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May Goals

Saturday, May 01, 2010

1. Keep walking. (haven't done as much as I should)
2. Get the new bike. (postponing to a date to-be-determined)
3. Make extra payment on credit card to start getting balance down. (done)
4. Drop another 5#. (started this month at 235)

5/4/10. This is going to be an interesting week. Since my last weigh-in I've had difficulty making my minimum calories several times including today. I'm short 186 calories. Don't know why. I usually have the opposite problem. The scales say I gained back 3#, but I've already dropped 2 of those. Not sure if this is related to being under on the calories. I'm going to go see if I can find some peanuts or something. Update: couldn't find the peanuts, but 5 slices of angel food and 2 oatmeal cookies later (I know, I know), I did meet my daily minimum required calories.

5/6/10. Woo hoo! I did an unofficial weigh-in this morning and I'm back down to where I was at the end of last month. So by tomorrow I should be either at no gain or have lost some more. Yay! I'm being really, really good today. I was just at the store and first thing I saw was a display of Lindor candies. Yum. I picked them up, looked at them, checked the calories, put them back and walked away. emoticon On my way to checkout I passed the bakery. Saw some individual red velvet cupcakes. Ooo! I stopped...then walked on by! emoticon I'm very pleased with myself.

5/7/10. Well, I gained .6#. Could have been worse. I can probably lose .6# by Saturday. I'll have to be very, very careful if I go to the Strawberry Festival this weekend.

5/10/10. Just did an unofficial weight check. My scale is having another nervous breakdown. I weighed myself several times and got results ranging between 235 and 240. I really have to get a new scale.

5/13/10. I'm not optimistic about tomorrows weigh-in. I pigged out this evening. I'm going to have to walk like crazy next week.

5/15/10. It's been a bad weekend. Scales insist I regained what I lost last month. Still got a couple weeks.

5/16/10. I want chocolate...lots of it....NOW!!!

5/21/10. Wow! I did it! I lost the weight I regained and I am back down to 235. After all the pasta I've eaten in the last 2 days I didn't think that would be possible. I really pigged out obscenely yesterday. I was hoping to reach 230 by the end of this month. Pretty unlikely I'll lose 5# by next week, but that's okay. Anything I do lose will be progress.

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LEELEEPOO 5/3/2010 8:52AM

    Wow, who's organized then?

Fabulous goals. You can reach them!


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DAISES2 5/2/2010 5:02PM

    great goals

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MADGM66 5/2/2010 5:00PM

    Sounds good. Writing down your goals is a great plan. I see success in your future!

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ONEYEDHAMSTER12 5/2/2010 1:59PM

    Woohoo! It's good to have a plan!

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Curses, TOM is back!

Monday, April 26, 2010

I've dropped 3.8# since April 1. I'm only 1.2# away from my goal of losing 5# this month and guess who arrived this morning...TOM! Arghh! This is where I always run into trouble. I was looking over my weekly weigh-in numbers and realized it seems to be TOM that is undoing all my work. Even with the occasional overindulgence, I was still losing 3-5# a month only to start the next month with a gain. Instead of 1 step back and 2 steps forward, I was doing 1 step forward and 2 steps backwards. I'm not sure if it's water weight or fat, but it's sure frustrating. I'm going to have to be especially careful this coming week.

4/26/10. So far I'm not doing too bad. Of course, I've said that before only to gain back everything. Anyway, I've managed to not give in to the urge to pick up Pralines & Cream ice cream, chocolate doughnuts with chocolate icing & sprinkles and a medium pepperoni pizza. Yay me. I even talked myself out of picking up a bag of my favorite dark chocolate chips. Ordinarily an ounce of chips makes a great snack with my evening tea, but this week I probably wouldn't have stopped at 1 ounce. I made myself stay away from the candy aisle. Oh how I wanted chocolate. Any chocolate. Lots of chocolate. But I put my foot down and said no chocolate until the insanity passes. ~~whimper~~ I just need to make it to Friday. Do they make chocolate tea?

4/28/10. My official weigh-in is Friday, but just for a lark I decided to see how how I was doing. I'm pleased to say I come in at 236.8 which brings me to a 4.2# loss so far this month. Only .8# left to meet this months goal.

4/29/10. Only a few hours to weigh-in and I kind of caved a little. The urge for chocolate got the better of me, but only a little. I had maybe 1/2 ounce. Less than I would normally have for a treat with tea. I've been really good otherwise, so I'm hopeful that tomorrows number will be a good one.

