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Sunday, October 19, 2014

I found myself recommending The Spark Solution to a co-worker, especially since I lost about six pounds in two weeks when I did it.

Then I thought, Hmmm...Perhaps I should be doing this again.

So today was the first day! I've grocery shopped, chopped, roasted, and cooked. I pinpointed my weaknesses today (cookies and Halloween candy) and nearly stayed in range.

I also took my new German Shepherd puppy for a hike in the woods. She's 12 weeks old, and she was quite the trooper!

With only 12 days to go in October, my plan is to go from 148 to 145 by Halloween. This can be done!

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BEATLETOT 10/20/2014 3:10AM

    Sounds like you have a great plan in place!

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 10/19/2014 11:39PM

    You absolutely can do it! I have been wanting to get back to class but things keep getting scheduled all week. Ugh! Soon! I miss you!

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GRAMMIEOFTWO 10/19/2014 10:24PM


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Intervention Day 8: One Step Back

Monday, September 08, 2014

I did okay...until I got home from work at 5:00. Hungry. Facing down a pan full of brownies. Hungry. Italian bread on the counter.

I couldn't stop from eating two helpings of each. Then I gave up and ate half of a Tombstone pizza before I got it back under control. The entire day ended up at 1860 calories -- 450 over my limit.

Went to Tae Kwon Do at 7:00 and worked hard. Hopefully, this will help counteract the binge fest.

Plan ahead: Track now for tomorrow's meals and workout.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 9/9/2014 1:27PM

    yeah 1860 is def not bad for a bad day! tae kwon do probably helped! Good plan for tracking ahead of time, that *almost* always works for me!

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BEATLETOT 9/8/2014 10:45PM

    OMG, so many yummy goodies facing you when you got home. 1860 ain't bad!

Hope you're taking good care of you!

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Intervention Day 7

Sunday, September 07, 2014

The hump to get over: my weight was up a bit today from yesterday. However, I'm still down 2 pounds from Sept. 1.

The victories:
3 days in a row of strong workouts
Ordering only coffee at the after-church Dunkin Donuts run.
Taking my kids (and their friends) to the park for an hour to avoid snacking
Cooking a healthy Spark recipe for dinner

*Today, everything I ate was whole-food healthy. I stayed within calorie ranges AND was not hungry. Still managing the 9:00 urge to binge -- haven't lost yet! Here are my strategies:

1. Eat a later dinner.
2. Save part of dinner for 9:00. For example, water with dinner and then warm milk with cappuccino mix later. (The extra 120 calories is worth it.)
3. Hot tea. Since I have to sip it, it takes about 25 minutes to down a cup.

Have a wonderful week, Spark Friends, and stay strong!

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KAYTIE22 9/8/2014 8:33PM

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 9/8/2014 11:48AM

    Way to go!! Especially with Dunkin Donuts!!! that's a huge temptation for me!

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BEATLETOT 9/8/2014 3:57AM

    You're doing really great!!!

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PHHHISC 9/7/2014 9:00PM

    You can do it.

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Intervention Continues

Thursday, September 04, 2014

I've had to detach myself from...myself.

Sounds weird, doesn't it? Yet I' ve to treat myself like a whiny toddler:

"I want snacks!"

"No. You're not getting any snacks before dinner."

"But I'm hungry!"

"Good. Then you'll enjoy your dinner more."

"Then can I have ice cream?"

"NO. Eat your dinner."

(I've found I'm actually quite petulant.)

It's Day 4 of staying within nutritional limits. If I don't think about it too much, then I don't focus on not-eating when I'm not hungry. Tomorrow is tae kwon do night with the family. I have chicken breasts thawing in the fridge and will make a healthy stir fry with quinoa or brown rice.

I can do this.

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ANNIEONLI 9/7/2014 9:03PM

    Inner toddler....BEATLETOT , that's funny!!!

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KAYTIE22 9/6/2014 8:22PM

    Whatever it takes and it seems to be working.

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BEATLETOT 9/5/2014 8:08AM

    Very good keeping your inner toddler in line!!! =)

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Intervention for My Last Few Months

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

I updated my Spark page. That says it all.

I weigh more today than I have in 4 years.

This is, frankly, inexcusable. There is no excuse. I do not have a medical problem. I am not an overstressed single parent working two jobs. I am not incapacitated in any way.

No, I am simply lazy. (Wow, my cheeks burn as I write this.)

It's easier to eat at 9:00 at night when I'm not even hungry than it is to get on the floor and do some pilates.

It's easier to say, "Oh, well," and pile my plate high than to actually track.

It's easier to make excuses: Oh, I broke my foot LAST YEAR. Oh, I don't have time to work out. Maybe it's a health issue.

There is no health issue. The issue is mental. Sh** or get off the pot.

It's not that I don't want it. It's that I don't want to have to work for it.

Well, tough. Nothing in life comes easy. You want to look like the model pics on your Spark page? Then get your a$$ in gear and make it happen.

Eat less. Eat healthy. Exercise more. Stay busy.

Make it happen. Because giving up will only make you more miserable.

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    Ah my friend, this is the key to maintenance. You still have to keep doing it. My MS Challenge Walk is next weekend and then I'm going to go to TKD once a week for now. When I was there last I felt it a little more in my hips and needed to wait until this 30 mile walk is over before I go more regularly.

I have that same 9:00 p.m. issue! Maybe we should text each other when that urge hits. I'm ok as long as I keep myself busy. Hope to see you soon!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 9/3/2014 12:09PM

    Wow I feel exactly the same! looks like we both needed a swift kick in the @$$ and are giving it to ourselves at the same time! emoticon

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NUOVAELLE 9/3/2014 2:20AM

    The mind battles are the hardest ones to win. But we can do it Rebecca.
We've been there. We've done that. We'll do it again. Period.
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BEATLETOT 9/2/2014 10:20PM

    I'm happy to read a blog from you. Sorry about the weight gain. I'm there, too. Well, I've lost a little, but I need to get back on track, too! Hugs to you!!!

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ANNIEONLI 9/2/2014 10:12PM

    My mom's favorite phrase: Sh 1T or get off the pot! LOL!!!

We all have those phases....I am there to (out of range and PISSED at myself - SOOOOOO PISSED) and getting back to tracking and exercising for 10 minutes a day...that is doable and is my gift to myself. You will figure this out!!
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KAYTIE22 9/2/2014 9:31PM

    Your blog could have been written by me even as far as the broken foot (this year though). But you never give up. You step off the track here and there but you always want to get right back up on the horse and move on. I know you can do it and I wait to read one of your future blogs with your game plan and success stories.

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