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Hooping, Cooking, Improving

Saturday, November 22, 2014

My energy level is improving and a few times a day I try to hoop. As soon as I start moving I get very hot, so these little bursts of energy are all I can do. I watched several youtube hoop videos. It's seems to be a rocking movement side to side or front to back, so effortless.

This morning hubby brought me breakfast in bed - bacon, eggs, toast and coffee. It was delicious and much appreciated. I often have oatmeal with blueberries and walnuts. This afternoon I made a big one week batch of whole wheat high fiber pancakes. They have wheat bran, pureed blueberries and bananas, extra eggs. To stay on track with the fiber I need variety for breakfasts. I like batch cooking, get it all done at once and only have one clean up.

Last night I took NyQuil Cold & Flu Multi Symptom Relief Liquid and slept through the night.

Tonight we are visiting our friends for a game of cards. Sandy has been sick for a couple of weeks so I won't be spreading the flu/cold/whatever. It's a short walk over, and it will be good to have a walk.

My new streak - onederland by Dec. 31st - What I NEED to do to accomplish this -

1. Plan for success - plan daily to keep on track
2. Aim for 40 grams of fiber daily
3. Limit dining out, only if a friend suggests it
4. 10,000 daily steps - 3,000 morning, 3,000 afternoon, 4,000 evening
5. Drink 8 cups of water
6. Stay in calorie range 1200 - 1550
7. Blog
8. 8 hours sleep

I keep looking at the list and stay mindful of what I can do. Next week I will get back nutrition tracking.

  
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SHARON10002 11/23/2014 9:45PM

    Hope you feel better soon! I don't think I've ever been served breakfast in bed!

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FITGRANDMA120 11/23/2014 8:07PM

    Sounds like a good plan - you can do it emoticon

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BA5454 11/23/2014 7:18PM

    Oh gosh, what a great plan! You can so do this! Good luck--you are emoticon !

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/23/2014 6:57PM

    I have tried the hooping too and seem to not be able to get the hang of it.

There are very few foods I like enough to eat more than 2 days in a row. Most of those would fall into the meat, vegetable, fruit, seed, nut category.

I hope you feel better soon.

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SLIMLEAF 11/23/2014 12:49PM

    How lovely to be brought breakfast in bed. emoticon

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PATRICIA-CR 11/23/2014 12:04PM

    Could you make the hoop move around you?? Lucky you!

Breakfast in bed made by your DH? Priceless!

Hope you had a great night playing cards and with a pleasant sleep.

Keep you healthy plan rocking!! emoticon emoticon

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LIS193 11/23/2014 11:08AM

    Have fun with your hoop and enjoy your night of cards!

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TRAVELGRRL 11/23/2014 10:50AM

    You have a good plan and a realistic goal to keep you on track!

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LESLIELENORE 11/23/2014 12:50AM

    Be gentle with yourself.

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DBEAU57 11/23/2014 12:17AM

    I've been eating Fiber One cereal to help with my fiber count, but they put aspartame in it, so when this box is empty I'm not going to be buying it anymore. I'll look for a different option. Is your high fiber pancake recipe on SparkRecipes? They sound so good! I like cooking in a big batch too and then reheating. It makes life so much easier!

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GRACEOMALLEY 11/22/2014 10:39PM

    First of all - get yourself back to being healthy again. You can stick with your fiber and be sure you get all the sleep you need. Taking care of yourself is a good thing and doesn't mean anything negative. That said, keep up your good efforts.
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CAROL_31649731 11/22/2014 9:39PM

    Be kind to yourself, as you recoup. Baby steps, and all. You still have plenty of time to step it up, and you can do this!!!!

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SUEARNOLD1 11/22/2014 9:34PM

    You're doing great Lynn.

Keep up the great work and plan!

I hope you're back on your game soon.

