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The journey includes relearning what I used to know

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The longer I stay on this weight loss journey, the more twists and turns the road seems to take. I guess it's an ongoing education: Some knowledge learned by reading, some by experience and the inspiration of others, some by trial and error, and some by success. It's complicated, as they say. Right now I'm in the process of relearning things that I thought I knew and had safely mastered, such as which food plan works for me, how to avoid temptations, how to dine out, and what circumstances caused me the most trouble. I'm getting a passing grade on some of these, but not all. I still find myself in circumstances and with people that cause me to overeat, places that have red flags that didn't fly them in the past, foods that I had seemingly conquered that now appeal to me once again, and a food plan that I apparently have veered very far from without even realizing how far down the slippery slope I had slipped. So now, after a bout of intestinal illness, and a recurring problem with inflammation which took the guise of painful Sciatica, I am working my way back to the true path again. I'm inspiring myself to do better, even as I write, as I hope those who read this can relate and rethink where you are on the path, as well. I am also rededicating myself to full participation in Spark again, because I found that the more time I spend here, the better off I am. You all inspire me and through your experience and sharing I find myself being motivated to continue and press on toward the goal. With God's help and that of the friends I travel this journey with, I know that emoticon

  
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IOWAGRAMMA 8/27/2014 9:46PM

    Patty, wishing you (and me) all the best! Yep...seems like we have to keep learning and re-learning all the time!! Keep up the hard work, though, and we will both be successful! Hugs, Jeannie

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GARDENQE2 8/26/2014 3:06PM

    The title of your blog could be my motto.
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RHOOK20047 8/26/2014 1:34PM

    Well, we get in our own way too often on this weight loss journey and many things need to be relearned, Just stick with it and you will find success.

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JOHNMARTINMILES 8/26/2014 11:12AM

    Life is a constant process of learning, re-learning and un-learning. Bask in its greatness

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

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SANDRALEET 8/26/2014 11:05AM

    All foods in moderation balanced work best for me

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Changing meal time to hunger time

Friday, August 15, 2014

It was only a few minutes after 11 am but I wanted food, so since I had just opened a new bottle of fruit flavored water, I decided to put together a quick little lunch to go with it. A heavy fiber- rich rye bread, a few slices of soy cheese and a pickle spear. I clicked on to Spark for some lunchtime encouragement and found a great article about why we eat too much. It was just the thing I needed to read with my meal.So now I'm full, and will look for a project around the house to keep myself busy until I go out to do some errands. That's how you get through the day when all you really want to do is sit on the couch with a movie on the Kindle, and veg out 'til the next snack urge comes along. I found recently that eating early prior to the "lunchtime" hour really works for me when I'm at home. There's an old Irish folk song that goes, " I'll eat when I'm hungry and drink when I'm dry, and if moonshine don't get me, I'll live 'til I die!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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CTUPTON 8/23/2014 7:27AM

    Oh god, do I love Irish music! When I wrote an email to you this morning, I had not realized how much weight you have lost. You must have worked very hard for that. Thanks for being a great role model for me. I have been at this a long, long time. I keep thinking "OK, Ive got it now." But my weight loss has been turtle slow. 30 lbs in 5-6 years. At least it is coming down. of course. And again, thanks for commenting on my blog--solution centered weight loss by Dean Anderson.

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DOLLIE6 8/19/2014 12:14PM

    I eat real weird , I have been told. but it works for me. I eat breakfast at 7:00, lunch at 11:00, dinner or supper at 3:00 or 4:00. I have a snack at 6:30. Sometimes when I get through with my exercise I have a little snack if I need it. you eat what keeps you from overeating or bingeing. keep on sparking.

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IOWAGRAMMA 8/16/2014 10:28AM

    Sounds like a great way to make your day work for you! Good job!!! Hugs, Jeannie

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JILL313 8/15/2014 11:21PM

    Hi Patty, Like you if I don't let myself go too long between meals and/or have a snack then I usually don't overeat. However, truthfully time does get away sometimes then I eat way too much. I have such a sweet tooth and that's the area I need to work on more. I like the Irish saying you shared here. Moving forward shouldn't be an option for any of us but sometimes life's issues do get in our way. Take good care my wonderful friend.

Hugs & Love,

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SANDRALEET 8/15/2014 1:08PM

    Smart move

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When will I ever learn?????

