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Day 3 and 4 of #backontrackchallenge

Sunday, August 04, 2013

So I didn't do great yesterday. I mean I tracked the food, for the most part, but once I realized that I was over my calorie intake, I just stopped tracking. I tried not to eat a lot of extra, and I actually did pretty good not going as overboard as I would have in the past.

And this morning (Day 4) I was so tired I didn't even remember to measure out my cereal, and the bad habit of having seconds kicked in and halfway through I reminded myself, "Your supposed to be tracking this." So I'm confident that I close to my limit already today, and honestly I'm not that hungry anyway. We are BBQing chicken for supper so I'll pass on the potatoes and just have a salad with chicken, and no dressing, just the way I like it! And I'll pass on dessert.

One thing I did do, I stopped myself from mindlessly eating more cookies after lunch. I was very proud of that little accomplishment. So hopefully day 5 will pan out better. I know it will because I plan on planning out my day for tomorrow. I always find it harder to plan and stick to my days when my hubby is home from work because we'll go out, or he'll want to make the meal instead. So I just need to learn to still watch my portion sizes and make healthy choices when out and about.


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CM_GARDNER78 8/13/2013 9:30PM

    I agree with STUDLEEJOE, keep tracking anyway. Then you can make small concessions and/or bump up the activity throughout the week to even it all out! Hope it's still going great for you!! Keep it up - even if you go over! Start over the next day more determined!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!! :-)

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STUDLEEJOE 8/4/2013 6:31PM

    If you go over your calories, carbs etc. track it anyway. That will keep your mind on where you need to be. emoticon emoticon

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Day two of #backontrack Challenge a Success!

Friday, August 02, 2013

So I saw on Facebook the back on track challenge that was just a challenge for August to help you get back on track by tackling one small thing at a time. I decided that since my biggest issue is my eating and tracking food, that I would actually plan out my food the night before my day and track every single thing that I put in my mouth.

And wouldn't you believe it? I can actually do it! And the most amazing part is, I'm not hungry all day because I plan meals and snacks accordingly. I also leave a little wiggle room in case I want a cookie or piece of chocolate. I feel so dumb. How easy has it been the last two days taking 10 minutes at the end of my day to plan and then following through the next day. Pretty easy. I feel like I could have done this a LONG time ago. But better late than never?

I'm just taking it one day at a time, because I tend to forget things if I plan to far in advance. So I'll be planning our meals for the week, but I'll just plan my food for the next day, the night before so I wake up with an idea in my head of what's before me.

Anyway, just wanted to share my little success of the last two days.


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CM_GARDNER78 8/4/2013 12:18AM

    That is AWESOME!!! Keep it up - try and make sure that you do it through the whole month and make it a habit!! Great idea! :-)

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    Way to go! I'm going to try that too. emoticon

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It feels like there's no light at the end of the Tunnel.....

Friday, May 03, 2013

I have no energy. No motivation. I feel like I have no Hope. I do know that I have depression, extra pounds on my frame and a negative outlook on life. Someday's I hate it, other days, I don't care. Isn't that awful? I think it is.
I was reading something last night...let me see if I can find the quote

"Being Fat Isn't Your Fault; Staying Fat is."

I picked up this book last night in a bargain bin for $5. It's called "This is Why You're Fat (and got to get thin forever), by Jackie Warner.

I actually like her no nonsense approach to health and weight loss. She doesn't just have a magic formula for losing weight. She walks you through most reasons while people are overweight and what causes them to stay that way. She's done a lot of research on health and fitness and just wholeness.

I like to be informed and know how food effects my body negatively, and she breaks it down and shows you just that. I have been leaning towards more of a whole foods approach of eating, and cutting out sugar completely. Which is exactly what she suggests doing anyway in her book. I also like that she has recommendations for exercise and how often to do them. What I like is she offers suggestions for people who don't have gym memberships or want to be outside. I'm going to read up more on the section on hormones and how to balance them, because I think my hormones are definitely out of whack, which leads to mood swings, cravings and exhaustion.


