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Life in the 100s

Sunday, November 11, 2012

I reached my 70 lbs lost marker recently. This put me under 200 (199) for the first time in almost 7 years! I was briefly under 200 when I graduated high school in January 2006 and never saw it since then. It is hard to believe I started this year weighing 269 lbs. It is scary to think I weighed even more than that at one point. Even scarier to think how close that is to 300 lbs. That isn't healthy on hardly anyone.

I know now I will never go back there. For the first time in my life I lost weight in a healthy manner, in a way that made it a lifestyle not a diet. You cannot "diet" for your whole life. You can adopt a healthy lifestyle that you will live. I am now focusing less on the scale number and more on working out and toning. I realize the number doesn't always reflect your body fat percentage. I need to definitely lessen that number opposed to the scale.

I am also making progress in overcoming my anxiety, which is all health related. It still is there but I am slowly letting go, and allowing myself to push my body a little more. So I stop being afraid to work out. It feels really good to make progress.

In this journey I have also found such a healthy supportive environment on the app Instagram. For anyone who hasn't checked it out; I would recommend it. There are so many individuals who are going through the journey just like on Spark People. Their stories are so inspirational and it reminds me much of Spark People because of the support and encouragement one receives. It helped me realize how much I want to help others and motivate them. I found the motivation in others and I want to pass along that gift.

So to everyone out there.. Keep pushing. I never thought I would get here. Never dreamed it. Before my journey I remember actually having thoughts that maybe it wouldn't be so bad to live this way for my whole life. Maybe being unhealthy and miserable was just what I had to accept. And that isn't true. It should never be accepted and one should never be complacent in their happiness, their story, or their one life. Thank you all for listening. I wish you the best of success on your journeys!

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LISAM1307 11/11/2012 11:05PM

    Thanks so much!

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EBURGITE 11/11/2012 10:54AM

    welcome to onederland! emoticon emoticon
what amazing changes you've gone through. keep up the emoticon work.

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Time Flies By

Sunday, September 30, 2012

I cannot believe I have already been on this site since May. I am pleased to have found a great site with plenty of motivation. I have also found motivation from other social networking sites, which has inspired me. I find it great to chronicle your obstacles and offer advice, anything that will help or inspire another. I am now working toward a goal of motivating others. I have taken to the app Instagram and Facebook to begin this journey. I will next try to spruce up things here. I hope to achieve this by my one year anniversary here!

I had a very rough month in September and I did not do well but in the end I managed to lose 3lbs. I had a bout of gaining and losing the same pounds but I am happy to be at least 3lbs less than August. I now am hoping to get back on track. Good luck to everyone! I wish you all success on your journey!

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LISAM1307 10/1/2012 6:44PM

    Thanks everyone!

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EBURGITE 10/1/2012 10:48AM

    even if the scale isn't moving in a way you'd like, i'm sure your LIFE is changing in a way that will bring you to a healthy place. emoticon

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JESSYVIRGINY 9/30/2012 9:03PM

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Changes Can Be Shocking

Monday, August 13, 2012

Before my illness in February 2012 (where one of the things they diagnosed me with was GERD) I use to drink pop all the time. Dr.Pepper was my favorite of all time and I wanted to drink a bottle everyday. Sometimes more especially if I had cans at my disposal. It seemed almost like a drug where I felt cranky if I didn't have my regular pop/caffeine fix. It was one of the hardest things to give up for me. I wanted to follow the GERD rules so I did and I had not drank any regular pop in 7 months. I think I only had diet pop a few occasions as well. This was achievement.

I decided that I would like to treat myself to some regular pop because I felt I was finally at a place where I could have it once awhile. I tried a few sips and I couldn't believe it. I actually do not like it anymore. This was not only pop but my favorite Dr.Pepper. It just didn't taste right, it tasted way too syrupy and the carbonation I found unpleasant. I was so shocked by this because I coveted pop for the last 7 months. I even gave it away and did not bother to drink it.

I think the important thing I took away from this is that changes can be shocking. You might not realize how your body changes when you fill it with health. It adjusts and expects better from you. It really follows your lead. I never dreamed one of my beloved yet bad for you things would become undesirable. Now I cannot say the same for pizza unfortunately LOL. In the beginning changes may seem difficult and restricting but if you give it a real chance you might find yourself surprised.

