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Saturday, January 07, 2012

That's been my reaction lately for a couple of ah-ha moments.

Para-dear posted a blog lately about her foray into juicing, and the nifty re-use cup she got from Target. It reminded me that we'd picked up similar cups not long ago, complete with straws, and I'd yet to use mine. I put aside my usual waterbottle and filled up that cup, and y'know what? It's brilliant! It's cute, clear plastic with colorful flowers and fractal-like designs on it, and holds 16 oz. The straw, for whatever reason, really does make drinking easier and quicker. I'm way ahead today on my water intake - let's credit the straw!

SuSuSuzie also shared a great blog lately, and I think it's going to really effect me this year. She explained how she updated her goals, weight-wise, here on Spark, and lo! her calorie range expanded! Now, I've been proud of myself lately because I've been sticking to my own calorie range of 1250-1550. I know it may seem odd to say I'm proud but given the last several months and my over-indulgences, the fact that I'm in range is huge.

I went into my fitness settings to adjust a few things, such as number of cardio days (I'm taking a break from Zumba for a while), and found that to update my fitness settings, I had to answer that age-old Spark question - what's your goal weight, and when do you want to reach it?

I thought about Suzie's blog, and decided screw it! Saying I'm going to lose 2 lbs a week has NOT done me one lick of good the last year. I can set that as a goal, as the numbers on my plan here, as the thing to do, but if it doesn't happen, what's the point? I stated recently that I've decided I will be happy if I can release 2 1/2 lbs per month. That's not even 1 lb a week, but that's what I set my goal as. Spark calculated my goal weight - 165 - and releasing 1 lb a week - and spit out my plan. It estimated that I'll reach that goal sometime around the end of March, 2013.

That may sound like a very long time, but it's not. I don't care how long it takes, as long as I can find a way to release the lbs.

I now have a calorie range of 1560 - 1910.


That's what I was eating, roughly, when I was training for my Halfs. Yes, I proved I could eat at the lower end of the lower range, but now I have a bit more wiggle room. That isn't to say that I'll be eating at the high end of my range every day, of course. Brilliant!

Thank you, ladies, for sharing your experiences. There's no saying whether or not I would have had those moments without your blogs. Doesn't matter - learned I have, and I'm grateful.

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  • no profile photo CD8532529
    Spark has a high calorie range for me...and at first I had a really hard time with it. Now I realize it's about releasing those pounds slowly so they never come back. This past year with everything that has happened, showed that even during very stressful times, I can maintain that loss with no problems because I lost it slowly. Also, what we are trying to do is up our metabolism. It's not just exercise that does that, it's eating small meals consistently through the day. I don't know about you...but I'm a heck of lot happier being able to eat my new normal than feeling like I'm depriving myself or on a diet. Going over my calorie range is hardly ever a problem, unless I've purposely gone off with a vacation or a special event. It's nice not to be feeling guilty all the time! Anyway some more food for thought. I had fun working out with you last night!!!
    3487 days ago
    Brilliant is such a great word. I am happy to hear you sounding so positive. I think it is nice to finally be past all the holiday hoo-ha. Makes it easier to get back to business, ya? /hugs
    3488 days ago
    I like this. :)
    3488 days ago
    It's really neat the things we can learn from our Spark friends. And eating more with out guilt, how cool is that!
    3490 days ago
    I love your ahha moments!!
    3490 days ago
    I soooooo needed your blog today. My 2011 goal was 5 lbs/month. Not even close. I have been really kicking myself for not making my goal but I did get my walks in so I keep trying to point that out to myself.

    Maybe I should go look at my settings and see if they need an update.

    I'm excited for you! Keep going, you can do it!

    3490 days ago
    *sips water happily*

    *giggles at the thought that it's kinda like cbailey and para are hangin' out, drinking water together*

    I'm so glad that you adjusted your goals. It's crazy how much a little adjustment (a few less pounds a month) can so drastically affect your calories! And ZZZ, she's the bomb, full of super good ideas and motivation....

    I hope that you do juice it a little here and there, as I would love to hear some of your recipes!


