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No Shame Binges...

Sunday, May 27, 2012

No Shame Binges…

What I need to tell myself and my Diabetic Friends…

So you found yourself stuffing yourself and eating everthing in sight. You can’t even remember all what you ate, but know you feel awful. You feel like a failure. You feel unworthy. You feel great shame.

The first thing to know is you should not feel shame. You should not feel this way.

Yes it happened. Let us move forward not live with regrets. You recognized that there was a problem and now we can figure out how to rectify it.

I have done things very similar and I can say that 9 times out of 10, I no longer react in the same way.

I am a diabetic as well. Let us address this first.

Diabetes and insulin can be a vicious cycle. Next time you feel hunger like this, or find yourself eating uncontrollably, make yourself test your blood sugar.

It may be midway through an eating binge, but test it anyhow. Many a binge is due to our 'mindless eating' caused by low blood sugars. It takes at least 20 minutes before the food we are consuming (depending on the type of food) starts to be converted to sugar. I don't know about you, but I can consume a heck of a lot in 20 minutes. I can also be a beotch with mood swings at times due to these low blood sugars; Just putting that out there.

You have been losing weight and eating less, that means if you take insulin and I am assuming you do, you need LESS. Otherwise you have lows and the mindless eating happens. I have had this experience and it is not pretty.

BUT! It can be fixed.

FIRST OFF YOU SHOULD BE IN CONTACT WITH YOUR DOCTOR OR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL. Explain to them what is happening and have them help you with your adjustment of medications.

SO TEST TO BE SURE, hopefully at the beginning, but at least when you become aware of it.

Then take something that dissolves quickly into your blood stream like Dextrose sugar tablets or juice.

You will be aware and you will stop your eating, because you know WHY.

Bread and protein are not the choices to fix a low, they take even longer and slow the process which again allows us to eat even more.

The next thing to do is again leave it in the past and go forward. We have to work on our ALL OR NOTHING mentality. We all have it. So what if you had a binge and ate something you shouldn't have, you can much more easily overcome that meal or treat than an entire day+ of bad eating. As the Italians like to say 'FORGET ABOUT IT!'

If you feel your family may be enabling your bad eating by bringing things you don’t want or need into the house -- BE BLUNT! You have to spell it out that you don’t want it anywhere near you.

My DH recently said to me as he looked at my before pictures that 'HE NEVER SAW ME AS FAT, HE SAW ME AS HE KNEW ME AT MY BEST AND THAT WAS THE MENTAL IMAGE HE ALWAYS RETAINED.' Just like we don't see ourselves in the mirror, they don't see us as we are either.

ASK for their help. Tell them that if DH is to pick up dinner that he makes an honest effort to only pick up one serving of something healthy, no extra add-ons and certainly no super-size. (HAVE YOU WATCHED SUPER SIZE ME? YOU SHOULD, IT IS EYE OPENING).

Suggest that if they want a treat that they have it outside the home; never in sight of you; and certainly nothing left in the house. This will not be forever; it will be until you have learned not to eat what is in sight. I still struggle with this, but it is doable.

I know I haven't touched on all the issues that we can suffer when doing a mindless binge; but this is what is predominant to me and what needs to be addressed first.

More than half of my mindless eating binges were medical. I had low blood sugar. Once I addressed this so much fell into place and I could proceed with a feeling of control.

It is important not to 'GIVE UP'.

It will happen again as we lose the weight and inches it is a given that our medications or insulin need adjusting, so beware of what is happening to your body.
If you find yourself in the mindless eating binge again…ask yourself WHY?

So let me reiterate.

Insulin and diabetes never work the way we expect them too. I am not the norm, and I suspect you are not either in the sense that you are having ‘unconscious’ blood sugar lows. You are not aware you are having them and the high blood sugars you kept finding while eating and exercising is actually the after effect of your body’s response to correct itself.

The thing you NEED & HAVE to do is start logging your blood sugars before each meal and at bedtime for sure.

That is 4 times a day. Once you have that base line established you should start to see a pattern, if a pattern is showing highs (for example always in the morning after waking) when the preceding reading was normal, then you need to suspect that there is a blood sugar drop happening somewhere in between. Start testing in the middle of those time frames (for example high in morning; normal at bedtime with no or normal snack before bed; then test about 2 or 3 am).

You need to start listening to your body; it wants to be healthy too. If the readings are high or low, adjust.

Talk to your Doctor that would be best.

Listen when it tells you EAT NOW AND EAT EVERYTHING IN SIGHT; It is trying to protect you, and has slipped into Do or DIE mode.

It is not your fault and you can regain control.

Just start to recognize and question why.

It is important that you make your family aware that you are possibly having Diabetic issues and if they notice you behaving oddly or inhaling everything beyond reason to ask you if you have checked your blood sugar.

