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How Did We Get Here

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

I am not a routine type person....I'm just not and God knows I've tried. For me it was when I just found out what I needed to do (via SparkPeople) and started implementing them S L O W L Y....& hear this, didn't worry about it that I am now 6 months later hearing people say. Are you losing weight? and I go....I don't know

...because I have not been jumping on the scale daily or weekly. I have just been coasting along making the appropriate changes constantly and slowly

.....like switching to wheat bread or if white bread is all there is, that is what I eat...I can't lie....I won't drink water so instead I will do ice....so now I am a crushed ice addict and when it melts low and behold I drink the water that is left in the glass.....I slowed down on the chocolate, but I do at least once a week have a whole peanut butter fudge...not a piece not a half but a whole one. Will my plan work for you....I don't know cause its not a plan....I wish I could follow a plant I truly do.

Six months later, I am down 40 pounds.....I finally weighed myself yesterday. I couldn't believe it myself. My clothes aren't that different. Loose but I don't need to rush out and buy a whole new wardrobe just yet.

Change desperation or Epiphany (Vision)? Both: I was desperate for so long my journey led me to the point I am now and no matter how I got here, I am so glad I am here with much further to go....Hopefully I will make it to the place called THERE and Prayerfully you will too....

Hope this helps....

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SOUTHLACAJUNGAL 9/11/2013 1:38PM

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Just Keep Living

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

There is something about living to fight another day that is so inspiring to me. I guess its because I have been through so many challenges over the last 5 or so years including weight challenges, I feel so free right now as those issues are one by one dissipating. It has been a long time coming and not a moment too soon for me. I feel happy now and I am starting to feel healthy too. I am not what I should be in the healthy eating area but I sure am not what I used to be. I have many family members and SparkFriends that encourage me and I am better. I am better physically, mentally and spiritually.

I really can't ask for no more than that. My secret you may ask? I would say just take the good with the bad and the bitter with the sweet and eventually with patience, prayer, stick to it ness, you can make lemonade out of lemons.

Does it come quick, no it certainly don't but it does come and when it does, you have gained so much life knowledge and insight that you wake up with a song in your heart that never grows old.

To those of you who are in the storms of life, take it from me, This too shall pass and when it does, it will be just sunshine every day and you will hold on to it too...just keep living!

Peace

  
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BELIEVING-N-ME 6/14/2013 10:25AM

   
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LINWASH23 6/11/2013 4:48PM

    You are so right, it is so good to know that our Lord is right there with us in our valleys and we can shout the victory in the valleys knowing the the mountain top experience will come in His time. Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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Food Fight

Monday, June 03, 2013


The latest of my contentions is graduation parties. There is so much food it is obscene. As many of you know I live in down south Louisiana and it is crazy the amount of carbs at a party. There is always jambalya and the new thing is crawfish rice too. Shrimp fetuchhnni and potato salad and sweet potato pies out the kazoo. I received some great advice from a fellow sparker to eat before I go to an event and quite frankly I have been doing pretty well lately.

I just thought that since it is graduation season that I would point out yet another food battle that is going on.

Also I want to CONGRATULATE my daughter DeeDee who completed her Bachelor's PROGRAM at the University of New Orleans last Friday. Yes we gave a gigantic Brunch on her behalf. No, I will not tell you what we served. We did have a fruit and a veggie tray though. teehee

  
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AMAS92568 6/8/2013 5:42PM

    Congratulations to your daughter. You must be very proud! emoticon

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LINWASH23 6/3/2013 8:29PM

    Congrats to DeeDee and family.

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NAPPIGURL 6/3/2013 4:04PM

    Congratulations DeeDee!!!
I also fell victim to the graduation party monster this weekend. I was out of town at a friend's house so my options for planning ahead were limited. I was, however able to maintain my activity during the weekend.

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ELLES26 6/3/2013 11:15AM

  emoticon graduation season...yes, so much food everywhere!

