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The best WILD WEDNESDAY ever !

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Hello and what a nice start to a wonderful Thursday. Yesterday as I was running my usual wed. errands of recycling , groceries ,getting gas , etc. and trying not to stop and have fast food , as I did not reach my 1st yr anniversary goal of 70 lbs lost , however I have lost 60 lbs and feel so much healthier and very proud of my success as tomorrow is my 1 yr anniversary here at Spark and I owe it all to you inspiring members that have kept me motivated to keeping a promise to myself to getting in shape and lose this 100 lbs of extra weight , so 60 in a yr is making me healthier and happier!

Ok, on with my story. When I picked my daughter up from her job as a preschool teacher in the inner city of Detroit , which I am so very proud of saying that she is a wonderful daughter as well as a remarkable asset to the school system. Well she is doing a hands on lesson of making fruit and veggie kabobs with her class tomorrow , so she wanted to go to this neighborhood fruit mkt where they advertise a WILD WEDNESDAY sale. We went in and much to our suprise it was the best sale I have ever seen!
This is what we got----

Pineapple 2 lg
Strawberries 8 quarts
Mangos 4 lg
Grapes 3 lbs
Peppers 15 mixed colors
Celery 2 bunches
Carrots 2 bags
Beets 4 lg
Eggplant 2 lg
Broccolli 3 crowns
Leaf lettuce 1 bunch
Tomatoes 4 lg
Lemons 4 lg
Limes 4 lg

All of this produce was only 22.63. What a great WILD WEDNESDAY. I think this is a sign , to have me continue to eat 8 to 10 fruits and veggies daily, I will be stopping at this fruit mkt weekly so I can continue to get healthier on my weight loss journey. Oh , and here's the reciept.... emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/6/2014 10:49PM


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GAILANN48 3/6/2014 8:51PM

    Sounds wonderful - the produce as well as your weight loss! Kudos to you on both counts, and congrats to your daughter for teaching some really important life lessons!

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MJREIMERS 3/6/2014 2:07PM

    emoticon I love that she is teaching the kids about healthy eating AND got a great deal. It doesn't get better than that!! I wish we had those prices where I live!

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Controlling my portions?

Thursday, February 06, 2014

I have been trying to control my portions for the last few days , and have done pretty good for the most part , and have kept to my goal of eating 6 to 8 fruits and veggies as they are pretty filling , however its the carbs I have to keep lower. I am on the borderline of being diabetic and should keep under 50 carbs per meal, , sometimes this is a real challenge . I do so love to bake and have rice and pasta along with the sweet fruits. This afternoon I baked applesauce oatmeal muffins, as they are made with sugar sub they still have around 30 or 35 carbs per muffin. Beans too are so healthy, however high in carbs as well., and I always want more than one cup. Im wondering if more fiber counteracts the amount of carbs you have so they don't turn to sugar in your system. Someone told me recently that when you have 4 grams of fiber you can minus 4 grams of sugar if so does it work with the carbs that turn to sugar. Anyone have an opinion on the concept? Although I still will try to keep my carbs around 50 per meal its just such a challenge at times. Learning to adjust is a full time plan, but well worth it in the long run I guess.

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GEMINI-SKY 2/8/2014 7:48AM

    Good Morning Star !
I usually eat protein with any food I eat.
The protein helps slow down the absorption of the carbs into your blood stream.
As far as beans, which I Love, instead of eating a full portion all at one time, I sprinkle them on salads, blend them with low fat cream cheese and eat on celery...In other words, think of ways to get them in spread out thru out the day.
As far as subtracting carbs when eating fiber, there is a mixed opinion on that.
Try it and test to see how you react to it. If your BS goes up, then it's not for you.
I love my diabetic cookbooks, so try some of those to help you out.
Everyone reacts so differently to what they eat, so testing and keeping records is your best option.
I wish you well and keep up the good work.

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    Same here, let's fight the good fight together emoticon

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Just start measuring again

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Today I had lunch at Red Lobster , and much to my suprise , I must start measuring my portions again. Its a wonder I have not gained weight over these last couple months! Haven't lost either, thats the problem. Well , I ordered a portion measured lunch consisted of 3 oz of baked fish, a half cup of crabmeat stuffing a cup of fresh green beans and a salad with fat free raspberry vinaigrette. Which was supposed to be under 600 calories, and WAS very tasty! However , I noticed my portions at home have gotten a bit larger than I should have, along with all of the holiday goodies that I have had (in moderation I can say) is the reason I just haven't lost anything recently. So , for dinner I measured my cup of chili as I haven't done so with soups, mac and cheese , potatoes, and so forth.
The point is , we get confident in what we think we know and slip back into our old eating habits so quickly.
For this last month, before my one year anniversary I am going to measure all of my portions of whatever I have to try to reach my goal of 60 one year. That may not seem like a lot to some of you .however it is 5 lbs a month average loss and that's good enough for me.

