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MAINtaining! And anticipating the leaping greenly spirits . . . any day!!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

I'm feeling very lucky that my slight indulgence over a birthday dinner for DH yesterday did not push the scale up -- or at least not yet! I'm holding at 142 for now, got to the gym today for cardio and upper body weights plus abs and stretching, we'll be heading out to the golf course tomorrow if weather permits! (And quite possibly, even if it does not!).

This is such a wonderful time of the year, I'm in a continuous state of barely-suppressed euphoria. I noticed that the big sticky buds on our chestnut trees are just beginning to split open. After a winter's worth of hyacinths blooming inside, I now smell hyacinths when I step out into the garden! In just a couple of days, all of the trees will be covered with that sharp acid green of first leaves. I may just have to take a day or two off work to get the full benefit of the spring joyousness, that "leaping greenly spirits of trees".

The first fuzzy green each spring always coincides within 24 hours or so with my son's birthday, and always reminds me of of his birth -- a difficult one by C-section, scheduled so that he would have his "own" birthday and not have to share with his dad . . . although as it happens they are so very close that neither would have minded . . . . and that first walk to the window after his birth, looking out from the hospital over the park across the street with all of the magnificent old maple trees just coming into leaf, as if the whole world was celebrating with a burst of renewal. (Oh, yes: he was worth it! Absolutely!! And continues to be . . . a very sweet young man! )

So here's the poem, which many of you will already know is one of my absolute favourites, and which never fails to give me pleasure:

i thank You God for most this amazing
by e. e. cummings


i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun's birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any--lifted from the no
of all nothing--human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)


  
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SARAWMS48 5/3/2011 11:19AM

    While staying with my daughter in Chicago, I got to reexperience spring. The flowers that bloomed a few weeks ago at home are in full bloom in the yards around her condo. Beautfiul deep purple hyacinth. Pink, orange, yellow and striped tulips. Magnolia and pear trees. Forsythia. Only those of us who suffer through the cold of winter can truly appreciate the warmth and color of spring.

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JOHAL52 5/2/2011 3:52PM

    That poem is great! I had read e. e. cummings years ago in college but don't remember that one. I love Spring too! Spring and Fall are my favorite times of the year in eastern Canada!

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PHEBESS 5/2/2011 11:35AM

    ABSOLUTELY ONE OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE POEMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!R>
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TRYINGHARD1948 5/2/2011 6:23AM

    Most of us only see through a glass dimly but with your help Ellen, you clear the glass and suddenly we can see things with our mind's eye that we walk blithely by most seasons. Thank you, already I am looking forward to our Spring in six months time.

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SLENDERELLA61 5/1/2011 6:43PM

    How springly! How beautiful!! Sure hope you can take off your day or two to soak in the coming of spring and celebrate! Celebrate spring! Thank you so much for sharing your wise perceptions and your spirit of joy.

Must say it is 86 degrees here and it seems like summer rather than spring. But there is beauty and joy here, too. I will look harder for it, Ellen. Thanks for the inspiration.

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VALERIEMAHA 5/1/2011 2:17PM

    emoticonWhat pure delight you are Ellen emoticon

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FREELADY 5/1/2011 1:47PM

    You are fitting beautifully into a balanced, healthy groove.

Your blogs are a treat, a nice slice of verbal dark chocolate.

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NANCY- 5/1/2011 9:08AM

    Thank you so much... that poem was a beautiful way to start my May.
Your joyous spirit is infectious. With an attitude like yours, maintaining will become second nature to you.
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DONNACFIT 4/30/2011 11:46PM

    Glad you're enjoying your green..I love hearing about it and your blogs and poems..especially when we woke up to snow and wind today :(

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CMRAND54 4/30/2011 11:13PM

    I absolutely love that poem and I am going to copy it into my collection. We had a gorgeous spring day here today with a blue true dream of sky and azalea blooms everywhere.

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DANCINGGARDENER 4/30/2011 10:18PM

    I told man-of-my-dreams that I need to find a poem or two to memorize, to strength train the little grey cells...

and here, mere moments later, I find a poem I have loved and forgotten handed to me on a silver platter with a side of watermelon!

