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If it was easy, we'd all be *_____* (fill in the blank)!

Monday, July 14, 2014

If it was easy, we'd all be *______* (fill in the blank)

1) Learn to love myself today, as I am, so that I can accept myself when I rid myself of the excess baggage.

2) Be content with what I have today, instead of worrying about what I will have tomorrow. As long as I have enough - I am rich!

7/12 - 125.0

7/13 - 124.8
7/14 - 124.6
7/15 -
7/16 -
7/17 -
7/18 -
7/19 - (weekly goal - 124.0)

  
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IMUSTLOSEIT1 7/14/2014 9:40AM

    You have that right. And a great motivator.

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MSLZZY 7/14/2014 9:06AM

    Making progress and that is great! YOU can do it! emoticon

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IRON_RESOLVE 7/14/2014 8:41AM

    Awesome weekly decline! I'm calling this the STICK OF BUTTER LOSS. Because that is how much fat it is, 100%. But when it's gone, it's gone. And we ALL know it comes off SLOWER, once you have Less to Loose. But the secrete is MOMENTUM, there is "POWER IN MOMENTUM",(learned that from Tony Robbins 25 years ago), and what happens when we apply that to weight loss, the CUMULATIVE EFFORT, brings satisfying results!!
You've got this Linda, and you have been showing us THE WAY!!!
Thank you for being a Learning Tool, for all of us, reaching for the results you have attained, and continue to strive for. WAY TO GO!!!!!

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RIDLEYRIDER 7/14/2014 7:28AM

  We are all worth the effort to do what is best for us!

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JAROL7 7/14/2014 7:26AM

    TRUE, TRUE. BUT we can all be at goal weight if we adjust the caloric intake. Know your own body and adjust.

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Happy Independence Day! Freedom from Food Addiction!!

Friday, July 04, 2014

As I was returning a goodie to another sparkie, I typed Happy 4th of July - Happy Independence Day!

Then I got to thinking, SparkPeople gave me Independence too!

I fought the good fight against my food addictions - and I came out on top!

That's real Independence!! Wow! What an aha! moment!!

So I'm wishing all my Spark-Friends, all over the world, Happy Independence today! May we all be granted Independence from our food addictions!!

Bless You All today & always!!
Loving YOU,
Linda

7/5 - 125.4
7/6 - 125.2
7/7 - 125.2
7/8 - 125.2
7/9 - 125.2
7/10 - 125.4
7/11 - 124.7
7/12 - 125.0
7/13 - 124.8
7/14 - 124.6

  
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MARYANNSQUEST 7/5/2014 6:46AM

    Bless you too! Those words are very well said, the meaning is so real!
Hugs
Maryann

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OLDERDANDRT 7/4/2014 12:18PM

    A most Happy Independence Day to y'all, too, Linda!! On all counts! (((HUGS)))

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 7/4/2014 12:16PM

    emoticon Couldn't have said it better

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DONNABRIGHT 7/4/2014 9:57AM

    Wow - that is an awesome feeling and thanks for sharing. I felt/feel the same way when I quit smoking 14 years ago but I haven't quite got the food thing conquered yet. I am still a work in progress but that is the key word - I am making progress.

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Have a great 4th of July!

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Another week, another challenge, another go for the goal!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

This week the LTGL Challenge is to stay within our recommended calorie range - unfortunately, when I connect the 2 trackers, it won't give me the needed calorie deficit to lose 3/4 pound per week to meet the 5% challenge.

So, I have disconnected the 2 trackers for this week and will stay within the range of 1200-1550 to meet both challenges for the week.
6/28 - 126.4

6/29 - 126.9
6/30 - 126.5
7/1 - 126.2
7/2 - 125.9
7/3 - 125.4
7/4 - 126.0
7/5 - 125.4 (weekly goal 125.6) WooHoo!!

  
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MSLZZY 6/30/2014 9:26AM

    At least you are still making progress. I think I am stalled on the railroad
tracks and the train is coming LOL!

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OLDERDANDRT 6/29/2014 12:20PM

    This too, shall pass, Linda! You'll manage and work it out! I know you will, so there ya go!! hehe Have a super day!! (((HUGS)))

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BUSYGRANNY5 6/29/2014 8:09AM

    Good luck with your challenge this week!!!

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Supplements for my Legs & Cardiovascular

Saturday, June 21, 2014

As I start the 5% Summer Challenge to lose the last 6 lbs in 8 weeks, I have some new daily goals/challenges:
375 calorie deficit for 3/4 pound per week to reach 5% goal
180-200 carbs, 200 cholesterol consumed, 1500 sodium.

