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Friday, March 16, 2012

I thought this would be beneficial to read and print, if desired.

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TWNOMWE 3/17/2012 1:34PM

This some thing to check out.

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SUSIEPH1 3/16/2012 2:09PM

    Thank you .. emoticon emoticon emoticon.

Hugs Susie

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BLUEEYESCANADA 3/16/2012 10:25AM

    emoticon Have a emoticon weekend.. emoticon

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LOSE4LIFE47 3/16/2012 9:43AM

    Thanks, I will have to check thise out.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

I tried eating different just a bit during break between Winter & Spring Challenge.

I thought I was eating healthier and was feeling great, but was gaining weight. A lot

of weight.

I decided to eat like I was before and started losing again, quickly. Now I had to


I was getting worried, I was getting quiet, I was pulling away from posting my weights. I knew I had a problem.

I started searching through my notebooks, and pieces of paper that I wrote things on when I took notes when reading. WELL I found something that struck an interest: FOOD COMBINATIONS

Notes I had:

Wrong food Combinations

grain & sugar (oatmeal w/sugar? w fruit?mmmm)

starch + fat +sugar (cream of rice w/butter & sugar? or peanut butter & honey?)

nuts + grains (almonds & oatmeal or oatbran & walnut pieces?)

carbohydrates + alcohol (spaghetti dinner w glass of red wine?)

milk +meat (a meal followed with a glass of milk??)

protein + starch (beef, baked potato, corn?? tuna macaroni salad??)

protein + fruit (nuts & fruit together??)

starch + fruit (grapefruit followed by hashbrowns??)

Sounds like there is nothing left to eat RIGHT?

MY MISTAKE DURING BREAK, having smoothies with wrong combinations several times a day, thinking raw veggies, raw fruit, nuts, seeds, grain . Tasted

protein and veggies good together

starch and veggies good together

milk alone

will continue later

fruit alone

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JSMOM5 3/16/2012 3:07AM

  I don't know why it posted twice & I don't know how to delete this comment. Sorry

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JSMOM5 3/16/2012 2:43AM

  Great info! Thanks!

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IVYBUTTERFLY3 3/15/2012 3:51PM

    This is amazing information!! I wish I would have known these things sooner!!

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SUSIEPH1 3/15/2012 2:21PM

    Yes ! Amazing how it affects your digestion ... Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon

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KALISWALKER 3/15/2012 11:18AM

    I didn't know about food combinations, good info, thanks.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

I embarked a journey, in 2005 when my health was at it's worse. I was looked at, with disgust, with pity, with empathy, with questions (unasked).

I smiled, I greeted, and sometimes carried conversations, with these people. I didn't like, but I understood, as I also felt bad about my appearance, how I couldn't do certain things and unknowingly took a backseat in life, looking at it, through other people's eyes.

They say an alcoholic need to hit rock bottom, before picking oneself up, dusting off the rear and putting one foot in front of the other, to climb out from that rock.

I say people with all kinds of ADDICTIONS, need to do this. They need to want to live Life! It is HARD, but the desire to do so WINS!

One Diet Club,at a time. One new diet, on so many Mondays. One effort of exercising, that last, only for awhile. Time Passes, the room in booths at restaurants, shrunk and sometimes
no chairs were available, and had to leave. Did this kick the rear in fast gear? No, there were other restaurants, there was fast food.

Are My friends, eating friends? They WERE eating friends. NOW, the time has come in my life, when MY FRIEND-s, are friends, who DO! Most recent example: a friend who told me she was joining the Y, would I like to check it out and see if I would like to, also? I thought, and weighed the pros and cons that would happen, if I did.

Need to depend on another, for transportation there and back.
Would need to figure out what to wear there (genes & top & tennis shoes for exercising)
Now I know I love the pool, my last bathing suit, at least 15 years old, BUT I bought a pair of BLACK danskins SHORT length, and I had an older barely used undergarment top, that had its own bra inside. I FIGURED together it would look like a two colored bathing suit. So, Wednesday I went, and Yes, my friend thought it was a bathing suit! WooHoo! What happened at the Y that day, that has me SMILING still on FRIDAY.




