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4/23/14 7:05 P

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I remember the first time I told my mom that dad was “bothering” me. She said she didn’t want to hear it and we ate ice cream and cookies together in silence. In the fifth grade my teacher took me to the principal’s office because I had bruises on me from head to toe again from one of my father’s many spankings. The principal said they were not going to get involved because there must have been a reason for “dad” to have done what he did to me.

Though there was not sex … he was inappropriate physically, verbally and in his discipline. I didn’t blame myself … I thought there was something wrong with me. I felt like people didn’t want to hear what I needed to say and there was a reason why people did what they did to me. I wasn’t important enough to be heard or treated with respect.

I didn’t gain weight then but set up disturbing eating behaviors. I have repeated these behaviors when I have been in situations where I felt trapped and insignificant.

Moving forward … Brisket in a crock pot … you will not be allowed in the state of Texas. My family puts the brisket in a swallow pan the size of the brisket lined with aluminum foil enough to cover the brisket. Salt pepper and half a bottle of Liquid Smoke. We seal up the foil and then cook at 325-350 degrees for 5-6 hours depending on the size of the brisket. We slice it and/or chip it (shred it).

To better ways of coping …


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Tammy - I cook my brisket in the crock pot. I caramelize onions in a fry pan and put them in the bottom of the crock pot then put 1/2 C dry red wine. I season the brisket with garlic powder, salt and pepper and then dreg in flour and brown quickly on both sides, I put it in the pot on top of the caramelized onions, then I put sliced raw onions on top of that (it takes about 3 pounds of onions for this recipe. Then slow cook for about 4-5 hours and serve with horseradish.
I would not even admit to myself that I was raped for about 10 years. If I ignored it then it did not happen. Then I finally was able to use the word in my head, but not out loud. After another ten years I was in a group session when people were talking about being trapped and tears literally squirted out of my eyes and I started crying uncontrollably. It was after that that I first started talking about it in private session and then in group. It was not until I actually said it out loud that I was able to begin to deal with it. So Tammy I think you have taken an important step toward healing.

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Justme - Woo hoo for your exercise and your strong commitment. I need to be more committed in that area. I never track any exercise even when I do it. And when other things pop up, my exercise is the first thing to go by the wayside. Excellent information about the "I will" statements. I really think that kind of thing makes a difference. Sometimes I joke around about my weight with my adult son (who is all muscle and no fat). Recently he said to me, "Mom, I know you are kidding around, but I wish you would stop those negatives self-statements. You are beautiful and you don't deserve those comments you make." So now I am trying very hard not to be so negative about myself thanks to him. And thanks for sharing your menus. They sound so inviting. I have not ever made brisket. My Texas relatives always make smoked brisket when we visit, and I just love it. But we don't have a smoker so I'd be a loss making a brisket. Would be good in a crock pot?

Susank - I love to read but don't make enough time for myself to do it. I have thought of joining a book club, but haven't found one that I think would work for me. I do read books that friends recommend and then we discuss the books we have shared. I had thought of trying to start a book club at church which would probably mean reading church books (which I like but am also interested in reading secular books as well) or starting a club with friends from church and meeting at each others' homes but have not gotten to that point yet.

PandB - I didn't use to think that I was a stress eater, but I am beginning to wonder. Last year when I had my cancer scare I lost weight because I totally lost my appetite and desire for food. And that was a pretty stressful time for me for sure, actually the most stress I have really ever experienced. But I wonder if the lesser stresses might contribute to my overeating. Still working on that. Your approach is super....eating doesn't improve any of our stressful situations, unless the stress is caused by too much food in the fridge LOL. emoticon I have always thought that my "hunger-meter" was out of control and that is why I ate/eat so much at times. I do think my eating fewer processed carbs helps with this, but I guess overall, it is an on-going process of discovery.

Debby - I had been wondering what was happening with your cat. Please consider yourself hugged. It is always so tough. A strong, macho burly man I know recently put his dog down. He said he cried like a baby and hadn't cried that much since his grandmother died 10 years ago. Pets are family for sure. You seem to have a good attitude about this. Remember we are here for you.

Pam - You are working so hard that it is only a matter of time for that scale to move in the right direction. Thank God you had a good therapist. That can make a world of difference when dealing with such delicate issues. Keep on keeping on girl. You will do it!

Trish - Congrats on the 2 pound loss! You will burn up anything you gained from dinner with your friend. You are moving right along now. I laughed out loud about the skimpy peanuts on the plane. On my last 2 flights (both were over 3 hours) we didn't even get peanuts...just a soft drink. On one of the two flights they sold snacks (like Doritos, chips, etc.), but I didn't indulge.

I was not sexually abused in the same way that others here have shared. My situation occurred when I was about 12-13 yrs old, and it involved being photographed by a male medical photographer for with my mother in the room. It was extremely humiliating to me and still creates all kinds of pain when I think about it. I have often wondered what ever happened to those pictures, though I would never ever think of trying to locate them. I would hope that since this happened about 44 years ago the photos have been destroyed by now. I still cannot believe that my mother (a nurse) permitted that to occur. And for what they were doing there was absolutely no reason for me to be photographed nude. I have never shared this with anyone ever before. I like to think that I have moved on from this, but all the sharing here about such sensitive issues reminded me of that horrible time in my life.








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Happy Hump Day all

Pam – I have a hard time telling myself the truth. I would cheat on my food tracker by “estimating” how much I was eating just so at the end of the day I could tell myself that I was eating in my calorie range. SABOTAGE!!!! I am weighing and measuring now. But, I am constantly amazed at the lengths my brain will go to undermine my own efforts. I just have to laugh and move on.

Susan – our book club always reads the same book; a different member chooses it each month. Last time we read Luminaries. This month we read Proof of Heaven. The first was almost 800 pages, a little long for me and the second was about 100 pages a little short for a month’s reading. But, we do have good discussions. I am another one who has to remember to turn OFF the TV. My goal is off at 8.

Debby – so sorry about your cat. I still miss our Brother cat even though it is almost 20 years since I had to put him down for kidney disease. He lived to be 18, moved with us 5 times and grew up with my children.

Trish – have you tried super dark chocolate? I have found that if I only buy over 80% then one little square satisfies my craving for indulgence. I try to find the 90%, but it is often very hard to find. And an added benefit is that I now dislike the taste of milk chocolate.

Mtn_kitten – yes it took me 25 years to talk about it, but I finally found a therapist that I trusted and talked it out. I blamed myself for all those years, because when he threatened to “break my nose” I stopped fighting. We do some strange things to ourselves. I finally realized that he was a fault. He was the bad guy.

I am feeling very positive today. I did not make my 6000 steps, but I did make it to 4500 which is the highest I have gotten without walking the pool for an extra hour. Today, I have already been on the elliptical twice and am now heading back again.



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Hump Day and I am right on track. Gosh, dern … healthy sure does feel good. The sun is always shining here … we have 360 days of sunshine. Hubby and I plan to curl up in the sun room later today and read our respective books. We utilize our local library to the hilt. We just saw Saving Mr Banks – OK, All Is Lost – thumbs down, American Hustler – thumbs down. I guess we are picky. We need to head to the store today or tomorrow … we need more strawberries!

P&B – When I was working the gang went out to eat five days a week and went and got coffee from Starbucks most days. One day one of them was complaining about how they never had any money. Hmmm … $10 x 5 days x 50 weeks = $2,500 a year in eating lunch!!!

JustMe – my heart broke for you! A Police Officer!!! I hope that you have talked and shared this with a trusted soul so your soul can be free of someone else’s despicable behavior. It took me some time to not take possession of my father’s behavior.

Those of us who have been abused … we are strong, gorgeous, intelligent, deserving women. We all are … no matter what we have overcome.

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Hi everybody!

Tweety ~ I had heard it said elsewhere that the weekend’s “sins” show up on Monday’s scale, so re: the salt, I was told the body uses what it needs and discards the rest so keep up on your H2o and it should flush out soon. I realize others are more salt sensitive than others. I hope I didn’t hear wrong. Don’t despair! I’m trying that Nu Salt and seeing how that goes. I appreciated your Diabetes info; I had heard that too, and the visual of glass shards was an eye opener! I applaud your pro-active nature towards your weight and life goals.

DebbyHS ~ Thank you for the red carpet. I’m so sorry about your kitty. Having worked in an ER veterinary hospital, we saw the worst of the worst. Once the quality of life is done, it’s the kindest thing you can do for your 4-legged friend. I’ve been thru it too and I understand what you must be feeling. You asked about my sk8ing. That would be roller. I met my Hubz at a roller rink when I was almost 16. We may be a little slower, but we still go @ 50 and 60 years old. He learned at 24 and was hooked. Your son should give it a go! Hubz has skated in 29 states. We will be visiting a rink in Redding, CA in May.

Pam & Debby & JustMe~ I’m so sorry you were assaulted early on in your life. People who do that to another never think of someone else’s feelings and how it can affect someone down the road. Yes, you all are very brave to share that part of your life. As regards grief/anxiety, that’s the only time I DON’T eat! Bordom is not my friend, either.

Tammy ~ I’ve had to ask for the seatbelt extender. No bueno. That must’ve felt so good – congrats! Its bad enough squeezing into those seats and getting a piddly bag of peanuts!

PandB ~ I’m with you on eating like an alcoholic drinks. Chocolate is my Kryptonite and one piece leads to another, just like carbs. I did have a piece yesterday, and something must have clicked over in me, because I didn’t reach for another! Wow, $950 on Subway… but look at the great change you made logging that into Quicken, otherwise, it may have been overlooked. You’ve given me food for thought…

Mtn Kitten ~ How cool, your hubby noticed! That’s really something when you think about it, because those closest to us don’t see the changes as dramatically as friends or family who might not see us all the time. I’ll be such a happy camper when my Hubz notices.

Susan ~ Living in England must’ve been a huge change. Its hard enough moving to another state and setting up a new household, but you’ve got so many different things to learn. Good luck on your driver’s exam! Remember to stay on the left! Ha ha Congratulations on your marriage! That’s an interesting observation about the sugar. I also tried Nutrisystem for the same reasons (portion control, it shows up, etc.), but I thought it tasted like yak and pricey. My mom lost 60 lbs on Jenny Craig, but I think a network like this (SP) where you keep returning to it and monitoring yourself with feedback is much more positive. Have fun with your book club! Like Scrimp1, I used to only read historical romance, but I’m casting out a bigger net and finding other goodies to read.

JustMe ~ Yay! Love hearing about your NSVs! I also find that I’m so busy now reading so much stuff on SP and typing, my hand isn’t reaching for all the snacks! It takes a village!

LSchureman ~ Welcome! I’m a newbie, too and really enjoying getting to know these ladies… so much wisdom. Look forward to seeing more of your posts.

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I had a good day yesterday (didn’t get to post). Spent two hours washing and cleaning the inside of my VW Bug. That was my exercise for the day. Kicked another 2 pounds to the curb!!! So that makes 10 so far. I may pay for today’s activities, though. Met a high school buddy for dinner and didn’t make good calorie choices at The Old Spaghetti Factory. I guess I let my taste buds choose for me. I better behave myself the rest of the week!

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Morning All!

Well, had a little bit or a lot of uncontrolled eating last night...lost my focus for a bit. I walked to the library yesterday and was really winded when I got back - not sure why as it is a shorter walk then my other one. I really need to get on a schedule before my holiday.

In reference to the library -- do not be too impressed, they do not have a lot of titles with multiple copies. I may end up resigning from the club as I may not be the right fit for it. There are only five or six of us and the first month we read different books from the same series and since then we have been reading different books, but no one seems to review or discuss the book. I tried asking directly "D- how did you like your book?" and got "It was good" -- I have no idea what D read. So this month I have a list of books they have multiple copies of and found a discussion site and am going to take in two or three books and the questions to see if we can read one book and give them ideas to respond to next month. If that does not work, I will resign because I can pick my own books and read them leisurely, rather than have the leader choose a book for me that I never discuss. I am reading the Goldfinch.

In reference to missing America there is not really much that I miss from that respect. I miss working and have that circle of friendships, I miss my children, but nothing particularly American. I suppose this is because I had kind of a high-power job and worked six to seven days a week. I do miss the luxury of the hair salon. I have tried a variety of service - wash - cut - nail polish ...facial at a variety of salons. However, there is no feeling of treating yourself or of luxury. I am not sure how to describe it other than it is like going to Supercuts -- it gets the job done but that is about it. I am not sure I am describing this every well...it is just you walk away and think well that was okay but not pampered. I find it unusual because there are so many salons in walking distance that you think they would focus on retaining clientele.

I agree about turning off the TV -- it is so easy to get stuck in front of the set and not move. I know that even if I listen to music that I move more because you do not have the visual attachment. I have started to watch short video lessons on the computer rather than show. The other thing that I find is that we are sort of hunkering down and watching multiple episodes of the same show versus weekly. Anyone else finding that?

Have a wonderful day.




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It is midnight Tuesday so probably most of you will be reading this on Wednesday. I just wanted to get back here as "soon as I could". I have really felt quite emotional the past 36 hours and of course that does impact my food. Even eating very healthy I often overeat. If that even makes sense. I feel a certain internal pressure that since I signed up with Spark Coach I have to be their poster child and right now I am anything but....I am now the same weight as I started. I haven't changed my ticker because I am just hoping that it is mostly sodium from this past weekend's meals in spite of having very little ham I did have a lot of crackers with hummus.

So, when I get panicky about my weight loss I join yet another Challenge! LOL. PandB, I did the Biggest Loser Challenge four 6 week challenges back to back last year. I really liked it. I hope you will too.It got me into some good habits.I am almost finished with the "Tame Your Sweet Tooth" challenge and I feel that is really where I need to keep focusing changes in my food plan.

Glad I could help with the diabetes information, MtnKitten. I have seen so many people who have diabetes not manage it well and with horrible consequences. I try to keep that in mind without being morbid. It keeps my nose to the grindstone.

Susan, I had no idea that you just recently moved from the U.S. to England. Is there anything American that you especially miss? I have often heard that most other countries do not have peanut butter, which I absolutely love.

Two things helped me turn my life around: CODA (codependents anonymous) and individual and group sexual abuse therapy. Lynn K., my therapist was a saint. I will be forever indebted to her. I agree with the statements several of you have said: we repeat what we have been accustomed to. I learned so much that I would just like to apply that to losing weight. Somehow, I know there is a correlation.How can I learn to stop using food and living a life without excess food? The $1M question. I think I will try something like those "I will" statements. SP has projected that I could be my end goal weight by 4-27-15. I want that too.

As part of my homework for the stress busting challenge I joined, I did something proactive regarding alleviating some of our financial concerns. I felt very positive afterwards and have regained a sense of hope in that area.

I am just finishing up the fourth week of "Tame the Sweet Tooth" challenge and I know that if I continue to implement those strategies I will be a happier person for it. I find that I just do better without added sugar (or very small amounts) period. I think sugar is just one of those things that the more I eat the more I want. So, it must trigger some kind of addictive response in me.

PandB I like your ideas about turning off the t.v.I did that tonight. I did two short exercise videos before checking in here and I am glad. I too find that there are more food commercials during the night and that makes me mad. I am sure that it is no coincidence either.

Take care all, Pam





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Good afternoon everyone!