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BUDDYTHEBOSTON 11/22/2014 9:00PM

    Good job! Every bit of exercise helps -- I'm doing that with you. I grabbed my hoop this morning and my dogs ran from the room. Haha! You're doing great!!
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SUSANELAINE1956 11/22/2014 8:01PM

    Sounds similar to my plan. I also eat 40 grams of fiber daily. I eat Fiber One for one of my snacks, plus lots of fruits and veggies. Good luck! emoticon

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COLOR-BLUE 11/22/2014 7:58PM

    I'm so delighted to hear that you're improving and that your DH is taking such good care of you! The only time I ever had breakfast in bed, was when I was taking care of my friends 4 boys for 4 days. I stay at her home, which was right next door to mine. I had taught them how to may eggs in a basket one time, before I kept them, and one morning there was a knock on the bedroom door, that woke me up. I hollered for whom ever it was to come in and it was Curtis the oldest of the 4 boys. He was 12 at the time and he carried in breakfast for me to have in bed and he made the eggs in a basket.

It will do you good to get out and get that little walk in, as it will help you with your strength. I'm just tickled that you're starting to get back in the groove. Remember your baby steps, as they work much better than giant steps.

Get some rest, and Blessings to you!

- Nancy Jean -
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RAPUNZEL53 11/22/2014 7:41PM

  Good Luck!

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I am thinking 199.9 all day long!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Kali is a happy healthy 10 year old dog, height and weight proportionate. Wed. she had her annual vet appointment to get her shots, so she is good for another year. She exercises an 1.5 hours a day - a long walk with DH each morning before breakfast, and she eats a measured portions of nutritious dog food.

This morning we did more ensuite renovation planning. We made the rounds of specialty stores – 1) shopped for a recessed electric fireplace 2) glass shop - hardware – shower door handles and attached towel bars 3) lighting fixtures. It’s great to shop in stores that specializes in one product line and can give detailed information; though we did end up at a Home Depot Store too.

I broke the no eating out rule today. It was MY idea to go to the Indian Buffet but I did use my buffet rules and only had one plate, no seconds. We arrived at 11:25 AM and waited a few minutes for them to put out the hot freshly prepared food.

Buffet rules -

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I bought a few groceries at Price Pro. It has good range of products (like a mini Costco) and the employees are recovering addicts, who are learning job skills. Some apprentice as butchers, bakers, sales, etc. Also the food products are locally grown, organic and free range as much as possible. Profits from the store are put into recovery programs, so I feel good about shopping there.

Tonight we had soup and salad for dinner. Nice way to tidy up the fridge and have a light meal to balance out the calories for the day. I chopped a heap of veggies to make my No Udon Soup – green beans, bok choy, bean sprouts, green onions. I added a small bit of angel hair pasta.

My new streak - onederland by Dec. 31st - What I NEED to do to accomplish this -

1. Plan for success - plan daily to keep on track
2. Aim for 40 grams of fiber daily
3. Limit dining out, only if a friend suggests it
4. 10,000 daily steps - 3,000 morning, 3,000 afternoon, 4,000 evening
5. Drink 8 cups of water
6. Stay in calorie range 1200 - 1550
7. Blog
8. 8 hours sleep

While I am sick and not able to do all these things, I am still thinking 199.9 all day long. I got back into the habit of being in bed before 10 PM, and most nights by 9 PM. Bedtime now.

  
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BDTHOM 11/22/2014 11:34AM

    I used to make an Udon style soup with my DS which we called Oodles of Noodles. Digging through the freggies in the fridge usually yields lots of good fiber going to waste.

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FLORIDASUN 11/22/2014 10:59AM

    So proud and happy for you and your resolve! I've heard that upping our fiber is a WONDERFUL thing as long as we drink plenty of water. I've also started using some coconut oil in my cooking as it's so high in the omega 3s we so desperately need. I have even been known to put a teaspoon in my coffee...not as bad as it sounds..tastes kind of nutty. emoticon emoticon

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GOULDSGRANITE 11/21/2014 11:00PM

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MARYANNSQUEST 11/21/2014 9:52PM

    Lynn,

You are doing so emoticon . Keep Pushing and onederland will be soon!

