't know that. That situation could have gone south real quick.

Anyhow, I decided at that point I had a choice: stay out and have fun or go home and mope. I stayed out.

In fact, I danced with the guy that I really like. Than, he had me dance with his best friend. It was alot of fun. So, I got to be "it" girl. Something, I have never been. Not gonna lie. It was amazing.

I am even still talking to both of them.

This is how it is supposed to be. I am supposed to be treated like a beautiful woman.

Anyhow, back to my status, that situation got me thinking. Why did three guys treat me better than my friend? They could have ditched me. Oh, I know what you are thinking! But, if THAT was the only thing they wanted, they would have acted differently. And, they wouldn't be talking to me after that night and they are.

Even with the situation, I am pretty happy. I met a real guy that seemed pretty amazing to me. He does live in ND. Boo! But, his best friend does live in my town so that means he has to visit.. right, lol?

Anyhow, make today count! It is the start of the week! emoticon

  
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PATRICIAANN46 9/12/2011 11:51PM

  Hi Savannah........

That "So-Called Friend" would be HISTORY!!!!!

I am so glad that your night turned out both safe and fun for you!!! I hope that you will always have situations like this where you meet good people. It isn't always the case though, which is why it might be good to be with a group rather than just one person.

You were always the IT-GIRL!!!!! You just didn't know it.

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PONYFARMER 9/12/2011 9:25PM

    My feeling is that you need to permanetly ditch the "so called friend," cuz she is a loser for leaving you like that. Not to mention rude.

It could have gone so bad that I do not even what to think about what could have happened to you. I watch those real life stories like 48 hours and Dateline. SCARY!!!

Glad thought that you found some gentlemen, they are very hard to find these days.

Good blog!

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SAFETYSUE 9/12/2011 9:06PM

    I totally agree with Erika, she is so right about friends who don't have your best interest and Safety foremost on their mind. My daughter has sorority friends who encouraged binge drinking and on her 21st birthday left her passed out... They wanted to take her home and let her sleep.

Fortunately her real sister was there and called an ambulance. My daughter was at a .34 and the doctor told her sister they had to admit her and pump her stomach, put her on IV's to hydrate her. It was touch and go and a good thing she brought her in. If they had taken her home to sleep it off...she would have died. Not one of those girls even called to see how she was the next day. My older daughter has made it clear how she feels about the kind of friends they are.

Yes my younger daughter is still friends with these girls but they all know how her sister and I feel about what kind of selfish, irresponsible friends they are. My younger daughter will tell you she is responsible for her own actions. I taught her this, but when you are as bad as she was, it is time for a friend to be responsible. We have made our point to all of them, binge drinking is irresponsible and they all need to grow up and face reality...

They are ten years older, married, and half of them are pregnant. They still love to party, but have finally decided they can drink without getting wasted. They still are selfish and all want to be the center of attention. I think she should have dropped them years ago and found better friends.

Your friends need to be able to really care about you and be there when you need them!! They should never leave you alone when you are drinking...period!! Sorry, I got carried away...it is a real hot issue for me. You have to have friends who have your back!
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ERIKA05 9/12/2011 11:36AM

    I think that everyone goes through a period in their life where they shed some 'toxic' friends, or for whatever reason are forced to examine their friendships and find that they aren't getting out what they're putting in. Big life and lifestyle changes seem to catalyse this kind of examination. It happened for me after I took some time off work to care for a family member who was dying - I felt like I outgrew the friends who didn't have the capacity or compassion to support me overnight, or who stopped seeing me socially because talking about this change in my life bummed them out. Honestly, some of them made it *really* easy to walk away.

I'm glad that you embraced your inner "it" girl and resolved to have a great night out anyway, and found people to hang out with who were more fun and less work! You're totally right - you're a beautiful, bada$$ woman, so why should you be treated like anything else?
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I'll bet your friend's night didn't end up being as fun as yours!

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Years later.. a noticeable difference in my self esteem!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

A couple years before I started my journey, my best friend and I went out drinking. We always had fun.. but part of me hated the get dressed up part. Nothing looked good on me and I never felt "sexy". In fact, I felt like I was the "ugly" and "fat" one.

Well, today I went shopping for a "party" dress. I tried on a zillion dresses. They fit but they didn't do a thing for me. The beauty? I didn't tear myself down every time the dress wasn't the one. Because, it wasn't the one. I moved on.. finding the one. I found a darling one today! And, it was a medium. The ladies even suggested a belt. I'm guessing a belt to accent my hip, something I try to hide! Hehe!

Anyhow, it is nice knowing I look beautiful and felt good in my dress.. well, as long as I don't bend over!

Here is an alright picture of the dress.


Off to drink too many drinks and maybe meet a nice boy! Ha!

  
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FUNFROG79 9/12/2011 8:30AM

    Whoo hoo! Have fun!

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TAMTAMM 9/11/2011 8:11PM

    You look so beautiful in your new amazing dress emoticon
I hope you had a great time and maybe found that special man!

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PATRICIAANN46 9/11/2011 3:45PM

  Hi Savannah.......
The dress looks wonderful and YOU look even better. Hope you had a great time.
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1CRAZYDOG 9/10/2011 11:38PM

    You look fabulous!!!!!!! Hope you have a geat time. Hmmm...stay out of trouble! LOL

HUGS!

Barb

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LISAINMS 9/10/2011 8:50PM

    Have a great time... you look beautiful!

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/10/2011 8:29PM

    Very nice. Have fun on the dance floor! Boogie, Boogie!

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DANCEFLOORLOVER 9/10/2011 8:23PM

    You look lovely in that dress!

I legit just wrote a blog about the same thing! I feel the same way all the time. I hope that I can reach the point that you have and be able to try dresses on!

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