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2 years? Really?

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

I'm back.

A little healthier in some ways. In others ways, not so much.

I am perpetually losing the same 20 pounds it seems. I would say "This time I'm committed" but you've read that before.

I did the Whole 30 program last fall and loved it. I felt great. I added things back, as they recommend. Then the holidays. Then I got really, really busy.

I gained it all back and started to feel like crap.

So yesterday, I started it again. Not for the weight loss but because it made me feel great. I was sleeping well. My skin looked amazing. It really worked for me.

I'm using Spark because it's the easiest tracker to use and I want to see how adjusting what I eat-- not just how much- makes a difference. It will also hold me accountable. I have late night eating issues. Writing it down will help.

I would say something seems different this time, but I've said it before.

I would say this time I'm definitely going to do it, but I've said that before, too.

The difference this time is that I got to remember what feeling good was-- and that is my motivation. The Whole 30 truly gave me energy. Dieting does not. I feel like the last 10 years I've been perpetually trying to starve myself and it hasn't worked.

I went to Weight Watchers. What a joke for me. I was stunned that people didn't know that fast food was bad for you. Or drinking 7 sodas a day was bad.

I drink about 4 sodas A YEAR.

And fast food-- maybe once a month.

Not three times a day.

Carbs don't seem to be my friend-- not that I'm going on some crazy low carb freak diet.

Sugar is my enemy. It really screws up my hunger patterns. Not because of the calories- because of the slippery slope it starts with cravings.

So I'm tracking to see if I'm right-- if it really is the WHAT and not the HOW MUCH-- and then eventually monitoring the how much to see if that helps.

But mainly, I want to feel good.

That's it.

And if the smallest is a size 14, I'm fine with that.

But feeling like crap is not an option.

So here I go again...

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MOJAVEMAMA 5/1/2013 3:17PM

    Hey Stranger!

I am back on here too. I gained back most of what I had lost the first time. Work Stress, not eating right and not exercising consistently has packed on the pounds.

I am trying the Fast Metabolism Diet. I am in the third week. It is really tough and defintitely not sustainable for the long haul, but I am hoping it spark some weight loss - pun intended.

Glad to have you back!


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JETTA4BETTA 5/1/2013 1:34AM

  "The difference this time is that I got to remember what feeling good was-- and that is my motivation. "

Stay motivated and always keep that in mind whenever you feel like going off track! You seem like a very intuitive person, and you know what works best for you (which is not something a lot of people can say.) Make this time count more than it ever has before, and in the end you will feel great! Keep it up!

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Talk about having a weight lifted....

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

After spending the past 5 years trying to exercise and ending up with a very messed up back, I made a major decision.

I had breast reduction surgery. Although my insurance has originally denied it, I am confident that they will change their mind on appeal.

Nearly all my breast tissue was fibrocystic which meant that I could have weighed 110 and I would have still had F cups. It also means that there was no way I could have exercised.

What a weight, figuratively AND literally has been lifted.

After only 5 days, my back is already feeling better. There's a little strain based on everything shifting, but honestly, I feel like a million bucks.

But the challenge I face is this--

I have cystic breasts because of a hormonal imbalance. Losing weight is pretty much the best option. It should help. Less belly fat should make a big difference.

In other words, the boobs could come back if I don't get this taken care of.

And quickly.

So let's just say, this is a game changer.

I have an opportunity.

I am taking it.

I can't exercise for 6 weeks, but I can start with the food and basic things like walking.

My oatmeal this morning was delicious. And it will be delicious every morning.

And away I go....

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SKINNYSOON13 6/21/2011 9:08PM

    Excited for you and the reduction. You're going to feel like a million bucks once everything gets settled! Plus, no more black eyes when you run!

I know you can do this. :-) I hope you keep blogging, because I enjoy hearing that you never give up. :-)

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MOJAVEMAMA 6/21/2011 4:28PM

    Glad to see you back. I, too, had oatmeal this morning. I have been keeping the frozen steelcut oatmeal from Costco in the fridge at work along with chobani greek yogurt to keep me from snacking on the "bad" stuff.

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REDHEAD582 6/21/2011 11:35AM

    Good for you, you can do that.

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Where has Mama Bean gone?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I'm still here.

In April, my husband and I ran into some friends and noticed they had lost a substantial amount of weight. When we asked what they were doing they shared that they were taking HCG. Then we asked 2 more people who had lost over 100 pounds and it was the same response.

We got some.

It's working.

Honestly, I didn't stick to the 500 calorie a day diet. I ate about 1200-1500- about what I did on Spark, and logged it, and exercised, and lost 7 whopping poounds in a year.

This time, I lost 19 pounds in 6 weeks.

My husband who was vigilant lost over 50.

No joke. We laughed when we read an article on WebMD that said it didn't work. It did for us. In a big way.

In a small way, it gave us the motivation we needed. Make that a big way.

I don't know if works for everyone. I know my last major weight gain started after I stopped breast feeding. I'm pretty darn sure it was hormone related. This is a hormone. And it's definitely working.

On this second round, I'm really committed to sticking to the low cal, low carb program. I even did the binge over the weekend and honestly, it's made a huge difference. I'm not remotely hungry on day 2 of the diet.

During the first round I learned that I really had become a late night muncher. It was a habit. I was never hungry. So here I am blogging, rather than munching.

And again, I'm not recommending this to anyone- I'm just saying that it's working for me. We are going to take a longer break from it after this second round (it loses its effectiveness) and focus on diet and exercise for the rest of the year (we are done in September).

The good news, I am hopeful.

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MOJAVEMAMA 9/8/2010 3:36PM

    That is good news!!! I am glad that you found something that is working for you. Keep us posted on your results!!

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Too much food

Monday, February 08, 2010

I saw a statistic that said people eat more on SuperBowl Sunday than Thanksgiving.

Yep. I can affirm that statistic.

Looks like salads and brown rice all week for me.

Ugh. I feel sick.


Where is my inner Mary Sunshine?

Thursday, February 04, 2010

When I first started my career as a financial advisor 15 years ago, I shared an office with a guy who, in the first hour of meeting me asked "You aren't one of those perky, postive attitude people, are you? I hate those kind of people" To which I responded "Why yes I am!" then immediately walked down the hall to the manager and said "I will be needing a new office, please." Perky, postive, yes. Stupid, no. I realize that negative people can pull you down.

Now I'm the negative person. I can't seem to find my inner Mary Sunshine.

I have a pretty great life, too. I have 2 terrific, healthy kids. A very nice husband. A career that I love. I'm very grateful.

But even the little things are driving me nuts. I have nothing to really complain about compared to most. I just feel like I'm always trying to do the right thing and everyone else seems to just get away with doing whatever they want. And i never used to compare myself to others, but lately it seems it's all I hear about. i want to yell IT'S NOT FAIR!!!!!

The truth is, it doesn't matter what anyone else does. Only what I do.

I'm still not feeling in control of my own life.

So hopefully with the help of fabulous friends and family, I can begin to channel my inner Mary Sunshine and get back to being that fit, annoying perky person i used to be!

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MOJAVEMAMA 2/17/2010 11:37AM

    Sorry - I have been away for awhile, but I know what you mean. I have noticed the same thing with myself the past couple of months. Is it something in the air of the Vegas water? Last night, I snapped at a co-worker when she asked if I was going to print something. My response with attitude, "I am working on it." This is not me. It is as if all my patience is gone. I am trying to get it back and be more positive. Let's be positive togetger!!

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