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Merry go round OR Roller Coaster? Both BAD when talking about weight loss!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Am I going round and round or up and down? Both are bad, as I have never seemed to have the kind of success I had hoped for with weight loss.

Why is it that while I can be successful in so many aspects of my life...this one has ALWAYS beaten me? I won't give up though. I will keep doing what I need to do to get this weight off...obviously what I did before GOT the weight off, I just can't ever KEEP the weight off...so, that will have to be where I put the most work!

I now have a new knee...arthritis, they say...but we all know that if my weight had been lower, chances are that I wouldn't have had to go through that surgery at the age of 57...so, before they start replacing any of parts of me...I'm going to do this...it can only help me in so many ways!!

Reply if you have some advice or comments, please! emoticon

That's me in the front of the kayak on the left...more of that...and maybe I WILL keep off the weight, huh?

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MARVEEME 4/30/2012 8:11PM

    Decide on your plan, plan your meals, work your plan, tweak your plan and begin again as you go along and see what works for you. Track everything. Try those new things you used to think you'd never eat, you will be surprised at some and build them into your life to be as normal to you as old bad habits.

If it wasn't food 100 years ago, it still isn't, so don't eat it!

We're right here with ya!

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MDMNINA 4/30/2012 1:54PM

    Of course you will get it off! And Kayaking is excellent exercise!

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Fallen off the SP train again and can't seem to get back on!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

It's been a LONG time now...and I can't seem to get back that initial feeling of "I can do this" that I had back when I joined SP. Everything was going along fine...and then stress and daily life took over -- husband's stroke along with other stressors...and I've never been able to get back to the place I should be!

I start posting what I eat each day...and stop around lunch time...I discuss walking with my friends ...and then don't do it. (I've used my bad knee as the excuse many times) I've now stocked the house with stuff I shouldn't have because my son is back living at home...honestly, I think I eat more of it than he does.

I know my health is suffering because of my inactivity and overeating...yet I'm not proactive like I should be!

Writing this down might help. When I posted what I ate, recorded my walks, wore a pedometer, and read the SP articles, I was successful! NEED TO DO THAT AGAIN...


A picture of me and my friend...FOOD!

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MARVEEME 6/2/2011 9:11AM

    How far are you from Effort, PA?

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IKINSPELGUD 5/12/2011 7:31PM

    I second Skeeter. In all seriousness, I think that would benefit you greatly. I went to counseling in college for a little while, and that's when I started to take more control of my life and eating habits.

You can do it, Diane! We believe in you. :-)

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SKEETER13887 5/11/2011 10:13AM

    I am going to be controversial and make the suggestion that you speak with a counselor. It doesn't have to be a psychologist or psychiatrist, but it should be someone competent to help you discover what is going on inside you. I AM NOT a certified counselor, but you sound so much like I did several years ago that it called out to me. I got into a place in my life where I didn't believe I deserved to be happy and I started some self-defeating habits. I couldn't talk to my close friends because I didn't want them to think less of me; I didn't want to "burden" them with my problems; and I didn't want to sound like a whiner. But talking to a professional gave me a bit of anonymity and I knew that I would not be judged. It truly helped. I will keep you in my prayers and hope you find some peace so that you can start finding that wonderful you again!


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Wise words from my son...

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Just started carpooling with my son to help defray the cost of gas. While that means I'm at school 1/2 hour earlier than usual and I stay one hour longer than usual at the end of the day, there have been positives. #1 -- not taking as much work home with me ...and #2 ...getting to know my 23 year old son Kurt better!!

He's gotten pretty wise in the years since high school...back when I had to check homework, and make sure he got to swim practice on time, and got the merit badges he needed to become an Eagle Scout...

He's now giving me some important advice. Kurt's very fit...and wants me to take better care of myself. He's not only commenting on what I can physically do to get myself healthier...but he's giving me reasons why I SHOULD PUT MYSELF FIRST!
Think I'll take his advice. Don't want to ever miss out on being there to see how my kids have turned out...Jamie, my daughter, has a great husband, amazing son and another son on the way. If I take better care of myself, I'll get to someday meet my son's future wife and children...and then he will see that I actually took his advice! Won't that be great!

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MDMNINA 3/17/2011 9:56AM

    Wonderful picture. Such a beautiful family. Enjoy your time with your son.

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SIRYN511 3/17/2011 9:08AM

    Being a mother it is always a tough thing to step back and put yourself first especially since it always seems like you are expected to take care of everyone else and then yourself.

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

OK...if this is what I would have to eat all the time, I would have NO PROBLEM with weight loss. But, unfortunately, most of the food I eat looks much more appetizing than this.

