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Why am I Fat.....

Thursday, August 09, 2012

This question was on a spark thread. I thought it was worth pondering. I was not very coordinated in PE so I was not an athlete. Never thought about just doing exercise for health until years later. I didn't realize you don't have to be an athlete to do that. Greed keeps me eating too much. If a little is good I tend to think that I need to eat allot. I think that I "deserve" to eat it. I eat when I'm celebrating. I eat when I'm stressed. I eat the wrong things when I'm in a hurry.Sometimes I feel that the only time I can afford the time to sit is when I'm eating. I have changed several of those behaviors this year. So little by little, pound by pound, it added up. Now little by little pound by pound I'm working it off. emoticon

  
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CRYSALLIS1 8/10/2012 6:58PM

    Aren't we interesting with the ideas we come up with to get ourselves in so much trouble? Good thing we are getting older and much wiser. emoticon
I wasn't overweight as a child but I made up for it when I got out of school. emoticon I remember measurements of 36-28-34- I think?

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EFFIEANNIE 8/10/2012 9:24AM

    Boy, I can relate to some of what you said. I thought of going to a buffet where I used to overeat to "get my money's worth!!

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BEEJAY49 8/10/2012 4:40AM

    Keep up the good work. :) I was always the skinny one in my family growing up. I could eat anything and everything and not gain an ounce...till I was about 23. Then it happened, it started sticking, I stress ate, I ate because I loved the food, I ate fast because I like my food hot if it's supposed to be, I binge ate, ate from boredom, etc., etc., etc.!! Now we all know better! HUGS!

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MOMFAN 8/9/2012 10:54PM

    I wasn't fat growing up, but didn't realize it until I was over weight. My mom was always complaining about my weight because it was more than my sis and hers. I am much taller than both of them, but the damage was already done.

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MENNOLY 8/9/2012 6:48PM

    emoticon emoticonAs I am doing more and more ST exercises, it came to me that 50 years ago the powers that be ordained that fat kids had to work harder than scrawny kids for the same grade. This set fat kids up for failure and they thereby hated PE. A chin up is much harder for a kid who weighs 150 pounds than for a kid who weighs 80. But they were both expected to do that chin up. When the exercises were using body weight as the resistance the heavier kid was always at an disadvantage. Yes that kid was stronger because he was used to carrying more weight but was he twice as strong? He was still a 10 year old. Just a thought.

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SPARKLINGHOPE 8/9/2012 1:22PM

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SUNFLOWERGAL40 8/9/2012 12:26PM

    I could have written this blog. One day at a time...we will do this together friend! emoticon

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SNEVIL1 8/9/2012 10:39AM

    Figuring out what you want to change is so important. Way to go!

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XMSTAZX 8/9/2012 9:14AM

  Little by little is all you can do.....Changing behaviors is an awesome thing to do. WTG!!!! emoticon

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CLAIREINPARIS 8/9/2012 8:45AM

    It is so important to try and understand our behaviour! emoticon

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CMKARLS 8/9/2012 8:21AM

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Finishing the Year 2012 Strong......

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

I have 5 months to finish the year strong. I'm striving for 1 main principle. Consistency is number one. If I loose .5 lbs per week X 20 weeks I will have lost 10 lbs. If I loose 1 lb. per week that's 20. 2 lbs. per week is 40. No matter which number I arrive at on 1/1/2013 I will still be much farther ahead then I would have been. My recent request for mutual 1:1 on support is helping so much. I gained more then 1 Spark Buddy ready for a mutual no excuses; let's go; accountability. I also joined a smaller group with no fuss, no muss, just daily accountability. That's also helping. Don't get me wrong, the larger groups are great too. It's like being part of an elite university with so much wisdom being shared. But for me closer accountability is what I need. My plan is simple. Ba ha ha!!! (As if any of this was simple!) But anyway in theory my plan is simple. 8 H20 or more per day. 5 freggies or more per day. Eat with in range. 10 minutes or more of exercise each day. I'm going to try to keep logging my food everyday I understand the value of it. It's just so time consuming. But I'm going to try for awhile. (Was that an excuse?)
Now is the right time. I don't want to live with regrets about my health if I can do something to change it. Unfortunately I don't know when Jupiter will align with Mars and all will be perfect in my life. So I'm giving up the excuses and just going for it. My life gets more complicated every year. Between work responsibilities, a growing family, Church responsibilities, etc life has it's challenges. My life is good. It's busy. It's just how life is. I did what I could to uncomplicate it this year. I decluttered. For better or worse I let go of some volunteer responsibilities. I started running away with my husband every weekend to a new camper. It's been great for us, and great for me. We are empty nesters so it works for me. It also means saying no to other people which is hard. I need to do it. We could be home every weekend and attend somebodies something. I care but I can't do it all right now. We do our best to get there and balance it all. Love my family and friends dearly. They are always welcome to come visit. My work is emotionally draining. It's what I'm called to do. It's also spiritually rewarding. I just need to recharge frequently through prayer and rest. None of these qualify as an excuse to take such poor care of my body. I need to take care of myself for ME and all the people that I care so much about. It's going to be a great finish of 2012. I can see it. Watch out beach goers of 2013 I just may be running in my bikini on a beach near you. (Possibly with a long cover up, sunglasses, etc.) emoticon

  
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MOMFAN 8/8/2012 9:44PM

    Go girl!!

