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Extreme Makeover's Weightloss Edition

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I have been watching this show on my computer via hulu.com, it is free:
www.hulu.com/extreme-makeover-weight
-loss-edition


It chronicles one morbidly obese person's transformational journey over a 12-month period. They lose 100, 200, or 300 lbs in 12 months.

If they meet their 9 month goal, they are given skin removal surgery, & then continue on their journey, with the big "reveal" of their "transformation" at the end of the 12 months in front of family and friends in a public hall, coliseum, gymnasium, ball field, or other similar venue where several hundred people can gather.

As a new watcher, I was transfixed and in awe. WOW! I could do that! That could be me!

On Jul 2, my 49th birthday, I asked myself and blogged about if my "Fit By Fifty" goal was Attainable and/or Realistic since I'm now only one year away and have failed to get it in gear up to this time.

It took me watching about 3-4 shows of Extreme Makeover: Weightloss Edition for the shock & awe to wear off, when I started applying it to myself. Yes, I definitely COULD do it.

But I also would DEFINITELY need the skin removal surgery. Who knows, at my age I'll probably need it anyway. But if I did it in 12 months? Oh yeah, buddy. No ifs ands or buts; even the young people on the show need the surgery if they lose significant weight in 12 mos. It is not cosmetic. It is not a want. It is a need.

So that settles it for me: back to my original plan of becoming cardiovascularly and musculo-skeletally FIT in 12 months - in that manner YES I'll be Fit By Fifty. But no I'm intentionally NOT wanting to drop all the weight by age 50. Instead, 3-5 years (and hope I don't need skin removal surgery) to drop the weight.

This epiphany came at an appropro time - some would say ironic.

Today is my 3rd year Spark Anniversary. (And yes, I DID want to be thin by now.) Originally I signed up to get a friend to stop bugging me, and never used SP, as I was very jaded. Then about 3 months after signup, I started loggin on for the first time, started reading articles, did that for about 5 months. So my first 3/4 of a year on SP was no teams, no committment, no striving to get fit, no plans or goals. So though this is my "official" anniversary, I've actually been active on SP about 2 1/4 years. I started SP at 315 and weigh 270 now; but the real transformation has been my mind and knowledge.

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KAMCCLARY 7/16/2011 7:28AM

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LADYBUG1107 7/15/2011 9:50PM

    Happy anniversary! You have made great progress.

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WARMSPRINGDAY 7/15/2011 9:22PM

    You know I'm not where I want to be either, but we are moving in the right direction!
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OOLALA53 7/14/2011 5:01PM

    I think your plan is actually smarter, though I don't know if it will keep your skin from being too loose when all is done. The regain time for most unsuccessful maintainers is in the first two years, so if you can keep making changes that you can actually sustain, as it sounds like you have so far, you will be in a better place to continue keeping any weight you do lose off. emoticon

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FITB4-40 7/14/2011 3:27PM

    Happy Sparkaversary! emoticon

Even if you are not where you wanted to be, you are still here and thinner than when you started and that is something to celebrate emoticon

My user name is FitB4-40 (fit before forty) and I am sad to say that I am now forty and did not make my goal but I keep trying and that beats quitting!

I have also been watching Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition. I love the trainer. I wish he come live with me for thirty days! emoticon Shows like that one, Heavy, and even Biggest Loser really show what you can do if you are willing to give 100% everyday. It is extreme and not practical for most people with families, jobs and a life but it does show that you can overcome obesity and even if it takes longer than a year, it is possible! emoticon

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MARTHA503 7/14/2011 12:18AM

    You are doing great! Happy anniversary.

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ANOINTEDPRAISE1 7/13/2011 11:40PM

    Happy SP Anniversary!! emoticon

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ASMPP1 7/13/2011 11:19PM

    Happy Sparkversary!

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NELLIEC 7/13/2011 8:50PM

    Happy Sparkversary! And in spite of not doing much at first, here you are!

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CCCARTER3 7/13/2011 5:13PM

    Happy SP Anniversary,Seems like we are both staring out the same way,I didnt get serious till about a month or so ago,but not been here a yr yet,I wanted to be a strong starter but I guess I am a slow starter instead,but will get there,we both will.
Take care
CC

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ILLINITEACHER52 7/13/2011 5:02PM

  Happy SP Anniversary! You are already on your way to your goal.

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The Science of Leptin & the No S Diet

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Here's a 10 min video that explains the science behind WHY the No S Diet works so well (the No S Diet has 3 rules, No Sweets, No Snacks, and No Seconds, except, only Sometimes, on S Days). See the team icon on my SparkPage if you're interested in the No S Diet SparkTeam.

Also this video taught me alot about how to improve my thyroid function naturally.

Also how to lower your triglycerides naturally if that's a concern for you.

And many other very healthy tips for good health and weightloss, & how to burn more fat at night while asleep, and why snacking is such a cruel and false diet fad metabolically. Also tips for over 40.

This also explains why I feel better on less carbohydrates - no or low carbs is not for me, but, reducing carbs really helps me. He also explains the Divided Plate that I do, never quite heard it explained like this, I learned mine from Ellie Krieger on Food Network before SP.

