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excuses only go so far

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

I have been doing a lot of thinking over the past few weeks, and I am ashamed to say that I have had every excuse in the book to have gained all this weight. My first excuse was pregnancy, and of course this can be a valid excuse, but my pregnancy didn't get me to eat cheese fries and cake ever so often. After pregnancy my next excuse was a car accident, and then a slip and fall and back injuries. Granted all of these are fair assessments of part of the reason I am over three hundred pounds now, but I have to stand up and realize that my back injury didn't make the wrong food choices. You know I pride myself in saying that I don't eat fast food, and never really did, but I didn't realize an order of cheese fries from Outback is just as bad as an order of fries from Wendys. In some cases it is worse. I know now that I am over weight, because I just didn't care about myself to make the right food choices. There is no reason for me to have lived my life like this, and to top it off I did this to my eight year old son. Boy if you ask him his favorite food he will tell you it is Outback cheese fries and steak.

Now is the time for me to make the change for the rest of my life, and it is not like I can never treat myself with some of the goodies I once loved, but it is the time to say when and how much. October 12,2011 was the first day of the rest of my life; tomorrow will be three weeks in, and my weight loss will be about ten pounds. I know that this is going to be a long hard journey and recovery, but I hope and pray to God that I have the strength and will power to remain on this path.

Remember it is never to late to try and make a change for your life, and believe me if you look for an excuse why you weigh more than you want then you will find one, but until you realize none of the excuses are the actual blame you want be ready to change your life. My husband has been working out with me and eating healthy, and it has been fantastic to do it with my partner, but sometimes very frustrating to see him closer to his goals than myself. I forget he only has about forty pounds to lose compared to my two hundred.

On a positive note since I have cut out most of the garbage in my life, and been working out as a family my son has even lost a few pounds. He is not fat, but he was on the wrong direction that is for sure. My family did a mile walk together last night, and it was so nice. I hope that I can get to three miles soon.

Have a great day everyone.

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J0ETTE 11/1/2011 7:57PM

    Wow! Awesome way to think about your life situations. I think with the way you are thinking now... There is no stopping you! :)

It's awesome that you are seeing benefits in your Family too. :)

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almost two weeks in

Monday, October 24, 2011

Wow I can't believe I have been doing this for almost two weeks. I think I have done very well watching what I eat and exercising between three and five days a week. I was so sick yesterday, so I didn't log any exercise in, but I ate a healthy amount of food without going over any fat calories carbs etc. I am hoping to be in good enough shape come January where I can walk around USF without wearing myself out. It is such a big campus, and I will be walking all around the campus. When I went on Friday for orientation I thought oh my goodness I am never going to make it. I have lost about four pounds, which I should be proud about, but I think I was hoping for bigger results. I am trying to stay focused on the healthier aspect of eating right and exercising not the results I see on the scale. I don't want to get depressed, because sometimes if I think I should be losing weight faster than I am and don't I fall back into the phase of well who cares. My husband keeps telling me how proud he is of me, and has also been trying to get in shape. We try and compete with each other, which is kind of fun, but I have to remind myself that he is in better shape than me, so he can do more than I can. For now that is. I am hoping to stay motivated and keep my spirits high until I don't have to stress about if I make a mistake and eat one thing wrong. I want to make myself ok with eating, and not eat out of depression or boredom, which I have been known to do, but only eat when I am hungry. Well thanks for reading my blog. I think this helps keep me on track when I write. emoticon

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J0ETTE 10/24/2011 5:19PM

    Four pounds! emoticon emoticon That is awesome!

It is wonderful that your husband is working on a healthier lifestyle too. Don't be hard on yourself when you see his results move faster than yours. Men have a metabolism that makes it easier for them! My husband and I are working on it together too. He has lost double the weight, with what appears to me little effort. I am appreciative of him because he is so supportive and does whatever he can to help me stay on track... Even if it means walking out of a restaurant if they can't produce some sort of nutrition info.

Keep your focus on the goal lines. You can do it!

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IGOALOT 10/24/2011 2:34PM

    Congrats 2 weeks! Thats great. Keep it up. You will be AMAZED at the results. emoticon

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one week bites the dust

Monday, October 17, 2011

Wow my first week of my new diet and exercise plan is over! I am so proud of myself for completing one week. I did have one day where I thought this was pointless, and didn't know if I could make it, but I never gave up. For the whole week the only negative thing I ate was one chocolate chip cookie, but on the positive side I did stay in my means of calories and fat and carbohydrates every day. I have exercised or recorded it at least four days in the seven. My husband has finally decided to join me on this life long journey. I know I can do this; I just have to remember it doesn't happen over night. I think that is the hardest thing for me to remember, because it feels like I put the weight on over night. I have talked to some wonderful people here, and I know this is a great community to be apart of. You know it is crazy, because gaining all this weight has been real hard on me. When I was pregnant with my son, I was extremely ill, and wound up on bed rest. Well because of that I gained almost a hundred pounds in the last two months of my pregnancy. I was devastated to say the least. Eventually after having my son I tried to start exercising again, and well wound up in two sever accidents, and again was put out of commission for a long time. Doctors didn't know if I would be able to walk let alone exercise, but I over came that. Now that I am almost two hundred pounds over weight, and I have nobody to blame but myself I am ready to make a change. I know that it is going to be a long hard process, but I think I am ready to make this change. One of the positive things is that my eating habits (well when I actually eat) are good I love fruits and vegetables, and can't stand fast food. Today I did forty five minutes or aerobics, and I feel awesome. I hope I can keep up this stretch of feeling good about myself. emoticon

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J0ETTE 10/17/2011 9:53PM

    Wow! It is Fantabulous that your husband is going to do this with you.

