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Back in the Saddle, again...

Monday, September 30, 2013

Shalom! Just kidding, Hello there.

Excited to be back. I took a month long hiatus from Spark People due to the Jewish Holidays. I made the personal call that tracking daily would only add, not subtract, from the already stressful and hectic time of year. I haven't put on any weight, though, so there is only so guilty I can fee.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on the message boards, friend feeds, etc.


Absolutely Horrible Eating Week

Friday, September 13, 2013

When I blog, albeit rarely, I try to impart some message that not only reflects my honest thoughts, but will hopefully reach others as well. This is not one of those blogs. This is a purely selfish ranting blog. Sigh.

This week has been the eating week from H - E - Double hockey sticks. For real. Late night snacking on junk, loss of control, no exercising, no logging food, just... everything blah. Everything Spark People says what not to do.

My excuse? This is my holiday season (I'm Jewish) and there is a lot of food around. It's like Thanksgiving cubed. And it's not even over. Maintenance? Forget it. If I gain a mere two pounds it will be a victory.

So in the meantime I'm going to try to limit the damage, rather than throw my hands up completely. I'm going to practice the act of self-compassion and forgive myself. I'm not going to compare myself to the New York Fashion Week models and bloggers and fashion divas, because that would be just ridiculous. I'm going to love myself, and promise myself to get back on track when I am able to commit myself more fully. I think that sounds good, don't you?

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ROCKYCPA 9/14/2013 11:59PM

    This is a hard time of year if you are Jewish but like Phebess said - let your fast on Yom Kippur be your starting point to begin again. You can do it!

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PHEBESS 9/13/2013 4:50PM

    That's why Yom Kippur is a fast day, so you can start over with a clean slate!


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SONICB 9/13/2013 1:23PM

    It's much easier to treat yourself well when you love yourself and want to do good for your body and mind. :) It's also important to remember that all those models, bloggers & fashion divas present themselves in a very calculated way and don't ALWAYS look that perfect.

"Oh... this fashion blogger just happens to be posed in such a way that the light falls perfectly on her face and the wind just happens to be blowing her hair slightly."

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Losing Weight for Weddings; I'm Not into It

Monday, August 26, 2013

I write this blog because, and I don't want to jinx this, my sister is in a relationship that is getting fairly serious. So serious, in fact, that it's likely it will culminate with an engagement and marriage. Yeah, I'm psyched.

Being the girl I am, I cannot wait to go shopping. To wear a girdle, or not wear a girdle, that is the question. Yuck! Why does everyone need to be so skinny? Should I try to look like Princess Kate? Heck no! I have big boobs people, DEAL WITH IT.

I'm off my soap box now. But really. I can understand wanting to look good in pictures, but I'm into weight loss/health for ME, not for a camera.

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CHICA_BORICUA 8/27/2013 7:39AM


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PHEBESS 8/26/2013 10:40PM

    Absolutely!!!! Having more energy, feeling better, and getting good medical results are a whole lot more important than looking like a toothpick!

And you can find a gorgeous dress for the size you are whenever the wedding happens - and you will look great in it!

I bought my wedding dress for the size I was at that point. I didn't consciously diet, but with wedding stress, I lost a few lbs and had to have the dress taken in a bit prior to the wedding.

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DIETER27 8/26/2013 12:57PM

  emoticon the weight for yourself . Take it one day at a time. emoticon

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Maintaining: A Mental and Physical Change

Thursday, August 15, 2013

I always assumed that when I reached my maintenance weight , I would jump for joy. It took me a while to get here, and now I've done it! Woo hoo!

Alas. I've spent so much time trying to lose weight, it's hard to get used to the fact that I don't have to anymore. So much so that sometimes I feel uncomfortable in my own skin.

Isn't that strange?

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FLOATNRN 8/18/2013 9:04PM

    Congratulations on getting to your goal! I guess it's true when they say it's journey. We are constantly discovering and changing. It might take time. But you will get there. emoticon

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NELLJONES 8/16/2013 7:37AM

    Yep, that's why there is an team for maintainers here on Spark. It's the same in one sense: you still have to track and weigh and measure and stay vigilant without the reward of a number moving on a scale. It works so much better with a group of supporters. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/
Come on over!

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LIVELYGIRL2 8/16/2013 12:11AM

  I hear many say this. But you can keep it stable and enjoy this special time. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOELEVENACIOUS 8/15/2013 11:44PM

    SP has a really great maintenance group 15000 people or so.

They have really great support and resources. I have become a member in advance only half way there.

The job is never done. Done = relapse. tons to be gained and regained just slip a bit and ignore it.

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    I would say that maintenance is MORE difficult than weight loss. It has fewer rewards, requires perseverance for a longer time (try forever ;)), and has fewer supports from society at large. So, it's no wonder you feel a little uncomfortable. Take your time adjusting. You are in it for the long haul now and living day to day with attention to your long term goal of keeping the weight off will bring you success.

Congrats on getting here!

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SONICB 8/15/2013 3:03PM

    That sounds like a reasonable problem to have. They say maintenance can be just as difficult as losing the weight because it requires a different mindset! It takes some effort to figure out how many extra calories you should eat or how much you exercise you should cut back on to stop the weight loss.

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MJRVIC2000 8/15/2013 1:21PM

    When we learn how to love ourselves, than we will know how to love others and God. God Bless YOU! Vic.

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Let's Get Real

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

In my opinion, getting real is the secret to success. When I say "get real," I mean get real about who you are, what you're about, you're setting, and in general where you are holding in your life. For me, that means I'm a married working mom in my upper 20's. I have to frame my health goals in the context of my life. What your "get real" means will obviously be different, but it's important to think about that when you are framing your weight loss or maintenance goals.

After I lost my baby weight, I was thrilled, and thought, "Hey! Why not lose more? Go big or go home." Some people are really ambitious, and I admire that ambition, but part of my getting real means that I have to realize that's not where I'm at right now. I'm super busy with work and my kids and running my home. For me to try and lose 5 more pounds would be utterly absurd and unnecessarily. So I changed my weight tracker on SP and got real.

When you are making your goals, are you for real? Maybe you don't need that beach bod, or maybe for you that's normal and natural. Think about what you can realistically do and maintain, not about what you think you should do.

Keep sparking ;)

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KCLARK89 7/24/2013 10:25AM

    Very well put! I think so many of us are focused on getting that "perfect" body that we lose sight of what's important. Have I worked out and eaten like I should have being home on vacation? No, but I've spent quality time with my friends and family, some I haven't seen in a year. Yes health and fitness are important, but so is mental health by seeing and talking to loved ones even if it means missing a workout or 2 :)

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CHICA_BORICUA 7/24/2013 7:28AM


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MTAL203 7/23/2013 12:50PM

  Excellent perspective! Thanks!

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