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LISAM1307 8/17/2012 10:29PM

    Thank you MILPAM3 for the tips. I never heard of the cauliflower crust before, I will have to Google a recipe for that.

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MILPAM3 8/16/2012 7:57PM

  Try a different kind of pizza...lots of veggies, lowfat cheese. I've even heard of making the crust from ground cauliflower!

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LISAM1307 8/15/2012 4:29PM

    Thank you everyone! Taste buds really do adapt. And STEVENGO2 I do always try to add veggies, I can live without pepperoni, sausage, etc.

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HIKINGSD 8/14/2012 4:10AM

    Great words of wisdom, thank you for sharing :)

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FITANDFIFTY2 8/14/2012 12:46AM

    Awesome! I used to LOVE Dr. Pepper! I hated water with a passion... now I find the soda too sweet and syrupy and can't get enough water. Have a wonderful week, Spark Friend!

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STEVENGO2 8/14/2012 12:41AM

    THAT IS emoticon! Do not worry about pizza as long as you top with veggies and skip extra cheese, pizza can be healthy in moderation!

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EBURGITE 8/14/2012 12:16AM

    that's emoticon!!! i have found that i don't like a lot of things i used to. yay for you!!!! emoticon

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Applying Dedication To Other Areas

Thursday, August 02, 2012

It feels like I am always complaining about my anxiety and saying how I want it to disappear. The problem is I do not try hard to change it. Pouring over how depressing it is to feel this way today, made me realize I am doing the same thing I use to do with my weight. I am letting it control me and I am not taking any serious steps to improve or remove it from my life. I have realized I have to take control of my mind and apply changes or dedication to my anxiety the same way I do with losing weight.

The mind is such a powerful agent and it can build you up or bring you down. The problem is the mind is meant to be a servant however it often takes control instead. One should always have the upper hand on their mind. It is definitely easier said than done but not impossible to gain control. I never thought I would be almost 60lbs down. I never dreamed I would see this weight again. I did. Now if I could apply that same dedication to other areas of my life; I might just see improvement.

Must stop procrastinating!

I think everyone should stop and see if any of their problems might just need a little dedication. The same dedication weight loss does. After all it might just change your fate.

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LISAM1307 8/4/2012 2:57PM

    You're welcome. It definitely is a battle. Good luck to the both of you in overcoming the mind.

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EBURGITE 8/3/2012 12:42PM

    such true words! if we win the battle in our minds, the rest is easy peasy!
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PATTYKLAVER 8/3/2012 9:49AM

    After having a very anxiety fill day yesterday, your blog really hit home with me today. Thanks for the idea of making up my mind to change how it affects me.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I am wondering.. I have been losing around 2lbs a week though some weeks its less and some more throughout this time. All of July has been a particular struggle and I had only lost 5lbs the whole month a little over a week ago. I kept losing and regaining the same couple of pounds. Today I was rather surprised when I found out I lost 4 lbs in the past week.

I am wondering if this is normal? Do plateaus cause you to become stuck and then the weight will fall off in one chunk after you break through? I just want to make sure this is a typical thing to deal with on the weight loss journey.

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LISAM1307 8/2/2012 12:20AM

    Lol LYNNA1968, you know me too well

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LYNNA1968 7/31/2012 10:03PM

    yes, your normal so you can sleep better. Lol ready? Say it with me.......
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LISAM1307 7/26/2012 5:42PM

    Thank you DANE02!

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DANE02 7/26/2012 10:49AM

    Yes, I experienced the same ebb and week 1/2 lb next week 5 lb followed by a 2 lb...over the time period it calculated to be about 2 lbs a week

Keep up the strong work!

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LISAM1307 7/25/2012 10:18PM

    Thank you both!

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EBURGITE 7/25/2012 11:02AM

    i was losing pretty steady for months, then things slowed to a crawl. i would have ups and downs just like yours, then a drop, then up and down. my experience has been the more i lose, the harder it gets to lose more. the scale is such a wretched contraption!!!
it's a good reason to weigh less often, and find other areas to measure your progress and success. it's much easier to say "i lost 100 lbs," than to list what's changed and what you've accomplished.
keep living healthfully, and enjoying life.

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DIBANANA 7/24/2012 8:54PM

  It has happened to me. I will bounce up and down a few pounds and then one day it drops. Not often but it happens.

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