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First Walk This Year

Monday, March 19, 2012

It's been almost a year since I last blogged. I lost my way last year, and regained my lost weight. I've become very unfit. I won't post my "before" photo from today's walk until I have an "after" photo to post next to it.

My sister and I went for our 1st walk this year. We've had such unusually warm weather the last couple days, that the snow and ice are melting quickly. It was impossible to take pretty photos, because everything is so blah this time of year. But it's our first walk of the year, a first step in the right direction, and worth chronicling.

Thank you, Linda. Seeing the photos you posted reminded me of how much I enjoyed posting photos of our walks, and inspired me to start doing it again. Thx!

We took a 1-hr. walk on a local bikepath.

Not too sure this old bridge would be safe to cross.

This textile mill used to employ 2000 people, now it's just a warehouse.

Dam behind the old textile mill

Ice on the river by the path is not all melted yet.

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CARTOONB 3/20/2012 10:58PM

    We took a walk on Sunday...but it snowed on us. Glad to see you're walking again.

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RIKKI572 3/20/2012 9:34PM

    Walking and blogging and moving forward, that's all that counts. Wishing you a wonderful day!

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GOPINTOS 3/20/2012 6:28PM

    Welcome Back!

Smile & Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (GoPintos)
Dr. Oz Show Fans

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DEBRITA01 3/20/2012 6:33AM

    Thanks for sharing, Rej....glad you're back to blogging and walking! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 3/20/2012 3:35AM

    Hi Rej nice to see you blogging again hun and loved joining you on your walk, beautiful spot!
A great start to ease you back in to taking care of YOU

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_LINDA 3/20/2012 2:14AM

    Awesome photos! Thanks so much for sharing your walk with us! Here is to a great start! So nice you have your sister to go with! May you have many more pleasant walks to come (and photos and blogs to share with us)!
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WALKINGWOMAN07 3/20/2012 2:02AM

    Thank you for sharing your walk with us Rejj - I always enjoy reading them and seeing them. I know that you, like I, love getting out into nature. I am so glad that you are doing it again. And when I have permission again, I will be out there walking again too.

Irene in BC

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LJCANNON 3/19/2012 11:10PM

    emoticonI think I remember some of your Blogs about walking with your Sister. I always enjoy Picture Walk/Blogs and when Sisters can share the Journey it just makes it sweeter!

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The most dangerous thing you'll do all day

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Because I have a sedentary job, and enjoy sitting at the computer (Sparking, etc.), I need constant reminders of how detrimental it is to my health.

When I read NINJA-NED's blog, it reminded me of the heart attack I had a little over one year ago!

I want to share this important information with my SparkFriends! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 2/11/2012 10:39AM

    thanks for sharing Rej emoticon

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BSEANACAIN 9/2/2011 4:03AM

    i think the exercise chair is great

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WALKINGWOMAN07 5/9/2011 10:49PM

    Thanks for this reminder. I get out of my chair at work as much as I can.

Irene in BC

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STEPHIEKNITS 5/9/2011 11:45AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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MTULLY 5/9/2011 10:40AM

    This is such an important thing to know, and it is a risk factor we are 100% able to control. Thanks for posting!

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LESS_IS_MO 5/9/2011 8:39AM

    THanks for the recent visit to my blog and the support! Let's get our May goals.

Rise up! Rise up! emoticon

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CAROLJ35 5/9/2011 8:34AM

    Yes, I read 60 years ago that one burns more calories when standing and I was glad to hear that reinforced. Guess that is why I never became a TV watcher.

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KSHAGGY 5/8/2011 11:00PM

    Yes, thank for sharing....I too am in the sitting at computer job as well!

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    Thanks for sharing. I got an exercise ball chair because I sit all day for work too.

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_LINDA 5/8/2011 1:19PM

    I have heard about this too. I like to use a swiss ball to sit on, but can't do it at the club, but I do very little sitting there anyway as I am up every round picking up slips or taking calls. When I play bridge, I always take the position that moves after each round. Sitting actually bothers my hip more so I don't like to do it for long periods of time.
At the forum on osteoporosis, there was far too much sitting, and when they called for a break, I got up and walked around rather than head for the munchies.
Have a fantastic Sunday!

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GETTHEGAF 5/8/2011 12:20PM

    Thanks for sharing... You are absolutely right.

