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I tend to be optimistic with life, always finding something positive even when the situation seems hopeless. I coach people around me to do the same.
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7/8/13 1:45 P

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I haven't stuck to the challenge as closely as I should have but have still seen results...down 3 lbs in 2 weeks. I absolutely have got to MAKE myself exercise. I have started parking further away when I shop, so at least that's a start, however small it may be. Staying within the ranges recommended aren't as difficult as I thought, with the one exception being the sodium. Man, that sodium sneaks in in places you never thought about! All in all, I have enjoyed the challenge and know I am making better choices even if the results are slow. So, I plan to continue like the tortoise...slow and steady wins the race!!! Have a great day :)

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Staying in there , yesterday managed to eat just 1/8 cup of raisinettes as a treat (I can normally eat a whole box) and stayed within my calorie range. Went for 2 walks. This challenge has really helped me get back on track! emoticon

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Sorry about your dog. Losing a pet is a very sorrowful event. Food is a good source of solace.
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My blog piece of my heart is about my dog Jake, he collapsed on the third seemed ok, then died the following morning. I am being kind to myself about how I ate the wrong foods and just laid around. Pictures of my boy are on my blog if you want to see him. I will keep going, back up on my feet, a little slow but I am back.

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I have surprised myself. Wednesday we left home to attend a family reunion in Spokane and spend a few days with family. I brought my own food which was pretty stressful getting together but I have done well this week. I could not use all the planned menus but used different ones from other days since I brought some meals I had frozen. I have gone to two family picnics and stuck to the food plan. Also got up early to go for walks before it got too hot. I have to say this is the first time that I have gone to family functions and justified eating all the great food. If I did not have this challenge I would probably be heading home having eaten more than I planned and gained some extra pounds

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I am usually pretty positive, or at least I have become more positive since starting my workout journey. I realized beating myself up was not a way to get/stay motivated.

When I did an exercise to motivate myself, I wrote myself an encouraging message, pretending it was for someone else. I realized I was much more positive when I pretended I was talking to someone else. I am more kind and understanding to others. I will continue to try to be kind to myself.

I took a while to eat dinner tonight. I usually take about 20-30 minutes.

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I tend to be a very optimistic person. I am usually only negative when I am extremely tired or ill.

I'm a slow eater, to 30 minutes to eat a meal is not unusual for me. I like long relaxing meals with lots of conversation and no sense of being rushed.

For the summer, making exercise a priority is not a problem. I just stay and workout while my son is at his various athletic practices rather than making extra trips to drop him off and pick him up. Hubby and I get our alone time by taking an evening walk together.

Today was my worst day for dealing with temptations. We went to the rodeo, and even though we ate dinner at home right beforehand, all the of treats looked so good. Funnel cake, popcorn, nachos, cotton candy...it was all screaming my name. I felt very deprived not having any. Fats and sweets just taste good, and not liking so many of the meals on the plan does not help with the matter.

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I'm not sure how it got to be day 13 already!!!! I know I have said this before, but I love this plan. I did not, however, love my salmon tonight...ick! This was not the recipes fault, though! The first time I made it, it was so delicious...not tonight. I am not much of a fish eater, but have been trying to become one. I don't mind eating it if it doesn't taste like the bottom of wherever it came from...it tasted like the bottom tonight, haha! I bought a different kind, which is what made the difference. Oh...it did take me 30 minutes to eat b/c I was eating my fish in little bites, so it took a while. Sometimes 3 ounces doesn't seem a lot...tonght I thought I would never finish it!

Generally, I try not to beat myself up about things, especially lately. My attitude has been positive and I am so motivated to succeed. I took on a big job today which was to clean my closet. I have a lot of clothes that are now too big on me so I get to donate them to someone who may need them. This was very motivating for me. Sometimes, I do find myself feeling like this is surreal because it is working...because I am working. When I think, "You are doing it now, but what if..." I make myself think of something else, usual the current moment.

Tonight we made our menu for next week. We will continue to follow the plan by mixing and matching the recipes for week three. I have been wanting some spaghetti so I am going to try the Ten-Minute Garden Harvest Pasta Sauce on page 227 for our dinner tomorrow night. I will let you know how it is!

Well, time for beddie bye! I love reading how everyone is doing! Keep up the good work!



