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Did you see the video of the Priest in Ireland singing at the wedding?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

It is so sweet. I showed it to Mom and we were both crying!

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PYNETREE 6/5/2014 5:13PM

    Loved it! Bet he is now the most sought after Priest for Weddings in his county!

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PYNETREE 6/5/2014 5:13PM

    Loved it! Bet he is now the most sought after Priest for Weddings in his county!

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MOIRA2 4/13/2014 8:03AM

    YES! I love love love this video. It's wonderful. emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/13/2014 12:49AM

    Sally that was fabulous , I cried too !

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SVELTEWARRIOR 4/12/2014 11:47PM

    Isn't this just so beautiful!!!!!!!

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TERMITEMOM 4/12/2014 9:06PM

    How beautiful! And what a voice! This was awesome, thank you for sharing!

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THOMS1 4/12/2014 8:56PM

    Wonderful!! emoticon

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JLAMING263 4/12/2014 5:19PM

    A day of Spiritual Health is as important as a day of physical health

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Cranky, Tired, Depressed

Friday, April 11, 2014

I admit it, I am a big baby. I use food to keep myself happy and secure.

Limiting my food intake turns me into another person - one that I don't like that much.

I am hoping that THIS time I can power through and get used to it. Learn to live happily on less food, less calories, less carbs, and less sugar.

If I can get to feel that this is normal for me, lots of positive changes can happen.

I have not been able to do this for over 30 years of trying up and down.

The only time I got close to my goal weight, I completely crashed and started gaining it all back.

I have always been "all or nothing" with my eating programs - or complete lack of one!

I understand now that I have always been dealing with being BiPolar, Borderline Personality Disorder, and a lot of anxiety problems. Even though I was not diagnosed until after my 30's for most of it, and after 50 with the BiPolar, it has been there the whole time.

Food has been the way that I self medicated and soothed myself.

Time to try something new.

Hope I can like myself a bit more as my moods go up and down as I get used to eating "normally".

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STEVEN2GO2 5/7/2014 10:59PM

    I was lucky I guess in that I found out I was Bi-polar 30 years ago. Also I participated in a research protocol for a year and a half and was able to keep the amazing lead Doctor as my personal Doctor for 25 years now. I have learned, sometimes the very hard way, to deal with this. First off, trusting in my Doctor and taking the medications that he prescribes for my bi-polar illness really works well. The Doctor also knows that I do use my medications faithfully. A few of the meds he allows me are 'as needed'. Which means when I start to fell unwell I am allowed to take the meds when I need to, and thankfully 99% of the time they do the job!

PICKIE98 hits on a important term 'self-awareness'. YES you recognize that you used food to deal with your illness. I have learned exercise is a great win-win for me. It helps with my bi-polar and weight at the same time. When I am feeling down just moving usually brightens my mood. I too use to use food as my crutch. My top weight 9 years ago was over 235, I do not know the top weight because after 235, I refused to weigh myself I did not want to depress myself by seeing the number on the scale! Somehow I found within myself that I did not like feeling and being that heavy. So slowly, in phases, as my illness allowed, and motivation came, I lost the weight. I had a long journey, in that it took me 7 years to reach my goal range of 155 - 165. I have been mostly successful with staying in this range for three years. Also, keeping active on Spark People helps me with support, encouragement and motivation for myself and the enjoyment of being able to support and encourage and maybe motivate (spark) others.

By the way, I tried your link with the Irish Priest, sorry to say they took it away due to copywrite laws. I am 50% Irish and would have enjoyed the video, also I am 100% Catholic!!!

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/14/2014 11:55PM

    Sally we like you ,just lose the weight to be happy and healthy !

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MARILYNROBERT 4/12/2014 1:57PM

    I understand. This week I've walked over 13,000 steps a week, worked out another hour a day, stayed under my calorie goal and I've only lost .6 lbs. And I'm exhausted without the option of using junk food to "cheer" myself up. I've used food as a crutch all my life and feel lost without it.

But I want to change and will keep on going except I'm not going to walk as much next week because I don't want to feel so tired. I know I've used sugar to give me a lift and I don't want to do that anymore. Hang in there!


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CASTIRONLADY 4/11/2014 9:02PM

    I am glad you are thinking this through. Often we just act without thinking. Stopping before we eat without thinking is half the battle. Good going.

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PEZMOM1 4/11/2014 7:22PM

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PICKIE98 4/11/2014 5:43PM

    Self-awareness is a biggie for weight loss, or at the very least, a healthier life,,longer one too.

You have that.. So glad you found this site.. baby steps...

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Clinical Trail has begun!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

I know it isn't right, but I have been "coasting" until the trail actually started. Giving myself permission to not be that firm with my program!