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MISSM66 5/8/2011 11:53AM

    Thanks for sharing,that why I keep moving all the time, I don't like sitting down emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LASARRE 5/8/2011 11:50AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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KINSBAILE 5/8/2011 11:42AM

    Thanks for sharing that! :)

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CARTOONB 5/8/2011 10:56AM

    Thanks for sharing. More incentive to ask for a standing desk at work.

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Why I want to lose weight

Saturday, April 30, 2011

On the 5% Spring Challenge, we've been challenged to blog about why we want to lose weight. So, here are some of my reasons:

emoticon To honor God by taking good care of the body He's entrusted to me
emoticon For increased credibility (no matter how unfair it is, obese people are often not considered as credible as fit people)
emoticon So that I can walk and hike, and do what I enjoy doing
emoticon To look good (excess fat is ugly and clothes don't fit right)
emoticon To control my blood pressure
emoticon To control my blood sugar (diabetes)
emoticon For cardio-vascular health (heart)
emoticon For increased energy, strength and vitality
emoticon To be more confident (I have a tendency to hide when I don't feel good about myself)
emoticon To be as healthy and fit as I can be for my age. In fact, I intend to get younger! For the details, see Debby's blog:

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EJOY-EVELYN 5/5/2011 12:07AM

    Awesome and amazing blog and goal setting. They were so great that I wanted to take personal ownership of each and every one of your statements. Welcome to the newest Teddy Bear Team Challenge . . . We will rock!

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SENATOR9 4/30/2011 11:04PM

    All good reasons emoticon

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CARTOONB 4/30/2011 8:06PM

    Great list! With those reasons, you're sure to be successful.

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FITFABJENN 4/30/2011 1:49PM

    This is a great non-scale victories list! I love it!

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LESLIES537 4/30/2011 1:10PM

    Love your list!! Awesome blog! I know you can do this!!! emoticon emoticon

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    This is a great blog, and great reasons, too! I loved it! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/30/2011 12:34PM

    All great reasons to "be the best that you can be"! You're worth it.

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WALKINGWOMAN07 4/30/2011 12:17PM

    Great blog. Excellent reasons. You can do this this!


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JUSFOLK 4/30/2011 11:31AM

    Well said, and it sounds like it is said with determination and game plan to carry it out!

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_LINDA 4/30/2011 10:55AM

    Good for you!! I prefer eating raw fruits and veggies, as that means I don't have to cook (never learned). My main reason for keeping as fit and healthy as possible is to keep out of a wheelchair as long as possible. My RA and osteo are relentless in taking chunks of me away, but I will stay as strong as long as possible. This is why appreciate being able to move this decrepit body so much :)
I f I can keep going, so can you, no excuses!!

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DRB13_1 4/30/2011 10:52AM

    This is one of those "refrigerator lists" - post it so you can remind yourself of your reasons before opening the refrigerator! Great list, I'm sure you can lose the 5% this challenge! emoticon

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TEDDYTEDDY 4/30/2011 9:16AM

    Sounds like we have similar reasons for wanting to lose weight.

I have the added problem of arthritis and taking care of my two new knees (replacements) so they will last and I will have less pain overall.

Also to keep my legs from swelling due to carrying around excess weight and water.


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Your weight and your brain

Thursday, April 21, 2011

I'm as interested in keeping a healthy brain as in keeping a healthy body, so I found the article "Your Weight and Your Brain" very motivating. (It's the 2nd article on the page.)

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EJOY-EVELYN 5/5/2011 12:13AM

    Thanks for the link. I recently learned that my favorite eating apple is Pink Lady, but probably only eat 3-4 apples a week. I always knew two apples a day were better for one's health than just one. With over 50 lbs down, it's great to also know my brain has improved . . . there are times when I wonder! 8-)

When you write your blog, if you click on the "Add Link" button and put your web address there, you'll end up giving us an active link that we can simply click on to get to the site (versus the cut and paste).

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LESS_IS_MO 4/24/2011 8:49AM

    Makes sense to me. I feel a bit slow-witted now that I'm not skinny anymore.

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LJCANNON 4/21/2011 7:11PM

    Two of the three Trivia Questions that I answered today were about the connection between your Brain and Exercise. This tied right in to that.

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LESLIES537 4/21/2011 11:47AM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing!!! You're a great emoticon!!

