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Moving Forward!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Thank you friends for cheering me on last Tuesday! emoticon

I have been much more focused with my goal to lose weight. I've done a better job with choosing healthy, filling snacks and meals. It's only been a few days, but I'm already noticing an I
Improvement in my mood, and as a bonus, my belly seems smaller! Best of all, I think my pain is less...could be coincidental but, I'll take it! I've actually enjoyed exercise the past few days, so much easier to exercise when my body feels good.

Anyway, that's my update. I'm planning for a good day, how about you?

  
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TRESSWANN 3/22/2014 7:58PM

    Excellent

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GABIBEAR 3/22/2014 1:48AM

    Sounds fantastic Sheri!!!! So happy for you!!

My day was great!!! How was yours?

Gabi
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LORILEEPAGE 3/21/2014 5:21PM

    Awesome news, my friend! I'm seeing improvements too since Tuesday. Feels good to feel better! emoticon emoticon

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Floundering

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I was going to say I've stumbled, but no, stumbling means you get right back up and continue moving...

I've been floundering, flopping around, wallowing in my bad eating habits. I have been feeding my aches and pains with toxic sugary treats, and not just single servings, entire bags of chip s and cookies...

The only reason I managed to lose a couple pounds is because I continue to exercise and move my body, even though it hurts, and I do eat nutritious high quality foods most of the time.

This cycle has repeated itself so many times, I'm just disgusted with myself! It's really easy to know in my head that I've got to control my poor snack habits, got to drop these extra ten pounds...but knowing and doing seem to have a disconnect! When I'm having lots of pain from my arthritis, fibromyalgia, I just automatically reach for foods with lots of carbs, and not the healthy ones! It's frightening...My doctor upped my medication, which made me really groggy and fuzzy for several weeks. I'm starting to have more pep, able to get moving a little sooner in the day...have a bit more motivation to change...

So, here I go, one day at a time! I tracked all my food yesterday. I went over about 150 calories, but was pleased that I controlled my portion size when I snacked. Baby steps.

Today, I want to eat well, make good food choices so I stay satisfied all day. I will walk my dog, I will do an exercise DVD. I will do some stretches if my pain gets bad...and breathe...and pray.

Thanks for reading!

  
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PIXIE-LICIOUS 3/18/2014 8:35PM

    I'm rooting for you!

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CHERYL_ANNE 3/18/2014 8:16PM

    Here's to you recommitting to yourself and your journey and finding what works for you!

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TRESSWANN 3/18/2014 7:45PM

    Great baby steps. Keep on going

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GABIBEAR 3/18/2014 6:17PM

    I'm sorry to hear that you are in so much pain Sheri. Pain is a great motivator to go off course and throw caution to the wind. I picked myself up last week from a couple of months of "over" eating and I have dropped 5 of the 14 pounds I put back on. Like you said, one step at a time! The good thing is that you did not stop moving and exercising which I never stopped doing either! We can do it! I don't know about you, but when I am hurting, and I work out, I immediately feel better and stay better for a while after. I hope you do too!
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LORILEEPAGE 3/18/2014 10:50AM

    I also saw a comment somewhere that her being content with her overweight body would lead to feeling content with diabetes or other maladies associated with higher weight. Hmm...that is a good insight. I had decided that I'm ok with the heavier version of myself, and accepting of my weakness for sugar. Not good.

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LORILEEPAGE 3/18/2014 10:45AM

    I applaud your realization and decision to act on digging out of your difficult period. I am in your shoes. Lost a few after gaining, but having on average 4 good days a week in calorie range but only two out of seven I'm managing to not have sweets nor chips. Those great days make me feel wonderful, in mood and energy. (The sugar days plus the following 24 hours I'm most likely to feel depressed and angry or anxious, and feel aches and pains more) what do I think I'm doing!!? I have to take charge. I track on good days but let it slide when I feel like indulging all day. I'm letting my mood dictate my eating AND exercise. Whew. Admission and confession feels good. We are strong women, let's treat ourselves better. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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One "off" week

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Well, I broke my good streak of eating well...and one over indulgent meal turned into a week of going over calories, daily.

It's not a total loss. My weight didn't go up much, but I didn't lose either. More importantly, I think I have a better idea of how to reign in those indulgent habits during times of stress.

1. Have a plan for those times when I will be tempted to "take care" of myself with food and treats. I'm thinking of making a box with reminders...like cozy socks, hand cream, a yoga DVD, scented candles, herbal tea...

2. Review my goals!!!! Maybe multiple times a day!

3. Spark, call or email a friend, journal.

If you find yourself tempted to eat extra calories when stressed, how do you cope? What's your plan? I'd love to hear from others!

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 1/20/2014 8:20AM

    I love your ideas too. I can't say what works for me b/c I've been in the same boat. So proud of you for turning it back around though!

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LORILEEPAGE 1/18/2014 3:56PM

    I've just started setting myself 3 day challenges with tiny rewards each time. The three day idea works so far because starting something over (day 1) is exciting. The middle day I'm thinking "tomorrow is the last day", then the last day I want to blow it out of the water! Then I reset my three days, starting with a $2.00 magazine or a trip to the used book store (of course I have to accomplish my food goal AND workout goal) yesterday was a day three. I celebrated success with a mag from the store, which I am enjoying today(day 1, and my reading is helping me get through my afternoon!) day two, here I come! (I've lost 1.5 lbs last week!)

