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From Diet Soda to Water

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

This is a tough one, isn't it? Learning to make your main beverage (or your only beverage) water. Seems we all get hooked on diet soda at some point. I'm even going to venture a guess that a majority of the people I know struggling to lose weight are diet-soda-aholics. And since there is no 12-step program for this addiction, I thought it might be handy to share how I managed to kick my own heavy diet soda habit.

I think most of us begin drinking diet soda because it has a sweet taste and no calories. We like sweet. And we figure without calories it can't derail our weight loss efforts. No harm in a diet soda once a day, is there? Then we start drinking two. At home. And then make it our regular beverage when we drink out. And then we have it "only after noon" EVERY SINGLE DAY! And next thing you know, breakfast is over and your seeking out that sweet fizzy taste fix that only a diet soda would give you.

Of course, you wouldn't dream of drinking a regular soda with sugar in it because that.... THAT would make you fat. But this diet stuff? "Hey", you reason "It's got water in it and my body needs water. And it's not giving me any calories, and my body certainly doesn't need any of THOSE! And lookie here- It doesn't have sodium, or caffeine, either! I'm doing something good for my body by making this diet soda choice!". Yeppers- I've been there too, and said all of these things to myself, and more. (My favorite line I told myself when ordering a bacon cheeseburger and fries with a diet soda was "If they made a diet burger and fries, I'd order those, too." I was the champion of excuses!)

Then a little lightbulb went off; "If there is no sugar, little sodium, and often no caffeine in diet soda, what IS in there? There has to be something, or else it would be.... well...... water." And the answer to that question? In a word- Chemicals. What good were chemicals going to do me? Because here I was, being careful with my diet (I was drinking diet soda even after I'd made significant progress in my weight loss), and still bathing my insides with chemicals via diet soda. Not exactly the healthiest thing I could do for a body I was trying to make healthier by every other means.

Sadly, it was time to start the very painful process of breaking up with Mr. Fizzy.

The first thing I did was move from diet soda to those fizzy flavored waters they sell. (The peach was my favorite!) This went on for probably a year or more. Then I started reading that carbonation (which makes the fizz) can cause calcium to leach from the bones, which in turn causes the bones to be weaker and more prone to breakage as I age.

Since being 80 and incapacitated with a broken hip didn't sound appealing to me, I ditched the carbonation and went with the flavored waters, no fizz. These stood in for a while. But then I started taking a look at the artificial sweeteners and some of the purported side effects from them (my aunt, who has Parkinsons disease, often wonders if her copious drinking of diet sodas didn't help her condition along), and figured it wasn't worth the risk to have those coursing through my body all the time,either.

So then I started drinking iced tea with artificial sweetener in it, but watered it down. A lot.

Eventually I managed to get it so watered down that the tea wasn't really tea anymore- it was just dirty water. At that point I let go entirely and went to strait water.

This doesn't mean I don't ever have a diet soda anymore, because I do. On occasion I'll have one as a treat, usually when I go to the movies with my family, who are all munching on candy. It gives my mouth something do to, and I don't feel completely left out. (Please don't ask me how I can feel left out when we are all starting strait ahead at a screen in the dark- This concept alludes me to this day. But the fact is that it happens.)

And when I go to restaurants I will often get a glass of unsweetened tea and sweeten it with Stevia packets I carry in a baggie in my purse. Stevia is the ground leaf of the Stevia plant, which is sweet. Much preferable to saccharine, sucralose, or any other artificial sweeteners, since Stevia is ground directly from a plant. Depending on the brand you buy (I use Stevia In The Raw), it can taste a tad bitter, but I can't stand unsweetened tea, so Stevia it is. And yes, I have turned into a baggie-carrying, chemicaly-paranoid fanatic.

Paying homage to my "if they made diet burgers" excuse (above), I'm using the "If I could hand them organic chicken to make my salad I would" excuse for the sweetener.

Anyhow, that's my story of how I kicked diet soda and my reasons why. Maybe you are inspired. Maybe you are (I hope) thinking of artificial chemicals in a different way. And maybe you are rolling your eyes. But regardless, I hope you tell me what you think!

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JULIEC69 1/21/2014 3:54PM

    Thank you for your post. I quit drinking Pepsi Max 2 weeks ago. I had tried before but without any success. However, I feel this time is different. I do not crave it as much as I thought I would. Also, I feel less bloated and I don't have the crash by mid-afternoon ! So, those are all good reasons to continue.

