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The (Belated) Week (and Month) in Review: I haven't been eating my Wheaties...

Thursday, March 08, 2012

...and I feel great. My experiment with cutting out wheat (or at least significantly reducing my consumption of it) seems to be paying off. I feel so much better and have not been bloated and nauseated. I also came across an article that discussed how some people who are sensitive to wheat feel hungry all of the time when eating wheat, and that was certainly the case with me. I always felt ravenous, so no wonder I was having a hard time losing weight.

February was a pretty good month overall. I lost about 9 pounds, most of it within the 2 weeks following cutting out wheat. I will not say that I think wheat itself causes weight gain or that cutting it out is some magic bullet for weight loss, but I am glad that I pinpointed that I am sensitive to it. I was eating healthy foods (whole grain breads like Ezekiel bread, whole wheat pasta, etc.), so it wasn't an issue of eating refined foods. Now my diet is mostly flour-free and brown rice, beans, lentils, oatmeal, raw fruits and veggies, and healthy fats make up the bulk of my diet. I feel satisfied and have had few cravings for junk. Cutting out wheat products seems to have regulated my appetite a bit.

I was pleased with February overall. I worked out a lot, although I didn't follow my wrkout plan exactly. It is good that I have learned to be more flexible with myself. Jiu Jitsu is going well and I feel I am learning new things and improving almost every day. I haven't been doing as much kickboxing, mainly because there aren't many suitable workout partners at my gym now. I have a goal to start doing more kickboxing anyways and just make sure my coach gives me a good workout.

I have been more consistent about strength training and have been following a fairly casual plan of doing a kettlebell workout, and hypertrophy (muscle growth) and/or endurance workout, and Olympic lifts each week. I have been writing the workouts as I go along or doing a suitable DVD. I can see a definite difference in muscle tone over the past month, and I am very pleased with that.

I have started running again and it is going well. I am doing the Jeff Galloway method and will probably follow it permanently. Jeff Galloway advocates running with walk breaks, which is easier on the muscles and joints. So far my knee has tolerated the running.I have been doing 15-30 second running intervals with 1-2 minutes of walking for 15-30 minutes, and I will build up from there. Eventually I will run for 4-5 minutes and walk 30-60 seconds for up to an hour at a time. Jeff Galloway's website is here:

www.jeffgalloway.com/

My goal for March is to follow my workout plan a bit more closely, that is, to get to martial arts classes 3-4 days a week, do my 3 strength/conditioning workouts a week, and run 3 days a week. I should also be better about tracking my food, however, I feel like I have been eating well intuitively, as I was pretty bad about tracking during February yet still lost 9 lbs. I feel like my eating has gotten a lot more reasonable and I stress a lot less about food and wanting to overeat.

Here's to an awesome March!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/9/2012 3:18PM

    I could have written the wheat part. I have wheat belly too and feel so much better when I avoid it.

Congrats on the weight loss!! Good luck with the March goals.

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JENJESS48 3/9/2012 8:55AM

    emoticon Congrats on a great February!

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DDOORN 3/9/2012 8:28AM

    Sounds like you're doing super!

Have you heard of the book "Wheat Belly"...?

http://www.amazon
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Don

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1HAPPYWOMAN 3/9/2012 1:33AM

    Yay! Congratulations on being so balanced. It sounds like you have a great mixture of being focused while being relaxed.... In other words, you're in the zone, my friend.

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CANNIE50 3/8/2012 11:02PM

    Oh, Erin - so much good news here. Yay that you are back to running. Jeff Galloway is such a sensible guy and has really extended so many people's running lives. I gave up "sweets and wheat" for Lent, so I am two weeks in as of yesterday. I am so happy you have such a wonderful return from steering clear of wheat. I have not seen nearly the relief I (and my doctor) had hoped I would. So, after this 40 days, I will venture into the next experiment where I walk away from artifical sweeteners altogether (though I am not eating a lot of them now, but I think I am overly sensitive to them) and cut back on sodium. I find when I go cold turkey on something, even if I do reintroduce it at a later date, I tend to be more aware of it and thus eat less of it. Anyway, enough about me, I am impressed by how well you are doing and I think your plan is very good.