SusanK - my husband also goes on walks with me all of the time. He dropped 40 lbs. when I started on SparkPeople and is much happier with his health, too. It's really nice to have the support and to spend some quality time with the ones we love. Hang on to that old man cat. We've finally made the decision that it's time to put our 17 year old cat down. Probably within the next month. It makes me teary eyed thinking about it, but he really isn't doing well and it's getting worse. But I have my four dogs and my son's cat lives here, too, so there's some comfort in that. And the comfort that my cat, Spot, has had a long, good life. I just don't want him to suffer any more.

PandB - and others - emotional eating seems to be a big thing for most of us that have struggled with obesity. I'm tempted to eat because I'm bored, happy, celebrating, sad, or just with strong feelings about something. I have noticed that if I'm extremely stressed out, though, that I tend to stop eating and start losing weight in a very unhealthy way. I also find myself getting scatter brained, lose focus, ignore what's important, etc. when I'm that stressed out. It hasn't happened often, and really doesn't now that I'm retired. I agree that early trauma, especially sexually, can be a trigger for eating. I was sexually assaulted in college and that's when I started to pack it on. Many of us use the weight as a defense. I think most of us are trying to find better ways to cope with that and not let the abuser/attacker be the one who gets to control who we are now.

I've been having a good day food wise and did get in another 50 minutes on the elliptical as well as an hour of senior aerobics in. No walking today as it's been raining like crazy most of the day. Even my dogs have been refusing to go outside in it!

I probably won't be able to check in tomorrow as we have time at the gym planned, a doctor appointment in Portland for my knee (it's doing much better since the cortisone shot), and Game 4 of the hockey playoff finals for our local team. (Series is tied 1-1 right now). I won't get home til pretty late.

So, have a great evening and a successful day tomorrow everyone.






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Happy Tuesday,
It’s a new day, a new week and it is spring time.
Tammy isn’t it amazing how you get “hooked” on exercise and the good feeling it gives you. It sounds like a wonderful Easter celebration. Congrats on the no extender.
Susan – I am jealous of your library – we have to buy our books for our book club. The library usually has only one or two copies of any given book. What do you have planned over the summer?
Mtn_kitten- Yeah! For up and on that treadmill. I was never abused as a child or a teenager, but I was raped by a police officer as a young adult. I never reported it or spoke to anyone about it.
PandB – that is amazing almost a thousand dollars on subway. Since I only use cash at fast food, I have no idea how much I spend. I just read an article about some people in the Midwest that were overcharged thousands of dollars by a fast food chain. They left out the decimal point so if your bill was 10.45 it became 1,045 dollars. That would be an unpleasant shock.
Wow Debbie – 50 min elliptical, 45 strength, and a 25 min walk you are a positive force!
Trish good for you on that hour walk.
Pam I think we all “fool ourselves” at times, I am not sure hind sight is clearer than the here and now, it is all a matter of perspective and growth.
So I have been to water aerobics, and am going vegetarian today. Tomorrow is brisket, and latkes, with apple sauce and root veg.
Have a great day


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Hello Sparklers,

Tammyand - Congratulations on your air plane seatbelt success. That is a huge victory and something to be proud of. I can't wait for the day when I don't need the extender anymore.

I'm definitely an emotional/stress eater. I have always said that I eat like and alcoholic drinks. Lately, I have been much better. Whenever I am stressed I ask myself, how will eating fix this situation? I have yet to find a situation where my overeating would improve it. Also, limiting the amount of television I watch really helps. Lately, whenever I watch TV by myself the commercials give me powerful food cravings. So, I simply don't turn the TV on.

I was never a big fast food junkie. When DH and I worked at the same place, we used to go to Subway on a semi-regular basis. Then one night when I was looking at our finances on Quicken we noticed that over a year's time we had spend $950 at Subway. We both decided we wanted something better than that for $950 and that was the end of Subway or any other lunch we didn't bring from home.

Be well,

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Got up and completed my 35 minutes on the treadmill. Boy … when does this get easier??? I guess nothing hard is ever easy. Hubby commented on how dedicated I have been getting up and walking before I do anything else. Made me proud he took notice.

Hmmm … I am gonna stick my neck out here … I once took a weight loss group counseling class with total strangers, not knowing it until we all got together each and every one of us had been sexually abused. We were told due to this one aspect of our lives, we had not learned how to set healthy boundaries for ourselves and know confidently and completely that it was our right to say NO to others and ourselves. As Susan stated … many, many of us go on to marry men just like those that abused us. I was very fortunate to find my hubby at such a young age. He is my rock, my protector, my everything. How brave of you Tweety to share your story and it sounds like you are happy in your relationship as well.

JustMe – When I used my bike peddlers, I usually sat on a stool so I was up and over the devise. Hubby duct taped them to a wood board when I got stronger and peddled faster.

Tweety – Thank you, thank you for the explanation. It was better than my doc’s.


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LSCHURMAN - I have never tried Popeyes – the big two here seem to be KFC and McDonalds. As I said I gave up MCD some time ago and never went back. I think the longer you go without it, you begin to realize it is not very attractive food. I think is is great that you are walking to get your lunch – that has to help! I will try to remember the boot thing as I am taking my driving exam soon and I think I have to identify some part of the engine as a part of the exam.

LUV2SK8TRISH – Congrats on the walk and getting DH to come along. Mine comes along all the time, we really enjoy our walks. I like you just follow SP – I find that if I track the food and log in that I move forward. Yes, I am American, I moved to England in June, 2013 and married in September.


JUSTME9898 – Amazing to think that there are still places with no mail delivery. I love the countryside, but after working on a farm for a year I realized that loving to look at it and caring for it were too very different things. I still drive by places and think, oh wouldn’t I like to live here and then have to say, no, not really. I admire those that do. I think you are on the right track with your I will statements. I have been taking a course in thinking (free at edx.org) and the last session was on how we learn. According to the course, real learning does not take place by cram sessions, or by highlighting text or by re-reading, it takes place in the processing and utilizing of data in our everyday lives. It suggests that if you have to explain it to someone else in writing or speaking, that it will become more set. Therefore, I will statements make complete sense, over a period of time those will become learned behavior. I make a little note on the spark nutrition page about my thoughts and feelings for the day. It really helps me to relieve stress and to keep the difference between stress and food separate. Thanks for the book suggestion.


MTN_KITTEN – I have mixed thoughts about the no sugar rule, I respect those that wish to utilize it. My brother did not allow his kids to have sugar and I just remember finding the oldest hiding underneath the bed with a candy dish that my mother left sitting out and he had consumed the whole dish. It made me wonder if that was sort of the adverse reaction to the rule, instead of teaching us to eat it in measured doses, we teach them to eat the bowl in hiding. Since candy is a real issue for me, it is something I wonder about. Equally, when I am off sugar, I love eating fruit and am very satisfied with it. On a second note – I am the only person in the whole world (that I know of) that had a stationary bike accident. I had a bike and the pedal flew off and my foot got caught in between the pedal and the bike and squashed. This forced me to where a sandal to the farm while it healed and much to the amusement of my students who said that I could sit any horse in the barn but not a stationary bike! I did try the Nurtisystem for a while and did not really notice anything regarding it healthwise or regarding blood sugar. I did not stay on it long – I think primarily because it was not particularly satisfying, expensive and frankly I was not committed at the time. It was sort of a foray into if I have food in measured portions delivered – will it work?


TWEETYFITN60 – Hi Pam, thank you for sharing. First, you should appreciate how knowledgeable you have become regarding your physical difficulties and particularly for the way you made your explanation so understandable.. Let me share how I deal with stress and the eating issue. I also identify myself as a stress eater – stress for me is any issue with a large emotional component – either happy or sad. For years I did not consider myself an emotional eater as I ate good and bad times, it was not until a co-worker said oh you are a stress eater that it sort of hit home. One day, I simply came to the conclusion that I am always under stress, so why bother with the eating, in a sense it stressed me out more because I was physically unable to cope and I felt emotionally bound that I would not put myself out there because of the fat. In reference to your husbands, I can only state that those of us who had difficult childhoods and whose male role models were poor, abusive or disrespectful end up choosing husbands of the same caliber.


DEBYHS – you are as impressive as always. I share your love of animals and my lifeline is my old man cat that came to England with me – he is and has been my best friend for many years.


PANDBPARTNERS – Good luck on your challenge – we will be rooting for you.

Well, today I am walking to the library to get a list of books that they have enough copies of for the reading club. After that I am going to the gym and playing it safe – staying off the stationary bike – and see if I can back into some good habits. I am hoping to be a bit more fit for the holidays planned over the summer

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It is late and I am heading to bed. I am trying something new. One of the spark coach sessions emphasized the importance of "I will statements", so everyday I wake up and write "I will lose weight" ten times. It seems strange, but I am feeling more positive. NSV - I made potato salad which I LOVE - I ate some yesterday and none today even though there are plenty of left overs. Also, I am finding that I not only am not eating seconds, I do not want seconds.
Pam I can really relate to the boredom problem, when I get bored, I focus on everything I have ever done wrong in my life and then I want to eat to numb my mind. That is why I come here so often. This is what I do instead of eating - write to my friends and read their messages. Count you out - never - you are a winner - I can feel it.
I just keep coming back with renewed hope

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PandB - Good luck with your biggest loser challenge!

Debby - Glad you are home safe and sound. I just love your description of your pets as love wrapped up in fur. I haven't heard that before... but will use it I am sure.

Pam - You certainly have a lot of issues to juggle and seem to be doing amazingly well. I am sure you have found out (as I have) that our successes in one area spill over to successes in our other areas of need. It is a good cycle once we get it going. Good for you for focusing on what you need to do for yourself. It is an on-going process, as many of us know.

Mtnkitten - I think there is some merit to looking at the glycemic index of foods. I remember Nutrisystem focused on the glycemic index at one time. But probably looking at healthy carbs vs. unhealthy (and likely processed) carbs would be somewhat similar and probably easier.

Justme - Thanks for the perspective on going to the post office for your mail. Our mailbox is at the end of our driveway which is not a far walk at all, but on the bad weather days (which we had many of this past winter), I used to grumble to myself about having to walk to the end of the driveway to get the mail (in our previous home ....20 years ago...the mail was delivered directly to a mailbox on the porch right next to the door). I guess everything is relative!

Trish - You are so right about the NSVs. My greatest NSV so far occurred this month when I traveled by plane and did not have to ask for a seatbelt extension on either of my two flights. The belt of the first flight fit but was snug, but on our return flight I even had room to spare! This was highly motivating to me for sure.

LSCHUREMAN - Woo hoo for kicking the Mickey D habit. When I worked I found it very easy to cave in at a drive thru. Now that I am retired I almost never eat fast food, and when I do it as a last resort or due to circumstances far beyond my control. Honestly, the fast food does not even appeal to me anymore (and I used to love Burger King whoppers and now the thought of one makes me sick).

Susank - I enjoyed your translations from English into English! DS is a bit of an Anglophile so I shared some of your translations with him. Some he was familiar with, others not so much.

Today was an ok day for me. I tracked my food as usual and was within my cal range, but I feel quite bloated, which I am sure is from the high sodium content of yesterday's Easter ham, kielbasa, etc. To make matter worse, I was extremely sedentary today because I was working on a volunteer project that kept me tied to the computer. I got up and walked around the house a bit every so often but not as much as on a day when I am doing housework, etc. We had a wonderful family Easter celebration at a relative's home about 75 miles from our home. It is always a joy for me when the family gets together. Three of us women shared our menopause stories with each other which was great for affirmation (yes, 5,6,7 years after the periods end hot flashes still happen! emoticon ugh!). We also looked at some old photos of some family members who have passed on and reminisced a bit. The younger folks sat through most of this and were actually pretty interested in the photos (but not the menopause stories emoticon ).

Well time for me to sign off. Let's have a great Tuesday buddies!


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Hello Sparklers,

Missed a few days of checking in over the Easter holiday. DH was home from Thursday night until Monday morning and we had a nice long weekend together. The weather cooperated, so we were able to get out in the yard/garden. It was so nice to be working side by side with him. We actually were able to accomplish more than we had hoped to without overdoing it.

Easter was low key. I usually get him a big Easter basket, but this year he asked me to skip it. I didn't miss any of the chocolate but I did miss watching him look for his hidden basket on Easter morning. I think next year I will fill a basket with non-food treats so we can have the hunt again.

With DH home I ate more than I should have, but today I am back on track. I joined a Biggest Loser Challenge on another thread that is 6 weeks long. Looking forward to that getting me through these last few weeks until summer.

I don't have mail deliver directly to my house either. I never seem to get the number of trips to the post office right. If I go everyday, then half the time the box is empty. If I skip a few days, then the box is overflowing. I think it only fills up when I don't check it.

Be well,

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Happy Monday everyone. I feel really good today, staying on track and getting back to my normal routine. I really loved my trip, seeing my kids, visiting with relatives and spending more time in San Francisco than I ever had before. It's a beautiful city. I even liked all the walking up and down the hills in that very hilly city. But, I also love my home and my dogs and cat, so being home is also great (and a lot less expensive!)

TweetyFit - thanks for a really good explanation of insulin resistance and pre-diabetes. I especially liked to visual of sugar in the arteries being like glass. It certainly makes me even more determined to not go there if I can help it. I used to be pre-diabetic, but since I've lost this much weight and exercise everyday, I no longer have symptoms and my blood sugar is well under control. My dad passed away at the age of 65 due to a stroke that was brought on by his not well controlled diabetes. I'm determined not to repeat that for my family.

JustMe - I was also going to suggest a floor peddler for getting some extra "steps" in, but it sounds like the one you have isn't ideal. You might want to try a different brand. My daughter uses one when she doesn't swim. Her feet are in such bad shape that almost any land type activity is hard on her.

MtnKitten - scales can be so frustrating. I've had the same experience of being down for 3-4 days before weigh in day and then on weigh in day the scales show the higher weight again. BOO!! It evens out eventually when you stay on plan, but it's so frustrating when it happens.

Trish - I haven't welcomed you properly, so here is a proper welcome. I'm glad you're here. These people are awesome and we all support each other so much. It's always fun to add another to our numbers. What kind of skating do you do? Ice or roller? I used to roller skate when I was a girl, but haven't done it in years. I still love to ice skate, but haven't done it in awhile, either. My son has mentioned that he'd like to learn (he's 26) and there are several rinks in Vancouver and Portland that we could go to. It's in the plans. I also used the sparkpeople plan for losing weight. That and exercise. And, I hired a trainer for awhile. That helped a great deal.

TammyAnd - I'm glad you're back on track. Keep it up. And, really good job on hunger control. It means you're really learning to judge when it's real hunger and not just appetite. That's so hard to do and still gives me fits.

LSchureman - Good job changing up your walk route and avoiding the food temptations at McDonald's. It was a good strategy. Also good job on choosing the healthier option.

I got in my 50 min. on the elliptical, 45 minutes strength training and a 25 min. walk with the dogs at the dog park. I don't really enjoy just sitting much these days and am enjoying the opportunities to be outside doing things when the weather permits. Our vegetable garden needs to be put in in the next few weeks and our strawberry/blueberry/raspberry garden is blooming like crazy right now. We should have a pretty good harvest of fresh fruit in the next couple of months. We plan on planting snow peas, two kinds of lettuce, tomatoes, zucchini, cucumber, bok choy, and japanese hot peppers. Can't wait for fresh salad from the garden.

I hope you're all having a glorious day. Later....


