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New Vigor

Saturday, March 27, 2010

PudleCrazy has some delightful & fascinating blog posts about the baby chicks from her class. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3034892
---see also posts from nearby dates . . .

This little one reminds me of my newly emerging way of life. I've been chipping away at my own shell. Working on food issues has somehow helped me begin to get clarity on other things.

Thanks to PudleCrazy for this wonderful photo!

Like this chick I feel a bit wobbly and tentative, yet I am alert and lively, ready to see what lies ahead.
I love spring!

  
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ANNANN63 3/29/2010 6:07PM

    I so understand. Not only am I doing well with eating and exercise but I am accomplishing things in my life that I just could not do before. You are doing so well. We will succeed and we will thrive.

Annie

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ILOVEPEOPLE 3/28/2010 10:59AM

    Great comparison. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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NANCY- 3/28/2010 8:44AM

    LOL... I'm still trying to get out of my shell.
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MONGO2TEN 3/28/2010 5:35AM

    Love it!

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PRINCESSALICA 3/27/2010 11:20PM

    Love the comparison, we are all those baby chicks! Keep going!

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Quote Digest 9 - The Process

Saturday, March 27, 2010

I fully believe that denying yourself things you love is bad business. You can have anything you want, you just can't have everything you want! - from TraciWright79 comment on JLitt62 blog 2/25

. . . Savor every bite and know that if you just simply love this [specific food] you can make more. We can teach ourselves to relax and not overeat by assuring ourselves we are allowed to have it again and again until we are satisfied. All we need to do is fit it in and count it. - from BigLittleWoman comment 3/5 on Freelady blog 3/5

If I bite it, I write it. - from RaylinStephens on tips forum 2/28

That's the great thing about blogging! Better on the Net than on my hips. Doesn't rhyme, but you get the idea. - from JLITT62 blog 3/1

It is curious that we want to hurry up and get to that goal weight. Reaching that goal weight will be a confidence booster but it isn't the END. Do we all think that once we've lost the weight that maintaining it will be less work? Oh contrare. A healthy lifestyle is not temporary and we will never be DONE working the program. Similar to our relationships, education and our religion it is a forever project. If we stop, we lose ground and we damage what we worked for. That might sound discouraging to some but I find it comforting. My weight and health are just like other areas in my life that I pay attention to. You have to work at what is important to you but you CAN enjoy the process. It is all good. - from BigLittleWoman blog 3/1

That brings my total to 63 pounds lost. I have lost a 2nd grader. It has been hard work and it has not been easy at times . . . But here is the kicker, I have learned to love this lifestyle. I really do not feel like I am tortured or deprived at all. I have made baby step changes all along until I am where I am today. - from The_Jules blog 3/04/10

So the world may have taken its best shot at me yesterday and I may have stumbled, but I still faced it and won! The score is turning in my favor! - from The_Jules1 blog 3/3/10

It is wonderful to know my body is getting used to this healthy living and is sending me signals. Even more impressive is that I am listening to these signals, This week may not end with great results on the scale, but I am seeing incredible results in my daily living. I am finding new ways to cope with my hardships and simple boredom. Right now, that is greater than any number on the scale. - from BMWebster blog 3/04/10

So I was sitting here thinking about Life & how wonderful life is. I was thinking that the only thing I have not conquered in my life is my Weight! So I have decided that I am going to KNOCK DOWN my Walls of Sweets & KNOCK DOWN my Walls of Weight Gain! I don't care if I have to JUMP over the Wall, Go around The Wall or Tear this Wall DOWN Brick By Brick but in 2010 These Walls are coming down!!! - from Cassandra_Wynn blog 3/3/10

  
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BMWEBSTER 3/28/2010 7:39PM

    oh wow, I am so flattered that you included something I said in your digest. I loved all of these nuggets and will be coming back weekly to read. I am just loving all the spark friends I am making and I feel privileged to call you a spark friend.

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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 3/27/2010 10:48AM

    I am flattered to be included in your digest. I have come to look forward to these digests you create. Not only do you select some very thought provoking segments but most I would have missed because I just didn't travel into the same arenas that you found.

