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club chat, apr 23

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

there was a lot of groaning, moaning and blaming it on Easter Ham today...very few mentioned chocolates but I know we have a few chocoholics in the group as well.

The weigh in numbers were not positive today...Graeme was the biggest gainer....10 lbs. He blamed Ham, chocolate and love. Both his mother and his wife, who both know better, bought 2 lb chocolate bunnies and he admitted that he gorged on ham and all the fixings for Easter dinner.

One lady put on 5 lbs, everyone else was between .25 -1 lb

Graeme's mom myself and another lady were losers of the week. A mere .5 but I will definitely take it!

We mostly had discussions about food allergies and what can be switched to still have the vitamin benefit. I did not find it an inspired discussion today. I think the mass gains was on everyone's mind more than anything.

I did ask what they thought about their gains and what they thought caused it. LikrI said most blamed it on Easter and all that goes with it.

Like I said in my last blog.... no one but you, controls the food that passes over your lips \. It is a matter of choice, and with a little effort and determination, it can be done. Doesn't matter if it is a holiday or not, you can still eat sensible.

I am not an angel either. But I have made the decision. The choice is mine now to live up to it. I am sure I will slip and fall somewhere along the line, but I won't wallow there. I really don t want to see anymore gains for awhile, and that will make me strong.

I have to set an example for the members of this club, after all, I am their leader. I have a responsibility when they chose me as the leader

Sometimes it is easier to wallow and just go with the flow. Unmindful of the choices we choose to eat. In a week, just give a shake to the head and complain ..."I don't know what I did wrong.." when really, you do know, you just don't want to admit to it.

It is all about choices, and I am happy that I passed the holiday weekend with a loss!



Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter to you all. I hope you are getting through this holiday without going too far off track.

It is a stressful holiday for some people. All holidays are stressful for some people.
For me, some I pass by with out any trouble, and others really sock it to me, if you know what I mean.

This one, is passing me by. A little lonely, to be sure, and a little envious of those with places to be, to share fun, laughter and a good meal. But, all in all, I am doing okay!

I have my mindset on and I dont want to break rank over a holiday meal. So it is just another day where I am determined to stay on track...and that is far, far, easier without the tempting foods of a holiday, wafting it's aromas at me all day, while it is cooking.

I find things are easier to deal with if you dont have to smell them cooking all day. I made this surprising discovery about myself on the last night (last sunday) of the Alpha course I was on. Some kind soul had donated 4 turkeys to the Alpha group's dinner. So of course, they were cooking in the church all afternoon.

Smelled wonderful when we walked in at dinner time. Dinner was announced within half an hour of arriving, so hadn't smelled it for very long before lining up for our meal. Going through the line, I asked for smaller spoonfuls of all that was offered. I sat down and ate.

Lots of people went back for seconds as there was leftovers after serving everyone, but I was not one of them. As a matter of fact, I even left some on my plate. I was quite happy with myself.

Course I do realize that it could also be that because I or some of the other good cooks in the family did not prepare the food, so it therefore didnt entice me that way either. But I still prefer to think it is because I did not smell the wonderful aromas of the dinner cooking.

It is all good for this girl!

I didnt break rank and I have stayed on track for the other days as well, for this passing week. I am confident that I will step on the scales with another loss this week, even if it is only a small loss. That is good enough! Black, no more reds, on my weight chart. I do not care if I have health issues, when they crop up, I will just have to be tougher on myself, to get through them with losses.

The profesionals say I can't do this or that.....well I have said it before about other things so I will say it about this as well....I CAN SO! I will prove it yet again.

We all have to make the best of our given lot in life. Some of us have it rougher than others. But I am not accepting that excuse for myself anymore

WE ARE what we put in our mouths. NO ONE forces us to put food in our mouths. The only person that has control of the bodies we live in, the only one that can accept the food into this body, is the person living in it. It all comes down to that one fact.

It is a matter of choice. It is a matter of determination to be the odds. Because the odds are failure. Whether we relax our criteria, whether we succumb to the temptations that cross our paths, whether we make our regime and lifestyles too strict, for whatever reason. it is a set up to fail for the majority of us. Our love affair with food is at the bottom of the whole thing.

So for this Easter time, that is about rising above, rejoicing in life, be it jesus's, or our own life. I choose life, a healthy life.

I started this new regime just before Lent, and I am still with it. I have had two weigh ins with losses, after most of three months of tiny gains. My Lord has given me the strength to carry this through. After much soul searching He has shown me the way, and I shall follow.

