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Why I am still heavy...

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

I have not written here in quite a long time, so I feel it is time...

Why I am still heavy...

Yes, I have lost over 30 pounds as I stated in my last post, however, I have gained some of that back. I am still at a size 10, but as usual, I struggle with losing more... I also struggle with eating healthy ALL the time... I love cheese and I refuse to give up my Tillmook cheddar cheese, especially since I found out that there is less sodium in it than American cheese...

I can't seem to get myself to eat more vegetables... I have started eating Tofu though and found a cool recipe online for a Tofu shake (malt)... The only difference is, I do not put honey... Just half of the Tofu and some frozen mixed berries I buy from Trader Joes... It is very delicious... This past spring I did my first 10K... WOW! I was tired and sore afterwards too... I need to work up to that... It is difficult... Why do I always quit halfway through my weight loss... I give up when I can't lose any more instead of trying harder... At least I know why some people have someone (a trainer) to push them... Heck... A year ago, I was a personal trainer and could not get anyone to hire me though... Now, I can't get anyone to hire me as Graphic Designer/Web Developer... Why???? I got laid off from Countrywide over four years ago, and it is still very, very difficult for me to get a job.... ALL my friends get one it seems like really fast...

My dream is to get down to at least a size 8 and to start working as a Graphic Designer/Web Developer!

Linda Mann

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    Miss you on The Step Diet team! Are you wearing a pedometer? That could really help you. We always do less steps than we think we are doing.

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BABCIATEA 3/2/2014 8:50AM

    keep on trying the jet liner is only on track part of the time and keeps recorrecting but gets to destination . WE can too emoticon

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NBARNES 12/8/2013 12:40PM

    Hang in there! I too am not a big veggie fan but I know how important they are. So I put carrots in my lunch every day - and make myself eat them. We buy the baby carrots, although they cost more I'll actually eat those. I've also discovered that if you chop spinach up really fine in a food processor you can add it to almost anything and not notice. There isn't a soup, sauce or casserole in my house that doesn't have spinach in it now! LOL And I've learned it's OKAY to serve green macaroni and cheese!

I also agree with Achieve2012. If it helps you to be accountable you should turn on the setting where your trackers are public. If you do this and you want someone looking at them on a regular basis just let me know and I'll check in every day or two! I too feel the need for accountability. Another SP friend would take pictures of all her meals and post them...I thought that was a great idea as well but I kept forgetting or letting life get in the way of this.

Treat yourself as you would treat others!

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FEMISLIM 12/3/2013 8:15AM

    You are doing ok. Just remain motivated. Like Achieve2012 said, treat yourself as you would a client and stick to your advice. This would be a training process for when a client comes on. You will be able to consult based on personal experience, which is the best. I have found that the best way for me to get in more veggies is to put them in smoothies. It is well with you!!!

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SHERYLP461 12/3/2013 7:13AM

    Thirty pounds is a lot, even if you have gained back a few. What was going on with you when you started gaining again? Sometimes this can be a clue.

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LINDA_ELLEN 12/3/2013 1:56AM

    If I had a client, because I know how difficult it is to motivate myself, I would ask my client to have me work with them three to four times a week and I would have them show me their diet menu. If I see what someone else is eating, I could help them, but for some reason, it is more difficult to help myself.


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ACHIEVE2012 12/3/2013 1:30AM

  Since you are a personal trainer, If a client came to you with the exact situation, what would you tell them? How would you help them plan and what would you do to help them stick to that plan?

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Personal Trainer

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Two years ago, I became a personal trainer through International Sports Science Association, when I lost 40 lbs. because I want to help others better themselves. I have always enjoyed helping others and I feel that I can do a fantastic job as a personal trainer, because of the obstacles that I have faced through my journey of losing weight. I still need to lose about 15 - 30 lbs, but I know that it will come off! Recently, I started to go jogging and walking and I can walk a very long way, but I am still working on my jogging techniques. I am up to jogging about 1/2 a mile at a time. I am a slow jogger, but I can do it. At least now when I jog, I do not breathe heavy like in my past. If I can do it, anyone can do it. Just have a goal in mind and stick to it! Do not give up and keep striving for your goals! I am and I will never give up!


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IMEMINE1 12/25/2012 8:35PM

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CARIFUN 1/7/2011 1:53PM

    Ha! Nice! Congrats! I LOVE that! Whoot Whoot. I think I can jog about 100 yards or half a lap. I could work up from there.

