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A look in the mirror - Tales from 100# Down

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

If you are on one of my teams you saw this post already today but I felt it was worth sharing with you:

A Look in the Mirror

I am going to share with you from "real experiences" (some mine, some previous team members). If you see yourself in any of these stories it wasn't because I am talking about YOU but only that you have fallen into the same detours as many before you. "I" have been in many of these detours myself so can speak with authenticity about them. The names are all made up.

Regina - Regina loves to exercise and will easily get 45 minutes of good cardio a day but her weight stays the same because she's eating more justified by her exercise. Here is the thing. Regina weighs 180 pounds and even that 45 minutes of elliptical only burned 338 calories. She justified that small chocolate shake at McDonald's because of her workout but it had 580 calories.

Marjorie - Marjorie is great at planning. She can come up with meal plans that are spot on in nutrition value and calories. She can have the perfect workout planned with strength training for every body part with stretching and cool down. She can make a vision board with motivational phrases and pictures. What's the problem? Marjorie is waiting for "tomorrow" to start and tomorrow never comes.

Tim - Tim is all in or all out. He can have a perfect Monday,Thursday and Sunday but he undoes all his good efforts on those days by his out of control eating the rest and his night at the club on Saturday tossing back shots and eating nachos.

Stacy - Stacy makes bargains with herself. I can have these three cookies because I'm not going to have bread at dinner but dinner comes and she has the bread anyway putting her calories over the top for the day.

Allison - Allison is a sneak eater. What nobody sees her eat she forgets about. This includes driving through McDonald's after dropping the kids at the pool and getting a small french fry and diet coke (which justifies the fries). She also will carry a candy bar she purchased into the bathroom to eat it as nobody thinks twice about the closed door and she can eat in privacy.

Tom - Tom never weighs or measures anything. He just opens the box and pours his cereal til the bowl is full. If he would measure he would see he just ate 2-1/2 servings of that granola at a whopping 575 calories without milk!

Alana - Alana can't understand why she's not losing because she's eating only 1200 calories a day. Here is the thing. She's only LOGGING 1200 calories a day but she's getting much more than that because she's not weighing and measuring her portions, counting the french fries she's nibbling off her children's plates or the licks and tastes cooking for her family.

Belinda - Belinda isn't losing and doesn't get it because she walks every day with her mother for 30 minutes. Of course her walk is more of a stroll as they talk the whole time and a good walking pace should leave one a little breathy when talking. Belinda is also relying on that walk to undo those extra calories she nibbles.

George - George is a grazer and has no clue how many calories he is eating but he is only eating healthy food so why is he gaining weight. You CAN gain weight on ANY food if your calories exceed your burn over a period of time. Just because those Snackwell cookies are low in fat does not mean they are calorie free or quality food.

Julia - Julia is in flat denial. She only looks at her face in the mirror fixing her makeup beautifully. She avoids all full-length mirrors and her clothes that are now too tight must surely have shrunk. She also avoids the scales because in all reality she doesn't want to know if she has gained. This only leads to her getting further into that detour.

Blake - Blake is on an accountability team but when she's eating out of control she avoids the team because she doesn't want to be reminded she IS "eating out of control". Her avoidance denies the very support and encouragement that would help her get back on track.

Mattie - Mattie just doesn't feel good. She's not got a serious illness or disease she just has a sniffly cold or a headache. That happens in life and when we aren't feeling our best we tend to want to just skip exercise and eat comfort food. This is when we need to PUSH THROUGH and continue to eat well, hydrate and at least "move" a little. Maybe we exchange our 5 mile run for a 2 mile walk or our Zumba class for a DVD at home but we won't have 365 days of feeling great and we can't afford to just blow off the days we don't if we want to make sustained progress.

George - George is the excuse man. He's got an excuse for everything. I had to eat pizza for lunch because my wife forgot to pack my salad. I had to skip the gym because that road had construction and I would have had to drive 3 miles out of the way. I didn't track my calories because I deleted my app on my phone. I couldn't log into the team because I had a morning meeting with my boss. It's always something and yet he find time to play pinball with his neighbor, he manages to download the latest game on his iphone and he drove 7 miles out of his way to get Cold Stone Creamery.

