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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Sometimes it takes me a little while to get into the swing of things. I do better if I whittle away at things, a bit at a time. Thatís the way it was with exercise. I started slow; now itís a nice, steady habit (Day 447 of the streak, yo). Right now, Iím working on getting a better grip on the food/nutrition part, because Iíd like to get to my Wonder Woman goal this summer. Iíve been blogging about it--you know, share the process, share the progress.

I just finished the third week of planning menus, shopping lists, and tracking. Woo to my hoo. This is an epic achievement, I kid you not. The ďplan on the weekend, shop on MondayĒ thing is working. And hubs has noticed the change in the budget too. Iím averaging about $7 a day per person, which is pretty good, in our book. Sometimes, there are extra kids around here too, so we stretch things even further. Overall, itís less than we were spending with the ďwing it and run to the store every dayĒ plan. So, thatís a nice bonus.

Hereís my next thing to work on--staying in range. Iíve noticed that I nibble more, now that Iím spending more time in the kitchen. Eating while cooking and then eating some more, is not the best plan. LOL. Iíve been at the high end, or a little over my range, tracking-wise. Thatís probably why the scale has moved up a little, rather than down, since I started this new phase. No need to freak out. I just need to tweak my system a little more. I can do that. So, this week, Iím going to stay the course, but focus on a few extra things. Iím going to plan lower calorie snacks and Iím going to chew gum while Iím cooking. Iím going to try tracking as much as I can, ahead of time, so I wonít be surprised at the end of the day. Eventually, Iíd like to stay towards the lower end of my range. Iím going to work my way down there.

Life is a learning process. Thatís what makes it so interesting. Hope youíre having a Sparktacular weekend!


Now that I'm cooking more, I find myself picking up cool little slicey dicey kitchen gadgets at the store.


Putting this pic that Audrey took back up, because I think it looks like I'm magically floating in my hoop. Yeah, that's my new trick--hoop levitation. I'm a pro. I just noticed that Gunner photo bombed again. LOL
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LORIVIOLA 4/8/2014 5:09PM

    emoticon love it.

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CHUM48 9/21/2012 12:24PM

    Trust you are still in your streak! Trust you are on the straight and downward slid of the scale!

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MOMMY2GIRLS 7/13/2012 8:21AM

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JIBBIE49 7/1/2012 7:46AM

    Today is July 1st and we have six months until the NEW YEAR, so let's start now and make it the best success ever. emoticon

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SHIELDAC 6/29/2012 11:06AM

    menue planning is key

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TOVEYTWIRL 6/29/2012 2:07AM

    Keep it up you're doing great and I also have a drawer full of "slicey, dicey" things......Must try the gum though!! emoticon

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CASEYTALK 6/28/2012 11:36AM

    One trick I heard from a fellow Sparker is to chew gum while you cook. It makes you much less likely to nibble as you go.

Lose to your wonder woman goal and you just may be levitating sooner than you think!

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VICIRAE99 6/27/2012 2:10PM

  Day 447 BRAVO. I am on day1. You certainly are an inspiration.

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ANNE007 6/27/2012 2:00PM

    Great blog! Now I need to start cooking!

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TRYAGIN 6/27/2012 1:10PM

    Day 447 is an amazing streak. I would love to have a streak like that.
I have to be careful about eating while I'm cooking and if whatever we made
is good, I have to remind myself not to nibble while we are putting it away.

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CATDUG19 6/27/2012 11:40AM

    Awesome blog!! Planning is so important for shopping but too many of us me including just don't take the time. Love the hoop picture, PS your hula hoop blogs have made me go out a but my own its pink and purple and I love it. I just need to learn to use it.

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FITMOMMA4LIFE 6/27/2012 8:08AM

    You are doing a great job! Love your attitude! emoticon

P.S. I love buying little kitchen slicey dicey things :)

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REENIE131 6/26/2012 9:41PM

    You're doing a great job. Learning and tweaking things as you go is definitely the way to go.

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DEBK0923 6/26/2012 9:36PM

    GREAT JOB ON THE MENU PLANNING, YOU'RE DOING A GREAT JOB

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KATD13 6/26/2012 7:24PM

    Great job with the menu planning & tracking!

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CAROL494 6/26/2012 5:10PM

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JESSZZ123 6/26/2012 3:45PM

    Super awesome! I need to start cooking!

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CHANGINGSAM 6/26/2012 9:41AM

    Way to go on beginning to tackle to nutrition side. It's always the hardest, I think. Good luck! Keep up the great work!

