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Weigh-in -- 16Nov2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Same weight as last week.

I ate somewhat better, but still had many oopsies.

I did better on taking lunches with me to work - 4 out of 5 days. Now I need to do better lunches... It's time to get the soup pot out and do some big batches of soup for lunches. I load them up with veggies and beans.

I made better choices with the evening eating most nights, also. There is still a lot of room for improvement.

I did better with sleep the first part of the week, but the last part wasn't so good.

I kept up with the water and tonight was Streak Day 684 of at least 10 minutes of cardio. Since the days are getting pretty short, I am sticking with Leslie Sansone's Walk Away The Pounds. Most days I get in at least 15 minutes.

This week I will work on getting to bed earlier, while keeping up the water, the cardio streak and the better eating.

One of my Christmas cacti jumped the gun and is already blooming.

Have a good week everyone!!


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MORTICIAADDAMS 11/17/2014 1:33PM

    It sounds like you are slowly moving in the right direction. I'm trying too though I'm far from perfect.

I love Christmas cactus but I always kill them.

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BLESSED2BEME 11/17/2014 12:34PM

    Congrats on not gaining! That is huge in itself.

Christmas Cactus - I love them! What a blessing.

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ERNOINACTION 11/17/2014 11:01AM

    I think making lunches for work makes all the difference. It's a lot of prep but worth it! Keep at it!

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PARKSCANADA 11/16/2014 11:52PM

    Congrats on all your successes!! emoticon

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Weigh-in -- 9Nov14

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Finally down one pound.

We're having snow here -- after a pretty nice fall, winter seems to have arrived.

I've been getting in my water every day and my cardio streak continues - Day 677 today.

My snacking at work his been improving, but there is still lots of room for improvement. Now all I need to do is quit eating everything in sight when I get home from work.

Things to work on this week --

Eating better in the evening.

Portion control, portion control, portion control.

Have a good week everyone.


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JOHAL52 11/12/2014 10:46PM

    Day 677???? That is awesome! Sorry I have missed so many days but thank you for jumping right back in with me as I reconnect.

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BLESSED2BEME 11/10/2014 1:57PM

    Woo hoo on saying good bye to another pound! emoticon

Winter is here too. I'm hibernating til spring! I wish.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/10/2014 11:40AM

    Good job on the pound lost!!

We are expecting snow this weekend maybe. Ugh. So not ready.

I am trying to use portion control too. Rude awakening. LOL.

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RITAROSE 11/10/2014 10:52AM

  WOW! Such a streak you have!! Congrats!! emoticon I am loving the beauty of the freshly fallen snow in Billings! Yes, winter has arrived!

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USMAWIFE 11/9/2014 11:54PM

    YEAH for the loss of a pound

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Weigh-In -- 26Oct14

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Missed doing a blog last week --

The scale finally moved -- the wrong way!!! I was up one pound last week, but I am down that pound this week.

Things are pretty much the same, except that we've been having some pretty nice weather. I managed to get the majority of my yard mowed. I still need to get some weed cleanup done, but the days are getting too short to get anything done after work. At least it doesn't look too bad for the winter...

I've been drinking my water and my cardio streak of at least 10 minutes a day is at 663 today.

Next week -- TRACK!!! Food tracking at least 5 days.

Keep up the water and cardio.


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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/27/2014 4:17PM

    They are predicting a bad winter here. We are racing to get everything done before it arrives. We have too much to do in Fall and I will have to do a lot more than I feel like doing. The beds and garden will be up to me and I may have to do a lot of leaf blowing and some raking.

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Weigh-In -- 12Oct14

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Happy Columbus Day, everyone!

Weighed in the same as last week. I didn't do well at sticking to my plan...

This week was not very stellar in the food department. I did cut back some on the munchies at work, but still lost the Cheetos wars several days. I used to pack good lunches and snacks for work, but I have been neglecting this lately. I just put on a pan of eggs to boil so I would have some good healthy protein this week.

I have been doing a bit better with the sleep (except for the night I thought I'd read a few chapters on my new Kindle), my weekly average is creeping up. I still have problems getting to bed at a decent hour.

I have been tracking my fitness activity (the Fitbit is a great help there), but have been hit or miss (mostly miss) on the food tracking.