Geraldine - Geraldine blames everyone else. Her captain didn't send her a personal reminder to weigh in. Her husband didn't buy her the low-fat yogurt. Her next door neighbor didn't go for a walk with her. Her grocery store stopped carrying the 35 calorie bread. It's all someone else's fault.

Andrea - Andrea is a binge eater. She will go to the store and buy a bag of powdered doughnuts and they are gone by supper. She may only eat 500 calories the rest of the day but no matter - she went over her calories on those doughnuts alone. She thinks she is undoing the damage but she is STILL way over for the day.

Tamara - Tamara is a quitter. Anything that is too hard she quits. She joins dozens of spark teams, has joined many gym classes, bought countless diet books but the minute it's hard or not convenient or she has a bad weigh-in she quits.

IS ONE OF THESE YOU? What are you going to do TODAY to change the direction of your journey? Make a positive step forward and remember that the benefits are concrete. BETTER HEALTH.

WE CAN DO THIS!

  
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SHANTODD420 7/9/2014 6:40PM

    Wow thanks for sharing I can see myself in a few of these need to change things up.

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MAYBER 7/3/2014 2:47PM

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts Found myself in many of the scenarios Best wishes as you continue on your journey one day at a time love prayers peace God Bless
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MOMTO6CUTIES 6/26/2014 11:03AM

    This is a very good blog. thank you for sharing this blog.

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FURRYBABIESMAMA 6/20/2014 11:58PM

    Wow! Allow me to introduce myself: I am Tamara Stacy. In all seriousness though, this is a great post. I can see many traits of each of these in me.

It is nice to know I am not alone, or crazy or just a loser. Sometimes it is easy to have those thoughts about yourself when those traits come out and come out strong.

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AVRENIM1 6/15/2014 12:22AM

    Hello, call me Blake. Guilty as charged.

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COLOR-BLUE 6/14/2014 6:04PM

    Throughout my entire lifetime of DIEting and though my healthy lifestyle change, I've been all of these at one time or another. I'm not proud of that fact, but the truth is the truth. Right now I'm on a medical hold from my doctor, for a fast heart beat, and they want to find out what's going on. I wasn't tracking anything, as I was also running a 101.7 fever, so I just ate anything that I didn't have to cook or put too much effort into. Today is the first day, I've even started to feel better. My fever is still here, but not as high. Tomorrow, will be back to tracking, EVERYTHING. With no exercise and being on steroids now, I don't even want to get on that scale, but it's a must. Lord, pull this back into control and give me a healthy body again!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
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MRSRIGS1 6/6/2014 8:08PM

    Unfortunately, I am ALL of them! At one time or another, I can identify with each of their problems. I know I need to go back and visit my drawing board (goals etc.) Thanks for sharing this insightful blog! emoticon

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COOLRAIN 6/6/2014 2:43PM

    Been there; done that! emoticon

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MARAGRAM 6/5/2014 4:27PM

    HAVE DONE MANY OF THOSE, BUT no more!

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PENOWOK 6/5/2014 12:56PM

    Takes away all the excuses!! Ouch!!!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 6/5/2014 1:20AM

    Thanks for the blog. yes one of them is me. Not saying which!

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CICELY360 6/5/2014 12:13AM

  good blog

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TREYONE 6/4/2014 11:39PM

  Great blog!!! I have always said that supporting others helps because their is usually something in each person's story that you can relate back to your own situation.

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MARYJEANSL 6/4/2014 10:37PM

  I think there is a little bit of me in all of those scenarios.

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PCASEY7 6/4/2014 10:03PM

    Great blog!

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LIVELYGIRL2 6/4/2014 9:57PM

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DIANNEMT 6/4/2014 8:46PM

    I am so glad that I am ME and doing GOOD THINGS for ME!

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SUSIEMT 6/4/2014 8:34PM

    I have been in each of those little scenarios at one time or another! I prefer to live in the here and now and being honest with my trackers. Good blog Suzanne!

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PATRICIAANN46 6/4/2014 6:36PM

  emoticon ............very thought-provoking!!!