I guess this is why I've been feeling so much physically better and slimmer (my scale is packed), by seemingly doing nothing (following the No S Diet is a moderate, life-long plan you can do every day for the rest of your life - not really a diet - so once I switched over to No S, it seems as if I'm "doing nothing". )

www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwdxTRAH_Gs
The first 3 rules mirror EXACTLY the No S Diet.

Also remember how important regular sleep and a full amount of sleep, is to leptin. Most obese people are not sleeping 8 hours.

  
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LADYBUG1107 7/15/2011 9:54PM

    I love the ideas!

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 7/12/2011 10:37PM

    @fitb4forty - I haven't visited his website, he gave several promos for the stuff he's selling which is fine, everyone has to make a living, right?, but still is a turn-off for me and I prefer all natural (from grocery store ingredients, organic preferred). I was just struck by the science of leptin, found it fascinating, found it congruent with everything I've been discovering and experiencing via the No S Diet.

@Martha - The No S Diet is everything you're describing that you want: a lifetime plan, not really a diet, it's great grandma's way of eating, contains real and measurable change, and because it's a moderate program instead of the latest fad diet, it does take longer to dump a few pounds. However, this time they are gone for good, gone forever, with the No S lifestyle.

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FITB4-40 7/11/2011 10:53AM

    I was just looking at his website. We must all be thinking about leptin today emoticon

His ideas go hand and hand with eh three rules of No S.
Have a great week!

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MARTHA503 7/11/2011 6:59AM

    Saw the video - very interesting but will stick with the Sparks program. I'm not interested in dieting cause I've tried that route before and it just doesn't work for me. A life committed to real and measurable change works much better for me even if it takes longer to dump a few pounds.

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SLIMCHANCE5 7/10/2011 12:23PM

    Thanks for the great information - I watched the video and am going to do this!!

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Count It All Joy

Friday, July 08, 2011

"Count It All Joy" has so many shades of meaning.

*COUNT* It All Joy - count it, reckon it, consider it, to be so

Count *IT* All Joy - what is the IT in your life?

Count It *ALL* Joy - every trial, tribulation, moment of joy, moment of sorrow and grief, all of it, ALL of it, A-L-L of it. All trials and testing and tribulations. And the process of going through the process. Pretty tall order, hmmm?

Count It All *JOY* - how do you reckon something unjoyful, as being "Joy"?



James doesn't leave us hanging, he gives us the answers, and then he even explains it further:
"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."
- James, the half brother of Jesus, James Ch 1:2-4

Here is how other translations say verse 2:

2 Consider it pure joy, an opportunity for great joy, be very happy, let it be all joy to you, reckon it nothing but joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face, encounter, or undergo tests of every sort and various trials of many kinds, when you are tested in different ways, whenever you find yourselves hedged in by various trials,

Barnes' notes on the Bible:
Count it all joy - Regard it as a thing to rejoice in; a matter which should afford you happiness. You are not to consider it as a punishment, a curse, or a calamity, but as a fit subject of felicitation.

Why? Whhhhhhhhhhhhy in the world would any SANE person that has a brain, and who is not a masochist, DO THAT??!!

Well guess what, the Bible tells us why. The Bible is a very practical book full of truth; yes some things are by faith but even the faith part is logical, considering Whom your faith is placed in and on; and many parts of the Bible are very logical and clear, full of wisdom you can build your life on. Verses 3 & 4 tells us and reminds us of what we should already know, and answers the question WHY would any sane person would "count it all joy". While you're in the pit of your trial, you sometimes forget and lose sight of the answer, and can't see the forest for the trees; keep reading, it's in verses 3 & 4:

3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops patience, perseverance, steadfastness; and gives you the power of endurance and going on in hope.

4 So let it grow, let this power of patience, this power of steadfastness, have it's full effect, for perseverance must finish its work so that when your endurance is fully developed and has its full effect - if you endure until your testing is over - , then you will be mature and complete, perfect and entire, not lacking, wanting, or deficient in anything and needing nothing.

Wow. Wow. How many precious promises are in those verses?

Here are a few:
1. testing of your faith develops patience.

2. testing of your faith develops perseverance.

3. testing of your faith develops steadfastness.

4. testing of your faith gives you the power of endurance

5. testing of your faith gives you the power of going on in hope.

6. When those qualities grow, mature, become fully developed, when they have their full effect and they finish doing their work in your life - which is something that will happen if you endure until your testing is over - then you will be mature and complete, perfect and entire, lacking nothing; not wanting or deficient in anything and needing nothing.

