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About Reaching Goal Weight

Sunday, August 02, 2009

I have been at my goal weight twice in my adult life. Both times it was after very strict dieting. The first time it was when I was planning a wedding when I was 21. I went on shots of women's pregnant hormones. As I remember I had to eat only about 500 calories a day. I was weak and miserable. There was no way I could do any exercise or I would pass out. Wedding pictures looked great though. The second time was around five years after that I was turning 25 at the time. That time it was Herbal Life protein shakes that I chose to torchure myself with. I got down to that same weight again but as soon as I began to eat of course the results. Both times I immediately began to put the weight back on. No exercise, No lifestyle changes only restricting food. I have learned FINALLY, that this will Never produce the results that I am looking for. Thank God that I finally "get it." And to think that the answer is sooooo easy. That's the biggest reason that I decided to skip the weight loss surgery. The threat of regaining the weight again like I have done every time in the past was unbearable. I honestly think that this time is different. I can live with the lifestyle changes that I have made. Believe me, I still worry about regaining but I really think I have a good chance of being able to enjoy all my hard work when I do reach my goal. emoticon

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MPSWEET1 8/11/2009 10:57AM

    Lorie you have the strength and the thinking it takes to accomplish any goal you set for yourself. Keep up the good work and God Bless You!

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    You can do it b/c you changed your lifestyle! You should check out ORIGAMIFREAK--last blog , it has some great articles in it and its a great blog about maintaining.

Good luck

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    Thank you for sharing! I too have been at a healthy weight/goal weight 2x in my life, and once I get there the 3rd time I am not going to make the same mistakes!

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WIFEALF 8/3/2009 4:51PM

    Good thinking and your right we have to fight to keep and lose the weight!

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GRAMIAM7 8/3/2009 8:05AM

    Lifestyle change is the only way. I haven't reached a weight goal in so many years, I don't know what it feels like. But I do know that it will happen. The one important thing is reading stories like yours and the support that SP friends make. We won't let you go back to your old ways. NO WAY!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DARUMA 8/2/2009 10:20PM

    I need to read blogs like yours time and again. It's a hard but absolutely necessary thing to keep in the forefront.


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MCAUDI 8/2/2009 8:40PM

    It sounds like you do get it and I am so proud of you and excited for you. It is a struggle everyday; some more than others but our determination will win out! Keep up the good work.

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/2/2009 4:57PM

    Lori -- I, too, have been at goal weight twice before ---- even did it wisely -- kept it off about 5 yrs each time, but I'm determined NOT to let this be one more 'low' in the roller coaster of gain/loss. At 57, I am smart enough to realize it's going to get harder to lose as I get older, so THIS has got to be a permanent Life Change. I LOVE SP -- the encouragement of others is Key! Blessings to you -- let's Maintain Together!

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    Your blog was like a walk down memory lane! I had also done shots back in the 70's and the liquid diets (as well as a multitude of others). I never did make it through any of them to a loss goal, though, so I have honestly no clue at all what that would feel like! SP has been the answer I needed - to finally figure out that it is in just eating less, eathing healthy and exercise that I will find the magic I've looked for all these years. I'm so glad I found SP. And it was people like you that led me here and gave me hope, so thanks for that.

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GEE-KNEE 8/2/2009 12:49PM

    I know you can do it because this eating well and exercise thing actually feels good, unlike the shakes and other things that just restrict calories.

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MEME102 8/2/2009 10:47AM

    Good for you Lorie -- that's the knowledge we should all gain from this journey and you articulated it very well!! You look (and hopefully feel) awesome and you should be very proud of yourself!
Also - I wanted to let you know that sometime in Aug. we will be having a 'street party' in Break200team. We are inviting all those who have left that behind as well as others who are trying to leave the 200 mark to come join in on the party. I think you still get mailings from the team so you'll get it through there as well once its posted. We just want everyone to share how they're doing and any tips they may have to share..(copying your blog here - there - would be great!!) :)
Have a great Sunday!!

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DAISYBELL6 8/2/2009 10:33AM

    Yes, indeed. I agree with you. Lifestyle change is the only way to go.

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Spreading the Spark by Example

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Every day I work in a classroom with high school students. It is a special ed class so the students are with us all day long. In our program we form a close family like relationship. Most of these kids don't have any positive role models. We eat lunch together every day. For the last year they have been watching me on my weight loss journey. They are always curious about what I have brought for lunch that day. They say" that salad looks good, make me one tomorrow." It has made them aware of what they are eating. They ask question about how they can improve their eating habits. I learned last week that one of my students has signed up for Sparkteens.com I feel so honored that I have influenced him to take control of his health. As young as he is now, by learning how to practice a healthy lifestyle it could be just what it takes to brake the cycle of life long obesity.

