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Would you believe?

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

...I actually created a separate SparkPeople account to hide from my SparkFriends because I'm embarrassed? Notice I didn't say "was embarrassed." I AM embarrassed. Over the last 2 years, I've gained from 155 to 209... essentially 60 pounds. Still below my all time high of 235, but definitely not a healthy shift.

I'm sorry I didn't have more faith in all of you to be accepting and supportive. To be honest, when I was "in the zone" and losing/maintaining so well I lost my perspective and felt myself quietly judging others that weren't doing as well as I was. So naturally, I assumed that everyone else would do the same when I fell down... we project our feelings and behavior patterns on others, right?

Anyway, here I am again... my page says Take 3 but it's probably more like take 30 over the course of my adult life. I'm actively acknowledging that I need help. I need support. I need to be active on this community and help others because even though I know I should do this for myself I perform much better when I'm trying to set a good example and sharing my struggles with others that understand (and vice versa). No one else in my immediate family needs to worry about food or weight, and no one in my extended family cares to try even though they are as large or larger than me (with the exception of my sister, who has done an admirable job of maintaining a healthy weight for years).

I'm rambling now, but I just really feel like my weight (and even more so, my obsession with changing it) has become excessive noise in my life that is preventing me from being happy. Notice I said it's not my weight per se - it's really my constant struggle that impacts my happiness. I need to either spend my energy accepting my weight (love thyself) or focus that energy on reaching a healthy weight that feels more naturally acceptable to me... and given the crazy number of health and joint problems my lovely mother is having after carrying excess weight most of her adult life (she's only 65 now), I know it's not a safe thing for me to simply accept myself as I am. I need to get the excess weight off my joints because arthritis is in my genes and therefore likely in my future.

Thanks for listening, anyone who stumbles by... and thank you to my SparkFriends that may still be lurking and watching for me. I'm very sorry to see that my friend EvilKlown has deleted his page... he was always a constant no matter how often I fell away from the site.


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KPETSCHE 5/9/2014 12:30AM

    I am SO GLAD to see you back Allison. We are here for you in all your glory - ups and downs. It's definitely not easy but we all know that, don't we. I've been missing you!

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WOUBBIE 5/7/2014 9:33PM


Very humbling journey, this is.

I started out like gangbusters, thinking I'd lose 2 pounds a week like I used to back in the day. But your body at 53 is not quite the same as your body at 23.

I was prepared to show off my progress at work, and convince people to get on the low carb bandwagon, but you know what they say - no one notices you've lost weight until you've dropped about 20 pounds: I was doing low carb for well over 4 months before I got even one little compliment.

Lesson learned. Pride goeth....

I'm just glad you're back. It's good and healthy for you to be here, and I hope you stick around all the way through your loss and well into maintenance!

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SHIRLANGEL 5/7/2014 3:51PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing what was going on. I can identify with some of things you wrote. While I'm sorry you gained some back while you were away, I'm glad you remembered us and came back for support. I've been absent a little while too but am getting back on track too. emoticon

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    Nothing to be ashamed of not embarrassed about, GF. We love you just the way you are. And most of us have been in the same situation. The people who lose it and keep it off are in the minority but I tend to think that those who stick it out end up at some point being in that minority.

I can totally relate to your need to lose weight. My genetic heritage makes it essential that I do the same. I don't want to end up handicapped, in a wheel chair permanently or worse.

We are in this together. We will stick it out. We won't quit. We will succeed.

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JAPITTARD 5/6/2014 6:37PM

    I agree people do it all the time BUT the important thing is that you are back! What has happened in the in between is in the history. The important thing is that you are back and ready to start your journey again! You've GOT THIS!!!!