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MOMOF2TONI 4/21/2011 10:44AM

    Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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SINGAGAIN 4/21/2011 10:15AM

    Thanks for sharing this. I feel smarter already! emoticon emoticon

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SENATOR9 4/21/2011 9:48AM

    Merci Rejeanne

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FITFABJENN 4/21/2011 8:45AM

    Ah, one more reason to succeed on this journey. Thanks!

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JOYMEDSALE 4/21/2011 7:27AM

    Well, as if we did not need yet another reason to "get it done" I will add this to my arsenal for reasons to make the good choices! The article about apples was quite interesting too.

Thanks for the link!


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ONEKIDSMOM 4/21/2011 7:27AM

    Thanks for sharing! How interesting... I want to know about their NEXT study! Because obviously, I did not have surgery, I used diet and exercise... wonder if I would score better.

It's hard for me (and I'm not all that unusual so I imagine for others) to compare my current brain function with past brain function... you most of the time "think" you're on top of your game. OK, sometimes it's obvious even to oneself that we're operating in a fog... but mostly, we are what we are at any given moment.

- Barb

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I've been struggling

Sunday, April 17, 2011

I've been gaining weight. I had gone down to 150 lbs. at the beginning of March, but I weighed in at 165.5 lbs. this morning. That means that I've re-gained 15.5 lbs. My ticker is going the wrong way! emoticon

As I reflect over the last couple months, I've been losing focus. I could make all kinds of excuses, but whatever the reasons, the result is that I've regained 15.5 lbs.! It's going to stop NOW!

This afternoon, I took time to evaluate, refocus, and reset my goals. I plan to lose 1.5 lbs./week between now and July 3rd, which will bring me to 147 lbs. I will celebrate with a reward (yet to be determined) when I reach my goal.

I've started walking outside again over the last couple weeks, but haven't been eating the way I should. For some reason, I've been doing a lot of emotional eating. And of course, eating junk sets off cravings and binges, which cause more cravings and binges, etc... A vicious cycle I intend to break.

It's back to clean eating for me. Eating food as close to nature as possible: fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, limited whole grains, and lots of water, etc.

I'll also be more careful about walking 10,000 steps every day. Blogging about my struggle and new goals is one way for me to regain focus and to make my commitment "real". Thank you for being there!

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JUST_TRI_IT 4/28/2011 8:17AM

    You can do it! No doubt about it. I can hear a focus returning. emoticon

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PENNYAN45 4/25/2011 4:24AM

    You have gotten some great advice from those who commented before me.
(I plan to use some of it myself.)

Isn't it great to know that you are not alone? You are among friends - all who care, all who have been there, and all who can help you get back to where you want to be.


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LESS_IS_MO 4/24/2011 8:52AM

    Gosh. So many goal-hitters that I know are struggling with (about a 15 lb) gains right now. It's been 2 years since I was at my low weight. The honeymoon is over and it's SO hard to get the spark back. Clean eating is SUCH an effort. And vigorous exercise is mentally tough to start.

I'm with you, but I'm going to try to lose maybe 5 lbs before July 3rd. Work is just too stressful to try for more. And then over the summer (my vacation), I'll try for another 10.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 4/20/2011 1:58PM

    I think we can all relate to this! It is so hard when we feel like we've let ourselves down, but you have the right attitude! emoticon

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HVILLECAT 4/18/2011 3:38PM

    It sounds like you have refocused and know what you need to do to get back on your path. I have found that the ability to figure out myself what I have done wrong and the steps needed to correct it, are coming to me now and I recognize and act on them. In the past I would just give up and quit. It sounds like you are making progress with the overall improvement. We will all slip and fall from time to time, but when we quit and don't get back on is when we fail. Keep up the progress, and don't get discouraged, learn from it and Grow Smaller because of it.


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BARBARAJ73 4/18/2011 12:37PM

    You can do it... you will do it!!! I've been struggling too - for quite a while - but have been taking baby steps. Just keep going... emoticon

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HALOGRAN 4/18/2011 12:29PM

    You CAN do it! I've been in the "lost focus" department and I do NOT like it....good news is that you already know what changes to make and you will make them! Good luck!

