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Thursday Check in

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Today's gratitude: No college classes for three weeks! Woo hoo!

After yesterdays post, let me say - no I don't normally weigh daily. It's a team goal for one of my teams and I'm simply trying to be supportive. It's been educational tho...I've had as much as 6 pounds different from day to day. When I check my rings I can see it's pretty close on the mark if my rings are too tight to get off or loose. Which means that 6 pounds is water not fat. However, since I'm hanging around that red line, I'm happy enough.

Yesterday was a very hard day. Stress was about the highest it's been and I did not eat to plan. i didn't binge and I didn't eat ice cream for dinner, LOL, but I didn't eat according to plan. But..that was one day and it's over and today's a new day.

STILL hacking from that lousy cold last week, it's getting better bit by bit, but boy am I tired of coughing!

Having money disagreements with my partner....I'm holding firm. Usually I give in and then she's happy...but i'm anxious. This time, I'm standing firm on what I believe. It's going to be a long week till payday, LOL.

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TRY2KEEPGOING 12/9/2010 10:33AM

    Thank God that every day is an opportunity to begin again.
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GR8VIEWS 12/9/2010 8:28AM

    You go girl!

Today is a NEW DAY... Plan or no plan, you did better than you would have in the past, I bet!

I can SO relate to the money issues. We've been hit hard in many ways the last year and have been ignoring the problem. THEN we had a bombshell this week. SO... Back on a budget, planning and debating and sticking to it. Like any 'diet', we won't be successful every day, but we are more united and prepared than before. I'm sure you will work it out as well. I have confidence that you are doing the best for both of you, so hang in there...

I'll eat according to plan today too. Succumbed yesterday to one of my weaknesses so no more!!!

We can do this together...


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up and down and up and down and...

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

If the picture'll see that I am up and down and up and down and up and down.

What does it all mean? Does it mean anything? Really, the conclusion I came to is those ups and downs are surrounding the red "goal" line and that's good enough for me.

The eating plan isn't the easiest thing, but it's sure not the hardest thing either, and I feel good, which is a nice change. I'm also figuring out that my body takes about a week to show change...and a week ago I was doing no exercise cuz I was sick as a dog. So the real truth will be next weeks numbers, I think.

Maybe. Cuz it's all up and down.

Today is my last final, finished the other one early...and three blessed weeks off of school. I can't express how much I need it...I'm getting really cranky. Just ask my family, sigh.

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GR8VIEWS 12/8/2010 9:54PM

    So glad to hear you are feeling good... That's the most important thing. The scale will catch up... The red line is still going down. And we all know that weighing ourselves often can frequently look like a roller coaster...

Keep it up! We're in it for the long haul!


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LYNNOTT 12/8/2010 3:41PM

    The graph isn't too bad, you're holding steady in that area! Keep up the good work!

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FUTUREHOPE49 12/8/2010 3:37PM

    I know what you mean. Mine is like a yo yo! Have a good restful holiday.
Hope the scales change for you soon. Good luck with the challenge!
Go spark spirit go!

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1BEACHWALKER 12/8/2010 2:01PM

    I am there with you-up and down - up and down and hovering!! I tried redoing my calories, because SP says I am not eating enough with all the xtra exercise I am doing, so that's what I am doing! Seems weird to have to eat more. Of course, I did that and gained a pound! Geeze! Can't win for losing! Oh, well I am not giving up, as I hope you aren't. Stay strong! Go Spark Spirit! emoticon

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RHARRIS80 12/8/2010 12:33PM

    I think that it means that you haven't given up! Sure it goes up and down but it's still moving and so are you!

You're doing a great job!


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MINIDRIVER63 12/8/2010 11:07AM

    Fluctuations are normal. Some recommend weighing every day and only concentrating on the weekly average.

I couldn't do it. Weekly weigh-ins are nerve-wracking enough.

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SPARKIE1964 12/8/2010 10:35AM

    I'm right there with ya sista on the weight fluctuations which I have been experiencing for 6 months now. It's quite frustrating. You are feeling "good" so you're moving in the right direction. I also found that all the ST I've been doing has definitely had an impact on serious inches lost. Muscle weighs more than fat (they say), although a pound of muscle = a pound of fat, so not sure I understand it...but I'm going with this. I look leaner which is evident from how clothing fits, even though the scale is there's something to it. Consider getting a tape measure to start tracking your inches so that the scale doesn't become the only measure of your success..

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TONISTRELEC 12/8/2010 10:35AM

    Hang in there emoticon

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PARKERB2 12/8/2010 10:33AM

    That graph doesn't look too bad. It does swing too bad in either direction but looks like it is pretty steady. So, hang in there,good luck and keep Sparking. emoticon

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DIANESLONE 12/8/2010 10:26AM

    Enjoy the holidays! Hopfully we will be "down" on lbs and "up" on happiness. :-)

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Terrific Tuesday Check in...

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Tuesday's Gratitude: I'm able to build my health. it may not be where I want it to, but that's changeable.

I was disappointed to find I'd lost almost all the stamina I'd worked for from being sick. By the end of the class I taught, then the "bootcamp" dance workout I was sore, exhausted and I hadn't made it nearly as far as the last time I'd done the class. Hard to build up...easy to lose apparently. But, I did it once - I'll do it again.

Food was good yesterday, right on track. I felt vaguely dissatisfied after dinner, I was full - but I wanted more, you know? I made it through and didn't over eat. Made me realize yet again how I have comforted myself with food.