-Amy P
Also I host a fitness and accountability group on Facebook. Itís a private group where we check in, keep each other accountable and encourage one another on our journeys! Because it is private what you post in the group doesnít show up on your regular feed. I would love for you to join us. If you would like you can either message me your email address and I can add you that way (we donít have to be FB friends if I add you by emailÖ.. OR you can find me on Facebook and add me as a friend ( Once you add me as a friend I can add you directly to the group. I hope you join in!!

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NEWBIRTH2014 5/6/2014 5:27PM


It's been almost 20 days since I've reconnect to SparkPeople and I'm sure we are not the only one's who's stumbled and fallen off the SparkPeople wagon! Now that you're back stay put young lady!!!

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Ran a 5k Today...

Saturday, October 26, 2013

...and did not finish last! :)

I haven't checked official times, but it was 43 something. That's about the same time as the last 5k I did. The good news is that I ran a lot more than I walked this time around. The bad news is that I now weigh about 40 pounds more than I did last time I did a 5k in Spring of 2012. So I guess my fitness level is decent because I was able to haul this extra weight across the finish line in about the same amount of time, but I'd much rather be rid of it and see how fast I can really go!

Baby steps, right? I'm going to start working on the elliptical like it's my job. Also, I'm committed to tracking all of my calories no matter what. No more partial days and then stopping because I overeat. Our next cruise is 20 weeks away, so I need to really work hard between now and then so I don't spend my whole vacation feeling self conscious!


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JAZZID 11/24/2013 2:24PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon ... emoticon . emoticon.. I am right along with you!

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EVILKLOWN 10/28/2013 5:32AM

    A 5k? Wow, that's jumping back in with NO FEAR!

I read this and got all inspired ... like "hey, I can do a 5k ... you know ... one day ... if I start training."

LOL @ the "Me too, me too, wait a minute ... "

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/26/2013 10:37PM

    Congratulations on finishing another race!! It sounds like you are really fit now. I hope you can shed those pounds quickly.

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HOUNDLOVER1 10/26/2013 6:38PM

    Great job on the run.
Keep in mind that some of what you gained is probably muscle.
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ANDYINBC 10/26/2013 6:11PM

    Fantastic! That 5 K more than I ran anytime in September or October. Keep it going, you will have amazing success!

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Getting My Ducks in a Row

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Hey Sparkbuddies!

Maybe I should say cats instead of ducks. It certainly feels like herding cats, but I suppose ducks would be hard to line up as well. LOL. Needless to say, lately I've been my own worst enemy when it comes to making my health a priority. Lots of whining and excuses that I wouldn't put up with from a close friend that should be managing a medical condition, so I'm not sure why I've been so easy on myself.

That being said, I'm here. I'm back. I dressed up and showed up and will proceed to fake it until I make it. I will post once a week to let everyone know how my food and fitness went for the week and post new goals.

For this week:
I am tracking my food. Every day. Non-negotiable.
I am training for a 5k, so I will run at least 3 days if not 4 this week.
I am cutting gluten back out of my diet to manage my PCOS symptoms.

If I do all these things, I should be down a couple of pounds by next Wednesday. Maybe more than that, since this week (to be fair) is my quarterly "water weight week." Yes, I only have them quarterly. Here goes!


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JAZZID 11/24/2013 2:30PM

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    I can say the same thing about myself. I have not been committed enough to my goals and have gotten very sloppy. I am going to work on every aspect of my health plan and do a better job. I'm in this with you. emoticon

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WOUBBIE 9/18/2013 8:17PM

    Here you go!

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CHUBRUB3 9/18/2013 2:40PM

    Awesome! You have a plan & your working it!

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Perfect Health Diet Photo Blog

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Hey Buddies!

So I've recently downloaded the kindle version of the perfect health diet. It's very similar to Primal ( but actually requires a certain amount of what they call "safe starches" every day for health reasons. This is a pretty controversial topic amongst the low carb/paleo/primal camps, so I thought I would post some info about it. First off, here are the guidelines given from the perfect health website (

We recommend:

About 3 pounds [1.4 kg] of plant foods per day, including:
About 1 pound [0.45 kg] of safe starches, such as white rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and taro;
About 1 pound [0.45 kg] of sugary in-ground vegetables (such as beets or carrots), fruits, and berries;
Low-calorie vegetables to taste, including fermented vegetables and green leafy vegetables.

