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Am I a Lemon?

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Am I a Lemon? Feeling a little squeezed....

Just kidding!
I had my second lap band fill today and am surprised at how good I feel. I now have 5.6 CC in my AP Small (10cc) band. I have not felt hungry this afternoon and am so very happy, as this is my problem time.
But what also made my day was when I go to see the Doctor, they weigh me. Now I have been stuck and fluctuating a bit. NOT today, thank goodness.
I finally am down! May be a pound, but to me it is huge! As now I can mentally refocus on getting where I want to go.
Also got my blood test results back and my Diabetes is getting better. My A1C has finally dropped to 7.9. Still high, but when your up at 8.7, this is good. Very good. All other results were very good to.
Picked up an extra Zumba class, so going 2x a week. Have also been trying to run on the treadmill for a few minutes during my walks. I send you people who run a huge emoticon emoticon emoticon!!! It is so hard, I don't know how you do it, but emoticon!
I know this week will be even better.
I am going to take this moment to thank all of you friends for your encouragement, inspiration, and every kindness imagined that you show me on a daily basis.
This is for you.

Hugs and blessings to each of you.
Angela

  
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EARTHGIRL145 4/10/2011 11:03PM

    Glad to hear about your success! Keep up the good work!
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MINDY502 4/9/2011 10:36PM

    Way to go on your checkup and glad to hear you are doing good. Keep on sparking!

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LITTLETEAPOT17 4/9/2011 8:36PM

    I am so glad you shared with us! Just knowing that there are other people going through this journey with me keeps me encouraged and accountable! Congrats on your good news...I look forward to hearing from you with more successes in the future! thanks again for sharing....Paula

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CHAS1949 4/8/2011 5:29PM

    You are doing so well!! I am glad your scale is cooperating as well :) You are on your way to a wonderful, heathy future!

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TEXASGIRL48 4/8/2011 2:11PM

    That is wonderful news. Your A1c will go down everytime. It is such a great feeling. When I had my band mine was 7.2 the next one it was down to 5.?something. Last January it was down to 4.9. I'm sure with the Zumba classes your weight will go down for sure. Keep up the great work.

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BOVEY63 4/8/2011 1:27PM

    Congrats on a great checkup!
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I can't even imagine going through this journey without the awesome SparkFriends like you - it's what keeps me going in the right direction.
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Have a wonderful weekend Angela,
Leanne

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GROEDER 4/8/2011 5:29AM

    I love to read GOOD NEWS!!!!
Best wishes as you continue your journey.

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GEMINI-SKY 4/8/2011 5:23AM

    Good For You Angela ! ! ! I'm sending you Big Hugs and Kisses. You always inspire me daily and I thank you for it.
OXOX

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TIBURONA 4/8/2011 12:38AM

    Good news all around. The A1C numbers are pretty good since they always want us to be under 7! Just keep going.
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 4/7/2011 10:19PM

    I am SO GLAD you are having so much SUCCESS! It looks like you've made the best choice for YOU! emoticon

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SURENDERISNOTME 4/7/2011 10:08PM

    I am glad to hear you are doing so well. I just got my lab results from my doctor yesterday. The doctor and I both were very happy. A1C was 6.4 all my other results were in normal range. Best test results I have had in 2 years.

HUGS
Debbie

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LYNMEINDERS 4/7/2011 9:31PM

    Right Back at ya....you are an amazing encouragement to people.....

Well done at the Dr's...that is awesome....I am wrapped for you.....
Moving forward now in big leaps....

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PURESTILLWATER 4/7/2011 8:20PM

    Awesome. emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 4/7/2011 8:13PM

    Woo Hoo! all good news coming from you. I am so very ahppy for you. 1 pound is a big difference. Keep up the good work!
Not being hungry is what makes all the difference. Now you are making me thinking like I can't wait until i start getting my fills. I have to thank you for leading me to Quinoa. I am ahving it in most of what i a eating now including cottage cheese, Quinoa and pears or aplesauce for the extra protein because we can't always fit in 15 grams of protein in our meals.

