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Getting back to basics

Update March 23, 2014
I let myself focus on what I'm not doing instead of what I am doing. This resulted in a backslide. So I'm trying to re-adopt several lifestyle changes. My weight has been up to 284 this quarter.

Update January 2013

I didn't reach my goals last quarter which is a bit disappointing but I didn't gain either. I also know why. I continued my exercise throughout December so that I didn't have to try and get back at it in January when the gym ...
Update March 23, 2014
I let myself focus on what I'm not doing instead of what I am doing. This resulted in a backslide. So I'm trying to re-adopt several lifestyle changes. My weight has been up to 284 this quarter.

Update January 2013

I didn't reach my goals last quarter which is a bit disappointing but I didn't gain either. I also know why. I continued my exercise throughout December so that I didn't have to try and get back at it in January when the gym is really busy. I think that might be why its 1/2 as busy in February - people get tired of waiting for machines which can double the time they need to work out and give up because they don't have time - but they have time to watch TV...hmmm. I had a great Christmas without falling off the wagon. Falling off the wagon would mean eating anything I wanted to; and I didn't. I didn't measure or choose my foods over the holidays but I was careful. I'm happy to be back home and ready to keep track of CICO - calories in calories out. For the new year I want to work on my attitude and resiliency. I will also continue to keep all or nothing thinking in check.

Update: September 2013

I made it through summer without gaining. In fact I lost about 5 pounds. Now that the kids are back in school it is time to tidy up some loose ends. A few things like food journaling have started to unravel.

Hi I'm Jen. I have struggled with my weight for a long time. I have been "dieting" off and on since I was 12. I probably wasn't actually overweight until I was 20. BMI wise probably not even then.

In the last 3 years my weight has climed from about 220 to 290. It has been fluctuating between 275 and 290 during the last year.

I have problems gaining weight when I should be losing it. More so I gain weight when I hardly eating anything. My body stores everything as fat and leaves me with no energy.

I have been referred to the Endocrinology and Metabolic Clinic in Calgary. They have seen other people like me. So I'm trying to hang tight and not gain while waiting to see them. I want to do it their way with them so they can see the results of the changes I'm making. - I am in as of April 10, 2013

I am very happy now that I have a plan, and am actually enjoying some new habits like food journaling pictures and a few words on Evernote instead of looking up foods and inputting them that way. I have a good enough idea what I ate so if I want to count the calories on a food tracker I can. This is much quicker.
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Member Since: 12/26/2003

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My Goals:
Continue to see dietician and get back to basics. I will do this through "chunking" that is by picking one or two things everyday that I am going to focus on. If more happens that's great.


New goal is to be at 240 by August 31, 2014

My Program:
Eating Breakfast and not skipping any other meals.

Write down everything I eat.

Make weekly goals.

Follow Canada food guide guidelines which lines up with my program.

- eat within 30 min of getting up

- 7 or more vegetables and fruits

- eat 6 servings of grains

- have 3 servings of dairy

- keep meat portions to 2.5 oz per serving.

- eat more meat alternatives instead of just meat (nuts, beans)

- watch my portion sizes by weighing and measuring

I will admit to being a low carb diet hater. No Registered dietician will recommend it and there are reasons for that. One good thing low carb diets have done though is educate people about simple carbs which yes we all need to limit. But if you want your brain to be at its best you need grains throughout the day and at supper.

Personal Information:
I live in Airdrie, Alberta

Single mom of 2 children 13(girl) and 10(boy)

Volunteer with a Chronic Disease Self Management Team called Better Choices Better Health

March 21, 2013 - 295
June 25 2013 Lost 20 - 275
August 26 - 269
yo-yo-ing
January 1, 2014 - 269
March 17, 2014 - 279
July 4, 2014 - 293
July 29, 2014 - 280
Sept 3, 2014 -282



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January 2014
I'm also trying to read through the Bible in 2 years by using Todays Light Devotional Magazine. This will help me spend more time with God every day.

Strengthening your Faith will Strengthen your resiliency to stress.

Stress leads to poor weight loss results even when you are not cheating.

The same goes for not enough or too much sleep.

My stress effects my sleep so I am working hard to do other things about it too.

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TRANSFORM-ABBY
11/28/2014 6:14:54 PM

I hope your Thanksgiving was blessed. We had a good day. Praying for you in this season. Be at peace with the best you can do and be. It will make for happier, more joy-filled and peaceful days with better memories. HUGS, Darlene



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11/24/2014 2:55:07 PM

Hello! Have a wonderful week. I'm happy that we are on the same team. I always learn something from you. Thank you!



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TRANSFORM-ABBY
11/23/2014 2:40:58 PM

I give thanks to God, the Father, for you as I pray for you today. May you know by experience God’s grace, spiritual favor and BLESSing today and every day, having heart peace from God the Eternal Father – that peaceful state of trust in Him to which He calls us; that soul harmony with Him that umpires life choices, heart desires, and questions of the mind. May He settle us with faith to trust Him. Have a BLESSed Thanksgiving, rested in Father. Loving you in Christ, Darlene.



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TRANSFORM-ABBY
11/5/2014 11:48:29 AM

Worry over the future breeds anxiety. Fretting over the past breeds depression. Both can stop our good movement forward and put us in front of the TV with a bad movie and too much of the stuff we don’t need to put into our bodies. That horrid cycle, of course, breeds regret and dread that brings us to more of the same. I believe that is called “insanity”.

Instead work to stay in the present taking the next step needed for living to the full the “now” that is before you, having learned better ways from past experience and pushing forward with hope that right action now will produce a better tomorrow. This is living life with power that produces a good outcome and protects our journey from wasting away.

Plan for the future, yes; but let the first plan be to live your best you in the now you have to possess.




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10/20/2014 8:45:47 AM

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