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COLOR-BLUE 11/21/2014 6:44PM

    You seem to be on the mend and I'm delighted to read that in your blogs. Just be careful and don't do too much, until you have total recovery. You still have a good plan set in place and you're the best that you can, and that's all anybody, including you have the right to ask. Besides, that's all God asks of us to, is our best!

Blessings!

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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PATRICIA-CR 11/21/2014 3:02PM

    Good work. Keep it up and you'll see results soon. Go for the emoticon

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BUDDYTHEBOSTON 11/21/2014 1:41PM

    Great plan! Wish we had a Price Pro too. That's a great idea!

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GRACEOMALLEY 11/21/2014 1:34PM

    You are doing so well! Really. Getting a plan together that addresses our individual weaknesses is such a big step. You go, girl!

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LIS193 11/21/2014 11:31AM

    The power of positive thinking!
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CREPEDCRUSADER 11/21/2014 11:10AM

    What a wonderful store! If we had one here I would definitely shop there.
Keep to the plan for Onederland. Do what you can consistently. and you will make it.
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199.9! New Year's Eve!
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SLIMLEAF 11/21/2014 10:56AM

    Well done, Lynne. It's really good that you're making sure you get enough sleep.

That's something I'm working on too, but I'm way behind you at the moment, with my current aim of getting to bed by 11.30pm!

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FUNLOVEN 11/21/2014 9:38AM

    What an emoticon day you had! I really love the idea of the Price Pro store. Keep up the good work and I bet you will be under that 199.9 by the end of the year.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/21/2014 9:11AM

    I'm glad Kali is doing so well! She is a beautiful dog!

We are limited what we have here so we usually buy remodeling supplies at Lowes and have to order them because we are picky and only want certain brands and colors. We are not into white or beige and do appreciate that some place are starting to get into grays. We have a Home Depot and Menards 50 miles away but prefer to not haul things that far.

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SUEARNOLD1 11/21/2014 7:19AM

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You're rocking Lynn. You have your eyes on your goal and you'll do it!

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WANTING to be in One-der-land is a good first step !
Speaking of steps, I've recently read that 6,000 steps are just as good
as 10,000 steps.(Marcia of the Monday Morning newsletter just wrote
about this.)
All the best, in your worthy endeavour !

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CAROL_31649731 11/21/2014 1:46AM

    Sounds like you stuck to your plan & are right on target. You will do this! You know I'm in your corner! emoticon emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 11/21/2014 12:59AM

    Sweet dreams1

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/21/2014 12:57AM

    Great and well-thought out plan of action. Here’s a non-acoholic cheers to the attainment of Onederland before the New Year. We can do this! Hug, hug - Evelyn

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MOMTO6CUTIES 11/21/2014 12:29AM

    So proud of you!!!

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ZRIE014 11/21/2014 12:25AM

  get well and do what you can. keep to your plan.

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Yes you can!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I am fighting my CNN addiction – comfy couch, blanket on my lap, nice warm laptop and CNN on all day. I haven't left the house much in the last 9 days as I battle with the flu and cold. My energy level is low and I have a terrible cough. I called the doctor’s office for a revisit, but she didn’t have an opening today so am over being sick - time to get moving.

Yesterday I went to the medical lab to get a blood test for kidney function. Now I can get booked for some type of scan on my face. When I fell in June I may have broke my orbital (eye bone) and it may be why I have sinus issues. Last night was movie date night, and we saw St. Vincent (good) with Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy.

This morning, we dropped off blankets and sleeping bags (donated by our church) at the youth shelter. Apparently most young people who live on the street have mental health issues.

I stopped at the freggie store to get ingredients for my No Udon Soup, and a few other things jumped in my basket. I googled a few recipes for other things to do with the main ingredients – baby bok choy and beans sprouts.

