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As I approach goal weight...

Saturday, March 28, 2009

I am exploring tips on maintaining my goal weight.

I am going to blog what I find for others, this way I am also creating a journal of the different websites I find helpful to me in my journey.

Today's site is


a suite101.com article that is copyrighted and cannot be copied here.

Tracy Rose calls this Tips on Maintaining Your Goal Weight and calls this phase 2 of weight loss.

Tracy offers several tips to find your goal calories to prevent adding the pounds back. I think this was well worth finding and reading.

Good luck fellow losers!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 3/30/2009 9:52AM

    Thanks Linda! You're so good to all of us !! You're doing awesome--I saw that you posted your "new" weight recently. Way to go Girl!!!
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SLIM.CHICK 3/29/2009 8:04PM

    thanks for the info. I can't weight until I reach my maintenance point.

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DINA:-) 3/29/2009 5:14PM

    thanks, linda! when i do get to the point of maintenance, i know where to go!

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CRUISEBOUND2014 3/28/2009 6:25PM

    Thank you so much for sharing! This is great information.


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VEGEFARMER 3/28/2009 6:20PM

    Wow Linda, you have done so well with your weight loss, you are an inspiration to all of us out here as we travell on our journey.
Thank you for sharing.

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MARTY19 3/28/2009 3:50PM

    Good article with some thoughtful tips. It makes sense which is the most important thing. Maintainance is what scares me to death.


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SUPREME5 3/28/2009 1:41PM

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JENIFIREHARP 3/28/2009 10:10AM

    thanks for sharing!

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MSLZZY 3/28/2009 9:34AM

    Good information! emoticon

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    Congrats on getting near Goal Weight!!

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We can all make this happen!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

*a sparkmail I sent today:*

Surprisingly I am not often asked how I did this.

Keep your eyes on the prize is probably the best advice I can offer. (Sorry, I know you didn't ask either but it really can be done and it was easy for me. Allow me to share a minute. This will be my blog for today too.)

At 57 there are few foods I haven't eaten, fewer cakes I haven't tried. My mother worked in a bakery and my dad was a Master Pastry Chef with Junior's Restaurant in NYC, Junior's Cheesecake his specialty (of QVC fame). He didn't create the recipe but he refined the recipe and worked in Junior's as the Master Baker for better than 20 years (1960's through 1980's) making mostly just the cheesecakes. I had good reason for being heavy with all the cakes, cookies and bread in the house 24/7. As active as I had been, I just couldn't burn it all off 24/7. My mother kept fruits and vegetables in the house 24/7 too, but I chose the cakes, cookies and bread myself. Both my parents had to work back then just to support a family of 6. I was a latchkey kid long before I knew what the term was.

The Lord works in mysterious ways.

Why last year did I wake up and say to myself, "no more?" Can't answer that one. But I feel confident The Lord wanted me to reach 210 before helping me to stay on my program to lose more than I ever dreamed possible. This I feel is so I could help others who were also obese to get a handle on getting rid of this excess body baggage. I have not strayed from my chosen program - counting calories. I smile kindly when I see the looks on people's faces, you've seen that look, "oh but she'll never keep it off!" I think to myself, they'll find out the truth - yes I can and yes I will.

And you can too. We can all reach the prize! One day at a time, One pound at a time.

SparkPeople works, if you are willing to put in the time.


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HPLANDER 3/27/2009 10:57AM

    Thanks for the blog. You are an inspiration and you are right about deciding. I felt the same way. People pressured me to lose weight last year and I wasn't ready. I had to choose my journey. Well I made the decision, plotted the course and walking to my destination.

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FORMYDARLINGS 3/26/2009 10:40PM

    Thanks Linda. On an off day, a round of encouragement is great.


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RODEOMOMSK 3/26/2009 10:10PM

Take it to Church Sister!
You said it perfectly.
Everything we do in life is a choice.
You made your choice when it was your time in life to. Now is your time in life to show other how you did it, and how it worked for you.

Now ... about that cheesecake.... LOL I've never tried that particular one, but I do like - no make that LOVE the ones termed NY style that I've eaten so I can only imagine. YUM!

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LKRMOM 3/26/2009 2:07PM

    You really are incredible. You've given me so much motivation. Thanks for sharing your story!


