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Comfort Food is NOT Comforting Me!!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Hi friends! I've been MIA from here for way too long and my life has changed in so many ways. Most importantly, my mother passed away on July 15th, after living with my husband and I for 9 years --- to the day, I might add! The next day my father-in-law passed away and we got the call about that on the way home from making funeral arrangements for my mother!! To say it wasn't a good summer would be such an understatement!! I have been "comforting" myself with comfort food and have gained around 5 lbs. back!! It doesn't sound like much, but I know how hard it's going to be to lose those pounds back!! My back and hips have been bothering me and I'm also using that as an excuse not to ride my bike like I should be, and then when I do --- I overdo it and can hardly walk the next day!! I need help and I'm really ashamed of myself to ask for it after I feel like I abandoned my old SparkFriends. Please forgive me! I promise, I'll help you, if you help me. I'm back!!

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LJCANNON 9/28/2014 12:08AM

    emoticon I am so sorry that you had such a tough Summer. You have been missed, and we are glad that you are back. Those 5 pounds wont last long!!

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    I am so Happy to see you back on Spark People. It is time to think of yourself. I know you had gone through a lot with caring for your mom and am so sorry to hear of her passing and your Father in Law passing so soon after.
Time to move away from the comfort food and find comfort in your Spark Friends. I am here for you as is everyone else.

Sharon emoticon

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MILLISMA 9/27/2014 9:20PM

    Marsha, I knew you had to be MIA for a reason. So sorry for all you've been through and very sorry for the loss for you and your husband. I do understand turning to comfort food....I've been right there with you so maybe we can do this together. Glad you're back.

emoticon Mary Anne

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COPEMA 9/27/2014 3:12PM

    So glad you wrote back, Belinda! Look forward to catching up with you and your side of the country!

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MAVERICK59 9/27/2014 2:43PM

    Hi Marsha,
I was thinking of you just this morning. I am sorry this past summer was so difficult for you. I glad to see you back on Sparkpeople, we all need all the support we can get. Looking forward to catching up with you.

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Eat More -- Lose Weight! --Sounds like The National Enquirer!

Monday, April 01, 2013

Ok, my body is not just funny -- it's hilarious! Yesterday I ate 40 calories OVER the high end of my calorie range and lost another pound! I'm not complaining. In fact, I love this!

But seriously, I know this is just my body's way of telling me it's bored with me doing the same thing all the time. Same workout, same amount of food = plateau. And I also am not dumb enough to think the good fortune will last. It's really my body's way of rewarding me for figuring out I needed to kick start my weight loss! And I'll take it, believe me, I'll take it! emoticon

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MAVERICK59 4/7/2013 1:57AM

    The body will do what it wants to do, and drive you crazy in the process!
Congrats on the weight loss.


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BIGREDANGEL 4/1/2013 6:13PM

    Ok lets try this a 3rd time!! Grrrr

yep gotta have variety...Beth always told me she goes back and forth between her high and low range so your body never gets comfortable with a "normal" emoticon

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BIGREDANGEL 4/1/2013 6:11PM again lol

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BIGREDANGEL 4/1/2013 6:11PM

    Wonderful...then it posted 3 times ugh!! See my 3rd post lmao

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My Body Has a Sense of Humor

Sunday, March 31, 2013

I decided this morning when I was riding my exercise bike, that my body is funny! Now, it doesn't LOOK quite as funny as it used to, but it still likes to play tricks on me, so that's why it's funny!

I've been on a plateau for a while. I even joined Spark Coach's Plateau Buster a few weeks ago. My weight has been slowly creeping it's way back up. Friday I did everything right -- or so I thought --- to lose a pound or two. Ate great, within my ranges of everything. Rode my bike like crazy for 47 minutes and walked all over the place, doing what I do best -- shopping for my granddaughters! And did I get rewarded for all this activity? HE_ _ NO! I stayed at exactly the same weight I'd been at for three days.

Yesterday my daughter, son-in-law and two granddaughters came down and had requested their favorite -- pizza -- for dinner. I decided yesterday was gonna be my "splurge day." Hey, my daughter weighs about 100 pounds with a brick in each pocket and eats pizza, ice cream, etc. So I cleaned house yesterday morning, showered and dutifully ordered a couple of pizzas and some cheesy bread. I had two pieces of pizza -- period. None of the cheesy bread, and none of the cake Melissa and the girls had baked and brought with them. I was within my range of calories - barely --and did not workout, so I was afraid to weigh myself this morning.

So, here's where the title of this rambling blog comes in -- I could almost hear my body laughing at me this AM as I weighed myself and had lost 1.1 lb.!!!!
What the !@##&#????

The post script to this is, if I think I've had an AHA moment and try this again today, I will gain that little ole pound back and then some tomorrow!!

But I WILL have the last laugh and eventually I WILL get down to my goal weight! Keep on Sparkin', Marsha!! Keep on Sparkin'!!

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MILLISMA 4/5/2013 4:02PM

    Hi Marsha!!! Guess I'm going to have to try that....clean house and eat pizza!!!

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DEBRITA01 4/1/2013 10:01AM

    Some times I think we have to mix it up to keep the old body guessing. People have good results with calorie cycling and I've often thought of trying it. I'm like you...I eat really good and the scale goes up a bit. When I have a splurge day, the scale goes down. Go, figure!

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ANDI571 4/1/2013 9:03AM

    I hear you loud and clear on this one. I just told Terry yesterday that I always lost better on my junk food. It seems the healthier I try to eat, the worse I do.

