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8/11/13 11:49 A

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Having a hard time with negative self talk. I don't know hope I quit doing that. Been so busy this week,

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7/2/13 1:59 P

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I splurge and had one brownie today and I could only eat half and it did not taste that good. It just did not taste as good as some fruit did. This food plan his helping get off refine sugars. Great!

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7/1/13 10:53 A

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Love that you were able to "roll with the punches" and adjust your meal plan!

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Yesterday was a nice, sunny, warm but not hot day after several days of rain and storms so I couldn't resist taking a long walk even though it was supposed to be a rest day. I felt great afterwards.

I don't use a lot of condiments; my favorite substitute the last several months has been to replace the mayo on my sandwiches with avocado mashed with a little lemon or lime juice.

Week one went pretty well, I think. I actually cut down my exercise this week because the tracker kept telling me I was burning too many calories for what I was eating and I have to say although that caused me a little concern it seemed to have worked out okay. I lost a pound but more important I can tell a difference in the way my clothes fit so I've obviously lost inches here and there which makes me very happy.

My biggest challenge was probably trying to follow the menu plan. I thought I was on top of it in terms of realizing how many leftovers I would have as well as having the proper ingredients on hand but I wasn't as prepared as I thought, lol. It worked out okay though, I think. The leftover SW Chicken saved me several times when either something came up and I didn't have time to cook, or I was missing a key ingredient. Live and learn, right?

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7/1/13 5:46 A

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Week one went very well for me. I needed structure and that is exactly what I got. I experienced some withdrawls from either 'sugar' or 'carbs'. I have been cooking up a storm and somewhat scaring my youngest daughter! She has never seen me cook so much in her 18 years! Ha! She has been sharing most of my meals and actually likes them. If nothing else, I hope to set a good foundation for her eating habits now that she is moving to college campus in a month or so. She will have to make her own food choices and motivational decisions for the next few years and I only hope I did my job of setting a good example. I am ready for week two and I believe she is too! emoticon

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7/1/13 3:42 A

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Week one has been tougher than I thought it would be. I've stuck within my calorie range (lower part mostly, but at the top yesterday), but have not been exercising as much as I should. I'm really frustrated, before going on holiday at the end of May I was running 2-3 times a week, training for a 5K, and doing kettlebells, as well as a bit of ST. I ran a couple times while on holiday, and cycled a few times when I got back, so I wasn't prepared to be as sore as I was after Tuesday's ST session, and running intervals on Wednesday, and am still quite sore from kettlebells on Friday! Surely I didn't lose that much muscle mass in 4 or 5 weeks of milder exercise! And a little soreness can feel good, you know you've worked and are building, but when you can barely walk it's just plain frustrating! And it kept me from doing as much as I had planned to do. Also, I weighed, and I only lost pound. I know, that's not so bad, but I had really hoped to lose 4-5 during this 2 week plan. The good thing, though, is that I'm back on track with my eating, sticking to my calorie range and tracking everything, so I am making progress... Now on to Week 2!


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7/1/13 12:45 A

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Week One Wrap-Up
So, how are you feeling? - I'm very tired today after a lot of activity. I feel myself/my focus shifting back to getting healthy and making improvements. I'm still not where I have been in the past but I feel like I'm getting on track.
Have you had any cravings? - No real cravings
How have you been sleeping? - I'm doing better on sleep
Has your energy increased? - It's wavering but other factors contributing right now
How does exercise feel? - Good! Makes me feel powerful!
Are you moving more? - YES!
What were your highlights this week? 6.4 miles of paddling - much against a strong tidal current. Plus I'm getting my step streak going again.
What were your biggest challenges? Food. And dealing with a healing foot.


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7/1/13 12:13 A

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I am still feeling extremely tired. Not sure why since I have been getting 8 hours of sleep. I'm only craving fruits and veggies, cause the plan does not have as many servings as I am used to having. I usually don't care for dressings. My #1 condiment is ketchup, which doesn't really go with any of the meals we have been having.

I have been sticking strictly to the plan, so we have eaten at home a lot more than usual. With the cost of the food for the recipes makes it to where we are not saving any money this way. We are used to eating out for entertainment, so that is one big change.

