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Sunday, May 26, 2013

When I left for France at the end of April, I weighed 135 pounds. Now that I'm back I weigh 140 pounds. Someone asked me when I returned what my favorite part about my trip was, and I answered without a moment's thought, "THE FOOD!"

I thought all the walking (5 miles a day, at least), all the stairs at the Metro, and all the fruits and vegetables would keep my weight down. I did more than my share of exercise, but I ate every morsel of food set before me, including rich sauces, desserts and cheeses. I ate seconds and thirds at the breakfast buffet - who can resist those breads?

After I got home, I began scouring the internet for recipes like Coq au Vin and ordered Julia Child's books.

Then I stepped on the scale. Ooh-la-la! I'm back home and back down to earth. Time to atone!

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KOFFEENUT 5/26/2013 4:33PM

    You went to France and only gained 5 pounds?!? I'd say you have very little to atone for and LOTS of fabulous memories!

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3 years of dieting

Sunday, June 03, 2012

I began dieting 3 years ago, starting at 163 pounds. Within 6 months I joined SP weighing in at 158 pounds. I'm a little sick of dieting. So for the past several months I've been sloppy about consuming too many carb snacks and not tracking calories. So, I have gained 3.5 pounds. I have been faithfully exercising all along, though not tracking that. Exercise is NOT a chore for me, but dieting sure is.

So, I've had my vacation, my break from the calorie drill. I am penitent.

Despite all this, I've dropped a shoe size and a bra size. However, my waist has added 2 inches without my permission. -?- Go figure.

Isn't it interesting that people are quick to praise you for losing weight, but drop the subject when they notice weight gain? Hey! Let me know. Guilt motivates me!


The weather in the USA!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

I am praying for those of you in harm's way today with the tornadic atmosphere. I live in tornado alley too (Alabama), and severe storms are worrisome this year. Have your safety plans in place! This is the down side of Spring.

It's beautiful here today, not to gloat. I'll be outside in a few minutes trimming, weeding, planting. There's a lovely breeze and a bright, high sky, so I'll be getting in some more exercise today while I'm gardening. I have old knees, so I have to be careful: slow and easy does it. This is the up side of Spring.

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MTPOETNH 4/15/2012 5:09PM

    It was beautiful here in NH yesterday and also today. Some wind but sun is shinning. Last week we were hit by a hale storm .. I couldn't believe the amount of hale that built up on the road in the short time it lasted. Hope you had a great day in your garden.

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VINGRAM 4/14/2012 1:56PM

    We have winds here today but it is nice. Have relatives and friends in Norman but they r ok. emoticon

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GERIKRAGH 4/14/2012 12:37PM

    It rained harder here yesterday than all winter. It was such a downpour, our 40 year old aluminum patio roof fell down. No one hurt. I pray you are all safe from tornadoes.

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My envious doctor

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I went to the doctor today with my husband. We've both lost weight and built muscle on our fitness journey. The doctor was envious. He wants to see my husband back next week, and he said he will make some time to find out how we've lost weight and gotten fit since he needs to do the same. I won't be going, but I'll give my dh a sticky note with just this on it:

It seems to me he's very busy, like I was, and needs to find time for fitness, to do whatever it takes. He'll find he's in good company here!

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RADFEN 3/28/2012 6:04PM

    emoticon It's good to have someone recognize your achievements!

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MYZENIN10 3/28/2012 5:36PM

    Way to spread the spark, and kudos on the weight loss. It really feels good when people notice that you've done something to improve yourself.

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VINGRAM 3/28/2012 5:30PM

    I have thought about printing up some business cards - they are available here on hand out to people who ask.

Good job! emoticon vista

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My sugar revelation . . .

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Have you ever heard of a sugar addiction? I always thought that was hyperbole. No one can be addicted to sugar. Right?

I had minor surgery last month (I'm doing great - thanks!) and had to lay low for a week. I was bored out of my mind b/c I had to limit physical activity: no lifting, no bending, no exertion. That meant I had time on my hands, along with lots and lots of sugar residue. I had kicked the sugar habit until mid February. I "discovered" what has been written, told and retold a zillion times. Eating sweets causes cravings for more sweets. One treat requires a companion treat. I found myself foraging for sugary snacks. So, I gained two pounds in one week. Yikes!

So, for Lent, I'm giving up sugar again. And I'm giving up those 2 pounds of fat I put on around my waist. So far, so good - I've lost one of the two pounds this week.

I forgot what I always knew. Sugar causes rapid weight gain. Be careful, my friends!

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LUCKYNUMBER25 4/13/2012 12:01PM

    It's something we all hear, but until we try it we don't realize how true it is!

I've come to realize I may need to try a detox while actively loosing weight.

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MIRANDA2112 4/10/2012 2:17PM

  Keeping away from sugar has helped me so much in dealing with my carb craving and without 'dieting' have been able to lose weight before joining SparkPeople. Any weight gained has been from too much 'good' food, so I encourage anyone to slowly reduce their intake of sugar and they will see the difference. Good luck Everyone!

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ZEEDRA 3/2/2012 12:23PM

    I believe it's an addiction which, by the way, is not just physical. The insanity part of it is that when you have managed to kick it and are sailing along feeling sooo well, you actually make the decision to start all over because of some foolish insane idea that pops into your head that says: "Just one."

I'm in a hooked stage right now and cannot seem to commit to becoming unhooked. Every good idea in my head is quickly converted to: "Oh, go ahead; tomorrow's another day. You'll start all over again tomorrow."

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VINGRAM 3/2/2012 11:24AM

    I believe.....I do, I requires more....always! How long does is take to detox from sugar, I wonder??

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JEANNE229 3/2/2012 10:56AM

    I've discovered the same thing, Charlotte. But I also found that FRUIT (natural, but not too often) can be a special treat and taste better than candy after the refined sugar is out of the system.

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-POOKIE- 3/2/2012 4:02AM


Sugar is more addictive than heroine... lab rats, given access to sugar or drugs... pick sugar as their addiction.

If that doesn't tell us something is wrong, well, I dont know what would!

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