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K-Keep Sparking

Monday, June 24, 2013

K-Keep Sparking: the last letter in my Sparky Acrostic.

Pretty self explanatory....but in addition to Sparking, what next?

Summer is here, my "100 Days until Summer Challenge" is over.

Well, luckily I don't have to search far because I Spark and I have been already drawn into a "1,000,000 Steps of Summer" challenge by a SP Friend ANDOVER1

1,000,000 steps will entail me walking 11,000 steps per day which I'm already behind on LOL! I only logged about 26,000 steps over the last three days. We went to a play (saw "The Book of Mormon") and to a party on Saturday and....I picked up my brand new shiny Beetle convertible!!

Then I spent a good deal of time Sunday cruising the metro parks with my DH breaking in the engine.

Not a lot of steps involved in those activities.

In case you wonder...that is a sheepish grin.

In addition to 1 Million Steps of Summer, my next project is to find out what foods work best for MY body.

For the last 100 days, I ditched the diet mentality and the bathroom scale (not the kitchen scale!) and nothing was off the table for me in terms of food. I tracked with the goal of staying within my nutritional "budget" and I tried to make "best" or at least "better" choices 95% of the time. And it worked...somewhat....

10 lbs in 100 days is not stellar progress but I'm very OK with it because it came at no real "cost" to me in terms of mental anguish. I just tracked, drank my water and exercised some everyday.

Go me!

But what are the BEST foods for me now that I'm 45 years old? What if the choices I made were not "best" or even "better" for ME?

According to Lyn-Genet Recitas some of the "obvious" choices may not be so great for me.

I HATE diet books! And remember I had ditched the "diet mentality" for 100 days... But I was sucked into the ideas behind this book. It made sense to me.

I was Sparked into looking into this by BOOKWORM27S and there is a team on Spark for "The Plan" already and you can read some details about it at these sites:

I'm still in the "P-Preparation and Patience" stage of researching this but have already fallen in love with her "Flax Granola"

I'm trying out her carrot-ginger soup next.

And guess what...remember how I did not weigh myself for the last 100 days? Well this plan involves weighing myself EVERDAY.

Oh dear.

At any rate, I'm using the next few weeks to prep for this "Plan" - reading the book, trying out the recipes and getting used to the idea that the bathroom scale is a tool and The Plan will help me to determine what foods work for best for me.

"The Plan" is somewhat controversial because it claims that some "healthy food" such as (brace yourself) salmon, oatmeal, egg whites, asparagus and cauliflower simply do NOT work for many people in terms of weight loss; that they cause and "inflammatory" response in the body so when you eat healthy and then your scale jumps 2 lbs, it may not even be sodium that is the culprit, but (as an example) the 200 calorie egg white omelet you ate because egg whites just don't work for you.

And your bodies reaction to food will change over time. As we get older, how many of us are confused because what used to work for us in our 20's in terms of losing weight just does NOT work for us now.

This all makes intuitive sense to me. It just feels right.

Of course people react differently to foods!!

Tomatoes make my Mom break out in a rash. I don't have that kind of a response to tomatoes, but what if tomatoes are irritating to me on a lower level? I could learn to live without them, or at least not eat them willy nilly thinking that they are really "great" for me when maybe they are not the best choice for me.

I, actually I LOVE the idea of finding out what is really right for me and what will make all of this even EASIER. Because who wants to "white knuckle" their way to their goal weight and then have no freaking idea how to EASILY stay there for a lifetime??

Not me!! After all, I started my blogs at Spark with the desire and the intention to find a way to be "naturally slender."

However, "The Plan" requires at least an 11 day commitment and preferably 20 days to fully work out my food issues. Finding 20 days during the summer that don't involve a party, pig roast, graduation celebration, vacation or other festivity is well nigh impossible.

So for now, business as usual with my food, water and fitness.

Keep learning and even incorporating some of what I'm learning in The Plan" into my daily tracker.

and find a time on my calendar when I can go "whole hog" with it...later in the summer, probably after the kiddos go back to school.

1,000,000 steps of summer - here I come...

June 21 - 10,246
June 22 - 7,867
June 23 - 7,427

25,540 steps so far!

and "The Plan" I come too.....eventually!

K - Keep Sparking people!!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LOVELYPAMPA 6/26/2013 1:27AM

    emoticon ride!! Love the color! emoticon blog!

If you need motivation for your 11k steps, I'm here. But it requires Fitbit and it's very addicting. I can almost guarantee you'll do a lot more than 11k daily.

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Leader - 40 Somethings with 25-49 lbs to lose

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MCJULIEO 6/24/2013 11:11PM

    What a sweet ride!

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TATTER3 6/24/2013 9:56PM

    Keep Sparkin'!!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 6/24/2013 9:53PM

    Interesting about those foods that might not work with weight loss. Shame, because I love all of the ones you mentioned! :) But of course they might not cause that kind of response for me. I have no idea...but I'm gonna keep eating them! Good luck with sorting out what does and doesn't work for you!

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DOVESEYES 6/24/2013 8:28PM

    Great idea to find your best foods, love the sheepish grin too!!!It will be an interesting 10 days expecially weighing everyday.

For me it started out a panic every morning but upon reflection I find I am happier with the rise and fall of my 'normality' and can be mellow about the number as I know I'm doing great for me.

Go you!!!!

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AJDOVER1 6/24/2013 7:46PM

    I love the sheepish grin! Now I feel compelled to check out "The Plan" but maybe not right now. I'm starting with the basics this summer with an online course in Nutrition. I know I've got a lot to learn and I'm curious to see what they teach!

Today's been a good day for my Steps! We can do it!

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68ANNE 6/24/2013 6:50PM

    love the sheepish grin!
I need to revisit my foods. Maybe I'm eating something that doesn't work for me.
I had two 'meal' that are the same day after day and maybe one of the,? hmmm

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LADY_MARIANA 6/24/2013 3:42PM

    Best wishes meeting your goals. I love your beautifully illustrated blogs!

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JENSHAINES 6/24/2013 2:09PM

    I WONDERED what your next challenge would be. I'm going to look into the Plan. I have several inflammatory issues with food and other things, so it might be useful. I just got a fitbit so am learning about my steps, but the 11,000 sounds like a good challenge. emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 6/24/2013 1:41PM

    You'll get it done!

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SOUTH_FORK 6/24/2013 11:37AM

    Sounds like you've got "the Plan!" And in keeping with your desire to find what works for you, you're smart to recognize that trying to stick very strictly to assessing what works for you during such a busy time of the year just won't work for you!

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LIS193 6/24/2013 11:14AM

    The Plan is not a diet :) It's a science project - you find out what works for you and what works against you. I love the recipes and the food!
I'm down to my low weight again and feel great eating the best foods for me.
Good luck!!

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MANDELOVICH 6/24/2013 10:40AM

    Love the plan!! You are doing great!! xx

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NEEDBU66 6/24/2013 9:27AM

    I am so jealous of that bu66. That is why I have chosen my nickname. Drool.

And the book seems to make a lot of sense. I may have to write that down and see if I can find it.

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TATERCAT 6/24/2013 9:17AM

    Nice car! I like your plans for the summer.

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FELINEBETTER 6/24/2013 8:27AM

    Good plan! Great car! emoticon

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SWEETNEEY 6/24/2013 8:18AM

    Deep. Love your car

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AVANDREA_ 6/24/2013 8:17AM

    Keep those shoes a walking! emoticon

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