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Bentley's Breakthrough

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Marley Bentley
I am happy to report that my dog FINALLY walks at my side without pulling, running ahead and zig zaging back and forth so excited that there there was no controlling him. I adopted Bentley a year old Maltipoo, 9 months ago from a rescue group. He came from a family who was moving and could not take him along. He was didn't have too many issues other than jumping up on people and pulling on his leash. For the last 9 months I have been trying to get to understand that I want him to walk next to me. My other Maltipoo Marley pulled too but she figured out what I wanted a few months ago. The fact that both dogs are Maltese and Poodle both smart breeds didn't make much difference when it comes to intelligence. They are cute and have a happy go lucky temperaments but not real bright. It took a long time and lots of hours walking for them to get it, but they did FINALLY. It took lots of patience. Even though there were many times I though I would never see the day I didn't give up. Now we have a great time everytime we go out walking. The same thing goes for the attitude that leads to success when it comes to weight loss. Don't give up, just keep on trying. You CAN do it!!

  
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ELAOPET 11/7/2010 12:18PM

    How interesting that you drew a paralel between learning to get the dogs to do what you want (I belive it is us that have to learn how to show them what we want emoticon ) and learning to do the same with ourselves. I totaly agree.
I am impressed with what you have done - both with your pups and your weight loss! emoticon
You started at about the same place as I and are almost there! I still have 33 pounds to my goal and right now I am not doing my best. But I am sure I will soon be back on the right track.
Congratulations again!
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CAITIE40 10/11/2010 4:38PM

    emoticon I had Max for 12 years and he never learned to walk by my side.

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LIBBYFITZ 9/23/2010 5:48PM

    It is the Maltese in them . I have a Maltese Schitzu and she is a miss! The Poodle x Bichon , just loves to walk by my side, even when not on the lead! emoticon

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DRAFTLOVER 9/22/2010 5:39AM

    Yay for bently! I just started potty training our new boxer puppy. Isnt THAT fun!

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NETTIEDEE 9/18/2010 3:07AM

    YAY Bentley. And yay you for having the patience and determination. :-)

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BUTEAFULL 9/15/2010 12:18PM

    so true
and the dogs are cute too

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MOMFAN 9/15/2010 12:57AM

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BEYOURBEST1 9/14/2010 10:53PM

    Great job. Are your doggies barky? I am working on that with mine, he is very verbal.
I agree that we must never give up, with doggies or with our own healthy goals.


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GATOR12 9/14/2010 3:41PM

    FOR THE GREAT ATTITUDE YOU HAVE TO "KEEP ON KEEPING ON" I APPLAUD YOU AND YOUR FOUR LEGGED FRIENDS ( OR FAMILY)!!!!!

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BEVZEE 9/14/2010 3:28PM

    emoticon Thats great. Glad you have some furry friends to go walking with you. The advice at the end to not give up and to keep on trying is very good also. Thanks for the reminder. emoticon

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SHELLPRO 9/14/2010 2:18PM

    Is she a dog whispere? If so could she give a cue to my dogs who still pull me everywhere until we're all exhausted! 3 yrs and I still can't make them understand.

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DAISYBELL6 9/14/2010 2:02PM

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CODEMAULER 9/14/2010 1:56PM

    What a great measure of success for you and your furry friends! Now everyone can have more fun doing something healthy.

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A Picture From Behind!!???

Wednesday, September 08, 2010


I have finally arrived at a place in my journey that I can see myself from behind and not get upset about how I must look to the rest of the world. No, I don't have that perfect shape and it's not firm and toned. But I really don't care either. I am just enjoying the fact that my body is able to take me anywhere that I choose to go. I thank my lucky stars every day that I decided to take action and change my lifestyle instead of just wishing and hoping that someday something would magically. Yes it is hard work and it does take time but it is soooo worth it. Every day is a new adventure. If I can do it, anyone can..... start today. Lorraine

  
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XHOOSIERLOSER 11/16/2010 6:09PM

    You can do it and you did do it and you look GREAT! Congrats! So glad to see you continue to make progress!

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ELECTRALYTE 10/16/2010 5:08PM

    emoticon What a wonderful feeling!

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PSSN4FITNESS 10/6/2010 5:52PM

    You look great! Soak up the sun and enjoy your body. Only you have to live in it. Self-love is number 1!

