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The money you save...

Sunday, August 18, 2013

I'm realizing just how much money you save when you don't go out to Wendy's and Taco Bell on a daily basis. I had enough money left over to buy a new recliner when our couch broke (gee, I wonder why?). I still have money left over! It's going to go to food and one more fast food visit, but still... I spent $200 on this recliner and put $100 into the car fund and still had $100 left over! My goal of August is to only go to fast food once a week. I'm doing good so far... One week I didn't even go at all. My reward when I complete that is going to be a FitBit. I know I can do it! I'm back losing weight again and all is getting right in my world. I may not be able to sleep well, but other than that I'm doing great.

  
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MSANGIBBY 10/28/2013 8:41PM

    Keep it up!!! I you fall off, dust yourself off and get right back up. Love my fitbit!

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GRANNY2B2 9/23/2013 10:07PM

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OTEN36 9/3/2013 8:16PM

    I've been thinking about a fitbit also but I'm just so busy right now.
That is wonderful your back on a losing streak...LOL
I'm pretty excited to get back into the swing of it all.
Best of Luck to you
Dee/Minnesota

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CHERIJ16 8/19/2013 1:35PM

    Glad you are doing better! I need to set a goal of fast food only once a week too! Good advice. emoticon

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VELMATULIP 8/18/2013 11:44PM

    emoticon You are doing fantastic! I can't wait until you have a Fitbit and we can be friends on there too! emoticon

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M0MTH3W1TCH 8/18/2013 10:57PM

  Good luck! It's a hard habit to break but you can do it. I almost always bring a lunch to work and make something at home for dinner. We very rarely go out to eat - feeding five isn't always cheap. I plan a lunch date every couple of weeks at work. But my philosophy is that when I go out I want good food not fast food so it's usually something like corner bakery, Panera, or something similar. And then take home some for another meal!

And splurge and get the fitbit. It's great!

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BTWIMKEE 8/18/2013 5:58PM

    emoticon attitude & emoticon with the savings!

The other day I decided to go over how much I spent on fast food within a year going by my checkbook registrar and online account... I was SO upset with myself for spending THAT MUCH on just... FOOD!

Sounds like you have a great plan/system! I hope you'll be able to sleep soundly SOON!


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LORILEEPAGE 8/18/2013 5:57PM

    Awesome news! I'm so happy for you that you are making good progress in not eating fast food as much! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 8/18/2013 3:02PM

    Great reward! I love the fitbit too. I think you'll find that you don't even want fast food anymore, because home made is so much tastier, cheaper, and lower in calories.

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JOELEVENACIOUS 8/18/2013 2:55PM

    Get the fitbit you will love it! It is like buying a computer when you are a writer. It is such a fun tool to help you keep moving! Pick people as fitbit friends who average just above your goals then try to keep up. It works for me so far.

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"Before" picture

Saturday, August 03, 2013

This is what I look like today, at 228.2 pounds. I'm about halfway through my journey (I was a lot closer last year.. I got down to 208, but I started at 280) I looked at that, and I'm more motivated to lose weight!

  
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SKINNYROBIN100 8/18/2013 3:54PM

    Keep up the great work and stay motivated to become even lower this time and you can do it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 8/18/2013 3:03PM

    You're doing great!

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MONKEYMOM999 8/12/2013 1:07PM

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LINDA! 8/9/2013 10:38PM

    Wonderful. You are making great progress.

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M0MTH3W1TCH 8/4/2013 10:13PM

  Keep up the good work! Be proud of yourself -- I'm proud of you!

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CHERIJ16 8/4/2013 11:50AM

    You can do it Larissa. Look how far you have already come! emoticon

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BARBANNA 8/3/2013 8:23PM

    All I have to do is try on a pair of pants to see the difference. I had a video done last year while Sky Diving and that is what prompted my SP diet. It's been outstanding!

Be patient and it will happen when you least expect it! I really did not feel I had the self control but once I started tracking everything and eating properly it was a trip.

I wish you much success. Don't give up. What you are doing is essential not only for you, your family but 70% of the US population. emoticon emoticon

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MAESTRACH 8/3/2013 5:22PM

    Way to go! Just keep plugging away. You'll hit your goal.

Keep up the great work!