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Tough one today, had a party. I was pretty good and although what I ate was not the best choices, I managed to stay within calories (whew). I actually tracked it all when I got home and was surprised to see that I had managed to stay safe.
I am pretty shocked that this challenge is over tomorrow. The time seems to have gone by fairly quickly. We did it Sparkies. Whether we managed to stay perfect or slipped up now and then, we got back on the wagon and kept going. I slipped up a bit here and there, but I feel I have learned much and am ready to embark on a generally healthier lifestyle.
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7/6/13 10:38 P

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I'm doing great with the food part of this challenge, but still struggling to make time for the exercise. At night I tell myself I'll do it in the morning, but then I don't I've managed to fit in 15 minutes most days in the late afternoon, but that's not enough.

And yes, I'm usually a positive person, and usually talk to myself as I'd talk to a friend. but right now I need a 'tough love" kind of friendship. My friend needs to tell me that it's time to make exercise a priority because I won't see the results I want if I keep doing what I'm doing.

I have made progress during these two weeks, mentally and motivationally, although the scale is not showing much in the way of losses. That's okay. I will get there.

My big victory today was realizing at suppertime that I wasn't very hungry, mostly because of a late lunch -- grilled fish burrito with chopped cabbage. so instead of eating what I'd planned, I simply had a large salad with a hard boiled egg and one slice of turkey bacon. I need to make that kind of decision more often.

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I like many people struggle with staying positive. It is so much easier to see the things I am failing at rather than the things I succeed at. for instance, when I skip a day of exercise it is easy for me to put myself down and call myself lazy but when I eat right and even lose a few pounds it is hard for me to see the good I focus alot on telling myself if I wouldn't have skipped exercise I might have lost more weight. I really struggle with this and I guess that is why I like the Spark website because there is always someone here to help me refocus when I am in a negative rut. I can't believe that this challenge is almost over it seems as if it just begun. I hope there are other challenges because I think they keep me focused. I may not be able to check in everyday because of working 16 hr shifts but when I do check in I always feel as if I am never alone.

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I'm generally a positive person, so its pretty rare when I can't find the bright side of a situation. I could be pretty down on myself for some of the eating choices I've made the past couple days but instead I choose to focus on the fact that *most* of the time I've gone with the healthier choice; and I've met and surpassed my exercise goals even with the holiday and family visiting from out of state the past 9 days. 'No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow your progress, you're still way ahead of everyone who isn't trying.'

Since the end of March, to make exercise a priority I've walked to and from work on days when it isn't storming (I always have a backup plan for those times when stormy weather pops up unexpectedly on days I've walked there) I haven't been as good with ST, so I need to do a better job of making that a priority. I've tried writing it on my calendar, for next week I think I'll try setting an alarm on my phone for it. In the past I've enjoyed ST when I've gotten a good schedule for it down, I just haven't gotten there yet but I feel like I'm close.




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Day 13 - I always try to remain positive, even when people around me are negative. I take negative statements and turn them around to a positive direction. I refrain from contributing to negative conversation.
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Day 13 --97% down
Had the better banana bread for breakfast and made the family Mexican Pizzas for lunch.
One of my all time favorite movie quots is ths from Pretty Woman

Vivian: People put you down enough, you start to believe it.
Edward Lewis: I think you are a very bright, very special woman.
Vivian: The bad stuff is easier to believe. You ever notice that?

I do like the ifea to change your self talk to what you would say to others.

I had my weigh in day and I am down 5.5 pounds since beginning the challenge.
I have done more strength training than usual as well.

One more day of this program but recipes and habits to keep with me.


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7/6/13 9:32 P

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I still find myself "acting" positive. It's making a difference. I just want to feel it naturally instead of having to act it. I'm so tired, but I just keep pushing myself. I hope it comes soon.

Today I got home from work tired and exhausted and went to the refrigerator for a snack. I reached for the fresh mushrooms. There was not junk food in there (success #1) and that made it easier to have a healthy snack (success #2).

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Hubby and I purposefully ate dinner slower than normal. We talked more instead of hurrying to get to the next task in the day. We both enjoyed our food more and both of us noticed feeling full before we were done eating. This is a great practice and I need to keep doing this to make it a habit. Thank you, SparkPeople!

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QUOTE: "Today you read that even successful SparkPeople members have trouble staying positive. Is that something you struggle with as well? How do you combat negativity? If you're struggling to stay positive, reflect on today's Mind-Set Makeover: imagine you're giving advice to a friend rather than yourself."

This advice is some of the best I gleaned from the book when I first read it, and it's stuck with me today. Even though some days don't work out as planned, I do try and focus on the positive. I've done it all my life with everythign else but myself. It's giving me optimism that this time I WILL succeed.

Even though yesterday I went over my limit, today I did eat healthy with lots of nice veggies, including fresh cucumbers from neighbor's garden. And even though had to get a car towed today (long story) and was exhausted, I made that one dish chicken (Day 1 Dinner) because I knew/remembered how to make it and still had a healthy supper!

