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Weigh-in Disappointment / Smart Decisions

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Mapped out my day!
Whole Foods
Anniversary Sale
Trader Joe's

At Whole Foods just got what was on my list, It was on the way to my weigh-in. Had to wait for the store to open, so I began to fantasize about the additional pound or two I would be down. Well I got a dose of reality and the following self conversation ensued:
"WHAT!!! I'm up four pounds? How can that be?"
"Uh look at your food log sweetie, that will tell you how it can be?"
"Crap! I guess I did use the infection as an excuse."
"The world has not ended. So suck it up sweetheart and move forward."

The difference in my mood from last week when I registered a 10 pound total loss was enlightening. How can I let a scale control my mood. I'm still down 6 pounds. I still have 8 weeks to go, I completed the Boot Camp workout. So one thing is going to send me into a tizzy and I should chuck it all. No way! This just means I need to be more vigilant and I need to work smarter.

All though my spirits were somewhat dampened, I know I have been making progress even if it did not show up on the scale. I have made many good choices. Aslo the swelling in my face is almost back to normal. What drives me nuts is the fluid draining in my ear makes it feel like there are ants crawling in there, ew!

At Trader Joe's, I checked out something called Cookie Butter. I inquired as to the location of this supposed treasure, The nice young man took me over, I asked if he had tried it, yes was the reply.
"How do you use it?", I asked.
He said, " I just eat it with a spoon right out of the jar."
Red flags started going up within me. I pulled a jar off the shelf to look at the label.

90 calories for a Tablespoon! No real nutritional value listed. Eaten with a spoon right out of the jar, who would be able to stop with just one spoon. While it may taste great, it wasn't worth my "food" money or worth consuming (only to possibly become addicted).
Persian cukes, a bag of gala apples, now that's the ticket.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TRAVELGRRL 7/20/2014 5:35PM

    Have no idea about cookie butter, what the heck is it used for? Apparently living in a small town can be a good thing!

Up, down, all around -- that's the scale! As long as the overall trend is down you are on the right track. Congrats for the 6 (or 10) pound loss!

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WATERMELLEN 7/19/2014 8:41PM

    You are tough, passing up that "cookie butter" Not everything in a "health food" place is actually healthy, I keep discovering!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/19/2014 6:03PM

    GOOD choices! Never heard of cookie butter, but it has 5 grams sugar and look like 8 grams of carbs. Nah, don't think it would reach my cart either!

HUGS and here's to a successful end to this week and strong beginning to a new week.

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/19/2014 4:15PM

    I love Trader Joe's, but have stayed away because I love it a little too much.

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WIFE48 7/19/2014 3:16PM

    Interesting blog. emoticon

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ToF Week 4 Day 3 - Making Myself a Priority.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Little did I realize what a treasure this 12-week program would be. There are challenging workouts, encouragement... what a wonderful opportunity. I would be a fool to not take advantage of what is before me. This is my shot. The first few weeks gave me that jump-start I needed. I'm not too sure what the next few weeks hold for me, but I intend to make the most of it.
Last night, was one of those opportunities I had doubts about. I was assured that I could do it and it was presented in a familiar environment. I COMPLETED and SURVIVED a boot camp style workout. My body cried and thank heavens for modifications. All I can say is I do not remember having that much sweat dripping off of me, ever. Ew!!! Yes I have heard that "sweat is fat crying." To me it was more like the sweat was purging.
As I drove home, I realized that this is my time, my opportunity. Right now, I come first and it feels good. Sure I will have to rebalance later, but now I have to do this for me.

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TRAVELGRRL 7/17/2014 8:35AM

    I am really proud of you! Challenging yourself physically is HARD. It's HARD to get past the fear and old baggage to move into the unknown. As much as I walk and hike and take classes, they are ALWAYS HARD, and the best part is always when I'm finished, knowing I challenged myself and survived! I know you feel good about yourself -- and you should!!! AWESOME!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/16/2014 9:49PM

    Good for you!!!!!!!!!

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WATERMELLEN 7/16/2014 6:58PM

    That sounds so exhilarating!! Great way to make time for you . . .

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/16/2014 8:59AM

    Good for you! Have a fun day.

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ToF Week 4 Taking Away the Fear.

Monday, July 14, 2014

So the first three weeks have been pretty good. I have been making myself log my food, because it is only a short term goal. It is a challenge, so I can play along for the short term. Besides one of the benefits is it is helping me be more mindful about my choices. I know many Sparkers need to do a food log to stay on track during maintenance, I may up up needed to do that too. The resistance that I had to logging was because of the fear:
The fear of:
... truly being honest about what I was eating.
... having to log for eternity.

