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Friday, April 09, 2010

Why is it so hard to lose this weight again!

I felt so great when I was under 140, my confidence was high, I took time over my appearance and was even feeling sexy!

I had lost almost 80 pounds, and then did the second hardest thing and stopped smoking, yes I've said this many times on my blogs lol
I still have not lost a single pound of the weight gained in the first 3 months from first stopping.
Well I lost 5, then gained it back once again.

I no longer feel confident, don't care how I look, meaning I only get dressed if I actually leave the house, which isn't often and do not feel sexy any more.

I am so tempted to restart smoking, but that IS NOT going to happen, not with my lungs being as they are...or were.

I will NOT give in, I will NOT give up, I just want to get back the feelings I had last year!

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HARRINGTON5 4/23/2010 10:50AM

    Liz, You did a wonderful thing by quitting smoking. You know you are healthier for it. You are right, starting again is not an option. I have been on SP for almost two years and I am still battling the weight roller coaster. I was recently a little frustrated because I am really sick of it. I guess that is what it took for me to finally get serious enough to change my lifestyle and not just "diet". I am on the road to recovery and you will be too. You are doing a fantastic job and you should be very proud of yourself. You go girl!

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AFM3861 4/22/2010 7:04PM

  Remember that quitting smoking will improve your life - you will be able to exercise more, breathe deeper and live longer! Maybe you will gain a few pounds at first, but don't let that make you start again! I would say that weighing fifteen pounds more but being a non smoker is way sexier than being a skinny smoker!

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LMCGLOT 4/22/2010 10:20AM

I too finally quit smoking and gained 15 pounds. My doctor shared with me that it was WAY better for my health to gain weight than to smoke. He also commended me on ONLY gaining 15 pounds. I was prepared for the possible weight gain this time. Joined a gym etc but still the weight came on. The doctor also told me it takes 3 years for your bodies metabolism to be back to normal after quitting. One day at a time I told myself. I happened to have written down the date I quit smoking and just found it the other's been 5 years on, here's the really coincidental part....that date just happens to be a girlfriends birthday. She has been an inspiration to me since she lost 60 pounds and is encouraging to be around since she eats healthy and does all kinds of excercise. She has survived throat cancer twice and has only a whisper for a voice!! But yet she carries on!! I met her after she had lost all the weight so I've never known her except at this size. I tell you all this as a way to lend encouragement and to share with you something you already know, that smoking is oh so addictive. Worse than heroin or alcohol. The longer you stay away from it the better each day will become. You can do this!! You're worth it!! Drag yourself out of the house for some fresh air. Volunteer! Nothing like volunteering by helping others to help you feel good about yourself! I think I'll just take my own advice too!!

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PSHANKEY 4/13/2010 1:03PM

    Be strong...even if you're faking it. We, on the outside, can see your progress. Try seeing yourself through our eyes. Quitting smoking is HUGE! Why not pat yourself on the back?!

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RVBURN 4/10/2010 12:10AM

    Liz.. you should not be discouraged. You have come so far already. We all have minor upsets in our journey but to turn them around, learn from them and carry on forward is what is going to make this a successful journey.

Remember when you lived here, think back to how out of shape we both were and then think to where you are now. You are NOT the same woman! You think this weight gain has put you back to the beginning but you are so far away from where you first were. Go back to those pictures, take some pictures now.. look at the difference! even with the bit of weight gain from not smoking you are still looking HOT!

You are my motivation to keep moving forward. I quit smoking going on 12 weeks and I can so relate to the weight gain, BUT this time around I am not letting it define who I am. Instead I know I am more healthy for not smoking and once my body gets back into sync it will fall into place. :) I am not letting it get me down, instead I am kicking it in the butt!

If we can quit smoking and stay not smoking.. this weight thing.. is a cake walk!

I am giving you a hug from across the big pond and for you to know you are my inspiration - because of you I know it can be done!

Chin up luv and let me hear the laughter once again.

