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So Grateful for my new lease on life

Monday, August 19, 2013

Today was great, I felt good. I've now lost 55 lbs. and I feel as if I have a new lease on life. I feel younger. This is the least I've weighed in over a decade. In 20 lbs it will be more than 25 years. I've been heavy so long, I'm not sure I remember what it feels like to be normal sized. But I do remember what it felt like to be 55 lbs heavier. I was miserable! Pain everywhere, I was physically disabled and living in denial. I couldn't bend over and pick something off the floor in a seated position. Tying my shoes was difficult. My lower back hurt, and I was tired all the time. I couldn't walk up a flight of stairs without heavy breathing. Getting up from the floor was down right embarrassing.

Now, I'm working out at least 3-4 times a week. My mind is clear and I make it through the day bright and aware. I can touch my toes! I can work out for two hours if I wanted (I don't normally, but I can if I wanted.) I can play with my kids and not get tired in the first 5 minutes. I hiked 7.5 miles! Many of my health problems are going by the wayside and saving me money! For me it was Eat to Live, the book opened my eyes. But it took me a long time to find. What the book is worth to me? Well the book is worth it's weight in gold.

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JEANNIE0312 8/19/2013 10:38AM

You are very inspiring :)


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Plateauing with a Positive Attitude

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

One of my most endearing qualities is that I tend to look at the world with Rose colored glasses. Every once in a while I do get put back into my place and have a reality check but for the most part, I tend to be easy to forget the past and try to move forward. I don't have a lot of patience however. I'm ADD and want to be on the the next thing now! So, this Plateau at 50 lbs lost has been somewhat of a challenge. emoticon

I know not to expect the weight loss from the start of my Eat to Live journey, but I have had a month (feels like two) where I haven't lost any weight. I'm still eating most of the same meals, no dairy, no meat. I might have let some oil join the crowd, I'll admit. Not a lot of oil but I haven't been strict as I was at first. I have however started working out.

This happened to me last time I was doing well with my diet. I started working out all the time and I gained weight. I rationally know it is muscle weight. I gain muscle fast. Faster than many people I know. I also know that I have lost an inch and a half off my chest this last month! But for some reason seeing the scale say no pounds lost makes me crazy! emoticon

So, I've been telling myself for the last month, this too shall pass and moving forward. I did find out that if you've lost this much weight, people (o.k. my mom) will continue to ask you if you've lost more. Maybe that is my trigger. I hate saying I haven't lost anything more. emoticon

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MIMO11 7/31/2013 9:12PM

    What a great attitude! You can keep on track. Don't let the numbers on the Scale get the better of you. Do glad you are tracking measurements too.

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Long time no see

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Well, talk about a long vacation! I haven't been involved on SparkPeople in quite some time. There was that mean ol' gallbladder surgery then a wonderful leg injury that took a year to heal... but I'm like a pit bull, I don't give up easily. I'm competitive with others and sometimes with myself. So I kept plugging away. My gallbladder surgery changed what I could eat. Of course they told me that I could basically go back to my normal diet but that never happened for me thank goodness!

Gallbladder surgery made me hate soda pop. Weird, and I guess not many people get that weird side effect, but it has stuck with me. I really can't stand the taste of it, I've tried it a couple times in the last six months, and it doesn't matter diet or regular just taste awful. I used to drink a 6 pack of diet a day.

Then my dairy intake started to cause problems. First I tried lactaid type milks and hard cheeses...I'd bloat up like a ballon, which at my weight was no easy task. Then it was processed meats. I decided to think about eliminating those altogether. I also tried hypnosis. It worked for a while.

In April of this year I had lost 20lbs, then gained 5 lbs back. I was a bit lost. Frustrated to say the least. I saw something on the Dr. Oz show that mentioned diet... can't even remember now what the subject was, but his guest was Dr. Fuhrmann. He had written a book called "Eat to Live".

I really didn't have any reason not to go look for the book, so I went and purchased it. I was skeptical to say the least. I took it on vacation with me, and kept telling my husband how interesting it was and how it made sense. Then my husband went and broke his ankle. Even though it was a hectic time, trying to figure out things for him, I decided to go forward and try this diet. It was crazy! He supported me and my first week was the hardest. Withdrawal from meat and dairy and my stress were difficult to say the least but after that, it was all down hill. I knew I could stay on the 28 day challenge. I never believed I would really lose that much weight in one month.

Now it has been three months and I'm down 50lbs! I feel wonderful and happy and like shouting to the rooftops! I'll tell anyone who asks how I did it and I want to tell everyone who looks like they are suffering with their weight that it can be done. It may seem extreme at first, but it'll change your life. I'm looking forward to my next 50! What can I accomplish this year? Anything!

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BERRY4 7/28/2013 2:57PM

    emoticon Welcome back!

I think Dr. Fuhrman's book is full of common sense in terms of looking at our food intake and determining the NUTRITIONAL value of foods. So many things we can eat are nutritionally lacking but full of calories.

Way to stick with the program and see such amazing results!

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REBEKKAD 7/19/2013 11:22AM

    That's so great!! I'm really enjoying Eating to Live--not least because it's working, and I'd pretty much given up hope of real change because I knew I was done with dieting. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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CHRISTASP 7/17/2013 2:20PM

    Wonderful story!
I hope you'll be around to share of your experiences and insights about ETL on the forum!

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SIMABON31 7/16/2013 10:22PM

    Awesome! Dr. Furhman's book helped me understand nutrition so much better and caused me to make some drastic changes in my eating. So glad for your great results!

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ARNETTELEE 7/16/2013 7:33PM

  Welcome back!

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at least I'm back again

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Today is the first day of my vacation for my new job. I've worked my butt off in this new position and loved every minute of it. I however, didn't take any time for myself and working out. The first day I was laid off, I thought my life was going to change dramatically. It did but not in the way that I thought that it would. I was unemployed a half a day. By 1pm I was accepting another job. Nice, right? I felt blessed and more than a little relieved. I was the sole income for our family and it was going to be a battle to survive if I hadn't found a job.

So I was going to have to jump in with both feet and I did. The job required a complete overhaul of their IT department and it was up to me to start it. I was working more hours than I had in years and loving every minute of it. It was difficult but the rewards were great as well and I'm very happy to report the department is well on it's way to being the perfect job.

So, now it's calming down, and I know what I'm doing, so it's time to come back and take all that excitement and use it on myself. Energize myself again and come back to Spark People. My first day of my Fitness vacation.

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MYFEETHURT 11/25/2009 10:07AM

  My goodness...how lucky to have found a job so quickly. You'll get back on track real fast. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Continued blessings. mary

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LATVIA1 11/22/2009 10:47AM

    :) hooray.

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SHUTRBUG1 11/21/2009 8:03PM

    welcome back!

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GEORGANNE39 11/21/2009 6:39PM

    Glad to see you here.

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Long Marathon Road

Thursday, April 09, 2009

I've been bad, and I've been working on it. On surviving everything that is going on right now. I've been a hermit. I'll admit it and now I'm moving on again. I needed some respite but I'm better now. I've had layoffs, union bargaining, illness on my plate. I haven't gone overboard but haven't been working out at all. I haven't gained weight which in my mind is a better part of the battle. I'm just finally at the point that the Sun is out, the flowers are here and I want nothing more than to spend this time outdoors on my bike. So here I go, dragging my family with me and out the door we go. Yeah! Here's to tracking online again. I know I can do this, cause I have before!


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