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2/7/08 7:15 A

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Shannon,

I'm glad you were able to figure it out. I'm sure before long you'll find the process will be much easier for you. emoticon

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"It's hard to beat a person that never gives up." ~ Babe Ruth


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2/6/08 3:47 P

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Great job Shannon and thanks Jen for you input. Sodium is a hidden factor that can make you retain fluid and also slows metabolism.

The rule of thumb is to stay below 2400mg, but above 500-600 hundred. Your body, especially your heart needs sodium to function appropriately.

I agree whole heartily with Jenn's comment regarding, if you don't eat foods you like you will stop. I used the spark menu as a guide in the manner that if it says to have 1/2 cup of Cauliflower (I hate Cauliflower) I know in my mind I can substitute it for another vegetable like broccoli, brussels sprouts or something.

Now, I use it when I want to change up my food choice. There is an option on spark to see what is an alternative food choice also.

Experiment and have fun with it. Find out what makes your body work. You can do this and we are here for you!





"I'm gonna love myself more than anyone else. I Believe in me. I'm gonna be my own best friend, stick with me till the end , won't lose myself again. Stronger woman - I AM! ~ Miranna
Start Date: 1/7/08 GW: 123.0 lbs SW: 242.0 lbs CW: 218.0 lbs
Loss to date: 24.0 lbs.
BL#5: 6/1 - 7/28: Goal 199 lbs/ 219 lbs/215.5lbs
Summer Meltdown: 6/1- 9/1: Goal 190 lbs/219 lbs/215.5lbs


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2/6/08 3:35 P

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OK so I went and added those three things to my nutrition list. OMG It seems I eat way too much sodium, and not enough calcium! So for tomorrow, I changed my plan to low sodium (a lot of food is missing from my list) :( LOL Oh well I gotta do what I gotta do! Next time I go to the store, you bet I will be checking sodium levels in everything!
Thank you soooo much!!!

~Shannon

"If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results."
- Jack Dixon

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
~Thomas Edison


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2/6/08 11:58 A

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Thanks Jenn
I am going to try that right now!

~Shannon

"If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results."
- Jack Dixon

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
~Thomas Edison


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2/6/08 11:27 A

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Shannon,

It does as long as the information is in the food you add to your nutrition tracker. It also tracks many more things but those are the ones I've chosen to focus on.

You can add these under your Nutrition page by clicking on "Change Nutrition Goals". There you can add additional things to track. These additional things will track at the bottom of your nutrition page going forward from the day you add them. If you want to see your past history you will have to click on the "+" sign for each past day you want to track.

Jenn

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"It's hard to beat a person that never gives up." ~ Babe Ruth


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2/6/08 8:29 A

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Thank you so much! I guess I'm not doing too bad. My carbs are always in the middle to the high end, my protein is always at the high end, my fat is usually under or in the low end, my calories, however are in the low end or just below. My calorie range is 1410-1760. So usually I eat around 1420 in calories. Sometimes its only 1380, so its not drastically low. I guess I was just trying too hard to have the number match perfectly with 1410.
Miranna-Thank you so much you have been a great help to me!
Jenn-Thank you also, I haven't even thought about sodium. Does SP track sodium, fiber, and calcium???

~Shannon

"If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results."
- Jack Dixon

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
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2/6/08 7:56 A

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Shannon,

Miranna gave you some really good guidance. I personally don't use SparkPeople's menus. I am a picky eater and also have a few allergies (a big one for dieting is seafood so fish is out for me!) so using the menu would be trying. Another issue for me is I need to be able to eat foods I enjoy eating. While I do try different things to expand my horizons I also realize if this is going to be a lifetime change I have to enjoy the foods on my menu. Let's face it, if you hate what you're eating you're eventually going to give up. emoticon

I do stick within the ranges SparkPeople provides for calories, carbs, protein, fat, fiber, calcium and also try to remain under 2300 for sodium. I would suggest until you are consistently able to stay within the calories, carbs, protein and fat ranges (SparkPeople's default tracking) you stick with those. A couple weeks ago I started a simple version of calorie cycling to help change things up for my body. Again, this was after I was comfortable in being consistent on staying in the SparkPeople recommended ranges. The important step for you right now is consistently eating within your ranges.

Every person is different in what works for them. I personally find I have to at least meet the middle range of my carbs for each day. I've also started figuring out which foods my body responds to in a positive way. It's definitely a journey which brings new lessons each day.

You'll figure it out, the important thing is to keep trying! emoticon

--Jenn

"It's hard to beat a person that never gives up." ~ Babe Ruth


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2/5/08 10:27 P

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Shannon,

I use the spark menu suggestions as a guide to making the right choices and proportions. My focus has been to stay within the calorie, carb, fat and protein range they list for me.

It is very important not to go under 1200 calories, as your body needs a certain amount of calories for your organs, tissue and brain to work as in breathing, circulating, healing ect.

The rule of thumb I use is the more I exercise, I go to the higher end of my calorie range. For less exercise, I go to the lower end of my calories, but never go below 1200 and never above 1550 (for me).

I used to eat maybe twice a day and snacked all day. Over the last 4 weeks, I started eating breakfast every morning (which I never done), mid-morning snack, larger lunch, afternoon snack, med. dinner and small snack at bedtime. I found that my body is now on a clock/schedule and gets hungry at certain times. My meals are smaller and much more frequent. Now there are sometimes that I will splurge, but I just plan it in.

