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7 lbs in 2013 and the birds are chirping!


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Friday, February 15, 2013

I never thought my body would respond to eating real foods this way. I have more energy, and have shed 7 of the 12 pounds I was looking to lose in just 6 weeks. I heart spark people!

I've dieted for my whole life but this time I really don't feel like I am even on a diet. The combination of unprocessed foods (ingredients I don't understand, no thanks!), little to no added sugars, lowering starch intake and ditching the no-fat foods I was eating, has really done me wonders. Adding 2% milk back into my diet I feel has probably also helped, but since there have been so many other changes I couldn't really say.

In February my calorie eating range was increased due to all the exercise I was doing and it has really sped up my weight loss. So many things about eating right are counterintuitive.

And now, after 2+ feet of snow have been dumped in the area, I hear the birds chirping outside for the first time today. Maybe its because I usually leave before dawn and they are still sleeping, but I am taking it as a sign of spring!

Today I have to be downtown (Boston) all day - I will bring a bunch of healthy snacks but this lunch and dinner will be a challenge! My husband and I are going out to dinner for Valentine's tonight but I figure a lot of people would have waited until Friday also...since we don't have a reservation anywhere it may be difficult to find a place. We might head back to the burbs anyway - I'm in business dress, he's wearing jeans & a patriot's shirt LOL.
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JOANNHUNT 3/10/2013 1:48PM

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CM_GARDNER78 2/19/2013 10:42PM

    Aww - love your outlook!! I understand being SUPER excited hearing birds - we get a TON of snow where I come from too! Spring is a WELCOME sign. Congrats on your progress so far!! Hope you guys got to enjoy a nice dinner! :-)

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KATHRYN74 2/19/2013 10:32AM

    You can do this.
A great attitude and excellent habits...
They will take effect and make the difference.

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SHERRY28269 2/18/2013 9:01PM

    Congrats! Keep up the great work!

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MKMMARTY 2/18/2013 2:59PM

    Chirping birds - right now I live in a city condo - only thing I hear is traffic - But that will all change soon - for six months I live in a cabin in the woods and then I am waken - very early every morning by the chirps of Birds - I can't wait...

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POETICA7 2/18/2013 2:31PM

    Thank you for this encouraging post. You're doing a great job. Congrats, and I know you will continue it. Best of everything to you.

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SISTERPRETTY 2/18/2013 11:59AM

    Congratulations...keep it going...you will soon blow pass your target goal...

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PENOWOK 2/18/2013 7:40AM

    clean eating is amazing!!good for you!

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PROGRESSER 2/17/2013 10:55PM

  Your going well and enjoy yourself on your night out . emoticon

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LUVTOBOWL 2/17/2013 5:17PM

    emoticon I believe that is what our journey is about, trying different foods, exercises and finding out what works for us. emoticon

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DOLPHINSINGER72 2/16/2013 11:13PM

    I love hearing birds chirp.

I hope your Valentine's Dinner was yummy.

Congrats on thee 7 pounds lost!!! Awesome.

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MANILUS 2/16/2013 9:53PM

    Great work, hope you enjoyed Valetine's!

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AY_BEAUTIFUL89 2/16/2013 8:53PM

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    Nice

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MARYJEANSL 2/16/2013 5:21PM

  I hope you had a very nice dinner together, and big congrats on the weight loss/ending of plateau!

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MOMMY445 2/16/2013 3:45PM

    thank you for sharing your wonderful experience! have a fabulous day! you can do this! you are worth it!

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RODYANNE 2/16/2013 3:42PM

  Great to read your blog and so encouraging to me.

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FIRESTARINFINI 2/16/2013 3:30PM

    I've been on a two month plateau and after deciding to watch my fiber intake the pounds have just been slipping off. Five pounds down since New Years. It's been amazing.


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XTINEMAS 2/16/2013 1:24PM

    Great job! so happy for you, a lot of times people are getting discouraged because things don't work out especially when one feels like they've put in so much effort with no result. Definitely nice to read something positive and inspirational

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MICHELLE8182 2/16/2013 12:41PM

    Nice job! It is refreshing to hear that something is working so well, and it sounds like you're loving it, even better! :)

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KATRINAKRAUT 2/16/2013 10:04AM

    It is very cool when it clicks! Glad you figured out what works for you and is sustainable. Over and over again, you hear people eradicating "diet" out of their vocabulary and life. Because, for most people, "diet" spells "doom". It truly is about small, doable lifestyle changes. So way to go!

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FIRECOM 2/16/2013 10:03AM

    I feel exactly about the effect that SP has affected my life. You should be proud of your success

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KLONG8 2/16/2013 10:01AM

    Impressive results - congratulations!


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ANGELMAZ1 2/16/2013 9:43AM

    Hope you had a wonderful Valentines dinner with your husband. Congrats and keep up the good work emoticon

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CYND59 2/16/2013 9:23AM

    WooHoo! emoticon

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BARBALVA 2/16/2013 9:11AM

    Awesome job!

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    Good job! Can't wait for Spring. emoticon emoticon

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    Congratulations! Way to go on your weight loss! emoticon

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    Thanks for the reminder about the benefits of being on Sparkpeople. emoticon emoticon

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TORTISE110 2/16/2013 7:08AM

    Super Spark story. I loved reading about your healthy habits!

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RAWCOOKIE 2/16/2013 5:37AM

    Thank you for sharing your great experience of positive changes. Hope you had a wonderful night out with your husband.
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