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 3/8/2012 7:09PM

    Just excellent, Erin! I hope March brings you the same success! Sounds like wheat was not a friend! Keep it up... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
P.S. Thanks so much for your valued friendship! emoticon

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JSALERNO 3/8/2012 4:30PM

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EMFRAPPIER 3/8/2012 3:11PM

    emoticon You're doing great!!

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GIANTPANDA 3/8/2012 2:58PM

    emoticon emoticonI like that method of running, too. It sounds like you have a great plan. I'm actually going to take a break from kickboxing soon to run more but will return to it later. I'll also keep up with the types of workouts that I need to keep fit for kickboxing. It is great that you have found a martial arts center that allows you such a range.

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LIOCORO 3/8/2012 2:56PM

    I always admire you people who can get the cut-out-wheats thing to work for them. I tried it for two weeks, it did nothing to me. So yay from my side, I*m glad it works so fine for you :) Feeling better in such a significant way is a nice extra, too :)

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RUNDARCYRUN 3/8/2012 2:26PM

    I can SOOOOOO relate about the wheat/grain products!!! I do NOT do well eating them. They make me feel more hungry, and weightloss gets REALLY heard. Great job working on cutting them out. I know it is hard, but you sound like you are doing great!

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SMILINGTREE 3/8/2012 2:26PM

    Less stress about food = fantastic It seems crazy to me to stress out about food, yet I do it all the time. It's such an odd thing.

Congratulations on your loss. It's nice to read that you are feeling good about where you are with this whole process.

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KKINNEA 3/8/2012 2:24PM

    Nice work!

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Ladies, the trick to staying safe...

Monday, February 27, 2012

I'm such a sucker doing hours of martial arts every week. Turns out that staying safe is much less physically exhausting than I thought!




Image from http://pleated-jeans.com/



Stay safe, ladies!

(Sorry it's kind of hard to read the small print, this was the best picture I could find.)

  
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GEMINIAN1 2/29/2012 1:58PM

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JITZUROE 2/29/2012 12:49PM

    Oooooh thanks!!!

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ALISHAB3 2/28/2012 10:16AM

    Bwa ha ha ha emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/28/2012 9:54AM

    ROFLMBO!!! that'll do it.

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DDOORN 2/28/2012 8:45AM

    Good chuckle, even for us guys! Thx for sharing! :-)

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COLUMBIANQUEEN 2/28/2012 7:46AM

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That might just work!

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COLUMBIANQUEEN 2/28/2012 7:46AM

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That might just work!

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JSALERNO 2/28/2012 5:04AM

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FANGFACEKITTY 2/27/2012 9:37PM

    Not quite as emotionally gratifying as kicking butt and taking names but it'll do. emoticon

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 2/27/2012 8:25PM

    Man! Ain't that the truth!
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SYZYGY922 2/27/2012 8:17PM

    I should use this line with every dude who tries to talk to me at a bus stop.

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CANNIE50 2/27/2012 8:10PM

    yup, that oughta do it emoticon

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NEWBIEBAIT 2/27/2012 8:08PM

    ahah! That's awesome!

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The Week in Review: The Tax Man Cometh

Sunday, February 26, 2012


Well, at least I drank my water this week (picture my friend took yesterday, and then we doctored it up on her iPad).




This week had it's ups and downs. My eating was so-so. I overate greasy food yesterday, but the rest of the week my eating was decent. I just wasn't the best about tracking. Overall it was just a "meh" week--not great, not bad. I sacrificed some exercise time to hang out with friends, but it was worth it to catch up with them.

I found out today that I will owe about $1,000 between my state and federal taxes. It is my fault--I had credit card debt forgiven last year. The $1,000 is still better than the fees and interest that would have continued to accrue on the credit card debt, and I'm in a better position now to deal with the tax money.

After I found out that I was going to have yet another expense that I can't really afford, I wanted comfort food. I scourged my fridge and cupboard and made a very large pot of homemade soup. I added wild rice, lentils, potatoes, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, zucchini, vegetable bouillon, oregano, sage, red pepper, and rosemary. It's kind of hard to mess up soup anyways, but it is very good. Something was very soothing about the very act of making it. I am now convinced that there is nothing that can't be made better by eating a bowl of hot homemade veggie soup.