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FREETHEGODDESS 9/28/2011 12:46PM

    Wonderful! Spreading the Spark lets the flame glow brighter!

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WIFEALF 8/3/2009 4:52PM

    That is amazing!!!Good for you!

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MJHAINLINE_1 8/1/2009 10:19PM

    I didn't know you worked in a class with students with special needs. I am a special education teacher as well. I just finished my first year and am now looking for a job (budget cuts). I really like how you are an example to your students. Way to spread the spark!!

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BSUCHSLAND 7/30/2009 9:04AM

    I think this is amazing. It's people like you who set the example, and you may have impacted these students for the rest of their lives!

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MEME102 7/27/2009 8:55AM

    I am a speech/language pathologist - work with kids k/12. So I understand your being with the kids at lunch and all day (I don't have kids all day just some everyday and others only 2x aweek) You have set a wonderful example and good for you!! You are not only their teacher but their friend and kids know when that is real. Congratulations on YOUR achievements and I'll be hoping the best for your student!

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MCAUDI 7/26/2009 9:44PM

    Very cool. Starting to work on that change as a teen is a great time. Good for you setting the example for him.

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GEE-KNEE 7/26/2009 5:05PM

    That is so cool. I work in an autism class and many of our kids bring the most unhealthy things to eat, huge (5 servings a bag) bags of flaming hot cheetos, Koolaide, candy...,just junk. Many of them are over weight too, and I always think how horrible it would be if these kids were to become diabetic. I know we always try to get our kids to eat better, and some do. It's nice that your kids have you for an example.

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My thoughts

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

People ask me all the time how I managed to lose all the weight that I have. They usually go on and on about how hard it must be for me. Honestly, I can say that it has not been so very difficult. It was just a matter of deciding to do it. I didn't have a final binge or feel like I would miss eating. I was tired of living my life with a painful handicap of being obese. I just did it. There is nothing nothing magic about it. I Eat less and moved more. It is such a simple concept. You have to truly want to change. It is people who think it hard because they really don't want it bad enough. I think that the biggest thing that will lead to weight loss success is that you must be flexible. If one thing doesn't work try something different. Another thing that has really works for me is having lots of variety in the foods that I eat and also exercise. Last of all, you must have patience, eventually the pounds will come off. Always be positive with your self talk. Enjoy every little improvement as they come along. Life is good and is getting better every day.

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SMALLANDMOODY 8/2/2009 11:59PM

    Thank you for sharing your story and thoughts.

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LILMISSRED79 7/23/2009 3:41PM

    There is such truth and wisdom in what you've said! Kudos to you!

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GEE-KNEE 7/23/2009 1:40PM

    I totally agree Lorraine. Once the decision was made, it really hasn't been that hard (even kind of fun). I love when people say things about will power too because I don't really think I have more will power then anyone else. I just made a choice, and find the intrinsic rewards (increase energy, strength, endurance, better health...) motivating enough to keep me going. I do think that once the decision was made that Spark People made it easier, than if I had done it by myself. It is a great resource with great motivators like you. As with everything, finding good tools can make the job easier. I will be watching for you on ET tonight.

Keep Sparking,

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    So true, you have to want it to get it. I am so excited to see you on ET tonight. Thanks for continuing to share your story! Hope you have a fabulous wednesday.

Take care- Timberlee

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TRECECOOKS 7/22/2009 9:40AM

    Thank you for speaking the truth in love.

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KROLES55 7/22/2009 9:19AM

    Thank you for sharing.. So simple..no magic to this weight loss..


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MEME102 7/22/2009 9:16AM

    I needed to hear this today! Thanks for writing and sharing your thoughts....I'm not giving up but I am just finding it so 'hard' somedays. Today I thought of my exercise like my blowdryer...I hate exercise -- still -- and I hate blowdrying my hair -- b/c it takes that extra '5 min' each morning but I like my hair SO much better when I do blow dry it rather than air dry....so why not do it?? Same with exercise I KNOW I feel better afterwards -- not just from the endorphins but b/c I feel like I set a goal and I accomplished it...always a good feeling comes from that as well....so you put it very succintly...thanks!

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DAISYBELL6 7/22/2009 8:53AM

    You said exactly what I need to hear...every day! Thank you.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/22/2009 8:21AM

    Well said, my thoughts exactly.