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NELLIEC 12/29/2010 5:58PM

    Boy, what an accomplishment -- becoming a personal trainer!

Since I use a walker when I am outside the house so I don't fall on uneven ground, I have not attempted jogging out of doors. Walking is fine there. However, I can move fairly quickly indoors, so I am trying to do better at that!

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LINDA_ELLEN 12/28/2010 8:59PM

    I know I can! I am a personal trainer!


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What is it with DIETING?

Friday, June 18, 2010

I have learned a long time ago to get rid of that word "DIET" from our vocabulary. As my favorite fitness person has stated: "The word diet is a four letter word and if you split it up, you have a two syllable word! "DIE - IT." No one wants to die, so I agree with Richard Simmons, that we need to get rid of that word and just make it a lifestyle change. That is what I have done! Two years ago, I got married, then I was laid off. I took a good look at myself and said, I am not going to feel sorry myself any more. I need to compete with everyone else out looking for work, so I began going to the gym. I spent some eight hours a day in the gym. I studied hard, and I succeeded at losing 40-pounds and becoming a certified personal trainer. Yes, I am still working on losing more weight, but I lost the majority of it. The weight that brought me down and got me to feel so lifeless and tired all of the time.

Now, I have tons of energy. I walk all the time and go hiking now and on occasion, I go for a light jog.

If I can it, anyone can do it! Losing weight is not difficult! It is a mindset!

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HEWIES 6/18/2010 11:47AM

    SP article said I am not dieting, I am changing my life style. I can live with that.

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LINDA_ELLEN 6/18/2010 9:47AM

    Thank you and I truly hope that many more people learn to believe the same thing. They need to take the word DIET out of the vocabulary language! Start saying "Liv-it!"

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VICD25 6/18/2010 7:26AM

    right on!

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KOMAL53 6/18/2010 2:21AM

    I agree with every word you've written!!!!It's nothing but sheer determination and hard work that sees one through any trial and tribulation successfully-----PERMANENTLY!!!Temp
orary measures never have had and never will have lasting effects.I salute your "Never say Die" Spirit My Friend-----May God bless you with even greater Success!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SparkPeople/ Fitness Story Contest

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

In March of 2008, I was laid off from my job that I had for about nine years. Yes, like everyone else out there that got laid off, I was extremely depressed at first and did nothing but sit around and feel depressed.

About three months went by, and like a brick thrown at me, or a really hard slap in the face, I thought to myself: "What am I doing?" I am not going to sit here feeling sorry for myself. If I don't do something now for myself, no one else will either.

I then, picked myself up and began going to the gym everyday, spending a good eight hours at the gym everyday, and then I would go looking for work.

I told myself that if I am to compete with everyone else out there looking for work, I need to look my best, and with that, I started losing weight.

It is now seven months later and I still do not have a job. I have lost over 40 pounds. Became a certified fitness trainer and yes, I have even plateaued. I did not give up though and now I am officially losing weight again.

I take small steps to reach the goal weight that I want for myself. On SparkPeople, my goal weight is 140 pounds. When I reach that goal, I will change it again.

I started at the weight of 190 and now I am at 150. I am taking this journey one day at a time and I want for everyone else out there who reads this to do the same thing.

Just remember: You only have one life to live, so do it right and do it now, but take it easy!

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GUNNYSGT 1/2/2011 7:10PM

    good for you linda-ellen.

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LINDA_ELLEN 10/19/2009 10:31PM

    Definitely SHEILARIE1; we do need to go for a walk again.

This week I am determined to get my weight down below 160 once and for all. By Christmas, I plan on wearing a size 8 in pants.


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SHEILARIE1 10/19/2009 10:24PM

    Good for you Linda. Thank you for sharing. I totally can relate to the platau, but I am also determined. Crazy times for me right now, but we will have to find time to go walking together again. Keep up the good work. Be Blessed!


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LINDA_ELLEN 10/19/2009 9:56PM

    Thank you JudgeDeborah!

I do try to conquer all fears to the best of my knowledge. Losing weight does feel great too. However, it does get harder, once you have less to lose.

I am not giving up though! :0)

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JUDGEDEBORAH 10/19/2009 9:39PM

    Thanks for sharing, Linda Ellen. You sure have overcome great obstacles to obtain your goals. Very inspiring story! Your passion, dedication and persistence will serve you well. God is with you!

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Sweatsuit to Swimsuit

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Joined new group and will reach my goal by doing all the exercises
and anything else recommended.