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To all exercise Skeptics! I have news for you.....

Monday, November 16, 2009

As you can read from my other blogs I have been struggling to get exercise in. I always say, tomorrow. Well no more! SP enourages you should find something that you enjoy. They are right! I got the Wii Fit yesterday! I was on it for over an hour! 1/2 hour of Wii fit AND another 1/2 hour of the Biggest Loser game by Wii. I'm telling you I feel SO ALIVE today! I feel the work I did all over my body from head to toe. It is a good ache though! I am more awake than I have been in months on a Monday morning! I had fun, and I got a really good workout in. I also look forward to doing it again today! I DO NOT DREAD EXERCISE! What a day! I am so excited about this! I have been so skeptical that it would make me feel better and have more energy and here I am the next day feeling great! So get out there, find something you enjoy and just do it!

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BLONDEDOG 11/16/2009 2:06PM

    I am so happy for you! It's such an amazing feeling!


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CINDHOLM 11/16/2009 1:12PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon you go girl, you have what it takes!!

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GENERALGCS 11/16/2009 12:56PM

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I absolutely love when I can feel the burn! It makes you feel so alive and you just know you did something good for our body!

Keep it up!

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RICHTERCORY 11/16/2009 11:46AM

    WAY TO GO!!!!!

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TRIPLE_EMME 11/16/2009 11:08AM

    Good for YOU!!!

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MELS-JOURNEY 11/16/2009 10:55AM

    Excellent! It *is* fun, isn't it?

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RENA1965 11/16/2009 10:51AM

    Great to hear you found something that catches your eye! Cudo's for trying and liking..

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MORGANSMOM52 11/16/2009 10:45AM

    Hmmmm I think I need to find a Wii Fit!

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Holiday Weigh-in...

Friday, November 13, 2009

Well it arrived this morning... the email that encourages people in our office to join THE HOLIDAY WEIGH IN! Every year our office asked for people to participate in a weigh-in before Thanksgiving and goes through the Superbowl. There are mini prizes that are given out and a top prize for the biggest looser. I have avoided this weigh in for 3 years now. 4 years ago I was the biggest looser the then put it back on.. :( I have been so worried about the person weighing us in to know how big I really am! I have a hard time facing it! I think it would be good for me. A goal to get to by the Superbowl but I fear stepping on that scale in front of someone else! One more thing to add to the list of shame when I am overweight.

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TRIPLE_EMME 11/13/2009 11:13AM

    I think you should do it, too!!!

Burghgirl is right: you have nothing to lose except for the weight.

You go, girl!!!

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BURGHGIRL 11/13/2009 10:25AM

    You should do it!!! Why not participate?!?!!?! You have nothing to lose....except for weight emoticon Go for it!!!!!

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BLONDEDOG 11/13/2009 8:33AM

    I agree with Pru...imagine stepping on that scale every weigh in and watching it go down and having someone right there to share your success with you. They won't judge you. And BTW, this really is a great idea to get people through the holidays! Let us know what you decide!

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PRUPLEBEAR 11/13/2009 8:07AM

    You should do it!!!!! I think it will be a good thing for you! The person that weights you in will also get to see how small you get!!!! Go for it!!!

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Thank you to all that Blogged!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

BIG thanks to everyone that blogged yesterday about if they were using the SP menu and great lunch ideas! I get in a rut when it comes to bringing my lunch to work so I welcome and thank your for the ideas.
Weight loss is going extremely slow so I was concerend that all of you successful SP freinds were following the menu plan exactly and I was missing the boat here! emoticon

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    yes for a long time I ate the same thing daily. Thats easy but so boring then evening you want to eat sweets or anything the has flavor. Today I am doing low carb. Hate that also but it does work and meat is good for a few days at least.

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GENERALGCS 11/4/2009 10:04AM

    I think the food rut is pretty common. I get bored WAY easily with food. I never understand how they talk about "batch cooking" and people make a huge batch of soup, stew, or whatever on Sunday, and they have their meals for the week. BLECH! After one day of leftovers, I am so ready for something else!

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BLONDEDOG 11/4/2009 8:27AM

    Yeah, we all get in ruts, it's to be expected. You can do this, and slow is better than not at all! Great job for the positive change you are making in your life!


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BANANIE41 11/4/2009 6:54AM

    Is that not the truth...I do get in ruts as well with lunches! I try to keep Lean Cuisine or WW frozen meals on hand...they seem to help me add something different to the lunchtime menus.

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Question to all my SP friends out there....

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

1. I am wondering if everyone out there goes by exactly what SP had on your menu for the day or if you put your own items on your nutrition tracker? Create your own meal plan...?

