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Making Progress

Friday, January 24, 2014

Since restarting this journey, Iím really feel like Iím making progress. Since 12/31/13, Iíve lost 5.9 lbs according to my home (Weight Watchers) scale. Most importantly, Iím feeling better both mentally and physically. I donít have that stuffed feeling as much and I have more energy. There are still many days that I do not want to exercise, but most of the time, Iím forcing myself. Thatís much easier when I have energy.

During my second week, I did gain .2 lbs. I had worked out every day and I donít know if I was retaining water. This past week, I lost 3.2 lbs, so things leveled out. Iím so proud that I didnít throw in the towel. I do know itís going to be a challenge for me to stay motivated, but I HAVE to persevere! Giving up is not an option!

I have joined a thread on the Weight Watchers site that is reviewing the Beck Diet Solution book. Iíve read parts of this book, but this discussion has really opened my eyes to things that didnít soak in when I first read the book. Today, we are starting our response cards listing the 3 reasons why we want to lose weight. My reasons are:

I want to feel better, both mentally and physically.
I want to look better in my clothes.
I want to cut my medication in half or eliminate it all together.

When asked which one is most important to me, my answer is:

I want to feel better, both mentally and physically. When I feel good, I feel more like taking the steps needed to get healthy. I plan my meals, exercise and do things for myself. When I donít feel good, Iím basically a slob! I want to do nothing and that is not good for my physical or mental health.

My biggest concern now is I joined the At Work Weight Watchers program and we had our first meeting yesterday and weighed in. Their scale is 3 lbs higher than the one I have at home. Itís discouraging because I had already met my first milestone in losing 5 lbs and now Iím going to be set back. Next week I will voice my concern to the leaders, but if I want to make it to goal with them, I have to go by their scale. Also, I wonder if their scale is calibrated correctly since it is being transported each week and also the scale is placed on carpet and Iíve always heard that it should be on a solid surface. When I weighed in yesterday, the scale kept moving even when I was completely still and not breathing! Just sayinÖÖ..

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CLEE2830 1/27/2014 10:20AM

    Thank you all for your comments and suggestions! I truly welcome and appreciate them!

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PRIN1978 1/25/2014 7:33PM

    You are doing great. Remember that your weight fluctuates throughout the day. So when doing weigh-ins stick to a steady time of day. I always do mine first thing in the morning, every Sunday. If I step on the scale later on that day, the scale will be higher due to foods I just ate, liquids, bloating, etc. No matter what, don't give up and keep going!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/24/2014 9:17PM

    I had the same suggestions. Just going to add . . . don't give up! It's a journey w/many twists and turns. You can do it. Concentrate on measurements, how you feel . . . NSVs.

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RENLLY 1/24/2014 11:26AM

    There will be a difference between your home scale and the one at WW. What you want is to be weighed at the same place/time every week. Wear similar clothes. Ask them about the calibration, I am curious too - as long as the scales were set up the same way each week it should be fine.

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DAWNDMOORE40 1/24/2014 8:32AM

    I have a couple suggestions for you if that is ok: If you feel that your gaining weight on the scale,have you thought about tracking your sodium levels? I didn't know if you already do this. Since I have been watching my sodium, it has made a tremendous difference. Just food for thought.
The other thing, which it sounds like you already know that the scale isn't the only determination that you are making progress. You said you don't have that stuffy feeling anymore so that is a positive thing. Also, the way your clothes fit is a great determination too. I know you didn't ask for suggestions, but I thought I would be helpful if that is ok. Have a blessed day! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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The Honest Truth About Myself

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Yesterday I got on the scale and Iím so ashamed of what I saw, 215.6. It really hurts to write that number down, but it hurts even more that I have let myself get in this shape. I know what I need to do to lose weight and Iíve done it before. Five years ago, I lost 50 lbs the right way, eating healthy and exercising. Then, I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and Hashimotoís Thyroiditis. It became very difficult to lose weight until I got my meds stabilized. Once my blood pressure was good, I began having all the symptoms and challenges of a thyroid disease, no energy, lack of sleep, hair coming out to only mention a few.

I finally got my thyroid medication stabilized (so I thought) and I started exercising again and eating healthy. As in the past, instead of losing weight, I gained! Iíve tried so many things and I still gain weight. BUT, as I lost my motivation, I stopped exercising and started eating pretty much what I wanted. I still gravitate to the healthy foods (I just like those foods), but I do love cheeseburgers and fries. Well, I had too many of them and too many beers.

