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4/29/16 8:53 A

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Here we are at the end of the ZING challenge...
I weighed today, since I work 11-7 tonight and don't want to weigh in the morning after being up all night.
I lost 12.6 pounds in the many weeks we been working on this.
I have become, continue to be consistent with the food journal, reading labels, eating according to my food plan, having the right things in my refrigerator & freezer, leaving the wrong foods out of my house - all things that have helped me on my journey,
I have NOT been consistent with the treadmill.... but have been more active.
I have NOT incorporated cardio activities, although I came close when I was cleaning out my garden area this past week.
I have NOT incorporated strengthening exercises -- which I know would help with muscle creation and therefore raise my metabolism...
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I continue to press on to that currently elusive number... ONEderland, which was my goal for June 1st. It's not impossible, so we will see.... I just continue to press on......

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Yes, yes, yes!! It helps to have everyone so involved and posting.

Jeannie, you mentioned doing things differently if you only planned/prepared for yourself. I tell myself I would do things differently too. Have Joe & Abby with me definitely makes a difference, BUT..................

I told them last night that I plan to change how I do things. I do plan to prepare some things for myself. If they want to eat what I prepare for me - fine. If not, I'll see that there are things for them too. But we have strange habits. Joe works different shifts sometimes. Abby has dance 2 nights a week. I work PT. My energy level is 'low' on work days and hurry up and get ready for dance days. That's where the planning comes in.

The thing is I have been noticing that when I don't eat properly, i.e. too many fast food trips because we're 'busy,' my body does not react well. I think it's telling me - get this show on the road lady! Treat me right. So I honestly believe I'm at a point where I need to make sure I do more for ME. I have to stick around for awhile. So I need to do this.

It's my plan. I'll keep you posted!

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Babs, yes...keeping my enthusiasm high and forging ahead are issues for me. Also, the planning thing: I get so tired of thinking of good things to have, planning, preparing, etc, etc...I am pretty sure I would do things a little differently if I didn't have another person around to try to feed, but who knows. Maybe not!!

CJ, love that pic of your little one! So much energy.

Ellen, a 0.6# loss is wonderful and while it is 6 or 60, it is still significant. I always have dreams of losing 6 or 60 overnight...somehow that never seems to happen!! emoticon

I'm happy to see so many of us sticking with the challenge. It really does help me to stay focused.

Wednesday tomorrow...I always think of CJ and her hump day cartoons/graphics. haha!!



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What a cutie CJ and yes would be great to have that energy.
Star just keep at it. Just give it your best.

down a little bit this week which after the weekend I had I will gladly take that 0.6 lb loss. probably won't make my goal but that's OK I will show a loss for the contest.

Can't believe this is last week feel like just started.

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CJ, before I even read your post I thought the same thing when I saw your GGD running, hair blowing, big smile on her face. Such happiness and enthusiasm.

Starr, you're doing fine. You're posting, you're working on everything and doing what you can.

Enthusiasm. That's one of the biggest things I find with weight loss, healthier lifestyle, whichever term you choose. It isn't always easy to keep that enthusiasm and determination. I'm looking for it.

Let's make this an enthusiastic Tuesday.

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OH, to have this kind of energy, This is one of my GGD, on her 2nd birthday, running around the playground at the Mall. Makes me tired just to watch her.

Well Ladies its our last week on this challenge, I have been up and down, but I'm always glad I can say I finished, that to me is what keeps me going, looking forward to what Babs has in store for us next. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Trying to do well this week, and make it a GREAT week.

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4/25/16 5:57 P

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Lois, congratulations on your good progresss. That's wonderful.

I have been much slower. Actually, have fluctuated up and down within an 8-pound range for a year. But, well, I have had a lot of surgery, health and dental problems, and overaall blocks to getting my exercise in.

I am thrilled, actually, that I've manasged to stay in the 200s for more than a year. You don't have any idea what an accomplishment that has been.

SP has helped a lot -- especially this team and tracking. Of course, the information posted every day by SP experts has been helpful, too.

Babs, salt is such a temptation to me -- especially when I'm eating lots of vegetables.

But you're right, potassium is a consideration, too.

Well, all, I will probably not be posting a lot in the next little while. But then again, I'll have nothing else to do. emoticon emoticon

Enjoy your spring, everyone. In my area it has been rain for two days. Who's complaining about that? (Live in desert . . . )

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emoticon and you are all so wonderful!

Tracking is so important. I am fairly good at tracking but not consistent at tracking here on SP. I wish I was, but I'm not. My 'excuse' is that I run out of time - logging in at night with dance class, etc. - I just run out of time. On the flip side of that, tracking without SP does not give me the needed information I need as far as nutrients.

Sodium. That is a never ending battle for me. I have also discovered that I don't always get enough potassium. I never thought about that before, but I'm told it's very important. My point is that I need to stop being so lazy. I have it written - I can type it after it's written! I'm worth 5 mins. Right?

Time to get the next challenge ready. Time flies.

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Well, this wonderful challenge is winding down....
I've learned so MUCH on this weight loss journey.....
Consistency!
Patience!
Food Journals!
Limit carbs! Increase fats! and not be hungry.... what a relief!
How to get and stay in Ketosis.... and the benefits of ketogenic diet,
So, I won't make goal during this challenge, but I'm excited that I have at least another 10 pounds GONE... and knowing that this time, I know how to keep them gone! :)
Today is the day I set aside to plant tomatoes... It's supposed to be 80 degrees today, so I should get some sunshine along with exercise, along with accomplishing my goal!
May 5th will be my 6 month "anniversary" of this weight loss journey! It would be so fun to say I had lost 60 pounds in 6 months... I'm close, I've lost 57.6.... and I have about 10 days to meet my goal... that would be SO fun! I have a whole closet full of clothes waiting for me,,,, so that's thrilling, too! And it just dawned on me -- once I lose 60#, I'm half way to my ultimate goal so it's all "downhill" after that.....
I hope everyone hears what I'm saying,,,, this is doable for people my age (soon to be 76) without killing myself at the gym, and without feeling hungry all the time. That is what so thrilling about this whole journey this time!
Thinking of all the others on this journey.... all your posts are a huge encouragement to me. I continue to learn from so many others on this team!
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Edited by: RETURNTOTHIN at: 4/25/2016 (12:42)
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4/24/16 11:16 P

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Hi, Pam. I can really appreciate the problems you're having with your legs. I go in for another surgery this week.

I cannot emphasize how much exercise helps me. But eating good foods, is a help, too.

I know salt is a problem, but if i have to choose between evils, I'm afraid more salt will have to be one of them I have to keep if I'm going to increase some of the other stuff. I have tried to cut down on salt, too.

Have a great week, everyone.
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I see that I haven't posted in this chat thread (I have in the main chat thread though) for about 10 days. I changed my weight and I lost 0.6 lbs. this past week for a total of 19 lbs. since January 4th. I am on Day 111 of consecutively tracking everything that I eat. I decided the other day that I was going to 'up the ante' and make a new short term goal for my birthday in July. I want to lose 20 lbs. in 3 months. It is doable but it will mean that I will have to get more active and stay more active.

So, the first thing that I did this past Friday was put a new battery in my pedometer and start wearing that again. I have horrible knees (and hope to have surgery sometime later this year) so 10K steps per day is out of the question. So, I decided to aim for 10K per week. I am already half way there. I added that to my daily tracker here on SP so I can keep a report going However, I have had trouble sleeping at night because of the pain and I had to increase my pain meds. I am hoping that this is temporary and the initial shock of being on my feet this much will go away.

Too much sodium in restaurant food is a given. I don't know what a person can do unless they always order a salad with plain raw vegetables. I guess, the best way is to just flush your body with lots of water and not try to eat out as often.