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TOPSBEAR 4/23/2014 10:03AM

    Thank you Amy! Happy Easter to you as well!
I hope things are going well for you back here on SP. Sometimes it is hard to get back into the frame of mind and takes a little time to re adjust. Wishing you success in all ways hugs

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AMYTRIPP 4/23/2014 9:43AM

    I'm late in wishing you a Happy Easter, but Happy Easter! emoticon

I'm glad you're staying on track and having success!

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TOPSBEAR 4/21/2014 7:27PM

    Interesting dish you have described. I have never heard of a dish like that. But I don't think I would have liked it sorry to say. While I like tomatoes in my vegetable soup, they have other vegetables with them, Just tomatoes and bread, well I don t care for tomato sandwiches so I don't think this would fly with me. Sorry

I am happy that you had a pleasant day/weekend, always nice when the weather co operates . We have had rain, rain and more rain. They sky will brighten and the sun will peek out for maybe half an hour then the clouds sock in again and the rain returns. Been like this for the last 7 or 8 days . Course they do say,"April showers bring May flowers"...hoping that May also brings the sunshine as well!

Have a wonderful week

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IMAVISION 4/21/2014 6:01PM

    I am with you on your ex-cousin-in-law's stuffing, Bear. Just reading the list of ingredients had me looking like this emoticon. I shudder to think how old favorites were actually made.

I used to make a dish that everyone went crazy for --- it was so simple to prepare & always got raves. To prepare it I would take white bread & butter it to the edges --- cut into fours or halves making triangle shapes. Pour a can of crushed or sliced tomatoes into a pie dish --- arrange buttered bread pieces into the dish --- leaving the crusts & part of the bread sticking out of the tomatoes. Bake until the bread was toasted & enjoy. I enjoyed the taste & the softness of part of it with the crunch of the top toasted part. I only made it on holidays! Still, when I think of the calories of that dish, I tend to want to slap myself up aside the head. emoticon

Somewhere along the way, I started making it with just the crusted edges buttered & felt a bit better about that. Interestingly enough, my MrV & our kiddos never ate it --- they didn't like the sogginess of the bread in the tomatoes. My Dad-in-law absolutely enjoyed it to no end. He keep saying to my Mom-in-law that she should make it. When I told her how simple it was to prepare, I recognized the same look that must have finally been on my face, when I realized how fat & calorie laden the dish was. I haven't made it in years now, but still would like to --- maybe updating it with 100% whole wheat bread or something along those lines. I probably never will make it again though.

I am happy for you in finding out what works for your body, Bear. That is something we all should do in connection to the advise of the professionals. I think they have a blanket list of suggestions & tend not to take into consideration that each body is different.

We had a lovely Resurrection Sunday --- starting before sunrise & on into a most pleasant day weather-wise. I am rejoicing in having stayed well below my allotted calories & having used those calories wisely. That is a first for a holiday for this gal. Usually, I give myself the go ahead to enjoy, because "after all it is a once a year holiday meal" type attitude. I didn't allow myself to do that this year & feel so great to have had success in not going for the "no-nos". I ate only from the dishes that I prepared, so I knew exactly how they had been prepared. I had chicken breast, a touch of ham (just enough to get the flavor), green beans, mashed potatoes - no butter or cream in them, & fresh fruit for my "afters". I was happy with my choices & did not feel at all deprived! Then for our evening meal, I had some of the leftover chicken, some fried cabbage, a salad, & an apple sliced with just a bit of peanut butter on a few of the slices. A very successful day with my food choices. I wasn't even tempted by the sugar free chocolates on offer.

It is another lovely sunny day here with a slight breeze. Aside from the normal daily chores, I got sheets washed & hung out to dry (that is a twice a week thing), got MrV's hair cut - I cut it short for the warmer months & he is pleased with my efforts, & got several correspondences written & posted. Pretty lazy, but productive day --- all in all!

That is a emoticon for now!

God bless!

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TOPSBEAR 4/20/2014 9:54PM

    Yes, Preparing your own food is always a safer bet, especially at holiday times. People that do not worry about weight problems or calories cook for taste. And for lot of people the salt, sugar and fat holy trinity makes every thing taste so much better. Because they are used to it. It is their habit.

