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I'm Back, with Scary & Exciting News!

Monday, October 15, 2012

So, I have taken a week off Spark and actually lost 3 lb! emoticon

My scary and exciting news is that my husband and I are going to try and get pregnant now. I am taking some time off school and we are going to start a family. I am super scared but excited, too. Wish me luck!

This means that I will no longer be dieting to lose weight. I am going to try and lose a bit here before we get pregnant, but I'll be gaining 20-30+ lb. (I hope the lower end, not 50+).

If anyone has any experiences to share on pregnancy, I'd appreciate it. I'm nervous!

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JESSIEJACKS76 10/30/2012 9:00PM

    Awesome. I know someone who is continueing using myfitnesspal to track food. It has a setting for pregnant.

I would say continue to eat healthy. If u feel like it check and see if sparkpeople has the same option. Or ask your doctor for a appropriate calories range and try to stick to it. (Although I wouldn't sweet it to much)

Pregnancy and new babies are wonderful. Babydust to you!!!!

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 10/30/2012 6:46PM

    Congratulations on your decision! The other posters have given you great advice. Eating healthy and moderate, low intensity exercise is important to a healthy baby, a healthy you.

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FITGRL124 10/30/2012 5:47PM

    I do NOT know how I missed this blog! BUT, how exciting!!! I can't wait to hear the news! :)


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RECREATING_ME 10/19/2012 9:40PM

    That is exciting news! Good luck with it all :)

I don't have any advice on the pregnancy front since DH and I adopted both of our children, but what you have already gotten sounds like it will put you on the right path. Parenthood is quite the fun adventure!

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KOKITTY 10/16/2012 12:16AM

    Congrats! That's so exciting!

Keep in mind for pregnancy everyones weight gain is different 20-30 is usually all most doctors recommend for the average woman. And you'd be surprised how little you need to up your daily calorie intake! I'll give you a clue (it's not double)

Utilize all the tools and people around you and I'm sure you'll make it through this scary and exciting change! Good luck!

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BARCLE 10/15/2012 8:24PM

    Woohoo - all the best.

The advice I give (and wish, wish, wish, wish I'd known and done before I got pregnant) was to walk for at least 3 times a week for an hour or thereabouts. It doesn't have to be anything strenuous but it does make such a difference. I reckon if I'd known and done that I wouldn't have such a battle to lose the weight and shape up.

Hope that helps :-)

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KANSASROSE67 10/15/2012 11:16AM

    Best advice to is relax, live your life and enjoy every moment. And don't use pregnancy as an excuse to eat badly...great, nutritious food will help you and baby be healthy.


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DSHRUBS3 10/15/2012 10:50AM

    Good luck!! That is great news!!!

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OPERATIONSIZE6 10/15/2012 10:49AM

    check out www.halfsizeme.com - she talks alot about diet / exercise and pregnancy. I love all her podcasts!

Good luck to you!

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SQUIRRELLYONE 10/15/2012 10:40AM


They've got a lot of great articles about getting ready to get pregnant, and most of the same tools (although according to some of the comments everything's not exactly the same with the nutrition tracker)

Good luck!

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GREENBEAN17 10/15/2012 10:37AM

    Awesome and exciting news! Congrats.

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LADYJ6942 10/15/2012 9:46AM

    That is great news, just go for it. Do all you can to eat healthy and exercise now and through out your pregnancy and you'll be fine. Most of the people who gain 50lbs, isnt just because of poor diet but they were mostly likely undernurished to begin with and for the body to be level it had to gain excess.

Hang in there and good luck!!!

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MOONSTORMER 10/15/2012 9:21AM

    very cool! enjoy every moment!

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ALLIEALLIE2 10/15/2012 8:52AM

    emoticon Awesome News Girlie!!! emoticon

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LOSE4LIFE47 10/15/2012 8:43AM

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The 5% Fall Challenge.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Today is emoticon of the fall 5% challenge. I weighed in at 157, having eaten fair food for the past two days. I am so ready to get back on track!

I walked for 25 minutes this morning, so off to good start!