Love ya Liz


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SWEETPEA05 4/9/2010 9:11PM

    I know exactly how you feel on the below 140--sexy and took extra care on how you looked. I did the same thing. I am glad that you have quit smoking. Just remember that you are worth taking the time now to look good even if you are staying home. Get up, get dressed, do your hair and make-up. Take time on you and you will feel so much better about yourself. We both have a goal to work toward and we can do this together. You can do this!! I am here if you need me.

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MABTE52 4/9/2010 6:34PM

    You are too hard on yourself. Smoking is a way of depression. You dont want to do that -- after working so hard on quitting!

Maybe you need a break. Try something new a different diet or a different food and differnt workout.

You are my mentor and if you quit what will happen to everyone whose hero you are!

I think you are already a winner and are going through a phase it too shall pass!!

Comment edited on: 4/9/2010 6:37:17 PM

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LMPARKER73 4/9/2010 6:24PM

    Hey, don't get down on yourself! You've accomplished SO much. You can't give up or give in. A quitter never wins and a winner never quits. You already know you're a winner! Get up and go look in your mirror and tell yourself you are FABULOUS!

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LMPARKER73 4/9/2010 6:22PM

    Hey, don't get down on yourself! You've accomplished SO much. You can't give up or give in. A quitter never wins and a winner never quits. You already know you're a winner! Get up and go look in your mirror and tell yourself you are FABULOUS!

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STEPWJESUS 4/9/2010 6:15PM

    Keep hanging in there, sweetie. emoticon The evil forces of this world is just toying with ya, that's all. Depression's a terrible villian. Keep your head held high and just keep doing the best you can to stay in the game. Will be praying for you Lizzy...praying for your discouragements to go away and go away very soon!!! God Bless! emoticon

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Back to lower carbs again

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Well weight watcher meals didn't make any difference, plus the fact that I think I have the "spring flu".

So I am going back to the tried and tested (by me) lower carb meal plan.
This does NOT mean no carbs or induction 20g carbs like Atkins etc.

My SP calorie range is 1200-1550 with
carbs 135-252
protein 60 - 127

I intend to lower my carbs to max 100, so not too much under the minimum
and up my protein to around 130-140 with a calorie range of 1200-1400.

Fats will still be within SP's range of 32-56

Need to go do some shopping over the weekend, so I can start on Monday, seeing as I still have some meals left I may as well eat them lol

Hope everyone has a good Easter, just another day in my household, no chocolate or Easter dinner etc, no temptations.

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I do have a ham though emoticon emoticon

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HARRINGTON5 4/23/2010 10:57AM

    Liz, That is pretty much what I have started doing. The 20 carb a day just doesn't let me eat enough fruits and vegetables, so I upped it to 100 carbs and that also keeps me in the calorie range I should be in.

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SLGREER 4/1/2010 2:30PM

    Its all the type of carbs in my experience -

Actually atkins works great for me :-) and I need to return!

I find that if I eat lo carb at dinner (which is a salad and protein of my choice) I can have more carbs earlier - that is good because we have been eating a lot of steel cut oatmeal! emoticon (and to much rice, pasta, tortillas!) emoticon

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Trying something different

Thursday, March 25, 2010

I've slipped back into the old habits of not eating enough again.
I still can't exercise due to back pain, only managed 10 minutes on the elliptical today.
So as the local Iceland (frozen food store) had a special on, I bought a weeks worth of frozen weight watcher meals. (Only 1 per meal)
OK, I know it isn't the best choice, but at least I'd be eating right?
Just need to add extra veggies and I should be fine.

I will try to do a couple 10 minute sessions of exercise, if the back can take it.

I've got to do something as the weight is not shifting due to the lack of eating.
It's not that I am deliberately intending to not eat, I just don't feel like it.

So hopefully, I'll get back into the routine of eating regularly and the weight will start to move again.

I'm also going to check out the local swimming pool as I believe they have free swim sessions for those on disability, so fingers crossed I can get into that for a little extra exercise.

Hope everyone is doing well

Keep on sparking!

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SLGREER 4/1/2010 2:31PM

    Add some veggies to keep it balanced and they are ok emoticon

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ANGE1010 3/31/2010 7:48AM

    Hang in there. keep on trying and if 10 minutes is all you got then go for it. It's better than giving up!!!

