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What brought me to begin my weight loss journey

Monday, September 19, 2011

I updated my weight loss ticker to reflect my true weight loss journey, which began last Nov. I was a poll worker and began having a dry and very sore throat. It was later discovered I had gotten a drug-resistant bacteria in my throat when my throat swelled nearly shut and I had to be taken to the ER. It took 4 different kinds of antibiotics and steroid mixes to find the right combo to kill the bacteria. I lost 15 lbs while my throat was swollen and I had to relearn how to swallow food. I was in bed for 7 weeks and also developed pneumonia during that time. I was then left very weak for months afterwards. It was May before I finally felt well.
I felt so much better with just that 15 lbs off, however, I began to regain some of it as my old eating habits resumed. I saw I could lose weight and I desperately needed to rebuild some strength in my muscles, so I followed a friend's advice and did an internet search for SparkPeople.

and here I am....43lbs less and 1/2 way to my goal!

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ASOBFALLS 9/20/2011 1:28AM

    emoticon for Sharing! Great story, glad you shared!

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FITNFUNJEN 9/19/2011 10:24AM

    I'm so glad they found the right combo to get you better. What a hard time that must have been! It's interesting how sometimes hard things help us make changes in our lives. Way to go on the 43 lbs! That is so inspiring! emoticon

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DRAWNTHISWAY 9/19/2011 9:09AM

    You are doing wonderfully. I am sorry that you got ill to start your journey. But you are doing so well. Congratulations on all the weight you have lost (and will lose!)

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I bought my first new fitness thingy today.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Today I bought myself one of those fancy-schmancy 'wick-away sweat' shirts. They were on sale at Walmart. $3. Looks like they are trying to clear away the short-sleeved style to make room for long-sleeved ones.

I'm curious to see how it works and if I can stand to have my sweat "wicked-away"--whatever that means. emoticon Sounds gross, but hey, we'll see. I can usually only wear 100% cotton, but hey, again, we'll see... for just $3.

I'll try it out tomorrow during my 1.75 mile 5K training walk.

Brainfog moment--I went for my walk, but forgot to wear the shirt! LOL I'll try to remember to wear it when I got for my 2 mile walk on Tuesday! emoticon

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ASOBFALLS 9/20/2011 1:30AM

    Had to read it for the clarification!! wondered what a "fitness thingy" was!

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FITNFUNJEN 9/16/2011 10:10PM

    I'd be interested to know if you like it. I just wear cotton t-shirts, but I've thought about those fancy ones!

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Emotional Eating

Monday, September 12, 2011

This week I am to blog about the triggers to my emotional eating.


It doesn't matter what kind----relational, emotional, physical, financial, fatigue, spiritual, health issues, church issues, my kids' learning struggles, PMS, my annual Seasonal Affective Disorder, other depressions.

Most recently, my husband lost his job in 2008, just 4 months after we moved into a home in a dream location--in the county, in some woods, with a creek. While he as unemployed for 2 1/2 years. I spun out of control trying to meet bills, live on unemployment and deal with the stress. I gained 40 lbs in 2 years! I was living off pasta, chips, chocolate, and Sam's Cola. I just kept sinking lower and lower. My doctor was great, he allowed me to have free samples of Cymbalta for my depression and fibromyalgia pain which was increasing with my weight and lowered ability to deal with the pain due to the depression.

SparkPeople is helping me break that cycle with the changes in my attitude, mental thinking, how I deal with stress, eating healthier, and getting physical exercise. The Lord is healing relationships, my emotions, and my spiritual walk now--to His glory!

Right now, I am still fighting emotional eating, Mostly on Friday evenings. On Fridays, my 14yo homeschooled son and I have our Co-op Day. We are in town (20 miles away) from 8:30am-3:30pm. It is go-go-go all day long while I run errands, grocery shop, teach a class, have a prep-time, and monitor a study hall. I add about 5,000 steps to my normal day's total of steps. So it is an exhausting, totally draining day mentally, physically and emotionally for me.
I've recently started trying to nap after we get home and have put away all the groceries in an attempt to help me recover. However, most weeks I am so hyped-up, I can't nap. I fight binging on chocolate from 4pm-bedtime at 10pm. I try eating healthier snacks so I know I'm not really hungry.

So, I know I still have a ways to go to totally stop Emotional Eating, but I am actively taking steps to fight it and I will continue to change this horrible habit, with the Lord's help and to His glory!