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Before I forget it I want to answer MtnKitten's questions about what is insulin resistant and pre-diabetic. Here is the answer from an article that I saved from LivingwithDiabetes.com

[quote]What is "insulin resistance?" A: " The cells of your body need sugar for energy. The sugar they need is glucose, which powers your brain, muscles, and other parts of your body, just as gasoline powers a car. To get glucose into your cells, your body makes insulin, a hormone that acts like a key. It attaches to the surface of your cells, allowing glucose to enter.

For some people, the cells do not respond well to insulin. Imagine that you try to start your car and insert your key into the ignition, only to find that it does not turn very easily. Looking more closely, you discover that some mischievous person put gum in your ignition. There is nothing wrong with your key, but your ignition does not work right. This is essentially what happens in insulin resistance: The insulin “key” attaches to the surface of the cells normally, but the cells don’t respond as they should.

That’s where the problems start. If glucose cannot get into your cells, it builds up in your bloodstream. Your body responds by producing more and more insulin, eventually getting at least some glucose in the cells where it belongs. But as the years go by, your body may not be able to produce enough insulin to overcome the cells’ resistance. At that point, your cells cannot get the glucose they need. And you’ll find yourself low on energy, like a car that’s run out of gas."[end of quote]

What is pre-diabetes" ? A: (from SP and the 8 Week Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge forum) [quote]"People who have higher-than-normal blood glucose levels that aren’t quite high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes have pre-diabetes. In the past, individuals with pre-diabetes would have been considered "borderline diabetic." Most of the time, pre-diabetes is asymptomatic (shows no symptoms), but some people will experience some general diabetes symptoms like extreme thirst, frequent urination, fatigue and/or blurred vision."

* The FPG test will measure your blood glucose level after an eight-hour (overnight) fast. A result less than 100 mg/dL is considered normal, but anything above that level is diagnosed as "impaired fasting glucose" (IFG). Between 100 mg/dL and 125 mg/dL is considered pre-diabetes, while 126 mg/dL or higher indicates diabetes."

While pre-diabetes in itself isn’t necessarily dangerous, the fact is that many people with pre-diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 10 years."[end of quote]

Since I am both insulin resistant (although it has gotten better with losing weight and exercise) and pre-diabetic; I really wanted to address this because Mtn-Kitten, you are at a place where you can do so much to reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and other forms of cancer (pancreatic and liver) if you deal with this now. If you are so inclined I recommend joining the 8 Week Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge here on SP. I did it last summer and it was so eye-opening and educational. I have saved a lot of the information from that time and I refer to it on a daily constant basis.

I found out that I was pre-diabetic in what I consider an "unusual" place: the eye doctor's office. I have worn glasses and contacs for nearly 40 years so when my eyesight was getting noticeably blurry in the fall of 2009 I just figured I needed to get a new prescription. Well, the eye doctor told me that I was diabetic (when I had not been formally diagnosed yet) and that I was losing my sight as a result of that. To say that I was shocked was an understatement. That was January 2010 and I have been working more diligently on losing weight as well as monitoring my blood sugar. I have struggled with dealing with my RA getting worse during this time and not surprising I found out that when I get a really good handle on either no-added sugar or even hidden sugars and lowering my carbs, my inflammation decreases noticeably. There is a theory right now that elevated blood sugars do contribute significantly to overall and systemic inflammation in the body, including the heart. I went to a free 6 week diabetes seminar right after that and the instructor said the best way to picture excess blood sugar in your blood stream is to imagine broken shards of glass floating through your blood supply. She says it is that destructive in how it damages the body from within. She had a glass with red liquid and pieces of broken glass to drive home the point. It was an image I will never forget.

It has not been easy. I am recovering food addict with 18 years in OA. I am currently involved in the "Tame The Sweet Tooth" challenge here on SP. I also check-in with Spark Coach, as I have mentioned before. Today's coaching video was about diet saboteurs. As I have said before, I know that I am my own worst enemy. I don't come across too many food pushers (TG---because I am still struggling with saying No to myself) but find that I have been struggling more in the past 5 weeks with letting go of food as my "buffer". Listening to that video clip really brought home to me that I have not been doing as well as I thought I had with dealing with some long standing life stressors and subsequently I have been still "using food" to buffer me from the stress that I feel from those. Nothing more brought it home than both that and realizing that one major reason why I am still bouncing back and forth with my weight loss efforts in spite of checking in regularly with SC is the fact that I am bored a lot of the time. I don't feel it so much during the day because I do have things to keep me occupied right now but when I sit down at night, it comes home. I find myself turning to food then. I have a lot more work to do on that home front in spite of 18 years with OA. Wow!

Well, after having had that "a-ha" moment, I decided that the rest of today I am going to see what action plan I can come up with regarding dealing with stress. I did email SC and ask them about what do you do about being your own worst enemy. It will be interesting to see where they direct me. I also decided to go ahead and join the Stress-Buster Challenge. I do worry (I hate to use that word but I am concerned let's say) that I am stretching my sources already when it comes to dealing with the stressors in my life so I am looking forward to finding additional ways in "coping".

So, I have a lot at this moment that I need to face about myself. I have been fooling myself that I was coping a lot better than I have been. When I try to take away the food, I feel its absence. I got to work on that or I will not realize my dream of losing all of this extra weight.

For all of you who shared such wonderful supportive comments, I want you to know that I took them all in. I too was that thin and beautiful young woman but I had a secret: family members had sexually abused me and I hated what that beauty meant to me. I could not forgive myself because I thought if only I had not been so attractive they wouldn't have done that to me. I gained the extra weight so I could shield myself from any further abuse. I had two husbands who married me for my looks (one even told me that) so when I started to gain weight, one (a prominent lawyer) went around town telling people how disgusted he was with me and how he was going to divorce me. I told him to leave. I couldn't even pretend to care when he cried. I have had more significant people in my life make my weight "their issue".

My sister is deeply unhappy and I know that. I am happy and if I had a choice between being who I am today and never losing the weight vs losing the weight but losing also some of the love that I experience now, you know what I would choose because you would to.

Thank you for the unconditional love you have shown. It has made my day and will for many days to come.

I am struggling but don't count me out. I want to finish what I started.

With sincere love and thankfulness, Pam










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Mtn_kitten - I have bike peddles, but have never been able to use them because they bounce up off the floor when I try to peddle. Did that happen to you? How did you deal with it?

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Why is it that your official weigh in day is not the same number you have seen twice … days before and the following day after. I charted my weight at 232 … so there you scale you!!! I got up and completed my 35 minutes on the treadmill.

I would like to learn more about low glycemic foods. Any thoughts??? I was told years ago I was insulin resistant and pre-diabetic. OK … I didn’t take it seriously … I was working on hubby’s traumatic brain injury then breast cancer instead.

Hubby and I have three kids and seven grandkids – oldest son is in Dallas/Mesquite, Texas where we came from and has two kids; daughter is in St Louis, Missouri and has three (she had a miscarriage just recently); and son in Colorado Springs, Colorado with two kids. Colorado grandkids are not allowed to have ANY sugar per mom and dad. They eat pretty healthy and want their kids to learn to eat healthy first much like I raised our kids but stricter. Grandson is three and his sister will turn one the end of May and her life will be the same. They are not allowed cake, pies, cookies, candy, etc.

JustMe – I have bike peddles – they stand on the floor and I can sit in a chair and peddle like I was on a bike. It has a tension knob as well. I have a stationary bike but when I got my knees replaced I was given this floor set to use. You can get them at Amazon. You might want to check it out. Our mail is delivered to a cluster mail box down the lane. We gather it up about once a week. Oh, the beauty of living in the county.


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Tammy so glad your trip went well. It will be nice hearing from you more regularly. Glad to see your success at the potluck. It is so hard with all those homemade items.

Mtn_kitten – I forgot how old is your grandson? Is the “no candy” health or healthy related? I am still on the subject of candy and children. My DDL takes the grannies out trick or treating and then they go through their bags and chose their 5 favorites and take the rest to the food bank the next day. When I was teaching it was a real battle not to have mountains of candy in the classroom on holidays.

Debby I love your comment about dogs – love wrapped in fur – how true. I also love hearing about your physical feats. It gives me hope for the future.

SusanK16 – my book club is reading Proof of Heaven. It is a quick fairly easy read.

Lschureman – I still get two things a McD’s – an egg mcmuffin and the southwest grilled chick salad – they are kind of my go to food when I have to eat on the run, there is nothing at Popeye’s that I can find that is healthy at all.

Trish – I love reading your insights and stories. They make me smile and start my day on a good note. Like you, I am mainly doing the Spark diet, but I am lower in carbs because wheat products make me crave sugar.

So today I have – absolutely have to go to the post office. One of the things I HATE about where I live is that we do not get mail delivery and have to have a post office box. So today is post office day.


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Good Morning, Ladies....
Sounds like everyone navigated pretty well thru the Easter calorie minefield. Spent a quiet day at home with the Hubz and had a BLT for lunch and a Wendy's BBQ Chicken Salad for dinner and stayed within my calorie range. Managed a one hour walk today and did 3 miles. Hubz went with me (he got dragged out of his recliner). Get this: the man weighs 50 lbs less than me and he likes to point out how he's in pretty good shape for 60 years old (as he pats his paunch), halfway thru our walk, he starts fussin' about being out of shape and ouchy. Yet this guy can out skate me at the rink. I need to find a way to wean him off the Cokes and carbs. He adores Mickey D's and Five Guys.

I spent the last few (late!) nights reading thru this thread back to its inception to bring myself up to speed to ya'll. I wonder how Betty is doing, who started this thread. Hope she checks back in so we know all is well.

There was talk on here a month ago about what plans everyone was following. I'm using the food and fitness tracker on SP and basically following their guidelines to stay within range, so not really on any "named" plan other than this. I'm pretty laid back and have just started as of April 7th, so will see if its fitting into my lifestyle. So far so good! The toughest challenge I have is the dreaded late night snacking and sweet tooth right after dinner. I started eating greek yogurt because it reminds me of pudding and that seems to help alot. My favorite flavor is a new one out by Tillamook: Cinnamon Hazelnut. I might look for that herbal tea mentioned by P&B. I adore Chai and found this awesome blend made by Teavana at our local mall. Its a loose tea blend called Mahajarong (sp?) Chai/Oolong.

Tweety ~ I had a visual of 100# of meat hanging like decorations and you made me LOL - that's awesome! I'll be waiting to see that picture, too! Oh you guys, this thread reminds me of a small group of friends sitting around a kitchen table with their tea or coffee and having a good chat. Love it. You discuss so many things other than diets and it's so not boring! Someone touched on the concept of losing weight as something you don't ever want to find again; we want to get rid of it! I'm kicking this butt to the curb!

Everyone ~ you're just doing so awesome, whether or not the scale drops.... remember the NSV... things unseen are being improved everyday that passes! MtnKitten: You're going to have a blast seeing the Canyon. I finally got to see the "big ditch" last June on our honeymoon and it's just beautiful. Just stand quietly and take it all in.

Yeah, advertising sure is effective on some. I've been watching Mad Men and it's all about the concept to hook someone to fulfill an emotional need sometimes.

Susan ~ love the English vernacular! You must be American? And your DH English? I used to have an English ballroom instructor and it was such a hoot to listen to him. They have a way of swearing and you don't realize it. LOL

Well, let's hope our scales are all good to us this week! You guys rock!

Trish

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A quiet Easter this year and all the candy went out the door yesterday with my brother and sister-in-law for their kids. Nothing left in the house to tempt me! I've gotten out of the McDonald's habit which I found surprisingly easy. I walk the other direction instead and buy salad and fruit at the nearby Albertsons. This confused some of my co-workers when they spotted me returning to work from the opposite direction. I explained I was getting my exercise in while running errands. There's a Popeye's near my work place and while what they show on TV might look tempting the smell of hot grease that wafts from the place is a total turnoff. Next week I check in with my nutritionist who should be pleased with my progress emoticon
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Hi All,

It is Easter Monday here so the kids are home and my DH is taking them to see the new Spiderman movie. I am not attending as I am going to stay home and work on a project and do some housecleaning, etc. It is good for him to have time alone with the kids and me as well. I intend on finding a book for the book club - anyone have suggestions on that?

JUSTME - congratulations on the steps. Keep up the good work. I took my regular walk with DH yesterday and did a comparison on his new activity tracker and my spark one. They came out very close.

TRiSH - love the food porn thing. I notice it when I am really working on getting on track, the number of commercials that show fast food. I was thinking however that I have finally broke the fast food issue to some extent. I have actually chosen not to have McDonalds because of quality - when prior to this time I would eat it. I took a class in food and part of it was on advertising and how they make you connect food with a concept.-- like pomejuice is healthy..it really isn't but the advertising connects it that way.

DEBY - I agree about the candy and holiday issue. I suppose that historically, it was the only time you would have a cake or a cookie and now it seems like it is superfood time in that we push candy and all the stuff that is so hard to avoid. Yesterday, the priest was giving out Cadbury eggs and I gave mine to my husband and told him to give it to the boys which was good. I did not even miss it.

In reference to high tea or tea - it is dinner. Dinner is lunch. I am often looking at DH for a translation such as pudding is dessert. Give it the welly - is stepping on the gas peddle. Chips are fries -- fries are McDonalds - crisps are potato chips and Bob's your uncle means job is done. I am getting there, but it does take some time. Sometimes, I just nod and pretend that I get it and hope it falls into place.

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I made it home after a 12 hour drive from San Francisco. Fortunately there were three of us to share the driving. It was uneventful and the weather was great for a road trip.

I love walking into a house of dogs that are so happy to see us. It's like love wrapped up in fur. Nothing like a dog to let you know you are loved emoticon

I got back into my exercise routine today with a little over an hour and a half of the elliptical and recumbent bike. It was the equivalent of 8.5 miles. I'm still training to hike to the top of Mt. St. Helens and hoping to do it sometime in June or July. Some snow needs to melt first emoticon

Trish - I can relate to the food porn. Commercials are the worst!!

I'm glad Easter has finally come and will soon be over. The commercialism and candy associated with it is awful. Get those darned Cadbury Creme eggs off the shelves. They will be the death of me!!

For now, I'm glad to be back on track and back into my routine. I'm also glad I had worked so hard to be in the fit condition I'm in now as the week in San Francisco required lots of stair climbing with the elevator out Monday and Tuesday at our hotel, and we walked all over the city up and down the streets - and there are a lot of fairly steep hills in San Francisco. It would have been impossible two years ago. It was fairly easy this time. For those of you that are working your way into exercise, do it slowly, but keep challenging yourself. Add a little time or a little intensity once in awhile. You'll be surprised at what you can do and you'll find yourself improving little by little as you drop weight and gain strength. It's not always going to be easy or fun, but it will sure be worth it.

JustMe - congrats on those 6000 steps. It's a big achievement and you should be proud of yourself.

Take care everyone. I'll be better about responding to everyone now that I'm home and have a little more time.

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I now have to figure out a way to get to 6000 steps on the days that I do not go to water aerobics. Walking in the pool is pain free, walking on land is not, so need to put my brain to work on how to accomplish this.

Trish - love the "food porn" how true it is - those illicit, naughty desires--
I find this site very helpful when I am in those quiet tempting times, I just come to Spark and either read or write until the desire goes away.

Mtn_Kitten - I know what you mean about the pushing of candy onto children - Halloween the object is to get the biggest bagful, Valentine's day - chocolate hearts, candy hearts, and boxes of candy and now Easter. My DSL always had an Easter egg hunt. She put coins in the eggs.