In any case, I'm happy that my first thought when it came to comfort food was to make something healthy and genuinely satisfying. I couldn't tell you the last time I craved chips and a pound of chocolate candy (a very typical binge for me) when I was stressed. I've noticed that the shift in my overeating has gone from being emotional to being social. I used to binge in private when I was stressed and/or sad. Now I am more prone to overeating in the company of others. Yesterday I went to 2 bars and had too much greasy food. Although that is rare for me, I would still like to avoid overeating a lot of junk. I prefer that I desire to overeat when I am with others and having fun rather than trying to stuff some void, but my skills at restaurants could often stand to improve.

This week my plan is to get back to tracking honestly. I will also be getting in more gym time. But again, just like social eating is more acceptable to me than secret binge eating, there's nothing wrong with ditching the gym to get in some time with friends (although we still went for walks together, so still getting in activity). I never feel guilty about taking time to be around great people.

  
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GEMINIAN1 2/29/2012 1:58PM

    emoticon ... to the soup!
I love lentils.
I had Brown ones today, as a matter of fact.
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I hope that you're having a great week.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/27/2012 3:42PM

    I think time with friends is important too.. And I also love homemade soup. I wish I would eat better than I do but I'm working on it and exercise. Trying to be more consistent.

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KKINNEA 2/27/2012 11:05AM

    Agree on the time with friends. I need to get back to tracking myself - Friday through Sunday was a food blur to me!

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SMILINGTREE 2/27/2012 10:13AM

    Friends and a happy social life make for a mentally healthy person, so yes, skipping a workout to hang out with awesome people (who know how to do very cool things with photos on an iPad) is a good thing.

Your observation about eating at home alone vs. in a group is interesting. I never really thought about it. I tend to overeat in both cases - at home just because, and with friends because it's easier.

Sorry about the taxes, but it's cool that you feel like you are in a better place to handle a financial bump in the road. Have a good week, Erin!

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DDOORN 2/27/2012 9:31AM

    Sounds like yummy soup! I oughta get around to putting some together soon!

Don

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WILSON425 2/27/2012 8:52AM

    Soup is good food. Good for you!

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JSALERNO 2/27/2012 5:02AM

    YEAH YOU WOULD HAVE PAID ALOT MORE IN INTEREST TO CREDIT CARDS.

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 2/27/2012 12:03AM

    Hi Erin!
Wow, a veggie soup comfort food...good for you! Now that is a real lifestyle change...and one that gave me a craving for it, too! Yum! Glad to hear you are out with friends enjoying yourself! You can afford a break from exercise with all you do, especially since this is important, too! And allowing some moderational (did i invent a new word?) indulgence in greasy food is reasonable!
I am wondering if you might like what I now use to track food. I had a crash of my tracker after 3 months and lost everything. I got the "diet minder personal food & fitness journal". It is spiral bound and you put the dates in. It is for an entire year from whatever date you start! You get two pages a day and there is room for all meals and 3 snacks. There is a column for all counts, and areas for vitamins, exercise and notes. You can check it out on Amazon.com. You could even do this one and later enter it in SP when you have time.
Have a great week!
Mary

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SUNFLOWERSAVAGE 2/26/2012 11:41PM

    You need to have some fun too to make this lifestyle work!
I know how you feel about the soup.

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CANNIE50 2/26/2012 11:21PM

    Your comfort food is light years more mature, nutritionally speaking, than my idea of comfort food - though I have certainly come a long ways. I realized that today when my 8 y.o. requested a trip to a bagel shop. I used to go there frequently and would order a bagel with feta cream cheese, a chocolate chip cookie the size of my face, and a hot chocolate. Today? I ordered a mushroom/spinach omelet and brought most of it home. What a difference a year makes. I really like your point about eating in full view of others, rather than in a fevered frenzy while alone. You are indeed in a much healthier place. As far as exercise, I just don't think you need to worry about skipping a workout once in a while because that is all it is - once in a while. You are devoted to fitness and you deserve a break to socialize, for sure.

