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January 6, 2014 I started again by stopping

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

I stopped weighing myself on January 6, 2014.
The scale only measures one thing and it does not define me as a person.

I stopped stressing about the number on my clothes.
That number doesn't define me. I wear what fits and what makes me feel good.

I stopped dieting.
Being afraid of food and what to eat or not to eat has controlled and choked my life for too long. I eat to support my goals. I eat my macros. Moderation is key. Nope I'm not perfect but I'm happier and healthier.

I stopped drowning myself water.
I no longer have a water bottle strapped to me. I don't "have" to drink water because someone else says I must. I drink when I'm thirsty.

I stopped stressing about the little things and I'm learning to just chill out. Life is an adventure - I'm living it.

I stopped hating.
I'm learning to love my curves, my flaws and my beauty.
I'm worthy of self love and acceptance.

I stopped stressing about working out.
I move, walk, waddle and lift heavy things. I do what I enjoy and my body responds.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MANLEYSANDY 7/9/2014 2:47PM

    You are ABSOLUTELY worth self-love and acceptance. I am still trying to get there but I am finding my way little by little!



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ARUNNINGKAT 7/9/2014 2:07PM

    Balance in life is beautiful! emoticon

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JENJESS48 7/9/2014 12:24PM

    Doesn't sanity feel good? emoticon emoticon

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--CHERYL-- 7/9/2014 1:09AM

    You've got it figured out...go on gurlllll! emoticon

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"Normal Eating"

Friday, April 04, 2014


“Normal eating is going to the table hungry and eating until you are satisfied. It is being able to choose food you like and eat it and truly get enough of it—not just stop eating because you think you should. Normal eating is being able to give some thought to your food selection so you get nutritious food, but not being so wary and restrictive that you miss out on enjoyable food. Normal eating is giving yourself permission to eat sometimes because you are happy, sad or bored, or just because it feels good. Normal eating is mostly three meals a day, or four or five, or it can be choosing to munch along the way. It is leaving some cookies on the plate because you know you can have some again tomorrow, or it is eating more now because they taste so wonderful. Normal eating is overeating at times, feeling stuffed and uncomfortable. And it can be undereating at times and wishing you had more. Normal eating is trusting your body to make up for your mistakes in eating. Normal eating takes up some of your time and attention, but keeps its place as only one important area of your life.

In short, normal eating is flexible. It varies in response to your hunger, your schedule, your proximity to food and your feelings.”

-Ellyn Satter

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SNOWKC 7/8/2014 6:52PM

    I really appreciate this quote. I think a lot more time is spent talking about what is NOT normal eating, or what is disordered eating, than what is normal. It's hard to work towards normal eating without really knowing what that might look like. Thanks for this!

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ENDUROVET 6/27/2014 12:03PM

    Amen to this sistah - if nothing else at least I can say my eating falls much more within the "normal" range than it did when I "Sparked" up 4 yrs ago...


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A different way to think about water.

Monday, March 17, 2014

I stopped drinking A LOT of water and other fluids. Why drink when I'm hungry? Why drink because someone else says I MUST drink 8 - 8oz of water a day without an ounce of science to back it up. I'm not dehydrated. I'm not thirsty all the time. I'm so happy not to carry around a water bottle everywhere I go. I drink when I'm thirsty and I eat when I'm hungry.

If ya want, check out the article.


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TRENTDREAMER 3/22/2014 12:10PM

    It's like a lot of other advice. It's basically a good and healthy thing if hydration is an issue. a healthy lifestyle as a whole is the solution.

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ARLOGUTHRIE 3/17/2014 7:44PM

    I agree that we as a society are obsessed with the next thing to stick in our mouth. (Food or beverage)
But I have found that drinking the water at the 4th hour when I am starting to feel hungry buys me some time and its also good prep for your stomach to digest the food. So at the 5th hour I eat. Water is still the vice I need to distract me from mindlessly eating. But I hear what your are saying...I think Dennis Leary or George Carlin that noted how ridiculous it is that everyone is now carrying around water...Just drink before you leave your house ...how hard is it?
That said I do carry a travel mug with mint tea that i sip over several hours.

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

I've not weighed myself in over a month.
I've not binged in over a month.
I'm eating to sustain my lifestyle.
I'm learning what it feels like to be done.
Within a month I have progressed in lifting ...
75 lbs on the bench press
175 lbs on the leg press
I no longer avoid the weight room.
I'm learning that taking up space is okay.
I've started sleeping better & feeling better.
I've learned that some people should not subscribe to drink more water ... It's harmful.
I no longer take anyone's word for it ... They must produce science to back up their claim when it comes to this journey.

Side note:
Only 10 days left till the 3 month houseguest departs & my life returns to regular scheduled programming.

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TRENTDREAMER 2/23/2014 11:37AM

    Major congrats on your progress!

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1DERLAND14 2/22/2014 2:49PM

    emoticon You've come so far...truly inspirational!

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PURPLE180 2/22/2014 2:43PM

    Well done.... 3 month house guest??? I don't know how I missed that. LOL.

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ARMYWIFEKASS93 2/22/2014 1:14PM

    Doing good!

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KSWENSON8 2/22/2014 1:07PM

    Nice!! Great work! Go you!!

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Cardio and Lifting

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I went from having no workout partners for years to two and a half. LOL

I lift weights with one partner.
Cardio is on tap with the other.
My half is the Mr ... we may or may not do something together on the weekends.

Now that I'm fueling more appropriately my workouts are easier and less devastating to my body. I lift heavy weights and have progressed quickly. The cardio is just fun ... most days. I'm working on body recomp instead of fat loss at the moment.

I'm not tracking food right now but eating as my body dictates. I've also cut back on my water intake to ease the pain of being ice cold most days.

In 13 ... THIRTEEN ... days our 3 month ... THREE MONTH ... house guest gets on a plane. I get my life back, my me time and my workout area. It's been an exhausting, fun, frustrating, not so frustrating and expensive time with her. I would NEVER have asked anyone to stay that long and the Mr now understands why one doesn't extend this type of invitation. *sigh*

Stay fabulous!

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ARUNNINGKAT 2/20/2014 12:02PM

    I love my cardio, but there is something very wonderful about lifting! It is great that you have so many workout partners!

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GETSTRONGRRR 2/19/2014 9:06PM

    Good job on the training...I'm a firm believer in lifting heavy stuff!

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LJOYCE55 2/19/2014 7:44PM

  You are almost there with having your home to yourself again. Enjoy the freedom.

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