All that stuff to say, I am having a hard time lately, but I feel like this book has been a little glimmer of light and hope for my future. That's all. Nothing profound. I am trying to get in 10,000 steps a day, so that's a goal that I think I can reach. So I'm going to start with that, and also try to eat clean. That seems simple enough, right?

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QUOOTIE 5/3/2013 6:53PM


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CHRISTINASP 5/3/2013 2:34PM

    I know that kind of feeling, I think. Still it DOES help to think about your health and try new things, learn, find tools that fit in your particular situation.
When I look back I can see that I did learn a lot and that there ARE good things happening even if there are times when it doesn't seem that way. You may not be able to follow the book to a T but you are getting informed. I tell myself, and I tell you now too, that it will probably all add up in the long run.

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PUNKADOO 5/3/2013 2:16PM

    I am with you, unfortunately. I had a few great months and now it's a battle to do anything. I just keep looking at the pics and stories of others who have succeeded. You can do it. Message me if you want support or just to commiserate.

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MNNICE 5/3/2013 1:37PM

    You are right to take small steps (10,000 of them!) so that you don't burn yourself out. Walk Away the Pounds dvds are great if you want to exercise inside. Learning about the hormonal effects and the reasons for being overweight are important, because nature does have a way of wanting us to be fat. Will we let nature win? NOOOOOOO!!!!!! Sometimes it all seems overwhelming, so just set those attainable short-term goals and your progress will keep you rolling on to the bigger, long-term goals! Just don't give up!

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VIKINGSLADY 5/3/2013 1:30PM

    You can do it!!!!

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LJCANNON 5/3/2013 12:57PM

    emoticon Between the Book and Spark People Articles and Support, I think you are headed toward the Light whether you can see it or not! One thing that I KNOW is that your Spark Friends will keep the Light on when you are struggling, and You will keep it on for Them when They are struggling!!
emoticon Even keeping a "Small Goal" like getting in your Steps every day will help keep the Light Burning!!

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MJLUVSANIMALS 5/3/2013 12:36PM

    Try going without, dairy, sugar or refined foods, like let's say a week. Make your own goal that you may be comfortable with. I did, and my whole attitude changed. I think giving up the refined food, and all the poison they pack into those boxes, is the key thing. Sugar and dairy were just added to the list of NO. If your a clean eater, than you already made the step in the right direction. I feel so much more lively, and want to live life to the fullest. It wasn't that long ago, that I felt as you do. Now it's gone.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 5/3/2013 12:24PM

    This winter has been hard on many. It's snowing again here. Just keep on working toward your goals one step at a time and remember that no matter how slow your progress is, it's better than no progress. As long as you keep trying, that's all that counts! emoticon

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CM_GARDNER78 5/3/2013 12:10PM

    ((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))))) I know how you feel! Don't know how the weather is in your neck of the woods, but I KNOW that plays a part in feeling that way - especially when we are still getting snow...and it's May 3rd!!! :-( UGH!

Totally work on getting in the 10,000 steps per day!! That will help you a long way towards making other changes. It helps bring me out of a funk when I force myself to find ways to move. I hope it helps you and starts a trickle-down effect!!! :-)


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Change is Coming

Saturday, April 13, 2013

I can feel it in the air. I always knew that something was going to change in my life before it actually happened. I don't anticipate that it's anything HUGE, like a move, or a baby, but who knows, it could be.

What I really think it is, is my mind. I feel like the gears in my mind regarding healthy eating and healthy lifestyle are finally starting to align. It's not that I don't still have cravings for junk food, because I do, every day. But I'm starting to connect the way I feel to the foods that I eat.

I used to wake up sore and stiff and my joints would always be achy. I used to always eat LOTS of sugar throughout the day. I'm not joking. I think I lived off of sweets and bread. And then I'd eat a salad and be like "Oh, I'm healthy, I eat salad and all my dark green veggies and colorful fruits and veggies." And then I'd run and hide and scarff down half a tub of ice cream. No joke.