IN THE POOL, I was not the largest person in the pool! I was able to do what was expected!

I was happy, alive and exuberant with excitement!

The positive feelings so still flowing through my blood, and this afternoon, I am heading out the the Y, and so looking forward to it.

One Day at a Time
One Meal at a Time
One Exercise Session, at a Time
One Day, I will reach my Goal

In the Meantime, I will Live My Life Fully and Enjoy all that is possible!

I want this for each and everyone of you too, it feels GREAT!

Soar the Skies
Reach for the Stars
Onward & Downward

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EARLIER 3/6/2012 7:28PM

    I try to be at the Y 5 days a week, and I do water aerobics 5 days a week there. I just love it and know what you are feeling! It feels like you have finally found something you actually love to do that's good for you.
I'm happy you did

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DIBANANA 3/1/2012 3:28PM

  So happy for you! The fact that you still feel great and are going again means you fit just right!


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WARMSTRONG2 2/19/2012 11:35PM

  Great going. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

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SISSYFEB48 2/17/2012 1:32PM

    Good for You!
And thank you for the birthday message...will be here tomorrow, with cake!
emoticon Yes, I am having a piece of cake and enjoying every bite! That's the kind of freedome we get here. A piece is fine, and I do not need or even want two pieces. Enjoy the weekend!

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DONNA088 2/15/2012 7:47PM

  Good for you. I am also self-conscience of my weight.

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CTUPTON 2/5/2012 8:36AM

    I could not function without the water classes to keep me strong and limber. I am so delighted that you now have this in your life! Chris emoticon

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JOANOFSPARK 2/3/2012 12:50AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You are emoticon and have come so far on your healthy journey...and you will continue to do so....what an awesome feeling to feel accepted...and to love what you are know that you are all right.....and you are fabulous..... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SISSYFEB48 2/1/2012 10:04PM

    You have come so far and achieved so much already, and not just with the loss of weight. Congratulations and hang in there!

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SHARON10002 2/1/2012 9:40PM

    emoticon on how far you have come, and for the courage to get into the water. the water is amazing for toning and building strength. You'll burn more calories, too, overall.
Good luck with your water aerobics!

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LKORNEGAY 2/1/2012 11:44AM

    Loved your blog! Anyone that hasn't been overweight has a hard time understanding the challenges we face in everyday life.

As I take more weight off, little pieces of my life before I became so heavy, is coming back to me. Little things like being able to tie my shoes easier, or being able to go shopping and not have to get a cart to hand on to just to be able to walk the store.

I admire your determination and what we can't accomplish alone, we can do together!


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PEGGY-BEE 1/29/2012 12:13PM

    I must say the Y is where I have felt most welcome!
The way you tell it is so inspiring that I feel like I have to get up and LIVE.
Thank you
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TWNOMWE 1/29/2012 11:26AM

    Great job Linda. That is the best attitude and yes we have to do the work in order to see results but the most hard part is believing and loving ourselves. Once we get over these two huddles, no one can stop us.
Thank you for being an inspiration. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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YICHE12 1/28/2012 1:48PM

    What a wonderful attitude you have! Keep up the great work. emoticon

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GRAMLORI 1/28/2012 9:56AM

    I saw the title on your blog, and knew I would relate to it. Unfortunately the journey downward still has many hills that take us back up for a time, but perseverance is the key. It CAN be done, I know others on this site who have, SUSIEPH1 is one example! We can do it, and we won't give up till we make it. It truly is a trail of blood, sweat, and many tears, and is not for the faint hearted. But, as you say so well: "One Day at a Time
One Meal at a Time
One Exercise Session, at a Time
One Day, I will reach my Goal"

Hugs to you! And if you ever need more encouragement, look me up. For you have truly encouraged me.
Thanks for posting this blog!!
My new emoticon emoticon!!!

