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Begin again!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I have been missing in action for quite a while. My husband accepted a new job in the midwest the end of last year. So long story short, after house hunting, getting our house in PA ready to sell, moving cross country and unpacking i have gotten way off track and regained a little over half the weight back that I had lost last year.

It has taken me a while to start again. Although this move brings me closer to family once again and should mean less hours for my husband, it was a tough move for me. I left a very dear friend back in PA who had become like a sister to me. My girls left dear friends also. I have been very depressed about the whole move, even though I know in my heart that it was a good move for us. It will just take time to adjust. My girls aren't so little that I will meet as many people this time. Being in a small town makes it harder too.

I have joined a community gym and have been going to that to get me out of the house. Today I am starting back tracking food and exercise. Slowly but surely I will focus on being a healthy happier me. Hopefully in time, I will make some new friends. But right now it is day by day for me to feel happy. I know that is normal as I am missing friends and in a very new situation. Bear with me as I am sure to keep struggling. But I will persevere!

  
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TRAVELGRRL 4/27/2014 1:25PM

    Glad you are back! Try to find at least FIVE things to be grateful for, every day! Yes, this move may have been difficult, but even you admit it's for the good. Try to help your children adapt by encouraging them to get involved. The gym's a great start. ((hugs))

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RDEE22 4/23/2014 7:23AM

    Welcome back! It takes a while to settle in to a new town. The Gym seems the way to go to meet people. emoticon

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CAT-IN-CJ 4/22/2014 12:45PM

    I know how disruptive a move can be and it can be difficult to get your groove back . . . but you have so much going for you.... I know you can do it!!!!

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MATTEROFHEART 4/22/2014 12:36PM

    Welcome back! That is a lot of adjustments to make! So sorry about you having to leave behind close friends. That must be so difficult. Great job on joining the gym and trying to get involved! emoticon

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What a difference 13 months can make!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

September, 2012 I flew home to Minnesota to attend my Goddaughter's wedding. I was wearing a knee unloader brace, in a lot of pain and 46 lbs heavier. I was the heaviest of all my sisters.

Flash forward to this month: I flew home to attend my youngest brother's wedding in Minnesota walking pain free with a partial knee replacement and 46 lbs lighter. I exercised every day at least 30 minutes of cardio and even got some strength training in. I suspect I was lighter than all of my sisters.

I was worried about this trip because we were eating out almost every meal. I don't always handle temptation well, but I was proud of how I handled it this time. I wasn't perfect, but I didn't get carried away either. Since we had a mini fridge in our room, the first thing we did was go grocery shopping and get healthy food for breakfast to eat in our room. I ate healthy when I could. When I didn't have much choice in what I ate, I ate healthy by not eating as much.

The proof was in the wedding pictures! Last year I looked sickly and bloated. This year I felt and looked healthy and happy. You might have even said I looked Sparky!

I still have 44 more pounds I would like to lose, but I am proud how far I have come in a little over a year! I am here to say that it is possible to lose weight using Sparkpeople.com, especially with all the encouragement and support of all the sparkfriends you make on the site. emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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PMRUNNER 10/23/2013 4:47AM

    Way to go!

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SARAL72 10/22/2013 2:30PM

    That's really great!! there nothing better in our journey to realize at some point that we are making progress. The photo of your brother's wedding is great to remind you every day that you are already more than half way, and you did really good. May be you could frame that photo and keep it available for you to look at everyday. It's good to see results, it's a big help to keep on track.
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TRAVELGRRL 10/22/2013 1:55PM

    Yes, a year can make a big difference -- either for good or for ill, and YOU MADE IT FOR GOOD!

wtg!!!

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BATCHICK 10/22/2013 10:34AM

    Wow, what a great accomplishment!
Did your family notice and pile on the compliments?
I'd also love to see comparison photos!

