PATSYDARLING   22,467
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10/7/12 - 70 pounds GONE





50 Pounds Gone FOREVER!





10/7/12 - 70 pounds down since Sept 2012, 50 since joining SparkPeople five months ago.



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You wouldn't like me when I'm hangry.

I'm 34 years old, I live in the southern United States and I am a recovering substance abuser. My substance? Dairy Products. Okay and maybe steak. I have a desk job and spend most of my work day sitting and stressing out. Since joining SparkPeople, I've realized that although I thought I was eating healthy or "not eating that much," I was not eating balanced meals and I was often eating more than I should by guessing at portion sizes or more often by indulging without giving it a thought. I ...
I'm 34 years old, I live in the southern United States and I am a recovering substance abuser. My substance? Dairy Products. Okay and maybe steak. I have a desk job and spend most of my work day sitting and stressing out. Since joining SparkPeople, I've realized that although I thought I was eating healthy or "not eating that much," I was not eating balanced meals and I was often eating more than I should by guessing at portion sizes or more often by indulging without giving it a thought. I started this journey in July 2011 after seeing pictures from my 33rd birthday party. I had been a vegetarian for over 10 years (Disclaimer: cheese and Guinness are meatless and I used them both liberally) but went back to eating meat the year before and had put on a good amount of weight without really acknowledging it. I did not even own a scale until September 2011 and I was shocked to find out that I weighed a full forty pounds more than I thought I did. By December 2011 I had lost thirty pounds and hit a plateau; I would cycle through spending a few weeks walking on my treadmill for 20 minutes every day and then lose momentum; eat healthy meals and then go back to whatever was convenient or sounded good. In April 2012, I was doing a web search to find a weight loss program or service that I thought could work for me and I found SparkPeople. As I've seen so many other people say, it changed everything for me. I switched from using the generic nutrition logger that I had been using to the Spark nutrition tracker which led me to purchase a food scale; what a HUGE DIFFERENCE this has made. One of the first things I learned was that a boneless skinless chicken breast is NOT a single serving unit! MIND. BLOWN. Those little suckers are usually 10 or more ounces! I have become the mad scientist of my kitchen, always weighing everything and writing down my "formula" on little scraps of paper so I can track it as soon as possible. This isn't a diet, it is a lifestyle change. It's hard to believe but I eat more now than I did before but now I make better choices and plan all of my meals and snacks in advance so I'm not frantically looking for food while in a hangry rage. You wouldn't like me when I'm hangry.

If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results. - Jack Dixon
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Member Since: 4/24/2012

SparkPoints: 22,467

Fitness Minutes: 31,961

My Goals:
Mini Goal #1: 299 ** Met 9/13/12
Mini Goal #2: 283 (80 lbs lost)

My Program:
I'm planning snacks and meals for the entire week every Sunday before I go grocery shopping. I find most of my recipes on Spark and I've got a pretty good collection of reliable ones now. I pack my lunch daily and bring healthy snacks and I rarely eat out. I measure nearly everything that I eat and I get anxious when I "don't know."

I aim for a minimum of 45 minutes of cardio, six days a week. I've mainly been riding a stationery recumbent bike but I've started adding in time playing Kinect Adventures and as I feel stronger and hopefully more coordinated, I'll add in more games. I have a treadmill but I don't feel motivated to stay on it for more than 20 minutes at a time and when the outside temperature dips below molten, I take my derpy dog for a walk.

Personal Information:
I've been overweight my whole life. I honestly thought I was born that way since I can't remember anything else. I grew up with bad eating habits and only recently started addressing them. If only I knew then what I know now... but I do know that it's never too late.

I'm sarcastic, I'm witty, my name isn't Patsy. I love music, video games, procrastinating, cooking, crafting, critters, traveling, adventure...

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For the first time, my future looks bright.

I'm a little on the "shy" side when it comes to making friends but feel free to add me, once you get me started I won't shut up. :)

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PARASELENIC
3/19/2014 6:43:53 AM

Patsy, dahling, I hope you are well, miss you around here! How has your 2014 been?



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JOIFULJOII
9/1/2013 2:08:36 AM

Thanks for the add (:

You're doing great, keep it up!

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HICKOK-HALEY
4/2/2013 9:45:36 PM

Hey there. How are you doing? emoticon



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PARASELENIC
3/6/2013 3:08:02 PM

Hey patsy dear! Haven't heard from you in a bit, just want to make sure that you're haven't fallen asleep and burned down the kitchen again....



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PARASELENIC
2/6/2013 10:23:30 PM

not unless you're beating paper out of a candy man.....





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