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Thursday, July 04, 2013

For starters, Happy 4th of July to my American Spark Peeps! :-D Hope you all have a wonderful holiday filled with friends, fireworks, and food... in healthy moderation ;-)

A feature that I love on these Spark Pages, is the ability to list your eating and your workout trackers. Not all people do it, and that's understandable, as it's an extra layer of vulnerability. Personally, I love it, and feel strengthened knowing that at any point in time, someone might peek in and see just how I'm actually doing. As a result, I'm extremely dedicated to ensuring that everything I digest is put into the tracker - even my off days where I've eaten something I probably shouldn't have. For me, being honest there, for all to see, only adds an extra layer of accountability. When I'm thinking about what to eat, I remind myself that it will be visible to all you fine spark people. It helps me stay determined to make good food decisions. On the flip side, it also gives me pride when I've had a good day for food and for my workouts, it's like broadcasting a gold star that I've stuck on my shirt for my accomplishment. I dunno, maybe no one browses these trackers, but I do, and I find it super fascinating to see how others are doing.

In other news, holy multi-vitamin goodness Batman! I expanded my personal food tracking feed to show me how much I'm getting for vitamins and minerals each day, and it's astounding how little I was getting before I started taking my multi-vitamin! I hate swallowing pills, always have since I was a wee lad, but knowing how complex our bodies are, and being of the singular mind at the moment to love my body for reals, it only made sense that I supplement my vitamins and minerals to give it everything it needs to lose weight right and be healthy. I'm really glad I've started doing this, since I can clearly see that I was operating at a major deficit, and have been for a very long time.

Finally, I gotta say, since starting to lose weight, and knowing that I'm eating within my calories and not gaining any weight back, I'm really proud of my body despite the weight that I still have to lose. I find myself looking in the mirror and being happy despite not being anywhere near my end goal yet. I think it's because I'm actively addressing the situation, and just feeling better knowing everyday brings me closer to 180 lbs instead of further away. Good times, looking forward to this weeks weigh-in. :-D
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TINAJANE76 7/6/2013 3:40PM

    Just checking out your blogs after seeing your friend add--I've added you back, by the way. I made my trackers public to help keep myself more accountable too. It's also a great resource for looking back on how I was eating at various points in the past if I start to slip up. My habits have changed a lot in the past 3+ years I've been active here and it's great to have my whole history at my fingertips.

Great job on your progress so far. Looking forward to cheering you on towards your goal!

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MERRY_XMAS 7/5/2013 9:43AM

    I have my trackers on public, too. There is nothing to hide. Additionally, my friends from real life are in Sparpeople, too, so I can see what they ate and talk about it. It's fun!

Have a great weekend!

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VANESSAVOS13 7/4/2013 11:21AM

    yep, I pigged out and ate two! Haha, felt that it wasn't so bad, it was really all I ate for the day! So much sodium!
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GREGGWEISBROD 7/4/2013 10:54AM

    Ha ha ha, I love it! Is that hot dog roll-ups I saw on one of your days a week or so ago? I freakin' love hot dog roll ups! :-D

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VANESSAVOS13 7/4/2013 10:43AM

    mmmmm blizzard!!! I had a slurpee and a bag of doritos on the weekend *WHOOPS* and next day, still wanted chips so I had a bag of pop chips, a much smarter choice! It's all about balance, right?

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GREGGWEISBROD 7/4/2013 10:42AM

    lol, you'll notice my one messed up day this week. I missed breakfast (bad move), and had a late lunch, so wasn't massively hungry for dinner... thus I reasoned out having a medium blizzard from Dairy Queen was a good idea, lol. Only half a cheat, since I was still well below my recommended daily values. Now I'mma go creep yours! :-D

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VANESSAVOS13 7/4/2013 10:34AM

    I agree 100%! I do occasionally browse others' food trackers and love seeing what they eat! I have had mine public for a long time, as well as my fitness tracker. Now I'm going to creep yours, haha! Have a great day!

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