Me & Paulie. One of these years, he'll be Dr. Paulie.
MICKEYMAX is a SparkPeople Motivator!
***** I've just decided to lose 10% of my weight at a time! ***
Reinventing myself requires a fresh perspective, the ability to overcome obstacles and dogged determination.
I am building up all of these things in myself.
I am dedicating myself to being the healthy, vibrant, caring, compassionate, amazing woman that I am and that I was meant to be.
I am exactly the person I choose to be.
Changing myself is absolutely up to me.
NO matter what curveballs life throws at me, I am worth every single effort to take care of myself. I am a keeper.
SPARKPEOPLE is a gift I give myself! The energy and inspiration abounds and overflows!
I AM D-O-N-E being the fat girl! I am done seeing myself this way also! WOO HOO!
UPDATE: Sept 2012
After a short lived detour working with an online coach who was so not my style, I am giving Sparkcoach a whirl. I'm checking out the 2 week trial. We'll see what happens from there. :)
I am working with two coaches/personal trainers who are helping me to transform my life. I am learning to ask for and receive help. My life is changing, and I am the one making the changes!
To remember I am a great person.
To believe in myself.
To not panic when I sit in a chair, worrying that it is not going to hold me.
To stop holding myself back from social situations.
To wear a dress (and feel comfortable in it)
GET DOWN TO A SIZE I am happy to wear
BE CONFIDENT 100% of the time --- NOT JUST PERIODICALLY...
To be agile and limber
To FEEL GOOD!
To look hot. :)
Low sodium, low potassium intake.
Drink lots of water.
Learning to treat my whole self as sacred.
The serenity prayer
starting weight 468.8
Lose 10% 422 done
Very happily married to Rick. We are two peas in our pod.
Live in Pennsylvania.
(and I still have to think about how to spell it)
I laugh a lot - and loudly (yes, Iam THAT person)
Things I Love
Reading books, reading blogs, flea mkts, yard sales, beads, friends, asking lots of questions, recycling old jewelry into new things, craft blogs, writing, making new friends from random strangers, laughing.
Secrets of Success
| Pounds lost: 40.8
My Dr. is recommending that I eat several smaller meals throughout the day now that I have been diagnosed as having "Hypoglycemia". Instead of eating 3 regular meals and 2 snacks, I would be eating 6 smaller meals through out the day. By eating at regular intervals, my blood sugar levels (and therefore my energy levels) would remain stable. So, instead of having that mid-afternoon crash, I would be full of energy through dinnertime! By eating every few hours (especially if when we chew on fruits and veggies) can also help add extra the nutrition that might be missing from other meals. By cutting out refined sugar, I also cut a lot of fruits that were high in sugar as well. I have recently learned that my body needs this natural sugar. Therefore I have started re-introducing them back into my meal plans as needed. This is helping to restart my metabolism. How many of you know what "Hypoglycemia" is? Could you be suffering from this condition and not know it? I was.
Hypoglycemia : deficiency of glucose ( sugar ) in the bloodstream. Low Blood Sugar.
101 days ago
If you are like me and have had or raised children. Then you know that our kids look to us to set examples for them to follow.
It isn't always easy to do. Especially when it comes to what we eat and fitting in exercise. Most of us lead busy lives and sometimes it isn't easy to fit in regular exercise, but unless you make it a priority, you are risking your child becoming a couch potato and junk food junkie.
So where do we start. We start by taking them shopping with us and teaching them to pick out healthy whole grains, fruit, vegetables and lean meats, poultry or fish.
I have always tried to make my sons part of the process even in the kitchen. When it comes to handling the food that is just as important as knowing how to pick it out if we want it to remain healthy enough to eat. That is why wash, rinse and sanitize is such an important fact to remember when it comes to food prep and handling.
After the shopping is done and everything is put away. Dinner is over with, we have the choice of sitting in front of the tv or going to our rooms and playing video games. Not in my house. We would go for a walk, bike ride or often a hike across the canal in the woods around Peanut Lake. The boys to this day are still very active and even belong to gyms. I am so proud that they take an active roll in their relationships as adults in meal planning and exercise.
Remember that also snack planning is just as important. Not just for the children, but for those of us that want to eat healthy. We can prepare our snacks ahead of time and have them ready to go in a snack bag. This makes snacking healthier and convenient.
So how about you, are there any suggestions that you can think of ?
103 days ago
Dangers of Nighttime Snacking
The best way to curb your nighttime eating habits for good is to use short term strategies. These will help you to break the habit.
If you can replace the snacking with a healthier habit, then maybe you won't feel the need to eat mindlessly in the evening or while watching T.V. Use one of these tips (or all three) to change your night time snacking.
Try to move away from the food. You're more likely to eat too much at night if you are always around food. So after dinner, put off cleaning the kitchen. This might mean that if you postpone the clean-up for just a little while, or at least until you aren't tempted to eat the leftovers. Or better yet, try delegating the job to someone in your house who isn't on a diet or at least get help with the cleaning the plate.
Another great way to get away from food is to go for a walk after dinner. This will give your brain time to catch up with your stomach and receive the signal of feeling full. Even if your walk is just 15-20 minutes long.
Using a "meal-ender" is often a way to curb our appetites. Some of us like to use mint-flavored gum to diminish the desire to eat after dinner or to simply go brush our teeth and floss-along with a dental health bonus. Most of us don't like the taste of food when we have a mint flavor in our mouths. .
You can also try using MealEnders. These small candies claim to "reset" your taste buds so that you won't feel the urge to eat. MealEnders contain no stimulants and are regulated as a food product so they have to follow strict guidelines of the Food and Drug Administration, unlike many diet and weight loss supplements.
Be a smart television watcher. Most of us eat at night when we are in front of the television. We will just sit there and snack mindlessly on unhealthy snacks. This is where you need to take action and plan for healthy snacks and/or distractions. Some researchers believe that certain action shows make us eat too much food. Regardless of your show preference, however, you can create healthy eating habits in front of the television to eat less and lose weight.
My favorite way to eat less is to keep my hands active. I fold laundry or do other simple chores while I watch TV. If I really want to eat - and I know I've eaten enough for dinner - then I will use specific strategies to control snacking in front of the tv. I also make sure that I follow good portion control guidelines if I choose to snack while watching TV.
Remember, snacking isn't necessarily bad for your diet. But eating when you're not hungry is never a good idea. Learn to eat a healthy at appropriate times and then create habits to stop snacking so much at night. You'll reach your goal weight faster and you will keep your weight off for good.
103 days ago
Hi Mary! I sent you a sparkmail!!! :D
104 days ago
For anybody interested in participating in a BLC, please go to my page and click the BL Spring Challenge ALL Teams team. You can join the all-teams page and put your name on the list for the Summer challenge! If you'd like to join my team, the Dazzling Diamonds, let me know and I'll get you signed up for our team!
There are 10 teams, 24 team members each, and it's a 10 week challenge!
Come join in the fun, meet some great people and work toward your goals!!!
108 days ago