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Any good pre-christmas challenges out there?

Friday, November 01, 2013

I am pleasantly surprised to find myself 3 lbs down this morning. emoticon
I have been sticking to low carbing, but going through my post induction stall phase.
Recent weighin's have me putting on weight not losing it.
So I must have experienced my whoosh loss! Where my body finally realizes what is going on. emoticon
I should have steady weight loss from here. emoticon

If I can stay focused. I know I can see my first goal of 204lbs this month.
If anyone knows of any new challenges this month. Could you let me know please?

I am really delighted to be starting a knitting challenge today too.
Good luck to anyone reading, who is starting it also. emoticon

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BROADBRUSH 11/2/2013 9:35AM

    you are low carbing and so am i .
i have taken out my holidays christmas fave recipes and challenge myself to make low carb alternatives that taste decent.
i challenged my budget big time this year too - i am reusing, recycling as much as i can and not buying any more in the way of new decorations etc.
i challenge myself to keep walking thru the thick and thin of december - cold or not -
and lastly - i challenge myself to keep to a good eating routine, sleep patterns and just enjoying and not stressing out. so if you find anything here worthwhile for you - YOU'RE ON!! emoticon

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USMAWIFE 11/1/2013 5:35PM

    Click on the community home tab and you will see a section with challenges. you should find some in there

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Health benefits of fat loss.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

I came across this graphic on my facebook today.
It shows a whole range of health issues, that be significantly improved if you lose fat.
Interesting stuff!

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LJCANNON 10/24/2013 5:45PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing this!! It is an Eye Opener!!

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WOUBBIE 10/24/2013 5:24PM

    Absolutely! The things that make you fat also make you sick.

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WERSPBUDDIES 10/24/2013 4:23PM

    thankyou forsharing

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RENATA144 10/24/2013 3:34PM

  emoticon for the amazing fact sheet .

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SNUGGY_BUNNY 10/24/2013 3:23PM

  Is there a way to enlarge this to see what is going on? I would like to be able to read this.

Comment edited on: 10/24/2013 3:24:59 PM

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SHARONCAPPS 10/24/2013 3:23PM

  Very interesting. Thanks for sharing

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Finally getting somewhere!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

If you look back over my blogs. You will a see a year and half of Goal setting, whinging and not much else. emoticon
Finally after all this time. Something has started to work for me. emoticon
One day, I woke up feeling smothered by my recently acquired triple chin. I was at my heaviest in more than 5 years, 220 lbs.
I realised it was time to do something drastic.
I had always written off low carbing, as something too extreme. Limiting whole food groups, was crazy right? Especially for a vegetarian like me.
I decided that I would try it. Just for that day. To see how bad it could possibly be.
I braced myself for feeling tired and crappy that first day. Then something really surprising happened.
I suddenly felt like a fog had lifted from around my head. Like I was breathing clean air, for the first time in a long time.
I couldn't get over, how good I felt. So soon after starting. I wonder if maybe I have had a problem, with insulin or somesuch all this time.

I am 3 weeks in now. I have lost 11lbs, and it has killed my drive to emotionally overeat.
It hasn't always been easy going. Some days I have been tired, some days cold, and others just moodier than normal. But for the first time, I can genuinely picture myself achieving one of my goals.
If I can lose another 6lbs before the year is out. I will set a new lowest weight record for 2013.
If I can lose 11lbs, I will lighter than at any other time, since I started this spark journey. I'll finally wave goodbye to the obese category!

This week, I am saying goodbye to my induction phase. I'm hoping that I can use the extra carbs, to come up with some decent recipes!
Cheese and eggs, are getting very old now!
If anyone has any favorite veggie low carb meals. Please share.

Thanks for reading!


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1GROVES2 10/30/2013 10:51AM

    Great Job! I need motivation, as well....I lost 25 lbs on SP and got a stress filled job and gained 40! I am at an all time high of 182 and I need to get my motivation back! It will come, but I need it soon or I`ll be getting even bigger!

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WOUBBIE 10/22/2013 7:08PM

    Linda's Low Carb to the rescue! Good place to start out and then you'll discover a whole WORLD of scrumptious low carb eats!

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101PALMTREE 10/22/2013 5:57PM

    Good job! emoticon

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Day One: 21 days binge free.

Monday, August 19, 2013

I am still stuck in my stress, eat, guilt loop.
So I have decided to take the 21 days binge free challenge up. To prove to myself, if I make me a priority. I'll see results.
I'm going to blog here daily.

I'm worried about house hunting at the moment. It's the worst time of year to look. I have a week to find someplace.
Last time I had to look. It took me 8 weeks and I settled at that.
Really hard to stay positive, looking at what is out there.
I really hope that keeping mindful of my challenge, will help me find a better way to cope with this worry.

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ANNE_BRANTLEY 8/19/2013 1:29PM


Good luck! Sometimes a challenge is just the motivation you need!

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COUTURELADY 8/19/2013 11:21AM

    Hooray for you, joining the challenge! Ask me a couple months ago and I wouldn't have imagined having 7 days binge free and I just completed day 7, on my way to 8!

You can do it, yes, YOU can! emoticon

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BLUENOSE63 8/19/2013 7:20AM

  Excellent work! Even if you take small steps, keep moving forward to your goal.

Good luck on your journey

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This weeks musings.

Friday, August 09, 2013

Last week, I realised I have a problem with binge eating.
I mean I knew I did it, I knew that is why I ever get overweight in the first place.
I will chain snack, until the whole fridge is empty.
I eat and eat and eat. Until I feel painfully full. Only then do I feel peace.
I chow through things that should be pleasurable. I don't appreciate a thing.
I feel numb when I eat like this.
The people around me, are forever pointing out this is my problem. I'm like a child they say.
I know this is my problem.

It just has never sunk in before, that this is an actual disorder.
That it is not just a lack of willpower. Or foresight. Or self control.
That I am eating to beat my feelings, my loneliness. To escape.
That if I want to stop this problem, I need to find to address the other ones.
Find a new way to release.

So that is what I have been focusing on this past week. Beating the will to binge.
I did well at the start too.
Then a spiraling funk drove me into the Ben and Jerrys.
I used that as an excuse, to stay unaccountable for the rest of the week.
But I did eat less, than I usual do when I am in binge mode.
So a mixed week, but hopefully some lessons learnt.
I lost 2lbs in the end. More importantly I feel like I stopped the rot.

This week I am going to keep trying to be binge free.
I am also going to track everyday, aiming to keep within my goals.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 8/10/2013 3:20AM

    It's hard to give up something you've been doing for a very long time. Be proud of the changes you've made. You've realized the issue. You've taken the first steps to change your habits. It will take a lot of time and practice to change your habits.

Come up with a plan about how you will recognize disordered eating in the future, then how you will stop it when you recognize it. You might conisder removing binge foods from the house, and anything healthy you might binge on could be put into single servings (in plastic bags or tupperware) and you will only grab 1 serving at a time. When you realize you've gone through more than two or three servings you can stop and choose to do something else, like go for a walk, exercise, talk to someone, write down your feelings, etc. The more you stick to this the better chance you'll eventually be able to recognize the feelings that are bringing on the binge before you ever grab for food.

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