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1/19/13 12:29 P

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Did not do any exercise or track food yesterday. I did not even got on SparkPeople so Broke all streaks. I will start streaks tomorrow. Kind of sick today and have to work this afternoon. Breakfast did not sit well. Now have upset stomach. I had almonds, mandarin oranges and a Fiber One 90 Calorie bar with water to drink.

Marilyn

I have "The Spark", "SparkPeople Cookbook" and "Spark Solutions"

I set my ticker to my highest weight of 210 lbs because it gets upset and doesn't want to save when I gain weight instead of lose.
on Dec 30, 2012 I joined SparkPeople and weighed 195.8




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1/18/13 3:17 P

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Wednesday was great! emoticon
Thursday was not emoticon
I am trying to remain optimistic for today's outcome! emoticon

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BSLMKH1954's Photo BSLMKH1954 Posts: 546
1/17/13 6:05 P

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got the work out but did not track all food ate.

Marilyn

I have "The Spark", "SparkPeople Cookbook" and "Spark Solutions"

I set my ticker to my highest weight of 210 lbs because it gets upset and doesn't want to save when I gain weight instead of lose.
on Dec 30, 2012 I joined SparkPeople and weighed 195.8




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SUSANTAYLORXO's Photo SUSANTAYLORXO SparkPoints: (3,699)
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1/17/13 12:02 P

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My food scale was probably the smartest thing I ever invested in! I used to just guess how much something weighed and of course, it was always way over! But now, it's super easy for me to get the right proportions that I need.



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1/16/13 7:20 A

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I planned and tracked all my meals yesterday ,but did not get a workout in. emoticon I need to be better prepared on Tuesday (scout night) so that I can make it happen!

Mary-Catherine


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CHICKADEE623's Photo CHICKADEE623 SparkPoints: (2,101)
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1/15/13 9:58 P

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Pasta is always a downfall for me. I probably used to eat twice as much as a serving. Probably the only thing I was worse about was ice cream. 1/2 a cup of ice cream doesn't seem like much at all for a serving. I do better if I just stay away from it.

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1/15/13 8:06 P

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I love hearing all these comments. I'm measuring too! I haven't stopped measuring for over a year. It's a habit for me.

The one big surprise I found when measuring is pasta . One serving of pasta is not a lot. I weigh it dry.



Edited by: MICHIGANLORI at: 1/15/2013 (20:10)
Lori ~ Southeastern Michigan



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BSLMKH1954's Photo BSLMKH1954 Posts: 546
1/15/13 1:10 P

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I really need to get my measuring utensils and start really measuring foods. I also need to use the recipe calculator when eating foods that are mixed. This should help me track food better.

Marilyn

I have "The Spark", "SparkPeople Cookbook" and "Spark Solutions"

I set my ticker to my highest weight of 210 lbs because it gets upset and doesn't want to save when I gain weight instead of lose.
on Dec 30, 2012 I joined SparkPeople and weighed 195.8




 Pounds lost: 8.0 
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ONAQUEST2's Photo ONAQUEST2 SparkPoints: (3,741)
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1/15/13 1:03 P

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I got and am using the measuring cups/spoons/scale etc. Portion control is a biggie for me, I ate and was like where's the meal? Of course I am still struggling with fruits and veggies, and if I actually had any in the house would help. Already put them on next month grocery wish list.
As for increasing exercise, what I do now is a struggle, this poor old battered body finds getting in and out of bed a challenge! In time I hope it will improve. I will say the pedal exerciser is getting easier and when it no longer makes me winded will adjust the tension or the time or both.
I have looked at my reports and am slowly getting them to meet the goals for protein, carbs and fat and calories, have been under in calories and carbs mainly, met fat and protein finally.

My wish for 2013: that everyone takes a moment each day to find inner peace and calm. This may not calm the storms of Mother Nature, however it may calm the storms that brew within us.


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1/14/13 6:56 P

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Okay, I got the measuring cups and spoons down--I even bought wine trax wine glasses that measure 4 and 5 oz. servings on them. Figured I could use them for any liquid!