Thank you and your leaping greenly spirits! I'm off to find a permanent home in the back of my mind.
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BRIGHTSPARK7 4/30/2011 9:53PM

    Celebrating with you, dear Ellen. I saw a solid beacon of green shooting from the top of our magnolia this afternoon and the hubs and I stood together admiring it's effort and vitality. There are fuzzy pink apricot buds on the apricot tree and the pomegranate tree is covered in greenly brightness. My lemon pickle has been sunning itself this week with temps up in the 70s. It has been a blessed April.


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STLRZGRRL 4/30/2011 9:37PM

    Oh, El! I am sending our leaping greenly your way, Doll!

I truly thought it would never get here and I have rarely been so glad to have been wrong!
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Long Weekend

Monday, April 25, 2011

This has been a lovely four days off work, relaxing at home and at the golf course. I indulged in a couple of toasted hot cross buns (yes, faithfully tracked, within calorie range!). Maybe these aren't an American tradition, because I didn't find them in the SP Nutrition tracker . . . President's Choice makes a delicious version with plenty of currants and nutmeg.

On Saturday afternoon we went for a walk in the woods: there are lots of the earliest wildflowers in bloom. Bright yellow colts' foot and marsh marigolds; tiny white and peppermint pink striped spring beauties; yellow dog tooth violet; and one of the best arrays of hepatica I can recall, including white, pale pink and soft mauve/blue. The trillium leaves are well up and I noticed quite a few buds. At home my garden has crocuses, hyacinths, tulips, scylla and daffodils all beginning to bloom: and the leaves on the lilac hedge are showing green. I got quite a number of bags of garden debris lifted off the flower beds but there is more to come.

It's also been a great pleasure to get back to the golf course. We were able to play 18 holes both yesterday and today; it was coolish but quite bearable, and no rain (as the forecast predicted) either day. I could hear so many different birds on the course: robins, Canada geese, mallards, red wing blackbirds, chickadees, gold finches -- and a chorus of spring peepers from the ponds. We saw a huge beaver swimming around very happily! The red maples are in full flower and the grass is becoming deep green. I'm finding that a winter at the gym and cross country skiing has put me in great shape for golf: and it was fun to discover that every item in my golf wardrobe (including the bright red size six skirt, which is the most challenging "test item") fits well!! Carrying a few fewer pounds gives me noticeably more energy too -- I'm usually pretty tired the first few games of the season, but not so much this year.

I have my lunch salad and fruits all ready for tomorrow, and it's going to be a busy week. But for now I've got a few more hours to kick back and relax: maybe I'll "let" my son thump me at Scrabble (as if it's possible for me to beat him oftener than every 12 games or so . . . )!

  
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DONNACFIT 4/28/2011 9:05PM

    Great blog..ain't spring fine emoticon

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BARBIETEC 4/28/2011 4:49PM

    What a lovely walk! I am waiting for the summer to come to Iceland heheh :)

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PHEBESS 4/27/2011 5:54PM

    Your walk sounds wonderful - glad you had such a nice weekend!

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SUCHAHOOT 4/26/2011 1:55PM

    I am just grinning reading your beautiful descriptions. We have been enjoying birds in our backyard. We've had a Painted Bunting return and now an Indigo Bunting come along. Mockingbirds building nests out front and Blue Birds in the bird boxes at the back fence. The crazy Downy Woodpecker still coming in and landing on the suet feeder and sending it swinging. I'm going to set my hummer feeders out today!

Thank you so much for that lovely, tranquil walk.

And emoticon on your fitter self and that cute red skirt!!!

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DSHONEYC 4/26/2011 1:33PM

    Always a pleasure to hear what is going on in your life filled with nature and fun activity. You have to be one of the most balanced people I "know". I want to grow up and be just like you.
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No kidding. You are my inspiration!

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NANCY- 4/26/2011 8:25AM

    What a wonderful weekend. Your effort has a nice payoff.
I'm glad that you took the opportunity to enjoy and savor the fruits of your effort.
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TRYINGHARD1948 4/26/2011 1:42AM

    Beautiful, beautiful word pictures, I now have a gorgeous Spring painting in my head. Thank you Ellen. It is fantastic that you have more energy and even more pzazz. emoticon

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CMRAND54 4/25/2011 10:12PM

    We used to get hot cross buns in Bermuda on Good Friday. They were a favorite treat of mine until I developed gluten intolerance. I haven't seen gluten free ones yet.

