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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

As Winnie the Pooh would say. Our march weather here in Florida is very unpredictable as one day will be lovely and the next day will be a lion. Keeps me indoors. I am really flunking the diet right now. I have to get a grip to remind myself I need to decide what choice I will make. I was doing so well last year. In spite of not dropping pounds, at least I was dropping inches and I felt better. Then I just threw it away and put the few pounds I lost back on. I know you readers are getting tired of hearing me say it but I need to get it back in my head to get on a regimen.
Weight sticks to me and it is very difficult to release it, even if I follow a diet. I guess it is the medications I take that help to hinder my progress. Tomorrow I am going to talk to my doc about getting off of the little blue pill. It will be tough but I want to try and do it, gradually. I feel good and my depression is under control and I feel it is time to try. I don't have the stressors I used to have.
Quilting has taken over my life. I find myself gravitating back to the sewing room to see what's up. If I like the project I'm doing, I can't wait to get to the end to see how it looks finished. When I was sewing clothing for myself, I could make an outfit in a day. I knew how the patterns fit and what to do and I would just push it through the machine. Made lovely jackets and suits and pants, etc. Now I am finding the same thing with the quilting. I want to get to the end to see how it looks. A few years back, we had a mardi gras ball to attend. I literally sat sewing the entire day and had a queen elizabeth dress with full skirt and hat done to wear to the ball. Now if I could just apply that effort to cleaning my house or losing weight, I would be a winner.

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EDITOR 3/9/2011 9:42AM

    So we don't have the dieting down pat yet but we will. One day at a time and I found it extremely encouraging to see you keep busy! My downfall.

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MUMZELLA 3/9/2011 12:03AM

    Boy I understand. I'm struggling now with staying focused on what I eat and how much I exercise. But I'm still determined to stay at my goal weight and not start gaining again. I know this is the rest of my life and I never want to go back to being big. I love being able to move, get up out of chairs, climb ladders, try on clothes, etc and I keep having to remind myself of those wonderful benefits of all the effort I've put in to get here. And I love to sew too, so when I'm feeling the need to eat, I too go to my sewing room and find a new project. go for it!

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BEVPRESLEY 3/8/2011 6:32PM

    But cleaning the house isn't near as much fun. I find it helpful to make a list of things I have to eat (vegetables, protein, dairy, fruit) and don't eat any extra till all my "required" items are completed and I have gotten my 30 minutes of exercise in. You can do it!

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Friday, March 04, 2011

I'm taking a quilting class all day today at the local Convention Center! I am very excited about it! I haven't done much quilting lately as I've been waiting for this class so I'm looking forward. Maybe at lunchtime I will walk around their large parking lot to get out of the building. It will be a lovely day! I've got to get going as I want a good seat! Later!

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BEVPRESLEY 3/4/2011 10:08PM

    Have a wonderful time and be sure to let us know how it went.

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KASEYCOFF 3/4/2011 9:17AM

    Oh, sounds wonderful! Post pix of your projects as you go along - you can do a quilting 'album'!

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Thursday, March 03, 2011

Yesterday I saw a new doctor for my annual exam, a nice young man about the same age as my sons. He was kind of quirky, cracking jokes and putting me at ease so I liked him. I take meds for depression and we were going over them and he said that the little blue pill I take at night causes weight gain and constipation. I told my husband and he said, "Well, it's working!" Maybe that little blue pill is what keeps me from losing, last year I struggled all year and the weight just clung to me. I've been taking that pill for about 10 years and slowly put on weight over that time and can't seem to release it.
Well, last year I tried to give up that little pill all during the month of January. I was totally miserable and down in the depths again. When I realized how I had slowed down, I went back to taking it and my mood stabilized and I've been okay. Well, I see my psychiatrist next week and I am going to try again. Maybe I can cut it in half instead of dumping the whole thing. I take it at night and I think it also helps me to sleep so maybe a tylenol PM added would help.
I won't do anything unless I talk to my doctor about it. I did manage to give up 2 pills last year so I am making progress. And I'm perfectly calm about life in general.
This little blue pill is also the one that keeps me from going to a fast weight loss clinic. They turned me down because of it. So, here I am just rolling along.

Tomorrow I go to an all day quilting class. They are having a quilting retreat at the local conference center so I am so excited! Later!

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KASEYCOFF 3/3/2011 11:55AM

    ...just like being able to gradually work your way off of this one, is there a different medication that would be milder in its stabilizing effects (I say that because it doesn't sound as if you need the really strong one anymore) plus not have the unwanted side effects of constipation and weight gain? If they've had you on the same medication for the last ten years, maybe there's something newer that would work better, if you find you still need to have a 'booster.' :-)

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ANDI571 3/3/2011 9:38AM

    I am sure that little blue pill is hindering you from losing. I would also ask your doctor about that. It might be that you will just have to be extra vigilant with your eating to lose.