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Spreading the SPARK again

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Today I spoke to a group of future GBS patients. There were two other speakers ahead of me. The first woman had surgery right around the same time I started my weight loss journey. She has lost 110 pounds. The next speaker had lost 187 pounds in about 3 years. Both had GBS but they both have changed their lifestyle and exercise daily. Then it was my turn to speak. I told my story and told the group that although I went through the same program that they were attending, I decided not to have surgery. I passed out around 50 spark cards. I told them that although most of them will have surgery to hang on to the card for later down the road when they begin to experience problems with keeping the weight off. I was very excited to have three people come up at the end of the meeting and tell me that I gave them hope that they could also reduce without surgery. The director asked me if I would come back and share my story again next time. Life is sooooo good.

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CATH5109 9/1/2009 5:29PM

    I would qualify for this surgery, but I don't want to go there, so it's really inspiring to know that you CAN lose large amounts of weight AND keep it off. The lifestyle changes have to take place either way and I like your more natural choic. You are a hero to me. I am going to find a way to put this blog on my sparkpage somewhere so I can reread it every now and then. Thanks.Cathy

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MOMMAROLEMODEL 7/20/2009 12:57PM

    You continue to be a true inspiration--way to go on sharing your story and encouraging others. Keep it up--we need more ladies like you in the world.


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TRECECOOKS 7/19/2009 1:29PM

    I just know that you were an amazing encouragement and example to all of the attendees.

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BUDGIRL2455 7/18/2009 8:50AM

    Thank you so very much for being such a sharing person and allowing others to have hope by your example. God bless you emoticon

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LIZZIECA55 7/17/2009 12:42AM

    What a blessing you are. Keep up the good work.

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CAREWREN 7/17/2009 12:15AM

    Excellent, excellent, excellent! emoticon

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GEE-KNEE 7/16/2009 11:50PM

    Good for you!!!!! Keep spreading the spark.

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BADMAMMAJAMMA1 7/16/2009 5:03PM

    emoticon Thats so cool! You should be so proud of yourself!! I know I am proud of you. I know that it helps you as much as it helps them. Way to go!!


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BIRDLEGS29 7/16/2009 8:18AM

    Wonderful! I do hope the six months training teaches lifestyle changes. I had a friend go through this surgery, lost tons of weight, and then regained it all, plus more. Maybe we will be seeing some of those people on SP! You outdid yourself. emoticon


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ANGELLACOLE 7/16/2009 2:24AM

    Awesome! I'm sure there are people who were there who will be helped by what you said! Way to Spread the Spark! emoticon

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LILHLFPINT 7/16/2009 1:27AM

    (whoo hoo! i love that you handed out the spark cards.

you are so inspirational, they were very lucky to have you there speaking to them.)

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The Importance of Walking

Monday, July 13, 2009

A good friend sent this to me and I wanted to share it with all of you ......Here goes....

The Importance of Walking

Walking can add minutes to your life.
This enables you at 85 years old

to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing

home at $7000 per month.

My grandpa started walking

five miles a day when he was 60.

Now he's 97 years old

and we don't know where the hell he is.

I like long walks,

especially when they are taken

by people who annoy me.

The only reason I would take up walking

is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.

I have to walk early in the morning,

before my brain figures out what I'm doing..

I joined a health club last year,

spent about 400 bucks.

Haven't lost a pound.

Apparently you have to go there..

Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise',

I wash my mouth out with chocolate..

I do have flabby thighs,

but fortunately my stomach covers them.

The advantage of exercising every day

is so when you die, they'll say,

'Well, she looks good doesn't she.'

If you are going to try cross-country skiing,

start with a small country.

I know I got a lot of exercise

the last few years,......

just getting over the hill.

We all get heavier as we get older,

because there's a lot more information in our heads.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Every time I start thinking too much

about how I look,

I just find a Happy Hour

and by the time I leave,

I look just fine.


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RO2LOOSE 7/14/2009 1:59PM

    Ha Ha Ha!!! thanks for sharing...very cute ;o)

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MCAUDI 7/13/2009 9:30PM

    This is awesome and provided me many chuckles.

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REMEMBER_MYSELF 7/13/2009 5:23PM

    Thanks for the laugh. I'm missing my honey today and really needed it!

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MARIALOZANO 7/13/2009 1:20PM

  Loved it!

I'm sticking to it too!

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NEWEVERYDAY 7/13/2009 12:22PM

    LOVED IT!!!!!! emoticon

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BIRDLEGS29 7/13/2009 11:23AM

    emoticon Love this one! What a delightful giggle for the morning!


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