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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

A SparkWobble (SW) is what you have when you don't track for a few days and don't strictly speaking stay within calories. That should actually be 'strictly speaking', strictly speaking. In other words a little bingette.
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I've had a two-week SW and have managed to clamber back on the wagon a couple of days and fallen off a couple of days and climbed back on it again today. At the weekend, I analysed a bit the reasons for the SW. So far as I can see the main one is that I was concerned I wasn't losing any weight (ref howls over the scales in Boots in previous blogs, I do not actually KNOW how much I weigh) so I cut my calories a bit, making my lower end my top end (about 1400) and my lower end 1200. I had not been having much difficulty keeping to about 1500 and so I expected this to be fairly easy.

Wrong. Wrong wrong wrong. I found myself going over calories hugely every day and feeling hungry all the time.

Is this psychological? No idea. But on Sunday I asked SP to reset my calories and the bottom end of the range is 1,450 and today I'm well on track to stay under that.

Moral of story: SP knows best.
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ONEKIDSMOM 12/5/2012 6:36AM

    Steady as she goes... wobbles be gone! And yes, one thing I've found is that if I undereat to "make up" for a binge, it gets me in worse trouble. So... trust the process, as everybody has been s emoticon aying.

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FARIS71 12/5/2012 6:21AM

    I've been wobbling too. Argh.

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ANGELN325 12/5/2012 6:08AM

    I'm having a SW too now, but mine is more time...with the holiday season coming, I'm getting ready for that and not tracking. I'm trying to stick to my calories, but it's so scary not knowing for sure. The scale will tell me in my next weigh in. LOL

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TRYINGHARD54 12/5/2012 5:37AM

    I understand completely. I have done the same thing over and over again..

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LIFETIMER54 12/5/2012 5:24AM

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MRE1956 12/5/2012 5:20AM

    Great description - I've BTDT more times than I care to think about!

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REGILIEH 12/5/2012 4:43AM

    SPARK WOBBLING!!! Love the word, it sounds like a dance! Let's all do the Spark Wobble!!! You ALWAYS put a emoticon on my face! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KALIOPPE 12/5/2012 4:30AM

    The same thing happens to me when I don't track my food and get all carried away thinkingI know what's best and have outgrown SP. BAM! Glad you dragged yourself back and hopped on the wagon before it ran away from you. OK, I've exhausted that metaphor. :)



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ANDYLIN90 12/5/2012 2:24AM

    It doesn't matter how many times you fall off, getting up and back on is what counts!

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DOVESEYES 12/5/2012 1:33AM

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RAINBOWMF 12/5/2012 12:44AM

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COCK-ROBIN 12/4/2012 11:04PM

    A great lesson learned. You're doing wonderful.

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COCK-ROBIN 12/4/2012 11:04PM

    A great lesson learned. You're doing wonderful.

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JANEMARIE77 12/4/2012 10:50PM

    the wobble is part of the deal so glad you made it to the 2nd part of the deal great job

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SYNCHRODAD 12/4/2012 10:48PM

    Spark Wobble, well named. If I ain't trackin', I ain't doing (so well). For me it is loops of busy-ness with affairs of the world which demand money for basics like food, clothing, and 64 inch TVs. Thanks for the honest bloggery..

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POPSY190 12/4/2012 9:57PM

    Well done, for not giving up. It's hard to get back on track - I'm not completely there yet, so I know!

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EABL81 12/4/2012 9:35PM

    Congrats on the climb back up! emoticon

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LTMURPHY7 12/4/2012 9:01PM

 


Wish I could agree

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KIPPER15 12/4/2012 8:57PM

    Yep been wobbling along with the best of them ! Just keep climbing back on the wagon. emoticon emoticon

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LINDAK25 12/4/2012 8:48PM

    I, too, am learning that I have to eat enough not to be hungry!

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CRANRANA 12/4/2012 8:21PM

  There's an old toy commerial with the tagline "weebils wobble but they don't fall down" (about toys with rounded bases that looked like people--they wobbled when pushed then righted themselves). The same can be said for Sparkers--we may wobble, but we don't fall down!


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OVERACTIVEELBOW 12/4/2012 7:41PM

    My son's big advise to me is ... "portion control" !!
My advise is ... keep climbing back on the wagon !!
Whether we are in reducing mode or maintaining mode
we will always need to pay attention to what our automatic responses are doing.
You do know the definition of "Automatic" don't you...
It is out of control.
Audra

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ALDEBARANIAN 12/4/2012 6:43PM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrN
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MICKEYH 12/4/2012 5:48PM

    You are not alone. Yesterday and today I had what you call SW big time.
I have found out that when I do the SW.. That make me feel more hungrier.
I hope I can get back to Wagon tomorrow. Wish me luck on that. (^_^;)

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NEWTINK 12/4/2012 5:22PM

    Aww sweetie ... it happens I have SW all the time the important thing is to keep getting back on the wagon not how many times we fall off it ... emoticon

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NEWLEAF16 12/4/2012 5:07PM

    I like the term SparkWobble, I have had my fair share of those. Good to know I am not the only one out there and next time if I have a name for it maybe it will help me get my wobble in check sooner. Thanks! emoticon

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STONECOT 12/4/2012 5:05PM

    As you have notice, I'm having an SW at the moment! I'll try to do better.

