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10/2/11 8:40 A

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I look forward to seeing my results on Friday.

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10/2/11 6:00 A

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This may sound completely crazy, but I am starting to feel like a little kid at Christmas time... the level of anticipation I am feeling the evening before weighing in and comparing my weight then to my starting weight is incredible. I hope to have lost a little, but even if I managed NOT to gain weight, that will be a major victory over my previous self-destructive lifestyle.

I'm also amazed that I have had no trouble sticking within the guidelines, that even a full day trip to one of the most junk food filled annual events in my life didn't tip me over the edge. Spent a day with junk food guzzling friends at the Royal Melbourn Show, and made myself a salad, packed some 99% fat free dressing, 4 microwaved papadams, and a tub of low fat yoghurt, and a big bottle of water. Ok, so I bought a Colombo soft serve, but didn't touch the cone, and it was the least harmful indulgence available.

Really feel like I am gaining some self control, that I am learning to take charge of my life, and its all through Spark People. emoticon

I deserve to be healthy and happy, and no one can do that for me but myself!

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10/1/11 9:54 P

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I can help with some general guidelines for eyeballing portion size.
*Your closed fist is about the size of a cup (i.e. pasta such as macaroni, popcorn, etc.)
*Your thumb, tip to base, is approximately the size of an ounce of cheese or meat.
*Your thumb, tip to first joint, is about a tablespoon.
*Your pointy finger, tip to first joint, is around the size of a teaspoon,
*Your cupped hand is around 1-2oz of nuts or pretzels
*Your palm (minus your fingers) is approximately the size of 3 oz of meat, fish, or poultry.

It also helps to measure for the first while and, eventually, you'll get used to it. Better to measure then to guess and over/under estimate.

Good luck!

"Its never too late to be what you might have been." George Elliott

 Pounds lost: 2.0 
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10/1/11 2:46 A

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I learned some hard truths this first week. I know NOTHING about portion control and calorie counting. I have to use a scale and measuring cups for everything. How did I get to be 57 without being able to eyeball this stuff? Anyway, measuring everything and then putting it into the nutrition tracker has been a real education. I know it's just a computer program, but I just can't lie to it. Knowing I'm going to be reporting in helps me plan ahead. This is like "Dear Diary" in the very best sense of the word. I'm assuming the computer program is smiling when I put in extra fitness minutes. I accidentally put it the wrong numbers in one fitness activity and the computer program sent a concerned note about not overdoing it and balancing the fitness and food intake. I could take lessons from this program on how to criticize gently and thoughtfully.

The future starts now.

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9/30/11 1:17 P

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That is great! I hope next week is even better for you!!!

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9/30/11 11:26 A

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Can't believe I made it this far and haven't strayed!!!! I've kept track of everything I've eaten and any exercise I've done!! I stepped on the scale yesterday and I've lost 2lbs!!!! It's not a lot but it's a great start for me. Can't wait to weigh in on Sunday!! That's the first time I've ever said that!!! Good Luck to all!!!

The only time wasted is time not spent with my horse!

 Pounds lost: 7.0 
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