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Down 15 lbs in 3 weeks? Awesome:)

Monday, September 13, 2010

I weighed in for the Halloween challenge going on right now to lose 10% body weight in 10 weeks and I was psyched to see that I am just about halfway to my goal in 3 weeks. I am really happy to have found a challenge to help motivate me and keep me going. As it stands right now I am 2 lbs away from my lowest point in years so if I can successfully complete this challenge I will be comfortably beyond that.
I am really thankful to all the people who have taken the time to comment or message me. I have been trying to spend more time browsing blogs and spark pages lately, and trying to offer encouragement to others who are on a similar journey. I know how much it means to have the support of others. I hope that I can help to make a difference for someone who might need some words of encouragement to get through their day.

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DIANE2110 9/13/2010 9:22AM

    Way togo! Hope the last half is even more rewarding than the first. : )

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Why do we do it?

Saturday, September 11, 2010

I find myself wondering more and more lately, "Why do we poison ourselves day after day with foods that do nothing for us and chemicals that have been bundled up into a nice little food-like package?"
This is not an "I failed again" post, but rather one brought on by weeks of successful and healthy eating. It has become somewhat of an addiction for me to find just how many different nutrients I can put into my salad or how many healthy things I can include in a turkey sandwich. I have done a lot more research on the effects of foods and tried to incorporate some that were missing such as alfalfa sprouts, mustard greens, garlic, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, barley, and sweet potatoes to name a few. I avoid meats with added nitrites and check 100% Whole Wheat bread to see whether or not the word "enriched" precedes "wheat flour".
I don't usually spring for organic but if the price is similar (as it is on very rare occasions!) I will opt for that as well. This isn't because I am a health snob, but because I think there is something to the notion that the chemicals and hormones used to make food bigger and more desirable can be very harmful to our bodies especially in large doses. What might be ruled an acceptable level in one food, could definitely be detrimental when multiplied to include all the different foods a person consumes in a day.
In the last month I have tried to really focus on what I am eating and make sure that there is a reason for it, rather than relying on impulse to guide me. I I feel healthier, am losing weight, and am proud to look back at my daily intake without regret.
I think one of the best things a person can do is to approach the food industry with caution. "Diet" versions of food are not there because the company cares about your well-being. They exist because there is a HUGE (no pun intended...ok maybe a little) market for these foods because people are looking for an easy answer in a box. These foods may be low in calories, but can be filled with a massive amount of things which you should be even more cautious of. What people need to do is put a little time into researching foods and see how they affect your body and find out what foods are the most beneficial. Research growth hormones, HFC, pesticides, to name a few and learn what affects, if any, things like this can produce. Go and read how studies have shown that mustard greens can help to improve focus and concentration, along with having cancer-fighting effects. Find out how alfalfa sprouts have been shown to help reduce cholesterol levels, reduce blood sugar, and detoxify the body. Mushrooms contain high amounts of selenium and studies have shown that they can reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
You really have to wonder if maybe rather than "looking for a cure" for many of our present day illnesses and ailments, we should spend a little money instead to educate people about prevention in the form of a healthy diet. I can truly say that a desire to increase my knowledge about food in general has made sticking to a healthy lifestyle that much easier for me. That isn't to say I won't find room for a piece of chocolate or even a slice of birthday cake every now and then, after all I'm only human. When I do, I will recognize it as a rare treat and not the start of a string of failures.
So I guess my best advice is to learn about food, not just what you are eating, but also what benefits does that food provide? If you really understand intricately the affects of bad food and the benefits of good food, it makes it much simpler to keep yourself on track.


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GONNA_BREAKAWAY 9/16/2010 1:02PM

  I enjoyed this blog. I especially liked the line about how your desire to increase your knowledge about food in general has made sticking to a healthy lifestyle easier. It has motivated me to learn more about the food I am eating.

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CATANTIGO 9/12/2010 9:14AM

    Very interesting blog. And so true.

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DARBOYMOM 9/11/2010 4:36PM

    EXCELLENT blog entry!!! Pre-packaged food is mostly junk, and filled with GMO's. The more you learn about GMO's, the more you will want to choose organic even if it costs more.
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    I agree completely. Now that I've gone without pop and fatty foods for a while I am starting to wonder why I ate and drank so much crap in the first place.

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BABSIES 9/11/2010 4:33PM

    good blog, thanks

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Have to end my downward spiral TODAY!

Monday, May 03, 2010

It's funny (ok not really) how you can start each day with the best of intentions, and yet time and time again let bad decisions during your day ruin any efforts you started. I had lost 88lbs and within the last month gained back 6lbs from making excuses and stupid decisions. I would like to use end of semester workload and lack of time as an excuse, but the truth is I need to be able to make good decisions regardless.
I am starting to track everything again today and welcome anyone who wants to encourage me if they notice me losing focus in my diet. So once again, I am starting my day with the best of intentions, but today I intend to finish with the best of results.

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FOTOGRAFFITI 5/5/2010 2:11PM

    Thanks all for the encouragement guys. Bird2020, I definitely have to remember that just because I make a few bad choices, that doesn't give me a free pass to mess up the rest of the day. It is easy to get into the "I'll start again tomorrow" routine and something that I have to be careful of. Thanks again!

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BIRD2020 5/5/2010 10:44AM

    There was a great article today that focused on developing a lifestyle mentality rather than a diet mentality. I thought it hit home! And remember, a single bad decision doesn't have to be a bad day. Take control of the next decision and pat yourself on the back for making it a good one!


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DDHEART 5/3/2010 7:40PM

    There's one thing about slipping gives you a chance to learn from the mistake....I learned that I have to log my food...I don't have to log it on the website but I have to focus on what and how much I'm eating and it is too easy to fool myself if I don't keep track somehow. So, here's the thing, you're human, don't keep beating yourself know what to do and you can do it...YOU WILL DO IT! My goodness, you have already lost a lot of weight, that is something to be proud of!

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CATANTIGO 5/3/2010 5:33PM

    Hang in there. You already started anew.

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KJESSYM 5/3/2010 12:42PM

    As the Queen of falling off of the wagon I totally know where you're coming from, but look how far you've already come!!! Stick to it!! You're 82 pounds down still and thats an inspiration to me, so don't give in. Pick yourself up dust yourself off and tie yourself to the wagon this time!!

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MRPLATSON 5/3/2010 11:27AM

    Holding yourself accountable is better then just having good intentions. But you still have to learn to do the right thing without running to the website to put it in the little tracker.

Enough with the excuses!

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Best cardio day so far!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Just finished my 2nd hour of elliptical today and I feel great! I did a total of 20 minutes on the stationary bike, 120 minutes of elliptical, and even got some strength training in today. It seems like I have been hanging around the 285-288lb range for too long now and am hoping that if I push myself a little more this week, I can get myself into the low 280's. Even if it is not going as quickly as I would prefer, I can't be disappointed when the scale is at least moving in the right direction!


I'm back :)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

On January 3rd, I wrote a blog post about how I gained back 35lbs in 4 months after getting away from Sparkpeople. I really felt I had learned from it and focused again on living a healthier lifestyle. It is now 6 weeks later, and I am happy to say that I have lost the 35lbs and am back to what I weighed in August. I am really feeling good about how it is going right now, and am beginning to pull clothes out of my drawer that I haven't worn in awhile. I am confident that I am truly back on track and am anxious to see more positive changes from here on out!

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    You can do this! You have the success I am aiming for, you are inspiring.

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