I asked my surgeon how am I going to know when I need an adjustment? she replied you will be feeling hungry ALL OF THE TIME. So I am hoping i don't get to that.

Hugs and BLESSINGS.
d

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Yes!!! Down a size!

Friday, April 01, 2011


Yes!! I am so excited! Thank you my friends who convinced me to not put all my hopes on the scale!
Only this morning I put the scale away, and decided to try on the next smaller size jeans. Well, I kept trying the top of the stack and only now realized they were Calvin Klien skinny jeans. I don't think I will ever wear a skinny!
So I grabbed the next pair in the pile of donated smaller clothes from friends and fit in a size 16!
I can't believe it. I think the last time I wore this size was 17-20 years ago.
I am now down 8 dress sizes from my heaviest at size 24.
Go forth and have a fantastic day!
I am.
Hugs,
Angela
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LYNMEINDERS 4/7/2011 9:27PM

    emoticon that is abs=olutely awesome....go you

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MARTY728 4/5/2011 11:46AM

    Great going and great picture! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FLY0NTHEWAL1 4/4/2011 11:37PM

    Omg that is AWESOME! Congratulations, you look great!

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DEE0973 4/3/2011 9:21PM

    Thats awesome...Keep at it. Be Blessed

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TEENY_BIKINI 4/3/2011 9:11PM

    YAY!!

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LINDYPAINTS 4/3/2011 8:17AM

    Wow, that's great! You should be proud!~

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SHELLEY147 4/2/2011 2:17PM

    emoticon emoticon You look great!! Glad you decided to go ahead and try them on!!


*thanks for always taking the time to leave such nice comments on my blogs!!

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CASE4GRACE 4/2/2011 10:34AM

    Now that's an accomplishment - and I'll bet it feels better than just looking at a number on the scale. Good for you!!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 4/2/2011 12:27AM

    Oh, it is so AWESOME to hear that joy in your voice! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHAS1949 4/1/2011 10:05PM

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You rock!

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LYNMEINDERS 4/1/2011 7:19PM

    Angela...that is totally superb....you are doing so so well and I am so pleased you have put your scales away.....I am sure your clothes that you have just got into will be too big in a short time....
Go you

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BOVEY63 4/1/2011 4:33PM

    I am so happy for you Angela - what a great way to start a weekend!
Leanne
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DEBBIEANNE1124 4/1/2011 4:31PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I am so very proud of you. We starteed at the same size. You are doing so well. I need to get some smaller jeans a d pants as most of what i ahve are big and baggie sweat pants. Keep up the good work!
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RESULTS361AP09 4/1/2011 4:00PM

    emoticon Way to go Angela! You have done such an amazing job-you continue to inspire me every day! Keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANNESNEWLIFE 4/1/2011 1:07PM

    Good for you!!!! Congrats on ALL of your success both on and off scale! emoticon

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Accountablility and 'Weights'...

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Ok, I am going to be more accountable to me, and maybe to you my friends as well.
Taking a page from some of my friends books...accountability.
Who is ultimately responsible for it? ... well duh! ME. I am accountable for my actions, so why do I make excuses to avoid doing what I know I need to do?
Yeah, I know ... Slacker! Ok, today I vow to do better.
I just had a healthy breakfast of oatmeal, blueberries and almond milk. Drank my water and am heading out the door shortly to the gym. Yes the gym, the one I have not been going to in a long while. I have been working out at home and not where I pay to go. I am what they smilingly call 'PROFIT'. Well, today I and ultimately they will have to work for the money.
I need to work alot.
So question... a friend has said that perhaps doind too much strength training (weights) could inhibit our weight loss. Anyone else know anything about this? I have been plateaued for quite awhile, and when I look back it is when I started weights. I am losing the inches, but again I obsess on the scale number.
Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
Hugs,
Angela
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A-NU-ME-N-2011 4/1/2011 10:26AM

    Hey, for me when I started strength training I broke thru my 220s plateau and lost 2 sizes... I started in February.

