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Prom Time Again...2010

Thursday, June 03, 2010



Yesterday was Prom for the kids at the rec center where I work afternoons. Of course it was great and everyone had a great time dancing and eating. I was busy in the kitchen preparing and serving the dinner and also cutting and serving the cake. I am so glad the I had a really good lunch of a delicious salad before I got around all the food. I was so busy that I didn't even think about eating any of the off limit foods served. While I was busy buzzing around getting everything ready, I thought to myself that I have come such a long way. Here I am on my feet all afternoon and my feet and knees did not bother me at all. Other people were complaining about how much their feet hurt and how uncomfortable they felt in their too tight clothes. Everything about the day made me feel so proud of what I have been able to accomplish with my persistence to change my lifestyle. Life is good and just getting better every day. Lorraine emoticon

  
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DRAFTLOVER 6/5/2010 2:42PM

    I so hope someday I can be that way too.......I would have lost me at the cake :)
We need to never lose sight of where we have come from. We tend to forget all the little (and Big) things that have changed since we have lost some weight. Time causes us to "forget" that at one time we had to hold our breath to bend over and tie our shoes or couldnt fit into a theater seat comfortably etc. Thanks for the reminder.

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BUTEAFULL 6/3/2010 7:57PM

    besides not falling in to temptation, I bet you had a wonderful time

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SLENDERELLA61 6/3/2010 5:56PM

    Wonderful! Celebrate those feet that don't hurt and body that feels good even all dressed up. Good for you!

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CODEMAULER 6/3/2010 5:44PM

    This is a terrific measure of your success! It sounds like it was a wonderful event and you were perfectly prepared to enjoy it!!

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Passing the 2 Year Mark

Wednesday, May 26, 2010








I am happy to say that I am successfully passing the second year of my weight loss journey. Two years seemed like such a long time when I began my adventure. Now as I look back, the time went by quickly. So many things about me have changed for the better. I feel so much better. I can walk and stand without pain. I can sleep without muscle cramps and without a c-pap machine. I no longer take advil or allergy pills. In fact I haven't had to use an asthma inhaler for as long as I can recall. Now instead of sitting on the couch and hobbling to the refrigerator, I am out walking my dogs or heading off to the gym for my water aerobics and Pilates classes. Best of all I am able to enjoy going places that I wouldn't even attempt to go such as the Zoo, or Disneyland. Now I am able to do things that a person just can't do at over 300 pounds. Best of all I am so thankful that I decided to pass up the chance to have gastric bypass. Over the last two years I have gained skills that will maintain my weight loss. I don't ever want to go back to the life I left behind. Life is good and getting better every day!

  
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SNOOKUMS19 6/16/2010 3:01PM

    So good to hear!!! I've been maintaining only 2 months and my question is what do you do when stress such as a family member being very ill happens? I don't want to turn to food but it would be very easy.

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LOLA0125 6/4/2010 2:11PM

    Congratulations and good luck

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DRAGYN5 6/1/2010 12:51PM

    That is really wonderful and very inspiring!!! Congratulations!!!

Heidi

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TLEE01 5/31/2010 2:00PM

    Congrats!! Way to go.

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DRAFTLOVER 5/31/2010 6:08AM

    Thank you! We need to hear from those that have been sucessful and continue to be sucessful. emoticon

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GODSBEST 5/30/2010 10:49PM

    Congrats and thanks for an inspirational blog !

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MAUREENMOZ 5/30/2010 4:52PM

    Congrats! It's good to read about your journey as I'm just starting mine. Thanks! emoticon

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SCREWIE 5/30/2010 4:27AM

    Congratulations! Very happy for you :)

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A_ROBY 5/29/2010 7:30PM

    Congrats! I'm so happy for you. You are such an inspiration!

Amanda

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RANDOM00B 5/29/2010 12:02PM

    Congratulations on your successful journey!

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2BEEFIT 5/29/2010 9:41AM

    congrats! You give me inspiration.

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STUFFNEARTABOR 5/29/2010 2:59AM

    Congrats!

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FITSHELLYINDIA 5/29/2010 2:31AM

    Congratulations on achieving your goals! You are truly inspiring! emoticon

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GUTSYGURL 5/29/2010 1:51AM

    Congratulations!!!! and Thanks for the inspiration. I can't wait to get to my 1 year mark. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ZIRCADIA 5/28/2010 7:42PM

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! :) You are about to get a ton of traffic to this blog from being featured on the daily spark, but I couldn't read without commenting because I understand about those activities that just arent' pleasant (or doable) as someone who is obese, now doing those things is so fun! :)

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4MYBOYSANDSELF 5/28/2010 6:49AM

    Congratulations! And Happy Anniversary!!