My ex cousin in law. made the best tasting stuffing I have ever had, and one day I watched her make it...I was horrified! First she fried up a pound and a half of bacon. Then she fried the onions and celery in the fat and added a pound of butter. she dumped it all in a bowl and added the bacon, lots of raisins, pored a small handful of salt in, added bread, spices, eggs, some water and boullion powder and mixed it all up. I mentally totalled up all the ingredients for calories and I never ate her stuffing again, no matter how good it was! The calories just werent worth it

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SLIMLILA 4/20/2014 9:28PM

    Praise God!!!! He will continue to bless you as you follow his plan. He has given you the wisdom to overcome what the professionals see as the only way, and you know your body and how it works... keep it up girl....

I just tracked my meal and it was over 1500, I thought I was being quite controlled, I don't think I even tracked the stuffing.... and as you say, that is with someone else prepping the food and seeing the probably 1/2 marg. that went in the turnips, I can only imagine the carrots tasted as good as they did cuz of what was added to them.... Yikes.... it is certainly so much safer to prepare my own food...

Big hugs

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club chat, apr 16

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Weigh in went smoothly, no major gains or losses for anyone.

I was down 1.8 for this week, I will admit that I was hoping for more but will take that one. Everyone cheered for Spark team member Ima! Nice big fat 5 lbs down! yay!

Today We talked about Hormones, Menopause and body changes that can cause weight gains. We also got to pick at Graeme's brain to discover if men have similar problems in midlife. (I also looked it up on the computer before hand)

And the answer is yes. Though men are not as obvious as women, they still have body changes as they age , that can cause weight gain. For men, it is the gradual decreases of the testerone, just one thing basically.

Women have to contend with 5, sometimes 6, different changes. Metabolism changes and slows with each of the areas effected as a woman's body moves through the phases of menopause.

June, Graeme's mom stated, I remember when I would want to wear a certain dress on the weekend, I would try it on wedensday and if I found it snug, I could cut back a little for a couple days, take an extra walk or two and it fit beautifully friday or saturday night. Now....I can not do that anymore. I walk and walk, eat like a bird and still find myself with a small gain or barely a smidge of a loss....big sigh

June struggles so hard with herself. She is not a really big lady, but she is packing more weight than she wants to and tries hard to get it off. She gets very frustrated with herself because she figures that even at 88 she should be able to drop weight at the drop of a hat!

She will not accept that she has to eat even less than she now does, to lose the weight.

And that is the truth of the matter. As we age, none of us, no matter what kind of shape we are in, we have to eat less than we did when we were younger. There is no way around it.

Our metabolisms slow down, are not as efficient as they once were. Yes you can rev them up some with exercise and proper eating but it will NEVER be as efficient as it once in your teens and early twenties.

I did not research any further as I had run out of time the day before. There is still the question of whether hormone replacement vitamins and what not, could change how the body reacts to these changes in terms of weight loss. I have a feeling the answer would be that there is no benefits in that way. Why do I think that? Because after all the women that have gone through menopause before us, if that were to work, I would think we would have hear d about it before now! At least one of us would have.

So while the discussion was good , and did answer that hormone changes and menopause can contribute to weight gains with some people, it did not give the answers of how to counteract it.

Just have to exercise more, eat even less....Or just accept who you are and keep yourself healthy.

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TOPSBEAR 4/18/2014 11:00PM

    Veggies dont work for everyone. I know Graeme's dad loves his veggies but there are so many that he is not allowed to eat! Something about causing his meds not to work properly. Doctor has told him which ones he is to have, which is not very many and not ones most of us regularly eat.

I do not know what meds he is on, to know why he can not have whatever he wants. He complains bitterly about it often, as he is a man that really enjoyed his veggies.

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SLIMLILA 4/18/2014 7:25PM

    How true... but we can eat more veggies... I remember one time my mom was in hospital and we somehow (killing time) got to talking about food and she said, "You're lucky you like veggies"... which I can't imagine isn't true for everyone - they just have to be cooked properly and not mushed to smithereens...
Congrats on your success this week..... emoticon

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TOPSBEAR 4/18/2014 1:27PM

    Ima, just keep doing what you are doing. Even if you hit a plateau again, or deal with little tiny losses, keep doing your regime faithfully. If you start relaxing again, then your body will not find it s new set point. It will think, Okay Ima is happy here so this is where I will set my numbers to.

A lot of people do not realise the body and all its organs have to readjust as well, when we lose weight. It has to move pockets of fat around to stabilize itself. Too much of anything in any part of the body cause it to have an overbalance in itself and causes various small things to react to it's over balance.