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ALLIEALLIE2 10/13/2012 12:48PM

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RECREATING_ME 10/8/2012 11:30AM

    Definitely a good start! Wishing you continued success as the week goes on :)

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LADYJ6942 10/8/2012 10:07AM

    Good luck on your challenge. I'm currently in two challanges. One with a goal to drop 5lbs this month and the other with a goal of dropping 19 over 3 months, we'll see what happens.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 10/6/2012 1:53PM

    Rowr! Which team are you on? I'm on the doggies, but I know we all support each other...Let's do this and ROCK this challenge!!

woof woof!

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LOOK2LOVELIFE 10/6/2012 10:15AM

    emoticon emoticon You got this girl!

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New leaf.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

I think I have finally turned a corner: I have started exercising. This week, I have exercise 3 or 4 days for at least 20 minutes. I just went for a walk. It was glorious to watch the dark turn to dawn. I walked very briskly for me, and even did a couple minutes of jogging! emoticon I have also lifted weights for the first time in a long time yesterday and today. Just 10 lb. dumbbells. emoticon

I am going to a greenhouse today and going to buy some hardy mums to plant around my porch! I love love love fall. The air smelled so good this morning, and it was beautiful with a thin fog floating in the air, making everything seem magical.

I am going to the fair tonight and my mom is invariably going to try and get me to eat something from there. Fair food is not healthy. However, I think I am going to eat a gyro. I looked it up in the tracker and it is 600-some calories. I fit it into my plan for the day. I am not going to get the cucumber sauce to save some calories in case that calorie count was wrong. I picked the one with the highest calories, though. I know those gyros with the cucumber sauce can really pack a calorie punch! Of course the sauce is *yogurt based...and they don't use light *yogurt! I am really looking forward to going, though. I will be going with my hub and my mom and step dad.

Hope you all have a great day!

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JESSIEJACKS76 10/30/2012 9:11PM

    Goodbjob. Everyone deserves a treat sometimes.

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JESSIEJACKS76 10/30/2012 8:55PM

    Goodbjob. Everyone deserves a treat sometimes.

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JESSIEJACKS76 10/30/2012 8:54PM

    Goodbjob. Everyone deserves a treat sometimes.

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SHRINK_U 10/5/2012 1:29PM

    Great job with the exercise.. I hope you had fun at the fair!

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MAGGIE101857 10/5/2012 7:13AM

    Hope you had fun! My weakness at the fairs is the funnel cakes - haven't been in ages so that's probably a good thing!!

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RECREATING_ME 10/5/2012 1:34AM

    emoticon with the exercise! It really does make a difference. I hope the fair was fun!

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MONAKIN314 10/4/2012 12:13PM


Love Gyro's! Especially the chicken varity.

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SCOTMAMA 10/4/2012 12:03PM

    You are moving in the right direction. Walking is basically the only exercise I get during the summer months, aside from yard work -- and it works! There is also a lot you can do with the weights.

Have lots of fun at the fair -- and think of all the walking you will get in while there!
Hugs, Eve

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WHITNEYLD 10/4/2012 11:05AM

    It is yogurt-based. Oops.

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ADARKARA 10/4/2012 10:03AM

    eww if it's mayo based I wouldn't want it either. I make my tzatziki with fat free yogurt though

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BEATLETOT 10/4/2012 8:38AM

    Wait, isn't the tzaziki yogurt-based? Maybe not at the fair, but...

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RIDLEYRIDER 10/4/2012 7:45AM

  Congrats on taking these great steps to better health!! emoticon

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AJB121299 10/4/2012 7:45AM

    great job, keep it up

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Excuses: A 5% Challenge Assignment

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Give 3 or 4 reasons and for each (reason/excuse on why my diets and exercise plans have not been well-executed in the past) write a strategy that will keep me on track for 8 weeks.

I read this on BEATLETOT's blog and decided it would behoove me to do it.

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Excuse #1
"I am craving something sweet."
Strategy: Chew sugar-free gum. Buy the yummy dessert-flavored gums.

Excuse #2
"I am craving pizza/cheese sticks/pure fat."
Strategy: Eat a piece of cheese, not 10 mozzarella sticks! I am going to have to outlaw pizza entirely, because I can't eat it in moderation. The craving comes from that salt-fat phenomenon. When I eat salt and fat together, or sugar and fat together, I want more of both! It's like food crack.