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BEEJAY49 8/8/2012 3:27AM

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EJOY-EVELYN 8/7/2012 10:27PM

    What a great attitude. You really can do this because you deserve an improved health to help complete the many worthy projects you have at hand.

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READYBETTY 8/7/2012 10:18PM

    You can do it! I'm taking it 5 pounds at a time and plan on realizing a decent net loss for 2012 even with the set back I've already experienced. We can do it!

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BRENDABUNNY 8/7/2012 9:32PM

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SUNFLOWERGAL40 8/7/2012 9:29PM

    Great blog! And a great plan! Your plan seems very doable! Thanks for the inspiration! emoticon

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PCURRIE04 8/7/2012 7:46PM

  You can do it.... one day at a time!!

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PATTOMMC3 8/7/2012 7:42PM

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Doing Much Better....

Monday, August 06, 2012

I'm doing so much better thanks to some close support of some spark friends. Accountability for me is key. I'm so thankful for that. Tonight I'm exhausted from a difficult start of the work week. I plan to blog some thoughts in the next day or two. Off to bed for me right now.

  
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29POINTS 8/7/2012 9:24PM

   
Have a good night. Accountability, and knowing others care, is so important. Keep up the good fight.

Sue

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EJOY-EVELYN 8/7/2012 6:23PM

    Great to hear! If you get a chance to join a team that offers small group support, that too is a great way to get a kick start back to healthy living. That is was got my last 40 (of 100) pounds off with barely a plateau but for perhaps a week or two. I praise God for SparkPeople!

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EFFIEANNIE 8/7/2012 7:38AM

    Glad to hear you are doing better- just hang in there.

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BRENDABUNNY 8/7/2012 12:37AM

    Good glad to hear your doing well..I am a person that needs accountabilty too..it keeps me going in the right direction emoticon emoticon

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LHLADY517 8/6/2012 10:03PM

    "Accountability for me is key." So true.
Rest well

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Looking for 1 Spark Buddy ready to loose 100 lbs. and won't accept or give any excuses.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

I know the title sounds harsh. I have been on Spark almost 1 year. The support has been phenomenal, I did have success but I have recently fell down and rolled to the bottom of the hill and need to start on my way again. As my Spark Anniversary approaches I'm tempted to delete my page. I'm embarrassed as well as mad at myself. What's stopping me it that I know the tools and friends in Spark is what will help me reach my goal. I'm looking for someone who is near my age (49) and ready to live life to the fullest. I have been blessed with pretty good health despite sabotage to myself. You can look over my Spark page to know me better if you are interested. We are all so good at supporting each other when we fall. We are great at applauding success. These are some of the things I love about Spark. There is so much expertise here from real people. But I'm looking for 1 person to set goals with me and help me be accountable. I will do the same for you. I'm tired of my own excuses. I'm tired of a closet of fat clothes and clothes I hope I can wear again. I'm tired of struggling to tie my shoes in a graceful manner. I'm tired of thinking oh my gosh when I look at my picture. I want to dance. I don't want to be the heaviest person in the room. I don't want to be the classmate that "use to be hot". I want to wear shorts. I want to tuck my shirts in. I want to shop in the cute clothes stores. I want to look great at my childrens' future weddings. I want my husband to think "Wow my wife is beautiful". I want to love my body. I'm pretty much a positive person who has a great life but my weight is holding me back from being all that I can be. It you feel the same about yourself and want to be my virtual health and fitness buddy let me know. I need someone who is also ready to give up the excuses and who is looking for solutions. emoticon

  
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JENNA54 8/7/2012 6:29PM

    I am so glad you are not giving up! Reading your blog I felt I was reading about myself. I have been at my goal weight in the past, but I have never been able to keep the weight off. I know I can do it but I let things get in the way of success. I have been with SP for over 18 months and I have lost the same 10 lbs over and over again. I am sick of myself at times! At the moment I am doing well and seem to have got into better habits and I am very hopeful that at long last I am learning to add a bit of self discipline into my eating. I have a long way to go still, but I am trying to break the journey down into 10 lb chunks. SP has been amazing - the blogs the advice and the support are so motivating. We can all do it together - good luck, and I'm with you every tortuous step of the way.

