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Been gone...now I'm glad I'm back

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Hi all. I left here in July because I was discouraged that I wasn't losing much weight. I tried Atkins for a couple of weeks and lost 7 lbs but I couldn't continue. I became shaky, weak and tired all the time. I'm back now mainly because I remembered how much you all inspired me and encouraged me. I'm here to stay now...at least until I lose enough weight...that'll be a long time so get used to seeing me around :) Hope you all have done well and lost lots while I was gone. :)

  
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PRINCESSDJ36 2/3/2009 8:49AM

    I felt the same way, 2009 is a new year. Do you want a buddy? If so you can email me! dannjeancolley@zoominternet.net. I AM LAZY and I can't stand it. I have a 1 and 2 year old and I am a stay at home mom! Hope we can be buddies. I have never done this before but I saw you left me a birthday goodie and that was in June. emoticon I really think we could encourage each other!

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HUGGERS1 11/26/2008 11:16AM

    I am so glad you are back. It takes me a long time to lose weight too. I didn't do well on Atkins either. I hope you are here for as long as you can be even when those pounds are gone. We will always need support and encouragement even when things go our way.

I am sending you big hugs and welcome back
Amber

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LIFES*2*SHORT 11/26/2008 9:49AM

  You're not the only one who has left and come back! Don't feel bad... you are doing the right thing. I know how frustrating it is to not see results right away... like you can on other diets... but this is the way to go! Glad to have you back... and we'll always be here!

N

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DONANNE 11/26/2008 9:43AM

    So good to see you back...sorry you had such a hard time...but we will do anything we can to support you....Hope you have an awesome Thanksgiving...Hugs

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RODEOMOMSK 11/25/2008 11:00PM

    Hello! I joined SP and this group just about 2 months ago. Welcome back!

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CINNIEMAY 11/25/2008 10:33PM

    I am glad that you are back! I love the support that we have here!

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Okay, I'm ready to go...you with me???

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Hi again Goonies!

I wanna thank you all for your support when I've been losing my motivation and about to throw in the towel. You've been great, but then I'd expect nothing else from THE BEST people!!!
Last blog I said I was sick...yeah, I'm still sick and glad I can type because I can't talk very well. :)
The reason for my blog this time. I saw DH turn the page on the calendar and I said "Oh yeah...It's August 1" then I thought...new month, new challenges, time to set a new mini-goal or two...lots of new motivation! I'm excited, ready and rearing to go. That's not to say I won't have bad days and I still need my buddies but I'm feeling good. Let's all get motivated together and do ourselves a world of good...inside and out!!!

Love you all Goonies!!!

  
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HUGGERS1 8/1/2008 11:19AM

    Lorraine, lets go, Do some stretching , that will make your body feel better, now drink some water, maybe some warm tea with lemon for your throat. I want you to feel better. It is august and it is a time for us to get healthy. We are with you and pulling you up out of that chair to get started, Call on us when you need us and don't stress the rest, take it moment by moment and don't worry about the end result.

You can do this, GOONIES NEVER SAY DIE :)

hugs,
Amber

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STARGAZER24 8/1/2008 11:13AM

  Wow!! I must say that you have a wonderful spirit!!!! Your outlook is just great & from the last blog to this one I can see that you are prepared mentally to take on anything that comes your way!! We all have "bad" days but we just have to get through them and keep pushing forward - look ahead to brighter days! I truely wish you all the best in August and on & just know that we are all here for you!

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CINNIEMAY 8/1/2008 11:13AM

    there you go***Keep looking on the bright side!

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DONANNE 8/1/2008 9:36AM

    Way to BE!!! You will make great strides this month!! I am glad you are feeling better....keep going and thinking the way you are now!! Looking forward to the results of the month! Hugs

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MOMOF6BOYS 8/1/2008 8:09AM

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You have such a great out look!! I am gonna have to adopt your philosphy for each new month!!! Thanks!

I hope you are feeling better soon ~ keep up the great work you are doing!

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Not doing well....AT ALL!!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Hi Gang,
I haven't been around much lately. My willpower is fading fast I'm afraid. I wish I had a buddy doing this with me. I've tried to get my neice and my sister-in-law to join up but they didn't. DH was out of town for almost 2 wks and maybe I was just lonely or whatever but I definitely didn't stick with the program. Now I'm really sick with the flu and my appetite comes and goes. I've been drinking OJ by the gallon which may be good for my flu but not a replacement for water. I haven't been posting on the board in a while either. It seems as though I'm losing interest and that's the last thing I want to happen. If any of you see this, I need a BRUTAL kick in the ass!!!

Later all,
Lorraine

  
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JOZUNA1 7/31/2008 2:07PM

    Here's your second kick in the ass! It's great that you are trying to get others close to you involved but you can't rely on others to keep you going. I think your recognition of your feelings is important. You obviously want to keep going somewhere inside or you wouldn't be asking for help. Which is great, because maybe we can give you a little boost. If you want to get those close to you involved, maybe you could stick to it and once they see your results they will want to join, too? Anyway, I hope you get over your illness soon and start to feeling better.

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HORSIELVR 7/30/2008 10:25AM

    Loraine: Please don't give up. remember the show "weakest link"? Well, our group is as strong as the weakest link and our goal is to not let anyone be weak!! We are here to help you get through this and be strong again. Please start joining our little blurbs and reading some of the posts. It is really hard to keep going during the flu but now is the time to build your inner resolve.