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GRLTAZ 6/4/2014 6:36PM

    Sounds all too familiar. LOL. On track at present but appreciate the reminder that the road is not always smooth. Construction happens every where, my body, my exercise, my drive to work, my eating. Thanks !

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LOOKINFORHOME 6/4/2014 5:43PM

    Oh my! Not just one of these, but several! It is time to get serious! Thank you for this post!

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CFMOSS 6/4/2014 4:58PM

    Those seem to reflect a good portion of who most of us are....funny how we can explain anything we want to with a little spin.

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NONNAOF2 6/4/2014 3:43PM

  You sure did cover a lot of situations! I'm sure I've been in one of them! I have my handy measuring tools close at hand these days these days and following to the "T" what my Nutritionist set up for me! :-)

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HOPESINGH 6/4/2014 2:14PM

    Sometimes I behave like Mattie or Blake. But I'm getting better at it, finding the compromises that are better than not pushing through it!
So inspiring, as usual!

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JSEATTLE 6/4/2014 10:34AM

  Yes, depending on the day or week, I can see myself in many.

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LCRUMLEY81 6/4/2014 9:37AM

  Great Read

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GOOSIEMOON 6/4/2014 9:37AM

    This was great to see today. On any given day, I have parts of several of these folks lurking inside of me. Glad I'm not alone. emoticon

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DJSHIP46 6/4/2014 8:43AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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TRYINGHARD54 6/4/2014 8:08AM

    they are all me, I wish I knew how to get my act together. i know how to do it, just can't seem to do it right this time. :-(

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SHERYLP461 6/4/2014 7:32AM

    I see myself in all of these people.

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BESSHAILE 6/4/2014 7:16AM

    And in truth - All of them are me or .. I have been each of them at some time or another.

Thank goodness there is the other me,who keeps coming back and trying again.

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SHARON7464 6/4/2014 6:40AM

    I have been most of those people at one time or another and although I'm losing slowly I know the exact reason yet I dont see a character for it. I eat well all week ( within my range) and exercise five days a week sometimes seven. The problem is I give myself the weekends to cheat and it's really hard to out run the fork and martini glass.

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CHERYLHURT 6/4/2014 5:44AM

  I have been there!!!

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JIBBIE49 6/4/2014 12:39AM

    Have you watched the show "SECRET EATERS" from England? Oh, they follow these people and they catch them eating all the time, after the tell the people "Oh, I only have 1300 calories a day and I can't lose weight." They find that they eat about 3000.

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Taking a lesson from our grandmothers. Tales from 100# Down

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

As many of you know I have recently given up city life for country life. BIG change from the 'burbs of Chicago to the rural countryside of the mid-south but other than VERY slow internet it's all been good. I've been able to get my weight loss going again (I had been on a long plateau after a holiday uptick of about 6 pounds) and the surprising thing is that I don't have ONE piece of my gym equipment here nor the plethora of diet foods available in the Chicago market. So what's the difference?

The difference is my life has returned more to that of my grandmother's. I work harder, I walk more, I'm more active and there are not restaurants within a half hour drive and even then choices are few. This forces me to cook and when I cook I don't eat that quick open mouth stuff face kind of junk! I'm eating quality food and getting good old fashioned activity.

Everything is more work here. Our garage is across the "lane" from our house so when I need something from the garage I have to take a little walk and that's up and down the hill. Mowing has become a HUGE job and yes I push mow about 2 acres around the house. I do more sweeping (dusty in the country). I am gardening. I'm not sitting around at my computer desk watching tv or surfing the internet like I used to. Hmm. Sounds like my grandmother's life.

I'm enjoying new things. I'm going to make my first stab at making blackberry jelly this year. We have oodles of them which should ripen about July. I'm going to be canning and freezing.

So all of this activity and home cooking is seeing the scale go down. Ah - the benefits of country living.

You don't have to live in the country to benefit from this. Just start cooking more. Stop eating out so much. Start getting out of your chair and get busy! You too will see a change.