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Peanut Butter Protein Balls recipe (look if you dare!)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

From Oxygen Magazine. These are almost a little TOO good...in any case, I made them tonight and they were great--ya know, the half a batch I ate. In any case, my plan is have these as pre- or post-workout snacks, so maybe I'll try making them again when I'm not having moontime cravings.


Tiffani Bachus’ Peanut Butter Protein Balls
Ready in 5 minutes • Makes 14 servings

Ingredients:

1/3 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder (I used 2 Tbsp. brown rice protein powder)
3 tbsp ground flaxseed
3 tbsp dark chocolate chips

Instructions:

Mix together all ingredients. Should be the consistency of Play-Doh. Roll into 14 small balls. Refrigerate to firm them up, overnight for best results. Enjoy!

Nutrients per serving (1 ball):
Calories: 84, Total Fats: 5 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Trans Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 3 mg, Sodium: 28 mg, Total Carbohydrates: 8 g, Dietary Fiber: 1 g, Sugars: 6 g, Protein: 4 g, Iron: 0 mg

  
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GEMINIAN1 2/29/2012 1:38PM

    I love all of those ingredients!
Yes, I 100% agree, dangerous around that time.
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DDOORN 2/26/2012 10:19AM

    If it's got peanut butter it's GUARANTEED to be a trigger food for me and most likely uncontrollable to have around...lol!

Don

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LIVINHEALTHY9 2/25/2012 8:28PM

    These sound good! I don't think I would be able to stop eating them either. Yum!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/25/2012 8:22PM

    Sounds tasty.

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PONYFARMER 2/25/2012 8:11PM

    I am sort of afraid to make these, but love the idea. Maybe I will make them once and give it a try.

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 2/25/2012 7:18PM

    Sounds yummy,but I am afraid emoticonI would not be able to stop! emoticonBut emoticon

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JESSICA2140 2/25/2012 2:03PM

    Looks good! Thanks for sharing!

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SCHWINNER! 2/25/2012 1:32PM

    Oooh, I saw these when that issue came out, and I've been wanting to try it! What I just realized is that I recently made something really similar - the only difference was instead of protein powder, the recipe called for shredded coconut. Ohhhh they were heavenly! I'm sure these taste just as good!!!

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EMRANA 2/25/2012 11:37AM

  You only ate half the batch? Good girl! I think I'd have just kept right on going.... *teehee*

Thank goodness I'm allergic to chocolate, 'cause I'd be whipping up some of those. emoticon

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NANCYBOAT 2/25/2012 8:14AM

    OH YUM....

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JSALERNO 2/25/2012 6:45AM

    SOUNDS WONDERFUL

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FITANDFIFTY2 2/25/2012 3:29AM

    Oh those sound awesome! Thank you for sharing the recipe with us! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Spark Friend! emoticon

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SYZYGY922 2/25/2012 3:18AM

    Oooh, I actually have all of these ingredients on hand except the chocolate chips. It actually seems like it would be good without the chocolate chips! Yum!

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APED7969 2/25/2012 3:00AM

    yum! those sound great!

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BEFIT014 2/25/2012 2:49AM

    Hmm..I'll have to try these. I saw the recipe in the mag.

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SUNFLOWERSAVAGE 2/25/2012 2:12AM

    Mmmmm....sound so yummy...I would have a hard time not eating them all too. I am going to try them though!

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The Week in Review: I've hit a new low.

Monday, February 20, 2012

A new low weight, that is. On Saturday I weighed in at 252.1, the lowest since starting to lose with SparkPeople. Sweet...hopefully I've broken through this months-long plateau. I was happy to have a nice loss this week, but even if I hadn't, I had an awesome week.

I continued to avoid wheat and have felt pretty good, but I made Ethiopian food (a curried lentil dish) at home, including eating it with Injera bread from the store. Injera is traditionally made with the gluten-free grain teff, yet I felt bloated after eating it (which usually doesn't happen). Sure enough, the ingredient list included wheat flour. Maybe I will get some teff flour and try making my own Injera. Overall, though, my diet has been much lower in grains while still getting a reasonable amount of carbs.

