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Monday, July 09, 2012

The comments from my blog/cry for help this morning were overwhelmingly in agreement that I am not eating enough food and my body is clinging to the weight. I have been eating between 800-1000 calories every day. Tomorrow I am going to go out and buy some vegetables, fruits and nuts that I love and make an awesome salad. I will even put dressing on it!
Today I took my German Shepherd Dog for a walk and she was so grateful. As long as it is not a scorcher tomorrow, we will go again.
Had I not put out a call for help, I would have gone through the day with a deteriorating attitude and no plan to change things, so I really appreciate those of you who lent me your wisdom. You are helping me change my life and I am realizing that I can't do it alone. Thank goodness for this place. I hope that everyone had a great day. I did, thanks to you!

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EBURGITE 7/15/2012 12:03AM

    how's it going emoticon

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EBURGITE 7/12/2012 3:23PM

    a friend shared this site with me today: http://eatmore2weighless.com/about-
i've been struggling with anorexic thinking/eating, and this has convinced me i really need to make some serious changes. i thought that was in the past, but i realized it's still alive and kicking. and working against all my efforts to live a healthy life.
emoticon for serious change.

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TEACHFIRST268 7/10/2012 6:44PM

    Sorry I missed your cry out for help earlier - but glad to see you're making some changes for the better!

I can tell you from personal experience if you're eating too few calories you WILL NOT lose weight. Been there, done that!

Awesome idea upping your calories with fruits and veggies. I snack on carrots all day long - sometimes even treat myself to a little dipping them in ranch dressing. Getting tired of it now, but was my 'go to' for a while when I wanted to snack during the day. Eat carrots to your heart's content (but not the dressing, though - be stingy with that. (o:)

Good luck - be sure to blog/post how things go after a week or so and let us know if it makes a difference and how it's going!

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LAUGHTERGIRL 7/9/2012 9:41PM

    You're a great learner! Sounds like you took the advice of others, and it changed your mindset. That's awesome. Keep it up!

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Unwanted pounds refuse to go away despite eating right

Monday, July 09, 2012

I don't understand. I have been waiting and waiting for days to celebrate the great transition to the 190s and I can't leave the 200s. I am right on the cusp.
I eat no more than 800-1000 calories per day, but I did cheat that day last week so maybe this is payback.
Have all the drugs I am on for my Huntington's Disease slowed my metabolism down to the rate of a snail?
Is there anyone else out there that is or has experienced this?
What do I do? I am growing frustrated and I know that is the "fathead" inside wanting me to throw in the towel and just eat whatever, since it's not going to lower the scales anyway.
But I refuse to succumb to the fathead.
Any advise would be greatly appreciated in the meantime.

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EBURGITE 7/9/2012 12:17PM

/quizzes_start.asp?quizid=58>just did this quiz...lots of good info in it. emoticon

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EBURGITE 7/9/2012 12:08PM

    i'll have to echo the other posts....800-1000 calories a day probably isn't enough. 1200 is really the minimum you should go. eating too few calories just teaches your body to hoard every precious one, and then when you eat normally, your body will pack on the pounds in preparation for the next famine. if you're exercising as well, then you're at more of a shortfall. you might want to see what calories it would take to maintain your weight, and eat that way for a few weeks (or longer) to see how your metabolism compares to "normal." i know it's discouraging to not be losing, and it's scary to think of eating MORE, but i think you're working against your body with your current eating plan. you may have an initial bump up in weight, but when your body realizes adequate food will be coming regularly i think it will start releasing stores. emoticon

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PATSYB7 7/9/2012 11:39AM

    So sorry about your Huntington's diagnosis. Don't give up--the pounds will come off. You're probably not eating enough. All of the literature states that one should never go below 1200 calories per day. Perhaps you could try eating more. Are you able to exercise?

Good luck! Let us know if we can help in any way. :O) Patti

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TIGRKITTN 7/9/2012 11:38AM

    It sounds like you're eating too little - your body thinks there's a famine and it's holding on to every calorie you give it. Eat more good stuff, chicken and fish and veg and fruit. Are you getting any exercise? Add an extra walk or exercise video if the extra calories make you anxious, but eat at least 1200 calories a day - 1400 is better. Your body needs to "feel safe" letting go of the fat, that it's not going to starve.


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DISP715 7/9/2012 11:30AM

    Oh Honey. Don't give up. Don't use the scale exclusively as a measure of success. This journey is about health and feeling good about ourselves. I am guessing that you are not eating enough. No where on this site does it recommend eating only 800 calories a day. If your body thinks it's starving it will hold on to what it has for dear life. Increase calories with nutrient packed foods like fruits and veggies. Exercise is also critical. I'm not talking about running marathons, just moving. 30 minutes everyday. Don't give up. There is nothing easy about this journey, but, the rewards are incredible. The hardest part, of course, is believing that you are worthy of health. You CAN do this. BTW, it has taken me over a year to lose 8 lbs, which I promptly gained back in a month. Frustrating, you bet. However, I will never give up because I deserve health and so do you. HUGS!!

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GOOSIEMOON 7/9/2012 11:26AM

    Could it be that you're not eating enough calories?

I know it's hard to be patient, but you will eventually figure it out.


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SCRAPPINPOLLY 7/9/2012 11:26AM

    I don't have HD so I can't help you there. All I can say is keep it up and the scale will catch up to your efforts!

