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My weight loss Secret

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I was recently asked for my secrets to weight loss.
I wish I could tell you that I have some great weight loss secrets for you.
I don't.
What I do have is determination to beat this unhealthy, emotional attachment I have to food for comfort and security.

Sometimes it feels like I am rollerskating on ice, struggling to keep my balance, but I inevitably fall.
I fall down a lot. I have many a bruise to show for it.
I feel fragile, but I get back up every time.
I am still standing. I am determined.

That is my only secret.
Get back up.


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

IAM3RD 3/4/2012 1:54PM

    Great attitude! Today, I am getting back up for the first time in months.

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EMELEE82 2/20/2012 9:19PM

    Thank you! this made me smile

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WOLFKITTY 2/9/2012 12:15PM

    Great advice, for sure! :D

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NOTGIVINGUP49 1/30/2012 10:14PM

    Getting back up is the key to success! Keep on getting back up! emoticon

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VINTAGEMODEL 1/29/2012 8:07AM

    Dear Belinda, Enjoyed your page, listened to your words in my heart. Tomorro I "will get back up" and begin again.
Learning to reprogramme my mind and emotions from using food, snacks, chocolate as a comfort, has been really difficult.
Tomorrow is another day....
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PS Love the photo of the pig, love the brushed-bach hairstyle

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CREVOISERATA 1/28/2012 5:39PM


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LGAR519 1/28/2012 8:54AM

    "Get back up!" Who knew it was so easy.

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CCASKEY37 1/28/2012 7:22AM

    Very nice.

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TABBYJO88 1/27/2012 9:22PM

    Great blog I love it.

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    Amen,sister!!! We are on the same page, that's for sure!

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BARBLIVESHERE 1/27/2012 11:39AM

    I love this.

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RONDINI2 1/26/2012 6:00PM

    YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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THE-MORE-GIRL 1/26/2012 1:30PM

    "That is my only secret.
Get back up."

I totally need to tattoo this somewhere I can see it. (I almost said "tattoo it on my ass," but hey, I can't see that. :-)

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COPEMA 1/25/2012 1:21PM

    I am so proud to be your friend!
Lotsa hugs,

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DIFROMWYOMING 1/25/2012 8:19AM

    emoticon love this my friend. That really IS the secret. So proud of you.

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What is different this time?

Monday, January 23, 2012

I have failed this journey of weight loss so many times in the past.
I began to wonder what I was doing differently this time,
that I had not given up on myself yet, despite several setbacks and disappointments.
I think this time has been different because I became more willing:

to talk with God about everything
to accept that I cannot always have things my way
to understand my past ways of dieting did not work
to accept that my family might not like the changes I am making
to accept my husband will continue to make unhealthy choices
to stand up to my own people pleasing needs
to know I am not responsible for other people's problems
to know I cannot make other people happy
to hear what others have to say, take only what works, leave the rest
to hear the occasional negative remark and not react
to accept that surgery was not a good option for me
to join a support group and remain active with it
to hold myself accountable
to hold others accountable for themselves
to become disciplined and track all of my food
to preplan meals
to eat whole grains and unprocessed foods
to pay more for the healthier choices when I can
to give up many food items known to be unhealthy
to get my trigger foods out of the house
to exercise, if only for 10 minutes a day
to blog my thoughts and feelings
to know I will make some mistakes
to accept setbacks without walking away
to know that this is a life long process
to accept and deal with the lonliness of this process
to let myself enjoy sweets on occasion
to learn more about the process of positive weight loss
to take this one choice at a time
to know that I am the only one responsible for my health
to stop blaming others for choices I make
to understand that no one has power over me except for me
to remember that there are many things in daily life I am powerless over
to accept I am never going to look like a beauty queen
to know that good health is the better goal
to be proactive in my own recovery, one day at a time.
to keep my eye on my dreams for my future


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WATREKKIE 2/12/2012 5:22PM

    WOW! My Babysteps Brigade leader, BLESSEDBEING, put a link to this on our favorite blogs, huddles, and quotes a while back, and I just now read it. This is definitely a keeper!! I'm gonna print it off - cuz several of your items really spoke to me.

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    Thank you, I love this and have ringed it it to read every morning

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CREVOISERATA 1/25/2012 1:18AM

    This is very inspiring... I'm impressed by your honesty!

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NOTGIVINGUP49 1/24/2012 8:05PM

    Belinda, You did NOT fail all the "other times" at weight loss. I have leaned that for me it was all part of the process. I had to keep trying until I changed on the inside. It is when you stop trying that you fail. Keep your eye on the prize - your health!

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_KATHY_ 1/24/2012 1:01PM

    Wow Belinda... Awesome blog today. If you don't mind, I am going to print your list.

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FLYFROG 1/24/2012 9:21AM

    emoticon That is a great list!

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BARBLIVESHERE 1/24/2012 8:32AM

    I see so much on your list that I need to work on too.
Thanks for the beautiful blog!

