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A Most Challenging Challenge

Saturday, January 25, 2014

There is a rebel in me who just Hates to track. I know the benefits and that I need to make this a habit to reach goal and maintenance.

I will motivate myself to do it for awhile, especially for the 5% challenge but it always slips by the wayside.

I am gritting my teeth, knowing this is the challenge I need the most. It's kinda crazy but I am looking forward to it.

  
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IMREITE 1/27/2014 12:18AM

    i dont like tracking my food. i tend to forget stuff but have learned that the mindless eating is causing the weight gain so i hae to do it if i want success.

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JUST_TRI_IT 1/26/2014 12:00AM

    ARGH. Meeeeee three! Those challenges sure do help, don't they!

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FITMARY 1/25/2014 9:41PM

    I know the feeling! I've gotten lax because I have a much better sense of the correct portions now, but I probably should be more diligent.... Well, here's to renewed commitment!
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ROCKPORT9 1/25/2014 9:15AM

    I need to be consistent in food tracking. This will be a good challenge week for me to really put in some effort! Hugs, Laurel

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KANOE10 1/25/2014 8:48AM

    I make all of my groupings so that I can just click on the group and it is done. I wish you well on your new challenge. It is exciting to start a new one..even if it requires the unwelcome daily tracking! You sound ready to take the challenge on! emoticon

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MILLIE-MILOU 1/25/2014 2:20AM

    I struggle with tracking food too. No problem tracking exercise though :-) I am getting back into the tracking groove and seeing results. Once the tracking is a habit, it gets much easier.
Happy Sparking

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FIFIFRIZZLE 1/25/2014 2:07AM

    ME TOO! I detest tracking.
But what I have found helps with it is planning my menus. I prep my food by cutting up the vegetables, washing the lettuce, putting it in containers. I know what a serving is so I measure or weigh.
I buy my protein every fortnight and weigh it out, add the herbs and spices, the rubs I might use, garlic, ginger, wrap each n a Baggie and freeze some raw. The rest, I freeze cooked, slightly undercooked so microwaving it both heats and completes the cooking.
I favorite the ingredients, so they are to hand when I am ready to track.
This means that tracking is really really quick. Cooking dinner is really quick for me. And I spend less time with my head n the refrigerator, which is a great help.
Hope some of these tips work for you!
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I'm new to the Starfish and I'm So ready for this 5% Challenge!

Friday, October 11, 2013

It's been about a month since I returned from my vacation and brought home some unwanted pounds. Before I left, I was so close to goal. emoticon I never imagined it would be such a struggle to get back to tracking and making good choices again. emoticon I have been really annoyed with myself. It's Never been easy for me.

I'm so glad that this Fall Challenge is starting. It is just what I need to get me motivated and to get my focus back.

I want to reach my goal weight by the end of this challenge. I know what I need to do:

Track, plan, drink lots of water, plan, eat at home when possible, plan, buy and eat LOTS of veggies and fruits, plan, exercise first thing in the morning, plan, make good choices, You can guess what comes next and what I fail at the most..plan. lol

There's the old saying "fail to plan and plan to fail." That's been a big part of my problems the last few weeks. In preparation for this challenge I have planned my meals for this week along with some healthy snacks. emoticon

I'm gonna do whatever it takes to get it done! emoticon emoticon Let's do it! Go Starfish!

** BTW Laurel, I want to be a Super Starfish too! emoticon emoticon


  
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ROCKPORT9 10/13/2013 11:53AM

    You are a Super Starfish! Now, if we can just log in every day, we will get on the SUPER STARfish announcement! Have a great week. Hugs, Laurel

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MISSRUTH 10/13/2013 2:42AM

    We do not fail because we do NOT quit! emoticon emoticon

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KANOE10 10/12/2013 8:59AM

    Good luck on your challenge. You sound positive and ready to do well.

Planning ahead is the way to go!!!

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SLEEPERELLA 10/12/2013 7:35AM

    Welcome! You sound like you are planning for success and super starfishdom!! emoticon

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TRUE2NDCHANCE 10/12/2013 1:41AM

    YAY!!! Glad to have you on the Starfish Team!!! I was in the Summer 5% challenge and did well. It helped me get past a 5 lbs area I was stuck in for months. I look forward to getting to know you!
Darlene

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CARLYG8 10/11/2013 11:58PM

    I look forward to adding your name to the list of SUPER STARfish each week.
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PIMPINELLAN50 10/11/2013 11:27PM

    Planning is a big key in losing the weight for me too!
Sounds like you are determined and on the right track! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
All the best to you!

