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Staying on track

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I am adapting well to the vegan way of eating and loving it! My food cravings and compulsive overeating has gone. Because of my compulsive overeating history, however, I tend to overeat even on healthy food. I'm reading the Eat To Live book and really want to follow the 6 week plan.

Today I will plan out my meals and follow the ETL guidelines and do my best. emoticon emoticon

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NANCY- 2/29/2012 8:27AM

    emoticon I just completed the Engine 2 28 day challenge and was amazed that changes can be made.
Starting is the first step.

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Finding a food plan that works for a lifetime.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

After all my years of dieting, I realize now that this is a lifelong journey and I will always need to have a plan in place. I want to have a food plan that works for a lifetime. About 5 years ago I found a program that allowed me to lose over 100 lb. It was suppose to be a way of life and not a diet. The only problem for me was that it was NOT something I could stick to for he rest of my life. It was 3 weighed and measured meals off a particular plan with NOTHING in between, ever. I had to weigh and measure my food even in restaurants and you could never have anything off the list of foods. It did just not allow for "life". So although I lost over 100 lb., I could never stick to the plan as written so I always felt like a failure. Now, don't get me wrong, this is a GREAT plan and there are many people who do it for a lifetime. But, for me, I always felt like I was trying to put a square peg into a round hole. I am a compulsive overeater and belong to Overeaters Anonymous. I know I need structure, accountability and support. This program of recovery offers me the help I need. It does not, however, endorse any particular food plan. It is recommended that you find a food plan and someone to commit your food to in the program.

I have struggled with 30 lb. that I regained for some time now. Three months ago I had unexpected open heart surgery. It gave me to motivation I need to find a food plan that works and to take this last 30 I use my cardiac diet for the types of food I eat. I use the structure of another program for planning my meals. I have structured my plan around my lifestyle and needs and it is working for me. For 19 days in a row I have been able to stick to this plan. That is nothing short of a miracle. It has been a very long time since I have had that many days back to back. The best part though is my food plan allows for life and also can be subject to change as my needs change. Having someone to be accountable to is a very important part of this plan.

There are so many food plans that work but finding the one for you is the key. I am so thankful to have found a plan that works for me that supports my goal to become healthy and stay healthy.

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NANCY- 6/10/2011 9:10AM

    Knowing and meeting your needs is awesome. WTG on creating a "food plan allows for life"
I need to improve on my planning my meals, would you mind sharing what you are using?
You are so right about the key, it works for you and unlocks your success.
Keep Sparking!!!

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4EVERFIT011 6/9/2011 10:51AM

    I am glad that you have designed a plan that works for you. 19 days is a great accomplishment so pat yourself on the back and feel good about what you are doing!

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It has been a long time, but I'm happy to be back.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Wow, it has been a long time since I posted a blog entry. I haven't even been checking in here probably since the first of the year. I'm not sure what happened because Sparkpeople is so helpful to me. I still have been using the nutrition tracker on and off but that's about it. Life happens!

My most recent life event is that 8 weeks ago on this Friday coming up I had unexpected open heart surgery. This was a shock to everyone. I am still 30 over my goal weight but was continuing to eat healthy and exercise faithfully including teaching my Spinning classes. I did not have a heart attack so that was a blessing that my heart funtion is still normal. God truly was watching over me and I am so grateful for that.

So, now more than ever I am determined to get the 30 lb. off. I am on a cardiac diet which is lowfat and low sodium. I have an action plan and look forward to sharing my success. It's so good to be back:) emoticon

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GAMELISSA 5/11/2011 4:17PM

  I am so glad that you are back, and even more grateful to hear that you are doing well from your surprise surgery. I know you will reach your goals! emoticon

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Not my blog but it's a MUST READ my friends.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

This is not my blog and I sure hope I am not violating any rules by copying it and pasting it in my Sparkpage but it is sooooooo good and motivating that I need to save it to reread it. I also want to share it with my Sparkfriends. If you have not visitited this user's sparkpage please do. Her picture will truly inspire you.