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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 3/26/2009 10:58AM

    Linda.....what an inspiration you are!!! Thank you for sharing with us. I feel honored to know that you've been where I've been. Now, my parents weren't bakers or chefs, but they both worked 40+ hours a week and my two younger sisters an I were sent to after school babysitters, and later home alone (latch key). Out of guilt and love, my parents bought us all the twinkies and pop and treats that we wanted (back in the the early 70's). We were truly spoiled that way. Unfortunately it lead to bad eating habits that I took with me into adulthood. I have learned a lot over the years, but I've learned the most here at Spark People because of caring people like you. Thank you for sharing your success and for caring about all of us! Hugs-Laurie

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JERSEYGIRL24 3/26/2009 9:09AM

    Wow, that is too cool that your Dad worked at Junior's Cheesecake and perfected that recipe!!! Maybe this response is not totally appropriate for this venue (a weight loss site), but that is good stuff. I have been thinking about NY style cheesecakes for the last two days, but fortunately, not for the reasons you think. It would be nice, but I am not really dying to have one.

I am very upset about my father, the Alzheimer's diabetic. I am even more upset that between him and my mother, they seem to have NO regard for his diet. He seems to eat pretty much whatever he wants. Let's just say that if DH or I were ever diagnosed with diabetes, I would handle it much differently. I wonder if my mom has ever even looked at a diabetic cookbook. I'd probably stack my shelves with them.

So how does this relate to the cheesecake? My parents have always had some kind of dessert with dinner. Most of the time it is not a very high quality dessert. A lot of times it is jello (which I personally can't stand) or some mediocre store-bought cake. Don't know if you are familiar with Entenmann's cakes. I think Entenmann's should send them holiday cards. They seem to be more into quantity than quality. I've seen boxes of Dunkin Donuts in their freezer which probably had some sort of coupon involved. My point is that I am actually not a huge dessert person (snacks, yes), but I would much rather have a high quality dessert, such as a Junior's cheesecake or a bowl of Haagen Dazs ice cream, than the garbage that they serve. Even if I had to do it less often to save money.

Oh by the way, I also like the part of the blog that most people will comment on. I also am not sure why I allowed myself to get to 230 and finally one day, for no apparent reason, just said "enough is enough". Look, you probably appreciate being thin a lot more now than if you had always been that way and taken it for granted.

Boy, am I long-winded today!!! Have a great day.

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MOB8/2009 3/26/2009 8:59AM

    It's all about choices, isn't it? You CHOSE to get rid of the baggage, your CHOSE to stick with the program, and you're CHOOSING to continue your healthier lifestyle.

BTW, having grown up in NYC in the 60's, I've probably had a gazillion pieces of your Dad's cheesecake! It was our treat....a hot dog and cheesecake from Jr's!

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BLENDEDKITTY 3/26/2009 8:40AM

  I'm so glad you wrote this. It's been really hard to put in the time this week getting everything typed in and staying on track. You're an inspiration. Thanks, Kathy emoticon

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MARTY19 3/26/2009 7:25AM

    Amen to that. You made a commitment to change. Not matter how challenging/difficult it was, you stuck to it. You wanted it and you went for it.


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March 2009 Reader's Digest, In Health Article

Monday, March 23, 2009

March 2009 Reader's Digest seems to agree with what has been touted here at SparkPeople! If you get the chance to read the entire article in Health, there was a lot that was interesting to me.

In Health
Weights for Your Waist - and Your Heart
"Those who strength-trained did 30 percent less aerobic exercise - yet performed 7 percent better on tests of maximum aerobic capacity. They also lost 2 percent of their body fat; the volunteers who simply walked or jogged lost none."

SparkPeople keeps telling us to do Strength Training - and now so is Reader's Digest!

This was also an eye-opener for me:

A New Way to Keep Bones Strong

"...surprising new research suggests that another dietary move is just as important... as calcium and vitamin D. The key: Go easy on carbs and sub in more fruits and veggies." "When you digest carbohydrates, the process turns your innards slightly acidic. That's a problem because a high-acid environment leaches calcium from bone, says Tufts University researcher Bess Dawson-Hughes, MD."

There is a chart:
Instead of this acid producer - - - Eat this alkali booster

Pasta - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Potatoes

Soda - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Fruit Juice

Meat and Poultry - - - - - - - - - - - - Tofu

Beer - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Wine

Peanuts - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Raisins

**I cannot eat Tofu but I can eat more fruits and veggies! And today I did!!

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SLIM.CHICK 3/25/2009 7:47PM

    emoticon for the info.
I have to run and do my emoticon now!