I want to be healthy----physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually so I am ready to do whatever tasks the Lord calls me to do. Abundant living--right now!


Spreading the Spark to my husband

Sunday, September 04, 2011

My husband wants to join me on my Spark journey! The hard part...I have to restrict carbs and he is hypoglycemic. I have no idea how to help him lose weight except to encourage him to eat smaller portions. His blood sugar is touchy and he has issues with going too low nearly everyday at some point.

However, I am excited for his journey and our journey together. Not sure if he'll get a Sparkpage, being a guy. LOL

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FITNFUNJEN 9/5/2011 12:43AM

    Congrats on spreading the spark! Do you know the cause of his hypoglycemia? I know prevention or treatment depends on the cause.

My husband is hypoglycemic and he controls it by eating smaller meals throughout the day and by eating protein and fat with his carbs. He also avoids all cane sugar products. He usually only eats natural sugars (fruits, honey, maple syrup, agave, etc.) I'm actually doing a similar thing with eating regularly throughout the day (most days) and trying to keep my fat, protein, and carbs balanced. My doc suggested 1:1:2 for me and it's helping me lose weight.

Having your husband talk to his doctor and/or a dietician would be a good idea.

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DRAWNTHISWAY 9/4/2011 7:17PM

    How exciting... It sounds to me what you really need is a consult with a nutritionist (hopefully one that does not endorse every boxed good out there) in order to find menus that can help both of you to lose weight.

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The hardest part of dieting for me

Monday, August 29, 2011

I'm to blog the hardest part of dieting for me. That's easy......the part where the diet is over and the lifestyle begins.

You see, I've dieted and exercised and lost substantial amounts of weight 4 times since I was 18 years old.

Diet #1 (1985) wasn't too bad---just 15 lbs to get the Freshman 15 back off and my then fiancee was in ND while I was still in IN so I wanted to WOW! him when we reunited in college that fall. I kept most of that off for our Dec. wedding. Settled at 138 while finishing our degrees and starting our careers and family. Gained 40 lbs with pregnancy #1 (1991) due to fluid build up because of blood pressure issues, but lost it all quickly while nursing for 2 years.

Diet #2 (1996) Weight had slowly increased while I stayed home with child #1 until I weighed my pregnancy high weight, 180lbs. Well, low-fat was the way to go, so NO fat must be better, right? I lost 40 lbs and felt great. Then got pregnant again. It was a very hard pregnancy--bedridden for most of the 8 months with a perfect tiny premie and our 2 lives saved as the result. Lost all the pregnancy weight quickly thanks to nursing (only 1 year this time).

Health problems with thyroid and ovaries and muscle pain all over my body, especially in my legs dominated my life by the time baby #2 was 3yo. I quickly gained weight as I laid around in debilitating fatigue and pain.

Diet #3 (2001) A bunch of ladies in my church started a dieting Bible Study so I joined at my new high weight of 190lbs. I lost quickly and easily with the new low-carb diet. I got down to 168lbs. I kept it off for awhile, until I got tired of not eating carbs. I gave up dieting.

I was so embarrassed at my daughter's 2010 high school graduation. I had no pretty dress to wear because I weighed 227 lbs. and hadn't bought anything new in years; just bought fatter and fatter clothes at Goodwill. We had to go up on stage in front of 250 invited guests to present our daughter her diploma. I was the fattest and dowdiest homeschool mom at the ceremony. I wallowed in depression for a year (husband had also been out of work.)

2011- Here we are with "diet" #4. But this time, I am doing it with SparkPeople. With all the SP articles, teams, and my accountability partner, I know this time IS different. I am making heart changes; spiritual ones, (thanks, Erin!). I am making mental changes to my thinking. I am making changes to my habits. I am making changes in how I view food. I am making changes in my goals (GoalGetter, not just goal setter! Goals that are meaningful and lasting, not just weight related or date related) Changes that are meaningful and lasting. I am becoming a new person.
Actually, I am finding the old me---before all the bouts of depression. Before all the pain and fatigue. Before all the things that didn't turn out the way I thought they would (job difficulties, life difficulties, kids with learning disabilities, spiritual issues, church hopping, health issues, etc.)--but with a healthier view of food. 2011 marks a new lifestyle, not a new diet.

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DRAWNTHISWAY 8/29/2011 9:27AM

    You are doing well. I believe you have made more growth in this process than I have in the 5 years I have been visiting this site. Congratulations on your growth within this lifestyle and the loss.

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