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Got My Exercise!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

It took about an hour for me to find my little dog who got off her leash this morning. I live in a rural neighborhood along a lake and she managed to get nearly a half mile away and got stuck in a swamp! A neighbor saw her and heard her barking. She was stuck in the water in the middle of a patch of reeds and cattails and I had to wade in after her. I am so relieved to find her. She had a bath and is sleeping on a cushion right now. Cute, friendly and has a brain the size of a pea!

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JOYINKY 8/14/2014 11:27AM

    I'm so glad you found her and she's safe! I'm sure the whole experience had your blood pumping!! emoticon

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TODDERICKV 8/14/2014 11:26AM

    Good job! I am easing myself back into regular exercise after vacation!

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Busy Days of Summer

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I got through 2 days of being back on track. That is a biggie for me. Yesterday was a busy one with quilting at church followed by a tour of a beautiful garden belonging to one of the Master Gardeners. She had snacks available including an assortment of some very nice raw vegetables from her garden. Today I can finally stay home and do some catching up in my own garden since I have been away from home for several days with meetings and friends.
Jerry is going to the lake to stay overnight so I won't have to cook for two people. My problem might be I choose to snack instead of sit down for a healthy balanced meal.

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JOYINKY 8/13/2014 10:30PM

    Whether a meal or a snack; either can be made of healthy choices. Hope you enjoyed your day.

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Starting Over

Monday, August 11, 2014

I should have titled this starting WAY OVER since I have regained all I lost plus a little more. I got on the scale this morning and started using the meal tracker here at Spark again so I am off to a good start.
I have discovered that the more social I am, the more obstacles I find to eating. I just have to be careful and avoid too many treats. At least I don't have them at home to tempt me.

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RIDLEYRIDER 8/13/2014 7:08AM

  Gail, your KOPS team members are here for you!! emoticon

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LOPEYP 8/11/2014 12:00PM

    I just read an article that said that you are more likely to eat badly if you go out or hang around with a person who eats badly. Maybe you should meet those people with poor habits in a non-food setting.
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VINGRAM 8/11/2014 9:51AM

    Me too....but haven't found the umph to start over! emoticon

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JOYINKY 8/11/2014 9:25AM

    Oh Gail, I can so relate to where you are! I have learned to focus more on people than on the food at social functions; but it's not always easy--and not always successful. But, I don't quit. No mindless eating, keeps me in check.

Glad you are back on track! Just don't give up and keep moving!!

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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

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.


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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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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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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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