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WILDFLOWERMA 8/2/2012 10:49PM

    Count me in! At 29, I was overweight by 30 lbs and lost that. By the time I was 35, I weighed 225 lbs and lost 60 and also became very fit from kickboxing so felt great. I am now 43 and weight 268 lbs (down from nearly 290). I want off this horrible weight gain rollercoaster, so I'm simply focusing on putting good things in my body and moving more. Let's cheer each other on. I plan to check out the SSS also.

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MENNOLY 8/2/2012 7:46PM

    You know you can do it! It takes consistency and persistence. Being honest with your self and not making excuses. The Seriously Special Sparkers is a great team for checking in. Welcome! I came to your page because of your water comment. Yes we drink a lot of water. When you exercise as much as we do you absolutely crave the water.. I thought I was done at 11 today but as I sit here typing I am working on 13. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CRYSALLIS1 8/2/2012 8:13AM

    These measures are helping so much. emoticon emoticon

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CLAIREINPARIS 7/31/2012 9:04AM

    I am very glad you found a team you liked. Joining a team or a challenge was the first thing I thought about as I read your blog, as people there tend to have clear goals and to be even stronger at encouraging each other than other Sparkfriends!
Like you, I want to succeed. I have looked for the solutions and I think I have found the ones that work for me, but the situation is complicated... I cannot just eat less, exercise more and see what happens next unfortunately (although I do that as much as possible!). Yet, I do hope that one day soon it will be as 'simple' as that for me.
Go Crysallis go, I look forward to encouraging you and seeing your success!!! emoticon

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CRYSALLIS1 7/31/2012 12:02AM

    Thank you for all your support everyone. I'm going to try Seriously Special Sparklers. I would very much appreciate tough love for this part of the journey. The group is small enough that accountability is possible. I absoulutely love Spark & my friends.The understanding and support is phenominal. But I am at the point that I feel lost in a big univeristy. I need someone ready to call me out if I'm sleeping in class. If you are serious I think that the group will accept you too. I'm ready for a NO EXCUSE Approach. I plan to listen, learn, do the work (eat right and exercise), turn in the homework (record food and fitness) and take the tests (weight & measurement). I feel very good about this decision. emoticon

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SUNFLOWERGAL40 7/30/2012 11:20PM

    Did the same emoticon roll over you too? I just posted a blog the other day about how discouraged I was and tired of hiding and quitting. I am in my 40s and need to lose about 80 pounds. I would love to check in with you daily and hold you accountable! I'll kick your butt if you'll kick mine!

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CHLOE453 7/30/2012 9:32PM

    I think you may have lots of support on this one....my blog today also is very similar. emoticon Count me in, the more support the better (especially when I have more than 100 lbs to lose). emoticon Kelly

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BRENDABUNNY 7/30/2012 9:12PM

    Wow your blog looks almost like the blog I wrote today...feel free to go to my page and read it..I would welcome being your sparkfriend emoticon emoticon

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THINNYGINNY 7/30/2012 4:17PM

    I am going to second the recommendation for seriously special sparkers - it is great for daily accountability - most of us there are REALLY serious about getting the weight off through healthy eating and exercise....lots of women on there older than me who shame me by working out harder than me - come join us!

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MOMFAN 7/30/2012 1:06PM

    I am working on it all over again. I understand. I lost the 100 in 2009 and have gained almost all back in the last three years. I am going down finally and able to finally stick to the healthy lifestyle once again, but it has been a real struggle getting back on track. Check me out.

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PEPPYPATTI 7/30/2012 10:55AM

    I myself do not have that much to lose but I have a team set up for others that you might be interested in called the Seriously Special Sparkers. If you cannot find it just go to my page. This team consists of strictly accountability. How many waters did you drink?, your exercise & whether or not you tracked your meals & where you ended up. No room for spark points or how is your weather, just the basics. And we are a very supportive small group. Come check us out. If this is not to your liking & you would still want a friend for accountability, I am always here for you!
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EFFIEANNIE 7/29/2012 8:12PM

    This is the right place. Hope you can find someone in the right age and weight group. That sounds like a great plan. You can encourage each other every step of the way. Good luck.

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Vacation-Old Me vs New Me

Thursday, June 14, 2012

emoticonEat anything & everything. emoticon Eat healthy.
emoticon Exercise later. I'm on vacation. emoticon Yeah! more time to fit in exercise.
emoticon I'm on vacation. I'm going to sleep in. emoticon I'm going to get up early so I can fit in a morning bike ride.

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emoticon I can do it and so can you!

  
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EJOY-EVELYN 6/15/2012 5:56PM

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Hope you see some great new sights, too!

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EFFIEANNIE 6/15/2012 7:21AM

    Wonderful changes to make and so much better for you. Enjoy your vacation!

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