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LESLIES537 4/18/2011 12:28PM

    I've been struggling right along with you! But no more!!! The weight gain stops here and now! emoticon

GOOD JOB on refocusing and getting back on the wagon! Before Spark, it would've taken us a lot longer to do this, if ever! But not now...not with SP and the support we've got here!! WE CAN DO THIS!!! We've got this, thang!!! emoticon

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QUIKSYLVER 4/18/2011 11:51AM

    Me, too! Let's do this!

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SENATOR9 4/18/2011 11:23AM

    Now that summer is on the way you can do it Winter is too depressing at time to do the right thing

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EMMANYC 4/18/2011 9:32AM

    Good luck - you've taken an important first step by writing about your experience and re-setting your goals. This happens to almost everyone, I think. I've been (mostly) maintaining at my goal weight for about a year, but I've had a couple of episodes where I slacked off and gained weight back some weight for no good reason. (I gained weight for a good reason, once, too. My husband and I took a gourmet wine and food tour in France - every pound I gained was worth it emoticon )

One thing I've learned over the past year is that when I re-commit, it's helpful to apply some or all of Spark's "getting started" principles again. In particular, I don't try to be perfect across all dimensions immediately. You know that phase in the past where you were really rocking the healthy eating and exercise program with very few glitches? Don't assume you'll be that person on day one or week one of your re-commitment phase. No doubt you can probably pursue a few more challenging goals than the goals you first set for yourself when you started Sparkpeople, but don't try to be perfect from the get go. Set some medium-sized goals for that first week or two, and then ramp up.)

Also, when I've fallen back into some junky eating, I find it helpful to identify a couple of foods/meals that "scratch the itch" but are either very healthy or relatively harmless. For example, my go-to very healthy scratch the itch snack is Wallaby Low Fat Vanilla Yogurt with fresh berries - it's a substitute for ice cream and I enjoy it just as much as ice cream. My "relatively harmless" snack - for when I have the mindless munchies - is 94% fat-free microwave kettlecorn at only about 25 calories per cup. Even if I eat 8 cups, I've done hardly any damage to my diet. Having those two snacks available helps me adjust to healthier eating faster than a pure "clean eating" approach. But everyone is different - some people need to go cold turkey.

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JOHNTJ1 4/18/2011 9:09AM

    If it's any consolation I am right there with you. For whatever reason my focus seems to keep getting misplaced. I agree with your remedy. go back to what works for you.

Much Love


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LEANJEAN6 4/18/2011 7:51AM

    Yu can do this----Mind over matter!-- Try it for 1 day to do everything right--- Ive been where yu are--just blogged about it this A.M.-------You made up yer mind--that's half the battle--now--one day at a time!-Lynda

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DEBRITA01 4/18/2011 7:49AM

    Everyone has already offered great advice....just wanted to say I'm here for you and I believe you can do it. Take time to break it all down and work on one step at a time until you are back in control. This will be a lifelong struggle for us but once we uncover the underlying issues we will have the power of knowledge on our side.
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ONEKIDSMOM 4/18/2011 7:36AM

    I'm sending all kinds of positive vibes your way, and I agree with _Linda that the emotional element has to be a part of the fix. You may already be dealing with this... but one thing I know from being in your shoes (regaining after a successful loss) is that there's something to be learned here.

"What's eating me?" is a valid question to ask yourself. Sometimes even asking the question sends strong signals to go eat! But figuring out what it is that's "eating me" can also help me stop. And then, "is eating helping with this?"

Sometimes in my case, it's the reluctance to make a decision or start in on a project I feel I "should" do. Sometimes it's fear, anxiety, anger. Recognizing it, looking it in the face, naming it, "I know you. You are fear of change," and telling it, "you are just a feeling. You are temporary. I do not have to eat to numb you." Observe it changing in intensity as you acknowledge it, possibly write about it, or talk to a friend about it. The victory of dealing with it without eating... this time... is incredible. It's important to recognize that eating is still an option, and always will be: but do you have to make that choice this time? Knowing that NOT eating is an option, too will strengthen you for the long term.

Rooting for you all the way... emoticon and you're worth it.

- Barb

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CELEST 4/18/2011 4:50AM

    Good for you making a new start. EE is tough on everyone and we will fall, wisdom is recognising that, getting up and continuing from that point. You've done that.

