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Thoughts of mine..

Sunday, June 27, 2010

January 2007 I weighed 202 lbs and I was in despair. Trying to accept myself at the weight I am never works because I just keep gaining. 200 lbs was unthinkable for my short body. Well, I'm no dummy so I quickly fell to my knees and asked God for help. As usual, I had no idea how He was going to help me but I needed Him to help me. I find that whatever I think He should do is not the way He's going to do it...it never fails, I go to Him with a plan in my mind and when He answers my prayers, it's definetly not my plan that He uses. Anyway, He did help me, not by letting me lose lots of weight the way I usually do and then thinking I could eat like others do and gaining it all back but by giving me a way to help myself to lose weight and also to keep it off. Making me lose would not help me but temporarily and I'd gain it right back, instead He gave me the knowledge to be able to help myself. With His help I found the JUDDD plan and was able to gain control over my enemy, FOOD, but to make sure I succeeded, He gave me not only a way to get control of FOOD but He made sure it came with a maintenance plan too. I reached my goal and maintained for 10 months until the eye incident. I have found out that the more I make Him part of everything I do, the more prayers He answers. I try to acknowledge Him in everything that happens, I get up and say "Good Morning,God" I try to think of him in every phase of my life and see Him in all that happens to me. I didn't know what to think when I lost my right eye though. Before I go to bed I tell Him goodnight. Now it may seem silly to some of you but He also sends little thoughts to me about things He thinks I need help on. One of those things was being kinder to my loved ones instead of taking them for granted, another was to be more giving to others, another was to listen to the law of attraction and keep my thoughts on the good things in my life instead of worrying about the bad things. I cannot tell you what a difference in my life since He's been nudging me in the right direction. I never want to live the way I used to, I like having God for my personal friend and I find it very satisfying for Him to be my Father since my own father never was a father to me. It's kinda nice to feel like I'm an only child since I never have to wait in line to talk to Him, He's always within my reach, watching over me, giving me things that I need in my life and doing what's best for me. He knows every hair on my head and cares about how I feel in every way. Now it's 3 years later and after losing my sight in one eye due to surgeon error and the resulting feelings of despair and "Why me, God?' I have gained back 30 lbs of the 60 that I lost, I find myself reclaiming the plan that helped me so much, The Johnson Up Day Down Day diet. I'm happy to say that since May 10th this year I've lost 13.2 lbs and am 16.8 lbs from my goal.

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NEEDTOLOSE100LB 6/29/2010 12:14PM

    It is definitely about the focus, but you also have to be able to have peripheral vision to make sure that you don't stumble over the other things while getting to your goal. Sounds like God has been helping you to do that and once we realize we need help and accept the help given, life does get better. Glad you are on track and back to reaching your goal!


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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/27/2010 11:11PM

    And you will get there, Bug. You are doing great!!

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SEASHOREE 6/27/2010 8:23PM

    Very inspiring Bug. Thank you for sharing and helping me to remember that setbacks can actually lead us in a wonderful direction.

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Dairy of a potluck dinner..

Friday, June 25, 2010

Well, I went to the potluck last nite, I had already eaten 229 calories. I avoided all the lasagna and casseroles and instead took some salad with salsa. There were bits of hamburger, cheese and a few beans in it but I only ate one of the smaller dividers in the paper plate. Then to not feel deprived I had a small sliver of cake, about a tablespoon at most. I don't know how many calories that was but I sometimes think that just the mindset of potluck will make you gain weight. No food, just potluck mindset. I awoke to a 1.2 lb gain. Then I was looking back in my FitDay records and found that at this time last year I was only 5 lbs from goal. I also remembered that right after that I went into big depression and feelings of hopelessness. It was during that period that they finally told me I wouldn't recover my sight in my injured eye. I had a lot of "why me" feelings. How could this have happened to me? I have to tell you that it's best to stay as far away from those feelings as possible as they are disastrous to your weight losses.

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NEEDTOLOSE100LB 6/29/2010 12:19PM

    Remember that Spark is like AA...all kinds of people on here all the time to talk at. Use the tools! Don't get sucked into the "almost at goal" mentality (and then let me know how you do it too...I think we are a lot alike...I get stuck about every ten pounds...and I am a long way from the "last ten pounds"). We can beat this together!
And, I second the "drink, drink, drink...water,water,water..." I find that my bouncing is often because I give in to the evil mindset and don't drink enough water.