Hubby and I finalized the plan for our new ensuite. I don’t think in 3-D so he taped the outline on the floor a few weeks ago. We did a revision so he revised the tape and we are 95% there.

My DD (the baby) has lived in China for 6 years, and returned last night. She has been busy already, job interview booked for later in the week, and looking at a place to live.

In the next week I will learn how to hula hoop. I bought an Adult sized, a weighted one. It's a travel one (segments snap together). I have never hooped in my life, though tried a bit last year, with amazing failure. But I did get exercise bending down to pick it up each time it fell. I may have to go to Victoria to hoop school if I cannot figure it out.

The house looks tidy but I have a few rooms that need some attention. I want to repurpose a bedroom that has become a repository of my indecisions. We moved here 3 years ago and still have things to unpack when the renovations are complete. But some of what has been unpacked, clearly doesn’t have a home yet, and has landed in a little heap in the future repurposed room. OK for now I should just call it the JUNK ROOM!

This afternoon I am scooting through the house tidying horizontal surfaces to get up and gently moving. I had hoped to be back at the gym by now, but.... some movement is better than none.

I set up my NEEDS as daily reminder, to keep it fresh and in front of me.

My new streak - onederland by Dec. 31st - What I NEED to do to accomplish this -

1. Plan for success - plan daily to keep on track
2. Aim for 40 grams of fiber daily
3. Limit dining out, only if a friend suggests it
4. 10,000 daily steps - 3,000 morning, 3,000 afternoon, 4,000 evening
5. Drink 8 cups of water
6. Stay in calorie range 1200 - 1550
7. Blog

Whatever you streak - Yes you can!

  
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GRACEOMALLEY 11/20/2014 4:13PM

    Glad to hear you are feeling better and definitely on the mend. Being sick is no fun and at this time of year even less than that.

Once again - thanks for telling us about the Full Plate diet. I am seeing progress and enjoying myself and sticking with it quite easily. Take good care and get plenty of rest in between mad bouts of tidying up!
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ANATASHIKI 11/20/2014 1:41PM

    sorry to hear you're sick , I hope you'll get well soon. forget about the steps until you're healthy , just stop when you feel tired. good to have your child back emoticon emoticon

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LIS193 11/20/2014 11:17AM

    You are busy! How nice to have your DD move back to the US. Mine is in Europe and we are in Mexico and I miss her so much, even with Facetime and Skype.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 11/20/2014 10:21AM

    I tried the hula hoop last year too -- and epic failure. Looking forward to hearing how it goes!

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ROCKYCPA 11/20/2014 9:11AM

    Boy you're busy - no wonder you are still under the weather. But good for you - keep moving and heading towards your goals.

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ISLAMOM 11/20/2014 8:15AM

    I really enjoyed this blog. So terrific to hear about all the wonderful things happening for you, even though so you still aren't feeling 100%. You just hang in there and keep on going! That's my motto! I also loved the anecdote about your "third" bedroom. Just last night I was cleaning out my husband's "office" which is essentially our JUNK room! Take care and lots of hugs!

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FUNLOVEN 11/20/2014 7:19AM

    Holy Moly! For someone who isn't feeling well you are one busy lady!
I'm not much of a pack-rat so I am frequently donating and tossing things. We lived in a construction zone (called our house) for years and so I know how things can get shoved from one room to another. Glad we are done with that phase of our life, but you sure can get your exercise that way!

Good luck with your Hula Hoop. I had to laugh when you talked about all of that bending over. I was the same way when I first learned to twirl!

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BUDDYTHEBOSTON 11/19/2014 8:45PM

    You are one busy lady!! I have a weighted hoop also -- which reminds me that I need to get it out of closet. You'll love it!!!

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SUEARNOLD1 11/19/2014 8:43PM

    WooHoo,

You've been busy. Keep it up that way the bad bug can't take a hold of you again.

I want to see pictures of you and the hula hoop! Sounds like fun!

