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End of first Month with Sparkpeople

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Well its been 28 days. I still love sparkpeople. I'm down 13 lbs and feeling good. It has worked out so much better for me to be living rather than dieting there is a reason that word starts with die. I cut out sugar items, not sugar in breads, fruit, yogurt etc, just candy, cookies, cake etc. I also dropped fried food, fast food, chips, hamburger and the like. Anything that made me feel like I was looking for more before I even finished what I had. It was like a drug I could not get enough, had to have a steady supply and went into withdrawals when I ran out. My body tells me right away now when I have a food that is a trigger, my blood Zings my head goes ahhhhhhhh and I start looking for seconds and if there is non I feel like I am starving until the next meal. That's a great clue that I need to add it to my "I don't need to eat that food any more list". I can't believe how well this has worked for me as I am doing it because I want to be healthy and eat right not just to lose weight. Don't get me wrong I want to lose weight but I think healthy first. I have been being too big for my britches though because I have stopped logging what I eat so my goal this week is to get back to tracking every day, every meal. I also stopped drinking water I know I need it but am having trouble following through. Goal two get back to at least 8 cups a day. Now the biggie I have not learned to like exercise and it's like pulling teeth just to dance with the kids for 10 minutes. I have no excuse where there is a will there is a way but my will has gone on vacation. I work 16 hours a day 7 days a week. I bought a gym package and told the people I did day care and would bring day care kids with me to there day care when I work out. I went to take two of the children with letters of permission from parents and they said "Oh no we can't take children that are not yours even with a letter of permission". What!! I didnt hide the fact the children I would be bringing to care were not mine why did they let me spend that much money for nothing? I have kids all the time there is not a time I can go to the gym without at least one child. Very frustrating that I had to pay two months in advance and got a sorry there is nothing they can do. (Sorry just venting) I know that is not an excuse not to walk or do some other form of exercise I'm just feeling lazy when it comes to that portion of my life change. Goal three get on the stick, exercise daily even if its only 10 or 15 minutes. I won't let my own head talk me out of what I know I need to do. I will keep you posted on my progress. Oh yeah. People I am so so bad at answering peoples post that they send to me and commenting on other peoples posts etc. I want to be encouraging to you and I am thankful for your support. I am not making it goal number 4 yet to get better at that. I truly get a blank when it comes to trying to do that. I have no clue what to say and I don't know how to put up those little pictures like other people put up like thumbs up, way to go etc. Please just bare with me hopefully with time I will be able to do that. I am rooting for everyone and know we can all succeed. So I just wanted you to know, I do care, I do read your posts and blogs, I think you are all wonderful and inspiring even if I don't say it like I should.

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EATVEGAN 8/31/2012 1:37PM

    Congratulations on the weight loss. I'm made at your gym. They need to change their policy or give you your money back. This is not what you need at this point in your journey. I'm glad you are taking it more calmly than I am. I want to come and beat them up. Walks are good. That is mostly what I do with a little weight lifting and stretching. I go to a class here in my building for keeping our joints moving. Everything helps. We start small, we end up hardbodies. emoticonHappy emoticon
Aunt Janet

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CBAILEYC 8/26/2012 10:43AM

    Congratulations on a great first month! emoticon
Life is crazy sometimes, we all go through it. Good for you for figuring out how to deal with it. You're certainly worth the effort!
Here's to your continued success! emoticon

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IMSOOZEEQ 8/26/2012 4:55AM

    Hey Cousin! I was missin' ya! emoticonon the weight loss! You will be in Twoterville in no time!

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FATHINSN 8/25/2012 9:04PM

    Congrats for lbs loss!

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WOLFCHILD8 8/25/2012 8:07PM

  You say what I think so well. To add the pics sayings etc, hit the add emoticans button. Wow can't believe I told you something. lol emoticon emoticon

Love you,, Mom

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LILLEAN 8/25/2012 7:40PM

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The GYM is awesome!!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

I love the gym. I had a personal training session. Took me around to all the machines and showed me how much weight I was capable of doing and how many reps etc I should do. I thought erroneously that you should be able to do the reps with a burn and a little work. You should have to work at all the reps and have to really push to finish the last couple. See what I get for thinking. He also gave me some fun all over work outs with a twelve pound ball. That was the bomb. I had so much fun and worked my butt off (darn not literally). I can't wait to go again. I don't have a personal trainer after this but do have a concept of what to do besides watch other people exercise. Even though just watching some of the men work out was making me sweat. The only bump was that there scale said I weighed 9 lbs more than my scale at home. Heart attack. That's like starting over plus 5 lbs. Oh well at least I know what I way there at night with all my clothes and shoes on.

