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Oh how the mighty have fallen

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Well, I WAS down 50 pounds. Doing great. Eating on track. Exercising on track. Life was good.

Now ... I am walking inconsistently. I am eating lots of things that will not get me to my goal weight. I am up 9 1/2 pounds over the last 6 weeks!!!!

Get a grip ... woman.

I am not starting over but rededicating myself to my goals. It is a new moment!!! No waiting for a new day, week, month.

What's the saying, who is worse ... those who can not read OR those who know how and DON'T.

The chain started to break when I stopped walking. Exercise is key.
Then I started eating desserts ... it started with one and continued to multiples a day. Plan, plan, plan!!!

I am worth the effort to get back on track and stay there.

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~KINDREDSPIRIT~ 10/12/2014 3:23PM

    I am 'right' where you are, but we 'will' snap out of this!!!!! And I think you are started when I stopped my exercise. I was feeling ill and not up to it and one bad habit just led into another!

Now to get back, we have to start one good habit and let others follow, right?


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GRLTAZ 10/5/2014 7:59PM

    Cat, half the battle is just seeing where you could have changed up something. the other half is WANTING to make better choices. Maybe revisit why this is so important to you, reward yourself and move forward. You can do it !!

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ZANYGIRL1 10/3/2014 7:52PM

    Realizing what you need to do is key. Now you can put it into motion. I'm rootin' for you Cat!!! emoticon

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JUSTME9898 10/3/2014 2:51PM

    Remember we all have those moments, days, weeks when food overwhelms us. I am also battling the crisis of not wanting to exercise. I know you can do this because you have already proven you can do this. Focus on baby steps again. 10 minutes a day and move up to where you were over time. I need you.

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PANDBPARTNERS 10/2/2014 9:31AM

    You can do it, we can help. Before you know it you will be back on track.

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TAMMYAND 10/1/2014 8:00PM

    You can be successful again! Remember we are here to cheer you on. It is so easy to get off track, and we all do from time to time. Keep your eye on the prize. You are so worth it. Your buddies miss you!

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STARLITNIGHT 10/1/2014 6:38PM

    I know your strong enough to get the job done, and you will. I need to focus on my daily tasks and make sure I keep all my healthy habits in check myself. It is a process, not perfection. The journey is not a straight line, but a forward motion effort to do the best we can. emoticon

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JENNY888 10/1/2014 4:52PM

    Don't worry Cat. You do know what to do and have realized you have not been doing it. That knowledge is golden. You can reverse the trend and did the first week of BL challenge. I slipped up last week myself and ended up with a big gain. That reversed the loss I had the week before. I had to work very hard this week to get back to where I started the BL. I wanted to get down to my 1 week low but could not do that. I plan to do that this week.

Let's both of us visit onederland before this BL challenge is over. You can do it!

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    You can do this and I am right there with you. I too have fallen. Less walking more snacking. We have to get this together emoticon emoticon

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LIFENPROGRESS 10/1/2014 3:56PM

    emoticon "Treat your body like the most amazing machine ever designed, because that's what it is! Fuel it properly, challenge it, give it some rest, listen to it, and be grateful for it everyday!"
~ Unknown ~

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Shopping in my closet

Thursday, August 14, 2014

ALERT: Bragging

I went shopping in my closet. I now have three more crop pants to wear that I couldn’t at the beginning of June!!! In fact, I almost waited too long to try them on … they will work on our trip to see the kids out of state but not much after that.

I now have two flannel lined denim shirts and four more blouses that I can wear. I carry a lot of weight in my tummy along with broad shoulders. I have two soft over shirts I loved wearing around the house and for casual wear. Hubby wanted me to try them on … I was in such a good mood over the crop pants I didn’t want to for fear of wrecking my mood. They are Larges and I just KNEW I would not be able to close them over my tummy. Did you hear me crying all the way to your place???? I burst into tears because they both have been added to my wardrobe.

How come women “sizes” can’t be closer to the same size???? I have clothes that are 2X to 18s that fit. Hubby can almost pick up any pair of jeans 32x34 and walk out with them knowing they will fit. Geeeeze!

The closet shopping spree had its good, bad and ugly moments.

The Good … I have several more things to wear. I have very good taste : ) and still love the clothes I have bought through the years. More classic than passing fads … though I have some for fun.

The Bad … Made me sad that I have soooo many clothes that I have not been able to wear through the years. Pieces I really loved getting. I have clothes in three places in the house because I have soooo many in sooooooooo many sizes.