I agree with the debate here about which is more important. I have read and heard that eating a really whole food minimal processed food plan trumps a lot of exercising but it is hard to do. However, exercising too much when you are overweight can cause a lot of injuries. I can attest to that. When I was younger but still obese I would exercise a lot and I spent a lot of time at the podiatrist office. I ate a lot of high calorie foods back then and so I never lost a lot of appreciable weight. If I were to do it all over I would lose the weight first (at least 40 lbs.) and then ease into exercising slowly; especially weight bearing. Most people don't have the patience for that but it is the better and safer approach. I learned this the hard way.

I have a virtual stickie of the bullets of this Zing into Spring challenge on my computer monitor and I check it frequently. I am doing my best to hit all of them on a daily basis. Since I feel my cardio has been lagging this time around I have decided to really push myself in that area. I am hoping that will help me start burning off more calories.

You all are doing quite well and remember, it is a journey not a destination. So, try to enjoy the journey.

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4/23/16 3:52 P

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"Good for you" to all those writing good, helpful things.

Ellen, I am so proud of you. Journaling and tracking food when it has gone sky high is the time when I often stop tracking the foiod. This time, however, I have made sure to track it anyway. To my amazement, I tracked higher than I should have but not as much as I thought I had done.

I'm convinced that food diaries or journals are key to staying on track. It also helps me be more realistic.

I, too, have been the the seefoode diet -- for a gain of more than 120 pounds. emoticon

I didn't realize that diet has an official name. Genius!

Lois, I am proud of you. Jicama is one of my favorite snacking foods, too. It's amazing how much i CAN ENJOY the right kind of food. I make my own "ranch dip" which includes using skim milk or buttermilk with the ranch dip mix. (I have made the ranch dip from the spices I have, and that is a lot cheaper.) I am not as good as using salsa with the veggies, but that makes sense, too.

Summer and fall is great for those who neeed to concentrate on vegetables and fruits.

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I did pretty well last week. This week started off good but last couple days have been a big struggle for me. Feel like on seefood diet. I see it i eat it. emoticon I need to get on track soon.
Think time for me to go clean out fridge and organize get rid of the bad stuff and what fruits and veggies we let go bad. then go do some healthy shopping to restock to replace what i threw out.
I am working on my step goal for the day. emoticon
I am journaling my food the good and the bad yesterday had over 3000 calories. emoticon emoticon


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STAR..... what an awesome post!
Calories matter....
Weighing and measuring matter.....
Food journal matters......
Patience matters....
Consistency and determination matter.....
I've had a month that I've considered a stall.... although when all is said and done, I lost, just not to the extent I wanted to... BUT
I know that if I treat food as medicine.... I will not eat unhealthy food.... sweets.... whites..... empty calories. That is what my current journey has taught me.
I'm sure there are many more things to learn, but I'm trying to listen to my body!! Like yesterday, I started my "to do" list in the morning,,,, I started on old sewing projects (mending things) that I needed to do and when I looked at my watch it was 3 pm and all I had had was water and then.... listening to my body, I wasn't even really hungry then. Fascinating to me!
I made a home made pico de gallo which was waiting for me in my fridge.... with Jicama, jalapeŮo pepper, tomato, and cilantro (love cilantro) and some lime juice.... OH MY, it was so good... took a fair amount of prep time. I measured each component and put it in "grouping" on the nutrition tracker... then when I eat 0.25 of it, I just put that in my food journal... Oh, my, I was shocked, it literally had no calories and very little carbs,,, it's going to be one of my favorites this summer.
So, a little pico de gallo, an 8 oz chicken breast, and I was good to go......
I am thrilled that I'm into 18's -- and almost comfortable in them despite them still being a bit snug :(, and all my 0x and 1x tops now don't look like I was poured into them... This is going to be a long journey, but the weight is creeping off... and so far at the end of each month, it's lower than the month before. May 5th will be 6 months since I started this journey this time! And I'm back to a weight I was in December of 2013. ONEderland is around the corner,,,, I can feel it "in my bones!"

Keep on, keeping on, fellow sparkers! This is a lifetime journey!!
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Lois and Jeanne, you both have interesting ideas. I am with you Jeanne. Eating good foods always helps me avoid cravings for the foods that just don't help me at all. I agree that we should continue to learn what works for us. For instance, i pull some good ideas from WW, the Zone, the high protein diets, etc. I've had them all, including fasts. Some of these things that help me most are:
* saving and planning for foods or events that come up is one of those examples. it's a lot easier for me to plan for and then enjoy an occasion than it is to just "let it happen." That type of thinking has helped me a lot.

* Weighing and measuring. This is common to lots of eating programs, but I learned a lot of it from WW.

* Eating fresh fruits and vegetables, going for whole grains and other foods that add to fiber has also been a lot of help for me. I have found that the high fiber content has helped me feel satisfied, and when I get into those moods where I just can't get enough food, it's usually because I'm eating more processed foods and starches and sugars without much fiber.

* Coping. Learning to live with failure, and turning towards better actions and learning from my mistakes.

*The Zone says to approach and treat food, just as if it were medicine. This is the way diabetic patients often feel, but those of us not there -- yet -- can benefit from that type of attitude.

Lois, I'm glad you had better results. It is frustrating to not show progress. No matter how often I'm told the scale should not be that important to me, it is. If it starts going up, I know I'm in a danger zone.

OK. I'm sstopping now. My appetite has been better today. Still not feeling that well, but I think it's because I have a cold. Maybe that's why I've been dragging.

I go in today for the surgery orientation -- which is really not new. (I've had five of the same operations, and so this is just one more, but on the other leg this time.)

Sorry for the long entry. I do go on.
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Starr, you are so right. I don't want to regain anything and I don't want to go back to way I was doing things. Up/down. Up/down. Down/up. Up/down. On and on and on. That is extremely unhealthy and it's darn depressing.

No more. No way.

Lois, congratulations. So happy for you that the scale is moving in the right direction again. Reading, learning and trying new things - good.

I have noticed that lately my taste buds are even cooperating with me. I'm not saying I wouldn't love a Snickers (oh, please emoticon ) but I'm saying I don't sit and crave things like that anymore. At least I haven't for quite sometime. How nice. I am beginning to actually prefer salads over French fries, etc. Still love bread. My guess is that may never change. That's fine too. I can have it. I cannot just cut things out of my diet. Doesn't work for me at all.

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sitting here frustrated,,, so decided to reweigh,,, and the scale went down a lot... So, I'm psyched this morning, because it really hadn't budged for two weeks (and I was continuing to eat right)
So, I'm excited, with even more motivation.
I'm reading up on Keto diets (low carb) and learning a TON of information about incorporating fats into my diet,,,,, a plethora of good information "out there." I'm learning something new everyday!
THIS time, my goal is to not only lose but maintain!!!

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Hard start for the week. Late morning. Didnít make it to the swimming pool, and had ttrouble with eating. Lost total control for 48 minutes. Iíve recovered, but a lot of damage can be done in 48 minutes of abandon.

Iím taking BabsĒ advice -- not beat myself up by a gain or not exercising enough or eating too much. However, I am determined not to gain the weight I worked so hard to lose in the past two years. And I will gain it back without being careful; I always have in the past. This time, I have to keep in mind that bad habits ALWAYS will result in a gain, if those habits are continued.

Babs, I agree with you: itís so much easier to put on pounds than lose ounces. Although I do count calories, i also try to keep my foods based on the Mediterranean diet -- beans, lean meats, lots of fruits and vegetables, very little sugar. (Right?)

Jeanne, congratulations on the pound you lost. Good for you!

I also agree that we shouldnít exercise thinking we will lose weight that way. However, I personally find that I have more energy (hence more action), my appetite goes down, or at least prefers the healthier foods, and that I move better and ache less. Still, I know that measuring and tracking is key, just as you said.

Toe is just fine, not a big thing. It was a shock, though.

And, Jeanne, buffets are a problem. I read a method for eating at buffets that should help us hold down the weight gain, but I havenít been to a buffet to try it out. Iím willing to bet that the salt is a factor in weight gain after a buffet trip, which is probably why everything tastes so good.

