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My "trouble goal"

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Perusing the pages of "Spark," I realized I have a touble goal, one which I have never been able to conquer, and one which I have never tried to work out. I saw today that I have exercised every day for the last 5 days, even on the days that I went over my calorie goal. Normally, I'd have given up and stopped tracking what I was eating and stop exercising. I am really proud to say that even though I ate over 3,600 calories two days ago, I went back and tracked EVERYTHING I ate that day, embarassing as it was, and I didn't feel overly bad about it.

I am weighing myself daily, and though I gained some of what I'd lost back due to the past two days (I went a bit over yesterday, as well, but not too bad- 1,700 or so), I have still exercised every day since re-starting Spark, and have remained active on here. I have tracked all my foods, and normally I don't. I have been trying to share my feelings about how I am doing and all the encouragement from you, fellow Sparkers, has really helped me muddle through.

My mini-goal for now is to keep exercising every day, at least try and do 20 minutes (a short walk- 1 mile or more) every day. I feel better when I know I am still fighting the good fight! I also hope to keep within my calorie goals. I have been eating less, eating healthier, for longer than I have in so long. I feel like I really can do it! 17 pounds by October 27th might be a lofty goal, but I know that if I keep doing what I have been doing, despite my small setback involving McDonald's and the binge that followed, I will make progress toward this goal. And that is what really matters!

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SANDRAALLENFIT 8/31/2011 12:38PM

  As I'm getting older, I'm trying to come to terms with the fact that I will never be the perfect weight that I want to be. And frankly, life is too short to not enjoy yourself. That being said, I think it is much better to focus on being healthy. So you indulged a little- keep going! That's what really matters! And kudos for being honest with yourself. I totally understand feeling embarrassed at eating something and feeling guilty afterwards, but really, that's just going to mess with your stress hormones and will further undo your goals. So stay positive, and keep working towards your exercise goals! Best wishes!

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MICHELLE8Q 8/31/2011 10:50AM

    Good luck. The occasional binge won't hurt too much, but what I try to do is give myself an ultra-small indulgence every day to avoid binging. Yesterday I poured myself a few dark chocolate chips into a small cup and it kept me from having a big snack.

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CHEETARA79 8/31/2011 10:47AM

    You're doing awesome! Tracking my binges helps me process them and not feel as guilty. Keep fighting the good fight!

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Well, I fasted yesterday for a physical. Afterward, I consumed about 3,200 calories. I did walk 3 miles during my fasting, and I was so ravenous that I ended up getting an Angus Bacon and Cheese burger from McDonald's - 790 calories, added mayonnaise, and didn't eat the bottom bun (like that mattered), a medium smoothie- 260 calories, and then a bunch more when I got home. 2 country-style ribs is over 1,300 calories! I didn't expect that. I only entered the food this morning. I am bummed, I stepped on the scale and gained a pound. It could be water weight, but I ate enough calories to gain a pound of fat- 3,600 approximately.

I am somewhat depressed about it all, but I will exercise today and stick to a healthier diet, that's for sure!

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HS1056 8/31/2011 8:53AM

  The great thing about this journey is that we have the ability to make new choices every day. Don't dwell on yesterday but realize that today is all you really have. And you have the choices to make for your health and fitness just for today. Determine that just for today you will give it your very best. Then make the same choice when tomorrow becomes today.

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CATANTIGO 8/30/2011 8:43AM

    Yesterday is done. Forget it. You are on the right path today. Enjoy the journey!

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It's Going to be a Long Day

Monday, August 29, 2011

Just ate a small banana and a half tbsp. of almond butter and drank 8 oz. water. I have to fast until around 4 P.M. today. emoticon

I am excited to learn what my cholesterol is, though!

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AZHURE_SUNSOAR 8/29/2011 9:34AM

    that sucks :( but it's only temporary and it'll be good to know...wishing your well :)

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800+ calories for one meal? Wish I'd made it Chipotle!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

I worked so hard today to stay on track. I succeeded- until, that is, I came home from the grocery store around 8 P.M. and whipped up our late dinner. In that one meal, I consumed a bit under 900 calories, 28 grams of fat, and 81 grams of protein! Wow. In my defense, though, I am going to have to fast until 4 P.M. tomorrow due to a physical (for insurance purposes). I guess that is why I went for the gusto. The meal wasn't too bad, really, with whole wheat linguine, 2.5 cups of broccoli, shrimp, and only a tiny cream cheese, milk, and a pat of butter along with many yummy spices. I find measuring dry pasta difficult, so I tend to overestimate to compensate for human error.