The Ugly … Hubby couldn’t figure out why I had soooooo many clothes with the price tag still on them … never been worn … he had no idea I even owned them. I bought things because I was losing weight and wanted to reward myself … only to turn around and gain the weight back plus some. I bought things because I loved them and they wouldn’t be there when I finally lost allllllll the weight. But I never lost allllll the weight and I have no idea if they will ever fit me because of my body structure.

So there you have it … the good, the bad and the ugly.

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~KINDREDSPIRIT~ 9/8/2014 7:23PM

    This exercise has to boost your self esteem that you are 1 step closer to achieving your goals by getting into more of your clothes. When this is done, you will even get into those clothes you treasure.

take care

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RADOOGA 9/3/2014 6:01AM

    That sounds like a very happy day shopping to me! Well done in being able to get into your clothes, what a fabulous feeling. Pictures to go with it? x

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WALKINGGIRL6 8/21/2014 2:31AM

    How much fun that was. Have total confidence in yourself and get rid of your large clothes, you will never need them again.

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RAWCOOKIE 8/20/2014 7:23AM

    Wow! It would be so much fun to come over and play dress-up in your house!

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GRLTAZ 8/18/2014 9:19PM

    Sounds like me ! LOL !! I have sizes med through 32/ 4X in my closet. My favorite sweats are 3X and now fall off. So shopping soon for sweats for winter in Iowa. Keep pushing ! It is always good shopping I your closet.

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ZANYGIRL1 8/15/2014 5:08PM

    Lol. I do this too......I have kept all of my clothes and have SO many different sizes. I love closet shopping to see what I might be able to wear. I found a pair of slacks in my drawer that still has the tags on them. Sadly, I'm not quite small enough to wear them comfortably, but I will get there!!! Isn't it so much fun!!!! emoticon

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 8/15/2014 11:07AM

    emoticon emoticon on shopping in your closet and smaller sizes!

The next step is to donate the ones that are too large now so that you won't be tempted to slip back into them.

Yes, I have some new with tags on in smaller sizes too!

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FANNYMANSON 8/14/2014 5:03PM

    Be glad you kept all your clothes! I donated mine, and now I wish I had them back.

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JENNY888 8/14/2014 3:41PM

    I went through my closet recently and sorted the clothes that fit and that didn't fit. Then I sorted the didn't fit and got rid of he too big (donated), sorted the too small into a three groups of varying smallness and then got some of the zip lock vacuum bags to put the small clothes in. Before I vacuumed the bag small I put a tag into the bag telling what size it is. The clothes compressed down to very small. I plan to store them the shoe shelf that is at the bottom of each of my closets that I never use. When I feel I am getting smaller I can open up the next size bag and try then on.

It works for me. I don't want to get rid of the small clothes because I like them. I don't have room to store them all normally though.

Hopefully when I open a new smaller bag I can donate many of the larger size clothes to make room for the new.

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STARLITNIGHT 8/14/2014 3:37PM

    I love finding new clothes out of my closet that fit me, I try them all on once a month. I don't have as many as you. I am almost out, because everything is getting to big, this is the smallest I have been in 20 years. :) We are Rocking in these new healthy habits! emoticon

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Y’all are awesome. Thank you for the info, your support and putting up with me whining. This has been a long, frustrating and painful three weeks.

Unfortunately, hypothyroidism and water retention go hand in hand for some of us lucky victims.

Friday I took herbal compounds for water retention; had 4 cups of dandelion and peppermint tea … up from the two a day I had been having; propped my feet up higher than my heart for an hour … which I have been doing daily; and woke up Saturday morning feeling a million times better. I soaked in the tub with a cup of Epsom salt letting the water turn cold … I had been soaking all along but someone suggested to stay in until the water turned cold.

The 5 pounds of water weight seems to be gone! In fact the scale moved down an extra pound. I am ½ pound away from dumping 50 pounds. I have been here before … I can not wait to get into some virginal fat.

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 8/16/2014 7:14AM

    Goodbye virginal fat! Love that term!

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FANNYMANSON 8/12/2014 12:59PM

    "Virginal Fat" I love that term!

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NANBENT1963 8/12/2014 5:36AM

    emoticon emoticon we are very proud of you and agree that whining is allowed and giving up is NOT! Keep up the great work and when you have a problem come post it and we'll do our best to help you figure out a solution.

Have a great day!

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ZANYGIRL1 8/11/2014 8:21AM

    That's AWESOME!!! emoticon

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16TO10 8/10/2014 7:31PM

    "I can not wait to get into some virginal fat. "

Ha! Never heard it put like that before - so funny!

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GRLTAZ 8/10/2014 6:34PM

    Awesome ! Way to hang in there. Whine if you need to.... anything but giving up is ok in my book !