As for me: I can easily wolf down 6,000 calories -- easy. Just put me in front of Chinese or Mexican food. -- Itís all she wrote.

CJ, those weight gains are something else. I used to ignore them, but i donít dare any more.

Mind you, Iím not saying I will get depressed or obsessed, but I am saying I am determined that I will not Yo-Yo again. That vicious cycle is a killer for me.
I didnít realize we only had two more weeks left, either. I have not gone down much, and went really back up this past week. (Got weighed at docís office when I was getting toe fixed.)
So glad I can vent here. Way too much venting, I know, but I appreciate a place where I can do it.
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I'm - and heaven help me for saying this - less concerned about the total calories than I am about 'what' I eat. That's because I follow the Mediterranean Diet, more or less. It isn't a count calories type way of eating. My biggest problem is not being consistent with tracking. I track here on SP, BUT I use a notebook too. That's because I don't always log in for evenings and it takes time to track by typing it all in the next day. OK. I'm lazy!! The best part of the SP tracker is that it tracks sodium, potassium, etc., etc. Whatever I need it to track. That's really the best way to do it and I'm working on using it more and more. I think I'll be more successful.

Jeannie, I love your theory of calories and a buffet. Makes perfect sense.

We can do it and we will do it. It's finding what works and being consistent. I think that above all we should not beat ourselves up.

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OH if there was only a way, I would be the biggest giver ever. emoticon emoticon

Yes Jeannie I noticed too, that we have two weeks left in this challenge, I was doing pretty well and then this last 2 weeks I've gained emoticon , I know there are things I have eat that I probably should not have emoticon but by the looks of my feet and legs, I am retaining a lot of fluid again, emoticon emoticon but I will keep trying and see what works.

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I hear you Lois and Starr. But, ladies, don't beat yourself up so much about that nasty word: exercise. Experts in the field say that you can't exercise your way thin. I think we've all read that at least once during this journey. Exercise is something that IS good to do if you can and certainly important for fitness, but it won't cure all our problems or issues with weight loss. Keep measuring and tracking your food, mix it up a little with your calories from day to day, and keep in mind that you can't cut your calories so far that your body begins to shut down. I do believe most of us "need" far fewer calories than the charts tell us, but too much less on a regular basis is probably counter-productive, too. On the other hand, I often find myself taking in too much of the so-called healthy stuff and those darned calories creep up way too high for me. Starr, I sure hope your toe has healed well. What a shock!

I've also noticed that every time I eat out at a buffet, I easily gain 2-4 pounds in a day!! Now...about calories...creepy things that they are...if it truly takes 3500 calories to make a pound, can I seriously believe I ate an EXTRA 7000-14,000 pounds to put on those pounds? No, of course not, even on the worst of days. So, apparently fluid retention from the sodium and other things make that happen. Just like you said, Babs...lose a fraction of a pound one week and gain a full pound the next! Talk about frustrating!

Enough with the lectures...I'm down a pound this "week", even though my week went a few days longer than usual. I was just noticing...our challenge is over in less than 2 weeks!!

Keep pushing, friends...we can make ourselves healthier one day at a time!! Hugs!

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emoticon How am I able to GAIN a pound in a week and only LOSE a fraction of a pound in a week? Now that's frustrating.

OK friends. Game on. I will just have to work that much harder this week and figure out what happened last week.

Love seeing the posts and the progress everyone is making. It's fun and helpful to have this thread so active.

I continue to work on water and tracking. I'm really trying to get in more steps/exercise each day too. That could be the key to my weight loss, or lack thereof!

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Lois, I'm having trouble with exercise, too. In fact, it's holding everything back. Doesn't make me veery happy with self, especially when I know how much better I feel and how much better I do with exercise.

Babs, a broken toe is nothing compared to the rest of us, but thanks for the thought. I was very lucky the fall was so inconsequential. Good luck on WI.

Nola, sorry the fatigue is getting to you. I have no reason (except no exercise) for my fatigue.

Everyone have a great weekend.
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Well, 13 days since last post. Wonderful to read everyone else posts and journey!
1. Journal - I continue to use the notes at the end of my nutrition tracker to remind me of the successes and reasons for no success :)
2. Exercise -- I have been negligent !!! That needs to change
3. Drink more water -- consistent... thankful
4. Use the Nutrition Tracker - thankful consistent....
5. Read labels. I never buy anything without reading the label.
6. Weigh/measure foods -The scale is right on my counter and everything gets weighed. It is so helpful.
7. Plan/prepare in advance -- today, I'm flying by the seat of my pants... Opening doors and trying to figure out what to eat next. I need to go grocery shopping.
8. Cut back or eliminate processed foods -- thankful, 5 months, no processed foods.

My goal is to lose at least 10 pounds this month -- and that goal is out of reach now. For some reason, the scale showed a 4# weight loss the beginning of the month and since then, the scale has been fickle, until today and I'm finally lower that my last weigh in.... I'll be back on Monday with my "real" weigh in.

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I am trying to fight the fatigue today. I need to do some things around here. My weight is remaining steady although I am able to eat fewer foods each week. I hope that everyone has a great weekend!

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Glad you're doing OK, Starr. Pretty frightening though. Snow? Yuck.

Pam, good for you with your pool work and keeping an eye on your cane. Falling is pretty frightening. Been there. Did that. Hurts like heck too.

Tomorrow is my WI day.

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Pam, good for you and spring cleaning. Few things are quite as satisfying.

Ellen, good for you on tracking. It is an important thing for me to do, otherwise I forget how much food I've eaten and how much it counts on my weight loss.

It snowed overnight, covering my new flowers. Hope they survive. Temperature wasn't supposed to go below 39. Still rainy and cold, but it's supposed to warm up later this spring. All of you living east of Utah have some crazy weather in store for you. (As if you haven't had enough this year!)

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I love water aerobics but last year I walked right up to the pool's edge with my cane and even used it backing down into the water. I did leave it on the edge so I could keep an eye on it. I get very nervous around anything slippery like that. I have fallen so many times. I hope you are okay Starr. I broke two toes in mid February and I was finally able to wear enclosed shoes for Easter. I was going through my hall closet looking for 'something else' and found my beginner's knitting book and something barely started. I think I might try that again. I love doing crafty kinds of things but I need a more designated space which I am working on with my spring cleaning. I also have a lot of e-books on my Kindle and phone that I want to return to. Again, carving out that designated space.

It looks like we are all at about the same place in terms of how much weight we have lost. What have the rest of you done that you feel really turned the key for you? I am finding that with each 10 lbs or so my perspective changes just enough that I find that what used to work in the past doesn't seem to now. I think that might be part of the process.

I agree with you Babs. I do not want to regain all of this weight so I really want to be more aware of what works and what doesn't. That too changes.

Ellen keep the good work. You are doing great with your tracking. I didn't start out with the goal of 100 days. It just happened. I just wanted to get down in black and white what I was putting in my mouth. That too has evolved as I do this day after day.

Take care all Pam

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Sorry about your accident Star.
Well had a bit of a gain this week not too bad considering i had several bad days this week with eating but i did log and own up to it. I am at 49 consecutive days logging food.
My walking is improving add 100 steps to my goal each as i work my way to 3000 steps a day my 1st step goal.
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Womah didn't say anything until after the accident. I'm OK, just a bit of a set back. I'm sure any medical costs -- none so far -- will be compensated by pool people. Just have to file a claim.

Finished an afghan have worked on since last August yesterday. It's beautiful. If I can figure out how to post, I'll post a pix. Really like it, but it's way too long and way to narrow. (Especially for our big bodies emoticon

Didn't stay on track at all, but all is well today. Very hungry -- which is how I get after I've eaten with abandon the day before.

