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FANCY_PANTS Posts: 428
2/2/12 10:17 A

Another day....... last night watched the 5 year story of a wonderful lady who weighed over 600 pounds and had gastric to help her start her weight loss journey...she ended up losing over 400 pounds..... wow.... What a courageous, wonderful soul!! Can not tell you, that even though I might not weigh 600 pounds, the same feelings that this lady poured out, are many of the same feelings that I have.. we all go through the same emotional roller coaster, no matter how much weight we need to lose. All I know is that if she ( who was wheel chair and home bound for a good amount of time) can lose all that weight, I surely can do this as well. Thank you Melissa for your story and to let so many people into your life to watch your struggle but also your winning streak of losing all that weight! I am sure it was an uphill battle at sometime, but you defeated it and are now enjoying life to the fullest. Something you said you hadn't done in over 10 years.... Let's do this, sparkers..... let's shine and make this a year of weight-loss success!! cheers to all of you!! emoticon

FANCY_PANTS Posts: 428
2/1/12 11:20 A

So today I started to eliminate bread and sugar..... I have done this before and have lost weight. Not to mention I felt really good and energetic. So here goes : )

Cathie: This is how I make yogurt...... kind of old school..( dang, who am I kidding, this is the way my grandmother and before, made it! )
Take 2% milk and put it in a pot. I have to admit, I don't measure the milk. I use about 4 gallons at a time in a huge pot but you can definitely downsize it. I put it on a low-med heat and wait till it starts to develop a light skin on the top. When this happens you turn the heat off. Then you wait till it cools down a bit to be able to put your pinky finger in it for a count to ten... you then put your "starter" in... about a cup of yogurt. Put the lid on and cover it with a blanket for a whole day in a warm place. Next day it will be thick. Voila... yogurt! You can go further and make a sort of "cream cheese" by straining this yogurt in a cheese cloth or new, clean pillow case... I know this all sounds tedious and really old fashion... LOL!!! It is actually very simple to do and yes, I do agree 'old fashion', but it works for me and I enjoy making it... emoticon

CATHIEMILLER90 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/31/12 4:29 P

I thought I needed to eliminate bread until I found a local grocery store's bakery whole wheat...I have a slice for breakfast every morning with some peanutbutter on it...I will not eat any other whole wheat (and I pray they never go out of business or I'm sunk lol) but by limiting the amount seems to help me...and the peanutbutter gives me a nice energy boost!

How do you make homemade yogurt? I would like to try that if you don't mind sharing the recipe...I have a tough time finding one I like, and the particular store brand I prefer doesn't always carry flavors I like. Making my own sounds like it would be much better and then adding my won fresh fruit...

Wishing you well!

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1/31/12 11:56 A

Sugar is a real problem since it is hidden in many products.

I found a yogurt labeled Kroger CarbMaster. It has only 60 kcal and 4 carbs (includes 3 g of suger) per serving. Not only does it taste great, but it is a diabetics dream snack. Kroger stores incude other store names, such as QFC in the NW and Fry's here in AZ.

FANCY_PANTS Posts: 428
1/31/12 10:44 A

I think I really need to start to eliminate bread... It seems that everytime I eat it, I get a bloated feeling. I was on Atkin's a few years back and did realy well. I am thinking of starting to eliminate the bread and sugar ( I can not believe how much sugar is in the low fat yogurt that I am eating.) Need to replace this yogurt with a different brand. Today I am opting out of the yogurt until I get some low fat plain. I think I just might make up a batch like I did in the past. Let's see how today goes... : )

FANCY_PANTS Posts: 428
1/31/12 12:25 A

We will definately be encouraging one another! Thank you for your post! I am starting to get real addicted to spark people and to my tracking. Today was a great day. I feel full and happy. Can't wait to get out of the 60's........ :)

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1/30/12 8:49 P

I just filled in the nutrition tracker for my daily intake today...may cals fell into place, but almost died when i looked at my sodium intake!!!! I am over 1,000mg what i should be!!! with the high blood pressure I think it is not a good thing that's a given, but I whole heartedly agree with your first entry that you just do not realize what you are putting into your mouth on a given day until you fill out one of the tracker tools!!!! I know I will be keeping a closer eye on labels and buying low sodium more often than not! it certainly opened my eyes!