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I have found motivation through this program that I needed to begin the weight loss process. Two weeks isn't a complete solution, but I have lost some weight and feel motivated to continue. I love being able to connect with others through this!



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I am doing better making meals for my hubby and I, however without school keeping me in a routine- I have been lazy on lunch and sometimes not eating much!

I am making it to the gym almost daily! If I don't go to the gym I am walking or using my wii fit!

I am excited to see the changes and focus I have now!!! Plus it is really helping my relationship too! Now if only I could excite myself to cleaning and purging things! And so I could handle this heat!!!

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I think I've done a good job of watching myself and what we're eating. We HAVE had some fast food but greatly moderated (I got a kids meal and added a potato). I jumped on the scale today and imagine my shock when it said 10 pounds lost!!!! Holy moly!! How did that happen? Granted today I walked over 17,000 steps *go me :D* and while we were at it hit the famers market loading up on lots of yummy fruits and veggies before we hit the store for some planters and soil to help out our plants outside. Honestly I can say I'm very proud of the last week.

I am lacking in the structured exercises like the SS strength. I'm working on how I can work some things in at school while my son is in care. As much as I love my baby, he can get in the way sometimes. Also doing my videos is getting kinda blah. Not that I'm downing on Coach Nicole but I think they are losing the spark (pardon the pun please). I'm thinking I might try another of the SP vids and see how they work out.

Grats to everyone who stuck with it for this long. You're doing great


Edited by: ELISARA2005 at: 7/6/2013 (20:06)
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I can't believe it's been almost 2 weeks! I'm not sure if I've lost weight, as I'm not home to weigh myself, but I have definitely learned a LOT about food that I didn't really understand before - and I've taken college nutrition courses!! Just tracking everything and being able to compare them really makes a big difference in my starting to see where my 'healthy' choices were sabotaging my efforts, and where I can afford to indulge without costing myself later (hello, fresh strawberries, I'm looking at you!).

Exercise is obviously the biggest area I have to improve right now, and that's next on my list to tackle. This was a wonderful challenge, though, and I'm also looking forward to joining the next one. Can't wait to get home on Monday and take my measurements!

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I did very well with my healthy eating today and stayed well within my calorie range.

I am very optimistic generally and have little trouble with negativity.

However the slowing down my eating is difficult for me. I tend to eat quickly so spending 30 minutes eating dinner was a challenge. I did notice that when I eat slower, I enjoy my food more and while I do not eat any less since I measure all the portions to put on my plate, I do notice that I can feel myself getting full. The last couple days I have tried some new recipes from the Spark cookbook and tried to really take more time eating and enjoying my food. I made a Tilapia recipe last night and I really enjoyed the flavors. My husband really liked it too so I will probably make that again. I also made potato salad with veggies and served it warm with the fish and it was also excellent.

I am doing very well with my fitness and I can see a difference in my stamina already. Even though today is my no exercise day I am still planning to do 30 minutes of Yoga. My muscles are somewhat sore from the exercises and a little stretching will probably help.

Although I have not lost a great deal of weight yet I have formed some new healthy habits that I plan to continue in the weeks and months ahead.

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I'm a fairly positive person (more so now than ever before) & I try to focus on the day at hand! I also try to find the JOY of the day...& share it, if I can! When I focus on the day, I don't have time to look back or forward...so all my efforts are on getting through the day! And of course, finding my JOY! Whatever it may be!!!

Today, I did a step aerobics class & then body sculpting right afterward! I ate a healthy breakfast...lunch was a quick greek yogurt as I was running out the door & a healthy 100 cal natural nut pack (walnuts & almonds) in the car. I made the Sweet & Spicy Glazed Salmon for dinner...& it's to die for! So delish!!! It was the best salmon I ever had...& it's most definitely a keeper recipe! I loved the sweet & spicy glaze! I'm having sweet cherries for my dessert in a bit! Love cherries this time of year!

I'm gonna get out for an evening walk here shortly...feeling stuffed after my delicious dinner of salmon, sweet potato, & asparagus! It was alot of food!

EnJOY the evening all! I hope everyone is well! Congrats to all that have hung in there w/the challenge! No matter the difficulties...give yourself kudos & a pat on the back! And yes, I will be joining the challenge for another go around!

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I have to say that I am doing better with this challenge this times than I did the 1st time. I hope they do it again cuz I'll do it even better. Try, try again is my motto!

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I tend to stay pretty positive. In fact, that has always been the one compliment I tend to get. Even if things are not going the way I would like, I turn a positive spin to it. I try to pass that on to my students when they may not be feeling that positive about the situations they are in.