Hope you all enjoy hump day.
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Oh, Starr, I am so very sorry about your fall. Why in the world didn't they listen to the other woman when she told them the seat was loose. It won't make you feel better but I sure hope they are paying for all medical for you. Keep your positive attitude. emoticon

Pam, your food looks delicious! The fuschia is gorgeous. How wonderful too that you've tracked for 100 days. Way, way more than I have ever done. I get so darn lazy with tracking and I know that's key to the weight loss. I hate tracking on my phone, and when I'm home I don't log in after dinner. I do on my days off, but not work days in the evenings. I can write things down, but that doesn't track everything. I need to just 'do it!'

Cathy, I know you can do this. Keep on keepin on.

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Hope all is well with everyone. I got off to a great start: so much accomplished. Up early. Reading, planning, working, good.

Then I went swimming, only to have a mishap at the pool (embarrassed but the seat I was sitting on in the changing room broke.) I have broken my toe and it hurts so much. Another woman said she had told the pool people thast the seat was loose (at the wall) two weeks ago.

Really something, team. I was nude, down on the floor, fidding around with my gimpy legs. But I'm up and all could be worse. Still, I don't feel like doing much.

Today is the day my father died. Took some tulips to his grave. We generally ignore death anniversaries, but i didn't feel up to much more than leaving the flowers. (I could have done something nice for someone else, but oh well.)

Hope all is well with everyone this week.

Have to stop now. Utah Jazz is playing its last home game and I need to cheer them on. (I have a feeling my good vibes go right through my TV into the camera and out into the arena. I think that's how it works. emoticon

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It sounds like everyone is doing really great. Glad to hear of so many weight losses as well as working out successes. Thanks again for the encouraging words all. I really appreciate them.

I did not lose any additional weight this past week but I spent half of the week trying to even have a 'real meal'. That didn't happen until Saturday. Hubby and I had toast and soup for several days because of that flu bug.

ReturntoThin(Lois): I have to thank you for giving me the 'spark' to even try D.A.S.H. low carb. All of your enthusiastic talk about what you are doing made me decide to reach for the stars. I too have 'caught the (healthy) bug' once again and although I have stumbled here and there in the past couple of months (with Easter being all about beans--jelly beans that is ) I am really starting to feel 'better'. It is hard to pinpoint exactly what 'better' means except that I find that I just plain feel 'better'. I am really trying to be more specific but that is all I can think of saying.
EllenGray: WTG. I just love the video here on SP. I especially like Coach Nichole.

Babs: WTG on the weight loss.

I see some new 'faces' here that I am not quite familiar (I am new myself) so I say Hey here from Georgia. I hear that many of you up north are still having winter. Here is what is happening in my neck of the woods. I need to get out into my neighborhood and get some pix of the fuchsias and wild roses as well. Those are stunning. I just love how colorful it is here.



So, since a picture tells a thousand words here is what a typical meal is on my food plan that I started about 10 days ago: Low Carb D.A.S.H. It is flat bread, chicken breast with guacamole spread and lettuce garnish, hard boiled eggs, 2 queen olives, string cheese and blood orange. YUM!



Tomorrow is my 100th consecutive day of tracking everything I eat, drink and activity here on SP. I will share a photo of the non-food reward I got for myself for such an occasion. This is the longest that I have stayed on plan since the fall of 1991 which also was my lowest weight (which I reached last week) in decades. I am now aiming for 234 lbs. I have not seen that weight since fall of 1983. A lot of 'back to the future' kind of 'deja vus' happening and I am stunned, shocked and quite 'humbled'.

Take care all and keep up the good work, Pam



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January 1st, 2018: 231.6 lbs.
Total Wt. Loss in 2017: 33.8 lbs.

2018 Wt. Loss Goal: lose 52 lbs.
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Thanks for the encouragement Babs

For me it's gonna be a tough week, haven't tracked in almost a month, WL has been iffy, today first day tracking, gonna be hard to get back in the swing of things, know I have no choice if I want to succeed and I do want to lose the weight this time

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MMmmmmmm. Love omelets.

We begin another week. I'm giving it my best.

Water. Fruit. Veggies. String cheese. I'm ready to begin my day. Oh, and I had cottage cheese with some cinnamon on it this morning too. Trying to fit cinnamon in as often as possible.

Let's go team!

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Sounds wonderful, Nola. We have a lot of omelets here, too.

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A nice cheese omelet for breakfast this morning.

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Oh my goodness. No sticks of butter hanging from my nose or ears. Yikes. emoticon

It's so wonderful to come here and receive encouragement and inspiration.

I'm still focusing on the water. Just read another article yesterday that if you feel tired, lethargic - check how much water you drank - or didn't drink! It could be the cause. Once the temps heat up I slug down a boatload of water. It's the cooler days that makes me forget. "Makes me" - oh, right. Blame it on the cool weather. I should say is when I 'tend to forget.' Too much coffee is not good for me, and that's what takes the place of water on cooler days.

On to another week of doing wonderful, healthy things. Let's go team.

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Good for you Jeanne and Babs. Nice to see you setting the pace for the rest of us.

Chair dancing sounds really good.

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Great way to celebrate, Babs!! Enjoy the water walking. I'm going today, too.

I'm also down 0.6. Babs, it all adds up. Think about those quarter pound sticks of butter and what 2+ of them would look like hanging off the end of your nose or ears. There now...makes the 0.6# look pretty terrific, right?? LOL...I'm also happy with my loss.

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Lost 0.6#. Little by little I'll get there. One of these days I'll lose a whole pound. I'll have to celebrate with a fresh glass of water, followed by a cup of hot tea, followed by a cup of coffee!! emoticon

I'm happy. It's a loss. I'm excited with it and proud of it.

I think we're all doing very well. I'm going to be all alone today. How odd!! SOOOO I have decided to go to the gym for water walking. I can't wait.

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Good morning all
Sunny and suppose to be warmer today, spring is definitely in the air
Unfortunately not for long, suppose to get dusting of snow tomorrow

Lost a lb this week, been struggling though
Do when I don't track, it's clear what I got to do, it's just doing it

Nola, kudos, I find how my clothes fit is usually a better indicator of my weight loss, lbs can change from day to day, even hour to hour

Thanks to all who summarize the thread
And congrats to those losing and keeping it real and trying

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My clothes are fitting a little better so that means a lot to me. Some days that is better than watching the scale. I managed a little walk today. Fitbit has gone back to tracking smaller amounts of fitness and that helps those of us who have problems reaching 12+ minutes at a time.
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Feel better, Nola. You've struggled with your health problems for so darn long. I agree that protein is very important for you, for all of us. Good luck.

Starr, great to hear the scales dropped for you. Makes it all worthwhile.

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Although I thought WI would be a terrible event today, I did it anyway. Good to know that I,actually went down a bit. That was nice. I attribute it to small portions, low calorie ranges, but not a whole lot of my exercising, which has been erratic beyond belief.

I'm right there with you, Pam, when you say you're working on cardio, but it's a struggle. Me, too, and yet when I'm done I always feel better and am so glad I dug in and did it.
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I can't respond to all that others have posted, but briefly:

Lois: How could you NOT lose, when youíre eating mostly veggies. I assume some fat, to make them tastier. I like vegetables, too. There is a summer squash thatís small, but it tastes a lot like the winter squash without the calories. I canít remember its name; a fruit stand about 20 miles from my house stocks huge amounts in the fall. I donít like maple syrups, or any type of sweet stuff on my vegetabless like you do, though. Iíll stick with salt and pepper, with various spices. Chayote squash is good, but I canít remejmber much about it now. (Iím great with squashes through the fall and winter, but my memory is leaving me now.)

And I agree about planning. It makes the world of difference.


Gayle: Good for you. I havenít been below 278 pounds for all of my 50s and 60s. Iím looking forward to getting there. I plan to make it this spring. Iím thrilled for you.

Ellen: Congrats on the weight loss. Iím always relieved to have the scale stay the same. Iím ecstatic when I lose an ounce. (Iím thinking of what an ounce looks like on my kitchen-counter scale: itís still good.)

Nola: Good luck on working with your gastrointestinal difficulties. Nothing like that.

