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Sorry for the disappearing act

Saturday, September 25, 2010

I've invited everyone I know who has ever told me they wanted to lose weight to join Sparkpeople and no one has ever liked it as much as me. People tend to start using it, then slack off, then stop completely. Either that or they make an account and never even use it. It got really tiring and disappointing trying to get people to be supportive - let alone try to get them involved in something healthy.

For as long as I can remember I've been trying to get people in my life to be supportive of my efforts to lose weight. Sometimes people would be on board with me and it would be awesome. For example years ago me and a bunch of friends/acquaintances made a community on livejournal.com for our weight loss support. It was great at the time but it didn't last long. People are FICKLE. Its really hard for me to deal with when someone just drops out of caring about being healthy.

The problem with Sparkpeople is that every single person I've invited to the site says it's "too busy" and that there is "too much to figure out" which I never found to be a problem. I guess I am more tech savvy than I thought because I think SP is easy to use. Yeah, there is a lot more going on than I would personally prefer. Yeah, the design is extremely busy and distracting, plus the ads are annoying. Yeah, I would prefer something that looks like Facebook and is as easy to use. I got used to SP and its huge flaws though and i stuck with it for a long time. Then I was invited to another weight loss site by a friend called My Fitness Pal (MFP) and people that I know actually started to USE IT REGULARLY.

MFP looks like Facebook. It's easy to use. There are no crazy spinning wheels with points shoved in your face. There are no unwanted emails. There are no goodies or teams, just comments like FB. There are no ads. It's nice looking and easy to use. They have a cell phone app for my type of phone (and it works way better than the SP app for me). And most importantly 2 of my best friends and biggest weight loss supporters moved to that site. Yes they both had (still have) profiles here but they never used them consistently.

So I moved over there since July. I didn't move on to that site because it's new and novel for me. I was perfectly happy with SP and it's tools. It's just that I crave the support of the people in my life and on that site I can get it. I am still losing weight and keeping track of everything but I feel like I have to go where I have the most support. I appreciate everything my Sparkfriends have done for me and I am not going to delete my profile or anything. I just don't plan on using SP as my food and exercise tracker anymore.

Thank you to everyone who left me comments and goodies! Especially my WoW buddies. I miss you guys and I still don't have a WoW account unfortunately. I will probably be back after Cata comes out but right now it's not a priority mainly because of $$$$. I hope everyone is doing well and if you actually read all of this THANK YOU!

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KISSYTINA 9/25/2010 10:55PM

    I definitely understand what you are saying! You thrive more with the support of those directly around you, and that is totally fine. I am just glad that you are still working toward a healthy life! That's what really matters anyway!

I have invited people too... but none of them even bothered to check out the site. I personally think it's because they didn't want to admit they needed to change things in order to get healthy... They wanted the easy way, and that's not what this site does-- and with good reason. Spark is the right thing for some people... and it's not for others!

Just know that we will always be here for you! If you ever need anything, let us know! And keep us updated too! I can't wait to celebrate all your successes!

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DAPHASAURUS 9/25/2010 7:47PM

    I TOTALLY understand about being where your friends are. I've invited lots of people here and have had the same response. I'm the only one who uses it regularly. But that's alright for me. A few months ago I went through the stage of not using SP because nobody else was, but like everything else with me it was a stage I was going through.

I realized that if I relied on friends to use SP for ME to use SP, it meant that I was relying on them to lose weight too. Which wasn't working out so hot for me. Once I realized that, then I decided that I would do whatever "I" wanted!

Just make sure, that if your friends decide to leave MFP, that your diet doesn't go down the wayside too! And now you have me intrigued about it too. Btw.

Hope to see you on WoW after cata!

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A new routine

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Ever since we moved a month ago we have been kind of stuck in the routine of eating out 1 or 2 times a week. I don't like this at all. Like I said in my previous entry I have been on a plateau now for 3 weeks. I lost1 pound in the first week of June and ever since then the scale has stayed relatively the same give or take a few ounces. I think that eating take out and delivery food is the reason.

I set a goal at my meeting this Tuesday to eat food that I have cooked myself for at least 2 meals of every day but I really plan on only eating home cooked food. I know that when I can measure and cook my own food I do much better overall. I hope that this will help me make the scale move this week and from now on!

At one of our last meetings the group leader talked about how she doesn't judge what we eat. She wants us to stay under our calories but if we decide to eat 1500 calories worth of chocolate ice cream she won't tell us that we are bad people or anything. I think this has been my problem. I've been staying in my calorie range but the food I've been eating is NOT nutritious or beneficial to my body. Such as Twix or Dominoes pizza. emoticon I know, I know it's terrible!