This is serious and should be taken so.

I know because I have been there too.

Hugs and love,

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

RDY4THIN 6/29/2012 10:26PM

    Very Insightful Angela! I don't have diabetes but have known friends who have had and all you have said is very good to keep in mind. Listening to you body, you might be able to know what your body is telling you.... and you can adjust accordingly. some small proportion has blood sugar which seems almost impossible to control, but some have some cause if they look hard enough.
Congrats to you for being able to keep this line of spinning dishes (diabetes, life, and weight control) managed as well as you have. I still see all the exercise you do... wow! Keep up the good work!

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RIVADERCHI 6/28/2012 1:20AM

    Hi Angela, I "Liked" this blog! Informative and motivating. You are doing great! How is June treating you? It looks like you did your 5k from your pic?! Enjoy your Summer and stay cool! Thanks for the blog! emoticon emoticon

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MIZCATHI 6/21/2012 8:11PM

    I have been eating more than usual lately, and exercising less. Not all the way bad, but not good enough to keep those blood sugars in the proper range. Thanks for the reminder - I needed it!

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RORYLYONS 6/20/2012 3:35AM

    Thank you for this valuable info... emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 6/8/2012 12:40AM

    Super job on the blog my friend!
I don't have Diabetes, but it sure is informative for someone that does. I am sorry to hear that you do have diabetes my friend.

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TEENY_BIKINI 6/6/2012 7:41PM

    Wow. This is really great!!


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MERRIKATE 6/3/2012 10:43PM

    Awesome blog, Angela -- nothing beats the voice of experience combined with brains and plain speaking! May I copy this to share with my diabetic daughter? I hope she one day may be blogging too, as she has lived all over the world, travelling on her own, and leads a very active life, but has had issues with her vision and circulation as well. She still eats a lot of sweet junk, and (like her Mum here) does not take as good care of herself as would be wise. Oh, we humans!! You're so right... ditch the guilt, and start again from here and now. As often as it takes to make a difference!!

Blessings for your blunt and compassionate words.
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SLIMLILA 5/31/2012 11:50PM

    Incredible blog Angela! I hope this "goes viral" as they say cuz a lot of people could sure benefit from the well-written, very well explained info you put out there....

Some very good points you made and reminds me that I really do need to replace my diabetic strips, been out for about a month and had a lot of stress in that time, so it should be interesting when I start to check them again.... emoticon emoticon

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MESAMA 5/29/2012 11:45PM

    I've said this before and I'll say it again. You get it. We have talked about this issue before and I appreciate that you put it out there for everyone.
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DEBBIEANNE1124 5/29/2012 8:16PM

    Very good blog Angela. Being diabetic I can relate. Even though I'm not on insulin it's the same here.

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LITTLETEAPOT17 5/29/2012 6:03PM

    Very well said Angela.
We all love you...
Hugs, p

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BBAMMOM 5/28/2012 10:54AM

    Very interesting. I'm not diabetic but a lot of the information pertains to all of us! I'm sure you will help many with your advice and experience!

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LYNMEINDERS 5/28/2012 4:59AM

    Awesome blog my friend....

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L*I*T*A* 5/27/2012 11:10PM

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BLUE42DOWN 5/27/2012 10:50PM

    Very useful information. I hope it is seen by as many people as might be helped by it!

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ASHAIXIM 5/27/2012 10:26PM

    Awesome!! Just a couple more things for folks to consider :)

1: if you are craving ice cream you are probably dehydrated. Seriously. They actually did tests on this!! Try drinking 16 oz of water (NOT SODA) and then 30 minutes later see if you still want ice cream!

2: medicine. I have had several shots (cortisome and other things they call cortosione but's actually something else) for pain and it WILL make your glucose go up and it WILL make your A1C go up and it WILL make you gain weight. I can't WAIT until my surgery 6/6 so I can get through this and then wean off the pain pills and not have any more shots. I am considering this my "change of life" - my mid life crisis or early "menopause" if you will LOL!! I am having 2 discs in my neck carved out and replaced with cages and a plate put over them to hold them all in place. :)

Other meds can mess you up as well so when you start taking medication, TALK to both the doctor when they subscribe it AND talk to the pharmacist. Try to go in early or late when they aren't so busy and ask them about any side affects, interactions, if there are any that should be taken a certain amount of time apart, etc. and be sure to read the inserts. They can mess you up just taking them and if you are on insulin then even more so. Be educated!! No one is going to be able to take better care of you then you!!

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CANDOK1260 5/27/2012 10:10PM

    emoticon BLOG emoticon GOR SHARING THE GREAT INFO

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ELLIE381 5/27/2012 8:46PM

    Great information!!! emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 5/27/2012 8:41PM

    What a wealth of info, Angela~ *hugs* Thanks for sharing your wisdom and experience. *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon

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BARBARAHOBBIT 5/27/2012 7:03PM

    Thank you so much for sharing, your Blog answers so many questions.

