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Keep it up, Seriouslim, Kriszta and Kriskeck! Love reading your posts!

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Kriskeck, that's a difficult situation with your husband's son's eating habits. Your husband probably caters to him because he wants him to want to visit, but it puts some stress on you when you are trying to eat healthy and you have unhealthy food in your environment. It would probably cause too much tension if you tried to change what you husband's son eats when he is at your place. The only thing I can think of is to put his snacks in a place where you won't see them, or will only see them rarely. My husband loves butter tarts (he doesn't have a weight problem), and he will buy butter tarts and leave them on the kitchen counter and he will eat 1 every day or every other day. They drive me crazy because I love butter tarts too. On Day 7, Arrange your environment, I decided to put the tarts in a high cupboard that I don't go into and my husband was okay about doing that. A month later I opened the cupboard and the butter tarts were still there! He forgot about them too.

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today, day 4 of the binge free streak. Wishing you all a good and healthy week! Looking forward to read how you are doing.


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Kriszta: keep going, you are doing very well.

Susan, thanks for the validation and the suggestion that I should plan what I will do after I get back home. And yes, my resistance muscle is being trained. emoticon

Kriskek, thanks for your comment and good for you that you decided on a wise and workable solution to an undesired situation. Sometimes the struggle and aggravation to stay with plan can deplete us more than going with the flow while still being mindful of the calories . Well done!

Christi, those are such good news about the food, exercise and weight loss. Let that good feeling stay with you the whole week.

Despite all those years spent with Sparks, I still rediscover new attitudes and truths. There are a number of foods that i should not eat if I want to avoid inflammation. But in the end I give in and it ends with a binge of inflammatory foods. This afternoon i was craving ice cream and pizza. Both not on my list of foods. But I decided to have them, just in a moderate quantity. This is an advice that i had been given before, but this time it felt right and obvious and constructive. So i am being realistic and am developing a strategy to limit damages, knowing that I cannot stay away from those binge foods forever. But i can include them in my plan. Again, nothing new here, but it felt right for the first time. I am encouraged.

So glad to be sharing with you, and I wish you a good and constructive week.With fresh solutions to old problems. emoticon


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7/8/18 7:17 P

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I completely agree with Susan, Krizsta and others that posting and reading other's posts helps me stay on track. It is accountability, but also empathy and encouragement. Thanks to all!

SERIOULYSLIM, I think Dr. Beck talks about that very thing, having stuck to your plan when going out and them craving something when you get home. Pretty sure she said her tactic is to turn down dessert when out, and having a planned treat at home. Makes sense! And it sounds like you did great even without that. I did well this weekend, considering plans changed a few times. A frustration of mine is that my husband's 18 yo son who spends every other weekend with us is a very picky eater and my husband caters to his idiosyncrasies. He will eat nothing except unhealthy snacks at home. Rather than making life more complicated, I changed my plan but I stayed on track with calories. Yay me! Other than that, a great weekend, lots of exercise, a couple hours on my new paddleboard. Awesome!

Cheers to all!

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SeriousSlim, That's great! I have experienced that issue too, where you eat out and do a good job of controlling what you eat, only to come home and find yourself craving something more. It is a dangerous time. You proved you can get through it and not die! Your resistance muscle is growing.

We focus on how we are going to handle outing, but we really need to have a plan for when we get home too.

Good job on the weight loss too. You should feel proud of yourself!

Thanks for posting.

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CNcountrylife, Good for you! emoticon

6.35 miles and down 3.4 pounds....amazing!

Keep up the good work.

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I have stayed on track pretty good for the last 3 days. No more "C's" ! emoticon
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Sunday weigh in I was down 3.4 pounds. Usually I average a little over a pound a week. emoticon


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Susan ,C.,K , K and Minnie: i am encouraged by reading your posts. You are doing so well! Congrats! emoticon

So I am joining the conversation. Back on track for a week. Not perfect, but back to tracking and moving a bit.

Since many of you are talking "streaks", my goal is to have a binge free streak.
Last night I had supper at a friend's, very healthy and not much over my calories for the day.
But the struggle started when I got home and had cravings for "more".
It felt really bad, but I did not give into what would have turned into a real binge had I gone out to get the chocolate and ice cream I craved.
This morning i woke up, craving gone, nothing bad happened .
I can do it.
And bonus, I am down almost 2 lb since last Sunday.