  
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HOLLYL7 6/16/2014 1:04PM

    Loved this blog Suzanne =) It is an interesting lesson that you are doing better with less of the diet/fitness "stuff." I am one that finds it easier to waste time researching and buying the next best thing when I'm falling down on my program, and I now know that is simply a more expensive way to procrastinate just doing what needs to be done! (close mouth; move feet!!)

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ANIHAKA 5/25/2014 6:54AM

    Sounds familiar. I can't wait to return to the country life and work on my garden like you. What you've said is spot on, country life means being on the go all the time in a healthy non stressful way.

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KIM22211 5/16/2014 4:19AM

    WE EAT OUT ABOUT ONCE OR TWICE A MONTH. FAR CRY FROM WHEN IT WAS SEVERAL TIMES A WEEK! Saving $$$$$$$$ is the biggest benefit for us, but healthier choices controlled at home too!

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LYNMEINDERS 5/14/2014 5:31PM

    Brilliant....it is great how things have changed for you....woohoo...

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PEGGYO 5/14/2014 11:04AM

    great ideas

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SUSIEMT 5/14/2014 9:36AM

    Ahhh! Shades of "Green Acres"!

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KALEWINE 5/14/2014 12:46AM

    Sounds lovely!

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L*I*T*A* 5/14/2014 12:07AM

    great advice.........
all the best with your new changes.........

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COLOR-BLUE 5/13/2014 10:16PM

    Pink,

emoticon and emoticon to you, for being able to move out in the country and more importantly, the scale is moving DOWNWARD!!!!

Oh how I miss that country living! I remember bailing the hay, planting and reaping the harvest from the vegetable garden. I didn't know, when was a kid, that corn and sunflowers got so tall and huge.

Again, congrats on your move and the joy that you'll reap!!!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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4RASCALS 5/13/2014 7:33PM

    emoticon Good for you. I'm sure that you sleep much better also.
It's a much slower place than city life. Let us know how the blackberry jelly turns out.

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 5/13/2014 6:00PM

    Busy busy busy!!!

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LUVSBULLDOGS 5/13/2014 5:19PM

    Last year I made jam with a low sugar recipe. Everyone liked it better than the jam I'd made in years past. I used to love freezer jam, but now you have to add corn syrup to it. Hope you enjoy yourself gardening and everything that goes with your country life. I mow with a push mower, also. Love it and it's a good workout. If I mow the whole place with the push mower, I walk 8 miles. Unbelievable!!! Enjoy your lifestyle.

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BETHLOVESBIKING 5/13/2014 5:14PM

    What a beautiful picture of country life! I remember my grandma and how active she was. She lived to almost 100, grew a huge garden every year, cooked everything from scratch. She canned a lot, although in later years she said "I'm getting lazy---I'd rather freeze than can." I also remember her saying once that she didn't allow herself to sit down until after the mid-day meal was over (which was the biggest meal of the day.) She was on her feet making a big breakfast, and an even bigger noon meal. After lunch she sat and did ironing, or needlework. Evening meal was very light. No computer screens. No nearby restaurants. She did watch one afternoon soap opera, but folded laundry or did needlework at the same time. She was really fit and never gained weight!

Congratulations to you! Enjoy your new life!

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DEBSZOO74 5/13/2014 4:42PM

    Your new country life sounds great!

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JEANNETTE59 5/13/2014 3:05PM

  emoticon Bet you're sleeping better too!

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NEWBERRYBEAR71 5/13/2014 2:38PM

    I've always felt I should have been my grandparents parents. I'm 42 but would have loved to have been born in the early 1900's. I think we lost a lot with tvs, computers, cars etc. Back then family was close by and neighbors helped each other. Food came from the backyard, not the closest fast food joint. Enjoy that blackberry jam!

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PINKBEANBOO 5/13/2014 2:30PM

    I love reading about how different your life in the country is.

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 5/13/2014 2:23PM

    Loved the story. I moved from big city life in Southern California to country life of a very small community in NE Texas. Life is much slower. I learned how to can and garden also. Did it for several years but now that I am in my sixty's living alone I don't do it anymore. No children to share it with all my step children live over 8 hrs. away and aren't inclined to call or visit. I do piddle in the yard some and love my walks and enjoy the quite life. Hugs Pat

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KJHOUSTON 5/13/2014 1:45PM

    Great advice as always!