My biggest complaint, other than the cost, is how long it takes me to prepare meals and clean up. I am not an experienced cook, so if it says 10 minutes of prep time, it takes me about an hour. I used to wash dishes once a day. Now I have to wash them 3-4 times a day. I'm finding it hard to get other chores done.

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6/30/13 11:48 P

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Today went pretty well. I swam in the pool for 1 hour. Did some stretching. I did go outside of my calorie range but, for the most part I made some good choices. I feel good.


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6/30/13 11:35 P

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I rarely use condiments, except for low fat salad dressing!

Today has been different, as I spent seven plus hours driving... so I didn't get my steps in... but did manage to drink LOTS of water.. Also didn't get to weigh in or do my measurements, as I was away from home! However, I'm pretty confident that I'm on the right track. I've been tracking my food, drinking plenty of water and getting exercise... so change will come.... My sleep still needs work... I've struggled with insomnia for years... but haven't given up on getting a good night's sleep! All in all, another successful day!

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6/30/13 11:33 P

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Day 7- great on exercise and stayed in calorie range too. emoticon

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6/30/13 11:10 P

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Condiment(s), I use mustard and vinegar a lot, and a LOT of fat free Greek yogurt.

I'm feeling good, I can tell I'm doing something different, anyway.
I have had some cravings, but I haven't been following the diet very closely either. (Got to get the financial situation straightened out again first.)
I haven't really been sleeping well this week, but I go through cycles like that, in which I will not sleep well for 2 or 3 weeks, and just before I think I'm going to go insane, I start to sleep a bit better. I think I'm getting close to the sleep phase now. Today, on my rest day, I am REALLY resting. I worked out so hard yesterday that I am sore all over today! I'm not new to exercise, but I am new to exercising with a sprained ankle, and that's been challenging. Just the same, I have been moving more because I've started wearing my pedometer again.

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6/30/13 10:34 P

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Wow, half way through the challenge. This is a lot easier than I thought it would be. Thanks to all the Sparkers for coming up with a wonderful program.

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6/30/13 10:32 P

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I have to say at the end of week 1 I am frustrated. I have slipped up alot towards the end of the week but I am confused as well. before starting the challenge I was on a diet where I was eating less then I do now, all based on a recommended caloric intake both recommending I are between 1200 and 1550 calories a day. before the spark challenge I would eat around 1200 to 1300 calories, or that is what I would shoot for. but the meals from this week haver closer to 1500 I am kind of nervous that even though I am still in my recommended range I feel as though I am eating too much and it is hinderingy weight loss, if that makes sense. I am a very active person. I am going to stick to the program and try better then I did this past week. bring on week two.

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6/30/13 10:17 P

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The first week went very well. I am starting to see weight loss - on to week 2. Planning to try some more new recipes this week.

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6/30/13 10:13 P

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It's been kind of a crazy...week for me to say the least. Hope to follow more recipes of the plan this week.

The condiment question--I've been using dijon mustard a lot more (put it on salmon with some rosemary and thyme today before baking in the oven...OMG GOOD!) A little of it definitely goes a long way.

Keep sparking everyone!

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6/30/13 9:49 P

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emoticon Week 1 went well....I mixed up the menus, but stuck to the suggested calorie ranges. I look forward to cardio, but I still have trouble with strength training. My favorite condiment is yellow mustard. I did walk today, I am finding I feel better if I do something rather than rest completely. I shopped today so I'm ready for week 2. I am hoping to work on the strength training more, I'd love to look forward to it even 1/10 as much as I look forward to cardio! (question for those of you who made extra protein pancakes and froze them, are the just as good when you thaw them?)

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6/30/13 9:40 P

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Forgot to weigh this morning, so will do it tomorrow morning, but when I snuck a look the other day, there was no change. I am okay with that as long as it doesn't last forever!

I actually did some exercise today -- I missed Friday, so I'll count that as my rest day. LOL. Actually i swam for 18 minutes today -- but steady laps, no intervals, and did a 30 minute gentle yoga stretching DVD.