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MEOWMEOWGIRL 12/4/2012 4:56PM

    I'm so glad that you wrote this blog! I too have been on the Spark Wobble the past two weeks. My excuse is that it is finals week at school and I'm moving into a new apartment during this time. Plus another holiday is on the horizon. I think things will get back to normal soon enough. Hang in there emoticon

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NITTINNANA 12/4/2012 4:41PM

    I just sent off my request to add SW to the official vocabulary!

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NITTINNANA 12/4/2012 4:36PM

    SparkWobble - what a fabulous new term you've created! I think we should all petition SparkGuy to have this one made official!! emoticon

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MAMAOWLS 12/4/2012 4:13PM

    You're wabbling along with many of us so you are in good company.


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TATTER3 12/4/2012 4:05PM

    I do appreciate a good wobbler!!! Keep Sparkin'!!

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SENIMMO 12/4/2012 4:03PM

    I like that term, SparkWobble. I'm having issues with that right now, but I know mine is stress. As soon as my mom is taken care of, and back out of the hospital, I will feel better about concentrating on me again. I hope I will soon learn to cope as well as you do!

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OLIVIANIGHT 12/4/2012 3:59PM

    I found the same thing! Took me several months to figure it out though. But you really can eat too little, and it just doesn't help when you want to stuff your face with anything and everything.

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KAREN91 12/4/2012 3:36PM

    I often do that myself. I think its much harder to get the eating right then it is to exercise and be active. Im always getting back to healthy eating and tracking. Usually whenever I dont want to track its because Im eating the wrong amts of the wrong foods and I dont want to face it. I like your word for it and Im glad your back on track! I hope I can stop wobbling too. emoticon

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IAMWINNING 12/4/2012 3:30PM

    Boy! Do I know what an SW feels like! Congratulations on discovering things about yourself, and making corrections to what you're doing/eating. Don't get down on yourself for the occasional SW - just keep on doing what you know, and it'll all come together.

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GABY1948 12/4/2012 3:24PM

    You CRACKED me up with your SW! The worst part of it was that I UNDERSTOOD exactly what you were saying! And I'll bet a lot of others did too! I am so much like that myself and that's why it hit me! emoticon emoticon

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RAINBOWCHOC 12/4/2012 3:03PM

    Welcome to the survivors club! You have passed the test of being cross with scales, ignoring the calorie count and the hunger gremlins. It's a long haul, detours on the way and ups and downs as we undo several years of unhealthy choices.
You can do it AND I'm sure you will do it!

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NEW-CAZ 12/4/2012 3:02PM

    emoticon getting back on track!

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JESSICABOOTY 12/4/2012 2:54PM

    Oh, those dreaded wobbles. And haven't we all had them? Once the tracking stops then all bets are off. It's harder when you exercise and wonder why doesn't that make a difference on the scale ( more about this if I ever find out).
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I know that when the scale wouldn't budge it meant that I wasn't eating enough! That's right. If you aren't consuming enough calories then your body thinks it is in the famine survival mode and it holds on to every calorie. So when I started to eat a bit more and ate more protein I started to see the scale moving in the right direction. It's strange to eat more food in order to lose weight but it worked for me.
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The key word is PROTEIN, not yummy snacks. Keep a string cheese on you at all times.


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LAURIE5658 12/4/2012 2:53PM

    The good thing is you didn't get really whacked out wobbly and you got back to the program. That makes you a SparkWinner!!!

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BRAVELUTE 12/4/2012 2:46PM

    I think it's your body telling you it needs more food. I ramped up my activity training for 5K (again). I was eating a ton of fruits and veggies, but I was hungry, staying in mid-range. I went ahead and ate more foods on my plan, the hunger went down. Then SP left a message in my fitness tracker that I needed to increase my calories to continue weight loss.

Just seems so wrong, but they knew I was going to be hungry because I had increased my activity. I'm glad they're there because I am clueless.

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MARUKI52 12/4/2012 2:46PM

    You are not alone in this Chicchantal. I partly put it down to the weather we have been having as I, too, have had a SW in the last few weeks but am trying hard to get back on track. I think it happens to us all at some time. emoticon

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RIDLEYRIDER 12/4/2012 2:45PM

  Every day is a learning experience on this journey!

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LIVEDAILY 12/4/2012 2:37PM

    We live...and we learn. We should always strive to learn at least one new thing every day, yes?

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SUZYMOBILE 12/4/2012 2:37PM

    I don't know that SP necessarily knows best. Rather, YOU know yourself best! You recognized what was going on, analyzed that the reasons might be, and concluded that a calorie range upgrade was called for.

Another thing to think about: Do you know how much you weigh now, based on a decent scale? You'll need to know where you are (gulp!) in order to know how successful your calorie re-set has been.

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DESERTJULZ 12/4/2012 2:36PM

    Spark-Wobbling is common amongst members. Getting it back under control is wonderful.

Gotta watch out that spark-wobbling doesn't turn into spark-waddling.

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DALID414 12/4/2012 2:35PM

    Yes, trust the progress!!

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