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Friday, July 26, 2013

The good news: my weight has stayed the same for such a long time.
The bad news: my weight has stayed the same for such a long time.

So I need to ask myself why and the answer is simple. My exercise has remained consistent so that helps to control my weight but my eating all summer.....not so much. Too many picnics, parties, weddings and birthdays. Too much fast food, convenience foods and foods on the run.

I'm in the BLC22 challenge and if I'm going to have some results to be happy with, what do I need to do? Really simple, get back to healthy, mindful eating, get those freggies in, concentrate on grilled, lean protein, keep within my calorie range, cut down on empty calories and start eating good, healthy, God made foods. Can I do these things?
You betcha!!! emoticon

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TRI_BABE 1/12/2014 6:41PM

    How are you doing?

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SPOONGIRLDEB 7/28/2013 9:12AM

    Look on the positive side...your weight has stayed the same! That is such an accomplishment in and of itself. Don't ever lose sight of that!

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BRAVELUTE 7/26/2013 12:23PM

    The ONLY way I stick with doing all your solutions you cam up with is to track at LEAST the day BEFORE I start to eat. I leave a little leeway in case i get a work out in, but i don't count on it when I plan. I tend to stick to my guns if I have actually entered the plan in the tracker.

Do i veer from my plan? Sure life happens. But the choices I make as I veer tend to be close to my original plan. Like yesterday, I planned cantaloupe in my bok choy salad with 3 other fruits. So I just subsituted another fruit and didn't even make a change that showed in the planner.

I could have said, well, I'm out of cantaloupe. I'll substitute dessert for those calories. That would have been off plan for me.

Do you do advanced planning whether on paper, SP or some other method?

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PAULALALALA 7/26/2013 8:31AM

    Summers really do seem to disrupt the routine! You've listed some good ideas for getting back on track! Staying consistent with exercise is a very positive thing you've done even through the round of weddings and parties and visits from the grandchildren! You've maintained your weight through all of this and that is
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HOAGIE22 7/26/2013 8:19AM

  Git Er Dun!!!!!

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KANOE10 7/26/2013 8:16AM

    You can do it. Summer is hard with all of the picnics, weddings, etc. Joining that challenge will be a good way to get the results you want.


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BLC22 Goals

Saturday, June 08, 2013

After losing my focus for almost six months and gaining back 14 pounds, I am back and ready to kick this fat to the curb. I am excited to be a part of the BLC22 challenge along with the support of my many SP friends on my other teams and I think I can do it so...

My goals for the BLC22 are as follows:
Lose 10 pounds during the challenge
Planning on getting either to goal or close to goal-rethinking my goal weight after these 12 weeks-may be raising it
more fruits & veggies
logging food everyday
very little sugar/flour
8 glasses of water
workout at least 60 minutes 5xweek
posting to my boards daily

Wish me luck!! I'm on a mission. emoticon

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AQUAGIRL423 6/16/2013 11:20PM

    emoticon Great S.M.A.R.T. goals!

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CINDYYB 6/14/2013 12:57PM

    emoticon That's a huge set of goals right there! Hang tight with the folks in the den and you can accomplish whatever you set your mind to...we're here for you! emoticon

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PAULALALALA 6/11/2013 1:13PM

    Great goals! emoticon emoticon

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DLG0505 6/10/2013 2:16AM

    emoticon !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good strong goals! You can do this!

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LIZARDG7 6/9/2013 5:23PM

    Great Goals! So glad you are a Panther!

emoticon Hugs, Lizzie

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LRSILVER 6/9/2013 6:33AM

    Good plan . Good luck.

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MJZHERE 6/8/2013 4:11PM

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TRUTHNOW2 6/8/2013 12:21PM

    What a great thing to do and then to blog it here!!! emoticon

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AEHEGE 6/8/2013 11:50AM

    This is a plan bound for success. You have covered all the bases. emoticon

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SERVINGTHRUPT 6/8/2013 10:24AM

    Woo hoo, go Girl! I too have a challenge starting on Monday. I agree, it's TIME!