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We celebrated hubby’s birthday yesterday … and I did great. I made sure to have tons of veggies and fruit available while everyone was scarfing up the lasagna and key lime pie. We took three-your-old grandson to an Easter egg hunt at our local library and he had a blast. He had fun finding all the pretty plastic eggs. He could care less that each one had candy inside. Hubby and I took all the candy out … grandson is not allowed to have candy. The coordinators kept trying to give us candy to make sure grandson had enough.

The scale stayed the same this weigh-in emoticon

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Susan ~ Thank you for the warm welcome! It’s always so nice to have a walk with our hubz, which helps us bond as a couple. I find it a relaxing way to talk about whatever floats across our brains. I had a nice walk with mine yesterday because he was able to leave work earlier, and that doesn’t happen too often. One of these days I’m going to see what a High Tea is all about.

JustMe/Linda ~ Nice to meet you, too! And Hello to a fellow Californian! I grew up in Anaheim, but moved away in 1988. Isn’t it crazy how one day to the next, things can turn around? Kudos to you for making a great goal! You got more done in one day than I do exercise-wise in a week! You and I are very close in Ticker stats, so now I’m motivated to get in more walking! Those salads sound so tasty! My Hubz thinks kale is evil – ha ha

Tammy ~ Thank you for the kind greeting. Sounds like you’re going to have a long and spiritually refreshing day. Once we get over our “thing” of feeling like we’re missing out on something at a potluck or buffet with all the different kinds of foods, then we can focus on what our eating needs really are and the benefits we will reap down the road. A big ‘attagirl’ to you for being so good around all those goodies!

Triagin ~ I read about your daughter and I’m so sorry about her accident! Here in WA State, it is illegal to even talk on a cell phone while driving, but I still see it happening. Some people just don’t get it.

As you can see from my time stamp, I’m a bit of a night owl. This would be the time of day that the munchies monster would tap on my shoulder, but I seem to be doing pretty good with that the past few days. I’m 14 days on my restarted plan. I drove a couple hours this morning to visit a friend and thought I would be dealing with a calorie bomb kind of day, but we decided to hit Subway and I sailed through the rest of the day without wanting to chew on anything else. Ladies….. I caught my husband last night looking at….. FOOD PORN. I was on my laptop reading SP and I look over to see what he’s doing on his laptop and he has this Facebook page open on Fifty Shades of Chocolate. I was like, are you kidding me?! Its all I can do not to dream about chocolate cake and he’s looking at pictures of it! He thinks he can stop at any time. Ha ha No plans of any kind on Sunday – but hope you all have a very relaxing weekend!

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what a change a day makes. For the first time I met my 6000 step goal!!!!! Yeah me! I'll say it again I exercised the equivocal of 3 miles and 6000 steps. I went to water aerobics an hour early and walked the pool for an hour before the aerobic class, then got on the elliptical 3 times and got up every hour to walk from my chair to the kitchen and back. YEAH!
I also stayed at the low end of my calorie range and ate healthy all day. Yes, right now I am full of myself.
For tomorrow I made broccoli salad with Greek yogurt dressing, potato salad with low fat mayo, and kale salad. The only thing I am cooking tomorrow is the ham.
Happy Easter All
Linda

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Trish - Welcome to this thread. You are so right. This is a great bunch of caring supportive folks. I have learned so much from everyone here. I look forward to checking in here as often as I can.

Justme - Yep, today is a new day. Thanks goodness, right? We all have those not-so-good days. As you know, the key is getting right back on track and not allowing a slip up here or there to throw you completely off your plan. I know how strong your resolve is...You will get back on track and feel great about it. What a story about your former boyfriend's family. You are very perceptive. So often things are not what they seem to be. Very few of us grew up in an Ozzie and Harriet household. (I know I didn't....though to outsiders it might have looked like I did.)

Susan - Yay for you for having a healthy lunch at home after your walk. That's the spirit! Good for you! I appreciated your comments to Pam and the story you related about your former friend as well as the dialogue you posted. So right on! I am so glad your life with your DH as worked out so well. What a blessing. My life has taken turns I didn't expect as well. The life I have today is nothing like what my plans were even 20 years ago, but I have always believed you play the hand you are dealt. I thank God every day for my dear son and our life.

Triagin - Woo Hoo for you....down 5! Fabulous! Great motivation to keep up the good work. I am glad your daughter's injuries are not worse. So scary how something can happen so quickly and through no fault of her own. I do not understand why people text while driving. Nothing can be that important.

Debby - Hope you have a safe trip home. I am sure you made lots of wonderful family memories. You will be back on track quickly!

Well I cooked all of our traditional Easter foods between yesterday and today. We will bless a basket of a the food tonight at church after the resurrection service which will be over around 1:30 am or so. Then we stay at the church social hall and eat from our baskets as well as have some of the other foods that we all bring to share. DS and I will get home from church around 3 am or so. Then we will get up to drive about 90 minutes to have dinner with family - have to be there about noon. It is kind of tiring but well worth the joy of it all.
I did great yesterday at the church potluck dinner we had between our 2 Holy Friday services...one was at 4 pm and the other at 6:30. I stayed with healthy foods like hummus, veggies, etc. and I continue to feel great. It seems that my level of hunger is very much under control these days. I weighed in today and am at the same weight, which is great. I felt like I gained a bit in Texas but have been very much on track since I got back. I may have a slight gain now that Easter is here, especially due to the high sodium content in the foods we eat, but I feel certain that I can get that number moving down again in just a few days or so.

Happy Easter everyone! emoticon






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Welcome Trish, I love coming to this thread, lots of support, great people and active.
Yesterday was not a good day for me, did not get in the exercise I wanted, over-ate every meal. But as always today is a new day and a new beginning.
Susan - your walk sound lovely to me. The idea of taking a casual stroll in a pretty place sounds wonderful.
Happy Easter weekend to all. Remember hard boiled eggs, not chocolate bunnies.

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Hi Trish -- Welcome aboard -- always happy to have a new face . Well DH and I wondered the Peak district today - it was quite a lovely little walk although a little less then my other route much more hilly which I do believe I need. I was a bit lazy about going but true to form, I did not regret it. I convinced him to come home for lunch as the tea shops always have too much good stuff and had a turkey wrap and having some fruit for dessert.

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Hi Folks...
I would really like to join in on this thread to have buddies to check in with. My name is Trish and I live just north of Seattle. I've been reading past posts and I like the frequent activity here. Also the encouragement everyone is showing to each other. I think this will be exactly what I need to stay motivated. I didn't find much activity or response on my local teams when I first joined back in the fall of 2013. I had some discouragement along the way but I think I've sorted it out. I popped into this team having just turned 50 in March and there's alot going on, which is awesome! Looking forward to sharing ideas, struggles and kudos! Have a great weekend everybody!

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Everyone has problems. even size 12 people and if they say they do not then they are out and out lying. Their need to feel superior has blocked their ability to get support, make friends and probably even be happy.
I had a boyfriend that appeared to have everything. His family appeared perfect. I grew up with an absent father who cheated, and gambled, and an alcoholic mother. When I looked at his family I saw people who did not drink or do drugs, or go to jail or the psyc ward. Wow it looked great until one holiday when I was at their house. His grandmother had just had surgery. His father pushed her into the table and she said "Ouch! You pushed me into far." His father's eyes were joyful and he left her there and said, "You're okay." I saw a sadist beneath the surface. My boyfriend pulled his grandmother's chair back a little, but did not look at his father. In that instant I knew that life in their family was worse than life in mine.

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Doing great. Completed my 35 minutes on the treadmill at 2 miles and hour. Just got back from the store getting fresh produce – veggies and fruits. Grandson will be spending the night so that tomorrow we can take him to an Easter egg hunt. Later tomorrow we will be celebrating hubby’s birthday. Of course he wants homemade lasagna. I bought everything I could think of to make a large salad even if I am the only one out of the bunch to eat it.

JustMe – you are such a sweetie.

Triagin – I am glad your daughter wasn’t seriously injured.

Susan - thank you for sharing you story. We are enough!!!!!!

To all that have been traveling – continue to have fun or rest up.


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HI All,

I just briefly wanted to check in. I went to my friends today and learned how to make English scones, she is a wonderful teacher and cook. They came out well and even though I wanted to make some of my own she sent some home with me so my triumph was not purchasing anything to make them at home so no extra food and batches sitting around the house.

Pam – welcome I must admit I am compelled to respond to your sister issue – the one who is a 12 while you are a 22. My best friend while I was growing up was a gorgeous girl. In fact at one of my children’s baptisms the minister’s wife literally asked me how I could be friends with such a beautiful petite girl. My reply was I never thought about basing my friendships on people’s appearances. Now the truth is I had always admired her, she was pretty, smart, had the gift of gab, married young, had three very beautiful girls, had a big house with all the things that little girl’s dream of. Anyway as time passed by our friendship became more distant not because of her appearance, but her need to win. I realized that one of keys to our friendship for her was her feeling superior to me. Eventually, her insecurity and need to win caused her to betray me and the friendship was finished. I relate her life to the line in “Cool Runnings”

Irv: [telling Derice why he cheated] It's a fair question. It's quite simple, really. I had to win. You see, Derice, I had made winning my whole life, and when you make winning your whole life, you have to keep on winning, no matter what. Understand?
Derice Bannock: No, I don't understand. You won two gold medals. You had it all.
Irv: Derice, a gold medal is a wonderful thing. But if you're not enough without it, you'll never be enough with it.

What really strikes me is that our lives are so dictated by our perceptions. Everyone has issues, with weight or success or finances or children or husbands, whatever. The real question is how we face our own issues rather than how we compare to others. Why does a size 12 feel the need to share with a 22 that she eats beef jerky and has sweet cravings? There is always someone who will be better then you and someone who will be worse off then you.

As a postscript to this story, I was in the states recently and saw my old friend from a distance, she is still petite and quite attractive for our age and as far as I know married happily to the same man. I very contentedly walked on holding my dh's hand.. I would not trade places with her for the world.




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Haven't signed on in a few days--had people working around the house and lots of Spring cleaning stuff to take care of. By the time I signed on at night and tried to catch up with what you guys had posted, I was half asleep and chose the bed instead!

Well, I have good news--and bad news tonite.

Good news: I checked my recorded weight from the chart I received from the doctor's office that I used as my starting point--and it was even more than I remembered (I have a habit of NOT watching the scales, can you blame me?). So when I weighed myself last week, I THOUGHT I'd only lost 1lb--but actually lost 5!

I've been pretty consistent in my program this week--with only a minor slip up in the amount of protein I ate (ground turkey), so I hope the scales will show something positive this weekend, too.

Now the bad news: My daughter's car was hit from behind today while she was stopped at a stoplight--by an older adult who was evidently texting or talking while driving and didn't see the line of cars ahead already stopped at the red light. My daughter is single and lives about 2 hours away, but I'm her sounding block and support when things go wrong, so I got the call about the accident from her about 10 a.m., this morning. She suffered some minor injuries in the accident that are going to require some physical therapy, the doctors say. It could have been worse. It's been devastating because the insurance company has already totaled her "baby," a paid-for Camry she bought as her first "new" car and that was still as pristine as the day she bought it, so that was a terrible loss for her.

Anyway, this concludes a series of stresses for her--and subsequently me--that have occurred over the past month or so. I've been "on call" for over a month now while we both tried to cure a pesky sore throat and respiratory infection--that progressed into a devastating bout of the flu that laid her flat for nearly two weeks. Lots of "cures" created and used during this time, along with the Zpacs. She finally recovered, was out with her boyfriend for her first restaurant meal, and they BOTH contracted food poisoning from the dishes they ordered--and it was BAD! Back to the "cures" for food poisoning!

Geez!!! If trouble comes in three's, let's hope this is the END of her run of bad luck! I can't take any more!

Needless to say, my days have been a little disoriented during this time, but I've been pretty steadfast in my program and in following my Rules For The Road, including my rule to get more sleep...so I'm going to sign off and do that now!

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It is so nice to come here and visit with my friends. The friends who understand the daily, sometime minute by minute challenge of changing habits. Each one of you brings something special to our group, the frustration of feeling that you are stalled, but the persistence to keep on truckin’ in the face of adversity, the slow progress that becomes monumental success, the success at the end when you can go on vacation, you can climb stairs, you can do the things you want. Everyone is so important, alone we are a swimmer far from shore, and together we are a life raft.

The realization that my stress is real was really a life changing moment. I have always ignored my moods, unless something momentous had happened (death, loss, financial calamity) and just said “This too shall pass.” Now I am going to treat my daily stress the same way I do other stress, with extra sleep, meditation, and evening chi gong. I will also write affirmations.

Debby – you give me hope and inspiration
Tammy – you support me when I am down
Tweeny Pam – you provide me with much need resources
Mtn_Kitten – you show me the importance of persistence
Scrimp – you keep it real and are such an inspiration
P&B – you are so important to me – you and I are battling some of the same frustration and seeing your persistence keeps me going
Susan – I love your sense of humor – you always add a new perspective

So happy weekend all, happy family time, live well, laugh long and love life
And remember to keep on rowing
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Hi everyone - day five of our trip and I know I'll see a jump in the scale when I get home. I'm not worried, though, because I know I can get it back off and continue on my journey. It's been so good to see my kids, for them to see each other and for everyone to see their grandmother, so anything I've done has been worth it. I have been walking a lot. We've been taking the bus, BART, and cable cars sometimes, but we've also walked around a whole lot of the city, so I know that's helped and it has the bonus of seeing so much more on foot. The Giants game was great with a beautiful view of the Bay and a nearly full moon rising during the game.

Scrimp - congrats on your continued success. You've got to feel better and I know you look better.

TammyAnd - I know you feel good to be home, but it sounds like you had a good trip, even if it was busy.

Pam - I agree with Tammy - your weight does not define you. And you're still better off not smoking. I have two sisters - one who has always been small and one that is even bigger than I ever was. We've sure competed about a lot of things, but never weight. We are who we are and it's not worth comparing ourselves or defining ourselves by any one elses standards.

JustMe - I've had plenty of joint issues and things to stress me out and I know none of it helped with my weight. It is stressful, and at least recognizing that helps you to deal with it. Good luck. You're facing it and that will help.

PandB - you are so encouraging. Please remember to cheerlead for yourself once in awhile.

We have a restful evening planned, and another full day planned tomorrow before we all part ways again. Happy Friday!!


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Pam - Don't worry about what size you are. Focus on getting healthier and be thankful you don't smoke. Since your sister's visit isn't for a couple months you have time to drop more pounds and in the process feel better about yourself. Maybe setting a reasonable weight loss goal with a target date near your sister's visit will be good motivation.

Mtnkitten - Your broccoli salad recipe sounds good. I know someone who makes a similar broc salad and adds pecans instead of bacon called for in the recipe she has. It is good that way too. I am so with you on the eating clean issue. The 17 Day Diet fits nicely with clean eating, and I feel great when I am compliant.

Scrimp - 30 minutes of daily movement is great and definitely successful as you mentioned and have demonstrated in your own success. I thought of you today because Leah Loves Shoes was on QVC while I was working in the kitchen. I wasn't paying attention to the items but I heard that they had extra wide wide in one item...don't know which one however as the presentation was ending when I heard the wide part. And woo hoo for you for being down 2 more pounds. Look out Caribbean here comes Scrimp! Your berries recipe sounds great. I bought strawberries today so I might make it tonight or tomorrow.