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KIMPY225 10/11/2013 10:46PM

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Planning is great! You will get rid of some of those pounds super fast!
Go Starfish!!

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Vacation here I come!!

Thursday, September 05, 2013

I'm off to a 60th birthday celebration cruise with some girlfriends. emoticon

To top it all off, SP, the 5% challenge, my accountability buddy and knowing I would be living in a swimsuit finally got me at goal weight! emoticon

Now if I can just behave myself in those buffet lines. emoticon emoticon

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Maria

  
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HIKETOHEIGHTS 9/7/2013 4:34PM

    Have big fun
Victoria
Dr. Oz Show Fans Team Leader

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DIANEDOESSMILES 9/7/2013 10:08AM

    HI Maria !!

WHAT An EXCITING TIME FOR YOU !!! Shall you keep UP with the skills you have learned thus far? MAKE SURAH YOU DRINK THAT WATAH !!! Also HAHAHAH QUALITY SLEEP hon !!

And this WEEK IS NO JUNK FOOD !! Shall you be Faithful to this? Tomorrow (Sun) is my GD's Bridal Shower !! WE KNOW THis means a TON OF JF !!!! BUT!! And this is my FIRST TIME,,,,, I WANT to be LOYAL to the Dawgs, but MOSTLY TO MYSSELF and go WITHOUT ANY !! OH MY GOODNESS !! We KNOW I am the QUEEN of JF !!

Shall you join us?

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FITMARY 9/6/2013 7:56AM

    GREAT JOB! ENJOY EVERY MINUTE!!!

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KANOE10 9/6/2013 7:23AM

    Have a great trip. Way to go on reaching your goal before you leave. I know you will have a wonderful time..and can make it through those buffets!

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/5/2013 11:39PM

    Have a wonderful time !

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GOULDSGRANITE 9/5/2013 7:22PM

    Have a Great Time! emoticon

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AEROBISAURUS 9/5/2013 4:12PM

    emoticon emoticon and Enjoy! emoticon

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RONNIEHUEY 9/5/2013 12:55PM

    emoticon Have fun!

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3 Year Anniversary with SP!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

emoticon Thoughts on 3 years

I can't believe it's been 3 years!

I wish I hadn't wasted the first year by not interacting at all. emoticon

I thought I would make goal by now. : (

My progress has been very slow but it is still progress. :D

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PIMPINELLAN50 8/16/2013 11:22PM

    emoticon You are progressing and that is something to celebrate!
Hang in there! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AEROBISAURUS 8/16/2013 7:12AM

    Congratulations! emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/15/2013 11:10PM

    Congratulations on your third year Spark anniversary !

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MARYANNSQUEST 8/15/2013 6:55PM

    Last year is when my light bulb hit, and I came more active in SparkPeople! So everyone goes thou the slump.. The good thing I too learned that slow and steady wins the race, and sometimes you will step forward and backward sometimes, but the end result is a better lifestyle. Congrats on your 3 year Anniversary!!!
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KNYAGENYA 8/15/2013 2:51PM

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TMCLEOD4 8/15/2013 2:38PM

    Congrats on 3 years!! This will be the year to reach your goals!! You can do it!!
BTW - I like what it says in RUNNING-LIFE's post "It's about looking in the mirror and saying 'I feel good. I feel healthy'"

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DIANEDOESSMILES 8/15/2013 2:38PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon = 3 !! emoticon GOOD JOB !!

Though in the first yr you didn't interact,, did you learn things? Do things such as healthy changes ur PROUD of? I am SURAH it wasn't a total waste. Aftah all,, ur here now, so even if there was "no real" progress you DID Progress in that you LEARNED How to TURN it around.

As for not reaching ur goal yet,,, this is something MOST of us can say. And it's FINE !! For along the way,, you have made MANY changes,,, and BEST OF ALL, ur HERE and DOING A FAB job !!!! We are DELIGHTED to have YOU on the Dawggie team,, where now you are doing GREAT !!!

THANKS FOR writing this,,, for perhaps a newbie will learn from what we ALL DO in the first part til we get "THE SPARK". Now that you do ,,, YO !! YOU GO !!!! AM SO HAPPY to have ya on OUR TEAM !!!

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RUNNING-LIFE 8/15/2013 10:35AM

    emoticon emoticon You are emoticon !!