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MOMTO6CUTIES 11/19/2014 8:09PM

    I hope you feel better soon.
(great goals)

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COLOR-BLUE 11/19/2014 7:31PM

    WOW! So much is going on, and I'm wondering how you have the time to fit it all in! It appears that your starting to feel better and I'm delighted about that, but please be careful, as you start incorporating your exercising and steps back into your routine.

DD home from China! Was she there for school? Did she work while she was in China? Six years is a long time and I'm glad she back home, and she's hit the ground running!

I love the weighted hula hoops! I had hula hooped since I was a kid, and it took me a while to remember how to keep that hoop up, but the weighted hoop made it easier for me to do. I did try to get a regular hula hoop at the store and there was no way that it was working around me, so I bought a 4 lb. weighted on from Curves.

Well, it looks like little by little your getting your home in order, so when you get yours done, will you come and do mine?

You are correct, YOU CAN DO IT! However, just be careful, so you won't relapse.

Go get 'em!

Blessings!

- Nancy Jean -
GA


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LESLIELENORE 11/19/2014 7:23PM

    Glad your daughter is home. I hope you start to feel better soon!

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PATRICIA-CR 11/19/2014 7:10PM

    Lot's of positive things going on in your life.
I hope the problem with your eye/sinus will be properly treated.
So happy your DD is again close to you.
The Hula Hoop sounds hilarious. I've never been able to do it.

Keep up with such a good work!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/19/2014 7:00PM

    I can relate. I have DISH and CNN has been off for weeks as Turner pulled their programming nd they are under negotiations.

We are remodeling too. I enjoy it.



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ROXYZMOM 11/19/2014 6:08PM

    So glad to hear you are starting to feel better. That flu really bit you in the butt.
Your plan looks great!!

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CREPEDCRUSADER 11/19/2014 5:38PM

    " repository of my indecisions."
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MADAMES 11/19/2014 5:35PM

    I think a lot of us can relate to the JUNK room. Luckily we have an unfinished basement to house those items that don't really have a purposeful home upstairs.

I went by our local shelter yesterday too with some donations. They really have a full house when the temperatures dip like they have this week.

Glad your baby is home again, and I hope you can shake your flu really soon!

I love your NEEDS list! You can do this.

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SLIMLEAF 11/19/2014 5:27PM

    Sounds like you're feeling a bit better and have lots of stuff planned. Do let us know how you get on with the hula hoop. I've never managed to do it, but I've never had the opportunity to try a weighted hoop. Good luck!

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New Streak - Onederland by Dec. 31st!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

IRON_RESOLVE's blogs have motivated me to start a new streak. Her goal is a 1000 Day Streak - Positive, Permanent Change and she is in week one.

I have been flat out sick in bed for a week. My energy level is so low. Hubby took good care of me. I got as much sleep as I needed which was all I wanted to do. Tonight I am feeling perkier and am actually thinking a day ahead. I expect I will be back at full duties tomorrow.

My new streak - onederland by Dec. 31st

What I need to do to accomplish this -

1. Plan for success - plan daily to keep on track
2. Aim for 40 grams of fiber daily
3. Limit dining out, only if a friend suggests it
4. 10,000 daily steps - 3,000 morning, 3,000 afternoon, 4,000 evening
5. Drink 8 cups of water
6. Stay in calorie range 1200 - 1550
7. Blog

I just updated My Trackers/Start/Edit Goals to see what my calorie range should be. I do not let the exercise minutes influence the calculation. I am setting up a daily reminder of my 7 NEEDS.

So with low energy and some enthusiasm I am ready to launch this new streak.

We are in between 5% Challenges, but I want to band together with like minded challengers who are self motivated and are pursing goals over the next 6-7 weeks.

  
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MRSGOFARR 11/19/2014 1:41PM

    You always have a plan and I love it.

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COLOR-BLUE 11/18/2014 7:11PM

    Lynn,

I'm so sorry that you weren't feeling well. However, you ha the best nurse you could ask for that was your DH! Tell him I said thank you, for getting you back on your feet.