How to Keep Going When the Road is Long

By Beth Donovan (~INDYGIRL)

You might think that after losing more than 130 pounds, motivation comes easily to me. It doesn't come to me, I have to find it. But I find it more easily now because I've discovered where to look.

One of the first and best tips I have to offer you is to find motivating mantras, powerful sayings that have enough meaning to you to change your mind or at least make you stop and think. I have some to share with you that I use to keep myself going. Here are my most powerful mantras:

"Baby steps still get you there... you just aren't too worn out to enjoy yourself along the way."

"If you got a traffic ticket would you break every traffic law the rest of the day? Then why toss the whole day over a slice of pizza?"

"Tea and sympathy, not cake and apathy."

"You don't have to be perfect; you just have to stick with it."

"It is what you do consistently that shows."

"Never treat your body like a garbage disposal for leftovers."

"One slice of pizza is always going to have fewer calories than 2 slices of pizza."

"If your going to think 'I may as well', then you might as well think 'I may as well not.' "

"Life is happening now, not 10 pounds from now."

"Lose, maintain, just don't gain."

"Aim for better every day rather than perfect right away."

"Be the girl who orders small."

"Dress the part. Act the part. Suck it up."

That last one was my first mantra. Basically it's the same as "Fake it 'til you make it." Dressing in loose, active clothing made me feel like moving and made me feel more active. So I did more. I got the idea to go buy clothes that made me feel like moving and wear them daily. Even if I didn't feel active, sometimes I would have to just suck it up and do 10 minutes. That's how a mantra works. Another example might be when you've had a slice of pizza and you are contemplating another because, well, you already blew it. "One slice of pizza always has fewer calories than two."

Another source of motivation for me is music. When I feel down on myself or like not moving, I put on some good music with a beat that gets me going and wanting to move. It puts me in a healthier frame of mind. Once I get the urge to move, I usually do.

Sometimes it's harder having a longer journey because the road is just so long that it takes so much stamina. It's almost like we need a personal trainer for that kind of will! I personally cannot focus on the long road ahead or I become overwhelmed. At 460 pounds, all I could see was a vast, endless sea of weight to lose and I was sure I would fail. Now 132 pounds lighter, I still focus on 10 pounds at a time.

I've lost my weight in about 4 1/2 years. I didn't lose very fast. I aim for about 25-50 pounds a year. Some years it's 50 pounds lost and I had one year I stayed the same. That was a frustrating plateau, but at least I maintained. Being disabled in so many ways and having thyroid disease, I knew not to expect to lose like a normal person would, especially since I started out bedridden. So be patient with yourself and adapt to your new lifestyle. Taking it slowly really helped me make permanent changes, rather than starve and gain it back like usual.

Look to your past and present and slightly into your future. Look where you've come from, praise where you are and plan where you are going this month. Getting too far ahead of yourself can sap your strength. Keep pictures of the old you and the new you handy, like you would those of a good friend. Look at them daily and watch for changes.

Reward yourself with meaningful things and frivolous things. Big goals deserve big rewards, but only you can decide what those goals and rewards are. Mini goals, such as 5 pounds can be rewarded with any little frivolous thing that you wouldn't normally do for yourself, like a manicure. All goals deserve rewards.

Don't wait until "When I'm skinny I'll_____." What if "skinny" never happens? What if healthy and fit start happening instead? What if by living your life now, you were able to become healthier, fitter, and thinner? The possibilities are endless. Let me leave you with a favorite saying, paraphrased because I don't remember it exactly. When a butterfly is trying to beat its way out of the cocoon, it may seem kind to help it. If you do however, it will never have the strength it needs to live. Maybe the long road to lose weight isn't easy because we need to travel it to be strong enough for what's in store.

