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BETH542 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/17/12 7:46 A

I too am just starting out on this plan. Feel great that you have made it 3 days. I try to tell myself that being slimmer will make me feel better than any food.

ELLDOCKE SparkPoints: (11,534)
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5/17/12 7:45 A

Keep it up! These are the days that make you stronger~ emoticon

"Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again,
and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose...
not the one you began with perhaps, but one you'll be glad to remember."
Anne Sullivan, Tutor for Helen Keller, 1866-1936
MRSJ953 SparkPoints: (13,800)
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5/17/12 7:43 A

Keep up the good work!

Edited by: MRSJ953 at: 5/17/2012 (07:43)
I Will Get There, Just Watch!
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LEMUHAMMAD SparkPoints: (3,927)
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5/17/12 7:43 A

Keep pushing. You did great! emoticon

HEALTHY4ME Posts: 4,369
5/17/12 7:39 A

YES!!! One day at a time........... one victory at a time. It is a lifetime change and good health will be yours.
YOU have done great!

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Cindy in Atlantic Canada

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan but also believe.

If you want something bad enough, you will find a way, if you don't you will find an excuse.
ALWAYS BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!!!!!!
MISSBOMB Posts: 266
5/17/12 7:38 A

YYAAYY!! for you! you did it! That is 3 days of SUCCESS! Keep going.

GOD,help me to win this race.Please help me to lose this weight.So when others look at me, they will see,YOUR help,love and grace.
LINDABERG1 SparkPoints: (1,672)
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5/17/12 7:38 A

Congratulations on your success. Keep up the good work! emoticon

ANGIEINTRAINING Posts: 2,102
5/17/12 7:38 A

Good for you! Stay strong and focus on the positive.

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MSCHULTE2 Posts: 1
5/17/12 7:37 A

Outstanding, great job!

The M&M comment reminded me of something I have found that helps me. Often we eat unconsciously and/or while doing other things (e.g., working on the computer, talking on the phone, watching tv). One little trick is to eat consciously, like you did with the M&Ms. If we only eat while we are eating (also don't judge or criticise ourselves about our eating) and are aware of each bite, our bodies will help tell us what we need and truly want. Like with the M&Ms I have found when I take one bite and am really aware of it, the texture, taste, etc., I find that some of the foods I thought I loved I (my body) actually didn't like as much as I thought. Try it, next meal sit and just eat. Be aware of each bite, chew and swallow before taking another bite. Listen to what your body is telling you about the food you are eating. Our bodies are pretty smart and will guide us to the foods it needs, if we stop eating on autopilot and listen. For what it's worth. Hope this helps and keep up the good work.

MAMANIX Posts: 13
5/17/12 7:37 A

Good Job taking it one day at a time, and finding great ways to deal with a stressful day!

PEACOCKPRINCESS SparkPoints: (0)
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5/17/12 7:35 A

Keep going
Well done
Your three days in front of me ......


BERI03 SparkPoints: (24,894)
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5/17/12 7:33 A

Good job!

“There will be times when it’s tough going and you’ll question whether you can do it or not. There will be times when it seems fruitless and there’s absolutely no progress whatsoever. That’s when you take a deep breath, dig down deep, and persevere.”―Nancy Sathre-Vogel
"Fiddle Dee Dee. Tomorrow is another day!"Scarlett O'Hara "Never give up! Never Surrender!" Captain Jason Taggart ("GalaxyQuest")
NEENSTER1 Posts: 3,884
5/17/12 7:32 A

emoticon You Rok 3 days in and counting. emoticon one second one minute @ a time. You are doing wonderful... Have another productive day, inspite of the stress of life... Be Encouraged. My dear emoticon

Something to be thankful for is that you're here to be thankful.
JENNYMARIE4 SparkPoints: (927)
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5/17/12 7:32 A

Awesome job! I'm encouraged & inspired by you b/c the day you described is probably more typical of "normal" days than we think! Those are the important ones because those are where the biggest challenges lie (at least for those of us who turn to emotional/stress eating). If you could make it through that day & stay living in your new lifestyle, then you can make it through anything! emoticon

A trip to the beach for my father's wedding is my new motivation. It will be great to be healthy and full of energy! Okay God, I'll look to you to help me with temptation. Happy Summer!
YOURSWEETNURSE SparkPoints: (3,119)
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5/17/12 7:29 A

Keep up the good work. Having some stressful situations myself.