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TEXASGIRL48 4/1/2011 7:34AM

    The scale is only one number you should be obsessed with. If the tape measure is moving in a downward fashion then you are doing great. Don't bother with the scale. The tape measure is going to smaller numbers as well as your clothes. Two out of three sets of numbers is better than the scale.

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RESULTS361AP09 3/31/2011 10:10PM

    When I initially started going to the gym, I lost a lot of inches & not much weight. I guess as you start strengthening your body & losing body fat, your body shape can change even if your weight doesn't. Good luck at the gym!

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LYNMEINDERS 3/31/2011 9:53PM

    WOOHOO....welcome to the accountability journey.....
I nreally don't know much about gyms and strength training however i have heard my daughter bleeting recently that all her hard work at the gym and all her exercise is only holding her where she was when she came back from Ethiopis....I know she is not eating 100% right however she had lost 3kg last week when her PT weighed hre....
Hang in there and keep going.....I am sure the scales will move however be encouraged by the inch loss.....it is a good guide as well.....

Blessings....

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CHAS1949 3/31/2011 6:00PM

    You sound like you are doing everything right. I understand the plateau....I have been there for a while. I know it will get better sooner or later!

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BOVEY63 3/31/2011 3:42PM

    Great job on a healthy breakfast and going to the gym.
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CASE4GRACE 3/31/2011 3:15PM

    The other respondents are exactly right about the weight training. I just met with a personal trainer, and we talked about the benefits of weight training when you are trying to lose weight. In fact, he said the goal is to increase muscle mass by 10 to 15 pounds over the next year, as that will increase metabolism and cause higher calorie burn even at rest which will provide more effective weight loss/management. What you will find also is that 1 pound of muscle takes up less room than 1 pound of fat, so if you weigh 150 pounds and have 25% body fat you will be smaller in size than if you weigh the same amount and have a 35% body fat.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/31/2011 1:11PM

    Relax! Don't be so obsessive with the scale. You will regret it. It can get the better part of you and discourage you. use other means of measurement like a tape measure.

I only weigh in on Mondays. I'm happy with that.
Hugs & blessings

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/31/2011 11:52AM

    emoticongoing to the gym! I don't know the answer to your question, however! emoticon emoticon

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NEWKID54 3/31/2011 11:38AM

  Oh no. If the scale goes up it's because you"re building some muscle mass. And, you would have to really do a lot for that to happen to the extent that it will show up on the scale. Even if it should, the amount will be small because you are limiting your calorie intake to lose weight. Also, as your weight routine moves along your body will become more toned and strong---ah smaller!!!!!!!!. So even if for a very short time the scale moves a bit it will all be for the better. emoticon emoticon emoticon

KEEP DOING IT

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MINDY502 3/31/2011 11:35AM

    I dont think it would cause you to stop losing weight, if anything it increases your metabolism which in turn burns more calories. Which would also explain you seeing inches lost which is a good thing but i know we still want to see it on the scale. Maybe if you are doing the same exercises all the time and not mixing it up could cause you to plateau. I know a girl on here who was doing pretty much same thing and when she added some other activities in she got past that plateau. Hope this helps. Have a great weekend!! Keep on sparking!

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MARTY728 3/31/2011 11:32AM

    Great blog!

Don't forget you are accountable for all the males in your life. As the self proclaimed "King of all Idiots" I know we are idiots and need women to guide, direct and motivate us.

Heck Adam was not doing anything but lounging around the Garden of Eden until Eve got there. Getting Eve there was a pain in Adam's side, but once Eve got there, she got Adam moving.
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A little pick me up!

