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Wowzers! Where did the time go???

Friday, January 10, 2014

It's late and I'm tired beyond belief.

So why am I on here?

Well, because Spark is always here to come limping back to.

Thanks, SparkWorld.

I've made some good choices here. Feels kinda comfortable. Like an old pair of shoes. You just slip right in.

I've been coming here for a while. Years, actually. I've lost and gained and lost some again. Overall, I've kept off 30 lbs from my top weight. But I struggle in getting - AND STAYING - lower than that.

But here I am. I'm gonna keep at it.

So again I say, "Thanks, SparkWorld. Nice seein' ya again."

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TIGER_LILY_613 1/10/2014 10:16PM

    Nice to see ya ! emoticon

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MAERETH 1/10/2014 8:54AM

    Haha, I could have written this post myself. Welcome back.

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I don't care if I stay fat forever... because it's not about being cute anymore...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

I've started writing on blogger - pretty much because I can do it easily from my phone. It's more of a daily food diary with a bit of commentary on life as I know it once in a while.

I wish Sparkpeople would make a feature where you can blog from your phone. (Said in my loud I'm-talking-to-myself-but-I-hope-you-hear-
me-voice - hint hint hint, SparkBosses!)

But because I've had this blog going on spark for a while and I like to come back here and reflect sometimes, I'll copy some posts over here. Here's my first post from close to 2 weeks ago:

It isn't about being cute anymore. It's just not.

I want to live. Plain and simple.

I was treating my body relatively irresponsible manner for a long time. Then something happened and I think I swallowed the state of Tennessee.

Time to clean all this junk out of my system.

A whole foods and predominantly plant based diet is the best choice for me. Is not everyone's cup of tea, I know. But I feel good when I eat that way.

I'm kicking this off with a 30 day cleanse; fruits, veggies, beans, nuts, herbs n spices.

Specifically I'll be avoiding

1. All processed foods ; exceptions for nutritional yeast, canned beans - for convenience, and some whole food organic curry sauces I have on hand from Seeds of Change (does that even count as processed??)

2. All meats, dairy and other animal products. Not that I'm against eating meat or all "Animals are out friends, not food". Nope, I like a good steak as much as the next person. I just feel like we eat entirely too much meat. And for the purpose of this cleanse, I'll be leaving it off.

3. Wheat and rice. These are trigger foods for me to overeat. Best to avid for the time being. I will have the occasional serving of oats. For whatever reason oatmeal doesn't set me off and I enjoy it from time to time in a breakfast smoothie or with fruit and almond milk.

4. All added sugar. No explanation needed, right?

5. All added salt. I swell like nobody's business. Time to take a sodium beak.

6. Coffee. I'll opt for green tea as my caffeine fix for now. Coffee is like a dessert to me. Sugar, vanilla and lots o'cream. Not just that, but is my drug of choice. That'll be a therapy session for another day, though.

So here we go. Today is Streak Day #1.

Thanks for reading. And thanks for your unwavering support, Sparkers.

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KNYAGENYA 8/15/2013 2:30PM


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MOMMACASSEY 8/15/2013 1:30PM

    Great thoughts--your cleanse and diet are something I'd like to try someday, but not somethng my family will go along with for a while, so... not feasible. But good for you!

And just as a side note, you should stick to the tea as long as possible... that leaves more coffee for me! emoticon

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JIBBIE49 8/15/2013 12:23AM

    It isn't necessary to stay fat. Read Richard Bernstein M.D. "The Diabetes Solution" as he explains how Insulin Resistance is a problem for all obese people and how we can lose weight. I got the book at the library. He has lectures on YouTube.

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 8/14/2013 11:39PM


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ok, today was not a winner

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Today was not a winner. PMS Is in full force. I'm tired and grumpy.

One thing i know for sure is that i need a plan. Before i put a morsel of food in my mouth in the morning, I'm going to make a plan.

I'll check back in tomorrow with the plan and see how things go.

Nightie-night, fellow sparkers.

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KNYAGENYA 6/20/2013 10:48AM

    Today will be better.

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2BEHEALTHY2014 6/20/2013 9:46AM

    Planning is key. Good luck getting yours done!

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LATTELEE 6/19/2013 12:18AM

  Good luck

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need some blog-therapy

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

So i guess i blinked and here i am.


ouch. it even hurts to type it out. but that's why I'm blogging right now, right? to type it all out. somehow it seems that when i see it in front of me in black and white....that its real.

reality. Yup, i could use a sip of that. if i say that same stupid "just one more day" or "just this last time" crap to myself again I'll be sick. this time. every time. its killing me.

there. how's that for friggin reality. its killing me.

every time i overeat and every time i shove crap down my throat.....its killing me.

time to pick up the pieces and move on.
g'night, sparkworld.

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ETLNOW 6/18/2013 10:26PM

    Bravo for speaking the truth. Welcome to your future here in Sparkworld!


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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/18/2013 8:38AM

    Yes, get it out. Blog. Rant. Whatever it takes, put it out there.
Tomorrow is another day. Actually, don't wait for tomorrow. Now is the start of your future.

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CYND59 6/18/2013 8:37AM

    Take it one day at a time. Do not look at the past. Go forward and decide once and for all- How Bad Do You Want To Loose Weight And Be Healthy?
Persistence pays off.