Maybe there is a team here on Sparkpeople with its members that have been able to conquer that issue. Maybe there is a way of eating that would help.

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LADYJ6942 3/3/2011 9:19AM

    Great job, medication side effects can really slow things down and mess them up. You are handling the info well and it sounds like you have a solid plan.

Keep up the good work.

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ELLEN0407 3/3/2011 8:52AM

  great job being calmer

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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

You know the one, where you have to see the doctor annually and have a mammagram. Thank goodness for another year. I saw a new funny young doctor, about the same age as my sons but I liked him and he put me at ease. He was looking over my medications for depression and one of them that I take causes constipation and weight gain. Ah, ha! I knew there had to be a reason. Now next week, I see my psychiatrist so I will ask him how I can get off of it. I tried last year to no avail. Had to resume taking it so maybe a lower dose and gradually taper. That particular medication also prohibits me from going to a weight loss clinic. It's on the don't take this person list.
The weather is so beautiful here, why we wait for March to come. THis is the nicest time of year in Northwest Florida but we say that about a lot of times of the year. It will be in the 60's today and sunny. Just lovely! And spring brings out the clients. Another bonus. Got to get to work! Later!

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KASEYCOFF 3/2/2011 2:31PM

    Always worth it to do an evaluation about the medication and see what they say - if you need to, you know you can always go back to it, but if you can decrease it, or get off of it altogether, it may just do the trick for losing weight. I really think it helped me when I was able to stop taking it, so... you never know! :-)

Re 'the dreaded exam' - the one I dread more is at the other end, lol...

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Last night I want to a concert and tried on about 6 things before I found something I wanted to wear. I've gained back the 8 lbs I lost and now I want to lose it again and more. So back on some kind of program. I hope I stick to it. I just have to make up my mind about it. I was looking at everyone at the party afterward at how thin or fat they were andI just want to be one of the thinner people. And even the 8 lbs less, I was more comfortable at. So here we go again.

I tried WW last year but somehow I don't think it is for me. I gained weight immediately on it and I try to get all my points in including the flex points and I think it is too much food for me. So right now, I am aiming for a healthy eating plan. ANDI571 went back to the weigh down workshop. I think I am going to pull out my Sonoma Diet book and cookbook and go there again. I lost 18 pounds on it and it wasn't hard except it took so darn long. I just need to get out and move and eat less and eat right. Can't be that difficult can it?

I'm going to start today and see where it goes.

One thing I am proud of is that I am an extremely good creative seamstress and I guess that is why I am a good decorator. My sister came over this morning for help from me to make her a toga for a party next Friday. She had thought to do it one way and I immediately thought of a better and easier way. In just over an hour we had the workings of a toga with 2 seams and a couple of ties and trim. Looked pretty good. I showed her some of the quilting projects I have been doing and she was amazed at all the little squares and triangles and My points even look good.

So here I go, diet, eat more veggies, and sew. And walk. Later

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BLUECHEESE1 2/26/2011 11:27PM

    You can do this. Choose what is best for you. Look at what you could handle for the rest of your life, because this is a lifetime choice, a different way of eating and living. Being thin is something that I've strived for, but now I'm choosing healthy, not necessarily thin. Thin is in the mind of each of us a different way. So, don't give up. Not every program is for you. Personally, I just make the food I eat work for me, and choose exercise I know I will actually enjoy and stick to.

You go girl. :)

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SANDY92308 2/26/2011 8:01PM

    Hi, It sounds like you got a great plan and I know you can do it, I started a new team called W8W points+plan and we have three leaders so please stop by and check us out. It's a great new team that we put together since the new plan came out...

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TURTLETALK 2/26/2011 4:58PM

    It sounds like you have a good plan. At this point I can't even visualize being thin. My current goal is to get to "overweight" and lose the obese title.

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KASEYCOFF 2/26/2011 2:33PM

    Attitude is half the battle: if you're determined to succeed, you WILL! And it doesn't matter how slowly you go or how long it takes. Don't worry about what other people are doing or how they look. All you need to do is focus on YOU!
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NOMUFFINTOP3 2/26/2011 1:04PM

    I've found this site so much fun and motivating. I've been at a party and have been the heaviest person there! That is no fun! Keep on sewing and decorating and drop those lbs!

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MAMACAT2_3 2/26/2011 12:37PM

    I think I was on here about the same time last year and doing ok for a little while. I gained back whatever few I had lost though and am now back at it again. I'm just trying to eat healthy and move more, same as you. We can do this!!


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