Excuse #3
"We have nothing to eat that is on my diet."
Strategy: Be prepared to shop consciously at the grocery store. I need to focus on the periphery of the store, where the meats, fruits, vegetables, and *fresh* foods are.

Excuse #4
"I really want a drink."
Strategy: I need to get over this one. It is not a healthy way for me to manage stress. I have to remind myself that nothing (especially alcohol) tastes or feels as good as being at my goal weight will feel after all of this trying and starting over.

Excuse #5
"Free (insert calorie-dense snack or treat here)!"
Strategy: People at work make things all the time and bring cake and whatnot in constantly. It is almost daily that I face temptation. Just because it's free doesn't mean I should eat it.

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Excuse #1
"I'm tired and I don't feel like exercising."
Strategy: I'm committing to at least ten minutes of exercise per day. I can walk around the block (.5 miles) at least daily, and I want to make my goal to do 20-30 minutes of walking and exercise of any sort at least 5 days a week.

I use that excuse not to exercise almost daily. I have what is clinically known as "tired all the time" syndrome.

Anyway, that is the assignment and I am crediting BEATLETOT with the idea to write a blog about it. I have a lot more diet excuses than exercise excuses. I usually blow my diet before I don't exercise.

I hope you all are having a great October! I, for one, am taking charge of my life!

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TRI_BABE 10/3/2012 7:43AM

    Nice strategies! emoticon

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Go emoticon !!

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RECREATING_ME 10/2/2012 10:47AM

    Nice! Outlining your obstacles and your strategies for dealing with them is an excellent way of defusing their effectiveness at tripping you up. You can do this!

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BEATLETOT 10/2/2012 10:22AM

    Aw, shucks, thanks, Whitney! But it wasn't me, it's the Challenge Leaders that make up those assignments. =)

I need to make sure I read through my excuses a lot so when I make one, I can recognize it for what it is. After posting that blog, I was good at it for a few days, but I've also been getting into the sweets and stuff more often yesterday and today.

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Good Morning, October!

Monday, October 01, 2012

It is officially my favorite month of the whole year: October. Ah, yes. The month of perfect fall weather has started.

I am also officially on induction phase of the Atkins diet. I am going to do Induction for 2 weeks, and then go into phase 2 of Atkins. If I can make it this two weeks, I am going to be so proud of myself.

Eating at work is my main problem. They had family night at the nursing home last night and we all get free food afterwards. Namely cookies, cake, and meatballs. How do I overcome this?

I read a really great blog yesterday. It reminded me that I need to make specific goals instead of broad ones that I can manipulate to my advantage when I binge.

Goals for October
1. Eat within my calorie range for 2 weeks of Induction, and stay within it for the rest of the month! This is going to be a hard one.

2. Get 500 monthly fitness minutes. I have never made it all the way to 500 minutes, or if I have, it was only one time in the YEARS I have been on this website. Exercise is a bane to my existence. I know if I only can get started, I will enjoy it, and there will be benefits for me (ex. mood stabilizer, antidepressant, energy). So my goal is small, just get about 200 more fitness minutes in for the month. I should be able to do that walking 150 minutes a week (30 minutes 5 times a week).

3. Walk at least 5 times per week, even if it's just for a mile.

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MONAKIN314 10/1/2012 3:26PM

    Great Goals!
Go Starfish!

October is also my favorite month, I love the fall, my birthday and halloween, it doesn't get any better! emoticon

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HOPEFULHIPPO 10/1/2012 11:10AM

    "how can you do this?" WANT it :o)

You gots this....

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CJADERUN 10/1/2012 7:57AM

    This sounds totally doable. You got this!

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LOOK2LOVELIFE 10/1/2012 7:49AM

    Yah! Great goals and you absolutely can do it! emoticon

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MOONSTORMER 10/1/2012 7:24AM

    you can do it!!

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DANCINGJILL 10/1/2012 6:45AM

    October is also my favorite month of the year! I love fall and I love Halloween even more! Cake, cookies, and meatballs are delicious... in fact they may even be the devil.
Great job with your goals, I have all the faith in the world that you can accomplish anything you put your mind to! emoticon emoticon

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BLUENOSE63 10/1/2012 6:39AM

  I agree, I absolutely love October as there is nothing like the smell of fall and the sound of leaves crunching under your feet.

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