So, how are you feeling?
OK but wishing I'd see results, because I'm working at it.
Have you had any cravings?
Was just plain hungry all day yesterday, so caved in before bed and had my favorite comfort snack -- whole wheat toast with peanut butter and honey.
How have you been sleeping? sometimes well, sometimes not so
Has your energy increased?
Yes, but I also had 5 Vitamin B12 shots in the last 10 days , so hard to say which is what. Next week will be a better indication.
How does exercise feel?
A wee bit easier, but I have a long way to go to get to where I was 3 years ago, especially strength and flexbility.
Are you moving more? Yes
What were your highlights this week?
The fact that i exercised 6 days out of 7 was very big. Also did not do any grazing -- only ate my planned snacks.
What were your biggest challenges?
1. Dinner at friends' house --- wine with dinner and dessert wines
2. Trying to exercise on days when I felt tired.
Weigh and measure yourself, using the instructions we shared on pages 54 to 55.
Now, letís prepare for Week 2. Youíll need to shop for your meals, schedule your workouts, and set goals for the week.
Menus are posted on the fridge, and I have the ingredients on hand for the first few days.

Ready for Week 2. Still struggling with the kindle version of the book, but it's not worth buying books and having them sent here.

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6/30/13 9:18 P

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Well, the scale doesn't say that I have lost any weight. But I am enjoying the Summer Challenge, and I'm very happy to have gotten the Spark Solution book. I have learned a great deal! My cooking and eating habits have DEFINITELY changed because of the book. I thought I was doing okay before, but there is no denying the improvement! My husband is benefiting from me reading the book as well.

I am not sleeping better, but I am moving more, going to work out, and have more energy. It works!

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6/30/13 9:13 P

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Day 7 - how do I feel? Didn't lose any weight. But feel okay with that. I made a lot of food changes and did break down throughout the week so I understand the weight being the same. At least I didn't gain.

Cravings? Chocolate, but only when I'm stressed.

Sleeping? Good. Didn't workout today (day off) and found I was really tired toward afternoon.

Energy increased? Yes, on days I workout.

Exercise feels good. It gives me energy to last for the whole day.

Moving more? Yes, even today when I am not working out I am finding it hard to sit.

Highlights of this week? Getting all of my workouts in for the week. Reaching my goal.

Biggest challenge? Eating when I'm stressed.

Condiments - I am finding I use them less and don't mind. I find condiments without calories (like mustard or lemon juice) for a touch of flavor.

And finally...
I spent the day doing chores and cooking for the next week in place of my regular exercising.

Can't wait for week 2! emoticon

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6/30/13 9:01 P

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Feeling positive about the progress. Only a couple pounds down but I know exactly why this is the case. Love the food and still have sugar cravings but I'm managing them better than at the beginning of the week.

Tonight after work I will make a bunch of dinners to freeze and made the chili for dinner tonight (it's on the week 2 menu but I needed to cook up the turkey burger).

This week is vacation week so I'm hoping to freeze a lot of meals for the week 3 when I go back to work.

I bought a special placemat and linen napkin and put the nice wine glass out for my drink so I can enjoy sitting at the table for dinners. So fun!

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6/30/13 8:58 P

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Today I spent a lot of time getting prepped for July with blogs, challenges, and all. I did try Zumba today, I felt up for an early class and then rest all day.

The meals have been going well, looking forward to next week. I will weigh in tomorrow am!


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6/30/13 8:34 P

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I am happy for this day of rest. I drove to Bible fellowship (almost 1 1/2 hours each way) and was relaxed for the day. I am very grateful to report that I have lost 4 pounds and although most of my measurements are the same, I have lost a half inch in a couple of places (yay).
Although I am faithfully following the Spark food plan, I am not necessarily following the menus in the book. Today I had a chocolate craving and made myself the individual brownie. That was yummy and it satisfied me (so far).
As for condiments, I occasionally use catsup but figure in the calories I am a big mustard fan and liked the idea of using salsa on things like burgers.
I am getting ready for week 2 and looking forward to continuing in the right direction. I leave on vacation a week from Monday, so it was important to me to lose this weight before hand and I am preparing food to take with me (in the RV). My goal is to actually lose a couple of pounds on vacation this year!

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6/30/13 8:32 P

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Welp awhile back I decided I was not gonna step on the scale anymore but for this challenge I did and all I can say is :P! The scale is no longer in my house! Somehow I GAINED 5lbs this week and I'm not a happy Sparker! Hoping it's because shark week is right around the corner!