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RX_2_RV 8/10/2014 2:57PM

    emoticon 49.5 lbs! GREAT!

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    Glad you have found something that works for you.

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STARLITNIGHT 8/10/2014 1:42PM


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    So glad you got relief from the swelling and water retention. Congratulations on the4 continued weight loss.

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Water Retention is killing me

Friday, August 08, 2014


I have been retaining water for the last 3ish weeks. I switched from indoor exercise to walking outdoors. My hands and feet look like shiny bloated sausages. Doc feels like it is due to hypothyroid ... I have been on Armour for 10+ years. We reduced the dosage in May because I have lost weight the 120mg was causing heart palpitations and sleepless nights. Did not experience the water retention then ... just started.

Once again, I can not put on my shoes because I am soooo swollen. I have blisters on the back of both heels because I walked any way with them swollen.

I don't want to take "water pills" because the water loss just rebounds. I have drank:

lemon water
peppermint tea
dandelion tea
cranberry juice

I have elevated legs, soaked in Epsom salt baths. Any suggestions?????

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TAMMYAND 8/8/2014 2:18PM

    I have no new suggestions other than staying in close touch with your doctor on this. I take a diuretic every day without any (known to me) side effects. Could you take a diuretic just to get rid of the water for now in order to feel better? Just thinking out loud here. I feel for you friend!

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STARLITNIGHT 8/8/2014 12:29PM

    I posted a couple articles in the team pages for you to check out.

My thing is bananas, cabbage, more water, and no processed foods.

Good Luck Cat!

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ZIGGY122 8/8/2014 12:22PM

    Have you tried compression has helped me. emoticon

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The days after a loss

Sunday, August 03, 2014

My brain hurts along with my heart … I have had a headache since Thursday. Sadie was fine Wednesday … 13 y/o but not sick or poorly. So Thursday was a shock to us all. We have had many doggies in our lives … Chester and Sadie were very special to us both because they loved us and stood by us as we went to hell and back and then to hell and back again with hubby’s traumatic brain injury and the years after. I swear they could talk to us. I know we talked to them.

We have a 3 y/o Australian Sheppard … Tracker and a 2 ½ y/o Fox Hound … Tillie that we adopted a year after Chester passed away. They have become known as “the pups”. At that time Sadie wasn’t doing good and we thought she would soon join Chester and hubby thought it would help us both. Well Sadie perked up and ran with the pups, wrestled on the living room floor and showed them the ropes. Hubby feels that they helped us but helped Sadie more. Sadie has followed Chester to doggie heaven three years after his passing … two years after getting the pups. It will take time … but we will always cherish them both.

We have gone for a walk the last two days. Friday in the forest … I cried the whole time and I swear I saw Sadie amongst the trees. Saturday we walked on the sidewalk that runs along the forest. I am trying to get in the sports drink and walk with my arms bent so my hands are not hanging down. Seems to help. Today I was finally back to 212.5. I have been jacking around with 5 pounds. I want to see a new lower number … sooooooon.

Hubby told me this morning how incredibly proud he is of me for not eating the house down … which has been my M/O forever when I am not happy. And he is proud I got up and moved the last two days. I have a tendency to sit comatose in a corner when live is bad after I have completed everything I must do that day. We just got back from an artsy fartsy festival that was held outdoors. Lots of fun. Today is a jammie day! I need it.

Thank you for all your kind words, hugs and prayers. OK … enough about me.

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TAMMYAND 8/4/2014 11:24PM

    Many hugs and warm thoughts to you my friend. This is a difficult time for you for sure. You might not believe it now, but over time the pain diminishes.....Sadie will live on in your hearts and memories forever. emoticon emoticon

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ZANYGIRL1 8/4/2014 12:27PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss Cat!! emoticon

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IYA_EKUNDAYO 8/3/2014 6:08PM

    Heartbeats may stop but that does not mean the life stops, the life continues, and
if you watch and listen you will know when Sadie pops in for a visit with you and her family...
you will know, just watch and listen for the signals.

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    So sorry!

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STARLITNIGHT 8/3/2014 12:44PM

    I am so sorry you are feeling a great loss in your heart right now. Taking time to think about how Sadie Jane touched your lives at just the right time will help in the grieving. Memories are for the joy you felt at the time, and will comfort you now. Bless you Cat.

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TKOCHERA115 8/3/2014 10:56AM

Great job for being mindful of your food in-spite of this huge loss.

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CRAZYGARDNER1 8/3/2014 10:51AM

  So hard to lose a dog, sorry for your loss. Great job keeping the eating in check with your sadness!

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