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UPDATE 10/15/14

I've been on this journey for 7 years now. Almost 6 years on SP. I recently kicked caffeine and am now working hard on sugar. My main focus is to stay healthy and keep rebuilding my immune system after several recent bouts of pneumonia.


UPDATE 10/18/13 - Saboteurs of 2013.


Looking back over this year, I see some of the bumps that appeared in the road of my journey this year. Some are still present and need more work to ...
UPDATE 10/15/14

I've been on this journey for 7 years now. Almost 6 years on SP. I recently kicked caffeine and am now working hard on sugar. My main focus is to stay healthy and keep rebuilding my immune system after several recent bouts of pneumonia.


UPDATE 10/18/13 - Saboteurs of 2013.


Looking back over this year, I see some of the bumps that appeared in the road of my journey this year. Some are still present and need more work to smooth over.

In March, I was 3 pounds away from my gw. Just 3 pounds!!!

Here are some of the haps since then:

1. Really bad bout of pneumonia for the entire month of March. I rationalized that my body needed food to fend off the bug. (I know, I know)

2. Bought a Fitbit and increased overall daily exercise significantly. Therefore, felt entitled to eat whatever I wanted. (I know, I know)

3. Major mother unresolved issues as she continues to decline and fade away. Never thought I was an emotional eater, but whamo, there I've been. (Yikes!)

4. Since I've never been on a diet or overweight in my life before gaining due to hormonal changes, overwork, mega-stress, etc., I saw that I was close to goal and felt entitled to indulge since I'd worked so hard at slimness. (I know, I know)

5. Plateau for the longest time. Tricked me into thinking I could revert back to my former ability to eat whatever and not gain. (Yeah, right!)

6. Overall apathy. As the year has worn on, I've sunk into "I don't care." Of course, I actually do.

My current weight? Haven't a clue due to scale fear. I do know that I haven't gone up a size in clothing, but that won't last long if things go unchecked.

Perhaps, seeing my thoughts in a blog again will help. Getting on the scale soon as a benchmark. Continuing a lot of daily exercise. And, overall, I still maintain a basic framework of healthy food. Just have to control portions.






UPDATE 8/5/13. This update is not pretty. For the first time in the six years I've been on this healthy journey, I have not lost weight, nor maintained, but gained. Not sure how much, but after my marathon month of March with pneumonia, and various major challenges, I released myself from the pressure of watching every little thing. There is major damage, but haven't gotten on the scale yet. No size larger, and the only reason is that I've been exercising my heart out and sticking with SP even when I really didn't want to. I stopped blogging, which is a huge tool for change, and I stopped caring. No remorse with any of this as I felt entitled. But I gave myself permission and enjoyed myself. However, I was just a few lbs from goal at the beginning of this year. Yikes. That's how this goes sometimes.

UPDATE: 1/12/13. 4 lbs to goal! But I may set it down further when I get there. The goal I'd set 4 years ago was based on how my body feels best, not the number the charts say I should be.

UPDATE: 10/7/12.
Four years ago, on Columbus Day 2008, I embarked on a new adventure (just as Columbus did). For the very first time in my life, I was putting myself on a diet.

That's right, very first time. A spoiled brat in the sense that I had a lifelong ability to eat any quantity of food and never gain even a lb, about 8 years ago (2004), that began to change. I was working more and more, and having no time left over, exercising less and less. Added to that were multiple losses including many deaths of loved ones that created a lot of emotional overload. And the icing on the proverbial cake was the big hormonal change; in some ways, tougher than puberty. (smiling)

But it took me four years to process and own that my body was no longer thin and svelte. When I looked in the mirror, I saw the previously thin person. When I saw a picture of myself, I reasoned that cameras add several lbs. When I bought larger sized clothing, I commented one time to the cashier that they were manufacturing clothing smaller and smaller for the same sizes! (smiling) No I wasn't in denial. It was a total disconnect from reality which was a complete departure from my usually-sharp self-awareness.

The AHA moment occurred when I met my now dearly-departed cousin in Las Vegas for a few days. We were at the Madame Toussand (sp?) wax museum and I was in the wedding dress they provide to "marry" George Clooney (BTW, I don't even like him, this museum was my cousin's idea). When I saw the photo of me in that wedding dress, the big AHA moment hit me over the head. Wow, look at me!

So, on Columbus Day '08 I started Nutrisystem. I was on that for about 2.5 months and lost about 30 lbs. It was the first diet of my life, and I used that period of time to learn about portion control, and all of the other healthy tips that I continue to this day (or do my best to continue).

Then, the following January ('09), I found Sparkpeople. I've had a tough time during these few years in that I've lost so many more people who were near and dear to me. And many many other bumps in the road. But Sparkpeople has helped me to stay on-track through the darkest of times. I've been on a "forever" plateau that, at times, has made me not care about my doing "Endless Shrimp" at Red Lobster. But overall, I have about 12 lbs to go to be done and start maintaining.

