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9/25/14 8:39 P

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Doing great! Ran my third day of 10K training of week 2 today and ate really well

"Man,I regret that workout!" said no one ever


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4/28/14 2:08 P

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Indeed, Ann, well done to all of us! Thanks for that cheer:)

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4/27/14 11:55 P

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TO ALL OF US

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For staying on track, this last week with all the extra possible food distractions!

Edited by: ANN478 at: 4/27/2014 (23:57)
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4/27/14 4:43 P

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Ann, I agree with you that the Spark tracker is a doddle in comparison with the old-fashioned methods. I remember Weight Watchers many years since! It was a great programme, but I found it so difficult to do the manual tracking, so I basically just starved myself instead. It worked. I lost the thirteen pounds I wanted rid of but I probably wasn't every healthy. Spark, on the other hand, tells me nice things like that I haven't eaten enough fat for the day so need to have a bit of butter to keep me healthy and tickle my taste buds. I love days like that!

So, this is the end of the week and I'm pretty pleased with my progress. And, I've just noticed that, from my weigh-in on Friday, I only have to lose 2.8lbs to reach the end of my ticker! That's so exciting. I do hope I can do that this coming week. It would make me feel that I was flying off to New Zealand with a major goal achieved.

Of course, I will still have another three of those tickers to dispense with before I've reached my ideal weight, but it is nice to see that I'm reaching the end of that short-term goal.

How's it going for everyone else?

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4/26/14 5:53 P

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Yes I did put off buying easter treats, in fear I would nibble them all away by the time Easter arrived!

The Spark People food and calorie tracker is a pleasure, to use and one always, knows the exact calorie count for each item. To be able to add various recipes and have the calories automatically calculated for any amount, is wonderful to have at our fingertips!

Years ago I was a leader for TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) In them days all food eaten was recorded manually in a loose leaf book. That was very time consuming plus looking up food calories from their book, was very limited! My how times have change in 10 years. hmm maybe it was 20 years ago. My memory fails me at times in my senior years.

Needless to say I have gained and lost many times before but finally found Spark People, whom have made staying on track easier, handy tools, recipes and most important of all.....
A world of support from all the members! How wonderful can that be?

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I usually have two salads a day, one is a veggie salad the other is a fruit salad, depending on my mood. I usually have fruit salad for part of my breakfast or lunch and a veggie salad for dinner. My evening snack is usually a piece of fruit. I often top fruit salads with a tablespoon of low-fat cottage cheese or low fat yogurt with a wee bit honey mixed in the yogurt.

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4/26/14 6:19 A

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Ann, I applaud you for your resistance in buying the Easter egg. Of course, you did leave it too late, but you managed to save the day, and didn't end up giving in to temptation. Besides, if you'd bought the egg earlier, you might have ended up with this same outcome - eggs sold out, and you having added all those calories!

Court, I can see how being so small must be a problem. I'm 5' 2" and every pound shows on me too. The good news is that it also shows when it's coming off. Just two pounds can make all the difference in whether or not clothes fit me.

Well done on re-thinking the tracking. I know it can be a pain, especially at first, but once you've re-established it you'll be using a lot of favourites and it will take no time at all.

Yesterday, as usual, I had planned my menu. Then, just before lunchtime, I went out to buy a birthday card and some wrapping paper for a present I needed to get in the post in the afternoon. Of course, when I got to the shop I was hungry, and at the counter, there was a chocolate stand. I spied a Raspberry Ruffle bar, so decided to buy it. However, I had no intention of eating it then, because I'd be having lunch soon. I had already allocated two jaffa cakes for my evening snack, but decided that the Ruffle Bar would be a nice change.

I got home and was about to wrap the present, but then remembered that I had to write a nice letter to go with it. My printer's out of ink, (aren't they always?), so it had to be hand-written. I typed it first, and then copied it neatly out in my best long-hand. It took an hour, during which time I was getting hungrier and hungrier. Finally I was preparing to wrap the present, so I lifted the sheet of wrapping paper, and there, lurking ashamedly underneath, was the Ruffle Bar. So I devoured it!

