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Two Years at Goal !!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010


Today I'm celebrating 2 years since reaching my weight loss goal !!! I bought myself a new stability ball and 2 Leslie Sansone DVD's as a reward. I used one of the DVD's this morning, another gift to myself.

The past year proved to me that I've got my emotional eating under control, with a series of stressful events, worries, concerns, etc popping up one right after the other since last year about this time. In the past I would have eaten for comfort and out of nervousness. But not this time. It was a true test and I passed.

Changes I've made since starting this journey ---

eating more fruits & veggies
drinking a lot more water
eating more fiber, more grains
smaller portion sizes
no second servings
no daily dessert
fewer sweets (although I still need work on this)
less between meal snacking
no eating in front of the TV
more vegetarian meals - no beef

regular exercise as tolerated
strength exercises (something I'd never done before)

My original motivation for losing weight and becoming more active was for pain control. That never happened. Just the opposite. My pain level increased, especially when sitting. That was disappointing but I've gotten past that and I've learned to work around it. I won't give up my new found healthy lifestyle. This is for the rest of my life.

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PATHUMPHRIES 3/11/2010 1:56PM

    TWo years is fantastic. Gives me hope I can do this. Congratulations.

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PSYCHABOO 3/11/2010 12:36PM

    Congrats! Keep up the great work!

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This week's plan

Monday, March 08, 2010

Plan for this week -

Exercise - at least 30" of cardio at least 4 days this week
strength exercises at least twice this week

Eating plan - continue with the food journal, recording calories, fiber, fruit/veg servings,
sweets servings - most days this week
really pay attention to my sweets urges, triggers, etc

Thursday will be 2 years at goal! I'm going to buy myself a new exercise DVD and stability ball for my reward (should have replaced the ball a while ago when I got notice it was recalled for bursting danger).

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MEGANC1988 3/8/2010 12:23PM

    Congrats on being 2 years at goal! That's awesome!

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FITMARY 3/8/2010 12:03PM

Two years at goal isn't a milestone. It's a new life! Hurray for you!

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JENNNVA 3/8/2010 12:01PM

    What a great plan! By paying attention to what triggers the sweets you may just learn what the pattern is. It's amazing to see when you start really paying attention! Congrats on 2 years at goal! That's an awesome accomplishment!

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Mostly better

Sunday, February 21, 2010

My Mom's having a small flare right now, possibly from adding some questionable foods back into her diet. Her doc increased her med the other day and it seems to be helping. I suggested she keep track of what she eats and if it causes any problems so she's going to do that using a notebook. She has confidence in her doc so her spirits are pretty good. She's keeping in close contact with the doc.

Except for some worry about my Mom I'm less stressed. We're dealing with the sudden loss of Charlie by lavishing attention on Cosmo, and he's loving it. His FLUTD seems to be in control, his energy level is back up and he loves his new special diet. Financial stresses are also settling down.

I'm better able to focus on my exercise/eating plan, with a few slip ups here and there, but overall back on track. I'm 2 pounds above my maintenance weight range but confident that won't be for long. I'm finishing week 3 of the 28 day program from The Spark book. It's a good refresher for me.

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FITKAT2010 2/21/2010 4:27PM

    Good news all around. Watch those slip-ups.

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One day at a time

Thursday, February 04, 2010

I talked to my Mom yesterday, and she's feeling so much better. We talk every few days. All my stress began with her illness in November. We were so worried about her. She was hospitalized for severe anemia from weeks of bloody diarrhea that her GI doc was not addressing. She finally saw a second GI doc who admitted her immediately for blood transfusions, iron infusions, emergency colonoscopy and endoscopy. She was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and put on a ton of new meds and a special diet. As of today she's only on one new med, is increasing her diet to regular as tolerated, regaining some of the weight she lost, and is in remission.

Another stress had a worse ending. My 6 year old kitty was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor of his leg and we made the difficult decision to put him to sleep, as this tumor would metastasize and reappear any time, anywhere in the body. As a result of losing him, his buddy developed feline urinary disease, from the stress. Fortunately we caught it quickly and he's doing much better now. He was on my lap this morning, purring and napping, and I felt peaceful for the first time in months. I realized that helping him deal with missing his buddy and with his illness is helping me too.

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FUNNINFIT 2/4/2010 9:10PM

    so sorry to hear about all your stressors, but glad that you've got your mom on the mend!

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Need a re-Spark

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

It's been a difficult few months for me. Since mid November I've been dealing with a long list of stresses, one right after another, piled on top of each other, that have dimmed my Spark. Most of the stresses have been resolved, some in a good way, others not so much. Most of the time I did follow my maintenance plan, but some days I had no energy or desire to exercise or make healthy choices. I was so preoccupied and weary that I considered quitting my teams. I knew that wasn't a good choice but I'm a very private person and not one to reach out for help. I still feel a little disconnected and need to get focused back on my program.

In spite of it all I did manage to stay in my maintenance range most of the time, going above 2-3 pounds at times. My plan is to restart the Spark Diet this week and use that to get myself 100% back on track.

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FITKAT2010 2/2/2010 2:26PM

    I do understand about being a private person. And, I understand the reasons behind it. All centered around fear. Consider how that is totally connected to feeling un-sparked and the amount of stress that you are dealing with on your own.

Consider reaching out to others. You might just be surprised at what happens.

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CHLOIANNA 2/2/2010 11:36AM

    When so much is going on in your life, it's hard to focus on your own needs. Hopefully things will have settled down now and you can get on with things. Good luck.

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