(today i am at day 3 of my binge free streak)

Have a good day, ladies!


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7/8/18 9:51 A

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Thanks, Kriszta. I really like reading everyone's posts too. Your posts keep me going!

Posting is motivational to others.

Putting your thoughts in writing by posting also helps you give some thought as to what is going on with you and what you should do next.

Posting motivates you to give yourself credit.

Reading other people's posts makes you realize that you are not alone and we are all working through similar struggles.

Reading posts and writing posts help you get back on track.

When you've gone off track and feel like a failure, like you will never lose the weight, taking the time to post reminds you of the Beck techniques, advantages to weight loss, responses to sabotaging thoughts, and helps you regain your confidence and determination. Encouraging responses from others puts a smile back on your face.

I encourage everyone to post....not just when you are doing great, but also when things have gone sideways.

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Christi, your 6 month streak is amazing, it is a great healthful goal to refrain from the 5 "C"s.
Loved your attitude about the nutter butter cookies, it is in the past and now you are on day 2.
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Susan and Kristin,
lots of credit to you both!
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It is so good to see your posts, it makes it easier to stay on track and practice my health habits. People in my Real Life rarely make such efforts to live a healthy life, it is reassuring to see you do, and I'm not alone in this : )
On Saturday I completed my Beck to do list for the week, and read my response cards, and strengthened my resolve. I can't say I was fully compliant, but my deviations were minor.
Here's to the new day!


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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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7/7/18 7:12 P

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I think an 11 2/3 day streak is awesome!!!

I usually do good 5/7 days with just minor oops on the other 2 days. I had been "C" free (carbonated beverages, chips, crackers, cookies, cakes) for 6 months. But, when I unpacked kid from school he had nutter butter cookies in his foot locker. I am now on day 2 of "C" free.
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I had been compliant all day but there they were. Anyway credit given that I actually didn't go to crazy over calorie range. Moving on.

I have had an abundance of spontaneous exercise. It doesn't take much to work up a big sweat. Hope everyone is having a great weekend.

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Kriskeck, you're doing great! "headed in the right direction"....that's what it's all about! emoticon

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Good for you, Minnie!

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Hi everyone I did dancing as my workout and had a healthy breakfast today. emoticon



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SUSANCDN, I completely understand your anxiety about the number on the scale. It is much easier to see it as just information when it's going down but harder when it's not going the way we want it. But you have those skills now so you can get back on track, as you did and look at you! You lost the weight and more! Big credit!

TNCountryLife, I am so inspired by the way you are flexible and make adjustments and still manage to stay on track. It DOES help to give ourselves credit.

Krizsta, I know that streak meant a lot to you. No one is perfect but you got back in track and you will do it again, and more! (And it did sound like a wonderful dinner.) You always inspire me.

I've been 100% compliant with my plan probably 4 days out of the past 7, but only went over my calorie goal. My goal for this week is to do better at being compliant with my plan. There are some days, of course, when I am not sure what will be available, or the situation changes (longer work hours than expected and less time to prepare) but for the most part I am in control of my food and I am just choosing to eat more or eat different things. I can do this if I make sure to plan well. Other than some deviations from plan, I have been doing well, lots of exercise and headed in the right direction! Spark on!

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7/7/18 11:02 A

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TNCountryLife, you handled the change in plans well. Nice to see you giving yourself credit...that's something I forget to do. You are doing great!
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Kriszta, 1 mistake, but back on track. I'm rooting for you to have a 12 day streak this time!
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I lost the weight I gained at the cottage, and I lost one more pound beyond that. On track, getting my exercise in, the 5% weight loss week 1 water challenge really helped. Feeling good.
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Christi, I hope your husband is feeling better. It is great you had a healthy alternative meal in the freezer, saved the day!
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Susan, lots of credit to you for getting back on track, to healthy and enjoyable routine!
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My streak of 100% compliance ended last night, after 11 2/3 days, that is, 35 meals.
Way-too-early breakfast and lunch, husband's name day dinner (salmon, caviar and champagne) and MIL's amazing salty crackers together were too much to handle, and I ate a bunch of unplanned things.Didn't sleep well.
Now I'm back on track, eating my healthy breakfast (oats, flaxseed, sunflower seed, cantaloupe, green tea) - more peaceful and enjoyable!

