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I haven't been doing so well, but I haven't given up

Thursday, July 24, 2014

There comes a time after trying and failing and trying and failing, that you look at yourself and decide "Do I give up and just be content in what I am or do I keep trying?" I had that moment and I know that I am not happy here. I can't be happy here. I won't be able to live the life I want or be the person I know I am if I stay this way. There is no contentedness here. So I say "Hell no! Keep trying!"
I decided I need to make this easy on myself. That I need to remove opportunities of excuses. So I decided that while it isn't the most wholesome diet, I am doing a Lean Cuisine plan. Basically I bought a bunch of prepackaged foods that are easy to track and easy to make. I know, I know... not the most economical or wholesome, but honestly being 300lbs isnt exactly wholesome.

So yesterday I headed to the grocery store and picked up enough food for a week and I am pretty positive about the whole thing. I do so much better on autopilot.

I plan on reporting back some good results next week.

Keep it simple...that is the motto of the week.

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CINDYWAGNER1 8/10/2014 1:31PM

    emoticon Believe in yourself! YOU CAN DO IT! YOU WILL ACHIEVE THIS! CONQUER IT!!

Just watch your sodium in those......they can be high

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IMAVISION 7/31/2014 8:55PM

    Never give up!

I have to tell myself those words, when I go off course!

We can do this!

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God bless!

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MELISSIMAUS 7/25/2014 8:21AM

    Your determination will make it happen. The autopilot thing is crucial for me, too. A routine is essential, I think, and you know what kind of routine works for you.

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DEWAND1 7/24/2014 2:06PM

    oh my goodness go for it -- you have a plan and it is your plan who cares about it -- it is small steps here -- i have been on my journey since 2007 -- lots of stops and starts - lots of circumstances have come my way. I started at 299 lbs. and am now at 56 lbs lost. It was NOT quick. Who cares if it is packaged foods or not. If it gets you going, You have the right attitude, you imagined what it would be if you gave up, and you have selected the alternative....keep going at it! I am proud of you. I have only just focused on having less packaged foods, and I struggle terribly in getting my water in. I love fruits and veggies so that helps me. A lot of what goes on is in your brain. I mean slowly over time you learn to change your attitude, your mind, your body begins to behave. For me, I have a very sedentary job so I need to do my walking away from work. Other people do 10,000 steps at work and everyone - their needs their wants are different. I hope this helps you out. Keep going at it....success is sure to follow you. You are not a failure, just because you have had a problem so what. If you don't give up, you are a winner on the way to beiung healthy. One of the biggest lessons I learned, as an emotional eater, is that circumstances (and there are many) will always be there, you cannot get away from them, so I want to learn to deal with them and as the saying goes, keep calm and carry on". For me it works. Be blessed on your journey

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Finally! A click...

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Ever hear the "it will just click one day" statement? I have said it many times. Well today it clicked for me, again. Two and half years ago, I had a click and just started eating right and losing weight. For some reason, my memory remembers it as some sort of smooth riding weight loss train without bumps and bruises. My memory is lying to me. I went back and read my blogs from 2012. I struggled. I struggled a lot. And yet, through all that struggle, I still managed to lose almost 50 lbs in 6 months. I had many blog entries where I was so upset with myself from a weekend binge drinking/eating session. Even with those many events, I still managed to do it. I still managed to keep losing weight. I shake my head to think that my memory has led me astray all this time thinking that the last time I lost weight I somehow magically had it all together. That's a lie.

I have been really depressed lately. I was recently diagnosed with Cyclothymia, which is a mild version of bipolar disorder. It explains my roller coaster emotions, my problems with motivation and mood swings, my depression episodes, my days of unbelievable motivation, my short temper, my lack of ability to remember things, and my inability to complete tasks and focus. I thought I had ADD. So with that, I have a medicine I just started and I am hoping it helps with some of my negative habits.

Sometimes the best starting places are the unplanned. I didn't plan to start anything today, but I did. I have tracked all my calories today and will continue to do so. I owe myself. I owe myself the feeling of weightloss. I owe myself a healthy, happy body. I am not happy where I am. If I could be happy and 300 lbs, bring it on, but I am not happy... I am miserable and uncomfortable. So now is the time. Today it all just clicked.

I don't plan to do anything other than stay in calorie range. I am not setting up a fitness plan or a running goal or anything. All I want to do is count my calories and stay in range.

So this time next week, I fully expect to be posting a "Week 1 WeightLoss" blog. :D

Spark on Sparklers.