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BTWIMKEE 8/3/2013 5:03PM

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VELMATULIP 8/3/2013 4:37PM

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THOMS1 8/3/2013 4:17PM

    emoticon Doin good! emoticon

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GOLFGMA 8/3/2013 3:59PM

    I hate looking at my before pictures, but, most times if I do it does motivate me to do better. emoticon

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Finally Day 1!!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Since I'm not going out tonight, today marks it as Day 1 without fast food! I did have a tea and a mini can of Pringles to tide me over, but I didn't go to Wendy's or anyplace else! I *so* wanted to. We went grocery shopping. I had a mini bagel before I left so I didn't go on an empty stomach. Well, by the time I was done shopping I was so hungry I was shaking. I wanted to go get Wendy's, but Geo said no. He's been a great help to me. We went to the meat market next where I picked up the chips and tea, and that held me over until I got home. So it's officially Day 1! Tomorrow should be easy since I'm going to try and volunteer. Thursday is going to be a challenge since Geo has physical therapy and we are going to be out and about. He can't do it when he's full, so I'm thinking of picking up some protein bars for him. This way he has something in his stomach afterward, and I'll eat something before. As it is, I'm making my lunch for tomorrow right now- black beans and rice. I know it's carbs, but it gets me through the day and is cheap. I would rather have the food in the cafeteria, but I need to watch my spending. Besides, food cooked at home is healthier than the cafeteria since I limit the salt, butter and so on. I just like plain rice with black beans and spices. Hopefully I can make it last all day. We just went to the store, but I don't want to run out of food. We have $25 of Geo's food stamps left and I get $90 on the 18th. That money, though, needs to go to hurricane supplies. We have a couple of cans from last year and a gallon of water, but that's a pittance as to what we need. So that's what's going on with me.

  
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TEALLEN04 8/1/2013 9:59PM

    Way to go with giving up fast food! I recently stopped fast-fooding as well (it's been 7 days now). It's worth it! It sounds like you have some great strategies, like taking your lunch and eating before you go out. Keep up the good work!

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SHANAELIZABETH 6/20/2013 11:11AM

    The first day is always the hardest...great job on not giving in!! Good luck today!! emoticon

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CHERIJ16 6/12/2013 9:50PM

    Keep the faith. emoticon

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500 fitness minutes in May!

Friday, May 31, 2013

I'm so excited! I hit 500 fitness minutes this month. A lot of it has to do with physical therapy since I work out for 60 minutes 3 times a week and then walk 20 minutes home. I'm still gaining weight, but today I was good and didn't go out to eat. I did have a bag of chips instead, but I would rather take 200 calories of chips than 400 calories of fast food. I know some of the weight I've gained is from muscle weight, but it's still hard to see the scale going up. But the important thing is that I'm getting exercise! Last year at this time I was doing 1,000 minutes a month, but then I slacked off a lot. Now I'm just walking 0.8-1.2 miles at a time instead of a 2-3 miles. I just have to work my way back up again. I know I can do it!

  
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LORILEEPAGE 6/1/2013 2:17PM

    You are making a great effort with your exercise. You know your potential and I know you can work your way back up to 1000 a month. I wish you an active weekend with sane eating! You will lose weight. emoticon

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USMAWIFE 5/31/2013 9:40PM

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I got to get back on track!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

I had an "ah-ha" moment today. I need to get back on track, and NOW. I used to weight 208 and had Onederland within my grasp. Then fast food came into my life thanks to me getting a car, and my weight has gone up to 226. that's 18 pounds! I'm still in shock. I know I need to get my butt moving and eating right if I want to lose weight. I'm doing physical therapy right now, so I know I'm getting my exercise in, but I can't resist the temptation of fast food. I'm such an addict. I know it's bad for me, but I just don't have the willpower. I need all the encouragement I can get. I wish there was a "Fast Food Addict" group. On some things I tell myself that I deserve it, like going to eat chicken, rice and beans after my workout. It's right on the way to my bus stop and it's so yummy. The chicken is roasted, so it's a good source of protein and I just love black beans and rice. Or going for Wendy's chili after my physical therapy and I know my body is craving fiber and protein. I have protein bars, but something in me just wants something warm and comfy. Now I'm broke and I had a lot of extra money this month. All spent on fast food. I need some serious help, and I need to get my willpower back.

  
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LUCINDARW 5/30/2013 11:03AM

    Larissa don't give up! You can do it! You did it once before you can do it again. Good luck on yur journey. Lucinda

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BTWIMKEE 5/29/2013 9:03PM

    A setback is a set up for a comeback! Donít let anything stand in your way any longer to go after your goals because you CAN do it!

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RONSWIFE1028 5/29/2013 6:22PM

  You can do it we all have set backs just don't let this make you give up!

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TWEETY287 5/29/2013 6:05PM

  Create a challenge for yourself!!! say one to three weeks preferably three weeks with 5 to 6 days of eating right by the sparkpeople nutrition area under my trackers and on one of the days eat out you can eat out all day but stay within the calorie range and see if you can do it!!!

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