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FUNNINFIT 3/27/2010 2:07PM

    Swimming/aquacise is a great alternative for people with bone/joint issues...I've had the OPPOSITE issue the last 3 weeks, so let's swap, OK???

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NOAHSFITMAMA 3/26/2010 2:13PM

    Good luck!!!!

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REMODELINGPAT 3/26/2010 11:27AM

    Sounds like a PLAN! I love swimming! emoticon emoticon



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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/26/2010 9:42AM

    I've heard swimming also uses more muscles than any other sport. As Dory from "Finding Nemo" would say.... "Just keep swimming". I loved that movie.

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 3/26/2010 5:21AM

    I agree swimming is great therapy. Hope you have a great day!

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ISHIIGIRL 3/25/2010 6:26PM

    I think swimming is a good choice since you have so much back pain. It is very therapeutic. Keep going, you will get there!

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I miss my travels!

Sunday, March 14, 2010


Well "summer time" has arrived in North America, while we in Europe are still on winter time, and it feels like it too.

I so wish I was back in Thailand, in the sun and 30c heat.

I got my appointment through for the hospital "pain clinic" it's for 3 months time!!!!
I'll be calling them in the morning to see if they have anything sooner, I don't want to sit here for 3 months....I want to get out of the UK!!

I feel so much more relaxed, happy, eating fresh food, exercising/swimming everyday when I'm in Thailand....think I'm suffering from SAD!
The people are so warm and friendly, it's not called the Land of Smiles for no reason.

I'll get back there sooner or later...preferably sooner!

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GRACESOFLIFE 4/1/2010 7:40PM

    just cooked dinner here in PA USA. Can only dream about living or visiting either of your destinations. Winter turned to summer yesterday here. going to the tanning booth (although I will get allot of guff from colleagues at work. My entire kitchen table is filled with candy....I have continued to refuse the temptation. Entire family is coming for Easter with the grandchildren. Hope you get that pain under control...good holiday to you

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CHEMCHICK 3/18/2010 3:17PM

  You're making me wish I could go to Thailand. I'm here in Southern CA and the weather has been beautiful. I'll send some sunshine your way.

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    Perhaps surrounding yourself with pictures of your travels will help keep you thinking positive. :)

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FUNNINFIT 3/16/2010 1:29PM

    sorry to hear that you have to wait so long-get under a sun lamp-see if that helps with the SADD...we've had 5 days of rain/clouds in the midwest-SO ready for spring!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/15/2010 7:58AM

    Wishing you a sunshine filled day.

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XHASTEDMOMOF2 3/14/2010 7:51PM

    Sorry about the lengthy wait until you can get into the pain clinic!! I hate that when it happens!! Anyways, it sounds like your travels to Thailand have been fun enough that now I want to go!!


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I'm so tired

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

I rarely get 6 hours straight, let alone 8, it's usually 4-5 hours.
I haven't wanted to eat or exercise, but of course I did a bit of both.

The last couple days I've been really tired, but still unable to sleep properly.
I'll take a Diazepam, so I know I'll get a least 3 hours straight, something about that pill it's always 3 hours on the dot!

I've tried taking a nice bath, relaxing with candles etc, that doesn't help.
I switched to decaffeinated coffee months ago, so it's not that either.
I'm not going to bed hungry or full...that's if I go to bed at all.
I usually end up falling asleep on the sofa about 4-5am.
I've tried going to bed at a "decent hour", but after laying there for an hour or 2 I get up again.

Any suggestions or tips, before I go to the doctors for a "proper" sleeping pill?

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KEYBOARD51 3/17/2010 11:20AM

    Try some sleepy time tea. Take it from someone with years of bad sleep, the more you worry about it the worst it gets. Wish I had better news for you.

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SPECIALK31901 3/14/2010 6:03PM

    I have had periods where I can't sleep and it really is the pits. This is what has worked for me. Benadyrl 25-50mg 1/2 hour before bed. (don't take it after midnight) If I wake in the middle of the night...two Tylenol will usually get me back to sleep. Good luck. I love my sleep and sympathize with your plight!