My problem is tha I do not check BS. I was diagnosed roughly 3 months ago, and was given an appt with the Diabetic Nurse a week later. She asked me to promise her I would do the following.
1. Eat 3 meals a day.

2. Drink plenty of Water - min 8 cups a day.

3. Remove as much sugar from my diet as possible.

4. Follow a balanced diet ( she gave me a copy of the 'Plate' diagram).

She also weighed me, checked my Blood Pressure, and checked my BS. I asked her if I would need to check my own BS levels, and if so how often should I do it. She said she would check my BS every time I went to the Clinic ( about once a month) and not to worry.
I am not on any meds for my Diabetes, I am trying to control it with a healthy eating plan and Lifestyle change..

I have had episodes of uncontrolable hunger, usually it comes with a dizzy sort of weak feeling in my limbs. I had assumed that it must be due to low blood sugars, but I havn't been able to actually check. I must say though since joining SparkPeople and using the Diabetic Nuitrition Menu Plan and tracking every day, without fail, I havn't had it happen again.

I am due back to see her next month when she has scheduled fasting bloods, and Urine tests, to see how I am coping. I presume if the tests show I am not controlling very well she may want to put me on some form of meds, but I would like to avoid that if I can.

I will, if you don't mind , add you as a friend. I welcome any advice you can give me, and thank you once again for your fantastic Blog.


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MNJONES2 5/27/2012 5:49PM

    Thank you for this important post! I am not diabetic but I am going to print it off and give to a friend of mine who is struggling with hers. Also you are right - the all or nothing thought process needs to change for us all. Knowing WHY we binge is so important for us all.

Thanks again Angela - you are the best.

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MDGARDENGIRL 5/27/2012 5:29PM

    Great advice Angela! Sharing your experiences will help many.

xoxoxo..... Marg

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GROKGRANNY 5/27/2012 2:38PM

    Great blog! My husband is an insulin dependent diabetic. Mostly we are chronically dealing w/numbers that are higher. But he struggles w/rebound hypo episodes. He tests 4x day and when he follows the Paleo guidelines I lay out he does well. Stress & illness also elevates his sugar. It sure is a juggling act but you are right...there should be no shame attached to it. We are oh so human after all. We all make mistakes!!

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    Great blog. Such wisdom. Hugs

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Sometimes it doesn't matter....but it does.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Sometimes it doesn't matter....but it does.


Let me explain...

I have a friend who eats right all the time.

I have a friend who exercises on a regular basis, doing all the things we should be doing.

I have a friend who loves life and all it brings, who brings joy to all who know her.

I had a friend who died when she did all the things right she was supposed to do.

Sometimes it doesn't matter....but it does.

I could continue to cry 'WHY?' but why?

She lived life to the fullest.

She scuba dived to the depths of the ocean.

She now soars to the highest heights of heaven.

She inspired me.

She continues to inspire me.

I will and am eating right.

I will and am exercising and doing the things I should.

By doing this for myself, I inspire and love the people around me.

As she did.

So as her favorite quote says...


By doing this we live our lives as best we can, with no regrets.

Hugs and love,

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    Sweetness, I'm sorry about your friend. Your friend gave to you as you did her and as you do us. In sharing her spirit, she's here with all of us.

I love you.


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GROKGRANNY 5/20/2012 3:52PM

    I hate that we have to continually hit the subscribe button on our friend's blogs!! SO ANNOYING. Like can I do it once and be done with it??

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MNJONES2 5/16/2012 9:54PM

    You loved your friend and she loved you. Thank you for sharing with the rest of us. sending you a big hug.

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MESAMA 5/8/2012 11:34PM

    Beautiful! Thank you for carrying on her legacy and in turn touching my life and inspiring me and so many others!
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LIVINGFREE19 5/8/2012 6:34PM

    She was so foryunate to have you as a friend also.
I am sad for you, about losing your friend.
It doesn't seem right when someone who is doing all the right things, still dies. Yet, those who live a different life, live so long. Only God knows why, and we will find out someday from him.

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BLUE42DOWN 5/8/2012 2:42PM


She may not have had a long life, but living right meant she didn't waste what she had. What a great quote from her!

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ASHAIXIM 5/7/2012 8:28PM

    My sister is beginning her fight of stage four cancer right now. She's got three small children, one only 6mo... but I agree she's done a lot in her life (hopefully she'll do a lot more) but you are so right... it doesn't matter what you do, sometimes that's just it. So, do it now... you might not get a change to later.

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GROKGRANNY 5/7/2012 8:07AM

    Very well written. All any of us can do is DO OUR BEST!