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WALKINGGRANDMA 5/13/2014 1:35PM

    Love the picture you painted. I'm so happy you are in the country now. Hope the babies enjoy it as much.

Fresh produce, yard work, having to move to get things done are all good things to do. Good for you.

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NASFKAB 5/13/2014 1:07PM

  great advice

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Finding a silver lining. Tales From 100# Down

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

A week ago Sunday night I was sick... not the sniffly cold kind of sick. I'm talking SICK. I won't go into the nasty details here but suffice it to say I ended up at the hospital and it's taken nearly a week to get back on my feet.

Now the good thing that happened... I dropped a bunch of weight. Granted, not the best way BUT while I was so sick I thought about a lot of my food choices over the past weeks. That timely review showed me just how far from the plumb line of healthy eating I had drifted.

It's easy to do. We get bored with watercress sandwiches and tofu (an exaggeration, but you get my point). Now I have to find a way to propel myself forward from this point as I'm almost to my lowest weight since I first started gaining post-marriage ( 37 years ago!)

I admit it's given me a new "breath of life". I want to push into that new territory. I want to keep Onederland in my sights. I just have to keep my focus. I'm still not back to full exercise. My strength has been slow to return but I'm managing some short 10-15 minute sessions on the elliptical and I keep pushing to stay out of my chair.

I set a 3% goal for the next 6 weeks. Granted I may fall short but setting the goal will at least help me push toward it and that can't help but move me in the right direction. This journey is all about forward progress and I'm going to try to get on down the road a bit while I have some newfound enthusiasm and motivation.

This is the time of year you can either relax and reload for Fall OR you can continue to push through the summer knowing that your best opportunity for outdoor fitness and exercise is NOW.

Think I'm going to hit that elliptical for a quick 10!

PRESS ON!

  
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NASFKAB 5/13/2014 9:27PM

  you doing a great job

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BETHLOVESBIKING 5/13/2014 5:17PM

    Get better soon! Keeping onederland in sight---love it!!

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COLOR-BLUE 5/11/2014 9:08PM

    Pink,

I'm delighted to see that you're doing better! Just take it easy as when your body is re-cooperating, it's very sensitive, and any little thing can upset the apple cart.

Thank you so much for giving me some motivation, as I've been re-cooperating, myself, for the past couple of days.

I'M PRESSING ON!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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JUDYGREG 5/11/2014 1:27PM

    You are a rock! You have the most willpower of anyone I have even seen.
You can do it! You will win the race to Onderland I am sure. It is a wonderful place where all things are possible! Happy Mother's Day! emoticon

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TANYA602 5/9/2014 9:29AM

    I am so sorry to read that you have been so far under the weather. I hope you are on the mend -go slow and let your body tell you what you are ready for. On the other hand, congratulations on the weight loss and keeping pushing to meet that 3% goal.
Have a beautiful weekend!

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LYNMEINDERS 5/7/2014 5:32AM

    Go you...you can so do your goal.....

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    I'm so emoticon that you've been sick and under the weather. However I'm happy that you had the foresight, to keep t0, pushing toward the mark!

Yes, we do get bored, sometimes, yet we don't recognize it, and we eat everything in sight, we complain that whatever DIEt that we happen to be on, isn't working and it gives us the permission to QUIT! You saw right through that, and you came out smelling like a rose! You just kept stepping out on faith, and God took care of the rest!!!

You go, GIRL!!!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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NASFKAB 5/6/2014 10:18PM

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LUVSBULLDOGS 5/6/2014 9:10PM

    Sorry to hear you've been ill, but glad you're on the mend. Losing weight is the only benefit, but an eye opener is helpful, also. Take care and sleep tight.

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GRLTAZ 5/6/2014 9:09PM

    Wonderful ! You can do it. Sometimes the good Lord gives us a gentle kick in the hiney to refocus us. Way to plan and follow through. Keep pushing !

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    Looks like you were able to make lemonade out of lemons!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 5/6/2014 5:18PM

    I am so sorry that you were ill but am glad to know that you are better and back with your determination and great attitude!