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SUSIEPH1 1/28/2012 9:25AM

    Congratulations Linda ,
You have taken the first few steps to the rest of your life! .
I have been where you are now and I can tell you this will work!! . .
My name is Susie... you will find me in the Chair Exercise Team and also Sparkies Down Under ...
My Co-Leaders and I are running Challenges that will help you ...If you would like to join us.
On the Chair Exercise Team we have lots of Chair Exercises that you can do to help you to lose weight and tone up .
In the Sparkie Down Under Team we are running Challenges that will help you to learn to track your Nutrition.Water, Fiber, Fruit and Veggies, Steps,Exercise and Calories .
Come Join us and be the best you can be !!.
Hugs Susie

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TRESSWANN 1/28/2012 8:41AM

    Way to go. Isn't the pool the best? And it gets the best results too. Keep on with your journey

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WELLNESSME09 1/28/2012 7:06AM

    You are amazing and truly inspiring. emoticon
emoticon on your weight loss. emoticon
You should be so proud !!! emoticon emoticon

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CAROLJ35 1/28/2012 6:55AM

    I am going to find a mountaintop for you to shout from!!!
You have such a message to tell every overweight person!!!
I am so happy for you!!!

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BEEJAY49 1/28/2012 4:28AM

    I'm so happy for you! Most people at the Y, any Y, are very accepting and understanding. In my classes we have some that are 300 lbs. at least and they do what they can and they are the best in the classes. Everyone loves them! I knew it would be that way for you too! We go to places like that to get healthier and that's what they are for. :) The way I look at it is, if people don't like me because I'm over weight, it's their loss not mine and they don't have to associate with me. Love you bunches! HUGS!

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MOMFAN 1/27/2012 11:34PM

    I love my pool time!

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SUNNY332 1/27/2012 11:19PM

    Oh my goodness, what great success. Just reading this blog put a big ole smile on my face. So happy for you!


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AMBERLEIGHM1 1/27/2012 11:05PM

    I'm so happy for you, you have made so many positive changes and your positive attitude is wonderful and motivating. I wish you well as you continue your journey.

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KALISWALKER 1/27/2012 10:20PM

    Linda "Live My Life Fully and Enjoy " I know you are doing it! Thanks for the inspiration, this is your best blog ever!!

Hugs from you Buddy Lynn

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NEWMAC2011 1/27/2012 3:39PM

    WooHoo! You've made a lot of progress so far. Wishing you continued success. I know you'll reach your goals!

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DRB13_1 1/27/2012 1:55PM

    emoticon Happy, happy, happy you went to the Y!
Smart to create your own swimsuit. emoticon
Step by step, you will do it and feel healthier and happier! emoticon

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MICHIGANLORI 1/27/2012 1:25PM

    I'm happy for you. The YMCA is a great facility and I hope you keep going.

One stroke at a time. emoticon

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PITLOCK 1/27/2012 11:29AM

    That is great Linda. I go to the pool 4 or 5 times a week. What a difference it makes in my whole day when I do it. Like you my pool friends accept me as i am and I accept them in the same way. We get to chat as we exercise or swim laps and what fun to start the day as I go at 5:30 AM. Keep up the good work and together we will al get to our goals, One Day at a Time.

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TWNOMWE 1/27/2012 9:29AM

    What a wonderful feeling!! emoticon emoticon
To be accepted by others we have to accept ourselves.
You are doing a great job and as you say it is one day at a time.
Live life as it was meant to be.
Fly high my friend and enjoy the pool.

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Friday, January 20,2012, Need Information on how to Increase My Body Warmth!

Friday, January 20, 2012

With weight lost, I feel the cold more. I know other people that have/has this problem, also.

I am very interested, in reading articles about how to adjust the temperature in ones body, after weight lost.

Is something missing, that needs to be eaten or drank that will increase the ability to get warmer?

Normal Temperature is 98.6, we know what to do when running high.

Why does a couple of degrees lower, feel so COLD?

Feet with heavy socks on, brrrr very cold
Jogging Suit on and legs are cold.
Winter jacket on, feet so cold.