I had a calorie and sodium bomb day on Valentine's Day, but it was totally worth it. Good food, good company. I went to a movie with a friend ("Journey 2: The Mysterious Island"--don't judge me, I'm in love with The Rock) where we shared popcorn and I had Diet Coke (which I still consider to be junk), and we also shared a dark chocolate bar. Later, I ordered gluten-free pizza and had a piece of flourless chocolate cake. Nothing like curling up with your sweetie and sharing some good food. Although I ate foods I don't eat regularly any more, I did not stuff myself. There are some occasions where the food really DOES make it better and more fun, and I'm glad that I am approaching having the balance to have fun with food without being neurotic about it.

I had a goal to get to the gym at least 3 times and I went on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I find going to martial arts training 3 days a week to be a happy medium--it's enough to get in some solid training, and enough to avoid overtraining. I've also had difficulty getting in strength training and other cross-training, so I am backing off a little bit on gym time so I can balance the martial arts training with other forms of exercise. I'm not exactly sure what happened, but I did feel very "fit" last week. More than one of the guys at the gym commented that I am getting to be in great shape. Now, this is bearing in mind that my weight has been stagnant for the past 3 months or so, showing that the adaptations from my consistent exercise are paying off.

I haven't been working on practicing meditation like I would like to, but I have been keeping many of the principles in mind throughout the day. The main mantra I keep with me is actually a word, and that is "equanimity." Equanimity is having a lack of judgement and maintaining composure. Many of us who have struggled with emotional eating are familiar with the impulsive feeling that comes before a binge, the desire for instant gratification overtaking the importance of our health goals. Equanimity allows me to acknowledge a feeling without having an emotional reaction to it, and being able to step away and evaluate what I should do. We all know that taking a deep breath helps us relax, and meditation teaches why this is and how to hone in on that power. These are the main principles I have taken from the book "Enough!: A Buddhist Approach to Finding Release from Addictive Patterns" by Chonyi Taylor. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is trying to set new health goals as it provides healthy methods for changing habits, primarily through meditation. It isn't enough to have a can-do attitude to set permanent changes in ourselves, as I have learned through my repeated attempts at losing weight and fighting binge eating; meditation is providing a way for me to permanently change my mindset.

I would never say that I plan on conquering emotional eating as that would be unrealistic. However, I reflect over the past 7-8 years and how I have made deep-seated changes. I have always been heavy, but I used to be a smoking-2-packs-a-day, sedentary, junk-food eating depressed overweight person to being a martial arts-wielding, strong, tofu-snarfing, drooling-over-carrots overweight woman with a degree in exercise science. The changes came slowly, and will continue to build up slowly. As I said last week, patience has been my greatest lesson throughout the past several years. With patience, I am able to forgive myself for the wrongs I have done to myself and make myself better.

As I reflect more on what I have learned, I realize that my life keeps getting better and better. It isn't that I have some unrealistic expectation that nothing bad will ever happen to me or that I won't face significant challenges, but I now have the experiences and greater wisdom to face any challenges. There was a great article in "Parade" magazine in this Sunday's paper about a woman's life story as told by her face. Our face shares our experiences with the world, both the good times and bad. I wonder what stories my face has yet to tell:


www.parade.com/news/views/connie-sch
ultz/021911-my-story-in-5-faces.html






Dorky expression or not, this is the face of a very wise person. emoticon (Joking around with a friend (SP user KVARNLOV) this past New Year's Eve)



"Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face."
-Victor Hugo

  
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MEWHENRYSMAMA 2/23/2012 2:14PM

    Beautiful, Erin! Oh, Girl, I am around your weight and also on that monthly PLATEAU, too, and I thought I beat it for it to pop back again! I hope to join you on that break and all time low! Oh, how great you had a fab V- Day! And you felt good about it (I really think that 80/20 idea is right)! And I, too, love The Rock...and want to see the movie! I LOVED his movie called "The Game Plan". Adorable! I am going to check out the Taylor book...sounds very very interesting! Also, I did not know...you have a degree in Exercise science? Wow...you would be an amazing coach! Love the Picture. Have a fab week end!
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CANNIE50 2/22/2012 6:54PM

    I love that you summarized all those amazing changes you have made - truly impressive. THe Rock is pretty lovable, isn't he? My 8 y.o. son is currently fixated on WWE so I am up to date on The Rock (and, most likely, will be taking ds to see the movie). You are doing so well, and it is a joy to hear about all your progress. Thanks for reminding me about equaminimity - I will be thinking of this, and you. Take care.

