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November Blog Ramble

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Scale is finally moving! Considering I am walking/jogging 2 to 4 miles a day, measuring portions, staying under my calorie limit, not even eating most of my exercise calories, I was getting a little annoyed with my stubborn fat. I think it was a woman issue, TOM was 14 days late, started having hot flashes like crazy. Guess I'm going into perimenopause, whoopee! I did start taking these awesome pills the nice lady at my GNC recommended: GNC Women's Phyto-Estrogen Formula.

Black Cohosh Root Extract (Cimicifuga racemosa) 160.00 mg **
Soy Isoflavone Concentrate (40% Isoflavones = 40 mg) 100.00 mg
Other Ingredients: Cellulose, Gelatin, Maltodextrin

Within maybe a week and a half, they stopped. I had also added flaxseed to my morning smoothie and unsweetened soy milk, so that might have helped also. Apparently soy is helpful for hot flashes. So I still take the pills, but dropped the soy milk from the smoothie except for once in a while.

I spent another 2 weeks in Baton Rouge, no insult to ya'll who live there but I dislike it intensely. I missed my palm trees, Publixs and my beautiful neighborhood for my walking. So happy to be home! I had to walk inside the complex I was staying at walking around and around the building, it was 7 1/2 times around the building for a mile. I did 4 miles a day. It sucked because the pavement was not smooth.
I almost twisted my ankle a couple times until I got the hang of where to walk without breaking a leg. Thankfully my Zombies Run! app kept me entertained so the circling was not driving me nuts. No running at all though. But I did what I had to do to keep my exercise going!

I'm on a 50 day exercise streak with my Misfit Shine. I have a daily goal of walking 2 miles, which is 600 points to shine. I have reached and exceeded my goal 49 days, today will be day 50!

My body shape is changing, clothes are getting loose. My 12's are supper comfortable, I was able to wear a pair of cargo pants, no elastic waistband on my flights with no discomfort at all. Usually I need like stretchy pants to be sitting that long and not be uncomfortable. I am pleased with myself, eating healthy, regular exercise, feeling good! I am on a mission to actually lose this last 50 pounds. I have set a few motivators for myself.

#1 I am 47 years old. I will not hit 50, fat and old. I will hit it hard, healthy and jiggle free!
#2 My niece is getting married in 2015. I will be going back to Connecticut for the first time in 7 years for the wedding. I will be seeing people I have not seen in those 7 years time, plus friends and family I have not seen in over 10 years. I WILL look awesome! Usually looking good for other people is not a motivator for me. But I got sick in 1999 and the medication and inactivity (learning how to walk again, leg brace, cane) really fattened me up. I looked not so great for a long time. I have a chance to arrive looking fit and, I will say it, fabulous. I am going to use that to keep me motivated.

So thats it. That's all I have to say about that! emoticon

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RYDERB 11/12/2014 10:07PM

    Sounds like you're doing great! Way to go! Congratulations on your streak! You're definitely going to be 50 & fabulous! It's the new 30

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September cheating and lying

Friday, September 26, 2014

I usually round my weight when I weigh myself, probably because I used to have a dial scale. I never got why people were posting 255.4 for their weight. But since I've gotten a digital scale I get it. I just started posting digital weight today. My weight loss has been slow since I started Lose it! back in March. I eat good healthy food, just too much of it! I kept fooling myself that I was eating a serving size but I was a liar big time. My SIL said maybe I needed to get my thyroid checked because she saw I was eating good, but not losing. But I knew it was big portions and hit or miss exercising. So I started buying single serve and weighing and measuring my foods. I got a Misfit Shine activity tracker and started walking daily. I have started losing again but slow. With the digital scale I see that there is many ounces between pounds, and even though my scale said 196.7, its not 196, I still need to loose .07 pounds to be 196. So another way I kinda fooled myself with the scale. So hopefully my facing my lying cheating way will help me keep losing and finally get down to my goal weight. Only 56.7 more pounds to go! :)

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MONTREALESTMOI 9/26/2014 10:22AM

    Confession is good for the soul.....and the waistline. Keep moving ahead!

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August 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Been on and off with Spark People, cannot believe ALL the ads! Looks odd. Spark people still has the best community though!

I've not gained back lost weight, well maybe 10 pounds but I was working on it and that's gone,

I've been trying to create a way of healthy eating and exercise I can live with. Its not easy, but I'm getting there. For me I need to track my food. If I track it i can't wonder why I'm not losing, I can see it. Next is portion control. Another big deal for me, I will eat massive portions. I've learned to buy single serve and I'm actually weighing and measuring. I know I can maintain within 10 pounds with little effort. I just need to lose this last 50 pounds to GET to the maintaining part!!