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MJZHERE 8/26/2012 7:43PM

  Well, diet soda has been one of the last things to go - even tho I don't even like the taste anymore. And I am getting stevia plants to grow because the cost of unprocessed stevia (it is the green leafs crumbled) has sky rocketed in the past few years (dd grew it along with a half acre of organic produce several years back and it thrived).

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NETGNAL 8/26/2012 5:40PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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BROCKJUL 4/14/2012 12:09PM

    Since I function in Zombie Land most of the time due to working 3rd shift and only averaging about 3 hours of sleep a day- I figure I'm drinking about 6 cans of Diet Dew a day, maybe more!! I never thought that it may be the cause of my salt/sweet cravings I have a lot! I've tried cutting back before but I got such a headache from caffeine withdrawals I'm assuming that I resumed drinking it. Time to muddle through the headaches and remove that from my diet. I'll save at least 8 or more dollars a week not exactly sure.
Thank you for this blog and all the information you provided! emoticon

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RETURNTOTHIN 4/12/2012 2:16PM

    Since I'm "older" and I know that caffeine is a stimulant for my bladder, I was so "proud" of myself when I drank decaffeinated soda or coffee, but like You, I started reading the ingredients and realized that there were so many chemicals that couldn't be good for me. I found Zetia which i have once in awhile (a soda with stevia), but haven't had a "regular" soda in like forever and I don't have those "bladder surges" that I was so prone to. Thanks for a great blog... Today I make 3/4 strength green tea and drink it chilled with a little stevia... who knows, I may change to plain water this summer!

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BANKER-CHUCK 3/17/2012 9:07PM

    I used to drink 4 to 5 Diet Pepsi/day. I now limit my pepsi to 1/day to none. I do however drink a lot of Crystal Lite at home and water while working out.
Great Blog.

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SCOUTMOM715 3/8/2012 10:29PM

    I just love reading your blogs! I too was a diet soda-aholic, but when I started my spark journey I decided to give it up "cold turkey", it made me crave chips, pretzels & other junk food when I drank it. I stayed diet soda clean for about 6 months and then started to have one on occassion, but by the end of January of this year, I was back to drinking one every day and the cravings for the junk were coming back, so I recommitted to not drinking it again, it been 2 weeks (i made it through those 1st few days of wanting one so bad). I love water & I feel so much better! Thanks for sharing your story! emoticon

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DREMARGRL 3/7/2012 9:17PM

    I just stopped, too. I do have a Diet Squirt rarely. I love green tea, white tea and coffee. I fasted for three days drinking just liquid to get my self-discipline back on track. After that it was smooth sailing. So happy that you ditched the stuff that will corrode a nail! Have a good night, Nancy, and keep up the good work.
xo MaryAnn emoticon

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  Oh how I can relate!

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NURSENIKKI6 3/7/2012 4:30PM

    Great information for the soda lovers who need to kick the horrible habit! I personally have almost always hated soda because for some reason my body never developed the skill of burping so with any carbonated beverage I get a very large and uncomfortable bloat.... or even worse flatulence! haha. So soda has been my arch nemesis since I can remember and I can only think, Lucky me! Right? I however do see the appeal of soda and can understand why everyone enjoys them so.

I do have a problem however. I can only drink bottled water.... being the cheap and resourceful person that I am I feel bad for all of the plastic bottles I go through but I am in the transition to developing better habits and going for the filtered tap water stored the in fridge in recyclable bottles..... we are all a work in progress. Thanks for sharing!!!

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HEALTHDUDE 3/7/2012 3:57PM

    Nice blog Nancy.

For me - I just stopped. In fact, I stopped putting alot of poisons in my body shortly after reading 'The China Study', by T. Colin Campbell.
In short it's a text book study of the american diet vs. the china diet. There is a movie/documentary that came out in 2011 called Forks Over Knives (on netflix) It's a MUST SEE, and it will wake you up to what's going on in the relationship of diet and health. It's a life saver. It saved mine.


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*ERICA* 3/7/2012 12:55PM

    You never cease to amaze me Nancy!! What a great blog! While I dont drink soda. Dont even keep it in the house. And occasionally when we go out to eat and feel the need for a soda, i dont finish the whole thing bc its just too much for me.

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MILLER*TIME 3/7/2012 9:19AM

    What an EXCELLENT post, wow this was awesome. I drink diet soda all.the.time. and i use the exact excuses you listed in your blog. I need to just let it go!!