Hormones can wreak havoc on your ability to lose weight. Thyroid, sex hormones, cortisol. STRESS affects them all.

I am so done with the striving. My goal is to be healthy and to be happy and be of service to God and my fellow man. Killing myself in the process? Well, I guess wisdom comes with aging. My body does not react well to the increased stress. It seeks balance in all things.

Breathe deep and enjoy the process and enjoy the journey!

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LYNMEINDERS 5/7/2012 6:57AM

    A big AMEN to your blog

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BOVEY63 5/6/2012 9:37PM

    Such a beautiful tribute to your friend.

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RONOSOF 5/6/2012 8:11PM

    bless bless... your friend inspires you and you inspire us with this tribute. Thank you

Mary in Boston

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    I've seen that quote so many times, but, I never stopped to appreciate them or process the deeper meaning.
I'm very sorry for the unexplicable loss of your friend.
Thank you for the remind to cherish the time we are gifted.

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ELLIE381 5/6/2012 2:40PM

    Sometimes it just doesn't make sense. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MDGARDENGIRL 5/6/2012 2:09PM

    Oh Angela, you said that soooooo well! And what a tribute to your dear friend.

As much as she was an inspiration to you, I am sure you inspired her as well. You have been through so much and are always so sweet and loving! Just looking at you is your testimony.

It's important to learn from yesterday, but don't let it keep you from moving forward today.

No regrets! I like that!

xoxoxo Marg

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L*I*T*A* 5/6/2012 1:48PM

    her spirit lives on in you....
what awesome memories.....
what an inspiration you are to so many here...
blessings and hugs.............lita

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DEBBIEANNE1124 5/6/2012 1:02PM

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Sometimes it just isn't fair...

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TEXASFILLY 5/6/2012 12:37PM

    emoticonAngela, I'm so sorry for your loss. It sounds like she was a marvelous friend who not only led an exemplary life, she was an excellent role model to those whose lives she touched. I'm so glad you were her friend and that she passed along her love and dedication as inspiration for you because you most certainly are an inspiration to me and many others here at SP. God bless you, my friend. *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MISSILENE 5/6/2012 12:28PM

    Sounds like you have lots of friends. To have a friend~ you have to be one. hugs. emoticon emoticon

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

No say it isn't so!

I have looked for years back at the goddess of screen, Marilyn Monroe for many reasons.

The one main being that if she looked that good, that sexy and was a size 14, well there was hope for me too!

Little did I know that clothier companies have decided to do a bit of 'VANITY SIZING' for the expanding population.

I mean I suspected, but it wasn't until I could say I am wearing a size 12 that I really decided to have a look. I haven't worn a size 12 since high school, it is a big deal to me, and I thought hey I am going to celebrate being Marilyn's size or smaller.

Yeah right.

According to vintage clothing sizes, and Marilyn's clothes fall into that category, what we call a size 14 now was....wait for it....

a size 8!

If I want to look as hot as Marilyn Monroe, I have more work to be done.

I really should of known better, I mean come on this is the film industry where minuscule can be too big.

Oh well, i am still rocking my size 12's!



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ASHAIXIM 5/7/2012 8:32PM

    Hey, I'd be thrilled with a size 20!! LOL!! It's all perspective baby!!

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STSCOTT11 4/25/2012 3:26PM

    Let's not be too surprised the media has dupped us AGAIN.
Marilyn Monroe's WHOLE PERSONA was AN ACT. Her beauty was A GIFT.
Just remember people we do know OF TODAY that have been teased about THEIR WEIGHT. This isn't the first time we looked at someone and said...they were FINE THEY WAY THEY ARE. Or HEY! I am THAT SIZE...wait a minute.
If you love Marilyn...check her out for yourselves.
Just so happen we watched a new movie of MM last night called My Week with Marilyn Monroe. The lady they got to play her LOOKED HER SIZE...and quite honestly she didn't look like a size 8 either...she looked smaller.
Not to add insult to injury...but just saying even with a black woman shape ...I have had 37" hips and a 27" (her is SAID to be even small at 24") waist at 127 lbs. as an adult AFTER having THREE kids...and I could wear a size 5/6 perfectly.
Just goes to show how looking in the mirror is our best bet...everytime.

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SNOWANGELDIVA 4/25/2012 2:42PM

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I heard and suspected that same glad to see your write up.
Congratuations on your success!!!

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AMYNYNJ 4/25/2012 12:02AM

    I'm right there with you. 12 rocks!

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LIVINGFREE19 4/24/2012 9:16PM

    Rock your size 12!!!
I wish I could rock a size 12!