Well, now I have started!

It is not just me that I am accountable to, but Miki my clinical coordinator as well.

I can't just say, ok - I am starting again! It is official. Weigh ins have begun.

I KNOW how to use, and it is the absolutely best set of tools.

This year wuill see a much healthier Sally, in all ways!

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/11/2014 12:21AM

    Good Sally you strive for the healthiest you can be ! hugs,Cheri

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SHARON10002 4/10/2014 5:24PM

    Every day you need to keep repeating to yourself emoticon!
You have our support. emoticon

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KITT52 4/10/2014 11:42AM

    good to see you are with us once again.....I am still here nearly 8 years now....

have a healthy day

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MARILYNROBERT 4/10/2014 10:47AM

    Sally, you are going to be successful. You have support in real life and here at Spark!
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First 24 hours done on Low Carb Atkins - Wow!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Got through first day fine.

Blood sugar was over 50 points less than yesterday. Great progress!!

Lost 5 pounds already - lots of water. LOL

Thanks for any support, I need it to get healthier and be successful this time. I have confidence in ME... from the musical movie "The Sound of Music".

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/26/2013 1:51AM

    Awesome !

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KOSHIE1 10/25/2013 9:22PM

    It IS surprisingly easy. And it feels good! Way to go -- keeping track of your blood sugar! You must have done a fabulous job of your first day to lose 5 pounds!

And you are wise to realize that of course it is just excess water. As your body exhausts its glycogen stores and the water associated with it, your weight loss rate will decrease to a more sensible rate. THAT weight loss will be FAT that is lost! Please note that should you fall out of ketosis, your body will replenish its glycogen stores, and you will regain water weight rapidly.

Best of luck to you!

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STEVIEBEE569 10/24/2013 10:09PM

    Much success to you. emoticon

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MARILYNROBERT 10/24/2013 9:44PM

    emoticon You are the poster child for day 1 emoticon

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REDSPIRALWOMAN 10/24/2013 5:30PM

    Congrats! If Atkins/Low Carb is suited to your body, you will find you soon get in the groove and that groove will help you keep on going. I find that the lack of certain carb foods themselves quickly begins to eliminate cravings for them. I have found it easier to not add them back in the long run. I also never eat carbs by themselves, always with a solid protein meal. I feel the protein 'anchors' the body's response to the carbs. But that's all for later. Happy Induction Phase to you! emoticon

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WOUBBIE 10/24/2013 5:17PM

    Absolutely! If you run into any snags please post in the Living Low Carb forum and we'll come running to your rescue!

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Challenge to change the way I respond to weight loss stress

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

When the scale goes down, I do my happy dance. I imagine myself moving magically towards my goal and I am hopeful.

When the scale goes up I get discouraged and depressed.

In the past, I would give up. Things were "not working and never would".

I have been on my updated plan, revised meds, and renewed fitness for more than 3 months now, and I don't plan on giving up.

I am still discouraged, but as I read the success stories from the stars on Sparkpeople, I feel encouraged.

This time is different, and I will keep going. Health and fitness are improving every day! The scale is just one piece of the puzzle.

My blood sugar readings are great.

I am tracking every day and keeping my calorie intake to around 1500 calories a day.

I will get there!

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CHANGINGSAM 6/29/2013 12:57PM

    I totally understand about getting frustrated when the scale goes up. I'm glad to see that things are going well and that you changed your mindset! emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 6/29/2013 1:48AM

    You will get there Sally!hugs,Cheri

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IAMWINNING 6/28/2013 4:36PM

    emoticon Glad you're no longer allowing the scale to rule your life.

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2BEHEALTHY2014 6/28/2013 1:29PM

    You have a good attitude. Don't give up, pay state to how you feel, how your clothes fit, things like that. Jut keep working it and it will ork!

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BRADMILL2922 6/27/2013 1:49AM

    That is right, the scale IS just one piece of the puzzle! You have the right attitude! You will get there!

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MARILYNROBERT 6/26/2013 6:56PM

    That your health and fitness is improving and you have medical reading improvements are fantastic. We need to focus on those very real things so that we don't get discouraged when the scale doesn't go down or actually goes up.

When my scale goes up, I ignore it and keep on doing the right things. Because I want to keep on going down and if I beat up on myself and give up, that won't happen. You are doing good Sally...keep on taking good care of yourself. emoticon

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FITFRIT 6/26/2013 4:41PM

    Are you seeing overall progress continually? I have the worst time with losing 3 lbs then gaining is SO frustrating. I have found that I need to just weigh myself ever other week...that or I'm gonna murder my scale.

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