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EATVEGAN 8/15/2012 11:48PM

    Glad you enjoyed the gym. I'm going to sign up for one, too. Girl, we are going to be one fine looking family. No, make that an even finer looking family.
Aunt Janet

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MAHGRET 8/14/2012 10:41AM


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CLWALDRO 8/14/2012 4:23AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon on making it to the gym and having the personal training session. I am glad you now have some new tools to help keep you active. I am sure in time you will be able to look around and find more things at the gym to love.
The scale is not the only method to measure success so once a month do body measurements you will be surprised at the changes

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NILANDHOO 8/14/2012 2:28AM

    Go girl! There are so many web sites that can help you choose your exercises and keep them interesting. Another step to a new you. Inspiring x x x

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LJCANNON 8/14/2012 1:00AM

    emoticonKUDOS to You for realizing that the Scale can be WRONG! No two Scales will ever weigh the same.
emoticonSounds like the Time you spent with the Trainer was Quality Time, you are ready to Kill Your Workout!!!

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CHIBIKARATE 8/14/2012 12:41AM

    emoticon listen to the way your clothes fit not the scale hugz

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1 more step in the right direction

Monday, August 13, 2012

I finally joined a gym. I have put it off and put it off. One I don't like people looking at me because I am so big. Two I don't know how to use the machines. Three will I even have the time to go, and excuse after excuse. I went to 24 hour fitness and asked a lot of questions, looked around and said yes I can and Yes I will do this. I'm very excited to finally start an exercise program. I did a little walking here a little dancing there but this will be much better for me I think in the long run. My sister Janet joined with me and we can take our night kids to the child care there so we can work out 3 or 4 times a week. I have an orientation to get weighed, set goals and learn the machines tonight and then I will work out. I hope to take up Zumba soon as I saw it through the window and it looks fun. When I get down to 250 (61 lbs) I am going to start Tae Kwondo again. I WANT TO LIVE not just exist.

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WOLFCHILD8 8/16/2012 12:23PM

  Wow!!! You go girl. I am so proud of you. emoticon

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EATVEGAN 8/13/2012 8:06PM

    Oh, my dear, I am so-o-o-o happy to read your blog. It wasn't until recently that I realized that I was and had always been physically handicapped due to my own self indulgence, and decided that I don't want to be anymore. I knew I was overweight and unattractive, but the fact that there were so many things I couldn't do just because I was too big really hadn't dawned on me. When it did, it was an eye-opener. Shortly after, Susan put something from SP on Facebook. It is an answer to prayer. I'm glad for you girls, getting after it so much younger. Hope you and Janet enjoy the gym. Wish I could go with you. I'm about to apply to the Kroc again, so I can go to the gym. I want to try Zumba, as soon as my knees are stable. emoticon emoticon
Love you, Aunt Janet

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IMSOOZEEQ 8/13/2012 6:05PM

    Okay MJ stop making me cry!!!! I am so proud of you (and Janet) for joining the gym. That is fantastic!


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FINCHFEEDER80 8/13/2012 5:43PM

    I loved Zumba! What a giant leap in the right direction! I'm glad your sister could sign up with you!! Have fun tonight and learn lots of great workout things!!


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THOMS1 8/13/2012 4:25PM

    emoticonYou are going to love the gym! I wish you success. emoticon

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I choose to LIVE!!!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

I weigh 311 pounds today two weeks ago I decided to go on a diet and get this weight off. I have been reading peoples posts and blogs and they have been very inspiring to me. However, I have also read about falling off, bad days, giving up, and starting over. All things normal people do everyday on a diet.

Diet means : A regiment of eating and drinking sparingly as to reduce one's weight. Most of us add exercise to the diet in some way also.

A Diet has two ends 1) if you reach your goal weight and 2) if you quit dieting. Either way the diet is over and you go back to eating and drinking the way you did in the past and for most stop exercising.

The weight comes back and guess what we have to start a diet all over again.

Dieting is not fun it is stressful, time consuming, emotional and usually an awful experience. Why if it is so awful and does not seem to work do we keep doing it over and over again? Why don't we learn from our past experiences that diets don't work.

For me dieting is not a solution to my overweight problem anymore. I will never diet again.

Instead I choose to LIVE!!!!

Live means: to pursue a positive, satisfying existence, to enjoy life.

How can I live life to its fullest and still lose the weight I need to lose. I need to lose the weight or I will probably die from a complication of the weight like a heart attack or something.

In order to live and lose the weight I have to make hard decisions that will have to stay in effect for the rest of my life. I have to decide what I can LIVE without and what I can't or think I can't live without.

I need a balance to be happy right.

I need enough rope to LIVE with but not enough to hang myself.

Things I can LIVE without (means they will not be in my life so I can LIVE)

Fast Food - I used to eat fast food everyday. Yes, I mean every day, sometimes 2 or 3 times a day.

Sugar - This was my main staple. I would eat sugar more than any other food it was a food group all unto itself at the bottom of my pyramid, which means I ate it more than anything else daily.

Fried food - Loved it, but willing to go for a healthier way of cooking.

Hamburger - It's like a drug once I have a food like taco's, hamburgers, or spaghetti I can't quit I don't get full and I want more and more. I could eat 10 hamburger tacos at one sitting and be hungry 5 minutes later. However, if I exchange chicken for hamburger I can eat two small tacos and be full. Go figure, I don't understand it. so I'm willing to give it up.