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MOSTMOM1 4/23/2012 10:25AM

    What??? Nooooooooooo! But she looks like a size 12/14, or is it because I'm comparing her to today's actresses who are size -2? Dangit. Oh well. Woohoo for your size 12s!!!!!! Holy moly, that's Wonder Woman size to me. Sha-BAM! You go, girl!!
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    Great blog. A friend of mine educated me about vanity sizing. Crazy isn't it? But a size 12 is FANTASTIC and you deserve to be proud.

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BBAMMOM 4/20/2012 12:44PM

    I love it! And you're rockin' in your size 12! Way to go, gf!!

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MNJONES2 4/19/2012 12:50AM

    congratulations on your size 12!! You look great!!

I find shopping very tiresome as the size I think i am is never the size that fits!! And I swear I have 3 pair of shorts that are all the same but the size tag inside is different in each one!! I wish that women could buy clothes like men do.... by the measurement... of course then mine would all be size FLAT!! HA!

Going to put my feet up and relax now. Have a great day tomorrow!

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GROKGRANNY 4/18/2012 10:29PM

    Size 12 would be a dream come true for me! For me it was another life, as well. I'm fitting comfortably into a 16W...but it is clearly not where I want to be.

Size 8 as the new 14? Ridiculous!

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TEXASFILLY 4/18/2012 6:35PM

    I say go for her measurements and screw the "fashion" industry, gf! You are doing FAB~ulous! Keep up your AWE~some efforts! *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ELLIE381 4/18/2012 6:15PM

    You are doing emoticonno matter what the size says. You are rocking your clothes. emoticon emoticon

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BOVEY63 4/18/2012 5:16PM

    Keep rockin' on! You are doing, and look, awesome!
My mom has for years questioned clothes sizing from the time she was in her teens and twenties to today. I'll have to give her the information you printed.

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EGALITAIRE 4/18/2012 2:51PM

    It's good to have goals and to look to others for inspiration, but really, the only person to compare ourselves to is .... wait for it ..... us.

Only I know if I am a better person today than I was yesterday, in whatever way I want to measure better.

You are making gains, getting better everyday, remember to celebrate that.

Stay Strong and Spark On

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-LINDA_S 4/18/2012 2:44PM

    emoticon Doubt I'll ever hit size 12, so enjoy it very much!

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MARTI1957 4/18/2012 12:27PM

    Angela, You rock it girl and continue to love your size 12's. emoticon Marti

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SAVANNAHZMOMMA1 4/18/2012 11:00AM

    What people said, and what a completely interesting post!

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ANGELA2B 4/18/2012 8:07AM

    Hey, congrats! I think a 12 is awesome! A 12 is a distant dream to me right now! emoticon

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HARPERLADY 4/18/2012 6:27AM

    you rock em girl!!! emoticon, down to a 12 is awesome! no matter what, lol,

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MISSILENE 4/18/2012 5:27AM

    I love your thinking.. So proud of your Nsv. YOU are the BEST, YOu ARe DoInG gREAT.

Keep up the good work.....Love your positive attitude also. Hugs to you..... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 4/18/2012 3:41AM

    You are getting there though and thats the main ill be there before you know it.....

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SLIMLILA 4/18/2012 1:22AM

    Hey, if you think Marilyn Munroe looked good, what's wrong with being the Size 14 or whatever.... You have done a remarkable job of getting yourself in shape and losing lots and lots, be proud of yourself to be into a Sze. 12... that' great.... and (try a different brand emoticon.... different brands are made different sizes... (I picked up a pair of pants that were mis-sized but I love thinking that I have a pair of Sz. 6 that fit me.... Keep up the great work! you've done wonderfully, keep it up!!! I mean get it down!!! emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 4/18/2012 12:57AM

    You're doing an excellent job of it with those size 12's too.

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RIVADERCHI 4/18/2012 12:32AM

    Thanks for the info! emoticon

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SIGMA1208 4/18/2012 12:07AM

    size 12 is a great size.....but it always made to look larger than it is...

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Little Red Riding Hood … and breaking with Tradition

Monday, April 09, 2012

Little Red Riding Hood … and breaking with Tradition

Off to Grandma’s house I go (or in this case Nan’s).
Over mountains, rivers, lakes and streams,
Through forests, clouds and freezing rain,
Only to be stopped in my tracks by a back log of vehicles…

Highway closed.

What?? How could this be?

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, yes it snowed, yes there was ice but?
Oh, prayers to the individuals hurt in a semi rollover. No fatalities that I know of, thank you God.

The highway was closed for hours and I was only 2 hours from home. Of course stuck where I could not turn around or get off. I am Thankful for a full tank of gas and a few snacks, if only there was a washroom!

Finally our journey began again, over mountains and through the snow, to Grandma’s house we go!

After what normally would take about 6 hours we got there in 9, safe and sound.

However the wolf had tried to stop us.

You see it is tradition to stop for lunch in Golden, BC and usually I would have donuts, or sweetened ice coffee or both. The wolf offered…

I declined.

