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An epiphany

Monday, July 25, 2011

This shames me to confess this. Yesterday, at a restaurant, a very overweight person finished eating and left the restaurant. I silently congratulated myself on the fact that I am thinner. My next thought literally was that she could be a fellow Spark Person. When online, talking to or reading blogs by others struggling with weight loss, I'm always sincerely supportive of any fellow "loser." Why the difference? Why be harder on strangers than I am my friends? It literally changed forever the way I look at overweight people, a group to which I belong, no matter to which degree. We are all in the same struggle.

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BECCASINGSLEAD 7/27/2011 10:25PM

    I used to "play" the at least I'm not that big game. I know it was a conscious effort on my part to make myself feel better about being obese but it was a very unchristian attitude in me and it really only made me more ashamed of myself in the end. If the only way a person can feel better about themselves is to put others down then that person needs to be working on themselves. That said...I know exactly what you mean and where you're coming from and to go right along with it...why should I say things to myself and do things to myself that I would never say or do to my loved ones?

Food for thought...

Be blessed!
Becca



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SILLYHP1953 7/25/2011 12:33PM

    You are not alone. I did the same thing while at a local festival a few weeks ago. A very obese man was there walking with a cane, he had to be at least 500 pounds or more, and I felt judgement about him. I didn't go as far as you did, remembering he could have been part of sparkpeople, and could have even been one of my friends on here. Then shortly afterwards a woman sat down close to where I was and you could see her stomach hanging down from under her shirt. Again, I had judgement. I wasn't proud of myself that day. I am married to a very over-weight man, so I should know better than most what wonderful people anyone can be inside. Obviously I still have a long way to go with my self-esteem. Thanks for this blog and making me look at myself a little deeper than I wanted to!
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SPBETTERWAY 7/25/2011 9:05AM

    Eating is a very important part of losing! emoticon

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Look at the casual eating we've done in the past....

Friday, July 22, 2011

Denny’s Fried Cheese Melt 1,260

The Cheesecake Factory Farmhouse Cheeseburger 1,530 (1,900 with fries)

IHOP Bacon ’N Beef Cheeseburger 1,250 (plus 620 for onion rings)

Cold Stone Creamery PB&C Shake 2,010

Applebee’s Provolone-Stuffed Meatballs With Fettuccine 1,520

The Cheesecake Factory Ultimate Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake 1,540

The Steakhouse (Morton’s) Porterhouse Steak and mash 1,390 for the steak; 850 for the mash

Great Steak extra large King Fries 1,500

I have to say.... none of these were on my list of things to eat; my weakness was mostly homemade goodies. When I found out my (favorite with the family) apple dumplings were 1640 calories each, I quit making them. WOW!!!! No wonder we felt stuffed after eating them.

I'm highly resistant to watching everything that goes into my mouth. I really do think it's better to not constantly be worried about what we eat. My goal for myself is to get the focus off of food and onto enjoyable activities and building constant growth (except in size! Ha!) into my life. However, because my husband and myself grew up in families where the focus was on food, we have many learned habits for which to provide healthier substitutes. Both our families were farmers, and relatively poor, so their focus on food was for entirely different reasons, and had different consequences, than are ours. They ate "three squares" a day, and didn't worry about occasional sweets, which were (at least in my family) always homemade.


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DONNARAEJ 7/25/2011 1:58PM

    Eek! I am trying really hard to "keep the focus off food", and this is a real eye-opener -- who would have thought those items would have so many calories. I am in Durango, CO for a few weeks, and it is easier to keep my mind off food when I am not home near my refrigerator and pantry. It is, however, tempting to eat out. It's always something! :)

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PKB129 7/23/2011 1:00PM

    Hey Sis....I remember those hot apple dumplings! Didn't think they'd have that many calories tho! Not sure I could walk 100 miles to work those calories off tho! ha emoticon

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JESSICA2140 7/22/2011 5:44PM

    Is it wrong that your blog made me hungry? Just kidding (mostly), but I know what you mean...I am constantly appalled at the amount of calories in former favorites...number 1 being the Oriental Chicken Salad at Applebee's...healthy because it's a salad, right? I was wrong...over 1,000 calories...in a salad!!! I could have had cheesecake!! :)

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LIVINGTHELIFE78 7/22/2011 1:13PM

    Crazy how many calories can be in some things!!!