I did learn some things and got in the habit of eating breakfast, checking my trackers and staying active so for that I am very pleased.

Week 2 WILL be better!
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6/30/13 8:30 P

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Salsa would be my new favorite condiment. I prefer fresh, I have never been a big fan of the jar variety.
Week started out great but lost a little focus at the end of the week with a family party.

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6/30/13 8:13 P

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This is the best non-diet diet I've ever been on!

Made Inside Out Burgers on the BBQ today, they turned out great.
Paired with the herb fries, and the meal was complete.

Going to try the hot apple tart this evening. Can hardly wait.

Wonderful last day for Countryfest. Carrie Underwood is on stage tonight.

6/30/13 8:04 P

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We are back home in West Virginia. Had left enough in the house to do week one meals for day one breakfast and lunch. Need to get groceries for rest of week. I have found I do much better when all eating is planned. We were in Maine last week, so we ate a lot of fish. Nothing like Maine haddock and bay scallops...with a salad. Did not sleep well all week, probably because not our bed. No particular cravings. I like stone ground mustard, or dill pickle relish. Yummy! Keep up the good work everyone! emoticon

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One day at a time! One meal at a time! One step at a time!

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6/30/13 7:36 P

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I am feeling pretty good at the end of week 1, although I had to make adjustmetns to my meal plan and I haven't gone shopping for week 2 yet. I am going to see what I can use from the leftovers from lat week.

I had a sick son last week so sleep was not great but it wasn't too horrible either. Cravings have been small and I've been able to get through most of them. I do feel like I have more energy and that helps in getting through exercise issues. I have become more aware of the NEAT moves that I do throughout the day. I've done pretty week at being sure that I add extra whenever I can.

This week I had the joy of putting on a dress a size smaller than I have been wearing. This was pretty exciting for me. My strength training exercises from the book have been very challenging. I do not have a lot of upper body strength but I have been able to get through them at a reasonable pace and getting better each time.

Weigh in is tomorrow so I am excited and nervous at the same time. Good luck to all of you as we begin week 2.


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6/30/13 7:32 P

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Day 7 -- 1/2 way done
I had challenges today-- on the road but I ate a breakfast cookie and then taught my friend to make "eggs n oats" instead of her making a big cheesy bacony omelet. We had leftover fruit as well. I had some juice on the drive home-- not great but it was car friendly and 100% fruit. For supper I made the Alfredo Broccoli-- sauce was too runny -- need to use some cornstarch roux or more beans. Didn't help that my husband, son and his girlfriend all stood in the kitchen to watch me cook.
Going to go for a walk == got 50 min NEAT at the track walking on my pedometer and I am going to go do a 30 min stroll around the neighborhood. Unfortunately, knees are bothering me -- don't know if I'll be able to run 7/4 or will wuss out and walk. I may just walk the 5K route instead of the 2 mil course. Still havent' decided.
Made granola this AM and looking forward to another week. I am being a little loose with the meal choices -- using leftovers and mixing things up but husband is letting me make supper a couple nights a week and he is making better choices when he cooks, respecting my not wanting hot dogs for lunch, etc.
On to week 2.

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Day 7 = June 30 2013 = all is well

Has been a good week. Have seen changes and am pleased with them.

Drinking much more water than ever before
Getting in veggs daily
Exercise not so good but will work on it this coming week

June is ending well = nice lose for the month (and week)

Weight today
297 (down 6.5 for the month of June)

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Am looking forward to the next 7 days = the 1st have resulted in a nice weight loss - am aiming for 2 for this coming week but it would be nice if it was 4


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6/30/13 6:40 P

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Home from vacation. Feeling a bit bloated right now since not a lot of water today. We stopped on the way home at a Denny's Restaurant for breakfast. I ordered something called Fit Fare or Fit Slam, something like that, which was listed as low cal. The menu said it was scrambled egg whites with spinach and cherry tomatoes, turkey bacon and an english muffin and a fresh fruit cup. Obviously the cook doesn't understand that low cal also depends on how things are cooked. The egg whites were swimming in melted butter or margarine and it was all over the plate so much so that the bottom of the english muffin was drenched. I sopped up what I could, ate some of the veggies and eggs, half the english muffin and all the fruit. But I was not happy. I guess I need to ask beforehand just how the food will be prepared but who knew they would cook the egg whites in butter!

