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Hellooooooo 320s!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Hi Everyone,

I had my weigh in today and the scale said 329.8

Technically it's still 330, but in my mind, it's 329! I haven't seen 329 or have been in the 320s in four years now! I'm so excited! I haven't been exercising due to personal reasons, but I have been watching what I eat. I have a very long way to go, but my motto is, "One step at a time, One day at a time". And more good news, I've been taken off my acid reflux medicine! There has been the occasional time where I'll feel the acid coming on, and I'll take a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with some water, and in less than 10 minutes, it's gone.

I'm not labeling myself anymore, when it comes to vegan, vegetarian, etc. My plan is to eat mostly vegetarian, but a day or two a week, have only chicken or fish. So far, that's been great. I don't feel deprived of anything. I have a feeling though somewhere in the future, I'll go back to only eating fruits and veggies and plant based proteins, but for now, the foods I've been eating work for my body. I'm learning now not to put labels on myself, just do wonderful things to help my body inside and out.

What about you guys? Have you put labels on yourself, but soon after realised labeling isn't what you thought it was?

Take Care Everyone, and Have a wonderful rest of the week!

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PYNETREE 9/12/2013 9:32AM

    Great! You are doing the work, and seeing the results!
Keep looking Forward..that is the direction you are headed!
Don't Look back, you've been there, and don't want to go back!

emoticon I am right behind you. At 333, and I want to see 329 by the end of Sept. So we can only go Forward..no Back sliding..Eat Smart!


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NANCY- 9/12/2013 8:48AM

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I love that you are celebrating and in more ways than one. First the weight and second that you do not have labels. Sometimes labels do help define, but living a healthy lifestyle and what works for you is key.

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MLLEMINOU 9/12/2013 4:41AM

    CONGRATS!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RRBSKI 9/11/2013 9:43PM

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MARYJ1959 9/11/2013 5:01PM

    Congrats on your success. FYI - if you use the metric system you weigh 149.5 (kg) - hope that makes your day.


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MAVERICK59 9/11/2013 3:59PM

I know how good that feels!

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Birthdays, Holidays, Cakes, Pies Oh My! Nutrition Update.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Hi Everyone,

In my last blog post, I blogged about having a nutrition appointment. I had that today, unfortunately, I had to reschedule. But the good news is that I still have time before the appointment to lose a little weight. I've been side tracked a little and stopped working out since yesterday. But I'm not beating myself up about it. That's actually a positive thing, because in the past, I would have threw in the towel when I didn't exercise and say to myself, "I'll start back next month". Difference is now, when I stop for a day, I get back up the next day and continue my workouts. I'm proud so far. I hope it gets better.

Today and the rest of the year(certain days), my Mom, Brother and his family and close relatives, have placed their bids in on what I should make for upcoming birthdays and holidays. Sometimes I feel like their the saboteurs, but their my family and I love them. And I don't mind making desserts. It's a hobby of mine and I love baking and decorating. When I'm not at school(I've taken a little break from college). What about you guys? Do ever bake desserts for birthdays, holidays or anytime of the year? Do you sometimes feel like the desserts are tempting?

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NANCY- 9/6/2013 9:08AM

    WTG for honoring the commitment to yourself. One of my mantras is "every moment is a chance to begin anew. " We don't have to wait, we can begin again right now. I didn't exercise yesterday morning, so I went to the pool last night.
I have cut way down on my baking and have starting showing my love by offering experiences. For her birthday, my sis and I went to the art museum to see a Tiffany exhibit.

Sure I still make stuff, but try to find healthy stuff to bring in balance, reduce frequency and amount of treats. Sure it is fun to create, but now I find creative ways to have fun together.

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SUSIEMT 9/6/2013 12:05AM

    I like to bake once a year at Christmas time. I will bake my favorite cookies and take them along for the family Christmas dinner, eat what I want and leave the rest. I see nothing wrong with baking those special treats for your family members, just make a plan and work them into your calorie allowance by cutting down on what you eat a few days ahead of time. Portion control is key. You might even confide in the person you have baked for that you want them to portion your slice out to you so you don't have to go near it again. I found that if I have Thoms1 cut my slice and give her specific instructions about keeping me away from it it is a great reminder of my successful journey. She's a jewel! Good luck and enjoy! Good question!
Also if and when I fail I make a point of dusting those crumbs off and getting right back on track!

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THOMS1 9/5/2013 6:05PM

    Sure I bake desserts for get together s and yes they are very tempting but we don't have get together everyday or every week so I plan for what I am going to eat and that includes cakes and pies, bars and what not. We always have to remember portion control. emoticon

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My Goals for September

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Hi Everyone!

I thought I'd write my blog for the month of September.

My favorite seasons are the fall and winter seasons. I love the cool autumn breeze, the leaves changing colors and falling off the trees. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

This month in September, I have a nutrition appointment this week and I'm very nervous, but excited. I just want to say that I love Sparkpeople and my Spark friends very much and you guys support. We are all here for not only ourselves, but for each other as well! In writing this blog, I wanted to share with you guys my goals for the month.