I stayed strong and had a coffee, my water and light yogurt with fruit (fresh). That was all I wanted, all I needed. I stayed strong.

The wolf disappeared for a while, only to appear in Sicamous, BC where tradition reigned again.

You see it is Tradition to stop there at the D DUTCHMAN DAIRY for fresh made ice cream. The wolf offered…

I declined.

Take that you wolf! We were on our merry way to Grandma’s house again.

Our arrival was joyous and filled with love.

My Grandparents are in their 90’s and every moment is precious. I know I have blogged of them before, but they are such an important part of my life, that you’re bound to hear of them again.

My basket (or trunk in this case) was filled with soups, delicious healthy food, and yes, a few chocolates for my Nan. It was Easter after all!

We had a healthy delicious dinner with them. The wolf in sheep’s clothing (my Nan) offered me chocolates…

I declined.

The wolf in sheep’s clothing had planned a birthday party for me (early for me as it is on the 25th) as I would not be seeing my Grandparents until some distant time in the future. The wolf offered me Black forest cake…

I accepted….a small piece.

Hey! It was my birthday celebration. I can be strong in many ways, but I choose to have a piece. It was delicious and I did not go back for more.

The next day I walked almost all of Salmon Arm, BC. I had to walk off my treat. I think I did pretty good.

We even went to play mini golf and enjoy the warmer temperatures and spring green showing through. The wolf showed himself again.

You see it is tradition to have an ICE CREAM after a game of mini golf.

I declined.

My breakfast was only fruit and yogurt; my lunch was only soup; My afternoon snack was a coffee and we again had a nutritious dinner with my grandparents.

The wolf tried to raise his head many more times during our visit and journey.

I am proud to say I declined.

It is paying off this declining of the wolf. I found a gorgeous dress in a MEDIUM that fits perfectly.

That is my reward.

All though the greatest reward was the awe and happiness in my Grandparents eyes when they saw me in the flesh so to speak; it had been almost 8 months since they had seen me. We can’t travel well in the winter over the mountains.

I have lost a lot of weight and a lot more inches, now that is progress to see it measured in a loved one’s eyes.

Hugs and love,

The Three Sisters near Canmore, AB

Mount Rundle near Banff, AB

Snow along the highway

Shuswap Lake, Salmon Arm, BC

My son, My Nan & I

My Son and Grandpa (his great)

The dress I bought compared with one I wore last summer.

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LITTLETEAPOT17 4/14/2012 10:06AM

    Angela this was the most beautiful and creative story! It incorporated so many elements that I can't begin to discuss them here--just know it was brilliant and a loving adventure about your journey and the love you have for your Grandparents.

I am so glad you wrote this and look at you! OMG! You look like a freaking teenager!! So Beautiful my Love!!

I loved, loved, this and I love you too! You are getting stronger every day!! Love that...

How blessed we are to call you friend.
Hugs, p

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MNJONES2 4/13/2012 3:42PM

    AND I forgot to say Happy Easter, Happy Birthday and remember your buddies love ya!

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MNJONES2 4/13/2012 3:38PM

    I am so happy that you had such a wonderful trip!! AND you kept the wolf at bay!! TADA!

You look absolutely beautiful and your family is just lovely. Keep up the great work dear friend

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MIZCATHI 4/13/2012 6:50AM

    You declined the food - but look at all the beauty and love you ACCEPTED! Wonderful!

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MIZCATHI 4/13/2012 6:50AM

    You declined the food - but look at all the beauty and love you ACCEPTED! Wonderful!

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MESAMA 4/11/2012 11:13PM

    Oh my goodness! Beautiful Mountains! Beautiful Nan! Beautiful boy! Beautiful grandpa! Beautiful dress! Beautiful YOU! You are awesome! I really did love the dress comparison! That is great... Keep up the good work!

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MOSTMOM1 4/10/2012 1:24PM

    Oh my gosh, Angela! Those pictures are great! How cute is your son in his bow tie?? And you look amazing; that dress--wow, what a difference. I'm sure your family is very proud of you. The wolf had better watch his back. He has nothing on you!

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BBAMMOM 4/10/2012 8:50AM

    What a wonderful blog!! I love everything about it, but especially the pictures. Your grandparents not only look wonderful but they are a true gift to you and your family. I'm sure they love you no matter what, but oh how proud they must be of you now.

Keep declining the wolf. You are amazing!!

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MDGARDENGIRL 4/10/2012 7:35AM

    Awesome story from our AWESOME Angela!!! Your Grandparents love you in all ways, but I'm sure they love the joy in your eyes!

Canada Rockies are the most beautiful sight! Thank you for sharing.

xoxoxo Marg

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LYNMEINDERS 4/10/2012 4:31AM

    Go you....
i need to start declining the wolf as well...
I give into him far too often.....