I have in turn looked up some of these Sparkers because I liked what you showcased and thought perhaps I would like to learn more.............

Thanks again FL, I am off to look up The_Jules

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The First Minute

Friday, March 26, 2010

Here's the first minute from a talk I gave last night at the local Biggest Loser challenge program at my church:

You guys have had so much great instruction for 10 weeks, but here's a weight loss tip you might not have heard before! It's from a lady named Janette Barber. She says when she buys a package of Oreos, she lets herself eat four, and she throws the rest away. But first she sprays the leftover Oreos with Raid so she won't be tempted to dig them out of the garbage later and eat them. But Janette says you have to be careful . . . Raid doesn't really taste as bad as you think!

But seriously, in my weight-loss journey I am so conscious of the grace and mercy that God has shown me. He has used so many people to guide and encourage me! In the last 15 months I have lost 51 pounds. I still need to lose 20 pounds just to reach a healthy Body Mass Index, but I'm excited about my progress so far, and I appreciate this opportunity to share some thoughts with you.

I had been fat for many years. I was like a lady I heard of whose friend came over to the house and needed to wash her hands. The tiny daughter of the house followed her to the bathroom and pointed to the scale. "Don't step on that!" she said. "It makes you cry."

I stepped on the scale and I cried. And I lost some weight---over the years I lost 35 pounds 3 different times. But I always gained it back. You KNOW the reason--I did not make permanent lifestyle changes. I did not change my habits.

I prayed about my problem, but I was not ready to change. I guess my prayers were like the guy who drove through downtown Rochester and prayed, "O Lord, if it's Your will for me to stop for donuts, let there be a parking space available!" And sure enough, the seventh time he drove around the block, there it was!

But God had mercy on me in my stubbornness, and He kept providing influences to get through to me. Reader's Digest had an article that recommended making just one change each week. "I can do that!" I thought. And I started drinking more water. My husband had always encouraged me to cook more whole grains and cut back on pop, and I started doing that. Tiny steps, but I was moving forward . . .

[ My heartiest thanks to you dear friends who prayed for me. The group was exceedingly attentive, and responded so warmly when I was done (14 minutes--gasp!). I wasn't very nervous up there and was able to deliver with zing as I had practiced. BigLittleWoman encouraged me that in the moment, passion for my topic would take over, and she was right. Thanks be to God!]

  
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ILOVEPEOPLE 3/28/2010 11:02AM

    Great Job!

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ANNANN63 3/27/2010 9:44PM

    I loved the first paragraph. I laughed and then read it to DH you also laughed. Wonderful. You are so helpful to me. Your comments always make me feel so good.

When you really care about something, it becomes easy to communicate. Congratulations on a job well done.

Annie

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WINDMILL5 3/27/2010 1:12AM

  Oh, good for you. God bless you and you are an encouragement to me to keep trying. emoticon

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INGRACE 3/27/2010 12:23AM

  Well done! Thanks for sharing with us.

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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 3/26/2010 9:13PM

    I just knew you would be great and they would love everything you had to say. You offer encouragement and hope; people on the weight loss journey need that so much as we well know. We stroll along all confident and thinking we know what we're doing and then Bam! For some reason down we go; when we are down we just can't seem to envision being up again.

I know we've talked about this before. I guess the main thing to get out of that syndrome is to just relax in the moment and know that it will pass.

I am so proud of you. You are amazing.

So they thanked you with a workout? emoticon You had major accomplishments all the way around.

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/26/2010 3:46PM

    WOW, 51 lbs is sooo awesome. Hooray for you! And, yes, it's very inspiring.

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JTEWZANDB 3/26/2010 11:32AM

    Very inspiring!!

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GABBYANNIE 3/26/2010 10:16AM

    I really enjoyed reading that. I would have loved to heard your talk in person. You really have a gift of writing. I think of your blogs often. Thanks for sharing. emoticon Keep up the great work!! You're doing awesome!!! emoticon

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PRINCESSALICA 3/26/2010 9:42AM

    Love it!