I too was alone for two weeks and also started to swerve thinking it didn't matter because I was alone at night, but it did matter TO ME and to my body that depends on me to take care of it!!

Consider this a "kick in the but"t and get back on the site, we are missing you!! emoticon

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GMRKITTY 7/29/2008 10:35PM

    emoticon ok, now here's my hand to help you back up and back on track - If you need a buddy, spark mail me, and we'll be buddies ^.^ - I can usually use that extra hand to help keep me going ^.^

Have a B-E-A-Utiful day!!!!!!

HUGGLES~!!!!!!

~Kitty~

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BONMACK 7/29/2008 10:31PM

    Hey, Griffin, I'll add my wishes to everyone else's and say PLEEEEEEEEZ don't give up on sparky!!!!!! Really, really sorry you're feeling bad, never fun to have the flu, kinda wipes out your motivation to do ANYTHING when you're feeling that bad, but hope once you're back on your feet you can regroup and jump back on that wagon along with the rest of us!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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JEWELRYBYTITI 7/29/2008 5:38PM

    We are all here for you and I hope you fell better soon!
And when you do.............Get to work! :-)

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COWARDLYLION59 7/29/2008 1:47PM

    emoticon Heah girl, time to kick it in the rear of the
negative vibes. Take care of the illness then come back
strong okay? You really want to maintain the healthy life
style. Don't be afraid and we will always be here to help
with moral support. Come by any time, i understand where
you're coming from.

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SAMTHEDOG 7/29/2008 1:11PM

    So you need a kick in the ... OK. This is it. 3 months from now you will either be thinner than you are now or you will be fatter. The choice is up to you. If you get fatter it will be because you made the choice to give up.

Don't do it, get back on track, you are worth the effort. Just DO IT!!!! I will pray for your motivation to come back. Please don't give up!

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SHOOTIN4STARS 7/29/2008 12:02PM

    Lorainne,

One of the things that has really helped me is to think of this as a life style change. I have made it a challenge to always find the healthiest and weight loss friendly ways to eat. It is fun, and I am learning so much. I have found that there is a low calorie version for everything I love, including pizza and ice cream. I have also found that as I make changes and lose weight, the people in my life are changing with me. They can see it's working, and they want to be a part of it. My Mom has joined SP and lost 9 pounds, and my DH has lost 6 pounds since I started. I didn't have to say a word. They asked me what I was doing. Regardless of who joins you or not, remember-- you are doing this for YOU! You deserve the very best in life, now give it to yourself! Today is the first day of the rest of your life-- feel better and get focused. You can do this. Best wishes.

Lisa

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TAMOLIE 7/29/2008 11:03AM

    you can do this, and I *hope* it has become obvious to you with all these posts, that you DO NOT have to go it alone! I know how easy it can be to back slide and just not sign on some days. Think of how much better you feel when you DO sign on, when you DO log your food, when you DO get up and move!

Don't worry about one day at a time, break it down to one minute at a time, one step at a time, one bite at a time. Baby steps, that's how we make changes. Each and every choice you make is a chance to change how you look at the situation, how you address the challenge.

Hang in there Goonie, we're all behind you and its a narrow and winding path. We can't go back, we can only go on.

~Erin~

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DEEJESS2 7/29/2008 10:51AM

    Weight loss is very hard. If it was easy then we would all have our "perfect" bodies. Don't give up just remember to stay focused on what you want. I can see that everyone has encouraging words for you and we always think no one truly knows what we are dealing with or going through in our own lives but we want to be supportive. You do have it inside you to keep going. You need to blog about why you think you should continue to work through this and how this situation is going to make you a stronger healthier person! Good luck and reach out to anyone when you need help! emoticon

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AUGUST364 7/29/2008 9:37AM

    hi Lorraine, it is hard, very hard to see those pounds come off but they will. you need to stay focused and read and read and track all you eat and drink. i have lost 13.5 pounds but it was not easy and i still have a long way to go. try to make up ahead of time some veggies and fruit snacks and keep those in the fridge that is what i started doing. when i feel hungry i go in the fridge and grab one of those small snack plastic baggies i made up and eat that. also nuts are good for you and dried fruit without sugar on them. you can do it and don't give up we are all here for you. keep in touch and god bless you... liz emoticon emoticon

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LILBITKNITTY 7/29/2008 5:48AM

  Just think of what you have accomplished so far! Don't throw it away. Think of all the people supporting you here. emoticon

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DANAXX1 7/29/2008 2:57AM

   


U need a big hug. Hun u have lots of buddys us. Hang in there. We r here for u . emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/29/2008 1:39AM

    Hi Lorraine,
I have been going up and down with my weight the last few months. We can work together if you would like. I would like to reach my goal by Oct. I have something special that is coming up that month. We can do this together! Don't give up the ship!!! emoticon
Jeanne