I think its helped that my sister in law has moved in with us. She was over 350 when she moved in last October. We had been working on changing her eating habits because she has diabetes and high blood pressure. She's lost 40 pounds so far. She's got terrible eating habits, the worst one being she skip's meals big time. We are working on that. But helping her has kept me on track. My husband is really taking his eating seriously now as well. He and our son ar currently in Baton Rouge Louisiana since May building another RR, #5! I was there for almost two months on and off but needed to get home and work hands on. My daughter was at least mailing out stuff and sort of keeping up but it was difficult. So I've been home about 3 weeks now. Had to set the internet to go off on my daughters computer at 1 AM or sh will stay up till 5 am and sleep till 3 pm! Can't believe I'm still policing her butt at her age (26). My goal is the get her on a real schedule.
I've been nagging and pushing the sister in law to eat regularly too. She's been slacking off too.

So I'm re-reading Sugar Busters and low glycemic eating. It worked so well for me before and my SIL needs to learn how to eat like that for her diabetes.

Busy with work, that's going really well.

Just got a Misfit Shine. Its my first all day tracker, hoping it will keep me motivated!

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RYDERB 8/28/2014 1:27PM

    So nice to hear from you. Great job keeping yourself a priority with so much going on.

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GNC smoothies

Monday, May 26, 2014

Had great post going, then lost it. Don't feel like tying to redo it right now, so here it is on my blog.
I've learned a lot about how foods affect my body in the last year, hopfully I can use it to lose this last 50 pounds!


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MSFICOSCORE 5/26/2014 9:56AM

    Cheryl, this was a great blog. Thanks for sharing it! I've been using the GNC lean shakes myself (the chocolate liquid ones), and so far so good. Surprisingly, they do actually keep me full for a few hours. I think I'm going to start adding fruit to mine too. I really need a new blender and was wondering which one to try. You've got me to thinking!


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Happy new year! 2014 the year of GF, keep Eating Kale!

Friday, January 03, 2014

I find it very educational to go back over some of my older blog posts. Its so amazing how I can be so upbeat, have everything set to succeed then just fade off, gain back weight, com back, get all hyped up again, then repeat, repeat, repeat.

I am learning from my mistakes. I think back a few years and see how my eating has changed so much. Eating out is totally down to nothing. Well I should say fast food has disappeared from my life. If I eat out it's real food, like steak or chicken, real stuff not processed stuff like Subway or Wendy's, which is better the eating a whopper and fries but none of that stuff is good on a daily basis. Its just sodium and preservatives. If I'm out and starving, I'll grab a bag of almonds, cashews or pistachios, it fills me up and I just wait till I get home to eat.

I am still mostly eating primal. I avoid gluten because after not having it for three months starting last August I discovered I am actually gluten intolerant. On a low scale, not like I'll be deathly ill, I just feel like crap and eat bad food.

I know for a fact that eating gluten makes me tired, bloated and sets off cravings for junk food. I gained 8 pounds from Thanksgiving till New Year because I ate stuffing, cakes, bread, a few hamburger buns here and there. It was not even a daily thing but it brought back the tiredness, bloating cravings for other bad foods.

I've been gluten free since the 1st. I was mostly GF but would ruin it because I just wanted to have a "regular" Thanksgiving turkey sandwich (non-GF foods like stuffing & white bread) but it seems that for me once I eat gluten I feel crappy for days. So despite those setbacks I have learned something. I am getting closer to MY healthier way of eating. When I eat right the weight comes off.

I have stuck with eating kale every day in my shakes. I swear by that stuff! It has boosted my immune system like crazy! So far I have avoided one major illness that 5 other people in my household got and a round of strep throat that was also in my "circle" of people. I also add fresh spinach every other week for the iron boost as I tend to be anemic.

I've been happily using my Nutri-bullet for a few months now, love that thing!

So, while 2013 was not a huge year on the weight loss front, I've stayed in the same sized clothes and learned a whole lot.

We must move Forward, Not backwards, Upwards, not forward and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards ...better habits?

Yes I love the Simpsons!

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RYDERB 1/3/2014 11:56PM

    Congratulations on everything you've learned. And thanks for sharing that your Nutri Bullet is still going, and you love it. I always look at those, and wonder if they really work.

emoticon May 2014 be a year of health and happiness.

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