Trying something short term takes away the fear. This week I'm going to be trying a boot camp session. Am I afraid, you betcha. I will do what I can, as this is an opportunity that I cannot pass up. I have 6 free passes that I can use if all goes well.

Update: Spent a lovely afternoon waiting and have been put on antibiotics. Already some of the swelling has receded, Soup seemed to be the answer as there is less chewing involved, therefore less saliva produced.

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TRAVELGRRL 7/14/2014 5:04PM

    The boot camp is going to be awesome! I love your can-do attitude.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/14/2014 4:43PM

    First, glad you saw the Dr. and are on antibiotics. Yup . . . things like sop and yogurt. I don't know about you, but I have to beef up the probiotics (like are in yogurt) because of the affects it has on my gut and other systems "south".

As for the boot camp session, you're right. Modify it as you need! Do what you can. Doing it is better than not trying, right!?!

I was resistant to measuring/weighing/tracking too. But came to realize that I FEEL BETTER when I do. So it's one of those things I just do. I know it's different for everyone, and proud of you that you have it set as a short term goal. Wish you luck!


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MAGIK0731 7/14/2014 9:36AM

    You can do this! Baby steps and you will get there.

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ToF Week 3 Ends I am a River?

Sunday, July 13, 2014

1CRAZYDOG shared this quote from Helen Reed: “Life is a constant series of adjustments- it flows like a river, swelling with rain and receding with drought, with its banks reshaping in time.”
This week has been a mixed bag of challenges and progress.
Since I started ToF, as of my last weigh-in, I am down 10 pounds. I am dehydrating some fruit, (NO added sugar) My attitude toward logging my food has improved and I have logged all week. Woo Hoo! I have made many positive adjustments. I reviewed some of my food rules, like "Eat sitting down," "Put it on a plate."

The challenge for this week has been a swollen salivary gland, Every time I eat it gets bigger and hurts. Right now I look like a chipmunk with a stuffed cheek just on the left side of my face. Warm compresses did help for a bit at the beginning, but now it is warm to the touch so it may now be infected. Just waiting for hubby to come home and I'll be off to the walk-in.

Hey stuff happens, but I will not let it derail me from this 12 week challenge.

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DSHONEYC 7/14/2014 11:34AM

    Great job...keep on tracking! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 7/13/2014 12:21PM

    Your mouth sounds painful too . . . yikes!!

Well done on the tracking -- can't say I "like" it but for me I know it's necessary.

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/13/2014 11:59AM

    Wow, great job on the 10 lbs gone! Congrats!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/13/2014 11:55AM

    emoticon emoticon Sorry you're having pain w/that swollen salivary gland! Hope you get to the walk-in sooner than later!

HUGS and so glad that quote resonated with you. It did me too!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/13/2014 11:35AM

    WOW, I would say the positives far outweigh the negatives! You are doing so great with your "in real life" challenge.

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ToF Week 3 Day 4 begins

Thursday, July 10, 2014

So far a great week. Tuesday was Aqua Aerobics, dinner break, then WOW (workout of the week). I truly expected to be in some discomfort after, but was pleasantly surprised that any discomfort was hardly noticeable. Say what? I'm getting stronger. building muscle. My am BG is coming down.
I'm on day four of logging my food. Logging is helping me with my choices. The choice of "Does it go into my mouth?"
"Do I need it?"
"Do I even really want it?"
"Is there a better choice?"

I did not realize that there would be other benefits to logging. I thought logging was just a history of my shame and now it is a history of my success.

Tomorrow I weigh in, we'll see what the numbers bring. No matter what they bring, I will continue to move forward on this 12 week journey,(a.k.a. opportunity)

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WATERMELLEN 7/10/2014 9:20PM

    "I thought logging was just a history of my shame and now it is a history of my success."

Now: there's one to hang on the wall thank you!! So true for me too!!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/10/2014 9:03PM

    WOW! What an "aha" moment for me!!!

"I thought logging was just a history of my shame and now it is a history of my success."u, a

What a huge paradigm shift for you, and thank you for sharing it with ME!!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/10/2014 1:27PM

    Yes, I thought the same thing about tracking food until recently when I saw how it really helps me stay on track. I want to do water aerobics.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/10/2014 11:32AM

    Yes, it is a log of successes! GREAT!

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LJOYCE55 7/10/2014 10:15AM

  Okay. I do manage to ask myself the second and third question, but I am going to try to remember to add that fourth question.

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