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WEARINGTHIN 6/18/2013 4:47AM

    I've mentioned to many people my two buzzwords for weight loss: Persistence and diligence. If you have a fair amount of these, the weihgt will drop.

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16 Week Countdown

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Hey, SparkWorld! Long time no see, huh? Yes, that's the way things go sometimes I suppose.

Quick update:

We just moved into (another) new house. Exciting! Every thing has a place and every place has a thing! I'm beginning to think that maybe I should give up on spring cleaning and just move once a year. It's amazing how much stuff you can get rid of when you move!

Overall I'm doing well. I feel grown up these days. I feel like I'm learning to love me. Sound weird (unless you're one of those Oprah-types, I suppose). But us fat people carry more baggage than our pounds. Change sure doesn't come easy... even the good kind. But I'm doing it. One day at a time. My children are getting older. I'm feeling more settled and secure in my marriage. I'm learning how to do things for me - how to make choices with "me" in mind. Pretty cool stuff.


Ok, so a friend challenged me to a 16 week BLC type thing. So of course I'm game.

And I'm happy to say that part of the challenge is daily blogging on Spark! Yippee!

So let's get this going.

Today I did Day 1 of P90X and some walk/run intervals on the treddy. It totaled over 2 hours, but I did take it easy. My upper body does feel like jelly, though, lol.

I've been sooooo hungry today. Brekky was 4 baghrir (moroccan pancakes) with a little butter n honey. Lunch was a veggie shake in the vitamix. And dinner (along with 2 snacks) was sauteed chicken breast and black beans with onion/pepper/tomato sauce over a little brown rice.

I had some notion that I was going to give up drinking coffee yesterday so I packed up the coffee machine and had some tall person get up on a chair and put it above the cupboard. I just don't like feeling "enslaved" to a drink, you know? Maybe it is my leftover baggage from living with an alchololic many moons ago... but it just feels 'wrong'. Well.... I made it until about 3 pm today until I couldn't take it anymore. Nor could I reach the coffee maker, though, so I drove to Dunkin Donuts for a large latte.

*Le sigh*

I finished it while I sat in the driveway and gathered my thoughts. Within 15 minutes I felt like I could take over the world!!! emoticon

What is that about?

Anyway. So I'm at a loss. I don't like being addicted to it.


And I don't really enjoy it black or without sugar n cream (which sets me up on a blood-sugar-roller-coaster for the day.

What's a girl to do???

I'll have a cup while I ponder that.

Okey-doke, Sparkers, it's way past my bedtime, so lemme do some quick stats here and head off:

Exercise: I'd say 3.5 hours of activity today. P90X, Treddy, heavy cleaning and assembling a set of bunk beds for the kiddos. I'd hoped to do some yogo and ab work, but maybe tomorrow.

Food: I think I did pretty well with my choices... except for breakfast. I am making a mental note to myself that I MUST prepare my own brekky first if I'm going to make something too tempting for the fam (which brings me to another topic to discuss on another day... reducing or eliminating my wheat and sugar intake). I don't think I did well with my portions though. I kept snacking out of the pot at dinner time. And while it was healthy food... I do need to work on reducing the sheer quantity of food I consume.

Life in general: I'm busy. I mean INSANELY busy. I've got 6 passing around flu-like germs this week. I'm missing out on mandatory hours for work (at home, but still important). We're down to a half a car at this point. The truck (my primary vehicle since I tote a ton-o-kids around) is in the shop and has been for 2 weeks. And hubby's car sounds like the entire front axle is about to fall out... so we're trying not to drive it except for necessity (aka - me dropping the boys at school in the morning, taking the eldest to college after that, coming back to the house to pick up hubby n take him to work, stopping back home for an hour before picking up the boys from school at 11:30, bringing them back for a quick lunch, picking up hubby by 12:30, then taking the boys to afternoon class at 1, coming back to fix dinner, work, workout, clean up, laundry and more... you name it, before they all get home again at 5 (and madness ensues). And to top it off... hubby is at home between 2-4... which just throws a monkey wrench in my "me time"... and just my groove altogether. Bleh.

Eh. Its late, I'm tired. Nightie-nite, Sparkworld.

Btw, I'm starting off this BLC at 242 lbs. Yuck. I didn't even like typing that... but just to make it all official-like... there we go.

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LYNMEINDERS 2/17/2013 5:04AM

    Woohoo...great to see you back...I have missed you not being here and it is nice to have you back....

Go the can so do this and succeed

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STEVIEBEE569 2/10/2013 7:55AM

    Much success to you on this 16-week BLC Challenge! You can do it! emoticon

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HA_MONICA83 2/10/2013 6:49AM

    You CAN do this!!! I've actually signed up for the next round of BLC in May...I'm soo hoping I get in...but in the meantime I'm doing a "me challenge"...for the next 4 weeks...I've already done one week and almost 4 lbs down in one week!!! So yah even though you have a crazy busy schedule, yah for you getting yourself healthy and making it work! You can do it!!

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40PUDDLEJUMPER 2/10/2013 2:51AM

    Great blog emoticon if I were you don't try cutting everything out at once - that's hard and depressing - go slow cut the coffee down bit by bit emoticon

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