One-half to one pound [0.25 to 0.5 kg] per day of meat or fish, which should include organ meats, and should be drawn primarily from:
ruminants (beef, lamb, goat);
birds (especially duck and wild or naturally raised birds);
Shellfish and freshwater and marine fish.

Low omega-6 fats and oils from animal or tropical plant sources, to taste. Good sources include:
butter, sour cream, beef tallow, duck fat;
coconut milk or oil
palm oil, palm kernel oil, olive oil, avocado oil, macadamia nut butter, almond butter, cashew butter

Acids to taste, especially citric acid (lemon juice, lime juice, orange juice, grapefruit juice), lactic acid from fermented or pickled vegetables, vinegars, tannic acids from wine, and tomatoes.
Broths or stocks made from animal bones and joints.
Snacks or desserts from our pleasure foods: fruits and berries, nuts, alcohol, chocolate, cream, and fructose-free sweeteners like dextrose or rice syrup.

By weight, the diet works out to about 3/4 plant foods, 1/4 animal foods. By calories, it works out to about 600 carb calories, primarily from starches; around 300 protein calories; and fats supply a majority (50-60%) of daily calories.

Even if you read the book and totally believe in the science, moving from low carb/paleo to this model seems scary, given the statements "Eat 1 pound of starch" and "Eat one half to 1 pound of sugary vegetables or fruits." Since not everyone has a food scale (scandalous!) and to provide some much needed context, I thought I would post some photos of what that looks like.

First off, potatoes:

As you can see, the potato weighs 13 ounces (on the nose, impressive!), or about 80% of that 1 pound recommendation. I added the photo next to the seasoning jars for scale because those are pretty standard and I figured most folks have those hanging around. This is not a HUGE potato. It's a medium to even smaller than typical baking potato that one would pull out of the bin in the store. If you buy the big bags of taters you will get smaller ones for sure, but not a lot smaller. According to Spark, 16 full ounces of potato is around 97 carbs.

Now, for fruit (since I happen to have that handy):

As you can see, the standard "Red Teacher Apple" weighs in at 6 ounces, and the Fuji apple weighs in at almost 8 ounces. Even if you remove 1/3 of the weight for core, you're looking at 4-5 ounces per apple. At the lower end half pound recommendation, that's 2 apples. At the high end, that's 4 apples. Apples are one of the higher sugar fruits, so according to the Spark tracker you're looking at around 40 carbs for 2 or 80 carbs for 4.

I haven't weighed it myself, but I've found online that one cup of cooked rice weighs 7-8 ounces, so 2 cups would be a daily allotment of rice to meet the starch requirement - that's about the same in carbs as potatoes. So in my mind anyway, absolutely worst case scenario (using rice or potatoes and apples vs. carrots, beets, or berries), you're looking at 137 - 177 carbs in a day. Please keep in mind these are GROSS carb numbers, not NET (I didn't subtract fiber). Still significantly less than the standard American diet, but much higher than most in the low carb community are accustomed to. An interesting point to note is how this compares to Mark's Carbohydrate Curve - he states that 100-150 is ideal for maintenance, which isn't too far off the mark (no pun intended) here, even at the worst case scenario end. (

Something to remember about all of this too is that the Perfect Health Diet guidelines are written for just that - health. Not weight loss. So we all need to adjust as necessary to lose weight, then increase as makes sense for us to maintain. It's all just a big personal experiment on our bodies, folks... One size does not fit all. I wanted to post this though so people would have some context and not eat 5 potatoes per day thinking that must be "about a pound." I've been doing this long enough to cringe visibly when folks tell me they had "about" so much of something, particularly when it's carb/calorie dense.

