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Sunday check in

Sunday, December 12, 2010

today's gratitude: That I have the opportunity to be alive and enjoy this holiday season!

Today's weigh in, back down to 241.6, continuing the up down up down cycle.

Whatever! LOL

Last nights party: I had one drink, I did eat a few appetizers but they were mostly protein so that wasn't bad, I had one roll with butter and enjoyed every bite! and I split a dessert with jodie. Ate a large portion of veggie, fruit and salmon off the buffet. All in all, I feel GOOD about it!

Today, we discussed it and the truth is I really wanna make cupcakes - so we're going to make them today, and jodie went on FB last night and said we're making cupcakes, who wants some? so they are already given away! I'm going to have one - and that's it.

if this does not go according to said plan, I will not be doing any more baking! It's something i really really enjoy, so i want to give it a try. i also liked the idea of giving them to people who want them, so I don't unwittingly surprise someone with something they are trying to avoid like me! So, we'll see how that turns out.

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LOVESTODJ 12/12/2010 9:30PM

A weak spot for me at times. I do love baking and have to curb what I create. Making treats to share is a great idea.

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GR8VIEWS 12/12/2010 9:11PM

    What a great idea! You can enjoy baking, taste one, and share your talents with others. That's the best Christmas gift ever!!!

Sounds like you did well at the party... Our company party was Friday night. I put salad on 1/3 of my plate, just to take up room so I would choose what I REALLY wanted to eat, and just a little bit of it. I did eat mahi mahi and prime rib, as well as sweet potato/pear 'hash' and some vegetables. Oh, and dessert. I didn't eat the whole thing, which was probably 2 servings, but I did eat more than half. AND ENJOYED IT!!! Had a glass of wine and one vodka tonic. All in all, not TOO bad.

Have a WONDERFUL week, friend. Enjoy making and sharing those cupcakes...

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FUTUREHOPE49 12/12/2010 3:42PM

    Well done for doing so well at the party! Enjoy your baking!

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Not such an auspicious start..

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Mmm, Saturday weigh in for Spark Spirit 5% challenge is not what I'd hoped or anticipated. Thoughts:

1) Historically, it seems to take about a week for change to register on the scale for me. Is this the result of being sick last week and not getting any cardio in?
2) Went for blood draw this a.m. (9 tubes!) and subsequently my weigh in was not my normal pattern of 6 a.m. after coffee and breakfast, it was 2 hours later.
3) Is this just the continued up and down of the last week, and today's weigh in unfortunately hit that up spot?
4) My 90 minute dance class was cancelled due to weather last night - not sure what if any impact this might have had except I notice I'm puffy this a.m. with water retention and that's one of the things exercise seems to really help with.

Lastly, I had some emotional eating last night, bordering on a binge. It was a very long week and finals week on top of it, my partner had a meltdown over her own issues, and my ADHD son had some school problems. I found myself eating when I wasn't hungry and eating things definitely not on my plan...and once I started, i couldn't walk away. Not quite a binge, but definitely very out of place for my eating plan.

So, this weekend is about regrouping, refocusing, planning and stopping this freaking rollercoaster ride on my weigh in report!

Lastly, no I do NOT usually weigh in daily and I'm well aware of the pitfalls of it: you can get discouraged by the day-to-day fluctuations etc. However, I am going to continue for one more week before I give up on the daily weigh in part of one of my team goals - if, indeed, the historical thing of my body needing a week to really show the work I've done, etc, next week should be freaking stellar. Sort of interested to see how that plays out.

Tonight, my work party. This is one of the 4 meals I gave myself to not be on plan during the challenge. I'm not going with the idea of binging by any means, but if I want a roll or bit of potato, i'm having it. It's been two weeks of being on plan 95% of the time. It's buffet and I plan on making the best food choices I can and allow myself that bit of leeway.

Every year i do a lot of holiday baking which we give to friends, I especially like making a variety of fancy cookies...I'm thinking maybe I should skip that this year - I really do not need cookies in the house. If I do decide to do it, I'm going to pack them the same day and deliver them the next day so they aren't in my face. if I do it at all.