Love the dress....look foreward to seeing it on you////

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BLUE42DOWN 4/10/2012 3:01AM

    Loved your way of looking at all those temptations as offerings of the big bad wolf. Very well done for resisting most and making a carefully considered choice on the one!

Incredible difference in the dresses!

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    So proud of you for resting the wolf. Way to go. Love the dress comparison.

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AMYNYNJ 4/9/2012 11:26PM

    emoticon you look amazing!

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ASHAIXIM 4/9/2012 9:00PM

    LOL!! LOVE IT :)

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L*I*T*A* 4/9/2012 7:56PM

    love the blog.....great photos too
have a great week ....
blessings and hugs......lita

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LIVINGFREE19 4/9/2012 5:44PM

    Awesome blog!
I love your photos.
You look like a truly happy person, and genuine!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 4/9/2012 5:31PM

    Beautiful pict5ures and nice story/trip. You are looking Fabulous!

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BAREFOOTN 4/9/2012 5:06PM

    What a great story and wonderful pics!! Great job with keeping the wolf away!! emoticon

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MISSILENE 4/9/2012 5:04PM

    Oh you are so cute. I totally love the story. I love the word decline. instead of deny. And the dress is your reward (as you say) your reward you will be receiving when you are Nan's age. Longevity is the reward. Other than that you look lovely. Your grandparents I am sure love you just for who you are. I love you. OMG I have never seen such scenery in my life. We here in Florida don't have mountains and snow. We have palm trees. You are doing great.
Don't you love all the NSVS? This is your life...hugs

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ELLIE381 4/9/2012 4:57PM

    What a great blog Angela.

emoticon emoticonyou are so strong. The wolf didn't beat you.
A wonderful time with family. So wonderful! A nice new dress also.

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BOVEY63 4/9/2012 4:12PM

    Loved this blog! You did awesome and happy to hear you made it there safe and prayers for those involved in the accident.

I had a piece of birthday cake too. Mine is next Monday so we kind of celebrated together!
Awesome pictures - you look fabulous!

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TEXASFILLY 4/9/2012 3:19PM

    emoticon You LOOK FAB~ulous, Angela dear! YAY! And I'm so happy you got to spend some quality time with your precious grandparents! Amazing how your son is the spitting image of his Great~Grandpa, too. Most of all, I'm so proud of your determination in the face of the wolf to overcome the temptations that are so temporarily enjoyed. Your new SMALLER dress is gorgeous and I'd love to see you in it! Keep it up, sweetie~ you are AWE~some! *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    What a great story I enjoyed reading it. Congratulations on declining all of the temptations. You are doing so good. Keep up the good work!!

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    Angela, you lok fabulous!
Good news is when you resist the 'wolf' he eventually gets bored and moves on to easier prey.
You ROCKED your visit to Grandma's House!
Beautiful pictures!!
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CELEST 4/9/2012 3:02PM

    Wow your grand parents looks amazing for folks in their 90's emoticon
Lovely photo of you all.
Now Mr Wolf....the parties over so BEGONE! emoticon

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How Many INCHES???

Friday, March 30, 2012

Ok, so my scale is not moving...still!

What a pain in the butt.

I know, I know your getting tired of my fixation on the numbers. Believe me I am getting tired of MY fixation on the scale as well.

Then I was asked the other day how many inches I had lost -- HUH??

I hadn't been counting or totalling inches! I just never thought of that.

After that question I have been looking everywhere for some record of my inches from close to my start of my weight loss journey. Do you know how hard that is to find?

I urge you, no I BEG YOU! Please start keeping a record of your measurements for yourself to look back on. So that when that stubborn scale doesn't move or you just need a boost you can see, visually see the difference.

I have lost a total of 74 pounds so far, so who knows what the difference would of been if I had measurements starting from back then. I wish I had them!

But I finally found some measurements from 50 pounds ago.

From 50 lbs ago, I have lost a total of 34+ inches from my body.

Did you hear that?

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So if I calculate an average I could of lost up to 52 inches....if only I had those measurements. However I am so happy to KNOW that I have lost more than 34+ Inches !!!

I feel great!

I am finally liking how I look, althought still don't quite see the 'skinnier' gilr in the mirror yet. I see someone in between, but I think I like her. I hope to love her soon too.



Not bad girlfriend!


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LIVINGFREE19 4/24/2012 9:13PM

    You are doing so awesome!
I wrote down my measurements somewhere.....and now to find them and compare!
I will be busy looking for my measurements tomorrow!

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    AMAZING!!!! 34 inches is fantastic and so are you! Great post honey.

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MERRIKATE 4/5/2012 4:27PM

    Thanks for visiting my new blog, Angel-girl.

34 absent inches?!! How totally fab! What a thrill, and what a motivator!!