Can't wait to see your progress.

: )

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GOLFDAVE43 6/8/2013 8:26AM

  Good for you

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What is stopping me?

Monday, November 12, 2012

I have been about 12 pounds from goal for so long and after making a serious commitment to finally get the last of this off, I was fired up and ready to go. I started out on a challenge last Monday with thoughts that I could actually be at my goal by Christmas. I was truly so stoked but wait there was something else. I was enthused, excited and thinking about the goal but there was something else. I was also a little sad and confused???? Ok, what is that funny thought in my head? Could I really be feeling a sad feeling in not being overweight anymore? Hmmm, so I decided it's time to look at this. There is something in me that likes being in the "sorority" of weight losers. I like to be in a group and this is such a good and supportive group I've been in. I have fought the battle since I was a teenager. In fact I almost made my goal in 2000 but then something derailed me and I stayed about 20 pounds from goal for several years until a medical issue brought me up another 30 pounds. So then I started again and ultimately found SP to bring me to within 12 pounds of my goal and that is where I've sat since June. Down 2, up 2 so I have to ask if I'm sabotaging myself on purpose and I'm thinking yes.

As I said I like my group of dieting buddies. We've talked diets, recipes, lamented over our slow losses, compared our workouts and yet as I've gotten closer to goal, I've been excluded a little. I get the "do you really need to lose weight?" and "oh, you lost .5, how nice, I lost 5 pounds". I've even been asked if maybe I'm a little bit obsessive since I'm not that much overweight anymore.

I know this seems silly but this is something I need to explore in order to "let" myself release this last of weight. I want to be at my goal and learn how to maintain my healthy body so now I need to get that little part in me that is holding me back on board too. After all my efforts, I deserve to look good and feel good. I'm by nature kind of a team player but not the competitive type. I feel bad when I'm successful and others are struggling. See this is all such a jumble of emotions that I'm hoping that in writing them and reading them maybe I can figure out what makes me sabotage my efforts. I still could have the rest of my weight off in 2012 and make 2013 my first year ever of maintenance if I can get to the understanding of all this.

As so many have said, weight loss is about so much more than the pounds. It is about growing into the person I know I am. I am slowly becoming that person. I'm looking in the mirror and seeing the fruits of my efforts. People have told me how much better I look and say I don't look or act 60. I can try on clothes at the store and they look pretty good. I truly feel better than I've felt in a long time, energy to run after my 4 grandkids, exercise every day, do my housework. See I see all the benefits of my weight loss. Now I want to enjoy the benefit of saying I'm at GOAL! I wonder what I'll do with all the time I've spent worrying about the "diet"? Don't get me wrong. I will always exercise and eat right but I want to see what it feels like to not be overweight. Any insights or advice, anyone?

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JAZZEJR 12/25/2012 8:31AM

    emoticon Oh, I hear this all the time from people who have more to lose. I understand their perspective and their dismissive tones to my "plight," but I just let it roll right off me. I'll be happy to be your diet buddy to lose the 13 lbs we're both doing the 50+ Challenge to lose. Are you maybe even interested in joining the Winter 5% Challenge, starting probably end of this month? Maybe you can even help me keep mine off this time--I've been here before. :)

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PUDGYNOMORE 11/18/2012 10:53AM

    Wow, there is so much here that I want to join in and talk about. It thought about sending it to you on your email, but decided that this is a better choice.

1. Nobody but you can decide what you need to weigh. I've noticed a lot of people join sp with just 5 or 10 pounds to lose. I used to feel a little jealous of them when I had so much to lose, but now I understand that 5 or 10 pounds for some people is the same as 1 or 1 hundred for others.

Years ago when I was still doing therapy, I had a women come to see me who was still grieving about a horse that had died 5 years prior. She was paralyzed with grief. It was hard to get my head around her grief as I had worked many years with people who had lost mates, children, parents and moved through the levels of grief and into a new albeit more tender life. Her grief was real and deep, just as your goals are personal to you.

