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MIGCIN Posts: 34
8/26/10 6:28 A

emoticon Thank you for sharing and for your method of dealing with the urge to eat something sweet or salty. I think that is my biggest problem I need to deal with being an emotional eater. Thank you for the inspiration.

JOJO009 Posts: 4
8/26/10 6:26 A

Very inspiring and helpful...thank you. Good luck with the next half!

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8/26/10 6:25 A

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Congrats on hitting the halfway point! Daily reminders of what I'm trying to achieve will help me out greatly! Thanks for posting!

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8/26/10 6:25 A


SPUTT31 Posts: 10
8/26/10 6:24 A

Thanks for this post. I was getting off track, and you just gave me the motivation I needed to get back on again

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8/26/10 6:23 A

emoticon You are doing a great job. Keep it up. emoticon

SHARIH42 Posts: 154
8/26/10 6:22 A

I can relate to you. I just reached my half-way mark as well. And I am trying to make healthy choices, too. I have lost 15 on my way to 30.

Awesome post. Thanks for sharing! -shari

Edited by: SHARIH42 at: 8/26/2010 (06:27)
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8/26/10 6:06 A

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Great job! You will be at your goal in no time.

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ASTRALL Posts: 1,176
8/26/10 6:03 A

Well done and thanks for sharing your journey. I like your thought processes when emotional eating is preparing to strike. Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon

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CHARLIE1206 Posts: 2
8/26/10 5:57 A

That is awesome! Thank you for sharing that, I needed to hear it today. Keep up the great work! I look forward to hearing that you've made your goal. I am trying to get back on track and just recently started using sparks again.

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8/26/10 5:54 A


Thanks so much for sharing your story. What a great inspiration to get me going and moving this AM

PIGGSY1 Posts: 77
8/26/10 5:50 A

Congratulations for what you have and will achieve! Way to go!!! emoticon emoticon

SANAYA2 Posts: 13
8/26/10 5:36 A

thank you so much for sharing your story!!! I am on the exact same journey as you!! i just started to take care of my self in august and have already lost 9 pounds!! Thank you for the lift of inspiration to know that someone else is acomplishing the same thing i am!! We can beat this!!! yeah for us!!!

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YOGISUE101 Posts: 2
8/26/10 5:35 A

Thank you for that. It was particularly helpful to me this morning to refocus after a bad day food wise yesterday. I like how slowing down and analysing your feelings help you to resist foods that are unhealthy. Keep it up. You are indeed inspiring others. emoticon

TRESSWANN Posts: 3,087
8/26/10 5:13 A

You are inspiring!

LILYSMOM08 Posts: 1,142
8/26/10 4:41 A

Love your attitude ! You're excactly where I was about three and a half years ago. (I had lost 25 pounds and had another 25 to go....) I'm happy to say, not only did I reach my goal of 50 total pounds, but I've kept the weight off all this time and continue to enjoy the journey ! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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8/26/10 4:14 A

A great attitude- we have similar amounts to lose and are both about halfway. I too hope to lose it all by Christmas (1 year after the birth of my last baby). Thanks for today's motivation!

8/26/10 3:54 A

Congratulations and stick with it!Thank you for inspiring me. I have been trying to lose weight for the longest while. Whenever I lose 10 lbs I gain 12 later on. I am not dedicated. I know what I should do but somehow cannot get it done. My problems include not drinking the 8 glasses of water everyday. Sometimes I do, other times I forget. You have made me re-dedicate myself to good health. Good luck. emoticon

KIERAN1E Posts: 1
8/26/10 3:42 A

An inspring story. Keep up the excellent work and let us know how you are progressing!

MTWYMAN1 Posts: 114
8/26/10 3:27 A

Congratulations and hope the next 25 is easy. Helped me stay motivated. Thanks!

8/26/10 3:27 A

What a wonderful story. It's so inspirational to see! Besides having helped yourself and your family, you're helping the SparkPeople community as well! Congrats and keep it up!

HOPESINGH Posts: 2,120
8/26/10 3:20 A

I loved how your being conscious of psychological difficulties actually empowers you. emoticon

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ARTEMIS83 Posts: 309
8/26/10 3:16 A

I am really happy for you! You did a great job until now and I am sure nothing will stop you to continue! Keep it going!!! :)

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SUPERSYLPH Posts: 1,295
8/26/10 3:09 A

Great success story! I know you'll make it, and I am trying to shed 25 more lbs. by Christmas myself! I just can't wait to feel and look healthy again!


SHELLEX Posts: 1
8/26/10 2:44 A

Today is my first day. I read your post and it made me feel better. Because I know I,too, can do all those little things that lead to big results. Thank you for inspiring me and good luck with your journey.