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Tired of waiting on God to change me

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I have had it! Waiting on God.... I pray and pray and pray and I am still the same, if not worse.
The thing is, I am pretty sure He is tired of waiting on me. The deal is, He told me what to do years ago. But me and my stubbornness or laziness, I can't figure out which one, decided not to listen or do what He said and continued right down the same path of wrongdoing and back sliding. The problem is not God. The problem is me.
I have known for a very long time that I was not going to have a miracle testimony. I was not going to wake up one day and God changed me. He does that for some people, but He wasn't going to be doing that for me. I know that, He told me! "Deborah, you are going to have to put the work in. I am NOT just going to give it to you." He told me very clearly, but me and my laziness decided I might be able to pray that away. In my misery, God might just spare me the hassle and work. He hasn't and He won't. So why am I mad at Him? He never promised me an easy path. He never promised to take this all away one day and yet I am mad at Him that I am still the same. Every day I wake up the same and every day I pray for change... Then, oh get this, then I have the audacity to lose my faith. Hear this, last week, this is rich, last week I started to question if God even existed. Why? Because I am still who I am. Isn't that funny? Seriously now. I questioned the existence of my maker. The One thing that has held me together all these years, why? Because I am still fat! How easily we forget. How easily I forget. I could list off on many pages all the ways He has saved me and I have the audacity to question His existence because I can't stop putting food in my mouth and am too lazy to take the dog for a walk?! I told you it was rich....

So now what?

I don't want to make a plan... another plan I fail to follow.

I don't know what to do at this point. I do know, I don't want this.

I have a fantastic life. My husband, oh my goodness, the man couldn't be more perfect. He is there for me in every way possible. He is the most excellent provider. He loves me and all of my flaws. Honestly, I don't even feel like I deserve him. How sad is that?

My children, they couldn't be more amazing. My oldest has got to be the best child. She is so smart and forgiving and caring and fantastic. I wish I was her when I was her age. The self esteem of that child, not ego, but pure self esteem, oh my goodness I wish I had that at 16. I wish I had it now. She is going to be somebody. She is somebody. I am so blessed by her.

My youngest, how great is she? I fail in every way and she still tells me she loves me and I am the best mommy in the world. She is so kind and caring. She loves in the most unconditional way. She sees the good in the world. She cares for everyone. She prays for food and water for the poor. She is obedient and loving and everything good about life.

My twins, one day, one day they will see the world. Spread their love. Be all God meant for them to be. I'll never understand this situation with them. God knows, I don't. I know they are meant for fantastic things. I know one day things will be as they should.

What now?

This life of mine. I take it for granted. I abuse it. We all know what we are supposed to do and yet we take one more trip around the mountain. Failing....

Are you tired?

I am!

So now what?

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CINDYWAGNER1 6/9/2014 3:39PM

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DEWAND1 5/27/2014 7:03PM

    Ok, now you got that all out and off of your chest.....Take a deep breath and start over. You are not a failure because you fail. You are only a failure when you stop trying. You have convinced me and yourself that you have a lot of blessings. You sound like you have poured something very good along with your hubby into your kids. I considered "giving up my faith" when a family member was very sick and in hospital for 11 weeks. But what would I have then - nothing. I really don't think God cares that you are mad at Him. He is able to handle it. Do not worry. God is love and He loves you the way you are now. By the way, He does give you the desires of your heart, so He is there for you and Holy Spirit will lead you and guide you along. Remember that it is not a quick and easy thing. Yes, there are miracles, but while you are waiting for a miracle....why not just try changing one thing every week. The greatest help for me is charting my food intake and realizing just what I eat. You will become aware. Keep praying and I agree with my fellow spark person above that God don't make junk. You are loved! emoticon emoticon

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RUBENSMOM1 5/27/2014 8:32AM

    Keep your head up. Someone nurtured those kids of yours to be the wonderful beings they are. That someone is you! Keep praying. God is still answering your prayers; in little ways you can't see.
My son is my inspiration. Keep looking to your children for positivity & motivation.
I remember seeing a poster when I was young. It was a drawing of a child with his head down. The caption read: I am somebody because God don't make junk.