As for finding another team as you get closer...no need unless you want to. I love you and I'm sure many other people on our team feel the same way. I would love you if you became a miss skinny or gained all of your weight back plus some.

We are all on our own journeys it's true, but I love walking shoulder to shoulder with the women that I've learned to love on this weight loss trip.

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TRUTHNOW2 11/14/2012 8:07PM

    I also think it is great you blogged about this. I am still a bit away from goal and I know that it is not unusual for people nearing goal to have some difficulty getting all the way there. So, I have no experience to speak from but I have some ideas nonetheless...

Maybe you could write to that "part" that is "holding" you back and ask why? someone once suggested to me using a colored crayon and just writing without editing or thinking for a few minutes.

Maybe you could set your sights on just getting to single digits away from goal. do everything you can, be obsessed, and just lose three pounds. then work to maintain that..

Maybe you can recruit a diet buddy to lose 12 pounds together. to root each other on.

Maybe you can think about how you are right now... how do you feel. and then ask yourself how you want to feel when you are at goal and pay attention to how your body would feel.

i can go on and on. i am sort of 'built" that way.

oh, one more.... what have you done in the past that was successful that you are no longer doing? will you commit to that again?

whatever you choose to do, do honor yourself for continuing on this journey toward health and self discovery.

you rock!!!

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SARALEE11 11/14/2012 3:41PM

    You're right, girl - we are there together, huh!? I keep thinking "what will I do in January, if I don't have 15-20 pounds to lose?" haha. Great motivation, huh? Well, like you, I have that first 10-15 gone, and now I'm hovering between 5-10 over my goal. On the one hand I'm like "great... just stay here and maintain 'til January, and you'll be fine" but on the other hand I'm like "I just want to know what it feels like to be 125 again!! And I want it now!!!!" Then I can focus on maintaining and toning more before spring. So doing the math ( I lose one pound a week when I'm doing more than maintaining), I could totally be at/almost at goal by Christmas! Hmmm... can I really do it? And - do I really want to (yet?) SO thankful that I have KEPT this weight off, unlike most autumns, where I would be about 15 pounds heavier by now, already!!

We DO deserve this - what do you think!!?? emoticon

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BOTTLEDIGGER 11/13/2012 6:02PM

    I don't really know what to say because I have been losing the same FEW pounds over and over and never getting close to any goal, however, I think you did the right thing blogging about it and going back and reading what you wrote will probably help...you are just on the verge of entering a new phase called "not overweight anymore" ...lol...and you are trying to make sense of it..cause face it you are going to get there and I feel like you are going to get to your goal really soon because you are determined to do it this time...your dieting buddies should understand that your last few pounds is no different than their next few pounds to lose and they should be supportive and excited for you...heck, I am just getting to "know" you and I am excited for you...you can do it if you REALLY want it...keep pushing on and get to your goal girl and tell me what it feels like!!!!

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FP4HLOSER 11/13/2012 3:34PM

    I guess if it was me, I would also be asking myself if my goal weight was what my body should be or what the weight charts tell me I should be. You know yourself better then anyone. Not giving you permission to stop trying, just throwing this out there as a possibility.

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HAPPYWALKER 11/12/2012 2:48PM

    I think that it's very honest and profound that you have asked this question of yourself regarding self sabotage keeping you from losing those last pounds. I really get it. I know for myself that I have been either losing or gaining weight since I was 14 and I am now 61. I often wonder why I have so often gotten close to but never made it to my goal. I have suspected that being a "weight watcher" has become a big part of my identity. I have spent so much time thinking about and taking action regarding my weight that I wonder who I would be and what I would do with my time if I actually got there.

I think that one of the suggestions to join the maintainers team is a good one, simply because you feel good being part of a group. Why not be part of the group of people who have made their goals and are striving to maintain? There are a whole new set of challenges and strategies there. They may even help you get past your blocks to reach your goal because I'm sure many of them have faced the same issues.