To everyone: thanks for the encouragement you offer. Last summer I made it out of the 300s for the first time since I was -- I donít know -- 50? I may not have lost much this year, but I have NOT GONE BACK UP in almost a year. Thatís quite an accomplishment, really.

When I first made it out of the 300s, I was afraid Iíd be back there in a short time. I havenít let that happen, and hope that I will continue to be vigilant.

Have a great week, all.

Starr

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My Gastroparesis is progressing but I am having a little luck with not gaining. I have lived in starvation mode for so long that I usually gain when I cut back even more. I am trying to increase my protein and that is helping.

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I'm so excited and happy for everyone!! emoticon

So much going on. So much sharing. So much caring. So much 'good' and support!! Look what happens - we're tossing the darn weight aside and we're getting healthy. I love it.

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Another 0.8 lb gone. Almost a lb this week. Trying to start a regular exercise schedule. I am doing the seated cardio video www.sparkpeople.com/resource/videos-
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Chayote Squash - looks and feels like a pear or apple.
I cut it in quarters and cut out the nut - barely visible.
Then I cut it in small cubes (I leave the peeling on), put in a small casserole dish in my oven and bake for about 30 minutes.
Then I add Walden Farms Caramel syrup, but you could add any low cal stuff. Today I also added some Cinnamon and some toasted Ginger,,,, we will see how it turns out.. It's a great dessert!!

I find Walden Farms (no calorie) stuff in the "diet" section of Kroger locally. They carry some, not all and the caramel and chocolate syrups are really good.

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Recording every single bite is wonderful... it can really hope one's eyes to "reality" and you have been so faithful!!

CONGRATULATIONS,,, on your perseverance !!!

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Starr: Thanks for sharing. emoticon I am sorry to hear about your ongoing dental bills. I just chipped two of my teeth and having gone this round before I am not looking forward to the high bills that come with having them fixed. As long as I have no pain I am just sitting still on this one.
Jeannie: Congrats on the weight loss. Every bit helps! How do you like these new changes you have made to your food plan? emoticon

Babs: Again, congrats on the weight loss. Keep up the good work. emoticon

Lois: Great goals. emoticon I will be rooting for you to cross over into Onederland. I also call it the "Promise Land' now since it has such significance for me. I "promise" that it will come if I do all that I need to do to lose this extra weight. What does chayote squash taste like and how are you eating it or preparing it?

Gayle: I understand how you feel. That was my February. I couldn't seem to break 250 and on March 1st I did it. Keep up the good work. emoticon

Well, I lost the same pound that I regained last week but I still ate out twice this past week which is a habit that I both enjoy but also know how difficult it makes my weekly weigh ins because of the hidden sodium. emoticon

The changes that I have made just recently is I am switching my food plan to following the D.A.S.H. "Weight Loss Solution" designed for diabetics and those with heart disease. I got the books on March 30th and I started it on March 31st. I do want to note that this is different than the original plan and so I am only speaking of this lower carb version. It is in two phases. I almost balked at doing the Phase One (like an induction or detoxing to those who are familiar with those terms) but I thought I bought the book so I will just follow this as it is outlined in the book.

So, for those who are wondering: the first two weeks are no grains, fruits, alcohol, no starchy vegetables and limited caffeine. I have been going to the bathroom almost every hour I am awake and almost every 3 hours when I am sleeping. emoticon I switched out my flatbread for my lunch sandwiches to a large leaf of romaine lettuce. It works and I am surprised at how easy it to 'tolerate'. I am not a big starch eater to begin with because I have been following a diabetic meal plan since early January but I will admit that I had to bury two oranges in my fruit bin just so I wouldn't be tempted.

Today marks 3 months of me tracking everything that I eat as well as following (prior to March 31st when I switched to D.A.S.H.)the SP Diabetes Meal Plan. 91 days and counting. To celebrate 100 consecutive days of tracking everything I eat and staying on plan I bought myself a ruby (my birth stone) and diamond (small but sparkly) gold ring to wear on my right hand. I take non-food rewards seriously. It will be a daily reminder of all of the good things I have and will continue to do for myself and my health.

(Drum roll please) From Jan. 4th-April 4th(today) I have lost 15 lbs., 14.75 inches and I am down one dress size (from 22W to 20W). My quarterly review blog entry is on my Spark Page.

I am still struggling to make cardio more of a daily habit since I am still up to my armpits in spring cleaning but I am still putting my hand to plow and moving forward. I just finished two SP-run challenges this past weekend so that will free up some of the checking in time that I can now devote to this team and others.

I just want to say how much I have felt welcomed into this team and I hope I can pay it back.

Take care Pam emoticon



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emoticon way to go team. I think we're doing great.

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I am SO excited!! I have been on a plateau the whole month of March. March 1st I weighed 270 and April 1st I still weighed 270.....very frustrating since I have not cheated once since September!!! I went back an forth between 270 an 274 the whole darn month!

Today I weighed 269!!! I finally broke it!!!

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Jeannie.... good job, considering the first 10 days was out of your control so to speak.

Recap,,, a month later
1. Journal -- I make notes occasionally in my food journal to update myself on thoughts and actions that I want to remember.
2. Exercise -- getting on treadmill -- need to be more consistent
3. Drink more water --- 12 glasses a day,,,, me and the bathroom are friends!
4. Use the Nutrition Tracker I'm journaling my food better and being more consistent to my food plan which is paying off this week.
5. Read labels. I never buy anything without reading the label.
6. Weigh/measure foods - so important,,,,, a daily ritual..... a must - eyeballing just doesn't cut it.
7. Plan/prepare in advance -- whew, did this better on Sunday, by planning Saturday night for a busy day on Sunday. It paid off.
8. Cut back or eliminate processed foods -- not a problem: no sugar, no starches, no fruit, and with low carb, no hunger.... I'm thrilled. Vegetables that I've never heard of before are now part of my daily diet! -- Chayote squash -- delicious.

My goal is to lose at least 10 pounds this month and more if possible. I'm anxious to get into ONEderland by June 1st, as I have so many more summer clothes that I will be able to wear and I won't have to go shopping for a whole new wardrobe... I'm planning that the treadmill will help redistribute,,, and thin out my legs so that my smaller jeans and capris will fit :) At my highest weight, the fat had accumulated around my knees to the point that even jeans that fit my waist were tight on my knees. Looking at my knees today, I see them finally thinning some but thin legs have never been on this body :) Stocky girl, I am!

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emoticon Jeannie. A loss is a loss is a loss.

By the way - I lost 0.4# too. I'll take it. Didn't like the gain last week.

Starr, I too understand why you weigh with clothes on. Goodness. Why give your neighbors a thrill!



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Down .4 from last week. I'll take it!! I also WI on Saturdays. Just got into the habit a few years ago and stick with it.

I'm working towards lower carbs, higher protein and even a little higher fat. That's kind of scary, but seems to help keep me from being so hungry.

Starr, seems like you made the right choice for placement of your scales. Carpet just won't work!! I still chuckle about thinking I might try to sneak out to the porch in my skivvies or less...oh wait...I wouldn't either!!

Great work, everyone!! Hope your weekend is going well!! emoticon


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Babs, good luck on your WI.

Way behind on exercising, but holding calories down -- although hunger has been with me today.

Have a good weekend, everyone.


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Goodness. I'm behind on the posts. Where did the days go?? I thought I would have more time. Everyone told me it wouldn't be like I think. Oh, wellllllll .......

Tomorrow is another WI day for me. I WI on Saturday because right now I'm also taking part in the 5% Challenge. That's the WI day for everyone. As a rule I WI on Monday. Keeps me in line over the weekend.

Chilly and sunny here this morning. I love it!

I have errands to run this morning and I get a hair cut this afternoon. So this needs to be short.