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SUSIEMT 5/6/2014 5:01PM

    Sorry to hear you were sick! Glad to hear it helped spur you on!
Fortunately my food doesn't lose it's appeal for me! Whew! Now woatch me eat those words!

Good luck and keep on working!

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FRANNIEDID 5/6/2014 4:48PM

    I hope you are feeling much better, it is awful to be so sick even if you did get to lose a few pounds. On the other hand at least something good came out of it. You can do this!

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ROBYN168 5/6/2014 3:13PM

    So well said Suzanne! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


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How to handle CHANGE - Tales from 100# Down

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I want to talk to you today about CHANGE. I've had a MAJOR change in my life (moving to a new state) and it got me to thinking about how we handle "change". Often we allow change to upset our routine to the point that it CAN be detrimental to our journey to Health & Fitness. It might be something as small as a co-worker calling in sick leaving us with more duties for the day or it may be something large like a parent being hospitalized.

Here is the thing. Life happens. There will ALWAYS be something changing (if nothing else the weather). Having a HEALTH routine can be that ANCHOR that keeps us grounded when the seas are changing! Granted, we may have to adapt our plan a bit but rather than abandoning it we just mold it to the current circumstances.

A few examples:

Have to eat from a vending machine at the hospital? See if they have a fruit or sandwich selection in a vending machine. If not go for the crackers, pretzels or bagged popcorn over the candy or cookies. Flip the label and make a note of the calories consumed so you don't overindulge. EAT SLOWLY. The portion will be small for the calories. Drink lots of water (always available at a fountain if not by the bottle).

Stuck at home waiting for a repairman and can't get to the gym? Make a circuit in your own home (stairs, free weights - can use soup or vegetable cans) - marching in place - core work at the kitchen counter and core work on the floor or bed).

Eating out with the boss at a restaurant for lunch? Look for these words on the menu: broiled, baked, broth-based soup, salad, light, fit, healthy and fresh fruit. Avoid these words: breaded, fried, buttered, au gratin, loaded, creamy and a la mode.

Just learn to ADAPT. That's the key! We CAN do this!

PRESS ON!

  
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KIM22211 4/18/2014 3:02AM

    great advice! Have a wonderful Easter!

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KAREN608 4/17/2014 11:33PM

    So true.

At the hospital in my little town, all they offer is candy & pop in the vending machine. I think they want more customers. Honest. They have been struggling for years now with not enough sick people to support the hospital and staff.

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TREYONE 4/17/2014 7:04PM

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LIVINTODAY 4/17/2014 3:28PM

    Like this a lot! We all have things that we adapt to easily and things that are just very difficult. I've lived in seven states and Puerto Rico -- I truly can't say that any move was difficult - Now kicking words like:
"breaded, fried, buttered, au gratin, loaded, creamy and a la mode", out of my life ---------THAT is difficult!!! Really, for me, learning to be healthy has been far more stressful than any move; maybe even more stressful than having 3 teenagers at once. That may be because I'm fighting myself. I've pretty much succeeded though. Thanks for all the encouragement you continue to give all your friends on Spark.

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KJHOUSTON 4/17/2014 2:24PM

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LYNMEINDERS 4/17/2014 5:40AM

    ADAPT is a very good word and a great key.....
Life so does happen and it is when we can adapt to it that we succeed....woohoo...

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NASFKAB 4/16/2014 11:18PM

  so true thanks

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4RASCALS 4/16/2014 8:29PM

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TRAVELGRRL 4/16/2014 7:13PM

    You are so right -- we always have choices, and that means there is always a better choice. Hope you are enjoying your new home!

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COLOR-BLUE 4/16/2014 1:01PM

    Pink,

Thank you so much for the refresher course! I had forgotten some of this, and I'm going through changes daily! I just never know what direction they're coming! I know, being a child of God, it shouldn't matter what comes against me. However, I'm human and flawed, so the initial shock gets me all the time, then God kicks in and the He and the Holy Spirit take care of business. I can just rest then!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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MYTHMYTH 4/16/2014 12:52PM

    We may not like it but change is one thing that we can always count on - so it is best to be prepared for it.