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LOYOLACAT 7/28/2008 11:23PM

    OKay...
Lorraine,
You've been sick, not the right time to be down on yourself. Take care of the flu first. then, start dealing with your attitude; that's what has to change! I noticed a lot of negative self-talk! STOP DOING THAT! Try to do some positive self- talk. It sure the hell beats doing the opposite! Change the tapes in your brain! That's doable...RIGHT? Affirmations will also help to inspire and motivate you. That's exactly what you need. DO these things, and whatever you do... Please don't GIVE UP. You're a Goonie, remember, and Goonies don't give up! ( or they get a swift kick in the pants! ) emoticon YOU CAN DO THIS!!! emoticon

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CHEVY_II 7/28/2008 11:22PM

    Nope, don't sound like it at all. Ok, first things first. Lets get you feeling better, body and mind. Here is the affirmation I personally picked out for you, I had to sift a little bit but I found it...
Divine Healing now flows abundantly
throughout every aspect of my being!
Wellness now dominates my mind, body, spirit,
emotions, relationships, and career.
Ok, that being said you can't do anything until you feel better. Don't push yourself, I won't hear of it. I used to me a medic! Anyway, didn't you know you have over a hundred buddies right here at your fingertips! I'll be your buddy! I get on this thing everyday, I'm an addict! And if you want more of those affirmations, I got plenty of em! Gee, I hope I'm making you feel better, even though I'm not as good as OJ I'm glad to hear you're drinking it. Huggers doesn't want you to give up either, you know. I have a friend who is in Canada right now visiting her family, she has a black berry, if you give me your address I'll have her kick you in the ass if you really want!
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ALIXOXO 7/28/2008 11:03PM

    Hugs from Nova Scotia...

Dont give up on your Self! You are worth the energy and the time and the committment... Please, do not tear yourself up for what you are not doing, but rather take time to give yourself credit for what you are doing...

You are here now. You are seeking help and assistance... which is not a very easy thing for most of us women to do. You know what you want for yourself... and the tools to accomplish that are here at your fingertips! And you are surrounded already by good folk that will support you every inch of the way... Lorraine, you can do this!!

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LIFES*2*SHORT 7/28/2008 10:21PM

  Okay... you may not have them to do this with... but you have every single one of us!! Did you know that us Canadians don't use the word *QUIT*? Nope... and I am writing to let you know that that is not an option. Whatever you need... we'll help you through.

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KNORRIS323 7/28/2008 9:53PM

    Hang in there!! I'm sorry you're not feeling well and you're having a tough time right now. But please don't give up! First get well and then it get back on track. You have plenty of buddies here that want to help you stay on track so just keep logging on and talking to us. We can do it together!! emoticon

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ONEDAY@ATIME1 7/28/2008 9:50PM

    Lorraine, Lorraine, Lorraine, DO NOT GIVE UP!! emoticon. I know you don't feel so good right now and that's OK. Take a week, if necessary, to get well and then jump right back on the "wagon". We are all here pulling for you!! emoticon!! For the moment, write down all of the reasons that made you join SP emoticon and keep them where you can see them often. Put it on the bathroom mirror emoticon, the refrigerator emoticon or in your purse to remind yourself why you feel it is important to be healthy!! You have come too far to turn back. If you quit, many of us will want to give up too; DON'T give up on yourself and us!! Hang tough. Remember, a WINNER never quits and a QUITTER never wins!! We are all in this game to WIN!! You can do it!! emoticon

Get well soon emoticon, drink lots of water emoticon, and keep in touch emoticon.

Much love... emoticon and hugs emoticon.

Nini emoticon

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THATGIRL21 7/28/2008 9:18PM

    You can't give up on yourself . You made the step to work on yourself and you can't give up just because of a few struggles things happen we all fall off the wagon . Don't turn your back on us yet or better yet don't turn your back on yourself ...You can do this look at today and try to start fresh in the am and jsut keep moving forward no worries about what happened yesterday...We are all human and these things happen

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MARTY19 7/28/2008 8:04PM

    Hi Lorraine,
Whatever you do, don't quit. You have come so far. Look at all the people commenting on your blog and offering to be your buddy. Right now might be tough, but it will get better. You have hit a bump in the road but it will smooth out. Stick with it.
Marty

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CINNIEMAY 7/28/2008 7:51PM

    Okay you asked for it! We are all here to uplift you and if needed kick your booty. If you need a buddy call on me! You cannot give up on yourself! You are the most important person in your life and if you don't take care of yourself how are you going to take care of anyone else! I hope that we have helped you! take care and let me know if there is anything that I can do for you! emoticon

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CHUNKSTER63 7/28/2008 7:36PM

    well I would agree if you got the flu get better once you feel good get back to yor routine you know what to do your just in a slump right now we all have hem we all will have them it's just your turn right now so get better and then will do some butt kickingLOL you will be ok when your sick your sick of everything so thats what your feelng when you start to feel yourself again snap out of it and hop to it. I know you can do it worse thing is to stay away from talking so I am glad that you blogged to let us know will be here for you or will come looking.


Chunk emoticonI see you

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SACTOKAREN 7/28/2008 7:23PM

    First, you just need to get better. Once you're feeling better, it'll be easier to get back on track. I know it's hard to do this without someone nearby. I tried to find a friend to help me, but no one was interested. I didn't let that stop me. I decided that I needed to do this for me. I'll feel better in addition to looking better. Once I stopped looking I found help right under my nose. My junk food addicted boys are eating healthier with me most days. I also found two different walking buddies at work.

Take care and don't give up.