I am still getting in the 8 cups of water a day, and my cardio streak of 10 minutes or more is at 648 as of yesterday.

My furnace is chugging along nicely, it is really great to have heat on these cooler fall mornings and days. The basement should be dry by spring. It is dry enough now that I no longer get the musty smell when the furnace kicks on.

Goals for this week --

8 or more cups of water

Take time to track the food at least 4 days

Keep the cardio streak going

Get the cardio done by 9 p.m.

Bed by 10:45 p.m.

More freggies...

Have a good holiday Monday and Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends!

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Have a good week everyone!


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BLESSED2BEME 10/13/2014 11:50AM

    Are you still on your walking fitness streak?

Way to go on not gaining weight when you state you were not stellar with food choices! That is huge!

I'm working on packing healthy lunches again. Its so much work but worth it in the end.

I too am struggling with staying up too late. I know this affects everything else with me too. Sigh...

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/12/2014 8:07PM

    I really need to start setting some small goals to track like you are. My latest one is brushing my teeth at bedtime in addition to in the morning. I'm doing okay with it. I have conquered the late night eating. I need to monitor my water again and my sleep. Maybe meditate again. I'm still doing my puzzles every night.

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JUNETTA2002 10/12/2014 6:58PM

    Good for you not to gain and staying on track

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Weigh-in -- 5Oct2014 -- 5 years of tracking on Spark

Sunday, October 05, 2014

It was five years ago that I started my Spark journey even though I'd joined about 6 weeks earlier - my first weigh-in was on 4Oct2009. Currently, I am down 12 pounds from that weigh-in. While I don't feel that this is a resounding success, in many ways it is a victory. Before joining Spark, I had been putting on several pounds a year, so that has been halted and even reversed. I am also down 30 pounds from my all time high and my knees really like that. However, like many long time Sparkers whose blogs I follow, I am up from my Spark low - 13 pounds up and my 5 years older knees are once again starting to protest going up stairs...

Looking back over the past five years there are the positives - I consistently get in my 8+ cups of water every day, I have a 640+ day exercise streak of at least 10 minutes of intentional cardio going, I am eating more fruits and veggies (although there is room for lots of improvement there!).

And the negatives - My sleep habits are horrible, I have been consuming too much junk food (candy and chips at work), I drink too much diet cola, my portion control is bad, my nutrition tracking is pretty non-existent, etc.

Methinks it is time to get back to basics - nutrition tracking and more sleep being the main things, along with cutting out the chips and candy at work.

So, it being about 12 weeks to the end of the year, I am going to jumpstart my efforts to be healthier and aim to lose a pound a week to get down to my Spark low. That will set me up for making more progress in 2015 to stay in the "overweight" BMI category and get down to its lower end.

On the home front, I got the furnace blower to start today, now we'll see if it keeps operating. So far, I haven't had to take it out of the furnace, I just used a portable electric heater to make sure it was dried out.

The basement floor is still extremely muddy in the low spots, but the higher areas are drying out some. I'm thankful for the plentitude of cardboard boxes I had on hand that I could flatten and lay down to walk on. It's not an ideal solution but it beats sinking 1-4" into the wet gumbo. It will dry eventually and I won't need a humidifier for this winter.

Have a good week everyone!!


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MORTICIAADDAMS 10/7/2014 10:00PM

    I am in similar circumstances except for the muddy basement. I need to work on every area of my life. Sleep, stress, exercise, diet, balance, etc.

We are busy remodeling the back porch. I am looking forward to getting to the aesthetic part of it - the paneling, window treatments, carpet, decorating. The fun part. We are far from from that.

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CARRIEMT 10/6/2014 7:57PM

    Great news, and happy sparkiversary.

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BLESSED2BEME 10/6/2014 1:09PM

    Wow - where have the years gone? Congrats on your anniversary and for sticking it out tracking that long. Looking forward to seeing where the next 12 weeks will take you!

And I love coming to your page - my favorite colors.

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MARUKI52 10/6/2014 9:39AM

    Congratulations on your five year anniversary. emoticon

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USMAWIFE 10/5/2014 11:34PM

    congrats on your SP anniversary

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