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Grateful

Friday, August 29, 2014

I'm really grateful to be a part of the Sparkpeople community. I'll be celebrating my 2nd year anniversary on this site next month. My life has really changed for the better. It's very important to have a site like this one to come to for so much encouragement and inspiration. I plan to keep Sparking!! It's my lifeline to improved health and fitness. There are still tons of resources I don't use on this site, so I still have a lot to look forward to. I love keeping my streak going of logging in daily and spinning the wheel. I have logged in over 700 days in a row.
I constantly use the nutrition and fitness trackers. This keeps me accountable to myself. I really enjoy reading blogs and sending and receiving spark goodie gifts.
My life truly has been blessed in many ways. I'm fitter, healthier, happier, and more confident. I owe it to myself to keep doing what's best for my body.

Keep Sparking Everyone!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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JUMPINJULIE 9/7/2014 9:24PM

    Great blog I love Sparkpeople.

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SETTIMIA 9/4/2014 10:13AM

    Hi just came across you blog and thought it was really inspiring. well done

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SONGBIRDPAULA 9/2/2014 10:01AM

    emoticon You are doing so wonderful and here is a big CONGRATULATIONS on your upcoming 2nd anniversary on the Spark and for all of the successes that you have had thus far on your journey! I am so glad that I got to meet you and your husband and to talk with you and that you are my friend! Thank you for all of the support that you have given me in my own personal journey!

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FUN2READ 8/30/2014 1:59PM

    Awesome on the logging in streak! My longest was in the 200's and broke that because of being away & no computer available.

You are a wonderful sparkfriend and I value you deeply!!! Keep on making yourself better in healthy ways! emoticon

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XIAOLINMEI 8/30/2014 11:42AM

    We started SP during the same week emoticon I admire your consistency and how you have achieved your goals and continue to achieve them! A big bravo and a big hug to you! What you have done is something to be proud of! Even the logging in strike is! I deleted my first account and created a second one last year to get a clean slate. But again, I m nowhere near where you are! We had the same tools but you had the spirit all along to make it and you did! I admire you and I m very happy for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAMES_IN_VT 8/29/2014 7:36PM

    That is really wonderful to hear! I don't know you, but I'm so happy to hear that you are doing so well! Being healthy in this world is SOOOO hard to do without support. I'm glad that we both found sparkpeople! Keep up the good work!

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GEORGE815 8/29/2014 7:25PM

    Keep up the good work.

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July Recap

Thursday, July 31, 2014

This month has been more challenging for me. I consistently ate over my daily calorie range and struggled with my food choices. I am up 1.6 pounds for the month. I did do well this month with exercise. I accumulated 1,450 fitness minutes. I am proud of that. I will keep using my tools and strive to get to my goal weight. I have 17 more pounds I want to lose.

Keep Sparking!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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SONGBIRDPAULA 8/29/2014 9:57AM

    emoticon emoticon and you will emoticon !

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JUMPINJULIE 8/4/2014 10:00PM

    You can do it.

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Keep Pushing!!

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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QUADCMOM 7/27/2014 8:33AM

    It's hard to travel and not give in to the "good food". LOL Way to go on being careful at the buffet. When I first started my weight loss I went from having a Sonic blast to a Sonic vanilla dish once per week. The dish only has about 250 calories.

Wishing you continued success !!!

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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 smaller and happier.

  
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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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