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SLENDERELLA61 4/25/2011 4:11PM

    Ellen, congrats on looking great in your skinny sports outfi and having the energy to take on golf without fatigue this year. Just shows how fit you are! Way to go!! Enjoyed your description of spring in your neck of the woods. It is so good that you pay attention and enjoy!! It adds a lot to life!! Keep up the good work. Glad you got a break from work, too! I've had hot cross buns here in USA and sung the song, too, so don't know why it wasn't in the data base. Oh, well. -Marsha

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How Do I Get this Weight Loss MOVING? One Approach

Thursday, April 21, 2011

CMB2048 posted a recent blog asking "How do I get this weight loss moving?" It was a heartfelt plea from a person who's really struggling and who is making huge progress with regular strength workouts, but time pressed at work and having trouble with the nutrition piece.

Here's the link:

http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public
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And: here's my reply, for whatever it's worth:

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" Try eating the "same" thing every day -- I do. Have never used the SP menu planners; don't cook really either, and almost never bake.

Breakfast: microwave oatmeal (2 minutes); or microwave omelette (3 minutes: Omega3 Natureggs and Simply Egg White). I change these up with different seasonings: flaxseed and raisins and cinnamon or cocoa and walnuts in the oatmeal. Maybe Kashi Go Lean for a change; always low fat milk with the cereal. Or low fat feta and spinach with Greek seasoning or maybe asparagus and a little parmesan and Italian seasoning in the omelettes. And salsa. There are lots of varieties!!

Lunch: huge leafy green salad of arugula or spinach or mesclun plus huge range of bright veggies (carrots, sugar snap peas, raw beet, radish, brussels sprouts or broccoli, cucumber, red pepper, tomatoes) plus lean protein (chicken/shrimp/chickpeas) plus small amount low fat salad dressing. NO croutons, no highfat cheese or meats, no creamy rich dressings. Maybe half an avocado once in a while. And afterwards, chopped mixed fruit -- huge range of bright choices: kiwi, pineapple, frozen mixed berries, frozen mango chunks, cherries, grapes, clementine. Rarely pear, banana. Different every day, but it's always salad and fruit. Make the salads and fruits the night before and it takes me 10 minutes tops. All ready to take to work in the morning.

Supper: every Saturday morning I make a huge pot of veggie soup using up all the left over veggies plus chicken broth, canned tomatoes, whole grain (brown rice/wholewheat pasta/barley) plus canned lentils/chickpeas/kidney beans) plus a different "ethnic" style seasoning -- curry or Thai or Italian or Greek or Mexican: no two pots of soup are ever the same. The soup simmers while I run through the laundry and read the newspaper -- takes maybe 20 minutes prep time.

When I get home from work, I nuke a bowl of soup fast before I eat something else-- and follow up with fat free sugar free yogourt and fresh berries: raspberries/strawberries/blueberries/black
berries -- I really love these. (Then I make my salads). Last treat before leaving the kitchen: low fat hot chocolate, with extra cocoa stirred in for extra chocolaty-ness.

If it's a social occasion "company dinner" then I'm going to have grilled chicken or fish, lots and lots of veggies, maybe a small baked potato -- I can almost always order something like that in a restaurant. And coffee. And a bite of my husband's dessert!!

That's about it. Sounds boring maybe -- but it isn't to me. I never get tired of it.

Beck taught me to pre-track my nutrition in the SP nutrition tracker the day before -- SP makes it easy because I'm using the food groupings I've developed and "editing out" what I haven't used for the next day's meals. No pear? then delete. No broccoli? I axe that one too. Takes maybe 3 minutes.

Snacks are generally fat free sugar free yogourt. If I'm going to have a glass of wine, I pre-track it.

So with pre-tracking, I don't have to decide what to eat 200 times a day (that's apparently the average number of times people make food "decisions" every 24 hours): I've already decided the day before -- there's NO CHOICE. Beck taught me this one too and it's become key for me. If I didn't pre-track it, I'm not eating it. Easy.

Beck has also taught me: sit down to eat everything, never eat standing up (it was all those spoonfuls of peanut butter and big chunks of cheese while my soup was heating that were sabotaging me). Tolerate hunger, it's not an emergency, it's perfectly normal and thin people feel hungry every day: in fact, if I'm hungry I'm going to enjoy my next meal more. Then when I'm finished, wait to feel full: it's going to take 20 minutes or so. That's OK. A good time to play Scrabble!