I have slowly been cutting out sugar and wheat products, because those are the things that I lived off of, and I knew it wasn't good. So to be completely honest, I don't cut out wheat gluten all of the time. I just try to limit it to things that I bake. So I have in the past made our own bread from wheat that we grind ourselves, and that bread does not seem to bother me. My goal is to continue baking it, but it has been a little hectic so it hasn't gotten done, so I haven't been eating bread. Which is ok. I miss it, and I had a piece the other day, store bought, the healthy kind with flax seed, and I felt like crap right after, and had to run to the bathroom the rest of the day.

So all-in-all, I think I'm starting to lean towards what they call "Clean Eating." Which is pretty straight forward. I understand it as eating mostly fresh and local, when available, and as little processed foods as possible, and as little refined white sugar and white flour possible. Which is where my family is headed anyway. My husband and I like make our own sausage, and we've gotten some of the recipes down. He hunts in the fall and then we make venison sausage with the majority of that meat. Then sometimes we get ground beef and pork from local farmers that we know and make more.

We also enjoy gardening and have been able to produce a lot of produce that we either can or freeze. We do cheat and buy a small bag of sugar for tea and coffee. But on most days I'll just use milk or cream and no sugar in my coffee. Since we don't bake with it, or with flour for the most part, the baking that I do do is actually really healthy and I don't feel bad giving it to my kids. I've also found some good snack baking recipes that are gluten-free, like crackers.

Anyway, I guess what I'm saying is, I still like sweets, but I also like feeling well. And after two weeks of really trying to eat clean and say no to sugary sweets and bread, I actually feel well. And I've lost weight, without really trying. I'm hoping to keep it up and enjoy a sweet thing when I really need it. But I feel like I can control it now. And a victory that I had the other day was this: There was a tub of left over icing from my sons birthday cake, and I grabbed it to snack on while watching a movie. I had maybe two spoonfuls and then I put it away, because I was uninterested. Then today, I did the same thing, but had about 1 spoonful, and then I tossed it. It didn't satisfy like it used to. I actually just needed water believe it or not!

Anyway. I'm really excited, and I hope that you can be encouraged as well. I think it is just all about baby steps right? And we don't really see the progress that we've made until we are so far ahead of where we used to be.

Keep pushing on. Keep moving. Keep trying. Keep getting up every time you fall. You can do it, and I can too!

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LYNNWILK2 4/16/2013 4:45AM

    Wonderful. It sounds like you are getting in tune to your body and what your body is really wanting... like water.
I used to drink coke, regular sugar filled coke and only coke. Everyday all day for a few years. It wasn't difficult giving up when I got past the caffeine and sugar withdraw I realized it make my body feel sick, my joint hurt and I was depressed. So, from there sugar was eliminated from just about everything I could. The caffeine I don't really miss. And gradually my joints improved and I wasn't craving weird stuff.
So now, when the thought of eating or drinking something ... I remember how I felt the last time I ate it and that will ALWAYS out weigh the desire to actually eat it. The last time I had sugar was actually on this past easter, I had a small piece of my sisters cake (she is a pastry chef and makes absolutely insanely beautiful stuff. That afternoon, after the cake, I felt sick to my stomach and got the shakes. I had to leave to get home so I could lie down. I won't make that mistake again. I hated leaving the family so early in the "events" of the day.

Sounds like you're really figuring out what works for you, and that is great! Good luck and keep moving in that direction! It's amazing how wonderful you'll feel.

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NANCYPAT1 4/13/2013 6:03PM

    You are making really good decisions. Bringing your family along on a journey to health is an IMPORTANT thing - it not only supports YOUR health but helps to guarantee they will also be healthier and happier too.

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CM_GARDNER78 4/13/2013 5:00PM

    That is AWESOME!!!! Way to go!! We are headed in that direction too - it's HARD! I can't believe how many things we eat that are processed! UGH! It sure is a learning curve when you were raised on Wonderbread, Mac-n-Cheese, and twinkies! Keep it up - you are doing a great job! :-)

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MRSJERRYBUSH 4/13/2013 9:26AM

    Some of what you've written sounds so familiar!