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DDHEART 8/15/2013 9:58AM

    Of course the thing about meeting goal is that over time we change and or add new goals. Taking these years to really internalize healthy living is far far better than any quick weight loss would be. I had years and years of wt loss followed by gain when I went back to "normal" It took a long time to finally realize that I had to create a new normal.

Congrats on a very successful three years and here's to many more!

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FITMARY 8/15/2013 9:13AM

    It took me three years to figure things out and then I needed just a bit more to "get it." So, maybe that's just the right time? We're making it now, baby!!!!
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SANDICANE 8/15/2013 9:08AM

    Never ever give up! You will get to your goal, if you never ever give up!

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KESTRYLL 8/15/2013 8:59AM

    Congrats on three years!

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KANOE10 8/15/2013 8:52AM

    Great job on three years. You are making such a change for yourself by staying committed to health for three years. You are keeping off what you lost and that is so important.

I love Spark also.

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JOHNMARTINMILES 8/15/2013 8:49AM

    Just hang in there and keep on keeping on. You may not be at your goal but if you hadn't been sparkin' for the past three years, how much farther from your goal would you be?

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

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JANET552 8/15/2013 8:44AM

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LOOKINGUP2012 8/15/2013 8:43AM

    I wasted a year by leaving. So glad you are still here. Enjoy. Slow and steady wins the race.

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I am Embarrassed to admit this but...

Saturday, August 03, 2013

When it comes to tracking I am the queen of forgetfulness. I miss a lot of things and guiltily think of them later. I have always resisted tracking but when I finally (kicking and screaming) realized its value I began to work harder on trying to track consistently.

Unfortunately somewhere along the way I convinced myself it was okay to fudge. My excuse was that I do a lot of exercise. I exercise a lot because I work in a plant nursery fulltime and teach water aerobics and sub yoga part time.

But as they say, "you can't out exercise a bad diet." For me its all about monitoring snacking and portion control.

Now in this 5% challenge we have to track
E V E R Y T H I N G emoticon if we want any points and I am a sucker for points, gold stars (must be some unresolved conflict from my school days lol).

So out comes the note pad and the food scale. sigh
As painful as this will be for me, it is exactly what I need. emoticon

"Winners do daily what others do occasionally." Pete Thomas

  
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GOULDSGRANITE 8/5/2013 12:25PM

    Great Blog ~ You CAN DO IT! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KSCHRAUT 8/5/2013 7:28AM

    Track away! Keep going!

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MISSRUTH 8/5/2013 7:15AM

    You can do it!! And if gold stars and points in a challenge help motivate you... all the better!! emoticon

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HDHAWK 8/4/2013 6:08PM

    I'm hit or miss on tracking but always lose better when I track...honestly:).

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TIME-4-TINA 8/4/2013 5:28PM

    I love the food tracker. It's what keeps me well,....on track!


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MERRYMARY42 8/4/2013 2:14PM

    absolutely, I think we all fudge sometimes, me, I do it quite a bit of the time, and I know in my heart that is the reason that the scales do not go down, it is not because my metabolism is way to slow, it is because, I really do eat that many calories, now realizing it and doing something about it is kind of hard for me, but hope you can conquer that problem

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FITMARY 8/4/2013 12:06PM

    Oh, ya. Been there, failed to do that too. The exercise and the eating have to go together. I tried one without the other for the loooooooongest time with predictable results. So, this is gonna get you where you want to go!
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HIKETOHEIGHTS 8/4/2013 10:08AM

    An honest effort is enough for me. Eating out makes tracking so difficult, especially a full day of it. So long as you put forth your best effort !
Victoria
Dr. Oz show Fans Team

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AEROBISAURUS 8/4/2013 9:38AM

    Great quote! emoticon

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KANOE10 8/4/2013 8:59AM

    Have you tried the Spark tracker? You can make groupings and favorites that you just click. I find it makes it easier.
Hang in there. Good luck on your challenge.

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WIO_ALISA 8/4/2013 12:24AM

    I feel your pain, and I too am living the "you can't out exercise a bad diet" truth.
I now have a streak of tracking my food - one day...

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/4/2013 12:01AM

    I had to learn to track diligently too!

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GRANNYSUE9 8/3/2013 11:59PM

    I don't well tracking myself and I know how important it really is. It is always good to have this as one of our LTGL challenges. Makes you take a good look at what you are really putting in your mouth. We can do this and get better at it.

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