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GRAMIAM7 5/27/2010 9:03PM

    Happy Anniversary! You are an inspiration. You are beautiful inside and out. emoticon emoticon

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KROLES55 5/27/2010 9:04AM

    Truly, what a blessing in your accomplishments.

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BUTEAFULL 5/26/2010 7:09PM

    I haven't lost my goal wt yet, so I admire you for keeping yours at maintenance for two years, a great achievement as I see it, and you look very happy in your pictures
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CATH5109 5/26/2010 5:36PM

    Your story was one of the first really blogs that really inspired me, and you continue to do so. While I never contemplated the bypass, I could have qualified, and it was wonderful to get confirmation that someone could lose a large amount of weight and become fit and healthy.

You look great and keep up the hard work--I am sure that maintenance has it's own challenges.

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MNNICE 5/26/2010 4:07PM

    Congratulations on maintaining. I am going on year #2. I think my biggest motivation for keeping it off is that I don't EVER want to have to go through the process of dieting/losing weight again!!! It was too long a road to get here and I want to stay!

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DAISYBELL6 5/26/2010 2:45PM

    I'm so happy for you that you passed the 2 year mark. I'm sure you can keep on and continue to be an inspiration for us all!

Nancy

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CODEMAULER 5/26/2010 2:10PM

    Happy Anniversary!!

What an amazing and remarkable journey you've undertaken. Here's wishing you many more healthful years!!

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CODEMAULER 5/26/2010 2:10PM

    Happy Anniversary!!

What an amazing and remarkable journey you've undertaken. Here's wishing you many more healthful years!!

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.DUSTY. 5/26/2010 1:50PM

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SHERWOODCYCLER 5/26/2010 1:40PM

    I just read your spark page and other blog entries and must say you are quite an inspiration. Way to go!

I wish you success on your spark journey and in maintainance mode. I'm not quite there yet...I have about 11 pounds to go till I need to figure out maintainance. But I've been hanging out with some great folks in my team from my start date---I talk with those folks every day...and they have been maintaining for a while.

One thing I know I need to do this time around is still be mindful. Once I've lost the weight (again) I need to hang in there and keep tracking. I have to be mindful. So while I haven't had to lose 150 pounds, I've probably lost the same 30-40 pounds several times in the last 20 years. And this time? I'm determined to not go through this again. This is where I want to be for the longterm.

All the best to you,
Sherwood

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I Love My Dogs

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I have always been a cat person. I worked with a woman who had dogs. She invited me to go to the dog park with her one day. It was fun watching all the dogs there. After that I started watching the Dog Whisperer. Everyone would laugh at me, the cat lady watching a television show about dog training. I had been watching it for about six months when my big fat cat, Earl got sick and had to be put down. That's when I decided that getting a dog would be good for me. I would then have a walking buddy who is always ready to go. I will say that was the best decision that I have ever made other than deciding it was time to take off the excess poundage. Now I have two dogs. My dogs keep me moving from the first thing in the morning to the last thing at night. the best thing about having dogs is that you just can't stay in a bad mood when they give you that look or give you a big wet kiss. Lorraine

  
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GEE-KNEE 5/26/2010 9:37AM

    My dog has motivated to go out walking too. I love my dog too. You have such cute little doggies. I am glad you have them.

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BUTEAFULL 5/11/2010 8:13PM

    aw how sweet, unconditional love I agree it was a good decision and they do motivate you all day long
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SCIFIREADER 5/11/2010 7:08PM

    Your dogs are so cute, enjoy them. I have a cat and a dog and my dog is always at the door to greet me and welcome me home. After I get comfy in my chair my cat jumps on my lap to give me her welcome home. Now if the cat would just learn to walk on the leash that would be great.

