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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I feel like my weight loss is not going as I'd hoped with steady losing. I know I have not been perfect in my eating, water, tracking, or fitness, so I don't look to some other cause for this really slow progress or no progress or whatever you want to call it. Last night I went back to The Spark book and read a few pages. I have it on my phone. If you don't own this book, but you do have a smart phone or Kindle or some similar reading device, you might consider getting this book electronically. Then it's always convenient to read, and I didn't pay much to get it either (free, maybe?).

ANYWAY, going back to the book, I was reading about what to do for success. Two things I need to do: eat breakfast and eat 5+ servings of fruits/vegetables. I HAVE quite a few veggies and fruits around the house. I try to eat only one fruit as I think of them as sugary and carby. I need to make myself prepare and eat all those veggies though because soon I'll be throwing a lot of them away.

As for breakfast, the book says that the breakfast of choice for successful losers is oatmeal. I like oatmeal! I am going to make some today and load it up with some fruit.

Today my Spark Start page had an article about burning more calories during your workout. I am going to try some of the suggestions like wall squats with weights. My knees bother me when I do squats so that's one reason I don't do them. But I will try to do 12 of them and see.

My scale today reported I was back down to my lowpoint. I am glad and I'll celebrate by drinking a lot of water, doing more than usual Leslie Sansone, and eating oatmeal and veggies! Happy sparking, y'all!
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    I eat steel cut oats almost every morning. I make them in my pressure cooker and 1 cup is enough for 4 hearty breakfasts. I like mine savory, and need the protein in the morning. I have a million ways I eat them, with a poached egg, with tomatoes or grated carrot mixed in, sometimes with a serving of avocado, sometimes with some shredded cheese and an egg white . . you name it I've probably put it in my oatmeal. The first time I tried the savory was with a poached egg, black pepper and some romano cheese. If adding sweets to your oatmeal doesn't work out, come on over to the savory side!
    2041 days ago
  • 1EMMA2011
    Great Post! Sounds as though you are being logical and on top of things!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2042 days ago
    Eating breakfast and fruits and veggies are super important...but remember too, the weight loss isn't a linear thing. Sometime it defies all logic. I had a fear of fruit, too. I thought it was too much sugar and starch...but I never had a fear of candy..... Now I'm not a fearful, but I limit the higher sugar fruits..... GOOD LUCK

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    2042 days ago
    I saw a 1 pound drop today since my Monday weigh in for another team! I am very excited because I binged on Peanut Butter Cheerios last night. I had like 4 bowls of it! Waaaay too much, but at least it was Cheerios and not Lucky Charms or something!

    Since it's finally getting chilly outside, I will be walking outside less and riding my bike more. That means sweating inside and I can stop falling down almost every day! Plus, the bike burns twice the calories in half the time. So this is a good thing, but I will miss my meandering walks around the yard... and the dogs will miss it as well. Will still do some walking, but not an hour like normal.
    2042 days ago
    In the winter I have oatmeal for breakfast every morning. If you feel like trying my recipe, I use half water and half unsweetened almond milk (1/3cup each), some cinnamon and nutmeg, boil that, add the oats (1/3cup), and let it simmer until about half or more of the liquid is gone and then stir in half a chopped up apple. Some days I'll also stir in a spoonful of almond butter when it's almost ready. MMM!!!

    With lots of veggies you could easily make a stirfry or a curry... or a soup! If the veggies are too close to getting soft, just puree the soup and it won't matter! You can also add some lentils when cooking it to thicken it while adding some protein and fiber!

    2042 days ago
    I love oatmeal too, I put some raspberries in one time that I had sitting in the fridge and it was yummy, gave it a pop. Grats on your lowpoint and I love how you are celebrating it! emoticon
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    I have found as long as I'm walking or working out daily, I get my water in. I always have a water bottle with me. Going back to basics when you stall out is a great idea. The one thing I always work on when I'm trying to get back on track is to stick to just one or two things for a few days. Don't overwhelm yourself with all you have to do, just focus on one or two things. You CAN do it!!! :)
    2042 days ago
    Yeah, sometimes we need a reminder of what to do and of what we have accomplished so far so we'll keep moving to the right direction.

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    2042 days ago
    Good idea going back to the book to brush up on basics! I haven't read The Spark yet, but your suggestion of getting it electronically has given me a push to get it
    2042 days ago
  • KAREN608
    Glad you are sharing what the book says with us.
    My DH has us eat oatmeal every day. He often adds a homemade breakfast sandwich to his breakfast but for me, just oatmeal. I admit I am getting tired of it. But it is easy to make, filling and a good source of fiber.
    Veggies: I am not a veggie eater, so usually put onions/carrots in stew or soups so I will eat them and like the taste. I might be the only sparker that says she doesn't like veggies much, but it is true.
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    Good to hear your plan for success. Sounds very doable.
    I bought " the Spark" when it first came out. Would love to find and ebook for my iPad .I will keep the book handy when I am feeling the need for a little extra motivation. Thanks for the nudge.
    I had a planned off day yesterday but am ready to face the day with full commitment and keep pushing forward to make this a great week!
    Spark cheers!
    Have a great day. I know you will.
    2042 days ago
  • EWL978
    Just the fact that you're making the effort is GREAT!! And, MYBULLDOGS's notes make perfect sense to me...keep in mind that fruits still have a place in dieting and are "good for you, too!"

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    2042 days ago


    my sister walks 15,000 steps a day at 63 years
    old and has lost 105 pounds. she went from a size 24 to a size 10. all her health issues dropped off as the 105 pounds dropped off. took 16 months.

    i gave up grain and sugary products and have lost 44 pounds at age 60. i went from a size 18 to a size 10 shorts and medium tops from a 1 or 2x. took 7 months.

    use a salad plate as a dinner plate

    use fruit for your sweet tooth cravings, an apple works great. helps with the chewing sensation.

    fill your salad plate with half vegetables.

    we are both still loosing weight until we reach our goal

    2042 days ago
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