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Finally Lost 30 Pounds on 6th Spark Anniversary

Monday, August 18, 2014

For anyone out there wondering whether you will ever make it to your goal don't give up. Keep at it and it will happen. It may take much longer than you want, but it will be sweet when you do and you will learn so much in the meanwhile.

This was the state of my ticker this morning. Note: All of the ticker did not save. What it shows is I have lost 30 pounds of 87 pounds. You can see it on my Spark Page.

I didn't expect it to happen today. I have been at a plateau .2 from the milestone for over a week. Last Friday I gave in to temptation and had some lasagna followed by some ice cream with my husband. Not too too much, but still something I had not planned. I did not go back for seconds (and thirds) like I would have before even though I wanted to.

The scale let me know the next day. I had gained almost two pounds and was much further away from my goal. I didn't let it bother me though and just got back on my healthy eating again. The extra pounds stuck around over the weekend. I thought it would be a long setback to get back down to my lowest of lows on Spark again.

This morning I was pleasantly surprised. I was exactly at the 30 pound mark. Woo hoo! To make things even better I found out with some wonderful goodies on my page that I will reach my 6th anniversary on Spark tomorrow. I had no idea. What a great way to celebrate this anniversary. I am now over a third of the way to my goal.

I don't want anyone to think it has taken me six years weight progress to get to this goal. During the six years I lost and regained. My weight line is quite jumpy. The real progress this year is the knowledge I gained during those six years. I now know I KNOW how to do it and I have steadily lost since I was at a higher point than I was when I joined Spark.

I don't think it will take me another twelve years to get to goal but instead only a year or so. I can do it. I am sure of it. My progress the last year shows this. I am a different person and have conquered so many problems that had kept me from losing weight during the last six years. When I didn't think I was making progress I was gaining the knowledge needed to make progress.

In summary, don't give up. Keep at it full force and relentlessly and you can do it!

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RX_2_RV 8/20/2014 10:43AM

Congrats on all the healthy choices you made to get here. I am so happy for you!
It is so important that we learn what works and what does not work, then ACT on that knowledge.

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SGTSUNNY 8/20/2014 10:08AM

    Congrats on your 30 lb marker and Spark Anniversary! emoticon

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KIRSTENLYNN62 8/19/2014 12:48PM

    How wonderful! You are an inspiration! Learning patience is a hard lesson for me, too. I have also struggled with the loss and gain cycle after being on SparkPeople for almost 9 years, under various accounts and user names, and I've finally decided to accept how long it will take. emoticon emoticon

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ERNOINACTION 8/19/2014 12:22PM

    Nice work. You're right...sometimes it takes longer than you'd like but it's important to KEEP GOING. Whoo hoo!

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NANBENT1963 8/19/2014 5:48AM

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that is AWESOME! keep up the good work and thanks for the support and motivation!


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SANDICANE 8/18/2014 10:09PM

    Congratulations! Yep, the key is to never, ever give up!

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    This was VERY much needed tonight - thanks! I know it's a process but on same days (especially not good ones), it's hard to remember that but you helped me

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SUSIEPH1 8/18/2014 8:57PM

    Congratulations Margi ... You are showing the way.. It's not just about losing the weight... It's about the journey and the lessons we learn along the way .. It makes us stronger as a person's teaches us patience .. It most of all helps us realise we are never alone ..
You should be so proud of yourself my friend ..
Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us ..
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KAREN608 8/18/2014 8:51PM

    Congrats on your 30! onward and downward!

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    Great job!

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ALIHIKES 8/18/2014 2:20PM

    WOO HOO! Congratulations! emoticon emoticon
And it is very inspiring to learn of your perseverance emoticon

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MTN_KITTEN 8/18/2014 1:49PM

    Way to go!!!!!!! emoticon

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So Close But Not There Yet!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Just kidding about being near the top. Probably more like half way up. Still trapped though. For about the last week I have been on a plateau. I find my body does this at certain poiknts even if I gain again and lose again later. I think the body just has different set points. I knew I had one at 222 because I have had that happen before. It appears that I also have one at 218. I wouldn't know if this is a pattern because I haven't been there for a long time. I am treading on new ground.