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ANDI571 3/13/2010 9:49PM

    I had never had sleep problems until the Dr. took me off of my hormones (hysterectomy) and put me into severe menopause. I will sleep 20 minutes and then be wide awake. I am like you, I sometimes fall asleep around 5:00 or 6:00. Last year my daughter gave me a gift certificate for acupuncture. I had that done, and he also gave me what they call pellets to put on my fingers at night. For me, this treatment worked wonders. It's been a year, and I probably could use another treatment, but I am still better than this time last year.

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SROUS1340 3/12/2010 7:02PM

    I take 1 tylenol pm during the week, and 3 reg. tylenol 500mg ea nite for a good nite's sleep. I have a crummy shoulder and am really restless w/o. On weekends when I don't have to get up early and can sleep 9-10 hours-ooh I love that. I take 2 pm and 3 reg. It is just to get my body to relax. My mind is ready to nap, my body discomfort won't always let me. All those other suggestions sound good too. This is the best for me. Love the dolphins btw.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/10/2010 7:48AM

    Try exercising in the late afternoon. I workout around 5:30, then home to cook dinner, but the time 9:00 rolls around, I'm beat. The workout gives me just the boost I need to get dinner done, daily chores, watch a tad of TV, then it's off to bed. My dad drinks camamile tea, not sure if it works, but he swears by it.

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STALEAN 3/10/2010 1:15AM

    I had sleeping problems for years--during menopause. I finally found a combination that makes me sleep 8 or more hours a night. I wake up refreshed and not at all groggy. I take the lowest dose of Clonazepam there is (0.5 mg) and a product called Zen. I rarely wake up during my sleep cycle now. I used to take 5-HTP, also, but I ran out. I think one or the other, Zen or 5-HTP, would be a good addition. Good luck!

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NURSEKELLY09 3/9/2010 11:01PM

    I am sure you have come across this before, but have you ever tried melatonin? I am a shift worker and have had a lot of difficulty sleeping, but ever since I started taking it, it has really helped. You can get better dosages at a health food store than in a drug store.

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FUNNINFIT 3/9/2010 8:06PM

    the older I get, the less sleep I get...I've tried 3 different kinds of prescription meds, several over-the-counter rememdies including SAM-E/primrose...tried teas, no caffeine, no H20 after 6 p.m., glass of wine/or beer, no exercise less than 3 hours before bed, and on/on....I'll definitely give the magnesium a shot-for me, it takes an hour or two to get to sleep, then I only sleep about 4 hours & then I'm awake until about a half hour before I have to get up! Maybe trying an afternoon 'catnap' would work for you...
I know now why/how people get so much done at night!!!

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ISHIIGIRL 3/9/2010 6:04PM

    I just wrote a blog about the importance of sleep and how it reeks havoc on our weight loss efforts. I take magnesium. Our diets are deficient in this essential mineral. Magnesium helps restore a sense of calm and also helps our digestion. I also drink a cup of chamomile tea. These things seem to do the trick. One other tea I like is Celestial Seasonings tension tamer. It sometimes keeps me up but it has a lot of good sleep inducing properties. Do not watch television or play on the computer about 1/2 hour before you want to sleep. Keep these things out of your room. Try using a dark cloth placed over all electronics when you go to bed. Keep your room cool and as dark as possible. Also place a cloth over your window to eliminate that light as well. If it is stress or worries keeping you up try journaling about it to get it out of your system. I know you have been having back pain but try doing some light yoga. You may have a lot of toxins built up in your system from the different medications you have been taking. Maybe the medications are counter-indicative and are throwing off your sleep. I would definately check that out with your dr. Hope these suggestions help. You continue to be an inspiration. Keep Sparking, Paige

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BIGGESTLOSER44 3/9/2010 5:48PM

    I too have horrible/problem sleeping habits. I find that the more exercise I get in, the easier it is for me to fall asleep and get more sleep in a night. Maybe try increasing the amount you exercise a little each day and try switching to evenings when doing your exercising. It may help you to sleep somewhat better.

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VLMORRIS 3/9/2010 5:26PM

  You could try working out in the afternoon. Also, waking up at the same time every day might help. Maybe yoga to help relax?

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