2. Does anyone have any easy lunch or dinner ideas that are easy to make? I get in a rut and need some ideas especially bringing my lunch to work ideas.

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ELAINESHAFF 11/3/2009 10:08PM

    I sometimes use SP menu, but most of the time I add my own foods. I hate asparagus with a purple passion. SP uses it a lot, in my opinion. I sometimes don't have that particular food in the house, so I substitute what I have on hand.

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KIMMYCABLES 11/3/2009 11:32AM

    I'm not a picky eater but I do enjoy cooking and have a boyfriend who wouldn't take kindly to thinking that he's eating diet food. I choose my own foods. I work 2nd shift part time and go to school during the day so packing lunch and dinner can be interesting. I've found that I get less bored if I pack a bunch of little snack type items. That way I can pick what I want at each meal and even save some for later. I try to pick out a good lean protein for the main and then pack fruit and veggies to go on the side. I also started to pack a snack size candy so that the vending machine doesn't start to call my name while I'm at work or school.

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TRIPLE_EMME 11/3/2009 9:55AM

    I'm a picky eater so the SP menu plan isn't for me. Plus, my husband doesn't want to follow my SP menu plan.

For lunches: I usually bring my lunch to work every day. It consists of either a sandwich (veggie deli "meat" / hummus / and a slice of cheese) or a veggie wrap. I try to eat two pieces of fruit (at work) each day (definitely a banana each day and the other type of fruit varies). I also bring a small container of chopped veggies (either carrots, cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices or celery). I may either bring a piece of string cheese; a sandwich bag filled with triscuits, pretzels or a rice cake; or small container of nuts.

For dinners: I try to menu plan on the weekend and go grocery shopping. This helps to make it a little easier during the week. I may try a new SP recipe on the weekend, too. We try to have the ingredients on hand for a couple of quick, healthy "go to" meals when we need something in a pinch (spaghetti squash is a favorite).

Hope this helps!

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RUNDISNEYMOM 11/3/2009 9:26AM

    I have yet to use the meal plans, but I have an 11 year old and a hubby that are both picky eaters so it would be kind of hard...

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NICOLASA222 11/3/2009 9:05AM

  I do both. Some of the meals that SP provides are good. Sometimes I'm just to busy though and have to settle for lean cuisine meals.

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WANNABEETRIM2 11/3/2009 8:51AM

    Good questions....

I use my own plan because most of the time I don't have the ingredients or time to fix whatever is in the SP menu.

Lunch for me is usually a Weight Watchers or Lean Cuisine frozen meal, plus a small bag of chopped veggies to add to the meal and some sort of fruit or fruit cup. On occasion I'll go out for lunch, but try to choose wisely.

Good luck to you.

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JULESANA8818 11/3/2009 8:45AM

    I use my own food- also a picky eater and once you favorites are in it is just as easy.

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CARDIFF1066 11/3/2009 8:13AM

    I do my own meal plan and track it daily. It is easy to put your own food in your "favorites", and it stays there for whenever you need it on another day. A very easy lunch is an english muffin (whole wheat) toasted, put a slice of tomato and slice of cheese on it. Put it in the broiler to melt the cheese, or faster yet, melt the cheese by putting it in the microwave for 30 seconds. You even get some veggies this way.

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BLONDEDOG 11/3/2009 8:12AM

    I do not use them, something so structured just does not work for me, both taste wise and budget wise. I buy soup in bulk when it's on sale and try to get several different varitites. I keep them in my trunk so I always have something to eat for lunch no matter where I'm at. I try to soup 2 or 3 days per work week...I splurge one lunch a week with a frozen meal or a chef salad and I bring leftovers once a week. I try not to eat soup 2 days in a row. And I have a calorie range for lunch that I try not to eat over. That's really about it.

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KMCGHEE2 11/3/2009 8:09AM

    I follow Weight Watcher guidelines and as long as I stay with my points I can eat whatever I want. I don't know why but following the meal plan does not work for me. I do have a husband and 2 boys that I have to cook supper for and most of the time, I fix myself something different.

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    I mix it up. I have them post their diet, and then I put in what I actually eat. I find it to be a good guide for me.

Right now I am in love with spaghetti squash. It's only 42 calories per cup and is a great replacement for pasta. I make my own sauce (I am on restricted sodium) but you can use whatever sauce you like. I add mushrooms, spinach, carrots, onions, asparagus, green beans, whatever I have on hand to create more volume. I also add cooked chicken or shrimp or beans to boost the protein. It's easy, yummy and low cal. You can also eat it with butter and a pinch of salt and pepper. Man, my mouth is watering now. If you need to know how to cook it--cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds, place cut side down in a microwavable pan with 1/2 to 1c water, cover with plastic wrap, nuke for 10 min., let sit to steam for 10 more. Then you just flake out the "spaghetti" like strands and enjoy.