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OK. Here's the story about my scales:

My house is COMPLETELY covered with rich, AND WHITE, carpeting. (This includes my kitchen, all bathrroms, every room, in fact. I did not choose carpeting everywhere, it came with the house. I have to admit I love the thick, rich carepting, but it gets really dirty. (I spill Diet Cokes, salsa -- all kinds of stuff. Sometimes, it is discovered AFTER it has dried. When I sell my other place (still haaven't) I plan to get more practical flooring.

Anyway, the scale needs to be on hard flooring, so I have placed it in one of the back doors on the patio. (I haave a front and back patio.) And there are sliding doors on the back patio, which makes it wonderful during the winter, when I can go out in the middle of winter and watch the snow fall.

And that is where I have put the scales, at one of the back doors.

I love my house. It's way too big for me, but I do love it. When I have finished all my surgeries (the last might be the end of next month), I will be able to move around a lot more.

Went to dentist in an emergency visit today, because I was afraid I had more problems. I was right. Will need yeet another root canal. I have paid thousands of dollars this past year to get my teeth in orfder. Just when I think I'm fixed up, more bills start flooding in.

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Hi y'all! emoticon It is supposed to have some t-storms come through here so it has been dark and overcast all day. I feel for those of you who are having snow still. Tomorrow is April. emoticon --Mother Nature needs to recognize that! emoticon

I love this discussion on what to wear on the scales. I am not going to ask why your scales is on the front porch Starr but I would be tempted to weigh in the dark with a flashlight. LOL I too do not want to weigh my clothes. That was the one thing that I hated when I was following WW and attending in person meetings. I mean the scales was already at the front of the store (this also sold products for the general public too so they were milling around you also) and one time I had one person have me weigh with my shoes on and another one didn't and then tried to make a big deal out of my lose. I told her," Don't get too excited. I am bare foot this time." LOL. I am grumpy first thing in the morning with no food in my stomach. Poor lady! emoticon

I got my books on the low carb version of the D.A.S.H. food plan. The author's credentials are impressive. She is a R.D. for the U.S. military and her job is to get them fit for active duty. I read the first three chapters. I didn't realize that it has a Phase One and Two so I just read about the first phase until I am ready to do the second one.

Basically this also addresses diabetes (which I have) and insulin resistance (which I am sure I also have). I do not know much about the other original plan to discuss it here.

Phase One is two weeks. It is no grains or fruit, no alcohol, no starchy veggies, no milk and limited caffeine. I am following the SP Diabetes Meal Plan and have been since Jan. 4th. (88 consecutive days and counting). emoticon .

This Phase One is significantly less carbs than the SP Diabetes Meal Plan. My main reasons for wanting to try this is to lower my blood sugar and blood pressure. I took my FBS today and it was 114 mg/dl. I will take it every day while I am following Phase One.

Since I have been following a weight loss food plan for some time I am not sure what to expect for weight loss. I am not coming from the typical American diet (except for the occasional fast food meal here and there--1-2x a month) so I am not expecting a big whoosh of water weight lost. I would be really happy if I could see that blood sugar number drop though.

I'll keep y'all posted on how this works for me.

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Well, Starr...that is an interesting dilemma. I think you've made the right choice!! LOL!! But, knowing me...I'd have the least amount of clothes on as possible. emoticon


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Starr..... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Jeannie, I know I should weigh in my birthday suit, but for a kind of complicated reason, my scale is visible from my back porch, which is visible from the street. So I get on it AFTER I have clothes on.

Forget to weigh again, so I'm going to be satisfied with the weight loss, hoping that I will not show a gain next week.

Glad to hear so many are getting into their programs and plans.

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My body is sinking further into starvation mode as I have to eat less and less. I have been eating too much solid food again and I feel emoticon I need to get back to my liquids again.
My manager here gave me a bag of clothes today. They are so beautiful and I haven't bought anything in so long. I hope that as they are able to give my shoulder some relief that I will soon be able to move better and do more things.

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Zing,,,, Zing,,,, Zing,,,, the sound the treadmill makes when I'm on it....
AND I should be more faithful... increasing my metabolism is the key I think. Certainly, going out to the restaurant twice in the last week didn't help, but I still have not eaten sweets,,,
but, it's like my body has learned to live on less food and it's determined to keep the fat it has....
SO... I have got to kick up my exercise -- be faithful on the treadmill -- that's my goal this week (since I failed the last two weeks)
Guess I'll have to "tap" every morning to get me motivated.... :) (see chat thread :)
On to a new week, today is weigh in -- we'll see what the clinic scale says .....

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Dropping food, that is funny.. Dr. Axe just wrote a book,,, Eat Dirt,,, so guess Dr. Hyman was taking it literally.... How funny. I use Spinach in every smoothie and avocado sounds good too, just not allowed right now on my food plan. Well, one day, I did zucchini, but spinach is my favorite in smoothies! They are so satisfying... add a little oil, and one of my drinks, and I'm good to go for awhile!


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Starr, you silly girl...don't you know you should never weigh yourself with your clothes on? LOL...seriously, I always get on the scale in my birthday suit...nothing I own weighs the same and I just want to know what I weigh, not my clothing. I'm teasing you, of course, as we each do it the way we want/need to do it, but I definitely go "nekked." I hope you'll be pleasantly surprised with another 2# gone tomorrow.

Sounds like lots of people had Easter ham to eat yesterday. Mmm...love it myself, but my DIL an egg casserole without the bread. Very good...great for no or low carbers!

I hear you on the salt and retaining fluid. Some foods do it to me, too, in particular Chinese. You're ll on the right track to increase the water intake. It'll help to flush it all out.

Weather is beautiful today, with sunshine and mild temps. Trees are budding and we're beginning to get some greener grass, but Starr, I know your storm is heading our way. They were talking about on the news this evening.

Re; the DASH plan, I've read a fair bit about it online. At least the general information is out there. I'm sure the book like you've ordered, Pam, will be very helpful if you want to implement it.

Lois, have you seen the recipe for the "green machine" smoothie that Dr. Mark Hyman has on one of his videos. I watched it last evening (Pam, yours sounds better to me). It has spinach and avocado, etc. But I had to laugh out loud...literally... while he was demonstrating making it. He was scooping 1/2 avocado out to put in the blender and the avocado fell right on the floor. He just picked it up and popped it into the blender anyway...no rinse or anything! He just laughed and said something about the 3 second rule! Too funny!

Okay, friends...I'm out of here for tonight. Congrats to everyone with your pounds being shed!! Great work.

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Scales say I lost 2 pounds this week, but I will try again tomorroiw. I know myself well enough that I am sure I will be lucky to have STAYED the same, if not gained. If I have lost anything, it will not be 2 pounds. Clothes I'm wearing today are not as heavy as usual.

Meanwhile, it's snowing. And it has been snowing since predawn this morning. Ir should be snowing until later tomorrow.. So for all of you living east of Salt Lake, prepare yourselves. Weather people say the storm is "slow moving." I never complain anytime it rains or snows, because we always need the moisture in Utah.

Managed to increase amounts of fruits and vegetables today -- a big contrast to the past few weeks.

I stopped taking a medication that I think has made me very sad, hungry, and lethargic. Good move, I think.

Hope everyone has a good week.
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My scale can annoy me,,, but I suppose it is telling the truth. I took the family out to dinner after church and ate Vietnamese food,,, almost on plan, but not quite :) and as usual, sodium and fluid got together to make the scale add weight. With lots of water today, I'll see what my "actual" weight is tomorrow.

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I did show a regain of 1 lbs but still down 3 lbs. from the start of our challenge. Easter ham just comes too fast on the heels of a Monday weekly weigh in. I knew this and told myself to enjoy it so I did.

ReturntoThin:(Lois) I too do my best to eat good fats and just recently have been including more avocado in my meals. I am relatively new to expanding beyond the usual guacamole dip so this 'should' be fun and interesting. I do eat a little higher fat than my Diabetes Meal Plan recommends but I do make a concerted effort to make sure that those good fats come from raw nuts like almonds, nut butters as well as olive oil and of course legumes, one of my favorites. I am not very familiar with the Ideal Protein food plan you are following. Is there a site where there is general information regarding that?