Took a rest day today and hoping to get up early tomorrow to get in some cardio before the day get too hot.

Need to go find my Spark Solution book and make my plans for the next week. Have a great rest of the day/evening.


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6/30/13 6:23 P

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Grats Bride, You're doing great.

Cindybel, someting that might help with your fat consumption is choosing one high fat item (cheese, mayo, sausage, etc) and nixing it for a better option or nothing at all. tacos really need 1/4 cup of cheese, that sandwhich doesn't need that mayo (hummus works well as a sub + the added protein), you get the point. It's one of the things I've been doing to keep myself in check. Good luck. You can do it.

Day 7 for me has been challenging. Yesterday I went to the ER for my 4yo son. Turns out he has a chest virus that is causing massive post nasal drip, difficulty breathing, and seemingly a loss of bladder control. He doesn't want to eat anything but fresh fruits and veggies. Normally I'd be over the moon but it's pushing 110 here and I just can't go out to get him more veggies. And on top of all that my microwave died on me. It's just been a very trying few days. I'm doing pretty well with not turning to food for comfort though I did consider some brandy last night. No one ever said it would be easy, right? Neither parenting or weight loss. So, I guess it's time to suck it up and stop complaining at you folks.

Thanks for listening. I really appreciate it. A happy week to all of you.

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Day 7 - I am thrilled with the weight loss! After listening to my body, I did not do cardio today. Yesterday's 3 mile power walk and 10 mile bike ride adventures in the summer heat was enjoyable but I feel the tiring effects today. A good day of rest! Let's go week 2!!!

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6/30/13 6:22 P

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Week 1 went really well. Down almost 6 pounds. Will weigh in officially tomorrow. Have really liked most of the recipes. A couple were more work then they were worth. Loved the protein pancakes this morning. Will use that recipe going forward. Haven't done much exercise, but I am a LNA so I get a lot of exercise. Will start walking later this week when my client goes on vacation. Did my grocery shopping today for the first few days. Not as expensive as last week. Will shop again on Wednesday. Just don't have room in my fridge for everything. Will also have a better handles on what I need to get for the second half.

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6/30/13 4:48 P

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I've lost 2 lbs so I'm within 2 lbs of my plateau weight. emoticon

Condiments: I love mustard, use lite mayo, and rarely use ketchup.

I will exercise today since it is harder to get it in during the work week. I'll be working extra hours so I can take Friday off.

I've managed to stay within my calorie range, but I still have problems keeping the fat consumption on the low end of the range. All it takes is one high fat meal and that blows it for the rest of the day. emoticon

I'm looking forward to week 2.

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6/30/13 4:34 P

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I've been logging on everyday but don't always remember to log anything in The Spark Solution area. I also started the SparkCoach and have been following those five steps daily.

I haven't been following the book recipes either. I'm making good food choices, I just haven't had the spunk to do all the prep and stuff I should. I talked to someone about the Miso paste last night and she said it would be worth the effort to find some. She knows of a store about a half hour away that sells it. I'll have to see if I can squeeze that in soon.

The first attempts at exercising were a disaster. I had spinal surgery, then my gallbladder out and am still not completely on my feet. Some days it takes everything I've got just to get through the day. I know it will take time, I'll keep plugging alone. I did make it through a stretching video, so there is hope.

Well, I better get off my butt and do some things.

Happy Sparking!


Elizabeth Jayne
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"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in your weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV

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6/30/13 4:34 P

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Day 7 already! It sure has gone quickly. I feel great. Ive lost 7.4 lbs!!! Im not craving anything yet but we will see how long I go without craving something. Ready to see how long I can keep up this steady losing

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6/30/13 3:42 P

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Rest day, thank goodness! I needed that!