Sunday, March 27, 2011


Amazing how a little makeup and a new top make you feel so much better. I have not lost anymore pound wise, but I have been losing inches. My top is in the normal sizes XL and my pants surprisingly are a L. Of course they stretch a bit. emoticon
I have some of my art work surrounding me. My DH jokes that he is going to put prices on the walls and a sign out front stating we are a art gallery and open for business. emoticon
I have a Mary Kay business, have had for over six years now. It has done wonders for my self esteem and self confidence. When I look back I wonder how I could of let myself go in all ways, not just weight. I wouldn't do my hair or face and my housework slid too. Now I wouldn't think to leave the house or even start my day at home with out 'putting my girl face' on. I just feel better with it than without it.
At one time a gorgeous lady I worked with said to me "I am so happy that for a big girl you take care of yourself." ...Well, I have to say that at the time, I didn't know if I should be offended or not with this statement. I decided I did not need negativity, so took it in a positive form. This was the best thing I could of ever done. We have become best friends over time and when I mentioned the above statement to her and how at the time it bothered me, she about fell over, she did not mean it negatively she meant it in a positive, just worded it a little off in hindsight.
So go forth and find the positive, whether in someone's words; a new piece of clothing; a touch of makeup; or a new attitude.
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Hugs My Friends!
Angela

  
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ZCTMMOM1 3/29/2011 10:34AM

    You look mahvelous!! I am glad you are doing so well!!

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JUSTBIRDY 3/28/2011 9:51PM

    You look great!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/28/2011 1:05PM

    Ahhh, Angela, I'm so glad you overlooked that comment! I would have taken it a little hard, too. I'm a large boned woman and when people say things like that to me, it makes me feel like the elephant in the room! Alas, though! Being large boned has been a plus for me in the long run! I hide my extra poundage very well, and people think I am a lot less that I actually am! I'm also glad you gave your friend the benefit of the doubt! She sounds like a great friend!

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BOVEY63 3/28/2011 12:41PM

    You look great - love the new top!
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TEXASGIRL48 3/28/2011 8:22AM

    Lookin' Good!

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CHAS1949 3/27/2011 10:49PM

    You look great! I understand about fixing yourself up just to feel better...It works!

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LYNMEINDERS 3/27/2011 10:18PM

    you are looking so awesome.....
Don't loose heart with the lbs not dropping...you clothes sizes are and also your inches....
WooHoo

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RESULTS361AP09 3/27/2011 10:07PM

    You look beautiful Angela-I like the new top too. I'm just starting a home based business so I am kind of stressing out about whether it will work or not. I have a trunk show on Saturday and my Open House taste testing party on Sunday. So keep me in your prayers!!

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DKELLEY35 3/27/2011 7:56PM

    You are a very talented artist. You are doing a great job of sculpting a new you also. Keep up the good work.

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NORASPAT 3/27/2011 7:16PM

    I loved looking at your art work and now you are a work of art yourself. Well done Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/27/2011 6:06PM

    I am feeling the same way about the inches and pounds. I ahve had to take off my rings and hide them. Diamonds robert ahs given me no longer fit. i may ahve them re-sized. they kept falling off and I would lose them. You are looking terrific. Keep the positve frame of mind. In the near future with more fills and more restriction you will do better.

I'm having my protein shake for breakfast and afternoon snack, cottage cheese with pureed pears or applesauce for lunch, tonight it's black beans, Quinoa and salsa blended for dinner evening snack might be jello. What about you what's your meals like now. Note that when i do chicken it's ground good like a powder. Not even much to chew on.
Hugs
Debbie

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BAD!! Now Get over it.

Saturday, March 26, 2011


Yes, I am blue and grumpy. But nothing as attractive as this chilly bluebird.
I have been bad, yes BAD...
I know we are not supposed to be so down on ourselves and always look to the good, but today it isn't working.
I have been following the rules for two and a half months since my surgery (lapband) and have not lost one pound post-surgery. Lost it all pre-surgery. I have been eating good, exercising a lot. Trying new things.
Have even had my first fill.
Nothing has moved that scale yet. emoticon emoticon
Which I know is ok, it will move soon. I know this!
And this is where we come to my being BAD and blue.
I started sliding into my old routine of self sabotage. I did wonderful all day, all week for that matter, etc, etc.
Then I thought ok I am going to have a treat, it will fit into my caloric and carbohydrate intake for the day and be just fine. Well, it did fit in no problem and would of been fine IF I had stopped there. emoticon
Did I stop?
NO! I did not, I continued with something I knew would be over my intake. Why? I can't honestly answer that. Something in me rebelled the BAD girl emerged.
In the past this would then continue for a longer time, because hey you just wrecked it what difference is it going to be if you keep on keeping on.
Well, I at least have stopped there. It is not continuing, I am back on track.
That is the good, but I can't seem to mentally get over my slip today.
Maybe it is the awful weather outside. Snowy, icy and foggy. Just a blue day. I know it will be better especially when I get to Zumba this afternoon. That always is good for a laugh.
So I will cut myself some slack, and get back on track.
Thanks for listening!
Hugs,
Angela
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FELICE73 3/29/2011 9:41AM