I've been eating the same breakfasts, lunches and dinners pretty consistently for a long time. It actually feels quite luxurious and self-indulgent to treat myself to all of those (not inexpensive) fresh fruits and giant shrimps and first quality veggies.

Plus: 85% cocoa Lindt chocolate squares in my locker at the gym for after my workout: bribery is so effective!

Hope this helps. "

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I've been eating pretty much the same old same old every day for a decade since I lost 80 pounds. But have also recently fine tuned my plan based upon recent "Beck lessons" which have helped me take off about 10 more pounds . . . and which I hope will significantly reduce the yo-yoing of that final 10 pounds -- off and on and off and on again. We'll see: I'm still Becksperimenting to determine my "lowest sustainable weight".

And all that coffee? It's my only remaining sin (or that's my story). Without the coffee, I'd be impossibly self-righteous, right? Gotta guard against that self-righteousness vigorously and at all costs!!


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BABYFACE26 5/28/2011 2:31PM

    The part of all of this great advice I liked the most? realizing that we make "food choices" so many times in a day. Feels like it, too! and that's too much energy expended thinking about Food! also realized the reason my "diet" doesn't work? I am still eating too many foods with SUGAR, and too much food!
.....I am just the opposite, generally. I like to eat something different all the time! with some exceptions. Time for a totally New approach, and maybe I will finally do this!

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PENNYAN45 4/27/2011 4:50AM

    I have printed out this blog, Ellen. What good ideas!

And, while you say it is eating the same thing, it is really quite varied with all the individual foods you change around within the meals.
I think I would call it more of a framework for meals -- a very healthful one!

Thanks for sharing with us in such detail.

Also...let me add my praises for those Beck strategies of sitting down and eating mindfully and of planning meals. They contribute so much toward our success.

I am sure that this blog was a big help for CMB2048!

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FRACTALMYTH 4/24/2011 7:00PM

    I am back to pretracking too... I have been sticking with my basic same meals every day, but as the workload crept up, so did the snacking... seems the tireder I am the less resistance I have to self sabotage. It's all a learning experience, right? If I already know what my snacks are for the day, the temptation to go overboard disappears... and I can schedule in and stick to my no-snack days :D

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CMRAND54 4/22/2011 9:41PM

    I eat some variation of the same breakfast every day. I never get bored with it. I can eat the same lunch for a week at a time, too. I just cook up a batch of something on the weekend, divide it into 5 servings and pack it away in the fridge to take to work for lunch. Dinner is harder because my husband likes to eat meat and bread or chips for dinner, with applesauce or a banana. I try to fix some salad or vegetables for me, even if husband won't eat them. If I could just stay away from snacks, I would do OK.

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TBANMAN 4/22/2011 1:04PM

    I also eat basically the same things every day: 1 omega-3 enriched egg, 1 slice of Orowheat double fibre dry toast and 1/2 cup of OJ for breakfast, a cup of low-sodium vegetable soup, 2 mini babybel light cheeses, and a piece of fruit for lunch, then lean protein, veggies, and some sort of starch for dinner. It really does take the guesswork out of it. I'm so good with knowing what works that I plot in my daily calories that evening and almost always come within my range - if I'm out of range, it's because I'm too low. And my one daily indulgence? A 4oz glass of white wine while I read in bed. 70 calories of heaven.

I have found that if I stop the little cheats - a piece of chocolate here, a few crackers there - I lose between 1 to 2 pounds a week. Without fail. It's crazy really - when you work the plan, the plan works for you. Done and done.

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KALIGIRL 4/22/2011 12:49PM

    Wonderful, helpful post!

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SLENDERELLA61 4/22/2011 11:28AM

    Wonderful blog, Ellen. You've made the planning easy. I really like the way you do it. My eating is not so different from yours, but I throw in the unexpected a little more often. I eat oatmeal most breakfasts and like it. I vary it with different fruits/spices/nuts. Often I eat low sodium beans and brown rice at lunch, but I often have a salad instead or with. I don't eat the soup, because I haven't found soup I like that isn't too high in sodium. Hubby does the grocery shopping. He buys me lots of fresh fruits and veggies. For supper I have mostly veggies and meat, with a little potato, sweet potato, or corn or brown rice if I want. If he buys meat that is too fatty for me, I have beans or cottage cheese or boca burgers or tofu. Sometimes I have one ounce of ribeye steak or ham along with another lower fat/lower sodium source of protein. It works. I don't mind having similar meals a lot. I vary the fruits and veggies. I have fish or shellfish, lean pork, and chicken breast almost every week. Sometimes I try a recipe, but usually I prefer it plain. I use my foreman grill a lot.

