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240 Days, 52 Pounds, and One Cookie

Monday, December 13, 2010

On Saturday I logged on to SP, to be greeted by 25 points. Cool! It was a 30 day Bonus, telling me I'd been a member for 240 days. In that time, I've dropped 52 pounds, so I guess it's time for the "What I've Learned" blog.

Here goes...

1. One Cookie tastes as good as two cookies. emoticon

2. Planning is crucial.
I plan to fit in my exercise time. Strength is first thing every morning. If something comes up, and I have to fit it in later in the day, I feel like someone stuck a stick in my spokes.
I plan most of what I'll eat in a day. I track it as early as possible, so I know what's left in the "Budget", should I want an extra snack.

3. Almonds are amazing. I find that I'm a bit "Fat-Phobic", so my fat intake was frequently too low early on in my tracking. I've lost weight before, only to find it again, so I knew I had to fix that. I have almonds almost every day. I get a three pound sack, toast 'em, than weigh them into .75 oz portions (123 Cals), so they're easily available.

4. SP's trackers are incredible! I love how everything is customizable, and you can get as much info as you want. SO much better and easier to use than anything I've done before!

5. Spark Friends make ALL the difference. emoticon emoticon I know I can count on you guys as cheerleaders, or when I need a kick in the pants, or if I just need to whine a little. I've never met any of you face to face, but please know that you mean a lot to me, and have been a strong positive force in my life.

6. An evening walk is SO much better than becoming one with the sofa after dinner. emoticonYou meet your neighbors, find out that the local restaurant has great jazz on Sunday nights, and SO much more! Oh, yeah, you burn calories, too.

7. A big green salad is a wonderful lunch. emoticon emoticonI grate a few carrots, shred some cabbage and chop some celery and keep it together in a bag by the spring mix in the fridge. That way I just toss some from each bag in my bowl, add a little lean protein, grab a few whole grain crackers, and I'm good to go!

8. One Cookie tastes SO much better than the post-binge feeling after eating seventeen cookies. No guilt, no self-loathing, and my stomach feels great so I can do whatever's next on the agenda.
Thanks for reading my blog and commenting!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Good for you! I've been absent, but thinking of you. I hope to get things back on track, but you sound like you've never missed a beat.

    I'm so proud of you, darlin'.

    Yay YOU!!!

    3807 days ago
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    I am sure the 52 lbs makes you feel really proud that you stuck to it in 2010. I am amazed at how well the human body reacts to healthy food and exercise. This year is going to be tremendously successful.
    Come by anytime!
    3815 days ago
    I LOVE #1. That is SO true. :)
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    3835 days ago
    I love your blog. I find myself eating more treats latly mostly because they are in the house. I hate that part of the holidays I have a hard time saying no. But I love the part that one cookie tast just as good as 2. Oh yah and GREAT job at the weight loss!!! You are a great inspiration to me too.
    3835 days ago
    One cookie taste as good as two, ain't that the truth!

    Congratulations on learning so much and going so far.

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    3835 days ago
  • DAP1313
    I just busted out laughing on your posting about the one cookie twice. Isn't funny how we finally start realizing that a bag of cookies really didn't taste as good as the first one. Or the first of anything. LOL

    Slowly but surely we are learning this, and that's why I think we will make our goals and keep our weight to were we want it once we reach them. Baby steps, baby steps, baby steps.

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    3836 days ago
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