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Myself and my two sisters at Red Lobster , YUMMY

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EMMACORY 2/4/2014 7:13PM

    emoticon It is easy to forget the portion control piece. I also know how to maintain so I am also being more diligent about tracking and measuring. Blessings on your journey! emoticon

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Eating more veggies and fruits

Sunday, December 15, 2013

So , I've set this new goal to eat 6 to 8 fruits and veggies daily. I made it a point to have at least 2 per meal and sometimes 3 or 4, well its working out better than the 3 exercise vidios daily, I think cause I'm on my feet all day at work that I just dont have the energy or incentive to workout as often as I should, however I do get my steps in most days, over 10.000 usually.
Well this week I made mac and cheese with butternut squash and roasted onion and carrots , I pureed them with 1% milk till smooth and then blended it into the cheese sauce made with 12 oz. mixed cheddar and smokey swiss. Sounds like a lot of cheese , but only 1 and 1/2 oz. per serving . I get 8 delicious servings from a .lb of elbow macaroni. My family couldn't even tell the veggies were in it and I served it with green beans and more carrots so we got 4 veggie servings in the meal , oh and I did put lil smokies in the dish too! I also enjoy at least 2 or 3 fruits at breakfast and the same at lunch so its quite simple to get the 6 or 8 in daily and very filling too.I always meet or go over my 25 grams of fiber per day and have cut my fat considerably. Well when I weigh in tommorrow I hope this has given me a push in the weight loss goal for the first half of Dec. I'll be content with 1or 2 lbs. lost and then to make it through Christmas will be the real challenge. Another day another decision to eat healthier . By george I think im getting the hang of it! Bye for now Spark buddies.

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GAILANN48 12/15/2013 3:55PM

    Hope the weigh in goes well! But even if it doesn't show yet, you're doing a great job eating better. WooHOO!

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TWEETYKC00 12/15/2013 10:27AM

    Good for you making healthier choices!

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144AUTUMN 12/15/2013 3:00AM

  Keep up the good work!!

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144AUTUMN 12/15/2013 2:59AM

  You can do it!!

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Trying to Blog more

Monday, December 02, 2013

Hi :to all of you fellow Bloggers emoticon

I know to some it is really fulfilling to blog daily , weekly or even more for some. I just cant get the hang of it. I feel as if my thoughts are kinda boring or not really worthy of putting in a blog , but when I do I feel more accomplished , and therefore here I am . Well as for the last blog that I was committed to picking a exercise vidio or two daily ,that flopped. Oh well ,I do get several walks in throughout the week but I know that I need to work other areas of my body to get in better shape. Knowing and doing are two different things , so I must try harder to incorperate more workouts in my daily activities. On a good note I did lose 2.5 lbs. for November. I may not reach my goal for the New Year but I will be closer to it, slow and steady may not win the race but it gets me closer to the goal. So I'm not stressing on a time frame as long as im making progress is all that matters.
Well that did feel good to write it out , now let me get up and move for the next half hour and I'll feel even better.
Happy Holidays and Keep Sparking

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GAILANN48 12/8/2013 10:16AM

    Wow, do I ever hear you.... I'm also struggling with the slow rate of loss, and with my less than wonderful follow through. But I'm still here trying, and so are you. :)
Someone once told me to remember that when we don't quite make a goal in the time we initially set, it's not the goal that was wrong, but only the date. So I think you've got it exactly right! I think finding the path that works, the things that motivate US and work for US is the hardest part of this journey, but it's the way that leads success. You can do this, and you'll find what works. And now you've gone and inspired me, too!

Have a great day today.
:) Gail

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    I feel the same way, I made a couple of blogs when I first joined and haven't been to the blog page in weeks. I think of things that would be good topics when I'm out and about but can't remember them when I sit down.

Slow and steady may not be glamorous but it gets the job done. Way to go!


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WILLOW49 12/3/2013 11:59AM

    Good job on your weight loss! Happy Holidays!

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