Karen

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COMPUTERWOMAN 7/28/2008 7:20PM

    I am sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. It is long rode ahead of us on this journey. Together we can do it. On this journey of life we need one another and you and I are goonies. A goonie stands by another goonie when she is feeling down. Do not give up please do not. Hopefully things will get better. The very fact that you think about water shows how much sp has influenced and changed you life so far. Goonies for life.

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BEAUTIFUL_WRECK 7/28/2008 7:18PM

    Do not give up! Write out all the reasons why you want to lose weight. Picture yourself at your goal weight. What would you be doing, wearing? How would you feel at your goal weight. Just keep reminding yourself of all the positives. Yes it sucks right now to do all the hard work, but, the pain of discipline is far worse than the pain of regret. How are you going to feel a year from now knowing you gave up instead of doing something, ANYTHING, no matter how small to keep the good changes going. You don't have to get it all together right now. Just focus on one or two small things. Be consistent with them until you feel you can take on more without burning out.
Hope you start feeing better soon and I really, truly, sincerely hope you don't give up.

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JENIFIREHARP 7/28/2008 7:09PM

    You have some good advice already, but I just want to say DO NOT QUIT! When I am feeling down, I have to keep telling myself not to give up, because ultimately, when you give up on anything, you are giving up on yourself! I have been through some tough crap in my life, and I think that is why I work so hard and never give up with this new lifestyle I got going on... AND nothing I have been though lately is as bad as the what I would suffer if I gave up now!!!

Some of my favorite quotes are from movies, but they are helpful:
Never give up, never surrender!
(Galaxy Quest)
and
Keep moving forward!
(Meet the Robinsons)

Those two are great sayings to motivate me to dust myself off and keep going towards the goal...

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GRAYGRANNY 7/28/2008 7:07PM

    emoticonone kick butt coming your way.........hang in there sweetie.just going thru a "blimp".....hope all looks better tomorrow emoticon

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STEELY123 7/28/2008 7:06PM

    You don't really want to give up or you would not have written the blog.
Get yourself well and then rewrite it with all the positive things in your life.
I lost 100lbs before I joined Spark and the Goonies. I was stuck both emotionally and with my weight loss and wanted to give up more than just the diet. I wanted to give up my life. The support I got from all the Goonies team was phenomenal.
Consider yourself well and truly kicked up the rear.
Keep posting and keep talking about how you feel. You are not alone.
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LOVESWEETS2 7/28/2008 7:03PM

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I had something planned I wanted to say but I changed my mind. This is me kicking you in the ass. For second guessing yourself. You are better than that!!! I want to be your buddy. I can give you loads of motivation. How can I call you. It's free for me where ever you are. I could give you my e-mail address and then you could give me your telephone number so I could call and chat with you. it's up to you. I can be as far away as you want me to be

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NOMORESTALLING 7/28/2008 6:57PM

   
Lorrain Honey Here is what you need to kick this failing willpower right in the keester! Make today day one all over again and start fresh with:
The Essential Keys of Success!
Setting realistic goals - including weight, exercise, food and psychological goals - before you begin a weight loss plan is essential to a successful program.

Things You’ll Need:
Commitment
Determination
Motivation
SUPPORT: PEOPLE, PEOPLE ,PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Walking Shoes
Low-fat, Low Cal, High Fibre, and Protien recipies
And a measuring tape.

Step 1
Begin by setting some small daily goals. Your weight goal might be to lose 1 pound per week. If you hardly exercised in the past, you might want to walk around your neighborhood for 20 minutes every day. (If you like, split it into a 10-minute walk in the morning and another in the evening.) Your nutritional goal may be to reduce your fat intake. Your psychological goal may be to write in a journal every day.

Step 2
Establish intermediate goals that are a little more ambitious than your original goals. For instance, two weeks after you begin to meet your daily 20-minute walk goal, extend your goal to a daily 1-hour walk; start eating smaller portions at every meal; and seek counseling for any self-esteem issues you might have.

Step 3
Determine big-picture goals; this includes the total amount of weight you'd like to lose by the end of your program. Make a commitment to jog or run every day to maintain your weight and health; learn how you can shop, cook and eat as nutritiously as possible; and take up an activity that you think you have a knack for - this can keep up your self-esteem.

Step 4
Set time frames for your daily, intermediate and big-picture goals. As you progress from one to the next, reward yourself. Go shopping, get a facial, take a weekend trip. You deserve it!

Step 5 Dejunk your house and LIFE!
I'm talking literally pitching and tossing all high fat, high calorie refined carb foods; anything and everything made with white sugar and flours!
And if you're the type of person who does not and will not waste food? There are food banks around the community that could definalty use the food!
And in life rid it of all the negativety you can Change what you can and let the things go that you can't! And then FILL your life with POSITIVE things that will empower the midn body and spirit!