Stay connected to the people here. There are a lot of awesome sparkers around.

I believe you can succeed... Making this a lifetime journey will be worth the hard work. Stay focused and don't beat yourself up to much on the down days.

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GATINEAU47 10/17/2011 9:27PM

    you rock my friend, one day at a time and you will succeed.... emoticon

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LMKOBE2 10/17/2011 7:39PM

    WAY TO GO!!!!!! You have made a GREAT start!!!! It sounds like you have a great plan and a great attitude. Having your husband on board is going to be sure a great help!! Good Luck!!

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OFF938 10/17/2011 7:37PM

    You have already overcome so much - you can do this too! Each choice is its own - do not lend each choice any more (or any less!) importance than that. If this choice is good, build on it. If this choice isn't the best, make a better one next time. I am proud of you and your winning attitude!

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feeling depressed

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Wow loosing weight is hard; woke up this morning not knowing if I can do this. When I was younger I was very anorexic, which is why I was so slender. Now that I am trying to eat a few times a day I feel like I am going to get fatter. I have not been anorexic since being pregnant with my son, but sometimes I see me slipping down that path. I don't want to eat, because I am afraid to gain more weight. My sister in law keeps telling me i have to eat or I am going to get so sick, but it is hard. I feel like no matter what I do I am going to be fat for ever. I felt so good about myself after the first few days, but now I am not feeling so hot. I hope I can over come this demon I am feeling, and find some motivation fast! I am going to go make myself a healthy smoothie for breakfast, and maybe do some exercising I hope that helps my mood today. The only thing i have eaten unhealthy for myself in the last five days was one chocolate chip cookie, and i feel really bad about that now tooo! emoticon

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J0ETTE 10/16/2011 7:35PM

    You can do this! :)

The weight and guilty thoughts didn't appear overnight.... It takes time. Be good to yourself and take the time to make this a LIFEstyle not a DIEt.

Bring your family into the journey with you. Maybe takes trips to the grocery store together and each of you choose a never tried before healthy food.

The nutrition tracker here is awesome... It helps you learn how your foods are affecting you.

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    Awww. The first few days are always the hardest, especially when your relationship with food has been so tumultuous. Just remember: your body needs food to live! Food is fuel, and like fuel for a car, you can't really go too far without it! Hang in there. You can do!

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GATINEAU47 10/16/2011 12:52PM

    Oh dear please take care of yourself and don't be so hard on yourself. If you don't eat you will gain. Have you ever heard someone say ''I don't eat much and I still gain weight '' the reason why this person gains weight is that she or he are not eating enough calories so their body starts to turn the little they are eating into fat and it eats up on their muscles ...If you don't want to do it for you do it for your son.....and it has been proved, if you do not eat enough calories it will affect your mood, that's why you are feeling depressed. God bless you emoticon emoticon emoticon

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-CHERYL 10/16/2011 12:35PM

    Are you using the nutrition tracker? Its really important to set up your Spark goals on the Start page. You put in how much weight you want to lose, how fast you want to lose it (1 pound a week is a great start) then if you plan on adding your work out, say you plan on walking 30 minutes a day, when you do your workout and add it to your fitness tracker, it shows how many calories you burn each workout. You would then put in how many calories a week you plan on burning, 500 calories a week is a great start. Once you get an approximate calories burned a week, your allowed calories a day might increase.

This is because your body needs a certain amount of calories a day just to function. If you don't give your body those calories it will start taking the calories from your muscles and other tissues, which is bad. You would think it would take it from your fat stores but nope, it only takes from your fat stores once your body has taken it's daily calories from the food you eat that day. So in order for you to lose weight, you have to eat your daily calories that Sparkpeople tells you to eat, which it figures out after you put in your information. This is why you have to keep your information up to date!
There is a way to figure what your needed calories a day are, and what you burn doing exercise (you can view this under reports

Weight loss happens by creating a caloric deficit over timeónot in a single day. So you eat a little less each day, combine it with some exercise and you will start to see weight loss.
Spark People makes it easy for us to lose weight by helping us figure out how many calories a day we should eat and WHAT kinds of calories we should be eating. A certain amount of protein, carbohydrates and fats.

It sounds overwhelming but Spark does all the figuring, we just put in the info!

Please eat regular meals, you are really hurting your health by not eating!


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DSBRIDE 10/16/2011 11:13AM

    You can do this. It's all in your head. Set your mind to it and with the right attitude, you can conquor anything you want to. Take small steps and soon you'll have big leaps behind you. I have faith in you, now you say, 'I believe I can!'

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GITITDUNN 10/16/2011 11:00AM

  Hang in there and don't be too hard on yourself. Our bodies do need a certain amount of calories and nutrients daily though to function properly. This site is full of great information on how to eat properly and I havent seen anything yet that says we can't ever have a chocolate chip cookie! :) emoticon

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I made it through my first lunch eating out. :)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

I am so proud of myself; I was so nervous to go out and eat, because the food is so tempting and fatty. I ordered myself a salad with a little grilled chicken; I put the ranch dressing on the side and only had about a tablespoon of it, because I didn't really eat much! Now I know if I can get through today I can get through any day. It has been four days, and I haven't slowed my pace. My husband says he is so proud of me, and knows that I can do it! emoticon

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    Congrats on your non-scale victory. Moments like these are just as great as seeing the pounds melt off on the scale. Also, you're really lucky that your husband is so supportive of you! That will help you so much. Keep up the great work!

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