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DRB13_1 4/18/2011 12:04AM

    You have a plan and it includes both the exercise and nutrition parts. Celebrate each day you stay on track, and adjust as needed. You'll be able to break through the 150 barrier and then it will be all about maintaining. I believe in you! emoticon

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_LINDA 4/17/2011 11:42PM

    There is always a reason for emotional eating. You have to take a good look to see what is causing it and if there is something you can do to fix it. Just trying to eat clean and get a little exercise won't help if the problem remains and keeps causing you trouble. Take a look at what your feelings are when you get the cravings and what caused you to feel that way. Then try to deal with it in an alternate, non food fashion. When something upsets me, I either turn to some ground pounding exercise, or my apartment gets cleaned like it never has before.
If you are not the physical type, get busy with your hands and mind. Play a challenging mind game online, or scrapbook or craft, something to keep you busy and your mind off the stress.
I wish you all the best solving this stress and getting back on track. We are here for you if you need to vent, seek support or just tell us your day to day struggles,

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LIGHTHOUSEGIRL1 4/17/2011 11:00PM

    emoticonYou're not alone ...continue to hang in there ! emoticon Make smart choices this week...Take care & God bless!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WALKINGWOMAN07 4/17/2011 10:14PM

    How frustrating for you - but you are not alone. We all seem to go through this. And you have done the most important thing - STOPPED going in that direction. The first part of the stopping was the blog you just wrote. And it sounds like you have found renewed determination. The second part will be following through on the renewed resolutions you have made. You CAN do this.

You have lots of people here on spark to support you - you can and will do this!

Irene in BC

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CARTOONB 4/17/2011 9:53PM

    It's easy to get off track. Hope you're able to stick with your plan. You've done it once, you'll do it again!

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SHAPNUP 4/17/2011 8:37PM

    Hey Rej,

Sorry to hear you're struggling, but so glad you're blogging about it. I've been having problems, too. I get disgusted so easily. Will a healthy lifestyle ever become habit? Don't know. All I know is this: if we never give up, we will never lose. Hang in there, my friend! emoticon

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SOULOFADANCER 4/17/2011 8:03PM

    Hi there I am up too but I am struggling with you. I have been overeating but I also have a new med to balme which they just changed. We can do this!

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SUNNYARIZONA 4/17/2011 8:00PM

    Curious, are you tracking foods BEFORE you eat???? Sit down and plan out all your meals and snacks, then log each day before you eat. Keep yourself accountable!!!

I have BEEN there dun that WAY too many times. As we get older it is so much HARDER to take it off. Be SURE to include strength training 3 times a week. Muscle may weigh more, but in the long run BURNS fat!!!!

One thing I have been doing, is being faithful to exercise, eating within my calories, and MOST of all, keep coming here . My daily visits with Spark people, keeps me focused too.

So STICK to your plan....


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    I've been struggling too - it was a rough winter for many of us!

I have sent you an invite to the 2011 Spring 5% Challenge Community Spark Team - I am hopeful this will get my added 5% off and perhaps it will help you too.

P.S. Even if you don't join, at least you now know you are not alone! Many of us put back weight this past winter due to such awful weather.

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    Hey, you sound SERIOUS! Do you think you'd like for you and me to hold each other accountable? I'm at 173, and I would like to be at 160 by around then. I'll get it worked on, and then we can help each other focus. Are you interested? emoticon emoticon

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BRAINREFILL 4/17/2011 6:45PM

    it's a bumpy road on the way down. reboot, reset and go go go -woohoo emoticon emoticon

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JANEDOE12345 4/17/2011 6:32PM

    Good for you to grab back onto your goals. I hope you have lots of energy and that you do well this week and beyond!

You Go Girl!


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LJR4HEALTH 4/17/2011 6:20PM

    Good you are resetting your goals but You aren't alone in this struggle we are coming out of winter and I think most of us struggle during the winter months. Now the weather is turning better and you will be able to get out more often emoticon emoticon

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FITFABJENN 4/17/2011 6:08PM

    This moment is just what you need to reboot and refocus. Thanks for reaching out and letting us know you're struggling. We're here for you, for sure! You can do this!

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LJCANNON 4/17/2011 5:04PM

    I would say "Welcome Back", but I really don't think you have been anywhere. LIFE got a few slaps in (15.5 to be exact!) but you have all the knowledge and tools to put Life back in her place and remind her Who is the Boss of YOU.

emoticon emoticon emoticonI am Glad that you are here!!

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