Step 6
Restock!
Fill your cupboards fridge and freezers with low fat, low carb complex carb foods; wholewheat and multi-grain breads, pastas, high fibre cereals; oatmeal, red reiver cereal, wholewheat shredded wheat, All Bran, Bran flakes, Wholewheat pancake or waffle mixes.
Fruits; apples oranges, bananas, pears, peaches, plums, grapes, cantaloupes, honey dew melons, strawberries, raspberries, watermelon is big this year!
Skim or 1% milk, no salt butter, yogurt, nuts; walnuts, almonds,

Step 7
Water!Water!Water!Water!Water!
Most people today drink way too many of their calories from other beverages like soda, juice, flavored coffees and teas, sports drinks, fruit drinks, artificially-sweetened drinks, etc. Drinking 8 10 ounce cups of plain water a day—in place of, not in addition to—these caloric beverages can help with weight management. Plus, most of these beverages don't offer any health benefits, while water does.

Step 8
Activity Levels!
Stretching Goal: every morning seven days a week! Ten minutes a day. That’s what you’re going to do: ten minutes a day. Til you reach your goal, you will spend ten minutes a day stretching before you begin your cardio or strength training exercises! Cardio: Find a Go to exercise to do for 30 minutes 7 times a week Start Small Stay consistent. . Make it easy. It’s okay if you finish thinking it wasn't hard and that you could have done more – that’s what the next day is for. It becomes a challenge
Strength Training Three days a week Monday Wednesday and Fridays using the challenge that has been already set in place. Whenever we tempted to drop the weights and grab a cookie instead, this is what we remind ourselves : The top 3 reasons everyone should strength train (and LOVE every minute of it): 1. Strength training preserves muscle mass during weight loss 2. Strength training elevates your metabolism 3. Strength training helps you lose weight more easily

Step 9
LOG IN to your support network and tools!!
To log in means to activley participate within the team every day; recording your first/initial weight and measurements, keeping up with the challenges you have joined, blogging daily/weekly as to your progress. Filling out you Nuturition; food tracker, making available for captains to see (accountability)
Filling out your fitness cardio and strength training and other goals! Again making them availble for captains to see (accountability)




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CGIARNIERI 7/28/2008 6:52PM

    Lorraine I saw your picture. You have come along way. Don't give up now! I know about getting out of the loop, but I also have two children that I need to pay attention to and I pretty much get on the computer any chance that I get. Sometimes its late and sometimes early. You are here though! I am here for you....just as many others are. Get to feeling better first and then worry about everything else. Taking care of yourself having the flu really is taking care of yourself.

Hang in there and get better soon!

Christine emoticon emoticon

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AMBERBERRY 7/28/2008 6:49PM

    Hello
Donot give up, First things first get over the flu. No excercise or food . Just soup, water, and juice until your better. Once you are feeeling better, you should be ready to get back on track. Eating right and excercising can build up your immune system so that you wont get sick again. Please don't give up!

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KANEORION 7/28/2008 6:49PM

    Do not lose hope things will work out. Keep with it and do not give up. The Goonies did not give up on their quest to find the treasure so you should not give up either. Think of the weight loss goals as your treasure, once you achieve it you will be better. I hope you get feeling better.

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VISITORX 7/28/2008 6:48PM

    Hi Lorraine!

You asked for it.

Do not quit! This is NOT what you want. If it were you wouldn't bother posting. You know you want to lose weight and you know you want to get that old fire back.

Okay. You have the flu. That's a bad break. I hope you are pulling out of it, but as weird as this may sound, use this as a spring board for getting back on track. You haven't felt up to eating so chances are you are on the down swing, weight wise.

Do yourself a favor for your flu and for your weight loss. Eat your veggies and fruit and start your good food habits now while you're not bothered with cravings.

If you need support I'm only a spark mail away. No excuses for quitting!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 7/28/2008 6:39PM

    I don't believe you want to quit because you are asking us to support you.

We love you and support you - you are one of ours when you join the Goonies!

You can't decide what to do as sick as you are. Get well and then get your butt back here and start using all the wonderful tools available here at Spark People.

I was having a lot of trouble staying on my plan until I started using the Nutrition Tracker and only went over once! That is really incredible since I really do love to eat.

I would be proud to be your buddy!

Praying for you too!

Love,
Linda
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DONANNE 7/28/2008 6:39PM

    Oh gee..think I know that feeling well...having said that it is NO time to kick you in the kiester!!! (Naomi would kick my kiester if I did cause she just had the flu..she wasn't a happy camper!)

It is not a nice thing to suffer through...but you WILL get better...Amber has really good ideas...just take your time...know we are all here for you...ANYTIME!! Perhaps we can substitute for a phsical presence...I hope so....but the biggest thing you have to remember is that you are doing this FOR YOU!!! You have to care more about YOU!!! Hope tomorrow finds you feeling better

Please blog soon again so we can encourage you as much as you need...Caring Hugs

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VICKI-BISHOP 7/28/2008 6:19PM

    Don't give up. Once you get to feeling better you'll be glad you stuck with it. Noone wants to worry about diets or weight loss when you're sick. You want someone to show you they care. Know I care and you can email me any time if you need someone to talk to. My email is:
vickinb@cfl.rr.com

Try to rest and hope you feel lots better in the morning.
Vicki

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HUGGERS1 7/28/2008 6:13PM

    Lorraine. I hope you get better soon. The flu is not fun at all. As for the kick in the pants you got it. As soon as your better this is what you need to do. Just move, move the arms stretch as high as you can, hold it, now relax, hold your arms out to the side, just stretch, hold it. now move them to the front, clasp hands together, stretch, hold it. and again. Doesn't that feel better. Now the pool, is there a pool nearby. IT would be a lovely day for a swim, go for a few strokes, feels better already. Now, what to eat, that salad looks delicious and no bread for me thanks, The grilled chicken and steamed veggies sounds lovely I think I'll have that. No thanks not too many carbs. I know what i need to do.