I do it for the joy it brings, because I am a joyful girl. ~Ani Difranco

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6/30/13 2:29 P

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The first week of the challenge went well for me, although I haven't been following the food plan in the book. My intention was to, but I got side tracked w/a dinner party mid-week that set me back monetary wise & I had so many leftovers! I had healthy options from the party, so it didn't throw my eating out the window, just my plans to eat with what everyone else was eating on here! I have healthy eating habits, that's not the problem for's portion control & I've begun to master this during the week! Tracking, measuring & weighing has been my routine & it's been working because I'm down exactly 4 lbs! WooHoo!!! Go me!!!

I have learned that I'm a habitual person...& I kinda like knowing what I'm gonna be eating. I think it's comforting to me, if that makes any sense. I become anxious when I don't know what I'm gonna eat. And I don't care for fancy breakfast or lunches...just give me simple foods & I'm happy.

I did walk/run this's my routine exercise for Sunday morning. I don't take a day off from exercise...because if I'm gonna eat today, well then I'd better be moving!

I've not had any cravings & I'm loving that I feel in control of my eating. I did notice that I was running at a quicker pace today...probably cause my weight is down! I could feel the power & strength in my legs as I was felt awesome!!!

I've been sleeping well! And even catching a nap or two this week!

My biggest challenge has been constipation, since I'm not eating as much fiber as I used to prior to this challenge. I've increased my water intake some & plan on adding a stool softener to my meds & see if that'll help.

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If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it. -William Arthur Ward

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6/30/13 2:26 P

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I used yesterday as my rest day, just sort of by default. Was busy, didn't feel like it...yada, yada, yada. I did go for a nice long walk; not too strenuous. Today, I ran in the morning and will be doing my 2 sets of 12 SP exercises in a bit. Feeling pretty revved up for week two! Down 4 lbs. this morning. Yay! As for condiments, I love cheese sauces/dips and BBQ sauce. I really love that horrible, salty, (is it really food?) neon orange cheese sauce from Taco Bell. However, I have learned to love hummus with veggies. Still haven't found a great replacement recipe for ranch dip, so when I have it, I just use extreme measures for portion control. The dips and sauces with Greek Yogurt that I've tried just taste yuck to me. Too bitter, although I love Greek yogurt with fruit. I've also taken to making my own salad dressings, since commercial ones have more sugar than I like, and the 'lite' dressings have the first ingredient as water - which kind of aggravates me.

All told, I really love the majority of the recipes in the Spark Solution book, and a bunch of them have been a hit with hub and the kids!

As a data nerd, I love the section of the book that gives stats on how successful vs. non-successful folks answered the list of questions.

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I am glad for cooler weather! I am concentrating on the eating plan, etc. I wonder for myself if part of MY problem with weight is I am too self involved. Just thinking and questioning my own journey.


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6/30/13 1:17 P

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Today is the last day of the first week of "The Spark Solution"--and it's rest day! How do you feel?

Feeling great here! Just got back from the farmer's market and enjoying my off day!

Which low-cal condiment is your favorite? How do you substitute (or moderate) higher-cal condiments?

My favorite is actually mustard. I like it better than mayo or ketchup, and you can slap on to about anything, lol. I have been making my own lower-calorie version of ranch dressing with non-fat greek yogurt and skim milk. While not as creamy as the full-fat stuff, it does do the trick when I am wanting a lower-cal dressing to top my greens.

What did you do today with the time you would normally spend exercising? Farmer's market :)

So, how are you feeling? great!

Have you had any cravings? none really

How have you been sleeping? normal ups and downs, but that is because the little one still doesn't always sleep through the night.

Has your energy increased? I have noticed I can run longer, so yep!
How does exercise feel? I have always enjoyed working out :)

Are you moving more? yep or trying to!

What were your highlights this week? dropping two more lbs putting me under 170!!

What were your biggest challenges? swapping ingredients in recipes because I was missing items.

