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2012 vs 2013

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I cannot beleive 2012 is almost gone. Soon, we will have the holidays upon us, and all of those temptations. There will be parties starting with Halloween, Thanksgiving, for friends and family, Christmas and then New Years. Ok, my friends lets not start 2013 with regrets, lets not look back on 2012 as not productive to our weight loss, or health goals. NO MORE EXCUSES!! What would like to be different for you in 2013? I would like to reduce my BMI from obese to overweight as my goal for the next 90 days!!

  
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KNEWMETODAY 10/26/2012 7:03PM

    Each year is a new journey--new experiences, some new friends, some new goals--and for 2013, I would really hope to be able to achieve my weight goal. This year I've seen my BMI move into the obese column from morbidly obese and I hope by year's end to have lost 52 lbs--(av. 1 lb./wk). It looks funny in print...goals that I've never spoken out loud.

Enjoy your holidays in a very healthy way, always moving you closer to your goals.

Kathy

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The Ups and Downs of a Journey

Friday, August 17, 2012

Wow, where has these past 11 months gone to…it just seems like yesterday that I started on my journey for better health. I have not lost a lot poundage to date it is a 29 pound loss and unsure about inches since I did not measure but I sure its in the excess of 15 or more. I am a dedicated walker but I have had many detours off my eating plan. However, these past 11 months have made me a healthier person and a happier person than I have been in the last 15 years or more. This way of life has allowed me to live instead of existing. I am trying things out of my comfort zone, I will be participating in an 8K walk/run next month and I am pumped about that event. So, the purpose of this journal is if anyone has doubts about continuing on the Journey, everyone has set backs and has detours but the main thing is to never give up….NEVER!!!

  
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KNEWMETODAY 8/20/2012 4:41PM

    emoticon I think a common mistake is thinking that the changes we make will result in marvelous, instant success. We all experience success in stages--rarely in the speedy fashion we dream about. The one thing I knew when I started Spark was that this time was going to be different; it was going to be done right. My expectation is that I will lose slowly because it's the best way to get where I want to be. I have given up on any "quick fix" and have accepted the fact that a life change is the only way I will achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.


Kathy

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OLDIESLOVER 8/19/2012 11:56AM

    I agree with never giving up, though there've been times I have. As long as we pick ourselves up and keep moving forward, we will one day reach our goals! Great blog! emoticon

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CAKAROO 8/18/2012 9:13AM

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NEW-PAMELA-BERG 8/17/2012 5:07PM

    Thank you for reminding me that detours do not mean it's time to g ive up. I am trying hard to stay on track and stress is my trigger. I need to hear/see/read daily to remind me the journey isn't about a good day or a bad day, it's about the life time journey.
Best wishes.

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Holding a Pity Party

Monday, August 06, 2012

I have been living the low carb lifestyle for almost a year. However, I have not been very successful. I have had minimum success with a 23 pound loss, which is better than weighing in now at 240 or higher. I cannot imagine eating another way, due to the amount of energy I have now. I had many slips along the way, which has deterred my weight loss goals. So, I feel like now I have reached the fork in the road, because I have been faithful to the way of eating and have not lost a pound in 2 months. However, my waist has gone from a 40 to a 38 but this could be cause by walking 25 days last month an average hour a day. Even at my age, I feel that I should be losing at least 1 pound a week or more. However, my friends advise due to the extra walking I could be adding muscle. So today, I am having a pity party because I am frustrated. Can I really lose this weight? Am I always going to be stuck at 203? What do I have to do to lose this weight that I have not done? Do I continue on this Journey? emoticon

  
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OLDIESLOVER 8/15/2012 7:54AM

    You will get there. Don't give up. Those setbacks are just that, setbacks. You haven't given up and that's what counts! I agree about the muscle weight. I think our legs carry the bulk of our muscle weight, or so it seems anyway. I'm sure you probably are adding leg muscles. And down a size! I can hardly wait to join you in that feat! WTG! :D

Editing this to say: There is a fellow on youtube who has been on low-carb for several years now. His user name is Bowulf. He has lots of low-carb cooking videos to give people new ideas so they can stick with it. Some of his cooking ideas may keep things fresh for us.

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CAKAROO 8/7/2012 6:11AM

    don't give up!! emoticon

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CCORWIN1 8/6/2012 8:44PM

    Feeling your frustration!! Was on track things were goin good lost 25lbs and then life got in the way. It is still in the way but I am trying to work around it. No lbs lost but you lost a pants size so that's a plus. keep going and maybe do what others suggest and switch up your work out a little bit, it will get better. you are an inspiration to me and the first person to welcome me to the spark nation. We will get through this lady. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CINDYSDAY 8/6/2012 5:49PM

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MICHELLEGEORGE1 8/6/2012 12:43PM

    Been there and done that! You're plateauing, and the only way to work through the plateau is just keep plugging along. However, what I would recommend (and what has worked for me) is to switch up your exercise - walking is great but now you need to boost it up a notch so that your body recognizes that you're still in weight loss mode. Have a look around for something else you can do to mix things up. Go to a dance class, maybe find a pool and swim once or twice a week, what about yoga, pilates, or you can even add a minute or two of running to your walking routine... anything to change up your movement to shock your body back to do what you want it to do!

