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small and simple skills

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

It is hot here, in the 90s breaking all kinds of heat records. I don't remember having such a hot April before. Anyway, I stepped on the scale this morning after tugging to get my rings off last night and it registered that I had gained a full pound in 3 days. Rings went on fine, but this evening I am concerned they won't come off. So I can say I am experiencing lots of water retention. I also find that I am extremely hungry! I have tried vitamins (which sometimes helps when I am craving food.) I am drinking my 8 of water, but probably get too much sodium.

I just want the weight to come off - without it being so hard. Yet, I know that it is through the difficult nature of the self denial and gaining self control that can cause me to learn the better behavior. By learning these small and simple skills and applying them to my life I hope to be able to accomplish great things. No sugar + Less food + More water = Lighter me.

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SCHECK5 5/5/2012 8:31AM


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CLWALDRO 4/25/2012 4:41AM

    You can accomplish GREAT things!
starting with small goals is the very first step. If you are hungry try to incorporate more fresh or frozen veggies into your plan. I find they fill me up but do not add allot of calories to the bottom line for the day. Most veggies have awesome nutritional value so go to the farmers market this week and try a few new in season veggies it might just be what helps with the first steps you are taking.

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Acceptance without self-pity

Friday, April 13, 2012

"Being content means acceptance without self-pity...Developing greater contentment within certain of our existing constraints and opportunities is one of our challenges." Niel A. Maxwell

I started my weight loss journey about 5 years ago. I had started a new job and with all the stress involved and a dramatic change in my exercise habits, I had put on a few pounds when I was already overweight. My friends and my doctor recommended Weight Watchers. It took me 1 1/2 years but I lost 55 lbs. By then I had a new boss and more confidence in my job. I felt good, but I was tired of watching my calorie count. I was always hungry and my doctor and husband both told me to stop losing.

The effect was immediate when I started eating all I wanted anytime I wanted. I hadn't been content with myself I felt sorry for the calories I was missing. I wanted those treats I had passed up. I didn't want to buy the new Points plus program when I could see I was going up in weight so I stopped going to meetings. I found Spark people, but just looked at it now and then. Then a Spark Buddy found me.

I LOVE spark people. I am so grateful for my spark friends and 2 in particular that help me through everything along the way. For the first time in my life, I am content with a new lifestyle that includes managing my calorie counts. I have had to accept the limitations that I put upon myself through my weight loss goals and I am learning that I am not depriving myself of sugar laden foods and extra calories as much as I am gaining control of my weight and health filled future. This isn't an easy journey, but it is worth it and I am glad to be here with people that are really here for me. Even though it seems as if I still have miles to go, I know I am on the right track and I am content. Thanks to all - but specifically my two buddies.

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SCHECK5 4/18/2012 9:06PM

Carma your the best...thank you for all your encouraging words also!!! emoticon

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One Inch over

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

I read today that if you give one inch where you know you should not go, you will have a harder time than if you don't give in at all.

My DD is awesome. She isn't working at a "real" job and at 20 mostly tends her sister's son for free in my home. This makes it really nice for me because I come home from work to a cute round face and little arms looking for "gramma". Yesterday, I also came home to a cleaned out freezer. She actually had defrosted the freezer - a job I had on my list for just as soon as I had time. While cleaning the freezer, she came across some raspberries I had frozen last fall and some pie shells and put them together into a beautiful berry pie. I LOVE BERRY PIE!!!!

How does one continue a no sugar rule when there is berry pie? She put all her love and imagination into that pie and I want it. So I had just a bite. And another. And another until I had eaten 1/8 of the pie. I know that isn't much, but I went over calories today. I NEED to lose this weight and I don't want to look at that pie again tomorrow and have this problem all over again.

Am I grown up enough to walk past that beautiful pie tomorrow?

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ERH12275 4/11/2012 1:33AM

    Sure you are...just imagine the picture of fat when you look at it and you will pass right on

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What is this?!

Saturday, April 07, 2012

I wanted to cry when I stepped on the scale this morning and it told me I was back to 174. I know this is normal for me to fluctuate especially as it nears my "time". I just hadn't fluctuated since I started going without sugar and I wanted it to be smooth sliding downhill!

Okay, truth be known, I did eat a little dried fruit/ nut mixture that probably had sugar on it ( lost the packaging). I also went to the gym yesterday which for some reason always causes shock on the scales the next morning. I also worked outside in the yard and didn't manage to get all my water in and I guess I probably could have some water retention.

This is only 174. Up 1.1 lb. I started March at 175. I usually fluctuate as much as 5 lb. near my TOM. I won't give up. After all, I am eating better now than I was a month ago. Today I ate well, exercised well, although I may need to save the strength training for tomorrow. We shall see what the next weigh-in may bring.

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    Just curious with how often you are weighing yourself. My weigh-in day is Monday morning.
Hang in there!

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OOLALA53 4/7/2012 1:08AM

    The scale is a terrible way to judge your health. Keep giving yourself credit for the changes until the new habits will be their own reward in feeling so much better. By that point, you probably will have lost weight. But losing the weight cannot be the only reason you eat well. emoticon

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LIVEYOURLIFE931 4/7/2012 12:37AM

    Good luck on your next weigh in!

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I think I found my spark

Friday, March 30, 2012

I started out 3 1/2 weeks ago by accepting the No Sugar challenge. I knew I was out of control in sweets, but certainly would not want to admit it. I didn't think I would want to completely rule out a treat now and then, but wanted to be able to be in control.

First two weeks I struggled to only have my "fix" one time a day. Once I had the sugar in my mouth, I craved it the rest of the day. Interestingly, I had been eating sugar "to stay awake" but as soon as I ate some, I found myself getting sleepy; thus craving a bigger fix.

Last week, I managed to limit myself and this week, I made it several days without sugar. I don't crave what I don't have and when a dozen doughnuts were brought in to work today, I sat them in the staff room and by sitting far enough away not to smell them, I was able to walk away without feeling deprived.

Best part is I am finally losing weight. I didn't think I could lose weight without feeling like I was always craving food or about to pass out from sugar crashes. My challenge is almost at an end and I need to decide how this revelation will change my lifestyle. Will I be able to turn down treats I really probably don't really want anyway? What about all the sugar stores I have hidden around the house and drawers at work? What will happen when I am invited to a birthday party and cake and ice cream is the course of the day? Can I handle it?

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JUSTMI1 3/31/2012 7:20AM

  You rock girl! I'm so inspired by you!

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CHRIS_TEE 3/31/2012 12:02AM

    Congratulations. You WILL be able to handle it because you've already taken steps to control the sugar and treats. Can tell from your blog they no longer control you. Awesome work! emoticon

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FENWAYGIRL18 3/30/2012 11:56PM

    Good for you, if you do find u need a little something at home skinny cow fudge bars are fantastic !!!! and only 100 calories and are very satisfying and it's a good size... good luck on your journey! emoticon

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