    90% of weight loss is mental! Don't forget that! Keep focused and you will see that scale move in no time! emoticon

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A-NU-ME-N-2011 3/28/2011 2:55PM

    I totally know the feeling. I have had many ups and downs. I just come to the conclusion that will only be 1 off day a month for me. Protein will be 90% of my diet, the veggies and fruit and tones of water, not drinking and eating together and all that jazz. You will start losing, just keep following the rules protein first is no.1.

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BOVEY63 3/28/2011 12:39PM

    Must have been the weekend - my carb intake was awful, but today I am back to the healthy eating track! WE CAN DO IT!!!

Love the expression on the bird's face. That's just how I feel when I hear a forecast of snow or near zero temps.


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IMBRENDAB 3/26/2011 4:50PM

    Didn't you not so long ago tell me to not be so hard on myself? Well...right back at ya! It took me FOREVER to lose my first 20 lbs. I think I was about 4 months out before I hit my 20 lb mark. (Had my surgery in Aug...didn't hit it until Jan I think)

Be kind to yourself, and get back on track. We're all in this together.

Brenda

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CASE4GRACE 3/26/2011 3:24PM

    Hang in there, it will get better. I have slipped up so many times, I can't even count them all...and some of my slipups have stretched into weeks and even months. It really doesn't do any good to feel guilty about it, all I can do is try to learn from those experiences, and you can too. For me, at least, this journey has been way more mental effort than physical, and the head games we play with ourselves really have the potential to get us off course. Have you talked with your doctor about why you aren't losing weight since your surgery? It is totally natural for anyone losing weight to hit plateaus, and that maybe what is happening. Maybe discuss your eating and exercise habits with a dietitian and see if they can offer any pointers. You'll get through this, just don't let it get the best of you. And remember, your success is so much more than what the scale says. Keep up the good work!

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LYNMEINDERS 3/26/2011 3:06PM

    When we go down that path we actually have to cut ourselves some slack and actually forgive ourselves.....
You can do this and you can stay back on track....

Believeing in you

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RESULTS361AP09 3/26/2011 3:03PM

    Angela-don't beat yourself up! Have you checked your measurements recently? It could be that you are losing inches, even if you don't lose any pounds. Either way, you are an amazing lady & I am happy to call you my Spark friend! Have fun at Zumba.



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LINDA! 3/26/2011 2:47PM

    There are days that we revert back to our old ways. Many times I can talk myself out of reaching for the snacks or the emotional eating. Sometimes I don't talk myself out of it and eat the snack anyway. It is good that you have realized the situation. You blogged about it. You are going to be able to turn this into a learning experience. You also shared with others. Many of us need to read this blog. It is always good to know that we are not alone.

(btw, I really like the bird pic)

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CHAS1949 3/26/2011 2:25PM

    I know, for me, putting it in print always helps!! You "talked" your way through it, figured out what went wrong, and then changed your behavior back to healthy. That is now in the past...move forward with vigor!!
chas

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MARTY728 3/26/2011 12:32PM

    You can't change the past so let it go and move into a bright future.
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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/26/2011 11:51AM

    Hey, friend. You are normal jsut like the rest of us. It's pretty much that way with me, too. How much food are you eating at one meal? 1 cup? Like me? Wait until you ahve a couple more fills and get in lots of water. You'll be doing it. Just wait and see.
It's like the calm or blue calm before the storm.
Hugs
'Debbie

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