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Well *that's* out of my system...

Saturday, July 03, 2010

The craving for chips, that is. Last night after I picked up my veggies from the farm, I stopped for some milk and blue cheese. And the chips just called out to me. I can't deny myself the chips when they call out to me. So I get the "small" bag, which only (only - ha!) has four servings. So it's about 600 calories. Which is better than a "family size" bag, which has many more calories than that. So this is part of the Spark lifestyle for me - the small bag of chips every once in a while.

But today is a new day, and I have my meals generally planned out. Lunch is going to be a veggie soup, and dinner is either going to be soup and sandwich or hot cereal. I'll go to the gym a little later, get some running in. Maybe some elliptical - I've been enjoying the elliptical lately. I have to gear up for tomorrow! We have a picnic at my honey's cousin's house. This is a big yearly event, and this year is going to be great.

My honey's cousin has tons of people over for the 4th of July. This has usually been a day where I feel totally self-conscious. His cousin's family is all tall (think over 6' - even the daughters) and thin. They run around in their shorts and cute dresses and go in the pool in their bikinis and don't think twice. It's been two years since honey and I have been there. I'm actually looking forward to going this year. In the two years since I've been there, I've lost about 40 pounds. I can't do anything about being short, but I'm excited to see if I feel any different around his family this year. Maybe I'll actually go in the pool this year! eek! Today I'm going to be a big dork and get together the perfect outfit...

Today I will:
- drink tons of water to counteract all the salt I ate last night
- Finish packing for my Portland trip (yahoo!)
- stick to the eating plan
- paint my toenails and shine up my fingernails
- send some e-mails I've been procrastinating on
- clean out the fridge
- clean my closet room

Most of the stuff I have to do today is to prepare for next week. I want it to be as easy as possible for my honey next week while I'm away (his strong suit is not housework).


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ROGUE_1 7/6/2010 5:09PM

    So how did you feel this year? You look wonderful, I hope you were able to enjoy yourself and remember that!!!

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    Have fun at the pool!! YOu'll knock em out!

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COOPSM 7/4/2010 6:07AM

    Carrie---I can't wait to hear about all the compliments and that you felt like a million bucks today...ENJOY SWIMMING!!!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/3/2010 4:43PM

    Oooh, have fun being 40 pounds lighter at the picnic!!!

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IILAAD65 7/3/2010 2:39PM

    I can't wait to hear about all the compliments!!!

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ACROSONIC 7/3/2010 12:19PM

    Yes, an occasional indulgence is good for all. As long as it's occasional!

Have fun at the festivities. Hope you get lots of comments on your weight loss! emoticon

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ACROSONIC 7/3/2010 12:19PM

    Yes, an occasional indulgence is good for all. As long as it's occasional!

Have fun at the festivities. Hope you get lots of comments on your weight loss! emoticon

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 7/3/2010 11:50AM

    been there....done that

With help and encouragement from spark friends I too get it out of my system

You have a good attitude toward it, and I know you will be successful today. emoticon

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And we're off!

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Off to the second half of 2010, off to a new month, and off to new and improved goals.
Last night and this morning I was feeling kind of down. Kind of fat, actually. Last night when I looked in the mirror, I saw a fat me. It's been a while since I felt that way. Instead of seeing all the positive changes my body has gone through, I focused on every negative part I could. I don't know why this happened... weird. This morning I felt the same way, too. Perhaps it's because I know tomorrow is supposed to be Weigh-In Day.

I took the plunge and moved on to Step 4 of the Spark Diet - Spread the Spark. Part of this step is a "check-up" every two weeks, including a weigh-in. I get so nervous that I am still at my plateau. It's been about a year (ugh) since I've been at around the same weight, and I'm getting seriously frustrated. Not the kind of frustrated where I'm going to start eating bags of chips and take-out galore, because I really *like* this new lifestyle, but just frustrated that I may be stuck here forever. I drink all my water, I count my calories (and I measure my food!), eat tons of fruit and veg, and I get consistent workouts and rest days in. I wish I knew why my body was so resistant to getting past this plateau.

But because I'm an optimist, I have to end this blog with positive things I did today.
- drank a lot of water (still need to get some in before bed)
- went to the gym and got in a great workout
- walked around the neighborhood after every meal (including breakfast, where I don't even *have* dessert!)
- measured all my food. I discovered that I had enough calories left for a little dish of frozen yogurt. Hurrah!


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ACROSONIC 7/2/2010 12:38PM

    We all know that "feeling fat and down" feeling. Focus on what you are doing, and all that walking is good for your body. I still like to weigh myself daily: when I didn't, I found myself gaining weight! This way, I can monitor myself and not have that dread building up.