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MATTEROFHEART 10/22/2013 8:38AM

    I am so proud of you! You've come a long way!!! Did you know that you were one of my first friends here on Spark? So glad we have gotten to share the journey together! BTW, I want to see pictures!!!
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RDEE22 10/22/2013 8:38AM

    Congratulations, you have done so well. I bet you had a big smile inside and out the whole time. emoticon

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RIDLEYRIDER 10/22/2013 7:31AM

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AWESOMECHELZ 10/22/2013 6:49AM

    I hope you can post the photos. emoticon I suspect you did well with all the temptations because you have gained so much confidence in yourself and you feel very proud of yourself and happy so emoticon Keep up the GREAT work you are doing! emoticon
LOVE, CHELSEA

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Things ARE different this time!

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

I was one of 8 kids growing up. You ate quickly because otherwise the food was all gone. We had to eat whatever was on our plate, even if we were full. As a consequence, I have been dieting a long time - ever since high school. Although back in high school, I was able to lose weight very easily just by exercising and eating healthier - no calorie counting back then.

I have lost excess weight and achieved a healthy weight 2 times in my life. The rest of the time I have been overweight or obese. those two times, I didn't have any plan for maintaining. I just let life happen and let emotions and boredom dictate what I ate.

I feel like one year on Sparkpeople.com has really made a difference for me. I still have about 50 lbs to lose, but last year I had 93 lbs left to lose. I still have bad days where I overeat, but this time I have the tools to quickly get back on track. So maybe I don't lose weight for a particular week when I overeat, but I have the knowledge to push forward and to get back on track.

It is a little harder this time because I have a family to cook for and who enjoy eating dinner out. Last two times I was single and it is so much easier when you don't have all these tempting things even in your house. In some respects, it is a little easier too, because I have all of you to cheer me on and support me. You listen to me whine or rant and you help to keep me honest.

A year later, I have learned to put ME first. I need to be healthy to be around as long as possible for my kids. I need to be at a healthy weight to help my knee replacement last as long as possible. I need to exercise and eat right to set a good example for my kids and even my husband. When I make the time for ME, I see results. After a year of doing it, my kids have learned to accept that as normal.

I have learned in this year that carbs are healthy to eat, but in moderation. Too many carbs make me feel sluggish and also eat up my calories. It is important to try to balance and eat the recommended percentage of carbs, protein, fat and also fiber in what you eat each day.

I don't expect things to go perfectly all the time. I expect there will be times where life really throws me for a loop. But the biggest thing that is different this time is that I am not going to give up. Whatever setback happens to me is just that - a setback. It is not an excuse to give up. I will keep trying until I succeed. Then I will keep trying because this is a lifelong thing, not a one-time thing.

  
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ANGELN325 10/14/2013 5:29AM

    I hear that! When I was in my 20's so much easier for me to lose any amount of weight and now, I feel like the Mission Impossible music should be playing, but actually my challenges for losing weight actually coincided with me developing asthma. I'm not sure why but I'm thinking it has to do with my inefficient use of getting rid of carbon dioxide.

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Great blog! Isn't it wonderful realizing that we CAN make good decisions
and that we can make a difference in our life and be a good influence on those we care about.

You're a real blessing to all of us! We are in this journey together!!!

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BATCHICK 10/10/2013 12:49PM

    great blog, sounds liek you've made a lot of great progress.

Never give up on yourself!

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RASPBERRY56 10/10/2013 4:35AM

    Keep up the great work! Attitude and self-awareness are so, *so* crucial to success!

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JAYDEE1211 10/10/2013 4:23AM

    Thanks for a great blog. You have a fantastic attitude! emoticon

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INNERJETTIC 10/9/2013 11:50PM

    Inspiring blog. You have made great progress. Just think about all the times you've been disappointed with not having made a decision to improve your health with thoughts like " . . . if I had started losing weight a year ago, I could already be much closer to my goal . . . " Well, last year, you made that decision and have steadily been moving in a healthier direction. Good for you!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/9/2013 10:23PM

    Good lessons learned! HUGS And prioritizing ourselves . . . really important to succeed!