For me 5% tends to be around 6 lbs, divided by 8 weeks = 3/4 pound per week so I would need a calorie deficit of 375 per day to reach my goal.
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I wanted to share with you some supplements I found that are helping me just so you can do a look-see and google for info if you're interested. (If you're not, I can understand that too!) Yes, as I look over at all my supplements I want to run screaming into the night AARGH! AARGH! AARGH!!!

All are supposed to be good for cardiovascular and anti-oxidants.

Black Raspberry, Grapeseed, Green Tea and Tumeric - all from SwansonVitamins and I bought them on BOGO (buy one get one)

All of them are capsules that I open into my coffee filter and I make a pot of tea with them! I add 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon to the basket and shake to mix them together. I like my tea and coffee on the weaker side so I make a full 12 cups in my drip coffee-maker. (all of above in a filter in the basket and water drips through it.)

I also tried Leg Vein Essentials which has some of the above but also other herbs which when checked out all are medicinal for the legs.

If you're interested, check them out at SwansonVitamins and I can even give you the links for the exact items I purchased.

Anything I can open the capsule and brew in a pot of tea sounds easy enough for me! No, it's not what was recommended but it is what I am doing.

My back pain is almost totally gone; the leg neuropathy is now annoying instead of crippling! I am making progress!!

P.S. for anyone finding this blog and not knowing me, I started at 210 lbs.
**This isn't vanity weight, it is "to be able to live" weight.

6/21 - 128.0
6/22 - 127.5
6/23 - 127.5
6/24 - 127.1 - can I have a "hallelujah!"
6/25 - 126.3
6/26 - 126.8
6/27 - 127.2
6/28 - 126.4
6/29 - 126.9

  
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NOT1REGRET 6/24/2014 2:29AM

    Well done! Glad you're pain is decreased.

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NEWBIRTH2014 6/22/2014 11:04PM

    Thanks for the tip - and being an inspiration to me! emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 6/22/2014 1:18PM

    I'm so glad how well you are coming right along!! As for the supplements, I'm happy that whatever you are doing and that it makes you feel so good sounds great to me!!
Hope you are having a fabulous Sunday, Linda!! (((HUGS)))

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MSLZZY 6/22/2014 8:05AM

    emoticon I'll be checking those supplements and see if they will help.

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POLYANNA2 6/21/2014 9:47AM

    You are proof that we can take control and help our bodies out. If the will is there, the way will open up, for sure.
I love how you take your supplements. So much nicer to sit and sip your tea or coffee than be swallowing all sorts of capsules. You wouldn't feel like such a druggie this way...lol
You have had an amazingly successful journey and I wish you continued success as we go at another chunk of 5%.
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127.5! Lowest I've been it 2 years! WooHoo!!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Back when I lost my home internet in February 2012, I hit 128 lbs. Up from 125 after a very long and hard winter which was up from 120ish at the end of 2011.

Y'all know in 2013 I went to "heck in a handbasket" and hit 140! You know it because I owned it!

Today I broke 128 again and I am just so thrilled!! 127.5! However - I know it will bounce again! It's ok, any weight I reach - I can reach it again!!

P.S. for anyone finding this blog and not knowing me, I started at 210 lbs.
**This isn't vanity weight, it is to be able to live weight.

6/14- 128.6
6/15 - 127.5
6/16 - 127.7
6/17 - 127.4
6/18 - 127.6
6/19 - 127.3
6/20 - 127.3
6/21 - 128.0 *sigh*

  
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BAILEENAMY 6/20/2014 7:45PM

    Hi may I asked what all did you do to lose the weight? What exercises and how long and what did u normally eat? It's very hard for me to lose weight unless I'm so strict on my diet.

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SUZMANNIE 6/20/2014 9:43AM

    When I first looked at your blog, I thought, "Yeah sure, probably weighed 150 to begin with." Not that it should mean less. Weight lost is weight lost at any weight. But I'm in the over 200 group so I think this way. But then I saw your starting weight. Wow, great job!

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NOT1REGRET 6/19/2014 3:37PM

    And even lower now! Well done!

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    Congrats!!!

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    Woo-hoo! Congratulations!

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CHERIRIDDELL 6/16/2014 12:56AM

    Wonderful !

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OLDERDANDRT 6/15/2014 9:17PM

    WTG!!! Keep on keepin' on!! (((HUGS)))

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    congrats!!

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