I see your goals, and I want to help you make each and every one of them! I'll be your personal cheerleader emoticon and I want to be right by your side for the next 6 to 7 weeks, as I'm on a mission from God, to get His Temple in Divine Order.

I'm having surgery right after Thanksgiving and again sometime in December, but that's not going to keep me out of the game! I'll track my food and water, and still be on line. I don't know how many steps I'll be able to take, but by His Grace, I'll have some each day, and increase at least by 1 step each day!

So how about it? Would you consider going down this road with me?

Blessings!

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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SLIMLEAF 11/18/2014 6:04PM

    Really sorry to hear you've been so unwell, Lynn.

Best wishes for your new Streak.

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CREPEDCRUSADER 11/18/2014 4:24PM

    Glad you are starting to feel human again.
I'm trying to come up with a Holiday plan that is more inspiring than just my usual "Don't Gain Weight, Just Maintain Till the Holidays are past Plan". Have been researching gyms, but so far none seem like a good fit for me. I will keep looking though, I will not give up, I will find inspiration!
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GRACEOMALLEY 11/18/2014 12:38PM

    Glad to hear you are feeling better. I am right there with you on staying on track. After the summer challenge, I put most of what I'd lost right back on and lost it again in the fall challenge. I've signed up to be part of an effort at my work to gain NOTHING over the coming holidays and commit to 30 minutes of activity at least 5 days each week. I told them I plan to come in UNDER my initial weight come January. The high fiber / FULL PLATE diet you got me interested in is going well and I believe we WILL do this!

Stick to your guns and believe in yourself! You are an amazing person and you are going to get what you want! I believe that!
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ISLAMOM 11/18/2014 11:19AM

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I'm trying to make a plan for what I want to achieve before the Christmas holiday and New Years when I will have all my family in town. That's 4 weeks from now....so I should be able to make some more solid progress by then.

Let's do it!!

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I am starting anew too. Let;s go!

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LIS193 11/18/2014 11:07AM

    Sorry to hear you were sick :(
You have a great plan!
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BDTHOM 11/18/2014 9:34AM

    You have a great plan. And, a big challenge ahead. You can do it! Challenges are fun. I'm trying to maintain a pound a week average through the holidays.

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IRON_RESOLVE 11/18/2014 9:26AM

    Wow, I am do happy to have inspired you. I did not expect to read this when I hopped over to your page! I have been watching so many people Streak and find Success. I just have to do it too, so I don't end up disappointed in myself. We can accomplish a lot in these last 6 weeks of 2014 ! YOU can DO it Lynn. I life your achievable 7 daily goals.
I am so sorry you have been so sick. Sleep is SO important, and glad you took it easy. Glad you are on the mend. It's important to recognize your energy level as you say, and only do what you can. I am a firm believe in that. I fully desire to walk the Camino de Santiago again some day, and don't ever want to find myself on the Exercise Induced Injured List. So one thing i decided, was I need to learn to enjoy eating within my calorie range, so I never want to over exercise, and injure myself to make up for a weight loss goal date, or overeating. I think I need to mention that in today's blog. I will be back daily to cheer you on to One-derland!! Go Lynn! Go!
Whenever that day arrives, It will be celebrated and cheered across the SparkGlobe.
I am going to put the Hula Hoop lesson as best I can describe it on your page, and in a Goodie, so you can find int when you are ready. I never thought I would achieve lift off, but, it was easier than I imagined!! We just can't do it with a kids hoop. It needs to be an Adult Hoop.
Have a great day, in pace with what you can achieve, and here's hoping you have more energy and feel great!

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FUNLOVEN 11/18/2014 8:57AM

    Wow! Sorry to hear you were so ill, but it sounds like you made good use of your time by coming up with a great plan. I don't know how on earth you get 40 grams of fiber per day! That is amazing! And something I desperately need myself.