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ROBYN168 4/16/2014 12:23PM

    Simple tips - yet not always thought of!!!! Love it!

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GARDENQE2 4/16/2014 12:07PM

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Life is just one adaptation after another!
No good waiting for the perfect opportunity.
We have to do it now!
Best wishes!

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LUVSBULLDOGS 4/16/2014 11:39AM

    It's all true, Suze. I love how you put 'life' into black and white. Thanks for blogging.

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JOHNMARTINMILES 4/16/2014 8:42AM

    Good tips!

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Moving Moments - Tales from 100# Down

Monday, April 07, 2014

We moved into our country farmhouse this past week and what a job that was. The house had sat vacant for 6 months and cleaning has been priority one. I'm so tired of cleaning but things are looking up.

I will admit that food choices at times have been "what's available" but my exercise is off the charts which has compensated nicely. Only the most basic produce is available in our little IGA but there is a Wal-Mart and Kroger 30 minutes away. I will just have to plan better and learn to shop and freeze.

I am finding my activity level is high even now that we are getting settled. Just walking to the car means going down the hill to the garage across the road. I'm not sitting nearly as much! This is a good thing!

I don't have any of my exercise equipment. It won't get moved until probably next year. That means I have to learn to use what I have - hills, hollers, my own body weight and dvd's. I think I can do it!

Night has fallen and a little secret - living in the city with light pollution really decreases the quality of sleep. It's PITCH DARK here in the country once I turn out the lights. Sleep is good. Maybe I'm just tired. HA!

Stay tuned! More from the country to come.

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PAMAPPLE 4/12/2014 3:25PM

    Sounds like a peaceful place to live. Enjoy!

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PAMAPPLE 4/12/2014 3:23PM

    Sounds like a peaceful place to live. Enjoy!

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TREYONE 4/11/2014 7:30PM

  Wow!!! What a lifestyle change!!! Good for you!!!

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LUVSBULLDOGS 4/9/2014 3:44PM

    Wow, what a change in your lifestyle. It will be good for you, Suze. Sounds wonderful.

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SNOWYOGA 4/9/2014 2:38PM

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SEAWAVE 4/8/2014 11:53PM

    Wow - color me green with envy! I've always wanted to live in the country. I think you'll find that you only need your exercise equipment when it's not nice outside. You can always find something physical to do on a farm in lieu of a workout!

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DRADDIE 4/8/2014 11:45PM

    *hugs* Fabulous!

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4RASCALS 4/8/2014 7:23PM

    Enjoy your new home. When I was younger I spent summers at my aunts farm,
so much different then city life. Enjoy, enjoy

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AQUAGIRL08 4/8/2014 7:13PM

    Enjoy your new home!

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JEANNETTE59 4/8/2014 5:19PM

  emoticon enjoy your new house and all the opportunities nature provides.
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MYTHMYTH 4/8/2014 1:35PM

    Congratulations on your new life in the country! Can you hear the spring peepers yet? I am waiting for them but it's still took cold here.
Jane

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NASFKAB 4/8/2014 12:24PM

  great ideas

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VICKI-B-N-FLA 4/8/2014 9:07AM

  I envy you a place in the country. emoticon

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 4/8/2014 7:39AM

    Wow, that's a lot of land!

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123ELAINE456 4/7/2014 11:48PM

  Sounds like you have a Wonderful Farmhouse and property. Enjoy the peace and quiet. Get out and enjoy walking all over on the property. Looking forward to hearing more about it. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Take Care.

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LYNMEINDERS 4/7/2014 11:32PM

    What a peaceful sounding place...woohoo...

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ROBYN168 4/7/2014 9:21PM

    Your new location sounds so peaceful. It is amazing what you can accomplish with your own body weight. Enjoy the dark nights and deep sleep.

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TRAVELGRRL 4/7/2014 9:18PM

    Wow, girl, you've done a fantastic job! When my parents moved to their 40 acres, Mom had dad "blaze a trail" all around the property, through the woods, etc. If nothing else, she'd get out and make that big loop a couple of times a day. I bet you can find/make a walking path on your own property. I'm excited for you!

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