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Week One Progress Report (October 17, 2014)

Friday, October 17, 2014

This week has been one of returning to familiar and good habits. I have had a few months where I really fell off track due to much stress in my life. Things are returning back to normal now for me on the home front and it's now time to get down to business again. I know that talk is cheap though and this is something that I will have to keep up on a daily basis. I have set a few small goals and the last few days I have stayed on track. I wanted to write a quick blog to let everyone know that I'm looking forward to beginning anew and will be posting more here as time goes on. My family and I are in the process of moving into our new home and the next few months are going to be busy for me as we get prepared for that. Winters are always rough here in Missouri and we are wanting to at least get moved in before that is upon us. I'm so thankful to God for giving me the mind to start over and make myself a priority again. Dare to say, "I'm so excited"!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/17/2014 2:27PM

    Stress is my Achilles tendon too. It is what always derails me and what I need to learn to control. I hope things return to normal for me soon too but I have doubts. In the mean time, I need to find better ways to deal with stress and grief.

I am not looking forward to this winter either. Southern Illinois was hit hard last year. I don't want that again.

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/17/2014 1:00PM

    Best wishes in your new home and welcome back to the right track.

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Encouragment Needed Sparkfriends!!!

Monday, June 24, 2013

The last month was pretty stressful for me. I'm a little ashamed to say that I fell back into some bad eating habits. I tend to eat when I'm stressed. I don't want all my hard work to be in vain. I know that it will take eating under my calorie range and also eating as healthy as possible. I'm tired of making excuses. I've started to refocus on what it will take to be successful at this once again. It seems that I get a really good jump on my weight loss and then repeat the same cycle of eating all the wrong things or going over my portion control. Have any of you ever had this problem? What did you do to finally conquer that demon of overeating and late night bingeing? I truly need help with this and encourage all the feedback possible. I'm doing the workouts....but my eating habits are not good. I admit this! I made a commitment today to start anew. I've decided to blog as much as possible to stay focused and plan out my meals. I've also gotten all the junk foods out of my cupboards. I want to succeed this time around!

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/22/2013 10:37AM

    Don't forget that we are trying to change lifelong eating habits, so change won't happen overnight. Patience is the hardest part of this process.

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MISSYRH3 7/2/2013 7:20AM

  I'm right there with you, so I don't really have any tips or tricks. I do find it harder to start back up though. So that is my mantra right now. I mind as well do it and do it right the first time so I don't have to do it again. I have made a big lifestyle change in which I am eating a mediterrean diet...basically mostly vegetables with fish, some chicken and occassional meat. I hope this helps somewhat, but do know you are not in this alone, that is why we are here. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DYNAMICDEB53 6/29/2013 8:58PM

    Those are hard habits to break, but they can be broken. I use to be a stress induced eater and at a time my life was very stressful. I think for me that it was knowing I just HAD to gain control. One thing I have done since I started SP is to track daily and then in the last year or so to plain my meals out a week in advance and get them in the tracker and keep to them. Yes I plan a little give, but mostly I just eat what is planned.
When I feel stressed I exercise, drink water and wait to eat when its time. It didn't happen at once but with repeating and repeating I am getting into that habit more and more.
Important thing is to never stop and keep working at what you really want.
I know you can do this, just don't give up.

Sending you lots of positive thoughts.

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BECKYSFRIEND 6/26/2013 8:13PM

    We've all been there and done that. emoticon Stay positive you will get past this and you'll win the weight battle. Remember you're not alone emoticon emoticon

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MRYTYLER 6/26/2013 11:54AM

    We have all been there. Every time I lose weight I end up gaining it back plus some because of my eating. I think I found something that works for me the 5:2 fast diet. It is not for everyone but for me it keeps me from binge eating (and drinking) and knowing that if I can hold off one day and wait for the next really helps because by the next day hopefully I am not as stressed and do not binge. It is not a diet but a lifestyle that hopefully I can stick to until I lose this weight and get my eating under control. Good luck I hope you find something that works for you and remember we have all been there. emoticon

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STONECOT 6/26/2013 5:12AM

    This is going to sound totally 'off the wall' but I started fasting two days a week. I found that broke the cycle, and the dependence of comfort eating. I discovered that I needed a lot less than I thought. That I had a rush of energy on my fasting days, and didn't get particularly hungry either as long as I kept busy.

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DANAPRIME 6/25/2013 8:06PM

    Good job getting back on track. I would not recommend eating "under" your calorie range. Stay the course. Eat in your range and exercise. Eating to little will slow down your weight loss efforts. We all mess up from time to time, just make your course correction to get back on track. Don't try to punish yourself for past errors, focus on making better decisions right now. Let's face it, all we really have is now.