SP recommends that I eat between 1680-2030 calories spread over 3 meals and 2 snacks on the Diabetes Meal Plan. I do not try to go lower than the 1600 and if I see that I am then I have a protein shake or bar at night to bring my calories up. Going lower shuts down my metabolism which has already been compromised by being diabetic. Thank you for sharing what is working for you. I agree 100% that lower carbs keep me from feeling hungry and when I back that up with protein I find that I have to make a conscious decision to eat because I don't have the appetite. I want to lose weight but in a healthy way. I have followed too many wacky plans in the past with disastrous results to go that way again.

Masterpiece8(Babs): When I get the book I will share what the basic premise of the D.A.S.H. food plan is. I am too cheap to pay for expedited shipping so it will come within this week or early next. My guess is that I will have to either reduce or eliminate some of the sources of sodium that I use (convenience, famous last words): salad dressing, some fat free luncheon meats and canned vegetables. I do use some dry beans for recipes and I do cook up meats for other things besides sandwiches but when push comes to shove sometimes it is 'easier' (aww that nasty word) to just grab something for lunch. I suspect lunch will be the one place that I will see the most make-over in my food plan.

The latest edition of this book also addresses type II diabetes as well as insulin resistance which can be a deterrent in losing weight. I am excited about it and although I am a little nervous about what changes I will need to make I am also willing to make them for the sake of my general health and well being.

I am glad that there are people here who are serious about their health and making changes. I for one have been working on this plodding along for over five years now. It doesn't stop. It just keeps going. I feel blessed that after a holiday my FBS today was what it was even on a much better week. It shows that what I am following is training my body to keep my blood sugar level. That is all I need to see and hear to keep moving forward on all of this.

Take care all, Pam emoticon



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Way to go, Ellen. It's working. I know what you mean about the ham. I sure drank a lot of water after eating the ham!! I love ham though.

Hope things are going well for everyone. This was a tough WI week. It always seems to be with a holiday.

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Lost a little this week at least didn't gain this morning. After yesterday no candy but had ham so had lot of salt which usually the next day results in a gain but drinking plenty of water today emoticon . we didn't buy any candy since no kids would be around so that temptation was absent. Did make cake for daughter's birthday pineapple upside down not a big temptation for me I like it but just not that tempting to me. We are still focused on eating more veggies and fruit and cutting back on the fried stuff. It seems to be working weight going down slow but going down. emoticon Hope everyone has a good healthy week. emoticon emoticon

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Pam, congratulations on your goals and your decisions!! Commendable. I don't know a lot about the D.A.S.H. Diet. I've heard of it and heard that it's very healthy. I need to look it up. That way I'll know what you're talking about.

I'm focusing on the Miami Mediterranean Diet. My problem is when I don't keep my focus on what my goals are and on ME. I'm working very hard at that these days.

Oh how I love the chatting that's been going on here. I know I keep saying that but there's more this challenge than in the past and it is just so exciting for me and motivating.

Let's all keep up the good work.

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oh, my, my curiosity made me look up the D.A.S.H. diet... I have cut my food intake so much, that a sample menu looks like too much food for me :) but does look healthy!!

I'm the one using Ideal Protein with a smattering of "low carb, high fat" variation.... Dr. Hyman had The Fat Summit on line, where he interviewed about 30 experts in the field of nutrition, including Dr. Perlmutter (Grain Brain book), Dr. Amen (a brain expert), Dr. Willet (a Harvard professor who recommends higher fat) -- who talk about how we have been sold a bill of goods about eating low fat, that we need to include good fats in our diet... Omega 3 & 6,, from fish and flax etc.

I just have enjoyed learning more and listening to more studies that have been done.
Personally, by cutting back on carbs, I have lost my food seeking and hunger,,,, which has been a wonderful gift.

Pam,,,, I hope you find wonderful menus and recipes in your new books. Share some wonderful ones. And continue to lose that beastly fat :)





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.I 'thought' someone here had mentioned about different 'diets' but when I scrolled down to see which post it was I couldn't find it so I will just say that if it was someone here thank you.

Anyway, I was thinking about the mention of the D.A.S.H. diet. I had read good things about it and I even looked into it in the past. I am not sure if I have shared with y'all here but I have really wanted to be meds-free (my choice and no reflection on what others do) and that does mean I really have to work on my food plan and losing weight etc. in a much more intense way than maybe others wish to (again it is all about personal choice which I respect).

So, last night, I ordered the most recent publication of the D.A.S.H. diet book that also addresses type II diabetes (which I have) as well as lowering blood pressure (which I also have) and cholesterol (which I don't have-TG) and a host of other 'issues' that seem to go hand in hand with diabetes especially. I also ordered an accompanying cookbook.

I am not even sure how much different this food plan will be from my present one except I am hoping that it will have some more specific information regarding blood pressure besides what I am doing. So, I want to thank you for bringing that up. It is rated #1 diet among all of the diets(6 years in a row) that are currently on the market and are being followed. The AMA and Mayo Clinic also give it their 'stamp of approval'.

I guess, maybe seeing what my Mom and Dad went through as well as seeing what my sister (who will turn 60 this Easter) is also currently going through that makes this even more important that I do all that I can. I am doing better than I had been but I know that I could do more. It is a matter of personal choice. I just need the facts so I can proceed with the right information.

Again, thanks to anyone or everyone for bringing this topic out into the discussion forum. It was the 'spark' that I needed to take my health up a notch.

Hey to Babs and Jeannie, keep up the good work!

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I remember coming to this thread yesterday and I swear I posted. But the puter gremlins have removed it!!

I think everyone is doing extremely well and you are all excited, upbeat and continue to remain enthusiastic. That is such a help to many of us - at least it is for me.

I've been re-reading my book "Miami Mediterranean Diet." Dr. Ozner certainly is impressed with cinnamon. So I am getting my cinnamon shaker out and sprinkling here and there. This morning I had cottage cheese for breakfast. I added cinnamon and artificial sweetner. It tasted great.

I ordered turmeric from GNC. It arrived with vitamins and fish oil capsules I ordered. I've taken fish oil for years at my MD's request. I took my first turmeric capsule this morning. I hope it does help with my knees. That's why I ordered it. I could also add it to my food, but I think pill form is easier on this herb. I like it, but I don't know if I'd want it on everything.

Keep chatting. I love it.

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You guys are amazing! Terrific analysis of your progress and plan.

I don't get that technical for the most part...although tracking and assessing each day are certainly the best way for me to stay on top of it all.

I'm working at being more low carb, too. It's hard for me, as I love sandwiches, etc. But it's getting easier. I'm also avoiding sugar, but then again it is found in so many items. Mostly, I don't have any, but yesterday I made meatloaf for dinner and I always add a little catsup to the top before baking, so obviously I had a little with that.

Otherwise, so far, so good. Looking forward to another good week. It sounds like everyone is!

If some of the rest of us are struggling, I certainly understand. I've had more than my share of those days, too. I have just figured out (finally) that I have to truly take it one day at a time and not look down the road too far, and to definitely not look through the back window unless it is to review those times when things were going well. If you're like me, you have up and down days. But we get to start fresh each and every day! I am so thankful for that!!

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Pam, I love your posts,,, they are always informative.
You rock your food journal it sounds like... good for you.
I wish you well,,,, Keep up the good work!

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I too thought I would 'review' how the past two weeks have gone.

I have lost 2.4 lbs. so I am okay with that. I put 5 lbs. per month and I am half way so I feel good that I will make that. I set my monthly goal lower because I am just getting back into doing some weight bearing activity after breaking two of my toes.