Now ask yourself some questions.

1. Why do I want to be healthy?
2. When I am on track how do i FEEL?
3. When I go off track how do i FEEL?
4. What do I need to do to work on me?
5. AM I IMPORTANT AND SPECIAL? (the answer here is YES!!!!!!!)
6. Do I want to be a slave to the food?
7. Do I want freedom from pain?
8. Do I want to replenish my cells and keep toxins from building up in my body?

Answer these questions, write them down and put them everywhere, Now go get a picture of you at your heaviest, blow it up and put it on the fridge with a big note, explaining how you want to change. This is a great reminder.

I know you can do this and I am not giving up on you.
hugs,
Amber

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Losing My Way...

Sunday, July 20, 2008

First when I started, I spent most of my time on this website. Now I hardly ever come here except to check out the meal plans for the day. Even that is a chore. It's so extremely hot and humid here (not used to that at all)...no air conditioning at work...none in my BLACK car...it's hot, hot, hot all day and when I get home I just don't feel like cooking so yeah, I have relapsed. I've been grabbing something on the way home from work. I try to be good like ordering a salad at McDonald's instead of my favourite Big Mac. I haven't always been good though. I haven't lost any weight lately but neither did I gain any so I should be thankful for that. I'm still motivated but I'm having a hard time of it.

  
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GMRKITTY 7/24/2008 12:53PM

    Staying the same is better than having a gain

Hope today is a FABULOUS day, remember we are all here for you!!!!

HUGGLES!!!
~Kitty
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TAMOLIE 7/22/2008 10:57AM

    A Relapse is NOT failing. Don't forget that! The ONLY way you can fail is to give up on yourself. Some of the suggestions below are great! And good for you on resisting the big mac. I myself have been using Wendy's as a fall back for salads when i'm in a rush, so you're not alone by any means. The fact that you turned to your blog and spark at all means your still moving in the right direction! Focus on what you're doing RIGHT as much if not more than what you're doing WRONG. When it comes right down to it, remember what the Goonies are all about.

Goonies NEVER say DIE!

Hang in there, you CAN do this.

~Erin~

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MEGALOLZ 7/21/2008 11:50PM

    Hi Sorry you are feeling so down! Don't forget that Autumn is not too far away!

On the way home instead of Maccas why not try your local swimming pool for a dip and cool down!

then a nice chicken salad followed by fruit salad and yumm! Cool and happy!

I always roast an extra chicken and break it up and keep it in the fridge and throw it with salad veges for a quick yummy meal when I can't be bothered with too much else!

I hope you can find your way back. If not I know you will look back at this time in the future and wish you had strengthened your resolve!

Jen emoticon

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TRAVIS07 7/21/2008 6:47PM

    I hope you will be able to spend more time with Spark team soon.We will keep you motivated. emoticon

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JERSIGYPCI 7/21/2008 12:38PM

    I found out that any berries and melons can be cut up and directly frozen. when it too hot here in sunny muggy florida. it makes a nice snack i love it as a meal. with a low cal cold sandwich or wrap and . there are so many recipes for wraps and sandwiches, I say hang in there every hot day oct coming and then i will be camping by the ocean


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JEWELRYBYTITI 7/21/2008 11:28AM

    Billier is right. Those sound like GREAT alternatives! I know what you mean about the heat. This is just rediculous. I used to love Summer. Now I just look forward to when it isn't so dang hot. Like Christmas! LOL!
You could also use your "energy burst" days to make a few meals in advance and stick them in the freezerfor the days you don't feel up to cooking a decent meal.

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BILLIERYAN 7/21/2008 10:18AM

    How about cold foods.....you could make sandwiches.....hit a Subway, things like that. On my way home I eat a meal bar, sandwich, or just a big bag of veggies. Is there a frig at your work where you could keep your lunch and dinner? If you have a sweet tooth.....Met-Rx makes the most yummy bars. (any with the cream....ahhh so yummy). Or how about microwave food? (Lean Cuisine makes the best pizza....the Deep Dish 3 Meat pizza- has the best sauce and flavor). Just a few quick, no cooking, yummy ideas. I've even eaten a Lean Cuisine pizza on my way home before so that I could get that "hot food" fix.

I feel you about the heat.....thank goodness I have a/c, but I've been there and I didn't have the energy to cook or to work out.

Good luck, we are here for you.

-Billie

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REDHATMAMA43 7/21/2008 10:08AM

    It has been in the high 90's here in Texas and humid as all get out. i also bathe in mosquito repellent...we have those buggers that you can barely see and they do not hum. Well, i digress...being hot all the time is a bad one...do you have a fan? We have ceiling fans but if you have a portable job, just focus it on you while you have your meal. The car is a bit hard to take...why is it not air conditioned? well, anyway..keep the spirts up and remember...we are always here for you and i would advise you to check in every day again. I have a small fan that focuses on just me at my computor. my house is 70 years old and the room i am in does not cool well. Best thing is you have not gained and have not lost your motivation...you just need sparks and a big hug from everyone every day.