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LIVELAUFLUV 6/25/2013 6:00AM

    Great job acknowledging that you have had a set back and knowing what you need to do to get back on track.

We have all done this, everyone slips, but not everyone gets back on track. emoticon . I know that I can't keep junk food in the house, and that if I do buy it, I'm going to eat it, even if I "bought it for someone else". I know I didn't really buy it for someone else, but I love to use that excuse.

Getting back in control is important. Write out the reasons you are doing this healthy lifestyle, keep it in front of you to remind you why you don't need those chips or other junk food. You can do this, We can do this together!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/24/2013 10:11PM

    It's a problem many of us face. I broke the late night feeding by making a rule of no eating after 8 p.m. I have a snack then - usually yogurt and that is it.

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PATRICIAAK 6/24/2013 7:46PM

    Great that you've refocused.
It would be wiser to eat at the lower end of your calorie range, rather than below it. If you don't eat enough, the brain sends a message to the body, 'She's starving us. Become more efficient. Make every calorie do the work of 3.' The result is weight comes off slower.

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PEPPYPATTI 6/24/2013 7:29PM

    We all have gone through this. Sometimes there are just those days! But you made a good start by getting rid of all the junk food out of your cupboard!
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JACKIE542 6/24/2013 6:45PM

    Great idea to get all the junk food out of the house for now. I have that problem too eating when stressed. I removed all the junk and ate carrot sticks and celery and big glasses of water, and tea. Strawberries use to help me too. Find some low calorie snacks to help you along. Sounds like you know what you are doing. emoticon emoticon

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SLIMTHICK2 6/24/2013 5:29PM

    What you are experiencing is too familiar to me. I can't say that I know how to stop all I do is press on and try to do my best everyday. You seem to have a good plan, go for it, and keep on the journey no matter what. All the best. emoticon

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    Sounds like you have a great start already by getting rid of junk food. Something that I've been doing lately is roasting veggies and having them on hand for snacking so that my snacks are low cal and healthy.

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BERTAS_JOURNEY 6/24/2013 3:09PM

    Sorry to hear that you are having such a rough time right now.

I know what you are going through, I've been there & done that. It's the old thinking process that tells us that we have lost weight before and that we can lose it again so go ahead and have that _____.

I had lost nearly 30lbs only to gain it all back with that mentality. I'm ready for a change and could use some motivation to get me back on track. I haven't learned how to conquer my bad habits just yet but drinking lots of water or some Crystal Light helps. I have gotten in the habit of trying to chew slower since they say it takes 25 mins for your stomach to realize that it's full. Maybe that's something that you could try.

Sending you thoughts & LOTS of positive energy!! Hope you have a wonderful day. emoticon

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BOVEY63 6/24/2013 3:03PM

    We have all been where you are, and still continue to fight the demon ourselves. It isn't an easy journey and we all will stumble on occasion. You are not alone and you will get passed this.

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New additions to the family!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

As I promised in a previous blog here are my new precious little kittens. Their names are JJ, Frankie, and Sassy. Both Frankie and Sassy have blue eyes. They are all so adorable and I love them all so much. Not too long ago I lost my two Labs Ebony & Ivory and I miss them dearly. Having my new babies give me more to love and I get to keep them inside. They are all litter trained now and that's a big plus. I will take more photos as they grow and develop.

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BECKYSFRIEND 6/26/2013 8:15PM

    So precious

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DESERTDREAMERS 6/24/2013 10:59PM

    Sweet babies

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MALAMI518 6/24/2013 9:38AM

    They are so cute! I have only one old cat right now. I'd love to get a puppy or a kitten, but I don't want to stress my old man (cat) out. He's not fond of other animals or new people.

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BARBARASDIET 6/23/2013 3:25PM

    So cute!! I love kitties but mine are very old and I will not replace them when they go. Just not ready to be a mommy again...

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    Cute! Thanks for sharing

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BOVEY63 6/22/2013 11:25PM

    Too cute!!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/22/2013 10:52PM

    They are adorable and it's obvious everyone is smitten with them.

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JACKIE542 6/22/2013 9:28PM

    They are so cute, bet they are fun. emoticon

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LJBKENT 6/22/2013 7:48PM

    Too cute. Thanks for sharing.


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TWEETYKC00 6/22/2013 7:40PM

    What lovely additions!

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RASPBERRY56 6/22/2013 7:32PM

    Awwwwww! Soooooo sweet! Enjoy them!

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EMPRESSAMQ 6/22/2013 7:28PM

    Awwww, such cute babies. Congratulations on your new little ones. They are adorable.