Sunday, July 06, 2014

When will I ever learn????????????????I brought Tootsie roll pops to church with me today, because I found myself eating a couple of them every night, and that's just way too much sugar for me. Plus, it's a threat to my teeth, and I don't need to encourage having cavities at my age. So, I did what I have been doing the for past several weeks when confronted with goodies that are far too overwhelming for me, I packed the remaining lollipops into a little bundle with a rubber band, and gave them to the pastor's son for distribution among the kids who were allowed to have them. I love sharing the goodies, but if I could just keep them out of reach to start with, I wouldn't have to go through all the stress of fighting the urges and temptations that lead up to getting rid of the nuisance goodies. When, oh when, will I ever get a grip on this problem? At least I'm learning how to handle it after the fact, so maybe the next step will be to avoid it to start with. I used to be capable of doing that, but somehow, my resolve broke down along the way.
But that's what new days are all about, and one day at a time, I can overcome these temptations once again. The odd thing is that I DO resist temptation every day, but sometimes at night, when I'm sitting on the couch with my Kindle watching my movies and video series, I start taking mental inventory of my kitchen and what's in every cabinet and the fridge. Maybe I have to make up certain evening snacks for the couch and go to bed when the snacks are gone. Groan........that sounds like so much energy when I'm tired!!!!!!!!! 'Will keep you posted on progress! Please send along any suggestions.
PS. I can't go for a walk, I use a wheelchair. emoticon

  
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DEERLADY45 8/13/2014 3:14PM

    That was a great Idea! ya, i cant have chips around at all or ii get in to them and not eat just one but all! Hugs, BONZ

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DOLLIE6 8/8/2014 3:10PM

    You can beat this addiction. You'll get stronger and stronger. I'm down to one tablespoon of honey on my popcorn and one square of Newman's dark chocolate about every other night. I do not eat any artificial sweetness it makes me want sweets. I have not drank sweet tea or sodas in years. You would think with all the things I do not do I would not have any problems. I have never learned to maintain when I lose weight but I will this time. Good luck on your health journey. I believe in you.

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JILL313 7/9/2014 11:08AM

    Hi Patty, Have you tried buying the Werther's Sugar Free hard candies. They are more emoticon emoticon pricey than ones with sugar but for me who still doesn't trust myself not to overeat the sweet stuff having these to eat instead of high calorie sugary food does help me. Why is it that every night close to my bedtime I start craving something sweet to eat. So these fit the bill perfectly for not touching anything with more calories & sugar. I know I'd overeat that Tootsie roll pops, probably the whole bag, at night so that's not allowed in my house. Have a wonderful day.

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SANDRALEET 7/7/2014 9:56AM

    How we return to that little kid at hearth

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NELLJONES 7/7/2014 7:24AM

    This is why I don't even keep snacks in the house. They call my name.

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IOWAGRAMMA 7/6/2014 11:14PM

    Patty, I think it's one thing "know" something intellectually, but to be able to "do" that same something is a different story. For me, if it's in the house I will eat it. I try not to buy that kind of stuff, but I have a husband who likes an occasional treat. The only thing I've found that I don't overdose on is Werther's sugar free hard candies!! So odd...I love them, but don't seem to have to have more than my "intellectually" agreed upon 1 serving. Since it's hard candy, it takes a while for me to have them. Anyway, good luck to you! You had some, you gave the rest away, and you're moving forward! All important steps in this journey, in my opinion!! emoticon

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SINGINGLADY47 7/6/2014 8:35PM

    Well, I must confess. I took a box of Keebler crackers that were getting the best of me the other night and filled the box with water. Works every time. I know better than to buy that kind of thing. I am like you....when will I ever learn!!! We just have to take it as we all know, one day at a time. And never make a grocery list when we are hungry or go grocery shopping when we are hungry. And above all else stay out of the snacks aisle. God bless us both. I will keep you in my prayers. Hugs, Judy

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WINACHST 7/6/2014 8:20PM

    I am the same way and often ask myself the same question. With all the research I have done, I would think I would know better and not buy the "treats" to begin with. I find that the more nutritious food I eat the less I crave the junk and then when I do eat the junk, I find it does not meet my expectations because most often it will taste nasty.

Remember this journey is a progress and there will be bumps and loops along the way. Think about the progress you have made and make that your focal point rather than what you think of as failure. Life grades on the curve and often our score is better than we think it ought to be.

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LIVELYGIRL2 7/6/2014 8:08PM

  Maybe don't purchase them, if they are trouble.