What keeps you (or kept you) going on the road to weight loss?

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~INDYGIRL 11/16/2010 7:58PM

    What an honor to be mentioned in your blog. Thank you!


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DBFBILLY 9/10/2010 8:03AM

    Awesome..I'm a big mantra person too...
Thanks for sharing... emoticon

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NANCY- 9/10/2010 5:58AM

    Those blogs certainly are inspiring. My favorite is "Life is happening now, not 10 pounds from now."

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DAWNDMOORE40 9/9/2010 8:39AM

    I read that blog and found it to be very inspirational! Oh well, even if you did break a rule cutting and pasting it into your spark page, you had good intentions! emoticon

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Putting a positive spin on a negative feeling.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

I am feeling very disappointed right now so I'm coming here to share it so I don't wear it. It is now 10 days until my 60th birthday and I will not be at my goal as I thought I would. BUT, I am 6 days back on track with my food and going strong.

About 5 yr. ago I lost over 100 lb. on GS (GS = Greysheet, a 12 step program of recovery, is their website if anyone is interested in looking it up) and maintained the loss for several years. Since going off GS, I have gained about 30 lb. and have struggled to get back to goal.

For a long time when I reached goal I had ONE SIZE of clothing in my closet (just one of the many benefits of GS). In the past few years I have accumulated about 5 sizes of clothing in my closet and now NOTHING else will fit on the rack. So, yesterday I decided to go through the closet and get rid of clothes I'll never wear and also take out the clothes that don't fit that I want to get back into and pack them away. This was a badly needed reality check. It was very sad to look at some of the clothes and be shocked that I even fit into them. They look like child- size clothing yet yes indeed I did fit into them. I went from a size 20-22 to a size 4-6 and am now a size 12. No, it's not awful and I'm grateful that I have not regained all my weight but I was truly shocked when I held up some of the clothing and thought "I got into THAT?".

So, the positive spin is that I KNOW that GS works. I KNOW that I will get back into those clothes. I will be able to go into my closet and wear the clothes that are there. I will have a clean closet sometime soon. I will be thankful that I have not regained all my weight. I will be thankful that I have a solution to this problem. And more than anything else I KNOW that I will reap so many more benefits from GS than the weight loss;)

Today I will finish cleaning my closet and right now I can actually walk in and see some space between the hangers. I kept the size 10's because I know that they are borderline fitting right now and will fit soon. I took all the 4's, 6's and 8's and packed them in a storage bin but they will be accessible as I WILL be getting back into these soon.

I am so grateful today to be living in a solution.

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CHAIBO 2/23/2011 11:15AM

    I put on 140 lbs in a 2 years span after been "clean and sober" on greysheet for 5 years. I have lose 30 of it but still struggle with the obsessions. I need to get back to greysheet but am fighting it like a rabid dog. Your post is inspirational even though you feel like you are disappointed in yourself. So thank you. And I have 8 sizes of clothes in my closet. I keep hoping I can throw away the current one but it hasn't happened yet. Even with 30 lbs gone!

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MAZZALIN 9/7/2010 12:39PM

    Thanks guys for the encouragement!

Brendie, if you go to you will find the locations for face to face meting and there is a schedule for phone meetings. HTH.

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BRENDIE33 9/7/2010 10:32AM

  You will be an inspiration to many----I am interested in greysheet also----live in so. California--is there a group near the San Fernando?

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DESERT_BIRD 9/7/2010 9:23AM

    I hear ya. I've been going through my closet also. I haven't packed away the smaller sizes though...just getting rid of the clothes I'll never wear again...maybe I should do that.

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NANCY- 9/7/2010 7:44AM

    You are amazing. Even though you are disappointed... you are forging ahead with a plan. You will achieve whatever you set out to do,

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CINDYMCD1 9/7/2010 7:34AM

    I have an array of sizes in my closet as well. It's time for a cleanup for me too! Best wishes on your journey!

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