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Thursday, July 10, 2014

The month of July has been tough for me in regard to eating within my calorie range. I've eaten over my daily allotment everyday except one. There has been some extenuating circumstances such as out of state travel and a family reunion. I'm still eating consciously, but taking in too many calories. During my travel, the chip monster took over. If I could have just limited myself to one serving daily, I would have been within my calorie range. Chips (potato, tortilla, baked) are a weakness of mine and I just had too many.


Yesterday, I took a friend out to eat for her birthday. She chose the place. It was buffet. I tried to focus on veggies and meat. I stayed away from cakes, pies, candy, and cobblers. I did have a small bowl of frozen yogurt. I usually allow myself a 1/2 cup of frozen yogurt or ice cream daily in the summer time. The choices I made at the buffet weren't terrible, I just ate too much food.

I will emoticon to get back on track with eating within my calorie range. If you are not where you want to be right now, do NOT give up. One day at a time strive to meet your goals. emoticon emoticon

  
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JUMPINJULIE 7/17/2014 1:12AM

    You can do it. We can do it.

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XIAOLINMEI 7/16/2014 4:48PM

    emoticon emoticon I ve been eating too much lately too! I hear you! emoticon together emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 7/11/2014 6:59PM

    You read my crazy blogs??--I'm impressed!----Anyway--some days--life does get in the way------to-day I got my 10000 steps in but it was harder to-day!

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FUN2READ 7/11/2014 12:00PM

    I hear ya girl - sometimes life gets in the way of eating healthy/portion control. Being home all week last week I didn't track but tried to watch what I ate(since only shopped for that one week).

Then this week back in NY - I was the chip muncher. I haven't eated chips straight from the bag in a very long time. Just in a mood for days & couldn't get back in my NY routine.

Thankfully today I'm back to tracking and only healthy snacks.

Everyday is a new day for eating right & working out. Keep on pushing through it all!!!

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KATESCAPE 7/10/2014 2:10PM

    Hi Penny~ I can't imagine how hard it would be if I had to travel....You are making good food choices, the amount thing will fall back in line. You are aware of it, so you can work on it... emoticon emoticon

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CHANGING-TURTLE 7/10/2014 10:18AM

    emoticon emoticon You are doing the right thing bloging about it and getting your mind set.

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I look back to encourage myself to keep moving forward (pics)

Monday, June 09, 2014

On this journey, we are often stifled due to varies issues in this life. Being consistent with healthy habits is very difficult. I decided in September 2012 that this time I was NOT giving up. This time I am not going back to the unhealthy, miserable person that I was. When I have days where I'm eating out of control, I've decided to accept that it happened and get back on track as soon as possible. I'm a compulsive overeater who out of habit turns to food. I'm in recovery but I know that there will be days where I will go off track. It happened over the weekend on Saturday and Sunday. I've decided to not carry around guilt when I mess up. My lifestyle change consists of pushing through the difficult days and keeping my eye on the prizes of health, fitness, and inner peace.

After browsing over pictures of myself over the years on yesterday, it really helped me to realize the progress I have made. I must keep moving forward. I love myself and I am going to take care of myself. I only have one body and I choose to treat it with respect.

Keep Sparking everyone!! emoticon

Before Sparkpeople



This is me now enjoying a more fulfilling life.

  
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XIAOLINMEI 7/16/2014 4:50PM

    emoticon emoticon Looking great hon! Really inspiring pictures! emoticon emoticon

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HONEYBEESBLISS 6/17/2014 5:47PM

    Awesome!!! You look great and sound like you are doing great too!!!
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SONGBIRDPAULA 6/16/2014 12:18PM

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You look maaaaaaaaaaaavelous!

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JUMPINJULIE 6/12/2014 7:00PM

    You look Awesome. I love your No gulit I need to keep that in mind from now on.

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EMTCHICK109 6/12/2014 12:22PM

    Awesome! I need to take progress pictures along the way also.

You look fabulous!

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JANEMAR2 6/10/2014 3:56PM

    Fantastic!!! I often forget to take progress pictures, but what a help they can be.

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IRISHBEANERGAL 6/10/2014 12:40PM

    Wow, look at your PROGRESS! and the best part? That smile is firmly attached to your face in BOTH pictures.

Keep up the good work - be kind to yourself and know that you are doing the best you can!

~Irish

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STRONG_SARAH 6/10/2014 2:55AM

    You look great! That's a smart idea to motivate yourself. Keep up the good work!

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LADYGSC 6/9/2014 5:35PM

    emoticon You look emoticon Be blessed and spark on!!

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DRPEPPIE121 6/9/2014 3:25PM

    Wow! Great "before and after" shots! Good for you!

Try to find other ways to identify yourself, though... like, "I'm a compulsive overeater". ARE YOU? Is that WHO you are?

What other ways can you define yourself with? Or does the overeater part define everything about you?

Something to think about... :-)

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FUN2READ 6/9/2014 11:03AM

    Awesome photos!

No Life is perfect and neither are we so ,in recognizing that you ate too much, You have become successful in changing your habits! A lot of people do not acknowledge & realize this fact. By going right back to your healthy eating will keep the weight off
Keep up the good work!