I made a recipe from the site last night that was good. It was strange though. It was sweet potato, black bean burrito. Go to the healthy lifestyle tab and click on and search for sweet potato. The recipe will be a few down.

Good luck to you. If you have any fabulous recipes to pass on, please do! Hugs, Jenn

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PASTORJEFF2 11/3/2009 7:36AM

    I do a little of both, but I always choose healthy replacements and follow the calorie guide. Tuna on whole healthy life whole wheat toast with 1 ounce of peppere jack cheese melted on top is a great sandwich for lunch and has fiber and protien.

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LCHUNG1983 11/3/2009 7:34AM

    I have not used the meal plan ideas because I generally am a picky eater (bad me!) and they just aren't my cup of tea. That being said, I do check them from time to time to see what they recommend and what kinds of foods they are using so I can maybe put at least part of it into my own diet.

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The Struggle

Thursday, October 29, 2009

I went to the Dr. yesterday. Everyday is a struggle to stay awake, stay motivated, and feel good! I had my gallbladder out a year and a 1/2 ago and I am still having issues. My body is not absorbing the nutrients I need out of the food that I eat. I have no motivation to do anything but sleep almost everyday. I'm not loosing the weight and it is hard to stay motivated to keep on the right track when the results are not there. The Dr. took a panel of blood work to look at and I hope to know something Friday. I am just frustrated with not feeling good each day. My loving husband added insult to injury by asking if I asked the Dr if this is why I couldn't loose weight or exercise. Made me feel about 2 feet tall. Exercise is hard because I don't feel good most of the time. It is hard enough to work all day, come home and get dinner ready and pick up the house and take care of what the kids need. I hope it gets better soon.

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GENERALGCS 10/29/2009 12:53PM

    Oh dear--sounds like a rough time for you.

Did your doctor check your thyroid in the blood panel? All of these are symptoms of an under-active thyroid. My mother suffered from all of this many years ago because of a thyroid problem. And even now, if the medication dosage is a bit off, she can get into the same rut of no energy, being sleepy, and being depressed and unmotivated. Everything is too much work to do. It made her really mad when she was gaining weight and people would say "eat less and exercise more" since she wasn't eating at all and getting out of a chair would require major effort.

So, it's definitely something worth looking into. MANY women have an UNDERactive thyroid (chances increase with age).

Keep us posted!
Hope emoticon

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BLONDEDOG 10/29/2009 9:29AM

    I'm sure you'll get better soon. I know how frustrating it is. I feel very blessed to have a wonderful husband and situation that allows for him to help me out as much as he does. We both work full time and we do a part time job out of our home so it's busy. Something has had to be slacked off on and that's been the house cleaning. My house is no where near as clean as it used to be, but I'm just not willing to kill myself trying to keep it looking pretty when my 23 month old son is just going to destroy it anyway. Try to find something you can cut back on'll make your life so much more pleasant!

YOU ROCK-even if you don't always think so!

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PRUPLEBEAR 10/29/2009 9:26AM

    Your are a strong women! You will get past this! Hubby was just trying to help!!! (Man or a little backwards some times)

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SANDYC17 10/29/2009 8:47AM

    Going through a surgery can really put a toll on your body. Some people don't really "bounce back" as easily as other people. My biggest piece of advice is to not get depressed about the #'s on the scale. Remember, you are a wife and mother with a family to care for and a house to keep running. You also have a job away from home. We all know how exhausting that can be. Just keep doing what you can do -- log in, blog, track your food and try to get a walk in at least 3x a week. It will make you feel better. Also, wait for the doctor to come back with your test results, and move on from there. Taking care of your health means alot more than the #'s on the scale moving in a downward direction. That WILL happen eventually, just be patient with yourself.

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JESSYVIRGINY 10/29/2009 8:42AM

    i hope you get better soon. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEEWEELEE 10/29/2009 8:19AM

    I feel your frustration, but don't give up. I have only lost 3 lbs in the last three months. I have to keep telling myself that even though I am not losing weight I am working out and that is so good for me, taking care of myself even if the weight loss is not there. I keep motivated for my daughters sake. I want her to learn how to live a healthier life than I have.
Maybe your husband would be able to cook a couple of nights a week so you have time to work out?? My husband is not always as supportive as I would like him to be either. I just don't think they get how emotional this is for us.

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