I normally would not pay much attention and just keep working until the plateau passes without being concerned much. I know this is part of the process. This time it is especially maddening because I am only .2 of a pound from losing 30 pounds. I want to add that 30 pound trophy to my page.

I plan to be very vigilant in the next week and hopefully it will pass. I am very excited I am in the two teens though. I will have to be satisfied with that for now until my body adjusts and I start to lose weight again. I want to listen to a seminar I remember that Dr. Furhman had on getting through plateaus. I know there was good information there. Only thing is I am too busy to find it right now.

This weekend we are FINALLY starting on the deck. It has been a long, hard, all summer process getting rid of the old rotten one and replacing the old fence with a new fence. We were almost ready last weekend when a tree feel down in the yard and slowed the process. The week before that a water main broke while digging holes for the fenceposts.

I guess my weight is in that pattern now also. I just have to be patient. Someday soon I will be in onederland and also have a new deck to place my new pergola and new outdoor dining table set one. Looking forward to that day. I am not frustrated now, just anxious.

When I listen again to the talk on busting through plateaus I will blog about what I found out. We all go through them. Have a great weekend.

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    You'll get there in no time! Keep pushing!

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NELLJONES 8/16/2014 8:19AM

    We all had plateaus on the way up, too, only we were grateful for that. ("Whew, I got away with____") Plateaus seem eternal on the way down because we agonize over them.

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SWEDE_SU 8/16/2014 1:41AM

    you'll get there! you're doing great! emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 8/15/2014 9:07PM

    You will get there my friend .. Your body just needs time to adjust.
When I lost my first 100 pounds I also got so frustrated ..
Keep drinking your water, and make sure you keep your nutrients balanced ..
I am sure you know this ..
You are inspiring me to get back on track ..
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Carpe Diem! You can do it!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Today I am going to summarize the Dr. Furhman webinar blog series by asking you to think about how it will feel to seize the day and conquer your food addiction. By doing this you will reclaim the potential for a long disease free life. You can do it if you don't straddle the fence. One must take a stand, and in doing so can be an example of superior health. You will not only lose weight, but doing so will help all aspects of your life. The temporary pleasure of the addictive foods can destroy your life. Overcoming can make it something you can only imagine now.

Remember what this will bring. Better long term memory, less stress, and the ability to have a more positive impact on the world around you. A long and pleasurable life can be yours! Take the steps to get it today.

In closing, I also want to urge everyone to read the Spark Guy blog that Chris did on Robin Williams and the Dead Poet Society today. The blog can be found at

Take the time to watch the clips provided and read Chris's commentary. I think this blog is one of the more impactful and carefully written blogs I have read. I imagine many of you will have tears in the eyes by the time you are done like I did.

The blog is also a reminder that no matter how much we do there will always be something we wished we had done. Chris talks about always wanting to do a project with Robin Williams which he never did. Now it is too late. I am going to provide a quote below from Chris in his blog. I think it pertains not only to Carpe Diem but also to overcoming our addictions. Chris in his blog says,

Hard to miss the message of this one. What will you do to seize the day? Most people reading this will likely be older than the boys in this clip. But, don’t let that be an excuse. You are never too old to “make your lives extraordinary.”

Start today on the path to get that long, happy, and healthy life. Don't wait. The past does not matter but only the present and the future. Changing the present can make a huge difference in the future. Carpe Diem!

This will be the conclusion of my blog series on Overcoming Food Addiction from Dr. Furhman's seminar. I have mixed emotions about it. I will miss writing about it. I plan to blog once a week still. I would miss it otherwise.

In the meanwhile please let me know how you are doing on your journey. I would love to follow your progress and be of support if I can. Drop me a note on my page or send me a mail. I would love to hear from you.

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SUSIEPH1 8/15/2014 9:01PM

    Hi Dear .. Love that you have got this far .. You are doing great .. I think you are a wonderful motivator .. Thank you so much for taking the time to blog on your progress ..
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RAWCOOKIE 8/15/2014 12:44PM

    thanks for the link to Spark Guy's blog - excellent stuff xxx

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KIRSTENLYNN62 8/15/2014 11:57AM

    Great Blog! You and I are really on the same page, sister!