Upping your calories for one day might help. I was listening to a podcast where that was mentioned: that occasionally you need to shock your system. Maybe one day (the 4th of July?) indulge in a burger and ice cream, then get back on your meal plan the day after.


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COOPSM 7/2/2010 8:14AM

    Carrie---I hate when we bring ourselves down and we shouldn't be feeling this way....

You are doing great...keep at it...wondering if you need to up the calories some, maybe you are not eating enough...something to think about....

Enjoy the farm pickup today.....

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PILLOWFOOL 7/2/2010 3:10AM

    you're GORGEOUS! remember: we're only going to give ourselves POSITIVE feedback b/c that will help improve our overall health. it sure ain't easy though, is it?

sounds like you're doing amazingly well. you'll get there!

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REVJVH 7/1/2010 11:20PM

    How many calories are you eating a day? Are you at the bottom of your range consistently? Maybe you need to shock your metabolism a bit. Eat toward the top of your range, and maybe burn a few more. Or reset your goal for number of calories burned a week and see if SparkPeople gives you a different calorie range.

Maybe you need to change your workouts, concentrate more on cardio for a while. I've been biking a lot the last few weeks and it seems to burn calories well.

I also find that weighing every day and averaging the weight over seven days helps me to avoid that "Weigh-in Day" anxiety. By the time the seventh day rolls around, I just have a number to put in my weight tracker. And I find I don't obsess about the number.

Good luck to you!

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MAIA2011 7/1/2010 8:36PM

    I am doing all those things and gaining currently though I did lose one pound this week (pre weigh-in)! I hope I am turning this thing around. Sure seems like you are doing everything right so you should start to see more scale movement soon!


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It's another end of the month blog!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I love reflection. Especially when I can look back on the month and see that I've made a lot of really great changes in my lifestyle. Here are some observations from June.
- Writing in a food journal really helps me get in tune with my body's hunger signals.
- My workouts have been consistent.
- I drank lots and lots of water, just about every day.
- "trigger foods" like chocolate bunnies, frozen yogurt, and cereal should stay out of the house. I often eat these foods when I'm not really hungry... the little bits of sweetness' calories add up!
- Eating lots of veggies keeps me very full.
- I like tofu.

So here's what I plan on doing in July.
- Write in food journal at least once a day, every day (after each meal/mini-meal is the best for me, but sometimes I don't get around to it until the end of the day).
- Continue to workout 6x a week, including two strength training sessions.
- Drink at least five Siggs of water a day (up from my previous goal of 4)
- Walk around the block after dinner. I started doing this with my honey at lunch and dinner, and it's a great way to get digestion going and to see if I'm actually hungry for dessert. I'm going to do this even when I eat alone.
- Keep eating mostly vegetarian meals.

This afternoon I am going to the farmers' market downtown (it's the first time they are opening on a Wednesday! Yahoo!), going to pick up some household stuff, and getting ready for my trip to Portland next week. Tonight's dinner is going to be something with lots of veggies - these farm-fresh veggies are the best!


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GROOVYCHICK9 7/1/2010 11:33PM

    Keep on keepin' on. You are doing great.


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KAYAKID 6/30/2010 8:30PM

    There she goes again talking about food! Can't wait until I get to meet you next week. did you have an idea where you want to go out to dinner after our run!!!


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COOPSM 6/30/2010 8:24PM

    Great month Carrie---I need to try tofu at home..have had it out and like I dare asked how you cooked it??

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CFMOSS 6/30/2010 5:45PM

    Keep on going lady-o. Enjoy fresh food. Just picked up my csa order for the week and am quite happy.

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 6/30/2010 4:56PM

    I like tofu too - really - it's good, because I feel so wholesome and glad no animals were harmed in the preparation of my dinner.

I'm glad you feel good about the changes and progress you've made over the past month!!!! You really inspire me!

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JOPAPGH 6/30/2010 3:36PM

    Sounds like another great month for Ms. Consistency!! emoticon

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PINKCOCONUT 6/30/2010 3:14PM

    Way to rock June!!! And why does SP constantly unsubscribe me to your posts?!?! I always think you've disappeared! Arg!

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BOOKLOVER60 6/30/2010 2:50PM

    What a great post! I'm new to SparkPeople but not new to whole, natural glad to have found this team and the people like you who inspire others with your reflections and accomplishments!

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NAMASTE26 6/30/2010 2:24PM

    Sounds like you've done great and have some good goals for July! emoticon

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MAIA2011 6/30/2010 2:17PM

    Great report! I like how you post goals and not just numbers. The healthy lifestyle is what it is all about!


