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Sunday, April 13, 2014

The BEST "fast-food" tips I got : pre-sliced/packaged fruits and veggies. (My daughter kept getting into the pre-sliced apples today, I think she ate about four packs, which is SO AWESOME) We LOVE THOSE! SO convenient! And the lean cuisine/smartones/healthy choice frozen meals. Here I am, eating more than I thought I would, and still staying within all my ranges. I went over on nothing today! I was under on protein, potassium, and magnesium... but that seems to be a given for me. I'm just proud of myself for MEETING all the other goals that I usually go waaayy overboard on (esp. calories and sodium). So, thanks guys, for the tips, they are already having an obvious effect on my family members and I. Now...ways to sneak in water...coming from someone who never drinks any water whatsoever, I have already found a few ways...chug a bottle first thing in the morning before I can even think about it, and take one with me on my afternoon stroller walk/park visit (it is usually gone before we head home so maybe I should take two). They are only 20oz bottles though..and I am aiming for at least 64oz a day, so, especially on rainy days when we don't walk, I am not getting enough. And I don't want to feel like I am forcing myself to drink it. That won't last as a habit. I need to find a way to enjoy it...Does flavored seltzer water count? Because I could totally mow down on that stuff...

  
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DARKSAPPHYRE 4/19/2014 10:15AM

    I carry a 16 ounce water bottle around with me. I know I generally swallow about half an ounce to an ounce at a time, so 8 big swallows is one cup for me. At home and work, I usually aim for a cup an hour (half my bottle!). At clinicals, I have to cut back a bit since we don't get much time to run to the restroom. I use flavor drops occassionally, since I don't much like plain water. I figure that it's better than not drinking my water at all, and I tend to drink a lot more if I allow myself one plain bottle, then a flavored bottle. You'll be amazed at how much more you'll crave your water as you drink more every day.

As for the chugging water when you first wake up: that's great advice! I'm already trying that, since we "fast" for up to eight hours a night. Rehydrating first thing has got to be good for metabolism, right?

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TIKITAMI 4/14/2014 1:49PM

   
One of the best pieced of advice I was given was use a straw. I find I drink much more water that way without even realizing it.

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NEVERORNOW 4/13/2014 2:50PM

    So glad you're finding ways to make things a little easier for you, and healthier! As for water, I have a 32 oz water bottle, I think I found it at WalMart . I fill that first thing in the morning and try to remember to keep it nearby throughout the day. If I empty it by noon or shortly after, and refill it, I easily get my 64 oz by evening. There are, of course, days when I don't quite make that goal but often I've had enough black coffee or tea to feel like I've gotten plenty of fluids anyway.

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KABMPH 4/13/2014 9:45AM

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I count drinks as water that doesn't have calories and no artificial sweeteners. So I count fresh brewed, unsweet tea, but wouldn't count Vitamin Water Zero.




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MOTHEPRO 4/13/2014 8:39AM

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PATRICIAAK 4/13/2014 7:35AM

    I add a little flavoring to water - lemon, lime and cucumber are examples.
I also have a quart water bottle that I keep with me to sip during the day. Phone rings, I take a sip, turn the page in a book, I take a sip, etc.

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ONECALMMOM 4/13/2014 2:20AM

  Good job!! Don't know about seltzer water. I don't like the bubbles.

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So, I can't think of a title?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Tomorrow I am starting fresh. So, I probably didn't pick the best day to do so considering; I have to fast, and skip breakfast for blood-work in the morning; I am staying up all night so that I will make it to said appointment in the morning (hence the extra time I have to update my Spark Page and write this blog.) I am over-educating myself with SP related data, and making a grocery list with suggestions from fellow sparkers, and probably then over-educating myself some more, before getting my daughter and father up and taken care of, watching them eat breakfast while I starve, taking daughter to sitters, and then getting blood drawn. I am already thinking up excuses to go to McDonald's after my appointment. So, I am trying to thwart my pre-self-sabotage with a healthy trip to the grocery store instead. My daughter will be upset because there will no longer be any chicken nuggets, pizza, ice-cream, and candy in the house. But, she will have to get over it, I am NOT letting her have to go through this battle in 10+ years. My dad is going to give me a huge guilt trip about not getting to eat what he loves (biscuits and gravy, chicken and dumplings, all the greasy fried southern sh*t you can think of) in his final days/years. Okay, I do get it, he doesn't have much longer, he should get to enjoy his food. But I have gained another 20lbs in the past 6mos because I am enjoying it right along with him. I have no self control. If it is there, I will eat it. And, if I don't want to end up like him, having a triple heart bypass at the age of 33 and then a failing heart altogether at the age of 59, I've got to start fixing things NOW. There is no hope left for dear PawPaw to fix things, but there is for me, I hope he can understand that. I cannot wait around any longer, because after one excuse is over, I will just come up with another, and then another, and then another. NO MORE EXCUSES! It's go time!

