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nearing the end of BLC23

Saturday, December 14, 2013

As I come to the final week of this challenge I notice that through it all I have been up & down pretty consistent in that I've only lost a total of about 2 lbs throughout the whole thing. Makes me pretty frustrated. Exercise keeps me limber and toned, but I can't lose weight unless I STOP eating.
Sugar is my enemy. I can't give it up and I can't lose weight unless I do. I know what I need to do, why is it so HARD?

  
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REXTINE1 1/20/2014 1:24PM

    I once had a fat woman tell me that she couldn't lose any weight because she couldn't exercise. I asked her if she had ever seen pictures of the death camp survivors. I got started when my right knee hurt so bad that I couldn't sleep. I coached Bill when he had failing kidneys and failed knee surgery - when you're looking near term death in the face you can work up the enthusiasm to quit eating too much. Those hunger pains will fade away in 10 or 15 minutes, and it's no big deal. If you can't cut back the food you're just not scared enough.

I went from 332 to about 260 on a bad knee, and then a couple of years later from 280 to 184 on back and neck pain (and a snotty neurologist who had a fit and yelled at me because I wasn't losing 1/2 a pound a week for two years - instead I had gained 20 pounds and lost it about five times.) When I told him that I could lose weight but not 1/2 a pound a week, and where did I need to be, he finally came up with 220. Once I got started I focused on the top edge of "normal" which is 185. And I didn't quite make the 220 in six months, but I did finally get down to 185, and have stayed there since 8/14/2008 - and counting.

It's hard work, but the penalty is an early death, and a lot of pain beforehand.

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LADYOLIVER 12/14/2013 4:14PM

    Change your way of thinking about sugar...Sugar has always been a stronghold in my life. I had to make a deliberate act to step away from it if things where to change. Start by cutting your intakes in half (smaller portions). emoticon

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SUSANELAINE1956 12/14/2013 11:33AM

    Sugar is my number 1 enemy when it comes to food. If I have a little I want more, so I try not to have it at all. It is hard, though.

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AMARILYNH 12/14/2013 11:33AM

    Vicki, if you can just tough it out through two or three days with no sugar (to let it all get out of your system) you may find as I do that you quit craving it. What is hard this time of year is that we SEE it everywhere! So even if you aren't craving it, seeing it can make you want it. Best of luck doing that because you are right - I think the statistic I've read is that weight loss is 80% what we eat and 20% exercise. Hugs, Marilyn

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SUZIPAM1 12/14/2013 10:53AM

    in america most foods are loaded with sugar too

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MOMMY445 12/14/2013 10:48AM

    sugar is a challenge for me,too. i just take it day to day. hope this helps.

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Juice it Baby!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

I have discovered that I had slipped in having vegetables in my life (other than my V-8 juice every morning) and I caught a video inline of a juice guru using Kale (which I had never heard of) but the recipe sounded so good I had to buy some Kale & try it. My juicer DID NOT like Kale, almost burned out the motor. So I promptly went out & bought a better juicer. It didn't like Kale either but handled it a bit better. I heard the trick is to wash it then place it in the freezer while preparing everything else, then it will snap & break easier in the juicer. worked great.

My husband had a root canal and couldn't eat so I juiced some vegetables to get some vitamins in him for supper. AWESOME!!

  
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ELIZACG9 10/22/2013 10:47AM

    good idea......I like kale emoticon

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JJ4493 10/22/2013 12:10AM

    I want a juicer so badly and just haven't made the leap yet. Juicing and smoothies too...what wonderful concoctions! They make it so much easier to get those fruits and veggies in daily. I, like your juicers, do not care for kale but adding to smoothies helps it go down so much easier. LOL! What type of juicer do you have?

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REXTINE1 8/18/2013 2:34PM

    Kales is the most concentrated source for vitamin K. I sometimes wonder if that's how the vitamin got the name? It's definitely a popular food, especially in the south.

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DJ4HEALTH 8/14/2013 12:47AM

    That will also help your husband to heal faster too, congrats on juicing!!

