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I'm Noticing a Difference.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

This isn't going to be a very long blog, as my time is limited. Getting ready to go walking in a bit. However I was looking through some pictures I took with my logitech and am amazed at the progress I made in the past 2 months.

The first picture was taken July 14, 2011. This is a side view, but it's from the side that I can see the progress.

The second picture was taken August 22nd. This is a front view though.

The next two pictures were taken of me today.

I need to keep looking at these photos whenever I start to feel discouraged.

Sorry for the short blog entry, but wanted to share.

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WILSON1926 10/6/2012 4:53AM

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JOLINEMR 10/2/2011 8:44PM

    Hooray! That IS progress! Great work! emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 9/28/2011 11:36PM

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WANDERINGGIRL 9/28/2011 8:11PM

    Hi there! I saw your blog when I was in the Meditation and Mindfulness team. I just wanted to say ROCK ON! emoticon

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ERIKA05 9/28/2011 3:00PM

    I clicked over from the Flexitarians/Part Time Vegetarians thread, and I'm so impressed with your progress! You can really see the difference between the first and the last picture.
You've made great progress - this would be a great blog to revisit the next time your Mom makes a mean remark about your waistline.

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SARAH_D126 9/28/2011 1:52PM

    You look great!

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PRIZE4SIZE 9/28/2011 1:04PM

    Congratulations!!!! You are really making progress.
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Feeling Positive About Things

Friday, September 16, 2011

I'm in my 3rd night of not having any snacks. Well I've been sipping 8 ounces of low sodium V8 at the time I usually feel like grabbing some chips and then brushing and flossing my teeth afterward so I don't eat anymore. I'm finding that this is helping tremendously. Guess if I run out of V8 before I get paid I'll just have a hot cup of herbal tea instead.

I'm going into my 3rd week of not using table salt. Because of my joints, I'm restricted to no more than 1500 mg a day. I'm not always successful, and have, for the past couple of days had 1600 to 1700 mg of sodium a day, but it's a lot better than 2700 to 3500 mg of sodium I was consuming a month ago. I still don't have a lot of money as I won't get my first pay for my job til the 4th of October, so I'm making due with what my Mom has around the house. I've been eating a lot of dried beans and wild rice lately and cut way back on my meat. I've also dropped 3 pounds this week from the reduction in my sodium. Never realized before how sweet tomatoes were.

Another thing that I'm doing is trying to eliminate sugar and sweeteners from my food. I'm down to 1/2 teaspoon of sugar in my tea. I personally feel that if I'm going to use my calories and WW points, and spend my money on food, I'd rather use it on real food and not sugar. It's suprizing how much I'm beginning to really taste my food now. It's like when I quit smoking 5 years ago how food tasted so much better.

I know I can do this. If I quit smoking and was also able to give up all soda, alchohol and caffeine (mainly for health reasons) then I know I can do this.

I also have to put in a plug for Kelly Howell and her brainsync programs. I may have eventually got around to wanting a healthier lifestyle, but it was through listening to her Secrets of the Universal Mind Meditation I every night that prompted me to start living a healthier life. I still listen to that CD along with her many other products; Weight Loss Acceleration; Walking Meditation; Breakthrough Training in the Zone and her Kundalini Awakening and other such CD's for a more balanced life.

It may have taken me 3 years to lose 33 lbs but it's staying off and not coming back on, even if I do fall off the wagon for a bit. I'm just now learning how to work with my body instead of fighting it.

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MOONSTONEWOLF 9/28/2011 12:25PM

    Thanks everyone. Sorry I haven't been in here much. I found a job as a demonstrator at the grocery stores in my area on weekends, so getting myself settled into that, and then cooking healthy and working out a lot. My online time is limited right now but I do try to check in from time to time.

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STARSAPPHIRE57 9/20/2011 8:27AM

    You are making many, amazing, healthy changes in your lifestyle--congratulations!

I also am a fan of Kelly Howell and have many of her CD's on my iPod; they're wonderful!

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BEACHLOVR 9/17/2011 1:02PM

    Wow, you are an inspiration! I will have to check out those CDs.

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DJLONDON 9/16/2011 6:02PM

    Excellent job! Your progress is inspirational!

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DONNAEDA 9/16/2011 1:52PM

    you rock girl..............

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    You are making great progress. Congratulations!

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Need to Stop the Snacking

Monday, September 12, 2011

I do real good with my eating throughout the day. I faithfully track every BLT (bite, lick and taste) both on the Weight Watchers etools and on here, I drink 90 ounces of water because I'm usually doing 30 to 45 minutes of moderate activity per day and eating 3 meals and my 2 snacks ; one mid morning and one mid afternoon. I try to finish up eating supper at 5:30 pm because any later than that and I'm awake all night long. I have to finish my last meal at least 5 to 7 hours before bedtime as I suffer terribly from insomnia. Also if I eat supper past 5:30 pm I have a hard time eating breakfast the following morning. I don't like to eat snacks at night time because of the same reason as not eating my meals past 5:30 pm but also because of my acid reflux. Also it's a bad habit I want to get out of. Yet at 8:00 pm I go on an uncontrollable binge that sabotages my entire day's hard work of exercise and healthy eating. I have asked family and friends what to do and all they tell me is to eat. I even posted on Facebook and they said eat. I wonder if they even read my entire question.