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MOMFAN 9/10/2010 12:16AM

    Good for you! I still find myself taking a second look.

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SHIRLEYX 9/9/2010 4:24PM

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GEE-KNEE 9/9/2010 11:30AM

    That's got to feel good. Keep on sparking Lorraine.

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ASHBUG1 9/9/2010 10:10AM

    you look great and congrats too you it is really hard work and good for you for going the distance

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CAHUNO2 9/9/2010 9:02AM

    I agree!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BUTEAFULL 9/9/2010 2:44AM

    to love ones self is the greatest gift

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LIBRATAH 9/9/2010 12:31AM

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DDOORN 9/8/2010 11:16PM

    Accepting ourselves, wherever we are in our journey..is ALWAYS such a WONDERFUL THING!

Woo HOO to YOU! :-)

Don

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SHELLPRO 9/8/2010 9:54PM

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ROX525 9/8/2010 3:35PM

    Wow - congrats on all the weight loss. You look marvelous!! That is a great "behind"!

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CODEMAULER 9/8/2010 3:18PM

    You are so right! Sometimes I think I have the biggest thighs in the world... then I recall how many places I can go because they are STRONG!

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NCPANFAN 9/8/2010 2:54PM

    You can do it!! :) Wonderful attitude!

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BJW-FARMGIRL 9/8/2010 2:39PM

    emoticon You go girl!

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Why Sparkpeople Works

Thursday, June 24, 2010

To be successful on your journey to become slimmer, you need to really dig deep and figure out if you REALLY want to make a change in you lifestyle. Programs like Weight Watchers are ok but I would say the majority of people loose weight and gain it back. I myself did Jenny Craig, Ankins Low Carb along with countless other diets that all failed. I lost 80 pounds. I sat through all the classes. Yes I learned what I was supposed to do too. Unless that concept of a Lifestyle change clicks in you head you WILL gain back all the weight you loose. It isn't just about the weight. It is also complex reasons that put the weight on you to begin with. When you get the "Spark" you will feel so excited that you will want to eat healthy and exercise. Feel free to sparkmail me any time. Lorraine

  
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LILHLFPINT 8/27/2010 12:08PM

    (::high fives::)

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SHAKENMA 7/19/2010 8:07PM

    Thanks for sharing. I agree with you. I haven't found any thing that works for me like Spark!

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PSSN4FITNESS 7/19/2010 3:01PM

    So true!! Sometimes this reality hurts though, especially when you want to help your family and friends get fit and be healthy. But, it has to come from within.

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LIBBYFITZ 7/13/2010 8:48PM

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LOMO909 7/12/2010 11:28PM

    Well put-thanks for sharing with us!

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LUREAH21 7/9/2010 10:05PM

    Great Blog!

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DDOORN 7/9/2010 9:46PM

    Heartily second ALL those thoughts!

Unlike myself, who learned the hard way that weight loss surgery is not magic, you have REALLY worked with your surgery and made the most of the wind it put in your sails!

I'm so pleased that I managed, despite having to do it the hard way, to claw back from all the weight I REGAINED after my weight loss surgery years ago. Could never have come this far without the OUTSTANDING SUPPORT of my SparkFamily!

Don

ps..
.many thx for the honor of your "add"! :-)

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JESPAH 7/8/2010 5:57PM

    Yep. My understanding is that it's much like quitting smoking -- you can wear the patch, etc. but unless it's something you're committed to, you're one whiff of cigarette smoke away from going back.

Same here. Be committed fully, in your head, and a whiff of baked goods becomes something to enjoy as much as a whiff of a rose. And just as edible.

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VEMAN1 7/1/2010 4:50PM

    I add that "diets" in general do not work because the focus is on what you cannot have. Restriction of favorite foods will ultimately lead to "cheat days" and the slide will continue because the emotional side of the equation smacks the dieter in the face. One of the traits of a healthy lifestyle is portion control. Here we remind ourselves that one is not the same as the other. For instance one package of cookies is not the same a one cookie; but, cookies are not forbidden. So, have your cookie (one or two please), count them and be happy!

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TX_3XDAD 7/1/2010 3:26PM

    Yup. Working that one now. Thanks for sharing your story with us; it's yet another inspiration for me!