I also think that you are doing well, and I will be back to see your blog often, I want to see you make it to your personal goal! maybe we can inspire one another! and a dialy blog is the best way to go to keep yourself on track, because you are not making this commitment to a healthy life style just to yourself, you are making it to anyone who reads this, and that is great motivation! Keep up the good work, and no matter what you always deserve the best!!!!

FANCY_PANTS Posts: 428
1/29/12 11:51 P

Yes, you are right! I keep looking at my weight on my tracker and think! Am I really that heavy? I don't "feel" that heavy. But who am I kidding??? I am just so used to this extra weight, that it has actually become a big part of "me" - no pun intended! It is so crazy to see things written down... That is why on of the greatest tools that you can use on this site is the nutrition tracker. It is amazing what you do not realize that you put in your mouth on a daily basis. All those added up calories. A little taste from here and a little taste from there...... it all adds up! This is my main goal right now... keep my nutrition tracker up to date.
Linda emoticon

1/29/12 8:14 P

You have all the tools that you need right here on sparkpeople. Good luck! Commit to yourself one decision at a time!

FANCY_PANTS Posts: 428
1/29/12 1:07 P

Great week.......! Weight is coming off and I feel very content and happy....going to start planning little bonuses for myself.

FANCY_PANTS Posts: 428
1/27/12 12:00 P

Ok.. day two!

I have planned my daily nutrition plan. I am starting on third cup of water. Got my exercise planned....starting off well this morning! I am going to incorporate my exercise at work as well. Climbing up the escalator instead of just standing there for the ride.... walk around the store a few times... When I get home tonight, I will treadmill it for 30 minutes......

My word for the year is : de-clutter

I decided this year not to make a New Year Resolution. I have decided to take a word and take ownership of it. De-clutter means that I will get rid of all negative issues, people, thoughts and such that are occupying my life with can't, no, you don't deserve it, etc...... I am going to take charge with positive influences in my life that are yes, you can and of course you deserve it! I even feel better just saying it. I know that I am a strong individual. Just got to believe that and believe in myself that I can accomplish anything that I set my mind to.

Positive thinking is a mental attitude that admits into the mind thoughts, words and images that are conductive to growth, expansion and success. It is a mental attitude that expects good and favorable results. A positive mind anticipates happiness, joy, health and a successful outcome of every situation and action. Whatever the mind expects, it finds.

How do you see yourself today? emoticon

SANDRALUVSLON SparkPoints: (38,429)
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1/27/12 9:28 A

I understand completely. This is our year to get healthy and lighter and stay that way. Never give up

JIBBIE49 Posts: 68,930
1/26/12 7:26 P

Don't quit.

FANCY_PANTS Posts: 428
1/26/12 3:23 P

Today is the day...well I should say, it starts right now.. 12:07 pm on Thursday, January 26th, 2012...

I need to do this for myself. I am so dang tired of waking up every morning thinking about which 'diet' I should start this time. It has consumed me like a virus that will not go away. Today I toyed about joining weight watchers for the 7th time..... I have had my ups and downs at weight loss. Lost 70 pounds once. Lost 45 pounds another time. Do I know what to do? Yes, of course....then why the weight gain again and what is the problem... The problem is not my stomache, it is my brain. The way I think.... I continually run to food for comfort, joy, pain, happiness, anything. Who goes on a day trip with their family and the first thing they think about is what will they eat??? Food has consumed me. It is my choice of drug. I am addicted to it. I am addicted to eating. I should be happy and healthy. I have a great career that I keep moving up in. I have a wonderful supportive husband and kids. My friends are great and supportive as well. What is that link that keeps driving me to eat? .... This is my online journal to find that out and document my 365 days of getting healthy. As of this minute, the scale weighs in at 268 pounds.......They always say that it ain't over till the fat lady sings......well, I am hear to tell you that this fat lady just bellowed out a high note... It ends now. I just documented in my nutrition tracker of what I ate this morning. I am astounded but not surprised. I am keeping this journal honest and it is very ugly to see the food I ate and the amount of it. Like I said it is just a few minutes past noon and I pretty well ate up my days worth of calories in such a bad way. I am not sad about it. I am actually happy because I know that I am in a great place to start and continue this journey. If you go to my spark page, you will find out that I have been on this site for many years. I should have been at my goal weight by now four times over...... That's ok. I am starting right now. I am using this journal as my accountability towards my journey and health. Hang on for the ride. I have a feeling you are going to get a lot of insite about me and my life......

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