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Catching Up On Things!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

It feels good to catch up here again. We had a bad rainstorm here on Sunday evening and our internet modem was hit and we lost power. I'm thankful that was all that happened because driving around yesterday we found some downed trees that was also struck by lightning. God is truly amazing that my family and neighbors were protected from any major damage. That gave me some inside time with my husband and daughter Macey. We just got three new baby kittens (pictures coming soon). Two boys that we named JJ and Frankie, and one girl that we named Sassy. They are so adorable....but a handful. A few months ago I lost my two Labs and they have been a big void missing in my life. The kittens have certainly helped to fill some of that loss because they demand so much attention....and I love that.

This morning after feeding them I went for my usual 1 hour walk. I added some light running and I'm so happy that I did. I felt the need to really challenge myself but I didn't overdo it. Then it was back inside for 30 minutes of strength training. I'm finally able to sit here and relax and catch up a bit on things. I'm a little tired. I think it was because I didn't get much sleep last night. My phone ranged around 2:30 this morning with an emergency from my oldest stepdaughter. Things are fine, thank goodness. I look forward to getting a better nights' sleep later.

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IMREITE 6/20/2013 1:13AM

    Storms can be scary. the damage can impact for days and cause a lot of problems. i will admit though i try to use bad weather as an opportunity to clean my kitchen.

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PATJOONWW 6/19/2013 9:40PM

    Good job on the walk/run. Glad you didn't have any damage.

emoticonMuch success on your journey! emoticon

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    I love kitties. They should really add some fun into your life. I'm glad you did not have any more damage from the storms. They have missed out area this year.

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PATRICIAAK 6/19/2013 6:16PM

    Despite the 'challenges' of life, it sounds like basically all is well. PTL!
My cat is 17 yr old.

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JACKIE542 6/19/2013 4:22PM

    Glad things are going well and you did not have any major damage.
Can't wait to see the pictures of your kittens, I am sure they bring many smiles and laughter to you and your family.
Good job on your exercise too.
Take good care. emoticon

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BOVEY63 6/19/2013 3:40PM

    So happy to hear you didn't receive any damage from the storm and that all were safe.
The kittens sure do sound fun and adorable. Anxious to see your pics.

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BOILHAM 6/19/2013 3:38PM

    Got some good exercise today. Good job! We haven't had a cat in a long time, but we have 2 Boston Terriers. Our cat lived 21 years, and I miss her a lot. When she first passed away, I imagined seeing her everywhere - for a long time. I was just so used to her being there.

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Hot & humid here in the Ozarks!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

It's a hot and humid day here in Vanzant, Missouri. I've still been getting out for my morning walks. Yesterday was really a scorcher so I was thankful to God for a little breeze earlier. We're supposed to be having a picnic on the river today. Let's hope and pray that it's a little cooler though.

I'm loving my walks though. I suppose that I would walk everyday if it wasn't for the weather. Things change so much here in the Ozarks. I prefer cooler weather to the hot. Not "Cold"....just a good breezy day is the perfect walking climate for me. Since the revival was over on Monday night I hope to be able to get back into my workouts full swing. I haven't been completely committed to P90X. I'm glad that at least I have been walking though. I'm starting strength training again on next week. In a few more weeks I will give P90X another try, but I'm going to see how my body feels and just keep up with my walking as best as I can. I've been consuming way too much salt though. I went to the grocery store yesterday and loaded up on fruits and vegetables. Having healthy foods on hand will help control my "out of control" snacking the past couple weeks.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/19/2013 12:19PM

    It has been hot here in Texico, Illinois too. I'm northeast of you. Your picnic on the river sounds great. I bet it's beautiful there.

I have been eating too much salt lately too and am trying to cut back.

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PATRICIAAK 6/15/2013 4:11AM

    sounds like a plan

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GOANNA2 6/14/2013 9:41AM

    Keep walking emoticon I love the cooler
weather too. We have very high humidity here
as it is sub-tropics. I am relishing our winter and
so far we have not had anything below 9 Celsius.

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PATJOONWW 6/13/2013 9:11PM

    I like cooler temps too! And thankfully it is in the upper 70's right now.

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    I like cooler weather too since it's easier to warm myself up than to cool myself down.

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/13/2013 1:24PM

    I keep a bowl of cut up carrots, celery, etc. out most of the time. I'm a grazer and will eat automatically. If healthy things are around, I eat healthy things.

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JACKIE542 6/13/2013 1:11PM

    I also have problems when it gets too hot, and with the humidity it's even worse, I try to get out very early, or just inside exercises on those days.
Sure hope it cools off so that you have a nice picnic. emoticon emoticon

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BOVEY63 6/13/2013 12:54PM

    I agree with you - temps in the 70s and a nice breeze are my favorite conditions!

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