Justme - I understand the stress factor. My rheumatoid arthritis slows me down on days when I am really flaring badly and often I stress over how well I will be able to keep up with my daily demands due to my commitments (I know most of them are my choice). I just love curry and your recipe sounds great. Of course I would make it without the onions as I don't like onion in any form.

PandB - Girlfriend, you will make your goal. We are all here to cheer you on, just as you provide vital support to all of us.

Susan - So glad to see your post. Happy birthday to your DH. Good luck with your project...I know you will do well...

Debby - Family time is the best! And enjoy the game. We are baseball fans in our house too....NY Yankees...even though we live in PA and it is Phillies country around here.

I grocery shopped this morning and am so glad to have healthy food in the house again. I bought salmon and asparagus, both on sale, as well as salad fixins' etc. I also bought not-so-healthy traditional Eastern European (Russian/Ukrainian) traditional foods for Easter, including kielbasa and ham (high sodium and high fat). I also make a "cheese" from eggs and milk (will use skim milk). I like to keep the traditions for my DS but I don't plan to over-do it with any of these foods.
I am very happy to be home. The trip was great but not at all restful. So I feel a bit tired since I got home and really need to catch up with one good night's sleep (maybe tonight).

I expect to check in over the weekend but will take this opportunity to wish everyone a blessed Easter... a few days early. emoticon

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Scrimp emoticon I did not know your personal weight loss history so thanks for sharing it with us "newbies". I am in the same boat as what MtnKitten was for 14 years as well as what JustMe is now. I have needed total knee replacement surgery since 2003 for my right knee. We were planning on making a major move and so I said I would wait. Well, as fate would have it, I now don't have health insurance and it only gets worse not better. JustMe, what you said describes my life to a T. I will admit that a few years ago I did give up for quite awhile and all I can say is that things only slide even more down. I had also just lost my Mom as well as my WAH job so I was depressed but nothing like being in pain to be depressed as well. I watched my life shrivel up to nothing and encouraging my hubby to keep being social while constantly hearing him return to tell me that "so and so says Hi". I never wanted to be an object of pity but I sure felt like it. So, for me, what has really helped is that in the past year I have just kept reaching for the right kind of exercise etc to bring back some of my mobility. I still have days where I am dragging my right leg (this past weekend was one of them) but I still try to get out. I saw a woman in a restaurant making fun of me the other day until I looked her straight in the eye and then she lowered her eyes. I thought, who makes fun of someone who has a disability? I felt more pity for her than anything else and she had a child with her.

Scrimp I agree with you that it is making both of those "fractions" come together in one in sync equation. I do better when I can burn calories but again I struggle to find the right workout that will do that for me. I used to be a big walker. I look forward to returning to that some day. My days now do not have much movement in them so I have to make it happen. I do agree that it is important to make it a first thing in the day priority.

I had a disappointing moment today. My sister who is 3 1/2 years younger than me was mentioning that she was shopping for jeans and she bought a size 12. I am not a competitive person with other people but she is going to be coming to visit in the next couple of months and I just thought I am working so hard on eating healthy and working out and I am a toned size 22. She smokes nearly 2 packs of cigarettes (has early stages of COPD too), eats beef jerky followed by some "sweet fix" she told me and she wears a size 12!! Argh. It really makes me feel defeated right now and wishing that I could blink my eyes but I can't so when she comes and visits I will be eating my salads, she will eating her beef jerky or McDonald's and I will wonder what is wrong with this picture? LOL. (sigh)

PandB--I so miss doing yard work. I used to love spending hours in the yard. emoticon on the 2.7 lbs. lost. I am struggling to not regain any of the weight that I lost when I was sick. I have made good choices including when I went shopping yesterday for the holidays coming up.

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Doing great! We spent yesterday keeping the grandkids. Today seems so … quiet!!!! I peeked at the scale this morning and was not happy. I usually weigh every other day with Sunday being my official weigh in day. I know I am doing my program, so I am just going to ignore it : )

Everyone needs to find what works for them. I for one sat, literally sat for over 14 years and did not move. Yes, I over ate but I did not move either. I could have gone to the pool, ridden my stationary bike, done chair exercises … but I sat. Mid-February I started walking on my treadmill. I started out reeeeeeeally slow. I know me, if I over do it I don’t do anything. I started with 10 minutes at 1.2 miles an hour. Every other week I added a total of five minutes …

Mon and Tue added 2 minutes
Wed added 1 more minute
Thu and Fri added 2 more minutes

I have been very dedicated to exercising first thing when I wake up. Nothing gets in my way until I have had “my” time.

My broccoli salad is raw broccoli and cauliflower cut into bit size pieces marinated in ½ bottle of Italian lite dressing.

JustMe – being in chronic pain is very stressful!!!!! I needed new knees for over 14 years. I took tons of meds that didn’t take away the pain but made me not care … about anything. I iced my knees every night just to be able to get up and go to work. That is all that was in my life … work. Otherwise, I sat on the side line of life … sat still. I have my fingers crossed for you.
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I am just checking in to say that I am back from my trip and had a great time. I am off now to take care of some errands and to grocery shop as we need some healthy food in the house. I will check back later today.

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Hello:

To all you Walkers, believe that walking IS effective. That's basically my exercise of choice that have helped me lose 88 pounds since July. I always say I need to do 30 minutes of something as long as I am moving.

PandB- So frustrating, but you are moving in the right direction. Good job!

Its not the exercise but its the eating that does us in; and also causes weight loss.. I wonder if some of you are counting calories to ensure you are really eating within your range. As people with 100 pounds to lose we should be able to lose, just with the drastic calorie cut to healthy eating. If you are a yo yo er like me we might have wrecked our metabolism causing us to lose slowly, and also eating too many carbs which cause our insulin levels to spike and stop fat burning cold.

Justme--I have suffered from depression too. But when I continued to overeat and berate myself it just made things worse and drove me to eat more to get rid of the pain and isolate my self from going out and enjoying life. Stay the course.

Holding for the third day at 195 so that is a REAL number.

Just need to get a mani/pedi and I am all set for the trip.

I am going to a fashion show and lunch May 17. Last year I was almost 100 pounds heavier and couldn't (wouldn't) buy anything after the show (although they had BIG sizes for sale); except for a Fascinator hat. This year I might buy myself something. I also have my nephew's graduation from University of Virginia to attend May 16 in Blacksburg, VA (remember the massacre there). All hotels are booked so I had to take a cheesy Howard Johnson hotel 20 miles away :( My nephew is graduating with a double Bachelors in Accounting and Finance. He already secured a job with a major accounting firm. He is so fortunate to find a position as a new grad.




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Broccoli Salad Question - I want to make broccoli salad for Easter - Has anyone ever made it using Greek yogurt instead of mayo? What did you mix it with? If you used the vanilla did you need any sugar? any vinegar?

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Mtn_Kitten – congrats on the increased walking. What did you start at? How often do you make an increase?

P&B – almost 3 pounds!!!!! That is great! My weight bounces around too. Day to day it is different. Keep focused on your improved health. I am sure the weight will follow.

I had an epiphany today. Stress! I log my stress level and I usually log it as low! I am getting along well with my family. Money is ok – not great, but I am living within my means. Health and sleep are improving. Then I realized I live everyday with stress – the stress of pain, the stress of physical limitations, the stress of not being able to participate in activities I love, and the stress of surgical needs that are not being met. This helped me put my life into perspective. I am dealing with stress. It does wear me out. There are real reasons why I get depressed sometimes. There are real reasons why I get frustrated. Knowing the reality behind my feeling will give me a better way to deal with them.

Tammy I hope you are still having fun.


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Doing great. I increased my walking to 33 minutes today!! We are at the grandkids and they are going to eat pot pies. I brought my care package and will eat fish and salad. When I ate my morning snack of yogurt and Kashi, grandson wanted it. So I shared : )

Susan – I have been working on getting my stamina up for our trip to the Grand Canyon. You are already waaaaaay ahead of me. I just broke a mile when I got up to 32 minutes on the treadmill.

P&B – You are doing it!!!!! We will make it to our goals. I just know it!!!!
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Hello Sparklers,
It rained all day yesterday, in the afternoon we lost power and at night the rain turned to snow. This morning there is a good coating of snow on my deck but it is bright and sunny.

Debby - Glad you are enjoying San Fran and your family. You have a great attitude, stay in control when you can then plan to jump right back in to your program when you get home. Sometimes if you are too restrictive and deprive yourself too much it backfires and you lose all control at a later point.

Susan - Your planning to plan makes perfect sense. It reminds me of a saying: "We don't plan to fail we fail to plan."

JustMe - Your curry lentils sound great. I make curry vegetables with tofu a lot. I find the curry paste too bland, so instead I use ginger Indian pickle. That makes it much more flavorful.

Today is my official weigh in day and in the end I did lose 2.7 pounds this week. It was very frustrating though. Despite being within my calorie range each day I gained 5 pounds before losing the 2.7. This happens a lot. For no good reason my weight will increase by 3 or 4 pounds and those pounds aren't any easier to lose than pounds I have carried for a long time. Sometimes I feel like I will just never lose enough weight to reach my goal.

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made the lentils - my DSL liked it, I liked it, but my daughter and her tender tummy got gas. Oddly the tomatoes tempered the curry and the curry tempered the tomatoes.
So today I am going to Costco to do Easter shopping. We are planning a ham and all salads for Easter.
Susan - I always have to plan to plan, My brain need to see a logical path otherwise I will not do anything
Debbie - so glad you are having fun. Keep at those stairs and maybe you will be surprised when you get home and find that not only have you indulged a little, but you have broken your plateau.


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Thanks for the welcome back. Today I am planning to plan ... sounds a bit silly but I am going to plan what changes to make moving forward toward our vacation. I took a nice long walk this morning and that is my plan for this week to walk daily. Eating this week will be a bit tough and tomorrow is my husband's birthday and Friday I am going to learn how to make scones from a friend. So part of the plan is not to fall off the track on Saturday



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Checking in after a long (but fun) couple of days in San Francisco. We spent a lot of time walking around the city, but I'm not getting nearly the intense exercise I'm used to. I think it's probably good for me to take the week off from that - I know I'll be right back at it next week when I get home. They did get the elevator fixed yesterday afternoon, however, so I'm not having to climb all those stairs unless I want to. emoticon

I'm really not doing well with eating, though. I do fine through lunch, then get way off track for the afternoon and dinner. I've decided not to worry about it as I know I can take off anything I may gain once I get back, and maybe it will help motivate me to really work for those last pounds on top of it. Maybe it will even help spark at new round of weight loss instead of the whole plateau thing that has plagued me.

It's worth it to spend time with my family. We visited my mother-in-law today and seeing how happy she was to see her granddaughter for the first time in five years was really special. My son flies in tomorrow and it's been even longer since she saw him last so I know that will be great for both of them. I wish we didn't live so far from each other so they could all spend more time together, but that's just how it is. I'm grateful that they get to see each other now as my mother-in-law's health is not what is was and they may not get many more chances.

Tomorrow we go see my mother-in-law for awhile, explore a little more of the city, then have tickets to see the San Francisco Giants play the Dodgers in the evening. Everybody love baseball, so we should have a great time.

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forgot to cook the lentils, so we are having them today. I am going for a kind of red beans and rice thing only with curried red lentils and red quinoa. I always rinse my quinoa first, but do not soak it. I have never made curried lentils before, so we will see how this recipe turns out. It is very high in tomatoes. Basically all the recipe is tomatoes, lentils, onions and carrots. You cook it to a stew consistency then add curry paste and curry powder. I am putting it over the cooked quinoa. I will tell you later if it is any good.
Today is a very good day. I am eating, motivated, and went to water aerobics. So even though I have been frustrated previously, today is going according to plan.

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Hello Sparklers,

Susan - I was worried about you. Good to hear from you and glad to hear all is well. When we are on vacation my husband loves to go on long walks too. It is always a struggle for me to keep up, but these vacation walks are a good motivator for me to get on the treadmill during the rest of the year.

Scrimp - You are doing wonderfully, congrats on your continued onederland success. Don't fret about the weather forecast. Once, for a trip to Cancun, the internet weather called for rain everyday we were going to be there. As it turned out this rain was for 5 to 10 minutes around 4:00 PM a couple of afternoons. Other than that it was beautiful sunny skies.

Tweety - you can purchase name brand tires over the internet and then take them to a local shop for counting and balancing. This tends to be less expensive then buying the tires locally.

Spent yesterday outside in the garden. I shoveled compost into a wheel barrel and then spread it on the vegetable garden. The compost was very dry and not as decayed as I had hoped. I think maybe I should have watered the compost heap? Anyway, we're getting a heavy rain today, so tomorrow I will use the tiller to mix the compost into the garden soil.

Tomorrow is my official weigh in day. It's been a frustrating week. I have been eating well within my calorie range but am up 3 pounds. ARGGGGGG.

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Hello All

Tweetyfit yes I now have peace of mind o know my car is now in perfect working condition; the parts replaced can only prolong the life of it. And a loss is a loss so I am sorry you were sick but glad you were able to release some weight whether it be fluid or fat.

Mtn Ktn--Overnight oatmeal sounds intriguing, but I don't eat cooked oatmeal except in cookies or topping on fruit crumbles :)

Susan--I missed you, glad you are back and still maintaining a practical approach and not giving up. Many times when folks go missing its a sign that something may be off. Just check in when you can--we are a Team.

Well just got off my scale and I am down 2 pounds today to 195. I'll do my best to keep them from returning.

Crap! All signs is that it will rain off and on next week in the Carribbean. Glad I did not pre-purchase excursions.

I'd like to share my favorite way to prepare berries. Its quick and prolongs the life of them

Cold Berries

-1/2 or 1 pint berries (Strawberry, blackberry, blueberries work well)
-1 tablespoon Truvia Natural Sweetener or your favorite sweetener to taste
-juice of 1/2 lemon
-1/2 to 1 cup water

Bring to a boil in a small pot. The juices will immediately release. Let simmer for 2 minutes and turn off heat. Put in container and chill in fridge until really cold.

You get all the lovely dark juice and plump berries to savor. Nice mix of sweet and tart. Eat plain or you can garnish with a bit of whipped topping if you like or layer berries and cream.

Nice large SWEET serving for those of you missing sugar.




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Good Morning all!

I have been MIA for a while as well. I have had a major project to finish up, but feel as if I am finally turning the corner on it. My eating recently has been so so but I am continuing to work on making small changes and not beating myself up over it. I am also making sure that I am taking a walk everyday. My husband and I are holidaying in early August and he wants to a 3 1/2 hour walk. Right now the 3 mile one hour walk is a bit rough, but I think if I am dedicated it will not be a problem. Also if I get my eating habits in line.

Hope everything is going well!

P.S. - I hate car issues but better to have a safe one then a dangerous one.



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I was M.I.A. for the past several days because of a stomach bug that I have had since last Wednesday. I'm not throwing up but I have been going to the bathroom a lot. Finally, by Friday I decided to follow the B.R.A.T. diet (bananas, rice, applesauce and toast) that helps stop the diarrhea. It does leave me with barely any energy. Sunday I just laid around and slept in the afternoon, which I think helped. However, my cardio is not like I would like since then. The "upside" is that I lost 8.2 lbs. since last Monday and am now 5 lbs less than my starting weight when I rejoined SP and SC on 3/1/13/14. Now, I just don't want to regain any of that so I am being very careful with what I am eating which really hasn't been a problem since I still have a touchy stomach.