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DRAGYN5 6/26/2010 8:48AM

    I think the most important thing is to live a healthy lifestyle, not diet. I make better choices now as to what to eat. I choose to walk or ride my bike instead of watching TV or snacking. It has to become a habit, instead of a diet mentality. People on diets look forward to when they get off the diet. With a healthy lifestyle mentality is just choosing healthy foods that you like.

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SHIRLEYX 6/26/2010 7:58AM

    You are so right! Thanks for the blog.

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DRAFTLOVER 6/25/2010 10:25PM

    Sometimes the "real" reason for all the weight we carry is very difficult to figure out......

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LIBRATAH 6/24/2010 10:56PM

    You are so right on!

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BUTEAFULL 6/24/2010 5:38PM

    Kudos Lorraine
I cut out all my drinks but water and tea and a rare hot chocolate, that was a big lifestyle change for me, and portion control


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GOOFYGIRL48 6/24/2010 3:32PM

    For sure - the key is 'lifestyle' - not diet! It's reality, not perfection - It's life - not purgatory!

Thanks for saying it so well!

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GERIKRAGH 6/24/2010 3:28PM

    U speak for all of us!

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SHARONSPARKLE 6/24/2010 2:08PM

    Well said!

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GAYLE-G-63 6/24/2010 1:33PM

    Very well said!

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SHOAPIE 6/24/2010 12:45PM

    AMEN!

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WLLMS62 6/24/2010 11:53AM

    I agree. The goal isn't just weight loss to look better. Our goal is good health.

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ANGELLACOLE 6/24/2010 11:49AM

    This is the key!

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DAISYBELL6 6/24/2010 11:44AM

    I agree with you 100%

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My Presentation on Maintaining Weight

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Tomorrow evening I will be presenting what I have learned about maintaining weight to my support group. Here is one of the hand outs I plan to use. I hope that it goes well.


Remember that you don’t have to be perfect to succeed at maintaining your weight. You just have to be determined.
• Don’t let yourself slip into thinking you’re done once you’ve reached your goal weight. This event lasts for the rest of your life.
• It is not a DIET, it is a LIFESTYLE CHANGE.
• Weigh yourself every day.
• Practice the five pound rule. Don’t allow yourself to gain over 5 pounds without taking action.
• Think about everything that goes into your mouth. Ask yourself if it is worth it.
• Practice portion control.
• Pre measure snacks/ use lots of baggies
• Read packages and follow serving size suggestions
• Have guilt free treats
• Make calories count, eat healthy
• 80/20 rule – eat right 80% of the time and splurge 20%. This rule will help you maintain your weight without feeling deprived.
• Concentrate on eating low fat foods, keep track of carbs intake and always pick foods that are high in nutrition.
• Exercise at least one hour every day.
• Find an exercise activity that you truly enjoy doing.
• Eat less and Move, Move, Move more.
• Be flexible, if it isn’t working try something new.
• Don’t try and do it alone. Reach out for help and support.
• Last of all…. Instead of dwelling on what you can’t have, focus on what you can have.
Resources that have been helpful to me are:
Refuse to Regain! 12 Tough Rules to Maintain The Body You’ve Earned Barbara Berkley, M.D.
Thin for Life 10 Keys to Success From People Who Have Lost Weight and Kept It Off Anne M. Fletcher.
www.sparkpeople.com
www.secondhelpingonline.com
www.fittothefinish.com
National Weight Control Registry / www.nwcr.ws/

  
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SUSIEMT 5/29/2011 10:55PM

    Thank Lorie I just found a link to this!

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MOMWANTSNOWAIST 7/7/2010 4:28PM

    emoticon tips ! emoticon

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PSSN4FITNESS 6/24/2010 2:55PM

    These are great tips. I am starting to think of my maintenance, because I really want this to be a part of my lifestyle. Great job!

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DRAFTLOVER 6/20/2010 10:28AM

    I love it!

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SHIRLEYX 6/19/2010 1:54PM

    Another excellent post! Thank you so much for the info.

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MOMFAN 6/16/2010 11:58PM

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BUTEAFULL 6/16/2010 1:05PM

    excellent resources and it looks like you got it all covered
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CATH5109 6/16/2010 1:01PM

    You always inspire me. I just know that someday I am going to be at maintenance too. emoticon

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LIBRATAH 6/16/2010 12:42PM

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BZYBOYSMOM 6/16/2010 9:53AM

    Great tips!