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BEINHAVE 6/26/2010 11:17AM

    Drink lots of water and don't despair. Stick to your plan, go for a walk and shake it off! Hang in there. Don't let it discourage you.

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    Probably just a mega dose of salt causing you to retain water, Bug. I would not worry to much. Push the fluids.

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JUSTBIRDY 6/25/2010 2:05PM

    I am fortunate in that many of the potlucks I attend feature only really healthy vegetarian foods. Even though I can overdo it with nuts or hummus, somehow that seems better than overdoing it with salty casseroles.

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Define your diet rules and stick with it...no indecision

Monday, June 21, 2010

For me, it's all about mindset. After 5-6pm it's a no eat zone. My body has come to accept that. It's sort of like when your child keeps asking for candy and you say no, if he thinks you'll weaken he will not stop asking but if you make a decision and stick with it, he realizes there's no use asking. For me it's just easier than trying to decide everyday how much and how late I will eat. It becomes easier as you stick with your decision..just like the child, if your body knows you mean business it adjusts to the routine. Everything gets easier if your body knows the rules. 8 hours sleep, 12 glasses of water, no eating after 5-6pm, exercise, my body knows the drill. When it gets hard is when we have company and the routine changes..

1. I値l look better.
2. I値l be more attractive.
3. I値l be able to wear a smaller size.
4. I値l be able to wear nicer clothes.
5. I値l like what I see in the mirror.
6. I won稚 feel so self-conscious.
7. I値l be healthier.
8. I値l be able to exercise without discomfort.
9. I値l live longer.
10. I値l feel better.
11. I値l have more energy.
12. I値l be fitter.
13. I may actually have romance in my life!
14. I値l like myself more.
15. I値l feel like I致e achieved something important.
17. I値l have more self-esteem.
18. I値l be less self-critical.
19. I値l be more outgoing.
20. I値l do more things!
21. I won稚 have to listen to anyone commenting on what I知 eating.
22. I won稚 have anybody bugging me re: my weight.
23. It might help my career.
24. I might make friends in the vicinity.
25. I might get a new love life.
26. My back won稚 hurt any more.
27. People won稚 make snide comments behind my back.

I found this on someone's page and it made sense..

Cravings are usually more emotional and physiologically intense than hunger. The moment I decide I will ABSOLUTELY NOT EAT cravings will diminish.
When I experience a craving my attention gets fixated on food. It is important to remember that the experience of eating goes far beyond the actual time that food is in my mouth - It includes everything that happens afterward: feeling weak, guilty and out of control and gaining weight. In the past when I tried to diet, I gave into cravings, and I felt upset with myself.
I know I don't care at this moment, but pretty soon I'm going to feel really bad that I ate this. When I get on the scale, I'm going to care very much. If I don't learn to resist eating food I'm not suppose to have, I'll never be able to keep off the weight I lose.
I have to become an expert at resisting all food that I haven't planned to eat. If I want to lose weight and keep it off, I just can't eat what I want unless it is on my plan.
I am choosing to say NO CHOICE.
If I want to lose weight, I have to do what I need to do, not what I feel like doing.
Successful dieters and maintainers stay successful because they don't eat whatever they want, whenever they want it. They stick to their plans.
It is true that I don't care at this moment. But if I eat this unplanned food, I'm going to care quite a lot in a few minutes. I know I'll feel really bad if I give in now, but I'll feel really terrific in a few minutes if I resist. I need to do something else!

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    Great plan!!

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Our love affair with food..

Monday, June 21, 2010

Excess food are the chains that bind us to bad health. This plan seems to pull us to eat the healthier things because unhealthy things are fluff and don't fill us up. They also push us over our planned calories. I encourage you all to eat healthier and avoid the unhealthy choices.
This reminds me of a love affair. The other person breaks up with you but continues to call frequently. Those calls keep us from getting over the other person. The analogy is this:
Food is our love, the more we eat, the more we want. If we are trying to break the chains that food binds us to it with, the less contact you have, the better.
I know this may be a stretch for some of you. The food that binds us is not the healthy food but the high calorie sugary, carb filled food. Foods you can eat that don't help you feel full. I love yogurt but don't eat it because it doesn't help me feel fuller. I'm not saying to cut all food out but rather to stay away from the bad foods as much as possible but not to where you feel deprived. It will lessen the pull food has on you.
Kick those chains to the curb and win the fight to control food.


I see hope at the end of the tunnel...

Monday, June 21, 2010

I've had computer problems but on this computer it seems to be working fine.
Thank you God for your help!

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