JustforMe, I too have trouble standing or walking because of OA (and needing surgery). I belong to another team here on SP called "Chair Exercise Team". It is very organized and they have a huge catalog of chair exercises that you can do right at the computer. Some are from YouTube and others are right here on SP. There is now also a "Limited Mobility Lifestyle Center" under Articles and Videos tab here as well. I really like the SP videos. They have short, medium and long ones to pick from --LOL--so you can fit one in no matter what time you have.

Scrimp, sorry to hear about your car. We just found out that we need new tires when we went to get a free tire rotation. $800. As my hubby said, it's not like we don't have 15 other places we could put that money. He is looking into discount tires but I don't like that idea since he uses the car for so much on road traveling. I just feel like you get what you pay for.

MtnKtn---my daily sources of fiber are: fruits, vegetables, beans, dark chocolate (1 gram),nuts and popcorn.

Triagn: I bought a WW digital one a couple of years ago. It even tells me how hydrated I am! It weighs within .02 of a pound and I weigh every day because I feel like I need to be honest with myself (I lie to myself all the time at "how well I am doing") about how I am doing. I know a lot of people say the scales says a lot of other things but the bottom line, IMHO, is that the scales don't lie. It is one thing if you gain a couple of pounds from eating Chinese one meal but another if you "think you are doing all you think you are doing" (but you're not) and you don't lose or you keep relosing and regaining the same couple of pounds. Then, IMHO, that is when you need a reality check. I need one every so often (like in the past couple of weeks) and the place that I can really tell is my food plan when I log it here. If it says I am staying within the caloric range then I have half the equation right. Then, if I am moving my butt (even with my limited mobility) that is half of the other equation. No magic tricks--just CICO (calories in and calories out).

Well, I need to do our taxes (we always owe so I wait until the last minute) and then I can finally relax. This is always the one day of the year that I dread.

Take care all, Pam

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I am doing great. I can not get over how wonderful I feel eating clean. No Crystal Lite, just clear water and fresh fruit and veggies with lean protein. I have not added back bread. I increased my walking time this morning … over the course of the week I will get to 35 minutes. I huffed and puffed the last five minutes today but I got it done.

Has anyone ever made overnight oatmeal? I have seen some recipes where you mix oatmeal, milk or yogurt, nuts, spices and let them sit overnight. There is no cooking involved. This morning I had sautéed onions and zucchini turned into scrambled eggs along with strawberries. I just finished my morning snack – Fage 0% greek yogurt; cinnamon, cloves, and ginger; and topped with Kashi Go Lean Crunch. Ymmmmm

Triagin – I eat all the fiber foods you listed … ok maybe not the beans every day … and when I track them on SparkPeople I get in the high 20s when my goal is 35 a day.

JustMe – No means NO. I love it. I found one frozen York Mint patty in the freezer left over from Valentine’s Day. It did not touch my lips … Ok I did smell it … but I put it back and walked away. I told myself I could make myself some sugar free chocolate pudding if I wanted it. Never made it. Bummer on your day. Do you take packed items with you when you leave the house? Even our grandson calls our lunch bag our care package. I pack fruit, can of tuna, carrots, celery, etc and take it with us wherever we go even if we think we will just be gone a second … coz things happen. How did the red lentil curry work out??? Do you soak your quinoa before you cook it?

Scrimp – WooHoo!! You bought two bathing suits. Hold your head high and enjoy yourself.


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Justme-- I am so sorry...I forgot about your mobility issues. Your last post it seemed like you went to a lot of places. I glad you get around well despite these challenges. If you go to www.collagevideo.com you will see some Chair exercise videos.


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Good Morning Sparklers,

Scrimp - Good job on losing another pound. I step on the scale every day too. If I don't check my weight each day then my eating tends to get out of control. I need that accountability each day to keep me in check. The negative side to that is then I see all of the fluctuations and get very frustrated when I gain 2 or 3 pounds for no good reason. That has been happening a lot lately. I started drinking more water (at least 96 oz/ day) and that may have something to do with it.

Tammyand - Sounds like you are having a wonderful time. Hope the big family dinner works out. I'll be that when you get home you will be pleasantly surprised by the numbers on your SAT.

JustMe - Sorry to hear about your frustrating day. You handled it very well. Just think how much worse it would have been if you had also eaten unhealthy foods.

Triagain - I bought my digital Weight Watchers scale at Bed Bath and Beyond. I've had it for a couple of years and have been pleased with it. I recently had to replace the batteries and that went fine. Before this scale I had one (not by WW) that I bought from Walmart. That one died within a year.

Debby - The 8th floor!! I never could have walked up all of those stairs. Good for you being able to do that. With all of those stairs you will have less, if any work to do when you get home.

The weather is finally getting nice here. It was in the 70's and very windy over the weekend so I opened all of the doors and windows to air the house out. It felt really good to do that. I've been getting baseline measures with my pedometer and they are pretty low, which is what I expected. I got the pedometer to help me increase my general activity and not to measure my exercise. Now I can set a target and keep increasing my steps each day/week until I hi a better level activity than what I am doing now.

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Scrimp are the Leslie Sansone routines in a chair? I literally cannot stand for more than 5 minutes, so everything is either in the water or from a chair. If I am on my feet for longer my knees lock and will not bend at all. If I could walk I would be doing it everyday. I am so happy for your successful journey into onederland. Keep up the good work.

So starting over at the beginning of a new week. We will see what happens. Did get on the elliptical this morning, so off to a better start.

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Good Morning!
Cngrats Mtn Ktn and Triagin for losing a pound! As Triagin noted, every pound is significant and sometimes you can feel its gone.

Justme--You'll get that walk in. Have you tried the Leslie Sansone 1 mile routines. I have at least 25 of her routines and they are easy to do.

I lost 2 pounds last week, and am at 197 this morning. I didn't exercise all weekend but I did get in at least 5000 steps through shopping and doing housework.

This time next week I'll be in St. Thomas, VI. Getting more excited now I can't wait till Friday! I'll drive to my sons home in Smyrna, DE; and then we'll drive Saturday morning to Philadelphia to catch our 7:30 am flight direct to San Juan.

Debbiehs--Excellent that you are able to navigate 8 flights. I hope you did not have to carry your luggage up. Chinatown will be tempting. I find the best choices with the least damage are my favorite noodle or won ton "House Special" soups (with chicken, beef, and shrimp), and steamed veggies with shrimp or chicken breast or Crab.

I tried on bathing suits and bought 2. It was as if I didn't lose 86 pounds when I looked in the mirror. The fat rolls on my legs are still there.
PandB--Yes I will be disrobing only when I am close to the water...I have got long skirts for cover-up and a long gauze vest.

I will work at home today and get to the gym later.



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forgot to say - trying something new tomorrow - red lentil curry - I am trying to decide whether to put it over some red quinoa. What do you think? It would definitely make it a high protein dish.

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Debby enjoy - there should be some good steamed items in China Town, Yut Lee’s has a wonderful crab dish.

Triagain – So happy to hear that those scales are going down – congrats. Have you ever eaten the “zero calorie” noodles? I was afraid to eat them after I read that they swell to 400 time their original size and have been known to cause blockages.

Mtn_Kitten - glad you got rid of another pound. Does it feel good when you say “no” and really mean it?

Tammy if you are reading this you are not having enough fun – Get going girl!

Both yesterday and today were full of challenges. Yesterday was the shower, and today was just frustrating. I did not sleep well and decided to just exercise at water aerobics (which was closed when I got there). No explanation, no message, nothing, so I decided to get my car serviced and washed. New guy in the service department, slow and did not seem to know as much as the guy I usually deal with. Then went over to the car wash, after waiting in a line that did not move, I gave up. Then I went to the store to buy organic milk for my granddaughter and could not find it. Finally found the milk. So, now I am starving to death, so I drive into Framer boys to get a bowl of soup, no soup today, so I back out of the drive through and go across the street to get a grilled chicken sandwich. At least 10 people in line. So, I go home and fix a bowl of soup. So at the end of the day no exercise for two days and I feel crummy. I wish I could walk. That is all I want to be able to do is walk.


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Well, we made it to San Francisco and are settle in to our resort. I know I'll get some exercise in this week as our room is on the 8th floor and the elevator is broken and not likely to be fixed until at least Tuesday. One good thing is that I know I'm in pretty good shape as the climb wasn't nearly as hard as I would have thought. It certainly would have been extremely difficult when I was 98 lbs. heavier. My husband works out with me every day and even he noticed that it really wasn't the problem to get up all those stairs that it would have been for us before we decided to start being healthier.

Eating is definitely going to be a bit of a challenge. We're less than a block away from Chinatown and all of the goodies that has to offer, but I'll do my best. And we are prepared with lots of good stuff to prepare and eat here. We will be doing a lot of walking, too.

I'll check in when I can, and if I do gain any weight this week, I'll get it right off when I get home. I am loving having time with my daughter, though, and that makes up for any extra work I might have to do to get back on track.

I hope you all have a great week.


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Well, the old scales I own moved down one pound this week. I used my original weight on the doctor's scales as my starting point instead of using my own scales, so I may not be quite "in sync" yet between the two scales. My clothes and jelly belly tell me it's more than one pound gone, so I'm not discouraged with that one pound reading. I'm really thinking of popping for one of those new-fangled scales, because mine are really ancient--and look it! May splurge when I go out on my regular Tuesday shopping day, if I can find one I like.

MTN_KITTEN-If you want to up those fiber foods, include a LOT more raw cauliflower (with low-cal dip?), broccoli, cabbage, celery, squash (pumpkin is great!), beans (white, black, kidney, chickpeas--drained and put on a salad), kale (which I use in smoothies), and sweet potatoes, among others. Lots of times I'll make a big salad and then drain and wash a can of beans and cover it with black beans and fresh salsa. And I have a friend that always makes her "salads" with raw cabbage because she can't tolerate lettuce!

If I really am in a pinch, I'll use some psyllium husks fiber that you mix with water/tea/coffee/etc. I use the unflavored, no sugar fiber powder and not the pills. That especially helps if you are dying of hunger--and you just ate--or before meals or special events to make you feel fuller. Just be sure you drink a lot of water with it! It's also great for helping to control cholesterol levels, too. Opt for unflavored plain psyllium powder, if you decide to add it in your diet on those days when you just don't get in enough fiber. Ease into it--maybe start with 1/2 tablespoon mixed in water--because it can cause bloating at first if you start out at the high end of the dosage.

Places to go, things to do! Have a good day Spark Buddies!





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I got rid of another pound!!! I am going great. Hubby ate Milky Ways, offered me one, and I responded with “no thank you” and meant it. Tomorrow I start increasing my walking over all time. Nine weeks to Grand Canyon.


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Wore my new cute shoes and did not have any problems and got compliments. It was nice to see everyone at the shower (my husbands side of the family). My DSL looked great. She was told that she had a spot on her lung and needed a biopsy about 3 months ago. She decided to forgo the biopsy because she had decided that she would not do chemo or radiation. But she has decided that it was not cancer and is doing great at the moment. All the nieces and nephews were there except the ones that live out of the country and it was a beautiful day and a beautiful party. I did not eat any of the cakes, candy, cupcakes and cookies that were there but did indulge in the chicken marsala.
Water aerobics today.

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I get the next two days off from walking. I slept in this morning … all the way to 6:30. My body was so use to getting up at 5:30 when I was working; sleeping in after retirement was ~7. Now that I am exercising first thing in the morning I am waking up ~6. Go figure.

I am bummed … Tweety was right. When tracking jicama I selected an entry someone else had entered. It said my ½ cup had 12grams of fiber. Not! It is 3!!!!! I can’t get my fiber count up to 30+ daily. How do y’all do this?

Have a great weekend!


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Justme - I vote for the ugly but comfortable shoes. Sore feet can be a big problem and really ruin a good time. I hope you have fun and that your feet don't hurt.

Scrimp - you are a disciplined sparker. I know that when I avoid the scale it is because I fear a disappointing number will create an I don't care spiral for me. I say good for you for facing those numbers. I hear you about the paper that needs to be purged. It seems like paper multiplies in our house. But what a good feeling when it is gone.

Pam - what a great idea to get a healthy treat after making your airport run. I too like the spark videos. I think they have save me money because I did not have to buy exercise videos.

Mt kitten - enjoy the good feeling of having that exercise done. What a great feeling of accomplishment this week. Your trip to the Grand Canyon will be here before you know it.

Pandb - have fun with DH this weekend! It looks like the weather will cooperate. I have been watching a little of the weather channel and it looks good for the northeast.

Triagin - great rules for the road. I am going to copy them for myself when I return from my trip.

I have been wearing my spark activity tracker all thru this trip but have not synced it at all. That will have to wait till I get home. I will be curious to see how I did because some days I am getting in some walking. Went to Olive Garden with several folks from our group last nite. I did indulge in their high calorie salad, but had grilled salmon and broccoli for my entree. Able to have healthy breakfasts everyday too. Tonight will have a preordered vegetarian meal @ our evening event. There are tentative plans for dinner tomorrow at an Italians restaurant with about 14 of my relatives who line in the area. I am hoping this works out as it will be a bonus for this trip for me. Three of my relatives came to one of our charity events on Thursday so that was an added bonus too! Sorry for any typos... Still getting used to DS's iPad...actually starting to like it. Ut oh, hope I don't want one.


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Happy and safe travel to everyone on the road today.

I will be going to Murrieta. It is about a 2 hour trip. I am looking for to seeing family members that I have not seen for a long time.

I am on a more even footing today. Big question of the day is "Should I wear my new cute shoes that may be uncomfortable, or my old ugly ones?"

Happy weekend

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Morning!
Bon yoyage Debbiehs! If I were going to SF; I know I'd want to go to Chinatown and also have Cioppino and Dungeness crab. I have been there about 30 times; as I used ro travel there often for business.

Justme--A sign that your body needs rest. I rarely nap; but when it unexpectedly happens; I know my body was exhausted. Have fun at the Shower.
Down a pound to 197. Yes I am a Slave to the Scale. I know from experience, if I stop weighing myself that means I am off track with eating. For me, a necessary daily discipline and compliance is to face my scale and own the number.

I'll pick up my car today, and buy a few essentials for the trip. I also have a huge kitchen paper and mail purge to face, which will take several hours.

Its a beautiful sunny day and the Cherry Blossoms have bloomed. There is the national CB Festival and parade going on in DC. I am not going but I went last year to see the trees.


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Just a quick check in before I turn in and get ready to leave very early for the 10-12 hour drive to San Francisco.

I've been busy all day preparing for the trip and getting my exercise in. My husband was even busier since he teds to do most of the prep work for traveling. I ate pretty well all day and I think I'm pretty prepared to do well on the road. Subway is located just about everywhere so I know I can get a good lunch somewhere on the road.

JustMe - I hope you're feeling better. Sometimes a nap is just what is needed. I rarely nap, too, but once in awhile I just need a good long nap. I hope yours revives you for awhile.

I should be able to check in most days, but I will be with family, so who knows if I'll have time. Keep up the good work everyone. I'll let you know how it's going.


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Today was a weird day. When I woke up I thought I felt fine. I ate correctly and exercised. Then I ate lunch,sat down and felt exhausted. I fell asleep and slept for over 2 hours. I lost the day. I feel fine now. But I never sleep like that in the middle of the day. Usually a 20 min nap is the max even if I have been up most of the night. May be this was what I needed because I am not feeling as defeated or depressed as I was.

