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Back on Track

Friday, January 14, 2011

I finally got on the scale this morning. I knew my weight was up after 2 months of eat, drink and be merry... and I'm up 10 pounds.

But that's OK. I have touched the borders of One-der-land and I will go back there again. I have reignited my spark, am almost 1/2 way through the 28 day Bootcamp Challenge and I feel focused again.

Weight loss is a state a mind as much as anything else. You lose the focus, you gain the weight.

Really, I was only kidding myself. If I ignore the problem, it will go away, right? Don't go on the scale and nobody will know, including me.

NO. I faced my fear, acknowledged the number, and I'm burning with the Spark again. I'm tracking my food, looking forward to daily exercise and enjoying living healthy again. Feels great.
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15MINUTES 1/17/2011 4:49PM

    And isn't Bootcamp a great idea! Just enough to push us back into fine habits! Go get 'em, Gator! You have to work extra hard this week because we are going out to dinner Friday to celebrate Peter's birthday and our sparking!!!!

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DEESTER7 1/17/2011 3:47PM

    Exactly! I've done the same thing...stayed away from the "spark" and scales and was in complete denial...boy was I ever surprised when I was right back where I began! But, this time I'm more realistic and will do it slower and steadier. No more fast and furious losses for me...its slow and steady that wins I think!

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TXNANA_4 1/14/2011 8:53PM

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LIZBUCK1 1/14/2011 5:33PM

    Oh how true, ignore it and it'll go away! Don't go near the scales and you won't put the weight on!! Know exactly what you mean I've been "off site" more or less for six months and now have 1.5st to get rid of. BUT as you say, been there done that, and come on we can do it again!! emoticon

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GIRANIMAL 1/14/2011 2:38PM

    Good for you! I love your attitude. It's done and you can't undo it -- but you can change it by moving forward! And besides, everything is truly a learning experience if we allow it to be. You're doing great, dear friend! You'll have those holiday pounds and many more torched in no time. emoticon

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50 pounds lighter!

Monday, September 13, 2010



It took me 2 years with lots of ups and downs, but I've lost 50 pounds since August 2008. I didn't realize the difference until I put the pics side by side. Wow!

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COREENA691 10/23/2010 12:27PM

    What a fantastic job!!! Congrats! emoticon

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SNOWFLAKE57 10/8/2010 11:42PM

    Hey Girl, you look great. I've been off the sparkpages for a few weeks but I'm back now. I think I am stuck at my 20 pound loss but maybe, with a little luck, I will continue to be successful. Again, you look awesome! I am walking in a 5K on Sunday, wish me luck!

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15MINUTES 9/14/2010 7:27PM

    As I said before, you are looking HOT, HOT, HOT! YEAH!!!!!! All that hard work has paid off. I'm so proud of you! emoticon

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NEWYEARME 9/14/2010 7:08PM

    Congratulations!!!! That's fantastic!!!!

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GIRANIMAL 9/14/2010 12:56PM

    WOW, indeed! You look fantastic! Seriously, you just look more radiant, face all aglow and everything. Lovely!

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LOLLIPOPSLADY 9/13/2010 7:22PM

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JANLEH 9/13/2010 7:11PM

    WOW WOW WOW! Congratulations and I want to be just like you when I grow up!!!

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Super job - you inspire me!

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JACKKELL 9/13/2010 6:49PM

    That is FANTASTIC!!! emoticon

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Exercise vs. Nutrition

Sunday, August 29, 2010

I've been on vacation for 2 weeks; a "staycation" more than anything. I was out of my normal routine and going through a bit of a stressful situation, so I knew I would probably indulge more than I should. Whether I should have fought the urge to snack, esp. at night is a whole other ballgame. I decided to conduct a bit of an experiment with my Spark program.

I normally do cardio 5 or 6 times a week: Curves, eliiptical, walking, or biking, along with strength training: upper body weights and core exercises. I allot a half hour per session, more or less, and burn from 250 to 500 calories.

So, over the past 2 weeks, I turned up the cardio. I started 3 or 4 mornings a week with a brisk walk and did Curves in the afternoon or I extended my time on the elliptical/bike. I often burned 700 calories/day, over 4000/week last week!

I normally eat 1700 calories/day, but averaged over 1900 calories/day for 2 weeks. I normally have a calorie differential of -500 calories/day, but had a larger differential over the past 2 weeks, sometimes -1000 calories/day.

So, you would think the weight would have fallen off me.

But it didn't. I have been losing 1 to 2 pounds a week since Easter and in the past 3 weeks, I only lost 3 pounds.

Now, I'm pretty happy with the 3 pound result, considering my food choices were not always the wisest, most nutritional ones, esp. after supper. But I conclude that NUTRITION is more important than EXERCISE. I think what we eat is greater than 70% of this battle and it's more important to eat healthy than to indulge & then try to burn it off later. At least that's what my little experiment proved.