What is strange is that I am not beating myself up for it. I ate like a starving person, but I'd had a small portion of cottage cheese right before cooking this meal (since I hadn't eaten for hours) to tame the wild beast. I actually gave my husband about 1/5 of what I had to eat, as I was too full. I feel comfortable now, and completely satisfied! I know I will be O.K. calorically, as I won't be able to eat for the next 18 hours. Geez, that sounds unpleasant. I love to munch constantly.

Calories consumed- 1,900-ish
Fat grams consumed- 70 (!)
Protein consumed- >150 grams

I hope my fat consumption today doesn't increase my cholesterol reading for tomorrow's physical! Anyway, I am glad that I exercised today! My "Spark Streak" for exercising is now 2 days. I plan to make tomorrow day 3!

Goodnight, Sparkers.


One day of success, if I can just avoid the bacon...

Sunday, August 28, 2011

I hope today goes as well as yesterday. I am going to try planning my meals for the day out in advance, like I did yesterday. Stick with what works, right? My question is- I am assuming my 3.5 lb. weight loss is due to water loss from all the exercise, but I drank more water than I normally do. Could some of it result from finally having 1 day of reprieve from stuffing my face with bacon, perogies (I'm talking at least 8 at a time- complete with butter and salt), cheese, and potato chips? That has literally been my diet for the practically the last 2 weeks up until yesterday!

Pounds of bacon consumed- 3.5 (This is NO JOKE!)
Perogies eaten- 70 (at least, this is a conservative estimate)

I am disgusted to admit to this, but I am hoping I can move on. I mean, who really eats 3.5 lb. of bacon in two weeks? But oh, do I love bacon.

So, down 3.5 lb. from yeserday, and I am suspicious; however, I met all of my goals for nutrients as well as calories, and usurped my goals for exercise yesterday. My husband and I went to the State Park and took a trail that was 2.3 miles and full of horrible hills of death, the memory of which I have already started to repress!

Calories consumed- 1,385 [35 grams of fat, 93 grams of protein] yesterday
Miles Walked- 4.9 Minutes Spend Exercising- 120

I am pretty impressed with myself. The only thing that happened that I did not plan is that after we did our walk, I came back home and had a string cheese and fat-free yogurt, and we left again until after 7 P.M. I was so hungry when I got back home at that point. I made and consumed my planned dinner, consisting of a pork chop, around 1-1.5 cups of steamed broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots, and a small baked potato with spray butter. It was so good! I ate it so fast that I felt like a vaccume afterward and felt compelled to consume MORE. More, more, more. My usual M.O. is to scarf down all the carbs in sight (especially starchy ones). Instead, I ate the lions share of a can of no-sugar-added pears. An extra 120 calories I had not intended on, but at least I got 3 grams of fiber and a fix for my starch-tooth (sweet tasting things are a quick remedy and are often scarfed on the way to the starchy carbs).

Good luck today, Sparkers!

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MYBULLDOGS 8/28/2011 8:30AM


find foods that work with your chemistry. i created this meal on my own. i can't seem to loose weight if i eat any grain products. so one day i experimented.

i make this mixture for breakfast , lunch and dinner. i have lost 28 pounds in 14 weeks. i cook

4 large portabella mushrooms sliced, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, 4 large onions sliced, 2 large green peppers, 3 cans green beans, 1 can rutabaga and 5 sliced chicken sausages.

it makes enough for at least 4 days, three meals a day. total cost is 12 dollars. i buy the mushrooms and chicken at sams club. sounds crazy but it taste good and most importantly it's working. i'm not hungry . if i feel the urge to cheat i go get a fork full of my mixture. i chew very slowly as to enjoy my meal.

i have added a small banana and grapes for my snacks and to be a fix for my sweet tooth.

you can add other foods into your menu. just know what works with your body chemistry.

I have gone from 198 to 170 pounds. i can now fit into a size 14 comfortably. i feel so much better. think of carrying a 2 year old around your waist every minute of every day. no i am not done. on the obese chart i have gone from being obese to just plain fat. my goal is to drop another 22 pounds. then i will be happy, healthy and never allow myself to get in this condition again.

one might say eating the same food every day would get boring. not true. when you look in the mirror and can see the difference it's totally worth it. once i reach my goal i will change my menu. not until then.

portion sizes are critical to your success. exercise has to become a way of life. good luck


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ANDYSGIRL73 8/28/2011 7:42AM

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