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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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7/6/18 9:53 P

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No choice!!!
Had a good day. Did a bit of landscaping this morning. Stuck to the plan.
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7/5/18 8:58 P

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My 4th didn't go as planned. My husband has MS and is homebound. Yesterday was just a rough day for him. We also had severe thunderstorms and that interfered with cooking out. Plan B- pulled homemade chili out of freezer. I had used 3 different kinds of beans, tomatoes, onions, and a variety of peppers when I originally made it. Glad I had something that was easy and nutritious to substitute.


Credit given: I stayed in calorie range, drank my water. Took a deep breath and didn't stress because the day took a detour. Today I grilled the steaks and made a good "rainbow" salad.

I do like to plan out my day and keep on track but reality is that sometimes Plan B is just part of getting through the day.

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7/5/18 7:14 P

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Kriszta, 11 days on track...that is great! I totally agree about how relaxing it is to know exactly what you are going to eat...no second guessing. I was much more stressed out at the cottage where I wasn't in control of the food and I didn't pre-plan. I felt like I was thinking about food all day. Now I'm back in my routine and it has been an easy day...followed my food plan....reached my exercise goal....drank my water.
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Kristin, what a nice day!
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Susan, I liked your observation about the effects of focusing on the scale too much. it is great you found the more motivating and pleasant aspects of the 5% challenge.
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Today is my Day 11 of being on track, and I find it so relaxing to know exactly what I'm going to eat and just eat that, without second guessing myself, which takes a lot of energy and leads nowhere.
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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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7/5/18 11:07 A

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Kriskeck,I haven't got off to the best start with the 5% challenge. I gained a little over the long weekend. I'm back to my June 30th start weight for the 5% challenge. My problem is that I used to be emotionally affected by the number on the scale and I thought I had overcome that using the Beck techniques and and the number on the scale was just information to me. But now that I'm in the 5% challenge, the number on the scale has been really important to me and I have been reacting emotionally. When it went up a little, it really brought me down emotionally and I started doubting whether I would ever be able to lose the weight I want. I started going back to my old thinking, like okay I'll eat almost nothing and then I'll lose some weight. I just realized all this today and I know I have to get my focus back on using the Beck techniques and not on the number on the scale. And I know that cutting my food intake way down is a bad idea. I just need to stick to my 1200 calorie/day plan. I don't know if every 5% team has the same LTGL challenge...our team's LTGL (Live The Good Life) Challange for week 1 is drinking water. I'm focusing on drinking water and I'm finding that part of the challenge helpful and motivating. I think for the 5% challenge, I should just focus on the exercise points and LTGL points and try to get back to thinking that the number on the scale is just information.

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Susan, what excitement! Oh my gosh! Sounds like overall fun at the cottage with your family, though!

Kriszta, how nice to cook with your daughter. It sounds like an interesting dish to me....

TNCOUNTRYLIFE, your 4th sounds like a wonderful day, great job planning your food for max success!

We had a fun 4th too... my son and his girlfriend brought their pup (85 pound walking coon hound!) for an overnight on the 3rd and left in the morning for a vacation in the Catskills with friends. Then a nice day with a run and some paddleboarding (my new favorite exercise) and then fireworks! I went a little over in calories the day before but was perfectly on track on the 4th. I am really enjoying the Summer 5% Challenge. Surprising what an incentive it is to maximize my exercise minutes so I can post a high number!

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7/4/18 2:51 P

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TNCountryLife, Went to Gatlinburg, stayed in large log cabin in Smoky Mountains, a few years ago (before the big fire). Momma bear with baby came on property Momma tried to climb up post to the deck. Someone set off firecrackers to scare bear away (which worked)....wind blew fireworks into my hair and set my hair on fire! I just had a major concussion a month before and I had 3 people smacking me on the back of my head trying to put the fire out! What an adventure!

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Happy 4th!!!
Grilling steaks. Bought 2 T-bones and dividing into 3 servings. I will snitch the strip tip off of each one and husband and son will still have more then plenty. I cooked all the zucchini up last night so I'm just making a large salad with bell peppers, tomatoes, carrot etc.(eatting a rainbow). We don't do desserts as a general rule but I do plan on adding a light pastry top over peaches for a slimmed down version of peach cobbler. I have everything tracked and in my calorie range.