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SUSIEGKORN 1/18/2014 1:42PM

    I love your ideas! Just that you are aware, and have a plan in place will promote success.

Most recently, I've tried the usual, drinking some water and grabbing a piece of fruit while doing positive self-talk. Want a weird strategy that has actually helped about 3 times in the last few weeks? When I see food (or a commercial of food) that would taste great but provide unhealthy nutrition, I either imagine bugs crawling all over it, or tell myself 'it's poison' (which is basically true). That has averted a few binges for me! Whatever works, right?

Say a prayer and assess what the true trigger was so you can avoid it next time.
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One week of healthy choices, accomplished!

Monday, January 06, 2014

Good day all!

It's been one week of making healthy choices for me!

Changes? Well, my scale says I've lost 3 plus pounds, I have more energy, my stomach isn't as bloated and I'm feeling more balanced...

I have been Sparking more, reading articles and blogs. Have any of you read "Drop 10 Diet" by Lucy Danzinger of Self Magazine? I checked it out from my library and am enjoying many of the meal ideas and recipes. She writes about super foods, ones that nourish well and can aid in disease fighting and weight loss. I already eat and love many of the 30 foods on the Super Food list, so it's been easy for me to try some of the meals. I feel very full, and satisfied. I haven't had big sugar cravings either, which is amazing one week into an eating shift! The diet allows for treats, but in limited amounts...I've had chocolate and wine, but not every day.

I know I have more weight to lose, and I know I can lose it. I have lost weight before (some of you will remember!), but I'm more concerned with being balanced in my eating, forever. In the past I've lost weight while dieting. Once the scale reached the magic number, back to sloppy eating. I thought I had learned my lesson when I lost weight with Spark a couple of years ago...but looking at my weight over time shows a steady increase in weight until one week ago. I thought I was having healthy meals, but still had horrible cravings and binges!

I want this to be the last time I lose weight. So, what am I doing to meet that goal?

1. Made a goal board on my Spark Start page. Reviewing it daily!! I love some of the quotes and pictures!

2. Planning my meals, tracking before I eat. Eating real food, avoiding more processed foods with extra sugar and sodium, so that means lots of fruits and vegetables and whole grains, lean protein, healthy fats. Drinking enough water to stay well-hydrated.

3. Exercising daily. This one is a no-brainer for me because exercise has been a habit for so long! My challenge is to listen to my body, and not try to use exercise to "burn off" an indulgence.

4. Spark. I need support for the long haul. My family has heard me talk the talk, and seen me fail. They support me, but know from experience that I can let illness, upsets and boredom send me into overindulgence.

5. Just do the right stuff, even when I don't feel like doing the right stuff! We all do things that aren't really fun, but are good for us. I keep reminding myself that eating for good health is just one of those things I need to make a daily habit. I learned to floss and take off make up before bed, I can learn to eat well. I may not always see the difference these habits make, but if I stopped them...Eating poorly is the same.

So, that's the plan. What's yours? emoticon

  
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GABIBEAR 1/8/2014 12:34AM

    Way to go Sheri!!!! Excellent on the 3 lb. loss!!!! WooHoo!!!! Sounds like an excellent plan and one that will last a lifetime instead of the life of a diet! Good for you! I'll work on my plan and put it into play REAL soon! Thanks for the push!

Gabi
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MAGGIEVAN 1/7/2014 3:11AM

    Still working on my plan... Have joined Spark people Biggest Loser again and we will soon kick off. I remember your weight loss and healthy living. You go girl, you can do it!

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PROUD-GRANDMA 1/6/2014 11:42PM

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 1/6/2014 11:28PM

    Loving your list!
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I haven't made an actual goal list yet as I've been in the middle of a mind-set change that I believe to will show results by the end of this year. Growth. Like you, Sparking is a pillar of my new life and provides the support I need when I can't find it anywhere else.
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LORILEEPAGE 1/6/2014 12:41PM

    I'm in the same boat as you. Making similar changes. Mostly adding healthy foods which decreases desire for junk. I am not doing so well with the motivation to exercise. I'm trying to balance these two ideas: firmness with myself and self-compassion.

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What a feeling!

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Hi Friends!

How are your healthy habits coming along? I'm feeling pretty good about the past four days.

I've broken the cycle of bingeing on foods that don't nourish me. It really is making a difference in my energy and mood. The best part is that my cravings for those treats is disappearing. I`d forgotten how much better I feel when I'm eating well!

I'm planning to continue eating well, not just to get to a healthy weight, but because it feels so good to be in control. I also need to remember that calorie counting alone won't give me this boost, it's good, real foods and regular exercise combined.

  
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GK1963 1/3/2014 11:01AM

    Way to go! I am having a good go of not eating junk for the last 4 days too. And like you, I have found that my craving for chocolates has mostly gone away.

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 1/3/2014 9:40AM

    I think that accepting how good we feel on track is part of the battle - and you're winning! 4 days is an amazing streak, but sounds like just the beginning for your new year. You've got this!
~ Teresa

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GABIBEAR 1/2/2014 10:31PM

    Way to go Sheri!!!! Go girl go!!!! emoticon emoticon

Gabi
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PJ2222 1/2/2014 9:31PM

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LORILEEPAGE 1/2/2014 9:04PM

    You're on a roll! Great thoughts you shared about just wanting to feel in control. It feels good to feel good!

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