Have you heard of the eating plan called "The Plan". I have seen the girl on Dr. Oz and a few shows. I looked the book over at Target Saturday. It isn't something I think I could do, but the concept makes sense. She says no matter how healthy the food, if our body chemistry fights against it, we won't lose, and most likely will gain. So she has you go on this detoxification diet for three days, then she introduces food back. I guess you know immediately if the food bothers you. It's a 20 day commitment and the foods at the beginning I don't think I would try.

But there are times when I do so good on my eating, and I will get stomach issues etc. So I am wondering if some of the healthy foods, my body fights. It makes sense.

I am up 11 pounds now from this time last year. Ugh! I have to get started.

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KASEYCOFF 4/1/2013 4:24AM

    You're right - there is no rhyme or reason. "Funny" is as good an explanation as any!

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BIGREDANGEL 3/31/2013 7:27PM

    Hehehehehe...the moral of the story...EAT PIZZA AND CLEAN HOUSE LMAO That was a good laugh...I love ya!!!!

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KALLIE1958AR 3/31/2013 4:21PM

    emoticon you have to love your body though it just wants to keep you working hehehe

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Short and to the Point -- Oh yeah, and positive!

Friday, January 04, 2013

I was getting groceries out of my car today and my neighbor and her girl scout daughter cornered me with the annual girl scout cookie order form. As I was saying to the mom, "I shouldn't even be ordering these." She said, "Why not? You've already lost about 100 pounds in the last year, haven't you?" (Actually, 40 pounds, but who am I to split hairs!?)

Was it wrong to grab her and kiss her?

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MILLISMA 1/7/2013 7:09PM

    Can't blame you at all!!! emoticon emoticon

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BIGREDANGEL 1/5/2013 7:46PM

    emoticon You go girl!!

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MAVERICK59 1/5/2013 2:42AM

    You earned it!!
Now ditch the cookies!!!

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ANDI571 1/4/2013 7:29PM

    Don't you just love those compilments? But it drives me crazy that once you get the weight off, there are those that think you can go back to your old life style. They don't realize that maintenance is harder than getting the weight off at times.

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I'm not vain -- I'm healthy!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

This morning, for my eighth birthday in a row, my mother didn't realize it was my birthday. Yes, it's sad, but I'm not dwelling on it. I'm not mad, I'm not disappointed, it's what I've come to expect. You see, she had a massive hemorrhagic stroke in March of 2005 and shortly after that, she started a downhill decline with vascular dementia. The sad part of this story is that it could have been prevented. Her doctor knew she had high blood pressure, her doctor knew she thought she couldn't afford blood pressure medicine, her doctor let her treat her high blood pressure with garlic pills. Her doctor could have gotten her samples, her doctor could have gotten her a discount card, her doctor could have shown her that blood pressure pills -- the older ones that have been around for a while and are now generic -- don't cost any more than the useless garlic pills she was taking!! Bitter? Me? Is is obvious? Oh, by the way, this was her doctor in her hometown at the time, not the excellent one she goes to now! In my meaner moods, I'm so tempted to call her old doctor and let him know that she's STILL alive, in spite of him!

After watching and living with my mother's downhill decline for the last 7 1/2 years, I've decided that this is NOT gonna happen to me, if I have anything to do with it. And I do!! Last August I joined SparkPeople and turned my life around! You really wouldn't think losing 40 pounds would be enough to do that, but it did. I was taking TWO blood pressure pills a day and my fasting blood sugar was around 130-140. Yes, like my mother I have type 2 diabetes. So, what I am getting at in this wordy blog is that I have done all this for myself (and those who I do not want to have to take care of me!). My blood pressure is now around 118/70 with no pills and my fasting blood sugar is hovering around 100. I went from being obese to being normal on the BMI chart. I'm 62 -- today -- and I'm not vain -- I'm healthy!!
Thanks to SparkPeople and to my SparkFriends! And a VERY Happy Birthday to me!

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RONDINI2 11/28/2012 11:42PM

    emoticon my beautiful blessed friend! I wish you many healthy years ahead.
God bless your mama too. You have done a fabulous job and should be proud. It's not easy and certainly takes some sweat and discipline to accomplish what you've done. Probably some tears and fears also. Great blog and glad you shared.

Hope you had a wonderfully blessed day!


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MILLISMA 11/28/2012 1:19PM

    emoticon Marsha. You've done a great job! Sorry to hear about what happened to your mom. We lost my MIL due to her doctor playing God and letting her think she was fine and that the pains in her chest where "all in her head". Some people should not be doctors.

Hope you are having a great day!

hugs....Mary Anne

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RICHILA 11/28/2012 12:13PM

    emoticon Congratulations on improving your health!

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BIGREDANGEL 11/28/2012 12:05PM

    emoticon Marsha!! You have a lot to be proud of :) and if hubs cant enlarge your pic scan it and send it to me in email and I will see what I can do emoticon

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PUNKADOO 11/28/2012 10:21AM

    Happy Birthday and way to go!

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MAVERICK59 11/28/2012 10:14AM

I am so very, very happy for you.
Good health is the most important thing of all, that fact that you now look hot is a side effect of getting healthy. emoticon

I am so glad I will have you around for a long time. it is not often I find someone willing to put up with me!

Hugs to you and momma both, emoticon

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LJCANNON 11/28/2012 9:39AM

    emoticon I am sure that your Mom would be Proud of how you have taken control of Your Life!! It was my Mom's failing health that spurred me to change My Life so I really understand that part of how you are feeling!
emoticon Happy Belated Birthday to YOU!!!

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LADYJ6942 11/28/2012 9:36AM

    Rock on and a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you.

As for your mom's former doctor, I'd sue~!!!!

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