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IMKELRAE 3/6/2012 9:05PM

    Thankfully, I've never had that habit to kick. Thank you for sharing how you overcame it. Good luck to those who still need to.

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-CHERYL 3/6/2012 7:12PM

    I was lucky, growing up we had milk or sweet tea in out house. Soda was for pizza night or the few times our family ate out. I have no issues drinking water, I prefer it actually. I'll have a soda once in a while. My dh on the other hand, over a 6-pack a day habit. So bad! I had him drinking Fresca for a couple months but he's back to the evil Pepsi!

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ROCKMAN6797 3/6/2012 6:03PM

    I, too, was a diet soda-aholic! I had a 2 liter per day habit that I kicked to the curb over two years ago! I will have the occassional diet soda with a mixed drink but other than my daily two cups of coffee and my weekly glass of orange juice I drink only water. If I do desire something sweet I will use a flavor packet but, quite honestly, I am addicted to plain water! And among the many benefits of water I am most impressed by how it has postively affected my skin! It feels so healthy! Finally, nothing quenches my thirst after an intense workout session than a bottle of cold water!
Thanks for blogging about this magical elixir, I hope it opens the eyes of those who think they can't give up their diet soda. As a former extremely heavy user I say it can be done!

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BERRY4 3/6/2012 5:24PM

    I followed a similar course of withdrawal that you have described. -- I still wish I had listened to dh when I was pregnant w/ 1st child & nixed the diet soda for afternoon break every day. It just seemed to be what I "needed" to get through the rest of the day. Crazy how our minds are such a key component in what we do!

Now I'm there w/ sugar in general. I can't imagine a week w/out sugar in some form. And it doesn't help that it is hidden in so many places--even "healthy" foods like yogurt. (That is the one source I have tuned in to. Did you know that some servings of some yogurts have as many grams of sugar as a regular soda!?! -- And don't tell me it's just milk sugars!)

Anyway, thanks for taking the time to share a portion of your journey! step at a time, moving the direction we want to be heading!

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SANDRAREGINA 3/6/2012 5:06PM

    I have been drinking Diet Coke for years, not for the calorie reduction, but because I'm hooked on the bitter aspartame aftertaste. How lame is that?
However, I've been working hard to limit them to a once and a while treat. Its working so far during the winter - water and unsweetened hot tea are my go-tos - but in the summer when I'm hot & thirsty & craving the fizzy? Wish me luck!

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    I hate the taste of artificial sweeteners, so I was always a full calorie soda person. Then my dentist told me if I didn't stop drinking sugared beverages, even in moderation, I would continue having new cavities - and the $200 bill for them - every year at my checkup. Somehow that did it for me. I do still have a soda once every couple of weeks but 98% of what I drink is now water or unsweetened tea.

I almost wish I could have a similar experience with unhealthy foods to scare me off those, too....

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KIMMAS82 3/6/2012 4:04PM

    Great blog!! To me, quitting diet soda is a lot like quitting smoking. You really have to be ready for it. You have to have passed the point where you know you should quit and get to the opint where just looking at an ash try completely disgusts you and you can't beleive you are still smoking. I'm there with soda, like you I get it very rarely, but I've got a mean energy drink habit that I'm having a hard time shaking. I'm not at the point where I look at them with disgust quite yet. I'm just at the point where I know I should quit. (I quit smoking YEARS ago!)

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Video Blog Link: Can You Lose Fat and Gain Muscle At The Same Time?

Sunday, February 26, 2012

I'd love to know what you think!

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BANKER-CHUCK 3/17/2012 9:59PM

    I have been following your Blogs for a couple of years. I have followed your ups and downs with training. Your Blogs have motivated me over the past couple of years. My goals of weight training are not the same as yours since I am not into body building, but the discipline is the same.
What I meant by video Blogging your process is taking many of your written Blogs and put them to video. Many people respond well with hearing the spoken word as apposed to reading. Your journey has been interesting. I personally think video Blogs get the full message out better. As for me I could never take correspondence courses, I needed the classroom situation with the Instructor there teaching the class.
Thanks for your comment on my SparkPage.

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BANKER-CHUCK 3/17/2012 8:59PM

    Nancy Anne!! What a great Video Blog. Very informative and powerful subject. Please do more, you did outstanding. (Does not matter if your words match's your lips, the message gets out).
You should consider going over your process of weight training and your accomplishments.
Keep up the great work. emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 2/28/2012 7:41AM

    Thank you for another informative video blog. I love that you emphasize that it is not all about losing weight rather take a look at yourself, especially how your clothes fit on you. This is an idea that I try to convey to those who lament that the scale is not moving. Your lumber and vacant property analogy is gold! Thank you again!