Extremely hot 97 with a heat index of 107. Very humid. Plan on riding recumbent bike and doing some stretches.

Everyone have a good holiday and stay safe.

Susan, I just got back from Knoxville and the Smokey Mountains. The bear population this year is very high. All the spring rain has made for a plentiful food supply. My Aunt had two bears that were in the backyard and the wildlife service had to come dart them and relocate them.

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Welcome back, Christi!
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Susan, I'm glad to hear from you, your vacation at the cottage sounds great, it must be fun being with the grandkids, so nice your sons and their wives do the cooking.
Wow, bears, that must be a rural area! We had no bears in Hungary for decades, a few weeks ago a single bear and a mom with her cub traveled through our country, and it was head news day after day! : )
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Edited by: KRISZTA11 at: 7/4/2018 (03:48)
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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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7/3/18 6:59 P

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8th day at the cottage, 16 guests to look after over long weekend. Last guest going home tomorrow and we will be going back home too....so back on track by Thursday. Limited walking area due to terrain and bears. Did a lot of swimming though with the grandchildren. My sons and their wives looked after preparing the meals...nice break for me, but such good food and not in control of menu made it difficult to stay on track. We have to bring up our drinking water and were running short, so I didn't even meet my water goal. And the 5% summer weight loss challenge started June 30th....bad timing! Can't wait to get back to my routine!

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Checking in. Back home plan on starting officially Wednesday. Sounds like everyone is doing great!

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Wow, congrats to the good day, and to the pounds lost!
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My day was great too, exercise and food as planned, and I made progress at work too.
Last night I daughter and I made a wonderful dish, of beetroot, broccoli, walnuts, feta cheese and cranberries. I know it sounds weird but it is delicious and colorful. I ate it for lunch with bulgur, for dinner with pasta : )
9 days on track in a row, credit for myself!

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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Another good day, and also 2.6 pounds down! I don't always need to see results on the scale to feel good about eating healthy and getting fit, but it does feel good! I had another good day yesterday, ate well, got most of my steps in, took a rest day after a very energetic weekend of exercise but still got 5k steps in. I also did my checklist, read some response cards and gave myself credit. And I started the day with a run. Building good habits is satisfying and helps me feel healthy and at peace!

Cheers to all my Sparkfriends! Wishing you success in all your goals today!

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Yesterday was a better day, and a new beginning after a tough week. I stayed on track with eating and loved the paddleboard lesson. I really want one of my own, it was really fun and a great workout too. Today I have a plan and am sticking to it. Reading my cards and doing my checklist. Feeling pretty good.

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Oh, what a scary situation,
so nice of you to help and support your son and girlfriend in the crisis.
No wonder you stressed out!
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Congrats to getting back on track with a healthy breakfast!
Stand up paddleboarding sounds fun, and good for coordination and balance.
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Yesterday I read my Advantages Response Card, and the 5 other most relevant response cards, and I completed my weekly Beck to do list. I do this every weekend.
I did great on all items - which is a huge improvement compared to the past 3-4 weeks whch were less than stellar.
Keeping up my healthy habits makes me feel strong and peaceful, happy and satisfied with my meals.

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Goal weight:
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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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KRISZTA, how wonderful that your son wanted to run with you! Sounds like it was a good day and happy you are on track.

I had a not so good day of eating. It would have been fine but I stressed out at the end of the day when my son and son's giirlfriend called and wanted to come stay at our house because one of their neighbors was drunk and belligerent and they didn't feel safe in their apartment, I am glad they called and they are always more than welcome but it stressed me out. I think I was pretty much at the end of my will power anyway and it pushed me over the edge. It was almost as if I was using it as an excuse to overeat and overdrink .... It is soooo true as Dr. Beck says that it undermines my self confidence when i give in to cravings like that.

But I got up and made us all a healthy breakfast and they got in touch with their building manager and have a plan to deal with the neighbor. So things are better this morning.I am back on track today and have already done 2 hours of exercise - stand up paddleboarding which is really more like fun than exercise.

May all my friends achieve all their goals today!