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DIDMIS Posts: 121,322
8/26/10 2:40 A

You are doing so good and I know you will reach your goal.

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8/26/10 2:39 A

Amazing story, thanks for the feedback

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BEAR_GURL Posts: 19,739
8/26/10 2:34 A

CSULL764541 Posts: 316
8/26/10 2:26 A

Yeah for you! What an amazing job your question that you'll reach your goal...determination like yours always wins out! emoticon

EBLOOMING Posts: 4,289
8/26/10 2:20 A

Hey!! I am proud of you and support what you are doing!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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8/26/10 2:09 A

great job!

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KCOOKIE1 Posts: 2
8/26/10 1:50 A

congratulation,s you,re doing great .I,m sure you,ll do it by Xmas.

8/26/10 1:08 A

I am totally with you. I started out at 188 on Feb 1st and after talking with my primary care physician I am on the path to get to 160 by December 1st. My doc wanted me to get to 150 but that may be too low. I am about 5'8"". I am now at 174. My strategy is to keep my usual calorie intake around 1,600 per day with under 180 gms of carbs and about 40 gms of fiber. I never go three hours w/o eating. I workout at the gym at least 3 times a week and sometimes as much as 5 times. Sometimes, I spend an hour on cardio and 1/2 hr on resistance and weights.

LIZJAGS Posts: 1
8/26/10 12:59 A

I needed to see your post!!! I have been trying to lose 5 lbs for a year!! I had a great trainer and he put me on a program and I change it to keep it fresh..I am very toned and my arms are well cut BUT I cannot stay away from cookies, cakes and anything sweet. Tomorrow I will begin a journal of my intake- thanks to you and maybe NOW I will shake the weight
Thank you

PASTORED2 Posts: 55
8/26/10 12:53 A

While I'm only 15% of the way to my goal. I feel the same way. I can actually see the finish line! emoticon

LAURAS14 Posts: 3,569
8/26/10 12:53 A

We all should be having fun! Life is truly too short...stop and smell the roses, drink lots of water, and enjoy the heck out of fruits and veggies.

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8/26/10 12:44 A

Thanks for reminding me that it doesn't have to be hard. In fact, the only way that it will work for the long haul is to keep it simple and easy. Thanks for the reminder when everyone else is talking about counting carbs and adding supplements.

8/26/10 12:33 A

Way to go!! Thanks for the inspiring story.

TRACYISM617 Posts: 58
6/27/10 9:45 A

Thats awesome

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6/27/10 8:39 A


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6/26/10 10:57 A

great job.

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6/26/10 10:05 A

Great post, you are sure getting it together

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6/25/10 10:46 P

emoticon Doesn't it feel great!

I've lost 20 and have 5 more to go. They've been the hardest yet but my goal is to loose the last 5 by the end of July. I know I can (not I think I can).

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6/25/10 1:11 P

Congratulation on that half-way point! That is terrific! You will get there, because you hava a great attitude and are making great choices.

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6/25/10 12:43 P

Sure Barb -- thanks for reading The Spark and getting our DVDs, I appreciate it and hope they help you reach even more goals!


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6/25/10 12:42 P

Thanks, Chris! I am honored by your heartfelt reply. Just got your book (and dvd set) yesterday - can't wait to start reading it!!!

Blessings to you Chris, for this incredible legacy. I absolutely adore SparkPeople, and your powerful committment that comes shining through!!!


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6/25/10 12:11 P

Woohoo Barb -- thanks for sharing the highlights of your great adventure so far. Have fun continuing to reach goals!


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6/25/10 10:06 A

On my 47th birthday, I made a commitment to give myself the gift of a new body. For my myself and my health, my daughter, my hubby, my music!!! Starting with a total of fifty pounds total to lose, I made it to the halfway point on June 25, 2010. Only 25 pounds left to go. I think I'll easily make it by Christmas!

My greatest lessons so far:

Every day I re-commit to myself to eat consciously. When I think about reaching for something sweet or salty, I look at what's going on in my life, in that moment - discomfort, conflict, need for love or comfort - and I've learned that I can consciously choose not to give into to those urges to ease my mind.

I've learned to eat smaller meals through out the day and not allow myself to get famished. This practice made impulse eating non-exististent!

I've learned that I actually enjoy cooking, and that I actually CAN cook!

I've learned to weigh and document everything I eat, and drink 8 glasses of water a day!!! Thank you SparkPeople!

I've learned getting fit doesn't have to be "hard". I learned to create an awesome context that includes an empowering story full of rich motivation, and I SHARE it with friends, family and the people I work with. I'm inspired, and guess what? So are they!!!

I've learned to log in to SparkPeople everyday and play to make the journey FUN and in GREAT company!

Most of all? I've learned to just HAVE FUN!!!




- Love, Barb

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