I hope this helps someone!


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EVILKLOWN 1/19/2013 6:46AM

    This kind of thing gives me brain damage. I have all I can handle just trying to eat less calories.

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RUSSELL_40 1/17/2013 12:08AM

    I gain weight if I go over 40 net carbs, so this is not something I would even consider to be low carb. If you are doing well on it.. great for you!

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GOPINTOS 1/7/2013 11:12AM

    There has been quite the debate and N=1 on MDA over starches and potatoes in particular. There is a lot of science to the results but many ppl are actually having great results by adding more potatoes. And very much YMMV.

PHD says UP TO 1lb of fruit and UP TO 1lb of starches. For many ppl it is the missing piece. Agreeable it is not for everyone. You just have to see and do what works best for you. He also discusses ketogenic diets for those that need to go that route. From my notes he says: Natural carb intake for healthy sedentary person is about 600 calories, 300 for ketogenic dieting.

Mark Sisson even wrote the forward for the new book. The basic guidelines are as follows:

low to mod. Carbohydrate (20-35%)
High fat (50-65%)
Mod Protein (15%)

By weight, 65% plant, 35% meats & oils

If you need to lose weight, he recommends dialing the fat back to 40% which he discusses in a bit more detail in the 2nd edition.

I should add, that he does not include veggies in the carb or calorie count.

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GOODGETNBETR 1/7/2013 8:44AM

    Me too. emoticon


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ANDYINBC 1/6/2013 11:59PM

    Interesting blog, thanks for sharing! I got stuck thinking about the three pounds of plant food daily. And then I looked a the bags of salad in the fridge and thought I would never be able to eat that much. The apples and potatoes would be more filling but wow, that's a lot of plant food.

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    It seems like everyone has a take on the lower carb diet but edging much above 150 net carbs a day sounds problematic for me. As I know a lot of doctors, because I'm a nurse, I have found that they often make dietary recommendations on what they like to eat themselves unless the patient has certain problems like renal disease. So if a doctor loves white rice, and many cultures do, then it is on the menu. LOL. I'm big on personal experimentation. If you eat a normal serving of potato, which is very small, and feel like dog poop afterwards then don't eat potatoes. Same with rice. I think that food triggers become obvious with this approach. I learned right away that pasta spikes my blood sugar. My doctors diet involves food combining and I discovered that he was really onto something. While I might be able to eat a small potato I can not eat a small potato with a serving of bread. Often it really is about how many carbs you can eat at a time and not what source they come from unless they are a trigger or very high glycemic.

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ALLISON145 1/6/2013 9:05PM

    Love the controversy! LOL! I have to say, I'm feeling totally confused lately by the barrage of health advice hanging around the low-carb-osphere. I actually get a belly ache if I eat too many potatoes myself. I wonder if it's because I'm just no longer accustomed to so much starch, or whether my body just doesn't tolerate them very well because I'm getting older?

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KICK-SS 1/6/2013 8:55PM

    That would certainly cause a gain for me - not to mention a horrendous bellyache. I guess if you're really super active and not doing too low carb, it could be ok for some people anyhow, but not for me.

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MAIZEY 1/6/2013 5:04PM

    Very interesting. Reminds me how important it is to actually measure or weigh foods. Thanks

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MYLADY4 1/6/2013 3:59PM

    Very interesting. Hope it works for you.

Nothing wrong with good whole foods. Might also try getting some animal bones to make some stock. Have a craving for some cabbage and venison soup soon.

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WOUBBIE 1/6/2013 3:55PM

    I am not an athlete. This will make me gain weight. This would make MOST people gain weight.

If you're already IN perfect health by eating starch then you will probably REMAIN in perfect health until menopause. Once you lose the protective benefits of your youthful hormones all bets are off. This plan actually pisses me off. Fat people don't need any more low-functioning diet plans to try and then discard. You can't be in "perfect health" if you're fat. Period.

