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The Spark Solution

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I have begun getting myself prepared to add the Spark Solution to program. I have discovered that I need some structure and am trying it out right now to see if it fits me. One area I am having a bit of trouble with is the diet. While I eat a vast array of different foods, I am probably the worlds pickiest eater. I will not eat foods that I don't like, for any reason. This comes as of growing up being forced to eat whatever was put in front of me, whether I liked it or not. This did not expand my repertoire of food and only served to make me decide that when I was an adult, I would never eat anything I didn't like. We belonged to the empty plate club also, so many nights I sat at the table until bedtime, at which point I was given reprieve and allowed to just go to bed, hungry. What kind of thinking was that? I know many of us shared the same fate.
Many of the diet recipes include a southwest theme. It doesn't work for me at all. I dislike peppers, onions, chiles, refried beans , all of that type of food. No no for salsa or sour cream. I find I am going to have to provide my own diet, trying to keep the calories per meal in line with the prescribed foods. Testing, so far has been a failure. WHile I am staying within my calorie limits set by Spark for my weight, height and age, I am 400+ calories over perday for the S.S. diet. I still need to do some more tweaking to get this working to my advantage.
Meanwhile, I am still involved in the 100 day challenge and boy, somedays it is a SUPER challenge. Exercise and I are not now, have never been and I dare say doubt will ever be close friends. Just committing to walking for 10 minutes some days gets the best of me but I am still in there fighting to complete the 100 days.
I have adopted a motto for this challenge, which is not something usual for me to do. My motto is," I don't have to be perfect". If I learn nothing else during this challenge it will be that best is my best and I can live with that.
We went bowling again last night with DH's family. Before I started, I picked up a light ball and threw it down the alley. Right away my hand started to hurt, so I sat out again last night and will test it again next week. It has been 2 weeks since I strained it but it is not quite healed yet.
Tomorrow the guy comes to take away my old couch in the morning and at noon, our new one will be delivered. We chose quite a plain colour and model. It is a sofa bed so that DD and SIL can stay with us when they come to town. My darlings have little foam foldout mats to sleep on here and for Christmas we got them each a sleeping bag. SO when they come to Grammas they bring their own sleeping bags and we fold out their little mats in our room on the floor. At 2 and 3 they are still well comfortable down there and won't fall out. LOL For Easter I got them each a 'CARS" pillowcase so next time they come to visit, they will have a new pillowcase to match their sleeping bags. 'CARS' are very big with both boys.
Last Saturday, DD was taking the boys to the SCience museum. On Friday night when she put them down, she said to Simon, who is 3, " Tomorrow we are going to the Science Museum. Won't that be fun?" He replied, " Yes, they will all be flat". DD looked at him questioningly and said " what do you mean, flat?" He piped up, " The signs will all be flat"!
SIgns = Science to a 3 year old. LOLOLOLOL
Well tonight's dinner is Salmon fillets and barley and mixed frozen veggies. I love frozen veggies, so quick and easy. That should fit into the diet just fine. I will continue to tweak out the program and will weigh in at the end of 7 days. If I am losing, then I know that what I am doing is going to work just fine and I will continue on to Spark Up my metabolism.
Have a happy and healthy week,

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BRADMILL2922 3/20/2014 1:25AM

    Good for you! You can definitely do this!

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ZANYGIRL1 3/19/2014 5:45PM

    emoticon You'll get the hang of this, it just takes time!!

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SHAKESALOT 3/19/2014 10:09AM

    Way to Go!!!! YOU can do this!

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DEEGIRL50 3/19/2014 6:29AM

    I get no satisfaction from eating foods that I don't like. However, I'm finding that cooking methods, seasonings, and grown up tastes have changed some of my "don't like foods into likes."

Keep exploring and trying new things. You'll find what works for you.

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MSEMBERSTORM 3/19/2014 12:42AM

    Good for you on sticking to it! I was a member of the clean your plate club and the setting until bedtime looking at a plate of stuff I hated to eat so I know exactly where you are coming from. It makes it hard and I do believe it helped make us the picky eaters we are today. Who knows. Keep up the battle.

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    Wow! This sounds like a totally different Gini than the one I remember from last year. I love the change! You are amazing! Keep tweeking the Spark Program. It is OK!


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EMSSBEARS 3/18/2014 11:06PM

    You are doing so great. I need to check out the Spark Solution - I haven't read that yet. I am so proud of how well you are doing on the 100 day challenge. Keep up the good work and I look forward to continuing this journey with you.

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ANHELIC 3/18/2014 9:01PM


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WATERONE 3/18/2014 8:15PM

    Way to go on sticking with the 100 day challenge. You will figure out the tweaks on the diet.

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DEBIGENE 3/18/2014 7:18PM

    Do what you have to do to eat what you like and still stay within the calorie and other limitations of the plan. It's only 2 weeks and you have to find what works for you.

I am not one to follow a plan but I am adventurous when it comes to trying new things and that includes foods. I learned a long time ago if I didn't try it I didn't know if I like it or not. As an adult I could make up my own mind what I liked not what my mother liked. I had the same kind of treatment regarding food when I grew up too, you ate what was put on you plate and you ate it all !!! My bro and I found very creative ways of getting rid of certain things we hated and just would not eat !!!! I can tell you though when I started my journey to learn to live and eat healthy I have eaten food that I didn't like before and now have a liking for them ..... just saying that our tastes can change as we get older.

Best of luck to you Gini, you will find the way that works for you.

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CHRISTINEBWD 3/18/2014 6:19PM

    I love salmon and veggies but you can keep the barley. Hahaha! Lots of times I just eat veggies because I don't like meat very well. So I say let's tweak our diet. Diet in Greek means "way of life" so I am never on a diet btw. If I think I am I get hungry!

emoticon emoticon emoticon Cheers!

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MSLZZY 3/18/2014 5:50PM

    I have tried some of the recipes and had to adjust those with too much spice. DH loves them but they just don't agree with my tummy. So I try something new, write it down, and if it tastes good, I try it again. You have to work with foods you like.

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MONTANAWALKER 3/18/2014 5:24PM

    I wholeheartedly agree that you cannot be "on a diet" with food that you just don't like. I've read all the diet books and so many had food I just wasn't willing to eat so the low carb works the best for me. I like meat and vegetables and eggs so get in my protein and can skip the fruit and use veggies to get in the carbs. Wasn't willing to eat low-fat anything. I have been doing really well and think it's a plan I can stick to for the rest of my life because I can still have a piece of fruit occasionally and I only want it when it's "in season" anyway. The lowfat diet was just something I laughed about and having to give up red meat was never going to work for me. I think you have to study up and figure out the best way to do it for YOU and then track every morsel you put into your mouth everyday. You'll figure out meals that have the right balance of calories and then you can repeat them. It was easy for me to give up bread because I was never much of a bread eater to begin with and then thinking about how weird the wheat is now compared to when I was a kid (and I'm talking about what we grow in the fields around us)-how much shorter the stalk and higher the bushels per they've modified it somehow...then read 'Grain Brain' and that clinched it for me. No white flour and no sugar...there are tons of diet plans to chose from and you are worth the time it takes to read some of the plans and figure out what you can live with and what you will eat and be able to stick to and also feed your DH!! You're an intelligent woman and you can do this!!

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    it is so hard to diet. I am lucy i love all veggies. I didnt have them as a kid....bad parents.Have you tried bllending the veggies and putting them in your food. My kids eat them like that.

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