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MICKEYMAX 1/24/2012 5:54AM

    So very beautiful, just like you are to me! YOU GO GIRL! I am so proud of you and I am trying to adopt this for my own life. I see myself in what you write.

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BLESSEDBEING 1/23/2012 11:40PM

    Wow! So much wisdom in these words! You really get and express eloquently that the inner changes are as important as the outer ones. I am sharing this on some of my teams. emoticon for a great blog! emoticon
Blessed Be, Amanda emoticon

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RONDINI2 1/23/2012 6:05PM

    I have to thank you for opening my eyes and seeing myself in this..too.
Absolutely awesome Sis.and beautifully put...I think you hit the mark...
I am going to print this out so I can read and remind myself too. . emoticon

I am in awe of every word.. emoticon
It makes me cry to see myself on this page...


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COPEMA 1/23/2012 4:45PM

    So beautiful!

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WORLDSERIES11 1/23/2012 4:41PM

    That is really beautiful!!! Do you mind if I print it out so I can put it somewhere to read and remind myself of what I need to be doing/not doing? Much of what you said also applies to my life.
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Thank you Sis. Paying it forward. I love you too.

Friday, January 20, 2012

My dear sister Rhonda forwarded me an email she received from Proverbs 31 Ministries, because today's message was about triggers. It resonated with me, so I thought I would share an excerpt from it with you.

~Triggers can be as large as the stab of loneliness from a broken relationship or the memory of a childhood trauma. Triggers can be as small as a discipline “chat” with a teen out past curfew or stumbling across fresh doughnuts in the office break room. They can prompt the thought, “Life will be better if I eat that.”
Triggers have nothing to do with physical hunger or the need for legitimate nourishment. They are lies that we’ve thought so routinely they’ve become well-worn paths to careless eating. Life is not made better because we overindulge in an unhealthy choice. The best thing we can do in these triggered moments is to pause. Pause and ask ourselves, “Do I want to eat this right now because I need nourishment or because I’m feeling empty emotionally or spiritually?” If I need nourishment, I can choose a healthy option. If I’m just feeling empty, I must realize food can fill my stomach but never my soul.~

This gave me a lot to think about around what triggers my need for emotional eating.
I hope it is helpful to you too.
If you are interested in reading more, you can view this in it's entirety at:

I hope each of you has a calm, peaceful weekend.

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PATRISNA 2/8/2012 3:23PM

    emoticon Trying to catch up on everyone's blogs.


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NOTGIVINGUP49 1/24/2012 8:07PM

    emoticon blog! I needed this today!

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GOIN4GR8 1/24/2012 2:07PM

    This is a great one. Thank you. :-)

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_KATHY_ 1/23/2012 1:50PM

    I'm going through a lot of trigger responding lately. Your blog has been very helpful as I work my way out of this reactionary phase. Thanks :)

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SKY2012 1/21/2012 2:16PM

    aawwwwww you are suchhhhhhhhhhh a wonderful person to share this

((((( hugs ))))))))))

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GRINGUITA 1/20/2012 4:32PM

    Right on!

Bev Anne

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DIFROMWYOMING 1/20/2012 4:07PM

    Very thoughtful, thanks for sharing this! :)

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I did it!

Monday, January 16, 2012

One of my goals over the next 5 weeks was to try 2 new vegan recipes.
This might not seem like a big deal, unless you know how much I avoid actual 'cooking' when ever possible.
Today I made a Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup.
My daughter is giving it 2 thumbs up!
I actually think it turned out pretty good myself.
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• 1/4 cup coconut oil ( I just used 2 T of a canola oil)
• 1 cup chopped onions
• 1 clove garlic, minced
• 3 cups vegetable broth
• 1 teaspoon curry powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
• 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
• 1 (15 ounce) can 100% pure pumpkin
• 1 cup light coconut milk

Nutritional Information

Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 171
•Total Fat: 13.5g ( probably a bit less when using less oil)
•Cholesterol: 0mg
•Sodium: 601mg
•Total Carbs: 12g
•Dietary Fiber: 3.2g
•Protein: 2g

1. Heat the coconut oil in a deep pot over medium-high heat. Stir in the onions and garlic; cook until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Mix in the vegetable broth, curry powder, salt, coriander, and red pepper flakes. Cook and stir until the mixture comes to a gentle boil, about 10 minutes. Cover, and boil 15 to 20 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Whisk in the pumpkin and coconut milk, and cook another 5 minutes.

2. ( I admit I skipped this part.)
Pour the soup into a blender, filling only half way and working in batches if necessary; process until smooth. Return to a pot, and reheat briefly over medium heat before serving.

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NOTGIVINGUP49 1/17/2012 10:02PM

    I often have Salads with chick peas or kidney beans as my vegan meal. I love pumpkin myself and may give it a try. Keep you the great work! emoticon

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_KATHY_ 1/17/2012 6:18PM

    I don't think I've had anything like that. Sounds very good on a cold day like today.