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GRALLEN 3/25/2009 8:44AM

    Since I've added ST two days a week, I've noticed some changes.

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 3/24/2009 8:02AM

    I can't say that I hate tofu because I haven't tried it. I do keep the soda and juice to a minumun..rather have water or the fruit itself, and I don't drink...but maybe I should have a glass of wine now and then. emoticon

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FORMYDARLINGS 3/23/2009 10:01PM

    I love tofu and freggies so no problem there. Thanks for the info, linnda. I will begin to set up strength training right away.


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DINA:-) 3/23/2009 7:37PM

    very interesting- and now i have another reason to drink wine! hehe!

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MARTY19 3/23/2009 7:23PM

    I cannot stand tofu. It turns my stomach. But I have upped the ante on my fruits.


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I have left 130-ville behind me!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Da dada da!

129.7 emoticon

Words I never dreamed of uttering - "4 more to go..."

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CAROL_ 3/23/2009 3:59PM

    Fantastic! I'm celebrating with you.

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 3/23/2009 10:21AM

    Awesome!!! You're almost there!! emoticon

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GRALLEN 3/23/2009 9:07AM

    You have worked so hard and it's great to see the pay off.

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DINA:-) 3/22/2009 11:05PM

    yay- another milestone for you! you are sooooo close.... :)

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FORMYDARLINGS 3/22/2009 8:11PM


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KAREN42BOYS 3/22/2009 4:10PM

    whoa, linda, that is wonderful!

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CHRISSYCLEM 3/22/2009 8:01AM

    Kudoes to you!! emoticon

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MSTIGGERFAN 3/21/2009 10:55PM

    Wow that's great!! Your doing fabulous and so proud for you.

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SUPREME5 3/21/2009 5:26PM

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CATHYMVE 3/21/2009 2:38PM

    Right On !!! That is fantastic !!! You are my inspiration !!!!

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MARTY19 3/21/2009 2:08PM

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OUTSTANDING my very good friend.


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JERSEYGIRL24 3/21/2009 2:02PM

    emoticonYou are truly amazing, Linda. You must be so proud of yourself. You have certainly earned it.


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REINOVPH 3/21/2009 12:18PM

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Way to go!

I would just like to visit 130-ville!



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_VALEO_ 3/21/2009 12:14PM

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Keep it up emoticon!

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    congratualations on your weight loss! emoticon


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I will NOT pass this way again!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

I was answering a comment left on my page when I really liked the sentence that popped into my head.

This is the 2nd time I am passing this weight - the first time was on the way up!

I will NOT pass this way again!

Hugs y'all!!

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CAROL_ 3/21/2009 8:12AM

    I've said that many times before. Usually knew I was lying even as I said it. Though sometimes I was REALLY DETERMINED that THIS TIME would be different, and I said it as a vow.

And then without fail, each and every time I was disappointed in myself and disgusted with myself for breaking my goals yet again, and it seemed pointless and hopeless, as I gained the weight back. In self disgust I stopped trying, and ballooned up to 315lbs. Historically I always kept trying; but historically I also paid an increasingly HEAVIER price in regaining more than I'd lost to creat a new all-time high, plus losing my self respect.

Enter SparksPeople. THIS TIME it really IS different, because I'm losing it slowly enough to build in the lifeskills along the way, yep those "Lifestyle Changes", via the self-educational tools provided by SparksPeople. And when it goes more slowly than other times, because I'm peeling layers of the emotional onion, or because I'm building muscle, that's okay because those are ALSO necessary life skills to keep it off. I'M DOING IT RIGHT THIS TIME AND I WON'T BE BACK.

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 3/20/2009 10:18PM

    I love the title of your Blog!!!
I feel exactly the same way!!!
Thanks Linda for putting it into words that put another smile on my face!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 3/20/2009 8:41AM

    How cool is that!!! What a great way to look at your journey!

Happy Friday! Hugs-Laurie

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MARTY19 3/20/2009 7:13AM

    I know that. You are on the elevator going down.


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_VALEO_ 3/20/2009 6:54AM

    You're so committed to your health journey, I'm sure you won't pass it on the way up again!


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JESSIMAE20 3/20/2009 2:22AM

  I like that saying....That is a good way to look at it!!!

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DINA:-) 3/19/2009 11:16PM

    great way to think about it!

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JERSEYGIRL24 3/19/2009 10:32PM

    I'm sure you won't. You really have your act together. emoticon

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