Therefore, I have to admit that although my thyroid disease is making it very challenging for me to lose weight, I havenít stayed the course and done my part. (Boy, that was hard to say, but it is the truth!) I feel like Iím saying the same thing over and over by stating that this year is going to be the year that I get healthy; this time Iím going to lose the weight and keep it off; etcÖ.. Instead of saying these things this new year, Iím only going to say that Iím going to do everything in my power to feel better. When youíre sick, you go to the doctor. In a sense, Iím sick. Iím sick of feeling tired all the time. Iím sick of feeling bloated all the time. Iím sick of not being able to move the way I want to. Iím sick of being ashamed of myself.

So, there you have it! In order for me to make progress, I have to be honest with myself. Just like an alcoholic, you canít help them until they want to help themselves. I guess Iím sorta like that, I have to want to do better. Iím there now, and I truly want to get better.

Happy New Year!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/31/2013 9:28PM


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EDDYMEESE 12/31/2013 7:25PM

    You've got it! You have a lot to deal with but you are here, like the rest of us. One pound at a time and we can do it!

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NELLJONES 12/31/2013 9:37AM

    I learned a long time ago that I can take No Days Off on my food plan. If I eat perfectly for a month then have ONE bad day, I have undone all the work I did for that month. With the health issues you are having, one bad day can undo several months worth of work. Here's to 2014 being a great One Day At A Time year!!

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SHERYLP461 12/31/2013 8:26AM

    I am so sorry you are going through this tough time. I believe I can relate to your issues though as I can do everything right and still "maintain" the same weight...thank goodness I am not gaining. I have been in maintenance for over a year now and it really makes it hard to keep on trying.
so this year I have only made two resolutions (goals are another subject); eat only healthy foods and exercise. Losing weight is not one of them, but if it happens I will love it.

Best wishes for a Happy and successful New Year to you.

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NEWROSE27 12/31/2013 8:24AM

    I applaud your honesty. We all have issues in our lives that make things a challenge. It's when we identify when, where and why we fell off the rails that we can do things differently and make progress.
Keep at it.
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Happy New Year

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Holiday Thoughts

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

"Give without remembering and always receive without forgetting."

Author Unknown

I'll be sure to keep this in mind during the holiday season!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/20/2013 7:35PM

    What a wonderful philosophy! Thanks for sharing.

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JUNA89 11/20/2013 10:59AM

    emoticon Will Do!!!

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Just Not Feeling Today

Friday, November 08, 2013

Today, Iím feeling in a blah mood. Nothing is really wrong, Iím just ready for some true Fall weather. I want overcast, very cool weather and the opportunity to curl up with a good book in front of a fireplace. Unfortunately, I live in Florida where itís sunny today with a high of 76 today. Currently, itís 68 degrees outside. Thatís the best I can hope for.

Maybe I can put some dark curtains over the windows and turn down the a/c.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/8/2013 8:32PM

    Cold here in WI. Hope you have a better weekend. HUGS

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RENLLY 11/8/2013 10:53AM

    That is the reason Canadians like myself go to Florida - for the sunshine and warm weather. It snowed here in Edmonton, Alberta last night.

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GRAMMYEAC 11/8/2013 10:52AM

    That's about 35 degrees warmer than we're supposed to get in my area of NH. The morning temp was 25 degrees. I love the changing of the seasons!

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SUNSHINE192DAY 11/8/2013 10:34AM

    I live in Iowa and currently it's in the 30s here...I'd give anything to be at 68 lol.

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Thought Provoking

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

"The more reasons you have for achieving your goal, the more determined you will become."

Brian Tracy

This quote is very thought provoking! What is my goal? What are my reasons for wanting to achieve my goal?

Is my goal just to lose weight? Is it to become healthy? Many times, we donít dig deep enough to figure out what we really want to do, thus not having the right mindset to follow through.

My goal to lose 50 lbs.

Why is this my goal?
ē To cut down my blood pressure medication ($90 for a 90 day supply!)
ē To prevent me from having to take medication for high cholesterol
ē To prevent getting diabetes
ē To hopefully lower the dosage of my Synthroid

Benefits if I reach my goal:
ē All of the above
ē I will feel better about the way I look
ē I will feel better knowing that I am healthy
ē I will save money on medication
ē I will be a role model for my daughters
ē I will have more energy

Steps I need to take to get to my goalĒ
ē Adopt a Clean Eating program
ē Eliminate gluten from my diet
ē Exercise

I do realize that reaching this goal is going to be a challenge with my Hashimotoís Thyroiditis. I know that I can follow all the steps and still not lose weight, in fact, I may gain weight (been there!). But I do know that if I donít keep going, things are only going to get worse. I donít want to imagine feeling worse than I do now.

So, hereís to persistence! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 9/18/2013 8:39PM

    Yes, it is a challenge indeed w/Hashimotos (I have it too( but not impossible, so never give up. NEVER!

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