Things like make too much insulin for itself, maybe not enough or too much vitamins like iron and magnesium and other things. ALL the vitamins that our body collects are all perfectly balanced for itself until we start changing the ratios by "dieting" and exercising.

So essentially what plateaus are is our bodies realigning itself and catching up with what we are doing with it. This is also why we see changes in inches somertimes rather than lbs lost on the scale emoticon

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IMAVISION 4/18/2014 12:03PM

    emoticon for sharing your knowledge with me. I certainly do appreciate your taking the time to do so.

I stepped on the emoticon this morning to see the results of my first week of reapplying the determination that I had so strongly felt, while dropping the thirty pounds.

Much to my utter amazement --- the report of the emoticon showed the same five pounds dropped! So, at this point in time, I am taking the emoticon at its "word" & rejoicing in the five pounds down. With other ounces emoticon in previous weeks, I am now very close to breaking that cycle of "playing around" with the same pounds over & over again. That fact delights this gal to no end!

So, for Ima, it is on to the coming week with a hopeful heart & a determined mind! emoticon

God bless you on this Good Friday, my Sister/Friend!

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TOPSBEAR 4/17/2014 1:35PM

    Ima while it is true that your 5 lbs drop may have been a cause of dehydration, a drop in water weight that may come back just as quickly...but there is also the possibility that , because you have been so diligent for a while noe, being careful with things you are eating and so on, that your body has finally relented and let the extra weight go. This usually happens on plateaus, where if you keep on doing what you have been doing then sometime, it can take a few weeks or several months, the body catches up to itself. It has all its things that the body looks after back where it likes them to be and lets the extra weight go starting on a losing pattern once again.

Our bodies have natural set points that it likes to keep, and when losses occur it has to reset the set points that it keeps. That is how come, sometimes we always bounce back to the same number for a long while. It is a number the body is happy with at that time, it will let you lose or gain a little but averages back to that number, until you manage to change the natural set point your body acknowledges.

No Amy, I am sure most of us don t like the idea that we have to eat less as we age. It is something even I am finding frustrating at times, if truth be told. Sigh...

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IMAVISION 4/17/2014 12:51PM

    emoticon Amy!


Sure have missed you!

God bless!

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IMAVISION 4/17/2014 12:47PM

    emoticon to all the folks at the club meeting for their encouragement concerning my weight dropping efforts, Bear. I still feel that that five pounds down was a fluke of some sort --- five pounds in three days just seems that it would have to be an unlikely occurrence --- at least, pounds that stay off. Friday morning's weigh-in will tell the tale on that score.

I don't like the idea of not making the five pounds down & then have it seem like I have had a gain --- when the five wasn't a true weigh-in or a true good fortune event, but rather a fleeting chance occurrence that has my emoticon laughing at my hopeful gullibility. emoticon

Oh, well, emoticon Whatever will be, will be! emoticon

I like having the club to report to --- it is one of those things that keep me motivated to do well. While I dropped the thirty pounds, I had a group here at SP that I reported to & it truly was a motivating factor in the success of that time. I stopped coming to SP &, thus, lost touch with that group of gals & haven't touched lives with them since.

I don't know if you remember the old way at SP --- there weren't teams back then --- rather you touched lives by reading & responding to the introduction of another --- like "Female, 55, with 40-50 pounds to lose" --- if it seemed like it would be a good fit, you made contact & went from there. The only thing I remember about that group is that the gal, who originally posted wanting friends to travel this journey with, lived out in the country & seemed to have an interesting life --- they did something seasonal for income --- maybe rented cabins on their land. I, also, remember that of the group, I was the only one who was making progress with pounds down. I would so enjoy touching base with her again --- just to see how things are going --- however, I cannot for the life of me remember what name she used.

Oh, I just remembered about another really nice gal on that team --- she had already made goal & was maintaining --- she really looked great --- it was hard to believe that her before & after photos were of the same gal. She & I were close in age & I found her to be delightful; however, the other gals in the group seemed to be jealous of her success & noticeably shunned her --- which left me feeling miserable for her & for the group. I found her marvelous success an encouragement that if I worked at it, I, too, could have such a success account to share. That gal was offered to do a commercial type thing selling the gazelle exercise machine --- not a regular commercial --- rather one of those that goes on late at night & runs for a half hour or so.

Well. that Ima sure does go on! Doesn't she? emoticon

God bless all in "our" Tops group with the most delightful success over the coming week!