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MISSYGEEN 2/27/2012 4:39PM

    Thanks, informative and informal, good information. I still struggle with how much strength training to do. I am a light weight so bulking up would probably never be an issue for me although I would not have known this at the beginning of my journey. I tried to go up a little on weights last week but ended up with back pain because I have not been consistent and I did not warm up enough or stretch enough when I finished. So, I will go back to my light weights and slowly increase.

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EDWARDSC393 2/27/2012 10:35AM

    Hi, So glad in was on U-tube, I was able to caption it. Thx, But I have a hard time with percentages. I just try to eat clean and more. Cherie

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    Thank you- very informative. I had hoped I wasn't hampering my muscle building efforts as I lose weight, so this vlog is timely. I may switch to a carb tapering closer to my goal weight or try a 40-40-20 split in the future.

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GETSTRONGRRR 2/26/2012 10:48PM

    Interesting vBlog, thanks.

I've made some significant changes this past year, going from 200 lbs to 185, but have had some massive body changes, going from a 38 to a 34 inch waist and adding tons of definition to chest, back, shoulders, & legs.

I had a body fat measurement done recently (Bod Pod) and was somewhat distressed to get a 27% bodyfat reading, so I'm going to increase cardio significantly these next few months, while continuing the ST I want to maintain or add some muscle, but really want to lose more fat

thanks again!

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DIVEGODDESS 2/26/2012 10:12PM

    Thanks for posting this, I like your analogy of building the house. You have to chose your priority, I've had success gaining a lot of lean mass while a little bit of fat , but on a calorie surplus diet (800-1000 cals). Either you gain a lot of muscle and lose a small bit of fat or lose a lot of fat and maintain or gain a small bit of muscle. It's much easier to gain lean mass on a surplus.

Everyone is different, I did have success with a 40/40/20 split while I am losing fat on a deficit but my biggest success with gaining lean mass came when I was on 60-65 % carbs, 15-20% protein 20% fat. Clean eating of course. I tried the same amount of calories on higher protein and less carbs but it didn't work so I'm going to try the high carb approach again. I can't find many women who want to gain a significant amount of muscle. Most women are so afraid to eat!! I even see figure competitors trying to build muscle on a tiny tiny surplus or maintainence calories and complain that that can't gain. Many people are misinformed and need to know that to gain significant muscle, you really need a calorie surplus, but I think they are afraid of gaining fat instead of muscle.

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IMKELRAE 2/26/2012 8:04PM

    Very informative. I'm interested in the 40/40 carb/protein split. I've got more weight to lose but I am strength training AND doing cardio to lose the fat. I'm going to watch your other vlogs, too. I hope you figure out how to get the audio to match the video. That must be driving you crazy!

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Video Blog Link: Quick, healthy foods for at work and in the car.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

A few things I forgot to mention:

- Beef Jerky. As long as sodium is not an issue for you and you ensure it is very low fat this can be a great source of protein that stays good for a long time.

- Cut-up veggies. Either cut them yourself and put in the sandwich bags, or get the single-serving size in the produce section of the store. I LOVE the sugar snap peas!

- Holy Guacomole individual servings, also sold in the produce section. This makes a great dip for the veggies and gives you healthy fats.

- And my "Car kit"- A trio of foods that hold up well without refrigeration for a long time. I try to keep this in my vehicle all the time. It includes:
* Ready-made protein drink
* A protein bar
* Beef jerky.

Please let me know what you think! emoticon

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BANKER-CHUCK 3/17/2012 9:21PM

    Lot of great information. Thank you for your informative Blog. Keep them coming.

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ON2VICTORY 2/26/2012 12:21AM

    nice job on getting the info out there!

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GODZDESIGN95 2/20/2012 11:39AM

    I love fit and active lightly salted rice cakes. Thanks for the tips.

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ROCKMAN6797 2/20/2012 9:15AM

    Another awesome video blog! I love that a lot of your suggestions are things that I am already doing. Sundays are my day to prep my veggies for the upcoming work week. I slice them up and place them in air tight containers so that I just have to weigh and bag them in the morning as I prepare my lunch. I have never tried the whey protein powder and Greek yogurt combo but it sounds like a great way to intake a healthy amount of protein, especially after an intense weight-lifting session. Finally, love the water segment. Often people wonder why I drink so much water on a daily basis. I reply that it helps in curbing my hunger.
Thank you for your helpful information, love it!