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DAISYBELL6 6/16/2010 6:33AM

    Thank you for the great web sites!

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4MYBOYSANDSELF 6/16/2010 6:30AM

    Great tips! I'm nowhere maintenance yet, but these are good tips at any time...

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 6/16/2010 5:14AM

    Looks good!

Thanks for the bullet points. I need to remind myself of these things on a regular basis...

I also like "The End of Overeating" by David Kessler

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My Body Takes Me There

Monday, June 07, 2010








It's been three summers since I started on this weight loss journey. This summer will be the best ever because I can go and do what ever I want. My body is not stopping me at all. Gone is the sore knees and feet. Gone is the pain every time I get up from sitting. I think about it all of the time. I am so grateful that I decided to get busy and stick with my plan long enough to really be able to experience the results. This past Thursday night my body took me to Disneyland. I work at a high school and it is a tradition to go to have Grad Nite at Disneyland. I signed up to be a chaperon the kids on the trip.
So there I was, a POW (previously overweight person) with thousands of teenagers at Disneyland from 12:30am until the sun came up at 6:00am. All night I kept thinking to myself, Wow, you are really doing this! I stood in long lines with no problem. I went through skinny turnstiles with out any worry. I had no problem fitting into the rides either. At the end of the trip I was so tired from being up all night and yes my knee hurt a little and I had blisters on my toes. But I felt fabulous that I was able to do something else that I really thought that I would never be able to do. It is going to be a great summer.

  
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GEE-KNEE 6/23/2010 10:35AM

    I know that feels good. I remember last year when I took my Brownies to the Wild Animal Park, and I was so amazed that those girls got tired before I did. It's a great feeling to be able to do those kinds of things without any pain.

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PSSN4FITNESS 6/14/2010 11:56AM

    How wonderful! This is really inspirational. The rewards are limitless if we stick with this. Your body is now your partner in living life, not the inhibitor. I love your positive attitude. Keep up the great work!



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DRAFTLOVER 6/10/2010 1:46PM

    Great Blog! I love it!! Thank you for giving us all hope and reminding us to never lose sight from which we came......

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DRAGYN5 6/9/2010 2:21PM

    You are an amazing inspiration to all of us!!! I have a 19 year old son and although I have only lost 16 pounds, I notice that I can keep up with him a bit more! I had back surgery 2 years ago and I am now without pain and it is a wonderful feeling. You should be sooooooooooooooo proud of yourself. You have done a great job!!!

Heidi

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 6/8/2010 9:57AM

    Oh yeah. It's going to be an AWESOME summer.

I feel the same way. And it ain't half bad for a middle-aged woman who used to have a BMI over 52!

Not only do I FIT into a nice sea kayak, but I've got two whitewater kayaks also and am happily paddling at every opportunity.

I've whitewater paddled 11 waterways already, since April! Tried a new one yesterday (we got a lot of rain and a local class II-III creek was running).

I am having a BLAST.

I hope to have a hands roll and be paddling class IV halfway competently by the end of the season. We'll see...

And I'm going to take windsurfing lessons all next weekend.

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4MYBOYSANDSELF 6/8/2010 7:55AM

    Fabulous! Congratulations!!

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KIMBEEJ16 6/7/2010 10:46PM

    I can so relate to everything you are saying! Especially about not having PAIN everywhere anymore! And it feels sooooo good to FIT... I remember going to Universal Studios when I was at my heaviest and going on the "ET" ride...I couldn't enjoy it because the seat was so tight and it hurt so much. Now I know that won't be a problem! It is so much fun to actually get to live life again...I'm so glad you had a great time...truly congratulations!

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GRAMIAM7 6/7/2010 8:24PM

    What an awesome blog! I am just so happy for you. You are an inspiration. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LUVNLIFE_2 6/7/2010 7:54PM

    Great blog. You said it best...it's a Journey not a destination. Perseverance, tenacity and conviction...you did it. You are living proof that it can be done. You are a true inspiration. Congrats!!!

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CATH5109 6/7/2010 7:28PM

    You are living proof that it is possible to regain a healthy body and life. I love reading stories and hope that I can get there too.

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