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ANITA012 5/11/2010 6:44PM

    Congrats on your dogs! You will find that they will find a place in your heart and give you nothing but unconditional love.
We had a beautiful sheltie several years ago that we lost to illness and to this day, we still on occasion, accidentally call one of our current dogs by his name. I guess he is always on our mind, whether we realize it or not. We then quickly apologize to our current dog for the mistake, but know he really doesn't mind.
Like I said..."Unconditional Love".
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BECKYB73 5/11/2010 2:42PM

    Dogs are awesome! I wouldn't trade my three for anything...most days! I'm starting to feel up to walking them again, which is a win-win all the way around. :) emoticon

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Pretty Disappointed

Monday, April 26, 2010

I posted a message in the Spark café several days ago and I have still not gotten one single response. My post went like this. "Looking for a maintenance buddy." Now I understand that most Sparkpeople members are in the losing stage but there have got to be some who are trying to learn how to sustain their weight loss. On my own I have begun to do research on just how to go about it. If you think that losing the weight is hard. Just try and Keep it off. Most people are not prepared for that stage. That's where the life style change really comes into play. You can't let your guard down. All of those habits that got you fat are still hanging around. In my research I came across a wonderful book, Refuse To Regain, 12 Tough Rules to Maintain the Body You've Earned, by Barbara Berkeley. It talks about how hard it is on your body to have visceral fat around your internal organs and how high blood pressure and the role insulin plays normally and what exactly happens in the case of diabetes. Let me put it this way, you don't want to go back to having those kind of health issues. Struggling with excess weight is a life long battle, that it is worth every minute of it. So besides looking better, feeling better and having less physical limitations are not justthe only things that should motivate me to maintain.

  
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BECKYB73 5/11/2010 1:44PM

    I'd love to be one of your Maintainer Pals...maybe in a year or so. emoticon

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CATH5109 4/27/2010 8:13PM

    I hope that someday I can be one of you maintainers. Go Lori! I am sure that that step will have its own challenges--you are up for it.

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NOTRYJUSTDO2WIN 4/27/2010 11:29AM

    Congrats on spark motivator of the day. I too wished I could have found more support. I'm one who lost and gained and now back in the game. Your right about not allowing yourself to let your gaurd down. Just have to keep on keeping on. I'm going to check out the maintenance boards. I'm a few months away from maintenance mode emoticon

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NOW2DAY 4/27/2010 8:33AM

    Congrats on being motivator of the day and on your weight loss. You have done an amazing job and I think you will keep it off with the help of Spark. I have a neighbor in her 80's who has maintained her weight over the years by always weighing herself and when she is over by 5 lbs she cuts back until the weight is off. Now whether she is the type to put on weight I don't think so but I know that sometimes we don't want to get on the scale and I thought this is a good tool to use. To always be accountable to the scale and then keep within a certain weight.

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CALIDREAMER76 4/26/2010 8:20PM

    Lori - You've got lots of good advice. I'm about 12 pounds from my goal, so I've been trying to incorporate what I've been told - to add about 100 calories a week, and as long as the scale stays within a range of 3-5 pounds - then I'm on the right track. If it starts going up - I've added too much. But watch the scale at least weekly or bi-weekly. I had been part of a weight-loss study - between that and Sparkpeople I've lost over 100 pounds. I understand your frustration w/ the concept of maintenance.

What I've also learned - watch your mind set. Don't give yourself permission to go off totally. Sad to say statistically it's against us. And with that in mind - I REFUSE to be a statistic - and that helps me.

If I can help or support let me know.
Frances

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1234MICH1 4/26/2010 1:12PM

    Hi Lori- I am so sorry that you were not answered- that is such a let down- there have been tons of times that I have asked questions or reached out only to not be answered- so I feel your pain. Let me tell you my situation- I am about 18 lbs from the weight that I plan on maintaining at- and someone told me that I should start "learning" how to maintain, ex: maintain every other week, then try to drop weight the next week- I think that I may start doing this as for a couple of reasons:

1. I think that it would be good for me to gradually learn how to do it

and 2. I have bought my wedding dress- its a bit tight- nothing 10 lbs will not cure- but my wedding is not till August- and if I lose that 20lbs before then- I will have to pay to have it altered- so I would love to be your "buddy" and learn the art of maintenance- let me know what you think. Thanks!!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 4/26/2010 12:57PM

    Check out the "at goal and maintaining" group. That's the largest concentration of maintainers I've found here at SP.

I've been frustrated about the lack of support for maintainers here (or anywhere else, for that matter).

There needs to be an evidence-based program with incentives and stages analogous to the loss program. I've discussed this with the staff at SP and it's supposedly something they're interested in but don't have time to implement right away.

In the meantime I've started writing columns at secondhelpingonline.com about the scientific angle of maintenance.

Refuse to Regain is a pretty good book, but I do have a few issues with it. Thin for Life is pretty good too.

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SUNNIEDAES 4/26/2010 12:07PM

    Hey Lori, I just looked and there are 57 teams for maintainers. :) Have fun!