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6/30/13 12:56 P

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I was in Florida with my sister for the first 4 days of the plan. We both are finding the meals interesting and they do fill you up. Since I am 5'2" I need to eat a bit less. I was not always hungry for the snack and sometimes would skip. Yesterday I was not able to make any of the menus but by tracking I stayed on track. The scale this a.m. showed that I was down 1.5 pounds which is excellent for me. I found the ST suggested to be very difficult. I was able to do one set....and I was huffing and puffing. My goal is to keep at it to see if I can do a second set by the end of the second week. This morning I did the breakfast from the first day. I may be using some of the first week recipes in the second week. I do plan on trying some of the new ones too. Need to make a trip to health food store to find miso paste. Good luck everyone with the second week! emoticon emoticon

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6/30/13 12:20 P

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Week One Wrap-Up
So, how are you feeling?-----Discouraged
Have you had any cravings?--Yes, and I gave in to WAY too many of them
How have you been sleeping? Yes, quite well after all the painting I've done
Has your energy increased?--Not that I've noticed
How does exercise feel?--I'm stiff, but I know I'm making progress
Are you moving more?--I'm trying to
What were your highlights this week?--I walked a 5K on Friday
What were your biggest challenges?--I've GAINED 2 pounds emoticon
Weigh and measure yourself, using the instructions we shared on pages 54 to 55.--DONE and I'm NOT happy!!

Since the carpet install is delayed for almost 3 weeks, I've requested that hubby re-attach my Wii to the TV so I can do Walk It Out and Wii Fit Plus activities. The treadmill is completely covered in stuff that was moved for the painting and that's not changing until the carpet is installed. As the weather allows, I will walk outside, but I need another option or I will make excuses. Ready for Week 2!!

HW: 235.8 (6/26/14)
LTGW: 175

Started Weight Watchers: 6/26/14
Week 5: 229.2 (-2.6)
5 pounds GONE!!
Week 10: 225.2 (-1) 10.6 pounds GONE!!
Week 13: 224 )-1)
First Goal: 224 pounds DONE!!!
Week 14: 223.6 (-.4)
Week 15: 223.4
Week 16:223 (-.4)
Week 17: 221.6 (-1.4)
Week 18: 222.8 (+1.2)
Week 19: 222.4 (-.4)
Week 20: 223.6 (+1.2)
Week 21: 222.6 (-1)
Week 22: 221 (-1.6)
SECOND GOAL: 211.5 (10%)

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6/30/13 12:13 P

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My husband and I made it through week 1. I find that it is a lot of preparation and we are preparing our meals for the next day at 10 PM. I am finding it a little overwhelming. However, we both lost weight so that is the wonderful.

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6/30/13 11:38 A

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Yeah Day 7, feeling great! Keeping within calories range, did a pilates workout this morning in place of the strength exercises I didn't get to yesterday, although I did try out the new walking trail in my neighborhood with my sister and a friend. Feeling ready for week 2 although I am scheduled for jury duty Mon-Wed, we'll see how it goes. emoticon

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6/30/13 11:34 A

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Loving the challenge! Will weigh and measure on Tuesday. I've found the program pretty straight forward, but it's the community I've enjoyed the most!

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6/30/13 11:23 A

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Well, this week did not go anywhere close to what I wanted. The last 3 days have been the worst for my food although great for NEAT. We were camping with friends and I had too many chips, but I walked A LOT.

This is all okay. Today is a new day and I can do this.

 current weight: 204.0 
6/30/13 9:51 A

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We aren't big on condiments around here. I am feeling great after week 1, and ready for week two. With my son leaving on vacation Tuesday night, its going to be weird not cooking for two. I am hoping it will help me to stay focused on the plan since I can eat whenever I want, but in the past it has lead to skipping meals so I know I have to pay attention.

ďRest in reason; move in passionĒ

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Couldnít post yesterday Ė I had to go out early and as Iím in the UK it was before Day 6 was on the boards. By the time I got home around midnight, I was too tired to do it..
Overall everything has been going OK apart from more wine than I intended but my attention is well and truly focused on that thanks to this challenge. I havenít really had any food cravings, Iíve had good quality sleep and Iíve fitted in loads of NEAT which Iím pleased about Ė moving more is definitely a victory for me. . Generally I have more energy than Iíve had for a while. That said forcing myself to do the workout has been rather hard most of the days but Iíve done it!! Makes me feel good once I make the effort
In fact I had no time to do the Spark Solution Workout on Saturday so I did it today instead as I really didnít want to miss it out of the week. I did it in reverse order as instructed, which was OK but the extra cardio in between really was pretty hard going and I was puffing and panting a lot. Guess thatís the point!.
I walked several miles on Saturday and again this morning in the course of guiding some new foreign students round the town where I live so I certainly haven't been idle. I must remember to put on my pedometer more regularly Ė would be really happy to have an idea of how many steps Iíve walked this weekend.
Today Iím sticking to the meal plan as given and really looking forward to Chef Megís Pan fried chicken with a mixture of green vegetables. Iím actually amazed at how free of hunger Iíve been all week and how much Iíve enjoyed my food.
I plan to weigh and measure myself tomorrow and am interested to see what that will tell me. Would like to think all of us will see a result for our efforts.