  
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MOTHEPRO 4/11/2014 10:28PM

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PATRICIAAK 4/11/2014 9:38PM

    you sound well prepared

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FRUM_SCRATCH 4/11/2014 8:51PM

    My dad died at the age of 55 (heart attack) after having had 2 heart bypass surgeries in the course of his life, so I can SO relate. I am in the same place where I don't want to repeat the health mistakes of my parents. We can turn it all around with hard work though! Good luck on your blood tests, and keep up the positive thoughts!

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JACKIE542 4/11/2014 1:14PM

    Good plan and great reasons to get going on the spark plan. Get yourself into healthy eating and such a great example for your daughter. Wish my mother had done this for me. emoticon

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NEVERORNOW 4/11/2014 10:32AM

    emoticon You need to put yourself first. If you don't, you'll wind up wishing you had. Your plan is a good one, and your daughter will benefit from it, much as she may grumble now. :)

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JSPIN74 4/11/2014 9:21AM

    emoticon state it, plan it, work for it...all with good reasons/aspirations...you're on your way! & saying it out loud again & again is good...we all fall off, but as RHOOK20047 said "Never give up"! emoticon emoticon

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RHOOK20047 4/11/2014 7:03AM

    emoticon Sounds like you have a plan in place to see success. Just stick with it even when it doesn't look like it is working. Never give up. I am the king of excuses, but since I tossed the excuses out of the door, I feel great and wonder why I let myself sabatouge myself for so long!

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I'm too busy for this!

Saturday, April 05, 2014

I am a single full-time mom, full-time student, and full-time employee...who is also caring for a disable parent...full-time... so that's what? full-time x4? Yeah. I don't have time to measure anything, or cut anything up, let alone COOK something. If anyone knows of some good foods that are satisfying, that I can just grab off the shelf that would be great. OK. I know apples, bananas etc. I'm not a total tard. But some variety would be nice, otherwise, I will answer the call from McDonald's or whatever other drive thru is beckoning me. I don't want to hear that I'm not motivated enough and blah blah blah. Just throw some grab n go foods my way, that's all I have time for. Thanks.

  
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MMILLER139 4/11/2014 1:56AM

    THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! emoticon

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KALISWALKER 4/5/2014 5:43PM

    Buy frozen veggies and nuke them in your microwave. They are washed, pre-cut and nutritious. When you get into a routine, you will find the microwave dish that's just the right size - open it, shake in the veggies, nuke 7 minutes eat. Cook chicken and pork in a crock pot once a week, slice it and have it in the fridge, ready to toss on the plate.

Hope this helps.

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NEVERORNOW 4/5/2014 4:43PM

    Frozen Lean Cuisine meals, Smart Ones, Healthy Choice. Reasonably priced and nutritious. Also whole grain bread and peanutbutter is a staple of mine for lunch or even breakfast if I'm rushed.

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JACKIE542 4/5/2014 10:16AM

    I agree with the crockpot idea, helped me a lot when I had to do all that you do emoticon

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MILPAM3 4/5/2014 10:00AM

  Wow! My heart went out to you. I've been in some uncomfortable shoes in my life, but I'm not willing to switch pairs with you. Bless your heart. Just found out my neighbor hasn't cooked in 15 years, and she and her husband have subsisted on Lean Cuisine. Even though my BIL worked for Stouffer's, I wouldn't suggest that. I don't know the extent of the capabilities of your child/ren or parent, but might they become involved in meal prep? Even small children can tear lettuce or set a table. If your dishes are non-breakable, kids love to play in a sudsy sink. You could do schoolwork while observing the chore.
There is nothing so difficult that God doesn't give us the grace to undertake it, and do it well, for that matter. emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 4/5/2014 7:26AM

    You have a lot of people depending on you so you MUST take care of you! The crock pot ideas are great. All I can think of to add is that when you do shop remember that most supermarkets have decent prepared salads of veggies and/or fruits all ready to grab and go. Rotisserie chickens are also a great idea if your deli does them.

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VIADOLOROSA 4/5/2014 5:26AM

    On day 2 throw 6 frozen chicken breasts, a can of diced tomatoes (or Rotel tomatoes if you like it spicy), diced onions, 6 whole potatoes (scrubbed, with the skin on), a bag of baby carrots, a can of low sodium green beans and voila! Cook on low all day and dinner is ready when you get home.

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VIADOLOROSA 4/5/2014 5:22AM

    Get a crock pot! Throw 6 frozen chicken breasts, a container of onion/chive cream cheese, 1 lb. bag of baby carrots, diced onions and turn it on low. It'll be faaaaabulous when you get home after a 9 hour day.