Kristin
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Minnie, congrats to being and active and fit grandma, I imagine you and your granddaughter have a lot of fun together.
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Kristin, that's a smart plan, great job on going to the gym and gardening.
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I had good day, stuck to my food plan.
Did a little gardening,
and my son asked me to go for a forest run together, I was very pleased : )
We ran 4.5 miles on a small hill, almost the entire path in the shade, so it was not too hot.
In the cold months of the year I always run this route on Sundays, but in gardening season weekend runs are off, it was good to see this lovely forest path again.
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Edited by: KRISZTA11 at: 6/30/2018 (15:15)
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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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I had a reasonable day yesterday. I switched up my plan but somehow managed to stay under my calorie goals. I remembered to give myself credit but struggled with "NO CHOICE." Over the next week, I am going to be hyperfocused on making plans I can stick with, and doing some prep on the weekends to make sure I have easy to prepare healthy dinners for the week. I am headed to the gym today for elliptical and ST and then some gardening.

Kristin
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I had a great day I have my granddaughter for the week. We went swimming and walking around my complex. Thighs are sore but I feel good.

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Kriszta, Hurray for you on 5 days of good eating! I am happy for you! And thank you for your good wishes. Appreciated. It was really a tough time. the loss of a younger person is never easy. I did my best and unfortunately wasn't able to stick perfectly to my plan - an extra glass of wine, waylaid by unexpected food and an excess of emotion - but not a lot more, and I give myself credit for that. I was able to exercise both yesterday and today and that made me feel better.

Christi, that is funny about our names! And my trainer is Christi, like you. All good people! I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your son. I loved those days so much... they are among my sweetest memories...

Strengthening my resolve to stick to my plan today and this evening... keep on Sparking, friends!

Kristin
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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
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Yes, it is funny with our names : )

Kristin, I'm sorry for your loss.
Take good care of yourself!
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Christi, your days are filled with spontaneous exercise, to the brim! You do deserve that rest day before the trip. I wish you safe travels and nice quality time with your son.

I have 5 days of very good compliance with my food plan,
and it makes me feel great, mentally and physically.

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Kriszta

Goal weight:
59 +- 1 kg /// 130 +-2 pounds
CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Checking in before I leave tomorrow. We are still in severe heat warning code red. It is hot!

I did a little bit of strength training yesterday and I am going to clean house today. Holding up on riding recumbent. I know that I have several very active days ahead of me so I am going to take a "rest" day. Today I plan on sweeping, vacuming, dusting, laundry, I have several errands in town. I have already did a bit outside today while it is still early. I just cleaned central air coils and around unit hoping the a.c. will be more efficient. Doesn't really sound too much like a rest day.

I was under calorie range yesterday. Not on purpose. I just have not had much of an appetite with the heat.

Kriskeck, prayers to help you get through the day.

My nephew was just deployed yesterday. He has a 4 year old boy and a 5 year old girl. He has been in the service for about 10 years and this is the first time he has had to go overseas. It has been pretty emotional for everyone.

Minnie, I hope today you are feeling better.

Kriszta, I also appreciate the guidance and encouragement.

Is it strange that we have Kriszta, Kriskeck, and I am a Christi...whose name was supposed to be spelled "Kristi" but the nun spelled it incorrectly on my birth certificate.
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Kriszta, thanks for the encouragement, appreciated!

I had a good day again yesterday, I was very focused again. I did all my daily tasks and resisted temptation. Today will be much more challenging. We are travelling to a funeral and it will be very emotional, a young veteran who left behind a 9 year old child. Heartbreaking. The main focus of the day will be on being there for family. I have a plan but with all the uncertainty, it may be challenging. I will do my best.

Kristin
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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
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Miinnie, great job on the healthy breakfast,
take good care of yourself!
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Kirstin, it is great you gave yourself credit for all your positive choices!
Congrats to not giving in to the unplanned brownie calling your name.
Sounds like you need some rest days after the vigorous exercise. Maybe it's the heat?
Normally I don't take rest days as my exercise plan is moderate, but I did take a rest day after running in 32 oC/ 90 oF - and very much needed it!
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Christi, congrats to following your exercise plans despite the heat. 100 oF, wow...
Sounds like you have a great plan for the busy days ahead, with so much travel and uncertainty. It is smart of you to reinforce the skills you learned, and go to Day 14 when you are back. No need to rush, you are doing this for the long term advantages.
Your son is lucky to have such a loving and supportive mom.
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I did well this week. Deviated from my plan too many times last week, and that makes me to desire to eat more... and if I give in I get strong cravings. But I'm back on track since Monday, and the cravings went away. Feels much better.
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Edited by: KRISZTA11 at: 6/28/2018 (03:44)
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Goal weight:
59 +- 1 kg /// 130 +-2 pounds
CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Hi Minnie, good on the healthy breakfast and I hope you feel better!