Goals for September:
1) Make sure I have breakfast every morning. No waiting until lunch time to eat.
2) Get out of the 330s and into the 320s. (I've longed for this forever!)
3) Do AT LEAST 10 mins of exercising/fitness, 4 to 6 times a week.
4) Work on making a collage (I still don't know how to do an online one, or look for pictures)
5) Change my Sparkpage to a fall season like pattern.

These are my goals for the month of September. My weigh in is tomorrow. I hope to have lost some weight, I've never lost 20lbs before. However, whether I've gained, lost or have not lost any weight, I'm very proud of myself of the accomplishments, I've made since the end of July.

Take Care Everyone, and Have A Happy September! emoticon

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RIGEIN24 9/2/2013 10:35AM

    I love autumn too! I'm so happy it's finally here.

You could search Google for photos, or Pinterest. Just type in a subject like fitness or health or whatever would fit the theme of your collage, and save them to a designated folder on your computer. There are image editing programs that you can use to compile all the photos together, but I'd work on a collection first. After that if you want some help putting the collage together I'll be glad to assist you!

Let us know how the appointment goes and keep up the great work.

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NANCY- 9/2/2013 7:49AM

    Great doable goals. Your blog made me think.
Do you have a time for breakfast? There is lunchtime, dinnertime, and suppertime, but have you heard of breakfast time? Setting a time for breakfast and having it preplanned has helped me do breakfast.
Enjoy working on your September goals.

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Eating "heavy"food out of control(But not beating myself up about it)/WATP Workout

Sunday, August 11, 2013

For the last two weeks maybe three, I haven't been the best at eating healthy. I've been eating nothing but tacos, spaghetti, raisin bran and applesauce, in addition to pastries. I feel disgusted with myself, but I'm not beating myself up about it. I haven't felt bloated or anything. I just feel like crap after I've eaten something heavy. Don't get me wrong, I've been eating fruits and vegetables here and there on a budget when we can afford it, but when those fruits and vegetables leave the house, I'm back to eating "junk" I don't want to.
We don't have a local farmers market near by, but we do have an Aldi's Grocery Store, I've been wanting to check out. Never been there.

How do you guys face different food challenges? How do eat healthy when your on a budget or when there's nothing healthy to eat?

I have been exercising anywhere from three to four days a week using Walk Away The Pounds by Leslie Sansone. I can only do the 1-Mile Walk for now. The name of the DVD is "4 really big miles". I've been doing this DVD workout since August 2nd, off and on. I'm surprised I can keep up! One step at a time.

Starting tomorrow, I'm going back on my healthy eating journey. I feel much more better and energetic when I do. The last several weeks, I've felt very sluggish and brain fog, all behind the food choices I've made. How do you begin eating more fruits and vegetables?

Take Care and Have A Good Week!

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DREAMMIIND22 8/12/2013 2:58PM

    Thank You all so very much for your kinds words and advice!

I'm kicking my pastry problem to the curb! lol lol Like you guys have said, it's better and cheaper to get a 1lb bag of carrots under two dollars than a big bag of chips at that price. You'll have a lot more carrots than chips. I shouldn't use my excuse for eating sweets to cover up on fruits and vegetables. I can take that same price for those sweets and use that towards getting fruits and veggies on sale.

What do you guys think about using frozen spinach in place of fresh spinach in smoothies? I think it's a great way to save money. Never tried frozen spinach in a smoothie, but would LOVE to!

I've kicked a lot of bad habits away, that were affecting my body. I like the WATP workouts so far. I can't keep up, but I do just the same amount as Leslie and her walkers on the tape.


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.DUSTY. 8/12/2013 2:41PM

    You said you've been "eating nothing but tacos, spaghetti, raisin bran and applesauce, in addition to pastries".

If for some reason, during a period of time that's all you have there's no reason why you can't have 1 taco, a serving of raisin bran, applesauce and pasta. Of course I'd leave out the pastries:) There's no need to just give in to it all.

When it comes down to it, it's all about the calories. It's best to have fruits and vegs of course, but like I said if there are a few days during the month when you don't you can still measure and count calories of what you do eat.

Don't let being on a budget be an excuse. There are always work-arounds. SparkPeople has lots of articles you can read too.

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LOSTLIME 8/12/2013 12:28PM

    emoticon I live on a tight budget. I buy fresh veggies and fruit that are on sale. I use them first and then go for the frozen fruit and veggies. I do have some canned if I run out of the frozen but I don't like them as much. I know that I don't always eat enough veggies but I do try. Hang in there. Don't get discouraged. Just keep your portions
on the right track. You'll start seeing small results.

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THOMS1 8/12/2013 10:06AM

    Check out the Aldi's. We have one about 15 minutes away and their fruits and veggies are very reasonable. What's with the pastries? When you can't afford the so called healthy food then go with portion control.

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NANCY- 8/12/2013 8:43AM

    Congrats for sticking with it.
WATP is great stuff. You are doing great!