For example: The other night I had two small slices of pepperoni pizza. But I added a salad also. For lunch I had turkey sandwich with tomato an lettuce, apple and cucumber salad. Breakfast had oatmeal and a banana. Snacks were: Laughing cow cheese and all-bran crackers, Spicy V8 juice and yogurt w/ granola.

In the beginning I felt like I couldn't eat all that food, but continued to eat 5-6 times a day in smaller amounts and now it is something my body requires. Mixing the calories up, but staying within range, also helps keep my body guessing (avoiding starvation mode).

One last thing, if I am low on my calories, I look at my carbs, fat's and protein and try to pick something that will keep those also within range. Usually for me, I lack protein (I am a carb gal) so I will usually have some Fat Free Choc. Milk, Yogurt or Skim Milk and Crackers.

One of the major factors on all my other attempts of loosing weight was I had to be at 1200 calories every day. Even though I am a data girl (Virgo in me- hehe)I would get so frustrated in having to keep right at 1200. I felt like I was starving myself, even though I really wasn't.. so you guess it.. I would quit, lickity split! That is one reason I am using the SP range. It makes me feel I have control and have more choices, instead of "THE CALORIES" having control and being so limited.

When I want something special, I have it.I just know that since I will be in the higher end of my range, I have to exercise and eat in moderation. If I mess up, I leave that day behind at midnight and move on to the next day and learn from what I did and move forward.

It has been working for me, and I am consistently loosing about 1.5-2.5 lbs a week. Remember you have to do what is right for YOUR body and mind.

Shannon, I am in hopes that me sharing my program, will help you. If you have any questions, let me know. If you want to chat about it, I will be happy to give you my number and I will be there for ya!









"I'm gonna love myself more than anyone else. I Believe in me. I'm gonna be my own best friend, stick with me till the end , won't lose myself again. Stronger woman - I AM! ~ Miranna
Start Date: 1/7/08 GW: 123.0 lbs SW: 242.0 lbs CW: 218.0 lbs
Loss to date: 24.0 lbs.
BL#5: 6/1 - 7/28: Goal 199 lbs/ 219 lbs/215.5lbs
Summer Meltdown: 6/1- 9/1: Goal 190 lbs/219 lbs/215.5lbs


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2/5/08 7:03 P

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I have a question! Is there anyone else who is following the nutrition listed from SP??? I have been doing this for 3 weeks now. I find it very hard to get my calories into the range that they give me. If I only eat what they give me, I am under in calories. Is it OK to be under? Or do I find something else to eat??? Can anyone help me solve this problem??
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~Shannon

"If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results."
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Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
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1/31/08 7:14 P

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If you have any topic suggestion please either leave a message on THIS thread, or sparkmail HillPrincess.

Thanks and let's have some fun!!

"I'm gonna love myself more than anyone else. I Believe in me. I'm gonna be my own best friend, stick with me till the end , won't lose myself again. Stronger woman - I AM! ~ Miranna
Start Date: 1/7/08 GW: 123.0 lbs SW: 242.0 lbs CW: 218.0 lbs
Loss to date: 24.0 lbs.
BL#5: 6/1 - 7/28: Goal 199 lbs/ 219 lbs/215.5lbs
Summer Meltdown: 6/1- 9/1: Goal 190 lbs/219 lbs/215.5lbs


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1/30/08 1:12 P

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thanks for taking on the leadership role for this penny. i look forward to some interesting discussions and the things i am sure i will learn.

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1/29/08 2:17 P

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Thank you Miranna,
I is my pleasure to be part of this team.
I hope everyone is having a good day!
And remember, " A healthy attitude is contagious, but don't wait to catch it from others, BE THE CARRIER!"
-Unknown



Often it is about getting out of the endless loop of thinking and getting into action.
VINCENT LOMBARDI



If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.
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1/28/08 8:21 P

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Team,

Please give a warm welcome to Penny (Hillprincess), the newest Captain of Passionate People creating Positive Thought. emoticon

Penny has been a strong motivator and with this she will be heading up the 'Around the Camp Fire' discussion topics.

Get ready for some great information to be shared and all to respond too!

Thank you Penny!

"I'm gonna love myself more than anyone else. I Believe in me. I'm gonna be my own best friend, stick with me till the end , won't lose myself again. Stronger woman - I AM! ~ Miranna
Start Date: 1/7/08 GW: 123.0 lbs SW: 242.0 lbs CW: 218.0 lbs
Loss to date: 24.0 lbs.
BL#5: 6/1 - 7/28: Goal 199 lbs/ 219 lbs/215.5lbs
Summer Meltdown: 6/1- 9/1: Goal 190 lbs/219 lbs/215.5lbs


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1/23/08 3:46 P

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The 'Around the Campfire' forum will support weekly, possibly daily, topics to be discussed.

Do you have a topic you would like to be discussed? How about a question? If so, post to this thread and see if your topic comes up for discussion.

Each week (or possibly daily) I will choose a topic based on your suggestions posted here and start a 'Around the Campfire'.

Topics should be related to weight loss, nutrition, exercise, motivation



Edited by: VIRGOGAL72 at: 1/28/2008 (20:17)
"I'm gonna love myself more than anyone else. I Believe in me. I'm gonna be my own best friend, stick with me till the end , won't lose myself again. Stronger woman - I AM! ~ Miranna
Start Date: 1/7/08 GW: 123.0 lbs SW: 242.0 lbs CW: 218.0 lbs
Loss to date: 24.0 lbs.
BL#5: 6/1 - 7/28: Goal 199 lbs/ 219 lbs/215.5lbs
Summer Meltdown: 6/1- 9/1: Goal 190 lbs/219 lbs/215.5lbs


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