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PATRICIAAK 4/5/2014 3:56AM

    yogurt, hard-boiled eggs and protein bars are 3 of my staples

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Checking in after a LONG time.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Hi there! Anybody even remember me? I think I last logged on to SP a good 4 mos ago. It has definitely been put on the back burner while I focus on my studies. I finished off the semester with a 4.0! And will be inducted into Phi Theta Kappa very soon! I have put on a little more weight, but started going to the school gym four days a week as of 2 weeks ago. Only lost 3 lbs so far. I still love McDonald's, I don't think that is going anywhere any time soon. My little girl turned two in December, and she is doing very well, talking up a storm. And so smart! She amazes me on a daily basis, although I don't feel that I get enough time with her, I would probably feel that way even if I was home all day, she is just growing too fast! Anyhow, just thought I would pop in and state my business. And if you are still around GYPSYROVER, thanks for the hot tub!

  
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SUEPERWOMAN 2/14/2014 6:23PM

 
Hi, Marci!

I'm so glad you've returned! Sounds like you did wonderfully with your school work.
Good for you!!

Love, Sue

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JULIEXOXO 2/13/2014 9:30PM

    Hi Marci Im glad you stopped by Ive missed you at the spa. emoticon on the 4.0 that couldn't have been easy with a 2 year old. Hope to see you soon. emoticon

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HAPPYJUNEBUG 2/13/2014 3:10PM

    Congrats on the 4.0 gpa and the 3 lb. weight loss! Welcome back!

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WALLINMW 2/13/2014 8:41AM

  Awesome!! Stay motivated!

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PATRICIAAK 2/13/2014 1:16AM

    one step backward , two steps forward.
congrats

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JACKIE542 2/12/2014 8:49PM

    emoticon Congrats on that 4.O, good job!! emoticon

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    emoticon Congrats on that 4.O, good job!! emoticon

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GYPSYROVER 2/12/2014 8:46PM

    Figured you could use a good relaxing soak! Congrats on the 4.0 - emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Trinity is so proud of her Mommy & so are all your Sparkfriends! So good to hear all is going well! We are all pulling for you! emoticon

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KALISWALKER 2/12/2014 8:19PM

    Keep Sparking!

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CHANGE4FIT 2/12/2014 7:55PM

    Welcome back! More importantly congratulations on your academic success! Keep and sparking-we'll be here waiting if you need to take a break!

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FOUND SOME SPARE MOMENTS

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Things are going great with school. I will probably make the Dean's list and be invited to Phi Theta Kappa. I am considering changing my major though, to Bachelor of Science in Applied Nutrition specializing in Dietics. I will have to eventually transfer because this school doesn't offer that program, but I will be able to take some courses that are transferable. I would like to eventually further that with an Associates in Applied Science in Fitness Management, another program not offered here. An maybe even go all out and get a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. It will take forever, but maybe one day you will see me on the Dr. Oz show, promoting some magic weight loss miracle that I have invented. Or, I will own a chain of Weight Loss Centers that focus on fitness and nutrition. Something along those lines. With the percentage of overweight and obese people in America, I should make a killing. Ah, I'm such a dreamer.

Trinity is growing every day and is smarter than ever. She is starting to show those terrible two symptoms though.

I am still making progress, very very slowly, with my weight loss efforts. It is extremely hard with all that I have going on. A perk of going to my school is that we have a gym, the downfall is that I don't have time to go to it, and I neglected to pay the activity fee to be able to use it. I'm still walking though, and squeezing in random exercise. I haven't lost much. But I haven't gained any either. I have to get my food situation back on track. I am in a nutrition class, and I am getting down to the science of things. I know what I should be doing, I just don't. I am a stress-eater. I am a convenience eater. I am a perfect example of self sabotage. I love my food fatty, salty, and sugary. In my class I learned that this is normal. I just tend to go a little overboard.

So, my goal now is to try to change my palate. I am not going to be a perfectionist, although I know that does work. I simply don't have the time or energy to write down and count every single calorie and gram of fat, carbs, and protein, how many "servings" of fruits and veggies, and how much water, that I am taking in. And how many minutes, reps, sets, miles, of exercise I do every day. Even if I did have time, I did it that way before, and it got old real quick. I am simply just going to do it. To the best of my ability. Find what gives me results, and go from there.

Alright, my time is up. Things to do, places to go, people to see, and blah blah blah. Have a nice day! And good luck to everyone on their journey!

  
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VESUVIOUS 10/19/2013 3:08PM

    Trying to get my tongue to like "whole foods" is a bit challenging!!!! But I figure even little steps help, eventually, all the little choices fill up the bucket!!!! emoticon

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KALISWALKER 10/6/2013 7:00PM

    Changing one's palate - yes that is what we must do to lose weight.

You are so busy, I hope you can blog more, you are so interesting!

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MOTHEPRO 10/6/2013 12:25PM

    Good luck with school! emoticon

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KABMPH 10/6/2013 7:58AM

    I always wanted to do a nutrition program but I never had my science skills up to snuff. Instead I did a masters in public health. Good luck on your continued success in school!!

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COCK-ROBIN 10/6/2013 1:05AM

    You can do it! emoticon

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JULIEXOXO 10/6/2013 12:42AM

    It is so good to hear from you. Im so happy things are going well. I will be looking for you on Dr oz....Love Julie

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