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CHUBRUB3 1/6/2013 3:41PM

    Thank you for the information!

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SEDGEY 1/6/2013 3:11PM

    I'm not so sure that the recommendation to include carbs/safe starches is exactly controversial. It's been encouraged for athletes and certainly allowed for those in maintenance. I have seen that the "Low Carb Jihad" has been up in arms about it lately though and Robb Wolf pretty much tore everyone a new one in a recent blog post.

We all have to do what works best for us. n=1 :)

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KAIMANAOC1 1/6/2013 1:58PM

    Interesting. Might have to read up on it. It sounded like so much food until you put it into perspective with photos. Thanks for sharing!

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SPIRITSEEKER2 1/6/2013 1:46PM

    not for me , thanks for posting.. paleo, via eating for blood type is what I do - real food - not white- browns ok .. sweet potato ok .. too much fruit sugars for me too..

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NESARIAN 1/6/2013 1:41PM

    Contrary to my beliefs but thanks for sharing.

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HOUNDLOVER1 1/6/2013 1:03PM

    Great blog! I wasn't tempted to try this one anyhow but agree that it is not at all suited for people who want to lose weight and/or are at all insulin-resistant, which most overweight people are.

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AZURE-SKY 1/6/2013 12:56PM

  Interesting, but strange - to me anyway. The thought of eating organ meats turns me off - I'm of an age where liver was considered good for you - yuk! Also, there's no dairy. I'm not a fan of any diet plan that completely eliminates a food group.

If you're coming off a lower-carb diet, don't be surprised if you start gaining as you add more carbs back into your diet. That happened to me a few years ago while following Atkins. When I got to around 80 carbs per day, my weight loss stalled, then I started gaining.

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GOPINTOS 1/6/2013 12:40PM

    Fantastic Blog!!!! emoticon

Thanks for sharing!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
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Country Living Team
Wheat Belly Team


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2013 Week 1 - Three Pounds Down!

Friday, January 04, 2013

Hey SparkBuddies!

Well, I'm going to call this a very successful week, given that I didn't start watching what I ate or exercising under New Year's Day. So it's a 3 day effort that let me drop 3 pounds... largely water I'm sure, but still nice. Oh, and in case you're wondering my scale at home is off (heavy) by .6 pounds, as determined by the weight test... I put my kettlebell and 2 dumbells on it that should weigh 31 pounds, and it weights 31.6. For that reason, I round my ticker down to the nearest whole number (sometimes that's in my favor, sometimes not - but it all evens out in the end, right?). Plus, whole numbers just make me happy - ha! Here we go, as promised:

I just realized that my feet are really puffy in the morning, and I need a pedicure. Guess I'd better hit 175 soon, since that's my reward. LOL! As you can see from the Omron, my BMI is still over 28. I need to get down to 159 pounds (I'm 5'7") to be below 25 and in the healthy range. I don't really trust that thing for being clinically accurate when it comes to body fat%, but it will give me a trend to watch. Once I hit my goal weight I will go to the bod pod again and get an accurate assessment to let me know if I still have more work to do on body composition. I'll tell you, the charts all say that body fat % of 31 or less is normal for women, but it's not a "cute" normal. Maybe more like a "today's typical" kind of normal. I'm aiming for 22-24% in the long run. I think I have too much chest to go below that, even at a healthy weight. We shall see! :) The bottom line this time around is that I refuse to get so hung up on the numbers that I stop enjoying life and obsess. All that does is cause binge behavior and weight regain, and since I really don't want to lose these 30 pounds AGAIN, I will be more mindful this time.

