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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
    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.
    1717 days ago
  • FARIS71
    I've been wobbling too. Argh.
    1717 days ago
  • ANGELN325
    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
    1717 days ago
  • TRYINGHARD54
    I understand completely. I have done the same thing over and over again..
    1717 days ago
  • LIFETIMER54
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  • MRE1956
    Great description - I've BTDT more times than I care to think about!

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    1717 days ago
  • REGILIEH
    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
    1717 days ago
  • KALIOPPE
    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. :)


    1717 days ago
  • ANDYLIN90
    It doesn't matter how many times you fall off, getting up and back on is what counts!
    1717 days ago
  • DOVESEYES
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  • RAINBOWMF
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  • COCK-ROBIN
    A great lesson learned. You're doing wonderful.
    1717 days ago
  • COCK-ROBIN
    A great lesson learned. You're doing wonderful.
    1717 days ago
  • JANEMARIE77
    the wobble is part of the deal so glad you made it to the 2nd part of the deal great job
    1717 days ago
  • SYNCHRODAD
    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..
    1717 days ago
  • POPSY190
    Well done, for not giving up. It's hard to get back on track - I'm not completely there yet, so I know!
    1717 days ago
  • EABL81
    Congrats on the climb back up! emoticon
    1717 days ago
  • LTMURPHY7



    Wish I could agree
    1717 days ago
  • KIPPER15
    Yep been wobbling along with the best of them ! Just keep climbing back on the wagon. emoticon emoticon
    1717 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    I, too, am learning that I have to eat enough not to be hungry!
    1717 days ago
  • CRANRANA
    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!

    1717 days ago
  • 75HEALTHYME
    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
    1717 days ago
  • ALDEBARANIAN
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrN
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    1717 days ago
  • MICKEYH
    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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    1717 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/4/2012 5:49:41 PM
  • NEWTINK
    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
    1717 days ago
  • NEWLEAF16
    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
    1717 days ago
  • STONECOT
    As you have notice, I'm having an SW at the moment! I'll try to do better.
    1717 days ago
  • MEOWMEOWGIRL
    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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    1717 days ago
  • NITTINNANA
    I just sent off my request to add SW to the official vocabulary!
    1717 days ago
  • NITTINNANA
    SparkWobble - what a fabulous new term you've created! I think we should all petition SparkGuy to have this one made official!! emoticon
    1717 days ago
  • MAMAOWLS
    You're wabbling along with many of us so you are in good company.

    1717 days ago
  • TATTER3
    I do appreciate a good wobbler!!! Keep Sparkin'!!
    1717 days ago
  • SENIMMO
    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!
    1717 days ago
  • OLIVIANIGHT
    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.
    1717 days ago
  • KAREN91
    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
    1717 days ago
  • IAMWINNING
    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.
    1717 days ago
  • GABY1948
    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
    1717 days ago
  • RAINBOWCHOC
    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!
    1717 days ago
  • NEW-CAZ
    emoticon getting back on track!
    1717 days ago
  • JESSICABOOTY
    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.

    1717 days ago
  • LAURIE5658
    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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    1717 days ago
  • BRAVELUTE
    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.
    1717 days ago
  • MARUKI52
    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
    1717 days ago
  • RIDLEYRIDER
    Every day is a learning experience on this journey!
    1717 days ago
  • LIVEDAILY
    We live...and we learn. We should always strive to learn at least one new thing every day, yes?
    1717 days ago
  • SUZYMOBILE
    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.
    1717 days ago
  • DESERTJULZ
    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.
    1717 days ago
  • DALID414
    Yes, trust the progress!!
    1717 days ago
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