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6/30/13 9:47 A

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I am still having issues eating as much as the book suggests. Not sure why that is. Not much weight loss but I am feeling mentally clearer and physically healthier.

I am not a big condiment eater, unless you consider cheese of any kind a condiment. :)

My Spark Solutions buddy is flaking and, since he is my cook as well, this is making it harder to stay on track but so far it has been grumping only.

The cook and I will be sitting down today to make the grocery list for this week's meals instead of playing in this way too hot temperature here in Sacramento, CA.

What we think about and thank about, we bring about.

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6/30/13 9:36 A

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I think this first week went pretty well. The recipes in the spark solution are the kind of foods I eat normally so, no problem there. Been doing my exercises and feeling good about that.

I think I need to step up my cardio days and work on using the trackers here on sp. I always fall behind in doing that but, I'm going to try harder this week. Hope everyone else had a good week!

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I LOST FOUR POUNDS!!! WOO-HOO!! Now that is out of the way -- my favorite condiment is SALSA! I use it as salad dressing, on sandwiches, in place of catsup on burgers. My fridge has several varieties (Garlic/Lime Salsa Verde is wonderful in the Quick Chicken Enchiladas)

This week, I was amazed by a complete lack of cravings. Friday, I HAD to go with a friend for an afternoon piece of pie. LONG STORY, but it is an annual event. I planned and it was in calorie budget -- but it was a HUGE disappointment. Granny Smith on Saturday afternoon or Protein Pancakes with strawberries, so much tastier and enjoyable.

I have increased movement lots -- I still struggle with ST as outlined in book, but I am determined to get it. On several I do 4 sets of 5 instead of 2 sets of 10. Just makes me smile knowing that I am improving.

There is nothing you're successful at that you didn't work at EVERY day -- Will Smith.

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6/30/13 9:00 A

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Here I am thinking I am late - yet I'm the first one here! Got out in the humidity and walked today. Enjoyed the Protein Pancakes and was glad I made them yesterday. I have about 5 more servings in the freezer, so I'm set no matter what happens!

This week I need to work on making time for the strength workouts on top of my cardio....but I should be done with my work that I'm doing on vacation tomorrow (if I really work hard) and then I can have some time to myself!

I hope everyone is having a great day. I feel really great, even if the scale hasn't moved a lot. As for condiments -I really don't like many. Vinegars, lemon and lime juice are some of my favorites and I'd rather add fresh veggies than any sauce!

I'm going to fill up my water bottle and I'm off to church! Have a super Sunday!
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Do not post in this thread before Day 7 (June 30).
Today is the last day of the first week of "The Spark Solution"--and it's rest day! How do you feel?
Let's talk about condiments, which is the topic of today's Metabolic Makeover. Calories from condiments can add up quickly, making or breaking your goals for the day. Which low-cal condiment is your favorite? How do you substitute (or moderate) higher-cal condiments? Let's take a look at how your favorite dips and dressings measure up:

What did you do today with the time you would normally spend exercising?

Week One Wrap-Up
So, how are you feeling?
Have you had any cravings?
How have you been sleeping?
Has your energy increased?
How does exercise feel?
Are you moving more?
What were your highlights this week?
What were your biggest challenges?
Weigh and measure yourself, using the instructions we shared on pages 54 to 55.
Now, letís prepare for Week 2. Youíll need to shop for your meals, schedule your workouts, and set goals for the week.

With one week of healthy living under your belt, youíre probably starting to get the hang of this. We have full faith in you. You can do this! This week will build on the healthy habits you started last week.
Make sure you have a fully stocked fridge, your workout clothes are ready to go, and your water bottle is never far from your side. Thirst is often misinterpreted as hunger, so drinking plenty of water can help ward off phantom hunger.

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