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Duh! It Works!

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

I was very successful at losing weight a few years ago by tracking my food and exercising every day. My NY resolution was to exercise at least 6 days a week for a minimum of 30 minutes and track all my food on paper since my old computer is a bit balky on Spark. I have been doing that actually since just before the new year and it is working! I am already down over 5 pounds which is something I have not been able to accomplish for the last year and a half. My third resolution was to eat only at the table but since it is super cold (-26 yesterday) and my DH spends the day in the kitchen with his hunting dogs who are excellent at pointing a plate of food, I have given up on that until it is warm enough that they can spend their days out in the kennel runs. There is nothing like trying to drink a cup of hot coffee with a Gordon Setter nudging your elbow!
I have not been able to get to Curves for over a week because of the cold, but I did dust off the Wii and have been using Wii Fit and Walk It Out. I made a trip to town yesterday because I had an appointment at the clinic and didn't get my Wii done, but managed a few laps around Walmart. Since it is the first day I didn't actually do regular exercise I didn't make myself feel guilty about it.

  
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IMEMINE1 7/4/2014 10:05AM

    emoticon I hope all is well.
Any way, wishing you a Happy 4th of July weekend!!

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MISSPEACHES3 2/8/2014 7:37PM

    Hi,
Just checking in with you. I noticed you had not had your daily item status for 196 days. Glad to know you are still active.

Congrats on your weight loss.

Blessings,
Brenda

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MNNICE 1/22/2014 12:03AM

    I think it works for us to sometimes just go back to the basics. I'm trying to do the same.

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DIDMIS 1/21/2014 1:29PM

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NOMIS1 1/8/2014 10:06AM

    Wonderful!!

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VINGRAM 1/8/2014 7:06AM

    Good job!! emoticon emoticon

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DOVESEYES 1/7/2014 11:52PM

    Keep warm great blog

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CHANTENAY 1/7/2014 3:28PM

    How hilarious! I can relate! About the dogs! I have to carry mine outside to go potty. With a blanket wrapped around him and he wears a coat too.

Your goals are doable and that is a smart thing. No wonder you're seeing results.

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TATTER3 1/7/2014 2:08PM

    However you do it, whatever works ....keep Sparkin'!!

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RDARLING 1/7/2014 11:30AM

    Ha! I can relate to your blog. I too used to be great at tracking and religiously exercising. Now that I am back on the saddle I can already tell a difference (haven't had an official weigh in).
Your comments about the dogs really made me laugh. We were pet sitting my brothers 12 week old German Shorthair last night so I could so relate to the dinner table comments about the elbow nudging!
Great job subbing the Wii for Curves! Keep it up!

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JOYINKY 1/7/2014 11:13AM

    You're off to a great start Gail! Tracking on paper and keeping track of my activity minutes works for me if I'm on a computer or now. Really helps in unusual circumstances. WTG!

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Practicing!

Monday, December 30, 2013

It isn't quite the new year yet, but I have been trying to stick to my resolutions. I have been using my Wii or going to Curves every day, attempting to eat only in the kitchen and sadly, not writing everything down. My old computer is so pokey that using the Spark Tracker is way to slow although I may try that anyway. I can keep a little notebook next to the computer and write it down.
I had been lax in my exercise and eating too much so the results were obviously not going to be good. My scale does show some progress, not much, but at least heading a little bit down.

  
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KAYYVAUGHN 12/31/2013 5:29AM

    Every little bit helps. Your notebook will help you. That's a good idea.

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JOYINKY 12/30/2013 9:23PM

    I've been tracking in a calendar book for years; it's quick, easy and works for me. I've counted calories for so long it's rare that I have to look anything up. I keep a chart with my fitness minutes and I do enter my activity here at the end of the day; but would be fine if I didn't have access to a computer. My chart is my accountability to myself. Proud of you for getting a jump start on the new year!

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DOVESEYES 12/30/2013 9:19PM

    You are working on it that is the most important thing.

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TATTER3 12/30/2013 8:43PM

    You can do this!

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CHANTENAY 12/30/2013 5:00PM

    Don't worry if you can't track your food on Spark's site. I can't always do it simply because it gets time consuming especially when I have to calculate recipes.

I reason that I will learn to eat without tracking simply by living it every day. It is good that you are keeping track on paper, though. It's a very good habit that keeps us true. I do it on paper, too, at times. Sometimes I track through part of the day so I know where I stand by noon, at least. That does help.

Best wishes! Glad to hear from you!

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GRANDMABABA 12/30/2013 4:30PM

    Great success to you!