Are you bouncing around, struggling with consistency in your life or your SparkJourney? Want to be faithful and true, to exercise, to nutrition, to your spouse, to your family, to personal improvement, to your budget, but are not? Wanting to be patient and mature, but are not? Sick of lacking, sick of needing, sick of wanting, and sick of being deficient? Sick of being a wimp and not having enough resources to endure to the end, so instead you bail, you start over a million times, you NEVER "endure to the end"? Well I am. And I am sick of my trial of 18 months of unemployment. You are not alone, my brothers and sisters. These verses are for me, and for you;

COUNT IT ALL JOY whenever you face, encounter, or undergo tests of every sort and various trials of many kinds, when you are tested in different ways, whenever you find yourselves hedged in by various trials. Because you know that the testing of your faith develops patience, perseverance, steadfastness; and gives you the power of endurance and going on in hope. So let it grow, let this power of patience, this power of steadfastness, have it's full effect; for perseverance must finish its work so that when your endurance is fully developed and has its full effect - if you endure until your testing is over - then you will be mature and complete, perfect and entire, not lacking, wanting, or deficient in anything and needing nothing.

Don't let the devil steal your joy. Remember the promises while you're in the ditch. Keep the vision in front of you - when the bark is 2 inches away from your face and the vastness of the trunk blocks your physical vision, remember the forest with your mental/spiritual vision. Engage in the power to continue going on in hope that the tribulation gives you - don't give in to despair. Consider it joy because you remember what the Lord is doing in your life, because you know the trying of your faith gives you patience, endurance, steadfastness and perseverance, and that having THOSE qualities coming to fruition in your life will power you to reach your goals - you'll then have the consistency in your life that you need to be perfect and entire, lacking nothing. And how awesome is that. That's after you have endured the testing and come out on the other side. THAT's the reason you COUNT IT ALL JOY, while you're in it.





From Barnes' quote above:
Count it all joy - Regard my 18 mos of unemployment as a thing to rejoice in; a matter which should afford you happiness. You are not to consider it as a punishment, a curse, or a calamity, but as a fit subject of felicitation.

  
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WARMSPRINGDAY 7/8/2011 4:07PM

    What a challenging synopsis of that verse. Thank you once again!
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Through Pain Comes Wisdom and Character

Thursday, July 07, 2011

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” - Helen Keller



After looking at this picture, I ask myself: Remind me, what was it you said your problem is? What difficulty are you experiencing?

"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." - James, the half brother of Jesus, Chapter 1:2-4

Don't let the devil steal your joy.

  
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MARTHA503 7/13/2011 4:26AM

    Viewing this picture made me realize that there's absolutely no problem or obstacle that I cannot overcome. Thank you for letting me know that all is alright when seeing things from a different perspective.

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EDITOR 7/8/2011 2:08PM

    Quite a witness there. Joy comes from our relationship with Christ.

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ASMPP1 7/8/2011 9:05AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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WARMSPRINGDAY 7/8/2011 5:48AM

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LINDA! 7/7/2011 7:18PM

    My problems now seem so small.

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TEXASLYNN 7/7/2011 4:00PM

    Quite a witness, isn't it?

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Organic Cherries $2.99 lb Friday Only at Whole Foods

Wednesday, July 06, 2011



Whole Foods' Ad:
blog.wholefoodsmarket.com/2011/07/or
ganic-cherries-one-day-only/?


Whole Foods' Cherry Recipes:
blog.wholefoodsmarket.com/2011/06/ch
erry-sweet-taste-summer/


Hmmm, now if I just had a backyard full of rhubarb . . .

Actually I just cut up a watermelon so I don't know if I'll be buying any of these, just wanted to share so you can fit a stop in on your Friday plan if you have a store near you & you like cherries.

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Yesterday, I did "kitchen therapy". Made tabouli, Israeli salad, guacamole, and broccoli salad.

Tabouli, didn't have mint
www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-kr
ieger/tabbouleh-recipe/index.html


Israeli Salad, didn't have mint or za'atar
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israeli_salad
I don't do the fine dice, and I add cubanelles and green bell peppers

Guacamole - didn't have cilantro, used red onion and Tabasco Chipotle
recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=301283


Broccoli Salad - I made a healthier version - next time I'm making a bigger batch of this
www.lynnskitchenadventures.com/2011/
06/broccoli-bacon-salad.html

  
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ASMPP1 7/7/2011 7:46AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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MARTHA503 7/7/2011 1:28AM

    Thank you Carol! Everything sounds yummy.

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FITB4-40 7/6/2011 9:41PM

    Sounds like you need to plant an herb garden for your kitchen adventures. Thanks for the recipe ideas. I also love to cook.
Bon Appetit! emoticon

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WARMSPRINGDAY 7/6/2011 9:29PM

    I think I'd like to try tabouli. I just cooked some wheat berries this week for the first time. It's whole wheat that Mom used to grind herself and use to make her bread. I've debated if it is the same thing as wheat berries and decided to try cooking them this week. It worked. I think they would be good in a refreshing salad much like the tabouli - same thing, just a different "version."

Wish I could share some of my mint with you. I have loads.

And I wish I had a Whole Foods close by.



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FLMOMX2 7/6/2011 8:47PM

    emoticon I'm going to miss this because I'm out of the area and won't be able to shop this week at Whole foods. Eat some for me. emoticon

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TEXASLYNN 7/6/2011 5:41PM

    Too pricey for me!

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