I'm cheering for you to reach your ultimate goal in 2012, and I will still be your friend even though you'll no longer be in the loser's club...LOL! Seriously, I feel like I have a lot to learn from people who have lost weight and kept it off and I love to see others make it to the finish line. I've always believe the real work begins once you reach your goal. So, go do it and keep sharing your success with the rest of us who aspire to do the same.

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NOE1234 11/12/2012 11:29AM

    Thanks for sharing! Something to think about.

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SERVINGTHRUPT 11/12/2012 11:00AM

    Well, Kathy we've heard it said, the first step to changing something is acknowledging it. So, maybe you just seeing & acknowledging this will help? It is a "tough" one, and there's probably so much more to it than just removing those pounds.

For me personally, I had to change something about what I was doing, as I too was stuck. My change didn't come by choice, as it was my knee that dictated what I was going to do, and yes... it helped. Now, that I have turned a corner in my healing, I can see where the changes I had to make were for the good.

I pray that you'll get some clarity, and in the meantime, just "tweak" things just a little and see if that's not enough.

You'll have the support on here no matter what weight you're at. No, probably not from all, and yet from the ones that want you to "succeed." ;o)

Kiko :)

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MICKEYJO4 11/12/2012 8:38AM

  I'm so sorry that you feel excluded by your diet buddies the closer you get to your goal weight. I would think that they would be so excited for you, and inspired by your determination, and comforted to know that, "It can be done!" giving them hope and inspiration as well! I for one am truly excited for you, and I hope that you continue on to reach that goal! You're a strong, motivated, and determined woman and don't you ever forget it! :))

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MENNOLY 11/12/2012 8:10AM

    If it is support you are looking for than consider joining one of the maintenance groups. At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance is a supportive group. Also consider shifting to a slower more gradual loss of those last few pounds. Maybe the slowest loser's group. I know I am tired of being in weight loss mode so I have been self sabotaging. That is why I decided to just try to maintain through the holidays and my cataract surgeries. I will feel more energized in the spring. I always do feel better then than during the winter. Good luck!

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SPOONGIRLDEB 11/12/2012 7:54AM

    No insights, unfortunately! If you find that magic answer, let me know too! I'm kind of in the same boat. I've kind of gone off track the last couple of months, and I'm SO CLOSE to reaching my goal! Something feels off but I don't know what LOL. I just keep plugging along and hoping that something will click to let me get back on the bandwagon and lose these last 10-15lbs.

So keep on pushing and before you know it you'll be in the "sorority" of weight maintainers!!!!
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Is it detoxing or just eating better?

Saturday, April 21, 2012

I was reading a person's request for help under "panic button" about hating what she was eating as the south beach "detox". Everyone went "crazy" over the word detox saying how unnecessary/dumb it was and it got me thinking so here are my thoughts:

In this case I think the word "detox" might be being misunderstood. As a sugar junkie, I discovered that the more sugar I ate the more I wanted. I went on a diet that said NO sugar or white flour many years ago and it changed my life. I discovered that the answer to craving sugar/white flour for me isn't eating a little but eating none because one cookie leads to 20 and let's not even talk about ice cream! And I am on a roller coaster, sugar buzz, then tired so more sugar, then buzz again, then another crash...you get the picture.

So I find I have to totally take it out of my diet, in my word I "detox" from it. After about a week of unpleasantness (headache, tiredness), I feel so much better and the cravings go away and I am left feeling great. Then I only add in the good grains and more fruit and I feel so much better and stay off the "bad stuff i.e. sugar, white flour and empty calories and get the carbs from fruit, yogurt, whole grain carbs that have higher fiber and veggies and then add lean meat and a little healthy oil or nuts. And as soon as I "slip up" and eat sugar, my body reminds me of why it isn't good for me.