I'm on a roll myself towards reaching a goal by December 31.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/18/2014 8:54AM

    I hope you feel better soon! emoticon

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SUEARNOLD1 11/18/2014 8:03AM

    WooHoo and way to go Lynn!

You can do it!

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ROXYZMOM 11/18/2014 6:03AM

    Glad to hear you are feeling better!
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PATRICIA-CR 11/18/2014 5:38AM

    I'm sorry to hear you were so sick but happy you're better now.

Go for the streak!! You have all set... GO!

It's definitely a mistake to let the exercise count for your calorie intake. It has never worked for me either.

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CAROL_31649731 11/18/2014 1:29AM

    Sounds like a great plan! You can do this! I'll be right behind you (might take me just a little longer, but I'm headed to Onederland, too) emoticon emoticon
Glad you're feeling better . . . be kind to yourself. You're now ready to get back to it.

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LESLIELENORE 11/18/2014 12:47AM

    I have been having some health challenges, but I am still trying to get at least 40 of fiber, and doing at least 120 minutes of exercise daily.

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Every Sparker Knows How to Lose Weight!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Ask anyone of us here how to lose weight and we will likely all agree - eat the right foods in the right quantities!

You can lose weight if you consistently -

Calculate your recommended calorie range.
Stopping eat out so often.
Eat home cooked meals.
Find a diet that you will stick with.
Learn all the food rules for your diet.
Learn the success factors for the diet.
Find recipes that suit your diet.
Make a grocery list.
Shop only for foods on the list.
Read food labels.
Plan your meals.
Cook meals from scratch when possible.
Learn to prepare meals without a lot of sugar, fat and salt.
Know and use portion sizes.
Measure everything.
Track your food and beverages before you eat.
Don't skip meals.
Stop eating when you've had enough.
Stay in your calorie range.
Have variety in your meals.
Do this every meal, everyday.

I have been preparing ALL my DD's meals and snacks and she has lost 8.5 pounds in 16 days. Wow about half a pound a day! I am so happy for her and her success is motivating me.

I have spent a lot of time looking for recipes, menu planning, food shopping, reading labels, creating recipes, cooking, weighing, measuring, packaging food, cleaning the kitchen, entering food in Spark and revising a daily menu to meet the dietary requirements. The results have been well worth it. DD compares these meals to her own personal Nutrisystem and is very happy with her weight loss and very motivated to continue with the diet.

I am going away for a few days so I have made up entrées for all DD's meals, so she can continue eating as she has. She will be preparing her own fruits, snacks and salads. I expect she will continue to lose half a pound a day, but the difference is she will now be doing some of her food preparation and we all know the temptations that lurk in the kitchen.

OK someone will ask - she is doing the Full Plate Diet. There is a free online book.

www.utexas.edu/student/housing/pdfs/
fullplatedietbook.pdf


I need a personal Nutrisystem chef!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BDTHOM 11/18/2014 10:09AM

    So many of us KNOW what we need to do to be successful. Doing it over and over again makes it habit.

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IRON_RESOLVE 11/18/2014 9:28AM

    This Blog, was in part due to me getting my MoJo back, after my weight ticker started moving East. It is now moving West, and THANK YOU LYNN, for your inspiring words, and all of the energy and effort you put into our SparkWorld!!

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ROSAMARCELLE 11/17/2014 7:13AM

    emoticon Good reminder. emoticon

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MSGRANNYMAE 11/7/2014 8:47PM

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TRAVELGO 11/3/2014 8:10PM

  Thanks for the great blog!!

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MRSGOFARR 11/3/2014 9:35AM

    Great list. Folks should print out and put on fridge!

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WALLAHALLA 11/2/2014 5:15PM

    You continue to be such a blessing to your child. Every daughter should be so lucky!

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GOING-STRONG 11/2/2014 4:09PM

    I am heading over to check out that link... having a personal chef is such a blessing for your DD. I bet she feels like Oprah! It is wonderful that you are helping her out.
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FLORIDASUN 11/2/2014 9:22AM

    This is the BEST...thanks so much for sharing I emoticon the information. AND...how lucky DD is to have such a dedicated and caring mom striving for her BEST health and such a SUPER role model walking the walk..heh..heh...herself!