4/30/10. The final number for April was 235.2 which gave me a total of 5.8# gone. Now to keep the streak going. It's this time between the last weigh-in of 1 month and the first weigh-in of the next month that always seems to get me into more trouble than any other time.

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PRAYING4THIN 4/30/2010 8:37AM

    TOM is the worst and its no sense beating yourself up over it because its something we can't really control, though I am right there with you, I hate that gain of water weight or whatever it is, it seems to take me forever to get it off then its back again. Never ending cycle.
You have been doing great with the self control. Keep up the good work, hope the scale is nice to you this week but if not blame in on hateful TOM and just stick with it!

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MUMZELLA 4/28/2010 3:09PM

    Congratulations on your self control! I remember the cravings and thankfully don't have to deal with them now. But I always felt better if I could force myself to be active then. I hated it, but it did make me feel better. When I first started Spark People I was practiciing listening to myself and always asked myself "whether I really wanted to eat that". I knew all the right answers, I just had to listen to myself. I still sometimes have to ask myself if I really want it. Good for you for listening to your self talk. Be Proud of your accomplishments this week!

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FOSSE_OF_LOVE 4/28/2010 1:06PM

    LOL I thought TOM was your husband and was just going to post how I have the same problem with mine. Its never greener on the other side having TOM around is bothersome but so natural unlike some husbands lol.

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ONEYEDHAMSTER12 4/27/2010 7:52PM

    You can do it! You're doing great! Keep it up!

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ELLFIN3 4/26/2010 2:54PM

    I too no longer have to worry about TOM. But it was always a problem for me! Maybe a little more exercise to make up for whatever-water weight or indulgence. Hang in there, you to will eventually not have that problem-it will be something else!LOL!


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LUMETH 4/26/2010 9:43AM

    Yeah, TOM is never fun. :/ It isn't too kind on my scale, tho I can usually break even for the week instead of gaining. If you're like me, you have issues with random cravings during that week. I really, really have to watch what I'm eating at that point or I tend to snack more than I should. Good luck with it...!

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LEELEEPOO 4/26/2010 7:50AM

    Thank heavens I'm old and all that crapola is behind me! YES!!! No more cramps and bloating (well except when I get carried away on the salty junk food!)

Hope it's gone by the end of the month so that you can score a good weight loss for April.


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Lousy day

Thursday, April 22, 2010

It's been an absolutely awful, disappointing let down of a day. I won't go into the details. Everytime I start thinking about it, start crying again. My eyes are feeling a bit dehydrated right now in spite of all the water I've been drinking (I got a new Tritan water bottle yesterday. Holds 32 oz., is BPA-free and has a nice sippy tube.). I've been doing well with my calories. It seems to be mostly weekends that I have a problem. I don't know why. It's not like I work Monday through Friday. Everyday is pretty much the same to me. Either I have clients to see or I don't. Oh well. Time for a cup of tea.

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MADGM66 4/23/2010 11:40AM

    I hope you feel better soon. Glad to hear you are keeping up the water. Hang in there. I'm sending positive thoughts your way. emoticon emoticon

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LEELEEPOO 4/22/2010 9:45AM

    Sorry you're having a bad day....hang in there...


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FICTIONRUNNER 4/22/2010 9:21AM

    I'm sorry you had a bad day! Take a deep breath and pick something to look forward to for a smile. With each down is an up, my friend. Stay strong! emoticon

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CARLY-81 4/22/2010 3:18AM

    I'm so sorry to hear you had a bad day. Whatever the circumstances just know that tomorrow is a new day and only you have the choice to embrace that day and make it the very best day you possibly can. Don't beat yourself up, just keep on going. I know you can do it! emoticon

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FITFIRST41 4/22/2010 2:31AM

    In spite of your lousy day you're still drinking your water. Good for you for staying on your journey.

Weekends and late at night can be tough for me even though I don't have a traditional M-F work schedule all of the time either.

Sometimes I think it may be boredom, sometimes a bit of depression for me. Try to get out and soak up some good ole Vitamin D. Check out a museum exhibit or something out of your usual schedule. I always feel better because I always see or end up meeting someone that without knowing it, inspires me to be thankful and move forward. emoticon

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MISS-GETS-FIT 4/22/2010 2:29AM

    I'm feein you on that. emoticon here's to a better day for the both of us tomorrow! :) Stay strong!!!