We leave for the cruise three weeks from today! I'm nervous and excited and worried to leave my kids all at the same time. We've done this before (a year ago, in fact), but it never gets any easier to leave my kids. I ordered a formal dress online today, because the one I have in my closet will not fit me by the time we sail... it just won't. I was sad and in denial over that, but now that I have a replacement 2 sizes larger ordered, I'm actually feeling more excited about the trip. I hate feeling down on myself, and not having a nice formal dress to wear would be really upsetting since it's so important to my Mom (they are going with us). The guys are even renting tuxes this year at my Mom's request. :) This may be the last trip they take with us, since my Mom's health and joints are deteriorating so badly. :( Hard to cruise if you can't walk, especially when you're too prideful to use a wheelchair or a walker. Sigh. I love my Mom, but I so wish she would make an effort to lose weight. It would really help her to get the load off her joints. Two years ago, she signed up on Spark for exactly one day and logged 2 meals (breakfast and lunch) before declaring that it "doesn't work for her." I'm sure you have all heard something similar from a friend or family member that isn't ready to change. Anyway, enough of that. I just hope she can enjoy our vacation even with her physical limitations.

Oh, and for Morticia - here is our beloved Chloe dressed up in her Mrs. Claus dress last year... RIP "Fat Dog."


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    Chloe was soooooooooooo cute. You immediately want to pick her up and hug her.

I can understand about my mom. I wish my mom would have listened to me and she would live longer. She was no overweight but she took too many meds and would not force herself to be active. Sigh. I hope your mom will some around.

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JAZZID 1/6/2013 1:58AM

    Great Blog Alllison!... you are doing great!

Sorry to hear that you mom is not ready to make the change, hopefully your great example will help her make the decision to take better care of herself. She is lucky to have you as a daughter. I wish her luck,.

Keep up the good work and emoticon on the pounds lost emoticon... I hope I will be saying that soon! emoticon

~ Dee emoticon

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KPETSCHE 1/6/2013 12:59AM

    Great job, Allison. I would love to lose 3lbs in one week! You rock!
PS love the doggie Mrs. Claus suit. Really cute!

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/5/2013 7:43PM

    Wow, we are right on track with each other..started the same day at the same weight and have lost about the same amount! Too bad you're an inch and a half taller than me, haha!

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ANDYINBC 1/5/2013 3:36PM

    You have done great this week, way to go! Keep up the great work and you will definitely reach your goals.

Have a great time on that cruise, sounds like it will be a memorable experience.

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WOUBBIE 1/5/2013 11:44AM

    BIrgit's right, the best thing we can do is to set a good example. In my family it's my sister who sets her back against the evidence because she doesn't want to give up her precious wheat. She was just telling me last night about her new arthritis symptoms and I had to bite my tongue to keep from lecturing her. *sigh*

Take your time and don't obsess over losing. It's a long life, plenty of opportunities for ups and downs. It's not about weight loss it's about weight control, right?

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MONAMOM 1/5/2013 9:07AM

    I can so relate to your frustration over gaining lost pounds back. In the last year and a half I have gained 60. Just cannot beleive I allowed myself to do it. But I am determined to get back to where I was and then lose the rest to reach my goal.

I lost my precious Mom in November and she had been so proud of my weight loss. She was 86 and a liflong smoker. No way would she quit!! Just enjoy every minute with your Mom.

Your "Ms Santa" is adorable.

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SEEHOLZ 1/5/2013 7:35AM

    Well, my Mom would not ever sign up---- at least not to actually loose weight, so yours is a step ahead....

Congrats on the lost pounds, but also for taking care of you and not allowing anything- not some number of a scale define how you feel!

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-POOKIE- 1/5/2013 4:32AM

    Here's to getting back to our new normal in the new year!

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HOUNDLOVER1 1/5/2013 1:20AM

    I hear you about wishing your Mom would change and get healthy. I am wishing the same for my parents. Maybe the best you can do is to set an example for her on the cruise. Maybe she'll see that you can still enjoy food a lot and that it is possible to take care of one's health even without recording all food.
She will see you a lot healthier and that may motivate her, too.
Best wishes in getting ready for your trip. emoticon

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