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Hard Choices

Saturday, January 28, 2012

There came a point about 3 years ago in my weight loss and fitness journey that I knew if I was going to progress any farther I would have to spend more time in the gym and cooking healthy foods. And in order to do that, I was going to have to give something up. After conducting a rather painful lifestyle self-examination, I realized what needed to go: Sewing.

I am a very good seamstress, if I do say so myself. I have been sewing for about 30 years now. Since I am a perfectionist, I wasn't happy turning out anything that didn't look positively beautiful. And perfection takes time. A LOT of time! I figured as long as I was putting the effort in, it might as well be right. And it was. Here are photos of just a few of my beloved projects (these were done before I lost my weight):

But I had to get honest with myself and reevaluate my priorities. After some internal examination I decided the proper place to focus my energies and time was now on getting healthier for not only myself, but for my family. Additionally, I wasn't able to spend the time helping others like I wanted because my butt was stuck in a chair in front of a sewing machine manipulating fabric. So I finished up the last of my important projects and put sewing on the back burner. That was a couple of years ago, and I haven't regretted the decision since, although sometimes I do get a little melancholy about it.

This doesn't mean I don't ever sew, because in a pinch I do. And I am grateful for my sewing skills. For instance, I made a lovely fully lined wool trench coat for my daughter this winter- She is tall and willowy, and at almost 6 feet tall and 125 lbs nothing was fitting her. (This is not an exaggeration- literally NOTHING fit her even close to properly with those very long limbs.) Marching practices for the high school band would have been miserable without a warm and properly-fitting winter coat. I literally don't know what she'd of done if I couldn't sew. Here are a few of pictures of the project:

But other than the rare project, my sewing maching sits neglected in it's cabinet.

Another thing I have just recently given up is baking. This was an even harder one to abandon than sewing. Baking gives instant gratification and makes my family very happy! This in turn makes me happy! But I eat what I bake, and the stuff sitting around, even if I do avoid it, gets me thinking in a direction that is not good for my health. (I'm sorry, but my experience has been that even with healthier ingredients, it's very difficult to make baked goods that are truly good for you and taste good, too.) So, like sewing, unless it's for a rare occasion, baking is pretty much out of my life.

When people say that living healthy is a lifestyle, they aren't kidding! I'm not saying you have to abandon ALL of your time-consuming or bad-for-you habits right now. I see skinny people who sew and healthy people who bake. I just can't be one of them. At least not for the time being.

Habits are formed gradually and new practices towards healthier living are best added little by little, as you feel ready for the the changes. The truth is that if 5 years ago you'd of told me I'd of all but stopped both sewing AND (bigger shock!) baking, I'd of told you that you were talking to the wrong woman. If you knew me back then, you are nodding your head in agreement. :-)

The moral of my story? Don't be afraid to reevaluate and be honest with yourself about what needs to exit your life. I can pretty much guarantee that over time, as you progress into becoming fitter and healthier, your life will look a lot different than it does today. And that's Ok. Giving up things that slow your progress is not giving in- It's being mature and honest enough with yourself to say "This isn't in my best interest anymore". Your family may balk a bit (my 15-year old is still asking for brownies), but eventually they'll come to accept and appreciate that you made the hard choices in not only your best interest, but theirs as well.

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LSDALOIA 2/19/2012 3:45PM

    Thank you for your wonderful blog. It's true that we can get distracted with hobbies, work, and other commitments and put what's important to us on the back burner. Congratulations for figuring it all out!

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TOTALREDO2013 2/19/2012 3:18PM

    What a wonderful thought provoking life. I need to reexamine too. I just now reached a point where I am starting a new phase in my fat loss journey. So, I also examine whT needs to go. I have already cut out junk in the house and think my fork in the road is more psychological and letting people influence my direction in life...people affect me when they are naysayers and I seem to be surrounded by that a lot. Think cutting things out needs to be people at this point...need to be surrounded by more positive and like minded people. It's not working for me anymore to be around so many smokers, drinker and non exercisers...really messes with me since I don't drink or smoke and they seem to always single me out for being a fanatic when it comes to becoming better. I am 38 and getting very antsy about losing time.....guess it's my version of a mid life crisis, but am so much happier striving for physicial challeneges. This was a very good blog I will seriously consider.