Comment edited on: 4/22/2010 3:52:31 AM

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MISS-GETS-FIT 4/22/2010 2:28AM

    I'm feein you on that. emoticon here's to a better day for the both of us tomorrow! :)

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Is Hypnosis the Answer?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I'm considering going to a hypnosis for weight-loss class. I tend to overeat when stressed or bored. Which is why, even if I were willing to take them, diet pills wouldn't work for me. Diet pills just suppress appetite and I'm not overeating because I'm hungry. I'm depressed, my stress levels are unreal and business is slow.
Before the economy crashed I was on the run a lot. Not much time to eat and lots of exercise chasing critters. I'm a professional petsitter by the way. But the last couple of years have been...well, you all know how it's been. Good news is things are turning around. Slow, but business is going in the right direction. People are starting to travel again and I'm hearing from clients who haven't needed me for a while. That helps the depression some. It's good to be needed.
But even when business was at it's peak, I still was depressed. Have been all my life. Top that off with a family that seriously makes you want to be an only child and you've got mega stress which doesn't help with weight loss. Which is why I'm considering hypnosis. If it can help with the stress and depression perhaps I will finally be able to deal with everything else.
Anyone here ever try hypnosis?

4/22/10. I did some looking around and found a class on learning self-hypnosis for weight loss offered by the Learning Exchange locally. They have two 2-hour sessions for $59. The next class is in May, but the second session is the same night as a rabies clinic I work. The next class is in July. It's something to think about.

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    I have tried it but they try to sell you more pills and supplements with it to suppress your appetite. I went too 2 different ones and they both did the same thing.

I loved the hypnosis part because it is very relaxing but it did not work for me or my girlfriends.

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CARLY-81 4/22/2010 3:28AM

    I personally have never tried hypnosis, but I have come across people who claim to have had amazing results with it. I say - why not go for it?? I actually considered trying hypnosis to help quit smoking last year but with a lot of hard work I was able to quit completely before I got the chance to give it a try.

Just in case you are interested - back when I was researching self hypnosis I came across a licensed hypnotherapist who actually sells self hypnosis CD's online at the same marketplace where I sell my artwork. Her prices seem very reasonable and the feedback from some of the people who purchased her CD's all seemed very positive so if you are interested in looking at what she has available it can be found here:

Good luck with your journey and stay positive! emoticon

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MADGM66 4/21/2010 12:46PM

    I don't know about hypnosis. Always been curious though. But I do know first hand about a lifetime of depression.
Lately I have been feeling rather happy and wondered why. Turns out the Fish Oil my doctor put me on is showing promise with depression.

I have now idea if that one change in my life did it for me or if it's because of the weight loss. I only mention it so you can do your own research.
Good luck with the hypnosis. I've often thought of doing it but never had the money at the right time. I hope it helps you. emoticon

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DAISES2 4/20/2010 7:43AM

    n ,never had it ,but it's got to be worth a try.
i have heard good things about paul mckeners home hypnosis tapes.i'm the same as you,when i'm depressed,which seems most of the time,i lose all control and just eat

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DAISES2 4/20/2010 7:43AM

    n ,never had it ,but it's got to be worth a try.
i have heard good things about paul mckeners home hypnosis tapes.i'm the same as you,when i'm depressed,which seems most of the time,i lose all control and just eat

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LEELEEPOO 4/20/2010 7:35AM

    I've never tried it. But I would really like to know if it works! So if you try it you had better let us all know.

Good luck!

And I am so with you re the eating. I don't eat because I'm hungry either (well, sometimes I do) but I eat because I am down or depressed.


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Tea Time

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Ahh, the end of another reasonably pleasant day. I got a lot done. My 2 old ladies got their stitches out and are back running on their wheel. It's a lovely evening to relax with a nice cup of tea (herbal, of course) and some dark chocolate chips. Yeah, I'm enjoying the moment.

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JAXX06 4/15/2010 2:17PM

    I just read an article in Prevention magazine about MUFAs (mono-unsaturated fats) and they say dark chocolate is an excellent MUFA choice. That eating it, along with watching calories, is a sure-fire way to spur on fat loss from the tummy.

I think I'll scare up some chocolate myself. :)

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LUMETH 4/15/2010 9:43AM

    Mmmh, tea and dark chocolate... what a lovely way to end a day!


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AGAINALWAYS 4/15/2010 2:26AM

    I really enjoy tea time. I love the rituals that go along with preparing it. I have 2 gorgeous Alice in Wonderland tea-for-ones that make it fun when I have someone over for tea and sympathy.

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