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JBELICIOUS5 8/13/2013 10:13PM

    That's so sweet you did that for your husband! I have always wanted a juicer! Seems like it has been useful for you. Interesting that the juicer and Kale don't seem to be friends. Maybe there is the trick to it as you said!

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1st BLC finished

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I lost 1.3 lbs this week for a total of 6.4 lbs lost for the whole challenge.
My reflection is in noticing that I can exercise till the cows come home, but if I eat like a cow, I will not lose weight. emoticon I found it very difficult to stay w/in my calorie range. I was trying to stick w/our nutritionist's guidelines of 1 palmsize of protein, 1 serving of vegetables & 1 serving of beans per meal & having vegetables emoticon as my snacks. I have pretty much given up pop althogether & drink water, water, water..usually 12-15 glasses a day emoticon
My working out in the morning has become part of my morning routine. emoticon ..I just wish that was enough because I still don't feel ready to forever give up sugar. emoticon That seems to be my downfall, and I don't eat alot at all, but did you know 1 single poptart has 200 calories? Blows my day if i have one.
This was my first BLC & it was fun, but it put me on the computer way too much & computers & I don't get along well so i will be taking a break from it for a while. But my workouts will continue & I will continue to fight my addiction to sugar. emoticon

  
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REXTINE1 4/22/2013 5:13PM

    I'm glad you're losing weight successfully. It has been my experience that I can't "taper down" - but if you just stop you eventually get used to the new situation. That was the only way I could quit smoking - after 30 years.

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GODZDESIGN95 4/18/2013 9:13AM

    Congrats!

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JBELICIOUS5 4/12/2013 8:04PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Way to go on your weight loss during BLC! It was great having you on the team! emoticon

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MONIKA1948 4/10/2013 10:50PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon on losing 6.4 lbs this BLC round. emoticon

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MINDY502 4/10/2013 2:24PM

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What's on my mind

Friday, March 08, 2013

Well, I have been on Sparkpeople for just over a year and my morning routine has become just that, I guess, a routine. My alarm is set way earlier than I would like, emoticon & I've never been one to hit the snooze, so I'm up & into my workout before my brain has a chance to say, wait, maybe we can skip it today.

But today, my lower back was very tight & sore, emoticon my DH brought me an icepack when he got up for work but it didn't seem to help this time. I got up and walked around & checked on my Spark challenge as to what I was supposed to do & by then my brain was trying to talk me out of a workout. Although I want to take care of my back, I'm finally on a decline with the scale numbers again & I don't want to lose that. emoticon

The nice thing is, is that I have quite the variety of workouts I can do...cardio dance, ST, Spark DVD of cardio and/or ST, pilates, ski machine and.... YOGA...of course, I can do the yoga because it is gentle movements and I decide how far I can stretch emoticon I went through one set and my back was still sore so I did some gentle touch my toes stretches and did a 2nd set. walking around (& ibuprophen) has started to help so I am proud of myself for not just dropping the ball on my workout. Even the gentle movements I did are helpful so I guess I never really have a good excuse for not trying SOMETHING each day. Every little bit helps! emoticon

  
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REXTINE1 3/30/2013 5:19PM

    The easy stretches always seem to help. Glad you didn't give up. emoticon

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BAMABETH68 3/10/2013 9:52PM

    emoticon emoticon you are very strong willed.

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-COURT- 3/8/2013 11:38PM

    Glad there are some exercises that help.

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KKKAREN 3/8/2013 10:06AM

    It's nice forming a routine and then not wanting to break that routine. Keep up the good work.

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MSKRIS7 3/8/2013 10:05AM

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MY Vision Collage

Friday, February 08, 2013

  
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SEEINGCLEARLY53 2/8/2013 7:39PM

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MNABOY 2/8/2013 3:11PM

    Very talented and a rel motivation.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 2/8/2013 2:05PM

    Very nice! I was so happy to see this. It is simple and very heart-felt.

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GODZDESIGN95 2/8/2013 12:14PM

    Amen!

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