This is my chance to get into the routine of being healthy my new apartment and making it a permanent change. I made a big pot of veggie & turkey chili, 12 blueberry muffins (a Sparkrecipe btw) and I'm making some balsamic chicken tonight for dinner. I'm very happy to be off to a good start already emoticon

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WENDYSTARR 7/8/2010 6:14PM

    Thanks everybody! I know it is hard to adjust from eating out which is quick, easy and has zero preparation but I do enjoy cooking so it shouldn't be too bad. Viper - I don't really use a recipe but a method that my friend taught me back in high school. I marinate the chicken in balsamic vinegar and herbs (oregano, basil, parsley, garlic powder, salt & pepper) and then grill it usually. It's super easy and tasty with extremely low calories.

Uzimaa - I definitely still manage to fit in my favorite nutritionally void foods lol. i've just been doing it a little too much lately that's all. I know nothing is off limits which is a great relief. I just want to look at my food tracker at the end of the day and be happy with my choices rather than think "I really could've had a piece of fruit instead of that 100 calorie pack of cookies" or "I could have had a whole bag of low fat popcorn instead of that tiny bag of M&Ms and saved 150 calories" so it's just a matter of getting back to making GOOD choices for me!

Lizzieb23 - I would love to come out but I don't know if I can participate in a hike. I have a heart condition and working out in the florida heat is not something I do often unless it's water aerobics LOL.

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UZIMAA 7/8/2010 5:58PM

    I talked to my hubby about the whole weight loss/eating out thing, and we came to a decision that it's more important to eat healthy foods (grown locally, if possible) than to surrender to a whim and go to a restaurant for convenience's sake. We eat at home for breakfast, take lunches to work, and make dinner in the evenings. To make it more special, sometimes we pack our dinner in an insulated cooler and take it up to the rooftop deck to eat. We eat out about once per week, usually brunch. It's easier for me to control what I eat at breakfast and easier to track afterward. I have to say, we've saved so much money by eating at home, and our cooking skills have improved, too!

I think your group leader is right. 1500 calories is 1500 calories, period. If you stay within your calorie range and exercise, you will lose weight. You know what nutrients your body needs to function properly. But everybody needs a day to eat ice cream or pasta or whatever your red light food is. No judgment, just a fact. Don't beat yourself up about it.

Good luck with your new plan! emoticon

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TJBLEEKER 7/8/2010 4:42PM

    I'm in the same boat with you and trying to have 1500 calories. I have done pretty well most days, but then end up bingeing on junk. I"m trying to just not bring it into the house so it's not available.

Good job on setting your new goals and adjusting!

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VIPERPILOT85 7/8/2010 3:33PM

  Good luck! emoticon It sounds like you're off to a really good start - making extra of all those tasty dishes is a great way to up the convenience factor of eating in.

What balsamic chicken recipe do you use?

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LIZZIEB23 7/8/2010 3:27PM

    I completely understand about the eating out. I can pretty much do 2 home cooked meals a day easy. But just now, my husband suggests we go to Ruby Tuesday for dinner....UGH!
So, I am going to make the decision to just have salad...it's not easy but it has to be done.
Just wishing you well on your new routine..... You definitely can do it!

By the way, us Gainesville Sparkers are having a July/August challenge going on now AND we are having our first SparkRally of 2010 at the sinkhole on the 17th of July at 9 am to work... I would love to see you there if you're available.

Again, You CAN do it!

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An update

Thursday, July 01, 2010

My life has been really hectic lately between personal drama, my temp job coming to an end on wednesday, a stomach virus last week and lots of other stuff. Too much to blog about.

emoticonAnyway the good news is that I am back on track and I feel good about it. I was always on track with eating except for when I had my stomach virus, but I fell of the exercise wagon for almost a month. The only exercise I got was going to the pool every sunday. However I got my boyfriend to go to the gym with me for the first time EVER on Monday night. He has been asking when we will go again so I hope this is a recurring thing from now on!

emoticonThe bad news is that I had to cancel my WoW account for now. We are still figuring out our bills and because of other issues too we thought it would be best to cancel our accounts for now. I can't wait for Cataclysm to come out but for now I am on break I guess.

emoticonI also have not lost any weight in the past 2 weeks. The stomach virus had me barely eating but somehow at my last weigh in on Tuesday I had "gained 2 pounds" (i have this in quotes because I know it can't be right). The group leader and nutritionist said that my body was retaining fluids right now since I was most likely dehydrated from the virus. I also know how my body is and when I stop eating for a few days it completely shuts down any weight loss progress and clings to everything it gets. I hope to see a better loss at my next meeting. Soon my meetings will only be once a month and it's going to be hard to do this alone. Thankfully I have Sparkpeople!!!

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LIZZIEB23 7/5/2010 7:07PM

    Great reading your post!
Keep up the great work and don't give up!
"The Gainesville Sparkers" team leader

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WENDYSTARR 7/2/2010 5:05PM

    I am surprised with myself staying on the wagon for the most part through a really tough time but it is reassuring to know that I can do this no matter what else is going on in my life. I miss playing WoW with you guys but hopefully I will be back before Cata comes out. Thank you so much guys. I really appreciate the support! emoticon emoticon

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PERFECTVELVET 7/2/2010 12:50PM

    Things will look up soon. Until then, I'll just have to bug you on Spark instead of WoW emoticon

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DAPHASAURUS 7/2/2010 12:43PM

    Don't worry once you get back to exercising and feeling better those pounds you "didn't" loose while you where sick will just slip away! I'm so happy you managed to eat well even while stressed!! That's my weakness, stress. I just can't handle it! Good Job Missy!

