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Saturday, June 25, 2011

I put one cup of vanilla almond milk, a frozen banana, 1 tablespoon of cacao, 1 tablespoon of honey and froze them in the freeze. Oh so good and my husband even wanted him one.
Its fun to think up healthy alternatives to thinks that are too many calories or they do funny things to you like binging. I looked on Spark recipes and they have lots of raw desserts.
I like using agave nectar for sweeteners or honey. Honey is my favorite. A neighbor brought us some fresh squash and zucchini and they were wonderful. I chopped up an onion put lots of spices and olive oil and cooked for about 20 minutes. You can't beat fresh food. Another neighbor brought us some tomatoes. We have been enjoying bacon and tomato sandwich's.
They are so good. We had a garden last year and we really enjoyed it. This year we just don't have time. We are building a little log cabin in the woods on our place and we will move into it when we are through. We are doing all the work so it will probably take a year or so. We are just enjoying doing it at our pace. I wanted a special door and we hunted high and low for someone to make it out of cypress. We found a man to do it. I wanted big heavy hinges and straps half-way of the door, I wanted a speak-easy opening at the top, lion head knocker and black clavets on the instead of the door. We found a beautiful lock set that goes with it. It looks like an old door to a castle. Well it will be our little log castle. The ceiling in the living room are vaulted and I found the perfect chandelier for it. It is so much fun hunting for unique things. And the best part is we will have it paid for when we get through. We are only doing it as we can pay for it.

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 7/13/2011 4:59PM

    I just discovered vanilla almond milk! I don't use cow's milk. I am so excited about your log cabin! I dream about retiring to one...

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SRHALLIN 6/25/2011 9:24PM

    Building your own home is such an admirable endeavor; and so good for physical fitness. And, the added benefit is being able to make it as unique and fitting to one's lifestyle and personality as possible. Congratulations.

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JESSICA2140 6/25/2011 8:05PM

    Your cabin sounds so cool!! My grandparents have 2 "homemade" cabins in Michigan...that are 50 and 70 years old, and still kicking!! Your blog reminded me of them! :) Enjoy your cabin...the door sounds like it is going to be beautiful!!

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MOMTO3CUTEBOYS 6/25/2011 7:44PM

    This reminds me of my parents when I was younger. They bought the 15 acres first and paid it off then while doing that they saved up and paid for all the stuff for the house and my dad and papa built the whole thing. They have been house payment free since 1990.
I remember how fun it was back then picking out the stuff for my room. Now that I'm older I've enjoyed finding yard sale finds and painting them into something that is different and gives it a new look, so I know how much fun you must be having.

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No lose in four weeks!!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Its been four weeks and I have not lost a pound. Two weeks ago I upped my exercise to riding my stationary bike for 36 minutes and to weight lifting 25 minutes and my treadmill for 35 minutes. I put my calories up to 1500 to be able to do the exercise. Spark recommends eating more but I just can't do that yet. I have always lost weight on 1200 calories and I really don't know how to act eating this much. I am used to being punished for being over weight.
You must eat 1200 and eat stuff you really don't care for but it is diet food. You must be irritable and fainting, that way you know you will lose a lot. I have lost 100 pounds a couple of times and have not kept it off. I wonder why? I was on a diet. When I got off the staving I ate everything in sight and went back to fast foods and sweets. Wow, did I really think I would keep it off. Well this time I am changing my attitude about food. I eat what I like. I can have anything I want. I have to make wise choices. Will a couple of bites satisfy me? Why do I have to have the whole thing? The only thing I have given up is processed sweets. That was my choice. I have had plenty in my life so I don't think I will miss them. I do eat a little honey , 1 tablespoon. If I really want some ice cream I mix up a frozen banana and almond chocolate milk and freeze it and I have ice cream that is good for me and will not make me binge. If I want a sweet I eat fruit or mix a few nuts, honey and cocoa and freeze it and you have a sweet that is healthy. I don't want them often but they are there if I want them. I am learning for the first time to enjoy eating healthy. I feel so good. I feel like when I finish my exercise in the morning that I can do anything I set my mind too. I'm tired of fighting this weight. I want to eat and enjoy life and feel good about myself and for the last three months I have.
I know the weight will turn lose when my body feels like it should. I will continue eating like I am and doing my exercise. I know I did not get this big by eating 1500 calories and exercising so its no biggy that I have not lost in 4 weeks I will sooner or later. And if I never loss another pound I will continue eating 1500 calories and exercising and be happy with my life.
I know I will be a lot healthier.