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LACEYKYLE 7/6/2014 7:22PM

    That's emoticon that you brought the rest to church to give away and also that you can admit there's a problem at night. I think most of us have a problem at night. I know I do. I think for me it's my reward after being busy all day. I feel it's my reward at night. Hang in there, we can do this.

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ROBLEE2 7/6/2014 7:16PM

    Good job giving up the extra suckers - In my opinion that is getting a grip on the problem. Maybe not perfect but you didn't eat them all!

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RAPUNZEL53 7/6/2014 5:34PM

  Good Luck!

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I chased temptation out the door again.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Guess who came over on my birthday with a lovely present, and what else? A BIG TRAY OF COOKIES. This time they were my very favorite bakery style decorated butter cookies from my favorite very sweet neighbor, once again. So they will take a ride to church with me tomorrow and afterwards I'll take them to the nice people in recovery at Hope House. It gives me a great sense of relief as I write this blog, to commit this tray of temptation to its' new owners in the presence of my Spark Friends. Accountability is a big part of recovery from overeating, because left to our own devices, there are just no boundaries or limits sometimes. Plus, I know how happy they will be knowing that someone cares to to give them such a nice treat. AND I'LL BE SO HAPPY KNOWING THIS TEMPTATION HAS WALKED OUT MY DOOR ONCE AGAIN!!! emoticonThank you Jesus! emoticon

  
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DOLLIE6 8/8/2014 3:21PM

    Good for you. I think we are all quilty of being enablers at some time in our life. I love to feed people, that's my way of showing love. I am learning there are other ways to show love and that also applies to me.

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NELLJONES 6/22/2014 7:58AM

    Why do people think that sweet treats are always welcome? At least they'll find a happy recipient elsewhere!

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SANDRALEET 6/21/2014 1:41PM

    Temptation is our steady companion

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The day temptation went out the door

Monday, June 16, 2014

On Sunday I packed a shopping bag with two boxes of cookies and a one pound box of a famous brand chocolate truffles, and left for church. I enjoyed the service and afterwards I headed off for my morning coffee and Sunday paper, minus the box of chocolates. I had regifted them to a nice lady at church who was celebrating her birthday next week. But I was still stuck with two boxes of bakery cookies, and there was no way they way they were coming back home with me. after I picked up my paper, I continued on to Wendy's for one of their great Apple Pecan salads and went to a favorite spot near the lake to enjoy in lunch in the beautiful fresh air. On the way I had passed a drug rehab center and saw a couple of residents sitting outside. So after I finished my lunch I drove back to the center and pulled up at the gate. I offered the bag with the cookies to the gate people, explaining that I couldn't have sugar, so couldn't eat them. I wished them a happy Father's Day and drove off. I don't know who was happier, them or me. I think ME. I was SO HAPPY to be finally rid of these "gifts" that I had received from well-meaning friends for my upcoming birthday. My thank you notes just said how sweet it was that they thought of me, and how I appreciated that! emoticon emoticon !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  
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NANCYPAT1 6/17/2014 8:09AM

    What a lovely way to deal with temptations

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SUNRISE141 6/17/2014 6:36AM

    emoticon I AM SO PROUD OF YOU and have been praying for you on the team GOD ANSWERS PRAYER ! He is working in your life because you are letting him. I am here for you my friend anytime. You are in my prayers daily ! emoticon

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JILL313 6/16/2014 11:19PM

    It's so true when we give from our Heart to others, especially those less fortunate, I think we benefit even more than they do. It was a very kind of you & also helped keep temptation away. I'm very proud of you my dear friend. Sounds like you had a wonderful day taking in the fresh air with a healthy Wendy's salad to enjoy. Your a Blessing to those around you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SANDRALEET 6/16/2014 10:03PM

   
Our over flow is someone else blessing

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TIMOTHY53 6/16/2014 8:12PM

    Always gotta be careful of what you regift to whom. I gave my sister bac something she gave to me. "No, Pat! I liked it so much I thought you shpould have one too." She didn't buy that.

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IOWAGRAMMA 6/16/2014 7:09PM

    Patty, that is a wonderful way to "get rid" of things that are just too much of a temptation. It's also a great lesson for me. Although I don't buy things like that, occasionally they find their way in the house via someone else. Giving it away will be my plan in the future, even if it is over the objection of my DH. He doesn't need them either!! Good job!! emoticon

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