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No more pizza buffets

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Today, I made some unwise food choices. I just didn't practice portion control at lunch and paid for it the rest of the day. I am just so bloated and miserable!!
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I had double portions of salad and pizza today. My body is just not happy with the abuse I put it through. Since my lifestyle change, I've been allowing myself to have two slices of pizza when I decide to eat it. This has been working great. I will be going back to my plan. Going to a pizza buffet is a rarity for me. I just decided to take my husband because I knew he would enjoy it. Portion control and self-control got left outside of the restaurant. Since I realize I'm not strong enough to go in this environment without overeating, I will avoid going in the future. I will just order a pizza and eat at home!!

We live and learn!! Keep Sparking!! emoticon

  
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SONGBIRDPAULA 6/16/2014 12:16PM

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I have trouble with self-serve restaurants, example, Golden Corral.I still don't trust myself and get very nervous in going to eating establishments of this type.I believe in playing it safe and we still go to the styles of restaurants at a very limited amount. You can do this… I just know it!

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JUMPINJULIE 6/12/2014 6:58PM

    No worries.

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FUN2READ 6/8/2014 4:19PM

    With your weight loss journey- it is always a trial & error. It's so much easier to just do takeout/eat in pizza-eating 2 slices & freezing the rest.

Back in my 20's went to a great buffet place. Came home so sick & never went back to any buffet place ever. Just couldn't handle it!

In going out to eat, I rarely finish my dinner. Always -only eat half and take home the rest for left over lunch or dinner.


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KATELJM 6/7/2014 11:10PM

    Typically buffets lend to overeating. But when my SO wants to go to a particular restaurant, I study the menu before I go so I know what to order.

I constantly have to remind myself that it is really okay to resign from the clean plate club!

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Herniated Discs

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Well, I guess I will have to be patient a while longer and just accept that I'm going to have to focus mainly on walking for exercise. I had two MRI's done earlier this week and the tests revealed that I have a herniated disc in my neck and one in my lower back. I'm not sure how this is going to play out in the future.

One thing I do know is that I plan to keep sparking!! My current goal is to maintain my current loss of 65 pounds and strive to lose 2 pounds a month until the end of 2014.

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JUMPINJULIE 6/12/2014 6:57PM

    I'm sorry to hear that. Sending hugs and prayers. Keep sparking

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SONGBIRDPAULA 6/2/2014 8:44AM

    I'm really so sorry to hear about your physical situation. When I first became disabled in 2003, along in my long list of issues was 2 herniated disc's in my lower back, L4 and L5. They gave me all sorts of pain medications which never alleviated any of the pain and then they prescribed the dreaded physical therapy. Let me tell you what.....I will never regret that treatment that they gave me over several weeks. The treatment never hurt one bit and in fact, I joked with them that I would love to purchase the bed that they would have me lay on for it to take place. Let me encourage you that this will not be the end of your rainbow journey. You have come so far and done so well.....you will be back and going again in no time. I know that you can and will continue on in your success!

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ISNESS 5/27/2014 11:49PM

    This is really a pity.. and bad luck..
I think having a situation where you have legs up and head down, so that the spine can rest and recover could help. I had such a bed in Germany and would sleep like this, I felt fresher in the mornings. There are also such constructions which put you into similar position to buy... It is healthy for everyone who is sitting in a chair too many hours.. Get better soon!


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FUN2READ 5/25/2014 11:22AM

    Take very good care of yourself & go easy! Walking is a great way to exercise and build your strength & easy on your body! Find out from doctor if you can live weights (like 2 to 3 pounders) for some strength training too.

One day at a time as you've worked so hard to get all that weight off - maybe maintaining it for the next several months might be the way to go.

Remember maintenance is the hardest part of the weight loss journey so if you can do that- then you have made a lot more progress. Losing those last few pounds will come in time. emoticon

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LADYGSC 5/24/2014 5:14PM

    emoticon take care and spark on!

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Injury Update

Monday, May 12, 2014

Hi, Spark Friends.

I just wanted to give you a quick update on what's going on with me. At the current time I'm struggling with eating within my daily calorie range. I'm still on a restricted exercise level. I really do miss going to the recreation center and using the weight and elliptical machines. I also miss the biweekly Zumba class I was attending on Tuesday nights.

My urge to eat emotionally has increased greatly. I'm fighting to keep it under control. I'm not in as much pain as I was a few weeks ago. I'm healing slowly but surely and taking it one day at a time.

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SONGBIRDPAULA 5/19/2014 8:57AM

    emoticon Sorry to hear about your injury!

Dear LaShonda,

I sure do hope that you get to feeling better and will get back to your normal self so that you can return to going to your exercise like you want to.When we are feeling bad, emotional eating is at our peak… At least I know it is for me.The main thing is to keep our eating in line if at all possible, and to remember that if you do slip-up not to beat yourself up over it! You have come so far and done so well, I know that you will make it over this hurdle and continue on your way to stardom!

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JUMPINJULIE 5/16/2014 4:01PM

    I hope you will feel better soon.

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FUN2READ 5/13/2014 4:23PM

    Will walking help you for your workouts. Keep up with the healthy eating and get better really soon!!!!

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