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5/17/12 7:28 A

emoticon Good for you!

ALEANERCHICA SparkPoints: (11,367)
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5/17/12 7:26 A

Awesome! Keep up the fabulous work!

TRING84 SparkPoints: (25,094)
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5/17/12 7:25 A

Well done you. This is a great victory and truly an inspiration! emoticon

Never give up.
PONCENA Posts: 4
5/17/12 7:09 A

I was going through my emails this morning and found this one. I will be thinking of you today each time I am tempted to walk over to the vending machine after a stressful event. You will be my inspiration. Although I don't know you I am very proud of you and thank you.

IMSEWNAVY Posts: 374
5/17/12 7:08 A

Yay!! Good for you!!! Way proud of you!!! emoticon

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APPLESBANANAS SparkPoints: (47,797)
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5/17/12 7:01 A

I just woke up (today is my day off) and this is the first thing I read. Yesterday was a very bad day for me, and I decided last night "I can do bad all day or do good, I'll make the decision in the morning". After reading this, I am ready to get out of bed and start my day the healthy way. Although I don't know you, I am very proud of you and plan on thinking of your story to keep me on track. Keep it up!

JENNYBAKER247 Posts: 2,624
5/17/12 7:00 A

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There are no problems….only solutions!!

The world always looks brighter from behind a smile. ~Author Unknown

A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks. ~Charles Gordy

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. ~Mark Twain

A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you're at home. ~Author Unknown
WOLF648 SparkPoints: (44,001)
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5/17/12 6:54 A

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CLWALDRO Posts: 4,583
5/17/12 6:49 A

You say you think this is a small step but I say it is a HUGE step in the right direction. Getting control of our cravings and understanding that despite the current trials you can still make wise choices and stick to your plan are so important.
Best wishes for a better day on your journey to better health emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

ELLEKTRA Posts: 2,908
5/17/12 6:46 A

It's all about baby steps and accomplishments..in a months time you will look back and think how much easier it is now and in a years time, when you have lost all that weight, you'll be able to get by these situations with such ease, you'll never remember how hard you struggled!

LILORITA SparkPoints: (81,359)
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5/17/12 6:44 A

You did well KBEEPS, I am also proud of you. I hope things get better for you emoticon

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should! - Desiderata
LRWILLIAMS2220 Posts: 1
5/17/12 6:43 A

I have never posted before but when i read your post u gave me renewed inspiration and i THANK U...i can keep picking myself up and moving forward!!!! :)


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5/17/12 6:41 A

emoticon on keeping your cool!

PEEDLE Posts: 4,580
5/17/12 6:35 A

The coating on M&M's in "kinda gross"????
Who knew?
Thanks for sharing that tidbit of knowledge; it will help me pass up that bag of M&M's on sale (even when I have a COUPON). I'll just picture a gross-looking M&M. Pray tell, what does a "gross" looking M&M look like? (Is there really such a thing?) I always saw them as scrumdeliciously gorgeous.
Anyway, congrats. A big victory is made up of a bunch of little ones, I always say.
Well, actually, that may be the first time I ever said that, but you get the picture..
You did good, dear.
Mary Lou

Edited by: PEEDLE at: 5/17/2012 (06:36)
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55KILO Posts: 652
5/17/12 6:34 A

Keep at it. It's all about the small choices, every day.

I've been here for years, I've lost the weight, but I stay because it keeps me motivated and on track! It truly is a lifestyle choice.

