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Like a Switch Has Been Flipped

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

I'm at the point in my weight loss journey where the pounds aren't coming off as quickly as they did in the past and for the first time in all my years of dieting, it doesn't bother me. Maybe because this time, I'm not dieting; I'm fundamentally changing my relationship with food and exercise. I don't know how or why sparkpeople is different, but it is. I feel like in some way, my brain has been reprogrammed. I'm not sure why I'm posting this, but I felt the need to. Maybe it's a message to those of you who are doubting this can work; I'm here to promise you that it does.

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SANSANDY1 6/7/2011 10:15AM

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GOOSIEMOON 6/7/2011 9:30AM

    I feel exactly the same about this journey as you do!
You're doing great!

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People are Starting to Notice

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I don't know if it's the warmer weather causing me to wear less clothing or things just coming together, but this past week, I've received so many positive comments about my weight loss. I have to say it feels wonderful. Of course, people ask how I'm doing it, and I embrace the chance to brag on SparkPeople. My life has truly been transformed over the past three months; I'm so grateful.

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MANDYH0506 4/20/2011 4:42PM

    That is awesome! Feels SO good to get positive feedback, doesn't it? Way to go, and keep it up!!!

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Cleaning the Closet

Monday, April 11, 2011

Just a quick note that I FINALLY got my winter clothes packed away and my spring clothes in the closet just in time for some wonderfully warm weather. I've alluded to this a bunch of times, but I'm having so much fun trying on all my clothes that didn't fit before but do fit now. It's like getting a whole new wardrobe without spending any money!

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LPETRO119 4/11/2011 4:46PM

    While it's nice to get new things - I agree that it's nicer to fit into something that "used to" fit and now fits great! It's also a wonderful measuring stick of your progress!

Keep up the good work!


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STRONGIAM 4/11/2011 10:34AM

    Don't you just love it?!? I had a blast trying on clothes that I had packed away because they were too small and now they fit (and in some cases, they are too big). It's like shopping in your own closet.

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BUSYMOM911 4/11/2011 10:31AM

    Good for you! You're ahead of me. I'm in the northeast, and our weather really hasn't inspired me to do that yet. Today is supposed to be warm, but then back down again.

It sure is nice that your old clothes fit. Some people would advise buying new clothes, but you bought yours because you liked them originally. Why should you spend money when you already have clothes you like.

Keep up the good work!


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7PASTORMIKE7 4/11/2011 9:51AM

    Good for you ! I think others need to follow this example !

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Half Weigh There (or what a difference 2.5 months makes)

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

I am in shock and so excited to share that as of this morning, I am now half way to my goal of losing 50 pounds.

If anyone had told me on January 17, 2011 (the day before I started SP) that less than three months later I would have lost 25 pounds, I would have told them it was impossible: I was over 40 and had no motivation. I had resigned myself to being overweight (no, actually obese) and truly believed there was nothing I could do to change it.

The next day, I woke up and decided to give SP a try; what did I have to lose, except the weight? In reality, I found so much more. Since joining SparkPeople, I've found:

* My energy, now I'm exercising five days a week and actually playing basketball with my son
* My complexion and my glow, my skin looks so much healthier
* My wardrobe, I have so many beautiful spring clothes in my closet that actually fit. At my heaviest, I was down to 5 or so elastic waist bottoms and one pair of jeans. It's finally fun to get dressed in the morning again.
* My love for myself, when I read some of my early posts, one in particular stands out because in it, I was so angry at myself for gaining the weight. Now, I'm able to celebrate myself and my accomplishments. Even when I have a not so great day, I know it isn't the end of the world. I'm able to get up and dust myself off.

So thanks sparkpeople, for giving me back my love for life. I'm looking forward to another post like this when I knock out the next 25 pounds.

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STRONGIAM 4/5/2011 1:01PM

    emoticon emoticon That is great! Congratulations on your accomplishment.

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MOLLIKROWN 4/5/2011 10:20AM

    Get it girl!

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Please join me in a moment of silence...

Sunday, February 27, 2011

...for my favorite low calorie ice cream treat. At the grocery store yesterday, I noticed the Klondike 100 Calorie Fudge Bars were labelled "discontinued". Words cannot express the sadness I felt at the news. These creamy, delicious bars are my go to snack when I want a sensible way to reward myself at the end of the day. Not since Ben and Jerry's discontinued Jamaican Me Crazy Sorbet have I felt so bereft in the frozen foods aisle.

So if anyone has suggestions for a good substitute, please let me know. In the meantime, I'll console myself with the 9 packages I cleared out of the grocery store today. And before anyone stages an intervention, they will be eaten judiciously. I have too much respect for myself and them to do otherwise.

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MANDY8686 4/21/2011 12:10PM

    Love this blog entry! I never tried them and now it appears I never will. :( My desert of choice has been the Smart Ones Desserts. My favorite is chocolate chip cookie dough sundae and a close second is brownie a la mode. I also loved skinny cow for awhile but ate so many that I'm utterly sick of them. I've had a package of their ice cream sandwiches in the freezer for over a month now and that's just not like me! :)

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