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CMB2048 4/22/2011 8:12AM

    I am so honored Ellen....this is a first for me! A link to my blog!!! I feel so important today.... emoticon

I love your response and i think I need to follow this advice. The only thing I don't think I could do is eat soup every night for dinner. My husband wouldn't like that for long! He is a problem when it comes to dinner because he has worse eating habits than I have!

But I can certainly start with breakfast and lunch. I also need to get Beck out and spend some serious time with that book. It seems to have helped you with a difference perspective. I bought it and then didn't stick with it. Time to do that again.

Thanks for all the advice and I plan to take it!!!

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BLUESKY_321 4/22/2011 8:07AM

    Thanks for sharing this. It is so motivating to read the success stories and the how to's of others. It reinforces the fact that this work, this planning, this thinking WILL pay off long term in so many ways!

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TRYINGHARD1948 4/22/2011 3:41AM

    Thanks Ellen. I don't think you would be alone on this lifestyle journey in having very similar meals each day. When we find something that works, why change it? As you say there are lots of spices, fruit varieties, etc to make small but tasty changes. emoticon

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_LINDA 4/22/2011 1:08AM

    I have eaten the same basic meals every day as well as I don't cook or bake. It works for me. One thing I ALWAYS have is a banana, its important for the potassium and its one fruit that is good year round..
I like the policy of Keep It Simple Stupid :) You need something that is automatic and doesn't take much thought.
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BRIGHTSPARK7 4/22/2011 12:56AM

    Thanks for sharing what has worked for you, Ellen. I especially appreciate the tip about pre-tracking and planning ahead. I've found myself doing some of that recently. And I like the low time investment in cooking, too.
And maybe it's time for me to read Beck. I'm working on that last ten pounds, whittling away at it day by day. And reading your insights has really helped.
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FREELADY 4/21/2011 10:13PM

    I love your new word! Becksperimenting! Genius!

This is a very important blog. I ate it up, every word. A year ago I was not ready to hear this, although I was learning so much from Beck and losing some weight. You have so much valuable insight and experience here (Becksperience? . . . well, some of it, at least!).

Thank you for taking the time to write it down so we can benefit!

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Spark Support

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

There is nothing like it.

I do know that being "up two" is not the end of the world. It's minor stuff -- true even if it turns out to be a "real" gain. Still minor.

But -- absolutely not minor-- the kindness, the great suggestions, the sturdy realism of response here.

What an amazingly supportive community of Spark Friends!

Thanks!

  
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CMB2048 4/21/2011 6:59PM

    You are so right Ellen and knowing you, those two pounds will be gone in no time!!!

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TRAVELGRRL 4/21/2011 6:40AM

    Totally true! Thank you for YOUR unwavering support!

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TBANMAN 4/20/2011 10:42PM

    You get what you give, right?

No better place than this for illustrating that.

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DSHONEYC 4/20/2011 9:53PM

    Up 2, down 3...slow and steady does it. Splurged on a big cupcake today (with chocolate frosting) because I could afford it calorie wise...my aren't we starting to think like a thin person?

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CMRAND54 4/20/2011 9:11PM

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We are the greatest!

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SLENDERELLA61 4/20/2011 6:15PM

    Very good observation. So glad you got the support you were looking for. I know you can get those two pounds off and tighten that maintenance range! -Marsha

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TRYINGHARD1948 4/20/2011 5:31PM

    You are so right, Sparks is just the most positive, supportive community.

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DONNACFIT 4/20/2011 1:00PM

    I love Spark and so glad you're my spark friend!!

Love your idea of fresh flowers..I love them too, haven't had any for awhile..been eyeing Easter Lilies in the store but knew they bring on my daughter's allergies (the one that visited last weekend.

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Hubby said he saw some crocuses just not open yet...

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_LINDA 4/20/2011 9:26AM

    Its a two way street that is for sure! Just love it here!
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HAPPYNSMILING 4/20/2011 9:03AM

    You continue to be an inspiration to me...just so you know!
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KALIGIRL 4/20/2011 8:52AM

    Ain't it grand?
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TOOKES519 4/20/2011 8:22AM

    I could say.......Ditto!!