Every day I get up and ask myself "What can I do today to help me reach my goal of better health?"

I am going to read your blogs about the Dr. Fuhrman webinar when I get time... I feel I can really learn from them. YOU ROCK! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KALIGIRL 8/14/2014 8:20AM

    "Start today on the path to get that long, happy, and healthy life."
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What future self are your goals set on? Don't sell yourself short!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Don't settle for medium term goals like losing weight for the summer or an event, feeling better, impressing other people, playing better, etc. These goals are good, but there is something much larger in store when you overcome food addiction. Long term motivators such as not suffering from chronic disease down the road, preventing dementia, stopping a diagnosis of cancer or heart disease, preventing a stroke, or not living a life crippled in later life. These are the real payoffs that most don't think of as often when planning on losing weight.

I have found the older I get that I wish I had paid heed to the nutrition and losing weight much sooner. It is never too late though. All of the medium term goals are short lived, but the long term goals listed above can enable you to enjoy a long life and to be an active participant in life until the end. There is nothing wrong with the medium term goals but I think the long term motivators are much more motivating. Long term goals will also be a reminder of the need to keep vigilant even in maintenance so one doesn't regain the weight as often happens after the event you lost for.

By nourishing the good habits you can win. You can become the person you want to be. Dr. Furhman suggested shaping yourself biochemically as you supply the right nutrients to your body. It does matter what you eat. Don't settle for empty calories even though you might be under your calorie allowance. Each time you eat fill your plate with food full of nutrients. Your body will thank you for it.

Take control of your thoughts and emotions and you will take control of your life. Don't let the addictive behavior win. Feed the good habits and starve the bad ones. You will become stronger and stronger as the days and years progress.

Dr. Furhman says the most important step is the first one and then steadily perservering in a course of action to get results. That is the behavior that will get you there.

Be consistent. The repetition of the right behaviors creates brain muscle memory which becomes second nature like learning a sport. I like to think of turning your eating behavior into a sport. When learning a sport you continue to strive until you get where you want to be. It takes practice and consistency. You have to want to succeed in the sport and work until you get there.

Don't let your attitude be derailed by not getting immediate results. It took a long time to get where you are and it will take time to get to the new goals. There will be minor setbacks and jogs in the progress. When this happens start right back up and continue. You must be prepared to work for results over time. As you work it gets easier and easier and the results of your previous efforts are magnified as you feel the results of your work.

Tomorrow I will conclude this series of blogs on overcoming food addiction with a summary. After that I will blog once or twice a week on pertinent subjects. Blogging every day is taking more time than I can afford in my schedule right now so I have to cut down. I just wanted to share the valuable advice I got from Dr. Furhman's seminar all at once.

I want to end this blog today with a quote from a fellow Spark member, FROGGY333 who lost 117 pounds that I found yesterday in my Spark reading. I think what she said gives a strong taste of how it feels to meet those long term goals. I plan to post this quote in my exercise room as a reminder of where I am going. I want that feeling also. The quote shows someone at the top of their sport. The quote is below:

"I am prouder of myself than I ever have been before. Prouder than the day I graduated high school. Prouder than the day I got my college degree. Prouder than the day I got a promotion. And why? Because I always knew I could do those things. But losing weight? That was something I never thought I could do. But I did do it. And that feeling of accomplishment--more than just how I look--boosts my self-esteem more than I ever could have imagined."

If you would like to read the rest of her blog on Spark Blogs it can be found at

I can guarantee her story is well worth reading. You will not be sorry you did.

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KALIGIRL 8/13/2014 8:08AM

    Here's to doing ourselves PROUD!

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SUSIEPH1 8/13/2014 7:39AM

    Thank you Margi ..
I have reset my goals and am doing great..
Loving my exercise and eating well and clean .
emoticon emoticon emoticon Thank you so,much for taking us along this journey with you .. Hugs and Love Susie xxx

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DS9KIE 8/12/2014 4:51PM

    emoticon it is sooo true that we want immediate results.

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    WoW... very inspiring... emoticon emoticon

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