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SHOOTINGSTAR12 5/27/2014 8:11AM

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When is enough really enough?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

How many times do you have to say "Today is the day" before it really is today? I feel like the boy that cried wolf. I have proclaimed "Enough is enough" more times than I can remember and yet here I am no better off than I was any of the last 20 times I proclaimed "TODAY IT BEGINS!" It never did really begin did it? Months pass by and the progress is there. Matter of fact, the start place keeps getting moved further and further back.
In my email last night, I got the race photos from the half marathon I did on the 30th and I looked AWFUL! My first thought was "OMG My husband looks at this every day and still wants me?!" Its the truth.... I felt ashamed for him, ashamed for myself. I am lucky, not every fat girl has the husband I do that loves me and wants me no matter what. But I don't want me, and that's the bigger issue.
I have bitched and moaned and complained for the past 3 years about how I don't want to track and I want to do every other things besides track my foods, but the deal is, and I have written about this before. I HAVE TO TRACK! There will come a day when i don't need to track, but I have no accountability of my actions if I don't track. So I am back to tracking.
I also took all the crap off the treadmill and I set back up the treadmill desk. I am walking and typing on it right now. So I have a new rule. NO FACEBOOK, NO READING EMAILS, NO SCROLLING PAGES unless I am on the treadmill. I have a half of a mile in and all I have done is setup the computer and start typing this blog.
I just can't keep going like this. My depression is getting too bad and I need something to be celebratory about. I finished a freaking half marathon and I couldn't even celebrate because I went in untrained, unprepared, and it took me a way long time. I wasn't competing, I was completing and that crap is for the birds. I find no victory in that. I didn't try my hardest, I just happened to cross the finish line without quitting.
So my goals are this... Be out of the 290s by May. That's 6lbs and totally plausible. Abide by my no sitting to troll the web. Track my foods and stay in my food range. I know with those two things, I can reach my goals. There is no reason for me to continue to be fat. There just isn't.

So I am DONE!

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CINDYWAGNER1 5/7/2014 11:02AM

    emoticon Reach out to me anytime. I am always here for you! Count on me!

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MEGAMITENCHI 4/10/2014 7:24PM

    Wonderful post!
I am totally with you on the, "How on EARTH does my husband look at me and still want me!? I DON'T WANT ME!" :( It's mentally made it hard for me as of late when we do have :ahem: fun times. I am aware and that turns me off. How awful is that!!! He clearly isn't have any issues but I am :P
I like the guidelines you've given yourself and the insight you have.
I think you should be a *little* nicer about the half marathon. You did complete it. There are lots of people who could not have and you do need to celebrate that you are someone who did finish. I'm a somewhat competitive person, so I know how you feel about not having pushed yourself super hard and killed yourself during the half marathon, but we do have to celebrate the small steps that get us closer to the tomorrow we want to build for ourselves!
Good luck, and believe in you!

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KLWALDON 4/10/2014 3:14PM
I can totally relate to this. Keep on going! I don't know if the link above will work, but it says, " A SETBACK is when you slip up, get busy, or become distracted from your goal. A FAILURE is when you decide that your health isn't worth the effort."

Your goal is still there. You haven't given up, you have just taken the scenic route. You are still here. That is what counts. You keep trying. Your health is worth the effort. You'll get it. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but one day...we'll get it.

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MTN_KITTEN 4/10/2014 10:18AM

    Today can be the beginning ... just remember to not start over but keep going!

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Stuck in my ways

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

So you may have noticed you never saw " Phase 2" post about my 17 day Diet. Now now hear me out. I can't have a little. I am not gray. I am black and white. So you tell me to have two servings of something and you know... that's not gonna happen. I know this. So, here is the solution I came up. I decided that I would do Cycle 1 of the 17 day diet once a month. I am currently on Round 2 of Cycle 1. I lost 12lbs during my Cycle 1 in January. Then I got a little off track with an out to eat day and one happy hour day, but you know, that's just life. I am not going to stop living life, I just want to live it healthier.
So for Round 2 for Cycle one, I am down another 3lbs so far and I am hoping to lose a total of 10 in February, bringing me down to 278. That would be 22lbs total for the year and I think that is super fantastic.
You know the thing I had to realize that even if I lost no more weight in February, I still have lost an amazing amount for a short period of time and I am right on track to meet my goal of hitting 225 by my birthday in November. God's on my side. I just have to keep looking to him for support and guidance and give him all the glory. I cant do any of this without him. So praise be to God.

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NELLJONES 2/12/2014 7:20AM

    No diet tells you what to do, it's always a choice. You are the only chooser, the only judge. Some rules are from without (speed limits, April 15 for taxes), but my food rules are MINE.

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KITRONA 2/11/2014 4:05PM

    I'm similar, in that I am rebellious and hate feeling like I'm being told to do something... obviously diets are NOT going to work for me! But when I changed the way I thought and decided that I would make it a game, that worked. :)

Good for you for figuring out a different way to do things!

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