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DONANNE 7/21/2008 9:34AM

    Good Morning...I hope perhaps today is a little cooler where you are...there is nothing worse than being hot 24/7 but I have to tell you...all the wonderful suggestions that have been posted for you should help...I only have one more thought...I use my microwave a lot in the summer if I don't want to grill my veggies...also...I cook ahead and freeze batches...then they can be warmed up in the microwave..even chicken can be cooked in the nuker and put on top of your salad...which you can rip up ahead ..have in a bag in the fridge ready to go..! emoticon

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BREEZYLEO 7/21/2008 12:36AM

    Hi Griffin,
I can so relate, I hate when it is hot. It is as if all the energy is sapped right out of my body. I keep lots of watermelon around (when it is hot it is the only thing that sounds good to me) I have it already cut into bit size pieces and I can chow down on a few bits every now and then.

Also, my gym is air conditioned, so working out is a nice break from the heat, surprising as that may sound? emoticon

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CINNIEMAY 7/20/2008 8:41PM

    One of the good things about our life there is always a tomorrow, We can use it to start again. So when you get up tomorrow just remember so far there are no mistakes so you start anew. Forget about yesterday that is why they call it the past. Just make this moment count!!!

I hope that if I can do anything for you just let me know!

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SASSYPLUMERIA 7/20/2008 7:54PM

  Remember your reasons for being here and focus on that. Do a little something every day to enforce a healthy habit. This journey is not easy but when I think about the alternatives...it's not an option. Stay strong, you can beat this slump. Good luck!

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MMJH2332 7/20/2008 7:45PM

    boy do i know how you feel, hun everything will be fine, just try and stay positive. Just remember, its not the end of the world if you screw up a couple of times, life isn't perfect but hey when you do feel up to being on here more and working out you will have this sense of accomplishment and boy does that feel awesome. I'm here if you want to chat or just vent lol, don't give up on yourself emoticon

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SHOOTIN4STARS 7/20/2008 5:11PM

    Hey Griffen,

I can relate. I have so been there and done that. We all lose our way sometimes, but fortunately we have friends to light the way and get us back on track. Just remember, you are doing this for you. You deserve the very best, so give it to yourself. Don't wait another day, hour or second. The Goonies are here for you and got your back all the way! If you need to chat, stop by my page anytime and send me a message.

emoticonLisa

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 7/20/2008 5:03PM

    It's 101 here right now in Sunny Sumrall Mississippi so I can relate to high heat and humidity. I think Miss. is the humidity state of the union emoticon

I just awoke from an afternoon nap and am praying for something I can write to motivate you.

The fact that you are posting is a positive thing; it means you are not quitting. It is difficult staying with any program while working and without air (been there myself) it is a chore in itself.

When hurricane Katrina came through almost 3 years ago we lost power for 2 weeks and I remembered an "old lady" trick that still works. Fill a bucket, dishpan, anything large enough for you to put both feet into with water and then just sit and soak your feet. You won't believe how much better you will feel. After everyone laughed at me they all found their own buckets and my DH used 5 gallon buckets, one for each leg!

We resolved the no electricity problem buy using our grill for one cooked meal daily and then cold foods the rest of the time. I use the term cold only to mean uncooked.

I am sending you positive waves to help you get through this emoticon
Love,
Linda

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CHUNKSTER63 7/20/2008 4:49PM

    well all the suggestions I see seem to be vey good do you belong to an air conditioned gym that would be whee i would start so that at least you can exercise in an air condition atmoshphere also hydaration is key always bring along a thermace beig enough to hold ice cubes and drink that water when your oout side or driving it may sound funny but growing up with my sisters kids that all all advad soccer players it was like nothing to me to got to two or three game s a day them tounaments then i saw some parent with a bottle and it had a fan on it and I approched them and asked they said it was a water cooled fan that not only fanned you but sprayed cool mists of water out tempurature is regulated by the back of our nexts and we lose yeat from the top of our heads I horse shoe ice back and a thin cloth placed around the neck will bring your body temp down just be sure to you the cloth cause you should not put ice directly against the skin i learned that in soccer injurys as well as pictire's that have the arms and shoulders wrapped in ice after a game of baseball. Is you house air conditioned if not the best ting i found was if I could air condition my bedroom at leat I was able to get a comftorable nights sleep I hoe this helps the dog days of summer.

Chunk
stay Cool emoticon

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QUILTINGB52 7/20/2008 3:50PM

    I totally understand your lack of desire to cook in this heat! I too have no AC but this week have found different ways to get around the 'too hot to cook' routine....tuna fish salads, grilled meats, try to keep fresh fruit & veggies in portioned bags or containers and not feeling guilty about eating out (Subway, Wendy's salads).

Have also been taking a luke-warm showers to reduce my body temp, then I sit by a fan. Amazing how much cooler you feel!

I take it one meal at a time....day by day. Good luck!

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GMA1964 7/20/2008 3:45PM

    Hi griffin,
I hear you about coming to the website all the time. I was here at least an hour every night. I came to the process that if I took that hour and spent it doing something good for myself then it was just as good as being on this website every day. I only come on once or twice a week, I always read my emails sometime during the day but my evenings are now spent watering my flowers, walking the dog or best of all talking to my husband about our day.
You should be proud that you are still making good choices about what you are eating, you just need to find a cool place to walk. Is there a mall close by or park? I love walking in the park we have here in town there are so many trees and I can still take my dog.
I hope you know that you are not alone in this adventure of weight loss, the goonies are a great group of people who are just a click away!
Keep up the good choices and hopefully stay cool.