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GOULDSGRANITE 7/9/2012 11:26AM

    Just blogged about this today myself. It does get frustrating when the scale refuses to move! Keep tracking, stay positive, imagine how great it will be when you reach that goal. emoticon emoticon

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Depression and eating

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Depression is a symptom of Huntington's Disease that I struggle with, and I'll bet a lot of other non HD people struggle with it too. Before I started back with the Sparkpeople, depression was inextricably linked to excess food consumption for me.
But since I have started back with Sparkpeople, I am able to compartmentalize the food part away from the depression part. The food part is so structured and I even think that structure of knowing what I am going to eat when helps with the depression.
I am grateful for this site and for the support that I am given and that I am allowed to give.
Happy Fourth everyone!

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CINDYSDAY 7/5/2012 10:10AM

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TEACHFIRST268 7/5/2012 9:58AM

    That's what's so huge about this site...the positive and empathetic support. Most everyone 'gets it' and has had similar experiences. It feels a little weird to me to 'reach out' sometimes, but like I've mentioned to others in the past - getting that comment on my blog, or a note on my sparkpage, or a 'like' to my status - those little things can really make the difference between a day of good choices, or a day of feeling down in the dumps.

My neighbor (walking buddy) and I have both noticed/been talking about how drastically our moods/self image can change ... overnight! And how it's such a mind over matter thing. THIS is the hardest thing to conquer, not the exercise or the food intake - it's the mindset.

Just over a week ago I was feeling on top of the world, I actually posted a profile picture on facebook (which I NEVER thought I would do) and went through a bunch of old clothes. Two days later I was back to hating what I saw in the mirror and disgusted with myself (which I know was prompted by the scale not cooperating). Thankfully I've been active on SP again and the comments from compassionate strangers, in addition to my neighbor and I increasing our walking to add some running (and getting a few new walking outfits) helped to pull me out of my funk (a little bit). Then it was her turn...last night, as we started our walk, she confessed that ugh, she was in a bad place, caught a glimpse over herself in the mirror in a pair of shorts and groaned. It was my turn to point out the positive and we pushed our running even more than we have. That lifted our spirits and gave us something different to focus on/feel pride in.

I cannot imagine your struggle with Huntington's Disease is like, and how much more difficult this weight loss journey is because of it. Thank you for sharing that with us and I give you so much credit for not letting it 'win' and for taking charge of YOU and doing what you can to leading a happier and healthier life.

Come here for support when you need it - don't let the down days take over. Keep up your amazing progress and continue to share your successes (and not so successes - haha) with us!!

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TERRIPAL1 7/5/2012 8:16AM

    Thanks you are so right, I understand what you're saying,I use food for comfort also,but it just doesn't work!
Spark people is great! emoticon

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HELLODANAE 7/4/2012 11:14PM

    I have suffer from depression and I agree about the food and the impact it has on my mood.
It's interesting to me how I think that food will comfort me but in reality is the other way around.

Thank you for sharing your experience, strength and hope. emoticon

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BONLAT 7/4/2012 9:14PM

    Thanks for sharing and reminding us how SparkPeople helps in so many ways. Blessings to you!

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Ruh Roh!!!

Monday, July 02, 2012

Despite all my determined talk, I let myself slip today. A bad thunderstorm passed through and left us with no power and we were bored and the trigger was an open box of chocolates that my son had.
The box is a little lighter now, plus I went ahead and ate other stuff that wasn't on my meal plan, like half a peanut butter sandwich that I didn't want, and a bite of an overripe banana. Then I drank a cup of melted ice cream from the freezer. Not cheat-worthy food by any means.
The whole time I was doing it, I was saying to myself, I'll get back on tomorrow. And I know that I will. But I wish I had just given myself permission to have part of a piece of candy instead of going through all that.
I'm feeling ashamed and I know that I acted against my own best interest.
At least the power is back on...

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TEACHFIRST268 7/2/2012 9:36PM

    You know what? Big deal. So what.
Let go of the guilt. Don't be ashamed. Just say "So what!" and forget about it.
This is so much a mind game - this whole process of losing weight. We feel guilty and ashamed too much. If a dear friend did that would you think horribly of her, or would you laugh with her (confess that you've done the same at one point or another), tell her to brush it off and move on?

Forgive yourself, you're human. NO ONE eats perfectly 100% of the time. If they do, well, then, they're not human and that's not the way the majority of people live.

The HARDEST part in this journey isn't eating perfectly all the time, it's how quickly we forgive ourselves, move on, and get back on track.

I'd say forget about starting fresh tomorrow. Start fresh right now. (o:

Hang in there!!!!

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 7/2/2012 9:22PM

    Remember in the morning you start at zero again.

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PATTOMMC3 7/2/2012 8:24PM

    emoticon Tomorrow is another day....just keep moving!

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Too legit to quit

Saturday, June 30, 2012

OK. Now I have accurately and officially lost 11 pounds. I weigh 201. It is my greatest short term wish to kiss the 200s goodbye forever and I can feel that this wish is on its way to coming true!
The cravings I had for food have been replaced by the craving to stay on my meal plan and see results. I am happy and hopeful and looking forward to passing backwards through the 190s soon!

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GOLFGMA 7/1/2012 7:40AM

    You sound very optimistic and that is great and the only way to go at this challenge. Wishing you much success and keep the desire strong and you will get it done! emoticon

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PATSYB7 6/30/2012 7:48PM

    Yay for you! That is super--keep going and be sure to update us with your progress! Your Spark friends want to support your achievements! :O)

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TEACHFIRST268 6/30/2012 3:33PM

    YAY! Good for you! Keep moving forward! You've got this!!! Don't you find success drives you to want more of it? emoticon

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EBURGITE 6/30/2012 11:11AM

    emoticon keep up the great work! that's a HUGE benchmark.

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NIGHTOCUPS 6/30/2012 11:09AM

    Congratulations! emoticon

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