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SILLYHP1953 7/22/2011 12:05PM

    It is quite amazing how many calories some meals have. I used to eat a lot of Marie Callendar's chicken pot pies, the large ones, and when I was going to WW years ago I tried to figure out how many points one was and couldn't do it. My WW cardboard calculator wouldn't go anywhere near that high. All for some good tastes in our mouth for a little while, a very little while. I keep reminding myself of that. Oh, and for the mind-numbing effects, too! I bet your apple dumpings were delicious!

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New Heights I'm gaining every day....

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

That's a line in a church hymn, and it just popped into my head when I thought about my new high calorie burn in Curves workout today. I think the gain came from Spark People's 28-day Boot camp Challenge I just participated in. My body is stronger. Sure feels good.

  
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DONNARAEJ 7/25/2011 2:45PM

    Good for you, Yvonne! emoticon I am having trouble dragging myself over to the gym just to walk on the track. You are inspiring me!

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BECCASINGSLEAD 7/20/2011 9:53AM

    Thats awesome, Yvonne! Keep hanging in there!

Be blessed!
Becca

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SILLYHP1953 7/19/2011 4:56PM

    That boot camp challenge is good, I think I'll start it again. Isn't is great when you can actually feel that your body is stronger? I bought a Wii last week and got some of the dance games and the Wii Fit Plus board, so my fitness has some more fun in it.
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Busy....

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

and it helps me lose weight. The main factor is staying on my feet more instead of sitting here at the computer, though when my husband and I are working, that's necessary. Our latest job was officially ended Sunday, when we e-mailed the invoice in. Whew! Yesterday was spent getting ready for a board meeting here. Our club has to either increase dues 70% or find a new place to meet. Tough decisions ahead of us.

Today, after finding a recipe in our city's "town magazine," I'm getting the ingredients and making an Asian cole slaw with ginger dressing. Doesn't that sound good?

Below see some fennel we grow just for the butterflies to lay their eggs. We've had as many as 22 caterpillars devouring these plants.



  
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BECCASINGSLEAD 7/13/2011 6:58PM

    I have bronze fennel in my herb garden and my girls ran in one day all excited about the caterpillers all over the plant. They nearly stripped it but it was really cool to watch them growing.

I know what you mean about needing to stay up and moving. It can be hard to get in enough "non-exercise" activity since I quit working retail.

Have a blessed rest of the week!!

Becca

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SILLYHP1953 7/12/2011 11:25AM

    I'm going to go look for some fennel. I asked my dh if I could grow a wildflower garden over the septic system because I don't think the roots of any of the wildflowers would go deep enough to clog the drainage system. Do you know anything about that, since you know alot about plants. I haven't started one yet, need more research, but I'd want to include the plants that butterflies use for food and for laying eggs.

Keeping busy does help with weight loss...if our hands are busy we cannot eat and we're moving more! That Asian cole slaw does sound good.
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Back home...

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

after being gone about 12 days. I came home with a cold and feeling tired, but am anxious to get back on the exercise track. Walked when I could, took the stairs up and down six hotel flights, ate what I wanted. No weight gain, which is great!

It's so nice to be in my own bed again and back to normal routine.

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BECCASINGSLEAD 6/29/2011 12:58PM

    I'm glad you enjoyed your trip! A great big kudos to you for maintaining while you were gone! Way to go!!!!

Be blessed!

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SILLYHP1953 6/29/2011 11:34AM

    Did you count how many stairs that was at a time? Pretty impressive to have no weight gain. I'd be happy to be back in my own bed again, too! I'm glad you're safely home.
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