Some people are going to be negative, as you can see even in this very thread meant to cheer you on. But make the choice to listen to people who are good for you, just like eating what's good for you and doing what's good for you.

Keep at it.


GGLISA Posts: 7
5/17/12 6:31 A

I had a fairly rough day yesterday too, but didn't handle it near as well as you did. I will think of your post next time I have a yukky day and try and follow your example. Congrats! It's the baby steps!

4MEKELL Posts: 281
5/17/12 6:27 A

I agree with Chiromama....S247 that was pretty harsh. She is only on day 3 and needs encouragement instead of judegement. We're all here to get healthier regardless of how bad our lives are. I think EVERY ONE OF US takes life for granted. That's why we're here. Trying to live the rest of our days out better than we have in the past.

I'm extremely sorry your life is so difficult. Some of us probably don't understand that. But other's of us have different things in our lives other than food or eating issues that are much more difficult to deal with.

This place is for "sparking" the light on and into people. I hope it stays that way.

"If there's no light at the end of the tunnel, march down there and turn it on yourself!!"
EURYDICE86 Posts: 30
5/17/12 6:27 A

Congratulations, this is a hard thing to do, we all know here. Or, at least we should all know very well. Everyone has his/her personal demons, for us it is emotional overeating. Don't listen to anyone negative, they are there to weigh you down. Just be proud of yourself, you have reason to be. emoticon Bad days, good days, they cannot defeat you!

BECCA315 Posts: 3,507
5/17/12 6:22 A

KBEEPS: Keep up the good work. Small choices will start to add up after a while.

Becca

Highest weight ever: 247#
12/26/11 ~ joined Sparkpeople
08/06/12 ~ lost 10% of body weight
08/20/12 ~ joined my first Biggest Loser challenge
09/12/14 ~ co-cappie BLC27

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THEIS58 SparkPoints: (154,720)
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5/17/12 6:21 A

Wonderful!

CHIROMAMA9807 Posts: 1
5/17/12 6:16 A

Congrats on making different choices! That's all that life is and success with your plan. Committing to something come hell or high water! Good job!

S247 - I totally agree that most of us on the board are very lucky and don't appreciate how lucky we are. I get it. There are bigger problems in the world. You are 100% right.

There is always going to be someone else who has it better or worse than you - so appreciate what you have. Right on.

But, there are ways to turn exactly what you said said into a positive. Your response was laced with nasty, judgmental undertones and it was pretty harsh - and pretty un-"Spark" like.

What gives? Why the tone?





LIZAPO Posts: 676
5/17/12 6:09 A

STAY STRONG!!! It's the little victories that add up to a big one emoticon

Positive mindset
40BY0830 SparkPoints: (0)
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5/17/12 6:02 A

Great choices!

My name is Cindy and I am striving to lose 40 pounds by the time I turn 40 on August 30th!
TRENAMARIE Posts: 8
5/17/12 5:57 A

SOME DAYS ARE HARD , ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE A HUSBAND, AND KIDS IN THE MIX, AND A JOB OUTSIDE THE HOME, I THINK MOST WOMEN ARE SUPER HERO,S, THE KIDS ALONE POOP YOU OUT, SO YEAH YOU HAVE COURAGE ,THAT'S FOR SURE, I WISH I HAD THE WILL POWER YOU HAVE, PERSONALLY, CAN'T HAVE ANY THING IN HOUSE, ESPECIALLY ICE CREAM, IF ITS THERE, I EAT IT UNTIL ITS GONE, I THINK ITS A PERSONAL SICKNESS, WILL I EVER BE A SIX 6, WELL NO, BUT I REALLY DON'T WANT TO BE PART OF THE OBESE WORLD ANY MORE, HAVE A GREAT DAY

JSALERNO SparkPoints: (111,123)
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5/17/12 5:56 A

HOLD ON AND YOU'LL MAKE IT. ITS NOT EASY BUT YOU'VE GOT SUPPORT.