I am glad this site is free. I have a number of friends that would not be able to pay anything extra, but they have become active members here. I am willing to put up with some inconvenience to keep the site open to anyone that wants help.

I used to get those annoying surveys all the time, but after saying no about 15 times they have stopped popping up. I get an occasional annoying pop up but they are actually few and far between.

I am going to my great niece's baby shower tomorrow with my daughter and my DDL. It should be fun. My niece (her mother) is throwing the party, and she is a perfectionist. It is going to be catered by a well respected caterer.
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Hello All:
Tweety and Just me and Panda. What I don't like about SP is all the pop up ads that sometimes block me trying to enter my food in the tracker. There are also silly surveys; and ads for products that do not seem to fit in with a healthy lifestyle. Also SP uses sensational headlines that cannot be true--designed to reel you in to read the story. They do this on Facebook often.


I did not have a menopause, as I had an "operation" in 2003. Have never taken hormones.

I am pissed because my car failed emissions testing. Went to the dealer and received an estimate for $2500 to have all thie things done my car needed. I admit to neglecting maintenance; as my car seemed fine. It only has 56K miles on it although it is a 2005 model Civic.
I received a surprise $9000 extra in my paycheck today for my company stock dividends. I'll use that. Lord giveth and Lord taketh away! Not happy about receiving this money because I'll just owe more in taxes. I'll have to save it to help pay next years taxes. I should move back to Canada for retirement I am sick of this unfair system. That Obamacare really made taxes go up!

Not exercising today, I am stuck on 198 anyway for the moment. I stuck to my plan all week and exercised 3 times. As others have said it used to be so easy to drop a size, but at over 50 we have to fight for every pound.

1 more week to go till the cruise.

Tammyand and Debbiehs have fun in San Fran and Texas. Good luck trying to eat right on vacation.


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Well, now that the discussion has turned to things we like or don't like about SP; here I go. Triang: make sure that you have the orange-red taskbar at the top of your page. Once you have that you can find just about anything on this site. Also, when you want to access your e-mails there is a little icon at the upper right that says "New Mail". Click on that and it will bring you to the inbox. The main thing that I would change about this site is to get rid of all of the commercials. ALL OF THEM! I would be willing to pay (as I have done with other sites) for a non-commercial version of this site. One of the reasons why it is so pokey for me to get through this site (and why I have missed posting in this team for the past couple of days) is that I keep getting this blasted pop up about some wine and cheese affair down in FL (I live in GA, SP!) and there is no little X that I can close that pop up.Yes, I could set it so I have my pop up blocker on but that intervenes with the online gaming site I belong to. emoticon

Otherwise, I definitely love the workout videos and coaching videos. I bookmark them and return to them often. I "just discovered" a tiny little link (I needed my bifocals to see it) that I can enter a food on my nutrition tracker that I have either made or can't find on their drop down list. Also, there is a tab (that I didn't notice when I belonged before) called Recent that keeps track of what I have eaten in the past couple of weeks (I, like most people, either eat leftovers or the same thing over and over) so all I have to do is click on the food item and the meal that I ate it and then it fills in for several meals and/or snacks at once. That is a time saver I really like.

P&B, last July SP (when I was a member then) synced the nutrition and the fitness trackers so that you can see how much you can eat by how much you work out. My suggestion to anyone here is to first track your fitness but basically if you do an hour a day of cardio (it can be broken up into smaller units) you can eat about 400 more calories than if you hadn't. I am not quite there every day but it is something worth noting. Thanks for the other tips. I agree with you that this is by far the best site that I have belonged to and I have belonged to two other ones long term and tried a few other "big name" ones besides.

FYI: I suspect that when some people are entering foods (not found on the drop down list on the Nutrition Food list) they are not being careful so if a food pops up and you see that the calories etc are wrong, my suggestion is to just re-enter it yourself or just be mindful how many calories your daily total may be off. Usually, it isn't more than 100 but for some people that might be losing and not. Something to consider.

Junebaby: What can I say to your comments but I have been there, done that and am using the t-shirt to dust. I understand your frustration. I have been there. If you still want to lose weight remember that diet alone will not do it any more. We are not kids here. I used to be able to diet 2-3 days and be able to drop a dress size. Ha. That is a mirage today. I have to be working out a lot more than I like to make the weight seriously drop. Just a thought as you move forward. Eat for health always.

To give you an idea of where my weight has been in the past month: I started SP on 3/13 at 252.4 lbs. then I lost 1.4 lbs and then I regained 4.6 lbs. because I was trying to eat up leftovers and I was still eating dark chocolate every night. Then I joined the "Tame Your Sweet Tooth" challenge here on SP as well as following a fruit and vegetable challenge with another team. I was still struggling with eating too much the first of April so my weight flip flopped all over the place until this past Monday it was 255.6 lbs. Well, with the leftovers gone and me kicking the dark chocolate habit as well as any hidden sugars I am now 249.8 lbs. I had multiple "visits" to the bathroom and by last night, I was exhausted. Talk about feeling empty! I have felt sick to my stomach for the past 24 hours. When I followed the South Beach Diet back in 2008, withdrawing from sugar was called "SB flu". However, I know that I will feel a lot better tomorrow and the next day.

My hubby is going out of state (family business) for 3 1/2 days. I always used to "treat" myself to Hardee's breakfast (my all-time favorite) because I had to get up so early to get him to the airport. Well, I want this time to be different. I have a coupon for a restaurant called "Sweet Tomatoes/Souplation". There is no meat and it is all "healthy" food. I am going to treat myself instead to a healthy lunch or dinner. The best way to change is one meal at a time.

So, there is my "spin" on SP. I would rate this site about 89% all good. I will say that they are responsive to making it a better site and that is more than I can say for some of the other ones that I have belonged to.

As for food, well, it is a "work in progress".

Keep up the good work all, Pam



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I feel great! I have completed my 30 minutes on the treadmill five times this week. That means I have the next two days off!!!! Next week I will increase my time gradually to 35 minutes. Only nine weeks until Grand Canyon. I peaked at the scale and it is up a pound but I am not worried. Sunday is my official weigh in day and after losing so much during my detox time, I was prepared for this. The scale does not weigh our self worth!!!!!

We went to the store yesterday and got all kinds of fresh produce ... of course we forgot some items that are necessary essentials for making some things this weekend. So we are gonna make a quick trip again later today. I just found out that jicama is high in fiber. I eat this often because of the crunch. I want to increase my fiber intake without using Metamucil or things like that. I can't believe how much better I feel eating clean foods.

The weather here is gorgeous. We still have snow on the ground but the temp will be close to 70 today. We plan to watch Saving Mr Banks today. We are big believers in supporting our library system, so we check out DVDs instead of buying them or renting.

JustMe – sorry you are bored. Everyone told me I would be bored stiff when I retired because I had always been in the center of all the goings on … but I am not! I have artsy fartsy things I like to do, we get outside almost every day, and I love to read. I empathize with your knee situation. Before I got my knees replaced, pain was my first friend/enemy every constant minute/second. This plateau will pass. Stay with it!!

Triagin – I agree with your sentiments. The scale does not weigh our worth and it is one tool to get us where we want to go … healthy!!!


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4/11/14 11:34 A

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Hello Sparklers,

I like the website. It takes a little getting use to but they all do. Overall it works fine, has a ton of good information, is free, and, most importantly, brought us all together.

Triagain - Your spot weeder sounds like my Dandelion Doggy and that is a lot of work. Good for you doing your whole yard.

For those of you traveling, enjoy your time away with family and friends. You each have had huge successes before your trips and will be able to enjoy traveling so much more than before. This is why we are all doing this, so don't let anything stop you from doing the activities you want.

All is well here, plus it is Friday so DH will be home tonight. Hope the weather is nice so that we can spend some time outside.

Be well,

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So far, the Rules for the Road I wrote for myself are working!

I'm on target with my food program. Getting a lot more exercise around here than normal--even though I'm pretty limited physically on that front. AND--big improvement on getting more sleep! Because of that, I'm up earlier--and moving more!

Tomorrow will be the first weigh-in for me, so hopefully, the fact that my clothes seem a little looser and the belly a little flatter is indicative of SOME progress! I started with the weight on the doctor's scales--now using my own scales, which are old--so not sure they're going to be totally in sync. Over time, it should work out between the two scales. OR I may splurge on those new scales I saw at the store last week!

Anyway, I'm not as scale-driven as a lot of folks. I know that doing the right thing--all the time--ultimately leads to the goal. I'm more driven by the way my clothes fit--and the ease of movement and the way I feel health-wise. I've found just paying attention to scales can be extremely destructive in making positive life changes, and that being totally honest with yourself about your program--and I do mean "honest"--is what brings about changes necessary to lose weight--and keep it off,

So, I've got things to do! Hope everyone has a very good weekend--and keeps on keeping on!

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Happy Weekend all
I am babysitting again today while parents go on a field trip to the Renaissance faire with the seventh graders in my daughter's class.
I am a little down right now. This whole plateau thing is a little daunting. I want to travel so badly and sometimes I just think "This is it. You are just stuck forever." I am not going to stop coming here or stop tracking because that is how I stay healthy. But I really want to start losing weight.
Speaking of travel. Debby have a great time in San Fran (one of my favorite cities). My husband and I would look at each other on a Friday and drive to San Francisco for the weekend.
Tammy enjoy you friend and your time in Texas.
So glad I got my tracker - I think it is going to make a difference in my life.

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Debby - have great trio & enjoy your family!

Scrimp - I am so glad we are thread friends. I just wanted to give you a goodie so I wished you had a spark page.

PandB - you are wonderfully ambitious with your yard work. I like the way I feel after I do it and of course the way it looks, but I really don't enjoy doing it.

As far as the SP website goes, I guess ignorance is bliss. Since I know so little about good or bad technology, I don't know what could be improved or not. I have learned how to use the website slowly as I have gone along & I am sure I have a lot more to learn. But the website is free & is full of good info and tools, so I am happy with that. And as Debby points out it brought al of us together, which is super in my book.

I am on the 3rd day of my travels. My food choices were somewhat limited yesterday due to the nature of the events we attended. Overall I think I did pretty well, though I did not take the time yesterday to track my food. Today I will be traveling by car for about 4 hours so not a lot of opportunity for movement, but I will do my best.

Here's to a great weekend everyone!


Edited by: TAMMYAND at: 4/11/2014 (09:46)
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Thought I'd do a real quick check in. It's late and I just got back from the hockey game - our boys won their game and this round of the playoff series. On to the next round. Yay Winterhawks.

TammyAnd - you have to feel so great not needing that extender for your seat belt. I'm so proud of you and all the work you've done to achieve that. There's much more to come, but great job!!

I admit that I was also a bit frustrated with this site when I first started, but I've gotten used to it and find most of what I need pretty easily now. There are some features I would like to see changed, but for the most part it's fine. I like the new start page a lot more than the way it was before and the site, though sometimes cumbersome, offers some excellent resources and isn't difficult for the things I use most - nutrition tracking and fitness tracking.

And, you gotta admit, it brought us all together and that's the best part of all.

Anyway, I'm doing fine and getting ready to finish up my packing for San Francisco tomorrow - we're leaving bright and early on Saturday morning - it's about a 10-12 hour drive, so it'll be a long day in the car. I'll definitely need to stretch out a bit when we get there.

Finish out the week strong everyone.


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I have also been a little frustrated by the site design. BUT, having been on the Kaiser wellness site which is ten time worse than this, and the calorie counts site which is twice as bad and the Weight Watchers which was just a pain, I have come to the conclusion that I will put up with a little frustration rather than total burn out. I get what I need here and now that I have gotten used to the click here to get there design I can do most of the things I want with just an extra click.
Today was a pretty good day. Water aerobics and stayed at the low end of my range. Four days down 3 to go. Also I am really. really bored at the moment.

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Okay, guys, I have a BIG GRIPE today!

Am becoming frustrated with the way SparkPeople is designed. Having worked in intuitive web design in the past in a tech-heavy business--this one is VERY, VERY UN-intuitive! I wonder if they know how many people get turned off by it and just drop out? (This is not the first time I joined SparkPeople--and the last time was as frustrating as this time around-and I simply stopped participating because of it.)

I was very successful yesterday and got in a LOT of exercise in my yard! If you have not used a "spot weed killer" to do your entire yard(!), then you do not know what you are missing! Took me all day--a BUNCH of water and a lot of muscle cramps to get it done!

Diet on track--and I can already tell a difference in my clothes in just a few days.

The ONLY frustration is this site! I just don't have time to sit here and try to figure out how to get e-mailed messages, find this, find that. And I don't think other people do, either.









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Hello Sparklers,

Tammyand, Congratulations on the airplane seat belt. That is huge progress. I hate asking for the extender and can't wait until I don't need one anymore.

Tweety - The SP website can help you compare your activity and calories so you know if you have enough activity to offset 2000 cal/day. From start click on Edit Goals under Track Nutrition. Then go to the bottom and click on How my calorie range is determined and click on the edit link. On that page there are options to set your overall level of activity and have your activity tracker feed into your daily nutritional goal. Then SP will give you a range of calories to stick in that increases as you add calories burned to your activity tracker.

Scrimp - I'm the complete opposite from you. I never pack until the night before I leave and then quickly toss everything I think I might need in my suitcase. The beach is tough. Could you wear a bathing suit and a long tunic or skirt over it? Then right before you go in the water you can take the tunic off. I will often do this because I get sun burned very easily, especially when that far south. Also, don't forget a good beach hat.

Debby - Thank you for your sharing your experience. At 52 I haven't started menopause yet, but know it is coming. I naturally have a slow metabolism so I am a little worried about what lies ahead. But from what everyone is saying it looks like weight loss after menopause is very possible. Hope your team wins.

It is bright and sunny here today but with strong winds. I'm dying to get out in the yard, so today I think I will put compost on the garden. It is just too windy to do much else.

Be well,

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Yeah Tammyand!!!!!!!!!!!!

Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
it's about learning how to dance in the rain.


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Greetings from Texas! Just have to share a quick nsv before I go out for a healthy breakfast. Yesterday on the plane I did not need a seat belt extender! Last summer when I flew I needed one. Now I didn't have a lot of room to spare with the belt, but at least it fit & was a highly motivating experience for me. I should be able to check in later & read the latest posts which I admit I didn't read yet. Just had to share.

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Day three down - four more to go - did what I wanted to today ate at the low end of my range and got on the elliptical every hour from 7 to 2 for 3 min each time.
Ben had a rough time today - he is very allergic and broke out today - I had to call his mom at work to find out where his medicine was. He finally got better.
Sound like everyone is having a pretty good week
Happy Hump Day

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I watched a program with David Perlmutter on brain health. Hubby suffered a traumatic brain injury so we both gather as much info as we can. His mom died in 2013 at 85 after being in a nursing home due to Alzheimer. She was type I diabetic, took insulin twice a day and never changed how she ate. The guy said anyone who is type II diabetic or pre-diabetic it was basically by choice because it is based on your chosen lifestyle. Ouch!

Tweety – I like your thought … The rewards are: better health, fitness and eventually weight loss.

Scrimp – What a cutie. I told you we were gonna start callin’ ya Lana Turner.