What I'm trying to figure out is if I'm missing something; like fiber or carbs or something from my dinner that is causing this 8:00 PM snacking. If so, then I'm hurting myself and would like to know what I'm doing wrong instead of getting the answer of "drink a milkshake". Drinking a milkshake at 8:00 pm is still snacking which is what I want to stop doing.

Oh and I am allergic to medicines so taking pills or something isn't the answer. Sorry for the vent, I'm just looking for ideas to stop the snacking at nights (whether it's something I'm lacking in my food or just habit) and get a little tired of people telling me snack at night anyway.

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MOONSTONEWOLF 9/16/2011 11:47AM

    You know what's funny is that I can drink V8 with no problem, but regular tomato juice and other foods taboo for acid reflux do bother me. Wonder if it's the other vegetables in the V8 that counteract the tomato. Anyway I bought some low sodium V8 and have been drinking 8 ounces of that instead of my snack. It fills me up. So it's now 3 nights without a snack after supper.

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TWEETYKC00 9/12/2011 8:43PM

    If you have acid reflux problems, would V8 hurt you at night? Try to keep a good track of what you have for dinner and see if you can make a change there to keep you full through the night.

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MOONSTONEWOLF 9/12/2011 5:48PM

    I'll try the V8 juice for awhile and see if that helps. My blood sugar is fine, the only thing I really suffer from is acid reflux and insomnia. And of course, like I stated I'm allergic to medications. I'm glad I don't have some really bad health issues.

Thanks for the suggestions. :)

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PRUPLEBEAR 9/12/2011 5:43PM

    I know you want to stop the PM snacking...BUT your body might be telling you something. I am DMtype 2 so ya know my body tells me all kinds of wonderful things! LOL Have you had your sugar checked? Now in my case I have a snack in the PM of like cereal and milk. That helps me keep my sugar level all night. Now I would say that if that is not the case for you. You might try drinking vegetable juice for a while at 8pm. See if that does the trick. Hope that helps alittle

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MOONSTONEWOLF 9/12/2011 4:10PM

    Yes I get 5 fruits/veggies, get my protein/carbs/ fat/ fiber (at least I think I do? been keeping tabs on the nutrition page). I just really don't like to snack at nights. It's the one habit I really want to break, whether it's a celery stick or not. :)

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BLACKBEAUTY54 9/12/2011 4:08PM

  Do you eat alot of fruits and veggies. If you get that 8:00pm craving get a fruit. Celery stick with peanut butter or a fruit. Something that really dont hurt what you hvae worked on all day.

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So many different challenges

Thursday, August 25, 2011

As someone who likes to write I find it difficult to do this. Suppose it's because I'm not quite sure what I'm doing on here though. I'm doing a challenge to beat stress in my life. There are several things that cause me stress. One of them is that my computer is not very good and then to make it worse I get an extremely limited pension and am in financial debt at the moment. It slows down on me on most days and takes forever to load. Usually this occurs when I'm trying to track my weight, food or activity, and then I find myself getting upset over this. I know I shouldn't but I do. Hopefully I can learn to let go of these little things to cause me to stress out. Maybe someone here can give me ideas for in cases like this. I look forward to hearing your suggestions.

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BLACKBEAUTY54 9/12/2011 4:11PM

  Sometimes my computer get slow, but I just sit here and wait. Patience is one of my worst. So it help me to be patience and wait.

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MOONSTONEWOLF 9/12/2011 3:42PM

    Thanks everyone. I'll remember these suggestions.

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DJLONDON 9/5/2011 6:27PM

    Hi, Mary Ellen!

It appears you have already received some excellent suggestions, including keeping a journal which was my suggestion.

I like the name you chose. Moonstones are one of my favorites. I am fortunate to have many stones in my home.

Congratulations on your commitment to a healthier you. Hopefully you will find someone to walk with in St. Louis. If not, you can still walk with your friendly animal spirits. :)

Take Care!

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JOLINEMR 8/25/2011 10:46AM

    Sometimes I use my computer's slowness to help me meditate on the value of patience in life. Sometimes, of course, I just fall asleep waiting for that page to load. emoticon

Here's hoping you can find a way to reduce your frustration even in trying times.

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LEELEEPOO 8/25/2011 9:42AM

    Sometimes Spark People is just slow...for those periods, can you try hitting the site when most people are asleep? I'm on the east coast, and I'd get on before the midwest and west members got on board and slowed it down on me! But it seems to be working well (for me, touch wood) at the moment.

You don't have to track on the actual day. It will let you go back and make changes to your food or exercise. You could keep track on a pad of paper, and enter everything later if necessary.

Hope you aren't finding it too frustrating. Exercise is supposedly a good way to overcome stress (so they tell me!!! I'm trying to do that instead of eating!!!)

I'm not retired yet, but I will be in 10 years, and I'll have a pathetic pension and am not sure how I'll survive. I should have looked at your homepage before starting this.

Anyway, hang in there. Enjoy your retirement the best way you can! My home computer is slower than molasses in January and I don't know when I am going to be able to afford a new one.


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