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BILL60 4/20/2011 7:05AM

    It certainly is. Now let's get back on it and get rid of those "2".

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Up Two

Monday, April 18, 2011

How I hate changing my weight tracker but -- there it is, 144.5!! WAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!

Gotta keep it real.

And -- no, I don't think it's "permanent" because it can't be: I simply have not eaten enough or slacked off from exercise to generate a 2 pound gain.

Oh, well. Oh, well. Oh, well. Information only: that's all that scales are for.

Keep on keeping on, and the weight will budge down again.

My blog on "lowest sustainable weight" did NOT trigger a hubristic weight gain: no, it did not!!

  
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SLENDERELLA61 4/20/2011 6:17PM

    You are right to keep focused on your eating and exercise. It is not a real gain when you are eating right and moving like I know you do!!

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FLORABEL 4/20/2011 11:29AM

    Just water! Promise!

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JOHAL52 4/19/2011 9:30PM

    I still think you need to check out your body fat %. If those two pounds aren't fat--if they are water, then it's really not a big deal!!

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NANCY- 4/19/2011 7:59AM

    Instead of a target weight... what about a "lowest sustainable weight" range?
Everyone's weight fluctuates. Too much salt one day can make you puffy the next. You will see where your range falls.
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IMAGINE_IT 4/19/2011 6:49AM

    I am sure it is Water weight!!! Nothing but water weight!! You will have a good result next time you weigh..just stick to the Beck principles emoticon

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BRIGHTSPARK7 4/18/2011 11:16PM

    You're still in your home weight range, El! I"m with Kaligirl on this. It's probably just a fluctuation.
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TBANMAN 4/18/2011 10:51PM

    You have a great attitude about it - a thin person's attitude! That's all that matters.

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CMRAND54 4/18/2011 8:56PM

    My weight goes up a down by a pound or two all the time. I try not to let it bother me.

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KALIGIRL 4/18/2011 7:31PM

    I'm sorry the numbers have distressed you and am pretty sure they're a fluctuation.
I'm happy to move within a 5 pound range (keeps my BMI within a 1 point spread).
I know you'll settle in on a healthy, happy weight.

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DONNACFIT 4/18/2011 4:09PM

    I know you'll bounce back down to your goal weight..you can do it..I'd blame the scale..maybe it's broken?! haha.

We had company and early Easter over the weekend and yes I made the works...turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, hot cross buns and my world famous coconut cream pie and when I stepped on the scale this morning I was only up one pound woo hoo!!

Take care and have a Happy Easter..thanks for the comments, they really helped brighten my days :)

Sunny days are ahead for me...getting back on track :)

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PHEBESS 4/18/2011 1:27PM

    Salt? Travel? The phase of the moon?

I swear I gain in the winter because my body wants to hibernate! Other people lose in the winter because their bodies work harder to stay warm.

Two lbs, I wouldn't worry. I'd keep an eye on them, but I wouldn't worry. Just make sure they don't invite any new friends, LOL!

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_LINDA 4/18/2011 11:13AM

    Hopefully, when you say you are not eating enough to warrant a gain, that does not mean you are starving yourself either..I agree with Kristi. Weigh yourself every day, but pick just one day of the week to count for your ticker. So much less stress every day. My weigh in day is Monday, when I can remember it lol.
You can get this gain off Ellen, don't worry. When you are doing everything right, the stubborn scale will follow.
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TOOKES519 4/18/2011 8:44AM

    I still can't believe you actually track when you gain weight. If I did that it would be different everyday it seems because I weigh everyday, but I only post the reading from my Saturday weigh in. Which lately the numbers have been quite generous to me.

What I try to keep in mind is if you feel good the numbers on the scale mean nothing at all. I try to live by those words and have that thought process. It doesn't mean I always do, but I have good intentions. LOL

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GROEDER 4/18/2011 8:27AM

    Slight changes happen - in fact, it happened to me this week.
Lets not dispair!!!! We are doing it right.
Forget the scale, keep working, and have a great week.
Gregg

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IPA-RAY 4/18/2011 8:23AM

    I occasionally find random fluctuations on the scale of 1-2 pounds that defy explanation or belief. So I can consider my scale to give me my weight +/- 2. If the following reading in a few days confirms the gain (or loss), I accept it.

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