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DANCINCAJUN1 6/23/2011 2:53PM

    I've had quite a few stalls ..... I now go in and see where I think changes are to be made ..... I've cut back on carbs somewhat and that did the trick ... takes a change every once in a while.


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SHEILAB64 6/23/2011 1:47PM

    That is frustrating. Do you have a food in your diet that you eat every day? One you don't think you could do without? If so, try not having that food for a week and see if that might make the scale move. I am a firm believer that our bodies will crave food that are not very good for us and eating them will stall us out. I have found through blood tests, that the food the tests say my body doesn't tolerate well is usually the food I don't think I can do without so now I just use that as my gage.

How are your measurements? You may just be redistrubting and gaining muscle.

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KWHITEHEAD9 6/23/2011 12:29PM

    happy you are doing so well....I have decided not to pay attention to the scale...I might go to weighing in only once a month or something because I get discouraged when I feel I should be down more... SP also had me increase my calories when I started exercising more so I haven't lost that much but I feel better and that is what is important.

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Two months-twenty-five pounds gone

Thursday, May 26, 2011

It's been two months since I started back eating healthy and exercising. I have got rid of 25 pounds of fat. It does not seem like a lot in the over scheme of things (165) pounds to go but I am thrilled. I am half-way to my first goal of 50 pounds. I can not bear to think of how much I am going to lose so I am taking it in 50 pounds increments.
I have been doing real good on my sweets. I stopped eating them Easter. I have not had any processed sweets. I have one tablespoon of honey most days. That is very satisfying to me.
I have been very calm these past weeks. Most of the time when I am dieting I am a nervous wreak. I would get very emotional if I did not lose like I thought I should. These last few weeks I have had no loss on some weeks, one pound on some but I figure my body will have to let go of this fat sooner or later if I keep on eating healthy, counting my calories and exercising. We go out to eat and we have made it a game to try and see what we can come up with that is low calories and healthy. I have tried things that I never thought I would try and was pleasantly surprised. I have tried more fruits and vegetables and I find the more natural your food the better it is.
I am coming to grips with what I have done to my body by overeating. I have stopped beating me up verbally and I have started thinking loving thoughts of me. I have made mistakes and I can blame no one for making me fat. Sure I had lots of things going on in my life that was not pleasant but hey life is going to throw you some bad times and I am learning you deal with it.
You don't binge. It sure does not make you feel better. So what if someone does not like it you are losing weight, that is their problem. I am who I am thin or fat. If you love me you take me as I am and if you don't well get on down the road I don't need you for a friend. I want to be encouraged and when I lose all this weight I want people to be happy for me that I have taken my life back.
Its been a great two months and I am looking forward to learning more and doing more.
Keep on Sparking.

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JLUVSHIKIN 5/30/2011 12:54AM

    Twenty five pounds!!! That is so awesome! Well done and keep up the good work!

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IAM_HIS2 5/26/2011 8:49PM

    so excited and happy for you... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DARKANGEL062 5/26/2011 5:26PM

    emoticonKEEP UP THE GREAT WORK...

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NIKKICOLE83 5/26/2011 4:55PM

    Anytime you get discouraged, just think about a big bag of dog food. THose are usually 25 pounds. DO you want that on your backside again? This is a marathon not a sprint and I am proud of you for reclaiming your life and those 25 pounds are MONUMENTAL. Those 25 pounds prove that you are physically able to change. GOod luck honey.

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CANBDONE 5/26/2011 3:30PM

    I have had similar experiences for the last month. It's been so freeing to be out of the food fog! I have 171 pds. to lose to reach my goal. I can't focus on that number...but I'm taking it in 5% increments. I'm accepting the place I'm in TODAY and taking the steps to narrow the gap to my goal. Let's do it together!