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KRYSALISS 7/1/2010 9:15PM

    I know how it feels to get back up on it after relaxing standards for a bit. Invigorating, I guess is how I'd describe it.

Sucks that you had to cancel! Hopefully finances get worked out soon.

Also, miss lady, don't think you are alone. If you ever need to talk/rant/rage, feel free to hit me up. I can give you other contact info if you want, even. Take care of you.


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Settled and happy

Sunday, June 06, 2010

This weekend we really got most of the house together as far as unpacking and stuff. We got our office put together so now I have a computer yayyyyyyy! I don't have an office chair though lol. I am SO glad we finally got the kitchen together too. I ate so much fast food in the past week I don't think I will even be tempted by it for a lonnnnng time.

Yesterday my friend Erika took us to Sam's club and it was awesome! We live like 5 minutes away from it too so I think we are going to get a membership. I didn't know if we would actually get healthy food there but wow I was totally wrong. I got a huge 3lb carton of kiwis for $6 and that's when I knew we were going to find good stuff at Sam's. Kiwis are usually $1.19 each here for some reason which is insanely expensive. We got cherries, grapes, bananas, healthy cereal (Cheerios for me anyway, the bf got sugary cereal lol), natural peanut butter, ground turkey and chicken sausages! We had NO FOOD in our house before this trip plus I was wary about what I could actually get there, so that's why I'm excited emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I finally got my exercise equipment together and I am ready to get back to working out. I needed many days off after moving but I am pretty sure I'm ready to get back to routine exercise now. Woohoo! I also still have to try out my new apartment complex gym that has nice looking eliptical machines and other stuff. I will be doing that sometime this week for sure. I hope you all had a great weekend!
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HALLALUYAH 6/12/2010 3:25PM

    Theres nothing like staring over....your apartment sounds nice and there is a gym too?....You go girl, I'd use it at every opportunity I had. I hope to see you around my Spark blogs. God bless you, Luyah emoticon

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VIPERPILOT85 6/8/2010 10:56AM

  This new apartment sounds great! Grats on the move and all the wonderful resources that came with it!

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WENDYSTARR 6/7/2010 7:47PM

    Thanks emoticon I love Sam's now too lol. I can't wait to go back! Good luck with your move too.

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KISSYTINA 6/6/2010 11:03PM

    I totally LOVE SAM'S! And, you are so lucky to have a fitness center at your apartment complex... what a wonderful resource!

I am glad you are getting things set up and settled. Moving is always a hassle! And just think... I get to do that in a month or so! ICK!

I hope you have a wonderful week!

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We did it, we moved!

Friday, June 04, 2010

It felt like we moved all week. We started on Monday packing last minute stuff (computers, video game systems, food, etc.) and moved everything into the living room for the movers to come on Tuesday. They came at 8:30am and moved almost all of our stuff by 12:30. We had to go back and forth a few more times because there were some things we didn't let them move. Things like our important personal documents, my grandpa's guitar, stuff that was really super important to us that can't be replaced.

Wednesday we went back to the old apartment and cleaned it up. It looked so much better but it's still in pretty bad shape compared to our NEW APARTMENT! It's beautiful, spacious, clean, everything is pretty much perfect. It was better than we even remembered it. I am soooooooo happy with this apartment I can't even believe I get to live here emoticon I've never had 2 bathrooms, a washer and dryer in my house or 2 walk in closets in my ENTIRE LIFE. Living in NYC all my life = these are the things of rich people life, not my life. I am so happy!!!

In some not so great news I have missed my meeting for the week which means I didn't get to weigh in. I miss my group and I am definitely going to the next meeting on Tuesday. I have eaten really badly this week and forgot to track because this is the first time I've been on my netbook in 6 days and my phone was not handy during moving. I really couldn't be bothered, I am sure I burned more than enough calories to even out anyway. We moved from a 3rd floor apartment to another 3rd floor apartment. LOTS of stairs. I got wayyyy more of a workout than I ever expected lol.

I hope you all had a great memorial day weekend and TGIF everybody emoticon

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SCLAIRES 6/4/2010 1:29PM

    Congrats on the awesome new apartment! Sounds lush for NYC!


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PERFECTVELVET 6/4/2010 10:25AM

    Whoo hoo, congrats on the successful move! You're going to enjoy two bathrooms, trust me, lol!

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JBINAUSTIN 6/4/2010 3:53AM

    Wow, 6 floors per box. That's a real workout.

Enjoy your new home. emoticon

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