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JILLHOOG 7/20/2008 3:09PM

    Hi Griffin, I know how hard it is to motivate myself to do anything when it is hot outside. I just want to lay in front of my fan all day and eat ice cream. I liked ZGals idea about keeping ziploc baggies of healthy snacks with you. That way you may not be so quick to grab a Big Mac. My weakness has always been sweets so I started buying the 100 calorie packs to try and kill my cravings. Remember this is our life and we just need to take things one day at a time. If you fall off one day, just get back up the next. Good luck!

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ZGAL69 7/20/2008 3:05PM

    I think we can all admit it takes a lot more effort to eat healthy. We have to plan ahead. My new best kitchen tool is zip lock baggies; throw some carrot sticks in there or whatever your favorite raw veggie is. it's a great alternative for me especially on those really hot muggy days! The crystal light 20 ounce to go packages are great too! Hang in there..... we've all got your back:D emoticon


Zgal

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LOVESWEETS2 7/20/2008 2:56PM

    Hey Griffin, don't be so hard on yourself. Just take it day by day. If you haven't gained, then you are still a loser. Remeber that it didn't take you overnite to gain that weight and it won't take only one day to lose it. Believe you me, I know this. I joned a gym to lose weight. ha ha it took me 3 years to lose only 10 pounds. so far today is my 14th day of being as good as I can to myself. Hey, I am right here if you need me. emoticon emoticon

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SIVAWOOZ 7/20/2008 2:48PM

  I sure know what you mean about being stressed and emotional and eating. I've been doing that all my life. That lifestyle make it easy to gain weight and difficult to lose it. I live in the desert and it gets so hot here - and humid in July and August - that all I want to do is stay indoors, sit on my fanny and eat Ben & Jerrys ice cream. I ate a pint a day last summer until someone told me a pint is more than a serving. I thought if you bought ice cream in the little containers you could eat the whole thing at one sitting! Now I kow better and I don't eat a pint a day. I still eat it in the summer but only on special occasions.
I wish you well in getting back on track. Even though I get off track sometimes I sure feel better physically and psychologically when I'm following the plan and working toward the goal.

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HUGGERS1 7/20/2008 2:47PM

    I have been getting up earlier so I can get my exercise In before it gets too hot. I take a nap when I get home because I feel like if I am asleep then I won't care about the weather. I grew up without air conditioning so completely understand that the heat just drains you. Keep lots of cold water handy and make sure you have it as soon as you get home. it is really refreshing, also cold oranges are great too.

You can do this. Prepare meals in bulk (that is what I do. I cook on the weekends, and I eat it all week so I am not to worried about fixing a big dinner when it is so hot. I make a huge pan of spaghetti sauce and my hubby will just heat the noodles when he wants them It saves a lot of time and I don't worry about heating the house more.

I wish you luck. I am glad you posted and I am rooting for you so much. I am glad you are not gaining weight, but leave those big macs at mcdonalds:) there is so much better out there for you and I know you can reach your goals.

hugs,
Amber

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CARAHSS 7/20/2008 2:45PM

    i believe youll pull threw this hard time we all have those days you are in my prayers and stay strong we are all here for ya

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HOPE228 7/20/2008 2:45PM

    ha i know what you mean, im from newyork, when its humid and no ac ANYWHERE, then i moved to arizona, where its 115 degrees! lol, so if you dont feel like cooking, maybe try stoppin at the grocery store real quick and get some frozen healthy meals that you can just heat up.

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LIFES*2*SHORT 7/20/2008 2:41PM

  Wow... that's pretty tough. A/C has become one of my best friends. LOL I sure hope you can find the motivation you need to get back on track. WE are all still here for you and will help you out with what we can. I am glad that you posted this. Maybe someone will be able to give you some words of wisdom. PS... how's your mom doing?

Naomi

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Thank you

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Thanks to all of you who kept my mom in your prayers. I'm happy to say she is stable, albeit she can't talk, walk, eat, etc. because of her stroke. She is however still with us. Thanks again for thinking of us. It means a lot.

  
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ANDRAXIA 7/28/2008 10:18PM

    I feel saddened about yourmom, but I will keep her and you in my prayers. I live with my mother and grandmother, both of whom have had strokes and i know how difficult that can be. I hope things are better for you and your mom in the future...My grandmother has survived two strokes so I know things can get better. I'm sending you my best friends... emoticon emoticon They have both helped me through a lot, I hope they can do the same for you.

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DONANNE 7/12/2008 5:10PM

    HI..just happened by your blog...saw you were from the 'Rock' so had to write to say am sorry to see your MOm had a stroke...hope things are better now...I am from Ontario...so had to say hi and prayers for your family from another Canuck! Caring Hugs, Donanne

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S00KIE 6/29/2008 2:08PM

    I just now saw that your mom had a stroke. You and your family will be in my thoughts!

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LIFES*2*SHORT 6/28/2008 8:16PM

  Still praying!! Keep the faith!!

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