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AMYTRIPP 4/17/2014 10:27AM

    I don't think any of like the thought of not being able to eat as much as we age - especially those of us who use food as comfort - but it's definitely a truth we need to deal with.

Thanks for sharing, Bear!

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eagle painting

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

yesterday I painted this one, kept me out of the kitchen cause for some reason I really wanted to break and eat every thing I could find...I could not get food off my mind!

Later this morning I will be weighing in with the club to see how well I did this week and will post the club chat

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TOPSBEAR 4/16/2014 11:02PM

    Amy! Lovely to see you hon emoticon I have missed you as well, especially as you were the one to bring me back here lol

Yes, My attitude and self talk has changed 180 since bringing art back into my life! My self confidence is growing back up once again too.

I know it is not from weight loss because my weight has changed that much. It just goes to show that human spirit can wilt and begin to die, when it does not have the outlets that provide what it needs to remain healthy. My world had gotten quite drab and colorless over the many years of nothing artistic. Now it is back in full color!

How is your writing doing Amy?

Ima, I have not been back to see the eaglet, I am sure he iss growing into the magnificent bird he will be!

Thank you both for stopping by and leaving me comments, I appreciate it! God bless!

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IMAVISION 4/16/2014 8:14PM

    I like that painting, Bear. He looks like he is protecting his eaglet!

Have you visited the eagle's nest lately. The eaglet is so large --- so changed from when he was a baby --- I sure hope I don't miss the opportunity of seeing his first flight --- or the start of if from the nest.

I think you were wise to paint when food was on your mind. I am surprised you didn't paint a spread for a banquet! emoticon

I have been blessed over the past six days --- food hasn't been "calling to me". From experience, I know that that is subject to change at any moment in time. I just pray that it is later than sooner.

It is snowing this afternoon --- not sticking, so I am calling it a "snowflake rain" --- has felt like a Saturday afternoon for some reason. You know the type of afternoon when curling up with a good book seems like "just what the doctor ordered".

I look forward to reading the club chat news!

God bless!

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AMYTRIPP 4/16/2014 7:32PM

    That eagle is so fierce and beautiful! I will have to look through your blog posts and see what I've missed!

Some days our minds/stomachs just won't listen to common sense, will they? I'm glad you have your painting to keep your mind occupied on those days. It must seem like breathing again to be painting, doesn't it?

I missed you, Bear!!

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TOPSBEAR 4/16/2014 1:47PM

    Thank you Auntrenee, MJRVIC2000, and dsbride! I appreciate your comments and for stopping by.

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DSBRIDE 4/16/2014 9:54AM

    This sure seems to reflect your mood. It's so much better to channel your cravings into something positive and today you have something very nice to show for it!

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MJRVIC2000 4/16/2014 9:45AM

    Way to go! Keep on keeping on! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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AUNTRENEE 4/16/2014 9:39AM

    Love the painting. I wish that I had it for my collection of bald eagles.

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a new painting

Sunday, April 13, 2014

I have been playing with this painting for over a week...I can not make up my mind if it is finished or not... So perhaps my friends here would care to critique this picture and tell me if they think it is finished or not, in their opinion.

I have called it peaceful as that is what I awas aiming to portray. Something relaxing...

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TOPSBEAR 4/17/2014 1:40PM

    Thank you Amy! I did leave this one the way it is emoticon

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AMYTRIPP 4/17/2014 10:28AM

    I love the painting the way it is - very light and peaceful. Beautiful!

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TOPSBEAR 4/13/2014 11:56PM

    Thanks dsbride, Ima and MrV. That settles it then as 4 of you think it is fine the way it is. Thank you so much for your opinions God Bless!

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IMAVISION 4/13/2014 8:40PM

    Personally, I like it just as it is, Bear. I sure do like the owl. Trees & owls give me such a joy --- I don't know why --- I just like them!

I can't even think what more you might add to it.

My MrV's opinion is that it needs no change.

With its brightness, I think it would brighten up any darker corner or hallway in a home, quite nicely!

God bless!

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DSBRIDE 4/13/2014 6:58PM

    Sometimes simple is just right. This is very calm and peaceful, not a cluttered pic. I think you achieved what you wanted and it's beautiful!

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TOPSBEAR 4/13/2014 6:07PM

    thank you ARNETTELEE It helps to hear from others when one is not sure of something :) thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to reply emoticon

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ARNETTELEE 4/13/2014 5:50PM

  It's beautiful! You have a great talent! I like it as is!

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