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DIFROMWYOMING 1/17/2012 10:03AM

    I love pumpkin anything...and this looks GOOD! Good job!

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RONDINI2 1/17/2012 7:15AM

    Great job Sis...
Sounds like a winner for you.
Keep up the great job!!!


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TKGCROFME 1/17/2012 6:09AM

    That sounds delicious! I would love to give this recipe a whirl. I am vegetarian and mostly vegan -- about 80% of the time. :-)

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MICKEYMAX 1/16/2012 9:20PM

    YOU GO GIRL!!!! Plus, you just made me think of my 5 goals. I'd better snap to it!

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GRINGUITA 1/16/2012 7:31PM

    Looks interesting! But I wouldn't substitute oils -- coconut oil is good for you but canola oil is not.

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THE-MORE-GIRL 1/16/2012 6:21PM

    Delish! I was a vegetarian for 20 years, 2 of those vegan, so if you ever need vegan cooking tips, I'm your man. :-)

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ANNEV2012 1/16/2012 5:54PM


I love pumpkin ANYTHING!

I do 1-2 Vegan/Vegetarian days a week. (Was lacto-ovo vegetarian for 25+ yrs)

Good luck with your weight loss journey.

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

I am so disappointed by how Spark has clearly prostituted them self out to every advertiser that is interested. These advertisers could not access our trackers or the other personal places on our individual Spark pages without permission from the top. The constant popups and forced 'rollovers' are very frustrating. If I wanted my thoughts posted for the world to see, I would put them on FB myself! Not everyone understands how to remove the share button on their blog. I understand the desire to make money for one self, but clearly greed has become a factor here, without consideration for the people that might be hurt.

The story is that Sparky created this website out of the goodness of his heart to help other people get healthy, but he clearly had a money making business plan in place. I don't feel I owe him any thank yous, he has certainly made money off of me and everyone else.
Unfortunately, if we want to keep the sight free, we have to put up with all of the crap. however, if you are willing to pay a monthly fee of course, you can get away from all of it.

Guess I am having a bit of a bad week and the one place I go for distraction has become annoying and less fun now.
This is all my personal opinion of course, I hope I didn't offend anyone. if I did, I apologize.
Thanks for letting me vent.


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GEORGIA_KAY 1/16/2012 7:06AM

    I'm in agreement with each post here. I absolutely HATE being coerced into anything without my prior knowledge or permission. The Welch's grape juice thing was just the last straw that broke the camel's back for me. I wanted to vent too, but like Kate said, sometimes I feel as if venting won't make a bit of difference to anyone in charge.

This is a great site, full of wonderful people, and I know there must be costs involved to keep it going. I just wish they would ask for money in a more straightforward manner if they can no longer meet operating costs. If the rules have changed, and it's no longer feasible to be a free site, then I'd much rather they just come out and ask us for a subscription fee, rather than just handing us over as unwilling victims to the money machines that roll though here. All I'm saying is GIVE ME A CHOICE, SPARK GUY!

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_KATHY_ 1/16/2012 3:54AM

    I just found out how to turn that share off. For the most part, I can ignore the adds. It is frustrating at times. I get angry as well. I'm glad you vented. I'm beyond the benefit of a good vent. I just feel used in general. Here, at the gas pump, at the market, at the election booth, at the insurance companies, at the bank. Especially the bank now that the home I owned for 25 years belongs to someone else... Hmm I guess I can vent a little LOL Don't get me started.

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THE-MORE-GIRL 1/15/2012 9:26PM

    I don't blame you for being annoyed. I don't like being played like this. I'm a very public person, but I want to be the one who's in charge of how public I am, not SP.

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MICKEYMAX 1/15/2012 9:10PM

    I know we shouldn't have to -- but I have been putting how to remove it on my status. For those who don't know it is on "edit your sparkpage - i the upper right, you can unclick "how share bar on your blog posts."

I unclicked and vote no thanks!

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SKY2012 1/15/2012 8:37PM

    I didnt even know we had a share button on our blogs.... wow

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SKY2012 1/15/2012 8:36PM

    I didnt know other people outside of Spark people could read what we posted? ummmmmmmmmm wow. I better be more careful.

Thanks for the heads up, hugs

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DIFROMWYOMING 1/15/2012 4:39PM

    My biggest issue is that now that I'm on the diabetes plan it 'adds' foods to my tracker every day! Foods they are advertising. This week it's welches grape juice. Really? Because I don't drink juice! I always forget to remove it and then it throws me off. Before this it was some diabetic drink. Argh.

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MAVERICK59 1/15/2012 4:06PM

    You are right of course. I guess I just felt a bit grumpy and annoyed this morning. emoticon

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THE-MORE-GIRL 1/15/2012 2:19PM

    This is what tends to happen with free websites. I really believe the maxim, "If you're not paying for it, you're not the customer; you're the product." We are being sold to the advertisers. We're the product.

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