Christi, sounds like you're doing great even with challenges! And yes, to me it makes perfect sense to wait until you are more in control of your environment to formally start your diet. Maybe focus on making some healthy eating choices, packing healthy snacks and so on while you're travelling.

I had an ok day yesterday but ended up switching up a lot of meals and snacks due to plans changing. I stayed just under my top end calorie goal but it was more than I had planned. I gave myself credit for that and for exercising and getting my steps in and more, but today I am very focused on sticking to my plan. I avoided my favorite nutty brownies which were calling to me in the kitchen at work, and stuck to my salad and healthy snack for lunch. I had planned to run this morning, but woke up so tired that I went back to sleep. I will walk tonight instead. I really need to devise a reasonable exercise plan that gives me recovery time. I can't go pedal to the medal the way I used to. I need more of a break after 2 days of running, one walking day and one strength training day. Seems reasonable but it's not something I am used to.

Keep on Sparking, my friends!

Kristin
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Hi checking in
I had a healthy breakfast today. Stayed home from work today not feeling well.

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Checking in.

Yesterday I made it through day 12 and today day 13.

Day 12 was rough, I exercised pretty intense, it is code red heat warning outside because temperatures are 100+ degrees. Discomfort level was high. I did feel dizzy and got a headache. I'm pre diabetic and do have to be careful about glucose dropping after physical activity. Anyway I made it through the exercise.

Today was "overcoming cravings" I have been sparking for 5 months and have already eliminated almost all salt, sugar and highly processed foods.

Tomorrow I am supposed to get ready to start the diet. Problem is that I am leaving Friday to go pick my son up from a University summer program. Friday is a travel day, Saturday we will be cleaning out his dorm, Sunday we are spending in the Mountains, Monday we are traveling back home, but detouring through Nashville for him to tour Vanderbilt University. I think I am going to concentrate on the skills that I have been working through. Then start the official diet when I return and have more control in my environment.

I hope it doesn't sound like I am trying to sabotage the process before I even get started.
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Monday was another good day. The work week does provide structure that helps me stay on track. I planned, prepped (the night before!) and gave myself credit all day. I also managed to get my exercise in the evening after sleeping in a bit after a not-so-great night of sleep. That was a major victory, as I usually have a hard time motivating in the evening. I recruited my DH to go walking with me, and we did a swift two miles. Woot!

Kristin
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HI folks, yesterday was a good day, ran a 5k and stayed on track with eating. Hooray! It felt good. I guess "running" might be overstating it a little bit, I did a run-walk, averaging 15 minutes/mile, which was my goal. And had a good day after, so very pleased about that. Funny how exercise can be such an incentive to keep me on track. Today I have a plan and am giving myself credit for all that I am doing to reach my goals today. I read my cards and did my checklist. Feeling good and ready for the summer challenge!

Cheers to all my Sparking friends!

Kristin
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Kriszta, Kriskeck and Minnie, Good to see you all making a great effort to exercise and use the techniques. I like to hear how everyone is doing, thanks for posting! emoticon

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TNCountryLife, You're doing great! Keep it up. Slow and Steady is good. I'm doing slow and steady too and learning the value of patience.
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Checking in!

Yesterday I went over about a 100 calories as well. We had a day long Children's VBS at church yesterday. I couldn't plan my meals ahead of time because I wasn't sure what would be served. I did rather will for what was available. Skipped chips, cakes etc. Stuck with a turkey sandwich and sliced apples with a little cheese. I was up and moving all day helping kids paint birdhouses. Came home and took a small nap then got up and rode 24 minutes on my recumbent bike!!!

Weigh in Sunday: down 1.4 pounds this week. Slow and Steady.
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