Nascar fans.


SUSANK16 Posts: 495
5/17/12 5:53 A

congratulations - one of the hardest victories is sticking to it in the face of stress.

ABBYSMOMMA09 Posts: 110
5/17/12 5:31 A

Good for you!! Im in the middle of one of those weeks, so I feel you. Hang in there it wioo get better

LOVEXAVIE SparkPoints: (33,151)
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5/2/12 10:52 A

Great job, KBEEPS!
Only I'd call that a BIG victory!

I'm a stress eater, too. Try to gravitate towards the raw crunchy veggies...sometimes, though...you just gotta have the chocolate. Kudos to you or working with yourself and not against yourself.

Woo-Hoo YOU!

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PAULETTELORAINE Posts: 249
5/1/12 10:52 P

Woot-woot!! You made great choices and can celebrate your success! You are an inspiration! I had a day like that today and for the first time, decided to write down my "victories". When I looked back on them this evening, I got encouraged all over again. Journalling really can motivate you. Ever dump over a garden cart with pots of plants you just finished planting and are moving to their location? I couldn't decide whether to laugh or cry or maybe just come into the house and medicate myself with some chocolate. Yes, we all have those days and are tempted to throw in the towel, but you set an example and by posting it, encouraged all of us readers. THANK YOU!!!

Life isn't about chance so don't wish me luck. Life is about choice, so wish me courage.
JAS9096 SparkPoints: (5,384)
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5/1/12 1:48 P

Good for you for fighting through the tough stuff! As much as eating the junk makes us feel better temporarily, in the long run sticking to the good stuff helps us out more! Keep it up and use this as an example the next time you're feeling down on yourself! You can do it, and this is proof!

KBEEPS Posts: 697
5/1/12 12:17 P

It's one of the Extra "Dessert Delights" flavors - only one that (in my opinion) tastes even remotely like what it's supposed to - I really like it!

http://www.extragum.com/flavors#/mint-ch
ocolate-chip

SW: 242 4/28/12

GW: 185



"You choose to go voluntarily into the fire. The blaze might well destroy you. But if you survive, every blow of the hammer will serve to shape your being. Every drop of water wrung from you will temper and strengthen your soul."



- Margaret Weis
CASSIEFLUTE SparkPoints: (971)
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5/1/12 11:43 A

Chocolate mint gum!? Where do I find this?!

UNPACKYOURADJS Posts: 113
5/1/12 8:40 A

Yay!! Good for you. Little victories like these are so important - it's you proving to yourself over and over again that you're strong and that you can stick to your guns. I'm sorry you had a rough day, but I'm so happy for you that you're pleased with how you handled it. Especially the m&m break - measuring a portion and then eating them slowly and thinking about how they taste. That's awesome. Rock on. emoticon

"The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." - Anais Nin

"Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way! " - Dr. Suess
KBEEPS Posts: 697
4/30/12 10:46 P

I had the WORST day at work this morning. I got off to a good start but by 9:00 things had started going downhill and it was one piece of bad news after another till about 12:30. At the point where I wanted to scream, I took a 15 minute break and took myself for a walk. At the point where I wanted to start shoving chocolate in my face, I grabbed a piece of chocolate mint gum and started chewing.

I stuck with the food for the day that I had packed, I drank a TON of water, and I did allow myself a little chocolate break in the afternoon (calculated into my totals for the day). I had a little dish of peanut butter M&Ms, which I sucked on to make them last longer, instead of just chowing down on them like I usually do. Turns out the coating on M&Ms is kind of gross, LOL.

I'm so very proud of myself for sticking to my plan, in spite of the stress of the day. I'm only on day three, but it's little victories like this that keep me motivated. :-)

SW: 242 4/28/12

GW: 185



"You choose to go voluntarily into the fire. The blaze might well destroy you. But if you survive, every blow of the hammer will serve to shape your being. Every drop of water wrung from you will temper and strengthen your soul."



- Margaret Weis
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