Feeling grumpy. sigh. perhaps I'll work on some relaxation, get my workout in and i'll feel better. here's to a better weigh in next saturday!

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GRAPHICKAT 12/12/2010 8:45AM

    Missing your aerobic exercise most definitely will cause water retention. I have hereditary lymphodema in my ankles. If I run or do other aerobic exercise they will not swell for a couple of days. If I don't, well fat ankles. Pretty good motivation for me.

Ok, you had a tough week. Shake it off and get out there and do good this week. If we can lose weight in the month of December, think how easy it should be for next year!

Good idea to give up the holiday baking for this year. Pretty sure most recipients of baked goods are trying to watch what they eat as well.

By the way, a friend pointed out to me once that when you binge or don't exercise "it takes two days to show and two days to go". I've found this to be pretty true so if you overindulge or don't get enough exercise get right back on track and look for your results in two days!

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TERRYT55 12/11/2010 2:01PM

    Don't beat yourself up......we all have ups & downs! This is such a hectic time of year! I find myself mindlessly popping nuts in my mouth every time I pass my dining room table. Our minds are on so many things that it's easy to slide a bit.

I hope you have a great time at your work party tonight.

I have been arguing with myself for two months now about my usual holiday baking and candy making. I love giving homemade treats this time of year. So far I've made three cookie doughs and three types of candy and haven't tasted any.....hubby is my taster. I chew cinnamon gum to keep myself from sampling and so far it's working.

I know you'll have a better weigh in next Saturday. Take care and have a great week. Merry Christmas!

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Donuts in the break room...

Friday, December 10, 2010

Yesterday, it was bagels.

I have not succumbed, despite the fact no less than FOUR people have come to make sure I knew they were there, and one even offered to get me one.

No, no, no!!! Back, foul pastry, back! you are not welcome here....

work is being a bit annoying today, and any other time (before my doc apt) I would have had at least 2 donuts to help me through the gripey complaining childish stuff that seems to happen when way too many women work together, LOL. Yes, yes, I know, men can be that way too...but there's something um, "special" about having a ratio of 4:1 women:men that can happen...sigh.

But, it's friday. Today, the scale is back down to that low weight, and the weekend is at my door. A great workout is planned for not all is lost.

And if I'm lucky, the donuts will be gone by the time I get back from lunch!

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LOVESTODJ 12/10/2010 8:24PM

    That's such great news!
Stay strong and enjoy your weekend away from their temptation.

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CALIKIKI 12/10/2010 4:04PM

    YAY you!!

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LADYBIRD82 12/10/2010 3:23PM

    Boy it sounds like you work with such a great bunch, they all were nice enough to tell you about the doughnuts. Great job turning them down, what do they say, "Once on the lips forever on the hips". emoticon emoticon Have a great weekend emoticon

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FUTUREHOPE49 12/10/2010 3:05PM

    Well done for resisting the temptation! Hope the scales are still low for the weigh in! Good luck!

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MARATHONBOUND 12/10/2010 2:54PM

    Awesome that you are resisting! I am on Day 10 and haven't succumbed yet! So proud of you! Have an awesome weekend! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LYNNOTT 12/10/2010 2:13PM

    What fortitude! You didn't cave when "reminded" (how nice of people) about the donuts! I've had a crappy week at work as well, but we can cheer up - the weekend is almost upon us! Hope you have a great, healthy weekend!

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WISEGIRL 12/10/2010 1:47PM

    Hang in there. I feel your pain. We have a gift basket of chocolates and carmel corn in our break room today. The sweets are calling me, but I am trying very hard to ignore them. I am thinking "A minute on the lips and a lifetime on the hips".

Besides that, I had a loss of almost 2# this week. This is the start of the weekend and it is difficult for me to maintain a loss over the weekend. I don't need to sabotage my efforts even before the weekend starts. Good luck! emoticon

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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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