Above all, I want to thank all of the sparkfriends throughout the years - some no longer on this site - who've helped me with their comments and support. I send all of you the biggest cyber bear hug possible with great affection and appreciation.

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Member Since: 1/25/2009

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My Goals:
UPDATE: I FINALLY GOT BUSY WITH THIS JOURNEY IN NOVEMBER '12 AND NOW AM 4 LBS TO GOAL (1/12/13).
Lose 17 more lbs. (have lost 33 lbs since 10/13/08)
Travel more.
Get new job.
Relocate to new city.
Start new business, if not a new job.
Make new friends.

My Program:
As of 1/09, I finished 3 months on the NS program and am finishing up some of their food. I want to learn to eat healthy on my own, without prepackaged food. Making great progress in portion control, water consumption, healthy combinations of food, no sugar cravings, etc.

Personal Information:
Happy person who has lost some of that glow due to heaviness gained. Always thin throughout my life, I gained my weight in the past two years due to stress, hormonal changes, and the lack of realization that I should be eating smaller portions. In other words, I've been a piglet. (smiling)

Other Information:
As of 3/28/09 - 31 lbs lost. Started on 10/13/08.
Enjoy movies, plays, concerts.
Love to read.
Enjoy motorcycle riding as a passenger.
Losing weight is helping me smile again.

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KALANTHA
12/27/2014 5:43:32 PM

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Just a little progress

Even just a little progress, is progress. Even the smallest step forward is very much worth taking, because it maintains a positive momentum.

If you’re not moving ahead as fast as you’d like, don’t get discouraged. Get creative, get inspired, get focused and get truly enthusiastic about the direction you’re going.

Then, take the next step, and keep yourself moving steadily toward the goal. Remind yourself that even when you’re going slowly, you’re going solidly in the direction you’ve chosen.

Yes, the setbacks will certainly come, and when they do, you’ll know exactly how to quickly recover because you’ve been doing it all along. Get back up, face forward, and take the next step.

Even if it were possible, you wouldn’t want all your dreams to be fulfilled at once. It’s far more satisfying to savor each milestone as it comes, and to know that there will be many more.

Spend this day celebrating, enjoying and making use of your chance to make a little progress. Feel how great it feels to continue moving forward.

— Ralph Marston

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IMAVISION
12/24/2014 8:51:30 PM

I just read this poem & felt it too good not to share on this CHRISTmas Eve! God bless!

{This is another version of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas' }


'Twas the night before Jesus came
and all through the house
Not a creature was praying,
Not one in the house.
Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care
In hopes that Jesus would not come there.

The children were dressing to crawl into bed.
Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.
And Mom in her rocker with baby on her lap
Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap.

When out of the East there arose such a clatter.
I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash!

When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here.
With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray
I knew in a moment this must be THE DAY!

The light of His face made me cover my head
It was Jesus! returning just like He had said.
And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth,
I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.

In the Book of Life which He held in His hand
Was written the name of every saved man.
He spoke not a word as He searched for my name;
When He said "it's not here" my head hung in shame.

The people whose names had been written with love
He gathered to take to His Father above.
With those who were ready He rose without a sound.
While all the rest were left standing around.

I fell to my knees, but it was too late;
I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate.
I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight;
Oh, if only I had been ready tonight.

In the words of this poem the meaning is clear;
The coming of Jesus is drawing near.
There's only one life and when comes the last call
We'll find that the Bible was true after all!


(by Reverend Edward M. Gionest, Sr.)

To those who receive Him, He gives the power to become the sons of God, even to those that believe on his name. Repent and declare with your mouth that Jesus is your Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him up from the dead, you will be saved.




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IAM_HIS
12/24/2014 5:29:12 AM

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This Christmas end a quarrel. Seek out a forgotten friend. Dismiss suspicion, and replace it with trust. Write a love letter. Share something you treasure. Give a soft answer. Keep a promise. Find the time. Forgo a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Listen. Apologize is you were wrong. Try to understand. Examine your demands on others. Think first of someone else. Be kind; Be gentle. Appreciate. Laugh more. Express your gratitude. Gladden the heart of a child. Welcome a stranger. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of life. Speak of your love for others. Speak of it again. And again. For giving the gift of love is what Christmas really is.

I so want you to know just how special you are and how much I cherish your friendship. Have a very Merry Christmas.



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KALANTHA
12/23/2014 7:45:54 PM

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For Christmas

May you have joy
in the mad rush
of preparation;

May you know peace
in the tiny margins
of time around
the busy days;

May you have star-shine
in clear night skies
for looking at;

May you have silence
now and then;

and, above all –

beyond all else –

May you have love
to give
and to receive.

(Elizabeth Searle Lamb)

Merry Christmas!

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SWEETNEEY
12/23/2014 4:34:26 AM

You're doing well maintaining one goal during this testing time. How is the other cat managing?



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