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day one of year two....

Thursday, August 15, 2013

not that there will be a blog entry of day two, day, three, etc, but it feels right to recenter myself here on spark, to recommit to all the things spark taught me. seeing the support yesterday reminded me that this community *is* important to that commitment. so i will try to take a more active role, because i WILL make it to my second maintenance anniversary - and beyond.

my weight on aug 14, 2012 was 103 lbs; now it is 107. figuring that 105 is ideal, that is still more than acceptable; i just would like to slip down that last bit again to have the "room to spare" (memories of all the walking in hawaii last winter when we had to keep eating more because we lost too much weight!).

i've slipped in so many ways this last half year - barely maintained a spark presence, logging in daily, doing the trivia questions. the fitbit - which has been my absolute motivator since i bought it right after my birthday last december - has made a huge difference in my life. it logs the minutes automatically into SP (and yes, we really are out all those minutes, every day). i know i walk more to see those steps rise - 20,000 is the goal if we can do it, 15,000 is great on busy days, and 10,000 - well, at least we're moving. less than that and tomorrow is a new day to start over.

diet-wise, still plant-based vegan, but i stopped tracking months ago, and lost some control of keeping things clean. we never have cookies in the house when we are in washington (or hawaii), but here in sweden, they are just so good. and so many opportunities for tea and cookies in the garden. or wine and chips.... and you know we've slipped up if walking and running 50-60 miles each week (which we really have done this year!) does not result in weight loss, but just maintenance.

so....we visited friends last week who told us about the 5:2 fast diet - eat "normally" 5 days and fast 2 days - not completely, 500 calories for women, 600 for men. i don't think i could pull that off, i just get too cranky without food, but we decided to have two "clean" days a week - no goodies, no or minimum bread, no wine - just good clean veggies and fruit and beans, and try to keep the calorie count down. i tracked food the two days we just tried it, and it kept me at (or just under) my minimum calorie count. it's possible this may reteach us the "right" way to eat - more clean days, with sufficient calories, would not be wrong. but it's a start...

so that is the plan for now - clean eating at least two days a week, and continued walking and running 50 miles a week, aiming for 20,000 steps when possible. and back to spark.

it's a new year, and i'm gonna make it to anniversary #2!
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KITTYROXX 8/19/2013 12:15AM

    Hey, I did NOT know that fitbit automatically uploads into SP. Really??? I've been debating whether or not to get one for ages. That is great to know.

Welcome back to SP! It sounds like your time away was still successful in maintaining your healthy living lifestyle. Quite inspiring!

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KANOE10 8/18/2013 9:40AM

    Congratulations on entering year two. Your new plan sounds great. The support here is wonderful. I like to get under goal weight also..

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FITFOODIE806 8/17/2013 6:54PM

    Congrats! It sounds like you have lots in place to ensure your continued success.happy miles!

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ROXYZMOM 8/17/2013 5:21PM

    Congratulations! You are doing great!

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BONIDALE 8/16/2013 5:31PM

    Congratulations on starting your second year! Your plan sounds like a good one. emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 8/15/2013 11:25PM

    Good news! Congratulations. The 5:2 diet has spread like a woodfire, everybody´s doing it.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/15/2013 10:11AM

    Wow! emoticon

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KAT321123 8/15/2013 9:20AM

    Congratulations on your sparkiversary! =) I like that you've sort of modified a fad diet to fit in with what works for you. Any increase in clean eating is a great thing!

By the way, your total miles run each week is SUCH an inspiration to me! You rock.

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WATERMELLEN 8/15/2013 8:03AM

    Welcome back!! I like your new plan!

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MIRAGE727 8/15/2013 7:18AM

    Congratulations! No matter what, you've embrace a healthy lifestyle! Have a healthy future!
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ONEKIDSMOM 8/15/2013 7:05AM

    Congrats on that first year and the success at "keeping it off". I'm a big believer in renewing motivation and renewing commitment to self-care! Well done, and many happy healthy years to come!

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NELLJONES 8/15/2013 6:16AM

    Congrats on your year. My "goal weight" is 106, but I have been below that weight for coming up on 3 years. After awhile, "low" starts to feel like "normal", doesn't it?

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