I have never understood my failure at maintaining a healthy weight. Heck, I can't maintain it, because I never reach it. I don't remember one time in my life when I was happy with my weight (except for one). At that time, I got there easily, with my doctor's help and with medication...REDUX...later, found to cause health problems and pulled from the pharmacy! How dumb was that? I should have realized it was too good to be true... And after I got off that medication, the weight came back.

I'm a reasonably bright woman...educated, hard-working...but I can't seem to make this work! The temporary good feeling caused by a plate of comfort food seems to be more important to me than the good feeling that comes from knowing that you're taking care of yourself...and you look pretty good!

I'm not giving up...I need to regroup...hoping that warmer weather will entice me to get back to walking and exercising.

And NO, I didn't eat that little bird in the picture. I'm only posing for this picture! (I said I was reasonably bright, right???)

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SCHNOOTIE 3/8/2011 9:58AM

    Wow, this one really gave me hiccups. What a gross picture. I am so glad I don't eat animals. Brrrr. Yes, food looks way too good, however I found that it doesn't all taste that great after all. So here is what I will do.... I will weig how much I love a food in order to eat it. If I just want to eat it because it looks good, well then I should pass it up for something else that I love. How about making veggies and fruits 75% of what I have on my plate? That is doable. And I love them, am just too lazy sometimes to cut them up and bring them out. Since I have today off. I will spend some time planning my meals for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, when I will work 12 hour shifts. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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IKINSPELGUD 2/20/2011 12:04PM

    P.S. That bird kebab looks gross. You're brave just taking a photo with it. Haha

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IKINSPELGUD 2/20/2011 12:04PM

    Hi Diane. I can understand how you feel, because I've felt the same way my entire life. I've never once been satisfied with my appearance or my weight. The weight didn't pile on overnight. It takes time and dedication to lose weight.
I would say the easier thing to do is to incorporate small changes into your diet and lifestyle. If you love comfort food (let's admit it, we all do), then substitute some of the ingredients. For example, homemade mac and cheese needs heavy cream. Instead of heavy cream, use soy cream. The flavor isn't any different and the taste is still delicious. :-)
Let's say you want to walk more, instead of sitting down to eat lunch at your desk (I know planning period and lunch time is precious for teachers), go for a stroll around the classroom. Lock the door. If the students bother you, tell them to talk to you before or after school.
Is there an indoor swimming pool in your neighborhood? That's a great way to exercise without freezing your buns off. You'll love it!
If you want, I can send you some links with some really nice comfort food recipes that have been modified.
If you need anything, feel free to message me. I'm here for you! emoticon

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Always re-starting, never getting close to the finish line!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Here I am in France earlier this month...eating normal portions...a little wine with dinner...walking EVERYWHERE.

Yet, when I come home...why do I always revert back to old habits...eating in front of the TV, snacking when I know I shouldn't, walking NOWHERE.

I'm an intelligent woman...in my 34th year of teaching. Yet, when it comes to taking care of myself, I'm doing an awful job of it.

I've lost the same 30 pounds so many times I've lost count. Got to realize that I'm worth it! We all need to realize that we're worth it!!

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IKINSPELGUD 2/4/2011 11:28AM

    Have you ever thought of hiring a personal trainer? Maybe someone outside your close circle of friends and family can give you the necessary motivation to lose the weight for good.

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RUNNER12COM 1/31/2011 1:49PM

    I blogged about this a while back, about how saying "starting over" may be a negative way to do it.


Hope this helps!


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IGSBETH 1/29/2011 12:06AM

    So true!

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GOFORGOLD50 1/28/2011 3:25PM

    I too always feel that I'm restarting. Lose some then gain some back, etc. It is a journey!! We just have to keep hanging in there and if it means re-starting every once in a while, so be it! At least keep re-starting and don't just stop!!

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CORRINEDD 1/28/2011 10:32AM

  Isn't that the truth, Diane. Rich & I have to travel somewhere to get back into walking but we're bound and determined to start some good, healthy habits this year and take care of ourselves. We are getting back into Weight Watchers and he's started back at the gym and has been good about working out. It's a start. Wish we lived closer so we could be walking buddies!!

YOU ARE DEFINITELY WORTH IT!!!! We want you healthy and around for a long, long time. We have so much fun together!!!

We have to keep trying. If I didn't try all those times to quit smoking, I never would have quit. It seemed to take forever but it finally happened, as frustrating and emotionally draining as it was. It finally paid off. Hang in there, Diane.

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JANEWATKINS 1/28/2011 10:27AM

    Yes, my friend, you ARE worth it. You are a physically beautiful woman, at whatever weight. So losing weight just couldn't make you a bit cuter. BUT it will make you healthier and ward off diabetes, heart disease and some forms of cancer. I just keep holding that up to myself. I need to remind myself of that just before I scoop up a large bowl of coffee ice cream (my personal weakness). Thanks for sharing and GO GET EM!

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