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anks so much my dear friend! emoticon emoticon

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MISSRUTH 11/2/2014 8:06AM

    Great blog. Thanks for including the link to the Full Plate diet. I often see recipes I'd love to try... if *someone else* would come & cook it for me!

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COLOR-BLUE 11/1/2014 10:20PM

    emoticon for your DD and her weight loss!!!!! A good thing about you begin out of town, is that your DD has to actually fix some of her food for herself, which I believe will give her more respect for the food, since she's preparing the food. Yes, we know too well the things that are lurking I the kitchen that she can get into trouble with, but I don't believe that will happen. I have faith in her and the ground work that you've laid for her, too! Rest easy that you DD has this!!!

Blessings!

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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LYNCHD05 11/1/2014 8:29PM

    Yes, we all know the rules for success but .....why do,we have so much trouble sticking with it.....
I need you to cook for me too!!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/1/2014 8:09PM

    You are a fantastic mom and a big part of the reason your daughter has succeeded.

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SLIMLEAF 11/1/2014 5:29PM

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LUCYCAN7 11/1/2014 3:42PM

  Your DD is very blessed to have such a loving and caring Mom.Hope you have
a safe trip.I think it is great DD will be preparing some of her foods,will be a\great learning expierence for her.Thanks for sharing the link! emoticon emoticon

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GRLTAZ 11/1/2014 3:21PM

    Great blog. thanks !

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LYNNIERN 11/1/2014 1:54PM

    Congrats to you and your daughter. Thanks for sharing the link; I purchased the book.

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LIS193 11/1/2014 12:37PM

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MAINEALI 11/1/2014 12:05PM

    There are so many little things that we can do to improve our daily diets, feel better and lose weight! It can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it. You are doing an awesome job helping not only your DD but yourself as well. Keep up the good work!

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ROXYZMOM 11/1/2014 11:48AM

    You could open up a business!!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 11/1/2014 11:05AM

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KRISTA987 11/1/2014 10:59AM

    You're a great mom for helping your daughter out like that!

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FITGRANDMA120 11/1/2014 10:48AM

    emoticon lots that can be done

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HOLLYM48 11/1/2014 10:36AM

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PATRICIA-CR 11/1/2014 10:19AM

    Wow, you're working hard at this. Glad your DD is collaborating too. Yes, there are so many details to keep in mind for this lifestyle change. But with time, it becomes more natural and easier?? Wishing you the best on your trip.

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SUEARNOLD1 11/1/2014 10:08AM

    What a great Mom you are!

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FUNLOVEN 11/1/2014 9:55AM

    You didn't mention if you are gaining any benefits from all of this Kitchen Duty, but I would think you must be losing some too.

Good idea to have DD start doing some of her own food prep little by little. That way she can learn to tools without feeling too overwhelmed.

Good Job, Mom!

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PDQ1203 11/1/2014 9:32AM

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LIVIN4LISH 11/1/2014 8:12AM

    Congratulations to your DD! You are a great mom for getting her headed in the right direction.

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SWEDE_SU 11/1/2014 5:39AM

    you've got it there, in a nutshell!

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MOMTO6CUTIES 11/1/2014 12:45AM

    That's great. Awesome blog.

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CHERIRIDDELL 11/1/2014 12:08AM

    She is a lucky girl!

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LESLIELENORE 11/1/2014 12:08AM

    Great reminders!

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BILLB000 10/31/2014 11:09PM

    Love this blog... and such good reminders. Heard it all before, but the way you present it now is really concise, direct and helpful.... I am going to copy and paste this so I can keep it handy as a daily 'nudge.'

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SVELTEWARRIOR 10/31/2014 10:42PM

    You are such a great Mom!!!

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JAMBABY0 10/31/2014 10:29PM

    thanks for sharing

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