As for the food. Actually I think the fruits and veggies are cheaper. Yes I did say that. I can buy a pound bag of ready to eat baby carrots (organic even) for under two dollars. A bag of chips costs more and does not last as long.
Some produce may seem expensive, but when you think about it ... it really isn't. I buy Persian cukes for our lunches, costs about the same as a bag of good cookies. One orange or lemon sliced into a jug of water costs less than soda.
Frozen works well too. I got a package of kale for 99 cents. That with a can of beans 89 cents and 4 small sweet potatoes is dinner for 4. My guys put salsa on top, I sprinkle nutritional yeast( it took me 4 months before I bought it, tastes sort of like parm cheese)

Give yourself credit , you are making changes. I slowly switched out my purchases and made the investment in myself. As time goes on you will find it is easier to eat on a budget and find what works for you. I'm excited... grapes 99 cents a pound this week... yum frozen grapes.

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XCLOSED 8/11/2013 10:37PM

  yeah, it's hard but I discovered it makes a huge difference if I buy the sale freggies and supplement from freezer/cupboard if I have to. I do my freggies first, then fill in the rest. Year round, I've found Costco to consistently have the least expensive frozen berries. We don't have a Sams. And it's a big bag but goes far... I watch for the canned specials on coupon at Krogers. It all helps!

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DREAMMIIND22 8/11/2013 7:56PM

    81MSMITH1 and JOYOFMYLIFE, Thanks! Silly Me! lol I totally forgot about frozen fruits and veggies. In our household, it's better to get frozen produce than fresh because, like you guys said, it saves more on your budget and frozen is just as good as fresh.

A few years back, I used to add frozen berries to my smoothies and oatmeal as well.

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JOYOFMYLIFE 8/11/2013 7:38PM

    It is very expensive to buy fresh fruits and veggies. I am not on a really tight budget but I do have the challenge that I really only shop once or twice a month. When I do go shopping I get fresh produce that is a good deal and I buy what I can use in just a few days so it doesn't go bad. What I do to compensate for fresh produce is stock my freezer with frozen veggies and fruit. They say it is just as nutritious as fresh. I love frozen berries in smoothies and cooked in oatmeal. emoticon

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81MSMITH1 8/11/2013 6:22PM

    I don't know what your grocery budget is like. I spend $40 a week max on groceries for one person.

I am all about the reduced items -- reduced vegetables, reduced fruit, reduced meat. I also freeze everything I can. If it is a big bag of reduced vegetables I take them home and keep some out for the week and freeze the rest.

I find the reduced produce saves me a lot of money and then I can still buy things like milk and cheese (when it is on sale) and stay within my budget. If I didn't like dairy so much, I might be able to spend less, but so it is.

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Our bodies are like a cars.....

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Earlier today was not a good. But I feel okay now. After a few weeks of no fast food, I ordered two tacos and a plain chicken sandwich, which ended up being my late breakfast. A few hours later, I suffered from dizziness and headaches. emoticon

I KNEW it was the fast food and in addition to the fast food, I had a small soda and some chocolate. All which I knew caused my ill feeling today. I told myself, "No More, No More. I see it now". And I do see it now. I see what we put into our bodies can really affect our health. I also did a trial and error over the last few months. I've noticed that when I eat foods, I know my body doesn't agree with, I immediately feel ill and not right from it. When I put healthy things into my body, I feel energetic, positive, overall healthy. I know what my body can and cannot tolerate and my body doesn't like fast food, junk food, dairy, gluten, etc. I'm starting my exercises again soon, maybe Sunday. Overall, I've learned our bodies are like cars. What we put into them, can have a totally different output. Put gas into a car, it runs and runs. Put anything other than gas, and it won't budge. Same with our bodies, when we make healthier choices and lifestyle changes, we run and run. Other choices we make, and we don't have the energy. I really see it now. And hopefully, I will stick with it this around. I have my entire life ahead of me, I would like to inspire others.

I've been interested in doing yoga, but I'm 300s plus pounds. Does Yoga offer the same benefits as regular exercising?

WE CAN DO THIS! emoticon

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JOYOFMYLIFE 7/4/2013 5:29PM

    I love your attitude and I am also trying to learn from trial and error....lots of error. emoticon My problem is that nothing really disagrees with me or makes me sick, but too much makes me fat and too much fat makes my body uncomfortable and painful.
I just do the best I can each day and keep pluggin' along. emoticon

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NANCY- 7/4/2013 10:43AM

    For me yoga offers another way to increase flexibility and strength. It also helps quiet my mind. I haven't watched all of the following, but it my give you an idea:
Just My Size Yoga
As with all new things be patient with yourself as you learn this. BTW breathing is a skill in yoga. :)
I love your spirit of exploration... you willingness to seek out the new. Enjoy your journey.

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RIGEIN24 7/3/2013 11:44PM

    Love the car analogy.

Yoga increases your flexibility which is important in an exercise regime, but I don't think it should replace strength training and cardio altogether. A comprehensive workout should include all three. Most of all though, finding things you enjoy doing is the first step toward success! Get adventurous and experiment.

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MJ7DM33 7/3/2013 9:07PM

  Thx for the reminder!

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