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Starting Over

Monday, December 23, 2013

I was shocked when I got on the scale again this morning. I have been steadily gaining weight for the last two years and I am almost back to the weight I was at when I joined TOPS! I have been eating far too much and exercising very little so I can only blame myself.
Christmas baking has been hard on my resolve to stay away from sweets. I packed up trays of cookies for my neighbors so once they are delivered I will not have that to tempt me although my DIL did send a few treats my way. I can put them out on the dessert tray at Christmas and hope they all get eaten.
My computer is still very balky when I am on Spark. It is nearly 5 years old but I am not ready to get another one just yet. I will just limit myself to blogging and tracking food for the most part. My future son in law is a computer techie so maybe he can help if I ask nicely!
I am making some New Year's resolutions.
1. A minimum of 30 minutes exercise 6 days a week
2. Track all food
3. No eating except at the kitchen table in my house!

  
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MRSMIKEJG 12/29/2013 10:34PM

    Sounds like a great plan!

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NOMIS1 12/28/2013 7:27AM

    Sounds like a great plan. Wishing you much success.

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KAYYVAUGHN 12/28/2013 5:36AM

    Very good goals.

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TATTER3 12/23/2013 9:00PM

    I start over every morning...it works. Keep Sparkin'!!

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DOVESEYES 12/23/2013 6:52PM

    Great goals Happy Christmas

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JOYINKY 12/23/2013 12:24PM

    Good time to make a fresh start! Make it a wonderful 2014! You can do it!

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CHANTENAY 12/23/2013 11:39AM

    Very good resolutions! You will have success this coming year!

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Checking In

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Once I reached level 20 I did cut back on my Spark time. I have learned to include exercise in my daily activities and to track my food but my computer is getting a little old and for some reason Spark is difficult for my poor old laptop to navigate through. I particularly have trouble with My Favorites in the food tracker and getting into recipes. I am not sure why.
We are getting into the time of the year where the garden will be producing a huge amount of fruits and vegetables. So far I have basil, cilantro, green onions and lettuce. The asparagus is done for the year and was a bumper crop. I may be able to find a few more spears but I need to let it grow and produce tops to feed the roots for next year. It is well worth the trouble since the price in our local stores is much higher than in the past.

  
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IMEMINE1 12/10/2013 7:12AM

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SILVERWITCH59 7/12/2013 8:59PM

    I have been picking sqaush eggplant and tomatoes. I love this time of year emoticon

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KELTIC-CARA 7/11/2013 3:12PM

    emoticon on reaching Level 20 emoticon and emoticon on a productive garden, all your effort in both areas has come to fruition emoticon

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MAYBER 7/11/2013 12:25AM

    Your garden sounds heavenly we have only one tomato plant and started strawberry plants last year and most froze out over winter and this spring the rabbits nibbled away at them so have one nice plant left raspberry bushes are really producing
Have nice flower gardens too each year try to dig up some lawn where grass will not grow and plant flowers that God helps me care for
One day at a time
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KAYYVAUGHN 7/10/2013 8:05AM

    Working in the garden is exercise. I'm sure those foods are delicious.

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DOVESEYES 7/10/2013 8:05AM

    Thanks for checking in sounds a veritable rainbow of vegetable delights.

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MOM4407 7/9/2013 10:30PM

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TATTER3 7/9/2013 9:52PM

    Yea you...Keep Sparkin'!!!

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IDLETYME 7/9/2013 1:23PM

    Your garden sounds great! Congrats on Level 20! emoticon emoticon

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CHANTENAY 7/9/2013 11:53AM

    Wow, at level 20 you are getting an expert! Awesome!

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LASARRE 7/9/2013 11:16AM

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JOYINKY 7/9/2013 9:41AM

    I am so ready for some garden tomatoes! Thanks for checking in! Stay well! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AJB121299 7/9/2013 8:30AM

    Kudos

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With This Post I Hit Level 20!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Hooray! I decided to use this blog to reach the top of the hill points wise. I can still accumulate more but I will be wearing my gold crown!
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CHANTENAY 7/9/2013 11:54AM

    emoticon So cool!

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MOM4407 6/13/2013 9:08PM

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Dancing the happy dance for you.
Your TOPS Friend
Becky

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KAYYVAUGHN 6/13/2013 6:09PM

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You are certainly doing well.
Kay

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LJCANNON 6/13/2013 11:03AM

    emoticon CONGRATULATIONS!! And Welcome to Level 20!!

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JEANNE229 6/13/2013 9:33AM

    Wow! GREAT accomplishment your "majesty"!

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JOYINKY 6/13/2013 8:54AM

    emoticon Congratulations!

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NELLJONES 6/13/2013 8:14AM

    It does feel good, doesn't it, but it feels strange not to have the "so many points to go" to the next level.

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ROCKLAND2010 6/13/2013 8:03AM

    Congratulations!
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FIFIFRIZZLE 6/13/2013 7:25AM

    emoticon keep up the good work.

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DARJR50 6/13/2013 7:23AM

  congrats. I have a ways to go to get there.

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