I do journal every day. I have kept a diary since I was 8 and I switched over to a food/weight loss journal several years ago. I keep past entries on a zip drive. On occasion I will revisit a few years ago. It is interesting to see what I struggled with back then
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I began tracking everything that I eat as well as activity and water here on SP under the Nutrition Tracker. I have done that since Jan. 4th. I also follow the SP Diabetes Meal Plan. I have a streak of 77 days and counting. I plan on buying something really nice when I hit 100 consecutive days. That should be end of April. I am diabetic so I have to eat to promote lowering my blood sugar. Currently, SP has me eating 1680-2030 calories per day with 3 meals and 2 snacks.

As for exercise, I am following two of the SP workout challenges on here just to keep me on track with that. I am going to make a more concerted effort this coming week to do more chair cardio. I am in the middle of serious spring cleaning (including rearranging furniture and having drapes dry cleaned etc.) so I hate to admit that once having done that I just 'poo pooh' cardio but "No More!" Cardio first!

Drinking my water. I limit myself to one tall mug of caffeinated coffee in the morning. Then, I make the switch for the rest of the day. I also like to drink iced tea.

I have been reading labels for the past five years. I had to start doing that when I was diagnosed with diabetes. It is automatic now.

Thanks to being on WW for 18 months before switching to SP I have the good habit of weighing and measuring all of my food into single servings. I also have a WW food scale on my counter top..

I feel planning and preparing start with my grocery list. If it doesn't come into my home then I don't have to worry about being exposed to it. This has worked for me for years. The only time I struggle is when hubby has his Sunday afternoon treat of chocolate bars. Sometimes, I have part of one but I do track it. I also use Sunday afternoons in prepping meals for the upcoming week. I also have several smaller containers of foods already made in the freezer that I can thaw out in the morning and have for 'supper'.

I have been moving closer to more fresh produce and increasing my portions of vegetables. I have had an ulcer in the past from all of my NSAIDs for arthritis so there was a time when I couldn't eat raw anything. I would get terrible stomach pains. Now, I can so I am taking advantage of all of the fresh produce. My end goal is to get at least 9 servings of vegetables in per day. It is a work in progress.

Congrats on all of the progress everyone here is making. Keep up the good work!
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January 1st, 2018: 231.6 lbs.
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2018 Wt. Loss Goal: lose 52 lbs.
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Thought I'd review my challenges 2 weeks in:
My goal was 2+ weight loss weekly.. Well I've lost 4.6 pounds in 2 weeks, so I'm right on target. I'm so excited. Obedience to my new food plan -- while not being hungry or food seeking -- is a gift from God and He has given me the results I was hoping for. On to week 3....

1. Journal & Use the Nutrition Tracker -- I use food tracker daily and track all my food, then have to turn in a food journal weekly to my coach... I also write notes to self on food journal.
++++ This is vital, I've finally settled on a "composite plan" that allows me 20-40 net carbs, 80-100 Protein, 50% of my calories in fat, and 900-1200 calories...... and it's working. SO thankful
2. Exercise -- so far on Treadmill x 2 days - and listened to an article from The Fat Summit... I'm learning so much AND got some needed extra exercise!
++++ Continuing to listen to interviews from The Fat Summit ... lots of disagreement over low fat/low carb out there - listened to Ornish last night and he and Hyman agreed to disagree,,, funny.
3. Drink more water - done consistently (I replaced tea with water)
++++ I have used water enhancer some days -- that does help.
4. Read labels. (not a problem) - nothing can have sugar -- I even found blue label Heinz ketchup and with a little horseradish, I can make my own shrimp dip.
++++ I have done this for so long, it's just a habit now.
5. Weigh/measure foods - pretty consistent to keep food journal accurate.
++++ Glad I got into this habit years ago
7. Plan/prepare in advance -- went to grocery store after church last night (didn't want to) and got my spinach and romaine for my salads. Just having the right stuff in my refrigerator has been so helpful in being prepared.
++++ trying to continue this...
8. Cut back or eliminate processed foods.
++++ After church, had to get a Subway chopped salad again, problem was, I didn't have my no calorie dressing with me -- hopefully that won't happen again. But found out the Chipotle Southwest does not have carbs in it... a lot of fat, however... :)



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I make smoothies a lot and i add ripend avocado to mine plus some chia seeds and steel cut oats.

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emoticon Way to go, Lois. Just reading your post is motivating for me. I'm so very happy that you're sharing what you're doing with us. I'm very happy for you.

Starr, please hang in there. Somehow it will work out for you too and the weight will once again begin to drop off.

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Everyone's reporting is good. I can't say it will be good for me. Have really struggled, with eating, exercising, daily functioning. I go through these, every once in a while, and I'm thinking it may be the result of some new medication I've been taking. Its side effeects make people tired, increases appetites, and causes depression. JUST what I needed! emoticon

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way to go, Jeannie!!!

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I have a new urgent determination .... after a sort of a "stall" for about the last month. OH, I lost weight, but it was like pulling hen's teeth. Today I got on the scale and it finally moved and I have more "spring in my step." I got up, took the dog out, walked to the barn, and fed the horses, and walked back.... It was brisk and cold :( but I was invigorated because I wasn't tired or short of breath, or feel like picking up my leg was like picking up lead... I'm so thankful, so very thankful that the Lord is helping me heal my body. I think this treadmill thing is what got me "over the hump." I'm so excited, I can't wait to get back to ONEderland... Oh, Lord, it will feel so good and I have a whole wardrobe waiting for me!! Fellow team members... this low carb thing is amazing. What is SO amazing is that I'm never gnawing hungry.... I don't have the food cravings that I had, I walk by sweets and they are like disgusting to me..... I lost weight before, but every pound was a struggle.. now it's so much easier, albeit slower -- because "old metabolism" gets in the way...

Well, enough, I just pray for each team member to find their "happy" food plan like I have and start to see huge accomplishments and feel so much better!

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Good losses everyone!

Everyone is getting on track and working hard. I wonder why it is so darn hard too! It is though.

Jeannie, that's an awesome amount to lose in a week. Whew!

Gayle, sorry to hear of your loss. emoticon

There are some awesome workouts going on too. I'm really trying hard to move more.

Still I am focusing on getting in the right amount of water. For me it's key and while it's cool I honestly forget about the water. When I do I don't lose.

Sodium is another problem for me, but I've been working on that too.

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I weighed in on Saturday this week to Jeannie, down 1 lb, and 3 last week, emoticon , I'm really trying to get away from processed foods and go easy on the canned veggies, If I use them, and I do the green beans, I don't like frozen GB, I rinse off the salt water they are canned in, and then there's NO chips, cookies etc, etc, emoticon emoticon

I cannot believe its Easter already, where did the time go, seems like we just took down the Christmas tree, only 9 more months till Christmas. emoticon emoticon (Just what I thought, I made you smile)

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Excited to post my first pounds shed for a long time: 3.6 since we got home. It really is amazing what clean eating can do for you! LOL! I'm working on lower carbs, too, and so far doing okay with that.

I do my weigh-ins on Saturdays. Don't ask me why, but I think it's because other challenges I've been on had Saturday WIs and I just got used to doing it then.

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Great job everyone in getting in your marching and getting back on track. emoticon

Thanks for the Irish blessing. I blessed myself yesterday with continuing to work on spring cleaning and I made some Irish fare for hubby and I. I made stuffed cabbage rolls (reduced fat and sodium) as well as that mock Shamrock shake.

Today is Lenten Friday so we will have tilapia for 'supper'.

I need to do my workout before hubby comes home. He is home early. emoticon

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January 1st, 2018: 231.6 lbs.
Total Wt. Loss in 2017: 33.8 lbs.

2018 Wt. Loss Goal: lose 52 lbs.
End of Year 2018 Wt. Loss Goal: 188.2 lbs.

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Nola, that is awesome!! Great work.

Starr, I love that blessing. Thank you for sharing with us. It lifted me up this morning.

Looking forward to my WI tomorrow morning. I've been working hard ever since that eye-opening weight right after we got home from our trip. I suspect I was retaining fluid from all the sitting, etc, but regardless, it was weight.

Taking care of myself today! It's the one thing I can do for myself day in and day out. Hoping you all can, too.

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