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THOMASINA57 10/9/2013 8:55PM

    Well Said! I always say I eat fast because I had to if I wanted more as the bigger kids always gobbled everything up.. great memories though.. did you get the speech about all the starving kids in the world if you didn't feel like eating all that was on your plate? We sure did!

You made me smile.. AND.. great job this past year and also for learning to put yourself first!

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AWESOMECHELZ 10/9/2013 8:26PM

    I think that for me too, the greatest gift I have learned here too is to pick up and keep going!! What a great blog. emoticon And emoticon In time, your family will be in your journey too. Keep up the great work, my friend! emoticon
LOVE, CHELSEA

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RDEE22 10/9/2013 8:16PM

    You are doing well! Keep it up. You are No. 1.
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TRAVELGRRL 10/9/2013 7:37PM

    I just read an article in a magazine stating how futile it is to try to lose weight, but your blog demonstrates the difference between thinking it's a "once and done" thing and KNOWING it's a lifelong thing. Thanks for your blog, it is wonderful to see how different you are from a year ago.

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NIGHTASBYDAY 10/9/2013 5:53PM

    emoticon great blog ,
I know how it was in those days with large families, lol I too am from a big bunch,
it was always eat, everything on your dish we can not afford to waste it,
then now it leaves you feeling guilty just for couple bites or so left on dish emoticon ,

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MATTEROFHEART 10/9/2013 4:31PM

    Yay! Great job! You are doing it, and this time for life! I am so proud of you!
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MJRVIC2000 10/9/2013 3:47PM

    Remember that there is a BIG difference between making a DECISION and making a COMMITMENT! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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Reflections on my 1 year Spark-anniversary!

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Today it is my 1 year anniversary at Sparkpeople.com. One year ago today, I signed up after reading about Sparkpeople.com in a magazine. I had been on another monthly pay as you go program and had lost weight, but disliked paying monthly just to keep my account active. I overlapped the two programs for one month and found I could lose weight successfully using Sparkpeople.com. I bid adios to my monthly pay as you go program and cheerfully joined Sparkpeople.com

My initial goal was to lose weight so that I could get a partial knee replacement. I had the arthritis of a 90 year old in one knee and was in constant pain. I did lose that weight easily, and then some prior to my surgery in November last year. I continued to lose weight after surgery and then hit the holidays.

Like many people, I went in the holidays with flying colors and came out hanging my head in shame. I did the classic diet no-no and let a bad day continue on. Slowly over the next couple of months, I slowly regained half of the 30 pounds I had lost. I knew what the right thing to do was, but just had a hard time restarting.

As I pondered why I was having a hard time restarting, I realized what I had been doing with my daily eating wasn't really working for me long term. I made some changes and recommitted in July of this year. Fast forward to my 1 year anniversary and I have lost those 15 regained lbs and 12 more. So in my first year on Sparkpeople.com, I have lost 43 lbs. Not too shabby!

When I started Sparkpeople.com, I had plans to lose all the extra weight by this time, but don't we all have grandiose plans when we start? As I think about my first year, I am very happy with it. Not only have I lost 43 lbs, but I have met on-line a terrific group of people who encourage, advise and cheer me on. I celebrate their milestones and important events in their lives. We encourage each other and support each other with life's curveballs.

One year after joining, I am eating healthier than I have ever in my entire life. I have exercised regularly for a year now. I have the knowledge, tools and support to work on getting the rest of my excess weight off. I still have more weight to lose, but I am sure I can do it and feel like I have a plan that is flexible enough to handle the weekly unexpected food challenges.

Even though I have a ways to go to hit my final goal weight (I have broken my final goal weight into smaller, less daunting goals), I am already looking ahead and learning about maintenance. I have successfully lost weight before, but never maintained or learned how to maintain. Sparkpeople.com has a boatload of information about maintenance and it is free for the reading. You don't have to be at goal weight to learn about it and I believe it is important to think about it before you get to that point.

So 1 year after joining, I am healthier, happier and armed with knowledge to continue to keep getting healthier. I still have my ups and downs, but I know I will succeed this time. So thank you, Sparkpeople.com!