Snacks - I have a hard time controlling portions or choosing wisely so unless I get some kind of low blood sugar ailment I will be giving up all snacking between my three meals a day. It only gets me in trouble.

Potato chips - I can't just eat one huge bag I can eat your bag too.

This is not a diet. I'm not giving up on these things to lose weight and then go right back to them I WANT to give them up to LIVE for life. Its my choice and it makes me happy to know I can LIVE without them.

Things I can't or think I can't live without

I don't think I could LIVE a positive, satisfying existence while enjoying life without these things and I want to keep them in my life.

Exercise - my body needs this to stay healthy and for me to LIVE.

Fruits and Vegetables - I need these everyday. They are not to be avoided like the plague. I have found so many new recipes to cook vegetables that taste great on sparkpeople that eating vegetables is no longer worse than getting teeth pulled.

Support - Not only do I need support but I want to be there for other people. We all need a shoulder to lean on and to hear words of wisdom that we just couldn't think of on our own.

Popcorn - I know what the heck? I'm just not willing to live without it right now, no apologies. I love it. I eat popcorn with butter when I go to the movie with my daughter every Sunday.

Going out to eat - I love it. It's comforting, I enjoy it and it's satisfying. I don't eat the things I can LIVE without while eating out.

Water - I don't like water but I will not give it up. I will drink water every day. I can't promise 8 glasses but I will drink. I want to LIVE!

Friends - I will get back in touch with my friends. I have been alone and hiding for so long. I will make more of an effort to get out, go out, get together and have fun. I will LIVE life not just watch it go by.

What do you choose?

I will LIVE one day at a time.

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EATVEGAN 8/13/2012 7:57PM

    You've really got the right perspective. I'm so pleased for you. I didn't set out to socialize more when I joined SP, other than on this site, but I find myself spending more time with my friends than I used to. It seems to be an outflow. I think you have a plan! I will be glad to see you working it. emoticon
Aunt Janet

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NILANDHOO 8/13/2012 7:47PM

    So much familiar stuff there. Congratulations for getting started.

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IMSOOZEEQ 8/13/2012 5:54PM

    MJ, girl you brought tears to my eyes. We are so alike, it is no wonder we are family. I am so inspired by what you wrote. Cuz, we are going to do this and let the world look out!!!


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FINCHFEEDER80 8/13/2012 12:19PM

    good luck to you!! I too, go one choice, one day at a time! I'm here if you need me! we all are!


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CAYCESMOM 8/12/2012 12:40PM

    Great blog. Good luck on your journey. My motto is "One choice at a time". emoticon

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End of week 1

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Well today was my weigh in and I lost 6 lbs. It's a great start. I did not diet this week I lived one day at a time. I ate right most of the time and ate what I wanted at other times without getting carried away. I have been eating 3 meals a day with no snacking or sweets. After week one I still feel motivated and want to keep going. I have not ate perfect and I'm not beating myself up as its progress not perfection I am after. I was sick last week so did not exercise much at all. I have someone to walk with on Monday and am looking forward to the accountability of showing up for someone else where I might talk myself out of it. Tomorrow is grocery day and I will try to change up the foods I get as I don't want to get board with the food that is available and turn to something else that I really do not want to eat.

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NILANDHOO 8/13/2012 7:40PM

    Great positive vibes at the end of week one. My first week too. We can do this!

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IMSOOZEEQ 8/13/2012 5:47PM

    Hey Cousin!!

emoticonfirst week!!! 6 pounds!!! emoticon emoticon

I just stopped by your page and what do I see, you have blogged!!! Right on!! I will be subscribing and keepin' tabs on ya.

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GINNJEN1974 8/10/2012 7:18PM

    Great job on the loss and all the wisdom too. More people need to look at this as a lifestyle change not the dreaded DIET word

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WOLFCHILD8 8/9/2012 12:32PM

  Such insight. As you continue on this journey I will track your progress and am your cheering section. You go girl.

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EATVEGAN 8/6/2012 2:33AM

    Hi, Mel, great first week. Those little changes are all you need at the start. Some people start with just drinking more water, or moving 10 min., or increasing fruits and veggies. You are doing so great. emoticon
Aunt Janet emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 8/4/2012 11:57PM

    emoticon Welcome to SP. It's a great site! Be sure and sign up for Spark America and when you set up your exercises, just remove any you can't do or don't want and put in those you do. Be sure and schedule a day for cardio so you have access to the "other exercises" page where the walking, housework, playing with children etc. are to be found. When you are done, set up your Appointment calendar to send you reminders and when they come, click on the link then fitness and just check them off as you do them. Such a great feature. Use your spark points page to help you use and learn all the fantastic tools we have at this site. Visit others pages and get to know them better. Again, welcome to a great site.

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TWILAQ1 8/4/2012 11:19PM

    You're aware of what you need to do, and losing 6 pounds is pretty awesome, if you ask me! emoticon

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ALYSON4918 8/4/2012 11:09PM

    I think you have the right idea, all we can do is live one day at a time. The minute I look at myself as dieting is the minute I fail or sabotage myself. Good luck to you, you can do it.

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