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SUSANBEAMON 4/13/2013 12:34AM

  amazing what happens when we pay attention to what we eat. keep it up.

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Setting Goals

Saturday, March 30, 2013

So I fell away from SP for a while, but I didn't stop working out. But my eating went WAY off track once again.

I'm always reading that losing weight is %70 food and %30 exercise. I LOVE working out and I'm super self motivated. I started a 12 week program that helps you build muscle and as the program continues it starts to add cardio. I enjoy weight lifting far more than cardio so I decided to do this program.

But my eating, man my eating. It controls me so much. And I'm so tired of falling victim to it all the time. I'm tired of feeling powerless over it. I'm tired of walking into someone's house and having the feeling like I need to leave because I can't stop at 1 piece of cake. It's awful and I hate it. I can't even have one piece of chocolate candy without consuming the whole bag in secret later on. I'm tired of my clothes getting tighter and tighter and my belly getting bigger and bigger. I'm tired of how crappy I feel every day, the lack of energy, the mood swings, and the biggest thing...

I feel like I'm just getting through life...not living it.

I'm ready to live. I'm ready to start new again. And I will continue to start new as many times as I need to to get where I need and want to be. I want to remember this moment. I never want to feel this way again. I never want to see the scale say 222 ever, ever again. I'm tired of the big numbers, I'm tired of the big waist size. I'm just tired. I'm ready for energy and life.

And what better time to feel like beginning a new life on this blessed Easter weekend where Jesus has given us the opportunity for new life in Him! I feel renewed this Easter knowing that the Lord has given me a new life through his death and I am so grateful for that and the opportunity for grace and forgiveness.

I'm forgiving myself for being so lazy and selfish and having lack of self control. I'm so blessed that I have a gracious husband who loves me despite my size. I'm ready to throw off my old self and put on the new me. Confident, consistent, energetic, alive, joyful and disciplined!

I'm ready. Let's start this thing. Take it day by day, moment by moment. Daily goals, weekly goals, monthly goals, yearly goals.

Daily goals for today

Track food
exercise for at least 10 minutes
journal for at least 5 min
ready my Bible for at least 5 min
clean out my microwave

Weekly goals
Spend at least 30 min (broken throughout the week) teaching my son something
Lose 1 pound
Exercise 5 days for 30 min each day
Write a letter

Monthly goal for April
Lose 5 pounds
Write 2 letters
Introduce a new skill to my son
Get the house cleaned and de-cluttered

So there are some goals to get me started

Wish me luck, pray for me, join me, encourage me, call me out on something, walk with me on this journey.

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TLWARE9 3/31/2013 11:50PM

    Great job on setting goals. I like how you have some set for many different areas of your life. Keep on praying and working towards your goals.

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CM_GARDNER78 3/31/2013 10:53PM

    Your goals are fantastic!! You can do this!!! :-) I believe you are on the right track! I don't know how much it helps, but I can relate to what you are saying 110%!!! I hate feeling the way I feel, and it perplexes me as to why I continue on the way I do?! I am behind you, and I'm also with you....let's do this!!! :-)

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NANCYPAT1 3/30/2013 12:08PM

    Your goals are really great - they are balanced and they will help you get where you want to be. Have you started looking at ways to make the eating fit into your REAL life better? Maybe if you find ways or things to change that are small and don't leave you feeling negative about yourself, you would be able to get a grip on that eating issue. Make small changes, don't deprive yourself totally, don't give up everything you LOVE to eat, find substitutions, swaps, and ways to fit those things INTO your daily plan. Work on small changes and NOT more than a couple of them to start. Love yourself to healthy.

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ICEANGEL0531 3/30/2013 11:42AM

    Forget the past, keep looking forward. I would be honored to take this journey with you..Prayer is the most important for me.. The Lord is out Hope for success in all we do.

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