  
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AWESOMECHELZ 10/4/2013 8:34AM

    What a wonderful story!! I love it because it shows that when we work the program, it DOES work! You have done a lot to get where you are today and I congratulate you on your 43 lbs. loss and I agree, not to shabby! emoticon I look forward to your friendship here and another successful year for both of us. God bless you and have a fabulous weekend. emoticon
LOVE, CHELSEA

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BELTONWALKER67 10/4/2013 7:34AM

    emoticon Way to Go! You are doing fantastic. emoticon

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KINEPS 10/2/2013 10:40PM

    Congratulations for sticking to a plan, making a commitment and losing weight!!! Even when you gained some back, you knew what to do - that's progress!! Continued good luck on the weight loss and the new replacement!



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THOMASINA57 10/2/2013 10:54AM

    Congratulations on a fabulous year!

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RDEE22 10/2/2013 7:30AM

    Congratulations......all the best for year 2. Great attitude. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 10/1/2013 6:09PM

    " . . . 1 year after joining, I am healthier, happier and armed with knowledge to continue to keep getting healthier." That in itself is awesome. The weight loss is the bonus.

Congratulations and hoping that this 2nd year is even more successful. HUGS

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CAT-IN-CJ 10/1/2013 5:09PM

    Happy Anniversary Teammate!!!
Tomorrow is my 1 year anniverary.
Isn't it great to be here NOW. . . rather than there then?!!

I can feel the inspiration and energy in your blog.
You've come a long way and have learned so much.

Let's keep on Sparkin our way to health!
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TRAVELGRRL 10/1/2013 4:44PM

    What a great blog! You are definitely a success story!

I am encouraged and heartened by people who lose weight steadily if slowly. I think you have learned the skills to keep it off -- much MUCH more impressive than losing 40 pounds in 4 months and then not knowing how to keep it off!

I too have lost, regained, and lost it again, so instead of losing 36 pounds it's probably been more like 50 or 55! But even though I may lose a battle I refuse to lose the war!

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L*I*T*A* 10/1/2013 2:28PM

    awesome results!!!
you should be so soo proud of yourself!!

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KALANTHA 10/1/2013 11:50AM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

You're not only making great progress, but a lifelong habit of being healthy! What a wonderful gift to give yourself!

Keep up the GREAT work!

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 10/1/2013 11:43AM

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Congrats on staying with SP, for being committed to yourself!
43 pounds is a big accomplishment! WooHoo!
My 1-year is on the 20th of this month. Like you, I had planned to meet goal by then but am woefully lacking. But still here!
Best wishes for your continued success!
~Teresa

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LADYJ6942 10/1/2013 10:39AM

    Woo hoo, congrats and good luck as you continue your journey. I've been here just over 4 years and absolutely love it. While I never tried other programs and I've not run the diet gauntlet I'm a huge supporter of Sparkpeople.

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You've come a long way in one year! I am so excited for you! You are figuring this thing out and getting it done!
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GARDENQE2 10/1/2013 10:20AM

    Congratulations on a year's worth of learning and losing! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHARONCAPPS 10/1/2013 10:09AM

  What a wonderful journey you are on. It is good that we find that we eat healthier and we exercise more. It is not all about the food. Thank you for sharing and congratulations.

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Challenging day!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

I woke up this morning intending to fast, but by 11:00, I realized I was just not in the right frame of mind. I decided instead to eat at the low end of my calorie range and made sure I ate plenty of lean protein today. I will try to fast tomorrow or Tuesday.

  
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1CRAZYDOG 9/30/2013 8:59PM

    Some days are just like that! Tomorrow is another opportunity to try. HUGS

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TRAVELGRRL 9/30/2013 3:47PM

    Sounds like you had an awesome plan B !

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MATTEROFHEART 9/30/2013 9:06AM

    That's ok. Your body just may not have been ready for it yet.

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AWESOMECHELZ 9/29/2013 10:50PM

    How often do you fast? Is that part of your plan? Have a good day tomorrow. emoticon

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