  
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GIRANIMAL 8/30/2010 5:34PM

    I think you're on to something! Exercise is critical to overall health (did *I* just say that?!?) but toying with the numbers game for weight loss by trying to burn off your indulges is probably not worth it long term. That's not to say I won't "allow" my boyfriend to get pizza under the condition that we take a walk afterward. But overall, I too have found it best to eat as healthfully as possible and maintain fairly consistent exercise -- not try to play one against the other. emoticon

Nice work with the latest 3 pounds, though! Changing up my program is often a surefire way to screw myself all up. emoticon

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WAYTOOMUCH1 8/30/2010 5:08PM

    Yes, back to a regular routine. Long day today, but not bad.

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15MINUTES 8/29/2010 1:12PM

    Well, well, well--you finished out the experiment. Good for you! Thanks for documenting your results. This is very helpful in explaining my summer. Are you back to work tomorrow? Will you be back into your regular routine? I won't be back at it until Wednesday and I must admit, I'm very much looking forward to focussing on the nutrition. I crave vegetables and haven't been getting near enough.

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Starting the second phase

Friday, July 02, 2010

On Easter Monday, I started Sparking in earnest, determined to lose the weight I had put on this winter. I had a motivating buddy to spark with and lots of determination. I gave myself until July 1st to lose 23 pounds and then would worry about the rest.

Well TA-DAH! I did it! Right down to the wire, but I did it. I lost that 23 lbs and I discovered healthy living. Losing weight is just one of the wonderful side-effects of healthy living. Making good food choices, exercising and trying to lose weight are making me feel so good... and look better.

The wonderful thing about SP is that your commitment grows. I know I can find 10 minutes in my day to exercise; and that 10 minutes will probably reach into 20 or 30 once I get started. I know that I can have a treat in controlled portions, but I don't seem to want them anymore.

So, today I started phase 2 of my healthy lifestyle with Spark People. My goal is to lose 5 lbs a month until 2011, then I'll see how it's going. I pushed myself hard and I succeeded. So proud.

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HALLALUYAH 9/13/2010 7:06AM

    You can do it ......you know that all things are possible thru Christ who strengthens you. Keep on blogging and please "Keep lighting that Spark" God bless you.
Love,Luyah
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HALLALUYAH 9/13/2010 7:05AM

    You can do it ......you know that all things are possible thru Christ who strengthens you. Keep on blogging and please "Keep lighting that Spark" God bless you.
Love,Luyah
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RELISA4HEALTH 8/5/2010 5:36PM

    I stopped by and read your blog. Congratulations on reaching your first goal.
I wanted to thank you in return for your encouragement that you gave the other day. It means a lot to me when people take the time to reach out and let me know that I am not alone in this journey.
Blessings to you.
Relisa
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15MINUTES 7/13/2010 12:08PM

    You are the Queen of the Spark. Congratulations on reaching your goal! I'm proud of you!!! emoticon

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LORISMITH2573 7/6/2010 2:29PM

    Woohoo! Congratulations!Send some skinny vibes my way!

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DEESTER7 7/2/2010 4:14PM

    Way to go! You did awesome and stuck to it. I am sure you will also persevere and continue on your road to healthy living...all the best! XO

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End of May

Saturday, May 29, 2010

So, I've been religiously following Spark people for 7 & 1/2 weeks now and I'm pretty proud of myself. By the time I weigh myself on Tuesday, I expect to have dropped 15 pounds. My goal was 23 lbs by July 1st and I can do it! I've gone over my calories on some days and not exercised (even for just 10 minutes) on others, but overall, every week has been an improvement and I feel more in control of my life because of it. Having friends spark with you helps and actually seeing the numbers on the scale go down is a HUGE motivation. People are noticing my weight loss, and I appreciate the compliments. Hooray for Spark People... and Hooray for me! emoticon

  
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15MINUTES 5/30/2010 9:58AM

    Hey, happy birthday to the Jay-man.

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SNOWFLAKE57 5/29/2010 9:34PM

    Thanks so much for the words of encouragement. I think we could help each other. I would love to stay in touch with you. Keep up the work, whether good or bad, we need to stay focused. I'm on to week 4...here I go....

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WAYTOOMUCH1 5/29/2010 9:13PM

    Thanks but no can do. It's hubby's birthday on Wed and we have plans for suppers out on Wed & Thurs & I'm busy Tuesday too. Some other, less hectic week, perhaps? Thanks for the Bravo!

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15MINUTES 5/29/2010 7:25PM

    You are looking fantastic! Marjorie mentioned it to me on Thursday. BRAVO!! What an accomplishment! Want to go to Bare Bones on Friday evening to celebrate? Phil/Mike, Karla/Stefan are coming with us.

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