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21 Day Sugar Fast. Accountability Needed!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I am on the second day of a 21 day sugar fast. I really need to revamp after a summer that ended up being crazy busy, which led to lazy eating habits. Anyone need some accountability, as well? I would love a partner in this endeavor...someone to check up with me to see how I'm doing. I'd be happy to do so for you, as well.

As it is, I am going to try to post each day just a little paragraph of how it's going to hold myself accountable.

I felt great success yesterday, as I was able to say no to my daughter's delicious homemade apple crisp. It was hard, but I was able to do it (with some definite help from God-- never underestimate the power of prayer!) and happily checked off Day 1 as completed this morning!

I hesitate to even begin this because I have never been successful when I have started something like this. But I really feel strongly that I need to do this, soooo....

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NELLIEC 8/26/2014 4:08PM

    I'm glad you have made a good beginning!

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The Bathroom Scales is Finally My Friend!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

So many times, when I am waffling or not giving this new lifestyle change 100% of my efforts, any thoughts I have about the scale are downright unpleasant. I dread getting on it, I dread looking at that number that will probably not have moved, and I dread thinking about the next time I am going to have to look at it again.

But it is absolutely amazing how giving 100% of your effort to this new lifestyle change can change how you feel about your scales!

For the last few weeks now, I have been giving it 100% by making small but effective changes. Today when I got on the scales I was rewarded once again. I am thrilled! I am now thirteen pounds lighter than my heaviest weight. This is the lightest I have been in three years!

Oh, I know that sometimes we have water weight or hormone fluctuations (especially as women) and the scales will still sometimes show me a number I do not care for. But the bottom line is that if we are eating healthy food and exercising, we will have to move towards a healthier weight that shows itself on our scales.

It really is about giving it 100% (did I mention that already?!?) and viewing it as a permanent change instead of a temporary "diet". I truly feel like I am on a very long journey, filled with ups and downs, and today I realize I am not only moving in the right direction on the scales, but also in my heart and my head. So thankful :)

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NELLIEC 4/24/2014 3:43PM

    Yes, permanent change!

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Aaaahhhh! It's not working!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

So I have spent the last couple of weeks curbing my sugar intake, exercising faithfully, and cutting my calories. I have tracked carefully every day but a couple. I got on the scales this morning excited about seeing some good progress. And what did I get??

1 pound and NO INCHES.

That's it.

All that sacrifice and...1 little pound (and, yes, I agree- that is better than losing nothing or gaining...). But these results tell me that what I am doing is only good enough to maintain and I have to cut even more. Frustrating.

Anyone have any encouragement to throw my way?? Thanks in advance!

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EBURGITE 1/15/2014 9:07AM

    every body needs different things. figuring out what YOUR body needs and how it functions is the only way you can succeed.
eating too few calories makes it just as difficult to lose weight as eating too many. if your net calories (intake-output) is too low, your body will hoard calories so you can survive. we're built to survive....figuring out how to cut calories ENOUGH but not TOO MUCH is the puzzle we have to solve. and everyone is just different enough that one formula doesn't fit everyone.
realize that your cycle can really mess with weight loss.
if you're not getting enough good sleep, that will impact your weight.
i found that when i ate the same amount of calories for a long time, weight loss slowed. our bodies adjust to what we do, so i have to mix things up to bust thru the next plateau.
hang in there....take a serious look at how many calories are coming in, and how many calories you're using up in exercise, and just keeping your body alive. if there's too much of a deficit, you won't lose more, you may just make your body a better calorie hoarder. maybe find a friend who can help you evaluate your input/output.
keep doing things that are healthy for you. be patient. track the things that are good and right in your've met your exercise goals, you've limited your sugar, your calorie intake is reasonable. reward yourself. there's a lot we can control, but we can't "drive" our bodies like we drive a car. there's so much happening in them....we can control what we put in our mouth, and how much we move, but we can't override what our body is doing. and every body does things just different enough that "one size doesn't fit all," and even when we find our program, we have to continually tweak it.
it's a life-long journey. hang in there.

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NSKYLINE115 1/15/2014 8:40AM

    Dont get discouraged!! Its been a couple weeks and you've aldready lost a pound, thats great!! Keep going and i'm sure with more time you will see results =)
Good luck!

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SUNSHINE192DAY 1/15/2014 8:40AM

    You have a great foundation that you've started to build upon! Good work!

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An extra incentive for winning the weight battle!

Friday, December 27, 2013

I lost 7 pounds between Sept 1 and Oct 31. I was on a roll. The last couple of months, however, have been extremely difficult--two international trips and the holidays.

But my daughter also got engaged last month! I am so excited for her and we are busily planning a wedding.

It is also a good reminder that I do not want to be overweight and not looking my best for the wedding pictures that are sure to be plastered all over Facebook and on the walls of my house and my daughter's house.

The time is definitely NOW to begin. I need to lose 20 (least amount) to 30 (would be awesome!) pound in six months. Can it be done?!? :)

Now, I have two reasons to lose weight -- my bum knee and an upcoming wedding.

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NELLIEC 12/27/2013 4:01PM

    What an exciting reason to lose weight! God bless you!!!

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ELRIDDICK 12/27/2013 11:05AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Resisting the Chocolate Cake

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The chocolate cake sat there under tin foil all week long. My son's girlfriend--a wonderful baker-- had made it especially for him and had sent most of it along home with him.

Now a few months ago I would have rationalized having a piece of that cake. And probably not just one piece, but probably one every day--with a big scoop of ice cream.

I think that one of the main things I have been learning these last seven weeks is that I have to stop rationalizing.

I cannot consume chocolate cake on a regular basis and expect to maintain my weight. I can't let my guard down on the weekends and I can't be constantly making exceptions for birthday parties, picnics, and camping trips.

If this is a lifestyle change then it has to infuse all of life.

It is very difficult but it is possible. I know that because I have seen the successes on Sparkpeople. And they inspire me!

And so I am proud to say that I resisted that chocolate cake.

I am on a mission and I will not let a simple thing like chocolate cake keep me from achieving my goal!

Seven Weeks, Seven Pounds Lost. I am okay with that :)

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BECKY0111 10/10/2013 9:08PM

    You inspire me! If you can do it, so can I. With the holidays around the corner, I have to be satisfied with indulging my sense of sight and smell as long as I deny my taste buds, at least when cake is involved. Great job!

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ELRIDDICK 10/10/2013 6:55AM

  Thanks for sharing

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  emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon you are doing great keep up the good work. I know you will do it

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