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1/14/13 10:34 A

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I have not been on SparkPeople as much as I had planned on being the past couple of weeks but I have lost two pounds so I will take it! Today, I hope to become more active on the site. There are so many great tools on SparkPeople! I look forward to checking out the challenges. Have a great week everyone!

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REFINING_LIFE's Photo REFINING_LIFE SparkPoints: (2,163)
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1/14/13 8:40 A

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emoticon Pre-planned and prepped my meals for the day and logged everything already!
emoticon Starting the second week of my 10K trainer tonight, so I'll be upping the intensity for cardio too.

emoticon Loving these challenges!!

Mary-Catherine


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KRYS210's Photo KRYS210 Posts: 73,037
1/13/13 2:20 P

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emoticon thanks for getting this going!

Krys (EST)
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1/13/13 8:25 A

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This is a great challenge! I know I am always tempted to just skip tracking when I know something was over-indulgent. emoticon

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MICHIGANLORI's Photo MICHIGANLORI Posts: 5,275
1/13/13 8:01 A

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This week's challenge:

"Living the good life" Challenge MEASURE UP to slim down emoticon

emoticon Track Every Bite, Lick, and Taste

This week, it is time to measure up. Even though it can be tedious and time-consuming, measuring and tracking your food is the number one, ''evidenced based'' weight-loss technique that actually works. When you stop diligently measuring and tracking calories, it's easy to get lazy with ''eyeballing'' your food. This can then lead to a slow increase in your calorie intake, which can cause you to plateau, or even pack pounds back on. Measuring is simply your best weapon for weight loss.

To accurately measure your food, you will need a set of dry measuring cups and spoons, a liquid measuring cup, a 12-inch ruler, and, if possible, an inexpensive kitchen food scale. Keep all of these tools handy in your kitchen at all times.

So what about all of those home-cooked meals and recipes you've been eating? How can you accurate measure them? SparkRecipes.com has a wonderful free tool called the recipe calculator. With this tool, you can enter the ingredients of your favorite recipes and get accurate nutrition information per serving.

The Portion Distortion Guilde: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/
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What does 300 Calories Really Look Like?: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/
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2) Fitness Challenge Take your workout to NEXT LEVEL emoticon

Consider your workout intensity and whether you can push it to a higher level. Maybe you aren't trying as hard as you did in the beginning. Or perhaps you've just been exercising at the same general intensity level for a long time. Now is the time to bump up that intensity so that whatever workout you are doing feels challenging for you. Remember, if your workouts are going to CHANGE your body, they have to CHALLENGE your body.

Another way to continue challenging yourself is to increase the number of workouts you do each week. When you first started exercising, maybe you were only exercising 2-3 times per week. This is actually the minimal level recommended and a perfect place to start out. But most fitness experts recommend that people exercise 5-6 times per week as they get fitter. If you're not doing that much yet, starting to increase the number of workouts you do each week is a great way to get that scale moving again.

If you can't squeeze in another 1-2 workout sessions during the week, try working out in longer blocks of time. For example, add 10 more minutes do your current workout time. Even if you're only working out three times per week, that adds up to an extra 30 minutes of calorie burning!

Start experimenting with a combination of higher intensity, longer duration and more frequent workouts.

Track exercise in your fitness tracker www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/f
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3) 'What is?" Challenge CALORIE DIFFERENTIAL emoticon

What is the Daily Calorie Differential Report?

Check out your daily calorie differential report once in a while. Understanding that you can't obsess over this daily, it is nevertheless a good idea to look at this periodically to understand the relationship between things happening in your nutrition and fitness trackers. You need approximately 3500 deficit calories to lose a pound. If you meet your minimum suggested calorie intake but stay under the max, and you do the recommended amount of fitness daily, you'll see how that daily differential adds up to modest, healthy weight loss weekly.

Daily Calorie Differential Report: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/myrepor
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Edited by: MICHIGANLORI at: 1/13/2013 (08:03)
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