This story actually has a point, so bear with me:) I find it hard to do without my evening snack. I had still a couple of rice cakes with cheese spread and salsa to have, but I like something sweet for after. I was going to have to eat those jaffa cakes after all, but that would add an extra 100 calories that I didn't want or need. So, I went to my tracker, jiggled things around a bit, and managed to balance things out. The moral to the story is that, if I hadn't have tracked, I might not have been able to work it out. And, as yesterday was a high day, (I try to do high days/low days), that 100 calories would have put me over budget

For me, tracking is the best diet friend I could have!

Rua

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4/26/14 1:31 A

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EASTER DINNER

My turn to cook dinner this year for for my daughter, son in-law, grand daughter and me. I decided to try baking a "Turkey In A Box" basically it is a solid raw turkey roast. My daughter has baked them several times, for previous holiday meals.

Okay.....what really turned my mind off the turkey roast........ Was when I went to check the roast half way through roasting. This huge blob of white stuff was was slithering out of this roast and sticking o the roast rack. Needless to say my daughter and her hubby thought I was nuts, to refuse to eat the cook turkey roast.

I did eat some coleslaw, a green salad and a bun with a wee bit of butter. So the left over turkey roast went home with them, saved for sandwiches for the rest of their work week.

I boiled 4 eggs for my grand daughter to paint, so she would have something to do before dinner and to keep her busy, while daughter went around hiding easter treats. Avery, my grand daughter enjoy the easter egg hunt after dinner.

An Easter Basket for grand daughter, I put off buying to the last minute, as was afraid I would attack it with great pleasure. As it turned out all the Easter Baskets were sold out, at several stores I went to. Resorted to just buying sweets, to fill a basket. Luckily had a spare one kicking around from a floral arrangement! Filled it with pink tissue wrap, and stuffed it full of treats.

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4/25/14 9:49 P

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I have high cheek bones too. I'm only 4'8" so every pound and inch shows. I was trying to mark my meals down on paper, I have a template for meals that I used in the past, but it doesn't show the cal etc. I did try to track a while back, but all the things I had manually put in would come up but the things that I made as a group did. It had been a very long time before that that i did track so maybe it was just too long ago. You don't lose it, you lose it I guess.
I'm going back to having one salad a day either lunch or dinner. We ended up going out to eat at the Mexican restaurant. {{heavyh sigh}} I was going to have the taco salad but ended up having my regular when DH said I could give him my gaucamole and sour cream, like usually do from my flautus, so I ended up having that. But, I didn't really have lunch.

I'm trying to track my Scottish ancestorss to see if they came from Ireland. Iread that they came to Scotland to farm. My Arthur family. I think they're part of the McArthur clan. George Arthur is the one I've found. Funny, when I put him into google it sometimes thinks the 'Arthur' is his middle name.

I'll be busy tomorrow so won't have time for food, although, I'm helping set up the food etc for a funeral at church so just have to watch myself.

I'm going to check out the tracker again tomorrow.

Well, it's late so better be going. Get some thnings done here that should have been done earlier.

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Court, good for you for just telling it how it is! For me, posting on Spark about my success, or lack thereof, has really helped my motivation. I now know that falling isn't failing, unless I don't get up. And it's easier to get up when I know I have a comfortable, secure place to talk about how I feel.

You've had a few bad weeks, what with people bringing treats, and your DH having coupons for eating out, so it's no wonder you've put on a bit of weight. But, the good news is that, with only seven pounds to lose, you'll have that off by summer! Just take a deep breath, tell yourself that it's no big deal, and then track!

I know you hate tracking, but that's life. We all have aspects of this being healthy thing that we hate. And that's why we fall into the trap of being unhealthy, and gaining weight. So we just have to remind ourselves that, no matter what we do in life, there is always something we hate. I used to really hate changing my second son's dirty nappy because he wailed and thrashed and made it a hundred times harder. So, then I just decided never to change it again. No, I did not! I knew it had to be done, and the sooner, the better.

So, if you have to think of tracking as a dirty nappy, or mopping floors, or putting air in the tyres, or drying your hair,(I hate drying my hair!) - or whatever your major necessary but dreadful thing is - then just knuckle down and get it done. emoticon

You must really be teensy-tiny to feel fat at 110lbs! I used to be that weight, and lighter, in my younger days, but now I think it would be a bit too skinny for me. I have high cheek-bones, and I think, if I was lighter than about 120lbs, my face would look like a skull.