Math final tomorrow, Lit final due thursday. Better use the rest of my a.m. time for study!

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GR8VIEWS 12/8/2010 9:56PM

    You'll do great on your finals!!! You go girl!

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It's Monday, woo hoo!

Monday, December 06, 2010

Um, no truthfully I'm not that excited it's monday, but fake it till you make it, eh?

Today's Gratitude: that I have a good job to go to that provides well for my family and is usually pretty tolerable.

Yesterday I had a big "ah ha" moment. Jodie and I were out shopping and needed to get a bite to eat. I thought, you know, i've been doing great on this diet for two weeks, there's no reason i can't have one meal off plan every once in we stopped at Jack in the Box. I ate most of a burger and fries. it was good, not fantastic as one might think when you'd not had bread or potatoes for two weeks, LOL, but pretty good.

We then went to WalMart. After walking around for 20 minutes, i began to not feel so well..I started to sweat and my stomach started feeling a lil queasy and soon I had to run to find the ladies room... Can I just say, Jack wasn't worth it? It really, really wasn't worth it. I tallked to Jodie later that night about it, and she said what I described is exactly what happens to her (a diabetic) when she over does it...and I thought....

If you know you are going to feel THAT bad, what food on earth is worth that?I'm telling you, not to me. No no no.

Lesson learned. I've no desire to repeat feeling that gross again.

Still fighting my cold, coughing but when I take mucinex it's bearable...

The LC starts a new challenge today, so i'll be doing two! Woo hoo, how's that for motivation!

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LOVESTODJ 12/7/2010 1:52AM

I can relate to your story on so many levels. It's great to finally know what your body needs and to eliminate foods that do not fuel you.
It's taken me a long time to listen.
Best wishes for the rest of your week.

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TIKITAMI 12/6/2010 11:05AM

I think it's amazing how quickly our bodies get used to eating properly and appreciate it. Just like a small child our bodies quickly can throw a temper tantrum when they don't get what they want.

Glad your body is a 2 year old and decided to throw that temper tantrum for you!


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SPARKIE1964 12/6/2010 10:36AM

    It's o.k. to deviate once in a while, especially to remind us where not to go again when it doesn't feel right. Sounds like a successful day in the end...Today, is a new day!

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MINIDRIVER63 12/6/2010 10:21AM

    I had a piece of birthday cake on Saturday (my niece's birthday) and felt sick practically immediately. It was an excellent lesson that all that sugar and fat just isn't good for me.

And it was a nice reminder that I really have changed my eating habits. When something so innocuous as cake makes a dramatic change in how I feel, I must be doing right most of the time.

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Sunday check in....

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Today's gratitude: There are other people, other women, just like me. The same age group, the same amount of weight to lose, the same struggles and the same victories. I'm grateful there are others to share the journey!

My 5% challenge is off to a slightly less than auspicious start. I'm still trying to get well...still coughing my head off and getting no exercise....saving it for tomorrow when hopefully I'll be able to get through 3 hours of dance classes without coughing up a lung, lol. Other than that, 7 glasses of 8 of water - not bad for a non-water drinker! Food was very clean yesterday and that's something to be proud of, considering it's the weekend ...and Jodie is home.

Jodie is from The South - The Land Of Fried Everything. In the 10 weeks she was in louisiana, she gained 20 pounds on fried meat pies, fried boudan (?sp), fried shrimp, fried green beans. Jodie LOVES to eat out and since we partnered in 2005, I packed on about 45 pounds. No, she didn't hold the fork to my mouth, LOL, but we ate out a lot more than I ever had in my life, and wow is she a good cook...

So following my diet plan with Jodie in tow? Um.....yeah. Could she use a food plan, yes, but you can't force someone to be healthy. All i can do is hope she will be inspired by my progress. She felt so bad last night that everyone else was having homemade mac n cheese and fresh bread..and I was having broccoli and chicken. I said "I don't feel bad jodie! I'm fine with it! It's what I have to do and really, I'm fine". but SHE wasn't fine. She hates, absolutely hates, anything to do with "eating healthy" - and in her eyes, I was suffering, even if I didn't think i was.

Will this be a journey for both of us? yes I imagine it will be...

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LOVESTODJ 12/7/2010 2:00AM

    It's taken my partner a while to jump on the party train with me and start a SP page for herself. She is gradually making the changes for herself that she noticed were making me feel better, too.
(She even joined different teams that are more relevant to her interests and likes the diversity here!)
You'll be amazed by your actions speaking louder than words.
Stay strong.

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GR8VIEWS 12/5/2010 11:06AM

    It may take Jody some time, but she will learn not to feel guilty because you are making choices that are right for you. My husband and sister are going through that as well, and I'm not as strong as you; we are trying to ALL change the way we eat. I'm just trying to learn portion control now, as well as making better choices...

Like Sandy said, you may just be the good influence that Jody needs in her life.

We will do this together. Keep making those great choices - like chicken and broccoli. I can learn a LOT from you... emoticon

Keep it up, girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon


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PLAYBLUES22 12/5/2010 10:30AM

    Sweetie, you just hang in and maybe, just maybe Jodie will be right by your side measuring out food for the both of you emoticon

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SANDY3169 12/5/2010 10:19AM

    I commend you for being able to see that although you love Jodie, she is not a good food partner. I also applaud you for your chicken and broc when others are having mac & cheese and the ever loving Bread (Carb city). You are doing awesome!

Jodie may suprise you and see how good you're doing and decide she wants to jump on the train too. My friend just did.

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