Something you could try with your diet, instead of concentrating strictly on low carb, what about low sugar? It's amazing the amount of sugars that are in foods when you're consciously looking for them. Google "glycemic index" and you'll find a list of the foods that have a high glycemic number and try avoid them... my goal is to eat those foods that are rated 55 or lower on that scale, when you regulate your blood sugar, you body seems to operate more efficiently and you have less cravings. If you need a better guideline, the south beach diet plan helped me immensely, I started back on June 4th and have lost 25lbs so far, before I started with that, I could only manage 9 lbs over 3 months.

I hope this helps! Good Luck!

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ITSGONNABME 8/6/2012 12:31PM

    No Pity no Party!!! Think of what you have gained. Confidence, and at one point the motivation to continue. It has been proven by some doctor or another that we may not see the numbers on the scale go down but inches will go first. And you are seeing those results!!! CONGRATULATIONS. Muscle definitely weighs more than fat so you may be gaining muscle and not seeing the scale moving but the plus side to that is that the muscle burns fat the more you build the more you burn. Keep it up because you are inspiring!!!! emoticon

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Cart before the Horse

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I just realize that I have been at the same weight for about 2 months. This is of course due to my choices. I have been losing and gaining the same pounds over and over. It seems like when I try to set a goal for a 5 pound weight loss in 3 weeks; I always end up gaining the 5 pounds. I have a vision of what I might look like under 200 pounds and someday I can imagine what it might feel like and it feels good. However, its like when I try to reach a goal, I self sabotage. Is it because, I am afraid of the success and the benefits of the loss, why can I not do this!!
I am still walking and keeping up the exercise otherwise I would be right back where I started, so I feel good about that, but I am disappointed in where I am right now. I am unsure about where I want to go, its like some of the motivation has left me deflated. I feel so much better on a low carb lifestyle as I truly believe that sugar is really evil in my body!!! In addition, I believe in the goodness of home cooking compared to fast food. So, I have got to gather my thoughts and refocus my attention on becoming a healthier person and the real reasons I want a healthier body. I have 2 grand kids who no longer has the love and support of their mother and only have a part time dad, so I want to always be the someone they can depend on. So, in order to do that I have to be around. Just writing this helps me to refocus on the true reason for a healthier lifestyle. Thanks for listening!!

  
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KNEWMETODAY 7/27/2012 11:21AM

    Which one of us has not chosen to sabotage ourself along this path? I think, in part, I have been afraid of success because I don't really know what that means. I know what my present condition is and how to live with it, but the rules change--or at least I think they do. In order to get "there" I must be willing to leave "here," and change has always been difficult for me. For me (and my GD and future grandchildern), I don't want to stay "here" any more, because I know "here" means I can't stay as long. Just don't give up.

Kathy

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NIKKICOLE83 6/12/2012 2:35PM

    I completely understand those same pounds coming and going. You feel like you are not progressing. But remind yourself that you not gaining. I'm happy that you see the true reason behind your healthy lifestyle. Your grandkids need you so even when it gets hard, tell yourself you are doing it for them. Don't think of three weeks ahead of time. Concentrate on what you can do today to help yourself. Good luck.

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The Light Bulb has been turned ON!!

Monday, May 21, 2012

I have lived a very healthy lifestyle for the past 8 days due to an a-ha moment. I know understand that passing up a pizza pie or an apple pie is not depriving myself in any way. I understand that I can live without eating sugars everyday. The way that I look at we are all spoiled with food choices, it is too easy today. Markets that stay open 24 hours, fast food 24 hours, even delivery to the house. Food is everywhere and any type of food you could ever want!! Certain foods should not be eaten everyday. I know understand that we can eat cake and ice cream on a celebratory day, but not every day not even every week. Growing up we only cake and ice cream on birthdays, which did not happen every week. But because we can now go to any market and get cake and ice cream , it is now part of our diet, it was not meant to be this way. I have been challenged these past 8 days with apple pie and ice cream, which I did taste but I was able to walk away. I have decided that by making the right choices today, it will help me to reach my goals for tomorrow. That I want to lose the weight more than I want that ice cream. When I am on the walking track and think about throwing in the towel, I always do one more for my overall health and usually that keeps me motivated to continue on to the finish line. I hope soon all my friends find there aha moment.

  


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