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The trip continues.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The trip is continuing. I have not had any sweets since Easter. I mean candy, cakes, ice cream or like that. I do have one tablespoon of honey a day. It keeps my allergies under control. I usually put it on my popcorn with a little cinnamon. I have been holding fluid this week for some reason. I may not be working out hard enough to sweat. I am watching my salt intake and cut back all the time. I gained four pounds this week. How? I ate the same calories, did the same exercise. I count all my calories. I guess I am holding fluid. I have lost 10 pounds overnight from fluid. Well I weigh on Thursday and I will just have to wait and see what next week brings. Its so weird. I will not lose anything one week and next week I'll lose five pounds. I know your weight fluctuates so I'm trying not to worry about it. I am eating healthy from now on and I know as long as I am counting my calories and exercising I will eventually lose this weight. I have made progress. Before I would get disgusted when I did not lose like thought I should and I would go off on a binge. I would get so hungry I could not stand it. Since I started this in April I have not done that. I understand my body is adjusting to my new life. No sugar is a biggie. My mind is clearer and I'm calmer. That is so nice.

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JLUVSHIKIN 5/19/2011 3:34AM

    There are many reasons why we gain fluid. Sometimes it has to do with our period. Personally, I can gain five pounds in a week, I hate it. Sometimes it is things we eat.
That is one of the reasons why blogging is so awesome. Even just using the note portion on our daily nutrition. Soooo many reasons.

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OPALRAIN 5/18/2011 12:32PM

    Yeah, the scale definitely fluctuates for me too!

I'm glad you're having the honey. We need a certain amount of carbohydrates in a day, and the honey cinnamon popcorn sounds like a great idea!!!

I'm glad you're seeing the results too.


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Monday, April 25, 2011

I have been reading everything I could find on addiction to sweets and there is a lot of research out there. I think I may have found out why I lose and gain like crazy. April 24, 2011
I promised myself no more candy, cookies, ice cream, cakes etc. I have been checking the milk, everything I eat and there is sugar in everything. No wonder we have problems with our weight. I guess I will get some sugar but I don't have to eat candy, cookies, ice cream etc.
I am going to try and watch what foods have sugar in them and how much and try to buy the one with the lowest sugar. Who knew my almond milk had 24 grams of sugar for each glass. And then you add all the extra sugar I don't need, and I wonder why my brain is in a fog, sugar overload. This all kind of feels surreal, me not eating sweets, this must be a dream. This morning as I sit doing my menu for the day I felt like I am on a new journey. I don't know what is around the corner. I don't know what to expect. I really do sound like an addict. My little world is turned upside down because of sweets. Get real!! I think I have more important things in my life than this. But wait, I am finding out about myself, finding out why I do what I do, that is important. If I can grow and be a better person and help others with what I find out, that is important. I have a compulsive personally, I think. I have always used a crutch it seems to me. I used cigarettes as a crutch. I put them down. I have used sweets as a crutch as far back as I can remember and now I am putting them down. Hey maybe I can stand on my on two feet and take responsibly for my actions. This still seems strange a grown women abscessing over sweets. The experts said you don't have withdrawals over sweets but I think I disagree. I'm having something.
Writing this blog helps. It lets you face a lot of things.
I think for a long time I have been punishing people for not accepting me as I am. Surprise, I did not hurt anyone but myself. Since I can remember its always been, be this size or I won't be proud of you, if you gain weight you can't have any new clothes, I won't put up with a over weight woman, etc. Its like will you love me at this size, this size, this size and on and on until I reached 340 pounds. Who did I hurt? What did I prove!! Now is the time to stand up and be proud of me, get healthy, have a loving spirit to help others and stop feeling sorry for myself, just do something positive for me.

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JLUVSHIKIN 4/25/2011 12:59PM

    Sounds like some awesome revelations for yourself! Keep up the great work and in finding the new you.
It's true just about everything has sugar in it. That's because a carbohydrate converts to sugar. Your body needs carbs (of course complex ones are best) Carbs are the primary energy source for your brain.
It's the added sugar in items (like beans? I mean really??) that are some mean culprits, along with candy, and cookies and cakes as well. I just want to remind you in your quest to rid your life of sugar to not neglect your brain of it necessary fuel!
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IAM_HIS2 4/25/2011 11:33AM

    You sure hit the nail on the head...sugar in everything. So that is why I make most of my own food. There is hope. There is a way. We just have to put our time and energy into it. We are worth it.

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