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back at it

Sunday, April 29, 2012

it's been a while but just a quick note to say hi to my SP friends. Am heading to the gym for a "body pump" class.
Whee! more later!
Enjoy your Sunday!


Nobody ever drowned in their own sweat.

Friday, March 04, 2011

I have battled the scale up and down my whole life. At 56, on HRT, and 30 lbs overweight, I was committing to making a LIFESTYLE change, not a diet. A program offered by the medical university in my town worked. The battle mostly is behavior modification and commitment. period. We're smart and capable, but our brains test us. ;-). Stay engaged. If you have a bad moment or day, ride the wave, get over it and re-commit.
I AM in charge of how I am going to lead my life. I'm the one with the brain- not that tortilla chip I want to eat.
These rules helped me meet my goal of losing my weight and FINALLY - keeping it off. for life.
1. Exercise is mandatory. I mean sweat equity for life.
2. Nutrition? For me my best weight loss occurred maintaining a intake of 1200-1400 calories. If I went below, I could not lose. Eliminate all processed foods; remove added salt and sugar. for life.
3. Drink water. Lots of it. No sodas and very very little alcoholic beverages. for life.
4. Be mindful of everything you do and eat. If it's not GOOD for you, don't eat/drink it. Get off the couch and take a hike for life.
5. This is what worked for me for life.
6. This is NOT a diet. This is a Lifestyle. Moderation is key. Be smart and realistic.
7. SparkPeople was key. It helps me especially in journaling my nutrition and exercise.
When it doesn't work anymore, I'll re-evaluate.


4 pounds from Goal and having a good "challenge".

Thursday, December 02, 2010

I'm almost a year away from the beginning of my current AND PERMANENT lifestyle! I cannot get over how I look and when I run into people I haven't seen in a while, I hear the same thing.

This kind of change is good because I know it will #1 improve my health, #2 make me feel good about myself. I'm sure there are other reasons but those two spring to the top.
And thank you to my SP "village". I couldn't have done it without the site and the friends I've gained and met.

Nothing fits. I have donated (to charities) a lot of clothes and have several that will go to the alteration shop to be refitted.

I had to shop for new clothes - a challenge on a limited budget - but am making good choices and my faves are some cute skirts and a pair of jeans (size 8) from a style swap -$5 each. In shopping, I've discovered how sizing has changed. I have some old pieces that are 10s and 12s and they are tighter than the 8s I'm buying now. What's with that? Did we as consumers cause that with our relentless desire to be small?

In the meantime I will continue to enjoy reading your blogs and pages. Keep up the good work all. It is not easy but very life affirming.

Bless you all-

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My birthday

Saturday, October 23, 2010

I awoke to a blaze of light - the moon - my "bella luna" (remember Cosmo's moon in the movie "Monnstruck"? yea that bella luna!). That mother moon represents a source of bright and shining light - like my mom. I cherish my time with Momma!

I will enjoy my birthday today!

I will go to Zumba, then spend the day with dear one and yes, will splurge - but hey - it's my birthday and thanks to SP and my HCC team I will make good choices! emoticon

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HALLNHEALTHY 10/23/2010 11:32AM

  Have a wonderful birthday. You have a positive attitude for a great day. emoticon

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Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday

Have a great day!

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GIANTMICROBE 10/23/2010 9:29AM

    Happy birthday! On my birthday I always have a nice hard workout. Makes me feel great for celebrating, and then I definitely eat some treats!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 10/23/2010 8:48AM

    Happy Birthday! Sound's like you have SPARKling day planned!

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TBONE13 10/23/2010 8:36AM

  Happy B'Day !!! Mine's tues.

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  Happy Birthday! Celebrate sensibly and ENJOY! emoticon

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It's official! 30 pounds off!

Monday, July 26, 2010

If anyone told me last year at this time I would be shopping for smaller clothes and a new bathing suit I would have sadly laughed. What a difference a year makes! Every pair of pants makes me want to sing "Don't touch this" cos I feel like "Hammer-Time" in these big ole voluminous baggy pants. Like droopy diaper bottoms - it's really funny - except of course when my girlfriends tell me "uh Sara, you need to get some pants/shorts/jeans that fit you"!
This past January I became involved with a great program locally which was a perfect match to my goal: to be fit, lose weight and keep it off. It's not easy! At the same time I went back to school and continued to keep my business running. Sleep lost out...
Whew! Well, commitment paid off and I have my teammates locally, my husband, and all of SparkPeople to thank for helping me on my journey to "get the lead out"!
I want to take off a few more pounds - kind of an insurance policy for the end of year holiday crunch. I want to be there to help you make your goals too. Please write me - I would love to help- emoticon

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CUATROMOMMY 7/26/2010 7:45PM

    That's awesome!!!

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SARACITA1 7/26/2010 5:24PM

    My doctor was practically doing a happy dance with my results. She saw me pre- and post- for blood work, etc., and what a difference that showed. Those were the numbers that truly count, tri's, LDL's, HDL's, cholesterol, BP, etc.

It's not easy - but what was key for me was not sliding back into poor eating choices and habits. Plus getting off my duff and exercising. I hate using the "E" word - usually it's nutrition and activity vs. diet and "E".

But the most important part for me was behavior modification - discovering what sets me off (lose control) of what where and when I eat. Yes, and how much. Sabotaging yourself is something YOU have to stop. YOU have to want it bad enough.

Once I was on the program I told EVERYONE what I was doing. So I couldn't fail - without accountability. A friend of mine was very sick in the hospital (for months) at the time and I asked him to be a coach for me (he's a retired Marine). His spirit and faith through his illness never stopped. He was someone I did NOT want to let down! BTW he is out of the hospital and much improved.

I took it one pound at a time. A pound lost is a pound GONE! any gains or fear of gains made me work harder - not get sad or depressed.

I think I'm going pants shopping this week! emoticon

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LISA581 7/26/2010 5:03PM

I just logged on for the first time after visiting my doctor today who told me about this website. He has personally lost 40 pounds! It seems a bit overwhelming as I check out all the options .... I'm encouraged by your post. Any tips would be most welcome. I need to lose about 35 pounds and start an exercise program......


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SUBEE_50 7/26/2010 4:02PM

  Congratulations! I too am getting that "you need to get some pants that fit", but I have been holding off until I can shop in the Misses department instead of the Plus Sizes- I made it! I bought two new outfits, That in itself is a big morale booster. When you reach your goal- or even an interim goal- treat yourself!

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