Do I have heat in my apartment? Yes

Is there something, I can rub on the skin, that will increase the warmth?

Thank You for all your ideas about this


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CATHIMOMMY 2/19/2012 4:37PM

    It could be a thyroid issue....

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    I don't know the answer. I've gone through the same thing when I've lost weight, and just had to put on warmer clothes.

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CMFARRELL36 1/20/2012 4:00PM

    I don't have the problem, but DH certainly has.
I don't like too much warmth or heat. DH likes as much heat as he can get. Not a good combo, believe me!

When I'm on my own and start to think the house might be getting chilly, I switch the heating on, but just for an hour.
When I'm on my own and beginning to feel a bit chilly, I get up and move around, do something. That helps my daily steps total, and also my movement.

Something I have at last got DH to do, put on more clothes. If I feel cold during the day, my first reaction is to our on a jumper, get the socks on, whatever.
As well as to get up and moving around.
My very last solution is the gas fire or the heating.
And, btw, moving around might have to be some fairly fast walking or whatever - just to get the body warming up again.

And if all adds towards your activity for the day, or at least your steps for the day.

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 1/20/2012 3:27PM

    Getting plenty of quality sleep will allow your body to feel warmer during the day. At least it works that way for me.

Also, periodically get up and move around if you have been sitting.

Also, be sure to eat enough carbs (healthy ones) so your body has enough good fuel to supply your warmth, without too much fuel to supply fat cells.


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ZEESPARROW 1/20/2012 3:05PM

    I'm always cold! Drinking something warm helps, as does getting up and moving around to get my blood pumping a bit. Nothing lasts for long, though. A coworker mentioned the other day that she had acupuncture done and that helped with cold feet. Don't know if you'd be interested in looking into it or not, but I thought I'd mention it.

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KALISWALKER 1/20/2012 1:47PM

    Exercise will warm you up! I dance around the kitchen and walk up and down the stairs or walk the dog. I often have a lap blanket and wear a fleece jacket in the house and always wearing warm slippers. I haven't lost that much weight but it sounds like I will be wearing long johns in the future!

Thanks for your encouragement Linda! Enjoy your weekend!

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HAPPYSOUL91 1/20/2012 1:30PM

    Having lost over 100 lbs, I am freezing all the time. I wear so many layers at work, home and even in bed. I know how you feel and haven't found anything that helps

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 1/20/2012 11:27AM

    Couldn't answer that but hope you figure out how to stay warm.

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1CRAZYDOG 1/20/2012 11:18AM

    I have thyroid problems (Hashimotos) so that to begin with makes temperature regulation more difficult. Then the weight loss . . . feel cold for sure!!

I dress in layers. I drink plenty of water. I find that when I don't take enough water, I feel colder. Water does help the body regulate temperature. I never sit for more than an hour without getting up to move.

I just got good wool socks (always have preferred them). They really keep the feet warm and dry.

Hope these help.

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JABBYJABBY 1/20/2012 11:16AM

    deleted this cos sent twice in error

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JABBYJABBY 1/20/2012 11:16AM

    not sure what to suggest. a hot bath or shower helps when chilled to the bones but thats not always practicle. what about thermal underwear ? ! sure you can get glamorous long johns somewhere.

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January 19,2012, Good Morning Spark People!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

I am trying a new pancake:

1/2cup rolled oats
1/2cup of low fat cottage cheese
1/2 cup of my egg whites

I will have a fruit serving with it and be set for a new healthy breakfast meal!


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    Interesting. Cottage cheese is so versatile. Don't you love trying new recipes?

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MICHIGANLORI 1/19/2012 1:30PM

    Cottage cheese emoticon

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TWNOMWE 1/19/2012 11:22AM

    Looks delicious and easy to make. Enjoy!!
I miss cottage cheese ( crappy lactose intolerance).
emoticon and have a great day

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PITLOCK 1/19/2012 10:08AM

    Sounds like a great way to start a successful day!

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    I'm not big on cottage cheese but oftentimes the result is that it masks the food I don't like. looks good in the end.

Make it a great day!

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