So I just believe in eating to take care of myself and for maximum health but everything in moderation but for me I do better just cutting out all the crap and eating more natural and clean I actually follow the 17 day diet which "lets" me eat yogurt, 2 fruits daily and some whole grains if I wish but first I had to get off i.e. detox from the sugar and let my body know that "good stuff" was on its way. I log my food every day and run the nutritional reports and try really hard to meet all my goals for nutrition and my fitness. I just think that we shouldn't overreact with the word "detox". If it means taking all the bad stuff out of my diet, I'm all for it and It's not just about weight, it's about taking care of your body and giving it everything it needs and my recent bloodwork showed that my body likes that too with improved cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar.

If you want to call it detoxing you can, I prefer to call it eating the foods that God made, not man so I'm not eating those crazy ingredients that no one can pronounce or that shouldn't be in anything that is meant to human consumption. By the way I am NOT perfect at this. My motto is "progress not perfection"....

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VALMR2 7/13/2012 12:10PM

    Just read this post. I try to eat the way God wants me to also. I find people have negative things to say about many words we use. When I started the 17DD I read how horrible "diets" are for us. To me it just means what we eat--a diet rich in vegetables, a diet rich in vitamins, etc. emoticon

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DEBSDESTINY 4/21/2012 11:28AM

    I also think you could call it "Eating Clean". So many terms seem to be interchangeable! I agree with you that removing the sugar and white starches from the diet definitely makes a huge difference in how you feel. After you do it for a while, it seems to come naturally and you don't even miss the bad stuff.

The 17 Day Diet Rocks!

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SERVINGTHRUPT 4/21/2012 11:26AM

    Kathy -

You are SO right, "detox" just seems to come with...almost a negative connotation, and RESTRICTION, when in reality it doesn't have to.

I heard it said once, if it doesn't grown in the dirt, walk on the dirt or swim, don't eat it. That kind of sums it up, all that packaged & "preserved" stuff we can pronounce the ingredients in, hmm I choose to avoid. No, I'm not perfect either, I'm a "work in progress."

You have a GREAT weekend.


PS "progress not perfection" is one of my "alarms" in my blackberry, it and a few others go off throughout my day, reminding me where I'm at, where I'm headed and that it's a....journey

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What a week!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

What a week I've had, busy, busy, busy.... Mostly all good things including the birth of my beautiful grandson but just so many things going on, first little grandson ended up in the NICU for breathing problems so daily hospital visits and daily exercise, meetings every day, grandkids, housework and who knows what else. But here is the kicker. Hopefully I'm not alone in this. Busy = mindless eating. I've always admired my thin friends who say they are "too busy to eat" but it makes no sense to me because for me busy equates to eating fast, eating while I'm doing something else i.e. driving, emailing, tv watching, whatever but never being "too busy to eat". And the funny part is that as I eat so quickly I don't even taste what I'm eating. And my diet is usually sidetracked because of this.

So what do I need to learn? Slow down and enjoy and experience what I'm eating. Don't let busy-ness keep me from making good decisions about what to eat. Yep, this is a learning journey and no matter how long I'm at this, I keep learning something.

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LOULAR68 4/15/2012 9:28PM

    Congrats on the new baby boy!!!!!

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HAPPYWALKER 4/15/2012 9:30AM

    Congratulations on the gift of a new grandson! Mindfulness in eating and slowing down while eating is something I need to work on also. I get so mad when I inhale my food and then realize that I did not get to experience the sheer pleasure of it. It's always an after-thought and I need to make it a before-thought so I can change it.

Enjoy that little grandbaby!!!!

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SERVINGTHRUPT 4/14/2012 11:55PM

    CONGRATS on Tobias, how EXCITING!

You're got it.... "Slow down and enjoy and experience what I'm eating. Don't let busy-ness keep me from making good decisions about what to eat. Yep, this is a learning journey and no matter how long I'm at this, I keep learning something."

You sound like you're in a good space, just keep reminding yourself.

Enjoy the balance of your weekend & enjoy that beautiful grandson.

: )

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USMAWIFE 4/14/2012 9:46PM

    Congrats on the birth of your grandson.

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