    3490 days ago
    All I can add is .."ah ha - time to look at my settings as well" - IF I can figure out how to do it (you know I'm a non-techy type gal)

    BRILLIANT emoticon - I'm so stealing this (the ultimate compliment you know!)

    Spark on Candy - you inspire me, as always!

    3491 days ago
    Ah...I love that something I did helped you. I'm still thrilled with my new calorie range. THRILLED. It gives me so much more flexibility to exercise a little less (it was getting overwhelming) and eat more. While I love exercise to get strong and fast and feel good, love to exercise so I can eat more. It makes all of this easier. But I don't really know how it's going to work yet. I hope it works out well for both of us. IT WILL!

    Good for you for changing your goals to make them work for you. It's like a big load off your shoulders! You will do awesome! Congrats!

    And thank you for sharing as well. This is what makes SP so awesome. We all get to learn from each other.
    3491 days ago
    I think we need to rename our ah-ha moments to yea-ha moments. Isn't that what they really are? Seriously, what's the rush? If you look back to 14 months ago (the amount of time until you reach your goal in the future) it doesn't really seem like it was that long ago, does it? Nope! Making it 'easier' to get to that date with more realistic plans seems so much better!
    3491 days ago
    Like you, I am so grateful for my spark pack. Their blogs about their journeys have helped me so much with mine. So I'm super glad to see this blog now -- it reinforces something I've been thinking about lately. Namely, setting an arbitrary date by which I'll be at some arbitrary weight -- when I'm pretty darn sure my body won't let the weight go that quickly -- is beyond asinine.

    Once again, thank you for your message of sanity!
    3491 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8072637
    I'm so happy to see you moving forward again, Miss Candy! I love the fact that you had those a-ha moments and were willing to share. When you say the word BRILLIANT! I imagine you using an English accent, since that is a word I've heard used by the English in wonderful and creative ways. Way to go on being willing to let go of some of that hyper-egotistical BS that, regardless of our intentions, can sabotage us. I cannot tell you how many Spark friends have written blogs this week about their grand declarations at various points in their journey, and how they were convinced their new healthy habits were going to be the new norm without any challenges, and now they've had setbacks, feel like a failure, and have had to proclaim their defeat to all us Sparkers with their tail between their legs. Well honey, I'm glad you're looking ahead to positive territory and allowing yourself to not be rigid. Not saying you were rigid before; it's more like I was worried that you were gonna burn yourself out by being what seemed a little overzealous at times. I'm thrilled that you have found this BRILLIANT! idea of readjusting your goals! And hey, if you lose more than 2 1/2 lbs. a month, that will be a big reason to celebrate! Love ya honey, and I love the way you inspire others just by being real about who you are and what you experience! That genuine heart and personality isn't always easy to find in this ol' world!

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    3492 days ago
    Thanks for sharing!
    I am considering buying the bowls/plates that have measuring lines. This way when I don't have time or am too lazy I can just take out that bowl and fill to the line. My eyes are becoming bigger than my stomach (when eye measuring) and now my stomach is getting bigger too! LOL (or at least not smaller)

    Good Luck Sweetie!

    3492 days ago
    Thanks for sharing your experience and the info you've gained from others. I think I'm going to have to go tweak my settings now too. I haven't done it since I started nearly a year ago and I've been at a VERY FRUSTRATING 12 week plateau. Hmmm... I'm sensing an impending "a-ha" myself.

    Good luck with the tweaking! I'm looking forward to hearing how it's going. I have total faith that you will make your goal!
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    3492 days ago
    Love the ah ha moments! I've been playing around with my goals today too. Think the tinkering is an important part of the process. emoticon
    3492 days ago
    Tweaking lol
    Love it!!

    With marathon train I have diff cals for each day
    Carb loading bef long run
    Running cals
    Resting cals

    I don't care if my tracker is body knows what it needs
    3492 days ago
  • LISA01605
    This journey is all about learning new things! Sounds like you are doing well! emoticon
    3492 days ago
    your phrase - I am not there yet, but I am closer than I was yesterday....


    I have seen it a couple of Sparkie places lately and I just love it. I am a big blog reader. I find so much gold in there...That's I how I stumbled across your blog, too.

    Woo hoo! and good luck with all your goals! I think you're a winner! emoticon
    3492 days ago
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