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GODWINJAL2 4/26/2010 12:04PM

    Its awesome to finally reach this stage. You are exactly right not to let down your guard. Food addiction is pretty much like any other addiction only harder because you can't remove yourself from the source. If you have a copy of the ten steps it says to lead others in their recovery. Give it away and it will come back to you.

I have never had an alcohol problem but I lived with one and have struggled with food addiction. I know that I need strict rules and a short leash when it comes to food. I have read the big book. Maybe it would help if you have not already read it. I hope to reach your success level. I have about 90 lbs to loose.

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SUNNIEDAES 4/26/2010 12:02PM

    Hi Lori,

How about actively looking for a maintenance partner through teams. There are several that deal with maintaining. I think you may have much better luck there. Also, MELTEAGUE struggles with maintaining. Contact her. She may be interested in a buddy. :)

Blessings, Bonnie

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SHERWOODCYCLER 4/26/2010 11:43AM

    Have you looked into the group, 50+ maintainers? I am not there yet, but hope to be. And find that there are several sparkers out there that are quite willing to share their stories/struggles/tactics to keeping the weight off.

I have about 15 pounds till I get to my goal, but have been checking out the maintenance blogs/posts and asking questions. Although I haven't lost as much weight as you have, I have lost (and regained) this weight about 10 times in my adult life. And I do not intend to do this again.

Best of luck to you. You can do this. This is not a short term goal. This is a life long effort. And you definitely sound up for this challenging journey. All the best!

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Reflecting On the Past Month

Thursday, February 25, 2010

In my blog entry of a month ago, I reached out to my Sparkfriends. All of you responded with such kind words and encouragement. I want to thank all of you for your support. At this point in my weight loss journey I have come to a fork in the road. I am well aware that I must live with the consequences of my decisions and attitudes where food and exercise are concerned. I have learned a lot of things about myself and I am able to deal with most of my emotional feelings that caused me to eat myself to over 300 pounds. I still have a hard time dealing sometimes, but I can recognise the signs before things get completely out to control again. So far I have been able to maintain my weight within 3 pounds for the past 3 months. Of course I would like to continue to lose until I reach my goal weight.
But I have to remember to give myself credit for the weight I have lost and not sell my short.
So, My dear friends, don't ever give up. We are worth it.
Remember..... NOTHING Tastes as good THIN feels.......

  
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GEE-KNEE 3/6/2010 8:42PM

    You've lost a ton of weight and maintaining is great. You can always go back and lose more later if you want later. I have no doubt that you have what it takes to keep the weight off.

Hugs,
Jeannie

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GRAMTOTWO 2/27/2010 6:55AM

    Losing or maintaining - you are a true inspiration either way!

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KIMBEEJ16 2/26/2010 12:02AM

    Yes...never give up! I have about 10 lbs to go to reach my goal. I don't know when I will get there...I am hoping by this summer. But I also feel like I have come so far and have learned so much, that no matter how long it takes, I'm going to take care of ME. I'm going to continue doing what I know is right and good...eat good healthy foods, eat less, and continue to work out almost every day. If I do these things, my body will only get stronger and more fit. My mind will also become stronger and I'll be more committed. As time passes it becomes easier and easier to stick to my new habits and way of life. It can only get better.
Rest your body for a spell...maintain until you feel ready for that final push...no matter when it comes! You WILL do it...you are so worth it!

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PATTIDGN 2/25/2010 7:29PM

    no fattitude, just attitude!!!!

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GRAMIAM7 2/25/2010 6:49PM

    Keep the positive attitude. No one said it would be easy, but it is doable. Blessings! emoticon

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LADYNETTIE 2/25/2010 4:39PM

    LOVE your attitude. I agree that nothing tastes as good and putting on a new pair of skinny jeans feels, and you can't get it done without the loving support and encouragement of friends. We are here for you, and yes we are worth it! Together WE WILL do this! emoticon

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MEGHAN2012 2/25/2010 4:23PM

    Way to go on keeping it off...even if you only lose that much...at least u did!

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COUPONMAMA62 2/25/2010 3:53PM

    Positive attitude!! I like that!! And you are absolutely right when you said Don't ever give up. Thanks!!

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SANDRAHUGHES 2/25/2010 3:51PM

    Hooray!

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GETFITTER7 2/25/2010 2:10PM

    Right ON!! Don't give up...little progresses are GOOD progresses!!! emoticonKeep on going...it will come. emoticon

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