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KARVY09 6/30/2010 1:54PM

    Oh yay, have fun at the farmers market. Love them!

I'm so glad you had a terrific June and here's hoping for an even better July!

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I must do this today.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

And by "this," i actually mean "quite a few things."
Drink tons of water
Track food
Clean up living room

This weekend was pretty much a blur. It's funny how when I don't blog or track my food I lose track of the days. So here I am, tracking my food, counting my cups of water, and planning my workouts for the week.

I'm gearing up for my trip to Portland (OR). I've been checking out the restaurants, the public transportation, the place I'm staying, and things to do. I'm looking forward to meeting fellow Sparker KAYAKID for a run! It's funny how I've been on Spark for about a year and a half and the first Sparker I meet is all the way across the country.

Goal was to get 1500 fitness minutes in this month. I need to do some serious work today and tomorrow to meet that goal. But I can do it!

Off to fill up my water glass...

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COOPSM 6/30/2010 5:13AM

    Carrie---I can't wait to hear about your meet with Mike---its too far away though!!!

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CAMROLA 6/29/2010 4:58PM

    I totally understand. The days I don't track I definitely slip and yet I need to learn not to be quite so reliant on SP all the time and know that I can do this well into the future. It's a lifestyle for certain, and you're well on that path!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 6/29/2010 12:12PM

    Please give Mike a big hug for me when you meet him! Have fun and enjoy your day

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PLAYBLUES22 6/29/2010 9:29AM

    Love meeting Sparkers and the rallies they have emoticon

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JOPAPGH 6/29/2010 8:16AM

    Have a great with Mike!!! That's on my "to do" list one day.

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JWENZEL723 6/29/2010 8:15AM

    awesome that you are meeting up with a fellow Sparker! how exciting! good luck on scratching everything off your to-do list today!

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S-A-TUR-DAY---- Bike!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

I really wanted to get a long bike ride in this week. It burns so many calories, and it's a great way to spend an afternoon. Today's weather looked clear, so today was the day. I went out to the gorge trail I usually ride - it's SOOO nice. There's about a 1-2% grade - downhill on the way out, uphill on the way back. About 45 minutes in, there is a little "rest stop" - a perfect place for mid-point. I had some almonds halfway in - they are the perfect little snack and give me good energy for the ride back. My honey ate the last apple this morning, or else I would have taken that along, too.

I get to do a lot of thinking on my bike rides - I actually enjoy riding by myself a bit more than riding with other people. Today's thoughts mostly centered around the last two weeks, in which I have been eating TONS of veggies and very little meat. I have been a water fiend, and haven't really had any wine (!!!). These changes have been showing up on the scale - last week I was down two pounds (yahoo - I had been at a plateau for MONTHS), so I'm actually looking forward to what next week's weigh-in will bring.

Along with eating tons of veggies, I have been very good about tracking my food and staying within my calorie ranges. I think I was getting lazy about portion sizes, and really underestimating the amount of calories I was eating in a meal. The food scale has kept me honest about cereal, pasta, and nuts. It's so easy to make those portion sizes bigger than they should be! This back-to-Spark-basics has inspired me. I've been keeping a food journal where I write what I eat and how I feel about it. My relationship with food has changed - I have become WAY more mindful of my eating. Turns out that I get full from a lot more food than I thought! Like right now - I have some really delicious ice cream in the freezer for a treat, and I am not eating it. My dinner made me full and instead of scarfing down the ice cream while I'm still full, I'm going to wait until later when I *really* want the ice cream. I'm sure I'll enjoy it much more, too.

Off to work on next week's goals!


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JUSTBIRDY 6/27/2010 4:43PM

    Great!! emoticon

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SEPPIESUSAN 6/27/2010 11:09AM

    I went for a bike ride yesterday and ate almonds and an apple too! It was my first bike ride of the year and my gears weren't behaving properly. Maybe time for a tuneup. I was so slow. We took such a hilly route.

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MIAMIA7 6/27/2010 8:34AM

    Good job Carrie! It is funny how we can get lazy about eating and portion control at times. But that is what spark is all about...we realize that we are sliding a bit and pull ourselves back to eating right. That's why it will work for life! Great job on the bike ride. And I am with you, I love to run by myself. It gives me time for reflecting and is a great stress reliever. Take care.

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JOPAPGH 6/26/2010 9:34PM

    Great job on the back to basics approach. I have been doing the same over the past two months, with similar results.

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COOPSM 6/26/2010 9:22PM

    Wish I had hubby on board for the CSA this year, we are doing it!! Glad you are doing so well...

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PUDLECRAZY 6/26/2010 7:15PM

    Loved this blog (and your wallpaper, too)!

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