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This close to giving up

Monday, May 06, 2013

I am the type person, I can motivate others All day Every day, but me....just can't seem to do it consistenly enough to really make a difference for myself.

Today, on the way to work, I was saying to myself, you know what, I am going to take a break from SP and just regroup on my own cause I .....(you fill in the blank with some foolishness that one might tell oneself before giving up)..

Then, I don't know, I had a SparkMessage from someone who I had never spoken to or seen a post from before who had loss over 100 lbs and she had nothing but encouraging words for me...Totally out of the Blue....so now instantly I'm healed and I want to fight on again with that I can do it and a renewed spirit...Ain't that Crazee? (that 's something I hear the young folk say) lol....
Thanks new SparkFriend LYNNBELTONLOSES....and old Sparkfriends too... U know who you are!

If you don't think your words of encouragement as well as sharing your success and failures make a difference, let me tell you from one who almost threw in the towel just today.....THEY DO. They most definitely do...

God Bless You ALL.....

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GODSCHILD2_2011 5/14/2013 9:26PM

    I'm soooooooooo glad that you hung on in there. It get's really tough sometimes with dealing with all that life brings. Sometimes it get's real discouraging when your doing all you know to do on this journey and it seems as though things are not working because you don't see the results that your shooting for.

Most of us go through this same thing from time to time. It really gives me joy to hear that God sent a person your way to help you to keep going.

Just know that you're worth ALL the blood, sweat and tears that you go through to have a better chance at a better quality of life and a healthier way of living.

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LYNNBELTONLOSES 5/6/2013 11:22AM

    K GURL, NOW YOU GOT ME IN TEARS HONEY,
YOU KNOW YOU GONNA LOSE ALL THIS WEIGHT GURL, AND I'M GONNA BE HERE TO MAKE SURE THAT "ISH" HAPPEN HONEY, YOU HEAR GURL?

(EXCITED FOR YOU HONEY)
K GURL NOW SET UP THAT YAHOO IM AND HIT ME BACK LATER BOO.
IN THE MEANTIME GURL, READ EACH AND EVERYONE OF MY BLOGS, FROM THE BEGINNING HONEY, K?
THAT SHOULD KNOCK OFF 10 TO 15 POUNDS OF FAT RIGHT FROM JUMP GURL.

SMOOOOTCHES GURL,
SINCERELY,
YOUR NEW WEIGHTLOSS GURLFRIEND,
~lynn
(yahoo im: belton_lynn)

P.S.: AND GURL I'LL BE WAITIN FOR YOU ON THE YAHOO IM LATER WHEN EVER YOU GET ON HONEY SO JUST HOLLA GURL....

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CHIHUAHUAMOM2 5/6/2013 11:07AM

  I want to throw in the towel today myself. But.....I won't. After spending some time here on SP, and reading so many positive words from positive people, I am re-charged and ready to go.

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Do I play with my Food?

Thursday, May 02, 2013

I just read a blog from one of the Sparkters that I deeply admire and subscribe to her blog on SparkPeople "Nelljones" The blog written today is called Playing with my food and goes on to talk about being a kid and playing with your food and now she still plays with food, in the sense that preparing it and spicing and dicing it is a a form of playing with your food.

This blog started me wondering about a little more in terms of my playing with my food in terms of how it affects my health and yet I still sneak certain foods in though I am fully aware of this fact. That saddens me in a sense whereas I do know better but do not do better on a consistent basis. I don't know why really...Of course I make all kinds of excuses. The food is irrestible, I am from Louisiana, I let myself get too hungry and I just really wanted it.

This is all fine and good until I realize that I am playing with food in a way that this behavior has a real impact on my life span and my quality of life. I have no excuse and feel like this is a reality check for me. Yet I have to admit as reality checks go, is this the one that will make me actually do it this time for the long haul? I have to tell you, I don't know, but I hope so.

I'll let you know.

  
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