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1TRULYBLESSED 6/26/2012 7:59AM

    "No need to freak out. I just need to tweak my system a little more. I can do that. ".... no All-Or-Nothing-Girl in THAT statement! emoticon emoticon

Hoop levitation... very impressive! emoticon

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SWEDE_SU 6/26/2012 4:11AM

    the snacking while cooking thang was one of the first things i had to deal with (i've been known to "taste" my way through a whole meal before sitting down to eat the meal!). i keep a glass of water going while i'm cooking, and have carrots or sliced red pepper of celery handy to chomp away on instead of a little of this and a little of that.

wish i could get the planning thing down, though! emoticon

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SWEDE_SU 6/26/2012 3:48AM

    the snacking while cooking thang was one of the first things i had to deal with (i've been known to "taste" my way through a whole meal before sitting down to eat the meal!). i keep a glass of water going while i'm cooking, and have carrots or sliced red pepper of celery handy to chomp away on instead of a little of this and a little of that.

wish i could get the planning thing down, though! emoticon

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HINCTYBEAT 6/26/2012 12:34AM

    Awesome Job in the kitchen. I need to start planning for shopping more. We cook at home about 90% of the time, but I will definitely start planning on the weekend - that way we'll always have great snacks around, apples and carrots go fast around here.

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DRB13_1 6/25/2012 10:52PM

    emoticon on being voted popular blog. Your system is working - planning leads to success - AND a little more cash in your pocket. emoticon

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BLOOMING52 6/25/2012 10:18PM

    Great blog.

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JULIA1154 6/25/2012 9:50PM

  I love your attitude almost as much as I like your hoop trick!

Congrats on planning ahead and cooking more. I hope you're involving the kids, too; in my book, family meal times start in the kitchen, working together, not when we all sit down at the table. Learning to cook with you is one of the best gifts you can give your kids -and husband, too.

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LITTLEROX20 6/25/2012 8:00PM

    Make snack packs. A portion of almonds or grapes or mini rice cakes with x amount of calories per bag. Snack on that instead of whatever you are cooking. If you need a t ate tester ask your husband or kids.

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ANGELBABIES2 6/25/2012 7:28PM

    Thank you for shareing with us emoticon

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 6/25/2012 7:00PM

    Thanks for sharing....

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OLDERDANDRT 6/25/2012 6:35PM

    You're doing great! And I love your levitation trick!!! (and Gunner's photo bombing talent!)
Keep up the great work!!! (Kitchen gadget collecting is addictive, you know! Just sayin')
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THETROUT 6/25/2012 6:21PM

    I'm right there with you!

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ANDRAYAYA 6/25/2012 3:19PM

    Thank you for sharing!

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WALLINMW 6/25/2012 3:14PM

  Stay motivated!

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TANYAP71 6/25/2012 1:56PM

    Thumbs up from another person that takes a while to catch on :-) I started this journey 8 years ago with a LOT of bobbles along the way but as long as there are more steps forward than back you get where you are going! A little weight gain while you get the handle on cooking healthily for your family is just a bobble and the work you are doing will push you forward! All of you!

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ANGRITTER 6/25/2012 1:34PM

    You are a great motivation for me, and I love the hula hoop levitation photo. Other than seeming somewhat magical, I think it's a really good picture.

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HHB4181 6/25/2012 12:57PM

    progress, not perfection! emoticon

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ILOVEJIM851991 6/25/2012 12:46PM

    your going to get the body you want just keep up the great work

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EBURGITE 6/25/2012 12:34PM

    love your attitude!!! we just gotta keep on keepin' on, baby steps toward our ultimate goal...we WILL make it!! =D

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THEEASYKILL30 6/25/2012 12:03PM

    You know what's funny actually? When I cook, I sometimes am less hungry afterwards. I think smelling the food as its being cooked starts to trigger some of the fullness response. My tip to you is perhaps, you can drink water as you cook. That way you're not tempted to nibble as you cook.

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NWFL59 6/25/2012 11:44AM

    Love your blog, made me smile and chuckle, thanks for sharing with us today!
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LSPIZZA 6/25/2012 11:25AM

    I love your blogs! And your attitude and wisdom!

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RIET69 6/25/2012 10:39AM

  Thank you for sharing wisdom and pics:)

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SMILES650 6/25/2012 10:18AM

  Sounds like you are right on track, keep it up! emoticon emoticon

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GRRARRGH 6/25/2012 10:08AM

    Awesome progress - Congrats!

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JLEMUS1 6/25/2012 9:39AM

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CINCYCHIC27 6/25/2012 9:13AM

    Meal planning stresses me out. I am not sure why, but it does. Maybe because it is hard to think of pleasing six people every day for two weeks. We now sit down and plan together so it doesn't always fall on my shoulders. I also tend to 'sample' while cooking. It certainly does add up. Good idea on the gum, I am going to try it.

Good luck!

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NURSENANCY11 6/25/2012 8:07AM

  Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing.

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JPEARL127 6/25/2012 7:56AM

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LRSILVER 6/25/2012 6:55AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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MINNA72 6/25/2012 4:38AM

    Good blog, yo. Planning ahead of a meal? Huh, now there's a novel idea. Maybe I'll give it a shot one day... emoticon

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