We sat and chatted while we ate to keep the pace slow while eating dinner. It was quite the whole 30 minutes, but it was much slower than we normally eat dinner. When you have a half an hour for lunch during the work week, that speed carries on into breakfast and dinner.

Today has been pretty good so far. We may head out to the kids' fair and watch fireworks tonight, if a certain little one decides to behave.

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Am pleased with the day so far - and with the challenge in a whole.

I have pretty much stayed on track each day, with trying 2 new recipes each week and working on making some changes to the meals we normally eat.

As of today's weigh in I have met my goal for this challenge but we still have another day so it might even be a bit more - will update my tracker on Monday

Here are my stats for today

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Looking forward to starting Week 3

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Working through this was difficult this time. I was without internet access so couldn't log on for support.In addition, I wasn't at my own home and was unable to cook like I normally do. My daughter tried to fix foods that would work, but not always. I'm not giving up, and will keep at it. But it was tough. It's a good program.

Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6 NKJV

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I love the mind-set makeover, too. We are usually our own worst critics. We need to congratulate ourselves for small achievements just as we would congratulate a friend. Small steps will get us to our goals just as well as big ones. I'm hoping to do some major digging in my garden/yard so I may skip the strength training today. (we have bushes to plant, so I'll be digging big holes!) I'm doing pretty well at getting some kind of exercise in most days, but I still have to make myself do the strength training. The little bit at the end of my cardio classes isn't enough, I'm sure. But, it's more than I have been doing, so it's a step in the right direction.

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Question: I am having the turkey chili tonight. It says to add avocado. Is that already calculated into the calories? It looks like it might be....any thought?

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I love the Mind-Set Makeover: imagine you're giving advice to a friend rather than yourself. We so often tend to belittle ourselves and engage in negative self-talk. We really should look in the mirror each morning and learn to love ourselves and talk to our image as we would to a best friend.

Another hot, humid day here in Maine. Looking forward to a dip in the pool. Have a great Saturday.

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Well, I am moving along and motivated to follow the plan today and continue to see good results.

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Good morning,
I can't believe 2 weeks is almost up. The time goes by so fast.
I have had a challenging week with company and the 4th of July holiday.
I have not stayed on track like I should but have been mindful to drink my water, exercise and keep food portions down.
I try to do my exercises in the morning before work because if I don't I know most of the time by the end of the day I just plain can't make myself do them.
I have been exercise daily for about 8 months now and if I don't I feel like somethings missing in my day. I usually find time to exercise for 25 min. in the morning. If I'm running late I can do at least 15 min.
I will try to take at least 30 min. to eat my dinner this evening which won't be too hard because I am a very slow eater anyway. (I think it's because I talk too much at the table)
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It has been a long and busy week. Haven't been able to follow the SS to the letter this week. Not a lot of computer time and reading time. However, when you read just a little of the book, I find that I can keep what I lost off, and get a little more off. Now back to haying. Love this Solution!!!

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Here we are ... it's the weekend again. I did so well over the long weekend last week. Have challenged myself to do as well or better this weekend. All I need is the weather to clear off and I'll have plenty to do to keep me busy and away from the kitchen. Fighting mosquitoes will be high on the list!

I do want to try a couple of new breakfast ideas so I have more variety during the weekday mornings. Quick, easy, and healthy is what I'm looking for.

Congrats to all of us for making it this far. Now to keep things going in the right direction.

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Do not post in this thread before Day 13 (July 6).

Today you read that even successful SparkPeople members have trouble staying positive. Is that something you struggle with as well? How do you combat negativity? If you're struggling to stay positive, reflect on today's Mind-Set Makeover: imagine you're giving advice to a friend rather than yourself. Chances are you'll be able to think of something nice and optimistic to say when you take that perspective. Here are 3 ways to stop negative thinking: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/
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We're challenging you to spend 30 minutes eating dinner today. How long do you usually spend eating dinner? What effect does this slowed-down mealtime have on your hunger?
Today's scenario--an after-work party--illustrates why it's so important to "schedule" fitness and write it on the calendar as you would any other obligation. By making fitness a priority, you'll be less likely to skip it. How are YOU making exercise a priority?
NOTE: To track your strength training moves today, go to your Fitness Tracker. Click "Enter your own exercise." Custom exercise: "The Spark Solution" Spark Swaps Strength Workout. Select "strength" from the dropdown. Add the number of minutes it took you to complete the workout. For calories burned, we estimate 108 for a 165-pound woman. You can use that or use your tracker to figure out how many calories you burn per minute lifting weights.



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