Must agree that this is the way (vs the weigh) TO GO! Scales make me crazy, while a tape measure simply does not. The scales held me hostage many times a day before I ditched them years ago. By contrast, I reach for the tape measure only about once every 6 weeks.

Also, I always see myself and feel myself to be much the same size, whether 30 lbs heavier or lighter. Yes, my clothing's fit tells me a lot, and the tape measure seems even more trustworthy. My first two years, I lost 28" overall -- not bad, as you say, on a 5 ft. 2 in. frame. Besides, muscle is heavier than flab, that's for sure.

SO HOW GREAT that you can rightfully brag about a loss of 34 inches, with more to trim themselves naturally via your action plan! Now, time for me to check in with the tape measure -- for the 2nd time this year ...

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MNJONES2 4/2/2012 3:46PM

    I did some math, wrote out a ratio so you can estimate the number of inches lost....

34 over 50 = x over 74 cross multiply and divide.... I get that you have lost approximately 50.32 inches total.

Also another way to see how much you have lost would be to take a look at your clothing sizes... then and now.... has to quite a difference!

You are fantastic!!! -- As always wishing you the best on your journey to good health.

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BBAMMOM 4/1/2012 10:59AM

    Not bad?!? How about FANTASTIC!! You are awesome, inside and out!!

I, too, wish I had those measurements. We've lost about the same amount of weight so I guess mine is close to that too. Please, anyone starting this journey, take those measurements now!! You'll be glad you did!

Keep up the amazing work. I'm right by your side!

Hugs and Aloha,

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TEXASCATFOOD 3/30/2012 1:48PM

    emoticonI'm with BOVEY63 -- YOU LOOK GREAT ! ! !

(And thanks for encouraging everyone to start recording their measurements.)
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BOVEY63 3/30/2012 1:30PM

    Not bad at all - you look fabulous darling! Yes I am quoting Billy Crystal!

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SNOWANGELDIVA 3/30/2012 12:10PM

    "Not bad, Girlfriend!" INDEED!!!!
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Way to go!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/30/2012 11:20AM

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Awesome job Angela! Youa re doing wonderful! I hould get out my tape measure but i never took my measurements in the first place so no fun there.

Hows your diabetes? Is that better?
Keep on keepin on!

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MSILVER94 3/30/2012 10:43AM

    Awesome results!!!!!

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GRENADAGIRL73 3/30/2012 9:56AM

    emoticon 34 inches! Pounds lost is great, but if you put those inches into feet, you have lost close to 3 feet of fat. That blows my mind.

You look smokin' hot, I am glad to hear that you are starting to feel smokin' too!

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ELLIE381 3/30/2012 9:30AM

    emoticonYou are looking great girlfriend!

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MISSILENE 3/30/2012 9:23AM

    Looking good. I love that girl...lots. emoticon

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MDGARDENGIRL 3/30/2012 8:19AM

    You are SMOKIN Girlfriend!!! Inches mean fat! emoticon

Keep goin!

xoxoxo Marg

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RIKKI572 3/30/2012 7:57AM

    You are looking fantastic!!!!

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TEXASFILLY 3/30/2012 7:26AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Did I mention FAB~ulous!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Or SPECT~acular!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep it up, sister~ 'cuz emoticon BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 3/30/2012 5:51AM

    You look great!! Keep up the good work!!

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LYNMEINDERS 3/30/2012 4:48AM

    Not bad at all girlfriend.....I would say really great girlfriend.... are a different the scales aren't moving....I guarantee that you have built up a lot of muscle on your journey and muscle weighs heavier than fat....but then you know that anyway....
Take your measurements now and then you will be able to track them from here....... look amazing

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    You look great! :)

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SNOWMAIDEN 3/30/2012 3:56AM

    I took a couple of pictures and my measurements after about a month of starting. I admit the pictures were because someone told me to and the inches were "I might as well". I'm so pleased I did, especially on those days when the scale and measure doesn't seem to be working.

You look fantastic!

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BLUE42DOWN 3/30/2012 2:39AM

    Fantastic job!

Most definitely it is nice having multiple ways to measure progress, because the scale can be the most fickle and devastating right at a time when we need good news.


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RDY4THIN 3/30/2012 1:29AM

    emoticon I could see the BIG difference in the before and after pics on your page of your face!! Very big change in the body, 74 lb loss is incredible! I am like you... look in the mirror and despite the change, still see the fat and not the progress. My BMI is great now, but I am not happy enough sometimes. Love the change! You are a work in progress!! - barbara emoticon

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TAMPATINK67 3/30/2012 12:49AM

    Really great progress!

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LIVINGFREE19 3/30/2012 12:47AM

    Regardless, you still have done awesome!
I have written down my measurements and they will be fun to watch go down!

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