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GEMINIAN1 2/22/2012 9:14AM

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1HAPPYWOMAN 2/21/2012 2:29AM

    OH my GOSH, what changes you have made! Quitting smoking is amazing, and giving up the junk food, getting your degree, and becoming a powerhouse, kick-ass warrior athlete...YEAH!
For me, the most amazing change you mention is that you are no longer depressed (because I know how overwhelming that can be). But it would be hard to be depressed when you've transformed your life to the point where you can say that it just keeps getting better and better.
I hope you give yourself full credit. You've made miraculous changes. You've done this; no one else but you.

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MELLISOND 2/20/2012 9:55PM

    Fantastic! Congrats.

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LEONALIONESS 2/20/2012 8:59PM

    CONGRATS!!! You should be so proud of what an amazing lifestyle you're living now. You're so inspirational! :D

Does your gym ever have cheap classes or a freebie week? I'd love to come have you punch me across the room in Muay Thai! I'm pretty terrible, still and have HUGE issues with right and left foot movements(!) but I'm loving it! I also took a Kali class and (again) while I was terrible I loved the class. So fun!

I'm at MN Kali group. Just bought a trubate for a month of unlimited classes. :) I love it. It's so friendly and the folks are super warm and nice. I see why you dig martial arts!

I wore myself out last week, though. 3+ hours of martial arts plus 40 miles of running = one tired lady on Sunday. Resting today, thank goodness.

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SYZYGY922 2/20/2012 8:35PM

    Congrats on the new low! The changes you've made are more progress than the scale is showing -- for now!

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LINDAJ0621 2/20/2012 6:55PM

    I like this pic of you! Your persistence over time is certainly paying off!!! By the way, I drool over carrots, too! emoticon

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EMRANA 2/20/2012 6:44PM

  Tofu snarfing....lolol! Love that.

You rock!

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QUEEN_REINA 2/20/2012 4:58PM

    I love this pic of you, you look adorable!
p.s. thank you for the book recommendation, I'm going to read it!

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SMILINGTREE 2/20/2012 4:49PM

    As I was running this afternoon I was thinking about patience, and how often people say things like "never give up," and how everyone's timetable is different. When I first started Spark, I thought a pound a week was a perfectly doable goal and that in a year (which seems like a long time at the beginning of such a journey) I would be at or very near my ideal weight.

Well, it's been two years now, and I'm nowhere near "ideal." Yet there have been changes. Today, for example, I jogged four miles without a walk break - a personal milestone. There are people who go from sedentary to marathon-training in two years. I'm just not one of them. It doesn't make my progress any less significant for me, though.

You really have made amazing changes, and you are, indeed, a very wise person. :)

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/20/2012 3:46PM

    Congrats on making the new milestone. I love to see your progress. You are doing great.

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KKINNEA 2/20/2012 3:11PM

    Nice work!

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JILLYBEAN25 2/20/2012 3:09PM

    I love The Rock!!! I still think back fondly to the days when I'd watch him on WWF to "smell what he was cooking". I'm glad to hear some loss was made and some balance is being achieved!

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DDOORN 2/20/2012 3:07PM

    What a wonderful week for you! Keep *ROCKIN* that Spark! Woo hoo!

Don

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JSALERNO 2/20/2012 3:01PM

    I LOVE THE ROCK TO. I HAVE HIS BOOK. I WISH MY WEIGHT WAS GOING BACK DOWN. I GAINED 2 POUNDS BACK A COUPLE WEEKS AGO AND I KNOW I SET MY TRACKER TO LOSE IT BY THE END OF APRIL BUT THE SCALE IS NOT BUDGING AND MY MEASUREMENTS WERE UP ALSO. I'M NOT SURE WHERE I WENT WRONG EVEN THOUGH I'M STILL TRACKING MY FOOD AND EXERCISE. emoticon emoticon

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