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EDWARDSC393 2/9/2012 9:34AM

    So true, we do have to make commitments and choices. Mine is this computer, Its old and slow, that my sitting time is too long. So I,ve made a commitment to move more. As you get older, and the kids leave, you don,t have as much to do around the house, its easy to get stuck! You,re doing great! Cherie

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HELENAWF 1/31/2012 12:56PM

    Great blog. Thank you for sharing!

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FITNESSMONSTER8 1/30/2012 3:01PM

    Thanks for the great blog!

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CICI510 1/30/2012 11:00AM

    Awesome post! Definitely has me thinking! I do have to say that your clothes are amazing and that coat is fantastic!!

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LISALGB 1/29/2012 9:07PM

    Great blog and great advice!! Sometimes the best thing we can do in this journey is the re-evaluate our situations. Changes must be made in small stages so everything can't be done all at once. You are doing a great job. And, I'm betting that there is plenty of space in your future for sewing, when the time is right.
You have such great talent. The coat you made for your daughter is fabulous - prettier than anything I've seen in stores. And, I love the clothes you made for yourself. I have always wanted to learn to sew, I even have a great sewing machine. But, I've never learned. Perhaps, one of these days.
Keep up the good work. You are doing great!

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MSBOOTCAMP 1/29/2012 8:57PM

    Excellent and effective self-assessment! Thanks so much!!

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ONEWAYALI 1/29/2012 2:18PM

    My experience has been similar - but with knitting instead of sewing! Before I started exercising 3 years ago I used to knit a lot, but it is also time consuming and now I don't have time for both knitting and exercise since I am in graduate school at the moment. So knitting is on the back burner - but my mental and physical health is very thankful for that!!

And it does look like you are a wonderful seamstress - I love the dresses!

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BOBINVA 1/29/2012 11:26AM

    The jacket you made for your daughter is beautiful. We all have to know our limitations and set priorities. Great blog.

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ROCKMAN6797 1/28/2012 10:56PM

    Very nice blog. You are so right it is hard work being healthy but the benefits are beyond description. I love watching sports on the weekends but I have decided that I want to train for a marathon and the weekends are my best opportunity to run for extended periods of time. So instead of sitting in front of the television I run. I can always catch the highlights later in the evening.
Thank you for sharing!

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HDHAWK 1/28/2012 7:09PM

    Things gradually change as we change our habits.

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REVIVINGFAITH 1/28/2012 6:30PM

    Very thought-provoking. Good post.

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Video Blog Link: A Word About Mainenance

Friday, January 27, 2012

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CELIAMINER 8/26/2012 11:54AM

    The big takeaway I got from your blog is that I can do everything right and still put weight back on. And when that happens, there's no magic cure...I just have to do some serious self-analysis and get outside help if needed. Thanks for a great vlog!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/23/2012 10:04PM

    Sounds familiar! REAL familiar! All of it! LOL

I suspect my unexplained gains (and sometimes losses) are mostly fluid related. When they happen there's usually (but not always) some kind of fluctuation in my BIA measurements, which are sensitive to hydration levels.

My own worst enemy is my own head, so I get what you mean there, about hiring someone else for help if you start to go off the rails. I have some good buddies I can count on to hold my feet to the fire when I need it.


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ROCKMAN6797 1/28/2012 11:11PM

    What you say is so true! When I started this journey I was instructed that this in order to be successful one should not look as starting a diet rather one needs to buy into the fact that this a new way of life. I bought this idea and, I believe, that is the biggest reason for my success. Nevertheless even after accomplishing my weight loss I realized that I could never go back to eating the things I ate in the past. I, too, am eating more healthy than when I was losing the weight and working out harder, too. I have not reached my maintenance weight yet but I have maintained my current weight for almost two years. It is hard work but the rewards are worth it!
I love listening to your life experiences. They validate what I have gone through and provide me with a road map for better health for the remainder of my life. Thank you very much!


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BOBINVA 1/27/2012 5:01PM

    I think your best video blog to date. Really liked it.
I will start by saying you look great. Then go into my little pet peeve about many people but particularly women and fitness. Too many people live by the scale. That is one number. Look at yourself. Are you happy? If you can check your body fat that is a great measure. Measurements of arms, waist, legs etc is also a good tool when you are really losing but not as much in maintenance. Too many things effect weight (water retention, muscle mass, fat, hormonal issues). You can be a stick and not fit. For some people too much focus on the number leads to eating disorders. Please keep blogging and putting the fitness message out. So happy you can be such a positive influence on so many. Keep sparking.

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