That reminds me of a funny-ish story. A lot of people used to remark on my 'lovely bone structure,' and my sister, who is an engineer once said, 'You have beautiful cheek bones. You could land a plane on them! And I should know. I build planes!' She still does build planes.

So, because of this, I always thought of my cheek-bones as my best feature. I hated my nose, my skin was patchy, my mouth too small, my jaw to big, my eyes were uneven, (and one has a funny, misshapen pupil because of an accident when I was eleven), but I had good cheek bones! To me, my cheek-bones were the equivilent of Anne of Green Gables's nose. They were my comfort.

Well, I had put on a bit of weight and much to my disgust, my face got fatter. When I finally managed to lose the weight, I was delighted to see my old cheek-bone friends again. I went to visit a friend and she remarked on how great I looked.
'But,' she added, 'it's a pity you couldn't keep the weight on your face. You look really gaunt without it.'
Well, that put me in my place!

So, it seems that cheek bones are a matter of opinion! But, at my age, I definitely think my face needs a little bit of softness. The problem is that there's too much softness in it at present. For, 'softness,' read, 'jowly'. LOL

Rua

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My goal is to try to keep my weight between 100 - 103 lbs.....I weighed in today for a team...110.6. emoticon It has been slowly going up up up. I have phases where I want to binge all day. Once I feel a bi of an empty spot...I go and snack.

I feel ugly, my hips are ugh!! It's a wonder I can fit into any of my jeans. Only two fit okay and one I can fit now and then depends on the day. Let's not talk 'love handles' never had them before now.

I hate to track my meals. I used to and exercised an hour or more a day and was at my skinniest, that was back around 2009.

Sister-in-law brought Rice Crispy treats, twice because her son was on a diet and didn't want his share so we got his. Friends came for cards and brought me some cotton candy. I had some at a restaurant because I hadn't had any in ages. We bought some chips which I went though, I think DH might have had a couple handfuls.
We went to Bob Evans Restaurant as DH had a coupon for certain meals. The one we had was one I would never pick if we didn't have a coupon. I couldn't eat all of it. 2 scrambled eggs, 3 sausage links, cup of gravy and 2 biscuits and homefries...I ate it all except the links. Only because I was getting full and I didn't particularly like them.

I need accountability. I just don't have the motivation to move like I should and eat properly, even though I don't like how I look. I get the urge and can't beat it most time.



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4/24/14 4:51 P

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It's twenty to ten and almost bed time for me. In winter I'd probably be in bed by now, but these lovely, bright evenings make me want to stay up and enjoy life a little bit longer.

However, sleep is important for weight-loss, so I need to stick to a routine, and get to bed at a reasonable hour. First, though, I'm going to have my evening snack.

Every morning I plan a snack of between 100 and 300 calories because I can't seem to get through an evening without eating. Tonight I'm going to have four rice cakes - two with light cheese spread and salsa, one butter and banana, and one Philadelphia Cheese with Cadbury's Chocolate. I didn't actually plan the butter and banana this morning, but when I looked at my overall nutrition for the day, I was very low on fat, Yippee! I get to add 50 calories of butter to my evening snack and this makes me very, very happy!

I've done reasonably well at sticking to my goals today. I'm not up to a lot of exercise at present, but I did fit in a twenty minute walk in the forest with the dog. It was a beautiful morning and getting out in nature really helped me feel a lot better - emotionally and mentally, if not physically. I was very tired when I got home but I'll be better in a few days time and then I'll have my energy back.

I have stuck absolutely to my nutrition plan, and drank my required eight glasses of water. The water isn't difficult for me as I don't drink tea or coffee, but love to relax with a cup of hot water.

I'm looking forward to tomorrow's weigh-in because I've really climbed back on the wagon since last weekend, and will be very disappointed if I haven't lost a couple of pounds. Still, my main goal is one pound per week, so I'm determined to be happy if that is the result.

I hope everyone else is doing well with the goals they've set for themselves.

Rua



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4/24/14 9:40 A

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I thought it would be a good idea to have an 'Accountability' thread. This is where we can say how we're doing with exercise, diet, and weight-loss. We can cheer each other on, offer support, sympathy, and advice, and receive it all in our turn.

I know it's a little late in the week to be starting this, but it's really never too late to make a good choice, so let's just go for it!

Good luck to everyone!

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