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AMARAN 3/26/2010 9:02AM

    Great so far! Can't wait to read the rest.

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Absent from Blogging (On a Project)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

For a couple days I have been doing final preparation for a talk I have been asked to give tomorrow night to the Biggest Loser challenge group at my church (about 16 people--they compete, but don't ever get eliminated).

I will be talking about all the different elements God has brought into my life to result in weight loss so far. I wove lots of weight loss jokes in, also. I'm pretty nervous about the actual delivery, but I know God will help me, and a number of people are praying for me.

I want to open that little window of hope for someone, the way people gave it to me so many times.

  
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ILOVEPEOPLE 3/25/2010 12:38PM

    I will be praying for you! I bet you'll do a great job! emoticonAmy

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NANCY- 3/25/2010 10:30AM

    You are a natural!
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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 3/25/2010 8:25AM

    I posted a comment to your blog but it disappeared!

I am so proud of you. Once you get started, your passion for the topic will take over. Remember these folks are just like we are, they want information and they want encouragement. You are very knowledgeable, experienced and you walk the walk so you CAN talk the talk.

Joshua 1:9 is a verse I committed to memory and I call on it about once each day. It gives me courage and will you also.

Have fun with this!! emoticon

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INGRACE 3/25/2010 2:26AM

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BETTA13 3/25/2010 1:04AM

    Go get em!

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AMARAN 3/24/2010 11:49PM

    Please blog your talk! We'd all love to hear it!
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DAY 38: Deal with a Plateau

Monday, March 22, 2010

I do hit plateaus. Boy, do I hit plateaus. EVENTUALLY they break, as long as I'm using my tools and healthy behaviors.

I know I will be hitting plateaus again. When I do, I will keep telling myself the same thing I say almost every day (I'm a stubborn case). "Just keep going. You are not going to give this up. If you just keep doing the process, you will see results. These methods are proven to work."

Plateaus are normal. In my own experience, plateaus are sometimes longer than usual for several reasons: 1) I've gotten careless about portions. Gotta start measuring EVERYTHING again to re-train my eye & my restraint. 2) I've gotten careless about writing down & counting EVERYTHING. Thus I'm not accurately aware of all I'm putting in me.

Certainly many plateaus are inexplicable. As Beck says, "It doesn't mean I'm doing anything wrong."

I still want to remember that when I bite the bullet and attend more conscientiously to accurate portions & accurate tracking, a plateau will subside with less agony than if I don't watch those areas.
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MAZZYR 3/23/2010 7:04PM

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SMILESWITH7KIDS 3/23/2010 1:28PM

    Good reminder. I haven't been weighing myself because I hate hitting Plateaus. I do better when i just don't know about them.
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KISSFAN1 3/23/2010 10:39AM

    Great blog post. We all hit those plateaus and they can be so disappointing, but as long as we hang in there and fight the battle, we'll see our hard work pay off.

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ID_VANDAL 3/23/2010 10:27AM

    Good analysis. That portion creep is a biggie. I think lots of us start measuring and then we just think we know about how much is a cup or whatever and it just starts to be more and more even though we think we are doing it right.

Same on tracking what we eat.

You nailed this one (again). Thanks for the reminder that if we just do the basics the big stuff tends to happen the right way.

Have a great day!

Vandal

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SEWINGMEG 3/22/2010 5:04PM

    I have had several big plateaus too... some lasting more than 2 months at a time... Just keep on keeping on... and like you said, NEVER GIVE UP!!! If we do not give up, we will eventually succeed! Keep up the great work and reading!!

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JTEWZANDB 3/22/2010 4:49PM

    Thank you for posting this!! Excellent reminder!

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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 3/22/2010 3:38PM

    Excellent Plateau Mantra. I'm saving this one for myself. Excellent insight as usual from you. emoticon

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FIT4HISGLORY 3/22/2010 1:42PM

    Thanks for posting this! It was exactly what I needed to have reinforced today! My plateau has turned into a slow downhill that I want to end today!

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ILOVEPEOPLE 3/22/2010 1:00PM

    Thank you for this blog today. It is exactly what I needed!
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