JuneBaby – I hear ya girlfriend! I just want to share that I swear I have dieted my way up to my heaviest. I lost weight, gave up and regained the weight plus some. And repeated the cycle over and over. I joined SparksPeople last year and gained 17 more pounds coz I just gave up … again. Hope you check back in with us.

Triagin – Can I steal your for the road rules???? You said it beautifully.


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Scrimp - I have to change my workouts once in a while, too, but I'm particularly fond of the elliptical. It's not hard on my knees and it burns a lot of calories. I hope your change up helps. It will take awhile to get your energy back from having the flu, but it will come back. It's got to be fun getting ready for your trip.

PandB - I started menopause when I was about 51-52, but wasn't completely through it until about 55-56. I had horrible hot flashes and night sweats - still get them, but not as frequently. I do enjoy not having periods anymore, though. No more cramps. I think it has made weight loss a little more challenging, but really, as long as I stick to eating healthy and getting my exercise in, I've still lost at a pretty good rate. I really do recommend some kind of strength training though - resistance bands work well - as post menopausal women are really susceptible to losing muscle.

Had a good day today, though a little rushed. We got our dogs all set up to have a dog sitter while we're all in San Francisco, and are in the final phases of getting ready to leave on Saturday. I'm getting pretty excited to see my daughter and have both my kids around me for a few days.

And, to make life more fun, a game five playoff game for our local hockey team tomorrow night.

Tammyand - have a fabulous trip :)


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Junebaby, please don't give up just yet. Weightloss can be painfully slow and frustrating.

Tammiand: I do have a Sparkpage, I had not allowed anyone access to it because somebody on this site in the past I was "friends" with suddenly informed me that she is not a psychiatrist and she hoped I would get help--ME-a former Psych nurse. I was so insulted I said to heck with "friends" I will just join a support thread instead.

Thanks all for the comments on my picture.

PandB--I've got my garment rack out to organize my clothes and have made some progress. I have got 3 longer dresses to wear for evening dinner and activities, which I will wear each twice. Now to find play clothes for the beach. It will take all of these 10 days remaining to finalize my selections.

I changed my workout today to 1/2 hour on the recumbent bike; and 1/2 hour on the treadmill. I had low energy today; but stuck to my plan.

Still not 100% after the flu.


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Hello Sparklers,

Thank you everyone for sharing your weight loss and menopause stories. I really appreciate it.

Had a good day yesterday. Went out to lunch with a friend and stuck to my plan. I tracked as best I could and believe I stayed within my calorie range for the day. After lunch we went for pedicures. Now I have pretty pink toe nails. I hadn't seen this friend since Christmas and she immediately noticed that I lost weight. That was very satisfying.

Mtn Kitten - I roast eggplant in the oven or on the grill. I cut in chunks, season with salt, pepper, and garlic, drizzle with a little EVOO, wrap it in tin foil and bake at 375 until soft. No matter how it is prepared, eggplant is my favorite vegetable. I cook a lot of it, so much that I think my poor DH is getting tired of it.

Tweety - Thanks for the information on the SP Coach. I always wondered how much they cost. I agree with you on repetition, very few people will learn something with just one presentation.

Scrimp - Your picture is great. You are beautiful and very youthful. Congrats on another pound lost. Happy packing!

Debby - Size 12 pants sound wonderful. That is my goal size. I really want to be able to wear size 12 pants. Whatever weight that turns out to be, a size 12 bottom is my true goal.

Triagain - I have one of those WW scales that measures weight, pounds of fat, fat percent, water percent, bone density and BMI. Mostly, I like the scale because it is very consistent. If you step on it 2 times in a row you get the same weight both times. I've read that the other measures are just rough estimates. So I don't pay as close attention to them.

Wow, its the end of the day already. Today went well too. The pedometer that I ordered from Amazon arrived yesterday. Today I am getting a baseline number of steps. Tomorrow I will begin increasing steps over my baseline.

It's bright and sunny here today but extremely windy.

Be well,

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Scrimp - is that a picture of you ? You are beautiful

I am babysitting today. He is much more active now, crawling all over and standing up. He should be worth a few points on my tracker.

Junebaby - I hear your frustration - I am not losing weight either. But I have decided that weight loss or weight in itself does not define me. I am working on healthy eating and regaining my healthy, so weight is only one component of a life long quest.

I am more frustrated that I did the Sparkpeople cardio chair workout and it did not register on my tracker as a workout even though I began before it started and kept going after it finished to make sure I made the 10 minutes required.

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Hi, TammyAnd and folks!

Went to the movies today--saw "God is NOT Dead." Came away INSPIRED by it! And as I waited in line to buy my ticket, a young man who was buying his own ticket to another movie-insisted on paying for my ticket as well. That has never happened in my life, but I saw it as a special message in keeping with the theme of the movie that I saw today.

Otherwise, it was a GOOD day for me program-wise! Stocked up on some more veggies. Had some delish roasted cauliflower steaks for dinner tonite made into a "kinda pizza."

I have a question: Does anyone have scales that also give the BMI and other readouts? Are you pleased with them--or will my old scale work?

You asked to see the Rules of the Road that I've penned for this long journey that I have embarked on. These are the ones that came immediately to mind--and as I travel this road, I'm sure I'll add more.

RULES FOR THE ROAD...
I will make sure that I have healthy food on hand at all times.
I will not be tempted to buy foods that are not on my program.
I will plan a variety of healthy menus and make-ahead meals that will keep me from getting bored with food choices.
I will keep frozen “diet soup” in the freezer at all times, and when temptation sets in I am free to indulge!
I will make every effort to make the right food choices. BUT I will not give up if I slip up!
I will permit myself one reasonable meal or one reasonable treat once a week to “legally cheat” without guilt--and I will enjoy the heck out of it!
I will make sure that every day includes 5 8-oz glasses of water in addition to any other liquids I might consume.
I will include exercise every day, given my physical disabilities and limitations. I will start with 10 minutes and work up as my strength and stamina improve.
I will always make sure that I have water and healthy food with me when I run errands or travel to prevent caving in to fast food.
If I am going out with friends, I will try to curb my appetite with healthy/high fiber foods before I go to reduce the chance of making unhealthy choices-unless it's a planned cheat meal.
Before I binge eat, I will ask myself whether I am actually hungry—OR whether I want to eat because of FLAB-Frustration, Loneliness, Anxiety or Boredom.
I will start getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night—and go to bed at a REASONABLE hour!

Each day I will remind myself that this is my body, my life, and I am in charge of it. NO ONE will ever be able to solve this problem for me—but me!

Each day I will pray for the strength to see me through this long journey ahead.

And each morning I will remind myself that I only have to follow my program and be successful for ONE DAY.

Just for today.









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A quick post to say I did well today. I am just about all packed for my trip tomorrow. A few last minute things to toss in in the morning and I should be good.

Junebaby - I understand how frustrating this process can be. Please check back as you said you would. Timing has a lot to do with our success. I hope you find the right time.

Scrimp - Hope you are feeling better. Love the picture! Next from Scrimp...a spark page??

Debby - Size 12, ah...what a nice sound that has!

Justme - I know what you mean about the tracker. I have to say though that today I really surprised myself. I am hit an new high and am almost 1000 steps over my goal for the day. That is because of all the running around I did to get ready for my trip. I wonder if I can wear the tracker through security in the airport. I think I will put it in my purse till I pass through the security check.

Pam - It sounds like you really have a good grip on what to do. That should spell success for you!

Mtnkitten - I have lots of great WW stuff from back in the day too, but not the leader stuff of course. A friend of mine lost 70 pounds on WW over the past year and a half or so. She is over 70 years old and feels great now (and looks amazing too). I didn't like WW as I aged because I always felt hungry on it and was never really satisfied. I think I was eating too many carbs at that time.

PandB - I went through menopause at age 51-52 and am now 56. I had a lot of night sweats and even now get an occasional hot flash. But I was so glad to be rid of my period that I'll take the hot flashes any day. I had fibroids with really heavy bleeding for years and that could have eventually led to a hysterectomy I guess. I love this stage of my life. I don't really notice monthly water gain...When I retain water now it is usually because of the sodium in my food. As for weight loss, I think it is more difficult as we age, but for sure older women can do well. (See my comment about my 70+ year old friend above.)

Triagin - Are you going to post your rules for the road? I'll bet they are interesting and helpful.

OK tired now and off to sleep. I will do my best to check in while away. I think there should be enough down time in the hotel to do so.





Tammyand

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Matthew 6:21
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JuneBaby - I hear your frustration and will miss seeing you on here as frequently. I hope you'll at least keep up the exercise and continue to eat healthy. As long as you eat consciously and stay active, you'll see benefits and if, or when, you're ready to give it another try, you'll be that much the better for it. Dropping large amounts of weight, as all of us are trying to do, is hard and often frustrating. We're all behind you no matter what you decide is right for you.

It's been another gorgeous day in the Pacific northwest. It was sunny and comfortable all day and I put on my capris and t-shirt for the first time today to walk the dogs. Sadly, it's started to rain this evening, but it's not the end of the world. We still need rain for the flowers and rivers, and everything else that is beautiful about the outdoors.

I got all my exercise in plus some today (had to go outdoors for awhile), but I'm really struggling with my sweet tooth these days. I can't wait till the Easter candy is off the shelves. Cadbury Crème eggs are a huge temptation and I'm not resisting as well as I should. I guess I'm doing better than I would have before I dropped this weight, but I'd really like them to stop calling my name (like they're the problem - haha).

Still, my new size 12 capris fit and my medium top looks good on me, too, so I have little to complain about. I bought a new lightweight jacket for my trip to San Francisco next week, and I know we're going to get a lot of walking in while we're there. It's too difficult to drive in the city so we plan to walk and take mass transit most of the time. We'll leave our car parked over at my mother-in-laws so we don't have to pay the $35/day parking fee.

That's it for today.


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Hello Everyone! Yes, I am still here but I think I am just going to just give up on trying to lose. I lost 1 whole pound this week and thankful for it but this is my total for 3 weeks! This is typical for me. I think I do better just not weighing and eat like I normally do. I checked with the doctor last week to see where my weight was this time last year and it was the same, I guess the 1 lb loss was due to the exercise I have been getting. It just seems to me like it is not worth the effort. In addition, it depresses me terribly when I try and see no better results. I could probably do better if I went on a "diet" but I'm through with that. I discussed my eating habits with my doctor and she agrees that it is the best thing to do outside of surgery and that is not an option for me. I am and have been all along doing a balanced diet pretty much like the old weight watchers plan that is listed below and I plan to continue the exercise so if it happens, it does and if it doesn't, I will just accept me as I am. You all are wonderful and I will check in periodically to let you know how I am doing because I know you care and understand. I wish you all the very best.


Today is the first day of the rest of your life.

With God, All things are possible!


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Decided to post a picture for a few days. Surprise.

Did the treadmill and stuck to my plan. Down 1 more pound. Feeling a lot better.

I did not post the veggie smoothie recipe.
Starting to pack.

Glad to see everyone on a roll.


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I love and hate my tracker – I love it because it gives me realistic feedback about my workouts – I hate it because it gives me realistic feedback about my workouts. Water aerobics today and volunteering and did well with my food – 2 days down – 5 more to go

P&B - carrots and beets sound good, but parsnips are a little woody to mix in, unless I made a puree – which I am too lazy to do in the morning- I am long through menopause – I had a hysterectomy at 28 which unbalanced my hormones, then at 50 I had an oophorectomy which put me into menopause. I really noticed a difference with the hysterectomy, but felt that nothing changed when they actually removed my ovaries. I do not know if that helps you at all.

Mtn_Kitten – pumpkin sounds yummy with oatmeal I am going to try it as soon as I get to the store to buy some

Wow Pam – 11 helpings of fruit and veg a day – I admire your goals (I was a school teacher and sometimes I was impressed with how good their excuses were – I had one boy tell me that he prayed about his homework and he was sure that God didn’t want him to do it that night)


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Good day all. I wasn't able to get on the computer Sunday or yesterday because there was a wave of severe weather moving through our area and that included ground lightning. I have lost 2 computers in the past 6 years (in spite of a surge protector) so I wasn't willing to take any chances.

emoticon Triagin. I am new as well so I am just getting to know people here. It is a friendly and supportive group of people with a wide variety of interests and goals. It keeps things interesting in a good way. emoticon

Thanks JustMe and P&B on the clarification on the herbal teas. I found green tea by itself made me too jittery so I proceed with caution on some of these.

Scrimp thanks for information on vegetable smoothies. I made my first smoothie last year and although I have only used frozen fruit and yogurt along with some whey protein powder, I really loved them. Now, I am going to get up the courage to make a vegetable one. emoticon Sorry to hear that you have to buy so many customized footwear. If you want to reduce the size of your calves, try deep knee squats.Lots and lots of them. I have found that to be helpful for me.

emoticon on completing your detox Mtn Kitten. I am participating in an "Eat the Rainbow" challenge in another team (SP also has one called "Eat Up and Slim Down" that is really good too. Basically, I am just trying to eat between 7-11 servings of vegetables and fruits per day, cut back on my whole grains (carbs--I am pre-diabetic) and lean protein (I love meat but doesn't work when you are following the plate method). I came across an article last week about someone who is my weight and who lost 100 lbs in 40 weeks. I quickly calculated how many weeks are left in this calendar year (37 1/2) and decided that if I got on the stick, I could lose some major poundage the rest of this year so that is my "thoughts" these days.

I too belonged to SP last year for 6 months and I learned a lot from this site because of following another team who was using the different parts of this site in an ongoing challenge. Well, I ceased belonging to that and decided that I was kind of burnt out. However, unsatisfied with my own lack luster efforts (staying stalled for nearly 7 1/2 months) I decided to return to what worked for me last year. I did the trial week of Spark Coach and joined that for one year at $48.99 (or .13 a day). I decided that I would force myself to look at this as do as much as I can to lose weight and get fit in 365 days. Although the one complaint that I have heard is that it is repetitive, I feel that anything that we want to really learn and make a habit is repetitive and so I think that is an asset and not a liability. I guess, it gets down to is the glass half empty or full; it just depends on your perspective.

It gives me a structure that I feel is important (again repetition). I track my food and my exercise. I see how much I have eaten and how many calories I can eat as a result of how many calories I have burned. I like to eat around 2000 calories a day so I know that in order for me to do that I have to get moving. It is a trade off that I am more than happy to do. I also do read the suggested articles, I do the suggested exercises and I try (to my best ability) to follow their recommendations. It was Spark Coach that recommended that I join this team, for example.

It only took me about a week to see where and why I was treading water regarding my own efforts to lose weight. I was eating too much, too often and a lot of the wrong foods for someone who is pre-diabetic. I was also being lazy about working out regularly. There were some things I liked doing but the things that I didn't like doing, I was hit and miss. Also, running the nutritional feedback after I have logged my food for the day showed me where I was strong in my food plan but also where I needed improvement. Since, I am willing to change I have made some changes already in the foods that I eat and how much. I have a sweet tooth so I also joined a sweet tooth challenge (site run). I find that I do best when I go "no added sugar". My FBS (fasting blood sugar) improves almost immediately when I do as well as limit my carbs.

I feel all of this is a learning process and getting to know what my body needs as well as how it handles both food and exercise. It takes patience and a willingness to do things differently than I have done in the past. The rewards are: better health and fitness and eventually weight loss.

So, I have my work cut out for me but I have the time and I have the desire so now all I have to do "is just do it".

take care all, Pam emoticon



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